Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sez Me

Rapid justice.  I guess that's what the sleaze Donald Sterling got.  You know, the racist who is mega rich and owns the LA Clippers.  He also owns a lot of apartments that could be characterized as tenements.  And he surrounds himself with dirtbags.  He deserves everything he gets.  Big fine, banned from the NBA for life, ostracized.  Good.  But here's something to think about.  Think about a private conversation you might have had at some point in your life in which you said something terrible.  Maybe it doesn't apply to you, maybe it does.  Now think about having that conversation recorded and having it distributed on the Internet.  Not good, huh?  Well, that's what happened to good old Donald.  Like I said he got what he deserved.  But so could you in a similar situation...  Oh and one more thing.  For me the NBA is unwatchable.  It's all offense played by spoiled rich kids owned by hypocritical owners.  Blow it up.  Get rid of it.  Focus on college ball.

Just Say'n

Great Idea

Very clever people.


I know this is old guy talk, but this photo scares me.  I know that it's easy to stereotype kids having their heads down in their devices and missing life.  I know that not all kids are possessed by technology.  Still...if you have influence with kids in their daily life, tell them to look up once in a while.

Cool Pic


Don't know where.  Don't know why.  Don't know when.  But...creepy nonetheless!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sez Me

Has there ever been anything that has gone viral faster than the story over the weekend about the racial rants of the Clippers owner, Donald Stirling?  It has been almost breathtaking.  It's a given that this guy is toast.  Nothing he can do to walk it back.  I've heard a few commentators question whether or not it was fair for him to have his private conversations recorded and released, but that won't help. He associated with someone who would do that so he has to take the consequences.  But I've got two takeaways from the whole thing.  First, be careful what you say and who you say it to.  Everyone has a video or audio recorder on their phone.  And two he needs to go.  It's really not fair to the Clippers to be distracted during a title run.  Oh, and a third one.  All the holier than thou celebrities and commentators are jackasses.  Please...spare me your outrage.

House of Cards

Have you seen this show?  It's on Netflix so you have to be a subscriber.  I like the fact that they release the whole season at once.  That way you can watch 9 or so episodes over the course of several days.  It really let's you get into it.  But anyway, it's a really good show.  It's got political intrigue, villains, heroes, humor, suspense, etc.  Kevin Spacey is terrific.  A cad you'll love to hate!

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I Love Dogs

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Motivation Monday

Sez Me

For most of my life I've been a pretty average American when it comes to religion.  Go to church on Sunday, pray for what is important to me, recognize a higher being.  But not obsessed, not consumed.    But as I've gotten older I've drawn closer to religion and the comfort it brings.  Maybe it's me facing my mortality, maybe it's looking for some structure in an otherwise chaotic world, I don't know.  We are Episcopalian.  Not rigid, but certainly full of tradition.  And it's a comfort.  It's something to hang on to.  And on days like Easter it can be pretty special.  Just the story of the resurrection.  I mean...take a step back.  Think of the power of the story.  The faith it requires.  The momentum that Christianity has developed over the centuries.  It is really breathtaking.  And here's something I really don't get.  As we go through our lives, we are confronted every day by chaos, bitterness, cruelty, unfairness, etc.  Faith gives us (me) a way to get through it all.  So why do those who don't believe have to attack those who do?  Especially in America.  If there is anything we hold onto in this country it's freedom of religion.  People can believe whatever they want.  So those who don't have faith, that's fine.  But just leave the rest of us alone!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Parody

Or is it??

The Department of Defense (DoD) is proud to announce a new fleet of Class 1069 destroyers.  Having initially named the first two ships USS Daring and USS Dauntless, the naming committee has, after intensive pressure from Congress, renamed them USS Cautious and USS Prudent. 
The next five ships are to be USS Empathy, USS Circumspect, USS Nervous, USS Timorous and USS Apologist. Costing $850 million each they comply with the very latest employment, equality, health and safety and human rights laws.
The U.S.  Navy fully expects any future enemy to be decent and to comply with the same high standards of our behavior.

The viewer friendly stacks will be painted in the "gay pride" colors.

Live ammunition has been replaced with paintballs to reduce the risk of anyone getting hurt and to cut down on the number of compensation claims.

Stress counselors and lawyers will be on board, as will a union representative for each of the trades on board.

The crew will be 50%/50% men and women and will contain the correct balance of race, gender, sexuality and disability.

Sailors will only work a maximum of 40 hours per week as per union rules on working hours, time and a half for overtime and double time on Sundays and holidays, even in wartime.

All the vessels are equipped with a maternity ward and a gay disco.

Tobacco will be banned throughout the ship, but recreational cannabis will be allowed in the messes.

Saluting of officers is now considered elitist and has been replaced by "Hi Sailor".

All information on notice boards will be in 37 different languages.

Crew members will now have permission to grow beards and/or mustaches. This applies equally to female crew.

A majority of Senators have suggested a "non-specific" flag because the current "Stars and Stripes" may offend some Nations during port calls. 

The newly re-named USS Cautious will be commissioned shortly by muslim cleric from the Washington DC Mosque who will detonate a small explosive device near the hull. 
As she will gently slide into the sea the Marines Corp Band will play "In the Navy" by the Village People. Her first deployment will be to escort boatloads of illegal immigrants to ports on the East coast.

The President said, "Our ships reflect the very latest in modern thinking and they will always be able to comply with any new legislation from the U.N." His final words were, "I told you there would be "CHANGE!"


