Request for 1 year HOA extension for 3011 Elderberry


Here is the email stream related to our gas request.  Apparently, with all the building, they put us on the back burner in favor of the big builders. We put our gas installation request in early August. It has been 4 months since our request and now they are saying at least 2 more months for installation. That means they intentionally put our gas trenching requirements in the middle of January. I believe this is why all the big builders demanded to be in line first.

We are new at this. While I might not be an experienced home builder, I am a really good remodel and technical guy. Now that the house is dried in, it is my domain and expertise. We owe nothing on the property and kind of have to have 12 rental properties in the priority box. We used the projected downtime on the electrical service and gas install to take care of issues in Washington state. Specifically, we had two properties in dire need of new roofs.

I had the driveway guy lined up, however, the gas and electrical installations take time.

I am not in the Colorado home builder’s fraternity.  I was blessed to find the framer dude that I used. He helped me navigate all the subs and such.

I did not know that I had to kiss everyone’s ass and make certain that every single issue was quality and logistically controlled. We also stumbled with soil tests and logistical incompetence. Here in Washington state, I know my subs and know that they will do exactly as asked. My roofer stole 10 square of roofing off the job site. He then offered to sell it back to me…. I did not know that the subs in Colorado were so underhanded and conniving.


We are coming back to Colorado this week. We will start on plumbing and electrical. We had concrete lined up, but the Gas line is taking 6 months.

I believe that this documented reality suggests that I should be offered a 1-year extension on the build.

Oh and as a retired Air Force aviator, I flew 7 to 10 days a month for 16 years worldwide in support of your national interest. I also spent 18 months in Iraq. I am certain that the board will give this patriot veteran the benefit of the doubt and a years extension.  My resume is at the bottom. Oh, and our name is on the Kansas Nebraska act that created Weld County.

In closing, We are doing our best!!!!


Stephan and Diane

Mohr, Jessica Oct 4, 2018, 3:47 PM
Good Evening, I have been assigned the service design for 3011 Elderberry Ln in Mead and would like to verify that you need 100 CFH with 2lb delivery pressure?

Stephan Brodhead

Thu, Oct 4, 3:57 PM
to Jessica.Cook2

I dont know yet

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Mohr, Jessica Oct 5, 2018, 11:39 AM
Stephen, I am unable to move forward with designing this service without a confirmation of gas load and delivery, so this address will be on hold for the time b
Stephan Brodhead Oct 5, 2018, 1:29 PM
The house will have a 50 gallon gas water heater 110000 BTU furnace 4 burner gas stove and 50000 BTU gas fireplace. The pressure will be based off of a standard
Mohr, Jessica Oct 9, 2018, 3:03 PM
Thank you for that, however, I need a total load for the house. From: Stephan Brodhead [] Sent: Friday, October 05, 2018 2:29 PM I dont
Stephan Brodhead Oct 10, 2018, 5:55 PM
3011 Elderberry mead Colorado 250,000 BTU total load at between 7 inches and 10 inches of water column from meter to gas appliances. I believe 7 inches is the s
Mohr, Jessica Oct 11, 2018, 12:21 PM
Thank you From: Stephan Brodhead [] Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 6:56 PM 3011 Elderberry mead Colorado
Stephan Brodhead Nov 13, 2018, 2:23 PM (21 hours ago)
When will there be gas on the property? The HOA is pitching a bitch..

Langley, Teresa K

9:57 AM (1 hour ago)
to me



The current install time is approximately 6 weeks from the time of payment. I am currently working on the design and will try to get the invoicing expedited through Xcel and get the quote to you ASAP.


Please let me know if you have any other questions.


Teresa Langley Design Specialist II
Office: 720-274-6488

Cell: 720-545-5864
4725 Independence St | Suite 100 | Wheat Ridge, CO 80033




From: Mohr, Jessica
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 9:35 AM
To: Langley, Teresa K
Cc: Hernandez Santa Cruz, Saul
Subject: FW: 3011 Elderberry Ln


Good Morning,


Can you follow up with the builder and let him know what’s going on with this one?




Jessica Mohr Team Lead/Builder Support
O:303.459.6656 F: 303.430.0150
4725 Independence St | Suite 100 | Wheat Ridge, CO 80033





The Brodhead resume


It was 7am on the morning of 9/12/ 2001 as the C-141C Starlifter descended across the  battlefields of Princeton, Paoli,  and Valley Forge, and crossed the Delaware on it’s way to McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey. Battlefields that Brodheads would fight along side George Washington  during the revolution.


One of only a handful of military aircraft in the skies of America that day, the Aircraft had flown from “Sea to shining sea” without hearing one radio call from another aircraft. The Starlifter had taken off from March AFB, California at 11PM on 9/11/2001. We were hauling FEMA assets, and rescue dogs which were bound for New York.


As the dawn settled across the Eastern seaboard,  the C-141C crew could see the smoke from the collapsed twin towers from 35,000 feet and over a 100 miles away, the sun burning brightly in the back ground.

on August 27th,  1664, at basically this same location on  Manhattan, my Great plus Grandfather, Captain Daniel Brodhead I ,  “Second in Command of the Nichols Expedition,” would disembark from British “Man-O-Wars”  along with 500 British troops, and force the surrender of New Amsterdam.


