Archive for 6, July 2008

marijuana

Posted in rankers with tags , , , , , , , , on 6, July 2008 by chockblock

I used to be a clerk for a mental health clinic. I flunked out of grad school while trying to get my MA in counseling. During that time I saw many examples of why drugs are BAD NEWS. We had a client undergo a complete paranoid episode during therapy. Brick (not his real name) had warned the guy. Stop using or we’ll drop you from the program. Well the client had to be taken away by the police because he was so violent and paranoid. Lucky for him he recovered and thanked Brick latter (another program accepted him).

Every time I mention this I have bullsh*t called on me. Well Starpulse writes:

MacFarlane signed a $100 million deal with 20th Century Fox in May, in a move which will make him the highest-paid writer-producer in television – and he’s determined to increase his productivity by swearing off illegal drugs.
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Rumsfeld vs. Obama

Posted in rankers with tags , , , , , , , , on 6, July 2008 by chockblock

Donald Rumsfeld, far for being the bogeyman of the left, appears to be just another government official doing what he thought was right at the time. He expanded our status of forces agreements (SOFA) with other countries (Japan included), ended participations the the ABM treaty (a useless Cold-war Carter-era relic) and trans formed the military.

In the Atlantic article What Rumsfeld Got Right Robert D. Kaplan writes:

He spent a lot of time worrying about seams on the map—for example, where Central Command ended and Pacific Command began (at the borders of India and Pakistan, and Kazakhstan and China, and in the middle of the increasingly critical Indian Ocean). How would the Pentagon handle a conflict athwart such a seam? Rumsfeld centralized the command structure by subtly weakening the area commands and strengthening the global commands. Joint Forces Command got responsibility for recommending troop rotations from one area to another. Transportation Command took control of various air- and sealift commands, and of getting matériel right up to the battlefront. Strategic Command got control of space, cyber warfare, reconnaissance, and missile defense. Special Operations Command took on the global manhunt for al‑Qaeda and went from being a mere force provider to a full-fledged war-fighting command that could operate alongside or even ahead of the area commands.

Now my old unit went to Japan as part of that agreement. Japese and South Korean troops are seen frequently at U.S. bases in the mainland traing along side American troops. Some even attend professional development schools here.
Kaplan goes further to add:
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