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Sunday, September 02, 2012

The Effects Of War

It's said that combat changes a person.  That it hardens the psyche.  Makes a young man sober beyond his years.  I wouldn't know.  Never been there.

But my brother's son has.

And war changed him.


Jon Fuhrman was with the 101st Airborne Division in 2003, when his division commander, Major General David H. Petraeus, led his men into Iraq in "Operation Iraqi Freedom."

Jon was with the 101st as it and the 3rd Infantry Division pushed into Iraq and secured Baghdad.

He was there at the fierce battle in and around Baghdad International Airport.

He was in Mosul as part of the team that brought justice to Uday and Qusay Hussein in July of that year.

He witnessed death.  Including the deaths of some of his friends.

And then he came home.

A different person.

Always reserved and on the quiet side, he returned to his parents, my brother and sister-in-law, a brooding, often dark, always lonely, seemingly out of place young man.  It was as if the world had changed completely for him while he was in Iraq.  And he just didn't seem to fit in it anymore.

Over the next several years Jon bounced from job to job, trouble to trouble.  He lived on the edge.  And preferred to be there.

He brought back demons.

Demons he couldn't shake.

He'd seen too much.  Was affected too deeply.

Jon once wrote in an email:

"I think it is much worse to come home hard than it is just to stay in the place that made you hard.  I lost some friends who were good guys with kids.  I can't help feeling that I was not supposed to come home but they were.  Like I took their place or something.  I know I don't deserve it because I am so f**ked up and they wouldn't have been like me coming home.  I really think I was never supposed to leave Iraq but I took the place of some guys who should have."

The thought haunted him.

Until this past Monday.

When Jon Fuhrman killed himself.

His demons won.  His family mourns.

This Is Rich

A guy who writes for a company that kills trees, the refined product from which is used for the purpose of applying ink and communicating with the citizenry - a la 220 AD - has this snotty comment about those who write to a medium of more recent invention:

"It's one thing for some ignorant yahoos to trumpet phony history online. Most of us realize by now that the Internet is a bottomless well of numskullery."

And the op/ed page of the Roanoke Times is a paradigm of virtue, forthrightness, and brilliance.  A site where one will never find ignorant yahoos.

Gimme a break, Dan.

Okay Then

Ask an International Society of Arboriculture board-certified master arborist a question about that handful of trees over on the Virginia Tech campus that had everyone in an undies-bunch and, by God, you're going to get an answer befitting an International Society of Arboriculture board-certified master arborist.

765 words, few of which I understand, about potential toothpicks.

My, oh my.

Quote of the Day

From George Will:
Given Democrats’ current peevishness, it is fitting that Sandra Fluke will address their convention. In February she, you might not remember, became for progressives the victim du jour of America’s insufficient progress. She was a 30-year-old-student — almost half way to 62, when elderly Americans can begin collecting Social Security — unhappy about being unable to get someone else (Georgetown University, a Catholic institution) to pay for her contraceptives.

Say this for Democrats: They recognize a symbol of their sensibility when they see one. 
"Liberalism, as we know it," Washington Post, September 2, 2012.

If Only He'd Spend More Time There ...

... maybe this country wouldn't be on the verge of collapse.

Barack Obama: "It’s good to be out of Washington."

All the golf, coupled with his four years of flying around the country apologizing to everyone for the failures of the Bush administration, leads one to believe that, if he had spent more time where we paid him to be, we'd be better off now.

“It’s good to be out of Washington.”

Soon enough, sweetheart.  Soon enough.

I Feel Left Out

It was so easy, years ago, to spot the racists among us.  Especially when they wore hoods and used "the N word" a lot.

Unfortunately, the hoods disappeared in the 70's and use of "the N word" became a crime against the state, right up there with drug trafficking.  The 1st Amendment being amended to disallow any freedom to speak such offense.

So, it's become darn near impossible to locate the bastards.

If they still exist.

Ah, but they must.

Because the lefties in this country have found them.

Well, not exactly.

But they have found their code book.

From it they've been able to determine: "Why (and How) Romney is Playing the Race Card."

So you know, the author of that silly piece, Ron Fornier, editor-in-chief of National Journal, apparently came upon "the code" while talking to two individuals in a restaurant in McComb County, Michigan.  They uttered words like "welfare" and "lazy," were therefore talking about black people, and were, therefore Romney supporters, who is, therefore, a racist.

Or some such.

It was all so simple long ago.  Hoods.  "The N word."

Now it requires super-intelligent sleuths from liberal magazines with keen investigative talents to spot the racists who live among us.  One of which is Mitt Romney.  Whether he knows it or not.

Yeah, one might think all this is just wishful thinking on Fornier's part.  But, hey, he's got the code book.  So don't doubt him.

Besides, he's a journalist.  And we all know journalists don't make stuff up.

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Mark Steyn: "And so it goes with American racism: The less there is, the more extravagantly the racism-awareness lobby patrols its beat."

What, He's Going To Come & Apologize For His Last visit?

Or is he coming to expound on the goof of the century?

In either case, he's coming:

Obama schedules another campaign stop in Virginia

Good.  Romney needs all the help he can get here.

Obama The Novelist

It came as a stunning revelation months ago that his "autobiography" was, in fact, a work of fiction.

Not sure why it stunned anyone.

Fiction is what he does best.  Every step of the way.

Something To Ponder

Do you realize that on this day 203 years ago, when the United States Treasury was established, that it warehoused more money than it does today?

I can't find a source that provides the exact amount that went into our national coffers on that day but if it was more than a buck, it was at least two dollars more than is there today.

As of this morning, the Treasury vaults were empty except for an IOU reading $16,000,260,044,849.99.

It took a lot of work, and a lot of foolish, self-interested, uncaring presidents to get us from 1789 to today.

And we have only ourselves to blame for having put them in charge of the place.