FRIAR LAURENCE: O, then I see that madmen have no ears.
ROMEO: How should they, when that wise men have no eyes?
~ Romeo and Juliet Act III, scene iii
How does it happen?
That we ask the impossible of our best?
How does it happen that a career Navy man, a Captain with a pristine record, is required to take a half-assed fall? The end of a career, an honorable discharge, full pension, plus who knows what other thanks from the current appointistration, and resignation by October.
How does it happen, with sixteen civilians on board, that two of them were at "sensitive posts" or in layman's terms, the controls, during an emergency surfacing maneuver?
Resulting in nine dead.
How does it happen that none of the sixteen civilians, including the two at the 'sensitive posts' most of whom happen to be large contributors to the Bush 2000 presidential campaign, were ever subpoenaed for a single question, even though they were THE star witnesses in the incident…
that left nine people dead.
How does it happen?
If Captain Waddle were truly responsible under normal circumstances, without the sixteen fat cats on a joy ride, for nine Japanese deaths aboard a training vessel, what would the 'by the book' punishment be? Court Marshall? Involuntary Manslaughter? Prison? Instead, not only is he given a letter of "punitive reprimand" during an Admiral's Mast, but also national airtime Monday night on NBC's Dateline to explain it all away.
How does that happen? How does it happen that an administration can sacrifice such an exemplary Naval Officer, and in doing so, that very branch of the Military, in exchange for its own bad judgment call?
Does the quid pro quo of corporate payback also require blood money? How much kickback is the media getting in this huge Crisco party?
Honor is lost. Dignity is lost. Nine living, breathing, vital people are lost, sacrificed on the hull of a machine of war which instantly became the steel altar of American politics.
To our shame, they are but a footnote of yet one more cover up to add to the Bush Family Scoreboard, and the political machinations are the story.
Why do we sacrifice our best to protect our worst?
Restoring honor and dignity to The White House? When is that supposed to begin?
And at what price? Honesty, Ethics, and Integrity?ACTION ALERT: TURN OUT FOR THE PRESIDENT
APRIL 25 - GORE IN SPRINGFIELD, MA
Submitted By Debbi B.
Just thought you'd like to know where Al Gore is going to be tomorrow! And I'm going to see him speak!
Here's the details and I'll send you a transcript as well--
Ok - here's the scoop on the Democratic Dinner on the 25th of April.
The Awards Dinner is at the Sheraton Monarch at Monarch Place in downtown Springfield, MA. Cross streets to this street are E. Columbus Avenue (most likely place for the car to drive up) and Main Street (possible, but less likely!). This hotel is just off of a main highway, Route 91, that runs N/S and more than likely, when Mr. Gore comes into town he will come North on that route from the closest airport in Hartford, CT. I would think that anyone who wants to honor Mr. Gore with signs, etc. would be in place somewhere near the hotel on either E. Columbus Ave. or Monarch Place. There's a parking garage on Monarch that is part of the hotel, I would think that Al Gore's car would be pulling into the garage for easy access to the hotel.
The dinner starts at 6 pm, but there is a reception at 5 pm - we're going to try to make it for the reception. I don't know if Al Gore is going to make it to the reception, but I would think that he might as the person they are honoring is a long time Democrat who's been in service for as long as I can remember (48 years old!). We will be bringing a camera and a tape recorder to try to tape his speech and I will transcribe it and deliver it ASAP after the dinner!
I am so looking forward to seeing him and listening to him speak! I wish I could take everyone with me!
Suppose you were an idiot...
And suppose you were
a member of Congress.
But I repeat myself.
-- Mark Twain