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  1. Pain. It’s God’s way of saying: “Shaddap! This proves you are still alive. Quitcherbitchin! And in a fake fell squeal I shoot black. Thank you sir. May I have another?

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    • I know I was not the first, but I am most in love with that amalgam…a Marine aphorism. “You raised your right hand and volunteered and you volunteered again when we did this…so quitcherbitch, you’re getting just what you asked for! Or, words to that effect. The rule of threes: First, you have to raise your right hand and say I do so swear; second, you have to raise yourself to The Bar; and, third, you have to accept that Eagle, Globe and Anchor…and nowadays, long past my time, it’s easier than all get-out not to have to take that final step. So: quitcherbitchin. But Marines have a constitution, if not God-given, and most-importantly senior-Private retained right to flap their gums about the idiots in charge…or, as the saying still obtains: What is the difference between The Marine Corps and The Boy Scouts? Competent Adult Leadership! It was a Brigadier General who added the “Competent” to my personally supplied “adult leadership” rejoinder. He grinned: “I was a butterbar (2nd Lieutenant) and new next to nothing and was convinced I was God. Then I handed him the bottle of bad scotch my photo pal and I acquired at the Air Force base during out cross-country low-n-slow plane ride from New York to San Diego, and John Gentry and I had run out of our own hootch – which we of course shared – so the general, whose first name was Jay (and not J!) took up a collection and got us a jeep to take us to liquor sales for a boozerun in contravention of ALL the applicable rules…on a weekend run to a Marine Corps Combat Correspondents annual meeting in 1971. I always try to remember to add “Competent.”

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    • The voice of reason types…thanks, Shehanne. I sometimes I recently got dis-meritoriously promoted to Lieutenant General Obvious and may no longer claim Captain Obvious Exemptions.

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