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Right Ascension of Aries; Part Deux

The world as observed by a grumpy Retired Submariner who's opinion grows more calcified each day.

Updated: 2016-09-07T21:36:11.976-07:00


Good Bye and Good Riddance


2011 is now in then rear view mirror of life. As years in my life go, not one of the worst but not one to put in the I want to ride again category. Years ending in 1 don't tend to work out well, and the further in the year I get the more down hill things seem to go.

So, Today was a fresh start so to speak and not too bad for a new year's start. Spent the day stowing the Christmas decorations away and tiding up around the garage.

I intend to blog more in the coming year, the past year apathy overcame any attempt at writing.

Off to dinner with friends

Happy New year.

How I feel about our current Goverment and Tax day


H/T Theo Sparks for the pic

Do the Puyallup


Saturday the family went to the Puyallup Fair. ( Spoken pew all up) Here in Western Washington it is the largest fair in the area.  I am from New Mexico and it is as large as the New Mexico State fair in Albuquerque.  The Better half had freebie tickets for the family because she is a teacher so really it was just the cost of gas and food.
  The weather was absolutely gorgeous!  Couldn't have asked for better. The Sun shined all day ( a rare sight in this area during the fall) with the temp in the mid 70's to upper 70's.  

I always liked the going to fairs for the food, exhibits and all the crap that the merchants are hawking in sales halls.  You rarely see most of these products outside of the Fair.  I am still upset that the Better half wouldn't let me have a velvet that the "artist" would paint a likeness of me at the same poker table as Tony Montana (Scar Face), Don Vito(The Godfather), Henry Hill, Jimmy "The Gent" Conway and Tommy DeVito(Goodfellas).   I got the same answer for the Mexican Lucha Libre mask.   We passed all the cures for all the ails in the world and I am sure that every chiopractor in the greater Seattle/Olympia area had a booth and would do a "Free spinal evaluation"

The food was the usual scrumptious array of BBQ, burgers, dogs on a stick, fries, elephant ears, and the Belle of the Puyallup fair, the scone.
The Scone booths had lines wrapped around them all day long.   People were buying them by the dozen.  And the closer the the end of the day the longer the lines were because most folks are stocking up to take them home.
The best deal of the fair was the Mountian mist bottled water co.  They had 1qt cold water bottles for about 3 bucks and you could refill them at the other M.M. booths that were located all around the fair.
Of course the draw back to this is that the prices for most things (except the scones and water) were a bit high to down right breath taking
The rides were along the lines of 4-6 dollars a ride,  The young daughter was a bit crestfallen about not going on rides, but she got a few visits to other amusement parks this summer.   The past few years the fair had a "dizzy pass"  20 bucks for a wrist band and you could ride all day.   But I guess in the current economic situation everyone is scrapping for all the money they can get.
If any readers get a chance to be in the Seattle/Olympia are in September, Do the Puyallup.  There is plenty to see and do, even if you are a total tightwad like me.

Refit and stores load


Well once again I am going to make take a stab at blogging.  I have spent several months enjoying to efforts of others but not putting my thoughts out for others to share.  Several blogs I read on a daily or weekly basis have atrophied and died.  I think this is due to the shift to the current 500 lb gorilla of the internet and that is Facebook.   Been there,  not too impressed.   I enjoy spouting my opinion behind a nome de plume.   People can still feel butt hurt if they don't agree but it won't trail back to my occupation, church or other day to day activity.   Facebook to me smacks of high school.  More thoughts on that later.

For now. I am trying to get back to writing, I don't know how long the muse will stick. Probably until the next crisis here at home or until the better half finds something better she wants done with the time.

