29 February 2008

New Entry on the Blogroll

Check out a fellow AofS moron and fine writer at doubleplusundead.  His insightful commentary and humorous observations will be well worth your time.  Doubleplusundead has been blogging for much longer than I have so be sure to check out his older stuff too.

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OK, There is One Way I'd Vote For McCain

I've been pretty anti-McCain, I'll admit.  I have stated that I don't trust him and don't agree with most of his policies.  When forced to defend him, I've held my nose while doing so.  Up until now though, I have been adamant in my position that I would never, ever vote for him.

Now, I understand the "for the good of the Party" opinion... that's why I left the GOP.  I also understand the "but the other guy/girl is worse" argument, but I don't really see much difference.  And I honestly understand that "the enemy of the Good is the Perfect" and getting everything you want isn't always possible, but I didn't see much good interfering with perfection.

These last few weeks have been enlightening.  I've seen many fervent conservatives start to come around and back McCain.  The mood has seemed to shift from, "We're going to get killed in November" to "There's no way Obama can beat McCain."  On the other hand, I have not moved one millimeter, not one... until I had a thought today... a thought that would swing me around 180 degrees and ensure my wholehearted and unreserved support for McCain.

I want to be the next appointment to the Supreme Court.  I think people are tired of lawyers messing up the law.  We need a clear, conservative majority on the court and I promise never to waver.  If something is stupid/liberal, I'll call it that out loud and vote "NO", overpowering the liberal minority, shaming them into voting what should be common sense.  There won't be anymore Kelo Decisions, Hamdi, or other liberal lunacy.

Confirmation?  No problem.  I'm certain to get 95% of the American people behind me (the hardcore 5% of moonbats aren't going to change for anything since insanity is safe and pleasant for them, it's reality that's scary) and they will rise up to force my confirmation.  How do I intend to get such a vast majority of people to support me?  A little lesson I learned over at Ace's HQ... FY, NQ.  Any question asked by some idiot (more commonly referred to as Senator) gets that as my answer... Fuck You, Next Question.  I don't care if they're asking how old I am, it's FY, NQ.  That's something the American People will support because it shows I possess something that 99.99% of Washington D.C. doesn't... sense.  Sense enough to know that these jokers aren't qualified to judge anyone, much less a judge.

So, if John McCain wants my vote that's how he can get it.  If he has any questions... FY, NQ.

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28 February 2008

Are You Kidding Me?

Ahmadinejad and Putin need to go on the road together if they're going to keep up the comedy act.  They might make a couple of bucks beyond what they're stealing from their own countries.

This guy is dangerously deranged. 

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27 February 2008

John McCain and the Swift Boat Veterans

Over at Little Green Footballs they're wondering:

Has anyone ever really shown that the allegations made by the Swift Boat Veterans against John F. Kerry were false? If someone has refuted the charges conclusively, I’ve never seen it—which makes John McCain’s continuing antipathy toward the Swiftboaters inexplicable:

In my opinion, it's pretty easily explained.  People have attacked John McCain's service with unfounded accusations of collaboration, incompetence, and covering up the continued presence of POW's in VietNam.  While I am no McCain fan, these lies and smears have been debunked many times.  Is it any wonder he objects to these types of attacks?  Ted Sampley is an excellent example of someone who makes a (dishonest) living off the pain and suffering of others.

Even when they're true (as I believe the Swift Boat Veterans' to be), giving legitimacy to the method is galling.  Election campaigns should be focused on the issues of today.  If accusations like these have merit, they should be brought out at the time.  To bring them out only for a campaign is unfairly prejudicial, as well as irrelevant.  John McCain is not my candidate, but his objection to these types of attacks is to his credit.  Now, if he'd only be as honest about his party affiliation and switch over to the Dems.

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26 February 2008

Hillary's New Campaign Strategy

This cracked me up.


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25 February 2008

But Wait... Haven't We Been in a Recession?

Apparently not.  Despite the doom and gloom forecasts, wailing about the housing crisis, jobless claims, and F-E-E-L-I-N-G-S that we're in a recession and have been for oh, about 7 years (roughly), we're not.  We haven't had a recession that entire time, including right after the 9/11 attacks.

The media has been trying to push us into one so they can point to how tax cuts, the Bush Administration, Global Warming, and making fun of John Kerry have all led to a failed economy.  Even the linked article can only point to expectations of "reduced growth".  Last time I checked, something that was still growing didn't meet the definition of something that was receding.

