About me

Welcome to my blog! I am a U.S. Navy and Desert Storm Veteran, a professional accountant and hold a B.S. in Accounting. I have worked in various fields of accounting,  tax and auditing. I served on an aircraft carrier in Operation Desert Storm. Webster defines the word “dauntless”: fearless, undaunted.

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: I served in the United States Navy!!!”

President John F. Kennedy, 1 August 1963, in Bancroft Hall at the U. S. Naval Academy

About the above photo: the Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber became a mainstay of the Navy’s World War II air fleet in the Pacific, with the lowest loss ratio of any U.S. carrier-based aircraft. Douglas delivered a total of 5,936 SBDs and Army Air Forces A-24s between 1940 and the end of production in July 1944. The Dauntless was developed at the Douglas Northrop facility at El Segundo, Calif., and was based on the Northrop Model 8 attack bomber developed for both the Army and the export market. The SBD Dauntless featured “Swiss cheese” flaps — dive brakes punched with 3-inch holes — so that it could achieve pinpoint accuracy by diving to the target, dropping the bomb and then pulling out of the near-vertical dive. In addition to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Army Air Forces, the Dauntless served air forces in New Zealand and Mexico. The first enemy ship sunk by the U.S. Navy in World II is credited to a Dauntless from the USS Enterprise. The diving Dauntless went on to destroy 18 enemy warships, including a battleship and six carriers.
Specifications:
First flight: May 1, 1940
Wingspan: 41 feet 6 inches
Length: 33 feet
Height: 12 feet 11 inches
Ceiling: 27,100 feet
Range: 1,205 miles
Weight: 9,353 pounds
Power plant: 1,200-horsepower Wright R-1820-60 engine
Speed: 252 mph
Accommodation: Two crew
Armament: 2,250-lb bomb load; two fixed, forward-firing .50-caliber machine guns and one or two flexible, belt-fed .30-caliber machine guns mounted in rear cockpit.

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Favorite Quote: “With all [our] blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow citizens–a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.” –Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural, 1801. ME 3:320

A note about my sources and data:  I don’t use data and charts from Congressional Budget Office or Office of Management and Budget or other third parties. I generate my own charts and use data from St. Louis Federal Reserve, US Department of Commerce, US Bureau of Public Debt, Internal Revenue Service and similar to eliminate the bias. The CBO/OMB claim to be non-partisan, but I beg to differ. My responses are posted on this blog. If I decide to use chart/data from CBO/OMB or third parties, I will screen with the actual raw data from government sources. I post links to my references of all data. All data used is in the public domain so feel free to verify and I don’t spin the numbers. Disclaimer: I make no claim that government data that I use is truthful and accurate. The burden of proof is on the federal government. If you think the data that I use is inaccurate, then contact the respective government agency that supplied it. I try to be honest and forthright with the data provided.

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Responses

  1. An honor to meet you sir.

    • Likewise to you…your picture almost looked like an uncle of mine who served in the invasion of Sicily in WW2.

      • The Gravatar picture is that of my father, Everett “Smitty” Smith, wrong side of the world, but your uncle must have been a good-looking man.

      • I thank him for his service; I had three uncles that was in WWII; two were in the invasion of Sicily and the other was in the Army Air Corps and flew a P-47. All are deceased now and my father was in the US Army during the Korean War and passed away earlier this year.

      • I appreciate all your family has done and I’m very sorry about the loss of your father.

      • Oh, thank you. To me, it’s kinda like a brotherhood/sisterhood for us babyboomers whose fathers and some mothers served in those days.:) My paternal grandfather served in WWI, was in the Meuse Argonne offensive and received the Purple Heart from the the mustard gas inhalation the Germans used. He had to sleep with a window open for fresh oxygen every night, even in the winter…driving in the car too. Poor grandma should have got Purple Heart too!


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