John A Lejeune’s Birthday Message to the United States Marine Corps

On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name Marine. In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.

The record of our Corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world’s history. During 90 of the 167 years of its existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the Nation’s foes. From the battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres, and in every corner of the seven seas, that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.

In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our Corps Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term “Marine” has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.

This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the corps. With it we also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our Corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our Nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as “Soldiers of the Sea” since the founding of the Corps.

John Lejeune
Lieutenant General
U.S. Marine Corps

The Five Defends Chris Rock’s 9/11 Jokes: We’re Not the ‘Comedy Police’ | Mediaite

The Five Defends Chris Rock’s 9/11 Jokes: We’re Not the ‘Comedy Police’ | Mediaite.

I’m OK with the way Chris Rock handled this.  His jokes expressed some empathy with the victims, laid bare his own fears, and criticized the trend of commercializing holidays.  I don’t think any topic should be automatically off limits to comedy no matter the context, though some, like terrorist attacks, certainly need to be handled carefully or you’re going to be ridiculously offensive.  I think he handled it well.

I can’t blame people who take a more negative view, though.

The Fox people I think were a bit too lenient, as if comedic intent automatically voids offensiveness.  It doesn’t.  I’ll give a comic a little more leeway- comedy, to be at its best, often has to push against boundaries.  But that doesn’t absolve a comic, it just gives them a little more of a chance to clarify/apologize/otherwise make things right when they step over the line than, say, a journalist might get.

The ISIS comments, though, do point to them maybe having a more nuanced view.  They didn’t get into it much, and i haven’t seen that segment, so I don’t have much thoughts on that.

The Golden Throne imprisons, not sustains, the Emperor of Man

According to the official story, the Emperor of Man in Warhammer 40k was mortally wounded when facing off against Warmaster Horus, and was placed in the Golden Throne to keep him, and the human race, alive. I think there is reason to doubt that story.

What really happened?

Now, a curious fact is that the Ultramarines were largely spared the devastation that faced the other loyalist Legions. They were deployed too far away to marshall much of a response to Horus’ rebellion. Why? Officially, they were just kicking that much ass and moving that fast on the crusade. But, perhaps, someone knew they’d be a problem and ensured their orders took them far, far away. The remaining legions were able to beat back the Chaos armies. Barely, but still, they won. If the Ultramarines were able to join the fight in significant numbers, the Chaos rebellion would likely have never even gotten close to Earth.

Who could have gotten them sent that far away? It had to be one of the Primarchs. Others sending them to the ass end of nowhere would have been immediately suspect and subject to a quick veto. Only the Emperor or the Primarchs could have had the authority to issue such orders.

Suspects? Rogal Dorn is suspect number 1.

My charge is that Rogal Dorn fell to chaos, and was not content to be a servant of Horus- he wanted to rule it all. He knew he could not take Horus on his own, and even if he did, the Emperor would be quick to put him down. So he arranged to send the Ultramarines away and draw Horus to Terra, forcing the Emperor to face him. He likely didn’t know or care who would win the fight, only that the winner would be severely weakened by the effort. Weak enough that Dorn could have finished them off, and with both factions demoralized with the loss of their leader, they’d be ripe for a takeover. And then, secure in his power, he’d be ready with a united force to take on the returning Ultramarines.

Who found the Emperor? Isn’t it convenient that Dorn got there just after the fight ended?

Unfortunately for Rogal Dorn, more Marines came pouring in before he could deliver the death blow. Quickly coming up with a backup plan, he arranged for the Golden Throne to prevent the Emperor from recovering, giving him time to regroup and make another play for power in due time.

Oh… which Primarch was most resistant to the breakup of his legion, and the resultant reduction in his personal power? Rogal Dorn. And when he was forced to, isn’t it perhaps curious that he sent the most fanatically loyal faction of the Imperial Fists off on a crusade as the new Black Templars, keeping the rest of his forces close at hand?

The Golden Throne is said to be malfunctioning. Perhaps that’s because the Emperor is in fact slowly recovering, and the Throne is simply not able to keep up anymore? What will he do when he can once again step off the Throne and lead his people?