New Amsterdam would be renamed New York and English speaking rule established.


In late August of 1776,  and within blocks of this same location, my great plus grand uncle Colonel Daniel Brodhead of the 8th Pennsylvania rifle regiment,  would defend George Washington’s midnight retreat across the East river. He would be among the last boats that left Brooklyn Heights after the devastating defeat at the “Battle of Long Island!”  On the Manhattan side of the East river, Daniel Brodhead and his Pennsylvanian riflemen, while under the command of Thomas Mifflin,  would tend the encampment fires  in order to fool  Howe’s forces as George Washington and his army retreated to Fort Washington..


Daniel’s son Ensign would be captured, and  spend time on a prison ship. Daniel’s Brother Luke would be musketed , captured, and also spend several months in a disease ridden British prison ship on the Hudson. Previous to the “Battle of Long Island,” Luke would be a soldier in the 1st American Rifle regiment, and protect the “Guns of Ticonderoga”  atop “Dorchester Heights” at the siege of Boston.


The Brodhead brothers would later join their “Band of Brothers” at “Valley Forge” and  “Take the oath of Allegiance “to America.


Daniel Brodhead would become one of George Washington’s generals, a dear friend, and commander of the Western department headquartered at Fort Pitt. Luke Brodhead  would be on Marques De lafayette’s staff and be wounded several more times


While at Valley Forge, Daniel Brodhead would be the first officer that talked about VA benefits for the offspring of  Continental soldiers that were killed in battle.


The Brodheads from Pennsylvania were non-slave owning free soilers. They rose up and supported the Patriots in Boston early in 1775.


Garret Brodhead and Richard Brodhead would fight during the War of 1812

During the Mexican American War, Thornton Fleming Brodhead would fight in the 15th Infantry under the command of his cousin General Franklin Pierce at the battles of Contreras, Churubusco, and Chapultepec. He along with Lee, Grant, Jackson, Longstreet, Pickett and other American civil war generals would be present as they hung the “San Patricios” and hoisted the American flag over the Chapultepec castle. This heinous event changed Franklin Pierce’s views on Catholic oppression within New Hampshire government. Thorton would also serve with Washinton Territory’s first governor Isaac Stevens.

In 1861, Thornton F. Brodhead would raise the First Michigan cavalry  (Wolverines) at the personal request of Abraham Lincoln. He and his Wolverines would be among the first to come to the defense of Washington DC. In August of 1862, Col. Brodhead would command the Verdiersville raid and almost capture Jeb Stuart. Instead, they took Jeb Stuart’s  cavalier hat and purple overcoat as war prizes. He would also capture a dispatch between Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson detailing the entrapment of Pope’s Army between the Rappahannock and the Rapidan possibly saving Popes troops from a severe beating.


Thorton F. Brodhead would be shot by Jeb Stuart’s men at  Lewis ford of Bullrun creek during the 2nd battle of Manassas. Stuart’s men would  field strip him of  his horse, saddle, boots, sword and pistols. Brodhead would be brevetted to general on his deathbed September 1st, 1862. Isaac Stevens would also die on September 1st, 1862, shot through the temple at the Battle of Chantilly. George Armstrong Custer would take command of the 1st Michigan later that year. The Michigan Cavalry Brigade would avenge Brodhead’s death at the “Battle of Yellow Tavern,”  when Wolverine  Sgt. Huff put  pistol lead into Stuart. Meanwhile, Lt. Edgar Brodhead was Captain of the U.S.S. Saratoga and blockading Charleston harbor  under the command of Admiral John A. Dahlgren


At Appomattox, Robert E. Lee would have to ride through the mounted ranks of the 1st Michigan Cavalry on his way to the Appomattox courthouse and accept Grant’s terms of surrender.


Brodheads have  always been first. We were the first to establish English speaking rule in the New World.  We were first to rise against British tyranny. We were the first delegates to the 1st Continental Congress. We were the first to join the 1st American Rifle regiment. We were the first to talk about Veteran’s benefits. We were first among the “Founding fathers!” We would have been the first to get the  British hangman’s noose.  Now Brodheads seek to put our children’s futures first!


A total of five  Brodheads  have served in Congress and one in the Senate.  During the 1840s and 1850s, on the House and Senate floor,  we debated the great issues that confronted this nation like The Kansas Nebraska Act, The Wilmot Proviso,  The Missouri Compromise, slavery in the territories, and the Postal service bill just to name a few.  We would pass legislation that funded the Mexican/American war. We would vote for legislation that created the Washington Territory, the Oregon Territory, the Utah territory, the New Mexico territory. The annexation of Texas, the Gadsden Purchase, the Fremont/Carson expeditions and the topography surveys for the Transcontinental railroad and telegraph. The list goes on and on. We would also pass legislation that provided 160 and 460 acre land grants to Oregon and Washingtonian pioneers. We would work diligently to provide free land for all Veterans that fought for this country. In addition, we passed funding for the Capitol building extension which built the East, and West wings, Capitol Dome, and Congressional library. Senator Richard H. Brodhead from Pennsylvania would marry Jefferson Davis’s niece. He would lose his senate seat to Republican Simon Cameron who would run for president and then cut a deal with Abraham Lincoln at the 1860 Republican Convention. My great grand uncle would die a few months after Gettysburg.


