Happy Fathers Day!

Division of Labor.

I enjoy car trips with my wife. To be candid, she’s good company.  Now, do I wish she would take the wheel once in a while? Of course, I do.  But for the last 30 years, the pay-off has been huge.

We get to the hotel. I unload the car, piling the contents onto the luggage cart. The family helps as much as they can but mostly get in the way.  I push the cart into the lobby.  One of the kids, usually the boy, wants to come with me to park the car.   The wife steps forward to restrain him.  I raise my hand, palm out.  Let him come with me.

The Christensen Men @manningthewall.com

The Christensen Men.  Why must they grow up?

We exit the hotel, leaving the girls to check in.  When we come back to the lobby, usually she has the key-cards in hand.   I take them both, look at the room number and hand her back one of the cards.  Let’s go.

I’m slightly irritated.  It’s been a long drive.  The kids behave pretty well through the hallways and in the lobby.  The boy does have a rambunctious second or two.  She catches the eye of the offending party, ‘not now.’

Nearly There.

We get to the room, and unload the luggage.  I bring the cart back down to the lobby, and come back to the room.

One more chore to perform.  I grab the ice bucket, find the machine – is there even one on this floor?  The hunt is on.  I come back to the room. Success.

The children are occupied in their own corner of the room.  They’ve always travelled well.

She dips a glass into the ice and pops open a can.  She smiles as she hands me a full glass of fizzing soda.  I am somewhat less irritated now.  She pats my side of the bed. On the nightstand is my favorite news magazine, just in case.  couple of peanut butter cups fresh from the ice bag lay next to it.

I will not so much as touch the luggage until it’s time to leave.  She will see to that.  In fact, she already has us halfway unpacked.

“Rest,” it’s both a command and a plea.

I kick off my shoes and lay down.  I gulp down most of the soda.  Maybe I bother with the magazine, maybe I don’t. Maybe I take a bite of the still-cold candy.

I drift off.  She may not think I hear her whisper to the kids, but I do.  It’s the sweetest, most comforting sound imaginable. “Let your father sleep.”

Happy Father’s Day to the men who lay the lumber, change the oil, man the wall, keep the lights on, and the roads clear. Respect.

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ROTC – Taking Their Turn On The Wall…

Cadet Summer Training, the annual capstone event for the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) is the largest training event on the U.S. Army’s calendar.  This year, over 5,000  Millennials will descend on Fort Knox, straining the logistical limits of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, an  organization who’s complexity rivals that of a Fortune 100 company.

A Tradition Of Leadership.

The ROTC officially began with the National Defense Act of 1916.  Civilian universities featured military education programs since the early 19th century.  The National Defense standardized the various programs.

Some of these young people have been in the program for 3 years and are headed for “Advanced Camp.”  This is a course designed with a two-fold approach: First, it prepares Cadets for their senior year as when they will be called upon to lead, mentor, and train the junior Cadets in their respective home battalions.  Second, Advanced Camp serves as a precursor to the Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC).  Newly commissioned Second Lieutenants will attend a BOLC, in order to gain a basic proficiency in their branch specialty.

adet Summer Training @manningthewall.som

Millennials step up. Over 5,000 cadets will attend Summer Training the year.

“Lateral entry” Cadets, on the other hand, are students typically transitioning from their Sophomore to their Junior year and attend “Basic Camp.”  Basic Camp is an initial entry course.  The curriculum focuses on the rudimentary skills taught to recruits but at an accelerated pace.  Basic Camp is often the first exposure to the Army for the overwhelming majority of attendees.

Every single Cadet in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a volunteer, hailing from hundreds of schools spread out over the United States and its territories.  They are a source of pride for their parents, and the recipients of deep and abiding gratitude from their nation.

Diverse Yet United.

The Cadets come from every ethnicity and from all over the socio-economic spectrum.  They are multi-cultural, yet unified by their love of country and a desire to ensure it’s continued liberty.  They are unified by a calling to serve, a calling to Man The Wall.

