Roamy suggested this week’s hottie, Jordana Brewster. Born in Panama, with English, Scottish, and Brazilian heritage, raised in England, Brazil, and New York, a Yalie, and of course, most famous for playing Mia Torretto in the Fast and the Furious movies, she’s also an accomplished swimsuit model, just like her mom!
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So, we’ve posted a lot of beautiful women. Today we’re gonna post an ugly one. Lili Taylor has made a career as a supporting actress, often playing the plain, or ugly girl to offset the hottie. But she’s only “Hollywood Ugly.” In fact, I think she’s a good looking woman. How many actresses normally have to be made down?
So, you probably remember the delightful Michelle Jenneke dancing as a warm-up prior to running the hurdles.
And that catchy little tune sent me searching, and finding the singer, the beautiful Italian singer/actress Sabrina Salerno. The problem choosing a European woman like Sabrina is there are a ton of pics available, but not very many where she’s not topless. :(
In many of the recent mass shooting events, we’ve learned that the perpetrators were mentally unstable, and should not have had legal access to firearms. Immediately after every such shooting, gun control advocates call for more and more restrictions on the sale, possession and use of guns. Pro 2nd Amendment people point out that denying the law abiding citizen his rights guaranteed under the Constitution does nothing to prevent such tragedy, and urge better mental health care. Identifying the mentally unsound, and providing them with health care is seen as a proper way to minimize the risk to society.
In a preternatural example of tone-deafness, an administration under fire for snooping into Americans’ privacy is now proposing to waive federal privacy laws so psychiatrists can report their gun-owning patients to the government.
The Department of Health and Human Service’s “notice of proposed rule-making,” floated by the White House in a Friday media dump, would waive portions of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to allow psychiatrists to report their patients to the FBI’s gun-ban blacklist (the NICS system) on the basis of confidential communications.
The 1968 Gun Control Act bans guns for anyone who is “adjudicated as a mental defective or … committed to a mental institution.” Unfortunately, under 2008 NICS Improvement Act, drafted by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, and its regulations, that “adjudication” can be made by any “other lawful authority.” This means a diagnosis by a single psychiatrist in connection with a government program.
In the case of nearly 175,000 law-abiding veterans, the “lawful authority” has been a Department of Veterans Affairs psychiatrist, who, generally, will take away a veteran’s guns by unilaterally declaring him incompetent and appointing a guardian over his financial affairs. Certainly, the findings can be appealed, but most veterans don’t have the tens of thousands of dollars to hire lawyers and psychiatrists to do so.
The CGA of ‘68, as noted, says anyone adjudicated as a mental defective. And therein lies the problem. To a layman such as myself, that word implies the involvement of a judge, in a courtroom, wherein the state must prove its contention, and the presumption of soundness rests with the individual.
And yet, somehow, we’ve found ourselves in a situation where now instead, rights of individuals are decided by bureaucrats and physicians (often Veterans Affairs doctors), with the presumption that their sole opinion is determinative. The burden of proof falls upon the individual.
The loss of soldiers and veterans to suicide has been a tragedy. The Army has made strenuous efforts to identify soldiers at risk, and help them to find the tools to cope. Theoretically, this effort extends to the VA.
But VA doctors (and indeed, many private mental health care providers) have an incentive to err on the side of caution. There is no upside for them to not declare a patient competent. Further, should a provider have a bias against guns (something a patient is unlikely to know before securing their services), they may be ideologically motivated to declare a patient unfit.
Most alarmingly, it is hard to not suspect that the current administration sees this regulatory scheme more as a method of gun control than of providing mental health care. What’s more, even the most casual observer of the news will note that the default assumption of the political Left is that any objection to their political goals is prima facie evidence of mental illness. Indeed, the Soviet Union infamously used the “diagnosis” of mental illness to banish political opposition to care facilities, very often conveniently located in Siberia.
The tragedy is, there are veterans who desperately wish to avail themselves of care through the VA, but cannot trust their own government. The very government that handed them an automatic rifle is seen as far too willing to seize their private property, and indeed, their entire financial independence. These guardians of liberty are forced to risk their own lives, to live with the possibility they may choose suicide, or surrender the very liberty for which they fought. Ironically, a civilian with repeated episodes of odd behavior has far more ability to preserve his gun rights than a veteran.
We don’t like to do repeats here very often, but sometimes, a beautiful woman keeps getting more and more beautiful.
We’ve been in love with the stunning, sultry Sophia Bush since her early days on One Tree Hill. And now she’s gone from high school cheerleader to gritty detective on NBC’s Chicago PD premiering January 8. Good to see her back in action.
Back in my day, close quarters shooting simply wasn’t done. The safety issues meant absolutely nothing like realistic short range combat shooting could be done. All firing had to be from the prone position. Which, if you’re in a field with thigh high grass is pretty difficult.
There’s just something extra special about conservative women. Like Fox News Channel contributor Jedidiah Bila.
I guess Jason forgot he volunteered to cover Load HEAT this week. So we have to go with the only spare I have handy on this laptop, since I’m still traveling.
Mind you, I like Marie Osmond. Not for her singing or any of that. It’s just that like oh-so-many Mormon women, she’s good looking, and ages very, very well.
Here’s an interesting look at some of the penetration capabilities of various small arms. And if you stick with it to part 3, there’s some splodey thrown in for good measure.
Let me give you a little insight into the editorial process here…
Roamy- Have you picked a LH for Monday yet? How about Julie Bowen?
XBrad- Nah, we posted her years ago.
Roamy- You know I made a list of every LH for the first four years, right? I checked, she’s not on the list.
XBrad- **googles a bit**
XBrad- Julie sounds like a fine choice!
I can’t believe I haven’t selected the wholesome hottie before. I just kinda had it in my head that I’ve featured the Modern Family star before.
Such a pretty lady. Who didn’t enjoy her in Lord of the Rings?
I’m not really a fan of Tom Ricks Best Defense over at Foreign Policy. I tend to find myself in disagreement with him far more than agreement. But he does have a talent for inviting guest posts that are thought provoking and informative.
Here is the difference: We are not talking direct level anymore. We do not want them to be company commanders anymore. We are focusing their education and thinking on the organizational level (battalion level), which could be considered the cusp between direct and organizational and brigade and higher. Our previous students over the past few years had more experience in that area, but the new classes we are receiving have not. It is going back to the way it was before 9/11 where very few, and soon, if any, will have had battalion level jobs.
Third, as for this being a graduate school like its civilian counterparts — to some degree, yes, but not as much as the article led its readers to believe. The graduates do not automatically receive a graduate degree. Only those that put in the extra effort for their Masters of Military Arts (MMAS) or are part of the joint efforts between University of Kansas or K-State. But to equate it to a civilian university/college is again a bit false since our students are on a different path and the military is different. CGSC is a professional school for a professional education at a specific point in the officer’s professional development. The Army is going to be only sending 55 percent of a specific year group to attend the resident CGSC course. The officers that do attend will have been board selected and are expected to be the top 55 percent of their year group.
Maybe our own resident CGSC instructor alum has some thoughts?
Another guest post- 10 things a Marine wished he’d known before company command. I like the advice about learning in detail the history of a single battle. There’s some good meat in the comments as well.
DoDBuzz has a couple articles about the Air Force. With the tight budgets of the future should the Air Force:
Oddly, it’s one of the preferred platforms for Close Air Support because of its huge bomb load. But it has always been a maintenance hog.
Deleting an airframe type from the fleet has cost savings above and beyond just deleting the airframes themselves. The support, training, parts and logistics can all go away as well. But the KC-10 is a low-density, high-demand item. That is, it’s a really, really good tanker. Maybe they can give them to some of our allies?
Monday,in the wake of the murders at the Washington Navy Yard, Craig and I were chatting about the insanity of military installations being gun-free zones.
As many people have noted, it’s somewhat incredible that we can trust our troops to fight our wars, but not to have firearms on post. Few people outside the military understand that even in the Infantry, you spend a majority of your time in the service with your weapons locked up tight in the company arms room.
Should we at least look at having the Staff Duty NCO or the company Charge of Quarters armed?
And Craig pointed out, this is a decision that maybe we ought to be entrusting to our unit commanders. We entrust them with life or death decisions when deployed, but instantly withdraw that authority stateside. Is it any wonder so many of the best and brightest junior officers leave the service when they’re shown by the service’s action that the service simply doesn’t trust their judgment?