The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions." --American Statesman Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Facebook Humor....

This will be me one day....








Friday, July 31, 2015

The 4 Cardinal virtues

I saw this over Here.  This is a site for what I call guys with a traditional value system.  No metro-sexual girlie men you will find there.  I really liked what the site said, and I rarely cut and paste someones else's work,  I used their words, but I used my own pictures rather than what they had.  I figured my circle of bloggers will enjoy it since in my mind we also have the same kind of virtues.  I was going to post it tomorrow...but I hit "publish" rather than "schedule"...Oh well....it will help make up for my lack of postings earlier this week.

Traditional Christian theology names faith, hope, and charity as the theological virtues. They are directly imparted to the believing Christian by the grace of God and are not attainable through the natural order. They are called theological because they have God for their immediate and proper object; because they are divinely infused; and because they are only known through divine revelation.
Grace perfects nature and the three theological virtues are the flowers of the four cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude. The word cardinal comes the Latin cardo, translated as “hinge.” Whether you’re a lifelong Christian or a Godless heathen, the cardinal virtues are part of the natural moral order and can be cultivated through self-discipline and hard work. We must cultivate them if we expect to live a happy life in this world.

It’s difficult to overstate how much Greek philosophy has influenced Christian theology. Plato identified the four cardinal virtues with a corresponding class of citizen in The Republic.
Temperance applied especially to farmers and craftsmen, i.e. those who provided for our bodily appetites. Fortitude was the necessary virtue of the soldier and corresponded to our spirit. Prudence was the virtue of the ruling class. Justice stood outside the system and governed the relationship between the other three classes and the virtues.
The Roman statesman Cicero also emphasized the four:
Virtue may be defined as a habit of mind (animi) in harmony with reason and the order of nature. It has four parts: wisdom (prudentiam), justice, courage, temperance.
And the deuterocanonical Book of Wisdom 8:7 in the Bible:
And if a man love justice: her labours have great virtues; for she teacheth temperance, and prudence, and justice, and fortitude, which are such things as men can have nothing more profitable in life.
 The first recorded instance of the word “cardinal” to describe these virtues occurs in St. Ambrose of Milan’s commentaries on the Gospel of Luke. Later on it appears in the writings of St. Augustine and St. Jerome. St. Thomas Aquinas gave it the most in-depth and systematic treatment of any other theologian in Western Christianity.


Thomas teaches that prudence is the virtue that corresponds to the intellect. It enables us to discern our true good in any given situation and the proper means of achieving it. Because it is rooted in the intellect, prudence does not mean directly willing the good it sees, but rather sets the measure for the exercise of the other virtues.
Most importantly, it identifies the golden mean where natural virtue lies. If we lack prudence, courage becomes suicidal recklessness. Mercy becomes weakness. Justice becomes tyranny.

We must not confuse prudence with cowardice or dissimulation. It is the charioteer of the other virtues and guides the judgment of our conscience. The shortest and most effective definition of prudence is “right reason applied to action.” You wouldn’t start your own business without a plan of some sort, no matter how vague.


Prudence governs our actions. Fortitude and temperance concern taming our irascibility and our appetites. Justice deals with our rights and obligations toward other people.
Obviously the words “justice and “right” have been much abused over the last few decades, but abuse does not preclude legitimate use. If Jones borrows money from Smith, then Smith, in justice, has a right to get his money back if Jones refuses to pay up. The supernatural virtue of charity means going above and beyond the demands of justice; Smith may forgive Jones of his debt and make the money a gift. Justice is blind because she does not respect our position in society.

Justice means respecting others and fulfilling our obligations to them, whether it’s their right to life and limb or simply adhering to contracts. It means expressing gratitude toward those who have done us a kindness. It definitely does not mean a vague and undefined resentment of cishet white male shitlords to last in perpetuity upon pain of losing your livelihood.


Temperance is geared toward governing our appetites for sensible pleasure, whether it’s food, alcohol, or sex. If man is the rational animal, as Aristotle put it, then temperance is necessary for governing our animal natures. It ensures our will’s mastery over our base instincts

If we can’t moderate our own desires, then we cannot act rightly, render other men what is their due, or overcome adversity. In the New Testament, this virtue is often called “sobriety” and “moderation.” The results of intemperance should be obvious: grotesque obesity, raging alcoholism, or swimming in STDs. We admire people who dramatically change their physiques through diet and exercise because they are living examples of the virtue of temperance.


