Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Decoration Day ponderings

Earlier this year when I was on the "debate" panel broadcast by KGWA, I did say that I was partial to flyboys, primarily because Dad was working at Scott AFB--but what I did not mention was that before Mom met Dad, she was dating a guy I thought was the best looking airman in the Army.  Yeah, that was before there was such a thing as an Airforce.  He kinda resembled Mickey Rooney, too.


Meet USAAF Corporal (grade 5) Willard L. Sample.  I certainly can see why Mom kept the pictures, and I'm very glad she did.  The thing that prompts this post, though, is a segment that aired on 60 Minutes about the Bent Prop project and their discovery of a lot of downed WWII planes around Palau.

A couple years back I went through Mom's pictures from this gent and some of them showed aircraft where the tail numbers were discernible and I decided to do some online research to find out what became of those planes.  None of those tail numbers were on the military tail number database and it was concluded that they were lost in battle or something.  So yeah--I just got rather interested in the Bent Prop project, just now.

Mom passed away quite some time ago, and these pictures are part of her personal effects that wound up with me.  As it turns out, Willie passed away some years after Mom did, just two years prior to my attempt to look up those tail numbers.  So there ya go--this post is to do the usual Memorial Day tribute, but also to raise a toast to the Bent Prop project as well.





Somebody in Willie's unit had a camera, and sent back gems like this next one, but all I know about it is that it's in the Pacific theatre somewhere.  Palau? Japan? Or...?  Don't know the story behind it but I'd love to find out what it is.


Next is from somewhere in Europe. This man got around.


There was more information written  on the back of the next photo...


...and I quote...

" This is the P-43 and the boys. Right to left
H. C. Ward - cpl.
V. Green - t/Sgt
Hibbord - s/Sgt.
Genson cpl.
G. Gibson Sgt
L. Surretsky P F.C.

I am taking picture
Willie"


I tried looking up variations on the number that appears on the plane, but with no results.


It's Larry Surretsky in the next pic, and two of the tail numbers I tried to look up come from that.


Obvious: tail number 17340.  The next tail number produced no definitive results either...




Best pic of the lot is next, and I'll bet you can guess why, ha--



Next--not exactly a double date at a St. Louis tavern, but that is Willie, girlfriend, girlfriend's sister and sister's beau...and friends. Sister is the gal peeking out from behind.

You can't tell it by looking at this merry bunch, but they're back at the tavern AFTER flipping the car the day before.

The gal in the back looked like this:

The following picture would look like a class Dad was teaching if it was a radio electronics class...


I can't seem to be able to dig up any info about this battleship, either--teh Google machine always produces info about an aircraft type called Seafire 1b instead.










Memorial Day Monday UPDATE: Went to the ceremony at Enid's Woodring Airport this morning and, not surprisingly, ran into Richard.  He had his own story to tell, as he did the other times I've run into him around town, but THIS time I was able to catch it on video, with permission to post it and everything.  This blog stands at sharp attention, Richard, to salute you!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

I didn't fall into an Enid pothole, in case you were wondering...

Nope.  I've just been trying to keep up with the Keystone Kommissioners down at Enid City Hall, and it's kept me hopping with all those Special Sessions over that big government budget where they've gotta cut something but the vanity expenditures are somehow sacred cows to be sacrificed for nobody or nothin', not even a better water source arrangement even though Enid's on water rationing on even/odd arrangement (please don't ask me to explain that).

But ONE segment got finished, and that's the lampoon of the retiring Jon Stewart's Moment of Zen.  On Punched Out Judy, it's the Instance of Oy.  Behold:


Another spoof segment will be added due to the "discussions" about who talks over who in the last series of Commission sessions, and you savvy people out there will think "Between Two Ferns" at first, without a doubt--but due to the nature of the "discussions", ah, that's the part that's different in Judy's new segment "Just Among Fronds"



Yes. folks, that's Cow Parsley, aka Poison Hemlock.  Hey--fronds is fronds.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Enid's recent fireworks--Radio Cairo update at the top!

Sunday UPDATE, Radio Cairo English to North America Edition:
I've always loved the music that has come from that station over the decades and was delighted to be invited to listen to the live stream, which is quite a trick to listen to if you don't have a Facebook account you can sign in with, and even so, it'll still ask you to establish an account before you can listen.  It's worth all that one-time trouble, though, if you ask me!  

