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September 27, 2009

Letter to Obama

For some reason I have felt very civic minded the last few weeks and after reading an article on the front page of Yahoo, More school: Obama would curtail summer vacation, I felt that I had to send a letter to the President. Obama has managed to piss off adults with his poorly planned and poorly executed programs over the last 9 months, but now he is going to piss off children, the future voter base of this nation. Personally, however, I agree with his plan.

Here is my letter.

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Mr President,

Yahoo! recently published an article concerning your ideas to get American children on par in education by lengthening the amount of time they are in school and shortening their summer breaks. I couldn't agree more.

How do you propose to implement this new plan? I live in CA and I have 4 children, 3 of whom are in school. Our schools have no money to pay teachers and the furlough days cut into the education our children receive. In fact, California asked for a loan to help our flailing economy and the Federal Government refused. But California is not the only state that has to slash their educational funds to compensate for the state of the economy. Some school districts in your home state of Hawaii only attend 3 days a week. How can these children in public schools compete with others who attend private schools and attend more days and more hours per week?

Thank you for your time, Mr President.

September 26, 2009

Craigslist forums

If you would like to read some of the most ignorant, uninformed and unmoderated dialogue on the Internet then please, go visit Craigslist Politics forums. I only read the SFO metro and Sacramento boards but I would imagine the rest of the country has just as useless, racist and bigoted posts.

And please, do not respond to these curiosities of natural selection because you will just get even more angry.

Census worker murdered: File under "WTF?"

As I was reading about Obama's testicles finally dropping long enough to tell the anti-American world that they will be on their own from now on, I came across the story of a kindly Census worker, Bill Sparkman, who was found hanged to death in a Kentucky cemetery. How random is that?

The police do not know if Sparkman was going door-to-door for work and came across some ignorant, backwards-ass, inbred hillbillies who misinterpreted Federal Census worker as 'revenuer' and killed him, or if it was perhaps some ignorant, backwards-ass, inbred hillbilly drug users who got scared and killed him. Either of these two scenarios would work as Sparkman had "FED" written in black Sharpie across his chest and his badge was taped to his body.

Judgement Day just can't come quick enough for some people. I hope the culprits are found and made to endure a very lengthy and costly trial courtesy of the American taxpayers. And then, if convicted, made to live the rest of their lives in a prison with a gym, library, workshop and plenty of state funded counselors to rehabilitate these fuck sticks.

That will show them.

September 23, 2009

Study explains the hard life of winter born kids

There has been significant study over the course of many decades trying to figure out why, statistically speaking, children born in the winter months have harder lives than those born in warm months. Believe it or not, it took a couple of economists to shed light on this phenomenon.
Here is the link: The Plight of Winter Babies.

Here is my Reader's Digest Condensed version: Babies concieved in the back seat of a car on Prom night will have shittier lives compared to babies conceived under the covers in a warm bed on a cold winter's night.


Bow chicka mow wow...

To the Gov

Governor Schwarzennegger,

I am writing to show my support and concerns for the Bill 962 that was passed on September 11, but awaits your signature to become law.

I fully support the concept of full identity disclosure when buying ammunition and/or fire arms, however it seems that the law abiding citizens always suffer when strict laws are enforced. Tight restrictions do not seem to affect criminals.

The only issue I have with Bill 962 is the requirement for an employee to have face to face contact with the purchaser for the ammunition.

"Prohibit the retail sale, the offer for sale or the display of handgun ammunition in a manner that allows ammunition to be accessible to a purchaser without assistance of a vendor or employee."

Retail stores like Wal-Mart have the ammunition under glass but small stores and specialized firearm and ammunition retailers have the ammunition on shelves. The face to face contact occurs at the counter when the purchaser pays for the product.

I beleive that the stipulation for vendor or employee assistance is too vague. I can interpret that statement to mean that an employee or vendor must get the ammunition for the purchaser. The smaller specialized retailers will suffer as it will take away an employee just to go get the product. The economy is making things tight and this employee assistance will only stretch the retailers even more.

