Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy 65th, Air Force!

A message from the commander of US Transportation Command:


To the Men and Women of USTRANSCOM:

Sixty five years ago, in the settling smoke following America's victories of
WWII, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947,
strengthening our role as a world superpower while defending our liberties
here at home.  Out of the smoke, the United States Air Force was born.  Due
to postwar demobilization, the Air Force began with only a fraction of the
personnel, aircraft and budget of the wartime Army Air Forces.  However, it
did not lack in purpose. 

During WWII, airpower proved itself significant with increased performance,
range and payload, greatly expanding its application as an instrument of
national power.  Airpower also quickly became the Nation's first line of
defense in the atomic age.  When the Cold War began, the Air Force met the
first direct challenge from the Soviet Union by forming a transportation
bridge in the Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949.  With incredible perseverance and
ingenuity and more than 200,000 cargo flights - airpower finally broke the
ground blockade. 

Our Airmen have shown generosity in times of peace and gallantry in times of
war.  They've shown tenacity in Korea's MiG Alley, endurance in Vietnam's
Rolling Thunder campaign, decisiveness over the skies of Baghdad during
Desert Storm and flexibility in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Now, sixty five years
after President Truman signed the momentous legislation while onboard Air
Force One, our Air Force stands as the strongest and most innovative in the
Our achievements were made possible because of the extraordinary men and
women who serve and their families who support them.  Your integrity, your
service before self and excellence in all you do have helped America master
the skies.  You've made the world a safer place.

September 18th, we celebrate your legacy of achievement.

-- Happy Birthday US Air Force!

Will Fraser

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Email conversations on 9/12/2012.

Me: My thighs must not like these slacks, becauae they are trying their darndest to break free.
Ginger: Or your pants are allergic to Puerto Rican skin?
Me: We'll go with that.

Later, in reference to my empty coffee mug:
I am Puerto Rican. I do not have blood in my veins; rather, tis caffeine. I drink as much as I can, but we have secret monthly caffeine transfusion get-together to prevent our bodies from decaying into dust.


Quick, name that movie!

On Saturday night we went to a last Irish hoorah with the Brother before he moves away. He brought with him a blast from the past, the lovely Jenn K. I had not seen her in seven years, and she asked me if I remembered her. Later in the evening, I admitted that I thought SHE wouldn't remember ME. Her reaction?

"C'mon, you're THE Davi! You're famous, you're world-renowned!"

"Well," said I, "they DO read my blog in Slovakia."

You people frighten me.

So some link to a message on the website for the US Embassy in Cairo is going around the webz, and instead of clicking on the link to read the actual message, people are only reading the message above the link that accuses President Obama of apologizing to all Muslims for the 9/11 remembrances yesterday. So of course all the comments on this link are disparaging of our Commander-in-Chief; one woman even said he should be beheaded for his treason, while another said that all Obama supporters should drop dead. (I would be very put out if my parents did indeed drop dead.) Only one guy in the thread seems to have clicked on the link and read the message, and called everyone out for it; and he wasn’t even an Obama supporter! And how did the commenters after him respond? As if he’d never spoken at all.

I really don’t understand people sometimes, and I certainly don’t understand people who go to such extremes in their rhetoric. Drop dead? Really? And why, why, WHY wouldn't you take two minutes to click on the link and read the message that clearly does not apologize for the remembrances, and isn't even signed by the President?

Wizard's First Rule: "People are stupid. [...] They will believe a lie because they want to believe it is true, or because they are afraid it might be true."

Monday, September 10, 2012

What a lovely weekend!

I have had many lovely weekends over the past month or so. Going downtown, lounging around the house, trying to keep up with the Princeling; whatever we're doing, we have fun. Also, we're domestic as fuck.

I am very happy these days. So happy, I've put on some weight. Ugh! Today I'm starting a new diet/workout routine. Ginger and I have entered into a healthy-eating pact; she's dragging Sir Haggis along for the ride, and I have yet to inform Fjord of his new diet, haha!

I have no words to describe how great life is right now.