To The Valiant That Served

Dick Cheney, Warrior Emeritus

Let's take a moment out of our day to salute the men and women that gave all in defense of our homeland. Memorial Day's purpose is just that (although its actual origins may surprise you).

For me, the people that had it the hardest were those who, after agonizing reflection, realized that their war effiorts were best served by not serving at all. Like:

Richard Bruce Cheney--VP--he got five student deferments until successfully impregnating his bride. Would have been more than willing to slog through Vietnam's jungles, but said "I have other priorities".

Willard "Mitt" Romney--sat out Vietnam War and opted for the brutal battle along the Seine in Paris. As Paris itself had been at peace (minus demonstrations) for over 20 years at the time, his religious mission must have been a lot more satisfying than getting his magical underpants ventilated by VC landmines.

Theodore Nugent--The Motormouth City Madman decided it would be wiser to remain in Michigan rather than the Mekong Delta and spent a week or so shitting himself to stay out of draft. Also used student deferments and has of late raised the "I was making too much money as a musician at the time to waste my prime years". Now that's patriotism.

George W. Bush/Dan Quayle: America's shores protected by these national guardsmen in "champagne units", that is the scions of the powerful keeping themselves bulletproof via nepotism. The former found his time in the NatGuard too trying and appears to have disappeared in his last year there. Playing cards in Alabama being mentally and physically exhausting and all.

Ronald Reagan: Single handedly won the "Battle Of Culver City" in WW2. And believed and spoke of his war adventures as if they weren't on film but real. And this is an icon.

Lest you think I am picking on the chickenhawk crew that cheerleads slaughters they have no intention of being a part of, let's take time out to thank some really brave politicians named Hillary, John Edwards and John Kerry, whose votes on Iraq made solely with presidential ambition in mind led to the worst debacle in American history. And to Obama's presidency. 

Last but not least, a salute to the fearless Internet Infantry who brave thumb sprains and carpal tunnel to valiantly back America's war efforts from the dingey bunker known as "mom's basement". You will never be forgotten, assuming anyone remembers you in the first place.

Happy holidays and drive safe! 



Sylvester Stalone, John Wayne,

Not a fan of Reagan, he served where the military asked him to go though, at the time he was a Hollywood liberal. The military didn't want Hollywood types actually fighting as it would have been bad for moral, although there were a few like Jimmy Stewart who served with distinction in the 8th Army.

Posted by matlock on May. 27, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

that means a bit less than nothing. Jimmy Stewart was a pilot in the 8th Airforce... might have been known as the 8th Army Air Corps... but certainly had *nothing* to do with the 8th Army.

matty, shudup -- would'ya?

Posted by lillipublicans on May. 27, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

The 8th army air corps was a division of the army at the time as the air force was a part of the army. Air power was considered to be best used best for close support. Heavy bombers in the inter war years were not considered to be all that useful.

The actual air force started in 1947.

Lilli again show his historical acumen.

Posted by matlock on May. 27, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

I'm sure the United States Eighth Army needs matlock's help in fixing their history page.

http: //www

Posted by lillipublicans on May. 27, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

In Korea as well as WW2.

My father had the same thing Rush used as his medical out, a pilonidal cyst.

My grandfather was not a powerful judge in Missouri, however.

So, my dad went to Korea.


Posted by JohnnyW on May. 27, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

fought fascism in WWII.

http: //www
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Of course winger propagandists like matlock would like to emphasize those who they can (somewhat falsely) claim as their own and dismiss the evasion of "official movie heroes" they so admire...

Memorial Day's origin is from just after the Civil War, which took the lives of a greater percentage of the population of U.S. fighting age men than any other war.

Posted by lillipublicans on May. 27, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

Roy Cohen and David Schine as assistants to McCarthy were asked why they were not in Korea killing commies. Instead they were jetting around Europe looking into libraries for communist books.

They considered their make work much more important that actually setting foot with a gun in Korea.

later on David Schine in a bizarre twist of fate was one of the producers of the movie Cruising.

Posted by matlock on May. 27, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

French Connection, too many Friedkin movies mush together..

Posted by matlock on May. 27, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

What no fearless blood and guts death before dishonor Democratic list of gods

Posted by Guest on May. 27, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

"Let's take a moment out of our day to salute the men and women that gave all in defense of our homeland."

But that's not what they did. Did you write it that way to generate comments?

In defense of our "homeland?" The word "homeland" is creepy. It comes from Germany: "Heimatland" is the literal analog of "homeland."

They gave all (died) for the financial interests of the bourgeois elite corporatist one-party system with two right wings. Period. In recent years, they have died for the neocon PNAC agenda (Project For The New American Century) which Obama is continuing. It has nothing to do with the "defense of our homeland" bull shit. That's pabulum for the sheeple to get them to fall for each and every scheme cooked up. All a politician (D or R) has to do is wave a U.S. flag in their face and the sheeple are hooked.

Posted by Guest on May. 27, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

Couldn't we just use today to remember the peoplel who died for their country and leave all the left wing clap trap out if it....just for today?

Posted by Davedi on May. 27, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

So you prefer to hear the feel-good, right wing clap trap instead that they "died for their country?" Do you prefer to hear that just today or any day?

Posted by Guest on May. 27, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

You can do what you want. But you don't speak for "we" (with your "Couldn't we...") You only speak for yourself. You seem to be trying to control the (free) speech/views of others by only wanting YOUR view here. This forum doesn't work that way fortunately.

Posted by Guest on May. 27, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.

John F. Kennedy

Posted by Greg on May. 27, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

"Just think about it...Where would we be?"
by Cindy Sheehan on Memorial Day.

As if one could escape the pervasive jingoism of Empire, I am freshly assaulted by every church on every corner and reminded that this weekend is Memorial weekend while cycling across the country with Tour de Peace,

Since 2004, Memorial Weekend has held special hell for me. My son, Casey, who was needlessly murdered in Iraq because of the lies of his government and the greed of corporations, was born on Memorial Day, so I have double sorrow this weekend.

Being here in the Bible Belt of the nation, we cannot pass a church or synagogue that doesn’t grossly glorify the horrifically deadly sin of war. There are obviously glaring exceptions like Unitarians, Quakers, Catholic Workers and Mennonites, but those sects are definitely far outside the pale of extremist US Christianity.

I am never surprised by the warmongering of some purported followers of Christ, but I can still get mad-sad at the “Yea, war!” messages on the garishly lighted signs at these pseudo-religious appendages of the Pentagon. What will these places of mammon worship do when warfare is fully robotic? Will the billboards and the yellow magnetic ribbons of parishioners read: "Support the Drones?"

To read the rest of the article:

Search engine: "Just think about it...Where would we be?"

Posted by Guest on May. 27, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

Bill Clinton, Barak Obama, too - however, they are GOP so I guess they don't rate.

Posted by Richmondman on May. 28, 2013 @ 5:21 am

Clinton vociferously opposed the Vietnam War. Obama opposed the Iraq War (and as an 18-26 year old, was not subject to a lottery, the nation wasn't at war).

Cheerleading wars you won't fight in = Chickenhawk.

Which every other poster here grasps.

But as a cult-worshiping Republican, you do not.


Posted by JohnnyW on May. 28, 2013 @ 6:26 am

I am not a fan of war, but will support the troops. Remember the dead that died in battles so long ago, the names on block of stone will leave you asking this? "WHY".
Sometimes is an evil force trying to take over the world, other times is just hatred to a people.

Or is just to protect profit,

Posted by Garrett on May. 28, 2013 @ 10:40 am

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