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02/04/2007 03:52:00 PM · #1
Originally posted by RayEthier:

Originally posted by posthumous:

My best wishes for your son. I hope he serves as an example of decency and compassion over there.

Originally posted by CalliopeKel:

The Marine corps is a great choice for a young man his age.


I thought we were going to keep this thread from getting political.


Perhaps when you have time you could explain the "Political" aspects of this comment. Expressions of support relative to a career choice surely cannot be remotely associated with any political undertakings.

Ray


sorry I'm not allowed to discuss that here.
02/04/2007 10:57:05 AM · #2
Originally posted by posthumous:

My best wishes for your son. I hope he serves as an example of decency and compassion over there.

Originally posted by CalliopeKel:

The Marine corps is a great choice for a young man his age.


I thought we were going to keep this thread from getting political.


Perhaps when you have time you could explain the "Political" aspects of this comment. Expressions of support relative to a career choice surely cannot be remotely associated with any political undertakings.

Ray
02/04/2007 10:21:53 AM · #3
Im trying to find the exact quote ofr you but will say my your son benad all our sons and daughters, brothers spouses friends aunts and uncles be warriors.

A Fighter steps up to any challange and fights any battle. A Warrior tempers his strength with wisdom fighting only when he has no other choice and understands the diffrence between slauhghter and victory.
02/04/2007 10:09:38 AM · #4
You and yours are in our prayers. You must be so proud and I wish him and all of the men and women serving this wonderful country a safe and speedy return to their loved ones.
02/04/2007 08:12:28 AM · #5
I second that blemt! Very well stated.Thank you for saying what I couldn't find the words to say. This mother and son needs our upmost respect.

02/04/2007 07:47:52 AM · #6
Just as a reminder gang- ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' fetor is a member of the community. If you have personal disagreement with his choice of profession, I would kindly offer that this is not the area to discuss them.

If you have concerns with "political tone" hit the report post button and let SC know. Do not be the one to instigate a deeper political discussion. This has pretty obviously been a thread started by his mother looking for some support from the community. She's his mother and is allowed to feel pride in his choice of profession. You do not have to agree with it. You do not need to be pro war to post a comment saying you hope her son comes home safe. Remember that our community is built on RESPECT. You do not need to agree. You do need to respect your fellow members.

I hope Cory has a safe tour and comes home soon. Semper Fi.

02/04/2007 01:59:21 AM · #7
Originally posted by CalliopeKel:



Who is to say that when Corys term is up, he won't become a teacher, doctor or theologian? Perhaps what he learns over there will inspire him to get involved with those in 3rd world countries on a very personal level after witnessing things first hand.


This is very well said...an important idea I hope others consider.

What one person choses to do, especially when it is selfless, should be respected. When one person choses to go into a service, in this case, for basically a millions of people, it deserves to be respected and supported. I think an important point is to respect his voluntary, honorable choice here and keep the thread on point.


02/04/2007 01:38:00 AM · #8
Bless him and all our men and women in the armed forces. Will keep him our prayers.
02/04/2007 01:36:12 AM · #9
Even though I do not know your son, I AM SO PROUD OF HIM ALSO!!!!! What a great example he is and you as well, to raise such a fine son who is willing to serve his country an protect it so nobly. Please send him a BIG THANK YOU! And may God bless him and put His guardian angels all around him!
02/04/2007 01:01:35 AM · #10
My husband retired from the Air Force 4 years ago, so I understand the sacrifices that military families make. I will keep your son, Cory in my prayers. He a brave and honorable man. God bless you and your family.
02/03/2007 04:10:30 PM · #11
The website that posthumus posted has no place in this thread. He can post it on DPC if he wants but it DOES NOT BELONG HERE. If he wants to help save kids from serving, let him go out and stand outside a recruiting office and handout flyers.

To put up that website address on Kel's OP is IMO a slap in the face. I don't believe that the website should be banned from DPC but it needs to be put on it's own thread. Get his post off this thread !

Originally posted by jbsmithana:

Originally posted by PhantomEWO:

....Hell it has nothing to do with photography ... delete it.

God Bless America, our soldiers, police and care-givers, the free world and bless all of it's enemies for a more peaceful understanding.


What in this thread has to do with photography?

Squashing other viewpoints does nothing for our nation. Some of us served so that all views can be heard. I have read nothing in this thread that is not supportive of her son or the troops. I have read comments on both sides of the political issues surrounding this particular war. To clean those up would mean deleting many of the comments.

With that said I hope her son stays safe and comes home soon. I also admire those who serve. Because of my support for the troops I hope to see them out of harms ways as soon as possible.

