All you all write some interesting comments. Ex Bootneck wrote this after this post:
Drop your standards and you require a greater understanding of body counts.
Maintain your standards and you simply allow your enemies to over take you; they will learn through your faults and they will punish you.
Strive daily for higher standards in every thing you do; it weakens your enemy and their resolve.
On the same post, Anthony had this to say:
How naive. I mean, for starters, if standards are lowered for the infantry training, how will that help? I read “War” a while ago about the 173rd ABCT when they deployed to the Korengal Valley. They are some of the most well trained infantrymen there are, regarding PT as well as other standards. They were completely out of breath when the 10th ID guys they were relieving took them along for standard patrols around the mountains.
Now, would anyone believe that a freshly minted infantryman could have managed that, when it took weeks for the 173rd to get used to it enough for them to not pass out?
On another note, if women are to be allowed in the infantry, and standards will be lowered (i.e. it will covertly be admitted that they are simply not physically capable due to very basic biology), then shouldn’t the standards for both genders be lowered from basic training and forward? I mean, it’s called equal opportunities. And shouldn’t people like me be allowed in fighter jets? I mean, sure, I’m way too tall, and I don’t have normal colour vision, but then again, I have like 90% of it, and you know, equal opportunities.
And on a last, more serious note: Not only is the military a fighting force, which is in no way obligated to, nor should it ever be giving everyone willing the opportunity to serve in it, has anyone behind this actually considered the medical ramifications of it? Google “Get over it! We are not all created equal” and you’ll find an article in the Marine Corps Gazette written by a female officer who was out in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan her unit was out and about building smaller bases, and long story short, due to the fact that the female skeleton and other parts of the body are not as well suited to field work as the male body, a perfectly healthy officer ended up with severe muscle conditions, and being infertile. The fact that she had almost top PT scores, and had graduated among the top of her classes did nothing to change basic facts. She writes herself that her movements during firefights, in and out of vehicles, etc. were severely hindered and painful. And as she herself notes, if the combat fields are to be opened for women for the sake of allowing them gain experience required to be promoted (because that’s appareantly what the military is for; Not fighting wars and keeping the nation safe, but to provide everyone who wants it with a career, regardless of suitability), then it wont matter, because if female infantrymen and officers pull their weight as much as they can, they will end up being medically discharged before they’re even close to higher ranks. I suppose the only other option would be female infantrymen and officers who don’t even try to pull their weight, and can thus stay in long enough to reach higher ranks. But I don’t suppose that will stop the angry feminists. After all, simple facts that can be explained to 6 year olds won’t stop them…
How about something practical and manly? Struan shared this:
Shake my hand like a man. Save your hugs for your next appearance on Dr. Pill.
Kris had this to say about David Mamet after this particular posting:
Actually, the history of David Mamet is one of blatant liberalism, Struan…Mr. Mamet recently within the last few years stood up and proclaimed himself a former reformed liberal and now an outright conservative after watching the hypocrisy and lies of the left he so firmly believed in for these many decades…he has, like so many before him, discovered the left lives in a world of unworkable theories that never truly pan out in historical reality. And he decided to tell them so…the left, of course, if not disappointed has collectively chosen to ignore Mr. Mamet’s conversion and self-discovery…at least I’ve never heard anyone of note comment on his new found realization…..sadly, those true believers will never get it….nor in their own ignorance, will they even acknowledge one of their own has left them to founder on alone.
Lou shared this tidbit:
Do NOT show that video to my husband. We had a good crop of native pecans this year. They are tasty, but small and very hard and hard to crack. So my husband bought slingshots for Christmas and plans on using the pecans for ammo.
And the last word goes to Coffeypot:
Why do the locals always screw up a good name? And I’m still having a hard time deciding if you say it, Kay Ro or Kie Ro. Now this? Much like Houston. Is it House Ton or Huse Ton? Does it depend on how wealthy or educated you are…snobbery if you please?
Haha, there you go. Getting some press. Those are just the ones that jumped out at me when I was scanning for material. Not that you all don’t have something interesting to say!