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Started this discussion. Last reply by Shane Feb 18, 2014. 101 Replies

I have seen a lot of .....for lack of a better word........ "Bad-ass-ness" recently. Now I am fairly open minded and realize that locations, occupations, experiences, physical ability, etc all…Continue


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Sean O' replied to Anders Kanten's discussion The manliest picture ever taken?
Sean O' replied to David R.'s discussion Women in the military in the group The Great Debate
"I see. It is a problem with the population at large to recruit from. I guess the military is going to really have to push those educational benefits!"
Sean O' replied to David R.'s discussion Women in the military in the group The Great Debate
"Again.....I see it as supporting roles such as FET and Intelligence focused activities and not in primary missions of UW and FID for both SF and MARSOC, just as it was with OSS and SOE. Other than that it is logistics issues and little if any value…"
Sean O' replied to David R.'s discussion Women in the military in the group The Great Debate
"There is a greater percentage of college graduates in the military than in the general population. I have not heard of the leadership complaining that no-one takes advantage of the educational benefits or that there was a general lack of education…"
Sean O' replied to David R.'s discussion Women in the military in the group The Great Debate
"Maybe I am being to sensitive in the use of SF instead of SOF, but the way it's written I disagree. Women have a definite place in SOF and at best a limited, supporting role in SF. Women work great as part of FET and in Civil Affairs. Both of…"
Sean O' replied to David R.'s discussion Women in the military in the group The Great Debate
"Does the link work? Relevant to women's performance in the military/combat. I guess not really relevant to co-ed showers. But maybe they are slower in a tactical environment because when they are on patrol and take a knee they can't just…"
Sep 26
Sean O' replied to David R.'s discussion Women in the military in the group The Great Debate
"Marine study finds all-male infantry units outperformed teams with women"
Sep 26
Sean O' replied to Andrew Green's discussion How do you stay motivated to exercise?
"I disagree. Your goals SHOULD be specific. If you set unrealistic goals it is a goal-setting problem not an achievement problem. If I am currently doing yada yada exercise for x sets and x reps......I can set a goal of doing it for x sets for x+1…"
Sep 16
Sean O' replied to Pale Horse's discussion "Dear Fat People" in the group The Great Debate
"The delivery could use some polishing. But I completely agree with the take-ways."
Sep 16
Sean O' replied to Pale Horse's discussion "Dear Fat People" in the group The Great Debate
Sep 16
Sean O' replied to Andrew Green's discussion How do you stay motivated to exercise?
"Goals should always be achievable. Setting unrealistic goals is not a problem because you set a goal. It is because you don't know how to set a goal. Goals should be "baby steps" (I prefer the What About Bob Bill Murray style here) to…"
Sep 16
Sean O' replied to Andrew Green's discussion How do you stay motivated to exercise?
"Set goals. The more specific the goal the more focused you will be. For example: a few years ago I had a goal to trap bar deadlift over 500lbs. After I retired I was out of the gym for just over a year. Now I have been back in the gym for the last 5…"
Sep 9
Sean O' replied to Omar Darío Mesa Gómez's discussion Is Charles Bronson book: "Solitary Fitness" recommendable?
"Just based upon what I know of the author it should be an interesting read. Without knowing more about the book I couldn't recommend it. And without knowing more about your goals I couldn't say whether body weight exercises will help you…"
Aug 26
Sean O' replied to Ty W-J's discussion What is your warrior way? in the group The Art of Warriorness
"The definition could be grabbed from any dictionary. I will admit that my saying it is the original definition is extrapolation based upon 2 known facts: 1. The root of the word warrior is war 2. The word has been used for longer than social…"
Aug 20
Sean O' replied to Ty W-J's discussion What is your warrior way? in the group The Art of Warriorness
"The original definition of warrior is “a person engaged or experienced in warfare; soldier”. It seems that lately, not only has the word been perverted to mean anyone involved in struggle, but it is also terribly over-used even by that…"
Aug 19
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Just as Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War,” has been applied to many different aspects of modern life; I believe there are many great lessons to be learned from all of the warriors and warrior societies, from SEALS to Samurais, and Spetsnaz to Spartans.
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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Devil's Guard by George Robert Elford, See No Evil by Robert Baer, The Definitive Book of Body Language by Alen and Barbara Pease, Moroland by Robert A. Fultan - Far too many to make anything resembling a complete list
Bettye Lavette, Lizz Wright, Blue Harlem, Imelda May, Eartha Kitt, Kitty in a Casket, Creepshow, The Horrorpops,Dengue Fever,Mad Marge and the Stonecutters, Shaggy, The Pogues, 5FDP, Dropkick Murphy's, Flogging Molly
God told Moses to send men to spy out the land of Canaan. He told him to send a man from each tribe. Twelve men were sent. They were to find out about the land and the people in the land. Moses said to find out if the people were strong or weak. Did they live in cities or in camps? He wanted to know what the fruit of the land was like, and if they had forests or not. He asked them to bring back some of the fruit that was ripe.

"Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled"

We are the Pilgrims, master; we shall go
Always a little further: it may be
Beyond the last blue mountain barred with snow,
Across that angry or that glimmering sea,
White on a throne or guarded in a cave
There lives a prophet who can understand
Why men were born: but surely we are brave,
Who make the Golden Journey to Samarkand.

"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." ---George Orwell on a BBC broadcast, April 4, 1942

"When the highest and strongest drives, breaking passionately out, carry the individual far above and beyond the average and lowlands of the herd conscience, the self-confidence of the community goes to pieces, its faith in itself, its spine as it were, is broken: consequently it is precisely these drives that are most branded and calumniated. Lofty spiritual independence, the will to stand alone, great intelligence even, are felt to be dangerous; everything that raises the individual above the herd and makes his neighbour quail is henceforth called evil."

Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 1886, 201

"Somewhere a True Believer is training to kill you. He is training with minimal food or water, in austere conditions, training day and night. The only thing clean on him is his weapon and he made his web gear. He doesn't worry about what workout to do - his ruck weighs what it weighs, his runs end when the enemy stops chasing him. This True Believer is not concerned about 'how hard it is;' he knows either he wins or dies. He doesn't go home at 17:00, he is home. He knows only The Cause. Still want to quit?"

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My most recent VA interview

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments

I had a VA appointment about a month ago and they called for a “follow-up interview”. The follow-up went very much like the original interview and went something very much like this:

VA – When you close your eyes do you see dead, burning bodies or wake up screaming?

Me – No. I don’t sleep much.

VA – What do you do when you can’t sleep?

Me – I take pills and drink

VA – I see. What do you drink and how often?

Me – I usually drink beer, about 6 to 12.…


The President announced his immigration reform

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 6:41am 10 Comments

After 27 year in the military (19 years active duty plus reserve time) I retired. I make roughly $2,500 a month. $500 of that is tax free. Because of the 14 years I spent on jump status in the airborne, I have pain issues caused by severe arthritis and compression fractures. But since the VA does not compensate for pain issues I get no disability…..just a portion of my pension that is not taxed. For many reasons (cost of living among them) I have moved overseas (following the laws of the…


It Used to be Easier

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 7:24am 4 Comments

I have had these bouts before. It was never bad. My family was always away so I never worried about my kids and I worked. When I felt this way I threw myself into work. Now I am retired. Sure, I go to school online.........but it is pretty damn hard to throw yourself into required online reading when part of the problem is inability to focus, When it was both physical and mental it was easier. Now my family is here and I force the smiles and try to get the inflection of my voice right. I…


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At 8:41am on July 11, 2014, Carl Monster said…

Ha ha, we'll see about that. Trying to bust out of a bench plateau, goings been slow, but 5 3 1 is excellent for that.

I like doing dumbbell presses one arm at a time, really throws balance into the mix and involves the core muscles more. The 5 3 1 keeps me in the gym for an hour tops, letting me focus all my up-front energy on the major lift. Then I can go, or have play time with assistance work. As you can tell, I almost never skip assistance work.

At 7:51am on July 11, 2014, Carl Monster said…

I've spotted a guy with similar, his doctor told him to just not come down all the way to his chest on the bench; seemed to work for him.

But if you can't bench that way, I'm in agreement that you'll progress out of that weight quickly with dumbbells. I've seen you do your hybrid deadlift/squats and that's incredible weight you have there. Maybe you are past what the 5 3 1 can offer you? All I know it's been working with me, but then again I am way behind you strength-wise.

At 6:20am on July 11, 2014, Carl Monster said…

Hmmm...I don't use dumbbells for my core movements, it's the Olympic bar. I use dumbbells for the assistance work, and that certainly does not need to include dumbbells, it can be anything. To me that's the "fun" part because the core movements do get boring.

When I do the conversion to pounds I get 83; that's a heavy dumbbell.

If you need more than those I'd say you are already one strong mofo! 

At 10:17am on July 3, 2014, Carl Monster said…

Thank you; perspective is always welcomed, helping or no.

At 12:51am on January 15, 2012, Lucius Artorius Castus said…

Apologies for bringing the lunacy of idjit boy here, But i couldn't let that intended slight go....

At 7:30pm on January 14, 2012, Lucius Artorius Castus said…

I believe the "Military School" he "attended" was called the United States Air Force.


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