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@Minou_Demimonde @Naimbh @Virginstateofmind My sisters are Aoibheann, Granuaile, and Dechtire. I got off easy.
1 year, 4 months ago on SOFREP on Newsmax TV Discussing Benghazi
@Minou_Demimonde @Virginstateofmind Wow. A little part of you is hoping for an assassination? Stay classy! And enjoy that visit you have coming from the Secret Service!
@Leapgirl @Naimbh The first rule of Fight Club. You don't talk about Fight Club. 2nd Rule. You do not talk about Fight Club.
1 year, 4 months ago on Citizen or SEAL, an Either/Or Question for Active Duty Troops?
@BrandonWebb Would be interesting to hear the other side of this story. It seems a bit late for him to have a case of the poor me's at this point. You can't denigrate the chain of command while on active duty and not expect to pay a price. He was warned not to write the book, but he did it anyway. So it seems more than a little self serving to be bitching about now having to pay the consequences.
@TKW406 @Tango9 @HugeFan @majrod Forgot to mention, Mr. Baumann is a retired lieutenant colonel.
1 year, 6 months ago on The Inconvenient Truth About Women and Combat (Part 2)
@TKW406 @Tango9 @HugeFan @majrod Thanks for your reply. I think the point that many women would make, and the one I am trying to make, is that they can play to win in a combat situation as well as any man. And they have been doing that in Afghanistan and Iraq, despite the policy. There have many women killed in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Great article below.... if you don't want to read it, here is just a part:
"On paper, he followed military policy. The women were technically assigned to a separate chemical company of the division. In reality, they were core members of his field artillery battalion. Mr. Baumann said the women trained and fought alongside his male soldiers. Everyone from Mr. Baumann’s commanders to the commanding general knew their true function, he said.
“We had to take everybody,” said Mr. Baumann, 46, who wrote a book about his time in Iraq called “Adjust Fire: Transforming to Win in Iraq.” “Nobody could be spared to do something like support.”
Brought up as an old-school Army warrior, Mr. Baumann said he had seriously doubted that women could physically handle infantry duties, citing the weight of the armor and the gear, the heat of Baghdad and the harshness of combat.
“I found out differently,” said Mr. Baumann, now chief financial officer for St. Paul Public Schools in Minnesota. “Not only could they handle it, but in the same way as males. I would go out on patrols every single day with my battalion. I was with them. I was next to them. I saw with my own eyes. I had full trust and confidence in their abilities.”
@Tango9 @HugeFan You think Pink is badass? What next, you like Nickleback? Christ, Pink is the biggest poser there is. Joan Jett is badass. Now she could kick your ass.
@Tango9 @HugeFan so you can only comment if you've served? As the daughter of military parents, I've been dragged all over the place. I've served....just not in the same capacity. You guys lose your shit if anyone disagrees, even slightly. Opposing views can be healthy.
@HugeFan I'm not an ass kicker or a bad ass. But I defend other women's right to be. If women meet the same physical standards they should be allowed to serve. And will be accordingly to the new policy. And great to see you're such a fanboy of Jack, but I think he can, and does speak for himself. He doesn't need you to do it for him.
I think if you meet the same physical standards as men you should be allowed to serve in whatever position you like. Even if those numbers are very, very small, it's the opportunity these women are after, and they should be allowed to join if they meet the same requirements as the men. Would I want to do it? Never. ...but as a women in her twenties, it pisses me off when a man tells me I shouldn't be allowed to do it.
Very enlightening story last night on Sixty Minute on a marine named Clay Hunt who served in Iraq.I have included the link to the story. At the beginning the reporter said that the VA estimates that as many as 22 veterans a day die by their own hands, most due to issues of PTSD.
Great article.... and I think your hypothesis makes a lot of sense.
1 year, 6 months ago on What the Media Isn’t Reporting About PTSD in SOF Personnel (Part 1)
Great interview. Thanks for this!
1 year, 6 months ago on Interview: What Happened in Benghazi?
@Kim l @Naimbh @MedicSteve2 Why attack me personally? Not interested in going down that road.
1 year, 6 months ago on Jack Murphy & Brandon Webb on TV & Radio (UPDATED)
@VP31DET Thanks for your post.
I think most programs are ideologically driven, but it had been my opinion that overall, PBS was the least of those. I do find it really interesting that you feel that they subtle and very astute, but are still biased. Makes them stealthy like a ninja:)
Can I ask what sources you do trust? I'm really curious.
@Kim l @Naimbh I think the real message can get distorted when it goes through people like Hannity. And it only ends up informing people who watch that show or network who are already predisposed to a certain viewpoint. Too bad the interviews were all on Fox. By only going on far right shows, you only cater to that audience.
