Light Blogging

Much to do for the next few days. Be back to normal as soon as.

In the meantime, if you are not familiar with Skippy’s list, here are 213 things Skippy is no longer allowed to do in the ARMY. When you are done with that, here’s some other things submitted by his readers. If you’re a veteran, this is funny stuff, although if you were Skippy’s squad leader, you were probably thinking very unkind thoughts about his antics. In keeping with his request, I’ll only post one short group, you’ll have to hit the links for the rest. He claims these were all things he was genuinely ordered to do (or not do).

32. Not allowed to let sock puppets take command of my post.
33. Not allowed to chew gum at formation, unless I brought enough for everybody.
34. (Next day) Not allowed to chew gum at formation even if I *did* bring enough for everybody.
35. Not allowed to sing “High Speed Dirt” by Megadeth during airborne operations. (“See the earth below/Soon to make a crater/Blue sky, black death, I’m off to meet my maker/”)



Condition White

It’s Marine Week in St. Louis. Lots of displays of weapons and vehicles. Lots of Marines, a couple of which managed to get robbed by two men who approached them on the street. The mayor is asking how it happened.

The answer is simple. The Marines had been drinking. They were not alert. They were not considering the risk. When approached, they were, in short, behind the OODA loop. The police understand this loop. If you stay in front, you control the situation. In this case, the Marines got sized up, attacked, and robbed, and were never really in the fight.

I see it all the time, people on the phone, wearing a headset radio, or just oblivious to their surroundings. The attacker picks his location, stalks his victim, and strikes suddenly. Substitute a couple of criminals and a jogger and this video will explain it. The zebra realizes the danger too late, runs too late, and starts kicking too late.

Thus we live our days in Condition White, which may or may not have anything to do with our danger, since quite frequently we are in deadly danger and do not realize it.
–Col. Jeff Cooper

The N.Y Times Weighs in on the 4th Amendment

The New York Times posts an article about the series of recent court decisions in 4th Amendment cases. It’s not very often I agree with the opinion pages of the Times, but this one is worth reading.

Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the first and most effective weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government. Among deprivations of rights, none is so effective in cowing a population, crushing the spirit of the individual and putting terror in every heart.
–Justice Robert H. Jackson, chief United States prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials

Made in America

There’s a store in Elma, N.Y. called the Made in America Store. It’s a nice idea, they only sell things 100% made in America. It was featured on NPR this week.

My first thought was that when I was a kid, everything was made in America. Now it’s so unusual that there’s a specialty store dedicated to it.

When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results.
–Calvin Coolidge