June 25, 2014

Lest We Forget

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United States Special Operations soldiers stand atop shipping containers at a base in the Central African Republic

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - - George Orwell

Col. Jessep: Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom.... You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. A Few Good Men

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 25, 2014 3:43 AM
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Recessional
BY RUDYARD KIPLING
1897

God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies;
The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Far-called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard,
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word—
Thy mercy on Thy People, Lord!

Posted by: Donald Sensing at June 25, 2014 6:54 AM

Thank you Mr. Sensing.

Posted by: Terry at June 25, 2014 7:18 AM

Off topic:
Sure it is at MSNBC, but follow the link, scroll down, press play and watch the shortest most cringe worthy video you will watch today.

http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/lawmakers-hold-hands-and-sing-during-medal-ceremony

Posted by: Potsie at June 25, 2014 8:54 AM

The menu would improve if DC had to eat the same slop the rest of the country does.
A whole lot of things would be different if the lawmakers and politicians had to follow the same laws we peasants do.
Get the same Social Security, medical care, retirement restrictions, so forth. All the freebies the leaders get when they get out of office.
First thing they should do away with is the bodyguards. We'd see some better behavior overnight — well from those still alive.

Posted by: chasmatic at June 25, 2014 9:27 AM

Did anyone else think Jessep was the good guy in that movie?

Posted by: BradnSA at June 25, 2014 10:23 AM

No.

Posted by: ghostsniper at June 25, 2014 11:40 AM

Why is it them boys are in CAR again? That sure smells like quagmire if ever there was one. Particularly since their enemy is also the CIC.

Posted by: Will at June 25, 2014 12:05 PM

I think Pelosi and McConnell were tripping in that video.

Posted by: b moe at June 25, 2014 1:04 PM

"Did anyone else think Jessep was the good guy in that movie?"

Yes, if the choice is Tom Cruise. But John Ford ain't making movies no more.

Posted by: John the River at June 25, 2014 1:53 PM