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  • Teacher on Leave After Snapchat Rant About Prom Overspending

    05/23/2017 2:52:54 PM PDT · 33 of 41
    Night Hides Not to lee martell
    She made a mistake saying all that on Social Media. Should have thought who else might be reading it. Why not just write in in a diary?

    I may be painting with a broad brush, but I've seen way too many teachers with an attitude, an expectation that they have unlimited access to parents' time, and money. Booster clubs, "write-a-check" programs, etc. If you don't acquiesce, the clear message is "you don't love your child."

    I've got news for them: they can KMA. I've done two things for my 3 children (30, 28, and 15) that they can never take away from me: I made sure they were born in Texas, and I taught them how to swim.

    Anything else is gravy. lol

  • Teacher on Leave After Snapchat Rant About Prom Overspending

    05/23/2017 2:44:36 PM PDT · 32 of 41
    Night Hides Not to hanamizu
    Yeah, I'm just jealous, too. My senior thesis took me about 4 months to complete (40+ years ago). With today's technology, it would've taken me three weeks, tops.

    You raise a great point about "learning the technology", an important part of today's tech world. As I see it, my son was learning about the capabilities of that tablet, though he should not have playing games in class.

  • Teacher on Leave After Snapchat Rant About Prom Overspending

    05/23/2017 12:25:43 PM PDT · 10 of 41
    Night Hides Not to simpson96
    When will teachers learn to STFU?

    My son's teacher surely did not like my response to her emai, telling me he was caught playing a game on his school issued tablet.

    I told her I would counsel my son to cease that activity; however, what did she think was going to happen when they opted to eliminate textbooks in favor of tablets?

  • 50 Years ago today

    05/13/2017 11:00:20 AM PDT · 87 of 108
    Night Hides Not to Chainmail
    Thanks, I appreciate your kind words. I was in an unique unit in Germany: a composite Chaparral/Towed Vulcan battalion, with batteries at Hahn, Spangdahlem, and Bitburg air bases. The battalion was deactivated over 20 years ago.

    At Hahn, I was 40 miles away from Battalion HQ. During Air Force tac evals, I was down in the Wing CP for 4 days as the Army Liaison Officer. The only other officer with a TS clearance was the BC, so I was it.

    Within 30 minutes of my first tac eval, they dropped an NBC input while I was briefing the Wing Cdr on the deployment of our platoons. His expert, the Wing Disaster Preparedness Officer, overreacted by recommending Alarm Red, which meant everybody had to go full MOPP.

    You can imagine the looks I received when I spoke up to offer my recommendation...lol, an Army butterbar surrounded by 4-5 Air Force bird colonels. It was in my wheelhouse, as I was my battery's NBC officer. The Wing Cdr liked my recommendation so much (Alarm Yellow, no MOPP), he loudly told his staff that, as long as he was in command, he wanted to see the "Army lieutenant" whenever there was an NBC input.

  • 50 Years ago today

    05/13/2017 10:11:18 AM PDT · 80 of 108
    Night Hides Not to luvbach1
    Doesn't matter luvbach...we all served.

    I never saw combat, either. Closest I got to it was as an Augmentation Reserve Force commander for a local Nike Hercules site. Basically, it consisted of taking 40 air defenders who hadn't undertaken small arms tactics since Basic Training, issuing live ammo to them, and conducting an exercise inside the security perimeter where nuclear weapons were stored.

    In addition to that, it was observed by evaluation teams from USAREUR or Department of the Army.

    During my last of 6, I got into it with the team chief, a Lt Colonel. Once notified, we had four hours to assemble, train, and move the 40 men with two towed Vulcans to the site. I felt pretty good, we got there 30 minutes early. The team chief disagreed with me, and I was incredulous. He didn't like my explanation, that I held them back for extra training. I think my reasoning was logical and understandable.

    At the outbriefing for this nuclear surety inspection, the Nike Herc battery's entire chain of command was there, all the way to the Deputy CG of 32nd AADCOM. The team chief made one last comment about my ARF's "late" arrival, which elicited muffled laughter from the officers of the NH battery: i.e. if that's all he had, everything was golden...for them.

    When the team left, BG Archie Cannon went up to the podium, looked directly at me and said, "Lieutenant, I'll take that hit for you. Anytime you want to give your soldiers extra training, you have my permission."

