We Have the best Commercials

We have the best uniforms, the best slogans, and the best commercials. I know it’s a recruiting tactic. I remember what it was really like. Doesn’t matter, that commercial makes me wish I was young so I could go do it again.

I love the Corps for those intangible possessions that cannot be issued: pride, honor, integrity, and being able to carry on the traditions for generations of warriors past.
–Cpl. Jeff Sornig, USMC, Navy Times, 11/94


He Did Nothing Right

Surendra Dangol cooperated with the robber, gave him the money in the register, made no threatening moves, and was shot to death. Now, according to the Boston Globe and Police Superintendent in Chief Daniel Linskey, the clerk “did everything right in this case.”

No he did not, Daniel, no he did not. He made a fatal mistake. He trusted a criminal with a gun. He made no effort to run, or to defend himself. He took no actions prior to the robbery to be prepared for self defense. He trusted, he complied, and he died.

He should have been armed. He should have taken some martial arts training. He should have fought. No one should just stand down and be a victim.

If you try to tell me that guns are bad, and have no real use in a self defense situation, why do you let police carry them, Daniel?

If you try to tell me that victims should always cooperate and trust to the mercy of their attackers, why don’t your police do that? Why are they carrying pepper spray, tasers, asps, and handcuffs? Why do you train the police to fight?

If this same murdering criminal points his gun at another citizen, are you still suggesting that people take no action? If so, are you giving the same advice to your police?

If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
–The Dalai Lama

For My Friends

Dan, Steve, Ken, Borepatch, Jay, Jim and the rest of the usual suspects, this is for you. Hat tip to Fun Turns to Tragedy!!! You make the newest addition to the blogroll.

And after that incomprehensible collection of words from Janet Napolitano in the quote in my last post, here is a quote from another American that makes a clear statement.

A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.
–George Washington

Northwest 253

I was going to post my thoughts about the latest attack by our sworn enemies but Bloviating Zeppelin pretty much summed it up in a way I can’t add anything to. If you haven’t read his post on the subject, here ya go.

We have established working groups with ardent goals and short deadlines to make recommendations for better enforcement strategies all across the operations spectrum.
–Janet Napolitano

Christmas 2009

We went away for Christmas, rented a place in the mountains. All the boys came home. They are scattering again, leaving only the youngest behind, but for a few days we were again a family of six. Seven, if you count Henry the Snowman.

The water behind him is the South Fork of the New River, outside of Boone, North Carolina. The cabin had a fully outfitted kitchen, a stone fireplace, and a game room downstairs with a pool table and ping-pong. We took turns cooking, went hiking in the snow, threw a few snowballs, relaxed. It is the memories of all our Christmases together, the early years of Santa, thousands of cookies, old decorations brought out and rediscovered, that bring me a wistfulness when I look back. There has to come a year when they form new bonds, move on to their own Christmases, and it will fall to me to accept that, and to let go. But it was not this year.

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home.
–Charles Dickens