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Patriotic Fashion Suggestion December 17, 2015

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I know you probably think I don’t post on fashion nearly often enough, especially given my natural acumen and with a Hostages Meatup coming in February. What sartorial selections are you likely to see there? I’m hoping they’re something like this:

MissUSA

As Jack Burton once said, “May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather.”

[Miss USA competing for the Miss Universe title; this picture and many others available at The Daily Mail]

Fire and Steel December 16, 2015

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9/11 conspiracists will never give up their Rosie O’Donnell-esque “fire can’t melt steel” nonsense. This fellow is fed up with it, and shows them why their argument is completely irrelevant.

The US Military, Wimpified December 16, 2015

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I’ve been hearing things like this from other sources, so this came as no surprise:

I would warn these people that our military is actually pretty ragged—under-funded, undertrained, and sorely lacking in the morale department. Most importantly, it’s been wussified—forced by politicians and general officers to become the “kindler gentler military” Stephanie Gutmann warned of fifteen years ago in her seminal book by the same name.

This “wussification” of the US military has probably been underway for decades but it shifted into hyperdrive after the ascendency of Barack Obama. His campaign to get women into combat arms positions—even elite units—without lowering standards was exposed as a farce at the very same press conference at which it was unveiled. As General Martin Dempsey famously pronounced in January 2013, “Importantly, though, if we do decide that a particular standard is so high that a woman couldn’t make it, the burden is now on the service to come back and explain to the secretary, why is it that high? Does it really have to be that high?” But don’t worry, standards won’t be lowered—and you’re sexist if you say otherwise.

The wussification of the Army is nearing its end stage. Consider the US Army Drill Sergeant School in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where noncommissioned officers go to learn how to train raw recruits. It prides itself on its New Army ethos—which means that there’s a lot less butt-chewing and apparently, according to one drill sergeant quoted in an article by journalist Jeff Wilkinson, no more “smoking” the privates. For non-veterans, “smoking” is when the drill sergeant makes the privates engage in all sorts of physically demanding exercises—pushups for sure, but also alligator walking, walrus crawling, T-bones, flutter kicks, and leg lifts. “We don’t smoke people anymore,” said Drill Sergeant Danielle Brooks. “But sometimes you have to give them a little extra TLC.” I wish this were The Onion but it isn’t. The drill sergeant really thinks it’s her job to deliver tender loving care. She might as well wear a button that says “free hugs.”

My son, who went through basic training last year, confirmed that the training was really watered down. He was disappointed, having been expecting to be pushed to his limits. But the neither the physical nor the mental aspects of training were particularly tough, much to the dismay of the older, crustier instructors.

He just came home for the holidays, telling me that the emerging push is making sure military personnel get adequate sleep. I’m not saying that having a military with good sleep habits is a bad idea, but it certainly represents a radical realignment of priorities. It doesn’t seem like they’re very far from instituting trigger alerts and safe zones. That should do wonders for war-fighting.

The military has a tough mission: defending the United States and its interests, anywhere, anytime. But the Obama administration has never understood this mission, treating the military as if it were a deployable police force. Policing and war-fighting are completely different, starting with the fact that wars can be lost, with drastic consequences.

We’ve watched as the president has prioritized social reform over combat capability, to the point where the USAF has openly gay and transgender personnel and may pay for sex-change treatments in the future, but doesn’t have the budget to replenish its bombs.

Traditionally, the president defined the national military strategy and the Department of Defense was left to figure out how to use their resources to ensure that they were capable of supporting that strategy. Now, however, the military is being bombarded with myriad social engineering concerns, all of which distract them from their primary mission.

In both Gulf Wars, for example, the US military was spectacular. Unfortunately, I don’t think that the changes wrought over the past 12 years would allow them to perform nearly as well today. And that’s a big problem in a world where Russia and China are expanding and modernizing their militaries.

But at least our military personnel will be getting their sleep.

Dogs are Better December 15, 2015

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Talk about a troll-bait post title…

Burglars for Gun Control December 14, 2015

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Sleep As Much As You Want December 13, 2015

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A lot of news sources have picked up on an Australian study of lifestyle effects on health, with breathless headlines like:

Too much sleep is ‘AS bad for your health as smoking and drinking alcohol’: More than 9 hours a night means you’re ‘4 TIMES more likely to die early’

This, of course, is nonsense. If you go to the actual article, you find that the health risk factors are really:

  • Smoking + drinking ==> 2.8X health risk
  • Sleeping more than 9 hours ==> 1.44X health risk
  • Smoking  + drinking + >9 hours ==> 3.48X health risk

By “health risk” they mean “risk of dying,” so it really has nothing to do with quality of life or actual health while you’re alive.

So my advice is to sleep as much as feels good to you.

Stayin’ Alive December 13, 2015

Posted by Retired Geezer in Entertainment, Law.
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I stole this from Legal Insurrection. You should read them every day.

Seriously.

 

Don’t Ban Muslims Based on Religion December 13, 2015

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The president has made it clear, in response to Donald Trump’s proposal, that he does not approve of the notion of barring people from the US based based on religion. I don’t either – I agree completely that unless a religion involves practices that inflict harm on others, it should not be grounds for discrimination. I think Donald Trump would agree with that as well.

But Islam is not just a religion. It comes with a culture, a legal system, a government, and, in some factions, an antiquated expansionist philosophy. It is the culture, legal system, government, and expansionist philosophy that we find objectionable, and it is those aspects of Islam that we seek to evaluate and perhaps limit.

By couching the issue as a religious one, the president is doing us all a disservice. It may be that concerns over our safety and cultural integrity are misplaced, and that restrictions on immigration and visas are inappropriate. But pretending that this is solely a religious issue obfuscates the matter and shuts down the debate.

I have to believe that the president knows this, and that he is very comfortable with importing the cultural, legal, political, and expansionist aspects of Islam, without any regard for the safety or desires of American citizens.

This man really, really doesn’t like the America that preceded his reign.

Mary did you Know? December 11, 2015

Posted by Retired Geezer in Entertainment, Family, News.
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I’ve been a fan of Peter Hollens for a couple of years. He does all the voices.

Enjoy.

 

Light from Gravity December 10, 2015

Posted by Retired Geezer in Man Laws, Science.
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Another awesome video from Smarter Every Day:

Car Tattles on Hit and Run Driver December 9, 2015

Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime, Entertainment.
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Reminds me of those things that some fools people put in their cars to monitor their bad driving habits.

Here’s the hilarious video:

http://www.wpbf.com/news/car-turns-driver-in-for-hitandrun/36755942

“There was no accident,” Cathy Bernstein stressed to the emergency response dispatcher who had called her.

Her car begged to differ.

“Attention!” the automated call from the black Ford Escort’s vehicle emergency system had said after detecting a crash and calling emergency number 911.

“A crash has occurred in a Ford vehicle. Press 1 at any time for location information or press 0 to speak with vehicle occupants.”

A recording of the call obtained by local station WPBF features Bernstein, a 57-year-old from Port Lucie, Florida, telling the dispatcher (repeatedly) that there hadn’t been any accident and that no, she hadn’t been drinking.

Nor had she hit a guardrail, she said; another car had pulled out in front of her, but she had no idea why her car would call in a nonexistent accident.

The dispatcher was a bit skeptical.

Read the whole thing.

She was actually involved in two hit and run accidents.

Alcohol may have been involved.

Holiday Fun Bear December 8, 2015

Posted by Retired Geezer in Family, Food, News.
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I subscribe to Doug Savage’s Savage Chickens; you should too.