Archive for July, 2012

Pay, benifits and civilian control

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , on 29, July 2012 by chockblock

Rosa Brooks opines in Foreign Policy magazine:

“Some readers are taking me to task for impugning the military with the word socialism. I should be clear: though I may be one of the last three people in America who feels this way, I don’t use “socialism” as a dirty word, at least if what we mean by “socialism” is having a society that takes decent care of its people. “

“But this can’t fully account for the disproportionate benefits we bestow on the military. Plenty of other Americans serve the nation in vital ways — consider public school teachers and nurses — and plenty of other Americans, from fishers to fire-fighters, have dangerous jobs. We don’t seem inclined to fling free health care and housing in the direction of teachers or fire-fighters, though. “
“Welfare State, Meet America’s socialist military.”

“This argument has a strong emotional pull, but in the end, it’s more about sentiment than reason. After all, members of today’s military are volunteers, not conscripts (and contrary to popular belief, they do not hail mostly from the least-advantaged segments of society). Just like civilian pilots, loggers, fishers, miners, and farmers (who face roughly comparable occupational fatality rates) — or for that matter, just like the journalists and humanitarian aid workers who operate in conflict zones and unstable societies — military personnel get paid to take certain risks in order to provide an important benefit for the rest of society. “
“Generals Are from Mars, Their Bosses Are from Venus”

“In my last column, I wrote about the civilian-military gap, and asked whether the most common laments about it make sense when examined closely. We tend to think that the military is “special” in some way, and fundamentally different from other occupations. I asked whether that belief in military “differentness” is justified, and suggested that in many respects, the military isn’t as different as we assume”
–“The moral cost of the civilian-military gap

I applaud Ms. Brooks for debunking the idea that the military is some kind of alien thing outside of the civilian world. The problem, if there is one, in military-civilian relations is that civilians have chosen to be disconnected. As one lefty noted, baby boomers only became interested in US military and foreign policy when they were on the verge of being drafted. Technology and history marched on. We don’t need a draft.

What is needed is a volunteer military with benefits that keep servicemembers in the service. Many on the left and those deficit hawks on the right bitch and whine about the pays and allowances we get but most never served.

Things to remember about servicemembers:

  1. Even officers are forgoing more lucrative careers to be in the military. Yes I know the economy is in the tank. However doctors pilots, lawyers and such can make more money in private practice and not have layers of paper pushers breathing down their neck.
  2. Unlike student loans, the GI Bill is good for America. It puts willing and able young people in the service, doesn’t burden them with debt and is the right thing to do. Payment for services rendered on behalf of everyone.
  3. The local economy can vary, even within the same state. So a housing allowance or
    cost of living adjustment helps service members stay focused on the mission. Get out of shape or fail to qualify on your weapon? You get booted from the service. Screw up too bad and you can be barred from re-joining. Teachers and police officers just get fired. That leads me to my next point:
  4. Service members are asked to be physically fit, qualify on their weapons AND be proficient at their jobs. In the military, you can be punished with jail if you are terrible at your job.
  5. Lose your job? In the military, they have to re-train you or let you go with a severance check. In this economy you just lose your job.
  6. Businesses can fold, city and states can layoff workers but the military is vital to the nation.

What most pundits and Congress critters forget is that cuts to bennies and pay put soldiers on food stamps. Why should they stay in the service if the pay is crap? The bennies are there because more is asked from soldiers than airline pilots, truck drivers or other civilian workers. When KBR and Haliburton tried to recruit truck drivers for Iraq, they ended up paying salaries north of $200K for one year. Many drives quit rather than face insurgent guns and IED’s. Meanwhile most 88M’s (army truck drivers) got paid much less, even if you put in overseas and hostile fire pay. Yet they still did the job.

Europe went bankrupt when it tried to pay everyone lavish bennies. California, Detroit and other “blue states” fell prey to that blue model. And as a percentage of the budget, the military barely gets above 20%. Sure military bennies are “lavish” if you don’t toss in the harsh military justice and getting shot at. Many recruits quit basic training because it dawns on them that they could get shot at.

If there is a “gap” between the cake-eaters and those in green is because of the freedom we as a society enjoy. If Ms. Brooks and others want to laud the military, that’s fine. Don’t cut those bennies and the pay we’ve earned.

