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Previous French administrations didn't want to add focus to the fact that we have saved their ass - twice - in the last century. This was a nice gesture though, if somewhat tardy. It doesn't quite add up to General Pershing's "Lafayette, we are here" declaration.
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Closer to home: http://plbirnamwood.blogspot.com/2013/10/death-benefits-for-families-of-military.html As for your Congressmen, light 'em up.
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After I retired from the military, I picked up a second pension option in Corrections. In 2005, I was a Security Manager at a facility in a somewhat rural setting and briefed in two agents of the EPA who said they had to check out a stream that passed through the back section of our plot. I was amazed that they had weapons (Glocks) to secure. When I asked if they were afraid that a tree might attack them, they grinned sheepishly and said something to the effect of "Well, you never know what you'll find." When I pointed out that that could apply to everyone, they replied that the number of agents in every department and agency who carried had mushroomed after 9/11, a major example of the Bandwagon approach.
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2013 on The IRS has a SWAT team? at BlackFive
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Nor is he a Chaplain who wrote a lesson about Islam, nor is he a PAO who spent the whole First Gulf War in Riyadh, and so on, ad infinitum. As for the DWM, Hagel is at least asking for a review of the whole mess, but the press hasn't mentioned that he originally defended the decision: http://plbirnamwood.blogspot.com/2013/03/chuck-hagel-backtracks-on-drone-medal.html
I just don't get this whole Harlem Shake thing, but I'm just an old man. Incidentally, if I'm not mistaken, those are Norwegian soldiers, not Swedish. In their minds, it's like calling you a sailor.
This just doesn't add up. This guy is a hard-charger, bright guy to make it that far in a rarefied unit, then gets out at 16 years & suddenly realizes that he has no benefits? He has service-incurred injuries but has no support whatsoever? I saw an interview with the author of the article, who said that "other guys" testified to the authenticity of 'The Shooter' without actually giving him away, but that a prolonged conversation convinced him. One item that immediately tweaked my BS meter was that Bronstein mispronounced the name of the dog -- easy to do if you just read about it, but you'd think 'The Shooter' would have pronounced it correctly during their long conversation. This is reporting in the best tradition of Bob Woodward: "highly classified sources", or dead, therefore unverifiable.
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Yes, the army of federal civilians is getting a pay raise. Shades of Jimmy Carter. http://plbirnamwood.blogspot.com/2013/02/military-salaries-limited-after-pay.html
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I did a write-up on the Westboro "Baptist" "Church" as part of the proper response by Texas A&M to these scum, which basically started this whole wall of separation idea. http://plbirnamwood.blogspot.com/2012/07/texas-maroon-wall-thwarts-westboro.html I understand that one reason they were a no-show is that some Texas State Troopers were mighty particular about some parking violations of their caravan on the way down to the funeral.
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We could be seeing just the beginning of this movement. They know that they have the power to overthrow governments -- why not apply that power to ramp up a larger crusade? Just start with taking out our embassies.
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2012 on Was it really all about a movie? at BlackFive
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Bring it on. I'd love to see a dawn shot of a carrier battle group blowing through an Iranian formation. The next trick is to make sure that there's enough left in the Defense budget to keep up a decent carrier battle group.
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Count me in too, starting with the Marines.
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2012 on Today is National Airborne Day - Part I at BlackFive
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A more detailed look at the knee-jerk media reaction to trying to find some military connection to mass killings: http://plbirnamwood.blogspot.com/2012/08/sikh-temple-tragedy-exploits-stereotypes.html
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2012 on Sympathy for the Sikhs at BlackFive
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'Person of Interest' -- good show. Jim Caviezel would have capped his ass.
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2012 on Cyber War and Cyber Defeat at BlackFive
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I came across the same story. Here's the expanded version: http://plbirnamwood.blogspot.com/2012/06/army-corrects-its-camouflage-and.html
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2012 on ACU camo not particularly camouflaging at BlackFive
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What? My son was in the next class if I have it right (the one after Dick Crouch's tag-along) - they only graduated 19, out of 98 that started pre-RASP. Pretty steep rate, it would seem. A LtCol who addressed the group just before the finish freaked out when he saw how few were left.
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Some more detail: http://plbirnamwood.blogspot.com/2012/05/chris-hayes-and-dead-heroes.html Hayes is not alone, but we recognize who they are. They are useless to me other than as examples of the recklessly clueless, effete snobs.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2012 on An Open Response to Chris Hayes at BlackFive
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That's a tough picture. I used it in my Memorial Day post this year as well: http://plbirnamwood.blogspot.com/2012/05/sentiment-of-memorial-day.html
Toggle Commented May 29, 2012 on Memorial Day 2012 at BlackFive
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An expanded story, with a comment of how we let slip their memory: http://plbirnamwood.blogspot.com/2012/05/pfc-kight-comes-home-from-world-war-ii.html
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Thanks again for your attention to detail Jimbo. I agree on the "troops on my hehalf" grandstanding: http://plbirnamwood.blogspot.com/2012/05/military-is-fighting-for-obama.html as well as the troops as a shill for his campaign: http://plbirnamwood.blogspot.com/2012/02/seal-team-6-as-campaign-slogan.html His ego & knee-jerk stolen valor would be incredible if it weren't so blatant.
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I know of this guy. Here's an extended post on his article & how misconceived it is: http://plbirnamwood.blogspot.com/2012/04/fallacy-of-thomas-ricks-and-end-of-all.html
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Barely made it out to sea. I'm sure glad that all those sanctions are working, up until the time when they won't. http://plbirnamwood.blogspot.com/2012/04/north-korean-missile-test-fails.html
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2012 on Norks rocket fail at BlackFive
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Sgt Meyer is looking better. He's taking his role seriously, that's good to see.
Good question. I just remember the 'grateful nation' part at the funeral of my brother - that's the part that really mattered in my mind.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2012 on Maybe I'm "over sensitive" at BlackFive
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I just posted a review of the Lt Pantano case that echoes several of the points spelled out here: http://plbirnamwood.blogspot.com/2012/03/prosecution-persecution-and-resurgence.html
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2012 on Maybe I'm "over sensitive" at BlackFive
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Amen. The therapy industry works around the clock to expand the victim customer base. PTSD is epidemic, just like autism (as reported today - even more of our children, due to 'better diagnostic procedures') in all their many nuanced categories. This robs the legitimate cases, & many of those who 'suffered because of their service' were likely screwed up before they entered. Victimhood is becoming so entrenched & popular that now it is taking over the 'stolen valor' cases. Besides, the Best & Brightest can't be expected to dirty themselves by stooping to join the military - that's for the lower classes.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2012 on Maybe I'm "over sensitive" at BlackFive
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