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Happy New Year, All!

 

By lex, on December 31st, 2011

Which the missus and I are celebrating ours at home, the chillens being growed up or nearly so. For those of you such as are going out, watch out for them English, for they’re a hazard on the roads when they’ve a drop taken.

Here at Chez Lex, the year 2011 has had its up and downs, and taken as a whole we will not miss it much, malgre the fact that it has ended on a happier note than it began.

Hopefully that trend will continue, for us and for you.

See you next year.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by lex, on November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving is, I think, my favorite holiday. It is just enough time off work to seem sufficient without seeming excessive – there’s only so much can pile up over two days. There is always a log on the fire and usually football on TV. I also have what are only memories now, living on this coast, of the brittle snap of fall in the air, the whisper of winter to come, the smell of the harvest, the sound of the frosted long grass crunching under my boots with the weight of a side-by-side on my shoulder and a dog ranging out ahead, questing with her nose, looking for the birds.

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Mids these days…

Posted by lex, on January 18, 2007

One Naval Academy midshipman will receive a medal * for running – towards the sound of gunfire:

A midshipman will receive the Navy Achievement Medal tomorrow for displaying heroism during the November shootings at Westfield Annapolis mall, the Naval Academy announced yesterday.

Instead of running away from the gunfire, Midshipman 4th Class Roarke Baldwin, a 19-year-old freshman, ran toward the fray and rendered aid to a Secret Service agent who was on the floor after being shot in the thigh.

While one recently discharged midshipman just received a large bill * for failing to run very well:

A top Navy official has rejected the appeal of a local Naval Academy midshipman who was kicked out for failing a running test by 20 seconds, exhausting his options for readmission and forcing him to repay the $127,000 cost of his education.

Waiving Frank Shannon’s financial obligation “was not in the best interest of the United States,” Navy Assistant Secretary William Navas wrote in a Jan. 4 letter.

College: It’s just not free any more.

09-23-20 – Original links gone; substitutes found – Ed.

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Alan Dershowitz picks on decrepit old bigots

Posted by lex, on December 21, 2006

Jimmy Carter – who really should have stuck to building habitats for humanity – stuck his foot in the door recently, when he published the bizarrely titled, “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid.” He claimed the book was intended to be deliberately provocative, in order to spur debate. Harvard law prof Alan Dershowitz threw the door wide open to accept the challenge. Carter told him, “No thanks.”

Turns out he really only wanted to debate with people who agreed with him:

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Compulsory service

Posted by lex, on December 22, 2006

Comments in another thread have discussed the relative merits of a national program of service – a draft, essentially. This is only tangentially important to the instant issue of ground forces size and military end strength: For both proponents and critics, this has much more to do with national character.

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Why not vouchers?

Posted by lex, on December 4, 2006

Milton Friedman was in favor of ‘em, so that’s all I’d ordinarily need to know. But the Seattle school district thing has brought this all to a head:

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How many divisions has the pope?

Posted by lex, on December 1, 2006

Fewer than he used to have, argues Daniel Henninger in the WSJ:

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Bring them freedom, or they will destroy us

Posted by lex, on October 8, 2006

Long-time readers here will know of my admiration for Bernard Lewis, emeritus professor of Middle Eastern studies at Princeton. He has a deep and abiding knowledge of, and respect for, the contributions of Araby and Islam throughout history.  His seminal “The Middle East – a Brief History of the Last 2000 Years“ was the most influential book I have read in a decade.

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Recruiting problems

Posted by lex, on September 29, 2006

The war in Iraq has severely strained the resources of an all-volunteer force. No, not ours – we met quota again. Theirs.*

Wanted: Chemists. Physicists. Nuclear scientists. Explosives experts.

“We are in dire need of you,” al-Qaida in Iraq’s leader said in a chilling audio message released Thursday. “The field of jihad can satisfy your scientific ambitions, and the large American bases (in Iraq) are good places to test your unconventional weapons, whether biological or dirty, as they call them.”

The fugitive terror chief said experts in the fields of “chemistry, physics, electronics, media and all other sciences — especially nuclear scientists and explosives experts” should join his group’s jihad, or holy war, against the West.

I guess you could frame that as “chilling,” if you were so inclined. To me, chilling would be a request for these specialists to go ahead and stay home, that all billets were filled. Don’t call us, we’ll call you.

In the perverse logic of the jihad, al Masri also boasted that 4000 al Qaeda fighters had been killed in Iraq. Which you have to admit is passing strange, given that Iraq is seen by so many people as a “distraction” from the war on terror.

Which, huh.

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Spooks

Posted by lex, on October 2, 2006

“Intel drives operations.”

For a certain Marine Brigadier General of my acquaintance, that sentence was pretty much axiomatic. So it was with interest that I read this Washington Times article about noted muddy-boots snake eater LGEN Stanley McChrystal – the SOCOM commander so invested in his peoples’ success that he often accompanies them on the battlefield. He “goes on raids,” the linked article says, and personally headed out to witness the site where Abu Mus’b al Zarqawi, that rude beast, shuffled off these mortal coils the better to catch the judgment train.

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