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  • Kurt Brindley 4:07 pm on March 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: contingency plans, coups, , , , , McCarthyism, military, military coups, ,   

    When the Monster is in Steady Pursuit… 

    At least we know where it is…

    Is anyone else beginning to get a little freaked out by Trump’s twitter discipline lately?

    I wonder if word got to him that the military is “secretly” planning to take over the government, you know… just in case so he decided he had better play the presidential part as written for a while.

    Spooky…

    But think about it – surely there has to have been at least a tiny bit of discussion about “contingency plans” by the military’s top brass for if/when Trump finally self-implodes himself all over everyone.

    Anyway…

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:46 am on February 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Iraqi Oil, , Mad Dog Mattis, military, military humor, , national apologies, Travel Ban, , war crimes   

    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 he, Trump, is still hell-bent on keeping every damn one of them, Iraqis, the hell outta our country, regardless whether they fought side by side our soldiers or not (just them, not their oil).

    The second observation:

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    • cindy knoke 1:23 am on February 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So we all are forced to scramble down the rabbit hole because the us has too much power and has now irretrievably lost it.
      This is a pathetic state of affairs.
      What if we actually can’t resist him?
      Then, what should we do?

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:01 am on February 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t blame him any longer really. He can’t help but be the megalomaniac narcissistic autocrat-wanna-be who he is. I blame the nearly half of us who fervently and freakishly, not just support him now, but now seem to yearn for him to assume absolute power.

        The real test will come during the next election. We have four years to ponder and prepare.

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    • quillella 4:54 pm on February 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t believe this level of racism is prevalent, let alone allowed at such a high level…Zero sympathy for Mad Dog. As per usual,your post is hilarious. Hair= better salutes: confirmed.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:36 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        It’s a mad, mad, mad … mad and sad world we’re now spinning around madly on… :/

        Which is why I’m happy you found some humor in the post. Thanks for taking the time to let me know, quillalla. :)

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        • quillella 12:47 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          For a second, I thought you were quoting Alice in Wonderland :P It was a real pleasure reading your blog, I should be the one thanking you!

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          • Kurt Brindley 12:49 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            Actually, I was stealing the mad from this:

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            • Kurt Brindley 12:51 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink

              And the sad comes from this:

              Thanks so much for your kind, encouraging words. :)

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            • quillella 12:58 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink

              OMG THAT TRAILER IS HILARIOUS! Gosh, I need to watch more old movies. I loved Twelve Angry Men and Some Like it Hot…do you have any favourites?

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            • Kurt Brindley 3:08 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink

              So many but if you like 12AM then you should like To Kill a Mockingbird and A Streetcar Named Desire in the serious literary adaptions. Catch-22 (a Heller adaption); Dr. Strangelove/Clockwork Orange – Kubric, of course… and on and on…

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            • quillella 7:52 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink

              I’ve never seen the Clockwork Orange, but I’ve heard good things…very comprehensive list of favourites :P

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  • Kurt Brindley 6:46 pm on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Dereliction of Duty, , H. R. McMaster, , , military, , , , , truth to power, Vietnam War   

    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 national security chops to manage the security needs of job, as well as the [feisty] character and courage to manage the narcissism and egos of Trump and Bannon.

    I just hope he has the heart for it…

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  • Kurt Brindley 8:55 am on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Core Values, , , , , John Kelly, Marine Corps, military, , , , ,   

    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 the Navy (but I would not recommend telling a Marine that s/he is in the Navy – it might not end well for you if you did); therefore, Marines have the same Core Values as Sailors.

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  • Kurt Brindley 9:23 pm on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: apologists, , election, , military, , , , Russian apologists, , unclassified   

    Putin’s Puppets 

    puppet

    Yet another song for the #Putin apologists to tap dance to…

    If you have to wonder if it’s you I’m calling an apologist for defending Putin and his attacks on our sovereignty to better enable Trump to continue to deny any claim that his Russian puppet master hacked the election, then the answer is yes.

    #whysodumamurica

     
  • Kurt Brindley 1:01 pm on December 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , ideals, military, , politica satire, political poetry, , ,   

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

    usefule-idiots

    …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.

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    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 of a two-out rally.

    So what are we waiting for? Should we go
    for the win and swing for the fence?

    Or should we just drop our bats,
    grab our crotches,
    and wait?

    Just wait for someone else to come along and bat clean up?

    Just wait for them to come along and clean up all of the shit
    our silence has created?

    Should we wait?
    Just wait for the president and the congress and the
    governors and every other sleazy politician to knock
    the dirt out of their spikes and lead the rally?

