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  • 2021 NFL Draft: Live Thread

    04/29/2021 5:05:05 PM PDT · by Impy · 90 replies
    On ESPeeN right now Boycott "Who Cares" Yada Yada
  • The Need for a Mandatory National Service Program

    04/24/2021 11:12:13 AM PDT · by Theophilus · 77 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | April 2021 | Steve Cohen
    The Need for a Mandatory National Service Program By Steve Cohen April 2021 Proceedings Vol. 147/4/1,418 COMMENTARY FacebookTwitterRedditEmailShare COMMENTS The United States has a history of big, bold initiatives. Americans as individuals, however, have largely forgotten them. The New Deal is barely taught in school, most students do not understand why the United States fought World War II, and the Apollo space program might be remembered as an okay Tom Hanks film. Yet, big challenges and ideas have been at the core of American exceptionalism—itself a barely-remembered concept—since the founding of the Republic. Today, in the shadow of a devastating...
  • Does Requiring Only Men to Register for the Draft Violate the Constitution?

    03/22/2021 5:00:43 AM PDT · by Theoria · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 22 March 2021 | Adam Liptak
    The Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether one of the last sex-based distinctions in federal law should survive now that women can serve in combat. A government ad urging young men to register for the draft packs a lot of stereotypes into 30 seconds. A mother, drying dishes in her kitchen, nags her son, who has just turned 18, to “just do it now before you forget.” Her son, skinny and squeaky, pulls out his phone, registers and is transformed into a buff, deep-voiced adult. “Johnny!” the mother exclaims, while his little sister looks on in amazement. “You’re...
  • Biden got 5 draft deferments during Nam, as did Cheney (FLASHBACK August 31, 2008)

    09/07/2020 10:34:25 PM PDT · by bitt · 27 replies ^ | August 31, 2008 | AP
    DOVER, Del. - Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden received five student draft deferments during the Vietnam War, the same number of deferments received by Vice President Dick Cheney, and later was disqualified from service because of asthma that he suffered as a teenager. Officials with Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's campaign released Biden's Selective Service records at the request of The Associated Press. Less detailed records were available from a National Archives facility in Philadelphia. According to the documents, Biden, 65, received several deferments while he was an undergraduate at the University of Delaware and later as a law...
  • Male-only draft is constitutional, federal appeals court rules

    08/13/2020 11:26:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 95 replies
    ktla ^ | 08/13/2020
    A federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld the constitutionality of the all-male military draft system Thursday, citing a 1981 U.S. Supreme Court decision. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said “only the Supreme Court may revise its precedent.” The case was argued in March and was the result of a lawsuit by the National Coalition for Men and two men challenging the male-only draft. Their arguments had been that the the 1981 case was decided at a time when women were largely absent from combat. There was no dissent in Thursday’s ruling from a three-judge...
  • Drastic Coronavirus Lockdowns Are The Most Regressive Policies Since The Draft

    05/28/2020 8:57:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 28, 2020 | J.T.Young
    The coronavirus lockdowns are America’s most regressive government actions since the draft. Even as liberals have quickly noted the virus’s disparate incidence, they have ignored the inequities of government responses. Ironically, these responses have been most regressive in states with the most “progressive” governments. In just four months, coronavirus has gone from takeoff to lockdown in the U.S. America’s first Wuhan virus case appeared on Jan. 21, and the first American died Feb. 12. California went into lockdown March 19, followed by New York the next day, and New Jersey on March 21. Two months later, America is only now...
  • NFL obliterates old TV ratings record for draft, with 37 percent increase from last year

    04/25/2020 6:07:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 24, 2020 | Frank Schwab
    It’s not like the NFL was ever rooting for a global health crisis that would keep everyone in the house and wipe out practically any game on the schedule in April. But it certainly led to record-setting television ratings for the NFL. The NFL announced it set record ratings, which is no surprise. There was an average audience of 15.6 million viewers across ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, and digital channels according to the league. The previous high was 12.4 million viewers in 2014. There was a 37 percent increase in viewership from last year’s draft.
  • Sports Drive-Bys Upset by NFL Violations of Social Distancing

