Leprechaun Laughs #235 for March 5th 2013


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<Lethal appears at podium looking like a green fleece mummy>

You’ll have to excuse my practical but less than usual dapper appearance. I’m afraid Mother Nature yet again has shown her dispisal of me and Texas. Let me show you what I awoke to yesterday:

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The first is from my home, the other 2 are from within 3 miles of it. Thankfully we’ve received no direct damage and (as of time of writing this Tuesday afternoon) not lost power. Molly insanely insisted on going to work and made it sans difficulty but now has to make it back home again as the temps drop to or below freezing again to night (we’ve finally crawled up to a high of 35 out which doesn’t even make the reduced from 45 prediction of 38). Tomorrow they are alleging it should make 50 something but based on their track record of missing by 7 to 10 degrees most days in the last 5 I’m guessing I’ll still be swaddled up like a moldy mummy as you read this.

Moving on before my finger freeze_

You’ll have to excuse Impish’s absence this morning as we get rolling here as he’s undoubtedly still a bit under the weather. Nope wasn’t another attack of the manically mad bus driving stalker,  he’s apparently got and I hasten to add this isn’t the lingering effects of last weeks multiple incident attack either as he got a reprieve due to all the ice apparently .

The cause of Impish’s indisposal this morning is in fact yesterday (Fat Tuesday), March 4,  was also  Paczki Day which marks the appearance of a short time availability pastry indulgence Impish considers highly worth pursuing. First off, one must be aware that there are paczki (pronounced: “punch-key” or “poanch-key”) and that these so-called paczki that are  flat jelly-filled doughnut wannabes of Polish origin.

The primary difference between the two pastries is that Paczki are resilient. They’re denser; it’s a yeast dough that doesn’t collapse when you bite into it. While this allows you to fill them fuller, its also means they act like bread of biscuits in the stomach in the presence of liquid. Yup that resilient dough sucks up the liquid like a sponge and becomes a gut bomb. Insidiously, nothing goes so well with Paczki as our favorite beverage around here, coffee. Each just seems to make the other taste better.

The most common fillings here in the U.S. include strawberry, Bavarian cream, blueberry, custard (lemon & chocolate), raspberry, and apple. There in is where the problem arose. See traditional fillings are Powidła (stewed plum jam), wild rose hip jam and sweetened pureed stewed prunes. In order to fill Impish’s order Paczki were obtained from multiple bakeries, one of which caters to a fairly large Polish community and makes traditionally filled Paczki.

While unpacking the boxes someone in DL/LL Media Enterprises  Executive Commissary undoubtedly feeling pressured by Impish’s obsessional pacing and bellowing regarding progress in the acquisition of his Paczki (an already stressful time because he never thinks to preorder any of his obsessional short season/supply foods) apparently mistook the dark filling visible in several boxes for dark chocolate custard when in actuality it was prune.

Now one box in the grand scheme of Impish’s Private Paczki Party of One would not have been a big deal, in fact it might have been beneficial even. However his consuming 12 flat boxes containing two dozen prune filled each was the harbinger of a digestive disaster of epic proportions just waiting to happen.

You folks remember that photo from last week about ‘where-will-you-be-when-diarrhea-strikes?’? With the flood wall of it engulfing that poor woman and those cars?

Yeah.

Let’s just say downtown Peru Indiana is still currently digging out from a once in a 100 years storm of an entirely different kind from anything they’ve ever seen before.

We have the rest of Impish’s Paczki he generously donated on the Craft Services table to have along with your coffee while you read so help yourselves. I must insist however, that you avail yourself of the provided Depends prior to partaking in any of the clearly marked Prune filled variety for everyone’s sake

 

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Introducing WikiBear, the Siri of stuffed animals

By Samantha Murphy Kelly, Mashable  Posted: 02/21/14, 12:51 PM EST

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NEW YORK >> If Teddy Ruxpin and Siri had a stuffed animal baby, it would be the WikiBear.

The WikiBear is a know-it-all toy that can crack jokes, tell you the weather, update you on which team won last night’s hockey game or remind you who the 15th President of the United States was. The bear is on display this week at the 2014 International American Toy Fair, and answers your questions by searching the web.

He has a personality, too. He’ll remember names, share his interests (and his favorite color) and develop a relationship with the owner. The more you play with it, the more it gets to know your personality too.

Just lock up your honey pot, don’t leave his charging cord where he can find it and don’t feed him after midnight!

 

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 Golf photography hit by golf ball and falls in jumping cholla cactus

In the opening round of the World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship, Rory McIlroy struggles to punch out from the desert at the par-4 15th hole while a fan is attacked by a jumping cholla cactus.

