Fun With Gunpowder

Yesterday afternoon, I got a phone call from my good friend and occasional co-defendant Stacy McCain. He invited me out to an undisclosed location for a fireworks display that he was putting together. It turned out to be an impressive show, in large part because of Stacy’s expertise in the use of timed fusing to program the fireworks.Here are a few photos from the display—

A good time was had by all, and no Tovex was used in any of the fireworks.

UPDATE—Be sure to scroll down through the comment section for the video.

UPDATE 2—Videos.

Not Spending Other People’s Money

So the DoD is canceling most of the fireworks displays at bases around the country. I say, “most,” because it seems that the soldiers at Ft. Campbell will still have their display.

This is a strange. The fireworks displays at military bases are paid for with what are called “non-appropriated funds.” Sequesters and budget cuts should have nothing to do with this.

Non-appropriated funds are generated by the military community through the sale of goods and services and the collection of fees and charges for participation in military community programs. They do not involve federal tax dollars. The largest sources of non-appropriated funds are the PX and BX systems. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is an agency of the United States Department of Defense. One of it’s missions is to generate reasonable earnings of non-appropriated funds for the support of United States Army and Air Force Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs (MWR). The Navy operates the equivalent Navy Exchange, the Marine Corps operates the Marine Corps Exchange, and the United States Coast Guard operates the Coast Guard Exchange. The average soldier’s PX purchases generate a bit more than $200 of profits for MWR funding each year.

Well, at least the Commander-in-Chief made it back from Africa in time to watch the display on the National Mall. I hear the view from the White House is great.