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  1. Adding another post because trying to edit breaks my browser. Likewise, my response wasn't intended to be an attack on you. It's just more of a "disappointed dad" response to how shitty conversations are in the tinderbox now.
  2. Like I said, it's not there to change minds. It's there for people looking for more than "yep, take a hatchet" in the discussion. I suppose your "don't care; don't believe it" response sums up how well that's going to work out.
  3. Copypasta time! I don't expect to change anyone's views, but if anyone is interested in more than "yeah, take a hatchet to it - other countries survive on less" conversation. It wants to fight and win wars. It has to be able to do so promptly (meaning, enough forces ready/active), have sustained (meaning it has the numbers and logistics to actually carry out operations for more than a day or two) land dominance (self explanatory), across the full range of operations and capabilities (meaning it isn't focused solely on one or a couple things, like the Germans being focused solely on tanks, or the Brits during the Cold War being primarily solely on anti-submarine naval warfare). Its missions as assigned are as outlined in the National Security Strategy and ordered by the Secretary of Defense via annual budget requests that sustain what the Army needs today and what it needs to become the Army we need tomorrow. In addition, I think you're forgetting that the US military is more than just the Army: the Navy/Marines and Air Force all exist, and they each share a nearly equal share of the pie. Take for instance, the Navy's official mission: The mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. Maintenance of existing fleets costs money. Training costs money. Equipping and sustaining combat-ready ships aren't free. And this doesn't require just to be spent during times of war: Deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas is a daily activity around the world. Lets do a mental exercise here really quick as to the reach of the US, from a Navy perspective. Let's say we start on the West Coast of the US: from here, we go west, and find the US Navy in Pearl Harbor. You have a fleet stationed out of Japan that is specifically focused on being ready for North Korea. You have US Navy ships in the South China Sea making sure China and its neighbors don't get too hostile. You have our ships in the Straits of Malacca, one of the most important and busiest trading routes in the world. Go further west, and you have ships off Pakistan supporting operations in Afghanistan. You have ships in the Persian Gulf, deterring any attempts by Iran or any other country to close the Straits of Hormuz, a vital sea route for oil the world uses. Likewise, the Red Sea has a US presence to ensure access to the Suez Canal is kept. Anti-piracy operations in Somalia are on going still. The US has a presence in the Mediterranean, both against ISIS in Syria and supporting the government of Libya as well. Now in the north Atlantic, the US has forces in the Baltics and near the British Isles in support of NATO. Finally, we go all the way west and now to the East Coast of the United States, where Navy warships were sent down to help aid in relief for both Hurricane Harvey and Irma to include search and rescue and evacuation. How much do you think a military that can do all that, TODAY, at the same time, costs or should cost? Especially one that you want to actually dominate your enemies in, not merely achieve parity (stalemates are bloody affairs. See: Western Front of WWI, Eastern Front of WWII) The US is the only Western nation with the demographics (population size and age), political will, technological capacity, and economic ability to challenge a surging China or resurgent Russia (which inherited the might of the Soviet Union to build off of) on the world stage. How many Americans would change their tone on military spending if China or Russia were calling the shots on world issues? On spreading their views on governance or human rights? Or if the balance of power shifted so much that more nations decided it was time for them to get nuclear weapons too (imagine Saudi Arabia getting nukes...)?
  4. Fewer calories ingested, more calories expended to eat. Sounds like a plan to combat the obesity rate. I like it.
  5. Big push to rename UNCC

    You know you don't have to comment on every single fuging thread that doesn't interest you, right? Right?
  6. Gym help

    Second both yoga and the plea to get professional help. I wouldn't trust too many people (actually, anyone) on the Huddle with the type of workout advice you need.
  7. I hope NBC fires Collinsworth

    That.... is not the rule. Unless you're talking about two feet down while going out of bounds, there is no rule for 2 steps. https://operations.nfl.com/the-rules/2017-nfl-rulebook/#article-7.-player-possession He was clearly established as a runner by way of turning upfield, taking multiple steps, and attempting to hurdle a defender. This note does not apply. He was neither going to the ground nor going out of bounds while attempting to secure possession. This note does not apply. This applies to the first "controversial" touchdown. He did not lose control of the ball. The touchdown satisfied the rule as written. OK, so on both TDs, possession was secured. One could argue Note 1. However, possession had already been secured. This was demonstrated by what I said earlier - turned upfield, took several steps, and attempted to hurdle a defender. The receiver did not go to the ground while attempting to secure the catch. He went to the ground after the catch had been secured and he jumped headfirst into the endzone. At that point, Section 39 of the rulebook comes into play:
  8. Most stadiums have more than two locker rooms.
  9. lol the NFL isn't wasting an opportunity to put an NFC East divisional game on prime time.
  10. Home sick

    I wish I could be cool enough to spend weekends making alts on the Carolina Huddle.
  11. Please stop quoting JARROD. Some of us have him on ignore for the sake of our brain cells.
  12. WEEI is really, really terrible. Check out some of this poo (mostly racist, I mean, it's Boston after all) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_and_Callahan#Controversies_and_issues That's just one show. Callahan is still on the air.
  13. ACAB is the only rhyme scheme

    If you finished Season 4, then you've finished The Wire. The last season was pretty bad.
  14. How did the Jaguars lose?

    I don't know if you have a particular play in mind, so this may not apply. Historically, the big issue against your logic was that we had no one underneath until Cam was already under pressure or on the ground. Backs stay in pass protection, chip a pass rusher, then go out for a short outlet pass. However, opposing defenses know there will not usually be a *quick* outlet pass, so they are not afraid to rush eight. By the time the non-quick, short outlet receiver is on his route, Cam has been sacked.
  15. OK. Yeah, that sounds about right now that I think about it.
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