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  • Word for the Day, Friday, March 7, 2008 - Aphorism

    03/07/2008 8:54:14 AM PST · 44 of 142
    gwmoore to CholeraJoe
    Tnx much, CholeraJoe!! I do know it works, because, I remember the doc telling me about neovascularization, but I didn't make the connection. At any rate, my vision hasn't gotten any worse, or less than 20/20, but I do have blind spots.

    That, and the fact I had a closed head injury back in '99 kinda ruined my FAA medical. I miss flying, but for some reason, they take a dim view of those with frontal lobe damage sitting in the pointy end of things which go very fast LOL..

    Greg

  • Word for the Day, Friday, March 7, 2008 - Aphorism

    03/07/2008 8:02:08 AM PST · 41 of 142
    gwmoore to tioga

    OK, ladies and gents, I’m back and raring to go. Sri for the sporadic posting, but I have been having eye probs with the left one, and get ^&*^((* migraines. DX: Venous Stasis Retinopathy or Central Vein Occlusion or Central Macular Edema. The optho doc has been giving me monthly injections of Avastin (TM) although why a drug used to treat colon cancer helps this, frankly, is unknown, (no jokes here, people, I know you are cocked and locked for humor—nah, ga and sock it to me heheh and I don’t believe it’s approved for this by the FDA, but, who gives a damn, right ROTFL and so far my vision has been great outside of the already damaged spots on the ole retina. I also am sked to see a neuroopthomologist because it seems like I also have developed oculoplegia????

    Now that the tech info is out of the way, I can happily return to the WFTD —hi—

    IMHo, it is an aphorism that the recent NY event regarding the bombing of a recruiting center is simply the opening event of a new wave of terroristic acts. The problem with stating this aphorism is that in the PC oriented society, we simply seem to be unable to name the enemy.. OK, I’ll state it loud and clear : FUNDAMENTAL ISLAM IMI FUNDAMENTAL ISLAM
    we are, good ladies and gents, at war with a religion, that’s an aphorism for you. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this. Any attempt to supress any activities, is a steenkin 1A violation, and any act (round ‘em up, internment camps) has a real bad smell of what happened under the dude with the mustache and the shakes who sent over 6M to their deaths during WWII. OK, we can’t do any “bad stuff” but darn it, it is an aphorism to be able to name one’s enemy and name it loud and continuously.

    < END RANT >
    BTYW, it feels great to be back, and a happy TGIF to every one of you. Smoke ‘em if ya got em, and pour yourselves the adult beverage of your choice, the stronger, the better. Sri I can’t join in, I gotta have a virgin mary, because I have been a friend of Bill W since 1980, but one can dream, right?

    Anyhow, I don’t want to leave anyone out, TGIF, and that, too is an aphorism to be proud of.

    GW SENDS
    BT

  • Word for the Day, January 11, 2008 - Imprimatur

    01/11/2008 7:24:20 AM PST · 18 of 89
    gwmoore to tioga

    BTW, Good morning to all, and once again, good to be back!!
    Let’s all have a great cup of coffee and a doughnut (I’m buying ;-)

    Greg

  • Word for the Day, January 11, 2008 - Imprimatur

    01/11/2008 7:20:20 AM PST · 16 of 89
    gwmoore to tioga

    Having given their Impramatur to the Hillary creature in the NH primary, the dim faithful seem to have shown their unswerving devotion to the dogma of the aforesaidmention of said Party.

    It is a sad, sad day indeed, when the uninformed will give their Impramatur for socialism, instead of stepping up to the plate and giving their loyalty and total Impramaur to things which really count, such as (A.) supporting our brave fighting men and women who now are in harm’s way, and (B.) Not giving their Impramautur to candidates who, IMHO, will make a real POTUS, such as Fred Thompson (GO DUDE!!!)

    After the debate, I kept thinking about another Presidental run, many years ago, when one other actor said what he meant and meant what he said. Say what one may, being used to playing a character, just as Ronnie R did, is not too dissimilar from going thru the political process. The field of acting, to be quite honest, is not all that much of a leap of faith than becoming POTUS. The C-IN-C is in all reality, playing a part, albeit the most important part for which one can be cast. Looking the part is just as important as the actions one takes in the part. IMHO, Fred Thompson has what it takes to do both, for it takes that special skill to bring oneself out in front of the Country and the World as one who brooks no problems, has the courage to act, quickly, decisively, and ruthlessly to solve those problems, as well as winning over, and this may be the most important of the reasons, winning the public backing.

