Here There Be Dragons

I’m going to try and tell this story the way it was told to me. I may get some minor detail incorrect, but the story itself is what is important. I’ll tell it in his “voice”, hopefully it won’t be too confusing.

Here there be dragons

We were trying to get back in the rain. we were several clicks on the wrong side of the Laos border and it was raining. Raining like it only does in that part of the world. And it was the rainy season.

We asked a village headman if we could lay up overnight and he agreed to let us. We had sent one of the Kit Carson (Vietnam army) scouts to watch our back trail, laid down our gear, and tried to shake off the wet. It was also nice to get off out feet. Mine hurt.

This village was on a hill only identified by a number, but the villagers has a name for it, “The Mountain of the Sleeping Dragon”. Only in Viet Nam.

We had kind of settled when the kit carson scout came running back. Charley, and 30 or 40 NVA regulars, were on our trail, and closing fast. And it was still raining. Hard.

The LT tried calling for emergency evac, but the weather had everything socked in. Nothing could get off the ground. There would be no rescue. We’d have to fight.

The village had a few old French rifles, we didn’t have any extras so the fighting would be on our backs, and if we lost the village would suffer. The elder headman didn’t seem too worried, I sure as hell was, but he kept saying it would be “ok joe”.

We set up some trail traps, dropped back a little and got ready to fight. The LT kept asking for cover and evac, but nothing available. Nada. Rain.

We heard the first of the traps go off, then it was fighting time. We’d engage, drop back, and engage again. Three or four of the villagers joined us, but they didn’t have much ammunition for those old French rifles.

We’d just fallen back to the edge of the village when we heard it first. A rush of disturbed air and a huge black shadow flew overhead. Then came a roar that only comes from a mini-gun running through its ammo. The sky lighted up like hell itself had been unleashed. You could see an unbroken stream of light coming from that high black shadow. It was even more awesome when you realized there was 1 tracer in like every 50 rounds. That unbroken beam of light was telling you how many shots were being fired. It sounded like a giant piece of canvass being ripped. Someone had gotten off the ground and had come to help.

The LT kept trying to raise whoever it was up there, on the radio. He needed to tell them where we were and to not fire on our position. He never got anyone on the radio, but the hell unleashed never got close to us. But it sure did get to the bad guys.

That shadow made three of four passes and that was all it took. We waited the rest of the night and there were no shots from their last position. So, we took a chance to check the area. It was starting to get light and we could see well enough, there were enough small fires that we didn’t need any lights. Those tracers had a tendency to do that, set things on fire.

We walked into a hell placed on earth. Trees torn apart and smoking. The ground shattered into craters, and parts of were once human beings. I’d never seen such complete destruction. The ground was dug up in furrows from the mini-gun strafing. It was horrible. especially when we could see the smoldering body parts. They were the enemy yes, but they had also been humans.

The headman didn’t seem too put out. He wasn’t smiling, exactly, but he didn’t seem as unprepared for the scene as the rest of us. He kept muttering to himself and nobody paid too much attention.

We got evac’d that afternoon and as soon as we landed the LT headed for the commo room to find out who’s saved our butts. We owed them some beer. He came out 20 -30 minutes later shaking his head and just told everyone, “Nobody knows who was up there. Let’s get something to eat”. And just walked off.

But our scout didn’t head for the chow hall. He walked up to the couple of us standing there and asked if we remembered the name of that village. I told him I did, and it was “The Mountain of the Sleeping Dragon”.

He looked at us, he asked if anyone had understood the headman’s muttering. We all shook our heads. The scout looked at the sky and said, “He was thanking the dragon. There were no airplanes up last night due to the weather. The mountain dragon woke up to save the village. The headman was thanking him. We were saved by a dragon.”


Shortly after he told me this story, he rode off and I never saw him again


Ring Around The Motes

Hawaiian Spaghetti pizza from Domino’s? Fortunately, it’s only available in New Zealand. Why didn’t they call it a Maori pizza? I remember when Anna Bananas (now Anna O’Briens) had pineapple and peanut butter pizza. Yeah, we’ll put that on a side burner for now. At least until the 50th anniversary in July.

Speaking of NZ, their Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, cannot understand the US “inaction” on gun control. After the recent shooting there, “New Zealand” swiftly banned semi-automatic weapons, high capacity magazine es, and the ever-popular assault weapons. In an interview with Christine Amanpour (there’s an unbiased reporter if I ever saw one) the Prime Minister, responding to carefully worded questions, talked about how she got the bans in place in 26 days and can’t understand why the U.S. can’t do the same. I have an answer for that “why”. It’s called the U. S. Constitution. We are governed by the “will of the people” and not the will of the elected. Sadly, that is an idea that is very swiftly being overturned. Check K. Harris and her “I will ban guns through executive orders” idea.

Regarding Kamala Harris ; she recently published a “kitchen” photo. I thought only “Mrs. Cleaver” cooked in heels and pearls.

