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Swordless Sailors
Washington Times ^ | 5-22-09 | John McCaslin

Posted on 05/22/2009 3:17:17 PM PDT by engrpat

SWORDLESS SAILORS Graduating midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis are being told in writing to leave at home or in their vehicles all "ceremonial swords" and anything else "that might be considered a weapon or a threat by screeners" for Friday's outdoor commencement ceremonies featuring an address by President Barack Obama.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: 2009commencements; bho44; bhocommencements; bhodod; canoeu; ceremonial; graduation; navy; swords; usna
Seems that Obama is afraid of the officers of the US Navy. Can't believe this.
1 posted on 05/22/2009 3:17:18 PM PDT by engrpat
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To: engrpat

Why don’t they leave Obama at home instead?

(And by “home”, I mean Nairobi.)


2 posted on 05/22/2009 3:19:49 PM PDT by Argus (We've gone downtown to Clown Town, and that's where we'll be living from now on..)
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To: engrpat

IIRC when we graduated and GHWB41 was speaking there was a similar request.

There’s plenty to be upset about with Pres Obama, save your fire for a better target.


3 posted on 05/22/2009 3:19:57 PM PDT by BlueNgold (... Feed the tree!)
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To: engrpat

There was a time when our soldiers and thier commander could trust each other with their lives.....Sigh


4 posted on 05/22/2009 3:21:09 PM PDT by Quickgun
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To: engrpat

I guess it’s hard to speak to men who will end up dying because of your politics and naivite.


5 posted on 05/22/2009 3:22:20 PM PDT by wac3rd (80 Carter/Obama 08)
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To: engrpat

I am so angry! First Obama stands like Bull Connor at the White House steps, barring cute little 5-year-olds from joyfully touring the First Black President’s home, and now he shows his disdain for our brave military by disarming them, leaving them helpless to defend themselves! I used to like Obama, but this is beyond the pale!

What’s next, cruelly tugging on puppy dogs’ tails?


6 posted on 05/22/2009 3:27:35 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("Mr. President, I support you but not your mission. I'm showing my patriotism through dissent.")
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To: engrpat

The pussy is a snatch, not trying to be redundant. He doesn’t trust our young Officers, but he trusts Ammanutjob.


7 posted on 05/22/2009 3:28:02 PM PDT by mortal19440
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To: engrpat
Too stupid for words. These men and women are trained to be warriors, but they can't be trusted with their swords in the presence of their commander in chief???

We're back to military haters in the White House. Sigh.

8 posted on 05/22/2009 3:28:42 PM PDT by colorado tanker ("Lastly, I'd like to apologize for America's disproportionate response to Pearl Harbor . . . ")
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To: engrpat

they’re probably afraid his teleprompters may be damaged and he’d be forced to stand there for 45 minutes trying to complete a sentence.


9 posted on 05/22/2009 3:34:47 PM PDT by XD45
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To: sickoflibs
ping

 

 

 

 

  [snicker]

10 posted on 05/22/2009 3:35:24 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("Mr. President, I support you but not your mission. I'm showing my patriotism through dissent.")
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To: engrpat
Seems that Obama is afraid of the officers of the US Navy. Can't believe this.

Tyrants are usually afraid of their armed forces.

11 posted on 05/22/2009 3:36:22 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Putin warned Obama not to pursue Marxism. Obama has ignored him.)
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To: engrpat
Seems that Obama is afraid of the officers of the US Navy.

Of course he is. He's afraid of men. Look how he's lashing out at VP Cheney, who's fearless, strong, and willing to stand up for what he believes in. That terrifies the Zero, who gets his way with lies and manipulation and sneaky tactics.

12 posted on 05/22/2009 3:39:22 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: VeniVidiVici

Tyrants are usually afraid of everyone.


13 posted on 05/22/2009 3:39:22 PM PDT by c-b 1 (Reporting from behind enemy lines, in occupied AZTLAN.)
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To: engrpat

Rahm had nightmare visions of angry gladiators turning their swords on the Emperor.


14 posted on 05/22/2009 3:40:31 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

We can only imagine what OB is doing to the family dog, and it ain’t pretty.


15 posted on 05/22/2009 3:41:13 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: engrpat

OMG! You can’t be serious. The dipstick is that concerned for his hide? The arrogance of this gasbag is simply gargantuan.

I’d suggest he just keep his sorry butt at the White House, and sulk.

It’s time to take back the country.


16 posted on 05/22/2009 3:50:12 PM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: BlueNgold

I raise the BS Flag. Even if there was a request, you still wore your Swords.


17 posted on 05/22/2009 3:54:04 PM PDT by mortal19440
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To: mortal19440

And out there on the parade field you have 4000 plus rifles..that could be loaded and ready to go.
This would be a good beginning or end for a Clancy novel..the Brigade Cmdr saves the country by slicing the Totus.


18 posted on 05/22/2009 4:08:17 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: engrpat

Many presidents have attended commencements at the US Naval Academy. Is this the first time midshipmen have been denied their swords?


19 posted on 05/22/2009 4:12:03 PM PDT by 3niner (Hoover turned a recession into a depression, FDR turned it into The Great Depression)
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To: engrpat

My Mameluke sword (USMC Officer’s sword) is duller than a butter knife, though it does have a good sharp point.

I wonder how BHO will handle visiting the troops who are armed with less ceremonial weapons?


20 posted on 05/22/2009 4:12:52 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Semper Fi)
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To: engrpat
I guess the ZERO Tolerance policy expands to the military academies.
21 posted on 05/22/2009 4:13:00 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: engrpat

They are warriors! The so-called president has symbolically castrated them.


22 posted on 05/22/2009 4:19:54 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: engrpat
Can't believe this.

Sure you can. Sadly, so can I.

