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GUNNY G: And So, The Question as to Just When Communism/Socialism Arose In America?

March 26, 2012 9 comments
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Gunny G: And So, The Question Arises As To Just When Communism/Socialism Came To America?
I have seen many stories and claims as to when and where Communism, or Socialism, first reared its head here in the good old USA, but lately, I have noticed, there seems to be increasing information on this topic that may tend to confuse the issue somewhat. Much of this information has been around for a long time, but gone unnoticed by myself and apparently most others as well.

About the first time most Americans heard of communism, myself included, was during The Senator Joe McCarthy thing back in the late ’40s. Of course, information on Socialism was available long before that, but I suspect few paid much attention to it.

Not that long ago an article appeared by Alan Stang titled Republican Party Red From The Start… The article emphasized that the Republican Party had been influenced by Marxists beginning shortly after many of them from the 1848 revolution in Europe had immigrated to America. This was by the early 1850s just prior to  the election of Abraham Lincoln.
By the Civil War, many of these had found their way into government positions, including the new Union Army; and most of them were sympathetic to Northern politics, and unfriendly to the Southern cause.

Anyway, Stang’s book sparked my interest and I soon found other books on this topic, i.e.,  the “forty-eighters,” Lincoln, socialism, big government, etc.

In addition to Stang, there are books /and online articles by such authors as Dr Thomas DiLorenzo, Al Benson and Kennedy, Clyde Wilson, etc.–real eye-openers!

LewRockwell.com has a listing of numerous authors who write regularly on these, and related topics, with online archives for each writer.

Karl Marx, surprisingly, had become acquainted with Horace Greeley, and in 1851 he became a writer for Greeley’s  New York Tribune, and this continued for about ten years. And so the ideas of Marx himself had its foot in the USA doorway at that time.

And so, I was surprised by this information not only that such things had occurred, but that so little, apparently, was known of this. I had read before where writers had made reference to some form of socialism being practiced by both the Puritans and Pilgrims way back in the colonial days of our country,  and the Indiana Connection, but, again, little attention was paid as being at all relevant to modern times Communism. 

Communism, by the way, can be loosely known by many names, including Communism, Socialism, Fascism, Marxism, Leninism, etc. And many more names too, but for purposes of my little spiel here the above will do.
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Gunny G: Do Marines Surrender?/A Controversial Topic… (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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Gunny G: Do Marines Surrender? A controversial subject. Now and then this question comes up, but usually Marines seem to have little in the way of facts for their assumptions, etc. Nor is there a complete summing up of the subject in any one place under one title; but the info is out there, though somewhat piecemeal. George Smith's book, "Carlson's Raid," devotes an entire chapter, for instance, to the surrender note controversy re Carlson's atte … Read More

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Gunny G’s Marines History and Traditions: How “Chesty” Puller Got His Nickname! (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

August 29, 2011 1 comment

How "Chesty" Puller Got His Nickname! September 28 2002 at 8:50 AM Score 5.0 1 person Dick G Login Dick GainesForum Ownerfrom IP address 209.130.218.205 From the book, Semper Fi, MAC: Living Memories of the U.S. Marines in WW II, by Henry Berry, Quill, 1982, Ch, The Old Breed, conversation WO Joseph Crousen and SgtMaj Francis McGrath, page 34 "Don't get too chesty, captain," he'd say. 'Don't get too chesty" "Chesty," you see, was an old Marine ex … Read More

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Patton Discovered The Truth And Was Killed For It (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

August 22, 2011 1 comment

As General Patton started to actually become acquainted with the defeated Germans and America's Soviet allies, Patton finally realized what he was in the midst of, and his opinions about the war, and both our enemies and allies changed drastically. What Patton realized was recorded in his diary, and in letters to everyone from his family and friends, to other military and government personnel. It's a good thing that these writings were preserved, … Read More

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Gunny G’s Marines History and Traditions: How “Chesty” Puller Got His Nickname! (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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How "Chesty" Puller Got His Nickname! September 28 2002 at 8:50 AM Score 5.0 1 person Dick G Login Dick GainesForum Ownerfrom IP address 209.130.218.205 From the book, Semper Fi, MAC: Living Memories of the U.S. Marines in WW II, by Henry Berry, Quill, 1982, Ch, The Old Breed, conversation WO Joseph Crousen and SgtMaj Francis McGrath, page 34 "Don't get too chesty, captain," he'd say. 'Don't get too chesty" "Chesty," you see, was an old Marine ex … Read More

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The Reagan Libertarian Contract with America (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

August 7, 2011 1 comment

A Detailed and Specific Plan to Save the U.S. Economy “If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” — Ronald Reagan I am a proud Reagan Libertarian. Ronald Reagan turned the worst economic slump since the Great Depression into the greatest economic turnaround and expansion in world history with one simple stroke of genius — the largest tax cut in U.S. history ultimately reducing top marginal tax rates … Read More

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“…Fallon had called General Petraeus an “ass-kissing little chicken” for being so willing to serve as the administration’s political frontman on the Iraq surge” (via ~ The GUNNY “G” BLOG & E-MAIL ~) (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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reblog In keeping with the naval-officer tradition of emasculating bluntness, Fallon can without remorse cut the nuts off peers and subordinates alike. But it is more the intimation of his ferocity than its exercise that has the greatest effect. And Fallon has recently discovered that his reputation can leave him open to stories that might sound true but are not. Last fall, it was reported in the press that Fallon had called General Petraeus an “ … Read More

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THE CULTURE of VIOLENCE in the AMERICAN WEST MYTHS Vs. REALITY ~ By: Thomas J. DiLorenzo (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984 ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

THE CULTURE of VIOLENCE in the AMERICAN WEST MYTHS Vs. REALITY ~ By: Thomas J. DiLorenzo THE CULTURE of VIOLENCE in the AMERICAN WEST MYTHS Vs. REALITY By: Thomas J. DiLorenzo EXCERPT The Real Cause of Violence in the American West The real culture of violence in the American West of the latter half of the nineteenth century sprang from the U.S. government’s policies toward the Plains Indians. It is untrue that white European settlers were always at war with Indians, as popular folklore contends. After all, Indians assisted the Pilgr … Read More

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THE CULTURE of VIOLENCE in the AMERICAN WEST MYTHS Vs. REALITY ~ By: Thomas J. DiLorenzo (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984 ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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THE CULTURE of VIOLENCE in the AMERICAN WEST MYTHS Vs. REALITY ~ By: Thomas J. DiLorenzo THE CULTURE of VIOLENCE in the AMERICAN WEST MYTHS Vs. REALITY By: Thomas J. DiLorenzo EXCERPT The Real Cause of Violence in the American West The real culture of violence in the American West of the latter half of the nineteenth century sprang from the U.S. government’s policies toward the Plains Indians. It is untrue that white European settlers were always at war with Indians, as popular folklore contends. After all, Indians assisted the Pilgr … Read More

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Gunny G: One Marine’s Remarks Regarding D-Day At Normandy, etc. (via ~ BLOGGER.1984.GUNNY.G ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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Sunday, June 06, 2004 ONE MARINE'S REMARKS REGARDING D-DAY, NORMANDY, ETC. This weekend (June 2004) marks the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion of WW II. There has been much ado in the media and so forth regarding the massive Normandy "amphibious invasion," Ike's brilliant planning and execution, courage, heroism, etc.–and rightfully so.The Normandy invasion is often regarded as the largest amphibious operation in history; some have even … Read More

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Ray Jacobs: “.That’s when I discovered Dick Gaines’s Gunny G web site.Dick uses Lowery’s classic picture of the first flag raising on his home page.I e mailed him that I was the radioman in that picture.” « ~ The GUNNY “G” BLOG & E-MAIL ~

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Ray Jacobs:

“.That’s when I discovered Dick Gaines’s Gunny G web site.Dick uses Lowery’s classic picture of the first flag raising on his home page.I e mailed him that I was the radioman in that picture.”

