They got the flag wrong

I am sure by now you have heard about the ‘big controversy’ regarding the Confederate flag in South Carolina. Here’s the details left out of all the news coverage.

1 – The flag being discussed is not actually the Confederate flag. Look it up, there were 3 Confederate flags that were actual national flags of the Confederate states. The first had a blue box with a circle of stars, one for each Confederate state, and 3 stripes, 2 red and 1 white. It was a mix of influences from America and Empire of Austria. The second had what is now being discussed but only as a small box in the upper left with the rest white. Third was like the second except the upper left box was bigger and a red stipe horizontal was on the right.

2 – The flag being discussed is a battle flag made during the time of the first Confederate flag that was so similar to the Union flag, Confederate troops (and I will bet Union) got confused and went to enemy forces thinking they were friendlies. This battle flag eliminated that confusion.

3 – The flag being discussed was made popular again in the early 20th century first by soldiers in wars such as WWI and WWII then later in entertainment (music, TV, movies, etc.) as a symbol of pride for those who reside in the southeastern USA region no matter what their color was. It also became a symbol of rebellion regarding issues of that period that had nothing to do with slavery.

Heck, just use a image search engine and look up ‘blacks confederate flag.’ You will find a lot of blacks shown proudly holding the battle flag making you wonder why there is this big issue claiming it has to do with slavery only. Basically all this is is a bunch of people with an agenda riding a wave of populism since the incidents of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and some others that made the news to push an agenda that is out of touch and not really there. It is really annoying especially since the Garner one is in my borough and as a resident of 40 years here, I can say for certain many details of Staten Island got ignored and screwed over by the media. Stuff like this lowers the intelligence of those who follow and agree with what they are seeing not doing any research themselves into details that are left out.

Now it has pervaded not only government talk, it is affecting non-government. I read recently Lynard Skynard said they would stop using this flag in connection with their music until Skynard fans rebelled forcing the band to take back their position. There are stories of how it should be removed from all country music.

More on media twisting regarding the Garner case to come.

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Civilians Who Pretend to Know Everything About the Military

I know, 9 months since last time. I am not a regular blogger only writing when I have something significant to talk about. I have had something but it will take time to do because of how involved it is. Due to some recent events, I have this subject to discuss today that is easier to write on.

I run across this at times, people who discuss the military as if they know everything about it. Problem is, I have been in their shoes and having served, I know there are things the average civilian does not know though they should. You may wonder how this could be true, well here is what I once told someone as proof. If you compare what people knew about the military from, say, World War II and earlier to around the Korean & Vietnam Wars and later, you would see some interesting things especially in media (books, movies, TV, news, etc.) that people have access to for forming opinions about the subject.

Fact #1 – People today know more about what special forces do and little about the average soldier. From WWII and earlier, a good number of stories (books, movies & TV) on military subjects dealt with Average Joe the Soldier and what his life was like, sometimes these experiences became a part of fictional work such as how J. R. R. Tolkien’s WWI experiences were partially portrayed in large scale battles of his Middle Earth books. From the Korean & Vietnam War era and later, not as many are shown unless they fit an agenda, promote propaganda or focus on special forces either government or private, the soldier doesn’t rate much of a mention. Agendas & propaganda come from all sides of the political spectrum usually include anti-war, mental trauma both real and imagined, exposing secrets such as special forces missions and focusing too much on adrenaline action flicks for the ‘cool’ factor. These types of stories are far more detached from reality given that special forces makes up a small percentage of the full military thus inaccurate in portrayal of military matters. This results in society treating average soldiers as if society were to judge every civilian by the standards of wealthy people and celebrities without the crazy shit they do that gets them in the media spotlight. Would the average civilian like to be treated that way? Probably not but they do not seem to mind doing it to soldiers.

Fact #2 – People usually seeing the average soldier in media as, “mentally traumatized,” and/or considered to have PTSD. This typically has to do with views on warfare ignoring that a large number of soldiers have served in peacetime so, while trained for war, never really fought in one, also ignoring that some soldiers during a war actually serve without ever going to the war. Thus there is a large number of soldiers who are not suffering from any form of mental problem.

