Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Air Force Capt. Jeremy Fresques fly by

Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes,  forgetting that it was there long before they were...  A certain Lieutenant Colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back.  Apparently, an  individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed his/her day at the mall.
When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB officer, it must have stung quite a bit.
The complaint:
'Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base:
Whom do we thank for the morning air show?  Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 A.M, a tight  formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead  Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately  500 feet.  Imagine our good fortune!  Do the Tom Cruise-wannabees feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyn's early bird special?
Any response would be appreciated.

Tom MacRae, Peoria


The response:
Regarding 'A wake-up call from Luke's jets' On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four- ship fly by of F-1 6s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques.  Capt Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.
At 9 a. M. On June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend.  Based on the letter writer's recount of the fly by, and because of the jet noise, I'm sure  you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of Taps, or my  words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son's flag on behalf of the President of the United  States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who  understand the sacrifices they have endured.. 
A four-ship fly by is a display of respect the Air Force gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom.  We are professional  aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay  their ultimate respects.
The letter writer asks, 'Whom  do we thank for the morning air show'?  The 56th Fighter Wing will take the call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.

Lt. Col. Scott Pleus
Luke Air Force Base

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Album Review: Van Halen - Van Halen II

Album Review

Band: Van Halen
Album: Van Halen II
Year: 1979

Full disclosure: I am a huge Van Halen fan so this review may be biased. Van Halen stuck to the playbook from their first album and rocked out a classic.

Here is the list:
  1. You're No Good ★★★★
    1. Is this version better than Linda Ronstadt's? I say yes! Check out Michael Anthony's awesome bass riff that kicks the song off.
  2. Dance The Night Away ★★★
    1. Easily one of their best songs and their first "hit". The opening riff is straight up cash.
  3. Somebody Get Me a Doctor ★★
    1. Starts off like a Kiss song which a'int a bad thing.
  4. Bottoms Up! ★★
    1. When the worst song on the album gets three stars, the album is a classic.
  5. Outta Love Again 
    1. This song is not great but David Lee Roth's vocals are amazing. Play this and try to sing it yourself.
  6. Light Up The Sky ★★★
  7. Spanish Fly 
    1. It is not as good as Eruption was but Spanish Fly was spectacular.
  8. D.O.A. ★★
  9. Women In Love... ★★
  10. Beautiful Girls ★★
    1. Great lyrics capped off by this line: "I love 'em! I need 'em! Can't do without 'em, no!"

The White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees

Christmas Tree

Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees for the first time this year which prompted CBS presenter, Steven Levy, to present this piece which I would like to share with you. I think it applies just as much to many countries as it does to America.

A little sanity please... 

Only hope we find GOD again before it is too late! The following was written by Steven Levy and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat...Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school... The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Steven Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about.. And we said okay..

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Forward this on if you think it has merit. If not, then don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

Christmas gift idea: Pray for a Godly President

Monday, December 28, 2015

Album Review: Pat Benatar - Crimes of Passion

Album Review

Band: Pat Benatar
Album: Crimes of Passion
Year: 1980

People forget how spectacular Pat Benatar was. This is her second album and probably her best. The songs you know are great of course but there are no duds on the album.  

Here is the list:
  1. Treat Me Right ★★★★
    1. Great song to start off.
  2. You Better Run ★★★
    1. Definitely an improvement over the original by The Young Rascals.
  3. Never Wanna Leave You 
  4. Hit Me With Your Best Shot ★★★★
    1. This is Pat Benatar's most well-known song.
  5. Hell Is For Children 
    1. Holy Crap! This song is awesome but check it out live.
  6. Little Paradise ★★
    1. Worst song on here and it is pretty good.
  7. I'm Gonna Follow You 
  8. Wuthering Heights ★★
    1. Originally a Kate Bush song that Benatar just kills. Some say this is the best song on the album but they are wrong.
  9. Prisoner Of Love ★★
    1. Surprisingly catch tune.
  10. Out-A-Touch ★★
    1. Another fine song...don't skip this one.

