Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Empty Suit

A few comments on the Nicholson coverage, "Veterans Chief Quits in GI Health Probe."

First, Nicholson was not the "Veteran's Chief." He was actually Director of Veterans Affairs. This does not make him a chief. Chiefs care for the welfare of their tribe.

Second, Nicholson said, "It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the VA during this historic time for our men and women who have worn the uniform."

"Worn the uniform" is not the standard that determines veteran status. Veterans are not window-dress dummies with a uniform slung on for effect. Veterans serve, suffer, tire, hunger, fight, march, etc., and this is the standard.

If one simply "wore the uniform," then GWB would qualify as a vet, and that just doesn't quite get it.

Third, the article states that 5.8 Million vets are served by the VA nationwide. Why aren't all veterans served by the system? Why are categories of veterans denied care?

This is the lie of America. This country does not support our veterans, save with empty rhetoric. Vets only get the support that they fight for, after they fight for their country.

Screw the yellow ribbons.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Screw the yellow ribbons."

I have my power drill RIGHT here with the screwdriver bit attached....gimmee some of those damned ribbons, I know SEVERAL sorts I would like to screw those ribbons onto, right where the tail goes on the donkey at kid's birthday parties!

Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 1:21:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


A fitting use.

After too much time scanning the news, one can visualize the nation as one giant Eeyore these days.


Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 9:33:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eeyore always irritated the hell out of me. An owl (one presumes not the WOL?) took one of our ducks the other night...ducks that were the grown son's temporary diversion of "I want to raise ducks for eggs" sort. Since he is now tired of the idea, I actually speculated naming the rest of them after key figures and cheering the owl on; but then I felt sorry for the innocent ducks. I need to stop putting the nation's news into storybook perspectives, don't I?

Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 9:58:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


Can't stand the "Oh, woe is me" attitude in anyone, myself.

As for analogies with children's stories: how can we avoid it?

Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 1:25:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not unless we find a hidden library of "idiots' stories" to work with instead! Oh, wait, that would be the nightly Fox News broadcast, wouldn't it? I can't do that, sorry, not enough scotch in the entire liquor cabinet.

Friday, July 27, 2007 at 12:00:00 PM GMT-5  

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