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A while back there was a discussion about PTSD in one of the threads. Grim over at Black Five has a must read on the subject for any one who has even a passing interest in the subject.

What you need to know, first and last, is that so-called PTSD is not an illness. It is a normal condition for people who have been through what you have been through. The instinct to kill and war is native to humanity. It is very deeply rooted in me, as it is in you. We have rules and customs to restrain it, so that sometimes we may have peace. What you are experiencing is not an illness, but the awareness of what human nature is like deep down. It is the awareness of what life is like without the walls that protect civilization.

Those who have never been outside those walls don’t know: they can’t see. The walls form their horizon. You know what lays beyond them, and can’t forget it.

Go read the rest of it. It is definitely worth your time.

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A while back I commented on Michael Yon and the story of St. John’s Church in Baghdad.

Well in more continued stories of success that the Dinosaur media won’t tell you because it doesn’t aid them in their quest to see us defeated in The Long War, Yon brings us a heart warming update. St. John’s is open for business and the local Muslims want their Christian neighbors to come home.

Go read the story, and then keep the great news of our and the Iraqi’s continued success with you today, and say a prayer of thanks that Good can, and will, beat Evil.

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10,000 Deadly Terrorist Attacks since 9/11.

So where’s the Dinosaur Media headlines?

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Rare robbery case brings cries of racism. The associated piss sure can write a headline can’t they.

Three young black men break into a white man’s home in rural Northern California. The homeowner shoots two of them to death

So far so good. Two out a three ain’t bad, but next time remember, sight alignment, sight picture and trigger control and you’ll be sure to get that third goblin too.

— but it’s the surviving black man who is charged with murder.

As opposed to the racist homeowner who is the obvious criminal here, right?

In a case that has brought cries of racism from civil rights groups, Renato Hughes Jr., 22, was charged by prosecutors in this overwhelmingly white county under a rarely invoked legal doctrine that could make him responsible for the bloodshed.

Well there’s part of the problem ya simperin’ idjut. If the law was invoked a little more often there might be fewer goblins running loose causing the bloodshed. I am however surprised that they haven’t blamed the gun yet. Must be something even juicer to go after.

“It was pandemonium” inside the house that night, District Attorney Jon Hopkins said. Hughes was responsible for “setting the whole thing in motion by his actions and the actions of his accomplices.”

Common sense from the District Attorney. Can’t let that stand unchallenged can we.

Prosecutors said homeowner Shannon Edmonds opened fire Dec. 7 after three young men rampaged through the Clearlake house demanding marijuana and brutally beat his stepson. Rashad Williams, 21, and Christian Foster, 22, were shot in the back. Hughes fled.

Hughes was charged with first-degree murder under California’s Provocative Act doctrine, versions of which have been on the books in many states for generations but are rarely used.

The Provocative Act doctrine does not require prosecutors to prove the accused intended to kill. Instead, “they have to show that it was reasonably foreseeable that the criminal enterprise could trigger a fatal response from the homeowner,” said Brian Getz, a San Francisco defense attorney unconnected to the case.

Still more common sense. Even a semi-retarded thug ought to know that people generally don’t cotton to having there homes invade and their family members “brutally beaten”. A “fatal response from the homeowner” is not only expected it should be damn well required. And here come the race baiters in three, two, one…

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The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest award for valor that the U.S. Army can bestow for battlefield heroics. Only the Medal of Honor ranks higher in precedence. Since the Viet Nam War ended in 1975, only six have been awarded. At a presentation in the Pentagons Hall of Heroes on Friday November 2nd the total was raised to seven.

Secretary of the Army Peter Geren presented the DSC to 1st Lt. Walter B. Jackson for actions while he was a 2nd Lt. serving in Al Anbar Province with Company A, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry. On September 27th 2006 his unit was engaged in fierce combat when one of his vehicles was disabled. While attempting to retrieve it he and his soldiers came under intense machine gun fire and several of his men were wounded.

2nd Lt. Jackson, a West Point graduate from Oak Harbor Washington, began treating the most severlely wounded of his men until he himself was hit in the thigh. Temporarily knocked unconscious from the blood loss, when he came to he alternated between returning fire and tending to the wounds of his soldiers.

He was hit again while helping to carry one of his men to safety. Despite his own grave wounds, 2nd Lt. Jackson’s first concern remained with his men,  and he refused medical attention until he was sure they had been properly cared for.

After receiving the  DSC 1st Lt. Jackson humbly thanked his West Point classmates and the soldiers he has served with. Stereotypically modest about his own heroics, 1st Lt. Jackson simply said “I believe I just had to do what I had to do in that situation… I think many soldiers would have done the same thing.”.

1st Lt. Jackson has undergone more than a dozen surgeries while recovering from his wounds at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is currently awaiting orders to assume command of an MLRS platoon with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea.

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With the plethora of media outlets feigning righteous indignation anytime some peasant dares to question their support of our troops, one would be inclined to think that a soldier receiving the nations second highest award for valor would be all over the pages of the media right?

Well, outside of the blogosphere, exactly one media outlet carried the story. The Army Times.

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At 11:00 AM on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent. The costliest war in human history to that point was over. Men who just a few moments ago would have killed each other cautiously stood in their trenches and entered no mans land. The War to End All Wars was over.