Fact #3 – Making Fact #1 & #2 worse is media presentation of the subject in books, movies & TV. From WWI and before, you could find stories of what regular soldiers went through in fiction & non-fiction, sometimes these experiences became a part of fictional work such as how J. R. R. Tolkien’s WWI experiences were partially portrayed in large scale battles of his Middle Earth books. From the Korean & Vietnam War era and later, not as many are shown unless they fit an agenda or promote propaganda. Agendas & propaganda come from all sides of the political spectrum usually include anti-war, mental trauma both real and imagined, exposing secrets such as special forces missions and focusing too much on adrenaline action flicks for the ‘cool’ factor. These types of stories are far more detached thus inaccurate in portrayal of military matters.

Fact #4 – Some people like to, “study war.” They study strategies, usually past ones, and over time come to think of themselves as geniuses on every subject relating to the military. This tends to give such students an arrogance plus detachment from the lives of soldiers treating them more as cannon fodder than actual people. When presented with certain military problems that need solving, they just blow these off as they are not the ‘cool’ stuff of war.

Fact #5 – Some people view the military economy as it was back in WWII. They believe there is this massive pile of money that can easily be dipped into and reassigned elsewhere especially if said people are anti-military/war types. This group has ignored years of several nations doing cutbacks on their militaries, partially to appease said people, that have resulted in problems not publicly known and should be. You hear of programs being cut to fund new equipment but soldiers see cuts to maintenance, housing (wait time on getting into military housing keeps increasing), various other things in a soldier’s life that are not known by the civilian public. If there is so much money in a military budget, why does so little of it make it to the government armed services? I have seen one article state the US military budget is less than half what is was back around the time of Vietnam. What is spent sometimes goes to one place when it should go somewhere else.

That should cover all the main points if not everything. Next time on this subject, I will relate some personal stories that clarify some of these items.

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Strange People Who Use Multiple User IDs plus Stalking and Those Who Brag About It

There are some strange people out there who have this belief about using multiple user IDs on various sites. I have seen some in online games, I forget their reason for it but it is just too strange to me that someone would create a whole new account to play the same game they already did. Even worse are the ones who create more than one used ID on a place like a news site and use them all at the same time.

One example website I have found this on is my local news site, www.SILive.com. I post there sometimes on stories though less so than I used to. There is a person who once posted under the ID Crapgame who later went on to create multiple user IDs, I stopped counting between 15-20, and even at times had full blown conversations with himself. I also once described here another user, Seal444, who spent time holding the site hostage through overzealous deletion of things he did not like with no regard to who he offended even those who once agreed with him on certain subjects. Now it has been revealed that Seal444 has another ID, Sailor666, gee what a surprise. It has been suspected for some time they were the same person based on postings and their shared user ID format, a name supposedly relating to what they did plus a 3 digit number, the first claiming to have been a Navy SEAL, the second just an ordinary sailor. Sadly, their behavior does not fit that of any military servicemen except those in need of professional help.

The revelation was done with proof as I see it in a news story, I will link to it but be warned there have been complaints of this site causing some people problems, so if you feel like trying the proof is in this story here. I will also post a picture below showing the specific part of the comments.

SILive Stalker Threat

The comment outlined in blue is myself, I was dismissing Sailor666/Seal444 specifically referring to something he did once before. Back just before the failed Operation American Spring protest that took place in May 2014, there was a user posting in support of it and Sailor666/Seal444 openly posted he would commit acts of violence against anyone trying to harm ‘his President.’

Sailor666/Seal444’s comments then reflected a piss poor view of his country. First, he was openly posting he had no faith in the Secret Service who everyone knows are the primary protectors of the President. Second, he openly threatened violence against people for holding a protest he disagreed with. I have seen many a protest I do not support but have never threatened violence against people for protesting. Third, he claims he does not like our current Representative in the US House Michael Grimm one reason being his now infamous threat to throw a reporter off a balcony for asking a question, well Sailor666/Seal444’s comment threatening violence against the protestors was very much like Mr. Grimm’s threat despite Sailor666/Seal444 being from the opposing political party and claiming he wanted nothing to do with such behavior. Fourth, for someone who claims he wants a better image of Staten Island, he should be more concerned with the one he presents of himself since by posting, he is one of many representing through his comments.

