Military readiness demands personnel who can deploy on short notice without
ongoing medical problems holding them back. It wants recruits in prime health who
can give all they have. Medical issues don't just drive up costs so that hard
choices have to be made. They also cost lives...
A soldier patrolling around Taliban territory in Afghanistan who runs into medical
issues has to be evacuated by helicopter. That puts the crew at risk. Helicopter
crashes have made up a sizable chunk of the American death toll. Since medical
personnel in Afghanistan won't be equipped to deal with transgender problems, he
will have to be flown out to Germany. And then to America.
Meanwhile the leading medical challenge in Afghanistan is getting enough trained
medics to prevent soldiers whose limbs have been blown off by an IED from dying of
blood loss before getting to surgery.
Should resources be diverted from keeping dying soldiers alive to managing
The military is not a social experiment. It's the fine line between us and death.
"Climate science is not a science. It is a criminal venture intended to extort money
from the public."
We have become inundated all around with a belief in "ignorant experts" instead of the ignorance of experts, whether
27-year-old media pundits and uneducated Hollywood types stupidly opining about what Trump and co. have done or should do,
to judges' deference to the quackery of child custody evaluations in family court.
Jul 04, 2017:
On not "making mock of uniforms that guard you while you sleep"
If you hang around a British person long enough, you are practically guaranteed to hear
him make a derisive quip about Americans. In all likelihood, he won't even notice that he's done it...
Before September 11, it had
never occurred to me that the stability of global trade,
international peace, and the integrity of transnational
communications were in some regard the product of a naval supremacy
that the United States silently inherited from the British.
It had never occurred to me that the world would look dramatically
different if another country or axis enjoyed this power, and that it
was in my interest to ensure that this never happened. I had never
considered, in other words, the importance of the Pax Americana. From
now on, I would...
...the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the
Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers, and the men who, in Frederick
Douglass's immortal words, "preferred revolution to peaceful
submission to bondage"...
However vehemently my leftist friends tried
to relegate the virtue of a nation to the sum of its spreadsheets,
the fact remains that the United States is the only country in the
world that was founded explicitly on a proposition, and that in
consequence has a set of values to which it can return and to which
its immigrants may hew...
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the
Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War...
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and
large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration
of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor...
They gave you and me a free and independent America... Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these
patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid. Remember: freedom is never
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