Savvy Advise


Lesson 1:A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob , the next-door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, 'I'll give you $800 to drop that towel.' After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob.  After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, 'Who was that?' 'It was Bob the next door neighbor', she replies.'Great,' the husband says, 'did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?' Moral of the story: If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders, in time you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.Lesson 2: A priest offered a Nun a lift. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg. The nun said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?' The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once again said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?' The priest apologized 'Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.' Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily and went on her way.On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, 'Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.' Moral of the story:If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity. Lesson 3: A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it, and out comes a Genie. The Genie says, 'I'll give each of you just one wish.' 'Me first! Me first!' says the admin clerk. 'I want to be in the Bahamas , driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.' Puff! She's gone. 'Me next! Me next!' says the sales rep. 'I want to be in Hawaii , relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.' Puff! He's gone. 'OK, you're up,' the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, 'I want those two back in the office afterlunch.' Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.Lesson 4 An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, 'Can I also sit like you and do nothing?' The eagle answered: 'Sure, why not.' So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it. Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up. Lesson 5 A turkey was chatting with a bull. 'I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree' sighed the turkey, 'but I haven't got the energy.' 'Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?' replied the bull. They're packed with nutrients.' The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree. Moral of the story: Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there. Lesson 6 A little bird [...]

Hero's and Zero's


Here in the Northwest there is a family who took matters into their own hands and made what I am sure will be a world of difference to two Haitian children. This guy has to be commended for having the balls to fly into a disaster ravaged country, navigate from his airplane to the children, rescue said children and then get them all back to the Northwest in 3 days. This is a prime example of what average American brain, brawn and balls can do in the world if it isn't being over regulated or marginalized by sectors of America who lack the backbone and stamina to get things done.Excerpts from the story: The Schlenbakers had adopted two children, 8-year-old Dejennika and 6-year-old Djouvensky, but the two kids were still in an orphanage in Port-au-Price when the quake hit.The couple had been working for three years to bring the kids home to Bellingham.Brett decided he couldn't wait for someone else to help. He grabbed a backpack with supplies and jumped on a plane over the weekend to go find his children."I just did what any other parent would do -- go get your kids," Brett said.With little more than his own determination, Brett found the two children and took them to the U.S. embassy Tuesday morning to get visas and passports before securing a flight out of Haiti on a C-130 transport plane. Mmm mmmm mmm.... What a bit of intestinal fortitude and the sack to try it will do in this world. Too bad Congress critters and the rest in the other Washington can't catch a bit of this attitude. The country and our world can be a better place.Too bad the Supreme court justices just allowed for the fire sale of the century on the remaining shred of our democracy. Sweeping aside a century-old understanding and overruling two important precedents, a bitterly divided Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections.The ruling was a vindication, the majority said, of the First Amendment’s most basic free speech principle — that the government has no business regulating political speech. The dissenters said allowing corporate money to flood the political marketplace will corrupt democracy. The 5-to-4 decision was a doctrinal earthquake but also a political and practical one. Specialists in campaign finance law said they expected the decision, which also applies to labor unions and other organizations, to reshape the way elections are conducted.“If the First Amendment has any force,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority, which included the four members of its conservative wing, “it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech.”Justice John Paul Stevens read a long dissent from the bench. He said the majority had committed a grave error in treating corporate speech the same as that of human beings. His decision was joined by the other three members of the court’s liberal wing.Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, an author of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, called the ruling “a terrible mistake.”“Ignoring important principles of judicial restraint and respect for precedent, the Court has given corporate money a breathtaking new role in federal campaigns,” said Mr. Feingold, a Democrat. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader and a longtime opponent of that law, praised the Court’s decision as “an important step in the direction of restoring the First Amendment rights of these groups by ruling that the Constitution protects their right to express themselves about political candidates and issues up until Election Day.” The case had unlikely origins. It involved a documentary called “Hillary: The Movie,” a 90-minute stew of caustic political commentary and advocacy journalism. It was produced by Citizens United, a conservative nonprofit corporation, and was released during the Dem[...]

Pulling a Brett Favre


After drinking some coffee and reading the comment section of yesterday’s post, I have decided to keep posting. Thanks Sonarman , Buck, Blunoz, Red dog and Sandy Salt for stopping by and commenting.

Red Dog, I guess I fall in the geek category. Buck, sorry I didn’t hyperlink your blog because ever time I tried to open it IE would freak out and crash.

