Sunday, August 31, 2008

Field Day - August '08

A SPECIAL NOTE:

Please offer your prayers for those now in harms way as Hurricane Gustav bears down on the US Gulf Coast. We have a great many people in the area so pray that they get out of the way and remain safe.

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Periodically we tend to houskeeping duties and call it Field Day.

Contacting Senators and Representatives
Dear Readers, you have outdone yourselves with the campaign to contact your Representatives and Senators for committments to support HR 6562. We have 20 members of the House and 17 Senators at this point in time. That is outstanding! Bravo Zulu!

Now we ask a couple of things more of you.

When contacting members of the House, after they agree to co-sponsor and/or vote for HR 6562 in an effort to get it passed this term, follow up with a request that they contact your Senators on your behalf and get their support as well.

Remember, you are getting committments to support passage of HR 6562 this session.

Also, we ask that you contact us by email, using the Email Me link near the top of the left sidebar to let us know which members of Congress committed to you. We need to keep an accurate count, and we need to put those names up in public here to keep them steady and prevent wavering. So, please contact me again with who you have received a committment from. Thanks!
Making comments
Recently, the comments section has become a forum of its own. We really do not mind a Q&A response, although sometimes they do get a bit long. We also do not mind straight comments. Now, we have written a sort of policy on the left side bar that expresses our current views on comments. It is time to put away the attacks on other Veterans. We are all in this together, regardless of how it seems sometimes. Nothing pleases the DVA more than seeing discord among those who make an effort to depose their dictatorial rule and gain legitimate benefits for Veterans. Let us all set about rowing in the same direction. If I see a post that I feel unnecessarily offends another Veteran or group of Veterans, I will contact the commenter if I am able and ask them to withdraw or modify the content of their comment. I cannot change the content of a comment. If you post anonymously, then I cannot contact you. My only recourse then is to make a decision whether to publish your comment or not. In most cases I will publish it, and then take you to task for your unwanted comment section. I detest doing this, because I fervently believe in free speech, but that is my only avenue to try to keep things moving in a positive direction.

If you post a comment and it does not show up within 24 hours, please contact me by the "Email Me" link near the top of the left sidebar. I suggest that any commenter compose his comment as a text document in Notepad or something similar and save it until it appears. All comments must be approved my me. I do other things besides this blog, like four other blogs, and a political campaign I am working for, as well as personal things like doctoring and the like. If you email me, I will get you a response as soon as I am able. Please have patience, though. I have several medical procedures coming up in the next few months, any of which could be either very simple, or degrade into something requiring hospitalization. That may cause a "blackout" on here. So be patient. I also intend to take every opportunity I can to walk the Congressional Office building's hallways knocking on doors to keep HR 6562 moving. If I am doing that, I won't be doing this at the same time. I can't afford the gadgetry to do that!

Politics
"Political opinions", someone once said, "are like a certain excretory portion of the anatomy, everybody has one." While we are very much involved personally at home here with a Presidential campaign, and we are involved with politicians in this fight, we see this fight for benefits as being apolitical. Therefore, we will not be endorsing or advocating one candidate over another unless and until it becomes clear that one will support our efforts and the other will not. And for that reason, and that reasson alone, might an endorsement appear, and political ads be temporarily posted on the sidebars. Should neither candidate support us, we will make that quite clear publicly as well. Count on that.

Quotation
The historian in us has been stymied by a dilemma. Someone sent an email to us with a quotation attributed to George Washington. Here is the quotation:

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceived veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation." -- President George Washington
We have been unable to verify that this is indeed from our first president. We have the works of George Washington in our library, and have been browsing through it several times over looking for it. Supposedly, according to Senator Patty Murray, it was said by Washington in 1789. We have been through that section of his complete works several times over, and have not been able to find the source of the quote. We have searched online and can find only the quotation being used by other people, such as Senator Murray.

We know some of you are inded great history buffs, so we open the question up to you, can you find the source of this quote supposedly made by George Washington? If so, please email us using the "Email Me", link near the top of the left sidebar.

Thank you Readers!
We made our first post on here three years and almost three months ago. Since then our readership has grown despite the fact that as a blog, we are of limited scope. We simply do not appeal to Joe Sixpack, or his kids. We should, but we do not. But to the hundreds of loyal readers who come here every day for news, and hope, we thank you. Your stalwart work when we asked you to help is remarkable in the effectiveness of it, including such things as the Medal Returns, and the letter and fax writing campaigns, and your current effort to garner support in Congress for HR 6562. You are an amazingly effective group of people. I believe in your power. And your loyalty here is a strong statement of that power. And for that loyalty, and that effort I, for one, am most grateful. It is my belief that I owe you nothing less in return than what you give here every day. You are my inspiration. I will forever be indebted to you all for that.

VNVets

”It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield."-- VNVets

"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Bush Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." --President Abraham Lincoln

"It follows than as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."--President George Washington

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