You Can’t Talk About It Properly—No Government Recognition For You

    Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

   Politicians are the people who try to tell you that the menu is the meal.

   Rest easy, those stranded in the Antarctica by ice while studying Global Warming have been rescued by a solar-powered helicopter. Just joking, the helicopter was powered by fossil fuel.

   Dolly Parton once lost a Dolly Parton look-alike contest.

   And in that vein, we have the following:

This is from About Face, a book by Colonel David Hackworth in which he details his experiences fighting in Korea and Vietnam. Hackworth took an ordinary battalion in Vietnam and made it one of the most effective. For his trouble, he was squeezed out of the Army. He characterized combat commanders as studs, those who could command and perfumed princes, those who spent their time convincing others they knew how to command. In the following passage, he comments on effectiveness of command versus the official version. The contrast is stark.

   The passage has to do with defending a hill against the Chinese

    “…The Chinese had thrown thousands of men against it, but the company held like a rock. The unit was cut off from its battalion, isolated deep in enemy territory, battered and bruised, it held on, and when ammo and food ran out, the troopers lived off the land and used captured weapons. They built a barrier wall of tree branches, like the men at Valley Forge, the Chinamen came and the Chinamen went and the valiant unit did not yield an inch, until finally, a U.S. tank force broke through and extricated it.”

   The example was given in a course, “The Rifle Company in the Defense in Korea” and was attended by the commander. Doug Anderson (pseudonym). Lieutenant Anderson was not in the course to hear the praise because he had been dismissed three weeks before  for “academic deficiency.”

   That’s alright in practice, but how does it work in theory? I had my first orgasm, but my doctor told me it was the wrong kind.

    Anderson could do it, but couldn’t describe how he did it.

    This is the classic form versus function. In government circles, one gets many more points for talking about it properly than doing it properly. It’s politics, doncha know.

Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies


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