June 6

Memorial Day 2019 – We Remember

So, the Veteran’s Memorial Park here in Pensacola – home of The Wall South – decided they would love to have a memorial walkway leading into The Wall, and offered bricks for sale. It’s a splendid place, and a wonderful idea.

We got the email that our nephew John’s brick had been laid last Tuesday, and got out there this past Thursday, my next day off. The new sections are overwhelmed by the concrete leading into The Wall, but it made quick work to find his. And, frankly, it was an unexpected emotional hit when major dad said, “I found him!,” tenderly brushing the last of the fine sand from the brick’s face. The tears. Out of nowhere. Oh, John. Dammit.

Things happen for a reason, I guess.
At the very moment we were rewrapped in that cocoon of grief, trying to capture one decent picture through tears and blazing sunshine, a matter-of-fact voice broke into our sad sniffling, “Do either of you know how to run that damn computer?” I had to shake my head a moment, before I could look up, wiping my cheeks with my fingers and drying them on the tail of my shirt. Here stood a whip thin older gentleman in shorts, a blue polo, sunglasses, and straw chapeau, gesturing at The Wall’s locator computer kiosk, and, obviously, wondering why he hadn’t got an answer out of us.
“THAT computer,” he reiterated to the obviously challenged dolts before him.

“Um…no.” I said. “But it can’t be too hard, if it hasn’t fried from being out here all these years. Let’s see what we can do.” Over we trot.

Man. Was that thing cranky. He was looking for a friend he’d served with in Vietnam…who hadn’t come home. He’d plugged in 50 combinations of names, dates, and still no joy. After a 5 or 6 futile attempts using his suggestions – and with him ready to throw in the towel – I said, “Let’s try to strip this down to bare minimums. First and last name.”

Nothing again.
major dad and the fellow started to walk off, when miraculously there was a flicker, and I yelled, “Hey! He’s from Daleville, AL, right?” Back to the screen he came.

There were a number of “Williams” who had suddenly popped up on the locator matrix. And there was his friend, with his wall section and line. “But he was a captain,” the man mused, as the line said ‘major.’ “I’m sure he was posthumously promoted, which is why your searching for a captain couldn’t find him. These old computers are very literal.”
He kept repeating the entry address, and major dad gently said, “Come on. Let’s go find him.” Off they went.

I stayed at the computer while the two of them went down the walk to the 1972 section of The Wall. major dad helped him find his buddy, spent a moment with him, and then left them to visit.

We were just saying goodbye to John’s brick, when the gentleman came back up the walk. As he passed by, in a voice choked with tears, he said, “Thank you for helping me find him,” continuing straight to his car, shutting the door, and sat, head drooped over the steering wheel.

I looked at major dad, and we gave each other a little hand squeeze.
I guess we were meant to be there.
We miss our John every single day.
We remember Maj Robert John Williams, who never came home.

We remember, and thank them all.

God bless America.

Filed Under: Why Is There a 2d Amendment, Mommy?

Exhibit A.

Filed Under: Science

I am also delighted to be post-menopausal.

Let’s Play “Guess That Party”!

Flint mayor diverted water-crisis money to political PAC, suit says

Since, like:

a) if she was Republican, it’d be in the headline

b) you have to go through 10 paragraphs before being indirectly led to assume she’s a Democrat

c) Flint hasn’t had a Republican mayor since the mid- 70’s from what I can find

UPDATE: Well….huh. Knock me over with a feather.

I Mean Every Word of It

Dear. God. Notre Dame

UPDATE:

Hmmm. Confused croissant salesman looking for the exit?

THREE YEARS of CNN’s Life

…spent spooling up lurid RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA spy fantasies, and what did it get them in return?

Bupkiss.

And probably 4 more years of Trump.

😀

Can’t…Stop…

…DANCIN”!!!

And the Mueller Report Is In

Some folks are…upset.

Cognitive Dissonance

When you hear the WARMING IS APOCALYPTIC AND NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE crowd.

And then you read a little more before you go to bed and stumble on stuff.

Huh.

When Your Sneering Brussels Overlords

…no longer feel the need to manage their contempt for you and revel in it openly, it’s time to leave.

When the thought of your once proud, independent nation brings a snarl to the face of the unelected bureaucrat who holds your identity as British in his hands, it’s time to leave.

When you are nothing but contemptible for wanting the freedom of self-determination restored to you?

GET. OUT.

