Happy Veterans Day


Today is Veterans Day. On Memorial Day we honor those men and women who died defending this country. Today is the day we honor all of the men and women who served in our armed forces, both living and dead, in war and in peace. This holiday began as Armistice Day, a holiday to mark the day the “war to end all wars” ended in 1918.

We should not glorify war. Even in the best of circumstances it is a necessary evil. But we should honor those who place themselves in harm’s way to protect our nation. They give their lives, their youth and their innocence.

Many of them never come home. Many more come home scarred and injured. All of them come home changed. The fact that they are often misused by politicians does not lessen their sacrifice. They don’t start the wars, they only fight in them.

If you love your freedom, thank a vet.


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27 Responses to Happy Veterans Day

  1. DeniseVB says:

    I’m confused, is Veterans Day for the living or dead (Memorial Day?). Kinda got thrown off message when I saw Bronco Bama at Arlington Cemetary? Have an Open Thread queued, will wait ;)

    • DM says:

      The tradition goes back to WW1, Armistice Day. I think it’s a day to thank those who have served, and to remember those who fell during war.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Did you guys even read my post?

        Today is Veterans Day. On Memorial Day we honor those men and women who died defending this country. Today is the day we honor all of the men and women who served in our armed forces, both living and dead, in war and in peace. This holiday began as Armistice Day, a holiday to mark the day the “war to end all wars” ended in 1918.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Sorry :( I read your post, but I’ve been more than corrected thanking veterans on Memorial Day, they seem pissed. Cool beans if we can thank them everyday. Veterans Day to me is like thanking the Unions on Labor Day. Not ;)

        • DM says:

          Oh. I thought that Memorial Day was for all the dead, like Nov 2 in Latin America. I stand corrected.

          No. I didn’t read your post. :) I was too lazy and uninterested.

  2. DM says:

    O/T

    – Twelve percent of people who “identify strongly” with the Tea Party voted for President Barack Obama. One-fifth of those who said they identify “at least a little” with the Tea Party also voted for the Democrat.

    http://news.yahoo.com/voted-closer-look-reuters-ipsos-exit-poll-054014250.html

    If true, I don’t get it. Maybe those TP voters were “saving” the Republican Party from the establishment. It’s the only answer I have.

    • piper says:

      you can say whatever you want in an exit poll – yahoo is just trying to keep readers clicking on their links. am going to switch browser page today.

      • DM says:

        Yahoo didn’t write the story. Reuters Ipsos poll is. Yahoo is the distributor, like newspapers distribute AP and Reuters stories. The story is by Gabriel Debenedetti, Reuters

    • DeniseVB says:

      Breitbart, et al, have been blaming the purist Tea’s for not showing up to vote. As in, a vote for Romney is worse than an Obama second term. Good grief. My local SE Virginia teas divided a couple of years ago, half were for Virgile Goode, the other half were for ABO. Guess the teas were stronger than we thought ?

      • DM says:

        The TP is very strong, but divided. Movements need to have one uniting idea, otherwise the power is diluted. I wished we had a uniting force this past election: Change the president at the WH

      • angienc says:

        Mitt Romney would be President today if he had secured 333,908 more votes in four key swing states.
        Romney lost New Hampshire’s 4 electoral college votes by a margin of 40,659. Obama won with 368,529 to Romney’s 327,870.

        Romney lost Florida’s 29 electoral college votes by a margin of 73,858. Obama won with 4,236,032 to Romney’s 4,162,174.

        Romney lost Ohio’s 18 electoral college votes by a margin of 103,481. Obama won with 2,697,260 to Romney’s 2,593,779

        Romney lost Virginia’s 13 electoral college votes by a margin of 115,910. Obama won with 1,905,528 to Romney’s 1,789,618.

        TEA Party or targeted corruption in crucial states so that challenging it basically impossible (i.e., even if Romney successful in a FL recount,say, it wouldn’t be enough).

        Personally with all the other after-the-fact bullshit excuses to convince us that Romney was *never* ahead, those flips of endorsements by all those papers and all those huge crowds never meant what we thought they did, etc., I think the TEA Party didn’t show up story is just another distraction.

        • lyn5 says:

          Honk! I blame the Tea Party, and the ruling class continues to get everything it wants because of voter stupidity. America lost big time.

  3. DM says:

  4. Thank a Vet indeed! But I always identified with this song as well. So many of us have waited and prayed- and today I choose to remember how blessed I am- mine came home! (Tissue alert!)

  5. foxyladi14 says:

    Happy Veteran’s Day and thank you to all who have served..
    from a grateful nation. :)

  6. DM says:

    Malala is not a veteran, but she’s fought and suffered in a war by the Taliban.

    [...]
    Gunmen halted the van ferrying Malala Yousufzai through her native Swat Valley, one of the most conservative regions in Pakistan. They demanded that other girls on the vehicle identify her. Malala had faced frequent death threats in the past.
    Some of the girls pointed her out. At least one gunman opened fire, wounding three girls. Two sustained non-life-threatening injuries, but bullets struck Malala in the head and neck.
    The bus driver hit the gas. The assailants got away.
    Malala was left in critical condition. An uncle described her as having excruciating pain and being unable to stop moving her arms and legs.
    [...]
    Now, a month later, it is nothing short of a miracle that the teen blogger, who fights for the right of girls to get an education, is still alive and even more astounding that she suffered no major brain or nerve damage.
    In hardly more than four weeks, she has gone from an intensive care unit in Pakistan, showing no signs of consciousness to walking, writing, reading — and smiling — again in a hospital in the UK.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/10/world/asia/pakistan-malala-one-month/

  7. votermom says:

    good one I think

  8. votermom says:

    *spitlol*

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