    04/24/2020 1:08:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Rush ^ | April 24, 2020 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: How many of you last night watched the NFL draft? Brian, you did? You watched it? I know Mr. Snerdley didn’t. Was it on in your house, Dawn? I didn’t even think to turn it on. I have read about the draft, however. No, I’ve never been much of a draft guy anyway. It’s never held the — even at the top, at the peak of my NFL Fanboy existence, the draft was always, eh, meh, no big deal to me. The vast majority of people chosen are never gonna make it so it’s just — but I know...
  • Open Thread: 2020 NFL Draft 2nd and 3rd Rounds

    04/24/2020 12:45:33 PM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies ^ | April 24, 2020 | Me
    The talk of the first round was Green Bay drafting Utah State QB Jordan Love. I was listening to sports radio and the Packers during the Rogers era has used their first round pick for an offensive player once: OL Brian Bulaga. Among some notable names still available: QB: Jalen Hurts, Jacob Eason, and Janke Fromm. (Given Fromm's lack of physical tools he is more likely a Day 3 pick) RB: D'Andre Swift, JK Dobbins, Jonathan Taylor WR: Michael Pittman, Tee Higgins, Denzel Mims, Chase Claypool, and Laviska Shenault DB: Grant Delpit
  • NFL draft bets: We know three QBs will go in the first round. Will four? Five?

    04/23/2020 8:50:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 22, 2020 | Frank Schwab
    We’ve seen plenty of examples of quarterbacks being overdrafted. The Minnesota Vikings picked Christian Ponder way before they should have. EJ Manuel became Buffalo’s first-round pick. And so on. That happens when teams are desperate. There aren’t many franchises clamoring for a quarterback now. Former MVP Cam Newton is unsigned, as is 2019 passing leader Jameis Winston. They’re both former No. 1 overall picks. The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t traded Andy Dalton yet, and he’s a three-time Pro Bowler. Scoff at them if you wish, but a few years ago they’d have been in demand. The NFL quarterback field has never...
  • What happens with no live sports due to coronavirus? 'Unprecedented' betting on the NFL draft

    04/23/2020 6:37:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 23, 2020 | Frank Schwab
    You might have laughed at your buddy who was sweating a bet on how many quarterbacks would be taken in the first round of last year’s NFL draft. This April? NFL draft betting is the only game in town, unless you’re really into the Belarus Premier League. Without much other action to offer, BetMGM pumped up its NFL draft props. There are more than 160 NFL draft prop bets at BetMGM, from which team will draft Tua Tagovailoa to whether the Dallas Cowboys’ first pick will be an offensive or defensive player (offense is +200, defense is -250). A couple...
  • Former NFL exec unloads on Tua: Uncovers previously unreported injury, failed physical

    04/10/2020 12:40:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | APRIL 09, 2020 | Armando Saguero
    It is no secret Tua Tagovailoa has an injury history. And that history has teams concerned about his durability going forward. Beyond his well chronicled hip injury. Here are the previously reported and undisputed injuries, according to Forbes: Right high ankle sprain (October 2019; surgery; 1 game missed) Dislocated right hip with posterior acetabular wall fracture (November 2019; surgery; missed final 3.5 games) But Mike Lombardi, who worked for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots front offices and is plugged in among some scouts and personnel departments, recently unloaded on Tagovailoa’s injury...
  • Male-Only Draft Constitutionality Hearing Today???

    03/03/2020 7:13:50 AM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 22 replies
    March 3, 2020 | John Leland 1789
    This date: We woke up to a syndicated news report aired over KSFO Radio, San Francisco, that there is a Federal Appeals Court hearing today on the Texas ruling, Feb 25, 2019, ruling the Male-Only Draft to be unconstitutional. We've been scouring the Internet for any mention of the hearing scheduled for today, but cannot find one item. Any Freepers with info on this? Thanks so much!
  • Time for the annual debate over compulsory national service?

