10 November 2011

They Say It's YOUR Birthday...
Sure is a "brisk" morning to be celebrating, but hey, it helps to keep one warm, right?
And more about WHOSE birthday it is shortly,. but first, the answer to yesterday's "WHO SAID THAT?"
The person who said: "An important difference between a military operation and a surgical operation, is that the patient is not tied down, But it is a common fault of generalship to assume that he is." was Captain Sir Basil Liddell Hart - "thoughts on war" - 1944.
I'm sure most of you never heard of the guy (myself included) , but he's a VERY interesting person. Here's the WIKI:
Onto the birthday scene...
Now, if you're a hard-chargin' Devil Dog (past or present), it IS "your" birthday today.
It was 236 years ago, that the United States Marine Corps was born...and they never looked back since.
(lucky for US...bad for the enemy)
Personally, I can't think of a better prologue to Veterans Day than this.
Here's the WIKI on the history of these proud warriors:
Now, I've known my share of "Leathernecks", and I have to say they're a wild bunch.
And I mean "wild" in several ways.
1) I wouldn't want to be on the RECEIVING end of THEIR hurt.
2) They know how to get the job DONE, and I learned a lot from that.
3) They are FOCUSED.
4) And they have a DAMN nice dress uniform.
Not to mention, their MARINE BAND is second to none, and if my Dad was here, he'd be able to tell you as much.
He got to hear a free concert on the steps of the CAPITOL way back in the mid-60s.
(and to think I had a chance to go with him...WTF was I thinking, and yes, hindsight is ALWAYS 20/20)
Doesn't matter where the marines went...they got the job DONE.
New Providence
First Barbary War
Battle of New Orleans
Seminole Wars
Mexican American War
The Boxer Rebellion

Belleau Wood
Iwo Jima
Hue City
Khe San
Operation Eagle Claw

Persian Gulf War
Operations Restore Hope & United Shield
...And still going strong.
Here is a sampling of some familiar Marine quotes and "sayings":
-- Pain is weakness leaving the body.
"If the Army and the Navy ever look on Heaven's scenes, They will find the gates are guarded by United States Marines"
(SGT Bill M. Brower USMC Oct. 1969 - Oct. 1972)
-- "To ERR is human, to FORGIVE divine. HOWEVER, neither is Marine Corps Policy".
"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem."
(Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985)
-- "Do you want to live forever?"
(Sergeant Major Dan Daly, USMC)
-- "Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share. "
(Ned Dolan)
-- "Courage is endurance for one moment more…"
(Unknown Marine Second Lieutenant in Vietnam)
-- "I am convinced that there is no smarter, handier, or more adaptable body of troops in the world. "
(Prime Minister of Britain, Sir Winston Churchill)
-- "The Marines have landed and the situation is well in hand."
(Attributed to Richard Harding Davis 1864-1916)
-- "Heaven Won't Take Us and Hell Is Afraid We'll Take Over "
USMC -- No Promises, No Shortcuts
USMC -- Improvise, Adapt, Overcome
-- Force Recon -- Penetrates Deeper, Takes Longer And Carries A Bigger Load
"The Marine Corps Doesn't Build Character, It Reveals It"
So here's to ALL the men and women of the USMC...and here's to ANOTHER 236 YEARS of patriotic service, sacrifice and honor.
Semper Fi, people...carry on.
*** More about Mookie's...
Here's a link to some of the 911 callers that were present during the recent shooting at this uptown nightclub:
It's pretty interesting stuff, and you can tell by the callers voices that the crowd was overwhelmingly black.
Wonder how often THIS kind of thing happens at a COUNTRY music nightclub???
I'm just sayin'...
Just don't see the "fascination" with loud music (for which the initial call went out to the FWPD for this club that night), booze, drugs and shooting people. Sounds like a lot of anarchistic behavior to me (like what can be found in a LOT of AFRICAN nations).
And speaking of anarchy...
*** The occupiers are getting a might "anxious", and not in a good way...and nobody thought this would NOT happen?
Here's a few links to their "antics", and you tell me if this doesn't need to be nipped in the bud:
And this...
And this...
And finally THIS:
Yep, sure looks and sounds like this "peaceful" protest message is getting across, doesn't it?
BTW, do you people even HAVE a real message, or is this all about "something for nothing"?
Move out of your mommy's basement, get a real job, and learn to be a productive person, instead of some antagonistic piece of human refuse.
You want anarchy? Move overseas...plenty enough THERE for all of you.
Moving on...
*** Yes, friends, we DID have our leaf pickup along the N/S streets today and like I said, they did pull out the big guns...plenty of boots on the ground with rakes AND the front-loader which made the job move along smoother than glass...
Here's ONE instance where the city of Fort Wayne "gets it right"...damn shame it's so "seasonal" in nature.
You could also say that such departments like Animal Control, neighborhood Code Enforcement, and Waste Management also "do the job", and quite well, considering their caseloads and the fact that much of what they do is "complaint-driven".
What IS needed is for this city to go through ALL it's ordinances and laws, find out what can be dumped, and then ENFORCE the rest of them...the way they're SUPPOSED to.
And maybe, along the way, seek to "amend" other ordinances to encompass more up-to-date venues, and the subsequent technologies used.
(like the texting while driving gig...marvelous)
If people are not going to be responsible on their OWN, then it falls upon the shoulders of the city leaders to make sure they are.
This isn't some "police-state" mindset...just a way of encouraging those who would flaunt the laws to "OWN UP" to their behavior, and that what's good for some can be good for all...doesn't get any simpler.
In the end, it ALWAYS comes down to each and every person...THEY have to be the ones who will be able to "police themselves"...OR have the POLICE do it for them (with predictable results).
It's not magic...or rocket-science, or anything that requires some doctoral degree.
It DOES require a bit of PERSONAL attention...and we ALL have that in abundance.
All we have to do is USE it.
Stay tuned here tomorrow for the Veteran's Day edition...our "first day of Thanksgiving", as I like to call it.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and...
Stay safe out there, America.


