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Another Mandatory Navy Training Opportunity?

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In the form of “healthy masculinities”.  Taught by the Vanderbilt University Women’s Center, naturally.

One has to wonder how many times Ray Mabus and RDML Micro-Aggression USCG sat through this training.  One too many, it would seem.

Can one presume that crying, not having sex or playing sports, majoring in Women’s Studies, and acting like a p*ssy is “healthy masculinity”?

And you have to love the dropping of the veil with the word “policing”.   Sort of an East German STASI ring to it, don’tcha think?  Because it is all about controlling others.

Woe betide our society when the ideal male is Pajama Boy, and the ideal female is Rosie O’Donnell.

H/T mrctv.com

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*SNORT!*

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Gotta love junior Marines.  Positively brilliant sarcasm.  And they miss NOTHING.

I wish I could find one of the green skivvie shirts they were peddling in Ramadi.

Ramadi Spring Break 2004

“Ain’t no party like a workin’ party!”

H/T to YEMX.ORG via D James

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The Chinese Economic Collapse

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It is bad, far worse than is thought.  As is the case in totalitarian governments when economic conditions turn hard down, the scapegoats are to be found within and without.  Finding domestic entities and individuals to blame for a market collapse is bad enough.  The blaming of foreigners has resonated thunderously across the world markets.

In a worrying signal for global investors with a presence in China, some officials have argued strongly for a crackdown on “foreign forces”, which they say have intentionally unsettled the market.

“If our own people have collaborated with foreign forces to attack the soft underbelly of the market and bet against the government’s stabilisation measures then they should be suspected of harming national financial security and we must take resolute measures to subdue them,” said an editorial in the state-controlled Securities Daily newspaper last week.

One Hong Kong-based hedge fund manager, who asked not to be named, said: “Global investors are listening to the language of retribution and watching this witch-hunt going on, and they are trying to understand what this means for them.”

Any serious attempt by China, or the Chinese Communist Party (because they are, after all, one in the same), to punish foreign investors for their economic troubles will lead to an immediate exodus of foreign capital.  Companies and funds with Chinese equities will divest in a flash, as once-trusted Chinese government policies will look more like Venezuela than the United States.  When that happens, the bottom is likely to fall out entirely.   Such would be remarkable in itself, as China is a very large economy on the world stage.  But there is the added and unpredictable factor.  The Chinese Communist Party has for three decades or more tied its legitimacy to economic prosperity.  Should that prosperity evaporate, as is seemingly very possible, the Party may be in a struggle for its very existence.  And when a long-entrenched ruling caste struggles for existence, it becomes increasingly desperate.  Which often causes that caste to look externally to agitate against foreign governments and push patriotism as their means of holding onto the levers of power.  South China Sea, anyone?  Korea, perhaps?

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Roanoke Gunman: “Professional Victim”

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The AP tells us how the black gay man who murdered two innocent white people (while filming the barbaric act) is the very incarnation of the grievance society so carefully crafted by Secular Progressives and leveraged by black and gay activitsts everywhere.  In this new world of perceived slights and “micro-aggressions”, a world in which any remark or comment or expressed opinion/view can be twisted and construed to become racist or sexist or homophobic or islamophobic, we have Vester Flanagan.

Dan Dennison described Flanagan, who shot and killed a reporter and a cameraman on live television Wednesday, as a “professional victim” during his time at the station before being fired in 2013.

He was victimized by everything and everyone and could never quite grasp the fact that he was the common denominator in all of these really sometimes serious interpersonal conflicts that he had with people,” Dennison said.

Flanagan, 41, interpreted efforts by the station to improve his performance and persuade him to work more cooperatively with colleagues as discrimination, said Dennison…

A gay black man has no requirement or incentive to grasp that he is the common denominator, because he has any number of avenues open to protest to people who will take up his cause, with a legion of pro bono legal assistance, ready to demonize anyone who might be merely accused of slighting their special snowflake client.  LGBT activism such as those who led the charge for the lesbian couple who sued over a wedding cake, along with black agitators like Sharpton and Holder and Obama, have all but given the green light for this kind of self-pity and rationalization for violence against those they believe aggrieved them.  Ask yourself how a straight white guy would have fared on the ol’ employment references with this work history:

Flanagan’s hair-trigger temper became evident at least 15 years ago at WTWC-TV in Tallahassee, Florida, said Don Shafer, who hired him there in 1999. Shafer recalled Flanagan as a good reporter and a “clever, funny guy” — but said he also had conflicts with co-workers “to the point where he was threatening people.”

“Had some physical confrontations with a couple of people, and at one point became such a distraction that we finally had to terminate him,” said Shafer, now news director with XETV in San Diego.

Others who ran across Flanagan after he lost his job at WDBJ described a man increasingly irked by slights more often imagined than real.

A former co-worker at a UnitedHealthcare call center where Flanagan worked until late 2014 said he tried to grab her shoulder and told her never to speak to him again after she offhandedly said he was unusually quiet.

Even with all that in his past employment, he got enough positive references to be hired by WDBJ in Roanoke, any push for “diversity” by the station (he was, after all, a “two-fer”) notwithstanding.  What is the result of a lifetime of this enabled victimhood and grievance mongering?  Not surprisingly, it is a belief that, despite the cold-blooded murder of two innocent people, Flanagan felt himself justified.  Black rage and gay rage rolled into one.

We are to blame for Vester Flanagan’s murderous rampage. We racists and homophobes.  Oh, and guns are to blame, too.  The solution, according to Hillary and the far-left, is gun control.  Was there ever a doubt?

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What Might Have Been: Former NBA Center Darryl Dawkins, Dead at 58

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Sad news out of Philadelphia.  Former Sixer Darryl Dawkins has passed away at the age of 58.

