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A Couple of really good ideas about bringing back the Draft!

Now before somebody messes up their pantys. I served in the US Army & also agree on the fact that a lot of Folks should NOT be allowed into MY Army!

Carte Blanche Foreign Policy: the Curse of the All-Volunteer Force

A few weeks back, I was asked to speak to some high school students about the U.S. Army in the post-Vietnam time period. At first I had no idea what I was going to say. How would I get high schoolers fired up about the demise of the Active Defense doctrine and the rise of AirLand Battle?
But as a I scanned the era for notable takeaways that I could foist on as-yet-unmolded brains that were still drowsy from lunchtime, I came across one very pertinent point: the end of the draft and the beginning of the all-volunteer force in 1973.
It’s never quite what you’d call “fun” to get up in front of a bunch of high-school students. As a group, they seemed intent on sucking all the life out of the room by not displaying a single iota of emotion.
They’re like Dementors for guest lecturers, I guess. So I started off with a simple question. Who could tell me what the Korean War was about?
Followed it up with, “Ok, who can tell me anything at all about the Korean War?” Silence answered silence.
Fortunately, I had expected this. Because at their age, even I – who, I like to think, had an excellent education – would’ve been hard pressed to answer what the root causes of the Korean War were. So, together, we went back in time. We talked about the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I, World War II – the big wars.
The wars where the entire population needed to be leveraged, where all of America went to war. I posited TR Fehrenbach’s theory that all wars prior to Korea could be justified to the American people as a crusade of some type – even the small ones. “Remember the Alamo!” and “Remember the Maine!” come to mind.
But then came Korea. And while Korea was brutal, savage, cost American lives, and used conscription, it was quick. Three years from a very sudden flash to a long drawn-out bang. And unless you were drafted or part of a military family, the war had little influence on you.
It was not a whole-of-society approach to war.  It was not a crusade. Sure, it was one part of the larger Cold War against the U.S.S.R., but it was often a faceless type of war that it was hard for people to conceptualize, much like the Global War on Terror of the early 21st century. Korea was over so quickly that war weariness could not set in, as it would later do in Vietnam.
It was during the Vietnam conflict that the American public came face to face with the brutality of modern political armed conflict, waged with the tool of conscription.
Two million Americans found themselves drafted into the military and many of them were shipped off to fight in a war that was not even given the dignity of being called a war. And it was here that American society would change the way that the nation would make war.
War weariness and social upheaval caused a groundswell of dissatisfaction against the draft; so much so that members of Congress began to take it seriously. Richard Nixon campaigned on his promise to end the draft, and he made good on that between 1971-73.
So, I told the students, the draft was over for Vietnam and hasn’t been used since. Does that mean that all the conflicts are over?
They shook their heads. No.
“Who here was born after September 11, 2001?” I queried. Half the room raised the hands. The other half had been born just before. In other words, as I told them, they were a generation who had known nothing but war.
The military being in conflict was normal to them. We talked about how casualties being reported on used to be an earth-shattering, news-stealing moment. How that was never what was considered normal.
They seemed interested at this idea, but to them, the wars of today are still far away and have no connection to them. They are fought by other people. Volunteers. And as such, as long as casualties are low, military conflicts can be prosecuted for a very long time without much public interest.
Much like the Korean conflict, if you are not in the military yourself or have a family member in the military, the conflicts of today have no impact on you.
Life continues the same. Consumerism roars ahead. Lawns are mowed, trees are trimmed, cars roll along without fuel rationing. We surrender a few personal privacy rights in the name of “security,” but by and large it’s all normal.
Unless you’re that kid sitting in a combat outpost on the Syrian border, wondering what life choices brought you to that point.
The students – I think – realize this disconnect, but they do not understand it fully. I asked them to consider not whether it is feasible for the U.S. to conduct unilateral foreign policy, but whether it is right.
Whether maybe society should take some more ownership of its military and remove the carte blanche that we have given for the use of military force. And lastly, I asked them to serve, in some way. It doesn’t have to be the military, I said, just do something that helps other people.
There’s a lot of talk inside the military about the so-called “civil-military divide.” And while it’s definitely a thing, it’s often overplayed by service members. In the age of the all-volunteer force, we often seek to find ways to boost the morale of a community that is asked to carry a massive burden.
And since decisive military victory did not come readily in the first decade of the 21st century, a culture of military exceptionalism grew up inside the ranks. I’ve lost track of the times I’ve been told that I’m the 1% of American society that has been blessed to wear the uniform. Or the number of times our families have been told that there is nothing more important than the military family.
Inside this culture of military exceptionalism there has grown a cancer. It is the belief that because we in the military are so special for having served, we are somehow superior to all those that have not.
I call this the “douche-vet” syndrome. It can be seen in a myriad of social media posts, internet message boards, and in clothing and merchandise lines.
This subculture is toxic, obnoxious, and oftentimes is directly opposed to the espoused values of the military. Needless to say, it more often than not causes a divide between the people of the United States and their military.
Looking at the root cause, there is truth to be found there. Driving home with my wife, she was lamenting that no one else in her group of friends or our community seems to understand what me being in the military actually means: the long absences, the phone calls late at night, the holidays and birthdays missed, and the occasional fear of the service member’s death or injury.
It’s just not something that others think about. There are some who even express surprise when they hear of deployments, saying, “Oh, I didn’t think we were still active there.”
But, you’ll say, you volunteered for this. And you are 110% correct. I could leave this very moment if I wished. And I begrudge no one the hardships our family has been through. We volunteered and have been compensated along the way.
But I do have some asks of society.
Be engaged. Be involved. Know what is happening in the world. The All-Volunteer Force means that we are not often disrupting society.
And as such, we can often be used all around the world with very few people paying attention. Take ownership of the fact that we are your military. We do not belong to Congress, or the President, or the Supreme Court; we belong to the people of the United States.

