President Trump, can the US military quit using "joint base" as a designator for military bases?
Consider that the origin of this term was used as a political trick to try to convince the low-information masses that their Government was actually doing something about fraud, waste and abuse of funds by the DOD.
The United States still has 4 armed services, five counting the Coast Guard during wartime. Military traditions are an important part of developing morale and fighting spirit in these armed services, and use of the terms previously associated with defining the purpose of the basing locations of armed services would be an important step in re-establishing the destroyed morale of the past decades.
Several previous Presidents pandered badly to the low-information voters, convincing them that they could forego national security to get more government freebies. This was done to buy votes, and for no other reason.
The Trump Revolution was fought and won by folks who knew that National Security was more important than free telephones, so let's finish the job and restore our national armed services to their rightful place as our national heroes.
Let's get back to calling Army posts Forts or Camps; Air Force Bases by that name, and Navy and Marine Corps installations with the words "Navy" or "Marine Corps" in them.
Two hours' drive North of me lies Fort Lewis, WA, home of the 24 & 25 IDs and named for the great Army engineer Meriwether Lewis, who opened up this territory. Near the Fort is McChord Air Force Base, from which I navigated C-141 heavy jet transports 40 years ago. It still houses and operates strategic airlifters. Return it's designation as well, President Trump.
Yes, this action would be just as symbolic as the trashing of military tradition was when "joint base" came into use, but the restoration of military tradition brings with it restoration of morale and actual military VICTORY.
We all get them, some all the time, some rarely. An earworm is a tune or lyrics that just pops into your head (because you've heard it before), and won't go away, dominates some or all of your conscious mind.
Today, my earworm is "Seven Spanish Angels", which has to be the saddest song ever written.
"She reached down and picked the gun up That lay smokin' in his hand She said, "Father, please forgive me I can't make it without my man" And she knew the gun was empty And she knew she couldn't win But her final prayer was answered When the rifles fired again
Dear readers, it's not that I don't love all four of you, it's that this has been a bad week. Last Sunday, my wife got up to fix herself breakfast, and Houdini the Orange Terror-Cat stayed at her feet, as he usually does. She tripped over him and went down, breaking her hip. She had surgery to install three screws to put the pelvic bone back together, just got out of the hospital yesterday and is in a nearby skilled nursing facility to do rehab. Naturally, this has removed most all of MY spare time, so I have been on Twitter (@straightcase) a bit, but not often. Since I dumped Facebook because of their intrusive ads on my timeline, I have nothing to keep anyone over there (my 189 "friends") happy except this blog and my occasional tweedling.
Your best read is published by the Washington Examiner. It has headlines and in-depth stories regarding military and State Dept issues relating to National Security. Just facts, as little partisan crap as can be put out. It also has a schedule of meetings of NatSec wallahs, so you can get ahead of the twits and Face-mongers.
WARNING: Get off the Freedom Caucus' ass, you idiots! They merely reminded you, with their decision not to support RINOcare, that the Party promised to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Your RINOcare plan was NOT repeal, and your LIE to the party base was noted. Keep lying to us and the GOPe goes away, replaced by a new conservative party. That WILL happen in 2018, not the other way around as today's TrumpTweet suggests.
Nota Bene: EVERY time Mr. Trump opens his yap and brays for the UniParty, he looks less and less like the revolutionary leader we elected. He needs to know that. Here is how to get the message to him: Tweet him back. Your tweet should retweet his, and simply say "No UniParty!" in the body of your message.
On Thursdays, this blog has a Tradition, listing the Thursday Thuds, those items of national interest, the owners of which have tried to make us believe are important, but they attract our attention ONLY by the huge thud-sound they make as they crash. Without further ado, here are the thuds:
Trump thudded: he tweeted this morning: "The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" Of course, the so-called "freedom caucus" is a group of constitutional conservatives in Congress. Trump threatens them and by doing so, marginalized at least 30% of his own base. That's stupid, Mr. Trump. T.H.U.D.