Thus eventually began the holiday of Armistice Day, to commemorate the service of all the Dough Boys, Marines and Sailors who had fought in WWI. After the hopeful optimism that war itself had ended was proven to be false in 1939-45, and again in 1950-53, the holiday was changed to Veterans Day to remember all who have ever served our nation. Our Canadian brethren celebrate November 11th as Remembrance Day, their version of our Memorial Day.

While Memorial Day is to honor those warriors who have paid the last full measure of devotion, today is for the living. Today we honor all those who have worn the uniform. Or at least thats what it is supposed to be. However in far to many parts of the country it’s just another federal holiday, a day to grumble that the banks are closed and that the post office won’t be delivering our daily quota of bills and junk mail.

But not to the people of Dos Palos California. In this small enclave of patriotism and American values nestled in the Central Valley, they remember. They know. And they have decide that Veterans Day will not just be one day where the students of Bernhard Marks Elementary School host a parade. It will be remembered every day. For you see in this small town of forty-eight hundred souls, of true patriots where both the Mayor and Police Chief are Marines, they have erected a $50,000 granite Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the elementary school.

The 28 foot long, 7 feet high, and 8 inch thick memorial bears the names of over 1200 of Dos Palos’ sons who have served since the Civil War. One of those is Don Sorg. He and four of his brothers served during WWII in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. “I’m the only one left” he said. “This is end, I’m 89, and I just love to see this, kind of tore me up a little bit”. Don isn’t the only one. Since it’s unveiling, misty eyed vets can be seen at most all hours scanning the names inscribed on the wall, searching for the school friend they served with; seeing their own name, once again being transported back through time to when they were young, and when they bore the heavy burden of guarding freedom lightly upon their then strong shoulders; once again wearing their nations uniform with pride.

So while the patriotic Veterans Day parade happens but once a year, the memorial will serve as a daily reminder to the students of Marks Elementary of service to something greater than ones self, an attribute in abundance in Dos Palos.

This memorial, this sacred shrine, has been erected entirely through private donations, including over $4,000 raised by the students of Marks Elementary School. The Memorial Committee has so far raised about $35,000, and is in need of another $15,000. Donations can be made by calling the school at (209)392-2311.

By the way, one of the names on that granite wall, one of those Dos Palos sons who proudly bore the burden of freedoms defense, is our own beloved LC Caveman, to whom I owe the credit for this post. Because you see, if it had not been for him I, like you, would never have known just how much the true greatness of this nation is alive and well in a small town called Dos Palos.

Thank You Caveman, and a hearty and grateful Thank You to all of my fellow veterans who have ever worn the uniform of the armed forces of the United States of America.

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Happy 232nd Birthday Devil Dogs! Y’all don’t look a day over 150 and I personally don’t feel a day over 200.

232 years ago the 2nd Continental Congress passed a resolution calling for forming 2 battalions of Marines. Our first headquarters was Tuns Tavern and I can think of no better place than a bar for our beloved Corps to be born.

Our first recruiter was Capt. Robert Mullen, a bar keep.

Our first recruiting incentive was two free beers for all who signed up.

Any one else seeing a pattern here?

So drink up Marines! Our Beloved Corps has put more enemies of our great nation in the ground than any warrior could ever ask for. We have fought in every war, declared or undeclared, and in more forgotten places and times than most will ever know. And as you are downing your libations remember, there are Leathernecks out there who will be cutting the cake in far less than comfortable surroundings, as I’m sure we all have at one time or another. Pop one for them, and raise a toast for those who went before, for those who serve now, and for those to follow. And save one special toast for the empty seat at the head table.

To All Who Have Ever Earned the Eagle Globe and Anchor, Happy Birthday and

Semper Fidelis!

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Now Drop and Give Me 232 for the Corps!

 

 

 

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Still more signs of continuing success in the “quagmire” of Iraq. Remember the “good ol’ days” when the MSM idiots loudly proclaimed that Al Quaeda had re-taken Ramadi? I somehow doubt that they will be as quick to trumpet this news.

This month last year I was embedded in Ramadi with 1st Battalion 6th Marines as they kicked in doors, fought insurgents, and began to clear the city block by block. It cost the lives of a lot of good Marines, most under age 25, but their efforts and sacrifice convinced a few local citizens that the Marines understood the difference between “Iraqi’s” and “Al-Quada” — and so the charismatic Sheik Sattar Abu Risha formed the Sons of Anbar, and began co-operating with LtCol William Jurney’s young Marines.

What a difference a year makes.

Back in the day I knew Lt. Col. Jurney. He was a young Lance Corporal at the time, getting ready to go to OCS. It seems that he has done quite well since then eh? Lt. Col Jurney and his aggressive tactics and keen understanding of the Iraqi culture, combined with an expert application of COIN tactics has turned the most violent city in Anbar province, if not all of Iraq, into a blossoming symbol of our eventual victory in this war.

There is more electricity in Ramadi than any other city in the country, normally including Baghdad. Schools have re-opened throughout the city; the two grade schools once guarded by Alpha Co. 1/6 today have 2,000+ students studying daily. They ran a 5K race through the center of the city in September, as a way of announcing to the world that “Ramadi has survived.”

I would say not only survived, but flourished. But how could this be? Give us more, O Emperor! »

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Well, since the muse has left our Imperator and the waterboarding of his immediate family members has failed to reveal his whereabouts (muses are tough bastitches), Mark6591 had a brilliant idea. So people, here it is, Gun Pr0n!

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Michael Yon tells the truth the media wont. Not much more to add to this, other than that we ARE winning, and that moments like this are what we have been fighting for. Michelle Malkin has a nice take on it as well.

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