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Who is SSGT Lawrence Dean?

He's the rapping Marine. I saw this at Michelle Malkin's site this morning and all I have to say is that I'm sorry it took so long for me to get to it:

More information on the song:

Here is the coolest thing, the piece is titled She Called, well She is his Grandma and the piece is his explanation to her of why he would go to war. WOW! It was great to talk with him and I wish him the best in what could be a second career. Semper Fi!

Be sure to read Uncle Jimbo's interview with SSgt Dean at Blackfive.


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Put a feather in his cap.<b... (Below threshold)
kim:

Put a feather in his cap.
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All I could think of was wh... (Below threshold)
epador:

All I could think of was what a kick it would be to see Lee Ward's version.

Dang, 'Stick a feather in h... (Below threshold)
kim:

Dang, 'Stick a feather in his cap'.
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"She called", and SSGT Dean... (Below threshold)

"She called", and SSGT Dean called my heart. Thank you for the post.

Living proof that the kooko... (Below threshold)

Living proof that the kookosphere, with cheerleader kim at the head of the parade, just swoons over blatant JINGOISM.

Yassir, My Kountry, right or wrong!

Any comparison between this... (Below threshold)

Any comparison between this Marine and Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp would be an insult to SSGT. Dean -- but yet oddly appropriate.

J.

Hey fleadom flies how about... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Hey fleadom flies how about you telling the sarge that to his face?

Nahhh, didn't think so.

Freedom Fries imagination i... (Below threshold)
kim:

Freedom Fries imagination is as swollen as Pere Ubu's chauvinism.
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Thanks for the plug!... (Below threshold)

Thanks for the plug!
You can see the full script of his poem on BadAssMarine.com.

Check it out!

All I could think of was... (Below threshold)
Nachos:

All I could think of was what a kick it would be to see Lee Ward's version.

We might not have that chance:

Police: Man yelled 'liars' before killing 3 in church

NEOSHO, Missouri (CNN) -- A man with a semiautomatic pistol stormed a southwestern Missouri church where his relatives were praying, shouting "liars, liars" as he opened fire and killed three people, police said Monday.

Has anybody seen Leeward lately?

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/13/church.shooting/index.html?eref=rss_latest

FreedomFries, were you frie... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

FreedomFries, were you fried in bile?

When any and every display ... (Below threshold)
Etain P:

When any and every display of patriotism is called Jingoism, then let me be a jingoist.

Well said, Etain.... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Well said, Etain.

Well Etain & SPQR, how jing... (Below threshold)

Well Etain & SPQR, how jingoistic do you think the 3701 American troops and their families feel while you two thump your chests in the comfort of your homes as you serenade war?

FreedomFries, given the tim... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

FreedomFries, given the time I spend in support of the troops at the neighboring base, the time I've spent advising veterans in the local college system, and the time I've spent aiding my neighbors' families while they were deployed, I know that they react better to me than to bile filled haters like yourself.

In fact, I'd tell you the opinions of returning Iraq vets about people like you that have been expressed to me personally, but it would violate the terms of service of the website.

By the way, FreedomFries, m... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

By the way, FreedomFries, my next door neighbor returned from Iraq in 2005 after his second tour. He flies a US flag from his porch every day regardless of weather. His flag gets regularly stolen by little bile filled insects, we caught one recently doing so who reminds me a lot of you. Said he opposed "jingoism" in that exact phrasing.

SPQR, in spite of your Lati... (Below threshold)

SPQR, in spite of your Latin pretensions w/ your user, I would be amazed if a knucklewalker knew the definition of "jingoism."

Unlike your anecdote about the flag, my flag flies proudly from my balcony, never torn down once in 14 years.

I think that it seems... al... (Below threshold)

I think that it seems... alien... to some people that there are those who see nobility in service.

It's as though we are reflexively cynical as if it were some higher good not to trust anything that isn't negative.

But people really do feel the things that SSgt Dean so eloquently expresses and really do live the lives that he portrays, who really do have that conversation with their small children.

It's faith and purpose in something greater than one's self, and yes, it's real.

Methinks freedom fies does ... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

Methinks freedom fies does not support the troops. At least he's honest about that.

FreedomFries, all you have ... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

FreedomFries, all you have are cheap bile-filled insults. You demonstrate with that that you are a very small person.

Not only do I know the definition of jingoism, I can recite the British beer hall song that it is derivative from, and tell you which war era it came from. You have these false beliefs of the inferiority of your political opponents to justify only your own feelings. That kind of substitution of emotional feelings for any coherent political thought only shows your limits - no one elses. You are the vilest of trolls.

