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  1. With the Trijicon ACOG, you can use the Bindon aiming concept. I don't know if it works with other, similar, low-power sights.
  2. The death of Secret Service agent Don Russell in Tom Clancy 's book Executive Orders always gets me. "...It was like he’d always dreamed it would be. The gun was doing all the work. His peripheral vision shown movement to his left—the support group—but no, it was a car, driving across the playground right at them—not the Suburban, something else. He scarcely could tell as his pistol centered on another shooter, but that man went down, shot three times by Anne Pemberton in the doorway behind him. The remaining two—only two, he had a chance—then Annie got one in the chest, then fell forward, and Russell knew he was alone, all alone now, only him between Sandbox and these motherfuckers."
  3. What crimes have they committed, or even been accused of committing? Crimes brought to trial and acquitted don't count.
  4. He has to last 731 days into the term so that Harris is eligible to run twice.
  5. Yes, he really did say that. It destroyed whatever credibility he had.
  6. Combatants that don't justify deadly force? WTF is he talking about? He's not a cop...SMDH.
  7. That stat is a bit misleading, because the provision of child psychology services is mostly through the school system, not the county. The beauty (and horror) of the US is that we have at least 50 different systems, and many of the states devolve these kinds of services still lower, to sub-state levels of governance. So picking one of those levels and pointing to a gap in a service at that level, when there are a myriad of other options is disingenuous. Of course, that assume S that the provision of medical care should even be a governmental responsibility. I'd bet that there are thousands of churches that would gladly aid in counseling troubled teens, but the families are not involved, and we've made it difficult for religious organizations to interact with schools. Heck, people were complaining about Samaritan's Purse providing fully-functioning field hospitals in NY during spring of 2020 because of the religious nature of the organization.
  8. If they were really making that much profit, someone would come along and accept a slightly reduced profit to take more market share. Most of the profit margins are very thin. If your numbers were even close to right, someone would accept only 10-13k profit (instead of the 12-15k you postulate) and gain more of the containers being shipped. Between higher taxes, increased wages to get workers, increased healthcare costs because of covid, inflation, and the increased cost of getting through the snarls caused by governments goobering up the supply chain with restrictions to prevent covid, ill bet the margins are the same or slightly smaller than they were in 2019 in real terms, even if the actual dollar amount is large in inflated dollars.
  9. In WWI, 1-25 were for the Regular Army, 26-75 for the Army National Guard, and 76 and above for the National Army. After WWI, National Army became Organized Reserves, and then later the Army Reserve. You can see some of this in the lineage of the 82nd Airborne Division. https://history.army.mil/html/forcestruc/lineages/branches/div/082abdb.htm The system above is why we activated up to the 106th Infantry Division to get to the 68 (or 74, since the 5 Airborne and 1 Mountain Divisions used Infantry Division numbers) mobilized for WWII. The system still remains generally, https://www.armydivs.com/, but there were and are exceptions. Also, many of the ARNG and USAR divisions have been redesignated as other than divisions, for example, the NCNG 30th Infantry Division is now the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team. In the unlikely event that the US were to mobilize more than 74 infantry divisions in the future, they could use the unused numbers, or keep going past 106. Either way, it would be slightly uncharted territory. I GUESS they would probably not use the unused ARNG numbers, and continue higher if they needed more new designations.
  10. The original air assault test unit was the 11th Airborne. I'm not sure why 1st CAV got the nod in 65, but it was returned to the Armor branch in the early/mid-70s, and I think it should remain there. The Institute of Heraldry's published patch for the 11th has a tab that reads "Air Assault", not "Airborne". In WWII, and until 1948, a unit that was purely parachute capable was designated "parachute," a unit that was glider capable was designated "glider," and a unit designated "airborne" meant that it had components that were both- hence the 82nd Airborne Division and 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion (with a mix of parachute and glider companies, but 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 319th Glider Field Artillery Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and 376th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion. With gliders phased out in 1948, as parachutes became more capable of delivering heavy equipment, all units were designated as "airborne." This is clear in the official lineages posted on the Center for Military History. https://tioh.army.mil/Catalog/PageFlow.aspx?CategoryId=8462&grp=2&menu=Uniformed Services The US Amy established plans for up to 100 divisions in WWI, and used up to the designation 104th in WWII. We are still using that system, although much modified. There is an appendix in this book that shows a priority for keeping Division colors on active duty, although the quantitative system is not always honored- for example, in the mid-90s drawdown, we should have kept 7th or 9th IDs, but retained the 10th instead, because Bob Dole was influential on the Senate Armed Services Committe, and had served in that division. https://history.army.mil/books/Lineage/reflag/reflagarm.htm
  11. 500 launchers!?! 80 batteries!?!? Thats not just "a lot of launchers", that a LITERAL METRIC SHITTON of launchers. counting both MLRS and HIMARS, the US Army has only 26-27 battalions, <600 launchers. This would probably equal all of the rest of NATO, minus the US, combined.
