In anticipation of State Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz report on possible FISA abuse by the DOJ and FBI, we thought we’d share some of our experiences with the inspection side of the IG during our time in the US Air Force. Jody’s perspective comes from his experiences as an asshole IG inspector with the Air Force Inspection Agency (AFIA), while Chris shares his perspective from the point-of-view of a member of the poor bastard shop chief in the inspected unit. Although Jody’s work was focused in Air Force hospitals and Chris’ worked in operational units launching aircraft, the process of compliance inspections is essentially the same, as is the stupid shit we saw and laughed at…and now we’re sharing it with you!
A hundred years and a thousand storytellers have blurred the legend of the Maco Light and we’re not going to make it any clearer. Joe Baldwin was a brakeman and was traveling in the caboose of an Atlantic Coast Line train through the little town of Maco, North Carolina, when all of a sudden it became uncoupled from its train. Was there something nefarious about this?
We don’t know. But, Joe, who may or may not have been asleep and/or drinking, realized that another train following close behind was about to collide with his car that sat motionless on the track. He ran to the back of the caboose, wildly swinging his lantern to get the engineer’s attention, but the engineer who may or may not have been asleep and/or drinking, didn’t see Joe’s light in time. And the oncoming train crashed into Joe’s caboose taking Joe’s head in the process and flinging it into a nearby swamp.
On the night of Christmas day, December 25, 1980, and into the early morning hours of December 26th, there were massive reports of UFO activity in the Rendlesham Forest area in the southeast of England. The forest is situated between two RAF bases operated by the USAF, Bentwaters and Woodbridge, so a crack team of USAF security forces personnel from Woodbridge were sent into the forest to investigate. They were never heard from again.
That’s not true, but they did report seeing a strange craft aloft a yellow mist. One of the Airmen took pictures of the craft, which had the film not been confiscated by the military would have provided definitive proof of the existence of UFOs. However, the siting and the spacecraft’s landing site was investigated by the local police who did indeed confirm the Airmen’s story.
Is it a man or just a cruel joke played by the universe as a testament to man’s baser instincts? Hell, we don’t know. What we do know is that the only accounts of sightings of or encounters with the Hard Stand Monster are second-hand because EVERYONE who has ever laid eyes on the dreaded ‘standing wolf’ has DIED!
Not really. The ‘died’ part anyway. The stories told of what is also known as the ‘British Bigfoot’ are all told through the eyes of a friend-of-a-friend-(of-a-friend, etc). So, are they true?
We don’t care. So, join us on an almost completely pointless journey into one of the great folk tales of the East of England (and we use the word ‘great’ loosely) as we explore the stories surrounding this strange creature, the mysterious North Woods, and a local farmer with a mannequin fetish.
The Digression Podcast Guys are a couple of US Air Force Vets who like to drink Scotch and tell “war stories”. Their storytelling is humorous, irreverent, and as Patton would say, colored with the “language of the barracks”. Their discussions cover interesting or unusual topics related to military history and folklore, but you don’t have to be in the military to appreciate them. So, if you’re looking to get away from all the political talk and controversy (and don’t mind a little digression), this is the podcast for you!