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From Vanity Fair:

For the liberal Pritzker dynasty, Jennifer’s politics were the problem, never her identity. But the former lieutenant colonel says she’s had enough of the president’s hate. “I don’t want to see my life, and the life of people like me, become a political poker chip.”

BY JAMES REGINATO
JUNE 13, 2019 5:00 AM

… Several Pritzkers are currently well known. Jay Robert (known as “JB”) became governor of Illinois in January, and his sister, Penny, served as commerce secretary in the Obama White House. But the family has always closely guarded its privacy.

Thus there was some surprise in Chicago nine years ago, when the Naphtali ben Yakov Pritzker American History Wing was inaugurated at the venerable Chicago History Museum. In addition to its lead show, “Facing Freedom in America,” the wing featured a permanent Pritzker-family history exhibition, which included a family tree. Here one could scroll down and see the name of James Nicholas Pritzker—a great-grandchild of Naphtali and the lead benefactor of the new wing—annotated by birth (1950), marriages (two), children (three), and career (colonel, Illinois National Guard; lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army, retired; Cold War era, Vietnam era, Antarctica, U.S. Army; U.S. Army Reserve, Illinois Army National Guard, 1974–2001).

But around the end of 2013, an alteration was made on the tree, one which few people saw coming: “Jennifer Natalya Pritzker born as James Nicholas Pritzker.” …

Pritzker has also been highly active in politics. In the view of some, the startling thing about her is her choice of party. The Pritzker clan has long been decidedly socially liberal and Democratic—the governor and the former commerce secretary are Jennifer’s first cousins—and Chicago itself is deep blue. But the colonel is blood red. A top Republican donor, she has written big checks to the likes of John McCain, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and Donald Trump, for whom she voted.

“For the Pritzkers her transitioning wasn’t that eventful. They’re all cool with it. It’s like, pass the salt,” says a family friend. “Her Republicanism—that’s more difficult for them.”

I keep pointing out that the most famous transgenders are virtually daring the public to notice that their main Talking Point — I always felt like I had a female brain — is hooey because they tend to have hilariously male-brained careers. Here’s a guy who was born into historic wealth, and yet he spent a huge number of weekends doing Army Reserve chores. Why? Because his brain loves military things.

By the way, in the US military, a lieutenant colonel is a separate rank above major and below colonel (a full colonel is known as a “bird colonel” due to the eagle insignia). Confusingly, lieutenant colonels are not addressed as “lieutenant colonel,” but as “colonel:”

Slang terms for the rank historically used by the U.S. military include “light colonel”, “short colonel”, “light bird”, “half colonel”, “bottlecap colonel” (referring to the silver oak leaf insignia), and “telephone colonel” (from self-reference as “colonel” when using a telephone).[citation needed]

 
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  1. Heh heh. “Telephone Colonel”. I hadn’t heard that one.

    In the Army, just like the AF, light bird is generally the rank at which you’ll retire if you keep your nose clean but don’t particularly distinguish yourself or have the political savvy to go higher.

    • Agree: Captain Tripps
    • Replies: @Daniel H
    >>In the Army, just like the AF, light bird is generally the rank at which you’ll retire if you keep your nose clean but don’t particularly distinguish yourself or have the political savvy to go higher.

    I believe that at the outbreak of WW2 Ike was just a lieutenant colonel. Pre-WW2 American military was not that big (imagine that!) there were just not too many available slots to advance up to.
    , @Thomas

    In the Army, just like the AF, light bird is generally the rank at which you’ll retire if you keep your nose clean but don’t particularly distinguish yourself or have the political savvy to go higher.
     
    Somewhat similar in the Marines. There tend to be a fair number of Lieutenant Colonels because they can command battalion- or squadron-sized units. There's less natural work for a full-bird Colonel to do if they're not on their way to the stars (the General ranks).
    , @Anon

    light bird is generally the rank at which you’ll retire if you keep your nose clean but don’t particularly distinguish yourself or have the political savvy to go higher
     
    IANAV, but I was talking to my sister's neighbor based at a greater D.C. base. She is from a military family and is a lieutenant colonel. She said that she had decided to max out at that rank because in practice she'd have to relocate to Pennsylvania for six months to attend War College, which would disrupt her children's education. She is divorced, but she said it's worse for married women.

    You can also get the promotion with a batallion command, but many peacetime military officers are not in the war track, but are specialists. In her case she is a medical professional dealing with military responses to certain sorts of weopons. You cannot be assigned to lead a batallion of civilian lab techs to qualify for colonel. She felt that there should be a non-War College route for specialists like her to advance.
    , @Dr. X
    Somehow I don't think this thread would exist if his rank had been Obersturmbannführer instead of Lieutenant Colonel...
  2. Jennifer, the dems have been using you and people like you as “poker chips” forever.

    • Agree: Random Smartaleck
  3. From Donald McCloskey

    >>High school football player, tough-guy Chicago economist, I was married from 1965 to 1995, to the love of my life. When I was a guy I was a guy. I was straight. Well…since age eleven in strict privacy I had occasionally cross-dressed, but that little male peculiarity is pretty common, especially for some reason among engineers. Most of them are straight in affectional preferences, “heterosexual cross-dressers” being the term. And they don’t want to be women. For example, I didn’t, I thought. My wife caught on more quickly than I did in that turbulent year. When early in 1995 I discovered cross-dressing clubs, I was struck by the heavily male conversation at them; the engineers gathered in drag to talk in a meeting room at the local Holiday Inn about Iowa football. Regularly, the few GGs (genetic girls) at such gatherings, a handful of wives or hairdressers, would be serving the food and cleaning up afterward. Hmm, that’s odd, I would think. Don’t these guys realize we’re playing at being women? Then in August 1995 I twigged.

    https://hedgehogreview.com/issues/identitieswhat-are-they-good-for/articles/straight-man-to-queer-woman

  4. Colonel seems to be an odd rank.

    Princess Anne, for example, is a Colonel several times over

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne,_Princess_Royal

    The autobiography of Mexican muralist and Stalinist thug David Alfaro Siqueiros harks back to his involvement in the Spanish Civil War “Me llamaban el Coronelazo.” The nutcase Antonio Tejero who threatened the Spanish Parliament in 1982 was a Lt Colonel. “Nobody Writes to the Colonel” is one of the early successes of Colombian author Garcia Marquez. “Colonel Bogey” provided musical background to Holden and Guinness in “Bridge Over the River Kwai.” And “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp”

    https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-life-and-death-of-colonel-blimp-1943

    may be the oddest film ever made.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.
     
    Supposedly Major is the worst rank in the US Army and Marines. Majors always wind up as adjutants or XOs, never leaders of units.

    Being a contrarian by nature, this is probably why thought Major was the coolest rank, based on Lee Marvin kicking ass as Major Reisman in The Dirty Dozen and Richard Burton kicking ass as Major Smith in Where Eagles Dare, though I will note that Sir Rich is upstaged by Clint Eastwood kicking even more ass as Lt. Schaffer.

    , @Hank Yobo
    Princess Anne is an "honourary colonel" meaning she is viewed as a regiment's patron. The glamorous Princess Diana held similar offices much to the delight of all ranks in the units associated with her.
    , @guest
    I enjoy Col. Blimp, if you leave out the parts where they blame the Filthy Hun for ignoring the rules of Fair Play. Which features not only a fetching Deborah Kerr but an unforgettable Oompah Band duel.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_iJOT1XhFiBw/TJLZ4ohpXMI/AAAAAAAADoM/FCPVgBb_-4w/s1600/gentle4.png

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-44iT_sATl40/Ur1ONNuaKTI/AAAAAAAAJzM/V3Y_lmoDh6M/s1600/Deborah+Kerr+-+The+Life+and+Death+of+Colonel+Blimp+(1943)+1.jpg
    , @Stan Adams
    I had an Israeli professor who always pronounced colonel as koe-low-Nell. No one ever corrected her.
    , @istevefan

    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.

    Princess Anne, for example, is a Colonel several times over
     
    A full colonel is a respectable rank and one grade below general grade officers. A full colonel would command a regimental-sized unit which is most often reflected in a unit called a brigade in the US Army. This type of unit would have about 3-5 battalions and contain about 3000 troops.

    A Lieutenant Colonel is one step below a full colonel and has considerably less clout. A LTC would typically command one of those aforementioned battalions listed above. As such he would command about 500 troops.

    The princess is a colonel because in the British army, and its relatives in Canada and Australia, a regiment usually has an honorary colonel who is often a royal. This person is just a ceremonial head.
    , @68W58
    Before pensions and greater military professionalism "Colonel" was a rank that politically connected amateurs could be appointed so that they could have a title (even if they had no actual command authority). For instance, in a local cemetery there are two gravestones from the 1800s which carry the title "Colonel", but one lived during a time when it would have been extremely unlikely that he would have had any combat experience and the other, whose personal story I know a bit about, was left at home during the Civil War to manage the family business. Two younger brothers of his commanded regiments (in fact one commanded a brigade temporarily and was killed commanding that unit at Gettysburg). The elder brother had been s state senator and was married to the daughter of a former governor, so he was made a "Colonel" in the local militia, though this amounted to very little militarily.
    , @Bill Jones
    Colonel's seem to be the rank of choice for launching coups.
    It's the last rank which can claim to have contact and familiarity with the line troops, and therefore the greatest influence with the largest number
  5. Peak Stupidity, people! That is, along with peak lies, I guess.

    “For the Pritzkers her transitioning wasn’t that eventful. They’re all cool with it. It’s like, pass the salt,” says a family friend. “Her Republicanism—that’s more difficult for them.”

    Yeah, “pass the damn ham” – Scout. Sure, it was JUST like that:

    ♪♫♬ Billy James never had a lick of sense, pass the biscuits please …
    Seems like nothin’ ever comes to no good up on Choctaw Ridge …
    Now Billy Jen Peritzker’s jumped off the Tallachatchie bridge. ♪♫♬ “

    Thing is, he could have just hid the fact that he transitioned to a Republican and just, like, snuck into the voting booth and voted in secret or something. He could have kept this all hidden from the family. When he showed up to Thanksgiving dinner in high heels and lipstick, well … pass the damn ham, maam!

    • Replies: @peterike
    “Thing is, he could have just hid the fact that he transitioned to a Republican and just, like, snuck into the voting booth and voted in secret or something.”

    In a liberal Jewish family being outed as a child molester wouldn’t be half as bad as being a Republican.
  6. Okay, I’m dense (haven’t even started on tonight’s IPAs!).

    If this person truly loves male-oriented activities like a lengthy Army career, why the need to transition?

    Is it a simple need for attention? A reaction to getting passed over for promotion to colonel or brigadier general?

  7. Diet colonel.

    • Agree: Cortes
  8. A colleague who was telephone colonel in the Army told me about the time when he was still a captain and he managed to be a telephone captain. He had been assigned to a Navy base on temporary duty and when he called ahead to the base housing office to reserve temporary officer’s quarters he simply identified himself as Captain so-and-so, without stipulating he was an Army captain. When he showed up at the quarters the sailor he called was visibly steamed because he had assumed my friend was a Navy captain, which is equivalent to an Army full bird colonel, three full ranks above an Army captain, and had given him a much nicer apartment then he would otherwise have.

    • Replies: @Another Canadian
    At least he wasn't a Corporal Captain.

    https://youtu.be/3cuP6ueVJhM
  9. @tsotha
    Heh heh. "Telephone Colonel". I hadn't heard that one.

    In the Army, just like the AF, light bird is generally the rank at which you'll retire if you keep your nose clean but don't particularly distinguish yourself or have the political savvy to go higher.

    >>In the Army, just like the AF, light bird is generally the rank at which you’ll retire if you keep your nose clean but don’t particularly distinguish yourself or have the political savvy to go higher.

    I believe that at the outbreak of WW2 Ike was just a lieutenant colonel. Pre-WW2 American military was not that big (imagine that!) there were just not too many available slots to advance up to.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    I believe that at the outbreak of WW2 Ike was just a lieutenant colonel.
     
    Successful peacetime officers are not that great during war and vice versa. There is a lot of truth in the Patton scene where the German officer in the burning bunker states that Patton would pass away with the conclusion of WW2...

    ...that said, there are a lot of mysterious circumstances surrounding Patton's death, so we never really got to see how he would have functioned as a 3-star general during the WW2 peace.
    , @PV van der Byl
    Eisenhower made major in 1920 and Lt. Colonel (next rank) in 1936! Promotion during the interwar years was really slow!
    , @bored identity
    In reality, Patton, Ike, and MacArthur all together earned their wings that matter while practicing routing and shermaning of the Bonus Army:

    https://youtu.be/oNBHTM7hYCY

    https://youtu.be/mDffr6RFMiM

    The good thing is that tikkun olam principles would totally prevent The Pritzkers from doing something similar to Les Deplorables.
  10. Trump Is Losing the Billionaire Transgender Telephone Colonel Vote

    He could always try enticing it back with some teriyaki ostrich on a stick– assuming it’s kosher.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    Sadly, Ostrich is not kosher.
  11. Do be some old fat dude, and transition into some old fat chick, considering how beyond reproductive strategy this is, I’m left wondering “what’s the point?”

    And to go headlong into the complications and risks of such an endeavor during a time in life when sex is diminished and the characteristics thereof also waning, reeks of a bigger issue.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    And to go headlong into the complications and risks of such an endeavor during a time in life when sex is diminished and the characteristics thereof also waning, reeks of a bigger issue.
     
    This is why, once upon a time, this sort of thing was correctly classified as a mental illness....
    , @JackOH
    " . . . [R]eeks of a bigger issue."

    Yeah, I'll take a wild guess that the demasculinization of Western societies may create some social psych-type incentive for a very few people to undergo this procedure and everything connected with it. I think Steve once speculated that heavy use of performance-enhancing drugs may contribute to transsexualism. Somehow I can't imagine that sex reassignment solves anything.
    , @fish
    Always thought it funny that these guys always do this just in time for menopause!
  12. Not to worry. Trump is sure to pick up the the important gay Botswana vote!

  13. Naphtali ben Yakov Pritzker American History Wing

    Pretty much says everything about American history right there, doesn’t it? I’m gonna head way out on a limb and hazard a guess that this wing is not situated on the right side of the museum.

    • Replies: @Cortes
    The Lone Star Wing?
  14. “Confusingly, lieutenant colonels are not addressed as “lieutenant colonel,” but as “colonel:””

    Not really. There are four ranks of general in the MC: Brigadier General, Major General, Lieutenant General, and , merely “General,” but they all go by General.

    In the Navy, there are 4 ranks of Admiral: Rear Admiral Lower Half, Rear Admiral Upper Half, Vice Admiral, and Admiral. They all go by Admiral. Lieutenant Commanders go by Commander, and Commanders who are the Captain of a vessel go by the billet designation of “Captain,” even though they don’t hold the rank of Captain.

    A Captain in the Navy is an O6, but in the MC is an O3.

    The enlisted ranks in the Navy and MC do address their NCO’s by full rank: Senior Chief/Master Sergeant, etc. All though nicknames like Gunny, Top, Master Guns, are sometimes permitted to address a superior NCO in the MC.

    The Navy has similar nicknames, but they are terms like matey, swabby, loverboy, etc.

    • Replies: @Sean
    Modern US destroyers cost several billion each. The British navy has more admirals than ships.
  15. @Cortes
    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.

    Princess Anne, for example, is a Colonel several times over

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne,_Princess_Royal

    The autobiography of Mexican muralist and Stalinist thug David Alfaro Siqueiros harks back to his involvement in the Spanish Civil War “Me llamaban el Coronelazo.” The nutcase Antonio Tejero who threatened the Spanish Parliament in 1982 was a Lt Colonel. “Nobody Writes to the Colonel” is one of the early successes of Colombian author Garcia Marquez. “Colonel Bogey” provided musical background to Holden and Guinness in “Bridge Over the River Kwai.” And “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp”

    https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-life-and-death-of-colonel-blimp-1943

    may be the oddest film ever made.

    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.

    Supposedly Major is the worst rank in the US Army and Marines. Majors always wind up as adjutants or XOs, never leaders of units.

    Being a contrarian by nature, this is probably why thought Major was the coolest rank, based on Lee Marvin kicking ass as Major Reisman in The Dirty Dozen and Richard Burton kicking ass as Major Smith in Where Eagles Dare, though I will note that Sir Rich is upstaged by Clint Eastwood kicking even more ass as Lt. Schaffer.

    • Replies: @PV van der Byl

    Majors always wind up as adjutants or XOs, never leaders of units.
     
    Well, yes. The Army and Marines have companies (commanded by captains) and battalions (commanded by Lt. Colonels) so Major is a number two rank in the latter.
    , @68W58
    Medical companies in the Army are often commanded by majors, but that is because the MDs who notionally fall under them are at least Captains. In any event, Majors are usually staffers, which isn't so bad ("if bread is the staff of life then life on the staff is one long loaf").
    , @Dale Gribble
    A major wore the scrambled eggs insignia and 2nd lieutenants wore butter bars. BTW a 2nd lieutentant was still a lieutenant

    In the Army a major usually holds a staff position,either at battalion or brigade. Those on the career track see successful tours as operations officers (S3) in combat arms battalions.

    Lieutenant colonels command battalions. Those going up in the world successfully lead combat unit battalions.

    A lieutenant colonel who does not get a battalion command likely will retire at that rank.
    , @William Badwhite

    Supposedly Major is the worst rank in the US Army and Marines.
     
    Same in the AF. Captain is where you've been in long enough to know how things work and to (mostly) get what you want, but before you're expected to do anything other than fly the jet. Major is where you get your first staff job aka "Shoe Clerk".
  16. @HammerJack

    Naphtali ben Yakov Pritzker American History Wing
     
    Pretty much says everything about American history right there, doesn't it? I'm gonna head way out on a limb and hazard a guess that this wing is not situated on the right side of the museum.

    The Lone Star Wing?

  17. @Daniel H
    >>In the Army, just like the AF, light bird is generally the rank at which you’ll retire if you keep your nose clean but don’t particularly distinguish yourself or have the political savvy to go higher.

    I believe that at the outbreak of WW2 Ike was just a lieutenant colonel. Pre-WW2 American military was not that big (imagine that!) there were just not too many available slots to advance up to.

    I believe that at the outbreak of WW2 Ike was just a lieutenant colonel.

    Successful peacetime officers are not that great during war and vice versa. There is a lot of truth in the Patton scene where the German officer in the burning bunker states that Patton would pass away with the conclusion of WW2…

    …that said, there are a lot of mysterious circumstances surrounding Patton’s death, so we never really got to see how he would have functioned as a 3-star general during the WW2 peace.

    • Replies: @L Woods
    He may well have taken the fight to the internal (ie, the actual) enemy, so he may never in a sense have gotten the chance to be a peacetime general in any case.
    , @Paul Jolliffe
    WGH wrote:

    "…that said, there are a lot of mysterious circumstances surrounding Patton’s death, so we never really got to see how he would have functioned as a 3-star general during the WW2 peace."

    You made me look it up, and yup, there really are questions surrounding Patton's mysterious accident and death. Now I'm going to have to read this book . . .

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/3869117/General-George-S.-Patton-was-assassinated-to-silence-his-criticism-of-allied-war-leaders-claims-new-book.html
    , @Neuday
    If interested, Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Patton" is a quick read and lays it all out.
    , @Lot
    Regarding the Patton conspiracy theories, here’s a detailed debunking:

    http://www.osssociety.org/pdfs/Patton.pdf

    Note the idea Patton was murdered first appeared in a literal work of fiction from the 70s turned into a movie, and the next year the guy who claims to have been the hitman published an article in the Spotlight, a conspiracy theorist/Holocaust denial magazine.
  18. @Doktor Jeep
    Do be some old fat dude, and transition into some old fat chick, considering how beyond reproductive strategy this is, I'm left wondering "what's the point?"

    And to go headlong into the complications and risks of such an endeavor during a time in life when sex is diminished and the characteristics thereof also waning, reeks of a bigger issue.

    And to go headlong into the complications and risks of such an endeavor during a time in life when sex is diminished and the characteristics thereof also waning, reeks of a bigger issue.

    This is why, once upon a time, this sort of thing was correctly classified as a mental illness….

