Monday, November 4, 2013

4 November 2013 “The dog has not been fed in years

“It’s even worse than it appears, but it’s all right!”

Cassi Creek:  We’ve survived the initial two mornings since the DST change.  The urge to turn off the alarm and bunker in for another hour remains strong. 
          Here’s another paean of praise to our “oh, so noble and wise Congress.”  With the onset of November, arrives the onslaught of cuts to the social safety net.  While some of our populace fattens with each day that passes, that same segment is all too willing to disenfranchise the people who put their lives on the line to serve in our armed forces.  Once disenfranchised, attacking the stability of their families and their economic capacity to feed their families while deployed or called up for reserve or NG duty prior to deployment. 
          Congress would do well to recall who controlled the Emperor’s throne in the Roman Empire.  The Praetorian Guard, officially there as palace guards, learned that they could express their discontent about compensation and their concern about the quality of leadership in the Empire. 
          If I were a member of Congress, I’d be damned certain that no member of a military family went to bed hungry, that no veterans lacked a safe dry place to sleep or access to high quality health care.  But as it stands today, when I hear a politician saying “Thanks for your service!” I immediately start looking for the bloody dagger aimed at my back. 

For the history folks:

Note how exposed the bombardier was during flight. 

The two links below document that many of the men who crewed the planes never returned home. It was far from easy, never safe, and the odds against going home increased exponentially with each mission.

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