The only knuckledragger besides yourself was the little anti-war twerp who thought that stealing flags from people's porches was a bold political statement.

FF: "Unlike your anecdote a... (Below threshold)
Drago:

FF: "Unlike your anecdote about the flag, my flag flies proudly from my balcony, never torn down once in 14 years."

Sure it does. Why would anyone want to "tear down" your sickle and hammer banner?

Evan Sayet famously (to peo... (Below threshold)
Etain P:

Evan Sayet famously (to people who don't depend on the MSM) said that those on the left had two beliefs that guided their sometimes bizarre viewpoints; nothing is worth fighting against, and nothing is worth fighting for. To that I would add a third: the act of fighting turns you into a monster.

You can see this view on display in the Beauchamp hoax and I think it comes across here. A proud, dignified and noble marine rapping about why he fights is anethema to people like freedom fries. It simply can't exist in their universe, so the cognitive dissonance leads him to call it 'jingoism.'

There's no possible way for people like him to accept SSGT Dean's beautiful and stirring poem for what it is.

Hear, hear.... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Hear, hear.

FreedomFries...Are... (Below threshold)

FreedomFries...

Aren't you glad to have a subclass around you can feel superior to?

Patriotism is just SO tacky, isn't it? Especially coming from a Marine, who's already subjugated by The Man - and a Black Marine, who should feel doubly subjugated. Obviously he's an ignorant fool, barely one step above the grinning black minstrels who used to perform for their masters. And he feels patriotic, to boot! How smart could he possibly be? Doesn't he know the history of the United States? Doesn't he know the bad things that were done to men of his race?

You know something? I think he does. I think he's pretty well read on history, and you don't get to be a SSgt in the Marine Corps without a good bit of intelligence under your belt. I think he's capable of looking at the past and going "Yeah - there's been plenty of mistakes along the way. And there's been shit that nobody should be proud of - but there's one thing that we should be proud of, and that's that we're always, ALWAYS trying to be better. We don't enshrine our mistakes forever, and worship them as if they're commandments from God. And it may take time to correct them - but correct them we do."

And he sees something you don't, for all your intelligence and snarkly phrasing.

He sees us all as Americans. And thinks we're good enough to stand with him.

BTW, there's a comment posted elsewhere that I think just SO typifies the smallness of mind that can't ever accept that character and what a man does is more important than his skin color.

Comment from jamal al rashid

Posted on Thursday, 16 August 2007 at 6:05 pm

this nigga is the biggest uncle tom I have ever seen. He is clearly brain damaged if he thinks this country will ever accept him. Amerikkka will alwys hate the black man, no matter how much blood he spills in foreign wars. I hate a nigga like him, he makes all the real brothers look like a bunch of spineless jellyfish. When I envision 'jamal al rashid' I think of a barely employable thug, who believes acting tough with a sideways cap and falling-down-pants shows just how 'real' he is. What can I say? That's how he presents himself, and on the internet how you present yourself is how you are - he could be a 55 year old accountant in Cleveland for all I know.

But you know something? He got one line right.

I hate a nigga like him, he makes all the real brothers look like a bunch of spineless jellyfish.
Yeah, it's hard to look on a real man when you've been playing at being one without feeling very resentful, and realizing just how far you've got to go to be at the same level... especially when the respect he's getting is honestly earned instead of the politically correct lip service that's so often passed out as 'respect'.

Aw, rats. Is there any way... (Below threshold)

Aw, rats. Is there any way to consistently slap up blockquotes that don't unquote after the first line?

For those missing it - here's the paragraph I had quoted above. Guess I'll use italics instead.

Comment from jamal al rashid

Posted on Thursday, 16 August 2007 at 6:05 pm

this nigga is the biggest uncle tom I have ever seen. He is clearly brain damaged if he thinks this country will ever accept him. Amerikkka will alwys hate the black man, no matter how much blood he spills in foreign wars. I hate a nigga like him, he makes all the real brothers look like a bunch of spineless jellyfish.