Excerpts“D + 4 on Iwo Jima was Friday,February 23,1945.At about 10:30 hours I was standing on the broad rim of the crater on top of Suribachi looking up at our colors snapping in the breeze._”“Suddenly something extraordinary happened.We could clearly hear cheering from the Marines in combat on the plain of Iwo below us.They had spotted the flag and as the word spread more Marines joined in cheering our flag crowning Suribachi some 500 feet above.Soon the boats along the landing beaches and the ships at sea joined in blowing horns and whistles.It was a remarkable moment in Marine battle history but unfortunately soon to be forgotten.”

“I was PFC Raymond Jacobs,the radioman with F Company 2nd Battalion 28th Marines.About 40 minutes earlier I had been assigned to accompany an E Company combat patrol for the climb up Suribachi …………..

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Luke 17, The Lord’s Other End Times Prophecy…

January 18, 2011 1 comment
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Luke 17, The Lord’s Other End Times Prophecy
RaptureReady ^ | 1/15/2011 | Jack Kelley

Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 12:48:32 PM by topcat54

So in Luke 17:20-37 the Lord explained the two phases of the Kingdom, the invisible phase (the Church) and the visible one (the Millennial Kingdom). He said he was going away and then coming back, and that His 2nd Coming will be physical just like His first one. He also said there will be a believing remnant preserved through the End Times judgments that precede His return (Israel), another group of believers who will be removed to a place of safety before the judgments begin (the Church), and a group of Tribulation survivors. Upon His return, some of the Tribulation survivors will be received into the Kingdom as a reward for believing, while the rest will be sent to the place prepared for the devil and his angels for refusing to believe. It’s a remarkable overview of the Great Tribulation and 2nd Coming. You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. 01-15-11

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Gunny G: GOD’S Marines…(“at some point, Jesus Christ and God’s Marines showing up to kick @$$ in proper fashion—to that I drink.”)

January 5, 2011 8 comments
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I’m just about convinced that these new bozos—although they may for a time produce some appearance that they are attempting to come through will be scum like all politicians—our last decent chance is past, the generals and admirals have sold us out, then there was the internet now at best just another letter from the Alamo.
Once lost, ya just cannot breathe new life into a dead Republic.

It comes down to, at some point, Jesus Christ and God’s Marines showing up to kick @$$ in proper fashion—to that I drink.

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Gunny G: Cost? 625, 000 lives…..

December 2, 2010 1 comment

Cost?
625, 000 lives…..

Dr Ed Rivera

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“Gunny G: It’s a universal joke that PC has played on us; and now we’re too embarrassed to admit this too…”

November 7, 2010 2 comments

Most of us remember well Hans Christian Anderson’s delightful tale of the emperor who searched far and wide for the very finest clothes, suits of golden fabric and silver threads, clothes so perfect, so exquisite that they can be seen and appreciated only by those fit for the positions they hold. Only those operating above their skills and the hopelessly stupid fail to see the stunning colors, the shimmering waves of color, the lustrous styling.

Just as in Lake Woebegone, where all the children are above average, so to are the Emperor’s courtiers, his staff, the academics and elite of the day truly extraordinary. Each of them sees the beauty of the cloth, the perfection of the fit, the beauty of the artistry adorning their emperor. The appreciation spreads, almost virally, driven by the repetition and strength of the adoring comments. It becomes a universal enthusiasm of early 19th century Copenhagen society.

The emperor, being an incredibly intelligent man and certain of his own abilities as the leader of his people, is wildly enthusiastic about the weavers’ magic and awestruck by the look created by the fabric hanging on his magnificent body. Fevered with pride, he creates an opportunity to parade his sartorial and intellectual brilliance for the appreciation of all his citizens.

President Obama, 2010 In Anderson’s tale, a young boy breaks the spell of the crowd massed for the emperor’s parade, “But he has nothing on at all! The emperor has no clothes.” Soon, the cry is taken up by all the others who, reassured that their neighbors, not all of whom could be incompetent or hopelessly stupid, obviously saw what they themselves could finally admit. Their own eyes weren’t lying; the emperor was completely nude. The emperor, caught between embarrassments, recognized that he was in fact, stark naked for all to see. To save face before his subjects, he chose to carry on without hesitation, acting as though nothing at all was wrong.

President Obama stands before the American people today, wearing nothing more than a teleprompter script.

The question is, does he recognize his own nakedness? Is he attempting to carry on to save face? Or is he completely mesmerized by his own golden words and silver phrases, sadly unable to see that he stands before us uncovered by anything of substance even as the crowd begins to recognize that he has no clothes?

Our President has nothing on at all.


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GUNNY G: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES !!!!!

November 7, 2010 2 comments

Happy Birthday Marines 1775 Vs. 1798

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Happy Birthday Marines and Others!!!!!

THE MARINES! SINCE 1775… OR 1798?
THE TRUE BIRTHDAY OF THE CORPS!

July 11, 1798?

November 10, 1775

From MarineLINK

“… When the peace treaty with Britain finally was signed in 1783, only the Continental frigate Alliance was still in commission. A small Marine guard commanded by Lieutenant Thomas Elwood stayed with the frigate until Congress decided to sell the vessel in September. With the sale of the Alliance, the Continental Navy and Marines went out of existence.”

From, The United States Marines A History, by BGen Ed Simmons…

“…As for the Marines, only the slenderest thread of continuity can be claimed by virtue of “marines” serving in the Revenue Cutter Service…There were to be Marine “quotas”…not “detachments” for there was no corps from which they could be detached…
…on 11 July 1798, the true birthday of the Corps,
President John Adams approved…establishing and organizing a Marine Corps.”

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Customs and Traditions
Marine Corps Birthday Celebration

“The U.S. Marine Corps begins preparations for its “birthday party” every summer. Activities become more feverish as the fall hues arrive. By early November, every Marine is either rehearsing his role in the “party” or pressing, polishing, and spit-shining in order to appear at his or her best for the Birthday Ball. This has not always been the case, however. In fact, Marines have not always celebrated their founding on November the 10th.

Formal commemoration of the birthday of the Marine Corps began on 10 November 1921. That particular date was chosen because on that day the Second Continental Congress resolved in 1775 to raise two battalions of Continental Marines.