Defense Tech: or why Apple can’t build a jet fighter

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, tech pron, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 28, July 2012 by chockblock

The future of military technology is the kind of high-tech engineering in which American companies already are the established leaders. So why not let the Air Force ask Apple to design an iFighter? Or let the Navy ask Google to design the software architecture to power its ships and submarines? That company’s skunk-works innovation team, Google X, has now developed a car that drives itself on the streets of San Francisco. Why not tap that expertise for the Pentagon’s future unmanned systems?
“What If Apple Designed an iFighter?”:Arthur Herman, The Wall Street Journal.

Some idiot pines for the Spitfire. It’s cheap origin is a myth.

MIL-SPEC was a punch line for years. Now it’s a major market, products advertised as “mil-spec” are highly valued.

The old saying “GI proof” used to mean making something so tough that a soldier fresh from bootcamp couldn’t break it even if he tried. Something of a joke in the draft-era military because anyone could be assigned to repair and maintain anything (from airplanes to rifles). Of course building things for the military meant making them rough, rugged and designed for their roles. After the war, the allies forged several agreements called STANAGs. Between that and MIL-SPEC the military forged a standard. Things are built for battle and can be shared among allies. If need be, an American Patriot missile unit can work with an allied Patriot unit and vice versa. Many commercial products you use at home are hardened for the battlefield. Other widgets are purpose built.

However the expense of designing things for the military led to Commercially available Off-The-Shelf or COTS. Take it away wikipeida:

In the United States, Commercially available Off-The-Shelf (COTS) is a Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) term defining a nondevelopmental item (NDI) of supply that is both commercial and sold in substantial quantities in the commercial marketplace, and that can be procured or utilized under government contract in the same precise form as available to the general public. For example, technology related items, such as computer software, hardware systems or free software with commercial support, and construction materials qualify, but bulk cargo, such as agricultural or petroleum products, do not.

Those dirty commies used to say that “quantity has a quality all it’s own”. And Desert Storm shat on that idea. The myth of low tech US military weapons in WWII is debunked by In From the Cold:

“How inferior was the Sherman? Consider these statistics from the Third Armored Division, which fought its way from the hedgerows of France to the heart of the Third Reich. In eleven months of heavy fighting, the unit lost over 700 Shermans destroyed and many more that were damaged, but repaired and returned to service. The units cumulative tank loss rate from D-Day to VE Day was roughly 700 percent. Only the ready availability of replacement tanks and crews(and the ability of maintenance personnel to repair damaged Shermans) kept the division in the fight.”

He’s referring to the M-4 Sherman. Many American tankers died, even as better tanks were held up by Army politics. There was the P-75 Eagle. It was a Frankenplane developed by General Motors. It never delivered on its promised performance. Thankfully an aircraft designer developed the P-51 Mustang.

DoD Buzz posits that a dedicated defense industry can design weapons for war. Why dedicated? Because defense contractors know what it’s like to get shot at. It’s not just hiring veterans, it’s building a system from the ground up that’s designed to fight AND taking data from the field (many times collected by service members themselves).

Many companies made dumb mistakes. Virtual Boy, Edsel, New Coke, the Apple Newton. None of those mistakes had a body count. Many companies got out of the defense business because the Cold War ended. Intel no longer makes microchips for the Pentagon (so much for the idea that war is good for the big corporations). From cables and connectors that break when used to tools that rust up when used in the rain, COTS may have low upfront costs but over the long term the DoD just buys more.

The military gets a lot of ribbing for the up-front costs of gear. But aside from tools, clothing and food, most equipment has to be designed, modified or bought in small quantities. Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) ships are a good example. There are many shipping companies and ship builders out there. Some even have car-carriers and ferries. But the military must buy the ships it needs, most commercial ships are not designed to carry 70+ ton tanks.

Most civilian companies don’t enter into the military market because of the boom and bust cycles inherit in defense. The end of the Cold War has led to massive shrinkage in the defense sector. Grumman built the planes that won WWII in the pacific, but today they are the IT arm of Northrup-Grumman. War is not for fun and profit.

Open source software has been a godsend to the DoD. Most computers (wither they are ‘ruggedized” or just the same kind you can get at Best Buy) have encryption software installed. Many have special software for communicating with units in the field. If the DoD had to pay for the operating systems and other software, less money would be available for mission critical software. LINUX, UNIX and now the Android OS are being welcomed by the military (after added security of course). Once again the military must modify and write the programs it needs. At least open source is cheaper.

