Well, will you look at what I found on Hulu.com – one of my all-time favorite movies which happens to be based on one of my favorite books! That’s right, it’s Flight of the Intruder, based on the novel by Stephen Coonts :) I don’t know how many people around here know all that much about the war in Vietnam, but it was something Dad made sure I learned about.
Believe it or not, Dad had me read Flight of the Intruder for the first time back in something like fourth grade. I’d grown up going to the Miramar airshow where the Intruders were regulars, so between reading the story and seeing the jets in person it was a pretty cool deal to see it up on the big screen
Doubtless Glenn will have some sort of comment about this one – it has A-6 Intruder attack aircraft putting warheads on foreheads just as they were intended to do :wink: Of course, the A-1 Skyraiders AKA “Sandy” and the “Jolly Green” chopper also make for some good film, too :) I’ll let Glenn tell about the jets and the men who maintained and flew them down in the comments – he’s the one who knows all about them.
So kick back, relax, and get ready to “go downtown up north” with Jake Grafton and Virgil Cole while you enjoy one helluva great war movie
In closing, here’s a thank you and a salute to all those who fought and those who never made it back.
I know I’ve fallen behind a bit in my posting, but life has a way of getting in the way sometimes. I did manage to get some pics on Sunday and now I’ve even found time to post ‘em
Most of Sunday was spent recovering from Saturday – that was a pretty busy day :wink: But yeah, I finally got out of the house.
I don’t know what it is lately, but the classic cars seem to be out in greater numbers lately. Take this fine Camaro SS for example. Yes, I want one of these
Of course, I got that pic of the Camaro on my way over to my favorite gun store :D Yep, I was back at New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms which I just know will shock you :P Is there a week I’m not in there? It’s kinda like Cheers now – everybody knows my name
I do love shotguns and this is a fine group of ‘em. If I were to choose, I’d go for the Remington side by side coach gun. Gotta love simplicity
About those .22 rifles… You’ve no idea how difficult it was for me not to take one of ‘em home
Does one of these rifles look familiar? It should…
I dropped off my AK-47 with Adam last Monday and I got an email yesterday telling me that its new owner would be by to pay and pick it up on Wednesday. I’m still sad to see it go. But I’m also looking forward to getting my Garand from CMP
The day ended with dinner at Mr. Lucky’s – gotta go see Korey at least once a week, right :wink: I had to go all alone – Kyleigh and Anthony are in Utah, Ulises was busy, and James was down with some severe allergies. The barbecue bacon cheeseburger and ice cream were superb and I had a wonderful night thanks to the great people and service
That about sums it up for now and I’ve gotta go get some rest – we’re looking at rain tomorrow so it’s overtime mode again at work and I have to be there an hour earlier than usual. Have a great day, everyone
I saw a trackback in the moderation queue and followed it to its source as I always do before approving something like that. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It took me to Conservative American News where I found a report on a post on one of the biggest blogs out there – Atlas Shrugs which is written by Pamela Geller.
In that post on Atlas Shrugs I found a link to this blog :shock: I was seriously floored. That don’t happen much these days
All I have to say is welcome to those who found this blog via that link and I have to send a huge THANK YOU!!! to Pamela Geller for that as well
Have fun and make yourselves at home everyone
Found this one thanks to a Tea Party attendee yesterday and was reminded of it by a post over at Snig’s place.
Here’s just a bit of what you’ll see over there:
But there’s more. Some listings have names of children, ages of household members, and Google pictures of your place.
Go to Spokeo.com, click on the privacy button (see the screenshot above), and then paste in the address of your listing from your browser’s address bar. It’s just a good idea in my humble opinion to remove yourself, but it’s up to you. I did.
Editorial Note: We’ve come a long way since 26 September of last year :D I figured it would be fun and interesting to re-post this entry considering all the posts today about yesterday’s Tea Party :wink: Make sure to click here to read all the comments in the original post
So today was the Un-Elect Harry Reid rally down in Harry Reid’s own hometown of Searchlight, Nevada.
I told everyone I was going and I wasn’t about to go back on that declaration. I also said I’d have pictures and I wasn’t about to let everyone down there, either
My apologies for the lateness of this post, but I was up until nearly 0400 working on other stuff, woke up at about 0800, then went to the rally. I just came home afterwords, relaxed a bit, and took a much needed nap. I also wound up fielding calls from a couple of friends who needed to talk to someone about some serious stuff, and then I got back to work on this post.
And now, without further delay, here’s the post y’all have been waiting for
As you can see, Searchlight isn’t close to anything. It was about a 65 mile drive from where I live to the rally. It’s quite a ways farther than that to anywhere other than Las Vegas.
