Dawes

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    • Goodbye, and Semper Fi.

      10 years ago

      Dawes

      "I, Anthony Jones, do solemnly swear, that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith, and allegiance to the same, and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice so help me God."

      Those were the words I said and promised to live by as I was sworn into the Delayed Entry Program of the United States Marine Corps. I'll ship out to Parris Island on May 11th, 2009.

      This site has a lot of meaning to me; I sort of grew up here. I was only 15 when I joined four years ago, and going back through my journals shows my own evolution. I can see my politics change as well as my writing style, and it's fascinating. As I was going through the process of enlistment I kept thinking to myself, "How did I get to this point? Does this contradict every value and belief I've ever held, and written about on RvB?" This site is an indelible part of my life; I can trace a lot of my political education back to some very important, and special people from this website. Since I went away to college I haven't had time to come back here often and check on my friends. Still, you are my friends and I love you.

      I've sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. When I realized the meaning of those words I realized that what I am doing does not in any way contradict my core values. Beyond the thousands of words I've written disparaging American imperialism, racism, and corporatism I still in my heart believe in this nation. I believe even more in that document from which we derive our freedom. I've never disparaged the military or those who serve in it because I realize they are an essential part of our system. I deeply respect and admire our military, and I hope I am able to join their ranks to defend our Constitution. I still despise elements of our broken system and many of the people who lead it, but in the end I am willing to lay down my life to preserve it.

      I've been blessed with so much in my lifetime: health, financial security, education, love, etc. I am ready, willing, and able to defend this way of life and I do not see how morally I could refuse my call to serve. I've often said that the term "College Republican" should almost be an oxymoron because any young adult who belongs to a party that uses patriotism as a weapon while refusing to serve is beyond morally repugnant. These are the worst hypocrites in America. How can they reap the benefits of American life, pervert it's values for political gain and give nothing back in return? These are not Americans, these are parasites.

      I don't know if I'll be back on this site before I leave. I often simply forget it exists and do not come back for long stretches of time. To my friends I've ignored, I'm sorry and I still think about you. I'll be back one day. Always remember that America is not without hope. Love and treasure her, take nothing for granted that life gives you. Never forget that somewhere out there is a Marine who loves you.

    • Some bitch give him a blowjob...

      10 years ago

      Dawes

      My aunt is incredibly intelligent. She's one of the smartest people I know in any field, she has a firm grasp of reality and is the only other atheist in my family. That being said, she is also incredibly cynical and arrogant. She knows she's intelligent, and doesn't think anyone else can educate her.

      And she tries to talk politics with me. She's nearly 50 years old, but I know I've spent more of my life studying politics than she has. Not that this is really relevant to my point, but I thought it was worth noting.

      The last time I talked to her she asked me if I still supported Barack Obama, and I told her my enthusiasm had died due to his affirmative vote on FISA but that I damn sure wasn't going to vote for McCain. I said I've sort of been digging Dennis Kucinich because he's entered articles of impeachment against George W. Bush. Here's her reasoning why we shouldn't bother:
      1) It won't work
      2) He's almost out of office
      3) Congress has done too little in the past, so they shouldn't bother now because it will cost money and time.
      4) Two impeached presidents in a row will set a precedent where every president hereafter will be impeached.