Fortitude is often used interchangeably with courage. Remember prudence though: it is a reasoned courage. It’s not foolhardiness or rashness. It’s the virtue that allows us to overcome our fears and remain steadfast in the pursuit of our goals.
Prudence and justice tell us what we must do, and fortitude gives us the strength to see it through. Christian martyrs, for example, do not actively seek martyrdom, unlike Islamic suicide bombers. But whether it’s the Religion of Peace, or the Soviet Union, or the Roman Empire, Christian history is rife with martyrs who peacefully went to their deaths rather than renounce their faith.
In the context of the United States, if you even mildly agree with anything written on Return of Kings or the manosphere, or the orthosphere where my fellow Traditionalists hang out, eventually the SJWs are going to come for you.

Don’t actively seek out to die on that hill, particularly if you have young children to feed. But if you’re ever in their crosshairs, never, ever back down under any circumstances. If you apologize, you’re going to lose your job anyway, only now you’ve lost your dignity besides

A Virtuous Man

The four cardinal virtues all work in tandem. Prudence identifies what is good, how to do what is good, and how to avoid evil. Justice ensures that we respect one another’s rights and fulfill our obligations and duties. Temperance gives us the self-control to forgo short-term pleasures in pursuit of our long-term goals. Fortitude will see us through to the end, whether we succeed or fail.
As St. Augustine put it:
To live well is nothing other than to love God with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul and with all one’s efforts; from this it comes about that love is kept whole and uncorrupted (through temperance). No misfortune can disturb it (and this is fortitude). It obeys only [God] (and this is justice), and is careful in discerning things, so as not to be surprised by deceit or trickery (and this is prudence).
Self-improvement entails more than building up our bodies. We must improve our spirits as well.

How to make money on Obama's America...

This came from my Dad, I thought it was cognizant.  I remember a study a couple of years ago from Ole Miss.  They did a study comparing 2 families...the first family was a nuclear family, Father, Mother, both worked and they  have 2 kids...the second one was a single parent with 3 kids.  the end of the study showed that the single parent with 3 kids had more disposable income than the traditional family due to the myriad of programs to assist the "needy".  from Medicad, TASF, section 8 housing, utility assistance, free lunch for kids..free daycare for kids and many others, the single parent had more money despite working a part time job.  the nuclear family had no assistance whats-ever and they paid for everything.  They had far less income available for non-necessities. 

The Secret to Financial Success:

You & your girlfriend can live like a king!
Just follow these proven 13 steps : 
1. Don't marry her.
2. Use your mom's address for your mail.
3. The guy buys a house.
4. Guy rents out house to his girlfriend who has 2 of his kids.
5. Section 8 will pay $900 a month for a 3-bedroom home.
6. Girlfriend signs up for ObamaCare; guy doesn't have to pay out-the-butt for family       insurance.
7. Girlfriend goes to college for free being a single mother.
8. Girlfriend gets $600 a month for food stamps.
9. Girlfriend gets free cell phone.
10. Girlfriend gets free utilities.
11. Guy moves into home but , uses mom’s house for his mail.
12. Girlfriend claims one (1) kid & guy claims one (1) kid on taxes. Now you both get to claim Head of Household @ $1,800 credit.
13. Girlfriend gets disability for being "crazy" or having a "bad back" @$1,800 a month & never has to work again. 
This plan is perfectly legal & is being executed now by millions of people. 
A married couple with a stay-at-home-mom yields $0 dollars. 
An unmarried couple with a stay-at-home-mom nets: 
$21,600 disability +
$10,800 free housing + 
$  6,000 free ObamaCare +
$  6,000 free food +
$  4,800 free utilities + 
$  6,000 Pell Grant money to spend +
$12,000 a year in college tuition free from Pell Grant +
$  8,800 tax benefit for being a single mother = 
$76,000 a year in benefits 
Any idea why the country is $18+ trillion in debt? 
Any idea why so many children are born with no father?
Any idea why so many couples are choosing to remain single? 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Monday Music "Still the One" by Orleans

