Tuesday, July 30, 2013

RIP HTT......

One of the mainstays over at the Emperor's site has passed on. Hockeytown Todd (HTT) was called home.  His real name was Todd Sorensen, but we all strut by our "Also Known As(s)" at the Korner.

I will miss his insight on the game and the quick witted comments. The 19 are in mourning. Tonight I shall raise a glass of rum......Soft & safe for thee my hockey friend...

Condolences to the family

A Drudge Headline.....

(no pun intended)

...to which thousand of male teenagers cried...."Give us names!"

Monday, July 29, 2013

Somethings.....cannot be unseen.


Red Wing News!

"Terrible Ted" turns 88 today.  More over at Paul's place with a cool video. 

Ted , Gordie and Alex right there...


Public Service Post 

Because I keep losing where I put it on my computer....

I know, I know....you're welcome.


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Monday's Pun(s) !!!

'Because' is a word to the whys.

A doctor who became a bartender was always giving out shots!

I went to a buffet dinner with my neighbor, who is a taxidermist. After such a big meal, I was stuffed.


No worries....

Edges?  Holy mother of gawd!!!!   Get me outta here!

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Found this cool map of Molokini Crater off of Maui.  Great snorkeling and diving.  Family had fun there last October. 

Great visibility!

 L-R: Mrs Rumbear, Princess Rumbear, & Rumbear......90 feet down off of Molokini

Maybe it's time to book a trip....

It's Aloha Friday....         
.....no work till Monday!!!

Doo de doo, de doo, de doo ....

Made it with 4 minutes to spare!  Here's the deal....been working on the Whaler...intensive care.  R & R the three carbs, new fuel pump, last night...dropped the lower unit...two frozen bolts...hand to hand combat...trip to San Marcos for parts..water pump installed...late night in the workshop.  Results?  Splashdown at Noon manana.  I'll get back to ya on the results...

For now...

Break out the BBQ and have a GREAT weekend!!!

Doo de doo, de doo, de doo ....

Listen live to the island sounds from Maui!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Virgin Tacos!!  

I'll take two!

Mendocino County Line..

Sunday morning dawn patrol, (UXK to LLR) Cessna 172 SP....O dark thirty in to Little River.  Shuttle in to Mendocino for breakfast. Flight plan southbound 50 feet off the water skipping the sea stacks.  Back home before the family awakened....Sundays.....

Pilot guys... I have these pictures....

Some Songs Late at Nite....

...haunt you.

Allison Krause.....

Lord, what a voice...


Friday Nite Radio..

A little Dwight to start it out courtesy of The Old Retired Petty Officer...

Okay, I gotta say this, those Petty Officers may get old....but, them SOB's never "retire". That just needs to be said.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

There now..... 


Until the low information voters realize that William & Kate named the new prince after George Zimmerman.... 

Things That Make You Go......

Democrats, Bob Filner, Tony Wiener, Elliot Spitzer......if there was a Republican "war on wimmen", the GOP would appear to be losing...

Just saying....

Put This Clown Out To Pasture... 

Barack Obama, to hear his advisers tell it, has finally found The One he has been looking for: John McCain.
“We have been looking literally for years for someone we can cut deals with, and finally someone has stepped up,” a White House official said. West Wing aides say they now talk with McCain roughly every other day.

The nonstop suck up, RINO, John McCain, continues to seek being relevant by any means necessary in the current political climate.  Still reeling from his failed presidential run, he seeks to garner the favor of the current Occupier.  John, give it a rest...go home to Arizona...sell beer for your wife....please.

Good Lord...can John McCain get anymore pathetic? Could someone just put this this lame olde cow out to pasture?  Anyone.....

UPDATE: Roger has more here....and here

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Blind Squirrel Finds Nut!

I am not as hooked on Ted Baxter as I used to be.  The past few years he has become a little to mealy mouthed for my tastes. However, he does raises some good points in this rant. Maybe some of the brilliance of Dennis Miller is rubbing off on him.



"I  think it is just terrible and disgusting how everyone has treated Lance  Armstrong, especially after what he achieved, winning seven Tour de  France races while on drugs.

When  I was on drugs, I couldn't even find my bike."
- Willie  Nelson

His Royal Highness!

(Might be a Photoshop)


Monday, July 22, 2013

Keeping Score... 

