Saturday, January 08, 2011

Why so many folks frum my generation (1940's-50's) smoke! Passing the House Gavel!

Every now and again I'm asked by my grand children or acquaintances why so many folks from my generation smoke cigarettes. Well Sir, when your 4 years old and every time you turn on the TV frum 1948 on, 4-6 hours a day, 7 days a week, your influenced by these commercials ya just might start smoke'n.

I've posted a few TV and movie commercials dating from the late 40's to the late
60's, and this is only a very small smattering of the amount of commercials. If your not from my generation, watching these might answer yur question. If you are frum my generation, sit back and enjoy the nostalgic journal through TV land.

Frum yur favorite Cartoon Characters

...frum 1952

...and frum Santa Claus.

...frum 1948

...and frum the Doctors.

...and frum yur favorite movie hero's.

...and frum yur favorite Sports hero's.

...and frum yur favorite comedy show, "The Phil Silvers Show".

...and frum the Drive-In Movie theater

...and frum "The Beverly Hillbillies"

Whew, that was a lot of wurk mates. I think I'll go light up a smoke!

I think there be a few of us who woulda liked to have seen a transfer of power happen like this! Passing the Gavel.

Take a few moments., and about Commenting.

Y'all will find this video very much unlike Cookie's usual posts, but if for no other reason than for your loved ones, take a few moments and please watch.

Both during my career as a Detective Sergeant, and later for about 14 years, I worked in the periphery of the medical field and spent much time in ER's and Hospitals, and twice in my life have witnessed similar events. When ya see things like this with yur own eye's it tends t'make one a real believer. I know there are those of Y'all out there who will chalk this up to "Coincidence", but one thing I've learned in 66 years of living,

"Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous."

Gotta Thank my good friend and com-patriot "Brownie" frum Oswego, NY fer send'n me that.

With my comment section disabled thanks to ECHO Commenting, I've started adding comments to the end of the blog-post by hand. I can see the comments left in the comment section but cannot moderate or post them so I'll try to get yur comments up if'n I have the time so please bear with me, Thanks Mates!

Friday, January 07, 2011

What an absolute Piece of Shit this man is!! Won't see THIS story on "Lame-Stream media! Eyes Right!!

Like I've said in many other posts, I detest and despise this arrogant POS we call a President more and more evry day!!

Won't even call the family of a fallen soldier, BUT HE'LL CALL THE EAGLES ABOUT VICK!!!

For those of you who were fooled by this man and voted for this POS, please just put yourself in the parents positions for a moment so you might relate to how they must feel.

EYES RIGHT!! Little Belgian boy at Vets parade. Thanks Loren fer send'n this.

How many of us could pass this 8th grade test t'day?

I can recall my grand parents telling me that they opnly had an 8th grade education and me think'n "man, what dummies they musta been". The only other excuse was that they had to quit school to go to work either on the family farm or get a job to help their parents out. After read'n this, I now have a WHOLE NEW PERSPECTIVE on just how educated they actually were!

What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895...

Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895?

This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina , Kansas, USA .. It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina , and reprinted by the Salina Journal..
8th Grade Final Exam:
Salina, KS - 1895

Grammar (Time, one hour)
1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications
3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph.
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of 'lie,' 'play,' and 'run'.
5. Define case; illustrate each case.
6 What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time,1 hour 15 minutes)
1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. Deep, 10 feet Long, and 3 ft. Wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3,942 lbs, what is it worth at 50 cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 lbs for tare?
4. District No 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find the cost of 6,720 lbs. Coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent per annum.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft long at $20 per metre?
8... Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)
1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus .
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States .
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas .
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton , Bell , Lincoln , Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour)
[Do we even know what this is??]
1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u'.
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9.. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane , vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

Geography (Time, one hour)
1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas ?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of North America .
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9.. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

HUH??? Are they kidding??? This is hard to believe....
Notice that the exam took FIVE HOURS to complete.

Gives the saying 'he only had an 8th grade education' a whole new meaning, doesn't it?!

Also shows you how poor our education system has become and, NO, I don't have all the answers!

Gotta Thank "Chicago Charlie" fer enlighten'n us.



Let's face it

After Monday and Tuesday... even the calendar says -



Just fer laffs...


"Sig" commented: "Good grief! I couldn't even pass that when I was in the 8th grade..."

"Sig", I'm not sure I coulda passed this test in the 12th grade!!

"Skip said: My ole' man, and his daddy, only went to the eighth grade. They both were successful buisinessmen. Shit, I can't pass that now after JC and college and fifty years of reading.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Goodbye old friend! Our Bone-Headed President! World's luckiest men.

The USS Kittiwake (1946-1994), Submarine Rescue Ship. Did some exercises with her back around 64 or so. She was intentionally sunk off Cayman Isl. for divers and to help form artificial reef's.

