Thursday, October 30, 2014

Trick or Treat. An update...

Okay, I've done it.

My driveway has the first Halloween haunted minivan in the neighborhood.

Maybe in the county.

Happy Halloween

A bit of an early Halloween prank this morning as I drove my daughter to middle school.

We took a friend along for the ride.

Subtle. You had to look to see him.

But when spotted, he waved back.

Has me thinking. Might set up a haunted minivan out front tomorrow night to greet trick or treaters.

Of course, the skeleton would have to be moved to the driver's seat. Light up the interior with a blue or red bulb (I don't think this particular skeleton is painted for black light).

Maybe put an old Android in his hand.

Texting while driving. More scary and dangerous than some old skeleton, ya know.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Scouting memories

I found myself looped into an online discussion of current events and personal stories this morning when someone mentioned the Boy Scouts and the Order of the Arrow.

A burst of old memories filled my head, and I shared some personal recollections.

Let me share them with a wider blog audience:

 I too had been involved in scouting as a boy growing up. First at a Boy Scout troop organised by my elementary school in Florida, and then with an Explorer Post in Virginia.

And I too had an Order of the Arrow induction.

It was about two weeks after I "sprained" my foot while running high school track. The foot continued to bother me, so eventually my parents relented and had it x-rayed at the local hospital. But the radiologist was gone for the day, so a reading would have to wait (Instant access to x-rays something now taken for granted).

Despite an obvious limp, and an unread x-ray, I wrapped the foot tight in an ACE bandage, and embarked on my planned Order of the Arrow "ordeal" weekend - which included an extensive hike carrying full gear in backpack. It was raining, the trail slippery.

When I arrived at camp after the hike, my dad and little brother were waiting. X-ray showed a clear fracture. Doc had expressed an opinion it was a wonder I was walking on it, but it appeared to be setting reasonably well thanks to the way I'd been wrapping it.

I declined an offer to go home. So I finished the weekend activities sometimes using the prescribed crutches my dad had brought along. No other special dispensations were given.

The high school age Explorer Post I belonged to was sponsored by an Isaac Walton League club that had a full rifle and pistol range, plus skeet facilities. We frequently brought firearms to our weekend camps on the club property. We also had some great ex-military advisers who also introduced us to arms like the Garand, the 1903 Springfield, the Mauser, the Krag, and others. But we spent most our shooting time with our favorite. 22s.

We didn't even wear traditional Explorer uniforms. It was the early '70s, and we adapted the olive drab military fatigues (think trousers with button flies) of the era by sewing on a few patches on the shirt, and usually carried an alternate in-camp uniform without patches. Much more durable for the kind of weekends we found ourselves enjoying, and cheaper to replace if we really messed 'em up.

Good times at age 14 and 15.

There was nothing virtual about them, the experiences were the real thing.

I doubt most kids today have physical and character building experiences like those we, at times, probably took for granted in scouting. And that's a shame.

What's with the photo?

Michelle Nunn's running a campaign ad saying that photo of her with Barack Obama was taken at a Points of Light function with the elder George Bush present.  Nunn seems to imply she's not aligned with Obama.

In that context, I find another photo most interesting. It's one that appeared in the Washington Post where Michelle Nunn and Michelle Obama were snapped holding hands at an event in Georgia.

Is it credible to think anything other than Nunn's staunnchly aligned with the Obamas?

If you still harbor some doubt, here's what Harry Reid said last year, before most folks began paying attention to the Nunn campaign:

Meanwhile, when watching local TV, I'm assaulted nearly every commercial break by a Nunn ad vowing bi-partisanship.

Seriously, Michelle. Thanks to your friends, even the sheeple should see where your allegiance lies.

"We have liftoff"

No, not the rocket that blew up after leaving a NASA launch pad last night.

The number of Ebola cases in West Africa continues to expand exponentially.

Pardon the salty language in the report, but Raconteur Report lays it out.

Two thousand new cases were estimated over a five day period last week.

The power of compounding is at work.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Been out of action for some medical tests

Routine follow-up stuff, but quite invasive. Best I can tell, nothing adverse discovered. All is well.

Now I'm two days behind on what I have to get done this week.

But I'll try to have some new material posted in the next 24 hours or so.

For those who don't know, I had a nasty bout with cancer seven or so years ago.

Might not be here if it weren't for one of my cats.

Monday, October 27, 2014

How long since you've seen this?

A 1,000 rounds of 5.56 for under $300. 

Seems like old times.

But who knows how long it will last.

Somebody push the wrong button?

What claimed to be a White House emergency message appeared across U-Verse cable systems in several cities last week. 

The army way...

The U.S. Army, while undergoing progressive fundamental change orchestrated by Barack Obama, still manages to be less PC than Obama's civilian agencies.

So, what happens to American soldiers sent by Obama to Ebola hot zones?

When it's time for them to come home, they must first spend time in isolation and undergo "enhanced monitoring" (I suspect that's PC for quarantine).

CBS News notes that soldiers being monitored at a base in Italy include Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams who was the commander of the U.S. Army in Africa, but who turned over duties to the 101st Airborne Division over the weekend. There are currently 11 soldiers in isolation, and the isolation period runs for 21 days.

Meanwhile, back here in the states, the CDC insists progressives, or Africans, or anyone else coming in from West Africa's Ebola hot zones should be rushed right in among the USA population if they're not in full Ebola puke 'n fever mode.

Wouldn't want to deprive someone like nurse Kaci of their "civil rights"...

Or deprive future Doc Spencers of a night of bowling, now would we?

Suddenly, Obama's anti-ISIS air war surges in efficiency

Is it just the introduction of British special forces on the ground that made this happen?

Or does this being the final week before the U.S. midterms election day have anything to do with this burst of good news?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Summing up...

Recently at Day By Day Cartoon:

Could non-citizen voters sway U.S. elections?

Soak in this one. It's from the Washington Post:
How many non-citizens participate in U.S. elections? More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010.
Here's the rub, the story in the Post goes on to say many of these apparent illegal voters don't know they're doing anything wrong. They don't know enough about our country, our customs, or our laws to know non-citizens can't vote.

The Post also concedes, when illegals vote, they tend to vote Democrat.