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Friday, December 23. 2016
Image via Never Yet Melted. Grammatically correct, but the message is wrong. Good grammar does not compensate for an erroneous message. (Fact check: Spanish actually has a future subjunctive, but not English. Go figger.)
Lifestyles of the Rich and Bureaucratic
Like a Candle In Berlin - On the curious habits of the spiritual-but-not-religious:
Government Schools Are No Place for Bright Kids
Anti-Israel Activism Comes To Elementary School
Facebook lurking makes you miserable, says study
I've never seen it
How to Be a Stoic - Born nearly two thousand years before Darwin and Freud, Epictetus seems to have anticipated a way out of their prisons.
Failure to Launch: Young Americans Living with Parents Hits 75-Year High
Those new service sector jobs, supply and demand - Spanish ham slicing edition
Liberal prof is sick of identity politics
Forward Editor Announces He Hates Chanukah
I agree with the general idea, but why do we need mass immigration?
Californians See Their First Pension Cut
Friendliest town in America has Crazy Police Safety Tips: Stay in the House, Lock It, and Have a Happy Holiday - 'Avoid driving alone or at night.'
Chicago Gun Violence So High It Is Skewing National Murder Figures
Violent guns and violent trucks must be banned
What a woman. But more importantly, what a soldier.
How did this guy retire with $37 million after a career in Congress?
Harry Reid Says He ‘Did What Was Necessary’ By Lying About Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns
Americans who voted against Trump are feeling unprecedented dread and despair
Sheesh. Afraid of the bogeyman?
Election: This guy has a Schadenboner
Linda Greenhouse loves federal government bureaucracies: Invasion of the Agency Snatchers
Truth is no longer necessary for a narrative
Defeated Democrats' new attack line: The Electoral College is racist
Except when they win elections
Draining the swamp: How Donald Trump exiled the political class:
VDH: The Trump Nail in the Media Coffin:
No brain required to import terrorists
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"Grammar is correct, but the message is wrong."
Not quite. There is no such thing as an English future perfect subjunctive.
"Spirit!" he cried, tight clutching at its robe, "hear me. I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope?"
It is a progressivist creation: "If you were just to give us everything you have, the future would be perfect."
Yay, female IDF soldier! But American dinosaurs whine that women can't fight....
Interpreting objections to women in combat units as 'women can't fight' is nonsensical. Practically anybody can pull a trigger (or manipulate a drone joystick). As a general rule, in order to place women in frontline combat arms physical standards have be relaxed in ways that increase the burdens on the men in those units, in part by taking up slots that would be held by men who could equally share the load. Additionally the presence of women in combat arms units in hostile conditions changes the dynamics of the group in ways that increase the risks, with no added benefit.
I actually cannot say it better than you did but let me add a facet that is often overlooked.
The real reason that women "cannot fight" in our military is because the system is such that men are enlisted/drafted with minimal physical requirements and then forced/trained to do what they must do. When women were integrated into the greater military (i.e. not just nurses and admin) they began dumbing down the physical and performance standards because the could not or would not do the work to become competent to meet the standards. It is those women recruits and their standard bearers in congress who keep reinforcing the concept and reality that women cannot indeed "fight". If they could then we wouldn't need to change the standards to meet their feminine needs. Do you suppose the enemy is going to lower their standards or give a soldier a break simply because they are female? (Here, my dear, let me open the door to your APC for you.) This isn't and cannot be another glass ceiling exercise. Either they are all in, in which case they sign up for the draft and start humping their own 70 lb packs, or they are out which means nurses and a handful of admin jobs only. Anything else is just stupid and designed to fail. The feminist don't care if it fails. All they care about is another notch in their anti-male agenda and another glass ceiling shattered.
I've never been in the armed forces (something I regret) so my opinions are not arrived at from experience. I generally agree with you, but I think your comments are too narrowly focused on foot soldiers. I think there are plenty of combat roles women can do like drone pilots that don't require strength, are remote, but are still important.
I'm an old,old retired career pilot. How old? Round engines only. From what I've seen in news reports and documentaries, a 400 lb bed-sitting computer gamer could be a drone pilot.
You are absolutely right. I have always agreed with that opinion. unfortunately the SJW used that is a camel's nose under the tent. I have come to the conclusion that it will never be possible to apply simple common sense to these social justice issues (re: bathroom laws etc.) because they are always a foil for the bigger agenda. There is no gender based reason that women could not be used in non-combat jobs except that the agenda would always trump common sense.
There is another factor as well. It is common in the military to have stateside jobs and combat jobs where the soldier is rotated to for a year before going back to combat. Ditto for sailors with shore billets vs ship assignments.
Then there is the Marines where every marine is a battle ready marksman.
At this point I am convinced that except for nurses (where the women excel) and admin that all the other jobs should be manned by men who are ready and able to go into combat within hours of any attack on our country. In theory they could be women who passed the rigorous training and testing of a soldier but as we have seen the SJW meme is to first get their nose in the tent and then demand the standards be dumbed down. I simply don't see that ever changing so the choice is either a battle ready military or a seriously undermanned military that may well lose the next big war.
