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Outhouse with seats? What a luxury. Slit trenches are more common.
Correct you are, Jeff. There have also been a number of well-written articles by currently serving women Marines that also point out what should be common sense, based on their own experiences. This from women who are very fit, smart and otherwise capable. The bottom line was that they do not have the same stamina, and that their bodies are taking much more punishment for the same activities as men's, with the result that they will be more likely to suffer ill-health when older.
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Menstrual Activism

Former_Naval_Person Wrote: Jul 28, 2014 12:46 PM
I guess the fact that I have purchased tampons for my wife for years makes me a real man, my success as a father or combat record notwithstanding. Thanks, my self-esteem is so much better now.
Far be it for me to tell God that He has screwed up. I am not one of those who believe that God is deciding every last thing that occurs on Earth. Otherwise why did He give us free will? Our planet has a number of mechanisms to transfer heat from the tropics to the higher latitudes, making the planet inhabitable, but are we going to say that God screwed up because some of those (e.g. hurricanes) kill people? I think not. What I am saying is that there may be some legitimate cases where a person's wires got crossed, with the result that a person is of one sex in everything except anatomy. We do not yet know enough about our bodies and minds to make any definitive diagnoses, which is why I am not willing to condemn every single person who wants to physically change their sex. I do believe, however, that these cases are in the minority of the total population that want to do this. I also believe that the medical needs or delusions of a small part of the population should be used for political purposes, and condemn those who do.
Wilson didn't want to go to war. Machinations within his administration (Col House and others) and the ham-handedness of the Germans brought him to that conclusion. We were attacked in 1941. Yes FDR was aiding Great Britain prior to that, but look at the alternative had Hitler won. Truman was not a left-winger by any stretch of the imagination, and neither were Kennedy or Johnson. Northeastern liberals felt betrayed by JFK when I lowered the income tax rate, and LBJ was a conservative who had distinct sympathies for the poor (a la Robert Caro). During my youth, Democrats like Scoop Jackson still had a place in the party. The taek-over of the Democratic Party by the left started in 1968, and continued, with some interruptions (Clinton) until its culmination today.
"Florida State fans, you're next." Except that the Seminole nation in Florida went to the Florida Legislature to get a bill passed to ensure that the school would keep the name back when the NCAA first started their Indian mascot witch hunt.
As we have learned from the so-called Gay Civil Rights issue, equality means a protected class and benefits unavailable to the general population. I have known a number of people who have, or have wanted to, change their sex. I must say that from having watched some of them as they grew up, that they did indeed seem to be trapped in the "wrong" body. I have almost always found it interesting in speaking with them to get their thoughts on what it means to be a man or a woman, and how it differs from my own thoughts on that subject. On the other hand, there are plenty of whackos out there, such as those who give their normal prepubescent children drugs to halt or slow puberty so that the child can "decide" whether to be a boy or a girl. That is just plain child abuse. The politicization of all of this leads to many more abuses and, coupled with Hollywood, the press, and the left, has given us a situation in which homosexuals enjoy rights that heterosexuals do not. And, as was pointed out years ago, this is the first of several dominos to fall. Already we are seeing the next wave, and there are now several television shows dealing (promoting) polygamy or polyamory. Once you break the definition of marriage to accomodate two people of the same sex, there is nothing to prevent polygamy, polyamory, or even incestuous marriages (as a number of people have argued around the world. Using the military as either a sociological laboratory or the whipping boy for the left's latest cause serves neither the military, the country, or even the supposed beneficiaries well. In the end, the left only really cares about its agenda and power, not the welfare of those it purports to want to help.
Red Auerbach's smoking habits predate the current view that smoking is one of the greatest possible evils.
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Slavery Reparations

Former_Naval_Person Wrote: Jun 18, 2014 12:14 PM
Not to mention that there are more blacks in the US who entered the US after the abolition of slavery than there are blacks who had slave ancestors.
Conservatives or those who wish to follow the precepts of the Constitution are NOT welcome in NY state, but those who are brazenly breaking our laws are.
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