Concerned about American debt, international Human Rights and the Green Movement.
I agree with the Kristofferson analogies and found the plot to have many similarities to "The Wrestler." Nevertheless, I appreciated the overall feel and the two strong performances of Maggie and Jeff. I smiled and cried, a lot.
Hope to see ya there on the 13th.
FIRST: I would like to thank 38103 and Mad Merc for their service to America.
SECOND: Autoegocrat, on the other hand, loves to praise the self-serving politicians as "public servants." If it was such a sacrifice for those clowns to serve, they would go and lobby for millions, like Bob Livingston did or Dick Armey or Dick Gephardt did. Those guys, of course, had no choice, if you remember your history.
But you can bet your sweet bippy that making a six-figure salary for flying on planes, sitting in an air-conditioned office and ordering around your huge, taxpayer supplied staff, is not the same "public service" as making $25,000 bucks a year in the army. "The Honorable" Congressman from Memphis has got a good thing going...and he knows it.
A Serious Man, yes. But, they missed the boat by sinking the hopes of, "A Single Man."
1. You guys give examples of well-connected folks, who served in hot spots. That does not mean that other well-connected folks could not pull strings to get into the Guard or Reserve and, once there, successfully land an easy or tough assignment. Your specious arguments belie the cocksure tone of your hateful posts.
2. It is apparent that none of you served in uniform, whether it be as a cook, a truck driver or an infantryman. You simply never saw fit to serve in this great country's great military. Interesting.
3. Steve Cohen's Statehouse connections were strong enough to get him into a JAG position somewhere. But, he was more interested in something else. Much like Dick Cheney, who famously said, "I had other priorities during Vietnam," as he garnered 4 deferments.
There is more generational military service in my immediate family, including my own, to put the rest of you to shame. As for the ill-informed chap or informed prevaricator, who does not think Basic Training is easier for lawyers, chaplains and doctors...you are wrong.
You are also living in a fantasy world, if you do not think that politicians get special treatment in getting into the Guard or Reserve, as well as picking-and-choosing assignments or deployments. Just ask State Senator Scott Brown or Congressman Mark Kirk or Congressman Steve Buyer or Senator Lindsey Graham. When they tell you it was not easier for them, you'll know it was. And, when they tell you no one greased the skids in getting them assignments or deployments, you'll know someone did. Now ya'll non-vets and Steve-Cohen apologists can go back to hating America.
Let me respond to the three the critics of my earlier post. I am not trying to hide anything. Steve Cohen, I learned recently, has no children and has never been married. I don't care if Steve Cohen is gay. That should not have hindered his ability to get "married" or have kids. Most of my gay and lesbian friends are in Domestic Partnerships and several of them have children. It is part of life. It gives a politician a better understanding of life, just like -- some might say-- running a business gives a politician an understanding of what it is like to live under the stupid laws politicians often pass.
Yes, Vanderbilt is a fine institution. And, I am sure Steve's influential daddy had a role in getting him into that school. But, I've heard Steve's grades & LSAT score were so bad, the best law school he could get into (with influence again, allegedly) was the University of Memphis. I am sorry to say (I have three friends, who are alumni of that law school), but U.S. News & World Report rank that law school as "3rd Tier."
So, what do you do with such a background? Well, if you're Steve Cohen, you spend 98 percent of your adult life in elective office.
As for Steve's polio. He has ridden that sympathy train long enough. If he had wanted to, he could have become a JAG officer in the Guard or Reserve. He could not give a crap about being part of the military. But, it does make for good politics to continue to praise the often-poor boys & girls of Memphis, who don't have influential parents, who actually do serve.
Steve will be our Congressman for years to come. It is too bad it is that kind of man, who succeeds in politics. And, you wonder why America is in decline?
All Comments »
By Leonard Gill
download this issue
click here to see more »