Friday, December 4, 2015

I guess if the 5th and 14th amendments can be done away with then the 1st and 2nd amendments will be next. Maybe the 6th and 13th amendments to the US Constitution should also be repealed. Any more?
I don't want terrorists in this country regardless of the color of their skin or religious beliefs but I think that political theory of the likes of Sadam Housain, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, or Idi Amin is not the direction that we should take. 

When a police officer kills someone unjustly we do not blame the gun or how easy it was obtained. Why do that for terrorists?

If surveillance by the NSA is so invasive why are they not catching the perpetrators of mass shootings and domestic terrorism?

Would building camps like those built to house Americans during WWII be okay to temporarily house Syrian refugees, if we left out the barb wire and fences, until they could find permanent settlement? 
Or have we moved on in the news cycle and once again blaming the NRA for all of the worlds problems?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Things we used to say


 1.  You are not a superman.

 2.  If it’s stupid but works, it’s not stupid.

 3.  Don’t look conspicuous — it draws fire (this is why aircraft carriers are called “Bomb Magnets”).

 4.  When in doubt, empty your magazine.

 5.  Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than you.

 6.  Never forget that your equipment was made by the lowest bidder.

 7.  If your attack is going really well, it’s an ambush!

 8.  No plan survives the first contact intact.

 9.  Five second grenade fuzes will burn down in three seconds.

10.  Try to look unimportant — the bad guys may be short of ammo.

11.  If you are forward of your position, the artillery will fall short.

12.  The enemy diversion you are ignoring is the main attack.

13.  The important things are always simple.

14.  The simple things are always hard.

15.  The easy way is always mined.

16.  If you’re short of everything except enemy, you’re in combat.

17.  When you’ve secured an area, don’t forget to tell the enemy.

18.  Incoming fire has the right of way.

19.  Friendly fire isn’t!

20.  If the enemy is in range...SO ARE YOU!!

21.  No combat unit has ever passed inspection.

22.  Beer math: 2 beers times 37 men = 49 cases.

23.  Body count math: 2 guerillas + 1 AK-47 + 2 pigs = 30 enemy KIA.

24.  Items that must be together to work usually can not be shipped together.

25.  Radios will fail as soon as you need fire support desperately.

26.  Anything you do can get you shot...including doing nothing.

27.  Tracers work both ways.

28.  The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming “friendly fire” (see #19).

29.  Make it tough for the enemy to get in, and you’ve made it tough for you to get out.

30.  If you take more than your fair share of objectives, you will have more than your fair share of objectives to take.

31.  When both sides are convinced that they are about to lose, they’re both right.

32.  Professional soldiers are predictable, but there are just too many damn amateurs!

33.  Murphy was a grunt.

Top 20 Engineers' Terminologies

   the wind.
   We just hired three kids fresh out of college.
3. CLOSE PROJECT COORDINATION - We know who to blame.
4. MAJOR TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGH - It works OK, but looks very hi-tech.
   the customer is happy to get it delivered.
   when we threw the switch.
7. TEST RESULTS WERE EXTREMELY GRATIFYING  - We are so surprised that the
   stupid thing works.
   understood the thing quit.
9. IT IS IN THE PROCESS - It is so wrapped up in red tape that the situation
   is about hopeless.
10. WE WILL LOOK INTO IT - Forget it!  We have enough problems for now.
11. PLEASE NOTE AND INITIAL - Let's spread the responsibility for the screw up.
12. GIVE US THE BENEFIT OF YOUR THINKING - We'll listen to what you have to say
    as long as it doesn't interfere with what we've already done.
13. GIVE US YOUR INTERPRETATION - I can't wait to hear this bull!
14. SEE ME or LET'S DISCUSS - Come into my office, I'm lonely.
15. ALL NEW - Parts not interchangeable with the previous design.
16. RUGGED - Too damn heavy to lift!
17. LIGHTWEIGHT - Lighter than RUGGED.
18. YEARS OF DEVELOPMENT - One finally worked.
19. ENERGY SAVING - Achieved when the power switch is off.
20. LOW MAINTENANCE - Impossible to fix if broken.

Military Intelligence
Jumbo shrimp
Air Force all weather fighter
Grand children
Los Angeles air quality
Semi-boneless ham
Relative simplicity
DOD civilian work
Civil servant
Fixed copier
Airline food
Light tank
Extra money
Spare time
Personnel management
Humane Killing
Military judgment
Sanitary landfill
Management science
Man portable
Professional staffing
Effective Army writing
Military Organization
Semi Dynamic
Dedicated aircraft
Intelligent Marine
Painless dentistry
Efficient S-1
Merit raise
Advanced Planning
Smart hockey player
Courtesy inspection
Program management
Engineering Specialist
Staff assistance visit
Simple Arithmetic
Fun run
Pretty ugly

Famous Lies
They're only cold sores.
We're glad to see you.
We're only here to help.
The check is in the mail.
I Love you.
Parts + 30
You can count on me.
Straight ahead you can't miss it.
I'll get right to it.
Trust me.
We're behind you 100%.
He just stepped out.
He'll be right back.
I'll return your call.
It'll be done by COB.
We can make it within cost and on time.
I am telling you this because I love you.
No problem.
We have plenty of money.
You'll only have to do it just this once.
We Know about the problem and are working on it.
We did not lie to you, the truth changed.
All the terminals are free.
Don't worry about that one, it's not very important.
The Army and the Air Force have reached an agreement.
Of course I can read a map.
Your pay will be straight at the end of the month.
There will be a little something extra in your paycheck for the good job you've done.
Give me your number and I'll call you in the morning.