Just sayin'

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24 February 2008

Military Recruiting

I've never been interested in sales, so I knew that I should avoid recruiting duty if at all possible.  I could talk with potentials about the positives and negatives, types of duties, financial aspects... just as a recruiter does.  What I would have a problem with is closing the deal.  I have too much respect for personal choice to pressure someone, something a good recruiter (or salesman) must do at times.  I would also have a problem with signing up someone who was likely to screw up.  I know that's the wrong attitude.  The military can help someone who is struggling get control of their life, develop self-discipline and maturity, and otherwise stop being a screwup.  But most of us have had occasion to say, "The recruiter who signed this dirtbag up should turn in a stripe.", or words to that effect.  I didn't want to be that guy.

The way recruiting works now, military members (enlisted and officers) get pulled from their specialties and become salespeople for 2-4 years or so, depending on how they do and how much they like it.  Meanwhile, their specialty goes forward while they lose proficiency.  How they perform as recruiters affects their career, and in the case of sharp operators that downright suck at sales, very negatively.  Even if they do well, "punching the ticket" rarely makes up for the loss of proficiency and currency within their usual specialty.

What I'd like to see happen is that recruiting be contracted out.  There are several large personnel companies that are capable of handling it.  You can still detail active-duty military to recruiting since meeting and talking with our military folks is the best advertising.  Just make it for 4-6 months of temporary duty near their hometown (or another open station-of-choice, don't send them where they don't want to go... not for this.)  They can still get their ticket-punch, recruiter badge, down-time to attend school or stabilize family, etc...  all without losing currency in their specialty.

For the contractor, a graduated payment system will ensure a good mix of recruits and not just warm bodies.  Figure out what a fair compensation is for signing up someone who will make it through their first enlistment.  The contractor gets paid 30% when the recruit successfully completes their basic and advanced individual training.  Payment of another 25% if the recruit completes their first year post-basic and AIT.  The remaining 45% gets paid at the end of four years, no matter how long the active duty commitment .  The actual total payment, percentages, and when distributed are for example only.  When MEDCOM was negotiating the contract for TRICARE, there were tons of people involved, not just a retired nurse spitballing.

I've talked about this with several folks over the last 10 years and every one of them liked the idea.  Why didn't I ever submit it to the "echelons above reality" that might act on it?  That's a great way to become the "project officer"... I've already said I'm not a salesman.  Anybody want to try?

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23 February 2008

Britannica Already Documenting the 2008 Elections

I think this came from the last debate...



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Professional Sports on Television

My wife says that I can be extremely stubborn.  I call it principled (I just call it that, it's mostly just being stubborn.)  One of the problems with that is when I tell a business that I won't patronize them again, I really won't.  Ever.  For example, Office Max is on "the list" because of a customer service rep I dealt with back in 1995 or so when I purchased a defective computer desk.  So here it is, 13 years later and I still hold a grudge stick to principle.  "The List" is pretty long actually (it includes Target, John McCain, Rosie O., Jane Fonda, Michael Moore, the Dixie Chicks, anything with a Sheen in it, and CNN to name a few), but there are only two things on it that I really wish weren't there.

Professional sports is a business also.  When baseball went on strike, I had no beef until the World Series was canceled.  That made it clear to me that both the players and the owners were more interested in the money they made than pleasing the fans who gave them their money and I haven't watched a game since.  After the 88-89 NBA lockout, I gave up on professional basketball.  The NFL was spared banishment from my TV simply because I completely missed their strike in 1982 (I won't say alcohol was involved, but I won't say it wasn't either... just sayin').

So essentially, I only like watching the occasional NHL game (go Red Wings!), and the NFL (go Lions! please, just one season, go Lions!), Golf, Soccer, Tennis, MMA, Darts, Bowling....... ok, if I'm watching TV it's almost always sports.  Just not pro basketball or baseball.  It's the principle.

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Belated Thanks to Ace

I wanted to do this earlier and forgot.  I owe Ace over at Ace of Spades a public thank you for letting me post on his blog when he started up the "Open Blog Weekend".  It's not my typical writing style and I didn't think it fit well enough to continue.  Of course Ace never asked me why I didn't do a follow-up, but at least he didn't tell me not to, lol.  That was encouragement enough for me to consider starting my own blog up and here you are.

Patterico and Ace are my biggest influences as far as my blogging goes.  If your internet time is limited, stop reading here (for now, come back when you have some spare time) and go see Patterico and Ace.  It will be well worth it.

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