Musings of a Merc RSS



Icarus or Odysseus? You choose...

The evolution of popular perception of "War" in the West during the 21st century is pretty interesting. We have engaged in a series of "Low Intensity" conflicts labelled as "wars" in our Global War on Terror (GWOT). Our losses have been low and are entirely confined to a growing "warrior caste" who have volunteered for duty knowing the consequences of their actions and accepting those consequences pretty willingly. Less than one percent of the population has served in these "wars" and the overall cost in lives has been relatively small on the US side, but Veteran culture is pervasive in our society. How many times have you attended a public event without a variety of vets being lauded? Pause a moment for...

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Into the breach... every day.

Rabbits,I have had an amazing year. I have been maintaining a lot of lines in the water for a very long time. I keep hoping that one of these lines will get a big bite and I'll have the direction I require to make a fulfilling career choice that won't mean sacrificing anything for my family.  I've preached (To reassure myself mostly, it would seem) a lot of minimums that would be necessary to drag be from chasing my dreams and get me into a "normal" job as my HH6 puts it. But let's be honest... I didn't want a "normal" job. I have been casting around for the next chapter in a fantasy saga known as "Doug's crazy life"....

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On charity

When I created the DRS, it was a way for me to have a social group that revolved around me but didn't dwell too heavily on the cult of personality that follows a lot of us GORUCK Cadre/SOF guys around. I don't WANT to be some larger than life person, but I want to influence larger than life events. I quickly realized that the group of people who were members of the DRS were capable of a lot of positive things... individually and even more impressively as a group.  Today we helped out a person in need. I posted something about an unspecified need and in like 10 minutes the problem was solved. I was really impressed and it made...

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When being free isn't Kosher

https://www.houseofnames.com/wiki/boernicians Courtesy of my dear cousin, apparently I'm not as much a "Black" Campbell as we once thought. My proclivity for the wild life might not be a coincidence. Enjoy this little writeup about the dismantling of the wild border clans of Scotland. -Doug

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