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(Townhall)   While the entire east coast snivels, cowers, and whines over a little wind and rain, the soldiers guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington go right on standing their vigil   (townhall.com) divider line 160
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2012-10-29 06:29:52 PM
Joe Biden could totally swing by and bring them some coffee and doughnuts in his new trans am. It would be ok because it was going to charity.
 
2012-10-29 06:32:38 PM

FlashHarry: not giving townhall a click, but if it's this pic:

[media.npr.org image 624x582]

it was actually taken in september.


They actually show that photo at the bottom and explain that it was taken in September 2012. Thank God you didn't click the link or you would have found out yourself.
 
2012-10-29 06:35:19 PM
farking hard corps man!
 
2012-10-29 06:35:48 PM
"....or I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post, either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to!!"
 
2012-10-29 06:36:02 PM

FlashHarry: not giving townhall a click, but if it's this pic: it was actually taken in september.


Not to mention I've marched in far worse weather than that. . . in a marching band. We're known more for being on the receiving end of atomic wedgies than bravery. They wouldn't actually be doing that in hurricane-force winds anyway because anyone standing at attention would be blown over. That they can stand upright at all means that picture really is just "a little wind and rain".

There's plenty to praise the USMC about without having to resort to glorifying guard duty.
 
2012-10-29 06:37:42 PM
The lack of knowledge of just who guards the Tomb of the Unknowns among the Fark Super Patriottm is
disturbing but, alas, not at all surprising.
 
2012-10-29 06:38:05 PM
The act would be ALOT more impressive if this was something that NEEDED to be done.
 
2012-10-29 06:38:51 PM
I'm guarding my Fritos, currently in what I'm told is the "worst" of the storm. All that's on TV is talking heads gibbering next to weather maps, and what do I find here?

Humbug,

And noo - You can't have my Fritos. Every man for himself. There's not enough to go around. I'm in survival mode; gonna go practice killing you on X-Box.
 
2012-10-29 06:38:58 PM
This guy's not impressed:

farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2012-10-29 06:39:17 PM

teto85: "Should the Army or the Navy ever glance on heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded by the United States Marines."


Good thing Marines will be guarding the streets of heaven. That'll leave the Army to guard the Tomb of the Unknowns, like they've been doing since 1922.

/ Semper Fi anyway
 
2012-10-29 06:40:44 PM

Nabb1: I never thought that the Tomb of the Unknowns was something that would get under anyone's skin, but FARK continues to raise the bar. Well, more like lower it. Really, really lower.


To Fark Libs: America, always wrong.
 
2012-10-29 06:42:03 PM

Therion: 6 Fake Hurricane Sandy Photos You're Sharing on Social Media


People think the pic from "The Day After Tomorrow" is real? WTF?
 
2012-10-29 06:44:42 PM

beta_plus: Nabb1: I never thought that the Tomb of the Unknowns was something that would get under anyone's skin, but FARK continues to raise the bar. Well, more like lower it. Really, really lower.

To Fark Libs: America, always wrong.


Fark progressives still have to mention something about killing brown people
 
2012-10-29 06:45:08 PM

henryhill: The act would be ALOT more impressive if this was something that NEEDED to be done.


It depends on what you mean by NEEDED. Nothing critical will fail if they don't guard it, nobody will immediately die, or even risk their health. However, the Old Guard are constantly reminding us that war comes with casualties. They are "building awareness" and more importantly ensuring that the public and the military both reflect on the historic and ongoing costs of war. I think that is something that Needs to be done.

For maximum impact it needs to be done at all times, not just when it is convenient. It is sort of like any other 'support the troops' activity. The only difference here is that they are actually doing it.

/10/10 A+ subby
 
2012-10-29 06:45:14 PM
Are they trying to keep something from getting in.......or out?
 
2012-10-29 06:46:00 PM
+1 Henryhill

Agree with Perigee, defend your chain of food even if you have dive into into the deep coach for few lost. Decisively ignore the 3 second rule when you drop those flavored yellow corn on the carpet. Make it know that you are guarding the bag of unknown Cheetos.

You are the few, Cheetos Army-Marine-Navy un-specialist.
 
2012-10-29 06:46:53 PM
Those Marine core soldiers sound British.
 
2012-10-29 06:47:14 PM

DjangoStonereaver: The lack of knowledge of just who guards the Tomb of the Unknowns among the Fark Super Patriottm is disturbing but, alas, not at all surprising.


