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Lake Chapala at sunrise. It never looks the same twice. Though it is late in the season and should be chill, we do not seem to be having winter this year. The golondrinas, swallows, seem confused and have not migrated as early as they usually do. This year they sat in their thousands, three inches apart, on overhead cables and seemed to wonder what to do. Finally they left. Vifoto.

Before light we awake. The dogs, knowing that they are going for a walk, leap and twirl and bounce and make nuisances of themselves. Violeta brews coffee to rekindle the guttering flame of life. (That’s poetic. Like Milton.) We attach their leashes. They jump into the back of the CRV with enthusiasm. Vi bluetoothes her phone to the car’s sound system, surprisingly good, and we head out to Beethoven or Louisiana blues.

The world is another place before dawn, towns along the lakefront blank and lifeless, stop lights mindlessly changing in the absence of traffic, and existence belonging exclusively to ourselves. Lights glow in Donas’ Donas–Donnas’s Doughnuts–as the staff gets ready for the morning rush. A few cars wait in the parking lot of the all-night pharmacy.

The malecón along the water in Chapala is a wide boardwalk of patterned cement, sometimes fifty feet broad, with benches and trash cans running from the park to the end of town, much of it lit by street lights. It is not quite deserted. Early morning runners are out, and the street sweepers, and others walking their dogs. Still, there is a sense of solitude. We have become regulars and there is much “Buenos-dias”-ing. For a little over an hour we walk at a rapid clip, the dogs wanting to sniff everything and Charlie, a he-dog, signing trees and posts as is right. As the horizon begins to glow we often encounter Arturo, the bartender at the American Legion post, and his wife, who also walk and supervise the arrival of day.

Often in the dimness before dawn there will be a pickup truck or a couple of parked cars with music blaring and much laughter and several young standing around and drinking beer. These are trasnochados, “all-nighters,” men and women, who have spent the night partying. Drinking in public is illegal. So are a lot of things. As long as they cause no trouble, which they don’t, the powers that be somehow fail to notice them. It is a sensible arrangement.

The malecón by twilight. On weekends Chapala swells with tourists from Guadalajara and stalls go up on the sidewalk paralleling the malecón, selling hats and coconut juice and purses and fried this and fried that. On Sunday night the stalls go back down and the town empties. It is as regular as a heartbeat. Phredfoto.

Mikey Laure, a noted guitarist and singer born in Chapala and popular in the Sixties. On the road into town is a statue of Pepe Guize, also of Chapala, who wrote Guadalajara, Guadalajara. In Rosario, a town far to the northwest, there is a statue of Lola Beltrán, the queen of ranchero, in her birthplace. And in Guanajuato, a statue of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. I think people here have their priorities straight. In statues I much prefer Sancho to some goddam general. Vifoto.

With coming storms the lake has a darker face. The wind comes up, chill and moist with droplets and there is a sense of things going on above our human paygrade. Sunrise never looks the same twice no matter how often we and the dogs inspect it. Vifoto.

Jesús Pescador. Jesus, Fisher (of men). I am not sure to what extent how many people believe what, but the Church is part of what they are and they are content with it. Many of the young are not observant, but this means only that they are not observant, not that they want to abolish their culture and history. Vifoto.

OK, maybe I am getting tedious, but I am an obligate inspector of sunrises. I have been advised to consider therapy for it, but I would rather have hemorrhagic tuberculosis. Vifoto.

Finally, dogs. They are on the right. La Coyota, Africa, and Charlie. As we used to say in Alabama, they ain’t got the sense God give a crabapple, but they are good hearted beasts. The one in the middle, Africa, crept under my stepdaughter’s gate as a nearly dead puppy suffering from full-body mange. Natalia being Natalia, off they went to the vet. There we learned that while few things in life live up to their billings, mange dip works like a mad sonofabitch. Africa turned into a long, low-slung pooch, apparently a cross between a Border Collie and a fire hose, and currently flourishes. Vifoto.

We leave, going by the market for oranges to squeeze for juice in the morning. Mexicans believe that orange juice should have departed an orange no more than an hour before breakfast. This alone is sufficient justification for living here.

Anyway, them’s mornings in the Reed-Gonzalez household. I cannot doubt that

people in their millions have been wondering, “What do Fred and Violeta do in the morning?” I am glad to have supplied this yearning.

