Category Archives: THE MARINE MIND

” A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER”


ARLINGTON, VA – NOVEMBER 11:  U.S. Marine Sgt. Bryan Murry (R) is comforted by another Marine while kneeling at the grave site of his friend U.S. Marine Sgt. David Smith who was killed in Afghanistan, on November 11, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. Smith died January 26, 2010 while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Families and friends visited Section 60 at Arlington Cemetery today to pay respects on Veterans day.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, VA – NOVEMBER 11:  U.S. Marine Sgt. Bryan Murry kneels at the grave site of his friend U.S. Marine Sgt. David Smith who was killed in Afghanistan, on November 11, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. Smith died January 26, 2010 while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Families and friends visited Section 60 at Arlington Cemetery today to pay respects on Veterans day.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A million old soldiers will fade away
But a dream goes on forever
I’m left standing here, I’ve got nothing to say
All is silent within my dream

A thousand true loves will live and die
But a dream lives on forever
The days and the years will go streaking by
But the time has stopped in my dream

We all have our everyday hopes and fears
And you’ll find no exception in me
But that doesn’t get me through a sea of tears
Over life’s biggest tragedy

You’re so long ago and so far away
But my dream lives on forever
I guess I believe that I’ll see you one day
For without it there is no dream

You’re so far away and so long ago
But my dream goes on forever
And how much I loved you you’ll never know
‘Til you join me within my dream

A FINE DAY IN NEWPORT, RI


COLONEL SIXX:  GUNNY STAHL IS MERELY TRYING TO MAKE O.C.GOOD GET IN TOUCH WITH HIS “INNER SELF”.

AT TIMES THE ANGLE FROM WHICH A PICTURE WAS TAKEN FROM MAY GIVE A DIFFERENT IMPRESSION. I AM SURE THAT GUNNY STAHL WORKED OVERTIME THAT DAY TO WORK WITH GOOD, AND THAT GOOD FELT BETTER ABOUT HIMSELF. THERE IS NOTHING LIKE HELPING A YOUNG MARINE GET THE VERY BEST FROM HIMSELF.  HE WILL NEVER FORGET THIS CONVERSATION.

YOU KNOW,  I REMEMBER CONVERSATIONS LIKE THIS THAT I HAD WITH GUNNY GLENN.  HE WAS FINE MAN.  I KNOW THAT NOW THAT I HAVE MATURED AND I AM ABLE TO ENJOY THE GOOD OLD DAYS.

YES, LIFE IN THE MILITARY IS FULL OF NEW AND EXCITING THINGS.

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT?

WANT A BRIDGE?

NEWPORT, R.I. (Oct. 29, 2010) Gunnery Sgt. Robert Stahl encourages officer candidate Jared Good, from Towanda, Pa., during the first week of the 12-week Officer Candidate School at Naval Station Newport. (U. S. Navy photo by Scott A. Thornbloom/Released)
NEWPORT, R.I. (Oct. 29, 2010) Officer candidates perform calisthenics in the sand along Narragansett Bay during the first week of the 12-week Officer Candidate School at Naval Station Newport. (U. S. Navy photo by Scott A. Thornbloom/Released)

Commandant’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball


2011 Commandant’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball

celebrating the 236th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps

November 12, 2011

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Commandant’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball Office
Phone: 703.614.4851
Fax: 703.693.4414
Email: cmc.usmc.birthday@usmc.mil

Information on this page is subject to change without notice.

LOCATION

The 2011 Commandant’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

Attire

Marines: Evening Dress “B” or Blue Dress “A”

Army: Army Blue (bow tie)

Navy: Dinner Dress Blue Jacket or Dinner Dress Blue

Air Force: Mess Dress

Civilians: Black Tie

Sequence of Events

6:00 pm     Cocktails in the Potomac Ballroom Lobby

7:30 pm     Official Ceremony

8:45 pm     Dinner is Served

9:45 pm     Dancing

1:00 am     Ball Concludes

THE EARTH-MARINE MEMORY


COLONEL SIXX:  PUT THIS TO MEMORY AND BECOME AN OFFICER THAT CAN WORK FOR ME!

He told us that, “The total area of the land and water of the planet Earth is 196,940,000 square miles.” He said, “The circumference of the planet Earth is 24,896 miles,” and, all of us had to memorize this. “The diameter of the earth is 7,926 miles; the area of land is 57,255,000 square miles; the area of water is 139,685,000 square miles.”

He said “The Pacific Ocean covers 68,634,000 square miles and the Atlantic Ocean covers 41,321,000 square miles.” “The Indian Ocean,” He said, “covers 29,430,000 square miles, and the lakes and rivers cover 1,000,000 square miles.

