US of A and the rest of …..us.

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Oct 2007. It took another year to get inside that House yonder, in the Fall of 2008

basically the Basin

Yes, of course. Abraham has one two.

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the Mall outstretched leading up to the Capitol.

Only method to take this angle of shot is atop the Washington Monument. A helicopter would be shot down under P56 Air Restriction stricture.

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I couldn’t fly in this airspace, as you would know-so the best vantage spot was atop the Washington Monument

Excuse me Miss, which way to……..

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North Portico White_House. Wiki pic during the Festive season obviously.  When I stood under this Lantern in 2008 I imagined all the figures of history that passed this way.

Library of Congress-wise

Library of Congress.  I had too short a time here.  I must return!

Obviously a Howard Johnson Hotel.  This was the Watergate look-out position ie probably the room top right one floor down.

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Inside the doughnut but no doughnut inside.  Let me explain.  I spent hours walking without stopping for food transfixed by the history of it all amid the complex of spiral shaped buildings. 

You should have taken it on the chin Mr. Nixon.

 

PLUMBING IS EXCELLENT HERE.  INSIDE GROUND FLOOR WAS A BANK WHEN I WAS THERE.

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FOR SOME REASON I HAD A LADY SEW THE ‘IRISH’ BADGE ON MY COAT BEFORE MY TRAVELS DUE TO SOME NOTION OF NATIONAL PRIDE AT THAT TIME.  

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MEMORIAL TO THE PENTAGON VICTIMS.

PENTAGON

I believe it was a missile strike.  One reason for 9/11 might be understood by the spending and deficit in Pentagon accounts. 

Mr. Rumsfeld admitted to $2.3 trillion missing on September 10, 2001 (the day before 9/11)

 

WATERGATE-inside the doughnut!

WATERGATE-inside the doughnut!

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Congress employee had a nice smile.

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This picture was taken by a senator’s aide.  Retrospectively I recall the senator was none other than Harry Reid.  He spoke of Bertie’s great economic policy.  That was before the …….debacle

 

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IT’S MUCH BETTER ONTOP!

 

Watergate -a Night from all Angles

Watergate -from all Angles

Capitol. A famous Senator and his friends chatted and took pic

Capitol!.  Harry Reid’s personal assistant took pic.

South Lawn 2007 A year later, I was inside the White House

South Lawn 2007 A year later, I was inside the White House

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Murals inside the Capitol Building.  

Inside looking out

VIEW OUTSIDE OF THE WORLD OF HARD WORKING TAX-PAYERS.

NOT A DOME OF SILENCE I FEEL

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CENTRE OR CENTER OF POWER

 

old Senate

OLD SENATE.  One could imagine Lincoln et al here!

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ABE WAS HERE -at one time

halls of congress

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SENATOR! A WORD……?

The Capitol Building needing as much renovation as I appear to require.

THANKS HARRY! 

The smile from this Congress worker brightened up my day!

HER SMILE BRIGHTENED EVERYTHING!

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YEP!  I THOUGHT ABOUT MLK TOO!

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AUSTERE LOOKING ABE HERE! 

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The memorial to women who served in the military-which is near the VietNam memorial.

MEMORIAL TO WOMEN (INCLUDING NURSES)IN WAR

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LOOKING ACROSS THE BASIN FROM JEFFERSON  TO WASHINGTON (MEMORIALS)

MEMORIAL

 

MR. O’SULLIVAN AHERNE GOES TO TOWN

 

In 1963 I had a glimpse of J.F. Kennedy in Dublin.  There was a lot of excitement at the return of a son of indigenous Irish stock who happened to be the current leader of ‘the free world’.  In retrospect there was a lot of vicarious pride too where the normal sort was lacking.  The unusually tanned figure in light blue suit brought with him as much Hollywood glam as Washington DC intelligence, and his wife.  The Irish crowd lapped it up.  This actual living figure from a world represented at that time in a tele-visual sense by Donna Reed and Harbour Command.  A world of wonder and promise.

Naturally as children we were not aware that JFK had prevented a thermo-nuclear apocalypse nine months earlier when his military advisors were as eager to be as offensively effective in late October ’62 as they had been  ineffective at the Bay of Pigs in ’61.  It would have taken more than glamour to handle the likes of Curtis LeMay et al.  Even Al was difficult I’d say!

Before leaving Ireland in the summer of ’63 he invited anyone visiting Washington (of DC) to drop by at the White House.   It was a gesture.  The likelihood that this could ever happen would be similar to the possibility that one day -an  International Space Station  -might  orbit the earth every 90 minutes.

