To all the fallen soldiers

New rule: People who died in the War in Iraq shouldn’t count as far as Memorial Day is concerned.

Generally, I could care less about those who were unfortunate enough to have died in a war, even if said war was for a good cause – like thinning out the Indian population. But I notice in the last couple of years, the right wing in this country has taken Memorial Day as an opportunity to strum up tacit approval for the bullshit War in Iraq by suggesting that we’re obligated to honor the poor bastards who died in it.

Pffft!

Just like we don’t honor the dumbass kids who tried to break into Six Flags overnight and ended up drowning in Thunder River[1], it’d be silly to suggest that we have any moral obligation to honor the poor bastards that died in the so-called War on Terror. Furthermore, it’d be a disservice to the men who died, say, fighting the Nazis to honor these d-bags alongside them.

Interestingly enough, the Memorial Day holiday began in the years following the Civil War as a day to remember the Union soldiers who died in that war. As such, it was understood from the beginning that not every dead soldier is worth having a barbecue over. If your great grandpa died fighting for the confederacy, then that’s what he gets for fighting for the confederacy.

The only rib tip in his honor will be eaten at John Ashcroft’s house.

After World War I, the holiday was extended out, presumably by the US government[2], to honor those who died in any war or military action. Obviously, this is an awful idea in the sense that it suggests that anyone who ever died in any military action on behalf of the US is worthy of being honored or otherwise remembered.

That said, Memorial Day is widely understood to honor those who died in this countries major foreign wars – World Wars I and II, Vietnam, and what have you. No one’s taking any time out today to sweat the motherfuckers that died during, say, Iran-Contra[3]. Similarly, I won’t be taking any time out today to honor the 2500 or so (yikes!) d-bags who died in Iraq.

As far as I’m concerned, that’s what they get.

[1] Look it up. That shit happens all the time.

[2] It doesn’t say in Wikipedia how this came to be.

[3] People died during that, right?

  • http://www.fotolog.com/wastoids Motelsicks

    they should break the holiday down over the day, so from like crack o’ dawn to lunch time you do your due for the great wars (i see you granpa, respect)…

    then from take a break,

    later on, from maybe 3pm to 6pm, spend a little energy recalling the sacrifice in Vietnam, basically enough time to watch apocalypse now.. yes.. from 3pm to 6pm every memorial day EVERY NETWORK should air either Apocalypse Now, Platoon or an equivalent… then you take a break for dinner…

    and once you’re done eating, take the 5-6 minutes or so that you’re sitting on the can (the situation room) to thank the bush boys for their Iraqi adventures…

    and then around 11:59 you can think a positive thought for the future, maybe learn a lesson from past mistakes.. oh actually no, they would rather you didn’t…

  • ManFrizzle

    You classless bastard. I cannot believe the number of blogs I have read today in which stuck up, spoiled, sissy writers use this opportunity to disgrace our young soldiers. My friends are in Iraq. They didn’t ask to go. They don’t want to go. They go, and therefore, your fat lazy ass doesn’t have to. And that right there, my friend, is the reason why you thank each and every one of the soldiers who has died. And until you get up off your ass and volunteer, shut your mouth.

  • goodwillsidis

    Manfrizzle, is it bravery that has your friends over in Iraq protecting all the US contractors who are getting rich rebuilding the country in our image? Blind obedience got your friends to Iraq, and if you think the old men that sent them there aren’t openly taking that sacrifice for granted, you’re in denial.

    Blind obedience should never be celebrated, especially when it’s to obvious villains like the greedy chickenhawks who started this perpetual “war” so they could line their own pockets.

  • The Dza

    The War in Iraq is illegal. That is an undeniable fact. The UN officially dissaproved. If I was a soldier, I wouldnt have gone. 30 000 dead civilians homie. Not Soldiers. CIVILIANS AKA WHOLE LOTTA WOMEN AND KIDS. So yeah, dead soldiers over there don’t count. sorry.

  • Bayete Mitchell

    i agree with you on the this war is bullshit part of what you’re saying. 100%. but mothers and fathers have lost children who only went to the armed forces to “get money for college.” they have children who will grow up without a mother or father, or both. so to say that they are “dumbasses”, is stupid. memorial day as we all know is just a monday off and a chance to reflect on those who lost their lives fighting for something they belive in. respect that.

