Happy Memorial Day

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(Taken May 24, 2015)

Strange thing to say on a day of remembrance, a strange holiday in fact. Amid all the reverie-I remember spending many memorial day playing tag; chasing rugrats, ending-up with their ice cream draped on my clothes-we take time, at least we should, to honor those who paid the ultimate price while serving in the US military.

“…Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do & die…”*

WHATEVER the reason, patriotic call of duty, a military family  tradition, a way to escape economic hardship, WHATEVER the reason-No matter how we individuals feel about war, or the US global military occupation or any of the million and one negative things we can reason; we should ALWAYS divorce that sentiment from the sacrifice people take on while they don the uniform. Perhaps one day we will not need the generals; the grunts and certainly not the parasitic worms that feed off the military-those that make a lucrative business out of sacrifice. If we ever get to that day it will be because of the sacrifice of those that served.

To the fallen, Thank you, to vets and enlisted men/women I say Happy Memorial Day. I say this wholeheartedly because the fallen fought for more than their remembrance they fought  for those still alive to have a good life. Remember them but live, they would want this but go out burn some burgers, clean some mess a little one made at a BBQ party, eat too much, drink too much, be happy because that is the ultimate way to honor and give thanks to those who died while serving the nation.


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163 Responses to Happy Memorial Day

  1. Lizard says:

    Happy Memorial Day and f%$k war. And f$%k those who promote war for their own profits.

    I am pooped. Been weed wacking the north forty slope for six hours. It’s done and so am I so if I fall asleep mid-conversation I apologize in advance. 🙂

  2. Gadfly Jack says:

    One for the ladies and guy:

  3. Gadfly Jack says:

    Next Holiday, 4th of July.

  4. MSolomon2 says:

    AGH! gods-above&below my game server is down, AGH!, need mah fix!!!!

  5. fi says:


  6. Tío Azúcar says:

    RIP Anne Meara
    Anne Meara: Way more than Ben Stiller’s mom

  7. bebe says:

    The husband of Anne Meara

  8. Tío Azúcar says:

    This is how I first encountered them, on the Sullivan Show.

  9. bubbagumpy says:

    You know, I hear a lot of criticism of the American people and our President. But the truth is, America is usually among the first and greatest contributors to give to humanitarian relief efforts. As I am now a frequent critic of President Obama, I would like to give some unifying praise. This is about the good in America, the nation that I love. And our Commander-In-Chief did good here.

    “The U.S. military is providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to support Nepal’s government and armed forces, following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake, April 25, 2015.”

    For more information on Operation Sahayogi Haat, please check out the link:
    . http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2015/0415_nepal-earthquake/

  10. thedood says:

    Happy Belated Memorial Day!! I was “celebrating” labor day at work 😦
    Hope everyone had a great one! Just popping in before Clancey’s swimming lesson! He will start actually “diving” off the “dock” today! 😀

  11. fi says:

    Afternoon nap time.

  12. Guy Smiley says:

    I find myself really troubled by any form of military worship.

    It is hard to keep these things separated. I genuinely find that near impossible. Many of our most courageous people are used to commit acts of US-led terror. If war was only ever military and about improving the national security, defending ourselves against invading nations, it would make actual sense because then you don’t separate out your military purposes from your tribute to those who serve. The fact we have to try to do that, remove the actual wars from the equation to make sense of a military occasion and express respect for the troops is, imo, a clear indication there is a real big problem. Big problem is Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig sorta thing.

    Most war is now purely political, about extending the US trade and consolidating the corporate-empire-which-we-can’t-call-an-empire. Our best and bravest people are used by political idiots to try and push American values into places where they have no chance of being taken up. Now one of those American values we’re teaching them is where we go you see a vast pile of dead bodies, another is rendition, another is torture, another value is our drones and a growing kill list. How about dragnet surveillance of whole populations?

    When our military goes ahead of our diplomacy we get people killed. Those are our real values, ‘we’re here to free you so get down on the floor’. Not too surprisingly, this fails to create stability in any region where it’s used and where counter-insurgency forces inevitably hit back we blame the people we invaded. For our own follies.