Until 1921 the birthday of the Corps had been celebrated on another date. An unidentified newspaper clipping from 1918 refers to the celebration of the 120th birthday of the Marine Corps on 11 July “as usual with no fuss.” It is doubtful that there was any real celebration at all. Further inspection of documents and publications prior to 1921 shows no evidence of ceremonies, pageants, or parties. The July date was commemorated between 1798 and 1921 as the birthday of the Corps. During the Revolution, Marines had fought on land and sea, but at the close of the Revolution the Marine Corps and the Navy were all but disbanded. On 11 July 1798, President John Adams approved a bill that recreated the Corps, thereby providing the rationale for this day being commemorated as the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.

On 21 October 1921, Major Edwin McClellan, Officer-in-Charge, Historical Section, Headquarters Marine Corps, sent a memorandum to Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune, suggesting that the original birthday on 10 November 1775 be declared a Marine Corps holiday to be celebrated throughout the Corps. McClellan further suggested that a dinner be held in Washington to commemorate the event. Guests would include prominent men from the Marine Corps, Army, and Navy, and descendants of the Revolution.

Accordingly, on 1 November 1921, General Lejeune issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921. The order summarized the history, mission, and tradition of the Corps, and directed that it be read to every command on 10 November each subsequent year in honor of the birthday of the Marine Corps. This order has been duly carried out.

Some commands expanded the celebration during the next few years. In 1923 at Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania, the celebration of the Marine Corps’ 148th birthday took the form of a dance in the barracks that evening. Marines at the Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia, staged a sham battle on the parade ground in commemoration of the birthday. The battle lasted about twenty minutes, and was witnessed by Portsmouth and Norfolk citizens. At Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the birthday was celebrated on the 12th, since a special liberty to Santiago had been arranged on the 10th. The morning activities included field and water sports, and a shooting match. In the afternoon the Marines won a baseball game, 9-8, over a Cuban team. In the evening, members of the command put on a variety show followed by four boxing bouts.

The first so-called “Birthday Ball,” such as suggested by Major McClellan, was probably held in 1925 in Philadelphia. No records have been located of one prior to 1925. Guests included the Secretaries of War and Navy, Major General Commandant Lejeune, famous statesmen, soldiers, and sailors. The principle event was the unveiling of a tablet on the site of Tun Tavern. The tablet was a gift from the Thomas Roberts Reath Post, American Legion, whose membership was composed exclusively of Marines. The celebration was held in conjunction with the annual convention of the Marine Corps League. A parade included Marines, Regular Army, and Navy detachments, National Guard, and other military organizations. The evening banquet was held at the Benjamin Franklin Hotel and a ball followed at the Bellevue-Stratford.

It is not possible to determine precisely when the first cake ceremony was held, but the first on record was held at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., in 1937. Major General Commandant Thomas Holcomb presided at an open house for Marine Corps officers. Ceremonies included the cutting of a huge cake designed after the famous Tun Tavern in Philadelphia.

From 1937, observances of the Marine Corps Birthday appeared to develop spontaneously throughout the Corps as if they had a life of their own. The celebrations were publicized through every media. Newsreels, motion pictures, and displays were prepared to summarize the history of the Corps. In 1943, standard blank Marine Corps scrap books were forwarded to all districts to be filled with 168th anniversary clippings, scripts, pictures, programs, and other memorabilia, and returned to Headquarters. Unfortunately none of these scrapbooks remain in official files.

In 1951, a formal Birthday Ball Pageant was held at Headquarters Marine Corps. Similar to the pageant today, the script described the Marines’ period uniforms and the cake ceremony. Although this is the first substantive record of a pageant, Leatherneck of 10 November 1925 pictures Marines at a pageant in Salt Lake City, Utah, which had taken place “several years ago.”

On 28 October 1952, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., directed that the celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday be formalized throughout the Corps, and provided an outline for the cake ceremony, as well as other formal observances. This outline was included in the Marine Corps Drill Manual, approved 26 January 1956.

Traditionally, the first piece of Birthday cake is presented to the oldest Marine present and the second piece to the youngest Marine present. When and where this tradition began remains unknown. Some records indicate this practice, and others vary it depending on the dignitaries present at the ball. First pieces of cake have been presented to newlyweds, the Secretary of the Navy, governors, and others, but generally speaking, the first pieces of cake go to the oldest and youngest Marines at the ball.

At present, celebrations of the Marine Corps Birthday on 10 November differ at posts and stations throughout the Corps. All commemorations include the reading of Marine Corps Order No. 47, and the Commandant’s message to those assembled. Most commands sponsor a Birthday Ball of some sort, complete with pageant and cake ceremony as prescribed in the Marine Corps Manual.

Like the Corps itself, the Birthday Ball developed from simple origins to become the polished, professional function that all Marines commemorate on 10 November around the world.“

(Read Major General John A. Lejeune’s Birthday Message)

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Gunny G: “Some Stories Seem Too Contrived To Be True…”

October 6, 2010 2 comments

Video: Obama Presidential Seal Falls Off Podium During Speech
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Devvy’s E-Mail Alerts: What will the feds do? ~ Send in the 101st Airborne?

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Devvy’s E-Mail Alerts:

What will the feds do? Send in the 101st Airborne?


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Gunny G: BLOG & EMAIL…(Mailbag…)

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Gunny G: “A NEW CORPS WITHOUT GUNNERY SERGEANTS”

September 29, 2010 3 comments

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Gunny G: “A NEW CORPS WITHOUT GUNNERY SERGEANTS” … by R.W. Gaines, GnySgt USMC (Ret.)


I have long known that the Marine dress blues were redesigned in 1947, but I was not aware of the reasons behind this. But alas, there is a story here too. Myself, I have always thought that the old blues blouse w/o the pockets looked better than the new version. I have mentioned this before on my sites and forums, and I have received a few responses back from old salts stating that they had been issued old style blues after 1947, and most disagreed with my opinion, preferring the appearance of the new blouse w/pockets over the previous blouse.

Once again, a few facts related to the above have come to my attention from the writings of Colonel Robert Debs Heinl USMC (Ret.), deceased.

Col Heinl writes in his book, Soldiers Of The Sea, that in the years immediately following World War II, and this was during that period of the unification battle where the Marine Corps was threatened with being legislated out of existence and/or being absorbed into the Army, the War Department had convened a board to survey the post-war lot of the enlisted man. The recommendations of this board, which Col Heinl describes as “mischievous insofar as the regular forces were concerned.” It called for an almost complete leveling between officers and enlisted men, with a concomitant abandonment of disciplinary traditions proven in peace and war. Saluting was to be deemphasized; officer and enlisted uniforms were to be made alike; badges of enlisted rank made small and inconspicuous; and, officer and NCO priviliges slashed. “From the “egaltarian tenor of the Doolittle report, one had the impressions of the peasants and workers remolding the Tsarist armies of the 1917. Everything was there but political commissars and comrades.”

Col Heinl goes on to say that Marine uniforms were then made to make it difficult to tell officers from enlisted men; officer-style pockets were put on redesigned enlisted blues; enlisted chevrons were kept small, and; the salty and distinctive barracks cap was abolished in favor of a more conservative one like the officers.