02/03/2007 03:21:27 PM · #12
Originally posted by PhantomEWO:

....Hell it has nothing to do with photography ... delete it.

God Bless America, our soldiers, police and care-givers, the free world and bless all of it's enemies for a more peaceful understanding.


What in this thread has to do with photography?

Squashing other viewpoints does nothing for our nation. Some of us served so that all views can be heard. I have read nothing in this thread that is not supportive of her son or the troops. I have read comments on both sides of the political issues surrounding this particular war. To clean those up would mean deleting many of the comments.

With that said I hope her son stays safe and comes home soon. I also admire those who serve. Because of my support for the troops I hope to see them out of harms ways as soon as possible.
02/03/2007 03:11:51 PM · #13
Originally posted by kenskid:

Site council...please remove posthumous latest post from this thread. It is a total rant and that web address does not belong on Kel's OP !!!!

Please I beg of you.

Originally posted by posthumous:

I urge any young people reading this thread to refer to this link before you make this important decision:

[url]//deleted by Kenskid

My apologies to the OP but my attempt to create another thread to allow an alternative point of view was relegated to Rant.


I agree, no place for that post in this thread, show courage and delete it or make it the start of a separate rant. Hell it has nothing to do with photography ... delete it.

God Bless America, our soldiers, police and care-givers, the free world and bless all of it's enemies for a more peaceful understanding.
02/03/2007 03:08:53 PM · #14
Originally posted by kenskid:

Site council...please remove posthumous latest post from this thread. It is a total rant and that web address does not belong on Kel's OP !!!!

Please I beg of you.

Originally posted by posthumous:

I urge any young people reading this thread to refer to this link before you make this important decision:

[url]//deleted by Kenskid

My apologies to the OP but my attempt to create another thread to allow an alternative point of view was relegated to Rant.


I agree! This is totally uncalled for in this post.
02/03/2007 03:05:47 PM · #15
Site council...please remove posthumous' latest post from this thread. It is a total rant and that web address does not belong on Kel's OP !!!!

Please I beg of you.

Originally posted by posthumous:

I urge any young people reading this thread to refer to this link before you make this important decision:

[url]//deleted by Kenskid

My apologies to the OP but my attempt to create another thread to allow an alternative point of view was relegated to Rant.


Message edited by author 2007-02-03 15:10:54.
02/03/2007 12:28:49 PM · #16
Originally posted by posthumous:

<<snip>>Nor do I like the armed forces being touted as a career option in a board that lots of young impressionable people are reading.
<<snip>>

1. I chose to join the Air Force as a career option that would lead me to a career as an Air Traffic Controller in the FAA. I quit this $98,000/year career after 16 years to start my own businesses. Some of my previous coworkers are now making over $170,000/year. Not a bad career option.

2. My brother joined the Army for the education options. He progressed to Special Forces specializing as a sniper and a medic. He is now out of the Army and back in Iraq working for Crescent Security making $240,000/year, mostly tax free. He will probably work there for another 9 months to pay off the bulk of the $700,000 home in Colorado Springs that he bought last year and then finish what little is left to become a Physician's Assistant. His medical training to date puts him just short of qualifying to become a Physician's Assistant. Again, the military turned out to be not a bad career option.

Both careers (Air Traffic Control and Physician's Assistant) are fulfilling in that they help give back to society and pay pretty darn well. And they both had origins in the military.

Back on the thread topic- - -

Kelly, my brother went through some extraordinary times in Special Forces during the invasion of Iraq (as well as his time in Bosnia). He is currently in Northern Iraq where it is a lot safer and his mission now is to avoid conflict and protect the people that he escorts. I imagine that your son is probably in a more dangerous area of Iraq since that is where the Marines usually are called upon. I appreciate what your son is doing for us and I hope that he returns safe and healthy.

Message edited by author 2007-02-03 12:29:38.
02/03/2007 10:58:16 AM · #17
Originally posted by kenskid:

You can thank him for me.

Thank god for people like him. If not for him, we would be battling terrorist attacks here in the U.S. I pray for his safety and pray that we UNTIE the hands of our men and let them WIN this thing.

KenSkid


Posthumous-
How is this a political post? If anything it's a religous post (a prayer). A political post would involve parties, presidents and policy.

I don't get your definition of politics.

