Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I told him I went a whole week without any symptoms at all when my girl was here and he recommended that I keep her around. If only I could I would.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
At some point this week the IRS in Atlanta sent me a letter telling me that their records showed I entered a combat zone back in 2008 and they needed more details. I never claimed any tax exemption for it or mentioned it in my return for that year..... but they caught up with me.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Dare to disagree with one wingnut and you are evidently, unpatriotic. Dare to disagree with the opposite wingnut and you are evil, mean spirited, stupid and ugly.
I'm kind of looking forward to November but also looking forward to any pending revelation that 2nd Fleet is on the chopping block. You talk about a useless and pointless staff.... JFCOM did ALL their work and JFCOM is going away which tells you how pointless 2nd Fleet is. I spent 3 years as OPS on a midlevel staff and I would talk to my 3rd Fleet counterparts a couple of times a week but never ever had to show up with a powerpoint briefing about anything. My peer on the east coast had to routinely show up with full powerpoint briefs to brief his counterparts at 2nd Fleet which was pretty pointless on the whole since he also had to walk and talk his brief over to JFCOM for any decisions. Good riddance and take 4th Fleet and 10th Fleet with you into that dark night. Oh, and 6th Fleet too.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Napping turned to nooners turned to can't sleep more then 4 hours. It used to take nothing more than covering her feet on the couch and out she'd be. Less than five minutes to unconscious after toe warming.
I thought about it a bit today and decided, I don't really think I'll miss slanging off. Nobody else will either.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
In the morning I head off to the doctor who will describe in some detail for me what it means to have: in the left posterior aspect of the posterior fossa a space-occupying extra-axial lesion of CSF density measuring 3.1 x 1.4 cm causing mild mass effect on the left cerebellar hemisphere. Now that's a mouthful. But then, what are CT scans for?
I won't have better days than this one. It was great!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Intel made its own world and then it strained to the max to make it stay in that world. Not much use there. You know, not much value added to the guy fighting the war since all the intel stayed at TS/SCI code word and could not possibly be shared with the guys on the pointy end. Oh, sure the VADM and his intel staff knew it but they didn't/couldn't share it. So how much use was that? It usually boiled down to deploying surveillance units and telling them to be vigilant. Thank you. Vigilant for what? Can't tell you.
I deployed in response to that sort of garbage many times over the last 25 years and it was all garbage. We have signs and warnings they would say. Show me I would say in return and they would toss back that we did not have the need to know what caused the nation to suddenly divert a C5 to the mission of deploying a surveillance unit overnight to the Far East, Middle East. A lot of us held TS/SCI but outside the intel community. We didn't have the need to know.
All the spies and operatives burned to death when the top leadership of the spy sheds at CIA and FBI sold out make me question the value of anything we develop beyond the national technical means. Probably we'll find in a year or two that traitors at NSA canceled out a lot of the technical means capabilities too.
As a very old hand I find it absolutely amazing that some soviet agents convinced EVERYBODY to create the SIPRNET and put all that stuff online where it could be drained off every day, every single day.
When I joined up classified was classified, need to know enabled access and it was all controlled. With SIPR, it all went on line. And we told ourselves that was useful. Perhaps. Can you suss out the underlying madness of making a thing a SECRET for national security purposes and then allowing 2 million people access to that secret?
We have gone way down a path that I don't think is acceptable in a republic. SECRET used to be something that caused major damage to the republic if it became known. We used to do annual page checks of secret material and you don't want to know what we did with the TS. Now we've created some organizations into being that routinely classify the local news in Chicago as TS/SCI/code AND we've created organizations beyond the law to execute people beyond the Pale. (look up Pale/Ireland. It had a dreadful meaning once and it ain't based on color though it was most assuredly race based).
There are several networks that combine all that is known that run at different levels of classification. Ask me if I think that the best government sponsored hackers on earth haven't compromised all of them. Go on. Ask.
Still, I used to work for a guy. He was XO and CO of an OCEANUNIT. He told me one day about how the US Embassy in a certain country once delivered his mail to his ship. It came on a host nation bus, unescorted, including all his new crypto. Red spies didn't, don't have to work very hard.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Me to the bomber crew:
So what was it you set out to do at Dresden and Nagasaki?
