If you are Canadian and intend to protest fracking, is it not detrimental and self-contradictory that you are dancing around while burning tires?
There is a house in New Orleans. . .
Just kidding, I always wanted to start a blogpost like that. And it is especially funny (or not) considering how infrequently I’ve been blogging recently. I can point to long hours, but the truth is my job requires me in front of a computer and then in my off-time, I don’t particularly want to sit in front of another screen. Strange that a shipboard job is so pc-centric, but that is how it is in the modern Navy. Those among you who have done military staffwork surely understand.
Okay, so let’s talk title. Yes, I was propositioned (can you use that word with alcohol?) by the Admiral to go get hammered with him. It was all the more hilarious because my boss, the Captain, walked in during our pre-brief right when the Admiral said: Lieutenant, you and I are going to have to get hammered together.
Before I get into the bulldozing, and then the laying of iron rebar, and than the pouring cement, and then the framing of our little story here, perhaps we should do a historical stroll with modern major admirals to see who among them might have tippled a grog or three with their younger staff?
This naval forum had a list of the top ten admirals of all time. Sort of a Navy Hall of Fame:
1. Yi Sun Shin – Korea: Arguably one of the greatest admirals of all time; drove the Japanese out of their collective minds. Of the at least 23 major battles during the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592-1598), Admiral Yi gained victories in all of them; he never lost a single engagement and is the national hero of Korea.
2. Horatio Nelson – Britain: If you do not know who he is you have no business in these forums; I recommend that you try knitting sweaters instead.
3. Frank Jack Fletcher - United States: Admiral Fletcher was the operational commander at the pivotal Battles of Coral Sea and of Midway.
4. Gaius Duilius - Rome: He won a major naval victory over the Carthaginians during the battle of Mylae thus setting the stage for the decline of Carthage as as the per-eminent naval power of antiquity.
6. François Joseph Paul, Comte de Grasse - France: Fought the British fleet to a standstill at the Battle of the Capes, and forced the British to retire without supplying Yorktown, thus forcing George III to give up his American colonies.
7. Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter - Holland: One of the most famous admirals in Dutch history. De Ruyter is most famous for his role in the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the 17th century. He fought the English and French in these wars and scored several major victories, the best known probably being the Raid on the Medway.
8. Heihachiro Togo – Japan: The winner of the Battle of Tsushima Straits; historian Edmund Morris calls it the greatest naval battle since Trafalgar. It was the largest naval engagement of the pre-dreadnought battleship era and the only sea battle in history in which steel battleships fought a decisive fleet action.
9. David Glasgow Farragut – United States: On August 5, 1864, Farragut won a great victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Mobile was then the Confederacy’s last major port open on the Gulf of Mexico; when it was captured, it helped to set the stage for the final defeat of the Confederacy just as surely as the Battle of Gettysburg.
10. Isoroku Yamamoto – Japan: Planned the daring attack on Pearl Harbor thus bringing the United States into the Second World War.
Interesting, the poster goes on to say he did not place them in order of greatness. But he does take some heat. And a new forum member goes on to post this list (bear with me on the booze and el-tee thing, we are getting there, albeit in an Italian taxi cab kind of way.) New list:
1. Ray Spruance – TF-16 at Midway, TF-58 at Marianas Turkey Shoot.
2. Marc Mitscher – Ran TF-58′s carriers. Turned on TF-58′s lights so the Hellcat, Helldiver and Avenger aviators could find their way home.
3. William “Bull” Halsey – Aggresive patrolling after Pearl Harbor was immeasurably valuable experience for our inexperienced naval aviators. Ran TF-38 (same ships as TF-58). Halsey and Spruance rotated command…One admiral and his staff would run an Op while the other and his staff planned the next Op.
4. Tamon Yamaguchi – If he had been in Nagumo’s place at Pearl Harbor and Midway…1942 and 1943 would have been bad years for the US Navy.
5. Raizō Tanaka – If he had been in Kurita’s place off Samar…the Leyte Gulf beach head would’ve been clobbered.
6. Edward Preble – Technically a Commodore…the phrase “Preble’s Boys” says it all.
7. Alfred Thayer Mahan – Father of the modern US Navy.
8. Isoroku Yamamoto – One of the most brilliant naval strategists and a great leader. He truly was irreplaceable.
9. Heihachiro Togo – Tsushima…’nuff said.
10. John Henry Towers – Father of US Naval Aviation.
Should I go admiral by admiral and conjecture about whether these towering giants were on drunk terms with their staff? Probably more than half of them were. It was a different time, on different seas. Technology has changed business on the world’s oceans. So has culture. Now, 16 year-olds girls stateside are tattoo’d like Sailors of yore and us modern Navy-folk are less rough around the edges.
