Return this man

I will not speak of his politics, nor will I sully this sad day with vitriol or anger.

Rotties, I bid you stand.

Let it be forever known this man was a warrior, let his service to his nation be remembered with eternal honour.

Silver Star, Legion of Merit awarded twice,Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and the Prisoner of War Medal.

Rest well, sir.

Return this man to Huma’s breast
Beyond the wild, impartial skies;
Grant to him a warrior’s rest
And set the last spark of his eyes
Free from the smothering clouds of wars
Upon the torches of the stars.
Let the last surge of his breath
Take refuge in the cradling air
Above the dreams of ravens where
Only the hawk remembers death.
Then let his shade to Huma rise
Beyond the wild, impartial skies.

33 comments

  1. 1
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    Certainly, more souls would have perished in ’67 on the USS Forest Fire (Forrestal CV-59), if not for the efforts of the senator.
    Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori~~(“It is sweet and fitting to die for your country.”)

  2. 2
    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    I’ll go with your sentiments here.

    He was a great man, and he will be missed. Especially now.

    There are no more lions in the Senate.

  3. 3
    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    There are no more lions in the Senate.

    Lions were generally found in the Colosseum, not the Senate.

  4. 4
    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    Fa Cube Itches says:

    Lions were generally found in the Colosseum, not the Senate.

    I borrowed it.

  5. 5
    LCBren growls and barks:

    You will forgive me Deej..but any mention of Teddy “USS Chappaquiddick” Kennedy is enough to make me want to throw up

    Both enjoyed a boisterous scrap on the Senate floor and could laugh about it afterward. Both were the type of larger-than-life characters who could command the attention of the Senate — and the nation — on the issues of the day. The struggling Senate is a smaller place without them.

    Mary-Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.

  6. 6
    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    Uuhh–who or what’s Huma? :em03:

  7. 7
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    DJ Allyn, MPSE says:

    He was a great man, and he will be missed. Especially now.

    There are no more lions in the Senate.

    As to my sentiments here, et al., one great rocket jockey, one less predator in the senate.
    I won’t miss him, especially now.

  8. 8
    Terrapod growls and barks:

    I can honor him for his naval service and for almost being the anchorman at Annapolis, but I will reserve comment on his behaviour in the senate.

    Like most politicians, he served himself politically first and the nation second in that phase of his live.

    Rest in Peace, you have earned that through your military service.

  9. 9
    Iron Bear growls and barks:

    Rotties, I bid you stand.

    No. I’m not going to stand to honor John McCain.

    I’m not that big a crocodile to shed a tear pretending to respect in death a man for whom I had no respect in life and in his office.

  10. 10
    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    I salute him for his service to his country wearing the uniform while lesser men tucked their tails between their legs and made a beeline for the Northern border, that much he has earned and I give it gladly.

    As to the rest… As my grandma used to say: “If you can’t say anything nice about a man, sometimes it’s better to say nothing at all.”

    Enough unsaid.

    Out of respect for his grieving family.

  11. 11
    Iron Bear growls and barks:

    Emperor Misha I says:

    As to the rest… As my grandma used to say: “If you can’t say anything nice about a man, sometimes it’s better to say nothing at all.”

    Heh. Mine always said, “… when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.”

    But she was an ironclad old battleaxe, God rest her soul. 🙂

  12. 12
    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Iron Bear says:

    Heh. Mine always said, “… when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.”

    Ah, but mine never said anything about what you should think, she only talked about what you said. 😉

  13. 13
    Azygos growls and barks:

    “All men have an emotion to kill; when they strongly dislike some one they involuntarily wish he was dead. I have never killed any one, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction.”

    Clarence Darrow- 1932 The Story of My Life
    Often misattributed to Mark Twain

  14. 14
    Iron Bear growls and barks:

    Emperor Misha I says:

    Ah, but mine never said anything about what you should think, she only talked about what you said.

    *snicker* Okay, fair enough. 🙂

    I’m just tired of the near constant virtue signalling on the Right whenever something like this happens, I think.

    Not you, of course, but damn’ near everywhere else.

    Outside of here, DP, and ColdFury, I’ve yet to read a comment, editorial, or blog post about Alex Jones getting deplatformed that didn’t include, somewhere, the near obligatory, “Well of course Alex Jones is vile and reprehensible for his statements on Sandy Hook yata yata and I don’t like him, but he has a right to a platform and to speak… ” Even at fucking TakiMag, which used to be foremost in the politically incorrect Right.

    Well, no. I kinda like Alex Jones. I find him outrageous and amusing. And I don’t think that he’s “vile” or “reprehensible” for questioning the narrative on the Sandy Hook shooting… there’s something hinky there, just as there’s a lot of hinky things around the Florida school shooting and the now nearly completely memory holed Las Vegas shootings, and someone needs to question them and call them out. I’m kinda happy that Jones was doing so, and I don’t feel a particular need to genuflect Leftward to signal to people who hate me and want me dead by doing the obligatory Alex Jones Is Mad, Rude, and Bad to Know Dance.

