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Standing on the Shore

Posted by Mark on September 17, 2005

Of Titan. The right side of the picture is likely a shallow sea of liquid hydrocarbons. The left the shoreline, with bays, and even rivers feeding into the ocean. Not exactly a vacation spot, but safer from hurricanes than the Gulf Coast….

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Donna Brazille: Standing With The President

Posted by Mark on September 17, 2005

Good for Donna Brazille! At times one of the most partisan of Democrat partisans, she puts party aside to stand with the President’s initiative:

I know, maybe better than anyone, that there are times when it seems that our nation is too divided ever to heal. There are times when we feel so different from each other that we can hardly believe that we are all part of the same family. But we are one nation. We are a family. And this is what we do. When the president asked us to pitch in Thursday night, he wasn’t really asking us to do anything spectacular. He was asking us to be Americans, and to do what Americans always do.

The president has set a national goal and defined a national purpose. This is something I believe with all my heart: When we are united, nothing can stop us. We will not waver, we will not tire, and we will not stop until the streets are clean, every last brick has been replaced and every last family has its home back.

Bush talked about how we bury our family and friends. We grieve and mourn. We march to a solemn song and then we rejoice and step out and form the second line. That line is now open to every American to join us in rebuilding a great region of this country. New Orleans will rise again. My hometown is down but not out, and with the help of every American, it will be back on its feet, bigger and brighter than ever.

Mr. President, I am ready for duty. I am ready to stir those old pots again. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Here’s hoping her fellow Democrats follow her example.

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SOS Saturday – Reno National Championship Air Races

Posted by zaphriel on September 17, 2005

A great start to a great day, the cherub shows off her pride in Mommy. She was sooo excited to see the demo squads (The Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds & The United States Air Force Thunderbirds). We got them both this year.

The Snowbirds started us off this year with a great performance, what they lack in aggressiveness and shear sound they more than make up for in precision and numbers. There were nine in the air for the show, as opposed to the standard six.

You can see that in what they call the big diamond formation they are very close together and even interwoven, it was not an illusion, they were that close together. It was very impressive. I highly enjoyed their entire performance, even though they took a few digs at the Thunderbirds from time to time, (Joking about maintenance problems and crew rotations) but unless you had been following recent events real close you wouldn’t have caught it.

They were very respectful and very professional though. I was impressed with their salute to both our nations troops, were they pointed out how busy both neighbors have been, and just how involved Canada really is in the War on Terror, and elsewhere.

As always anything to do with Aviation or the Military was there. There were lots of static displays to look at and plenty of opportunities to see thing up close that you would never normally see.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a helicopter geek, it’s a hazard of the profession, but I just love helicopters as opposed to say tanks or something. This was the first time I have been able to be up close to an Apache, so I took advantage of it and took copious amounts of imagery to commemorate the event. Told you I was a geek.

And what would an air show be without the wondrously loud Thunderbirds…Man those guys can really get your blood pumping.

Of course the Air Force was out in force so to speak, with the big recruiting van, the “Air Force” Truck, a few simulators and allot of statics. Nothing like an Air Show to boost the numbers.

Speaking of recruiting, you gotta get them young, so my future pilot got to look at all the airplanes and cockpits she could stand, and oddly for a girl, loved every minute of it.

Of course it was, “get a picture of me next to this, Dad”, and “get a picture of me next to that, Dad.” and “Dad, can I take some pictures?”

I love looking at all the planes up close there is just such an indescribable feeling being close to such power and beauty.

I love Air Shows and Air races, they make your sense of wonder and awe come back.

And if your a pilot (or a little girl, see below) it lets you show off just a little.

Lately, I don’t know if anyone noticed, but my motivation has been way down, and this event was just what I needed, a shot in the arm so to speak, and at just the right time. Man I love air shows.

Oh and by the way, there were also Air Races which in themselves are allot of fun to watch, but alas, I ran out of batteries and videotape before we saw any of those…darn, maybe next year.

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