    • Agree: Cortes, William Badwhite
  19. Slang terms for the rank historically used by the U.S. military include “light colonel”, “short colonel”, “light bird”, “half colonel”, “bottlecap colonel” (referring to the silver oak leaf insignia), and “telephone colonel” (from self-reference as “colonel” when using a telephone).
    – – – – – – – – – –
    Sorry, I don’t “get” the last witticism. When anyone of the rank colonel identifies himself by rank, whether by telephone or not, he would say, “This is Colonel Jones.” Right? So what? Somebody please explain the joke.

    • Replies: @Anon
    If a lt. colonels identifies themselves by rank on the telephone, they are "colonel so and so" (not lt colonel so and so.) The joke is they aren't really full colonels but get to pretend on the telephone.
    Upon the morning after our return from the first gulf war as a 23 year old, I went down to the on post barber in Germany while in physical training uniform ( army sweats) which have no rank insignia. I was a lowly specialist ( one rank below seargent) and two officers were already waiting for the german female barber to arrive. One officer was a 1st or 2nd lieutenant and the other was a a lieutenant colonel (both in uniform designating rank)
    Surveying the situation and feeling my oats having survived a deployment, I quipped " Are we going by rank boys, cause I'm a full bird ,( colonel) meaning I should cut the line and go first, rank having that privilege. The lieutenant laughed out load, the lieutenant colonel did not.
    , @Kate
    Over the phone you can’t see the uniform which reveals the sub-catagory of colonel.
  20. Let me get this straight:

    Pritzger family = billionaire hotelier, banker, cruisline, various and sundry capitalist enterprise Jews. Most of them give money to Democrats, naturally. This one doesn’t. Curious, but who cares, really?

    Oh, he was a Lt. Col. in the Army. That makes sense. Not a big deal one of those would vote Republican.

    Ah, but he is now a she. And if you never see a picture of it, you might almost believe. Trump bans trannies from whatever. Does that constitute her/him being used as a “chip?” I dunno. Has Trump called the Pritzgers out, or is this just her/ his taking things personally? Because that would at least be in line with pretending to be a woman.

  21. @Cortes
    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.

    Princess Anne, for example, is a Colonel several times over

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne,_Princess_Royal

    The autobiography of Mexican muralist and Stalinist thug David Alfaro Siqueiros harks back to his involvement in the Spanish Civil War “Me llamaban el Coronelazo.” The nutcase Antonio Tejero who threatened the Spanish Parliament in 1982 was a Lt Colonel. “Nobody Writes to the Colonel” is one of the early successes of Colombian author Garcia Marquez. “Colonel Bogey” provided musical background to Holden and Guinness in “Bridge Over the River Kwai.” And “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp”

    https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-life-and-death-of-colonel-blimp-1943

    may be the oddest film ever made.

    Princess Anne is an “honourary colonel” meaning she is viewed as a regiment’s patron. The glamorous Princess Diana held similar offices much to the delight of all ranks in the units associated with her.

  22. @Reg Cæsar

    Trump Is Losing the Billionaire Transgender Telephone Colonel Vote

     
    He could always try enticing it back with some teriyaki ostrich on a stick-- assuming it's kosher.


    http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~sedwards/photos/crazyminnesota200208/Images/19.jpg

    Sadly, Ostrich is not kosher.

  23. @Cortes
    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.

    Princess Anne, for example, is a Colonel several times over

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne,_Princess_Royal

    The autobiography of Mexican muralist and Stalinist thug David Alfaro Siqueiros harks back to his involvement in the Spanish Civil War “Me llamaban el Coronelazo.” The nutcase Antonio Tejero who threatened the Spanish Parliament in 1982 was a Lt Colonel. “Nobody Writes to the Colonel” is one of the early successes of Colombian author Garcia Marquez. “Colonel Bogey” provided musical background to Holden and Guinness in “Bridge Over the River Kwai.” And “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp”

    https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-life-and-death-of-colonel-blimp-1943

    may be the oddest film ever made.

    I enjoy Col. Blimp, if you leave out the parts where they blame the Filthy Hun for ignoring the rules of Fair Play. Which features not only a fetching Deborah Kerr but an unforgettable Oompah Band duel.

  24. Luke Ford mentioned this the other night. Always funny when he breaks out the Yiddish, Tim Whatley-style.

  25. @Alfa158
    A colleague who was telephone colonel in the Army told me about the time when he was still a captain and he managed to be a telephone captain. He had been assigned to a Navy base on temporary duty and when he called ahead to the base housing office to reserve temporary officer’s quarters he simply identified himself as Captain so-and-so, without stipulating he was an Army captain. When he showed up at the quarters the sailor he called was visibly steamed because he had assumed my friend was a Navy captain, which is equivalent to an Army full bird colonel, three full ranks above an Army captain, and had given him a much nicer apartment then he would otherwise have.

    At least he wasn’t a Corporal Captain.

  26. @Cortes
    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.

    Princess Anne, for example, is a Colonel several times over

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne,_Princess_Royal

    The autobiography of Mexican muralist and Stalinist thug David Alfaro Siqueiros harks back to his involvement in the Spanish Civil War “Me llamaban el Coronelazo.” The nutcase Antonio Tejero who threatened the Spanish Parliament in 1982 was a Lt Colonel. “Nobody Writes to the Colonel” is one of the early successes of Colombian author Garcia Marquez. “Colonel Bogey” provided musical background to Holden and Guinness in “Bridge Over the River Kwai.” And “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp”

    https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-life-and-death-of-colonel-blimp-1943

    may be the oddest film ever made.

    I had an Israeli professor who always pronounced colonel as koe-low-Nell. No one ever corrected her.

    • Replies: @PV van der Byl
    Must have been an enlisted woman.
    , @Anonymous
    That's nothing, you should hear the British try to pronounce "lieutenant"
  27. @tsotha
    Heh heh. "Telephone Colonel". I hadn't heard that one.

    In the Army, just like the AF, light bird is generally the rank at which you'll retire if you keep your nose clean but don't particularly distinguish yourself or have the political savvy to go higher.

    In the Army, just like the AF, light bird is generally the rank at which you’ll retire if you keep your nose clean but don’t particularly distinguish yourself or have the political savvy to go higher.

    Somewhat similar in the Marines. There tend to be a fair number of Lieutenant Colonels because they can command battalion- or squadron-sized units. There’s less natural work for a full-bird Colonel to do if they’re not on their way to the stars (the General ranks).

  28. “their main Talking Point — I always felt like I had a female brain — is hooey because they tend to have hilariously male-brained careers”

    I have observed that, too. Lotsa engineers, a boxing promoter, a trans activist rocket scientist…

    • Replies: @Sam Patch
    According to Alice Dreger in “Galileo’s Middle Finger” this version of trans — previously macho guys who in their later years decide they are truly women — belong in a category known as autogynephilia, defined as “the paraphilic tendency of someone who is anatomically male to be sexually aroused by the thought of being a female, sometimes considered a form of gender identity disorder or transvestic fetishism.” As I understand it, this starts out as a fetish and eventually morphs into a full blown change of identity. This can be distinguished from the other form, which consists of super feminine gay boys who exhibit such traits from early childhood. The theory is that the latter category choose a gender change because it makes sex with manly guys more accessible. Apparently people who subscribe to this theory are relentlessly attacked by activists, all of whom are of the autogyniphilic variety. It is hilarious that even as “women” they demonstrate the same aggression etc. that they did as suits in boardrooms etc
  29. One of the funnier moments I remember from my service that illustrated the interplay between the officer and enlisted ranks was a Sergeant attempting to congratulate a Lieutenant Colonel on a recent selection for promotion, in the presence of said Lieutenant Colonel’s battalion Sergeant Major, as follows:

    Sergeant: “I hear you’re up for your bird, sir. Congratulations!”
    Lieutenant Colonel: “What did you say?” (In a smiling, friendly, folksy way that should’ve been a big warning sign to the Sergeant in question.)
    Sergeant: “I hear you’re up for your bird, sir. Congratulations!”
    Lieutenant Colonel: “You guys are flipping me the bird?” (Still smiling.)
    Sergeant: (Now slightly dumbfounded.)
    Sergeant Major: (Drily, unsmiling, and staring straight at the Sergeant): “The Battalion CO is Colonel-select. He ain’t up for no ‘bird.’”

  30. and “telephone colonel” (from self-reference as “colonel” when using a telephone).[citation needed]

    Don’t worry about the citation for this one. We used “telephone” regularly and “light”. But I have to say, “short, half, and bottle cap” are new to me. After 29 years in service.

    The protocol for addressing or referring informally to a Lieutenant Colonel is usually to just say “Colonel”, on the phone or not. It is just easier than the longer mouthful.

  31. their main Talking Point — I always felt like I had a female brain

    Norm MacDonald on his interview with Caitlyn Jenner:

    The one question I had is, what’s a woman? She couldn’t answer it. That’s what I find most confusing about it. It’s a woman trapped inside a man’s body. Then, what’s a woman? And he had no answer. Or she, rather. You get in trouble for pronouns. She had no answer for what a woman was because women like to pretend that women and men are the exact same. But then if they are, they can’t say they are women trapped inside man’s bodies.

    I think Norm makes an excellent point. What is it that makes someone decide they were meant to be a woman?

    • Replies: @Cortes
    I think Norm makes an excellent point. What is it that makes someone decide they were meant to be a woman?

    Whore moans.
    , @anon
    It's the old story. His soul was in the lost-and-found. Someone came along to claim it. Didn't know what was wrong with him till a kiss helped him name it. Now he feels like an unnatural woman.

    Myself, I think gender euphoria is better than gender dysphoria. Old-fashioned, I guess.
  32. @Doktor Jeep
    Do be some old fat dude, and transition into some old fat chick, considering how beyond reproductive strategy this is, I'm left wondering "what's the point?"

    And to go headlong into the complications and risks of such an endeavor during a time in life when sex is diminished and the characteristics thereof also waning, reeks of a bigger issue.

    ” . . . [R]eeks of a bigger issue.”

    Yeah, I’ll take a wild guess that the demasculinization of Western societies may create some social psych-type incentive for a very few people to undergo this procedure and everything connected with it. I think Steve once speculated that heavy use of performance-enhancing drugs may contribute to transsexualism. Somehow I can’t imagine that sex reassignment solves anything.

    • Replies: @Alden
    Steroids shrink the male genitals. They also change the shape of the torso to a sort of pudgy barrel different from the standard middle aged male belly.
  33. If this person truly loves male-oriented activities like a lengthy Army career, why the need to transition?

    Has he actually had the op? If not then he’s simply indulging a weird (but apparently quite common) sexual perversion. These days he can’t get aroused unless he wears a frock.

    In many many cases it seems that it has zero to do with any identity stuff. It’s just a sexual kink of men whose sexual powers are waning.

  34. Steve is right and wrong.

    Latest research suggests sex identity is determined by the right hemisphere. Butch MtF transsexuals probably have a masculine left hemisphere, which makes them intellectually masculine, but have some female white matter in their right hemisphere which is telling them they have female bodies:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29263327

    • Replies: @Daniel H
    I put very little credit in any study that purports to map/study the brain. The only think we know about the brain with any certainty is that when it is damaged things go bad, fast.
  35. Ed “here’s Johnny” McMahon was a colonel. Not exactly a flag officer. Colonel Klink also comes to mind when the rank of colonel is discussed. A private sector equivalent to colonel might be an older manager of a supermarket or the branch manager of a local bank, program director or manager, or department head. A colonel is pretty much a nobody.

  36. @Harry Baldwin
    their main Talking Point — I always felt like I had a female brain

    Norm MacDonald on his interview with Caitlyn Jenner:

    The one question I had is, what’s a woman? She couldn’t answer it. That’s what I find most confusing about it. It’s a woman trapped inside a man’s body. Then, what’s a woman? And he had no answer. Or she, rather. You get in trouble for pronouns. She had no answer for what a woman was because women like to pretend that women and men are the exact same. But then if they are, they can’t say they are women trapped inside man’s bodies.
     
    I think Norm makes an excellent point. What is it that makes someone decide they were meant to be a woman?

    I think Norm makes an excellent point. What is it that makes someone decide they were meant to be a woman?

    Whore moans.

  37. I keep pointing out that the most famous transgenders are virtually daring the public to notice that their main Talking Point — I always felt like I had a female brain — is hooey because they tend to have hilariously male-brained careers.

    Maybe they’re just bronze age perverts.

    Or maybe not. Perhaps they are sort of the opposite: Hyper masculine men who compensate in some mentally ill way by becoming trannies, as opposed to men who compensate for a lack of manliness by pumping up and fantasizing about raiding their way across prehistoric Europe (or post-collapse America) with, um, cough, a “band of brothers” (and only brothers).

  38. Similarly, a three star general is a Lieutenant General, but gets addressed as “General”, even though only a four star (or above) is a true General.

  39. @The Wild Geese Howard

    I believe that at the outbreak of WW2 Ike was just a lieutenant colonel.
     
    Successful peacetime officers are not that great during war and vice versa. There is a lot of truth in the Patton scene where the German officer in the burning bunker states that Patton would pass away with the conclusion of WW2...

    ...that said, there are a lot of mysterious circumstances surrounding Patton's death, so we never really got to see how he would have functioned as a 3-star general during the WW2 peace.

    He may well have taken the fight to the internal (ie, the actual) enemy, so he may never in a sense have gotten the chance to be a peacetime general in any case.

    • Replies: @I, Libertine
    The idea that Patton was assassinated is not implausible. I'm not sure I believe it, but I'm not sure I don't. The circumstances surrounding his death are quite suspicious, even according to the official story.

    Look into it, if you're a WWII/Cold War buff.

  40. Do be some old fat dude, and transition into some old fat chick, considering how beyond reproductive strategy this is, I’m left wondering “what’s the point?”

    I knew (vaguely) two guys that transitioned in their 50s. I wondered, did they think they would transition into young women instead of middle-aged women? It’s hard to fathom what must go through their minds.

    BTW, both of these guys died in their mid-60s. I wondered if all the hormones and surgery took a toll. Do trans women tend to have shorter life spans? Do we have sufficient data to determine that one way or the other?

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason

    Do trans women tend to have shorter life spans? Do we have sufficient data to determine that one way or the other?
     
    I doubt if there is enough data. My youngest grandparent was born in 1899 and there seem to have been remarkably few trans women of her generation. But, then again, the invention of penicillin and intravenous antibiotics still lay a whole generation in the future and people were less inclined to self mutilate.

    Minor's condition deteriorated and in 1902, due to delusions that he was being abducted nightly from his rooms and conveyed to places as far away as Istanbul, and forced to commit sexual assaults on children, he cut off his own penis (autopenectomy) using a knife he had employed in his work on the dictionary.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Chester_Minor

    He lived to be 86,

  41. Colonel Sanders, colonel Oliver North, colonel David Hackworth, colonel “Buzz” Aldrin etc, the list goes on…

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
    A small point but the "c" in colonel is always capitalized if it is followed by a name. I believe Oliver North retired as a Marine Corp lieutenant colonel.
  42. Totally OT:

    The Kid is yet another H2 2019 film about white guys going out and kicking ass:

  43. How how about the most important Pritzker, the one who played Harrison Ford’s daughter in Air Force One, Liesel Pritzker Simmons. Does Trump has her support?!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liesel_Pritzker_Simmons#Personal_life

    Pritzker is married to Erie Canal-heir Ian Simmons and resides with her husband in the Boston, Massachusetts area.[13][1]

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Somebody owns the Erie Canal?
    , @Jesse
    That means he's gay, and instead of honourably coming out late in life, he just pretends he's a woman living with her husband, rather than a gay guy living with his husband.

    It's a mix of being so macho he can't see a way to combine it with homosexuality, a deep seated yearn to be dominated that he can only see it as female, and a lack of interest in/ability for the ostentatiously promiscuous gay club culture.

    In a sane world, he'd be treated kindly as an outlier, and told firmly to stop trespassing on women's ground to make him feel better about his nuances.
  44. Don’t worry, Trump still has the idiot vote in the GOP lined up.

    Like people who don‘t know that regiments in GB have honorary colonels, who would seemingly be confused that lieutenant generals are called generals, who don’t know what “lieutenant” means in the first place.

  45. anon[306] • Disclaimer says:
    @Harry Baldwin
    their main Talking Point — I always felt like I had a female brain

    Norm MacDonald on his interview with Caitlyn Jenner:

    The one question I had is, what’s a woman? She couldn’t answer it. That’s what I find most confusing about it. It’s a woman trapped inside a man’s body. Then, what’s a woman? And he had no answer. Or she, rather. You get in trouble for pronouns. She had no answer for what a woman was because women like to pretend that women and men are the exact same. But then if they are, they can’t say they are women trapped inside man’s bodies.
     
    I think Norm makes an excellent point. What is it that makes someone decide they were meant to be a woman?

    It’s the old story. His soul was in the lost-and-found. Someone came along to claim it. Didn’t know what was wrong with him till a kiss helped him name it. Now he feels like an unnatural woman.

    Myself, I think gender euphoria is better than gender dysphoria. Old-fashioned, I guess.

  46. Lieutenant Colonel is a lot more nuanced than that…but you know that, Steve. However, what I pick up from this post is: rich families always have messed up members in their family. In fact, as I was growing up, I was always told that the aristocratic families and, often, the haute bourgeois families both had many degenerate, messed-up progeny. And, the best combo was “connections and hard working bourgeois,” because their descendants were as not f*cked up in the head, schizophrenics, or severe depressives.

    I am very impressed that Trump is a non-drinker. So, his pleasure is with making money (just like my relatives….albeit, when times were good). Trump’s brain is never addled with drugs, drink, or family drama. Kinda’ amazing that none of his kids (or grands)are f&cked up. And, Marla and Ivana seem to let it go.

    Ergo, his enemies hate him more…especially, because his children and grands are beautiful, and…smart! Must sting like a bitch for families full of trannies, pedophiles, ne’er-do-wells, dummies, drug addicts and losers; trust fund grifters.

    • Agree: fish, Old Prude
  47. meant so say: :”not as f*cked up in the…”

  48. @Cortes
    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.

    Princess Anne, for example, is a Colonel several times over

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne,_Princess_Royal

    The autobiography of Mexican muralist and Stalinist thug David Alfaro Siqueiros harks back to his involvement in the Spanish Civil War “Me llamaban el Coronelazo.” The nutcase Antonio Tejero who threatened the Spanish Parliament in 1982 was a Lt Colonel. “Nobody Writes to the Colonel” is one of the early successes of Colombian author Garcia Marquez. “Colonel Bogey” provided musical background to Holden and Guinness in “Bridge Over the River Kwai.” And “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp”

    https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-life-and-death-of-colonel-blimp-1943

    may be the oddest film ever made.

    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.

    Princess Anne, for example, is a Colonel several times over

    A full colonel is a respectable rank and one grade below general grade officers. A full colonel would command a regimental-sized unit which is most often reflected in a unit called a brigade in the US Army. This type of unit would have about 3-5 battalions and contain about 3000 troops.

    A Lieutenant Colonel is one step below a full colonel and has considerably less clout. A LTC would typically command one of those aforementioned battalions listed above. As such he would command about 500 troops.

    The princess is a colonel because in the British army, and its relatives in Canada and Australia, a regiment usually has an honorary colonel who is often a royal. This person is just a ceremonial head.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    Lieutenant Colonel is more nuanced in Europe. And, it is above colonel (European), and just slightly below Major...but often on par...depending on the situation (the actual war/plan/kill ambush plan).

    All these titles were just for chain-of-command to put out to the public, and, it was more for Normies to relate to. The war against Stalin in 1944 (Finland, Norway, Germany) made for some fuzzy terms that few people in the USA do not even know about.

    Hahaaa! I know....of course I can't cite anything! However, don't annoy me with semantics about Lt. Col. and Col. - you never served, soooo? WW2 was a lot more weird and mysterious than most people (especially Americans and Brits understand). I still find Americans very naive about the reality of WW1; forgetoboud WW2. And, most Americans are such pathetic wusses when it comes to China.

    , @PV van der Byl
    Full colonels in the US Army lost some status in 1963 when regiments (larger than battalions but smaller than brigades) ceased to have independent commands and became purely nominal units.
  49. @1661er
    How how about the most important Pritzker, the one who played Harrison Ford's daughter in Air Force One, Liesel Pritzker Simmons. Does Trump has her support?!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liesel_Pritzker_Simmons#Personal_life

    Pritzker is married to Erie Canal-heir Ian Simmons and resides with her husband in the Boston, Massachusetts area.[13][1]
     

    Somebody owns the Erie Canal?

