Lines in the Sand


If you aren’t into or tolerant harsh, then I suggest you stop reading now.  Because this has got my goat and I am going to do something I seldom do.  Have an emotional response.

On Aug 14th Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard of New Portland, Maine, who was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade.  A photo was taken by an embedded reporter and published by the AP, even though the Marine’s Father requested that they not do so.  The AP stands by their decision say that “after a period of reflection,” the news service decided “to make public an image that conveys the grimness of war and the sacrifice of young men and women fighting it.”

So what is the AP’s problem of showing why these brave young service people are there in the first place?  Why is it just fine and damn dandy to show a young Marine in his final moments but a horror to show some bastards flying planes into buildings killing 3,000 people who never did a thing to them?  WTF, is it me or is the media in this Country just forking that stupid?

More to the point, is it that we are just that stupid that we don’t demand that at least once a month it is shown?  I am so sick and tired of this liberal BS I’m ready to implode.  It’s ok to watch them chop of Danny’s head, but not to waterboard them.  It’s OK to show a young Marine taking his last breathes but heaven forbid we make them lose some sleep.  Are we as a Nation out of our ever loving minds?

People, you need to wake the hell up.

“I am asking you to reconsider your decision to publish this graphic photograph of Lance Corporal Bernard. I am begging you to defer to the wishes of the family. This will cause them great pain.” This was Sec. Gates request on behalf of the family.  The AP basically said FOD, (F— Off and Die).  The AP could have cared less that the pleas of his father were for them not to publish those pictures.

I am all for a free press, it is so granted in the Constitution, but it should also have some moral responsibility.  It is not showing that, nor did it during the last election.  In the tank reporting to get a person of questionable citizenship elected, but fail to report any good news of either theater in the war.  Most of the media has become an arm of the present Government and has been leaning to the left for almost 2 decades.

It’s time, not to control the press, but to force such intolerable acts to have consequences.  If I were Mr. Bernard I’d be looking to beat the holy piss out of some SOB at AP.  Starting with the jerk that had the insensitivity to take the pictures to begin with.  We all know it’s more agenda that drives the news these day than actual reporting.

But there has to be a point were we draw a line in the sand and say “It stops here.  It goes no further!”

I think that AP needs to hear from us.   You can reach them this way: 

450 W. 33rd St.
New York, NY 10001

Main Number
+1-212-621-1500 or at


“Rebellion to Tyranny is Obedience to God”


11 Responses to “Lines in the Sand”

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  2. Colleen Says:

    Chas, I admit I was behind in the news. That said & reading the article,seeing the photo’s. To US Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard’s family, seeing that report issued even after there very personal plea not to have it run & then to have a plea & request from U.S. defense secretary, Robert Gates, fall on deaf ears is beyond any respect for common decency, morals & on all levels. I hope that this never happens again. Whether one is for the war or against, publishing this disgraceful reporting was done for one reason alone to further the said careers of the scum who took part in it all the way to the top of that AP. I pray that there will be action taken to make all responsible regret that they issued it.
    US Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard’s gave his life for this country, as his family gave up there Son for same. Also I’m sure that the other soldier’s don’t need a article or photo to remind them of the sad day. They will have a life time of nightmares of it. Lance Cpl Bernard’s family will now also have the same nightmares of those pictures of there Brave Son that they didn’t need in there mind. The shame the parents of said people involved. To those involved I pray they have nightmares for life of what they done & the pain they caused. Once again Chas, done with dignity & respect. Thanks
    Thank you for reading. I thought we made great leaps under President Reagan in honoring what our troops do in spite of who is in charge. I see that isn’t happening, on the left at least.

    At times I think it is the lack of a moral center. That they are unable to hate the sin but love and forgive the sinner. Not the best comparison, but I think you get the idea. The troops don’t call for us to go to war, the go because that is what they signed up for. To do what they are told.

    The short term memory of liberals also bother me. They all also voted for this engagement, yet blame others for our involvement in it. Forever the victims, never responsible for anything except when it goes right. 🙄


  3. Dave Says:

    Sent an email. This has enraged me. AP has proven themselves no better than tabloid journalists. I’m disgusted. Great post Chas
    it’s good thing that you’ve done Dave, thanks. Not sure that the AP cares what we think though.


  4. Gini Says:

    Amen Chas…and for what ever good it will do, I will also participate in this effort to chastise this barbaric act by an out of control press corp, who has forgotten their moral duty. We do indeed, continue to pray for our soldiers, and this family who is now assaulted again, by a group that doesn’t have the right to breath the same air. Gini ~~~we continue to mourn the loss of our free press, to the liberal left~~~
    If I may, you go girl. The idea of a free press is a great one, so long as the press is objective. When it is no longer objective, then the only free thing is someone else’s opinion.


  5. Frank C Says:

    Chas, very well said about a terrible case of journalistic travesty. I sent the following email to them:

    As a former AP staffer, I was appalled at your publication of the photo showing a severely wounded US Marine, Lance Corporal Joshua Bernard. If as reported you contacted his parents and they, along with Secretary of Defense Gates, you should have honored their request that the photo not be published. The AP should a great big “-30-” to the career of the person who released this photo.

    The symbol “-30-” is used at the end of the story to indicate the end.
    Great e-mail Frank. Too bad I think it will do little good since they are so in the tank as to have forgotten what objectivity actually is.


  6. Sterling Says:

    Wonderful post, chas. I saw this story on Twitter yesterday and re-tweeted it. It’s scandalous and unconscionable that AP would do such a thing. At the expense of truth and facts, we get an agenda-driven press that is, as you so accurately put it, another arm of the present government.

    I continue to pray for this young soldier’s family, and for all the brave men and women who are fighting every day for our precious freedoms, including the freedom of the press to print such blatant disrespect.
    You have them and then we also have people like you and Eileen. You use words and keep up the good fight and Eileen pumps out quilt after quilt to the wounded men and women and to the families sometimes so the kids have something to hold. Just today I mailed out 5 quilts to the children of one of our brave young men, so his kids would never forget how much we feel thier pain and appreciate the sacrifice of thier Father.


  7. Salvatore Says:

    I will send a email…just unbelievable,
    Great post Chas……I totally agree.
    Thank you Sal. It is outrageous isn’t it?


  8. Mary Says:

    I will send an email to the AP. I read the story on Drudge this morning before I had read your blog. I find it disturbing to say the least. The media and this administration (I believe) have little respect for our Military that are protecting us and our freedoms. What they say and what they do are two totally different things.
    I believe that is the modis operendi for liberals.


  9. Eileen Says:

    I love the internet. This all started from a sweet Army wife on Facebook. Thanks Larson for using the match to light the fire.
    She is a ball of fire isn’t she? lol I’ll bet Jim finds her a handful.


  10. Dave Says:

    Yes, I’m sending an email too. What they are doing is just totally unacceptable! Great post, Chas. Thanks for letting us know.
    Thanks Dave. It’s total disrespect for those brave people who serve us.


  11. carolynro Says:

    I sent an email
    It’s just outrageous.


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