Them: Kill everyone in a firestorm that would plunge 20,000 children into a cauldron of fire.
there was some kind of war crime for using railroads and gas chambers and not another one for using firestorms.
I'm glad of my service but had they asked me to do this I'd have walked away.
We've had an enormous number of fine outstanding officers who held the keys and the SAPS to get access and launch nukes. I was one once. Now, at 49, I could never do that.
The last century sucked.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
justthisguy, I dreamed of being alone on the internet. This is a kind of free association blog thing and I had thought that only far east cynic found me. Silly me.
Lex and I were both on active duty together here in SOCAL, he at AIRPAC and me at MESG1. As you say, he is the embodiment of, "thank you sir, but no thank you". On the other hand there are bunches of FOGOS that just got there through shear competence and duration. Lex made the point that he turned down the billets that lead to that end for his family. Back when I was unmarried, childless and ruthless I took every challenging overseas assignment. I loved it! When I got married it stopped. That said, I remember VADM Costello asking the room who was representing AIRPAC and TACTRAGROUP saying it was Lex but he was running a little late and Barry saying, 'good'. I agree. A good man.
When I downsize, this thing is the first thing to go.
Friday, July 9, 2010
I really hope that Mattis and Petraeus meet for a sit down dinner at least once a month from now on, one on one. I don't doubt that CENTCOM and JFCOM gave every request from McChrystal their full attention and support. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Worthless in the end since we're talking Muslims and they're as changeable as stone.
Weird, the right hand is visibly shutting down.
Monday, July 5, 2010
I was recently honored to be asked to attend an Ordination for a friend. Several others I knew were also invited. I was pleased and honored to attend. Guy saved my life, what else did I have to do that evening..... Yep. Easy.
Here's a couple of shots from the evening. Good man bound on a good voyage. As I told him, he is surrounded by good company so we can all expect the best. There will be dark moments but he has already weathered some of those. I expect he'll clear the horizon and come home every time. Strikes me as a very good man.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
1. Don't ever measure yourself against your peers.
2. Always just do the very best job that you can do.
Worked for me. Making Flag is a personal ambition that I never had. That's a fire that must burn within from the time one is an Ensign. That is all 'contacts', and 'perfect jobs', and schmoozing and there are people to whom this comes naturally. Not me, not grandad.
I was certifiably ruthless until I got married, 22 years into a navy sort of career. The ruthless got a tweak at that point.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thank you. My fingers are on the blink this week. As I stand up and fall down and hit the furniture really really hard I am thankful again and again that I bought soft stuff, except for the end tables I bought in Pakistan 30 years ago. Those suckers are deadly.
1. How many countries have you traveled to? ( Travel to means at least an overnight stay. Does not have to be exact.)
2. What is the best place you ever visited?
3. What was the worst place you have ever been-and would you go back?
Djibouti and no.
4. If you could change one thing, and only one thing, in the world to make it a better place, what would it be?
The absolute extermination of those that think they’re Palestinian.
5. Who would you rather sleep with? Men: Tonya Harding or Nancy Kerrigan? (When they were in their figure skating battle). Women: Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert? Explain.
6. What is the worst thing to happen to the country you hold a passport for in the last 50 years?
7. Do you view someone that you know, or know of as a “hero”? If so, what makes this individual so special?
Dad. Battery commander in the 101st in a forgotten war. And my dad.
8. If you could be born again would choose to be a different sex to what you are?
I don’t know.
9. What is your favorite alcoholic drink? If you say, ”I don’t drink”-STOP NOW. Just hang your head in shame.
Black and Tan but one must leave the house for that.
10. What is your favorite magazine?
4 years ago I went to get my guts opened up at Balboa Medical Center and read the Economist in the waiting room. Most certainly the last time I ever read a magazine. Twas an interesting article on Pashtun.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
What war devolves to is that those who view people/countries that are richer than them will see that the rich have let down the defenses and seek to move in and take away some of that wealth for themselves because they think they can get away with it..
They thought that they could get away with it.