Now let us look at his response I outlined in red. This is where Sailor666/Seal444 gave himself away as the same user with 2 IDs. Back when I posted about Seal444, I did mention how Seal444 was making public knowledge some ‘factual’ information about me. Well, just like his alternate ID, Sailor666/Seal444 has screwed up again.

1 – He claims I work as a stock person at Macy’s. Well, if you are logged in and view my Facebook profile from the link on the right side here, you could see I have not worked there or in stock since August 2003, over a decade ago.

2 – He claims personal knowledge of me in a manner clearly meant to degrade and lower me. The problems here are A) there are others who live with their older parents due to their needs and conditions, are they lesser people for doing that because surely I could not be the only one; B) the no girlfriend claim is irrelevant and poorly represents Staten Island also especially from someone like Sailor666/Seal444 who claims to be tolerant and favors equal treatment.

3 – He says I question his service in the Navy. Well, of course since I served in the Army and I know attitudes such as his on so many points are not tolerated so either he is like one other Staten Islander I met or he is faking being in the service. I did once meet another Staten Islander in person who said he served in the Navy but left because he hated it, he never clarified under what conditions he left naval service.

Sailor666/Seal444 basically is behaving like a stalker and thinks he is going to shame me by posting such information online failing to realize how much he is screwing himself over rather than myself plus adding to the negative image of Staten Islanders. There are some jerks and other bad types here as well as some good folks, sadly this guy with his multiple IDs is not one of them. Someday when I get to do it right, I will write up blogs about the real Staten Island in all its complexity, it is not the simplified image seen on some TV shows and stories.

So Sailor666/Seal444 joins the ranks of the low class of people representing Staten Island publicly through social media, there is a reason some residents have a sarcastic line about this borough of New York City. “Staten Island, keepin’ it classy,” is the saying, always said about those who poorly represent this borough in any manner as Sailor666/Seal444 have through their behavior. Even more ironic, this is the same user who also posted the following in the exact same story not far below the pictured comments:

I’ve seen plenty of people with Grimm stickers on the back of their cars throwing garbage out their car windows and double parking, running stop signs and other nice acts of disgust and disdain, all republican Grimm voters.

You won’t see a Democrat do any of those vile things, because we’re better people than Republicans, which is why we want you all gone, move down South where the rest like you live, carry your guns in K-mart and hate minorities, we don’t want you here!

Unfortunately for him, Republicans are not the only ones who engage in such activity. It matter not the sticker on the car, the bad behavior he mentions can be found all over with no discrimination between politics, race, religion, sex or other possible means. He has no proof other than his biased opinion when anyone who spends time around here and pays attention knows better than to believe him. Heck, a good chunk of what he posts sounds very much like the white racist Democrats I know lived on this Island back in the 1980s, it is amazing how some of these ‘modern’ Democrats have such blinders on. More on that at a future time.

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I am of no political party and I like it

When I was first able to vote in 1986, I was not that politically motivated and was quite disinterested in how many wanted to sway my beliefs one way or another. So I was not that into politics then thus did not look into it much and when it came time to register to vote, I simply checked off the same party my immediate family was believing I had to register with a party. Despite that, I avoided the subject and voting for a long time because of how annoying I found people who tried to persuade & pressure me into believing in their side of anything. I would listen at times but never went much towards anything since I like to form my own beliefs and was dealing with a bunch of personal issues that took up more of my time. Some people I knew who were more political than me were extremely pushy and I was really put off on how they treated me on various subjects, this is part of what made me delay any political activities.

After several years of avoiding politics to keep myself from being suckered, I found myself in the US Army during the period of January 1995 – 1999 and things I encountered there did not match what I expected, this included how politics was affecting the services and how the reality as seen from a soldier’s viewpoint was much different than that of a civilian. In a future blog I will clarify these things using language civilians understand better, this too will be explained.