WWII was the last big war where entire countries were mobilized to fight. After the war, the US kept a larger standing military. After Sputnik, the Pentagon and industry forged a partnership to keep the US ahead. Decades latter,after Vietnam, Afghanistan etc, the Cold War ended. Desert Storm showed off the high tech military. But declining budgets not only forced the military to do more with less so did rising personnel costs were a large factor as well.

Today’s military is an all volunteer force supported by a few big contractors. There are problems: field grade commanders who let power point slides do their thinking, civilian leaders who set unrealistic expectations and let the military take the fall, a defense industry that oversells its systems. But they are learning. Technology marched on. Propellers gave way to jets. Missiles took over from cannons and the lower enlisted are more important than ever.

Can companies with no military experience design weapons and IT systems? Maybe. Maybe we should let the subject matter experts do their job. Google and Apple can provide the framework, but defense companies and those in uniform need to do the hard work.

How to keep the all volunteer military

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , on 23, July 2012 by chockblock

“One of the recent initiatives the President or at least the folks at the Pentagon have put forward is a 401K style retirement system. Along with Tricare hikes it is assumed that this will somehow lower the personnel costs of the military. The benefits that the military enjoys, or at least the Active Duty Service Members, are far better than any civilian jobs so why not cut them? Unfortunately this might well cut at the very heart of the all volunteer force. Again and again we have seen that the pay that SMs receive is far lower than their civilian counterparts. Even 4-star Generals and Admirals who make about as much in a month as an E-1, the lowest rank makes in half a year, but the jobs they do and their responsibilities, were they in the civilian world would make them easily ten to fifteen times as much.”
–“Military Benefits Are Not So Clear Cut “: the Madness of the Combat Medic
(h/t: Business Insider)

The movie The Best Years of Our Lives showed the problems that WWII vets had returning home. The most poignant character was a man who lost both his hands (played by a real veteran who did lose his hands). The country seems to move on, forgetting about the vets who fought for it. Wars are fleeting, battles forgotten. The WWII, Korea and Vietnam vets had the GI Bill at least. However not all scars are physical.

But the fact remains that young service members have, are and will give the best years of our lives. For what? Not the money. There are many jobs that pay more than the military. Many soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are on food stamps.

Spare me the talk about benefits. You can’t put health insurance in the refrigerator and Tricare has many problems. The life insurance isn’t that great either.

The left wants to cut anything military. In their twisted worldview they see military pay and bennies as the socialist utopia they have never been able to get. There are some on the right that just want to cut government period.

A draft would bring crap into the ranks. Citizens with no values will not get them with a draft notice in the mail. Likewise, troops need at least 2 years to gel with their units. 3 years to really learn their jobs and at 5-6 years you have “tribal knowledge” that makes the military run. Warrant officers and Senior NCO’s come from NCO’s and Petty Officers who came up through the ranks. Generals and Admirals come from officers who spent time as junior officers. Yes there have been draftees who stayed on, but those were few. A draft army is a slave army. It belongs in the past.

Cut benefits and watch experienced leaders, NCO’s and soldiers leave in droves. Why should they stay if they can’t feed their families or pay their bills? You can’t draft them because they have finished their terms of service. Once decades of skill walk out the front gate you can’t get it back.

Experience can’t be bought, drafted or come from a book. The modern career soldier wants to serve. He or she faces more danger and has greater responsibly than any civilian worker. Unions bled state governments dry due to their electing lapdog democrats who promised the moon. Service members were promised modest bennies (compared to teachers and lifeguards who make $100k pensions, some after criminal convictions). Civilian business leaders never had to pay bills after coming home from a long military exercise. They didn’t get shot at. Many general officers who call for pension reform are receiving lavish pensions AND getting paid to say that pensions and bennies need to be cut. So called “journalists” are just leftist shills.

If this country wants a military staffed by service members with experience, it must love them as much as they love their country.


Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 21, July 2012 by chockblock

Intellectually and morally bankrupt. The news, hollywood and most of our media establishment are idiots.

But I couldn’t come up with anything tying any of the James Holmes’s I found to the massacre in Colorado. I didn’t post any of what I found. Neither did most other people who were doing similar searches.