  • Lefty 2Gunz

    For those that go to the Army just to get a chance to pop off some rounds and/or just to be the next Rambo thats not cool with me.

    Then there are those like family and friends I know personally who went so they didn’t have to spend the rest of their lives in the street or working some dead end job.
    Those are the people that go so they can get assistance with college and housing for their families etc.

    These people don’t wanna be over there no more than the average person does but you sh!t on them as if they started this war or want to be a part of it.

    Not everyone is born with a silver spoon in their mouths so that after highschool it’s all laid out for them.

    Blind Obediance does not apply to every soilder in the war and to say so is COMPLETELY IGNORANT! The army is some people’s only way to have a better life down the road and it’s sad that some of you idiots can’t recognize that.

    I guess you’d rather those same soilders be at home on their block moving packs instead. Then you would have something else to bitch about how too many people are doing nothing with their lives.

    I’ll be the first to say “HELL NO!!” I ain’t going to no damn millitary but at the same time I respect those that do and understand that everyone who does has their own reasons good or bad.
    There is absolutely NO REASON to classify all soilders as
    Blindly Obediant D-Bags no matter how funny it sounds to say it, it’s not a laughing matter.

    Bol if this is another of your attempts to get traffic to your blog then this is completely and utterly pathetic. I respect what you do as a writer but sometimes we just don’t need to go down certain roads.

    There are soilders over there who all they have is the support of the people back home to get them through and the last thing they need is somebody sh!tting on them when they don’t wanna be there in the first place.

  • Lefty 2Gunz

    Oh yeah, and for you people who think you can just opt out of war once you enlisted you’re just showing your ignorance as well.

    I’d like to see you go try to get a good job with a DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE from the millitary on your record. You might as well have 3 felonies cause thats how you gonnna be viewed.

  • Chizea

    I think you mean you “couldn’t care less”…

    “could care less” implies that there is a lot of scope for stuff you’d consider of lower importance.

    • pbrstreetgang

      Actually, “could care less” and “couldn’t care less” both mean the same thing- reference Bill Bryson’s book Mother Tongue-English and how it got that way. Good book.

      Oh, and this blog? Is so fucked up as to be laughable. But you kids go ahead

  • The ON1E

    Like a sneeze I’ma get atchoo jiggas

  • ManFrizzle

    Any issues you may have with our reasons for going to war can be taken up with your congressman and your president that the people of your district voted for. I am hardly a supporter of this war, similar to many of you. However, I am yet to see the kind of organized, meaningful protests and demonstrations anywhere in our country now that helped to bring our troops home from Vietnam. Blind obedience, my friends, is the textbook definition of a good soldier. Soldiers take orders and carry them out, only hoping that those orders are truly helping to promote and defend freedom. If they aren’t, it is not their decision to make. If our forces could not be sustained by volunteers, EVERY ABLE MAN WOULD BE DRAFTED AND FORCED TO GO. So thank those soldiers, if for nothing else, for volunteering themselves and their lives to fight for the United States blindly. That’s what good soldiers do.

    My roomate was recently commisioned as a Marine officer the same day as graduating college. He had been struggling with the decision of whether or not to continue down that path, as many factors including economic, family, and personal, affected his decision. In the end, he decided to finish his training which will eventually lead him to Iraq. His reason? Brotherhood. The men that trained with him at Quannico will eventually be going to Iraq, and he would be damned if he was going to let them go without his help.

    This guy’s blogs are a typical example of the danger of blogging. In an attempt to keep up and update daily, this guy uses one lame comment or conversation between himself and a friend and turns it into a column of hate and ignorance.

    Elliot Wilson, I’m holding you responsible for this man’s job. I’d like to at least see a comment to clairfy why he deserves this spot.

  • http://www.byroncrawford.com/ Bol

    >These people don’t wanna be over there no more than the average person does but you sh!t on them as if they started this war or want to be a part of it.

    Yep.

    Funny how that works.

    >Blind Obediance does not apply to every soilder in the war and to say so is COMPLETELY IGNORANT!

    Blind Obedience is the definition of the US Army.

    Haven’t you seen A Few Good Men?*

    *Nullus.

  • Mikey Ess AKA SukedowN

    It was about time for an ig’nant shock post.

    I hadn’t seen one in awhile.

  • Harrisburg

    >These people don’t wanna be over there

    Perhaps they shouldn’t have signed up for the armed services then. I feel little to no sympathy for soldiers in Iraq. Perhaps they should have studied a little harder in high school.