We worked with the finest statesmen of the age. Leaders who understood that legislation must be visionary and facilitate progress and economy.  Today, our legislators are beholden to special interest and are either reactionary or engage in oppressive protectionist policies.


Click on link below and put Brodhead in search engine window.


Congressional Globe search engine


Throughout the history of this great nation, Brodheads have erred on the right side of history and stood with the things that were beneficial to this country. Our finger prints are all over the blueprint of the American dream. We fought for English speaking rule, independence, Manifest Destiny, and emancipation.


Now we fight to create a robust future for our children. We fight for an “Alternative energy age” that will rival the transcontinental railroad and put millions of our youngsters to work. An age that will create “total” energy independence, protect our environment, and launch America into decades of prosperity..


Lastly, I am proud of my British German heritage and how we have helped build this country into the greatest nation on earth. This wonderful country stands as a monument to the world and I will not let it be torn down by those that would seek to divide us. We are a wonderful melting pot work in progress. We relish our past and understand our history. We will not repeat the horrendous mistakes of the past and we as freedom loving Americans condemn violence, ignorance, and racism in all their forms. The Brodhead story is the story of this country. While we are not perfect, we always strive to elevate human  equity in order to form a more perfect union. We reach across the aisle and shun partisan hackery. We give way to our better angels.


Stephan Brodhead’s resume:




Industrial Science

Colorado State University


A.S. Flight Engineering



A.S. Aircraft Maintenance Technology



Private sector experience:

25 year small business owner, ASE certified auto mechanic, residential housing handyman to include all phases of construction, electrical and plumbing, Currently managing and maintaining personal residential rental property portfolio.




FAA Flight Engineer

FAA Airframe and Powerplant






Boeing Manufacturing Engineer

Acft. types B737, B757, E-3A, E6B



Acft. Technician

United States Air Force and Air Force Reserves

Acft. types  B-52G, B-52H, KC-135A, KC-10A, C-130, C-141B



Flight Engineer

United States Air Force Reserves

Acft. types C-141B, C-141C  4200 flying hours


Military campaigns and C-141 missions

Cold war

Desert Storm



Bosnia support missions

Cuban refugee relocation

Operation Southern Watch

Operation Northern watch

Al Qaida relocation to Gitmo

Iraq Freedom

Afghanistan support missions


Stephan’s father and uncle both served over 20 years in the Strategic Air Command . Milton Brodhead, would serve in the Strategic Air Command’s 1st Combat Evaluation group as a radar technician. These are the folks that directed B-52 strikes at the Siege of Khe Sanh. He also performed a tour in the “Agent Orange” contaminated jungles of Vietnam.


Douglas Brodhead  would serve as a pilot and fly the B-17, B-29, KC-97,KC-135 and B-52G. He would operate the the B-52 during Operation Chromedome (Airborne nuclear alert)


Stephan served in SAC for 4 years as a B-52 G/H aircraft technician .He would also pull “Nuclear alert”.


The rest of his military career was spent in MAC and the Air Mobility Command  “Reserves”  as a C-141B/C Flight Engineer.  He would fly worldwide in support of our national interest 7 to 10 days a month for 16 years, and be activated for Iraq for 18 months. He performed the dedicated C-141C Air evacuation mission from Baghdad & Balad to Ramstein AB and Andrews AFB.  He has logged over 1,500,000 to 1,764,000 miles in the air in support of our national interest, and has been to countless cities on every continent save Antarctica.


Stephan was a member of the 728th Airlift Squadron at McChord AFB from 1991 to 2000  and the 730th Airlift Squadron at March AFB from 2000 to 2005. His service was from 1978 to 2006 with total active duty time of about 12 years.

Stephan’s mother was an immigrant from Germany. He was born at Westover AFB, Mass, and grew up in Nevada and Colorado. He has lived in Tacoma or Kirkland since 1989. The only mark on his private sector record is a DUI 27 years ago. Today, I might enjoy a pint of Northwest  Hefeweizen a dozen times a year. I also had an article 15,  a couple letters of reprimand, and busted a stripe 35 years ago.

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From Elko to England Part 4 second editing



Part 4

The ride out to the flight line and the Mustangs was always a solemn affair. For the most part, the flight members said very little and honored a silence before the hunt. The fellas sat shoulder to shoulder on the truck as simply a group of unified and dedicated fighter pilots. The last impressions they would want to leave with a fellow patriot are moments of silence and a kind handshake.  Petty grievances were put aside and focused professionalism took its place. They learned early on to never be mean and nasty to one another before a combat sortie. It could be the last time they see each other, so they adhered to a strict code of interaction and discipline.