    Fred Thompson has it all..I give my unqualified Impramatur
    to his hopefully future elections and the big one of all, his election as POTUS.

  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 10, 2008 - discursive

    01/11/2008 4:34:43 AM PST · 79 of 86
    gwmoore to CholeraJoe; NeoCaveman; xsmommy; tioga; secret garden

    I sure help that I didn’t leave anyone. Thanks one and all
    for the hearty welcome back. I, personally, really appreciate all of your kind thoughs, and I will not be a stranger!!

    FReeper withdrawl symptoms can be really seriously disturbing, as I miss all of you friends who have kept me in the loop.

    I am really looking forward to this daily posting once again..

    Thanks again for all of you

    de GW

  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 10, 2008 - discursive

    01/10/2008 7:53:00 AM PST · 45 of 86
    gwmoore to secret garden

    First, on a discursive note, allow me to inform all that I am not dead, disceased, or in any way inactive, although I haven’t posted in some time. I have developed, for some strange reason, Meniere’s Syndrome, which causes, among other really neat things, vertigo, hearing loss, and worst of all, a huge problem looking at the computer screen. Problem is, that it’s not a typical Meniere’s, for it seems to be CNS related, with my left side the worst. Fortunately, treatment helps, my MRI and MRA of the gourd show zip, a CT shows zip, and it is being followed up by a very helpful conservative Neuro MD. Did I mention the hearing aids?? Sheesh, the digital ones which I have are both expensive (the sticker shock was profound) and exceedingly effective. I was amazed when the world that this guy had forgotten ever existed. This is, may I add, is very pleasing to Mrsgwmoore, and daughter of gwmoore, who, since this is supposed to be a discursive discussion is now engaged to an attorney (yup, conservative as well YEH!!!!!) because the volume of gwmoore’s voice, and the level at which he left radio’s, TV’s and computer spkrs was irritating enough to have gwmooredaughter’s attorney to threaten legal action (well, not really, just being discursive)....The aids are very, very good..although I have to remove them during my ballistic experimental activities, and use 2 sets of plugs... I have also had to make changes in the way I operate my gear for Navy MARS, and use a speaker instead of the ‘phones, for the background white noise seems to set the darn vertigo off.... (Is this discursive enough for the group???
    I also, several months ago, had to have another vertebrae fused on my neck, which now gives me 4 inna row fused. I have 2 working which kinda slows down my range of motion of the head, and causes pain.. Thank God for pain control..with the methods of today one can be on a delivery system of a CII substance, and not be “stoned”..OK
    on with the discursive ramble..

    To continue , I must comment on the recent events in NH. OK, so Hitlery took the vote. This, unfortunately is going to happen. We have a situation where, to a Dimcrat, every election is a Hobson’s Choice of a discursive belief field, and for a good old GOP member, well IMHO, I can’t find at this time one candidate who measures up to my discursive beliefs.

    OK, at any rate, I’m Baaaaaack (evil grin) for I won’t let a little vertigo, etc bother me...I kinda knew that my Instrument rating would come in handy someday after I was grounded LOL.... get vertigo???? well heck, “fly the gauges”
    using horizontal surfaces as one’s gyro horizon. Works, too
    (most of the time)...

  • The Methanol Economy: Forget about the hydrogen economy. Methanol is the key ...

    03/02/2006 10:12:17 AM PST · 41 of 44
    gwmoore to aculeus

    The strange thing here is does it HAVE to be METHANOL????
    How bout pure, water clear ETHANOL AKA White Lightnin', etc,
    works great.......just eliminate the steenking tax....
    I am sure the problems with the fuel line material and the gasketing can be worked out rather easy.......

    We have the infrastructure to begin production immediately...
    both big industry and independent production facilities could be in operation overnight...
    problem solved..
    Keep the faith for freedom and watch for them Revenooers..

    Greg......