      I was shocked that anyone who's mother was not also their sister could actually think those were valid arguments for not trying to check executive authority. I've always been better at deconstructing opposing arguments then making my own, so let's do that:
      1) It won't work if we automatically assume it won't work, and remain apathetic about the process. Of course Congress won't reflect the wishes of the minority if the minority remains silent. Who even says we're the minority anymore? Recent petitions for impeachment have reached over a million signatures, and with the economy tanking people are growing more and more upset. I think it was Kucinich in his remarks to the judiciary committee that the economy was tanking solely because of the 3 trillion dollars the war in Iraq has been estimated at. This movement will grow if people understand the reasoning behind it, and don't pass it off as an act solely by extremists.
      2) So what? A president can be impeached at any time, even the day before his term ends. The point is to send a message to the executive branch that they are an EQUAL branch; this is not a monarchy or a dictatorship. No president should ever feel secure enough in his ability to rule with repercussion to do what Bush has done, even if that requires impeachment 6 months before he is removed. This is a principle argument.
      3) She's right, Congress didn't stand up when it should have and do the right thing. But brave congressmen now are trying to, and they need our support. I'd never taken Kucinich seriously before this, but I will never underestimate him again. Besides, Congress is already in session and is dicking around as per usual, at least this is useful.
      4) Are you fucking kidding me? The last impeachment was a mockery, there were no grounds for impeachment. George Bush has 4100 American deaths on his hands, while Clinton had a fat intern on his dick. The two are not equal. Maybe the two impeachments back to back will teach the next president not to get his dick sucked, OR get us involved in an illegal war against a sovereign state by lying to the American public and blatantly flaunting the authority of Congress while spitting in the face of our Constitution and the civil liberties guaranteed therein. Her argument was such a non sequitur I almost laughed out loud at her.

      She accused me of living in an idealist world. I didn't bother to respond, because I knew that I may still be an idealist, but I also understand that cyncism doesn't pass for knowledge or experience. Principles still count for something, except to people that don't have them.

      Impeach the president
      Seriously

    • Fuck Marc Ecko and Democracy

      11 years ago

      Dawes

      Barry Bonds is a cock. A huge cock. A huge veiny bulbous cock that will ultimately shrivel from the steroids. Fuck Barry Bonds.

      That being said, Barry Bonds broke the home run record. Whether for better or worse, cheating or fair, he broke it and claims the title of sole home run king. I argue that as soon as it can be proven that he cheated to do so, Major League Baseball revoke his record and ban him unconditionally from baseball. However, the fact of the matter is that he did hit more than 755 home runs in his career.

      Marc Ecko is a douchebag who probably doesn't understand the game of baseball. He's a designer who has more money than brains. He bought the record breaking ball in an auction, and let the "fans" vote on what to do with it:
      1) Give it to the Baseball Hall of Fame
      2) Launch it into space
      3) Give it to the Baseball Hall of Fame after branding it with an asterisk.

      The answer should be obvious: give it unconditionally to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The ball is history again for right or wrong, good or bad. It's history. Burning an asterisk into it would be like writing "Faggot" in permanent marker on a hanging chad from the 2000 election before giving it to the Smithsonian. Sure the motherfucker cheated, but desecrating a piece of history accomplishes nothing. It also changes nothing. Bonds hit the home runs, history has been written. What's the point of giving it to a museum for preservation when you've already defaced it?

      Ecko allowed the "fans" to vote for the fate of the ball. I highly doubt the majority of the votes were from loyal baseball fans, people who follow news stories about designers don't usually mix with the crowd who follow baseball religiously (like myself). How could any baseball fan support burning an asterisk onto the ball? Not even that, how could this have been put up for a vote?

      When I get rich I'm going to buy the portrait of George Washington that Dolley Madison saved during the burning of Washington DC during the War of 1812. I'm then going to create an online vote, what should we do with the portrait:
      1) Get Mike Tyson to rape it, then donate it to the Smithsonian
      2) Give Washington a poop moustache, then donate it to the Chicago Museum of Art
      3) Roll it up and make Marc Ecko eat it, after I put a poop moustache on Washington

      Source

    • This I believe

      11 years ago

      Dawes

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      "Six by nine. Forty two."

      "That's it. That's all there is."

      "I always thought something was fundamentally wrong with the universe"

    • Definitely a lesson worth 40 grand.

      11 years ago

      Dawes

      If college has only taught me one thing it's this:

      Women are fucking retarded.

      Do you have a mother? A sister? A wife? A daughter?

      Unfortunately for you there's a 100% chance that she's retarded.

      Enjoy your herpes, girl sleeping in my roommates bed...

    • Happiness

      11 years ago

      Dawes

      happiness.jpg

      It's a beautiful day

      I love spring.

