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    Alright, the question has to be asked. When will we see true equality? When will women be held to the same physical training standards as men? That's what we all want right? Equality.

    Another area where men and women are treated unequally is clothing allowances. The AF Female clothing allowance is $1622.44 while the Male allowance is only $1394.32. This is discriminatory towards men. What if want to wear the female clothing instead? Give me the extra $228.12 and let me decide on my own. I might be interested in that "Princess cut" blues shirt the ladies wear. You don't have to tuck that thing in. Also that maternity smock looks really comfortable. I'm thinking some of the male fatties could squeeze into that a lot easier than the male service dress. We need true equality where men can be treated the same as women. After all it is a choice which gender you want to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mjölnir View Post
    You are mixing terms, the standard is anyone healthy enough, intelligent enough and with the moral qualifications (lack of serious police record), but the base of whom the military recruits are people from rural areas with below avg populated zip codes & who identify with some type of religion --almost 70% of whom are some type of Christian (roughly 25% do not declare one or declare atheist).
    There tends to be a big difference between what someone declares as their religion for their dog tags and what that means in their views toward society and culture.

    I'd say that using stats derived from enlistment records on religion is a very poor barometer for attitudes toward LGBT issues.

    Yes, this is part of my long running narrative that most who identify as Christians, have really created a belief system of their own making.

    In modern American culture, the lable of Christian can mean too many different things to predict their views on social issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Absinthe Anecdote View Post
    Guys like Noam Chomsky will tell you the reason American media focuses on stories about transgenders and the Kardashians is to distract you from the real news stories.
    Bread and circuses

    Good thing the rise of the Internet has fostered a segmentation of news media sources. If you don't like what CNN is serving, you can hop over to Mother Jones or Alex Jones and get your news from them.
    Yeah. But, It's really just too much to take in sometimes and there's some really scary ideas out there!! Hey I know. Maybe for our own good ,and to keep us safe from the terrorists and all, the government should limit this this thing to just 6 centrally controlled mega media conglomerates to tell us what we really need to know?

    As a corrupt, decadent, and throughly brainwashed American, I'm currently enthralled with stories about subversive ideologues who claim everything is a conspiracy.
    If the official story of something is false and the truth lies hidden, then do the details really matter? Wake up and smell the Chaos!

    Now if you'll excuse me, I need to turn on NPR so I can listen to a story on how we should do away with modern agriculture and rely on locally grown organic produce.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Absinthe Anecdote View Post
    There tends to be a big difference between what someone declares as their religion for their dog tags and what that means in their views toward society and culture.

    I'd say that using stats derived from enlistment records on religion is a very poor barometer for attitudes toward LGBT issues.

    Yes, this is part of my long running narrative that most who identify as Christians, have really created a belief system of their own making.

    In modern American culture, the lable of Christian can mean too many different things to predict their views on social issues.
    What Are you saying??? You don't believe the official Government statistics??!! you must be some kind of nutbag conspiracy theorist!!!

    Bitch please... Next thing you'll be telling us is that you don't believe that we're really living in a Holographic Universe, controlled by hyper dimensional reptilian aliens, who are harvesting our emotional energies, or that their shepherds on the Earth plane are the Elite psychopaths, who communicate with them through satanic rituals . So, that they can carry out their master's diabolical plan. And In exchange for this, the aliens taught them how to shape-shift and divide and conquer the rest of humanity through the opiates of religion and politics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Absinthe Anecdote View Post
    I am somewhat surprised that I liked that series as much as I did.

    I throughly despise bikers, but the excellent acting and storytelling kept me coming back.

    Kurt Sutter knows how to produce an interesting TV series, about the only criticism that I have of the show is how some of the montages and action sequences were done.
    I was equally surprised feeling the same way as you. Of course Sutter added a certain dark morality which is mostly missing in the real thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainmaker View Post
    What Are you saying??? You don't believe the official Government statistics??!!
    No, I believe the statistics do reflect that roughly 70 percent of service members self identify as Christians.

    I am saying that those statistics are a poor barometer for predicting that group's views and attitudes on social issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJMAC77SP View Post
    Of course Sutter added a certain dark morality which is mostly missing in the real thing.
    You mean the biker code of morals and ethics?

    Yes, that code almost always goes out the window as soon as any form of pressure is applied.

    It is much the same with any other moral code.

    I kind of wish we had an entertainment section to discuss TV and movies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Absinthe Anecdote View Post
    I am somewhat surprised that I liked that series as much as I did.

    I throughly despise bikers, but the excellent acting and storytelling kept me coming back.

    Kurt Sutter knows how to produce an interesting TV series, about the only criticism that I have of the show is how some of the montages and action sequences were done.
    I really liked it early on...first 3 seasons or so, when in between gang wars they'd party down. Then, it got to where there was just too much shit going on all the time...IRA, and the black business guy, the white supremacists, drukg cartels, feds...it lost a little something for me...the fun, I guess.

    I still watched the whole thing, but it just got a little overboard...but Tig was always a riot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bos Mutus View Post
    I really liked it early on...first 3 seasons or so, when in between gang wars they'd party down. Then, it got to where there was just too much shit going on all the time...IRA, and the black business guy, the white supremacists...it lost a little something for me...the fun, I guess.

    I still watched the whole thing, but it just got a little overboard...but Tig was always a riot.
    That is a very valid criticism of SOA, there were way too many plot lines going on at once. The last few seasons were exhausting to watch.

    I kept comparing it to one of those Vaudville acts where the performer keeps a shitload of plates spinning.

    They could have ran a few episodes in double-time and played that Benny Hill song, Yakety Sax, as the soundtrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Absinthe Anecdote View Post
    No, I believe the statistics do reflect that roughly 70 percent of service members self identify as Christians.

    I am saying that those statistics are a poor barometer for predicting that group's views and attitudes on social issues.
    I don't trust the media's obvious reporting bias on the popular support for the Gay Agenda either. Goebbels would be impressed with the mass propaganda effort .

    Now, I'm basing this on my own observations. I've been coaching High school kids in American Legion Baseball for over 15 years. The type of kids we usually coach in our program would be a recruiter's dream. Strong families, athletic, smart, patriotic, clean cut, drug free....

    Over the years, I've made it a point to present Military Service as being a good option to consider and a Nobel profession. Increasingly, there is resistance to this among the parents about their kids risking getting killed for a society that no longer seems to represent their views. It's the same with the police forces. Whether this is being all done deliberately by design or just through Moronic socialist policies, matters not because the end result will be the same.

    A lot of people are disgusted by what's happening. The whole world is looking at this Freak Show and wondering how we're allowing this to be happening. And this is Exactly the path Rome went down and why I brought up.

    Eventually the citizens became so apathetic that they no longer felt it was worth defending the corrupted empire.
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