Dear Civilians…

The following is a post from a wonderful Facebook group; Dysfunctional Veterans. If an admin from the page has an issue with me blogging this, please let me know and I’ll take it down. If you fancy some amusing content, wether veteran or civilian, head over to¬†https://www.facebook.com/DysfunctionalVeterans.

Dear Civilians,
You asked if you could help out us DV’s so here are a few of the areas where we would like your assistance:
1. Next time you see any adults talking (or wearing a hat) during the playing of the Nation Anthem – kick their ass.
2. When you witness, firsthand, someone burning the American Flag in protest – kick their ass.
3. Regardless of the rank they held while they served, pay the highest amount of respect to all veterans. If you see anyone doing otherwise, quietly pull them aside and explain how these veterans fought for the very freedom they bask in every second. Enlighten them on the many sacrifices these veterans made to make this Nation great. Then hold them down while a disabled veteran kicks their ass.
4. If you were never in the military, DO NOT pretend that you were. Wearing battle dress uniforms ACUs or BDUs etc., telling others that you used to be “Special Forces”. Collecting GI Joes memorabilia, might have been okay when you were seven years old, now, it will only make you look stupid and get your ass kicked.
5. Next time you come across an Air Force member, do not ask them, “Do you fly a jet?”. Not everyone in the Air Force is a pilot.
Such ignorance deserves an ass-kicking (children are exempt).
6. If you witness someone calling the US Coast Guard “non-military”, inform them of their mistake – and kick their ass.
7. Next time Old Glory goes by during a parade, get on your damn feet and pay homage to her by placing your hand over your heart. Quietly thank the military member of veteran lucky enough to be carrying her – of course, failure to do either of those could earn you a severe ass-kicking.
8. “Your mama wears combat boots” never made sense to me – stop saying it! If she did, she would most likely be a veteran and therefore would kick your ass.
9. ‘Flyboy’ (*Air Force*), ‘Jarhead’ (*Marine*), ‘Grunt’ (*Army*), ‘Squid’ (*Navy*), ‘Puddle Jumpers’ (*Coast Guard*), etc. are terms of endearment we use describing each other. Unless you are a service member or vet, you have not earned the right to use them. Using them could get your ass kicked.
10. Last, but not least, whether or not you become a member of the military, support our troops and their families. Every Thanksgiving and religious holiday that you enjoy with family and friends, please remember that there are literally thousand of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen far from home wishing they could be with their families. Thank God for our military and the sacrifices they make every day. Without them, our Country would get it’s ass kicked.
11. ‘It’s the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It’s the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It’s the Veteran, not the community organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate. It’s the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.’

Respectfully
DV

 

Bitten by the Bug

A little more than a year ago I bought my first DSLR camera – a refurbished Nikon D3200 camera body. I had been wanting one for some time, but never pulled the trigger. I was afraid I’d spend all that money on a camera, find out I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, then never touch it again. I was wrong. I’m hooked.

A camera body obviously isn’t much good without glass to go with it, so for my first lens I bought a Nikon 18-140mm. It’s a fantastic multi-purpose lens that works great for a variety of scenarios. After about a week or so, however, I noticed the quality was only so-so with indoor, lower light shots. I quickly snapped up a Nikon 50mm prime, and it’s immediately become my go-to lens. I use it for virtually everything, and I actually get mildly irritated when I have to use my 18-140mm.

The D3200 with a 50mm prime and Adobe Lightroom has been invaluable to learn from. I’m resisting the urge to immediately upgrade to a D7000, as I want to learn the limits of the D3200 and figure out exactly what I need in my next camera.

By no means am I an expert. I’m learning. Half the time I don’t know what I’m doing. I still have issues figuring out when it’s best to shoot in manual mode, aperture mode, or something else. I also still struggle with proper ISO settings and whatnot. I’m getting there, but it’s a constant learning process.

Anyhow, part of my blog will be talking about my journey in amateur photography. I take a lot of photos of many different things, such as firearms, cars, landscapes, and my family. I welcome comments and feedback. I don’t get butthurt easily, and I’m not very politically correct, so if you say my photos suck balls, well…good on you then. ūüôā

I scream, you scream, we scream for…Hellcat

I suppose it’s fitting a¬†Hellcat was shown¬†to dealers in Sin City.

This past week in Las Vegas, the new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk was previewed at their annual conference. FCA saw it fitting to drop the 707-HP Hellcat V8 into an SUV, creating a 0-60-in-3.5-seconds beast with AWD and room for five. Just for reference, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo covers the same distance in 4.1 seconds.

While the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk should be a relative bargain, it won’t be cheap. With the “regular” 2015 SRT starting at $65,890, you can expect the Trackhawk to start in the $80,000-$85,000 range. Pricey, yes, but chump change when compared to the aforementioned Cayenne Turbo and the BMW X5 M.

God Bless America.