Without intention, Mike kind fulfills the proverb that not all who wander are lost. A 1973 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross with a BA in Philosophy, he had successfully dodged the draft during Vietnam, despite his lottery number of 29. Logically, after failing at being a bum for a year after college, he then enlisted in the Army. His theory was to hang out for two years, go to Germany, date blondes, drink lots of beer, improve his wretched German and come home to use the GI Bill for Graduate School. Didn’t quite work out that way; he did go to Germany and stayed five years first tour; married a red-headed American GI who worked in S2; did drink lots of beer and developed some acuity with pidgin Deutsch. Mike re-enlisted and then wandered through a great 23 years as a soldier. A lot of it sucked, of course; but, he avoided ending his adolescence until the end of the 23 years…since then, he’s been in a fight to regain that feeling of camaraderie, purpose and trust.

Mike chose to stay a career NCO. There were a couple of dozen reasons, but they’re best summed up by the fact that he really didn’t like officers. He still doesn’t, sheepishly at times admitting that “Some of my best friends are officers. Some of my best friends are gay. Some of my best friends are gay officers. I’m not gay and I’m not an officer – I like it better that way.” He got his initial First Sergeant assignment in his 14th year and basically stayed a First Sergeant until he retired, as a First Sergeant. If he hadn’t retired, the day after the retirement would have been the day he pinned on CSM stripes but, as he says, “Some of my best friends are Sergeant Majors; some of my best friends are hookers. I’m not a Sergeant Major and I’m not a hooker and that works fine for me.”

Since retiring, Mike’s worked in Labor Relations, HR and General Management for government, tribes, nonprofits and for profits including Defense Contractors. He’s found that his “not being a hooker” approach hasn’t necessarily worked to his career advantage. He’s picked up a bunch of irrelevant graduate degrees, that basically were there to teach you how to be a Hobbit.

Hobbits are small, insignificant fearful types who scurry around getting in the way and accomplishing nothing of any great merit. He believes that the movies would have been infinitely better had the bad guys killed off all the Hobbits in the first part of the first movie, and then spent the rest of it avenging the little twits. Mike really hates Hobbits He’s a Senior Professional in Human Resources and a Six Sigma Black Belt. He plays guitar, reads, broods and drives too fast in fast cars – currently, a Mustang GT – channeling Hunter S. Thompson, patrolling “on the edge of the desert, just outside of Barstow.”

An avowed leftist and philosophical Stoic, Mike admits that everything is probably going to hell, but thinks that it’s the duty of people of honor to work to stop it from going there too quick. Since he regards all veterans as his extended family, he expects that they’ll do the same. An oddly religious guy, Mike believes that God is a not very bright, self—entered and hormonal teenage girl obsessed with the Jonas Brothers and whether or not her Daisy Duke jeans make her ass look fat. They do, but he’s not going to be the one to tell her the truth. God can’t handle the truth.

While he might write about anything, he’s really interested in business, economics and how to keep people from being screwed by machines, be they corporate, government, or societal. He's also interested in guitars...

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Exposure to Russians? Really?

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Exposure to Russians? Really?

A bad idea unless you don’t care,  you just want to scare everyone  to death… Think people in the eye of  Trump-Storm would have some clue? Wrong! You can’t ask what the president knew and when, because with this guy, you can’t be sure if he every knew anything before or after anything…Constitution, Policy, Politics […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country –Tripping Over Being’s Hard Core

Dispatches from Wolf Country –Tripping Over Being’s Hard Core

I always found time to struggle through Umberto Eco’s stuff, even though it was a hard day at the literary coal face. Most literary philosophers are like that, of course; Foucault’s Pendulum really made my eyes ache, and as Wiki points out, Anthony Burgess said that it had so many arcane references and allusions that […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Act of Malice

