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Swordless Sailors (Uh-bama Cowardice Alert)
Washington Times Inside the Beltway ^ | May 21, 2009 | John McCaslin

Posted on 05/25/2009 4:49:52 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople

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. Inside the Beltway has obtained the academy's list of prohibited items for this year's graduation exercises, which, besides ceremonial swords, includes umbrellas. Yes, cell phones and texting are still allowed.

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


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KEYWORDS: bho44; bhocommencements; cowardice; fear; military; obama; swords; usma
Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin used to do the same thing with their military officers.....both dictators were terrified of their military.
1 posted on 05/25/2009 4:49:52 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: MuttTheHoople

What a pathetic, despicable, cowardly POS.

I have never heard something so STUPID in my life.


2 posted on 05/25/2009 4:53:17 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

The penis mightier...


3 posted on 05/25/2009 4:53:43 AM PDT by freebilly
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To: MuttTheHoople

on memorial day no less...i mean could you make this up...


4 posted on 05/25/2009 4:54:17 AM PDT by Irishguy
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To: MuttTheHoople

I must admit, I was taken aback by this when I first saw it a couple days ago. But, since then, I rather believe that 0bama does, in fact, fear the military. In reality, he should be sore afraid of the great silent majority of the populace, the folks about to wake up to his LibTard, Marxist march to Socialism and (hopefully) bring it to a grinding stop.

It’s time to take back the country.


5 posted on 05/25/2009 4:56:15 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

0bama’s plans for this nation are so dark that even our enemies will wince. His fear of the people whom are charged with our protection and whom he willingly puts in harms way should be sufficient evidence to show him unfit to hold office.


6 posted on 05/25/2009 4:58:34 AM PDT by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: freebilly

Never before have I so appreciated the space bar.


7 posted on 05/25/2009 5:00:23 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: MuttTheHoople

Just when I’m recovering from one shocking story about the a$$clown Marxist, I’m confronted with another! More has been done to harm our Republic in the last 6 months than I ever could’ve imagined. More to come no doubt.


8 posted on 05/25/2009 5:04:07 AM PDT by albie
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To: freebilly

I have that T-shirt!


9 posted on 05/25/2009 5:04:12 AM PDT by WellyP
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To: MuttTheHoople

When Clinton the Draft Dodger visited our troops in Bosnia in 1993, the order was given to confiscate bolt carrier groups from all the M-16s, rendering them useless but giving the impression that Ol’ Horndog did not fear his own soldiers.

And now Snowbama is afraid of umbrellas!!? What’s he thinking, that one of those might conceal a poison pill?


10 posted on 05/25/2009 5:04:24 AM PDT by elcid1970
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To: gusopol3

“Never before have I so appreciated the space bar.”

The one in the starwars movie?/sarc


11 posted on 05/25/2009 5:04:54 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Ceremonial swords and umbrellas? Jiminy crickets that is stupid. Does he think someone is going to try and run him through with one of those??


12 posted on 05/25/2009 5:05:49 AM PDT by visualops (portraits.artlife.us or visit my freeper page)
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To: Irishguy

“on memorial day no less...i mean could you make this up...”

Obama knows the lessons of history. He knows that he is attempting to destroy America by destroying the economy. He also knows that not all Americans are stupid enough to buy CNN and the other alphabet propaganda.

As Lyndon Johnson worried the rest of his presidency about a coup against him after pulling off the murder of President Kennedy, Obama knows that there is a growing population that wants to see his head on a stick.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBpHSyuueMU

You can fool some of the people all the time, fool all of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all the people all of the time.


13 posted on 05/25/2009 5:06:59 AM PDT by BILL_C (Those who don't understand the lessons of history will repeat, repeat and repeat.)
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To: Beagle8U

yeah, there’s a lot of freaks around there too


14 posted on 05/25/2009 5:07:46 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: MuttTheHoople
Speaking from a different common law nation:

A common law nation that cannot tolerate its military officers wearing ceremonial swords in the presence of its civilian chief executive is in big trouble.

Common law nations depend upon the concept that the military is subject to civilian control. That necessarily means that military officers, as a matter of military honour, maintain loyalty to the constitutionally constituted civilian authority.

There is a bond of trust between the civilian authority and the military. This order is a breach of that bond.

15 posted on 05/25/2009 5:11:21 AM PDT by Clive
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To: MuttTheHoople

Wouldn’t it be interesting if 100% of the class brought their swords and was denied entrance.