    • Oscar Picks

      11 years ago

      Dawes

      *EDIT* 8 for 11. Not bad.

      Best Picture: There Will Be Blood
      It really was the best picture of the year, if not of all time.

      Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis "There Will Be Blood"
      Holy Jesus. Oh My God. Did you see it?

      Best Actress: Ellen Page "Juno"
      I actually didn't see any of the movies with these broads in them, but they've made some dumb choices in this category before. Did you know Cher has an Oscar?

      Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem "No Country For Old Men"
      I loved No Country, almost as much as There Will Be Blood. Chigurh is terrifying.

      Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton "Michael Clayton"
      Same thing as before (except I saw American Gangster). This one was random.

      Best Directing: Joel and Ethan Coen "No Country For Old Men"
      This may have been the best year for movies of all time. I think the Academy will be divided between No Country and Blood.

      Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody "Juno"
      People went nuts over this movie, but it sounded sort of gay. This is a pity award.

      Best Adapted Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen "No Country For Old Men"
      I don't have to explain myself to you.

      Cinematography: There Will Be Blood
      Beautifully epic.

      Best Animated Feature: Ratatouille

      Best Documentary: Sicko
      I don't think they'll ever give Michael Moore another award, but I loved this fucking movie and I want to pimp it again.

      I don't really care about the other awards. Someone should email this list to the Academy so they make sure they get them all right. Tell them to wing the last ones. Therefore, if my predictions aren't 100% correct, someone else screwed up by not getting it to them.

    • We've lost.

      11 years ago

      Dawes

      I am currently in the state of Missouri. I've spent the last 4 1/2 days here, and for 6 days before that i was in Noth Dakota and Minnesota. I grew up in Maryland, but I have family scattered across the midwest so I'm a proud, educated Yankee. I used to be something of a politics buff as well; I gained a love for it at about 14 during my mandatory US Government class in high school. I had it right about the time of the 2004 election, so I got hooked. During high school I ate, slept, and breathed politics.

      But now I don't care. I haven't payed attention to them in 6 months, and I've come to despise them over the last 2 weeks. The midwest has killed my love of politics, and my optimism about human intellect. I give up: ignorance wins.

      I had an aunt tell me the best solution to bring peace to the Middle East was the use of widespread nuclear weaponry. My step-grandma refused to recognize that Barack Obama is a Christian because she'd read he would not swear an oath of office on a bible. Every fucking car has a "Support our troops", "God Bless America", or (the one that makes my skin crawl every fucking time) "These Colors Don't Run", sticker plastered somewhere near an American flag. I've heard racism spoken plainly with no sense of irony to it. No one likes Hillary Clinton, and no one can tell me why. I'm tired of hearing about it, and I refuse to respond to it because most of it is coming from my family. I'd like to debate them, but then it would be awkward to be around them. I used to ruin people's shit in high school all the time and I didn't care because fuck them, that's why.

      So what am I supposed to say when my aunt tells me she wants to nuke the middle east? This woman has more of those obnoxious "patriotic" magnets than anyone I've ever seen. "Land of the Free...Because of the Brave", "Support Our Troops", "Kill the Brown People". How the hell do these magnets on your gas guzzling SUV help American servicemen? Would a terrorist really care if your car informs him that "These Colors Don't Run"? Every other person has on a sweatshirt with an American flag emblazoned across the chest, and some chest thumping slogan about America being great. "God Bless America!" Take that Osama Bin Camelfucker!

      Can these people seriously believe that dropping nuclear weapons on the Middle East will solve a damn thing? To begin with, the root cause of the violence isn't Arabs or Islam itself, it's religious fundamentalism. We have plenty of that in the "Land of the Free, Because of the Brave" as well, and just because our fundies worship an Arab they threw some beige paint doesn't make them any less crazy. Instead of highjacking a plane to kill civilians, they authorized their government to invade a few nations and kill a hell of a lot more than a few crackpot Arabs could ever dream of. Here comes the crazy train, last stop: American voters.

