I don’t pretend to even understand it.
Historical examples include Socrates, who took poison voluntarily; Numerous Samurai, who committed seppuku because they violated The Bushido Code.
It’s not always about suicide, though.
And sadly, the antithetical, so-called ‘honor’ killings…
There are select folks in service to the United States, who have it. Like this example given us by my friend Old NFO.
As compared to a certain Presidential candidate.
By The Book
Phillip Jennings is an investment banker and entrepreneur, former Marine Corps Captain who flew missions in Vietnam and, after leaving the Marine Corps, flew for Air America in Laos. He won the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society short fiction award in 1998. He has a degree in business administration and is the CEO of Mayfair Capital Partners. He is the author of two novels and one non-fiction book.
He authored the following article which appeared in the May 26, 2016 edition of USA Today. It is short and should be required reading for everyone.
Secretary without honor
When I hear people say Clinton emails don’t matter, I remember a young Marine captain who owned up to his career-ruining mistake.
Apologists for Hillary Clinton’s alleged criminal mishandling of classified documents say that it doesn’t matter, that she really did nothing wrong, or nothing significant. But the real question is not so much what she did as how she has responded to being found out.
Once during the mid-1960s when I was on active duty in the Marine Corps, I was the air liaison officer for a battalion of Marines aboard 11 ships in the Mediterranean. As the air officer and a senior captain, I had a rotating responsibility for the nuclear code book, kept in the safe in the operations room of the lead amphibious squadron command ship. I shared that duty with another captain, a squared away young man, liked by all he commanded and the son of a very high-ranking Marine.
On the day our ships were leaving the Mediterranean, we met the new amphibious squadron near Gibraltar and made preparations to transfer security codes and other sensitive material to the incoming Marine battalion. The young captain was on duty and went to the operations office to pick up the code book. He was alone in the office. He removed the code book and placed it on the desk while closing the safe. In a rushed moment, he stepped across the passageway to retrieve something he needed from his quarters. Seconds later, he stepped back into the operations office and found the operations sergeant having just entered, looking down at the code book.
Against all regulations, the code book had been out of the safe and unattended. It mattered not that it was unattended for only seconds, that the ship was 5 miles at sea, or that it was certain no one unauthorized had seen the code. The captain could have explained this to the operations sergeant. He could have told the sergeant that he “would take care of it.” He could have hinted that his high-ranking dad could smooth it over.
But the Marine Corps’ values are honor, courage and commitment. Honor is the bedrock of our character. The young captain could not ask the sergeant to betray his duty to report the infraction, no matter how small. Instead, the captain simply said, “Let’s go see the colonel.”
That captain had wanted to be a Marine officer all of his life. It was the only career he ever wanted. When he reported the incident to the colonel, he knew he was jeopardizing his life’s dream. But he did it.
The results went by the book. The amphibious squadron stood down. Military couriers flew in from NATO. The codes were changed all over Europe. The battalion was a day late in leaving the Mediterranean. The captain, Leonard F. Chapman III, received a letter of reprimand, damaging his career. He stayed in the corps and died in a tragic accident aboard another ship.
I saw some heroic acts in combat in Vietnam, things that made me proud to be an American and a Marine. But that young captain stood for what makes our corps and our country great.
Clinton is the antithesis of that young captain, someone with no honor, little courage and commitment only to her endless ambition. This has nothing to do with gender, party affiliation, ideology or policy. It is a question of character — not just hers, but ours. Electing Clinton would mean abandoning holding people accountable for grievous errors of integrity and responsibility. What we already know about her security infractions should disqualify her for any government position that deals in information critical to mission success, domestic or foreign. But beyond that, her responses to being found out — dismissing its importance, claiming ignorance, blaming others — indict her beyond anything the investigation can reveal. Those elements reveal her character. And the saddest thing is that so many in America seem not to care.
And I cannot understand why people are letting this slide… NONE of the veterans I know are, that’s for sure…
I hold out that someone, somewhere will eventually grok honor…
It does seem as though it is missing from the national character, though…
Rachel Maddow: TV Host Says She’s Reading About Adolf Hitler to Understand Donald Trump’s Candidacy“What is amazing is the Republican Party that picked him,” she told Rolling Stone about Trump. “Over the past year I’ve been reading a lot about what it was like when Hitler first became chancellor.” (FB)
July 15, for the un-Shakespearean…
(this would be TODAY, people!)
Word-on-the-street says (where IS this street, exactly?)