    Or should we, instead, wait for Wall Street and the
    chambers of commerce and the boards of directors
    and the unions and even the goddamn Junior Achievers
    to… more

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    The second is a satirical attempt at humor by poking fun at the U.S. military and the American way.
     

    IN DEFENSE OF THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE

    It always struck me as completely ironic (and if I think about it too hard it verges on the sardonically so) how so many Americans join the military to defend the American “Way of Life,” and, as a reward for their patriotism and service, they are provided for by the American government and funded by the American tax payer with a “way of life” that is so completely different and diametrically opposed to the “Way of Life” they gave up to defend.

    Once someone joins the military, their new “way of life” becomes part of one of the most successfully socialist ways of life that has ever existed on this irrational planet of ours…more

    [NOTE: this article was written when I was thick into my GVHD issues and strung out on prednisone and dealing with steroid psychosis. While it rambles greatly, I think there still are some relevant points to be found somewhere within. Maybe?]

     
  • Kurt Brindley 11:24 am on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , military, , , self-actualizing   

    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?

    Right.

    And, in order for a lying narcissistic megalomaniac to fully self-actualize, he must have a horde of sychophants licking at his heels and telling him how beautiful and brilliant he is on a regular basis. Right?

    Right.

    So, since he believes “there is no one bigger or better at the military than [he is],” of course he is going to have a bunch of dumb generals around him to make him feel smart, thereby validating his belief that he is smart, thereby allowing him to fully self-actualize. Right?

    Right?!
     
    #blametrump
    #whysodumbamurica

     
  • Kurt Brindley 4:43 pm on December 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , flag officers, , military, , , , stupidity   

    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 Secretary of Defense – are generals; one of whom, James Mattis, the Secretary of Defense to be, will require a special Congressional wink and a nod to get through the process because it’s against the law for retired military flag officers to be the Secretary of Defense within seven years of retirement. Mattis has only been retired for four years. Kind of defeats the purpose of having civilian oversight of our military, no?

    #whysodumbamurica

     
    • http://theenglishprofessoratlarge.com 4:47 pm on December 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      When is he going to start to study how our government works?

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    • ksbeth 4:59 pm on December 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Absolutely

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    • renemiller012058 10:58 pm on December 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Trump is in for a rude awakening one day but the problem is that he is so used to having his way that I am afraid when he doesn’t get it this time, we as American’s will be on the other end of his stick!

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    • Mellow Curmudgeon 4:31 pm on December 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What I have heard about Flynn indicates that he is the last person who should be giving security advice to somebody already inclined to Manichean attitudes. Mattis seems to be a gruff but competent general, the only DT choice so far who might possibly be appropriate for the chosen job. Will Congress have a thoughtful debate on whether to waive the 7 yr rule in this case? Nah. Asking whether Congress will have a thoughtful debate is like asking whether pigs will fly.

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:40 pm on March 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beards, goofy religious hats, , military, military standards, Pope Francis I, , religious freedom, religious humor, , Sikh, standards, , uniforms   

    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 of its ragtag and drug-laden Vietnam War Police Conflict low-standards hangover, the navy outlawed full beards in 1984.

    After which, many o’ Old Salts requested to Go Ashore permanently, as they would rather quit or retire from service than retire their beards.

    I was just a young “Boot Camp” of a wog at the time who could barely grow even a little patch of peach fuzz let alone a full beard, but I still remember how passionate my Senior Chief was about keeping his beard.

    And this passion of his and other bearded Old Salts like him was stirred simply over a style choice and tradition, so I can only imagine how one must feel about the importance of keeping one’s beard as a religious requirement, which is exactly the passion three enlisted servicemembers who are of the Sikh religion must be feeling right now as they petition the military for exemptions to be allowed to wear their religion-required beards and turbans.

     

    If I remember correctly, I believe the primary reason the Navy gave for no longer allowing full beards was that they did not allow for the proper donning of gas masks, which created a health and military readiness risk. Another, and probably a more driving reason, was that beards did not allow for the professional military appearance that the Top Brass was striving for.

    My position on this has evolved over the years, as it has on many social issues.

    Now I’m like, meh… the military makes many exceptions for many situations so why not these?

    For example, many servicemembers are allowed to wear beards under a doctor’s order. This is common when, typically a male, is prone to get in-grown hairs from having to shave his face so often.

    And as for turbans and other religious requirements…

    Now, I’ll admit, all the various grooming and wardrobe requirements that all our various religions place upon us is, in my opinion…

    Stoopid.