Car Rescues:

Zimmerman. 1

Kennedy. 0
John McCain  

Every bodies favorite failed Presidential candidate, Keating Five Co-Conspirator, ner do well student, crappy fighter pilot, and failure as a Senator (D) John McCain appeared on the Sunday talk shows and shouted at some clouds while trying to stay relevant.

That's all......

Monday's Pun(s) !!! 

I tried my first soft drink. It was sodalicious!

Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?   

The passenger couldn't find where his next flight was, but then he made the connection.


The Pentagon is so short of Air Force fighter pilots that it's boosting its salary package to make the job more enticing.

 As those who follow this blog know, SNT applied to the USAF academy in 2010. His dream was/is to fly. Grandpa was a bush pilot in Canada, I am a pilot and so is he. But, I digress...

SNT made it all the way to the door of the Academy. Passed the physical, nailed the congressional nomination, took the tour with current attendees, etc, etc, etc.  Then came the letter, he had been listed.....Qualified No Vacancy. (QNV)

QNV. No room at the inn. This was a new category created that year. Seems the sitting president had ordered a reduction in academy attendees (slots) in February of that year. Instead of the usual 1500-1600, the entering class would be limited to 1100.  The next year it was to drop below 1000. 

Because he was deemed qualified, he did not fit into any of the prep school slots or Falcon Academy placements. Find another school was his option.

So he did and life goes on. However, dreams do not die.

I am paying for the flight training and the dream lives on. He received his pilots license in February and is working on an instrument rating. 

So today, when I read the linked article, all I could think was USAF....you screwed the pooch on this one.*


*(Oh and a hearty kiss my hairy Rumbear butt!) 


Riding Rockets  

The anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing passed this weekend.  The lunar landing was a riveting event that is remembered well by the Rumbear. It recently announced that Jeff Bezos has found parts of the rockets that launched the  the ship towards the moon.  

Forty-four years (and three days) after it helped launch the first men to walk on the moon, a huge rocket engine part salvaged from the ocean floor has been positively identified as a historic component of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission.

Neil Armstrong, Ed "Buzz" Aldrin & Mike Collins will always be heroes to me.  All of those early astronauts seemed bigger than life.

Of course, as with anything, there are the naysayers. The cameras were rolling when Buzz ran in to one one day....he warned him.....

Man, I love that video....

UPDATE:  Cool photos.....

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Links for you, because...I Care. 

“Three incomplete thoughts don’t make one complete sentence.” Tongue Firmly Planted

Time to waste?  Daily Timewaster 

More on Detroit? Dewey from Detroit

Splaining to do.  Earl

North to Alaska.  Captain Capitalism  

Good Morning!  Exile in Portales 

 Walking on the Moon.  Chant du Depart

Hiroshima vs Detroit Diogenes Middle Finger 

Now go mow the lawn....

Motor City Shakedown...

I, I got nothing.  

Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemary Aquillina ordered on Friday that Detroit’s bankruptcy be withdrawn, citing a concern that government employees’ pensions would be endangered by federal bankruptcy proceedings, The Detroit News reports.

“It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant Attorney General Brian Devlin on Friday, adding that she will ensure that President Barack Obama gets a copy of her order. “It’s also not honoring the president, who took [Detroit’s auto companies] out of bankruptcy.”

 At the same time, Aquillina voiced her confidence that Obama would ensure that pension guarantees were protected and honored.

“I know he’s watching,” she said.

"...not honoring the president...."?  Huh? or as my aviation friends say, WTF, Over?

 So much for Stare Decisis.....

A Fairy Tale...

Overheard: ...and so it was that George Zimmerman changed his name to Ben Ghazi and the press never mentioned him again.....

The End.

Niagara Falls, 1969

The US Army Corps (corpse?) of Engineers stopped the flow.  Great video with awesome still photos here.

Nick Searcy..

Keeping things in perspective.  No Emmy, No Peace.

(He stole that from me)

Pure Detroit...

Friday, July 19, 2013

I Have Seen This Guy......


It's Aloha Friday....         
.....no work till Monday!!!

Doo de doo, de doo, de doo ....

A little CR-914 racing, working in the yard and maybe some range time......it's all good.

Y-all break out the BBQ and have a GREAT weekend!!!

