Monthly Archives: December 2012

My Christmas in review

I’m late getting this post up, but better late than never. Been battling some sickness that knocked me down a bit.

But, it tis what it tis.

EXIF_JPEG_T422Anyway, I had a great Christmas, and I thought I’d say few words about it.

First, I got some sweet martial arts related items. From a new martial arts uniform (or gi), to an awesome swinging punching target, to yet another Shaolin Kung Fu book, I’m all set in this arena. (Well, at least for a while.)

Second, I got plenty of great movies and books. All action related or motivational in nature.

And finally, my wife tracked down some sweet, hard-to-find unit stickers and pins from my old infantry unit in the Marine Corps — Alpha Co., 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. I’m sure I’m missing something. (Initially, I had it all piled together with book and movie titles, who gave me what, and on and on. I mean, I was going to be the best blogger ever. But, then I got sick, we cleaned up (well, some), and my best intentions fell apart. But, I did nab a photo of me by our Christmas Tree, and I am throwing this post up, which follows a principle I try to follow: Never let perfect be the enemy of good.

So, here’s hopefully a “good” post about my Christmas. So… How was everyone else’s Christmas?

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give, a book I believe to be worth $10,000.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, also, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.

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Seriously… It’s not Rex Ryan’s fault…

I’ve got a Christmas post I need to get up, but I wanted to get this time sensitive post up first.

It’s now being reported that Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan wants to be fired if his team owner won’t spend a ton of money to revamp the offense.

Interestingly, if you look at the comments to the story above, his quitter mentality isn’t going over very well. But, I’m sure Rex is right. I’m sure Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano was a great hire — even though Rex didn’t like him.

And I’m sure it was a great idea to offer QB Mark Sanchez a massive, multi-year contract after you doubted him so badly that you went after Peyton Manning.

And I’m sure you were right when you decided your team didn’t need a team captain and was certainly the best team you’ve ever coached, as you said time after time after time — all the way up until just a few weeks ago.

But go ahead. Blame Tebow. Blame the owner. Blame the media. Blame the offense. Blame whomever you choose. We all know what’s really going on here… (And, no, before you go there, I’m not one of Tim Tebow’s religious fanatical fans.)

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give, a book I believe to be worth $10,000.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, also, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.

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The best of the Tebow diss reaction

Wow. The Tim Tebow story exploded since my post earlier this morning about him being passed up as starter by third-string quarterback Greg McElroy.

Thankfully, Tebow is finally showing some pride and asking to be traded.

Here’s a round up of some of the best stuff.

  • “Tim Tebow isn’t merely a third-string quarterback on the New York Jets. He has become the symbol of dysfunction for an entire organization, the official mascot of Chaos, Inc. Here is the most popular athlete in the sport, according to many polls, and the Jets this season have benched him, misused him, humiliated him. They gave up too much material for him, a pair of draft choices. They paid him too much money, with a cap hit over $3 million. … This is about lack of respect. Ryan might have spared Tebow a bit of degradation by saying the former college star was still a bit off his game due to the rib injuries. Instead, Ryan said Tebow was just fine, thank you.” — Filip Bondy with the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
  • “Tebow waited patiently all season, never making a fuss about his lack of playing time. Man, did the Jets sell him a bill of goods or what? Only the Jets could bench the starting QB and upset the backup.” — Rich Cimini on ESPN
  • Cindy Boren trashes Tebow pretty much throughout her article and suggests he go to the CFL.
  • “Tebow was clearly agitated by the decision to start McElroy. After all, he had been the No. 2 quarterback for most of the season, though it now seems that was only so he could be in uniform to run the Wildcat plays and serve as the personal punt protector while McElroy was inactive. Now, it appears he was always the third-string quarterback in Ryan’s mind – or at least dropped to that depth at some point, perhaps after McElroy led a comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals.” — Mike Garafolo for USA Today
  • And finally this, which I truly believe: “Here’s the irony: Given the chance, Tebow is probably Ryan’s type of quarterback. From the moment he took this job, Ryan indicated he just wanted someone back there who could manage a game and keep down the number of turnovers. Tebow might be able do that for the Jets, though we’ll never know now. It would have been fun to find out, to give Tebow a shot. It would have given Jet fans a reason to come to the game on Sunday, sit through the chill and renew their season tickets. Instead, they get McElroy, who will play-fake and hand off artfully without raising anyone’s pulse rate. Ryan wouldn’t even say on Tuesday whether he intended to activate Tebow for the game.” — Filip Bondy with the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

As most know, Tebow nearly mastered avoiding turnovers and managing tight games while in Denver, and it’s beyond shocking to me that Ryan didn’t use him to create the kind of smash-mouth, running team that Ryan typically loves.