  • Che

    A touch indelicate, but fair.

  • gluvnast

    you know how i feel about ignorant people that diss on shit they cannot possibly understand? NOTHING.

    kharma is a bitch.

    pray to god the draft won’t get installed, we don’t want YOU to be remember dishonorably.

    you’re a slave just like the rest of america! a lower class sucker to the white supremacy that rules america, politically, socially, and economically. as long you’re a taxpayer and abide by THEIR laws of the land, you’re a SLAVE like everybody else…therefore, but YOUR definition, you are JUST AS MUCH FAULT for everything that goes wrong in america

    the ones that died in service are sacrificial lambs that died for a cause that even most of THEM don’t honor.

    next time it could be YOU. and if that’s happens, whut are YOU going to do, taxpayer?

  • Gerald

    >the ones that died in service are sacrificial lambs that died for a cause that even most of THEM don’t honor.

    But does that make you a hero or a coward? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . .. . . . . . . wow I’m deep. Ima go meditate on that while sipping herbal tea.

  • Combat Jack

    bol, you attend a cookout today? I grilled up some mean ass burgers. I hear you, Memorial Day should be changed to Grill Some Shit day.

  • gluvnast

    depends on how you look at how you define a hero or a coward?

    if you’re a servicemember but openly refuse to deploy, that’s a court-martial and public opinion

    or maybe your reasons there are PERSONAL, to say trying trying to support your family, so they have food on the table, clothes on their back, free health care benefits and so forth…to your family you maybe regarded as a hero…

    alot of people couldn’t honor bill clinton because he was a draft dodger, yet he became commander and cheif. they look at it as somewhut hypocritical on how you can lead the military to war while you refuse yo go yourself?

    i look at a hero who relunctantly WANT to do something, but have no choice, but get thru with it, because the alternatives is WORST. and that’s how i see most of the servicemembers that are elisted or commissioned. all of them are in the military for different reasons, for different goals. most of them due to free college opportunities. alot of them because they were going a downhill road to self-destruction, especially if living most of their lives in poverty and no open doors are being given for them. some just MAYBE because they still believe in the patriotism in america, but that’s a rarity more and more to find. some of them because they have to support their family.

    but the thing is, everybody of every race imaginable are in for different reasons. and once in, they have an obligation to serve, whether they agree with whut they are tasked to do or not.

    the majority that’s currently there, the only thing they are thinking about is trying to survive so they can go back home in one piece….over 300,000 have made it, unfortunately 2,500 did not over there and another 1,000 while being transferred out.

    you can’t blame the ones involved upfront, you blame the ones that put everybody in this situation in the 1st place. and blame everybody that put these people or did not take enough inititive for putting the CORRECT people in power…which means ALL of us are to blame

  • Danja29

    I agree with the part about the confederacy. Outside of that, this is an ignant-ass rant, because not everybody that’s dying in this pointless-ass war is in it because they agree with the government’s “reasoning”.

  • 3am

    motelsicks, why would bols homies have to go i replacement. its not like the US would be suddenly attacked if there were no US soldiers there.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lone_Nigerian lone Nigerian

    some of y’all kill me the way you let some random blogger push your buttons.
    this is the internet; you’ve gotta expect ignorance
    and i say this as someone who doesn’t support the war in any way, shape, or form

  • DocZeus

    Although, I personally am against this war and had I been dumb enough to sign up for the army before the Twin Towers fell, my ass would have been on the first train to Canada, you can’t really blame dumb kids who want a college education and then get trapped into going a war that was under false pretenses. George W. Bush should be spending the rest of his life rotting in prison.

  • NoMamesBuey

    ^W Bush in prison

    US soldiers in Iraq have the daily random terror of getting bucked down from some sniper insurgent, car-bomb, etc

    Thus, for justice to be served, W “The Worst Ever” Bush would have to be a hard-core maximum security prison where random terror of beatdowns & “violations” ala what happened to 2Pac in jail (extreme nhjic) would be a daily danger W would face. That bitch-made dad-got-me-every-job-in-my-life W mofo would be ETHERED within days in such an environment.

  • EnglandRepresent

    Bol, one word – tasteless.

