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February 2007

Appeal for Redress- More an Appeal for Egress

Ms. Underestimated has the 60 Minutes video if you didn't see it.

First things first, Appeal for Redress is founded on a lie. Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette has done his usual brilliant investigative work and shows how this group is an astroturf creation of the anti-war movement that recruited it's two "founders".

I feel no animosity toward any of those who serve and choose to do this, but I question the importance beyond it's use by the media to attempt to lose the war in Iraq. Esprit de Corps is what makes a soldier move forward into gunfire rather than retreat. That is a bond that says we will stand firm together and part of that is not throwing red meat to the jackals of the press.

One of the appealers said that he wanted to send a message to his Congressman as a constituent that he thought the mission was wrong. And there you have it, as a constituent is not how you are acting when you join an anti-war group and send your message specifically as a military member, not a constituent. You are gaming the system, using a whistle-blower provision to play anti-war games that you are not supposed to be doing. It may be legal, but it is still weak and sad.

The math would show that these people represent tenths, maybe thousandths of a percent of the total military strength, but their value as propaganda ensures they get exposure far beyond their unimportant opinions on US foreign policy or war-fighting. Opinions are like bungs, everybody's got one. Doesn't mean that it's important. Sgts, and Majors, and PFCs don't get a vote on policy or "which war they will fight" as one of the non-appealing Cav troops noted. They get to serve and they are definitely not supposed to be on 60 Minutes disagreeing with their superiors by using a program designed to protect whistle blowers. That there are some who oppose the war, even in the military was not news to anyone. That they could sneak on 60 Minutes to pour salt in the wounds all Americans feel from this war, was unsurprising. They have not committed any crimes and should suffer no punishment other than the disdain of those who understand the need for good order and discipline in a fighting unit, something the appealers have shown to be sorely lacking.

The timestamp will show that this was more or less liveblogged, so I reserve the right to revise my opinions. Buuuuuuut, this sounds to me like a bunch of the usual suspects who we're always whining about how the system screws them, and were looking for ways to game regulations. Now I've gamed many myself, but there is a difference between cheating for a good time and cheating to aid the anti-war efforts. An eye-opener only for anyone who never served, the rest of us have seen these wankers in every unit.

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In defense of profanity and name-calling

I am re-opening the unclejimbo.com site for a couple of reasons, one is my departure from madison.com due to ignorance and stupidity of the newspaper company (backstory later), but also because I want to indulge myself and Matt runs a much more propah site than my instincts point to. So I will drop my more edgy bits there and link them. Plus I am considering a weekly video rant that would be better off there anyhow. So as fa irst exercise let’s discuss just how naughty I am, or am not.

The recent kerfluffle about John Edwards hiring of a couple of fairly rabid lefty bloggers to run his official campaign blog has brought all kinds of commentary. Some focused on what they were hatin’, some focused on the naughty words. I think the former is quite a bit more important than the latter as simple words, even profane ones, are much less important than hateful ideas. While a majority of the discussion focused on the content, far too many focused on the f-bombs alone as if their very appearance discredits the content and it’s writer.

The rest of my self-justifying is here.


Preparedness Week: Some Thoughts

Continuing what has become both a repost and a bit of an expansion of some previous preparedness posts. You can find an archive of all of them here, and I would also urge you to go back and read the "fundamental" posts and -- especially -- the comments here, here, and here; and the post on walking home and Monday's post on looking after yourself is here. Tuesday's post on room kits is here. Wednesday's post was actually a two-fer looking at car kits and power. Thursday's post is actually several posts, combined into one looking at packs, snivel gear, and more. Friday's post is another several combined into one dealing with packs, cans, and protection. Saturday's post deals with paperwork, from lists to wills.

I would say final thoughts, but such is an impossibility. There are always further thoughts, refinements, and lessons learned. Here are some thoughts you should keep in mind in regards preparedness.

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Snowy Saturday Spud & Karma

Contrails from Al Gore's jet caused us to get 8+ inches of snow last night. Today the boy and the dog engaged in an epic battle of keep away. It was a strong win for Karma accentuated by a couple of excellent tackles of Spud at the end, I will be forwarding tape to the Packers. Note my two bonsai evergreens, when we moved in last June they had grown together for about twenty years and were 6 ft. high and 10 ft long. Now they are art. Me not losing to the hound here and here.


60 Minutes on Military People Against the War

I don't know how the 60 minutes show about 'appeal for redress' is going to be portrayed.  It should be exposed for what it is not.  AFR is trying to appear as a grassroots movement.

I sure hope they read Greyhawk's investigation at MilBlogs.  He already did the heavy lifting on that one.

Update:  Jules Crittenden looks at the law on this.


It's Movie Week!

Kellys_heroes Okay, it's Hollyweird Weekend, and the Oscars are the buzz.  With that in mind, I wanted to put up something fun this weekend, and see what happens.  Time to pick/relate our favorite war flicks.  Which ones do you watch, and why?  Which ones do you hate, and why?  Is there one you would like to see re-made?  I know of several that there is NO WAY they could be re-made and be anywhere near as good- even if Spielberg himself made them.

Flip it to see what's what and let us hear it!

Wolf

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Preparedness Week: Paperwork

Continuing what has become both a repost and a bit of an expansion of some previous preparedness posts. You can find an archive of all of them here, and I would also urge you to go back and read the "fundamental" posts and -- especially -- the comments here, here, and here; and the post on walking home and Monday's post on looking after yourself is here. Tuesday's post on room kits is here. Wednesday's post was actually a two-fer looking at car kits and power. Thursday's post is actually several posts, combined into one looking at packs, snivel gear, and more. Friday's post is another several combined into one dealing with packs, cans, and protection.

Today's post deals with issues of paperwork, for disasters and dissapointments come in all sizes and shapes. It also reflects my theory that whatever you plan for doesn't happen; so, plan for the worst, hope for the best, and take what comes. Detesting paperwork as I do, this is the area where perhaps I need the most improvement, so do as I say -- not as I do. :)

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