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Posted on Apr 01, 2007 at 06:57 AM

I'm over 60 and the Armed Forces say I'm too old to track down terrorists. (You can't be older than 35 to join the military.) They've got the whole thing backwards. Instead of sending 18-year-olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. You shouldn't be able to join a military unit until you're at least 35. For starters: Researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy. Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. If we can't kill the enemy we'll complain them into submission. "My back hurts! I'm hungry! Where's the remote?" An 18-year-old hasn't had a legal beer yet and you shouldn't go to war until you're at least old enough to drink. The average old guy, on the other hand, has consumed 126,000 gallons of beer, and a jaunt through the desert heat with a beer and an M-60 would do wonders for the old beer belly. (Note there are 24 hours in a day and 24 bottles in a case..another convenient way to measure time!) An 18-year-old doesn't like to get up before 10 am. Old guys always get up early to pee. If captured we couldn't spill the beans because we'd forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser. Boot camp would be easier for old guys. We're used to getting screamed and yelled at and we like soft food. We've also developed an appreciation for guns. We like them almost better than naps. They could lighten up on the obstacle course however. I've been in combat and didn't see a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training. I can hear the Drill Sgt now, "Get down and give me ... ER . One." Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy. I've never seen anyone outrun a bullet. An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's still learning to shave, to carry on a conversation, and to wear pants without the top of his butt crack showing and his shorts sticking out. He's hasn't figured out that a pierced tongue catches food particles, and that a 400-watt speaker in the back seat of a Honda can rupture an eardrum, and that a baseball cap has a brim to shade eyes, not the back of his head. These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm's way. Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten cowards who attacked us on September 11. The last thing an enemy would want to see right now is a couple of million old farts with attitudes. Share this with your senior friends. It's purposely in big type so you can read it.

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Posted on Apr 13, 2007 at 04:33 PM

The answer - it's easier to train [brain-wash] a young person.

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Posted on Apr 02, 2007 at 03:02 PM

I think they should open up the enlistment ranks to anyone who wants to serve. There are some of us who'd like nothing better than to grease a few of them if we could get away with it. Why send in all the young bucks who haven't even done any real living yet, that's a fucked up deal. They aren't old enough to buy beer legally but they're old enough to die for their country. How the hell does that work???? I'm also of the opinion that those innocent civilians should be doing their part to erradicate the threat that their constituents pose. Mind you, I'm not for wacking any kids but if it's anything like Vietnam then you have to watch your ass and it doesn't matter who it is.

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Posted on Apr 02, 2007 at 07:50 AM

HarleyGurl, there is something seriously wrong with that change. I guess some things we aren't suppose to understand? Don't even get me started on the whole POW-MIA topic. Thats another blog in itself.

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Posted on Apr 01, 2007 at 10:06 PM

If everyone agreed on everything, it would be boring and we wouldn't be individuals. lol

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Posted on Apr 01, 2007 at 09:32 PM

no i mean on the blogs we have opposing views - but thats what they are for right? how interesting would it be if we all agreed on everything--

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Posted on Apr 01, 2007 at 09:26 PM

Hmmmm...Actually I don't see where we have even chatted. Found a couple of emails. LOL

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Posted on Apr 01, 2007 at 09:04 PM

southerncharmz - yep 0 for 2 - the friends with benefits blog - and its not a bad thing - i respect intelligent people that dont agree with me - i usually learn something i didnt know from them

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Posted on Apr 01, 2007 at 09:03 PM

Yeah HarleyG, that was after they got rid of the draft and no one was signing up. They had to get them in somehow so...that was your choice, jail time or service. I do not know what determined it. Like which crimes, etc. Zeke, I wish they had the Patriot Guards in 75 when my dad died. Not because they were needed at his funeral, not at all, but because it would have been a beautiful sight to see. For vets of WWII and Korea like my dad..the service was often the first taste of a whole, stable family they had and boy you couldn't hold them back from serving then. So these young people now, like Jersey's and Sky's sons who are volunteering it brings back a piece of our foundation. They really have no idea how much they do.

