Over this past week, I had the pleasure of participating in the BALTOPS planning conference. I say pleasure literally, because the interactions with all of the participating BALTOPS nations was great. That may come as a surprise to readers, since I've been fairly critical of NATO in the past. Those that know me better know … Continue reading Questioning NATO
It appears that a no-kidding schism is coming to the Church... Wait, nope, wrong church Probably the most under-reported story right now is the massive spat between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Archbishop of Constantinople, Bartholomew I. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church was originally aligned under the Russian Orthodox Church, which had originally established a … Continue reading The coming schism in the Church
For the three years I worked on a submarine, I never averaged 6 hours of sleep a night. Most nights underway, it was 3-4, occasionally 5. In port, I might make it to 6 hours, depending on how much maintenance my division was performing. At the time, I simply felt like a zombie, but I … Continue reading Why the Navy needs sleep
The midterm elections were a meh: the House went blue, the Senate stayed red, and the media was predictable. The follow-on story that I paid more attention to was the Pentagon failing its first audit. I'm not surprised. As someone who has watched a number of wars come and (not) go, spending has been all … Continue reading President Trump, please fix the Pentagon
The Girl Scouts once again prove that their brand sucks. Their latest lawsuit is over a trademark infringement, saying that because the artist formerly known as Boy Scouts is accepting girls makes it confusing to people, who might think they are the Girl Scout organization. Never mind that you can settle this with a quick … Continue reading Hey Girl Scouts, your brand sucks!
I had warned my wife not to let our youngest daughter play with her phone. Sure, it might keep her quiet for a bit, but her smart phone was expensive, and normally small children make quick work of expensive things. And my daughter did just that. Through her frustration of pounding on the phone, it … Continue reading You need your own cloud
That 13 year old in the back...lock her up! (Photo from Flickr) Chesapeake is coming under fire for having a law that bans teenagers from trick or treating. Fake news? Nope. It's for real: Sec. 46-8. - Trick or treat activities. (a) If any person over the age of 12 years shall engage in the … Continue reading Get rid of the stupid laws
Have you ever done a team building outing before? If you have, you might have done something like a trust fall, where you fall backwards into the waiting arms of your team mates, trusting that they won't drop you like a hot rock. When I was still in college I went to a team building … Continue reading Leadership swagger
When I was still a teenager, I remember the Year 2000 bug. Everyone was worried that the world's economy would come to a screeching halt, satellites would fall out of the sky, and the world would descend into Purge-like violence. On a Saturday evening, one of my hunting friends invited me over to his place. … Continue reading That Prepper Mentality
China will own your data and use it to manipulate you. They plan to do that for the whole world. The latest Bloomberg article showing Chinese insertion of spy chips into SuperMicro is just another step in their attempts to do this. Plenty of people think this is a pipe dream and conspiracy theory, so … Continue reading Screw your blue wave…a Chinese Red Tsunami is coming!
Chinese Catholics are in a terrible situation. They can't practice their faith openly, and they don't have the support of the Vatican, who recently sold out and allowed the Chinese government to pull all the strings and appoint bishops. Even though the Vatican will ultimately have the last word, in reality, if you pick the … Continue reading A Novena for China
I've been living in an apartment with my family as my house is being constructed. The last couple of months have reminded me why I'm not fan of apartments in the first place. We moved in on a Friday morning, and that evening around 9 pm I saw a group gathering outside to smoke. They … Continue reading Apartment living and people
Secretary Mattis recently released a memo directing commanders to make better use of the military justice system, likely in response to the plummeting number of court martial cases across all services. For the non-military person, this might sound absurd: why are we unhappy when we have less crime among the ranks? A bit of explanation … Continue reading Secretary Mattis, the UCMJ, and the power of the ISIC
I've heard nothing but how great it was that Senator McCain reached across the aisle during his time as a Senator from 1987 until 2018. During this time I also heard he was a "maverick" and an "independent." I remember him challenging George Bush in the primary and winning my home state. But now when … Continue reading McCain was a mediocre Senator
President Trump and Pope Francis are about as far apart on the spectrum as you can get. Both men lead large organizations and have tried to implement big change. Most importantly, both are renegotiating deals. Let's compare those results. Pope Francis has been working to reunite a breakaway faction, called SSPX, most of his time … Continue reading A tale of two negotiators
Twice a year, the Navy makes it's Sailors take a physical fitness test. Once a year, the Navy makes it's Sailors go through a battery of medical checks to ensure it won't have Sailors drop dead during this test. Pretty straight forward. Except when you move to a new command, which Navy Sailors do on … Continue reading Can we fix our military medical records?
Great challenges demand great leadership from ordinary people, and if Pope Francis doesn't exhibit great leadership during this crisis, it will damage him and the flock that he leads. Peter's right about a lack of courage causing this scandal. Arguments that they are somehow saving the Church go against the truth that scandal never gets … Continue reading We need St. Basil to fix our Church
If the Catholic Church was a corporation, Pope Francis would be it's CEO. And in terms of a company, the Catholic Church is pretty impressive: ~1.3 billion members, a few hundred billion in assets, missionary operations throughout the entire world, and the inspiration for great organizations such as Catholic Charities USA. It's a big order … Continue reading Pope Francis is a terrible CEO
The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed this week. You can be forgiven if you missed the announcement, because it certainly didn't make headlines. I didn't find out until I checked my email and received my automated Defense News. I'll go out on a limb and say that because it passed in a normal … Continue reading What matters in NDAA 2019: pay, career, cyber and China
I've noticed a troubling trend. When faced with adversity, setbacks or the like, a lot of people decide to go off and "find themselves." You've probably heard it too. The vision you and I have is someone trekking off into the woods for a month and then suddenly emerging as a "new man" or "reformed … Continue reading Stop trying to “find yourself”