Tucker Carlson. The Guam National Guard. A 60-day standdown so DoD can look for extremists in its ranks. Is the military becoming too involved in domestic politics? This week, I spoke with Havok Journal writers Steven B. Lewis, Dave Hartman, and Kevin Wilson about all this and a whole lot more.
— Dave Hartmann hit me up after the episode because he was worried that, in the course of telling us about the virtues of hunting, he had advised us all to “play with our meat.” I didn’t remember him saying it, and I was kicking myself for missing it. I didn’t bother to go back and see if he said it because some things are too good to check. I included his concerns in the intro just to make sure I made the most of the opportunity.
For his part, Dave wrote out a full press release to justify his wording:
“In my bit about hunting as a hobby, I had a great spiel in mind to speak about how a hobby or pastime with seasonal flow is psychologically good for anyone. Generally, one hunts in the fall. During the winter, you recover and experiment with different wild game recipes. The springtime is for researching and applying for new hunts, possibly in new areas. During the summer, you train, practice with your weapon, and scout new country. Then fall comes and you start the process all over again.
Looking forward to these phases, all the planning, anticipation, and map-scouting turns out to be near as fun as hunting itself. It’s not just me that thinks this, the phenomenon is common among normal vacationers also. You know, the people the NY Times writes for, who generally don’t blow their free time in the wilderness seeking, then killing, a large cervid, then packing it out of the woods in backpacks, one quarter at a time:
I fear the actual words that came out of my mouth during our conversation came out far less eloquent, possibly even bumbling, dooming me to having this be my first and last podcast ever. In hopes of covering for this, I offer my favorite recipe for a steak cut from any hooved critter. It’s my go-to for elk and deer and is beautiful in its simplicity. Just please don’t judge me on the sounds my face makes, I’m way better at writing, and cooking than I am at speaking.
Don’t you dare put ketchup on it if you’re older than 12 or you’ll never fill another tag again…it’s science.”
After all that, it turns out that what Dave actually said was to “clean our meat.” At least we got a good recipe and a meh joke out of it. I regret nothing.
— I, however, did say that when vets return home from war, they may need to “straighten out a few kinks.” By failing to expand on that, I probably left you with images of ass-less chaps and leather suits. I’m at least 63% sure that’s not what I meant.
“War Comes Full Circle: How a Crime Fighting Cop Revolutionized Urban Warfare” by Stephen B. Lewis
“Military Veterans and ‘Fresh Air Poisoning’” by David Hartmann
“The Cost of Civility: We Need to Talk” by Kevin Wilson
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