Welcome to Licentia Loquendi, founded January 2009. L2 is a team blog that focuses primarily on political, military and Constitutional issues with a Conservative Christian slant. We are two college students, a Navy corpsman, an Army sniper and a Vietnam era Army veteran.

Each writer has free reign over postings. One writer's views are not necessarily the views of all writers.

31 January 2010

Challenging Atheism

While watching this video, I felt the sudden urge to take notes on everything this woman said in order to challenge my professors. The first urge was quickly quelled by a second urge to not kill my GPA and actually graduate in two years.

30 January 2010

Honor the Fallen: Air Force

Tech. Sgt. Adam K. Ginett, 29, of Knightdale, NC, was assigned to the 31st Civil Engineering Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy. Ginett "was all about helping others. . . . When he came home between duties, he enjoyed restoring vintage cars, drawing, painting and even dabbled in pottery. Still . . . his mission was helping and serving others more than anything else" (The Daily Record)

Senior Airman Bradley R. Smith, 24, of Troy, Ill., was assigned to the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron, Fort Riley, Kan. Smith was described as "a kind-hearted, high-spirited person and a true gentleman" (BND.com)

*All information, unless otherwise cited, can be found at MilitaryCity.com's Honor the Fallen.

Honor the Fallen: Navy

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Xin Qi, 25, of Cordova, Tenn., was assigned to the Fourth Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Marine Expeditionary Brigade -- Afghanistan.
Corpsman.com for more information.

*All information, unless otherwise cited, can be found at MilitaryCity.com's Honor the Fallen.

Honor the Fallen: Army

SPC Brushaun X. Anderson, 20, of Columbus, Ga., was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, NY. Anderson joined the Army in October 2007.

Sgt. Joshua A. Lengstorf, 24, of Yoncalla, Ore., was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carlson, Colo. Lengstorf is remembered "as a young man who was smart and fun-loving with a gung-ho attitude toward life" (OregonLive.com)

PVT John P. Dion, 19, of Shattuck, Okla., was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carlson, Colo. Dion's girlfriend described him "as the kind of person who always found a silver lining, and saw the good in others" (KRDO.com)

SPC Brian R. Bowman, 24, of Crawfordsville, Ind., was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carlson, Colo.

SPC David A. Croft, Jr., 22, of Plant City, Fla., was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

PFC Michael R. Jarrett, 20, of North Platte, Neb., was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Illesheim, Germany.

*All information, unless otherwise cited, can be found at MilitaryCity.com's Honor the Fallen.

29 January 2010

And I Thought . . .

. . . 4th grade health class was bad. . . .

Afghan Men Struggle With Sexual Identity, Study Finds
I was going to post excerpts from this article, but I found it in its entirety rather interesting. And by interesting, I mean that I cannot fully wrap my mind around this concept.

28 January 2010

Less Than 2 1/2 Years to Go.

I'm taking Media History under the same professor who, last year, docked points from my presentation on military advertising because I failed to address her claim that people have become leery of enlisting since 9/11. An acquaintance who happens to be an Army recruiter debunked that statement (he provided me with most of the material I used in my presentation), but my grade remained unchanged.
This semester seems as though it will be equally interesting. On the first day of class, she tore into the failures of Vietnam, and according to our syllabus, our topics of discussion will include the following: "Abolition," "Exposing Joe McCarthy," "Is This What You Mean By Color TV?," "The Black and the Beautiful," "Restrictive Portrayals of Asians in the Media," "Consumerism and the Construction of Black Female Identity," "Lesbian Chic," "Lots of Friends at the YMCA," "Popular Culture and Queer Representation," "Vietnam War," "Watergate," "Rush Limbaugh," "9/11," and "What We Really Miss About the 1950s." Do you know what I really miss about the 1950s? Women as homemakers, rearing kids and making sandwiches for their husbands. We're also going to watch "Hairspray" and "Pleasantville." And if nap time could be worked in there somewhere, that would be lovely.
This morning, we managed to talk about Glenn Beck for a rather lengthy amount of time, though none of it was really positive (on the other hand, the discourse never became completely became uncivilized, either). We also watched a segment of the Thomas Paine video that is currently on YouTube and was featured on Fox News, and my professor mentioned that Beck had written a book titled Common Sense. I almost volunteered to bring in my copy for her to read.
And we talked about the Tea Party movement, at which point my professor asked if I'd attended a tea party, because she thought she remembered me mentioning something about that. So I explained that yes, I'd attended a small tea party locally, and I'd also gone to the one in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12, and I'd also met Glenn Beck when I attended his show last Spring. And then, since I thought I might as well shovel the dirt on top of myself since I'd clearly just dug my grave, I told her that there were quite a few liberals and Democrats at D.C. on 9/12, and the media lied about the number of people actually in attendance, and Glenn Beck is really a nice person.
I decided to add the video we watched today. We stopped around 1:37. 1:00 - 1:27 is my favorite.

