August 28th, 2010

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I'd laugh, but it's not funny.

Ace of Spades HQ:
So it is more than a little surprising that a Reserve officer has thrown the bullshit flag.

For headquarters staff, war consists largely of the endless tinkering with PowerPoint slides to conform with the idiosyncrasies of cognitively challenged generals in order to spoon-feed them information. Even one tiny flaw in a slide can halt a general's thought processes as abruptly as a computer system's blue screen of death.

The ability to brief well is, therefore, a critical skill. It is important to note that skill in briefing resides in how you say it. It doesn't matter so much what you say or even if you are speaking Klingon.

Not surprisingly, COL Sellin has been relieved.


When I left the Army in 1991, the scourge of PowerPoint had not yet arrived, probably because laptop computers weighed damn near as much as a M2 .50 caliber heavy machine gun after you added the "tactical" MILSPEC case which also bloated them to the size of steamer trunks. If Colonel Sellin is within the same area code as the truth, no wonder it's been taking so long to squash the insurgents. I've long believed that the military in general has way too many staff officers and support people and not enough guys carrying rifles, and this just confirms that belief.
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Homebody Saturday

I had thought about going out today for another long walk, since last night's walkabout in downtown DC with smitty1e and Tom the Editor didn't kill me or even leave me groaning and incapacitated this morning, but I slept in and decided not to head downtown for the Restoring Honor rally, about half of which I watched on Facebook. It seems that was a wise decision, given the immense turnout.

Instead I stayed at home, futzed around with different stuff on the internets, started a piece on Libertarians which I decided to let simmer a while instead, and eventually decided to make chili, since I hadn't had that variety of comfort food in a while. No beans, of course; I'm too lazy to fix them from scratch, and the canned beans all have sugar added. It turned out okay, and the low-carb tortillas from La Banderita were excellent stand-ins for their usual soft versions, which have five times the carbs of their low-carb version. Add in Harris-Teeter's 4-cheese Mexican blend shredded cheese and a couple slices avocado, and the result was tasty goodness without bending or breaking the diet. I also made the We All Scream for Ice Cream recommended on the Something Awful low-carb megathread yesterday. Even though I screwed up by using whipping cream instead of heavy cream (they're not the same! Who knew?) it turned out well, just had more carbs in it than I wanted.

Going to go to bed early tonight, since I want to eat breakfast & leave early so I can arrive on time for mass at Holy Trinity, which is on the other side of DC. :(