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Old 05-29-2009   #1
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Default SWJ is Hot? Yep. So Says Rolling Stone...

What do Lady Gaga and Small Wars Journal have in common? One is on the cover of the Rolling Stone and one isn’t – but sure enough both made the Rolling Stone 2009 “Hot List” – go figure.

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Stocks may tumble and fortunes may fall, but hotness, it seems, is eternal.

There was some concern about compiling our latest Rolling Stone Hot List during an ice-cold era. But it seems that in these uncertain, gray days, we need what our Managing Editor Will Dana called "the sparkly and the sexy, the perfectly shaped diversions America leads the world in creating."

... Since we launched the Hot List in 1986, we've had our share of hits and misses (check our cover gallery to revisit all out past Hot Issues, from Angelina to Giselle to Britney). In 1988, we profiled "Hot Character Actor" Kevin Spacey, and we're particularly proud that in 1990, we introduced readers to a 23-year-old screenwriter named Jeffrey Abrams (you might know him now as Lost and Star Trek visionary J.J. Abrams). Of course, we've also missed the mark — in 1990, we thought Renny Harlin's hot streak would last, and the same issue that featured Abrams also declared Tevin Campbell "Hot Prodigy."

This time, we're banking on an assortment of movers, shakers and muckrakers that runs the gamut from the warfare digest "Small Wars Journal" to Hot Issue cover girl Lady Gaga…
Rolling Stone’s 2009 Hot List - as soon as we grab a hard copy of RS we'll post the SWJ entry - anyone seen it yet and care to share below? This issue has not hit the news stands as yet.
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So does that mean we, the community are hot?

I know the Post modern COIN avant-garde want to be "hot" as any group pushing an agenda does, but I no longer see them here on SWJ?

What I see, and why I am still here 2 years later, is a mostly a bunch of hard nosed pragmatists, pretty un-interested in silly "new war" ideas or much of the silly language that goes with it.

In fact, I am far from the only Clausewitian here and you don't get less "hot" than CvC.

Happy being "cool" though.
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Wilf, it was the Conspiracy thread that did it....nobody noticed us before
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So does that mean we, the community are hot?
... Happy being "cool" though.
Of course "we" - as I said - go figure .
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So is Lady Gaga gonna join SWJ? Maybe host a non-virtual?

Maybe a centerfold in the Journal?
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Default Cool!

First, I'm TIME's Person of the Year (The American Solsier) and now I make RS's Hot List. Gonna really round out my otherwise pedantic resume!
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Wonder if we can "get our picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone"!

OK so most of you are to young to remember that.
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Wonder if we can "get our picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone"!

OK so most of you are to young to remember that.
Oh wow man...Rock and Roll!

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Well we are big rock singers, we've got golden fingers
And we're loved everywhere we go
We sing about beauty and we sing about truth
At ten thousand dollars a show
We take all kind of pills to give us all kind of thrills
But the thrill we've never known
Is the thrill that'll get you when you get your picture
On the cover of the Rolling Stone

I've got a freaky old lady name o' Cocaine Katy
Who embroiders on my jeans
I've got my poor old gray-haired Daddy
Drivin' my limousine
Now it's all designed to blow our minds
But our minds won't really be blown
Like the blow that'll get you when you get your picture
On the cover of the Rolling Stone

{Refrain}

We got a lot of little teenage blue-eyed groupies
Who do anything we say
We got a genuine Indian guru
He's teachin' us a better way
We got all the friends that money can buy
So we never have to be alone
And we keep gettin' richer but we can't get our picture
On the cover of the Rolling Stone


{Refrain}
Rolling Stone
Wanna see my picture on the cover
Rolling Stone
Wanna buy five copies for my mother
Rolling Stone
Wanna see my smilin' face
On the cover of the Rolling Stone

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show

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I didn't realize that I (we) was/were so "hot"/"cool".

Cheers

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First, I'm TIME's Person of the Year (The American Solsier) and now I make RS's Hot List. Gonna really round out my otherwise pedantic resume!
A little guidance here. Exactly how to we enter this on our resumes?
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As Ken says for you young'ins Dr. Hook...Cover Of The Rolling Stone



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ux3-a9RE1Q
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Default A Poet's view of life applies to us, too.

The Scottish Poet Robert (Bobby) Burns said it in plain simple English: "It takes no brains, no genius to criticize."

"Pedants will be able to cite exceptions, and thus undermine useful (insightful) theory. Their depredations must be firmly resisted by one simple test: does the theory generally aid understanding of useful military problems? If so, then exceptions are permissible."
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The Scottish Poet Robert (Bobby) Burns said it in plain simple English: "It takes no brains, no genius to criticize."

"Pedants will be able to cite exceptions, and thus undermine useful (insightful) theory. Their depredations must be firmly resisted by one simple test: does the theory generally aid understanding of useful military problems? If so, then exceptions are permissible."
J.P. Storr “Human Aspects of Command”
OK. You have my attention. What are you trying to say?
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- The job of the British Army out here is to kill or capture Communist Terrorists in Malaya.
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Sir Gerald Templer, foreword to the "Conduct of Anti-Terrorist Operations in Malaya," 1958 Edition
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Should've banned amateurs when you had a chance. Now you're going to be owerrun with riff raff.

On a serious note, the most intelligent conversation on the net happens here.
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Default "Post modern COIN avant-garde"

Wilf that's even better than "pop-centric COIN"! I can even picture a few of them sitting at a cafe wearing jaunty berets, sipping Absinthe and Pernod, and drawing on their delicately held Gauloises.

Where did they go? Well, having stepped off into the limelight to now revel in their new pop stardome they seem to have left we of the pragmatic and weathered hoi-polloi to continue to march on.
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Wilf that's even better than "pop-centric COIN"! I can even picture a few of them sitting at a cafe wearing jaunty berets, sipping Absinthe and Pernod, and drawing on their delicately held Gauloises.
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I love it!
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Speaking of COINS the contest I won for the SWC coin motto...how many years ago??? Boots on the ground...Eyes on the People.....Mind on the Mission

Where is the COIN?? that is what should be on the cover of RS.
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A little guidance here. Exactly how to we enter this on our resumes?
One of my idiot friends put "Time's Person of the Year" under Awards and Distinctions, because Time's Person of the Year a couple years ago was "You" (Facebook, YouTube, etc.)

So a bunch of y'all can say you were person of the year TWICE and now are on RS' Hot List!

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Wilf that's even better than "pop-centric COIN"! I can even picture a few of them sitting at a cafe wearing jaunty berets, sipping Absinthe and Pernod, and drawing on their delicately held Gauloises.

Where did they go? Well, having stepped off into the limelight to now revel in their new pop stardome they seem to have left we of the pragmatic and weathered hoi-polloi to continue to march on.
I'm not sure they ever existed or went anywhere! They might still be here! Some dinosaurs became birds. They mostly come at night... mostly

The men who made the US Army understand that war is not just formation level combat operations, against other formations, deserve praise and credit. They are cool.

The "War is changing" and "Clausewitz doesn't apply any more" are the folks I worry about.
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