Aside from Media History, I am also studying Human Diseases (like ebola and anthrax, which make any class exciting), Contemporary Middle East (Iranian Revolution to today) and Psychology. Are my courses interesting? Yes. Are they applicable? I don't foresee myself needing to know how to create trypticase soy agar after this semester. On the other hand, one of my best friends attends a Christian college (and it's not just a nominal one, either). She's taking a course titled "Christian Home" this semester, which, according to the college's course catalog (yes, I admit I researched it), "explores the biblical views of dating, engagement, marriage, parenting, and other family life issues. Special attention is given to the development of an effective family ministry within the local church which addresses contemporary family life problems." I don't even know how to file taxes properly. But then again, neither does Sec'y Geithner.

25 January 2010

Devil Doc and Xavier Brightside will be deploying to the Middle East in the near future, and my prayers are with them, as well as Alex, who went to Haiti on the USS Comfort.

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06 January 2010

Where Is My Acadamey Award?

I used to work at a Boy Scout camp as a firearms instructor. I must have done something right because I was requested to work there the entire summer. Throughout the week long trainning process that qualifiedus as camp staff; they told a story about a man that was an Eagle scout, which to those who don't know is a very big deal. Promotions in the military and so on. This man felt guilty twenty plus years later because he felt that he didn't truly earn a merit badge, but rather that it was pretty much given to him. So he hasseled the national office and had them remove his name from the official Eagle scout roster. The moral of the story at that time was make sure that if you sign it off that it was actually done. But, today's lesson is a little different.
Granted it is old news that Saddam Hu........ Oops! That middle name thing kind've throws me off. The "messiah" was given the Nobel Peace Prize...... What!? How? Why? What has he done? Ah! Talking must qualify a man for what was once highly reveared and now they give it away, not for action, but making empty promises. Here is another thought; if a police officer arrests a man with a bounty, since he is doing his job he cannot lawfully accept the bounty. When Saddam was found nobody in the military got the reward because they were doing their job. I'll let that sink in.
But then again, you must be a liberal to get the Nobel peace prize. In doing research for this I looked at other winners. I stopped at 1993 because I was starting to get sick to my stomach. Al Gore, Jimmy Carter. What more do I need to say? Arafat leader of the PLO a known terrorist group got it. Then you have people that actually earned it like Dr. King. I will tell you right now that if I would refuse the award on principle. Why should I associate myself with the likes of Al Gore. what has he done? Invented the internet. Responsible for the Styx albulm Kilroy Was Here, wait that was his wife.
So in keeping up with the times I'm going to throw out some names for this year. Theodore John Kaczynski hasn't killed anybody reccently while in prison. My dog promotes peace because if you shadow box he barks and gets scared. If none of these sound rdiculous you must be a nominator.
The left continues to be glorified for nonexistant accoumptlishment and whenever we do something a liberal some how ruins it. Now that I'm mad I think I'll take some asprin and go for a run.