"The most significant threat to our national security is our debt," Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, August 27,2010


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

War

In the middle of the last century,  America was engaged in two conflicts – one to its east; one to its west.  Most everyone else was similarly engaged.  We, along with our allies – principally English speaking and British established outposts with two notable exceptions, prevailed.  One of the notable exceptions became the source for an almost instant follow on set of conflicts for the next 40+ years  (cold war.)  And, with the other notable exception, we found ourselves fighting a “police action” on their doorstep within five years.

Since WWII, here is a brief recollection of America’s wars:

·         Korea
·         Bay of pigs, Cuba
·         Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia
·         Congo
·         Dominican republic
·         Grenada
·         Lebanon
·         Columbia
·         Libya
·         Panama
·         Desert storm – Iraq
·         Somalia
·         Bosnia
·         Haiti
·         Sudan
·         Kosovo
·         Afghanistan
·         Iraq again, and
·         Enduring freedom – too many places to catalog
·         Next up:  Syria 

That’s just the last 70 years – the list for the entire 20th century is considerably longer and includes wars in the Philippines, Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, Dominican republic (again), and, of course, Europe.

This listing is not to suggest that each component weighs equally with the others.

There could be something to be said for the current administration’s efforts to not add to this list.  Well, at least until this week.  Perhaps it would be best if Mr. Obama returned to Martha’s Vineyard?

What is America’s great attraction to war?  Who is behind all this war business?

Cui bono?   Besides the politicians that is.

 

 

 

Monday, August 26, 2013

College Football Money Poll

Essay subtitle - "What Nike hath Wrought"


Well, inasmuch as that wonderful time of the year is almost upon us – we refer, of course, to college football and inasmuch as we know how much our audience likes to look behind the scenes at why things happen the way they do, we decided to publish the Center for College Affordability and Productivity’s compilation of the ratio of division I-A colleges and universities athletic expenditures to instructional expenditures.  In other words if a school spends 1 million dollars on athletics and 10 million dollars on instruction, the ration would be 1:10 or 10%.  If, on the other hand a school spent 5 milion on athletics and 10 million on instruction the ratio would be 5:10 or 50%.  Here goes:

School
Athletic/Instructional Expenditures
University of Arkansas
56.5%
University of Alabama
50.2%
University of Tulsa
48.1%
University of Nebraska
45.9%
Texas Christian University
43.2%
Oklahoma University
41.2%
Auburn University
40.8%
University of Mississippi
35.6%
Louisiana State University
33.8%
Clemson University
33.4%
University of Oregon
33.0%
Louisiana Tech University
32.8%
Oregon State University
32.5%
Texas Tech University
31.7%
University of Georgia
31.0%
Mississippi State University
30.9%
Oklahoma State University
30.6%
Boston College
28.7%
Kansas State University
27.7%
University of Kansas
27.5%
Fresno State
27.3%
Baylor University
27.2%
Marshall University
27.2%
Boise State University
27.1%
Georgia Institute of Technology
27.0%
Southern Methodist University
26.8%
University of Virginia
26.7%
University of Memphis
26.4%
University of Texas-El Paso
26.3%
University of South Carolina
26.3%
University of Louisville
26.3%
Virginia Tech
25.6%
University of Notre Dame
25.2%
University of Kentucky
25.0%
West Virginia University
24.6%
Arkansas State University
24.5%
University of Tennessee
23.7%
University of Missouri
23.2%
New Mexico State University
22.7%
University of Louisiana-Lafayette
22.0%
University of Connecticut
21.5%
Wyoming University
21.4%
University of Iowa
21.2%
University of Louisiana-Monroe
21.1%
Iowa State University
20.6%
San Diego State University
20.5%
University of Wisconsin
19.6%
Troy University
19.4%
U.S. Military Academy
19.2%
Eastern Michigan University
19.2%
University of Southern Mississippi
19.2%
University of Texas
18.4%
Texas A&M University
18.3%
Wake Forest University
18.1%
Washington State University
18.0%
Florida State University
17.9%
Ohio State University
17.8%
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
17.5%
Syracuse University
17.5%
University of Florida
17.2%
Central Michigan University
17.0%
Middle Tennessee State University
16.9%
University of Central Florida
16.8%
University of Colorado
16.7%
Arizona State University
16.6%
University of Houston
16.5%
Michigan State University
16.0%
University of Akron
15.4%
North Carolina State University
15.4%
University of Miami
15.3%
Rice University
15.2%
University of Idaho
15.1%
Florida International University
14.9%
Western Michigan University
14.6%
University of New Mexico
14.5%
Utah State University
14.0%
Miami University
13.9%
University of Maryland
13.9%
University of Illinois
13.9%
Bowling Green State University
13.6%
University of Toledo
13.4%
University of Arizona
13.3%
University of Cincinnati
13.2%
Purdue University
13.2%
Indiana University
13.1%
University of Nevada
13.0%
Kent State University
12.7%
University of California
12.7%
University of Hawai?i
12.5%
San Jose State University
12.4%
Eastern Carolina University
12.4%
Florida Atlantic University
12.3%
University of North Texas
11.8%
Ohio University
11.8%
Colorado State University
11.7%
Ball State University
11.7%
Northern Illinois University
11.7%
University of Minnesota
11.7%
University of South Florida
11.1%
University of Michigan
11.1%
Tulane University
10.6%
University of Pittsburgh
10.5%
University of Utah
10.4%
University of North Carolina
9.8%
Pennsylvania State University
9.5%
University of Southern California
9.4%
University of Alabama at Birmingham
9.3%
Northwestern University
9.0%
Brigham Young University
8.9%
Rutgers University
8.6%
Temple University
8.0%
Duke University
7.8%
University at Buffalo
7.6%
Stanford University
7.5%
University of Washington
7.3%
University of California-Los Angeles
7.1%
Vanderbilt University
6.4%

 


So, why do you think Alabama is planning to win its third straight national football title?  Actually, that is not what we want to take away from this listing – we like to look at the schools at the bottom of the list – those schools that apparently still grasp at the old fashioned idea that they are in business to instruct their students not entertain them on a Saturday afternoon with a professional program.  We just admire the schools with that old fashioned set of fundamentals that still find a way to assemble a team, train their players and go out and kick the a** off the football factory schools at the top of the list.  To them we dedicate this essay.  To them we say,” Rah – rah – sis – boom – bah!”  Go Commodore’s!