  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 11, 2005

    07/11/2005 5:23:28 PM PDT · 237 of 255
    gwmoore to Dutchgirl
    No problem, will post the result ( I expect great results, and really don't have much choice,) these aren't for either cosmetic or vain reasons, heck, I can just about see at this point, so the implant is a necessity, the natural lenses having become cloudy. From the literature and from word of mouth, I have heard nothing but good about implants, and frankly, anything is better than seeing "blobs" hanging in front of both eyes LOL) When one can't read or post on FR without drastic measures, it's time for extraordinary procedures!!!!!

    Greg

  • Al-Qaeda suspects escape from high-security prison

    07/11/2005 5:08:25 PM PDT · 16 of 27
    gwmoore to MadIvan
    I'm sorry to have to suggest the obvious solution, but AL Qaeda Terrorists with either #2 alloy, Linotype, or jacketed projectiles in what would remain of their brain stems would not escape from anywhere. I also believe that even the Geneva Convention, and the "Laws of Warfare" as practiced by civilised nations provide for the aforementioned application of the #2 alloy, Linotype, or jacketed projectiles to "irregular" forces who wear no uniforms, and who represent no flag.

    We SHOULD have been practicing this procedure since 9/11/01 and let the liberals, the apologists, and do gooders be damned. IMHO, these scum only respect force and terror, and I say, let's give it to them.

    My only negative comment is" whoever was the idiot who took the camera into Abu Ghraib was a complete doofus.. I can't believe that someone was so damned stupid as to take pictures..... there used to be an "internal" penalty for crap like that. The whatever or whoever is providing the "leaks" is at Gitmo, well, sharks have to eat.... it's just too damn bad they went swimming.....

    That is all I will say on that subject...

    Keep the Faith for Freedom,

  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 11, 2005

    07/11/2005 4:47:45 PM PDT · 235 of 255
    gwmoore to Robert A. Cook, PE
    Why thanks!!! It will get a lot easier once I don't have to have the text enlargement turned on, and the "blobs" which appear to float in my field of vision gone ;-) Fortunately, Engineering has come to the rescue, with made to order, lens implants which are held in place by 2 curved spring wires, simultaneously centering the implant in the lens capsule, and acting as a framework for the body to permanently hold them in place. Supposedly, one's vision comes back to near perfect (I get measured tomorrow for the aforementioned implants). I did, however ask the MD why cataracts at my age, as I consider myself rather young to get them, and his response was "because" LOL...evidently these things can happen at just about any age, and they can go from nothing to bad in a really short time, as happened to me. What is most irritating is the stupid disorientation which comes because of the vast difference in sight between the eyes, and the difference in signals between the eyes and ears, not to mention the problems working with computers, or even reading... Yes I know that they will soon be gone with a couple of 15-20 min procedures, and my sight will be even better than before (kind of a "gimme" from the MD, who knows that for a former Comml pilot and Aeronautical Engineer, one is kind of vain about one's vision [vain, evil grin] and even though this won't give me my FAA medical back, it will allow me to discharge the various examples of extraordinary Design Engineering, tooland die making, machining, heat treating, and metal finishing previously d3monstrated by several Northeast Military Armories, without worry as to any embarrassment as to their accuracy caused by gwmoore ;-). This is good enough for me, and should keep me out of trouble for an indefinite period, as said examples require repairs, unobtrusive modifications ( for accuracy's sake, natchz), and the custom reloading of ammunition to cause to best possible accuracy. Since I have a duplicate of some of these examples, some machine work will be required, and once I can see, it will be time to demonstrate my dormant skills with the lathe, drill press, and Bridgeport Mill, as learned from various skilled tool and die men and modelmakers in aerospace....(who wants just one caliber, eh?)...... besides, I want to build one FINE bench rest example, caliber yet to be determined.....a lot of machining will be required.

    Anyhow, my new fine sight will be well used, and since I already have a place which happens to possess the machine tools above, the future looks great ;-).......

    Thanks, Rob't for welcoming me back, I will attempt to keep up with this as long as my eyes hold out and the screen mag works.. it's only 2 weeks until eye one (L) so I figure I can put up with the problem that long..

