In today’s world… What does it take to feel like a man? (Dec, 1962)

In today’s world… What does it take to feel like a man?

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  1. EMF says: June 4, 201011:33 am

    A Walkie-Talkie!
    At least it did when I was kid.

  2. Andrew L. Ayers says: June 4, 20102:36 pm

    A new change of underwear after you realize that you’re going to die in whatever hell-hole of a country your government has dropped you into?

  3. Firebrand38 says: June 4, 20103:31 pm

    Andrew L. Ayers: Spoken like a civilian.

  4. Kosher Ham says: June 4, 20105:33 pm

    I thought walkie-talkies were cool until I started messing in ham radio……

    We were texting each other decades before cell phones and the internet.

  5. Repack Rider says: June 5, 201011:12 pm

    It didn’t make me feel like a man so much as it made me draft-proof in 1968 when my friends had that to worry about.

  6. Kosher Ham says: June 6, 20103:15 pm

    I think the only thing we really got out of the Vietnam War was that the draft was starting to undermine the US government’s ability to make foreign policy. Could you imagine what would happen if the draft was started now?

  7. Firebrand38 says: June 6, 20106:54 pm

    Kosher Ham: Even before then. The Federal government lost the moral authority for the military draft due to Harry Truman and the Korean “police action”.
    Of course there’s always the argument that drafting a cross section of the population spreads the hardship around. Myself I always thought that one of the requirements for Senators and Representatives is that they would have to provide a kid for military service. Might serve to tone down the drum beating. Pipe dream though.

  8. Toronto says: June 6, 20108:28 pm

    It ain’t me,
    it ain’t me.
    I ain’t no senator’s son.
    It ain’t me,
    it ain’t me.
    I ain’t no fortunate one.

  9. Andrew L. Ayers says: June 7, 20106:48 am

    Firebrand38: I agree with your idea of “providing a kid for military service” to “tone down the drum beating”. But one has to wonder why such a thing would have to be contemplated, let alone implemented. Humanity seems to have a sense a blood lust and revenge; we would all be better off if we learned to control it, rather than replace it with threats. That, or we can just continuing warring with each other over fairly senseless (in the long run) reasons.

    Unfortunately, the nuclear genie is out of the bottle, and while we would all like to think that nuclear weapons will never be used in war time again, history doesn’t support that view for any other weapon, so why should it apply to the worst? If or when it does, it will be the beginning of the end, one way or another. What scares me most is that due to the nuclear test bans and such, most people (and that includes generals and presidents) have no real concept of the power unleashed by a nuclear weapon.

    I personally think that such tests, which were witnessed by many, served as a “shock and awe” deterrent to usage in a wartime theater (a wiser person would hope it would be a deterrent to manufacture – oh well, we are talking about humans here). With their cessation, that potential deterrent is gone, making the go-ahead (from the people, the military, or the government) for their use that much more possible in the future.

    /now Firebrand38 will have some “witty” comment about how tarded I am…

  10. Hush-Hush says: June 7, 20101:16 pm

    @9 – Guessing eventually one of the minor N-powers will f**k up and then everyone will get a refresher on what these devices can do. People are still using the first fission bombs in Japan as the metric and told to “scale up”. In the pipeline, military funded research at LHC will help refine bounds for a hypothetical “quark bomb” which, per unit of reaction mass, would dwarf fusion bombs. One non-lethal purpose might be to divert comets or asteroids to prevent a terrestrial collision.

  11. GaryM says: June 9, 201010:12 am

    Kosher: Are you saying that giving the government the power to force people to leave their homes and fight its wars weakens its power to wage war?

    Lack of the draft has put an end to the strategy of throwing lots of grunts at the enemy and hoping some survive. If you want that back, I suspect you aren’t draft-eligible.

  12. Yeechang Lee says: June 9, 201010:36 am

    The percentage of members of Congress with children with combat experience is higher than that for the general population, and likely even higher when considering grandchildren; see http://www.outsidethebe… and….

  13. Firebrand38 says: June 9, 201011:27 am

    Yeechang Lee: Excellent first link, but that’s not what it says. The quote is “Of course, six out of 535 Members is still a tiny percentage (1.1%).” And then “The 1.1% Members (even 0.9% if the five listed is the complete set) is likely high compared to others in their wealth/education bracket.” (My emphasis)

    With the second link, statistically you ruin into problems comparing a percentage of a population of Representatives and Senators against a percentage of the population of the United States (especially when the first “population” is really a sample of the true population).

    @Andrew: The trouble with you is that all you do is propose a magic wand that we wave over the world to stop war. Of course, it’s up to someone else to create that wand but you did the hard part in coming up with the idea.

  14. Arglebarglefarglegleep says: August 6, 20104:39 pm

    Resistance to being drafted is pretty old.…
    The problem with not having a draft is it takes time to build a a large military force [e.g. France vs Germany in the Franco-Prussian War.] If it takes you six months to train & get green troops in the field [a pretty typical period] and your opponent needs a few days to get ex-draftees back in uniform and on transports. somebody’s going to have a bad time.- which is what happened in the Franco-Prussian War.

  15. Cranky_Old_Man says: October 15, 20102:29 pm

    An iPod, apparently.

  16. Charlene says: December 14, 201011:05 am

    Congress: the childless aren’t good enough Americans to apply. Those slime-scum subhumans should be glad they aren’t run out of the country.

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