 

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

 

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“RETARDED” GRANDPARENTS”

Written by a third grader, on what his grandparents do.

After Christmas , a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their holiday away from school. One child wrote the following:

We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. They used to live in a big brick house, but Grandpa got retarded and they moved to Florida. Now they live in a tin box that has wheels, but its strapped to the ground. They ride around on their bicycles, and wear name tags, because they don’t know who they are anymore. They go to a building called a wreck center, but they must have got it fixed because it is all okay now, they do exercises there, but they don’t do them very well. There is a swimming pool too, but they all just jump up and down in it with hats on.

At their gate, there is a dollhouse with a little old man sitting in it. He watches all day so nobody can escape. Sometimes they sneak out, and go cruising in their golf carts. Nobody there cooks, they just eat out. And, they eat the same thing every night – early birds. Some of the people can’t get out past the man in the doll house. The ones who do get out, bring food back to the wrecked center for pot luck. My Grandma says that Grandpa worked all his life to earn his retardment and says I should work hard so I can be retarded someday too.

When I earn my retardment, I want to be the man in the doll house. Then I will let people out, so they can visit their grandchildren.

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7 sites – some you’ve never heard of – to watch TV and movies for free online

Gone are the days when you were hopelessly tied to high cable bills. Now there are plenty of options for watching your favorite movies or TV shows, one of which includes cutting the cord to cable.

But even non-cable options aren’t completely free. And if you’re not paying attention you could still rack up quite a bill.

So to cut out the hassle of finding places to watch your favorite movies and TV shows I’ve brought together some of the best sites that stream for free (legally). You’ll find hours of entertainment for the whole family!

YouTube – Believe it or not, YouTube has more uses than funny cat videos and crazy dash cam footage. YouTube hosts plenty of free movies, and not just user-created clips.

YouTube Movies offers full-length feature films from Hollywood and around the world and many are completely free! You can also find classic films, independent films and Disney movies. But remember, some of these movies are not suitable for all audiences, so be sure to surf for movies with your kids.

Internet Archive – When a film enters the public domain, it means that you and I own it! So where’s your copy of the original Little Shop of Horrors? It’s online at the Internet Archive.

This site collects public-domain works, so it’s mostly classic films. Features, shorts, silent films, talkies and even vintage newsreels and advertisements are available. You can get your fix of classic noir and Charlie Chaplin right here.

Big Five Glories – During the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema in the 1930s and ’40s, the five biggest production companies were Fox, RKO, Paramount, Warner Bros. and MGM. Four of them are still making movies, but Big Five has movies from all of them.

You’ll be able to find many of the most glorious pictures made between 1903 and 1976 on Big Five Glories. All these classic flicks stream without commercial interruption.

Crackle – If you’d rather browse from hundreds of more contemporary movies, Crackle has plenty of popular options for television shows and movies. Many of them are recent blockbusters, but there are also a number of classic, underground and independent choices.

There are hundreds of films and TV shows from every genre. Crackle is supported by advertising, so each video will have commercial breaks. Again, not all the content is appropriate for everyone.

Hulu – One of the most popular sources for brand-new TV shows and movies is Hulu. Hulu hosts hundreds of shows, many of them recently broadcast on major networks.

Hulu is also supported by commercials, and you will be required to create an account and sign in to view content intended for mature audiences. But there are also plenty of movies for kids and the whole family to watch.

Viewster – You’ll find plenty of popular and contemporary movies at Viewster. Here’s a site that collects tons of films from every genre that flew under the radar. Most of these films will be lesser known, but no less enjoyable.

Most of them are free, although some will give you a choice between watching advertisements or paying a $3 fee. Be careful when watching with kids: Many of these films are not rated and could include objectionable material.

Listen To A Movie – Audiobooks make a lot of sense for those times when you have your hands or your eyes full. The same is true when it comes to movies!

Listen To A Movie is a site that has hundreds of flicks – well, the audio from hundreds of flicks! There are also TV shows, radio programs and stand-up comedy. As with Viewster, there are no ratings attached to any media, so use your own discretion.

Links info courtesy of: http://www.komando.com/cool-sites/240941/7-sites-some-youve-never-heard-of-to-watch-tv-and-movies-for-free-online/all

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Viral Videos: Be honest: Do YOU need one of these?

Where is your reality? On a screen – or right in front of you? Coke has a ridiculous solution you will not believe!

