Two important observations so far from Mattis’ trip to Iraq…

The first observation: Mad Dog Mattis must be mad as hell for having to humiliate himself by being the face of our national apology for Trump's war-crime declaration that we should have and still just might take Iraq's oil; not to mention the fact that he, Mattis, has to tap dance around the fact that … Continue reading Two important observations so far from Mattis’ trip to Iraq…

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H. R. McMaster, Reporting for Duty, Sir!

Well, since Trump scared away all the qualified civilians who might have been remotely interested in taking over as his new National Security Advisor, he had to put on his Commander-In-Chief cap and order an active duty general officer to take the job. From what I can tell, Lieutenant General McMaster has the intellectual and … Continue reading H. R. McMaster, Reporting for Duty, Sir!

Honor, Courage, and Commitment

Each branch of the military services has its own stated Core Values that each member of that branch is expected to uphold and is held accountable when not upholding them. When I served in the Navy, its Core Values were Honor, Courage, and Commitment. They still are. The Marine Corps falls under the Department of … Continue reading Honor, Courage, and Commitment

Due to the current political climate, I’d like to draw your attention to…

...excerpts of two rather aged yet seemingly, and sadly so, germane posts of mine. They are quite lengthy so to read the full posts, click on the "more" links. **** The first is a political poem I penned long ago:   RISE UP! It’s the bottom of the ninth. We’re down and in desperate need … Continue reading Due to the current political climate, I’d like to draw your attention to…

Another National Security Cabinet Pick…

Another dumb general... I think I may have this figured out... The generals must really be dumb because during the campaign, Trump said something to the effect that he knows more about military stuff than the generals, right? Right. He probably really believes that because, well, he's a lying (even to himself) narcissistic megalomaniac. Right? … Continue reading Another National Security Cabinet Pick…

Oh how stupid are we?!

All throughout the campaign Trump mouthed a populist message and now he is on track to have the wealthiest administration in history. And remember how he blathered on about how much smarter he is than the military's hapless generals? Ha ha - Yup, his top two national security picks - National Security Advisor and the … Continue reading Oh how stupid are we?!

Military Uniforms versus Religious Uniforms

WARNING: This post attempts to make a bit of humor over various religions' garb requirements When I joined the US Navy in 1983, sailors were still allowed to wear beards. However, with the military, prompted by the dictates of its Cold War Warrior Commander-in-Chief and President Ronald Reagan, in a fast-paced process of snapping out … Continue reading Military Uniforms versus Religious Uniforms

From Pioneers To Propaganda

  This is a propaganda video direct from the US Navy's official website. More specifically, it is a two-minute or so inspiring profile piece of a female Hull Technician, a rating traditionally reserved for and assigned to male sailors, found on a page from the Navy's official website dedicated solely to the recruitment of women. … Continue reading From Pioneers To Propaganda

Did you ever think it would really happen?

You know, I did. I really did. I had always believed that eventually the US Congress would open up all combat-related assignments to females. But I didn't really think it would happen this soon... And it was never within the realm of my imagination that it and the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell could … Continue reading Did you ever think it would really happen?

In Honor of All who Serve in Defense of Freedom & Liberty

On Sunday, the fam and I visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It's a beautiful place. Spiritual. Haunting. Usually when we go there it's almost always on a whim, a spur of the moment thing. As if its spirit overcomes us and compels us to visit. But on Sunday, we wanted to go knowing that Veteran's Day was … Continue reading In Honor of All who Serve in Defense of Freedom & Liberty

PTSD

These moving images were selected from the results of a search I did on the term "PTSD" through foter. Attributes and rights can be found in lower right corner of each image. Peace be to the sufferers and those who care for them.   Truthout.org / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA Truthout.org / Foter / CC … Continue reading PTSD

Heroes of Dystopia – A Serial Saga

It's been over a year since I released my first novel The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor and I am excited to be able to finally announce my new project -- Heroes of Dystopia - A Serial Saga. There are many reasons I am excited about this project. For one, it is an opportunity … Continue reading Heroes of Dystopia – A Serial Saga

The Disposition Matrix

From the Washington Post National Security lead story Plan for hunting terrorists signals U.S. intends to keep adding names to kill lists. If something such as a Kill List wasn't creepy sounding enough for you, how about a Disposition Matrix? I expect we will be hearing this term repeatedly for a long time to come.

Insurance Insures Ensures My Frustration

Back in February of this year, I posted the following gripe to my personal facebook page (as opposed to my public facebook page): I am fortunate to have a rather decent long-term disability policy with Mutual of Omaha, which I, thankfully, purchased through my former employer prior to the diagnosis of my cancer. One of … Continue reading Insurance Insures Ensures My Frustration

History As Our Guide?

It is my assumption that most of us are probably more familiar with World War II history than the histories of most other wars. As most historians don't consider something as history unless we are at least fifty years or so removed from the event, I am not considering the world's most recent wars when … Continue reading History As Our Guide?

In Honor of the End of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy

An offering from POEMS FROM THE RIVER, a collection of my poetry that will soon be released. I would like to congratulate and thank all who courageously sacrificed their identities, and in some cases, their lives, in order to proudly and honorably serve their nation while Don't Ask Don't Tell was national policy.

September 20, 2011

Regardless of whether my novel is actually published on September 20, 2011, or not, the date will always be special to me since it was DADT, or more specifically, since it was all the harassment and abuse and even murder that was inflicted on so many service members because of DADT, that served as the impetus for why I wrote the novel to begin with.