...and the first dive on her.


All the media (with only a few exceptions) talk about how smart Mr. Obama is (notice I didn't title him President). Well, there once was a time when just about every
6th grader knew the facts that Obama had to be informed about in this letter from Congress.

Among several other things, he didn't even know what our National motto is.

I don't think that there is a day that goes by that I don't despise and detest this man even more!

Congress corrects President Obama

Not much media coverage on this...

This is an actual letter sponsored by Michelle Bachmann and others in Congress.
Since the contents of the letter and what it represents are not getting any national media coverage, it is good to know that the letter is now and forever part of the public record, for future generations to read.

Read letter: Michelle Bachman Letter to President Obama.

Gotta Thank my buddy "The Chief" fer send'n me this.

Worlds luckiest men. Wunder how many of these guys had t'change their skivvies afterwards??

Australian Track Inspector

Watch the cyclist.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

"Tie me Kangaroo Down Sport". A Taser fer the wife.

Just say'n....

Here be an OBG from aways back, 1957!

...and the Original recording was like this.



An acquaintance of mine, a feller "Native American" blogger frum out Illinois way, sent me this story about how he bought a Taser fer his wife fer their anniversary and, well, you can read what happened to him. BTW, he's an old Marine.

Pocket Tazer Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife.

Last weekend I saw something at Larry's Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized

The effects of the Taser were supposed to be shortlived, with no long term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat
to safety...??

WAY TOO COOL! Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home... I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button.
Nothing! I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed the button and pressed it against a metal surface at the same time, I'd get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs.

AWESOME!!! Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave.

Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn't be all that bad with only two AAA batteries, right?

There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target.

I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and then thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised.

Am I wrong?

So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and Taser in another.

The directions said that:

a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant;

a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; and

a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water.

Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries.

All the while I'm looking at this little device measuring about 5" long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference (loaded with two itsy, bitsy AAA batteries); pretty cute really, and thinking to myself, 'no possible way!'

What happened next is almost beyond description, but I'll do my best.

I'm sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side so as to say, 'Don't do it stupid,' reasoning that a one second burst from such a tiny lil ole thing couldn't hurt all that bad.. I decided to give myself a one second
burst just for heck of it.

I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and...


I'm pretty sure Hulk Hogan ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs! The cat was making meowing sounds I had never heard before, clinging to a picture frame
hanging above the fireplace, obviously in an attempt to avoid getting slammed by my body flopping all over the living room.

Note: If you ever feel compelled to 'mug' yourself with a Taser, one note of caution:

There is NO such thing as a one second burst when you zap yourself! You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor! A three second burst would be considered conservative!

A minute or so later (I can't be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape.

My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace.

The recliner was upside down and about 8 feet or so from where it originally was.

My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching.
My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs.

I had no control over the drooling. Apparently I had crapped in my shorts,
but was too numb to know for sure, and my sense of smell was gone.

I saw a faint smoke cloud above my head, which I believe came from my hair.

I'm still looking for my testicles and I'm offering a significant reward for their safe return!

PS: My wife can't stop laughing about my experience, loved the gift and now regularly threatens me with it!

If you think education is difficult, try being stupid!!!!

I'd probably go AWOL! (fer you land-lubbers thats Absent Without Official Leave)

Well Sir, stand by fer some short tempers, irritability, fights, sleepless nights and weight increases.

Unless yur a smoker (or ever were one), and you served on the boats, and stood various watches and duties, you have no idea how stressful some duties and assignments can be, and lighting up a smoke (in my day, in the After-Battery chow hall), the "Smoke-Pit", or on the watch station itself was a great relief.

I can't imagine going 3-6 months on patrol without a smoke, after all, I've been smoke'n since age 12, it was almost part of the culture back then (1956).

Good Luck men (and now women-folk), yur gonna need it!! Hmmmm, now that I think about it though, with women now serving on board the boats, I think I can find a way of directing my nicotine cravings to another direction!

Smoking Ban About to Kick in on Navy Subs
December 29, 2010

The Smoking Lamp is Permanently OUT!

Smoking lamp

The exact date and origin of the smoking lamp has been lost. However, it probably came into use during the 16th Century when seamen began smoking on board vessels. The smoking lamp was a safety measure. It was devised mainly to keep the fire hazard away from highly combustible woodwork and gunpowder. Most navies established regulations restricting smoking to certain areas. Usually, the lamp was located in the forecastle or the area directly surrounding the galley indicting that smoking was permitted in this area. Even after the invention of matches in the 1830s, the lamp was an item of convenience to the smoker. When particularly hazardous operations or work required that smoking be curtailed, the unlighted lamp relayed the message. "The smoking lamp is lighted" or "the smoking lamp is out' were the expressions indicating that smoking was permitted or forbidden.
The smoking lamp has survived only as a figure of speech. When the officer of the deck says "the smoking lamp is out" before drills, refueling or taking ammunition, that is the Navy's way of saying "cease smoking."

