Archive for November, 2011

Oh Please

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , , on 23, November 2011 by chockblock

I need a stiff drink:

But these women understand the protestors’ frustration and unhappiness over the fact that their lives aren’t supposed to turn out this way. This is why a growing number of young professional women who seem to “have it all” are burning out at work before they reach 30.

These early career flameouts are reflected through the corporate ladder. Today, 53 percent of corporate entry-level jobs are held by women, a percentage that drops to 37 percent for mid-management roles and 26 percent for vice presidents and senior managers, according to McKinsey research. Men are twice as likely as women to advance at each career transition stage.

One reason that women are burning out early in their careers is that they have simply reached their breaking point after spending their childhoods developing well-rounded resumes. “These women worked like crazy in school and in college, and then they get into the workforce and they are exhausted,” says Melanie Shreffler of the youth marketing blog Ypulse.

“Why some women are burning out at work by 30”
By Larissa Faw (Forbes/MSNBC)

“After reading this whiny nonsense, why exactly would a business professional run out and hire one of these women?” –George Milonas via Insty

I’ve said my piece about today’s spoiled rotten bratty generation here, raged against their insipid college experiencehere, hit their lack of work ethic
here, slammed their OWS here, here,, more on the “education” in their colleges here, and lastly, my rant on the “mommy track”.

School, from preschool to high school graduation, was designed to vomit teens into the world. Thanks to standardized testing and the No Child Left Behind Act, failing grades take away from the budgets of local schools. They have every reason to shove bodies around and claim they are “educated.”

Victor Davis Hanson :

By 2011 we all know that faculties are overwhelmingly liberal. That in and of itself would not be so alarming if they were not activist as well. By that I mean academics are not just interested in identifying supposed past American sins, but also in turning disinterested instruction into political advocacy, especially along race, class, and gender lines. Rosie the Riveter, the Japanese internment, and Hiroshima all deserve study, but they are not the sum total of World War II. Today’s average undergraduate may know that African-Americans were not integrated into American units during World War II, but they have no clue what the Battle of the Bulge, a B-29, or Iwo Jima were. They may insist that global warming is real and man-caused, but would have trouble explaining what exactly carbon is.

So young women whine and moan that work is like, work. And employers what them to dress like workers, work long hours and work hard for the money.

And they complain of burnout….

Via Blackfive:
need motivation?

Don’t bail out Student Loans

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 21, November 2011 by chockblock

“This is a transparent vote buying scheme. Not only will this act of Roman-style patronage turn into votes for whoever is waiving the magic wand, those grateful little creatures will hail their caesar and support his re-election as motivated campaign workers.”

R.S. McCain on why we don’t need to help the “99%”.

He adds two more reasons at the link. Let me add my 2 cents:

  1. Colleges raised their tuition to cover expenses they jacked up, knowing that college students (with the help of indulgent parents) would take out the money. Do colleges really need student unions with Xboxes and large TVs? Dorms with frills? Layers and layers of management and profs. who don’t teach got a free ride with easy student loan money. Not our fault if this is unsustainable. And not our fault if you
    slept through your “education”.
  2. STEM subjects, business and a few other majors come with job security. Government is (gasp!) cutting back. Law is cutting back due to the glut of lawyers in this country. If you want to study the fluff electives: “Communications”, “English” et al. be prepared to work at Starbucks. Not the taxpayers fault for colleges catering to the slackers and the Marxists who teach them.
  3. Many of the “99%” chose a very expensive school far, far away from home. So sad too bad. Small colleges, local colleges are cheaper and produce just as good an education. If they wanted to work in New York city, D.C. some such, they should have prepared to spend lots of money and fight many, many people from elite school. If you didn’t get the job, them’s the brakes. They should have applied for jobs they stood a chance of actually getting, not the bill of goods the media or lefty professors shill. Competing in a field where many students were “top of their class”, went to an “elite” school and you find that there are a lot of those people pounding the pavement. Thanks to the media and the education system, they believe that 100K a year jobs are a “right” and not something to work towards. The taxpayer shouldn’t have to pay just because these guys made bad career moves.