After contemplating the opinions over some java and considering the fact that there really isn’t another forum that a person can have an open opinion under a Nome de plume. I will keep my soap box to rail and rant against the absurdity and ignorance of our society.

My main reason for quitting the blog was the fact that I am striving to follow through on my projects. There have been way too many projects that I have fallen short on because of time or budget and I am trying to discipline myself to not start an endeavor that I will only take to a half ass status. So my personal critique of my blog was that I wasn’t making any difference. Thus, I was going for closure. I did feel more than a ting of regret for hitting the publish post yesterday. I guess the upside is that I didn't go to the blogger dashboard and delet the entire blog.

I enjoy writing when the muse hits, but there are only 24 hrs in a day and most of the time all the waking ones are booked with the responsibilities of being a father, husband, and employee. I miss being in the Navy, it was a rich source of blogging material.
Where I am currently employed, not so much. I really enjoy my job, but what I do is both classified and proprietary to my employer; so nuff said about that. But a large part of the day I spend is unbloggable.

So, stay tuned I will post again soon. I am sure that the popular culture, political and economic arena of our society will provide fodder.

Strike the colors, Secure the watch


I have decided to decomm the blog.

I don't really have a unique hobby or occupation to blog about. My personal life is well, personal so I don't blog about that.

I've been retired from the navy for a while so that isn't an irritant to blog about any longer.

I hold views on our current political and economic situation. But there is already a myriad of bloggers and pundits out there and adding my opinion is like taking a piss in a typhoon... I just don't have an interesting enough point of view to try and rise above that background noise.

So there ya are. A retired, reclusive, shift working Submariner without enough personal time to write.

"Attention to Quarters"


"All secure about the decks. The running lights have been extinguished, the cannonballs have been removed and the cannon has been spiked."

"Strike eight bells,"

"Haul down the colors."

"Secure the watch."

Some Cool Monkey buisness


A cool clip that has nothing to do with, Chistmas, Congress, or any other things that raise the blood pressure.

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They didn't fail to disappoint


The Crooks in the House on the Hill

The weekend session, the endless prattle on the house floor on an amendment that has no substance and was nothing but whitewash to spin any accusation of supporting abortion with fed dollars. The fact that the entire bill was a massive steaming pile of crap, un-reviewed by the public, drafted behind closed doors, and then crammed down our throat in the middle of the night after a cursory debate. No regard for the opinion of the public that they were elected to represent.

I am now a PISSED off American. I support the idea that the basic health care should be something that all WORKING Americans should be able to obtain. But the skulduggery that the House cobbled together to steal from the citizens and support themselves and their special interests is TREASON.

What part of NO we don't want this, didn't they grasp from their constituents? The town hall's, the marches, the letters Phone calls and Emails.

We need to clean the place out.. No incumbent, Democrate or Republican should be re-elected from 2010 forward until anyone who was present in this congress is out of office.

The upside of this, The Senate hasn't touched this third rail yet, and they have a very different bill outlined.

As I read on a comment this morning on this subject; We aren't fucked, But we can see fucked from here.

USS New York reaches Namesake City


A few pics that I swiped of the Internet of the USS New York pulling into Manhattan.

We will take a Slushy and some oats





Yes ladies and Gent's,

Another beachhead for GIGA Government intervention in our lives and the way we are doing business.

The Zero, exactly one year too late, delivered on Wall Street, a speech on the dealings of Banks and financial firms.

"We will not go back to the days of reckless behavior and unchecked excess at the heart of this crisis, where too many were motivated only by the appetite for quick kills and bloated bonuses," the president said. "Those on Wall Street cannot resume taking risks without regard for consequences, and expect that next time, American taxpayers will be there to break their fall."

I don't think for a moment that the Firms and the Banks on Wall St haven't continued to operate under the same rules and behavior. Their reason for existence it to make MONEY, the more the better, and SCREW the average investor or banking customer. They are where profits are derived.

