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Ken Catalino

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  1. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, almost 3 years ago

    The Gulf war young men and women who signed up because it was a job and the chance to be hailed as heroes twice a year, but became canon fodder in a stupid illlegal war that freed Iran and the Shiites to become the dominant power in the Middle East, and pawns of the Military Industrial Complex.

  2. echoraven

    echoraven said, almost 3 years ago

    Ken you earned your paycheck today.

  3. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Spent last evening at dinner hour at our annual veterans dinner, put on by VFW and VA. Some wore their old uniforms some did not. Some were “right winger”, some like my son and I, were to the political left that “roadkill” despises in his total ignorance. My son an I were among a smaller percentage who are also members of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans), me after only three years active during ’Nam, he, 13 years active duty including Bosnia, Iraq, and elsewhere in the field with five years attached to the most “elite” unit in the Navy.

    Interesting that among the group are my friends, and comrades who did not have “hangups” with race, creed, or political leanings when we served a nation of ALL people, some giving little even in “service”, while others gave much more, and as it is VETERANS DAY, NOT “Memorial Day”, it was for those still living, many with thoughts, and memories, and scars, that literally 99% of Americans today, will not, and CAN NOT, ever comprehend!

    The “horrors” of war cannot be truly felt in a book, TV show, or “heroic” movie depiction, though the first minutes of “Saving Private Ryan” might come closest visually, it does not even then provide what is for many of us, the strongest sensation, and memory, the SMELL of war, and its aftermath.

    “Platoon” by Oliver Stone was the first move I saw in “surround sound”, and the experience was, well, “interesting”.. It was also the first move that ever made me SMELL Viet Nam again.

    Which is to say, regardless “political viewpoint”, this is a day for us who remember, and those “outsiders” in the civilian world to recognize devotion to country, despite the quality of “leadership”, and respect those who served, and survived, and say, NOT “thank you”, but “WELCOME HOME”.

  4. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 3 years ago

    WOW!! That was incredibly magnificent, and should be viewed by everyone here regardless of political affiliation. Thank you so ever much!!

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 3 years ago

    Lt. Col John McCrae wrote this in 1915. There is also a book I read years ago about Flanders Fields of which I don’t remember the title that describes that portion of WW I. Since this was originally Armistice Day to celebrate 11:11 A.M. on 11/11/1918, I thought it might be appropriate to post this.

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    Honor the living, but don’t forget those who died.

  6. dmishkin

    dmishkin GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Separate from anyone’s personal politics, isn’t it a little odd to be using this quote on Veteran’s Day? Jefferson was talking about domestic tyrants, after all, and I don’t recall that our current veterans had to face any of those.

    There’s also Catalino’s unfortunate misstatement of the quotation, which loses the stirring cadence of Jefferson’s actual words: The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

    In any case, props to those who served.

  7. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 3 years ago


    Good thoughts on this day. Even if a little bit on the grim side! Thanks to all here that posted in a non political attitude for a change!

  8. pirate227

    pirate227 said, almost 3 years ago


    Let’s pretend everything you wrote is true. That’s one war and one set of veterans. What about the rest of us? Will you diminish our service too?

  9. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, almost 3 years ago


    My brother joined the air force for eight years as a young man (now anti-war) and I gave it serious thought for a time. When we are young our perspective and objectives tend to be fairly narrow. I’ll accept that your motives were honorable and you were patriotic.

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