The reason people came from several states to protest against a Senator from Nevada is that Harry Reid is keeping their elected Senators from doing their jobs. By controlling the flow of legislation in such a way that other Senators don’t have a chance to influence or even read the bills, Harry Reid is effectively disenfranchising these voters. I don’t know about you, but I call that Tyranny and I find it completely unacceptable in a Representative Republic.
I wasn’t expecting too many people, but the crowd didn’t disappoint me or anyone else who showed up. Honestly, what would you expect? Someone called for a rally in a place that’s not only in the middle of nowhere in Southern Nevada on a day with 100° temperatures. But plenty of people still took the time out of their lives on a hot Saturday to show up and stand up for their beliefs.
About those two pictures above – I thought a couple of panoramas would be a good way to show how many people actually did show up. Click on the images to download full size and then click on that image to see actual size.
I saw an accident on Highway 95 a bit north of I-15 on the way down to Searchlight. I don’t think anyone was hurt, but I still don’t like seeing vintage cars damaged in any way.
Just a view of the scenery you’ll find between Boulder City and Searchlight.
I just couldn’t pass up an image like this Gotta love that huge American Flag in the distance!
If anyone thinks that this was just a gathering of people from Searchlight, I’ve got news for ‘em. Check out all the different license plates.
When I saw this I was truly amazed that it hasn’t made its way into a political ad yet. I hope it does in the near future.
I wonder if the esteemed Senior Senator from Nevada knows about this little bit of irony in his hometown ?
Janet Contreras is a friend of Glenn Beck. She’s also an incredible speaker. Her speech covered many subjects, but chief among them was the loss of freedom we’ve suffered in her lifetime due to various and sundry groups being “offended” by something or other. She recalled going to a voluntary bible study in a mobile bible study van which went around to all the schools back then. That was until someone was offended that the kids had the opportunity to choose to go to the bible study.
I have to say that Janet is also one of the nicest, most intelligent people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. Funny, I keep finding this kind of person in the circles I’ve traveled lately. Freedom loving people who care more about America than they do about any political party seem to be that kind of people.
This is Don the Electrician. He’s a religious man who helps in councilor those who need it. He also owns a business which has felt the pain caused by the continued impairment of the economy, having had to lay off half his crew. He also makes Joe the Plumber look downright meek
This wasn’t a group of “AstroTurf” wannabes. This was just a group of regular people who were willing to drive a lot of miles to be heard.
I suppose some people might have problems with this. I see it as inspirational. I’d have bought one of these shirts if I’d have had cash.
There were quite a few Veterans in the crowd. Quite a few were Vietnam Vets.
You didn’t see two signs that were alike. Most of them showed just how creative people can be.
Someone’s gonna have a video on YouTube soon
Bill Parson is running against Harry Reid in the next election. He speaks my language – respect for the Constitution.
I don’t know who I’ll have the chance to vote for, but I know it won’t be Reid. If Mr. Parson is on the ballot, he’ll get my vote.
The last speaker of the day was Gunnery Sergeant Sunny Borelli of the United States Marine Corps. He’s retired from the Corps, but he hasn’t lost any of that United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant charisma! His speech was outstanding and it’s thanks to him that I have my own printed copy of the Constitution.
After all the speakers had given their orations, the rally organizers had all the people with signs come up front for pictures.
Yet another Former Marine and Vietnam Veteran. You can count on Marines to eschew subtlety
And yes, I do want that Second Amendment patch
One thing I almost forgot to mention here: All of the Veterans I spoke with had one thing other than honor and service to their country in common. None of them had ever heard of Oath Keepers. I fixed that and made sure to give each of them an Oath Keepers business card If their reactions to what I told them and what they read on the back of those cards is any indication of their true feelings, Oath Keepers will likely have some new members in the near future
You’ve seen pictures of a city after a demonstration. You’ve seen the trash and damage. That didn’t happen here and it didn’t surprise me one bit. One of the organizers told me that they’d had 20 kids from a high school and 200 trash bags ready for any cleanup that might be needed. They didn’t have to lift a finger. Everyone took care of their own trash.
Remember that huge protest on the National Mall in D.C. a while back? Guess what? Not a bit of litter.
Aside from being genuinely nice and good people, the Freedom loving set I’ve come to know lately is also the responsible set. I’ve preached personal responsibility around here more than a few times, but it’s really nice to see that I’m not the only one and that it works just like I always thought it would.
Yeah, I had a good time. These are the kind of people who will take the time to chat with you and to have their picture taken with you as well
I’m honored to have made their acquaintance.
About that cleanup – I wasn’t quite finished. Notice all the Harry Reid signs that were put up before the event by someone unknown to us. Notice how they’ve been scattered by the wind and become eyesores?
