First of all, I’ve no skin in this game.
I’ve never been able to serve, nor am I transgender.
I was classified 1-A when I initially registered for the draft, even with my fused right hip and leg being shorter. My osteopathic surgeon sent my draft board a letter, and I was ultimately classed 4-F.
Not that I didn’t want to serve. The plan was do a stint in the Marines, become a cop, then a fed.
To serve my country, AND to be able to carry a concealed weapon nationwide. It was a different time.
But my leg disability put the kibosh on all that.
THEN, I was in college, and thought maybe R.O.T.C.? The interview went like this, “Walk this way. Now walk back this way. You can’t march, get out!”
So much for my military career.
But, my personal life disappointments aside, there’s another point to the story.
Joining the military is NOT a RIGHT – It’s a PRIVILEGE!
And the military makes the rules. They want every human involved to meet a minimum standard of ability. The idea is if soldier one falls on the line, they can be replaced with soldier two. Uniformity. (My apologies to the sailors, airmen, Marines and coasties.)
The services don’t want to be concerned with the 0.3% of Americans with unusual chromosomal makeup. Or the larger percentage who feel they are a different gender than their biology dictates.
If you want to serve, fine. Find another way to serve.
If you are trying to join to get the government to pay for gender reassignment surgery, forget it.
Like when we were kids?
Well, they’re back! Kinda…
US Army wants bullets that turn into plants over time. Projectiles and casings can take “hundreds of years” to break down.
The US military may not seem like the greenest of organizations, but if rising seas and temperatures produce worldwide chaos, they’re the ones that have to deal with that shit. Now, the Department of Defense is trying to tackle environmental problems caused by spent bullets and casings on its firing ranges by using composite materials laced with seeds.
The military fires hundreds of thousands of rounds during training, ranging from bullets to 155mm artillery shells. While casings are collected, and often recycled, the bullets themselves generally aren’t, and can take “hundreds of years” to break down in the environment. That can pollute the soil and water supply, harm animals, and generally look like crap if you stumble upon them.
To tackle the problem, the DoD has made a proposal call for a biodegradable composite bullet impregnated with seeds that will survive the initial blast and searing velocities. The seeds should only sprout after being in the ground for several months and be safe for animals to consume.
(in part, from Engadget, courtesy of Doc in Yuma)
Now, I’m all about being green, as long as doing so isn’t tied to some phony, leftist political agenda (like ‘global warming’ mentioned above). Or if the newfangled green technology does more harm than good – like the ‘wind farms’ killing birds in exchange for sketchy power.
Should the military be concerned about what they leave behind? Certainly. Look at the land mines and unexploded ordinance problem.
How much is being spent on this? Versus the veterans with PTSD and debilitating injuries?
Frankly, I’m more concerned with those being left behind.
Going to the recent memorial for Bob reminded me of others who have gone before.
Like my work-pal Clive!
One of most unforgettable characters when I worked @ TMCCC was CLIVE.
At least that’s the name from which we all knew him: Clive.
Could he have BEEN any more British?
Clive was another of the credit card fraud investigators with whom I worked. He had the accent, was married to his American wife (his 3rd, I think) and had lived in the United States (legally) 40 years.
I once asked him why he didn’t go for citizenship. He said a piece of paper wouldn’t change where he was born!
He was a classical liberal and loathed Margaret Thatcher. We had many a thrilling political discussion.
He found out via the company grapevine I was a firearms enthusiast, and was quite anxious to know if I had a Lee Enfield .303 rifle. He apparently was familiar with them through the British military. I did not, but he still wanted to go shooting with me. We made a desert run (with his pal, a retired Flagstaff PD guy ‘Harry’, also an investigator) and had a blast (no pun intended).
I suggested he could obtain his own SMLE, but he didn’t understand that particular abbreviation. And, anyway, he explained his American wife (whom he lovingly referred to as SWMBO*) wouldn’t stand for it. She didn’t like guns. I knew a high-end range in North Scottsdale offered lockers for storage. And he was carefully considering it.
I took a vacation week, and upon my return found out that Clive had also. He told his wife he was not feeling well and stretched out on their couch.
He never awakened. (this was some years ago)
I never knew much more about him, until I saw his obituary. Turned out his first name was Richard, and he had been a respected scientist in the U.K.
From his obituary, in part…
For many years Clive was a Research Scientist for Weyerhaeuser and has three patents. He was a founder of Home Builders International, which developed low cost housing in Third World countries using mostly straw and mud for construction. He and his wife, Dawn, spent six months in Mexico City where Clive helped establish a factory to manufacture the straw and mud into a material suitable for home construction. He was the founder of the Phoenix Institute of Technology. It was a national group of scientists who developed a report on methods to generate power in Third World countries using only local resources. The report was presented to the world at an international environmental conference in New Mexico in 1995. It was written initially for the Vatican and the Mennonite Church who are the largest missionary groups in the world. This research was done and sent with no monetary exchange. (…)
Clive served 3 years in 341 Squadron of the Air Training Corps, connected to the Royal Air Force. (…)
I miss our spirited exchanges, my friend.
*She Who Must Be Obeyed
I always tried to make it a practice at TMCCC to stop by the desks of veterans with whom I worked and thank them for their service.
As I can no longer do that…
Lonnie, Glenn, Glenn, John, Stan, Jim, Jodie, Ardith, John, and Gloria.
Thank you for your service!
This seems to be something inherent in humanity.
When a crisis occurs, we
want need to do SOMETHING! ANYTHING!
