Showing posts with label veteran. Show all posts
Showing posts with label veteran. Show all posts

Sunday, July 8, 2012

This and That

The Governor of Maine says the court decision [on the new health care law] has "made America less free." "We the people have been told there is no choice," he said. "You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo -- the IRS." I really think he should stop holding back and tell us what is really on his mind.

The Patient Option Act, a practical alternative to the current mess we are getting into.

Will your internet connection go black tomorrow?

Instead of bothering to link to all of them just go to Claire Wolfe's tab clearing page.

The Sovereign Man: Offshore Business, Global Opportunities, Freedom and Expat News.

If you are looking for a used vehicle I strongly suggest consulting The best used vehicles for under $20,000 by consumer reports. We are probably going to be in the market for either Hyundai Accent with 50-60k miles or a Toyota Corolla with 70-90k on it once we get to the states. Hyunai's were a great deal 8-10 years ago but their prices have gone up a lot which ironically raised the price of the older used ones also. The Toyota is a lot more money but they last forever. Then again for 50% more money you can usually get a lot more car. We have some thinking to do on this one.

If you haven't seen it yet I recommend Western Rifle Shooters Backgrounder on First Aid Kits and Blow-Out Kits. It is complete with links and you could use it as a shopping list if so desired.

I got an email from the folks at Full Spectrum Dominance saying they are linking to us. They are a News Aggregator who pull in some really obscure stuff. Pretty cool if you've got the time. I will probably add it to my weekly news rotation.

I stumbled onto a topic floating around that concerns me called The Orkin Man. I wish people could finally realize that this plan doesn't work. It has repeated and failed way more times than Communism. Here is what happens: A bloodbath ensues, killing a bunch of elite's as well as a whole lot more of the wrong folks and just plain folks caught in the crossfire. This bloodbath is almost immediately followed by the people who did the killing becoming the new elite's. [Hint: the folks you want as leaders aren't the ones running around executing people wholesale or leading the mass murdering bloodbath executions.] With boring repetitiveness those new elite's are even worse than the old elite's. Those first folks may or may not not hold power but the ones who come next aren't much better. Reference the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, Mao's disaster in China, The Khimer Rouge and pretty much every revolution I can recall except the American one.

To end on a lighter note I stumbled into a site for Infantrymen called Got some half funny half motivational quotes off their FB page:

"Not saying your a whore, but baby if you were a range target you would be the 25m one."

"It's too hot to train said no taliban fighter ever in the history of the world."

"How many vets does it take to screw in a light bulb? You don't know man, you weren't there."

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day

We got a long weekend because well, as my Dad said it would be pretty messed up if we worked Veterans Day. Veterans Day is certainly a good one but I will take any excuse for a 4 day. Wifey and I did some various errands this morning and pretty much just hung out for the rest of the day. Didn't do anything big or special. No parades or celebrations or anything like that. I just didn't really feel like doing much of anything special. Wifey asked what I wanted for dinner (tacos) and suprised me with some Heineken which was cool.

Maybe I should say something cliche about sacrifice and honor and all that but I just really don't want to. I am a veteran in the most literal sense of having personally been in combat and just don't really feel the need.

I can say that everybody is mentally affected in some way by combat. How the mental stuff  comes together from your past experiences and personality and whatever experiences you may have in war is truly intangible. I am not going to use value based words like weak or strong but for whatever reason the way people react to the same stimulus and experiences is not at all consistent. It absolutely is not A+B=C. What will profoundly affect one person might not do anything to another.

One interesting thing about OIF and OEF is that our soldier survivability has improved dramatically. Body Armor, new advanced medical training implimented down to the soldier level (in particular needle chest decompression) and better/ quicker access to higher levels of medical care are responsable for this. However an unfortunate second order effect of this (particularly quality body armor) is that while fewer soldiers are dying we are seeing a lot more amputee's. Basically with an IBA or OTV and a helmet on unless the face/ neck gets injured or one is completely vaporised there is a pretty  high probability of survival. If you have ever spent any time near Landstuhl Regional Medical Center or Walter Reed you have almost surely have seen the real scars of war up close.

I think about these seriously wounded soldiers (and marines, airmen, etc all) a lot. I don't think you can see a young man missing multiple limbs and covered in 3rd degree burns and not consider it. I think about what their lives are going to be like. Hopefully they can find some kind of a meaningful career and a good relationship and build a life for themself. Unfortunately I believe the statistics aren't optomistic.

Despite my intentions otherwise this got all heavy and depressing, sorry folks. To be honest I just find veterans day really depressing. It is a testimant to my personal functionality that I do not spend it alone in a dark closet with a half gallon of whiskey.

Quote of the Day

"Some say freedom is free, well I tend to disagree. Some say freedom is won at the barrel of a gun."
-A line from an old cadence.

Corrected and edited to note. The d and the s are right next to each other on the key board.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I Can't Wait

Some time ago I observed that if you are a veteran and over the age of 50 it is socially acceptable for you to say literally whatever you want loudly and in any company. You are allowed to hold grudges against the countries you fought in, the countries who supported them and a few other groups and nations for reasons nobody but you is clear on. Best of all what you are able to angrily talk about doesn't need to have anything to do with any war, let alone the ones you fought in. If someone complains you start talking louder about the war and how you fought for this country and can say anything you darn well please.

I am already a veteran so now I just have to make it to 50. This is going to be awesome.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Days Off During The Week Rock!

I don't work tomorrow which is sort of cool. Being as we are who we are it isn't a big surprise that we take a 3 day for Veterans Day and then take the actual day off too. No big plans for tomorrow. Got to do some errands and if I am super motivated I will go to the gym. Wifey is making me breakfast which is cool and there is a decent looking movie marathon on AFN which is promising.

Apparently I am in a class to learn about mortars. I say apparently because it started yesterday and I definitely found out about it today at 9am. The math and such doesn't seem that bad, just some stuff to memorize I suppose. Sometimes in my line of work you drink from a fire hose. This morning the fire hose just sort of sprayed me in the face while I  looked at it all confused. Hopefully we will get some good concrete stuff later on.

This might set me up for some cool things down the road.

I had planned to write about this week long exercise training class I went to and the thoughts which came from it but the evening got away from me. Will try to get to it tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Badass of the week- Jim Brossard

I think the video really says it all. Kudos to Gracie for finding this awesome piece of news.

Friday, February 27, 2009

CMP Order

I have all the stuff done for the CMP 30.06 order. I am getting three of the 192 round spam cans. Maybe I am just not that good at reading for details but I had a heck of a time with all their stuff. It gave me a headache but I think I got it all figured out. Lucky I am a veteran, the DD 214 seems to help a lot with these folks.

I am going to go back to purchasing precious metals starting next month. Things are getting more wierd (who woulda thought any of this stuff would happen) and I am less worried about defending my residence with a rifle then being ready for inflation. That being said I am taking a sabbatical from gun purchases for awhile. I will either get another Glock or some sort of a surplus rifle (depending on the budget) in a bit more then 5 months for my birthday. Till that time I will focus on rounding out some holes in the preps.
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