Sounds like Blog Spirit Author: RaineDate:11/12/2007 13:17:57
Good morning everyone! Welcome to Monday.
As some of you know, we added a few features to the blog over the weekend... Audi-Cons! Why? - because sometimes someone really did say it better than you ever could have. Check them out!
Yesterday was Veteran's day. I thanked my dad for his service. My dad was spending the day enjoying the warm Florida sunshine, and planned on going fishing. He earned it; my dad is a Vet - he served.
The president decided to spend the Day in Crawford. He gave a speech. He has spent 4 of the past 6 veteran's days in Washington... I am trying to figure out which one he didn't spend there... Personally, I find it a little shameful that during this time, a time when we learned that 2007 was the deadliest year for our soldiers in Afghanistan, that he did not attend the Services at Arlington. Instead, he marked his Fifth Veterans day since he invaded Iraq in Texas. He attended a small ceremony, and yes, he invoked 911, saying
"America is blessed to have such brave defenders. They are tomorrow's veterans and they are bringing pride to our country. Their service is noble and it is necessary," he said. "The enemies who attacked us six years ago want to strike our country again, and next time they hope to kill Americans on a scale that will make 9/11 pale by comparison."
Wow, way to fearmonger.
The president did not serve. The president was AWOL, when he could have been serving the same way those vets did that he honored yesterday in Texas. HE did not serve. HE did not put his life on the line.
Instead of Bush, Cheney was at Arlington yesterday. I listened to him give his speech, and I wondered, wow, how many deferrments did this man get to NOT serve in Vietnam or ANY other conflict? OH yeah... FIVE.
When I was in Vietnam, I never saw Dick Cheney there. I never saw George Bush there. I never saw Donald Rumsfield there. I never saw Paul Wolfowitz there," Cleland said, citing the vice president, president, former secretary of defense and former deputy defense secretary, respectively.
All four men were of age during the Vietnam War but did not go, Cleland said.
Calling them "people who have never been to war [who are] eager to send people to war," Cleland said, "It's criminal what's happening to our young men and women."
Specifically, the ex-senator said he was upset with the number of troops sent to Iraq, lack of a plan to bring them home, and shoddy outpatient treatment, poor living conditions and bureaucratic delays at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Cleland, he is one of the vets to be honored. HE DID SERVE. HE DID PUT HIS LIFE ON THE LINE. And, in 2004, he was swifboated by the Republican party that Bush and Cheney are proudly a part of. Ironic, no?
*sigh*.... I still hold out hope that we will one day hear this...
regarding Bush and Cheney and their entire cabal.
The markets are looking like we might be in for another bumpy ride this week, Pakistan is still a mess, I will be watching a second oil tanker misshap in Russia...the news keeps coming!
So, the Coffee is on, the sounds are here. Come inside and have a little fun on this Monday Morning. :peace: and Raine