He was chiding the Wall St leaders that they need to think of the little guy, the people that are hurting because of the current recession.

Right, The collective sympathy from these guys will que the worlds tiniest fiddle to play my heart bleeds for you..

Then, here it comes.


new rules to protect consumers and a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency to enforce those rules and closure of regulator loopholes and overlap that "were at the heart of the crisis" because it left key officials without "the authority to take action."

Sen. Chris Dodd, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, is leading the push for those new rules and his aides hope to have legislation together before the year's end. Already they have conducted hearings on the source of the problem and how best to prevent another.

We are going to create another agency?? Last time I looked, It was under the responsibility of the Federal Trade Commission, Plus, the rules are being drafted by this Guy?

In his role as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee Dodd proposed a program in June 2008 that would assist troubled subprime mortgage lenders such as Countrywide Financial in the wake of the United States housing bubble's collapse. Condé Nast Portfolio reported allegations that in 2003 Dodd had refinanced the mortgages on his homes in Washington, D.C. and Connecticut through Countrywide Financial and had received favorable terms due to being placed in a "Friends of Angelo" program. Dodd received mortgages from Countrywide at allegedly below-market rates on his Washington, D.C. and Connecticut homes. Dodd had not disclosed the below-market mortgages in any of six financial disclosure statements he filed with the Senate or Office of Government Ethics since obtaining the mortgages in 2003.

Of course his Fellow Peers found that he “did not break any Senate Ethics Rule”. But when your buddies are on the jury, how hard is it??

Fun times ahead. And to note, This is the a reason I don't blog on political topics often, I get a raging foaming at the mouth feeling for ALL the crooks in Washington DC. That includes Democrats, Republicans, Lobbyist, Unions, and the despotic bureaucratic dictators. They are all wasting our national resources, talent, and the future. I feel that every day that our nation is being indoctrinated to accept mediocrity by our schools, government and the worst offender of all, Television.

Now if you will excuse me, I am going to fold my Jiffy Pop container into a hat to keep out those evil rays...

Goodbye to summer


Today the family had it's annual open house and BBQ.
We invite all our friends and acquaintances in the area to come over and have a sit, visit and enjoy some food. I grilled 8 lbs of pork loin, 10 lbs of pork ribs, a 14 lbs turkey, 5 lbs of Zucchini and squash coated with olive oil and garlic, Hot Dogs, and Burgers.
We also had baked beans, apple pie, Rhubarb apple pie, Pasta salad (3 varieties, Cold Slaw, Cheese cake, and a half sheet cake from Costco. Add Ice tea, sodas, and the Ball game on the radio combined with a sunny 80 degree day in the Northwest.
It couldn't have been a better end to the season and getting reacquainted with old friends.

Something funny to enjoy


I still have my arm caught in the corn combine of life. So at the end of any given day I don't have the time or mental energy to blog on the world around me. This might be a blessing because with the state of current affairs in this country and the world, I would quite possibly rant myself into the village grouch category.

So, seeing how the world needs a laugh in hard times. Enjoy these village idiots.

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Taking a much earned Vacation


Today I am taking the wife and kiddo off to adventure at an amusment park/water park and then catch various and sundry attratctions on the way back home. So here are a few lists of fact/fun for your amusment.Sayings for Sunday............... 1. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.3. It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.4. Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.5. Always remember that you’re unique. Just like everyone else.6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.7. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.8. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone.9. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.12. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.13. Some days you’re the bug; some days you’re the windshield.14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.17. Duct tape is like ‘The Force’. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.19. Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.20. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.21. Never miss a good chance to shut up.Seen on Marine Corps Bumper Stickers " U.S. Marines -- Travel Agents To Allah""Stop Global Whining""When In Doubt, Empty The Magazine" Naval Corollary; Dead men don't testify."The Marine Corps -- When It Absolutely, Positively Has To Be Destroyed Overnight""Death Smiles At Everyone -- Marines Smile Back" "Marine Sniper - You can run, but you'll just die tired!" "What Do I Feel When I Kill A Terrorist? .... A little Recoil""Marines -- Providing Enemies of America an Opportunity To Die For their Country Since 1775"*"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It""Happiness Is A Belt-Fed Weapon""It's God's Job to Forgive Bin Laden -- It's Our Job To Arrange The Meeting""Artillery Brings Dignity to What Would Otherwise Be Just A Brawl""One Shot, Twelve Kills -- USN Gun Fire Support""Do draft dodgers Have Reunions? If So, What Do They Talk About?""My kid fought in Iraq so your kid can party in college""Machine Gunners -- Accuracy by Volume""A Dead Enemy Is A Peaceful Enemy -- Blessed Be The Peacemakers""If You Can Read, Thank A Teacher. If You Can Read It In English, Thank A Veteran""Except For Ending Slavery, Fascism, Nazism, and Communism, WAR has Never Solved Anything.*"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem." - Ronald ReaganH/T Theo Spark[...]