The hacktivist group Anonymous is now calling for nationwide Day of Rage protests on Friday, July 15th. The video below promotes the protests.(WARNING: There is some disturbing and graphic violence in this video):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEWtsSffvQg [About 5 ½ minutes; it isn’t necessary to watch it for purposes of the warning being given].Use this as a list of places NOT to be on Friday the 15th. While the video by Anonymous does specify non-violence and denounces the actions taken against police officers that were not involved in these deaths, with the tagline “Day of Rage” I think it’s safe to expect emotions to be running very high on both sides of the line. No matter how great your empathy might be for those who have unjustly lost their lives, these protests are not safe places to be.These are the locations and times for the protests:Phoenix: 5:00PM (EASTLAKE PARK, 1549 E Jefferson St , Phoenix, AZ 85034)Tucson: 5:00PM (CATALINA PARK, 900 N 4th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705)Little Rock: 6:00PM (OUTSIDE STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr., Little Rock, AR 72201)San Francisco: 4:00PM (CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, 355 Mcallister St, San Francisco, California 94102)Oakland: 4:00PM (FRANK OGAWA PLAZA, 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612)Los Angeles: 4:00PM (LEIMERT PLAZA PARK, 4395 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008)Denver: 5:00PM (CIVIC CENTER PARK, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, Colorado 80204)Washington DC: 7:00PM (OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500)Atlanta: 7:00PM (OLD DECATUR COURTHOUSE, 101 E Court Sq, Decatur, GA 30030)Tampa: 7:00PM (OUTSIDE HILLSBOROUGH COURTHOUSE, 800 E Twiggs St, Tampa, FL)Orlando: 7:00PM (LAKE EOLA PARK, 195 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801)Miami: 7:00PM (GWEN CHERRY PARK, NW 71 St., Miami, Florida, 33147)Chicago: 6:00PM (RICHARD J DALEY CENTER, 50 W Washington St, Chicago, Illinois 60602)Des Moines: 6:00PM (IOWA STATE CAPITOL, 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319)New Orleans: 6:00PM (LAFAYETTE SQUARE, New Orleans, LA 70130)Baltimore: 7:00PM (201 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202)Boston: 7:00PM (MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 01233)Detroit: 7:00PM (Campus Martius Park, Detroit, Michigan 48226)Lansing: 7:00PM (STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, Capitol Avenue at Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933)Ann Arbor: 7:00PM (THE DIAG, Burns Park, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)Minneapolis: 6:00PM (MINNEAPOLIS URBAN LEAGUE, 2100 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411St. Louis: 6:00PM (GATEWAY ARCH, St. Louis 63102)Carson City: 4:00PM (NEVADA STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, 101 N Carson St, Carson City, Nevada 89701)Manhattan, NY: 7:00PM (TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan, NY, 10036)Newark: 7:00PM (NEWARK CITY HALL, 920 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102)Durham: 7:00PM (200 E. Main St. Durham, North Carolina)Columbus: 7:00PM (GOODALE PARK, Columbus, Ohio 43215)Cleveland: 7:00PM (CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 325 Superior Ave E, Cleveland, Ohio 44114)Portland: 4:00PM (PIONEER COURTHOUSE SQUARE, 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97204)Philadelphia: 7:00PM (LOVE PARK, 1599 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102)Pittsburgh: 7:00PM (PITTSBURGH CITY-COUNTY BUILDING, 414 Grant St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219)Nashville: 6:00PM (801 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203 Estes Kefauver Federal Building)Memphis: 6:00PM (Health Sciences Park Memphis, TN)Austin: 6:00PM (TEXAS STATE CAPITOL, Outside South Gate-11th and Congress Ave.)Salt Lake City: 5:00PM (SALT LAKE CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 4600 S Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, Utah 84123)Seattle: 4:00PM (QUEEN ANNE BAPTIST CHURCH, 2011 1st Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109)Milwaukee: 5:00PM (DINEEN PARK, Milwaukee, Wisconsin)And if your home happens to be in or near one of these areas, be aware that your city could be under siege. Make plans to stay safe and hunker down with emergency food and purified water, or to go someplace safer.
Now, I truly hope these events turn into a big ‘so what-who cares’, and no one shows up! But, given the attitude de BLM (as reported ad nauseum) it might be wise to avoid these areas and nearby neighborhoods.
I’m all about the right to protest (a fine American tradition!), but given recent events, the suggestion this is about incitement to riot and not peaceful protest is rather obvious.
And I’m too old and infirmed to be in the middle of a race riot and possible assaults on police.
Yes. That’s exactly what it is.
MURDER as a political act.
Murder is illegal. Murder toward a political end is illegal. Assault with intent to commit murder is illegal. Use of firearms by criminals is illegal. Evading the police after the act is illegal. Hiding perpetrators and evidence is illegal. Hindering prosecution is illegal.
Some folks will focus on the motivation of the perpetrators. Is it a ‘hate crime’? WHY would the bad guys do such a thing?
As far as I’m concerned, when it comes to motivation, I DON’T CARE! Hate crime is code for ‘you are not thinking correctly – report to the reeducation camps‘. I’ll be a truant, thank you. What I think Is MY business! An assault remains an assault. A murder a murder.
Like them or not, The Police are the thin blue line between most communities and anarchy. Sure most homogenous communities would have some crime with or without the police. My white-bread college town doesn’t have too much crime. Under-age drinking; drug use and related offenses. But what about minority communities with a fractured social structure? South Chicago, for example? Where the crime is largely Black-on-Black?