    Likewise with McCain.

    There’s got to be a reason why John McCain earned the nickname “Songbird McCain” from his own fellow soldiers who were in durance vile as well.

    And then he sold out his own by working overtime to bury the MIAs after the war.

    And past his ‘Nam service, McCain never saw a chance to “cross the aisle” and cozy up to the Left and media while selling out the Right and his own constituents.

    So I feel no need to forget all of that and do the ritual “But He Was A Great War Hero and Let Us Speak No Ill” dance around his long overdue and belated casket.

    I won’t piss on his grave, but I also won’t let it be forgotten that he was no friend of the Right and that he deserves a traitor’s memorial. Let his memory and his grave be salted at a crossroads, and let him stand in Hades with Benedict and whomever will have him.

    And if that damns me as well, well…

    Heaven for atmosphere, Hell for company. I’ll save you a seat by the fires, bud. 🙂

  15. 15
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    Someone here called him a treasure in a previous post and I commented, ‘ If by treasure, you mean one of a kind… okay.’ And *POOF* the post was eaten by the Blogosphere.
    Yeah, yeah, yeah…”Do not judge, lest you be judged in twice the measure”, is the root of the golden rule. It was for alive peeps not those on the docket.
    I want to do the right thing and commend the man for his life’s achievements. There’s two lists, though. I’m having a hard time with the short list of his merits and the long one dragging his legacy to hell. The Nevada gaming commission surely will miss him, Sara Palin, not so much.
    It is sad, for us all, that he waited so long.

  16. 16
    LCBren growls and barks:

    I thought of this as I would a funeral at Arlington. For better or worse, whether you approve or not, I choose to remember his service.

    After I am gone, I imagine a lot of people will have unkind things to say about me as well.

    Virtue signalling? No.

    Huma was a knight who defeated the Lord of Darkness, Takhisis…from the Dragonlance series. It seemed appropriate.

    I salute him for his service to his country wearing the uniform while lesser men tucked their tails between their legs and made a beeline for the Northern border, that much he has earned and I give it gladly.

    Then you understand my intent, Sire.

  17. 17
    Iron Bear growls and barks:

    LCBren says:

    Virtue signalling? No.

    *nod* Probably not in your case.

    But you give honor to a man who proved himself repeatedly to be the enemy of you and yours, in word and deed, and the ally of your enemies on the Left.

    McCain is unworthy of the honor and your salute.

  18. 18
    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Iron Bear says:

    I’m just tired of the near constant virtue signalling on the Right whenever something like this happens, I think.

    I’m with you on that one. The sheer amount of people lining up to eulogize and praise to high heavens the same guy they were unfavorably comparing to Hitler, Stalin and Jeffrey Dahmer 10 minutes ago is sickening.

    I understand and respect the people who refuse to say anything, because that’s at least honest. I chose to say nothing, but that’s my choice. I can even respect the people who, for reasons unknowable to me, praise him now because that’s what they’ve always done. Understand them? No. Respect their integrity? Yes.

    What I cannot ever understand, much less respect, is the hypocritical nonsense of wailing and rending of garments by people who spent their entire lives hating the guts of the guy they’re now tongue-bathing.

  19. 19
    LC Getalis, Imperial Czar of Pharmacology growls and barks:

    What’s this about Huma’s breasts? :em01:

  20. 20
    VonZorch Imperial Researcher growls and barks:

    LC Mike in Chi says:

    Certainly, more souls would have perished in ’67 on the USS Forest Fire (Forrestal CV-59), if not for the efforts of the senator.
    Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori~~(“It is sweet and fitting to die for your country.”)

    I have seen several claims that it would have been fewer if he didn’t have the habit of doing a “wet start” of his aircraft. A wet start involves running fuel into the engine before starting resulting in a loud bang and a blast of flames from the engine. It is, and was, prohibited because 1, it is hard on the engine reducing it’s service life, not that long in an F4 to begin with, and 2 the flames can set fires, this is what may have started the fire that got the Forest Fire her nickname.
    Iron Bear says:

    Rotties, I bid you stand.

    No. I’m not going to stand to honor John McCain.

    I’m not that big a crocodile to shed a tear pretending to respect in death a man for whom I had no respect in life and in his office.

    I’ll stand and give a rousing cheer that he’ll commit treason in the Senate no more!

  21. 21
    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    Emperor Misha I says:

    As my grandma used to say: “If you can’t say anything nice about a man, sometimes it’s better to say nothing at all.”

    I’ve had this one rule when it comes to the recently deceased: celebrate their lives without passing judgment upon them.

    I look at it this way: My shit stinks. So does yours. We’ve ALL made our mistakes in our lives — ALL of us. Some are insignificant. Some severely damaged us. Some hurt others.

