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  •  America once had brave men & women (4.00)
    like Pilecki who knew the meaning of courage, and service to humanity but that now seems like many years ago before greed took over.

    Economic -6.63 Social -5.95

    by Lawdog on Wed Dec 14, 2005 at 04:43:38 AM PST

    •  Bullshit. (none)
      It took me about five seconds to find this story about a Florida Marine who won a silver star:
      On April 7, 2004, 60 insurgents in fortified positions ambushed Baptista's 25-man platoon while they rode in a five-vehicle convoy just south of Fallujah.

      With six men wounded and two vehicles out of action, Baptista "sprinted across a shallow canal, climbed a 10-foot berm, and charged towards the enemy."

      Under fire, he knocked out one gun emplacement and grabbed three other Marines to help continue his charge.

      After disarming an improvised bomb that threatened backup forces, Baptista split his men up, and the ad hoc team charged a group of 11 insurgents from two angles. Baptista killed at least four of them himself "at close range," while his team attacked the other seven, the citation said.

      The best part is what he said about it:
      "I'm thankful, but I really didn't want to make a big deal of this," he said after the ceremony.

      "Everybody out there should be recognized," he said. "People died out there. People got wounded. Everybody did their part. I was just in the position where I had to make a decision and take charge."

      Baptista, who left the Marine Corps in September to pursue a degree in criminal justice in his hometown of Miami, may not be out of the line of fire for long.

      He was recently hired by the Glendale Police Department in Los Angeles, according to Detective Mario Yagoda.

      "We're extremely proud," Yagoda said Friday. "We knew he had served in the Marine Corps. We knew he had been in combat. But we didn't know anything about this (award)."

      America still has plenty of brave men and women. There are thousands of stories like this, only a handful of which will ever be told. Don't insult our troops - instead, put the blame on their craven elected leaders.

      "Family, religion, friends - these are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business." - Mr. Burns

      by kapoleon on Wed Dec 14, 2005 at 07:30:12 PM PST

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