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  • Kobe Bryant Charged with 1 count of class 3 sexual assault!!

    07/19/2003 6:54:42 AM PDT · 402 of 446
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to KellyAdmirer
    I had to return the favor since your claim that celebrities don't do jail time gave all of us a laugh. Excluding Claudine might have given the impression that I was picking exclusively on men. Even Leona Helmsley did 21 months and there's still hope for Martha Stewart.
  • What General Reinwald Thinks About Gun Control

    07/18/2003 8:24:35 PM PDT · 25 of 26
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to sickofthehandouts
  • Kobe Bryant Charged with 1 count of class 3 sexual assault!!

    07/18/2003 8:12:18 PM PDT · 368 of 446
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to KellyAdmirer
    Celebrities never do jail time

    That should come as news to Mike Tyson, Jim Brown, Darryl Strawberry, Pete Rose, Stacey Keach, Rick James, Ike Turner, Robert Blake, Sean Penn, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, et al. Even Claudine Longet did 30 days for killing Spider Sabbich.

  • Kobe Bryant Charged with 1 count of class 3 sexual assault!!

    07/18/2003 8:02:29 PM PDT · 367 of 446
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to samuel_adams_us
    Patrick Roy was busted for domestic violence a few years ago, he ended up shoving it down the DA's throat to the point the DA is gone.

    The charges against Roy were dismissed and Jim Peters is still the District Attorney in the 18th Judicial District.


    07/18/2003 9:12:20 AM PDT · 4 of 13
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to Polycarp
    or some other good reason.

    There's the loophole the rads will drive a truck through.

  • GIs want to go home, and they want to go now (muttering angry sargeants)

    07/18/2003 9:04:50 AM PDT · 6 of 31
    We never knew there would be a war when we left home in September last year.

    Then you're one of the dumbest SNCOs on the face of the earth.

  • US' Wolfowitz in Baghdad on unannounced visit

    07/18/2003 5:37:53 AM PDT · 3 of 3
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to JohnHuang2
    Typical Reuters BS. We knew he was there yesterday:

    Wolfowitz arrives in Iraq to assess rebuilding effort, thank troops

  • Catholic man says prayers for soldiers should end

    07/18/2003 5:30:40 AM PDT · 36 of 40
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to Dazedcat
  • Schwarzenegger for president?

    07/17/2003 4:54:04 PM PDT · 44 of 107
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to Houmatt
    Hatch is close friends with Chappaquiddick Kennedy, too. He's got a lot of problems with his brain housing group. The founders were a hell of a lot smarter than Hatch can ever hope to be.
  • A Final Push for the Bedeviled, Beloved Osprey

    07/17/2003 1:29:57 PM PDT · 76 of 99
    Try answering the questions that are posed to you like why didn't that MH-53 that crashed near Sigonella autorotate. You won't because you can't answer the questions posed to you. You've never been able to and you never will be able to. All you can do is post lies and parrot "experts" who have been exposed as frauds and then cry like a little girl to your friendly admin moderator claiming that you're being personally attacked when you get exposed as an illiterate fraud. Yet you find no problem in personally attacking other people. Pot, kettle, black.

    Spend some time on the ramp at New River around an HMM or on the flightdeck of an LHA or LHD and listen to the mechs informally referring to the aft rotor on a CH-46 as a tail rotor. I seriously doubt you've ever spent a single day in uniform, despite your claim, let alone anywhere near any type of aircraft.

  • Catholic man says prayers for soldiers should end

    07/17/2003 1:11:23 PM PDT · 15 of 40
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to yonif
    "So far, no one has been able to tell me that this is a just war. By asking us to pray for soldiers, we are saying we support what they are doing. We hear all this talk about how they are heroes, but we never mention that they are over there killing people."

    You've been told, Joel, you just don't want to listen. I doubt Garcia would understand nuclear fission if was explained to him either. Tis folly to be wise when ignorance is bliss especially when parroting an agenda.

