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Obama wants women in combat infantry units… but after opening the Marine Corps’ three-month-long Infantry Officer Course to women, only two volunteered. One dropped out the first day, the other two weeks later. No women volunteered for the next one, which starts in January. Poll question: will liberals respond by admitting it was a bad idea or will they lower standards so women can graduate?

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drb
November 26, 2012 12:24 pm

Poll question: will liberals respond by admitting it was a bad idea or will they lower standards so women can graduate?

lower the standard…you know this already.

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November 26, 2012 12:25 pm

Okay, okay, it was a rhetorical question.

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drb
November 26, 2012 1:30 pm

I know.

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November 26, 2012 2:01 pm

I know you know.

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drb
November 26, 2012 2:57 pm

I know you know I know 😀

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November 26, 2012 4:23 pm

What was I thinking starting down this road?

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drb
November 26, 2012 6:11 pm

You were thinking…”That drb is a pure mess but I’ll play along anyway”

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November 26, 2012 6:40 pm

we all know.

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November 26, 2012 7:25 pm

I know!

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drb
November 27, 2012 2:43 am

I know all y’all know I know all y’all know…ya know? 😀

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November 27, 2012 12:24 pm

Yes, drb. We know.

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drb
November 27, 2012 12:50 pm

Ok enough of that…it’s been played out.

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November 27, 2012 1:00 pm

I know.

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drb
November 27, 2012 1:03 pm

😀

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November 26, 2012 12:32 pm

Shirley, you can’t be serious.

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I'm With STUPID
November 26, 2012 12:37 pm

“I’m serious! and don’t call me Shirley.” Naked Gun. te he

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November 26, 2012 1:02 pm

that’s a misquote
should be “I am serious…”

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RKae
November 26, 2012 1:28 pm

Uh-uh. “Airplane!”

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Fenster314
November 26, 2012 1:05 pm

Sure, but what women lack in size, strength and aggressiveness is certainly made up for by having the advantage of “diversity” on our side.

Besides, hot women can beat up much larger and stronger men any time with their advanced martial arts skills. I’ve seen it in the movies.

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November 26, 2012 1:08 pm

Don’t get me started on anorexic Angelina Jolie with her twig arms beating up giant men in the movies. How stupid do you have to be to work in Hollywood?

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I'm With STUPID
November 26, 2012 3:01 pm

Almost as stupid as you have to be to work in the Obama Administration.

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poppajoe49
November 26, 2012 10:16 pm

Apparantly more stupid than crowley, he can’t seem to find a job.

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Karmaa
November 27, 2012 3:11 am

You have to look to find something. Not many job opportunities will weave their way through the dirty socks and crumpled cheeto bags in Crowley’s mama’s basement to offer themselves to him. Just sayin’

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poppajoe49
November 27, 2012 4:22 am

That should have been NOT AS STUPID AS CROWLEY ^^^^

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Sidekick
November 26, 2012 12:26 pm

Progressives just do not want to concede that there are differences between the genders. Granted, most liberal women are generally really unattractive and mannish….Hillary, Rosa, Barbara, Elizabeth, Nancy etc. Still does not mean that they can operate in an infantry unit.

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November 26, 2012 12:29 pm
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I'm With STUPID
November 26, 2012 12:43 pm

“Everyone’s beautiful in their own way” sounds a lot better than “I don’t care if you’re ugly, I’ll still f*ck you.”

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poppajoe49
November 26, 2012 10:19 pm

I don’t see too many women that can carry a full pack and a weapon on a 20 mile hike through the jungle or swamp.

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Alien
November 26, 2012 10:21 pm

respectfully i disagree about liberal women.. People used to same the same thing about Soviet women. I spent my whole childhood thinking Russian/Ukrainian women were brutish ogres

but agreed about the list you produced, at least :) Unholy mugs, the lot of them

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Sidekick
November 27, 2012 4:20 am

I lived in the USSR for two+months in the early 1980s. Soviet women were not hot. There were some good looking girls (18 to say mid 20s) but by 30 it was over for them. The strain and misery of life under that system took a toll as did the significant vodka consumption. In an effort to not sound completely sexist, the Soviet men took a beating as they aged too. They were equally miserable.

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poppajoe49
November 27, 2012 5:01 am

Russian women are hot, if they get to the US before they get too far gone.

