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Sunday, August 28, 2005

The War Is Always Close To Home

My brother's son serves in the 101st Airborne Division and was there in the forefront of the battle to oust Saddam Hussein in 2002 and was involved in the pacification of Mosul for months thereafter, until the 101st was transferred back to the states.

I received the following email from my brother in response to one of Friday's entries in this weblog:

I liked your piece on "I support the troops but not the war". Believe me I've heard it first hand how the troops feel when they hear this. I got to know several young men of the 101st before they went to war. They have all changed permanently because of their time spent at war. Some just a little and others drastically.

This family will always support the troops in all ways. We know the price they have paid for doing their duty.

Let's not forget the price still being paid. We owe these young men and women so much. And yet they ask for so little. I couldn't be more proud of Jon Fuhrman SPC C 2/502, 101st Airborne Division. Thank God Jon and all the men and women in the military are there to protect our children and grandchildren and are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to make this world a better place.

Rick Boucher and Wal-Mart's Grand Opening

I mentioned yesterday that our Congressman here in Appalachia wasn't able to attend the Wal-Mart Grand Opening over in Norton. An email buddy gave me two reasons why.

1. Wal-Mart is non-union and
2. Rick Boucher's key supporters in his last reelection bid were:

American Nurses Association Pac $1000
Political Educational Fund Of The Building And Construction Trades Department $1500
American Federation Of State County & Municipal Employees - P E O P L E, Qualified $3500
Service Employees International Union Committee On Political Education (Seiu Cope) $5000
United Transportation Union (Utu) Transportation Political Education League $5000
United Food & Commercial Workers International Union Active Ballot Club $5000
Paper Allied Industrial Chemical & Energy Wkrs I'Ntl Union (Pace International Union) $6000
Sheet Metal Workers' International Association Political Action League $7500
American Postal Workers Union Committee On Political Action $7500
Laborers' Political League-Laborers' International Union Of Na $8000
Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee United Brotherhood Of Carpenters And Joiners $10000
Uaw - V - Cap (Uaw Voluntary Community Action Program) $10000
Machinists Non Partisan Political League $10000
United Mine Workers Of America - Coal Miners Political Action Committee $10000
United Steelworkers Political Action Fund $10000
Nea Fund For Children And Public Education $10000 (link)

It's wise not to bite the hand that ... has you by the throat.