Proud of my fellow soldiers

So today I had to log onto AKO (Army Knowledge Online). This system is ran by around 20,000 people with an annual budget of $67 million.

Recently people have been “hating on” AKO. Personally I dont use it that much, so I don’t think about it that much.

Well, the folks running AKO and trying to empasize how it is user friendly and not too complicated. So today they offered a poll asking how many clicks does it take to start a blog on AKO. Now it might be important to keep in mind Soldiers are suppposed to be honest, have integrity, and respectful of leaders avoiding snarkiness and such.

The Soldiers have responded to the poll. The “correct” answer is 3 clicks, 47% have answered 834 clicks.

Some days I love my fellow Soldiers.


So, where have i been

For the 5 of you who used to come here November has been a very busy month.

I can’t go into too much detail, but in short the month has sucked, and been good. I hope to have more I can write in December. But for now one-liners on twitter is about all i’ve written.

Work sucks.

Is O’Donnell the face of the Tea Party?

Actually that seems almost self-evident doesn’t it. She is all over the news at least.

But isn’t that really a result of the press’ focus on her? Perhaps a better question would be, is she really representative of the tea party? I started to wonder about this after a write-up about O’Donnell on The Legal Satyricon. basically had a bit of a disagreement with how one commenter was portraying O’Donnell and it led me to that question. By the way, I agree with most of what Tatiana has to say about O’Donnell’s positions. I don’t believe O’Donnell was trying to make any kinds of points about exact phrasing in the Constitution, I think she simply disagrees with the principle behind that particular exchange and was being a bit pig-headed in what she was saying. In short, her (O’Donnell’s) stock didn’t go up by my accounting.

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Calling things secret, that aren’t

If something is a secret, but it ends up being broadcast far and wide should one try and still say it is secret, or just admit it no longer is and move on.

While people may decry Wikileaks for what they have done the omelet has been made, one can’t turn it back into whole eggs, a cheese wheel and a sound onion.

Adapt, overcome, but acknowledge the reality that it is done, these things are secret no more.

Panem et circenses

Over on BL1Y, The life and adventures of a defunct big law associate, there is a post about Nancy Pelosi and her stance on debating John Dennis.

I have to say I agree with BL1Y’s comments on political debate in this country. But I want to go a step further. I think even if we had any debate among candidates we would not be any the better for it in the vast majority of cases. Even if we did have debate, would it matter…..

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Health Insurance law survives challenge

BLUF: US District court judge rules the individual mandate is a constitutional method of the government to control costs.

I will check out the actual decision as soon as i have a chance but according to the story it seems the judge found that absent the mandate some people would wait until they were sick and then get insurance (duh).

If that is an accurate then I have a philosophical problem with it. In short it penalizes one group (those who dont buy insurance) in order to deter another group. It presumes that all people who dont buy insurance will engage in the conduct they want to dissuade.

Also it was never really in doubt why the government made the individual mandate, but rather can the government regulate non-activity. The story kind of glosses over the logic supporting the decision, whch is another reason I can’t wait to read the full decision.

Story is here.

Parking like an ass, part IV

So, remember that source I mentioned in an earlier post regarding Fort Eustis deaths. He tells me again that the suicide did occur, and now I have word that a Colonel discussed the Spice related death during a morning meeting. Why these haven’t been picked up in the news I don’t know, perhaps because they all occured at the same time as 4 Fort Hood suicides.

Well, he sent me a message the other day asking me to go over and take some pictures of parking at the Reserve Support Center.

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