Don’t Fear the Reaper

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Leftists

One of the oddest things about leftists and progressives is their unreasoning fear of death. Nobody courts death but that we will die is certain. How you die, and even more how you live is important. When you have no faith and you live in a dark place, death holds an icy grip on your heart. DFTR!

Poignant last words of Steve Jobs, billionaire, dead at 56:

Note: Apparently Jobs never said this and it’s some sort of Internet hoax. Either way, I’m sticking it here because maybe he should have said/written it.

“I have reached the pinnacle of success in business.” In other people’s eyes, my life is a success.

However, aside from work, I’ve had little joy.

At the end of the day, wealth is just a fact I’ve gotten used to.

Right now, lying on my hospital bed, reminiscing all my life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth I took so much pride in, has faded and become meaningless in the face of imminent death.

You can hire someone to drive your car or make money for you, but you can’t hire someone to stand sick and die for you.

Material things lost can be found again. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost: Life.

Whatever stage of life we are currently at, in time we will face the day the curtain closes.

Love your family, spouse, children, and friends… Treat them right. Cherish them.

As we get older and wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a $300 or $30 watch both gives the same time

Whether we have a $300 or $30 wallet or purse, the amount inside is the same.

Whether we drive a $150,000 car or a $30,000 car, the road and the distance are the same, and we reach the same destination.

Whether we drink a $1000 or $10 bottle of wine, the hangover is the same.

Whether the house in which we live is 100 or 1000 square meters, loneliness is the same.

You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from material things of this world.

Whether you travel first class or economy class, if the plane crashes, you go down with it…

Therefore, I hope you realize, that when you have friends, brothers, and sisters, with whom you discuss, laugh, talk, sing, and talk about north-south-east or heaven and earth,… this is real happiness!!

An indisputable fact of life:

Don’t raise your children to be rich.

Educate them to be happy.

When they grow up, they will know the value of things and not the price. “

 

Bullet Points:

** There is a lot of talk of indictments in Georgia these days. The question of justification is always at the forefront and what gives any judicial or “justice” agency of any level of government the right to target American citizens and to indict them for exercising their First and Sixth Amendment rights? I’ve argued here on this blog that the Constitution doesn’t seem to be applied at all by the Executive Branch of government today and the courts allow them to get away with it. 

** My wife yelled, “Do you ever get a burning pain in your stomach like somebody is stabbing a Voodoo doll with a knife?”

“No.”

“How about now?”

** If USGOV just prints money, why am I paying taxes?

** Ken Paxton – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has emerged unscathed from his sham impeachment trial, being acquitted on all 16 articles.

Republican Paxton found himself the subject of fabricated and false accusations. The 16 articles of impeachment ranged from dereliction of duty to disregarding official responsibility. A Senate verdict required 21 votes from a jury of 30 senators to convict.

** “Doc was a dentist whom necessity had made a gambler; a gentleman whom disease had made a frontier vagabond; a philosopher whom life had made a caustic wit; a long lean ash-blond fellow nearly dead with consumption, and at the same time the most skillful gambler and the nerviest, speediest, deadliest man with a gun that I ever knew.” –Wyatt Earp

** I wonder what Wyatt would have thought about this?

 

Predator vs Predator

Aircraft – Does Size Matter?

The P-47D was one of the most rugged, effective, and versatile fighters of WW2.

B-36 vs B-47

 

Identify the Aircraft

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hint: USAF Aircraft

 

46 thoughts on “Don’t Fear the Reaper

  1. Is that why you don’t see leftists and progressives enlisting/volunteering in the Armed Services; perhaps another good reason why the draft should be brought back.

    1. I am not opposed to the draft. It tends to be the great leveler. No deferments for the rich, even disabled people can usually serve. Give them the dignity of service. It doesn’t have to be combat arms.

      1. I fully agree, but, from another point of view, not that I have anything against the disabled serving (and I appreciate their desire to serve their country); my only concern is that this may only tend to produce more (you should pardon the expression) REMFs.
        OTOH, I look at John Kerry and Richard Blumenthal: two excellent examples that happen to immediately come to mind…

        1. The disabled don’t need to deploy. There’s significant work that can be done in the US. Kerry actually saw action. Whether he deserved the chest full of medals can be taken up with Admiral Zumwalt (a fellow Bonesman) were he alive.

          Blumenthal received five draft deferments during the Vietnam War. When those ran out, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, which, as The New York Times noted, “virtually guaranteed that he would not be sent to Vietnam”. Had he not been granted the deferments he would have likely been dropped into the meat grinder. However, most military people deployed to the SE Asian theater did not see combat.

