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July 24, 2005
Many FuneralsBy Greyhawk
Goodrich's father is also a Marine, having served in the Pacific during WWII. Looks like the Lt Governor made the wrong choice when scanning the obituaries for campaign stops.
Poor Catherine! She may have been (like so many others) taken in by Michael Moore, one of the first to attempt to use funerals of Iraq war vets for his own gain:
The family of U.S. Air Force Maj. Gregory Stone was shocked to learn that video footage of the major's Arlington National Cemetery burial was included by Michael Moore in his movie "Fahrenheit 9/11."But Moore's myth - the portrayal of the fallen in the War on Terror as victims - lives on. It's disappointing but not surprising that the Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania - along with so many others - believes it.
Let's play a game. The source of information for this game is the Southern Poverty Law Center. The game is called Who Am I?
Who am I?
As a lawyer in the 1970's I won a handful of civil-rights related lawsuits, though but my legal career ended in 1979 when I was permanently disbarred for filing suit against a court reporter for being late delivering a document. My State's Supreme Court said I had "little regard for the ethics of [my] profession." (I once sued Sears for $50-million when their local store was several days late delivering a television set.)
In 1986 and 1987 I received three awards for my civil rights cases, including one bestowed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
In 1988 I supported Al Gore's presidential campaign, hosting his visit to my hometown.
In 1990 I ran for governor of Kansas in the Democratic primaries, but lost with 11,634 votes, 6.7% of the total.
In 1991 I began the "Great Gage Park Decency Drive," an attempt to purge a park in my hometown of the homosexuals that were using it as a meeting place.
In 1992 I ran for the U.S. Senate, and gained 30.8% of the ballots cast in the Democratic primary, perhaps due in part to my anti-homosexual efforts. During the campaign I referred to my opponent as a "bull dike".
Who am I? I'm Fred Phelps, and since those days I've become notorious for my "God Hates Fags" campaign. I'm often mistakenly referred to as a right-wing conservative Christian, but the reality is I hate Jerry Falwell too.
And more recently I too have started protesting the funerals of those military members killed in the war on terror..
In January of 1993, Fred Phelps, his wife Marge, Fred Phelps Jr., and Betty Phelps-Schurle were invited to (and attended) the inaugural ball in Washington D.C..
While Mike Moore got an exalted place at their 2004 convention, it's good to see that the majority of his fellow Democrats now apparently consider Phelps persona non grata for his anti-gay activities. You gotta draw the line somewhere, after all.
As a side note, no one on the Left should be surprised when others don't think it's funny that their first attack on Supreme Court nominee John Roberts involves questioning his sexual orientation. Yes, you're only joking, heh. Chuckle. We get it. That whole "gay" thing is no big deal to the Left.
When they have the funeral for the Democratic Party, I don't think I'll go.
The Governor, however, has been seen in Mudville before, when he refused to extend the absentee ballot deadline for troops serving overseas in the war on terror prior to last year's Presidential election.
Update 2: The Governor responds quickly.
Posted by Greyhawk / July 24, 2005 2:01 PM | Permalink
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November 26, 2010
I think anyone who's ever pondered the "comment" option - once only available on blogs and bulletin boards, now ubiquitous on almost any web site - will appreciate this:
The so-called faculty of writing is not so much a faculty of writing as it is a faculty of thinking. When a man says, "I have an idea but I can't express it"; that man hasn't an idea but merely a vague feeling. If a man has a feeling of that kind, and will sit down for a half an hour and persistently try to put into writing what he feels, the probabilities are at least 90 percent that he will either be able to record it, or else realize that he has no idea at all. In either case, he will do himself a benefit.
That's wisdom from the past, captured for posterity at the US Naval Institute, shared via the web on the institute's 137th anniversary.
From their about page:
"The Naval Institute has three core activities," among them, History and Preservation:
The Naval Institute also has recently introduced Americans at War, a living history of Americans at war in their own words and from their own experiences. These 90-second vignettes convey powerful stories of inspiration, pride, and patriotism.
Take a look at the collection, and you'll see it's not limited to accounts from those who served on ships at sea, members of the other branches are well-represented.
I'm fortunate to have met USNI's Mary Ripley, she's responsible for the institute's oral history program (and she's the daughter of the late John Ripley, whose story is told here). She also deserves much credit for their blog. ("We're not the Navy nor any government agency. Blog and comment freely.") We met at a milblog conference - Mary knew (and I would come to realize) that milbloggers are the 21st-century version of exactly what the US Naval Institute is all about. Once that light bulb came on in my head, I mentioned a vague idea for a project to her - milblogs as the 21st century oral history that they are.
"Put that in writing," she said (of course - see first paragraph above!) - and here's part of the result.
Shortly after the first tent was pitched by the American military in Iraq a wire was connected to a computer therein, and the internet was available to a generation of Americans at war - many of whom had grown up online. From that point on, at any given moment, somewhere in Iraq a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine was at a keyboard sharing the events of his or her day with the folks back home. While most would simply fire off an email, others took advantage of the (then) relatively new online blogging platforms to post their thoughts and experiences for the entire world to see. The milblog was born - and from that moment to this stories detailing everything from the most mundane aspects of camp life to intense combat action (often described within hours of the event) have been available on the web...
And et cetera - but since you're reading this on a milblog, you probably knew that. And you know that milblogs aren't just blogs written by troops at war, that many friends, family members, and supporters likewise documented their story of America at war online in near-real time, as those stories developed.
The diversity in membership of that group is broad, the one thing we all have in common is the impulse to make sense of the seemingly senseless, and communicate the tale - for each of us that impulse was strong enough to overcome whatever barriers prevent the vast majority of people from doing the same. Everyone at some point has some vague idea they believe should be shared - we were the people who, from some combination of internal and external urging, found and spent those many half hours persistently trying to write it down.
But where will all that be in another 137 years? Or five or ten, for that matter. That's something I've asked myself since at least 2004 - when I wrote this:
Membership in the ghost battalion has grown in the years since, and an ever growing majority of those abandoned-but-still-standing sites are vanishing. Have you checked out Lt Smash's site lately? How about Sgt Hook's? If you're a long-time milblog reader you know the first widely-read milblog from Operation Iraq Freedom and the first widely-read milblog from Afghanistan are both gone from the web. If you're a relative newcomer to this world you may never even have heard of them - or the dozens upon dozens of others who carried forth the standard they set down.
If you have a vague notion that something should be done about that, (a notion I've heard expressed more than once...) then you and I and the good folks at the US Naval Institute are in agreement. Preserving the history documented by the milbloggers is just one of the goals of the milblog project, the once-vague idea that we're now making real.
And it's a big idea, if I say so myself - too big to explain in one simple blog post, so stand by for more. Likewise, it's too big a task to be accomplished by just one person. So if you're a milblogger (and exactly what is a milblogger? is a topic for much further discussion on its own) I'm asking for your help. All I'll really need is just a little bit (maybe just one or two of those half hours...) of your time, and your willingness to tell the tale.
We've already made history, it's time to save it.
(More to follow...)
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