It was pointed out that readers might like some sort of bio, so I thought I would post some sort of bio. My parents are escaped East Germans (back when there was an East Germany), so they were both Hitler Youths, and my mom was later a Young Pioneer. My dad escaped at age 13, shortly after the war. Long story short, my father immigrated, and was drafted into the US Army, liked it and stayed twenty. This is significant for a couple of reasons. The obvious one is I'm an Army brat. The less obvious one is that growing up, everytime the president or some other politician made a statement, it was not uncommon for my mom to say, "you know, Hitler told us that", or "that's what the communists taught us in the state run schools". So, I grew up patriotic and cynical. A fun mix.
My parents did not have my brother or me baptized, they believed that was a decision we should make when we were old enough to decide on our own. I went to a lot services of different denominations with various childhood friends. They all reminded me of the National Geographic specials on the primitive beliefs of various indigenous peoples (though I think at the time, they were referred to as something along the line of uncivilized tribes). Anyway, I became an agnostic at age ten, when I cursed god and challenged god to strike me down, and nothing happened. I became an atheist by age 14 or 15. Oh, and that crap about there are no atheists in foxholes? It is crap.
I got a 4yr Army ROTC scholarship, bagged groceries at the nearby commissary, and majored in Law Enforcement; the best training a criminal could ever want (too bad I'm not a criminal). I did 6.5 yrs active duty as a tanker and a Quarter Master officer. I left active duty, and a day later Saddam invaded Iraq. I volunteered to go back to active duty, but the Army was drawing down following the fall of the USSR, and I was informed I was not needed.
Since active duty, I have been an advertising sales exec, a security guard, a telemarketer, managed a wholesale/retail landscape supply company, sold termite and pest control (had licenses for both for two years), owned my own delivery business, been a bouncer/doorman, bar back and bar tender, been a house painter, worked at UPS, went back and got my Master's in public policy and worked as a legislative analyst. I did the Master's program instead of CGSC, so I failed to make LTC in the reserves, but did volunteer to be extended to go to Afghanistan or Iraq six months prior to my ETS. Again, I guess they didn't need me. Ah well, always the brides maid, never the bride. So, now I'm actively pursuing work in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. (if your hiring let me know).
I am married and a grandfather. Politically I fall in a spectrum that believes we should have a global social contract, people should pay attention to what's going on, and any public official found guilty of violating the 'public's trust' by using his/her office for ill gain should face ten years hard incarceration (Oz) for just that fact, if not shot out right.
I believe that many government employees are hard working and dedicated to making the system work; that many others are completely worthless, and provide no service for the tax dollar they receive, and some are as corrupt as the Teflon Don. If we could eliminate the latter two groups, government might actually earn the dollars it spends.
I believe there is always an opposing faction, and that they can and often do conspire to take power. History provides more then ample evidence to support this position.
Currently unemployed, hence the time to blog between resume sendings.
I will add more later...