The Corps was (almost forced) to accept the Army ranks of master sergeant, technical sergeant, and staff sergeant, but accept them it did. It had been recommended that the rank titles of chief sergeant, sergeant 1st, 2d, and 3d class be adopted, and this nearly came to be. No wonder the CMC accepted the Army rank titles as a compromise.

“That this stroke created a new Corps without gunnery sergeants and abolished rank titles in some cases going back to 1798 (such as quartermaster sergeant) was seemingly overlooked.”

As a matter of fact, “Doomed by the war, but not killed until a year afterward was the prolifery of enlisted ranks which had gradually flowered since 1922.” When the rank titles of master sergeant, technical sergeant, staff sergeant, sergeant, and corporal were adopted for Marine NCOs, so too were gone the enlisted rank titles, in addition to the quartermaster sergeant already mentioned above, of sergeant major, first sergeant, master gunnery sergeant, master technical sergeant, paymaster sergeant, gunnery sergeant, supply sergeant, drum major, platoon sergeant, chief cook, field music sergeant, field cook, field music corporal, assistant cook, field music first class, and field music.

I take note here that the Marine Corps had indeed previously already used the rank titles of M/Sgt, T/Sgt, and S/Sgt (in addition to many other rank titles) for some years, but these were known to have been originally Army ranks. What was being imposed upon the Marine Corps here was the then current rank titles in use by the U.S. Army.

Interestingly, the Marine Corps had combined two of these previous Army ranks to create their Master Technical Sergeant rank. And, of course the Master Gunnery Sergeant was a variation of both the unique Marine gunnery sergeant rank which dates to 1898, and the (Army) master sergeant rank.
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Surprising it is that these cases of politics as usual, political correctness, or just plain bullshit, depending upon your personal perception and choice of terms, seems to appear not only without ending through the years, but also seemingly almost without beginning–unless, of course, in general, you would go all the way back to the Garden of Eden.

Some things never change.

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Gunny G: WHY THE TITLE “GLOBE AND ANCHOR” ON MY SITE?

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Gunny G:

WHY THE TITLE “GLOBE and ANCHOR” ON MY SITE?
Many have asked why I have not indicated, eagle, globe and anchor, rather than just “GLOBE and ANCHOR,” implying that I have erred.

No error, it reads as I intended. Apparently unknown to most Marines of today, there was a time in the Corps when Marines referred to their emblem (EMBLEM, not “ega”–but that’s yet another story) as simply the “Globe and Anchor,” and there are still some old timers and writers around who use the term. There are many writings available, most of them older writings, but some more recent, where you will find this.

One of the best examples of this, perhaps, may be–and there are many more–a quote in the recent book by Colonel Jon T. Hoffman, USMCR, Chesty. It reads as follows:

“Colonel Robert D. Heinl, the premier historian of the Old Corps and a former subordinate of Puller, believed that Chesty was one of the greatest raconteurs that ever wore the Globe and Anchor.”
(Random House, 2001, Preface, page xi)

Globe and Anchor was still a common expression even in this old boot’s first days in the Corps of the early 1950s. (I find the term a reminder to me of the term used by the Royal Marines for their emblem, known as the Globe and Laurel.

Matter of fact, I do not recall our emblem being specifically referred to as an eagle, globe and anchor until the very late 1950s or early ’60s, on TV recruiting promotions, ads, etc.It was a little jingle that was sung to the words, “wear the eagle, globe and anchor of the Corps…for service in the air, on ship or shore…”

To be sure, the popular term has now become “eagle, globe and anchor,” and considered by the majority to be the correct term, even shortened to “ega”and, apparently, anything else being incorrect in the eyes of the younger Marines.

Not this Marine. As always, I’ll fall in w/the old salts. Besides, “Globe and Anchor” has a fine ring to it, it clicks

SEMPER FIDELIS

R.W. Gaines GnySgt USMC (Ret.)

1952–1972

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Gunny G: “WORLD WAR ONE MARINES” My Favorite Globe and Anchor Story

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment
WORLD WAR ONE MARINES” My Favorite Globe and Anchor Story

“Pershing was mercilessly thinning the ranks of
senior officers he considered too old or infirm
for field command. Brigadier General Doyen was
one of the casualties. He was invalided home and
replaced by a Pershing favorite, Army Brig. Gen.
James Harbord.
Harbord had been Pershing’s chief
of staff and he had gone from major to brigadier
general in a year. Col. Buck Neville, now the
commander of the 5th Marines and far senior to
Harbord at the war’s beginning, had every reason
to think that he should have been given command
of the brigade.
On Harbord’s arrival, when
Neville handed him a pair of Marine Corps
emblems, it was half a greeting, half a
challenge. Harbord promptly put them on his
collar….
On Bastille day, 14 July, Harbord, a
jaunty hybrid in his poilu’s helmet and Marine
emblems, moved up to command of the 2d Division.
Buck Neville took over the Marine brigade and
would soon be promoted to brigadier general.”
-Simmons”
GnySgt R.W. Gaines USMC (Ret.)
1952–1972
Dec 15, 2005
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Gunny G: One Marine’s Remarks Regarding D-Day At Normandy, etc.

September 29, 2010 2 comments

Sunday, June 06, 2004

ONE MARINE’S REMARKS REGARDING D-DAY, NORMANDY, ETC.


This weekend (June 2004) marks the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion of WW II. There has been much ado in the media and so forth regarding the massive Normandy “amphibious invasion,” Ike’s brilliant planning and execution, courage, heroism, etc.–and rightfully so.The Normandy invasion is often regarded as the largest amphibious operation in history; some have even compared the amphibious landings in the Pacific as miniscule in comparison.

In perusing the book, Soldiers Of The Sea-The United States Marine Corps, 1775-1962, by Robert Debs Heinl, Jr., Colonel, USMC (The National Aviation Publishing Company of America, Baltimore, Maryland, 1991, page 513), I find an interesting remark by the author regarding the above.

“Under atomic attack, the World war II amphibious assault was finished. Normandy (more a ferrying operation than a true oceanic amphibious assault in any case) and Okinawa would never be repeated.”

Of course, there was another amphibious landing, at Inchon in 1950.

Although Col. Heinl’s mention of Normandy, above, is not much more than an aside comment and not the main thrust of his point regarding amphibious assault in general, his remark does, I think, sum up and define the major difference between the Normandy Invasion and Marine Corps amphibious operations in the Pacific. And he does so in a very few words, and in a more correct light than is usually perceived.

I like Colonel Heinl’s insights into historical Marine Corps topics as he is always most thorough, and he delves into areas usually left untouched by other writers. Then, too, Heinl’s book sports a photo by S/Sgt Lou Lowery (Leatherneck magazine) of the Iwo Jima Flag Raising; not the Joe Rosenthal version, mind you, but the first flag raising that preceeded the “replacemnet flag” raising some time later, which was captured on motion-picture film by Sgt Genaust, and photographed by Rosenthal. But, then, this is an area of special interest to me.

