Friday, June 27, 2014

Sometimes You Can Immediately Tell ...

... who's on a power trip.

Let me show you a picture (of something I noticed on a CNN segment on "cyber-bullying" today ... no, I don't normally spend much time on CNN, but I was cruising past and it caught my eye). This is actually a crop from a picture, which could have been any of hundreds or maybe thousands of pictures from around the Intertubes. I picked this one because it was easy to crop the bit I was interested in:

That's a shirt collar with four stars on it. Quiz time! This collar belongs to:
  • The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff;
  • The Commandant of the US Marine Corps; or
  • The Sheriff of Polk County, Florida.
Counting full-time employees, part-time employees and 1,000 civilian volunteers, the organization Sheriff Grady Judd commands includes 2,834 people.

Members of the 5th Marine Regiment, commanded by a colonel: 4,800.

Members of the 1st Marine Division, commanded by a major (2-star) general: 25,000.

Members of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, commanded by a lieutenant (3-star) general: I don't know, but it includes the aforementioned division, plus an air wing, plus a logistics group.

Members of the Marine Corps, commanded by a 4-star general: About 200,000 active and about 40,000 reserve.

Megalomania \Meg`a*lo*ma"ni*a\, n. [NL., fr. megalo- + mania.] (Pathol.) A form of mental alienation in which the patient has grandiose delusions. [1913 Webster] megalomaniacal

Or that this is the sheriff who arrested a 12-year-old girl for "cyber-bullying," releasing her name and photograph to the press before doing a self-promotion tour on the talk show circuit ... after which all charges were dropped because they were obviously BS in the first place.

Whaddaya wanna bet if gets re-elected in 2016, he hits the militaria shops for a reproduction of the retired 5-star insignia. worn by e.g. MacArthur and Eisenhower?

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