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Training pays.

I wonder what Alice Schwarzer thinks about this Frauen-Power!

Arnold would call her a manly girl and it would be a compliment.

Oh yeah! Don't misunderestimate Frauen-Power. I've seen a female soldier pick up a Hummer tranny and throw it in the back of a 2.5 ton truck. And, you didn't want to make her angry.

Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester is a prime example of why women add to our military force. Good for her!

26 Head cutters sent to their 72 virgins. Well done Sergant Hester!

@ George

I must be getting old. Where does one start with educating 72 virgins. Hard for me to equate Paradise as being sent back to Middle School.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Nearly a quarter of western Germans and 12 percent of easterners want the Berlin Wall back -- more than 15 years after the fall of the barrier that split Germany during the Cold War, according to a new survey.

http://reuters.myway.com/article/20050326/2005-03-26T132941Z_01_L26474730_RTRIDST_0_NEWS-GERMANY-WALL-DC.html
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This reminds me of an incident in a gasthaus near Munich a few years ago. Great place, great people, then it got weird while once we went downstairs for breakfast. It was one of the continental breakfasts - juice, hard rolls, fruit, etc. Just as we were about to enter a group of about 20 or so older Germans barged in. Then cleaned up! Took almost all the food and GLARED at my wife and I like we were dog crap. They were loud and rude. Their clothes looked different than what we were used to seeing in Bavaria - it is hard to describe, except the clothes they were wearing looked about 20 years old. They also had a "hard" look to them. It was that noticeable.

As we checked out an hour or so later, the owner of the gasthaus apologized to my wife and I, explaining that they were East Germans, as if they can't help being rude and pushy because of where they are from. This was about 5 years ago, and I don't know if these chauvanistic attitudes still exist.

Or maybe the attitude isn't chauvanistic, but realistic. Perhaps being pushy and rude is what develops after living under communism for 40+ years.

@ Lou Minatti:
Lou, they probably were Prussian too. That could explain the rudeness.
Have a great Easter Holiday!

Some individuals, once living a life of privation, become greedy, hoarding and grasping when times are better and there is more offered. It can be a nationality characteristic as well, unfortunately.

The poster may be appropriately appreciative of the bravery of soldiers under fire. That was not the context of Bill Maher's comments. They had to do with the reflexive use of the epithet "coward" for what should have been called evil, dastardly, reprehensible, and so forth. If a general were to say, "You should not underestimate the capabilities and determination of the enemy," he would simply be stating a truism. When Bill Maher said it in his admittedly Maherish way, the right wingers took it out of context, as they are wont to do, and used it to attack his career. I wonder how many of the U.S. forces in Iraq were agreeable to calling the enemy "cowardly" after the battle of Fallujah?

Bill Maher?????......That great piercing intellectual light of......Blah Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha HAAAAAAAAAA Ha Ha Ha HA HA choke?!?! Gasp!!!!...HAAAA Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

And the man isn't even funny.

I love that the ones who got away have to go back and explain that the ambush failed because they got their asses handed to them by women. I wonder if you can get kicked out of the jihadi clubhouse for that...

In re Bill Maher: It is not courage to kill yourself (and a fair number of women and children with you) if you truly believe you're going directly to an all-virgin orgy in heaven because of it. It's homocidal selfishness.

And the term "politically incorrect" was a term of art used exclusively by the campus left (without irony, I might add) to describe non-liberal thought on issues like abortion and affirmative action. I know because I used to use the term, too. The phrase didn't take on a more general meaning until right-wing critics (like Dinesh D'Souza, the man behind the Bill Maher dust-up, by the way) started to document freedom of speech abuses in the 90s.

@ Bob,

I would call kidnapping unarmed civilians and beheading them, along with holding an entire city of civilians hostage "cowardly." That is precisely what the fanatics who had to be extricated from Falluja did.

As far as what the US military called the enemy in Falluja...I think the proper terms are: 1. dead 2. captured 3. ran away to commit cowardly terror acts elsewhere

---Ray D.

PS Let's not forget the timing of Maher's comments, shortly after 9/11. His comments were absolutely inappropriate.

kudos to the tenn. n.g.!

Ah - the Bill Maher "Bravery" comments re the 9-11 murderers

I do wonder - would Maher so describe a fanatical SS man who stayed behind and continued killing prisoners as the Russian tansk were approaching the gates of Birkenau in Jan 1945?

After all - such a man would know he was facing certain death in his choice - yet he would continue to kill those innocents even knowing it would mean his own death in moments.

So by the Maher standard - is our hypothetical SS man to be called "brave"?

I do wonder how Maher would answer that one.

Another Photo

http://www.armytimes.com/Photos/index.php?d=20050325&i=2

Just another part of the vast right-wing plot to turn guys like Maher into girlie-men...

How humiliating, especially for an Arab, to be vanquished by a woman!

She's THE BOSS!

I am very happy to say that I went to High School with Leigh Ann here in Bowling Green, Ky. She is a great person, and I am very proud she is serving our country! Congratulations Leigh Ann!

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