  12. If it were my kids inside that school, that's a risk I'm going to take, LEO or not. Especially if the bozo quasi-LEOs were goofing it up by the numbers, as is apparently the case. As someone said above, it's still early, and we probably won't ever really KNOW what happened, but if the reports about some LEOs forcibly preventing parents going after their children while other LEOs went after their own kids, then that is really, REALLY bad. Being a LEO confers additional responsibilities in addition to some privileges, the balance of which were apparently FAR out of whack in this case.
  13. We were able to get a nuclear capable 8" round before we were able get it small enough to fit in a 155mm. Once the 155mm was nuclear capable, and MLRS was developed, the was no longer a reason to accept the disadvantages of 8".
  14. In the Army, 105mm is ONLY in the Infantry BCTs, and has been for a couple of decades, at least. But there are more IBCTs than the two divisions that you listed- they are approximately half of the BCTs in the total Army. The USMC did have 105mm in the past, but they've been 155 pure for a long time, although I'm not exactly sure when they got rid of their last 105mm.
  15. You're probably right in the particular instance of Stuart- I don't think he is evilly setting out to change the meaning of the word on his own individual accord. He's merely reiterating what the progressive movement writ large is intentionally doing, and has been for a century.
  16. It's not foolishness, it's intentional misuse of the language to facilitate shifting the goalposts. Censorship means forcibly preventing someone from express an idea- because it involves force, it must legally belong to the state, since the private use of force is strictly circumscribed. If you can change the meaning to any inhibition on expression, you can soon get to the point where the state can force one to support another's expression, regardless of the first's opinion, because reasons. Where there in all sorts of cases with the progressives.
  17. Gross perversion of the meaning of that clause. https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/general-welfare-clause/
  18. Which clause in the Constitution specifically authorizes the federal government to confiscate money to be spent on a thing called "pandemic funding"?
  19. Hypocrisy certainly abounds, but the particular leap that criticism of x equals a call for government prohibition of x seems to be a particularly statist phenomenon.
  20. Only if you confuse criticism of the decision with a call to forcibly prevent taking that decision. I can legitimately criticize the man that decides to cheat on his wife, and decry the negative effects from that decision, without implying that infidelity should be illegal and that the state should prohibit infidelity at the threat of force. Why is it that the statist always make the leap that criticism of an act implies the call for that acts forcible prevention?
  21. When Germany had 12+4 divisions, the US had 18+10. I don't know Germany had separate brigades or not, the US certainly did. There's a thread here somewhere with the missions assigned to at least the reserve component units. Not that it changes your fundamental point, but let's compare apples to apples.
  22. Where did you hear such a thing? The US and Poland are probably the only two NATO countries that can field an entirely mechanized division with their own forces, and certainly the only two that could possibly field two at the same time. Germany might, just might, have enough forces (but like everyone else, they lack the combat support and combat service support enablers for even the division level, much less the corps level) but they are inextricably tied into multinational formations.
  23. You're joking, right? AFAICT, no one in NATO has any Corps-level assets, and not much of anything at the division level. You get a collection of brigades with a headquarters, and most of them would be some sort of multinational collection - the Germans have one that is combined it's the Dutch and maybe another one, neither of which (AFAICT) are completely Armored; the Poles have a couple, but with lots of obsolete equipment; the French have a couple, but lots of wheels (again, AFAICT); and the UK has one. I dont see that anyone else fields a division of Armored forces, much less one that is able to deploy coherently. Not that I agree that the deployment of armored divisions isn't the solution to this issue.
  24. I think you mean III Corps, but we'd be hard pressed to field 4 armored divisions. We've got 10 active Armored BCTs, with at least one committed to Korea. We could replace them with one of the five ARNG ABCTs, but the one in Korea isn't contributing to Europe any time soon. Either way, fielding the 12 ABCTs required for 4 Armored Divisions is a significant stretch. And even if the US sent 12 x ABCTs to the aUkraine, it's not happening any kind of quickly, even if not contested by the Russians. And contested doesn't have to be acts of war. I can only imagine that the Russian mafia, or even cash, could wreak havoc with unloading equipment in any reasonable port in Europe, if NATO can even get its bureaucracies out of its own way to accept emergency deployments. Since the population of the areas in question are primarily Russian, the Netherlands analogy is fairly inept. The borders in that area were really only set at the end of WWII, and there have been subsequent changes since then in a number of cases, including the Soviets adjusting the boundaries of the Ukrainian SSR. I understand not wanting to kowtow to Putin, but I'm not sure that we should act like the current borders are sacrosanct, either.
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