    Keep the Faith for Freedom

    Greg the Merciless

  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 11, 2005

    07/11/2005 6:05:59 AM PDT · 102 of 255
    gwmoore to xsmommy
    Hey, Goooood Morning XS and group ;-)

    I found it is possible to read and post, albeit with some difficulty, if I use the "text magnification" function" of my PC, so, since I have been suffering from FR/WTFD withdrawl symptoms, and presumably will continue until my first eye is magically repaired on the 21st, with the "bionic" lens implant, and I gain my perfect --LOL-- vision in that eye back again (the other will be done 2 weeks later, and don't ask why the cataracts came on so fast, all I get is "they can and do" from the ocular type MD;s I will have to put up with the screen magnification and eyestrain, and the occasional misspelling......

    OK....on with the WFTD.

    We (the collective we of the cowardly heads of state) have waited far too long in the excoriation of the cowardly terrorists. I have been preaching like a fire and brimstone driven Gospel Minister since 9/12/01 that there is only one suitable answer for this ongoing terror. The problem seems to lie in two basic areas, first, we are deadly afraid to NAME OUR ENEMY and name them loud and long, just as in WWII. The second is the seeming weakness of resolve on the part of all concerned as well as the total forgetting of institutional memory learned during WWII when we had to deal with just such an enemy who regarded suicide attacks as honorable and "holy"... if one remembers, there was (I have no I dea if there is now) word for "surrender" in Japanese. At any rate, it only took 2 rather primitive, by todays standards, nuclear weapons to make said enemy find words to express "unconditional surrender". Such excoriation was necessary and saved literally millions of American lives.

    We have, over the 60 or so years developed a huge guilt complex and apologetic knee jerk reaction at using what we developed to end what would have otherwise been a bloodbath of Biblical proportions.

    OK....It is no secret here on FR that since 9/11 that I have advocated cutting the head off the terrorists by removing that for which they fight, and reducing their shrines to caldrons of molten, radioactive green glass. Such glass does not a shrine, nor a haven for terrorists make, and such an excoriation sends out such a powerful message that it is unlikely that attacks would continue, since any repeat of an attack would result in additonal conversion of real estate into green glass. It was also my statement that we dust off the Enhanced Radiation devices (a/k/a "Neutron Bombs", or more correctly, X-Ray emitters) to eliminate the combatants while preserving the infrastructure for whatever use we choose to make of it.

    Since the MSM and the rest of the liberal talking heads seem to scream their collective mouths off about :it's about the oil" well, hell, let's make it about the oil.... I would far more like to see Old Glory flying over the oil fields than anything with a stupid crescent on it.....besides, it would do wonders for the supply and demand and oil futures LOL.......

    I hope I haven't offended anyone by my rather draconian proposal, but dammit, terrorists only understand terror, and I say, give it to them in spades, and lest anyone think gwmoore is all talk, I will be more than happy to strap the aircraft on my butt, and watch that large black suppository come off the racks, the cables pull free, as it begins it's inexorable decent toward the double actinic flash. I will even be willing to do same prior to my cataract surgery, as I think I can still see a glass cockpit or a radar screen well enough to do what has to be done.... Besides, I can then use the line I have been wanting to use for some time in a book, but never have gotten around to writing same " And once again, the pure double flash of the actinic light of God's Creation shown upon the firmament, and once again, God saw that it was good, and the excoriation of those who would defile his world had been carried out"......OK, hackneyed, but I always wanted to use that darn line............

    It's good to be back on WTFD with my usual rant, even if I have to have HUGE font size LOL... Keep the faith for freedom.

    Greg (The Merciless)

  • Muslims Crowding London's Mosques Say They Fear Backlash in Aftermath of Bombings

    07/09/2005 1:36:29 AM PDT · 441 of 522
    gwmoore to XR7
    Great Photo!!!!

    This being said, I much prefer seeing the slow mo video of the big black suppository coming off the rack, pulling the cables loose, and exiting the bomb bay, beginning it's inexorable decent to either a low airburst or ground burst directly on top of that stinkin cube. I con't belive I could find a better AP if I tried. That is a FINE target, both radar, and visual, and for that matter, for either GPS or inertial guidance, in case one didn't want to risk any manned aircraft in such a strike.....

