CMC Under Fire…

U N B E L I E V A B L E . At issue is whether Amos attended basic Marine officer training in 1972 as he said in the career service record he provided Congress four years ago [emphasis added] upon his confirmation as the service’s 35th commandant. Amos was a Navy pilot and lieutenant junior grade who cross-decked to Marine Corps aviation and bypassed The Basic School, a rite of passage for all Marine officers. The Corps says its top officer did complete TBS – five years later than claimed and via correspondence course. Fellow Marine and loyal reader […]

“The Islamic State’s Anbar Offensive and Abu Umar al-Shishani”

“Al-Shishani.” Shishani—born Tarkhan Batirashvili—is a young field commander, just twenty-eight years old. As his names suggests, he is of Chechen origin and was born in Georgia’s Pankisi Valley. He served in an intelligence unit in the Georgian army, and the Wall Street Journal reports in a profile of the young militant that in the 2008 conflict with Russia he “was near the front line, spying on Russian tank columns and relaying their coordinates to Georgian artillery units.” However, in 2010 Shishani was diagnosed with tuberculosis and ultimately discharged from military service. The Journal’s profile of Shishani noted that after being […]

Ebola and the Southern Border

Commander US Southern Command, on the subject: Those looking for good news on the fight against Ebola will not find much encouragement from Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command. As Jim Garamone of Department of Defense News reports, Kelly told an audience at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday that, if the disease reaches Central America, “it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States.” He also said with certainty that “there is no way we can keep Ebola [contained] in West Africa.” “Mass migration” is a […]

Lepanto!

Good to remember: For those who know little history, today’s battle with the Islamic State in the Middle East may seem new and unprecedented. It is not. Are we ready for the struggle ahead?

The Iranian F-14 Ace

Who knew?? You ready for this shit?  The top-scoring fighter pilot with the most air-to-air kills from the cockpit of an F-14 Tomcat is an Iranian dude named Jalil. And he recorded all of those kills while flying for the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force. Yep. But you have to admit it’s pretty interesting.

On the Hunt

State-wide archery season started this past Saturday in Virginia, after the special month-long please-kill-as-many-as-you-can season in September in a few counties in the Occupied Territories. Daily life prevented me from getting out in that early season, except to clear brush and cut wood and try to establish a small food plot. But I got out three times this weekend. Including TWICE yesterday, i.e. SUNDAY, which is a big deal in Virginia, the first year we can do that. And for the record, I managed to get to church as well. So there. Of the three trips out I saw a […]

A way to study History

As most of you know I do not hold any degrees in History, but that never stopped me from enjoying it. I studied English, which is to say I studied information and how it is managed and conveyed. Recently George, one of our commentators recommended watching Ken Burns’s treatment of FDR and the New Deal. That brought to mind an earlier conversation with Townie on how history is taught. Which is the ‘why’ of this post: History is often given a treatment of this perspective or that perspective, but there is rarely a treatment of the outcomes. Any word or deed can […]

Butter battles

Here is an interesting, albeit long attempt at explaining why some folks butter their bread side up, instead of side down.

Townie 76 in Charlottesville

First time in five years in uniform, not bad!

Wehrmacht Humor

Heh. How does the saying go? “You might be cool, but you’ll never be Wehrmacht motorcycle trooper riding through burned out Europe with your pet kitten cool.”