    • Replies: @trelane
    The New York State Canal Corporation is overseen by the New York State Thruway authority. The canal is more of a liability than an asset and so it is publicly owned. Erie canal heirs are as rare as a Mississippi Queen these days.
    , @1661er
    His ancestor was a contractor for the canal. I suppose a few centuries later, we will have people being described as California HSR-heir.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2013/11/17/liesel-pritzker-simmons-sued-her-family-and-got-500-million-but-shes-no-trust-fund-baby/#59c9dd41464c

    She has earmarked $50 million of her total fortune--which FORBES estimates at $600 million, stemming from the $500 million windfall inheritance she received a decade ago, along with assets from her husband, a blue-blooded heir to the family that built locks on the Erie Canal, cofounded department-store chain Montgomery Ward and helped take insurance broker Marsh & McLennan public
     
  50. Anyone have any insight into why “colonel” is written nothing like it is pronounced?

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    much of the English language - as a learner, it annoyed me. I mean, kamala means terrible....and many words in English are offensive (or just weird) terms in Finnish....and other languages. German is, however, the funniest language when it comes to phonetics.
    , @Hunsdon
    Hey man, in Russian it's "polkovnik" while lieutenant colonel is "podpolkovnik." "Pod" in Russian means "beneath" so it's entirely apropos.
    , @Hunsdon
    Learning is occurring. (I reference myself, so as not to seem to be slighting others.)

    https://teachinghistory.org/history-content/ask-a-historian/22270
    , @istevefan
    I don't even have any insight on why the British pronounce lieutenant 'left-tenant'.
    , @istevefan
    Another one that always puzzled me was why a Lieutenant General (3 stars) outranks a Major General (2 stars). After all a Major (O-4) outranks a Lieutenant (O-2). So one would assume a Major General would be higher than a LTG.
    , @Romanian
    I read this before. It's because of a lack of linguistic shift from the old version of the word. It is still coronel in Spanish and Portuguese speaking states and used to be so in France. The pronunciation stuck, even as the Italian version (from the Latin word for column) became more prevalent.

    https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/9829/whats-the-deal-with-colonel
  51. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:

    There was that colonel in the Canadian air force who was a pilot and into cross dressing, specifically breaking into people’s homes and wearing the women’s and girls’ underwear he would find. He ended up being a rapist and murderer. Being a colonel, pilot, breaking & entering, home invader, rapist, and murderer are all basically male activities. A woman doing all those things is inconceivable.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1321764/Pilot-Colonel-Russell-Williams-broke-girls-bedrooms-steal-underwear.html

    “He was a square-jawed Canadian Air Force officer with a brilliant future in store who was entrusted with flying the Queen and prime ministers.

    But yesterday he was exposed as a serial killer with a shocking fetish for girls’ panties that he documented in a trove of twisted photos of himself.

    At a hearing that reduced victims’ relatives to tears, the lurid photos were shown one by one in court as Col. Russell Williams, 47, pleaded guilty to murdering two women, sexually assaulting two others and committing dozens of break-ins in which he stole underwear from the bedrooms of girls as young as 11.”

  52. Trump Is Losing the Billionaire Transgender Telephone Colonel Vote

    Trump should be worrying that he might be losing the white working class vote. If only his cabinet would get as worked up over the invasion along our southern border as they do about Iran, he might still retain their support.

    • Agree: RVBlake
    • Replies: @Lagertha
    he's not losing them. And, every state AG/circuit court is fighting his border mandates. What Dems should worry about: white working class does not give a crap anymore...and they will get their pound of flesh in 2020. They see what is going on - they are not stupid, worthless human beings...even if everyone keeps reminding them that they are Deplorables...and, well garbage that deserves to die. It is too late to cajole them anymore.
  53. “meant to say” – I have been interrupted several times tonight!, hahaaa…nearing departures again, and, my dogs are high maintenance when they sense suitcases and my hyperactivity and deep thought over “packing.”

    I snuck out the suitcases when I had them in the car – ran back to the house. It feels weird to avoid the stress and notice of dogs so much. But, my dogs tend to get sick whenever they notice that I am in “travel mode,” – suitcases appearing, stocking (cooking) up on dog’s food (as opposed to dog food) drives them into dog-neurosis. Dogs know when humans are preoccupied.

  54. @Hail
    Anyone have any insight into why "colonel" is written nothing like it is pronounced?

    much of the English language – as a learner, it annoyed me. I mean, kamala means terrible….and many words in English are offensive (or just weird) terms in Finnish….and other languages. German is, however, the funniest language when it comes to phonetics.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    You’ve mentioned that before, but it’s still hilarious that kamala means terrible in Finnish. Too bad it doesn’t in English.
  55. @istevefan

    Trump Is Losing the Billionaire Transgender Telephone Colonel Vote
     
    Trump should be worrying that he might be losing the white working class vote. If only his cabinet would get as worked up over the invasion along our southern border as they do about Iran, he might still retain their support.

    he’s not losing them. And, every state AG/circuit court is fighting his border mandates. What Dems should worry about: white working class does not give a crap anymore…and they will get their pound of flesh in 2020. They see what is going on – they are not stupid, worthless human beings…even if everyone keeps reminding them that they are Deplorables…and, well garbage that deserves to die. It is too late to cajole them anymore.

    • Replies: @istevefan
    It will more than likely come down to the Great Lakes States. Either they turn out for him, or they don't. I do not live in the Great Lakes States so I can't tell. I can only go by what I see around me. The enthusiasm is not like it was in late 2015 and 2016.

    However, he will win my state (MO) because he carried it by over 500K votes in 2016. So even with a portion of his base demoralized, it won't hurt him here. But his 2016 margins in the Great Lakes were very tight. He can't afford to lose any portion of his base there.

    People understand he is facing headwinds. But there is some confusion as to whether he is really doing all he could be doing. For example, I don't hear much about workplace raids to ensure employers are not hiring illegals. I am also confused as to why he won't bring on immigration hawks like Kris Kobach into his administration.

    But, as I wrote above my opinion does not matter because my vote does not matter. It will probably come down to how the Whites in the Great Lakes region feel. And I have no first hand knowledge of that.
    , @Whiskey
    Dems figure they have enough votes with White wome n, Blacks gays Latinos that they don't need White male votes.

    Dunno if it's true but that's how they figure.
  56. Tip: Dual income dual kids Asian Silicon Valley couple talks about the struggles of parenting. Mom has 3 jobs, one as a diversity consultant. The new economy. https://www.businessinsider.com/silicon-valley-founder-tweeted-kids-were-terrible-for-his-career-2019-6 “Eric’s wife, Beatrice Kim, is a certified professional coach, cofounder of Awaken, a leading diversity and inclusion company, and a group coach for the Stanford Graduate School of Business.”

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan

    Mom has 3 jobs, one as a diversity consultant
     
    Isn't that just three part time gigs as a consultant with three clients, one her own company, rather than three regular jobs?
    , @Lagertha
    I wish women and men who do not want to have (20+ year commitment - more than a dog ) children would stop having them. They, should, however, house 2-3+ families from Guatemalan extended families in their palatial SV home, the curated and carefully appointed, organic homes they live in that have sooooo much room. They can house their gardeners and housekeepers! And, if they still want kids - well, built-in, non-App babysitters for 20+ years...+dog walkers...my bane ;D!
    , @Alden
    Everyone who thinks Asians are so intelligent and assimilated needs to read that list of jobs Ms Kim has. Diversity and Inclusion means No Whites Need Apply.
  57. iirc, some proportion of Lieutenant Colonels get a courtesy promotion to (full bird) Colonel just before they retire, as a nod to the fact that they were good enough to make the grade, but there were no real jobs for them at the more senior rank. It also bumps up their pension.

    • Replies: @68W58
    This probably was the case before 1980 or so when pensions were based on "highest rank held", so a soldier could get a higher pension if they only successfully held a rank for one day. Now pensions are based on the "high three" average, which means that you can only receive a pension for a given rank if you hold it for at least three years.
  58. @Steve Sailer
    Somebody owns the Erie Canal?

    The New York State Canal Corporation is overseen by the New York State Thruway authority. The canal is more of a liability than an asset and so it is publicly owned. Erie canal heirs are as rare as a Mississippi Queen these days.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    I believe there are some bars in Biloxi that disprove your point.
  59. @Achmed E. Newman
    Peak Stupidity, people! That is, along with peak lies, I guess.

    “For the Pritzkers her transitioning wasn’t that eventful. They’re all cool with it. It’s like, pass the salt,” says a family friend. “Her Republicanism—that’s more difficult for them.”
     
    Yeah, "pass the damn ham" - Scout. Sure, it was JUST like that:

    ♪♫♬ Billy James never had a lick of sense, pass the biscuits please ...
    Seems like nothin' ever comes to no good up on Choctaw Ridge ...
    Now Billy Jen Peritzker's jumped off the Tallachatchie bridge. ♪♫♬ "

     
    Thing is, he could have just hid the fact that he transitioned to a Republican and just, like, snuck into the voting booth and voted in secret or something. He could have kept this all hidden from the family. When he showed up to Thanksgiving dinner in high heels and lipstick, well ... pass the damn ham, maam!

    “Thing is, he could have just hid the fact that he transitioned to a Republican and just, like, snuck into the voting booth and voted in secret or something.”

    In a liberal Jewish family being outed as a child molester wouldn’t be half as bad as being a Republican.

    • LOL: PiltdownMan
  60. The Western Canal and Locks Company (?), the private company that was the first to try to build a canal from the Hudson to the Great Lakes, went bust. New York State took over the Erie Canal project and rand and funded it. There were no real civil engineers around at the time, so various state officials, judges and so on, taught themselves surveying and figured out many of the engineering problems on their own, from first principles.

    That’s what the tour guide at the Erie Canal museum in Syracuse said, anyway.

  61. @Doktor Jeep
    Do be some old fat dude, and transition into some old fat chick, considering how beyond reproductive strategy this is, I'm left wondering "what's the point?"

    And to go headlong into the complications and risks of such an endeavor during a time in life when sex is diminished and the characteristics thereof also waning, reeks of a bigger issue.

    Always thought it funny that these guys always do this just in time for menopause!

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  62. @Hail
    Anyone have any insight into why "colonel" is written nothing like it is pronounced?

    Hey man, in Russian it’s “polkovnik” while lieutenant colonel is “podpolkovnik.” “Pod” in Russian means “beneath” so it’s entirely apropos.

    • Replies: @Hail

    “Pod” in Russian means “beneath”
     
    More bad news for the Podhoretz family.
  63. @Hail
    Anyone have any insight into why "colonel" is written nothing like it is pronounced?

    Learning is occurring. (I reference myself, so as not to seem to be slighting others.)

    https://teachinghistory.org/history-content/ask-a-historian/22270

    • Replies: @Hail

    Colonel came into English, according to The Oxford English Dictionary, in the mid-16th century from Middle French
     

    The written style continued to reflect the older form, while the spoken form, competing against it, as it were, reflected the other—coronel—which was often pronounced to sound like "kernul" or "kernel."
     
    Good to know, but "coronel" [as foreign loan word, 450ybp] to "kernul" is still puzzling.
  64. He has assembled a considerable library on military subjects and has made it available to the public for a modest subscription. He is attempting to promote respect for the military. It’s a terrible shame that he’s turned out to be psychologically disturbed.

    • Agree: PV van der Byl
  65. @istevefan

    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.

    Princess Anne, for example, is a Colonel several times over
     
    A full colonel is a respectable rank and one grade below general grade officers. A full colonel would command a regimental-sized unit which is most often reflected in a unit called a brigade in the US Army. This type of unit would have about 3-5 battalions and contain about 3000 troops.

    A Lieutenant Colonel is one step below a full colonel and has considerably less clout. A LTC would typically command one of those aforementioned battalions listed above. As such he would command about 500 troops.

    The princess is a colonel because in the British army, and its relatives in Canada and Australia, a regiment usually has an honorary colonel who is often a royal. This person is just a ceremonial head.

    Lieutenant Colonel is more nuanced in Europe. And, it is above colonel (European), and just slightly below Major…but often on par...depending on the situation (the actual war/plan/kill ambush plan).

    All these titles were just for chain-of-command to put out to the public, and, it was more for Normies to relate to. The war against Stalin in 1944 (Finland, Norway, Germany) made for some fuzzy terms that few people in the USA do not even know about.

    Hahaaa! I know….of course I can’t cite anything! However, don’t annoy me with semantics about Lt. Col. and Col. – you never served, soooo? WW2 was a lot more weird and mysterious than most people (especially Americans and Brits understand). I still find Americans very naive about the reality of WW1; forgetoboud WW2. And, most Americans are such pathetic wusses when it comes to China.

  66. @Stan Adams
    I had an Israeli professor who always pronounced colonel as koe-low-Nell. No one ever corrected her.

    Must have been an enlisted woman.

  67. @Daniel H
    >>In the Army, just like the AF, light bird is generally the rank at which you’ll retire if you keep your nose clean but don’t particularly distinguish yourself or have the political savvy to go higher.

    I believe that at the outbreak of WW2 Ike was just a lieutenant colonel. Pre-WW2 American military was not that big (imagine that!) there were just not too many available slots to advance up to.

    Eisenhower made major in 1920 and Lt. Colonel (next rank) in 1936! Promotion during the interwar years was really slow!

    • Replies: @Ace
    Ike's career took off like a rocket, however, when he zeroed in on FDR's daughter, Anna, at a San Francisco dinner party in 1940. He laid it on with a trowel how great FDR is and she called dad to tell him about this wonderful Lt. Col. she's met in S.F. Shortly thereafter, Ike was called to the White House for an interview and his ascent through the ranks at warp speed was something to behold. Ike, the "Republican," was an FDR sychophant. See pp. 7-9 of The Politician by Robert Welch, Robert Welch University Press (2002).
  68. @Steve Sailer
    Somebody owns the Erie Canal?

    His ancestor was a contractor for the canal. I suppose a few centuries later, we will have people being described as California HSR-heir.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2013/11/17/liesel-pritzker-simmons-sued-her-family-and-got-500-million-but-shes-no-trust-fund-baby/#59c9dd41464c

    She has earmarked $50 million of her total fortune–which FORBES estimates at $600 million, stemming from the $500 million windfall inheritance she received a decade ago, along with assets from her husband, a blue-blooded heir to the family that built locks on the Erie Canal, cofounded department-store chain Montgomery Ward and helped take insurance broker Marsh & McLennan public

    • Replies: @Cortes
    The aristocracy in Alfred Bester’s sci-fi version of The Count of Monte Cristo “The Stars My Destination” have titles derived from XX Century Corporations, Kodak of Kodak and similar.
  69. @The Wild Geese Howard

    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.
     
    Supposedly Major is the worst rank in the US Army and Marines. Majors always wind up as adjutants or XOs, never leaders of units.

    Being a contrarian by nature, this is probably why thought Major was the coolest rank, based on Lee Marvin kicking ass as Major Reisman in The Dirty Dozen and Richard Burton kicking ass as Major Smith in Where Eagles Dare, though I will note that Sir Rich is upstaged by Clint Eastwood kicking even more ass as Lt. Schaffer.

    Majors always wind up as adjutants or XOs, never leaders of units.

    Well, yes. The Army and Marines have companies (commanded by captains) and battalions (commanded by Lt. Colonels) so Major is a number two rank in the latter.

  70. Anon[322] • Disclaimer says:
    @tsotha
    Heh heh. "Telephone Colonel". I hadn't heard that one.

    In the Army, just like the AF, light bird is generally the rank at which you'll retire if you keep your nose clean but don't particularly distinguish yourself or have the political savvy to go higher.

    light bird is generally the rank at which you’ll retire if you keep your nose clean but don’t particularly distinguish yourself or have the political savvy to go higher

    IANAV, but I was talking to my sister’s neighbor based at a greater D.C. base. She is from a military family and is a lieutenant colonel. She said that she had decided to max out at that rank because in practice she’d have to relocate to Pennsylvania for six months to attend War College, which would disrupt her children’s education. She is divorced, but she said it’s worse for married women.

    You can also get the promotion with a batallion command, but many peacetime military officers are not in the war track, but are specialists. In her case she is a medical professional dealing with military responses to certain sorts of weopons. You cannot be assigned to lead a batallion of civilian lab techs to qualify for colonel. She felt that there should be a non-War College route for specialists like her to advance.

    • Replies: @William Badwhite

    You cannot be assigned to lead a batallion of civilian lab techs to qualify for colonel. She felt that there should be a non-War College route for specialists like her to advance.
     
    Strictly speaking a bunch of lab techs do not form a "batallion.

    Anyway, there is a way for her to advance - as a civilian. There is no reason an active duty military officer needs to be in charge of a bunch of civilians lab techs.
  71. @alt right moderate
    Steve is right and wrong.

    Latest research suggests sex identity is determined by the right hemisphere. Butch MtF transsexuals probably have a masculine left hemisphere, which makes them intellectually masculine, but have some female white matter in their right hemisphere which is telling them they have female bodies:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29263327

    I put very little credit in any study that purports to map/study the brain. The only think we know about the brain with any certainty is that when it is damaged things go bad, fast.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    and, when it is not damaged, it does damage to society.
  72. @steveoffredonia
    Tip: Dual income dual kids Asian Silicon Valley couple talks about the struggles of parenting. Mom has 3 jobs, one as a diversity consultant. The new economy. https://www.businessinsider.com/silicon-valley-founder-tweeted-kids-were-terrible-for-his-career-2019-6 "Eric's wife, Beatrice Kim, is a certified professional coach, cofounder of Awaken, a leading diversity and inclusion company, and a group coach for the Stanford Graduate School of Business."

    Mom has 3 jobs, one as a diversity consultant

    Isn’t that just three part time gigs as a consultant with three clients, one her own company, rather than three regular jobs?

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
    Diversity consultant,ha.
    "OK here's the plan:Hire more niggers. And make the check out to cash."
  73. Are there any retired military personnel who contribute comments regularly to iSteve?

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    many. Alas, I miss the ones that are pretty old now, (80+) who gave me great advice. I adore 80+ people.
    , @Oo-ee-oo-ah-ah-ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang
    There are several. The Steve-O-Spere skews older and Air Force, though. And disproportionately Officer.
  74. This is off-topic – although trans does make a brief appearance – but I am very confused by the recent Milo vs Lauren Southern drama (which has coincided with the Vox-prompted purge of “youtube radicals”), and it seems important to have some concept of what happened, if public life is not to be just a whirl of events that captivate and are then forgotten.

    So here’s my attempt to sum up. Both Milo and Lauren came to attention via alternative right-wing media – Milo via Breitbart, Lauren via Rebel Media (which also gave us Faith Goldy). They became, for a while, “alt-lite” public figures who advocated for conservatism, traditionalism, and western values, even though this was sometimes impugned as a contradiction, since Milo is gay and Lauren is a woman, and you should only have straight males in leadership, or something.

    They each had a period in the sun. Milo was brought down, first by being prominently permabanned from Twitter (something we can now see as on a continuum with the banning of Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, ad infinitum), and then smeared for remarks made on an obscure podcast, where he said that young gay men often have their first relationship with a much older man, and that this isn’t always a bad thing. So he was effectively removed from the public limelight, although he still has a personal website.

    Lauren, meanwhile, continued touring, made a documentary about white South Africans (“Farmlands”), another one about uncontrolled mass immigration into Europe (“Borderless”) – and then suddenly, at the start of this month, announced that she would be retiring from her activities. Then about a week later, Milo posted on his website a complicated expose of “two gay video producers” (one of whom was briefly trans, that’s the trans cameo I promised), somehow associated with himself, Southern, and Tommy Robinson, who are supposed to have ripped people off, leaked damaging information to antifa and to journalists, etc.; and in the course of this Milo also alleges that Southern’s own material was ghostwritten by smitten conservatives who she was stringing along, etc.

    If I now look for commentary and analysis of this on Youtube, I see channels run by unknown or almost-unknown figures, and comments by random pseudonymous legions, which might be epitomized by the following remark:

    ‘All these degenerate figureheads really show how far the “conservative” movement has fallen. […] The real conservatives are traditionalists and ethno-nationalists, but if you stand up for those things publicly your life will basically be ended.’

    But this criticism also seems to contain the reason *why* Milo and Lauren were able to achieve their degree of fame – as they were not straight white males, they were not immediately vulnerable to the identity-politics axiom that conservative straight white males should no longer be seen or heard. And it seems a destructive purity spiral to just disown them both, in a mindless application of the counter-axiom that only straight white males should be elevated.

