April 4, 2013

New Jersey and Airships.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 8:25 pm

Akron Airship2

Airships have not fared well in New Jersey. Of course, when one thinks of airship disasters, the fiery crash of the Hindenburg in Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1937 immediately comes to mind. We all have seen the frightening film and listened to the iconic “Oh, the humanity” live newscast.

By contrast, we never hear of the crash of the Airship U.S.S. Akron, which went down off the coast of New Jersey’s Barnegat Light, in 1933 killing 73 of the 76-man navy crew, making it the worst airship disaster in history.

Finally, after eighty years, the event and the crew have been officially remembered.

A ceremony commemorating the 80th anniversary of the deadliest airship crash was held in Manchester Township, Ocean County, in front of the Grand Army Memorial Park’s Civil War monument, which has a piece of a USS Akron girder affixed to it. The names of the 73 dead from the USS Akron — plus two more men who were killed on a Navy blimp that tried to rescue the Akron survivors — were read aloud before “Taps” was played.

Check out the article, video and slideshow here.

More here, including photos of the incident in which three line handlers were pulled into the air when the Akron accidently climbed while attempting to land near San Diego in 1932. Two of the men fell to their death.

April 1, 2013

Opening Day.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 4:20 pm

Yes, today is Opening Day for the New York Yankees and the New York Mets.

I thought on this day you might like to see The Greatest Play in Baseball History.

You’re welcome.

Thanks to reader and commenter, John, for the timely reminder.

March 30, 2013

Easter Santa.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 9:09 pm

Easter Santa

HAPPY EASTER! HO HO HO!

March 28, 2013

Fore! Oh Shit!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 7:39 pm

As some of you know, my backyard here in Southern Jersey abuts a really nifty golf course. People often ask whether I “play golf.” I tell them that I “own clubs” and that I take them onto the course on occasion. This video ought to give you some sense of why I don’t say more than that.

Thanks to my buddy, Brian, the Air Force Vet, for the link.

March 21, 2013

The Great Thomas Sowell.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 8:28 pm

“I have never understood why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.”

“The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.”

More here.

March 19, 2013

What are North Koreans Told About Life in the United States?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 8:09 pm

Among other things, they are told that we all have to sleep on the ground, or in tents, often surrounded by our dead friends in body bags. We drink coffee made from snow and are very grateful to receive it from our government. We live in cities where there are no birds on the trees, because we have eaten them, and that we are happy to receive a gift of cake from the Democratic Republic of North Korea.

No kidding. Take a look.

Communism: Isn’t it swell?

March 18, 2013

I’m Callin’ the Cops!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 4:47 pm

This video featuring Jeff Gordon, a famous NASCAR driver, is making the rounds, but I wanted to post it just in case you haven’t seen it.

Thanks to John for the link.

March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 1:43 pm

Abstract St. Patrick's

Did a bit o’ celebratin’ last night, so I’m takin’ it easy today.

Burrrrrrp

March 11, 2013

Are We Screwed?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 7:32 pm

Damned straight.

March 8, 2013

U.S. Debt Visualized as $100 Bills.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 8:02 pm

And the Punk-in-Chief insists that we need to borrow and spend even more. Pure madness.

via Moonbattery

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