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HISTORY OF THE CHALLENGE COIN

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During World War 1, American volunteers from all parts of the country filled the newly formed flying squadrons. Some were wealthy scions attending colleges such as Yale and Harvard who quit in mid-term to join the war. In one squadron, a wealthy lieutenant ordered medallions struck in solid bronze and presented them to his unit. One young pilot placed the medallion in a small leather pouch that he wore about his neck. Shortly after acquiring the medallions, the pilots’ aircraft was severely damaged by ground fire. He was forced to land behind enemy lines and was immediately captured by a...

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Sheep, Wolves, and Sheep Dogs

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By LTC (RET) David Grossman  author of "On Killing" One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me:"Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident." This is true. Remember, the murder rate is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1,000 per year. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another. Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic,...

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Profiling and Urban Survival

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There is a lot of banter about profiling people based on looks or ethnic origin and whether it is right or not. From my humble perspective this is easy stuff. When a population in a certain geographic area is more prone to produce a violent response, you become “aware” that you could get killed by walking through that area, especially if they do not like your looks. For the sake of the profiling principle let’s call this “geo profiling” for geography. Blend this principle with skin color, or gang colors and signaling or gang signs (often made with the hands...

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GUN CONTROL - Two sides or ONE RIGHT

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Thomas Paine once said, “Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.”Are there two sides of this issue? Or is there simply one right to own firearms for the very reasons Thomas Paine and other founding fathers articulated?The recent debacle about Gun Control from our President and some members of congress continue to stun many. I could, in this article, list statistics and give many real-world examples where guns have saved lives as citizens intervened...

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Why Do Some People Risk Life and Limb and Others Seek to Steal It?

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Why do some people join the military or the 911 community and lay their lives, limbs and futures on the line for complete strangers, while others seek diligently to find ways to steal from their fellowman and deprive others of freedom, property and peace?   This is a recurring dilemma that has again been recently brought to the forefront of my world with powerful personal reminders.   On the 19th of August at about 0400 our Retail Store located in North Salt Lake, Utah was victimized for the second time by at least three people who evidently preplanned the burglary...

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