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Heh, Drill SGT got that right. I was going to say that when you study military history, soldiers have carried 80 lbs of gear, for as long as anyone can research (+- 5 or so lbs). As one piece of gear gets light, they will carry more ammo, food, water, whatever. Why 80lbs? Because that's what a young man in shape (and yes you 20 year guys are 'young' - relative) CAN carry all day. Guess what? if he could carry 100lbs, guess what he'd be carrying.
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Jimbo, Time to get your eyes checked - Your gal looks BETTER than Miss USA - she doesn't have the height they look for in the competitions, but I think she looks better
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I never get tired either
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2011 on Your Sunday feel good story at BLACKFIVE
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It's VERY simple how they get away with it The writers/'talent' in MOST media organizations have NO interaction with the military, and are totally ignorant on what's going on/what is possible. They probably have tech people in the back (cameramen, sound, computer people etc) who actually ARE ex-military, or understand the military, but they aren't consulted on stories. When a mistake is made, those people in the back might see it and go screaming to the producers, and then the producers might look, but if it sounds 'plausable' to their movie educated brains, it probably won't get caught, because there probably isn't one editor to check "Military stories" in the whole place (and that includes the big networks) - BTW, it holds true with some of the computer stories - you'd think a network about to run some crazy computer claim would at least call their IS/IT dept (I mean they call for tech support all the time, so it's not like they don't know the number) - hahahahahaha
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A good friend who was a Pararescue man says one time he really got pissed at a bunch of protesters, and his COB said to him "They reason we fight is so that they have the right to do that". My friend said it was tough to suck it up, but... RE Meeting 7 Recipients of the MOH - I've only had the honor ONCE to meet one. Looked over at this older gent wearing what was obviously his retired Class A's, he was talking with a current Sailor (The MOH Recipient was Army). Somehow I ended up near them and looked at his rack - amazing to see what I saw, and I'm NOT real good at reading ribbons (I'm a civilain - so you have to forgive me for ONLY recognizing some of the ribbons). I got 1-2 seconds to say thank you, I never even got his name - sigh
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What causes the whistling noise just before the visible part of the ignition? (or is a can't say)
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My question What was Harvard's excuse between 1973 and 1995 (start of DADT)? Maybe they are just anti-military? Nah, that couldn't be
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2011 on Wandering through the inter-tubes at BLACKFIVE
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The big issue with the O'Donnell book is that, like most stuff you read about the OSS, it tends to concentrate on the "spy" side vs the Operational Group (aka very early Special Forces)
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Sounds like a good read Slightly Off topic - has there ever been a book (good or bad - good prefered) about the "2671st Special Reconnaissance Battalion" - aka the WWII OSS Operational Group written? I know of their web page, and have sent them my Dad's autobiography - he was a team member who didn't go in with his team due to an injury (broke his ankle in parachute training)
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That article looks at the "sexy" part of the process, but the REAL guts of ALL the major players election coverage is what is known as the "TTT Feeds" from the AP and Edison Mitkofsky (sp) Research (EMR) Both organizations provide both "screens" - aka websites for their members, and a datafeed - EMR for exit polling data, and AP for actual vote count, and all the major players take those datafeeds, and write them into a database to do the "sexy" parts from Disclaimer - I wrote the code to DO that at one of the major networks
I'm typing this on a real IBM classic - they puzzled at work when I brought in my unicomp "you're the only person who has ever brought in his own keyboard" I just smile - I have a stash of Unicomp/IBMs, with both PS2 and USB interfaces - sigh
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2010 on The Keyboard Cult at Coding Horror
"They know somebody else will come along to clean up the mess" That's probably the best sum up of the left in ALL their policies I've ever heard of
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Big, slow, manned cruise missles - Now, we have systems that can take out small fast (supersonic) cruise missles flying at the same height... Lets make the target bigger, slower, and easier to hit
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2010 on Flying Boats? Ahssmadinejad say what? at BLACKFIVE
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Part with a book WRITTEN and sign by the Chandlers (if that name doesn't ring a bell, it should), and Signed by Carlos himself? You ARE kidding, right? Basically, late (VERY late) in Carlos' life, the Chandlers decided to write the authorized biography, and give 100% of the funds to Carlos for the medical care (You realize he never got a dime for 'Marine Sniper' - in fact, neither did the author - Creative accounting had it 'losing money'
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2010 on Snipers instead of JDAMS at BLACKFIVE
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Possible - As I said, I haven't kept up in circa a decade or so, so I'm sure a LOT of gear changes have been made
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2010 on Snipers instead of JDAMS at BLACKFIVE
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Lot of time, the press/PAOs call anyone using precision aimed fire "snipers" because no one knows what a DM IS (and Mr Smith, thank your son for serving). I've met a couple of snipers (aka grads from the school) over the years, and to a man, they say the hard part isn't the shooting, it's the sneeking around, in fact, they said that a lot of missions, the most important part is the observation! (and yeah, I knew folks who can outshoot some of them - then again, I used to hang at a club that had a few guys who had 'legged out' (earned their distingushed rifleman's badge) - rare enough to know ONE BTW, one of my prized books is a copy of "Whitefeather" signed by the Chandlers and Sgt Hathcock
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2010 on Snipers instead of JDAMS at BLACKFIVE
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Photo wise - that looks more like "designated marksman" than Sniper, or have things changed? Heck, it sure doesn't look like a M700/M40 style rifle. Have they taken the folks with what used to be called designated marksman and started calling them snipers, or is this 'typical press'? (Honest questions - I haven't kept up for a few years)
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2010 on Snipers instead of JDAMS at BLACKFIVE
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Bayoucowboy18 - You beat me to it
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"But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." Some of us, despite being civilians "get it" - I can NOT understand why the rest (including my wife) don't
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2010 on WE Will Not Forget at BLACKFIVE
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Danged blurry monitors again - both of them
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2010 on The hardest good bye at BLACKFIVE
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donation sent
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2010 on Rubicon Rescue - Mission Haiti at BLACKFIVE
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Blurry Monitor Time
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"Ask me for anything. Anything but time" - Napoleon
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From Memory - so if there are mistake in punctuation.. In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place, and in the sky the lark, still bravely singing fly scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead, short days ago we lived felt dawn, saw sunsets glow loved and were loved, and now we lie in Flanders Fields Take up our quarrel with the foe to you, with failing hands we throw the torch, be your to hold on high For if you break faith with us who die we shall not sleep, the poppies grow in Flanders Fields (as I said - from memory - any mistakes mine. The first poem Dad ever had me memorize as a child RIP Dad 2671st Special Reconnaissance Battalion (aka OSS) 10th Mtn Recon Troop - Italy)
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I never thought I'd see a CiC who got the Military LESS than Clinton. Sigh, unfortunately, it appears that I was wrong As a friend is want to say "elections have consequences"
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