@MedicSteve2 Hannity is a dick. I guess I judge someone on the company they keep. Hannity certainly does, and I guess what is good for the goose is good for the gander. So when you befriend and encourage Neo-Nazi's like Hal Turner to call your radio show time and time again, and let them spew their racist hate on the radio, you risk being tagged with that brush.
I actually thought calling him a racist bloviator was a compliment. I thought I was being mild. I could have said worse:)
He defended Don Imus when he called Rutgers players nappy headed hoes.
Defended the police who sodomized Abner Louima with a police baton, called Louima a liar and said he had received it through gay sex. Thought Mel Gibson was getting too hard of a time for his comments about Jews. Not to mention defending people like Pat Buchanan, Dr. Laura, Bill Bennett, Dog the Bounty Hunter, George Zimmerman. The angry white man or woman never had a better friend than Hannity. As John Stewart says, he lives on bullshit mountain.
So my question is, is there any journalist or network that people perceive as unbiased? I find Hannity to be the worst of the worst on the right, and Keith Olbermann to be the worst on the left. Is there anyone out there who you guys feel is really making an effort to be unbiased?
And for those of you who would like a laugh....look no further.
@CK5150 @LauraKinCA @hjw1dr Now that I would watch.
1 year, 7 months ago on Jack Murphy & Brandon Webb on TV & Radio (UPDATED)
@engelbrad I'd rather listen to an entire weekend of Justin Beiber's greatest hits, followed by a chaser of Oprah reruns.
I would like to watch you guys, but the idea of watching Hannity makes my skin crawl. He's just a hate mongering, racist bloviator who is getting rich off of the ignorance of other people. Any chance of going on more legitimate, independent news shows like PBS where opinions are more educated and balanced, and where people were not trying to advance their own agendas according to political parties? (ie: MSNBC and Fox)
@ChrisJoy @Steelovaries Show some respect, ChrisJoy. Canadians have a long and respected fighting tradition. They went to Afghanistan to assist US forces, and lost 158 soldiers there. Including Nichola Goddard, who was the first Canadian combat soldier to be killed. Yes, you read that right, she was a combat solder. That was in 2006.
Corporal Rob Furlong, a Canadian sniper who was serving with the 3rd Batallion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, recorded a sniper shot of 2310 metres. Longer than any American, including Chris Kyle, may he rest in peace. Furlong's shot is currently ranked 3rd...for all time. An Aussie and a Brit have the first two spots. Furlong has 3rd, and another Candadian Master Corporal Arron Perry is fourth with a shot of 2310 metres. Chris Kyle's longest kill comes in at 8th.
I got stuck in Gander, Newfoundland when my plane was supposed to land in NYC in 9/11 flying back from London. America closed it's airspace, and Canadians took us in, clothed and fed us, took us in their homes for five days, until we could go home.Canucks Rock!
1 year, 7 months ago on The Inconvenient Truth About Women and Combat (Part 1)
@StormR @ArcticWarrior @Txazz @Blake Miles @MaryInEvergreen Except in equestrian events. Women and men compete on equal footing, and while it may be easier for men to control 2000 pound animals with brute strength, us girls have learned how to do it as well.
@Tango9 @AUNITEDPEOPLE @LauraKinCA @BrandonWebb The point I was making is that the sooner it receives charitable status, and the more corporate governance it has, the more transparent it is, the more money it can raise. It took our company 8 months to get charitable status, and that was with thousands of dollars spent on accountants, lawyers, etc. The form itself was exhausting... over 35 pages long. It's not easy to get, and usually takes 6 months to a year to get it, even if every i is dotted, and t is crossed.
I deal with development, grants, and corporate fundraising all year long. Before we had our 501 (c)(3) status, getting corporations/people to donate was very difficult. With it, it's a much easier proposition. Everyone's fighting for the same dollars, and in this economy, that's very very hard, no matter how worthy the cause.
1 year, 7 months ago on My Friend Chris Kyle: Modern Day Hero Lost
@Tango9 @AUNITEDPEOPLE @LauraKinCA @BrandonWebb
I work for a not for profit charity, and anyone looking to donate to a charity, should head to Charity Navigator. It has detailed information on charities, as well as rankings which are done by adhering to strict guidelines. You can also check out the BBB Wise Giving Allowance.
The Navy Seal Foundation has its financials online, as well as information about their board, how they are corporately governed, etc.
95% of the money they raise goes to support their programs and missions.They were given four out of four stars by Charity Navigator, and are #2 on their list of charities.
I tried to look up the Red Circle Foundation through Charity Navigator, but it was not listed. It has a web site, but it's very basic. There is no financial information listed, or board of directors,nor does it list how it is corporately governed. It also looks like it does not have charitable foundation status as of yet. Perhaps since it has been around only since 2012? Does anyone know when it is expected to receive 501 status?