Milt jumped from the rear of the deuce and a half and saluted his fellow pilots.  With the puff of smoke and exhaust fumes, the deuce and a half would continue on to varied locations on the British Airfield. They learned the hard way at Pearl Harbor to not put aircraft in a single line.  A maintenance troop was in the cockpit of Milt’s Mustang with the engine running. The tail of the aircraft was moored securely to the British airfield turf, the tires were chocked, and the brakes were set as the maintenance fella ran the P-51 to full military power. This crew chief had run engines on the P-51 Mustang over a hundred times. He could tell with just the rush of wind and thrust when an aircraft was achieving full military power. He would verify that all the gauges reflected that reality. Milt’s aircraft wasnt quite up to snuff.    

He was no ordinary aircraft mechanic. He was a farm boy from rural Southern Oregon. His family had been farming the Willamette Valley since Oregon was a territory in the late 1850s. He was a product of generations of a farming family that struggled to make a living. In fact, the farm had been owned and worked by 6 generations of Schroeders. Over the last 100 years, the machinery to plow the land had evolved from oxen and horse-drawn plows to tractors and trucks. His father was first to own an American made tractor. It wasn’t a new tractor when they bought it, but it was trustworthy. A neighboring farmer had died leaving his wife to tend the farm. She was childless, so she had to sell his equipment to survive. They gave her good money for the Ford. 

The families had know each other since the 1870’s. The Schroeder family came by Conestoga wagons to Oregon while the Clausens had come by the first transcontinental railroad. The Schroeder family gave Gabby Clausen a good price for the tractor and as part of the deal plowed and planted her land until she herself passed on. The widow would help with the planting, harvest and canning or whatever she could do. She was part of the family.  

Joseph was 5 years old when they bought the tractor. By the time he was 22, he could fix and repair anything on the farm. From combines to Ford flatheads, he could fix anything. It was a 20-mile drive to town on dirt roads. Washed out dirt roads. Even on a good day, it was a task to drive their 1-ton farm truck to town. The roads were so bad in some areas that speeds above 15 MPH would stress the truck’s suspension. The 20-mile drive took, at last, an hour and precious fuel. Even then, one did not know if the local parts store even had the part ordered weeks before. There was no phone and no internet. Joseph learned to take care of the equipment. Joseph was a champ at double clutching the 1 ton and it’s spur gear transmission. He was totally in tune with it’s mechanical nature. Breaking down on the road meant a 10-mile walk in either direction, so he always treated the equipment with care and kindness. 

Years of maintaining precious and complex farm equipment on a strict budget had instilled a respect for machinery in Joseph. He remembers when he ran the Oliver to fast and broke the PTO input on the combine when mechanisms hit a fawn hiding in the wheat. This event cost the farm precious time. Weeks in fact. In order to avoid losses, the farm had to contract with an outfit to bring in the harvest. This meant the family had to borrow against the farm for the next year’s seed. From that event on, Joseph was vigilant and careful with everything he did.

On the flight line, he was a leader and a good mechanic. He was the line chief’s go to guy on all the complex issues. He was comfortable with a wrench and was not afraid of fixing things. He would go elbow deep on any maintenance issue and was familiar with all aircraft systems because they weren’t much different than an old Ford tractor.   Joe had changed copious hydraulic hoses and actuators. He had repaired crank and rod assemblies, electrical systems and changed tires. To him, the only difference between an old Ford tractor and the P-51 was that it had a  V-12,  a propeller, and some wings.  Instead of 30 HP, the P-51 had 1700 hundred.

Joseph led by example on the flight line. His farm boy demeanor fit quite comfortably in the aviator maintenance world. He was confident, capable and competent.  He avoided nonvalue extraneous behavior and grandiose personality and focused on fixing the issues. Soon many on the flight line emulated his behavior.

The city guys were relegated to fueling, chocking and learning…..

With head down, Master Sergeant Schroeder focused on the P-51’s boost gauge, inter cooler temp, and exhaust temp. The boost was still a few pounds low, and all other indications were well within specification. He had run engines on hundreds of P-51s and new the nature of the Merlin Packard engine by heart. He had joined the Army Air Corps in January 1938 and left his brothers to tend the farm. He was the youngest. He had to find his own way. In 1942, Sgt. Schroeder was selected to learn the Merlin Packard engine at the engine factory. He had learned this engine at every point in the manufacturing process. Now the Merlin Packard P-51 engine was as familiar to him as a fathead six. After killing the P-51’s engine’s ignition, Schroeder jumped from the cockpit and yelled, “I am gonna look at the supercharger boost control rod sir!” A moment later, the engine cowling was open and Schroeder’s head and shoulders was lost behind the prop and in the engine compartment. An instance later, he reemerges and yells, ” it looks like the boost control rod was not adjusted correctly.  I went ahead and adjusted it for full travel. The rod is at the idle stop so. Let me verify full travel at the throttle. Joe pushes the throttle forward and rechecks the boost rod travel at the engine. It look s good and he closes the engine cowling.  As he double checks all the cowling fasteners, he says, ” she will get full boost travel now!” “Oh and no leaks were detected, were gonna top her off and then she is all yours. You can double check the boost on your pre-takeoff checklist, we have seen this exact issue before. ” 