And also, part of the book title says it all, and immediately gains my attention–”…1775-1962,” for it was those years that I find as most significant, and interesting for me.

Semper Fidelis
Richard Gaines
GnySgt USMC (Ret.)
1952-72
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Gunny G: I will NOT vote Obama, nor Democrat, nor Republican COME HELL OR HIGH WATER !!!!! The above are those who have most failed We The Suckers most; and they can all Go To Hell~Individual/Independent Real Americans still have a shot at decency …and the Truth, in my opinion….

September 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Gunny G:

I will NOT vote Obama, nor Democrat, nor Republican COME HELL OR HIGH WATER !!!!! The above are those who have most failed We The Suckers most; and they can all Go To Hell~Individual/Independent Real Americans still have a shot at decency …and the Truth, in my opinion….
Semper Fidelis

Dick G

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Gunny G: 11 Attempts To Disband The Marines Or Merge With The Army…

September 25, 2010 2 comments
THROUGH THE YEARS…
“Beginning with the presidency of Andrew Jackson, the Marines had survived eleven serious proposals to disband the Corps or merge it with the Army.5″
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“…Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, who was inspecting Green Beach on Iwo Jima that morning in 1945, saw the Stars and Stripes go up atop Mount Suribachi and heard the beleaguered troops below come alive with whistles and cheers and shouts of joy. He turned to Marine General Holland M. Smith and said, ‘The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next five hundred years!’1″

Gunny G: China, Evans F. Carlson, USMC, FDR, and Chang K-S…

September 25, 2010 1 comment
Gunny G: Carlson, FDR, and CK-S…
To: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

(Previously posted by GyG April 30, 20005)
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Cover of Franklin D. Roosevelt


I just found some info on the Internet that I
hadn’t known about, and it immediately reminded
me of something in the Carlson biography that has
always interested me. Likely, you already know
about this, but I thought I would run this by you
and ask if you feel if the quote from Blankfort’s
book is directly related to the FDR material
below.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Best,
Dick Gaines
GnySgt USMC (Ret.)

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Ref
The Big Yankee, The Life of Carlson of the
Raiders, page 319…

“But nothing was said about sending him back to
the Pacific. In short, he had lost the final
round for the Raider idea.

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Gunny G: THE ORDERLY SERGEANT – USMC

September 25, 2010 4 comments

Gunny G: THE ORDERLY SERGEANT – USMC

THE ORDERLY SERGEANT – USMC

When the Marine Corps was reactivated in 1798, the American Navy consisted of a handful of frigates under orders to patrol the Atlantic seaboard. During the second war with England, Marines served aboard Yankee frigates in both the Atlantic and Pacific. Following the war, the Navy was charged with the protection of American interests througout the world.

Many of these vessels had no Marine officer. Instead, a sergeant was responsible for the conduct of the ship’s detachment. Thus, a sergeant serving on a sloop-of-war off Java drew the same pay as a sergeant in the Washington barracks, but his responsibilities were many times greater. To remedy this situation, the Marine Corps in 1833 created the grade of orderly sergeant. Thirty “orderly sergeants and 1st sergeants of guards at sea” were to be paid $16 per month, the same amount as the drum major and fife major. The 41 “other sergeants” received $13 per month.

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Gunny G: FIRST MARINE SERGEANT MAJOR ~ EARLY MARINES ENLISTED RANKS

September 24, 2010 Leave a comment

EARLY MARINES ENLISTED RANKS — FIRST MARINE SERGEANT MAJOR

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EARLY MARINES ENLISTED RANKS
FIRST MARINE SERGEANT MAJOR

There evolved from the Continental Marines of 1775, the enlisted titles of sergeant, corporal, drummer, fifer, and private. When the U.S. Marine Corps was established in 1798, the old titles were retained; but for some unknown reason both sergeants and corporals were placed in the same pay grade at ten dollars per month. Also, a new law in 1798 provided for staff noncommissioned officers in the event that the Marine Corps or any part of it was called upon to serve on land with the Army.

The Reagan Libertarian Contract with America

September 24, 2010 1 comment

A Detailed and Specific Plan to Save the U.S. Economy

“If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” — Ronald Reagan

I am a proud Reagan Libertarian. Ronald Reagan turned the worst economic slump since the Great Depression into the greatest economic turnaround and expansion in world history with one simple stroke of genius — the largest tax cut in U.S. history ultimately reducing top marginal tax rates from 70% down to 28%.

That tax cut benefited and motivated the groups that produce virtually all of the jobs and tax revenues in Americasmall business owners and taxpayers.

These are the very groups that President Obama chooses to punish, instead of reward.

Obama redistributes money from taxpayers and small business owners to his voters — who create virtually nothing, pay almost no taxes, create no jobs, and ask for handouts and entitlements from cradle to grave.

In short, Obama’s voters are bankrupting this once great country. This is precisely why the U.S. economy has fallen off a cliff. We are staring at the abyss — economic Armageddon, chronic massive unemployment, and worldwide depression.

It is time for dramatic measures to stave off disaster, deficit, debt and depression.

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Gunny G: “Boil The Hops, Not The Malt Extract” By: Steve Bader

September 24, 2010 Leave a comment
“Boil The Hops, Not The Malt Extract” By: Steve Bader

Here’s the only guy I’ve found who comes right out in print and says this–and he’s referring to extract, DME/LME; hopped/unhopped, etc.

http://www.baderbrewing.com/store/product.php?productid=22691&cat=396&page=1

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Gunny G: George B. Clark Newsletter…

September 24, 2010 Leave a comment
Friends

I haven’t spent much time lately sending out any information as to what I have been up to. Various reasons: mostly lies, but essentially, my email system can’t handle much in the way of general mailings.

It’s on the telephone lines, and notoriously slow. Anyway, I have been kept busy and away from interfering in what my wife does best, cooking etc. So, in order to waste time I’ve been busy writing.

My latest tomes are A Battle History of the USMC, 1775–1945. Available in hardcover from McFarland and no doubt Amazon and a few other sources, at $75.00 plus shipping. I have a couple of copies and will sell them to you for that price. For any of you that happen to be of Irish ancestry, I have also had a book published by Mercier Press in Cork, Ireland tilted Irish Soldiers in Europe, 17th – 19th Century.

Soft cover, illustrations, maps, 351pages. Amazon has that probably at $25. If you happen to be English and want to find out why the Irish are so great, you might also want a copy.

Anyway, I am working and publishing a few other things that you might find some interest in. The latest is a project which I thought might interest many of you. It is a series of biographical units describing the events of various Marines who began their careers enlisted and cracked the line to become officers. Some are very widely known, some lessor or not commonly known. Examples range from the earliest, including John Hughes, to the latest who, I believe, has just shipped out to Afghanistan. There is even one example from the 19th Century and a friend who is recently retired and works for Homeland Security [not the same person].

The book is titled Pride of the Marines, from Enlisted man to Officer. It is perfect bound, has color covers, front and back, photos of many of the “mustangs” and close to 200 pages. The price postpaid is $38.00.

If you would like to see a listing of those individuals included, request by email to brasshat@kingcon.com.

