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TomSlick's Journal
TomSlick's Journal
October 20, 2017

General Kelly and Marine Values

I have been listening to the discussion of General Kelly's statement today and have been distressed. I am a retired Army officer and know that that General Kelly's statement was inconsistent with Army values so I decided to check for what the Marine Corps holds as its core values. The following is from the USMC website: [link:http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/hrom/New-Employees/About-the-Marine-Corps/Values/|

HONOR. This is the bedrock of our character. It is the quality that empowers Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior: to never lie, cheat, or steal; to abide by an uncompromising code of integrity; to respect human dignity; and to have respect and concern for each other. It represents the maturity, dedication, trust, and dependability that commit Marines to act responsibly, be accountable for their actions, fulfill their obligations, and hold others accountable for their actions.

COURAGE. The heart of our Core Values, courage is the mental, moral, and physical strength ingrained in Marines that sees them through the challenges of combat and the mastery of fear, and to do what is right, to adhere to a higher standard of personal conduct, to lead by example, and to make tough decisions under stress and pressure. It is the inner strength that enables a Marine to take that extra step.

COMMITMENT. This is the spirit of determination and dedication within members of a force of arms that leads to professionalism and mastery of the art of war. It promotes the highest order of discipline for unit and self and is the ingredient that instills dedication to Corps and country 24 hours a day, pride, concern for others, and an unrelenting determination to achieve a standard of excellence in every endeavor. Commitment is the value that establishes the Marine as the warrior and citizen others strive to emulate.

I am left to conclude that General Kelly has abandoned his personal honor. He does not have any regard for others. He does not hold others, in this case President Trump, accountable. He does not lead by example. He does not make the tough decisions under stress and pressure.

I am sure that he once held to Marine core values or else he would not have risen to the rank he did. I am profoundly disappointed that he did not hold to those values when it mattered.

He was not "always faithful."

September 28, 2017

I'm missing something about Puerto Rico.

I know that there is an ongoing humanitarian disaster among US citizens in Puerto Rico. I know people are dying in hospitals for want of fuel. I know there are serious shortages of basic supplies like food and water. I know that if something isn't done, this could make Katrina look like a governmental success story.

I know that the US military has an extraordinary heavy lift capacity. I know that there are units in the reserves whose expertise is in managing logistics. I know that if the military logistics resources had been activated when the scope of the problem became clear, the island should be sinking under supplies by now.

So, what am I missing?

August 31, 2017

Does Ali Velshi have a life outside MSNBC?

He's covering The Eleventh Hour tonight. He has a show of his own but he seems to be covering for someone every day - day and night.

I really like Velshi and worry about him. Is he ever allowed to go home? Does he have a home or just cot at the MSNBC studios? Does he have a family and, if so, when last did he see them?

August 23, 2017

This is hillarious

Lawrence is doing a live time commentary of Trumps campaign speech.

August 22, 2017

Did Trumpster just say he was waiving the laws of war in Afghanistan?

I think when he said he was going to correct the Rules of Engagement, that's what he meant.

I wonder if he has heard of General Yamashita.

August 21, 2017

It's worth talking to people with whom we disagree.

I have been arguing for some time in replies to other posts that it is worthwhile to discuss issues with people with whom we disagree - to change the world one person at a time. Today, I had a small victory - very small - but a victory.

At Sunday lunch today, my mother-in-law started asking questions about the movement to remove confederate memorials in the south. She is a product of public education in Arkansas and was taught that the Civil War was the result of Yankee manufacturers riding rough-shod over southern farmers - with slavery as only a pretext.

Over the course of several conversations, she has come to accept that the south seceded because of slavery - that slavery was the cause of the Civil War. In today's conversation, she accepted that the confederate memorials (like the one on the local courthouse grounds) were erected during the height of Jim Crow for the purpose of making the local African-Americans know who was in charge.

Her basic good nature made her realize that the confederate memorials are a reminder to her African-American neighbors of all of this hateful history. At that point, the Golden Rule took over and she agreed the memorials must come down.

I appreciate that all of these conversations started from a good starting point. (She wouldn't have dreamed of voting for Trump.) She is also a soundly moral and intelligent person. Nevertheless, she has come a long way on her understanding of the Civil War and what society should do concerning the history of the south. I am confirmed in my opinion that those of us who can stand to do so, should continue to talk to our family and friends and bring them to the right side of history.

My Trumpster friends are next. I understand that not everyone can stand the conversations - but hell - I'm a lawyer. I live to argue.

August 16, 2017

How did Elaine Chao stand by Trump?

I've had many disagreements with Elaine Chao through the years but she always seemed intelligent and generally aware of the world - but - how in the name if basic decency did she manage to stand beside Trump during his "remarks" without walking out? How can she continue to serve a self-avowed racist?

For that matter, how can any self-respecting person remain in the cabinet or White House staff?

July 22, 2017

Is it OK

that after dinner my wife and I sit down to watch MSNBC while reading DU (each on his or her own laptop)? If one of us wants to say something to the other, we have to get the other's attention first by rapping on the table between us.

Do we need help or just a life?

July 5, 2017

1812 Overture

I'm watching "Capitol Fourth" on PBS.

When the fireworks started, the orchestra played an abbreviated version of the 1812 Overture.

In the past, I've just thought it amusing that a piece celebrating the Russian defeat of Napoleon is played at American patriotic events. This year as I heard the choir singing in Russian, I felt vaguely threatened. What changed?

June 12, 2017

Puerto Rico votes for Statehood.

Puerto Rico has overwhelming voted for statehood. What are the odds a Repub Congress will ever accept Puerto Rico as a state? My prediction is that all the talk about supporting democracy around the world will mean nothing.

My bet is that it ain't happening as long as the Repubs control either house of Congress.

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I'm a lawyer primarily representing clients who are being sued. I am a retired Army Judge Advocate. Nothing I post here, including any comments about legal topics, should be construed as legal advice or creating an attorney-client relationship.
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