  • Hamblin quits radio show

    07/17/2003 10:30:42 AM PDT · 50 of 54
    From Boyles account Hamblin was pretty tanked up when it occurred. Not that being drunk in public is an excuse for what happened. Had he been sober it probably wouldn't have occurred.
  • Liar in Chief - The Case for ImpeachmenT (John Dean BARF Alert)

    07/17/2003 10:21:43 AM PDT · 5 of 16
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to BillyBonebrake
    Every time John Weasel closes his eyes, this is what he sees.

  • Catholic priest suspended in Germany after heading communion service at Lutheran church

    07/17/2003 10:17:09 AM PDT · 9 of 48
    I believe it's heresy since Hasenhuettl defied the Pope and rejected Church teaching. Based on his statements to Marx I doubt if repentance and obedience are very likely. Dismissal is therefore, in order.
  • Hamblin quits radio show

    07/17/2003 10:07:47 AM PDT · 44 of 54
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to Zavien Doombringer
    Confirm what, the broadcasting from his house or the sexual harassment?

    For the former send Hamblin an email. My former shyster, who is also a CFI, gave Hamblin his check flight in 2001 and has been to his house, knows his wife, etc. They met at a Harley biker bar in Denver on Parker Road called the Piper Inn. For the latter contact Peter Boyles at KHOW radio in Denver who has detailed the story on his radio program. Name of the woman who was harassed was either Karen Trinidad or Susan Witkin. Boyles told the story, he was in attendance at the party, several years ago. Incident occurred prior to Hamblin being syndicated, which is why he is in syndication and broadcasts from his home. The whole thing never went to court as I believe the authorities never got involved. The woman got a settlement from the radio station and Hamblin got the boot. Some in the local black community tried to raise a stink about KOA being racist when he was canned but that quickly died down when details of why he was fired came out.

  • Long Deployments Could Hurt Retention, Military Analysts Say

  • Hamblin quits radio show

    07/17/2003 9:37:19 AM PDT · 27 of 54
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to beaversmom
    He lives in Denver and broadcasts from a studio in his home. Little bit of trivia: Hamblin was let go from KOA because of some sexual harassment he was engaging in at the company Christmas party.
  • A Final Push for the Bedeviled, Beloved Osprey

    07/17/2003 9:12:18 AM PDT · 72 of 99
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to Travis McGee
    Please respond to the questions posed to you in post 61.
  • At least three dead in crash of U.S. military helicopter in eastern Sicily

    07/17/2003 9:10:15 AM PDT · 23 of 24
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to dasboot
    More often than not autorotations are not successful. However, Travis McGee is an Osprey basher who slams the aircraft over the autorotation issue. When pressed for answers he refuses to give them.
  • A Final Push for the Bedeviled, Beloved Osprey

    07/17/2003 9:03:58 AM PDT · 71 of 99
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to Missmyson
    Brow was doing what he was instructed to do

    Incorrect. Brow violated both NATOPS and his training during that flight. I suggest you read the after accident report and the FDR data which proves that Brow screwed up and killed 18 other Marines and himself.

    however, do you have a clue who the December crash pilot was? Why don't you pick on him, or was he your good ole buddy?

    Sure do. Keith M. Sweaney and Michael L. Murphy were the pilots of the mishap aircraft which crashed near New River in December of 2000. If you've paid attention to all the Osprey threads on this forum you'd know that I've repeatedly pointed out that their mistakes in attempting to reset the FCS and not immediately landing when the FCS failed to reset, as they were trained and the NATOPS instructs, were contributing factors to the crash. Sweaney and Murphy were both experienced pilots but they made mistakes that cost them and two other Marines their lives. Ever hear the saying "There are old pilots and there are bold pilots but there are no old, bold pilots"? Are you related in any way to John Brow?

