Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity


No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Veitnam, 35 Years Later

The Boston Globe has some very good pictures from Vietnam.  Here are a few.

What Marines Do...
A Marine rifleman assisting another wounded Marine while under  heavy fire from the tree line in the background.  One of the hallmarks of the USMC is that NO ONE GETS LEFT BEHIND, no matter what.  Even if he's dead, you go get them and bring them home.  This is just about the first lesson that gets pounded into a young recruits heading during boot camp at both MCRD Parris Island, SC and MCRD San Diego, CA.  I learned it back in the early '80's in Parris Island, and it's part of the tradition that bind ALL Marines together.  Even if you don't like the guy, you go get him...

A CH-46 Sea Knight Going Down In Flames
This medium lift helicopter was caught by ground fire and crashed killing 12 infantry men as well as 1 crewman.  3 other crewmen suffered serious burns.  I was a gunner on the port side of a helicopter like this one.  We were told that a gunner's combat life in a "hot LZ" was about 17's proof of that.

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