 

More Fun with IQ

I have encountered a chart posted by Audacious Epigone at the Unz Review purporting to show the mean IQs of blacks in most American states. Among enthusiasts of such things, the IQ of blacks is always said to be 85 unless it becomes polemically convenient for it to be something else. Anyway, saith the chart, the IQ of blacks in Massachusetts is 92.6, the lowest 84.4 in Wisconsin, for a difference of 8.2, over half a standard deviation. Another of Epigone’s charts puts Hispanic IQ in Montana at 95.0, and in Rhode Island at 86.6, a difference of 8.4.

If tests are off by that much, methinks they need some work under warranty. Since IQists cannot afford to doubt the infallibility of their tests, they usually resort to speculative and unsubstantiated theories, such as that for some reason smart Hispanics went to Montana to freeze to death, and dim ones to Rhode Island. Thus we make evidence fit the theory instead of deriving theory from the evidence.

Knowing IQists, they will come up with some genetic theory, such as all the smart blacks went to New England after their ancestors brought the slave ancestors from Africa. Or maybe sunspots did it. I note that only of states report a black IQ as low as 85, the black IQ held sacred in most IQist circles. Uh…

In pursuance of what I regard as my God given duty to annoy the self-assured, I will ask y favorite question. Is an IQ of 83 enough to invent writing, the abacus, the wheel, and an exponential number system? The possible answers are yes, no, and haughty silence. I’ll bet on three.

 

If you think the cover is weird, you should read the book. Amazon: “Fred’s reflections on America as it was and isn’t. In the title essay he tells of his rural Southern boyhood, driving a 1953 Chevy the color of two-tone dirt, an aging wreck serving as heraldic emblem, codpiece, bar and, far less frequently than he would have liked or admitted, love nest. It usually started but remembered compression as an aging gigolo recalls the ardors of youth and on the night of the possum-squashing, with Bobby on the roof and Itchy in the trunk and a great many empty beer cans…. Well, you get the idea. It was another country, says Fred, and he would like it back. Never happen.”

 
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  1. Thanks, Fred. It’s always a pleasure to read your local colour pieces.

  2. Samuel says:

    It’s easy enough to see what the blacks are capable of. Just look at their achievements, or lack of, prior to colonization.

    • Agree: Sulu
    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  3. Anyway, saith the chart, the IQ of blacks in Massachusetts is 92.6, the lowest 84.4 in Wisconsin, for a difference of 8.2, over half a standard deviation.

    It’s considerably worse than that, Fred.

    The ‘standard deviation’ you’ve used for the comparison is the standard deviation of the distribution of the underlying quantity – i.e., it’s the ‘σ‘ in IQ ~N(μ, σ), which for IQ is 15 as you point out.

    The relevant ‘σ’ for a comparison of two different sample means drawn from the same distribution, is not the σ from the underlying distribution.

    The standard deviation of the sample mean is the stdev of distribution of ‘X_bar’, where X_bar is a sample drawn from a ~N(μ, σ) variant.

    The mean of that distribution is μ, and its standard deviation is σ/√K where K is the size of the sample used to calculate X-bar, and σ is the standard deviation of the variant itself. (This ‘penalises’ small samples by giving the mean of the sample greater uncertainty)

    The standard deviation of the sample mean for a sample of size 100 from a N(100, 15) distribution, is 1.5 (i.e., 15/√100).

    If the sample sizes are different (K and R, say), and you’re testing the hypothesis that they are samples from the same distribution (i.e., the same mean, and the same stdev σ) then the difference between the means is distributed (0, θ) where θ = σ/√(K+R) [for the test statistic itself, you should really use the sample stdevs, but that would make it hard to represent in this no-MathJax-having comment section]

    For plausible combined sample sizes (i.e., numbers in the hundreds or even thousands), 92.6 is dozens of standard-error-of-the-mean units away from 84.4 . It basically amounts to “these are very different types of people“.

    To put it into context: the Kiwi IQ is ~4 IQ points higher, on average, than the French.

    With sample sizes in the thousands, a 4 point difference between two sample means is statistically massive (a p-value close to 1), because the gap is large multiples of the standard-error-of-the-mean.

