Sunday, August 4, 2019

El Paso Mass Shooting - My Response

The tragic events of yesterday in my beloved El Paso are a stark reminder that the world we live in is not now and has never been, a safe place. As a society, we have agreed to create and abide by laws that are intended to keep us safe. This system of laws works, but only for those who abide by those laws. It's easy to forget that evil doers, the criminally insane and lawless thugs care nothing for these laws written on paper and they certainly don't care if innocent victims are harmed in the carrying out of their evil acts. It matters not if the motives are political, racist, greed or simply a consequence of insanity. What matters is that the law abiding majority in this great country, have the right to bear arms. A right which our founding fathers thought enough of to add the statement "shall not be infringed". I put it to you, that it is naive and irresponsible, to leave the safety and security of you and your loved ones to the government (i.e. the police). Your safety and security is YOUR responsibility. We are not far removed from the days before our system of laws, when the only law was survival of the fittest. Good people of the world, arm yourselves. Chances are, you will never have the need to draw your weapon, but to go through life putting your safety in the hands of responders who are minutes away, is patently ignorant. You are not sheep to the slaughter, you are empowered by the Constitution to provide for your own safety. Throughout history, evil has reared its ugly head and throughout history, good men, with guns, have come to the defense of the innocent and helpless. An evil doer with a gun is only stopped when someone else with a gun arrives on scene to confront the evil doer. I wish we lived in a peaceful utopia, but human kind is fallible, and because human kind is fallible, there will always be evil. I hope I NEVER have to draw my firearm in self defense. But if by unfortunate chance, I ever find myself in a situation like the one in El Paso yesterday, I pray I have the courage to confront evil and do what I must to protect the innocent, as well as my loved ones.

Monday, July 8, 2019

War Eagles Air Museum

P40 Thunderbolt on display at War Eagles Air Museum, Santa Teresa, New Mexico

The War Eagles Air Museum can be found just West of El Paso in the border town of Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The entirety of it's collection, save for three aircraft, are housed in one hangar. It's an impressive museum collection, given it's small size and what has to be a relatively small budget. The aircraft collection is augmented with a vintage car collection which has been spread out among the parked aircraft in the hanger.  

Some of my favorites among the aircraft include the P-38 Lightning, the F-4 Corsair, the A-26 Invader and MiG-21. 

There are a ton of amazing cars but by far my favorite was the 1935 Aubrun Boattail. I mean, whoah!

The day I visited, coincidentally, was the very last day to visit before the museum raised their prices. The new price for military active duty or veterans is now $9, compared to $4 previously. That's a pretty substantial increase. Regular price for civilians is now $11 for adults, children and students are free.

IF you ever find yourself in the EL Paso area, it's worth a visit. War Eagles website.

1935 Packard 120.

A7-E Corsair II

Tupolev TU-2

1936 Packard

F-4U Corsair

1935 Auburn Boattail

1932 Chevrolet 2 door

1930 Model A Roadster

1959 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II

Canadair T-33 Shooting Star

PT 17 Stearman

Talon 38A

A26 Invader

Model of an aircraft carrier flight deck

F-86 Saber

MiG-15 UTI

MiG-15 Cockpit

Flight cameras

P-38 Lightning

P-51 Mustang

F-4U Corsair

TBM Avenger




War Eagles Air Museum

1908 Overland

Model of Junkers JU-88 "Stuka"

P-51 Mustang

Tupolev  TU-2

Corsair II