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Friday, July 10, 2020

Recommendations For A Young Man Leaving For The Navy

I'm a member of a men's group on Facebook that revolves around a really great book that I think all men should read called How To Be a 3% Man by Corey Wayne. Now, it's primarily a guide on how to understand women, but if you've read the book a number of times you begin to realize that the principles in the book simply lead you to be a better man in general.

Anyway, one of the young men in the group reached out to me because he knew I had served in the Navy when I was younger, and he is getting ready to ship out to boot camp at the end of August. Based on some of my other posts in the group, he felt that I had my proverbial shit together, and asked me if I had any advice for a young man getting ready to ship out.

I told him that I did indeed have some advice. I also said that I didn't have my shit together when I was in the Navy, but wisdom comes from experience... and experience comes from bad decisions.

Anyway, I thought I would share with you what I told him:
  • When you get to boot camp, keep your head down, follow orders and try to be invisible. Do not try to stand out. It will make your time there go much smoother… trust me.
  • Embrace the suck – A lot of the stuff you do in the military sucks, but you can get through it if you have a good mental attitude about it.
  • Stay away from females in boot camp. After you haven’t seen a hot woman in weeks, the chicks there start looking better and better… It’s a mirage, and they are trouble. It’s not worth it.
  • When you get to ‘A’ school, pay attention and learn everything you can about your rate. Most of the time, you will have to unlearn everything you learned in school when you get to the fleet, but doing well in ‘A’ school often has benefits… like first pick of orders.
  • Read “Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey – I wish I had that knowledge when I was your age.
  • Take advantage of living on base/ship and eating the free food at the galley and save your money. At your age, if you can just put $200 per payday away in a Roth IRA, you can retire as a millionaire. That’s no bullshit. That would be on top of your pension should you choose to make the Navy a career, and it will grow 100% tax free.
  • When you go overseas, don’t just go bar hopping and tail chasing like I did. At least one day in every port, play tourist and see the sites. I wish I had done that more.
  • Always keep your uniforms well pressed, take pride in your appearance and take pride in your work. It will pay off, and you will advance faster than the other guys in your division.
  • Whatever shit position they put you in for general quarters, line handlers, mess cranking etc – Always try to do the best job you can to stand out, and try to qualify for whatever leadership role is available in that position. For instance, try to be the line captain for line handlers. Every time I did that I would just get moved out of that shitty position altogether into something much better. Besides, it gives you a goal to pursue instead of complaining about the sucky position.
  • Don’t get married until you are established in life. Doesn’t matter if you stay in the Navy or not. Women are dream killers. Follow your passion, get established in your career and worry about starting a family after that is done. It is too difficult to do it after you have a family you need to support. – I did it, but it was hard working full time, going to school full time and trying to be a father and husband.
  • Listen to the following audiobooks – Or read them on paperback:
After I sent him this stuff, he was very appreciative. I told him that I hope he follows at least some of this advice because if 40 year old me told 18 year old me this stuff, 18 year old me wouldn't have listened. 18 year old me thought he knew everything!

What advice do you have for a young man getting ready to ship out? 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

White House Fires Back At Hillary Clinton Over Claims Trump Admin Is Trying To Move November Election

Failed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tried to fan the flames of conspiracy Wednesday, tweeting out a warning that senior Trump White House advisor Jared Kushner was part of a team exploring the possibility of moving the November presidential elections, and now the White House is firing back.

Kushner responded to a question from a TIME Magazine reporter Wednesday, asking whether the White House was exploring the possibility of delaying the November election out of concern over coronavirus. The White House, of course, has largely opposed Democrats’ plans to create an entirely by-mail voting system, forcing Americans to cast their ballots and send them to state election officials, who have never processed millions of ballots at one time.

“When asked if there was a chance the presidential election could be postponed past November 3 due to the pandemic, Kushner said that isn’t his decision,” TIME Magazine reported.

“I’m not sure I can commit one way or the other, but right now that’s the plan,” Kushner replied, indicating that the White House had no current plans to ask Congress to move the election.

Although it went unreported, Kushner’s comments continued, making it clear the White House had no plans to ask for any future shutdowns, let alone of voting systems: “Hopefully by the time we get to September, October, November, we’ve done enough work with testing and with all the different things we’re trying to do to prevent a future outbreak of the magnitude that would make us shut down again.”

