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Saturday, November 30, 2013


If you are entering the contest.  Please post your stories and e-mail the link @ greylocke (at) gmail (dot) com

I'd like to get them all posted and the poll up by monday morning.

"ooh and awww"-from the inbox


I don't think so....





Friday, November 29, 2013

#HystericalHistoricals 2 Days left

You have 2 days to get your Hysterical Historical written and to send me the link so I can get the voting poll up.

If you would like to get involved in this short story contest click on the following link.


The Contest is open to anyone.  If you wish to enter a short story but don't blog, you can e-mail the story to me and I will post it here on this blog so other can read it and vote on it.

A Challenge for the Mythbusters

With emergency preparedness becoming more and more common in these trying times and Les Stroud coming back with more episodes of Survivorman, I thought up a challenge for Adam, Jamie, Kari, Tori and Grant on Mythbusters.

I'll tell you now, Jamie would probably win the challenge.  If you don't know why, read up about him.

The challenge:  Each Mythbuster is challenged to put together their own emergency Bug Out or Get Back Home Bag.  Their limitations are the bag can weigh no more than 25 lbs, contain no prohibited or illegal items and must be contained in 1 duffel bag or backpack.

After they make their bags, they would put them to the test.  Going out for 5 days, where they must each use the bag and it's contents to get back to civilization.

To make it fair, I think Les Stroud could show up and give them pointers on things they might want to carry and things they should definitely carry.

I thought about this after rewatching Jamie and Adam's Island Duct tape special again.  There were a few things which just bugged me about it as to why wouldn't they have a few items to help themselves.  An example, was why didn't they use the lenses from glasses they both normally wear to start a fire.  I know on that episode they both didn't have their glasses on but there are other items they can use. 

I keep in my wallet, a small fresnel lens because my detail close up vision requires it at times, if you have sun and a fresnel lens, you have fire.  Also in my wallet there are several debit/plastic cards which can cut if handled properly.  I should know I cut my hand on my health insurance card trying to get my library card out the other day, .  Are they saying that they couldn't have had something like that one themselves?  It might have made it easier to cut all that tape instead of ripping it and tearing up their fingers.  In my pocket whenever I leave the house, I have a Swiss Army Knife and a liner lock, lockblade knife.  One in the left pocket the other on it's pocket clip in the right pocket.  I also have my keychain, which has one of my KTD Drives, a handcuff key, a P-38 Can Opener, one of my old dogtags from when I was in the army, keys (of course), a small LED photon light and a clip to clip the whole ring to a belt loop or other item.  And I have several wire key rings.  Each set of keys has it's own ring.  The truck key has one, the suburban keys have one, the house key has one, etc.  It makes it much easier to remove a key from the main ring that way.  Then in my wallet I have the aforementioned plastic cards, my cross, several 1 dollar coins, 3 quarters, 2 dimes, 3 nickles and 4 pennies.  My money clip uses a strong magnet and a steel plate sewn into the wallet to hold my cash.  Add in my aluminum cigar/cigarette case and my zippo lighter to round out everything I don't ever leave the house without.

What say you?

Would you like to see an episode of Mythbusters like that?

With the limitation of nothing illegal/prohibited and under 25 lbs.  What would you put in your bag?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

3 Important Pictures - from the inbox

International Picture of the Year.

Here are three very touching photos honored this year.
  First Place : 

First Place
 Todd Heisler, The Rocky Mountain News 

When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport , Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport , Major Steve Beck described the scene as so powerful: 'See the people in the windows? They sat right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home,' he said. 'They will remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should.'

Second Place

Second Place

Todd Heisler, The Rocky Mountain News 
The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of 'Cat,' and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. 'I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it,' she said. 'I think that's what he would have wanted'.

And the one that really tightens MY throat:

3rd Place - "Son, a grateful Nation...."

Blue Fridays.
Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing blue every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the 'silent majority.' We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing.

Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -- and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar, will wear something blue. By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of blue much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family, it will not be long before the USA is covered in BLUE and it will let our troops know the once 'silent' majority is on their side more than ever. The first thing a soldier says when asked 'What can we do to make things better for you?' is: 'We need your support and your prayers.' Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear something blue every Friday.

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
1. Jesus Christ
2. The American G. I. 
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom. 

Thanksgiving 2022-from the inbox

"Winston, come into the dining room, it's time to eat," Julia yelled to her husband. 

"In a minute, honey, it's a tie score,"  he answered.

Actually Winston wasn't very interested in the traditional holiday football game between Detroit and Washington .  

Ever since the government passed the Civility in Sports Statute of 2017, outlawing tackle football for its "unseemly violence" and the "bad" example it sets for the rest of the world", Winston was far less of a football fan than he used to be.  Two-hand touch wasn't nearly as exciting.  Yet it wasn't the game that Winston was uninterested in.  

It was more the thought of eating another Tofu Turkey.  Even though it was the best type of VeggieMeat available after the government revised the American Anti-Obesity Act of 2018, adding fowl to the list of federally-forbidden foods, (which already included potatoes, cranberry sauce, and mincemeat pie), it wasn't anything like real turkey. 

And ever since the government officially changed the name of "Thanksgiving Day" to "A National Day of Atonement" in 2020, to officially acknowledge the Pilgrims' historically brutal treatment of Native Americans, the holiday had lost a lot of its luster.

Eating in the dining room was also a bit daunting. The unearthly gleam of government-mandated fluorescent light bulbs made the Tofu Turkey look even weirder than it actually was, and the room was always cold. Ever since Congress passed the Power Conservation Act of 2016, mandating all thermostats - which were monitored and controlled by the electric company - be kept at 68 degrees, every room on the north side of the house was barely tolerable throughout the entire winter.

Still, it was good getting together with family. Or at least most of the family. 
Winston missed his mother, who passed on in October, when she had used up her legal allotment of life-saving medical treatment. He had had many heated conversations with the Regional Health Consortium, spawned when the private insurance market finally went bankrupt, and everyone was forced into the government health care program.  And though he demanded she be kept on her treatment, it was a futile effort.  "The RHC's resources are limited," explained the government bureaucrat Winston spoke with on the phone.  "Your mother received all the benefits to which she was entitled. I'm sorry for your loss."

Ed couldn't make it either.  He had forgotten to plug in his electric car last night, the only kind available after the Anti-Fossil Fuel Bill of 2021 outlawed the use of the combustion engines - for everyone but government officials.  The fifty mile round trip was about ten miles too far, and Ed didn't want to spend a frosty night on the road somewhere between here and there.
Thankfully, Winston's brother, John, and his wife were flying in. 
Winston made sure that the dining room chairs had extra cushions for the occasion.  No one complained more than John about the pain of sitting down so soon after the government-mandated cavity searches at airports, which severely aggravated his hemorrhoids.  Ever since a terrorist successfully smuggled a cavity bomb onto a jetliner, the TSA told Americans the added "inconvenience" was an "absolute necessity" in order to stay "one step ahead of the terrorists." 

Winston's own body had grown accustomed to such probing ever since the government expanded their scope to just about anywhere a crowd gathered, via Anti-Profiling Act of 2022.  That law made it a crime to single out any group or individual for "unequal scrutiny," even when probable cause was involved.  Thus, cavity searches at malls, train stations, bus depots, etc., etc., had become almost routine.  Almost.

The Supreme Court is reviewing the statute, but most Americans expect a Court composed of six progressives and three conservatives to leave the law intact.  "A living Constitution is extremely flexible", said the Court's eldest member, Elena Kagan.  " Europe has had laws like this one for years.  We should learn from their example," she added.