There is a saying.... It is only the tyrant who fears the sword in his guard’s (the miltary’s) hands


16 posted on 05/25/2009 5:14:48 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: elcid1970; MuttTheHoople; All

17 posted on 05/25/2009 5:18:06 AM PDT by Jacksonian Grouch (God has granted us Freedom; we owe Him our courage in return)
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To: MuttTheHoople

I agree . . . he is afraid of a coup.


18 posted on 05/25/2009 5:25:03 AM PDT by Juan Medén
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To: MuttTheHoople

Obama is going Carter one better in his attempt to neuter the US military...and he is going to fail even more convincingly!


19 posted on 05/25/2009 5:29:28 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Sarah Palin...Unleashing the Fury of the Castrated Left!")
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To: elcid1970

I have a cane that is really a single shot .44


20 posted on 05/25/2009 5:30:08 AM PDT by TLEIBY308 (Keep yer powder dry and watch yer top Knot.)
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To: Clive
honour

President Oblowme was conceived, born and raised in circumstances completely antithetical to the entire concept of honor, and went on to be groomed and assisted by people who despise the very notion of honor. A Communist has no use for honor other than as something to be used against the honorable.

Mr. niteowl77

21 posted on 05/25/2009 5:33:26 AM PDT by niteowl77 (You wanted him, and now you have got him. I say, "Good day to you," America.)
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To: elcid1970

Maybe he’s thinking of Soviet defector Georgi Markov: http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Georgi_Markov


22 posted on 05/25/2009 5:34:12 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Palin/Bachman 2012: Conservative Viagra)
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To: Juan Medén

The death blow will come from the Praetorian Guard


23 posted on 05/25/2009 5:37:35 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Crucify ! Crucify ! Crucify him!!)
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To: TLEIBY308
I have a cane that is really a single shot .44.

Me wants one! Got source?

24 posted on 05/25/2009 5:38:32 AM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: MuttTheHoople

On another thread, a poster claimed the same was done when GWB delivered the commencement address a few years back.


25 posted on 05/25/2009 5:39:40 AM PDT by fso301
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To: MuttTheHoople

Did you get the Ron Paul statement in the same article. Long verbage, troubling, but contains some real grasp of what is happening.

I have never been a Ron Paul supporter, but this video on which the long quote in the article was based is worth viewing.

“Is this reality or just a bad dream?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdXh6ASMfpc&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ronpaul.com%2F&feature=player_embedded

“a government out of control, unrestrained by the Constitution, the rule of law, or morality; bickering over petty politics as we collapse into chaos; the philosophy that destroys us is not even defined.”


26 posted on 05/25/2009 5:56:50 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: MuttTheHoople

OH ya and take off those silly uniforms too. I want you there in cut offs and sandles.


27 posted on 05/25/2009 6:03:08 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: MuttTheHoople
Oh Dear! What could Obuma be afraid of???

He should be afraid of the military...They know a traitor when they see one.
28 posted on 05/25/2009 6:10:34 AM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: niteowl77
niteowl77 wrote:
"President Oblowme was conceived, born and raised in circumstances completely antithetical to the entire concept of honor, and went on to be groomed and assisted by people who despise the very notion of honor. A Communist has no use for honor other than as something to be used against the honorable"

Obama may not understand the concept of honour, but properly trained military officers are steeped in the concept. Common Law nations depend on that fact.

Obama comes from a generation and an intellectual sub-culture who were raised to consider military force to be so awful that they never troubled themselves to learn its uses and limitations. Such people who then achieve political power have a tendency to fail to use military force when it is needed or to improperly deploy it when diplomatic remedies will suffice,

Part of learning about the use and limitations of military force is learning about military culture. There is such a thing as military virtue and a wise civilian leader will recognize it and honour it in his officers.

29 posted on 05/25/2009 6:10:37 AM PDT by Clive
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To: BILL_C

Have read a great deal about this incident, and do not believe the Warren Commission got it right.

But, you would have to be a total idiot to believe anything the (the fraud) Dan Rather supports.

To answer your question, Lyndon did not do this. (and I loathed him) Was there a conspiracy, Probably.

Cuban mafia, Possibly.


30 posted on 05/25/2009 6:13:25 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: freebilly

you fergot a space their freebilly. heh, heh


31 posted on 05/25/2009 6:20:36 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: TLEIBY308

I have an umbrella that contains a little flask, and I would want a little brandy handy if I had to go listen to that ivy league socialist punk.