    Whether the general gist of your blog is correct or not there are ways to convey them. Talkin badly about the dead is not a good way. Personally I think the Iraq War is a fuckin disgrace however the people fighting in the US Army presumably are out there to protect the foreign interests of your country. Now I know those ‘interests’ may be raping Iraq of its oil etc however they are still there fighting for your country. I got two homeys out there with the British Marines, I pray fort here safe return and while I agree they are not fighting an honourable war, they are fighting it honourably. Unlike you Yank muthafuckas who be slaying innocent children for no reason, Vietnam all over again huh Yanks? Never underestimate the ignorance of the Yanks – you’re well renowned for it, and I’m including you in that too Bol you snooker-ball headed ugly ass muthafucka.

  • XRAY3000

    wow!! most of the time I dont get offended by blogs..but Im kinda pissed at this one..you dont have to support the war to support the troops you dumbass…half the people over there fighting dont wanna be there! And its a possibility that I might be going there too..I dont support the war..but its nothing I can do or say to stop from going..its people my age (21) and younger that died over there..and they probably joined to get off the streets..most of the time I like your style of controversy…but you took this one overboard…fuck you and anybody else on this blog talkin bout we dont count because the war is illegal..you bitches dont know the shit we go through..you think I wanna risk my 21 years of living for some oil..no!! But for you to say my death wouldnt count is fucking heartless man..bitch!

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    i enjoyed my grilled meat.

  • Rome

    It’s disrespectful to talk about the U.S troops period, but to insult fallen soldiers is way out of line. It takes more courage to fight for what someone else beleives in, and thats exactly what the troops are doing. whether you think they’re heroes or puppets it takes a certain amount of heart just to sign up for the military

  • wettw

    why is this on xxlmag.com & not byroncrawford.com?

    this has nothing to do with music.

  • Kornphlake

    I said it once I’ll say it again, YOU ARE THE NEXT MR. IRREVERENT! Why hasn’t XXL let you go? Do you have naked pics of YN’s woman or something? How are you able to type that shit, and still have a job? Does YN not even read these posts of your’s?

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  • Josh

    Wow, your ignorance amazes me.

  • Lamar Murphy

    No, people didn’t die in the Iran-Contra affair. It wasn’t a war, or even a military operation that mobilized United States soldiers in any way. It describes the controversy surround the Reagan administration’s illegal and secretive sale of weapons to Iran, an avowed enemy of the United States at the time, in exchange for the release of United States hostages, and using the profits to fund the Contras, a right winged paramilitary revolutionary group in Nicaragua, and the subsequent cover up and shredding of related documents. I really hear you with your article, though, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Keep up the good work, man.

  • AMERICAMAN

    Sand Nigger, Street Nigger, it’s all the same. Disrespectful dumb motherfuckers who don’t do shit to better the earth.

    Kill em all.

  • Not cool

    Whoever wrote this article needs to have their anatomy cut off and stuffed in their mouth. How the fuck could you be so fucking disrectful for those who die fighting in WWII or in what you consider an unjust war. Memorial day is about honoring ALL fallen soldiers. To whoever wrote this article or agrees w/ it content, do me a favor and throw yourself off a bridge. That might gain a little of my respect.

  • Brian

    Okay let’s get one thing straight, having an opinion about the war is all well and good but calling out the men and women in uniform who risk their lives every single day overseas is tasteless, classless and downright despicable. The Army and Marines spend up to a year living in deplorable conditions day after day avoiding I.E.D., hostile fire, and high stress from being in that environment. It’s easy for some like you that probably has never had a close call with death other than wondering if you might come down with a severe case of food poisoning, to make light of what these people go thru day in and day out. They go there to do the job that they signed up to do, period. They have no agenda in this war half of them don’t want to be there or even beleive in the cause. But they do it anyway because that’s what it means to have honor, integrity, and love for your country. Think about that you shameless, heartless bastard. And by the way you really might want to invest in some life insurance going the route that your going, partna.

  • Brian

    And next time get your facts straight bitch Memorial day was FIRST supposed to honor fallen soldiers of the Civil War THEN expanded for fallen soldiers of ANY war or military operation.