In my mind, it’s Rex’s loss, while probably a majority of the country thinks Tebow won’t make it as a starter anywhere. Guess we’ll just have to see, but I’m not counting him out. He’s a fan darling and there are a bunch of really bad and average quarterbacks in the NFL right now.

(And, no, before you go there, I’m not one of Tim Tebow’s religious fanatical fans.)

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give, a book I believe to be worth $10,000.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, also, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.

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Tim Tebow’s history of being slighted and wronged continues

I’ve been pulling my hair out over the Tim Tebow situation for weeks, and I thought nothing would top the embarrassing, ridiculous Jets loss on Monday night. (Yeah, that one. The one where Sanchez threw four interceptions and was at least 50 percent responsible for a fumbled snap.)

But then the Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan announced his starter for this week and I realized I was wrong, yet again.

Ryan will start Greg McElroy, his third-string quarterback. Tim Tebow, his second-string quarterback, apparently had his one shot with a single, three-down series he got during Monday night’s game.

I really don’t know where to start. I could rail about how unfair this is to Tebow, given how many games Sanchez had to try to make it work.

I could rail about how bad Sanchez has been, but that would be unfair, as well. I saw clearly on Monday, while Sanchez was playing pretty strong, how disruptive putting Tebow in both looked and proved. Other former quarterbacks have commented on this, as well, saying it disrupts your rhythm and confidence.

But ultimately this comes down to Rex Ryan. He has gone from being what I thought was a pretty good coach to coming off looking like an absolute idiot. He admitted after Monday’s game that he only put Tebow in when he did because that was planned prior to the game, meaning he ignored how Sanchez was playing and how the tempo of the game was going and just executed an arbitrary decision.

He further ignored how bad Sanchez was playing after that series, and after interception and interception and interception, he still didn’t making a quarterback change — and literally, the entire Jets season, and possibly his job, was on the line.

Now, he’s going to start a QB that, as The New York Times reporter Zach Schonbrun said, has thrown seven career passes. Yes, you read that right. Rex Ryan is going to start Greg McElroy, a QB who has thrown seven career passes. He will overlook and not start Tim Tebow, a QB who won eight games with the Broncos, including a playoff game against the tough Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now, there’s a chance that Tebow doesn’t know the system. That he’s been learning this stupid Wildcat stuff and McElroy literally knows the system better. Perhaps that’s the case. I would give Rex Ryan the benefit of the doubt on this, but he no longer rates my benefit of the doubt.

He has shown gross ineptitude and incompetence, and his team has gone from playing in two AFC Championship Games his first two years to going 8-8 last year and ending this year with a non-winning record. This downhill trend certainly implies Rex was given a team that he’s run into the ground. Maybe that’s not the case, but a track record is a track record. And you have to wonder whey in the world he even wanted to bring Tebow in for this year, given how the year has gone down. Did he not think there would be a media storm? Could he be holding this against Tebow?

Either way, it appears Tim Tebow’s history of being slighted and wronged will continue. (And, no, before you go there, I’m not one of Tim Tebow’s religious fanatical fans.)

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, also, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.

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Why we don’t do what we know we ought to do

Good food for thought in this article below.

Read it, consider what you’re scared of tackling, and go start making it happen. Start slow, don’t be hard on yourself, and stop second-guessing yourself. Believe me, enough of your “friends” will do that for you.

So, take a glance at the article and make something happen. Article: The Do Plan, or Why We Know But Don’t Do.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, also, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.

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Believe it or not, Stan Mitchell changes his mind… Don’t cut the Marine Corps.

I’d like to share a debate I had with a USMC Major a few weeks ago.

As my regular readers know, I’m against the constant increasing in our defense budget, and would like to see far more moderation in our interventionist policies. Furthermore, I feel that our country cannot continue to afford the kind of defense spending we currently conduct — particularly given the howling from those on the right about how “high” our tax rates are.

