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Friday, February 22, 2008

From a friend about a friend

I was talking with one of my buddies last night about our latest guard drill, and reminiscing about certain “training” we had.

Among many other things, we were reorganized into different squads, mixed with many new guys, and put on classes to train them up.

We covered some basic stuff, and it was interesting to say the least. In one of these classes was a brief trade of conversation that I got to hear about second hand, the content of which made my day.

Sgt C- draws a line on a display board. He then draws several circles with single lines going straight down from the circles.

Sgt C says, “I don’t have to tell you what this is, but it’s a team of men by a road…”

Bull says- “Awe man, I thought it was a bunch of lollypops floating down the river of happiness, now you just ruined my day.”

I just couldn’t stop laughing.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Love it or Leave it.

I am not only disturbed, but appalled by the goings on in Berkeley California. For those of you that don’t know what I’m talking about, you can watch the coverage


You will see the city council of Berkeley call the Marines “Gangsters of the government” and Marine recruiters a tool that “Bombards our young people with propaganda” that they are “perpetrating a war that is unconstitutional.” Citizens then say we are mass murderers in Iraq (getting us confused with Saddam I think). How can someone “know” something about what’s going on “over there” when the only things they know is what they hear from the mass media?

Another woman says that once Marines defended America, like in WWIII. Um, what’s different about what we did at Normandy and Iraq? There was catastrophic troop losses then compared to now. No one asked us to save France from a ruthless dictator, but we helped. What’s the difference in Iraq? Again, media opinion. This biased opinion has in turn shaped and molded the opinions of many Americans. I believe it used to be called treason?

Well, people are mostly set in their ways already, but watching this clip made my blood boil a little bit. People live in their happy fuzzy little world with bunnies and flowers and rainbows, where nothing ever happens. Then these same people, who haven’t done anything for anyone besides themselves attempt to condemn those that protect their very freedoms that they abuse. I don’t need to remind anyone of the old poem that talks about this. But I’ll throw it in anyway.

It is the Soldier, not the minister Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag,And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

It is people like those at Berkeley that give rise to traitors such as Jane Fonda. People who will stop at nothing to see the degradation of American values of freedom from oppression, and the right to liberty. Are these freedoms for Americans alone? I think the right to life and liberty are human values, and every human has those rights, despite what people might think of a policy that helps those in need. But I forgot, we’re over there for oil.