  • Tanya

    You are an asshole to say that about soldiers period lil on fallen solldiers u are on cold hearted bastard for the shit u are saying my family lives everyday with the lost of a loved one and go and disrespect ppl that is fighting for our freddom u need to be sent over there and live in that and see how u feel

  • Debbie

    I am a mother of a fallen hero who, at 18, was killed in Iraq. My son went in the army to help others as well as himself. He was killed when an IED blew up his humvee after taking medical supplies to the Iraqi citizens. We are not rich and he did this because he wanted to serve his country even though I was very much against it. I don’t need a memorial day to remember my son. That day is for others to remember. I think it is very rude and ignorant for anyone to disrepect the military in any way. Unless you have been in their shoes or their families, you have no room to talk.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lyrik07 Lyrik07

    I hope XXL isn’t paying this monkey to put his ignorant azz commentz on here.

  • http://xxl.mag.com kingtee3

    you fucken prick ass dumb fuck!!!we got soldiers over there tryna help out these worthless cumstains while they are immigrating to our countries and given handouts ,then they get there cousib=ns to blow ouyr shit upo!!! fuck yous and fuyck them ya bastards

  • drswerve

    Hey real talk. I was in the atl talking to some people about that last year. if it wasn’t for all the soldiers in the military doing their JOBS, your ass would be there because of the draft. I’m tired of you and the rest of the country getting your hate all mixed up. people in this country don’t know how good they got it sometimes i had the task to serve in iraq in 2003. if any of you folks on here was in the army, you know i was part of the first wave. hate bush and the policies, but don’t hate the soldiers. we only doing our jobs. we don’t make policies. we just do our jobs. it don’t take a liberalist to figure that out. next time you want to talk bad about soldiers, think about all the shit you talking about now and the soldiers who died for you way of life that you take for granted so much. By the way, i bought this mag every month while i was in the war and i’m glad you didn’t write this crap while i was out there

  • PISSED-OFFSOLDIER

    The reason to honor our fallen servicemen and women is simple:
    Because they had the guts to do something that fucking vaginas like you mother fucker would never do. And if you want to try to prove that you are not a pussy, come over to Richmond California where I live you fucking piece of amphibious shit.

  • PV2 Kesler

    You miserable piece of shit. We’re just lookin for a better life for ourselves, that’s all. We don’t believe in this bull shit, but we want a better future for our familys. May you come home from your burger flippin’ job one day to find your entire family raped, slaughtered and strung the fuck up. You worthless fuck.

  • www.galaxy-guild.com

    It’s funny how people are so eager to condemn the soldiers in Iraq. yet, have you walked amile in their shoes. Maybe the UN didn’t approve but, why do we need their permission to protect lives. Yes, civilians have perished. but, this is the nature of the beast. People die, it’s war. Yet, there is still very few lives lost compared to what it would be, if we just carpet bombed Irag. It’s those young men and women over there, on the ground giving it their all. That has kept the death toll down.
    What do they get for doing the job they were given. A rash of Bullshit from the do nothings of the country. Can anyone say Veitnam. Same story playing out all over again, to some degree. The soldiers do what is asked of them and the Country crucifies them for it. What a waste of space some people are.
    I hope all of you that have talked down of the soldiers in Irag, rot in a pool of your own dumb arogance.

  • http://xxlmag.com DC Beast

    I have no sympathy for the soldiers in Iraq, its not like they’re being killed in historic battles or firefights. Majority of the dudes get killed by walking past a random car. They are dying for no reason at all. Its sad that they are dumb enough to be over their so may I say it, FUCK THE SOLDIERS, two times…

  • http://www.myspace.com/krannenberry PFC Kannenberg

    Hi there! Just one of the “D-bags” over here making a life for my family the same way that countless Americans have over the years. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, some people should just keep it to themselves. “Anyone who ever died in any military action on behalf of the US is worthy of being honored or otherwise remembered.” Why is this a misleading concept again? It would appear to me that(you know, even though I’m worthless enough to be spared)these people took time out of their lives, some voluntarily and some not, to fight for something that they believed in, whether it be for love of country or love of duty, so in my eyes they deserve more than just a memory, but that’s all we are able to give them now so I remember them every day. They’ve taken the initiative to do more than just bitch and moan about what’s going on in the world and act instead of sitting on their lazy spoiled ungreatful ass, complaining about what other people are doing with their lives. Even though I don’t fully agree with the implied tasks of the war, someone’s got to do what we’re doing. People like to talk about ways to fix what’s wrong with the government, but until you figure out how to literally execute these things, shut the fuck up about your solutions, ok? Until you’ve done what we do, carried the responsibility we’ve carried, put up with the endless BULLSHIT that we have, as far as I’m concerned, you have no right to bitch. What makes a true Soldier different from assholes like you, is the fact that dispite my anger toward your opinion(s), I’ll still lay down my life for you. You’re welcome you fucking prick.