Okay, so I owe you a story. It is the afternoon and my boss grabs me in the p-way (short for passageway of the ship.) Hey, go up to the quarterdeck and greet the Admiral and get him back to our space for the brief.
I jam up to the quarterdeck without going back to my office. Good call. The Admiral is ten minutes early. He gets gonged (ringing the bell thingy) on. And I take him back to our space. I had spoken to him once before, right when I checked into the command. And he and I share an alma mater. (Or in this case, considering our football team, the Cal Bears, perhaps I should be calling it the alma whatsa matter?)
Tough year for Cal football, eh, sir?
Hell of a year. We’ve gotten killed in every game. What are we, 1 and 9?
Something like that sir. I lost track.
USC put up 62 on us! More than a point a minute.
It is rough.
My boss, the newly-arrived-to-the-space-Captain, looks around the room at me first and then the other folks with a double-whisky-on-the-rocks-tango-foxtrot look. I tell him later what we were discussing. I figured it was something like that, he tells me.
Folks, as I still work the long hours of being deployed (no complaints), you might enjoy this email interaction I had with a prospective linguist as she looks to join the military:
So it started with a comment on the About page which I returned with:
You commented on my blog and I would be glad to answer any questions you had about being a Navy CTI (or the other branches for that matter.)
I enjoy the field immensely and like “talking” about it. . . I was an Arabic/French linguist, but am currently stationed in Japan.
And her questions:
Thank you so much for your willingness to talk with me about this.
I’m a 26-year-old college graduate with a degree in language (Latin
and Greek – useful, eh?) and I’ve been floating from job to job
halfheartedly since finishing school in 2010. I keep returning to the
idea that language is my one true passion, but I haven’t figured out
how to implement it professionally. I’ve at the same time been
developing a stronger interest in the military, and when I learned
that one can enlist as a linguist, I’ve been so thrilled at the
possibility. I do have an upcoming session with a recruiter, but given
that he will obviously be biased, I need all the advice I can get.
I’ve been told that I should enlist specifically with the army because
they’re the branch who will guarantee your placement as a linguist. Is
this the case? I’d like very much to ultimately work as an
interrogator, but I don’t really know the other routes that one can
take as a linguist. What did you do?
Also, I’m wondering about the experience of being a woman in this
position. I think we’re all familiar with the horror stories of women
being constantly assaulted – is this something that in your mind is
overplayed by the media, or is it as rampant a problem as we all hear?
As a man in the military, what are your thoughts on whether women
belong there? What have you observed about the general attitude on the
part of men toward their female counterparts in the service? Feel free
to be as un-PC as necessary
Lastly, what work opportunities are there for a linguist after your
term is complete? I’ve again read many horror stories about
high-ranking veterans failing to find work after leaving the
service….but it seems like there should be a fair number of options
for an American who speaks Arabic, no?
Honestly, anything you can tell me about your experience would be
Thank you, thank you!
I always get concerned when folks are joining the military with no good sources of inside information. They (understandably) have to rely on the press, who has an agenda of their own. My response:
Wow, okay! Let’s do this. I understand your position very well. I was a UC Berkeley grad when I enlisted and got a couple of raised eyebrows.
I understand your concern about recruiters. Don’t sign anything and you will be fine. I had a somewhat shady interaction with the Air Force recruiter; it really turned me off to that service.
I also love languages. I speak French and Arabic. The first I got when I was young and then I learned Arabic at DLI, the military’s school in Monterey, California. (I also took Greek in college. Kalimera!) I am stationed in Japan and tomorrow I go to my first Japanese lesson. Can’t wait. . .
You got bad gouge about the Army guaranteeing you a job. The Navy can too, provided you get it on paper. I entered the Navy with my job as a linguist guaranteed. The only thing that would have stopped me- if I had not passed my security clearance or had failed out of DLI. Trust me, I’ve seen both. It is a little scary, but you will be fine. (Provided you don’t have too many skeletons in your closet. . . (Grin.) One guy had a vindictive girlfriend who lied about him and drugs, so he never completed DLI.)
