Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monday, September 13, 2010
Solidarity on 9/11?
Today in a massive act of insensitivity muslims want to build a "mosque" on the sight of 9/11. When the overwhelming majority of Muslims believe we deserved it and define terrorism as anything done to them (but killing jewish children is okay) how can it be anything but insulting to build a memorial to Islam's greatest victory over America at the site of that victory.
Rauf has never condemned Hamas, never spoken out against his good and close friends who blame America for 9/11. I find it disgusting that while we all play lip service to Islam being a religion of peace that we expect these people to act like primitive screwheads and chop of some Christian's head at any percieved slight.
I find it sad that we as Christians continue to sit back and take it (the U.S. Military burns bibles because they might offend, but wants some fruitcake not to excercise his first amendment right to burn a Koran) while they simply say, "oooh, we might react badly if you continue to do what we do not want you to."
Christians are murdered in mass and churches in America ignore it. Girls have their heads chopped off, raped, stoned, all for the disgusting crime of being Christian, and sure we feel bad about it, but I have yet to see any large denomination condemn the Islamic/Sharia teachings that condone that killing. It's rare they even pay attention.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
This is the official Amazon review:
"This sentimentally over-the-top spoken-word recording was originally issued in 1973, during the height of Watergate and the final, unsettling days of the Vietnam War. In the wake of September 11, 2001, the John Wayne Estate reissued it on CD. And why not? Marion Morrison, a.k.a. John Wayne and the Duke, remains an enduring symbol of America--a country with an endlessly conflicted legacy of largely improvised symbolism, national myths, revised-on-a-dime history, and the freedom to make a buck on effusive patriotic rhetoric. Kitsch collectors may welcome the chance to own a true genre staple in digital sound, while others may yet find genuine solace in its orchestra-and-choir-backed oratory. With a poetic sensibility that seldom strays from the "Carolina pines/Appalachian mines" level of its opening verses, Wayne's processed voice (which betrays the health problems that would be his demise) expounds on topics that range from his homeland's undeniable natural beauty to his son's high school football career and the wisdom of a fictionalized aging Mexican caballero. The would-be idealism in "The Hyphen" aims to erase ethnic and racial boundaries, yet modern hyphenated Americans may find continued prejudice and the vagaries of history have rendered its rhetoric distinctly double-edged. Still, Wayne's love of country emanates from every track. Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but it's been graciously hospitable to Hollywood icons, from the Duke to Dutch Reagan. --Jerry McCulley"
This is my e-mail to Amazon's customer Support.
"I just read the official Amazon review of John Wayne's "America, Why I Love Her." The review, by Jerry McCulley, is more of an indictment of John Wayne and America than it is a review of the item. This sentence, "Marion Morrison, a.k.a. John Wayne and the Duke, remains an enduring symbol of America--a country with an endlessly conflicted legacy of largely improvised symbolism, national myths, revised-on-a-dime history, and the freedom to make a buck on effusive patriotic rhetoric." Says more about the authors bigoted predjudices and anti-american feelings than about the item itself. I expect this kind of pap from the unmoderated user reviews, not from Amazon itself.
I understand that Amazon is a large company and perhaps no one was able to review the review itself before using it. I'm sure Amazon can find a reviewer who can honestly review this item for potential customers without injecting their own leftist ideology and America-bashing into the review."
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I was outside smoking a cigarette when an F-22 and an F-16 flew overhead and began maneuvering. I've never seen anything like it, in video or video games. My jaw dropped and several times I thought the F-22 would fall out of the sky. They were both low and at one point I thought the F-22 was going to flatspin and crash on HWY 58. I'm assuming it was the thrust vectoring nozzles, but that kind of Immelman was possible on the old powerhouse rotaries and the modern Immelman looks nothing like the 180 degree mid-air turn this thing did.
I worried the entire time because we just lost an F-22 out here and a seasoned experienced test pilot. But my jaw was on the ground the entire time.
I have a new respect for the F-22, doing moves I can't do in videogame unreality.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Your result for The If You Were A Beer Test...
(67% dark & bitter, 33% working class, 100% genuine)
So the deal with this test is that each taker, based on his or her scores, is assigned a beer that fits their personality (Corona, Bud Select, and so on), and along with the personality description, there's a poster or an ad for that beer. As you can imagine, most of the images feature booty models, sports cars, or, maybe even more depressing, retro kitsch.
