Becoming a Military Dog Handler – Mid-’80s Edition Part 2


(Disclaimer: The training, etc., I discuss in this post was the norm in the mid-1980s, nearly 40 years ago. I would be surprised if a lot of this didn’t change. So if anyone wants to say, “They don’t do it that way now,” yeah, I know. I’m not talking about now though.)

(Part 1 can be found here:

“They Won’t Get Away With This!”


The Citizen Free Press headline screams “Alina Habba [Trump’s Attorney]— They won’t get away with this.” The link is to an appearance by Habba on the Fox News Hannity show. I didn’t bother to watch, I assume it is “blah blah blah appeal blah blah blah constitutional rights blah blah blah this will not stand…” Don’t get me wrong, I am very much against what lawfare is doing to President Trump and our citizens generally. It’s just the question growing in my mind about whether or not “they” will, in actuality, get away with it.

When I was a teenager there was this kid who went around bullying younger kids at our smallish church school. When I saw him doing so in front of me I told him to stop. He then shoved the kid one more time for good measure and turned to me saying, “What are you going to do about it?” I punched him in the face. 

The Tabernacle & Modern Monuments


In the aftermath of Oct 7th, Israelis have not only been going to war, we have been building monuments. Sometimes these monuments are just an empty plastic chair in the lobby of an office building. Sometimes, they are complete Kibbutzim – not yet rebuilt – where people can see and immortalize what occurred on that day.

Of course, the sharing of experiences through stories, videos and other mediums has also been common – but there is something fundamentally distinct about a physical monument. It requires an investment and acquires a sort of permanence that other media lack.

Nixon: Shafted. Can You Dig It?


It was March 31, 1973, two months after Richard Nixon’s second inauguration, after the biggest reelection victory in history. The American Film Institute’s very first Lifetime Achievement Award live broadcast, honoring greatest of all time American director, John Ford, took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the very place where Nixon famously said “Gentlemen, you won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore”. That was only ten years before. Now, what a difference. Nixon, at the dais, was basking in glory. The guests of honor were former POWs in full dress uniform, filling the best tables, applauding as John Ford gave a speech about the power of movies, the responsibilities of Hollywood, and the honor of having had the co-workers that he’d had over a half century. Then the president presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

At the climax of his speech, John Ford said that when he heard the POWs were coming home, “I said a prayer, a simple prayer, not an original one but one that is one spoken in millions of American homes today. God bless Richard Nixon.” And what amounts to the supreme ruling council of Hollywood rose to its feet in a standing ovation, acknowledging the seemingly final triumph of their longtime cultural opponent. Can you imagine? It really happened

Joe Selvaggi talks with Marc Joffe, a state policy analyst at the Cato Institute, about his research on Medicaid’s cost and size. They explore how Massachusetts can control spending growth while protecting other priorities.


A First Discovery from Philippians in the Greek


undefinedI go through some parts of the New Testament in Greek. John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and James so far. I wasn’t going to do Paul next, but Philippians seemed like it would be nice.  So Philippians it is.  1:10 is interesting. Here’s the Greek-English side-by-side. It threw me for a loop at first.  I have the ESV translation in my head: “So that you may approve what is excellent and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.”  But the Greek vocabulary doesn’t seem like that at all. For “approve” we have δοκιμάζω/dokimazo, and for “what is excellent” we have διαφέρω/diaphero in a participle form, something like “things being excellent.”

But dokimazo means “put to the test, prove, examine” or “distinguish by testing, approve after testing.”  And diaphero literally means what carries through–“to carry through, carry about, to differ, make a difference, surpass.”

Weird–“so that you may test the things that carry through”???  Definitely not as clear as the simple English “approve things that are excellent.”

Would You Boycott NYC?


New York City, USA – September 10, 2012: A Tractor-Trailer 18-Wheeler truck is seen as it makes a sharp turn from W.42nd Street onto 8th Avenue while pedestrians wait for it to pass as it heads northbound in West Midtown Manhattan. (JayLazarin/

Longtime readers of my meanderings may remember that I spent some 14 years roaming across the country in an 18 wheeler following my retirement from the military. The idea was to see the country for awhile and experience as much as I could of the place I helped defend. I travelled through 47 of the lower 48 states and developed a working list of places I did and did not wish to re-visit in the future. 

