Red Mist

The new novel, a sci-fi thriller,

Is coming… this summer

Makin Island (LHD 8) was recently awarded Command Excellence Awards for Engineering/Survivability, Logistics Management, and Ship Safety. Members of the crew follow this blog and it’s only right and proper that we recognize their achievement.

Command excellence awards are presented to commands that have demonstrated exceptional and sustained excellence. Well done.


Supersonic Drone

Singapore-based Kelley Aerospace has officially launched the world’s first supersonic unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV).

Called ‘Arrow,’ the drone is designed with a single-shell made of lightweight carbon fiber that allows it to reads speeds up to Mach 2.1 – exceeding the speed of sound.

The UCAV is fitted with a reduced radar cross-section and infra-red signature, and is designed for multiple combat or reconnaissance roles.

The firm says it has already received more than 100 pre-orders for the war machine, which costs between $9 million to $16 million.


An Identity Crisis?


Meme of the Day


Florida – No Longer Mermaids

Now, mer-persons…


Too White? Too bad.


Retro Thoughts

Santa Claus bringing gifts to kids in Vukovar, Croatia in 1992


Within these fragile walls Texas took its first steps toward the world stage. This is Independence Hall at Washington-on-the-Brazos, captured in ruins in the 19th century. It was here in 1836 that the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed and the government of the Republic of Texas created.


WD 40

“Water Displacement #40”.

The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953, by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a ‘Water Displacement’ Compound.

They were finally successful finding a formulation, with their fortieth attempt, thus WD-40. Th Convair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts.

Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you. When you read the shower door part, try it. It’s the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just as well as on glass. It’s a miracle! Then try it on your stove-top. It’s now shinier than it’s ever been.

WD-40 Uses:

1. Protects silver from tarnishing.

2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.

3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.

4. Gives floor that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making them slippery.

5. Keeps the flies off of Cows, Horses, and other Farm Critters.

6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.

7. Removes lipstick stains.

8. Loosens stubborn zippers. Don’t ask why #7 and #8 are together in this list.

9. Untangles jewellery chains.

10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.

11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.

12. Keeps ceramic/terracotta garden pots from oxidising.

13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.

14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.

15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.

16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.

17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on both home and vehicles doors.

18. It removes that nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen flooring. It doesn’t seem to harm the finish and you won’t have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.

19. Remove those nasty bug guts that will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!

20. Gives a children’s playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.

21. Lubricates gearshift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.

22. Rids kids rocking chair and swings of squeaky noises.

23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.

24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.

25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.

26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.

27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.

28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons and bicycles for easy handling.

29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.

30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.

31. Removes grease splatters from stove-tops.

32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.

33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.

34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).

35. Removes all traces of duct tape.

36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.

37. Florida ’s favorite use is: ‘cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.’

38. The favorite use in the state of New York , it protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.

39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it’s a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.

40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.

41. It is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and wipe with a clean rag.

42. Also, if you’ve discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!

43. If you spray it inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the engine to start.

44.Ants don’t like it.

The basic ingredient in WD40 is fish oil.


Hudson County, NJ


  1. WD-40 and duct tape are the two essential tools no one should be without.
    Looking forward to Red Mist.

    • WD 40 is one of those things. I agree. I use rigger’s tape, but close to the same thing.

  2. Wd-40, duct tape, and here in the geographic center of the country, baling wire. We had to put the knots at one end when we folded it up, in case somebody in the future needed it! Still do to this day.

  3. Had a friend who’d discovered WD-40 made fairly good gun cleaner. He let me try his 1911, and the first time I fired it I got soaked with dirty WD-40.

    His comment was “Gee, I guess it really does penetrate everywhere…”

    I’ll use it to bust things loose, although I prefer PB Blaster. But if the parts are supposed to move and not squeak, I’ll lube them with oil after I get them loose.

    WD-40 doesn’t leave much lube behind after it dries.

  4. Sweet Little Wife just used on our glass cooktop, and it cleaned it better than the expensive stuff GE sells for the stove!

    Just do a Windex cleaning afterwards to remove the WD-40 film left behind….

    • My first thought was they need a couple of cheeseburgers since pictures add 10#’s.

      Moons ago MrsC was wrangling a high end Colorado dude ranch, worked with a gal named Danielle Crawford…tall, thin, and could eat anything. MrsC didn’t follow fashion so had no idea who this gal was. Had family week…Danielle’s sister shows up with Richard Gere…Cindy Crawford. Same body type and could eat like a horse without gaining weight.

        • They hired a lot of debutant types. MrsC said the sisters were good people. Later she was in town and wondered why Danielle’s sister was on a magazine cover. Hehe.

  5. I use WD-40 for machining aluminum.
    I thought I was alone.
    One day I walked into a CNC shop where the finish cut was made using WD-40.
    I felt vindicated.
    Now I find quite some discussion of it’s use on AR building websites.
    I also used it as a rust protectorant on steel, yet found that sometimes the steel developed a brown patina overnight.

    Your history surprises me as I had long ago read that it was developed to be an ignition wire drying compound for the military. It excels at that, and led to my marriage of 29 years.

    • I’ve used it when cutting/drilling/tapping aluminum. It kept the metal cutting blade in my jigsaw from loading up when I was making some aluminum brackets.

      I use “Tap Magic” nowadays, but WD-40 works in a pinch.

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