Friday, January 23, 2015

Target Ex CEO Golden Parachute

A lot of people failed to notice the going on at Target north of the border. Target has announced that it is closing all 133 Canadian  stores which will result in over 17,000 people losing their jobs.
With this announcement they also announced a package that will be give each worker 16 weeks of pay at a tab of around 56 million dollars to the company.

Now on the surface this looks OK, company not doing so well in a region so they decide to shut down and attempt to take care of the workers. What most people don't know or remember is the fact that last year when they got rid of the CEO Gregg Steinhafel for his nonperformance he was rewarded with a package that was north of 61 million dollars including over 15 million in severance pay.

I understand that big companies sign contracts that include a golden parachute in most cases. But this time its completely outrageous, since Steinhafel's piss poor performance is one of the things that led up to the Canadian stores closing.

I can't think of any worse example of CEO and board abuse since GM, or what is going on at JC Penney. I wonder what the stock holders think?

Thursday, January 22, 2015


A colleague at work asked the other day what I thought about the various modifications that some people do to an AR-15 platform. I see guys at the range that have so many accessories hung on their sporting rifles it makes them look like something out of Star Wars and adds weight that tells me they have never had to hump it ant farther than the car to the range.

I agree with Kyle Lamb and Larry Vickers, only add accessories that enhance functionality and the ability to deliver accurate fire.

The AR below is a good example of this, it has a Aim Point PRO red dot with a Daniel Defense A2 back up site,  Magpull MOE carbine stock, Tango Down vertical grip, Bravo Company improved charging handle and a Troy railed fore end. The only I might add is a white light for home defense illumination. This rifle is almost identical to one of the ones I have configured.

This is of course my own personal opinion, there is know wrong thing to add or modify with the unbelievable number of parts that are available.  So do what you like and enjoy the sport.

Aircraft Maitenance

As a long time Air Force aircraft technician this poster speaks volumes of how we feel about the pilots quite a bit of the time.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Canadians in contact

Yesterday in Iraq elements of the Canadian infantry while in a training and planning session with Kurdish and Iraqi units came under fire by ISIS forces.

Brigadier General Michael Rouleau, commander of special operations command] said the Canadians used sniper fire and “neutralized” the machine gun and mortar without taking any casualties.
“My troops had completed a planning session with senior Iraqi leaders several kilometers behind the front lines,” Rouleau said. “When they moved forward to confirm the planning at the front lines in order to visualize what they had discussed over a map, they came under immediate and effective mortar and machine gun fire.”
The general said that while Canadian soldiers are not participating in active combat, they have the right to fire back if fired upon.

Good on the Canucks.

What Global Warming?

Well fat chance any of my long haired tree hugging buddies will understand this  but I had to laugh.

Over 1700 private jets are descending on Davos, Switzerland for the world economic forum among the topics is of course the non existent global warming.

Global warming and carbon dioxide have for years been a scam to shear the sheeple once again. I have discussed this in the past and maybe someday the unwashed masses will get a clue on this.

Here is the link for the full article

Here is a shot of a couple of Gulfstream G-500 and 600 series jets. I see jets like these in and out of ILM all the time. I laugh and think that these are the hard time kids riding along.


So says Obama in his State of the Union address. My take is the world is on fire economically, morally and ethically. Just the continued QE by the central banks and the continued lack of growth in real jobs here in the U.S. something no manipulated government stats can cover up.
My take way quote was

"We can't put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street or refighting past battles on immigration when we've got a system to fix," Obama said. "And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, I will veto it."

He's kidding right? Obamacare the single biggest transfer of wealth ever is steadily dismantling the healthcare system we have in this country , Wall Street running amok with 5 times that debt in funny money derivatives. Then finally the open border immigration system that allows hundreds of thousands of low skilled workers in and only allows both parties to to pander for the Hispanic vote.

One thing you never here is a year over year spending cut. Instead we get the usual boiler plate raise the capital gains tax and even more outrageous additional taxes on estates that have securities in them.

Washington will never learn until the whole damn stock market implodes because of all the fiat printing.
After all the Obama administration has added 7.5 trillion to the debt in just 6 years, I just hope that we as a Nation can survive and rebuild in the aftermath.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hot Start on a C-17

Just a little problem with a hot start Monday at Wright Patterson AFB for a C-17 F117-PW-100 turbofan.
The crew manged to shut everything down and the base fire department put out the flames. Damage is estimated at 1.5 million dollars. If this is the case its the first Air Force Class A accident for the year.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Rally In Paris

One of the biggest rally in years is going on in the city of lights with over one million expected to show support for the French against the scourge of Islamic Jihad. Among the marchers are 50 world leaders whose policies of appeasement and inclusion to a group that is 180 degrees opposite of any Western values have directly led to the actions that we see around the world.
Hopefully these recent attacks will open their eyes and the eyes of those among us who simply don't get what a threat Jihad is to the Western world.

Attorney General Holder was supposed to march but is reported to be a no show, typical for the current administration.

