I found DU via the Top 10 Conservative Idiots shortly after DU went live, but didn't join until the following October. I'd never belonged to a discussion board and was a bit leery of the whole idea.
I really am the great aunt of triplets -- they are now 11 1/2, big and smart. To think they were only babies when I joined DU blows my mind.
I am also the aunt of almost 16-month-old twin girls, a 4-year-old boy and step-great-aunt to two boys (aged 15 and 13) and an 11-year-old girl.
Needless to say, our family gatherings are large and raucous. And fun.
Could this be connected to the NATO protests or copycats dressing like the Black Bloc. Tinley Park is miles away from the action.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Reuters) - Mack McDowell likes to spend time at the local knife and gun show "drooling over firearms," as he puts it. Retired after 30 years in the U.S. Army, he has lined his study with books on war, framed battalion patches from his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, a John Wayne poster, and an 1861 Springfield rifle from an ancestor who fought in the Civil War.
But when it comes to the 2012 presidential election, Master Sergeant McDowell is no hawk.
In South Carolina's January primary, the one-time Reagan supporter voted forRon Paul "because of his unchanging stand against overseas involvement." In November, McDowell plans to vote for the candidate least likely to wage "knee-jerk reaction wars."
Disaffection with the politics of shock and awe runs deep among men and women who have served in the military during the past decade of conflict. Only 32 percent think the war in Iraq ended successfully, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. And far more of them would pull out of Afghanistan than continue military operations there.
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