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  • Marine Corps Infantry Gender Experiment. FAIL!

    04/11/2015 7:20:54 AM PDT · 11 of 73
    BigKahuna to jaydee770

    The range of females that would meet the same Marine infantry officer physical standards as males most likely ranges from one in 100 to one in 1,000 or more. Physiologically, men are simply stronger than women and adapted, owing to our hunter pasts and to evolution, to life in the field in a brutally harsh ground combat environment. There’s much more that goes into successfully leading infantry troops in the field than just being able to exert eight pounds of trigger pull, after all.

    It doesn’t make sense to me to surge women into ground combat infantry roles (armor and arty is still an issue, even) if their presence within such units is going to be mostly as a statistical oddity or anomaly. What’s the point or aim to that?

  • Female Marine Pullup Failure Doesn't Mean Women Aren't Strong

    05/22/2014 6:55:53 PM PDT · 66 of 113
    BigKahuna to BigKahuna

    Seven Myths About “Women in Combat”

    Written by G.S. Newbold, Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.)
    17 March 2013

  • Female Marine Pullup Failure Doesn't Mean Women Aren't Strong

    05/22/2014 6:51:35 PM PDT · 64 of 113
    BigKahuna to Gunner TLW

    Gunner’s got his weapon zeroed in. Started out as a Navy HM and became a special ops “technician” privileged to serve the USMC in various infantry and Recon units. Later, became I&I of the 4th MedBn, colocated with 4th TankBn at Miramar, as a commissioned officer, with both Navy and Marine Corps females aboard. WMs, to my knowledge, have never had to meet the same PFT standards as male Devil Dogs, and I and my staff oversaw numerous Marine Corps and Navy physical fitness tests. Likewise for women in the Navy.

    From my personal observation and close proximity to them, I also never came across a single WM that wanted to go into combat arms, except for maybe aviation. That includes female Marine officers who’d been series commanders at Parris Island. All of them admitted they’d never be able to hack the Marine Corps’ infantry officer course, let alone enlisted WMs heading for the School of Infantry. MCT is tough, no doubt, but it’s NOT SOI. ‘Nuff said about that.

    I’m also in the same fighting hole with the Gunner when it comes to women serving in ground combat units as well as special operations/special warfare units as lead slingers.

    WOMEN DO NOT BELONG IN THE INFANTRY, OR ARMOR OR ARTILLERY, PERIOD. They’re just gonna end up getting more people killed, no matter how gung-ho they may be to pull their weight. They can’t. Not at full combat load or in maneuvering on the field of battle in the face of direct, indirect and grazing or harassing fires. I’ve seen them try it in controlled training environments at Twenty-Nine Palms. What a clusterfark.

    Hell, I know plenty of males that also can’t. No shame in that for the WMs or female HMs agitating to serve in Marine Corps infantry units as their Corpsmen.

  • U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer initiation ill-advisedly abolished

    01/17/2013 1:07:50 PM PST · 14 of 32
    BigKahuna to Drew68

    Alcohol was banned from CPO initiations? Now that’s going waaaaay over the line. ;-)

    What about “the box?” “Truth serum?” Goldfish? Defense attorneys? Anything left?

  • U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer initiation ill-advisedly abolished

    01/17/2013 12:59:12 PM PST · 8 of 32
    BigKahuna to Mouton

    Former CPO (HMC/FMF) who retired as a LCDR. Made Chief off the ‘87 selection board and was in the last initiation that really was a wild and crazy free-for-all. After that year, the Navy gradually began trying to “clean up” the initiation process, as the Master Chief in the article notes. I’ve seen this one coming for a loooong time. Ever since G.W. Bush made Mike Mullen CNO back in 2005, and then CJCS in 2007, the heat being put on the Navy Chief community has been building.

    Mullen was no field operator, out there slinging lead in a rife company, but a surface warfare type. And fairly liberal to boot, plus a politician. CPOs that didn’t see him coming from over the horizon line missed a huge warning flare being shot into the air.

    Now Navy Chiefs are what? Without the initiation and the process you go through to earn those anchors what’s to set the CPO apart from a Navy E6 or a SNCO in the other services? I spent many years on the “green side” (Marine Corps, as a Hospital Corpsman and then as a commissioned officer), and even over there “the Chief” was THE chief and everybody knew it. Now? Meh...

  • Michigan -- Post Your Morning Voting Observations Here!!!