Can You Imagine Either one as POTUS

All the twitter feeds and MSM types go on and on about Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney becoming the Republican standard bearer in 2016. You will hear such diatribe as Jeb can secure the Hispanic vote or  Mitt is great business man
How about neither, any one else or Micky Mouse. Not one of these men is a conservative or a constitutionalist, both are big government nanny state advocates.

Every time I here Mitts main qualification is being a great businessman I can only think that the government is not a business and needs to be cut at least by half . Bush is just a continuation of the family dynasty and that not a good thing. Last time I checked we fought a revolution prevent this from happening, this same thought goes to the darling of the left Hilary.

So I have  great idea how about neither and lets look on the bench for a decent serving governor. Nicky Haley for example,
A better choice
How about neither

Saudi Arabian Blogger to Get 1000 Lashes

Just when you think it can't get any worse in the Kingdom  we get this. Raif Badawi was convicted of cyber crime and insulting Islam and was handed down the sentence of 10 years and 1000 lashes.
But yet this is just one of many things that they do which causes ones eyebrows to raise and me personally go WTF.  After spending time on a deployment there in the 90's I always wondered what would  happen if the government could not continue to pay off the welfare state among it population.
 I think we all know the answer to that question. I also know that in the MSM you will here nary a peep.

Here is the full article which has additional links from Zerohedge.

A Bear In Alaska

Over the last few months are old buddies the Russians have made numerous flights to the ADIZ zones around the world from the US, Europe  and the Pacific. Its kind of like the bad old days of the Cold War when I was stationed in Europe and our Eagles would be scrambled to intercept TU-95's our over the North Sea.
Here is a shot from a few months back of a Raptor escorting a Bear.

Wow What a World We Live In

Its funny how time goes by sometimes it seems like a its running away an suddenly months have gone by. especially in the business I work in, we are so busy other things in our lives seem to go by the wayside because being at work tries to take over.

Its been months since I have commented on any subject. Since the later summer we have seen the world spin further out of control either with continued Central Bank QE which will make the reset even harder, Ebola still racking up victims even with a virtual news black out her in America and of course an ever expanding war against Islamic jihad brought back to the forefront with the tragic attacks in France. Plus we have the recent elections that swept the equally corrupt and for the most part worthless Republicans into the Senate and House majority.

I still have a lot to say and still love aircraft so I must try and post articles and pictures with comment in this little part of the world wide web that I find interesting and the few people that check by may also  like it, comment and share.
Best regards

Friday, August 8, 2014


Yesterdays hearing were ridiculous, first you have Ken Issac's from Samaritans Purse located here in good old NC complaining about the reporting Then you have CDC director Tom Frieden , saying "Ebola's spread to the United States is inevitable due to the mature of global airline travel but any outbreak is not expected to be large"

Sounds like whistling in the dark This come s form the same agency that managed to expose over 80 of its staff to anthrax and had a vial of smallpox found during a routine audit not in secure storage. The problem with this if someone does screw up it gets out into the general population like a large metro area like Atlanta then we would have big problems. If you notice the rate of new cases is exponentially increasing and what is truly startling is the number of health care worker that have tested postie and have died from this disease.

I;m not sure why the State Department allowed these flights to come in bringing the Samaritan Purse volunteers, i;m not going to speculate or wear a tin foil hat but I would not have allowed it to happen. One thing we learn in EMS is triage and in this case bringing these people back to me was an unnecessary risk.

Is someone seriously going to contend that we could not have airlifted in what ever they needed to treat these people in West Africa, I would have to call them out on this.

I;d hate to think that there is an ulterior motive out there but I'm not to sure. The next few weeks it will be interesting to watch to see what happens. If the cases continue to rise and especially if cases start popping up in western countries then we may in fact have a much  bigger problem than the folks at CDC and WHO are letting on.

Links to Ken Issac

CDC director

Airstrikes authorized in Iraq

Finally the worthless hang wringing going on  in the White House has stop and they have authorized airstrikes to keep ISIS out of the northern city of Erbil and emergency air drop missions to Northern Iraq.
About time, the Kurd's have always been our allies and have taken a beating in recent days, In addition the cites and area under threat by these fundamentalist Islamic hordes is the traditional Christian part of Iraq.

The ISIS fanatics are of course Sunni's and I've heard all the arguments of not wanting to take sides as the current government is a Shiite minority. But enough is enough, we broke it and need to fix it.

What I'd like to know is who the money is behind the ISIS fundamentalist, here's looking at you House of Saud. The only reason I think this announcement came down  is the Saudi Royal family doesn't like what it see's and knows if this spreads south their own position could be in jeopardy.

I've said for years if they didn't have oil no one would give two cents for what goes on in this part of the world. But the whole damn planet needs energy to make our economies work so right now we are stuck.
Hopefully in the next few days we can do enough to halt the advance and do something to remedy this growing refugee problem.

What really sad is when this started and ISIS was coming down the road in columns south toward Baghdad we could have wiped them out and destroyed most of their equipment. This whole situation is another example of a completely  failed foreign policy as practiced by the current administration. Like it  or not without a strong and resolute America the world descends into chaos rather fast. This is what happens when the sheeple believe the marketing of Hope and Change.

F-15E Strike Eagle, ISIS nightmare

Quote of the day

“A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition.” ― Rudyard Kipling.