A history of Utopias in America

A bit of light reading on 10 attempts to establish Utopia in America based on a conversation between frequent commenter George on one side, and three of us on the other.

Higher Ed 2015, a very quick survey

As the Class of 2015 exits VMI, and the new Queens and Kings of Barracks take their place, a quick survey of higher ed and some commencement speeches are in order. First, Robert de Niro entertains the Tisch School of the Arts. Robert De Niro opened his commencement speech to the graduates of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a simple message: “Tisch graduates, you made it… and you’re f*cked.” [edited by author] Rather blunt, but considering the promise of higher ed is more money, today’s graduates will be paying back loans for decades. Many are opting […]

VMI’s Class of 2023

The hardcore left has been in charge of academia – from pre-K to post-doctorate – for over 50 years. Each year students learn less and less because ignorant cattle are as docile as stupid cattle. Among white, black, Hispanic, and Asian students, Asians scored highest, with 33 percent proficient in U.S. History, 44 percent in geography, and 40 percent in Civics. White students are at 26 percent proficiency level in U.S. History, 39 percent in geography, and 32 percent in civics. Only 6 percent of black students scored at the proficient level in U.S. History, 7 percent in geography, and […]

Marine Corps IOC ends female integration program

Over the past three years under pressure from Congress to integrate women into the teeth of America’s fighting Force, the Marine Corps at the fore front opened the Infantry Officer Course at MCB Quantico to female volunteers.  The last two volunteers were dropped on 2 APR 15, Day 1 for this iteration of IOC.  Of the 90 men that began that day, 9 were also dropped due to their score on the Combat Endurance Course. Unlike IBOLC at Ft Benning the first day of IOC at MCB Quantico begins with the Combat Endurance Course, just so you know, the “E […]

I’m a let you finish

But Keydet Life is the greatest Comic of all time!   To be honest, I haven’t seen stuff this good since my time with the 2eme Bataillion de France.  Those dudes can draw cartoons, these remind me of those days.  Except for the fact that an entire class would face decimation had we run off to the Keys for five days during exams…wait.

Why does the Marine Corps Maintain the Standard?

I happen to be a tried and true Cavalryman that loves his jarhead friends to death.  I never wanted to be a Marine, but with how the Army is pursuing the integration of women into the teeth of her fighting force tells me so much.  Women only make up 14% of the Soldiers in the Army, so what is the point? The Marine Corps will not degrade the standards, but they will allow women to join them.  So far, no women have it made it past week 3 at IOC. The Army seems to want their test to be Ranger […]

Onward Christian Soldiers

Westerners, some of whom are Christian, are in Iraq fighting ISIS. Usually, even a little old lady bringing her lime jello with carrots inside is something that gives atheists a case of the screaming scours, but given the realities of the world, Christians are once again taking up arms to defend others of their faith. Is this a case of mere Christianity, or is there something more going on that that may be in alignment with the rapid return to the faith in Europe and the trend of Americans to leave historically liberal churches for more conservative ones?  

For But a Moment, Old Glory came down

So last week a group of UCI students passed a piece of legislation that took down the American Flag from the the student government work room or lobby, to which I’m unsure.  Since apparently Old Glory breeds intolerance and represents Imperialism.  The bill’s author, Matthew Guevara, I wonder if he understands irony. You see, a distant cousin of his somewhere down the line of centuries ago was Ernesto Guevara de La Serna, whom we all know as a doctor, but more so as a murderer.  His face became a symbol of rebellion, see the El Che shirts everywhere.  I wonder […]

What salary should we pay Keydet athletes?

The service academies pay their athletes a monthly stipend, but then again they pay all their students the same stipend. Outside of the academies and VMI, a growing list of colleges and universities are abrogating their commitment to education in favor getting a slice of a $16 billion pie. With big money comes big incentive to cheat – but the losers are the student-athletes and their spouses and children – a diploma without an education to back it up is worse than a high school diploma tied to a shovel. Paul M. Barrett of Bloomberg News provides a hint of […]

Andrew Bacevich Eviscerates President Obama

Over at the Spectator (UK not American) Andrew Bacevich offers a blistering critique of President Obama, primarily from a foreign policy stand point.  Two quotes stand out: Furthermore — and here we come to the third explanation for his administration’s lacklustre performance — as President, Obama surrounded himself with mediocrities, hacks and time-servers. One need not romanticise the achievements (nor overlook the faults) of individuals such as Henry Stimson, George Marshall, Dean Acheson, Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski to say that no one of comparable calibre has found a place in the senior ranks of the present administration. Members of […]