Ah, women in the military. Okay. Whatever you’ve heard was bs. Look, I am a Berkeley grad, so I think I have a little bit of an outside perspective that may grant a stranger a little credibility on the matter. It is nonsense that women get constantly assaulted. I will say, it is more dangerous being on a college campus, at frat parties, etc, than being in the military as a woman. Obviously, I am a man, so take my opinion as that. Sadly, there are folks who score political points by taking us down in this respect. Do women get assaulted? Yes, tragically. But at a lower rate, I would argue, than the civilian world. I would be glad to forward your email to friends of mine who are female. And you can hear it from them. . .
Do we joke around? Yes. It can be a little like a locker-room sometime. We are a different kind of job after all. Truthfully, the filthiest I’ve ever seen a Sailor/Officer in a group setting was a tie between two women officers. They were x-rated in their wardroom banter. It was kind of shocking, but no one said anything to them because they were female. That all said, thousands of female service members are fine. A couple of tips: Don’t get repeatedly, fall-down drunk with your shipmates. Don’t walk around in a bikini at parties. Etc. . .
Last thought on women: I really appreciate having females in the Navy. And on the ship. (Even subs if you guys want to. I certainly don’t want to be in one of those sinkers.) Trust me, the Navy is like a really cool, slightlllllllllllly miserable club where you work hard. Or sometimes, you completely screw off. (Don’t tell anyone about the last thing.)
As far as jobs go after the service, I am in for 20 or more. But there are plenty of opportunities for folks who speak languages. Google Titan, L3, SAIC, Booze-Allen-Hamliton, etc for military contractors offering job opportunities.
Interrogators? I ran the linguist shop down at Gitmo when Gitmo was Gitmo. You can go that path, but the Army seems to have a far more robust program than the Navy. My friends who did the job were known as 97Es. But now I think they may be known as 35Ms. It is an interesting facet of linguistics.
I’ll stop rambling. I think you have valid questions, but don’t buy the media bs about the military being hard on females. My boss right now is a female Commander and she would undoubtedly say that the Navy is a fair organization that values hard work, talent, and dedication. (Phew, I sound like a commercial.)
Let me know how I can help. Your three next steps are: visit the recruiter (Go Navy!), take the ASAVB, and then take the DLAB. (A test that sort-of “explores” your ability to learn languages.)
Can I post your email and my reply on my blog? I will eliminate any identifying material, of course. I think it can be helpful to other folks…
Take care and fire away with more q’s,
Ah, one of my favorite topics – joining the Navy. To be continued. . .
First, the wins:
- *First place with 3 1/3 votes! Joshuapundit –What No One’s telling You About Iran’s Big Victory In Geneva
- Second place *t* with 2 votes – The Razor -The Siren Song of the Moderate Republican Presidential Candidate
- Second place *t* with 2 votes – Simply Jews-A topsy turvy review of A Plague: Contesting Syria, in Context by A.J. Adler
- Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votes – The Noisy Room -Obama’s Betrayal of Israel and Arming of Iran
- Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votes – Nice Deb-Gingrich Compares Obama to Clinton: “Obama Wants You To Feel His Pain”
- Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votes – Liberty’s Spirit-Newsflash: The Demise of America is Premature
- Fourth place with 1 vote – Bookworm Room-As Obamacare defines America’s economic landscape, are we going to see a new trend of Soviet-era jokes?
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Right Planet– It Only Works with Internet Explorer
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD –Thank vSchlieffen”s Plan For Monday Off?
- Sixth place with 1/3 vote – The Political Commentator –Kristallnacht tutorial for Jews (and anyone else) with a short memory!