Starting Jan. 1, one of the liveliest spots aboard most submarines will wither away into the history books.

RIP, Smoke Pit.

Its death was scripted in April, when Navy officials announced smoking would no longer be allowed on submarines at sea. The reason: Testing showed that despite air filtering, there were "unacceptable levels" of secondhand smoke on submerged submarines.

Chief Petty Officer Robert Mueller Jr. used to head to the smoke pit before and after his shifts as assistant navigator aboard the submarine Albany.

It was always a popular spot. Los Angeles-class attack submarines like the Albany allowed smoking in the engine room at the very back and very bottom of the boat, a spot that typically was the nerve center of the boat. It's where gossip -- "gouge," in Navy lingo -- was traded. Only three men were allowed to light up at a time, so lines formed quickly.

"That's where you really find out what's going on," Mueller said. "The most common denominator is it's like the only escape that you have, the only place you can go that's not work-related. It's like, 'I'm going to take five and I'm going to go smoke.' "

Creature comforts are few aboard a 360-foot-long metal tube, crammed alongside 140 other men, unable to access sunlight or fresh air. A crew's indulgences typically boil down to three things: food, coffee and cigarettes.

For many members of the Navy's "silent service," the idea of a cruise without cigarettes was akin to a deployment without another staple of submarine life: copious amounts of coffee.

The Norfolk-based Albany was on deployment this spring when the smoking announcement came out. Fireman Randall Fogle, a two pack-a-day smoker, remembers his reaction: "I thought they were damned crazy," he said.

He wasn't alone. About 45 percent of the Albany's crew were tobacco users.

The job of helping crewmembers who wanted to quit fell to Chief Petty Officer Allen Truhn, the Albany's independent duty corpsman, or "doc."

While the sub was deployed, he led smoking cessation classes for interested Sailors and supplied nicotine patches and nicotine gum to those who wanted to quit as soon as possible.

Although many Sailors rely on prescription medication to help them quit -- Zyban and Chantix are two popular options -- they aren't available for submariners, because psychotropic drugs are forbidden for the 11,600 Sailors assigned to subs.

Mueller was one of Truhn's "patients." After 26 years of smoking, he decided it was time. His previous attempts at quitting had lasted a couple weeks or a month at most.

Many of his comrades doubted he could do it.

"Doc and I have had a lot of nice talks," Mueller said in late November, when he had been smoke-free for two months. He chewed nicotine gum for three days, he said, then went cold turkey, assuring himself that physical addictions can be broken in seven days. After that, he insists, it's a mental issue.

Instead of chewing gum, Mueller deals with cravings by drinking more coffee -- he pulls out a Starbucks gift card to indicate his favorite brew. "Twenty-four years on subs, I drink coffee like it's water," he said.

Truhn said some of the Sailors who quit have put on weight, compensating for cigarettes with food.

Fogle acknowledges putting on about 10 pounds since he quit. Now, he said he has no desire to light up. His new habit? He points to his mouth, and the chewing gum he relies on a substitute. His selection this frigid day: Wrigley's 5 Solstice gum. The 15-piece pack was full this morning, Fogle said. Now, late morning, it's more than halfway gone.

Fogle remembers the last time he smoked aboard the Albany. He'd waited in line for 45 minutes. The fact he had to wait so long to do something he knew wasn't good for him finally put him over the edge. He quit cold turkey.

A submarine's close-knit community is an asset when Sailors want to make a change for the better, Fogle said.

"If you do something, somebody knows about it," he said.

Weeks after kicking the habit, he bummed a cigarette off a crewmate. Fogle had it in his hand when the Sailor asked, "Didn't you quit? Give that back to me!"

"It's not really worth it to continue smoking," Fogle said. "When I run now, I feel so much better." Financially, he's better off, too, spending $15 a week on gum, instead of $65 or more on butts.

Not all Sailors have been as successful. "There are a few that have struggled," Truhn said. "You're going to slip up. The idea is that you get back on the horse."

There are lots of upsides, like a lot more storage space aboard. According to Truhn, some smokers used about a third of their allotted locker space to stash smokes that would last them through the deployment.

Was the crew grumpier as it dealt with tobacco withdrawal? Fogle thinks the opposite is true: People seem nicer, he said. They seem less stressed out. "People I know who've quit just seem happier," he said.

Mueller thinks the submarine force was wise to end smoking across the fleet, instead of leaving it up to individual boats. Because it came from the highest levels of the submarine community, crewmembers knew it was useless to blame the captain or try to reverse the ban.

The boat's leadership also made a few key decisions to help the crew quit, including reducing the hours when smokers could indulge. It went from most anytime to a couple of times during the day.

"It was a progressive thing," he said. "First, it was just on either side of the watch stations. That forced you to cut back."

