Merica, Yeah!!!

Couple of things left over from the holiday. This speak (loudly and brashly) about how we feel about America. Enjoy, I surely did. Do note these are NSFW

Yeah, Buzzfeed, I know, but you’re going to like this one

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via The 26 Most American Comebacks In The History Of The World

And from Ace:

America, bitches.I was talking with BrettCochran at NOVAMOME. I told him that one of the worse things about the avalanche of leftism in the last few years is the way it seems to be eroding my internal love for America. “Take the 4th of July. Ive always loved the 4th. Good times with friends and family. Abundant food, good company, beer, community, and then when the fireworks go off, patriotic music playing, I would always feel a swell of pride in my chest. I was a part of that. Me. Blessed to be the inheritor of the last, best hope of mankind. 10,000 years of human civilization, and we finally got it right. The 4th has always been an emotional affirmation. Last year I didnt get that feeling, I just felt sad, like I was watching something beautiful die”

via Saturday Open Thread [WeirdDave].

Happy Valentine’s Day

Whitney Valentine, 1887; Howland sold her New ...

Whitney Valentine, 1887; Howland sold her New England Valentine Company to the George C. Whitney Company in 1881 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Since I’m single, I’m not really celebrating today, although it does set the topic. I’ve been following a post from The Little Knife on a particularly disgusting poster for a Valentine’s Day ‘special’ occasion at a bar on England. You can see the poster at he link, I have no intention of publishing it here.

 

Demeaning misogyny is far too polite a way of describing it, worse still that a woman wrote it, the appropriate way I would describe it would offend drunken sailors, so I won’t.

 

What I will do is remind TLK, and the rest of you ladies (and yes, I used that old-fashioned term intentionally) that there are still some men out here who are perfectly willing to respect (although we do insist you earn it, nothing given away cheaply is worth much) you, and to give you as much credit as you deserve. I ran across a quote yesterday that I think is very appropriate to the occasion, I can’t credit the author since it is anonymous.

 

So this, is my Valentine’s wish for you all.

 

A woman would be much better off if she could distinguish the difference between a man who flatters her and a man who compliments her, a man who spends money on her and a man who invests in her, a man who views her as property and a man who views her properly, a man who lusts after her and a man who loves her, a man who believes he is God’s gift to women and a man who remembers a woman is God’s gift to man. Know your worth for you are God’s jewel.

 

Old fashioned? Maybe! But you know what, the world was a far better place when that was the way we looked at each other.

 

My God, these folks don’t know how to love – that’s why they love so easily.

 

D. H. Lawrence

 

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Christmas Week

Well, I got on a train last night to go back east to see my family over the holidays, and Jess is just getting over the flu, so posts may be a bit sporadic for the next week or so, we’ll try but, there aren’t any guarantees.

Being a good Norwegian, I have an excellent understanding of Christmas

I surely hope that houseful of sick women over in England feel better than this by Christmas.

Since I love history, I thought we’d check in on the Ace of Aces in the Great War

You didn’t think I’d leave Bing Crosby out, did you?

We’ll be here as we can be but, in any case

Have a Merry Christmas

 

Thanksgiving

English: Seal of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

English: Seal of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First of all I want to give thanks to Jessica, who is doing such a wonderful job of filling in for me, I hope she will keep on. I find that her viewpoint is unique and very useful.

I was digging around this afternoon and found one of our old toughbooks, it’s slow and ungainly but you can park your truck on it, and I managed to borrow a wireless connection from a friend so while, I’m here sort-of, I’m very limited, although not as much as my document reader.

But today is Thanksgiving and while things are not as good as they could be they could surely be worse. If you’re poor in America, it means that you only have one car, and can only afford McDonald’s. Poor in America is richer than probably 99% of the people who ever lived, so we all have things to be thankful for.

We are seeing a preview in the Middle east of what the world will be like after America, “Wars, wars, and lechery, nothing else holds fashion.” A reasonably peaceful world is one legacy that will not outlive America.

Thanksgiving is of course at it most basic a religious holiday, for the Massachusetts Bay colony that gave it to us was very much a theocracy, I’ve heard Puritanism described as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.” But those Puritans knew a good thing when they saw it, and America was a very good thing, and it just kept getting better.

So the basis of this day is that it is the day when Americans eat far too much, watch football (the real kind, Jess), 🙂 and give thanks to God above for the bounty that America has brought to the world.

My heritage is the German Evangelical and Reformed Church and now the Lutheran Church, in both churches, although not used as much now, many of us remember when the program read “Doxology” with no other information. In many of our families it is still used as table grace, I commend it to you.

Memories of Christmas Past

Entertainers Bob Hope and Ann Jillian perform ...

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Just a couple, you are supposed to have better things to do today.

97 years ago today, the largest mass mutiny in either the German or British army happened when the enlisted men proclaimed a Christmas truce. They traded cigars and cigarettes , got drunk together and sang carols to each other. There was even a soccer game (the Germans won). Grumpyelder has the story. I’ve heard that neither the King nor the Kaiser was amused.

Starting in 1940, our troops (if they were lucky) got to see this show all the way to Desert Storm. There never was better support for the troops than this English immigrant provided.

Happy Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving, painted by Jean Leon G...

The First Thanksgiving: Image via Wikipedia

First and foremost, I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. We have lots of problems, alright but, you know, we are still the luckiest people on Earth. God has sent so many blessings to us, that anything but an attitude of gratitude is very unseemly. Although we all have our days! So for tomorrow, remember what the day is for, and thank God, enjoy the feast and try to stay awake through the game ;-). We’ve been doing this for nearly 400 years now and our blessings have always increased (over time anyway). As I have said occasionally, if you don’t lose sometimes, how will you know if you’ve won.

I just can’t resist a couple of notes from the field.

First something like half of the electric utilities workforce will be retiring in the next 5 years. If you are, or know someone who enjoys being outside and doing rewarding work to help your fellow-man in a very tangible way; it is a very satisfying way to ‘Bring the power to the people’. The pay isn’t half bad either. For all my complaining, it has been my dream and my lifework since I was about 4 years old, and I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.

Not to discourage anyone intrigued by the last paragraph, we are coming up on winter when the power companies (or POCO’s, as we sometimes call them) will have some trouble. Often when we have trouble, we will try to operate the recloser (Circuit breaker, with some differences) to see if the line has been cleared. If it hasn’t, sometimes it looks like this:

Typical recloser closing into fault; Coutesy of S & C Electric Co.

Nothing terribly dangerous here but, it is a bit disconcerting when your standing on hooks on the pole at 4:00am Sunday morning with -60 or so wind chills and a blizzard blowing.

Have a great holiday weekend, my friends.

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