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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Friday, August 05, 2005

Who Is This Fat Lady and Why is She Singing?: Ohio-Based, 3rd Battalion/25th Marines Suffers Devastatingly Brutal Losses While Americans Begin to See Iraq War as Unwinnable Posted by Picasa
Good morning to all. This will be a moderately quick post touching on the events of the past week. First, 3rd Battalion/25th Marine Regiment (http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/usmc/3-25.htm). Covers off and "huzzahs" to the bravery and service of 3rd Battalion/25th Marines. The losses 3/25 has suffered over the last week (3/25 suffered 20 devildogs KIA in 48 hours!!! http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/12286648.htm) are felt and shared by so many of us who have served in or are serving in the United States Marine Corps (be they USMC active-duty or USMC reserves, it doesn't matter...they ALL bleed red). In fact, the latest polls are illustrating how the majority of Americans are beginning to believe that the President's ill-advised and ill-planned war in Iraq was a bad idea and is now unwinnable (http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/12311599.htm). 3rd Battalion/25th Marines is a Marine reserve infantry battalion made up of the following components (thanks to John Pike's Global Security.org for the breakdown, www.globalsecurity.org):

H&S Company, Brookpark, OH

3/25's H&S (it's headquarters) is located in Ohio, as are two more of its combined five companies. Bottom line here folks is that Ohio is hurting, and I mean in a big way. I can't really describe how I feel about their losses. You know, I served with 1st Battalion/23rd Marines at one point (another reserve Marine infantry unit, http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/usmc/1-23.htm), and it was some of the most enjoyable service I'd ever rendered in the naval service of the United States. Those Marine grunts are something else (http://archives.cjr.org/year/03/3/dillow.asp), you really got to hand it to them. Again, make no mistake, Ohio is bleeding folks; if we non-Ohioans are feeling the pain, you can only imagine how the loved ones of those fallen Marines are feeeling about these exorbitant losses. To all the loved ones...God bless. Other points: speaking of Ohio, Paul Hackett (www.hackettforcongress.com) really went for the gusto, and although he was defeated in the OH-02 special election, Hackett pulled in 48% of the vote versus Schmidt's 52% (that's a difference of a mere 4 percentage points in a Congressional district that has historically been known as a GOP stronhold mind you, http://blogcritics.org/archives/2005/08/03/011318.php). In other words, Hackett definitely went down standing up and in a blaze of glory. There's just no question Hackett held strong throughout the campaign and all the way up to the hilt, making Jean Schmidt really fight and scratch for every point in what can only be called a "pyrrhic victory" for the Republicans (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05217/549119.stm). Hackett's defeat was actually a victory for Democrats and Progressives throughout the country (especially for Democrats/Progressives in Ohio)...Hackett's campaign is a testament to the reality that the Democratic Party is a long ways from gutted and that the elections of 2006 (House and Senate) and 2008 (regaining the White House) are still in play and may, in fact, be the Democrats to lose. The tide is definitely turning (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7899754/), stand by for more details. Also, the citizens of Detroit (although not excusing him completely from the stage as I had hoped) placed "soon to be ex-mayor" Kwame Kilpatrick in the "number-two column" as former city government official and front-runner Freman Hendrix (http://www.fremanhendrix.com/) defeated Kilpatrick by gaining the most votes in the Detroit mayoral primary conducted this past Tuesday, 2 August 2005 (http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw119339_20050803.htm). Yes, Detroit's long local nightmare, within a broader national nightmare, will soon be at an end when (this coming 8 November 2005) they throw the wannabe thug Kilpatrick out of City Hall and onto his 300 lbs. keister. Another point: columnist and political commentator Robert Novak stormed off of the CNN (www.cnn.com) set after fellow political commentator (and former Marine, http://www.answers.com/topic/james-carville) James Carville turned to CNN cameras and said (in response to an earlier Novak comment):

"...He's got to show these right wingers that he's got a backbone, you know. It's why the Wall Street Journal editorial page is watching you. Show 'em that you're tough."

In response, Novak then swore "bullshi*t" and stormed off of the set. Folks, Novak is ridiculous, he really showed his a** during 'Inside Politics' (http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/inside.politics/) yesterday....what a jerk. And for all of those who believe Carville was a wimp for not preventing Novak from throwing a tantrum and exiting prematurely from the program (i.e., namely the clowns who make up Don Imus's support team on 'The Don Imus Show', http://wfan.com/imusinstantreplay/) allow me to set you straight: Carville conducted himself in a most appropriate manner and was completely professional. If Bob Novak (who is 74 years old, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Novak) wants to act like a six-year old who didn't get his way in the local community grocery store, then the joke is on Novak not Carville. Last point is that Space Shuttle Discovery has been given the green light to come on home; Discovery is scheduled to return around 0400 hours on 8 August 2005 (http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/08/05/space.shuttle/). My question is this: why is NASA bringing Discovery home so early in the morning (when it is still dark outside) when hardly anyone will be up (although I imagine alot of people who are interested in Discovery, her crew and the space program in general will more than likely be up to monitor the re-entry)?!? Is it because NASA doesn't want anyone to witness another potential shuttle disaster as clearly as we did on that beautifully clear morning of 1 February 2003? Is this NASA's way of conducting P.R./disaster control? Why not let Discovery re-enter the Earth's atmosphere when the sun is out, the North American continent is brightly lit and when the American people can see clearly what is happening? A close and dear friend of mine says he doesn't believe they're going to make it...I pray that he is wrong. I suppose we are all on stand-by mode. Take care and Semper Fidelis


Blogger VirusHead said...

Curious for your take on the Cindy Sheehan situation?

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