Compare that with the gentleman above. I’d stopped to make a phone call in a parking lot on the corner of Highway 95 and the street the rally was held on. While I was there, someone came and took down the balloons which had attracted attention and then this nice guy came by and took down the rally sign.
We don’t leave our trash out in the street for someone else to clean up. We leave the places we go as nice or better than we found them.
I thought of Kath when I took this picture
I can’t say enough about how much I love the truly vast, wide open spaces of the desert southwest. I hope Glenn and I get the chance to show her what it’s like out here. The vistas are gorgeous, the sunsets breathtaking, and the spirit of the Wild West is still around
That’s all for now, folks. It’s way late/early and I need to get some sleep. Tomorrow should include some trigger time (yeah, I know you’re just surprised as all get out by that one ) and more posting. I’ve got two posts in the works right now that I think are pretty darn important, but I figured they could wait a few more hours if it meant getting these pictures and this story out first.
Have a Free and Constitutional day, everyone !!!
You’ve seen in the past few posts just what it looks like when tens of thousands of Tea Partiers get together in the middle of nowhere. Warner Todd Hudson has a good example of what you see on the other side of the ideological fence and the grass sure ain’t greener. Click here, but be warned it ain’t pretty…
And now for your viewing pleasure, even more video from the rally
Sadly, I didn’t take any video, but here’s a big round of applause and a thank you to all those who did
Next time I’m bringing a couple of extra people, two video cameras, and at least one still camera
I found it on YouTube! So for all those who weren’t there, here you are
I personally thought it was great
I borrowed this from Snigs at Snigs’ Spot. She is on the blogroll at Among the Joshua Trees and ORPO.
Check it out. She is a good barometer for things and keeping me civil(more or less)
Ticks- blood sucking little parasites that tend to spread disease
Politicians- blood sucking big parasites that tend to spread disease
News flash. I am not a Democrat.
Nor am I a Republican.
I am me. A single entity with a brain- a brain that allows ME to chose what I believe in.
I AM a mixture of liberal & conservative ideas.
I believe in hard work to get ahead. That homosexuals should have legal rights, but those don’t include religious marriage. I believe in a woman’s right to chose whether to continue with an unplanned pregnancy UNTIL it starts becoming repetitive birth control. I believe outlawing abortion will send women back to coat hangers & quacks in dark alleys. I believe in the rights of a law-abiding citizen to own weapons- even those evil automatic type weapons.
I believe in beating a kid’s ass when he royally screws up and letting that be that. I believe you can say the words, “I’ve got him in my crosshairs” without it meaning you’re fixing to shoot someone. I believe any leader, ANY leader, should be held to a higher standard than the general public. They’re in a *special* place, thanks to special circumstances, they need to act *special*- that includes NOT saying the F word every time they’re in front of a podium. I believe anyone who thinks an elective official using profanity at every chance is “keeping it real” is a moron.
I believe in the benefits of stem cell research.
I believe that overall, the Muslims are our enemies and I don’t believe that the Isrealies are necessarily our friends. My feelings towards Muslims comes not from the media, but from my own personal dealings. This is not to say there aren’t some decent, good, peaceful Muslims out there. However, the decent, good, peaceful Muslims I PERSONALLY KNOW have warned me that I have a right to be fearful of the group, only a true fool wouldn’t be, and that’s why they live here. Amir, a friend, says for the most part they’re not peaceful, loving folks and their aim isn’t to find world peace, but world domination. The dude was born & raised over there, I figure he should know a hell of a lot more about it than some well-fed 20-something who’s studied the “religion”.
I believe trust & respect are earned, not God or Constitution given rights.
I believe, because of MY OWN experience, that the government does a piss-poor job running health care. As a state employee, we’re covered by Georgia’s State Health Benefit Plan. I saw it take THREE fiscal years to get my child covered on the husband’s insurance policy- ALL thanks to bumbling inadequacy on MULTIPLE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES’ parts. I’ve been up to my eyeballs for the past year trying to help my mother straighten out the mess created by MediCARE employees. Not by her or something she failed to do, but by them not being able to fathom simple things like she retired.
I believe our elected officials should represent their constituency. As big as Health Care Reform has been, why couldn’t they send out a letter asking their registered voters what they wanted, then voted by the majority of the replies? The Census (or should that be senseless?) managed a pre-Census letter, the Census paper, & a post-Census postcard within a matter of 12 days…
I believe that folks telling me I don’t have a mind of my own or that I derived my ideas from Glen Beck or Rush Limbaugh should pucker up & kiss my butt. I don’t have cable. I have NEVER seen Glen Beck “ranting” or anything else. I’m not sure I could even ID him in a still picture. I thought Rush Limbaugh was a nut in the 80’s- before most of the folks accusing me of being brainless were out of diapers. My opinion of him still remains the same. I have thought Barbara Streisand, Sean Penn & their ilk were crap heads- even before someone else told me their thoughts on those folks.
