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    Ted Stevens holds onto his Senate seat...for now.

    Tom, I don't know if you have seen the Alaskan election returns or not. But it looks like a victory for (drumroll, please)...Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, of all people.

    I believe that makes him...
  2. Do as we say, not as we do?

    Our own country is either unable or unwilling to control substantial population movements on our own southern border. Yet we demand Pakistan and Afghanistan to do exactly that?

    Just how many US...
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    I'm just curious how you go about addressing B),...

    I'm just curious how you go about addressing B), where religious beliefs and traditions are ordered out of the discussion through an appeal to some system of logic. That might be a little easier said...
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    We face political problems more than training problems.

    Gentlemen,

    Fuchs, is the problem really training at all, in some of the historical episodes you enumerated? Meaning, in the narrow sense of competently drilling troops on a parade ground, marching...
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    I am originally from Texas, and was living there...

    I am originally from Texas, and was living there at the time this happened. I remember it getting a significant amount of attention from the statewide media.

    The way I remember this being...
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    The Ballad of Ezequiel Hernandez, anyone?

    And then there was the case of Ezequiel Hernandez.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezequiel_Hernandez
    Esequiel Hernández Jr was an 18-year-old U.S. citizen and high school student killed on May 20,...
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    If Iraq was rich in carrots, isntead of oil...

    Well, I guess we went to war in Afghanistan because of the attacks on 9/11.

    As to why we are at war in Iraq, it seems pretty persuasive to me that petroleum has something to do with it. If...
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    D.C. cops using lessons from Iraq?

    Interesting story I heard on NPR on the drive into work today.

    D.C. Police use Radical Tactic to Combat Homicides
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91379525

    They're setting...
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    Here are some worries to consider

    Fascinating thread.

    I'll let Ski answer for himself what our much worries might be besides whether we have air superiority in a war with China, but before it deteriorates to that point, I'd...
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    Update on the 10,000 man Philly militia

    NPR just did a story as a follow up to Philadelphia’s 10,000 man street militia.
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91360609

    Bottom Line: lack of organization and follow...
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    Fuel Price increase drives French navy to port

    The rapid rise in fuel prices has resulted in the French navy cancelling 3 summer missions. Sacre Bleu!

    Read all about it here, as well as other places, I'm sure....
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    That English Civil War

    JJackson: I hear you loud and clear about not trusting what a government says about people in jail, just because it says so. It doesn't mean they are innocent, just that nobody has proven anything....
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    The Trial and Punishment of JJackson, Esq.

    I’ll take a crack at this one. If grabbed as a suspected terrorist by US troops, I don’t know who decides you go to Gitmo. Or how it is decided. But, it seems possible, if whoever thinks you belong...
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    The question is why are we bothering with holding...

    The question is why are we bothering with holding trials (perhaps instead of summary execution) for people we just know are guilty of something.

    Q: What do the following men all have in common?...
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    It goes a very long way back.

    Amen to that, Ken.

    You could trace the USA's conflict with violent, Islamic elements all the way back to 1784, when the ink was barely dry on the peace treaty with Britain. The Barbary Pirates,...
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    America's radical move to Atheism? I've traveled...

    America's radical move to Atheism? I've traveled fairly widely across the country the last few years and can't recall anyplace without a healthy number of places of worship: church, cathedral,...
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    Why some flight students were so interested in...

    Why some flight students were so interested in learning to fly a jet airplane, but unconcerned with how to land it, ought to have caused somebody down there in Florida to wonder just WHAT kind of...
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    Mohamed Atta? The Hamburg Cell?

    Left out of this summary is anything about Mohamed Atta.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Atta#Germany
    He apparently felt comfortable enough operating in Hamburg to create the Hamburg Cell,...
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    Saving their Souls in Fallujah?

    I don't know what to make of this one. The Seattle Times story describes Marines apparently proselytizing as Christian missionaries in Fallujah....
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    The Louisville cap?

    A quick Google search yielded no results for The Louisville cap. What y'all are describing sounds something like French gendarmes or the French Foreign Legion wear (kepi blanc). If anybody has a...
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    Do you want starch with that?

    I vividly remember standing in formation to hear a battalion commander rail about how he didn't want to see any starched BDUs, that that was in fact, against regulations, and he was going to make...
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    I’m originally from East Texas. My wife is from...

    I’m originally from East Texas. My wife is from this area. We decided to settle here a few years ago. I prefer the climate of this region to Texas. The local history is also pretty interesting.
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    A good novel on Arnold and Burr...

    jmm99: interesting posts. Years ago, I read Gore Vidal's novel "Burr." In this novel Aaron Burr recalls various incidents in his life, and gives his opinions of the principal political and military...
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    Is that really true? I heard some news this...

    Is that really true? I heard some news this morning on the radio about a federal grand jury about to indict Blackwater people for their shootings in Iraq last semptember that left 17 dead. Maybe just...
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    I've never understood the hostility of the U.S....

    I've never understood the hostility of the U.S. armed forces to beards and longer hair. Like Tom says, that wasn't always the case with this, either.

    I just spent a few days last week touring the...
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