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  •  It's not just the guy on the 18th green (4+ / 0-)

    It's the way it's permeating every athletic event.

    I can't just treat the golf tournament as if it's happening in a vacuum.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 11:24:13 PM PDT

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    •  Perhaps you're correct Colonel. The military pilot (0+ / 0-)

      for one has been glorified in media since WWI. He's been romanticized in movies, TV and print media and I've never understood why.  All that crap about having the "Right Stuff".  Even up until today a lot of airline pilots have that aww shucks voice when announcing to the cabin.  Chuck Yeager wanna be's.  I chuckle every time I hear it.  The movie Bridges Over Toko-Ri and an episode in MASH addressed the pilot's disengagement from the battle field.  The pilots would fly sorties out of Japan to bomb some village or bridge and then be back in time for happy hour at the O club.  Totally removed from the death and destruction they would reign upon solider and civilian alike.  I heard the Buff's were especially hated by the Vietnamese  because the couldn't see them or hear them. Don't get me wrong I have the greatest of respect for pilots because of their professionalism.  And it does take a certain kind of bravery to fly into an area where they are shooting telephone polls at you and knowing the treatment they would receive if captured.  Lance Sijan is one of my hero's.

      We do tend to glorify our warriors and it's just not we as Americans.  From the ancient Greeks to the tales of medieval knights we've placed them on pedestals. And perhaps the current "honoring" of our soldiers is our collective guilt for pushing them to the limits but I think it's a far cry from an endorsement of a military society and comparing it to some Soviet propaganda ploy insults the troops and demeans the intentions of the people trying to let them know we care about them.  Sir.

      Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

      by thestructureguy on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 09:13:31 AM PDT

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