Posted tagged ‘u s navy’


July 19, 2012

This quote from the presumptive Republican candidate’s wife, tell you all you need to know how she and her family view the unwashed masses that will vote for president this November.

“We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life,” the candidate’s wife added.

I take the “you people” phrase personally.  I served my country in the U.S. Navy.  Neither her husband nor her five sons have thought enough of the country that has provided such splendid opportunity, to give a little back in public service.


22 Nov

November 21, 2011

It was Friday.  I was nearing completion of a year long electronic design and engineering course at Treasure Island, a U.S. Navy base in the San Francisco bay, accessible by the Bay Bridge and Yerba Buena Island.

The morning had been consumed with test taking, a weekly ritual to ensure the Navy was getting their money’s worth.

As was our custom, for Friday lunch, we’d go to the Acey-Duecy Club for a burger and a beer. Acey-Duecy Clubs no longer exist but back then they were for first and second class Navy petty officers.

This particular Friday I was with Reed and Gordon.  I happened to have my back to the door facing a TV mounted on the wall.

The news flash was basically incomprehensible because nothing like this had happened in my lifetime.  And it was fragmentary.  Mentioning Parkland Memorial Hospital.  President Kennedy shot.

Where were you, what were you doing, who was with you on 22 November 1963?

Vetreran’s Affairs II

November 21, 2011

Yesterday, I posted here an email that I sent or attempted to send to the Chairperson and Ranking Member of both the Senate and House Veteran’s Affairs committee.  As noted yesterday Mr Bob Filner (D-CA) Ranking Member provided no way to contact a him by a person not in his Congressional District.

In an email today, I get this

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your recent e-mail.  I value your interest in the legislative process and appreciate your comments about the issues important to you.  Your input helps me do a better job serving you and all Americans.

While I value comments from friends across the United States, my first priority is to focus on representing my constituents in Northwest Florida.  For this reason, if you have submitted a message to me and are not one of my constituents, your message will be forwarded to your respected Representative. If you feel you have received this message in error or are a member of the armed services who maintains residence in our district, please contact my office at (202) 225-4136.

With warm personal regards, I am


Jeff Miller
Member of Congress
District 1, FL

Yet there is no email address that I can find for the Veteran’s Affairs committee.  I am a veteran, yet neither the Chairman nor the Ranking Member find it with in their power to hear from veterans.

Oh, and the idea that I contact my representative in the House.  Plainly laughable.  The person who represents the CD in which I reside is the Speaker of the House who could not even endure Navy boot camp.  He spent all of seven weeks, including the time it took to process his discharge, in the U.S. Navy.