I wanted to get my Monday Music in on Monday, but was unable to.  As soon as I got home from work, I immediately grabbed my son, his uniforms and the sewing machine and off to my Dad's house.  My son wanted to learn how to sew, he wanted to sew patches on his uniform.  We had bought a sewing machine with the intent for it to be used for patches and things of that nature.  Well he learned the fine art on how to sew using a machine from his grandmommie.  After quite a few birds nest and hay stacks, he started getting it. 
   He was determined to learn this skill.  he has done well.  His comment after practicing was.."Now I can open a sweatshop".  My son....the apple don't fall far from the tree let me tell you. 
    I had this song in mind, I remembered hearing this song while my Dad was stationed in Germany in 1976.  This was one of the good songs that I heard on A.F.N. late at night.  I always liked this song because it was soo upbeat and listening to a positive song is a good thing. 

I have this patch and sticker laying around somewhere...

"Still the One" is a song written by Johanna Hall and John Hall, and recorded by the soft rock group Orleans on their album Waking and Dreaming, released in 1976, which made it to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Country singer Bill Anderson recorded and released a successful cover version, peaking at No. 11 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart in 1977.

The lyrics of the song are of a man describing his feelings for a woman with whom he has a long lasting and, of course, intimate relationship ("You're still the one, I want to talk to in bed; Still the one that turns my head") and all the reasons why she is "Still the One" for whom he has feelings.

Orleans bass player Lance Hoppen recalls that Johanna Hall wrote the lyrics for "Still the One" after a friend "asked her why somebody couldn't write a song about staying together, as opposed to breaking up"; Johanna Hall wrote the lyrics on an envelope which she then handed to John Hall who Hoppen says "created the music in about fifteen minutes". John Hall would recall that "Still the One" was not an automatic choice for lead single from Waking and Dreaming saying rather that "we had several songs that were candidates. We were too close to it to see. Fortunately, our producer, Chuck Plotkin, had a strong feeling about the song."

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Media musings....and gun control.......again........

I was out and about yesterday and I was in a store and they had the news on CNN, well they had this big report about mass murders...and they were talking about the jerk in the theater in LA.  Well they had a news report about who commits the most mass murders and they had this graph that had "white people" as the biggest mass murderers out there.....Well I suppose this guy would object..

     For those that don't know their history,  Chairman MAO killed millions of people, I recall the statistic was 60 million...not personally but through his orders from the cultural revolutions and the famines and has shaped the thought of millions of liberals...  Another mass murderer on the podium is this gentlemen..

"Uncle Joe" Stalin has killed about 20 million people through his purges of his people and the resulting purges severely weakened the Red Army that was noticed a couple of years later when the Soviets invaded Finland and had their ass handed to them, but finally won through sheer manpower.  His thoughts have also influenced many leftist by the thought of having somebody tell them what to do.     We will also have the favorite boogieman of the left....

   Adolph Hitler is well known for his extermination of 6 millions Jews plus other "undesirables".  He of course is used as the poster child by the left when ever they get into a debate with a conservative...the Average liberals don't know or forgets that the word "NAZI" is a shortened word for "National Socialist Deutchen Arbeiten Party or NSDAP or shortened to "Nazi"  the translation of NSDAP is "National Socialist German Workers Party.  Hardly the bastion of conservatism that the liberals make it out to.

    The news about this guy whom was the shooter, this guy that happened to like Rand Paul, the westboro church and hitler is a boon to the leftist in this country.  You noticed the feed about this guy is all over the news and has dominated the news cycle, the left has another white guy that killed people and they are painting him with the conservative brush...the media elitist had to get the news of the muslim jerk killing those marines at the recruiting station off the news feed...this stuff is hurting the efforts of "Dear Leader" to transform this nation to an image of his making.

   The same media that overwhelming supports the narrative of the Democrats and other leftist...the Media that under our system is considered one of the pillars of a free society, the media that used to report on the wrongdoings of all politicians..you know the media that is responsible for all the news that gets reported...the media that was charged by our constitution that a free press was vital for the vitality of the American system....The media that is supposed to help keep abuse of power in check
Yeah....these guys....
     But since this nutjob did the shooting in a "gun free" zone...the usual suspects

 immediately pushed the same call for more "reasonable gun control".    I don't know about you but this is getting old...We regular gun owners are always pilloried by the gun control groups and politicians for more control...they call it "Reasonable"...everytime I hear the word "reasonable" I immediately know that there will be more restrictions on the law abiding.   