32 posted on 05/25/2009 6:23:08 AM PDT by mathurine
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To: Irishguy

Contrast with the following tale of a sword, trust, respect, and decency among men:

Surrender at Appomattox, 1865

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Meeting at Appomattox

The exchange of messages initated the historic meeting in the home of Wilmer McLean. Arriving at the home first, General Lee sat in a large sitting room on the first floor. General Grant arrived shortly and entered the room alone while his staff respectfully waited on the front lawn. After a short period the staff was summoned to the room. General Horace Porter described the scene:

“We entered, and found General Grant sitting at a marble-topped table in the center of the room, and Lee sitting beside a small oval table near the front window, in the corner opposite to the door by which we entered, and facing General Grant. We walked in softly and ranged ourselves quietly about the sides of the room, very much as people enter a sick-chamber when they expect to find the patient dangerously ill.

The contrast between the two commanders was striking, and could not fail to attract marked attention they sat ten feet apart facing each other. General Grant, then nearly forty-three years of age, was five feet eight inches in height, with shoulders slightly stooped. His hair and full beard were a nut-brown, without a trace of gray in them. He had on a single-breasted blouse, made of dark-blue flannel, unbuttoned in front, and showing a waistcoat underneath. He wore an ordinary pair of top-boots, with his trousers inside, and was without spurs. The boots and portions of his clothes were spattered with mud. He had no sword, and a pair of shoulder-straps was all there was about him to designate his rank. In fact, aside from these, his uniform was that of a private soldier.

Lee, on the other hand, was fully six feet in height, and quite erect for one of his age, for he was Grant’s senior by sixteen years. His hair and full beard were silver-gray, and quite thick, except that the hair had become a little thin in the front. He wore a new uniform of Confederate gray, buttoned up to the throat, and at his side he carried a long sword of exceedingly fine workmanship, the hilt studded with jewels. His top-boots were comparatively new, and seemed to have on them some ornamental stitching of red silk. Like his uniform, they were singularly clean, and but little travel-stained. On the boots were handsome spurs, with large rowels. A felt hat, which in color matched pretty closely that of his uniform, and a pair of long buckskin gauntlets lay beside him on the table.

General Grant began the conversation by saying ‘I met you once before, General Lee, while we were serving in Mexico, when you came over from General Scott’s headquarters to visit Garland’s brigade, to which I then belonged. I have always remembered your appearance, and I think I should have recognized you anywhere.’

‘Yes,’ replied General Lee, ‘I know I met you on that occasion, and I have often thought of it and tried to recollect how you looked, but I have never been able to recall a single feature.’”

The two generals talked a bit more about Mexico and moved on to a discussion of the terms of the surrender when Lee asked Grant to commit the terms to paper:

“’Very well,’ replied General Grant, ‘I will write them out.’ And calling for his manifold order-book, he opened it on the table before him and proceeded to write the terms. The leaves had been so prepared that three impressions of the writing were made. He wrote very rapidly, and did not pause until he had finished the sentence ending with ‘officers appointed by me to receive them.’ Then he looked toward Lee, and his eyes seemed to be resting on the handsome sword that hung at that officer’s side. He said afterward that this set him to thinking that it would be an unnecessary humiliation to require officers to surrender their swords, and a great hardship to deprive them of their personal baggage and horses, and after a short pause he wrote the sentence: ‘This will not embrace the side-arms of the officers, nor their private horses or baggage.’

Grant handed the document to Lee. After reviewing it, Lee informed Grant that the Cavalry men and Artillery men in the Confederate Army owned their horses and asked that they keep them. Grant agreed and Lee wrote a letter formally accepting the surrender. Lee then made his exit:

“At a little before 4 o’clock General Lee shook hands with General Grant, bowed to the other officers, and with Colonel Marshall left the room. One after another we followed, and passed out to the porch. Lee signaled to his orderly to bring up his horse, and while the animal was being bridled the general stood on the lowest step and gazed sadly in the direction of the valley beyond where his army lay - now an army of prisoners. He smote his hands together a number of times in an absent sort of way; seemed not to see the group of Union officers in the yard who rose respectfully at his approach, and appeared unconscious of everything about him. All appreciated the sadness that overwhelmed him, and he had the personal sympathy of every one who beheld him at this supreme moment of trial. The approach of his horse seemed to recall him from his reverie, and he at once mounted. General Grant now stepped down from the porch, and, moving toward him, saluted him by raising his hat. He was followed in this act of courtesy by all our officers present; Lee raised his hat respectfully, and rode off to break the sad news to the brave fellows whom he had so long commanded.”

