Sue and Settle

Back in the old days, “Climate Change” was called “seasons.” Anthropogenic Global Warming was called “lighting a fire in the wood stove.” Just like the new EPA rules regulate livestock water sources, which will cause ranchers and farmers to dump a lot of animals onto the market, driving down the meat resource and driving up the cost of meat, eggs, and dairy products; the new EPA rules also govern wood-burning stoves. ‘Preposterous!’ you say. ‘The courts will save us!’ you say. No. Not at all. Someone will sue! No, because of several rules, such as determining who has the legal […]

Information Is Subversive

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. [emphasis added by author] Information is subversive. Information undermines the castle walls that secure tyrants. For this reason, on six of the seven continents tyrants went to great and horrible lengths to keep information away from their subjects. In America, suppression of the press began under the satraps of the British kings, and ended with […]

“Correct, But Wish to Explain, Sir…”

WOW. This is spectacular. I have not seen a picture of the frozen member, only the special. I applaud that cadet.

Soldier Wins Victoria Cross

Over at the Telegraph is an article on the member of the Paras who won the Victoria Cross. “You don’t really think what could happen to yourself, you think ‘how is what I’m doing now going to improve the situation?’”

Ethics questions

Been off-line for a little bit, but fear not I am still here. Last week there were many articles run on a study published by the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks that many of us are liars.  One of the things I cannot stand are liars and cheats.  We’ve recently been talking about how to measure leaders.  I mentioned that Once An Eagle is a great book, that shows you the correct way to be a leader and then, for lack of a better word: a schmuck. That I found there are more toxic leaders that want you to […]

Brent Scrowcroft, Wise Man

Over at the National Interest is a good review and precise of the new biography of Brent Scrowcroft, The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security, Bartholomew Sparrow. What emerges from this review is a man who truly should be called a Wise Man of Washington, who understands the world order and who puts the interest of the United States ahead of partisan politics. These three quotes should give you an idea of the breadth and depth of his ability as a Strategists. . . . not all that different from Kennan’s, that Soviet ideology was more an […]

Stray Voltage

I haven’t done this in a while but I have gathered up four pieces that are worth reading and considering. The first over at Cicero Magazine discusses why we should not be surprised by Putin’s actions.  Concluding paragraph nails it: Vladimir Putin is less of a mystery than he is often portrayed. His conduct is what would have been typical of a Soviet leader behind the Iron Curtain. A bigger mystery is why the Western response has been so weak and feckless, despite the clear signals of Putin’s views, intent, and strategy. Rather than suggest Putin suffers from a disorder […]

To “Thank” or Not to Thank

I heard a good conversation with the author of this article, “Please don’t thank me for my service,” on WMAL yesterday. To these vets, thanking soldiers for their service symbolizes the ease of sending a volunteer army to wage war at great distance — physically, spiritually, economically. It raises questions of the meaning of patriotism, shared purpose and, pointedly, what you’re supposed to say to those who put their lives on the line and are uncomfortable about being thanked for it. Recommended reading. It provoked thought. What say you?

Leadership Quiz

1. Does your plan require a Hero to make it work? A “Hero” is defined as one person, and one person only, whose action creates success. 2. Does your plan resemble the business plan presented by the Underpants Gnomes? 3. Does your plan require your competitor to play nicely? 4. Does your plan require critical thinking skills? If you answered yes to any or all of these, you have a future in our State Department, where Miracles exist, and America is always a loser! Not that you’ll ever know, once the internet is gone and you’ll only have MSNBC for […]

Double Deserter

Guilty, and guilty again. I wonder how much intel he gave up during his extended absences? Too bad he’s not facing harsher penalties.   (Thanks to USMC0802 for the link.)