    As I have been saying since 9/11, green glass does not a shrine make, nor a terrorist stronghold to be occupied. This should have been the result early in the morning of 9/12/01, along with the strong message that we would continure to convert real estate into molten glass untilwe made damn sure that there was nothing left capable of waging terrorism or attacks, and if they chose to hide in caves or bunkers, they would be sealed in there for eternity. others should recieve the same treatment if they supported terror. Many years ago, we fought one enemy who used similar tactics, and 2 nukes later, we had a unconditional surrender. Such a similar outcome could occur here, with the possible extention of the need to reduce some other real estate to trinitite as well.... IMHO we have been flogging ourselves and allowing the liberals and apologists to prevent us from using the might we should justly wield, and it is damn time that we let the genie out of the bottle again, and let the clear actinic light of creation shine once again on the firmament ( I have always wanted to use that line, and now I have the chance)....

    Terrorists only respect terror, and IMHO, I say lets give it to them...if they want to become martyrs, well, they will have their opportunity in one billionth of a second, and the brilliant double flash of actinic light.....

    Keep the Faith for Freedom

    Greg

  • Water balloon bombers may face charges [Dropped them from airplane]

    07/09/2005 1:12:02 AM PDT · 77 of 77
    gwmoore to Aeronaut
    Thanks for the ping, Aeronaut. Although I no longer have a medical, and am realistic enough to not expect to be able to get one again ( closed head injuries leading to migraines and vertigo are not looked upon kindly by the FAA whatsoever). This does not in the least detract from my interest and continued desire to remain current, at least in knowlege, in aviation..... One never knows when regardless of medical status, an emergency may require one to use his commercial/IFR/multi/Type rating skills regardless of any steenkin medical or lack of same [evil grin}

    Now, tossing any kind of object from aircraft has always been a no no under FAR's, though I would imagine that most of us, have, at one time or another, tossed "objects" out of either an open window, or over the side of an open cockpit. It is hoped we all did this over a safe area, and chose our impact points with some care..... The actions of these idjits with water balloons were, IMHO, criminal, and since they were allegedly student pilots, that is as far as they should get.... Akthough a balloon full of water may not seem like much, one only has to figure out the mass and estimated terminal velocity to see that one winds up with a lethal missile. Such items are OK in contests along with flour bags, etc, etc at carefully supervised events, and carefully chosen impact points, clear of any danger, but these dumb yahoos deserve the full impact of the law.

    I once witnessed a similar idiot throw a pair of wood chocks out of the window of a C180 for the alleged reason "there was a junk car and I wanted to see if I could hit it"... Well, the guy obviously had no concept of speed, trajectory, or exterior ballistics, because the damn chocks came close to impacting the writer, and his car, as well as a C210 on which I was doing a preflight check and which was a good 300 yards away from the intended "target". The aircraft was NOT mine, it was for a charter,I had passengers standing by the aircraft, and the chocks missed it by less than 5 yards. I lost the charter, as the pax suddenly decided they would rather not fly, then had and had some severely terrified people to calm down. To protect all concerned, I will not mention the airport, nor the state, After said idiot landed, I had a "extended discussion" with this pilot, in which I "explained the error of his ways" to him in no uncertain terms, and left the chocks hanging around his neck. No further report was needed, as said pilot never flew from the airport again. (Fear is a wonderful motivational tool) This type of behavior has no place in modern aviation, except in airshows and some fun contests, where safety regs are in place to make sure that nothing gets damaged.

    It is far too bad that we have this kind of abject stupidity more in more in GA today, especially with the advent of the "Sport PIlot" rating, which IMHO, should never have been instituted, not in today's high density airspace situation, and most especially, in the ever increasing restrictions and controlled airspace popping up every day since 9/11....... Just my .02, even if, without a current medical, and current experience, I can't sit in the pointy end any more, but one doesn't forget one's experience and how one feels about idiots creating a hazard for themselves and others. Fly safe!! Greg

  • Word for the Day, Friday, June 3d, 2004

    06/03/2005 6:26:52 AM PDT · 67 of 508
    gwmoore to xsmommy
    Awriiiiight, Ooookkaay, I'm here already (slouches into room, squinting, drinking coffee, consuming donut ;-)

    Well, watched the local FOX outlet this AM as usual, and most of the "biggie" news about the MJ trial and "Deep Throat", in whom I am rapidly losing interest, as said Throat is turning out to be nothing more than a ijdit "Book Pimp" and will, in due course, receive the ZOT right here, ladies and gentlemen, from the awesome hordes of Viking Kitties who, even now, are sharpening their claws and checking the duty roster for the awaited event, eagerly awaiting the EAM from the ZotFather [evil pre weekend VK/Zot grin].