Truth and Lies about Gaza War Crimes


Okay, I get it: Joe Biden is upset because there is a war in Gaza, the Israelis are spearheading it (although Hamas instigated it), and the Palestinians are the victims of it (even though some people believe the Palestinians support Hamas). Plus, it’s an election year. Although Biden keeps wringing his hands and making threats in response to how the Israelis are conducting the war, he’s behaving as if Hamas had nothing to do with the war going on. Especially when it comes to accusations of war crimes, the spotlight is focused on Israel. Does Joe Biden even know what a war crime is? You can’t accuse an army of war crimes that do not exist. I thought it would be worthwhile to define war crimes and explain how they are overwhelmingly committed by Hamas, not by Israel.

But if we are going to blame groups for war crimes, we should have clear definitions for doing so:

This week Ann talks with Brandon Tatum, former Tuscon (AZ) police officer and now Salem Radio host. They talk white people, black people, racism, policing and how Christianity changes everything.

What’s Wrong With “This Day in History?”


This Day in History is a feature of the History Channel website, one which purports to help us discover what has happened on any particular day in history over the past couple of millennia.

The page for February 18 indicates a few interesting throwbacks: In 1885, Mark Twain published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  The first Academy Awards were announced in 1929.  Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was killed in a crash in 2001. In 2011, the “Green River serial killer” pled guilty to his 49th murder.

And, according to This Day in History, in 2010, WikiLeaks publishe[d] the first documents leaked by Chelsea Manning.

QotD 2/19/24: The Coolest President


When Ron DeSantis was asked who was the greatest President of the United States, he said Calvin Coolidge.  If Don Trump had shown up at a debate, he probably would have wanted to answer, “Donald Trump”.  And Trump did do some great things as President. (He also gave a whole lot of power to Anthony Fauci along with a medal, so there’s that.)

But I like DeSantis’ answer. Along with being a good President, he was also a good man. There’s something to be said for that. And he knew what it took to accomplish great things. Here’s what Coolidge said it took to make significant achievements:

Muhzik America


How to tell this story? Walter Kirn and Matt Taibbi in their America This Week podcast, review the news of the week and also a bit of literature. (The start of each podcast is available on YouTube, but a subscription is required to hear entire episodes.) This week the “bit of literature” was a short story, How a Muzhik Fed Two Officials, by Mikhail Saltykov Shchedrin. It truly is short, so I’ll wait for you to read it and come back.

You Get What You Pay For, Including Joe Biden


In their later years, I grew to love my parents dearly, and appreciated the upbringing they provided for me. But as I grew older, I would have tense discussions with them regarding the home improvements they invested in. Having grown up during the depression, they were always frugal to a fault regarding the people they hired; they were barely interested in the recommendations that the contractors could provide, and were determined to get the best deal. Inevitably, the work was often shabby and poorly constructed, and then my parents would rant about the quality of the work. I would sometimes lecture them, trying to avoid saying, “I told you so,” but over the years, they couldn’t or wouldn’t change their choices.

Until they did. Eventually my mother registered the common sense I was sharing, and they started to be more demanding about the work they had done. And as they were rewarded with good work, they were delighted to tell me all about their experience. I, of course, congratulated them on their wise decisions, and from that point on, they began to enjoy the work they contracted.

America’s Best President


Americans reflect on the office of the presidency and its finest occupants this time of year with the Presidents Day holiday nestled between Lincoln’s birthday on February 12th and Washington’s birthday on February 22nd. Certainly those two contend for the top positions – both men of good character and essential to the nation in their own ways. Feel free to explain your choice for “Best President” in the comments.

Although others will disagree, I’d like to put in a good word for James K. Polk, both for the westward expansion of the United States he achieved (but I would say that, being the “Western Chauvinist”) and having the decency to serve one term and work himself to death so that America didn’t have to suffer his post-presidency. Think how much better things might have gone if others had done the same. Ahem.

