Monday, October 31, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

The Seldom Scene was a unique group - often described by its members as their "Friday nite poker club." Every member had a "real" job and all members had to agree to every number performed ( and everyone shared the $$ equally). They also "pushed the envelope" on just what a "Bluegrass" group could perform .........
After Midnight ......... 

John Duffey - mandolin, lead vocal, Ben Eldridge - banjo , Mike Auldridge - dobro, Phil Rosenthal, - guitar
 and Tom Gray - bass

Thursday, October 27, 2016

"On My Mark, three two one, turn ..." Div (Addendum/Update subsection)

I'm making a reference to an earlier post or two  - -

I was rummaging about the intertubes this afternoon and stumbled upon this article from Politico by Bruce Blair - one of the signatories of the letter on why Mr Trump should not have his finger on the "nuclear button."
It's lengthy, but provides a pretty good primer on the process and procedure of how nukes are committed. Many of the statements bring back memories, and from my background and hands-on experience are accurate - and frightening.

Mr. Blair is featured in this ad for Hillary Clinton that was filmed at the Park Service site where I volunteer.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Geography Div (Secession subsection)

On this day in 1861, part of the state of Virginia decided it didn't want to be part of the confedracy.
Today, it's called West Virginia and sort of belongs to the New Confederacy.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass div

Something else from the Seldom Scene , A Small Exception of Me.

John Duffey - Mandolin and lead vocal, Ben Eldridge - Banjo, Mike Auldridge - Dobro,
 Phil Rosenthal -  Guitar, & Tom Gray - Bass.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

If I Win Div

Of course I will acknowledge the fairness of the Powerball or MegaMillions lotteries ......
If I should win.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Goodbye lil friend Div

It doesn't get any easier,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
On Saturday Nite we had to say goodbye to our little "Schnoodle," Schubert ........
after nearly fourteen years and cancer, his body finally said "enough" and, thankfully, we had the sense to listen. He was my Judy's  companion for thirteen years, and in two years had won my heart.

Goodbye my little friend .........

Monday, October 17, 2016

Geography Div (Oh say, can you see by the dawn's early light, etc subsection)

Obviously, if you were going to explore ice-choked waters, you needed ships that were pretty strong.
Like any technology, it often is the result of war or defense. It was no different in the nineteenth century. The explorations of the polar regions were the "moon shots" of the time.
HMS Erebus  and  HMS Terror  were military ships converted to a scientific mission. Both were "bomb" (or mortar) ships with highly reinforced hulls to withstand the recoil of their armament.
So, what's that have to do with this ???

One of the vessels of the British fleet that bombarded Ft. McHenry with "the rocket's red glare," was
HMS Terror.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out doing John and Mary

IIIrd Tyme Out: Russell Moore - Guitar and lead vocal, Wayne Benson - Mandolin, Steve
Dilling - Banjo, Justin Haynes - Fiddle and Edgar Loudermilk - Bass.

Note: Wayne Benson is the husband of Grascals banjoist Kristen Scott Benson.
Nuther Note: Edgar Loudermilk is now part of the Adkins (Dave) and Loudermilk band.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

"On my mark, three two, one, turn" Div (Add my name subsection)

I've written about missile crew duty before in these pages.
I don't know how many times I heard and/or said those words in the Missile Procedures Trainer (simulator - both ground and airborne) or aboard an EC-135 aircraft launching a Minuteman missile on a test flight from Vandenberg AFB.
I use them when conducting tours for the Park Service here in South Dakota and always tell the visitors that "there ain't no button." Oh well, it's just an expression.
Today's WaPo has an article reporting that ten former Minuteman launch officers have signed an open letter stating that DDT "should NOT have his finger on the button."

Good on ya guys ! I don't know any of the signatories, but agree wholeheartedly with their words:

Scores of leaders and experts from both political parties have questioned whether Donald Trump has the experience, temperament and judgment to have his finger on the proverbial “Red Button.” We share their concern – and we see the issue from a unique perspective.
We are former nuclear launch control officers, or “missileers.” We sat nuclear alert in underground missile launch centers. It was our job to turn keys to fire nuclear-armed missiles if the president so ordered us. Once we began alert duty, we took orders from the president and no one else.
Only the president can order a nuclear launch. That order cannot be vetoed and once the missiles have been launched, they cannot be called back. The consequences of miscalculation, impulsive decision-making or poor judgment on the part of the president could be catastrophic.
The pressures the system places on that one person are staggering and require enormous composure, judgment, restraint and diplomatic skill. Donald Trump does not have these leadership qualities. On the contrary, he has shown himself time and again to be easily baited and quick to lash out, dismissive of expert consultation and ill-informed of even basic military and international affairs – including, most especially, nuclear weapons.
Donald Trump should not be the nation’s commander-in-chief. He should not be entrusted with the nuclear launch codes. He should not have his finger on the button.
Bruce G. Blair Malmstrom AFB, 1972-74
William A. DeGroodt Minot AFB, 1967-72
Harvey R. Greenberg Minot AFB, 1974-77
Geoffrey Kanner Malmstrom AFB, 1980-84
Louis Mark Lussky, ESQ. Grand Forks AFB, 1971-76
Michael Miller
F.E. Warren AFB, 2009-13

John Noonan
F.E. Warren AFB, 2006-10

James Robertson Malmstrom AFB, 1999-2003
Edward Warren
F.E. Warren AFB, 2008-13

Brian Weeden Malmstrom AFB, 2000-04 

Consider my name added.  Malmstrom AFB 1969-1972, Minuteman Airborne Launch Control System - 4ACCS/2ACCS 1972 -1982.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Geography Div (Cooler Climes subsection)

Last week I posted about the discovery of the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition.
It isn't a coincidence that HMS Terror and HMS Erebus were on a polar expedition, they had experience.
From 1839 thru 1843 Sir James Clark Ross explored the Antarctic with the self-same ships.In fact, two of the Antarctic mountains are named Mt Erebus and Mt Terror.
Unlike Franklin, Ross and his ships returned.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

This song written by Herb Pedersen has always been one of my favorites. This rendition by the Seldom Scene from 1976 only makes it better.

The Seldom Scene: John Starling - Guitar and lead vocal, Mike Auldridge - pedal steel, Tom
Gray - Bass, John Duffey - Mandolin and Ben Eldridge - Banjo

Train Wreck Div (Political subsection)

The "presidential campaign" of DDT continues down the track. Seems to have hit a snag (or two or three or 10 to the 17th power.

Maybe they should change the slogan to: MAKE AMERICA GROPE AGAIN.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Geography Div (Cooler climes subsection)

While my ladylove and I are visiting sunny Arizona, thoughts turn to cooler  weather.
Gladly, not so cold that none are left to tell the tale.
I've always been fascinated by the Franklin Expedition's search for the Northwest Passage ever since I watched a PBS documentary on the autopsies of three of the sailors buried on Beechey Island (some of the images may be disturbing).

Finally, both of the missing ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror have been found. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Back in Arizona and stumbled upon this group, The Titan Valley Warheads (reminiscent no doubt of the Titan II missile wing that was scattered around Tucson).
Here doing Wild Bill (yeah, the guy what got shot in Deadwood)

The Titan Valley Warheads are Gary Kuitert (mandolin), Ed Davenport (upright bass) and Earl Edmonson (guitar).