The hills and the mountains cover 14,000,000 square miles; the islands are 1,910,000 square miles; and the deserts are 4,861,000 square miles. Mount Everest is 29,141 feet high, and the producing land is 29,000,000 square miles.

The earth weighs 6 sextillion tons—a ‘6′ followed by 21 zeros—and is 93,000,000 miles from the sun, traveling at the rate of 1,037 1/3 miles per hour.

Light travels at the rate of 186,000 miles per second, and sound travels at the rate of 1,120 feet per second. The diameter of the sun is 853,000 miles.”


Are you ready?
Hell yes! Damn Right! Hotty Toddy, Gosh almighty
Who in the hell are we – Hey Flim Flam, Bim Bam
Ole Miss By Damn!

Marine faces down punk ass n.y.p.d.


News Media Hypes the “Iran Did It” Line, Ignores Holes in the Story


The work of the news media on this so-called “Iranian terrorist plot“ has been one of the most abhorrent displays of irresponsible journalism since the lead up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Much of the time, the press acts simply as a bullhorn for state propaganda, but in this case it hasn’t even maintained that level of recklessness. It’s been much worse this time as journalists and pundits actively tune out important distinctions made initially by US officials, albeit in an obfuscatory and Orwellian fashion.

Just to reiterate some of what I wrote in yesterday’s piece on this, Eric Holder and Robert Mueller were careful in their initial press conference not to directly implicate any high up Iranian officials or any knowledge or coordination with any Iranian government official. When asked directly by reporters about any such direction or complicity on the part of the Iranian government, Holder explicitly said he was not making that accusation. Admittedly, he came close in saying “factions of the Iranian government” were involved, but any honest person listening to the whole statement would emphasize the proviso that he was not accusing the Iranian government.

But then, before any other official statements by any member of the US government was made, these were the kinds of headlines we saw (via Jasmin Ramsey):

ABC News: Iran ‘Directed’ Washington, D.C., Terror Plot, U.S. Says

New York Times: U.S. Accuses Iranians of Plotting to Kill Saudi Envoy

Washington Post: Iran behind alleged terrorist plot, U.S. says

After the media riled the public into a fever pitch believing that the Iranian government attempted to conduct a terrorist plot on American soil, other US officials came out to make statements. These seemed to have lost the provisos Holder was careful to make. Clinton said the administration wants to “pre-empt” any efforts by Iran to deny responsibility. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), and others all came out and said this constitutes an act of war against the United States. Vice President Joe Biden, revealingly, said “This is all about keeping the world united in opposition to the activities of Iran.”

So that’s that. Obfuscation and inflammatory official statements coupled with an irresponsible news media has essentially condemned Iran for orchestrating this “attack.”

But there is another important aspect of this media papering over rather important details about this plot. The “perpetrator,” this Texas resident, used car salesman, Iranian-American bum simply got punked. This would have been difficult for the US government to describe as an act of terrorism without an explosion of some sort and at least some unintended casualties. And as the FBI press release explains, it was the FBI informant who first suggested the assassination be executed with explosives and it was the FBI informant who asked multiple times how Manssor Arbabsiar (the accused) felt about civilian casualties (he initially said it was preferable for only the target to be hurt, but after the introduction of explosive he said unintended targets would be “no big deal”). Again, as I wrote in my piece yesterday, this appears to be the FBI thwarting its own terror plot than any “Iranian plot.”

The media has also done a horrible job of pointing out what is the most glaringly obvious aspect of this scandal: Iran has no discernible interest in coordinating such an act. A number of independent-minded commentators have already delved into this cui bono issue, but suffice it to say that there is no benefit whatsoever to the Iranian government to orchestrate this thing and it is completely out of character given their history. As former CIA agent Robert Baer says, the claim that the Iranian government is responsible is not credible:

I don’t think it’s credible, not the central government, there may be a rogue element behind it. This doesn’t fit their modus operandi at all. It’s completely out of character, they’re much better than this. They wouldn’t be sending money through an American bank, they wouldn’t be going to the cartels in Mexico to do this. It’s just not the way they work.

I’ve followed them for 30 years and they’re much more careful. And they always use a proxy between them and the operation, and in this case they didn’t. I mean it’s the, either they’re shooting themselves in the foot or there’s pieces of the story, I don’t know what they are.

But who does benefit? As I wrote:

These developments come days after the Iranian government proposed – again – to swap low-enriched uranium for fuel rods to use in the Tehran Research Reactor, which produces medical isotopes. The deal, abandoned by the US in 2009 after Iran agreed to it, would safeguard against fears of Iran’s nuclear enrichment being used for military purposes, despite there being no evidence for such fears.

To sweeten the deal, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated that the Iranian government is willing to immediately stop all production of 20-percent enriched uranium if the US agrees to the deal. The US has so far turned down the renewed opportunity to ease tensions and reduce the potential for nuclear proliferation, instead using this FBI sting to push for even harsher measures against Iran.