    So Milo, himself brought down some time ago, has now brought down Lauren, and this turn of events is celebrated by… a bunch of people I have never heard of, none of whom remotely have the star power of Milo or Lauren. And this coincides with the latest Youtube purge, prompted by Vox (Maza vs Crowder) and rationalized by New York Times (“Making of a Youtube Radical”).

  75. @istevefan

    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.

    Princess Anne, for example, is a Colonel several times over
     
    A full colonel is a respectable rank and one grade below general grade officers. A full colonel would command a regimental-sized unit which is most often reflected in a unit called a brigade in the US Army. This type of unit would have about 3-5 battalions and contain about 3000 troops.

    A Lieutenant Colonel is one step below a full colonel and has considerably less clout. A LTC would typically command one of those aforementioned battalions listed above. As such he would command about 500 troops.

    The princess is a colonel because in the British army, and its relatives in Canada and Australia, a regiment usually has an honorary colonel who is often a royal. This person is just a ceremonial head.

    Full colonels in the US Army lost some status in 1963 when regiments (larger than battalions but smaller than brigades) ceased to have independent commands and became purely nominal units.

    • Replies: @Lurker
    The British army still has its regiments but the army is organised by battalions. I presume this leaves British colonels somewhat high and dry too?
    , @Hibernian
    A Colonel can still command a Group (I was in one.) which is a rear echelon support unit.
    , @istevefan

    lost some status in 1963 when regiments (larger than battalions but smaller than brigades) ceased to have independent commands
     
    That would be a interesting topic to discuss sometime. The US Army pretty much trashed its regimental system and regiment designations are now just used to keep old lineages alive. When I was in the army we were "re-flagged" which meant that one day we went from being such-and-such battalion of the such-and-such infantry regiment to such-and-such battalion of a different infantry regiment. Everything remained the same except the unit crest we wore on our epaulets changed, and our snail mail address now included the name of the new regimental designation.

    It was done to preserve the lineage of some regiment that had fought in WW2. I suppose the thought was nice, but it's not good for building unit cohesion.
    , @Busby
    Regiments as independent commands ceased to exist with the permanent establishment of the Army division in 1917.
    I suppose one might say being the 43d Colonel of the 23d Infantry Regiment is a more impressive title than Commander of the 2d Brigade of the 2d Infantry Division. As a practical matter it’s the same job.
  76. @steveoffredonia
    Tip: Dual income dual kids Asian Silicon Valley couple talks about the struggles of parenting. Mom has 3 jobs, one as a diversity consultant. The new economy. https://www.businessinsider.com/silicon-valley-founder-tweeted-kids-were-terrible-for-his-career-2019-6 "Eric's wife, Beatrice Kim, is a certified professional coach, cofounder of Awaken, a leading diversity and inclusion company, and a group coach for the Stanford Graduate School of Business."

    I wish women and men who do not want to have (20+ year commitment – more than a dog ) children would stop having them. They, should, however, house 2-3+ families from Guatemalan extended families in their palatial SV home, the curated and carefully appointed, organic homes they live in that have sooooo much room. They can house their gardeners and housekeepers! And, if they still want kids – well, built-in, non-App babysitters for 20+ years…+dog walkers…my bane ;D!

  77. @Cortes
    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.

    Princess Anne, for example, is a Colonel several times over

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne,_Princess_Royal

    The autobiography of Mexican muralist and Stalinist thug David Alfaro Siqueiros harks back to his involvement in the Spanish Civil War “Me llamaban el Coronelazo.” The nutcase Antonio Tejero who threatened the Spanish Parliament in 1982 was a Lt Colonel. “Nobody Writes to the Colonel” is one of the early successes of Colombian author Garcia Marquez. “Colonel Bogey” provided musical background to Holden and Guinness in “Bridge Over the River Kwai.” And “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp”

    https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-life-and-death-of-colonel-blimp-1943

    may be the oddest film ever made.

    Before pensions and greater military professionalism “Colonel” was a rank that politically connected amateurs could be appointed so that they could have a title (even if they had no actual command authority). For instance, in a local cemetery there are two gravestones from the 1800s which carry the title “Colonel”, but one lived during a time when it would have been extremely unlikely that he would have had any combat experience and the other, whose personal story I know a bit about, was left at home during the Civil War to manage the family business. Two younger brothers of his commanded regiments (in fact one commanded a brigade temporarily and was killed commanding that unit at Gettysburg). The elder brother had been s state senator and was married to the daughter of a former governor, so he was made a “Colonel” in the local militia, though this amounted to very little militarily.

    • Replies: @Daniel H
    >>Before pensions and greater military professionalism “Colonel” was a rank that politically connected amateurs could be appointed so that they could have a title (even if they had no actual command authority).

    This is a thing in South and Meso American countries too. In the old days, it was an honor to by named a Coronel, either for actual war-time militia service, or for just having been recognized as important by national big shots. And of course it comes up as a cultural meme from the old south, with either honorary Colonels or self-referred Colones: Colonel Sanders, Colonel Tom Parker.
    , @Lurker
    Because at one time Colonels commanded regiments and this was the only sort of unit most people could readily identify or identify with?
  78. @Hail
    Anyone have any insight into why "colonel" is written nothing like it is pronounced?

    I don’t even have any insight on why the British pronounce lieutenant ‘left-tenant’.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    hahaaa it is lootenant in the rest of Europe and USA (I still think this is an English taunt from WW!).
    , @jim jones
    I was told off by my Latin teacher when I once pronounced lieutenant in the American style
    , @Jonathan Mason

    Why is lieutenant pronounced left-tenant?
     
    Heaven knows. The word appears to derive from French 'lieu' = place and 'tenant' = holder. The English have a history of mangling French words, for example Beauchamp--'beau' = beautiful and 'champ' = field is pronounced Beecham, but a better explanation might be that in Old French the word 'lieu' was written 'luef'.

    Apparently lieutenant used to be pronounced left-tenant in the US, but this changed during the nineteenth century, perhaps under the influence of German immigrants (cf German 'Leutnant").

    The word 'loo' is a common term for a toilet in England, and the word 'lieu' in phrases like 'in lieu of' is pronounced 'l-you'.

    As to why colonel is pronounced 'kernel', that is for another day.

  79. @PiltdownMan
    Are there any retired military personnel who contribute comments regularly to iSteve?

    many. Alas, I miss the ones that are pretty old now, (80+) who gave me great advice. I adore 80+ people.

  80. @istevefan
    I don't even have any insight on why the British pronounce lieutenant 'left-tenant'.

    hahaaa it is lootenant in the rest of Europe and USA (I still think this is an English taunt from WW!).

    • Replies: @Lurker
    The British 'left' instead of 'loo' goes back a long way further than WW1 or WW2. I don't know why though.
  81. All this writing about colonels and not-real colonels (“the right way, the wrong way, and the Army way”) brings to mind a Joseph Heller character, Major Major.

    “Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major Major it had been all three. Even among men lacking all distinction he inevitably stood out as a man lacking more distinction than all the rest, and people who met him were always impressed by how unimpressive he was.”
    ― Joseph Heller, Catch-22

    My father-in-law was a colonel in Ceaușescu’s army. He was busted back down to telephone colonel when one of his relatives sneaked away to the US. They wouldn’t let him use a telephone after that (for “security reasons”) so he wasn’t really a telephone colonel. It took him years after the revolution to get his real colonel colonel rank back. Better pension.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    Colonel ant Lt.Col. was yuge in Europe fighting Hitler and Stalin. There, I said it...I am now, Greta Thunberg.
  82. @Daniel H
    I put very little credit in any study that purports to map/study the brain. The only think we know about the brain with any certainty is that when it is damaged things go bad, fast.

    and, when it is not damaged, it does damage to society.

  83. @The Wild Geese Howard

    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.
     
    Supposedly Major is the worst rank in the US Army and Marines. Majors always wind up as adjutants or XOs, never leaders of units.

    Being a contrarian by nature, this is probably why thought Major was the coolest rank, based on Lee Marvin kicking ass as Major Reisman in The Dirty Dozen and Richard Burton kicking ass as Major Smith in Where Eagles Dare, though I will note that Sir Rich is upstaged by Clint Eastwood kicking even more ass as Lt. Schaffer.

    Medical companies in the Army are often commanded by majors, but that is because the MDs who notionally fall under them are at least Captains. In any event, Majors are usually staffers, which isn’t so bad (“if bread is the staff of life then life on the staff is one long loaf”).

  84. @Buzz Mohawk
    All this writing about colonels and not-real colonels ("the right way, the wrong way, and the Army way") brings to mind a Joseph Heller character, Major Major.

    “Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major Major it had been all three. Even among men lacking all distinction he inevitably stood out as a man lacking more distinction than all the rest, and people who met him were always impressed by how unimpressive he was.”
    ― Joseph Heller, Catch-22
     
    My father-in-law was a colonel in Ceaușescu's army. He was busted back down to telephone colonel when one of his relatives sneaked away to the US. They wouldn't let him use a telephone after that (for "security reasons") so he wasn't really a telephone colonel. It took him years after the revolution to get his real colonel colonel rank back. Better pension.

    Colonel ant Lt.Col. was yuge in Europe fighting Hitler and Stalin. There, I said it…I am now, Greta Thunberg.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    Lt. Col. got the greenlight to vaporize the enemy - no courts, no oversight.
  85. @Hail
    Anyone have any insight into why "colonel" is written nothing like it is pronounced?

    Another one that always puzzled me was why a Lieutenant General (3 stars) outranks a Major General (2 stars). After all a Major (O-4) outranks a Lieutenant (O-2). So one would assume a Major General would be higher than a LTG.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    I keep telling y'all: it is military schpeak...to get normies off their back. Here's the Big Clue: if the operation fails...not one person can be pegged as the failure. Thank You. Now, I want you all to write a paper and forward it to me about: Laatokka (Ladoga in English) and, von Ribbentrop pact.
    , @Stebbing Heuer
    'Major-General' is a contraction of 'Sergeant-Major General', and Lieutenant is a higher rank than Sergeant-Major.
  86. Alright after reading this I had to search Google for an image of this Jennifer Natalya Pritzker. I just couldn’t picture a female version of our Gov Pritzker (AKA pumpkin head, the guy my Mom refused to vote for because “he’s fat and ugly”). Now I’ve seen it: J.B. please don’t go there!

  87. @PiltdownMan
    iirc, some proportion of Lieutenant Colonels get a courtesy promotion to (full bird) Colonel just before they retire, as a nod to the fact that they were good enough to make the grade, but there were no real jobs for them at the more senior rank. It also bumps up their pension.

    This probably was the case before 1980 or so when pensions were based on “highest rank held”, so a soldier could get a higher pension if they only successfully held a rank for one day. Now pensions are based on the “high three” average, which means that you can only receive a pension for a given rank if you hold it for at least three years.

    • Replies: @Daniel H
    >>Now pensions are based on the “high three” average, which means that you can only receive a pension for a given rank if you hold it for at least three years.

    Yeah, and in many municipalites/states (New York City, for one) your pension is based on the total comp (base + OT + unused vacation/sick/benefit days) of your final year working. Hence the ridiculous comp brought in by these bums in their last year of service: cops and railroad workers pulling down 300K for their last year of service. And then the taxpayer is stuck with an outrageous and unjustified pension paid to these bums for the next 20 years.
  88. @PiltdownMan
    Are there any retired military personnel who contribute comments regularly to iSteve?

    There are several. The Steve-O-Spere skews older and Air Force, though. And disproportionately Officer.

  89. @istevefan
    Another one that always puzzled me was why a Lieutenant General (3 stars) outranks a Major General (2 stars). After all a Major (O-4) outranks a Lieutenant (O-2). So one would assume a Major General would be higher than a LTG.

    I keep telling y’all: it is military schpeak…to get normies off their back. Here’s the Big Clue: if the operation fails…not one person can be pegged as the failure. Thank You. Now, I want you all to write a paper and forward it to me about: Laatokka (Ladoga in English) and, von Ribbentrop pact.

  90. @Lagertha
    he's not losing them. And, every state AG/circuit court is fighting his border mandates. What Dems should worry about: white working class does not give a crap anymore...and they will get their pound of flesh in 2020. They see what is going on - they are not stupid, worthless human beings...even if everyone keeps reminding them that they are Deplorables...and, well garbage that deserves to die. It is too late to cajole them anymore.

    It will more than likely come down to the Great Lakes States. Either they turn out for him, or they don’t. I do not live in the Great Lakes States so I can’t tell. I can only go by what I see around me. The enthusiasm is not like it was in late 2015 and 2016.

    However, he will win my state (MO) because he carried it by over 500K votes in 2016. So even with a portion of his base demoralized, it won’t hurt him here. But his 2016 margins in the Great Lakes were very tight. He can’t afford to lose any portion of his base there.

    People understand he is facing headwinds. But there is some confusion as to whether he is really doing all he could be doing. For example, I don’t hear much about workplace raids to ensure employers are not hiring illegals. I am also confused as to why he won’t bring on immigration hawks like Kris Kobach into his administration.

    But, as I wrote above my opinion does not matter because my vote does not matter. It will probably come down to how the Whites in the Great Lakes region feel. And I have no first hand knowledge of that.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    The problem is, most of the Swedes (mostly) and Finns & Norwegians who settled in the GL were poor Nordics...so prone to socialism and communism. The way to splinter them is the way the Australian woman was gunned down like a farm animal by the Somali cop. That optic is huge in Scandinavia bc the Somalis are destroying Sweden...slowly but surely.

    Great Lakes people need more comprehensive ads to see that they will be replaced. That they will be the people who pay all the taxes...their children and grands are tax-slaves to illegals and indigent POC's. THEY WILL BE REPLACED AND TAXED TO THE ULTIMATE.

    , @Jonathan Mason
    It will more than likely come down to the Great Lakes States.

    He will also need to win Florida, which is a very large permamarginal state. My feeling is that his support is holding up in North Florida, but how he will do in the large cities like Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater, Orlando, and the Miami/Fort Lauderdale metropolis remains to be seen. Jacksonville is already a lost cause for him.

    One factor that is largely ignored by pundits is that Trump came in promising to abolish Obamacare and put in place something that sounded a lot like Medicare for all.

    Although payment for Obamacare health insurance plans is no longer mandatory, it is no cheaper (actually premiums have gone up) and even the plans offered by employers look a lot like and cost a lot like Obamacare plans. With high deductibles and co-pays, healthy working families are still hundreds of dollars per month for healthcare insurance and getting very little back from it.

    This is bound to become a huge issue once the field has been narrowed down and the various TV 'debates' (if you can call them that) start. Does anybody watch TV these days? I guess a few people do, but this is talked about a lot in my workplace, regardless of whether anyone watches TV.

    , @Hibernian
    It will come down to how crazy a lunatic the Dems will nominate.
    , @AnotherDad

    t will more than likely come down to the Great Lakes States. Either they turn out for him, or they don’t. I do not live in the Great Lakes States so I can’t tell. I can only go by what I see around me. The enthusiasm is not like it was in late 2015 and 2016.

    ...

    People understand he is facing headwinds. But there is some confusion as to whether he is really doing all he could be doing. For example, I don’t hear much about workplace raids to ensure employers are not hiring illegals. I am also confused as to why he won’t bring on immigration hawks like Kris Kobach into his administration.
     
    Yes, the enthusiasm isn't quite there--remarkably in the face of an excellent economy--because Trump, despite his rhetoric, has acted much like a typical Republican and not delivered for his actual voters.

    Even despite not delivering much of anything on immigrant, Trump has got the economy in pretty good shape, and has the Democrats acting like absolute loons--pretty much across the board, but particularly on the border.

    But Trump a combination of turning governance over to his Jewish son-in-law and his own rhetorical limitiations can't/won't even make the case of how incredibly serious this border crisis is--effectively the NGO/Democrat axis creating backdoor open borders.

    Immigration--i.e. invasion by foreigners--is the most important issue affecting people ... but it's long term. If you're going to occasionallly rant and rave that there is a crisis, then you must forcefully and specifically articulate exactly why it is a grave existential crisis and act like it is an existential crisis.

    Do that--make the entire election about the survival of America to be turned over to American's children--and Trump wins. Trump is too limited mentally or too incompetent or too nepotistic or too egotistical or some combination to do it. So his re-election is in doubt.
  91. Impress me, you guys, what you know about Ladoga and Aunuksen retki.

  92. @istevefan
    It will more than likely come down to the Great Lakes States. Either they turn out for him, or they don't. I do not live in the Great Lakes States so I can't tell. I can only go by what I see around me. The enthusiasm is not like it was in late 2015 and 2016.

    However, he will win my state (MO) because he carried it by over 500K votes in 2016. So even with a portion of his base demoralized, it won't hurt him here. But his 2016 margins in the Great Lakes were very tight. He can't afford to lose any portion of his base there.

    People understand he is facing headwinds. But there is some confusion as to whether he is really doing all he could be doing. For example, I don't hear much about workplace raids to ensure employers are not hiring illegals. I am also confused as to why he won't bring on immigration hawks like Kris Kobach into his administration.

    But, as I wrote above my opinion does not matter because my vote does not matter. It will probably come down to how the Whites in the Great Lakes region feel. And I have no first hand knowledge of that.

    The problem is, most of the Swedes (mostly) and Finns & Norwegians who settled in the GL were poor Nordics…so prone to socialism and communism. The way to splinter them is the way the Australian woman was gunned down like a farm animal by the Somali cop. That optic is huge in Scandinavia bc the Somalis are destroying Sweden…slowly but surely.

    Great Lakes people need more comprehensive ads to see that they will be replaced. That they will be the people who pay all the taxes…their children and grands are tax-slaves to illegals and indigent POC’s. THEY WILL BE REPLACED AND TAXED TO THE ULTIMATE.

  93. @Lagertha
    Colonel ant Lt.Col. was yuge in Europe fighting Hitler and Stalin. There, I said it...I am now, Greta Thunberg.

    Lt. Col. got the greenlight to vaporize the enemy – no courts, no oversight.

    • Replies: @Ragno
    Lagertha:

    Please - before it's too late - switch to decaf.
  94. OT – But of interest to readers of this blog, David Brooks is upset about American’s views on foreign policy. He has a new op-ed in the NY Times entitled, “Voters, Your Foreign Policy Views Stink!”.

    The C.A.P. researchers asked 2,000 registered voters what America’s foreign policy priorities should be. The top priorities were protecting against terrorist threats, protecting jobs for American workers and reducing illegal immigration. These are all negative aspirations: preventing bad things from hostile outsiders.

    The lowest priorities were promoting democracy, taking on Chinese aggression, promoting trade, fighting global poverty and defending human rights. The things Americans care least about are the core activities of building a civilized global community.

    At least he acknowledged Iraq was a mistake. Later he wrote this about our falling level of trust.

    But social trust has collapsed over the decades, especially among the young. Distrustful, alienated people don’t want to get involved in the strange, hostile, outside world.

    Maybe Brooks should read Professor Putnam

  95. @68W58
    Before pensions and greater military professionalism "Colonel" was a rank that politically connected amateurs could be appointed so that they could have a title (even if they had no actual command authority). For instance, in a local cemetery there are two gravestones from the 1800s which carry the title "Colonel", but one lived during a time when it would have been extremely unlikely that he would have had any combat experience and the other, whose personal story I know a bit about, was left at home during the Civil War to manage the family business. Two younger brothers of his commanded regiments (in fact one commanded a brigade temporarily and was killed commanding that unit at Gettysburg). The elder brother had been s state senator and was married to the daughter of a former governor, so he was made a "Colonel" in the local militia, though this amounted to very little militarily.

    >>Before pensions and greater military professionalism “Colonel” was a rank that politically connected amateurs could be appointed so that they could have a title (even if they had no actual command authority).

    This is a thing in South and Meso American countries too. In the old days, it was an honor to by named a Coronel, either for actual war-time militia service, or for just having been recognized as important by national big shots. And of course it comes up as a cultural meme from the old south, with either honorary Colonels or self-referred Colones: Colonel Sanders, Colonel Tom Parker.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Several states, most notably Kentucky, have an honorific "colonel" program.

    https://www.kycolonels.org/about-us/history/



    This supposedly comes from the post Civil War practice that auctions of surplus or captured military materiel had to be held by a colonel or above, which s why auctioneers still call themselves "colonel" to thius day. The Cinfederate Air Force also dubbed all of its members "colonel" as well.
  96. @istevefan
    I don't even have any insight on why the British pronounce lieutenant 'left-tenant'.

