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More Mouse Turds

November 23, 2012 1 comment

Interesting article in the Washington Post.  Apparently there is concern among the Army’s officers with the service’s unremarkable performance in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with a dark future of small budgets and strategic irrelevance.

Big Army’s response, led by SMA Chandler, is to tighten restrictions on backpacks and sideburns.


I can’t imagine why anyone is concerned…..




It’s Official

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Navy Lt. Gary Ross, right, and Dan Swezy exchange wedding vows on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 in Duxbury, Vt. The two men recited their vows at the first possible moment after the formal repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.Sep 20th came and went without so much as a riot or mass AWOLs.  That’s right; as of Tuesday gay persons may serve openly in the military.  Aside from numerous gay service members “coming out” on the internet, the day was like any other.

Notably, the U.S. Navy led all services into this new era as Lt. Gary Ross exchanged wedding vows with Dan Swezy (pictured) just minutes after DADT expired.

Their early a.m. wedding provides a fitting description to the end of DADT:


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My Initial Thoughts on the CSA and his Initial Thoughts

September 10, 2011 Leave a comment

I thought the Army was incredibly lucky to get GEN Martin Dempsey as Chief of Staff. Destiny, however, had different plans. Following a leadership fiasco within the Joint Chiefs of Staff, GEN Dempsey was selected to be the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and GEN Ray Odierno was tapped to replace Dempsey.

My impressions of both men were formed by what they’ve done, written, and said.  I’ve met both in person and listened to both speak frankly.

GEN Dempsey strikes me as very smart, common sense, and most importantly, a true outside-the-box thinker (uncommon for a senior army officer).  GEN Odierno, on the other hand, strikes me as just the opposite; a typical army general, not terribly exciting, creative, or innovative. Read more…

On Hats

August 18, 2011 2 comments

image Thousands of Soldiers finally got their wish.  The Army dumped the beret and went back to the good ole’ patrol cap (Read the Army Times article).

The most frequent complaints about the beret were:

1. It takes two hands to put on.

2. It does not shade the eyes from the sun.

3. It’s hot.

So, now that we have the patrol cap back, these problems should be solved…right?  To test this, I recently took some time after morning physical training to conduct an un-scientific experiment.  I grabbed a coffee and sat down on a bench outside the post gym.  For 30 minutes I surveyed the Soldiers emerging from the gym to determine how well the implementation of the patrol cap was going.  Here is what I found. Read more…

The Long and the Short of the Strange Case of Anthony Weiner

June 7, 2011 3 comments

As you all know, Rep. Anthony Weiner was caught, literally, with his pants down.  Weiner twittered a picture of his wiener to all his followers, rather than the one woman he intended (not his wife).

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: My Favorite Headlines and Quotes from the Rep. Weiner Twitter Scandal

June 2, 2011 4 comments
Rep. Anthony Weiner

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 Weiner gets roasted by the press(Pajamas Media)

Some Advice for Congressman Weiner: Bare It All(The Atlantic)

Congressman Wants Weiner Probe(Fox News)

“Anthony Weiner is growing increasingly frustrated and even testy over questions relating to his recent Twitter scandal”(WSB Atlanta)

Eric Cantor says Anthony Weiner should ‘come clean’(Politico)

Anatomy of a privacy nightmare(

Weinergate limps on as congressman adds new wrinkle(The Guardian)

Anthony Weiner: Sorry I Was So Stiff(Newser)

“This is part of the problem with the way this has progressed, and one of the reasons I was, perhaps, if you forgive me, a little stiff yesterday,”(Rep. Anthony Weiner)

The ‘Swelling Controversy’ Surrounding Rep. Anthony Weiner(National Journal)

“If Weiner had confessed from the start, it would not have been a one-day story, not when the perpetrator is a hard-charging congressman widely expected to run for New York mayor when Mike Bloomberg’s term ends,” he wrote. “But it would have, forgive me, petered out before long.”  (Howard Kurtz)

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“Cool Guy Syndrome” : New Illness Infecting Army Leaders

May 20, 2011 6 comments

The list of Army leaders getting fired is getting longer and longer as time goes on.  To recap the action, here is who has been canned recently:

GEN Stanley McChrystal, ISAF

COL Frank Zachar, 172nd Inf. BDE

COL James Johnson, 173rd Airborne Inf. BDE

LTC Frank Jenio, 2nd BN, 508th Parachute Infantry Regt.

COL Harry Tunnell, 5/2 Striker BDE*

*COL Tunnell had left command when the investigation was completed, however, the investigating officer said he would have fired Tunnell had Tunnell still been in command.

I’ve been doing a little research to see if I could find what all these guys have in common, and the results might surprise you.

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