Friday, June 07, 2019

Flight Deck Fridays

With Memorial Day a very recent memory, and the recent observance of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy Invasion, I had some time to reminisce about my own military service, and what it meant to serve in the U.S. Navy with various aviation units.  Particularly, my time serving with the fighter squadrons while at sea aboard aircraft carriers are my best memories.  I didn't enjoy being away from my family for all those days (all my days at sea add up to 4 years, 4 months, and 20 days), but I sure enjoyed the camaraderie of being at sea with my squadron brothers and the action working around jet fighter aircraft during flight operations on the flight deck.

So with that, below are some of my favorite videos that I usually post on my social media channels on Fridays.  These depict the typical events that occur on the flight deck while we are at flight quarters.  These videos feature the F-14 Tomcat, which is the airplane that I spent most of my career associated with.  I give all credit for all of these videos except for the second one to the ViperJock1764 Youtube Channel.  Excellent channel that does a lot of great military tribute videos.

Please keep our flight deck sailors in your thoughts and prayers.  Whether in combat conditions or normal sailing, the Sailors and Marines who work on the flight deck during flight operations are working in one of the most dangerous environments on the planet.

In Freedom!

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Inconvenient Truth

The SSGT did some pretty good videos lately that outline the inconvenient truths about the Democrats and the Republicans.  Bottom line - the Dems can't do anything without cheating and lying.  He cites some statements from Dr. Carol Swain, who in my opinion, is one of the greatest conservative voices in our time with respect to law, race relations, immigration, the U.S. Constitution, and overall conservative thought.

Video 1:  The Inconvenient Truth About the Republicans:

Video 2:  The Inconvenient Truth About the Democrats:

Sunday, February 24, 2019

And The Headlines Will Read...

"[Your State Here] House to Consider New York Style Gun Control Legislation..."

Every time we hear of new gun control that is being dreamed up in various states, it seems that California and New York are used as models for their new legislation.  Two states that have completely failed to stop crime and gun violence, but have been extremely successful in taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens and gun owners who have never hurt anyone.  They attack guns as if the guns themselves are capable of pulling their own triggers.  And they attack decent citizens who have committed no crimes.  What I want to know is when they are going to introduce legislation to take guns away from criminals.

Seems they all have the same worn-out gun control template from a failed system of oppression and tyranny...

Friday, February 22, 2019

Colorado Shredding U.S. Constitution (AGAIN!)

I am from Colorado.  I was born here, I grew up here, and my family and I returned to this state from South Dakota about 16 years ago.  Until the NFL National Anthem protest shenanigans, I had been a die-hard Broncos fan since I was a kid.  I left Colorado right after high school to embark on a 20-year-long career in the U.S. Navy, but my mother and sisters still lived here, so I returned home often.  When I retired from the Navy, my family and I decided to move to South Dakota because my spouse had a lot of family there, and the cost of living was relatively cheap.  But over the last ten or so years, I have seen my home state go down an endless path towards progressive liberalism and transformation into “californication” that I can no longer tolerate. 

In their latest action to strive to be California, the Colorado legislature just passed the National Popular Vote Bill, and as of this writing has only to be signed by our self-proclaimed King, er uh, Governor.  What this means is that regardless of how Coloradoans vote, all of our electoral votes will go to the candidate who wins the national popular vote.  In other words, the big cities like Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco will determine who our President will be, especially if enough other states enter this so-called “Compact” with similar legislation.  Some of the more liberal states have chosen to simply ignore the U.S. Constitution and the will of the voters in the state.

The proponents of this legislation are trying to claim that this is allowable under the Tenth Amendment and that it is a state's rights issue.  Look, I am a big “States Rights” proponent, but as a military veteran, I am also an ardent defender of the U.S. Constitution.  This legislation is, to say the least, unconstitutional. Essentially, according to the Tenth Amendment, whatever is not spelled out or prohibited in the U.S. Constitution is delegated to the states to decide. but this latest act is far overstepping what a state is allowed to do, in my opinion.  So let’s look at what the Constitution does indeed say about this… 

The Tenth Amendment says this:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

But the use of an Electoral College system IS in fact spelled out in the Constitution as follows (Article II, Section 1, Clause 3):

“The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately choose by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner choose the President. But in choosing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; A quorum for this purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two-thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall choose from them by Ballot the Vice President.”

So that is pretty plain to me that the U.S. Constitution spells this out, and therefore cannot be delegated to the states nor will the states be allowed to change this.  States like Colorado and Connecticut and the others that are joining this little "Compact" are trying to side-step the Electoral College because they know they can't abolish it.  

The founders saw this coming and wanted to prevent abuse, which is why the Electoral College concept is so important.  We are, after all, a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy.  In a democracy, the majority can step all over the minority.  Our Constitutional Republic prevents that, and the Electoral College is meant to prevent large urban centers form being the only ones who get to choose our President.

I am thoroughly ashamed of my home state.  Many Californians moved to states like Colorado to escape oppressive taxation and draconian laws – that they created - only to come here and vote in the same things that destroyed their fine state. We are now Eastern California!  

In a matter of 5 to 7 years, I will retire from my current job and once again move out of my home state.  We have decided to move back to the “Free America” state of South Dakota, where they still value 2nd Amendment rights and Conservative values.