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While I'm not sure any view of PTSD applies equally to all cases, this analysis is outstanding. I hadn't gotten to it, but was going to comment at the last post that it struck me that he was reacting in a way that seemed like what you might expect of a healthy mind going through big changes. Just from his comments, his concern seemed a bit misplaced. This seems to be explanatory of that view. "It's a reaction of sanity. The insane would view that and be unmoved, unchanged, and unaffected." Well, yes, and no. First, I obviously agree that it seems the normal reaction of a healthy mind. That said, I can see where someone could see these things and be relatively unmoved, and while perhaps not unchanged, unaffected, show little impact. In the last post, one commenter spoke of his experience as a civilian of having nearly been shot by a thug. It had profound affects on him. I once had the experience of having a gun held to me in anger, and really never got to the point of terror, never had nightmares, or compulsive reactions, and hopefully, I'm not crazy. I've just always been able to slough off things like this, take them at the moment for what they are and move on- for better or worse. Different minds deal in different ways, and it's tough to say one is sane and another not.
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2009 on PTSD - The Warrior Lives! at BlackFive
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You think there's an impression being left on that little girl? Fantastic.
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2009 on Samarran Saints at BlackFive
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Awesome, indeed. How come I haven't heard about this on CNN or MSNBC, or even Fox?
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2009 on Iraqi Gift of thanks at BlackFive
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"Either he is a civilian or he isn't. If he is, don't begrudge him civilian traditions. If he is not, then start insisting he get a uniform." Actually, he's in a unique position- he is both civilian and military. His uniform is a suit. The original post was about the changing of tradition- Previous Presidents returned salute and walked into the chopper. He decided, apparently on a whim, to change that. Of course, what's most troubling is that it's obviously a play to the media and image making- he could have easily shook the hand of that Marine on board the helo once underway, but he did it outside. Strange, and as pointed out, rookie and amateurly manipulative. Rather unimpressive move for the man who is supposed to be the leader of the most powerful nation in history. Until he learns it's not about him, it's about the country, and how he leads it, and how he reflects on it, we're in for more stuff like this, however small some of it might be. Small, but telling.
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2009 on Just as we suspected... at BlackFive
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Well, as a Steelers fan, I'm really pleased to see Franco's name on the tournament. That's great, but perhaps not surprising since he spent many seasons in the backfield with Rocky Bleier/a>- a man who, in not seeking a waiver from being drafted in 1968, served in Viet Nam, and was injured and had to fight back to be able to play again in the NFL. Also awarded the Bronze star. A real hero of mine ever since I was a kid and read "Fighting Back". Also came across this nice article about Bleier and Ditka visiting the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital during Super Bowl week.
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I hope that every member of our military, who have served in any capacity regarding Iraq feel proud today, they've done an amazing thing. I also hope that the Iraqi people today experience a pride they never imagined possible when they were under the yoke of Saddam. They have done an incredible thing, and proved many on the left and far right wrong- democracy is not impossible in the Middle East.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2009 on Democracy in Iraq at BlackFive
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Isn't it true that their navy mostly sits in port, as they don't have the money to send them out to sea? They can be a problem, but in the large scale? Not so much. Putin is a thug- a very powerful and savvy thug, but just a thug.
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Oh, CBob, if only you could pin it on the young man he hired as speechwriter. "Press secretary Robert Gibbs says the president-elect wrote out the bulk of the speech as it is now." From an AP article at an NBC Los Angeles website. He wrote it. And man, was it bad. He even 'paraphrased' part of it from a song from a 1936 musical, "Swing Time" sung by Ginger Rogers: The song: "I pick myself up, Dust myself off, Start All over again." His speech: "pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again." Lincoln he ain't, in more ways than one.
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2009 on Obama on al-Arabiya at BlackFive
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Of course, the problem with a D.U. projectile is that it would tend to over-penetrate the target and leave too clean a wound, as it has such a small cross section and likely next to zero expansion (even hitting bone). You'd also negate the weight advantage for stopping power by the fact that so little would transfer if the dart penetrates completely. Perhaps the sheer velocity (if high enough) can cause increased trauma via cavitation or venturi effect, but I'm not sure that's likely enough to count on.
