Blogging is a funny hobby. Some time ago, well over a year, I wrote a post on a television show. It addressed a question a number of people had about the series. And every Friday, when the show is on, the blog gets flooded with folks looking for answers. Sometimes, they stay and poke around, sometimes not. Either way, my pageviews go through the roof. Does this matter? Probably not, as the vast majority do not return. But it is neat from a statistics viewpoint. The miracles of search engines never cease to amaze me. And the same wave repeats itself as the show is exported overseas.
I am convinced that you all are highly literate, expert commenters. For example, Curtis pointedly shared this about the debacle that was the Guardian:
Would it be facile to point out that every single member of the crew of the former USS Guardian has been reassigned?
For good order and discipline we might one day read about the accused appearing at Admiral’s Mast for punitive and non punitive disposition of their careers for being part of the team that wrecked a warship through faulty navigation. Now that I think about it, maybe not. If you are not in a sea billet you can refuse Mast and I would guess that they’re not in such billets now.
It is staggering to realize that each of those officers had a role in stranding and destroying that ship but consider:
The navigator briefed the sailing plan to the CO and wardroom prior to sailing. It was produced by the Quartermasters and navigator working together and on watch that night were the OOD, JOOD, CICWO, CIC watch team and the forward lookout. All of them are charged with the safe navigation of the ship. All of them failed. All of them.
As an Engineer on ships l was trained to trust the instruments. If they said there was a problem act as if there was. If the dog didn’t bark….?
As one who used to conn MSO in minefields in the Gulf I had a full manual plot behind me in CIC with the LPO, plotter, talker/fathometer reader, 1 man on radar, 1 man on each of 2 sonar consoles looking at both search and classify beams, ISS/Hyperfix/LORAN-C and a lively sense that people were counting on me to keep us off the mines. I am content to say that if we hit a mine while I was driving it was me alone that screwed up but I kept my eyes and ears wide open at all times when driving the ship. I had pretty much the same bunch on the team when driving ships anywhere/anytime. What happened on the Guardian to all those guys on the team?
Which reminds me of a day very many years ago when I was a youngster…
My Mum had always wore her hair in a long style, which was often placed in a pony tail. One summers day after attending school, I done my normal thing of flying through the front door dropping my bag, jacket, and paraphernalia onto a chair, to then exit the kitchen via the rear door into the wooden shed to check on the rescued wildlife, that invariably would be within.
Returning to the kitchen my Mum was at the table sipping coffee from where she stared at me. I looked myself up and down thinking her X-ray vision had seen the small penknife that I had sneaked to school…
“Well”!; “well~what”? Came my gulped reply…
Just as the ‘guilty as charged’ plea was about to leave my lips, Mum turned her head slightly… “What do you think of my hair, I’ve had it cut”!
Taking advantage of an opportunity to hide my guilty look; I threw praise at the new style (and silently said a ‘Hail Mary’ and one ‘Our Father’ for the merciful distraction that presented itself). Flattery over with, I grabbed a glass of orange and a chocolate bar and ‘whooshed’ upstairs to my room to secure the penknife…
A very close call avoided, that could have brought much misery to my existence and my rear end.
Two hours later poor Dad did not fair as well! Which was my fault as I could have warned him. However; being at the ‘devil may care’ age, I had no idea that drastic changes in female hair styles was such a big thing… (Why should it be, after all I had a short back and sides every saturday morning at ‘Jack’s the Barbers’).
Dad walked into the home exhausted, washed his hands and sat with a large glass of milk in his hand, all the while Mum was banging and clattering around him in the kitchen. As we sat in silence eating our meal I noticed how cold the room was on such a summers day; the penny dropped as I looked at my Father…
“Mum’s hair looks nice Dad, she’s had it cut” I said, pointing at the new style with my fork; immediately wishing I hadn’t done so as I also realised my mouth was full of chicken!
The full blast from my Fathers detonation over my table manners (his guilt being the real reason), combined with the amateur dramatics from my Mum (her anguish over her chosen hair style), set my mind to joining the Foreign Legion. In fact I would have done so, had la Légion étrangère taken in 10 year olds; after all I had my own penknife!
From that day forth; each day my Dad returned from work the first thing he said upon entering the home was “your hair looks nice”! Upon which my Mum would just roll her eyes… Life was back to normal.
I would think no one has ever said the same to Ernest Moniz…
(With the same penknife on my desk).
Folks, the post below was the first by a new blogger coming aboard the USS Mellow Jihadi. His handle is TEXTA and he is retired Navy. (He actually was, gasp, my boss at one time not in the distant past!) As is the style here, I’ll let him say as much or as little as he likes about himself. I will share this tidbit however: the first three letters of his handle describes the state he is from. And you know how ‘dem boys get! (I, myself, am impressed at his first effort. Apparently, he gazed at a picture of the Alamo while he typed. He told me what he uttered while typing, but I forgot now what it was. Remember Enterprise Rent a Car? That makes no sense, nevahmind. . .)