The Albany beat the Navy's deadline. It went smoke-free after returning from deployment in August.

Truhn said about 30 Sailors attended his smoking cessation classes over a five week period while underway. About 15 used nicotine patches and another 20 chewed the gum, part of a 12-week program. Only one of the gum-chewers came back for an additional supply after the 50 pieces were gone, he said.

The chief petty officers on the Albany have embraced the policy change, Truhn said. Of the boat's 17 chiefs, only 2 or 3 still smoke, he said, and they're all in the process of quitting.

Though the ban aboard smoking underway only applies to submarines for now, Albany Sailors have no doubt their brothers and sisters on surface ships will soon be following in their footsteps. Big Navy isn't going to allow smoking on ships forever, they predict.

"It's coming," Fogle said.

NOTE: My Comment Section is down so I'm just gonna post "SubVets" comment here.

"I made my first patrol back in 72', EVERYBODY smoked then. We'd run both CO2 scrubbers for at least 6 hours a day just to keep up. Fast forward to 92' right before I got out, I was on a Med cruise where we spent a couple of months submerged with extra bodies (SEALs) onboard. The demand for the scrubbers was much less, so was the prevelance of smokers (I'd quit back in 86).
So is this a good thing? Gee, do you really want an ex smoker to give an opinion on that? We're worse than recovering alcoholics when it comes to badmouthing what used to be our first love.
Let's just say I'm DAMNED glad to be retired so I don't have to put up with the fallout from this, AND women being stationed aboard the boats, AND openly gay sailors serving, AND any other PC crappola the idiots at the Pentagon dream up while looking for political ass to kiss.
Let 'em just keep sending the retirement checks to my house, they'll help pay for the ammo I'll be using when this nation goes completely bellyup. God help us all."

....and "Big Mo" said:

I've been a smoker and a non-smoker and I can definitively say that you will never sit with a more self-involved, morose and nanny-headed group of people than non-smokers. Spin this story any way you like, going from smoking to not smoking and hanging with those who never smoked is like having someone ask if you have a case of the Mondays at every break. Smokers are funny, animated and realize that life is short and you should enjoy it. Non-smokers? Not so much. Good luck with your stupid, social engineering rules, dunderheads, the Navy you're building is gonna be better at crying than fighting.

Wednesday Wanks.


The Question of the Day


The Secret to Financial success is ALWAYS BE A TIGHT-ASS!


One of my many friends frum down Texas way sent me this the other day.....

I saw a Muslim extremist fall into the Rio Grande River this morning; he was struggling to stay afloat because of all the guns and bombs he was carrying.

Along with him was an illegal Hispanic who was also struggling to stay afloat because of the large backpack of drugs that was strapped to his back.

If they didn't get help, they'd surely drown. And, being a responsible citizen, I informed the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and Homeland Security.

It is now 4 pm and they still haven't responded. I'm starting to think I wasted two stamps.


I'd like to point out that.....

In 2011, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address occur on the same day.

I want to take this time to point out:

It is an ironic juxtaposition of events; one involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence and competence for prognostication, while the other involves a groundhog.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

I don't know bout the rest of y'all, but I still wanna see the damned thing!!

Even the left is now starting to ask to see it!

Worth the 12 minutes it takes to watch it.


A Second Warn'n fer Y'all... Don't Use ECHO commenting on yur blogs!!!

Well Sir, about a year ago this same time, I decided to go with ECHO commenting on my blog...BAD MOVE! You might recall that I had many horrible problems with it and lost all ability for folks to comment.

I repeatedly dealt with people from ECHO with virtually no satisfactory results in getting my commenting section up and running. At that time ECHO wanted just $10.00 for ONE year's service, and although I begged them, "Keep the $10.00 bucks, just get ECHO the hell outta my blog template, they said they couldn't do it. It couldn't be done!" Eventually, one young woman finally solved the problem and I've had commenting for a year now, HOWEVER, my years subscription is now up and now they want $10.00...A MONTH!

NFW "ECHO". Ain't happen'n!!

Unfortunately, my commenting is probably gone for good in that I can't seem to get back to "Blogger Commenting" because ECHO is in my template.

Soooo, if'n y'all been leave'n comments over the past few days or so and they haven't been show'n up, thats why. If the situation changes, I'll let ya know, but if'n ya needs t'get in touch with Cookie, my e-mail addy is

Tuesday TidBits

Well Sir, "The Chief" sent me this really great Boot Commercial frum up Canada way. Wunder where I can get a set of those??

Photobucket Brief Nudity Ahead!!


Sunday, January 02, 2011

Winter in Russia. UPDATE!

But first, since the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", here be the new Marine Recruiting Video.

After look'n at these here photygraffs of a Russian winter, I guess that we in Syracuse and Oswego really have nuthin t'complain about.