    I was told off by my Latin teacher when I once pronounced lieutenant in the American style

  97. @68W58
    This probably was the case before 1980 or so when pensions were based on "highest rank held", so a soldier could get a higher pension if they only successfully held a rank for one day. Now pensions are based on the "high three" average, which means that you can only receive a pension for a given rank if you hold it for at least three years.

    >>Now pensions are based on the “high three” average, which means that you can only receive a pension for a given rank if you hold it for at least three years.

    Yeah, and in many municipalites/states (New York City, for one) your pension is based on the total comp (base + OT + unused vacation/sick/benefit days) of your final year working. Hence the ridiculous comp brought in by these bums in their last year of service: cops and railroad workers pulling down 300K for their last year of service. And then the taxpayer is stuck with an outrageous and unjustified pension paid to these bums for the next 20 years.

    • Replies: @68W58
    That's absolutely true, but not really the same thing as I'm talking about with military retirement. Civilian state employees can and do max out overtime to increase their pension payments, but military pensions are computed on base pay (no overtime for military). Lots of California public employees were gaming the system this way and I think they have over 10,000 public sector retirees with pension in excess of $100,000/year.

    Here's the current military pay chart http://www.militarypay.com/MilitaryPayCharts.php So, say you're a major (an O-4 on the chart) with 20 years, you would get half of $8073.90 a month as a pension (so long as you served three years as a Major). Under the old system if you had been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel (O-5) on your last day and then retired your pension would have been half of $9243.50.
  98. @JackOH
    " . . . [R]eeks of a bigger issue."

    Yeah, I'll take a wild guess that the demasculinization of Western societies may create some social psych-type incentive for a very few people to undergo this procedure and everything connected with it. I think Steve once speculated that heavy use of performance-enhancing drugs may contribute to transsexualism. Somehow I can't imagine that sex reassignment solves anything.

    Steroids shrink the male genitals. They also change the shape of the torso to a sort of pudgy barrel different from the standard middle aged male belly.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
    Roid gut:
    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/b2/07/8b/b2078b01b4d135d45ec70ab1ebdbb418.gif

    Beer gut:
    https://www.healthline.com/hlcmsresource/images/AN_images/man-with-beer-belly-thumb.jpg

    (As for a picture of the shrunken genitals ... you’re on your own.)
  99. I have a friend named Sargent. When he was a major in the army he worked in an office with a sergeant major. This produced amusing telephone conversations.

  100. @Daniel H
    >>Now pensions are based on the “high three” average, which means that you can only receive a pension for a given rank if you hold it for at least three years.

    Yeah, and in many municipalites/states (New York City, for one) your pension is based on the total comp (base + OT + unused vacation/sick/benefit days) of your final year working. Hence the ridiculous comp brought in by these bums in their last year of service: cops and railroad workers pulling down 300K for their last year of service. And then the taxpayer is stuck with an outrageous and unjustified pension paid to these bums for the next 20 years.

    That’s absolutely true, but not really the same thing as I’m talking about with military retirement. Civilian state employees can and do max out overtime to increase their pension payments, but military pensions are computed on base pay (no overtime for military). Lots of California public employees were gaming the system this way and I think they have over 10,000 public sector retirees with pension in excess of $100,000/year.

    Here’s the current military pay chart http://www.militarypay.com/MilitaryPayCharts.php So, say you’re a major (an O-4 on the chart) with 20 years, you would get half of $8073.90 a month as a pension (so long as you served three years as a Major). Under the old system if you had been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel (O-5) on your last day and then retired your pension would have been half of $9243.50.

  101. @MikeatMikedotMike
    "Confusingly, lieutenant colonels are not addressed as “lieutenant colonel,” but as “colonel:”"

    Not really. There are four ranks of general in the MC: Brigadier General, Major General, Lieutenant General, and , merely "General," but they all go by General.

    In the Navy, there are 4 ranks of Admiral: Rear Admiral Lower Half, Rear Admiral Upper Half, Vice Admiral, and Admiral. They all go by Admiral. Lieutenant Commanders go by Commander, and Commanders who are the Captain of a vessel go by the billet designation of "Captain," even though they don't hold the rank of Captain.

    A Captain in the Navy is an O6, but in the MC is an O3.

    The enlisted ranks in the Navy and MC do address their NCO's by full rank: Senior Chief/Master Sergeant, etc. All though nicknames like Gunny, Top, Master Guns, are sometimes permitted to address a superior NCO in the MC.

    The Navy has similar nicknames, but they are terms like matey, swabby, loverboy, etc.

    Modern US destroyers cost several billion each. The British navy has more admirals than ships.

    • Replies: @Ace
    I think the Buneswehr has more operational tanks than the RN has operational destroyers. Prayer rugs are probably mandatory on all British warships.
  102. @Lagertha
    hahaaa it is lootenant in the rest of Europe and USA (I still think this is an English taunt from WW!).

    The British ‘left’ instead of ‘loo’ goes back a long way further than WW1 or WW2. I don’t know why though.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    vowels and bowels were just too bogged down?! and dodgy
  103. @68W58
    Before pensions and greater military professionalism "Colonel" was a rank that politically connected amateurs could be appointed so that they could have a title (even if they had no actual command authority). For instance, in a local cemetery there are two gravestones from the 1800s which carry the title "Colonel", but one lived during a time when it would have been extremely unlikely that he would have had any combat experience and the other, whose personal story I know a bit about, was left at home during the Civil War to manage the family business. Two younger brothers of his commanded regiments (in fact one commanded a brigade temporarily and was killed commanding that unit at Gettysburg). The elder brother had been s state senator and was married to the daughter of a former governor, so he was made a "Colonel" in the local militia, though this amounted to very little militarily.

    Because at one time Colonels commanded regiments and this was the only sort of unit most people could readily identify or identify with?

    • Replies: @68W58
    Yes and in the infantry a regiment was the smallest unit that an officer exercised any real movement and maneuver command and control over (up until the Civil War at least). A captain would be responsible for his company in terms of disciplining his men, but not exercise a lot of control over how it was maneuvered other than maintaining it in whatever formation the regimental commander ordered. So a Colonel was a more prestigious position even if it did not carry any real command authority. Of course this was different in the artillery where a captain could and did have a lot of independent authority over his battery, and some artillery units (such as the famous Washington artillery in New Orleans) were considered elite units. But an artillery officer had to have a lot of technical knowledge and expertise in order to properly position and fire his battery, and you couldn't just appoint someone a captain of artillery unless that man had some some aptitude.
  104. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Daniel H
    >>Before pensions and greater military professionalism “Colonel” was a rank that politically connected amateurs could be appointed so that they could have a title (even if they had no actual command authority).

    This is a thing in South and Meso American countries too. In the old days, it was an honor to by named a Coronel, either for actual war-time militia service, or for just having been recognized as important by national big shots. And of course it comes up as a cultural meme from the old south, with either honorary Colonels or self-referred Colones: Colonel Sanders, Colonel Tom Parker.

    Several states, most notably Kentucky, have an honorific “colonel” program.

    https://www.kycolonels.org/about-us/history/

    This supposedly comes from the post Civil War practice that auctions of surplus or captured military materiel had to be held by a colonel or above, which s why auctioneers still call themselves “colonel” to thius day. The Cinfederate Air Force also dubbed all of its members “colonel” as well.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    As an aside, Anne the Princess Royal is, in addition to her other colonelships, a Kentucky Colonel.

    The British royals are horse people and therefore are no strangers to the Kentucky horse country.

    https://www.kycolonels.org/about-us/famous-colonels/

    Anne is a horse person in more ways than one, not to be unkind, as is Camilla Parker Bowles.
  105. To be fair, C.G.Jung argues that every persn has an animus and an anima; and I remember a psychotherapist writing that after half-life as a man he now had begun to explore the anima side of his soul.
    This kind of bi-genderism would suffice for most people and have them avoid the need to “declare themselves” about being a full man or a full woman.
    On the other hand , the kind of super-virile person who is most often discussed here, may perhaps have a virile predilection for strict distinctions and energetic decisions about “who you are” and “to what category you belong”. In this sense, transgenderism may appeal just to a super-virile brain.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    no - no appeal - I like being a woman that likes men.
  106. @PV van der Byl
    Full colonels in the US Army lost some status in 1963 when regiments (larger than battalions but smaller than brigades) ceased to have independent commands and became purely nominal units.

    The British army still has its regiments but the army is organised by battalions. I presume this leaves British colonels somewhat high and dry too?

  107. @Lurker
    Because at one time Colonels commanded regiments and this was the only sort of unit most people could readily identify or identify with?

    Yes and in the infantry a regiment was the smallest unit that an officer exercised any real movement and maneuver command and control over (up until the Civil War at least). A captain would be responsible for his company in terms of disciplining his men, but not exercise a lot of control over how it was maneuvered other than maintaining it in whatever formation the regimental commander ordered. So a Colonel was a more prestigious position even if it did not carry any real command authority. Of course this was different in the artillery where a captain could and did have a lot of independent authority over his battery, and some artillery units (such as the famous Washington artillery in New Orleans) were considered elite units. But an artillery officer had to have a lot of technical knowledge and expertise in order to properly position and fire his battery, and you couldn’t just appoint someone a captain of artillery unless that man had some some aptitude.

  108. @Lurker
    The British 'left' instead of 'loo' goes back a long way further than WW1 or WW2. I don't know why though.

    vowels and bowels were just too bogged down?! and dodgy

  109. @Stogumber
    To be fair, C.G.Jung argues that every persn has an animus and an anima; and I remember a psychotherapist writing that after half-life as a man he now had begun to explore the anima side of his soul.
    This kind of bi-genderism would suffice for most people and have them avoid the need to "declare themselves" about being a full man or a full woman.
    On the other hand , the kind of super-virile person who is most often discussed here, may perhaps have a virile predilection for strict distinctions and energetic decisions about "who you are" and "to what category you belong". In this sense, transgenderism may appeal just to a super-virile brain.

    no – no appeal – I like being a woman that likes men.

  110. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    Several states, most notably Kentucky, have an honorific "colonel" program.

    https://www.kycolonels.org/about-us/history/



    This supposedly comes from the post Civil War practice that auctions of surplus or captured military materiel had to be held by a colonel or above, which s why auctioneers still call themselves "colonel" to thius day. The Cinfederate Air Force also dubbed all of its members "colonel" as well.

    As an aside, Anne the Princess Royal is, in addition to her other colonelships, a Kentucky Colonel.

    The British royals are horse people and therefore are no strangers to the Kentucky horse country.

    https://www.kycolonels.org/about-us/famous-colonels/

    Anne is a horse person in more ways than one, not to be unkind, as is Camilla Parker Bowles.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber

    Anne is a horse person in more ways than one, not to be unkind, as is Camilla Parker Bowles.
     
    Anne's first boyfriend was Andrew Parker Bowles, so the guy has a type, to say the least.
    , @Alden
    Doesn’t the royal family own at least one of those race horses breeding farms.? ER 2 visits Kentucky fairly often but the tabloids ignore those visits or don’t know about them.

    Camilla is beautiful compared to hideous Anne.
  111. @trelane
    The New York State Canal Corporation is overseen by the New York State Thruway authority. The canal is more of a liability than an asset and so it is publicly owned. Erie canal heirs are as rare as a Mississippi Queen these days.

    I believe there are some bars in Biloxi that disprove your point.

  112. Both Wikipedia and Vanity Fair deadname her, showing her birth name. I thought that was verbotten. Are cracks showing in World War T?

  113. Anonymous[179] • Disclaimer says:
    @Stan Adams
    I had an Israeli professor who always pronounced colonel as koe-low-Nell. No one ever corrected her.

    That’s nothing, you should hear the British try to pronounce “lieutenant”

  114. @1661er
    How how about the most important Pritzker, the one who played Harrison Ford's daughter in Air Force One, Liesel Pritzker Simmons. Does Trump has her support?!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liesel_Pritzker_Simmons#Personal_life

    Pritzker is married to Erie Canal-heir Ian Simmons and resides with her husband in the Boston, Massachusetts area.[13][1]
     

    That means he’s gay, and instead of honourably coming out late in life, he just pretends he’s a woman living with her husband, rather than a gay guy living with his husband.

    It’s a mix of being so macho he can’t see a way to combine it with homosexuality, a deep seated yearn to be dominated that he can only see it as female, and a lack of interest in/ability for the ostentatiously promiscuous gay club culture.

    In a sane world, he’d be treated kindly as an outlier, and told firmly to stop trespassing on women’s ground to make him feel better about his nuances.

    • Replies: @1661er
    I was referring to Colonel Jennifer's (much) younger half-sister, Liesel, being more important as a popular culture/political figure in presidential politic. Don't know how much sibling rivalry figures into the decision. Liesel was/is prettier.

    https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/[email protected]@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1551,1000_AL_.jpg
  115. @Hunsdon
    Hey man, in Russian it's "polkovnik" while lieutenant colonel is "podpolkovnik." "Pod" in Russian means "beneath" so it's entirely apropos.

    “Pod” in Russian means “beneath”

    More bad news for the Podhoretz family.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    I'd ask if "horetz" meant contempt but I'm mostly a Norm fan and even prefer John to, say, Charles Blow.
  116. Hail says: • Website
    @Hunsdon
    Learning is occurring. (I reference myself, so as not to seem to be slighting others.)

    https://teachinghistory.org/history-content/ask-a-historian/22270

    Colonel came into English, according to The Oxford English Dictionary, in the mid-16th century from Middle French

    The written style continued to reflect the older form, while the spoken form, competing against it, as it were, reflected the other—coronel—which was often pronounced to sound like “kernul” or “kernel.”

    Good to know, but “coronel” [as foreign loan word, 450ybp] to “kernul” is still puzzling.

    • Replies: @Cortes
    “Coronel” - possibly “little crown”? - is Spanish for Colonel. “Teniente” or Lieutenant is “Deputy” or “Substitute”.

    Perhaps the pronunciation in English is from the XVI Century when the Spanish foot soldiers in their “tercios” enjoyed much the same reputation as the Prussians of the XIX Century.

  117. @1661er
    His ancestor was a contractor for the canal. I suppose a few centuries later, we will have people being described as California HSR-heir.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2013/11/17/liesel-pritzker-simmons-sued-her-family-and-got-500-million-but-shes-no-trust-fund-baby/#59c9dd41464c

    She has earmarked $50 million of her total fortune--which FORBES estimates at $600 million, stemming from the $500 million windfall inheritance she received a decade ago, along with assets from her husband, a blue-blooded heir to the family that built locks on the Erie Canal, cofounded department-store chain Montgomery Ward and helped take insurance broker Marsh & McLennan public
     

    The aristocracy in Alfred Bester’s sci-fi version of The Count of Monte Cristo “The Stars My Destination” have titles derived from XX Century Corporations, Kodak of Kodak and similar.

  118. @Hail

    Colonel came into English, according to The Oxford English Dictionary, in the mid-16th century from Middle French
     

    The written style continued to reflect the older form, while the spoken form, competing against it, as it were, reflected the other—coronel—which was often pronounced to sound like "kernul" or "kernel."
     
    Good to know, but "coronel" [as foreign loan word, 450ybp] to "kernul" is still puzzling.

    “Coronel” – possibly “little crown”? – is Spanish for Colonel. “Teniente” or Lieutenant is “Deputy” or “Substitute”.

    Perhaps the pronunciation in English is from the XVI Century when the Spanish foot soldiers in their “tercios” enjoyed much the same reputation as the Prussians of the XIX Century.

  119. Anon[349] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    Slang terms for the rank historically used by the U.S. military include “light colonel”, “short colonel”, “light bird”, “half colonel”, “bottlecap colonel” (referring to the silver oak leaf insignia), and “telephone colonel” (from self-reference as “colonel” when using a telephone).
    - - - - - - - - - -
    Sorry, I don't "get" the last witticism. When anyone of the rank colonel identifies himself by rank, whether by telephone or not, he would say, "This is Colonel Jones." Right? So what? Somebody please explain the joke.

    If a lt. colonels identifies themselves by rank on the telephone, they are “colonel so and so” (not lt colonel so and so.) The joke is they aren’t really full colonels but get to pretend on the telephone.
    Upon the morning after our return from the first gulf war as a 23 year old, I went down to the on post barber in Germany while in physical training uniform ( army sweats) which have no rank insignia. I was a lowly specialist ( one rank below seargent) and two officers were already waiting for the german female barber to arrive. One officer was a 1st or 2nd lieutenant and the other was a a lieutenant colonel (both in uniform designating rank)
    Surveying the situation and feeling my oats having survived a deployment, I quipped ” Are we going by rank boys, cause I’m a full bird ,( colonel) meaning I should cut the line and go first, rank having that privilege. The lieutenant laughed out load, the lieutenant colonel did not.

    • Replies: @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    Thanks for clearing that up. So over the phone a Lieutenant Colonel is allowed to refer to himself as a Colonel, which is a higher rank than the mere Lieutenant Colonel his uniform shows him to be. Because of the misranking, low-grade hilarity can ensue. Probably not funny enough for a Three Stooges routine.
  120. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    Slang terms for the rank historically used by the U.S. military include “light colonel”, “short colonel”, “light bird”, “half colonel”, “bottlecap colonel” (referring to the silver oak leaf insignia), and “telephone colonel” (from self-reference as “colonel” when using a telephone).
    - - - - - - - - - -
    Sorry, I don't "get" the last witticism. When anyone of the rank colonel identifies himself by rank, whether by telephone or not, he would say, "This is Colonel Jones." Right? So what? Somebody please explain the joke.

    Over the phone you can’t see the uniform which reveals the sub-catagory of colonel.

  121. I wonder if the Poz is some sort of memetic/spiritual virus engineered (to promote world peace, say) to attack aggression in all its manifold forms, particularly paired with intelligence (where it is most dangerous). When it finds that aggression/intelligence combo in its purest form, it hits it so hard it knocks it all the way into the opposite gender.

    Would make a good movie.

  122. @Hail

    “Pod” in Russian means “beneath”
     
    More bad news for the Podhoretz family.

    I’d ask if “horetz” meant contempt but I’m mostly a Norm fan and even prefer John to, say, Charles Blow.

  123. @The Wild Geese Howard

    I believe that at the outbreak of WW2 Ike was just a lieutenant colonel.
     
    Successful peacetime officers are not that great during war and vice versa. There is a lot of truth in the Patton scene where the German officer in the burning bunker states that Patton would pass away with the conclusion of WW2...

    ...that said, there are a lot of mysterious circumstances surrounding Patton's death, so we never really got to see how he would have functioned as a 3-star general during the WW2 peace.

    WGH wrote:

    “…that said, there are a lot of mysterious circumstances surrounding Patton’s death, so we never really got to see how he would have functioned as a 3-star general during the WW2 peace.”

    You made me look it up, and yup, there really are questions surrounding Patton’s mysterious accident and death. Now I’m going to have to read this book . . .

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/3869117/General-George-S.-Patton-was-assassinated-to-silence-his-criticism-of-allied-war-leaders-claims-new-book.html

    • Replies: @RVBlake
    If Patton were shot in the neck by a "low-velocity projectile" during the crash, I wonder why this was not discovered by doctors.
  124. @istevefan
    I don't even have any insight on why the British pronounce lieutenant 'left-tenant'.

    Why is lieutenant pronounced left-tenant?

    Heaven knows. The word appears to derive from French ‘lieu’ = place and ‘tenant’ = holder. The English have a history of mangling French words, for example Beauchamp–‘beau’ = beautiful and ‘champ’ = field is pronounced Beecham, but a better explanation might be that in Old French the word ‘lieu’ was written ‘luef’.

    Apparently lieutenant used to be pronounced left-tenant in the US, but this changed during the nineteenth century, perhaps under the influence of German immigrants (cf German ‘Leutnant”).

    The word ‘loo’ is a common term for a toilet in England, and the word ‘lieu’ in phrases like ‘in lieu of’ is pronounced ‘l-you’.

    As to why colonel is pronounced ‘kernel’, that is for another day.

    • Replies: @Cortes
    https://www.etymonline.com/word/colonel

    Seems entirely plausible.
  125. @Harry Baldwin
    Do be some old fat dude, and transition into some old fat chick, considering how beyond reproductive strategy this is, I’m left wondering “what’s the point?”

