dictatorship by Executive Order has begun, with
idiotic mean-spirited life-destroying edicts
that only a fascist monster could be proud of. The
selective banning of 'nationalities' and
religions was gleefully and intentionally
imposed without warning, resulting in desperate
families with children caught 'in-transit' with
no place to go despite having spent years
carefully collecting all the proper paperwork to
come here. They had been screened and
interrogated and investigated and had valid
visas with photos and crying children.
They had endured bombings, living in rubble,
abandoned everything, moved through their home
airports terrified of being stopped; and then
America, the country of Dreams, slammed the door
shut and told them to drop dead and get lost.
If you are a billionaire, you cannot possibly
imagine what its like to be stranded at a
foreign airport surrounded by your luggage,
three dead-tired crying children who are hungry
and have to poop, holding your sheaf of valid
entry papers in shaking hands and trying to
explain to some uniformed unsmiling bureaucratic
bully who does not understand you, that you were
told that you would be welcome here.
"What, what? But but....The children need to use
the toilet! Please, why are you doing
this? For God's sake!"
unspeakable cruelty is not what this country is
all about, until now.
after the signing, families were separated,
grandmothers were held in handcuffs for hours, and the mother
of a United States Army active duty sergeant was
denied entry and deported despite having all the
proper papers and a visa. This nation's
Acting Attorney General, who pointed out that
this chaos was unconstitutional, was 'fired,'
effective immediately, as if the federal
government of the United States of America was
some stupid third rate reality TV show.
sitting here writing this at home in America
where I was born, a 70 year old proud patriotic
American military veteran of ten years service,
because some Immigration Agent on Ellis Island
in 1938 let my mother in despite her having
arrived as a humble Refugee. She got here
after a horrible terrifying months-long escape
from the heart of Nazi Germany, with the shirt
on her back and a tiny cardboard suitcase.
It makes me sick to tears, to know that now an
American president is viciously turning back
people just like my own mother, who only want
AAFES to open up
online to Vets
What with everything else going on, it was easy to almost miss this minor public relations announcement about a new benefit for veterans. There are some of us Grumpy Old Vets who've waited some seventy years for this little perk. AAFES, the Army Air Force Exchange Service, will open its online shop to all honorably discharged vets starting on this coming Veterans Day in November. I'd almost forgotten what AAFES was. Only a government agency (DoD) could come up with an abbreviation that vaguely sounds like something unmentionable. But, never mind that, later this year we'll be able to browse the online aisles for almost anything, tax free.
remember, when I was on active duty decades ago,
how I'd run to the Exchange to buy fresh
underwear or uniform parts for an upcoming
sudden inspection. Apparently, they carry
much more now; and some of it might actually be
made in America. Maybe I could buy a
uniform to wear in Pride parades that actually
fits my fat old butt. TransVets will be
able to buy uniforms reflective of who they are.
how will it work? I was told that there
will be a website where you can register, prove
that you're an honorably discharged veteran, get
a password, and then you're in. The
operative word here is 'honorable,' I
heard that. I know a lot of Honorable
Veterans who have less than honorable discharges
simply because of who they are. I asked
about that. The AAFES folks deferred to
DoD which now is open to openly LGBT patriotic
Americans. So, what's with the denial of
this benefit? No answer. It may be
worth making some noise about when the time
what are their prices like? No clue.
Do they charge for shipping? Yes, with a
discount depending on how much you spend on an
order, just like regular online shops. So,
is this benefit worth anything? At least its
something and something is better than nothing,
I think. But, its not going to happen
until November, which is a long time from now,
unless they shut it down first before it even
starts. If I need a new toaster, I'm not
going to wait.