Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Small Town Theater Experience

Hot date last night for Lovely Bride and I - we went to see IronMan3  - $3 cash per person, and a humble single theater with decent seats and a passable sound system.

The real culture shock was coming out to a quiet street with no traffic and other viewers walking away with a low hum of conversations as folks went their way.

What was missing was a cacophony of cars, shouts, screams, music, traffic and mind-numbing noise. It was so startling that walking across the street, I was scanning for threats in this unfamiliar environment.

Once I adjusted, it was an enjoyable experience that we will have to repeat.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

.... and we're back.

Cancer, relatives, in-laws, out-laws; life happens.

That said, we have completed our long anticipated repositioning, and are digging in.

New surroundings, new life, new possibilities. Making these changes after the half-century mark is not the norm, but it feels good to us.

Heading out this AM. SITREP as events warrant.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Physical Differences Between Males and Females

Explicated in detail by the fine Deebow of BlackFive

I knew of guys at the RAG based at NAS Miramar where they pushed through the first of the females; one was Pink Sheeted twice (DOWN flights) which normally caused review and often washing out of the community. The instructors were told she WOULD PASS, no matter how many flights it took. So, she moved on, and shortly thereafter auggered in a F14 during carrier workups.

Loss of a life, an expensive aircraft, but some weasel gets to polish his crack at a star, because he was a good social 'engineering' worker. BS.

Most folks know there are important differences between the sexes, but our erstwhile 'betters' insist on silence so that they can once again demonstrate the disasterous results of grrl power. Institutional irrational ineptitude, another symptom of societal decay.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

My Best Friend

For me, it is the wife, Hammer5 (aka H5).

No it is not Jesus - He is my Lord, my Savior, not my buddy.

There was a time when I was in that there were a few guys I was close to, but once you get out, have your own families, you just don't see that much of each other. That is just life.

H5 was reading some of the comments over @ MMSL, and was cracking about how boyfriends and girlfriends have an opinion. That is kind of like a REMF having an opinion on how close the CAS was landing during a firefight. If you haven't been there, just stay quiet so you don't embarrass yourself.

For his part Vox added some specifics of what you can count on a best friend to do.

A classic for me that I have discussed with my daughters was - "Do you trust that person to reload for you and cover your 6 in a firefight?" If not, they are not marriage material. That means that you can trust them explicitly because:::> they are trustworthy (love that word), tough, level-headed, and will die before they quit.

Hunting License that Shouldn't Expire

I'm going to come back and expound on this at some later date, but we should have a simple rule for the shooters that we task with finding and killing/capturing bad guys.

Simply put, if we tell them to spend treasure, and risk blood, the hunting license should never expire. Never. Once someone is on the list, they stay there. Just like every other mission a unit is assigned, they complete the mission, and guys rotate through the unit, but the mission remains.

It was BS when I was in, and it has probably been BS since the first guys picked up weapons and identified enemies - something changes politically, and magically we are supposed to forgive and forget. BS. Take that one giant step further, and make the enemy the kind of monster who kills civilians, hinds behind them, and wears no uniform. If they are bad enough for us to name them and put them on the list, they should know that we WILL NEVER STOP.

Thus, if they are a dead-ender, let's just help them along to their eternity.

We have a military controlled by politicians. That makes me wince to even write that, but I understand the relative merit of that approach versus a military junta. That said, Having the rules changing when people have bleed and died to accomplish the mission they were given is BS. Either the mission is essential or we should have never asked that of our service members. Especially for the shooters that have to close with the enemy and get the job done at close range.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Veterans on the Ground in Bengahzi

Don't know any of the men on the ground, but I've talked to several veterans over the last few days, and I have had my fill of blatering BS from talking heads.

If you are surrounded, heavily outnumbered, and know there probably isn't a QRF or relief force going to reach you before the scum over-run the position, we concur that we would seriously consider calling whatever is the current equivalent of "Broken Arrow", and invite my brothers in arms to drop everything they have on our location and kill as many of the enemy as they can.

I'd also rather a funeral pyre than to have my remains drug through the streets by a mob of backwards goat-rapists.

Knowing that there was a Predator overhead, we had the tools in place for precise targeting. Would any of us really made the call that would have ended our lives? None of know for sure, but we owe it to folks we send downrange to make that call if the situation gets that grim.

The satisfaction with calling to "Burn It Down" is that you have stacked as many as you could, now you plan of taking the rest with you.

Let's not forget, those SEALs ran to the sound of gunfire, because that speaks of the nature of the type of men they were. Damn Few.

As soon as I heard the story of them responding I though of this fine shirt from Ranger Up.

Update: The hits keep coming on this one, but I'll leave this as is, as the point is veterans get bile in their throat thinkng about how they guys were hung out to dry.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Nothing wrong with maintaining Overwatch

This was in response to  Athol's post about "Mate Guarding"

Not suprisingly, back in our day such behavior would not only be 'smackdown" material, but just stupid. Because we have generations of mal-educated and indoctrinated males, there are some core concepts that guys aren't getting from their Dads/Grandads/Uncles. Thus, someone has to speak the obvious.

For a male, this is a thought process that you need to go through if you haven't already - what are you willing to do to protect your wife? If the answer isn't along the lines of "Whatever is needful, including killing if necessary" you either have a UN-acceptable wife, or you have a personal problem.

The willingness to kill if necessary doesn't make you an ogre, but it is something you need to settle in your own mind. The zen-like aspect of this is that once it is settled in your mind, then your demeanor will be aligned with a purposeful choice that has already been made, and in most environments, a look alone is sufficient to send the boy away. In some cases, such as a social event, a few words firmly spoken in a serious and a level tone (e.g. "Go Away" or "Knock it off" ) followed by silence and a stare will get the job done.

For those guys who have undergone training and then stress testing for "The Use of Deadly Force", this will seem blindingly obvious. You are going to escalate based on the perceived threat, but the preference is to avoid combat if possible. In our currently litigious society that is doubly true.

So, if necessary, you choose to calmly move between your wife and the offensive male. Doesn't matter if you are 6 foot or 5'6", fill that space, and you have made a clear statement that requires no words. Maintain eye contact, and wait. 95% of the time they will back down.

To paraphrase an old warrior saying, "Never draw the sword in haste, but having drawn the sword, never sheath the sword without accomplishing it's purpose."

For the ladies out there (esp. the under 40 crowd), if your man has never told you privately that he would kill if necessary to protect you, do both of yourselves a favor and have him read this so he can do the homework. He may be so mal-educated by the culture as to believe that the solution to every problem is to talk about feelings and be respectful of other people's poor behavior.

As to mate guarding, my Lovely Bride has interjected herself into female conversations a few times by sliding under my arm and smiling at the female[s], or coming and leaning up against me while facing outward - one of my favorites. Again, understated, classy, but makes a clear statement. Not to mention it suddenly gets my attention, and the motor immediately starts idling. Makes me wonder what that looks like on my face.

N.B. For guys, if you are in an environment where there is drinking is going on, an extra measure of caution in your escalation, as dulled senses lead to poor impulse control.