    Kiwis are smart enough not to over-egg the pudding and pretend that the difference is 15 points… unlike (((others))) with a cultural penchant for embellishment who are often found to be (ahem) somewhat suspectwith numbers (e.g., 3 million people crossing a parted sea in a day; that same number living in a desert for 40 years and leaving not a single trace, despite sacrificing a hundred thousand sheep in one go while they were there… and on up to the present).

    HAIL KEK

    • Agree: Haxo Angmark
  4. Lake Chapala sounds great!

    I think one measure of IQ is the willingness to drink untreated water from a toxic waste site, and think it’s okay. Using that yardstick, Mexicans come off quite badly.

  5. ‘…I cannot doubt that people in their millions have been wondering, “What do Fred and Violeta do in the morning?” I am glad to have supplied this yearning…’

    Lol. Thank you.

  6. ‘..Anyway, saith the chart, the IQ of blacks in Massachusetts is 92.6, the lowest 84.4 in Wisconsin, for a difference of 8.2, over half a standard deviation. Another of Epigone’s charts puts Hispanic IQ in Montana at 95.0, and in Rhode Island at 86.6, a difference of 8.4…’

    Sigh. Read the article carefully. They weren’t IQ test results. The results were from achievement tests which were equated to IQ. No doubt there is a correlation; but these are results from tests which weren’t designed to measure intelligence in the first place.

  7. ruralguy says:

    Yeats wrote about this.

    The young in one another’s arms, birds in the trees .. that is no country for old men. .. but caught in that sensual music all neglect. monuments of unageing intellect.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  8. Sean says:

    Knowing IQists, they will come up with some genetic theory, such as all the smart blacks went to New England after their ancestors brought the slave ancestors from Africa.

    Well Fred hardly stayed in his home town.

  9. Drinking in public is illegal. So are a lot of things. As long as they cause no trouble, which they don’t, the powers that be somehow fail to notice them. It is a sensible arrangement.

    Good point. Americans are more conscientious. That works great if you DON’T have a Police State, but alas … you get TSA people who take themselves seriously. Latin America has some good points.

    I cannot doubt that people in their millions have been wondering, “What do Fred and Violeta do in the morning?” I am glad to have supplied this yearning.

    I cannot doubt that most of us don’t give a shit. I just was nice enough to give you that advice, which I’ll give again: Don’t keep all your money in dollars. When the dollar goes down, your American money flow won’t keep you in a nice retirement like this. (Maybe Violeta can cover it.) It sounds like a nice time, anyway.

  10. Spud says:

    Great piece, Fred.

  11. Nice piece, Fred, but you left off the last paragraph:

    “Suddenly, the roar of pickup trucks disturbed our reverie and shots rang out breaking the peaceful morning silence. Three truckloads of heavily armed men wearing masks roared down the sidewalk, randomly firing automatic assault rifles and scattering everyone in sight. Out of the backs of their trucks, they dumped seventeen headless bodies, riddled with bullets. The bodies were wearing uniforms of local police and federal soldiers. As swiftly as the came they were gone. We picked ourselves up from under the concrete benches we used for shelter. Later, on our walk home, we came across seventeen human heads carefully lined up and decorating the street. Another day in paradise.”

    • Agree: Jim Christian, Dan Hayes
    • Troll: Biff
  12. Don W says:

    Fred…I’m 84 and in less than perfect health. My wife and I started our world travel in Mexico and returned many times .We stayed mainly at large beach hotels ,and many lower end “resorts”. I got to practice my high school Spanish and did some home study refreshing and. always carried my translating book.
    We regularly rented a car and travelled mountain and city areas.We walked in towns day and night and never thought about our safety
    And now, based on horror stories of kidnapping and murders we have written off Mexico as a destination( along with much of the world) .
    I’ve followed you for many years and know of your love for the country and it’s people.
    Can you suggest ways to travel and explore in Mexico that an old scaredy cat and his wife would be comfortable with?
    Thanks for your consideration
    Don Waknin

  13. Uncle Al says: • Website

    Fred, intelligence is the ability to solve novel problems in real time, to create. If you already know the answer, even indirectly through process (knowledge) you score higher overall. American Blacks are proud of their cultural, and linguistic isolation as personal identity. They carefully miss the mark.

