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    Douche of the Week: Rolling Stone (Yes, Again)

      By Doc Bailey Have you ever read an article and choked on whatever you were drinking, or in my case spit your drink all over your computer?  Have you ever...

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    The Complete Non-Issue of Indian Tribes and the US Military’s Naming Conventions

      By Havoc13 I read something really interesting a couple of days ago, it was titled “The U.S. Military’s Ongoing Slur of Native Americans,” and it went a little something like...

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    #nomadicveterans: Men on a Mission

      By Havoc13 Former Army Rangers Marty Skovlund and Leonidas Jenkins are veterans on a mission. The two longtime friends, who between them have 9 combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan—and...

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    ENG 12 at Bronx Community College: “Why the US Military Sucks”

      By Havoc13 (NEW YORK CITY)—So there’s a course at Bronx Community College formally titled “Why the US Military Sucks.” OK, that’s not true at all, the course is actually called...

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    The Day of Days

    “It is well that War is so terrible, lest we should grow too fond of it.” -Robert E. Lee By Mad Medic 70 years ago, in the late hours of June...

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    Why US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl Still Matters

      By Havoc 13 In a country currently caught up in the Olympic spirit and chronically divorced from its military, it can be easy to lose track of individual US service...

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    Today is Memorial Day

      By SGT Awesome Today is Memorial Day, yet so many in our country haven’t the faintest clue what that means other than it is a three day weekend. This in...

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    The Soldier’s Burial

    By Jack Mandaville When I was 13 years old I got my hands on an old family poem that had been sitting in a nondescript box in my parent’s basement. In...

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    Memorial Day: ‘The Librarians’ Remember

      By Kerry Patton I was recently invited on set for TNT’s new television show called The Librarians which airs this winter. Considering a few veterans have a sour taste toward...

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    Mean Tweets and PTSD: Facts and Fakers

      By Havoc 13 Americans love labels, and we can’t wait to show ours off. We look to distinguish ourselves by the physical labels attached to things ranging from the clothing...

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    #Hashtags…#Really?!?

      By Peter Nealen So, after first apparently thinking that a Twitter campaign under the hashtag “United for Ukraine” was going to do anything to dissuade Vladimir Putin and his proxies...

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    Stoic Lessons From the Front: How To Turn Obstacles Into Opportunity

      By RU Guest Contributor Ryan Holiday The history of war and combat is filled with stories of men (and women) snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Impossible circumstances, unfavorable...

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    “Affluenza” Part II: All the Justice Your Money Can Buy

      By Havoc13 Back in December, my friend and fellow Rhino Den writer RU Twisted wrote a brilliant and timely article on something called “affluenza,” which he explained as “an ‘affliction’...

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    Is Attitude Really Everything?

      A Ranger Up Fan Submission Well, I put that question to the test—”the biggest so far in my life”—and discovered that committing to a mindset of unrelenting determination transformed this...

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    Call It What It Is

      By Lana It appears there has been a slight uptick in military personnel-related violence lately, mostly regarding guns and a strong dose of the crazy. “You can’t call these people...

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    Seven Nightingales

      By J.E. McCollough Sometimes the truth is intentionally covered up. Sometimes, though, the truth just slips through the cracks, obscured by the fog of war and then overtaken by surrounding...

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