Fox Valley Young Marines

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Friends, I hope this finds you well and getting ready to celebrate the birthday of the second oldest US military. Tomorrow our Corps celebrates its 243rd birthday. I find it difficult for me to comprehend that my first birthday I was able to celebrate as a US Marine was the 183rd, That was 60 years ago, Nah, can’t be, but I’m afraid it is. UGH!

Today I am looking out my office window at that white stuff on the ground! What happened to Fall?

Anyway, now to my point of this post. I have finally figured out to develop a GoFundMe account for my Young Marines. The problem has been every time I tried it always ended up with the donations going to National’s account instead of ours. Well, being the Marine I am, I war-gamed the system and finagled my way into it in a different way and by golly it worked. So, I am posting it on my blog.

For those unfamiliar with the Young Marines, we are a national 501c3 non-profit youth organization for boys and girls ages 8-18, or HS graduation whichever comes last. You can go to national’s site and check it out (, or go to our website to learn more about us (/

We garner no funds from anyone, the only way we get donations is for the kids to stand in front of stores like Wal-Mart in uniform with buckets. That’s a tough way to try and raise enough funds for educational trips, fixed costs, uniforms, etc. We have developed a few corporate sponsors, mostly through our Marine brothers. But, I have some kids from some very low (poverty level) families so subsidizing their costs in the unit is a must. And it’s amazing how these kids have developed over the past two years. I am so proud of them, it humbles me to see the transformation. We are making a difference, albeit a small number. We currently have twenty in the unit, average age is 12.5.

I have decided that I am going to “attempt” to take them all to our nation’s capital next summer. I know it is a monumental undertaking, but damn it I am going to try. Some of them will never get the chance to visit our nation’s capital and see first-hand some of the historical sites that are part of our country’s birth and history.

There is no way we can afford fly, so my plan is to board Amtrak in Chicago one evening and wake up in D.C the next morning. Spend 4-5 days touring such places as the capital, white house, Tomb of the Unknowns, war memorials, and maybe even a side trip to Gettysburg. And, I certainly want to take them to a Friday night parade at MB 8th & !.

My local Marine Corps League, which is where I came up with the idea, did some research to see about making this sort of a trip for its members. They determined to stay for 4-5 days with meals, billeting, van/bus transportation, etc., it would cost about $1000/each. I think we can do it for less by staying at a college dorm that’s closed for the summer, and working with some local Marine contacts in the city. But we’ll see?

So, that’s what the GoFundMe account is all about. If you can see fit to give, please understand it is for a great cause — kids!

The link to the GoFundMe account is: /

Remember, we are a 501c3 non-profit organization, so all donations are 100% tax-deductible. And if you need a copy of our IRS letter, please reach out to me and I will gladly provide it. Thanks guys, and remember every donation, regardless of size is greatly appreciated.

Semper Fi;

Jim Bathurst, Unit Commander

The Real Reason They Hate Trump

I love it when someone, especially a professor at Yale, speaks out and explains everything in absolute terms; the kind a fellow like me can understand and appreciate.. Great read, thanks to a Marine Brother, Col David, no not the author of this fabulous piece, but a dear friend and Marine brother.


Every big U.S. election is interesting, but the coming midterms are fascinating for a reason most commentators forget to mention: The Democrats have no issues. The economy is booming and America’s international position is strong. In foreign affairs, the U.S. has remembered in the nick of time what Machiavelli advised princes five centuries ago: Don’t seek to be loved, seek to be feared.

The contrast with the Obama years must be painful for any honest leftist. For future generations, the Kavanaugh fight will stand as a marker of the Democratic Party’s intellectual bankruptcy, the flashing red light on the dashboard that says “Empty.” The left is beaten.

This has happened before, in the 1980s and ’90s and early 2000s, but then the financial crisis arrived to save liberalism from certain destruction. Today leftists pray that Robert Mueller will put on his Superman outfit and save them again.

For now, though, the left’s only issue is “We hate Trump.” This is an instructive hatred, because what the left hates about Donald Trump is precisely what it hates about America. The implications are important, and painful.

Not that every leftist hates America. But the leftists I know do hate Mr. Trump’s vulgarity, his unwillingness to walk away from a fight, his bluntness, his certainty that America is exceptional, his mistrust of intellectuals, his love of simple ideas that work, and his refusal to believe that men and women are interchangeable. Worst of all, he has no ideology except getting the job done. His goals are to do the task before him, not be pushed around, and otherwise to enjoy life. In short, he is a typical American—except exaggerated, because he has no constraints to cramp his style except the ones he himself invents.

Mr. Trump lacks constraints because he is filthy rich and always has been and, unlike other rich men, he revels in wealth and feels no need to apologize—ever. He never learned to keep his real opinions to himself because he never had to. He never learned to be embarrassed that he is male, with ordinary male proclivities. Sometimes he has treated women disgracefully, for which Americans, left and right, are ashamed of him—as they are of JFK and Bill Clinton.

But my job as a voter is to choose the candidate who will do best for America. I am sorry about the coarseness of the unconstrained average American that Mr. Trump conveys. That coarseness is unpresidential and makes us look bad to other nations. On the other hand, many of his opponents worry too much about what other people think. I would love the esteem of France, Germany and Japan. But I don’t find myself losing sleep over it.

