Prescott is a graduate of Babson College, served as an officer in the US Marine Corps, trained police officers at the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, launched POLITICO Pro Defense, and now serves as the International Research Consultant for his family business, 300 Below, Inc. After cardiac arrest, brief death, and subsequent revival, his reflections on an inspired second chance at life are posted here daily.
Reflecting beyond the day I found out why.
Okay, so this is pretty stupid, but I really enjoyed the improv action by using some hospital bags to cover my shoes in the snow. I got a few when I was in the ER for pneumonia and I’m glad I found a few more uses for them than just throwing up. Now if only the people from Tri-State Hospital Supply Corporation were smart enough to realize their Centurion bags were more useful than just sitting next to a hospital bed, they might also have them placed conveniently at the Four Seasons valet locations when there is an imminent snow storm!
Oh, and maybe you can look up US Patent #4,610,039 on Google to see why they got special privileges to get a patent for a blue bag. Awesome. Probably another reason why healthcare is so damn expensive for Americans if you aren’t in the military…
Aside from my recent addiction to Mint Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches, I am also addicted to getting good deals on electronics. I’d heard lots of buzz about the Kodak Zi8 cameras and seen how even Amazon.com sold out of their entire stock recently (go read the reviews)… Even Andy Jenkins, the “Video Boss” to many, recommends this as his primary filming source since it accepts external mic input. Anyways, I was surprised to find out the local Target store in Stafford, behind TBS on MCB Quantico, had a few in stock. And when I bit the bullet for $179, as was shown on the display label in store, I was SHOCKED to see my receipt at checkout for only $125. This is a steal of a deal, probably tucked away for President’s Day, but these cameras are sitting in stores across America waiting for someone to realize how much they actually cost. The firmware is the newest revision on the one I bought (1.06) so no problems there. Take a look at my receipt if you want proof…
While conflicting reports still are coming in over the alleged arrest of Taliban official Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, some of the focus now is shifting to the circumstances surrounding the event, including why Pakistan, which has little reason to see Baradar as a threat, would offer its aid.
Here’s a good STRATFOR post regarding Operation Moshtarak.
Also, from STRATFOR today…
The Meaning of Marjah
February 16, 2010
By Kamran Bokhari, Peter Zeihan and Nathan Hughes
On Feb. 13, some 6,000 U.S. Marines, soldiers and Afghan National Army (ANA) troops launched a sustained assault on the town of Marjah in Helmand province. Until this latest offensive, the U.S. and NATO effort in Afghanistan had been constrained by other considerations, most notably Iraq. Western forces viewed the Afghan conflict as a matter of holding the line or pursuing targets of opportunity. But now, armed with larger forces and a new strategy, the war — the real war — has begun. The most recent offensive — dubbed Operation Moshtarak (“Moshtarak” is Dari for “together”) — is the largest joint U.S.-NATO-Afghan operation in history. It also is the first major offensive conducted by the first units deployed as part of the surge of 30,000 troops promised by U.S. President Barack Obama.
The United States originally entered Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. In those days of fear and fury, American goals could be simply stated: A non-state actor — al Qaeda — had attacked the American homeland and needed to be destroyed. Al Qaeda was based in Afghanistan at the invitation of a near-state actor — the Taliban, which at the time were Afghanistan’s de facto governing force. Since the Taliban were unwilling to hand al Qaeda over, the United States attacked. By the end of the year, al Qaeda had relocated to neighboring Pakistan and the Taliban retreated into the arid, mountainous countryside in their southern heartland and began waging a guerrilla conflict. In time, American attention became split between searching for al Qaeda and clashing with the Taliban over control of Afghanistan. Continue reading
I just found a book in the TBS library about a Lieutenant from Kansas who commissioned in 1941 when he was my age, 24, and joined the 26th cavalry. The book is full of Lt Edwin Ramsey’s fascinating tales in the Philippines, which were kept secret for 45 years. He led the last cavalry charge in U.S. history at Morong and was then trapped behind enemy lines. But instead of surrendering as a P.O.W. to the Japanese death march, he transitioned from soldier to Filipino rebel and gathered a force of over 40,000 filipinos to fight the Japanese.
After watching the movie “Green Street Hooligans” starring Elijah Wood about an American who joins up with street gangs in London, there is an interesting parallel for me to have found this book today. Just as Elijah’s character was revered as the “Yank” that everyone knew about in the GSE, Ramsey was the Yank that even the Japanese knew about. Ramsey’s tales are not Hollywood fodder though, and his recant of putting a rattlesnake in another cadet’s bed to earn his reputation when he attended the Oklahoma Military Academy, to the recollection of “cool” Filipino’s wearing white suits in Manila before prompting a bar fight (where Ramsey was hit over the head with glass and held briefly at gunpoint) are highlights before his escapades in the jungle. This heroic “Yank” became number one on General Baba’s death list, and many cities were raided, villages burned, and prisoners tortured by the Japanese General in search of Lt Ramsey. Continue reading
The True Gentleman is a man whose conduct proceeds from goodwill and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness, but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word, who thinks of the rights and feelings of others rather than his own, and who appears well in any company; a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe. I am a True Gentleman.
I’ve created a new website called “OffBase.info” that we’re going to use for our non-profit organization, Semper Fi House, Inc., to show service members where they should interact outside of their base. Whether it’s restaurants, shopping, services for their car, travel, or entertainment, we’d like to keep a list of the best available local options for our young Marines, their dependants, and other military personnel in the area. If you’d like to support us with a donation, please visit the OffBase.info site and buy one of our downloadable guides!