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May 17, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 34
UNTIL THEN, PLEASE KINDLY SPARE HIM THE PARADES
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. The state where I live is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, with the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.
On television the other day, I watched a story about an Air Force fighter crewman shot down over North Vietnam and imprisoned for six years at the infamous Hanoi Hilton. At one point, this retired commercial pilot was a cellmate of Arizona Senator and naval aviator John McCain.
My best friend is a veteran of that war. But he does not have good memories of it so he does not talk about it, read about it, or watch it on DVD, TV or any other media. He is not a member of any organization which identifies with it nor does he socialize with other veterans.
His military service consumed about six percent of his life. As horrific as it was, it was not the defining chapter of his existence. He survived where so many did not and came home in one piece, mostly.
Unlike an estimated 54,000 veterans in the years following the fall of Saigon, he did not commit suicide. He finished college on the GI Bill and went on to live a reasonably normal life.
While he feels bad for all the wounded warriors of the world, he does not want to ennoble war by celebrating it. He does not want there to be any glory, angst, privileges or nostalgia. He does not want it euphemized, patronized or editorialized.
He wants it totally stripped of romance and filled with the mourning of grieving parents, spouses, children and friends. He does not want it presented in Technicolor but in the desolate sepia of dreams which will never be realized and lives that will never be fulfilled.
He wants it recognized for what it is, the largely premeditated systemic maiming and slaughter of human beings in ways so violent and painful as to freeze the blood of even Dante Alighieri himself.
He wants everyone to experience it that way. Perhaps then it will finally stop. Until then, with all due respect? Please kindly spare him and all the others like him the bloody parades, then, eh?
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Here we go again. These poor folks just cannot catch a break. Major earthquake strikes Nepal
Here we go again – part 2 – Japan Firms Recall 6.5 Million Cars
This is reassuring. Your attention span is now less than that of goldfish, Microsoft says
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
SECOND NEPAL QUAKE
FROM THE UKRAINE
Good. Now, how about making something else a lot safer a fashion trend? Cuomo Orders Emergency Measures to Protect Workers at Nail Salons
It is a bloody shame it takes something like this to bring us closer, isn’t it? Friendships Arising From Boston Marathon Horror Offer Solace
We are incredibly fortunate to have individuals such as this one among us. And it sure looks like she could use our support. Jennifer Doudna, a Pioneer Who Helped Simplify Genome Editing
It will probably work out better for him if he stays in his own country and pouts a lot. Saudi Arabia Says King Won’t Attend Meetings in U.S.
I found this incredibly ironic considering he’s the source of a lot of the conflict there. I wonder if Vlad listens to his words BEFORE they come out of his mouth. In Talks With Merkel, Putin Calls for Improving Relations With Europe
What is it about the ascendance to power that turns some people into such flipping bloody twits? ‘Omar Khadr, You’ve Got More Class Than The Whole F—— Cabinet.’ Green Leader Regrets F-Bomb
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
I once admired this man as much as I do the Pope and Moses. But when his apparent disregard for future generations manifests itself so blatantly, I hope never to hear his name spoken in my presence again. Administration Gives Conditional Approval for Shell to Drill in Arctic
Here’s a cheery thought. Drought ended the Maya empire. Is California next?
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THE GREEN AGENDA
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It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond its own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.
This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.
Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
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