Happy Veterans Day!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Yanks, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. Thestral

    Thestral Vice Admiral Admiral

    Apr 9, 2009
    Thestral - Carmichael Industries
    Well, the word origin is "holy day." It's definitely taken on a more party-like connotation recently, but if you look at, say, some of the traditional holidays on a religious calendar like Hallowmass or Yom Kippur you'll see that it could be either celebration or quiet remembrance. So in that sense Veterans and Memorial Day fit.
  2. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Our hands are pretty dirty when it comes to pursuing 'freedom'.
  3. B.J.

    B.J. Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 14, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    Re: This whole conversation: <Charlie Brown>Good grief.</Charlie Brown>

    To all that serve or have served to defend our freedoms and are willing to give up everything for that, thank you.
  4. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

  5. Rincewiend

    Rincewiend Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 7, 2001
    Preferably more than 2 parties, like here in most mainland European countries...
    America could use some more viable ones as well...
  6. Yanks

    Yanks Commodore Commodore

    Jul 6, 2011
    NX01 Bridge
    Actually, the purpose of the post was to thank other Veterans.

    For everyone that has stepped up to the plate and taken the oath to place an ideal ahead of self interest, I'm honored to be among your ranks. God bless each and every one of you and may this great country remain a testament to your faithful and honorable service. You are all great Americans!

    ..and my 2nd post.

    Wow, no Veterans here?

    Not sure how that can be construed as demanding anything from anyone.
    Thank you!

    I would agree, the biggest problem is most might as well be from the same party when it comes to spending.
  7. Locutus of Bored

    Locutus of Bored Locutus of Porg Moderator

    Jul 5, 2004
    Ahch-To! Gesundheit
    Man, you are either as dense as tungsten or being deliberately obtuse to be irritating. I was quite clearly specifically addressing this comment of yours; you know, the one that I quoted in that post?

    If I want to thank you personally, I'll thank you. Don't presume to do it for me. That's arrogant as hell.

    Oh, are we going to switch to your Tea Party parroting questionable knowledge of political facts now in addition to your questionable knowledge of history and absurd American exceptionalism?
  8. Awesome Possum

    Awesome Possum Future Mrs. Jim Hopper Moderator

    Mar 13, 2001
    Somewhere in space and time
    Given that France is our oldest ally and helped us win the Revolutionary War I really have no idea why you singled them out. Hell they gave us the Statue of Liberty which helped save New York City when a haunted painting tried to take over the world. We shouldn't insult the French, but thank them for so much, mainly for their advancements in the art of kissing.
  9. Hound of UIster

    Hound of UIster Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 26, 2002
    I don't think they even teach that in schools anymore. Now it's probably Washington pushing Cornwallis into the sea with the sheer awesomeness of his personality and making the British sue for unconditional surrender after George III wet himself.
  10. Captain Ice

    Captain Ice Cookie Constructor Admiral

    Dec 30, 2002
    Getting Captain Ice on to the naughty list
    Re: This entire thread....



    I don't know if you're just not getting it, or if you are being deliberately denser than duranium. He's not attacking your motivation, but the attitude that seems to be behind it. You try to boil down very, very, very complex ideas and ideals into one very simple thing, which you define as "fighting against tyranny"

    For instance, and just to pick one example, you fail to realize that the reasons behind fighting in WWI, WWII, and Korea are very complex, not just "We're fighting against tyranny". This is kind of like saying "We pay taxes because we have to fund the military". Yes it's a part of it, but compared to the whole picture, it is a very, very small part.
  11. Yanks

    Yanks Commodore Commodore

    Jul 6, 2011
    NX01 Bridge
    It was a country other than America. That's all.
  12. Gov Kodos

    Gov Kodos Admiral Admiral

    Mar 23, 2004
    Gov Kodos on Mohammed's Radio, WZVN Boston
    For some folks Veterans day, WWI and WWI, and the rest of the US crusade to make the world a better place for the rest of the poor folk of the world better than they were on their way to creating for themselves, is just o load of bullocks. Amazing and ungrateful, but what else can you expect from the unwashed masses.
  13. J.T.B.

    J.T.B. Rear Admiral Premium Member

    Jun 14, 2005
    Do people remember why it's 11/11? It used to be called Armistice Day. France lost over a million service members in that war. Likewise the British empire countries and Russia. The US lost over a hundred thousand, but a far smaller percentage of the population than the other allies. So whatever it's called, the day is not just about US veterans.

    As for those US veterans, they have as many and varied opinions on what is right or wrong or justified or unjustified about war and US involvement as the rest of the population. And they all deserve to be respected, thanked and honored for their service. So, thanks veterans!
  14. Showdown

    Showdown Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 16, 2005