I won't claim that it's possible to integrate women fully into combat roles, but I would caution us against the line of argument that runs something like, "If we allow women in, the men will start behaving differently, and since we can't expect them to control their behavior, let's keep the women out." If our physical standards make sense for a particular combat role, we should enforce them. If there are people in the system (including men) who can't resist the temptation to weaken the standards, let's focus on that problem, which is not the responsibility of the women who are entering. Let them enter, then wash them out if necessary. Same for the old argument that women didn't belong in universities because the men wouldn't be able to concentrate on their studies.
There are a number of jobs a military woman can do. However, sexual harassment charges are likely to go one way only, and i can see the possibility of that ruining a unit. Women can fly aircraft. Women are now missileers, having once been in CINCSAC's "Too Tough To Do" box (2 people locked in the launch control center for 24 hours, spouses concerned about that).
True, but for an Israeli man or woman, the hostile conditions that require a combat unit exist anywhere within 1000 miles of Tel Aviv. Outside that perimeter, Israelis can relax a bit.
In any case, the women will be present in or with the combat units in hostile conditions period. The only alternative is to be dead. The Kurds operate under similar conditions.
the notion is strongly rooted in the mindset of people who think that the only warfighters are still charging up Bunker Hill or are WoW Space Marines and that naval ratings, officers, pilots, aviators, etc., are definitely not "real warriors" and that's not how we did back in the Spanish-American War when we had to carry our horses through the jungle.
Blacks, the Army assured us at one time, were too intellectually dull, lazy, untrustworthy or inadequately motivated to be soldiers and would destroy unit integrity if deployed with white troops, so enough of this PC bullshit integration notion.
"Americans who voted against Trump are feeling unprecedented dread and despair" Our son, like his parents, voted for Trump. He lives in a socially leftist area and during this 2016 election period it became pretty obvious if you didn't vote the way they wanted you were bad. I asked him if he had been to any social events since the election and how things went. He said they openly attacked him and called him names such as racists etc.. He said you aren't allowed to express your views for fear of losing your job. This is what the left has caused and viewing the open hostility for those deemed wrong by the thought police. Disgusting and scary!
Wait. It sounds like your son is surrounded by a bunch of brown-shirted Nazis. But I thought Trump was the Nazi. It's all very confusing....unless you peer through the smokescreen.
You can get most of Epictetus for free from Amazon in Kindle format.
Good point. For those who want Epictetus in EPUB or TXT formats, in addition to the Amazon MOBI format, Project Gutenberg: Online Book Catalog will also provide Epictetus at no cost to the reader. Project Gutenberg has over 50,000 out-of copyright books free for the downloading.
There is a site dedicated to documenting the fake news of hate crimes:
Does an invaluable service to our society
"Like a Candle In Berlin"
I did indeed think there was a valid point to the story until it became a religious hurt butt story. Why would someone happy in their religion feel the need to insult someone happy in their non-religion (unless of course they are Muslim). If you like your religion you can keep your religion. Even if you believe that the non-religious aren't non-religious enough why would you care? It seems that the only reason you would care is self doubt or intolerance. If your religion works for you I say 'good'. If it doesn't look inside yourself for the answer and stop trying to blame others. Bishop Sheen made the incongruous statement "the 1st amendment gives you freedom of religion not freedom from religion". Really!!
It only seems incongruous. Consider Islamist terrorists. We are not free from their religion.
Re: DHS Gave Somali Muslims Private Tours of Secure Areas at Major Airports
So the Department of Homeland (in)Security is giving Somali "community leaders" inside information about airport security. And some leftists still think 9/11 was an inside job! This is insane!
BERLIN KILLER KILLED BY POLICE
before any liberals had a chance to Stand By Him
The reason why women shouldn't be in combat roles (besides the obvious) is so that men have a reason to fight and have something to come home for.
Instead, we have Trigglypuff.
"The Connection Between Work and Dignity"
The important thing for men is to separate the work, especially their employment, from their dignity and their self-worth. Work is what you do to earn money to support yourself, and those you choose to take on as dependents. It is very important not to get caught up in the competition, nor the "social norms" that cause you to work more than necessary to satisfy your needs, wants or desires. It's a trap.
And in the end, if you don't own your work, your job will be ripped away from you leaving you with damaged self-worth if you haven't severed that noose.
Liberal prof is sick of identity politics.
From the link:
What do liberal academics not understand about political correctness?There are very few Republicans EMPLOYED on campus. Faculty and administrators lean very much towards Democrats. However, there are a substantial proportion of students who lean Republican. From Heterodox Academy: Professors moved left since 1990s, rest of country did not.
Two things. One, there are very few Republicans on campuses. And there’s an intolerance and hostility toward Republicans, conservatives, and evangelicals. So liberal academics don’t rub up against other people.
See Thruber on "The Perfect Infinitite"