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Dec 21st 2012 1:58PM I would never feel safe without my wepons. All handguns. I had a high capacity 9mm (15 round magazine) but when I left the job for which I used it, it was no longer useful to me as a defensive weapon. Magazine springs under constant tension can fail and the gun will will malfunction. Semi automatic handguns are not as accurate as revolvers because the barrel comes out of battery each time the wepon is fired, nevertheless anyone who likes to shoot should be able to own one. The capacity is irrevelant, reloading a 10 magazine or any capacity magazine is accomplished in seconds. I see no need for military style assault rifles. I'm an Army vet. I've used them all. They serve absolutely no purpose to a civillian society. Bolt action magazine fed rifles is all anyone should ever need. The armagadon gun nuts can go to hell, war is evil and so are the wepons that are used for it, they should stay on the battlefield. I'm a decoraated war vet and this is how I feel.
Dec 16th 2012 5:57PM con't He'd never seen it, he was thrilled, I was thrilled to give it to him.
There's the archelogoist at Babylon. We were exploring the ruins early in the morning, weaponless, you could do dumb things like back then, there was no infrastructure, despite the riots and looting at the beginning of the end of Saddam, life was trying to get back to normal. How ironic; civilized, educated people in Babylon. I never expected to see anyone at Babylon, we came in the back and went out the front through the replica Isthar gate, that's where I met him, I forgot his name. I got the rest of the guys and ladies from out convoy and told them this was an opportunity of a lifetime, he took us on a tour of the ruins. The dinar was worthless we had USD that we couldn't spent. I let the troops know to be generous for his hospitality, we gave him enough money to take care of the himself and the staff for several months. God I miss Iraq sometimes, it was a wonderful experience when we wern't waring, It's one of the most beautiful places on earth. I taught myself some rudimentary Arabic. I would love to drive through all the places I was and just socalize like I did in 2003.
Dec 16th 2012 5:39PM One of the things on my bucket list is to go back to Iraq and see my old friends.
There's Raheem from out side the back gate to Baghdad International airport. I'd sneek out with another soldier in a borrowed vehicle and get beer, and I mean real beer, Raheem had Corona, MGD, Bud, some european beer by the case. The rest of the convoy would be afraid to go but I declaired myself the beer NCO. Alchol was vervboten, but screw that, every mission could have been our last. Nothing like a good beer buzz after a long stressful trip. We had a mutual conspiracy to get by the MP's. I'd get 10-15 cases @ $20.00, Raheem started comping me with extra cases and a secret stash after we got to know each other.The year was 2003.
Then there's Dief Moshin, google him, he's the third generation caretaker of the world's most well preserved ziggarut in Ur.Unbelieveable person, taught himself english with a dictionary. Knew the history of Ur and gave us a tour that will always be one of my most cherished memmories. He was in National Geographic in an article about the journey of Abraham. At the time the artticle was published he was unable to get a copy because of the sanctions against Iraq. I had my wife find a copy on the internet and had her sent it to me. Presenting it t
Nov 26th 2012 10:00PM I explored this palace for hours with my buddies in 2003. It was pretty well looted .Just about everything that could be removed was. There were secret passage ways and cealings that looked solid from below but were sheer painted fabric that could be looked through from above, you could see the people below but they coldn't see you. I got a gold plated "P" trap from an onyx bidet that had been riped out of the floor and up ended. I still have it. I know it's gold plated. I'm a dental technician in civillian life and I know my gold.