My 20 years of military service drilled the importance of fire arm safety and security and I am all for it- until the measures become too unreasonable or too blurry for law abiding citizens to comply with.

Thank you for your time.


Here is the email from Cabela's concerning the Bill:

To: Cabela's California Customers
From: Cabela's Communications
Subject: California Assembly Bill 962
Date: Sept. 22, 2009

We are writing to inform you of pending legislation that will restrict purchases of handgun ammunition in California and will terminate our ability to service your needs for certain products.

On Friday, Sept. 11, the California Assembly passed Assembly Bill 962, by a 44-31 vote.

Among other regulations, AB 962 would:


• Ban all mail-order and Internet sales of handgun ammunition.
• Prohibit the retail sale, the offer for sale or the display of handgun ammunition in a
manner that allows ammunition to be accessible to a purchaser without assistance of a
vendor or employee.
• Require that the delivery or transfer of ownership of handgun ammunition occur in a
face-to-face transaction, with the deliverer or transferor being provided bona fide
evidence of identity of the purchaser or other transferee.
That evidence of identity, which must be legibly recorded at the time of delivery, includes:


• The right thumbprint of the purchaser or transferee.
• The date of the sale or other transaction.
• The purchaser's or transferee's driver's license or other identification number and the
state in which it was issued.
• The brand, type and amount of ammunition sold or otherwise transferred.
• The purchaser's or transferee's signature.
• The name of the salesperson who processed the sale or other transaction.
• The purchaser's or transferee's full residential address and telephone number.
• The purchaser's or transferee's date of birth.
The bill is on the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, where it awaits his consideration. He will have until Oct. 11 to sign or veto the bill. If he does not veto the bill, it will become law.

If you wish to comment on AB 962, you may contact Gov. Schwarzenegger by phone at (916) 445-2841, or via fax at (916) 558-3160. To e-mail Gov. Schwarzenegger, visit
http://gov.ca.gov/interact

We encourage all Cabela's customers who participate in the shooting sports to contact Gov. Schwarzenegger to voice their opposition to this initiative, which will limit your opportunities to shop with Cabela's, and will restrict the sale of handgun ammunition everywhere in California.

September 22, 2009

Log Entry: West Pac 2005

September 9, 2005

I have the midwatch now and it is going pretty slow. I had an interesting dream oncoming about zombies. I was beating them down with a tomahawk and a baseball bat. I was really kicking some zombie ass until I was awakened by someone yelling at Zach to get up for his training. Lower level berthing is just too small for people to be yelling like that. I got up about an hour later because I couldn’t fall back asleep. Assholes.

We have been underway from Guam a month now. Seems longer. We are running low on yeast so bread and pizza will probably be rationed very soon. How can the cooks be so stupid and not pack 90 days of yeast like they are supposed to? Yeah, rhetorical questions suck, I know. I have noticed throughout my career that the cooks can consistently do a shitty job with little repercussion. The rest of us suffer and it goes unnoticed. Shitbirds.

So Hanthorn’s ass zit still hasn’t popped and he won’t stop complaining about it. Woydziak and I offered to lance it and Hanthorn said no fucking way. We also offered to take a picture of it so he could see first hand how disgusting it is and he declined. Now he is really embarrassed about it. Pity, because it would really bring a little excitement to an otherwise boring underway. We haven’t even had a King Shit either and that happens pretty quick after eating this food for a few weeks. I finally cut that retarded toenail of mine- it was bugging the shit out of me. How does a toenail start to grow all funky and change color? Dudes are gross.

Ivanisko brought some levity to the section when he told a story that shows just how shitty cooks are in general. On his last boat they ran out of hot dogs on the serving line during chow and everyone had to wait for another batch to finish cooking. When they finally served the hotdogs Ivanisko noticed that they were much smaller than usual. He took the hot dog out of the bun and upon closer inspection noticed a hole at the tip- a hole where a stick used to be. The cooks had stripped down corndogs, pulled the stick out and served them like regular hot dogs. Why the fuck wouldn’t they just serve corndogs? Assclowns.



