Indigo Insights

Monday, March 29, 2004

>^..^< Cat friends! See and listen here.

>^..^< On Saturday, GOC posted a rerun of an essay from two years ago about "inconsistencies". Still good food for thought.

>^..^< Rivrdog thinks he may lose "a few readers" over this post. I can't imagine why, because his essay is lucid and well thought out.

>^..^< Billy Jones has some probing questions for George Bush. There are probing questions for both candidate, but today I didn't see a list for John Kerry.

>^..^< But Hank has a list of real estate tips.

>^..^< Cajun Guy (mostly) reminds us WHO WON.

>^..^< The Trunk Monkey may be hazardous to your underwear!!! Bwahahaha to Gordon.

>^..^< Another blogging musician.

>^..^< If you can get past the dangerous knife fight, Adam, the Un-Reconstructed Medic, is recommending Southern Heritage News and Views. This is new to me, but I'm going to give it a look-see.

>^..^< When the bovine excrement impacts the rotational air impeller machinery™ Trademarking this for Jim On The Sloop.

From Neptunus Lex, via Technicalities, here is an inspiring message from Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division, J.N. Mattis, to his Marines.

Letter to All Hands,

We are going back into the brawl. We will be relieving the magnificent
Soldiers fighting under the 82nd Airborne Division, whose hard won
successes in the Sunni Triangle have opened opportunities for us to
exploit. For the last year, the 82nd Airborne has been operating against
the heart of the enemy's resistance. It's appropriate that we relieve
them: When it's time to move a piano, Marines don't pick up the piano
bench - we move the piano. So this is the right place for Marines in
this fight, where we can carry on the legacy of Chesty Puller in the
Banana Wars in the same sort of complex environment that he knew in his
early years. Shoulder to shoulder with our comrades in the Army, Coalition
Forces and maturing Iraqi Security Forces, we are going to destroy the
enemy with precise firepower while diminishing the conditions that
create adversarial relationships between us and the Iraqi people.
This is going to be hard, dangerous work. It is going to require
patient, persistent presence. Using our individual initiative, courage,
moral judgment and battle skills, we will build on the 82nd Airborne's
victories. Our country is counting on us even as our enemies watch and
calculate, hoping that America does not have warriors strong enough to
withstand discomfort and danger. You, my fine young men, are going to
prove the enemy wrong - dead wrong. You will demonstrate the same
uncompromising spirit that has always caused the enemy to fear America's

The enemy will try to manipulate you into hating all Iraqis. Do not
allow the enemy that victory. With strong discipline, solid faith,
unwavering alertness, and undiminished chivalry to the innocent, we will
carry out this mission. Remember, I have added, "First, do no harm" to
our passwords of "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy." Keep your honor
clean as we gain information about the enemy from the Iraqi people.
Then, armed with that information and working in conjunction with
fledgling Iraqi Security Forces, we will move precisely against the
enemy elements and crush them without harming the innocent.
This is our test-our Guadalcanal, our Chosin Reservoir, our Hue City.
Fight with a happy heart and keep faith in your comrades and your unit.
We must be under no illusions about the nature of the enemy and the
dangers that lie ahead. Stay alert, take it all in stride, remain
sturdy, and share your courage with each other and the world. You are
going to write history, my fine young Sailors and Marines, so write it

Semper Fidelis,
J.N. Mattis
Major General, U. S. Marines


+ Don't put a question mark where God put a period.

+ Forbidden fruits create many jams.

+ God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

+ Peace starts with a smile.

+ God loves everyone, but probably prefers "fruits of the spirit" over
"religious nuts!"