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They don't get it.

Legislation to bar women from anywhere they might possibly maybe be exposed to combat? Get a grip.

Taps

From Intel Dump, I have just learned that LTC (ret.) David Hackworth has died. ID sums up my own feelings nicely, actually:
[quote]You could always rely on Hack to tell the story from the grunt's perspective, and also to call BS when he smelled it. On occasion, he was a little trigger-happy; I'm not sure all his criticisms hit the mark. But his heart was generally in the right place, and his work as a soldier and a patriot made this country stronger.[/quote]
Hackworth was the author of a particularly compelling piece on Basic Training which I blogged about once several months ago, March of the Porcelain Soldiers.

Read the first linked bit from Intel Dump--it summarizes the good Colonel's accomplishments and links to further info about a fine American who will be missed.

Sig

Mother's Day Note Template

In which Sig demonstrates the proper way to write a last-minute Mother's Day e-mail.

The 1-month mark

In which Sig learns some unpleasant news about his job. Not that he can really tell you about it.

Give him due process, and then execute him.

From this article: (emphasis added)

But even if a military death sentence clears all the appeals, it then must go to the president.

Scott Silliman, a former Air Force lawyer and director of Duke's Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security, said there appears to be strong pressure for presidents not to approve military executions.

''The president, regardless of his political party, senses that to approve the execution of a member of the military is almost to make a political statement," Silliman said.

''There is more benefit than risk in not approving it."

Absolutely right, it's a political statement. Here, I'll spell it out for you: We as a society have entrusted to our military personnel an extraordinary responsibility, and as such we hold them to the highest accountability for their misdeeds, because too much depends on them for it to be otherwise. If you do the crime for which we determine that you should die, then we'll flip the switch.

What kind of political statement are the "experts" thinking of, here? I don't know a single person in the military--whose thoughts on this guy I have heard--that does not want full accountability for his actions. And right now everybody I know is in the military.

Why is this even an issue?

Sig

Reading

Since my last post, I have read I Will Fear No Evil by Robert Heinlein (sucked) and Wayfarer's Redemption and Enchanter by Sara Douglas (started slow, but quite interesting). I'm about 40 pages into the third book in that series, StarMan.

In all, I've read probably 1700 pages in the last 4 days.

Not much else to report. Today was a really lousy day, more so for my roomie than me, but I don't have time to get into why. Suffice it to say that I am thoroughly unimpressed with my new platoon sergeant.

Sig

Well, sort of an improvement.

In which Sig is bored. Very bored. Wow, is he ever bored.

Jawa's Journey

Because I keep losing the link and having to find it again, I thought I'd post a ref (well, a href anyway) to Jawa's Journey. Jawa is a powerfully interesting person whose exploits are legend--or would be if he didn't have to keep going through and removing all reference to them due to security classification and statute of limitations issues.

Sig

A special kind of stupid

Here's an amusing anecdote that helps the outsider to gaze into the mystery that is the military mindset. Make sure to read the linked second part, particularly if you've ever read Lord of the Flies.

Sig

Leave a message?

Actually, don't. I got to talk to my wife yesterday, and she had forgotten something that I have neglected to mention elsewhere. If you call my cell, don't bother to leave a voicemail if I'm not there, because I can't check them here for some reason. Service is pretty spotty anyway, and I'm on roaming everywhere, for some odd reason, so I don't use the phone much. If you've got to get to me, send a text message or something--e-mail is just as good really. I don't carry my phone around, and I check it only slightly more often than I check my e-mail.

Air conditioning is a wonderful wonderful thing. I wish we had some in this room.

Sig

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