Harvard, that bastion of education and “progressive” thinking will be having its third segregated graduation. I thought we had done away with segregation in the 60’s. Oh, this is for blacks only by blacks only and is separate from the Hispanic’s only graduation. Well it’s only evil when the white man does it. Right?

Biden says the 2nd amend does not say you’re “entitled” to own a gun. Entitled? Maybe entitled is the wrong word. I don’t think I’m “entitled” to anything. I have read the Constitution. I have earned my rights as an American. What about the part where it says, “the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”? Hey Joe, because I’m not entitled to own, doesn’t mean you are entitled to infringe. Keep your hands to yourself. (Oh, you’ve been told that before.)

Now the term is “Baby Daddy”. Not Father, not husband, not spouse. Pretty much sums up the attitude don’t it? See, a Father has to take part in the raising of the child. So does a husband or spouse. But “Baby Daddy”, not so much. Why don’t they just call them “sperm donor”. As in “My baby’s sperm donor is Leroycenickeddy”

Motes From An Old Tune

It used to be you had to “drop a dime” to the authorities to be a snitch. It meant you used a cheap pay phone, there were no cellphones then.  Now there is a “Snitch app” where you can report darn near anything, even if it’s not illegal.  Can’t vouch for its legitimacy or its use. Just throwing it out here.

The recent essay by Dennis Prager is well worth reading: Coming Home From College. Prager is an intelligent and well spoke radio host that along with “Prager U” is trying to bring some great thinking back to America. He’s well worth some time listening. IMHO

From Dave Barry’s column; Just for a giggle  : US Treasury To Accuse Vietnam Of Manipulating Its Dong. (Remember the “Dong” is the VN monetary unit).

Fact/Fiction. Headline Reads: Travelling Carnival worker admits to being a serial killer. I’ve seen that story line in everything from “Criminal Minds”, to “CSI” and even “Sons of Anarchy”. We need to regulate those carny workers. It’s for the children.

I watched “The Dark Side Of The Ring” on VICE tv. It tells the back stories of some of professional wrestling’s most famous, or infamous, happenings. It was with special interest I watched the Von Erich episode. Once considered the “first family” of wrestling, the years took 5 of the 6 brothers. In wrestling it’s often referred to as the “Von Erich Curse”. Cancer took patriarch Fritz in 1997. I was fortunate enough to meet and work with both Kerry, who now lives on Kauai, and Kevin. I remember both young men, who were top shelf stars at the time, as kind, helpful, and friendly to the announcer guy when they really didn’t have to. When I met him, Kerry had just gotten married and was doing a sort of working honeymoon. A devout Christian family, the events that befell family would make any man ask “why”.


When you fly, be sure and use TSA Approved locks on your baggage. That way they know which ones are easiest to cut. That TSA paper says, specifically, they are NOT reasonable for replacement.

Motes Of A Forgotten Land

How Out Of Touch Are They?  Alyssa Milano and Bette Midler are all but hurt over Georgia’s “Heart Beat” abortion law. So they want all the women to say “NO” to sex until that state changes it’s law. Now to my knowledge neither one of them lives in Georgia. Somehow they feel it’s their right to demand everyone think as they do. Actor Dean Cain feels somewhat different. His response (in my words); if you don’t live there, it ain’t none a your business. Either move there and claim residency or sit down and shut up.             Let’s face it, it’s not like Milano or Midler are doing all that much in Hollyweird anyway.

Gun control really works; Five people have been shot to death with crossbows in Germany. What we need is “Strong bow” control next? It’s for the children.

We say our good-byes; Peggy Lipton, 72. She was the “hot hippy” of the Mod Squad tv fame. She was married to Quincy Jones for years.                                                                 And we say “Good-bye” Tim Conway. His list of accolades is huge, but when Harvey Korman and Conway did “Who’s On First”, it was nothing short of perfect. He will be missed.

Hoisted on their own petard: NPR fact checks Dept Of Education “school shootings report”. Report claimed there had been nearly 240 school shootings. NPR called every one of those schools. Two thirds of the schools say it  didn’t happen. Eleven actual events could be confirmed and 59 could be neither confirmed or denied which means 170 were either made up or misreported. But these are the people in charge of educating our kids.

She (Tlaib) keeps referring to Palestine as “her” country. I can’t find anything to show she’s ever been there. If that’s how it works, I declare I am now the King Of Monaco

“Thisainthell” is open again only under the banner “Stolen Valor”. Welcome back.

Sat at the Hilo airport the other day and had a talk with local entertainer Kalani Pe’a. He is the nephew of my old beat partner Turner Pe’a. A nice young man with incredible talent. From the years I spent working with his uncle, it runs in the family.

