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Wednesday, September 2. 2009
From a letter in San Diego Union-Tribune:
I’d add, the great Duke Snider wrote in his autobiography that even at the height of his career he’d made a small fraction (even less, inflation-adjusted) of today’s pro ballplayers. Snider wrote that if he and fellows made as much, they would have played less energetic ball, to prolong their careers. Besides being overpaid, today’s pro baseball has become over-boring.
ElBaradei’s Swan Song is off-key.
My friend Barry Rubin writes
NEWS FLASH: Ted Kennedy becomes eligible to vote in
Love this line from interesting sociological study:
Belushi at the computer? Nah. Not as much fun.
(Admit it. Don’t you wish I’d, instead, shown a photo of a sexy coed in a toga?)
Professors Embrace Online Courses Despite Qualms About Quality in major study at public colleges and universities. Incentives, surprise, and support are keys.
“Supporters of the free market should not allow opponents to characterize the marketplace as a form of rationing, let alone an unjust one. Instead, supporters should defend the free market as morally just because it respects individual rights.”
Michelle Malkin nails excuse for disgusting ad. – Advertising Week called the print ad “tasteless and nightmarish,” but that’s putting it mildly.
On this one, I’m closer to Ed Morrissey than his landlord Michelle Malkin on Obama’s speech to the nation’s school children after Labor Day. Although Obama hasn’t backed vouchers for
Greatest Line Ever? Too good to give you a preview. See for yourself.
Marine Corps continues to prosecute, or should I say persecute, SSgt Wuterich. His court martial charges should be dismissed, as were LtCol Chessani’s, for undue command influence. Wuterich’s lawyers are expected to so argue at Wuterich’s upcoming next hearing. Wuterich’s court martial has been delayed while prosecutors, the weakness of their case already made evident in losing against all other Haditha Marine defendants, have desperately and zealously fought to get outtakes from CBS’ 60 Minutes interview with him, hoping to find anything. A previous judge had quashed the prosecutors’ subpoena, but this latest higher ruling does properly say CBS does not have a confidentiality privilege based on either military or constitutional law. – The view of every Marine who has spoken out is that HQs Marine Corps is kissing John Murtha’s butt because Murtha so influences Marine budgets. Sadly, I, a proud former Marine, agree. We won’t forget.
FYI, Here’s the young me in
And, here’s a cartoon drawn by a Major I worked with that I’ve kept. (My focus hasn’t changed much!)
Re: yesterday’s note about whether Pelosi is banning patriotic music, a weak excuse from a Leftist blog, unless you like to buy the Brooklyn Bridge, or Golden Gate Bridge in Pelosi’s case. “The CD that had been in the congressional muzak system for ‘a long time’ was a ‘patriotic tunes CD.’ The CAO’s office wanted to test a program giving people a choice of multiple CDs and decided to try out a jazz CD because it’s ‘what a lot of companies have when you’re on hold.’ However, based on the feedback they received, they simply decided to go back to the old system.” So, why change out the patriotic music in the first place, for elevator music no less? Don’t spit in my eye and tell me it’s raining!
Doug Ross’ RED ALERT: White House plans massive operation to harvest personal information on millions of Americans from social networking websites... The targeted sites include Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr and others – any space where the White House “maintains a presence.” Ross concludes, “Obama makes Nixon look like a rank amateur.” True, but inaccurate. Nixon probably would have, too, if he had the technology. So, aren’t there any Nixon-haters with integrity to call out Obama? Don’t count on it. -- Whew!
Fascinating: In Risk for Payoff, Industry Seeks Cancer Drugs.
Mickey Kaus asks of Obama’s Budget Director, “mightn't this be a good time to reassure us that you are not insane?”
One whole Two-Bits without any pretty girls to ogle. So, Theo reminds me to get out of here to the beach for my daily thong count.
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Bruce, bloused trousers? :) Terrain seems familiar somehow, do you remember where that photo was taken?
Near HQs 1st MarDiv, near Freedom Hill, outside Danang.
Trousers bloused as I helped prepare the early AM tacintel briefing for the CG.
Thanks. Way past my time I guess. It was 3rd MarDiv Hdqs when I was in Danang. And I think the hill had a different name? I was on the other side of the river, Adjutants office at III MAF headquarters, with Lew Walt. That was in 66.
Understood on the trousers. I had you figured for a fellow office pogue. :)
I volunteered in 1968 after graduating college (Economics major), as an enlisted, earning my first stripe out of PI. I guess that's why I was first assigned a paymaster MOS, which I went to HQs Marine Corps on way back to NY after Lejeune AIT to get it changed to Intel MOS, and it was, but I still ended up in rear most of time. Ended up, somehow, an exalted E-5. -- Today's Marines are FAR superior to anything that has ever come before them, and deserve the deepest respect and honors.
Sure. Everything had changed in Danang by 68-69, so we'd likely not have many shared memories of the place. I'm impressed that you walked into Eighth and I to get your MOS changed. Gutsy.
I enlisted for Aviation. So of course ended up in an Ontos battalion as an O3.. something after AIT. But on reporting they asked the group if anyone could type? So I ended up an 0141 for two years. Then volunteered to 'retrain' as an 0311 and went over there again.
I was up for E-5 after 21 months. But ran into a Master Gunnery Sergeant who didn't much care for me. So I did E-1 to E-4 twice.
Mostly agree on today's Marines. Wish to hell I was 21 again. I miss it.
"I'm impressed that you walked into Eighth and I to get your MOS changed. Gutsy."
Hey, I'm from Brooklyn!
You should have seen the expression on the Colonel's face when I finally found the MOS office. As for me, I'd skulked down the halls trying to find the MOS office, trying to remember if I was supposed to salute, or what, indoors as all that brass passed me by in the halls.
That's why I enjoy "Stripes."
"Hey, I'm from Brooklyn!"
Hahaha... that certainly explains it then. Good for you! And yep, as the nearly slick sleeve that you were I can imagine the intimidation you felt from all that brass. Funny. Hell, I still remember saluting a few NCO's during and shortly after AIT, and getting my ass chewed for doing so. Agree on 'Stripes'. Good movie. Damn, haven't thought of Camp Geiger for a long time. What a good experience, my time in the Corps. If only I had known the extent to which I would treasure it later, I would likely have been a lifer.
"I would likely have been a lifer."
As most of us said at the time, about reupping "Heard about it; Thought about it; Forgot about it."
BTW, I finally located one of the two paperback compilations of Sgt.Mike cartoons. Maybe sometime I'll post one or two, or even better the one my friend the Major did of Sgt.Mike for St. Patrick's Day.
I have to go take a nap now just from reading the Two Bits.. :)
But I can't leave without saying that the instant your picture scrolled into view, I smiled so hard and my heart just thumped. I just get knocked out by pictures of soldiers, obviously working and taking a break for the camera, and anyway, it sends chills all over me. I just love you guys.
I have a complaint.
If you guys are going to insert interesting graphics (I particularly like "cat fight", although the babes are nice, too) will you please insert expandable, wallpaper sized ones. I really hate to copy miniatures from your sight.
PS. Don't bother with the Theo stuff. They're already in my tabs.
Well then, what do you call a dispute between Klein and Greenwald if not a cat fight?
Bruce, you wicked man ... I suppose you would call that last photo "a happy ending ..."