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  1. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    A commentator named Ajhil called women who wanted to serve on front lines stupid. I made a post because his words upset me, but the cartoon updated a couple of hours later…Here is my overlong post about women in combat from
    Jim Morin 2013 01 28
    Pardon me, Ajhil, have you read anything written by Ms. Duckworth that defines her as fragmentary? I’ve only seen interviews and brief articles of how she overcame her wounds and found the battlefield of politics. I also believe she would not have used the word honor with quotation marks, that she would actually say it with a capital H, and in italics because of the pride she had in her service and fellow soldiers. She and thousands of others have taken the field on behalf of an idea that by doing so, she and all of them, are protecting us in ways not always easily seen or appreciated.
    In 1863, an all black Union Army unit, the 54th Mass., under the command of a white officer from an abolitionist family lead 600 of his men against Ft. Wagner in SC. It was widely believed as fact that blacks were unable to be trusted in combat and would run in the face of the enemy.
    The History Channel website says Col Shaw, the leader of the 54th, is to have said,
    “I want you to prove yourselves,The eyes of thousands will look on what you do tonight.”
    While his attack failed to take Ft. Wagner, and he died with most of his men, the number of blacks who died fighting and the damage they did to the fort made white union officers more willing to use blacks as soldiers.Ft. Wagner was closed soon after. Despite the many injustices that followed after the war, the men who died at Fort Wagner proved to a nation not to judge a man’s courage by his color and a nation of ex slaves had heroes that gave them a sense of empowerment.
    Now, among. our daughters, sisters, mothers, and girlfriends, are others who are ready to make the same stand, Black, white, and brown from every culture, and creed. Women who want to show any other woman who thinks she can’t, that she can if she wants to.
    It is good that you are glad to allow women who are physically and mentally able to serve on the front line to do so. There are many who do, not just for the opportunities for their career, but for the Honor of serving their country and to prove to their countrymen that they are Army Strong, Ever Faithful, able to Aim High, and that they have Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
    They’ll carry the load for you, Ajhil. They will serve in your place. But you should at least show them the respect they deserve.
    Your own hard words do you no honor, but then, as you say, you don’t seek honor.
    Humbly Grateful to over 200 years of sacrifice, and as ever,

  2. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 3 years ago

    Unfortunately, it seems there’s one prerequisite for that condition: No more humans.
    As said on a trailer for a video game, of all things: “So long as there’s two people on this planet, someone is gonna want someone dead.”

  3. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll No reasonable and moderate liberal nor conservative is saying that women have not already been in combat, and even died a heroic death in such conditions! And that has inadvertently happened in every war throughout American History.Or that in many cases women could not do just a good a job in active combat as men do.But that is not the real crux of the argument that I and at least some others have against a policy of having women engage in actual combat positions (whether voluntarily or not, with voluntarily being the most acceptable condition).It is NOT have women, or CAN women be assigned to active combat roles in our military, the real question is, SHOULD women be assigned such roles? As active combat is one of the most terrifying and horrific of the activities that even men can possibly engage in, do we really wish to subject potential (and even worse, actual) wives and even mothers in this activity?

    Perhaps I am being at least somewhat old fashioned (and even somewhat conservative) here, but I personally say no!

    A possible analogy here would be the ultra conservative argument against any kind of gun control at all. In that argument, it has been atated that any kind of even moderate gun control is the start of extreme gun control, where all such firearms are confiscated from even law abiding citizens of this country that should be able to keep their firearms.

    Such an analogy would go from our best and brightest young men in active combat, to our women. And then (as silly as the gun argument certainly is) how about eventually to our children as well?

    I guess you could really say that women have come a long way, when they too, can share in the death, dismemberment, maiming, and PTSD that we are asking our young men to do!

    I am only saying these things after your post as you are one of the more moderate and reasonable posters on these boards!

    So, please do not take my position as an attack upon yourself or even your viewpoint, should you disagree with mine.

    And as usual, I wish you and yours a very great day!!

  4. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    By the way, I really like your idea for separation of paragraphs by using the asterisk.


    And I will try it in the future!

  5. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    Well. then I could use * which is used in some books (both entertainment and otherwise, I have always been a prodigious reader) to denote some different sections (or ideas) in between actual chapters.


    I am more than happy to use that here to denote different paragraphs.


    What I do not understand, is why such as Microsoft Word can give you a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) for such as paragraph designations, while this site does not seem to be able to do that.

    At least they do seem to have a fairly decent spell checker. And while my spelling is reasonable, when I type fast on the keyboard I often miss the proper keys, and so I use the spell checker to correct those errors.


    Once again, do have a great day!!

  6. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    Hmmm, perhaps if I try placing spaces between the asterisks, like * * *.

    • * *
    And if that does not work then how about

    --*. So:


    You know, it IS so stupid, but this site does not seem to easily do what even simple word processors have been doing since the advent of the PC itself!!

  7. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    Well, maybe I found the answer in using * * * *

    • * * *

    four spaced asterisks in order to get the three that I really want?

  8. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    Fantastic, I actually found something that works!!

  9. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    Hello Robert,
    Good post as yours so often are.
    My daughter the major would reply better to your concerns than I might since as a “Southern Gentleman”, and a recovering male chauvinist(but not a pig) I generally agree with you.
    On you other point, I’m using a point.
    I’m not using the asterix * I’m using the pointy thing over the 6 key ^
    Thank you for the reply.

  10. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    & @ C Downs

    Try using carriage return or break <br>


    The codes in between brackets won’t show up in the normal text (I just formatted them with bold so that they are visible to show you)

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