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  1. Fixed that for you. Nobody fired randomly into the crowd. A reasonable, and quite forgiving, threshold for (proxy) self-defense was established by the officer and she found herself in position to be first to test it out. She was very deliberately targeted and she alone suffered the appropriate consequences. Nothing random about it. A completely disingenuous comparison as there is no reasonable expectation of threat to life. Do our enemies know that they can just waltz onto Whiteman and steal a nuke because SF can't actually do anything about it? It's just trespassing and theft, right?
    6 points
  2. Meg Ryan was the hottest chick in the orginal
    5 points
  3. Show up on time, turn your shit in and talk occasionally during discussion and you’ll be fine.
    4 points
  4. There are of course multiple issues playing into the cost of gas prices, but the lack of effective leadership on the issue means that people are still going to keep looking back at Biden as prices keep going up. The 9,000 unused permits or whatever is a misleading talking point. Just because there is a permit to drill doesn’t mean that land has enough oil or gas to effectively be drilled. That claim is akin to saying to a prospector in 1849, “you have 2,000 acres of land in California, how are you not finding gold!?” The Department of Interior is already working to increase the royalties the government collects on federal land drilling. The permit process is exceptionally slow and makes it very difficult to get permits approved for drilling that may actually be cost effective. Not to mention the generally hostile position towards fossil fuels from this admin, including cancelling pipelines, etc… All of this is going to impact the market, on top of the Ukraine-Russia problems. Can Biden wave a magic wand and bring gas prices down? No. But just like everything else that happens during this administration, there is a complete vacuum of leadership. This admin obviously wants to eventually move America away completely from fossil fuels. I don’t agree with that position at all, but if I were this admin, here is what effective leadership might look like. “American people: my goal is to continue to move this country towards the green and renewable future of energy. But it’s clear the American people are hurting right now. In response to this I am sitting down with US oil companies to find out what we can do to improve US oil production and supply. In addition, I am working to immediately suspend the DOI’s plan for increased royalties and directing them to streamline and trim the existing permit approval process. It’s my mission to make sure American people are able to fill their tanks today while we continue to work towards an alternative fuel future.” Instead, we get told, “fuck you normal people, these prices are all part of the plan to make you switch to something else for your transportation needs. Boo hoo, you’re going broke right now, not my problem. Oh, and btw, quit your whining, I’m going to go beg to the Saudi’s for more oil.” It’s no wonder people slap “I did that” stickers on gas pumps. Has this admin genuinely faced some tough circumstances? Yes. But effective leadership is marked by how you handle those circumstances. You can’t just keep pointing blame at other things and people, take no action, and then expect the people your leading to not start to look to you for why things are so shitty.
    3 points
  5. Yeah, except these were the gas prices under Trump, so I'm not buying it...
    3 points
  6. Wasn't she part of the same crowd that: Wanted to hang the vice president Physically assaulted capitol police in order to gain access to the capitol. Sprayed bear spray/pepper spray at police trying to keep them out Failed to comply with instructions to stay back/disperse with law enforcement who are sworn to protect the capitol grounds and members of Congress/staff. Tragic as her death is, the police were doing thier job.
    3 points
  7. Just curious if you think things are still going well?
    3 points
  8. I don’t even think it’s important. The GWOT invalidated those schools and the officers they produced. None of their advanced education brought anything worthwhile to the GWOT. Our successes were tactical, and produced by guys & gals in the trenches flying the daily line figuring out a new way to expedite authorities, move stuff, pass gas, engage high speed cars, track squirters, etc. Guys like you. Making the only thing close to a win by pure grit & attrition. Whereas our numerous GWOT failures were produced (militarily at least, I’ll sidestep political finger-pointing) by inexperienced commanders overthinking relatively simple problems. Attendance at these prestigious schools and their prerequisite Exec/ADC jobs is a time demand incompatible with double digit line flying deployments. When these graduates finally showed up down range, it was always in a leadership position however their lack of operational experience and credibility resulted in leading without confidence or operational context; their knowledge of war was theoretical. They didn’t trust their captains to provide that experience, were crippled by a lack of confidence, did not understand how to intelligently take calculated risk, were fixated on irrelevancies while mischaracterizing captains who prioritize mission and ignored irrelevancies as undisciplined, and stuck to poor command decisions out of pride. You couldn’t talk to these people. They just wanted to make it to the end of their tour without anything happening. They despised initiative. The elite IDE/SDE schools and fellowships are no longer prestigious. They produced graduates who simply cannot win, and stifled those who could.