STRIKE THAT UNTIL YOU READ THIS FIRST:
The day after I posted this update, I got one piece of Sunni spam that had the tone of a recruitment message, saying that in a quest for deen I should follow a particular Imam. I will not name anyone mentioned by name in that message.  If you register for an account and have Islamic content  in your playlist, it's clear that you will be spammed in this manner.

 Presented by my FB Friend in Egypt, Mayar Adel.
They provide code for embedding, and I'm going to give that a shot below...



Well how about that, by golly!  Works only  when there IS a live stream scheduled, though, so mind the time.  Tonight I heard a very interesting take on events in Ukraine as the broadcast talked about a Ukraine envoy conducting discussions in Egypt during its Economics program.



I wasn't going to post about that just  yet, but I've noticed that traffic to this blog really skyrocketed toward this end of the week.  I also noticed that I'd gained a couple of new Followers on Twitter, too...so I think I'd better say something about that even though at this point in time, commenting would be premature and considering what's playing out at this point in time, except to say that a request for an appointment has been delivered (the locals will know what I mean by that) and beyond that I can only say....

"Spoilers!"

But by all means do please stay tuned for developments, which I can comment on only AFTER they happen first, and not before.  What happened will initiate a chain of events in the future, and so it wouldn't be wise to comment at this time. Just know that I'm just getting warmed up and the best is yet to be.  Tick tock goes the clock...and I tried to find a YouTube rendition of The When When Polka but apparently there's no such thing on YouTube...so Frankie Yankovic's Tick Tock Polka will just have to do for now.

Now.  It's funny with everybody talking about the past and the future, the value of now gets passed over.  But enough of all that--enjoy the polka, for I'm off to the restaurant at the end of the universe with Zaphod Beeblebrox (the IVth) via KUCO.  Much to my delight, after losing Vinyl Cafe on the CBC, I find him again on KUCO which now reruns snippets of it from its Story Exchange. G'night everybody!


Oh my dear giddy Autnie Beeb, you're just have to get over it, sweetie.  I couldn't be more serious about this than if I myself were facing the worst dread monsters you could ever dream up. Go help  yourself to a dozen pangalactic gargleblasters, why don't  ya--you sure could do with a different perspective on things. Go lie down in front of a bulldozer or something, and don't forget your towel. Go suck an orange or a lemon or something tart.



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Democrats' War on the President: TPP

It's been interesting, keeping an ear to the ground on the Left and thereby getting a chuckle out of Ed Schultz's show on MSNBC.  He's got a stand-in today but nonetheless, Schultz is an Air America alum as is Maddow, and I used to frequent its discussion board before Air America went belly up.  The election of the time the admin dinged me on a board violation was when Kerry and Edwards were running for the highest office and I mentioned that I had a problem with their voting records, and posted those records.  MAN did the bulls over there see red over that.

But in today's Schultz show, all the old arguments against the TPP resurfaced despite Obama's previous attempts to rebut them, all the way from saying it's 'way different from all previous trade agreements and there's no secrecy about it...until the Schultz show brought up the Most Favored Nation vote on China, which was the problem I had with the Kerry Edwards ticket.

Oh Eddie!  Hey--it was your Democrats that voted in favor of the UNCONDITIONAL MFN status of China, and Kerry even vetoed the condition that China be held accountable for MIAs/POWs.  Yup--military veteran John Kerry voted AGAINST adding that condition to be imposed on China for MFN status!  Go look it up, it's still on record!

Where Air America board denizens moved to: Radio Free Liberal
(and I'm STILL on their shit-list over there).

Oh--*my* opinion? I think President Obama makes more sense than the anti-TPP faction and that he successfully rebutted his critics.  The TPP is NOT your daddy's old trade agreement like the Democrats charge and although it's persuasive to claim "secrecy" by the fact that WikiLeaks leaked a draft-in-progress-subject-to-change-via-further-negotiations, fact remains that they did NOT leak a firm draft proposal because that simply doesn't yet exist yet.  Whatever drafts exist out there encompass what agreements with foreign nations that have been arrived at to this day and it's by no means a finished document with other stuff still under negotiation.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

How stupid is spelled: T-E-X-A-S--and hello again, Auntie Beeb...

