@aetataureate Were you born smarmy and thin-skinned or did you have to work at it? Cue "outrage" from you having to read this. And no, you don’t get to censor other people for words like butthurt. But there are countries that cater to people like you. Perhaps a job in China or Russia telling people what they can and can’t say would suit you. Right back at you…. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=pretentious+and+politically+correct
@stuffisthings I don't think you understand basic math if you think the city can continue to spend irresponsibly and fund generous pensions because hey, rich people can pay for it!
@cuminafterall Fortunately, several of those NE schools are correcting their wrongs (kicking ROTC off campus) and reintroducing ROTC to their campuses.
It has much more to do with how the military is organized than it does with class. The military has been all-volunteer for 40 years. Without the draft and the need for a large military like we had during the Cold War, it is inevitable that most Americans won't have any connection to it. Therefore, it is pretty much out of the lives of most Americans. I know in my high school, I was one of 3 or 4 to go into the military out of about 550. I suspect this is the norm these days as opposed to during the draft. It's not a class thing. The stereotype that today's veterans are the dregs of American society is a sick, nasty one, that has somehow endured, especially in certain social and academic circles that should know better. Alot of people would be surprised how closely today's ranks mirror American society. I think service members today are smarter and more creative than any generation of veterans. And I get this from vets who served during the Vietnam-era and the post Vietnam-era (a low point for the military, especially the Army).
@aetataureate Huh? Since when?
@stuffisthings As another Washingtonian but born and bred in the Midwest, I will laugh at the way that DC FREAKS OUT over some snow and ice. I really wonder how some of these people function when I see their reaction to the winter. Not to mention their driving skills in snow and ice (or lack thereof).
@EvanDeSimone I think access to healthy food is more of a marker. Fitness really doesn't have to be expensive. It's just that some people choose to get all the latest fads/equipment/diets.
Wow, and I thought the military moved its folks around alot!
@WayDownSouth But wait, what about the great lives that the people of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe had during the Cold War? I mean, it was so popular that they had to put a wall, barbed wire, and guard towers just to stem the amount of people who were dying to enter! And what about the shining beacon of hope 90 miles south of Miami, Cuba? I mean, hundreds of thousands of Floridians have risked their lives over the past 50 years to swim the hazardous waters and live there, right? And are you really saying that you don't think the Dear Leader's Democratic Republic of Korea is working? I mean, all you have to do is look at a satellite photo and see how prosperous the north is while those evil, running dog capitalists/American slaves live in darkness!