If I'm wrong I'll concede I'm wrong, but does it really matter to the point of derison? I honestly didn't know and don't care, because I thought the whole point is that the gesture is supposed to mean more than some petty-ass bullshiat rivalry. I thought that the Tomb is supposed represent ALL nameless Americans who fell in battle, but if this means so much I guess we exclude some and not others based on where they served. That tremendously cheapens the gesture itself to the point of idiotic, but given its importance I guess it's helpful to know for future reference.

/ As if our enemies give a shiat if someone they kill in battle is a soldier or a Marine
 
2012-10-29 06:47:56 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Sigh. All I wanted was hope that our heroes aren't insane. Thanks for ruining it!


Insane? Hell, I'd sit out in that thing during this wimpy hurricane for 50$ and a bottle of Patron.
 
2012-10-29 06:48:34 PM

JohnCarter: They guard in the snow


farm3.staticflickr.com
 
2012-10-29 06:50:06 PM
I think it's great that they're still on post, but I think subby is an @sshole for saying that a storm that will cause billions of dollars worth of damage is somehow all about 'sniveling, cowering and whining.'

In fact, subby, just shut the f**k up.
 
2012-10-29 06:51:52 PM

hasty ambush: beta_plus: Nabb1: I never thought that the Tomb of the Unknowns was something that would get under anyone's skin, but FARK continues to raise the bar. Well, more like lower it. Really, really lower.

To Fark Libs: America, always wrong.

Fark progressives still have to mention something about killing brown people


Or that the First Amendment doesn't count when you criticize Muhammad.
 
2012-10-29 06:52:56 PM
Wow. I'm actually really impressed that Townhall managed to post actual pictures from today, and the correct date from that September pic that's been making its way around the tubes. Granted, I hold Townhall to a really really low standard, but that wasn't bad for them.
 
2012-10-29 06:54:40 PM
Wow, Katie Pavlich (the author of TFA) is astoundingly hot.
hotconservativewomen.files.wordpress.com
Too bad she seems batshiat insane.
 
2012-10-29 06:55:10 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: mr_a: Some things are just more important than the weather.

Like guarding a tomb? What threat are they really expecting there?


That whooshing sound is the point going over your head.

Honor is more important than the weather.
 
2012-10-29 07:04:34 PM

dragonchild: DjangoStonereaver: The lack of knowledge of just who guards the Tomb of the Unknowns among the Fark Super Patriottm is disturbing but, alas, not at all surprising.

If I'm wrong I'll concede I'm wrong, but does it really matter to the point of derison? I honestly didn't know and don't care, because I thought the whole point is that the gesture is supposed to mean more than some petty-ass bullshiat rivalry. I thought that the Tomb is supposed represent ALL nameless Americans who fell in battle, but if this means so much I guess we exclude some and not others based on where they served. That tremendously cheapens the gesture itself to the point of idiotic, but given its importance I guess it's helpful to know for future reference.

/ As if our enemies give a shiat if someone they kill in battle is a soldier or a Marine




The crypt that once held the remains of the Vietnam Unknown has been replaced. The original inscription of "Vietnam" and the dates of the conflict has been changed to "Honoring and Keeping Faith with America's Missing Servicemen." as a reminder of the commitment of the Armed Forces to fullest possible accounting of missing service members.

The Army posts the guard but the guards wear no rank of insignia so as not to outrank the Unknowns. The only time rank is shown is at the changing of the guard but not by either the new or old guard. Outside of Farkland, if any member of the guard were to be identified in a bar, the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard would be lining up in no particular order to buy his (or her) drinks.
 
2012-10-29 07:05:11 PM

teto85: "Should the Army or the Navy ever glance on heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded by the United States Marines."


Semper Fi brother!
Good night Chesty Puller wherever you are.
 
2012-10-29 07:06:05 PM

The WindowLicker: henryhill: The act would be ALOT more impressive if this was something that NEEDED to be done.

It depends on what you mean by NEEDED. Nothing critical will fail if they don't guard it, nobody will immediately die, or even risk their health. However, the Old Guard are constantly reminding us that war comes with casualties. They are "building awareness" and more importantly ensuring that the public and the military both reflect on the historic and ongoing costs of war. I think that is something that Needs to be done.

For maximum impact it needs to be done at all times, not just when it is convenient. It is sort of like any other 'support the troops' activity. The only difference here is that they are actually doing it.

/10/10 A+ subby


I'm glad they build awareness that people die during wars. I'd never have known that otherwise, just like I never heard of breast cancer until the NFL went pink.