It's a testament to Bass Ale, and therefore to YOU, that when I went to look for ads for Bass, all I found was this. An ad from 1937. Bass is legit, and if your scores are true, so are you. I tip my glass to that.
Personality-wise, you have refined tastes (after all, Bass is kind of expensive), but you know how to savor what you get. Your personality isn't exactly bubbly, but you're well-liked by your close circle of friends. Your sense of humor is rather dark, but that's just another way to say sophisticated, right? Cheers.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Spaghetti Meal With Twist And On The Cheap, Add Lamb To The Mix! Chef Amanda Freitag Tries To Prep Family-Friendly Dinner On "Shoestring" Budget Of $35 - CBS News
Friday, October 17, 2008
What about Joe the Welder? Or Ed the Welder? Or Kalroy the Welder?
I'm feeling left out.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sorta the same thing. After all, in China commercial is government, or government waiting to happen. Then again, with the bank bailout here in the U.S. it seems that the same applies to our large banking industry.
This cracks me the heck up. Also, if his numbers are accurate I didn't realize Kern put out that much oil. I knew that they were the "county" that produced more than any other county, I just didn't realize that they produced THAT much.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Your result for Zombie, Zombie Food, or Zombie Survivor Test...
You are a warrior, a survivor.
Friday, August 22, 2008
CDR Salamander: What clown did this weld?
The Air Force adopted the Navy's job classification training regime under the name of Rivet Work Force. This killed craftsmanship and quality. The Navy has vastly different needs and different limitations of space. The Air Force thought they could join crafts that had an average four year apprenticeship (one of which was already a triple craft) and force train them to journeyman level in less than two years.
It worked okay on the machinist side, but the welder/heat treater/electroplater side failed miserably. Staffs and Techs whose welds can pass certification (submitting the best cert of fifty cert attempts each) but whose welding ability would never have gotten them signed off as proficient in the past. Heat treaters who couldn't tell you what regulations they are supposed to follow or how to repair their own equipment (let alone re-brick an oven).
Allowing this has translated over to the contractor side, because QA has never been exposed to real craftsmanship and come from a pool of workers who have never operated at that level. For instance QA at Edwards AFB couldn't tell you how critical proper brushplating of high strength steel is, let alone what regulations cover plating. Heck, they don't know what the welding pubs or heat treating pubs are, and the military who were once here didn't seem to know any of that with only a single exception (who had been an instructor at heat treating school).
Also hiring standards are lax as people try to fill positions on manpower rosters, rather than fill positions with skilled technicians. I understand that you could go a year plus trying to fill a welding position, while waiting for an applicant who has the necessary skills, want's to live in the desert, and loves the craft enough that they would work for the pay just to work on the cool stuff (I took a 20K cut to work here). Still, you should make the wait and get competent craftsman who don't need a couple of years of training to actually be capable of working without supervision or technical help.
Update: Comment left on the site by I and I.
The level of skill in the welding industry, in general, has gone down over the years. Partly due to advances in technology that allow better results with less ability and skill, and partly because the pay is really not that great, and partly because "good enough" and "get 'er done" have replaced "high quality" and "get 'er done right."
On the government side (military and civillian) this is entirely the government's fault because of their incredibly lax QA, and it's seeming enthusiasm for not enforcing compliance of the standards it requires on paper.
On the contractor side this is all over the map, and depends entirely on what contractors feel they can get away with.
Usually it takes a massive monetary loss, or a loss of life (usually more than a couple) for the government to step up on this. Worse, the government tends to blame the contractors lack of compliance (and they are to blame for part of this) without ever recognizing that the government's own lack of QA oversight and willingness to enforce standards is root of the problem.
Seems like this will eventually be valid technology. In a few decades. Not the amount of power transmission, but a 25% loss is monstrously huge, even in such small amounts. Granted, that's assuming that our current electrical generating capacity doesn't increase greatly with the addition of coal and nuclear power plants to a level where such losses and waste is more than acceptable. But today, where the only new options seem to be creating wind and solar capacity where 35 square miles adds less than a quarter the generating capacity of a conventional power plant at a fraction of the cost efficiency, it is an important consideration.