Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Heard 'Round The World

Concord Hymn
BY RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Sung at the Completion of the Battle Monument, July 4, 1837

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
   Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
   And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
   Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
   Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
   We set today a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
   When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
   To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
   The shaft we raise to them and thee.

All photos copyright 1983 and 2022, D.W Drang and the Cluemeter.


Battle Road.
(Maybe. They don't seem 100% sure...)

Does this bridge seem rude to you?
Does that seem to be a "flood"?
Does it matter?

In 1983 I left my first tour in Korea and went to Ft. Devens, MA, for the Basic NCO Course. I was there over Patriots Day weekend. 

I had a decent camera, but kind of crappy film...
 

Let it be known...

 Let it be known that on this day I triggered a leftist.

(IM conversation at work re: mask mandate being ruled illegal)
Her: Trump-appointed judge in Florida. Meh.
Me: U.S. Constitution. Separation of Powers. Meh yourself.

It's amazing how many people that trumpeted (heh) judges overruling President Trump  are now losing their shit. 

Not surprising, just... amazing.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Ha! Some not-so-deep thoughts re: Ukraine

 I have not commented thus far on Mad Vlad Putins ill-considered, and ill-fated, invasion  of Ukraine.

But this is too good not to share:


Militarily, Ukraine wins by not losing, but Putin loses by not winning. In fact, it's probably too late for Mad Vlad to do anything but try to save face. And even if he declares victory probably the best he can hope for is  nice dacha someplace...

But this video (note the source: Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe!) definitely supports the contention that Ukraine is wining the propaganda war! Yes, the "Ghost of Kyiv" seems to be an exaggeration, and the whole thing with the Marines telling the Russian navy to pound sand seems to be that, at least, but the stories were wide spread, and nowhere in the propaganda manuals does it say "they have to be true." 

But, Lord, do I want it to be true that Ukrainian Grandmothers are giving Russian soldiers sunflower seeds with instructions to keep them in their pockets, so the flowers will bloom in the Ukrainian soil they are going to die on...



Sunday, March 13, 2022

Then and Now

 Just found this, which I saved in 1999 shortly before my retirement, and has been taking up room on my hard drive ever since.

The Military: 1945 vs 1999

  •  1945 - NCOs had a typewriter on their desks for doing daily reports.
  • 1999 - everyone has an Internet access computer, and they wonder why no work is getting done.

 

  • 1945 - we painted pictures of girls on airplanes to remind us of home.
  • 1999 - they put the real thing in the cockpit.

 

  •  1945 - your girlfriend was at home praying you would return alive.
  • 1999 - she is in the same trench praying your condom worked.


  • 1945 - if you got drunk off duty your buddies would take you back to the barracks to sleep it off.
  • 1999 - if you get drunk they slap you in rehab and ruin your career.

 

  • 1945 - you were taught to aim at your enemy and shoot him.
  • 1999 - you spray 500 bullets into the brush, don't hit anything, and retreat because you're out of ammo.

 

  • 1945 - canteens were made of steel, and you could heat coffee or hot chocolate in them.
  • 1999 - canteens are made of plastic, you can't heat anything in them, and they always taste like plastic.

 

  • 1945 - officers were professional soldiers first and they commanded respect.
  • 1999 - officers are politicians first and beg not to be given a wedgie.

 

  • 1945 - they collected enemy intelligence and analyzed it.
  • 1999 - they collect your pee and analyze it.

 

  • 1945 - if you didn't act right, the Sergeant Major put you in the brig until you straightened up.
  • 1999 - if you don't act right, they start a paper trail that follows you forever.

 

  • 1945 - medals were awarded to heroes who saved lives at the risk of their own.
  • 1999 - medals are awarded to people who work at headquarters.

 

  • 1945 - you slept in barracks like a soldier.
  • 1999 - you sleep in a dormitory like a college kid.

 

  • 1945 - you ate in a mess hall, which was free, and you could have all the food you wanted.
  • 1999 - you eat in a dining facility, every slice of bread or pad of butter costs, and you better not take too much.

 

  • 1945 - we defeated powerful countries like Germany and Japan.
  • 1999 - we come up short against Iraq and Yugoslavia.

 

  • 1945 - if you wanted to relax, you went to the rec center, played pool, smoked and drank beer.
  • 1999 - you go to the community center, and you can play pool.

 

  • 1945 - if you wanted beer and conversation you went to the NCO or Officers' Club.
  • 1999 - the beer will cost you $2.75, membership is forced, and someone is watching how much you drink.

 

  • 1945 - the Exchange had bargains for soldiers who didn't make much money.
  • 1999 - you can get better and cheaper merchandise at Walmart.

 

  • 1945 - we could recognize the enemy by their Nazi helmets.
  • 1999 - we are wearing the Nazi helmets.