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Posted on Apr 01, 2007 at 08:36 PM

What you say we start this shit after i'm dead and gone... Did my time and them some... Don't want to do anymore... Thank You

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Posted on Apr 01, 2007 at 08:31 PM

Well they would either kill each other or see what survival is all about and kill the enemy.

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Posted on Apr 01, 2007 at 08:29 PM

Zeke,we don't agree on much? I think we have chatted maybe twice?

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Posted on Apr 01, 2007 at 07:00 PM

harley gurl - i think they raised to 43 but not high enough for us

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Posted on Apr 01, 2007 at 06:57 PM

southerncharmz - no grief from me but a different point of view (you & me dont agree on much do we?) yesterday as a member of the Patriot Guard Riders i attended the funeral of PFC Joey Sams in lakeland florida. its important to know that these young men and women believe in what they are doing - they want to keep us safe and this gives them a very powerful purpose in life. i work at the VA and have alot of contact with them. looking back, my eight years in the Coast Guard was the most important thing i'll ever do. a funeral service for an active duty service member is the most overwhelming experience i've ever had. the 21 gun salute, the folding of the flag, and you wont see a dry eye when taps plays. when i see a man or woman in uniform i thank them for their service and silently hope i wont get an email to attend their funeral.

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Posted on Apr 01, 2007 at 06:28 PM

Ya know what when I grew up if ya got in trouble over thage of 17 you went in the military or prision your choice, judge in our town sent lots of young men to the military. Now a days it's backwards if ya got a record ya can't get in. I think they should have left it that way. So SC not any flack here.

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Posted on Apr 01, 2007 at 11:39 AM

Oh Lordy ladies the ACLU would have y'all locked up for violating their rights and sending them off to be slaughtered. So if they all got killed, that is assuming they didn't all scatter once they got over there and high tailed it to Tahiti, well there would be good news and bad news. The good news is there would be plenty of space in the prisons now. The bad new is we would be the ones moving in.

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Posted on Apr 01, 2007 at 07:55 AM

The average age of guys in Vietnam was 19. and that is the average age in all the conflicts. Nazi Germany used 14yr olds. We also have the reserves here going to Iraq and Afgahn. Sorry but they are p/t dad's and saddo's army including cadets. Yes 16yr olds. Totally wrong. But that age is the right time for fighting and recruiting. Young men are usually hormonally het up and ready for a fight or cause. They are still energetic, idealistic and enthusiastic. They have usually not got the expereince to question what is going on. More willing to take orders. Young men love that discipline and purpose and being part of a team or unit. Yes in all conflicts the person giving his life has not even started his life. and the people who die are not politicians or terrorists or generals but innocent civilians. The politicians and bad guys will libe to collevct their pensions or be retired to a Sunny Country of their choice. I am not pacifist. I do believe there is a time for conflictand defence against those who would harm us. But terrorists are not being killed just civilians and young lads/girls. Junie

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Posted on Apr 01, 2007 at 07:21 AM

I am sure I will get grief over this, but I personally think none of our boys should be fighting. If they want guys to fight and/or kill for us, open up the prisons and send the inmates. God knows we have enough of them sitting in there and doing nothing. Bring all our boys back home where they belong and ship all the prisoners over to the wars. Just my 2 cents!

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Posted on Apr 01, 2007 at 07:20 AM

Nanna, seen this before, I tried to get back into the Army. The age is 45 now for women. However, prior service women have to pass the physical test of an 18-21 year, be single with no teens at home, and or married so spouse can be with kids. Being single with a teen, so I would have to get a "spouse". Funny as may be, asked 3 "ol' farts", and "queer", and they all turned me down, all the while in line at the recruiting office. They all got accepted, I'm still single, and I know 4 of the out of the million with an attitude.

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