 

 

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Many of you are still up to your navels (or higher depending on your height) in snow and some of you were even blessed with another storms worth of the past weekend. To me cold snowy weather calls out for 2 things, soup which I could probably happily eat everyday during cold weather and hot from the warm oven or crockpot casseroles.

Since we’ve already covered soups several times since the mercury in your thermometers started taking a dive late last fall I though it was time for a few new casseroles to add to your cookbooks and recipe databases

Lazy Man’s Stuffed Cabbage in Crockpot

(Don’t ask me why the photo shows sliced smoked sausage in it)

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 8 Hours

Ready In: 8 Hours 10 Minutes

Servings: 4

 

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef (80 – 85% lean works best)

1 onion, diced

1 cup uncooked white rice

1 small head cabbage, shredded

1 (28 ounce) can canned tomato sauce/puree

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

salt and pepper, garlic powder, hot sauce to taste

Directions:

1. In a slow cooker, combine ground beef, onion, rice and cabbage. Pour in tomato sauce. Season with parsley, salt and pepper. Mix well, and cook on low, for 6 to 8 hours.

You want spicier substitute one 15 oz. can of tomato puree and one 14 oz jar of salsa/picante of the heat level of your choosing.

Easy Pierogi Casserole

Pierogies are heartwarming, rib-sticking dumplings filled with cheese, onions, bacon and potatoes. Typically taking all day to make, this time-saving version produces just-as-delicious results.”

They come conveniently frozen in a box in both regular and now mini also in several varieties now. For those of you who have never had them they are in a nutshell a potato and cheese filled Polish take on raviolis sans the red sauce. My problem is I either never have them when I want them (they don’t hang out in our freezer for long) or don’t have enough to feed everyone when I do have them. This recipe from Kraft solves that problem and tastes exactly like them. I also like it because it bakes well with others and I can get away with using Instant potatoes when I don’t

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  • PREP: 25 mins
  • COOK: 35 mins
  • READY IN: 1 hr

 

 

 

Ingredients

[Original recipe makes 12 servings ]

  • 9 lasagna noodles, uncooked

  • 4 cups hot mashed potatoes

  • 1/2 cup PHILADELPHIA Herb & Garlic Cream Cheese Spread

  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced

  • 1 (3 oz) package Real Bacon Recipe Pieces, divided

  • 2 cups  Cheddar Shredded Cheese, divided

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cook noodles as directed on package, omitting salt. Meanwhile, combine mashed potatoes, cream cheese spread, onions, 1/2 cup bacon and 1 cup Cheddar.
  3. Place 3 noodles in 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover with 1/3 of the potato mixture. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining bacon and Cheddar; cover.
  4. Bake 30 min. or until heated through. Uncover; bake 3 to 5 min. or until Cheddar is lightly browned. Let stand 10 min. before cutting to serve.

Notes:

You will need to cook about 2 lb. (900 g) baking potatoes (about 6) to get the 4 cups mashed potatoes needed to make this recipe.

Special Extra: Garnish with caramelized onions (&/or mushrooms), sour cream and additional  Real Bacon Recipe Pieces just before serving.

Personally I can never manage to use just one 3 ounce package of the bacon. I always wind up using more like one and a half to two packages. I also find the ‘Serves 12 to be heavily optimistic unless its at a potluck supper. Serves 8 generously is more accurate in my opinion .

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

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Stuffing and corn kernels mix with ground beef and onion to make a deliciously different stuffing for bell peppers and it’s on the table in just 45 minutes.

Prep 15 min. | Total 45 min.

Bake: 30 min.

Serves 4 about 2 cups each|

What You’ll Need

2 1/2 cups  Herb Seasoned Stuffing
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 can (14.5 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, cut up
1 can (about 8 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
2 medium green peppers, cut lengthwise into quarters

How to Make It

  • 1 Stir 1/4 cup stuffing and butter in a medium bowl.
  • 2 Cook the beef and onion in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the beef is well browned, stirring often to separate meat.  Pour off any fat.
  • 3 Stir the tomatoes and corn in the skillet.  Add the remaining stuffing and mix lightly.
  • 4 Arrange the peppers, cut-side up, in a 2-quart shallow baking dish.  Spoon the beef mixture over the peppers.  Cover the baking dish.
  • 5 Bake at 400°F. for 25 minutes or until the peppers are tender.  Sprinkle with the reserved stuffing mixture.  Bake, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until the topping is golden.

Tex-Mex it up-

Increase peppers to 3. (will serve 6 now)

Use Cornbread stuffing instead of herbed

Substitute a jar of picante or salsa for the tomatoes (heat level of your choice)

Add half of a can of black or pinto beans

When seasoning ground beef mix include taco seasoning, chili seasoning or chili powder.