Brexiteers will have a ‘special place in hell’ declares EU chief Donald Tusk
The EU Council President’s extraordinary speech comes as talks remain deadlocked 51 days before Brexit – with Northern Ireland leaders saying they have “genuinely no idea” what Theresa May’s plan is after meeting her

Brexiteers will have a ‘special place in hell’, EU chief Donald Tusk declared today in an extraordinary, furious speech.

The European Council President lashed out at top Tories as talks remain deadlocked just 51 days before the UK is supposed to leave.

It Had to KILL CBS News

…to put this poll result up.

And if CBS was uncomfortable, heads HAD to have been EXPLODING at CNN with these results.

At the very least, the anguished gnashing of filed fangs had to be music to the ears of God.

The Clever, Edgy, Dressed in White

…Democratic Congresswymmins followed textbook advice from 30 years ago.

#SOTU #BitterSisters

Lemme Repeat Myself

For the record:

I was a 28 year old Marine in 1984.

Never once did I see black face, nor did I expect to, frankly.

My friends and I spent our 20’s shitfaced, not black faced.

#Northam #Racists

As for Homophobic MAGA Attackers in Chicago

…curiouser and curiouser…

?

Oh, I for SURE would have dropped that nasty thing, attack, noose, or no.

Maybe THAT’S what the “bleach” was for.

See: “Schadenfreude”

This is just delicious.

Call it Revenge of the Babies, or whatever makes you feel good. It’s an epic comeuppance.

VURT Da FURK

…does this gibberish even MEAN?!?!

These fresh young Progressive anti-Semites in Congress are just delightful!

At least I can understand the THIS new Congress…PERSON. And well educated, because Israel is EXACTLY like Iran. Ask any gay Israeli man who’s ever been thrown off a roof or hung for simply being gay, for starters.

And don’t EVEN get me started on the baby killing monsters, who are now saying we mis-interpreted the baby killing statements we heard on video, which – also amazingly – were heard by Republican members of Congress, yet NOT A SINGLE DEMOCRAT.

How…curious.

It’s been a GREAT WEEK for the Left/Democrats/Progressives.

Sanctioned Balkanization

Can’t Believe Producers Left It In

The. Burn.

Scorching hot as a Mexican volcano.

The Little Native American Drummer Boy

…Nathan Phillips, is a miserable piece of shit and doesn’t qualify in the spirit of the word “veteran.”

No, he wasn’t a “recon RANGER.”
No, he NEVER deployed, “Vietnam era” or not. (So much for his moaning “When I come home, those times, I got spit on & called a baby killer.” Come HOME? HE. NEVER. LEFT.)


(FOIA response to Don Shipley via Phil Kerpan)
He was a Marine Corps RESERVIST, drilled for 2 years, went active duty for two more…

…and THEN spent some of his time UA/AWOL. Did brig time. (For the uninitiated, that means JAIL.) Acronym decoder: AAHA – Awaiting Higher Authority, CNFT – Confinement

For his distinguished record of “service,” he was discharged as a FUCKING PRIVATE after 4 years. An accomplishment – especially in the reserves – it takes some major screw-ups to pull off.

And now he intimidates 14 year olds.
Who coulda seen THAT coming?

SCOTUS UpHolds Transgender Military Ban

BREAKING: Supreme Court allows transgender military ban to go into effect

(CNN) — The Supreme Court is allowing President Trump’s Transgender Military ban to go into effect.

The Justices did not rule on the merits of the case but will allow the ban to go forward while the lower courts work through it. LGBT activists call the ban cruel and irrational. The policy blocks individuals who have been diagnosed with a condition known as gender dysphoria from serving with limited exceptions. It was first announced by President Trump in July 2017 via twitter.

Good.

The military isn’t a RIGHT. It exists to protect this country, and the person who seeks to join must bring something to the military, not the other way around. There are a million reasons one cannot join: from flat feet to diabetes to epilepsy and so on. Your fervent wish to be something you are not – a purely personal decision vice medical necessity – at lifetime cost and expense to the country you supposedly wish to serve while being relieved of myriad responsibilities normally a requirement of service, does not grant you special status over those who never asked for their disqualifying afflictions. And are forbidden from that same service.

ADDENDUM:

Previous detailed Swilling posts on transgenders in the military are here and here.

Semper Fi, Gunny

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BINGLEY!!!

You arrived on THIS day…um…MANY years ago.

And what a wonderful…um…MANY years it has been since.

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