    High Autists are ice picks. You hire them for their surpassingly sharp points and clean up after the peripheral slop. Lower IQ, broader point, more ordinary people having better social integration. If you have a Manhattan Project, it’s ice picks or failure. If you need Sales & Marketing, hire diversity. Empirical reality would be obstructive.

    Oodles of pathological extreme high intelligence created Google. Google is now fueled by commonplace (OK, exceptional) malicious criminal intent. See? Different! – and more functional in a like world.

  14. izzy says:

    A well-crafted piece, as usual.
    But you manage to bang that particular IQ drum in many of your essays. One begins to wonder what the fixation is all about.

  15. very nice, bucolic essay on the joys of life in Mexico.

    it seems the drug cartels do know exactly how to run a country.

    just don’t stand next to any local Mormons.

  16. MEH 0910 says:

    I like the couple of pictures of Violeta’s grandfather.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
  17. Owl Creek says:

    Much of the world is beautiful, especially at dawn, unless we manage to screw it up and dogs are good people.

  18. Some low IQ people seem not to be able to grasp the idea that the average IQ of a group is not the same as the IQ of each member.

    People in an 83 IQ population who is as smart in relation to the group as I am to the general population would have an IQ of 125, smart enough to do a lot of things as members of a society over time.

    I usually agree with this guy’s economic analysis, although not what he apparently thinks is the solution. This sort of idiocy makes me wonder.

    • Replies: @Exile
  19. @Samuel

    It’s easy enough to see what the blacks are capable of. Just look at their achievements, or lack of, prior to colonization.

    Or today in all their glory in all the urban areas of the United States clear back to South Africa. The dirt as they say, isn’t magic. The results are always the same. And me, I’m a bad man for noticing.

  20. For a little over an hour we walk at a rapid clip, the dogs wanting to sniff everything and Charlie, a he-dog, signing trees and posts as is right.

    Just like back in DC in the eighties, eh, Fred when you were running with the cops and Marshals for WashTimes? Sans the dogs of course. Pissin’ all over the place.. So they just let you walk the dogs and they pee all over trees and posts “as is right”? Really! What a wonderful thing to behold!

    Careful, Fred, yer gettin’ punchy. I get it. your political positions of yore could get you killed down there and so you’ve changed. But you aren’t the drunken ass-wrangler who banged a million chicks and celebrated running with the cops back in DC that we all used to know and love anymore. What happened to that guy?

    Also, Fred? Did these guys pictured ever deliver close-air for any of the units you ran with in Vietnam? I do a little reading, I know they worked with FAC guys to support guys on the ground, you guys hauling ammo and mortars all over the country probably needed a bunch of support. The A6 guys were mine, albiet 76-82. It is these things I wish you wrote of sometimes. You touch on it, but ya musta had stuff happen. Maybe not a book, but maybe a pamphlet? A Q&A?

    Careful down there, Fred. My bird, was wondering if you even ever saw these guys (Not these particular guys, just these birds), did they ever bail you out?

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
  21. Exile says:
    @donald j tingle

    Fred cannot let go of his butt-hurt at some of the co-bloggers here re: IQ because they did not support his layperson efforts at lobbying for unscientific and unprincipled carve-outs and caveats for some of his preferred non-Whites. See his piece previous to this one.

    At least Nick Taleb had the root-level excuse of lobbying for his own tribe, for all that a guy who wrote something like Antifragile should have known better than to engage in halo-effect IYI-ism.

  22. I guess I’m a probable partial cause of the traffic jam on the carretera but I can hardly wait for January to roll around. Why? So I can enjoy another three months of your sunrises.

  23. IvyMike says:

    I have the sort of ‘idyllic’ retirement Fred has, but mine is in rural Texas.Life is a joy but it is awful hard and beats you down, but some of us through luck and responsibility are now enjoying 20 years of a sort of bliss complicated by backache and too much experience.
    My quibble with I.Q. stats, how does one define black or Hispanic? There is way too much racial mixing in most populations for racial data to mean anything. What is a Mexican? Puro Criollo? Puro Indio? one quarter Irish, one quarter Spanish, half Uto-Aztecan? Dios mio, it’s even worse with American Negros, what is a Negro? The Old South said it was anybody with 1/13 black blood or worse. Do Jamaican Americans like Colin Powell get counted as American Negros? My favorite niece is a mix of white, black, and Cherokee and is a Psychologist with a high I.Q. What the f went wrong with her? I always tested around 145 but never had a clue how Trigonometry works, was there a —— in the woodpile? Did i get just enough African blood to cripple my Maths?

