By way of BR F.– not to be confused with “BRF”– comes this: Good strategists always ask of any potential course of action two key questions. First, what will this do for us? And second, what will this do to us? Given the dearth of statesmanly impulse at the national level in modern America, it is perhaps unsurprising that in crafting the recent budget, Paul Ryan and Patty Murray asked only the former question, leaving the latter for others to worry about. The provision at issue retroactively renegotiated the deferred compensation of more than two million military veterans – including [...]
No commentary, I commend this article to each of our readers. The U.S. government lobotomized roughly 2,000 mentally ill veterans—and likely hundreds more—during and after World War II, according to a cache of forgotten memos, letters and government reports unearthed by The Wall Street Journal. Besieged by psychologically damaged troops returning from the battlefields of North Africa, Europe and the Pacific, the Veterans Administration performed the brain-altering operation on former servicemen it diagnosed as depressives, psychotics and schizophrenics, and occasionally on people identified as homosexuals.
I heard today on local radio this morning that a fine organization was having some trouble raising the requisite funds this year to fulfill its promises. What stuck with me was, “$15 will guarantee a wreath.” There are several VMI men at Arlington. Need we say more? Give what you can.
Stray Shots From Around the Web. I took three days of leave this week, I was suppose to go to Pennsylvania on some personnel business, however my wife’s mother is ill so instead I put her on an airplane. So I have had time to wander the web so to speak in the morning and find some interesting articles as I drink coffee and eat breakfast while I take care of our eleven cats (yes I said eleven we are the crazy cat people at the end of the cul du sac) and two dogs. Item 1: Our USAF Missile [...]
Jim Simons ’78 posted a comment a few days ago skewering the Navy’s “aquaflage” uniforms, and wishing he could post a photo of real Navy working uniforms, as in his father aboard a destroyer in WWII. I told him to email it to me, and I’d post it. It turns out that the story he attached fits Veterans Day and Founders Day both. Photo of crewmen aboard the USS Izard (DD-589) circa-1945 attached.* BTW…. VMI boasts not one, but two sons of men who served aboard the USS Izard. In what some might call an odd coincidence, but which I prefer [...]
From today’s Richmond Times Dispatch; I did not know the young man, but to be Class President speaks highly of him.
Long past due, but not forgotten. Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego — Forty-six years ago, a company of Marines fought up Hill 881 South during the First Battle of Khe Sanh April 30, 1967, one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam conflict. Courageous and heroic efforts were common, but with a 75 percent casualty rate, heroic actions of some Marines were left untold until two Vietnam veterans were awarded the Silver and Bronze Star medals at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Sept. 20. Joe B. Cordileone was awarded the Silver Star medal and Robert T. Moffatt was [...]
DuffelBlog hits it again! Although emotions surrounding this news have been mostly positive from the prisoners, the news has its naysayers. “This is bullshit!” cried prisoner SA15-2-12. “I filled out all of the forms like they said and mailed them to my regional office in Spokane, Washington. I was enrolled in school and they said it was fine if I didn’t pay up front. Now I’ve just been dropped from all my classes because my claim hasn’t been processed yet and the school hasn’t been paid! I’d rather be force-fed pork and be sprayed with a fire hose than wait [...]
A woman Marine Officer has questioned the wisdom of allowing women in combat units. What say our loyal readers. Before you comment please read her article, thanks.
On a lighter and much more positive note, our good friend and fellow Marine, Phat Joe of Regimental Signs announces a new venture– the Tripoli Gift Company. LOOKS LIKE A WINNER. Get your orders in now. NOW. Joe– can you do an over-sized pair of gold jump wings in resin? :-)