Add Colby Jack or Pepper Jack cheese the last 5 minutes of oven time.

Serve with/on Yellow, Spanish or Dirty rice.

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Viral Videos: This amazing man’s invention changed everything – but few know his name

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News of the Weird

New Hyundai Vehicle Fueled By Poo

Alyssa Danigelis, Discovery News   |   February 24, 2014 12:03pm ET

image Poo power is ready to hit the streets. Hyundai recently announced plans to begin leasing a new vehicle this spring, and the fuel in the tank will come from processed sewage.

Last fall, Tesla’s Elon Musk was calling hydrogen fuel cell technology for vehicles “bullsh*t.” He meant that as an insult, saying it’s a dangerous gas more suitable for rockets than for cars. But it’s almost literally true. In several weeks Hyundai will begin leasing a new Tucson Fuel Cell crossover vehicle that runs on hydrogen gas derived from excrement.

The complex process to convert waste from toilets and sinks in Southern California into hydrogen comes from scientists at UC Irvine’s National Fuel Cell Research Center, Bloomberg’s Alan Ohnsman reported. Essentially the solids are separated from water and fed to microbes that turn it into methane and CO2. Some methane gets filtered and piped into a special device, and then voilà: hydrogen gas.

That hydrogen then goes directly into a public pump for refueling vehicles. Hyundai says the Tucson’s three-year lease — about $3,000 down and then nearly $500 a month – will include maintenance and unlimited hydrogen refueling at a dozen pumps around California. Its tank takes about three minutes to fill and is good for about 300 miles, Ohnsman explained.

See the rest of the article here

OK I’ll apologize in advance but I can’t help it I have to let the obligatory groaners about this out of my head. Ready? Here they come:

1.) Only 300 miles/tankful seems like shitty mileage, but I guess you have to consider the source (of the fuel).

2.) Does this mean that scientists have successfully developed the Poo Cell?

and if you’re saying poo on the story or groaners how about this poo related story-

Woman Accused of Trying to Kill Her Husband the Grossest Way

By Sasha Goldstein / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, January 31, 2014, 9:41 PM

Of all the disgusting ways to try to kill someone, this take the cake. Police and witnesses say Rosemary Vogel injected feces into her husband’s IV bag in an attempt to murder him. Vogel’s husband was in the hospital recovering from heart surgery. Nurses answering to an alarm caught her holding the IV bag, now filled with brownish liquid. They say she’d used a poo-filled syringe to contaminate it.

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Investigators confirm that the bag’s contents tested positive for fecal matter, though they aren’t sure whose it is. Vogel’s handbag held three syringes, one filled with feces and two with some other liquid. They also don’t have a motive for the alleged attempted murder.

Meanwhile, Vogel’s husband is still alive, now recovering from both heart surgery and the contamination. Thank goodness the hospital had an alarm and the nurses responded right away, or the man may not have survived the attack. Vogel also faces vulnerable adult abuse charges.

What a shitty way to die!

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Since both items are fairly short we’re doing a twofer today as I’m starting to get snowed under by the pile of Parting Shot subjects.

Fraud must be dropped from phone program

By Loveland (Colo.) Reporter-Herald, Digital First Media Posted: 02/21/14, 12:36 PM EST

http://www.registercitizen.com/general-news/20140221/editorial-fraud-must-be-dropped-from-phone-program

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Anyone who pays a cellphone bill knows it’s a costly monthly expense.

People at or below the poverty line have a hard time affording service, but it’s such a necessary part of everyday life that the Universal Service Fund fee — one of those pesky fees tacked onto all our bills — was designed to help subsidize phones for low-income Americans.

Known as the Lifeline program (sometimes but erroneously referred to as the Obama phones), it allows for subsidized phone service to people at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines or to those who qualify for various forms of federal assistance programs.

Small carriers sign up these customers and get the collected fees to help pay for the service.

But recent reports have found problems with the system.

A recent CBS News report said investigators have found some carriers are signing people up multiple times, signing up people who don’t qualify or people who don’t exist.

One carrier in Oklahoma is accused of 32,000 cases of fraud.

The FCC said it has eliminated 2.2 million duplicate accounts, saving $260 million and fined 13 carriers $90 million, and the General Accountability Office said it is investigating the program.

The Federal Communications Commission website says that one of the purposes of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that set up the Lifeline program is to “promote the availability of quality services at just, reasonable and affordable rates for all consumers.”

