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THE EBT CARDS WERE intended to provide poor people with food stamps and cash assistance for basic necessities, but now these cards are being used for all sorts of things. They are being used at liquor stores, retail stores, casinos and many more places never intended for the EBT card. If Presidnet Obama wants to clamp down on spending, this is a great place to start.

IT’S GREAT THAT Chasity Weston has made up her mind that she will never drink again, but my question is, who is on the hook for the more than $3 million for medical treatment?

I AM RATHER PLEASED that the Rev. Joseph Lowery was replaced by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver as the keynote speaker at Keeping the Dream Alive: Why Dr. King Still Matters because the last time Lowery spoke he just fanned the flames of racism.

I DON’T THINK LANCE Armstrong is confessing out of guilt or shame. It’s because the game is up and his future is in a shambles.

IS THERE SOMEONE in North Augusta who can do something about the American flag on Campbellton Drive? It is so faded it’s hard to see the red, white and blue. Please!

WHY DO SOME restaurants and bars downtown check the ID of every person even if they’re 60 years old and look 60 years old? The law doesn’t require that.

RAVES AND PRAISE to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. The staff on duty showed the most respect and compassion while they escorted my family during the funeral procession of my sister who recently passed. They stopped all traffic and removed their hats in respect to allow our family to go to the burial. Each light, each turn, each road, they were present. All this at no cost to the family. We appreciate this department beyond what our hearts can express.

I WONDER IF President Obama’s assault weapon ban will apply to his own department of Justice and Eric Holder and operations such as Fast and Furious, or is the administration simply above all laws and legal dictates.

WHY DOES THE president not see the debt problem? He now wants a free hand to raise the debt ceiling. The only answer he has to the debt ceiling is that we must raise it without equivalent spending cuts.

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Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/26/13 - 10:35 am
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"Not all females want to be
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"Not all females want to be on the front lines"

Not all males do either....why do we as females get to choose, but the males don't......another bit of lunacy in our PC world.

allhans
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allhans 01/26/13 - 10:37 am
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The "women in combat" was the

The "women in combat" was the typical Obama trick, to take attention from the Hillary hearings. And it worked..didn't it?

Jane18
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Jane18 01/26/13 - 10:48 am
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The "Occupier"

Anytime a question comes up about "the" occupant of the White House, please remember two of his most infamous words.....fundamentally change. Looks as if it's working!!

corgimom
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corgimom 01/26/13 - 11:09 am
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The military will remove

The military will remove pregnant women from combat. Not because they can't work, but because there aren't any obstreticians in combat zones. They treat pregnant women just like any other soldier that needs medical care. If they need specialized care that they don't have right there, they ship them to someplace that does. Just like always.

I say this was long overdue, and there are many women who want to go into combat- because there are so many MOS's and training schools that were closed to them prior to this ruling. There is no better place to be trained for a profession than the military, and for many people, that's the only way that they can get the training they want and still support themselves.

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corgimom 01/26/13 - 11:10 am
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Allhans, despite what you may

Allhans, despite what you may think, not all of America is fascinated by the hearings. For most people, they just don't care.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/26/13 - 11:29 am
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"I say this was long overdue, and there are many women.....

....who want to go into combat- because there are so many MOS's and training schools that were closed to them prior to this ruling."

I've spent nearly fifty years in and around the Army. I've known thousands of soldiers, both men and women. In all that time I have only known a few (less than a handful) who actually "want(ed) to go into combat," especially among those who actually knew what it meant.

As for these "many MOS's and training schools that were closed to them prior to this ruling," can you name three?

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Gage Creed 01/26/13 - 11:56 am
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candygram for Mr. Mongo......

candygram for Mr. Mongo......

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/26/13 - 12:30 pm
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Can you name two? Can you
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Can you name two? Can you name one?

I love it when someone is called out on their baseless statements and falls silent. It's so telling some times. Thank you Harley_52. :-)

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Willow Bailey 01/26/13 - 12:35 pm
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I agree harley, too many

I agree harley, too many assume American's goals line up with the president's. He speaks in half truths and code. Debt IS his plan for us. The "have nots" who put him back into office, can't see the forest for the trees.

And I'll say, didn't our "girl" Hillary display her true character under a little pressure. Wouldn't she have made a fine CIC?

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GnipGnop 01/26/13 - 12:46 pm
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I have a question about EBT cards...

If the first lady is worried about obesity and New York wants to limit the size of soft drinks and regulate fast food places, then why are EBT users allowed to buy junk food and sodas?

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junkyardpig 01/26/13 - 01:03 pm
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ebt

convenience stores at lumpkin and richmond hill rds must be taking them. gas for 3.49 and 3.79 while just down the street at deans bridge rd and peach orchard are selling gas at 3.19 and 3.23. and people actually filling their tanks their. sounds fishy to me

harley_52
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harley_52 01/26/13 - 01:23 pm
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Hillary, Like Bill....

...learned the value of a well-timed tear and a protruding lower lip. Both know that most people are far more influenced by emotion than fact, or reason.

As for Obama's real goals and methods, I recommend everybody spend an hour, or two, reading about Cloward, Piven, and Alinsky. There really isn't any mystery about what's going on here.