Everybody has piled up so much debt, trillions of $; so finding the wealth hidden in the murk is getting harder. Well, it's still there. Would not want to be Russia right now. Driving back to resource sources alone of wealth production. Kind of like Spain when it brought back all the Aztecs and Incas had from the new world. The bankers and international financiers have left nothing but trash so once again the pirates are going to stalk the real wealth.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
As I look around it is hard not to see that all that remains here are the presents, beautiful incredibly thoughtful presents and the things we bought together on a lark. No clutter, no knickknacks since these are really difficult to achieve when the only flat surface is the table one eats off and it's usually covered with mail and a really skinny mantle. It's not a home in the way that my daughter has a home, like I had a home. Bachelor space. Just the 2 chairs at the table these days.
Not going to go buy another $5k cabinet to display stuff in. Done with all that.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Our host is the worst of you.
Skippy, you live in the place (actually an oasis of civilization) as my mom described it. Your hatred knows no bounds and shows no reasons, as you've said before.
I'd ask you to consider yourself as a 6 year old black girl who's mom sent her to school so that for a year she had to be escorted by 4 US Marshals simply because the omnidirectional hatred of whites who hated blacks required some level of protection. Those white? They hated for no reason.
You and your ilk who hate Coulter and hate Bush and hate Rove and Hate all conservatives to the point that even massive protection is not enough today to keep them safe from the harm that YOUR HATERS launch against them suck. Does that make you all feel like it's OK because you're just hating and it's OK since the one's you hate are beyond the protection of the law?
Have you ever asked yourself how your undifferentiated and mindless hate distinguishes you from the Klan?
Wasn't that the case when haters like you and yourselves hated that little 6 year old black girl? You know, at the Tea Party 2 days ago.
Enter the damned Catholic Church. Suffer in this world for Glory in the next. Render unto the Church that you may hope to enter heaven. Oh, and then let us bring 1100 years of total war, heresy, the inquisition, the crusades, the Albigensian heresy, the 100 years war, the 30 years war. I could go on.
Friday, April 16, 2010
It's OK to hate now if you're afraid of what might come...........
I'm just waiting for one of those haters to propose that is the reason why they hate either Palin or the Tea Party. It's OK to hate them for what might come but it was not OK back then to hate that 5 year old girl for what may come? Liberal/Progressives have trouble making a convincing argument with a parking meter in Berkeley....which may explain why most of the parking meters have been decapitated. One can see the LIB/PROG argument right there: "Argue with me now Bitch!!"
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
I'll be honest. My attitude did change over the years.
This is one reason. (first picture)
My heart is another. She's 6, lives with her mom in Texas. (second picture) pilot you'll note.
We were discussing life and death on your place.
There is wrong just as there is right.
My girl is probably like yours. Smart as a whip. I think that other little girl would have turned out smart too. Collateral damage. No different from our own. I think it is wrong to kill innocents and I don't think it is wrong to say so. I bcc'd Chaplain Harvey on this one. I spent a long time in the chapel after my last hospital appointment this week. I think you should put the post back up. Yes, I was the complete asshole and moron who showed his ass. How often though do we as a society delve into life and death?
I remember reading the bio of a girl we killed when we targeted Yugoslavian TV a long time ago. Sounded like a really nice girl. Wrong place, wrong time. Just went to work one night when we were shooting missiles at TV transmitters.
Remember Firefly? "A better world."
Life and death doesn't necessarily bring out the best in people. What bugs me? There are folks we know that think it's OK to kill the little kids and the unarmed innocent types.
I'm gladder than you know that I'm not among them.
PROBABLY NOT GETTING POSTED OVER THERE FOR GOOD REASON.
Total genocide and Rape of Nanking notwhistanding. You ever hear tell of the Belgian Congo? France and Haiti? The guys that invented the whole Concentration Camp? My first wardroom had a plaque from Ethiopia with the call to arms of Haile Selassie. I wish that I could recall it enough to quote his call to arms to repel the Italians.
Today we shall light such a fire, by God's grace as I trust shall never be put out.
History has a way of preserving the flaws. League of Civilized Countries? The only ones that spring immediately to mind are Bhutan and Nepal and Monte Carlo and San Marino and Lichtenstein.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
My sister asked me to help her editor track down the shits who steal her books online. 27,000 downloads of her last book. You'd think I alone invented the internet.