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About the Editor: Angry Staff Officer is an Army engineer officer who is adrift in a sea of doctrine and staff operations and uses writing as a means to retain his sanity. He also collaborates on a podcast with Adin Dobkin entitled War Stories, which examines key moments in the history of warfare.

Cover Photo: Marine draftees receive their rifles at Parris Island (National Archives Photo)

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Here is just another reason on why you should always leave home armed & with a plan to kill everyone you meet!

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7 Reasons to Use .327 Federal Magnum for Self-Defense by Richard Mann

7 Reasons to Use .327 Federal Magnum for Self-Defense
Introduced in 2008, Federal Premium shocked the shooting community with its new .327 Federal Magnum. The cartridge was essentially a lengthened .32 H&R Magnum loaded to a much higher pressure. Ruger and Smith & Wesson offered compact revolvers for this round, but aside from developing a cult-like following, it never really took off.
That is until now; a decade later, it’s gaining new traction. Here are seven reasons you should consider the .327 Federal Magnum—a cartridge that was ahead of its time—as a defensive handgun ammo option:

Today, there is a wide variety of .327 Federal Magnum loads to choose from, and they’re loaded with great bullets like the Speer Gold Dot and Barnes TAC-XP.

No. 1: Defensive Ammo Availability
Unlike back in 2008, there are now at least 10 factory ammunition offerings for the .327 Federal Magnum. Available loads span bullet weights from 75 to 130 grains and include trusted, street-proven projectiles like the Speer Gold Dot, Federal HydraShok, and even Barnes TAC-XP. Federal even offers a low-recoil load in its Premium Personal Defense line.

With the .327 Federal Magnum, you get an extra round in the cylinder of subcompact revolvers.

No. 2: Increased Cylinder Capacity
Compact revolvers chambered for the .327 Federal Magnum typically hold six rounds. Compact revolvers for the .357 Mag. and even the .38 Spl. only hold five.
Do the math anyway you like, but that amounts to an increase in ammunition capacity of 20 percent. In a life-or-death situation, you cannot count on a mythical one-shot stop from any cartridge. With the .327 Federal Magnum, you have a little something extra on your side.

Ruger’s lightweight and compact LCR is a perfect match to the .327 Federal Magnum and is designed concealed carry.

No. 3: Availability of Purpose-Built Concealed-Carry Guns
Ruger’s LCR compact revolver holds six rounds, weighs only 17 ounces, has an ion-bond finish to protect it from corrosion and a Hogue Tamer Mono-grip to reduce recoil.
This is an ideal pocket or deep-concealment revolver for everyday carry. It won’t weigh you down; it comes in a full 10 ounces less than the original Ruger SP-101 introduced with the .327 Federal Magnum in 2008.