As George Orwell is credited with saying, “We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”

Millennials come under a lot of scrutiny and criticism – much of it justified, but no more so than previous generations.

Socrates said over 2,500 years ago: “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”

I say, “not so fast.”  Perhaps you’ve lost faith in this generation.  You’ve observed the apparent addiction to the smart phones, and the game consoles.  True, many have extended their adolescence far beyond what is healthy.  If you are truly pessimistic about the future of your nation, take a look at what’s going on at Fort Knox this Summer.

You’ll see 5,000 of our future leaders step up.

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Useful Ramblings

For the past few weeks, I’ve been knee-deep doing my part as a very-functional cog in the machinery of what is billed as the “largest annual training event in the U.S. Army.”  To no one’s surprise, Fort Knox is right where I left it last year.  ROTC Cadet Summer Training doesn’t leave much time to come up for air, but you make time for one’s priorities.

No, my twitter account has not been hacked, but some “Nigerian prince” has been using my profile photo. My thanks to those who alerted me.  I in turn have alerted Twitter, and hopefully that will be enough. Continue reading

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The Zombie Apocalypse And The Walking Dead. What Would It Take To Start Over?

Between Darwin and God, bet on God.

The Zombie Apocalypse – during my 2nd Afghanistan tour, my son introduced his mother to AMC’s The Walking Dead.  Upon my return, I too received an introduction to the program.

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Is Jeanine Pirro Right? Does Paul Ryan Have To Go?

Nothing is so fractious as the right side of the political spectrum in victory.  So, what do you think?  Is Jeanine Pirro right?  Does Paul Ryan have to go and step down as Speaker of the House?   Continue reading

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Equilibrium – Immutable Laws – Part 1

Equilibrium Is Everything.

What is Equilibrium?  It’s more than balance, though balance plays it’s part.  Equilibrium is the law.  It’s the universal distribution of Matter and Energy, bound by the fact that neither can be destroyed, only changed in form.

Meet Auggie.  equilibrium @manningthewall,.comAuggie just got here, and you’ve probably already guessed that he made points just for showing up.  Auggie will exhale about 686,200,000 times over 80 the next years.  That’s a lot of nitrogen and oxygen converted to carbon dioxide.




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If 10% Is Good Enough For The Almighty God…

Alex: Because it’s small enough not to impact one’s life style, yet just big enough for one to miss it.                                                                                                                                 Contestant: Why did God pick 10%?                                                                                           Alex: Correct!

10% for a reason.

The metric of 10% – the tithe – has been around for a while.  Intuitively, we all know it’s the way to go.  It’s time to apply this standard to our secular governments.  And for good reason.  When the leviathan assumes an endless pool of resources from which it can draw, then, it has no incentive to prioritize. Continue reading

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Over The Top And Out Of Their Minds.

April, 46 B.C.

Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis, known to history has Cato The Younger, lay awake in the pre-dawn hours.  The legions of Julius Caesar, flushed with victories over the armies of Pompey, Ptolemy XIII, and Metellus Scipi bore down on the African provincial city of Utica.  The civil war which had torn the Roman Republic apart was rapidly drawing to a close.

Schumer & Cato The Younger @manningthewall.com

The contrast could not be more stark.

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Revisiting The Classics I – Selections From The Colonel’s Library

Every library should have at least some classical literature on the shelves.  Here is a little of what is on mine.

Dracula – Bram Stoker, 1897.

DraculaEvery wish you had enough juice to make your real estate agent pay you a house call?

The original bad boy, if Dracula ever ran into Edward Cullen, he would have cut his head off and emptied his bladder down his neck. Continue reading

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Yes, The “Deep State” Exists, & That’s Unfortunate

Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. This is for good reason. Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do.                   – Eli Lake, Bloomberg News, February 14, 2017.

Self-Perpetuation As The Over-Arching Moral Imperative.

Careerists and appointees left over from the Obama Administration deliberately targeted Mike Flynn for political termination. Continue reading

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