Wednesday, June 23, 2010

You might be from a galaxy long ago and far away

if you:

Know why there is a bayonet lug on the end of your weapon.

Still don't trust the Russians.

Know who Iron Mike is.

Know that "Cav" is an abnormal condition that can be cured with testosterone shots. (OK, so the list was compiled by a lowlife inf dude.) **

Can remember the daily dozen.

Can remember running PT in boots.

Know that tankers exist in order to allow the enemy to deplete its basic load of sabot ammunition. (See above parenthetical.)

Know why you should carry two field dressings on your LBE.

Know how to do a daisy chain.

Have enough extra TA-50 in yourcloset to start a surplus store.

Still have jungle fatigues in your closet.

Are convinced that wall-to-wall counseling really works.

Know that it's not real coffee if you can't stand a track jack up in it.

Might admire the Germans, but still realize they got their asses kicked … twice.

(** In 1989 at the Benning clothing sales store, while filling a buggy with items I should have been issued but wasn’t, said items of uniform required for an NCO course, I decided to pick up a few extra Blackhorse patches. I didn’t find any in the patches area, so while checking out and before handing over a couple or three hundred dollars++, asked the cashier if the store had any 11th Armored Cavalry patches. She said, “Is that an infantry unit?”)

(++ That was almost like real money 21 years ago.)

Money talks

“Los Angeles voted Wednesday to make an exemption to its self-imposed boycott of Arizona, opting to extend a contract with an Arizona-based company that operates enforcement cameras at Los Angeles intersections -- a program that earned the city $6 million last year.”

Oh. It isn’t the money?

“Citing major safety concerns, council members argued that the red light camera program at 32 Los Angeles intersections should be exempt from the boycott.”

Okay. “Major safety concerns” always carry more weight than the possible loss of $6 million in traffic fines.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Somebody agrees with me

(I only stated my belief several times to many people; I had no national venue.)

“This is the kind of powerful, incisive reasoning that led a guy who could take his pick of pretty much any woman in the world to shack up with Yoko Ono. Let me put it another way for emphasis – this guy chose to see Yoko Ono naked. Many times. The only response to someone with that kind of judgment is to listen carefully to what he says and then do the exact opposite.”

(Every time I heard somebody say “This was John Lennon’s best song,” I imagined my fist against the speaker’s nose.)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Cause and effect, or Liberal crybabyitis

Cause: “Sure, we waterboarded Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, former President George W. Bush reportedly said on Tuesday.

“And he would ‘do it again to save lives.’"

Effect: “George W. Bush's casual acknowledgment Wednesday that he had Khalid Sheikh Mohammed waterboarded -- and would do it again -- has horrified some former military and intelligence officials who argue that the former president doesn't seem to understand the gravity of what he is admitting.”

Retired BG from intel field: “We are seen by the rest of the world as having abandoned our commitment to international law. We have forfeited enormous amounts of moral leadership as the world's sole remaining superpower. And it puts American troops in greater danger -- and unnecessary danger."

Hey, BG. When “the rest of the world” has its own soldiers in great danger, then you can talk about how “we are seen.” As long as the US of A is dragging the wagon, we get to make the rules.

(Probably the first time Huffyton Post used “glib” and “Bush” in the same sentence.)