Even the light-recoiling but incredibly fast 75-grain TAC-XP load from DoubleTap will exceed the FBI’s minimum penetration threshold of 12 inches, while still expanding wide.

No. 4: Excellent Terminal Performance
The 100-grain Speer Gold Dot load for the .327 Federal Magnum will penetrate more than 16 inches in 10-percent ordnance gelatin and expand with a frontal diameter of almost a full half-inch.
The DoubleTap 75-grain TAC XP load will penetrate almost as deep and expand almost as wide but will do so with less than .38 Spl. recoil. It has lightning-like velocity, even from short-barreled revolvers.
The 130-grain hardcast load from Buffalo Bore Ammunition is even suitable for bear defense. You can expect almost 3 feet of penetration from this hard-hitting, powerhouse, .32-caliber load.

Federal’s excellent low-recoil load for the .327 Federal Magnum is topped off with the famed Hydra-Shok JHP bullet.

No. 5: Substantially Reduced Recoil
When you compare a .357 Mag. load that will deliver the same level of terminal performance as the .327 Federal Magnum, you’ll find it does so with about a 50 percent increase in recoil.
The .327 Federal Magnum performs so well because it operates at a higher pressure than the .357 Mag.—45,000 psi as opposed to 35,000 psi. But recoil is reduced because it fires smaller diameter and slightly lighter bullets.
The .357 Mag. is a great cartridge, but with 125-grain bullets, the .327 Federal Magnum can match its velocity and terminal performance without the wrist-twisting crunch.

Many pair their .357 Mag. or .44 Mag. revolver with a like-chambered lever gun. Now with the introduction of the Henry, you can do that with the .327 Federal Magnum.

No. 6: Rifles Available to Match
With the introduction of Henry Big Boy rifles in .327 Federal Magnum, you can now have a lever-action rifle or carbine that fires the same cartridge as your defensive revolver.
Cowboys of the Old West liked this idea because they did not have to worry about sorting ammunition between the two guns they relied on the most. For a rifle/revolver combination, the .327 Federal Magnum is ideal.

Versatility is the hallmark of the .327 Federal Magnum. With no other revolver can you fire this many different cartridges.

No. 7: Multi-Cartridge Compatibility
Last, but by no means least, the true beauty of the .327 Federal Magnum is its ability to fire four other cartridges. You can shoot .32 ACP, .32 Long, .32 Short and .32 H&R Mag. ammunition in any .327 Federal Magnum revolver.
This gives you resourceful flexibility unmatched by any other handgun—revolver or semi-auto. It also lets you adjust the revolver’s recoil to the sensitivity of any shooter in your household and affords a wide selection of factory, low recoil, practice options.

Dear Grumpy Advice on Teaching in Today's Classroom Well I thought it was funny!

And let the Games Begin!

All I can say is that I am so Happy to be a Retired Teacher!
That & God Bless those who are still in it and doing the Good fight! Grumpy

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One of the Best overall 9mm Automatic Pistols out there! The SIG Sauer Inc MOD. P226

Now If you have been kind enough to have been reading my humble blog for any time at all. You most probably know that I am a big fan of the Sig-Sauer Automatics.
Having started out with one almost 20 years ago. The P-220 in the excellent caliber of 45 ACP with its incredible accuracy (at least for me).
But just in case, Sports fan if you have just come across my pitiful efforts with the Queen’s English & my love of things that go Boom!
Here is why I like them so!

  1. They have a solid reputation with Folks that I have a lot of Respect. For example the US Navy SEALS, who like them.Image result for US Navy SEALS
  2. They are extremely well built & are designed for Folks who demand a gun that will never let them down. Image result for US Navy SEALS with sigs
  3. They also have a great & simple sight system that works
  4. They are also extremely easy to field strip and clean.Image result for sigs field striped
  5. They usually come with some pretty rugged magazines. Which usually are the main source of trouble with a Automatic Pistol.Image result for sig sauer magazines 200x200
  6. They are mostly made of high grade steel not plastic. Unlike some other popular brand.
  7. Something to keep in mind if one has run out of ammo & has to continue the fight. (I mean by the last comment is the fine art of pistol whipping.)
  8. My only complaints about these stellar pistols. Is the high price tag that comes with it. Due in part to the war against Gun Ownership here in the People’s Republic of California.Related image Plus the obvious price of labor & material that is involved in making these great fighting man weapons.
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I still say that Hell's not Hot Enough!

