Murder, Suicide, and Drugs in Today’s Military

Agreeing Loudly is proud to help its contributors’ gain compensation for their labor. Please consider helping kuyaalb by supporting his Patreon campaign. Vanity Fair’s William Langewiesche has penned a striking must-read examination of the 2008 death of Private Matthew Brown in Afghanistan and  the widening yet overlooked phenomenon of military suicides and murder in combat zones: On…

Toxic Masculinity, Meet Weaponized Veteranhood

Agreeing Loudly is proud to help its contributors’ gain compensation for their labor. Please consider helping kuyaalb by supporting his Patreon campaign. I know it’s low hanging fruit, but Townhall published another stupid take by Marina Medvin on why veterans are always preferable to liberal womenfolk: Young Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (“AOC”) has been dubbed a media-darling….

The Margin of Error – Episode 20 “1! 2! Ah-1, 2, 3, 4!” with Troy Olson

The first of what hopefully are many weekly (bi-monthly) updates promoting the latest episode of the excellent podcast The Margin of Error co-hosted by Allan Branstiter and Carson Starkey. In the future this website will be shamelessly, unapologetically, and proudly posting and promoting each episode, along with Bruce Springsteen music, and Jimmy Buffett retirement communities….

DOD Negotiators Learn That You Can Counteroffer

Washington D.C. — In a stunning discovery earlier this week, Department of Defense officials have learned from their chief negotiators in military contractor agreements that the DOD can in-fact, counteroffer the contractors’s original price demands. This revelation could potentially save U.S. taxpayers 1 trillion dollars over the next ten years. For years, the public has been…

Local Veteran Still Available to Receive Your Gratitude

MINNEAPOLIS, MN—Unable to dislodge the man from his position between the Typo and the Women’s Scarf Kiosk, staff at the Mall of America confirmed that Carson Starkey, an Iraq War veteran and recently appointed commandant of JROTC Company at E. Charles Knoblauch High School, will continue to make himself available for handshakes, salutes, and free beers from…

Kleiner Mann Joe Blue Collar, Was Nun?: The Way Forward for Those Who Don’t Care About The Heritage Foundation’s Agenda

What rankles self-proclaimed grown up conservatives about Trump is that he’s giving away the inside game by verifying an uncomfortable suspicion that Heritage Foundation “scholars” have always attempted to suppress during campaigns. That is, most self-proclaimed conservative voters don’t care about the Ayn Rand agenda. While abolishing taxation, dissolving social insurance, and building Pax Americana are important causes to people who work at The Wall Street Journal, all that Jane or Joe Blue Collar care about relates to making financial ends meet. Which makes conservative aristocrats angry bordering on hysterical.

Russian,Syria, and the Limits of Military Power

Six months after intervening on behalf of the Assad regime, Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that “the main part” of the Russian military task force in Syria will begin to withdraw. Despite warnings that Barack Obama’s foreign policy had the U.S. “slouching toward World War III”—this isn’t some whacky prognostication from the margins of American foreign policy thought, it came from a former professor and NSA analyst and Naval War College professor—the Forever-War Consensus’s great erotic nightmare of World War III hasn’t come to fruition. I suppose they’ll have to find a more effect way of killing off all us pinko Millennials.But how did all these national security black-belts and counterterrorism maestro’s with super-secret clearances get it so wrong?

Sarah Palin, PTSD, and the Survivor-As-Hero Myth

This past Tuesday, half-term governor Sarah Palin endorsed fellow reality TV star and demagogue Donald Trump for president of the United States of America. That same day, her son Track, an Iraq war veteran, was arrested for drunkenly assaulting his girlfriend with an AR-15 and attempting to prevent her from reporting it to the police….

Conversations with the Ghost of America’s Future Past

by Carson Starkey and Troy M. Olson The following takes place during the hottest summer on record in the year 2028, breaking the previous record set all the way back in 2027. On a lonely park bench, somewhere in between Main Street and Evergreen Terrace…. Carson I suspect that President Rubio’s third round of tax…

September 11th Retrospective.

by Troy Olson Never Forget (#NeverForget) was trending on Twitter today and that is appropriate. The tragedy of that day cannot be captured with words, and the number of lives that not only were directly impacted or began to go in another direction as a result number in the millions. There are a few days that I…