    That made everything...golden...lol.

    Recalling all the things that could have gone wrong during those six missions, I'm exceedingly grateful, no one was ever injured, nor was a round ever discharged.

  • 50 Years ago today

    05/13/2017 9:55:42 AM PDT · 79 of 108
    Night Hides Not to Chainmail
    Thank you for posting your story, Chainmail...Semper Fi.

    I celebrated my birthday this week, and the 40th anniversary of my first ARTEP as a Chaparral Platoon Leader.

    "Celebrate" might seem an odd adjective, considering I flunked it. However, it was a defining experience in my life. The morning of the ARTEP, I was installed as the platoon leader, in addition to the platoon I had led for four months.

    For weeks afterward, the fecal matter rolled down on my head. Finally, I got irritated enough to tell my BC, I get it, but if it's all on me, then stay the hell out of my way and let me do my job.

    Over the next 18 months, I took 3 more platoons successfully through their ARTEPS, including one with 3 "Acting Jack" squad leaders.

    It wasn't unusual for me to get off on the wrong foot with my superiors. However, once they saw how I applied myself and how I worked with my NCOs, we usually got along great. I really got off to a rocky start with my last Battalion Cdr in Germany...lol. However, we ended up getting along so well that I went to work for him back at Fort Bliss as his Operations Officer.

    Unlike you, my stories are interesting only to me, but the lessons I learned from them have enriched my life.

  • Marine Corps Considers Ending Policy of “Every Marine is a Rifleman”

    05/10/2017 4:45:45 PM PDT · 29 of 83
    Night Hides Not to huldah1776
    After the first EMP blast, everyone will be a rifleman.

    I was in Air Defense Artillery (short range-Chaparral/Vulcan). We knew that when we ran out of missiles, we became straight leg infantry...lol.

  • BREAKING: White House announces President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey

    05/09/2017 2:49:22 PM PDT · 7 of 793
    Night Hides Not to BradtotheBone

    Ivanka’s new job? lol

  • Feminist Mom Puts Her Son in Ballet,Vows to Turn Him Into a Proud Princess

    05/08/2017 6:39:29 PM PDT · 72 of 72
    Night Hides Not to Mamzelle
    Wish my parents had enrolled me in a dance class. Not their fault, though. I didn't do that well with women until after a couple of years in Germany. As I learned the language, and about wine, it opened doors.

    I've taught my sons about wine basics, so they now what to order when they take a woman to dinner.

  • Chrissy Teigen says Trump should pay for her botox, medical bills because of 'crippling anxiety'

    05/04/2017 2:29:32 PM PDT · 32 of 44
    Night Hides Not to thefactor

    Don’t forget, John Legend is vey wealthy.

  • Poll: Majority back preemptive strike on North Korea nukes

    05/04/2017 10:38:55 AM PDT · 43 of 50
    Night Hides Not to kevcol
    I'm wondering how many of those 52% ever served a day in the military?

    Pre-emptive strikes often don't serve their purpose? Pearl Harbor?

  • Army Secretary Nominee: Citizens Should Have Same Arms As Military

    05/03/2017 5:57:40 AM PDT · 32 of 74
    Night Hides Not to Strategy
    I appreciate George Mason's definition of "militia":

    I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.

    IMHO, about the only thing the Founding Fathers whiffed on was term limits, but I understand. They could not have contemplated the introduction of central air conditioning, which made Washington DC livable during the summer.

    Texas has it right, i.e. the Legislature meets every two years, less opportunity for them to make mischief.

  • Spicer leaves White House briefing without taking question

    05/02/2017 12:51:34 PM PDT · 15 of 38
    Night Hides Not to Night Hides Not
    Or Triumph the Wonder Dog:

  • Spicer leaves White House briefing without taking question

    05/02/2017 12:48:36 PM PDT · 13 of 38
    Night Hides Not to DoodleDawg

    Only one who could pull this off is Max Headroom.

  • Bring Back the Draft? Your Thoughts!!

    05/02/2017 6:59:26 AM PDT · 144 of 145
    Night Hides Not to laplata
    And Europe can sink on it’s own.

    They've been doing a really good job, aren't they?