ABC News’ Brian Ross, on the other hand, reported on the air that his “investigation” had led him to a Jim Holmes who had connections to a Tea Party group. That turned out to be completely and totally false. Ross leaped to a predetermined storyline — Tea Party = violence — smeared an innocent man and changed that man’s life forever. Did Brian Ross ever stop to think that he could be sparking more violence?
The Difference Between a Network Reporter and a Blogger: Bryan Preston , July 20, 2012,

Insty has HuffPo staning on the dead, to push gun control.

I get it liberals, you have a narrative. Crazy asshat mows down innocent people and he must be...tea something or other. Never let a crisis go to waste. A bad president used a terrorist attack to boost his poll numbers. So the gun control crowd will do more of the same. Why is old media dying? The mask is off. We can see that they are pushing an agenda. There is no news, just lefty propaganda and anti-Americanism cloaked as “the truth.” Even the gun control crowd can’t just push legislation through anymore.

So a “real journalist” frames an innocent man. What have those lame bloggers done really? Except save a journalist’s reputation, take down a biased reporter and expose Project Gunwalker.

There can be no common ground with the left if they insist on name calling and throwing blame. There can be no “new civility” if it’s just code for “shut up”.

This is why we can’t have nice things lefties. This is why the Tea Party and the right blogosphere exist. The left sees code words and racism everywhere. We see the left losing it’s mind. The media sells rebellion and freedom, but they just want control.

Don’t watch ABC, don’t buy anything Disney until Brian Ross is fired. If they won’t listen to reason, they will listen to their sales figures.

Do we spend to much on defense? One liberal opines …

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , on 18, July 2012 by chockblock

Behold the epic takedown:

“The United States is building Submarines and Carriers at a fairly constant rate over the same period”

Sub building rate is barely enough to maintain a minimum sized attack boat fleet, the LA boats are retiring faster than Seawolf is being built.

“while the military has had so many Ohio Class submarines that they had to give them dozens of cruse missiles to justify their continued use.”

The Ohio boats are reaching their end of life, a sub hull can make only a finite number of dives safely. The CGN’s were a way of utilizing boats that were rapidly reaching the age that they would no longer be fit for the boomer role.”
–CT in in the comments section of this article.: We Spend Too Much On Defense, By Gordon Adams, AOL Defense.

Yet another liberal chimes in with “millions for defense” bullshit. CT slaps him down nicely. Ever since the Clinton-era, the DoD has been starving. The Bush era brought an orgry of spending on Iraq, but that was a band-aid on a chest wound. I suspect that may libs WANT the US to fail.

What I’ve always suspected

Posted in politcs, rankers, tech pron, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , on 16, July 2012 by chockblock

“We have surveyed how well prepared in terms of disciplinary course work teachers at various levels felt for teaching various mathematics topics in what is a fairly representative sample of 60 districts. In general, we would summarize the findings by stating that many teachers felt ill prepared to teach mathematics topics that are in state standards and in the new Common Core State Standards for mathematics. Why did these teachers feel so ill prepared?

There is perhaps a simple answer for the elementary and middle school teachers: They felt ill prepared because if we examine the coursework they studied during their teacher preparation, they were ill prepared. The new TEDS study results suggested this to be the case more generally, which clearly does not bode well for equality of learning experiences for students in these districts.”
–“Why Math Teachers Feel Poorly Prepared“: Anna Kuchment,, via insty

My adviser in college talked about a rival school’s education program. Or lack thereof. Students designing classes (for credit) and getting friends to take them. A one semester class on the felt board. Liberal arts majors should not talk about science.

The horrible truth is that most college courses are fluff designed to occupy the students time or they are attempts to teach what the public education system failed the first time. So the people teaching your kids are barely able to understand math and science. But hey they got to read Twilight and watch anime for credit. Teacher tenure meant that these idiots could stay teaching. That may change.

In the meantime, the left will bitch and wine about standardized testing. Most lefties hate math and science because they have hard answers. Soft fluff courses are open to interpretation. It’s all about politics to them. And your kids education suffers.

And the draft talk continues

Posted in army life, army training, politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , on 14, July 2012 by chockblock

I suspect that talk of a draft is from people who don’t have “skin in the game”. Armchair Generals who’ve never served on the front lines. Some believe that a draft is cheaper for some reason.

Cue my wall of text:

“So, in the New York Times, Tom Ricks echoes Stan McCrystal’s call to bring back the draft. Ricks is two days younger than me, but our life experiences are quite different, apparently, because his vision of a draft is decidedly not to support our warfighting capability, and contrary to McCrystal’s plan to have every American community have “skin in the game” in the next war, Rick’s sees it as a jobs program and to provide cheap labor – an Army of janitors;”
Ricks: Draft our kids: This Ain’t Hell.

