30 June 2011
23 June 2011
I thought the question over for a few minutes and said: "well, I'd assume they are all either dead or ran to another country to be safe."
I hope my grand children can grow up in a world that's not so messed up. Bosnia is at peace now...but how many people had to die and how long did it take the UN and NATO to get their shit together to stop it?
If you have Netflix, there are a few movies about the war in Bosnia that are worth watching just so "you know."
19 June 2011
He was right. When I my Army duties had me on some Air Force base in my travels, I saw they had better chow and stuff. The typical Air Force base was built like this:
1. Build the flight line for the air craft to fly on
2. Build the mess hall
3. Build the golf course
4. Then ask for more money to build the rest.
The US Air Force spends more on one fighter plane than the US Army and the US Marine spend on all of their small arms combined.
Aim High Dad, and thinks for teaching me stuff.
Now back to watching the wind blow the fire around....
17 June 2011
As a cop for 32 years, and a CA Army National Guard Soldier, I had helped evacuate people in all kinds of disasters...floods, fires and earthquakes. I can recall many times when I was standing at a traffic check point and citizens drove up and asked: "How bad is this fire?"
Many times, I had no answer for them....I always felt sorry that they had to leave their home or I was blocking them from getting to their home.
Yesterday, I was in the citizen's position when deputies from the Cochise County S.O. drove into my yard and told me we had to leave soon.
I was busy hosing down the yard and the house...and the fu--ing propane tank.....I heard several of them explode yesterday.
As the fire got within a few miles, I saw the air tankers start dropping that orange/red shit on the fire....
If I ever find them pilots, I'll buy them a beer.
The fire is still going....and the winds change every minute.... so I'm going back out on the hose...
...and another fire started near the Army Fort. Home of the MI. Hopfully the Army can do a better job at stopping it.
15 June 2011
The fire that started south of the US/Mexican border and spread into the Coronado National Park, is still out of control.
So far at least 50 structures have been damaged or lost...
One of the most frustrating things is, I was in charge of our disaster planning before I retired from Police Work...and the locals here seem to have no effective way of advising citizens of emergencies besides the FM/ AM radio. Perhaps they don't know of the modern methods to warn citizens of emergencies via text messages and e-mails.
So, I'm doing it the old fashion way, watching the flames and listening to the radio. This is hard to do for a guy who's written disater plans and shit like that....
14 June 2011
For the first time in over 30 years I'm very close to a disaster, but I'm not invovled in working it.
I'm living near the "Monument" fire in South Arizona. Being from California, I'm not used to such ineffective fire fighting....they let it get out of control and now it's buring homes.