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. 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.’ Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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
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.
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
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.
The contrast could not be more stark.
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.
Every 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
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