      I thought this uber patriotism shit had died down by now, but I guess the fucking midwest didn't get the goddamn memo. Patriotism shouldn't substitute itself of rational thought, American Conservatives have highjacked the concept and twisted it to use on the oppositition. I shouldn't be able to look at the flags plastered to your car and guess which political party you belong to.

      I have a four year old half sister that I'm visiting in Missouri. She goes to a preschool run by the local Baptist church. This church is huge, I played basketball on one of their indoor courts yesterday. I don't know if they send her to it because it's the cheapest, or the closest, or maybe they just want her to learn of the magic of Jesus of Nazareth. When she and her mom picked me up from the airport, the little girl turned to me and quoted John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." She may not know what all of that means now, but she'll never forget it as long as she lives. Take them young, teach them this crap at the same time their learning how to read, produce 1 unquestioning soldier for Religious Fundamentalism. Tell her to vote Republican.

      I give up on America.

  • Comments (197)

    • SloeBombFizz

      8 years ago

      Don't post anything interesting!!! I'm having to trim my watchlist.
      I'd like to hear how things are going for you these days.

    • Solid_Syam

      10 years ago

      "Well, Amedeus, since you're Dawes' bitch and Dawes is simply an extention of me, then that makes you matter of fact God's servant. Nothing ironic about that."

    • acidblack

      10 years ago

      Neoma would like your vote.

    • SloeBombFizz

      11 years ago

      YOU

    • Neoma

      11 years ago

      Summarizing you.

    • SloeBombFizz

      11 years ago

      a reasonable conclusion.

    • SFH89

      11 years ago

      So, Mike Huckabee is your candidate, right?

      Post edited 1/15/08 5:18PM

    • SloeBombFizz

      11 years ago

      A Time to Kill

      Not only Kevin, but:
      Matt McConaughey when he was first starting and still trying acting
      Sandra Bullock at her cutest
      Samuel L.
      Oliver Platt
      Charles S. Dutton
      Ashley Judd
      and both Sutherlands

    • subversive89

      11 years ago

      So...
      What kindza shit have you been up to?

    • Violet_Elite

      11 years ago

      Purple here again.

    • Whiny_Grunt

      11 years ago

      DAT IZ SOOOOOOOO BAAAAAAAD!

      WE NEED 2 IMPEECH HIM!

    • Whiny_Grunt

      11 years ago

      DID U HEER?! TEH JOOS DID 911!!!

    • Solid_Syam

      11 years ago

      i'll probably be able to go drinking with you in Aus. According to immigration.

      Where are you going to school again?

    • Whiny_Grunt

      11 years ago

      LULZ TEH JOOS R 2 BIZZY SWIMMIN IN DEY FILTHY JOO GOLD OT BE IN THE PICTURE!
      LAWL!

    • Whiny_Grunt

      11 years ago

      Remember me? Purple_Elite

    • dan_ger

      11 years ago

      where are you

    • Solid_Syam

      11 years ago

      i leave for Texas on the 2nd of December.

    • toby30

      11 years ago

      commet my pics plzzzzz

    • wizardmon5

      11 years ago

      Damn straight it was. It went down to the last second, then the last two seconds, then the last two seconds again. Insanity.

    • subversive89

      11 years ago

      we are 3-0 in our district and 6-1 overall.
      Oh, and I have nothing against poor people.
      unless they are douchebags :)

    • SloeBombFizz

      11 years ago

      But they didn't make him pose in any cool sort of way... he just lies there.

    • Moldorm

      11 years ago

      Your right I will give him credit for his absolute genius.

    • Moldorm

      11 years ago

      You trust this from a website that has bullshit marketing propaganda? Oh it's Dictionary.com sounds right to me, but lets not pay attention to the fact that they're trying to sell me bullshit I don't need like AT&T phone service.

      Just because it sounds right does'nt mean it is.

      Post edited 10/04/07 5:26AM

    • ShirtGuyDom

      11 years ago

      I seriously want one of those "Welcome Back Coxer" T-shirts.

