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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Freedom Isn’t Free: 3 Soldiers Die in Exercise

M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle (photo by Shane A. Cuomo, U.S. Air Force, public domain)

The Bradley Fighting Vehicle is a tall, boxy, tracked, lightly armored vehicle designed to carry a small squad of soldiers while a driver, vehicle commander (squad leader) and gunner maneuver and fight the vehicle. It looks a bit like a tank because it has a turret with a 25mm rapid fire cannon, which can kill peer vehicles but not tanks, due to heavier armor. A unit was out training at night, when a Bradley slipped or got one of its tracks too far over the edge of a bridge in the Fort Stewart, Georgia, maneuver areas. Three of the crew died in the accident and several others were injured.

When the Bradley went off the bridge, it fell upside down into a creek, with running water. Vehicle rollover is a known danger, even for all armored vehicles. There is a standard reaction every crew member practices repeatedly, drilling a response designed to keep you inside and not crushed. If this crew reacted perfectly, and the accident investigators will look into every possible cause, they still found themselves upside down in the middle of the night in water.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Grim Reminder: Military Training Death, 17 April 2019 [Updated]


A West Virginia National Guard soldier fell to his death in a parachute accident during a military training exercise in Virginia.


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”Go listen to politics!” — My ~2.5-year-old son about eight years ago while I was trying to potty train him

I had just discovered some political podcasts that I liked and he had taken note. He seemed to think that I would leave off potty training him at the suggestion of peace, quiet, and the opportunity to listen to another podcast.


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The high point of the Christmas season is over; for those people who don’t shop online and still frequent malls, today there will be a rush for people to rid themselves of the ugliest, most distasteful, and strangest gifts they’ve received. But for some folks, the thrill and satisfaction of shoplifting will have colored this season, and many retailers will have paid the price.

Until recently, Walmart Stores offered a choice to shoplifters: they could pay for and complete an education program as a result of their crimes, or face possible prosecution. Unfortunately, Walmart canceled the programs when local governments questioned whether Walmart was acting legally:


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If your soul is in need of penance, or you just need a sharp reminder that life is a vale of tears and woe–to see the skull beneath the skin of life as it were–you could do worse than watching this video of Michelle Obama rapping–-yes, rapping–about how everyone should go to college. Though the […]

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The private ownership of guns — and the attendant culture of gun owners — is virulently opposed by a significant portion of the country. Such anti-gunners are disproportionately represented in journalism and entertainment, fields populated by people skilled at speaking, acting, and writing; people, moreover, who have all the resources necessary to make their voices widely heard.

I’ve said it here before and it bears repeating: Gun owners must be tougher on themselves than their opponents are. Every mistake we make; every arrogant boast; every garbled, ineloquent defense we attempt; every misplaced criticism of our culture will be parsed, dissected, analyzed, and stored for future use.