From “Surrender at Appomattox, 1865,” EyeWitness to History, www.eyewitnesstohistory.com (1997)

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/appomatx.htm


33 posted on 05/25/2009 6:23:44 AM PDT by shoutingandpointing
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To: MuttTheHoople

In line with the Napolitano Doctrine.


34 posted on 05/25/2009 6:34:24 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: MuttTheHoople
I went to a wedding of a friend within the last three years.

The brides mother was a good friend of the Kerrys (yes, the POS from MA).

The groom was in the military and his platoon was coming to the wedding as well as many of his friends from his four year military college.

Teresa H K attended the wedding, but John was told NOT to come.

I know John was told not to come because of his disregard (to say the least) of the military.

I always got the feeling that something might have happened to him if he had attended. Some VERY tough military men in attendance at this wedding.

Note: I have kept this very vague to protect the branch of service and the individuals. It is a true story.

35 posted on 05/25/2009 6:44:47 AM PDT by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth...)
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To: JDoutrider

Home made


36 posted on 05/25/2009 6:55:56 AM PDT by TLEIBY308 (Keep yer powder dry and watch yer top Knot.)
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To: rlmorel

You are sure right about him being a cowardly POS. You will never see him in a crowd shaking hands.


37 posted on 05/25/2009 7:18:54 AM PDT by Piquaboy (Military veteran of 22 years in Navy, Air Force, and Army.)
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To: visualops

Well the obvious answer is Hell Yes. Obambi knows that when he took his oath of office it didn’t mean any more to him than a tick on a mule’s ass. But these guys in the academy - they take their oath real serious. I mean deadly serious. I mean what if one or more of these guys realize - I mean think - obambi is destroying the nation! They have taken an oath to protect and defend the country against all threats external and domestic.


38 posted on 05/25/2009 7:22:20 AM PDT by CoastWatcher
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To: freebilly

It sure is... ;-)


39 posted on 05/25/2009 7:26:46 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

The policy is stupid, but is it new? I’d like to believe it is, rather than reflecting long-standing paranoia on the part of the secret service. W made a ton of appearances to military bases and service academies. Can anyone who knows verify they, specifically those on or entering active duty, were NOT ordered to disarm prior to seeing their Commander-in-Chief? Once we’ve verified that the secret service has indeed raised the standard of protection for their chief charge, then we should demand that high standard be maintained against all historically plausible threats. There has only been one successful physical attack on a President in the past 25 years. Before entering His presence all press must remove their shoes!


40 posted on 05/25/2009 7:49:13 AM PDT by JohnBovenmyer
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To: bert
Pray it does not. The last thing this country can afford is for him to be martyred, while his cult survives, in any way that even delusionally could be linked to the traditional strengths and values of this country. The Praetorian Guard would be easily so linked, even by the saner cultists. His Maenads would rend the country, limb from limb, to make his values absolute and his programs permanent. That cult must be substantially deprogrammed and defused and its leader discredited before any action can be taken against him.
41 posted on 05/25/2009 8:19:30 AM PDT by JohnBovenmyer
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To: bert
Pray it does not. The last thing this country can afford is for him to be martyred, while his cult survives, in any way that even delusionally could be linked to the traditional strengths and values of this country. The Praetorian Guard would be easily so linked, even by the saner cultists. His Maenads would rend the country, limb from limb, to make his values absolute and his programs permanent. That cult must be substantially deprogrammed and defused and its leader discredited before any action can be taken against him.
42 posted on 05/25/2009 8:19:33 AM PDT by JohnBovenmyer
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To: BILL_C
You can fool some of the people all the time...

Obama: proof that you can fool enough of the fools enough of the time to get elected.

43 posted on 05/25/2009 11:01:36 AM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

The sword has come to signify the representation of a badge of honor for officers. Of course a throughly dishonorable lying crypto-marxist demagague like Hussein can’t have reminders of a quality that a POS like him utterly lacks.


44 posted on 05/25/2009 11:45:36 AM PDT by DMZFrank
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To: MuttTheHoople

For CHRIST’S SAKE.


45 posted on 05/25/2009 12:43:37 PM PDT by Levante
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To: Piquaboy

“You are sure right about him (Kerry) being a cowardly POS. You will never see him in a crowd shaking hands.”

Sounds like the Demon of cowardice has him fearing for his life.

Good.

Traitors deserve a lifetime of hell.


46 posted on 05/25/2009 12:52:59 PM PDT by Levante
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To: MuttTheHoople

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

He used food tasters in France.


47 posted on 06/10/2009 1:40:31 PM PDT by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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