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  1. all russian names look alike anyway
  2. I'd like to see the norks shoot a ballistic missile towards the sea of okhotsk wonder what would happen?
  3. a fascist europe in 2050 - the 37 year nazi plan. right these dopes have trouble planning dinner
  4. what is the proper muay thai move to stop a dodge challenger?
  5. My quibble is that the words "militia" and "volunteer" are NOT interchangeable. The "volunteers" were enrolled in the regular army but kept largely apart from the regular army regiments. They were given officers, by the way, like Wool, who was regular army and among the best we had. The massive mobilization which resulted in the sort of officers you describe was quite typical during the Civil War but not this one. The word which best fits these units is "mercs", or "mercenaries". The gubmint harvested a bunch of poor folk looking for a paycheck and three squares, the later being the bigger issue for a heck of a lot of those sad sacks. congress deemed them interchangeable at the onset of the mexican war, and there was a rather large mobilization The militia system had already proven unreliable by the time of the Mexican War and had undergone substantial revision. Two issues emerged during the War of 1812 that demonstrated its flaws. First, many states prohibited their troops from participating in military operations on foreign soil. Second, by law a militiaman could only serve for a period of ninety days, meaning that recruiting, training, and marshaling occupied most of a unit's time with little left over for campaigning. As a solution to this problem, Congress created a subclass of militia called volunteers who were not confined by these two restrictions. On May 13, 1846, Congress authorized President Polk to raise 50,000 12-month volunteers. Although both composed a part of the American Army, regulars and volunteers were notably different. Observers noted little interaction between officers and men, with each occupying a clearly defined station within the military establishment. Most Americans avoided enlisting in the regulars, guaranteeing that a high percentage of privates, corporals, and sergeants were foreign born. The combination of aristocratic officers and foreign "hirelings" made many Americans suspicious of the regulars. After all, what American citizen would settle for $7 a month as an army private unless forced to by dire circumstance? The volunteer, on the other hand, seemed to fit the spirit of the young republic because he was a citizen-soldier. Politics entered into the system as most volunteers elected their own officers. Volunteer units were raised locally, allowing friends, neighbors, and relatives to serve together. Although nominally under federal authority, volunteers maintained strong ties to their home states. The democratic nature of the volunteers meant that discipline in this corps was more lax than in the regulars. More troops were needed as the war progressed. In November 1846, Congress issued an additional call for volunteers after realizing that most of the one year men would leave at the expiration of their terms. This second wave of volunteers was enlisted for the duration of the war. On February 11, 1847, Congress created ten additional regiments of regulars to serve for the period of the war. In all, 26,922 regulars and 73,260 volunteers served at some point during the Mexican War. but - whatever edit: from The American Army in the Mexican War: An Overview A Conversation With Richard Bruce Winders Historian and Curator, The Alamo
  6. yep, funny, but not funny Ha Ha. copy that plus, they got their asses handed to them in the ukraine election might have been a hint to go in a different direction
  7. funny how the principals of two us companies that worked the pro-russian side of the ukraine election ended up as campaign managers
  8. I don't blame price remember the shit ivanka had to go through on a commercial flight? price wouldn't stand a chance
  9. most detailed is eagles and empire by david clary
  10. yeah forget russian collusion, white supremacy, money laundering, and unethical self enrichment let's get him for bombast you should tweet mueller so he can redirect the investigation
  11. Probably true, except for northerners attempting to fuck it up by sending militias with that intention. The only history that bit has likely ever seen is a history of your large intestine. The south supported the war and the north largely didn't. The issue was the expansion of slavery, and the recent admission of Texas, a new slave state and two more slave supporting senators. Naturally, the volunteers came mostly from the slave states for that one. It is worth noting that 40% of US forces were foriegn born, and most of the foreign born in the US at that time were Irish. It is likely the US forces in Mexico included a heck of a lot of them...and they mostly immigrated to the north. didn't mean to imply that the northern militias were intended to fuck things up in mexico, but thanks for asking so nicely for a clarification the northern militias, or volunteers, sent to mexico were mostly untrained mobs who didn't follow orders and led by officers who's credentials were basically the size of daddy's bank account. these militias - who were so bad at fighting that the generals had to assign them to supply line duty - perfected the art of ravaging every mexican town and ranch they came across. this increased the hate against the us army, increased the rise of guerilla warfare against it, and lengthen the war. taylor and scott couldn't wait to get rid of them the only group that was worse was the texans
  12. Why don't you file a FOI request and see what you get? it would be a waste of time as the fisa court's processes are supposed to be secret so we'll just have to wait until someone in congress leaks it to the times
  13. Yep. The South's one advantage was that the men were used to living outdoors with few comforts, and handling firearms. While they might kid each other about how stupid they were to fight for rich peoples' right to own slaves, they were eager to prove any Southerner could whip ten Yankees. In many of their own accounts, they say they were born and raised to fight in a war, until then they would not be reckoned as grown men. read up on the mexican war it's stunning how many of the mid level officers were southern born and west point educated and were the one's who impacted the war's outcome they learned all about defensive strategy, guerilla warfare, and long marches in horrible conditions the north sent militias - who tried their hardest to fuck up the entire campaign the south's military leaders were experienced at the start of the civil war a decade later - the north not so much
  14. I wonder if the fbi had a fisa warrant for podesta's company as well both were working for the same group in the ukraine, and neither registered as required probably not
  15. there we go, little keithy says it's so only a fool would doubt that pillar of integrity