Bathroom objections to transgender rights are bullshit

Thinking about the bathroom access objections to transgender rights- the idea that men would suddenly dress as women to access womens bathrooms and commit sexual assault.

One, there’s precious little evidence this happens often. I wouldn’t be shocked if it has, somewhere, but it’s clearly not remotely common.  If it was, I’d expect long lists of incidents to at least occasionally accompany said complaints.  It would be the most obvious piece of supporting evidence ever, but where is it?  No idea.

Two- If a man is such a crappy person that they would impersonate a woman for the purposes of sexual assault of actual women*… Would “You’re not allowed to use this bathroom” really stop them?  Maybe they’d spend a few more minutes on their makeup so they pass more easily, but that’s about it.  You cost them a couple bucks and five minutes of time but don’t actually protect women.  And, oh, you encourage them to work harder on passing, and I really fail to see how making rapists harder to spot could ever possibly help in stopping them**.

If the time and money you cost them is that big a deal, why don’t you, oh, I don’t know, actually prosecute rapists and send them to prison for a decent amount of time?  That actually stands a chance of helping.

Making this argument insincerely makes you a bigot.  Making it sincerely makes you a moron(and probably a bigot too).


*- “Actual women” should be read as inclusive of transwomen.
**- This does sound iffy to me on reading it back, that I’m sort of throwing transwomen under the bus with the hypothetical asshole impersonating a woman, that they should make it easy for others to identify them.  This is not my intent, my intent is to show the fractal wrongness of the bathroom argument by countering it from somewhat different angles, even some that start from a problematic spot.  I hope the surrounding context actually renders this footnote unnecessary, if not, I apologize.

I Am a Writer

This post is an assignment for English Composition I: Achieving Expertise, a writing MOOC at Coursera.

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Fox Panelist fails to apologize.

Fox Panelist Apologizes for Comments About Japanese Internment | Mediaite.

At most, he successfully made the point that profiling doesn’t automatically mean we lose a war.

I’m also wondering how he draws a parallel between what someone looks like, and an ideology. The example is horribly flawed, even if all he was trying to show that profiling isn’t a guaranteed war loss. Well, racism would make it work I suppose.

Not liking the apology. I’d have hoped for some explanation of how he came to select that particular example. If he’s not self aware enough to know where he went wrong, how can anyone trust that he won’t screw up like this again? To be fair, though, he did unambiguously state that the internment was wrong.

NCIS and Computers

Apparently, you can write a virus that can go through the power cord on a laptop- not a power line networking device, but the actual power cord- to infect other systems.  This was actually how it was said to have accessed the NCIS network.

To give them more credit than they deserve, the operating state of an electrical device can generate some current fluctuation in its power cord, and in severe cases, even in other devices on the same circuit. If the circuit is anywhere near competently designed and constructed, this will be a very small fluctuation, but to be fair it would exist.

But to exploit it to the effects seen in tonights episode, the only way this is even in the same multiverse as plausible would require specific targeting of the network being attacked and the vector being used. You’d need to know exactly how your vector performs under varying operating conditions to reliably generate a signal, you’d need to know exactly how the circuit it’s attached to is designed and implemented, you’d need to know how other devices attached to it will affect things- someone plugging in a coffee machine you didn’t expect could throw the whole thing off by changing how the circuit reacts to what you do to it.  An electrician using an extra inch of wire could throw it all off. Microamps of current draw could throw it off.

I really wouldn’t be surprised if this would require such precise control of the currents you induce in the power cord that quantum mechanics makes it more random luck than the virus actually doing anything, unless the virus writer is waiting to hear back on his Nobel Prize in EVERYTHING FOREVER for coming up with a reliable means to predict quantum effects with absolute precision.

This isn’t even getting to the issues of how to jump from one circuit to another, or how the outbreak was restricted to just the NCIS network when it somehow could propogate over power lines without actual power line networking fast enough to take out their entire network in a second or two.



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