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November 27, 2012 2:22 pm

I’ll say! Moyo dorogayu zhena oichen krasivaya.

(My darling wife is very beautiful)

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Alien
November 28, 2012 10:31 pm

I’ll grant you that.. 30s was pretty much middle-aged in that system. Lifting the weight off the proles surely let them bloom.

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I'm With STUPID
November 26, 2012 12:27 pm

Obama considering John Kerry for Sec. of Defense. Not Obama’s first choice, but Jane Fonda turned him down.

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November 26, 2012 12:30 pm

What are you saying, that John Kerry was the first female Marine Corps infantry officer?

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November 26, 2012 12:34 pm

I didn’t think Jane Fonda ever turned anybody down.

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November 26, 2012 1:01 pm

awesome PD!

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I'm With STUPID
November 26, 2012 12:40 pm

I once did a 50 mile rough terrain hump while carrying a M2 Browning .50 cal MG without the barrel and in full combat load.

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November 26, 2012 1:12 pm

By “50 mile rough terrain hump” do you mean you were doing the nasty in the back of a Winnebago that was traveling on dirt roads? Or has my mind gone of the rails again?

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I'm With STUPID
November 26, 2012 1:24 pm

I like the way you think.

Nope, actually happened at Camp Geiger, SC when I was in the Marines. I was the only one that made it the whole entire 50 miles. The training was to let everyone know that the human body has limitations. I was pointing out that the females usually meet limitations faster.

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I'm With STUPID
November 26, 2012 1:56 pm

And when I say, “females usually meet limitations faster.” I don’t mean they orgasm first which is the case, too.

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drb
November 26, 2012 1:29 pm

When is your mind *on* the rails? :roll:

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November 26, 2012 2:02 pm

Hey, aren’t you supposed to be my highly unpaid publicist?

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drb
November 26, 2012 2:59 pm

Where are my “perks”? 😉

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November 26, 2012 4:21 pm

Now you want free coffee?

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GhostntheMachine
November 26, 2012 4:33 pm

{_}3

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November 26, 2012 5:27 pm

Oh great, more code.

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drb
November 26, 2012 5:44 pm

silly, that’s my coffee…Thank you, Ghosty.

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November 26, 2012 7:26 pm

How is that coff… oh, I see it now. Mug, handle, cute.

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drb
November 26, 2012 5:43 pm

No, I don’t need that from you…Ghosty takes care of that for me.

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poppajoe49
November 26, 2012 10:21 pm

And I give you the “fringe benefits”!

MUWAH!!

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GhostntheMachine
November 27, 2012 4:48 pm

How’s your sense of humor doing today, up for a joke?

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poppajoe49
November 27, 2012 6:50 pm

Sorry, I’m late, but I’m always up for a joke.

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GhostntheMachine
November 27, 2012 7:01 pm

Would still work 2 days from now. May have to scroll up a couple and reread, but I couldn’t resist…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTFVMMCwsss

And I’m glad you have a sense of humor, just wanted to make sure your healing process was far enough along that it could “shine through”.

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poppajoe49
November 27, 2012 7:16 pm

Ha ha ha!
Actually a pretty bad joke, but I still chuckled.

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GhostntheMachine
November 27, 2012 7:32 pm

Whole point, chuckles, til I get down there and can buy you guys whatever in person. (Some reason the Keys and Sanibel Island have always been on my short todo list). Already spent the night in Tampa\St. Pete airport as a teen, but hey, I’ll detour that way again.

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GhostntheMachine
November 27, 2012 7:48 pm

Oh man, wanna take a stroll down memory lane? PJ click that link again, just went to close it and scrolled down. Resisted watching one cause I knew I’d never quit, but check out all the vids listed on the right. Pat Benatar? And it gets better.

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poppajoe49
November 27, 2012 8:56 pm

Well, I live about 45 min NW of Tampa Airport, so that’s always a possibility, and remember Sidekick and Formerly Dean live in the area too. It could get interesting. Now, if we could only convince drb to drop by for a beer or whatever her taste runs toward. If I remember correctly, the Hard Rock Casino has a pretty well stocked bar, and a couple of real nice restaurants. 😀

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poppajoe49
November 27, 2012 9:03 pm

OMG!!
Aldo Nova?
Pat Benatar?
Journey?
Now for a real mind blower.
When I was a youngster, I saw 2 well known acts in a showcase club in Asbury Park NJ. The place was called the Hotel California at that time, and I saw of all people, Joan Jett one weekend, and Pat Benatar another! Those 2 concerts in a club atmosphere were too much to believe!
BTW, a few weeks ago, I saw Loverboy, Pat Benatar, and Journey in Tampa at the Ask Gary Ampitheatre. Pat still belts out a tune like it was 35 years ago, and Journey has a new singer that sounds like Steve Perry, and he’s Philipino!