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2009 on Bigger Bullets? at BlackFive
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Mr. Sparkle, a sabot round is a little D.U. dart surrounded by an non-downrange packing, therefore there would be no particles of depleted uranium to inhale. There's lots of research out there about D.U. If you read it instead of the propaganda stuff, you'll find there are no issues unless you get a fairly large chunk embedded in you long term.
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2009 on Bigger Bullets? at BlackFive
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You've gotta love a milblog that gets a clamoring for a ladies cut t-shirt! Jimbo, you look like you trimmed down a little. Is a modeling career the next phase of your world domination plan?
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2009 on New Blackfive Shirts at BlackFive
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"Why wouldn't I want to come to school? I want our country to persevere. I have to do something for my country, I must go to school." She could give a lesson in courage and the importance of perseverance to our new President as well.
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2009 on Acid throwing barbarians on trial at BlackFive
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I hope he puts out a version with French subtitles. Good stuff. Needs a little work on titles, though- tough to read. Certainly beautifully shot and nicely edited with the music.
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2009 on Some >Excellent< New Video at BlackFive
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Here's to the Colonel. Hopefully, as one generation of heroes passes on, another will be rightfully recognized to take their place. We need more awards of the MoH to living recipients.
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2009 on Down to 98 at BlackFive
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All I can say is kudos to Apple for letting the app sell. I would've been afraid they'd take it down under some stupid policy about weapons. Or perhaps they don't understand it.
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2009 on The best reason to get an iPhone at BlackFive
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About saluting in civvies- it's right to question why Obama was saluting at a political rally then, but as Commander in Chief, you're always on duty, and your uniform is most often a suit and tie, so it's right to salute. Bush did, and no one knocked him for that. defendUSA, yeah, echoes of FDR and the everlasting depression scare me.
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My first grade son (and many of his peers) doesn't even understand the notion of catagorizing people by skin color. We have to talk about King as a defender of the weak against bullies (something he understands) to explain the holiday, as he doesn't get it if you contextualize it in terms of race. We have been living the dream for some time, it's just that some still did not realize it. Obama makes it undeniable, he has not made it manifest. I wish him well, but I suspect it may be 'his own' that are hardest on him in the end.
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"Now, thanks to Joe, the credibility of some of those outlets is damaged." You've got to be kidding me. As if there were no ridiculous opinions issued from bloggers before JTP cam along. He's even got the advantage of everyone already knowing that he's Joe the Plumber, and you read his opinions through that filter- much better than the reporters who pretend to be neutral conduits of info but are really the propaganda tools of the enemy. He may have been wrong minded about that, but it doesn't make him the bogeyman you're trying to make him out to be. He's just another guy with an opinion. You have issue with his opinion, fine, have at his ideas, but why the personal attacks on the guy?
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Cool. Makes me proud to be an Angeleno, and Kings fan!
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2009 on Navy Versus NHL at BlackFive
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Don't forget the corollary- If it comes from a terrorist or terrorist supporting source you can rest assured it's almost entirely, or completely fabricated. Hooray for Pallywood.
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2009 on Propagandists at it again on CNN... at BlackFive
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I don't know about contraband reports- I saw footage of Israeli sniffer dogs checking out cargo to be admitted into the Gaza. I'm pretty sure they're smart enough to sniff, x-ray and transfer from one truck to another everything they let in.
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2009 on UN suspends aid to Gaza at BlackFive
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Thank you, Mr. President, for being the sort of Commander in Chief this civilian can be proud of having voted for, and that our military deserved.
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Here's a somewhat far out, but perhaps plausible thought: They're using it to get the 'civilians' out of the streets as they enter- to clear the battlefield of 'civlians'. Imagine the horror of those under those rounds, particularly in a culture ripe with exaggeration and fertile imaginations. The fact that they cause nasty burns is horrible, but it beats getting ripped with HE driven shrapnel (even if behind light cover), thus minimizing the actual impact on civilians. I can see this as a possibility. Or sometimes a smokescreen/marker is just that.
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Oh, and why an I thinking that the Bush rule of always suit and tie in the oval is going out the window in the Obama admin?
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2008 on Grow up Barry at BlackFive
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Thanks, Rob- perfect response. Folks, if you want to be a 47 year old slacker, more power to you. If you're going to be President, please drop the slacker image and start acting like a leader. Hopefully he has a clue what one is and does.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2008 on Grow up Barry at BlackFive
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