  • A Final Push for the Bedeviled, Beloved Osprey

    07/17/2003 8:44:44 AM PDT · 70 of 99
    Good to see you're paying attention for a change Bobbie. The intent of the question to Travis McGee was to see if he was paying attention and could provide some answers, which he has been unable or unwilling to do. How many flights have you taken in a CH-46 because on the aircraft I've been on I never saw you onboard? Why didn't that MH-53 that crashed near Sigonella yesterday autorotate? You've claimed that all helicopters can successfully autorotate. Once again you've been proven wrong.
  • A Final Push for the Bedeviled, Beloved Osprey

    07/17/2003 8:37:09 AM PDT · 69 of 99
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to marinemomof1
    Quit emoting and try being objective. The photograph, which is in the public domain for anyone to see, proved that you were not being truthful. Nighthawk 71 did not roll 450 feet and end up in a ravine.

    You aren't a general by any chance are you? Otherwise, you must own stock in the program.

    No to both questions. Not affiliated with the program in any way whatsoever. Are you affiliated with or own stock in United Technologies?

    But, let's pretend Maj. Brow did make a mistake - perhaps a horrible error in judgement that caused the April crash. How do you explain the other crashes? I suppose they were Maj. Brow's fault too. He was "The Best of the Best", but not really that good?

    There's no pretending about it. Brow violated NATOPS procedures and caused the deaths of 18 other Marines besides himself. Pilot error was the cause of the Marana crash and that's a fact. Brow was a former KC-130 pilot, not a rotorhead and had limited experience in rotary winged aircraft, desribing him as the best of the best is simply not true. The actions of the aircrew in the New River crash contributed to the accident. Other Ospreys experienced hydraulic failures and safely landed. Sweaney and Murphy violated NATOPS and continued to fly an aircraft they were trained to immediately land if the FCS did not reset. One of them continued to press the FCS reset inducing further anomalies to the FCS. The crash at Quantico in 1992 was due to a design flaw which resulted in an engine fire. However, there is a high probability that the aircrew exceeded airspeed limits on the flight from Florida which may have accelerated the pooling of flammable materials in the intake. The Delaware crash was caused by a miswired gyro.

    In another article I hold in my hand, it discusses the very topic of safety and potential cover up.

    Once again I ask you to provide me the documented source of that report.

    Yet it had required 600 repairs while the Marines had repair for every 15 minutes it was flying."

    Helicopters require ~16 hours of maintenance for every hour of flight. I suggest you look at the VIDS MAF board in any helicopter squadron production control office as well as the repair history of any military helicopter. That number of repairs is not unusual particularly for the aircraft in question. EMD and LRIP aircraft traditionally require a number of repairs, most of which are minor.

    I think the words spoken by a Commanding Officer to a Marine mom I know sums it all up perfectly..."The MV-22 Osprey is a black mark on the history of the Marine Corps."

    Please provide us with the name of that officer.

    Put your life where your mouth is.

    I'd glady fly aboard an Osprey before I'd fly on a CH-46.

    It has been my belief that a Marine watches out for his Brothers, he does not lead them to slaughter.

    The actions of John Brow killed your son. If you had read the data from the FDR and the after accident report you'd know that. It wouldn't mave mattered what rotary winged aircraft was being flown that night. If Brow had flown any of them in the same manner as he did the Osprey your son and 18 other Marines would still be dead. That's an indisputable fact.

    I did not say it exploded...

    I didn't say you did.

    You don't watch your Brothers burn to death, look death in the eye yourself, , and not have it affect you.

    I've helped clean up the crashes of four EA-6Bs with the loss of 11 pilots/ecmos including pulling charred body parts out of trees and swamps. I've seen the effects of a pilot who executed a command ejection while inverted and sent three aviators downward into a pine tree forest. I've seen the decapitated head of an ecmo still strapped into its flight helmet at ALF Coupeville on Whidbey Island. I witnessed a Marine recruit kill himself at the pistol range at Edson Range, Camp Pendleton. I witnessed a Marine recruit drown in the pool at MCRD San Diego. I saw a drunk Marine and a drunk sailor get hit by a train while fighting on the railroad tracks outside MCAS Iwakuni in Japan. So save me the holier than thou sanctimony lady because you haven't seen anything that I haven't.

