Thursday, May 31, 2007

A Soldier's Funeral in Texas
Checked it out. It is not an urban legend. I'm glad it really happened.
When a small town in Texas loses a son or daughter in combat, the whole town knows about it. In this case the whole town turned out to pay its respects. The road to the cemetery looked like this.


janice said...

This is what needs to be on the evening news, not a daily tally.

Jacob said...

Showing funerals of soldiers is somehow better than a daily tally?

Do you have any idea how long that would take?

janice said...

Come on now Jacob, you know what I mean. It's a bit wary on the American solider to hear all the negative from our media. This would lift their sprits and show them we DO support them.

Jacob said...

I disagree. Showing funerals is far more depressing than just names being flashed on a screen, and therefore much more likely to evoke negative feelings about the war.

Mojo_Risin said...

I wouldn't worry yourself about their psyches just because the evening news reports how many have died.

You know what's probably more wearying for the American soldier than us knowing the casualty figures? Having to live in the desert. And being under fire for years longer than they signed up for. My guess is that there's a little more on their mind than the evening news -- like their families and friends back home. And I think they probably have better things to do with their time than keep an eye on the death counts.

SkyePuppy said...

Jacob (and Mojo),

It's not the funeral that's better than a daily tally. It's the outpouring of support and respect for the soldier and the message that support gives to the surviving family. That's what needs to be on the evening news.

janice said...

Exactly what I was trying to say Skye, thank you.

Also, why can't we (I) see your blog mojo?

Mojo_Risin said...

I don't think boosting morale is what the news media is supposed to be for. It's really supposed to be for reporting facts -- not to get people rah-rahing for the war effort. In other countries, maybe... (think the old Soviet newscasts and the current story in Venezuela under Chavez).

But really, I see news stories like this on TV all the time. More on the morning newscasts and other feel-good slots than on the evening news, sure, but they're there.

And isn't boosting morale what letters and calls from home are for? Don't ask the news media to be something it's not.

And I don't know why you can't see my blog, Janice. I can. Of course, maybe it got bored of me being its only reader so it went away! ;-)

janice said...

Mojo, when I click your name this is the message I get;

Profile Not Available

The Blogger Profile you requested cannot be displayed. Many Blogger users have not yet elected to publicly share their Profile.

So, how do I get to your blog?

Mojo_Risin said...

Your wish is granted. Guess that explains why nobody has been reading it, huh?

Then again, I'm not exactly prolific, either.