When I envision 'jamal al rashid' I think of a barely employable thug, who believes acting tough with a sideways cap and falling-down-pants shows just how 'real' he is. What can I say? That's how he presents himself, and on the internet how you present yourself is how you are - he could be a 55 year old accountant in Cleveland for all I know.
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We now resume our regularly scheduled comments section.

hmm i hate to see people li... (Below threshold)
PFC Motivated:

hmm i hate to see people like freedon fries and jamal al rashid post comments like this about such a great marine. i say this because SSGT Dean is a Instructor in my Command. he does not boast from his fame that us students just found out about this week. SSGT Dean holds the principles and leadership traits that any serviceman can respect. Honor, Courage, Commitment that is what we ive by and it is something i hoped more people would learn to respect. SSgt Dean you are a greatly respected and dedicated Devil Dog in my eyes
Semper Fideles

PFC, don't even bother to r... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

PFC, don't even bother to remember that FF exists because he is a tiny pissant not worth your consideration.

Focus on learning what the SSGT can teach you.

And the italics showed prop... (Below threshold)

And the italics showed properly in preview! I give up.

PFC Motivated - to folks like FF and Jamal, the concepts of "Honor, Courage, Commitment", patriotism, or "Duty, Honor, Country" might as well be Calculus done in hexadecimal and then translated into cuneiform. They're aware of the concepts, but don't see how they're at all applicable or what use they could possibly be.

Jay Tea said: "Any comparis... (Below threshold)

Jay Tea said: "Any comparison between this Marine and Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp would be an insult to SSGT. Dean -- but yet oddly appropriate."

What does that mean ? Me thinks your blogcation didn't start early enough, and shouldn't end anytime soon. Unless I'm missing something, that is just plain "whack".Jeez.

Clueless in Sactown (When I say "whack", I mean he's off the hizzy fashizzy)

You racist whites are just ... (Below threshold)
jamal al rashid:

You racist whites are just gonna use that nigga and when he does something wrong, you'll give him the old heave ho with the rest of yesterday's garbage. You like to see dumb niggas like this because it shows you how well Willie Lynch did his work back in 1712 on the james River. Racist whites will never change. I bet this dumb nigga has skinheads in his platoon and doesn't even know it. Do you know why a skinhead joins the Marines? So that he can learn valuable warfare skills to apply on US soil when hunting for brown skinned people to murder. If you think for one minute that a skinhead or KKKer who sees this video is going to even say good job, I feel the same way? No, he(THE SKINHEAD) is going to say what he always says when he sees a black man on tv, Look at the nigger, i want to kill a nigger.

Thank you for that update f... (Below threshold)

Thank you for that update from 1712 "jamal al rashid", I think that I can safely assume that I speak for myself when I say that I've met you. I was the guy who's arm was in your mouth right after you screamed and called me a "devil". Actually, what had happened was, I was trying to ram my fist down your throat (here's where the funny part comes in) and you decided to take a rather large bite out of it. Well, needless to say, those bites resulted in my struggle with the decision to enter a clinic for the treatment of rabies....I can see now that it was a huge mistake not to get those shots as you have clearly lost your mind.

Just a side note for anyone who didn't see the Glen Ford classic, "Rage", if you ever see jamal al rashid in a darkened allie (no racial slur intended), just bang some pots and pans and he'll be gone in a flash (apparently the hearing sensitivity gets tuned way up when you have gone mad) or tie him up and poor water in front of him, that's always good for a few, "howlin' at the moon", laughs.

Oh and jamal, say hi to Mom for me.

I've known SSgt Lawrence De... (Below threshold)
OP:

I've known SSgt Lawrence Dean for well over 8 years and we actually came up in the Marine Corps together. When I first met him his reputation had preceded him but he was always humble. Through the years Life (as he's called) has been a specialist at conveying the sentiment of those that have no voice. He helps people (no matter what their race) to aspire to their highest level of excellence and at the same time consistently challenges himself. To Mr. Rashid and Mr. Fries it appears to me its not my friend SSgt Dean that you have a problem with, but rather the American society in which we all live and many willing die for. Mr Rashid I'm Black, former active duty Marine, happily married father of four AND the owner of a thriving business in the South!! I don't really understand how you determine what a "Real Brother" is. SSgt Dean is a leader, a father and friend to many as well as a brother to roughly about 178,000 men and women who call themselves Marine (active duty). How does that not make him a "Real Brother"? When he spoke those words so eloquently, that was over 13 years of love of country and Corps that we as Marines all feel no matter our color. Our coiuntry is frought with images of hatred and bigotry on both sides of the fence. If you feel that Life will be exploited then by all means, sound the alarm. But please refrain from calling my friend "Uncle Tom" whom you don't even know. Mr Fries to me it appears that you are either Leftist, Communist or Liberal; choose your label and wear it proudly. As Life capably said "Freedom is never free" but he is willing to die so that you can FREELY ridicule why he serves!!!




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