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Thank veterans today

Uploaded: Nov 11, 2013
One welcome trend in recent years is the widespread effort to
recognize the contributions of our military veterans.

Veteran's Day observances have grown in number with both
citizens and businesses going out of their way to salute those who
served all of us and helped ensure our way of life.

Some restaurants offered free meals or free coffee to
vets, while some retailers ran promotions specifically for veterans.

Here's hoping that the Vietnam era vets, who were treated
so badly, also are receiving their due.

Incidentally, it was amazing how little traffic was on the
Bay Bridge in prime commute hours today. Given that government,
schools and banks were all taking the day off while most private
sector businesses were working as usual; it demonstrated just how many
commuters are employed in those industries.

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Posted by Tim's Fan, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Nov 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Yup, unemployment rate for vets is twice that of non-vets, I mentioned that didn't I? So, free coffee for vets today. That'll make them feel good; and it shows we really really truly care about them. (As you can see, I've really thought through this.)

Light traffic today. If we eliminated unionized public school teachers and public workers, traffic would be better all the time!


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Posted by The Lone Stranger, a resident of Ruby Hill,
on Nov 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm

"I was in the unenviable position of being for the war, but against the troops."--American comedian Bill Hicks, on the Gulf War (the first one)

Let's see, what other groups contribute a lot to society? Teachers...firefighters...cops...but wait, they're all UNIONIZED.

Conservatives "support the troops" but then shut down the federal government, which includes the VA hospitals that treat veterans with physical injuries and PTSD.

22 suicides a day in the US military. Support the troops!

I support the troops by opposing war. How about you, Timmy?

p.s.--A lot of government workers, the ones Timmy despises, are veterans, because veterans get preference in hiring for the civil service. 15% of BART workers are military veterans, Timmy, did you know that? Your head is going to explode if you think about that one long enough.


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