  • New rules for taking communion issued

    07/17/2003 7:25:37 AM PDT · 15 of 283
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to tridentine
    I'd be sure to genuflect before receive Communion at Kenneallys' parish. The parishoners at St. Gertrudes' need to keep an eye on that guy to make sure he's following the rubrics. I would venture a guess that he doesn't.

    New rules for taking communion issued
    July 17, 2003

    BY CATHLEEN FALSANI Religion Reporter

    While the changes might seem minor, the first revisions the Vatican has made to the mass since 1975 will affect every Roman Catholic who walks forward for communion.

    Before they take the bread and wine, they'll have to bow, as a sign of reverence for the Eucharist, the bread and wine Roman Catholics believe becomes the actual body and blood of Christ during the mass.

    Catholics also must be quieter during the mass, sitting meditatively in silence before it begins, after the homily, and after they receive communion instead of chatting with neighbors, or whispering to the kids.

    In a letter sent to every priest and deacon in the Chicago archdiocese, Cardinal Francis George asked that the revisions to The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, the guide for how mass should be celebrated by every Roman Catholic in the world, be in place in parishes throughout Cook and Lake counties by Nov. 30, the first Sunday in Advent, said Todd Williamson, director of the Office for Divine Worship.

    The dioceses of Joliet and Gary, Ind., already have instituted the revisions, spokesmen said.

    The Vatican revisions to the Roman Missal were passed in 2000, but were written in Latin. Their English translation and special "adaptations" requested by the American bishops were not approved until last November, said Monsignor Anthony Sherman, associate director for the Secretariat for the Liturgy at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    The idea of the revisions, however minor, is to make sure every Roman Catholic is celebrating mass, the central event in their faith, the same way.

    "This is the most important thing we do all week long," Williamson said. "This is a great opportunity for parishes to renew their understanding and their appreciation of the Eucharist."

    Some critics wonder why church leaders are focusing their energy on liturgical tinkering instead of working to restore the trust of Catholics disillusioned by the worst clergy sex abuse scandal in the history of the American church.

    After recently listening to a liturgy expert from the U.S. bishops brief a group of Chicago priests about the importance of bowing before receiving the communion wafer, the Rev. William Kenneally, pastor of St. Gertrude parish on the far North Side, was so perturbed he preached a homily about it.

    "If I was an actor and some director was insisting that my head should be turned this way, and I was missing my lines, I would just be thinking, 'Don't you understand what's important any more?' " Kenneally said.

    The liturgy expert told the priests that "people don't respect the Eucharist like they used to," and "we should get people doing the same thing externally and this leads to internal unity," Kenneally recalled.

    "I don't know what they're doing, if they're not watching people or what. People love the Eucharist. If they're trying to fix something, they should fix it by making sure there's always Eucharist for people, and that's about ordination," Kenneally said. "They're putting in a fix, like what they did in the scandals. They did a fix, and that's not fixing."

    The Rev. Anthony Brankin, pastor of St. Thomas More parish on the Southwest Side where the Latin mass is still said at noon on Sunday, welcomes the revisions.

    "There are no bigger fish to fry," Brankin said of the importance of the mass. "If we do that right, then it's an indication that maybe everything will at least follow in some sense. If the act of worship . . . is out of control, is it not possible that everything else could be out of control?"

  • Court to Rule on Diocese 'Shell Game'

    07/17/2003 7:04:22 AM PDT · 9 of 10
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to presidio9
    God Bless Barbara Samide for fighting these pukes.
  • Kennedy dead wrong on U.N. peacekeeping

    07/17/2003 6:49:23 AM PDT · 6 of 15
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to presidio9
    Teddy got all his military knowledge while serving in Paris at Shape Headquarters during the Korean War (Poppa Joe pulled some strings to keep him from being sent to a combat zone) after the swimmer got himself expelled from Harvard for cheating.
  • Board Had Right to Fire Teacher Who Advocated Sex With Boys

    07/17/2003 6:31:07 AM PDT · 19 of 51
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to Behind Liberal Lines

    A close-up of Peter Melzer contemplating his fate after he was suspended as a teacher at Bronx High School for Science due to his being exposed on WNBC-TV as a NAMBLA member and for exposing sex with young boys.

