Saturday, May 16, 2015

The 70th Anniversary of VE Day - Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

Recently I traveled with my family to Washington DC for my seventh grade son's field trip. Unbeknownst to the organizers, the field trip coincided with the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

A commenter here at JOM mentioned that there would be a flyover over DC on the anniversary, so the field trip was re-organized to take advantage of the opportunity to see it. So on Friday, May 8th the field trip took us to Arlington National Cemetery.  We timed the visit so that we ended at the Iwo Jima Memorial just before the flyover began, with a wonderful vantage on the lawn just below the memorial.  

The planes flew down the Potomac River and then turned as they approached the Washington Monument passing directly over the Mall. The flyover included over 50 aircraft from World War II and was organized with the planes flying in formations representing major battles and events in the war.

The next day, although the field trip was over, we headed out to the National Air and Space Museum near Dulles International where several of the planes were to land and be on display.

Before we go any further, I want to acknowledge that all the content below relies exclusively on my World War II obsessed son (we'll still call him hit and run jr), and his amazing knowledge of the planes and battles involved.  

The first formation - representing Pearl Harbor with the P-40 Warhawk:

 

The next formation represented the Doolittle Raid with B25 Mitchells:

The Battle of Midway with the PBY Catalina: 

The Guadalcanal Campaign was represented by the F4F Wildcat, the video here of it arriving at the National Air and Space Museum:

(Note: digital cameras have difficulty processing propellers, making them at times appear to be moving slowly)

Yamamoto Shootdown with the P-38 Lightning: 

The Ploesti Raid with the B-24 Liberator and P-51 Mustangs:

 

There was a formation to highlight importance of planes to Escort Bombers. This is a shot of a P-51 Mustang after it landed at the National Air and Space Museum:

The Big Week/Operation Argument with a B-17 Flying Fortress: 

D-Day with a C-47 Skytrain and a C-53 Skytrooper: 

Leyte Gulf/The Great Turkey Shoot with the SB2C Helldiver and TBF Avenger:

The Battle of the Bulge with an A-26 Invader at the National Air and Space Museum: 

 And the Final Air Offenive with the much anticipated B-29 Superfortress:

Unfortunately, in the thrall of the B-29 going overhead, I stopped the camera and missed the Missing Man Formation. 

The entire flyover experience was amazing.  Earlier in the week when we first visited the National Air and Space Museum, we had the privilege of watching a tour bus of Honor Flight attendees from Chicago unload and tour the museum.  

It was humbling to be in the presence of heroes such as they.

Link to Last Page of Post.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

When Audacity Meets Mendacity

Tom Maguire over at Just One Minute:

THEIR Ability To Cope?!?

The NY Times ponders Team Obama, FoPo subdivision:

Mounting Crises Raise Questions on Obama Team’s Ability to Cope

Oh, I think those questions have been answered; why doesn't the Times worry about the rest of us?

The Times cares about the rest of us about as much as Obama does:

Mendacity of Cope


Friday, September 26, 2014

Obama on 60 Minutes

At PJMedia's The Tatler, Bryan Preston has this:

Obama to Appear on 60 Minutes Sunday

And Preston asks:

Will Steve Kroft ask tough questions, or give Obama a pass on everything again?

Preston is referring to a 2013 interview Kroft conducted with President Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - in which the tough questions, especially around Benghazi, went unasked.

However, Kroft interviewing Obama has a history at this blog. In October of 2012, just before Obama's first election, Kroft interviewed then candidate Obama.

Here's the post I wrote at the time, in which we have this quote from the interview:

KROFT (voice-over): This week, during the biggest economic meltdown since the Great Depression, the candidates were forced to stop playing politics and to start talking about some of the major issues in this campaign. And 60 MINUTES was with both of them.

(on camera): Why do you think you’d be a good president?

OBAMA: Well, I think that when you think about the challenges we face, these are challenges that require us to look forward and not backwards.

(CROSSTALK)

KROFT: Why you? I mean, why do you think you would be a good president?

OBAMA: Well, I was going to get to that.

KROFT: Go ahead.

OBAMA: You know, I’m a, I’m a practical person. One of the things I’m good at is getting people in a room with a bunch of different ideas who sometimes violently disagree with each other and finding common ground and a sense of common direction.

Give Obama credit - he said that being good at getting people who disagree to come together was what would make him a good president. He has been horrible at it - he has been as divisive a president as any before him.