It seems to me Iran was cooperating on the nuclear issue. In fact, just last week a former Israeli intelligence chief stated publicly that Iran was far from achieving a nuclear weapon and a military strike would not be in Israel’s interest. If we take Biden at his word, a newfangled terror plot certainly helps to isolate Iran (something the US has been working hard at ever since the 1979 revolution).

The problem here is that US military action against Iran is not so unlikely that the news media can have a free pass to amplify the war propaganda. The ominous potentiality of this actually rising to the level of military attacks is not only a flippant afterthought of many in the media, it would be their fault, to a certain extent.

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See Jasmin Ramsey for some additional holes in the official story. One important example:

2) Who approached who first?

If Arbabsiar approached the agent first, how did he find them? If the FBI put Arbabsiar under surveillance for suspicious activities and then lured him into direct communication (which could have been the initial point of contact), was the FBI involved in other persuasive activities as well? Considering the loony aspects of this story which even Hillary Clinton has alluded to, is it wrong to question the sanity of Arbabsiar? Is it unfathomable that the FBI could have found a crazy and/or impressionable person who was acting on his own accord but was in some way related to elements of the Iranian government?

Update: A report in the Washington Post by Greg Miller and Julie Tate sheds some light on who Arbabsiar really is. According to House intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.): “It is my belief he was recruited for this particular operation.”


Vets call for resignations, impeachments in Washington


‘Call to action’ says purge of corruption required to restore constitutional
republic

Back quite a few years ago when the American people were suffering under a despot called King George III they drew up a list of his offenses and told him they were not going to allow his government by fiat to be “destructive” any longer.

In the Declaration of Independence, they cited such problems as his refusal to allow beneficial and necessary laws, his obstruction of justice by manipulating the judiciary, his erection of “a multitude of new offices,” his disruption of trade and his preventing the laws adopted by local legislatures from addressing problems.

The Revolutionary War resulted.

Now, the Veteran Defenders of America, a group that involves such luminaries as Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, is pointing out a similar list of offenses.

Only this document, “A Declaration to Restore the Constitutional Republic,” is addressed to the people.

A special report with evidence galore: “The Case for Impeachment: Why Barack Hussein Obama Should be Impeached to Save America” just $4.95!

It in, officials with Veteran Defenders note that the America people now have a strategic leader, President Obama, who “has questionable allegiance” and has “wreaked economic tyranny on the American people.” He also destroyed accepted administrative processes with 32 czars, doubled the national debt in one year, sided with Mexico against the American people, is demanding new taxes, subverted the nation’s immigration laws, forcibly took control of private economic interests, is targeting charities and churches for penalties and has advocated for a mosque “bankrolled by terrorist sympathizers” while refusing to defend the nation’s own laws.

This time, however, they just want his resignation, and those of his friends.

“This is not a call to overthrow our entire institutions of government, or subvert the Law of the Land, but rather to restore those institutions to their honorable constitutionally forms,” says the new declaration.

(Story continues below)

Read more: Vets call for resignations, impeachments in Washington http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=351953#ixzz1aas4Cpte


Secret Panel may put Americans on ‘Kill List’


Military.com|by Bryant Jordan
A secret panel of mid-level national security officials has been established that can put American citizens on a “kill or capture” list that is ultimately sent to the White House for final approval.

The panel’s recommendations first go through a group of National Security Council “principals” – meaning Cabinet secretaries and intelligence chiefs – for approval before reaching the president’s desk, according to a report today by Reuter’s.

Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born militant killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen last month, was approved for killing in this way, though the role of the president in ordering or ratifying a decision to target a citizen is vague, the report said. Reuters said White House spokesman Tommy Vietor declined to discuss anything about the process.

There is no public record of the panel’s workings and no law actually establishing it or spelling out its functions.

Though al-Awlaki’s death was widely hailed as another example of the U.S.’s determination and ability to find and kill militant leaders, it has also drawn the ire and concern of civil libertarians who believe the government has no business acting as judge, jury and executioner of an American citizen without due process.

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http://www.military.com/news/article/secret-panel-may-put-americans-on-kill-list.html?ESRC=army.nl

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Every normal man must be tempted,at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
H. L. Mencken

 

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USMC Heritage Foundation Awards


Week of September 26, 2011

Each year, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation presents a series of awards honoring the outstanding, creative work of individuals in preserving and propagating the history, traditions and culture of the Marine Corps.

Marines and civilians may submit their own entries or the distinguished work of others for consideration. The entries must portray or recognize some aspect of Marine life, culture, history or work.

Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2011.

For a detailed list of the awards as well as the submission requirements, visit the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation website at www.marineheritage.org/Awards.asp.

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