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November 28, 2012 9:54 am

So Poppa is having an IHTM get-together in Tampa this winter, that’s what I’m hearing. Count me in.

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drb
November 28, 2012 12:33 pm

I gotta special invitation 😀

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November 28, 2012 1:25 pm

Oh, you’re coming?

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drb
November 28, 2012 3:32 pm

Hhhmmm, what exactly does that mean? Are you saying that if I go you won’t? Or are you saying my presence would be a bonus? Anyway…I just said I was invited (see Poppa’s post about 5 up)…I didn’t say I had committed to coming.

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GhostntheMachine
November 28, 2012 5:15 pm

Maybe he’ll bring a check for all the compound interest and the back wages. :)

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November 28, 2012 5:40 pm

😉

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drb
November 28, 2012 7:00 pm

Forgive me if I don’t hold my breath on that one , Ghosty. 😀

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poppajoe49
November 28, 2012 7:13 pm

I would love to have a get together for IHTM people in Tampa, and yes drb, you have a special invitation, but everyone needs to know that while I would love to foot the bill, unless I hit Powerball tonight, that AIN’T happening!

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November 28, 2012 7:17 pm

drb will have the check I’m bringing, so she can buy.

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drb
November 28, 2012 7:28 pm

oh you…you…you LIBERAL! spending other people’s money! Shame on you JP! Plus I have not confirmed that I would be coming so you will just have to find someone else to mooch off of.

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poppajoe49
November 28, 2012 7:37 pm

You mean my invite wouldn’t be enough? :-(

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November 28, 2012 8:03 pm

You need to use reverse psychology with women, Poppa. Pretend you’re undecided about inviting her. She’ll be there with bells on.

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poppajoe49
November 28, 2012 8:23 pm

It’s too late, she already knows I’d crawl through 2 miles of broken glass to get her to come.

BTW, I didn’t even match the Powerball tonight, so I’m not paying for the party.

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November 29, 2012 6:44 am

Jeez, you really don’t get this hard-to-get strategy, do you?

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poppajoe49
November 29, 2012 6:50 am

No, I guess I’m hopeless.

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drb
November 29, 2012 7:09 am

@ Poppa…of course your invite is enough, no crawling through broken glass needed…it’s just that there are other things that I have to also concider. (just 2 miles…really? jk,jk)

@ JP…I can’t speak for other women, but for me..that plan would not work.

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poppajoe49
November 29, 2012 7:24 am

Thank God, my knee isn’t fully healed yet, so the crawl would be especially difficult!
MUWAH!

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Alien
November 26, 2012 10:05 pm

that, right there, is more then anything i ever did in the Army in any 3 Day timespan. Thanks i feel like a huge pussy now

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deepthinker
November 26, 2012 12:57 pm

They’ll never admit it was a bad idea. The requirements are to strict is what they will say. Which is bull shit. When you are in the middle of the shit with bullets whistleing by your head and the dust flying up from the rounds coming in just short, you want a person in charge who can think rationally and not emotionally.

Just another weakening pussification of our military. barry is talking about reducing the navy back to 1918 levels. With the Chinesse having launched their 1st aircraft carrier and landed a Mig upon it, that’s just what he needs to do. Cut our Navy back to almost 100 year ago level.

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November 26, 2012 1:15 pm

They didn’t just land a plane on it, they landed a plane on it that is better than any fighter we own except the F-22 Raptor… which Obama cancelled almost as soon as he became president in 2009.

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November 26, 2012 1:26 pm

Hey I’m all for equal opportunities . . . but if can’t meet the minimum standard then you are a liability. And in this sort of situation that means more lives lost.

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November 27, 2012 12:43 pm

Leaving the standards high IS equal opportunity. Everyone has the opportunity to try. If they fail, they don’t get to do that particular job. Equal outcome was never promised.

