So let's begin: This afternoon, while Mrs. Gunfighter and SoccerGirl were at the salon, I went to get a few things from the grocery store. When I parked the car, I noticed the bumper sticker of the car next to me… it was this:
Now, don't get me wrong, I am all about free speech… I love it, but, I have to tell you that freedom of speech also means the freedom to be a complete f***ing idiot. Seriously… was this sentiment necessary? You have heard me comment about this more than once, but I am afraid that I have to bring it up again: Supporting the troops has nothing to do with endorsing our current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan… and yes, I know that the war in Iraq is technically "over" (whatever that can possibly mean for 50,000 combat soldiers in a country where people still shoot at you).
In my view, supporting the troops means making sure that they have what they need to fight. Making sure that they have those things, for a civilian, means producing weapons, ammunition, training, equipment, food, uniforms, and transport (among other things). Now most of us can't really do anything about those things on an individual basis, but what we can do is this: We can make sure that those things get paid for and into the hands of the people that need them as fast as possible.
I am on record as being against these wars from the start, but you have never heard me, or most of the people who are against these wars deride the soldiers who are fighting them. You have never heard me or nearly any of the people who are against these wars complain about the cost of said wars, except in terms of the cost in human lives. No, the people who are most in favor of these wars are the cheap, miserly, outright nasty SOBs who spend so much time carping about taxes. Taxes pay for the wars folks. Taxes buy the ammo; feed and clothe the soldiers; buy the gas that fuels the helicopters, drones, bombers, and Striker vehicles.
Once again, it has to be said that it appears to me that the second most patriotic act that you can do when your country is at war is not waving the flag, it is bearing the fiscal cost. Conversely, the most unpatriotic thing that you can do is to claim to "support the troops" while be unwilling to pay for them.
This fine fellow that you see here is Charlie. Of course you already know that. This is a picture of Charlie taken as we drove back from the kennel the day after we came home from vacation. Isn't he a handsome fellow? That is my boy!
Now this… I found this picture online after I read a story printed somewhere several weeks before I went of vacation, but never got around to writing about. I won't take too much time with it today, because we are heading off to church in a little while, and I want to get this posted. What I would like to say, as emphatically as I can, is this: Eww!
I suppose in the fashion industry, this might be the ideal female figure, but not in the world that I inhabit. I am rather sure that it isn't in your world, either. Lord have mercy, people… where was this fashion show held?, Bergen Belsen? There is something very wrong with us, friends, if the standard of feminine beauty looks like a starving 12 year old boy with long hair and high heels.
In this picture, you can see some of the people in the M-4 rifle class that I was teaching just before my vacation. If these chaps look tired and worn out, it is because they are. If you didn't already know, here in northern Virginia it was nearly as hot as the surface of the sun for most of the summer… these guys are seriously feeling it. They were a good class, though, out of 24, all but two were able to qualify with their new rifles.
This speaks for itself... or at least it should!
Lastly, you get a picture of me, taken with my webcam, minutes ago. It wasn't supposed to be thelast picture, but Mrs. GF needs the computer before we go to church.