During this time is when I quietly began getting involved and started voting. I had been forming opinions and beliefs of my own since when I registered but started voting only when I felt I was ready to do so without the pressures of other people’s beliefs and when I had less personal issues to deal with. Since I left, I slowly got more active in discussions ensuring I was pushed by others as little as possible.

When I got really active in 2010, this was when I took stock of my collected political positions and found I was not a Republican but I also knew I was not a Democrat. There is this notion in the United States you have to be in one of the Big Two parties because of their large influence and voter blocks but legally you are not required to be. I took the time to look into active third parties in my state but found none that I agreed with. I noticed on the voter registration form in New York one of the choices was to check I DO NOT WISH TO ENROLL IN A PARTY in section 13 (currently) along with the choices for the 5 parties with the most influence and a box for Other for the various third parties not mentioned. I was extremely happy to check the box starting with I DO NOT WISH…. since I could not find a third party for me, I seem to be more centrist and there were not many known centrist parties active in the state, the Independent Party is a joke based off how they behave.

So I am now essentially my own party, a party of one with no requirement to be beholden to any party ideology, only my own beliefs that I ensure cannot be imposed upon. Wish I knew all this back when I first started in 1986.

I am not saying people have to do exactly as I did but if you do find yourself in a similar situation, see if you can do the same thus freeing yourself to be you and possibly improve your life.

Until next blog when I have completed one of several I have unfinished.

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Why I believe SFC Bryan Sikes Statement Applies to More than Gwyneth Paltrow

At the end of May, an American Green Beret soldier had something to say regarding a celebrity’s comments on Social Media. Not only do I agree with him, I think it can be expanded to the Internet and Society at large and what happens on/in it.

We have seen it somewhere. People claiming they are in various forms of Military action yet they are not serving in an actual Military at all especially now when tensions run high on many a subject. This seems to be for unknown reasons encouraged by what some call Mainstream Media (TV, movies, news, books, etc.), I am not one to speculate conspiracies so I know not why but is clear that Mainstream usage has had an effect on Civilian Society and I strongly disagree with that. Here are some terms I will not be using anymore and shall replace whenever I see them used whether the original user likes it or not.

Flame/Twitter/etc. Wars – These are not real Wars. No one gets shot or bombed, goes to a hospital, performs ‘tactical and/or strategic maneuvers’ to defeat an enemy or anything else Military related. Some mean posting anywhere may hurt someone’s feelings but that is not the same as a War, it is just an idiot who needs be ignored and/or deleted from your viewing depending on the site it is done on. I will acknowledge there is a connection to this subject and bullying but that deserves its own separate write up sometime.

War of Words – Another version of the above.

Strategy/Strategizing – This is something soldiers do for combat also therefore should not be done by non-soldiers except, in my view, for and games involving Military elements. Corporations describe themselves as doing it along with some people for Social and possibly other encounters. For corporations, I am currently unsure what it should be replaced with, right now I am going with planning, while also done in militaries, is less Military like thus I consider better off. As for individuals, Socializing should always be described as such, less like Military encounters, I would go with more Social terms here such as Dealing With Issues, Handling Problems, things like that.

Hater – I have covered this word before and believe it also falls under this discussion. Hate, for example, is something done by the Modern World’s radical terrorist groups who engage in military behavior. In Social settings, the term is used for people who do not do things that terrorists perform such as attacks with weapons, beheadings, etc. thus it does not apply to someone who writes/says something you do not like and/or agree with. Another reason I dislike the currently common usage of this word and avoid/ignore it when used, a recent example, in the MechWarrior Online community through a Social discussion the term was used by a poster named 1453 R I mentioned here in that very encounter referring to me. Sadly he/she is mistaken since I performed no combat type action as a terrorist would have regarding his/her position so the usage of the term is incorrect and reflects an overblown definition of the Social encounter between us from 1453 R’s point of view.

