Army Staff Meetings and their Corresponding Cocktails

We’ve all been there. It’s 1700 on a Friday and you’re still stuck in a meeting that began at 1300, and the S-3 still has twenty more slides to brief. What you could really use right now is a good stiff drink. Your mind wanders off to consider your options, as the monotonous drone of …

Guest Post: The Federal Holiday System

Today's guest post comes from  @maxplaysmusic. Max was born in Brooklyn, moved, grew up, went to college, resides in and celebrates all the crazy that is South Florida where he teaches Government at the High School level trying his best not to become "Florida Man." You can email him at max@lookaround.miami or on the tweet machine …

Star Wars: The Hope Awakens

I was born in 1986, just a few years after Return of the Jedi rounded out the original Star Wars trilogy. I recall using a broomstick and a rubber bike handle to make a light saber, with which I maintained Galactic law and order for the weeds, trees, and flowers of my parents' farm. As I grew …

Predictions for 2016

'Tis the season for looking back and contemplating where we've been this year. But that's just too damn depressing. So instead we will consider what we can hope for in this coming year. And the future's so bright that we've got to wear blinders. 2016 is the year that  Lockheed Martin will finally "work out …

Five Bad Excuses for Not Writing this Week

This time of year makes me nostalgic; for crossing the Delaware and wrecking a Hessian Christmas. (Image by LadyHistory) I've been bad. I have not written anything since last week. Here are my awful reasons for slacking. 1. As it is Christmas leave, my writing contributions have fallen as my intake of alcoholic beverages has …

Give Thanks for What?

At tables all across the United States, families will be gathering to share a meal heavy on starch, alcohol, and awkward conversation. Inevitably, someone will look around the table and suggest that everyone go around and offer one thing that they’re thankful for, which will cause a chain reaction of people reaching for the wine …

Get Your Cynical Fix On at Facebook

The world of social media is ever-changing and constantly unnerving. While I am an inveterate Twitter user/addict, I understand that much of my audience may prefer Facebook, which is why you can now get your daily fix of the Angry Staff Officer on Facebook: Here. In addition to my shoddy writing, I also showcase the …