Big Bertha

Big Bertha
Circa 1940, on the streets of Rochester New York, Bertha does her work.
"I don't make hell for nobody. I'm only the instrument of a laughing providence. Sometimes I don't like it myself, but I couldn't help it if I was born smart."

1st Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden.
"From here to Eternity"

Paul Valery

"You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. For your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."

The Wisdom of the Ages

"When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed',"

Mikhail Kalashnikov
"Here lies the bravest soldier I've seen since my mirror got grease on it."

Zapp Brannigan

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

"The Greatest Fighting General of all Time"


I'm in a mean mood today.
For the record, I haven't been back to George Hill Land in over a month now and no tears have been shed.
This isn't even specifically about him - rather the quasi-"warrior culture" that's sprung up among the brainy neo-cons. The culture that the Ogre seems intent on pitching.

Just to be clear:
This is in no way intended to cast aspersions on anyone who was willing to at least show up for some sort of service to the country.
Even if you went to the recruiter and were declared 4F - or got as far as boot camp but got shitcanned for some undiagnosed medical problem, like my cousin - or wet your bed in boot camp even.
Hell, if you registered and lucked into a high number. I'm generous.
If you stepped up and put yourself in harm's way for the greater good, you have my eternal respect and gratitude.
Rather, this is aimed at the Viet Nam era, school deferment folks like our former (Praise God!) Vice President - or Ted (who cares what you think?) Nugent - or Rush (poor, sore, little ass) Limbaugh.
And all the baby neo-cons who are happy to enjoy the benefits of a volunteer military (read: They don't have to go.) and who really support the war effort - except they don't want to pay taxes. You know who you are, Larry, American Warmonger, Billy O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, et all.
In all fairness, Larry does teach military personnel how to shoot for free but - aren't soldiers already able to shoot?
Send them some cookies, Larry - or join up. (Money Where Your Mouth Is" button to the left)

Notice, the Mad Ogre fits into the good group. I told you I was generous.


For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
2 Corinthians 8:12

The willing mind, that's the ticket. Maybe any kind of mind might be more to the point.
I've wandered afield.
These idiots, having been educated solely by pop culture, worship, among others, Patton.
Grandstanding, dead-general channeling, private slapping George is covered ad nauseum so I'm not going to bother.
The cartoon at top is one of the ones that got Bill Mauldin in trouble with the candy ass (I mean of course, Great Man).
This information is all in Patton's Wiki entry except for the imaginary dead generals. But that's common knowledge as well.

No the title quote, by Winston Churchill - a man who has chunks of guys like Cheney in his shit - was referring to the gentleman pictured below - in the middle. He's wearing shorts in the photo just like his Canadian counterpart, one Lt Colonel John G. McQueen.


His name is Robert Tryon Frederick, then a Colonel. The best military leader you've never heard of.
The praise from Churchill came after the very first time Frederick had engaged the enemy in his young life (Thirty-six at the time of the Monte La Defensa operation.
He was still a Colonel. Winston promoted him in his head, I guess.
Google his name if you've never heard of him. I can't be leading ya'all by the hand on this "Military History" stuff. Besides, I get it wrong.
He has got some fruit salad:
Awards
Distinguished Service Cross (2)
Army Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Silver Star
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star (2)
Purple Heart (8)

Old Blood (and other people's) Guts didn't get eight purple hearts - he only got one - and that one makes me wonder.
Paper cut, got the web of his thumb caught in the hammer of his pearl-gripped SAA while shooting at aircraft, what?
Photo to the left: Frederick on Kiska, Quisling Cove, Aug. 15. 1943.
You may have already guessed; this is about the FSSF.
Trained in my home town, Helena, Montana.
Depicted in the film "The Devil's Brigade" (Frederick was played by William Holden (!). Maybe Roddy McDowall was already committed).
Books include "The Devil's Brigade", "The Super-Commandos", "A Perfect Hell" and, I'm sure, others that I haven't heard of.
Anyway, it's March. Frederick would have been 102 ten days ago. My Dad would have been 88 on the 11th.
That's him, next pic.
Staff Sgt. Robert D. Brock. 1921 - 1997
Bronze Star, Purple Heart with two clusters. His last wounding kept him in Army hospitals for 2 1/2 years. It utimately killed him although it took its time - Hepatitis C from God-knows-how-many-transfusions,

I miss you, Pappy.

Aside to Andy; I know... I'm incorrigible.

"There were giants in the earth in those days..."
Genesis 6:4

5 comments:

Andy said...

So.. there's something wrong with incorrigible?

Oliver Hart-Parr said...

To answer with any solid degree of accuracy, I'd have find a definition of "corrigible"?
Maybe it's a USMC zeppelin.

ravenshrike said...

Ahem

http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2009/04/11/ive-run-into-this-moron-before/

I believe the correct terminology for this situation, being as it arose through the medium it did, is pwned.

Larry Correia said...

Plow, for the record, I was deemed medically unsuitable for military service. But you didn't know that before you went off on your latest tirade about me.

I thought you had given up on picking a fight with me. Guess not.

Bob Brock said...

Larry, you 4F fuck.
Just revisiting.
You're still a child, Larry.
A child.

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