     The areas that got shot up were"Gun free" zones...funny how the laws and edicts that the self serving politicians pass don't regulate the behavior of the crazy.....Just the law abiding.
     I don't know about you...but I will use a paraphrase of Joseph Stalin Order #227


Thursday, July 23, 2015

My Airbus Experience

     I a couple of weeks ago had the fortunate opportunity to see the new Airbus A350XWB.  The plane was doing the American tour to the American airlines.  I was one of the lucky ones that got selected to see the interior of the airplane.  I was really impressed with the interior, so far the Airplane has a good reputation with the airlines using her.  So far Qutar and Vietnam airlines are the only carrier using the A350 commercially.  My employer placed the order to replace the older 747-400 series and 767 series airplanes that are nearing their service life.  I understand that the Boeing couldn't provide the 787 series airplanes due to the backlog they have so we bought the Airbus instead. 

The Airbus A350 XWB is a family of long-range, twin-engine wide-body jet airliners developed by European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The A350 is the first Airbus with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer. Its variants seat 280 to 366 passengers in typical three-class seating layouts. The A350 is positioned to succeed the A330 and A340, and compete with Boeing's 787 and 777.

The A350 was originally conceived in 2004, pairing the A330's fuselage with new aerodynamics features and engines. In 2006, Airbus redesigned the aircraft in response to criticism from several major prospective customers, renamed it the A350 XWB (extra wide body). Development costs are projected to be €12 billion (US$15 billion or £10 billion). As of June 2015, Airbus had received orders for 781 aircraft from 40 customers worldwide. The prototype A350 first flew on 14 June 2013 from Toulouse, France. Type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency was received in September 2014 and certification from the Federal Aviation Administration two months later. On 15 January 2015, the A350 entered service with Qatar Airways, the type's launch customer.


The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new family of widebody aircraft that is shaping the future of medium- to long-haul airline operations – overcoming the challenges of volatile fuel prices, matching rising passenger expectations and addressing increasing environmental concerns. 
This new-generation jetliner – which entered commercial service in January 2015 – offers seating capacities between 280-366 with its three passenger versions: A350-800, A350-900 and A350-1000.
The A350 XWB is setting a new standard of efficiency in its class, with 25 per cent lower fuel consumption compared to its current competitor. It also brings a new level of passenger comfort, with more personal space and 18-inch wide seats in Comfort Economy. With Airbus’ newest widebody jetliner, it’s the “Xtra” that makes the difference.

The A350 XWB’s 220-inch fuselage cross-section was specifically designed for an optimum travel experience in all classes of service – providing ample room to incorporate the widest seats of any jetliner in its category, while also allowing greater lateral movement and more personal space for passengers on long-range flights. 

Adding to the pleasant atmosphere is the A350 XWB’s cabin design, which incorporates smooth curves, flowing lines, innovating lighting and wide windows; with straighter side walls and a flat floor in the cabin further increasing overall comfort and spaciousness.

By offering an extra inch of width compared to the 1960s-era 17-inch seat standard – when people were smaller and long-haul flights were rarely more than five hours – Airbus is focused on meeting the modern requirements of travelers, as long-range flights are now more frequent and cover greater distances. The A350 XWB also provides more space at shoulder level, as well as overhead stowage space for two roller-bags per passenger in business class.

A number of other key elements help Airbus’ A350 XWB deliver a more relaxing flight. Among them are this jetliner’s high-precision air management system; exterior noise levels that are as much as 21 EPNdB (Effective Perceived Noise Decibel) below ICAO Capter-4 requirements; and its fourth-generation in-flight entertainment systems with individual seat monitors.

 The test module mounted over the center wing section.  The information is the same information that is available to the pilots.  This plane is a test bed platform for all improvements and upgrades and the longevity of all the components. 

Airbus brought a new level of intelligence to the A350 XWB through its integration of robust and efficient state-of-the-art systems, which also increased reliability and lowered maintenance requirements. The use of fully-electrical three-axis flight controls provides enhanced flight safety, reduced pilot workload and a reduction in mechanical parts; and the Airbus-developed fully duplex network backbone improves data exchange capabilities aboard the aircraft. 

