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What Are They Smoking: Apparently, they want Saints and not Soldiers…

 

At ease, smoke ‘em if you got ‘em:  Apparently, they want Saints and not Soldiers…

 

“We urge you to do everything in your capacity to address this issue for our military men and women, including moving forward with the proposal to stop the sale of tobacco aboard all naval bases and ships,” said the letter from Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Sherrod Brown D-Ohio.” Hagel Mulls Banning Smoking in Military  by Richard Sisk, March 31, 2014 Military.com

 

Thus the bell tolls for the myth of the Dogface GI.

Sgt. Rock - A tough master sergeant in World War II, Frank Rock is one of the most popular characters from war comics. Sgt. Rock appears in 570 issues. -ComicVine

Sgt. Rock – A tough master sergeant in World War II, Frank Rock is one of the most popular characters from war comics.
Sgt. Rock appears in 570 issues. -ComicVine.com

 

Thus go “Willie and Joe” from the pages of history.

 

'Joe Needs Rest' William Henry "Bill" Mauldin was a US cartoonist, best known for his World War II cartoons about American soldiers. Born in New Mexico, Mauldin attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and fought as a sergeant in Sicily and other European battlefields. He joined the Army newsletter Stars and Stripes as a cartoonist. here he perfected 'Willie and Joe', the muddy, weary "dogfaces" who portrayed the drabness of the foot soldier's life. Despised by the conservative brass as disrespectful, but loved by the G.I.'s as one of their own, the cartoons won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1945. www.lambiek.net

‘Joe Needs Rest’
William Henry “Bill” Mauldin was a US cartoonist, best known for his World War II cartoons about American soldiers. Born in New Mexico, Mauldin attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and fought as a sergeant in Sicily and other European battlefields. He joined the Army newsletter Stars and Stripes as a cartoonist.
here he perfected ‘Willie and Joe’, the muddy, weary “dogfaces” who portrayed the drabness of the foot soldier’s life. Despised by the conservative brass as disrespectful, but loved by the G.I.’s as one of their own, the cartoons won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1945.
http://www.lambiek.net

 

The new “Saints” will never match the ferocity of We Sinners who were the Dogfaces.  War needs tough Sons of Bitches who care for nothing but each other. We cared for our brothers first.

 

Dec. 23, 1944 - "Battle of the Bulge" - An entire U.S. armored division was retreating from the Germans in the Ardennes forest when a sergeant in a tank destroyer spotted an American digging a foxhole. The GI, PFC Martin, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, looked up and asked, "Are you looking for a safe place?" "Yeah" answered the tanker. "Well, buddy," he drawled, "just pull your vehicle behind me... I'm the 82nd Airborne, and this is as far as the bastards are going."

Dec. 23, 1944 – “Battle of the Bulge” – An entire U.S. armored division was retreating from the Germans in the Ardennes forest when a sergeant in a tank destroyer spotted an American digging a foxhole. The GI, PFC Martin, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, looked up and asked, “Are you looking for a safe place?” “Yeah” answered the tanker. “Well, buddy,” he drawled, “just pull your vehicle behind me…
I’m the 82nd Airborne, and this is as far as the bastards are going.”

 

 

The true face of war is the happy few who count themselves among the Sacred Band of Brothers.  They are lousy sinners every one. They swear too much, drink too much, chase whores too much, and fight too much. Yet, they jealously guard their Chaplains in battle and seek absolution from these men of God for the dark deeds they must do in their country’s name. Now, apparently, they smoke too much., and THAT, is too much for Thankless Politics and the coward politicians that send these far too good men to their deaths.

When they ask what killed these magnificent fighting men who stormed across a thousand and more battlefields, tell them it was good intentions.

Yes, we Spartans all died for the very best intentions of the fancy men in fancy clothes who knew not that every war needs the most audacious sinners to wallow in the mud and grime and gore of their grand schemes and strategies.

Go tell the Spartans we gave our today for their tomorrows….Tomorrows too good for us sinners.

Dover Coffins Source -NPR

Dover Coffins Source -NPR

And not the men of excessive overweening pride. Hubris is too good to humble itself before a greater power. The prideful see themselves as the greater love. Jesus forgave the thief, the prostitute, and even the Roman Centurion because none were too proud to humble themselves before him.

Those who want to know what Christ would think of the corporations that call themselves churches need only read their bible.

Those who want to know what Jesus would think of those nations that have perverted and exploited the central tenets of faith, need only read the Bible.

God is not a nation or a corporation. Yet, Creation, is the Great and Over-riding Copyright and Trademark; and, the Creator owes allegiance to no man, nor nation, nor brand.

