Posts in category "Veterans"

I'm Really Pissed This Veterans Day and I'm Sick of What Passes for Patriotism

I'm Really Pissed This Veterans Day and I'm Sick of What Passes for Patriotism
There’s about 4,800 homeless veterans in Los Angeles.  Luckily, they’re in L.A. and not here, in Chicago, where it was 20 degrees last night. Happy f**king Veterans Day. If you ask those 4,800 homeless veterans, would any of them care if you stand, kneel or squat and take a dump during the national anthem?   Would... Read more »

General John Kelly Sold his Soul to the Devil, Diminishing Himself and His Son's Memory

General John Kelly Sold his Soul to the Devil, Diminishing Himself and His Son's Memory
White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly is chasing a bad trade. We’ve all done it, defended something that we knew was wrong, but we were in too deep to let go. But let it go he must, or it will pull him down into the mire. Kelly went out on a limb Thursday,... Read more »

Colin Kaepernick Should Stand During the National Anthem, but We Need to Defend his Right Not To

Colin Kaepernick Should Stand During the National Anthem, but We Need to Defend his Right Not To
NOTE:  The following was published last year, at the beginning of the #takeaknee brouhaha.  I still feel the same about the flag, but there is much about my country of which I am not proud, not the least of which is an unrepentant, untruthful, uninformed president who stokes the fires beneath that which is most... Read more »
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Memorial Day, 2017

Memorial Day, 2017
Above:  Christian Jacobs, 4, of Hertford, NC, lies on the grave of his father, Christian James Jacob, during Memorial Day celebrations at Arlington National Cemetery – Image: Huffington Post Following originally posted on Memorial Day, 2013: About a decade before I was born 2,400 American men and women lost their lives in the attack on... Read more »

10 years after - Reposted from September 11, 2011

10 years after - Reposted from September 11, 2011
In the 60’s and 70’s, musical Utopia for many of us Boomers, English blues-rock band Ten Years After produced eight Top 40 albums. Their name apropos of the 10-year anniversary of the destruction of WTC, two of their hit songs seem fitting, as well. “I’m Going Home” is for all American troops, from Korea to... Read more »

10 reasons you shouldn't vote for a black man for president

(In no particular order) How can you vote for a guy crazy enough to want to be the 2nd black president? Black presidents seem to create obstructionist legislators. There’s a bad moon rising and a black guy shouldn’t have to take the heat when the feces hit the fan. If a black guy can’t get... Read more »
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Chicago-based Veteran Beer throws its hat in the ring on Veterans Day

Chicago has a new reason to call itself a beer town.  Launching today on Veterans Day, Veteran Beer has brought 10,000 cases of its hand-crafted beer to our market. From their press release: “The Veteran Beer Company was founded on July 4, 2012 by disabled combat military veterans and is dedicated to producing, selling, and... Read more »

We send kids to drive humvees in Afghanistan, but fine them for not wearing seat belts in Naperville, IL?

I think that’s all I have to say on the subject. Subscribe to the Chicago Board of Tirade * You will never get SPAM * Your email address will never be sold or given away * You will only receive emails on days I post. * You can unsubscribe at any time * You can... Read more »

John McCain says women should avoid military service until 'disgusting' sexual attacks have been eradicated

John McCain’s remarks about the military ( read here ) are generally respected by both sides of the aisle, as opposed to his willingness to engage in battle just about anywhere.  At the very least, his remarks about the growing and pernicious problem of sexual assault in the military underscore an explosive issue that can... Read more »
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Memorial Day

Memorial Day
Reposted  from an earlier version: A decade before I was born 2,400 American service men and women perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor, drawing us into a global conflict. By the end of World War II that number would exceed 400,000. Not to be confused with Veterans Day, which is a tribute to all... Read more »