In Memory of CAPT Carroll “Lex” LeFon, and the Wonderful Community He Fostered

Welcome. The idea was floated that a ‘talk amongst yourselves’ blog would be a good addition to for the Non-Facebook Crowd. Here it is.

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Unfair

By lex, on April 20th, 2011

There have been a lot of bad GWOT movies. A lot of Hollywood executives greenlighting frank and open anti-Americanism and enthusiastically endorsing hostility to the military forces whose mission includes protecting their own right to hold fashionable opinions that condescend to middle America and its bourgeois values, even as they profit lavishly from their exploitation. Values like honor, patriotism and valor.

Old fashioned stuff.

Nearly all of these directors, producers and screenwriters have done so from the safe distance of coastal California, content to place equally vapid marquis faces above their tired tropes and timeworn prejudices.

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Class Act

By lex, on February 19th, 2011

Marine Corps General James Mattis is no one’s idea of a soft touch. Just reflect on his speech to the tribal leaders of Fallujah. But it turns out that the warrior monk had a soft spot in his heart on Christmas Day:

Back in 1998, (USMC Commandant General Charles Krulak) was making his final delivery (of holiday cookies) to Marine Corps Combat Development Command headquarters at Quantico when he asked the Marine on duty who the officer of the day was.

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Making a Difference

By lex, on January 27th, 2011

There are many petty irritations in the service that we are taught to disregard. “You can die on that hill if you want to,” a senior mentor might advise.  “Or you can save your ammunition for when you’re in a powerful enough seat to make meaningful changes.” As a flag officer, maybe. Maybe even a senior one. Keep your head down, your shoulders in the traces and pull your load with a smile on your sweating face, and when the time comes, you can really make a difference.

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Quite the Tale About History, Treasure and Scientific Achievement

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I just finished a book that was a New York Times best seller almost 20 years ago, Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea.

In 1857, the steamship SS Central America in a hurricane sank in 7,200 feet of water  160 miles off the coast of South Carolina. Before the Panama Canal, travelers from California bound for the east coast would take a ship to Panama, cross the isthmus and board another ship at Colón on the Caribbean side for the trip up to the east coast. In addition to the passengers carrying a small fortune in gold from their times in the California gold fields, the ship was carrying tons of gold coins minted in San Francisco and gold ingots to the east coast banks.

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Seattle

By lex, on January 26th, 2011

Finished up my presentation – it was well-received by the Ostrayans in the audience – and went  back to my room to decompress. Changed out of the gray charcoal pinstripe and into the Mountain Khakis, a North Face button down and a hoody sweatshirt, for its cold here by Sandy Eggo standards and maybe a wee bit damp.

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Backlash

By lex, on November 29th, 2010

The Swiss, famously, like things neat and tidy. The country itself should operate as smoothly as, well: A Swiss watch.

But things have been getting remarkably untidy in the land of the red shield and white cross. More than 60% of the Swiss prison population are non-natives.

And the Swiss have had enough:

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The General’s Speech

By lex, on November 18th, 2010

Below the fold, a copy of a speech given by Marine LtGen John Kelly in St Louis in celebration of Veteran’s day.

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