Open Thread

Well, Matt and I decided to write another book. Started working on it just yesterday and we hope to publish right around the 1st of November, 2019. Two guesses what the overall subject will be. Matt is actually doing double-duty as he’s also working a solo political book project. Meanwhile, I keep working on the third draft of the novel; which I think is getting to be a splendid story.

Bill Maher does the right thing: defend Alex Jones’ free speech rights. Most people on the left are simple partisans…but a few of them understand that unless all are free, none are free. Maher gets it.

Here’s a real problem:

Here’s the arithmetic: one in three potential recruits are disqualified from service because they’re overweight, one in four cannot meet minimal educational standards (a high school diploma or GED equivalent), and one in 10 have a criminal history. In plain terms, about 71 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds (the military’s target pool of potential recruits) are disqualified from the minute they enter a recruiting station: that’s 24 million out of 34 million Americans. The good news is that while the military takes pride in attracting those who are fit, educated, law abiding, and drug-free, they’re having difficulty finding them—manifestly because fewer of them actually exist.

Adding to the failure of many to meet requirements is the fact that in our now-booming economy, the military has less appeal to young men starting out in life.

But I’m not in a mood to despair over this. The overweight thing can be fixed, of course – and, in fact, 8 to 10 weeks of basic training would help just about anyone trim down to fighting weight. I’m also not too worried about the kids not having a high school diploma because having one doesn’t actually indicate being educated. The criminal history thing is a problem, but it is also not a 100% problem: in fact, a stint in the ranks might just be what the doctor ordered for a troubled youth who still hasn’t gone down the road to doing something truly horrible. We don’t want to lower standards, but I think that a revision of standards will allow us to get what we want…out of a nation of 317 million people with more than four million men reaching military age annually, we should be able to find the people to fill the services.

As long time readers know, I’m not in favor of conscription – not even in war time. If a nation can’t get volunteers to defend itself, then it isn’t worth defending. Revise the standards on weight to “what can a strict regime do for this kid’s weight in two months?”. Perhaps even start a pre-boot camp for the hefty kids: you can join if you drop X pounds by your induction date. Revise the high school diploma to a test to see if the kid can read, write and do basic sums. If he can, I don’t care if he failed to finish the third grade. Revise the criminal history thing to “as long as you weren’t convicted of a felony or ever charged with rape or murder”, you can join. Revise the drug use to “don’t care if you were high when you signed up, don’t do any more now that you’re in”. And then just train the hell out of the kids – push them, hard. All branches – everyone runs for miles, does lots and lots of pushups, learns how to use a rifle, how to fight hand to hand. Everyone, that is, becomes a warrior…or, they drop out of training and go home. No one is forced to stay: quit whenever you want. After they become lean, mean fighting machines, then they can learn their actual job in the military (be it remaining a lean, mean fighting machine in a Marine infantry battalion, or loading up missiles on the deck of a carrier. eg). And then keep the standards high – everyone has to requalify in physical fitness on a periodic basis…anyone who can’t cut the mustard: out. Do all this, and I think we’ll get just what we need.

The whole #MeToo thing ended just as soon as a senior Democrat got caught up in it during an election year. Always remember: Democrats don’t give a damn about people being harmed…all they care about is whether they can use something against a Republican.

As we’ve said for years, take all polls with a grain of salt – but there’s a poll out there saying Trump is more trusted than the Democrats. Here’s what I’ve been saying of late: if the MSM Narrative about Trump were true, CNN would be the highest rated cable news outfit.

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6 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook August 19, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    if the MSM Narrative about Trump were true, CNN would be the highest rated cable news outfit.

    Instead, their ratings are lower than Nickelodeon, lower than
    Food Network, and lower than HGTV.

  2. Ryan Murphy August 20, 2018 / 6:53 am

    Lower than ‘ancient aliens’

  3. Cluster August 20, 2018 / 8:14 am

    I think it’s adorable that most of these liberal pundits actually think we still care what they have to say.

    If they had an ounce of self awareness & respect they would apologize for being so wrong so often, and then resign in disgrace.

  4. Cluster August 20, 2018 / 8:30 am

    Here’s a great example of the level of discourse found on MSNBC:

    Appearing as a guest on Saturday’s AM Joy, former MSNBC host Toure Neblett claimed that the United States “is a white supremacist country” as he discussed whether President Donald Trump is a racist with fill-in host Al Sharpton and Virginia Republican Senate nominee Corey Stewart. Neblett also hyperbolically declared that President Donald Trump “stands on black people’s necks.”

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/brad-wilmouth/2018/08/18/ex-msnbcs-toure-us-white-supremacist-country

    The dumbing down of our society is nearly complete.

    • Retired Spook August 20, 2018 / 4:14 pm

      “Donald Trump “stands on black people’s necks.”

      That doesn’t exactly jive with black unemployment at the lowest level since record keeping began and the recent doubling of Trump’s approval rating in the black community. I think maybe Neblett “misspoke.”

      • M. Noonan August 20, 2018 / 11:06 pm

        Meanwhile, some polling shows an astonishing rise in Trump’s support among African-Americans…that, I think, is why they are really playing the racism angle. The left is fearful that African-Americans might start spreading their votes around and thus no longer provide easy Democrat victory.

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