Leftists on social media took Kushner’s comments as a warning signal that the Trump administration was, in fact, exploring the possibility of delaying elections, and Hillary Clinton, who has been regularly suggesting that President Donald Trump is engaged in a conspiracy to keep the White House, even though there should be a 2020 presidential contest, zeroed in.

“I can’t believe I have to write this sentence, but the president’s son-in-law doesn’t get to decide when the election is,” Clinton wrote, linking an article about Kushner’s response.

Clinton was scalded on Twitter, by no less than Kushner’s own advisor, Avi Berkowitz, who fired back, “He literally said: ‘It’s not my decision to make.'”

Kushner clarified his own answer in a statement issued Wednesday night: “I have not been involved in, nor am I aware of, any discussions about trying to change the date of the presidential election.”

The White House, of course, has no power to move the election, regardless. The date of the presidential election — the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November — is set by Congressional edict and can only be changed by another Congressional edict. Even if President Trump wanted to postpone the election, both houses of Congress would have to agree, and there’s little chance Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) would assent to such a plan.

That hasn’t stopped Clinton and others, including former Vice President-turned-2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, from suggesting Trump is conspiring to take dictatorial control. Biden, in an interview last month said that, “Mark my words, I think [Trump] is going to try to kick back the election somehow — come up with some rationale why it can’t be held.”

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Clash Over Gerrymandering Back at Missouri Legislature

Clash Over Gerrymandering Back at Missouri Legislature JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A showdown on gerrymandering is expected over a proposed initiative that would gut the "fair maps" rules passed by Missouri voters just two years ago. In 2018, Amendment 1 put the redistricting process in the hands of a nonpartisan demographer. ...(Read More)

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci to warn of 'needless suffering and death' if U.S. reopens too soon

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, plans to tell the Senate health committee on Tuesday that the U.S. risks "needless suffering and death" if the country reopens too quickly amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and ...

Monday, May 11, 2020

BREAKING: Iran Accidentally Opens Fire On An Iranian Military Ship, Dozens Of Iranian Sailors Reportedly Dead

Dozens of Iranian sailors were reportedly killed during the early morning hours on Monday after an Iranian destroyer accidentally opened fire on another Iranian destroyer.

“Dozens of sailors in Iran’s Navy were killed early Monday after a on-board missile was accidentally shot from one destroyer and hit another,” The Jerusalem Post reported. “During a military drill, a C-802 missile was fired toward another Iranian Navy destroyer, striking it and causing extensive damage, the reports said.”

“Some 40 naval service members were missing after the incident, local media outlets reportedly said,” according to Haaretz. “Iran’s Fars semi-official news agency meanwhile said one person was killed and several injured during a naval exercise.”

The news comes after tensions between the U.S. Navy and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN), which is a designated terrorist organization, increased last month when 11 Iranian gun boats swarmed a U.S. destroyer in the region.

The U.S. Navy said in a statement at the time:

On April 15, eleven Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) vessels repeatedly conducted dangerous and harassing approaches of the USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3), USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60), USS Firebolt (PC 10), USS Sirocco (PC 6), USCGC Wrangell (WPB 1332) and USCGC Maui (WPB 1304) while the U.S. vessels were conducting joint integration operations with U.S. Army AH-64E Apache attack helicopters in the international waters of the North Arabian Gulf.

The IRGCN vessels repeatedly crossed the bows and sterns of the U.S. vessels at extremely close range and high speeds, including multiple crossings of the Puller with a 50 yard closest point of approach (CPA) and within 10 yards of Maui’s bow.

The U.S. crews issued multiple warnings via bridge-to-bridge radio, five short blasts from the ships’ horns and long-range acoustic noise maker devices, but received no response from the IRGCN.

After approximately one hour, the IRGCN vessels responded to the bridge-to-bridge radio queries, then maneuvered away from the U.S. ships and opened distance between them.

The IRGCN’s dangerous and provocative actions increased the risk of miscalculation and collision, were not in accordance with the internationally recognized Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) “rules of the road” or internationally recognized maritime customs, and were not in accordance with the obligation under international law to act with due regard for the safety of other vessels in the area.

The U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and Army have been conducting joint interoperability operations in the North Arabian Gulf since late March.

U.S. naval forces continue to remain vigilant and are trained to act in a professional manner, while our commanding officers retain the inherent right to act in self-defense.

Trump later responded to the incident by saying, “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.”

This is a breaking news story, refresh the page for updates.

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