Category: Politics

The Other Guy

Let’s take a moment to talk about someone.

We all know who this person is.  You know it isn’t you. And I know it isn’t me.  So how do we talk about this other person (behind his/her back, naturally) without naming specific names?  For the sake of … Continue Reading...

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On Service

Taking part in an OPFOR exercise at Mt Fuji as a youngish Combat Interrogator.

Mt. Fuji (c. 1994) – The author as a youngish Combat Interrogator during an OPFOR exercise against Aeromedevac crews from the 374th Medical Group, Yokota AB, Japan.

I never went to war.  I wasn’t Marine Recon.  I wasn’t Army Special Forces.  I wasn’t a Navy SEAL.  I wasn’t a USAF … Continue Reading...

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Remember

“Remember.”

“Never Forget.”

The sentiment echoes especially loudly today, eleven years later.  And eleven years later, I find myself asking two questions: 

  1. What, precisely, are we to never forget?
  2. Does this never forgetting improve our world?

Regarding question #1, I think it is a natural, theraputic thing to keep alive … Continue Reading...

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Dear News Media

Dear News Media:

Please stop trying to frighten us, especially mothers with small children.  Shame on you.

Please stop trying to be the first off the line to inappropriately lay blame at the feet of those who have no part in the tragedies you are supposed to be investigating.  You … Continue Reading...

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H.R. 3166: Enemy Expatriation Act

Remember president Obama’s NDAA 2012 signing statement?  Remember when he promised the following?

Second, under section 1021(e), the bill may not be construed to affect any “existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who

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Iowa Nice

IowaWith Iowa getting its quadrennial 15 minutes of fame once again, the predictable plethora of pundits and politicians from all over the nation have crawled out of their mud holes once again, tripping over their tongues to explain the state to the rest of the country.  They seem to think … Continue Reading...

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R.I.P. Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights

Born: Dec 15, 1791
Died: Dec 15, 2011
Aged:  220 years (exactly)

Hyperbole?  Perhaps.  But it’s my blog, and I’ll write whatever the hell I want (while I still can).

The first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution are commonly known as the “Bill of … Continue Reading...

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