Ryan Smith over at the Wall Street Journal thinks that women can’t handle combat. He seems to be preoccupied with women’s bodily functions during combat.
The invasion was a blitzkrieg. The goal was to move as fast to Baghdad as possible. The column would not stop for a lance corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, or even a company commander to go to the restroom. Sometimes we spent over 48 hours on the move without exiting the vehicles. We were forced to urinate in empty water bottles inches from our comrades.
See Mr. Smith, women don’t need to stop at a restroom to take a leak. News flash bozo, women and men take a shit in the same way. I’ve been in situations where it has been a couple of weeks between baths and was no worse for wear. Perhaps a little smelly, as was everyone else. It sure does feel nice to have a long hot shower after spending a couple of weeks in the woods with no shower facilities, only a rag and a container with about a half gallon of water. You can get fairly clean with this. But somehow, I don’t think pissing or shitting is really on his mind. I think the thought of women having periods absolutely scares the living shit out of him. Poor delicate flower.
Yes, a woman is as capable as a man of pulling a trigger. But the goal of our nation’s military is to fight and win wars. Before taking the drastic step of allowing women to serve in combat units, has the government considered whether introducing women into the above-described situation would have made my unit more or less combat effective?
You know women have fought in practically every war that has been waged throughout history. And have performed just as good as the men. When your village or town is getting overrun, no one has time to worry about who is holding and shooting the guns. And why would women automatically be ineffective during combat? You know who I think would be ineffective during combat? A man who is traumatized at the sight of a woman taking a leak, possibly even standing up to do so.
Despite the professionalism of Marines, it would be distracting and potentially traumatizing to be forced to be naked in front of the opposite sex, particularly when your body has been ravaged by lack of hygiene. In the reverse, it would be painful to witness a member of the opposite sex in such an uncomfortable and awkward position. Combat effectiveness is based in large part on unit cohesion. The relationships among members of a unit can be irreparably harmed by forcing them to violate societal norms.
Women have been taking care of the injured and sick for centuries and have not freaked out at bodily functions. Poor Mr. Smith, is he saying that he will have a case of the vapours at the sight of naked people, especially those of the opposite sex? Grow up.
Eric Lack over at TPM Muckraker has an interesting story about a group wanting to create an armed survivalist compound in Idaho. Apparently, a group called “The Citadel” (no relation to the military school) wants to build a prepper’s utopia on an Idaho mountaintop.
The Citadel, as envisioned and advertised by its creators, is to be a walled community of 3,500 to 7,000 “patriotic American families” who are ready for when The Shit Hits The Fan (TSHTF), i.e. the myriad potential society-collapsing disasters, either natural or man made, anticipated by preppers, survivalists, along with other fringe and breakaway strands of -ers and -ists. The Citadel is to be a place for people who want to be “removed and protected from peril in order to preserve ourselves, our posterity, and Liberty in the event of a national economic implosion.” And in whatever time is to be had before grid-down, economic collapse, The Citadel will provide a place to live “a free/freer life in Idaho (or elsewhere in the American Redoubt) amongst the current strong, self-reliant and Liberty-loving residents of the region.”
Well, so far it seems that the group has only purchased 20 acres on an Idaho hilltop. I don’t see 3,000 to 7,000 people fitting into 20 acres. But they say that they plan to buy more land in the area. The plans at the website look like a cartoon or Disney version of a walled fortress. There is a farmer’s market, but no farm. And as for the cost, it cost $208 just to get an application looked at. According to the website:
We plan to purchase land for the Citadel in 2013 and break ground soon after. Even before unveiling our national advertising campaign, more than 200 families reserved space within our community!
If living in an affordable, safe, well-prepared, patriotic community where your children will be educated in school rather than indoctrinated, consider the Citadel.
Approved applicants receive a Lifetime Lease (paid off in only 30 years). No credit check. No by Vid-Saver”>background check. Zero down payment. Zero interest. Zero property taxes.
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I love the bit about no property taxes. Of course not, since everyone is only leasing the land, they don’t actually own any land at all. The only industry in the area will be the gun factory at the compound, and all residents will be required to train with weapons. Ohhhh, I really love the reflecting pool next to the firearms museum.
Per the project’s Patriot Agreement, which every would-be resident of the community must agree with in writing, an armed citizenry and a trained militia will also be important parts of life at The Citadel. All residents over 13 must be proficient with both rifle and pistol, and each household will have to provide one “able-bodied Patriot” for once-a-month militia training and support. (In its branding and literature, The Citadel refers often to the idea of the three percent or “the III,” an allusion to the idea that only three percent of the Colonial population participated in the Revolutionary War, a statistic the Anti-Defamation League has called “not particularly accurate.”) Every “able-bodied Patriot of age” within the Citadel will also be required to maintain one AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle, five magazines, and 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
So let me paraphrase, all land is owned by a central group and leased to the people, all work is controlled by the same central group, everyone is required to be drafted into their militia (any mental illness exceptions?) and all persons are required to have the same political beliefs. Land of the free indeed.
Marxists, Socialists, Liberals and Establishment Republicans will likely find that life in our community is incompatible with their existing ideology and preferred lifestyles.
Protesting a bit too much, methinks. So a group of “rugged individualists” thinks this is a good idea. I wonder what will happen the first winter everyone gets trapped in together. In addition, one of the founders of this idea has served time in the past for fraud and extortion. He seems to be a brave fellow, conning a bunch of armed survivalists. The local sheriff and Benewah County official say that they have never even heard of the group. Perhaps they should call the project Griftwood Estates.