More EV Woes


Electric vehicles completely replacing gasoline cars would burden our power grid to the breaking point, not to mention the added pollution to generate all that electricity.  This is a huge problem we’re aware of.  However, there’s another problem with EVs that I hadn’t thought about before (no big surprise, since I’ve given up thinking for Lent):

1000 Years Into The Past


Michael and Melanie Anderle are truckers, team driving with their twelve-year-old daughter Shane along. At a truck stop they are asked to carry a sensor package measuring time distortions. They accept, to find themselves 1000 years in the past shortly after taking it.

An Angel Called Peterbilt, by Eric Flint, Gorg Huff, and Paula Goodlett, begins a new strand in Flint’s Assiti Shards series opened by his novel “1632.” Six Americans from today’s Midwest find themselves in Central Illinois 1000 years or so before their day started.

They are in the era of the Mound Builders. The Anderles find Alyssa Jefferson, her two children, and the corpse of George Dawes with them. (He was killed by the time transition.) The Anderles and Jeffersons decide to stick together.

Democrats depend on our fear of the dark


Elizabeth Warren campaigning for Hillary Clinton, New Hampshire, 2016 (Tim Pierce/Wiki Media Commons)

Democrats claim that your success is not due to your hard work, innate skills, willingness to take risks, prioritizing work over play, acceptance of delayed gratification, and so on.  No, you are successful only because of your “privilege”.  You were born lucky.  You didn’t build that.  It takes a village.  And so on.

Emissions and Omissions


I looked around to see what Tucker Carlson has had to say about Navalny’s death and found this from The Hill.

Conservative commentator Tucker Carlson said “no decent person would defend” what happened to Alexei Navalny after the Russian opposition leader’s death in prison was announced Friday.

Quote of the Day – Politicians


No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems – of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind. – Thomas Sowell

It is an election year. I thought it worth putting up this caution against falling in love with politicians. People do anyway, but it is folly.

The Price of Loyalty


From this morning’s Mark Steyn post:

Three years ago today, I was pottering about getting ready to guest-host The Rush Limbaugh Show when the telephone rang. It was Kraig Kitchin, his longtime friend (and head of the network that distributed his show), calling to break the news that Rush had died earlier that morning.

What is Happening to the Cultural Revolution?


For years, I have been steeping myself in the stories of tragedy and authoritarianism, whether we discuss the Holocaust, the Rwanda genocide, the Middle East, the cultural revolution and most recently, October 7. I am fascinated by the mentality that must be the source of these acts of hatred and destruction, hidden behind the curtain of promises of human progress and idealism. What kind of person is prepared to resort to violence to meet his or her goals? Why does the goal need to be complete destruction? And what kind of people sacrifice their liberties in order to follow these leaders in these dangerous and self-defeating ideologies?

Christopher Rufo is an exceptional warrior on the path to free ourselves from this cultural revolution and back to sanity in this country. In his book, America’s Cultural Revolution, he takes courageous and unpopular stances against the woke agenda—whether you call it cancel culture, systemic racism, cultural revolution or white supremacy; he is passionate about calling out those who are trying to destroy our country, how they are trying to do it, and the steps we can take as counter-revolutionaries to stop them.

On this episode Andrew and Beth speak with James Fishback, founder of Incubate Debate.

Fishback discusses how high school debate tournaments went woke in recent years and illustrates the National Speech and Debate Association’s extreme liberal bias. He shares stories of how judges are ideologically motivated and either won’t allow certain positions to be debated or dock points for non-leftist opinions.

The Smirnov Maneuver


CNN joyfully proclaims Former FBI informant charged with lying about the Bidens’ role in Ukraine business, undercutting GOP impeachment inquiry

With all of the lying by top officials and the Biden family, this clown Alexander Smirnov is the only one charged –and by would-be Hunter protector David Weiss.  By noon, it will be mandatory MSM policy to use “debunked” when referring to the well-documented Burisma scandal.

Snow in Minnesota is legendary. More legendary than you could possibly know…