    I mean, c’mon. All the goofy hats the Pope wears (hence the sarcastic saying in response to a obvious/stoopid question: Does the Pope wear a goofy hat?) is enough to outfit a circus show, not to mention all the goofy hats all the other religious leaders and religious wannabes insist on wearing.

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    Obviously I’m a bit skeptical about any religion that requires one to dress a certain way in order worship its god, so obviously I sympathize with the military and its position of restraint when allowing exemptions for, what I’m sure are way too many, all of the various religions’ various garb requirements and impositions.

    Besides, the military, and especially the navy, is doing just fine with all its goofy hat requirements, as is evidenced by the hat that young “Boot Camp” of a wog who can barely grow even a patch of peach fuzz for a beard is wearing in that ancient picture on found on the sidebar…

    However, as our nation is, and is quickly becoming much more, diverse, I can foresee it becoming harder and harder for the military to not allow for more and more exemptions in the future.

    Besides, doesn’t this Royal Air Force officer look striking and professional in his militarily accommodating military garb?


     

    HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?

     
     

     
    • Satin Sheet Diva 1:27 pm on March 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Mixed feelings here – on the one hand, freedom to follow one’s religious dictates…I get it. Cool. Freedom to be me and all that. By that same token, you knew what the dress code was before you decided to join the military so why are you asking for an exception now?

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:22 pm on March 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yours is probably the typical servicemember’s thought on the issue, as well. Although, we know that some rules and laws deserve to be broken/changed and the military has often been in the forefront of doing so: racial integration; ending DADT, now women authorized in all combat roles.

        It’s funny, we join the military to protect our “American Way” of life, yet , when we do, we lose many of the freedoms we wish to protect.

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    • wscottling 3:40 pm on March 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I remember that great debate, being a Navy Brat who was just old enough to be dating the squiddly diddlies of base. OMG! it got people hot under the collar. I had a friend who did get a doctor’s order to keep his beard because he would get all kinds of ingrown hairs whenever he shaved. Other than that, not being in the Navy myself, nor having to shave my face… it didn’t affect me much. ^_^

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    • pranabaxom 4:09 pm on March 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Good topic for debate. Conformity and the freedom not to Conform. What happens next, skull caps and hijabs:l? Where will it stop, if ever it stops?

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    • maggie0019 5:30 pm on March 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Being a former “ol salt” myself, I have to chime in that when one joins the military, they agree to BE uniform, not just IN uniform. We (military people) give up some of our rights to protect others. We know it going in.

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    • Girl in the World 11:07 am on April 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Our “Garb” has always indicated status and position, allegiance or tribe since we began walking upright. Maybe a day will come when these superfluous accouterments are no longer needed.
      Until then, religion isn’t legitimate unless a silly hat is worn.

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    • Richard Beattie 3:47 pm on July 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for using my image of the Sikh RAF Officer. He was and is ultimately professional.

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:13 pm on March 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: combat duty, , , , , , military, , , , , , ,   

    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.

    Now, the word “propaganda” typically comes with negative connotations… at least to me it does.

    However, in this case, I regard it as very positive development, for it was not that long ago that you would have been hard-pressed to find a female “HT” in the US Navy.

    And, happily (seeing how I am a recruiter for my film and not for the navy (though I strongly encourage every American to consider serving their country militarily)), it just so happens that the protagonist and his small division of men of the Nineties-era short film I am seeking your support for are also Hull Technicians.

    Pretty coincidentally cool, huh…

    And it is they, these male HT characters of mine, who, through their dialogue and actions — as harassing and as hazing as they may be — show us how I suspect  know many real-life male sailors would have  felt and reacted at the time about the recent arrival of the first-ever female sailors to their warship.

    I only hope that the first-ever female sailors and other female service members who are right now getting ready to report to combat-related duty assignments, assignments on the front lines and maybe even hidden behind the lines, assignments that until very recently were solidly and stolidly forbidden to females, receive a less harassing and more welcoming environment than the females in the film.

    Please consider supporting me in the making of my short film LEAVE; for I truly believe, with your support the film can provide much needed awareness to present-day realities in an artistic, entertaining, and meaningful way.

    Thank you for your support!

     

    For a list of Donation Reward Packages, please click here.

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 6:21 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , information technology, inventors, military, , , , , , Women Heroes, ,   

    ADMIRAL GRACE HOPPER – A Genius, A Hero, A Shipmate 

    It’s Easier To Ask Forgiveness Than It Is To Get Permission
    and other interesting wit and wisdom attributed to the Admiral

     

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:04 pm on March 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: combat, , , , , G. I. Jane, , , military, , , women's equality, ,   

    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 have happened in the matter of one presidency.

