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When did the US National Anthem become solely associated........

with the Armed Services?

I keep reading it & hearing it. Today, Alejandro Villanuevo, A West Point Grad and offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers, said that Colin Kaepernick's not standing for the Anthem was disrespectful to those serving in the Armed Services. No it is not. The anthem is not about those serving and having served, it's not about our military (though it was written during a war), it is supposed to represent the US as a whole. Since the US isn't working for everybody, why should he stand?

Why is so much of what is associated with the US, militaristic and nationalistic?

Why do you even play the National Anthem at the start of games, from Little League through the Pros? Let's pick another song. Why not Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land"? At least the thought of this being a "fair" land is in the lyrics of this song and no one will care if I sit or stand.

Even my 86 year old mother agrees that Kaepernick has the right to sit. This is a woman who lived through the Depression and at least 6 wars, also the widow of a 15 year US Marine Corps veteran.

My 86 year old mom had a nice visit (visitors) yesterday.........

We live in a high rise condo, down the hall we had 2 renters. A married couple from India, she is working on her Ph.D & he has Ph.D. already. They moved out because she is pregnant & they wanted a bigger unit. They both really like my Mom. He always asks about Mom and her health. he was happy to hear who her doctor was, as the doctor is from the same state in India he is from, and he's his doctor too.

Mom was sad that they moved & she didn't have a chance to say so long. Well they visited yesterday (I wasn't home) for about a half hour. Mom was happy all day yesterday & still is happy today. They promised that when after the baby is born in November, they will bring the baby for a visit too.

A 1917 quote that could have come from Trump's mouth in 2016..............

I was doing some research on the forced deportations of Mexicans from 1929 to about 1935. I saw an aside that referred to the Brisbee deportations in 1917. These were mostly IWW members striking against a mining company in Brisbee, they were arrested, detained and then put on a train to New Mexico.

When the Attorney General of Arizona was asked by the US Attorney General what law(s) had been broken, this was his response:

"I have no statute that I had in mind. Perhaps everything that I did wasn't legal....It became a question of 'Are you American, or are you not?'" "I would repeat the operation any time I find my own people endangered by a mob composed of eighty percent aliens and enemies of my Government."

My 86 year old mom & I were watching.........

the NBC news this evening. Lester was reporting on trump's flip flopping on immigration...........My mom's comment...

"you fucking asshole get off my TV!" She was referring to trump not Lester Holt.

MSNBC, Hugh Hewitt pissed me off............

It's bad enough hearing the Trump campaign belittle voters, but to hear the same crap on MSNBC is ridiculous.

Joy Reid this morning was discussing the placement of Pro-Trump ads in Pennsylvania, specifically Pittsburgh. Joy's question was what voters was the Trump campaign targeting.

Hewitt's response was Pittsburgh Steeler fans, so they'll (Trump campaign) will have to speak slowly.

Well I'm a die-hard Steeler Fan, I have a Masters Degree, and the Trump campaign doesn't have to speak slowly for those of us in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to understand what the hell's going on.

Grr...............

Last week I ordered 4 pairs of shoes........a penny in one of them..

from shoebuy.com. Received 2 today. One was a pair of Dr. Martens. Found a penny in the right shoe. Is this good luck? Or do I have to return the penny?

Trump's attacks on the media has its roots in Ukraine...........

A parliament member of the Party of Regions (the political party Manafort helped create) brought forth a law that lowered criteria for what created libel.

https://nouvellesest.com/2012/09/26/party-of-regions-mp-withdraws-the-law-on-libel/

It was put forth but withdrawn. Read the article & decide for yourself.

from the article:

"It instaured severe sanctions against any act of defamation and attacks against dignity and honor. As for information published openly in the media , penalties were up to 1.500 times the Ukrainian minimum salary and up to 3 years in jail."

Here is the phone number for the US Secret Service....

202-406-5708. Call them and report the threat made by Trump. If they get enough calls maybe they'll do it. I'm making my call after dinner. Let's do it.

I have MSNBC on right now.............

Trump in Orlando. He stated that he is ahead in Florida, and Ohio. Is he?

How many of us DU'ers belong to a gold star family.....

Not just directly i.e. parent, but a sibling, cousin, aunt or uncle. What hole has this left in the family?

Me: Lost a great uncle in WWII, he landed on D-Day and was dead within 90 days. I have a neighbor who knew this uncle and he has stories about him. My mom remembers him and she has stories too. Like how he would come up to her home (he was her dad's younger brother) on Saturdays, a few other brothers would come up (there were 8 of them) drink beer, play the piano and sing. He was single, shy, tall over 6' and seemed to be a simple man.

Lost 2 great uncles in WWI, brothers of the above uncle. They died during mustard gas attacks. Mom wasn't born yet, so she really doesn't know much about them. But if they were like my other great uncles, I'm sure they were good guys.

In WWII, I had another 3 great uncles, and 3 uncles serve. They all survived, one though wounded twice.

Korean War, my dad and his brother served, neither physically wounded, but I know my dad had PTSD.

Vietnam War, one cousin served, he came back also suffering from PTSD.

During the Vietnam War, my aunt & uncle whose son was serving, took out their blue star flag (from WWII) my uncle had been in the Navy & put the flag in their window. His maternal grandmother did the same, her son during WWII had been a POW.

So Trump just didn't disrespect the parents of a serviceman KIA, but all of us who have a hole in our family because of our losses.

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