Doo de doo, de doo, de doo ....

Listen live to the island sounds from Maui!


Good on ya....

Detroit Breakdown....

Motor City Shakedown.

Bankruptcy.  The latest in Democrat run cities to file for protection is my beloved Detroit. 60 plus years of ineptocracy via Democrat rule has left the once great city broke, battered and torn. From Mayor Cavanaugh in 1961 to Mayor Dave Bing today the politicians gave away the perks and lived large.

Detroit, meanwhile, stumbled over a period of decades into irreversible insolvency because its elected officials dithered and dissembled and argued, instead of undertaking tough measures to close fiscal gaps. In truth, the city's financial liabilities were created by the very people who should have been resolving them: One administration after another promised wages, job guarantees, and pensions to city workers that were simply unsustainable.

Such is the legacy of the Democrat leadership model.  Charles Krauthammer looks at the bigger picture and makes a comparison to the country at large.

The question is, writ large, is that the story in the United States which dominated the world economically, created all of these programs, entitlements, Social Security, Medicare, and now added on, Obamacare, living on the glories of the past when we were the most dominant without any rivals in the world, and now having to adapt to a reduced economy, are we going to be able to have commensurate cuts? And when you see all of the resistance to everything of that sort by especially Democrats and liberals, it doesn't give it a lot of hope. In the end, you can have a bankruptcy for a city but not for a country.

et tu Obama?  Recall in October of 2012, a scant 9 months ago, president Zero crowed “We refused to throw in the towel and do nothing. We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt. We bet on American workers and American ingenuity, and three years later, that bet is paying off in a big way,”

Our blowhard president was responding to a purported comment by Mitt Romney that a bankruptcy could bring structure to the situation. Today we learned that last minute pleas to the White House went unanswered...the president took Mitt Romney's advice and let Detroit file. 

So what is in the future?  Many see hope.  The bankruptcy will allow the city to shed it's pension commitments and union contracts.  The unions had refused to deal with the city on debt issues. Kind of like when the Twinkie was lost due to union hubris.  Yet the Twinkie is back. So, Detroit has hope....

Good luck Detroit, be the Twinkie.....

UPDATE: [File Under, Ruh RowAn Ingham County judge says Thursday's historic Detroit bankruptcy filing violates the Michigan Constitution and state law and must be withdrawn.

I smell a rat.......now, I ain't the smartest attorney in the turnip patch, however, when one files a bankruptcy in FEDERAL court, all legal actions involving the bankrupt person or entity are automatically stayed. Once the STATE judge has notice of the filing, she has no authority to rule. The FEDERAL judge can rule on the constitutionality.....  

UPDATE II:  [File Under, Ruh Row II] So now, a state judge says that the pension mess means Detroit can’t file for bankruptcy due to the pensions it can’t pay. Since the city now is under federal jurisdiction, the state judge’s ruling cannot be enforced, but it could carry weight, perhaps with a federal judge who would agree with her ruling. Snyder (the Gubner) is contesting the judge’s decision, and a hearing is set for next week.

See what they are doing? The odor is rising....


Thursday, July 18, 2013

 Didja Ya Hear Aboot.....

Three strangers strike up a conversation in the airport passenger lounge in Bozeman, Montana, awaiting their flights.

One is an American Indian passing through from Lame Deer. Another is a Cowboy on his way to Billings for a livestock show and the third passenger is a fundamentalist Arab student, newly arrived at Montana State University from the Middle East. 

Their discussion drifts to their diverse cultures. Soon, the two Westerners learn that the Arab is a devout, radical Muslim and the conversation falls into an uneasy lull. 

The cowboy leans back in his chair, crosses his boots on a magazine table and tips his big sweat-stained hat forward over his face. The wind outside is blowing tumbleweeds around, and the old windsock is flapping; but still no plane comes.

Finally, the American Indian clears his throat and softly he speaks, "At one time here, my people were many, but sadly, now we are few." 

The Muslim student raises an eyebrow and leans forward, "Once my people were few," he sneers, "and now we are many. Why do you suppose that is?" 

The Montana cowboy shifts his toothpick to one side of his mouth and from the darkness beneath his Stetson says in a drawl,

"That's 'cause we ain't played Cowboys and Muslims yet, but I do believe it's a-comin'."

File under: Olde but Goode