what the hell is going on with people in Ohio?

Today is “smack-yer-forehead” day, right? That’s why I am finding out about all this stuff, right?

Marsha Walker’s son survived a suicide bomb in Iraq.

Her daughter spent a year in Kuwait last year, and her father is a former Marine reservist. She’s part of a military family; she and her sister went into criminal justice because their father dissuaded them from a military career. Marsha is a Blue Star mother, a mother whose son is serving overseas.

So it came as a bit of a surprise when an email exchange with her local Blue Star chapter concluded with an expletive: “fuckoff.”

Today’s republican party’s message to the troops and their families: We’re only gonna support you if you think like us. (and if you’re a piss poor speller.)

Her words back to her assailant:

I am the daughter of a Marine officer and have a background in law enforcement so for you to imply I’m even a Democrat is a joke. I am an informed person who knows the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Geneva protections…

Our troops recently trained on what to do if their camps are overran. Do you understand the implications of that? Our soldiers are greatly outnumbered, their equipment is getting broken, and replacements are behind. Do you understand? If you continue to support this war, you will eventually be standing alone. Educate yourself-do not take my word for it.

Funny you would think my SONS were involved. My daughter just returned from a year in Kuwait. My children and other soldiers are proud of the military but not proud of politicians who have sent them unprepared into a war of choice. That is unacceptable. My own family has spent thousands of dollars for equipment for my son-some of it needed JUST SO HE COULD DO HIS JOB IN THE WAR. I guess this is acceptable to you. It is not to me…

She ended her letter with this FANTASTIC Teddy Roosevelt quote:

That we are to stand by the president, right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

so… they told her to “fuckoff.”


  1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Speaking as a former Republican, we need to dig up Teddy Roosevelt, zombify his corpse, and have him run for president. However, you just know Bushco would start “Rough Riders for Truth” and besmirch his name.

    My heart goes out to Ms. Walker. The red-staters need more like her.

  2. Of course they told her to “fuckoff,” she’s ruining their little warporn sideshow that’s distracting the country while the corporate raiders and corrupt representatives of the people are feeding at the trough.

    Speaking as myself, *I* think we need to bring back Teddy Rooselvelt. A Republican who wants to preserve the environment, bust the trusts and monopolies, and assist the poor and downtrodden? I’ll vote for him any day.

    That’s one reason I’m so supportive of Elliot Spitzer…

  3. I notice that people who say stuff like that to folks who don’t drink the Kool-aid are a little light on saying it in person. Like the chickenshits they are.

  4. Well, of course. That same fear, frustration, and insecurity that drives them to support the Bushistas and the American Empire also prevents them from leaving the warm, wet confines of mommy’s basement.

    What’s so odd about some of these folks is they are often some of the meekest, most pathetic people you meet. But, they find cause in the “War on Terror” and it allows them to act out the Bush Family Guard Dog role without any sense of irony.

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