The A350 XWB’s all-new fuselage – built with carbon-fiber reinforce plastic (CFRP) – supports lower fuel burn, easier maintenance and increased resistance to corrosion. Simultaneously, the jetliner’s wings are more efficient and quieter due to their advanced design, and are able to adapt while airborne – tailoring it for maximum aerodynamic efficiency in the various phases of flight.

Other highly-innovative elements on the A350 XWB include its improved flight deck dimensions, built around an arrangement of six identical, interchangeable large displays; the state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, which outperforms competitors in terms of fuel economy, emissions and overall efficiency; and the latest in-flight entertainment systems.

Airbus brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies in the A350 XWB to provide a 25 per cent step-change in fuel efficiency compared to its current long-range competitor. Contributing to this performance are the A350 XWB’s Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, which have the lowest carbon emissions of any wide-body power-plant; as well as jetliner’s innovative all-new Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) fuselage.

Rolls Royce Trent

    I really enjoyed the opportunity to see the new plane.  It felt strange being treated like a V.I.P when I am just an airplane mechanic.  I did notice the class distinction from me and the "office" people.   I actually touch airplanes( and cuss at them once and a while) on a regular basis and they just see pictures of them...Or am a bad person for saying that....

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Monday Music "December 1963(Oh What a night)

I wanted to get this issue of Monday Music out yesterday and was unable to.  I was real busy yesterday and earlier today.  I always liked this song and it always reminded of the what I called the "Do-wop" songs of the late 50's and early 60's.  This song sounded soo clean compared to the disco and heavy rock songs that were starting to come out on the airwaves.
   I will post some more pics and my impressions of the new A350XWB that my employer will be getting in 2017

Who Loves You is an album by The Four Seasons. It was released in 1975 on Warner/Curb Records.
"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" is a hit single by the Four Seasons, written by original Four Seasons keyboard player Bob Gaudio and his future wife Judy Parker, produced by Gaudio, and included on the group's album, Who Loves You (1975).
The song features drummer Gerry Polci on lead vocals, with the usual lead Frankie Valli singing the bridge sections and backing vocals, and bass player Don Ciccone (former lead singer of The Critters) singing the falsetto part (And I felt a rush like a rolling bolt of thunder / Spinning my head around and taking my body under).

      According to the co-writer and longtime group member Bob Gaudio, the song was originally set in 1933 with the title "December 5th, 1933," and celebrated the repeal of Prohibition, but the lyrics were changed at the urgings of Frankie Valli and lyricist Parker to reposition the song as a nostalgic remembrance of a young man's first affair with a woman, and, more specifically, Gaudio's courtship with his wife, Judy Parker.

    The single was released in December 1975 and hit number one on the UK Singles Chart on February 21, 1976. It repeated the feat on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on March 13, 1976, remaining in the top spot for three weeks and one week on Cash Box. Billboard ranked it as the No. 4 song for 1976. On April 10th of the same year, it topped the RPM National Top Singles Chart in Canada. Drummer Gerry Polci sang lead with bassist Don Ciccone and long-time frontman Frankie Valli singing the bridge and refrain.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

A book I am reading now...Movie and the A350...

This is a quick post and an apologies to my blog readers, I have been busy...and I will blame this ..

     I could shameless blame Old NFO for this....and I will...he can handle it.  Seriously now, reading his books are like visiting old friends, you know when you read a series of books and you like the characters and wish the world had more like these.  The storyline is based on the situation with the Tex -Mex border and the smuggling cartel wanting to continue moving product and people, and the ruthlessness of the cartel to squash all that stand in their way. On the other hand we have the main characters just trying to continue living their lives as a family....strange family with the cast of characters that are there, but a very good group of characters.  Like I said, reading his books is like visiting old friends and watching them change as life takes them through the rivers of time and the eddies of life.  Very enjoyable.
Good book...Good Coffee...quiet Morning...

    You can buy your own copy Here.   Mr Curtis will also do "Dead Tree" versions for those that like the real books in their hands.  He will also sign them..you just contact him via the link  or through his Website.

   My son is wanting to go to see a movie the latest terminator saga, so we will go to see this Sunday Afternoon. 

And finally I will talk about my Airbus A350 XWB experience after my Monday Music I will post tomorrow......

A350 continuing her American Tour