Obama has likewise been a horrible president.

Actually, in a way Obama has brought people together who sometimes violently disagree with each other. People on both sides of the political and ideological aisle agree Obama has been a horrible president.

So there's that.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Obama Speaks on James Foley's Beheading

Obama Speaks on James Foley Beheading

Rick Perry's Booking

A couple of pics is all.

Rick Perry was booked.

Here's the way he appeared to the grand jury that indicted him:

Rick Perry Mugshot

(thanks to Steven Hayward at Powerline for using that pic!)

Here's Perry - enjoying his booking more than perhaps those who are going after him are...

Rick Perry is Enjoying His Booking

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Obama Rushed To End The War Without a Plan To Keep The Peace

The Obama campaign bragged about "ending the war in Iraq" back in the day.

The Obama-ended war now necessitates military intervention in the form of targeted air strikes.

So here we are . . . the fall cometh after such pride.

You Made The Wrong Choice America

You made the wrong choice, America.

Obama Makes a Gutsy Call

President Obama met with his national security team in the Situation Room at the White House on Thursday, August 7, 2014. The President made a bold and risky move relating to the situation in the Middle East with the terrorist organization ISIS advancing in the Kurdish region in Iraq.

President Barack Obama meets with his national security advisors in the Situation Room of the White House

President Barack Obama meets with his national security advisors in the Situation Room of the White House

A gutsy call.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekend Update From The State Department

I'm just saying, State Department spokespersons Jen Psaki and Marie Harf look like they are straight out of SNL central casting.

SNL Announcer: "Weekend Update" with Jen Psaki and Marie Harf.

Psaki: Good evening, I'm Jennifer Psaki! But you can call me Jen. And the P is silent, by the way.

Harf: I'm Marie Harf! My last name rhymes with . . . hah, never mind.

Psaki: Scarf? You were going for scarf, weren't you?

Harf: Yes, that's it! Whew, thought I was going to throw up there for a second.

Psaki: And here are tonight's top stories!

My former colleague Alyssa Mastromonaco defines smart, savvy and fashionable.

Harf: Also in the news, #hashtags.

Jen Psaki and Marie Harf look like SNL charaters

Friday, June 20, 2014

Foreign Policy In The Ditch

For Immediate Release                                                               June 20, 2014

Remarks by Somebody Somewhere at Some Fundraiser

2:53 P.M. EDT

SPEAKER: Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. Have a seat.

It is wonderful to be here, wonderful to be among so many good friends. Thank you. Yes, we're here today to talk about the future. A future in which we save this country from the disastrous policies of the current administration. Nowhere are these policies more disastrous than what Obama has done in the area of foreign policy.

Look, we know the results of the Obama Doctrine when it comes to the foreign policy. It’s no secret. Basically his theory is, if you make America weaker, less involved and less important in the eyes of the world – if you “lead from behind” – the rest of the world will come to love us. That’s his theory. But we see how that has all worked out. We’ve never been less respected, less admired, less trusted. Our friends and allies don’t think we have their back, and our enemies don’t think they need fear us. We have less influence in the world than when President Obama was sworn in. The world is a more dangerous place, in many ways as a direct result of his foreign policy.

And so, I want you to imagine that our Foreign Policy is a car. Quite frankly Obama drove this car into a ditch. And it’s a really deep ditch. And somehow he’s been able to walk away from the accident, but the car is still down in the ditch.

So we’re going to have to put on our boots and get down into the ditch. We have to rappel down, it’s so deep down there. And when we get down there, it’ll be muddy and dirty and hot. We’ll be sweating, there’ll be bugs everywhere. But we have to make sure we get that car out of the ditch, so we’ll start pushing. We’ll be pushing and pushing.

Once we get down there and start pushing, who do you think will be down there? Obama. Oh, he’ll just be standing there, toking on some choom -- fanning himself. Now we know how the car got down there!

And we’ll say, “Why don’t you help?” And his reply? “Nah, man, I’m good,” and then he'll kick some more dirt down into the ditch. And his choom gang buddies will all laugh at us. But that’s okay. We’ll keep on pushing.

Finally we’ll get this car up on level ground. Finally we’ll get it out of the ditch. Now, the car is banged up. It’s banged up, it’s got a bunch of dents and it smells like hell. It’s got to go to the body shop. The engine will barely turn over, but we can at least get it to run.

