By lex, on May 1st, 2008
“Laws control the lesser man,” wrote Mark Twain, who concluded by saying, “right conduct controls the greater one.”
Vice President Cheney pinned (PFC Monica) Brown, of Lake Jackson, Tex., with a Silver Star in March for repeatedly risking her life on April 25, 2007, to shield and treat her wounded comrades, displaying bravery and grit. She is the second woman since World War II to receive the nation’s third-highest combat medal.
By lex, on May 1st, 2008
Watching the PBS special “Carrier” makes me feel like I’m back on the boat. Hungry, tired and horny in other words. All at the same time. They could have merely called it “Work” and saved me the effort of watching. It’s a good thing I TiVo’d it, because that allows me to hit “Stop” and answer questions from the Hobbit every so often. Which is pretty much continuously. For the life of me, I cannot imagine how someone could spend a quarter century married to a naval aviator and not understand how the holdback bar differs from the launch bar, or the distinction between the Air Boss and the Air Ops Officer.
I can only blame myself.
Posted by lex, on June 15th, 2011
As the Chinese government and the fast-modernizing naval branch of the People’s Liberation Army extend the nation’s maritime reach, uneasy neighbors are tracking Chinese vessels, including military and surveillance boats, fisheries law enforcement ships and fishing skiffs, and pushing back hard over anything deemed aggressive…
The growing confidence of the Chinese Navy is on open display. Here in the port of Qingdao, host to an impressive naval review in 2009, destroyers and a submarines are docked for public viewing at a seaside military museum that extols the navy’s might. At a coastal city farther north, Dalian, the navy has been rebuilding an ex-Soviet aircraft carrier, the Varyag, which is expected to be operational this year.
By lex, on April 26th, 2008
I think it’s true that most of us in the Navy honestly love what we do, as much as anyone can love spending long months separated from their families doing arduous work in spartan conditions with the constant possibility of death by drowning.
Although we do not recruit exclusively from the ranks of the Vienna Boy’s Choir, we do work in close proximity – sometimes very close proximity – with some truly great people. Not everyone gets to fly a fighter off a carrier deck or rage into the break at 500 knots, but most sailors know that they are integral contributors to something important. Something bigger than themselves.
By lex, on April 30th, 2008
Is a polite one, according to the BBC’s ‘Murican correspondent:
I have met incredulous British tourists who have been shocked to the core by the peacefulness of (Manhattan), the lack of the violent undercurrent so ubiquitous in British cities, even British market towns.
“It seems so nice here,” they quaver.
Well, it is!
By lex, on April 16th, 2008
We’ve become accustomed to thinking of al Qaeda as a shadowy terror organization dedicated to the violent overthrow of moderate Arab governments and the forceful imposition of their own sere ideology, first in their own region and then in the world. And although we knew little about their internal operations and organization prior to 9/11, more and more information has been coming to light over the years.
By lex, on April 10th, 2008
From the perspective of your dedicated al Qaeda jihadi, hiding in a cave in the Waziristan wilderness picking rock ticks out of your beard has its ups and and it has its downs. On the up-side, and while the living accommodations admittedly leave something to be desired, the fact that you’re living in stone age conditions, cut off from all humanity and unable to do much kufr-killin’ while quivering in impotent fear does drastically reduce the number of Hellfire missiles fired from MQ-9′s you have to eat.