Power of Dog


The Power of the Dog

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie–
Perfect passsion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart to a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find–it’s your own affair–
But … you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone–wherever it goes–for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we’ve kept ‘em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-term loan is as bad as a long–
So why in–Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

Rudyard Kipling

From http://neanderpundit.com/index.php?paged=2

A Road Not Taken.

photoTwo roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost.

C-130 Flight.

Some time ago, I had an opportunity to climb aboard a C-13o for a publicity flight.  I had just moved to Florida, and the Reserve was offering to take civies such as myself up.  It was magnificent.

At Duke Field, Florida. On the Eglin AFB reserve.

A Herc, out on the taxiway… .

Looks like it has little horns.

An imposing nose… the one that was to take us up.

SAMSUNG DIGIMAX D530“Hot Wheels”.  I like the nose art – but this example, seen on a C-130 at the Air Force Museum at Eglin AFB is better:


Loaded up and closing the ramp… .


A look at some complex equipment.  I sat down and poked around, but nothing worked.  That’s probably good.  I have no idea.  Though the stairs to the cockpit are to the left between the rows of goggles and jackets and the left side of the stack…. .

Don’t touch complex things… .

And we’re up… .

Flying along the gulf coast…. .

SAMSUNG DIGIMAX D530More dirty windows, but still a great view… .

Headed to the sugar white sands on the gulf coast.

Up on the flight deck… .  I was surprised, how quiet it was.  Once I donned headphones.  Also, all the windows on the flight deck made for quite a view.  The pictures do not do it justice.  It was as if you were standing in some gallery, floating above the ground.

Click to make big, and see detail.

A banking turn.  Out the right-side windows, that’s the ground… .

SAMSUNG DIGIMAX D530Lots of complicated things.  Everyone’s heads are turned to the left.  Not sure why.  It was pretty cramped up there.

I think this aircraft is likely elsewhere… . 

Serving since the 50’s, updated many times, more on the C-130 Here. 

NOT BREAKING NEWS: Man Beheads Innocent at Work.


nidalYes, and the powers that be will call this workplace violence.  Despite the perpetrators motives, as stated, and out for all to see.  Erik Holder aside… .


(Perpetrator not Pictured.  Obviously).

What have you done for your personal on the job safety today?  Have you thought about your plan if some wacko comes into your plant?  Your office?  An employee, or ex-employee, disgruntled or not?  Is your plan to run and hide?  That’s a good plan – get out, and let others know of the danger along the way.  But what if you cannot get out?

Reference the 911 calls, where people cowered in fear.   Listen to them.  Gunshots rang out, after some poor woman lost her head.

Once, long ago, I was put on the 3rd shift of a factory that I worked at.  I had some college credits.  They made me manager.  I got to drive a fork-lift.  I had a guy, a good worker, on-time, worked hard, etc.  He was a muslim.  When he asked me if I would convert, and I of course said no, he attacked me.  Only punched me in the nose.  Alright.  He was fired.  I moved on too.

In the above link, another employee/owner also at the facility did what he could.  Heroically.  Thank God.  The perpetrator will be allowed the virtues of our system.  I wait for his explanation, but expect little.

Not the religion of peace.

Times have changed.