I believe Tea Partiers have the right idea. I think it’s disgusting to call them Tea Baggers. IF *my* congressman hadn’t listened to his constituency and had continued to vote against their collective majority’s wishes, I’d be Tea Partying right along with them. Tea Partiers are looking for the change THEY can believe in.
It’s funny that “Tea Partiers” have had a rancid stigma attached to them while “Yes You Canners” were/are haled as wonderful. They’re two groups, willing to stand for what they believe in. That’s all. Groups of people…they weren’t born covered in gold stardust. None of them were born any more special than the next guy. They’re flip sides of the same coin.
By rights, I should be a Yes You Canner. I’m living well below the poverty line. My husband lost his 30 year job during the Bush administration. I spent years without medical insurance because I couldn’t afford it. I’m in an upside-down mortgage.
I should be rallying for more give-aways. I should be rallying for more freebies.
However, my CONSCIENCE will not afford me the feeling that would have me do such.
Feelings of ENTITLEMENT seem to preclude any remote feelings of responsibility and use of conscience as a guide these days.
This health care crap shouldn’t even be a governmental issue- it should be a consumer issue. If folks would band together in even half the numbers against the insurance companies as they have political parties, the insurance companies would have cowed & bent long ago.
But no, it’s easier to pass that buck- and your personal responsibility- to someone else. If they’re successful, you revel intheir glory and have the false sense that you’ve personally won. If they aren’t successful, you can wallow in the fact that once again, you’ve been defeated, kicked & let down. You can blame them, whoever them happens to be.
I believe I’m entitled to whatever pay I earn and I’m entitled to make the decisions on where that money goes. Last week, I entered the grocery store with $82 in my pocket to feed my family & my animals for two weeks. A gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, a pack of ground beef & a jar of spaghetti sauce totals about $10. You can see how far $82 will go- especially when you factor in toilet paper, dog food, detergent and other needed items. Well, there was a lady sitting out front with a jug. As I approached the store, she hollered, “Feed the hungry!”.
Lady, that’s what I’m here to do- buy food where I can feed the hungry. I went in the store.
As I exited the store with my SIX bags of groceries and 36 cents (to last until the 31st), she hollered at me again, with a crappy tone to her voice- “I SAID FEED THE HUNGRY!”. She accused me of being self-centered and depriving someone of a meal when I refused to “be responsible & donate”.
Pardon me?? Last I noticed, folks at MY house get hungry too and my ONLY responsibility is to take care of my family. What I chose to do for others is just that- a choice.
And I won’t jeopardize the safety & health of my own family where I can feel good about myself having given to some poor, pitiful needy person.
To sum it all up, I believe-
I don’t owe anything- free health care, food, or support of ideas- to anyone other than my family & God. I firmly believe God doesn’t want to see my kids going hungry & living in a tent where I can pay for someone else’s health care, dinner, or anything else. I also firmly believe that nobody owes me any of the same.
I believe the rich will always be the rich & the poor will always be the poor and if Robin Hood gets too busy trying to redistribute wealth, the rich will pack up and take it elsewhere, denying the poor even further. Very few got rich by being as stupid as Prince John.
I believe that most of the generation younger than me and a good portion of folks in my generation are fools. They whine about inequities they wouldn’t be able to recognize without help, they’re more prone to depression, life it tougher for them. Yeah, they’ve had it so hard inventing fire & the wheel & working machinery. When your toughest decision in life is what cell phone or energy drink you should buy, I reckon you have reason to be depressed.
I believe I’ve said enough here to piss of several liberals & conservatives. I don’t care anymore.
I believe you should quit accusing me of not being able to think for myself, for being selfish and not wanting to see my country thrive.
If you can’t respect that, I believe you should go find a cow & kiss its butt, as I will not afford you the special opportunity to kiss mine.
And finally, I believe I’ll go have some breakfast then get out and enjoy this beautiful day, in my beautiful country, provided to me by my beautiful God.
Folks, I had a pretty good day as you’ve seen, but there were evil men and women afoot as well.
Dad told me about this yesterday, but I found the video/audio on BigGovernment.com this morning:
So, we have egg throwing. We have threats of violence. We have false reports to police.
And it wasn’t on our side. I’m just shocked, I tell you </sarcasm>
I’d like to say I’m surprised in the least, but after incidents like the one Kenneth Gladney endured I won’t be surprised by any of this in the future.
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