Some liberal wag held up a sign “Pay your taxes teabaggers!”. I propose we tell him and his friends in the tents: “Pay back our money, deadbeats!”. That’s what a loan is after all.

Stolen Valor is a Crime

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , on 15, November 2011 by chockblock

“If you steal, you’re gonna lie, if you lie you’re gonna steal”– a 1SG at Fort Jackon.

For all the talk about “freedom of speech” and the left’s pimping of “veterans” during the OWS protests, I’m reminded of that phrase.

Somewhere between the guys who never served a day in their life, yet wears the trappings of a hero and the guy at the VFW who did serve but wants to embellish how many Viet Cong he killed barehanded lies an entirely different breed of predator who uses innuendo to imply that they are something more than the truth.
Soldier Systems

When someone says it’s not about the money (and they say it often), it’s the money. Smelly hippies and fiction don’t sell books or protests. “Veterans” can sell shitty “war stories” or smelly protests better than the ugly truth.

From screenplays, to down on their luck stories, to interviews and preying on your sympathy, the scum of stolen valor knows no shame.

But this is the internet. You can run you scumbags, but you can’t hide.

Let’s keep exposing these people for who they really are. Kit Up is watching.
Brandon Webb at Kit Up!

Click on the link above or visit This Ain’t Hell for more.

Presented with a comment

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , on 12, November 2011 by chockblock

Tuberculosis, Zuccotti lung, rape, murder, and assault — the various Occupy Wall Street protests nationwide have now seen almost everything. The autumn protests, which had some resonance with the American people who were burned by Wall Street and resent its bailouts and mega-bonuses that weren’t performance based, have degenerated into a wintery vagrancy and sixties-style street carnival.

Occupy Wall Street and Horsemen of the Apocalypse, By Victor Davis Hanson (NRO)

These “protesters” are not highly educated they’ve just spent a great deal of time taking up classroom space.
–jdkchem, in the comments

Right on!


Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , on 12, November 2011 by chockblock

Another Mainstream Media “opinion” piece about the military, it’s Time magazine with the mud now:

The U.S. military and American society are drifting apart. It’s tough inside the civilian world to discern the drift. But troops in all the military services sense it, smell it — and talk about it. So do their superiors. We have a professional military of volunteers that has been stoically at war for more than a decade. But as the wars have droned on, the troops waging them are increasingly an Army apart.

“There’s no challenge for the 99% of the American people who are not involved in the military,” says Army veteran Ron Capps, who served as an intelligence analyst in Afghanistan. “They don’t lose when soldiers die overseas, they’re not being forced to pay, for the wars, and there’s no sense among the vast population of what we’re engaged in.”

Part of the problem – surprise! – is Pentagon penny-pinching. Trying to save money, the Defense Department has been shutting bases down across much of the nation for the past generation, and concentrating them in military-friendly southern states. “Where [troops come from] gets more and more away from the general population,” ex-Guard chief Blum said. “What they do behind those gates is pretty much, `Who cares?’ to the general population, unless they make their living off of what goes on in there.”
An Army Apart: The Widening Military-Civilian Gap
by Mark Thompson,

About that penny pinching: during the Cold War the MSM accused all the services of wasting money. From $500 hammers and $700 toilet seats to weapons systems that “didn’t work”, the Pentagon was awash in fraud and abuse. The truth was more nuanced. There was fraud and wasteful spending, but when Desert Storm kicked off, those weapon systems did pretty good. Yes, even the Bradley.