23 posted on 05/22/2009 4:21:19 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
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To: VeniVidiVici

I wonder if the 0ne is also afraid to visit the South. Gotta think he is.


24 posted on 05/22/2009 4:27:32 PM PDT by ArtyFO (I love to smoke cigars when I adjust artillery fire at the moonbat loonery.)
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To: engrpat

No one seems to be saying anything about the Zero’s speech. Was it that meaningless, nothing but the usual cliches, bromides and platitudes? Not even Fox has commented on it.


25 posted on 05/22/2009 4:27:46 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: ConorMacNessa; PatrioticMarineMom; GunnyBob; 2111USMC; USMCWife6869

Your not going to believe this...


26 posted on 05/22/2009 5:41:38 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat
Nothing this administration does surprises me - they are scum and not worthy to polish the boots of our military.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
27 posted on 05/22/2009 5:53:59 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: engrpat; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland "Freak State" PING!

28 posted on 05/22/2009 6:28:31 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Obama: in your guts, you know he's nuts!)
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To: Jeff Chandler

LOL.

I can see why. I bet he feels safe in the Muslim countries though


29 posted on 05/22/2009 6:53:44 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama /Pelosi/Bush Theme : "A dollar borrowed or printed is a dollar earned!")
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To: engrpat

Today was my third USNA graduation/commissioning since 2005. The graduating Midshipmen have never carried swords at graduation during this period (unlike at West Point, where the cadets do wear ceremonial swords to graduation, and they did so when President Bush attended their graduation in 2006).

So, I don’t really understand this memorandum. It is possible that family members might conceivably have wanted to bring their new Ensign’s or 2nd Lt’s sword for a photo op at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, and that this memo might have been thusly directed.

Obama’s speech was insipid.


30 posted on 05/22/2009 7:04:03 PM PDT by paterfamilias
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To: engrpat

I thought only firearms were dangerous?


31 posted on 05/23/2009 7:29:26 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: BlueNgold

Yeah, honestly, I’m not surprised.

But does the president appear every year, or not?


32 posted on 05/23/2009 7:31:36 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: engrpat
I don't quite understand what all this is about. Last year Admiral Mullen gave the address. Here is a picture of three of the graduates on May 23, 2008. I see that they are wearing no swords.

New Navy Ensigns Allan H. Elsberry, Matthew Linsley and Catherine Ortman take the oath of office during the 2008 United States Naval Academy commencement ceremony at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, May 23, 2008, Annapolis, Md. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

33 posted on 05/23/2009 1:17:44 PM PDT by Mila
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To: Mila

I didn’t write the story I just posted it. Possibly someone with more information should notify the author at the Washington Post.


34 posted on 05/23/2009 3:15:17 PM PDT by engrpat (A village in Kenya is missing their idiot...lets send him back)
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To: engrpat

Correction...Washington Times.


35 posted on 05/23/2009 3:15:52 PM PDT by engrpat (A village in Kenya is missing their idiot...lets send him back)
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To: engrpat

For over 233 years, this wasn’t a problem, but all of a sudden it is? I guess he finally read the DHS report about veterans turning into terrorists, huh? I am so glad I no longer wear the uniform of the United States! That’s the first time I’ve ever had to say that!!


36 posted on 05/24/2009 12:38:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ("The unarmed man is not just defenseless - he is also contemptible." Machiavelli)
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To: engrpat

What, would a Navy officer try to jump and stab the Zero with his ceremonial sword, driving it through his chest?

I would do so (if I had the will).


37 posted on 05/24/2009 7:42:05 PM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: c-b 1

Would you be afraid of everyone if you were POTUS?


38 posted on 05/24/2009 7:43:52 PM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: hsalaw

You can’t trust Fox these days.

They’re like the rest of the MSM cabal, controlled by the corporations.


39 posted on 05/24/2009 7:45:54 PM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I guess Zero finally read the DHS report about veterans turning into terrorists, huh? I guess Zero finally read the DHS report about veterans turning into patriots, huh? Zero is the terrorist. Period.
40 posted on 05/24/2009 7:47:42 PM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: colorado tanker

I’m a military lover. Are you?


41 posted on 05/24/2009 7:50:17 PM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Again, I think this is much ado about nothing.

Swords are not even mandatory uniform items anymore (sadly).

There is plenty out there to be upset about with this president - but it seems some people just want to blame everything they don’t like or that sounds a bit funny to them on Obama. There’s something to be said for picking your battles people...


42 posted on 05/26/2009 8:59:49 AM PDT by BlueNgold (... Feed the tree!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Closer to 165 years.


43 posted on 05/26/2009 12:21:40 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

If you mean the Naval Academy, I agree. I was referencing the U.S. Navy itself. Thanks!


44 posted on 05/26/2009 2:35:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ("The unarmed man is not just defenseless - he is also contemptible." Machiavelli)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just a stickler. ;-) After all, it’s the Academy that would feature a venue for guest speakers who might take the swords.


45 posted on 05/26/2009 7:49:23 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: myknowledge
Yep, I'm a big flag waver and interested in all things military.

Also enjoy studying military history. I'm slogging through Churchill's history of WWII right now. Not surprisingly, Winston was right about 99% of what needed to be done, but nevertheless he has fascinating details in his account.

46 posted on 05/29/2009 5:16:20 PM PDT by colorado tanker ("Lastly, I'd like to apologize for America's disproportionate response to Pearl Harbor . . . ")
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To: engrpat

What an insult from the CIC (Coward in Chief).

He used food tasters in France.


47 posted on 06/10/2009 1:40:51 PM PDT by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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To: dervish
He used food tasters in France.

Hey, I'd use food tasters in France. Their personal hygiene and overall cleanliness leaves a lot to be desired.

48 posted on 06/10/2009 1:44:51 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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