    Have a good day though!

  • beth

    you know what you ingnorant person…. i respect the people who fight the wars for us… becuase they not only have the guts to go out and face dangers we don’t see they do it in order to give you all your rights that we as americans have…… if they din’t fight for us you would be fighting and having a different opinion… if you don’t like the or respect or even honor the people who fight for you to live free GET THE FUCK OUT you sad sadistic motherfucker…AND GO LIVE IN CHINA…. or how about some third world starving poor country. you have no reason to be here and should be sent over in a draft just to show you its not all mashed potatoes and gravy……
    we all fight for our beliefs and rights.. we might not do it over seas and with guns… we do it with words and opinions… we do it by tearing others down… we use our money.. clothes… our dreams…. our morals…
    so why do you not give the respect the people have a RIGHT to demand from people like you.because you feel that you are king of the shit and you don’t have to give any one respect that’s why….
    becuase you are sad little homo-sapien that has no future..but to be the person asking us for if we want to supersize that or not… you were not raised with morals.. you were not raised with respect.. and it would not suprise me if you have sat in jail for the majority of life
    WHAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO SAY NO ONE IS MOURNING FOR THE PEOPOLE WHO FOUGHT IN IRAN-CONTRA(3)… I BET YOU A MILLION DOLLARS THE FAMILY’S OF THE LOST ARE MISSING THEM EVEN TODAY… I BET YOU A MILLION MORE THAT THEY RESPECT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR US.. I’LL BET YOU A MILLION MORE THAT IF THEY READ THIS AND COULD SEE YOU FACE TO FACE THEY’D PUNCH YOU … AND TO ADD TO THAT I’LL BET YOU A MILLION MORE IF YOU WERE SENT OVER THERE YOU WOULD GAIN ALOT OF RESPECT NOT JUST FOR THE SOILDERS BUT FOR EVERY FUCKING BREATH YOU TAKE YOU FUCKING ASSHOLE .. ITS THE PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO MAKE THE WORLD A BAD PLACE.. ITS THE PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO SHOULD BE FIGHTING.. ITS THE PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO SHOULD HAVE THEIR ASS’S HANDED TO THEM FROM THE SOILDERS YOU ARE REFUSING TO RESPECT…
    in any case i cann’t change your mind or opinion … but i do hope that some one slaps you with a wake up stick and smacks your ignorant face and brings you into the reality of this world….

  • beth

    you know what you ingnorant person…. i respect the people who fight the wars for us… becuase they not only have the guts to go out and face dangers we don’t see they do it in order to give you all your rights that we as americans have…… if they din’t fight for us you would be fighting and having a different opinion… if you don’t like the or respect or even honor the people who fight for you to live free GET THE FUCK OUT you sad sadistic motherfucker…AND GO LIVE IN CHINA…. or how about some third world starving poor country. you have no reason to be here and should be sent over in a draft just to show you its not all mashed potatoes and gravy……
    we all fight for our beliefs and rights.. we might not do it over seas and with guns… we do it with words and opinions… we do it by tearing others down… we use our money.. clothes… our dreams…. our morals…
    so why do you not give the respect the people have a RIGHT to demand from people like you.because you feel that you are king of the shit and you don’t have to give any one respect that’s why….
    becuase you are sad little homo-sapien that has no future..but to be the person asking us for if we want to supersize that or not… you were not raised with morals.. you were not raised with respect.. and it would not suprise me if you have sat in jail for the majority of life
    WHAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO SAY NO ONE IS MOURNING FOR THE PEOPOLE WHO FOUGHT IN IRAN-CONTRA(3)… I BET YOU A MILLION DOLLARS THE FAMILY’S OF THE LOST ARE MISSING THEM EVEN TODAY… I BET YOU A MILLION MORE THAT THEY RESPECT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR US.. I’LL BET YOU A MILLION MORE THAT IF THEY READ THIS AND COULD SEE YOU FACE TO FACE THEY’D PUNCH YOU … AND TO ADD TO THAT I’LL BET YOU A MILLION MORE IF YOU WERE SENT OVER THERE YOU WOULD GAIN ALOT OF RESPECT NOT JUST FOR THE SOILDERS BUT FOR EVERY FUCKING BREATH YOU TAKE YOU FUCKING ASSHOLE .. ITS THE PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO MAKE THE WORLD A BAD PLACE.. ITS THE PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO SHOULD BE FIGHTING.. ITS THE PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO SHOULD HAVE THEIR ASS’S HANDED TO THEM FROM THE SOILDERS YOU ARE REFUSING TO RESPECT…
    in any case i cann’t change your mind or opinion … but i do hope that some one slaps you with a wake up stick and smacks your ignorant face and brings you into the reality of this world….

