Archive for June, 2010

What is with marketing and bodily functions?

After watching television for a fairly long time today I’ve arrived at this simple conclusion.  All marketing on television (at least over the air) is written by ten-year olds infatuated with normal bodily functions.  How did I come up with this conclusion?  Watch for a time and you too will draw the same conclusion.  In many of today’s advertisements and television programming, we see videos involving people either chewing with food hanging out of their open mouths, excessive crunching, slobbering, drooling, slurping, smacking, belching or plain ol’ “passing gas” (as in flatulence).  Now I realize that over the last fifty years, marketers have lowered the age bracket at which they write their shows and commercials for, but six-year olds?  At least this seems to be the only ones that lack the intelligence and would actually enjoy this garbage! 

Could it be that marketers believe this is the average intelligence of the American adult that they are writing for?  Anyone taught common manners or basic etiquette should be floored by what is being presented here as normally accepted behavior for children or adults!  I see and can now understand why more households are shutting off their televisions and connecting to Internet T.V..  After all, don’t we have enough problems getting along with each other without teaching plain bad manners to our children as being normally accepted behavior? 

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New online network for American Legionaires

Posted in the recent July 2010 issue of The American Legion Magazine is an article talking about a new website starting up this summer.  It’s been a year in development and is now ready for release to the entire American Legion membership.  There is a section for the Legion Members and another for their Posts/Organizations.  It is free of charge to members and is only accessible by members, posts and their administrators.  You can find the new website by going to WWW.Legion.Org and then click on myLEGION.ORG in the upper right corner, go ahead and check it out Legion Members!

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Hundreds of Bodies Misidentified at Arlington!-Follow up

This is a follow-up article to my earlier post on June 11, 2010 about the above titled news article on Military.Com.  This latest news listing can be found on their website here.  After reading the news story all I can wonder is this — after mishandling, burying and misidentifying literally hundreds of bodies, upsetting untold number of parents, husbands, wives, sons and daughters as to the handling and whereabouts of their family members, than I they receive is a fine, and a two-year probation?  Unbelievable!!  The Virginia funeral home should have been put out of business or at least been barred from Arlington or any other national cemeteries.  Let a more patriotic and honorable company take over the business for Uncle Sam and the V.A..  As a fellow Vet, I take a little comfort in knowing where I will find my last repose, and I sure as hell heck hope it won’t be with the wrong name and/or site because of idiots such as this!!

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Veterans Needed for Montana Green Jobs

Looking for some work, Veteran?  It appears you’re needed in Montana!  Here’s the advert at Military.Com.

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The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics – 4th Verse?

At a recent Douglas County Tea Party Meeting, Howard Cain was doing a Q & A session.  A young woman asked a question about The Star Spangled Banner, an old “jarhead” Marine gave an answer that stunned the attendees. Here are the lyrics below, the link for the video is here, and also note the response on the part of the attendees!

The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

God Bless America!

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Hundreds of Bodies Misidentified at Arlington!

This announcement on June 10, 2010 on Military.Com pretty much floored me!  Arlington National Cemetery, a source of national pride to our nation, especially to our active military and our country’s veterans acknowledges misidentified burial sites?  And not just one, or a few, but hundreds!  Army Secretary John McHugh announced Thursday, “that the cemetery’s two civilian leaders would be forced to step aside.”  Step aside?  These two should be keel-hauled then sentenced to life in front of a firing squad!  You can find the entire article located here at Military.Com.  I would describe this level of incompetence by one word only, Outrageous!!    

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Homeless Veterans are Not Forgotten

This is the second article from the June/July 2010 Issue of VFW that I deemed noteworthy.  Let your townspeople and all know that all veterans, even homeless ones, deserve a final goodbye with honor and dignity.  And while you’re at it, offer your thanks to the people of Dignity Memorial ®. 

Homeless Veterans are Not Forgotten

There is a group of Americans who need our help–homeless veterans. They’re hungry and alone.

Although statistics vary, it appears that a significant number of the homeless in America are veterans–sleeping in parks, on streets, in cardboard boxes, under bridges and in tunnels every night. 

“It is unacceptable for a single veteran to spend the night on the streets of America,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. 

Many in this situation are unable to cope in today’s society. Homelessness is expected to increase as soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan, says VA. 

The U.S. government does provide support for homeless veterans, but offers no program for them when life ends. In the past, forgotten homeless veterans have been buried in a pauper’s grave, without services or military honors. 

Because they believe all veterans who served their country deserve honor and respect in life and, certainly, dignity in death, the Dignity Memorial ® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers created the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program

It is designed for veterans who die and whose bodies are left unclaimed with medical examiners. In such cases, no friends or family members assume responsibility. 

In partnership with VFW, Dignity Memorial providers help to ensure that eligible veterans receive the honors in death that their service in life merited with burial in a VA or state cemetery. 

To learn more about this program, please visit http://www.DignityMemorial.com and click on the Veterans tab. 

May He bless them and give them the eternal peace they so richly deserve. 

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