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Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Bloomin' Joke?

Our God and Souldiers we alike adore,
Ev’n at the Brink of danger; not before:

After deliverance, both alike required;

Our God’s forgotten, and our Souldiers slighted

--Francis Quarles


Several restaurants offered perks to veterans on Veterans Day, but we think Outback Steakhouse took the cake, mate, with their FREE blooming onion (with meal purchase.)

Let me get this straight: I have spine damage, numb hands and feet and my ears ring and buzz without interruption. In addition, I lost my left nut somewhere back there in Vietnam. And I was the lucky one, unlike so many other severely disabled veterans, men mangled beyond comprehension.

So it boils down to this: I gave my left nut for liberty and freedom, and I can claim a free Bloomin' Onion -- great deal! Maybe Ranger can use it as a prosthetic for the missing orb -- an organic Neutical.

Sometimes, when one can't be gracious, doing nothing is best.
Why do I feel this empty gesture is actually an insult to veterans?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post. With all due respect, LOL.

Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 6:49:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got a bloomin onion, huh? "but it wasn't worth all you had to kill to get it".

Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 6:57:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the m.s.m veterans day articles I read were of the waste my time, j*#k me off variety. Yours was real. Captured the absurdity. Great job. However, let's keep in mind that it wasn't Outback Steakhouse, or any other private institution, that sent you on your south east asia errand. It was the state, the gov't that did.

Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 9:33:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Brooklyn Red Leg said...

However, let's keep in mind that it wasn't Outback Steakhouse, or any other private institution, that sent you on your south east asia errand. It was the state, the gov't that did.

Not quite true. The Century of War (aka 20th Century) was most assuredly the direct responsibility of the bankers and their military-industrial buddies. The result was over 180 million dead (at best guess) for which we are still feeling the fallout from today. Our own nation's stupidity is creating blowback that will last more than a generation, if we're lucky. There are few voices out there that are calling for this insanity to end.

If I had my way, Armistice Day would be forever a day of shame that our nation took part in a brutal, unnecessary, fraudulent and frankly sickeningly unjust war. Woodrow Wilson's name should be remembered with scorn, not adoration. Anyone who spouts the vile 'The world must be made safe for Democracy' should be reminded, forcefully if necessary, the millions of human beings whose lives were cut short by that phrase. Had the US not intervened, France and Germany would have been forced to go back to 'Status Quo Antebellum'.

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 8:02:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Sometimes, when one can't be gracious, doing nothing is best."

Very right on.

I see that one could get a free non-alcoholic beverage to go with that onion.

Santa gives onions to bad kids....why a free onion to a vet? And why not a beer for christsakes?

That really is fucked up.

Just out of curiosity, how would one claim this thin gruel if one was so inclined. Dig out a DD-214 and present it to the waitress?


Monday, November 15, 2010 at 7:13:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

The Golden Coral gives a VET day with a free meal.
They require NO ID, and accept self report. This adds dignity to the event.imo.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 10:09:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

There are several ID's for vets.
Membership cards of fraternal orgs.
-DVA id cards.
-retired mil id
-reserve forces id's
-dav/purple heart license plates

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 10:12:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


To answer your question:

To receive the onion, one must have presented --

* This offer is available to the following Military Personnel who have one of the following forms of identifications on November 11, 2010:

U.S Uniform Services Identification Card; U.S Uniform Services Retired Identification Card; Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES); DD form 214; Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW); Photograph in Uniform; and Wearing Uniform.

[Outback Steakhouse onion release]

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 11:56:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brooklyn Red Leg, ,
You misconstrue. C'mon dude,you were doing so well. Now you're now being tendentious.

Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 2:12:00 AM GMT-5  

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