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SWORDLESS SAILORS
The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, May 21, 2009 | John McCaslin

Posted on 06/11/2009 8:00:03 PM PDT by Wontsubmit

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.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhocommencements; bhodod; muchadoaboutnothing; muslims; obama; oldnews; repost; sucker; sword; usna
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1 posted on 06/11/2009 8:00:04 PM PDT by Wontsubmit
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To: Wontsubmit

What’s FUBO afraid of .... what a POS coward


2 posted on 06/11/2009 8:01:29 PM PDT by clamper1797 (FUBO ... the Anti-Reagan)
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To: Wontsubmit

He descrates another place.


3 posted on 06/11/2009 8:03:26 PM PDT by sport
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To: Wontsubmit
Inside the Beltway has obtained the academy's list of prohibited items for this year's graduation exercises, which, besides ceremonial swords, includes umbrellas.

That’s a mighty wicked looking umbrella you have there sailor. Don’t point that thing at me!

4 posted on 06/11/2009 8:04:17 PM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: clamper1797

“What’s FUBO afraid of”
A military coup?;)

He’s as safe there as he is in his own bed at night!


5 posted on 06/11/2009 8:06:07 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Wontsubmit
“...includes umbrellas.”

Is 0 suffering from Mary Poppins syndrome?

6 posted on 06/11/2009 8:06:56 PM PDT by 444Flyer (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.--Orwell)
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To: Wontsubmit

Commander in Chief scared of his own troops...

Hardly surprising, is it?


7 posted on 06/11/2009 8:09:47 PM PDT by Wil H (The most destructive act of Muslim terrorism against the US was paying for 0bama's Harvard education)
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To: Wontsubmit

His Oneness has correctly ascertained that the military hates his guts.


8 posted on 06/11/2009 8:10:14 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Wontsubmit

That is INSULTING in so many ways.


9 posted on 06/11/2009 8:10:53 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Wontsubmit

Emasculate. The paranoid ‘messiah’ commands.


10 posted on 06/11/2009 8:11:20 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Frank_2001
He’s as safe there as he is in his own bed at night!

That will change if he tries to disarm us ... especially if he tries to eliminate our nuclear arsenal

11 posted on 06/11/2009 8:12:40 PM PDT by clamper1797 (FUBO ... the Anti-Reagan)
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To: Wontsubmit
Obama and company are saying essentially that, "This body of people, America's finest who have had the discipline to make a success of a four year regimen a the naval academy are not trustworthy of handling their badges of commission."

It obviously clear to me who is not trustworthy.

Also painfully obvious is that our military is being handled like children.

12 posted on 06/11/2009 8:13:15 PM PDT by oyez (To the extent veterans read it as an accusation -- and apology is owed(i.e. not given))
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To: Wontsubmit
This has been posted repeatedly, and every time, it becomes clear in the thread that this is nothing new (i.e., that swords have never been worn at USNA graduations). I even saw one post earlier this evening that mentioned that a magazine (I forget which) had contacted the USNA, who said that the policy was no different this year than it has been in years past (essentially, the list was primarily aimed at visitors to the graduation - parents will often give their USNA grad sons & daughters ceremonial swords in honor of their accomplishment, and the USNA doesn't want a whole bunch of people walking into the building with bulky swords...)
13 posted on 06/11/2009 8:14:13 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: OneWingedShark

I guess that is why he is going to have to build his civilian national security force?

I want to give him the benefit of the doubt and not distrust the graduates but maybe someone else in reach of the umbrellas.


14 posted on 06/11/2009 8:14:19 PM PDT by huldah1776 ( Worthy is the Lamb)
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To: Wontsubmit

It is a true coward who cowers where there is naught to fear.


15 posted on 06/11/2009 8:18:38 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: clamper1797

In honor and respect for MOST of the officers I served with from one side of the Pacific to the other and back may I be permitted to say..
Mr. President....Please...go to HELL
If you lack cab fare for the trip..Acorn will lend you some cash. They recently won life’s lottery.


16 posted on 06/11/2009 8:19:13 PM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: We print the news as it fits our Views)
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To: Wontsubmit

I think it’s obscene that he’s addressing any of the Military Academies, and I’m not surprised that Barry feels threatened around all those scary “Military” types...

One more thing to piss me off tonight...


17 posted on 06/11/2009 8:19:14 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts....)
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To: Wontsubmit

Is he afraid something is going to happen? I don’t even believe they get that much time, if any, learning swordplay anymore.

I suppose as a marxist liberal he will feel safer when everyone else is disarmed and only his elite guard has weapons.

As an aside, can you imagine the enormous bill the secret service agents must be ringing up on antacids for all the stress ulcers they must have developed since January?


18 posted on 06/11/2009 8:21:32 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Wontsubmit
"...besides ceremonial swords, includes umbrellas"

Maybe they're afraid this guy will show up?


19 posted on 06/11/2009 8:22:59 PM PDT by DemforBush (Somebody wake me when sanity has returned to the nation.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
As an aside, can you imagine the enormous bill the secret service agents must be ringing up on antacids for all the stress ulcers they must have developed since January?