*Guest Post by Historian – Poet Harry Shaw, Sgt., USA (RET) 82nd Airborne Division, Grenada

35 Be, while thou livest,

A wealth-blessèd atheling. I wish thee most truly

May gifts never fail thee.

Jewels and treasure. Be kind to my son, thou

Living in joyance! Here each of the nobles

Is true unto other, gentle in spirit,

Loyal to leader. The liegemen are peaceful,

The war-troops ready: well-drunken heroes,

40 Do as I bid ye.” Then she went to the settle.

There was choicest of banquets, wine drank the heroes:

They little know of the sorrow in store for them.

Weird they knew not, destiny cruel,

As to many an earlman early it happened,

When evening had come and Hrothgar had parted

45 Off to his manor, the mighty to slumber.

Warriors unnumbered warded the building

As erst they did often: the ale-settle bared they,

’Twas covered all over with beds and pillows.

A doomed thane is there with them.

Doomed unto death, down to his slumber

50 Bowed then a beer-thane. Their battle-shields placed they,

Bright-shining targets, up by their heads then;

O’er the atheling on ale-bench ’twas easy to see there

Battle-high helmet, burnie of ring-mail,

They were always ready for battle.

And mighty war-spear. ’Twas the wont of that people

55 To constantly keep them equipped for the battle,

At home or marching—in either condition—

At seasons just such as necessity ordered

As best for their ruler; that people was worthy.

-BEOWULF, XIX. BEOWULF RECEIVES FURTHER HONOR

 

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April 2, 2014 at 13:02

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Russians, Amerikans and EU Too; Dulce et Decorum Est; It’s a lie we don’t believe anymore [Artist Brigid Walshe]

Perhaps if we look closer and find the faces we may never make the clouds © Copyright Brigid Walshe 2014

Perhaps if we look closer and find the faces we may never make the clouds © Copyright Brigid Walshe 2014

“Russians, Amerikans and EU Too”

In Amerika, EU too, there’s a growing feeling of hysteria
Conditioned to respond with Jingo Patriotism
In the speeches of the Russian
Mr. Putin said we will protect you
I don’t subscribe to politicians speeches anymore

Dulce et Decorum Est;  It’s a lie we don’t believe anymore
It would be such an ignorant thing to do
If the Russians, Amerikans, EU love their children (humanity) too

How can we save our little children (humanity) from Oppenheimer’s deadly toy
There is no monopoly in common sense
On either side of the political fence
We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Russians, Amerikans, EU love their children (humanity) too

There is no historical precedent
To put the words in the mouth of the Obama
There’s no such thing as a winnable war

In The West, Dulce et Decorum Est;  It’s a lie we don’t believe anymore
Obama, Kerry, Merkel, EU and NATO say we will protect you
I don’t subscribe to this point of view
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Russians, Amerikans, EU love their children (humanity) too

We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
What might save us, me, and you
Is if the Russians, Amerikans, EU love their children (humanity) too

*Adapted, updated from “RUSSIAN” Lyrics by Sting and Poetry of Wilfred Owen, Harry Shaw

© Copyright Brigid Walshe 2014. All Rights Reserved. Brigid Walshe Art, Poetry used with permission(s). Please do not use without direct permission from Brigid Walshe.

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March 17, 2014 at 11:00

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Anthem for Doomed Youth and The Old Lie, Dulce et Decorum Est By Wilfred Owen -Veterans Day 2013

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*Special Introductory Poem By Historian Poet Sgt. Harry Shaw, 82nd Airborne Division, Grenada, (USA-Ret.)

GOD HAVE MERCY ON THE FORLORN SOLDIER

By Sgt. Harry Shaw,

U.S. Army Retired, Bandera, Texas14 Feb., 2013

It is not the soldiers who dream up war.

This is the craft of kings; and generals;

and old men who forget; industry’s barons;

clever men of science; the diplomatic corps.

God have mercy on the forlorn soldier!

The scars he carries, our sins atoned!

The pack he shoulders bites hardest on them who deflect their shame on hearts casehardened.

Somewhere, the great Marshal’s plan the losses of the next war.

Logistics.

Casualties.

Yet, never ask the soldier if he couldafford it.  

 

 

 

Anthem for Doomed Youth

By Wilfred Owen

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons. No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells,
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,—
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.
The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

Dulce et Decorum est

By Wilfred Owen

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.

GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!– An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And floundering like a man in fire or lime.–
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,–
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

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November 11, 2013 at 08:35

An Open Message To Congress On Syria Via Storm Clouds Gathering

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September 5, 2013 at 19:30

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