Our Lame 'by-the-book' Commanding Officer
The USS Louisville suffers a Jules Verne fate because there was not a procedure for dislodging a giant squid from the hull.

September 12, 2009

Obama Race Card played... again

During a televised speech to Congress in which Obama was discussing his new health care reform, South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson yelled out, "You lie!" when Obama stated that illegal immigrants will not be covered by the new plan. I'm glad that Wilson got that off his chest and expressed what millions also feel about this health care joke that this administration is trying to force feed the American public.

Don't get me wrong, the system we have now doesn't suit everyone and thousands have no coverage. People complain about Medicare (health care for people 65 and older) and Medicaid (healthcare for people with low income) and how broke the system is and that something needs to be done quickly before they pull the plug on Grandma. I feel compelled to remind people that Medicare/Medicaid are government programs; if the government has jacked these 2 important programs up then what makes you think the Obama plan will be any better?

Reagan said it best:

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But I digress from the original intent of this post.

Both the GOP and Dems rebuked Wilson for his outburst and an apology was quickly made. McCain, still pissed about his loss last November and fully regretting running with that Alaskan MILFTwit, ran to CNN to avenge the President. Rep. John Clyburn, the House Whip, also went on to say how baaaaaaad it was for Wilson to use the forbidden 3-letter word. Speaking of which, if he is the Whip, why doesn't he just whip the shit out of Wilson and then we can all move on.

Because that would be too easy and groups like the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) could not capitalize on this emotionally (not racially) motivated outburst. The African-American newspaper must need a boost to its circulation because it has flipped the Race Card regarding Wilson's outburst. Wilson has already shown a cosmic error in judgement but the statements made by the NNPA only compound the ridiculousness of this Obama oriented event.

Is this an indoctrinated tactic used by people who are so insecure and confused about their stance on an issue that they have to marginalize and attack an anti-Obama statement by calling the opposition racist?

No one in their right mind actually believes calling someone a liar equates to racism. The fact that the accuser is of a different color is irrelevant. I see a parallel to people who use the word "hate crime" as in indiscriminant label to help relieve some sort of inner tension by creating even more tension. After all, aren't all crimes 'hate crimes'?

What really bothers me about the anti Obama suppression by these goons is that by calling an insensitive jackass a racist they start to devalue the word. There are plenty of self proclaimed racists that are probably getting pissed off with all these meaningless and unsubstatiated accusations of racism.
NNPA Chairman Danny J. Bakewell Sr. said. "Rep. Wilson's remarks were racist, disrespectful, and a disingenuous violation -- not only of President Obama -- but to the institution of the presidency and only solidified our position and the importance in not spending black dollars where black people are not respected.
The last statement is in reference to the NNPA's new position to stand with the NAACP's boycott of South Carolina. I agreed with this asshat's comment about Wilson's remarks except for the racism shtick. Unfortunately, he said "racist" at the beginning of this comment and I immediately dismissed everything after as just another black man pissed off at the world. Does that make me racist? No, it makes me an insensitive asshole. Besides, I know that I'm not a racist because I would totally do Hale Berry.

What I find entertaining about the outburst is that it followed Obama's use of the same word Wilson used against him. Time reports,
Just before Wilson's scream, Obama himself had accused his unnamed opponents of offering "a lie, plain and simple."
"Hey Kettle, this is Pot. You're black!" Whoops, I did it again...

Time finished their article with a great spin by revealing something that had not occured to me. Wilson's outburst might actually help the President. Leave it to these Obama Jock Swingers to make a positive out of a negative.
But Wilson's outburst is on far shakier footing, even though the details of enforcement mechanisms for the bill have not been worked out. He was claiming something — benefits for illegal immigrants — that is expressly prohibited in the major legislative efforts in both houses of Congress. He was becoming the sideshow the President wanted to spotlight, and as such Wilson handed a great gift to his political enemies, for whom he clearly has little regard.
Bravo, Ms. Yan. Well played.