    I knew (vaguely) two guys that transitioned in their 50s. I wondered, did they think they would transition into young women instead of middle-aged women? It's hard to fathom what must go through their minds.

    BTW, both of these guys died in their mid-60s. I wondered if all the hormones and surgery took a toll. Do trans women tend to have shorter life spans? Do we have sufficient data to determine that one way or the other?

    Do trans women tend to have shorter life spans? Do we have sufficient data to determine that one way or the other?

    I doubt if there is enough data. My youngest grandparent was born in 1899 and there seem to have been remarkably few trans women of her generation. But, then again, the invention of penicillin and intravenous antibiotics still lay a whole generation in the future and people were less inclined to self mutilate.

    Minor’s condition deteriorated and in 1902, due to delusions that he was being abducted nightly from his rooms and conveyed to places as far away as Istanbul, and forced to commit sexual assaults on children, he cut off his own penis (autopenectomy) using a knife he had employed in his work on the dictionary.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Chester_Minor

    He lived to be 86,

  126. @istevefan
    It will more than likely come down to the Great Lakes States. Either they turn out for him, or they don't. I do not live in the Great Lakes States so I can't tell. I can only go by what I see around me. The enthusiasm is not like it was in late 2015 and 2016.

    However, he will win my state (MO) because he carried it by over 500K votes in 2016. So even with a portion of his base demoralized, it won't hurt him here. But his 2016 margins in the Great Lakes were very tight. He can't afford to lose any portion of his base there.

    People understand he is facing headwinds. But there is some confusion as to whether he is really doing all he could be doing. For example, I don't hear much about workplace raids to ensure employers are not hiring illegals. I am also confused as to why he won't bring on immigration hawks like Kris Kobach into his administration.

    But, as I wrote above my opinion does not matter because my vote does not matter. It will probably come down to how the Whites in the Great Lakes region feel. And I have no first hand knowledge of that.

    It will more than likely come down to the Great Lakes States.

    He will also need to win Florida, which is a very large permamarginal state. My feeling is that his support is holding up in North Florida, but how he will do in the large cities like Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater, Orlando, and the Miami/Fort Lauderdale metropolis remains to be seen. Jacksonville is already a lost cause for him.

    One factor that is largely ignored by pundits is that Trump came in promising to abolish Obamacare and put in place something that sounded a lot like Medicare for all.

    Although payment for Obamacare health insurance plans is no longer mandatory, it is no cheaper (actually premiums have gone up) and even the plans offered by employers look a lot like and cost a lot like Obamacare plans. With high deductibles and co-pays, healthy working families are still hundreds of dollars per month for healthcare insurance and getting very little back from it.

    This is bound to become a huge issue once the field has been narrowed down and the various TV ‘debates’ (if you can call them that) start. Does anybody watch TV these days? I guess a few people do, but this is talked about a lot in my workplace, regardless of whether anyone watches TV.

    • Agree: istevefan
    • Replies: @Whiskey
    Trump if he's smart would offer free medical care paid for by deporting all illegals .

    He's not that smart.
  127. @Damaris Tighe
    "their main Talking Point — I always felt like I had a female brain — is hooey because they tend to have hilariously male-brained careers"

    I have observed that, too. Lotsa engineers, a boxing promoter, a trans activist rocket scientist...

    According to Alice Dreger in “Galileo’s Middle Finger” this version of trans — previously macho guys who in their later years decide they are truly women — belong in a category known as autogynephilia, defined as “the paraphilic tendency of someone who is anatomically male to be sexually aroused by the thought of being a female, sometimes considered a form of gender identity disorder or transvestic fetishism.” As I understand it, this starts out as a fetish and eventually morphs into a full blown change of identity. This can be distinguished from the other form, which consists of super feminine gay boys who exhibit such traits from early childhood. The theory is that the latter category choose a gender change because it makes sex with manly guys more accessible. Apparently people who subscribe to this theory are relentlessly attacked by activists, all of whom are of the autogyniphilic variety. It is hilarious that even as “women” they demonstrate the same aggression etc. that they did as suits in boardrooms etc

  128. Thus there was some surprise in Chicago nine years ago, when the Naphtali ben Yakov Pritzker American History Wing was inaugurated at the venerable Chicago History Museum. In addition to its lead show, “Facing Freedom in America,” the wing featured a permanent Pritzker-family history exhibition, which included a family tree.

    It takes not a small amount of conceit to fund a wing at a museum on the condition that it host a permanent exhibition on your own family.

    “Facing Freedom in America” – reminds me of the US incusion into Afghanistan: Operation “Enduring Freedom”. Freedom is something to be “faced” or “endured” – well that’s what it is becoming in this country. I’m sick of all the paens to “freedom” and “our troops” who supposedly fight to protect it, when we become less and less free by the day.

    A top Republican donor, she has written big checks to the likes of John McCain, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and Donald Trump, for whom she voted.

    i.e. to all the usual MIC/warfare-state/zionist shills. Yes, that’s very Republican. It isn’t what I’d call very conservative. What’s Pritzker’s problem with Trump? Trump has even dedicated the US Government to the goal of normalizing homosexuality across the Globe (yet another thing the people who voted for Trump didn’t think they were voting for).

    • Replies: @JackOH
    "I’m sick of all the paens to “freedom” and “our troops” who supposedly fight to protect it, when we become less and less free by the day." [Emphasis mine.]

    You hit something. Mr. Anon. I see those T-shirts and bumper stickers---"Freedom Isn't Free", "If You Love Freedom, Thank a Veteran". I wonder what they're talking about.

    Are we free? Are Americans free? Is America a free country? In our system of ordered liberty, do the elites get the liberty, and the rest of us get the order?

    I think Ron's American Pravda series more or less addresses those questions as they appear on a case-by-case basis. But, yeah, I'd like to see an essay that tackles the subject directly, or as directly as those slippery abstractions will allow.
  129. @The Wild Geese Howard

    I believe that at the outbreak of WW2 Ike was just a lieutenant colonel.
     
    Successful peacetime officers are not that great during war and vice versa. There is a lot of truth in the Patton scene where the German officer in the burning bunker states that Patton would pass away with the conclusion of WW2...

    ...that said, there are a lot of mysterious circumstances surrounding Patton's death, so we never really got to see how he would have functioned as a 3-star general during the WW2 peace.

    If interested, Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Patton” is a quick read and lays it all out.

  130. @Lagertha
    Lt. Col. got the greenlight to vaporize the enemy - no courts, no oversight.

    Lagertha:

    Please – before it’s too late – switch to decaf.

  131. @PV van der Byl
    Full colonels in the US Army lost some status in 1963 when regiments (larger than battalions but smaller than brigades) ceased to have independent commands and became purely nominal units.

    A Colonel can still command a Group (I was in one.) which is a rear echelon support unit.

  132. @istevefan
    It will more than likely come down to the Great Lakes States. Either they turn out for him, or they don't. I do not live in the Great Lakes States so I can't tell. I can only go by what I see around me. The enthusiasm is not like it was in late 2015 and 2016.

    However, he will win my state (MO) because he carried it by over 500K votes in 2016. So even with a portion of his base demoralized, it won't hurt him here. But his 2016 margins in the Great Lakes were very tight. He can't afford to lose any portion of his base there.

    People understand he is facing headwinds. But there is some confusion as to whether he is really doing all he could be doing. For example, I don't hear much about workplace raids to ensure employers are not hiring illegals. I am also confused as to why he won't bring on immigration hawks like Kris Kobach into his administration.

    But, as I wrote above my opinion does not matter because my vote does not matter. It will probably come down to how the Whites in the Great Lakes region feel. And I have no first hand knowledge of that.

    It will come down to how crazy a lunatic the Dems will nominate.

    • Replies: @istevefan

    It will come down to how crazy a lunatic the Dems will nominate.
     
    I would venture to guess that the democrats could nominate anyone, and that anyone would win every state Hillary did with the possible exception of MN, which was close. So if any democrat can win the states Hillary did it makes them a threat to win it all if they can flip those traditionally blue Great Lakes states that went for Trump.
  133. Lose the transgender vote? Horrors! Do we dare risk offending such a powerful demographic!?

  134. @Jesse
    That means he's gay, and instead of honourably coming out late in life, he just pretends he's a woman living with her husband, rather than a gay guy living with his husband.

    It's a mix of being so macho he can't see a way to combine it with homosexuality, a deep seated yearn to be dominated that he can only see it as female, and a lack of interest in/ability for the ostentatiously promiscuous gay club culture.

    In a sane world, he'd be treated kindly as an outlier, and told firmly to stop trespassing on women's ground to make him feel better about his nuances.

    I was referring to Colonel Jennifer’s (much) younger half-sister, Liesel, being more important as a popular culture/political figure in presidential politic. Don’t know how much sibling rivalry figures into the decision. Liesel was/is prettier.

  135. @The Wild Geese Howard

    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.
     
    Supposedly Major is the worst rank in the US Army and Marines. Majors always wind up as adjutants or XOs, never leaders of units.

    Being a contrarian by nature, this is probably why thought Major was the coolest rank, based on Lee Marvin kicking ass as Major Reisman in The Dirty Dozen and Richard Burton kicking ass as Major Smith in Where Eagles Dare, though I will note that Sir Rich is upstaged by Clint Eastwood kicking even more ass as Lt. Schaffer.

    A major wore the scrambled eggs insignia and 2nd lieutenants wore butter bars. BTW a 2nd lieutentant was still a lieutenant

    In the Army a major usually holds a staff position,either at battalion or brigade. Those on the career track see successful tours as operations officers (S3) in combat arms battalions.

    Lieutenant colonels command battalions. Those going up in the world successfully lead combat unit battalions.

    A lieutenant colonel who does not get a battalion command likely will retire at that rank.

  136. @Jonathan Mason

    Why is lieutenant pronounced left-tenant?
     
    Heaven knows. The word appears to derive from French 'lieu' = place and 'tenant' = holder. The English have a history of mangling French words, for example Beauchamp--'beau' = beautiful and 'champ' = field is pronounced Beecham, but a better explanation might be that in Old French the word 'lieu' was written 'luef'.

    Apparently lieutenant used to be pronounced left-tenant in the US, but this changed during the nineteenth century, perhaps under the influence of German immigrants (cf German 'Leutnant").

    The word 'loo' is a common term for a toilet in England, and the word 'lieu' in phrases like 'in lieu of' is pronounced 'l-you'.

    As to why colonel is pronounced 'kernel', that is for another day.

    https://www.etymonline.com/word/colonel

    Seems entirely plausible.

  137. @Hibernian
    It will come down to how crazy a lunatic the Dems will nominate.

    It will come down to how crazy a lunatic the Dems will nominate.

    I would venture to guess that the democrats could nominate anyone, and that anyone would win every state Hillary did with the possible exception of MN, which was close. So if any democrat can win the states Hillary did it makes them a threat to win it all if they can flip those traditionally blue Great Lakes states that went for Trump.

  138. @PV van der Byl
    Full colonels in the US Army lost some status in 1963 when regiments (larger than battalions but smaller than brigades) ceased to have independent commands and became purely nominal units.

    lost some status in 1963 when regiments (larger than battalions but smaller than brigades) ceased to have independent commands

    That would be a interesting topic to discuss sometime. The US Army pretty much trashed its regimental system and regiment designations are now just used to keep old lineages alive. When I was in the army we were “re-flagged” which meant that one day we went from being such-and-such battalion of the such-and-such infantry regiment to such-and-such battalion of a different infantry regiment. Everything remained the same except the unit crest we wore on our epaulets changed, and our snail mail address now included the name of the new regimental designation.

    It was done to preserve the lineage of some regiment that had fought in WW2. I suppose the thought was nice, but it’s not good for building unit cohesion.

  139. @PiltdownMan

    Mom has 3 jobs, one as a diversity consultant
     
    Isn't that just three part time gigs as a consultant with three clients, one her own company, rather than three regular jobs?

    Diversity consultant,ha.
    “OK here’s the plan:Hire more niggers. And make the check out to cash.”

  140. @L Woods
    He may well have taken the fight to the internal (ie, the actual) enemy, so he may never in a sense have gotten the chance to be a peacetime general in any case.

    The idea that Patton was assassinated is not implausible. I’m not sure I believe it, but I’m not sure I don’t. The circumstances surrounding his death are quite suspicious, even according to the official story.

    Look into it, if you’re a WWII/Cold War buff.

    • Agree: Alden
  141. @Cortes
    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.

    Princess Anne, for example, is a Colonel several times over

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne,_Princess_Royal

    The autobiography of Mexican muralist and Stalinist thug David Alfaro Siqueiros harks back to his involvement in the Spanish Civil War “Me llamaban el Coronelazo.” The nutcase Antonio Tejero who threatened the Spanish Parliament in 1982 was a Lt Colonel. “Nobody Writes to the Colonel” is one of the early successes of Colombian author Garcia Marquez. “Colonel Bogey” provided musical background to Holden and Guinness in “Bridge Over the River Kwai.” And “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp”

    https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-life-and-death-of-colonel-blimp-1943

    may be the oddest film ever made.

    Colonel’s seem to be the rank of choice for launching coups.
    It’s the last rank which can claim to have contact and familiarity with the line troops, and therefore the greatest influence with the largest number

    • Replies: @Cortes
    Thanks.

    That seems likely.

    I note for the entertainment of the folks here that once upon a time I worked in a branch office of a UK Civil Service Department headed for a period by a horrible passive-aggressive gay nicknamed “ the Kamp Kommandant”; after he became aware of the original nickname it morphed into “the Colonel” - for reasons associated with familiarity with “Hogan’s Heroes.”
  142. @Lagertha
    he's not losing them. And, every state AG/circuit court is fighting his border mandates. What Dems should worry about: white working class does not give a crap anymore...and they will get their pound of flesh in 2020. They see what is going on - they are not stupid, worthless human beings...even if everyone keeps reminding them that they are Deplorables...and, well garbage that deserves to die. It is too late to cajole them anymore.

    Dems figure they have enough votes with White wome n, Blacks gays Latinos that they don’t need White male votes.

    Dunno if it’s true but that’s how they figure.

  143. He’s a queer that never, ever saw combat.

  144. @Jonathan Mason
    It will more than likely come down to the Great Lakes States.

    He will also need to win Florida, which is a very large permamarginal state. My feeling is that his support is holding up in North Florida, but how he will do in the large cities like Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater, Orlando, and the Miami/Fort Lauderdale metropolis remains to be seen. Jacksonville is already a lost cause for him.

    One factor that is largely ignored by pundits is that Trump came in promising to abolish Obamacare and put in place something that sounded a lot like Medicare for all.

    Although payment for Obamacare health insurance plans is no longer mandatory, it is no cheaper (actually premiums have gone up) and even the plans offered by employers look a lot like and cost a lot like Obamacare plans. With high deductibles and co-pays, healthy working families are still hundreds of dollars per month for healthcare insurance and getting very little back from it.

    This is bound to become a huge issue once the field has been narrowed down and the various TV 'debates' (if you can call them that) start. Does anybody watch TV these days? I guess a few people do, but this is talked about a lot in my workplace, regardless of whether anyone watches TV.

    Trump if he’s smart would offer free medical care paid for by deporting all illegals .

    He’s not that smart.

  145. Ace says:
    @PV van der Byl
    Eisenhower made major in 1920 and Lt. Colonel (next rank) in 1936! Promotion during the interwar years was really slow!

    Ike’s career took off like a rocket, however, when he zeroed in on FDR’s daughter, Anna, at a San Francisco dinner party in 1940. He laid it on with a trowel how great FDR is and she called dad to tell him about this wonderful Lt. Col. she’s met in S.F. Shortly thereafter, Ike was called to the White House for an interview and his ascent through the ranks at warp speed was something to behold. Ike, the “Republican,” was an FDR sychophant. See pp. 7-9 of The Politician by Robert Welch, Robert Welch University Press (2002).

  146. @istevefan
    Another one that always puzzled me was why a Lieutenant General (3 stars) outranks a Major General (2 stars). After all a Major (O-4) outranks a Lieutenant (O-2). So one would assume a Major General would be higher than a LTG.

    ‘Major-General’ is a contraction of ‘Sergeant-Major General’, and Lieutenant is a higher rank than Sergeant-Major.

  147. Was Col. Sanders a bird colonel?

  148. @istevefan
    It will more than likely come down to the Great Lakes States. Either they turn out for him, or they don't. I do not live in the Great Lakes States so I can't tell. I can only go by what I see around me. The enthusiasm is not like it was in late 2015 and 2016.

    However, he will win my state (MO) because he carried it by over 500K votes in 2016. So even with a portion of his base demoralized, it won't hurt him here. But his 2016 margins in the Great Lakes were very tight. He can't afford to lose any portion of his base there.

    People understand he is facing headwinds. But there is some confusion as to whether he is really doing all he could be doing. For example, I don't hear much about workplace raids to ensure employers are not hiring illegals. I am also confused as to why he won't bring on immigration hawks like Kris Kobach into his administration.

    But, as I wrote above my opinion does not matter because my vote does not matter. It will probably come down to how the Whites in the Great Lakes region feel. And I have no first hand knowledge of that.

    t will more than likely come down to the Great Lakes States. Either they turn out for him, or they don’t. I do not live in the Great Lakes States so I can’t tell. I can only go by what I see around me. The enthusiasm is not like it was in late 2015 and 2016.

    People understand he is facing headwinds. But there is some confusion as to whether he is really doing all he could be doing. For example, I don’t hear much about workplace raids to ensure employers are not hiring illegals. I am also confused as to why he won’t bring on immigration hawks like Kris Kobach into his administration.

    Yes, the enthusiasm isn’t quite there–remarkably in the face of an excellent economy–because Trump, despite his rhetoric, has acted much like a typical Republican and not delivered for his actual voters.

    Even despite not delivering much of anything on immigrant, Trump has got the economy in pretty good shape, and has the Democrats acting like absolute loons–pretty much across the board, but particularly on the border.

    But Trump a combination of turning governance over to his Jewish son-in-law and his own rhetorical limitiations can’t/won’t even make the case of how incredibly serious this border crisis is–effectively the NGO/Democrat axis creating backdoor open borders.

    Immigration–i.e. invasion by foreigners–is the most important issue affecting people … but it’s long term. If you’re going to occasionallly rant and rave that there is a crisis, then you must forcefully and specifically articulate exactly why it is a grave existential crisis and act like it is an existential crisis.

    Do that–make the entire election about the survival of America to be turned over to American’s children–and Trump wins. Trump is too limited mentally or too incompetent or too nepotistic or too egotistical or some combination to do it. So his re-election is in doubt.

    • Replies: @Ace
    Excellent comment. Time and again Trump fails to grasp obvious issues that are just millimeters below the surface. He insists on tying himself to "emergency" laws but studiously avoids mention of his immense power under Art. IV, Sect. 4 to repel invasion. He will NOT refer to it as an invasion. I'm not sure he knows that he's been the target of a coup and he hung his Republican congressional allies out to dry in the last Congress by not getting them the unredacted documents that they wanted so badly. On one occasion he even said that "someone" in the Executive Branch should look into that, as though there were some stranger occupying the Oval Office.
    , @istevefan

    Immigration–i.e. invasion by foreigners–is the most important issue affecting people … but it’s long term.
     
    Yes it it is long term. However, we are already in the "long term" because this whole can of worms got going with the passage of the 1965 act. That act alone did not create this mess. But that act symbolically revoked what had been implied since the original naturalization act of 1790, namely that that the USA was a White nation.

    Everything that followed 1965, whether the 1986 amnesty, the 1990 visa lotto, or the refusal to enforce our borders came along because, once the USA's mission statement was no longer to be a White country, there was no will to prevent the aforementioned.


    Trump is too limited mentally or too incompetent or too nepotistic or too egotistical or some combination to do it. So his re-election is in doubt.
     
    I've said it before, for such a great negotiator it is unreal that he is seemingly oblivious to what has happened with regards to immigration and demographics since 1965. Future historians will mark this period of American history as significant because such a demographic change has never happened before to any nation who was, A) the strongest on earth, and B) was never invaded by a superior force. Frankly this is unique in world history. Instead of conquest our government is paying replacements to come and displace the people to whom the government supposedly serves.

