Day by Day

Saturday, March 02, 2013

0730 hrs

Still nice and cool, sun coming up, shadows cast across my back yard, and I'm sitting outside with a cigar and a cup of coffee.

I've been waiting for this day all week.

Later on, we're going to the range to put holes in paper at a distance.  Then, lunch.  Maybe Portos, maybe some hole in the wall that we discover today.  Today is one of those days you live for, when the rest of your life sucks like a ten dollar whore on payday.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Maybe I've said this before

But whenever I see a video or gif of a skateboarder breaking his face, or some other body part, while doing some extremely stupid trick, I laugh.

A lot.

Sometimes stupidity CAN be painful.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

When the Government doesn't give a shit about the law

Example A:  The EPA.

In yet another green folly, the lawless Environmental Protection Agency continues to fine gasoline producers for not using cellulosic biofuels in quantities that don't exist, making only more pain at the pump.

Last month, a federal court dealt a serious blow to the Environmental Protection Agency's renewable fuels push by ruling that the agency exceeded its authority by mandating refiners use cellulosic biofuels, which aren't commercially available. The EPA's lawless response in a lawless administration was to raise its requirements.

Punishing people for failure to use a fuel that DOES NOT EXIST.

I want you to think about that.

And then wonder why these people have not been tarred and feathered yet.



If A, then B

Top Romney Strategist:  No, I wouldn't say the media is in the tank for Obama.

Ragin' Dave:  Brain-dead fuckwits like this "top Romney strategist" is why Romney lost the election.

Oh Great

We go from a sad-sack piece of partisan political shit, to....  worse.  Chuck Hoggle Hagel as SecDef.  So Obama gets the "cover" of having a Republican ruin the military for him.

Just.  Fucking.  Great.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Higher Ed

So, I'm now at a point in my career where if I want to advance past the point I'm at, I need a degree.

"What kind of a degree, Dave?  Gosh this sounds exciting!'

The kind of degree doesn't matter.

"But Dave, surely the military has a specific plan for you to follow!"

No, not on the civilian side.

"But then, what's the purpose of demanding that you have a degree?"

That there is a DAMN GOOD QUESTION!

Look, I love to learn.  I truly do.  A big part of why I enjoy the SCA so much is that there's always something new for me to learn, be it banging on hot metal at a forge, or learning more about brewing, or learning historical formations for group combat.  Most of my advanced education has been self-taught.  But I hate school.  I hate going to school.  I hate sitting in a classroom being yapped at by some nose-in-the-air dipshit who thinks that because they are an expert in their one small field of study they suddenly know everything there is to know about everything.  My experiences in higher education have not been.....  pleasant.  Except for the drug interdiction classes taught by a CID agent, I was bored to tears.

More to the point, if I'm going to learn something, I want a tangible result at the end.  If I learn X, I will be able to do Y.  If I practice at A, I will be able to perform B.  I do not have the patience or the aptitude for learning only for the sake of learning.  I need practical applications, not a treatise on the nothingness of ludefisk.

But this degree bullshit - if I get a degree, do I get promoted?  Maybe.  There's no guarantee, and the way the military bottlenecks higher up, I could be the greatest guy they have on the list at that time but there's STILL no guarantee.  And without a degree, there's certainly no shot.

So I've found an online school - no sitting in classrooms for me, thank you very much.  I'll most likely be starting in April, which means I'll have even LESS time to blog.  Yay.

We'll see just how craptastic my online writing can be!

You say that like it's a BAD thing!

The Obama Regime snivels and whines that the Sequester will cut funding for a department that.....  no longer exists.

Chalk one up for the good guys, then!  Shut that bad boy's line of funding DOWN!  Can we shut down the EPA next?