    Additional NAMBLA members here.

  • Pilot Crashes Russian MiG-15 At Little Rock National Airport

    07/17/2003 6:07:20 AM PDT · 6 of 6
  • Gen.: G.I.s who rip leaders will pay

    07/17/2003 5:48:51 AM PDT · 62 of 111
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to Cacophonous
    These loud mouthed pukes can be charged under articles 94 and 134. Time to make examples out of these arrogant nonhackers. Reduce them all to privates and have the sergeant major rip off their chevrons in front of a formation of the entire 3rd ID. Then give them a BCD and turn them loose in Iraq and let them figure out how to get home.
  • Gen.: G.I.s who rip leaders will pay

    07/17/2003 5:40:59 AM PDT · 60 of 111
    Akbar is a raghead soldier not a Marine.
  • Guardian angels caught on film?

    07/16/2003 6:47:05 PM PDT · 4 of 17
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to Colofornian
  • "...and Frankly We Like It This Way." (Michael Rose)

    07/16/2003 6:28:49 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    Read USC Title 17 Chapter 1 Section 107

    "...and Frankly We Like It This Way."

    by Michael S. Rose


    July 15, 2003

    A FEW MONTHS AGO the Jesuit-run America magazine ran a smartly-designed full-page ad headlined with a pithy statement in large bold typeface: "Small is Good."

    The ad was for the American College of Louvain (ACL), the seminary in Belgium run directly by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the oldest national seminary for Americans, founded in 1857. "When it comes to business, bigger is usually better," the ad states. "When it comes to Church, does the same principle apply?" Heavens no, the ad claims, and ACL happens to be living proof-or so it claims: "For almost ten years, our seminary has been a small one…and frankly we like it this way" (ellipses in original).

    Just how small is ACL? The ad doesn't say. You'd think that if the institution is so smugly proud of its smallness - "...and frankly we like it this way" - it'd want to brag about just how small it is. But no, the ad leaves it to the reader's imagination.

    Well then, how big is a "big" seminary, one wonders? (If "small is good" does that imply that "big is bad?") Would a big seminary have, say, five hundred students? Being conservative, let's say that a big seminary-a place like the highly successful Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland-has 200 or so seminarians.

    Taking that as a modest measure, then a "small" seminary would have how many students? Forty or maybe fifty? I should think most reasonable people would agree that a seminary enrolling about fifty students could be considered "small," without resorting to exaggeration of any kind.

    Yet, according to ACL's website (, as listed in the ad), the seminary enrolled only five, yes five, theology seminarians for the academic year 2002-03, down from seven theology seminarians the previous year, and down from 14 in the 1999-2000 academic year. That means that the incredible shrinking seminary is only one-tenth the size of even a "small" seminary. That might qualify as "tiny," "miniscule," "dwarfish," "atomic," "wee," "infinitesimal," or "undersized." But "small" would be quite a stretch. More accurate might be "stunted," "scraggy," "Lilliputian," "elfin," "puny," "truncated," "pint-sized," "vestigial," "snub," or "shriveled." Most accurate might be "inappreciable." But again "small" would be quite the exaggeration-hyperbole, a euphemism really.

    Imagine if the ad would have spoken plainly about the Lilliputian institution. The large, boldface headline might have read: "Shriveled is Good." That might also better equip readers to evaluate ACL and its claims.

    The ad also claims that Pope John Paul II himself "asks for" the kind of "community formation" found at ACL, when, according to the ad: in "Pastores Dabo Vobis…he calls for the seminary to be a community that offers the seminarian the opportunity of 'reliving the experience of formation which our Lord provided for the Twelve' (PDV #60)."

