In general, too many American men put far too much pressure on themselves to be MANLY~! and TOUGH~!  We all know that.

“I need my gun! I need all my guns! I can’t cry! I have to defend myself! Outsiders are bad! Emotions are bad! I want to be John Wayne in one of his films! The world should fear me!”

Um, guys, please, just stop. Please. Stop.

Fucking relax for once.
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Last article we covered immediate action with the AR-15 series rifle. Immediate action is geared toward fixing simple ammunition or feeding problems, such as a light strike, bad primer, or a failure to feed. Conduct immediate action only once - if that fails to solve the problem, remedial action is needed. Remedial action clears more complex rifle malfunctions, such as double feeds, some failures to extract, and bolt overrides.

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During World War II, thousands of Americans lied about their age to enlist in the military. During the Iraq war, Daniel Torres lied about something else.

“I didn’t want to be just another Mexican living in the U.S. I wanted to say I’d done something for the country,” said Torres.

He deployed to Iraq, near Fallujah, in 2009. When his unit came home and started gearing up for a tour in Afghanistan, Torres lost his wallet. When he tried to get his ID replaced, his story came apart.

Instead of going to Afghanistan, Torres wound up in Tijuana, Mexico, unable to return to the country for which he had fought.

Immigrants have always made up a portion of the Armed Forces in America — joining the U.S. military has always been one of the fastest ways to get U.S. citizenship. About 8,000 troops with green cards became citizens that way last year alone.

But it doesn’t happen automatically. And veterans who did not go through the process of becoming citizens — they can be deported, if they get in trouble later on, just like any other noncitizen.

Service Members, Not Citizens: Meet The Veterans Who Have Been Deported

Photos: David Gilkey/NPR


If you took a map of Chicago and put down a tack for each person shot last year, you’d need nearly 3,000 tacks.

Of those, 101 would be clustered in the neighborhood of East Garfield Park. That’s where 15-year-old Jim Courtney-Clarks lives.

“To be honest, I really don’t like it,” Courtney-Clarks says. “Every time you look up somebody else is getting killed, and I never know if it’s me or somebody I am really close to.”

For kids in some Chicago neighborhoods, walking up and down the same street where there was a beating or a shooting or a body is just part of life — one that isn’t always talked about.

That’s something the Urban Warriors program is trying to change. The YMCA of Metro Chicago project connects kids like Courtney-Clarks, who live in high-violence neighborhoods, with veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan and who might understand what they’re going through.

The program is built on the idea that these kids are experiencing trauma and need to process it, and that witnessing or experiencing violence can affect how they behave at home, react at school, or lead them to commit violence themselves.

Chicago Teens And Combat Veterans Join Forces To Process Trauma

Photos: Alyssa Schukar for NPR

Speaking of the costs of war… let’s talk about the people who came home from war; the 500,000 who came home with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. I hope that in the midst of all this discussion, that this country makes certain that we do not turn our backs on the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend us.
—  Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Debate, 11/14/15 (Paraphrased quote)