Watercooler 7/24/2017 Open Thread: Colorado National Guard, A Stairway To...More Full Metal Stupid

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Colorado National Guard

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The Colorado Volunteer Militia, predecessor of the Colorado Army National Guard, was originally formed in 1860. The 1st Colorado Infantry (officially the 1st Regiment of Colorado Volunteers) was a volunteer infantry regiment of the United States Army formed in the Colorado Territory in 1861 and active in the American West in the late 19th century. The regiment was formed shortly after the outbreak of the American Civil War by order of William Gilpin, the first governor of the territory.

Recruiters began enlisting men in August 1861, just six months after the organization of the territory.  In November 1862, the unit was reorganized along with Companies C and D of the 2nd Colorado Infantry into the 1st Colorado Cavalry. Colorado’s Infantry heritage is long and proud…from repelling Confederate aspirations on the western frontier to four beach landings during the European campaign in World War II – which culminated in the liberation of the Dachau death camp.

 The Militia Act of 1903 organized the various state militias into the present National Guard system. In 1914 in Ludlow, Colorado a unit of the guard was deployed during a strike by coal miners, but the sympathies of the militia leaders allied with company management resulted in the deaths of 20 people.

The Field Artillery units in the state of Colorado are the largest and the oldest of the Colorado Army National Guard. These units, known as the “King of Battle”, bring a lethal arsenal to the battlefield. Currently, their main weapon is the HIMARS (High-mobility Artillery Rocket System). These fast moving missile launching platforms fire a fast and deadly arsenal at the enemy, destroying entire gridzones on a map with extremely precise targeting capabilities.

Originally Colorado was a part of the CONUS regional command, called the Southern Department. This was later re-designated, in 1920, as Eighth Corps area with headquarters at Fort Sam Houston Texas. In 1941 Colorado was transferred to the new Central Defense Command. Approximately 300 Colorado ARNG soldiers deployed to Iraq with the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade in September 2006.
Oh, what the heck?

A retiree in Toronto was unhappy with the length of time the city was taking to build a flight of stairs on a precarious slope. And so he did it himself — at a fraction of the cost. Adi Astl, with the help of a homeless man he hired, built eight steps for $550, more than 100 times cheaper than the $65,000-$150,000 the city had estimated for the job.

UPDATE: The city tore the stairs down!

A City of Toronto work crew was seen early Friday morning, removing a staircase that had been erected by maverick local handyman Adi Astl. Construction on new stairs, Mayor John Tory promises, will begin immediately. Astl’s stairs, declared unsafe by city by law officers, were quickly cordoned off with caution tape. Mayor Tory called the original price tag for the project “absolutely ridiculous and out of whack with reality.

The terminal stupidity that that these Toronto city manager types have shown in this matter is incomprehensible. Toronto and these steps are like baby Charlie Gard and his treatment. Toronto would overcharge and under-deliver on a simple municipal project like building stairs to a garden area, and the doctors in England would have the audacity to make the parents choice for them for the care of their son, rather than allow them to try an experimental treatment. Toronto gardeners are falling down NOW without the stairs, and baby Charlie may die even WITH the experimental treatment, but in BOTH cases, it should be the PEOPLE making the decisions, not the government.

UPDATE at 1345: Charlie Gard’s parents have decided not to pursue any further treatment. So very sad.

Yeah, I know…public infrastructure, proper engineering, safety, blah blah blah…and patient care and treatment, Hippocratic oath, blah blah blah. All this serves to remind me why I detest liberal, progressive statists and everything they stand for. Now I’ve gone and done it, got myself all wound myself up. Let’s try to enjoy the open thread anyway…