    The ad actually implies that the Holy Father is asking for seminaries to limit their enrollment to just twelve seminarians, in honor of the number of disciples Jesus chose. But surely John Paul was speaking of the "experience" of the twelve apostles in terms of the quality and content of the education and formation, not in terms of the number of seminarians to enroll. To be sure, it would require a wild stretch of the imagination to conclude that the Pope is making a quantitative suggestion here.

    After all this talk in the ad explaining how and why "small is good," one wonders why ACL has taken out a presumably expensive full-page ad in a national periodical to make known its self-important claim. First, if ACL views itself as so successful when it comes to being small, why bother with an ad campaign other than to simply toot its horn?

    Second, one naturally wonders: to whom is ACL advertising? Potential seminarians? Well, considering that seminarians typically don't decide where they are going to study for the priesthood, it stands to reason that the advertisement is not geared to prospective seminarians.

    Is it then geared toward vocations directors and bishops, the people who do make decisions as to where their future priests will be educated? If so, why take out a full-page ad in America? Why not just send a "Small is Good" advertising mailer to the nation's bishops and vocations directors? That would be a whole lot cheaper, and it would reach the entire targeted audience.

    Another obvious question: if the American College has been "small" for "almost ten years," as it advertises, what will it do if, because of its advertising campaign, vocations directors and bishops come banging on its Flemish doors trying to get their seminarians enrolled there in order to take advantage of the seminary's cozy and intimate "smallness." The ACL, if its ad campaign is indeed successful, will have no small problem on its hands. At what point will the seminary have to start rejecting applicants simply because it would no longer be "small" as advertised?

    Since ACL seems to believe that the Pope is calling for seminarians to be educated in groups of 12, it'll have to shut down its one lonely application window once it gets another seven students (that would be a 140% increase in enrollment, by the way). Or, could it be that ACL realizes that even if its ad campaign is highly successful, it could technically enroll ten times the number of seminarians than currently matriculates without worrying about outgrowing its claim to "smallness?"

    Of course, there's another possibility. The ad may just be a public relations effort, albeit a poorly executed one. Might there be a niggling anxiety about having only five theology seminarians knocking around a seminary designed for hundreds. Might ACL be a bit self-conscious about its incredible shrinking seminarian population? It's obvious to many observers that ACL is a struggling seminary on life-support, fighting for its continued existence, grasping for its raison d'être.

    Recent history indicates that much larger "small seminaries" have closed their doors-and for good. ACL owes its continued existence to the fact that the institution is operated directly by the U.S. bishops, one of only two oversees seminaries that can make that claim. (The other, the North American College in Rome, enrolls between 125 and 140 seminarians each year. I have yet to see them advertise in America or elsewhere.) But, how much longer can the U.S. bishops justify pouring hard-earned and generously-donated Catholic money down this financial drain?

    Instead of trying to justify its smallness, its failure-or even its very existence, the 13 bishops sitting on the board of ACL ought to try to understand why their institution is so unpopular. Considering that bishops with horrible vocations track records in their own dioceses - e.g., Matthew Clark of Rochester - sit on the board of ACL, "frankly" they just might "like it this way." The rest of the world, no doubt, has eyes to see, and it sees ACL's shriveled seminary as an embarrassment to the U.S. bishops, or worse yet-an unjustifiable money pit.

    More columns from Michael S. Rose

    Michael S. Rose is author of four books, including the NY Times bestseller Goodbye, Good Men. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, The American Conservative, Catholic World Report and many other venues. He writes (usually) from Cincinnati. He can be contact at

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  • North, South Korea Soldiers Exchange Fire (breaking!!!)

    07/16/2003 5:54:36 PM PDT · 5 of 56
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to El Conservador
  • A Big Letdown (ABC Highlighting Whiners in Iraq is Irresponsible Journalism)

    07/16/2003 1:57:36 PM PDT · 20 of 33
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to Recovering_Democrat
  • Rigali new Philadelphia archbishop

    07/16/2003 1:01:30 PM PDT · 4 of 4
    More information on Rigali.
  • At least three dead in crash of U.S. military helicopter in eastern Sicily

    07/16/2003 12:44:31 PM PDT · 19 of 24
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to Travis McGee
    Why didn't they autorotate?
  • Former SecDef: 'US faces war with N Korea this year'

    07/16/2003 12:38:59 PM PDT · 21 of 31
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to bruinbirdman
    Slick Willie left us a s*** sandwich and we all have to take a bite.
  • Republicans for Wesley Clark?

