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 15, 2007 by greywar
     Paging Ben Stein... the President desperately needs someone to vet statements like this:


"Mr. Bush said the $4.4 billion would “come from the fines and penalties that we collect from those who have come to our country illegally” and apply for legal status." -NYT

     Really? Thats truly amazing. I wonder how it is that Arnold Kling never stumbled across the branch of economics known as "Magic". After Al Gore g...
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 11, 2007 by greywar
     For those who don't follow James Lilek's as a blogger or a columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune a bit of background:


The Strib's circulation has been in freefall for a couple of years (like most papers) 

The Strib actually cancelled Lilek's column (despite it's popularity both at home and online) 

Then they actually considered firing the only columnist they had with any national expose (Lilek's blog "The Bleat is widely read and his boo...
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...
June 4, 2007 by greywar
      When I was in school there were always kids (myself included) who would bitch and while that we should be allowed to use calculators for even simple math. Would my school have done me a favor by allowing it? Probably not and here is why.      There are two questions listed below. One of the questions should be able to be answered by any Joe or Jane off the street without hesitation and the other isn’t really esoteric knowledge but it is not...
May 2, 2007 by greywar
     General Casey has decided to issue an edict of very little brain. Ostensibly intended to stop OPSEC leaks (and of course anything negative about the military) from military members who blog or email their families he has decided that you can't write an email to your family or post to your blog unless you let an officer read it first.

"The U.S. Army has ordered soldiers to stop posting to blogs or sending personal e-mail messages, without first clearing the c...
April 25, 2007 by greywar
     O'Reilly has been predicting this for weeks now and despite being pooh-pooh'ed by any number of other pundits he seems to be right.


TMZ has now confirmed the buzz that we exclusively reported last night: Rosie O'Donnell will announce on today's show that she is leaving "The View." And TMZ has confirmed that "View" honchos are already searching for her replacement.



I guess my article on Rosie hanging with the counter-productive ...
April 24, 2007 by greywar
    Russell Simmons is a hip-hop producer and also the motive force behind Russell Simmon's Def Comedy Jam. If you have ever sat through a Def Jam product you know that it promotes the worst of the "hip-hop" culture. he is also a massive hypocrite.

    Vulgarity, debasment of women, promotion of racial stereotypes, and outright rascism against non-blacks are the common denominator of all of Simmon's products. I am all for that. Honestly. I like Hip-hop and the mo...
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...