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Robert Burnette mugshot Courtesy photo St. Charles Police Department

Baby was crying, so dad tried to find the voice box in his child’s throat, Missouri police say

Updated August 29, 2018 11:58 AM

The baby, identified by police as J.B., was eventually taken to the hospital in critical condition, KTVI reported. He had broken bones, liver contusions and a brain bleed and was pronounced dead on Nov. 28, 2016, the station reported. Police told the station it was one of the worst cases they had dealt with.
Now almost two years later, Burnette pleaded guilty for child abuse resulting in death, KMOV reported. A sentencing hearing has been set for Oct. 29, and the state told the station it will be asking that the man face 30 years in prison.
Law enforcement officials told the Post-Dispatch that Burnette has a “history of violence” and “has been in mental institutions for severe anger issues and has been diagnosed with several mental disorders.”
Hendricks, 21, lied at the hospital in 2016 when she told doctors she didn’t know how the baby was hurt, police told the newspaper.
Police also said she wouldn’t use her son’s name — she’d use “the kid” or “the baby” when referring to him, and she didn’t show any emotion.
She is scheduled to be on trial next month, the Associated Press reported. She will also be tried on the charge of child abuse resulting in death.
The words just fail me on how to exclaim the utter disgust that this story has produced in me! Grumpy

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Remington Argentine Model 1879 Patria Rolling Block, Blue & Case Color 36” Single Shot Rifle & Cleaning Rod, 1879-82 Antique .43 Spanish

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Don't rely on the police for protection!

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If you’re one of those who says that you’ll rely on the police to protect you, rather than take steps to be able to defend yourself and your family if necessary, consider this.

Michael Lewis is the Sheriff in Wicomico County, and was also a Sergeant with the Maryland State Police. He joined Ed Norris and Steve Davis on Thursday to talk about the alleged controversial orders the police were given during the riots.
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“They said we could have handled this, we were very capable of handling this, but we were told to stand down, repeatedly told to stand down,” he said. “I had never heard that order come from anyone — we went right out to our posts as soon as we got there, so I never heard the mayor say that.

But repeatedly these guys, and there were many high-ranking officials from the Baltimore City Police Department … and these guys told me they were essentially neutered from the start. They were spayed from the start.

They were told to stand down, you will not take any action, let them destroy property. I couldn’t believe it, I’m a 31-year veteran of law enforcement. … I had never heard anything like this before in my life and these guys obviously aren’t gonna speak out and the more I thought about this, … I had to say a few things. I apologize if I’ve upset people, but I believe in saying it like it is.”
Lewis said though he didn’t hear the order to stand down come from the mayor, he did hear it from police officials.
“I heard it myself over the Baltimore City police radio that I had tethered to my body-armor vest, I heard it repeatedly. ‘Stand down, stand down, stand down! Back up, back up, retreat, retreat!’ I couldn’t believe those words.

Those are words I’ve never heard in my law enforcement vocabulary,” he said. “Baltimore City police, all law enforcement agencies are very capable of handling that city. They’re trained to handle that city. These guys were hearing words that had never been echoed in their lives, in their careers.”

There’s more at the link.
What happens if you rely on the cops to protect you, but the politicians in charge of those cops think it’s more important for their image, or their re-electability, or for whatever politically correct reasons, to stop the cops from doing their job?
It matters not whether it’s a riot situation such as Sheriff Lewis is describing, or a problem with community relations that stops police from carrying out their normal duties.  Where does that leave you?
I’ll tell you where it leaves you.  Up the creek without a paddle.
I only hope that all my readers have the sense to read Sheriff Lewis’ words and draw the appropriate conclusions from them.  Your safety is first and foremost in yourhands – no-one else’s.  Train and prepare accordingly.


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The Colt SAA from 1956