    This, of course, leaves us with MJ, a perfect choice for the WFTD. Having been thru an emotionally charged closing argument process, the 'ol MJ is looking pretty well done in by the business, I believe that, if the pix were right, yesterday was a 4? umbrella day, and 2 "Jackson Lifters" needed to convey the alleged connoisseur of concupiscence with young boychildren into the Hallowed Hall Of Justice (HHOJ).

    It is gwmoore's opinion that everyone had better prepare for the exigency of some serious medical happenings in those HHOJ should the "Jury of His Peers" return a "GUILTY" verdict. It is also gwmoore's opinion that cameras should be allowed in said HHOJ at the Moment of Truth. It is felt (IMHO only) that it might be mildly entertaining, and wagers (for entertainment only, of course) could be placed on such things as(in no particular order)
    (A.) Are the convulsions real?
    (B.) How long will the convulsions last?
    (C.) Does the defibrillator actually talk and say "shock advised, press the green button"?
    (D.) Are there actually batteries in said defibrillator?
    (E.) Are said batteries of the "Bunny" (TM) brand?
    (F.) Is that O2 in the tank, or the N2O they have been letting MH huff to keep his spirits up?
    (G.) Is there any difference in face color between MJ in normal condx and MJ in full arrest?

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Place your Bets, Messeurs et Mesdames, faite vaux jeux (Lone Palm, I think I have that right, pse correct me if I am wrong... I really don't have much French ;-)

    Anyhow, now that we have covered the exigencies of the possibilities of some real courtroom action and more coverage since the fall of Baghdad, we can now sit back, relax, enjoy our weekend, and wait for the hopeful downfall of the connoisseur of concupiscence.

    Off topic.. I want to thank everyone who wished me a happy B'day yesterday, I will get around to thanking everyone personally, over the weekend, so please don't feel left out if I haven't gotten on your ping list yet ;-)....

    Everyone, have a great weekend, I will be hanging on here with the rest of the degenerates, keeping one eye on this list and one on the "VK/Zot" threads, as well as doing some much overdue webmaster stuff on the USS America Museum Foundation website, which I have to completely redo...

    Greg

  • Seat Belt Violators Caught By Cops Wearing Night Vision Goggles

    06/02/2005 10:09:08 AM PDT · 127 of 198
    gwmoore to tgslTakoma
    I see a real problem with this, not just with the implied "snooping" but with the credibility of the statement. Here's why:

    I happen to own a pair of G2 NVG's. They work great, except for the failing of any NVG device, and that's light overloading. Now, these puppies are so sensitive that using a TV remote is as good as an 8 cell mag light. They have a sensitivity from IR into the visible range, but they will, and do, get washed out if a strong light source appears. While they have AGC (Automatic Gain Control) it's not perfect, and I do hesitate to use them where there is a chance of strong ambient light. Admittedly these are a few years old, and technology has improved.

    This being said, if an LEO is standing near a road scanning for cars, most roads are not real dark. As a matter of fact, at least here, near Philly, the damn light pollution from the city is so bad that nothing is really dark anymore. 40+ years ago, I used to be able to use my homebuilt 8" reflector in my backyard in Glenolden, PA, and have a great time observing. One could even have a reasonable good time with a pair of 7x50 binocs.. Today, in upper Darby, the light pollution is so bad, one is lucky to see 1st magnitude stars, and that's on a good night.

    What's this mean for the seat belt cops? Simply that their NVG's are going to be rendered useless by either too much ambient light from light pollution, street lamps, or those demon-designed actinic blue-whote eye burner headlights which the car manufacturers seem to be falling all over each other to place on their new vehicles. I don't know about you, but since I happen to have venous stasis retinopathy in my left eye, and am trying to preserve my vision, I really don't need that insult at night.

    At any rate, I fail to see, in the face of all this bright light, and the predilection of people to put as many lights on their SUV's as can be mounted, and use same, even if on-road use is mostly illegal, can these seat belt warriors see anything????

    I believe in safety, I don't however, like it showed down my throat by big brother. Safety equipment should be a personal thing and a personal choice, and mot a mandate. 40+ years ago I owned a very fast 1958 Chevy convertible. I fitted it with a roll bar fully braced, and had 6 point aircraft restraint harnesses attached to the integral roll cage, which I also installed. One could use the shoulder restraints, or not, as one wished... the lap belt was a full 4". At the time, I was pretty ahead of the game, but felt safe doing the kind of racing I was doing at the time.