Congress thuds (again): "The "Russia hacked US Elections" bulltwaddle: now Congress puts in an Escape Strategy, telling We The Peeps how it will all wind up: more blather in committee, then some SECRET blather in committee, then we are done. Okay, Congress, WHAT about that process of secrecy will convince any of We The Peeps that any of this actually happened, and who would be at fault for it? Answer is NONE. T.H.U.D.
Fox News thuds (again): Headline: "I.C.E. shames sanctuary cities", followed by a list of places where I.C.E. has issued deportation detainers which have been ignored. The failure here is the whole idea of "shaming". As I understand the PeeCee world, the very idea of using shame to accomplish a goal is supposed to be wrong, wrong, wrong. I.C.E. is not shaming anyone, it is just providing a list of which political jurisdictions ignore the Federal requests for local law enforcement to help them do their job. Fox, you leaned left again and your message is a T.H.U.D.
Trump thuds again: This one is a missed opportunity, but it reveals a bad policy failure in the Trump White House. Trump has taken action to remove the Left's agenda item of restricting the supply of cheap power in the power grid. Doing that gave the Left, or would have given the Left if Hillaroon had been elected, a huge tool of control over the economy. Electric power turns the wheels of the economy. When there isn't enough, parts of the economy must beg for more and kiss Leftie ass to get it. THAT is the most important factor behind ending the War On Coal, but all Trump can blather about is "Holy" Jobs. Look, jobs are an important INDICATOR of the health of our economy, but restoring the FREEDOM in the economy is FAR more important. Tell us that, Mr. Trump, your current Jobs blather falls a little flat, and does so with a T.H.U.D.
Trump thuds again, part trois: Mr. Trump, Obama and Kerry signed some sort of an accord in Paris last year to perpetuate the CLIMATE SCAM. This accord was never presented to the Senate to ratify, so it is NOT a "Treaty", just an Executive Order of Obama. Mr. Trump, RESCIND that turd, and while you're doing that, make it a personal habit whenever you mention Climate to include the word SCAM along with it. If you are pressured to suggest what the POLICY of the USA is towards "Climate Change", simply reply, "It's God's work, our job is to notice it and marvel at how He works" or something like that. Every time the Left mentions Climate (Scam), there is a YUGE opportunity to hammer them with the fraud aspects involved. You aren't doing that, Mr. Trump, so your Policy wonks have made a big T.H.U.D.
Okay then, a Quinella of Thuds, and the majority of them are from Mr. Trump's place. That should tell us all something.
The self-styled "Sanctuary City" mayors and fellow-traveling sycophants had a summit meeting today. They are light on historical perspective. Such a meeting of Mafiosi took place in the '60s, and as a result, many Mafia types were indicted.
Comes now a similar meeting of immigration lawbreakers, and with luck and hard work by Jeff Sessions, the same result will befall them that befell the Mafiosi.
Trump will have a hard time now. NOW the Hard Left's gloves are on the ice but they still have their sticks in hand and sharp skates on.
Trump now writes an order to rescind Obama's coal-killing regs and restore coal-fired power generation to the US grid. This is a big deal in Oregon, where the only coal-fired plant is scheduled to go offline and our power bills are scheduled to skyrocket.
Word is out that this, and now ALL his EOs which seek to overturn the Deep State's commie agenda, will be challenged in court, and since that Court IS the province of the Hard Left, the Deep State will likely succeed at first.
Trump's error was to NOT make replacement of the Assistant US Attorneys his HIGHEST priority.
Trump is going into battle with too few of his troops on the battlefield.
That's a scenario for a lost battle. Get your shit straight, Mr. President.
That experiment was my dalliance with "social media". I don't consider the blogs "social media" because they are too slow for that purpose. I had already gotten off of Twitter, because, well, it got too full of Twits. Not funny, you humorless drones say? Well, I guess you don't tweet then...