Thank goodness for all this good people do by doing meaningless but symbolic gestures in the name of awareness.
 
2012-10-29 07:08:06 PM

Nexzus: Wow, Katie Pavlich (the author of TFA) is astoundingly hot.
[hotconservativewomen.files.wordpress.com image 191x489]
Too bad she seems batshiat insane.


Further research shows that shes not quite as hot as that picture, but still not bad. Still hot enough to where I'd do a George Costanza meets hot neo-nazi chick thing. "Why yes, I do believe that Obama is a Muslim out to spread socialism wherever he goes, Ms Pavlich. Now, take off your top."

Actually, do those super conservative women types believe in traditional submissive womens roles? Cause that could lead to a kinky good time. I might have to start hitting up the local chapter of the young republicans. Ayn Rand says kneel, biatch!
 
2012-10-29 07:08:15 PM

beta_plus: Nabb1: I never thought that the Tomb of the Unknowns was something that would get under anyone's skin, but FARK continues to raise the bar. Well, more like lower it. Really, really lower.

To Fark Libs: America, always wrong.


img229.imageshack.us
 
2012-10-29 07:08:16 PM

skinnycatullus: That's neat and inspiring and whatever, but I have to wonder what they plan to do when 70mph winds start making it hard for them to stand upright or they have to dodge limbs and trash and other projectiles. It's not like all they have to worry about is getting a little wet and cold.


When the tomb is closed and/or extreme weather conditions arise, they guard it from a nearby sheltered location in fatigues.
 
2012-10-29 07:09:26 PM

Nexzus: Wow, Katie Pavlich (the author of TFA) is astoundingly hot.
[hotconservativewomen.files.wordpress.com image 191x489]
Too bad she seems batshiat insane.


Being a good-looking blonde woman seems to be a good way to make it in the "conservative" blogger/pundit/anchor world. Which is OK, but it would be nice if reason and intelligence were also considered desirable.

If anything, those seem to be a hindrance.
 
2012-10-29 07:12:53 PM
While the northeast whines about the "biggest storm ever to hit".........the south continues to cleanup after the previous 20 hurricanes struck:

tifr.us
 
2012-10-29 07:13:57 PM
Ah, The Tomb of the Unknowns, where America's military romanticists go get dewy-eyed for the dead, then go home and happily cheer on the next war.
 
2012-10-29 07:14:09 PM
Imagine that: someone who is supposed to be guarding something continues to do so even when the weather turns foul.
 
2012-10-29 07:15:10 PM

Cyclometh: skinnycatullus: That's neat and inspiring and whatever, but I have to wonder what they plan to do when 70mph winds start making it hard for them to stand upright or they have to dodge limbs and trash and other projectiles. It's not like all they have to worry about is getting a little wet and cold.

When the tomb is closed and/or extreme weather conditions arise, they guard it from a nearby sheltered location in fatigues.


I thought their offices were located underneath there and there was always a couple of them on duty.
 
2012-10-29 07:15:22 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: mr_a: Some things are just more important than the weather.

Like guarding a tomb? What threat are they really expecting there?


People have tried to deface the tomb. The guard is also a demonstration of respect for those that died.
 
2012-10-29 07:17:30 PM
The east coast is NOT sniveling and cowering. People are already losing their homes - this is a big deal.

I think we should let them have this one.
 
2012-10-29 07:20:42 PM
I'm not quite sure what is "hero" about this story?
 
2012-10-29 07:21:42 PM

teto85: "Should the Army or the Navy ever glance on heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded by the United States Marines."


Not reading the thread to see if anyone else covered this, but the Tomb is guarded by members of the U.S. Army Third Infantry.
 
2012-10-29 07:24:19 PM

Cyclometh: skinnycatullus: That's neat and inspiring and whatever, but I have to wonder what they plan to do when 70mph winds start making it hard for them to stand upright or they have to dodge limbs and trash and other projectiles. It's not like all they have to worry about is getting a little wet and cold.

When the tomb is closed and/or extreme weather conditions arise, they guard it from a nearby sheltered location in fatigues.


Thanks for a derp-free response. Interesting.

Not that you are ever guilty of bringing the derp, but it is awfully thick in this thread.
 
2012-10-29 07:24:23 PM

The WindowLicker: henryhill: The act would be ALOT more impressive if this was something that NEEDED to be done.

It depends on what you mean by NEEDED. Nothing critical will fail if they don't guard it, nobody will immediately die, or even risk their health. However, the Old Guard are constantly reminding us that war comes with casualties. They are "building awareness" and more importantly ensuring that the public and the military both reflect on the historic and ongoing costs of war. I think that is something that Needs to be done.