    I really don't like people showing :what's good for me down my throat 24/7. I feel that, being both an aerospace engineer and commercial pilot, that I have learned enough about impact survival to make informed decision and equip my conveyances accordingly. I also know, that seatbelts aren't the guaranteed, 100 percent panacea that they are cracked up to be. in 1999 I was involved in an auto accident, (not my fault) I don't remember anything from 2 days before until 5 days after. I was, however wearing a seat belt. The vehicle did not have an air bag. I don't know exactly what transpired, but evidently the inertia reel for the shoulder restraint didn't lock, or at least, lock properly.I suffered a closed head injury. Yes, I was properly compensated, although I was forced to retire both as an engineer, and as a pilot, having lost my FAA Medical

    I guess the moral of all this is let everyone choose their level of safety, and also check yours...make darn sure if you use your seatbelts, check the inertia locks by jerking on the shoulder restraints until they lock...there should be a "manual jock" or better yet, a gas initiator fired off the same circuit which initiates the airbags to retract and lock the harness. Shoulder harness should be aircraft style, over each shoulder, and terminate in a quick release lap belt release so they could be opened with one hand if necessary. A cutting tool should also be provided on each exit door along with a window break hammer to permit egress if the belts can't be released, the door opened, or the windows lowered.

    As far as the cops using NVG's, pure hogwash....another invasion of personal privacy and a step closer to "PAPERS!!!"

    Greg.

  • Word For The Day, Thursday, June 2, 2005

    06/02/2005 9:24:29 AM PDT · 85 of 156
    gwmoore to theDentist
    ROTFLMAO.....I do believe, that as in any good Kung Fu movie, that means "Let's Get it On"... ACM=FUN. ACM when you are the "bogey" and the other guy is full "hot" = FIREBALL (VERY NOT FUN)....

    And, A G3 has 3 rather large heat sources in a relatively small area making it a easy, easy, target for a heatseeker. (I chose a G3 simply because I used to love to fly them...for real fun, though, nothing beats the early Lears, especially when it's just you, the plane, and a whole lotta uncontrolled airspace. There was a time when one could have a lot of fun, but alas, that has gone a long time ago, far before 9/11 which really put the period on to most of the enjoyable end of flying...Since I hold both fixed and helo ratings, two of my favorite flights, and ones I flew charters for regularly, besides what I did on the job, were the "beltway tour" around WashDC, which. is pretty much what it says, once you cleared in with approach control, you were cleared to fly around the beltway (inner or outer), and as long as you avoided the couple of prohibited areas (WH,Capitol, Wash Monument, etc, which are plainly marked on the charts) you could get a great view of the city, especially at night. it was a beautiful flight, and I never tired of doing it, the slower the better. The other one I enjoyed was the VFR flyway around Manhattan Island, where you could fly around 800' all around the island, and look UP at the buildings. I get a real eerie feeling about that one though, I flew a helo on that tour back in '98, the last year I flew, and remember looking up at the WTC towers and waving at the people in the offices, and having them wave back, and it churns me inside every time I think about it... those floors where the people were waving, well, you can figure it out....I can't think of anything but payback now..

    Sure used to be a beautiful flight, especially, again at night...the city lit up against the dark water, and I was always too busy to get pix (charters don't pay co-pilots LOL), so its you at 100 percent all the time......

    Thanks for the HB though, appreciate it....

    Greg

  • Word For The Day, Thursday, June 2, 2005

    06/02/2005 8:50:51 AM PDT · 83 of 156
    gwmoore to tioga
    Why thanks, tioga!!!

    They look delicious.....I won't worry about those nasty carbs or cholesterol, or calories, either LOL.......(just got read riot act from MD concerning diet etc)....my comment..."I became a friend of Bill W's 26 years ago...5 years after that I had to quit smoking....I gotta have SOME vices!!!!!!" LOL

    Greg

  • Word For The Day, Thursday, June 2, 2005

    06/02/2005 8:45:27 AM PDT · 79 of 156
    gwmoore to xsmommy; VRWCmember; secret garden; hobbes1; Hegewisch Dupa; Texan5; Laura Earl; theDentist; ...
    Hey, G'Morning ALL!!