    07/16/2003 12:34:17 PM PDT · 33 of 61
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to RoughDobermann
    Yeah. He's associated with the comment but apparently didn't make it. Maybe he adopted it after the court proceedings since he himself was the sucker.
  • Republicans for Wesley Clark?

    07/16/2003 12:32:42 PM PDT · 31 of 61
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to ejdrapes
    How could there be a group "Veterans for Clinton"? Some things defy explanation.

    "I thought this country was founded on a principle of progressive taxation.”
    Wesley Clark, Meet the Press, 15 June 2003

  • Republicans for Wesley Clark?

    07/16/2003 12:20:41 PM PDT · 28 of 61
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to RoughDobermann
    Actually P.T.Barnum didn't coin the phrase that you're thinking of. David Hannum did.

  • At least three dead in crash of U.S. military helicopter in eastern Sicily

    07/16/2003 10:50:32 AM PDT · 11 of 24
    Probably HC-4 out of NAS Sigonella.

  • Letter from a young soldier in Iraq

    07/16/2003 7:57:10 AM PDT · 55 of 55
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to Kerishnak
    Come back, if and when, you've actually spent some time on active duty, become an NCO, sat in on intelligence briefings and given some responsibility. You'll learn in short order, even in the Army, that 18 year olds, non-rates and people on delayed entry don't know jack about much.

    Mass Reenlistment Marks July 4th Celebration in Baghdad

  • Castro regime jamming U.S. broadcasts into Iran

    07/16/2003 7:43:53 AM PDT · 5 of 7
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to strela
  • Ex-POW Lynch to come home next week

    07/15/2003 8:48:13 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to Old Sarge
    She's already made it clear that she wants out. Trying to convince her otherwise, particularly if she is physically unable to remain and will be probably be medically retired due to her injuries, is a waste of time. Staying in is most likely not an option. Assets would be better utilized pursuing more viable and willing candidates.
  • A Final Push for the Bedeviled, Beloved Osprey

    07/15/2003 8:43:32 PM PDT · 63 of 99
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to Missmyson
    What was your sons' first name?

    How do you feel about the parents of those Marines flying around in 40 year old helicopters that are known in the FMF as Boeing Body Bags? How do you feel about the actions that night of Major John Brow? Do you wish that he had been piloting one of the other three Ospreys' that were on the same flight as Nighthawk 72 instead of the one your son was on?

  • A Final Push for the Bedeviled, Beloved Osprey

    07/15/2003 8:39:01 PM PDT · 62 of 99
    The CATO report is full of mistakes, Penas' lie about VRS and the capabilities of the V-22 on page one is only the beginning of them, which is exactly why you parrot it. Rejecting something you have admitted knowing little to nothing about is proof of your ignorance. Now go cry to the Adminmoderator and falsely claim that you are being personally attacked again, crybaby. Funny how those people selectively coddle the dishonest hypocrites and phonies on this forum.

    By the way does your heart go out to all the victims of the 100+ Blackhawk crashes? I seriously doubt it.

  • A Final Push for the Bedeviled, Beloved Osprey

    07/15/2003 8:28:52 PM PDT · 61 of 99
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to Travis McGee
    /1/ Can it land safely if it loses both engines?

    Like any aircraft that loses all power, a safe landing will depend on the several factors: aircrew performance, weather and flight envelope. Will the aircrew be trained to attempt a landing if in the unlikely event that both engines are lost in the same flight hour; the probability of which is 1x10(-10)? Yes.