Some bean counter in the Pentagon came up with the idea (due to Congressional and MSM pressure) to hire contractors. This was brewing long before George W. Bush came into office. COTS (commercial off the self) products were introduced because the media ridiculed military specs. After 9/11, any product that performs to “mil-spec” is highly valued now. While COTS has saved money in generators and supply, it wasn’t a cure all. The contractors gobbled up the money they were supposed to save. For garrison duties, yes having contractors do the plumbing, maintenance and other garrison duties freed up soldiers for war. (Fun Fact: on military bases, the Post Exchange, movie theater and daycare centers used to be staffed by soldiers, with an officer over them, since the early 90’s they are staffed by civilians).

As for wages and health care: “$57,400, and the annual total personnel-related cost per troop, including health care, is more than twice that: $121,600, according to a recent accounting by the independent Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.”

Wow, where do I get that money? There were soldiers on food stamps in the 70’s and 80’s. Wanna go back to that Mr. Thompson? The health bennies and the morale welfare and recreation are payments for services rendered. Those contractors you love to hate came about BECAUSE most soldiers get 100k+ medical conditions over the course of 20 years in service.

Soldering is hard, hard work. Many soldiers have bad backs, bad knees. Contractors get paid according to the contact. Alas, health and hazards of a warzone make costs go up.

Technology marched on from the reference frames of most movies and tv shows. We don’t need to stack soldiers on the battle field anymore. We fight maneuver warfare, not positional (or attrition) warfare. When Centcom issued a press release that US forces were conducting “Air Assault” operations in Afghanistan, the left went nuts. They assumed it meant widespread bombing or some nonsense like that. Air Assault means that soldiers climb out of a helicopter and repel down a rope to enter a building (while getting shot at btw). So much for the “media” that is supposed to keep the public informed.

Mr. Thompson, the media hates the military. Your fellow journalists try and paint the military as scum. We’re poor, uneducated “children” who don’t have a choice (or are sadists who enjoy killing). That’s YOUR profession’s take on us.

I’ve met soldiers from poor backgrounds, some with families that are genuine old money and most who are average Americans. Generation X and the millennials have opted to drop out of world events. They don’t follow the news, don’t care and would rather play xbox and eat junk food than eat healthy and exercise. Most Americans that are the prime recruiting age are just too fat to join. There are many with criminal records. The military’s mission is to win wars, not rehab society’s rejects. That never worked.

It’s the “retired” and “former” service members who seem most “distressed”. Never the rank and file, never active duty at current posts. Fancy that. Their pensions won’t get cut. They won’t have to serve with drugged out and criminal draftees. They won’t get stuck with a slipshod military their vision will create.

The information about how the real military works is available on the web and at CONUS posts. Most posts are now open, you don’t need a pass to get in Mr. Thompson. I suggest you talk to those on active duty who volunteer, who live on and in the local economy. For us there is no drift.

I expect such ramblings from a blog but not Time magazine. Guess print really is dead.

It’s still our Army

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11, November 2011 by chockblock

The amount of epic fail in the following is not recommended for anyone with a medical condition:

We the People’ need to understand: it’s not longer our army; it hasn’t been for years; it’s theirs and they intend to keep it. The American military belongs to Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright, to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, to Hilary Clinton and Robert Gates. Civilian leaders will continue to employ the military as they see fit. If Americans do not like the way the army is used, they should reclaim it, resuscitating the tradition of the citizen-soldier and reasserting the connection between citizenship and military service. … [A]s long at the tradition of the citizen-soldier remains moribund, reversing the militarization of U.S. foreign policy will be a pipe dream.

Andrew Bacevich, quoted by Thomas E. Ricks on his blog.

There’s no telling whether this kind of movement will gather steam, but based on the lukewarm reception to President Obama’s proposed new taxes on the wealthiest Americans, you probably shouldn’t hold your breath. But would asking Americans to sacrifice more, in the ways they can, bring them closer to the military? Could anything do that in our disconnected cyber-age?
“‘It’s no longer our army. It hasn’t been for years.’”: By Philip Ewing ,

No one forces people to join the military. The whole point of the all volunteer force was to avoid the mass mobilization of WWII. Technology marches on. A Cold War Era Nike missile battery required a tremendous investment. The PATRIOT missile system is not only mobile, but has a smaller size and footprint.