So, a few weeks ago, a Marine Major on his very popular blog complained of the planned force reduction of the Marine Corps by 20,000 Marines. I, of course, took objection to his complaints, since I felt they were too defensive of his own branch. (One of the major problems with ever cutting anything in the Dept of Defense is each branch and department feels they should NEVER be the one cut. That their mission is too important.)

I posted on Major Pain’s blog the initial points that:

  • First, as an infantry Marine who served from 95-99, I’ve had plenty of buddies who stayed in tell me in recent years that standards were loosened too much in the rush to expand the Corps with both wars. (I’m a fan of a small, super elite force, ergo, I’m okay with it getting reduced back in size to what it was when I served.)
  • Second, we have two great oceans and two friendly neighbors, as well as the world’s best Navy and Air Force. Let’s follow George Washington’s advice and do a better job minding our own business, while beefing our home and border security, since terrorism will remain a threat.

Major Pain replied with these points (summed up by me in much shorter fashion for readability):

  • The Marine Corps is the smallest branch, and its forces are already rotating at a 1:1 rotation — meaning same time in the states as the amount of time deployed, which is a very high op tempo that is very hard on both the Marines and families.
  • The majority of those fired will be infantry Marines who over the past 10+ years have accumulated unique combat experience that can only be obtained by actual combat from 2001 – present.
  • The cuts will affect the economy, since 20,000 more folks will have to find jobs and lose a steady income. Furthermore, Major Pain made the point that there will be 20,000 fewer folks getting some of the best training and education a person can get — life experience that easily rivals most college educations, he argued.
  • Finally, he said the Marine Corps only gets 6 cents on the dollar of defense spending, but plays an integral part of fighting a counter insurgency long term war. He argued that nukes or other less needed items should be cut before you cut well-trained and needed ground forces.

After reading these points and thinking on them, I came to the conclusion that Major Pain was correct. That cutting the Marine Corps would be a mistake, and this conclusion isn’t just me trying to defend the branch with which I served.

So, if you get a chance to interact with any of your elected officials, I think it’s worth making his points. The Marine Corps cost less, gets more done, and helps mold incredible American citizens (even if they just do four years and exit).

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, also, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.

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A huge day for the defense industry — DO NOT READ THIS ARTICLE

This week has been a great week for our defense industry.

Just yesterday, two great things happened that I’m sure just completely made their day.

As part of the Syria complete freak out that we’re increasingly becoming involved in, the U.S. sent two Patriot Missile Batteries and about 400 military personnel to Turkey. This move reinforces the four other Patriot Missile Batteries that we already have there, but don’t worry, the goal is “to show enough of a commitment to Turkey’s defense to deter a Syrian attack,” according to NATO diplomats.

Meanwhile, across the globe, massive superpower Japan decided it would show those evil Chinese that it meant business. After China deployed a surveillance plane over the air space of some disputed islands, Japan scrambled fighter jets to intercept the plane.

But in a sad showing of Japan’s military capacity, two embarrassing things happened.

First, by the time the jets arrived from Okinawa — more than 300 miles away — the plane had left the area. Oops.

Second, Japan’s mighty radar systems failed to detect the Chinese surveillance plane, and it was only detected once a Japanese Coast Guard ship spotted it. Nice.

And here’s where it gets better. From the same article…

  • A big shot from our State Department reiterated the Obama administration’s stance that the security treaty between the United States and Japan applies to “any provocative set of circumstances.”

And the kicker is here:

  • “The United States has not taken a position on the sovereignty of the islands.”

So, in short, if one of our fledgling allies pisses off a major power over islands that are roughly a thousand miles from its homeland, guess who gets to fight the war? Yep, we do. Thanks to one of dozens and dozens of treaties we’ve signed and stand behind that were written in a far different time when arguably it was necessary to have them.

But keep not paying attention my fellow Americans. The defense industry is very happy about these two events and you’re free to keep watching reality TV and ignore it all with bliss. Or, you can get politically involved and join one of the political parties and spend your time bashing Republicans or Democrats. Yep, that’s okay with both parties.

But whatever you do, do not engage in a serious conversation about our defense posture. Which, by the way, there is serious bipartisan agreement among most liberals and libertarians.

No, keep letting our national leaders feed at the campaign contribution trough that is generously stuffed full of big dollars by those who work in the defense industry, and from those businesses who profit from the cheap labor and world stability provided by the blood and sweat of our young men and women.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, also, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.

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