Today’s Interesting Stuff

It’s an old letter, but it bears rereading:

To al-Qa’ida terrorists in Iraq:

I see that you have captured a U.S. Marine, and that you plan to cut off his head if your demands are not met.  Big mistake.  Before you carry out your threat I suggest you read up on Marine Corps history.  The Japanese tried the same thing on Makin Island and in a few other places during World War Two, and came to regret it.  Go ahead and read about what then happened to the mighty Imperial Army on Tarawa, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.  They paid full price for what they did, and you will too.

You look at America and you see a soft target, and to a large extent you are right.  Our country is filled with a lot of spoiled children who drive BMWs, sip decaf lattes and watch ridiculous reality TV shows.  They are for the most part decent, hard working citizens, but they are soft.  When you cut off Nick Berg’s head those people gasped, and you got the media coverage you sought, and then those people went back to their lives.  This time it is different.  We also have a warrior culture in this country, and they are called Marines.  It is a brotherhood forged in the fire of many wars, and the bond between us is stronger than blood.  While it is true that this country has produced nitwits like John Kerry, Michael Moore, Howard Dean and Jane Fonda who can be easily manipulated by your gruesome tactics, we have also produced men like Jason Dunham, Brian Chontosh and Joseph Perez.  If you don’t recognize those names you should.  They are all Marines who distinguished themselves fighting to liberate Iraq, and there will be many more just like them coming for you.

Before the current politically correct climate enveloped our culture one of the recruiting slogans of our band of brothers was “The Marine Corps Builds Men.”  You will soon find out just how true that is.  You, on the other hand, are nothing but a bunch of women.  If you were men you would show your faces, and take us on in a fair fight.  Instead, you are cowards who hide behind masks and decapitate helpless victims.  If you truly represented the interest of the Iraqi people you would not be ambushing those who come to your country to repair your power plants, or sabotage the oil pipelines which fuel the Iraqi economy.  Your agenda is hate, plain and simple.

When you raise that sword over your head I want you to remember one thing.  Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun is not alone as he kneels before you.  Every Marine who has ever worn the uniform is there with him, and when you strike him you are striking all of us.  If you think the Marines were tough on you when they were cleaning out Fallujah a few weeks ago you haven’t seen anything yet.  If you want to know what it feels like to have the Wrath of God called down upon you then go ahead and do it.  We are not Turkish truck drivers, or Pakistani laborers, or independent contractors hoping to find work in your country.  We are the United States Marines, and we will be coming for you.

Our military is the right stuff. If only our leadership (besides Bush and those stalwart few who, like Lieberman and Thompson, put no cowardly qualifications on their patriotism) would accept that and allow them to fight their fight.

If WWII Was An MMPORG

(Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game, ie. fake life for those without real lives)

Be careful reading this, profanity is rather strong. But for those willing to brave the junk, and with a n00b lvl of l33t sp34k, you are in for the read of the day.

You Might Be Too Educated If…

And for that tag line above. No doubt you’ve already pasted it in google and read the answer, but if you haven’t…

Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes
Roughly translated means: “If you can read this, you’re overeducated.”

Call A Kid Smart And Ruin Their Life

Well maybe not that bad, but it certainly does not help their chances.

I’ve written about this recently but I ran across another article on the issue of children who know their smart versus children who are used to having to try to succeed. In considering this issue I find my own reactions to be similar to the child who knows they’re smart. I don’t try very hard. I love to learn, it’s one of the greatest perks of being a geek: I’m expected to learn and know. But when I don’t succeed I become discouraged very quickly, falling prey to thoughts of insufficiency and other sundry terrible things. My rather positive disposition tends to offset this effect for me, but it is still hard to keep playing a game when I’m being beaten. In computer games I’m more likely to find the ‘cheat codes’ and play the game using an invulnerability mode or other enhancement. I tell myself and others that it makes the game more enjoyable to me, which is true, but it is only a surface evidence. I play games with assistance because I become irritated when I try and fail and try and fail, and I don’t try again.

They say the first step towards fixing a problem is recognizing you have one… Well, consider this problem well and truly recognized.

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