Cubicle Warrior’s blog, week 32 of 213 (1,237 more days to military retirement). This week’s quote comes from Ronald Reagan. If he were alive and fully cogent, he probably would remind us that as a society we tend to focus too much on the Government to solve all the world’s problems with laws, rather than focusing on the individual.
We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. — Ronald Reagan
- In the news this week: a bunch of people died, and the social blogosphere is a bit naive to assume that criminals and crazy people do follow laws. No need to rehash the headlines here. Just look at the birthdays of the kids that died and imagine what you were doing in 2005 and 2006 when these kids were born. What is more sad? That the kids died, or that most of your Facebook friends are turning this into a political rant for gun control? Americans need to remember that freedom is a dual-edged sword. In America, we have the freedom to do good or evil. Making laws does not change the mankind’s great propensity to do good or evil, but making laws can give you the false and very temporary feeling of safety. To some degree, Government can shape our ability to do good or evil, and depending on your political beliefs, you will fall somewhere along the belief spectrum of how much government regulation and control should shape your freedom to do good or evil. If guns are the problem, not evil people abusing freedom, then by all means repeal the Second Amendment, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” [read more of my rant here]. Final note in case you do not read past this page–be careful of letting the media control, influence, or pervert your sensibilities. I suggest we boycott the media until they stop sensationalizing violence, potentially influencing the next sensationalist, mass murderer.
- The kids participated in Master Espinosa‘s taekwondo graduation. They performed a demo, and helped with sparring. A good time was had by all. Look for videos and pictures soon.
- Work sucks. On Thursday I was named program manager for a really cool project. On Friday I found out my funding was zeroed. Speaking of work… 1,237 more days… (Although I am willing to entertain my Colonel’s idea of staying 30-40 years total and becoming a senior materiel leader…if everything lines up.)
- Dear diary: I miss home. ‘Nuff said.
- The Air Force successfully launched the third X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle. [Read more.]
- The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has successfully launched its Unha-3 out of Sohae on DPRK’s wester range into a polar orbit, approximately 250 km at 90-ish degrees. Note that the previous failed launch was fired out of its eastern range with a very different trajectory. Why would North Korea launch a rocket despite protests by the rest of the world and loss of aide from the friendly nations? I believe Kim Jong-Un wants to keep the Koreas in the news now that Gangnam Style is fading and nobody is buying their story on the unicorn lair. Methinks the latest rocket should be called the Gangnam Style Kim Jong-Unicorn. More than likely, Gangnam Style Kim Jong-Unicorn, AKA Unha-3, is configured as follows:
- I have been looking for the best virtual machine to play around with operating systems. So far, it looks like I should stick with my Parallels 7, or upgrade to Parallels 8. If I had my druthers, I would have my own General Dynamics High Assurance Open Scalable Technology (G.H.O.S.T) Machine running Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) and Intel Virtualization Technology (VT). For now, I will stick with Parallels. [Read the rest of the blog entry.]
- Congratulations, Army Ranger Colton Smith, on winning The Ultimate Fighter 16 finale. Also check out his coach on TUF 16, Roy “Big Country” Nelson as he knocks out a superior athlete, Matt Mitrione.
- The University of Florida has one of the top pipelines to the NFL, and they have done it without NCAA sanctions since the late 1980s. [Read more.]
- For most of my life I have been a fan of both the Florida Gators and the Florida State Seminoles. As I encounter nastier Nole fans over time, I find myself wondering how I followed both college football teams for so long. I encountered an article written by a Nole fan as to why they are not in the SEC. [Read more.]