Even though so much of our lives is out of our control…
“There must be something we can do?” (After someone had passed, to comfort the survivors) “If there’s anything I can do?”
And, of course, after tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, or riots, or a mass shooting (or stabbing, as recently in Sacramento)…
We must do SOMETHING!
It makes we, as humans, feel better about our powerlessness.
“I KNOW! Let’s pass another LAW!”
When did we become so disconnected from how things work that we think ‘the government’ passing yet another law (which are selectively enforced, if at all, anyway) will solve any problems?
Bank robbery is already illegal. Let’s make it even more illegal by passing laws restricting the kinds of firearms the robbers might steal to use!
“Double-secret probation!” – Dean Wormer (Animal House)
I have an idea.
First, lets undo the glut of useless, poorly-written laws clogging up the books since the first gun control (prohibiting freed slaves from owning firearms) was passed in 1809.
Let’s let people protect themselves and others from those who would threaten harm.
As we used to
Protecting our families with hope while evil has guns is not protecting our families. We are in a gun fight and some do not want to give us a fighting chance.
1973, a student and teacher guarding a Delaware high school after someone called in a shooting threat during a morning class. Juniors, seniors, and teachers went to their cars and trucks to grab their guns, and guard the doors between classes. No shooter ever arrived. (from FB)
And how about school districts hiring honorably-discharged veterans (with security skills) as school security? Jobs for vets, and schools more secure.
I’ve gotten used to seeing political correctness on TV. Not that I like it, but have come to the realization that most of the TV show writers, producers and networks foster an agenda. Nowhere near that of a constitutional republic.
And many times, it’s not based in fact – it’s based on what is perceived as popular and liberal.
An aside on a sitcom about the prevalence of global warming; the presence of a gun – in and of itself – shown as evil and dangerous. The whole BLM agenda, as well.
But, occasionally, some differing opinions slip through the cracks!
Last Man Standing – a sitcom with Tim Allen as a beleaguered conservative business owner, surrounded by liberals and mostly conservative females. Making statements against The President’s policies and Secretary Clinton’s lack-of-action about Benghazi. And, still remaining a comedy!
Blue Bloods – a Tom Selleck (a Gunsite graduate) cop family vehicle including Catholicism, proper gun handling instruction, and the difficult balancing of policing with civil liberties. Tom plays the current police commissioner.
Criminal Minds – The FBI against serial killers, with Joe Mantegna (another Gunsite graduate) showing off many his many skills.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders – Another FBI vehicle, this time offshore, with Gary Sinise (a champion for the American Veteran). In a recent episode, they helped capture a duo of American mass murderers in Cuba (!) Sinise gave a passionate spiel about the Communist propaganda prevalent on our college campuses, and the ubiquitiousness of that vile t-shirt celebrating a murdering bigot Che’!
So, there IS hope…
Sadly, watching Blue Bloods, with Mr. Selleck as the Police Commissioner, I’m reminded of watching the movie Air Force One (in the 80’s), wherein Harrison Ford plays a President who had been a Green Beret (I remember). He stands up to terrorists and kicks a**!
I left the theater feeling good. Until I remembered Bill Clinton was (then) the actual President!
And the current P.C. of NYC is no Tom Selleck! 😦
(copied, as posted from Mike McDaniel – THANKS, Mike!)
John Kerry has been a traitor since the Vietnam War. He gave aid and comfort to our North Vietnamese Communist enemies, betrayed every man and woman that ever served in our military, and has rarely missed an opportunity to support and help any enemy of America. Fortunately, until he became secretary of State, he lacked the power and influence to do really significant damage to America. No more. With the guidance and direction of Barack Obama, a man mentored and raised by Marxists and Islamists, he has done unimaginable damage. Consider this from, of all sources, the Associated Press:
Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.
The revelation on Wednesday newly riled Republican lawmakers in the U.S. who have been severely critical of a broader agreement to limit Iran’s future nuclear programs, signed by the Obama administration, Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the wider deal is unwisely built on trust of the Iranians, while the administration has insisted it depends on reliable inspections.
Of course, the A.P. usually runs left-of-center, so this document might be suspicious…
WAIT a minute!?
h/t Stately McDaniel Manor
At a cost!
Vets told they can ‘buy back’ 2nd Amendment rights
‘This is illegal and is called extortion’
Conservative media folk like to paint John Kerry as a defacto traitor. Or at least as a wimp. His Swift Boat companions did derail him, albeit temporarily. And now he’s out there making innocuous statements about war, terrorism and Iran. As the United States’ Secretary of State.
Speaking of who knew (this is what’s known as a segue – albeit a poor one) RINO Arizona Senator John McCain has always been a mystery to me. Sometime-Republican, sometime-conservative, sometime NOT, the man has made more waffles than the WAFFLE HOUSE!
And now THIS:
Most holidays for me traditionally meant either two things: I had to work or I had the day off. Of course, Christmas was big when I was a kid, but other adult holidays had no meaning. Veteran’s Day used to be one of those.
The Vietnam War brought the sacrifices of veterans to my attention, largely because I wanted to be in the military but was denied membership due to my physical disability. Friends left, some didn’t return.
And I always tried to make it a practice at TMCCC to stop by the desks of veterans with whom I worked and thank them for their service.
Lonnie, Glenn, Glenn, Mark, John, Stan, Jim, Jodie, Ardith, John, Gloria and Clive (who had served in the U.K. Armed Services – with a name like Clive, how could he not have? We miss you.)
To all my military friends on Facebook and WordPress, Thank You for your Service.