January 2nd, 2003

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Fandom, oh fandom

Why do people think that, pre-MS-hissy-fit and subsequent Denialite-hissy-fit, fandom was all love and peace and roses? People talk about the "good old days", before Gatecon '01 or in some cases even before Divide & Conquer, and they make it sound like folks from all factions held hands and sang songs 'round the campfire. Which is so not how it was.

True, those were two biggies in fandom history: D&C and the uproar over it drove many a shipper - including yours truely - out into the big bad world of general forums to defend the 'ship, just in case any PTBs were watching and gauging reaction. And a group of people saying the entire show was monkey shit because of the loss of a single actor... yeah, surprisingly enough that upset a couple of people. Fandom is more mixed, and a lot larger than it used to be, and it has a lot more history which means more for people to be upset about. But this weird revisionist history is just, well, weird.
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Avert thy eyes!

My uncle forwarded this to me... warnings to the faint of heart, the critical of Marines, or French people ;)

You gotta love the confidence of a Marine.

From a U.S. Marine in Bosnia. Note the signature, but read it last.


A funny thing happened to me yesterday at Camp Bondsteel (Bosnia): A French army officer walked up to me in the PX, and told me he thought we (Americans) were a bunch of cowboys and were going to provoke a war.

He said if such a thing happens, we wouldn't be able to count on the support of France.

I told him that it didn't surprise me. Since we had come to France's rescue in World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and the Cold War, their ingratitude and jealousy was due to surface at some point in the near future anyway.

That is why France is a third-rate military power with a socialist economy and a bunch of [edited] for soldiers.

I additionally told him that America, being a nation of deeds and action, not words, would do whatever it had to do, and France's support was only for show anyway. Just like in ALL NATO exercises, the US would shoulder 85% of the burden, as evidenced by the fact that the French officer was shopping in the American PX, and not the other way around.

He began to get belligerent at that point, and I told him if he would like to, I would meet him outside in front of the Burger King and beat his ass in front of the entire Multi-National Brigade East, thus demonstrating that even the smallest American had more fight in him than the average Frenchman.

He called me a barbarian cowboy and walked away in a huff. With friends like these, who needs enemies?


Mary Beth Johnson
LtCol, USMC
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