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(no subject) [Feb. 15th, 2011|05:14 pm]
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For my father [Feb. 15th, 2011|05:51 am]
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See Also:  Why I didn't go into a career field that had even the remote possibility of a Pentagon assignment before I make E-9.
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What She Said, and What He Said [Feb. 10th, 2011|05:35 pm]
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So, I'm noodling around my LJ Friends page (yes, I still read that) and ran across theferrett 's post referencing his wife's post on friendship guidelines which I found interesting, and then in the comments I find bart_calendar 's rules of drinking (aka how to drink like a European).

So I sez to myself, that's pretty damn sensible and something only an American who's done a lot of drinking with Europeans could write, or possibly a European who has done a lot of drinking with Americans.  So on his LJ, I found the funniest thing I've read all day, Your Insults Are Not Politically Correct
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(no subject) [Dec. 1st, 2010|10:18 am]
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Right, so I'm trying to homestead at Ft. Hood.

 

Branch isn't having it.

Not one bit.

42 months, and another 6 before I can PCS, is apparently enough for them.

So they are saying I am 'probably' going to get picked up DA-select Drill.  But she can't tell me when.  Gotta love it.

And she won't promise anything.  And I can't volunteer for anything without waiving 90 days stabilization when I get to Texas.  And even if I do volunteer for something, if they pick me for Drill, I go drill anyway.

I'm re-enlisting anyway, because I'm institutionalized. 

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Timeline [Nov. 30th, 2010|08:35 pm]
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For those following the story so far,  please do not send care packages to me anymore.  Between:

10th Mountain deploying
Christmas

and

The amount of time before Yours Truly gets to Manas, there would be perhaps a 1 in 3 chance that I would get something you mailed today.  It falls off rapidly after that.

I'm finishing the DD 1750s (packing list) for my container today.

End of message, end of broadcast.
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Food for thought [Jul. 7th, 2010|11:47 pm]
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justinian565.livejournal.com/75422.html



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Apologies [Jul. 6th, 2010|06:21 am]
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You know, if I were going to give one piece of advice to people in, or contemplating being in a relationship, it would be this.  I'm not as funny, humor occasionally makes swallowing unpalatable advice easier.  But I fortunately had more than a few people tell me this before I got married and it frickin' works, and there's a reason I'm still married.  This is it. 

This guy's a Protestant minister, but he's talking sense.
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4th of July [Jul. 4th, 2010|10:59 pm]
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news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_declaration_of_independence

online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703571704575341403234545296.html

www.doczero.org/2010/07/the-american-faith/

www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/inspiration-motivation/became-american-citizen-00000000036125/index.html

www.earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/freedom/doi/text.html

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Interesting. . . [Jun. 25th, 2010|12:07 am]
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www.ted.com/talks/aditi_shankardass_a_second_opinion_on_learning_disorders.html


You know. . . it makes sense.
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Bill of No Rights [May. 18th, 2010|05:33 pm]
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I can't say I agree with it all, but the underlying sentiment is sound.


www.backwoodshome.com/articles/napper56.html


We, the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid any more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some ... See Morecommon sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt-ridden, delusional and other liberal, commie, pinko bedwetters.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that a whole lot of people were confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim that they require a Bill of No Rights.

ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen color TV or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone—not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc., but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we’re just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim or kill someone, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and kill you.

ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won’t have the right to a big-screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII: You don’t have the right to demand that our children risk their lives in foreign wars to soothe your aching conscience. We hate oppressive governments and won’t lift a finger to stop you from going to fight if you’d like. However, we do not enjoy parenting the entire world and do not want to spend so much of our time battling each and every little tyrant with a military uniform and funny hat.

ARTICLE IX: You don’t have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have one, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities in education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE X: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to pursue happiness—which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an overabundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.
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