Dateline Garland TX--The state of Texas steps forward to be the first to donate to ISIS in the form of ISIS's first claim of an attack on American soil.

Stupid just doesn't get st00pider than that.

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Speaking of st00pid, there's the BBC who apparently convinced YouTube that it has a copyright on science.  Of course I appealed again.  Come on, Auntie--take me to court and you'll lose. Science isn't copyrightable, it can only be patented provided that the patent is on a design, a process, or a device.  Show us your patents. At best, you could claim a trademark infringement with the use of the acronym TARDIS, but guess what--that wasn't used in the video you dispute.  Attempting to claim a copyright over the science of transdimensional engineering is an attempt to claim ownership of a public domain technology that has been in the public domain for over a thousand years.

You can't own public domain technology, and you can't copyright technology either--that, too, comes under patent law.  Your fiction is based on science and claiming ownership of the science your fiction is based on is like claiming that everyone who uses the phrase "I am very clever" is a copyright infringement because those words are an exact copy of a part of your script...what follows with that line of reasoning is your claiming ownership of the English language because your scripts are written in English. 

By all means, take me to court, sweetie--you'll lose.  Oh right--you claim copyright over "hello sweetie" too, betcha.  Go ahead--make my day. 

Friday UPDATE, UK Election Edition: Oh my dear dear giddy Auntie Beeb--the Tories have to go through the Scots to give you money for your frivolous escapades now, don't they.  See you in court, love.

Saturday UPDATE, UK Edition:  I have just been cleared by GoFundMe to set up a defense fund to fight this. I'm not done setting it up yet, though, so to all the people who are weary of YouTube's copyright trolls, this cause is just your cup of tea.  When it's fully set up, I'll post a link here. Watch this space.

Here we go: Help tell the BBC it's not above the law! Go Fund Me


Oh, come on Auntie Beeb, by all means let's give it a go.  It'll be fun and you'll launch me straight up into global notoriety. XD  What on the bloomin' Earth could possibly go wrong?


Sunday, May 03, 2015

Busy weekend of diversions as school terms come to a close

There was the big Tri-State school band competitions, Million Dollar Parade and final evening concert, and then there's the Shewey recital this Sunday.  I've got a bunch of vids to produce for this blog on that account, so I'll kick things off with one of  the highlights of the recital.  It's the season for school recitals before summer vacation kicks in, so I'll be in the process of adding what I can work in.  And yeah--my apologies in advance for Blogger's dismal video shortcomings in its insistence on low-res-only videos.  It still sucks.

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Highlight from the Tri-State evening concert and a tribute to videographers everywhere. Yup--everywhere.

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Ever see a smart phone substitute for sheet music? No? Then watch this unusual encore after the well-deserved standing O...

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Next is the beginning of the Tri-State music festival's Million Dollar Parade, which doesn't leave the impression that a million dollars has anything to do with it.  I'm posting it so that you can get a sense of directional orientation before I post more of the parade later.  This thing used to occur at about 11 am until recently, when Enid also instituted a First Friday downtown event and nobody had to peer at silhouettes in the setting sun to see the parade.

Now, it's a bitch to get a camera set up decently, and whether in the am or pm there has always been a band timing/co-ordination problem which now occurs at the corner I eventually walked over to, then had to shuttle between that and my first position where I was facing east.  To get a shot down that crossing street, I would have had to shoot directly into the sun, so bear with all those shortcomings, please.  Here we go...

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The direction the camera is facing in that last shot is toward the south, where the reviewing stand and announcer are.  The next vid shows why it wasn't a good idea to be situated closer to the reviewing stand.  If I had been there, I would have missed the YWCA Walk A Mile In Her Shoes people, which exited the parade route right at that corner...

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In short, that was a bunch of guys marching in blazing red high heels, some of 'em in drag, some of 'em dressed like The Village People (yeah, that's a different Y, huh). But it was an anti-sexual assault march and, in my view, a worthy cause.  And if you'd been standing near the review stand, you'd have missed the whole thing.  But if you had been standing on the street they marched on, you'd have been looking straight into the sun unless you were looking straight south--in which case the sun would still have been in your periphery.

Well, that's enough for tonight, folks. Tomorrow is another day, ha. :)