For maximum impact it needs to be done at all times, not just when it is convenient. It is sort of like any other 'support the troops' activity. The only difference here is that they are actually doing it.

/10/10 A+ subby


well said..glad to see someone here actually gets it.
the guard is not there to glorify war - quite the opposite.

the point being made is a very sad one - a man (or woman, these days) who gave his life at the behest of his countrymen (and yes, don't try to blame congress or the president), and no one even knows his name. his family will have no one to bury, and it will be as if he never existed.

for everyone, that is, except to these few who sacrifice their comfort in memory of these unknown.
 
2012-10-29 07:25:43 PM

Nexzus: Wow, Katie Pavlich (the author of TFA) is astoundingly hot.
[hotconservativewomen.files.wordpress.com image 191x489]
Too bad she seems batshiat insane.


She's no Michelle Malkin.
 
2012-10-29 07:27:07 PM

Misconduc: While the northeast whines about the "biggest storm ever to hit".........the south continues to cleanup after the previous 20 hurricanes struck:


I never realized Southerners were so butthurt about things not involving the Civil War.
 
2012-10-29 07:29:46 PM
Some stories just write themselves a month before, so when the author is homebound, on the beach 5000 miles away, or making the beast with two vags (twin sister in town?) she's down with that. 

Other weather stories include: Colorful umbrellas, Can you set jello in snow, and the favorite, Keep the puppies warm. 

//Kudos to the photo editor for showing US soldiers. Had to destroy the Russian, Korean, Chinese, and some guys in dresses others in feathers military honor guard snapshots for fear they'd end up in a story like this.
 
2012-10-29 07:30:06 PM
To all the farkers asking why we post guards:

In the 1920's people thought it would be funny to write graffiti on the tomb and smear shiat on it.

The brass at the time decided that the appropriate response was to post guards with bayonets for use in such situations.

Link
/Approves.
 
2012-10-29 07:30:34 PM

MayoBoy: dragonchild: DjangoStonereaver: The lack of knowledge of just who guards the Tomb of the Unknowns among the Fark Super Patriottm is disturbing but, alas, not at all surprising.

If I'm wrong I'll concede I'm wrong, but does it really matter to the point of derison? I honestly didn't know and don't care, because I thought the whole point is that the gesture is supposed to mean more than some petty-ass bullshiat rivalry. I thought that the Tomb is supposed represent ALL nameless Americans who fell in battle, but if this means so much I guess we exclude some and not others based on where they served. That tremendously cheapens the gesture itself to the point of idiotic, but given its importance I guess it's helpful to know for future reference.

/ As if our enemies give a shiat if someone they kill in battle is a soldier or a Marine



The crypt that once held the remains of the Vietnam Unknown has been replaced. The original inscription of "Vietnam" and the dates of the conflict has been changed to "Honoring and Keeping Faith with America's Missing Servicemen." as a reminder of the commitment of the Armed Forces to fullest possible accounting of missing service members.

The Army posts the guard but the guards wear no rank of insignia so as not to outrank the Unknowns. The only time rank is shown is at the changing of the guard but not by either the new or old guard. Outside of Farkland, if any member of the guard were to be identified in a bar, the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard would be lining up in no particular order to buy his (or her) drinks.


Yeah, not so much. I work with TOG soldiers, and it's hard not to giggle at them when they talk about how they can't sit down in their uniforms (goofs up the crease). They do wear normal rank insignia when serving as Sentinels.
 
2012-10-29 07:37:38 PM

Pincy: I'm not quite sure what is "hero" about this story?


Apparently, working in adverse weather conditions makes you a hero. Which would make me f*cking Superman compared to guys standing in the rain.
 
2012-10-29 07:38:08 PM
As a mother of sons, I think a death of a soldier is a loss to their family and I identify very strongly with that kind of loss. I am grateful I live in a country where they don't have to go to war. As for honour, that is all a country can offer, an honour guard. I would much rather have them live a full life and have no honour guard. Honour in death is meaningless.
 
2012-10-29 07:38:26 PM

mr_a: AdolfOliverPanties: mr_a: Some things are just more important than the weather.

Like guarding a tomb? What threat are they really expecting there?

The threat that someone might forget why it is important.


I didn't know there was a guard there. I'm pretty sure I heard about this tomb once when I was a kid, 25 years ago. Heaven forbid the guy would go in and stay warm and we'd "forget" about the tomb.
 
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