The (insert whatever here) Army – Unless you are in an actual military, you are NOT in an Army or similar. One example is shown in this article, there is no such thing as a Social Army except in Military games. Another is celebrity armies, one I know of is the KISS Army, they are not a true Military army so are a fan club with an overblown name and I say this even though I have listened to KISS since the days of vinyl records and enjoyed their music. None of these or anything like it is a true army, just an overblown label that contributes to some of the horrible Social issues we face today in civilian life.

Added August 18: The War Against (insert civilian social problem here) – Now I will grant some things that can be added in the parentheses do have actions involving weapons, example being I just heard the term War Against Black Men that involves situations where young blacks are killing other young blacks. However, these problems start from a social problem and should be dealt with by looking at their root cause and dealing with those social problems. They are not caused by governments declaring war on each other thus they should not be described in military terms. Another example is the War on Drugs, while we do hear of drug users being involved in shooting incidents, the root cause is drug use and crimes thus this needs to be addressed through that route instead.

More terms may be added to this list as I come across them.

Point here I believe is very clear, Military terms in Civilian life cause reactions in people that make for bad Social encounters. Many terms used for non-soldiers have a certain word in them noted in capital letters here such as CIVILian, CIVILian Life, CIVILized Society and more. The common term CIVIL in these various words indicate a Social setting that is supposed to be free from things Military related that should include the use of Military terminology.

I even am getting fed up with the lingo used in various media. Example, I do not watch much TV, one of the few shows I watch is Suits. But I have noticed they have these lawyers talk like they are, “Going to war,” and, “Having knife fights.” Look, I know from a piece of advice an ACAP counselor gave me that some different career fields have overlapping skills, soldier and lawyer do have similarities in specific areas. Still, no one seriously ever had their bodies mutilated, developed PTSD or anything like those from going to court. Court cases are not wars of knife fights, they are CIVIL ways of resolving specific matters.

Now I could see where someone else may view what I say as Political Correctness or something like it. Well, it is not, just my own personal view and choice of something I am honestly fed up with given that, in my view, it contributes to a decline overall of non-military society that should not be happening.

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Why Sun-Tzu is Not That Great Anymore

There is this really ancient general from history, you probably have heard of him. Sun-Tzu from 6th Century BC China period. He supposedly wrote this book called the Art of War. Like any historical general, there are a few interesting things in it that are still valid today. There is a serious problem though, a real serious problem.

People in non-military life are applying the teachings of this book to their lives. Civilians, who are supposed to be living civil, peaceful lives, are instead applying this stupid book to their personal encounters and situations treating practically anything as a conflict they have to win.

First big mistake is one a lot of people make when reading a book, they never look up the history of the author. This crazy guy, Sun-Tzu, when he got tested to be a general by the King of Wu was ordered to give orders to concubines. When they failed to follow directions twice, Sun-Tzu has two of them killed scaring the King into making Sun-Tzu a general. People swear by this crap. Try pulling that stunt today and see where it gets you. I served in the military of the USA, no one could ever get into a command position of any kind by pulling a stunt like this. That fundamental difference shows a critical reason no one should take the Art of War seriously and apply it to their lives in the modern world.

Second will be listed in an upcoming blog about a modern military soldier and his response about how civilians treat their lives like they are at war when they should not be.

When you have a background like that, no one in this world we live in today should be applying your teachings to their non-military lives. To do so just adds more dumb shit into our world that we do not need as there are enough problems to deal with so we do not need some Sun-Tzu wanna be claiming everything is conflict. Not everything we deal with is conflict for not all of us are soldiers in a battle or war, if we were, the world would be a worse place than it actually is.

Do yourself a favor.

Do not apply the Art of War to your life unless you are in an actual military service and even then, it has limits as to what is actually valid and worth using. I am not saying the book’s contents are worthless but they are worth less then people give it credit for.

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Four Degrees of Internet Trolls

So recently was in a conversation on the official MechWarrior Online game forum about a piece of game equipment. First came the worst of the four trolls out of nowhere.

