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Crusader AXE of the Lost Causes
On the edge of the desert, just outside of Barstow...
Soldier, scholar, guitarist and business executive--only the first by choice.
Interests: History, government, military affairs, sports, popular culture, music and literature.
Recent Activity
Just wondering about a few things. My latest piece of at Veterans News Today. We're kind of banned by Facebook these days, and I'm ok with that. It seems pretty clear that while we all must be insane to think... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
First shot at using the new Typepad while in another life, using the new Word Press. Whatever happened to making improvements in such a way as to do minimal disruption? Oh yeah, that's right...like Crispin's wrinkled scrotum, best forgotten... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
Crispin's recent article on The Philosophy of Gerontology for Middle-Aged Men was not exactly an eye opener...it was something that makes you, as you approach true senior citizen status want to soak your head in bleach so as never to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
Folks who are neck deep in the struggle to make the world a more humane and human place might gain from his perspective or might find it annoying. Good on you. But, I think that even people trying to save the world might occasionally need a slightly contrarian buzz. As for the rest of us, I think countering the age of the imbecile is a pretty laudable exercise. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
Tragedy, according to Aristotle, belongs to the realm of stories where the hero is destroyed by a fatal flaw in his own makeup. Well, Trump is a nexus in and of himself of lots of fatal flaws and no great virtues. So, did he ever give or get a blow job from Roy Cohn? Possibly. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
Of course, our grotesquerie of a president decided that it was horrible that these disasters keep piling up, stoked by a combination of overheated rhetoric, totally unhinged and evil behavior, and perhaps the full moon were detracting from his many accomplishments like…crashing the stock market? Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
Farrell's Rules for Authenticity. 1. Don't believe your own bullshit. Laugh at it! Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
If old Hank did it this way, it would sound like Chuck Prophet. https://youtu.be/gc-9Hf_dnwE Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
No, I was always on South Fort; we did have a warehouse full of toxic material up on North Fort. Not the brightest thing in the world to have...no idea why it never blew up. My last company moved up to North Fort in new barracks the week after I started my unofficial -- we'll call you if we need you but we're not going to need you -- terminal leave. Last time I was there, the place had radically changed. More happening, and I've been gone a long time.
Sorry about typos. I'd heard the same story, I believe on Tom Petty's Buried Treasure show, told by Tom. Or, it might have been on one of the videos...certainly the Rickenbacker 12 is kind of a unique thing that isn't really that easy to master. Oddly enough, Neko Case has an Baritone Martin, a Roger McGuinn model, that she plays for a lot of the reasons that lots of people play Baritone guitars. She has small hands and can't play a twelve but she says she plays the guitar with a percussive approach since, unknown fact until the interview I believe in Premier Guitar, she started performing as a percussionist.
Solzhenitsyn was able to escape communism and go off to Vermont to complain that it wasn't Russia. No, it wasn't; but by that time, neither was Russia. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
It might be worth it to develop grammatical rules for use of fuck and motherfucker. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
Waiting for the explosion when he realizes that Kim Jon Un punked him and when he sees the stuff about the Baby Trump the Blimp floating around London during his visit. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
So, if you are crafting an overarching policy for governing a great world power, "don’t do stupid things!" would be a great first principle. This administration instead has an overarching policy of "Abe Lincoln was a Republican...I bet you didn't know that!" Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
If you don't know and probably don't care, don't worry...but today is Crispin's 60th birthday. As someone who is older than that, I enjoy seeing seemingly virile and energetic middle-aged men hit that target, and know that they're spending some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
Thirty years ago, I was a First Sergeant in the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis. One of my young NCOs referred to a problem soldier as “The Hyena.” “What do you mean by that, Schoonmaker?” “First Sergeant, he’s got... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
Third part of series on The Banality of Contemporary Evil. It is kind of amazing how odd this administration is. There's a continual drumbeat of existential threat interrupted by Trump doing the equivalent of stiffing a waiter. On his first... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
The title is from some dialogue in Inherit the Wind, the great 50s play and 60s film ostensibly about the Scopes trial but really about the freedom of thought and expression. Lots of lessons for us, and if you haven't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
New post. Gratuitous although relevant Doors music. Shakespeare. List of Russian Movies on Afghanistan. General Character assassination of Trump, although there's really not that much to assassinate. Call for Jesus to Smite Mike Pence. Normal Wednesday here in Wolf Country.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
Odd how things fall apart as the center folds in on itself and the falcon shits on your scrap of paper. The hell with Yeats. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
What do Trump, Washington and Jefferson all have in common? All three trusted treasonous and greedy senior military officers. At what temperature and humidity will an active human being working constantly actually cook? 105F and 100 humidity. Why'd the Russian... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
I was working on a different piece, wanting to segue from Trump into some recent books about how generally awful war and diplomacy are when you have no idea as to what you want tor an outcome. However, I began... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
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New piece posted over at Veterans News Now. Looking at some of the recent local attacks and nightmares spread by basic idiocy. As usual, some music, although this illustration sums up well the way I'm feeling about the whole mess...Did... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!