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  •  We don't even have (6+ / 0-)

    a specific meaning for hero in this country.  The word has been diluted to the point of being meaningless.  E.g. sports figures are referred to as heroes if they pull out a win; politicians are sometimes called heroes for just doing their damned jobs.  The word no longer distinguishes  true heroic acts like those of the first responders at the WTC and a pitcher who strikes out the last batter in the 9th inning of the World Series.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 12:10:50 PM PDT

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    •  I think you got that right (2+ / 0-)
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      And, if we are overly generous with the appellate, Japanese are frustratingly stingy.

      I think it stems largely from their defeat in war.  And it is a real problem in Japan. But that is another discussion for another day....

      •  Actually, I was wondering (3+ / 0-)
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        about pre-WWII defeat.  Did the Japanese citizens consider kamakazee pilots heroes or did many of them just have admiration for those who answered a duty to the Empire?

        Semantics aside, I think those workers will and should receive accolades from a grateful nation and world.  Incredible courage.  One of them was retired after 40 years in the power industry.  His expertise is critical, but, WTF?  He's at least in his 60s.

        " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 01:01:08 PM PDT

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