    Damn… I sure am going to miss President Obama.
     


     

    G.I. JANE was released in 1997.

    Our short film LEAVE is set in 1995, when Congress first opened up some combat-related assignments to females, including assignments to warships, and it is about one warship’s all-male crew’s reaction to the arrival of its first female sailors.

    I’m sure you can just imagine exactly what their reaction will be…

    Hopefully the brave service women now accepting the first combat and special warfare assignments will receive a much better reaction and reception…

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 3:07 pm on December 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #beatarmy, #gonavy, , Army Navy Game, , military, , , , teamwork, traditions,   

    #GONAVY #BEATARMY 

    Kurt & The Sailor

    #anchorsaweighbaby
    #herecomes#14
    #oneteamonefight
    #peacethroughsuperiorfirepower

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:10 am on November 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Australia, , , , , , , military, , Remembrance Day, , Veteran's Day,   

    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 forthcoming.

    And we wanted to put ourselves in the presence of the most honorable of veterans.

    True heroes fighting for the truest of causes.

    But we also went knowing that it wasn’t just a reflection for today, the day my country honors all who serve and have served in defense of Freedom & Liberty.

    We went knowing that Sunday was Remembrance Day. A day which our good friends in the United Kingdom reserve for reflecting on the sacrifices of their heroes.

    During my years of service, I was fortunate enough, honored, to be able to serve closely with many fine soldiers and sailors, veterans in defense of Freedom & Liberty, from the United Kingdom. I made many good friends.

    I also served closely with those from Canada, Australia, Japan, and other countries. I made many more good friends.

    I am a lucky old sailor who is honored to have served with such honorable men and women from all over this fine yet feisty planet of ours…

    It’s not much, but to honor all veterans around the globe who serve in defense of Freedom & Liberty, I offer my novel THE SEA TRIALS OF AN UNFORTUNATE SAILOR and LEAVE: A SHORT STORY to all for free. The novel will be available for free until Midnight tonight (PST) and the short story will be available until Midnight tomorrow night (PST).

    Those in the United States can get their copies here

    All others around the world can get theirs here

    And you can always find a free selection of stories right here

    PEACE …through superior fire power

     
  • Kurt Brindley 11:02 pm on October 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , assaut victims, , , , military, mixed media, , , ,   

    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.


     

    The Intensity of PTSD
    Truthout.org / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA
    PTSD Nation
    Truthout.org / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA
    PTSD
    Soaptree / Foter / CC BY
    Reeve041476
    otisarchives4 / Foter / CC BY
    Helplessness
    Dr.S.Ali Wasif / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND
    Inner Anguish!
    Dr.S.Ali Wasif / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND
    Loneliness
    Dr.S.Ali Wasif / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND
     
    • raulconde001 11:53 pm on October 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting images!

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    • irenedesign2011 12:24 am on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Very describing art as looks like PTSD, which is not nice to live with.
      Could it be possible for you to use a bigger font? Even with reading glasses I find it difficult to read.

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 12:28 am on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry about the font. If you press the Ctrl key and the + (plus) key several times, you can increase the size of what you’re viewing on the screen. Use the Ctrl and – (minus) key to decrease the size.

        I hope this help.

        I really appreciate you visiting, irenedesign2011.

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        • irenedesign2011 12:32 am on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          I use my tablet here in the morning, and I have ordered a big font, but still found it difficult to read. I don’t have a scroll bottom here.
          Thanks for your help for PC.
          Irene

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          • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 12:39 am on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            Oh, I see. I’m using the fonts that come with the theme I’m using. Occasionally, though, I do use code to make the font smaller when I don’t want too much attention drawn to the text. Sorry about that.

            I’m surprised that there isn’t a way to increase the viewing size for your tablet. I’ve never had one so I’m not familiar with their ins and out…

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    • Robert Jepson 9:06 am on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Very moving images Kurt. The central character in my first novel suffers from PTSD so I researched the subject in depth. The images portray the condition so well.

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 9:51 am on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, they move me as well. I’m glad you’ve brought your creative power to bear upon and highlight this important issue, Robert. Good luck with your work. Thank you for visiting.

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  • Kurt Brindley 7:54 pm on October 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , military, , , , , , writing project   

    Heroes of Dystopia – A Serial Saga 

    Hercules Gone Mad

    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 to for me to explore political, societal, technological, war, mental, and many other issues important to me in a serious and, hopefully, an interesting way.

    I am also pleased to be releasing it as a serialized saga, which means that the saga will be realized as a series of books, and each book will be released as a series of parts. Writing a serialized saga enables me to think long term and in strategic ways, while also being able to stay tactical and keep the writing fresh and, again, hopefully, moving quickly along.

