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Support The Troops
Author: BobR    Date: 04/18/2008 12:47:44

Over the last 5 years we've been inundated with "Support the Troops" propaganda, yellow ribbon magnets, Freedoms Fries, and all other sorts of nonsense designed to test the patriotism of the average American. It almost seemed like if you couldn't reflexively say "I Support the Troops", you were branded a traitor. But how many people could look beyond the jingoism of that phrase to explain what it meant?

A news item yesterday got me thinking about our priorities within the military and the Pentagon, and who REALLY "Supports the Troops". The news reported the story of how a soldier was being denied benefits and asked to return a signing bonus because THEY had discharged him due to his two brothers being killed in action. It seemed so petty when you think of the billions of dollars being flushed down the commode that is the war in Iraq. I decided to dig around a little and see how the U.S. government supports the troops, and how they support the Military-Industrial complex.

So here's a little list that shows how wonderfully we support the troops:

It's disgusting how we nickle and dime them to death. Meanwhile, we pour billions of dollars into the coffers of KBR, Halliburton, and the hardware manufacturers, despite their poor performance and sometimes criminal actions:


Where are the priorities and who sets them? Is this the Pentagon?... the Army?... The President?... The congressional committees? Who is over-seeing this? Up until the Democrats got the majority in Congress, there was NO oversight, and these expensive contracts were handed out to the favored. Perhaps some of this will change now. Hopefully, so will the rules regarding soldier benefits and compensation.

Support The Troops? How about some financial support?

147 comments (Latest Comment: 04/19/2008 03:13:13 by Mondobubba)
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Comment by starling310 on 04/18/2008 13:13:45




First?













Excellent post Bobber.

It is amazing how Black has become White.

Like John McCain refusing to support the new Jim Webb GI Bill.

Oy!



Comment by BobR on 04/18/2008 13:21:09
Is everyone asleep this morning?...



(besides Starling, of course)

Comment by shelaghc on 04/18/2008 13:25:23
I'm around. I'm just not feeling very motivated.



Comment by m-hadley on 04/18/2008 13:29:29
Mornin' Everybody,

Gotta keep my nose to the grindstone today, so not much blogging from me this morning. Just wanted to check in and say hey! :D

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by shelaghc on 04/18/2008 13:30:32
Comment by shelaghc on 04/18/2008 13:42:08
What's something good to eat for breakfast when you've already been up for an hour and a half and you're depressed?



Comment by starling310 on 04/18/2008 13:43:01
It's a good thing they asked these questions so that Obama could go ON RECORD as calling them DISTRACTIONS and keeping his commitment to change this type of Gotcha Politics.



:grumble:





Comment by Raine on 04/18/2008 13:44:56
Good Morning!



Startling blog there this morning Bobber.

Comment by starling310 on 04/18/2008 13:45:32
Quote by shelaghc:

What's something good to eat for breakfast when you've already been up for an hour and a half and you're depressed?





Mashed Potatoes?



Comment by Raine on 04/18/2008 13:47:15
Quote by shelaghc:

What's something good to eat for breakfast when you've already been up for an hour and a half and you're depressed?

Fresh cut strawberries over Vanilla Yogurt?



A bagel with Cream cheese and lox? (or lox spread..) ?



I nice cup of coffeee and a hard roll?



Comment by starling310 on 04/18/2008 13:48:12
Ooh Raine, I was going to say Bagel and Cream Cheese. That's good breakfast comfort food.



Comment by shelaghc on 04/18/2008 13:50:35
Actually, mashed potatoes sounds good.



No bagels or cream cheese in the house.



I'm a little jealous of Sam Seder today.



Comment by starling310 on 04/18/2008 13:51:32
Thom Hartmann dissected it really well. The 2 most important factors that I took away from his review of the debate were:



1) The moderators were debating the candidates which isn't the point of a debate and

2) The questions were asked in a Republican Frame. Period. They weren't Democratic questions.



Comment by starling310 on 04/18/2008 13:52:20
Quote by shelaghc:

Actually, mashed potatoes sounds good.







Mashed Potatoes are my ULTIMATE comfort food.



Comment by Raine on 04/18/2008 13:52:55
Jeff in Atlanta... is he doing Georgia proud?

Comment by TriSec on 04/18/2008 13:53:27
Morning, folks!



I just looooove what the Republicans have done for the military! I want more of the same, I'm voting for McCain!!!





Comment by Raine on 04/18/2008 13:53:56
Joe Scarbourough is just showing how much he hates woman.

Comment by starling310 on 04/18/2008 13:54:12
Is joe a Rhoads Scholar? Does joe have a PhD?

Comment by starling310 on 04/18/2008 13:55:40
YES CHRIS!!! EXACTLY!



PBS....

Debates should be on PBS.

There should be NO PROFIT to be made.



Comment by shelaghc on 04/18/2008 14:01:14
Rachel Maddow pissed off Joe Scarborough a couple of days ago.

He interrupted her within her first sentence and she said "Let me finish my point before you dismiss me."







He left the set in a huff. You can hear him taking off his microphone, then instead of five panelists, there are four.

Comment by Raine on 04/18/2008 14:08:24
I saw that video... Joe really hates rachel the more I see them on the air together.

Comment by starling310 on 04/18/2008 14:08:25
My Lady Friend's Mom is going to PA to campaign for Obama!!! :banana:

Comment by starling310 on 04/18/2008 14:10:35
It's okay...because KO looooooves Rachel!



It's kind of cute. They're buds.