It does, and I did!

I visited the House that Hoban built or commonly referred to as the White House  in 2007  from the perimeter railings.  A year later in 2008, they actually allowed me inside.  Much gratitude to a Lady Senator from Wisconsin with no Irish connections.

 

 Inside the White House one item that is forbidden is a camera.  The other item is everything except the clothes you stand in.  So no photographs of the interior were possible. 

It was the closing of the Bush era.   Barack and Michelle had yet to change the furniture. Everything is familiar of course from the millions of images we have all seen.  Inside, the main entrance leads to the cross hall.   I noticed to the left a stairway led to the upper floors.  That was out of bounds.

The East Room I found to be of modest size relatively speaking.  This room held royal banquets; press conferences, lying-in-state of 7 Presidents, and lately rock concerts.  Everyone  from Abe to Mick Jagger and their consorts have been here.   It’s small!

From there turn right and then right again to a doorway and then pass into the aforementioned ‘colour themed rooms’.  I have spoken elsewhere regarding the almost ‘doll’s house’ impression I had of the Green; Blue; and Red Rooms.  These well maintained parlours were roped off to prevent the hoi poloi such as ourselves from further trespass.  The armed security staff was sufficient notice.

Or was it?   I rebelliously put a toe and finger where other body parts and other bodies feared to thread.   I  do this often now in museums and art galleries around the western world in a compulsion to feel history and to touch permanence.

Which reminds me of the day before.

I was passing a street by the West Wing.  I saw a Harley police motorcycle parked and went to inspect.  Never a great idea to touch any HD without consent and not one specifically paid for by the US Government for White House security detail.  I was temporarily bored and was curious as to what would happen.  I found out!

Within a micro-second a police car sped across and a lady officer dissuaded me from ever doing it again.   Fortunately no jail time and it didn’t interfere with security clearance for the  Pentagon the following day (see below).  This was the second time I was afforded that  liberty (2007 and 2008)

The images infra are from wiki common licence of the  Green, Red room, Cross Hall,  respectively

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HOWEVER THE FOLLOWING ARE JUST A FEW OF HUNDREDS OF PHOTOGRAPHS of mine AROIUND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA TAKEN WITH A MODEST BUT SERVICABLE CAMERA

 

HERE I AM ACROSS THE POTOMAC GIVING MY FIRST ADDRESS AT THE PENTAGON IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA.

GOOD AFTERNOON LADIES AND GENTLEMAN.  NEWS HAS REACHED ME THAT............

GOOD AFTERNOON LADIES AND GENTLEMAN. NEWS HAS REACHED ME THAT…………

 

I had to return a year later to reinforce my message….

 

 

LISTEN UP!  I'LL SAY THIS ONLY ONCE!

LISTEN UP!  Reacting negatively with weaponry is the last option.  The first ought to be acting positively with deeds.  And by the way what was going on here in 2001? 

 

Then I was escorted outside. I jest.  Everyone was enormously friendly.

We had a full perambulation to the centre of this CENTER OF POWER.  The tour officer by the way walks backwards so as to keep an eye that none of us strays.  Either that or they have a sense of humour (humor)  Architecturally speaking the core of the western world’s power base has a pleasant enough central garden.

Again NO cameras inside.

 

Outside the Pentagon.  Or one part of one side of it- by the Metro stop.  Too much detail?

Outside the Pentagon. Or one part of one side by the Metro stop. Too much information?

 

 

 

Over to Abe’s  ‘place’ in the Capitol building

 

ABE WAS HERE -at one time

ABE WAS HERE -at one time

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Halls of Executive Power.  In the Capitol Building.  One of the corridors where politicians of fame and a few of infamy walked.

Halls of Legislative Power in the Capitol Building. One of the corridors where politicians of fame and infamy walked.

 

 

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 From Halls of Power in Washington DC ……

 

 (  jump-cut until I find time to do some decent editing)

to FLIGHTLINES OF POWER ON WEST COAST

Near San Jose in California.   A technological marvel that never dropped a single bomb nor fired a weapon but acquired information that changed strategies and possibly the course of history no less. The SR.71. 

  ASTOUNDING!

the machine.  Possibly the sandles too!    In 85 degree F heat-fashion is the first victim

FLIGHTLINE OF POWER MILITARY /THE GREATEST -SR 71-amongst which are Stablemate---the equally high flying 80,000+but less swift U2 -

 

 

 

 

 

 

The    Mach 3+    SR 71

The most operational Blackbird ca. 1966-1992

  It cruised over the world at 2,000 plus knots per hour-17 miles altitude  ‘taking snaps’.  The plane oozed history and some fluids when it was operational.