    What the typical liberal does not understand is the world is a much safer place when America is strong. However, our elected officials often make the mistake of using our military as a police force throughout the world, with rules of engagement that get our military killed.

    I used the above paragraph to great effect during the weeks leading up to the Reagan victory in 1980. My German neighbors were convinced that he would start WWIII. I really enjoyed the conversations I had with them at the local gasthaus, and I pulled upon my knowledge of world and military history to make my points...in German. I was nearing the end of my 4th year in country, and my last 2 1/2 years of that tour were so enjoyable, as I spoke German quite well, and without an accent.

    I was all of 26 at the time. I had a great, well-rounded education, and my stepfather was a brilliant man who supplemented my formal schooling. It was also fortunate that I went without TV during those 4+ years, so I spent my time reading and traveling the local area. It was an amateur historian's dream: the lower to middle Mosel was settled by the Romans in the 1st century AD, and their influence was strong up to the 8th/9th century.

    One of my favorite trips was a 30 minute drive to Trier, the oldest city in Germany. Open air cafes within 50 yards of the Porta Nigra were a great place to enjoy an adult beverage.

    I also spent numerous Friday afternoons at my favorite winery in Briedel. For 2-3 hours, I'd drink wine with the owner, who instructed me on the varieties of Mosel wine, which I continue to apply today. Before leaving, I'd buy only enough wine to last me 4-6 weeks, until the next trip.

    Thanks to the internet, I discovered the website to the winery, now operated by his son. Surprisingly, they ship to Texas, and I'm now a regular customer. Between that winery and a winery south of Fort Worth, my wine needs are more than satisfied.

  • How Malia Obama is Redefining Intern Style (barf alert: wears $425 Alexander Wang dress to work)

    05/01/2017 12:30:57 PM PDT · 20 of 66
    Night Hides Not to RightGeek
    Who stole her pants?

    Her SS agents are holding on to them for safekeeping. If her dress and sneakers cost $800, I hate to imagine how much her jeans cost. lol

  • The wine industry’s battle with climate change

    05/01/2017 12:04:45 PM PDT · 22 of 23
    Night Hides Not to SamAdams76
    Now wine comes from all sorts of unlikely places like Oregon, Virginia or Long Island. Not to mention practically every civilized nation on earth. We are very rich in wine.

    Texas has grown from the #10 producer to #6 over the past five years. Napa has become more of a real estate play, as real estate prices are approaching $3-5 million an acre.

    That's why areas like Roseburg OR, and Idaho are seeing interest as wine producing regions. Roseburg's got a lot of farmland suitable for growing grapes. I don't know what a typical acre costs, a quick search threw out estimates between $15K to $50K per acre. Last time I was there, Roseburg had two dozen wineries and over $30 million had recently been invested new vineyards.

    I lived along the Mosel for four years, it got plenty cold during the winter, and the low today in Traben-Trarbach was 41, typical for that time of year. OTOH, it was 45 degrees when I started my car this morning (Dallas), which means climate change is affecting us too.

  • The wine industry’s battle with climate change

    05/01/2017 10:46:34 AM PDT · 17 of 23
    Night Hides Not to muleskinner
    so we have a ways to go to catch up to the weather 2000 years ago.

    Have patience, my FRiend...lol!

  • The wine industry’s battle with climate change

    05/01/2017 10:30:06 AM PDT · 13 of 23
    Night Hides Not to Twotone
    There are ALREADY vineyards & wineries in Washington. And Canada...

    Of course there are. Wine grapes can be grown as far north as 50 degrees latitude, or the rough equivalent of Calgary, Alberta.

    I was stationed in Germany for four years, lived in a Mosel River town by the name of Traben-Trarbach. My favorite winery, about a ten minute drive from my apartment is located in Briedel, latitude 50.02 degrees latitude.

    Dozens of wineries in that area produce award winning wines every year. In fact, it's time for me to place another order with that winery. They ship to Texas, and I'm able to buy direct from them at less than half of retail.

    I also noticed that Pampa, ID has two dozen wineries, located on the Snake River.

  • Absent glitter and Trump, journalists honor press freedom [WHCD was Whining Epic Fail]

    05/01/2017 8:53:12 AM PDT · 12 of 15
    Night Hides Not to Texas Eagle

    +1000 Eagle! Where are these journalists when it’s time to speak out against BLM and AntiFA?