History CurbStompBattle / RealLife

6th Jun '17 4:54:45 PM costanton11
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* UsefulNotes/{{George H W Bush}} didn't do too badly himself in his first election, beating Michael Dukakis 40 states to 10.

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* UsefulNotes/{{George H W Bush}} didn't do too badly himself in his first election, election in 1988, beating Michael Dukakis 40 states to 10.


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* In 1804, UsefulNotes/{{Thomas Jefferson}} won 15 of the then 17 states in the Presidential election.
6th Jun '17 4:44:21 PM costanton11
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* UsefulNotes/{{Richard Nixon}} won all but the District of Columbia and his opponent's home state of Massachusetts when he was re-elected in 1972. Of course, it eventually turned out that he had [[ScandalGate cheated]].

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* UsefulNotes/{{Richard Nixon}} won all but the District of Columbia and his opponent's home state of Massachusetts when he was re-elected in 1972. Of course, it eventually turned out that he had [[ScandalGate cheated]].
28th Apr '17 2:19:17 PM Unknownlight
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** TheEightBitEraOfVideoGames, the UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem easily dominated over the UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem and the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 7800}} (and also a souped-up [[UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} 2600]]), on the strength of its KillerApp in the form of the original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros''.

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** TheEightBitEraOfVideoGames, UsefulNotes/The8bitEraOfConsoleVideoGames, the UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem easily dominated over the UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem and the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 7800}} (and also a souped-up [[UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} 2600]]), on the strength of its KillerApp in the form of the original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros''.
25th Apr '17 12:49:49 PM DanielCase
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Longewala Battle of Longewala.]] during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War:

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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Longewala Battle of Longewala.]] during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War: War (itself a curb-stomping; see below):



** However, in their rush to crush, the Pakistani forces skipped reconnoitering the route ahead. They also didn't know that the Indian forces knew they were coming before dark. The Indian commander, Maj. Kuldup Singh Chandpuri, had to decide whether to retreat or find a way to hold out till morning when four Hawker Hunters jets would be able to provide air support. He chose the former, and had his troops use the remaining daylight hours to lay barbed wire and mine-warning signs in front of the post ... even though ''they had no mines to lay''.

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** However, in their rush to crush, the Pakistani forces skipped reconnoitering the route ahead. They also didn't know that the Indian forces knew they were coming before dark. The Indian commander, Maj. Kuldup Singh Chandpuri, had to decide whether to retreat or find a way to hold out till morning when four Hawker Hunters jets would be able to provide air support. He chose the former, latter, and had his troops use the remaining daylight hours to lay barbed wire and mine-warning signs in front of the post ... even though ''they had no mines to lay''.



* The 1971 Indo-Pakistani War. India suffered less than 4,000 dead. Pakistan suffered 9,000 deaths, 25,000 wounded, and ''90,000'' captured. The war was over in a fortnight.

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* The 1971 Indo-Pakistani War.War as a whole. India suffered less than 4,000 dead. Pakistan suffered 9,000 deaths, 25,000 wounded, and ''90,000'' captured. The war was over in a fortnight.
25th Apr '17 12:47:12 PM DanielCase
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** When it got light again, [[FromBadToWorse, it only got worse]] for Pakistan. The Indian fighters were able to deploy, and took out a lot of those tanks. There was a slight upside, though ... so many of the soldiers manning them had gotten so demoralized in the night that they had (ahem) deserted, so there weren't as many casualties as might have been expected had the Pakistani soldiers been reliable.

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** When [[DawnAttack it got light again, [[FromBadToWorse, again]], [[FromBadToWorse it only got worse]] for Pakistan. The Indian fighters were able to deploy, and took out a lot of those tanks. There was a slight upside, though ... so many of the soldiers manning them had gotten so demoralized in the night that they had (ahem) deserted, so there weren't as many casualties as might have been expected had the Pakistani soldiers been reliable.stayed on post.
25th Apr '17 12:43:31 PM DanielCase
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** The Indian forces numbering in only 120 but have, against the Pakistan forces of The invading Pakistan forces lost 200 soldiers, 36 tanks and 100 other vehicles. Indian loses 2 men.

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** When it got light again, [[FromBadToWorse, it only got worse]] for Pakistan. The Indian forces numbering in only 120 but have, against fighters were able to deploy, and took out a lot of those tanks. There was a slight upside, though ... so many of the Pakistan forces of soldiers manning them had gotten so demoralized in the night that they had (ahem) deserted, so there weren't as many casualties as might have been expected had the Pakistani soldiers been reliable.
** Bottom line:
The invading Pakistan forces lost 200 soldiers, 36 tanks and 100 other vehicles. Indian India loses 2 men.
25th Apr '17 12:39:12 PM DanielCase
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* The [[http://youtu.be/9fy3XLnWsok Battle of Longewala.]] The Indian forces numbering in only 120 but have 4 Hawker Hunters jets, against the Pakistan forces of 2800 men, 65 tanks, and 138 military vehicles. The invading Pakistan forces lost 200 soldiers, 36 tanks and 100 other vehicles. Indian loses 2 men.