The same if you wish to see a pdf of the covers. Sorry, no pdf of the book. At any rate please always use that email address. I am going to try to produce more of my own books for Marine enthusiasts. Publishers are less interested in biographical material whereas I, and many of you, recognize that people make history and consequently their lives are important. I didn’t realize what a great man “Ironman” William Arthur Lee was until I wrote about him for “Pride.” Now I believe he may be worthy of a full-blown biography. Other books coming along:

Characters of the Corps which has biographical sketches of Wilburt Brown, “Jim” Crowe, and a few more like that. Heroes of the Corps with a series of short sketches of many of the Corps’ heroes from the earliest times till Vietnam and perhaps later. If you might have any interest in any of these, I’d like to know.

George B. Clark

brasshat@kingcon.com.

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Gunny G: Re “Devil Dog/Teufelshunde/Teufelhunden, etc.”

September 22, 2010 5 comments

http://german.about.com/od/culture/a/germyth13.htm

 

German Myth 13: Teufelshunde – Devil Dogs

 

Did German soldiers give the U.S. Marines the nickname “Teufelshunde”?

 

Do the Marines Have It Right?

 

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No one can question the bravery and valor of the U.S. Marines. But is the legend about their “Devil Dogs” nickname based on fact? Every Leatherneck is indocrinated with the tale of how Marines came to be called “Devil Dogs.” If you visit Marine recruiting sites on the Web you’ll find this World War I legend also used as a tool to encourage young people to join the Marine Corps today. There’s even an old recruiting poster (see photo) that was created by artist Charles B. Falls around 1918. Emblazoned with the words “Teufel Hunden, German Nickname for U.S. Marines – Devil Dog Recruiting Station,” the poster is one of the earliest known references to the legend, said to have come about as the result of fierce fighting in 1918 by the Marines in France’s Belleau Wood (Bois Belleau in French, “woods of beautful water”). But the poster commits the same error that almost all versions of the legend do: it gets the German wrong.

 

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The first thing any good student of German should notice about the poster is that the German word for “Devil Dogs” is misspelled. In German the term would not be two words, but one. The plural of Hund is Hunde, not “Hunden.” So the poster and any Marine references to the German nickname should read Teufelshunde�one word with a connecting s. Most of the references I have found on the Web have the German incorrect in one way or another. Even the Marine Corps’ own Parris Island Museum has it wrong. Since the museum’s founding in 1975, the sign on display there has read “Teuelhunden” rather than the correct “Teufelshunde.”

 

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Lady Gaga Says YES To Gay ‘Ask And Tell,’ In Military. Veteran Says NO. Who Will Senate Listen To?

September 21, 2010 1 comment

Fax Sent To All U.S. Senators By Vietnam Veteran Against Repeal Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

Fax Numbers Available Upon Request.

FAX SENT IN CAPSDEAR HONORABLE SENATOR @R; I AM NOT LADY GAGA, BUT I AM A DISABLED MARINE VETERAN MEDEVACED OUT OF VIETNAM IN 1970 AND WAS DISABILITY RETIRED FROM THE MARINE CORPS IN 1975 FOR “NERVOUS CONDITION.

“I MAY NOT HAVE THE CLOUT OF A LADY GAGA, OR HOLLYWOOD, OR THOSE LEFTISTS WHO INSIST THAT THE AMERICAN MILITARY SHOULD OPEN ITS ARMS TO SODOMY –

AS WILL CERTAINLY BE THE CASE IF DON’T ASK DON’T TELL IS REPEALED.I, UNFORTUNATELY, WITNESSED EVEN MARINES ENGAGING IN HOMOSEXUAL SEX IN VIETNAM, AND, AS A YOUNG GUNG HO MARINE, I MUST SAY THAT IT WAS VERY DISCOURAGING TO SEE SUCH ACTIVITY.

AT ONE TIME IN NAM, A FELLOW MARINE EVEN JUMPED IN MY RACK – WANTING ME TO BE HIS WIFE. THE GUY DISAPPEARED AFTER THAT INCIDENT.

PLEASE, PLAY WITH HEALTHCARE, PLAY WITH CAP AND TRADE, PLAY WITH INCREASING TAXES, BUT, PLEASE, LEAVE THE MILITARY ALONE.

READ HISTORY & WHY THE BRITS DISCOURAGED BUGGERY ON THE HIGH SEAS.

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Patton Discovered The Truth And Was Killed For It

September 20, 2010 2 comments

As General Patton started to actually become acquainted with the defeated Germans and America‘s Soviet allies, Patton finally realized what he was in the midst of, and his opinions about the war, and both our enemies and allies changed drastically.

What Patton realized was recorded in his diary, and in letters to everyone from his family and friends, to other military and government personnel. It’s a good thing that these writings were preserved, so that we could see how even America’s “most fightingest General” knew that something was wrong with the outcome of WWII. In those writings it is clear that Patton realized that these new “allies” of ours were more of a danger than the Germans ever were. I only wish that Patton were still alive today to see with the hindsight that is available to us now.

We can only wish that Patton would have known then what many of us know now about the dangers of jew Bolshevik communists, but Patton quickly caught on that something was a miss when the war ended.

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Here’s Why Ford Is Surging And You Need To Take Notice

September 19, 2010 1 comment

Shares of Ford got a boost Thursday from CNBC‘s Jim Cramer, but they certainly didn’t need it.Cramer mentioned them as worthy of being a buy candidate, but this is nothing new. Ford’s stock has been nothing short of remarkable, since December 2008 when it was under $1 per share.

Shares are currently over $12, a remarkable run for a company that many though would need to go into bankruptcy or need government help.Since dropping to under $1, Ford has done everything right. From cutting its massive debt load, getting products out to market, to making the company more competitive on a global scale,

*Ford has certainly stepped on the gas pedal at the right time and never looked back.One can never underestimate goodwill, and Ford has certainly been a beneficiary of it*

*Consumers rewarded Ford by not taking government money, when competitors General Motors and Chrysler did.*

*In tune, consumers bought more Ford products than they did GM or Chrysler to show their appreciation for doing business the right way, and it’s showed*

Ford has continued to gain market share here in the U.S., and is now the 2nd largest automaker in the U.S..Wall Street has been impressed with the turnaround story at Ford, as evidenced by an upgrade at Barclays.This morning, Barclays analyst Brian Johnson upgraded the company to Overweight from Equal Weight, and raised his price target to $16 from $15, citing Ford’s increased earnings power despite slow U.S. sales.

Ford is definitely one of the greatest turnaround stories this country has ever seen, as is a prime example of the “can do” spirit that American manufacturing is famous for.

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Gunny G: Do Marines Surrender?/A Controversial Topic…

September 18, 2010 2 comments

Gunny G:

Do Marines Surrender? A controversial subject.

Now and then this question comes up, but usually Marines seem to have little in the way of facts for their assumptions, etc. Nor is there a complete summing up of the subject in any one place under one title; but the info is out there, though somewhat piecemeal. George Smith’s book, “Carlson’s Raid,” devotes an entire chapter, for instance, to the surrender note controversy re Carlson’s attempted surrender during the Makin Raid of 17-18 August 1942.

