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…

Apologies for the Extended Absence

July 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Family business has kept me busy these last few weeks, but I’ll be back on the net soon with a new piece on the “The Decision” on Afghanistan, which seemed to be less interesting to the American people than Lebron James’ decision to go to Miami.

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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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Categories: Current Events

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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Categories: Current Events

Victory: Michelle Obama

May 30, 2011 4 comments


According to the New York Times, the US Government is ditching the “Food Pyramid” for a new graphic which resembles a dinner plate.  Apparently, the primary criticism of the Food Pyramid is that it provided exactly zero useful information.

“The circular plate, which will be unveiled Thursday, is meant to give consumers a fast, easily grasped reminder of the basics of a healthy diet. It consists of four colored sections, for fruits, vegetables, grains and protein, according to several people who have been briefed on the change. Beside the plate is a smaller circle for dairy, suggesting a glass of low-fat milk or perhaps a yogurt cup.”

The change was apparently part of an initiative, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama, to get Americans to stop eating like shit, get up off their fat, lazy asses, and exercise.

Okay, maybe that isn’t the exact wording of the First Lady’s initiative, but you get the idea…

Anyway, the new food logo is simple enough for even the most cognitively-challenged obese American to understand.  For example, the fruits and vegetables portion of the graphic takes up about half of the circle, suggesting that half of your dinner plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables.

Oh, yeah.

And Michael Moore is still fat.

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Categories: Victories and Defeats

The Garrison Monster Cometh

May 30, 2011 2 comments

I’m old enough to remember life in the Army before the GWOT.  Now that the Army is slowing down the OPTEMPO, there are more and more units spending time in garrison. After a decade at war, the big question is whether the Army will return to pettiness that characterized garrison life a decade ago.  There are now indicators that the answer to this questions is a regrettable, yeah…probably.

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