Author Archives: DougM ☞ crotchety and judgmental ☜

72-yo retired USAF LtColonel ’69-’92 (Satellite engineering, test, launch, & operations. Strategic planning.)
Living in south-central North Carolina.
Shootin’ and workin’ on my ’74 TR6, a little gunsmithing, firearms instructing, and entertaining myself posting here at SondraKistan.
Erstwhile single-handed live-aboard sailor/instructor/USCGMaster-50Tons, mounted foxhunter, world traveler, backpacker, book collector, photographer, USCCA corner worker, scuba diver, skier, bicycle tourist, and rescuer of maidens fair. Wise ass.
(What? Oh, right.)
…and pal to my invisible friend, here.

Saturday afternoon coffee & cigar time…

…while building up my energy to go lie in the iHammock Icemaned comment

The Fourth is here! The Fourth is here!

Today’s history lesson [sips coffee] [Hits PLAY] Kripes! The Brits’re still on about the whole tea thing

Gearin’ up for the Fourth

Hope the weather is nice for y’all; and your lock-down isn’t too strict, so you can go outside and let ‘em breathe ! _____ Story (Kerry)

Some unchanted evening

Kripes, not even a friggin’ Pope could get away with this! Looks like a little adoration sauce slathered on the power-hungry leads directly to power-madness (What? Nah, not even gonna mention singing/chanting restrictions on demonstrators)Veeshir’s comment notwithstanding _____ Story (CA, Newsom) Story (More Gavin) Go over to Stilton’s Place for a free Kindle book of [...]

We all know how this ends

Men with beards are racist _____ Bear pic (via The Chive) Story (Schiff) Story (Maxwell) Painting (via Ace of Spades, as usual)

Demanding a sacrifice?

Attacking the statue of an elk Havin’ a little trouble thinking of a BLM/AntiFa justification for that _____ Story (story) Story (vid with guy in elk) Historical ref (Brazen Bull) Cultural ref (Kill the pig, Lord of the Flies) Cultural ref (The Wickerman ’73 ver) Cultural ref (GOT, Shireen Baratheon)

More this ‘n that

from this ol’ half-Can using a 6-yo inside joke _____ Story (Horse’s ass)

Yesterday was Tuesday

The future is repeating itself #BREAKING: Seattle Police just showed here at #CHOP with SDOT. Multiple pieces of heavy machinery now moving barricades. And crews are working fast. @KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/9w0LjXL36v — Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) June 30, 2020 The scoops are on their way! The scoops are on their way! _____ Story (CHAZ/CHOP) Cultural ref (scoops, [...]

stuff that’s hard to do (Falcon9 GPS)

A little 21st-Century pick-me-up for optimists (good vid full-screen) Why ‘optimists’? Because physics, engineering, program management, production, inter-organizational cooperation, planning, etc. are exercises in optimism; and humans can accomplish wonderful things, as long as they’re free and dealing with reality.

Perhaps they, quite literally, don’t know any better

_____ Story (Self defense)