“McChrystal admits that it would lead to a loss of professionalism in the ranks, but I guess because he’s a liberal deep inside (he voted for Obama, he says) the loss of a successful military is secondary to everyone’s feelings about war. Americans were largely against the surge in Iraq, and their opinions didn’t matter, because it happened anyway. Americans wanted the wars to end and they voted for Obama…the casualties since the “peace President” took office are 2/3s of the total US casualties in the nearly 11-year war. So what good would everyone having “skin in the game” do for our policies?”
McChrystal calls for a draft: This Ain’t Hell.

“The U.S. Army by the end of the Vietnam War suffered from a bad case of this; as mentioned above, many films set during the War show military units that are barely wearing uniforms, with half of the soldiers high most of the time. While this often seems jarring to viewers, any soldier who was there will tell you that it was absolutely Truth in Television: the army was falling apart, discipline had gone completely to hell, the percentage of heroin-addicted soldiers had reached the double digits, and killing your own commander was so common as to get its own Deadly Euphemism: fragging.
Mildly Military“:

ordered to de-ice them before flying operations in wintertime. It is recalled that, since no jet fuel was available for jet heaters, these soldiers used brooms to remove the ice, a process which resulted in the MiGs’ honeycomb structures such as elevators, flaps, rudders and ailerons being seriously damaged.

Several of the MiGs never flew again. Not coincidentally, Hungary ended the draft in 2005.

From a General who can’t keep his mouth shut, a lefty mouthpiece journalist and many, many corners of the ‘net.

The draft has its origins in Medieval warfare. When kings would go to war, they would call upon the nobles (princes, lords, barons, other minor nobles). In exchange for their loyalty to the king, they promised their fighting men. In exchange for living on a noble’s land, the peasants would have to fight for their lord and their king.

Castles and kings became towns and democracy. However conscription remains. The west fought countless wars with conscripts. The left is still just angry about Bush. McCrystal just wants to vindicate himself and possibly run for office.

Wars are not fought so much as processed. Information, high tech weapons, cultural sensitivity are more important than just stuffing bodies into uniforms. WWI was the last time armies just lined up and shot at each other. WWII, Korea, Vietnam, were wars of maneuver, Korea and Vietnam brought politics to the mix. Desert Storm, the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan would have chewed up and spit out Forrest Gump.

A draft army is a slave army, forced to fight.

The mission of the military is to fight and win the nation’s wars. This crap about “making men out of boys” or “building citizenship” is utter bullshit. The draft-era military was all about sending men to die. That was one of the way the North won the civil war. We don’t fight that way in the 21st century. Those who are too spoiled, too fat, to criminal or too leftist don’t need to be in uniform. The reporter asking for a draft won’t send his kids to fight. He undermines his point by asking draftees to do the easy jobs that the DoD as long ago given to civilians.

“Civilians are like beans; you buy ’em as needed for any job which merely requires skill and savvy.
But you can’t buy fighting spirit.”
Starship Troopers

Before WWII, most jobs in the military were simple. Technology marched on between the wars. The airplane, tanks, radio, as the war ground on we got rockets, jets and the bomb. The Cold War saw computers go from filling a room to being able to fit in the palm of your hand. We don’t need ersatz “soldiers”. Even the smallest amount of carelessness can kill. Draftees will make this worse.

“I also think there are prices too high to pay to save the United States. Conscription is one of them. Conscription is slavery, and I don’t think that any people or nation has a right to save itself at the price of slavery for anyone, no matter what name it is called. We have had the draft for twenty years now; I think this is shameful. If a country can’t save itself through the volunteer service of its own free people, then I say : Let the damned thing go down the drain!
Robert A. Heinlien: 29th World Science Fiction Convention, Seattle, Washington (1961)

Well said.

Link: Brad takes down the jobs Rick’s “army” would do.

Why why should use technology: part 2

Posted in army life, army training, HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, tech pron with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 7, July 2012 by chockblock

“Thanks for saving me with your technology. By the way, I hate technology!”
The Nostalgia Critic, On Star Trek: Insurrection.

