Those of you who were following the efforts of then SECDEF Ash Carter to open up all combat roles to women during the Obama administration probably recall some of his comments at the time. In 2015, when the U.S. Marine Corps was told to integrate women into combat duty, Carter was very clear in stating that standards would not be lowered and the women would have to compete on even footing with the men. The New York Times covered his announcement at the time. (Emphasis added)
“There will be no exceptions,” Mr. Carter said at a news conference. He added, “They’ll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars and lead infantry soldiers into combat. They’ll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers and everything else that was previously open only to men.”
The defense secretary sought to assuage those concerns on Thursday by saying that every service member would have to meet the standards of the jobs they wished to fill, and “there must be no quotas or perception thereof.”
Unfortunately, one of the requirements to become a Marine combat officer is to pass the Combat Endurance Test (CET). One Marine I know who lived through the experience simply described it as “hell.” Many of the details are not made available to the public at large, but the majority of men who attempt the feat fail. The number of women who passed the course can apparently be counted on one hand.
Read the whole thing and feel your blood begin to boil. Don’t believe it will happen? The army has female Rangers now – Actual, tabbed Rangers, and we were assured that would never happen either.
This is why I’m not on FB. My wife’s engaged in an argument regarding gun control that’s been rolling since last night – Some jerk (one of those whose self esteem hinges on winning arguments on the Internet) is snarking at her about why the 2A should be repealed…I read his posts this morning and sent my wife this via email:
And here’s the killer argument from Ben Shapiro, one of the smartest political analysts out there:
Zuckerberg really has created hell on Earth for those who use it to argue politics, but I’ll be damned if I let some creep tell me what I should be thinking while I’m cleaning my .357 in my boxer shorts (sorry, that’s an awful image, I know) with my shrapnel scars in full view on my legs – Even if he’s not addressing me directly.
In February 19, 1942 — seventy-four years ago today — Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. With the stroke of his pen, the man who had earlier snubbed Jesse Owens after the Berlin Olympics used his executive powers to order the imprisonment of over 100,000 persons of Japanese ancestry (as well as thousands of German and Italian ancestry) for the duration of World War II.
Most of the internees were natural-born American citizens, whose “crime” was having a parent or merely a grandparent with Japanese blood. It was an act of naked, aggressive racism that damaged people and families, including my own, for generations.
For those who leak tears at the thought of Gitmo, print this out and use it for tissue. Perhaps, by osmosis, you’ll come to understand that allowing enemy intelligence / forces to roam unheeded within your borders or go back to their place of origin for more training and another deployment isn’t such a great idea.
You know, as a retired Field Grade (barely – I retired as a Major, those four years in the Guard and ten years in the USAR are the only reasons I got that gold oak leaf) Infantry officer…The lowest of the low, I feel as if I could spend a week writing a brief on why Gitmo isn’t a goat f*** and convince Congress to issue a statement that would immediately halt all of the sniffling and crying amongst those who hate Gitmo simply because they hate George W. Bush.
But why bother? Sulu (George Takei) has formed his Brigades, our government isn’t even ready for a Twitter counteroffensive, and one wounded veteran going off about the mouth on Capitol Hill isn’t going to change anything (that’s reserved for the Cindy Sheehan’s and Beau Bergdahl’s of this world).
14 more years until I collect my pension, then I’m never looking at a newspaper again. In the meantime, at least I’ll be employed firing small arms 9-5 for those 14 years.
God grant me the strength to make it through them.
I’m sure The Donald will pack his bags and head off into the night if THIS happens:
They can’t stand each other, but a founding member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young says a shared, intense dislike for President Trump could ultimately get the estranged band back together.
“They’re all mad at me. But they all dislike Donald Trump very much, the same way I do,” David Crosby tells Billboard magazine of his former bandmates in an interview published Monday.
“We dislike [Trump] intensely because he’s a spoiled child who can’t do his job,” the 76-year-old “Wooden Ships” singer says.
“So a reunion is possible. We don’t like each other, but we like Trump a whole lot less.”
Calling Trump a “wretched person,” Crosby says the president is “the worst kind of landlord; and a racist.”
It’s not the first time that the band’s founding member has hinted at a possible reunion due to hostility towards the commander in chief.
In December, Crosby retweeted a Variety article with the headline: “Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Could Reunite — Because They Hate Trump More Than Each Other.”
How old are these clowns? Old enough to think that “protest music” will make a difference. The world I wake up in is stupider every day.
What, with Harvey Weinstein as second on her ticket? Good luck with that.
I’ve written about this before, and been called a right wing, anti-globalization nut for it, but, ahem:
The recent influx of mostly young, male migrants into Germany has led to an increase in violent crime in the country, according to a government-funded study published Wednesday.
The study used figures from the northern state of Lower Saxony to examine the impact of refugee arrivals on crime in 2015 and 2016, a period when the number of violent crimes reported increased by 10.4 percent.
The authors concluded that 92 percent of the additional crimes recorded could be attributed to the increase in refugee numbers.
It noted that the demographic composition of the refugee population is a major factor. Young males — whether Germans or migrants — are generally more likely to commit crimes, but also more likely to become victims of violence.
The findings add to the ongoing debate in Germany about how to tackle migrant crime, which has been fanned by a number of high-profile incidents . Parties on the right, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Union bloc, want a tough response and more deportations, while those on the left say more needs to be done to integrate refugees into German society.
Wait a minute. Frau Merkel wants a “tough response” and “more deportations”? For God’s sake, she’s the very person who mandated al-Germany accept a million “Syrian” immigrants per year to start with!
Honestly, I weep for my mother’s country. It’s past saving.
…And James Lileks tosses up a beauty today:
Here’s a piece about what you can do to fight fascism. It ran in the Dallas paper.
Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so.
Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.
1. Do not obey in advance. Much of the power of authoritarianism is freely given. In times like these, individuals think ahead about what a more repressive government will want, and then start to do it without being asked. You’ve already done this, haven’t you?
No. Unless you count making quarterly tax payments.
2. Defend an institution. Follow the courts or the media, or a court or a newspaper. Do not speak of “our institutions” unless you are making them yours by acting on their behalf. Institutions don’t protect themselves. They go down like dominoes unless each is defended from the beginning.
I think I get a pass on this one.
Do read the whole thing. Lileks doesn’t always write on politics (his main beat is retro on the Internet), but when he does, it is masterful.