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RKae
November 26, 2012 1:29 pm

Lowering standards is only half the battle.

They’ll also need to set a quota.

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I'm With STUPID
November 26, 2012 1:29 pm

At Marine Corps Recruit Depot Paris Island, there are four training battalions. The fourth is female recruits. A platoon starts with 80 recruits and very quickly starts loosing those who quit and drop out. My platoon of males started 80 and graduated 50. The female platoon that accompanied mine to church graduated just 18 out of 80. I have a lot of respect for the females that graduate because they don’t get short changed on training and earned it.

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November 26, 2012 2:05 pm

BUT, however you feel about their efforts, the reason they are in a separate training group is because the requirements have been lowered for female recruits. How do you feel about that?

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I'm With STUPID
November 26, 2012 2:39 pm

I’m not sure, I am on the fence about it because there are a lot of positives to having them around. Nice to look at and all among other things. The general consensus among males is we like to have them around until it comes down to promotion time and the females get promoted first for some reason and don’t deploy. They either come up pregnant or tasked to a nondeployable unit or sent on some detail.

I can say that the requirements for basic were the same except for pullups. When you are a Marine you can count on going to battle with capable and qualified Marines and Corpsmen that have all been through the same training by your side. Marines don’t play and that includes the females. I would go into battle very comfortably with female Marines by my side. By the way they are called WMs, I have been saying it wrong. Women Marines. Women Marines have already been fighting in the wars anyway. As far as could be they be infantry, I would say, yes having worked with them before.

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I'm With STUPID
November 26, 2012 2:47 pm

Women are also usually naturally better shooters. My wife can shoot better than I can. Women Marines are quite capable of performing any task a male Marine would be asked to perform and have done so already.

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November 26, 2012 4:27 pm

“I can say that the requirements for basic were the same except for pullups.”

No, I just read a list of the reduced requirements, and there was more on the list than pullups. There is a running requirement for instance – the women can take longer to run 5k than men… oh wait, maybe I was looking at a list of officer requirements. Never mind.

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poppajoe49
November 26, 2012 10:26 pm

LOL

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I'm With STUPID
November 26, 2012 11:02 pm

Things could have changed a lot in twenty years, too. This was the early 90’s I am talking about; I don’t know what its like now.

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poppajoe49
November 26, 2012 10:24 pm

Not exactly JP, they are in a seperate training group because the training group all sleep in the same barracks.
You wouldn’t want the women sleeping with the men in boot.

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November 27, 2012 7:00 am

why poppaj, it’s as though you’re somehow tying morality with the warrior ethos. so i guess, semper fi is just a cool motto without any substantiation insofar as carnal relationships go?

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I'm With STUPID
November 26, 2012 3:05 pm

The part I am on the fence about is what happens to Women Marines when they get captured? I don’t even want to think of how these countries that don’t honor the Geneva Convention, like in the Middle East, would treat a Woman Marine captive POW.

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A1Percenter
November 26, 2012 4:41 pm

I was a police officer early on when it became the fad to bring in women to ensure equality. I was almost killed because of equality.

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deepthinker
November 26, 2012 5:04 pm

I know the feeling A1Percent. When you hear that higher pitched voice come across the radio saying they are responding, you start thinking dear God let me get this whole thing under control before they arrive and escalate the situation.

Some here have the desire to show that they have “balls” and can deal with anything only to leave their partners in a no win situation. Then its always fun talking with the Monday Morning Quarterbacks, who are just “following up” on the matter. I don’t know which is worse, those looking to prove their toughness or those that are looking to jam all of us?

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Joe
November 26, 2012 5:39 pm

Don’t worry ladies, I would have failed too.

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November 26, 2012 7:32 pm

I was reading comments on the linked article and a Marine officer said the same thing. I’m not a Marine so I had no idea you could be an officer without being an infantry officer but I’m guessing there’s a bit of history behind it dating back to the days when Marines primarily served a Naval function.