    3 points
  9. Don’t ruin my rage buzz danger! How dare you we are trying to execute spincon2022!
    2 points
  10. Don't over think it. Go there, be a good bro like you already undoubtedly are in your squadron, and just try to help out where you feel you can. Don't gun for DG. Appreciate the 4 week vacation from flying the line which we all know can be fun but exhausting sometimes. Take what you can from the course, but don't overthink any of it. You might only hear 1-2 useful things there. You might hear a dozen. It depends how much AETC is guzzling their own bullshit at any given time and how comfortable as a leader you've already come into your own style. Do go out and drink, party, have a good time. This is 95% a networking event. Skills you get on making connections become super important in any profession. Even if you're not a drinker just go to hang out. Try and learn a bit about other AFSCs. You can hate them all you want at your squadrons next roll call but for now get some insights from them. I was surprised when I learned how much responsibility certain Captains in fields like airfield ops get. For the wife/little one.... Montgomery isn't a great place to bring them. You totally can but I don't think your wife would be comfortable/happy. I dunno just my 2c. My wife went but we didn't have a newborn. She was REALLY bored in the hotel room all day. Maybe see if you can send her home to her parents for a month?
    2 points
  11. When I went through (both student and IP) that was a rule and we scoffed it wholesale. Molding young minds on how to act in a bar regardless of being shmammered is a good lesson to be learned before their first CAF TDY. Also, a great way to keep them from killing themselves and find out who the douchebags were. I have some faith our youths will find a way to “anonymously” keep up a proper tradition despite the pussification of the AF.
    2 points
  12. Dude in our class easily broke the ice on day one for us when we were choosing flight roles. He self identified as not needing SOS DG and not particular gunning for it. When I went your class had to decide their own flight roles, including the flight lead which is usually a shoe in for DG if you don't screw it up. This was usually an awkward moment because noone wants to come off as someone who is not going to try but noone wants to come off as pushy or start conflict on the first day. Anyway, that sort of broke the tension in the room and everyone else admitted they weren't looking for DG either. Made the rest of the course either. That said, another approach is don't immediately look down on anyone who is gunning for DG. There are a lot of c*** blowers for sure but there are some people that are riding a glass tight rope in their home squadron and they are hoping something like a solid SOS performance might turn it around for them. If you have anyone like that, feel free to advocate for them taking the flight lead role so they have the opportunity and giving them chances to prove themselves.
    1 point
  13. Negatory does bring up valid CFs, and perhaps his annoyance stems from people ignoring those CFs in conversation (intentionally or not). But the RC absolutely is Biden and his policies. He has fucked up royally, but it’s disingenuous to say nothing else has contributed to our economic problems and helping increase the effects of Biden’s fuck ups.
    1 point
  14. It’s just an “incredible transition” we must all go through!
    1 point
  15. I could give you my own opinion but I wouldnt do it as well as this guy who is an actual attorney and works on use of force cases. There are several facets of Ashli's killing that are irregular with contemporary norms for use or force. https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/569827-justified-shooting-or-fair-game-shooter-of-ashlii-babbitt-makes-shocking/amp/ My point with the comparison to BLM, is if we are going to scrape through the dirt every time an unarmed person is shot by police I support of a democratic narrative, we need to do that in all cases. Not just ones that support our political party.
    1 point
  16. You mean the video where the group of protesters were attempting to break down a barricaded door with armed police behind it; and then she subsequently tried to climb thorough? https://www.nbcnews.com/video/capitol-shooting-that-led-to-ashli-babbitt-s-death-captured-on-video-99180613572. How was that supposed to go down? What is a police officer supposed to do when faced with this situation? Were police supposed to help her through the door and thank her for her efforts in "discouraging the crowd"? What am I missing here? If there is another video or a different side of the story, I am all ears. What does this have to do with BLM? Are you suggesting the police officer randomly shot into the crowd? I fail to see the connection.
    1 point
  17. If you mean better than the last guy, well that's a pretty low bar. I'll withhold judgement until the new edicts start rolling out. I wish him luck, he's inheriting a mess of toxic second-tier effects.
    1 point
  18. I agree with most of your sentiment but the dynamics were a bit different here than your average street protest no?
    1 point
  19. Did he say that because he washed out of F-15 RTU and thinks himself a “carnivore?”
    1 point
  20. As an Air Force reservist and veteran he has a responsibility to ask about what happened with Ashley Babbit, and I've yet to see one person on the commission ask why a woman/veteran was murdered by a federal entity on capital grounds and no justice was served.
    1 point
  21. Why does the 24 year old Spirit F/O get to use the known crew member access point, yet DoD pilots entrusted with weapons of war have to battle airport security checkpoints? I’ve gone through four separate concourses in one day, each of which required me to remove my laptop/belt/shoes while some neckbeard harasses the mom of an infant about “excessive” amounts of breast milk in the diaper bag. Thanks Bin Laden.
    1 point
  22. Anyone with half a brain should realize that the leftist establishment pulling Brandon’s puppet strings loves our gas situation. 1- Furthers their argument of acceleration of programs like the Green New Deal, 2- Improves their justification for large scale social programs just in time for the midterms. What is the saying? “Never let a good crisis go to waste”.
    1 point
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