Teddy Bears, Samuel Adams, Marines, and Hot Lead

Welp, eight dead and 15 or so wounded in New York City, yesterday. Sympathy to the families, and get well soon to the injured.

No doubt there will be votive candles and teddy bears, and then we’ll get back to ignoring this. We, like the Brits, the French, the Spaniards, the Germans, and the Canadians. They are the mark of the ineffectual, the weak, the cowed masses of humanity. We saw that already with the platitudes mouthed by the politicians in NYC yesterday. We shouldn’t be depending on school buses to defend us from suicide truck drivers. Lots better than nothing, though.

They should not be the mark of the Americans. We have chosen to lead the world, and the world is not safe. You do not defeat terrorism with candles and teddy bears, you defeat terrorism with lead injections at high velocity. That is how we built America, by not allowing the undermining of the rule of law, and that is how one maintains it, as well. That doesn’t mean vigilanteism, although an armed citizenry is our best front line defense. It means that we do not deceive ourselves, we look evil square in the eye, we prosecute it, and we put it down like the rabid dog it is.

In a couple of weeks, we will celebrate the men and women, who fired Kaiser Bill and his minions, who put Hitler and Tojo into the ground, and stared down Stalin all around the world. This is not the legacy they had in mind for us. We need to go back to basics, forget the teddy bears and remember what General Stark said, “It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees”, and that is exactly the choice we have.

If we are honest, we know that that we can never stop every fool who is willing to try this on, we can only make sure they don’t try it a second time. Doesn’t really matter if they are in the ground or spending the rest of their worthless lives at Supermax. That is their choice, after all. For truly, now, as then, we face the choice that Samuel Adams laid out for us.

“The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men.”

As I’m writing this, I’m listening to Sky News, who are blathering on about how we can’t kill their ideology. In a sense, they are right, of course. But you know, if you kill enough of the holders of that ideology, the rest kind of lose enthusiasm. One could ask King John III Sobieski about that, Vienna rather solved its Muslim problem for quite a few years after he took it in hand.


In a story from a while back, Scott Johnson of Powerline reminds of what it can take.

Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal published a Notable & Quotable item excerpting a November 13, 2010, speech by then-Lt. Gen. John Kelly to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis, describing a 2008 suicide bombing in Iraq that killed Marines Corporal Jonathan Yale, 22, and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 20. The Journal published the excerpt under the heading “Six seconds to live”and also posted the item online with a link to the complete text of General Kelly’s speech. I want to draw attention to this without further comment for readers disgusted by the deeply disgusting news of the day as something to stay our minds on and be staid:

What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated.

You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: “let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” The two Marines had about five seconds left to live.

It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was halfway through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were—some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live.

For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines’ weapons firing nonstop, the truck’s windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore in to the body of the son-of-a-bitch who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers—American and Iraqi—bedded down in the barracks totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. If they had been aware, they would have known they were safe, because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber. The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live.

The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty—into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight—for you.

That is our legacy, past and present.

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14 Responses to Teddy Bears, Samuel Adams, Marines, and Hot Lead

  1. the unit says:

    Just read an ABC story on all this about Sayfulloshit. Well, before long it will be…remember that headline “SUV Ran Over Kids At School Bus Stop”, this time Home Depot truck did it.

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    • NEO says:

      Yeah, some’ll do that, but I think many will remember this scum in his hospital bed bragging. I think there just might be a change coming. Sky tracks with ABC, from what I hear BBC is worse. Well, it doesn’t really matter does it? Business will get done, one way or another.

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      • the unit says:

        Yeah, Sayfullo said he was carrying out wishes of ISIS. ISIS had called for Halloween attacks. They also said not to harm brown skinned folks. We’ll see who he picked out using the popular bike trail soon, I guess.
        And hot lead. I got a ton of lead left over from forty years of Gulf fishing and diving. Always got my limit. Maybe there’ll be more notches carved on a stock or handle from use of my left overs. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Crossed my mind. Somebody at Ace’s this morning opined that Aloha Snackbar really means ‘Open Fire’. Seems about right to me. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          The way progressives change word meanings, why shouldn’t we? 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Agreed! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          You probably saw those killed in the attack. The woman’s pic at CNN looks like she might’ve been a ginger. Six foreign is visitors.. Some time before this occurred I saw a headline where some countries were advising their citizens not to visit the USA.

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        • NEO says:

          I did, and specifically tried not to dwell on it. The US is basically safe, just not the blue cities, which is where all these people want to go. Then again, if I looked at the gross statistics, I might say the same.

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        • the unit says:

          Yeah and well, I don’t think it was the ISIS inspired terrorists those countries were warning about. Gun owners!? 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Well, illegal ones, likely! 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    Hot lead works for me. We do have to be careful to use the best lethal method.
    http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-zombies/videos/this-chicken-lived-for-two-years-without-a-head

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    • NEO says:

      Yeah, JHP might be better, but doesn’t sound as good in the post! 🙂

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  3. the unit says:

    Man! Talk about a confusing story?
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5041457/Mosque-goer-knew-terrorist-says-did.html

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    • NEO says:

      Ain’t that the truth!

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