America: November 2016

2006-2016  Gay Military Signal

Taking a Knee

For most of my life in halls full of folks showing respect for our flag, I've frequently been the only one doing something different from everyone else.  While they all stand with their hat in their hand and their hand on their heart when our anthem is played, I keep my hat on my head and salute.  "OH look, that old geezer must be a veteran!"  Its not easy for me to stand like that.  I'm multiply disabled.  I have to lean heavily on my cane with one hand and salute with the other; its extremely painful to stand and do that for three minutes or so.  Being a disabled veteran, I have the right to stay seated.  But if I did that I'd get dirty looks.  When I stand and salute on the other hand, those who never served tend to respect the old geezer in the vets hat, saluting patriotically.

There's an old photo that's been floating around the internet for years; showing a huge crowd of folks sitting comfortably in beach chairs watching a Veterans Day parade.  Up front in the crowd is an old guy in a vets hat with a wheel chair standing and saluting the passing flags.  The punch line reads: "Why is this guy the only one standing?"  We all know the answer, he's the only one who understands what patriotism really means.  He's the only one who feels bone-deep respect for the service members and vets marching by.  For him, its not just a pretty parade with old time toe tapping band music to enjoy.  They're marching in honor of those who didn't make it back to be able to march; and that's what that old geezer is saluting.  He doesn't care if his butt is in the way of watching by someone seated.  Its his damn parade!

OK, so I'm a patriotic old vet, so what?  You might think I'd get into a snit about people who don't stand for our flag and our anthem.  You might think my blood would boil seeing someone taking a knee instead. The internet is full of posts by people being all huffy-puffy having hissy fits about it.  Some are vets.  Frankly it makes me sick to see folks who fought for freedom telling other folks what they ought to be doing.  For me, taking a knee would be more painful than standing and saluting.  Those doing that are mostly healthy young athletes.  If I took a knee, I'd need help getting back up, and my knee would hurt like hell!  Otherwise, I'd be joining those young folks taking a knee these days.

this article is intended and written as electoral satire
Who to Vote For
by Norman Buskepelheit

Imagine a world full of egomaniacal dictators controlling nuclear armed countries, with hair trigger mood swings, outbursts of anger, and huge goose stepping armies armed to the teeth bruising for battle.  There's nothing to imagine; no need for an alternate universe.  Its the world we live in.  There are armed neighboring countries that hate each other's guts just waiting for the right moment to start a bloodbath war to end all wars.  There are entire nations of psychotic peoples crazed with suicidal lust to slaughter each other.  In between all that are sixty five million refugee families, with no place to go, who just want  normal quiet lives cooking and eating and having their own kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms that aren't blown to rubble.  And just across the barbed wire from them are free fat healthy folks who don't want to share their space with stinky unwashed refugee families.  Its the real world we live in, and its a mess.

For the past 8 years we've had a calm highly educated minority man leading half the world whose quiet dignity and wisdom have won the respect and hope of humanity's billions.  Seeking to replace him in this election are a wise old woman who has served and sacrificed and suffered for the good of mankind, versus an egomaniacal foul mouthed disgusting old asshole with a history of putting his hands up women's dresses and robbing people blind.

I'm voting for the old lady!


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