Thursday, December 09, 2004

Morning Jocks...

Has anyone ever listened to Opie and Anthony?

They are doing a full week free on XM Radio trying to promote them as a premium channel.

It's like looking at an industrial accident or a train wreck.

These guys have almost no redeeming qualities. They are absolutely the worst human beings I have ever heard. There is no subject so horrible that they won't talk about it, no human being that they won't insult horribly, no speech impediment, physical deformity, medical condition, personality trait, race, color, creed, nationality, regional accent, or victim of tragedy that they won't ridicule mercilessly.


They are so foul that I feel guilty just listening to them.

But, although most of what they do sounds like a couple of idiots sitting around burning brain cells, occasionally they do something really incredibly funny.

Not enough to make it worth it to pay for the show, but they are funny once in a while. In the end though, it sort of makes me feel bad for our country when someone can make a good living by simply being mean to other people. For you to understand how grotesque and cruel their humor is you should probably know that I insult people all the time. I have no problem hurting someone's feelings either, obviously, as long as it serves a purpose. But their style is so horrible it's like an emotional disemboweling when they make fun of people.

I've never listened to Howard Stern, but I imagine he is somewhat similar.

My own favorite morning jocks are probably Bob And Tom, or the Breakfast Club Zoo on KMOD in Tulsa. Also, I liked the guy in Hawaii but I can't remember his name now.

Anybody else got any favorites? (Please don't say John Boy and Billy lol)

Monday, December 06, 2004


I spoke to the BC today about training for MOUT and just about everything I had in mind is already in the works (at one stage or another).

My faith in the US Army is restored and by April theyll be training in a MOUT city here at Ft Jackson.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

New Platoon...

Long week...

Got a bunch of good privates with a few mixed in who won't make it. Overall it's going pretty well. They are highly disciplined as a platoon. I've only had to really brutalize them once lol. I'm pretty sure they understand what kind of standard I expect regarding bay maintenance now :)

I'm in a different platoon again now that I am back in C Co. I'm now a 3rd PLT VIPER. On the other hand, I have one of my old partners working with me again. I've been really fortunate regarding the NCOs I've worked with over the last two years.

The major challenge this cycle will be getting them in good physical shape to pass the PT test. They leave for 10 days during Christmas and I know the majority of them will do nothing but eat and lay around on the couch. Then we will have to start over getting them in shape with only 2-3 weeks before the final PT test. The high speed Privates will do some PT during the break, but they aren't the ones who usually struggle anyway.

We start teaching them to do some more stuff this cycle. They're going to learn a little bit more about Urban combat and Convoy operations. It's all good stuff for them to learn, but in my opinion there are things they should learn first that they aren't being taught. (Except by me during Drill Sergeant Time). In my humble opinion, they should be learning a lot about firing from the standing and kneeling positions accurately, before they start getting into clearing rooms and stuff. It's great that they are learning reflexive fire (no aim, instinctive fire within 15-20 meters), but I suspect most of their contact will be on the street firing from behind HMMWVs and cars or around walls and corners. I don't mean this as criticism, just that I would prioritize the training a little differently. I don't see a whole lot of mechanics or personnel clerks being called on to clear buildings, but I do see them getting hit with IEDs and having to defend themselves while they extract wounded and unass the area.

Anyway, I'm squarely in the middle of the foodchain, so it's really not my function to decide what goes in the POI for BCT, just to train em up on it and give em whatever else I can squeeze in while they're here. BCT is getting better and naturally there are going to be things that not everyone agrees on. The important thing is that it is improving and will continue to do so.

Well, I only have a few hours off and I still have to go work this evening, so that's all the time I have for the week. I'm out...