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30 October 2014 @ 06:26 am
To protect his child's innocence  
Parent threatens "shit storm" if his child's World History class mentions *sl*m

ETA: "My kids may not be as stupid as I am, but by God they're going to be every bit as ignorant if I have anything to say about it."
don_fitch on October 30th, 2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
Describing the father as "a former U.S. Marine" leads to some fascinated speculation on my part. Decades ago I knew a few mature ex-Marines who were bardly intelligent enough to function in the real world, but since then I've met a fair number of recently-exes and currently-serving ones and have long ago concluded that the job now requires at least a few points above average IQ.

With him having a daughter in highschool, I assume the guy is reasonably young, so I'm wondering if he's ex- because he can't keep up with the greater technological skills now required, or because he's unable to control his temper and respond appropriately to other people's actions. But, you know, even stupid people, if they've served in any of the armed services, can be expected to understand the importance of "Know your enemy"... though I certainly think he's insane for considering Moslems, per se, to be his Enemy, just as he has decided that he's theirs.

(N.b.: While I was in the Army (a Draftee, of course) I spent a couple of weeks of leave-time in Japanese resort towns that were much frequented by U.S. Marines. Despite reported conflicts between members of various branches of the Forces, The Marines and I always got along quite well, and I found them to run between average and admirable in intellegence and (sometimes) in intellectuality. Mind you, I was in the Army Medical Corps, and I'd go along with saying that practially all Marines are at least smart enough to realize that when there's any possiblity of going into battle in the future it's a good idea to be friendly with Medics. Actually.... I wouldn't be surprised if, at that time, they didn't have their own Combat Medics, and relied on detached-service Army ones, but I'll want to check on that next time I visit Mr. Google.)

don_fitch on October 30th, 2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, of course the Marines are served by Navy Medical Corps members -- which makes perfect sense from the historical standpoint..

In practice, on the battlefield, all medics do their best to save the lives of everyone on our side as the First Priority, then the lives of everyone else -- civillians (if any) second, and enemy combatants third (& possibly not at all if they have a tendency to be suicide bombers, as some Chinese troops did in Korea... but that depends on the personality of the individual Medic).