When I departed the AFEES station in Los Angeles en route to Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego, I was given a Salvation Army “ditty bag” containing toiletries and personal items, nail clippers, razor and a sewing kit. I appreciated the gesture.
But in MCRD’s receiving barracks all such bags were immediately confiscated as “contraband”; (“…and if the Marine Corps had wanted you to have these, you would have been issued some!”). The Corps also feels the same way about young Marines having wives.
We tossed all the bags… 75 for our platoon, into an already half-full, 55 gallon trash can.
The point was and perhaps still is that Marine Corps drill instructors, their families, neighbors, their wives, grandmothers and a few ex-brothers-in-law never have had to purchase such items.
With that set up, I give you this… which I have always “known” but could not prove until now:
A beaming girl’s picture is encased in the snow globe, which is about the size of a grapefruit and rests atop an expensive-looking wooden base proclaiming, “Congratulations, graduate!”
Alas, the graduate never received this gift. It rests amid a sea of San Antonio snow globes…. on the shelves of the Texas State Surplus Store at 6506 Bolm Road, off U.S. 183.
Because it’s filled with liquid, you can’t carry a snow globe onto an airplane. But some travelers haven’t gotten the message, or maybe it slips their minds during their harried packing for summer vacation. Thus, rows and rows of snow globes sit at the surplus store, which gets its inventory not only from state surplus but also from items that were left behind or confiscated
“We say willfully surrendered,” said cashier Roberta Siller — at airport security checkpoints in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, Waco, El Paso and other small airports.
So when one of the TSA drones brandishes a 4 oz, plastic bottle of your kid’s Suzy Brite Star!! toothpaste as if he’s just wrestled it from Cajun
swamp rain forest and tosses it in… a 55 gallon trash can, you get the big picture.
DFW’s ill-gotten gain takes up most of one small room at the store and last year enriched the state’s general fund by $300,000.
SO next time your being detained, harassed, sexually assaulted, brought to the point of tears or meat cleaver, just remember… you’re paying for their salary, benies, retirement and shampoo as well.
In yesterday’s post I more of less called my governor, Rick Perry, out on his seeming first move to declare his presidential ambitions, but if he is flirting like Christie and the other party deadwood this election cycle, then I’ll hammer him for the weak-willed dog he is.
For those who pay attention we see how the so-called red states fair when it comes to federal emergency assistance for natural disasters, of as democrats refer to them… “potential intense kinetic results of failure to curtail human-caused global warming” like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards and Rosie O’Donnell.
So down here in Texas where Barry Otero has already refused Perry’ repeated requests for federal assistance due to our deadly wild fires, historic tornadoes and a virtual war with the Mexican
Army and federal police drug cartels, just guess what’s in store for us if Perry tosses his 20x Stetson in the ring.