    • ShirtGuyDom

      11 years ago

      It's not my face I use to totally pwn in Halo 3. You're going down.

    • Skidmarkman

      11 years ago

      Hmm. Bio-jetpacks. They run on fuel from your body to fucking propel you in the air.
      Very bitchin.

    • Solid_Syam

      11 years ago

      The first thought apon seeing the "real" version of that ad, was LOL. Seriously lol: Ele Oh Ele. LOL. Because it's just so LOL-worthy. And if you've ever noted how many times i've used "lol" in a serious manner, you'll know how much i think of that phase, and also by extension, that ad. LOL.

    • SFH89

      11 years ago

      Yes, he loves everyone.*

      *Unless they're gay, atheist, teach that silly nonsense called evolution or don't believe in him.

    • DeadDoneDeal

      11 years ago

      lol, but you are very right. its hard not love <3 cox

    • DeadDoneDeal

      11 years ago

      Random online user browing alert!

      you know how interesting your title sounds when taken out of context?

    • John_234

      11 years ago

      somewhat T,T

    • John_234

      11 years ago

      um
      Basically like paintball, but almost exactly like a FPS

    • SloeBombFizz

      11 years ago

      She really is a beautiful woman. The fervor and venom poured in her direction amazes me. Not that the two are connected, other than the fact that the average person never even sees her as a person. They have been inundated with so much propoganda that I think most people don't even see what's in front of them. Hate has an amazing power to reshape reality for people.

    • John_234

      11 years ago

      ?

    • John_234

      11 years ago

      nm either
      Ever play airsoft?

    • John_234

      11 years ago

      Hey
      Whats up?

    • Solid_Syam

      11 years ago

      it's boring if you ain't online same time to play with peoples and if your computer is a crashing, junk pile.

    • Caboosebluey

      11 years ago

      yeah it's pretty hard don't bother usin the reds in the forest though nowhere can u actually use them. i've goitten all the minion colours but i'm stuck in the Ruborian desert. btw (Greens are the best out of all the minions)

    • Caboosebluey

      11 years ago

      hey man wat's goin on? listen, i noticed on ur gamertag u got overlord listed how far into it r u?

    • OSHaunt

      11 years ago

      No Havn't Played it.....but i want to

    • yunghotchik

      11 years ago

      I would love to go to school, only school doesn't start until Wednesday :-(

    • SloeBombFizz

      11 years ago

      So what HAVE you been up to in your first, few, formative weeks of post-secondary education?

      Is there chaos?
      Are you in the dorms?
      Have you overthrown the student government?

    • SloeBombFizz

      11 years ago

      Only because they're all liberals.

      Who would ever think that being smart would make someone a liberal?


      Weird, huh?
      Just seems to be part of the process.

      But in your case, I think the snags are likely to be in the shades of gray. All it would take is one employee at the registrar's office to file forms differently than you think it should be done and I could see you canceling all your classes and burning all your textbooks.

      Those forms 25D-B87/J5 are pretty serious business. Better stand up and attack the facilitator if he fills in the box for mother's maiden name but doesn't ask about any previous names your father might have held. That kind of disparity in an official government document is cause to revolt.

    • TKdademon

      11 years ago

      I can respect that. I admire people who piss off idiots.

    • SloeBombFizz

      11 years ago

      I keep intending to come back and write a long winded diatribe about what every person should know about college.
      By the time I finally do... the point will be moot.

    • R3al1tY

      11 years ago

      So here:

      Be as bad as you want, but don't do break the law


      I was right, but here,

      Fuck ethics and culture, I'll do what I want inside the law


      I'm

      completely off the mark


      ?

    • R3al1tY

      11 years ago

      I meant that mockingly. Pretty much "Fuck ethics and culture, I'll do what I want inside the law."

    • R3al1tY

      11 years ago

      So you're pretty much saying "Be as bad as you want, but don't do break the law"?

    • TheBlueBox

      11 years ago

      r u oblivious

    • TheBlueBox

      11 years ago

      what r u fuckin stupid

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