Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend

There's little I can say compared to some of the excellent posts around the blogosphere this weekend.  Just a couple of pictures that have been seen around many times and that I find particularly haunting.
There are far too many pictures of young wives saying goodbye, like that one and this one.
Pictures that remind us this is holiday commemorating sacrifice, infused through and through with grief.  It's not about barbecues and sales.  But this picture has always gotten to me, perhaps most of all.
In case it doesn't seem familiar:  

In a final act of loyalty, Hawkeye, the dog of slain Navy SEAL U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson walked up to his fallen master’s casket during the funeral in Rockford, Iowa, and then laid mournfully down beside the body for the rest of the proceedings [Note: Petty Officer Tumilson was one of the 30 killed in Afghanistan in the shoot down of Extortion 17 which the families blame squarely on the administration - SiG]
A depressing number of presidential candidates could use Hawkeye's loyalty.  It's pretty bad to be shown to exhibit less humanity than a dog. 

It's widely reported that only 0.4% of the population serves in the military.  That's a tremendous burden to be borne by such a small percentage of the population.  To all who served in the past or are serving today, my heartfelt thanks.


  1. God Bless our Heroes. A pox on those leaders involved with this debacle. And may the Imam who gave such a despicable "prayer" at this funeral have the fleas of a thousand camels infest his nether-regions for all eternity. (paraphrasing Johnny Carson). I am really surprised to read this and not learn someone did not rip this guys throat out on the spot.

    1. It's just more evidence that those special ops men are better men than I am. I think lesser men (and I include myself) would have killed that imam on the spot. You know those special forces guys have the skills to do it. Or track him down and kill him anonymously some other time. The fact this imam is still using oxygen shows how good those men are.

      For those who don't know what we're talking about, read the linked article about the Extortion 17 story.

  2. Military lives matter.