What Happens There Doesn’t Stay There

A former Marine wins an award for a haunting self-portrait.

These are the human beings our Ruling Class shovel around like concrete and our chickenhawk media clap on the back and send into harm’s way for the sake of ratings.

This Memorial Day, remember them.  And if we really want to honor them, bring them home.

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  • Dave G.

    By the way, my uncharacteristic rant was in answer to the idea that we’re incapable of just joining together and thanking our veterans without scoring points.

  • Willard

    Absolutely. Our minimum wage is a terrible affront to Catholic doctrine on the necessity of a just wage and we need a public option so even more people will have the opportunity to receive life saving medical care without having to worry about going bankrupt. And while gay marriage gets all the news, pornography is ubiquitous in all 50 states with nary a peep of dissent.

    But, for this weekend at least, I will try to take Pope Francis’ caution against being a “sourpuss” to heart and will thank God for the fact we’re not losing hundreds of soldiers a month and hemorrhaging jobs at a rate of 2.6 million a year.

    Happy Memorial Day to you and yours!

  • Elmwood

    be careful what you ask for, you might just get it. in this case, the “thrill” of combat.

  • Philothea

    “But when other veterans saw it, they went, ‘That’s it, that’s the conflict. We’re out, but we’re not out. We’re holding on.’ Just trying to move on — but the struggle of moving on.’ ”


    I hope that we can also be careful not to use stories like these of people as a means to an end – no matter how correct and noble the end =

    • Dave G.

      I hope that we can also be careful not to use stories like these of people as a means to an end – no matter how correct and noble the end =

      That’s a loaded statement, however true it is.

  • Dave G.

    I’m watching WWII in HD on the History Channel (rare occasion of history on the History Channel). Narrated by the always wonderful Gary Sinise. Heartbreaking and remembering that War has never been anything other than horrible, and nobody seems to know it more than those who fought it or experienced it first hand. Thanks to them.

    • Dan Berger

      One thing that has always stayed with me was from a PBS documentary on the Battle of the Bulge. A vet recalled that his unit was advancing across a field against German fire when one man was hit by an 88 shell. “He just disintegrated. We couldn’t find anything at all, so he was listed as missing in action. That’s what missing in action means: there’s not enough left to bury.”

  • Elaine S.

    I wonder if “WWII in HD” is a follow up or reworking of another documentary titled “World War II in Color” which I saw some years back (can’t remember what channel but it was probably A&E or History). It was all comprised of color film clips shot during the war; color photography did exist back then but was not used very often due to its cost. What struck me about it was the way it made the soldiers, sailors, Marines, etc. look like the scared, geeky, uncertain “kids” they actually were — like pictures you would see today of 18, 19, and 20-year olds, only in different dress — long before they became the revered Greatest Generation. The end of this film also contained a very haunting shot of a Japanese child from Okinawa, a little boy probably no more than 3 or 4 years old, who just stared into the camera and trembled like a leaf in the wind; who knows how terrified and lost he must have felt.

    • Dave G.

      I think it is. I believe it was simply redone in HD. A good series, showing that the war was far more complex than we often give credit. I think those who fought were far more reflective and aware of what they were getting into than we sometimes think. I had several relatives in that (and other) wars, and I’m often taken by how reflective they are.