    • Replies: @chedolf
  24. One drop rule. Obama: 50%/50%, verdict: black.

    Hispanic. Broad spectrum. Peninsulares, creoles, mestizos, mulattos, et cetera et cetera

    • Replies: @The Hun
  25. Anonymous[198] • Disclaimer says:
    @ruralguy

    FRED REED: “An aged man is but a paltry thing…a tattered coat upon a stick”

    Sailing To Byzantium
    ~William Butler Yeats

    [MORE]

    That is no country for old men. The young
    In one another’s arms, birds in the trees
    – Those dying generations – at their song,
    The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
    Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
    Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
    Caught in that sensual music all neglect
    Monuments of unageing intellect.

    An aged man is but a paltry thing,
    A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
    Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
    For every tatter in its mortal dress,
    Nor is there singing school but studying
    Monuments of its own magnificence;
    And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
    To the holy city of Byzantium.

    O sages standing in God’s holy fire
    As in the gold mosaic of a wall,
    Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,
    And be the singing-masters of my soul.
    Consume my heart away; sick with desire
    And fastened to a dying animal
    It knows not what it is; and gather me
    Into the artifice of eternity.

    Once out of nature I shall never take
    My bodily form from any natural thing,
    But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
    Of hammered gold and gold enamelling
    To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;
    Or set upon a golden bough to sing
    To lords and ladies of Byzantium
    Of what is past, or passing, or to come.

    • Replies: @SeekerofthePresence
  26. Rurik says:

    at sunrise. It never looks the same twice.

    I love sunsets, but there is something special about sunrises, as Fredo deftly evokes..

    The world is another place before dawn, towns along the lakefront blank and lifeless, …

    … existence belonging exclusively to ourselves.

    .. there is a sense of solitude.

    Thanks for that..

    but then on cue..

    I think people here have their priorities straight. In statues I much prefer Sancho to some goddam general

    yea, like those goddam evil white people and their statues to their evil white ancestors!

    this means only that they are not observant, not that they want to abolish their culture and history.

    can you say irony, Fredo?

    One wonders..

    if Fredo were to find himself in the company of these fellow warriors for social justice, how long would it take before he was beaten senseless?

    I suspect that the reason some people try to make the case that IQ matters, isn’t (I hope), to preen about their so-called relative smarts, but rather simply to point out that some racial groups are in whole, more refined than others, and that they therefor, in whole- make for better neighbors; in a generally ‘refined’ (whatever that means) society. IOW, it may be of questionable wisdom to import massive and transformational numbers of Somalis (who may or may not have high IQs) into Minnesota, and then hand them a uniform and a gun, and pretend they’re going to conduct themselves exactly like traditional Minnesotans.

    Why wait until they use their police-issued weapon, to murder inoffensive ladies in pajamas, until people begin to question the mantra that ‘All races everywhere are exactly the exact same!!!– in every possible way!’

    It’s that rather tiresome mantra, that I suspect some of the ‘IQ’ people are trying (desperately) to find some metric, in order to nudge the – ‘everyone everywhere is exactly equal!!!– lemmings from their suicidal stupor.

    Otherwise, enjoyed the article.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  27. Rurik says:
    @Rurik

    it may be of questionable wisdom to import massive and transformational numbers of Somalis (who may or may not have high IQs) into Minnesota

    https://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/sex-trafficking

    stumbled upon this charming news from my Internet query into Somalis in Minnesota.

  28. @Jim Christian

    Jim, obviously that photo was not taken of an A-6 on a close-support sortie. Can’t imagine what kind of target the pilot was aiming for at that altitude and glide angle.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    , @Raymond 3
  29. MEH 0910 says:

    and we head out to Beethoven or Louisiana blues.