    Thanks for all the HB wishes and the eye candy (nice to get the ol prurient interests going this early in the morning LOL).....

    xs, tnx for the cake...now, maybe you and patton, etal, can lobby the FAA to "Show me my medical" and lemme sit in the pointy end of things that go very fast, and gw will be very, very, happy

    "Ladies and Gentlemen,This is your captain gw speaking, welcome to your G3 special charter to beautiful Miami, Florida, we will be departing in a few minutes, and ATC has cleared us direct. So, please disregard some erratic movements of the aircraft, and please notify the flight attendant, so that they many notify the captain to take his vertigo medication. If you see some flares or a fighter or two off the wing, also let the flight attendant know, because the captain would like to engage in some ACM, as it is his belief that a G3 can outfly an F-16 given the right pilot mindset. No your captain is not a terrorist, although, however, he would like to shoot one down, save the County, and be vilified by the MSM. He simply has been grounded for some years because of a closed head injury and some spinal surgeries, and takes some rather heavy doses of medication to control his symptoms. Other than that, he's fine. We will be flying at a cruising altitude of 32,000 feet, so if sudden cabin depress occurs, get on that O2 quick and keep your seatbelts fastened, because the next couple of minutes are going to be very,very interesting. as we are going to be exploring the limits of the G3 envelope. You are going to find your what "Pulling G in multiple axes" really means, and why what you see in movies just "ain't happening". Again, welcome aboard, Relax and enjoy your experience."

    Thus has been broken (totally blown away) the shibboleth of why persona with head injuries,post concussion syndrome, a small frontal lobe bleed, blown vertebrae and are heavily medicated shouldn't have FAA commercial medicals. Right????

    Anyhow, thanks much for the wonderful HB wishes, and it's really great being alive another year and still FReeping......

    Thanks, guys...

    Greg

  • Word For The Day, Thursday, May 26, 2005

    05/26/2005 6:39:55 AM PDT · 53 of 243
    gwmoore to secret garden2; Miss Behave; Gabz; xsmommy; VRWCmember
    Goooood Morning, All,

    I do believe I replied to all who pinged last nite and this AM ;-)

    Miss Behave, tnx much for the heads up... I really hadn't considered that as a source of the problem, and will hereby use your suggestion in the WFTD......

    Having suffered from what seemed to be the "cold from hell" for at least 4 days, which has now morphed into something causing gwmoore's gyros to tumble, uncontrollably, requiring him to go "NO GYRO" IFR,in his own personal world, just to stay in a reasonably upright posture, and walk across the room, it was suggested by Miss Behave that gwmoore might have an inner ear infection.

    At 0900 (EDY) gwmoore placed a call to the family MD, and managed to secure an appt this afternoon, at which time he will apply all his artifice to clearing up this horrific problem. Since his artifice is plentiful and varied, I have no doubt that the problem will be rectified in a speedy manner.

    Thanks to all who posted!! Special thanks to Miss Behave for suggesting where the problem might lie. Believe it or not, I wasn't even giving much thought to that, although I knew the problem might be there... I needed a jog in the right direction....

    Greg

  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - threnody

    05/25/2005 1:55:29 PM PDT · 184 of 374
    gwmoore to Gabz
    Damn, Gabz, I thought I was the only one ;-).. I've been out of it for about 2 days now....eyes burning like someone threw sand and acid in them, that "fever" feeling (without actually having a fever) and general malaise.... I have been surviving on OJ, bottled water, and (once in a while) a series virgin mary with tons of Lea & Perrins (TM) Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper(a lot) in hopes of burning whatever I have out LOL. Now, since I have been a buddy of Bill W since '80, I am unable to add anything stronger to the mix, but I do believe that with the amount of sauce I put in there it would remove paint and soften epoxy.... so far tho...no difference....

    I hate this feeling... I have stuff to do, and I just feel too crummy to do it, as my gyros have tumbled as well, and the world is not straight. Fortunately, being a comm'l pilot (albeit somewhat defrocked without medical) I am instrument rated, and use the TV and horizontal surfaces like the artificial horizon, and use that as a reference, ignore what my inner ear is trying to tell me ( which is what one does in IFR conditions) and can reasonably move around.

    Greg