 

Under the SR-71 It covers me as it once covered the world at 80,000ft altitude and at triple the speed of sound !

Under the SR-71
It covers me as it once covered the world at 80,000ft altitude and  triple the speed of sound !

This one (above) was certainly influential for better or worse as it took reconnaissance photos for the Israeli government prior to the 6 Day War in 1967. 

 It did similar espionage work in other theatres around the globe for two decades. 

 It was the stablemate of Lockheed’s equally high-flying but less swift U2.

 

 

That's valet parking at Edwards AFB.  The updated U2.  It preceded the SR-71, and is very much still serving.   The need for speed against a cold war MIG foe that the SR-71 provided, became less necessary and less financially viable.

That’s valet parking at Edwards AFB!
The updated U2. It preceded the SR-71, and is very much still serving. Speed against a cold war MiG foe that SR-71 provided became less financially viable.

 

 My view of these machines are from an aesthetic standpoint.

 

 

 

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 I must get my enthusiasm ‘after-burner’ on soon to update more pictures  of the US aviation inventory from

 Castle Air Museum,

  Edwards AFB, Mojave California;

and at Nellis AFB-Las Vegas Nevada;

as trillions  of dollars were on display in various mechanical shapes

 

E-2E-3E-4E-6E-8EC-18E-767E-737E310EC121EC-130VEC-130EC-

Rotary UH1SH2CH3SH3OH6TH6V22CH46H47H53TH57OH-58SH-60UH-60HH-65JRAJTRL

Trainers     T1-T2-T3-6T-T34-37-38-41-43-44 AND 45

X-Planes       X-29X-30X-31X-32X-33X-34X-35X-

Bombers             B-52B-1B-2B-3

HyperSoar         ASWS-3CSAP-3P-7

UAV Attack                     AH-1YAL-1 ABLA-4AH-6A-6EA-6BA-7AV-8A-9A-1A-12A-XAH-6RAH66F111F-117AC-130UCAV

Fighters   -5F-8F-14F-15F-16F-17F-18F20F21F22F-23F-35 JSFYF-110YF-113

Cargo            C-2C-5C-9C-12C-17UV-18C-20C21C-22C-23C-26C-27C-35C-38CT-39C-40C-130C-135C

Tankers              KC10KC130KC135

Trillions of dollars!  Someone should tell the tax-payers!     I was tempted to touch a few billion dollars worth of this exotic material; as I won’t see it ever in cash!

 

  Below, at Castle AFB Atwater Calif.  Decommissioned base but once home of the B52’s

North of Fresno. East of San Jose. South of Lodi, Stockton, and Modesto.

 The Mc Donnell F-4 Phantom.  Bruised but unbowed.  Both of us!

 Even parked up, it’s impressive.  

 

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  A reminder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixd1wvOq234&feature=related

 

 

 From a remarkable machine in California to a building complex,  or is it a complex of buildings?  The doughnut architecture around the Watergate hotel.

It’s certainly a building of past complexes.

 

 

WATERGATE-inside the doughnut!

WATERGATE -inside the doughnut, but no doughnut inside me.

 

  Alas!  Poor Richard, he knew them well.        

WATERGATE  whose third syllable is now a suffix applied by asinine broadcasters to any popular event which is viewed as dubious!   More abhorrent is the knowledge that emost every Tom and Dick and Jane who entered the less than useful world of scribbling;  started out, believing they could ‘break a story’  such as this, and be the next Woodward and Bernstein.

 

 

Moving on, I spent most of that day re-running televisual memories of the  atmosphere and circumstance of that time in the early 1970’s  both inside the hotel and in the complex that envelops it.

Across the street the Howard Johnson Hotel housed the ‘lookouts’ They seemingly called the break-in team of ‘plumbers’ and probably used the argot of the time ‘Split! Here comes the fuzz’

Moments later the Watergate debacle was in motion, and the word has come down through the times.  What was RMN  thinking?  He would probably have been re-elected without this paranoia.  Compounding the error he had automatic open-reel tape recordings in the White House of the whole affair.

A warm feeling to realise that the deeds of Richard Nixon all those years ago pale in significance by comparison with recent administrations

 The Petroleum Grab Imperialism  of the last two decades or more has never been fully exposed by the shill media outlets we have today. 

 

 

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One Response to US of A and the rest of …..us.

  1. AirportsMadeSimple says:

    Love the “machines”!🙂 Of course, the dog’s great, too. Cheers.

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