Archive for the ‘reading’ Category

Killing the Rising Sun

March 17, 2017

I finished reading Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.  I will preface this article by stating that I never liked Bill’s TV show, but this book was excellent.

This book was well-researched and entertaining.  The authors were able to tell some of the stories of World War II in a way they have never been told before.

One of the things that struck me was seeing the numbers of people that were lost in some of these battles.  It was really a terrible war.

I strongly recommend this book.  If you haven’t read it and you are interested in war history, this book is a necessity.

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Lone Survivor

February 3, 2017

I just finished reading Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson.  This is a first person account of Operation Redwing, the deadliest of Navy SEAL operations, where 19 SEALs were killed.

Luttrell tells of trying to stay alive in a hostile country, while wounded, with no hope of rescue.  When you think you are having a bad day, read about his time in Afganistan.

The book is very well written; you feel alone as you read about his struggles.  There is no where to go, but staying where he was was not safe, either.

He also comments about his philosophy on war and what problems there are with the way we fight wars today.  He says we don’t fight them anymore.  He says that we are in a place where SEALs are afraid, not of the enemy, but of being tried as war criminals for doing their jobs.  In a confusing place, such as a war zone, is the teenager running towards you a threat or not?   You don’t have long to decide.

I highly recommend this book.

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Television

August 12, 2016

I have almost no reason to watch television.  Back in 2009, I accidentally pulled the coax connector from the back of the TV.  I intended to fix it, but after several moths of not fixing it, I decided that I didn’t miss the TV all that much.  I cancelled my DirectTV subscription, and have never reactivated it.

At worst, I find myself left out of some water cooler conversations and inside jokes, as I don’t know the current TV shows.  I sometimes miss baseball.   Other than missing baseball and some awkwardness, that’s it.

I also miss out on the 24 hour news shows.  The overhyped, often exaggerated news stories.  The petty squabbling over some celebrity gossip.  The crackpot, poorly constructed and often fictional stories linking unrelated things.  Yeah, I don’t think I am missing out on this either.

Without TV, I’ve spent more time reading.  I’ve learned more from reading than I ever could have from TV.

This piece is not my best work.  I’m trying to write while I am at someone else’s house.  They are watching TV, and it is mind-numbing.

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A Few Thoughts On War

August 5, 2016

I have been reading, “Rouge Warrior” by Richard Marcinko, a former commander of SEAL TEAM SIX.  He says that,

“A point should be made here about the way Americans tend to regard the act of killing.  Like most of my generation, I grew up on Western movies where the hero- Hopalong, or Roy or Gene–chivalrously tosses his gun aside after the black-hatted villain runs out of bullets and subdues the bad guy with his bare fists.

That may work on celluloid, but not in real life.  In real life, you shoot the m**** and you kill him dead- whether or not he is armed; whether or not he is going for his gun; whether he looks dangerous or appears benign.  That way, you stay alive and your men stay alive.  Many of our senior offices do not believe this.  They would rather that we got killed than our enemies did.  That attitude is stupid and it is wrong.”  (pg 117)

He goes on to say, “so, my philosophy in battle has always been to kill my enemy before he has a chance to kill me and to use whatever it takes.  Never did I give Charlie an even break.  I shot from ambush.  I used superior firepower.  I never engaged in hand-to-hand combat unless there was absolutely no alternative–to me, the combat knife should be a tool, not a weapon.  All of the whiz-bang, knife-fighting, karate/judo/kung-fu b.s. that you see in the Rambo-Jambo shoot-’em up movies is just that:  b.s.

The real-life rules of war are simple and effective:  stay at arm’s length whenever possible and shoot the s*** out of the enemy before he sees you,”  (pg . 118).

Why do I bring this up?  This is to address the ridiculous notion that police should use non-lethal weapons, or that concealed carry holders must flee before fighting.

If someone attacks you, they have violated your right to life.  There is no negotiation, as a negotiation requires rational minds to reach an agreement.  There is no agreement to be made between someone who willfully and intentionally violates your right to life and yourself.  A rational agreement requires that both parties benefit in a  mutual and respectful way.  While the attacker has much to gain from your “compromise,” you have nothing to gain.  Mixing poison and lemonade doesn’t make the poison less deadly- in fact, it hides the fact that there is poison present.

If attacked, the ONLY moral response is to fight for your life.  Quickly, brutally, and using whatever means are necessary.  Hopefully, we will never have to be in such situations, but know that any compromise, or striving for a “fair fight” is the surest way to lose.

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Marcinko, Richard.  “Rogue Warrior.”  Pocket Books, New York, 1992.  pp 117-118.