- First place with 3 votes! – Mark Steyn- The Drift Towards Depotismsubmitted by Liberty’s Spirit
- Second place with 2 2/3 votes – Nick Cohen/The Spectator –Why Can’t We Admit We’re Scared Of Islamism? -submitted by The Watcher
- Third place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Sultan Knish ––The American Iron Curtain submitted by The Noisy Room
- Third place *t* with 1 2/3 votes -The Chicago Boyz -Under The Flagsubmitted by The Glittering Eye
- Fourth place with 1 1/3 vote – Sultan Knish -Bad Apple President submitted by The Political Commentator
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 votes - Michael Totten – Why the US Can’t Leave the Middle East submitted by The Razor
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote - The Passing Parade –Proud and prejudiced, or was Lot’s wife the victim of a salt intensive diet? submitted by Simply Jews
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote -YouTube/ Project Veritas –Obamacare Navigators Counsel Applicants to “Lie” submitted byBookworm Room
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote -House Of Marathon –Heeding The Heretics submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote -Matt Walsh –The positive side of Obamacare that Fox News doesn’t want you to see submitted by Nice Deb
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion–Typhoon Haiyan: How you can help submitted by The Mellow Jihadi
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote -Douglas Ernst –New York Times finds ‘some’ Catholics upset with Pope — slow clap for NYT submitted by The Colossus of Rhodey
And now the noms:
- The Noisy Room – Obama’s Betrayal of Israel and Arming of Iran
- Simply Jews – A topsy turvy review of A Plague: Contesting Syria, in Context by A.J. Adler
- Liberty’s Spirit – Newsflash: The Demise of America is Premature
- The Political Commentator – Kristallnacht tutorial for Jews (and anyone else) with a short memory!
- The Mellow Jihadi – Shuffle off this mortal coil
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Thank vSchlieffen”s Plan For Monday Off?
- Joshuapundit-What No One’s telling You About Iran’s Big Victory In Geneva
- The Colossus of Rhodey – The Tyranny Of Belief
- Bookworm Room – As Obamacare defines Americas economic landscape, are we going to see a new trend of Soviet-era jokes?
- The Glittering Eye -Is the PPACA a Good Policy?
- VA Right! - Reflections on the 2013 Election, the Last 4 Years and Where We Go From Here
- Nice Deb – Gingrich Compares Obama to Clinton: Obama Wants You To Feel His Pain
- The Right Planet – It Only Works with Internet Explorer
- The Razor – The Siren Song of the Moderate Republican Presidential Candidate
- Rhymes With Right – Texas Dems To Nominate Mentally Unstable Candidate For Governor
- Ask Marion – Be a Mensch… Inform Yourself
- Right Truth – Don’t believe a word he says
- Tina Trent.Com – Varieties of Self-Pity and Murder: Aaron Alexis and The New York Times
- The Pirate’s Cove – Surprise: Ethanol Creates Environmental Problems
- Sultan Knish–The American Iron Curtain submitted by The Noisy Room
- The Passing Parade – Proud and prejudiced, or was Lot’s wife the victim of a salt intensive diet? submitted by Simply Jews
- Mark Steyn – The Drift Towards Depotism submitted by Liberty’s Spirit
- Sultan Knish -Bad Apple President submitted by The Political Commentator
- Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion –Typhoon Haiyan: How you can help submitted by The Mellow Jihadi
- House Of Marathon – Heeding The Heretics submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- American Digest – The Name In The Stone submitted by Joshuapundit
- Douglas Ernst – New York Times finds ‘some’ Catholics upset with Pope — slow clap for NYT submitted by The Colossus of Rhodey
- YouTube/Project Veritas-Obamacare Navigators Counsel Applicants to “Lie” submitted by Bookworm Room
- Chicago Boyz – Under The Flag submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Tea Party News Network – House Members File Brief Backing “Origination Clause” Court Challenge to Obamacare submitted by VA Right!
- Matt Walsh -The positive side of Obamacare that Fox News doesnt want you to see submitted by Nice Deb
- Matt Walsh – A Message To Obama Cultists submitted by The Right Planet
- Michael Totten –Why the US Can’t Leave the Middle East submitted byThe Razor
- Victor Davis Hanson – Obama’s Fallout for the Left submitted by The Watcher
- Nick Cohen/Spectator – Why Can’t We Admit We’re Scared Of Islamism? submitted by Watcher
My life has been owned over the last couple of months by what is affectionately called a qual in our gentle seagoing service. I sat in, as a trainee, and learned a new job. No, it is not my permanent position out here in beautiful Japan. I simply qualled to serve as a back-up in case I am needed. (Sort of like a male Supreme to the Diana Rosses we currently have on staff. . .)
While I sort out my thoughts on the process, I must offer you the following:
-Jason P Brown was a Marine Corporal during the Los Angeles riots and he offers an amazing first-person account of the affair.
-Cornel Hrisca-Munn is a drummer. And here, he covers the Foo Fighters song, Everlong. Cornel was born with a certain disability that makes drumming impossible. Or nearly so.
