Annotative Essay on the book: ‘All Quiet on the Western Front,’ by E.M. Remarque

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When soldiers are sent to the trenches of war, amongst the necessity for their rifles, daily food rations and combat boots, there is also a necessity for them to have left their loved ones behind. No families are allowed on the front lines, for just as a man would never masturbate in front of his dear mother; neither would he …

The Craft of Writing: Reliable Narrator, in an Unreliable World

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Reliable Narrator In an Unreliable World “Some first lines are so powerful that you absolutely have to keep on reading.” –Noah Lukeman If a writer cannot hook their reader within the first sentence, paragraph, and ultimately the first chapter, then all is lost. Like a car salesman who knows that he has to make the sale before the customer leaves; …

6 Interesting Facts about the Iraq War

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Interesting Facts about the Iraq War (for the average reader)  While many people hear about the “War on Terror” as a catch phrase thrown around on propaganda filled, politically biased, lie-filled news stations most people couldn’t even point to the country in question. A lot of misinformation is thrown around in regards to the Iraq War either for sensationalistic purposes …

Is PTSD Genetic? Can PTSD be passed onto my children?

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Is PTSD Genetic? Can PTSD be passed onto my children? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric ailment that affects many people around the world. This stress disorder can affect anyone and it is typically caused by uncontrollable or unpredictable traumatic events. In most cases, PTSD symptoms appear after several days or hours of certain event. However, there are times …

Blackout Poetry: Combat Action Badge

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This poem/post will probably be a little more controversial than most Blackout poetry posts. That’s because it involves Combat Action Badges, and the current debate regarding them, and when/how/if/under what circumstances they should be awarded. My position on this is somewhat unique, though I know I’m not alone… This article originally appeared in the Army Times and was over whether …

Bowe Bergdahl – Is He a Traitor?

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U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the final remaining captured American soldier, has been released. U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl has recently been released from capture, after being held captive by Taliban insurgents for five years. The U.S. released five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl.  The prisoners are: Abdul Haq Wasiq, Mullah Norullah , Khairullah Khairkhwa, Mohammed Nabi, Mohammad …

Dear Politicians: The 1950’s called. They want their masculinity back.

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In the hunt for masculinity and being a better man, there is, unfortunately, no escaping the politics associated with “Masculinity.” We often hear politicians bickering back and forth, claiming that one has moor hutzpah than the other (read: bigger balls) and the debates go ad infinitum. This can readily be seen in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie is a …

The Top Five Good Men Project War and Veterans Articles of 2013

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Top 5 war and veterans articles of 2013. It’s that time of the year again, to look at all we’ve accomplished (or failed to accomplish) in the passing year. In the army, this is similar to doing an After Action Review (AAR) whereas after completing a mission, everyone mentions what they think went well and what needs improvement. For the …