Michael E. McBride retired as a Major from the Marine Corps in 1998. During his tenure in the Marine Corps he served in RF-4Bs as an Airborne Reconnaissance Officer; and F/A-18D Weapons and Sensors Officer; a leadership instructor at The Basic School, Quantico, VA; and a Requirements Officer, CINCPACFLT, Pearl Harbor, HI. He received his B.A in History from Tulane University in 1978, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant immediately thereafter.
He is currently a Maintenance Manager for a forging company in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Major McBride has served in various advisory capacities for the State of Oregon, the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Beaverton, OR School District. He has been previously been published in The Marine Corps Gazette, Naval Proceedings magazine, and Plant Engineering magazine. He currently resides in Fontana, CA and writes part time for http://www.mysandmen.blogspot.com.
The President has a bullet proof majority in the Senate. He has a reasonable majority in the house. He was swept into the White House with all the force of a Pacific tsunami.
I was fortunate enough to catch this link on Hugh Hewitt’s site today to a terrific article by William McGurn of the Wall Street Journal, about his nephew’s acceptance at West Point. The obvious crux is that McGurn fails to understand those who look down on his nephew’s decision to attend West Point.
Death of liberalism is near, and its harbinger is not a conservative onslaught, nor a new Contract With America. Its demise is being signaled by activities in a small town in Oregon, noteworthy only for a rambunctious annual Shakespearean Festival.
President Obama is lining up two make two of the largest blunders he could make as a President, and both will cost American lives.
It is rare for an American President to get the smackdown that President Obama got in Denmark last week by the International Olympic Committee. He should have seen it coming.
In a mere three months, the Obama Administration has accomplished what I understand is an almost impossible feat; they have actually shot down the F-22.
Shortly after I begin my five year employment stint at Nike, the entire campus population was shuttled to the Portland Convention Center in waves for the roll out of what is known as the Nike Maxims.
I am not naïve enough to believe that all of America is fully racially integrated, but it is obvious that ethnic culture is flourishing in all manner of businesses – restaurants, ethnic grocery stores, and the supervisory and managerial staff in my own company.
Successful leadership is not a collection of harmonically pleasant banal oratories given to audiences packed with sycophantic ovine.
Where is Toto when needed? It is time to pull the curtain back a little further, we need to figure out who the man behind the curtain is before those of us “taxpayers” who actually pay income tax are all tithing fifty percent to the state.
There is a Perfect Storm of epochal proportions on the horizon for the Democrat Party, and there will be no escaping its impact. The forces set in motion by seven years of Bush Derangement Syndrome and this primary season will be impossible to mitigate or deflect.
It is apparent to me that the only thing that MSM political savants myopically study is some kind of sycophantic, pundit-ly shallow version of electoral history.
Naval Aviation hopefuls are trained to box. The Navy is not really trying to develop the next Mike Tyson, but they have a specific purpose for this training and it serves its purpose.
Next week, before, during, and after General Petraeus’ testimony on the Surge I’ll be glued to the TV hanging on every word from every "military expert" that the MSM can bring to denounce the General and his assessment of the Surge.
Much has been made about President Bush's recent comments comparing the known fallout in SE Asia after our precipitous withdrawal from the Vietnam War – genocide in Cambodia, re-education camps and mass exodus from South Vietnam. And yet defeatists continue to use the Vietnam War as their case for comparison and the foundation for their call for immediate withdrawal.
This week’s bridge collapse highlights how valuable our infrastructure is to our national commerce. The bridge collapse will snarl automobile traffic well out into the foreseeable future, impacting productivity of workers, consuming more fuel for commutes, and likely diminishing commerce for the short term..
While Senate sleepovers prove to be fun publicity stunts replete with dramatic unveilings of numerous hide-a-beds, slumber-stilted orations, and polarized politics; they harbor something much more insidious and much more dangerous. Senate hi-jinks are shifting the paradigm of American warfighting far out into the foreseeable future, and likely beyond.
I find it rich beyond the pale that our Congress is lecturing lawmakers in Iraq, when they have yet to take a bite out of the biggest legislative challenge that will face our country over the next 35 years.
There comes a responsibility with sending ordnance down range. Once fired most weapons are on a one way mission to unleash their lethal, stored energies. The kinematics of the weapon and the explosives package are fused to get a specific result upon detonation. Mostly those results are designed to be lethal.
As I have written before, politics is no longer about good legislation, it is about politicking. Our DC based legislative processes have evolved into a frenetic, self-absorbed, narcissistic tango of Beltway ricocheting that produces products not designed to yield a better functioning country; but designed only to preserve the contact between ours legislators’ abundant behinds and their opulent leather chairs.
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