I was much more heavily involved in Facebook; it got to where I gave up at least 3 waking hours a day to it. It was the better social medium than Twitter: I could be brief, and usually was, or I could bloviate. It was easy to add pictures. It was easy to get personal: I put probably 50 pictures of my cat on there. I got intensely political, and unlike some of my friends' pages, few trolls wasted their time on mine because I sorted that shit out quickly. This blog and it's 5,800+ comments over 13 years were good training for that.
So, what drove me off Facebook? Easy, I'm intense about my dislike of pushy marketing, and that's what Facebook has become: a medium for Zuckerbugger (did I spell that right?) to turn MY personal Facebook page into HIS billboard. I might even have put up with THAT, except for good measure, Z-buggerer turned my page into a COMMUNIST billboard, putting up ads on it for all sort of lefty-causes. He threw several of my Facebook Friends in "Facebook Jail" (suspended their right to post) for daring to express opinions, WITH PROOF, that the medium's fave leftie causes were illogical crap. Day before yesterday, I spent two hours deleting ads from my News-feed. Now, for the first three years I used this medium, I averaged maybe one ad ON my News-feed per 20 posts I would put up or my friends would put up (not the side-bar ads, they were always there). I could stand that level of annoyance. After yesterday, in which that ratio rose from 1 in 20 to 60 in 100, I pulled the plug.
My first reaction in the post-FB day: what do I do with the extra time I have for myself now!
I have an almost-800-page novel I just finished and edited and it's ready for publication, as soon as I update the Dust-Jacket "teaser" and write a decent Introduction. As soon as I can figure out how to issue a PIN# to readers I have vetted (some chapters will be inappropriate for juveniles), I will start it here by chapters.
The novel is a "Great American Novel" addressing several major societal issues:
It foresees a day when adult pleasures may be peacefully pursued commercially (good part of it takes place at a high-end sex-play resort).
It looks at a major business house and how modern management changes bring that house more business.
It looks at Spirit, and how that individual trait plays out in the modern world.
It looks at the modern Defense of this Nation, featuring the Navy as the main defender in this case.
The novel is set in the Hill Country of TX and in SouthEast Alaska.
The USA fights a limited nuclear war during the span of the novel, and the winning of that war, and reconstitution from it's effects, are discussed in detail.
The novel gets into Native (First Nations) culture, illustrating their better Spirit connections than the overall culture.
The novel is tech-heavy on the subjects of medicine, aviation, naval warfare and to some degree, cyber-warfare.
The novel develops characters intensely, some succeed and some fail.
There are "fanboy fantasies" in the novel, with people you read about.
I have written this novel over the past 8 months or so. It isn't my first, but it will be the first one I've published.
Here's how it will work. I have three blogs on this blog-engine: This one, the main Rivrdog blog, one called Paratus, a prepper blog, and one called Straight_Case, a gun-blog. I will gut out the prepper blog and make it into a subscription-only set-up for publishing the book, so look over Paratus, and see if there's anything you want to save out of that blog. It will be gone in a week or so.
To subscribe, send me an email to email@example.com, and my reply will contain the key to your luxury suite at Mountain View Estate! The email will have a short form of a contract in which you state that you are of the age of majority, and will not divulge, except by personal synopsis, the contents of the novel. Put it in your own words, that's fine, but no cut-and paste. There will be comments, and I will engage with commenters, unless you go all pariah on me, in which case I will reserve the right to end your readership of my novel. BTW, I have written for Literotica, but I won't tell you what name I used there. My work was purged some time back because I quit contributing.
BTW, I started this blog-post on 01-31-17, but for the past two months, I have extended the novel because I want to carry some juvenile characters forward into their adult lives. I extended the main plot-line in that process, and, son-of-a-gun, the USA gets involved in yet another war! More war-stories. Since your blogger-author had a huge supply of these, it's fun putting them together in this novel for you. YOU will have fun deciding which war stories are ME and which are products of my imagination...