First and worst of the four posts under UserID Vanguard319, he/she will get a new nickname shortly. His/her and the initial troll post is found here. I did not have the time to do a full response to everything he posted but did to his/her last sentence he directed to me and the response was true since he/she clearly made an ‘assessment’ of me based on zero facts, lack of any time spent getting to know each other thus engaging in troll behavior. Other parts of his/her post both general and toward me are more troll behavior. Honestly, I should ignore the non-troll portions based on the troll ones. He/She also cited Sun-Tzu who is not worth as much as I read Vanguard the Grapefruit Troll to give him credit for, though I had a blog up on that but cannot find it so will do one hopefully soon. Finally based on a few posts The Grapefruit Troll makes after, he/she seems to have a mix of qualities of the Combat Simulator and the Sadistic Killer as far as MWO goes.

Next a more lower level troll is IraqiWalker. No where as high as VtGT above, Iraqi decided to accuse me of trolling without proof making his claim rather meaningless. Even worse, he also had ‘Liked’ the linked post above (you can only see this if you are a community member and logged in) so in doing so, he became a lower level troll for ‘Liking’ a troll post. Now the count is 2.

Then along comes member 1453 R who decided to go off in a mix of some detail but a lot of emotion and desire on the subject, also made a really bad analogy (this is covered further down). When I separate his mix of topic related posting from the emotional/desire content, there is more of the second than the first and the topic related content looked significant but actually was rather confusing on what he/she was trying to say, there were no clear points rather it came across as making 2+ points sometimes contradicting him/herself. Between that and the bad analogy plus sometimes I do not like quoting a long post, I just summed up his post as, “Bunch of Nonsense,” because that is how it came across. 1453 R trolled with the reference to, “a New York mugger,” line in a happy type tone, offensive since I grew up in New York City during the 1970s-1980s, a hard time and from experiences I and people close to me had regarding crime including muggings, of course such a line is going to offend.

Then come the false troll accusations directed at me with, again, zero proof. This went on for a couple of days with another named Tesunie getting involved becoming another low level troll. He also made the mistake of trying to claim 1453 R’s analogy was a good one and acting like a forum mod when he isn’t, self appointed forum mods never do well in a community.

Thus were born The Four Trollskerteers.

I should reference the fifth false accuser of me trolling, Shar Wolf. Again no evidence provided thus making his claim false but he never said anything troll like.

1453 R’s analogy, comparing a sneak/ambush attack in a military related computer game to that of a New York mugging, not only offensive as I described above but also horrible. Tesunie trying to justify the two had one common point, sneaking/stealth, does not help. For an analogy to be good, it has to have more then one common reference between the two. Now if the sneak/ambush attack were compared to something like a haunted house employee scaring a customer, that is a better analogy because it has at least two common points, sneaking/stealth and both are acceptable forms of such behavior while the New York mugging is an unacceptable one so it does not have a second point to compare to either.

I do believe all of the Four Trollskerteers and Shar Wolf may not know how to do legal arguing. If you accuse someone of a crime such as trolling, you have to provide evidence, in this case they should have quoted what I said was considered trolling by them but they never did making their claims baseless. Providing quoted comments of mine allows a response that clarifies what could have been simple misinterpretation/misunderstanding or something else based on how the accused, in this case me, responds. Since their accusations were baseless given the lack of evidence (quoted comments), I said so several times but they just kept up the bad behavior of false accusations. Here is a good example of how to accuse someone of trolling, Bishop Steiner quotes the part of lockwoodx’s post that Bishop asks if it is trolling. Quoting allows a response clearing up what is going on.

The amount of assumption they made was completely horrible. I did wonder if they were ever taught that old quote, “Never assume, you’ll make an ass out of you and me.” I know none of these guys outside MechWarrior Online and there, only through forum exchanges over the game so it is clear we are not friends, opponents (except in game) or anything else other than fellow community members. Where they got the ‘brilliant’ idea to make piles of unfounded assumptions about me, I have no idea. The sheer amount of egotism, overinflated sense of self worth, immaturity and childishness that reeked from their posts added even more fuel to the fire they created.

I have no idea if any of these four know each other and did this together or separately, either way, I am glossing over anything they say from now on. Maybe someday they will get better communication skills and learn some things.

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