    I tend to look at a person’s life as a whole. As a whole, John McCain was not a bad human.

  22. 22
    LCBren growls and barks:

    McCain is unworthy of the honor and your salute.

    Perhaps. But it is mine to give regardless. ‘I ask you to accept at least this is in keeping within my own personal honour.

    I will not weep for him, there was much he did I despise..but I at least honour his service in the same way that a corporal who utterly loathes his commanding officer will still render a salute.

    A long time ago, one of your Presidents was asked about a certain General after he had died. He replied that he had been a capable , smart man and a good leader to his men. The aide was startled, and answered that said General had spoken of the President with contempt many times, calling him a fool and weak willed.

    The President nodded.

    “I know .But you asked me for my opinion of him…not his opinion of me”.

    I may be sentimental, or maybe misguided as you say and maybe he doesnt deserve either. But it is mine to give, nonetheless.

    Take that as you will, my friend.

  23. 23
    Iron Bear growls and barks:

    Not a problem, LCBren.

    I can’t wait to read your stirring eulogy for Jane Fonda when the time comes.

  24. 24
    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    JOHN MCCAIN’S FINAL LETTER TO ALL OF US:

    “My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for sixty years, and especially my fellow Arizonans,

    “Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead. I have tried to serve our country honorably. I have made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them.

    “I have often observed that I am the luckiest person on earth. I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. I have loved my life, all of it. I have had experiences, adventures and friendships enough for ten satisfying lives, and I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life, in good or bad times, for the best day of anyone else’s.

    “I owe that satisfaction to the love of my family. No man ever had a more loving wife or children he was prouder of than I am of mine. And I owe it to America. To be connected to America’s causes – liberty, equal justice, respect for the dignity of all people – brings happiness more sublime than life’s fleeting pleasures. Our identities and sense of worth are not circumscribed but enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves.

    “‘Fellow Americans’ – that association has meant more to me than any other. I lived and died a proud American. We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil. We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world. We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history. We have acquired great wealth and power in the process.

    “We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.

    “We are three-hundred-and-twenty-five million opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates. But we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country we will get through these challenging times. We will come through them stronger than before. We always do.

    “Ten years ago, I had the privilege to concede defeat in the election for president. I want to end my farewell to you with the heartfelt faith in Americans that I felt so powerfully that evening.

    I feel it powerfully still.

    “Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.

    “Farewell, fellow Americans. God bless you, and God bless America.”

  25. 25
    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    LC Mike in Chi @ #:15

    Someone here called him a treasure in a previous post

    Well, like many treasures, he’ll soon be buried.

  26. 26
    LCBren growls and barks:

    Not a problem, LCBren.

    I can’t wait to read your stirring eulogy for Jane Fonda when the time comes.

    Fonda can roast in Hell. She did not serve. We will agree to disagree on this and leave it there.

  27. 27
    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    LCBren @ #:26

    She did not serve.

    Well, she didn’t serve America…..

  28. 28
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    Fonda is still a” rel=”nofollow”> rascally Wabbit @ 80 y/o.
    ” rel=”nofollow”>Here’s John F’n Kerry smoozin’ with the anti-war poster child, three years before I joined the Navy in 1970.

  29. 29
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    Dang!
    That was a lotta’ Fonda.

  30. 30
    Iron Bear growls and barks:

    LCBren says:

    Not a problem, LCBren.

    I can’t wait to read your stirring eulogy for Jane Fonda when the time comes.

    Fonda can roast in Hell. She did not serve. We will agree to disagree on this and leave it there.

    *nod* You’re right. John Kerry would have been a better example.

    We don’t have to “agree to disagree”. Disagreement only takes one party. I can disagree whether you’re agreeable to it or not.

    McCain Takes Post-Mortem Shot at Trump with Final Words

    McCain’s proven he’s your enemy beyond his death with his final postmortem words. You’re honoring a man who has no honor.

    Razorfist says it best, as always: McCain: A One Man Case For Term Limits.

    I shan’t belabour the point beyond this. I think I’ve made it sufficiently.

  31. 31
    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    Iron Bear @ #:30

    Razorfist says it best, as always: McCain: A One Man Case For Term Limits.

    That man may have a slight limitation on his boundless love for Songbird.

  32. 32
    Terrapod growls and barks:

    Jane looks more like her dad every day :em01:

    Right down to the curmudgeonly pursed lips and wrinkles.

    There is some truth to the old song citing that “only the good die young”, the assholes seem to go on forever. And yes I know that the damned song is about hopping in the sack with the opposite sex (back when there were only 2, don’tcha know).

  33. 33
    Iron Bear growls and barks:

    Fa Cube Itches says:

    That man may have a slight limitation on his boundless love for Songbird.

    The Pontiff of Profanity does have a way with words, does he not? 🙂