Allowing the Universal Service fees those consumers pay to be wasted does nothing to promote just, reasonable and affordable rates.

It’s a noble goal to make sure all people have phones to communicate, but the government must make sure that our money isn’t being wasted and stolen.

So my point is pretty short, aside from irritating the hell out of most of you over this Lifeline Cellphone fraud situation and  Service Provider corruption I have just one other comments on this.

Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services. In 2005, Lifeline discounts were made available to qualifying low-income consumers on pre-paid wireless service plans in addition to traditional landline service.

http://www.fcc.gov/lifeline

Now from what I can find/see in the admittedly brief amount of time I researched this subject for the 20 years from 1985 to 2005 (based on my recollection I’m inclined to believe the FCC’s 1985 date and not the articles 1996 date which I think updated the already existing program and possibly renamed it) where the program was limited to landlines only there were basically no cases of fraud or service provider corruption. It wasn’t until they started handing out the highly desirable everybody got to have one cellphone that cases of abuse & misuse of the system started happening. This leads me to ask 2 questions:

1.) If it wasn’t broke why did they have to fix it? Who was behind the drive to give these people most expensive (both to equip and operate) cellphones?

2.) Since the program is obviously as full of holes allowing for fraud and corruption to occur so as to resemble a worm eaten Swiss cheese, why continue it? Why not revert back to the basic landline telephone. While insuring these people have a way to communicate is good thing where is it written that all charity handouts paid for out of our pockets have top be state of the expensive art?

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Needed something to separate the two mini Parting Shots. This seemed spot on because the next one really has me hacked off and I’ve fired off a few very Marine like comments (via proper channels) regarding it from both the stand point of a combat vet and as a former Final Honors team leader.

Prepare to be made incredulous and furiously mad if you ever served in or support our military past & present.

2 Guard soldiers suspended over photos

Funeral pictures posted to Instagram spark outrage

Author: By Matthew Stucker and Dana Ford CNN  Feb 19 2014 04:14:45 PM CST

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(CNN) – In one image, soldiers — including one from the Wisconsin Army National Guard — pose around a flag-draped casket.

The caption reads: “We put the FUN in funeral — your fearless honor guard from various states.”

In another, a soldier poses alone in a car.

That caption reads: “It’s so damn cold out … WHY have a funeral outside!? Somebody’s getting a jacked up flag.”

Both photographs sparked outrage after they were posted on an Instagram account belonging to Spc. Terry Harrison — a member of the 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment based in Madison, Wisconsin.

She has been suspended indefinitely from the funeral honors detail, pending an investigation.

Harrison remains working full time, performing other duties, said Maj. Paul Rickert, spokesman for the Wisconsin National Guard.

On Wednesday, a second Wisconsin National Guard member was also suspended with pay from the funeral honor team, Rickert said.

During the suspension, Sgt. Luis Jimenez has been assigned to other duties pending the outcome of the investigation, Rickert said.

“He had made comments on social media supporting Spc. Terry Harrison. He’s not featured in any of the photos,” Rickert said.

Jimenez couldn’t be immediately reached for comment Wednesday.

“A military funeral is the final show of respect for our veterans and their families, and we take that solemn duty very seriously,” Rickert said.

“The very name ‘military funeral honors’ underscores the importance we ascribe — both as the military and society at large — to such solemn occasions. These photos and comments do not appear to align with those values.”

Harrison is the only member of the Wisconsin National Guard in the photos, the spokesman added.

The other people are members of other military units, but Rickert didn’t know to which branches or units they might belong. As a result, he didn’t know whether there were other investigations involving those members.

“We expect all of our Soldiers and Airmen to live by a core set of values, in word and deed,” said Maj. Gen. Donald P. Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general. “I was appalled by the offensive photos and comments that appeared on this Soldier’s social media site regarding her duties as a funeral honor guard member.”

Now being a Devil Dog and not a Dog Face I’ll freely admit I’m a bit out of my depth talking about the rules and regs of the Army. I did some research for this editorial rant to check some facts prior to writing it and found something interesting. The Army has something call ‘The Soldier’s Creed’. They explain it thusly:

The Soldier’s Creed is a standard by which all United States Army personnel are encouraged to live. All U.S. Army enlisted personnel are taught the Soldier’s Creed during basic training, and recite the creed in public ceremonies at the conclusion of training. Both the Soldier’s Creed and the Noncommissioned Officer’s Creed are required knowledge at enlisted promotion boards to compete for the rank of sergeant and above, as well as ‘Soldier of the Month’ boards. It is also common practice to recite the Soldier’s Creed at the graduation ceremony from Army ROTC. Unlike the United States Uniformed Services Oath of Office or the Oath of Enlistment, the Soldier’s Creed can be affirmed by both Army officers and soldiers.

