Laudable government servants.
Jet guys used to say that helo pilots performed auto-rotations after a loss of power in order to keep their hands and feet busy while getting ready to die. Because as we all know, idle hands do the devil’s work:
Iran is to dig 320,000 graves in border districts to allow for the burial [...]
The man of the moment that shapes our times, or an ultimately insignificant speed bump standing in the path of an inevitable maelstr??m?
On the fifth anniversary of the start of the war, the progress attributed to the surge included a measurable drop in bombings, sectarian violence, Iraqi civilian deaths and US combat deaths. [...]
I believe I am well within the fairway – in the purely naval sense – to remark that military enthusiasts of General Wesley Clark are notable by their scarcity. Nevertheless, no doubt banking on the fact that the public understands less of how the good general found his way to the top – nor, [...]
A little light reading of a Sunday morn:
The Anglican Church faces what is in effect a schism this weekend after the declaration last night of conservative evangelicals to create a
Up early for no better reason than the sun had come up. Had mad, impetuous notions of working through my email queue, but it was not to be. People write long, thoughtful messages that of a courtesy require long, thoughtful replies. But time is the fire we all burn in, and thought is hard [...]
An actual US congressman says that he’s glad that al Qaeda finally gets a look at the US government official responsible for setting US policy for the interrogation of al Qaeda terrorists.
This is just inexplicably weird. It’s hard to draw any other conclusion than that the congressman hopes that something terrible will [...]
It’s kind of nice being taken for a civilian. There are lunch breaks, out of doors. Away from your actual desk. When you take one, no one stares at you. Because you’re in civilian clothes. Just like everyone else.
I have arrived upon a system: When I wear a shirt for the day’s work, [...]
In naval aviation, there are only two permissible places for a maintenance tool: In a technician’s hand, or in his tool box. There is a tool inventory before each job, and a tool inventory afterwards. If a tool is found missing, the entire squadron is grounded until the tool is found. Because it’s got [...]