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  1. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    I'm guessing you cannot see the picture or don't understand it.
  2. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    "appease our host nation?"
  3. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    This biggest threat to the combat effectiveness of the US military is risk. If there's a chance something may turn out badly, our leaders have a duty to eliminate it. That's the only way to remain the world's most powerful fighting force. Total War on Risk. From wiki:
  4. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Looks like he essentially gave up a star over a piece of paper that was neither a legal or an official AF document, and he was under no obligation to sign any of them. Everybody should know and understand the PC shit show we're currently experiencing and navigating this one shouldn't be that difficult. I support him for having conviction in his beliefs, but there are ways to avoid compromising your beliefs and your job. An office shredder could have handled this situation better.
  5. Squadron Bar Daily Pic & Video Thread NSFW

    SAPR Task Force. "Ma'am, we have an inappropriate joke red dot at your 2'oclock and 700m. Take him out."
  6. USAFA: Being masculine is bad

    I agree when we're talking about legitimate harm. But we're using the terms "perpetrators and victims" when discussing words as we would when discussing violence. There doesn't seem to be any distinction anymore. There's an old religious parable I tell my kids about a king who wanted to put all his subjects to work to cover all the roads in his kingdom in leather so he could walk his kingdom in comfort. One of the peasants gave him a pair of leather sandals. If you can protect yourself against words and all the other uncomfortable things in the world, you're no longer a victim, and therefore, have rendered the perpetrators ineffectual. What if some strong minded cadets had simply wiped the words off the boards because they were meaningless? When you take the wheels off, go for some Laphroaig (especially the Quarter Cask). It will blow your mind.
  7. Getting "some" to return probably would be easy. The rest of the article seems reasonable. Is there more to this guy? Because I don't get the hate.
  8. Here's the C-Span press briefing with SecAF and CSAF addressing the pilot shortage. Some interesting comments, but they still don't seem to get it. "Increasing and reconnecting to the value proposition" is apparently the key to retaining pilots. Whatever that means. 18:20 to about 28:30. https://www.c-span.org/video/?437097-1/air-force-secretary-chief-staff-hold-news-conference
  9. This is the part where ClearedHot says........
  10. USAFA: Being masculine is bad

    Great, thoughtful post with some interesting concepts to consider. Thanks for writing it. But, of course, you know how this goes... :) Your reaction is the correct one in a the current culture that values an immediate (and possibly flawed) emotional response over a protracted rational response. You addressed Empathy, Gullibility, Cynicism, Smugness, Foolishness all as possible immediate reactions to the situation. I admit I briefly went down one of those paths until I asked "What about the truth?" Why are we willing to start down any of those paths without knowing the facts? You seem to present the false dilemma of being either empathetic or being an asshole. I submit none of those responses are correct until the truth is found. But you're willing to err on the side of caution and support the victim. I agree the morally correct response is to help someone in need and there are ways to support someone without supporting their story. But if you are willing to lend support to their "victim" status before the facts are known, you're obligated to believe someone else is a "victimizer". I'd like to know how this cadet was comforted without any of his friends, roommates, and fellow cadets fearing being scrutinized as the victimizer. In this case, anyone familiar with this story was led to believe there was a racist cadet or cadets running around slandering minorities. Also, we're so fast and loose with the term "victim" now that anyone taking offense to words, thoughts, and ideas earn the same status as victims of violence. I watched the speech again, and I do think the speech is really very good. But it was brought about by a lie. Is it okay to lie and deceive to generate empathy and solutions to problems that do not exist? Are any positive outcomes worth this particular lie that created them?
  11. Texas Church Shooting

    I remember a squadron having it's members fill out Lautenberg Amendment paperwork, but those forms were only kept in mobility folders. I vaguely recall a self-inspection checklist item regarding them, but I don't think there was a formal process to route them if a person had an issue. Anyone know what the process is if a SQ member states that he falls under the LA restrictions?
  12. USAFA: Being masculine is bad

    I had actually mentioned the idea of it being fake in my earlier post, but edited it out because I thought I was being too cynical and because I thought it might be misconstrued as racist for immediately proposing the idea out of pure gut instinct. Still thought it was a great speech in a reality where it was necessary. But it was a horrible speech in a reality where the audience did nothing wrong. The result was the rest of the world perceiving it as a one good Dad scolding thousands his children for being terrible people. These kids were left to question their own identity, character, and integrity as well of that of the AFA student body as a whole when they shouldn't have. It also bothers me that there will be about 0.5% of the initial media coverage clarifying that there was only one terrible person, and he was the "victim"... leaving everyone with the earlier false perception. And perhaps that is the deliberate intent of some.
  13. USAFA: Being masculine is bad

    Turns out it was a fake hate crime. Kid wrote racist messages in his own board and others. http://www.kktv.com/content/news/Cadet-candidate-allegedly-targeted-by-racism-found-responsible-for-act-455948213.html
  14. Thunderbird F-16 flips at KDAY

    That was good. Post of the month?
  15. Texas Church Shooting

    It gets even more sad. RIP, Chief. http://taskandpurpose.com/texas-shooting-air-force-robert-corrigan/?utm_content=tp-facebook&utm_campaign=community&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social