Appalachian Intellectual. To me that means plain thinking. I am A Non Commissioned Officer in the Army Reserves. Let me say...My views expressed here are mine and not those of The U.S. Army, Army Reserve or my fellow brethren in The National Guard. This is entirely Sua Sponte. This is My Thinking. I'm single and in my mid 30's. Politicaly, I'm a Libertarian. (Again, Sua Sponte.I do not represent the Libertarian Party.)I love my native Appalachia, Rock n Roll and...I love God.
- Name: Hill Billy Rave
- Location: Brevard, North Caroilina
I started blogging for two reasons. I was concerned about the changes to the area I live in, Southern Appalachia and I was about to go to the war. I was in Iraq in 06 and 07 and now Kuwait in 11 and 12. Blogging was a means of documenting my experiences and hoping it would help gain clarity. I don't feel that way about it any more. It's said people write blogs because they are frustrated, that's why people read them too. That makes us sound apocalyptic. Are we? Let it be said, what I say here is of my own thinking. This is entirely Sua Sponte and not an official representation of the U.S. Military or the U.S. Government as a whole.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Athens has a nice Hospital. The folks were real nice too. Heck, I wouldn't mind getting hurt myself. Of course I got hit with allot of questions about the Army. And oddly, twice I was told I didn't look old enough to have been in the Army 24 years. Heck, I don't know. But, I do know this, it cost allot of money to have her get a shot. It also took a very long time, a few hours, for her to be seen. And, for reasons I won't get into, will never go off to Basic Training.
I was going to do another post on War, but, I don't have it in me. I'd rather talk about Black Berry Winter. It came with a bight this week. We had frost Tuesday morning. I got in late and threw some tarps over my meager garden. It really didn't frost the ground, just things off of the ground. The corn has uprighted itself already. I'm growing it Indian Style, with my corn in hills and squash in between. I've got creasy greens planted and bird house gords. You can't eat them, but, they are fun to grow. My Plant Engineer remarked about my choice of vegetables that I must be part Cherokee...
That rotten old wild rose is blooming in addition to black berries. Down the Mountain in South Carolina the Iveys are blooming and they are about to here. You might know Iveys as Mountain Laurel, but you people are backwards. It's Ivey, damnit. We don't care what he Encyclopedia says. And, it has snowed in Black Berry Winter here before. This time though, I think it has brought the prettiest sky's I can remember ever coming in with it. They've been like crystal.
You'll probably notice that I don't mention the Reserves much. That's not by design. Actually, it keeps me busy. My phone rang three times before 10:00, this morning. I managed not to get too many e-mails for a change though. I'll be gone down to Georgia in the morning on Orders for the day. As well, I'm scheduled to be gone to Ft. Knox Ky for 19 days soon. That will be some pleasant travel pay. What's that got to do with you...Well, you read this blog don't you? I didn't want you heathens to get the misrepresentation I was slacking off.
Speaking of slacking off, I'm about done here. I'd tell you about this weeks Bear invasion, but, I said I was done.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Torture is for Sissies, Sissies don't Torture
In light of what we see in the news now of the Bush Administration giving the green light to torture these two incidents stand out. I present to you two articles from Reason (a great Libertarian rag) Magazine. First, "Who Are You Calling a War Criminal? The dangers of making simplistic historical comparisons"
In my opinion, this is about politics more than it is about Tactics, Strategy or Morals. No one went to these lengths for the Branch Davidians, American Citizens burned alive. If torture worked or not is open to debate. Was it a bad decision? In a 4GW it can be used against you, a no brainier. But, we've managed not to have a repeat of September 11th, making it hard to argue with success. Success often has it's price, though. This is pointed out in "A Torturous Debate, Let's have some humility in the debate over interrogation methods." Will we continuously find a reason to justify it?
Anymore American Politics is just this statement: "Party membership and voting are frequently more about group identity than philosophical orientation about the proper role of government."(OK, three Reason articles, 4th paragraph BTW)If "War is an extension of politics", then what do we have? Is it open to debate or punditry? Is it about who's in charge? We better look deep inside for the answers.
Iggy Pop and The Stooge's "Search and Destroy"...Sin loi VC...
3.5mm Rockets are an extension of War. That was over Jane Fonda's head.
Love in the middle of a firefight...
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Today I saw water leaking from a spring that I had not seen in some time...Since I left home for Iraq just over three years ago. Looking out across the back yard under some Poplar saplings it looks dark and lush, like the Jungle in Panama...But more like the Hardwood Forest of Appalachia, just what it is. It's a Forest known for what it used to be, than more for what it is anymore. Those trees are a myth, the untrained eye can't see the reality. People come from all over to gawk at the "beauty". It's pretty alright, but the real beauty takes longer than a day trip to see. Everyone wants to drink from Hebert's Spring, a spring fed by rain. A spring most don't know exists and if they did would dismiss it for a myth.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Thinking on the 5th of May
Now Fourth Of July we eat hot dogs and hamburgers. Grilled cheese sandwhich maybe.
If the South had won, would we eat pinto beans and corn bread?
It is my Grandmother's Birthday.