Even though I got tarred (but not feathered) in his haiku contest, I am adding Charlie Sherpa, of Red Bull Rising, to my blogroll. Sticking with the theme of feathers, Charlie is blog pals with America’s Sergeant Major and Pax of Marion’s Meepings. Both of these birds-of-a-feather are black marks against Charlie, but not enough to exclude him. The second addition is Old AF Sarge, who uses French in his posts. As a former French linguist, I wholeheartedly endorse this oui-oui-ness. Do click on the above links or on the blogroll to the left and visit their virtual homes!
8) The People’s Choice Award (The voting on this category will begin later today on TPNN.com and will last through Friday at midnight. The winner will get special linkage at the top of TPNN’s newly designed website that will be released later this week. The winner will also get 5 consecutive days of links at Linkiest next week and of course, the winner will also receive a trophy at CPAC).
Fire Andrea Mitchell
Jammie Wearing Fools
The Mellow Jihadi
The Shark Tank
Sweetness & Light
Thanks John and Tea Party folks!
It is interesting the people who mistake me for the story. Read the comments, like:
–A “good christian girl” who mistakes me for a Mennonite tough-guy (Jolin) from Amish Mafia. I could be wrong, but I think she is proposing. . .
–Some down-home folks who mistake me for a swamp guy from Ax Men.
–And here I am mistaken for a gay service-member. The funny thing about that whole story is the lesbian lady (who did not read my post very carefully and later harangued me about invasion of privacy) actually “liked” me on Facebook. So while she is berating me about her privacy, her picture is scrolling through my Facebook likers. All you had to do is click on it and you can see pictures of her and her “wife.” I very quietly banned her from my meager Facebook feed.
I added a site map to my little blog and it really super-charged the hits. Plug-ins are available, just pick one that works with your WordPress (or other software) version. It will tell you (when you preview it) if it is compatible. As usual, if you don’t have a blog, ignore this. Or if you don’t care about people dropping by your virtual home, nevermind too.
Watcher of Weasels was picked as part of the 2012 Fabulous 50 Blog Award Winners. You will notice a new insignia to the left. This blog is also #158 on the Top 200 Conservative Websites, just based on Alexa traffic rankings.
If you do cuss in your comments, it gets caught in a special filter. Don’t despair, but it will take time to approve your comment. And sometimes, comments just get sent to the spam filter. WordPress has a mind of its own.
And lastly, I am sure you’ve heard the French phrase, je ne blague pas. It means: I am not kidding. Just as je blague means I joke. So if I wrote - je blog, je ne blague pas - you would, of course, understand.
There, all up to date!
A blog is a place to disseminate information, to share stories, and to hopefully squeeze a laugh out of a reader or two. But the Bangladeshi Sonar Bangla blog got Ahmed Rajib Haider killed. And fellow blogger Shakil Ahmed said a pro-Jamaat-e-Islami website had last week named Haider as a target. Blogging can be dangerous business. . .
Matt Watson blogged at Bitter Barista, where he described his work slinging java at All City Coffee in Seattle’s Georgetown. Another coffee website Sprudge.com exposed him and his rants against customers and his boss, Seth Levy. Guess who does not have a job? (The Barista was fired over the blog.) Note to all reading this: I love the Navy and my bosses are all great Americans. Every one of ‘em.
All you all write some interesting comments. Ex Bootneck wrote this after this post:
Drop your standards and you require a greater understanding of body counts.
Maintain your standards and you simply allow your enemies to over take you; they will learn through your faults and they will punish you.
Strive daily for higher standards in every thing you do; it weakens your enemy and their resolve.
On the same post, Anthony had this to say:
How naive. I mean, for starters, if standards are lowered for the infantry training, how will that help? I read “War” a while ago about the 173rd ABCT when they deployed to the Korengal Valley. They are some of the most well trained infantrymen there are, regarding PT as well as other standards. They were completely out of breath when the 10th ID guys they were relieving took them along for standard patrols around the mountains.
Now, would anyone believe that a freshly minted infantryman could have managed that, when it took weeks for the 173rd to get used to it enough for them to not pass out?
On another note, if women are to be allowed in the infantry, and standards will be lowered (i.e. it will covertly be admitted that they are simply not physically capable due to very basic biology), then shouldn’t the standards for both genders be lowered from basic training and forward? I mean, it’s called equal opportunities. And shouldn’t people like me be allowed in fighter jets? I mean, sure, I’m way too tall, and I don’t have normal colour vision, but then again, I have like 90% of it, and you know, equal opportunities.
