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Guest Blogging VMFA Admin Note

In an effort to archive “all the Lex” we can, I started combing the Wayback Archives and came across this series. This is a service that sends out “spiders” – software that copies and archives web pages. So while you can see how the original Neptunus Lex website looked, it didn’t collect every day. If you look through the years, there are some occasions where it didn’t collect for a few months! Other times it came 4-5 times a day.

No rhyme or reason to it.

I came across this series, written by a guest blogger, recalling his days stationed in the Philippines with a Marine squadron. He had taken notes of his times there, and here he puts it to “pen and paper“.

I believe that he was a gunnery sgt.

So, we are missing a few episodes. While I know it is frustrating to miss a few sections, it is better to have “some” than “none” not only for this work by itself, but to get a flavor for Lex’s website.

But we have the beginning and the end.

Back To The Secondary Index


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Images of Germany – 1973-74 – Saar region

I thought I would post a few more pictures of my Army time in Germany – 1973-1974. Hard to believe it has been that long.

I love to travel – have a wanderlust gene apparently. I am running out of space on this website with the current plan – free! – and re-posting Lex’s posts takes priority – so I am having to shrink the pictures – my apologies. Perhaps I should start another site devoted to my past travels?

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Surprised he didn’t do TDY at Leavenworth…

The Army can’t MAKE you do anything. It can make you WISH you hadn’t done it…

—-Drill Sgt Claiborne, Ft Ord, CA Sep ’72

The results of the soldier who deliberately sabotaged the parachute rigging dropping the HUMVEES in Germany...

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I Don’t Get It

How anyone of any faith could justify this:

What is the appropriate public response to the brutal rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl? That the question even needs asking suggests the moral abyss into which Indian politics has fallen. Those most responsible: Hindu extremists who value ideology over basic human decency.

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Art and the Academy

Posted by lex, on April 17, 2008


If, like me, you have a residual image of art as something transcendently beautiful, something full of joy and wonder that inspires our finest sensibilities, something brought forth through special talent and great effort, then you are – like me – apparently out of mainstream academic thought.

Wikipedia helps to limn the philosophical edges:

Traditionally the term art was used to refer to any skill or mastery, a concept which altered during the Romantic period, when art came to be seen as “a special faculty of the human mind to be classified with religion and science”.[1] Generally art is a (product of) human activity, made with the intention of stimulating the human senses as well as the human mind; by transmitting emotions and/or ideas. Beyond this description, there is no general agreed-upon definition of art. Art is also able to illustrate abstract thought and its expressions can elicit previously hidden emotions in its audience.

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Climate Alarmists vs The Oil Companies

There was an interesting op-ed  in today’s Wall Street Journal. Some who adhere to man-made climate change have long wished to put the oil companies on trial.

Well, they are getting their wish in a San Francisco Courtroom.

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2 Good Friends


Photo via Getty Images

Over the years, thanks to screenwriter Robert Avrech, I developed an appreciation for classic Hollywood. As is my nature, that which has interested me I really delved into research to learn all that I can.

Audrey Hepburn was, according to her son Sean Ferrer, An Elegant Spirit. No Hollywood diva, she. She grew up in Holland under the Nazis nearly starving, because her father felt that the Nazis were on the verge of invading England, and he should take his family to Europe.

Talk about timing.

Her first love was ballet, and for reasons I forget couldn’t make the cut, and started acting.

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