-Direct from WIkipedia: Norval Sinclair Marley was a Jamaican of English descent, notable for being the father of the reggae artist Bob Marley. Who knew?
-Cimorelli is a girl group made up of Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren, and Dani. Here they cover Lorde’s Royals. With all that estrogen in one family, I wonder if their dad was a Navy pilot? Strange thing, but there’s something about flying. . .
-Rugby can be rough, watch Gareth Raynor knocking out Sam Tomkins.
Every 18 months or so, each military branch unveils a new uniform change. Just this last week, I was told that my coveralls (that I got back when I was enlisted) would no longer be a valid Navy uniform. Apparently, we are moving to a non-flammable coverall. (Which I intend to blog in, to prevent vitriol generated by this post from harming me.) That said, I think the Army is taking the “let’s-recruit-the-heck-out-of-San-Franscico” thing too far:
Just kidding, this is a shot of Baltimore Raven fans celebrating their Super Bowl win. (Got ya for a second.) Go to the link to hear Ed Reed belting out Eddie Money’s Two Tickets to Paradise.
Please dig for your hanky and then read about this, a reddit link on the cadaver dogs used during the search through the rubble of the World Trade Center:
(Commence old grandpa voice) There is a certain joy in working with them young fellers. They know how us ol’ codgers work and sometimes they tell tales they know are gonna to crack us up. Like this complaint about a Fire Controlman (FC):
Sailor 1: Would someone please talk to FC2? He is sitting on the floor of berthing in his tightie whities, dipping pickles in mayonnaise and eating them!
Sailor 2: In his underwear?
Sailor 1: That’s what I said. That guy looks like a wolfman he is so hairy.
Sailor 2: Pickles in mayo, that doesn’t sound good.
Sailor 1: Yeah, he stores them in his wall locker.
Sailor 2: I’m no doctor, but doesn’t mayonnaise go bad pretty quickly?
Sailor 1: Whatever, I don’t care. I just want his fatass to put some clothes on.
Very quietly I laugh to myself. The Navy’s a chuckle a minute if you listen.
Do you need a camera lens for your Canon? I found this ad intriguing for several reasons:
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II for Canon
It has been well taken care of, kept in a Tamrac camera bag during ownership and rarely used. The lens is great on a crop sensor, I used it with the 60D and with the 5D mk3. I’ve never noticed anything negative about it, auto focus is fast even in lower light. I compared it to a Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS and this is sharper than the L version. It is not my main lens so it is ok to sell, I have some serious emergency expenses and do not have a choice about selling it. It is in mint condition. Feel free to test it.
Also, if you know any of the highly respectable Yakuza who would like to make a small loan, please have them contact me directly. I was robbed by the police in shinjuku and need to raise emergency money.
Hmm, nevermind. The lens would have worked for me, but I am allergic to drama.
For the last six weeks, I’ve been working a job that folks in my career field fortunately (and medium-rarely) do not work. While I am in a technical track, this is more of a generalized job task. It has not been in any way enjoyable, but life (and the Navy) could be unpleasant at times. And I accept it as part of the job and adventure. If there’s been one advantage, it has been in interacting with Sailors that I might have not otherwise worked with.
The good news, I am all done with training. All I have left is a board, chaired by the Captain this Thursday. Last week, I took the “murder board” and it went well. I was supposed to receive my real board last week, but the Captain was out of town. (Argh, Captain!) And then my board was moved to tomorrow. Now with the approaching typhoon (yes, you read that correctly, typhoon, and not one of these bad-boys) it has been pushed back again.
About your upcoming board? Don’t be too confident, too meek. Be confident but not loud. And don’t hold back information if you know the answer.
I nodded. Yes, sir.
And if you don’t know any of the questions, just say you don’t know the answer. Don’t try to bs your way through like some previous boardees.
You’ll do fine. And off he went.
I mulled his words while I tried to get my 500 yen coin (yes Virginia, there really is a 5 dollar coin) to work in the vending machine. I had a hankerin’, with all me studying, that only a Royal Milk Tea could baby.
Ladies and gentlemen of the blog, no arguments please – it is scientific fact. Royal Milk Tea is a near-magic soother of all that ails you. Truthfully, I’ve only recently discovered the stuff. It is like a magic potion. For all you borderline nerdish types, it gives you +2 on your charisma points*. Fact, I am standing up and walking to my fridge right now. To get my charisma filled up. Ahhhhhhhhhhh. +2.