Life in 2016


1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.
2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.
7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.
10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.
11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )
12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this blog post.
14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.
15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Amazing Christmas light display

This is one of the most amazing Christmas light displays I have ever seen. It was in Cincinnati, displayed momentarily on the news. They had to shut it down because it was causing traffic jam in the neighbor. This person is a computer programmer for sure.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Keeping Christ in Christmas

  Lets see if we can spread the true spirit of Christmas.  We have an excellent way of reaching thousands through the internet.  Let each of us do our part in letting people know
Christ is the reason for Christmas.. Not adding
sales up on cash registers for gifts bought, not replacing the word Christmas for Seasons Greetings or Happy Holidays.  Let's insist on saying only Merry 'Christ'mas!


  Christmas is not
santa claus, not Rudolph, not replacing the beautiful Christmas Carols with senseless tunes that have taken their place.  How sad Jesus must be to hear.. Grandma got ran over by a reindeer!  Christmas is not for seeing how far we can go into debt trying to please loved ones, and certainly
not for putting so much stress on ourselves, we break down, try suicide, or hate the thought of Christmas!  How must Jesus feel to know His
birthday has taken on a commercial race that causes Christmas to be the most dreaded time
of the year for many.

If each of us do our part on insisting there is
no other reason for Christmas, than the birth of our Savior, maybe some schools and stores will see the truth about Christmas and stop worrying about what the ACLU says about it. Perhaps it may pave the way for bringing God back to power in America!

  Christ changed the world with the help of only
12 men!  Just think of what the thousands of
Christians on the internet could do, if we stand
together and demand.....


Album Review: Loverboy - Get Lucky

Album Review

Band: Loverboy
Album: Get Lucky
Year: 1981

I totally dismissed Loverboy in the beginning. I liked their songs but the guy's butt on the album cover led me to believe that this music was just not aimed at me. I wonder if this cost them some fans. Then, in 1988, I saw them in concert with Dokken (who I was really there to see). They rocked the house, of course. I saw them as older and fatter men in 2015 and they still are killing it. Anyhoo, there is only one turd on this album.Their follow-up albums were all pretty much decent. thus, this album was clearly their high point. 

When you have two five star songs and three other four star songs, you know we are talking about a classic. 

Here is the list:
  1. Working For The Weekend ★★★★
    1. This is their signature song that everyone knows.
  2. When It's Over ★★★
  3. Jump ★★
  4. Gangs In The Street ★★
    1. This song is great but the lyrics have to be a joke. Mike Reno was probably like: "Hey, guys. I am out of ideas for this kick ass song. Here are some complete garbage lyrics. Lets see if anyone notices."
  5. Emotional 
    1. Mike Reno didn't sing this one and it shows.
  6. Lucky Ones ★★★
  7. It's Your Life 
  8. Watch Out ★★
  9. Take Me To The Top ★★
    1. This might be their best song!

Album review: The Cars - CandyO

Album Review

Band: The Cars
Album: CandyO
Year: 1979

True parents did not give us any money when I was a sapling. So, my brother and I used to collect aluminum cans to earn some dough. We lived near an apartment complex that had several dumpsters so we started dumpster diving for cans. We also found some treasure. For example, one day, I found this The Cars CandyO on 8-track in a dumpster. Someone threw out this gem? I know...hard to believe, right? Anyway, I would never have purchased it but it turned out to be a favorite. I played the crap out of it which may have enhanced my rating for each song I suppose. There are no bad songs...not a clunker to be found. It is probably not as good as The Cars' debut but it is not far off.

Here is the list:
  1. Let's Go ★★★★
    1. This one got the most radio play but still a four-star song to me.
  2. Since I Held You ★★★★
    1. I may be the only person in the world who would rate this a five-star song.
  3. It's All I Can Do ★★
  4. Double Life ★★
  5. Shoo Be Doo ★★
    1. This song fits nicely in the middle of the album and sets up Candy-O perfectly.
  6. Candy-O ★★★
  7. Night Spots 
  8. You Can't Hold On Too Long ★★
  9. Lust For Kicks ★★
  10. Got a Lot On My Head ★★★★
    1. I love the line "I got a lot on my head...most of it is you". I mean, we've all be there before fo sho.
  11. Dangerous Type ★★★★
    1. Fantastic way to close out.