Make Your Own Kind of Music (play the link)
There’s only one song worth singing
They may try and sell ya
‘Cause it hangs them up
To see someone like you
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind of music
Even if nobody else sings along
The Nuclear Family
Not the ideal situation.
A-12 full scale model prepared for radar cross section measurements (upside down), circa 1959.
Grumman J4F-1 Widgeon.
This version was built for the USCG. 3-seats, 25 built. G-44 was originally designed for the civil market. The type first flew in 1940.
Meals Ready-to-Eat (also called meals rejected by Ethiopians, etc)
I received an e-mail asking about MRE’s. No, I don’t eat them here in the mountains. Tonight, I’m having tostadas and a Diet Dr. Pepper.
MRE’s are fine in the field, but you need to drink a lot of water or they bind you up. I have some of the high end backpacker food from REI in my 4x4s and prefer that to the high calorie military rations.
Back when I was in harness, we used to grab a case of 12, cut them all open, take the entree and the dessert and tape together the good stuff – one meal. The MRE takes up space and weight and most of it is garbage. Fine if you’re riding in a tank or something, but doesn’t work if you are going to leg it.
It’s important to maintain noise, light, heat and scent discipline. Never leave a wrapper or a crumb of food behind, eating at lay-up sites, lay points only. Never eat while moving or at a security halt while somebody vanishes your back trail. Poop in a bag, wipe with a baby wipe, pack it with you. Never leave your scat for the enemy. Tracking third world military elements through their scat is a common tactic that works. It gives you raw numbers, how long ago they passed (pun intended) that way, etc.
I prefer Payday bars for quick energy, even when traveling overseas as a wretched tourista, these days. I’ll pack a dozen in the suitcase incase food becomes scarce. Granola bars are good too, but I need water to get them down.
Sometimes – yeah
In Warsaw, Poland, Nazi forces attempting to clear out the city’s Jewish ghetto are met by gunfire from Jewish resistance fighters, and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising begins.
Shortly after the German occupation of Poland began, the Nazis forced the city’s Jewish citizens into a “ghetto” surrounded by barbwire and armed SS guards. The Warsaw ghetto occupied an area of less than two square miles but soon held almost 500,000 Jews in deplorable conditions. Disease and starvation killed thousands every month, and beginning in July 1942, 6,000 Jews per day were transferred to the Treblinka concentration camp.
Although the Nazis assured the remaining Jews that their relatives and friends were being sent to work camps, word soon reached the ghetto that deportation to the camp meant extermination. An underground resistance group was established in the ghetto—the Jewish Combat Organization (ZOB)—and limited arms were acquired at great cost.
On January 18, 1943, when the Nazis entered the ghetto to prepare a group for transfer, a ZOB unit ambushed them. Fighting lasted for several days, and a number of Germans soldiers were killed before they withdrew. On April 19, Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler announced that the ghetto was to be emptied of its residents in honor of Hitler’s birthday the following day, and more than 1,000 S.S. soldiers entered the confines with tanks and heavy artillery.
Although many of the ghetto’s remaining 60,000 Jewish dwellers attempted to hide themselves in secret bunkers, more than 1,000 ZOB members met the Germans with gunfire and homemade bombs. Suffering moderate casualties, the Germans initially withdrew but soon returned, and on April 24 launched an all-out attack against the Warsaw Jews.
Thousands were slaughtered as the Germans systematically progressed down the ghettos, blowing up the buildings one by one. The ZOB took to the sewers to continue the fight, but on May 8 their command bunker fell to the Germans and their resistant leaders died by suicide. By May 16, the ghetto was firmly under Nazi control, and mass deportation of the last Warsaw Jews to Treblinka began. During the uprising, some 300 German soldiers were killed, and thousands of Warsaw Jews were massacred. Virtually all those who survived the Uprising to reach Treblinka were dead by the end of the war
The name each Canadian Province uses to refer to their Provincial Parliament
Final Thought of the Day