For today’s stupid news. A few weeks ago State Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell, a Lancaster Democrat, accused West Point and Annapolis cadets of racist hand gestures.
Well guess what? The Service Academies investigated and found out it was, drum roll please, the circle game. Come on I was doing this in the nineties in the Air Force. Rules are ” The objective of the “circle game” or “basic killer”  is to form a circle with one’s thumb and forefinger (the “OK” gesture) on the leg below the waist and get someone else to look at it. If the person looks, the gesture-maker gets to hit them, or is simply considered “out” or “killed”. In some variations the target can put their index finger through the hole without looking at it and thereby win the right to punch the maker of the gesture ” Gained widespread use when featured on a Malcolm in the Middle episode.
Unreal. Now they say the OK sign is a hate symbol. Hey proclaimers of the offended. Just because you say something doesn’t make it true. No you can’t have this, it’s not yours. Nobody ere gave it to you. I’m currently using it, go wank off.
Let me know what you think. The comments and pictures are all in fun. No sense of humor? Too bad.
On December 20 2019 President Trump sighed into law, as part of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, the creation of a separate but equal military branch the US Space Force. Here is a direct mission quote from the Space Force website.
” The U.S. Space Force is a military service that organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force. USSF responsibilities will include developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces to present to our Combatant Commands “
The new Space Force is suppose to be a separate but equal branch operating under the Air Force, much as the Marines operate under the navy. This is the first new branch in 70 years, when the Air Force split from the Army. I suspect that it will migrate much like that did. The Air Force took a few years growing apart from the Army Air Corp. Then they started naming their command structure different. Wearing their own disincentive uniforms, down to the color of them. Even changed the enlisted rank insignia, flipping the chevrons over and calling them wings.
At first the Air Force space command will transition over to the Space Force with the eventual vision being to incorporate the Army and Navy’s space missions. I personally would like to see totally distinctive uniforms and a new rank structure. Naturally E1through E9 and O-1 through O-10 grades would be the same. But I’d like to see a blending of service rank terms. I don’t know what to call the lowest enlisted ranks. (please no space man or cadet) But let’s keep the sergeant terms of some sort. Maybe have Technical Sergeants and Gunnys. Maybe have Lt.s and Commanders. Keep the General term as it’s more of a universal norm.
And let’s make a unique uniform. Maybe in a Grey or Black or some combination there of. Just for heaven’s sake make it look like a military uniform and not a Brooks Brother suit. (McPeak) And let’s have a bus driver cap, it just looks classy.
It’s getting harder to come up with new movies. I keep seeing the same old ones. But here goes.
The Christmas Chronicles
A new fare technically last year but I didn’t see it until this year. New telling of someone wrecks Christmas. Helps Santa save Christmas. But in a new refreshing way. I recommend. Starring Kurt Russell as St. Nick. Find it on Netflix.
Christmas With the Kranks
Couple decide to blow off Christmas and head for the tropics. Empty Nester kids announce they are going to show up after all. A mad dash at the last minute to do a months worth of decorating. Hilarity ensues. Another Tim Allen Christmas movie. He’s becoming to be the go to Christmas actor.
FX’s A Christmas Carol
Fox Extra’s channel retelling of A Christmas Carol. Starring Guy Pierce. This one’s a little dark, so it may not be for the very young.
This is the third installment of Christmas Movies. Search the post for the other two. Starting off is one I recently saw on FXM.
This story revolves around a boy names Max. He belongs to a modern suburban family , a mother and father that are consumed with the hectic problems of everyday life. A teenage older sister. And a kindly grandmother that mostly speaks German. Add to that the redneck hillbilly relative that are dropping in for the holidays. This group’s patriarch is played by David Koechner if that tells you anything.
Max gets disillusioned about the whole Christmas thing and disavows Santa Clause. This causes a demonic evil Santa called Krampus rise and start detroying the neighborhood in a whiteout blizzard. After much death and destruction, only Max believing in Santa again can save them.
All in all a nice dark comedy / horror movie. I had passed it up before but found it entertaining.
Prep and Landing
While not technically a movie, it a television show. The Dawg’s brother Rob told him about this one. There are two 30 minute specials Prep and Landing and Prep and Landing: Naughty vs Nice. These were co-developed by Disney and ABC. You can find these on one of their affiliate channels. I know Freeform channel is airing them this year. These revolve around the behind the scene elves that make Christmas possible. Wayne, a Christmas elf, is part of an elite organization known as “Prep & Landing”, whose job is to ready millions of homes around the world for Santa Clause’s visit. Nice story combined with good animation, something that Christmas cartoons aren’t known for.
