November 4th: a day of privilege

Tuesday, November 4th is the day America corporately chooses its political leaders. Elections are bloody, outrageous, angering, bewildering contests of philosophy: political, social, and financial modes of thought and action that may or may not serve you best. Serving you, and by extension your community and nation is what the politicians swear (or affirm) to do, and every day they serve is a day in which they must perform. Elections are Performance Reviews in which you decide if the incumbent has satisfactorily served, or if new ideas are needed to invigorate your situation. Your vote does have an impact – political parties […]

HQDA and Congress need to stop

Any time something about race in the military comes up I amped up.  This most recent article about the Army wanting to make the military and really the officer-corps more cosmopolitan gets my dander up.  Why Slater, why would you say that?  Well, when they first hit the nail “they,” and whoever “they” are is the enemy, talk about the percentage of black officers within the Army.  The truth is, you can’t force an all-volunteer force into being something unless you make racial quotas and deny folks that are qualified for folks that are unqualified. That’s how you get things […]

What is the proper role of DoD in political elections?

Seriously? Old scandals from Panetta’s circus brings up the question: can Buttercup’s DoD do any better? Something to consider: because people who wear the uniform are perceived to be uniformly conservative (and many of our readers can enjoy a hearty laugh about that), servicemembers and employees who are Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Libertarians and whatever else political affiliation had their privilige stripped from them for the sin of relying on DoD to follow the law. What is the proper role of DoD in political elections? Is it right and proper for DoD to do anything more than giving servicemembers and employees time off to […]

The Burden of War

Falleth not upon the Soldier, or Marine, or Sailor, or Airman.  But on the people who sent him to that beach without water.  Here‘s an interesting article by Sebastian Junger who has spent much of his journalistic career embedded among Soldiers to tell their story. The Soldier. . .is a tool.  When you hammer a nail as you build a bed frame, what take responsibility for it?  The hammer?  I would say no.  It must be the person hammering the nail.  To that effect, the Soldier is a tool, he should not bear the majority of the pain or blame […]

The threat facing VMI (and every other college in America)

Update: You can read the bills for yourselves at: S.2692 Campus Accountability and Safety Act (Introduced in Senate – IS) and the House version at HR.5354 Campus Accountability and Safety Act (Introduced in House – IH) In previous posts about VMI’s sexual assault problem, the threat of increased litigation was touched on. VMI, with it’s new reputation for preying on women now faces a new challenge: lawsuits for following the law. VMI will be watched very closely for its adherence to feminist doctrine (colleges as centers for rape culture). Remember the Bill of Rights? Current, bipartisan legislation (hey! It’s an […]

Coup in Baghdad?

Something is going on.

THE MIDDLE CLASS

What is your family income: $250,000/yr; $200,000/yr; $150,000/yr; $120,000/yr …?