Sunday, May 12, 2019

Yes I'm still here, sort of...

Life as usual has its ups and downs, mine has had its fair share of those.

On one hand, I am in good shape, with the various health issues I've had in the past now under control or largely eliminated.  I am keeping hellaciously busy, working 2 jobs so that I can keep my head above water and even make progress on paying down some debt and making purchases to help get my vehicle tweaked and fixed up...and brother did it need fixing.  If it wasn't for a good honest mechanic and a generous boss that owed me financially, I'd wouldn't have made it. 

On the other hand, there are various minor turmoils in my life that I am trying to deal with, both from a relationship side and a family side.  I won't delve much more into it than that, but am hopeful that they will come to a conclusion in the next few months or so.  Time will definitely tell.

So for those that do follow me occasionally, I am still here and kicking, taking a rare Sunday off to get caught up on various housekeeping and minor landscaping issues around the house.  I just now realized how thick bamboo can be, and how it proliferates given enough water, which we had plenty of given the recent storms we had.

The pomegranate tree is once more beginning to show fruit, I just hope I can get more out of it this year than last year.

So don't wander too far, there will be more to come. 

Sunday, December 30, 2018

A new prelude to war?

I came across this article in the Washington Post about how Russia's GRU, or military intelligence directorate, has stepped up their use of cyber warfare to implement attacks against Ukraine and other targets in the West, including the United States.

The most telling part of the article is this quote:

“Ukraine is to 21st-century hybrid warfare what Spain was in the 1930s for battlefield blitzkrieg techniques — the place where the bad guys try out what they may use against us later on,” said Daniel Fried, a former senior State Department official who helped lead the West’s response to Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine.

I was really struck by this, as from my studies of military history, especially the Spanish Civil War of the 1930's, made me recall how both the German Army (Heer) and Air Force (Luftwaffe) perfected their techniques used later with devastating effect against Poland, Scandinavia, and Western Europe in the first 2 years of World War II.  Combined with an apparent renewed nationalism by Russians, it definitely bears watching in the coming months and years.  

Should President Trump fail at reelection in 2020, the next incoming Democrat administration may decide to ignore or downplay foreign affairs much as the US did during the late 1930's in regards to Europe, allowing the Nazis to finalize their initial plans for dominating Europe.  Only later events caused the US to reverse such isolationism and join with the other Allied powers to defeat Nazi Germany and its allies.

I really hope that a similar scenario does not come to pass, as it wound up costing a lot of lives and the expenditure of countless financial and material resources in the end, not to mention launching the Cold War between the West and the Soviet Union.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Interesting stuff from the blogosphere

I have just gotten home from work at my primary job, the secondary one I won't have to worry about for a couple of days yet, and so I got inside, locked up, popped on some SiriusXM on the Fire TV, and decided to see what is new and interesting on the various blogs.

This first one from TL Davis via WRSA makes some interesting reading, and offers an tantalizing idea on how to do some creative 'monkey-wrenching'.  Equally interesting were the comments on WRSA both praising and condemning the idea.  Aesop's own reply runs parallel to this, and just goes to show what may occur when you push people past their limits.

Over at one of my favorite author's blogs, Mad Mike himself does the voice of (correct) reason which would be worth reading to help formulate your own responses to the rabid liberals that seem to just want to be so pedantic and venal to others.

At another favorite author's blog, Peter offers up some of his excellent wisdom and commentary on such things as politics, D&D spells, and the potential dangers of slingshots.  Go check it out, and while you're at it, if you haven't already done so, scoot over to Amazon via his page links and check out some of his books...you can thank me later, just make sure to thank him after you finished reading!

On the real conservative side, The Thinking Housewife provides some interesting commentary on current events, with some reminiscing about the good old days (the 1940's through the 1950's), with a very Catholic view.  While I do not hold with some of the items on there, it is still worth viewing just to get a wider viewpoint on certain things.  I try not to limit myself on finding out information, as getting a variety of opinions does help me understand a specific issue better, and not force myself to only consider 'one' point of view on a subject.

In a similar vein, Ann Barnhardt (the woman who achieved notoriety by literally inviting potential jihidists to come to her residence where she will wait with her pink AR carbine in hand to send them to their reward), has some interesting things to say, especially about Pope Francis, who is seen by some Catholics as an anti-pope.  Never a dull moment there!

Finally, for some great laughs, nothing IMHO beats looking at Kenny's blog.  Just be aware, a lot of the content may be NSFW, so use caution if you're at work.  Just sayin' ;-)

Now it is close to my bedtime, and as soon as the dryer is finished with my laundry I am off to bed.

Stay safe, everyone!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Post-election thoughts

I apologize for being away for so long, but sometimes life just intrudes too much to give me time to post my random crazy thoughts on here.  Now that things seem to have stabilized I hope to have more time to do so.

And so here we go...

The midterm elections were as always very entertaining to watch, and while somewhat disappointed in the outcome, I hope now that things will be less contentious between the despicable D's and the rotten R's....but I'm not holding my breath.

I expect more shenanigans to ensue with the D's trying to slow down the Donald's administration with threats of investigations and possible impeachment proceedings to liven up the last two years of the first term.  Meanwhile, the administration along with the Senate can take advantage of getting more conservative judges appointed to help act as a firebreak against most of the most odious proposals being bounced about.

Locally, the congressional delegation and the state governorship have now gone blue.  Expect more crazy crap to come at the expense of the rural counties here which are still pretty solid red.

I'll say this much: 2019 is going to start off real interesting ;-)

More to come later.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Checking in

Too much fun stuff has been happening of late.

First, I just finished hosting a nice lady whom some would call a 'shirt-tail relative'.  In actuality, she is my great-nephew's maternal grandmother, and she has just spent a week out here staying with me to get away for awhile.  She is now back home and overall it was a nice visit.

Second, the heat is definitely on (h/t to the late great Glenn Frey):

Currently we are under an excessive heat warning until tonight, but word is temps will be back to pushing 110's or better next week.  Ah yes, summer in Sin City.  

Could be worse I suppose...I'm lucky I'm not in Phoenix.  Or even Laughlin ;-)

Or even worse: Death Valley (screengrab from NWS)


So in the meantime I am trying my best to stay cool and comfy, or relatively so.  Usually after a week or so of 110+ temps it usually settles down to the usual 100s during the day.  Then next month of course I have to brace myself for the monsoonal flow leftovers coming up from Arizona and New Mexico that will make things sticky and hot.  By now I am used to it but it's never easy.

Finally, I bring you as a kind of a teaser preview before Peter's wonderful Sunday music selections, some interesting music vids courtesy of the Danish National Orchestra.  They provide a nice take of movie themes from the classic spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone



And, being a Trekkie at heart, they also did a suite of Star Trek themes:





Am chilling at work for now, prepping myself for a long marathon session of work for tonight through tomorrow.  Hopefully more to come later.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Some funny stuff overheard on the police band

(h/t to CWBChicago.com)

10:33PM — Up at Montrose Beach:
Dispatcher: “I’ve got a ticket for a female trying to carry her heavy-set intoxicated friend to a car. Can I get a code for that?”
Sergeant: “Yeah…She needs to start working out or get better friends.”

😏


Official Time from NIST.gov