    THANK YOU ALL SOLIDERS FOR FIGHTING FOR ME MY FAMILY MY FRIENDS…. THANK YOU TO BILL JOSH LANCE LOY STEVE FOR BEING THERE TO PROTECT US ALL… DESPITE WHAT THE SAD PATHETIC BASTARD THINKS

  • yupyup

    I can’t believe you and that fag dc beast use the freedom of speech that I defend and provide to disparage those of us that protect it.

  • the gooch

    i agree, and moreso, i hate anyone who endorses war or joins the military for ANY reason ,you enable the murder of innocents.If you don’t believe war is the biggest racket on the planet, your naivete dismisses you from the discussion altogether.Live by the sword die by the sword and protect global corporations profits at the expense of the poor,the defenseless, and the environment.All nations are illegitimate, we are one species and our demise is inevitable.-realism not pessimism

  • http://na ron

    I went AWOL from the NG after Dugway proving grounds, where I guarded NBC shit. We were guinea pigs as are GI’s in Iraq. Uncle Sambo don’t care about us. So why should I guard Bush’s oil wells? thats what this war is about, OIL!
    People are fodder for the Gov.

  • SPC Brown, Craig

    i am one of those dumb soldiers you are referring to, and at the time this was put up iwas in the middle of a 16 month deployment.. now im back in germany, waiting to go back in 11 months .. back to iraq, where i lost 12 people that ididnt get to come back home with.. i just want to say fuck you!! for them and their families.. you’ll never be as selfless as them.. how dare you even think that you have room to talk about this particular subject.. fuck you, you piece of shit..

  • PV2 Wilder

    This may be a year after the fact, but here goes:

    I think someone’s just jealous we’ll be remembered for something: Risking our lives to give what we/you have (what you and so many abuse and take for granted) to those who were born into a world that gives them no opportunity, or took theirs away because of their beliefs/gender/skin color.

    While you will be forgotten. A fat, worthless byproduct of a dozen poor choices in life that all stemmed from his parents poor choices.

    The Military pays for higher education, some of these posters should really consider taking advantage of pursuing one of those. Educations, I mean.

    Then you’d know things that the blog’s writer didn’t.

    Things such as why Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that is edited and updated by anyone who has internet access (Which is available for free use at any library, conveniently so are REAL encyclopedias.) does not state why Memorial Day was expanded to include the valiant fallen of all military activities.

    The blog writer is probably the type to cry when a rapper, someone who provides entertainment, gets murdered in a feud that they themselves stimulated out of ego to bring about their end. But when a Soldier or Marine is murdered, who’s only part they played in instigation was being an American, he’ll call them a douche bag though he’s just as guilty in their view.

    Fortunately, I tend to forget people like you exist often enough to spend my, ill gotten warmongers, salary on getting me closer to where I desire to be in life.

    I hope my “blind following” of my beliefs insights rage and hostility from the bloggers sympathizers.

    Ignorant morons.

  • Kevin Onofrio Quinn

    How Dare You. Not for a second would i ever expect to see those words written in a blog by you or anyone else. I don’t support this war at all, but i support my troops.

    Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game.

    Cause that player could be a part of your family, and deserves his/her day of memorial just like the rest of them. Right or Wrong, just because the War in Iraq is rediculously stupid, doesnt mean the soldiers are less appreciated.

    Bastard

  • SGT

    Your a piece of shit. Take your welfare check and get the fuck out of America.

