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| 12 June 2006
Posted on 06/13/2006 7:22:39 AM PDT by gunnyg
Jun 12, 2006
In the June 7 edition of its newspaper, The Arizona Republic published a repulsive cartoon by Steve Benson that desecrates the U.S. Marine Corps' Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem and defames the USMC as a collection of wanton murderers. The source of Benson's vitriol? The alleged murders of 24 Iraqis at Haditha in November 2005.
Normally I resist the temptation to reprint professional cartoons without first receiving proper permissions, and this time is no different. However, this cartoon truly must be seen to be believed. Simply go to Benson's page here, click on "See previous Benson cartoons," and click "next" until you arrive at slide 3 of 54. Benson depicts the Corps' globe symbol as running with blood while bastardizing the USMC acronym to stand for "United States Massacre Cover-Up."
Perhaps in Benson's twisted mind our Marines are all war criminals fighting an illegal war for oil and intergalactic domination. After all, Steve Benson is known for his oftentimes inflammatory drawings. But publishing this type of cartoon should be beyond the pale even for the mainstream media, not least because this prejudges the Marines involved in this incident, not one of whom has been charged to date in an investigation that is still ongoing.
Unfortunately, I'm no longer capable of uttering "unbelievable" at the sight of such filth because this type of behavior is all too commonplace today. An American media that virtually as a whole couldn't find the stones to publish the Mohammed cartoons -- laughably passing out of so-called respect for religious symbols and "tolerance" -- has little problem poking its stick into the collective eye of the world's finest fighting force.
This is not an issue of a newspaper's right to publish such a cartoon. Certainly it has such right, and I'm sure every Marine would acknowledge the same. But ideas matter. History matters. The Mohammed cartoons were published as part of a debate over whether the free media self-censored out of fear that criticism of a radicalized religious mindset would draw retribution from Muslims -- an assumption immediately validated by the ensuing riots throughout the Muslim world. By contrast, the publication of Benson's cartoon enabled editors at The Arizona Republic to take a cheap shot at the United States Marines while they confidently assumed they'd face no beheadings as a result.
It is some sadistic irony that they defame the very people who are responsible for their freedom to publish such trash.
Find this story at: http://www.townhall.com/blogs/c-log/TrevorBothwell/story/2006/06/12/200930.html
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posted on 06/13/2006 7:22:41 AM PDT
posted on 06/13/2006 7:24:59 AM PDT
posted on 06/13/2006 7:43:45 AM PDT
by Cannoneer No. 4
According to Michael Savage, the Marines who were involved in the alleged atrocities are in hand and leg shackles at the Marine Brig at Camp Pendleton, CA. Is there any truth to that story? Please advsie.
Steve Benson is a nasty piece of goods whose writing indicates a man of mediocre intellect. Born a Mormon he rejected that faith for atheism and what he calls "secular humanism." Calling the Mormon faith a cult, he states that he should have left the church well before he did because it, and its followers, were "boring." He is the little child who enjoys pulling wings off flies, or burning cats for fun. Indeed, his cartoons demonstrate a sadistic bent and are symptomatic of a diseased mind.
posted on 06/13/2006 7:44:18 AM PDT
posted on 06/13/2006 7:48:29 AM PDT
Apparently it is another group of Marines and I am sorry I can't tell you what incident they were involved in, nor can I supply a link.
There you go, link above.
To: Choose Ye This Day
posted on 06/13/2006 7:50:17 AM PDT
by Cannoneer No. 4
Benson is an ass who lost his mind about 15 years ago. He joined the dark side.
posted on 06/13/2006 7:58:05 AM PDT
by Choose Ye This Day
("The man was an animal and he deserved what he got. May he rot in hell" -- Paul Bigley)
I find a number of liberals exhibit a god complex. They want to craft a socialist utopia of their own design.
Elitist. All wise. All powerful. They are unable to humble themselves before God and proclaim that He cannot exist (in their worldview).
posted on 06/13/2006 8:12:32 AM PDT
("Hitler dead in bunker by own hand, war rages on")
To: Choose Ye This Day
Don't insult the Dark Side. Sith, at least, get things done!
And with small government, too!