Motes In A Basket

If you haven’t watched “A Dogs Way Home” I cannot recommend it highly enough. Directed by Charles Martin Smith, (Terry the Toad in American Graffiti). This family movie has some incredible scenes between animals that must be seen to be believed. I’m pretty sure  it was cgi’d , but they are flat out incredible scenes. And have some tissues ready at all times. As far as the human actors; Edward James Olmos was terrific, I didn’t even realize it was him; and  Wes Studi, being one of my favorite actors, was just perfect in his part. The whole movie was a joy to watch and I will watch it again. (Even if they were fake mountain lions.) Oh, and the main dog is a shelter rescue animal.

“Alibaba” founder, Jack Ma, urges his employees and their partners to “have sex marathons every day”. He is reputed to be China’s richest man (that’s in a wholly communist society remember). His workers do six-12 hour shifts now, and he wants them to go home and have sex every day. Now I don’t know what “Alibaba” does, but I’m pretty sure that everyone is supposed to be “equal” in a communist society, so how does he become “China’s Richest Man”? And does he have sex 6 times a week? And with who? Just askin’ for a friend.

Doris Day has past. She had given so much joy to movie goers, music fans, and of course Burt Reynolds. She, and her wonderful voice and presence, will be missed. A list of her hit songs and great movies would be huge, but she was the girl next door for a lot of us.

Presidential candidate C. Booker says “prayers and thoughts” is bullshxt. Hey Spartacus, why don’t you ask the victims or their families how they feel.? Oh that’s right, you’re too busy dancing on the blood of their loved ones.

And speaking of mass shooters; why isn’t anyone celebrating the equality of finally getting a gay and a transsexual mass shooters. Seems to me this is what everyone wants, equality in all matters. Well maybe not all matters.

Monday Motes

Head line: Elderly Man Attempts Long Shot ; Jerry Miculek is widely regarded as the fastest and most proficient all-around speed and competition shooter in the world,  Has been making and breaking shooting records since 2003. He is a 21 time international revolver champion, 3 time American Handgunner World Shoot Off Champion and the only winner to use a revolver. Jerry recently scored a hit, with a handgun, a revolver, at 1000 (yes one thousand) yards. How old is this elderly man? He was born in 1954, that makes him 65, and younger than me.

If you have a chance, check out The Hawaii Freepress.  Maybe a little left leaning, but it does come up with local news you won’t see on the local MSM.

Does anyone know what happened to the stolen valor site, “Thisainthell”(but you can see it from here)? The site exposes valor thieves, posers, comments on the real heroes and todays military news. All of a sudden, “this site can’t be reached”. Last time I saw this the “Ageing Rebel” had been hacked by the Urine Odor M/C and closed down for 5 or 6 days. That’s what happened when they (the other guys) don’t agree with you. They close you down so people can only hear their side of it.


Student Unions want Chick-fil-A banned from university campuses. They don’t agree with the owner’s personal choices. To my research there have been no recorded incidents of the owners attacking customers or employee’s. They have not made any human sacrifices to Belezeebub or any other entity. So all the hohaha is based on “feelings”. The only questions should be:  Is the food good? Is it priced fairly? Do the employees insult, assault, or in any way endanger the customers? Those should be the only deciding factors as far as I’m concerned. If I don’t like the owner’s way of life, I don’t go in and I don’t spend money. Simple ain’t it?

Motes of A Saturday Origin

I’ve been watching “Knight Fall”, the story of the fall of the Knights Templar. I knew the story from my days in DeMolay, a Masonic Order for young men. A fictionalized account of the betrayal, backstabbing, and hatred from the royal court who borrowed money from the Templar and figured the best way to not pay it back was to execute them all. Matthew Marsh acted as Jacques DeMolay. I was a “DeMolay” in high school and then worked with DeMolay chapters in Honolulu and Okinawa while in the Military. I was in fact, “Knighted” for my work with the Okinawa Chapter.  I was inducted into “The Chivalric Knights of the Holy Order of the Fellow Soldiers of Jacques DeMolay.

South Africa giving the ANC “just one more chance”. As if 25 years isn’t enough to prove, well whatever the ANC has proven. “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”. There is some speculation that the African National Congress (ANC) is a direct “descendent” of the Kenyan Mau Mau. (Google it)

You Are Not In Control: In Washington State, a Seattle-area school district has urged teachers to bless Muslim students in Arabic during the holy month of Ramadan and give them preferential treatment, including skipping tests. Dieringer School District is officially endorsing Islam and is following a script by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) that urges schools to make special accommodations for Muslim students. But you still can’t say “Merry Christmas” or “He has risen”.

In California they have ok’d a new set of “sex education guideline”, despite the objections of parents and protesters.

Maybe there’s hope after all: Survivors of a Colorado school shooting walked out of a vigil for their slain classmate Wednesday night in protest of politicians and other groups using it as a platform for gun control, a local report said. The students were advocating better “mental health”, not gun control. “What has happened at STEM is awful. But it’s not a statistic. We can’t be used as a reason for gun control. We are people, not a statement,” one student said, according to video by KUSA.

 “More education, not legislation and regulation” was the cry SBU used to fight helmet laws. Seems pretty much the same here, don’t it?