Hating Trump: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love States Rights

Earlier this week I was scrolling through my news feed on Facebook at the gym between sets, which is pretty much standard operating procedure while deadlifting. You gotta give that back a break when it’s pulling weight. No surprises there. No, the real surprise came when I saw one of my friends (well, more like acquaintance, but you get what I’m getting at) who identifies as a hardcore Democrat/liberal applauding the state of Hawaii for signing a bill that essentially overrides the president’s decision to step out of the Paris agreement. At face value, it makes sense, they’re happy that our country is rising above the mandate of the federal government and doing their part to contribute to the fight against climate change. For what it’s worth, I…
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Bad Medicine

A very good friend of mine (and someone I hope will be contributing to this website in the near future) subscribes to a magazine called The Week, which is basically your standard news delivering publication that appears, well, every week. From what I can tell despite never having read it, it appears to be news of the real variety. Last week, when I sorted through thirteen days worth of mail, the cover of the most recent edition (and the featured picture for this post) caught my eye. Seeing Paul Ryan’s dopey, incompetent face on the cover of that magazine hucking castor oil suddenly gave me a moment of clarity. Everything clicked. But more on that in a second. For now, I’d like to use this opportunity to put over The…
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Everybody’s Got a Plan

This clip was floating around the internet before Saturday’s big game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors. I wrote about Kevin Durant last summer, and I mentioned I’d be bringing him up again. But this post isn’t to rail about how Kevin Durant is a coward (he is) or how he made a sub-optimal choice that will ultimately impact his legacy as a player in the NBA (he did) or how such a decision was likely to move him out of the limelight as one of the NBA’s premier players (it has). As I’ve said before, it’s his decision to make. Though I do expect I’ll be touching on this again. No, the point of today’s article was actually inspired by the thread on…
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They’re Not Sending Their Best.

Though some, I assume, are good ideas. But who is the “they” here I’m speaking of. If you guessed “the Clinton campaign”, well, actually, you’re wrong this time. But, the who isn’t really all that important here. For this discussion, we’ll focus on the why. The answer we were looking for, by the way, was the Democratic National Committee. They had a lot of ideas for this election cycle and, based on the way things shook out, most of them probably weren’t very good. But let’s get back to the why. I believe that the DNC, the group that was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s biggest ally in getting her in the White House, was actually one of her biggest hurdles and ended up being one that she couldn’t…
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YOU REQUIRE MORE VESPENE GAS

I’m going to do things a little differently today. Again, my blog, my rules. I’m jumping ahead in the rules of war because I saw a really interesting article today that’s very relevant to one of the chapters and I’m pretty sure I’ll probably forget about it by the time I make it through three mote of them. Don’t worry, I’m not skipping five through seven; we’ll get there. So what rule has me so excited that I just couldn’t hide it? That would be rule eight, referred to as the perfect economy strategy. The concept is that the best way to fight a war is to use your resources as efficiently as possible. If you’re a small force fighting against a stronger country, you can’t dig your heels in…
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Victory or Death

Let me start by saying I’m very glad I had a lot of influence from our good friend alcohol the Saturday night before the Packer/Seahawk game. Typically, I try to stick to my guns (that’s a callback!) and do what I say I’m going to do, but being out with a bunch of green and gold fans really dissuaded me from putting any money on Richard Sherman. Besides, I’d already convinced myself that because we were currently in the middle of snowstorm Aaron that there was no way meme magic could fail us. Couple that with my friend Jeff having been at the Packer/Giant game in 2010 that we needed to win or go home, and I was drinking the kool-aid hard. Several rounds of shots and several whiskey…
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Sticking to Your Guns

Chapter 3 of War focuses on the importance of keeping one’s mindin the heat of battle. “Amidst the Turmoil of Events, Do Not Lose Your Presence of Mind: The Counterbalance Strategy”is the stinger and title of said chapter. and a really good way of summing it up is as follows: You must stay focused, define your goals and have the confidence to achieve those goals. With this in place, strive toward that goal relentlessly. Choose a goal, define a strategy, believe in the strategy, implement the strategy. That sounds easy enough. The part where most people fall apart, the part that gives even the strongest of those among us trouble, is actually believing in the strategy. The jump from having a plan to doing it is hard, but actually…
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The New War, the Meme War

Let’s keep the summary of chapter two short and sweet. It’s title? Do Not Fight the Last War. Wikipedia is as good a place for one as any, so we’ll lift theirs: Tactics age, keep tactics fresh and always develop new ones. So the gist of this law of war is that you don’t want to be stuck in the past. You don’t want your enemies innovating while you’re staying the same. If you take a look at the history of war throughout the years, there’s a pretty common theme that binds most of the wars where the underdog came out a major winner. That is the strategy of unconventional warfare. The Revolutionary War of the United States, Napoleon’s rise to power, the Vietnam War… they all showcased…
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A Declaration of War

“Life is endless battle and conflict, and you cannot fight effectively unless you can identify your enemies. People can be subtle and evasive, disguising their intentions, pretending to be on your side. Learn to smoke out your enemies, to spot them by the signs and patterns that reveal hostility. Then, once you have them in your sights, inwardly declare war. As the opposite poles of a magnet create motion, your enemies – your opposites – can fill you with purpose and direction. As people who stand in your way, who represent what you loathe, people to react against, they are a source of energy. Do not be naive: with some enemies there can be no compromise, no middle ground.” That is the primer for the opening chapter of…
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How Trump Won

Last night’s election result was, to quote so many of the news outlets around the country, stunning. Trump, they argued, had no chance to win and stormed from out of nowhere to grab to grab an electoral map no one could have predicted and swipe the presidency by surprise. That’s certainly one way to look at it. Personally, and you guys my mom can toooottallly vouch for this, I’ve been pretty confident that the stunner that Trump dropped on the nation last night was was on pace for the last several months. After seeing the result of Great Britain voting to leave the European Union I became incredibly bullish on the same thing happening stateside. It seemed Trump had amassed a large array of followers based on what we were…
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