Archive for September, 2006


Cessna Cardinal RG N8035G

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

I’ve been playing with a tool called ‘Photomatrix’, which is used to generate what are called ‘high dynamic range‘ photographs. This is the first good one I’ve done.

It’s our club’s Cessna Cardinal, which I greatly miss. It’s been in the shop for months with a nosegear problem.

Cessna, HDR


Cedar Park Movie Location

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

When I worked in downtown Austin movie crews were a common sight.

I’ve never seen one near my own neighbor of Anderson Mill before now. This crew is shooting a movie with the working title of ‘Base Camp’.

I’m actually standing in Austin looking across Highway 620 into Cedar Park.

Yesterday they also had a classic late 60s Dodge Road Runner next to the Mustang, but it was gone this morning. The movie company completely redid the signage for this little store. The real store is called ‘The Texan American Store’, and it doesn’t really sell bait or block ice.


Oil Below $60/barrel

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Oil prices fell to a new six-month low below $60 a barrel on Monday as news of BP restoring output at Prudhoe Bay added to a sense of healthy global supplies.

   Rockport, TX – 9/22/2006

Democrats blame Bush!

This shows the incredible power of the Rove Mind Control Ray ™. Not only can Darth Rove divert hurricanes with his weather machine, he can command the minds of thousands of oil traders all over the world to give up profits in order re-elect El Diablo’s Republican minions.

I’m sure Maximum Leader Hugo is real happy to help depress the price of oil to help his good friend, President Bush.

All kidding aside, what we are seeing a air flowing out of a classic bubble. But the moonbats, following their Prime Directive (“Anything good for America is Bad, because it might make the President look good”) they have to deny market forces in favor of bizarre conspiracy theories.

More supply (new discoveries, damaged existing facilities coming back on line, and no bad hurricanes) + lower demand (we drive less in the fall, and thank a Prius driver) = lower prices.

It’s so simple anyone but a moonbat can understand.

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oil, Bush, moonbats


Cognitive Dissonance

Monday, September 25th, 2006

     Prada store near Marfa, Texas

Originally uploaded by enobarber.

Thanks to the geolocator on Flickr I ran across this picture. I love the Marfa – Fort Davis – Alpine area of Texas. I know the California people are moving there.

But this just gives me massive cognitive dissonance.


Basic Training Update

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006


We’ve received a couple of more letters from our son in Army Basic Training.  He’s in the heart of training now, doing field training exercises and road marches.  His platoon screwed up in some way, and his instructors made them sleep outside in the rain. 

But his letters are highly positive. It almost sounds like he’s having fun. Not a word of complaint. Not a trace of teenage angst. 

I’m very proud of him.

army,basic training,military


‘You want to be scared, mate’

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

The Royal Air Force at play:


7 Songs

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Speaking of military blogs, Station Commando asks his readers to “list seven songs you are into right now”. In my case this is easily done just by clicking the ‘Radio Free Jim Favorites’ button on the right side bar. This button takes you to a page that lists songs from ‘Radio Free Jim’, my Pandora station, that I’ve marked as favorites.

The list is in reverse order of entry, so the last seven songs I marked as favorites are:

Somthing So Right – Paul Simon

  1. Marching to Pretoria – The Highwaymen
  2. Me and Bobby McGee – Willie Nelson
  3. Father and Daughter – Paul Simon
  4. Hangman – Peter, Paul, and Mary
  5. Get In The Car – Echo & The Bunnymen
  6. Barometer Soup – Jimmy Buffett

Hat Tip: Urban Grounds


Shadow Watercraft!

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

"Alligator" Special Ops Boat

Originally uploaded by planephotoman.

“Alligator” Special Ops Boat. I wonder what its for?


Say It With Warplanes

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006


I’ve been thinking a whole lot about the military lately. Specifically since August 18th, when I turned my son over to the U.S. Army National Guard.

One of the things I’ve been doing is checking various military related blogs. I find them interesting, and I print out some of them and send them to my son.  Today I’ve read all of a blog called Nothing to see here, move along… by an Army National Guard special forces operator.  The guy is terrific writer, in the same league as Captain Lex

Here are some quotes from ‘SfAlphaGreek’ that just tickled me:

“Traveling slower than the attention span of your enemy isn’t taught as a counterambush technique, but maybe it should be.”

“One of the best responses I ever heard to the question “Are you a green beret?” was, ‘No, I’m a baseball cap.’ “

“When you really, really want to get someone’s attention, say it with warplanes. It’s incredible how much difference in attitude a chain cannon, rockets, and a few 500 lb bombs can make.”

“Be polite, be professional, but always have a plan to kill everyone you meet.”

” ‘Semper Gumby’ Always flexible – it should be the army motto.”

(The Air Force version is: ‘Flexibility is the key to airpower, Indecision is the key to flexibility.’ Jim)

“I did have one person who wrote me to accuse me of writing “war porn”, since I didn’t wallow in the fear, or misery, or loneliness of combat when I wrote.

 Well, yeah, true enough, and I didn’t dwell on those things at the time, either. If you do spend all your time thinking about how awful those things are, then you start getting all poopy-faced and ultimately, it can take all the fun out of the fear, misery and loneliness experience. “


military, special forces, blogging,blog


Results of the Bush Tax Cuts

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Since President Bush’s 2003 tax cuts we’ve witnessed:

-34 consecutive months of growth.

-GDP growth has averaged 3.7% a year.

-5.7 million new jobs have been created.

-unemployment has fallen to 4.7%, (lower than the average of the past four decades when it averaged 6%)

-tax revenues have increased 36%

Source:  Larry Kudlow

taxes, unemployment,gdp, bush