“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”

"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


- Well, started a bit of drama today with the follow-up from last night. Turns out that not only were the patrol guys stupid, but they actually put in their report that they had been "told to do that by the bomb squad" - whom they never even talked to... So, now it's at a higher level due to both the choices made & the lying about it. We will see how this one works out, but it is nice to see the staff actually concerned for once.

- In my one, brief commentary about the repeal of DADT I will say this. DADT was always more of a political ploy than anything else, and was long overdue to go away. Anyone foolish enough to think that somehow the number of homosexuals in the military will change is seriously ignorant of history and current events - we've just taken a well-needed step towards getting rid of the legal crap which resulted from this measure. Yes, there will be service members upset serving next to folks who are now open about their preferences - just as there were people who couldn't handle serving with women, blacks, and every other change. The other positive fact of this change is that it was done appropriately - through legislation & with an implementation policy, as opposed to an overnight judicial fiat or executive order.

- For those who are shooters, Captain Jake has put up Shot Works Pro, a database to track your weapons and ammo. I'm trying it out & will post a review, but initial info looks very well designed. It also beats cloud computing and releasing such info to others... The first thirty days are free and if you like it the license is reasonably priced.

- Had several other thoughts to share but my brain is shot, so I will save it for tomorrow. Hoping to manage a long weekend without any callouts or drama, and get some writing done.


Meadowlark said...

Glad to hear your views on DADT.

As a "doomsayer" I think it's important to not leave "loopholes" that will be exploited when the draft comes back ;)

And I don't give a crap who you sleep with, I just care how you handle a weapon.

Peace, my friend.

Meadowlark said...

ps... then PLEASE go comment here. http://www.kevinwebb22.com/military-news/gays-can-now-openly-serve-in-the-military-dont-ask-dont-tell-dadt-appealed

Kevin needs some assistance. I hate to think that "seeing gay couples" will cause kids to be gay. I wonder if I can get them to hang around rich people instead?

Jon said...

I think the book Old Man's War put it best with their drill sargeant who hated everything.

"I don't care if you're gay. But every damned one of you has to pick the day we're about to die in a foxhole to profess your undying love to me. Do you have any idea how distracting that is?" ~ Paraphrased.

I honestly think over time the .mil will get along just fine. But everyone's going to have to be willing to have a thicker skin about such things.

Both straights and gays. Short term, there may be some issues. Long term, it will work out.