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Requiescat In Pace: R. Lee Ermey

It’s my firm conviction that when Uncle Sam calls, by God we go, and we do the best that we can.

R. Lee Ermey

 

 

 

Sad news that R. Lee Ermey has passed away at age 74.  A Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps, he was both a drill instructor and a Vietnam Veteran.  He retired due to service injuries in 1972.  He served as a technical advisor on a few war flicks and then achieved fame for his role as, what else, a drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket (1987).  He stayed steadily employed thereafter, usually playing military hard cases, but often with a flair for humor.  He was a conservative in a liberal industry.  He and his one and only wife had four kids.  I will miss him.  First and last he was a Marine and never tired in retirement of supporting the Marines, visiting injured Marines in hospitals and taking part in Toys for Tots.  Fare thee well Marine, and may your next duty post involve guarding the streets of the Heavenly Kingdom.

 

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Girlie Hats for Marines

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That sound you hear are Gunnery Sergeants whirling in their graves:

 

A change to the Marine Corps’ uniform hats could take the hard-nosed Leathernecks from the Halls of Montezuma to the shops of Christopher Street.

Thanks to a plan by President Obama to create a “unisex” look for the Corps, officials are on the verge of swapping out the Marines’ iconic caps – known as “covers” — with a new version that some have derided as so “girly” that they would make the French blush. Continue Reading

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Intolerant Jackwagons!

I know that the Marine Corps will be here forever; this administration won’t.

Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey

One of my favorite character actors is R. Lee Ermey.  A gunnery sergeant and drill instructor in the Marine Corps, he was honorably discharged from the Corps in 1972 as a result of injuries he sustained in two tours in Vietnam.   Since that time he has built an acting career, playing off his DI personae and his flair for comedy.  Recently he was a spokesman for Geico, but was fired for giving vent to his views about the current administration during a Toys for Tots program in Chicago last year.

After being asked about his GEICO commercial wherein he played a psychiatrist calling his patient a “jackwagon,” Ermey said, “GEICO fired me because I had, I wasn’t too kind about speaking with the, about the administration, so the present administration. So they fired me.”

“So they fired you because of political reasons?” asked the TMZ representative.

“Yeah,” Ermey answered. “If you’re a conservative in this town, you better watch out.”

Here is the program and a transcript of what he said.

I got to tell you, folks, we’re having a big problem this year. The economy really sucks. Now I hate to point fingers at anybody, but the present administration probably has a lot to do with that. And the way I see it, they’re not going to quit doing it until they bring this country to its knees. So I think we should all rise up, and we should stop this administration from what they’re doing, because they’re destroying this country. They’re driving us into bankruptcy so that they can impose socialism on us, and that’s exactly what they’re doing. And I’m sick and damn tired of it, and I know you are too. But I know the Marine Corps is going to be here forever – this administration won’t. Semper Fi. God bless you all. Continue Reading