Democrat and Independent Thinker..."The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." -Nietzsche

Commenting on many things, including..."A government more dangerous to our liberty, than is the enemy it claims to protect us from." - Keith Olbermann

Friday, November 10, 2006


I'm just barely getting this in, but I did want to say Happy Birthday and Thank You, U.S. Marine Corp.

I found this post via Wonkette. They probably posted it from a different outlook than I have, which is still a different outlook than the original poster, the evangelical outpost. The poster is apparently a Marine, formerly active duty. It is true that once a Marine, always a Marine.

I'm sure it seemed good fodder for Wonkette, which is a blog I love and am not denigrating here. It seems bizarre to most people that an evangelical and Christian would post something which seems so bloodthirsty. Personally, I think its a strange forum to post it, but I have no problem with the post itself. I don't find it bloodthirsty. I find it realistic.

Like I said in my earlier posts this date, the military is supposed to be trained killers. I am thankful beyond imagining that they are. They are what stands between us and any... and I do mean any... entity that would take away our liberty and democracy. I love peace, therefore, I believe in a powerful military. Anyone who doesn't is simply naive. A powerful military is the most effective method of ensuring peace and prosperity.

If we are to be the Reality Based Community, its important that we face Reality as it really, really is.

Marine Corps Rules for Gun Fighting

1. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.

2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.

3. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.

4. If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough nor using cover correctly.

5. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred.)

6. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a friend with a long gun.

7. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.

8. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running.

9. Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on "pucker factor" than the inherent accuracy of the gun.

10. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.

11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.

12. Have a plan.

13. Have a back-up plan, because the first one won't work.

14. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.

15. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.

16. Don't drop your guard.

17. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees.

18. Watch their hands. Hands kill. In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them.

19. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.

20. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

21. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

22. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.

23. Your number one option for personal security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.

24. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with a "4."

Navy Rules for Gun fighting:

1. Go to Sea

2. Send the Marines

3. Drink Coffee


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