Monday, April 19, 2010


779th Battalion insignia

The bees work.
Their work is taken from them.
We are like the bees—
But it won't last
--Black Workers, Langston Hughes

What you gonna do
When the well run dry?
You gonna sit right down and cry
--I'm Walkin', Fats Domino

Ranger's going to take down a local feel-good story, not because he is a killjoy, but because the subtext feels very bad.

A simple gesture to ensure one soldier was not left out of a family tradition led to an entire battalion of some 2,000 soldiers in Iraq uniting for a run/walk.

First Sgt. Jay Monismith of the Tallahassee-based 779th Engineer Battalion wanted to observe April 24 by wearing a tan shirt that acknowledged the sudden death of his niece, Sarah, who died 37 hours after birth due to a heart defect in 2001.

Monismith, who's stationed in Iraq, asked his captain if the section could march in remembrance of Sarah on the day of the March of Dimes run/walk in Charlotte, N.C., where Sarah's family lives (Soldiers of the 779th In Iraq Unite for March of Dimes.)

His request morphed into the "779th Engineer Battalion Birth Defects Awareness Day Fun Run/Walk."

Ranger is certainly not agai
nst the March of Dimes, a righteous organization if ever there was one. But the darker implications of the battalion's act are two-fold:

[1] Can we actually believe the 779th is defending anyone's freedoms if they have the time to stage Fun Runs?

If this were really war and if they were really executing an effective military mission, time for such non-military activities would not be available. Further, it is difficult to imagine physically executing a run in a hostile environment. Obviously they will run in a safe area, making the claim that they are "fighting a war to support us" questionable.

[2] It costs $1 Million per year to keep a U.S. soldier deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Since the 779th has 2,000 soldiers, we would save $2 Billion by bringing them home from a senseless, useless phony war, and could then use that money for infant mortality issues.

This would benefit the Homeland more than 2,00o soldiers walking in the sand for nickels and dimes.

A tuppence compared to the waste to which they are made a party.

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Anonymous barcalounger said...

Don't be a hater on the 12Bs. Somebody's got to dig those latrines. Essayons!

But seriously, if they wanted to do something constructive, why not pass the hat and make a donation to the March of Dimes?

Monday, April 19, 2010 at 12:42:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous barcalounger said...

Hey Ranger, I'm not trying to be flip. I "get" your post. Your problem is you've got too much common sense. Something they're in short supply of Inside the Beltway.

Monday, April 19, 2010 at 12:57:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

The problem is that i have horse sense and i'm not a horse, or as a friend told me-i'm educated beyond my intelligence.
This article is not an attack on 12 b's. It's a generalized comment on the pwot.

Monday, April 19, 2010 at 3:29:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you're born you get
a ticket to the freak show.
When you're born in America,
you get a front row seat
--George Carlin

Ranger always has the BESTEST quotes

All freaks here are on the stage of their own free will. If they weren’t here they’d be chained in an attic or spending their lives down in the basement because Mommy & Daddy are embarrased by them and don’t want them to get hurt by the nasty people that don’t understand them. What is so hideous about these wealthy, well spoken freaks? They look just like you or me don’t they? And they are so RICH RICH RICH. Oh – I forgot to mention – like the very evilest monster in your worst dream – they aren’t really human. They really have no souls. Life is easier without one. Although you will often find them in church every now and then and they may CLAIM that yes they do love the Lord Jesus, and do believe in God – they really believe in the FSM, Santa or the Easter Bunny just as much. Especially those antiquated teachings of the New Testament. Love thy neighbor. Do unto others. Sorry, as the nuns said – “They don’t put potatoes on the table”. As Pink Floyd said “Don’t give me that Do goody good bullshit” In short any dog or cat you meet has higher ethics than most “Bankstas” you meet.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 2:07:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


"When a dog gets a bone, he doesn't go out and make a down payment on a bigger bone. He buries the one he's got"

--Will Rogers

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 1:03:00 PM GMT-5  

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