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Veteran’s Day 2013

Say thanks to a veteran today, dudes.

They deserve it.

At this point in time in America, we have an all-volunteer armed forces. Which means, that if you don’t want to join the Army or the Navy, or the Air Force or the Marines, you don’t have to do it.

So all those men and women serving overseas, fighting in at least three different conflicts (no matter how our feelings on the idiot who started said conflicts) deserve our thanks.

Not deification. Not adoration. Thanks.

They have accepted the opportunity given them by our country and its leaders and they are taking on a dangerous job. And we appreciate it.

And, if you want to feel like you’re not part of the herd, wait a day or so and then say thanks. It really doesn’t matter when you do it, but let our men and women in the armed forces know we appreciate the job they are being paid to do.

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Freefall Into/Blast Out Of . . . The Clouds

Not all that much to talk about today, dudes.

Not when you’ve got such an amazing photo to showcase.

A skydiver freefalling towards Earth managed to photograph a rocket blasting its way towards space. The Delta II rocket, carrying a satellite into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc in California, USA, was snapped by Staff Sgt. Eric Thompson while he was plummeting towards Earth. He perfectly captured the silhouette of a falling instructor and pupil with the rocket blasting off into space behind them in the distance. Staff Sgt. Thompson was the instructor with the 532nd Training Squadron based out of Vandenberg. Picture: Caters
A skydiver freefalling towards Earth managed to photograph a rocket blasting its way towards space. The Delta II rocket, carrying a satellite into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc in California, USA, was snapped by Staff Sgt. Eric Thompson while he was plummeting towards Earth. He perfectly captured the silhouette of a falling instructor and pupil with the rocket blasting off into space behind them in the distance. Staff Sgt. Thompson was the instructor with the 532nd Training Squadron based out of Vandenberg.
Picture: Caters

 

How cool is this?

Very, very cool.

Some skydivers were headed down to the deck and, just as they were going down, a rocket was blasting off, through the clouds and headed into space.

It’s definitely a moment of wonder and beauty.

Thanks, Staff Sargeant Eric Thompson.

You made our day.

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Dude Don’t Wanna

Nobody likes paying taxes. Let’s just get that out of the way really fast.

No one likes it. Period.

However much we grit our teeth, mumble under our breath or whine and complain, though, we gotta do it. What’s more, I’m thinking we might actually want to try and feel a bit better about the whole thing.

I know a lot of dudes have difficulties with paying taxes because of all the fun stuff certain people in government like to bring up to rally their base. They like to bring up what they consider to be wasteful spending. Then make fun of it. They like to talk about all the pork in every budget and say it should all be cut. Then under their breaths, whisper something along the lines of, “Well, except for mine because that’s not pork that’s just good sense.”

So, yeah. There are problems. There is waste in the budget, but I’d argue that the good far outweighs the bad.

Our taxes don’t only go to fund (insert your idea of a wasteful project here [but, again, I’d probably argue with you about it because it might actually be of benefit, just not an obvious benefit]), but also go to fund things we all need and use.

Taxes go to fund police and fire and ambulance. They go to fund schools, which try their best to educate our children so they will become productive, happy members of society. They go to fund building inspectors, so that great new house you just moved in to doesn’t fall down around your ears.

Taxes go to fund infrastructure repair and improvement. Though I’d argue that not enough goes to fund that sort of thing. The sorry, scary state of our nation’s bridges alone are enough to give any dude nightmares and make us think twice about crossing most bridges. In addition, taxes go toward funding our national defense. We have a volunteer armed force, so we’ve got to pay these people. We don’t just force them into the army or air force and then expect them to serve free.

We also can be thankful that our taxes go toward helping out many of those in our society who need our help, who were failed by our school system and didn’t get the education they need to successfully compete in today’s job market. And, yes, for Medicare, Medicaid and our country’s latest foray into medical care, Obamacare. Which I think is working out just swell.

So, yeah. Taxes are a pain in the butt and, yeah, I’d certainly rather not pay them. But I understand that, no matter how much I dislike them, and no matter how much I dislike some of the things our money is spent on, I realize that taxes are necessary if we are to remain a somewhat fully functioning democracy.

Have fun, today.

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