Milton begins his preflight activities and inspects the entire aircraft as the maintenance folks top off the tanks.  His inspection is just a quick visual.  He checks the rudder, elevator and aileron hinges for security. Looks for hydraulic leaks or a low tire.  He also checks for loose panels. His last event before putting on his parachute and mask and entering the tiny cockpit would be taking a nice long piss at the tail of the aircraft. Once in the cockpit, he quickly checks the aircraft electrical power system and all the gages along with verifying flight control operation.  He is confident that the aircraft is airworthy. In addition, Joe had gone over every single inch of flight control cabling along with all the related pulleys and bell cranks. He checked all safety wired locations and verified that the cable tension was within specification.  All coolant hoses were checked for leaks and security. All engine components bolts checked for torque and tightness.  Hydraulic lines checked for cracks and seepage. Tires checked for wear and cuts.

The ordinance folks load all six  .50 caliber machines guns with new ammunition belts and oil up the loader feeds mechanisms. The aircraft is locked and loaded.

All three flights of pilots sit in their aircraft and check their watches for go time. .


THURSDAY, 13 JULY 1944 STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): Mission 471: 1,043 bombers and 609 fighters in 3 forces are dispatched to bomb targets in Germany; 10 bombers and 5 fighters are lost:1. Of 399 B-17s, 356 bomb Munich, 6 bomb the railroad at Munich and 3 hit targets of opportunity; 4 B-17s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 156 damaged; 8 airmen are KIA, 7 WIA and 36 MIA. Escort is provided by 292 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; they claim 2-1-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-38 and 1 P-47 are lost.2. Of 278 B-17s, 139 bomb Munich, 100 hit an aircraft engine plant at Munich and 3 hit targets of opportunity; they claim 11-4-8 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 B-17s are lost, 2 are damaged beyond repair and 129 damaged; 9 airmen are WIA and 50 MIA. Escort is provided by 170 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost and 1 P-38 is damaged beyond repair.3. Of 366 B-24s, 298 hit Saarbrucken marshalling yards and 3 hit targets of opportunity; 1 B-24 is lost, 7 damaged beyond repair and 31 damaged; 23 airmen are KIA, 9 WIA and 19 MIA. Escort is provided by 81 of 85 P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost and 1 damaged beyond repair.28 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions during the night.


From Elko to England Part 3 (2nd editing)

“Crews dismissed report to your flight chiefs and aircraft,” barked the squadron commander. The once silent and attentive room again erupted into the screeches of chair legs, men chatting, and a few harassing comments here and there. The clinking sounds of metal lighter lids opening and the striking of flints began to dominate the room. The witty banter of a few became an indistinguishable hum of interaction. Here and there laughter would break out.  

Unlike the B-17 crews, these were all officers. Many officers had college degrees, but for the most part, WWII military officers did not have any education beyond high school. Many were selected to be officers based on physical and intellectual merit, simple natural selection, community status or the needs of the day. Many times those that were selected were excellent officers and pilots, but many simply made it through the cracks of military bureaucracy. The weak and unworthy were weeded out if they made it to England, especially if they were B-17 pilots.

The P-51 Mustang pilot only had to manage themselves and do the job without cracking or exposing weakness or lack of character and discipline. They had to play the game. They had to become one with a  high performance killing machine.

The B-17 officer had a group of men to manage and could not withdraw from interaction. The B-17 officer actually had to lead men from all walks of life. Men that were raised and worked in different communities all across America. Men from rural farming communities were lumped in with tough guys from the inner cities. A fella from the poor mountain regions of West Virginia would work alongside a spoiled kid from Boston. Sons of mechanics in Detroit might have to work with the sons’ of clergy from the Oklahoma panhandle. A Mormon from Utah would have to work with an Italian Catholic from the Bronx. A Southern Baptist from Texas would have to work with an atheist from the streets Hollywood or Methodist from the north woods of New Hampshire. A cowboy from the deserts of Nevada would have to tolerate someone from LA. The list goes on and on.

The crew of a B-17 was as diverse as America itself. The B-17 aircraft commander actually had to lead men with countless personality types, while the P-51 Mustang officer could simply keep to himself and kill Germans. The leadership of a B-17 crew went beyond simply working together on the aircraft during a mission. The B-17 crews slept together in tents of 8 men. They ate together. They partied in London together. They fought. They lost nerve. They cried together. They lost friends together. They saw fellow crewmen take cannon fire and shrapnel and bleed out on the flight deck together. They watched as other crewmen were burned to death as a B-17 crash-landed at the airfield.

Many men were hated by the crew or became emotional liabilities. Others would succumb to the physiological stress environment of high altitude bombing and become unmanageable. Some went insane or became mentally ill and unstable. These are just some of the things the B-17 leadership had to contend with and manage.

For the P-51 Mustang pilot, it was just stick, rudder, and a radio.

The B-17 Aircraft commander had to contend with a host of enlisted characters from the gunners to the radio operator and flight engineer. The most vulnerable and paranoid individual on the crew was usually the tail gunner. He was the fella with only glass in front of him waiting for the German Ace to pay a visit, especially when he was “Tail end Charlie” or the last aircraft in a cell.