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Act of Malice

This is not an act of mercy. This is an act of malice. Say a prayer for ourselves and for our country. RFK Congressman Joseph Kennedy III is one of the large number of Kennedy family members who serve in government. Grandson of Bobby Kennedy, he represents Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District. This is definitely Kennedy […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Riding Galloping Gertie in the Trump era

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Riding Galloping Gertie in the Trump era

A real come-to-Zarathustra Moment of Abyss-staring Added  Complexity to a Process Causes a Very Different Result Complexity makes simple errors far more dangerous The Olympic Peninsula is separated from the central part of western Washington by a large hole that’s filled with salt water. The peninsula itself juts from the southern part of western Washington […]

Dispatches for Wolf Country — Honky Tonk Orangutan

Dispatches for Wolf Country — Honky Tonk Orangutan

Nudie Suits went the way of Uncle Dave Mason and the Great Speckled Bird Any American Boy struggling with unrequited love, wet dreams, parents and the future trusting only God and a Gibson guitar can sing these songs and own them You know who doesn’t get the respect he deserves today? Ray Price. Like a […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Of Generous Intent

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Of Generous Intent

Interlocutor: Hey, buddy, remember when what’s his name gave that speech about whatever it was and  the Republicans were all acting like it was time to break out the free Bubble Up and Rainbow stew? When the hell was that, it seems a long time ago? Responder:  Buddy, it was two days ago… He shall […]

Dispatches from Wolf County…Against Nazi Punching in Dark Times

Dispatches from Wolf County…Against Nazi Punching in Dark Times

I’m not sure how I missed the whole Nazi Punching thing, stumbling on it only as a bit of humor on Crispin Sartwell’s site where it seemed to be satirical more than anything else…and, seemed like a really good way of handling confrontation with any variety of knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing troll. There are lots of them, […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — We’re Still Laughing

Dispatches from Wolf Country — We’re Still Laughing

Ajax: One thing that never survives this place is a sense of humor.   Wade Wilson: We’ll see about that! — Dead Pool I must admit that one thing that had me worried about the whole Trump thing was that we might just lose our senses of humor and the ridiculous over this really unfortunate turn of events. […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Not What You Might Expect

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Not What You Might Expect

It’s not what you think it should be, but it is what it is. I’m tired of the reflexive progressive drumbeat against anything not from the Privy Council Chamber of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi Yea Team — Way to go, conceding the old moral high ground! Let’s lose this for Dred Scott! I am […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Slow Food, Fast Thought

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Slow Food, Fast Thought

An image of an insoluble injustice, the ghost of famine itself, remains timeless and unappeased. Slow Food I would like to feed this child who is dying with slow food, So that time might stand still for him, so that a grandfather Clock might not fall apart in his arms. All of the laziness of […]

Trump, What are we gonna do now?

Trump, What are we gonna do now?

Jefferson was a gentleman, a product of his time and a forerunner of the best modern public intellectuals and philosophers. Instead, we have chosen for the position of the most powerful human in the world, an illiterate, ignorant, self-obsessed and insecure man who thinks not in complete thoughts but in incomplete subordinate causes.

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Bits and Bytes and Tump in the Night

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Bits and Bytes and Tump in the Night

I thought Trump was going to win because I’ve seen it happen before. There are certain points in history when people lose a sense of their place in the world, and then they’ll go with the first person who offers them a return to an imaginary past. Americans’ basic understanding of who they are as […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Not with a bang but a whimper

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Not with a bang but a whimper

Ignorance X Arrogance X Ideological Confusion > speed of light 4% of a century run by a rentier class that assumes carte blanche As the Orange Orangutan approaches the outskirts of Bethlehem doing a pretty fair approximation of the rough beast of Yeats poem, I’m wondering what the future holds in a lot of ways. […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country: Cognitive Dissonance or Buyer’s Remorse

Dispatches from Wolf Country:  Cognitive Dissonance or Buyer’s Remorse

Seeking some sort of sense from the thunder bolts and frog storms since  11/8/2016 That’s what crazy people do; they double down on the crazy! Voting based on what we wish can be a capricious thing. Alyssa Rosenberg writes ACT FOUR, an arts and culture newsletter in the WAPO. She’s taken to responding lately to […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country – Gratitude at a Rolling Roil