  • Minerva Rakhan

    You can say fuck the war, fuck the president, fuck the leaders that got us into this mess, but don’t hold it against the soldiers. They have no choice in the matter. They didn’t start the war, and they probably won’t even be able to end it. Just because they volunteered to sign up does not mean that they are there to fight for the same bullshit cause that brought us there in the first place. They aren’t getting a share in the pot of oil profits. Working in the military and working in the civilian world is nothing alike. In the military, if you’re told to do something, no matter how pointless, stupid, or grueling, you do it. Without question. Without complaint. If you don’t, you are subject to punishments that can include hard labor, suspension of pay (yes, while doing hard labor), reduction in rank (meaning reduction in pay if you ever do get paid again), hard time (along with the labor and less or no pay), and possibly dishonorable discharge, which may be viewed as the equivalent, I believe as someone else already put it, of three felonies on your record in terms of getting a civilian job. No matter what your situation was before joining the military, this guarantees it will be worse after being dishonorably discharged. You can’t just up and decide to quit your job if they decide to send you to a war you don’t agree with. There’s no such thing as a two-week notice in the MILITARY. Sure, maybe having an ugly record and being alive is better than running off to die in some greedy oil war, but by the time you get there, it’s no longer as simple as just saving yourself.

    When you’re a soldier, it’s not about cause. Look at the reasons people join a voluntary military. Nobody “wants” to go to war, so why would anyone volunteer themselves? Many of them may have been born poor, or had a bout of bad luck that dropped them through the cracks of life, were granted too much freedom by lazy parents that resulted in a few immature mistakes that ended up costing them well into their adult life. A friend of mine joined a few years ago. His parents couldn’t afford him a college fund or life insurance, and they both died in a car accident in less than a year after he graduated high school and moved out. He was scrounging from one minimum wage job to another, working upwards of 80 hours per week trying to make ends meet while putting himself through school part time. During that spring semester, he underwent a costly surgery and had his appendix removed. He didn’t have healthcare, and couldn’t afford the medical expenses which tainted his credit report for years thereafter. He didnt’ qualify for medicaid because he made too much money and didn’t have kids. He couldn’t go immediately back to work after surgery, and was promptly laid off from one of his jobs. With inflation racing ahead, jobs becoming harder to find for his limited education and skillset, and medical bills mounting ever higher, he was running out of options and spiraling into a deep pit of debt, lawsuits, garnished wages, and bad credit. It got to the point where he had to live out of his car because he couldn’t get approved for an apartment lease. He dropped out of school and was desperate for a way out. In the end, he joined the Marines, and this is the decision that saved him. He built himself back up to a substantial income, paid off his medical debt, received free college education benefits, had free medical care, and eventually graduated with a degree in linguistics shortly after his enlistment term was up. I didn’t intend to go off on a tangent here, but I wanted to illustrate that people don’t join the military because they just feel like going to a war.

    Whatever the reason for joining, most of the soldiers in our military are not fghting in Iraq for the reason they were sent there. They fight for their family. No, not just their parents and siblngs and sons and daughters. The structure of military life is far different from that of civilian life. There is such a strong sense of brotherhood no matter where or what rank you are that is unequaled in any other environment. Your comrades quickly become your family, and that’s what we fight for. We all volunteer for our own personal reasons, but when it comes down to it, we all end up fighting for one thing: the men next to us. We choose to subject ourselves to extremes of pain, fatigue, hunger, mutilation, and death, not for oil, not for American freedom, not for glory, and damn sure not for ourselves. Whatever mission we are given, we all end up with one shared goal: to get everyone home alive. In the end, that’s all that matters. Yeah, the letters our families send us from back home are like gold to us. Even if our family turns their focus inward, worrying more about who’s going to take the trash out, and how are they going to finish their report on time for work at their 40-hour per week desk job, and every other petty problem in their microcosm of an existence that diminishes and eventually drowns out their concern for their deployed soldier. Coming home hurts, when you’ve thought of nothing but your family for 15 months and they regard you more as an uncomfortable acquaintance than as brother or sister. But no matter how thoughtless and ungrateful, the family at home is every soldier’s primary motivation for getting their job done. And for what? To be shunned and disdained by their own neighbors, peers, and the home that they longed for so much while they were stuck out in that shit hole? It’s not their fault, they know, but they won’t complain. It’s not their cause either, but they can’t explain it. Life as a soldier is so lonely. Maybe that’s what numbs the fear of death. Eventually, the only thing that matters to them is getting their battle buddies home safe and sound. Because in the end, that’s all they really have is each other. Please consider this before running your mouth about the soldiers while sipping your cocktail with enough time in your daily life to worry about the stock market or how Britney’s rehab is going. Military life is something you can never understand without having been there yourself, so if you’ve never been a soldier, then stop spewing your ignorance about them.