I've been lazy...really lazy.  Been busy at work, new house, landscaping, kids games, blah, blah, blah. I started this blog to comment once in a while about contemporary issues.  But I've let it go a bit.  It's pretty easy just to repost something and be done with it.  So if you've been here a few time and didn't see any new thought, sorry about that!

So I'm going to try a new thing to see if I can kick start my blogging after a bit of a hiatus.  It's called "sez me". I think this will give me a chance to just spout off on things without providing a big background or context.  The onus is on you, the reader, to know what the hell I'm talking about.  If you do, great.  If you don't, too bad.  So here goes...

  • Saw an article about a petition being circulated at a Topeka High School protesting Michelle Obama as commencement speaker.  On the one hand, that's not cool.  She is the First Lady after all.  On the other, she is speaking to commemorate Brown v. Board of Education.  Huh?  I get marking the date.  But this (like everything they do) is blatantly political.  If I was a high school kid in Topeka, I'd be pissed.  Let her stay home.
  • The Ferry sinking in Korea was horrible.  A tragedy.  Can you imagine being one of the divers looking for bodies in that cold and murky water?  Not me!  Heard the Captain left the ship before all survivors were off.  Not good.  If there is one inviolate principle on the seas, it's that the Captain stays with the ship.
  • I really enjoy watching the Padres on TV.  But I wonder if it's because I really like the Padres or TV is shit.  Hmmmm...think I really know.  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Friday Funnies

Pilots & Control Towers

Actual exchanges between pilots and control towers

Tower: "Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock, 6 miles!"Delta 351: "Give us another hint! We have digital watches!"

Tower:"TWA 2341, for noise abatement turn right 45 Degrees."
TWA 2341: "Center, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?"
Tower:"Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?"
From an unknown aircraft waiting in a very long takeoff queue: "I'm f...ing bored!"
Ground Traffic Control: "Last aircraft transmitting, identify yourself immediately!"
Unknown aircraft: "I said I was f...ing bored, not f...ing stupid!"
O'Hare Approach Control to a 747: "United 329 heavy, your traffic is a Fokker, one o'clock, three miles, Eastbound."
United 329: "Approach, I've always wanted to say this...I've got the little Fokker in sight."
A student became lost during a solo cross-country flight. While attempting to locate the aircraft on radar, ATC asked, "What was your last known position?"
Student: "When I was number one for takeoff."

A DC-10 had come in a little hot and thus had an exceedingly long roll out after touching down.
San Jose Tower Noted: "American 751, make a hard right turn at the end of the runway, if you are able. If you are not able, take the Guadeloupe exit off
Highway 101, make a right at the lights and return to the airport."
There's a story about the military pilot calling for a priority landing because his single-engine jet fighter was running "a bit peaked". Air Traffic Control told the fighter jock that he was number two, behind a B-52 that had one engine shut down.
"Ah," the fighter pilot remarked, "The dreaded seven-engine approach."
A Pan Am 727 flight, waiting for start clearance in Munich, overheard the following:
Lufthansa (in German): "Ground, what is our start clearance time?"
Ground (in English): "If you want an answer you must speak in English."
Lufthansa (in English): "I am a German, flying a German airplane, in Germany Why must I speak English?"
Unknown voice from another plane (in a beautiful British accent): "Because you lost the bloody war!"
Tower:"Eastern 702, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on frequency 124.7"
Eastern 702: "Tower, Eastern 702 switching to Departure. By the way,after we lifted off we saw some kind of dead animal on the far end of the runway."
Tower:"Continental 635, cleared for takeoff behind Eastern 702, contact Departure on frequency 124.7. ! Did you copy that report from Eastern 702?"
BR Continental 635: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff, roger; and yes, we copied Eastern... we've already notified our caterers."
One day the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to hold short of the active runway while a DC-8 landed. The DC-8 landed, rolled out, turned around, and taxied back past the Cherokee.
Some quick-witted comedian in the DC-8 crew got on the radio and said, "What a cute little plane. Did you make it all by yourself?"
The Cherokee pilot, not about to let the insult go by, came back with a real zinger: "I made it out of DC-8 parts. Another landing like yours and I'll have enough parts for another one."
The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one's gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206.
Speedbird 206: "Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of active runway."
Ground: "Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven."
The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.
Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"
Speedbird 206: "Stand by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location now."
Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?"
Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark, -- And I didn't land."
While taxiing at London's Gatwick Airport, the crew of a US Air flight departing for Ft. Lauderdale made a wrong turn and came nose to nose with a United 727.
An irate female ground controller lashed out at the US Air crew, screaming: "US Air 2771, where the hell are you going?! I told you to turn right onto Charlie taxiway! You turned right on Delta! Stop right there. I know it's difficult for you to tell the difference between C and D, but get it right!"
Continuing her rage to the embarrassed crew, she was now shouting hysterically: "God! Now you've screwed everything up! It'll take forever to sort this out! You stay right there and don't move till I tell you to! You can expect progressive taxi instructions in about half an hour, and I want you to go exactly where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell you! You got that, US Air 2771?"
"Yes, ma'am," the humbled crew responded.
Naturally, the ground control communications frequency fell terribly silent after the verbal bashing of US Air 2771. Nobody wanted to chance engaging the irate ground controller in her current state of mind. Tension in every cockpit out around Gatwick was definitely running high.
Just then an unknown pilot broke the silence and keyed his microphone, asking: "Wasn't I married to you once?"

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cool Pic

This one is a bit different.  Got this from a friend who was flying in to New York. As they say, "if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere".