Monthly Archives: February 2021

Now Comes the Purge

Now Comes the Purge

Posted by lex, on December 21, 2010

Having won the fight against DADT, Richard Cohen leads the media elites calling for the heads of the vanquished:

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Something’s Broken

Posted by lex, on December 22, 2010

One in four applicants for enlistment in the US Army are incapable of passing the entry examination *:

Nearly one-fourth of the students who try to join the U.S. Army fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system that produces graduates who can’t answer basic math, science and reading questions, according to a new study released Tuesday.

The report by The Education Trust bolsters a growing worry among military and education leaders that the pool of young people qualified for military service will grow too small.

“Too many of our high school students are not graduating ready to begin college or a career — and many are not eligible to serve in our armed forces,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told the AP. “I am deeply troubled by the national security burden created by America’s underperforming education system.”

And that is nearly 25% of an already winnowed pool of potential enlistees:

Pentagon data shows that 75 percent of those aged 17 to 24 don’t even qualify to take the test because they are physically unfit, have a criminal record or didn’t graduate high school.

Educators expressed dismay that so many high school graduates are unable to pass a test of basic skills.

Dismay is well and good. Action is what’s required.

** 02-23-21 Original link gone; substitute found – Ed.

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Posted by lex, on Dwecember 22, 2010

The New York Times lauds North Korea’s “restraint” in responding to recent South Korean live fire drills near the border:

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Green Light

Posted by lex, on December 22, 2010

Back in the day, Ivy League schools provided the services with gifted officers for the front lines, many of whom served heroically in combat before coming home, tempered by both experiences, to build a great nation. It also provided undergraduate students who lacked the money and connections a fully-funded opportunity for a first rate education at our country’s flagship universities. All of that ended at certain Ivies during the culture turmoils of the late 1960s. The victors of that struggle traded peace signs for PhDs (while, one suspects, still clutching at their bongs) and began their long, Gramscian march through the institutions. Safely nestled there, away from the outer world and all of its pedestrian concerns, they connived to extend the ROTC ban to the present day on the pretext of opposing President Clinton’s “Don’t ask/don’t tell” compromise, which prevented gays and lesbians from openly proclaiming their sexual orientation (and commanders from asking.)

Now that the dreadful discrimination of DADT has been swept into the ash bin of history, the rationale for the prohibition against on-campus ROTC has lost whatever veneer of plausibility it once held. The question, as Johns Hopkins Professor Eliot Cohen perceptively asks, is whether, after a long separation, there is any desire left for that remarriage:

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Final Flight

Posted by lex, on December 15, 2010

The Royal Navy’s Sea Harriers have harried their last sea *:

Britain’s Harrier jets took their final flight Wednesday before the 16-strong fleet is axed as part of spending cuts intended to help reduce a record budget deficit.

The decision to scrap the iconic military planes, and to send the Ark Royal carrier that hosts them into early retirement, means the Royal Navy will be left without the ability to launch aircraft at sea for a decade.

The distinctive grey Harriers took off from the Royal Air Force (RAF) base at Cottesmore, completing a fly-past of several air stations before landing for the last time…

Ministers hope to save about 900 million pounds in the next eight years by axing the jets, according to reports, as part of a major tightening of the military budget…

Former military chiefs have strongly criticised the decision to retire the Harriers, writing in a letter to The Times newspaper last month that the move was “strategically and financially perverse.”

For my own part, I always thought them awkward buggers, but I hate to see a capability zeroed out with no replacement for 10 years. The bean counters will inevitably say, “Well, you’ve trundled along fine without them for a decade. Why not try another decade more?”

Talk about your fighter gap.

02-22-21 Link gone; no replacement found – Ed.

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Lex’s Last Carrier Flight?

To the reader: I came across this on what was a great blog, Ask the Skipper, back in 2016. The owner of the blog soon after stopped blogging, citing the amount of time it took to have a good blog. Looking at the thousands of posts Neptunus Lex made in 9 years, I came to realize just how much effort Hizzoner put into his own blog.

Anyway, I saved the post, and in going through my documents folder last night, got reacquainted with it. If the owner of Ask the Skipper ever comes across this and wants it removed, I will be glad to do so. All credit goes to this unknown author at Ask the Skipper.

In the meantime, I will leave it to you, the reader, to ascertain whether “Tex” is indeed “Lex”.

It was the 90s. The angst-ridden, caffeine-fueled sound of Seattle’s grunge-scene was oozing its way across the American landscape, what with all their flannel shirts, exposed long-underwear, and boots. The kind of boots you’d typically see on a homophobe, neo-Nazi, construction worker, or some combination of the three. I don’t know what Smells Like Teen Spirit, but I have a sneaking suspicion it has little to do with deodorant.

We were underway in the East China Sea, or the Sea of Japan, or the Yellow Sea, or the Western Pacific Ocean. One of those. There was water everywhere, and you couldn’t see land. Of that I am certain.

It wasn’t necessarily his last flight evah. It was his last flight in that particular tour of duty, in that squadron, on that boat. Then again, there was certainly no guarantee of another sea-based sortie. This fella – if I remember the callsign correctly – we will refer to as Tex from this point forward. His callsign sounded similar. It might have even rhymed.

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Higher Standards

Posted by lex, on December 16, 2010

Parents with students bound for our nation’s most prestigious military institutes of higher learning are bound to be alarmed at the news flooding the wires recently *:

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Posted by lex, on December 17, 2010

The GOP gets some of that ol’ time religion:

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Posted by lex, on December 3, 2010

The continuing Wikileaks saga reveals a harsh evaluation of the UK’s performance in Helmand province, Afghanistan:

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Couldn’t Make it Up

Posted by lex, on November 17, 2010

To file under the “truth is stranger than fiction” category, bipolar liberal shoots his own TV, frightens the wife and ends up in a stand-off with police because Sarah Palin’s daughter is seen on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Talk about self-destructive.

Possibly related: Nancy Pelosi elected to lead new House minority.

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