Slamdunk said...

Happy b-day to the Corps, and I am going follow your link on Sir Basil Liddell Hart.

Glad your leaf pick-up was a success, and I enjoy how you call the shots here Bob--give praise when it is deserved, but not afraid to criticize.

Bob G. said...

Basil Liddell Hart is a fascinating read...talk about importance behind the scenes...

As for the praise/criticism thing?
You can blame (or thank) my PARENTS...God rest them both.

I know I STILL do...thank them, that is.
(Let your YAY be YAY, and your NAY be NAY...that's easy for me.)

Hey, thanks for spending some time here today and commenting.
Much appreciated.

Stay safe out there.

Diane said...

Oh hey, you fellow.. what.. let's see.. bigot.. racist.. narrow-minded, unable to comprehend (meaning that you disagree with the liberals), Fred Phelps etc. Aren't liberals just so open-minded and tolerant? I was :O at that guy who thought he was entitled to free food. I was raised by depression era parents - you weren't entitled to anything unless you worked for it. You don't like what mom picks out for you at the clothes store? Get a job and buy your own. You want money for lots of candy & cokes? Go look for empty bottles & return them, pay your own way. This mindset of that one is not entitled to anything in life, seems to be slipping away.

Personal responsibility is a *bad* phrase nowadays. Heaven forbid, it would mean that everyone's not a victim of someone else, the rich aren't stealing from the poor, etc. I've about had it with their clap-trap.

Oh yes, the above screed was from a 'fellow christian'. Why? Because I don't subscribe to liberal ideology. I can't, I have a brain that works out conclusions to its LOGICAL end, not the end as I wish it would be in some utopia with unicorns pooping out rainbow-colored marshmallows.

Oh yes.. mean too.. wanting people to starve, let's see, people with cancer to just die, yet I think the people who put forward these theories that they think I am, or that my ideas represent, give nothing or very little in the way of charity, donations, or time volunteered.

I had to switch my facebook to only friends allowed to see posts on my wall, and there are a few people i know, i won't reply to posts on their walls any more.

By the way, are you a Colts fan, Steelers fan, what? any particular color(s) of winter hat, and do you need a pompom on top?

Bob G. said...

Geez...tell me how you REALLY feel...lol!

Seriously, my sentiments ECHO YOURS more frequently than you might think...I agree on ALL points.
(and I can also be a bit of a "bible-thumper" from time to time...because what can be found IN THERE makes a LOT more sense than what we're exposed to TODAY.)

BTW, I don't do facebook - for just that reason.

We need a "re-awakening" of our CORE VALUES for what it means to be an AMERICAN...enough with all the "diversity" BS.
We can ALL get along AS AMERICANS and never suffer the loss of our roots...I've always bvelieved that.

ANd the past has PROVEN as much.

Thanks for spending time here today. Rants are always welcome, because there is MUCH truth to be found there.
I do appreciate your views and comments (and rants).

Stay safe down there.