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Yes, Marines have surrendered. It’s just one more aspect of the profession of arms.

Most notably, there have been occurances of such for the Marine Corps, in the opening days of World War Two at Guam, the Phillipines, Wake Island, and China. And then there was the little-known, for many years, surrender attempt during the Makin Island Raid.

Later, in Korea, 1950 there was a surrender that occurred at Hell Fire Valley during the Chosin Reservoir operation.

There were also Marine surrenders that occurred even further back through Marine Corps history during the 1700s and civil wartimes. (See Nofi’s Book of Lists.)

Most Marines prefer not to discuss Marine surrenders nor to admit that there has ever been such.

Here is one remark from Evans F. Carlson himself, as found in Gen. Peatross’s book, “Bless ‘Em All,”

“…While discussing the various aspects of the raid,the only critique of the operation there would ever be Carlson suddenly had paused and, almost self critically and apropos of nothing, interjected: No commander ever expects to fail in an operation, but he should have a plan ready, ….”

Is it dishonorable for a Marine to surrender under such conditions?

In addition, there are various aspects of accepted Marine Corps history that people are either entirely ignorant of, and/or prefer to disregard/deny. For instance, the phony red stripe story regarding Chapultapec; Tun Tavern vs. Conestoga Wagon as the birthplace of the Corps, etc. Gen Simmons goes so far as to write that July 11, 1798 is the true birthday of the Corps.

Marine Corps historians, including BGen Edwin Simmons, have brought examples of these things out in their published writings, yet erroneous teachings continue. Why? As I’ve now come to mention often, I, not too long ago received an e-mail from a Marine colonel (retired) suggesting he didn’t give a rat’s ass about facts, tradition was all that counted w/him. People just don’t want to hear it.

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Class War — How public servants became our masters

September 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Class War — How public servants became our masters
Reason. ^ | February 2010 issue | Steven Greenhut

Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 4:03:26 PM by dennisw

In April 2008, The Orange County Register published a bombshell of an investigation about a license plate program for California government workers and their families. Drivers of nearly 1 million cars and light trucks—out of a total 22 million vehicles registered statewide—were protected by a “shield” in the state records system between their license plate numbers and their home addresses. There were, the newspaper found, great practical benefits to this secrecy.

“Vehicles with protected license plates can run through dozens of intersections controlled by red light cameras with impunity,” the Register’s Jennifer Muir reported. “Parking citations issued to vehicles with protected plates are often dismissed because the process necessary to pierce the shield is too cumbersome. Some patrol officers let drivers with protected plates off with a warning because the plates signal that drivers are ‘one of their own’ or related to someone who is.”

The plate program started in 1978 with the seemingly unobjectionable purpose of protecting the personal addresses of officials who deal directly with criminals. Police argued that the bad guys could call the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), get addresses for officers, and use the information to harm them or their family members. There was no rash of such incidents, only the possibility that they could take place.

So police and their families were granted confidentiality. Then the program expanded from one set of government workers to another. Eventually parole officers, retired parking enforcers, DMV desk clerks, county supervisors, social workers, and other categories of employees from 1,800 state agencies were given the special protections too. Meanwhile, the original intent of the shield had become obsolete: The DMV long ago abandoned the practice of giving out personal information about any driver. What was left was not a protection but a perk.

Yes, rank has its privileges, and it’s clear that government workers have a rank above the rest of us. Ordinarily, if one out of every 22 California drivers had a license to drive any way he chose, there would be demands for more police power to protect Californians from the potential carnage. But until the newspaper series, law enforcement officials and legislators had remained mum. The reason, of course, is that the scofflaws are law enforcement officials and legislators.

Here is how brazen they’ve become: A few days after the newspaper investigation caused a buzz in Sacramento, lawmakers voted to expand the driver record protections to even more government employees. An Assembly committee, on a bipartisan 13-to-0 vote, agreed to extend the program to veterinarians, firefighters, and code officers. “I don’t want to say no to the firefighters and veterinarians that are doing these things that need to be protected,” Assemblyman Mike Duvall (R-Yorba Linda) explained.

Exempting themselves from traffic laws in the name of a threat that no longer exists is bad enough, but what government workers do to the rest of us on a daily basis makes ticket dodging look like child’s play. Often under veils of illegal secrecy, public-sector unions and their political allies are systematically looting the public treasury with gold-plated pensions, jeopardizing the finances of state and local governments around the country, removing themselves from legal accountability, and doing it all in the name of humble working men and women just looking for their fair share. Government employees have turned themselves into a coddled class that lives better than its private-sector counterpart, and with more impunity. The public’s servants have become our masters.

Good Enough for Government Work

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GAFFNEY: Send away the Marines?

September 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Send in the Marines!” For many generations, successive U.S. presidents have given those orders, from early in our nation’s history in places like Montezuma’s palaces in Mexico to the Barbary piratesshores of Tripoli, and more recently from the halls of Saddam Hussein in Iraq to the pirate-infested coast of Somalia.

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Gunny G: THIS MARINE DON’T SEMPER FI !!!!!

September 13, 2010 2 comments

Gunny G: THIS MARINE DON’T SEMPER FI !!!!!

To me, Semper Fi is not an abbreviation for Semper Fidelis, and it smacks of the old saying the hippies had back in the ’60s with their “Sorry ‘Bout Dat”–which meant about the same as the original meaning of the WW II Semper Fi.

I understand it’s a hard think to drop once yer indoctrinated, but just not me cup O’ tea!
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Gunny G: THIS MARINE DON’T OOH-RAH !!!!!

September 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Gunny G: THIS MARINE DON’T OOH-RAH !!!!!

I joined the Corps in 1952,  that was way before this oorah thingy got rolling, and I don’t take my cue from no johnny-come-latelys (boots), thank ya.

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“…Fallon had called General Petraeus an “ass-kissing little chicken” for being so willing to serve as the administration’s political frontman on the Iraq surge” (via ~ The GUNNY “G” BLOG & E-MAIL ~)

September 11, 2010 Leave a comment

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In keeping with the naval-officer tradition of emasculating bluntness, Fallon can without remorse cut the nuts off peers and subordinates alike. But it is more the intimation of his ferocity than its exercise that has the greatest effect. And Fallon has recently discovered that his reputation can leave him open to stories that might sound true but are not. Last fall, it was reported in the press that Fallon had called General Petraeus an “ass-kis … Read More

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“…Fallon had called General Petraeus an “ass-kissing little chicken….” for being so willing to serve as the administration’s political frontman on the Iraq surge”

September 11, 2010 2 comments

In keeping with the naval-officer tradition of emasculating bluntness, Fallon can without remorse cut the nuts off peers and subordinates alike. But it is more the intimation of his ferocity than its exercise that has the greatest effect. And Fallon has recently discovered that his reputation can leave him open to stories that might sound true but are not.

Last fall, it was reported in the press that Fallon had called General Petraeus an “ass-kissing little chicken….” for being so willing to serve as the administration’s political frontman on the Iraq surge.

