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Not So Fast

By lex, on February 29th, 2012

When the USAF acquisition directorate chose Brazil’s Super Tucano to outfit the Afghan air force over rival Hawker-Beechcraft’s AT-6 offering, howls could be heard from Wichita all the way to Sandy Eggo.

I guess somebody heard them:

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Remembrance Day

Among The Joshua Trees

The text was posted at Facebook by my friend Scott Ruch along with the picture.

Today, however you chose to call it, Armistice Day, Rembrance Day or Veteran’s Day, is a difficult one for myself and my family. On this day 27 years ago, we lost my Dad to cancer. As an Airman and then Soldier, I suppose it was most appropriate.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.”


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Eight Days

By lex, on February 19th, 2012

Kid had a pretty good run:

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Born on a Barstool

By lex, on November 10, 2008


Today is the 233rd Anniversary of the creation of the US Marine Corps!

During the American Revolution, many important political discussions took place in the inns and taverns of Philadelphia, including the founding of the Marine Corps.

A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore.

The resolution was approved on November 10, 1775, officially forming the Continental Marines.

As the first order of business, Samuel Nicholas became Commandant of the newly formed Marines. Tun Tavern’s owner and popular patriot, Robert Mullan, became his first captain and recruiter. They began gathering support and were ready for action by early 1776.

Each year, the Marine Corps marks November 10th with a celebration of the brave spirit which compelled these men and thousands since to defend our country as United States Marines.

Pound for pound, one of the finest fighting forces the world has ever seen, and a great team to have on your side in a scrape. Or, if you’re the Navy, mucking around ashore and out of the goram way. Instead of lounging around in the ladder wells when they aren’t bogarting the gym.

Born On A Barstool

So lift your cups to the Devil Dogs, and wish them all a happy birthday.

Just, you know: Speak slowly.


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Good Manners Counts For A Lot

These days, when I see a small child with a modicum of good manners, I have to complement the parents.  I like to let them know that their efforts are noticed.

With the coarsening of society, and the use of 4 letter words considered “acceptable” in normal conversation, someone with good manners really stands out these days.

Even if you are a bank robber.

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Gunning for the Blues?

By lex, on November 24th, 2011

The horror:**

The Navy’s Blue Angels have been thrilling audiences for more than six decades with their acrobatic flying in fighter planes, but a new era of federal budget worries and proposed deficit cutting has some inside and outside the military raising questions about the millions it costs to produce their shows.

Some want the popular shows grounded and some readers of the Air Force Times newspaper — most of them active or retired service members — recently listed eliminating the Blue Angels and similar programs as one way to cut defense spending.

Oh. Air Force Times readers. I thought they mentioned “the military.”

Never mind.

** 11-05-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.

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Hallowe’en Groaner

Posted by Lex, on October 29, 2008


I’m only the messenger

Costume Party
A couple was invited to a swanky costume party. The Mrs. got a terrible headache and told her husband to go to the party alone. Being a devoted husband protested, but she argued and said she was going to take some aspirin and go to bed and there was no need for his good time being spoiled by not going.

He took his costume and away he went. The wife, after sleeping soundly for about an hour, awakened without pain and, as it was still early, decided to go the party.

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