    Now some questions for you, oh nattering nabob of negativity. Can a CH-53E land safely if it loses all three engines and its tail rotor? Can a CH-53D land safely if it loses both engines and its tail rotor? Can a CH-46E land safely if it loses both engines and its tail rotor? Can a UH-1N land safely if it loses both engines and its tail rotor? Can a AH-1W land safely if it loses both engines and its tail rotor? Can a VH-3 land safely if it loses both engines and a tail rotor? Can a VH-60 land safely if it loses both engines and its tail rotor? What are the MTBF figures for powerplant failures in the above helicopters? What is the MTBF figure for the powerplant in the Osprey?

    /2/ If due to mechanical failure or battle damage, the rotors cannot convert from forward to overhead, can it land safely?

    Once again you ask the wrong question. The question you should have asked is can the Osprey attempt to land if the engine nacelles cannot be tilted? The answer to that question is yes. The design of the proprotors, which has been confirmed in testing, is such that they will broomstraw when striking a solid object. The proprotors do not shatter. Incidentally, in the ~8,000 hours of flight testing there has never been a single failure of the engine nacelle tilt mechanism.

    /3/ How can it fire weapons forward for protection, now that the nose gun has been removed from consideration as too heavy?

    The nose gun has not been removed. The contract for the GDAS GAU 19/A was awarded in the first quarter of 2001. All production MV-22s and CV-22s will be equipped with the gatling gun.

  • A Final Push for the Bedeviled, Beloved Osprey

    07/15/2003 7:37:59 PM PDT · 60 of 99
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to Travis McGee
    I take the words of pilots who volunteer, meaning they aren't ordered, to fly the aircraft. There are a lot more pilots volunteering to fly the Osprey than there are asking to be transferred from the program. Anybody who wanted off the program was allowed to go, no questions asked. I take the words of pilots who are tired of flying 40 year old helicopters that have had their flight envelopes restricted due to airframe fatigue. I take the word of people like Lt. Col. Ron Culp who requested his detailer ensure that he would be given orders back to the Osprey program following his year in Okinawa. How many Marines do you personally know who are involved in the project at PAX River, New River and Quantico?

    I know a lot of grunts who are scared to death of flying in a 40 year old CH-46, the Boeing Body Bag and can't wait until they're replaced with MV-22s. I know a lot of grunts who are afraid that their AAVs are going to flood and sink every time they muster in the well deck. I know a lot of grunts who worry that the Marine bringing up the rear on a patrol will get sloppy, make a mistake and end up getting the rest of his squad or fire team killed in an ambush. I also know a Master Gunny who is the avionics chief, as well as a crew chief, in a CH-53E squadron at New River who wears a rabbits foot every time he flies and keeps chewable pepto bismol tablets in his flightsuit to calm his stomach. How many Marines do you know at VMMT-204?

  • Soldiers Grow Weary Of Continued Stay In Iraq

    07/15/2003 6:07:51 PM PDT · 53 of 67
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to FreedomInJesus
    Sit up a little higher in your chair so the point doesn't sail so far over your head. In every conflict the troops want to go home sooner rather than later. Bitching and moaning are par for the course, even in peacetime deployments. A typical tour in Vietnam was 13 months. Some servicemen in WWII were deployed for over two years. That doesn't even take into account the POWs and the time they spent away from home or those who lost their lives never to return. Did you know that there are over 1,557 MIAs from Normandy alone? Some people need to suck it up, do their jobs, follow orders and they'll come home when they're ordered to and not until.
  • Tech jobs leave U.S. for India, Russia

    07/15/2003 5:55:37 PM PDT · 8 of 35
    SMEDLEYBUTLER to sourcery
  • Scandal!--Bush’s enemies aren't telling the truth about what he said. (Uraniumgate)

    07/15/2003 5:47:40 PM PDT · 20 of 66

    Spoke with May on Monday when he was being interviewed by Mike Rosen on 850 KOA in Denver. He wrote this piece before Newsmax posted the partial transcript from Hannity & Colmes in which Wilson admitted that Hussein was aggressively seeking nuclear weapons.

    Bush Nuke Basher Admitted Saddam Sought the Bomb