Note to the wikipeadeans among/amongst you, consider putting this addendum at the end of the Royal Milk Tea section in Wikipedia: October 2013, amidst a very challenging typhoon, a recently quiet blogger discovered the magic of milk tea and was transformed back into his gregarious blogging self. He also took a shining to referring to himself in third-person, a fact that annoyed 42% of all people reading his post. Darn him. . .
Let’s review the current info on said tea:
To make the tea, water and tea (about 1 to 3 teaspoons of tea a cup, depending how strong the drinker likes) are brought to a boil then simmered for about 3–6 minutes. The tea is usually put in a sackcloth bag before the water is added to the pot to filter it out or if no bag available poured through a strainer. Many people also remove the pot from the heat once it boils for about 3 minutes, then bring the pot to a boil again. This process can be repeated several times, intensifying the caffeine/flavor.
The key feature of Hong Kong-style milk tea is that a sackcloth bag is used to filter the tea leaves. However any other filter/strainer may be used to filter the tea. Sackcloth bags are not completely necessary but generally preferred. The bag, reputed to make the tea smoother, gradually develops an intense brown colour as a result of prolonged tea drenching.
Together with the shape of the filter, it resembles a silk stocking, giving Hong Kong-style milk tea the nickname of “pantyhose” or “silk stocking” milk tea (Chinese: 絲襪奶茶). This nickname is used in Hong Kong but less so in mainland China and overseas communities.
Pantyhose? Pffffffft. (Computer screen suddenly covered in said milk tea!) Nevermind. Do NOT drink the stuff. It is poison, brewed by the locals with unimaginable, not-yet-discovered consequences.
Back to your regularly scheduled programming – once I am done with this board, I move onto my real job. This was just an extra qual to have me as a back-up watch-stander in case I am needed in a pinch. (Like on St. Patrick’s Day.) Welcome to the Navy, shipmate. Now get to work doing something not your job. Truthfully, everything in the Navy is “your” job. Or put more precisely, my job is exactly what the bosses tell me it is. Ahhh, no use bitchin’. No one will listen. . . Except you. . .
* Before you high-jump and Fosbury Flop to any conclusions about Sailors** and role-playing games involving many-sided die or drawers of mini dwarves (figurines), know that a new friend over here in Japan, a Marine Captain no less, spent nearly a third of his last paycheck on Warhammer figurines, books, gadgets. I decided (very charitably) to tip him off to a bike his size being sold up in Tokyo for a ridiculously low price. Of course, it was Marine Corps olive green. And he went uptown and bought the thing. Score: Sailor cyclists 1, Jarhead nerds 0.
** It is a common psychological occurrence among certain bashful bloggers faced with the silky realization that they’ve been drinkin’ pantyhose-infused tea, to immediately turn and try to transfer their shame onto their lil sister service. This is called “saving face.” It has been known to work, provided the readers are not aware of its employment.
I shall keep an eye out for such a sickly and shameful man-ooooh-ver and inform you immediately if any transference occurs. Standby. Raised tea-pinkies at the ready. This will not happen on my watch. That much I can assure you. . .
As usual, the blog collective known as WoW has some great material. Please take the next two hours and enjoy:
- *First place with 2 2/3 votes! The Right Planet –Defining the Enemy — Islamic Terror
- Second place with 2 1/3 votes – Joshuapundit – This Time It’s Nairobi’s Turn
- Third place with 2 votes – The Razor - Ignore Iran Today – But Not Tomorrow
- Fourth place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Bookworm Room -Is Ted Cruz’’s promised Obamacare filibuster the equivalent of King Leonidas’s stand at Thermopylae?
- Fifth place with 1 vote – Liberty’s Spirit-Politically correct dilettantes devoid of morality and a spine
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Glittering Eye-Life in the Petri Dish
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Noisy Room- Parent Arrested from Common Core Meeting for Speaking Out of Turn
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Simply Jews – John McCain vs Vladimir Putin: an abject failure of good intentions
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – VA Right! –‘Impotent Eric’ Cantor WILL APPROVE Obamacare Before All is Said and Done. Virginia WILL GET Cantorcare
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Rhymes With Right –Palin Is Right On Ted Cruz Attackers
- Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Political Commentator – Bernanke’s successor will be caught between reality and a hard place!