The current version of the Soldier’s Creed is a product of the ‘Warrior Ethos’ program authorized by the then Army Chief of Staff Eric K. Shinseki in May 2003. It was written by members of Task Force Soldier’s Warrior Ethos Team, and was first approved in its current format by the next Army Chief of Staff Peter Schoomaker on the 13 November 2003. The introduction of the Soldier’s Creed kicked off a campaign known as ‘Task Force Soldier’. This is a leadership commitment to soldiers ensuring they are prepared for combat and embody the Warrior Ethos contained in the Soldier’s Creed. It seems to have been discussed in Congress in a ‘Hearing on Army Issues’ held by Senator John W. Warner on or about November 19, 2003. It was first published in the magazine Infantry on 22 December 2003.

Note: the yellow highlighter emphasis in the first paragraph is mine.

Apparently there are now two versions- the original (pre 2003) and the current version. It currently reads like this:

U.S. Soldier’s Creed

I am an American Soldier.
I am a Warrior and a member of a team.
I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.

This is the original creed notice the absence in the current version of the highlighted portions:

Pre-2003 Version of U.S. Soldier’s Creed

    I am an American Soldier.
    I am a member of the United States Army – a protector of the greatest nation on earth.
    Because I am proud of the uniform I wear, I will always act in ways creditable to the  military service and the nation it is sworn to guard.
    I am proud of my own organization. I will do all I can to make it the finest unit in the Army.
    I will be loyal to those under whom I serve. I will do my full part to carry out orders and instructions given to me or my unit.
    As a soldier, I realize that I am a member of a time-honored profession—that I am doing my share to keep alive the principles of freedom for which my country stands.
    No matter what the situation I am in, I will never do anything, for pleasure, profit, or personal safety, which will disgrace my uniform, my unit, or my country.
    I will use every means I have, even beyond the line of duty, to restrain my Army comrades from actions disgraceful to themselves and to the uniform.
    I am proud of my country and its flag.
    I will try to make the people of this nation proud of the service I represent, for I am an American Soldier.

Now I can’t speak for the rest of you but from where I sit the Army’s’ Warrior Ethos’ Program took their Soldier Creed a giant step backwards and in entirely the wrong direction! Those highlighted lines they discarded are pretty damned important if you want your military service to be viewed as anything other than a bunch of renegades rebels rouges misfits high school drop outs and gang bangers seeking to avoid jail time- in other words disreputable Mercenaries.

While the photos in no way show any disrespect during the execution of their duties It is quite obvious to me that everyone in that group photo has in addition to showing gross disrespect for the Final Honors Detail and those veterans & their families whom they are providing full military honors for. They have also violated Standards of Conduct for Army Personnel. Specifically Section 2-6-2 and (arguably) Sections 2-6-1 & 2-6-3. To wit:

2-6. Outside employment and other activities of DA personnel a. DA personnel will not engage in outside employment, affiliations, or other outside activity, with or without compensation, that-
(1) Interferes, or is not compatible, with the performance of their Government duties.
(2) May reasonably be expected to bring discredit.upon the Government or DA.
(3) Is otherwise inconsistent with the requirements of this regulation. This includes the requirement to avoid actions that reasonably can be expected to create a conflict or the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Underlining is mine for attention emphasis of key points

http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/AR_600-50_01-28-1988.pdf

and at least 2 sections of  the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  Specifically:

10 U.S. Code § 917 – Art. 117. Provoking speeches or gestures

Any person subject to this chapter who uses provoking or reproachful words or gestures towards any other person subject to this chapter shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

10 U.S. Code § 934 – Art. 134. General article

Though not specifically mentioned in this chapter, all disorders and neglects to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces, all conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces, and crimes and offenses not capital, of which persons subject to this chapter may be guilty, shall be taken cognizance of by a general, special, or summary court-martial, according to the nature and degree of the offense, and shall be punished at the discretion of that court.

Once again, the underlining is mine for attention emphasis of key points.

Frankly, given the number of violations of Standards of Conduct for Army Personnel as well as the two  Articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice by these  Guardsman, I am first of all appalled that only 2 of them are being singled out and not all of them.  That those 2 are sill on duty and finally that only one of them had their pay suspended over this! They SHOUID be in confinement in a stockade awaiting an Article 32 hearing to determine if a General Court Marshal is in order which IMHO it is extremely obvious it is!

