Member Since October 15, 2008 , From United States
There burns no hotter fire in hell than that reserved for cowards, home wreckers, and troublemakers. Be warned accordingly.
About fletcherba234:

Retired Marine Fighter Pilot.  F-4B Radar Intercept Officer with VMFA 323.  RIO instructor w/ VMFAT101, Miramar NAS.  Transitioned to FA-18 with VMFA 212.  Thirty years service, 1965-1995.

The Fight.  William Butler Yeats.

"I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere in the clouds above.
Those I fight I do not hate.
Those I guard I do not love.

My county is Kilathan cross.
My countrymen Kilathan's poor.
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.

No law, nor duty bade me fight.
No public men nor cheering crowds.
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove me to this tummult in the clouds.

I balanced all and brought to mind.
The years to come seemed waste of breath.
A waste of breath the years behind.
In balance with this life, this death."


W.B. Yeats: An Irish airman foresees his death.


We who stand up to death also stand up to life -- and all the challenge that either must present.





I have developed a taste for Van Halen lately.  At least this kid has balls. 


Recent Activity by fletcherba234

Commented: About Anonymous's answer

Well said, Anonymous. What a pity that any mention of what is right and wrong will only send tadpole into yet another desperate panic, trying yet again to cover up for the horrific betrayal we ...

Commented: About mitt_money's answer

Strange that you mention the power of love, Tweekey. It gives Marines the power to fight the toughest wars for people we love and ask scant little in return but a welcome home. Those who have never ...

Commented: About mak01m's answer

Mac, if someone came up with a really great one, would you pay to watch it? I surely would.

Commented: About rebecca jean's answer

Oh God! Amazon Women on the Moon? What can I say but I hope for a better funeral that this one, that Tadpole deserves . . ..

Commented: About Dr. Kelly's answer

Southern, I hate to contradict you, but beauty and the Beast won an all-time record SIX Academy Awards. The previous record holder was Ben Hur and before that, The Ten Commandments. Masterpieces all ...

Commented: About Dr. Kelly's answer

Excellent thought, Dr. Kelly. Anything is an improvement on the leftist crud we're getting these days. I just wish the studios would cease all their bias and let real writers do their thing. It ...

Commented: About fletcherba234's answer

The one and only time I ever spoke to a psychiatrist was on retiring from the Marines. He asked a standard battery of questions that indicated my state of mind on re-entering civilian life. He ...

Commented: About Mike Dudley's answer

Top, I do believe Tadpoole has the hots for you! Pity that she is nothing to look at . . . without a sick bag handy.

Commented: About fletcherba234's answer

He did that indeed, Top. The thing is, Pappy taught his Black Sheep to get into the fight, take their bruises, and come back to fight again, always unafraid. The Fighting 214th took far fewer air-to ...

Commented: About Anonymous's answer

Alas, nothing changes with the Democrats. They who resort to persecution are not above tokenism.


Topics of Interest


Melvin Whitcombe says:
""They who would exchange freedom for safety and security soon enough find that they shall have none of these." Benjamin Franklin. If called on to fight in a war, I choose as my weapon, calm reason. History shows that there is no more powerful weapon. Nor does any other weapon heal, rather than inflict injury. I am glad that you understand the use of both wit and the sword."
Lady Aban Ceaulosevic says:
"Seldom do I meet fire elements as strong as you. There will always be that restless warrior in you. Yet even as you live by the sword and have no fear of dying by it, you use the sword only for high justice and then with all the discipline of a belted knight. A formidable warrior you are, and yet also a caring grandmother. There is a fine balance in you. There is that Paladin spirit, and you have perfected it."
Yadja says:
"Thank you Fletch for the compliment there is no way to express the admiration I have for the Military especially Marines. My stepdad was one he taught me hard, strong and deliberate. God Bless you and your contributions to our country and this site. We need to group, unite and fight. YeHHHHHHHHHHHAaAAAA. Lady Darko/Cpt Mac AN"
MGySgt Edward S. Renner USMC says:
"Well, another Marine! Semper Fi! It looks like there are more Marines entering the civilian world but I am grateful that no matter what, Marines always remain Marines."
charlie2911 says:
"thanks fletcher - old fashioned values and honor is what it's all about "
Rocmike3 says:
"Semper Fi! Retired F-4 RIO's are few and far between. I fought my war on the ground as a sniper but you were up there pulling G's and dropping bombs on Charles, when I called in your fire. Thank you for your service to the finest nation that ever came to be! You will always find us on the job: the United States Marines."
charlie2911 says:
"Thank you, glad to have the acquaintance of a 'Phantom Pherret'. I loved the old 'lead sled' - all that smoke and noise saying 'I'm coming to git you,boy!'"
Pax Majoris says:
"fletcherba234: I don't know you (yet), but I do know all that I need to. Thank you for your service to our beloved country, and this is on the redline."