Baby boomers feel they were the pinnacle of society, but it in that generation we saw the rise of the serial killer, child abductors became more common and pornography became king. The point being, yes your gen was able to be less careful, but once we figured out there were many monsters hidden in that generation ppl started to watch their children more carefully. The real question is what made the boomers snap if life was so good, moral and just?
 April 16, 2015 at 9:14am
This is how a country turns into a 3rd world sh**hole.
 April 14, 2015 at 9:53am
All of them have their up and down side, but this is the best field of candidates the GOP has offered in many a decade. No more Bush. No more Clinton. I am tired of dynasties.
To quote a wise man (my son-in-law) "I wear the pistol to get me by until I can get to a shotgun."
The question is this. Was it the neighbor's shot that went way too wide or the shots that the invaders fired off?
You do realize that at typical self defense distances shotgun pellets barley spread and if you don't aim carefully you have just as much chance of missing your target on the plus side with that much lead if you do aim chances are whoever you hit is going to have better things to do (like dying) to bother you any more
Dismayed, with a nod to Bigfoot – The ‘use a shotgun because it spreads’ myth is just that. The longest range in a home during an encounter is likely to be 25 ft or less. At that distance, many spreads are about the size of your fist. There may be choke and load combinations that perform better, but what you will likely find out is that at 25′ and under, you still need to have a fairly good aim. I also worry that the idea that anyone can hit a target with a shotgun will lead people not to understand the need for practice. If you are going to use your shotgun for home defense and carry a pistol, then you need to divide your range time between the two, and not favor one over the other. The same goes for an AR-style home defense set-up. Now, if your point is that with a longer weapon, aiming is more effective, I can agree with that.
April 8, 2015 at 9:07am
To quote Bumbles:
This is a big F deal.
 April 7, 2015 at 9:50am
I never thank a vet for their service. I thank them for their sacrifice. To service really means what is sacrificed by joining the military. They have sacrificed their youth and innocence. Their family had to come in second place when orders came for an unaccompanied tour or deployment to a combat zone. They gave up watching their children celebrate a birthday or play sports. Your spouse is left to cope with a job and raise kids alone. Their experience separates them emotionally from their old friends. Their families don’t understand why they do some odd actions.
All gave some. Some gave all. This is the truth of sacrifice and service.
You obviously have walked the walk my brother.
Thank you for your sacrifice and the sacrifice of those who served with you which most importantly included your family. God Bless each of you. Obviously He already has, you seem not only wise, but compassionate and from my perspective of reading the Word, compassion is the biggest lesson and attribute He looks for in us.
1 Corinthians 13:13. “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” The original word translated as charity is agape, which is better translated as brotherly compassion, as in “to love thy brother as thyself”. The essence of agape love is self-sacrifice. John 15:13 ~”Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Not just in death, but also in life.
And so – thank you for your sacrifice, for you have learned and demonstrated the greatest of all God’s gifts. Be not Dismayed Veteran, for you have laid up for yourself riches in Heaven.
 April 7, 2015 at 9:00am
It seems strange that the NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) would conduct an investigation on a US Army soldier. The US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) and maybe the US Army Military Intelligence Command would have been the appropriate agencies for Bergdahl’s investigation.
I agree - seems strange that NCIS would investigate instead of CID. Something does not smell right.
Unless the outpost is located in area of operation where the Marines are the primary command/service (shared responsibility). Couldn't find anything to prove it, just suggesting.
It may seem strange but maybe there is something being investigated under National Security or Terrorism, of which NCIS can investigate....under Homeland Security. I also think his claim of NCIS involvement seems weird...but there was no explanation of their role or that of CID or any other investigatory entity.. Again... I don't put a lot of confidence Col. Shaffer's "expertise". IMHO
 April 6, 2015 at 4:27pm
Don’t they know a kid, a paper box and an imagination is the best toy possible.
March 31, 2015 at 12:23pm
@chuck & doke
I probably am a racist. I like to think that I judge people by their character and actions. But when I see young black men in gangster clothing, I think possible criminals. Prior to 2008, I thought: Teenagers and their idiot clothes. I realize this is profiling but I can’t prevent my thoughts. The real question is how I treat minorities which is with dignity and respect.
"The real question is how I treat minorities which is with dignity and respect."
Yup: there is a huge gulf between prejudice and bigotry.
Prejudice provides assumptions, but bigotry prevents us from thinking past the assumptions.
 March 31, 2015 at 12:00pm
These moments make good stories around the holiday dinner table. My kids start with “Remember when…” and their children pay attention.
March 31, 2015 at 11:55am
I bet you either complain when someone tees up in the rough or you don’t believe in mulligans or multiple mulligans.
 March 31, 2015 at 11:35am
Have you ever been in a board meeting when you thought one of these thoughts?
I really have to go to the bathroom. Just shut up and sit down.
If I poke my palm with the point of a paper clip, can I stay awake?
 March 30, 2015 at 8:35am
I am so overcome by white guilt, I am changing my name Martin Roosevelt Lincoln. I will be demanding reparations for my ancestors bondage. sarc off
Prior to 2008, I considered myself not to be a racial bigot. I knew too many outstanding troopers in the Army to generalize about race. Since 2008, I have slowly become less tolerant. Obama’s legacy will be setting race relations back 50 years.
It's so easy to whip up the lazy and the easily led with 'a cause' that allows them to be perfectly annoying, hostile, and violent. All it does is force into our white heads that being near them can be toxic. They are propelling bad race relations forward, when most of us just never saw color of skin as a reason to any type of action.
So you either became a racist or you just decided not to closet it anymore. Most like the latter.
@ Dismayed Veteran
"Obama’s legacy will be setting race relations back 50 years."
No doubt about that, but what do you mean that you've "become less tolerant" since 2008?
The way you've phrased it, "Dokken" seems to have a point.
@chuck & doke
I probably am a racist. I like to think that I judge people by their character and actions. But when I see young black men in gangster clothing, I think possible criminals. Prior to 2008, I thought: Teenagers and their idiot clothes. I realize this is profiling but I can't prevent my thoughts. The real question is how I treat minorities which is with dignity and respect.
 March 26, 2015 at 1:40pm
Looking through 67 year old eyes, I am angered with the kids being encouraged to climb on the Nurses’ Memorial.
This family went to the Wall and the monuments for some reason. That reason should have been to explain why the monuments are important.
Finally, I would like to think that had I been there, I would have politely explained to the children and the parents what the monuments mean to us.
 March 26, 2015 at 9:07am
I live in Lincoln. Chambers has refused to apologize for his comments. He is an embarrassment to most Nebraskans but does represent his constituents in North Omaha.
March 26, 2015 at 8:48am
I recall some of the comments made about Bergdahl early on when he was considered a POW by most concerned Americans. Many, including myself, were outspoken about getting him released. Fast forward 3 years and he is being charged with desertion.
“No one left behind” is a promise made by the military and fellow soldiers. The USMC is renowned for this ethic. BAT 21 is the classic example of this promise. Regretfully, this does not always happen.
I think the trade was a bad deal but I am also pleased that no one was left behind even if they are a deserter. Now he can be charged and tried.