Sean D Sorrentino said...
The story is from "Duffel Blog" which is a Military version of the Onion.
My bad. It WOULD be funny if true.
By the way, go visit Sean's blog, A NC Gun Blog. It's well worth your time.
Terminal Lance is a brilliant on-line comic thought to be written by a Lance Corporal named Maximillian Uriarte.
Not so much. (edited because of possible family readership)
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina – Enlisted Marines everywhere were stunned this week after learning that the creator of enlisted-life comic strip Terminal Lance is actually former Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Carlton Kent. “We’d been getting a s##tload of negative feedback over all the safety briefs we were subjecting our Marines to,” said Sergeant Major Kent. “I mean, you can only listen to so many of the f##kers before you just tune them out.”
“But you devil dogs wanna keep crashing your brand-new crotch rocket motorcycles that you just bought with 18% APR and then killing yourselves after your wife leaves you cause you’re 20 grand in the hole and eating dog food every night. So bottom line is we needed a new way to reach out.”
“I said to General Conway, ‘Man, it would be f##king great if we just had some comic that all the E-3′s read, and we could just insert our messages into that.’ Conway looks at me and says ‘S##t yeah, Sergeant Major, I think you’ve got something there’. And so the idea for Terminal Lance was born.”
According to Sergeant Major Kent, writing under a pen name was essential.
“No one’s gonna listen to dumb ole’ Sergeant Major, especially the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, but they will listen to a fellow Lance Corporal, so that’s who I had to pretend to be. ‘Maximilian Uriarte’ is actually an anagram for ‘Do Your Leading Marines MCI’. I’m amazed no one caught it earlier. Then we hired some combat camera guy as our front man and made a bunch of videos of him with #####hanging out.
I always knew you Marines were sneaky.