Friday, February 20, 2009

Thank God It's Red Shirt Friday

So I just recently received the following in my email at work:

If the red shirt thing is new to you, read below how it went for a man...

Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together. After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if he was heading home. No, he responded. Heading out I asked? No. I'm escorting a soldier home. Going to pick him up? No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq , I'm taking him home to his family. The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days. I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, Thank you.. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do. Upon landing in Chicago , the pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom.. 'Ladies! and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the United States Marine Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door to allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier.. We will then turn off the seat belt sign.' Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize that I am proud to be an American. So here's a public Thank You to our military Men and Women for what you do so we can live the way we do. Red Fridays. Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the 'silent majority.' We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing. Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of American's supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -- and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that .. every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar, will wear something red. By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family, it will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once 'silent' majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on. The first thing a soldier says when asked 'What can we do to make things better for you?' is 'We need your support and your prayers.' Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear20something red every Friday. IF YOU AGREE -- THEN SEND THIS ON. IF YOU COULDN'T CARE LESS --THEN HIT THE DELETE BUTTON

Yes, it was all in red text. Now, the red shirt thing is not new, but apparently to the guy (a co-worker) who sent the email it was. He sent it to the whole department. There was no objection by anyone (including management) to the sending of the email. I wonder though how much tolerance for an anti-war (or outright "anti-troop") email message there would have been? You see, as long as you conform, it's all good; as long as you blindly follow the state, like the ignorant fool that "sent this on", you're cool with the other sheep.

Below is another idiot by the name of Penny Evans:

I am a new resident to this beautiful state and find that the majority of the people are nice, considerate people that is, until they get behind the wheel but
that is another letter all together. I wonder why no one participates in the ‘red shirt friday’? This is something many people did back in Arizona.

The idea is to have a ’sea of red’ on fridays to show support for our troops. The message was passed around through the internet more than a year ago, didn’t Colorado get the e-mail? The few people I have seen wear red on fridays, said they just happen to wear red that day and knew nothing about red shirt fridays.

So, if you could be so kind as to print this letter so the word can get out to Colorado, I would really appreciate it, as I am sure others would too (I hope). One more thing, why don’t I see flags flying either, did I move to an unpatriotic state?

Penny Evans, Parker


You'll notice the moron is surprised that people might just coincidentally wear a common color such as red on a Friday without knowing about Red Shit Friday. You "Support The Troops" dumbasses need to come up with something better so your "support" will be more easily recognized, like maybe wrapping your whole head in the American flag. That would truly be a symbol of your blindness.


  1. Yeah. And as a military retiree, I'm pretty disgusted with all the sites showing up to sell their red shirt in "support" of the troops -- with 10 percent of the profit going to some charity.
    Hey, but let's get this flag-waving parade on the road.

  2. Honestly, the both of you really need to get those attitudes looked at by a professional.

  3. Brook, go take your pro-State trolling somewhere else.

  4. Its too bad you can't look past your non-conforming self interests and consider the emotional needs of the troops coming home; to subtly tell them that you support them doesn't cost you anything - except perhaps a small chunk of your seditious and defiant ego. So, adhering to a 'never wear red-shirt on Friday' paradigm isn't conforming, is it? Sticking to a far left anti-american agenda (along with the rest of your unpatriotic friends) isn't conforming, is it? You bet your as$ it is - but you can't see the forest through the trees. Way to go, Einstein.

  5. There is nothing "far-left" about opposing the U.S. Empire and its unjust wars of aggression, you moron!

    So, adhering to a 'never wear red-shirt on Friday' paradigm isn't conforming, is it?

    No, it isn't. Now go back to cheering on the murderous war criminals whose asses you love to kiss, you fucking piece of statist shit!

  6. Interesting, SE, that you should live in the country you hate. Tell you what, i'll help you get out. I can get you across the mexican border (actually, they'll let you out easily - the fences are there to stop the hordes of immigrants who would over run the border for just the CHANCE of a better life.
    You see, the US Empire has created a land of hope and opportunity that those outside of the US, living in hopelessness, have come to value as precious. You see, if you leave this country even for a vacation, you will come to understand that the Evil US Empire is actually a haven to those who aspire to a better life.
    The wars of aggression, as you call them, are an attempt to protect our way of life. The UN (UNSCOM and Hans Blix) documented the Iraqi WMDs after the end of Desert Storm - and Iraq chose to snub its nose at the world's governing body.
    As far as Afghanistan - well, I think that about 95% of Americans feel that war was justified with the 9/11 attacks.
    However, no doubt you are one of those conspiracy theorists who believe that America did that internally. The US Government has a miserable track record of keeping secrets - even in ones and twosies - how in the heck could thousands of government people have kept 9/11 planning a secret?
    You should stop drinking the conspiracy thoerist cool-aid and actually THINK for yourself.
    Hey SE - can you hear that? I think its BBC and CNN calling !!

  7. Where in the world do you think you live? I faught for your right to speak your mind but find it difficult you were never sent to the front lines in a fire fight. You would have probably been killed by friendly fire as would the rest of your like minded friends. God Bless the USA and Support our Troups. I didn't have that when I got home in the 60's.

  8. I faught for your right to speak your mind

    Really Anonymouse? If you "got home" in the 60s, you must be referring to Vietnam, so my question is, how did that "fight" preserve my right to speak (the US lost that war, remember?)...

    Oh, and screw the troops!

  9. I am former United States Marine. For four years I put on a uniform, grabbed my weapon and stood up for people like you. In this country, our beloved United States of America, you have the right to say these things only because brave men and women put there life on the line everyday. I understand how one might come to the conclusion that fighting a war in some far off land has no bearing on your civil liberties at home. But just for a moment imagine what would happen if all of those men and women said screw it and went home. Or the government kicked your door in because of your subversive comments and hauled you off to prison. You would be imaging a place like Afghanistan or Iran.

    My only hope is that you have made these comments as sort of joke, an effort to get a rise out of people. If your argument is with the government, so be it. DO NOT piss on the people that defend your right to disagree with it. The next time you see a Marine or soldier in an airport, shake their hand, say thank you, and buy their lunch. Or grow a pair pair and tell them you do not support the troops, and then see what happens. See what happens…

    1. They need to bring back the draft for little America haters like you! That might knock some sense into you and force you not to be the pampered left winger you are that takes freedom for granted.


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