Military amputee uninvited from Bush event because the press would see him with no legs
Edited on Sun Feb-18-07 11:08 PM by Cheney Killed Bambi
I don't think I've ever been as morally ashamed of the Bush administration as I was after reading this WP article (hat-tip to Americablog):
Perks and stardom do not come to every amputee. Sgt. David Thomas, a gunner with the Tennessee National Guard, spent his first three months at Walter Reed with no decent clothes; medics in Samarra had cut off his uniform. Heavily drugged, missing one leg and suffering from traumatic brain injury, David, 42, was finally told by a physical therapist to go to the Red Cross office, where he was given a T-shirt and sweat pants. He was awarded a Purple Heart but had no underwear.
David tangled with Walter Reed's image machine when he wanted to attend a ceremony for a fellow amputee, a Mexican national who was being granted U.S. citizenship by President Bush. A case worker quizzed him about what he would wear. It was summer, so David said shorts. The case manager said the media would be there and shorts were not advisable because the amputees would be seated in the front row..
" 'Are you telling me that I can't go to the ceremony 'cause I'm an amputee?' " David recalled asking. "She said, 'No, I'm saying you need to wear pants.' "
David told the case worker, "I'm not ashamed of what I did, and y'all shouldn't be neither." When the guest list came out for the ceremony, his name was not on it.
whose wedding pictures were posted here a few days ago. lots of these guys getting burned very badly in these ied explosions, many going back in to save their buddies. i'd like to see bushy using guys like that for a photo-op.
There are simply no words, no sentences I could compose, to relay the utter contempt I hold for the current Bush administration. I cannot think of a single loathsome thing that I would hold in more contempt and disdain that Bush and his cronies. We will need to invent words to describe them. As rich as it is, the English language does not suffice. And they claim that we don't "support the troops." They are utterly reprehensible.
One can expect LESS than nothing from these bastards! It was just reported on the local news in Ct. tonight, that the returning National Guard Unit has back pay owed to them. Some as much as $17,000 !!! What the hell is happening to all the money? and the crazy bastard is asking for more? I say CUT OFF THE FUNDS.....NOW!!:grr: :nuke: :grr: :thumbsdown:
Can there be a worse hell deserved for the Bush Administration. Where is the outrage of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Such shameful disgrace! Republicans should be hanged with this albatross for 1000 years! I would say more, but at best I get banned at DU, at worst arrested!:mad: :mad: :argh: :argh: :grr: :grr: :nuke: :nuke:
22. Okay, Pelosi, Stewart, even Colbert. It's in your court now.
The news is out. Now what are the people in authority...the people praised so often here on DU...going to do about it?
Pelosi, or someone she directs to mention this (a nice thing for the congresscreature that has this soldier in his or her district) should bring this up on the floor.
And...how about this...Stewart could mention this on The Daily Show.
And if he really had the courage to go that far...Stephen Colbert could bring this up. Maybe even tahe his traditional pseudo-O'Reilly line about how Bush doesn't need to have any ugly, deformed veterans behind him when he makes his speeches. He only deserves to have attractive, healty soldiers!
But if it gets brought up here, and nobody picks up the ball and runs with it...perhaps someone else should be voted into office or watched on the air.
he goes farther than that. Such disgusting and hypocritical behavior deserves one hell of a scathing Special Comment, at the very least. :grr: I may not have Keith's way with words, but if he doesn't tear them apart (verbally) for this, I will. This is completely unacceptable. :grr:
26. Oh, dear. Oh, deary dear. They've done it now.
See, there's this about officers in the US military. There's a fair share of timeserving career-happy kissass shitheads, like in any military. Those, blivet & co. don't have to worry about.
See, then there's the OTHER kind of officers. The kind who know damn' well that they would be up Shit's Creek without good noncoms. The kind who care about their troops. The kind who take their precious off-duty minutes to check up on the wounded guys, the gals who haven't had a letter from home in a dog's age, the newest recruits who are getting the shakes, that kind of thing. Those kind of officers.
In spite of blivet & rummy's systematic attempts to drum out the ones like that who are tinsel-heads, and to sit good and hard on the lower echelon ones, there's still lots of 'em, and they're still there. And they're proud, good, honorable officers who believe in their service oaths. They won't do anything contrary to the good of the service and the good of the men and women who serve with them, and they'll shut their teeth and obey all legal orders.
Thing is, this will REALLY, REALLY piss them off. REALLY piss them off.
And I can't really think of too many groups of people I wouldn't want pissed off at ME, more than these folks.
Without ever disregarding their legal obligations, they WILL find ways to make their pissed-offness know. They'll wait as long as they need to. But they WILL find ways.
They've done it now. Oh, deary me... blivet & co have done it now.
I'd love to gear up and march on the place - but I would never reach the door. these events do need to be recorded. We can't bring them to the screeching halt they deserve. But we can see the perpetrators ultimately punished. I know that one of you reading this works at WR or knows someone who does. We need images of this mistreatment. We need sound bytes. We even need anecdotes. While the corporate media won't broadcast this outrage the tale needs to be told. If we get this out where people can see it, Bushco will be instantly and permanently labeled as the ultimate troop haters. I have no reward to offer, other than the enhancement of the photographer's personal honor. Perhaps a foreign publication would pay for them. I wouldn't risk offering this stuff to any member of the Corporate media.
I wonder if the shitty way that the injured are treated by the right has inspired the guy who keeps coming up with questionable claims that he is being abused and harassed by the left? Each "incident" that this guy is involved in brings him loads of attention, TV time, trips and gifts that he otherwise would not have gotten. Perhaps when he returned home injured, he found that the people he trusted before he went to Iraq (the same people who SENT him there to be injured in the first place) no longer gave a shit about him or his injuries -- forcing him to make up stories just to get attention and acceptance from them?
surprises me, but Vets must fight back. Their supporters must organize for amputees and others with severe injuries to head to The Hill and let the entire country see the consequences of Bushco's clusterfuck.