    11/06/2012 8:53:48 AM PST · 55 of 77
    BigKahuna to Mrs. P

    This nation, and our state — except for Detroit/Flint/Saginaw — has always been center-right. It’s just that we let the little kids (AKA “liberal college students”) take over government because we talked ourselves into a sense of fatigue in 2008. I knew we’d had it when our candidate, John McCain, told a campaign rally, late in the election, “You have nothing to fear from a president Obama.” Sure, John: How’d that work out for you and for all of us?

    I love John McCain to death, and he’s retired Navy like me and he SUFFERED MASSIVELY for his country as a POW, but what was he thinking back then? That his “honorable campaign” thing was going to work against viciously rabid liberal partisans? Well, now we have a chance to right the ship and put it back on a navigable course plot. And I think we will and that today’s election, at least nationwide and in the Electoral College, isn’t going to be all that close.

    Michigan’s a bit tighter, but only because of Wayne/Macomb (I don’t see Oakland going to the Dems) and a couple of areas like Flint/Saginaw and the UofM neighborhoods. Like I said; we put government in the hands of liberal college students and their shabby radical-chic professors and look what we got in return. Romney could pull it off with Oakland and a strong out-state vote plus a decline in Dem enthusiasm in their stronghold areas. “The thrill is gone” for Barack Obama, to quote the immortal B.B. King. ;-)

  • Michigan -- Post Your Morning Voting Observations Here!!!

    11/06/2012 7:54:04 AM PST · 47 of 77
    BigKahuna to CWW

    Voted Precinct 7, Trenton, at the KofC hall. I’m retired Navy, and my wife, who’s home on leave, is an active Soldier. We waited about 25 minutes to vote, which is a BIG change from 2008, when nobody was in line. This morning, about 0830, it snaked through the hall and the parking lot had plenty of vehicles in it. By the time we left, the line was down by 3/4ths, though the voting location chairman said the line would be up greatly at the lunch hour and then from about 1500 until the polls closed.

    I spoke to several people while the spousal unit and I stood in line and all of them said they were there to vote Romney/Ryan and against Proposals 2 through 6 (they were going to vote to strengthen the emergency manager law), proving they’d all done their homework. The couple directly behind us had a son in the Air Force (stationed at Mountain Home AFB in Idaho) who called them while we waited in line and they discussed how many people the son knew who were voting Romney/Ryan.

    The voting location chairman, a genuinely nice man, spoke to all of us to let us know that in the future we could vote absentee and just check off “not at home” as the reason for why we were voting absentee. I spoke up and asked him if he thought that citizens shouldn’t have at least a few responsibilities, such as voting in person when able to, instead of just mailing in a subject-to-vote-fraud ballot and everybody around me agreed with my position, and vocally at that.

    He got the message after hearing many of us remark that we were proud to come in and vote. We were all there on a mission and it had “priority over time,” as my Marines and I used to say (I started out my Navy career as a young Hospital Corpsman back in the late 70s) whenever we’d go out on patrol.

    God bless everybody that votes today, and God bless America, the greatest nation on the face of the planet.

  • Kathleen Parker: America is neither left nor right but centrist

    03/23/2010 11:01:49 AM PDT · 33 of 36
    BigKahuna to ConservativeMind

    Kathleen Parker; yet another chi-chi “conservative” who couldn’t hit the water if she fell out of the boat. She’s the reason why we have people like John “You Have Nothing to Fear from a President Obama” McCain still mucking up the works. No spine, too cerebral and not willing to get her hands dirty. Ugh.

  • Time for the Final Stand: 20 MARCH 2010, Capitol Building Area

    03/18/2010 9:09:57 PM PDT · 3 of 3
    BigKahuna to Josa

    I’m on it like a hobo on a hot dog. We’re staying to see it through until they make us leave, and they’re going to pay attention us because this isn’t over even if they ram something through on Sunday. I’ve already informed a number of members of Congress that their opponents are going to receive as much in cash donations as I can give throughout the year to make sure that they don’t make it back to the Congress in January, 2011.

  • Time for the Final Stand: 20 MARCH 2010, Capitol Building Area

    03/18/2010 8:37:39 PM PDT · 1 of 3
  • David Plouffe’s Weapons-Grade Horsepuckey

    01/24/2010 3:14:05 PM PST · 6 of 15
    BigKahuna to AmishDude

    That healthcare bill is a poison arrow aimed straight at the heart of the Democratic Party, and the WH expecting career politicians (who love the power and perks of their offices above all else) to willingly drink the Jonestown Kool-Aid Plouffe and others (Axelrod, Pelosi, Reid et al) have served up doesn’t make any sense.

    Nobody fears the Obama WH up on Capitol Hill, and as 2010 moves along fewer and fewer congressional Democrats are going to be willing to step up and take a big swig of that blue-flavored concoction. Any Democrat of note since November (incumbent or running for a national office, with the exception of Bill Owens up in NY-23) has bought it when supporting ObamaCare. NO Dem is going to go near it soon.