    Vocal Beethoven Seventh in Zardoz

    Zardoz 1974 The end Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony

  30. @Simply Simon

    Jim, obviously that photo was not taken of an A-6 on a close-support sortie.

    No shit. It was taken by a squadron officer, a right-seater in 1978-ish above Fallon, Nevada. They used to send us out there to re-arrange the sand. They were learning laser and infrared targeting, preparing for the future. It’s all routine now. See the bubble under the nose? FLIR. Look it up. Lots of pilots and bombardier-navigator types in my squadron flew lots of sorties in Vietnam, I’d try to pick their brains, they all clammed up. Bad days for them. Some of the days five-10 years after the end of it coulda gone better for me, too, heh..

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
    , @Anonymous
  31. The Hun says:
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    It is interesting that different countries define blackness differently. A Brazilian visitor (3 white and one black grandparents) told me that she is classified as black in the US, white in Brazil and coloured (mixed race) in South Africa. In Brazil anybody with at least 50% white blood is white, anything less is mixed and people with 100% black blood are blacks. In South Africa whites have to have 100% white ancestry, blacks 100% black ancestry, anything in-between is classified as coloured. The old white apartheid government stopped the official classification in 1991 but the new ANC led government re-introduced it and in some way more strictly than during the white rule. Today companies have to keep records on the racial composition of the workforce while under white rule it was not required in the 1970s and 1980s when I lived there.

  32. @Jim Christian

    “…..they all clammed up.” And I’ve found any blog on UNZ is not the place to “unclam.”

  33. Raymond 3 says:
    @Simply Simon

    LOL

    I’d say that jet is a bit too high to be providing close air support. I’ll bet this moron has no clue about the A-6 or ground support.

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
  34. Anonymous[112] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jim Christian

    These days the only A-6 you’re likely to see is on sticks. This one is an EA-6B in VAQ-141 livery (today they fly the EA-18G). You’re lucky you got to serve with those birds.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  35. @Anonymous

    Lookie dat! A queer A6 on stilts! Surprised they didn’t go for authenticity on that. Side numbers on the flight lines and decks for Naval aircraft at sea was the F-14s were 100-1111 for one squadron, 201-211 for the other. A7s were 301-311 and 401-411, A6 E (the two seater) and tanker KA-6D was always 500-516, the tankers 520-525. The Queer (pictured was always in the series 600-606. S-3s and Helos were in the 7s. The top of the range could vary as we might carry more A6s or the A7 or the F14 guys might bring along more planes, in which case their side numbers could go on up to 14 in either range. When we went to Iran in 1979-1980 to errr, um, NOT rescue the hostages, I believe we carried A6es numbered on up to 519 with tankers numbered to 528 as they wanted more bombs and fuel aloft. More fighters, maybe we picked up a few more Queers, too. When we went with that load-out, plus lots more bombs, you could tell the thing was riding lower in the water. I forget all the numbers, but with helos, I believe we left the Kitty Hawk after the cross-deck of some of THEIR planes in January 1980 with nearly 120 planes. Then they brought 8 H-53s a couple months later for their little adventure. Quite a load. Crowded. Very.

    Side numbers matter because unless you want to hump all over the ship looking for the plane to fix or LOX, you checked with the air boss, they had a map in the Island showing the location of every plane. With each series of numbers, the plane handlers knew at a glance what kind of plane and how much space they needed. Queers were big, four-seaters, they needed more space , especially in the hangars. They were a load. That plane should be a 600.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  36. @Raymond 3

    Ray 3, it just so happens I know a lot bout close air support. I was a Forward Air Controller in Vietnam and have the DD214 to prove it. And if you’d care to make a bet, it should be easy to use Sailer as an intermediary. One should be careful about throwing the name “moron” around, it might get you in trouble.

  37. Anonymous[112] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jim Christian

    Hi, Jim,

    Don’t know why they gave it the 500. Here’s another view of the same bird. Thanks for an interesting post. Happy Thanksgiving!

