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April 23, 2003
SLEAZEBALLS ON THE WARPATHBy Greyhawk
How low can the left go? How far down the path away from any semblance of humanity? Two recent stories indicate no definitive answer to these questions. From all current indications there may be no limit, no action beyond the pale for these people. It would be easy to dismiss these actions as impulsive reactions driven by a sense of impotent rage over the absolute failure of the anti-everything movement. It would be convenient to excuse this behavior as desperate attempts to gain some justification for a failed ideology, a feeble denial of the pointlessness of existence for someone whose fundamental character flaws have never before been so completely and obviously exposed. But I suspect these recent actions are merely another example of the mindless ignorance that guides the left today. Mindless and ignorant, but none the less dangerous because there's always someone out there willing to be taken in, or simply gullible enough to be seduced by "the big lie."
ITEM 1: I never thought I'd live in a country where this could be an item for legitimate debate.I find myself sickened and repulsed by the actions of Morris County NOW President Mavra Stark. Maybe by the time you read this she(?) will have backtracked away from her statements regarding the murder of Laci Peterson and her unborn child. The idea that this child was not "murdered" is repulsive to any civilized human. The idea that the right to late term abortion on demand must be preserved at all costs is beyond comprehension to anyone but the type of sub-human gutter dwelling slimeball that would say:
"He was wanted and expected, and (Laci Peterson) had a name for him, but if he wasn't born, he wasn't born. It sets a kind of precedent," Stark said, adding that the issue was "just something I've been ruminating on.
And this in a pre-emptive strike. Just something she was ruminating on. Welcome to Marva's Amerika. In Marva's Amerika things like this next item would be accepted as gospel without challenge or comment (ruminating would not be permitted!):
ITEM 2: Most of you will be familiar with the instant controversy surrounding formerly unknown Senator Rick Santorum (R, Pa). Santorum's comments regarding what behaviors in what bedrooms should be protected by the Government of the United States have ignited a firestorm of protest by "gay rights activists." At the forefront of the attacks is former war hero, now anti-American slimeball and Democratic Presidential front runner John Kerry. Kerry, a multi-millionaire by marriage in spite of a ghoul-like appearance, was out of the blocks with incredible speed to rally to the support of America's downtrodden queer community. Of course, he had a lttle help, according to Fox:
Some Republican sources are quietly raising questions about the reporter who first quoted Santorum and who is continuing to report on the conflict it created. Her name is Lara Jakes Jordan. She is married to Jim Jordan, a former DSCC official who now manages Kerry's campaign.
So there you have it. An incredible example of a set-up and ambush, designed to do nothing other then paint Kerry as a hero of the oppressed. Kerry stands for nothing. A fabricated cause to rally around? Nice try, Senator. But before any reasonable discussion can be had regarding this issue the original claims of a biased reporter must be tossed. Of course, this leaves you with nothing. Try and find a worthwhile and real cause, Johnny. Preferably one you didn't fabricate yourself.
How about the murder of a baby. You got a minute for that one, Johnny?
Posted by Greyhawk / April 23, 2003 11:33 AM | Permalink
November 26, 2010
I think anyone who's ever pondered the "comment" option - once only available on blogs and bulletin boards, now ubiquitous on almost any web site - will appreciate this:
The so-called faculty of writing is not so much a faculty of writing as it is a faculty of thinking. When a man says, "I have an idea but I can't express it"; that man hasn't an idea but merely a vague feeling. If a man has a feeling of that kind, and will sit down for a half an hour and persistently try to put into writing what he feels, the probabilities are at least 90 percent that he will either be able to record it, or else realize that he has no idea at all. In either case, he will do himself a benefit.
That's wisdom from the past, captured for posterity at the US Naval Institute, shared via the web on the institute's 137th anniversary.
From their about page:
"The Naval Institute has three core activities," among them, History and Preservation:
The Naval Institute also has recently introduced Americans at War, a living history of Americans at war in their own words and from their own experiences. These 90-second vignettes convey powerful stories of inspiration, pride, and patriotism.
Take a look at the collection, and you'll see it's not limited to accounts from those who served on ships at sea, members of the other branches are well-represented.
I'm fortunate to have met USNI's Mary Ripley, she's responsible for the institute's oral history program (and she's the daughter of the late John Ripley, whose story is told here). She also deserves much credit for their blog. ("We're not the Navy nor any government agency. Blog and comment freely.") We met at a milblog conference - Mary knew (and I would come to realize) that milbloggers are the 21st-century version of exactly what the US Naval Institute is all about. Once that light bulb came on in my head, I mentioned a vague idea for a project to her - milblogs as the 21st century oral history that they are.
"Put that in writing," she said (of course - see first paragraph above!) - and here's part of the result.
Shortly after the first tent was pitched by the American military in Iraq a wire was connected to a computer therein, and the internet was available to a generation of Americans at war - many of whom had grown up online. From that point on, at any given moment, somewhere in Iraq a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine was at a keyboard sharing the events of his or her day with the folks back home. While most would simply fire off an email, others took advantage of the (then) relatively new online blogging platforms to post their thoughts and experiences for the entire world to see. The milblog was born - and from that moment to this stories detailing everything from the most mundane aspects of camp life to intense combat action (often described within hours of the event) have been available on the web...
And et cetera - but since you're reading this on a milblog, you probably knew that. And you know that milblogs aren't just blogs written by troops at war, that many friends, family members, and supporters likewise documented their story of America at war online in near-real time, as those stories developed.
The diversity in membership of that group is broad, the one thing we all have in common is the impulse to make sense of the seemingly senseless, and communicate the tale - for each of us that impulse was strong enough to overcome whatever barriers prevent the vast majority of people from doing the same. Everyone at some point has some vague idea they believe should be shared - we were the people who, from some combination of internal and external urging, found and spent those many half hours persistently trying to write it down.
But where will all that be in another 137 years? Or five or ten, for that matter. That's something I've asked myself since at least 2004 - when I wrote this:
Membership in the ghost battalion has grown in the years since, and an ever growing majority of those abandoned-but-still-standing sites are vanishing. Have you checked out Lt Smash's site lately? How about Sgt Hook's? If you're a long-time milblog reader you know the first widely-read milblog from Operation Iraq Freedom and the first widely-read milblog from Afghanistan are both gone from the web. If you're a relative newcomer to this world you may never even have heard of them - or the dozens upon dozens of others who carried forth the standard they set down.
If you have a vague notion that something should be done about that, (a notion I've heard expressed more than once...) then you and I and the good folks at the US Naval Institute are in agreement. Preserving the history documented by the milbloggers is just one of the goals of the milblog project, the once-vague idea that we're now making real.
And it's a big idea, if I say so myself - too big to explain in one simple blog post, so stand by for more. Likewise, it's too big a task to be accomplished by just one person. So if you're a milblogger (and exactly what is a milblogger? is a topic for much further discussion on its own) I'm asking for your help. All I'll really need is just a little bit (maybe just one or two of those half hours...) of your time, and your willingness to tell the tale.
We've already made history, it's time to save it.
(More to follow...)
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