Friday, April 04, 2014

Ricky Capleton; nigga wannabe

Oh My

Spaghetti, but hold the sauce



We use a lot of HUNTS sauce (I even drink a small glass for breakfast), so this new package was a good deal for us.  I bought in bulk from Walmart; they ship three boxes in a big baggie.  When I retrieved baggie number two from the top pantry shelf ... . Yikes.  There were no apparent leaks when I recived them, and still none really.  It's like the sauce leached through the boxes and began to rot.  FYI.

Really Really Evil

  President Obama seized on the veneer of good news about Obamacare to tear into his critics, issuing one of the most partisan speeches of his presidency and accusing opponents of lying about the law to scare the public because they're opposed to ..     Blah Blah Blah

WTF!  There are easily two dozed new stories a day about Obama and henchmen promulgating new lies,  distortions, and ways to further "remake" America in their image.  It strikes me that my reporting, or even commenting on them anymore, on this venue, is like a news headline in 1944 stating "Hitler is Evil!"

Okay.  I guess there is some cathartic value.



Res Ipsa Loquitur

A Winning Strategy

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Franken Talk

Star Tribune: Al Franken at 44% against opponents (…they muttered, darkly).

Katie Kane offered Barn Army commission


Her name’s Katie, she’s a USAF F-16 crew chief. She’s a hardcore Boston Red Sox fan and is obsessed with her dog, Pongo. She gets hit on and asked on dates so often that she just tells people she’s in a relationship. Her smile is even better in person.

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Katie has been tendered an immediate commission  as batman to the Barn Army Commander, with a breveted rank of Admiral Commander. We await anxiously.

So Keats and Byron die ...

Heavenly Rhyme-Off 

Poets Keats and Lord Byron died and Saint Peter said that, sadly, he had but one room for  poets in heaven.  To determine which one, Saint Peter asked them to write a poem in sixty-seconds using the word Timbuktu.

Keats wrote:

As I was walking on the shore
listening to the ocean roar
A sailing ship came into view

Lord Byron wrote

As Tim and I astrolling went,
We spied three maidens in a tent.
Since they were three and we were two,
I bukt one and Tim bukt two.
Harvey Martini, most recently

Thud Ridge



epub or pdf version!

BOOK DOWNLOAD: Thud Ridge by Jack Broughton
Due to the generosity of some avid book enthusiasts you can now download an electronic version of the excellent Vietnam war memoir
Thud Ridge by Col. Jack Broughton (see below).
This book is no longer in print either in paper or ebook form, so this is a great opportunity to get yourself a copy.

You're welcome!
-m(arc m)

Book details (from Wikipedia):

The book is based on Broughton's tour of duty between September 1966 and June 1967 as Vice Commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, based at Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. The narrative is anecdotal in nature, a commentary of his observations of persons, aircraft, and events during his tour,
Feb 28, 2014Johnny rated it 4 of 5 stars

Normally, I wouldn’t be open to reading anything from the Vietnam Era. The Vietnam Conflict was a shameful period in U.S. history and not a policy that I supported. Yet, in spite of my misgivings about policy, I realized some years ago when I met Navy pilot and bestselling author Stephen Coonts that there were many courageous men who fought over there because they believed they were making the world a safer place. Thud Ridge is the autobiography of another pilot from another service. Jack Brough...more
more or less chronologically, but without dated references. Few individuals are identified by other than first or nicknames, but Broughton develops most as characters through descriptions of their career backgrounds. Broughton's accounts of missions "up north" were enhanced in both accuracy and verisimilitude by verbatim transcriptions of radio transmissions he recorded using a small tape recorder mounted in the cockpit of his aircraft.

In Thud Ridge Broughton is highly critical of the U.S. command structure directing air operations against North Vietnam. He blames micromanagement by the highest levels in Washington down to the Thirteenth Air Force, a command echelon based in the Philippines, for losses of men and aircraft that he characterizes as "astronomical" and "worthless". He is particularly critical, however, of the "bomber mentality" management by generals who came up through the Strategic Air Command and then occupied key command slots in the war, which was being fought by pilots of the Tactical Air Command.

The book came about when, at the completion of his tour of duty, Broughton and two of his pilots were court martialed by the USAF for allegedly conspiring to violate the rules of engagement regarding U.S. air operations. Although acquitted of the most serious charges, Broughton, who had been personally relieved of duty by Pacific Air Forcescommander Gen. John D. Ryan, was subsequently transferred to an obscure post in the Pentagon, allegedly as a vendetta because his punishment was so slight. Required by office protocol to work only two or three days a month, he used both his extra time and his bitterness at the Air Force to compose Thud Ridge while he awaited approval of an application to appeal of his conviction to the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records.

After his conviction was overturned and expunged from his record because of "undue command influence", Broughton retired from the Air Force in August 1968 and had the memoir published by J.B. Lippincott. The book appeared soon after as a Bantam paperback, with reprint editions in 1985, 2002, and 2006.

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Thank you Marc!

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