posted on 06/13/2006 8:14:30 AM PDT
("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
posted on 06/14/2006 6:45:31 AM PDT
MCO 5030 by GyG GyG (Login Dick Gaines) Forum Owner This is the html version of the file http://www.usmc.mil/directiv.nsf/0/758a1a3b0295abcb85256c1600688e56/$FILE/MCO%205030.3B.pdf . Page 1 MCO 5030.3B JA 15 Aug 97 MARINE CORPS ORDER 5030.3B From: Commandant of the Marine Corps To: Distribution List Subj: UNOFFICIAL USE OF THE SEAL, EMBLEM, NAMES OR INITIALS OF THE MARINE CORPS Ref: (a) Title 10, United States Code (NOTAL) (b) SECNAVINST 5030.7 (c) Executive Order No. 10538 of 22 Jun 54 (NOTAL) 1. Purpose. To establish procedures to determine whether to grant permission to use or imitate the seal, emblem, names, or initials of the U.S. Marine Corps in connection with commercial and certain noncommercial activities pursuant to section 7881 of reference (a), and license plates per section 1057 of reference (a). The Secretary of the Navy (SecNav), in reference (b), has provided the policy and has delegated to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) the authority to subdelegate to certain subordinate officers, in writing, the authority to grant permission required by sections 1057 and 7881 of reference (a) for such use or imitation. 2. Cancellation. MCO 5030.3A. 3. Scope. The provisions of this order requiring prior approval of SecNav, CMC, or the designee, apply only to use or imitation of the seal, emblem, names, or initials of the Marine Corps that suggests official approval, endorsement, or authorization in connection with a promotion, goods, services, or commercial activity, and to those noncommercial uses that would tend to subject the Marine Corps to discredit or that would be inimical to the health, safety, welfare, or morale of members of the Marine Corps. 4. Standards a. No Unofficial Use or Imitation of the Marine Corps Seal. Reproduction and use of the Marine Corps seal, as it is described in reference (c), is restricted to materials emanating from Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. Except for the manufacture of official letterhead stationery and related items of official Marine Corps use, reproduction and use of the Marine Corps seal is prohibited. DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT: Approved for Public Release; distribution is unlimited. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS 2 NAVY ANNEX WASHINGTON, DC 20380-1775 Page 2 MCO 5030.3B 15 Aug 97 b. Unofficial Use or Imitation of the Marine Corps Emblem, Names, or Initials. Requests from civilian enterprises to use or imitate the Marine Corps emblem, names, or initials will ordinarily be approved where such use or imitation merely provides a Marine Corps accent or flavor to otherwise fungible goods. Disapproval, however, usually may be expected where such use or imitation reasonably would: (1) imply any official or unofficial connection between the Marine Corps and the user; (2) tend to create the impression that the Marine Corps or the United States is in any way responsible for any financial or legal obligation of the user; (3) give the impression that the Marine Corps selectively benefits the particular manufacturer, commercial entity, or other user, as in displaying the Marine Corps emblem, names, or initials on musical instruments, weapons, or the like, and in using the emblem, names, or initials in connection with advertising, naming, or describing products and services such as insurance, real estate, or financial services; or (4) tend to subject the Marine Corps to discredit or would be inimical to the health, safety, welfare, or morale of members of the Marine Corps, or is otherwise objectionable. c. Acceptable Use of Imitation of the Marine Corps Insignia. No request for permission is required when a use or imitation of the Marine Corps emblem, names, or initials includes prominent display of the disclaimer, "Neither the United States Marine Corps nor any other component of the Department of Defense has approved, endorsed, or authorized this product (or promotion, or service, or activity)," as an integral part of the use or imitation. A "prominent display" is one located on the same page as the first use of the insignia (or in the case of a product or object other than a document, on the same side of the product or object upon which the use first appears), prominent in that use, and printed in letters at least one-half the size and density of the insignia. The Marine Corps reserves the right, however, to review or screen any product or advertisement to ensure the proposed usage upholds the dignity and reputation of the U.S. Marine Corps and to ensure such use does not subject the Marine Corps to discredit or adversely affect the health, safety, welfare, or morale of members of the Marine Corps, or is otherwise objectionable. 2 Page 3 MCO 5030.3B 15 Aug 97 5. Action a. Redelegation of Authority. CMC hereby redelegates, pursuant to the authorization in paragraph 4 of reference (b), authority to grant written permission to use the Marine Corps emblem, names, or initials, including their use on state license plates, to the Director, Administration and Resource Management Division (ARDE). (1) Prior to granting approval for commercial usage of the Marine Corps insignia, CMC (ARDE) shall forward such requests to the Director, Judge Advocate Division (JAR), for comment and concurrence. CMC (JAR) will in turn forward these requests to Counsel for the Commandant (CL) for concurrence or additional comment as appropriate. (2) Written requests for permission to market products displaying Marine Corps insignia in Marine Corps exchanges will be coordinated between Morale, Welfare, and Recreation CMC (MWX) and CMC (ARDE). CMC (ARDE) will send copies of these written approvals or disapprovals to CMC (MWX). b. Procedures for Obtaining Written Permission. Requests for written permission to use or imitate the Marine Corps emblem, names, or initials shall be in writing and shall be directed to CMC (ARDE). The request should, at a minimum, contain the following information: (1) name and address of the requester; (2) a description of the type of activity in which the requester is engaged or proposes to engage; (3) a statement of whether the requester considers the proposed use or imitation to be commercial or noncommercial, and why; (4) a brief description and illustration or sample of the proposed use or imitation, as well as a description of the product or service in connection with which it will be used. This description must provide sufficient detail to enable the Marine Corps to determine whether there is a reasonable tendency to suggest such use or imitation is approved, endorsed, or authorized by the Marine Corps or any other component of the Department of Defense, and to determine whether it may serve to discredit the Marine Corps or be inimical to the health, safety, welfare, and morale of its members, or is otherwise objectionable; and (5) in the case of a noncommercial use or imitation, a copy of the charter, constitution, bylaws, and similar organizational documents of the requester, together with a detailed description of its function or purpose. Insufficiently specific requests will be returned for additional information. 3 Page 4 MCO 5030.3B 15 Aug 97 DISTRIBUTION: PCN 102 070301 00 Copy to: 700110 (55) 7000093/8145005 (2) 7000099, 144/8145001 (1)
posted on 06/14/2006 7:54:41 AM PDT
posted on 06/14/2006 8:43:25 AM PDT
(Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
Steve Benson is an insufferable no-talent hack in a left wing rag. A total jerk.
posted on 06/14/2006 1:45:35 PM PDT
(Looks like all DU got for Fitzmas was a beat-up scooter!)
A lotta goodfolks are still influenced by idiots--we gotta stay hot on their asses for obvious reasons, doncha' think?
posted on 06/14/2006 3:13:16 PM PDT
Yes you are right. Stay on them!
posted on 06/16/2006 1:56:43 PM PDT
(Looks like all DU got for Fitzmas was a beat-up scooter!)
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