We don’t need huge numbers of troops. Most service members are in the support areas than in combat. The war in Iraq and Afghanistan pushed them to the limelight. It takes about 7 soldiers to support one infantry soldier (an 11B). Thats cooks, MP’s, legal, chaplin, medics, mechanics (we’re a mechanized army) and signal. That’s not including the other services.

The Army (and our sister services) face substance abuse problems. All married/divorced services members have to care for families. I don’t care if the “average American” can’t relate. He/she just needs to say “thank you for your service” and let me be on my way.

We try to recruit in high schools, Code Pink and other leftist wackos keep trying to block it. The media doesn’t help. The news media HATES the military.

That people even show up to the recruiting station at all is a miracle. In basic, my platoon lost 6 people. One woman was a basket case. Another was an idiot who should never have been let it. One guy assaulted a female recruit and got sent to jail then kicked out. Two were PT test failures and the last one broke his foot. The company lost 10 people, three to unreported criminal records. Those three were kicked out on false enlistment. In AIT I saw several recruits take drugs/show up drunk and get kicked out. And we were Air Defense.

Things got worse as the DOD granted waives for felonies and other issues. Overweight and dirtbag “soldiers” were kept in to keep numbers up until the Brigade S-1 and the Brigade commander couldn’t stand it anymore. Now the waivers have been stopped and commanders Army-wide have been told to kick out soldiers who can’t pass the standards. My current unit lost five people for drug and discipline problems.

The military’s statistics are better than the general population. We want to be in the service. Forget the wealthy, the “average American” has plenty of opportunity to join the military. 1.5 to 2 year terms of service are available, a 19 year old can do that standing on his head.

It’s the hard work and the discipline that turn off most people. You can’t wear what you want, work the hours you want or slack off. The Army just tightened it’s tattoo policy. Our sister services are down-sizing, cutting into that < 1% in the military.

As for why force is used, "smart diplomacy" is just a fancy word for more talking. Diplomacy has to be backed up with military force. Previous presidents used force for anything. How did we get the Panama canal? By splitting off part of Columbia with the help of the US Navy. The Spanish American War, the Indian Wars, the Cold War, Manifest Destiny. led by civilians, planned by civilians.

We have other concerns. The military is fine, the founding fathers got that one right. We don't need a draft. We need voters who pay attention, and a media who is willing to cover the real news.

Top four college myths

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 8, November 2011 by chockblock

It seems that these ideas about college life just won’t die. No matter how hard reality presses in.

1) “College is a party, a time of self discovery”:

This is a myth that fuels many movies and TV shows where college students hop from bed to bed, drink like fish, smoke like chimneys and do very little actual studying. Class outside, no bells, “Buffy Studies”, it’s nothing like the hell that was high school.

The truth is that college is supposed to prepare you for the real world. Students who party hardy and get A’s are either working their asses off (and damaging their livers) or are taking the fluff electives so that Mom and Dad don’t pull them out of school.

The STEM fields require lots of hours in and out of the classroom. At least 1-2 hours of homework for every hour in class. Plus tests, midterms, papers and lab courses. It’s a pyramid, the freshman level classes are intro and easy. Sophomore level you get introduced to your field. Junior year is where you get into the meat of your subject. Lecture classes of 10-15 students are not uncommon. Senior year is when you should be taking work study and writing a thesis or doing a big project. That is your resume for when you get into the workforce.

You have to have experience in your field before an employer will hire you. I met geology students who worked in Antarctica, Italy and Hawaii BEFORE they started their senior year. You have pre-med students who wear themselves out with volunteer hours or biology projects (or both). Bio and CS students who have papers or programs submitted to and published in professional journals.

What does partying and the easy A courses get you? A whole lot of debt for nothing. If you can’t write an essay, you have nothing published and have no experience beyond sitting in one place for 3-4 hours a day, why should anyone hire you?
Student loan debt can’t be charged off and it’s explained many, many times that you MUST repay those loans. Stop trying to act like the rich kids with trust funds.