My brother wonders why I don't take my sisters advice and see a doctor. I did see one and I'm afraid the answer is most profound.
It was one of those days. It was far and away the shittiest day since I didn't run out of fuel on the way back from San Francisco and yeah to know that feeling you had to be one of the 3 of us.
The ultrasound tech was super cute though so even a shitty day has it's upside.
Monday, April 5, 2010
I am not going to talk about religious beliefs but about matters so obvious that it has gone out of style to mention them. I believe in my neighbours. I know their faults, and I know that their virtues far outweigh their faults. "Take Father Michael down our road a piece. I'm not of his creed, but I know that goodness and charity and loving kindness shine in his daily actions. I believe in Father Mike. If I'm in trouble, I'll go to him. My next-door neighbour is a veterinary doctor. Doc will get out of bed after a hard day to help a stray cat. No fee - no prospect of a fee - I believe in Doc. I believe in my townspeople. You can know on any door in our town saying, 'I'm hungry,' and you will be fed. Our town is no exception. I've found the same ready charity everywhere. But for the one who says, 'To heck with you - I got mine,' there are a hundred, a thousand who will say, "Sure, pal, sit down." I know that despite all warnings against hitch-hikers I can step up to the highway, thumb for a ride and in a few minutes a car or a truck will stop and someone will say, 'Climb in Mac - how far you going?'
I believe in my fellow citizens. Our headlines are splashed with crime yet for every criminal there are 10,000 honest, decent, kindly men. If it were not so, no child would live to grow up. Business could not go on from day to day. Decency is not news. It is buried in the obituaries, but is a force stronger than crime. I believe in the patient gallantry of nurses and the tedious sacrifices of teachers. I believe in the unseen and unending fight against desperate odds that goes on quietly in almost every home in the land. I believe in the honest craft of workmen. Take a look around you. There never were enough bosses to check up on all that work. From Independence Hall to the Grand Coulee Dam, these things were built level and square by craftsmen who were honest in their bones. I believe that almost all politicians are honest. . .there are hundreds of politicians, low paid or not paid at all, doing their level best without thanks or glory to make our system work.
If this were not true we would never have gotten past the 13 colonies. I believe in Rodger Young. You and I are free today because of endless unnamed heroes from Valley Forge to the Yalu River. I believe in - I am proud to belong to - the United States. Despite shortcomings from lynchings to bad faith in high places, our nation has had the most decent and kindly internal practices and foreign policies to be found anywhere in history.
And finally, I believe in my whole race. Yellow, white, black, red, brown. In the honesty, courage, intelligence, durability, and goodness of the overwhelming majority of my brothers and sisters everywhere on this planet. I am proud to be a human being. I believe that we have come this far by the skin of our teeth. That we always make it just by the skin of our teeth, but that we will always make it. Survive. Endure. I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching, oversize brain case and the opposable thumb, this animal barely up from the apes will endure. Will endure longer than his home planet - will spread out to the stars and beyond, carrying with him his honesty and his insatiable curiosity, his unlimited courage and his noble essential decency. This I believe with all my heart.
R. A. Heinlein.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Only the most liberal progressives want no innocent armed. It is fiction of course but how many innocents get slaughtered?
Did you ever hear of a raped murdered girl who had a permit to carry a gun? Yeah, I thought not.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The once-respected science journal Nature recently published a whining editorial to the effect that climate scientists are not criminals, really; that attacks on them by increasingly-skeptical news media are soooo unfair; and that the fundamental science showing that the planet is doomed unless the economies of the West are shut down at once is unchallengeable.
No doubt most climate scientists are not criminals. However, some are. Many of the two dozen Climategate emailers, who have for years driven the IPCC process, tampered with peer review in the learned journals, and fabricated, altered, concealed, or destroyed scientific data are criminals. Whether they or Nature like it or not, they will eventually stand trial, and deservedly so.
After all, the biofuel scam that is one of many disfiguring spin-offs from the “global warming” scare — driven by the poisonous clique of mad scientists whom Nature so uncritically defends — has taken millions of acres of farmland away from growing food for people who need it and towards growing biofuels for clunkers that don’t. Result: a doubling of world food prices, mass starvation, and death, leading to food riots in a dozen major regions of the globe.