 

  • 1945 - we called the enemy names like "Krauts" and "Japs" because we didn't like them.
  • 1999 - we call the enemy the "opposing force" or "aggressor" because we don't want to offend them.

 

  • 1945 - victory was declared when the enemy was defeated and all his things were broken.
  • 1999 - victory is declared when the enemy says he is sorry.

 

  • 1945 - a commander would put his butt on the line to protect his people.
  • 1999 - a commander will put his people on the line to protect his butt.

 

  • 1945 - wars were planned and run by generals with lots of important victories.
  • 1999 - wars are planned by politicians with lots of equivocating.

 

  • 1945 - we were fighting for freedom, and the country was committed to winning.
  • 1999 - we don't know what we're fighting for, and the government is committed to social programs (used to be called 'socialism').

 

  • 1945 - all you could think about was getting out and becoming a civilian again.
  • 1999 - all you can think about is getting out and becoming a civilian again.


Friday, December 31, 2021

Happy New Year

 



Update: meant to add this link: Auld Lang Syne in Yiddish
As much because it includes the lyrics in Scots, with a Sassenach, er, English translation. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Latest Larry Correia Rant

 DO I UNFAIRLY PAINT THE LEFT WITH A BROAD BRUSH?

 ...I’m talking about YOU. Regular people. Voters. The guy next door. The masses on the internet. Just average joes. Democrats. Libs. Whatever you call yourself. Anybody who identifies as being on the left.

When your leaders pick a narrative, you drink that Kool-Aid. Even if it’s shit flavored Kool-Aid, most of you smile and tell us it’s the best fucking Kool-Aid you’ve ever tasted. It’s milk from the teat of a magic cherry flavored Unicorn. Nope. It’s shit. You all know it’s shit. But you go along with the narrative anyway.

When the insane progs among you lie their asses off, I’m talking blatant, easily disproven, painfully ham-fisted, fucking LIES… Do you call them out? Do you say, “hang on guys, that’s a little nuts”. Because if you do, the rest of us sure as fuck don’t ever see it. Pick a topic, any topic. It’s always the same.

Read the whole thing. When I got to that part, though, I laughed out loud, woke Mrs. Drang up from her  migraine-induced snooze, and further disturbed her by reading the entire thing out loud. She hasn't objected, so I guess she agrees. Either that. or she has Plans for tonight while I'm sleeping. 

(Actually, i know she agrees because she started talking Seattle politics...)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Crazy Eddie, I tell you!

Los Angeles Will Fine Cargo Ships That Can't Unload

Because it's OBVIOUSLY their fault...

Los Angeles ports will fine cargo ships waiting to unload their goods in an attempt to relieve congestion that is as desperate as it is gobsmackingly stupid.

It’s a fine so pointless and wrong that, of course, Presidentish Joe Biden has chimed in with his support for it.

According to CNBC, the White House is “hopeful” that fines will “ease the intensifying logjam of cargo ships” waiting to unload at Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles. Together, the two account for 40% of the country’s seaborne imports.

Carriers will have to pay “$100 per day for each container lingering past a given timeline” starting on the first of the month. Containers moved by truck will have nine days before they’ll start paying, and containers moved by rail will have just three days.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

They're All Crazy Eddie

 The worst part is, Crazy Eddie is in charge...

"Renner, I must tell you of a creature of legend." 

"Say on." Renner's image dialed for coffee. Coffee and stories, they went together. 

"We will call him Crazy Eddie, if you like. He is a . . . he is like me, sometimes, and he is a Brown, an idiot savant tinker, sometimes. Always he does the wrong things for excellent reasons. He does the same things over and over, and they always bring disaster, and he never learns." 

There were small sounds of whispering in MacArthur's wardroom. Renner's image said, "For instance?"

Renner's Motie's image paused to think. It said, "When a city has grown so overlarge and crowded that it is in immediate danger of collapse . . . when food and clean water flow into the city at a rate just sufficient to feed every mouth, and every hand must work constantly to keep it that way . . . when all transportation is involved in moving vital supplies, and none is left over to move people out of the city should the need arise . . . then it is that Crazy Eddie leads the movers of garbage out on strike for better working conditions."

Niven, Larry; Jerry Pournelle. The Mote in God's Eye (Mote Series Book 1) (pp. 225-226). Kindle Edition. 

Pass a law requiring Uber and Lyft to deduct taxes as if the drivers were their employees, and in the process destroy owner-operated trucking.

Pass another law essentially banning a semi truck built after 2010. 

Then wonder why you have all those fully loaded container ships anchored offshore...

Not to mention vaccine AND face mask mandates. 

And... well, you know. a lot of the stuff that has stopped me from posting more often the last year and a half.