May 29, 2005

Memorial Day

I hope all of my readers will take some tine to think of and thank all the men and women who have served in the military in defense of our country. It is heartwarming to see a commercial like the Budweiser commercial where everyone in the airport applauds the men and women in uniform. That has actually happened in real life.

In spite of all the efforts of the elitist liberals on both coasts or as Orson Scott Card refers to them as citizens of Smartland, the Americans in the heartland support our troops. Just like during Viet Nam we have the Lamestream Media and the liberal elite, the citizens of Smartland, who want us to lose a war. I simply cannot understand their thought processes. Doesn't that twit Janeane Garofalo realize that radical Islam wants to take over the world and institute Islamic law? She'd have to wear a burkha. Well, that would be an improvement.

The 20th Century was all about fighting communism and fascism. This century is gonna be about fighting radical Islam. These assholes are fanatics and cannot be appeased or reasoned with. Heaven help us if they are able to smuggle a nuke into this country. They will use it.

We decided to take the fight to them and we are winning. My nephew was in Iraq and I got a different story from him than what I had been reading in the Lamestream Media.

I am proud of my nephew for serving his country. The residents of Smartland have been telling us that the military is made up of poor people while the children of well off families do not serve. My nephew comes from an upper middle class family and he's not the only one.

When I joined the Navy, I was a member of the lower middle class. I had flunked out of college and was about to get drafted, so I joined the Navy to learn electronics. I went to college on the GI Bill. I have something in common with Steven Den Beste, neither of us graduated from college. He went on to become an engineer, and I eventually became a software engineer after having been a customer engineer in the Office Products Division of IBM fixing typewriters, a customer engineer in the Field Engineering Division of IBM fixing large mainframes and peripherals, and an instructor in the various different incarnations of IBM education teaching both hardware and software to IBM'ers and customers. It was my Navy training that gave me the background to advance at IBM. I worked there for 31.5 years.

I've talked about the military being one way to escape from poverty in other posts. It is an opportunity to not only serve the country, but to gain valuable training and experience to get ahead as a civilian. Many of my peers at IBM were ex-military.

For Memorial Day, I'm gonna whip up some potato salad and barbeque a pork steak. I live in Georgia, but I'm having a typical St. Louis type cookout.

I will take some time during the day to think of all the people who have served and are currently serving. That includes Dan S. and SSG DAVE WALLACH. Thanks guys and thanks to everyone else who has served. All of you have helped to make this the greatest country on the planet. Those of us privileged to live in the Red State Heartland are behind you all the way.

Posted by denny at May 29, 2005 10:52 PM  
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Great post

Posted by: Robert on May 30, 2005 12:41 AM

Funny that you should mention about your nephew. My grandson is a Marine that was in Fallujah, and tells me about the same thing as your nephew. He said that we hear about the 5% of bad things that happen, and don't hear about the 95% of good things. Wonder why that is. Fuckin' press!!

Posted by: Alan on May 30, 2005 01:23 AM

Those of us in blue state America also cheer the troops and wonder when they will be allowed to become the cable installers and snow plowers they were born to be.

Posted by: Blame America on May 30, 2005 01:26 AM

I hope you're just a sucky satire poster, and not an actual...If you're serious, you're an idiot.

Posted by: Josh Fahrni on May 30, 2005 02:28 AM

A few more things that the military taught me......To show up before time to be there......to wear proper attire...........to understand in my very soul that the responsibility of being where i'm supposed to be and when i'm supposed to be there is totally on my shoulders. I was taught to mend my clothing, to wash my clothing and shine my shoes....all things designed to help me have pride in myself and my appearence. It also taught me that my brothers in arms are some of the most meaningfull and durable relationships I will ever form. I also learned from my travels in the military that despite it's relitivly minor flaws America is the greatest country on the face of this planet and those who don`t agree with that havent seen people fighting to the death over our garbage to get something to eat.There ,I hope ,is a special place where our fallen comrades go, I just pray it is as good as they deserve.

Posted by: arathorn on May 30, 2005 09:33 AM

Josh,

Go read "Memorial Day" at http://www.kimdutoit.com/ee/. Read all of it. Then take a few years to grow up.

Until then, STFU!

Posted by: Ryan on May 30, 2005 10:14 AM

Great post. Thanks for serving and thanks for remembering our fallen bretheren,

Posted by: Jack on May 30, 2005 10:26 AM

Ryan--Josh was talking to Blame America, not to Denny.

I will raise a toast to the brave souls who are fighting and dying to ensure that I have my freedom. I know that I have all that I have because of their hard work.

--TwoDragons

Posted by: Denita TwoDragons on May 30, 2005 11:34 AM

BlameAmerica, you make it sound as if there were something wrong with being a cable installer or snowplow driver. Without them, you'd have to install your own cable and either clear your own roads or sit home until spring.

Service to others is nothing to be ashamed of. It's certainly more honorable than to pretend you're superior because there are others doing the heavy lifting for you. Menial tasks and honest work are the bedrock of our economy. How lucky for you that there are "other people" who take care of them so you don't have to get your hands dirty.

I spoke to a good friend of mine yesterday, who is stationed in Kuwait. She will be working today, as she does every day, very long hours and difficult tasks, making sure that the supplies needed in Iraq get to the people who need them. She and her people serve honorably and well, as do all the rest wearing the uniform of our military services, and even if the benefits aren't immediately apparent, they make a difference.

Denita TwoDragons says it well: We have all that we have because of their hard work. I'll add: and their sacrifices.

Cheers.

Posted by: oldcontroller on May 30, 2005 12:16 PM

Blame America,

You'll find that more often than not your cable company will be run by a veteran, who disproportionately serve in upper management and as CEOs. It seems such people know how to manage chaos and make hard decisions under extreme pressure - and are sought out for those essential skills.

Maybe one will offer you a job someday.

Posted by: George Turner on May 30, 2005 02:14 PM

Blame America's servants probably didn't spread the jam correctly on his toast before they brought him his breakfast in bed! No wonder he's cranky.

God bless all of our troops and God bless the USA!
Blame America probably can't say those words out without offending all of his friends.

Posted by: Ed Poinsett on May 30, 2005 02:42 PM

Blame Amerikkka,
You sound like a typical liberal, What we call a libtard, as in some one who has been educated beyond their capacity to digest the information. Saddly for you, it happened in 2nd grade.
So you have a problem with cable installers and snow plow drivers? I hope you are forced to go back to air for your television, and shovel your own road.In fact, I hope every veteran who would do work for you sees you for what you are and says no to you.
And for the rest of you:
A Big thanks to each and every one of you who served, whether in time of peace, or the fury of war, America, in fact, the whole world owe you a debt beyond measure.
As Collin Powell noted, over the last 100 years, the only land we every took were the few acres we used to bury our dead.

Posted by: jeremy on May 30, 2005 09:12 PM

Apologies to Josh. Haste usually does make waste, doesn't it?.

Blame America certainly needs to follow the instructions I mistakenly directed toward Josh.

Posted by: Ryan on May 30, 2005 11:35 PM
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