October 19, 2004


If you're interested, here's a long article on LT A. (Recap: LT A is our friend who was seriously injured in Mosul in August.)


I printed out this article at work and mentioned to my co-workers how amazing I thought it was that LT A intends to stay in the Army despite his injuries. They retorted that he must be really brainwashed, that he wasn't "fighting for his country" but for lies, and that someday I would see just how brainwashed people like my husband really are. I had to leave the office, I was so disgusted. I can't believe someone would say that to my face, completely unprovoked. I'm proud of our friend for standing up for what he believes in; if they disagree, they can politely nod and keep their opinions to themselves, like I do all the freaking time here at work. What is wrong with these people?

Sigh. Luckily Scott Ott and Varifrank brought a smile back to my face.


Nope, still seething over an hour later. Where's the puppy photo?

Posted by Sarah at October 19, 2004 12:35 PM


Posted by: John at October 19, 2004 01:54 PM

Sarah -
Had to delete all of my post & got this msg?

Posted by: Toni at October 19, 2004 02:11 PM

Couldn't include the msg.... :-)

Posted by: Toni at October 19, 2004 02:12 PM

Hmmm...I had the same problem on Mudville Gazette today. I blame Bush. :)

Posted by: Sarah at October 19, 2004 02:14 PM

I am constantly amazed at the behavior of some people.

Sarah, what it boils down to is if you've never felt passion for something or someone you just don't get it. If you've never believed in a cause you'll never understand loyalty.

I know it doesn't really help, but.....it's just their ignorance talking. It shows the holes in their lives.

Anymore, with all that's flying around over politics and the war - when someone pulls a stunt like that I just simply tell them I'm sorry they haven't had the chance to really LIVE and that someday the will recognize their ignorance. Then walk away.

(and yes, I really do crap like that - it always leaves them speechless and makes them think twice before they start in the next time, if there is a next time).

Posted by: Tammi at October 19, 2004 02:31 PM

I'm with Tammi. The criticism people level at others often reflect fundamental truths about themselves. I would bet that the people making these comments are people who wouldn't take a courageous stand or put themselves on the line for any cause whatsoever...and hence, can't understand such actions in others.

Posted by: David Foster at October 20, 2004 01:39 AM

I've been getting my comments rejected. It says this:

Your comment submission failed for the following reasons:

Your comment could not be submitted due to questionable content: men

Please correct the error in the form below, then press Post to post
your comment.

Not sure where it found 'men' in the 2nd comment in regards to LT A.

But, what I was attempting to comment was that you should tell them
that they are projecting their own weaknesses onto others when they
claim brainwashing.

Two questions I would like to ask them:

Is there anything at all worth fighting for?

Most will give you a no answer. Then ask:

Would you die to protect your children? (if they have any, substitute
any family if not)

If they say yes, tell them that those who die for others (strangers)
are less self-centered and are much more advanced
morally/intellectually than they are.

Heaven forfend they answer no to both, anyone who does is truely
morally bankrupt and not worth listening to, or wasting breath on.

And remember, LT A is protecting them as well as you and me.


Posted by: John at October 20, 2004 11:52 AM