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March 10, 2005

I need a tidy-up post for some loose ends...

BTW - for you repeat visitors - I've been adding to this post all day.

There are many retired vets in Leavenworth. Some well-off, most of us comfortable, some of us, well, aren't. Interestingly enough, the better-off you are, around here, the less likely you are to fly a flag... I wonder what it is about that.

The route I generally take to work each day passes by the home of a former Marine, who flies a US flag and a Marine Corps flag. The house is worn but serviceable, the gentleman is a WWII vet and his mobility is declining. For years, when his flags start to get tattered, the "Flag Elf" has paid a visit to his house, leaving new flags on the porch. This year the Elf noticed that while the new flags had been picked up, they hadn't been raised. Then the Elf was driving by one day and saw why. The Marine is in a wheelchair now. So, there was a drive-by flag-swapping that night.

The Armorer respects private property and would *never* tresspass. Nope. Not me! Never! *Ever* Well, except in small countries at the direction of the government.

I tell this story because the Flag Elf had a problem he came to me with. Whattaya do with old US flags? Believe it or not, you really aren't supposed to dump 'em in the trash. But an enterprising group of Vets has banded together to address this issue:

Please share the below message with your weBLOG viewers. We'd appreciate it if you'd give us a little publicity so we can get some website traffic for a change. We really do good work, but no one knows about us! Thank you very much!

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You can retire your tattered, worn out and frayed American flags without cost to you. Send your flags to the Kitchen Table Gang Trust, 42922 Avenue 12, Madera, CA 93638-8866 and we will dispose of your flags in a proper and dignified manner with full honors and dignity pursuant to the United States Flag Code Section 8K. We have been doing this for he past seven years. Our flag retirement ceremonies are held on Flag Day, June 14th each year and are conducted by an all volunteer U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard led by GySgt. Dan Kelley USMC (Ret.).

Thanks,

Charles Taliaferro
ctaliaferro@kitchentablegang.org
THE KITCHEN TABLE GANG TRUST
http://www.kitchentablegang.org

I know the local Flag Elf uses this service.

God, I love soldiers. So does the Heartless Libertarian.

Heh. The Army Times covers Milblogs - but they missed us. Sniff. Good on the ones they did note, however. Scoooorrrre! Hat tip to the Heartless Libertarian.

If you haven't read the post below about "You know you've been in Iraq too long when..." I'll wait while you go catch up.

Back? Okay - let's focus on this one:

"You're in the Navy and you realize you are in the middle of the desert, the exact opposite of being in the middle of the ocean, where one might normally find the Navy."

How about we change it to read...

You're in the Navy and you realize you are in the middle of the desert, the exact opposite of being in the middle of the ocean, where one might normally find the Navy - and you just got a Bronze Star (with "V" for Valor) for ground combat?

Hat tip to WillyShake, the submariner at Unconsidered Trifles.

I've been awfully nice to sailors lately. Let's balance the Karma.

Let's move on with a head nod to the Jarheads - Neffi sends this along with the following words:

Hey, here's one the Jarheads might like. This was taken near Gilcrest, CO at Thanksgiving. Corn mazes are popular around here...


And, OMIGAWD - I can't join the Israeli Army anymore. Apparently I'm detached from reality and a poor security risk. Hmmm. That would explain the pilfered nukes in the basement.


Heh. Just heh.

D-uh. Just d-uh. (The NYT, not Cassie)

Now this bit from Kevin Drum is interesting... I'd have to say when it comes to politics, we're pretty critical... move us out of politics and we get more supportive. Or timewasting, anyway.

Ruh-roh. We have 8 of these potential miscreants in the house...

What the Blogfather said.

I'm with Jeff Jacoby on this one. These are just the baby steps. The hard work is helping them learn to walk on their own. And that is going to require patience. Too bad if it sounds like I'm infantilizing the residents of the Middle East. When it comes to economic freedom and self-governance... they are new at it, as far as these generations who are going to have to make it work are concerned.

American Soldier has a post you should go read - and the comments.