Since Dec 29, 1999
Aloha, I'm Mensch.
I'm a middle aged gentile. I live in a small house in Makaha Hawaii. I have a beautiful Hapa-Haole wife, who homeschools our three (mostly) good son's. We also have two very good dogs, and an indolent cat.
I was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, and moved to Hawaii around 1980.
I'm an Ex US Navy Snipe, a (local) government employee, union thug, agnostic, fierce conservative agitprop, and gadfly. I'm also without doubt, the only Freeper shorn a' la Mohawk.
I like to surf, dive, fish, brew beer, barbecue, and bitch about the government.
Now each of us from time to time, has gazed upon the sea, And watched the warships pulling out, to keep this country free. And most of us have read a book, or heard a lusty tale, About the men who sail these ships, through lightning, wind and hail.
Its down below the waterline, it takes a living toll ----- A hot metal living hell, that sailors call the hole It houses engines run by steam, that makes the shafts go round, A place of fire and noise and heat, that beats your spirits down. Where boilers like a hellish heart, with blood of angry steam, Are of molded gods without remorse, are nightmares in a dream.
Whose threat that from the fires roar, is like living doubt, That any minute would with scorn, escape and crush you out. Where turbines scream like tortured souls, alone and lost in hell, As ordered from above somewhere, they answer every bell. The men who keep the fires lit, and make the engines run, Are strangers to the world of night, and rarely see the sun.
They have no time for man or God, no tolerance for fear, Their aspect pays no living thing, the tribute of a tear. For theres not much that men can do, that these men havent done, Beneath the decks, deep in the hole, to make the engines run. And every hour of every day, they keep watch in hell, For if the fires ever fail, their ships a useless shell.
When ships converge to have a war, upon an angry sea, The men below just grimly smile, at what their fate might be. Theyre locked in below like men fore doomed, who hear no battle cry, Its well assumed that if theyre hit, the men below will die. For every days a war down there, when the gauges all read red, Twelve hundred pounds of heated steam, can kill you mighty dead.
So if you ever write their sons, or try to tell their tale, The very words would make you hear, a fired furnaces wail. And people as a general rule, dont hear of men of steel, So littles heard about the place, that sailors call the hole But I can sing about this place, and try to make you see, The hardened life of men down there, cause one of them is me.
Ive seen these sweat soaked heros fight, in superheated air, To keep their ship alive and right, though no one knows theyre there. And thus theyll fight for ages on, till warships sail no more, Amid the boilers mighty heat, and the turbines hellish roar. So when you see a ship pull out, to meet a warlike foe, Remember faintly if you can, THE MEN WHO SAIL BELOW.