Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Christmas Memory

In 1986 I was at my first duty station after technical training. It was at San Vito AS, Italy. For those that may not know where that is, if you think of Italy as a boot, then San Vito is where th heel of the boot ends. We had a saying there - "San Vito, it's not the end of the world, but you can see it from here."
While waiting to get my top secret clearance I was working as an augumentee at the base post office. We were told by the postmaster that Christmas Eve was going to be a busy day. The Italians couldn't guarantee that all our mail was going to get to us on time. The Air Force dispatched some C-130s to make sure that all mail available made it from Rome to us.
On that Christmas Eve, the first of the mail pallets arrived at about 1300 (that's 1pm for civilians) and they continued through out the day. We had volunteers from every unit on base helping us to sort the packages, stage them, writing out the notices, and posting them in the boxes for pickup.
We received the last pallets at about 1600 and commenced to sorting them with all the volunteers scurrying about. At 1630 retreat sounded for the base. It was an impressive site to see everyone stop instantly, put down whatever they had in hand, face the music, salute, and render the honors for the end of the official duty day and the lowering of the flag.
As the last note of the Star Spangled Banner echoed, salutes were smartly dropped, packages picked up, and the work commenced once again. It was a moment and memory frozen it time.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Josh & Sarah - Reception & Wedding

This is a collection of mine and Sandy's pictures. To see the pictures bigger just click on them. Use your "Back" button to come back to the collection. To save the picture to your computer, right click and choose "Save Picture As" and remember where you saved it.

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
Why the early bird gets the worm;
Life isn't always fair;
Maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple sound financial policies: Don't spend more than you can earn.

And reliable strategies: Adults, not children, are in charge.

His health began to deteriorate when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Tylenol, sun lotion or a band-aid to a student but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when it became punishable for you to defend yourself from a burglar in your own home but the burglar could sue you for assault. He began to lose ground rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his Daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else Is To blame, and I'm A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Latest Josh & Sarah Slideshow

Done. Again, let me know what you think.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

In Honor of Maw

Maw would have been 69 today. We miss her.
Donis Murene Fisher

Monday, June 2, 2008

In Honor of Mom

Mom would have been 76 today. We all miss her.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Mic Harrison & The High Score

WHO: Mic Harrison & The High Score
WHAT: Album Release
TITLE: On The Right Side Of The Grass
WHEN: June 3, 2008

I haven't heard any of the songs yet, but I know that Mike will live up to the excellence he has exhibited on all his albums thus far. Of course, I could be biased, he's family.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Today's Protesters Transported to 1944

Just imagine if the anti-war protesters of 2008 were magically transported back to 1944.

Two questions:

1. What would have happened to them?

2. Would the police have been as nice to them as they are today?

You tell me.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

16 comments taken from police car videos:

16. 'You know, stop lights don't come any redder than the one you just went through.'
15. 'Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch after you wear them a awhile.'
14. 'If you take your hands off the car, I'll make your birth certificate a worthless document.'
13. 'If you run, you'll only go to jail tired.'
12. 'Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that's the speed of the bullet that'll be chasing you.'
11. 'You don't know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?'
10. 'Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don't think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I'm the shift supervisor?'
9. 'Warning! You want a warning? O.K., I'm warning you not to do that again or I'll give you another ticket.'
8. 'The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?'
7. 'Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop.'
6. 'Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven.'
5. 'In God we trust, all others we run through NCIC.'
4. 'How big were those 'two beers' you say you had ?'
3. 'No sir, we don't have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we're allowed to write as many tickets as we can.'
2. 'I'm glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail.'
1. 'You didn't think we give pretty women tickets? You're right , we don't. Sign.'

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

St. Stupid Day in San Francisco

I saw a story on the news that some folks in San Francisco celebrated St. Stupids Day on April 1st. They dressed in funny and strange costumes, shouted silly and stupid slogans, and marched and paraded around town.
Consider some of the other celebrations, events, and people in the San Francisco area:
1. Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration
2. Protests at the Berkley Marine Corps Recruiting Center by Code Pink
3. the "hunky" Jesus contest
4. the City Council
That leaves the question - what makes St. Stupid Day any different from a normal San Francisco day?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Hillary Surprised People Live In Europe

In this video shot, when Hillary was asked about the Tuzla incident, she acted surprised that people even live in Europe.

