Looking to get away from the cold I departed Colorado for Texas and Christmas with my father, sister and her family. Somehow the cold found me even there. It snowed Christmas day and was a bit chilly. But other than that it was a very nice trip. Now back to the grind.
So how’s the world since my time offline? Well in Washington all is normal, in other words nothing useful is being accomplished. The Fiscal Cliff is nearing with little chance of a deal. Of course there are a few days left. But I wonder if anyone, Republican or Democrat really want to stop the cliff. Lets face it, this is probably the only way budgets cuts will take place. No politicians actually want’s to cut anything. The cliff is the easy way out. The only cut I see as an issue is the defense cut. The politicians in Washington have their hands in all defense contracts so I’m not sure this part of the cliff is what they really want. We’ll see I suppose.
“Stormin Norman” Schwarzkopf has died.
General Schwarzkopf the commander of Operation Desert Storm has died. He was 78. I’ve heard mixed things about Schwarzkopf but overall he seemed ok for a General. He didn’t appear as political as our current crop but then I didn’t work for him. Either way he is an icon and his passing will be noticed. He was awarded Three silver stars in Vietnam and generally they don’t give those away two easily. He also was awarded the purple heart.
President Bush Sr. ill
George H.W. Bush is in the hospital for a hard to beat fever. I always like Bush Sr. I wish him well. It’s hard for a former paratrooper not to like this. Remember he was the youngest WWII pilot. He enlisted on his 18th birthday completing his initial flight training prior to his 19th birthday. Bush was shot down over the pacific in 1943.
After Bush was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade on 1 August,San Jacinto commenced operations against the Japanese in the Bonin Islands. On 2 September 1944, Bush piloted one of four aircraft from VT-51 that attacked the Japanese installations on Chi Chi Jima. For this mission his crew included Radioman Second Class John Delaney, and Lieutenant Junior Grade William White, USNR, who substituted for Bush’s regular gunner. During their attack, four TBM Avengers from VT-51 encountered intense antiaircraft fire. While starting the attack, Bush’s aircraft was hit and his engine caught on fire. He completed his attack and released the bombs over his target scoring several damaging hits. With his engine on fire, Bush flew several miles from the island, where he and one other crew member on the TBM Avenger bailed out of the aircraft. However, the other man’s chute did not open and he fell to his death. It was never determined which man bailed out with Bush. Both Delaney and White were killed in action. While Bush anxiously waited four hours in his inflated raft, several fighters circled protectively overhead until he was rescued by the lifeguard submarine, USS Finback. For this action, Bush received the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari the son the the assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto appears on the world stage