Saturday, May 02, 2009

Quite a week!

It's been a while, here on my own personal little site. Busy out there in the rest of the world. Work - well, it's feast or famine, I'm either so busy I don't have time to think, or so bored I could cry. A friend congratulated me on my moving to a new division, after she heard about it at a training meeting - huh, funny, I hadn't (still haven't) heard anything from anyone who actually is in "command"...

The other blogs - Left Face, Parents Zone - they are going well, I think. My co-authors on LF are absolutely amazing. And the new authors on ParentsZone are fantastic, more than making up for those who decided not to write anymore, or so I assume, since we haven't heard from them in months.

I went up to the Hill for the MSRRA hearing in the Veterans Affairs Committee of the Senate - report here on LeftFace. If you are a member of the military family - call your Senator!

Whilst sitting around here one early morning (sleep - not happening lately) I came across a "letter to Obama".. you know the kind, the usual crap about him driving us into bankruptcy etc (of course, the past 8 years of tax breaks for the rich, two wars, etc... had NOTHING to do with it....) but one line just made me furious.

*You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.*

Do you believe this crap? Let's see, how many military kids does this describe? How many State Department kids, like me, does this describe? How many immigrant kids, who are now proud American citizens does this describe? Talk about closet racist - pretty close to coming outa the closet there!

Time to clean the pit I call an apartment, do the commissary run etc. Take care!



Jennifer said...

Nooooo! Don't go to the commissary the day after payday! It will do nothing to improve your mood.

Oh, and that letter? What an uninformed dufus.

liberal army wife said...

Jennifer - I hadn't thought about it being payday weekend. Guess I'll go tomorrow morning around 8:30 - everyone else is in church!


Anonymous said...

LOL - my 10 year old niece has spent 7 years of her life living in Obama's old stomping grounds (Jakarta) and she is flat out the coolest kid I know. I DREAM of taking our kids and raising them out of the country!

Samantha the ArmyWife said...

Yes, unfortunately some people are just very narrow minded! =( Things like that tend to make me want to bang my face against the closest wall- very frustrating.

S said...

I have a "real" american kid and a "non-real" who was born abroad. So that means, my daughter who had the privilege of being born in an Army hospital overseas is not a real american? @#$@^% them. is all I can say. Oh and to top it off, both my kids are dual citizen, lol. So, I guess, they will never qualify for being a 100% american ;) (irony off)

RangersGirl said...

I usually hit delete when I see the subject line of those types of e-mails. Some of the coolest people I know grew-up in other countries or traveled a lot growing up. As our world has become globalized, I believe people who have had this experience are better poised to be successful.

Kanani said...

From my recollection, Hawaii was made a state way before he was born. This makes him an American. Or maybe they don't acknowledge Hawaii as a state. Which would suit many of my native Hawaiian relatives just fine, given that they want to secede from the nation and go on their own.

And by the way, shall we start a list of American who spent their formative years abroad?

How about General Norman Schwarzkopf, who attended high schools in both Tehran and Geneva? Now that guy --fer sure did a lot of traveling in his youth.

liberal army wife said...

Oh I'm sure it's not Hawaii (and my husband was born there, son of a Navy guy, when it wasn't a state) they are whispering about the time he spent in Indonesia due to his mother's work... after all ....whisper..... whisper... he went to a "furrrin" school! Let's see, I went to a German middle school, an English Boarding School, an Australian Convent School.. And the WORST education I got - the American School in London!


Anonymous said...

shew, i always dread the commissary run. no matter what day of the week it is here, it is jam packed.

Anita the Immigrant Mom said...

I'm not in politics but so may times I've been told, "You just don't know what you are talking about because you weren't born here". It's ignorance and being small minded.
Are you going to send me your dazzling video? :)