    And then we have to send in Americans to fight the militias we ourselves armed, trained and then pissed off.

    Our best and bravest are used up for that express purpose of making more conflicts an American value. That’s what you have to divorce from the picture before you can celebrate the military.

    Too many of these people sign up with good intentions about helping other nations into freedom and come home totally shattered, maybe missing limbs, maybe with burns or maybe some invisible mental scars. That’s not glorious, that’s total madness. It’s hard to see the persistent maltreatment of veterans as anything but underwhelming. Another American value. We honor the dead like we honor the veterans, with words hardly meant and with gestures designed to shore up the process of making new wars.

    This is my view and I find that view of events most certainly not worth celebrating, like war is some national televised carnival, where the silences aren’t even really fully respectful, they have a political power as well as a social power and that means they are usurped by politicians who will scrambleto be the one who gets to call for a silence while all the cameras are trained on them. As photo ops go, military photo ops are the mother of all photo ops. And by ops I mean operations not opportunities.

    In no way is this rant intended to dishonor those who serve, or their families who have to show the greatest patience just to have a relationship with someone who is in service. I find their sacrifice beyond any comprehension. My concern is very much for those who serve. Preventing as many from serving in combat as is possible. They serve in the most powerful military in the world. They should be protected from stupid wars and unreasonable application of their force by better politicians. By electing warmongers, that is how we are failing our troops. They do not fail us. We are actually failing them by not picking better leadership.

    Instead of showing solidarity with the troops, my feeling is we should show some kind of contrition, shame, we should force their stories into our lives, give them aid and compassion upon return and tell them when we failed them by sending them into a war they didn’t need to fight. We destroyed families, we made widows, we created a bigger enemy in the process. We should find ways to make it right not salute the process which sends good brave Americans into early graves.

    This rant is not intended to offend anyone in fact, I am trying hard to avoid that. Besides that it is a loooong comment on a closed thread so there’s a good chance nobody will even read it. But I have expressed my contempt about the politicization of the military and the role played by making special days for it. Every day is a good day to notice both the courage of those who serve and the foolishness of those who deploy them. Ceremonies, for all that is good about them, all that is stirring in them, they are also deeply manipulative of the brutal realities and they give a heroic tarnish to what are, more and more, international acts of pure aggression.

    Ceremonies are also instrumental in pushing along a kind of groupthink, half neccessity, they are also half patriotic rubbish. Tapping into a willing community who nearly all admire courage of those who serve, tapping into people who already want to be involved in some kind of celebration of the courage and sacrifice of those who serve, nearly everyone wants to feel like they are giving their best support to troops. I think we all have that instinct. But it makes a community wrapped up in soaring patriotic rhetoric as supple as can be for easy political manipulation. Our patriotism is the force most often used to manipulate us.

    I cannot help but think that the grand occasions where we laud the bravery of those who we send into fight political wars against people who have no capacity to harm us directly, we are also providing strong incentive to politicians to continue in the most worthless forms of bloodshed and terror. We are also providing incentive to young men and women to enlist to fight and maybe die in future political wars.

    Meanwhile the freedoms people died in wars to establish and protect, those freedoms are still being sold out. You know the first amendment gives us the 49th most free press in the world? That diminishing of our rights is also being tacitly celebrated. It drives me bananas. So I struggle with all aspects of war, like any sane person, it brings freedoms but it can also enable nutcases and our military has been used for that exact thing. That is tacitly being celebrated.

    Nobody is happier on such days than the political class. To me that says it all. When they are all out in force agreeing with each other, the rest of the planet is getting screwed.

    Am stuck between showing support for those who serve and utter contempt for those who deploy them, this is a genuinely hard thing and I never have wrapped my head around it. My instinct is there has to be a better, less political, more substantive way of honoring those who chose service and their families. A day of celebration in which war crimes charges were laid against war-criminal-politicians, both domestic and foreign, that might be a good start.

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