I don’t see where those in charge are assigning the seriousness and gravity this offense is due to it!

All you nonmilitary supporters of our Men & Women in uniform go find your poison pens and fill them. You Veterans, time to take up those flame throwers top off the tanks and become the home grown terrorists Janet Napolitano purports us to me and put some flame to asses on this issue!

Here is a list of people who apparently require motivation to see this thing gets the kind or attention and level of punishment it deserves for those involved.

General Frank J. Grass
Chief, National Guard Bureau
111 S. George Mason Dr.
Arlington VA 22204
Phone:(703) 607-9350

This e-mail address will get you the on call Public Affairs Officer
ng.ncr.arng.mbx.oncall-pao@mail.mil<ng.ncr.arng.mbx.oncall-pao@mail.mil>;
sorry you’ll need to cut and paste it to the To: line of your email.

Here are a few more high-ranking muckity-mucks in the Army National Guard:

Major General Judd H. Lyons  
Special Assistant to the Director of the Army National Guard

Colonel Paul C. Thorn
Chief of Staff of the Army National Guard

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Gary Ensminger
Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Army National Guard 

They can also be reached at:
111 S. George Mason Dr.
Arlington VA 22204
Phone:(703) 607-2584

or emailed at:
ARNG-Public-Website@mail.mil

In Wisconsin contact:

Governor Scott Walker
Office of Governor Scott Walker
115 East Capitol
Madison, WI 53702
(608) 266-1212
email: govgeneral@wisconsin.gov

Brigadier General Mark E. Anderson
Wisconsin’s Assistant Adjutant General for Army
Wisconsin Army National Guard
Department of Military Affairs
2400 Wright St.
Madison, WI 53708
(800) 335-5147 or (608) 242-3000
https://www.facebook.com/WisconsinGuard?v=wall&viewas=0

Paul Rickert
Director of Communications at Wisconsin National Guard
Wisconsin Army National Guard
2400 Wright St.
Madison, WI 53708
(800) 335-5147 or (608) 242-3000
https://www.facebook.com/WisconsinGuard?v=wall&viewas=0

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About lethalleprechaun

I believe in being the kind of man who, when my feet touch the floor in the morn', causes the Devil to say "BUGGER ME! HIMSELF IS UP!" ======== I'm a White Married Heterosexual who fervently believes in the war(s) we are fighting, the Second Amendment which I plan on defending with my last breath and my last round of ammunition as well as Arizona's stringent law on Immigration and the need for the border wall. I'm a right of center Con-centrist with Tea Party & Republican sympathies who drives an SUV. I am a Life Time Member of the NRA, a Charter Member of the Patriots' Border Alliance and North American Hunters Association. If there is a season for it and I can shoot one I'll eat it and proudly wear its fur. I believe PETA exists solely to be a forum for Gays, Vegetarians, Hollywood snobbery to stupid to get into politics and Soybean Growers. The ACLU stopped protecting our civil liberties sometime after the 1960s and now serves its own bigoted headline grabbing agenda much in the same way as the Southern Poverty Law Center. I am ecstatic that WE the PEOPLE finally got mad enough to rise up and take back the Government from WE the ENTITLED and reverently wish the Liberals would just get over the loss and quit whining/protesting all the time. After all they're just reaping what they've sown. I am Pro-choice both when it comes to the issue of abortion AND school prayer. I believe in a government for the people, by the people which represents and does the people's will. Therefore I an Pro States rights and mandatory term limits but against special interest group campaign contributions and soft money. I think that sports teams who allow their players to sit or take a knee during the National Anthem should be boycotted until the message is received that this is not acceptable behavior for role models for children. I believe Congressional salaries should be voted on bi-annually by the people they represent and not by themselves. I think Congress should be subject to every law they pass on the populace including any regarding Social Security or Healthcare. Speaking of the Healthcare bill (or con job as I see it) I hope Trump will overturn it and set things back to normal. I oppose the building of an Mosque or ANY Islamic center at or within a 10 mile radius of Ground Zero in New York. I will fight those in favor of this until hell freezes over and then I will continue to fight it hand to hand on the ice. Further I think the ban on immigrants from certain nations known to harbor and promote terrorism is a justified measure, at least until we can come up with better methods of vetting and tracking those non citizens we allow in the country. We did not inflict this measure on them those who refuse to point out, denounce or fight radical religious terrorism brought this upon themselves.
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8 Responses to Leprechaun Laughs #235 for March 5th 2013

  1. Kris says:

    LOL – when my two 20-something nephews were around 10 or so, my father retired. The older boy asked my father if he’d get him some electronic doo-dad for his birthday. It was on the pricey side & before my father could tell him that he’d think about it, the younger boy said ‘Grandpa get buy that for you. He’s retarded now & has no money’. Thanks for bringing back a sweet memory of “my big guys”.