June unemployment numbers ( A solution)



Plagiarized thought on current Pop Culture


Reading through blogs for the morning entertainment and amusment, I ran across this comment that sums up the death of Farrah and Micheal.

Well, we lost two pop culture icons. One, a whole generation of young
boys wanted to diddle. The other wanted to diddle a whole generation of young

I just had to share...

CSI MIAMI The Chicken Choked Back!


H/T to Curmudgeonly and Skeptical

Navy initiates catch-and-release program for Gitmo prisoners


With plans to shutter Gitmo, the U.S. Navy has announced its new "catch-and-release" program for terrorists captured on the battlefield.
Yesterday, Navy officials announced that -- consistent with President Obama's directives -- it has released a senior Al Qaeda Terrorist after questioning him extensively for 27 days while being held prisoner aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea.
As a humanitarian gesture, the terrorist was given $50 US and a White 1962 Ford Fairlane automobile upon being released from Custody.The attached photo shows the terrorist on his way home moments after being released by the Navy.

Hiatus over


Looks like Cookie was just taking some personal time off from blogging. He's back and posting again.

Blogger on a Milk Carton


I have been a regular reader of Cookie over at The Cookshack. But about a month ago, he abruptly quite posting and hasn't some much as published comments on his blog. I'm sure that it isn't due to the lack of funny material or a sudden healthy love of the current Congress or the O administration. I figured that I would use the collective knowledge of the Internets and it's users to collect some information.

So, If you have seen this blogger,

or know what has happend to him, leave me a comment.

Maybe he has just defected to Myspace or Facebook and called his blog quits.

Remember those who gave all


Take some time today or tommorrow to pause and remember those who made the ultimate sacrificed for the freedom we all enjoy.

And nothing will come of it.


All the time I was in the Navy, I was entrusted with a variety of jobs that involved classified information. It was a routine part of the job, yet is was never treated as routine. It was NEVER something you used as bragging rights to impress the boys over a beer or to gain status at a meeting of a "We wear silly hats or Weird suits" club. It was just something you didn't talk about.

But apparently, the VP, being "Above the law" has seen fit to disclose classified information to schmooze the crowds and gain a laugh.

According to a report, while recently attending the Gridiron Club dinner in Washington, an annual event where powerful politicians and media elite get a chance to cozy up to one another, Biden told his dinner mates about the existence of a secret bunker under the old U.S. Naval Observatory, which is now the home of the vice president.

The bunker is believed to be the secure, undisclosed location former Vice President Dick Cheney remained under protection in secret after the 9/11 attacks.

Eleanor Clift, Newsweek magazine's Washington contributing editor, said Biden revealed the location while filling in for President Obama at the dinner.

Good old Joe, Once again filling his pie hole with his foot. Sadly, he has broken the law. Like all the other elitist in this administration, he puts himself above having to actually obey the laws that govern the "rest of us" and won't be censured or penalized in any way for this security breach.

I guess the upside is that it was the secure area designated for him, So he really has only screwed himself. Too bad that there are military and secret service personnel who are required to go in there with him in times of crisis.