Drones will no doubt raise novel issues under the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable search and seizure. They will require rules. The same is true of any technology, of course. The Supreme Court held unanimously earlier this year that police can’t attach a GPS tracker on someone’s vehicle without a warrant. This isn’t reason to ban all use of GPS trackers by law enforcement. The fear of drones is, in part, the fear of the new — it is Luddism masquerading as civil libertarianism.
–“The Great Drone Panic“: By Rich Lowry, National

The left and the fringe always hate technology. Give it time and drones will be as common as the Iphone. And some new tech will be the focus of their ire.


Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 5, July 2012 by chockblock

“But then came the late 1960s, and over the next two decades American individualism was fully unleashed. A kind of tacit grand bargain was forged between the counterculture and the establishment, between the forever-young and the moneyed.

Going forward, the youthful masses of every age would be permitted as never before to indulge their self-expressive and hedonistic impulses. But capitalists in return would be unshackled as well, free to indulge their own animal spirits with fewer and fewer fetters in the forms of regulation, taxes or social opprobrium.

“Do your own thing” is not so different than “every man for himself.” If it feels good, do it, whether that means smoking weed and watching porn and never wearing a necktie, retiring at 50 with a six-figure public pension and refusing modest gun regulation, or moving your factories overseas and letting commercial banks become financial speculators. The self-absorbed “Me” Decade, having expanded during the ’80s and ’90s from personal life to encompass the political economy, will soon be the “Me” Half-Century.”
–“The Downside of Liberty“: By KURT ANDERSEN, July 3, 2012 ,
via: “Individual liberty sure can be a bummer“,

Anderson talks about the values in American culture before the 60’s. WWII ushered in an era of rationing and constant talk of keeping secrets. Their was a war on so America was militarized. After the war, American returned to civilian life. Returning GI’s went to college, the economy rebounded. Held down by a Depression and war, demand for consumer goods skyrocketed and jobs were plentiful. There was the Korean War and the expansion of Communism, but the impact was not felt at home. Indeed, the Department of War & the Dept. of the Navy became the Department of Defense. The Air Force became a separate service. Instead of relying on state militias and a draft to make up the Army of the United States, the country shifted to a large standing Regular Army. The draft was still there of course.

Vietnam changed all that. Between the draft and fears of a nuclear war, hedonism took root. Why think about others when the world was going to end?

But the reality is that most campuses did not become hotbeds of unrest until the
Boomers’ precious butts were at risk as the Vietnam War escalated. They didn’t
want to end the war because they were bothered by working-class kids being blown
apart; if they had been, they wouldn’t have spat on those working-class kids
when they came home from Vietnam, or tried to make heroes out of the Communists
who were trying to kill them.–
“The Worst Generation”:by Paul Begala, ESQUIRE, April 2000.

“By the time the Grunge Era came around, the “slacker” and “loser” characters were heroes, the guys who knew that life was really all about having fun. We were a self-depreciating group of people who proudly declared that we were what our parents always wanted to be: laid back and carefree.”5 Ways We Ruined the Occupy Wall Street Generation:John Cheese, Cracked.Com

I get so much mileage out of Begala. But seriously, the hippies were selfish snots. Drugs, sex, rock and roll, it was an eternal childhood. The focus on summer (the time when schools let out for vacation and the break between the spring and fall college semesters). But summer has to end. The 60’s gave way to the 70’s and the summer of love was over. As was the Vietnam War. What did the 70’s give us? A crappy president, an oil crisis and disco. The 80’s had hippies sell out and pursue the almighty dollar. The 90’s led to more of the same. The Millennials (children born in the late 80’s and early 90’s) are the most selfish, spoiled brats you’ll ever see. If people are more “selfish” and “self-centered” it’s the cult of self-esteem and eternal childhood that hippies and boomers created.

When the left loses an argument or bad things happen, like a spoiled child, the left blames the right. Or America, or everything else. JFK? Right wing hate. Losing the Wisconsin recall? Right wing billionaires “bought” the election. Toast lands butter-side down? Vast right wing conspiracy.

Some pine for “old fashioned values“. But we need to remember, it’s not the speed of modern life that’s evil. It’s the desire to satisfy our basic urges as fast as possible. Buddhism says that suffering is caused by wanting. Never is that more clear than with the left. Like spoiled children they want more, they want it now and you’re a rethugican for denying them.


Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 1, July 2012 by chockblock

Eric Holder, resign your office, it’s the right thing to do:

Via insty and

Many dead Mexican citizens, a cover up, a dead American hero.