And you know it'll happen. As soon as we’re about to get in the car, we'll feel this tap on our shoulder, and we'll look back, and who is it? It’s Obama. And he'll say, “Dude, gimme the keys.”

And we’ll have to tell him, “Go home Barack, you’re high. You can’t have the keys back.”

“If you want, you can ride with us, but you’ve got to ride in the backseat. We’re putting American interests in the front seat where they belong.”

I mean, I want everyone to think about it here. You ever notice when you want to keep a car on the road and out of the ditch, what do you do? You let a sober person drive it.

Thank you. And God bless America.

2:57 P.M. EDT

END


Monday, January 27, 2014

Americans' Trust In Congress

Back in July of 2010 I used the occasion of a Gallup Poll on the trust Americans have in various institutions, as related by a post Ed Morrissey did at Hot Air, to compare that trust in the US Congress with the number of Republicans serving in the Senate.

Well, this morning there was another Morrissey post that caught my eye. In a post about Congressional approval ratings, Ed writes:

Here’s the problem with this analysis of the poll, however — Congressional approval ratings always stink. These may stink more than usual, but the 90%+ reelection rate for Congressional incumbents is probably not in serious danger, except perhaps in the Senate, where the numbers don’t favor Democrats.

We've had a couple more elections since my 2010 post, so let's run those numbers again.

The Confidence America Has in Congress
(click to enlarge)

My 2010 post summarized things this way:

When Republicans control the Senate, Congressional "approval" rises. When Democrats control the Senate, look out below. The notable exception was Republican control from 2003 through 2006, in which the index dropped steeply -- a movement the Democrats have seen fit to continue, to unprecedented depths ahead of the elections this fall.

The trend has continued, even in the blip of Republicans picking up seats in 2010 -- and the trust in Congress rose -- and losing seats in 2012 -- and trust falling again.

And . . . here comes 2014.

Vote Republican: help America regain trust in Congress.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Not a B+

From the WaPo (via AofSHQ):

The Obama administration will consider the new federal insurance marketplace a success if 80 percent of users can buy health-care plans online.

Well.

When asked in 2009 by Oprah to grade his presidency, Obama gave himself "a good, solid B+".

Part of his answer included this: "And I think that we're going to pass the most significant piece of social legislation since Social Security,and that's health insurance for every American."

That was 2009, this is now. And now, he'll consider it a success if 80% of the people who try to get Obamacare are successful.

For those scoring at home, 80% is not usually considered a B+, good, solid or otherwise.

Friday, November 15, 2013

What We're Discovering Is That Obama's a Dummy

In his press conference yesterday, Obama made a rather stunning admission:

"what we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy"

To paraphrase another Obama quote, I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when Obama discovered that insurance is complicated:

Obama Doesn't Understand Insurance

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The New Face of Health Care Reform

In Jim Geraghty's Morning Jolt newsletter, he discusses the Upton bill that would seek to fix Obamacare glitches (not of the website kind, the kind that have caused millions of Americans' health care plans to be cancelled, in contravention of all the times Obama promised they wouldn't be). Geraghty makes this observation:

Right now, Fred Upton is competing for the title of your favorite member of the Upton family, against his perennial favorite niece.

In fact, Fred has been working behind the scenes to launch a new HealthCare.gov website -- GOPHealthCare.com -- with his niece as the new face of health care reform:

GOPhealthcare.gov

Obama's Promise Was Always a Naked Lie

He's now fully exposed.

Obama's Naked Lie

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

It's Pinnochios All The Way Down

(I've used this gag before, but an update is warranted. Original form of this story found here.)

A well-known columnist (some say it was Glenn Kessler) once wrote a much noticed piece on politicians not always telling the truth. He described how politicians are lured into this practice by the inherent nature of DC, and how DC, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of power and money called politics. He used it to describe how Obama was just the latest in a long line of politicians who "misspeak", and that he really was not that different or worse than past politicians, and was deserving of only one Pinocchio.

At the end of his comments section, a little old lady wrote a passionate response. "What you have told us is rubbish. Obama is really a never-ending fount of lies. In fact, Obama is a liar, he's not that smart, and he's a nasty little man. This president and his entire political career is supported by four giant Pinocchios."

The columnist typed a superior winking smile using a semi-colon, a dash and parentheses at the beginning of his reply and then continued, "What are the four Pinocchios resting on?"

"You're very clever, young man, very clever," wrote the old lady. But it's Pinocchios all the way down!"

It's Pinocchios All The Way Down