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Gunny G: A Few Good Men ~ The Damn Few… (via ~ The GUNNY “G” BLOG & E-MAIL ~)

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Gunny G: A Few Good Men ~ The Damn Few... Gunny G: A Few Good Men ~ The Damn Few “You can’t handle the truth. 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, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. … Read More

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GUNNY G: That Famous Presidential Marines Quote?

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NOW… ABOUT THAT FAMOUS MARINES PRESIDENTIAL QUOTE! “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.” -Author Unknown

President Ronald Reagan seems to be universally credited with the above quote, and the quote itself is generally shown with Reagan’s name below it. But, was he the originator of that saying?

No, he was not!

He did speak those words in 1985 or whenever alright, but he was not the first one to do so. I, personally, know that the above “quote” was known to Marines long prior to 1983/1985.

In fact, when I heard Reagan use it, I recall that I jokingly remarked to the effect that he would likely then be credited with it. But I never really thought that all reference to the original speaker of those words would be lost. Today, a search of the Internet would seem to indicate Reagan as the original speaker/writer of those words, and it must appear that way on a thousand Marines’ websites that I’ve seen!

Now that the saying has found its way into print together with Reagan’s name, the world believes what it sees is fact, and If the true reference is still out there somewhere, it is in indeed buried.

I am surprised that I can now find so few old-time Marines who remember it before Reagan. Most likely it was first written or voiced by a Marine–but possibly someone else– in a…

Excerpt ~ Continued @ Link…

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THE CULTURE of VIOLENCE in the AMERICAN WEST MYTHS Vs. REALITY ~ By: Thomas J. DiLorenzo

September 10, 2010 4 comments

 

 

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THE CULTURE of VIOLENCE in the AMERICAN WEST
MYTHS Vs. REALITY
By: Thomas J. DiLorenzo

EXCERPT

The Real Cause of Violence in the American West
The real culture of violence in the American West of the latter half of the nineteenth century sprang from the U.S. government’s policies toward the Plains Indians.

It is untrue that white European settlers were always at war with Indians, as popular folklore contends. After all, Indians assisted the Pilgrims and celebrated the first Thanksgiving with them; John Smith married Pocahontas; a white man (mostly Scots, with some Cherokee), John Ross, was the chief of the Cherokees of Tennessee and North Carolina; and there was always a great deal of trade with Indians, as opposed to violence. As Jennifer Roback has written, “Europeans generally acknowledged that the Indians retained possessory rights to their lands.

More important, the English
recognized the advantage of being on friendly terms with the Indians. Trade with the Indians, especially the fur trade, was profitable. War was costly” (1992, 9). Trade and cooperation with the Indians were much more common than conflict and violence
during the first half of the nineteenth century…
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http://www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo195.html
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Gunny G: They’re Making Their Move…

September 7, 2010 1 comment

The Sayonara Marines-Japan 1950s!: She Ain’t Got No YoYo….

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She Ain’t Got No YoYo….

May 22 2000 at 12:56 AM

Dick Gaines

Anybody have the correct name/spelling of the above song?

If so, please let me know.With the correct spelling/name, I can likely find it on a midi– web search for downloading to this site, and/or at least link it here.

Thanx

Dick

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Gunny G: That’s Marine With A Capital “M”!

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R.W. “Dick” Gaines
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That’s MARINE
WITH A CAPITAL “M”!

Lately, notice has been taken of several recent news articles regarding the U.S. Army.
First, there was an article a few months ago indicating that the Army has decided to begin requiring all its Soldiers to be both trained and ready to assume duties as basic riflemen. Then, more recently, there was an announcement that the Army Chief Of Staff would require the capitalization of the word “Soldier.” These two articles have been e-mailed around, and posted to numerous Marine messageboards/forums with lengthy discussions ensuing. Some Marines have even gone so far as to think that “hey, they’re copying us again.” But, everybody seems to have an opinion on these topics, and they freely voice their opinions.
George Clark makes some good points on this, below…

“Dick
The words soldier, sailor and airman denote a person who might be a civilian, or the word could also be generic. There are sailors, sailing profesionally and taking cargo ships to all parts of the globe. A soldier is anyone who could be in any military, or even civilian, force. Airmen could be civilian flyers as well as participating in a flight piloted by others. A Marine, however, denotes a person who is a specialized professional in a specialized job. He is a soldier of the sea. No one else can make that claim. There is no civilian word to describe anyone that is a “marine.” So, its MARINE! this is my description.
george clark”

In regard to the Every Soldier A Rifleman issue, the Marine Corps has always considered all its Marines riflemen, regardless of specialized duties assigned. “Every Marine A Rifleman” has been the emphasis and focus of all Marine training. Nothing new there for the Marine Corps.

And Marines, who consider and claim MARINE as our title, have been capitalizing the word Marine’s first letter M, since, to the best of my recall, the late 1950s, possibly the very early 1960s, when a change was effected to the Marine Corps Personnel Manual (MCPM) requiring this.

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Gunny G: Brevet Rank USMC, etc.

August 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Friday, September 12, 2003

THE BREVET RANK…


Brevet Rank In The Civil War

Brevet rank, usually an honor, was borrowed from the British and introduced into the American army during the Revolutionary War. Over the years Congress, in legislation, specified reasons for granting brevet ranks and gave the senate the right to approve or reject them after they were recommended by the president. Army Regulation, published periodically, stipulated that an officer functioned at this brevet rank on special assignment of the president in commands composed of different corps and when in detachments or on courts-martial composed of different corps. In these instances the officers ordinarily received pay based on their brevet rank.

In early 1861 some recent graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point were named brevet 2nd lieutenants because there were not enough vacancies in the Regular Army to give them commissions as 2nd lieutenants. Many officers held brevet commissions higher than their ordinary rank, usually for gallant actions or meritorious service in combat or to allow them to serve in a staff position.
The Civil War encouraged the granting of hundreds of brevet commissions to both Regular and volunteer army officers and to at least one enlisted man, Pvt. Frederick W. Stowe, who was brevetted a 2nd lieutenant. About 1,700 Union officers held brevet rank as brigadier or major general.

The awarding of Numerous new brevets often created confusion, such as in the case of George Armstrong Custer. In addition to holding rank as major general of volunteers in the the Civil War, Custer was a lieutenant colonel in the Regular Army when in 1876 he was killed at the Little Big Horn, and also held brevet commissions as major general of volunteers and major general in the Regular Army. For a long time after the war, the army had to determine the official of many an officer and the rank he should show on his uniform.

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ON SHEEP, WOLVES, AND SHEEPDOGS BY LTC (RET) DAVE GROSSMAN, RANGER, Ph. D., author of “On Killing.”

July 31, 2010 4 comments

ON SHEEP, WOLVES, AND SHEEPDOGS

 

BY LTC (RET) DAVE GROSSMAN, RANGER, Ph. D.,

 

author of “On Killing.”

 

onsheep.pdf application/pdf Object.

 

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Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.

 


I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers, and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful? For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.

 

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“Then there are the wolves,” the old war veteran said, “and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.” Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial. “Then there are sheepdogs,” he went on, “and I’m a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf.”

 

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