51. A special hell for doctors denying or grossly mimimizing disability claims
Edited on Mon Feb-19-07 09:45 AM by Divernan
There are repeated references to instances where disability ratings of zero or 10% are immediately jumped to 50% or so when a "congressional staffer" intervenes in behalf of a disabled vet. Not a more specialized doctor - but a non-medically qualified congressional staffer.
There's a scene in Pan's Labyrinth where this fascist pig of a (Franco/Spanish) Army captain asks a doctor why, instead of following the Captain's orders to bring a grossly tortured man back to consciousness for more torture & ultimately execution, the doctor acceded to the prisoner's tortured whisper "Kill me, please" by giving him an injection of morphine strong enough to kill him.
The doctor replied to the effect, "Because I am not the kind of man who can be forced to do such a thing." Then the captain shot and killed the doctor. It was a powerful scene with striking parallels to Guantanmo and Abu Ghraib. Well the doctors in the VA and Walter Reed will not be shot for refusing to sign off on untrue disability evaluations. They could find honest work at decent pay elsewhere. How do these immoral frauds live with the lifetime of poverty and suffering to which they condemn disabled men and their families by refusing to approve the disability pay which these vets earned?
Where is the frigging American Medical Association in this mess? Medical licenses can be revoked, you know.
54. I can already hear the Freepers' spinning this one
"Sgt. Thomas was unwittingly being exploited by the left-leaning media, in a deliberate attempt to embarrass the President by shifting the focus away from this well-intended awards ceremony. It would have been grossly unfair to the ceremony's honoree, to Sgt. Thomas and to our brave troops for this worthy event to be used for purely political purposes".
fucking sick fucking bastard fuckheads! :grr: There are no words bad enough to describe Bush and his people, who treat our men & women in uniform like shit and then accuse US of not "supporting the troops." :grr: Un-fucking-believable. Actually, the sad thing is, it's totally fucking believable with this shithead administration and their asswipe cronies. Fuck them. :grr: :grr: :grr: :grr: :grr: :grr: :grr:
(Note: I don't generally swear that much, but in this case, I could drop all the f-bombs in the world on Bushco and it still wouldn't convey the way I feel about their absolute vileness. :puke: :grr: )
72. Freeper on digg: "shorts to a formal event?" Lots of thumbs up for him too!
Edited on Mon Feb-19-07 03:46 PM by The Count
The entire disgusting post: "Sorry, I know this is going to put me on the "total dick" list, and I know it's not going to matter when I say that I completely respect this guy's sacrifice, but: Since when does being an amputee exempt you from a dress code to a formal event you've been invited to? They didn't say it was a medical issue, I got the impression that it was one of aesthetics.
So shorts, to formal event? Through work I used to do with the PVA I knew amputees, paraplegics, and quadriplegics, and they fold long pants under or have them specially tailored or whatever. They wouldn't wear shorts to an event like that any more than they would wear a wifebeater, and I'm really not sure why this guy's incredible sacrifice is getting invoked here.
In fact, the whole tone of the article seems a little trivial and patronizing, as though respecting someone's sacrifice and giving them free stuff and special allowances are the same thing. I was acquainted with men who couldn't control their body from the neck down and needed breathing assistance, but still took on heavy responsibilities and only asked for accomodation when it was essential to do their jobs.
Edited on Mon Feb-19-07 06:19 PM by Spider Jerusalem
how does having an awareness of proper etiquette = "freeper"? He's right. Shorts aren't proper attire for any formal event. Since the article also says "the amputees were going to be seated in the front row", it seems to me that it'd be pretty fucking OBVIOUS that they have no legs. They're right up front where the cameras can get a good shot of them. If there was an effort to hide their injuries they'd be seated at the BACK, not the FRONT. Simple logic, people. Jesus.
87. So, does that mean that you think shorts ARE proper attire for a formal event?
And that the intent is to hide the injuries of the amputees attending the ceremony by seating them in the FRONT ROW? Sorry, but the first is wrong, and the second makes absolutely no sense. I think I'm entitled to form a divergent opinion based on the evidence without being insulted for it.
97. That means that talking atire when hiding amputees from the media is being
a total dick. As someone there said it well: You can't sell tobacco with emphisema pictures and you can sell a war with images of cripples. Not having legs, shirts are pants for him. Stick this in your crow, Mr Manners! God forbid snyone interferes with the rules of the media event!
if they're right up front where any cameras will get a better shot of them, how are they beingt hidden from the media? That's nonsense. And as to ther rest of what you said, could I get a translation? I'm afraid I don't speak gibberish.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Note that freedom of the press is in fact in the Constitution.
95. I read this yesterday and was so pissed I couldn't post what I wanted to.
Now that I'm a little calmer, I think I can. So, people who go off and fight and DIE for this country are okay...but people who go off and lose an arm or leg or their very soul are to be HIDDEN, ASHAMED of the way war has treated them!!?!?! OMG!?! I wish some legless vet would take one of their synthetic limbs and stick it right under the nose of Bush and ask, 'what? THIS not good enough for you!?!'
That fucking, @*&^$*$^*@#^$*#$^(*#$%@#!!)()%(# George Bush!
96. We must not show what the war really costs the US Citizens....
Deaths of our children, and the arms, legs, faces and souls of these soldiers... I am disgusted with those who are responsible for this war... What comes around goes around and I hope it goes around in spades to these criminals....
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