    For Trump to suggest at the state of the union that he wants record immigration on top of what we have seen shows that he is not the right guy on this issue. What a waste because Trump's qualities are unique. No one I can think of could have pulled off what he did. If only he could have had some of Pat Buchanan's brains, or if only Pat Buchanan could have had Trump's moxie.

    We will probably never see a guy like Trump again. He could have gone done in history as a George Washington. He could still if he acts more like candidate Trump. But if he continues on this course, it will truly be a waste for our side.

  149. @Sean
    Modern US destroyers cost several billion each. The British navy has more admirals than ships.

    I think the Buneswehr has more operational tanks than the RN has operational destroyers. Prayer rugs are probably mandatory on all British warships.

  150. Ace says:
    @AnotherDad

    t will more than likely come down to the Great Lakes States. Either they turn out for him, or they don’t. I do not live in the Great Lakes States so I can’t tell. I can only go by what I see around me. The enthusiasm is not like it was in late 2015 and 2016.

    ...

    People understand he is facing headwinds. But there is some confusion as to whether he is really doing all he could be doing. For example, I don’t hear much about workplace raids to ensure employers are not hiring illegals. I am also confused as to why he won’t bring on immigration hawks like Kris Kobach into his administration.
     
    Yes, the enthusiasm isn't quite there--remarkably in the face of an excellent economy--because Trump, despite his rhetoric, has acted much like a typical Republican and not delivered for his actual voters.

    Even despite not delivering much of anything on immigrant, Trump has got the economy in pretty good shape, and has the Democrats acting like absolute loons--pretty much across the board, but particularly on the border.

    But Trump a combination of turning governance over to his Jewish son-in-law and his own rhetorical limitiations can't/won't even make the case of how incredibly serious this border crisis is--effectively the NGO/Democrat axis creating backdoor open borders.

    Immigration--i.e. invasion by foreigners--is the most important issue affecting people ... but it's long term. If you're going to occasionallly rant and rave that there is a crisis, then you must forcefully and specifically articulate exactly why it is a grave existential crisis and act like it is an existential crisis.

    Do that--make the entire election about the survival of America to be turned over to American's children--and Trump wins. Trump is too limited mentally or too incompetent or too nepotistic or too egotistical or some combination to do it. So his re-election is in doubt.

    Excellent comment. Time and again Trump fails to grasp obvious issues that are just millimeters below the surface. He insists on tying himself to “emergency” laws but studiously avoids mention of his immense power under Art. IV, Sect. 4 to repel invasion. He will NOT refer to it as an invasion. I’m not sure he knows that he’s been the target of a coup and he hung his Republican congressional allies out to dry in the last Congress by not getting them the unredacted documents that they wanted so badly. On one occasion he even said that “someone” in the Executive Branch should look into that, as though there were some stranger occupying the Oval Office.

  151. @trelane
    Colonel Sanders, colonel Oliver North, colonel David Hackworth, colonel "Buzz" Aldrin etc, the list goes on...

    A small point but the “c” in colonel is always capitalized if it is followed by a name. I believe Oliver North retired as a Marine Corp lieutenant colonel.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    This means that Ed McMahon outranked Oliver North.
  152. @Anonymous
    As an aside, Anne the Princess Royal is, in addition to her other colonelships, a Kentucky Colonel.

    The British royals are horse people and therefore are no strangers to the Kentucky horse country.

    https://www.kycolonels.org/about-us/famous-colonels/

    Anne is a horse person in more ways than one, not to be unkind, as is Camilla Parker Bowles.

    Anne is a horse person in more ways than one, not to be unkind, as is Camilla Parker Bowles.

    Anne’s first boyfriend was Andrew Parker Bowles, so the guy has a type, to say the least.

    • Replies: @Alden
    Camilla is beautiful compared to hideous Anne.

    Camilla is average. Anne is ugly. Oprah installed an artificial titanium chin. Why can’t Anne?
  153. @Simply Simon
    A small point but the "c" in colonel is always capitalized if it is followed by a name. I believe Oliver North retired as a Marine Corp lieutenant colonel.

    This means that Ed McMahon outranked Oliver North.

  154. @Mr. Anon

    Thus there was some surprise in Chicago nine years ago, when the Naphtali ben Yakov Pritzker American History Wing was inaugurated at the venerable Chicago History Museum. In addition to its lead show, “Facing Freedom in America,” the wing featured a permanent Pritzker-family history exhibition, which included a family tree.
     
    It takes not a small amount of conceit to fund a wing at a museum on the condition that it host a permanent exhibition on your own family.

    "Facing Freedom in America" - reminds me of the US incusion into Afghanistan: Operation "Enduring Freedom". Freedom is something to be "faced" or "endured" - well that's what it is becoming in this country. I'm sick of all the paens to "freedom" and "our troops" who supposedly fight to protect it, when we become less and less free by the day.


    A top Republican donor, she has written big checks to the likes of John McCain, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and Donald Trump, for whom she voted.
     
    i.e. to all the usual MIC/warfare-state/zionist shills. Yes, that's very Republican. It isn't what I'd call very conservative. What's Pritzker's problem with Trump? Trump has even dedicated the US Government to the goal of normalizing homosexuality across the Globe (yet another thing the people who voted for Trump didn't think they were voting for).

    “I’m sick of all the paens to “freedom” and “our troops” who supposedly fight to protect it, when we become less and less free by the day.” [Emphasis mine.]

    You hit something. Mr. Anon. I see those T-shirts and bumper stickers—“Freedom Isn’t Free”, “If You Love Freedom, Thank a Veteran”. I wonder what they’re talking about.

    Are we free? Are Americans free? Is America a free country? In our system of ordered liberty, do the elites get the liberty, and the rest of us get the order?

    I think Ron’s American Pravda series more or less addresses those questions as they appear on a case-by-case basis. But, yeah, I’d like to see an essay that tackles the subject directly, or as directly as those slippery abstractions will allow.

    • Replies: @Alden
    I can understand fighting Japan after Pearl Harbor. But going to Europe and Vietnam and now the Middle East and Central Asia and Africa to “ preserve our freedom”. What, Afghanis and Ghanians Senegalese Syrians Iraquis Angolans are going to invade the easy coast? Does Afghanistan have an navy to bring an invasion force?

    A gazillion dollars and millions of troops to keep the soviets out of Western Europe and open borders so anyone can invade. I think we’re trying to install bases and troops in Poland now to “ protect our freedom”

    How about protecting our borders and coasts?

    We’re plotting war with Persia right now to
    “Protect our freedoms”. But a big section of Los Angeles is a Perisian colony. And they’re not all Jewish and Zoroastrian religious refugees. Whose to say the Persian Muslims aren’t really spies? Ridiculous no diplomatic relations with Iran economic boycott anti Iran media campaign since 1979 but we let every Iranian who shows up in to our country and give them SBA loans to set them up in business.
  155. @The Wild Geese Howard

    I believe that at the outbreak of WW2 Ike was just a lieutenant colonel.
     
    Successful peacetime officers are not that great during war and vice versa. There is a lot of truth in the Patton scene where the German officer in the burning bunker states that Patton would pass away with the conclusion of WW2...

    ...that said, there are a lot of mysterious circumstances surrounding Patton's death, so we never really got to see how he would have functioned as a 3-star general during the WW2 peace.

    Regarding the Patton conspiracy theories, here’s a detailed debunking:

    http://www.osssociety.org/pdfs/Patton.pdf

    Note the idea Patton was murdered first appeared in a literal work of fiction from the 70s turned into a movie, and the next year the guy who claims to have been the hitman published an article in the Spotlight, a conspiracy theorist/Holocaust denial magazine.

  156. @Alden
    Steroids shrink the male genitals. They also change the shape of the torso to a sort of pudgy barrel different from the standard middle aged male belly.

    Roid gut:

    Beer gut:

    (As for a picture of the shrunken genitals … you’re on your own.)

    • Replies: @Alden
    The shrunken genitals and pudgy torso caused by steroids are straight out of medical and nursing school textbooks. There’s a word for the steroid torso. I forget what it is. What will the muscleman look like 10 years from now?

    If many middle aged trannies used steroids for decades their generals would shrink according to the med school text books. Would that cause them to want to be women?
  157. @Anon
    If a lt. colonels identifies themselves by rank on the telephone, they are "colonel so and so" (not lt colonel so and so.) The joke is they aren't really full colonels but get to pretend on the telephone.
    Upon the morning after our return from the first gulf war as a 23 year old, I went down to the on post barber in Germany while in physical training uniform ( army sweats) which have no rank insignia. I was a lowly specialist ( one rank below seargent) and two officers were already waiting for the german female barber to arrive. One officer was a 1st or 2nd lieutenant and the other was a a lieutenant colonel (both in uniform designating rank)
    Surveying the situation and feeling my oats having survived a deployment, I quipped " Are we going by rank boys, cause I'm a full bird ,( colonel) meaning I should cut the line and go first, rank having that privilege. The lieutenant laughed out load, the lieutenant colonel did not.

    Thanks for clearing that up. So over the phone a Lieutenant Colonel is allowed to refer to himself as a Colonel, which is a higher rank than the mere Lieutenant Colonel his uniform shows him to be. Because of the misranking, low-grade hilarity can ensue. Probably not funny enough for a Three Stooges routine.

  158. @AnotherDad

    t will more than likely come down to the Great Lakes States. Either they turn out for him, or they don’t. I do not live in the Great Lakes States so I can’t tell. I can only go by what I see around me. The enthusiasm is not like it was in late 2015 and 2016.

    ...

    People understand he is facing headwinds. But there is some confusion as to whether he is really doing all he could be doing. For example, I don’t hear much about workplace raids to ensure employers are not hiring illegals. I am also confused as to why he won’t bring on immigration hawks like Kris Kobach into his administration.
     
    Yes, the enthusiasm isn't quite there--remarkably in the face of an excellent economy--because Trump, despite his rhetoric, has acted much like a typical Republican and not delivered for his actual voters.

    Even despite not delivering much of anything on immigrant, Trump has got the economy in pretty good shape, and has the Democrats acting like absolute loons--pretty much across the board, but particularly on the border.

    But Trump a combination of turning governance over to his Jewish son-in-law and his own rhetorical limitiations can't/won't even make the case of how incredibly serious this border crisis is--effectively the NGO/Democrat axis creating backdoor open borders.

    Immigration--i.e. invasion by foreigners--is the most important issue affecting people ... but it's long term. If you're going to occasionallly rant and rave that there is a crisis, then you must forcefully and specifically articulate exactly why it is a grave existential crisis and act like it is an existential crisis.

    Do that--make the entire election about the survival of America to be turned over to American's children--and Trump wins. Trump is too limited mentally or too incompetent or too nepotistic or too egotistical or some combination to do it. So his re-election is in doubt.

    Immigration–i.e. invasion by foreigners–is the most important issue affecting people … but it’s long term.

    Yes it it is long term. However, we are already in the “long term” because this whole can of worms got going with the passage of the 1965 act. That act alone did not create this mess. But that act symbolically revoked what had been implied since the original naturalization act of 1790, namely that that the USA was a White nation.

    Everything that followed 1965, whether the 1986 amnesty, the 1990 visa lotto, or the refusal to enforce our borders came along because, once the USA’s mission statement was no longer to be a White country, there was no will to prevent the aforementioned.

    Trump is too limited mentally or too incompetent or too nepotistic or too egotistical or some combination to do it. So his re-election is in doubt.

    I’ve said it before, for such a great negotiator it is unreal that he is seemingly oblivious to what has happened with regards to immigration and demographics since 1965. Future historians will mark this period of American history as significant because such a demographic change has never happened before to any nation who was, A) the strongest on earth, and B) was never invaded by a superior force. Frankly this is unique in world history. Instead of conquest our government is paying replacements to come and displace the people to whom the government supposedly serves.

    For Trump to suggest at the state of the union that he wants record immigration on top of what we have seen shows that he is not the right guy on this issue. What a waste because Trump’s qualities are unique. No one I can think of could have pulled off what he did. If only he could have had some of Pat Buchanan’s brains, or if only Pat Buchanan could have had Trump’s moxie.

    We will probably never see a guy like Trump again. He could have gone done in history as a George Washington. He could still if he acts more like candidate Trump. But if he continues on this course, it will truly be a waste for our side.

    • Replies: @Alden
    I’ll still vote for him and hope he gets elected just to enrage the liberals who hate me and mine because we’re White.

    Whites are on our own. Don’t count on any other White expect spouse. Parents and children might be liberals. Old French saving Sauve qui puet. Save yourself if you can.

    American Whites are idiot losers who have given everything to our enemies.
    , @bored identity




    "If only he could have had some of Pat Buchanan’s brains, or if only Pat Buchanan could have had Trump’s moxie."

     

    A perfect leitmotif for Weimerica's obituary:
    , @Nicholas Stix
    "I’ve said it before, for such a great negotiator ..."

    The problem is, he's not a great negotiator. He just claims he is. Look at that "middle-class tax reform" he signed. It hosed the middle class. He was so desperate to have a "congressional victory" that he signed anything that crossed his desk. Other examples are easy to come by.
  159. @Bill Jones
    Colonel's seem to be the rank of choice for launching coups.
    It's the last rank which can claim to have contact and familiarity with the line troops, and therefore the greatest influence with the largest number

    Thanks.

    That seems likely.

    I note for the entertainment of the folks here that once upon a time I worked in a branch office of a UK Civil Service Department headed for a period by a horrible passive-aggressive gay nicknamed “ the Kamp Kommandant”; after he became aware of the original nickname it morphed into “the Colonel” – for reasons associated with familiarity with “Hogan’s Heroes.”

  160. OT but not by much Steve.

    So I’m watching the 24 Hours of LeMans on satellite TV. I Binged the race to check something and up came World War T: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/14/motorsport/charlie-martin-transgender-le-mans-dream-spt-intl/index.html
    TL/DR: Dude with engineering background and club racing experience decides he must be a woman and race at Le Mans. He transitions, quits his job, and aims to become the first transgendered driver at Le Mans. I think he knows he’s totally outclassed compared to REAL IndyCar, Formula One, and Sports Car drivers and is hoping some woke sponsor will give him the cash to get a decent ride. Of course, goodness knows who will look past this dude’s paper thin racing background and place him in a half a million to million dollar sports car for the 24 Hours.

  161. Col. Pritzker is allowed to refer to himself/herself as a full colonel because at the time of his retirement Illinois law provided that officers of the Illinois National Guard who retired from the Illinois National Guard with more than 10 years of service in the Illinois National Guard could take a *state* ‘tombstone’ promotion (in this case, no combat award required). The rank of full colonel is not federally recognized for pay or any other purpose.

    The law has since been repealed.

    As for referring to lieutenant colonels as colonels, this is not unique to lieutenant colonels nor unusual. All lieutenants are referred to as ‘lieutenant’, all commanders as ‘commander’, all colonels as ‘colonel’, all admirals as ‘admiral’, and all generals as ‘general’. It is for the sake of brevity.

    I’ve never heard it said in my 32 years of service, just as I’ve never heard “telephone commander”, “telephone general”, or “telephone admiral””. But if you did you would say “phone” (“phone colonel”, etc.) rather than “telephone”, as ‘telephone’ has the same number of syllables as ‘lieutenant’.

    • Replies: @Alden
    So he was national guard not regular military? I assumed he was regular army. She it they them whatever.
  162. @Daniel H
    >>In the Army, just like the AF, light bird is generally the rank at which you’ll retire if you keep your nose clean but don’t particularly distinguish yourself or have the political savvy to go higher.

    I believe that at the outbreak of WW2 Ike was just a lieutenant colonel. Pre-WW2 American military was not that big (imagine that!) there were just not too many available slots to advance up to.

    In reality, Patton, Ike, and MacArthur all together earned their wings that matter while practicing routing and shermaning of the Bonus Army:

    The good thing is that tikkun olam principles would totally prevent The Pritzkers from doing something similar to Les Deplorables.

  163. @steveoffredonia
    Tip: Dual income dual kids Asian Silicon Valley couple talks about the struggles of parenting. Mom has 3 jobs, one as a diversity consultant. The new economy. https://www.businessinsider.com/silicon-valley-founder-tweeted-kids-were-terrible-for-his-career-2019-6 "Eric's wife, Beatrice Kim, is a certified professional coach, cofounder of Awaken, a leading diversity and inclusion company, and a group coach for the Stanford Graduate School of Business."

    Everyone who thinks Asians are so intelligent and assimilated needs to read that list of jobs Ms Kim has. Diversity and Inclusion means No Whites Need Apply.

  164. @Ret. Army Colonel
    Col. Pritzker is allowed to refer to himself/herself as a full colonel because at the time of his retirement Illinois law provided that officers of the Illinois National Guard who retired from the Illinois National Guard with more than 10 years of service in the Illinois National Guard could take a *state* 'tombstone' promotion (in this case, no combat award required). The rank of full colonel is not federally recognized for pay or any other purpose.

    The law has since been repealed.

    As for referring to lieutenant colonels as colonels, this is not unique to lieutenant colonels nor unusual. All lieutenants are referred to as 'lieutenant', all commanders as 'commander', all colonels as 'colonel', all admirals as 'admiral', and all generals as 'general'. It is for the sake of brevity.

    I've never heard it said in my 32 years of service, just as I've never heard "telephone commander", "telephone general", or "telephone admiral"". But if you did you would say "phone" ("phone colonel", etc.) rather than "telephone", as 'telephone' has the same number of syllables as 'lieutenant'.

    So he was national guard not regular military? I assumed he was regular army. She it they them whatever.

    • Replies: @Ret. Army Colonel
    From the Pritzker Military Library website, it looks like the good colonel had about 11 years active duty, and 16 years in the Illinois Army National Guard.

    http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/about/mission-personnel/board-directors/colonel-jn-pritzker/
  165. @istevefan

    Immigration–i.e. invasion by foreigners–is the most important issue affecting people … but it’s long term.
     
    Yes it it is long term. However, we are already in the "long term" because this whole can of worms got going with the passage of the 1965 act. That act alone did not create this mess. But that act symbolically revoked what had been implied since the original naturalization act of 1790, namely that that the USA was a White nation.

    Everything that followed 1965, whether the 1986 amnesty, the 1990 visa lotto, or the refusal to enforce our borders came along because, once the USA's mission statement was no longer to be a White country, there was no will to prevent the aforementioned.


    Trump is too limited mentally or too incompetent or too nepotistic or too egotistical or some combination to do it. So his re-election is in doubt.
     
    I've said it before, for such a great negotiator it is unreal that he is seemingly oblivious to what has happened with regards to immigration and demographics since 1965. Future historians will mark this period of American history as significant because such a demographic change has never happened before to any nation who was, A) the strongest on earth, and B) was never invaded by a superior force. Frankly this is unique in world history. Instead of conquest our government is paying replacements to come and displace the people to whom the government supposedly serves.

    For Trump to suggest at the state of the union that he wants record immigration on top of what we have seen shows that he is not the right guy on this issue. What a waste because Trump's qualities are unique. No one I can think of could have pulled off what he did. If only he could have had some of Pat Buchanan's brains, or if only Pat Buchanan could have had Trump's moxie.

    We will probably never see a guy like Trump again. He could have gone done in history as a George Washington. He could still if he acts more like candidate Trump. But if he continues on this course, it will truly be a waste for our side.

    I’ll still vote for him and hope he gets elected just to enrage the liberals who hate me and mine because we’re White.

    Whites are on our own. Don’t count on any other White expect spouse. Parents and children might be liberals. Old French saving Sauve qui puet. Save yourself if you can.

    American Whites are idiot losers who have given everything to our enemies.

  166. @Anonymous
    As an aside, Anne the Princess Royal is, in addition to her other colonelships, a Kentucky Colonel.

    The British royals are horse people and therefore are no strangers to the Kentucky horse country.

    https://www.kycolonels.org/about-us/famous-colonels/

    Anne is a horse person in more ways than one, not to be unkind, as is Camilla Parker Bowles.

    Doesn’t the royal family own at least one of those race horses breeding farms.? ER 2 visits Kentucky fairly often but the tabloids ignore those visits or don’t know about them.

    Camilla is beautiful compared to hideous Anne.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    ER 2 visits Kentucky fairly often but the tabloids ignore those visits or don’t know about them
     
    They know about them but are quiescent because reasons. I know a couple of people who have run into Brit royals in Kentucky-not the Queen herself, but others.
  167. @Stan Adams
    Roid gut:
    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/b2/07/8b/b2078b01b4d135d45ec70ab1ebdbb418.gif

    Beer gut:
    https://www.healthline.com/hlcmsresource/images/AN_images/man-with-beer-belly-thumb.jpg

    (As for a picture of the shrunken genitals ... you’re on your own.)