          1. Yep. Even us Olde Fartes can clean weapons, load magazines, and do hundreds of other necessasary tasks, freeing up those who are better able to “fight” than we can.

      2. I can’t look at our society today and not see the entitled getting a way out of the draft if it was still there.

      3. My older cousin said that by the end of Nam they were drafting guys with IQ’s of 70. He was on the USS Kitty Hawk and had one of these guys as an assistant electrician. Given a pair of wirecutters and very specific instructions to strip out ONLY this color and type of cable, he managed to knock out all the lighting in one of the sections of the ship.

        1. Yes, they were. Defense Secretary McNamara reduced the IQ requirements. It’s one of the reasons so many soldiers died in Vietnam, because they were literally too stupid to fight well.

          It’s shown in “Forrest Gump.” In reality, no sane person would have drafted Forrest or Bubba for fighting. Maybe some rear position like supply (as a human forklift) but not in a combat situation.

          1. Anything above that required to serve in the US Senate (thinking of Fetterman (D-PN) or as President (thinking of Biden (D-DE) or Harris (D-CA) should be able to sweep a floor or wash a dish. At least they served.

          2. When I enlisted in 1963 about half of my unit were drafted. (Service Number started with US, volunteers Service Number started with RA). Some were college graduates and some were functionally illiterate. Didn’t matter, we were cannon fodder. Low pay, indifferent food, WWII ‘temporary barracks’ falling apart, the initial experience wasn’t uplifting or morale building.

            Later, in the line units, the differences became less acute mainly because of the ‘lifers’ who took pride in what they were doing.

            Would I support bringing back the draft. Absolutely, and both sexes.

            Last bit of trivia. Many career NCOs felt draftees should not be sent to Vietnam, an undeclared war.

  2. What wise words that Jobs did or didn’t say. Funny you should write this as I’ve just been watching Rick Stein’s Cornwall where he met a man who built his own pilot cutter- such a beautiful sail boat. He said, ‘You could probably get a more practical and easy vessel to ride the seas but that’s not what life is about; life is about passion and love and not money or mass. ‘

    1. A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships were meant to do. A metaphor for life.

    1. One version of the -47 was the fastest combat aircraft of the US. They did extra work on streamlining and installed a much more powerful engine and a new prop. Top speed 473MPH. It was the P-47M.

      And the engine of the P-47 could take damage and keep working unlike the inlines in the P-51.

    1. The P-47 evolved the way that ALL military aircraft did during WW2 – and once they dropped the 4-blade prop onto it and added an advanced turbosupercharger system, it excelled at high-altitude combat. As you say, the two quad 50s did an enormous amount of damage to enemy aircraft and ground targets.

  3. Indictments and impeachments. Everyone is a criminal just waiting to be charged. “Three Felonies a Day” was an enlightening book.

    P 47. Interesting size comparison. All great aircraft optimized as best the designer could for slightly different purposes.

  4. The photo of Doc Holiday got me thinking..
    >>A legend of the American West, John Henry “Doc” Holliday is buried in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Western history buffs and anyone up for a short outdoor excursion can hike the Doc Holliday Trail to Linwood Cemetery to pay their respects to the dentist-turned-gambler-and-gunslinger.

    Doc Holliday & Glenwood Springs<<

  5. See if my cookies are back up to speed. Deathbed confessions – there are a number of famous worldly philosophers/thinkers who said very depressing things about their life’s worth at that point in time. Rejecting the Author of Life and finding that your life produces bitter fruit. Current military – should the casualty rate among the pronoun specialists, if things go kinetic in a big way, be considered as a good or bad thing? I guess it would depend on what lessons are learned.

    1. The cookies did not disappoint.

      Guardio software will mark this website as dangerous malware. There is nothing malicious here unless the truth disturbs you.

        1. That’s a timeless statement.
          The current-day analog is “Noticing is hate crime.”

          They’re thrashing Russell Brand as I type this, and They’re going after Tim Ballard by similar means. Is it possible they are both sex-predator skeazebags? (Typo, but I’m keeping it.) Ballard I doubt. Brand was a known manslut and drug addict, but suddenly after over a dozen years he’s NOW a sex predator? What do those two seemingly very different men have in common? Both men have drawn great attention to things that They’d rather not be known by the general public. They noticed, and are awakening others to what they have noticed. Therefore they must be destroyed.

    1. You don’t want to be asked to judge the heat of a Carolina Reaper chili. Defer to LSP if asked.

  6. DFTR
    And what a good Jobs quote. You can imagine him, there in his 5k black polo neck deus ex machina saying that.
    True, though. What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Again: No luggage racks on the back of a hearse. Or, per DLC Requiem, “Catafalque.”

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