Winston's thoughts turned to his own children.  He got along fairly well with his 12-year-old daughter, Brittany, mostly because she ignored him. Winston had long ago surrendered to the idea that she could text anyone at any time, even during Atonement Dinner.  Their only real confrontation had occurred when he limited her to 50,000 texts a month, explaining that was all he could afford.  She whined for a week, but got over it.

His 16-year-old son, Jason, was another matter altogether.  Perhaps it was the constant bombarding he got in public school that global warming, the bird flu, terrorism, or any of a number of other calamities were "just around the corner", but Jason had developed a kind of nihilistic attitude that ranged between simmering surliness and outright hostility.  It didn't help that Jason had reported his father to the police for smoking a cigarette in the house, an act made criminal by the Smoking Control Statute of 2018, which outlawed smoking anywhere within 500 feet of another human being.  Winston paid the $5,000 fine, which might have been considered excessive before the American dollar became virtually worthless as a result of QE13. 
The latest round of quantitative easing the federal government initiated was, once again, to "spur economic growth."  This time, they promised to push unemployment below its years-long rate of 18%, but Winston was not particularly hopeful.

Yet the family had a lot for which to be thankful, Winston thought, before remembering it was a Day of Atonement. 

At least, he had his memories.  He felt a twinge of sadness when he realized his children would never know what life was like in the Good Old Days, long before government promises to make life "fair for everyone" realized their full potential. Winston, like so many of his fellow Americans, never realized how much things could change when they didn't happen all at once, but little by little, so people could get used to them.  He wondered what might have happened if the public had stood up while there was still time, maybe back around 2012, when all the real nonsense began. 

"Maybe we wouldn't be where we are today if we'd just said 'enough is enough' when we had the chance," he thought. 

Maybe so, Winston. Maybe so.

Mark Twain once said: "It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."

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The only Moment We Are Alone

Privacy and the Surveillance State

It won't allow me to embed it here. but please click on the link below and watch the short video.  It's about 5 and half minutes long and it raise some interesting questions.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Anonymous comment have been turned back off

I got very tired of the porn ads, the pecker pill ads, the prescription drug ads and all the rest.

So you will need a Google or Open ID account to comment.

Monday, November 25, 2013

US Politics-from the inbox

1 picture worth a 1000 words ,, ,............. The 600 million dollar website that doesn't work was made by a company with a lousy track record and a top executive who's a pal of the First Lady, Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of '85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $600 million Obama care enrollment website at George Schindler, the president of the Canadian-based CGI Group, CGI Federal's parent company, became an Obama 2012 campaign donor after his company gained the Obama care website contract.......Three other companies submitted bids for Obama care, but CGI's bid was the only one considered. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hiding the Lockheed Plant during World War II -,pretty neat - from the inbox

 Hiding the Lockheed Plant during World War II
Hidden in Plain View

During WW II Lockheed (unbelievable 1940s pictures). This is a version of special effects during the 1940's. I have never seen these pictures or knew that we had gone this far to protect ourselves. During World War II the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant to protect it from a possible Japanese air attack. They covered it with camouflage netting to make it look like a rural subdivision from the air. Before...


The person that provided these pictures said she got an interesting story about someone's mother who worked at Lockheed, and she as a younger child, remembers all this. She says that to this day, these are the first pictures of it she's seen.

Another person who lived in the area talked about as being a boy, watching it all be set up like a movie studio production. They had fake houses, trees, etc. and moved parked cars around so it looked like a residential area from the skies overhead.

I lived in North Long Beach during World War II, I was 13 years old. (1940) The Long Beach airport was near Lakewood , CA . There was a large Boeing Plant there. If you would drive down Carson St. going south you could drive under the camouflage netting. Ed Pollard

I am 85 and had much of my pilot training in Calif. I have been under this net and have seen it from the air. During preflight training I rode a bus under the net and was very surprised as I didn't know it was there. It was strong enough to walk on and they hired people to ride bicycles and move around as if they lived there to make it look authentic.
Warren Holmgreen Jr

Hiding the Lockheed Plant during World War II - wow this is amazing!