Thursday, February 09, 2006

You Can Do This Without Me

OK, I'm just too busy. KJita and I are going out of town tomorrow to see KJMa, and I've got lots to do before then.

Some quick thoughts:

Finally, rockers and rappers will soon be killing each other. I'm so tired of rapper on rapper violence.

More outstanding logic from the Muslim world.

Warren David Schneider. Its Austrailian for stupid pervert.

Buy it now on E-Bay. Brokeback Mountain M&M.

Two Examples of Government Efficiency:

The military's about face after acting insane.

FEMA knew it sucked before the rest of us did. The solution is obvious: give it more funding.


At 4:18 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Precisely what I thought: there was more to the Rebrook story than appeared on the surface:

William Rebrook was told the 18 items were missing and that he could pay for them or fill out two forms saying that the equipment had been lost, damaged or destroyed in combat.

However, Edward Rebrook said his son would have had to stay in the Army, continue to live on base at Fort Hood and wait possibly weeks while those forms were processed. Instead, he chose to pay cash for the missing items and get out of the Army

Ummm... if he was in no hurry to get out of the Army and he was so broke that he had to "scrounge up" $700 from his "Army buddies" when he makes $3156 a month as a single lieutenant then why didn't he just fill out the danged forms?

Pardon me, but something is just not right here KJ. I could understand if this guy were a PFC, but he's an officer who graduated with honors from West Point and took a pay dispute to media instead of trying to resolve it through channels or through his command. I will say no more.

With entirely predictable results.

At 7:58 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

I'm sorry KJ.

My personal fav at this point in time is the Justice John Roberts Bobblehead.

My only quibble, really, is that they didn't do one of My Big Gay Judge.

I mean really.

At 10:00 PM, Blogger KJ said...

You can't fool me Cassandra. I've read Catch-22. Fill out forms, don't get out of Army. Don't fill out forms, pay money, get out of Army.

Somehow, he found a loophole and took it.

At 7:30 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

A loophole... my husband's comment last night was instructive: "sounds like another John Kerry'.

Exactly. Officers do not take "loopholes". They uphold the rules. They set the example. This is why they get paid more.

If he'd paid the $700 and then protested the decision up the chain I'd have had no beef with him. Where he went wrong was going to the media without going through the command. You don't circumvent the system - you work through it and give it time. How long has this guy been out...a week?

Was his fricking hair on fire? Over $700?

Come on. And it wasn't just a lousy vest - it was 18 items.

The military did not act insane here. They simply enforced the same rule they apply to everyone. If this officer cared about changing the rule, there are ways to get it changed (but I'm not sure it ought to be changed - it sounds quite reasonable to me. Do we really want to say, "Hey - you know those thousands of dollars of equipment the US taxpayer issued to you when you signed up? Well from now on, keep it when you leave as a parting gift.")

That is the logical implication of your "acting insane" statement, and to me that makes no sense. All this guy had to do was fill out two forms during his 8 months convalescent leave. But that was too hard.

And if he didn't find out about it until the last minute he could have stayed in or paid the fine (if time was of the essence) and protested the decision up the chain and been reimbursed without involving the media.

Again, I'm not sure the policy is an unjust one. Any broad-based policy will occasionally result in individual results which are unfortunate, but that is life.

Surely an officer is capable of understanding that.

At 8:19 AM, Blogger KJ said...


If you had read Catch-22 five times like me, you would have read "loophole" in a whole different way.

But rather than esplain, I'll sum up: it was a friggin' joke.

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

I'm sorry KJ. You're right, I haven't read Catch 22 since I was a kid (looooooooooooooooong time ago) so it went right over my head.

That's two of your jokes I haven't gotten now :)

[pulling hook out of mouth]

Sorry! I'm too easy, and you're too smart for me.


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