Wednesday, 30 August 2017

The Vet Story

I picked up an article by Campus Reform today.  Interesting topic....banning veterans from college campuses.

Someone out at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs wrote up a poster-flyer...saying "in order to protect our academic institutions we must ban veterans from four-year universities.”

The suggestion from the flyer is that you really can't allow any potential right-wing individuals to attend campus lectures and they have to be under some type of suppression.

Why?  The general comment is that a campus is supposed to be a place of education....understanding safe territory, etc.

The flyer says: “Many veterans openly mock the ideas of diversity and safe spaces for vulnerable members of society.”

At some point in the flyer, there is even a statement that veterans can't see individuals of color.

Then the best part of the flyer comes out....suggesting that vets present “overwhelming” presence.

So you'd sit and eventually ask....well...where can veterans go to be educated, and the suggestion is....trade schools and junior two-year colleges.  Only kids should attend real four-year universities.

I sat and read through it.  Several things come to mind.

1.  The child-like mentality present in the writer....like that of a 13-year-old kid....is evident.  Overwhelmed?  What exactly do they think they will get as they wrap up the degree....go out to the real world, and find these veterans are now their bosses and directors?  If you couldn't handle the vets in college....you certainly want be able to handle them in the real world.

2.  Safe zones?  A Marine vet will tell you that once you think you in a very unsafe position....you pull out a trenching tool....dig a three-foot foxhole....and prepare to return fire.  Anything other than the foxhole....is not a safe zone.

3.  Vets can't see individuals of color?  Well....once you get through boot-camp, there is no real color barrier.  Everyone is screwed and by the team approach will the bulk of the team survive.  It's absolutely true....a vet just doesn't have much on color vision.

4.  The problem I see here is that once Professor Jones starts some lecture on the great benefits of socialism in life....the veteran will ask which country will this be found, and the lecture will dissolve in a matter of ten minutes because the veteran won't accept some 3rd-grade marginal classroom talk by some idiot pretending to be a professor.

5.  The suggestion here of the vets being isolated to trade schools and junior colleges?  Simply a joke.  They are acting like that they are the privileged class, and that vet is the under-privileged class.

Where this flyer idea will go?  It'll be chatted about for weeks, and the veterans in various classes will prepare themselves for punk-kids to intimidate them.  But in this case....it's the wrong group to pick upon.  The fake intellectual crowd will be asked stupid questions and eventually have people ask how they got to such a level of stupidity.

My guess is that some professor actually wrote the flyer and hopes to generate some heated discussion. It'll go nowhere.

The Retraction Story

Several months ago....the pretender-comedian....Kathy Griffin....got into some kind of Trump tirade.  At the time.....she came to realize that the comments (meant to be 'funny')....went over some line, and then said some type of apology.

For about ten days....the news media hyped up the whole thing....with various Facebook idiots saying this and that.

Yesterday.....Kathy Griffin....roughly six months later and after reflection.....has said that she is NO longer sorry, and retracts the previous apology.

I sat and read the three line quote.  It's not worth discussing much.

I expect in a week....after more Twitter and social media chatter....she'll come back and retract the retraction.

Then three months will go by and she'll stand up again....retracting the retraction to the retraction.

Then six months will pass, and she'll stand up again....retracting the retraction to the retraction to the retraction.

Then three months will pass, and she'll stand up again.....retracting the retraction to the retraction of the retraction to the retraction.

By 2024....as President Trump finally leaves office....at least sixteen retractions will have passed and each will get a million social media thumbs-up or thumbs-down.

I've generally lost most all respect for celebrity folks over the past decade.  It's not worth discussing or getting hyped-up about.  Most of them aren't capable of rational thought, logic, or common sense. In this case, you can have a brief laugh over the retraction to the retraction business.  After about the fifth retraction to the retraction....there's just not much you can say.

Air Force Story

I noticed today that the news folks were all hyped up that a enlisted NCO in the Air Force....was made a legit pilot.

The basic story?  Around fifteen years ago....the Air Force bought into the unmanned reconnaissance aircraft deal.  This meant that some ground-pilot was sitting in a leather-chair....somewhere in the Vegas region....and running through a 12-hour mission, via satellite control of the vehicle.

From day one....the attitude was that this can only be done by pilots....real Air Force pilots.  They sat there and forced a huge number into the program.  Months of training involved and hostile pilots angry over the ground job which wasn't what they signed up for.  It took basically a year or two....for the Air Force to realize that they had a long-term problem.  To add some incentive to it....they rigged up fighters to be arranged at Nellis, and the pilots got to keep their certification by occasionally flying (just enough to meet the rules).

About six years ago, the problem became burn-out because of the long hours and new missions involving attack unmanned reconnaissance vehicles.  At some point, they discussed the idea of contractor-pilots being brought in....but the ethics people said that was a bad idea.

So some idiot finally stood up and suggested enlisted guys.  A number of people tried to voice negativity over this, but the arguments usually fell apart.

I got into a discussion back a dozen years ago with a couple of Air Force folks in my old office....that my 14-year old son (the gamer) could be a qualified pilot in thirty days, and he'd do it just for the case of Mountain Dew required for each mission, and a hundred bucks a mission.  Most everyone there agreed that it made perfect sense to open up the door to enlisted people.

So, it finally happened.  TSgt Courtney (came into the AF in 2005) is now a certified unmanned recon vehicle pilot.

My gut feeling is that over the next decade....at least four-hundred enlisted guys and gals will come to be certified as unmanned vehicle pilots.

The general rule to this effort?  It appears that you need to show more than a few years of work on your 'resume' and at least a CCAF degree (a two-year degree).  The idea of a junior airman just showing up after boot-camp and getting into the program?  Zero chance.

Will there be a ratio ceiling on this?  No more than 10-percent or 30-percent being enlisted?  Maybe behind all of the secret rules, there's likely to be some standard in place for the next five years.  But if you asked me to look a decade ahead....I think that 90-percent of the unmanned vehicle pilots will eventually be enlisted.

But I have this one single question on my mind.  When TSgt Courtney reaches the 20-year point (nine years away), and walks away.....what exactly is there for some future employment chance for an enlisted unmanned vehicle pilot?  Or are we viewing the future of commerce where hundreds of unmanned vehicles exist in the US, and this group simply shifts over to the next day easily?

Length of the tour?  This is one odd aspect.  Most will say that there was a rule in place for four years of unmanned vehicle pilot service.  Then you moved on.  Will that be extended?  Unknown.