A seasoned German pilot would come in fast from behind. The first thing the German pilot would do is take out the tail gunner and then the belly turret gunner. At this point, the B-17 cannot direct fire to it’s six o’clock position. When given time, the German would then start walking his fire across the wing of the B-17, puncture the fuel tanks or take out a bank of engines. Once this happened, the B-17 would slow and descend as it lost power or burst into flames. The combination of fuel, ignition and the velocity of air that is created by an aircraft, is like a blow torch.  Once the process starts, it burns the aircraft’s aluminum skin like paper. A fuel tank would rapidly open up and then the contents would  explode. 

The reality is that only 2% of German fighter ordinance hit the B-17. In fact, pilots would basically use up a huge percentage of rounds just to exact a few hits on a bomber. Of course, once a bomber was hit and fell out of the group, it became easy pickings for any German fighter of the day. German fighters equipped with the 30 mm MK108 cannon could down a B-17 outright with 4 hits. One hit from the BK5 cannon or what equates to a  “50mm Panzer III tank cannon”  would kill a fighter or bomber easily. Otherwise, other German fighters with smaller caliber machine guns took 25 hits to down a B-17. Again the process started with the B-17 gunner being ridden with 20 mm and 8mm machine gun fire.

A B-17 could take a beaten and still fly. The only way to kill it was to inundate it with heavy fire or damage the engines and simply cut the calf from the herd.  The German pilots would attack the B-17 from several different directions, however, the strike from the rear was the most effective.  Striking from the left or right wasted ordinance because it was hard to negotiate angles and velocity.   Only a few rounds might hit the B-17 while exposing the German fighter to 3 sets of 50 caliber machine guns.  Four sets if the tail gunner could swing his gun far enough.  The most effective attack started at the rear of the B-17.  The top turret gunner of the B-17 had to avoid hitting the B-17’s tail section, hence the B-17 tail section provided cover for the oncoming German fighter. Most started with the tail gunner. Chances were good that both tail gunner and the belly turret gunner could be neutralized with just one or two bursts from German fighter guns. Once lined up it was just a matter of a slight push or pull on the yoke and the German could rake his fire longitudinally along the length of the B-17 airframe. 

During the attack phase, the German ME262 pilot only have a few seconds to make the kill. He would also have to take in the angle of attack, windage, and leading a target during the apex of an accelerating turn. The equation was quite horrific and impossible for young pilots. . The ME 262 had 4 x 30 mm MK 108 cannons in the nose. The MK108 cannon could fire 650 rounds a minute.  A 30mm round projectile is 1.20 inches in diameter and 4 inches long or almost three times the size of a .50 Cal. It also had an explosive charge.

The Germans had found the two engine ME410 with MK108 cannons a formidable bomber killer and night fighter. It could fly at 360 MPH to 380 mph, but only 1200 were built. Even at 380 MPH, they were no match for the P-51 Mustang that could fly at over 430 MPH. The ME410 was relegated to night fighting the British Lancaster and Halifax bombers.

Alas, the ME 262 could attack at no less than 560 MPH. 130 MPH faster than the P-51 and over 360 MPH faster than the bomber group.

The P-51 Mustang pilot only dealt with fellow officers or enlisted maintainers. They did not have to deal with a large crew or a large crew of wounded. All the P-51 Mustang pilot had to deal with was 438 miles and hour, 1700 horses, 6 X .50 caliber machine guns , a stick and rudder, and other pilots.

Once the aircraft cleared the white cliffs of Dover, it was 550 miles to Munich. The B-17 on the other hand cruised at 170 MPH. London to Munich and back was about 7 hours of flying. That is a long time in the seat.

The P-51 Mustang pilot had heated cockpit. The enlisted waste gunners in the back of the B-17 froze their asses off even in heated suits, all the while waiting for German lead to pierce the thin sheet of aluminum of the aircraft skin. At least they could talk with the rest of the crew. Meanwhile, the tail gunner is waiting for the ME 262 and its 4 x 30mm cannons to show up. All by his little lonesome.

The crew and squadron interpersonal dynamics between the P-51 and B-17 groups would have been stark. But, once in the air, they were one. The B-17 crews called the P-51 Mustang fellas their “Little Friends!” It was the ultimate bummer when the “Little friends” had to leave when the German 88s started to go off….

When the crew of a B-17 left the briefing room, the scuffling of chairs and the crew interaction had a different sound. These sounds represented and symbolized a completely different meaning than the same sounds made as the P-51 Mustang pilot’s left their briefing rooms before a mission. For the B-17 crew that was on it’s 24th mission, the sound of chair legs screeching on wooden floors may have produced a sickening feeling among the  front end crew.

Jay Inslee and the Big Bloomberg Bride

Jay Inslee the Benito Mussolini of enviro-fascism.