Photoshopped picture on Michelle Malkin's site

Michelle Malkin was having a photoshop contest on her website. The subject was Hillary Clinton and her tale of (non)adventure of landing in a hail of gunfire in Tuzla (circa 1996). I got my idea, composed the picture, and sent it in. Follow the link below and scroll down. My picture is the one "Inside Hillary Force."
I'm getting better at having fun with pictures.
Alright, who's next?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A Tanker - The Needs of the Air Force Comes First

The Air Force is buying a new refueling tanker aircraft. By now, most have heard that they chose the Northrop Grumman/EADS Airbus model over the Boeing model. There has been controversy. For a moment forget where each plane would be built, assembled and who is providing the parts. The question comes down to this: What are the needs of the Air Force?
All members of the military are probably asked that sort of question at one time or another when they query why they got a certain assignment (posting), job, or task. The initial answers vary from “that’s where you’re needed” to “someone has to do it.” The final answer always boils down to “the needs of the military come first.”
The Air Force tries to be accommodating when they can. Leadership knows that when airmen are where they want to be and doing what they want to do they are more liable to be happy and productive. But again, at times things just cannot work out that way and the needs of the Air Force are first and foremost the most important aspect of a decision. Sometimes airmen end up where they don’t want to be doing what they don’t want to do.
This brings us back to the tanker. Companies were solicited for designs and pricing. They were given minimum specifications that had to be met. Two proposals were considered and evaluated. One plane could carry more fuel and cargo, fly further, and based on those factors was cheaper.
The Air Force took all things into consideration including their “needs” and chose what they thought would best accomplish the mission. That choice was the Northrop Grumman/EADS submission to the competition – the KC-45.
The decision to go with the KC-45 has generated a storm of controversy in Congress, the states involved, industry, bloggers, and the general public. This controversy is not arising over the plane or its capabilities, but rather where it’s going to be made and where the parts are coming from.
I will not get into that argument on either side. Neither (I think) will the pilots who fly them, the pilots who receive fuel from them, or all the support people whose job it is to keep them in the air. All will be focused on one overall aspect – successful completion of the mission.
Meanwhile, back in the hall of justice, congress is calling for hearings, Boeing is filing a protest, and the Air Force is defending their decision. All the first tow things can do is delay production of a vital aircraft that the Air Force needs to replace its aging fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers.
The KC-135 has been an extremely valuable asset that has contributed to many successful operations. However, this plane designed and built 50 years ago is getting long in the tooth and expensive to maintain. Unlike people, we can’t enroll aircraft into AARP and get a reduction in health care.
Not much can be done about Boeing lodging a complaint. It’s their right. They missed out on a large contract that would have sustained them for years. It would have kept large amounts of people gainfully employed.
I understand why some lawmakers in Congress from Washington and Kansas are upset that Boeing didn’t get the contract. The feel jobs are being taken from their constituents. They need to get over it.
I can understand why some lawmakers from Alabama and I imagine Florida and Mississippi are jubilant. Having the plane assembled in Mobile will be an infusion of jobs and money (both building the plane and in support jobs) into their economy. I think the good people of that area will build some of the best planes ever to serve the military. I congratulate them on their luck.
Members of Congress always talk loudly that the military have the best equipment to do the job. It is time to make them stick to their words and not to treat this as a campaign promise that flutters in the wind. There are enough breezes created by Mother Nature without any help from them.
It is also time to welcome the KC-45 into the inventory so that the needs of the Air Force come first.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

How to know if you're from a small Southern town!

How to know if you’re from a small Southern town

1. The next small town over is always meaner.
2. Pillars of the community in your town are considered “uppity snobs” by the next town.
3. Any town north of you is full of Yankees; any town south of you is full of red necks.
4. If you live in the country, all others are “city folk” and vise-versa.
5. Homecoming (football or basketball) is the social and cultural event of the winter.
6. The town festival (Doodle Soup, Mosquito Pie, or Cow Chip Flinging) is the same thing in
the summer.
7. On the weekend you cruise between the two convenience stores on opposites sides of town.
8. You do it 50 times and only burn 1/8 of a tank of gas.
9. You are at a field party busted by the cops, you are the first one to leave, and the whole
town knows about it before you get to town (pre-cell phone days).
10. The reason given by the cops for busting the party up-there’s no bathroom facilities.

The First Blog

This is my first blog. A range of subjects will be covered and anything that happens to interest me. Expect to see stuff about politics, NASCAR, the news, and maybe some funny pictures and jokes from time to time.