He had a lot of nicknames, Chocolate Thunder, Double D, and Baby Bull among them.  He was the first player to be drafted into the NBA out of High School in 1975, by the then-woeful Philadelphia 76ers.  He was known for his thunderous dunks and somewhat flaky personality.  He is, in fact, best known for smashing backboards and his legacy is the adoption of the collapsible rim.  He was a giant man-child, already six-foot-eleven and 252 pounds as an 18 year old, one who possessed breathtaking physical gifts.  He was, for his size, incredibly agile.  He could jump through the roof, was immensely strong and lightning-quick, and had an exceptionally soft shooting touch.

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For all that, Darryl Dawkins remained one of the great stories of unfulfilled potential in professional sports.  Like so many who followed him, he could have been so much better than he was.  Despite his ample gifts, he never worked terribly hard to get better.   With all the tools to be a superior defender and rebounder, he was decidedly mediocre at both.  Dawkins never grabbed 20 rebounds in a game, nor 700 in a season.  He was foul-prone on defense, and turned the ball over with alarming frequency on offense.  Also, Dawkins never developed an inside game, preferring (when not dunking) to shoot fall-away jump shots even against smaller opponents. (Even with that, he had an exceptional .572 career shooting percentage.)   Against less gifted but harder-working centers, he was routinely bettered, especially in big games.  So much so that Philadelphia dealt him in 1982 and acquired Moses Malone to play the center position.  Malone, smaller and lighter than Dawkins, lacked Dawk’s gifts, but was a legendary worker and tenacious rebounder.  With Malone in place of Dawkins, Philadelphia won a championship in 1983.

Dawkins’ lack of physical conditioning caught up with him, as well.  Injuries shortened his seasons, and dampened his talent.  After two decent campaigns with the New Jersey Nets, Dawkins was all but finished at 29.  He would play parts of three more seasons, finishing his career on the bench with the Pistons.  His career averages of 12.0 points and just 6.1 rebounds belied a superior, if untapped, talent.  After one series where Dawkins had played poorly against the Celtics, Boston Globe reporter Bob Ryan called Dawkins “the greatest waste of space since Greenland”.  And he had a point.  Had Dawkins gotten a couple of years with a tough college coach to teach him the fundamentals, and instill a work ethic to harness his talents, he might have been a truly great player.  But alas.

This much is true, though.  Darryl Dawkins understood that basketball was largely entertainment.  He had fun, engaged the fans, and was, by all accounts, one of the nicest guys in the league.  He was never in trouble with the law, or for doing something cruel and asinine, like so many of today’s athletes.  And he is gone too early.  Which is a real shame.   He will, in his odd way, be recalled fondly, and will be missed by those who remember him.

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Once Again, the Duffel Blog Nails It

Pure genius.

Pentagon Angered At Speed Of French Military Awards System

WASHINGTON, D.C. — American military officials are reportedly shocked at the speed at which France was able to approve of their nation’s highest award which was presented to American Airman Spencer Stone, Spc. Alek Skarlatos, and some random civilians who participated in the righteous beating of a terrorist last week in Paris.

“This was easy when we originally thought it was Marines,” said Sergeant Maj. of the Marine Corps Ronald Green. “I had their charge sheets all written up and was ready to read them their Article 31 rights over the phone, but man, what a letdown.”

Other senior members of the armed forces are grappling with how to deal with this blatant breach in the American military tradition of foot dragging and outright dismissal of awards for junior enlisted personnel.

“There’s no way Airman Spencer rates an actual Legion d’Honneur,” said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody. “We’ll probably just submit it as a Letter of Appreciation in his record book. It’s not like it will get him any points for promotion anyway.”

Shortly after Cody’s remarks, it was announced Airman Spencer would be nominated for the Air Force’s high non-combat award for being wounded while engaging in hand-to-hand combat with a fully armed enemy.

Major Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, the Adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard, agrees.

“Spc. Skarlatos hasn’t even earned an ARCOM yet,” said Hokanson. “How in the world can we justify this medal? Besides, I don’t have one.”

Hokanson further pointed out that Skarlatos hadn’t re-certified on the online Level 1 Antiterrorism Awareness module so he couldn’t possibly rate a medal for actually fighting terrorism.

Some senior officials speculate the French didn’t bother to hold an awards board, where in American tradition, awards are sent back to be rewritten multiple times until the originator quits trying in frustration. In other cases the submission is downgraded to a certificate of commendation so junior service members do not earn an award greater than any officers they are subordinate to.

“Rank has nothing to do with the military awards process,” said Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark Milley. “Except that it does.”

Senior enlisted from both services are salivating in anticipation of forcing both servicemen to verbally provide the guidance allowing them to wear the award.

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An American Hero: LtGen Frank E. Petersen, USMC, First Black Marine Aviator, Dead at 83

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Marine LtGen Frank E. Petersen, who at the time of his retirement in 1988 was the senior aviator in the Armed Forces, has died at the age of 83.  Lieutenant General Petersen served multiple combat tours in Korea and Vietnam, flying a total of 350 combat missions.  He commanded VMF-212 and VMF 314 in his long and distinguished career.  His awards include a Distinguished Flying Cross, a Purple Heart, a basket full of Air Medals, and a Combat Action Ribbon.

LtGen Petersen was the guest of honor at my Basic School mess night, nearly thirty years ago, and was the epitome of the gentleman warrior.  I was in awe of him then, and upon meeting him some twenty years later, remained so, even though I was a Lieutenant Colonel by then, and he long retired.

Semper Fidelis, General.  Thank you for your service to our country and our Corps.  And thank you for the incomparable example of what a Marine Officer should be.

H/T “Lieutenant” Mewborn

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