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Little Lamb 01/26/13 - 01:37 pm
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Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/26/13 - 01:45 pm
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Humble A...got it. :). You

Humble A...got it. :). You know I walk the edge.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/26/13 - 01:57 pm
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Sports Story in AC

Lakeside v Evans yesterday had a spirited crowd of a couple of thousand kids screaming loudly, but staying within the rules. I mean this beats college games locally. These Lakeside v Evans games (and all Columbia County) in all sports are something. It reminds me of the days when we all had fun at high school games.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/26/13 - 02:18 pm
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" These Lakeside v Evans games (and all Columbia County)....

..... in all sports are something."

I'll bet.

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fedex227 01/26/13 - 02:22 pm
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There are plenty of MOS's that are ...
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currently closed to women in the army. I don't know if they will all be opened to women as a result of this ruling but certainly they should be allowed to serve in those MOS's if they are qualified.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/26/13 - 02:43 pm
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"There are plenty of MOS's that are ...

....currently closed to women in the army. "

Plenty?

Care to name three and discuss the related civilian career fields for women?

harley_52
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harley_52 01/26/13 - 02:49 pm
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From What I have Read...

...ALL military career fields and MOSs will now be open to women, at least that's the intention. Service chiefs have been given a couple of years to present their dissenting arguments, if any, but the intention is pretty clear.

fedex227
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fedex227 01/26/13 - 03:10 pm
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I'm not sure why the MOS has to have a ...
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'related civilian career field for women.' Not all MOS's have a related civilian career field for men. Some MOS's that might open up could include;

96R Ground Surveillance Systems Operator
13M Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Crewmember
13R Field Artillery Firefinder Radar Operator
14J Air Defense Command Control Enhanced Operator/ Maintainer
14T PATRIOT Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer

There are plenty more that are closed to women. For many, it's not because of physical requirements but because the very nature of the specialty itself put it in a combat zone.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/26/13 - 03:23 pm
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For The Record...

....this is not the first time Services have attempted to open as many career fields and MOSs as possible to females. I participated in a similar undertaking in the early-mid eighties for the Army. Our goal was NOT to restrict women, but to open as many jobs as possible while still maintaining the Army's combat effectiveness. I'm certain that in the intervening three decades, millions of dollars and countless man-hours have been devoted to the same issue. If anybody thinks the services (at least the Army) has been fighting against women, they are totally misinformed.

The truth of the matter is that you need to organize your fighting force to FIGHT and WIN. Fighting is a dangerous, tough, mean, filthy, bloody affair. While most people agree some women can handle the toughest jobs, rational people admit that number is pretty small. And rational people also understand that women have some physiological issues to contend with that makes front line, remote, extended combat duty even more difficult for them than for their male counterparts.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/26/13 - 03:39 pm
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"There are plenty more that are closed to women.....

....For many, it's not because of physical requirements but because the very nature of the specialty itself put it in a combat zone."

Please provide a source for that statement. Virtually all MOSs serve within a "combat zone." All MOSs that have been closed to women have been so closed because of physical requirements to the very best of my knowledge. I could be wrong, so please help point me in the right direction.

If there is no civilian career field associated with the MOS, then what is the motivator? Corgimom's comments oriented on being "trained for a profession." Is there another motivation?

Are you a believer that the military should be used as a laboratory for social experimentation? Should the battlefield be the place to determine whether or not women really are just like men?

fedex227
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fedex227 01/26/13 - 05:01 pm
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If women want to fight for their ...
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country in combat units on the front lines, god bless 'em. I only wanted to correct some statements that were made about no MOS's being closed to women, there are lots. There's certainly no reason why a woman couldn't be a tac op/14J. The physical rating is only 'medium.' And there are plenty of women out there who can lift 50lbs.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/26/13 - 05:07 pm
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" I only wanted to correct some statements...t

.... that were made about no MOS's being closed to women, there are lots."

Well, I missed the statement that claimed "no MOS's being closed to women" and I suppose we can disagree about the definition of the word "lots." I'd say there are a few, but none that feed a civilian profession as was the original statement I took issue with.

Nobody I know questions whether women who "want to fight for their country in combat units on the front lines" should be prohibited from doing so. Fact is they do right now. The "front lines" are ill-defined and women now die right alongside men. The question is the certain MOSs that are now closed to women and why people want to insist they be opened to women.

Why is it? Is it because women really want to do those very difficult jobs, or is it that there's a political agenda driving the controversy? Is building a fighting force that is best prepared to win wars the goal, or is social experimentation and political agenda what we're after?

harley_52
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harley_52 01/26/13 - 06:05 pm
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Here's The Latest Info....

....about Army MOSs closed to women. Apparently there are now only six, and those may, or may not, remained closed based upon the Army's comments/implementation plan. None of the six represent feeder training for civilian professions as far as I know.

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2013/01/army-physical-standards-key-for-wo...

As a matter of information, as best I can determine, the most dangerous MOS coming from Iraq and Afghanistan is Truck Driver, a position that's been open to women for years. And a total of 152 women have been killed in those two wars which represents about two percent of the total.

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Jake 01/26/13 - 07:18 pm
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Win-Win

If our country would not involve itself in conflicts that are not a direct threat on our soil then I am sure that neither women or men would be at risk. If we are attacked directly then I am sure men and women would equally step up to keep from being annihilated.

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