About a couple, Brad and Kate played by Vince Vaughan and Reese Witherspoon, was filmed at the airport after their flight to Fiji was cancelled due to fog. A local TV news crew filmed them at the check in line. After all of their divorced parents see them on TV they are forced to go pay them visits individually. Naturally each visit is a different type of train wreck. Starring Robert Duvall and Mary Steenburgen as Brad’s parents. Jon Voight abd Sissy Spacek as Kate’s parents. Vince Vaughan plays the lovable straight man that seems to get constantly psychically abused.and Reese Witherspoon as always her generations go to comedic actress .
This movie is loaded with an all star cast and I highly recommend it. Go check out the cast list at IMDB.
The Santa Clause
And there’s The Santa Clause staring Tim Allen as Scott. A toy salesman. When Santa lands on his roof he wakes Scott’s son Charlie. Scott rushes outside startles Santa and falls off the roof unconscious. Scott finds a card on Santa that reads put the suit on the reindeer will know what to do. After Tim Allen puts on the suit Santa disappears. Son Charlie persuades Scott to deliver the rest of the toys. They climb up the roof into the sleigh and the reindeer fly off to the appointed houses. Afterward the head elf tell him that because he put the suit on he is legally obligated to be Santa. He goes on to tell him that he has one year to get his affairs in order before reporting back to the North Pole next Thanksgiving. During the next year he starts to transform into Santa. I’ll stop right there.
Tim Allen goes on to star in two more Santa Clause movies. All in all a fun filled movie. Tim Allen delivers a good old fashion holiday spirited movie. The Santa Clause movies are becoming Christmas classics. As a bonus on Tim’s show Last Man Standing he makes a tongue in cheek reference when he says: “Who do you think I am, Santa?”
Enough is enough. During the Brett Kavanaugh hearings Zina Bash was reported sitting behind Brett flashing a white supremacy sign. Zina Bash is half Jewish, half Mexican, born in Mexico. Yeah you heard that right a Jewish / Mexican woman was flashing a white power sign.
Well they can’t have it. I’m standing my ground on this one. Lost the rainbow and the word gay. I’m keeping the O-Kay sign by god.
Turns out the whole thing was a hoax by 4chan users. Who says? How about the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)? You know. Jews. They ought to know a thing or two about while supremacy groups. ADL on OK symbol.
When I was in the military we even played the circle / hole game. After all a bunch of grown bored guys are just better paid high school guys.
In case you don’t how to play it, let Malcolm show you.
The Ruby Throated Hummingbirdare about ready to migrate here in northern Mississippi. They are in great abundance now storing up the winter fats for the migration to Mexico and all along Central America. Some Ruby Throated Humming Birds start out out as far north as Canada. The Ruby Throated is the most common hummingbird in the eastern US.
These suckers are fascinating to watch. The past two weeks they are emptying a quart sized feeder every two days. And I have seven of them. You don’t need any fancy solutions. I just use water, sugar and red food color. During the summer months I mix a four to one ratio. When They start to gather in numbers I switch them over to a three to one ratio.
And yes they do chirp. It’s a high pitch squeaky sound. Along with the buzzing of the wings. After a while they become accustomed to people. When I go out to change their feed, they will all swoop down and wait on me. They know we’re feeding them. Below is photos to enjoy along with a small 30 second video. Yes it’s on my back porch.
Sorry for the video quality. I had to re-encode it pretty heavy to get it to the WordPress size limitation. It’s kinda jerky. I should have used a tripod but I didn’t.
The M9 is the US military’s Beretta Model 92 service pistol. The M9 replaced the M1911 when it entered service in 1990. I remember when they did this. There was some concerns over stopping power when using the 9mm ball ammo. A few arguments in favor of the switch from 45ACP to 9mm was increased magazine capacity, the military was getting more smaller men and women in larger numbers and the 9mm has less recoil and standardizing the caliber with NATO. Never mind the USAF issued me a 38 Special, but that’s another gripe.
On 2005 the US Special Operations Command conducted the M9 replacement plan called the Joint Combat Pistol program. Some requirements were 45 caliber, striker fired, high capacity. Several manufactures submitted designs including S&W, Sig, H&K, Springfield Armory, Taurus, Ruger, Beretta, and FN.
On January 19, 2017 the Army announced it was replacing the M9 with the XM17, a military version of the Sig Sauer P320. This is a modular handgun system. Grips can be changed for better ergonomics, barrel lengths and calibers can be changed. The core is a serialized frame. It is a polymer striker fired pistol with a Picatinny rail.
The Army has chosen the 9mm over the 40 caliber. I suspect that they will move away from ball ammo towards newer 9mm that offers better ballistics and expansion. This is a result of the Modular Handgun System (MHS) study co authored with the Air Force. The Marines have expressed a desire to replace their sidearms by 2020. I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t choose this by then. The Navy SEALS have always liked the 9mm cartridge and until recently used the Sig Sauer P226. It wouldn’t be that much of a leap for the Navy to get on board. The SEALS are now using the Glock 19 now BTW. But during the MHS trials the Glock lost out because it wasn’t a modular system.