Wednesday, November 23, 2005

America's Fighting Men And Women?
I want HER humpin' the 60. All 105 pounds of her. And give her a couple of extra ammo cans while you're at it.

If I have to hear the mythical phrase America's Fighting Men and Women one more time, I think I'll actually vomit... or at least get a wee bit queasy. You know, like that feeling after drinking Old Milwaukee.

But anyhow, I recall a couple of years ago up in NYC, Mayor Bloomberg was speaking at the Nautical Museum, USS Intrepid, and he was gushing on and on about "the brave men and women who fought and died about the Intrepid", etc, etc, ad nauseum. I hate to tell Hizzoner this, but no women ever died aboard the Intrepid. Why? Simple... no women ever served aboard her, that's why. PC run amok.

And at a Veterans Day gathering at the Nautical Museum, USS North Carolina, some city official made the same screw-up as Bloomberg... spewing the same nonsense. "Brave man and women who fought and died aboard the North Carolina". Sheesh, one doesn't have to be a military historian to know that no women ever served aboard warships during the Second World War. Yet again, PC run amok.

First off, there are no "fighting women", with the exception of a extremely small number of token pilots. With the emphasis on the word "token". But I digress, in the history of this nation, well over half a million men have died in direct combat with the enemy. How many women? Less than one hundred. And the vast majority of those ladies were support personnel who simply were in the wrong place at the wrong time. And damn few were "fighting", that is if one accepts feminist myths about a handful of women who disguised themselves as men during The War Between The States (3 total. 1 Union, 2 Confederate). But like I said, those are unsubstantiated myths, but the rad-femm's love stating such as if were fact.

But anyhow, were the substantantiated combat deaths of those hundred ladies just as tragic and equally patriotic as those of men? Absolutely... no question whatsoever. But here's the point I'm getting at; you can't simply lump five hundred thousand with less than one hundred.

If we are going to continue to use the phrase fighting men and women, then we damn better start talking about the brave WHITE and Black soldiers who served in the Buffalo Soldier units of the old American West. After all, every Officer in the Buffalo Soldier units were White. Whites served in the Buffalo Soldiers, but we never hear of them... I wonder why?

While we're at it... let's throw the same kudos to the brave WHITE and Japanese-American (Nisei) soldiers who served in the 442 Regimental Combat Team and 100th Battalion in World War II. After all, most of the Officers in the Nisei units were White. Whites served in the Nisei units, but we never hear of them... I wonder why?

Here's why we rarely, and should only rarely, hear about the Whites who served with the above mentioned units; the Blacks in the Buffalo Soldiers, and the Nisei in the 442d and 100th did the vast... and I mean VAST, majority of the fighting and dying. They're the ones who deserve the lion's share of the recognition and the glory that comes with it.

...and the same applies to the over half a million men who died in combat for this nation. And besides, no real Catholic man would even dream about letting his wife, daughter, sister or mother do his fighting for him while he can still draw breath.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

On a related issue, I remember watching a national TV program some years ago concerning women as firefighters. Of course, there was the issue of the wives of male firefighters concerned about the close living quarters. But then the bombshell: Someone took a video of females going through a firefighter academy. One clip showed a petite woman trying to drag, yes drag not carry, a fire hose. It was pathetic. Of course, this female candidate passed and authorities tried to find out who released the video.

Also, note the trend in Hollywood. In action packed movies the women can take on 3 or more men at one time and win. The women are not only portrayed as stronger but as smarter than men and in total control of men while the men are portrayed as simple-minded buffoons.

Oh, I gotta go. Yes dear. Right away dear....

6:41 PM  
Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

I recall a friend telling me he was listening to Rush Limbaugh once and he was talking about "ordinary" women in movies having unbelievable physical prowess and fighting abilities. He refered to Camreon Diaz being able to beat up like ten guys at once in a Charlie's Anglels movie. Limbaugh then said he could BACKHAND somone Diaz's size (a buck a buck o'five maybe he described it as being) across the room, with a sandwhich in one hand.

As for combat. I read something by a soldier once who said when they came under fire in Iraq one of the women in his unit started crying and said "I'm not supposed to be here!" Nedless to say this did little to win the firefight.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Geoffrey Gilbert said...

The thing is this: it is politically incorrect to be a White man of European ancestry *and* be proud of your heritage. If you are a White man of European ancestry *and* Catholic, you might as well come to grips with the fact that the world will hate you... unless you apologise about everything your patriarchal, slave-owning, oppressive, racist, bigotted, intolerant, homophobic, anti-Semitic ancestors ever thought, said or did.

Hollywood is a big part of the problem. Name one recent movie in which non-Jewish White men (esp. young or middle-aged men) are portrayed as less than bumbling incompetents, homicidal maniacs or whatever other negative stereotype you can imagine.

Are there any strong, White male fathers portrayed in healthy families? Or, are they invariably teamed up with smart-alecky, rebellious wives who merely tolerate their husbands' presence? Or, are they portrayed as wife-beaters and child molesters?

Why is it that the only positive White-looking male characters are Jewish? Why is it that the computer geek or the doctors in films are increasingly portrayed as Black guys?

Look, I think everyone has a right to be proud of his heritage and his ancestors. It's not a zero-sum game: I can be proud of my Anglo-Saxon, Catholic heritage and you can be proud of whatever it is that you are. No race or nation of man is without its positive or negative characteristics, both its achievements and its failings.

Similarly, no religious group is without its virtues or its flaws. What sets us apart as traditional Catholics is the fact that we are _right_ and the rest of the world is _wrong_. That said, out of true Charity (love of God) and Brotherly Love, it is our duty to try and get the word brought to us by Our Lord to the rest of Mankind.

This whole crap about women warriors is ridiculous. Again, the Media are no help. Look at the case of Jessica Lynch: this girl's convoy got lost and ambushed, her weapon jammed and she didnt fire one single shot, and she was captured and held prisoner.

But, who gets portrayed as the hero? The guys who rescued her? No! SHE gets portrayed as the hero! For getting captured! They should have given her non-judicial punishment for having a dirty weapon.

Hollywood and the media at large simply do not portray women who are feminine as positive role models. That is a shame, because it destroys the truly noble character of femininity. Our (public) educational system doesnt teach young girls to prepare for home-making and child-rearing: it teaches them to be competitors with men, thereby setting them in opposition to men *by default*. Used to be, mens' and womens' roles were *complementary*, not competetive. Now, they are all-but-openly hostile.

My military experience has shown clearly that women simply cant compete physically with men. But that is not the point. Even if women were 100% equal in terms of physical load-bearing and toughness, the inescapable fact (for a Catholic) is that men and women have two different, divinely-ordained roles. It wouldnt matter one bit if my wife were a 5'9", 185# knuckle-dragging brute who could hike 20 miles with an 80# pack, helmet, war belt, flak jacket, weapon and ammo. That is completely besides the point.

The point is that it is not her business to be doing guy things, just as it is not my business to do girl things. As Catholics, we know this instinctively.

But again, the modern world is anything but Catholic.

Pax Domini, etc.

5:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Gaufridus, we may be in the world but we are not to be of the world.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

Gaufridus, you raise a good point about movies. Thankfully we still have Mel Gibson.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Tito said...

She's a cutie!

9:22 PM  
Blogger Kevin Whiteman said...

That she is Tito! But she belongs at home pumpin' out the next generation of Catholics... not playing "Cagney & Lacy".

7:18 PM  

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