Toddy Cat: All you can really say about a NATO-Soviet conflict is “Thank God it never happened”, although our current “leadership” seems to be doing their best to get the Cold War going again. Free World victory in the Cold War was just about the only American foreign policy triumph since 1945, so of course Obama and McCain have to try to re-open that can of worms, and see if we can manage to lose this time. Buffoons.
Space Nookie: The reason why cops use military surplus gear? Because it’s cheap and they just don’t have the budget to go out and purchase all new equipment in the approved police fashions and color schemes. The decline in trust in police is part of a general decline in trust in all US institutions, from the Presidency and Congress all the way down to police and schools.
Marc Pisco: All the Democrat gun owners I know here in southern Maine favor universal background checks. This guy probably mostly hangs out with like-minded people. Democrat gun owners seem to think its a fun hobby that they enjoy, but the already quit smoking and they can grudgingly live with guns eventually being banned. Their self-identification as obedient Democrats is where their heart is.
RL: Baum says he’s met very few gun owners who oppose background checks. Probably very few who don’t feel that making a big deal about it sounds paranoid, but consider: The law setting up the background check system stipulates that personally identifying records of the background check, if passed, are supposed to be destroyed. Back during the Clinton Administration (i.e., immediately after the law was passed), the government argued that “destroyed” meant “destroyed...
Space Nookie: Well, the interview took place in 1977, so it’s that period between the end of the draft/Vietnam and the Reagan build-up when the quality of recruits is generally agreed to be extremely poor. The all-volunteer force was new and on the verge of failing. Also before the introduction of simulator training. Also before the Montgomery GI bill (1984), which brought in a lot of college-bound recruits at the enlisted level. In period context, one college graduate per tank was probably...
AAB: Bert E. says: That man kneeling behind the car needs to have the wheel and tire in front of him. Poor form. Those and the engine block: Engine blocks and wheel areas can provide more cover than the doors. Unless you’re unfortunate enough to be driving an electric car, which of course doesn’t have a hulking great engine block.
Toddy Cat: On many issues, the Left simply does not have any idea as to what they are talking about. Of course, that doesn’t stop them. I’ve seen 21 year old Liberal Arts majors who have not a scintilla of real world experience lecture Generals on military tactics, firearms experts on guns, seasoned diplomats on foreign relations, and people who have lived for decades in China on the proper role of the Party in Chinese politics. The hubris of these people is simply beyond belief.
Handle: It’s interesting to see how poorly this assessment turned out to be. The XM-1 of course became the Abrams, which we still use over 40 years later in a much-improved version but based mainly on the same fundamental design. There is certainly a lot more technology for your average tanker to master in the modern Abrams — radios, gps units, firing computers — and yet we have good experience with privates of average intelligence being able to handle those functions perfectly...
Bert E.: Oh, thank you Mr. Baum for telling us exactly what the left thinks of the decent citizen in this country. And the left not only will not say one bad word about a minority but will say a lot of bad things about the gun owner, and will endlessly chastise anyone who will say a single truth about the minority. Personally, I think the left has not only blown it on gun control but just about everything else the decent citizen in our country feels is right and just.
Cassander: I’m always amazed at how utterly ignorant pro-gun control people can be about guns. I expect most people to be ignorant about most politics most of the time, that’s a given, but when you see people that are employed as anti-gun activists get confused over the difference between semi-automatics and revolvers, or who can’t explain exactly what the assault guns they’re trying to ban are, well it’s baffling.