  • David Plouffe’s Weapons-Grade Horsepuckey

    01/24/2010 2:42:15 PM PST · 3 of 15
    BigKahuna to smoothsailing

    I swear...I look at Plouffe — the squirrelly little ‘tard — and I realize it’s only because John McCain was so godawful as a candidate that his man Barry is now sullying the carpet in the Oval Office. Does he even buy 1/10th of 1 percent of the merde he shoveled in that op-ed? Good Lord...

  • It's Her Story, and She's Sticking To It.

    01/11/2010 5:25:17 PM PST · 10 of 43
    BigKahuna to kcvl

    Waldman’s just another big question mark in a series of them that begs the question; “Why are American Jews so liberal?”

    I’ve been to Israel on numerous occasions and worked with IDF forces back in the 80s and I’ve never noticed such outright hostility to one’s own roots (and conservative ones, at that) as I see in people like Waldman, Glen Greenwald, Joe Klein et al.

  • Sarah Palin, climate expert?

    12/10/2009 12:30:43 PM PST · 28 of 45
    BigKahuna to OldDeckHand

    “But, if Leo (a kid who may only have a GED) is qualified to write about climate change, Palin certainly is as well - to say nothing of course about D-science student, ALGORE.”

    According to Wikipedia, Dicaprio graduated from LA’s John Marshall High School after attending something called the Los Angeles Enrichment Center for 4 years. It’s some sort of college prep school. That’s the extent of his formal education.

  • Sarah Palin, climate expert?

    12/10/2009 12:15:50 PM PST · 7 of 45
    BigKahuna to InterceptPoint

    I’m amazed at the obsession with credentialization the Left insists on when it comes to this subject. Not that Algore — who got a ‘D’ in one of the few college science courses he took — knows anything more about climate science than Palin.

    I guess only the so-called “smart boys” get to opine on the subject of whether or not possible climate change is a result of anthropogenic input in the main or whether it might be due to other input factors.

  • ... Alan Grayson Wants FOX News (and Republicans) to “Die, Die, Die You Rebel Scum!”

    10/27/2009 1:39:06 PM PDT · 47 of 57
    BigKahuna to GunRunner

    “How did Grayson make his money exactly? I heard him describe himself as an “economist.””

    I think he was a local attorney and self-described “activist.” My guess is he’s a trial lawyer ;-)

  • ... Alan Grayson Wants FOX News (and Republicans) to “Die, Die, Die You Rebel Scum!”

    10/27/2009 12:06:15 PM PDT · 31 of 57
    BigKahuna to GrouchoTex

    “What part of Florida is the th district? How’d he get elected? Is there a chance a sane conservative can win his seat in 2010?”

    The 8th is made of 4 counties, of which Orange (the Orlando area) is the largest. The Republican incumbent he beat in 2008 (Ric Keller) won three out of the four counties, but ACORN really got voter registration bumped up in Orange and you see the result. It’s traditionally a Republican-leaning district, though. Keller hurt himself when he reneged on a voluntary term limits pledge he’d made and the voters soured on him. Grayson only won 52 to 48 percent.

    I think he’s vulnerable to a quality Republican/conservative candidate, for sure.

  • ... Alan Grayson Wants FOX News (and Republicans) to “Die, Die, Die You Rebel Scum!”

    10/27/2009 12:03:27 PM PDT · 29 of 57
    BigKahuna to Sarah Barracuda

    “He’s a fruit loop. He’s obviously mentally ill. If the Democrats had any decency they would get this guy the help he so desperately needs..HAHA look at me, I made a funny..Democrats..Decency..I just made myself laugh”

    “Democrats” and “decency” are two words that are mutually exclusive, I’d say. They’re like two ships that will NEVER pass in the night ;-)

  • ... Alan Grayson Wants FOX News (and Republicans) to “Die, Die, Die You Rebel Scum!”

    10/27/2009 11:38:48 AM PDT · 13 of 57
    BigKahuna to GeronL

    “At least Darth Vader had some class when he would say “Die, [scary breath] you rebel scum [scary breath]”

    Yeah. Vader had way more class than this guy. What’s with Florida, by the way? Is there anybody down there who even talks in a southern accent anymore? It seems like it’s overrun with transplanted Noo Yawkers and snowbirds from the Northeast.

  • ... Alan Grayson Wants FOX News (and Republicans) to “Die, Die, Die You Rebel Scum!”

    10/27/2009 11:30:38 AM PDT · 1 of 57