2) “College is where you learn politics”:

This started in the 1960’s. The left found a ready supply of protestors with the Draft and the war in Vietnam. This continues to this day. Fueled by student loans, leftist 60’s dinosaurs and Marxist bullshitters continue to preach to young adults far from home. The message is clear: believe what I say and you will get an A.

It’s true that some students find that they can be open and free in an out of state school as opposed to the small town they grew up in. But really, is a five to six figure debt worth self discovery?

As for the politics, it ain’t the ivory tower for nothing. Most professors in the humanities subscribe to the leftist ideology because that was a safe berth for the hippies of the 60’s. The meme that liberals “care” more about social problems and the poor was born on college campuses.

The truth is that most of America wants nothing to do with the Marxist bullshit you will find in most colleges. Why is OWS failing? When liberals admit that they want to take everything you have, that they hate private property (unless it’s theirs), when they state their REAL beliefs, people tune them out.

3) “College should be/is free”:

I blame the student loan industry for this one. They, in conjunction with the teacher’s unions and academia, oversold student loans and college degrees. Sure, if you have skills that can get your hired, you can pay off the debt. But fluff courses and leftist agitprop has no market value in 2011/2012. Sorry if you took “_____ Studies”.

An employer needs workers who have skills. Workers who will show up on time and those who can work according to the schedule he/she needs. Work is work. You can’t wear what you want, work when you want. Many employers don’t care if you have kids or problems getting up in the morning. Taking fluff courses and going to class in your PJ’s is the mark of a child.

Back to student loans: so you now have no real skills. But you have a five to six figure debt. Too bad. Ya see, all those cool facilities and staff that taught you the fluff courses got paid by that huge loan. The bank and the federal gov’ment will get it’s money. Yes college was “free”, just fill out the FAFSA and you get your tuition paid (plus a housing too). So colleges raised tuition. Many bought cool stuff for the student body (because the students demanded it). The students got the debt.

You got a nice degree. Dress how you want, act how you want. You got to party. However to an employer, you’re damaged goods.

Show up to any job interview looking like a slob/slacker and you won’t get hired. Show the employer a resume or a degree with skills they can’t use and you won’t get hired no matter how good you look or how bad you need that job. And yet you have to pay off that loan. So sad.

And lastly:

4) “I’ll work at a non-profit”:

Oh how I’d love to slap those kids in the face with a leather glove.

If you major in something like Human Rights and Global Justice, you might as well go sleep in a tent somewhere, because you will have no employable skills, and while there might be a Santa Claus, there is not a line of NGOs waiting to hire you. —Kenneth Anderson

Most non-profits (the ones that aren’t political shills) are just like businesses. But with out the profit thingy. Dress codes, long hours and (wait for it) LOW WAGES!

Seriously, how do you expect a “non-profit” to work?

Many live off the goodwill of the communities they are based in. That means this economy has screwed many charities (which is what a non-profit is) hard.

So how do many non-profits with staff get the money to work? Most are run just like a business. Dress codes, codes of conduct, long freaking hours.
I worked for a non-profit mental health clinic for the whopping sum of $7.00 an hour. They had me working 25-30 hours a week. I got the job because they needed me, but they could only pay me so much, when the money was tight I was not working. I was in college at the time so no biggie. My boss just had a kid (that’s why I was hired) and her boss was a therapist AND an administrator. She managed four other therapists and three case managers.

She’d work till 1 AM doing paperwork and intakes. Some of the patients were so bad that many had been homeless. On top of that, the therapists were on call in case the local police needed them. They passed around a beeper, each took their turn being on-call. They hated that beeper but it paid the bills. They made ends meet by having many volunteers work who did odd jobs for free. Some were back breaking. I know because I did some of them before I was hired.

