greywar's Articles In Current Events
November 27, 2007 by greywar
 


Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF):

• FOX and the Washington Times reported that there was a possible terror threat against Ft.Huachuca
• These claims are bunk because if there had been a threat it would have succeeded (details below)
FOX news echoed a rather dated report from the Washington Times which claimed that Ft. Huachuca, AZ (where I am at and was at the time):

“changed security measures in May after being warned that Islamist terrorists, with the aid of Mexican drug cartels...
November 25, 2007 by greywar
Casual Interest SectionWhere is the line drawn for personal responsibility? What factors free you from it? Age? IQ? Education level? Race? Gender?       While most people will probably agree that a 1 year old with an IQ of 30 and a kindergarten level of education isn't capable of understanding the terms of a home mortgage, the same folks would probably agree that once you are an adult you have to have some responsibility for the things you do. Af...
June 29, 2007 by greywar
     Record labels think pirating music is theft.

     Record labels also seem to think that giving away music you made is also theft since they don't get a cut.

     Just look at the latest kerfuffle over Prince allowing a newspaper to give away his new CD:



"The Entertainment Retailers Association said the giveaway "beggars belief". "It would be an insult to all those record stores who have supported Prince throughout his...
June 14, 2007 by greywar
     This priceless quote is from the Governor of Massachusetts :

 

"“We want a vote that goes the right way, that keeps us off the ballot,”  -Governor Deval Patrick via National Review

 

     The vote in question is a vote by the Massachusetts legislature to allow the People of Massachusetts a public vote on a marriage amendment. Specifically:



"“When recognizing marriages entered into after the adoption of this amendment ...
June 7, 2007 by greywar
Q: The FBI should be able to stop internal security leaks. True or False?  A: False.       The press (and even the general public occasionally) seems to have problems grasping this concept as seen here:

 “Officials also must be sure they can detect and prevent such internal threats. This is easier said than done, particularly in a law enforcement agency like the FBI that tends to retreat into a bunker mentality whenever it’s criticized by...
April 10, 2007 by greywar
You don’t have to beat your kids, but you do have to do something… Sierra Vista Safeway Register 3 21:30 08 April, 2007             “Mommy, buy this!” as a child of 8 or 9 years grabs a candy bar and puts it with Mom’s groceries.             “No, put that back or you’ll get in trouble!” says Mom immediately returning to her conversation with her friend who also has a child...
April 8, 2007 by greywar
     During my 14 years in the Army I always heard about how great two nation’s public transit systems were: Korea and Germany.       I heard how wonderful the subway system of Seoul was. I heard stories about the train system that would “take you anywhere easy!” in Germany. I heard these stories from soldiers who had lived there and used the system but strangely almost all of these soldiers lived in the barracks while they were there. Hmmm… how odd.&...
April 1, 2007 by greywar
You get what you pay for…  Note: Of course it is always better to have people who want to work for the sak of the cause, but I already covered that here.      Everyone is familiar with this adage and yet they often try to ignore it. Employers wish they could ignore it and those that try usually end up paying in other more painful ways than simple currency. This even applies to the modern military. You get what you pay for and if you don’t want to pay top dollar you ...
March 27, 2007 by greywar
When you turn 18 in these United States we recognize you as an adult with all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities attendant thereon.  We expect that you learned to read over the course of a 12 year publicly funded education.  We expect that you will be responsible for things like balancing your checkbook, trying to find employment, and not committing crimes against the rest of us. We expect that as an adult with the right to enter legally binding contracts you will a...
March 25, 2007 by greywar
     Frankly I admire the restraint of Tony Blair in a way. I don't know how long it will hold out if these sailors are not returned but the Neaderthal in me simply doesn't tolerate the taking of women as prisoners.



UK officials are waiting to be granted access to the HMS Cornwall staff, who were seized on Friday, and have not been told where the group are held.

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The navy personnel, who include one woman, were seized at gunpoint by forces said to be Iranian ...
March 21, 2007 by greywar
     I will post some of the photos from this link later as Photobucket is blocked by Websense here at work. The pictures are of "patriotic" protesters burning troops in effigy, burning the flag, and sporting a "Fuck the Troops!" sign.

 

From LGF

 





January 30, 2007 by greywar
     What is the military for? What does it mean to be a military family? These are questions which go largely unasked by some military families until the day that Mom or Dad gets deployment orders.


     90% of military families confront these questions then and there, reaching the inevitable conclusion that Mom or Dad is a soldier and soldiers fight in wars. This means that separations from their families are not just to be tolerated but expected an...
January 17, 2007 by greywar
*Edited for many typos.    

     Korean dancer in a bar speaking to Greywar (in Korean): "This guy is ugly and stupid but at least he bought me a night off."

     Greywar's nonlinguist friend : "What did she say?"

     Greywar : "She thinks you're cute."

     Lesson : Translators oftentimes have their own agendas. In the above conversation my agenda was to preserve my friend's good ti...
January 10, 2007 by greywar
     Full Disclosure : I am not a Christian, Muslim, Jew, Shintoist, Buddhist or adherent of any religion whatsoever (unless beer is a religion?).

     Are we extending the term "hate crime" to include inanimate objects? More importantly are we extening it to include only non-christian inanimate objects? Mary covered in dung and surrounded by porn is not only O.K. it is state sponsored "art". Same goes for "Piss Christ". Someone throws a Koran...
January 2, 2007 by greywar
***Full Disclosure : I, Greywar, have wholeheartedly despised the most recent crop of General and lesser officers in general for quite some time. I am in fact quite biased on this issue.***

     That being said I am less than stunned and mainly saddened to see this from Army Chief of Staff Schoomaker :

 

"The Joint Chiefs of Staff have openly expressed their objections to the surge option. General Peter Schoomaker, the Army Chief of Staff, has warned that the ac...