You won’t have seen much about these riots in the Western news media: they are too busy reporting on every putative icicle putatively dribbling in putatively melting Greenland.
Where was Nature when James Hansen — a publicly funded “scientist” and political agitator “working” for NASA — publicly demanded that anyone who disagreed with his climate-extremist views be put on trial for “high crimes against humanity”?
Did Nature write a pompous, pietistic editorial drawing attention to the fact that the penalty for crimes against humanity is death, and asking whether demands that one’s scientific opponents should face potential execution constitute an appropriate contribution to scientific discourse? Did it heck! Nature was sullenly, culpably silent.
Hansen wrote a characteristically overblown op-ed in the British Marxist newspaper the Guardian last year, saying that sea level was about to rise by 246 feet.
Should I face trial and execution for pointing out, mildly, that Hansen knows no more about sea-level rise than a hedgehog, and that even the excitable UN climate panel puts 21st-century sea-level rise at a maximum of 2 feet?
Where was Nature when Al Gore’s mawkish, sci-fi, comedy-horror movie came out? Did it ever disclose even one of the three dozen serious errors or exaggerations in that dismal piece of pseudo-scientific propaganda? Did it heck! Gore’s climate-extremist views chimed with Nature’s own, so its editors were sullenly, culpably silent.
Where was Nature when the UN’s climate panel published, three times and in full color, a graph in its 2007 report purporting to show that the rate of warming over the past 160 years has itself increased, allegedly because of anthropogenic CO2 emissions, when the graph deployed a statistical technique so bogus that any pimply freshman doing Stats 101 would recognize the graph as tendentious, politicized nonsense?
Nowhere, that’s where.
The mindless mantra that moaning ninnies like Nature mumble over and over again is that, notwithstanding one, or several, or hundreds, or thousands of bloopers in the now-discredited climate “assessments” of the UN’s climate panel, the science is settled and the debate is over. Yet the debate rages on and — tell it not in Gath or Ashkelon — the skeptics are winning.
Nature’s editors, not having reached intellectual puberty, lack the self-critical skill of examining their own consciences. When they grow up, they will realize that there is a reason why the skeptics are winning. It is because the skeptics are right. The science never was settled, nor was the debate over. CO2 is a bit-part player in the climate. Get over it and move along. Get a life.
And how come the skeptics are winning, when billions of state-funded propaganda dollars have been squandered for decades in an ever more futile attempt to buy the acquiescence of John Q. Public? Your average voter does not necessarily understand the growing number of scientific papers establishing, by a variety of measurements, that the UN’s XBox 360s have gotten the models wrong, and that the warming effect of CO2 is around one-seventh of the UN’s vastly-exaggerated central estimate.
But what the man on the crosstown bus can smell a mile off is propaganda bulls***. Tell him the debate on anything is over and his antennae will start to twitch. Tell him that because the debate is over he will have to lose his job and pay higher taxes and gasoline prices and electricity costs and he will ask what you’re on and whether he can have some.
The sheer shrillness of the true-believers, such as Nature’s zit-bespattered editors, has woken up the sleeping giant of public opinion, and the giant will not go back to sleep however often Nature maunders on about the fundamental science being agreed among all parties. After 15 years with no statistically significant “global warming” (Nature didn’t tell you that), nine years of a rapid global cooling trend (Nature forgot to mention it), sea level growing at just 1 foot per century (Nature didn’t get around to reporting that), and sea ice showing no global trend in 30 years (Nature somehow missed that one), no one is believing the true-believers any more.
I know: let’s put Nature’s editors on trial for high crimes against journalistic integrity and scientific truth. Death is far too good for them: let us condemn them to reading out their own editorials to each other until they realize how silly they are, or for all eternity, whichever be the sooner.
The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley is a British politician, business consultant, and policy advisor.When you wonder what an idiot looks or sounds like? Not him. The fools that believed in GLOBAL WARMING caused by men had nothing at the top of their brain stems.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
It's a great pity that there are so few to be found.