So, where does such criminality to attack police come from? Certainly from police abuse against minorities, real and imagined, as propagandized by certain political movements (communists, anarchists, Black power advocates) – politicians and community organizers meeting with their leaders, and making anti-law enforcement statements(!)
And there we have it. If these ‘reverends’, ‘community organizers*’ and politicians actually stood up for non-violence, peace, and brotherhood. And facts. Perhaps acts such as occurred in Dallas would not have happened.
Facts. That recent shooting where the Black man had a gun. And a violent criminal record. Not unlike that Missouri guy. The tall, athletic guy, with a history of strong-arm-robbery, going for the security guy’s gun.
Do we not think that certain powers won’t utilize Dallas as yet another stepping stone toward abridging the rights of the law-abiding?
Double-secret probation, if you will? Making it MORE illegal?
Our focus should first be on the good thoughts and prayers for the deceased, injured and their families. Second, on bringing the perpetrators to justice.
And third, on stopping crime in fractured neighborhoods. Instead of just letting them fester.
A tall order, I know.
GQ Magazine went all out, producing: “WE SHOULD BAN OLD PEOPLE FROM VOTING”. Writing about “them” as if the older generations are some foreign species, the reasons given by the author included:“The EU referendum result will have less effect on older people”; “Over 65s read the Daily Mail”; “There was no ‘golden age’ of Britain”; and “We take pensioners’ driving licences away… why not their right to vote?”
It’s time for the Government to dissolve the People and elect a new one …
So, no indictment will be recommended by the FBI to the DOJ of presumable candidate (former) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
This is my shocked face.
The FBI Director’s statement regarding ‘no intent’, of course is bogus. Petraeus had no intent. The Espionage statute specifically says intent is not required.
The fix is in.
The Clinton Machine, and their ill-gotten millions, remain in force.
And the only other real choice is a populist demagogue.
Be Afraid, America!
Pay no attention to the federal statute above, or the serial rapist behind the curtain!
All we have left is the Libertarian Party. And they’ll be lucky to get 1.5% of the popular vote!
“Thirty-one states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. “
–Jonathan Rauch, Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000
We did. There are now over 45 Pink Pistols chapters nationwide, and more are starting up every day. We are dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community. We no longer believe it is the right of those who hate and fear gay, lesbian, bi, trans, or polyamorous persons to use us as targets for their rage. Self-defense is our RIGHT.
I’m not gay. And, I’m not Black, or a religious minority, or even a Republican!
But, given recent sad, horrifying events it occurred to me that while I believed all law-abiding people have the right to self-defense, I was only promoting Black and Jewish groups on my blog.
And I’m certain this is the first (and perhaps the last) time I’ve quoted Salon on my blog!
I do know some gay folks. And have worked with some when I was in the work force. Like every other minority (or majority member) I encountered, some were excellent at their jobs, some mediocre, and some downright near unemployable (in my opinion).
But all have a Right of Self Defense.
Let’s promote that, accompanied along with the abolition of so-called gun free zones, and bring the fight back to the terrorist and criminal.
We all owe it to each other.
Even ONE of these heroes making this choice is unacceptable! (Day #11 of 22)
You know me – I don’t broadcast whom I support on the Internet.
“The Australian Secret Ballot is one of our most cherished possessions!” (oft quoted by Guffaw)
BUT, I’m curious regarding all this vitriol and violence against Trump and Trump supporters? I mean, you don’t see it against Bernie or Hillary (or Johnson)?
But, I think I figured it out…
Angela Davis is a radical left-wing communist who was once on the FBI’s most wanted list. Naturally, today she’s a college professor who’s celebrated by the left as a civil rights activist.
Given her violent past, isn’t it a cause for concern when she says ‘We have to do whatever is necessary’ to stop a Donald Trump presidency?More @ The Gateway Pundit
*With the exception of Virginia(?), where the governor recently announced they could vote! AND Illionois – oh wait, that’s dead folks…
Even ONE of these heroes making this choice is unacceptable! (Day #3 of 22)
I’m a tough taskmaster. Especially on myself. I recognize my foibles, and as soon as I do make a mistake I attempt to make amends to those whom I have wronged.
I’m certain not perfect at it.
Progress, not perfection, I’m told.
I just cannot wrap my head around those who not only would attempt to control us, but then take no responsibility for their actions. I don’t understand what must go through the heads of despots and dictators.
Imagine if Stalin or Pol Pot or Hitler (or Woodrow Wilson or FDR) had used their force for good instead of evil?!
Then I see THIS (from Brock Townsend):
Patricia Smith, whose son, Sean, was killed in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya said that Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “ought to be wearing stripes” and “My son is dead because of her” on Monday’s “Varney & Co.” on the Fox Business Network.
Smith said, “My feeling is that she went on TV afterwards, telling everybody that I was the liar, that there’s someone here that is lying, and it wasn’t her, and that I was liar. I want her to apologize to me for calling me a liar on TV, because this is clearly not true. And I want to know why my son was left to die breathing in diesel smoke, which is the most horrible way to die, and she didn’t do anything to stop it. She could have.”
More @ Breitbart