    View post on imgur.com

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  38. @Anonymous

    Sailing to Byzantium read by Dermot Crowley (poem starts 1:10)

  39. @Anonymous

    Thanks for the pix! Was this at Whidby Island? That’s the Naval Air Station in Washington State, the West Coast home-port for the A-6 and E2 community. Well, in the old days, I’m not sure what they do now. People used to be pretty pissed off at the A6’s back then, they’d fly up and down the Columbia River Valley down to the Sound at extralegal speed and forbidden altitudes, as in too low. They did the same in the Blue Ridge in Virginia. We even had a plane smack into a turkey buzzard in the Shenandoah Valley doing about 500 knots at the treetops. Busted out the pilot’s windscreen, his face shield, he lost his left eye and career. He grabbed a fist full of altitude, declared, flew to Dulles Airport and they sent us up on trucks with lots of parts, new seats, canopy, the works. Buzzard shit is nasty. The damned things were so loud and being subsonic, birds jumped in front all the time. Good training for AAA avoidance, maybe.

    In another nit to pick, they left the wing-mounted electronics packages off the wings. I’m surprised they didn’t ‘sanitize’ old ones of their internals and mount the shells. Also, on the other view, there was a flag with a Japanese meatball. Static display in Okinawa?

    Ah well, I have my memories. Interesting pix. Tx!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  40. Anonymous[112] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jim Christian

    Hi, Jim,
    All the photos are from NAF Atsugi in Japan, home to CVW-5, although all the fixed-wing assets were moved to Iwakuni last year. The Tokyo metro area is just too crowed to realistically carry out flight operations.
    Thanks very much for the memories of a great old bird!

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  41. @Anonymous

    Thanks very much for the memories of a great old bird!

    The EA6 was a good bird and safe too, if kept out of the hands of Marine Corps aviators. Something wrong with those guys when it comes to big-time Naval Air.

  42. bonix says:

    Here we go again with the rednecks classifying intelligence of Blacks in the midst of their sadistic nature and sensitive nature of their failures.
    You mentioned IQ based in slave states that denied all societal human norms. The inhumane nature of Europeans shows no comparison to any group in the world. Europeans average intelligence is equivalent to the present president of the US. Dumb, vile, intellectually disinterest despite allotted everything accessible. Low IQ rednecks, the majority of which are severally under educated or intelligent are withering in a world void of brainless muscles and racist systems which destroyed themselves.
    Suicide, drugs, child molestation, high crimes of finance and inhumanity indoctrined by your religions.
    I smile with Glee at this IQ 10 president, the king of US white trash destroy demonically what was built demonically. Whites determined the social order that’s being chipped away from the world you gray in the balls hillbillies prospered from. Burn in hell

  43. chedolf says:
    @IvyMike

    My quibble with I.Q. stats, how does one define black or Hispanic? There is way too much racial mixing in most populations for racial data to mean anything.

    A Stanford medical school study found that “people’s self-identified race/ethnicity is a nearly perfect indicator of their genetic background.”

    https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2005-01/sumc-rgm012705.php

  44. Pepe says:

    Lake Chapala is now completely overrun by ex-pats who don’t speak a word of Spanish, throwing around their US dollars, leading to a huge increase in prices for everything from food to real estate rental and sales. This is leading to discontent among the locals.

    No one in their right mind would pick the lake area as a place for re-location in Mexico. And that’s not even getting into the toxic state of Lake Chapala and the region being the HQ of the largest and most violent cartel in the country.

    Many in the ex-pat community there are now investigating moving to other locations in Mexico. They can’t wait to get out, and regret their decision moving there. They report on the joy of being around young or middle aged people, since Chapala is now a gigantic nursing home for the elderly from the US and Canada. An opportunity to practice their Spanish. A chance to get out of an area most accurately described as a suburban/rural area in the US – only more dusty and with worse roads.

    Querétaro and Morelia are the big winners here, since they are real cities with history and culture and prices listed in Mexican pesos. Don’t make the mistake of moving to Lake Chapala, trust me.

  45. Fred,
    The results in Rhode Island and Pennslyvania are due to the stupidity and retardation of the Puerto Rican population.

    Montana probably has no Puerto Ricans in any signficant numbers, as well as lots of land and cheap COL, so MesoAmerican Hispanics probably grow up in relatively nuturing environment, explaining their good IQ scores.

  46. It was kinda cute to read about the adventures of a retired white settler in mestizo land — until Fred’s emotional lability and irrationality kicked in, compelling him close with yet another incoherent, hate-filled, IQ-denialist screed.

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