At any rate. I doubt anything I could say here, would push a young man or woman into the military lifestyle. I think it would take a little more than that. Besides.... many are called, few are chosen. :)

I do appreciate your willingness to make this thread peaceful though. Thank you.
02/03/2007 10:51:04 AM · #18
Kelly, Tell him I am thinking of him. I have a cousin who has been over there 3 times now. He just got back to the States again this week and I hear he might be headed back to Iraq again soon. He is also in the Marines. My cousin let us know that all to care packages, letters, email he received helped him through his time over there. I hope your son does well. Send him love and prayers from my family.
02/03/2007 10:24:36 AM · #19
My family and I pray daily for our brave soldiers. If we didn't have men like you son,and other sons and daughters, we wouldn't have the freedoms we have and continue to have. Also, we would be most likely having other attacks here on our soils. Send him our love and how proud most of us feel about our great freedom fighters. We fully support their missions. Gods Speed to all of them. Van
02/03/2007 10:15:55 AM · #20
Kelly, in this world where it is fashionable to beat up on the United States and make some bizarre claim that you can be supportive of the troops but against what they are doing, I thank God for far sighted young men and women and their families for understanding the fact that peace, liberty and our very survival depend upon a strong military and the enlistment of fine young men like your son.

You and your son are in my prayers. Please pass on my thanks to him for his service to our great country - and thank you for raising him right!

(edited for grammar & punctuation)

Message edited by author 2007-02-03 10:31:59.
02/03/2007 10:10:06 AM · #21
Originally posted by CalliopeKel:

I believe you are 'called' to be a doctor or teacher, as well as a minister.

Who is to say that when Corys term is up, he won't become a teacher, doctor or theologian? Perhaps what he learns over there will inspire him to get involved with those in 3rd world countries on a very personal level after witnessing things first hand.

If we do not have a strong military our country is at risk of being dismantled. I won't apologize for the superpower we have become. Our country was built on immigrants from ALL countries and they were brave enough to strike out with very little, ride a ship over here to seek a dream, freedom of religion and the pursuit of happiness. A nation of survivors 'if you will'. We work hard, play hard and we are passionate about our freedom and the right to defend it.

If you don't agree with our policys, methods and leaders (and their choices) that is fine. However this is about a Military that would exist regardless of this particular war. It's not all about killing and fighting. Our armed forces provide many opportunitys for personal development/advancement on many levels. Beginning with, but not limited to the GI BILL, college credits for classes they take while in training as well as real life lessons in honor, loyalty and respect.

It really is amazing how misunderstood our country is to other nations. I guess with only biased media feeding them, its no surprise.


This particular post is extremely political and I disagree with most of it (and now I see an even more political post by kenskid). I am not going to clutter your thread with arguments, but I also don't like when politically charged sentiments are branded as being "not political." Nor do I like the armed forces being touted as a career option in a board that lots of young impressionable people are reading. Not when the opposing view can't be brought up because it's "political."

And now, back to your regularly scheduled supportive thread. The support of a community is a wonderful, essential thing.
02/03/2007 09:54:04 AM · #22
You can thank him for me.

Thank god for people like him. If not for him, we would be battling terrorist attacks here in the U.S. I pray for his safety and pray that we UNTIE the hands of our men and let them WIN this thing.

KenSkid
02/03/2007 09:52:55 AM · #23
I'm not getting drawn into a political discussion on this thread. It's your thread and it's in 'General Discussion', not in 'Rant' - Plus I don't want to get my head bitten off again when my words are misinterpreted by your friends in here.

This thread is obviously for words of 'support' etc. So I'll leave it at this; I hope that everyone serving in Iraq are swiftly and safely reunited with their loved ones at home.
02/03/2007 09:44:35 AM · #24
I believe you are 'called' to be a doctor or teacher, as well as a minister.

Who is to say that when Corys term is up, he won't become a teacher, doctor or theologian? Perhaps what he learns over there will inspire him to get involved with those in 3rd world countries on a very personal level after witnessing things first hand.

If we do not have a strong military our country is at risk of being dismantled. I won't apologize for the superpower we have become. Our country was built on immigrants from ALL countries and they were brave enough to strike out with very little, ride a ship over here to seek a dream, freedom of religion and the pursuit of happiness. A nation of survivors 'if you will'. We work hard, play hard and we are passionate about our freedom and the right to defend it.

If you don't agree with our policys, methods and leaders (and their choices) that is fine. However this is about a Military that would exist regardless of this particular war. It's not all about killing and fighting. Our armed forces provide many opportunitys for personal development/advancement on many levels. Beginning with, but not limited to the GI BILL, college credits for classes they take while in training as well as real life lessons in honor, loyalty and respect.

It really is amazing how misunderstood our country is to other nations. I guess with only biased media feeding them, its no surprise.

02/03/2007 09:37:09 AM · #25
Glad he's safe and getting all sorts of kudos. As for having any loved ones over there...Not currently. They all just got back from either Iraq or Afghanistan.

Tell him to take lots of pictures and send them our way. *g*
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