California Car Dreamin’
I’ve been down in California the last few days working on the ’31 Chevy 5 Window Coupe. It’s always good to do some manual labor where you need to incorporate some engineering thought and some creative decisions to make something lasting. And then of course it’s going to be a really cool car to look at, to drive and to show. As a result, I’ve been a bit behind getting this edition completed. No new photos, but maybe next edition. Wish I could report greater progress. So it’s slowly ‘becoming a reality.’
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Negative developments in Afghanistan are in the news everyday it seems. We still have 8400 troops deployed in our 16th year of struggle in what has now become a stalemate at best and more accurately deterioration in our positions. Four points of interest should concern us. First, the Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani has requested more US troops to meet shortfalls in their efforts against the Taliban. Mostly they want/need increased training, more intelligence support, reconnaissance capabilities increases and ground/air support. Another ominous sign is we’re starting to see operations launched through cooperative efforts of ISIS AND the Taliban. US General John Nicholson, our commander in Afghanistan supports such an increase. I have not heard whether the Trump administration supports any troop or capabilities increases. Second, Russia is filling the power vacuum left by the US general withdrawal from the region’s scene by hosting and leading a multi-nation summit, extending talks held in February involving China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Iran. See any players there we need to be concerned about? The US has announced it will not participate in those discussions. Third, just last month, General Nicholson stated Russia is publicly supporting efforts to legitimize the Taliban. Other US officials now acknowledge there is evidence of Russian military material being supplied to the Taliban. WTF, its Charlie Wilson’s War in reverse! It’s all part of Russia and Iran’s determination to undermine US and NATO efforts in Afghanistan. Fourth, the Taliban have taken the important district of Sangin in the Helmand province (shaded area on the map above, dot denotes Sangin). You may recall this district, central to the opium trade is strategically important because it controls the Helmand River and access to Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city. More British troops and later US Marines were lost here than in any other location in Afghanistan. It would appear their sacrifices have come to naught.
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National Puppy Day
March 23rd is National Puppy Day. And it’s Spring, so it’s the perfect time to adopt a puppy. Words of advice: select a breed that best suits your personality and living arrangements; be available to give your new puppy training in guidance the first few weeks; make sure he/she gets their shots; feed your pup a high quality DOG food (not people food)(it’s better for them), and of course have you pup spayed or neutered.
In addition to conformation shows (including the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show),
you and your dog might enjoy field trials, herding, and/or obedience. And then of course there are wiener dog races for Dachshunds.
Here are Norm’s Dachshunds preparing for a race. (right)
- Adopt a puppy from your local shelter, rescue or pure breed rescue organization. Breeders who breed ‘show quality’ dogs sometimes have older puppies (around a year old) who didn’t mature in champion quality dogs.
- Donate money, food or toys to your local shelter
- Support initiatives to ban puppy mills in your locale.
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Yankees and Hokies Game Recalled
On March 18, 2008, in an attempt to be part of a healing process on the campus where 32 students and staff became victims of a deadly shooting spree the previous April, the New York Yankees played the Hokies at Virginia Tech’s English Field. George Steinbrenner, moved by coverage of the massacre the previous spring, donated $1 million to a memorial fund and made arrangements for his team to participate in an exhibition game at the school.
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Fireball’s Observation of the Day
Fireball’s Observation of the Day. Did you know that in 2015, women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 80 percent of what men were paid, a gap of 20 percent? While the number has gone up one percentage point from 2014, the change isn’t statistically significant — because the increase is so small, mere tenths of a percent, it doesn’t amount to perceptible change. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the earnings ratio hasn’t had significant annual change since 2007. Since President John F. Kennedy
signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, it has been illegal in the United States to pay men and women working in the same place different salaries for similar work. But the pay gap has not gone away. This is wrong. Support equal pay for equal work!
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