And on a last, more serious note: Not only is the military a fighting force, which is in no way obligated to, nor should it ever be giving everyone willing the opportunity to serve in it, has anyone behind this actually considered the medical ramifications of it? Google “Get over it! We are not all created equal” and you’ll find an article in the Marine Corps Gazette written by a female officer who was out in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan her unit was out and about building smaller bases, and long story short, due to the fact that the female skeleton and other parts of the body are not as well suited to field work as the male body, a perfectly healthy officer ended up with severe muscle conditions, and being infertile. The fact that she had almost top PT scores, and had graduated among the top of her classes did nothing to change basic facts. She writes herself that her movements during firefights, in and out of vehicles, etc. were severely hindered and painful. And as she herself notes, if the combat fields are to be opened for women for the sake of allowing them gain experience required to be promoted (because that’s appareantly what the military is for; Not fighting wars and keeping the nation safe, but to provide everyone who wants it with a career, regardless of suitability), then it wont matter, because if female infantrymen and officers pull their weight as much as they can, they will end up being medically discharged before they’re even close to higher ranks. I suppose the only other option would be female infantrymen and officers who don’t even try to pull their weight, and can thus stay in long enough to reach higher ranks. But I don’t suppose that will stop the angry feminists. After all, simple facts that can be explained to 6 year olds won’t stop them…
How about something practical and manly? Struan shared this:
Shake my hand like a man. Save your hugs for your next appearance on Dr. Pill.
Actually, the history of David Mamet is one of blatant liberalism, Struan…Mr. Mamet recently within the last few years stood up and proclaimed himself a former reformed liberal and now an outright conservative after watching the hypocrisy and lies of the left he so firmly believed in for these many decades…he has, like so many before him, discovered the left lives in a world of unworkable theories that never truly pan out in historical reality. And he decided to tell them so…the left, of course, if not disappointed has collectively chosen to ignore Mr. Mamet’s conversion and self-discovery…at least I’ve never heard anyone of note comment on his new found realization…..sadly, those true believers will never get it….nor in their own ignorance, will they even acknowledge one of their own has left them to founder on alone.
Do NOT show that video to my husband. We had a good crop of native pecans this year. They are tasty, but small and very hard and hard to crack. So my husband bought slingshots for Christmas and plans on using the pecans for ammo.
Why do the locals always screw up a good name? And I’m still having a hard time deciding if you say it, Kay Ro or Kie Ro. Now this? Much like Houston. Is it House Ton or Huse Ton? Does it depend on how wealthy or educated you are…snobbery if you please?
Haha, there you go. Getting some press. Those are just the ones that jumped out at me when I was scanning for material. Not that you all don’t have something interesting to say!
Back in second grade, I took a horrible class picture. I don’t know what happened to me that day, but I grimaced and groaned my way through the exhaustive photographic session. Lo and behold, my photo turned up years later on-line!
Blogs are funny beasts. Back when I was setting up this website, I found a GoDaddy feature that shows what spiders crawl the blog. They are essentially in the background, crawling and reporting back to google, bing, yahoo, dogpile, etc. I just flipped over to the stat analytic page that reads the bots, and it tells me that google was onboard for 1 hour and 14 minutes looking for content on beavers. For once in my blogging career, I am speechless. Beavers?
I next clicked on the key word menu that shows the search terms that folks use to find (or show up) at this blog. And despite having never posted on this topic, 713 hits were generated last week over honey boo boo holiday photo. Wow, who knew? I’ll bet there were a lot of disappointed Honey Boo Boo fans. Well, now you guys have something to look at, this post!
One last note, if you all ever want to turn any post into an open thread, you have my thumb’s-up. I’ve said it before, I’ll be at work and come home to thirty comments and it is a neat surprise. Don’t ever feel like you are highjacking the blog. We are a community of sorts. Me, the beaver and honey boo boo blogger and y’all, the . . .
Have you heard of Find the Best? It is a website and they offer ways to search for information that is more holistic than a search engine. They recently put up a page about a blog written by some Sailor in the brig. (Hmmm, this may be in poor taste considering what post is below. I take that back) They put up a page about us. And by us, I mean you ‘n me.
I really must thank John Hawkins and Right Wing News for choosing the ol’ blog as #33 on his list of the 60 Best Conservative Blogs For 2012 (6th Annual.) John writes for PJ Media and Townhall, as well as blogging at the above site. Thanks also to y’all for reading and for commenting. It makes this all the more interesting. The full list:
60) The Mental Recession (No link because I am getting a virus warning when I go there today)
58) Jihad Watch
57) This Ain’t Hell
56) Hugh Hewitt
55) Patterico’s Pontifications
54) Moe Lane
53) Counter Cultured
51) Maggie’s Farm
50) Gay Patriot
49) Creative Minority Report
47) Five Feet of Fury
46) American Glob
44) Fire Andrea Mitchell
43) The Jawa Report
42) Nice Deb
41) Protein Wisdom
40) The Foundry
38) American Power
37) Tim Blair
36) The People’s Cube
35) I Own The World
34) the Hyacinth Girl
33) The Mellow Jihadi
31) Power Line
30) The Other McCain
29) The Lonely Conservative
28) Pat Dollard
27) Jammie Wearing Fool
26) Riehl World View
25) Bookworm Room
24) Dr. Helen
23) Weasel Zippers
22) Andrew Malcolm
21) The Right Scoop
19) Vox Popoli
18) Atlas Shrugs
16) Rachel Lucas
15) Legal Insurrection
13) The Corner
12) Michelle Malkin
11) Liberal Logic 101
9) Naked DC
8) The Campaign Spot
5) Ace Of Spades HQ
3) Gateway Pundit
1) Hot Air