Why would a non-profit hire workers if it can get volunteers? Why should you expect high pay when most non-profits are on shoestring budgets? “The Man” is not keeping them down, it’s just a basic fact of life. Most live off what the public feels like donating to the cause.

So if you have dreams of paying off that student loan and trips to Europe while working at “Save the Eels” foundation….

Let me be the one to crush that dream right now. It ain’t gonna happen. Sure you can put in long, long hours and work your way up the ranks. Many veterans who work for non-profits are just that, veterans. They’ve been with them for a hot minute. You are just getting started.

To any college student reading this and saying “fuck this guy”, sure you can take it easy. You might even be squatting in a park. But as you fill out that application for Starbucks, then go home to Ramen from the microwave, remember this. You had your chance. A little research and some legwork and these myths would not have bit you. It’s your fault that you have loads of debt with a useless degree.

Hard Work

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 6, November 2011 by chockblock

Jonathan H. Adler quotes a New York Times story:

After studying nearly a decade of transcripts at one college, Kevin Rask, a professor at Wake Forest University, concluded last year that the grades in the introductory math and science classes were among the lowest on campus. The chemistry department gave the lowest grades over all, averaging 2.78 out of 4, followed by mathematics at 2.90. Education, language and English courses had the highest averages, ranging from 3.33 to 3.36.

Ben Ost, a doctoral student at Cornell, found in a similar study that STEM students are both “pulled away” by high grades in their courses in other fields and “pushed out” by lower grades in their majors.

And from the comments comes this gem: “Of course, the joke’s on the folks who find themselves flipping burgers with their high GPA.

“Adulthood is a taller order these days,” Brent Donnellan, a professor at Michigan State University who studies the transition to adulthood, tells me. “When we look at surveys at what this generation values, they want a lot.”

–“Are Twentysomethings Expecting Too Much?: Hannah Seligson (

The petulant children who are OWS and those who want to work for “non-profits” remind me of the high schoolers I worked with. They all had dreams of working at “McDonalds” or dealing drugs. Well things had a habit of not working out. As the easy A seekers are finding out, reality is ensuing. The tech jobs went to India because American kids would rather have fun then work.

By pricing themselves out of the market (by seeking higher wages and benefits for fewer hours) and by having no real marketable skills, they have driven the jobs elsewhere.

“When Rome went out and hired mercenary soldiers, Rome fell.” President Dwight Eisenhower

Thanks to the housing bubble and the current recession, there are no jobs and no money. Once again, for the humanities crowd: there. are. no. jobs. The “man” is not hiding the stash and taxing and cutting will not magically producing more money.

So in Austerity America skills in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are worth a hell of a lot more than the fluff electives. Sure you can boost your GPA by taking “Buffy Studies” or somesuch. But remember kids, those loans (and their repayment) are serious business.

Between foreign labor and automation, factory jobs are going away. A college degree is not some magic ticket to a big paycheck. I worked for a non-profit. I make more now in the Army than I ever could in that non-profit. Most bachelor’s and masters in Psyche make about 7-8 dollars an hour until management positions open up. Most non-profits are on shoestring budgets.

The real jobs require hard work. You may have to wear a uniform and cover up that wicked tat you got on spring break. Yeah, growing up sucks and can crush your spirit. That’s why it’s work and not play. It does get better with time, but before you can enjoy life you have to get past the crappy stage.

Think of you 20’s as if you were a starting character, a noob, a rookie. Because you are. With no experience beyond school and the debt from that schooling, you’re a risk. If an employer sees you as not worth it, no job for you. If you have the skills and have made a dent on that debt then they can take a chance. Of course now you have a job. Where you have to get up at 5, 6 or 7 in the morning. Maybe even work on weekends (gasp!). Life is gonna suck in the STEM fields, or the finance sector. Or in any 9-to-5 job. But it gets better. Soon you adapt and overcome. You can then look back on the suck knowing you survived.

Get a real job and invest part of that paycheck. Because that’s what an adult does.

Leave the humanities to the easy-a crowd. Someone has to serve you that latte.