Sunday, October 07, 2007

Support The Troops

Here is more proof that corporate interests are running our country instead of the people. You would expect this from an uncaring, totally profit driven corporation. Would you expect it from the people of the United States? Who is running the country?

When they came home from Iraq, 2,600 members of the Minnesota National Guard had been deployed longer than any other ground combat unit. The tour lasted 22 months and had been extended as part of President Bush's surge. Anderson's orders, and the orders of 1,161 other Minnesota guard members, were written for 729 days.
Had they been written for 730 days, just one day more, the soldiers would receive those benefits to pay for school.
"Which would be allowing the soldiers an extra $500 to $800 a month," Anderson said.
That money would help him pay for his master's degree in public administration. It would help Anderson's fellow platoon leader, John Hobot, pay for a degree in law enforcement. Both Hobot and Anderson believe the Pentagon deliberately wrote orders for 729 days instead of 730.

These are the gung-ho people that support the troops? These are the people that take such exception to any criticism of our war effort? Let's see, how could we support the troops beyond boisterously proclaiming it and putting a magnetic sticker made in China on our vehicle?


Anonymous DC said...

I work with a very nice lady who is a registered Dem and who comes from a military background with her husband and brother having served in Vietnam, and a father who is a disabled vet. She and I were talking about the war a while back and her attitude is that it hurts military families when Americans say we need to get out of Iraq. Also, that most of the guys who are over there wanted to go and want to stay. She's also a devout Christian who believes that Iraq would have destroyed Israel and that all the Islamic countries want to destroy Israel and that justifies staying in Iraq even if the majority of Americans (and the troops) want to get out. So, this is what we are up against besides the military industrial complex and PNAC and as I said, this is a very nice person and intelligent, but she really believes that if you don't support the war you don't support the troops and you don't care about Israel's right to exist. Sadly, Dem or not, she does not like any of our candidates and is seriously looking at the Repugnant ones, esp. Thompson. Gah!

3:25 PM, October 08, 2007  
Anonymous DC said...

Saw scrolling by on MS-NBC last night that Biden, Richardson, Edwards, etc. have withdrawn from the Michigan primary and do not think that bodes well. Do you suppose the CORPORATE media is making a great effort to make sure that Hillary is the Dem candidate at which point they will have a field day helping the talking heads and The Rovemonster, etc. destroy her in the election? I don't think it's just her campaign contributions or her name recognition derived from being a Senator/former first lady that's in her favor, but the fact that the media is pushing her big time. Unless, the religious right has a 3rd Party candidate and/or Ron Paul runs as a Libertarian so the Republican vote is split, I think we are going to have a big problem if Hillary or Barak is the candidate, as it seems either will be. Hillary has way too much negative baggage and the country is way too sexist and bigoted for a woman or a minority candidate to win otherwise. And if anything really horrific that would kill the GOP's chances comes up we can trust the corporate media to omit, lie, and distort it because it's just one part of the corporations that are running the government anyway. There are not enough anti-depressants for me to deal with another 4 years of the GOP in charge. Wonder how much it would cost me to move to Canada. Sigh!

3:02 PM, October 10, 2007  
Blogger Ron said...

I have honestly looked at moving but it is far more difficult than just getting up and doing it. Even if you have the money to do it. I'm thinking the best move is asking for political asylum. Seriously.

2:43 PM, October 13, 2007  
Anonymous DC said...

And it is because of the people who maybe need to be in asylums that we would need to move-right? I know I would have to apply for a visa to do it legally. My understanding is that a lot of folks did just that after Duhbya stole the 2004 election. Awfully cold in Canada, unfortunatly, but thanks to global warming thanks to Duhbya, maybe not so cold anymore.

5:15 PM, October 13, 2007  
Blogger Ron said...

Beyond a visa you need a job and a home and a way to make yourself a permanent resident. You would almost have to do the job thing ahead of time. It is an inevitably difficult process.

4:32 PM, October 14, 2007  
Anonymous DC said...

I know. :-( It's so much easier to wade across the Rio Grande and blend in with other people who look like you and many of whom have the same language and some of whom work for employers for below minimum wage, isn't it?

2:43 PM, October 15, 2007  

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