    The shrunken genitals and pudgy torso caused by steroids are straight out of medical and nursing school textbooks. There’s a word for the steroid torso. I forget what it is. What will the muscleman look like 10 years from now?

    If many middle aged trannies used steroids for decades their generals would shrink according to the med school text books. Would that cause them to want to be women?

    • Replies: @Stan Adams

    What will the muscleman look like 10 years from now?
     
    https://chrispetersen25.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/arnold-schwarzenegger-fat1.jpg
  168. @Lagertha
    much of the English language - as a learner, it annoyed me. I mean, kamala means terrible....and many words in English are offensive (or just weird) terms in Finnish....and other languages. German is, however, the funniest language when it comes to phonetics.

    You’ve mentioned that before, but it’s still hilarious that kamala means terrible in Finnish. Too bad it doesn’t in English.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    what does it mean in English? according to you:

    Too bad it doesn’t in English.
     
  169. @JackOH
    "I’m sick of all the paens to “freedom” and “our troops” who supposedly fight to protect it, when we become less and less free by the day." [Emphasis mine.]

    You hit something. Mr. Anon. I see those T-shirts and bumper stickers---"Freedom Isn't Free", "If You Love Freedom, Thank a Veteran". I wonder what they're talking about.

    Are we free? Are Americans free? Is America a free country? In our system of ordered liberty, do the elites get the liberty, and the rest of us get the order?

    I think Ron's American Pravda series more or less addresses those questions as they appear on a case-by-case basis. But, yeah, I'd like to see an essay that tackles the subject directly, or as directly as those slippery abstractions will allow.

    I can understand fighting Japan after Pearl Harbor. But going to Europe and Vietnam and now the Middle East and Central Asia and Africa to “ preserve our freedom”. What, Afghanis and Ghanians Senegalese Syrians Iraquis Angolans are going to invade the easy coast? Does Afghanistan have an navy to bring an invasion force?

    A gazillion dollars and millions of troops to keep the soviets out of Western Europe and open borders so anyone can invade. I think we’re trying to install bases and troops in Poland now to “ protect our freedom”

    How about protecting our borders and coasts?

    We’re plotting war with Persia right now to
    “Protect our freedoms”. But a big section of Los Angeles is a Perisian colony. And they’re not all Jewish and Zoroastrian religious refugees. Whose to say the Persian Muslims aren’t really spies? Ridiculous no diplomatic relations with Iran economic boycott anti Iran media campaign since 1979 but we let every Iranian who shows up in to our country and give them SBA loans to set them up in business.

  170. @ScarletNumber

    Anne is a horse person in more ways than one, not to be unkind, as is Camilla Parker Bowles.
     
    Anne's first boyfriend was Andrew Parker Bowles, so the guy has a type, to say the least.

    Camilla is beautiful compared to hideous Anne.

    Camilla is average. Anne is ugly. Oprah installed an artificial titanium chin. Why can’t Anne?

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    Anne is actually an Olympian, having competed in the Equestrian in the 1976 Summer Olympics at Montreal.

    Yes, she was a rider, not a horse... Also, she was the only women who didn't have to go gender verification.
    , @Anonymous
    Compared to Diana, Camilla is pretty equine. Anne is more so.
  171. @Alden
    The shrunken genitals and pudgy torso caused by steroids are straight out of medical and nursing school textbooks. There’s a word for the steroid torso. I forget what it is. What will the muscleman look like 10 years from now?

    If many middle aged trannies used steroids for decades their generals would shrink according to the med school text books. Would that cause them to want to be women?

    What will the muscleman look like 10 years from now?

  172. @Alden
    So he was national guard not regular military? I assumed he was regular army. She it they them whatever.

    From the Pritzker Military Library website, it looks like the good colonel had about 11 years active duty, and 16 years in the Illinois Army National Guard.

    http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/about/mission-personnel/board-directors/colonel-jn-pritzker/

  173. @Paul Jolliffe
    WGH wrote:

    "…that said, there are a lot of mysterious circumstances surrounding Patton’s death, so we never really got to see how he would have functioned as a 3-star general during the WW2 peace."

    You made me look it up, and yup, there really are questions surrounding Patton's mysterious accident and death. Now I'm going to have to read this book . . .

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/3869117/General-George-S.-Patton-was-assassinated-to-silence-his-criticism-of-allied-war-leaders-claims-new-book.html

    If Patton were shot in the neck by a “low-velocity projectile” during the crash, I wonder why this was not discovered by doctors.

  174. @Hail
    Anyone have any insight into why "colonel" is written nothing like it is pronounced?

    I read this before. It’s because of a lack of linguistic shift from the old version of the word. It is still coronel in Spanish and Portuguese speaking states and used to be so in France. The pronunciation stuck, even as the Italian version (from the Latin word for column) became more prevalent.

    https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/9829/whats-the-deal-with-colonel

  175. It is still coronel in Spanish and Portuguese speaking states and used to be so in France.

    The ‘r’ and ‘l’ sounds are more or less interchangeable in some dialects of Spanish.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    Not to mention Japanese.
  176. @PV van der Byl
    Full colonels in the US Army lost some status in 1963 when regiments (larger than battalions but smaller than brigades) ceased to have independent commands and became purely nominal units.

    Regiments as independent commands ceased to exist with the permanent establishment of the Army division in 1917.
    I suppose one might say being the 43d Colonel of the 23d Infantry Regiment is a more impressive title than Commander of the 2d Brigade of the 2d Infantry Division. As a practical matter it’s the same job.

  177. @Jonathan Mason

    It is still coronel in Spanish and Portuguese speaking states and used to be so in France.
     
    The 'r' and 'l' sounds are more or less interchangeable in some dialects of Spanish.

    Not to mention Japanese.

  178. @The Wild Geese Howard

    Colonel seems to be an odd rank.
     
    Supposedly Major is the worst rank in the US Army and Marines. Majors always wind up as adjutants or XOs, never leaders of units.

    Being a contrarian by nature, this is probably why thought Major was the coolest rank, based on Lee Marvin kicking ass as Major Reisman in The Dirty Dozen and Richard Burton kicking ass as Major Smith in Where Eagles Dare, though I will note that Sir Rich is upstaged by Clint Eastwood kicking even more ass as Lt. Schaffer.

    Supposedly Major is the worst rank in the US Army and Marines.

    Same in the AF. Captain is where you’ve been in long enough to know how things work and to (mostly) get what you want, but before you’re expected to do anything other than fly the jet. Major is where you get your first staff job aka “Shoe Clerk”.

  179. @Anon

    light bird is generally the rank at which you’ll retire if you keep your nose clean but don’t particularly distinguish yourself or have the political savvy to go higher
     
    IANAV, but I was talking to my sister's neighbor based at a greater D.C. base. She is from a military family and is a lieutenant colonel. She said that she had decided to max out at that rank because in practice she'd have to relocate to Pennsylvania for six months to attend War College, which would disrupt her children's education. She is divorced, but she said it's worse for married women.

    You can also get the promotion with a batallion command, but many peacetime military officers are not in the war track, but are specialists. In her case she is a medical professional dealing with military responses to certain sorts of weopons. You cannot be assigned to lead a batallion of civilian lab techs to qualify for colonel. She felt that there should be a non-War College route for specialists like her to advance.

    You cannot be assigned to lead a batallion of civilian lab techs to qualify for colonel. She felt that there should be a non-War College route for specialists like her to advance.

    Strictly speaking a bunch of lab techs do not form a “batallion.

    Anyway, there is a way for her to advance – as a civilian. There is no reason an active duty military officer needs to be in charge of a bunch of civilians lab techs.

  180. @istevefan

    Immigration–i.e. invasion by foreigners–is the most important issue affecting people … but it’s long term.
     
    Yes it it is long term. However, we are already in the "long term" because this whole can of worms got going with the passage of the 1965 act. That act alone did not create this mess. But that act symbolically revoked what had been implied since the original naturalization act of 1790, namely that that the USA was a White nation.

    Everything that followed 1965, whether the 1986 amnesty, the 1990 visa lotto, or the refusal to enforce our borders came along because, once the USA's mission statement was no longer to be a White country, there was no will to prevent the aforementioned.


    Trump is too limited mentally or too incompetent or too nepotistic or too egotistical or some combination to do it. So his re-election is in doubt.
     
    I've said it before, for such a great negotiator it is unreal that he is seemingly oblivious to what has happened with regards to immigration and demographics since 1965. Future historians will mark this period of American history as significant because such a demographic change has never happened before to any nation who was, A) the strongest on earth, and B) was never invaded by a superior force. Frankly this is unique in world history. Instead of conquest our government is paying replacements to come and displace the people to whom the government supposedly serves.

    For Trump to suggest at the state of the union that he wants record immigration on top of what we have seen shows that he is not the right guy on this issue. What a waste because Trump's qualities are unique. No one I can think of could have pulled off what he did. If only he could have had some of Pat Buchanan's brains, or if only Pat Buchanan could have had Trump's moxie.

    We will probably never see a guy like Trump again. He could have gone done in history as a George Washington. He could still if he acts more like candidate Trump. But if he continues on this course, it will truly be a waste for our side.


    “If only he could have had some of Pat Buchanan’s brains, or if only Pat Buchanan could have had Trump’s moxie.”

    A perfect leitmotif for Weimerica’s obituary:

  181. @istevefan

    Immigration–i.e. invasion by foreigners–is the most important issue affecting people … but it’s long term.
     
    Yes it it is long term. However, we are already in the "long term" because this whole can of worms got going with the passage of the 1965 act. That act alone did not create this mess. But that act symbolically revoked what had been implied since the original naturalization act of 1790, namely that that the USA was a White nation.

    Everything that followed 1965, whether the 1986 amnesty, the 1990 visa lotto, or the refusal to enforce our borders came along because, once the USA's mission statement was no longer to be a White country, there was no will to prevent the aforementioned.


    Trump is too limited mentally or too incompetent or too nepotistic or too egotistical or some combination to do it. So his re-election is in doubt.
     
    I've said it before, for such a great negotiator it is unreal that he is seemingly oblivious to what has happened with regards to immigration and demographics since 1965. Future historians will mark this period of American history as significant because such a demographic change has never happened before to any nation who was, A) the strongest on earth, and B) was never invaded by a superior force. Frankly this is unique in world history. Instead of conquest our government is paying replacements to come and displace the people to whom the government supposedly serves.

    For Trump to suggest at the state of the union that he wants record immigration on top of what we have seen shows that he is not the right guy on this issue. What a waste because Trump's qualities are unique. No one I can think of could have pulled off what he did. If only he could have had some of Pat Buchanan's brains, or if only Pat Buchanan could have had Trump's moxie.

    We will probably never see a guy like Trump again. He could have gone done in history as a George Washington. He could still if he acts more like candidate Trump. But if he continues on this course, it will truly be a waste for our side.

    “I’ve said it before, for such a great negotiator …”

    The problem is, he’s not a great negotiator. He just claims he is. Look at that “middle-class tax reform” he signed. It hosed the middle class. He was so desperate to have a “congressional victory” that he signed anything that crossed his desk. Other examples are easy to come by.

    • Replies: @Hail
    An Unz Review commenter named John Jeremiah Smith said the following on June 19, 2015, a little less than 72 hours after the "not sending their best" campaign-launch speech:

    Trump’s flaw is that he showboats — over-the-top showboating. Extreme expressions of egotistical self-promotion. While all politicians indulge in that behavior, Trump takes it too far.

    Why vote for Trump to achieve “all of the above”? Pick any non-mainstream candidate — same difference.

    The political process is directed and controlled by the rich. The US government is corrupt, right down to the last little local congress-critter.
     

    Today (June 16, Father's Day 2019), it so happens, is four years to the day since Trump launched his campaign. John Jeremiah Smith, wherever you are: You got it right.

    Most of the rest of us fell for it (sooner or later); some even still seem to believe in Trump -- or, as I like to call him now, "Blumpf," (or some equally ugly-sounding variant). But it's over. The skeptics and cynics were right about Blormpf.

    , @istevefan

    The problem is, he’s not a great negotiator.
     
    I'm beginning to feel that way.
    , @Desiderius
    We’re middle class, didn’t hose us by a long shot. Substantially (several thousand) to the contrary.
    , @95Theses
    Oh, man. Amen to that.

    I’m a very pro-2nd Amendment guy, and have been keeping tabs on the promises Trump laid out in his 2A position paper, as well as the commitment he made in the speech he gave at the NRA convention at Atlanta (2017) in which he said,

    "I will never, ever let you down."
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jSxLPkC5mM

    Then came Parkland/Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and Trump quickly endorsed raising the age limit for long gun purchases to 21 and the prohibition of bumpstocks.

    But far and away, Trump’s greatest disappointment was/is in not following through on his promise to deal with illegal immigration. Unfortunately, people are going to continue to follow him because of his strength in playing 3-D Chess. He’s grandmaster-rated dontcha know.

    Sigh.

  182. Hail says: • Website
    @Nicholas Stix
    "I’ve said it before, for such a great negotiator ..."

    The problem is, he's not a great negotiator. He just claims he is. Look at that "middle-class tax reform" he signed. It hosed the middle class. He was so desperate to have a "congressional victory" that he signed anything that crossed his desk. Other examples are easy to come by.

    An Unz Review commenter named John Jeremiah Smith said the following on June 19, 2015, a little less than 72 hours after the “not sending their best” campaign-launch speech:

    Trump’s flaw is that he showboats — over-the-top showboating. Extreme expressions of egotistical self-promotion. While all politicians indulge in that behavior, Trump takes it too far.

    Why vote for Trump to achieve “all of the above”? Pick any non-mainstream candidate — same difference.

    The political process is directed and controlled by the rich. The US government is corrupt, right down to the last little local congress-critter.

    Today (June 16, Father’s Day 2019), it so happens, is four years to the day since Trump launched his campaign. John Jeremiah Smith, wherever you are: You got it right.

    Most of the rest of us fell for it (sooner or later); some even still seem to believe in Trump — or, as I like to call him now, “Blumpf,” (or some equally ugly-sounding variant). But it’s over. The skeptics and cynics were right about Blormpf.

    • Agree: 95Theses
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    We elected a reality TV star, and he turned out to be a shallow blow-hard. Who could have foreseen that!
  183. @tsotha
    Heh heh. "Telephone Colonel". I hadn't heard that one.

    In the Army, just like the AF, light bird is generally the rank at which you'll retire if you keep your nose clean but don't particularly distinguish yourself or have the political savvy to go higher.

    Somehow I don’t think this thread would exist if his rank had been Obersturmbannführer instead of Lieutenant Colonel…

  184. @Alden
    Camilla is beautiful compared to hideous Anne.

    Camilla is average. Anne is ugly. Oprah installed an artificial titanium chin. Why can’t Anne?

    Anne is actually an Olympian, having competed in the Equestrian in the 1976 Summer Olympics at Montreal.

    Yes, she was a rider, not a horse… Also, she was the only women who didn’t have to go gender verification.

  185. @Hail
    An Unz Review commenter named John Jeremiah Smith said the following on June 19, 2015, a little less than 72 hours after the "not sending their best" campaign-launch speech:

    Trump’s flaw is that he showboats — over-the-top showboating. Extreme expressions of egotistical self-promotion. While all politicians indulge in that behavior, Trump takes it too far.

    Why vote for Trump to achieve “all of the above”? Pick any non-mainstream candidate — same difference.

    The political process is directed and controlled by the rich. The US government is corrupt, right down to the last little local congress-critter.
     

    Today (June 16, Father's Day 2019), it so happens, is four years to the day since Trump launched his campaign. John Jeremiah Smith, wherever you are: You got it right.

    Most of the rest of us fell for it (sooner or later); some even still seem to believe in Trump -- or, as I like to call him now, "Blumpf," (or some equally ugly-sounding variant). But it's over. The skeptics and cynics were right about Blormpf.

    We elected a reality TV star, and he turned out to be a shallow blow-hard. Who could have foreseen that!

  186. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alden
    Camilla is beautiful compared to hideous Anne.

    Camilla is average. Anne is ugly. Oprah installed an artificial titanium chin. Why can’t Anne?

    Compared to Diana, Camilla is pretty equine. Anne is more so.

  187. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alden
    Doesn’t the royal family own at least one of those race horses breeding farms.? ER 2 visits Kentucky fairly often but the tabloids ignore those visits or don’t know about them.

    Camilla is beautiful compared to hideous Anne.

    ER 2 visits Kentucky fairly often but the tabloids ignore those visits or don’t know about them

    They know about them but are quiescent because reasons. I know a couple of people who have run into Brit royals in Kentucky-not the Queen herself, but others.

  188. @Nicholas Stix
    "I’ve said it before, for such a great negotiator ..."

    The problem is, he's not a great negotiator. He just claims he is. Look at that "middle-class tax reform" he signed. It hosed the middle class. He was so desperate to have a "congressional victory" that he signed anything that crossed his desk. Other examples are easy to come by.

    The problem is, he’s not a great negotiator.

    I’m beginning to feel that way.

  189. But the former lieutenant colonel says she’s had enough of the president’s hate. “I don’t want to see my life, and the life of people like me, become a political poker chip.”

    I know lots of human-to-poker-chip transontologicals. I think it’s terrible of this shorty to make light of their struggles to be given everything they demand in return for their demanding it!

  190. @Nicholas Stix
    "I’ve said it before, for such a great negotiator ..."

    The problem is, he's not a great negotiator. He just claims he is. Look at that "middle-class tax reform" he signed. It hosed the middle class. He was so desperate to have a "congressional victory" that he signed anything that crossed his desk. Other examples are easy to come by.

    We’re middle class, didn’t hose us by a long shot. Substantially (several thousand) to the contrary.

  191. Trannys and Cross-Dressers should be understood for what they are – White males trying to game the minority/victim system for their own personal interests, rather than say a collective one.

    It’s an identity game driven by hyper-sexualised White males. The non-Whites have no political power and or social prominence, and not worth commenting about.

    There is an implicit aggressiveness in the “transgender” phase of cross-dressing, and it is amazing to see how minorities and SJW are completely incapable of countering this flanking maneuver by hyper-sexed White males.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    The future transgender zillionaire I knew was the biggest prick in MBA school.
  192. @AmRusDebate
    Trannys and Cross-Dressers should be understood for what they are - White males trying to game the minority/victim system for their own personal interests, rather than say a collective one.

    It's an identity game driven by hyper-sexualised White males. The non-Whites have no political power and or social prominence, and not worth commenting about.

    There is an implicit aggressiveness in the "transgender" phase of cross-dressing, and it is amazing to see how minorities and SJW are completely incapable of countering this flanking maneuver by hyper-sexed White males.

    The future transgender zillionaire I knew was the biggest prick in MBA school.

    • Agree: AmRusDebate
    • Replies: @Not Raul
    It’s almost as if pissing people off is a feature, not a bug, to some people.
  193. @Steve Sailer
    The future transgender zillionaire I knew was the biggest prick in MBA school.

    It’s almost as if pissing people off is a feature, not a bug, to some people.

  194. @Nicholas Stix
    "I’ve said it before, for such a great negotiator ..."

    The problem is, he's not a great negotiator. He just claims he is. Look at that "middle-class tax reform" he signed. It hosed the middle class. He was so desperate to have a "congressional victory" that he signed anything that crossed his desk. Other examples are easy to come by.

    Oh, man. Amen to that.

    I’m a very pro-2nd Amendment guy, and have been keeping tabs on the promises Trump laid out in his 2A position paper, as well as the commitment he made in the speech he gave at the NRA convention at Atlanta (2017) in which he said,

    “I will never, ever let you down.”

    Then came Parkland/Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and Trump quickly endorsed raising the age limit for long gun purchases to 21 and the prohibition of bumpstocks.

    But far and away, Trump’s greatest disappointment was/is in not following through on his promise to deal with illegal immigration. Unfortunately, people are going to continue to follow him because of his strength in playing 3-D Chess. He’s grandmaster-rated dontcha know.

    Sigh.

  195. @Dave Pinsen
    You’ve mentioned that before, but it’s still hilarious that kamala means terrible in Finnish. Too bad it doesn’t in English.

    what does it mean in English? according to you:

    Too bad it doesn’t in English.

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