El Reclusa
2:54 PM

When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. And that one sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, and then sank into the swamp. But the Read more

6:21 PM

You just know that the Air Force will come up with reasons that they can’t do ground support with their expensive, shiny new toy. That’s a major reason I’d like to see the A-10 keep going, albeit with upgrades to protect against MANPADS.

8:52 AM

I’ve been working the F-35 program for years. When I started, I had a program manager tell me, "The F-35 wasn't designed to be the best fighter ever, it was designed to be the best program ever."

10:31 PM

First rule of government spending: “Why have one, when you can have two at twice the price?”

3:39 PM

It’s a good point because it exposes a huge fallacy / misnomer people on the right - generally pretty well informed, intelligent, very selfish, and mostly cruel people, use to browbeat the rest of the Republican base (think heartland blue collar) - primarily poorly educated, not very intelligent, and poorly informed, Read more

2:20 PM

It’s a good point, because anytime someone comes up with even the mildest tax hike or corporate regulation, there’s always going to be a dozen morons going “HUR DUR HOWS VENEZUALA DOING COMRADE”.

2:19 PM

Our economics professor back in college said it best: Anyone that has earned over $50 million as either done something illegal or immoral to get there.

I’ve never forgotten that.

2:19 PM

Charity is incidental. One day it might be there, the next not. It can’t be counted on. It’s also a drop in the bucket. Read more

1:24 PM

I forget who, but I think it was one of the two Aldi billionaire brothers who was asked about the Gates/Buffett “donate your billions to charity” idea, and he said something along the lines of “it’s a terrible idea, because why should I get to decide what the best social use of my money is? It’s much better to have it Read more

1:10 PM

Gates does some good charity work, sure. But that doesn’t mean billionaires should be allowed to exist. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to “earn” a billion dollars. A billion dollars is never earned, it’s taken.

12:57 PM

“Gates is worth over $101 billion, which should literally be considered a crime in a civilized” Read more

3:33 PM

Vietnam was our last war with reluctant conscripts who still did a great job the majority of the time. My hats off to anyone in the Armed Services. Read more

9:57 PM

I think this is what people don’t understand - you don’t have to actually be a combat soldier to be affected by it. I think this is particularly true of Vietnam, because for most people, their only experience is watching films and in many films the support arms are usually stereotyped as the mildly unpleasant Read more

8:18 PM

I was a REMF in Vietnam, way back in 1971. You are the first person who has ever thanked me for having supported someone like yourself. I was stationed near the air base at Da Nang and was still there when all hell broke loose during the withdrawal in 1972. I was put in charge of the in/out processing center for the Read more

6:02 PM

I figured it was a scar caused by the friction of the giant brass balls of the crew of the tanker dragging down the runway.