Many folks in Washington State do not realize that Mike Bloomberg, the New York billionaire, gave Jay Inslee one million dollars so he could push measure 1631. Measure 1631 was basically a liberal shaming construct that blamed big oil for carbon and global warming. Inslee figured that the easily manipulated and uninformed liberal nincompoops in Seattle would drag it across the finish line. Never mind that there are countless volcanic cracks on the ocean floor that emit billions of tons of carbon. Never mind that the forest ” let it burn”liberal mentality emits utter millions in metric tons of carbon as well.  Let us attempt to pass measure 1631 and pass the billions in taxation on to Washingtonians.

Bloomberg gave Inslee a million dollars so he could push billions in taxation on to the Washington taxpayers. They figured one million nets billions, so they went for broke.

What was really absurd was that the allocated money did not have accountability and would be strictly controlled by  Jay Inslee’s hand-picked bureaucrats. Meaning, they could use the money in combination with political advertising. Hence, the Washington taxpayer would fund Washington Democrats associative political campaigns for years to come.

The Big Bloomberg Bribe was meant to fill the political coffers ahead of the 2020 elections so Mike Bloomberg could bribe his way into winning the Washington State Top Two primary system.

Jay Inslee knowingly engaged in fraud, misrepresentation, and complete abuse of the public trust.

The biggest lesson we can take from measure 1631 is that Inslee is a classical fascist and a  corporatist that believes Washinton Sate’s economic direction and corporatism should be controlled by the state. We determine this conclusion by his willingness to tax specific businesses in order to elevate other interests. He alone feels that he should pick winners and losers in the energy sector.

Jay Inslee used New York money to push an enviro-fascist/ enviro-corporatist agenda. In reality, it was a massive FEC violation disguised as a pollution tax. Billions could be used any way the Democrats wanted.  Because Inslee would hand-select the oversite mechanism, the board that controlled measure 1631 taxation revenue would have controlled the revenue exclusively.

This is the worst violation of the ballot measure system in history and an insult to Washington Taxpayers.

Jay Inslee’s fraudulent behavior is reprehensible.

State-backed mortgage loans that included the funding of residential solar power systems would have cost the taxpayers nothing. The entire solar energy grid could be financed by the people and buried in the mortgage industry. Instead, Jay Inslee wants to tax Washington’s energy consumption!

Jay Inslee is an enviro-fascist shyster snake oil salesman that wanted to make billions of the backs of hard-working Washingtonians and for what?




Without Brian Sandoval Republicans lose huge in the Silver State

The Brian Sandoval era in Nevada is coming to an end. Republicans thought that Adam Laxalt could basically parachute into Nevada get elected to the Attorney Generalship and then be elevated to the Governorship. However, unlike Brian Sandoval who garnered 75% of the Hispanic vote, Laxalt, even as a diluted Basque descendant,  did not have enough identity politics juice to complete the mission.  Republicans failed to drag Adam Laxalt across the finish line. Apparently, Clark and Washoe county either did not know who Paul Laxalt was or that it did not matter, While Adam Laxalt attempted to exploit his family name, Hispanic identity politics in the dense metropolitan communities of Reno and Las Vegas now run the political show for the entire estate. Once Sandoval was out of the picture, Hispanics defaulted back to voting for Democrats. They quickly forgot about all the things that Republicans did for Nevada over the last 8 years. We do know that Hispanics will vote for Hispanics or default to Democrats. How sad.

Nevada would also lose Dean Heller’s Senate seat to a Harry Reid protege Jacky Rosen.

Nevada would only retain one single US Congressman.

The Nevada State legislature and Senate would also see complete Democrat dominance.

A big Catch 22 is that Governor Brian Sandoval’s legacy will remain intact given the Democrats penchant for taxation.

Brian Sandoval is a lame duck. He can wait until Catherine Cortez Masto is up for re-election and then beg the national Republican establishment for campaign donations.

Sandoval figured if he dissociated himself with Trump that all would be well.  he would maintain favor with Hispanics and the association would translate into big votes for  Republicans. Instead, his political party gets slaughtered.

Sandoval is dead in the water now. He can either end his siege with Trump and offer up his services as U.S. Attorney General or he can walk the dog and scoop poop in a plastic bag. If he stays engaged, he maintains viability for future revenue streams and a run for the U.S. Senate.   Then again, he could simply run up and down the Walker River and forget the most successful political legacy in Nevada history.

In the final analysis, if Sandoval does not stay in the arena,  his state is doomed to liberal leadership for eternity. Sandoval had an epically awesome Governorship, but he leaves with his party in utter shambles.  Too bad there isn’t another  Paul Laxalt protege cleaning sheep pens in the pipeline.  It is clear that Nevada considered  Adam Laxalt simply an undeserving fraud.

Sandoval could have maintained good relations with Trump after the election. It seems that it did not matter either way. Nevada is now the domain of identity politics and has gone the way of East LA.

As far as Dean Heller, he has a babe of a wife, beautiful children,  and a good horse. he will be OK. For Adam laxalt, good riddance!!!!

Congrats Cegavske!!!!



Sessions and Rosenstein resign as DOJ focuses on FISAGATE

Many of us were wondering when Donald Trump would turn the screws up on FISAGATE.  He basically bided his time, gathered information under the camouflage of the Meuller investigation umbrella and hoarded the political ammunition.  This was a stroke of genius because the Democrats will not shut down an investigation that is directed at a Republican president.   I figured he would not waste FIASAGATE on the midterm elections.