I just got back from a trip to Fallon Nev on my bike ... everywhere I stopped along the way the conversation was the same ... how much people despise the impostor in chief

20 posted on 06/11/2009 8:25:24 PM PDT by clamper1797 (FUBO ... the Anti-Reagan)
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To: 444Flyer
“...includes umbrellas.”

But on the bright side he'll never visit Hilo!
21 posted on 06/11/2009 8:28:52 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Government needs a Keelhauling now and then.)
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To: Wontsubmit

They should have told obama to keep his sorry ass off the Naval Acadamy property!


22 posted on 06/11/2009 8:32:10 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Wontsubmit

weapon-less officers reporting to a dick-less CIC


23 posted on 06/11/2009 8:36:17 PM PDT by Rembrandt
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To: Wontsubmit
You've been suckered.

The straight scoop on the Naval Academy graduation… UPDATED

24 posted on 06/11/2009 8:37:00 PM PDT by TigersEye (0bama: "I can see Mecca from the WH portico." --- Google - Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: Wontsubmit

What? Are you afraid of li'l ol' me?

-PJ

25 posted on 06/11/2009 8:39:31 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (This just in... Voting Republican is a Terrorist act!)
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To: Wontsubmit

The Alumni Office had a near phone system meltdown! I can tell you, after contacting the “right people” (very right people) at the Academy, that the Officers, Alumni, active duty sailors and Marine and retired Navy everywhere are VERY, VERY ANGERY!


26 posted on 06/11/2009 8:39:56 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: Wil H

We need a barf bag for the news about the POS.


27 posted on 06/11/2009 8:49:29 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Frank_2001
He’s as safe there as he is in his own bed at night!

That's what Pope John Paul I thought! LOL!

28 posted on 06/11/2009 8:50:25 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: WellyP

When I graduated in 1990 we didn’t wear swords. I think it is common practice for the graduating class to not wear swords. Can’t remember if the officials on the reviewing stand were wearing them or not.


29 posted on 06/11/2009 8:51:56 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: WellyP

Graduation would be an incredible time and place to stage a coup!!! Make for some great Hollywood, too! (not that I care much for Hollywood, but, you get the idea!)


30 posted on 06/11/2009 8:56:16 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: USNBandit
When I graduated in 1990 we didn’t wear swords. I think it is common practice for the graduating class to not wear swords. Can’t remember if the officials on the reviewing stand were wearing them or not.

I went to a military high school and we (at least the officers) did wear swords, even when big shots came to review our parades. We all got called out onto the football field in the middle of the night once becaue Nixon was supposed to make a visit... but it got cancelled after we were all assembled. Perhaps he heard there might be swords present!

31 posted on 06/11/2009 8:56:37 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Political Junkie Too
It helps if your Head of State is not afeared of cold steel


32 posted on 06/11/2009 9:06:46 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (a competent small government conservative is good enough for government work)
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To: Pontiac
“That’s a mighty wicked looking umbrella you have there sailor. Don’t point that thing at me!”

This might be what the SS are leery of.
http://www.real-self-defense.com/umbrella1.html

33 posted on 06/11/2009 9:09:17 PM PDT by Polynikes (Viene una tormenta)
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To: Wil H

Commander in Chief scared of his own troops...

Hardly surprising, is it?

Right, not surprising at all. The HNIC clearly understands that his credibility with the Military is ZIP. Besides it’ll be a lot of real patriots there ARMED, who knows. Ol Slap Chop Vince would be proud.

I think its great that this anti-American imposter is afraid.


34 posted on 06/11/2009 9:12:01 PM PDT by dusttoyou (Remember the Alamo Tea Party - CHENEY-PALIN 2012)
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To: TigersEye
From your link:

A recent report claiming that graduating midshipmen were told not to wear their ceremonial swords has made the rounds on the internet.

SOF has contacted the Naval Acadaney’s Public Affairs Office, which denied the report.

UPDATE:

The Naval Academy’s press office provided additional comments, reprinted below:

Unfortunately, this article is extremely misleading. Midshipmen are not required to have swords as part of their normal uniform issue unless they are Brigade Officers, and then they are issued temporary swords for parades and other ceremonial events.

Officers may add the sword and wear it at ceremonial events such as change of commands, weddings, etc. as designated. They are not, nor have they ever been worn by Midshipmen at graduation.

Many parents give swords to graduates to be worn with their officer uniform after commissioning, but they along with many other items are routinely banned from being carried into the graduation ceremony for obvious security reasons.

I sincerely hope that this explains the issue.


The question I have is this: Were they going to have the full uniforms before this made it's rounds, and has this been ordered before by previous Presidents?
35 posted on 06/11/2009 9:22:59 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: Wontsubmit

I think some sort of so called prophesier has told Obama that he will fall by a blade, or knife, or sword or someone holding scissors the wrong way.

Very recently he has decided to have an outright fear of anything sharp. Banning pocket knives soon, now swords?

All the news pressers now only felt pens can be used.

Canes will be confiscated from any guests in the Whitehouse.