The Democrats gave Wilson an ultimatum for his unsolicited truth slinging: Apologize or face punishment. As obscure as it might sound, it is against House rules to call the President a liar. But it wasn't always so mamsy-pansey in American politics. If you recall 7th grade political history you might remember a man named Preston Brooks. From Wikipedia, the cheapest and most entertaining fascist online encyclopedia:
In May 22, 1856, Brooks beat Senator Charles Sumner with his Gutta-percha wood walking cane in the Senate chamber because of a speech Sumner had made three days earlier, criticizing President Franklin Pierce and Southerners who sympathized with the pro-slavery violence in Kansas ("Bleeding Kansas")
Yes, you read that right, he beat the living shit out of a man on the Senate floor. Granted, it wasn't televised and people back then actually had some sack and knew what chivalry meant. Wilson calls Obama a liar and everyone is butt hurt.

Why did NAACP start the boycott in the first place? Because the Confederate flag is flown above the state capitol.
The NAACP boycott has reportedly had mixed results, with some saying it has cut into tourism and affected state beaches, restaurants and motels, among other businesses, and others saying it has only hurt black-owned businesses in the state.
I have mixed feelings about the flag, seeing it as an icon for rednecks to rally under much in the same way as I view people who wear winter wool hats in the summer as confused douchebags. Anyway, good luck with that ban.

In response you NNPA and NAACP boycotting South Carolina, I will boycott these two institutions by withdrawing my subscriptions to Black Men, Ebony, XXL, Afro, African Vibes, African American Golfer's Digest, and Buffie. I will also discontinue watching BET, reruns of What's Happening and anything by Tyler Perry.

September 5, 2009

Seven Bridges Road


I recently acquired an Eagles discography which has every song they did from 1980 to the present. There are a lot of 'best of' albums in the list which bear a lot repetition but I do not mind burning up the disk space.

I was very interested in finding the a cappella song Eagles performed called Seven Bridges Road. To my surprise, it is very hard to find. Wikipedia:
The song was recorded live by Eagles for their Eagles Live album in 1980; the single, b/w a live version of The Long Run, reached #21 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. (A version of this recording remastered for DTS appears as a DTS-only bonus track on the DVD version of Eagles' Hell Freezes Over reunion concert video.) However, Eagles never recorded or released a studio cut of the tune.

"Seven Bridges Road" is the title of a song written by Steve Young that he recorded in 1969 for his Rock Salt & Nails album. The definitive version is the cover recorded by Eagles in 1980 which still receives significant airplay on classic rock stations.

Apparently, it is a real road in Montgopmery, Alabama and Young recalls the significance of the road.
"I lived in Montgomery, Alabama, in the early 60s and had a group of friends there that showed me the road. It led out of town and after you had crossed seven bridges you found yourself out in the country on a dirt road. Spanish Moss hung in the trees and there were old farms with old fences and graveyards and churches and streams. A high-bank dirt road with trees. It seemed like a Disney Fantasy at times. People went there to park or get stoned or just to get away from it all. I thought my friends had made up the name 'Seven Bridges Road.' I found out later that it had been called by that name for over a hundred years. That people had been struck by the beauty of the road for a long time, however, this is not the official name of the road. It is a 'folk name.'

He adds,
I never dreamed that anyone would understand or like this song. I played it for the first time one night in Montgomery and it got a big reaction. I was very surprised and thought it just because it was a local known thing and that was why they liked it.
"It is really not a commercial song. I still don't understand why people like it so much. In 1968 I was recording an album for A&M Records. The producer wanted me to interpret songs. He didn't really want me to do any originals but we ran out of songs and I started singing Seven Bridges.

Ironic isn't it? A song that he was just messing around with ends up being an Eagles hit. This reminds me of the album that Sheryl Crow put out with the song All I Want to Do and how she wasn't going to put it on her album. Her brother said it had a catchy beat and that he thought it was a good tune so she ended up putting it on the label. It ended up being a big hit with her fans.