    06/17/2015 4:58:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 17, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Actually, this has been an ongoing debate on one level, and an episodic debate on another. Charles Rangel and other progressives have beat the drum for a military draft ever since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, not because it was necessary militarily, but because Rangel and his allies thought it would make America more isolationist and pacifist. They argued, and continue to argue, that military sacrifice falls disproportionately on the middle and working classes, as well as on minorities — despite the fact that the US military has been entirely volunteer since the end of the Vietnam War forty years...
  • Candidates differ on female draft (Obama for, McCain against)

    10/13/2008 8:10:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 777+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 13, 2008 | Jerome L. Sherman
    Even as the U.S. confronts two long wars, neither Sen. John McCain nor Sen. Barack Obama believes the country should take the politically perilous step of reviving the military draft. But the two presidential candidates disagree on a key foundation of any future draft: Mr. Obama supports a requirement for both men and women to register with the Selective Service, while Mr. McCain doesn't think women should have to register. Also, Mr. Obama would consider officially opening combat positions to women. Mr. McCain would not. "Women are already serving in combat [in Iraq and Afghanistan] and the current policy should...
  • Black Caucus members want to reinstate the draft!

    06/16/2004 2:09:38 PM PDT · by mhking · 19 replies · 270+ views
    Ramblings' Journal ^ | 6.16.04 | Michael King
    I keep catching hell from folks who want to insist that a new draft is coming, and that the Bush Administration is engineering it so that "their rich kids" won't be caught up in it.Citizen Smash has done the legwork to find out exactly who is behind this push.But who is behind this movement to reinstate the draft? Let’s check the Congressional Record. In the House of Representatives:Charles Rangel, NYNeil Abercrombie, HICorrine Brown, FLDonna M. Christensen,VIWilliam Lacy Clay, MOJohn Conyers, Jr., MIElijah E. Cummings, MDAlcee L. Hastings, FLSheila Jackson-Lee, TXJohn Lewis, GAJim McDermott, WAJames P. Moran, VAEleanor Holmes Norton, DCFortney...
  • U.S. set good tone by ending military draft

    01/06/2020 12:11:36 PM PST · by rintintin · 98 replies
    Corvallis Gazette Times ^ | Jan 2 2020 | Paul F. deLespinasse
    To his eternal credit, Richard Nixon helped end America's draft. Congress responded to his President's Commission on an All-Volunteer Armed Force by discontinuing the draft in 1973. The United States has set an example that we should encourage other countries to copy. The commission's report noted that the draft: "has been a costly, inequitable, and divisive procedure for recruiting men for the armed forces. It has imposed heavy burdens on a small minority of young men while easing slightly the tax burden on the rest of us. "It has introduced needless uncertainty into the lives of all our young men....
  • Women Should Have to Register for Military Draft, Too, Commission Tells Congress

    03/24/2020 1:24:11 PM PDT · by karpov · 72 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 24, 2020 | Sarah Mervosh
    Women have been serving in the United States military since the Revolutionary War, helping to sew uniforms, heal the wounded and, eventually, fight in combat. But they have never been required to register for a military draft. That could soon change. Under a new recommendation to Congress by a national commission, all Americans ages 18 to 25 — and not just young men as currently covered by the law — should be required to register with the government in case of a military draft. The move sets up a debate over a divisive issue that has been simmering for years....
  • College students panic over FAFSA's fine print about registering for the draft

    01/06/2020 9:17:24 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 42 replies
    CBS ^ | JANUARY 6, 2020 | LI COHEN
    After a U.S. airstrike killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's Quds military force, in Baghdad on Thursday, Iran vowed "crushing revenge" against all responsible. Now, with #NoWarinIran, #TrumpsWar and #WorldWarIII trending on Twitter, users are looking into the draft — particularly college students about how the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) could play into their potential future military service
  • America won't see a draft because most Americans don't have the energy to fight

    01/04/2020 6:54:47 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 51 replies
    Guava Cheese Puff | January 4, 2020 | Guava Cheese Puff
    A lot of people, especially on the Left says that America will see a military draft. Look at this Twitter thread I saw tonight....a lot of millennials don't even have respect for those who are going to deal with this Iranian crisis....they are belittling their service saying that "they signed up for it, etc."