Michelle will have to use an electric razor....

Anybody have a name for a person that fears sharp objects?


36 posted on 06/11/2009 9:26:40 PM PDT by Eye of Unk ("If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." T. Paine)
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2007: no swords

070525-N-0696M-242 ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May 25, 2007) – The United States Naval Academy (USNA), Class of 2007, take the oath of office during their Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony at Navy/Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., May 25, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley (RELEASED)

37 posted on 06/11/2009 9:31:04 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: RandallFlagg
I found the previous info on this thread.

This post addresses your question but I don't know if it is definitive either. From that link...

"Neither was I - but I checked with the Public Affairs office for the Naval Academy, and they informed me that this policy was put into place in response to 9/11."

38 posted on 06/11/2009 9:38:31 PM PDT by TigersEye (0bama: "I can see Mecca from the WH portico." --- Google - Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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Let's try that 2nd link again. #49
39 posted on 06/11/2009 9:40:32 PM PDT by TigersEye (0bama: "I can see Mecca from the WH portico." --- Google - Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: TigersEye

Hmmm.
I wonder if there’s a thread here on FR showing President Bush at a similar ceremony with pics that shows the graduates.


40 posted on 06/11/2009 9:47:05 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: Wontsubmit
Did somebody say umbrellas?


41 posted on 06/11/2009 9:47:10 PM PDT by pulaskibush (Thou shalt tax/steal from Peter to help Paul/Pablo is not in the Bible!)
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To: Wontsubmit

Is he afraid of his own military? What the heck?

Barrak Hussein 0bama is not an American, he is not a patriot, but he is a terrorist-loving, Muslim sack of turds that smell worse than anything ever scene in this country.

I will state that I pray for him every day - BUT only because I know the only hope for this country is God’s hand.

So we have to read captured terrorists, captured on the battlefield, their “Miranda Rights”... but our own cadets in our military can’t wear a complete dress uniform to their own graduation? A tradition going back for the entire history of our country+?

He tries to shove gays down the throats of our military, he sides with his cronies who lie about our men and women in uniform, who lie about our CIA and FBI, and he insists on giving Islamic Terrorists the rights of a US Citizen - though from another country with no such rights, who are caught in the act of carrying out terrorist acts in foreign countries.


42 posted on 06/11/2009 9:48:00 PM PDT by TheBattman (Pray for our country...)
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To: Wontsubmit
Obama, the illegal poseur Commander in Chief is afraid to appear on a stage before his Navy Officers armed with ceremonial swords?

Did he feel safer in Saudi Arabia with all the Palace guards who most certainly were armed to the teeth...

I guess this means that the phony President will never again visit our Troops in the field - who most certainly are armed with weapons far more useful and dangerous than a ceremonial Sword..

The dorky asshole continues to amaze me with the ignorance and embarrassment he brings to the office of President.... That black racist and Marxist clown couldn't amount to more that a pimple on the ass of a real President.

43 posted on 06/11/2009 10:18:34 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: RandallFlagg
I found several pics of Pres. Bush at a Naval Academy graduation but no swords in any of them. I also found a FR thread about 0bama attending this year's Naval Acadamy graduation and there are many pics on it including some of Pres. Bush in 2005.

Caption Obama at the Naval Academy Graduation

44 posted on 06/11/2009 10:24:37 PM PDT by TigersEye (0bama: "I can see Mecca from the WH portico." --- Google - Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: Wontsubmit

“GENTLEMEN! You can’t fight in here! This is the WAR ROOM!”


45 posted on 06/11/2009 10:53:41 PM PDT by Erasmus (Barack Hussein Obama: America's toast!)
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To: Wontsubmit

I find this disgusting on so many levels.


46 posted on 06/11/2009 11:51:19 PM PDT by Gator113 (I live in "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world." Imam Obama told me so.)
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To: oyez

. . .like children; more damning here; ‘by’ children; and the worst kind.


47 posted on 06/12/2009 12:21:38 AM PDT by cricket ('Don't bow for me . . Obama ' (America's 'sorry' President))
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To: beethovenfan
re 'hating his guts'. . .If there were any who did not; they hopefully will now.

Perhaps they could all carry a folded pictures of their swords; and 'unfold them' as they hit the stage. . .and stand for group picture. What a great way to send a message to their Commander-in-Chief; who does not even come close to deserving such honor.

48 posted on 06/12/2009 12:25:36 AM PDT by cricket ('Don't bow for me . . Obama ' (America's 'sorry' President))
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To: Wontsubmit

Ok Wontsubmit,
If an academy grad were to use his or her sword to do in the fraud in chief would they be considered a hero or villain by history?

I know were I seated on a grand jury I’d vote to NOT indict.


49 posted on 06/12/2009 4:03:53 AM PDT by Joe Boucher
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To: Joe Boucher

Anybody who attacks a president of the US is an enemy to the republic. And it’s an attack on our nation whether the president is a Democrat or a Republican, whether we agree with his policies or not. Whatever happened to the idea of a loyal opposition?


50 posted on 06/12/2009 5:03:29 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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