I think the reason it became such a big hit when Eagles sang it is because, well, they are the freaking Eagles. Rita Coolidge, Joan Baez, Ian Matthews, FireHouse, Ricochet, Dolly Parton, Tracy Nelson, Alan Jackson, and Whiskey Falls have all covered Seven Bridges Road but I don't think they even come close to sounding as good as Frey, Henley, Walsh and Schmit.

So, if you are trying to find this great single, do not check on any albums recorded in a studio. The only place to find it is on an album they recorded in 1980 and on the Hell Freezes Over DVD.

September 2, 2009

Gulf Oil


Apparently, BP has found a billion barrel oil reserve in the Gulf of Mexico. How conveeeeeeeeeeeeeeenient....

West Pac Deployment: Entry 1- Screwed by the Screw

West Pac 1999
USS Los Angeles (SSN 688)
July 1 – December 29, 1999

I found another green flip notebook this weekend affectionately referred to as a pocket brain. I kept a pocket brain with me all the time to keep notes and to jot down ideas etc. I found one from WestPac 1999, a few deployments before I started keeping an actual journal, complete with the obligatory profane statement on the side, “Eat Shit”. After reading the little notebook in its entirety it was no longer a mystery as to why someone wrote it.

We all knew this deployment was doomed when we had to return to port on a Saturday, just 2 days after we cast off all lines and left Pearl Harbor. Let me back up and briefly discuss why leaving on July 1st is a shitty thing to do in the first place, a concept many crew members tried to get across to our sub par Captain. My explanation would have been: “Because 3 days later is Independence Day, asshole.” Leaving so close to July 4th was a metaphorical kick to the crew morale's groin. Cooler heads would agree that is not how you want to start off a 6 month deployment.

King Neptune had other plans for the LA however, and not too long after we reached our dive point, he extended a hand of mercy to our vessel by fouling our screw so badly that it could be heard 30 nautical miles away. For those of you not versed in submarine warfare, that is a bad thing. Picture a ninja wearing size 25 clown shoes with little honking horns on the heels. He won’t be sneaking up on anyone anytime soon.

I was going to have the first midwatch of the deployment and I wanted to catch a little nap before the 2230 (10:30 p.m.) wakeup. When the Messenger called my name I figured I was being racked out prematurely to give someone either a piss break or to take care of someones bullshit.

My Chief was smiling when I entered Sonar and he handed me a pair of headphones connected to the BQA-8, a monitoring device with a hydrophone very close to the screw. Another Sonarman was watching a visual output of the sound that I could already hear coming from the headphones, even though they weren’t on my head. I told my Chief that it sounded like the screw was fucked up and he laughed and said, “Ya think?” The Captain entered Sonar and had a look on his face that said he already knew the outcome of our preliminary sound monitoring- that we were pulling back in to Pearl Harbor. But we couldn’t just immediately pull back in; that would have been too easy and made just too much sense.

STS1 M. was also in Sonar and he asked me how good I was at performing own ship sound cuts with the towed array, grimly hinting that we were going to stay out and perform more noise monitoring. An hour later, to my disdain, we all found out he was right. Squadron decided to keep us out all night and most of the next day for the sound cuts, which concluded that our screw was unsatisfactory and that we needed to pull in for repairs. We ended up mooring mid afternoon on the shipyard side, in close proximity to a crane that could be used to remove the screw, if it indeed came to that extreme. And it did.

We celebrated July 4th made even more enjoyable by the fact that the boat was broken and we were not at sea. Hoping against hope, the repairs were made on time and we were once again casting off all lines and heading to our dive point. We had a lot of time to make up and the International Date Line, our first major milestone, is a formidable distance from Pearl Harbor. The LA headed to Okinawa for a few days, which actually ended up being just an over nighter. We had to race back out to sea the next day for “reasons vital to national security”, almost like we were paying penance for our delayed departure from Pearl Harbor. We had no idea how much penance we would be paying during this deployment.

End of Entry.