Sunday, April 23, 2017

I can only hope that this is my problem this year



Ayakulik River - Kodiak Island, Alaska


Arbor Low in Derbyshire, England



Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument in the Peak District of Derbyshire. It consists of about 50 large limestone blocks, quarried from a local site, which form an egg-shaped circle, with monoliths at the entrances, and possibly a portal stone at the south entrance. The stones are surrounded by an oval earthen bank and ditch. There is also a large pit at the north entrance, which possibly contained a stone. Some of the stones are broken; some of these fragments may originally have been joined together, such that there were originally between 41 and 43 stones. 
The bank and ditch of the henge, as well as its two entrances, were probably established in the Late Neolithic period, with the stones added later, some time before 2000 BC. The site seems to have been in use until into the Bronze Age, which was when the outer bank was reconstructed so that the round barrow could be erected. Few henge monuments in the British Isles are as well preserved.


Norsafe GES 52 lifeboat droptest

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Gun Porn - Boberg



Cute but deadly


Find the dog - Canine Camo


Like old planes?

If, like me, you could look at vintage aircraft for hours, you should know that Old AF Sarge has a post up on the NAS Pensacola with a tub full of great old airplanes.

My favorite:


How'ja like to be the nose gunner on that bird?

Trump, the master of trolls, schedules a big rally right on top of the big White House Correspondent's Dinner.

So many of them will have to miss it to cover the rally.

Didn't help, I suppose, that the media chose “Daily Show” comedian Hasan Minhaj to host, who has described Trump as the "White ISIS."

They'll probably respond by inviting Obama, Hillary and Bill to attend.  Then, Trump can arrive unexpectedly by helicopter with a giant "Trump" painted on it in a whirl of noise and dust, say a few words, and totally upstage them all. 

Heh.


My Gallant Hero

Talk about playing the golden oldies!

Last November, piano tuner Martin Backhouse was having a hard time with some sticky keys on a 1906 Broadwood & Sons upright piano he was overhauling for The Community College of Bishops Castle. Martin found the problem when he removed the keys: eight parcels full of gold coins.
The school alerted the Finds Liaison Officer for the region, Peter Reavill, and he and his colleagues at the Portable Antiquities Scheme examined and catalogued the hoard. Inside seven cloth-wrapped parcels and one suede drawstring pouch, they counted 913 gold sovereigns and half-sovereigns ranging in date from 1847 to 1915, issued in the reigns of Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V. The weight of the coins totals more than 6 kilos (13+ pounds) of gold bullion.

Leatherman Crater c33Tx Combo Straight/Serrated Blade Knife



Trump, unlike Obama, uses his position to rescue an American and her people trapped in an Egyptian prison. The MSM simply cannot give him full credit. Althouse has a good commentary on the success and it's interpretation by the media.

WaPo prods us to think of the Trump administration in terms of "confusion" (it's the old "chaos" template, that alternates with "evil" in the elite media's coverage of Trump):
What the White House plans to celebrate as vindication of its early diplomacy comes at the end of a week in which the administration has combated charges of foreign policy confusion. Although the president received wide praise for his decision to punish Syria for its presumed chemical weapons attack with a barrage of cruise missiles, the administration has been criticized for contradictions over policy toward Syria and Turkey, and misstatements on the U.S. response to North Korea’s weapons activity.
Successful action is camouflaged in verbiage about things that have been said. Some of his words may sound like confusion, but that doesn't mean Trump is confused about what he is saying. Maybe he knows how to use words. There's an awful lot of evidence that he does. You can look down on him and call him confused, but when the results come in, you ought to question your analysis of what he is doing with words. 

Deep jungle predators live among us

Thank God serious and dedicated people are in charge now.



Let's see how the head of the Russian or Chinese military would do in such a challenge.



Sixty-one years old, and runs a sub-5 hour Boston Marathon.   Bad-ASS.   Our Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is a warrior.  
I first met Joe Dunford almost 30 years ago, when he was a newly-minted Major, the Marine Officer Instructor at Holy Cross. Even to a First Lieutenant, there was something special about him, his leadership, his command presence.  General Dunford went on to do pretty well.  I next saw him as a Colonel in Iraq, serving as Chief of Staff of the 1st Marine Division, under MajGen James Mattis.  The ADC?  BGen John Kelly.   (The shirt he is wearing in the photo, "Team Kelly", is in honor of Marine 1st Lieutenant Robert Kelly, the son of General John Kelly.  1stLt Kelly was killed in Iraq Afghanistan in 2010)  General Dunford was promoted quickly through the General Officer ranks of the Marine Corps, in fact never wearing two stars, as he was selected for Lieutenant General before he'd pinned on his Major General promotion.  Of course, General Dunford went on to serve briefly as the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps before being selected as the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.    



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Good Dad


But how did that happen.


Banzai!




Heh


Parsnip Paradise

Drug these bad boys out of the garden just now.  Clearly, the parsnip boys have been thriving all winter tucked in to the deep, delicious soil.  


Rusty the dog is wondering what's so great about them.