The difference between citizens who hate Mr. Trump and those who can live with him—whether they love or merely tolerate him—comes down to their views of the typical American: the farmer, factory hand, auto mechanic, machinist, teamster, shop owner, clerk, software engineer, infantryman, truck driver, housewife. The leftist intellectuals I know say they dislike such people insofar as they tend to be conservative Republicans.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama know their real sins. They know how appalling such people are, with their stupid guns and loathsome churches. They have no money or permanent grievances to make them interesting and no Twitter followers to speak of. They skip Davos every year and watch Fox News. Not even the very best has the dazzling brilliance of a Chuck Schumer, not to mention a Michelle Obama. In truth they are dumb as sheep.

Mr. Trump reminds us who the average American really is. Not the average male American, or the average white American. We know for sure that, come 2020, intellectuals will be dumbfounded at the number of women and blacks who will vote for Mr. Trump. He might be realigning the political map: plain average Americans of every type vs. fancy ones.

Many left-wing intellectuals are counting on technology to do away with the jobs that sustain all those old-fashioned truck-driver-type people, but they are laughably wide of the mark. It is impossible to transport food and clothing, or hug your wife or girl or child, or sit silently with your best friend, over the internet. Perhaps that’s obvious, but to be an intellectual means nothing is obvious. Mr. Trump is no genius, but if you have mastered the obvious and add common sense, you are nine-tenths of the way home. (Scholarship is fine, but the typical modern intellectual cheapens his learning with politics, and is proud to vary his teaching with broken-down left-wing junk.)

This all leads to an important question—one that will be dismissed indignantly today, but not by historians in the long run: Is it possible to hate Donald Trump but not the average American?

True, Mr. Trump is the unconstrained average citizen. Obviously you can hate some of his major characteristics—the infantile lack of self-control in his Twitter babble, his hitting back like a spiteful child bully—without hating the average American, who has no such tendencies. (Mr. Trump is improving in these two categories.) You might dislike the whole package. I wouldn’t choose him as a friend, nor would he choose me. But what I see on the left is often plain, unconditional hatred of which the hater—God forgive him—is proud. It’s discouraging, even disgusting. And it does mean, I believe, that the Trump-hater truly does hate the average American—male or female, black or white. Often he hates America, too.

Granted, Mr. Trump is a parody of the average American, not the thing itself. To turn away is fair. But to hate him from your heart is revealing. Many Americas were ashamed when Ronald Reagan was elected. A movie actor? But the new direction he chose for America was a big success on balance, and Reagan turned into a great president. Evidently this country was intended to be run by amateurs after all—by plain citizens, not only lawyers and bureaucrats.

Those who voted for Mr. Trump, and will vote for his candidates this November, worry about the nation, not its image. The president deserves our respect because Americans deserve it—not such fancy-pants extras as network commentators, socialist high-school teachers and eminent professors, but the basic human stuff that has made America great, and is making us greater all the time.

Mr. Gelernter is computer science professor at Yale and chief scientist at Dittach LLC. His most recent book is “Tides of Mind.”


I have not been closely following the caravan(s) coming up through Mexico. Oh, I get a glimpse of their whereabouts now and then, and hear of the MSM following along beside a woman with a small child carrying an Ecuadorean flag sobbing about her needs and what America can do to help her and her small child. Hmm. Interesting?” Yes. Heart wrenching? Absolutely not!

First of all, these folks seem to be well nourished, well-kept, and clean. So I am wondering how can that be? They supposedly have traveled hundreds of miles through terrain which would not be considered highly hospitable, allegedly harangued by police and soldiers in attempts to halt their progress. Yet all has failed or even slightly deterred them from the mission, which is………what? I’m told by the MSM they want help and demand the USA to provide it. Nah, I don’t think that’s the “real” mission. Perhaps it might be to arrive at our border on Election Day to make a statement for one of the political party’s. Hmm, now that makes it even more interesting.

I was not a logistics officer in the Corps, but I did know a lot of them, some were even friends. But as an infantry enlisted and officer, I did, on occasion, have to move large numbers of Marines and sailors over not so hospitable terrain for several days. So I have some questions for the MSM, which I am wondering why they have not already been asked.

Where do they shit?  A human excretes roughly one pound of feces per day. Thus, a caravan of 7,000 would create 3.5 tons of shit. Where is it? Who collected it? What did they do with it?

Where do they eat? Who is feeding them? Where do they sleep? Better yet, who is paying for all this?

Does anyone really believe that one day out of the blue, 7,000 Ecuadorians woke up and said, “Hey, Let’s all march to the American border, and demand they let us in and take care of us.” Really?

Well, I have an idea who is paying for it, but I’ll let you decide for yourself.


Which Party is Against Illegal Immigration?

Want to know what happened with illegal immigration and why the democrats always supported strong borders and then suddenly flip-flopped? Please carefully copy and past the below link, and Tucker will explain it all to you in concrete, verifiable, simple terms. If you are old enough you will surely remember the events about which he talks – I certainly do, but the average progressive millennial will not.



This PSA was brought to you courtesy of Trump Country. Enjoy!

Yeah, I know you are probably asking what the photo of slim bucket Kerry has to do with this post? Well, really, nothing at all. I just love that photo of him. He looks like someone ask him what he did during the big war, Vietnam that is. LOL And he is trying come up with something heroic, but can’t think of anything because he threw his medals over the WH fence. 


One Marine's Journey From Private to Colonel

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