- First place with 2 2/3 votes! – Victor Davis Hanson-Our Truest Lies submitted byJoshuapundit
- Second place with 2 votes – Mark Steyn –Next Stop, Banana Republic submitted byLiberty’s Spirit
- Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votes – Melanie Phillips – A Devastating Truth submitted byThe Watcher
- Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votes -The Passing Parade-Interesting times we live in, aren’t they? submitted by Simply Jews
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote Adam Garfinkle -More Curiouser submitted by The Razor
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 votes - Accuracy In Media –New York Times Exposes Marxist Mayoral Candidate submitted by The Right Planet
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote - John Hayward/The Conversation –Peeling back the banana republic submitted by Nice Deb
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote -Glenn Reynolds –Obama selfish, stubborn on health care submitted by Bookworm Room
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote -DoD Buzz – AirSea Battle Adds Substance to Concept submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote -NewsBusters –MRC Study Documents Virginia Newspapers’ Viciously Negative Slant on GOP Gubernatorial Candidate submitted byVA Right!
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote -Self-Styled Siren –The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact With Hitler submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote -The Independent Sentinel –New York City’s Bleak Future with Bill de Blasio submitted by The Watcher
- Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote -Mises Daily –Fear the Boom, Not the Bust submitted byThe Political Commentator
- Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote -Gates Of Vienna –On Force, Control, and Freedom submitted by The Watcher
When Japanese marketers pick brand names and label names, sometimes they don’t think it all the way through. I was reading the Newsbusters article on Tavis Smiley and they were advertising a bumper sticker that read: Not a Liberal, from MRC.org. And the bots that inhabit my ‘puter then sent me ads to this site, advertising Japanese clothes for women (obviously due to the liberal keyword):
I know where I’m not gonna be shopping. (After all, those are not men’s clothes.)
Recently, I was working the night shift at work. (We are in port, but we still stand watch.) And I had several interesting conversations. Like the shipmate who told me he was a classic liberal. Not a liberal who likes the classics, but a Classic Liberal:
Classical liberalism is a political philosophy and ideology belonging to liberalism in which primary emphasis is placed on securing the freedom of the individual by limiting the power of the government. The philosophy emerged as a response to the Industrial Revolution and urbanizationin the 19th century in Europe and the United States. It advocates civil liberties with a limited government under the rule of law, private property, and belief in laissez-faire economic policy. Classical liberalism is built on ideas that had already arisen by the end of the 18th century, such as selected ideas of Adam Smith, John Locke, Jean-Baptiste Say, Thomas Malthus, and David Ricardo. It drew on a psychological understanding of individual liberty, the contradictory theories of natural law and utilitarianism, and a belief in progress. Classical liberals were more suspicious than conservatives of all but the most minimal government and, adopting Thomas Hobbes’s theory of government, they believed government had been created by individuals to protect themselves from one another.
Now that is classic. . .
I have to wonder what the conversation was when these Afghani men and women left the White House:
Of course, I also have to wonder what the follow-on conversation is in Japan when some American does something that is not easily understood by the locals. Like the guy who yelled eff over and over again outside my window last week. As in: eff you. . . I especially appreciated the sirens that followed his performance.
Good news, I finally have a dependable internet connection! So that means more bloody good stories. Bloody as in real blood, not bloody as in jolly. Read on for more details.
So I am walking across base to grab breakfast with a Marine and a prior enlisted Marine, now naval officer. And the current Marine turns to me at the breakfast joint with a look of amazement and says: you know you are bleeding?
I glare around and sure enough, blood is dripping off my uniform sleeve. Flowing blood is not a positive thing for the Navy, but the Marine looks at it with approval. I glance over my body and can’t figure out where I am leaking.
Your knuckles, your knuckles are bleeding.
I look down at my hand and sure enough, I’ve been whipping blood all over myself. I must’ve rapped my knuckles on some furniture and not realized it.
I wrap my hand in napkins and we trudge back to work with our large breakfasts. And just as I am opening my small, single-serving butter cup the size of a coffee creamer, I get distracted. I forget that it is still quite warm out and my butter may not be solid. Indeed the spread is liquid; it spills all over my crotch. My suddenly greasy, bloody uniform which I drag (along with me) to the bathroom for a little rub-a-dub-dub. Can’t take myself anywhere. . .