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PTSD

amirvish Wrote: Sep 29, 2014 11:20 AM
Although there some dispute, PTSD was at lower incidence rates in all previous wars, all of which were far more intense than the WOT. It is a real phenomenon, and lower rates in earlier conflicts may stem simply from under-reporting, but it is also possible that the far less intense, adversarial forms of training that replaced the old-fashioned ones (especially as the force went coed) are to blame. It's interesting that the highest rates are not amongst line troops, and that women suffer at rates higher than men.
I agree with Mr. Barone that the balance between central and local governments is hard to get right. I disagree it was the true issue here. Too many Scots like big government and too many blame Margaret Thatcher for finally pulling the plug on their inefficient and state-support industries back in the 1980s. It is easier to see that as English interference than the result of deeply flawed policies and attitudes that the Scots themselves thoroughly supported. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. Incidentally, we have a fully Federal system and a constitution, and both have been trampled by Progressives for most of the last century. The balance, therefore, needs to be both defined and obeyed.
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Why do Americans Hate America?

amirvish Wrote: Sep 18, 2014 10:22 AM
This question would be better directed at the entire Progressive left in our country. They claim to love our country, but in fact hate and want to change everything about it that makes it what it is.
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What Would Braveheart Do?

amirvish Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 5:42 PM
Pat misses a crucial distinction between our Declaration of Independence and the independence movements around much of the world: our Founders explicitly stated ways in which the British government had violated political and individual liberty, and based their case for the legitimacy of government on how well it performed its only true duty: the protection of our inalienable, natural, individual rights. Our entire theory of government rests on this. The Founders did not shout, "America! F*ck, yeah!" and base independence on race, religion, ethnicity or any other form of tribal style nationalism. The reality of blood, soil and language in Europe and elsewhere is real enough - and it may be better that foreign states founded on such a basis will work better than others. But it is wrong to equate that with our political foundation. And, in the case of Scotland, the reasons are utterly frivolous.
This is exactly what has happened in the armed forces with respect to standards, albeit without the involvement of the "Justice" Department. Despite legislation mandating equal treatment, the armed forces have used the equal effort concept to avoid having women fail in massive numbers, and they have lowered all standards too.
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Libertarians, Ferguson, and "Racism"

amirvish Wrote: Aug 25, 2014 4:41 PM
Racism is fundamentally the belief that the content of one's character is determined by the color of one's skin. It is wrong in the same sense that saying 2+2=5 is wrong; and it is morally wrong because it involves judging someone not on what they are but how they look. That said, the author is right that it is not the be-all-and-end-all of discussion: private citizens have rights and those - including association, contract and property - allow them to be as racist or not as they want. It is no crime to refuse to deal with someone for any reason, even a stupid one.
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Part One: The Problem With The Right

amirvish Wrote: Aug 15, 2014 6:04 PM
Well said.
If we elect our second affirmative action President, we will have richly deserved all that follows from it. "Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me."
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Tolerate or Be Stamped Out

amirvish Wrote: Aug 08, 2014 11:58 AM
The solution to all of this is simple (assuming no one continues to respect actual individual rights): simply adopt the methods and reactions of Muslims and all of this anti-Judeo-Christian, anti-traditionalist behavior by the left will stop.
Amen, brother!
Interesting. This from the woman who has spent her entire life denying that there are any fundamental differences between the sexes (hence her support for a coed military, making VMI and the Citadel coed, attacking any general stereotypes about the sexes etc). Apparently, like all feminists, she's only for equality of result and for seeing the sexes as the same, except when she says they're not. A second rate intellect whose only distinction is that she isn't Sotomayor, who is a third rate one and a clear example of affirmative action.
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