Comment by shelaghc on 04/18/2008 14:10:55
Quote by starling310:

My Lady Friend's Mom is going to PA to campaign for Obama!!! :banana:




What city?





Comment by livingonli on 04/18/2008 14:11:14
Good morning all.



Did anyone catch last night's Colbert Report? I caught it when I got home. Both Edwards and Obama were on it. If you missed it, try to catch one of the repeat airings today.

Comment by Raine on 04/18/2008 14:11:36
Here is a clue, the radio has a button to change stations...

Comment by wickedpam on 04/18/2008 14:12:31
Morning :hug:





Anyone have any ideas why my Outlook would suddenly not want to load?

Comment by Raine on 04/18/2008 14:13:00
Quote by livingonli:

Good morning all.



Did anyone catch last night's Colbert Report? I caught it when I got home. Both Edwards and Obama were on it. If you missed it, try to catch one of the repeat airings today.
we truned it on JUST as edwards was leaving. We taped a rerun.



I saw the end with Obama, that part was very very good.



Comment by starling310 on 04/18/2008 14:13:05
Quote by shelaghc:

Quote by starling310:

My Lady Friend's Mom is going to PA to campaign for Obama!!! :banana:




What city?













I don't know.

Comment by wickedpam on 04/18/2008 14:13:38
Quote by livingonli:

Good morning all.



Did anyone catch last night's Colbert Report? I caught it when I got home. Both Edwards and Obama were on it. If you missed it, try to catch one of the repeat airings today.






I saw them too - it was very funny. I learn John Edward's can be bought for 2 jet ski's :D

Comment by BobR on 04/18/2008 14:15:30
Quote by shelaghc:

What's something good to eat for breakfast when you've already been up for an hour and a half and you're depressed?



worms?



(sorry... )

Comment by Raine on 04/18/2008 14:16:11


Comment by Raine on 04/18/2008 14:16:23


Comment by livingonli on 04/18/2008 14:17:02
I like the bagel and cream cheese. That's my comfort food.

Comment by Raine on 04/18/2008 14:19:51
:rofl: the onion segment cracks me up.

Comment by BobR on 04/18/2008 14:20:01
Quote by wickedpam:

Morning :hug:



Anyone have any ideas why my Outlook would suddenly not want to load?


I've had mine bomb while loading too. Here's what I do:



1) right-click on bar on the bottom (the one with the running programs)

2) Select Task Manager from the menu

3) Click on the Processes tab

4) Click on the Image Name column header to sort by name

5) Locate OUTLOOK in the list, right-click, and select "End Process"

6) If there's more than one, do that for each



Then try restarting it.

Comment by livingonli on 04/18/2008 14:22:55
To the staff, I am thinking of an idea for my own blog on the state of progressive talk radio especially in context with my being able to listen or now not listen to some shows.



I was thinking of something early next week before the DC trip. Anyone have a day preference?



Ah, just one week to go until the DC meet-up.

Comment by wickedpam on 04/18/2008 14:27:16
Quote by BobR:

Quote by wickedpam:

Morning :hug:



Anyone have any ideas why my Outlook would suddenly not want to load?


I've had mine bomb while loading too. Here's what I do:



1) right-click on bar on the bottom (the one with the running programs)

2) Select Task Manager from the menu

3) Click on the Processes tab

4) Click on the Image Name column header to sort by name

5) Locate OUTLOOK in the list, right-click, and select "End Process"

6) If there's more than one, do that for each



Then try restarting it.






I've tried that one - usually it works by today it's not for some reason. I can't even get it to start in safe mode yet.



Comment by Raine on 04/18/2008 14:28:02
I am sick and BITTER!

Comment by wickedpam on 04/18/2008 14:29:47
Back in a bit have to get some computer help to get my email running

Comment by BobR on 04/18/2008 14:37:07
Quote by livingonli:

To the staff, I am thinking of an idea for my own blog on the state of progressive talk radio especially in context with my being able to listen or now not listen to some shows.



I was thinking of something early next week before the DC trip. Anyone have a day preference?



Ah, just one week to go until the DC meet-up.


Of course!! Any day but Tues, your choice. Just let us know (sooner = better).



Or - you can do an "afternoon" blog anytime. That's always an option for any of our members that have "Create a blog entry" permissions.



Comment by Raine on 04/18/2008 14:39:04
Anything that was Published on911™ was already out on the stands and printed BEFORE the towers were hit.



Good gawd.

Comment by livingonli on 04/18/2008 14:39:53
I just saw Hillary at the beginning of Colbert. She tried, but she seemed a little more wooden in her delivery.

Comment by Raine on 04/18/2008 14:41:40
:rofl: Sure Grampy, I fully expect you to campaign in San Fransisco!

Comment by livingonli on 04/18/2008 14:41:50
Quote by Raine:

Anything that was Published on911™ was already out on the stands and printed BEFORE the towers were hit.



Good gawd.


Exactly. The regular morning papers were published before the attacks. Although most of them did do extras after the towers hit, and when was the last time newspapers did that?

Comment by Raine on 04/18/2008 14:47:40
I cannot believe that we have dribbled down to this kind oif discussion for the most important election of our lifetimes, may ever.

Comment by starling310 on 04/18/2008 14:48:54
Exaclty Leslie.



Comment by Raine on 04/18/2008 14:52:13
Hillary is not Neo.



There Are plenty of woman who would be wonderful candidates. (hello, BBox?)

Comment by Raine on 04/18/2008 14:53:43
What about the Flying Spaghetti Monster Vote?

Comment by starling310 on 04/18/2008 14:54:49
Thank goodness for my AARP calculator. Now, I NEVER overtip!