    The first book in the saga is Hercules Gone Mad. The first part of the book, Rebels for Love, will be available soon. Meanwhile, you can read an excerpt of it here.

    If you have any feedback, and I hope you do, let me know about by leaving me a comment here or on my facebook page.

     
  • Kurt Brindley 11:40 am on October 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anwar Al-alaqi, , , disposition matrix, , , , kill list, military, , , security, , Washington Post, Yemen   

    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.

     
  • Kurt Brindley 10:36 am on August 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , disability insurance, , , , , health insurance, , Medicare, military, Mutual of Omaha, scams, Social Security, Tricare, US Family Health Plan   

    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 my frustrations (of several) with the policy is, though, that Mutual of Omaha required/forced me to apply for federal Social Security disability compensation at the onset of my claim. Once approved, Mutual of Omaha then began deducting the amount the federal government pays me from what they pay me.

    That seems like such a scam to me; however, from what I have been able to find out, it appears to be a legitimate scam.

    Legitimate does not always equate to being right.

    Regardless, since the American federal tax payer is providing nearly 33% of my disability compensation, I suppose it is incumbent upon me to say thank you to them for their support.

    Thank you, American federal tax payer.

    I would like to add an update to that gripe:

    Back in May of this year I found out that, because I had been collecting Social Security disability payments for two years (which I was forced to apply for—see above), I would now be forced to apply for Medicare health insurance. Well, technically, I wasn’t forced to apply for the government-sponsored program, however, if I had chosen not to, I would have been dis-enrolled from my primary insurance program, Tricare, which is administered by the US Family Health Plan.

    So, of course I applied for Medicare.

    The fun part is, not only do I have to pay an additional $100.00 a month (well, technically I am not paying out the funds; they are automatically deducted from my monthly Social Security Disability payments—six in one, glass half empty in the other) for the government program on top of the premiums I still have to pay for Tricare, I am not allowed to use the government benefits which I am forced to purchase.

    Ah yes. I must always remember…pain is just a loving reminder that I’m still alive.

    Consider Yourself Warned!

    Okay, I’ll admit—maybe Medicare will come in handy some day as a backup for Tricare.

    But still…it’s all a little too hokie and borderline scam for my taste…

     
    • Kurt 11:44 am on August 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      A response of mine to a facebook comment:

      Compared to those many who only have Social Security and Medicare to rely upon, I am fortunate to have, all in all, pretty good private disability and health insurance. I just despise how both the private insurer and the government force me into the government programs, which, how I see it, forces me into unnecessary additional expenses for unnecessary additional coverage. In the end though, again compared to those without private coverage, I guess I have to concede it’s a good problem to have. Blah…

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:26 pm on July 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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 I make this assumption.

    Consequently, I have been doing a little research to brush up on my World War I history. I was fortunate to find a wonderfully produced ten-part documentary on youtube fittingly entitled “The First World War.”

    What I relearned from my research, and I know that this is not a new revelation by any stretch of the imagination, is that we as humans were utterly brutal and merciless during the twentieth century. It’s unfathomable to me how many millions were killed during World War I. And to top it all off, just as the war ended, the Spanish Flu pandemic infected the globe and killed another twenty million or so people.

    Unimaginable.

    You’re probably familiar with the saying “misery loves company.” Well, we at least can find some solace for what seems like our present day madness of global wars and revolutions and piracy and economic depressions and disregard for human rights by looking back through history and finding just about any point in time when it was much, much worse.

     
  • Kurt Brindley 1:04 am on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

    ~~~~

    We War

    War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
    The decayed and degraded state
    of moral and patriotic feeling
    which thinks that nothing is worth war
    is much worse.

    The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight,
    nothing which is more important than his own personal safety,
    is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free
    unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

    ~ John Stuart Mills

    We war, don’t we
    We warriors
    We worriers for the world

    You, Red Death Warrior
    You mobilized
    You sanitized
    Purified to perform ancient rights of battles
    And to stake patriot claims of fragile freedom
    In hearts alien, hearts eternal,
    Hearts ignorant of all you know

    You know
    You know

    You know, noble warrior,
    While you wander through the heaven of Hell
    Raking the shit scattered pieces
    Of bitter and broken promises
    Into neat, heaping piles made ready
    For the devil’s dusty full bin,
    I, Warrior of The Forgotten Peace
    Arming my chair of flaccid command
    Long for the glory fight that I never had
    The fight I will never know
    The fight you will never forget

    You know
    You know

    ~~~~

    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.

     
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