September 07, 2004

Honoring the Dead

Washington State Congressman Jim McDermott on the floor of the House today:

"It would be nice if we could give each of the dead a minute of silence... But we can't. Because we would be standing here for sixteen and a half hours."

Congressman McDermott proceeded to read the names, ages, and ranks of the dead from Washington State. He asked other members of the House to do the same for the fallen from their states.

Posted by natasha at September 7, 2004 06:41 PM | WA Politics | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |

This is tragically true

Posted by: Ned York at September 7, 2004 07:55 PM

I used to live in Omak, WA years ago. My parents still live there. If you know anything about small towns, you know that everything is known about everyone. No one is exempt from the gossip mill. All I had to do was mention someone's name and my Mom and Dad would give me a run down of where they lived, who their parents are, and who is their kin. Everybody knows and cares for everyone.
On Aug. 21, a neighbor kid, who I didn't know too well, but did see around the place was killed in combat in Iraq.
Sgt. Jason Cook gave his life for George W. Bush. He left behind a wife, parents (who moved to Yakima), and dozens of neighbors who are in shock.

This scene is repeated a thousand times over the whole country. A thousand Jason's, thousands of parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, neighbors in every corner of America.
How many graves are enough for Bush.

Omak and Okanogan, WA are smack dab in the middle of the most conservative county of Washington state. They went for Bush big time in 2000.

I wonder if these simple country folk, shocked over the loss of that neighbor boy (or girl), will go to the polls and get rid of this demon.

It remains to be seen.

Posted by: David Aquarius at September 8, 2004 08:46 AM