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November 27, 2012 7:56 am

I read a book, one of my faves, “Crossed-Currents: The story of Women in the Navy from WWI to TailHook”. One of the parts I remember most is during WWII, when the WAVES were first established so that more men could go to sea. Two WAVES show up at a warehouse where pissed-off male Sailors look at them and say, “get all this heavy equipment put away before we come back from lunch.” Convinced there was no way these two women could do it they went to lunch. Two hours later, they are struggling to pick their jaws up off the ground. Through using their brains and setting up a series of pullies, these “little” ladies put away all the heavy equipment way faster than they themselves could or would. I relay this anecdote because, as a woman in the military, I recognize we women have vital roles to play in the defense of our great country. And we do offer important diversity and problem solving resources. However, I also recognize there is no way most of us have what it takes to be a Navy SEAL. My scrawny-ass sure doesn’t. A few do, but most do not.

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poppajoe49
November 27, 2012 8:02 am

True, women do play many vital roles in the military, it’s just that combat infantry isn’t one of them.

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November 27, 2012 8:19 am

Agreed

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November 27, 2012 8:24 am

What in the world is a “diversity resource?” My God, please tell me you didn’t drink the Kool-Aid over Thanksgiving.

In my mind I have this image of the Battle of Midway, the fate of the free world in the balance, bombs and torpedos exploding everywhere, and the captain of a warship shouting, “Engine room! Engine room! We need more diversity resources on the bridge!”

To which Scotty replies, “Captain, the women have used all the dilitheum crystal on the dinner table!”

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November 27, 2012 9:41 am

All I was trying to say that women are a vital part of many places in society, but COMBAT isn’t one of those places. I was also trying to say that women come to the table with different ways of looking at problems, because many times we have to rely on brains over muscle.

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November 27, 2012 12:53 pm

I think the most efficient and battle ready force would be the one that has each individual performing duties that they are GOOD at. Not where they have been placed to satisfy some politically correct nonsense.

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Not so silent
November 27, 2012 12:03 pm

First women to be put into combat? Sandra Fluke…the enemy would be so worn out not one shot would be fired and like France, they would surrender in hours.

More wine my dear?

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poppajoe49
November 27, 2012 1:25 pm

Actually, there could be one strategic group of women that could be combat ready.
PMS or menopausal women can be pretty fierce and ruthless. I know from experience.

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November 27, 2012 2:27 pm

Yeah, I could see how a sergeant could rouse the killer instinct in them.

Contents of wife’s purse: wallet, lipstick, kleenex, makeup, feminine products, glasses, husband’s balls, sunglasses, pepper spray.

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November 27, 2012 2:44 pm

Remember the woman who kept driving around the traffic circle to run over her husband? She could probably put the fear of God into the Taliban.

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November 27, 2012 4:05 pm

Just heard on the radio that the ACLU (of course) is helping 4 service women sue the DoD over the ban. Having had female friends who have gone on patrol as part of the marine female contingent who congress mandates must make it back to a base-camp one night out of every 6 weeks so that congress gets a touchy-feely that these women are “technically” out of combat, and to hear the four women tell their stories… Like flashingscotsman said. it shouldn’t be an out and out ban, but if a woman cannot physically hack it, don’t put the lives of the rest of the unit on the line just to make some left-wing arm-chair general happy that everything is PC. people need to stop using the military as a social engineering experiment.

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November 27, 2012 5:31 pm

“people need to stop using the military as a social engineering experiment.”

This. Exactly this. There aren’t enough thumbs-up in the universe for this. The military is a tool, not a toy.

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poppajoe49
November 27, 2012 6:42 pm

It annoyed me to no end when the military began becoming PC.
They started spending more time with Social Actions briefings than CPR classes. Seriously, what is more important, saving lives, or stopping the telling of dirty jokes?

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Big Al
November 27, 2012 5:19 pm

Fine, segregate them.

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davidintexas
November 28, 2012 11:57 am

ANY member of the US Military that voted for Obama should be tried for treason.

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November 28, 2012 6:03 pm

This could be the perfect job for Sandra Fluke. She could make sure everyone’s
gun’ is in working order. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kU0XCVey_U

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November 28, 2012 9:18 pm

The guys are gonna revolt.

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poppajoe49
November 28, 2012 9:21 pm

That was already pretty revolting.

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KimmyQueen
November 29, 2012 12:35 pm

I could never be in any area of the military I applaud anyone anywhere that does it. There are things that woman cannot do and things that men cannot do and things that both do well and things that one does a little better than the other. It is what it is. People just need to calm down. Let’s stop this equalizing movement crap. We don’t have the expertise, nor the perfection nor the all encompassing knowledge to truly equalize everything and everyone. Stop the madness it is time to let it go.

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