The Brutality of Reason Example

By Ironcross One-One

Slicing and dicing things into pieces small enough
to be fed to Liberals, Kooks and Anti-Americans.
When feeding Kooks and Anti-Americans
I suggest a potato gun.

If you are the emotional liberal type, this mindspace will make you uncomfortable. If you think my logic or facts are faulty, lets discuss it. When your findings disagree with my findings, that is dialogue. But using rhetoric to disagree with science is demogoguery. No demogoguery! I usually refrain from insults, but occasionally, ignorance and liberal hypocrisy bring out the worst in me.

Location: Edge of Nowhere, Washington, United States

Military Jumper, Diver, Motorcycle Rider, Air Traffic Control and Demolitions Man. I build furniture and cabinets and can frame, roof, wire, plumb and finish a house. Can weld steel, drive heavy equipment, build pole barns and mortared rock walls. Have written one bad novel and one brilliant thesis. And I play the guitar.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

St Crispins Day

Today is the 590th anniversary of the Field at Agincourt. Henry V of England and 6,000 weary troops handed 30,000 French troops their asses.

It is noteworthy in that it teaches the effectiveness of tactical advantage over numbers.

It is also known that Henry was well loved and respected by his troops and spoke words of encouragement and led from the ranks. Leadership dissolves huge disadvantages.

Shakespeare's fictional account reads thus:

Enter the KING

WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work to-day!

KING. What's he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more...

...Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.


Blogger eeker said...

I was there, or at least that small fraction of blood that still flows in my veins from my ancestor, Roshier Fychan.

Henry V fought with courage and honour, inspite of the carnage that followed the battle. Roshier suffered a crossbow bolt at Henry's side. Courage such as this exists today in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the stories are seldom published by our press.

St. Crispins day and the memory of Agincourt are not forgotten in our home, last celebrated with a SEAL that finished his fifth tour in this war, and very glad to be home.

Roshier the younger,
today pronounced Roger Vaughn

10:50 PM  
Blogger logdogsmith said...

Some time in the future, or perhaps it is today, the same sentiment found from this battle will be held for US Warriors fighting in the field today.

9:46 AM  
Blogger logdogsmith said...

Today we have a lot of people holding their manhoods cheap, but instead of turning down their heads in shame, they complain. The worst offenders are those who declare that our troops are dying needlessly.

12:16 AM  

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