The Santa Barbara Fire

The big fire down by Santa Barbara is at 4,000 plus acres. This morning the smoke showed up in the Antelope Valley. At sunrise we realized it wasn’t high thin clouds.

I had to fuel my pickup and stop at the exchange before heading home. When I left the exchange, I could smell the smoke. Jets taking off were disappearing in short order on climb out from the base.

On the way home, I broke out my Trusty Nikon and grabbed a few pictures at the California City Boulevard turnoff. I give you those pictures.

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Cal City Boulevard looking North
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The San Gabriel Mountains
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Another shot of the San Gabriel Mountains
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Looking West toward the Tehachapi along the utility service road parallel to the 58
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Another view of Cal City Boulevard

I also decided to include the link to the latest on the fire from KTLA 5 out of Los Angeles.

Brush Fire Burning in Santa Barbara County Grows to 4,000 Acres; 5 Percent Contained

Relative toCurrent Events

I shared this on Facebook when someone did the same on my page.
After the deadly shooting in Orlando, I thought it gives pause for thought.

“I stand behind you in line at the store with a smile on my face…and a gun under my shirt and you are none the wiser, yet you are safer for having me next to you. I won’t shoot you. My gun won’t pull it’s own trigger. It is securely holstered with the trigger covered. It can’t just go off. However, rest assured that if a lunatic walks into the grocery store and pulls out a rifle, I will draw my pistol and protect myself and my family and therefore protect you and your family. I may get shot before I can pull the trigger…but, I won’t die in a helpless blubbering heap on the floor begging for my life or my child’s life. No, if I die it will be in a pile of spent shell casings. I won’t be that victim. I choose not to be. As for you, I don’t ask you to carry a gun. If you are not comfortable, then please don’t. But I would like to keep my right to choose to not be a helpless victim. There is evil in the world and if evil has a gun, I want one.”

Some men just want to watch the world burn.

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I’ve read a lot of stupid commentary this morning, and apparently Christians and guns (the actual guns, not the people who wield them) are a bigger threat to our freedom than radical Islam. Radical ideology is a threat to liberty. I know we don’t want to think about it, because it’s scary, but throughout history radical ideology has been the cause of most death and destruction. I’m not going to list the standard, boilerplate equivocations because right here, right now the current threat is radical Islam. Radicalism has come in many flavors throughout the centuries, but the current nasty flavor is Islam. So what do we do?

We bury our dead. We mourn them. We pray for their families. We face facts and we act. I don’t know what that looks like practically, but there are smarter people out there who can envision those scenarios. Disarming the populace and burying…

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Memorial Day 2016 A.D.

This is a good one from Bob Belevedere.
It gets right to the point.

The Camp Of The Saints

No U.S. Soldier, Sailor, or Marine who has ever given his or her Life can have their demise described that way.

They died fighting for a very Noble Cause: protecting The United States Of America and it’s peoples from harm and in order to preserve Freedom, Ordered Liberty, and Civilization against the Dark Forces of Barbarism, which always seek to enslave and murder the Good in this World.

If any War or Conflict has ended-up being lost, the fault lies with our Civilian Leaders and/or Military Commanders — our Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines remain Untainted by the Failures of those who commanded them.

On this Memorial Day, when we remember and honor those who have put on The Uniform and given their Lives for this Country, we must never dishonor them by shedding tears because we think that any of them ‘died for nothing’.

None Have Ever Died In Vain.

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Nukes vs. Peace

“President Barack Obama called on nations to “escape the logic of fear” and reduce their stockpiles of nuclear weapons as he became the first sitting U.S. President to visit Hiroshima, Japan Friday.”
Makes one wonder after reading this post at Innocent Bystanders.

Innocent Bystanders

So our esteemed president recently visited Hiroshima, and had this to say:

President Barack Obama called on nations to “escape the logic of fear” and reduce their stockpiles of nuclear weapons as he became the first sitting U.S. President to visit Hiroshima, Japan Friday.

Now, no sensible person wants to have nuclear weapons, but since World War II there are many very sensible people who have appreciated the necessity of nuclear weapons. President Obama doesn’t seem to share that appreciation, so I was wondering: “Have the nuclear stockpile reductions over the past 30 years reduced the threat of nuclear war?”

So here’s a chart I found at The Economist, which shows the total number of nukes in the world, as well as the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Doomsday Clock. So now you can see, year by year, how the threat of nuclear war correlates with the number of…

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Mr. Obama’s Visit To Hiroshima

Excellent

The Lexicans

downfall_MapMap Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 

I have always enjoyed history, and also delving into “what if’s” how history would have changed but for something in the time line.

It is May, 1945 and the Nazis have surrendered. That same month, the Joint Chiefs met for approval for the plans , overall called Operation Downfall, to invade Japan. It was to start on the island of Kyushu. There were a lot of GIs in the ETO wondering if they were going to be able go home or head to the Pacific and fight Japanese. It all depended on how many points you had accrued during your service.

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Have mercy on the pitchers: Two Class A teams combine for 40 runs and 38 hits

This happened at Jethawks Stadium in Lancaster last night in a game between the Jethawks and The Stockton Ports.

It is a one of those record setting games…………………….29-11 Lancaster over Stockton. Wow.

“The two teams combined for 40 runs and 38 hits. There were nine home runs (hit by eight different players, two of which were grand slams), seven doubles and two triples.”

I just thought you all would get a kick out of this one. I sure did!

Have mercy on the pitchers: Two Class A teams combine for 40 runs and 38 hits

Senior photography on train tracks – illegal & deadly – WFSB 3 Connecticut

It’s a nationwide problem that railroad companies are looking to solve, and it all starts with a camera.

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) –

It’s a nationwide problem that railroad companies are looking to solve, and it all starts with a camera.

Getting on the tracks is very dangerous and outright stupid.

Read more: http://www.wfsb.com/story/32000376/senior-photography-on-train-tracks-illegal-deadly#ixzz49PxGWh3O

raphy on train tracks – illegal & deadly – WFSB 3 Connecticut