  2. Some people have no respect!! On the bright side, I really enjoyed your recipes this time. I may even try the Pierogi Casserole. It sounds really good!

    • lethalleprechaun says:

      Deborah I’m almost afraid to ask- does that mean you usually don’t enjoy the recipes?

  3. Hey Lethal! Loved the post as usual! As a fellow Marine, 1976-1983, I’m as appalled by the actions of these soldiers (the lowercase is deliberate, as they don’t deserve full title IMHO) as you are. I’m really becoming worried about who and what our military is turning out these days. Along with the incident you described here, there was also another incident of an Army Pfc who took a “selfie” of herself hiding from Evening Colors, in her car, in order to avoid rendering a salute. Along with the posted pic, she also warned against anyone providing negative feedback, indicating that she knew it would be coming and why! Something has definitely gone wrong these days, I just wish I knew what and why!! But, thanks again for a great post and Semper Fi!!

    • lethalleprechaun says:

      Thanks for commenting Howard! It’s nice to see I’ve reached someone enough for them to take the time to comment.
      Exchange of thoughts and views is probably the second most driving reason Impish and I do this blog. Also reader comments
      often cause us to look at something we’ve written in a different way or new light prompting us to expand or revise our opinions on a subject.

      I agree completely with your concern over the ‘quality’ of some of our serving men and women, though I think/hope both of these incidents are
      likely the exception rather than the norm.

      I wish I knew if the incident you’ve mentioned was another case involving a Reservist or a full time soldier. My suspicion is this attitude
      and problem is symptomatic of an issue with the Reserves. If this is the case, than the Reserves have made the problem themselves by portraying
      itself as nothing more than a part time job 2 weekends a month and 2 weeks a year.

      I have noticed that a lot of Reservists were/are unhappy about the new military where the Reserves get called up due to the smaller standing Military.
      I can remember quite a few comments indicating that some of them had joined up in the belief they’d never actually have to fight or go full time, just
      play and get paid.

      Unfortunately in this case it is the regular military who is feeling their displeasure and being required to preform the duties they signed up for. That
      being said however keep in mind there are a lot of Reserve units out there doing a bang up job and some really unpleasant ones (thinking of Angel Flight).
      We as a society will rush to condemn but be can’t bothered to praise and our media rather focus on the negative because it sells when sensationalized by
      talking heads rather than the feel good stories or the atta-boys.

      Finally in our technology driven world of instant access the time between having a bad idea/negative thought and recognizing it as such or something that
      should either be kept to yourself entirely or is something only those in a similar position will understand/relate to before it becomes electronically public
      and permanently damaging is no longer measure in minutes or seconds but microseconds. I’m sure the woman who was complaining about the temperature she was to
      render final honors in was not the first one to feel that way about the conditions nor will she likely be the last. We Marine’s assert that grumbling is our God
      granted right as a Marine. But by the same token we grumble, then go out and get the job done with pride despite whatever perceived hardship we’re faced with
      enduring that caused the grumbling. This may well have been the case here as well, but we’ll never know because nobody could be bothered to report that which
      would have placed the comment in a different light.

      This sort of thing is precisely why I refuse to have anything to do with any social networking/media sites. IMHO all they offer are a chance for those looking
      to take advantage of your computer naivety to hack & steal from you and provide those with poor though to action translation filters and/or little/no common
      sense the chance to epically and publicly hang themselves for eternity. Mistakes made on these sites are never totally forgotten or go away as Molly is so often
      reminding me about some of my more ‘controversial’ and less politically correct comments/opinions/views which I might express here.

  4. Henry says:

    What has happened to the respect for the military in this county

    • lethalleprechaun says:

      Henry, good to see another comment from you!

      I think most of the country still respects them. What concerns me is how these people who should understand what our serving
      brothers and sisters in arms do and sacrifice and see that they get the final honor they deserve can possibly be this disrespectful.

      It’s generally held that good order discipline and esprit de corps derive from good leadership and the example the leadership provides.
      I’m wondering if there is something wrong with the leadership in the case or if there is a lack of it. With regard to this aspect I see
      the way in which the investigation is handled and pursued, as well as the punishment phase of the infraction resolution to be very telling clues.

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