Dispatches from Wolf Country – Gratitude at a Rolling Roil

Where will Trump  rank on the lunatic-sociopath-psychopath-schizophrenic-bi-polar autocrat scale? Trump and minions do ironic crap without  intending irony! Risk lives and health of their athletes to accomplish nothing. I wrote a piece that was published last week and then the dog that is the computer cloud ate my homework. It just vanished, which was interesting […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Sanity

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Sanity

Totalitarian and dictatorial style  make me think this guide to survival  is going to helpful — Farrell If the sleep of reason produces monsters, what does the sleep of unreason produce?–Guillermo Cabrera Infante Sanity One of the people I enjoy reading and listening to is Masha Gessen. I’ve written about her work before as an […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Kale and Seal Liver

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Kale and Seal Liver

A Formula 1 Team Consisting or Rudy Guiliani and Ben Carson  because Christy couldn’t fit in the racer… Pirates finish tied for not First in Iceland Elections! Update: Of Pirates and Parliament — Reading the various commentaries leading up to the election, it seemed that a lot of people were pro-Pirate in the same way […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Diogenes Lives and Mails the Proof!

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Diogenes Lives and Mails the Proof!

I’ve been swimming In this river of shit, More than 20 years, and I’m getting tired of it, Don’t like swimming, hope it’ll soon run dry, Got to go on swimming, cause I don’t want to die. — The Fugs Oh well, what the hell, DIOGENES LIVES! There’s been a series of mysteries over the […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — “Special People”

Dispatches from Wolf Country — “Special People”

There is another dimension.. I would like to highlight: the fact that the great and the good and the heroes and villains of history are usually not all that special either. Such things as power and giftedness and fame are real, but the aura associated with them is a figment of mass imagination. The greatness […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country == More Mid Week Blues

Dispatches from Wolf Country == More Mid Week Blues

Like so much that is wonderful, it’s a myth… So, like so much that is wonderful in the lives of poets, politicians, and pontificating fools, it’s a myth. The story goes that on Easter Monday, 1916, as the Irish Citizen Army and the Irish Republican Army took to the streets and started the battle that […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Listen and Read

Dispatches from Wolf Country —  Listen and Read

  Easy to get lost in the avalanche of great stuff being done today… Doing the Indie thing before it was a concept, let alone a thing… Earnest song writer driven rock and roll that doesn’t have a home… There are an incredible amount of good books, great music and some interesting visuals hitting us […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Mid-Month Blues

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Mid-Month Blues

Meta-Insight of the Day:  Birds are just lousy rip-offs of dinosaurs. Clinton’s Pneumonia: The Illuminati, and the Carpathian Jewish Mafia are behind it. Along with Colin Kaepernick. This has been a month based on lack of substance; not sure that makes it any different than the rest of the year, decade or century, but there […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country– The Ga-Nawers of Files

Dispatches from Wolf Country– The Ga-Nawers of Files

“I now appear here to expound the Scripters, and pint out the Narrer Way which leads from a vain world to the streets of New Jaroozalum; and my tecks which I shall choose for the occasion is in the leds of the Bible, somewar between the Second Chronikills and the last chapter of Timothytitus ; and when you find it, […]

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Making Sense Of the Senseless

Dispatches from Wolf Country — Making Sense Of the Senseless

Trump Triumph of the Will and Clinton Love Fest in context made it hard to focus… “I’m going to share with you a wonderful little civics lesson about the glory of our system of government: Everybody hates everybody.” — “Luke” BrainDead The Term Kiosk is French and should be avoided! I’ve been struggling to make […]

If It Was Going to Happen, Why Not There?

If It Was Going to Happen, Why Not There?

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” — Bill of Rights, Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States “I like guns. I do not expect to have to use mine to defend the […]

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