The World According to Mike: July 2005

Monday, July 11, 2005

Hope for Patriotism, Perhaps?

I'd just like to report that my good friend (and long lost fishing buddy) Ken is home on leave from his deployment in Iraq. On his trip home he had to lay-over in the Dallas airport for 9 hours. It warmed my heart to hear of the reception he got upon landing! Just before his plane touched down an announcement was made that he and the two other returning soldiers on board were to exit the plane first. Ken said that immediately upon disembarking they were greeted by a cheering crowd! He went on to tell me that during his entire 9 hour stay he was unable to pay for anything. The airport "comped" him and his fellow soldiers the use of an executive area where they could grab a shower. He went into a bar for his first cold beer since last October (they aren't allowed to drink while "in country" in Iraq) and a gentleman promptly bought him one. When he tried to pay for his dinner in the cafe where he ate his waitress told him another gentleman had paid for his meal!

The people of Dallas Texas (or at least those in the Airport the night before last) should applaud themselves for the warm welcome home they gave to those who are helping to protect our safety!

As good as I feel about this, I can't help but think that had Ken landed at, say SFO, he wouldn't have gotten such a reception!

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At 9/25/2005 6:42 AM, Blogger Blogging Blogging Queen said...

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At 10/11/2005 6:29 PM, Blogger Doug-E-Fresh said...

Mike, don't be a blog nazi, what did the lady have to say? By the way, it looks like you'll be chasing the tiger on tuesdays and wednesdays now! LOL

At 10/11/2005 10:56 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Mind your own bee's wax, Johnie Bravo. The above post was someone spamming me to try to sell me something. Even one's blog isn't safe these days. Glad to see you still stop by though. Someday maybe I'll actually post to it again.....LOL


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Monday, July 04, 2005

Gotta love the MSM!!!

I just finished watching a piece from last night's 60 Minutes (TiVo rules!) about individual ready reservists being called up for active duty with the armed forces. What really caught my attention (and ticked me off, quite frankly) was the way the story focused on a few people who claimed to be wrongly called up. While I'm sure some mistakes are being made (the armed forces are made up of government agencies after all), most of the "call ups" are within established guidelines.

Further adding to my anger at the piece was the fact that it made no mention of all the folks volunteering to "re-up", many after years of civilian life.

This is just one more example of how the main stream media will spin a story to further a left wing agenda.

For those of you unfamiliar with the military reserve structure there is some decent information available here.

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At 7/11/2005 11:21 PM, Blogger OSAPian said...

Outstanding post Mike.

After 9/11, I reenlisted after a 12 year break in service as soon as I could make weight (quite a duanting task in my case) and ended up going overseas on three short missions before an active duty injury while I was preparing for OIF-III forced me to retire.

There are thousands of veterans like me. Even more non-prior servcie guys my age would have enlisted if they had been allowed to. The MSM acts like we don't exist.

My last outfit is deployed forward as I post this. There are more than several old soldiers in the 1106th AVCRAD who served in Vietnam and are all in their 50s. The MSM will ignore them.

Even more guys and gals in that fine unit served in Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Desert Storm, Somalia, Afganistan, and several are on their second tours of duty in Southwest Asia. The MSM will never say or print a word about them.

At 7/11/2005 11:24 PM, Blogger OSAPian said...

I forgot to mention Haiti. A detachment form the 1106th AVCRAD deployed there back in the day and many of those soldiers are in Kuwait or Iraq today.


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