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* The [[http://youtu.be/9fy3XLnWsok [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Longewala Battle of Longewala.]] during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War:
** Knowing, once war was inevitable, that India would try to take East Pakistan[[note]]which a few years later revolted and became Bangladesh anyway[[/note]], which was pretty much indefensible with most of Pakistan's forces based in West Pakistan, Pakistan's strategy was to take and hold portions of western India to use as negotiating chips to get East Pakistan back during peace talks. So it sent its best unit, the 1/51 Mobile Infantry Brigade, with 2800 men, 65 tanks, and 138 military vehicles, right toward the lightly defended (120 men) border post of Longewala in the western Indian state of Thar, for a night assault, the idea being "''breakfast at Longewala, lunch at Jaisalmer and dinner at Jodhpur''".
** However, in their rush to crush, the Pakistani forces skipped reconnoitering the route ahead. They also didn't know that the Indian forces knew they were coming before dark. The Indian commander, Maj. Kuldup Singh Chandpuri, had to decide whether to retreat or find a way to hold out till morning when four Hawker Hunters jets would be able to provide air support. He chose the former, and had his troops use the remaining daylight hours to lay barbed wire and mine-warning signs in front of the post ... even though ''they had no mines to lay''.
** The plan worked beautifully. At 12:30 that night, the invading Pakistani column came to a dead stop at the barbed wire when the forward commander saw the signs. He called in the sappers to disarm the mines and open a route through. In the meantime the Indians began sniping at the enemy. Not only did they get a few troops, they blew the lead Pakistani tank up with an M40, the first of 12 they would destroy before daylight. Soon they identified the fuel tanks and took them out too, not only depleting the Pakistani supplies but lighting up the battlefield to increase their advantage.
** After two hours of not finding any mines to clear, the Pakistanis realized they'd been had. A quick change of plans, to have the remaining tanks surround the post, went just as quickly awry when the tanks got either bogged down in the soft desert sands off the road, lost, or usually both. Whoops! Even the most cursory of reconnaissance missions would have warned them about this issue. [[http://lalitkumar.in/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/battle-longewala-tank-tracks-india-pakistan-war-lalitkumar.jpg An aerial image of the battlefield taken the next day showing the many confused tracks they left]] has become the signature image of this battle.
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The Indian forces numbering in only 120 but have 4 Hawker Hunters jets, have, against the Pakistan forces of 2800 men, 65 tanks, and 138 military vehicles. of The invading Pakistan forces lost 200 soldiers, 36 tanks and 100 other vehicles. Indian loses 2 men.
25th Apr '17 12:13:00 PM DanielCase
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** It would happen again in the 2016 Presidential Election. The media up until November 8th had been predicting a Democrat Clean Sweep of the race, with the Republicans only gaining states where they're usually strongest anyway. What ended up happening, was the backlash of several states badly effected by the previous two Democratic Presidents voting republican, which netted Donald Trump a landslide victory the scales of which had not been seen since Reagan. To add insult to injury, when the electors went to cast their votes and seal the deal, Hillary Clinton lost even more electoral votes to Trump. The reasons for this victory however are as follows:
*** Trump focused on real issues that affected Americans, while Clinton instead focused on attempting to make her seem like the lesser of two evils, and attempting to continue down the path that the sitting POTUS at the time (Barrack Obama) had attempted to start.
*** The DNC had picked a unpopular choice to run for POTUS. Many voters actually walked out of the Democratic National Convention as a result of this, and would either cast their vote for their chosen candidate (Bernie Sanders) anyway, or, voted for Trump as a proverbial middle finger to the party.
*** At some point during the cycle, a staff member of the Clinton Campaign opened a Phishing Email, which gave someone back-door access to the entire E-Mail server. The contents of which were copied, and spread throughout the internet. While most people had their minds made up already, some were swayed by the information in those leaks.
*** The final nail on the coffin would ultimately prove to be the economy itself. Many Americans were forced to leave their jobs, or work reduced hours as a result of the previous 24yrs of policies. As Clinton was effectively a career politician, many viewed her as part of the problem on that basis alone, and chose not to vote for her. This was especially critical in Michigan and Pennsylvania, which were nearly devastated by the North American Free Trade Agreement which her Husband signed during his presidency.
8th Apr '17 1:42:31 PM SgtFrog1
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* While it is a generalisation, the main aim in warfare ''is'' to organise situations where you can bring overwhelming force to bear and curbstomp your enemy. If you aim to fight fair, you are doing it wrong.

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* While it is a generalisation, the main aim in warfare ''is'' to organise situations where you can bring overwhelming force to bear and curbstomp your enemy. [[Quotes/CombatPragmatist If you aim to fight fair, you are doing it wrong.]]
4th Apr '17 2:22:12 AM WhosAsking
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** Then comes the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chaeronea_(338_BC) Battle of Chaeronea]], where the Macedonians led by King Philip II and with the help of his son, an upstart named [[AlexanderTheGreat Alexander]], completed his conquest of most of Greece. In particular, the lauded Theban Sacred Band this time was on the receiving end. Based on later excavations, at least 250 of the band of 300 fell in the battle. Most of the rest that weren't killed were captured, effectively removing any remaining ability for Greece to fight back.
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