Now that Sessions and Rosenstein are shitcanned, Trump can now bring in a new attorney general team and harvest the Meuller investigation and FISA court abuses.  If he releases classified documents related to the FISA court abuse and surveillance thereof,  the trail may lead all the way to Obama’s Whitehouse.  At a minimum, Trump purges the FBI and other agencies of those who would violate the 4th Amendment along political lines. He will also expose the DNC and the Clintons.

Trump can live with a democratically controlled house. Pelosi will make a fool of herself and all her idiot lawmakers. This reality along with the release of FISA court abuse will bode well heading into the 2020 election season.

It will be interesting to see if Rosenstein turns states evidence.

It will be interesting to watch as Trump either works with Pelosi’s idiots or he makes a fool of them.

It is a wonderful thing to see two entrenched self-serving bureaucrats get their asses flushed down the Swamp shitter hole!”

I bet we have not seen the last of Rosenstein. He will be subpoenaed in the not too distant future so he can point out all the traitors.  Rosenstein will cop a plea to save his own ass. As far as Sessions, it will be nice to see the career politician fall off a boat fishing somewhere in Alabama.  Seeya Sessions you ass! Eat shit Rosenstein.

It is time for a genuine Senate investigation where Rosenstein plays the role of Dean.

FISAGate makes Watergate look like a misdemeanor.

It is time for justice!!!!!!



Seattle liberal insanity sinks Susan’s bid for U.S Senate

Everybody else in the state of Washington overwhelmingly endorsed Susan Hutchison’s message.  The only holdouts were the inept and derelict liberal idiots in Seattle. Sadly these non-thinking liberal King County folks can be conditioned and manipulated into believing anything. Sadly, they are very receptive to identity politics, propaganda campaigns, and smoke and mirrors environmental shaming. The uninformed Marxist artsy fartsy  Seattle doofus establishment holds sway on the entire state of Washington.

Governor Jay Inslee took money from Mike Bloomberg and put 1631 on the ballot.   The big Bloomberg bribe ahead of his 2020 run for president.  Bloomberg was actually buying off the Washington State Democratic party for the 2020 primary with a million dollar bribe! A completely unnecessary ballot measure. Even though the measure would add billions to utility costs for Washington taxpayers, Inslee only saw dollars signs and was all too willing to go along with the Big Bloomberg Bribe.  He allowed an East coast billionaire liberal to fund his enviro-fascist agenda and then he shoved it down the taxpayer’s throats.  Inslee figured the lemming liberals in Seattle would drag it across the finish line.  A smoke and mirrors snake oil salesman envirofascist fraud measure. He used Bloomberg’s money to spread false propaganda and lies to Washingtonians.

Jay Inslee took the tax paying citizens as fools. He figured that if he badmouthed oil companies and shamed the  Seattle liberal idiots with a carbon guilt construct, he could get them to pass a bill that put billions into the hands of unelected envirofascist bureaucrats.

The money would have then been used to push more envirofascist money-making taxation schemes while enabling defacto association and promotion of liberal Democrat candidates. In essence, the public funding of the Washington State  Democrat political machine for the next several years.

The Bloomberg million dollar bribe gift was basically  “pay to play politics” at a heinously massive scale.  Here take my million and use it to see if you can get billions in tax measures passed with zero accountability. Then you can endorse me during the 2020 primary while putting billions into the pockets of worthless bureaucrats. We will get seniors and the poor to pay for it!!!!   

1631 was simply an attempt at  pay to play taxation fraud at a massive level.

The Democrats put a massive taxation scam ahead of tax paying citizens. That makes Inslee and his Democrats simply unethical  money hungry scam artists.

We have to thank Susan Hutchison for putting her person and mental health on the line for the rest of us. She is an intelligent and talented scrapper that is not afraid to fight the good fight. In some regards, Susan Hutchison’s candidacy raised copious awareness about measure 1631, so in essence, she helped save Washingtonians utter billions in taxation.

We now have to get ready for 2020. Under Jay Inslee, the Washington State budget has ballooned by 31%. Property taxes continue to rise at 15% a year. The ST3 taxation and car tabs scam is a multigenerational tax that only benefits Seattle. A few more years of Democrat governors and the Puget Sound will be an economic ghost town. An area where housing rents will be unsustainable and seniors will be driven from their homes.  A place where large corporations will avoid because of the Seattle liberal Marxist mentality and penchant for inept taxation measures.

Yupp, Susan fought our good fight and did her best. We must thank her from the bottoms of our hearts for going to bat for our future. Thank you Susan!!!!

When you get right down to it, we must fight the liberal idiots in Seattle tooth and nail from here on out. It is either them and their stagnate overpriced Marxist utopian ghetto or the traditional Pacific Northwest where people come to prosper.

Oh Susan, pull up those bootstraps because we need your leadership. We need you carrying the flag when we make the next assault the Seattle liberal bastion and Inslee’s corrupt party.

Oh and Inslee, you suck!!!!