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Recently Grover Mannings notified me that Psy Gangnam Style video has surpassed Justin Beiber’s Baby video as the most viewed all time video on YouTube. I’m not a big fan of this guy, because it is poor dancing which adds to the stereotype of Asian-Americans. (even though this is like the biggest dance craze now)
So the other day I was checking out YouTube and found this audition of Jason Viet Tien’s audition for the UK X-Factor. He comes off a bit dorky, but cute and not overtly creepy. (not to mention a standing ovation audition)
Here is a fond memory of yesteryear of the man who started it all. William Hung
In this New York Times article A Tragedy of Silence published Saturday after the Newton, Connecticut shooting. Americans remain equally divided.
The author Blow asks When, and how, will this end? In fact, will it ever end?
I don’t think it will ever end. Gun control and fiscal cliff seem like unrelated problems but they are actually similar. It all is part of American mentality. And every time I recite the last line of US Army Soldier’s Creed “I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.” I am reminded of this. One of the fundamental problems with the American way of life is the sense of entitlement. Everyone believes they are owed something but are unwilling to give up anything they are receiving or have. They know spending cuts and more taxes are imminent however the only right solution are the programs that affect them are not cut and their taxes are not raised.
I agree that there should be a ban on assault weapons with the exception of police and military but half of America does not agree with me. A Gallup poll conducted showed Americans are either totally satisfied (50%) or dissatisfied (42%) with gun control.
Likewise with gun control, gun lobbyists pour millions into the hands of politicians because they believe so strongly in their right to bear arms they are unwilling to give him any rights they have. Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, blamed the shooting on laws that don’t allow school personnel to be armed. “Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands. Federal and state laws combined to ensure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered. This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones.”
On Monday afternoon, a Korean man was pushed to death on the subway tracks after an argument with a black man. Man Pushed to Death on Subway Tracks
There is a New York Post front cover photo which was taken by the photographer which sparked national outrage. And everyone is asking why no one did anything to help him before the oncoming train struck and killed him. My mother asked that the other night while watching the evening news.
I reminded my mother what she always tells me. Don’t start trouble my son let people do their own thing. If there is a crime happening let it go. “Mom, they did what you always tell me to do….” She was then silent.
With that said here is a link to a Dick memory of yesteryear.
On the Monday before Family Day I went into my senior drill sergeant’s office with my battle buddy to have a heart to heart discussion. Last Thursday during the final inspection he asked if any of us regretted joining the military.
I regret joining the military. For the last nine weeks I’ve gotten nothing but battle fucked by platoon mates. And when I go home I am going back to unemployment. After hearing this my drill sergeant agrees with me that joining the National Guard will not help me find full time employment and it may hurt me because employers will be reluctant to hire someone who will need large blocks of time off for training.
He advised the following: I should go home and ask my recruiter [or in my case the training/readiness NCO non-commissioned officer since my recruiter was deployed to Afghanistan] how I can get out of my officer candidate contract and go enlisted active duty. If I can not get out of the contract, I should go to OCS (officer candidate school) and intentionally flunk out. At which point the Army will stick me in an enlisted job.
If I go enlisted active duty he advised that I should pick something such as special forces because I speak two dialects of Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin). He reminded me that the military needs candidates who are able to speak the East Asian and Middle Eastern languages such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Urdu, Pashto and Arabic. Most people who are able to speak Urdu, Pashto or Arabic can not get the security clearance to be in the military. And most people who speak Mandarin and Cantonese don’t join the military. So the military is left with teaching these languages to new recruits. Either way they will never be fluent and even if they do become fluent they will never sound native such as myself since I grew up speaking these languages.
I am reminded about how difficult Special Forces is in terms of physical training, something I may not be able to get through. He said not to worry, my physical fitness is reasonable good and if I can get my score up 20-30 points I should be fine. “The PT can be worked on, however the language speaking ability can not be. Special Forces breaks everybody in terms of physical fitness.” If I don’t go Special Forces he advised something in the medical or technical field.
The point my drill sergeant was trying to get across was that if I commission as a National Guard officer I will stay in the National Guard. I will never get into the active Army. He cited the executive officer (XO) of our company who is in the National Guard. This first-lieutenant (1LT) served only a year-long contract for active duty but is headed right back to the Guard. The Army is in a tough time of downsizing and my drill sergeant doubts things will ever turn in my favor.
He said since I am going home after basic combat training I’ll have some time to think about it. ( a lot of time to think about it) Joining the National Guard isn’t a bad thing. He is confident that I’ll graduate as an officer. I might even get into the branch I want (such as aviation or military intelligence) Just keep in mind that if I choose the National Guard I’ll be unemployed for at least a few years while I go through training.
On Friday November 21st Dick returned to New York City after spending eleven weeks undergoing to military’s toughest basic combat training at Fort Benning, Georgia. In those eleven weeks Dick had no access to a phone, email, or internet.
It has been a long time since I’ve written in my journal as I had no access to internet, phone and email for about eleven weeks (11). You see on 12 JUN 2012 I joined the Army National Guard. On 09 SEP 2012, I showed up at the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx to be shipped. I spent the night at the Marriott in Staten Island and on 10 SEP 2012 I went to the Military Entrance Processing Station at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn for shipping. I arrived late that night at Atlanta airport where a coach bus took the two hour drive to Fort Benning, Georgia. From 10 SEP 2012 to 18 SEP 2012 there was ten days of inprocessing at the 30th Adjutant General. Basic combat training started on 19 SEP 2012 with the shark attack where we ran up Sand Hill with our dufflebags.
On 09 NOV 2012, we completed our last ruckmarch of 16 kilometers (10 miles) and officially became soldiers. There after we entered a recovery week ending with Family Day on 20 NOV 2012, graduation ceremony 21 NOV 2012. Afterwards we were given a day and a half (36 hours) pass off base to spend with loved ones. We had to return to base at 8pm Thanksgiving Day (20:00 hours) and the following morning on Black Friday we shipped out either home or to our next training station.