There we were me and John Wayne knee deep in hand grenade pins. It's a good thing the enemy was only throwing hand grenade pins.

Must be capable of being utilized by soldiers without exceptional psycho-motor skills.

Where hard data was lacking, combat experience and sound military judgment prevailed.

Friday, March 26, 2010

It has been like a HOUSE episode this week except:
  • It has taken a week instead of tidying every thing up in 40 minutes.
  • They didn't cut me open to find "Nothing to see here" but they did jab a 3" needle in my knee, twice, to find "Nothing wrong here."
  • They didn't tell me I was going to die just to come back later to say "Take these pills and you will be all better", it has just taken most of the week for them to say "Take these pills and you should feel better soon."
  • All my physicians, nurses, and other staff were friendly caring, and informative people.

I am starting to feel better, but they have not quite figured out the pain in my leg, gotta wait till next week.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Here is a recent post I made in response to the latest No Agenda Podcast on their forums page.

I can only speculate on why the USA has not signed the Land Mine Ban Treaty but here is my guess.

The US Army doctrine on the use of land mines includes mapping where the land mines are and retrieving, disarming or destroying them when the mission is complete. In many cases the land mine fields are marked. Land mies are used to channelize or delay the enemy. The mine field will make the enemy slow own and if they try to disarm, mark or destroy the mines this allows the defender to target direct fire or indirect fire weapons o the enemy to destroy them or make them withdraw. Land mines that are not individually placed but are spread by use of artillery shells or aircraft have self destruct mechanisms that will neutralize the mine after a defined time period, usually in 12 to 24 hours.

Other countries tend to use land mines in a different way. The use them as area denial and terror weapons. They spread the mies out on roads and in fields to deny their use by their enemies. They do not mark or map where they place the mines and have no intention of retrieving or destroying the mines. They just want to deny the use of the fields by farmers and the roads by people and opposing soldiers.

Thus the US Army does not want to be denied the use of a valuable force multiplier that they use judiciously just because other countries use the same weapons indiscriminately not so much as a force multiplier but as a weapon of terror.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

New Knees

For the last few years I have been experiencing a lot of pain in my knees. I had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the left knee and it looked like it was going to be needed in the right knee.

On July 30th I had bilateral total knee joint replacement. Yes, both knees were cut open and new titanium alloy prosthesis were installed. I spent 4 days in the hospital at Vanderbilt and then a week in the rehab hospital. It is now 7 weeks after the procedure. I have full flexibility in both knees I continue to go to physical therapy where we are now working on strengthening all of the leg muscles. Generally I can walk around the house without a cane but I do use the cane in public. When I am sitting still or laying down there is usually little or no pain. Moving around, standing up, walking around produces varying amounts of pain but mostly tolerable. Mentally I am just exasperated with the pain and wonder when it will be gone. I had the surgery so that I could get back to living and not constantly limping about in pain. There was a further consequence in that the nerve blocks they put in so that during and for a few days after the surgery I would feel nothing in the legs but after they were removed I still had numbness on the outside of my left leg from my hip to the big toe and about a hand size patch on the outside of my right leg just below the knee. Feeling is coming back on the left leg but now it is ultra sensitive so that makes it difficult to get a good nights sleep. I am hoping that by November I will be completely healed and I can then look forward to being able to travel and walk without pain again. I have lost about 32 pounds so far and hope that I can keep losing and keep the weight off. So far I continue to lose a pound or two a week.

Here is the before x-ray of both knees:

Here are the x-rays taken immediately after surgery:

Here are pictures of the knees a few days after surgery while I was still in the hospital:

And here they are at 7-weeks post-op:

Friday, March 27, 2009

Trying to win a Drobo. I am running out of room on my media server.
Scott Bourne is giving some away. One of his sites is

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Power Pole Colors

Just need to document something that I will integrate to my web site later.

Anderson Powerpole colors for 15-45A connectors.

White - 5v
Blue - 9v
Pink - 12v regulated
Red - 12v nominal (11v-15v)
Violet - 24v
Yellow - 48v

From Wikipedia

For the larger Multipole design, each color is keyed so as to mate only with a like colored connector, and Anderson publishes a list of recommended voltages for each color:

  • 12 V: Yellow
  • 18 V: Orange
  • 24 V: Red
    • Used by Warn for its 12 V winches (should have used yellow multipole)
    • Used by Tripp-Lite for some of its 24 V external UPS battery packs
  • 36 V: Gray
    • Used by Tripp-Lite for some of its 38 V external UPS battery packs
    • Used by APC for some of its 24 V external UPS battery packs (should have used red multipole)
  • 48 V: Blue
    • Used by Tripp-Lite and APC for its 48 V external UPS battery packs
  • 72 V: Green
  • 80 V: Black
  • 96 V: Brown
  • 120 V: Purple
  • 144 V: White

Some manufacturers have ignored this color coding recommendation. One should always test the connection with a voltmeter if unsure. For example, winch manufacturer Warn uses a red housing for its winches, even though they are powered by 12 V DC, not 24 V DC.