This controversial photo has launched an Air Force investigation (original caption).
The above image is the subject of a witch hunt by politically-correct elements in the US Air Force. Read this:
The Air Force launched an investigation into a controversial photo that shows several non-commissioned officers posing with an open casket, in which a fellow airman poses with a noose around his neck and chains over his body. The Air Force Times received a copy of the photo over email, which includes the caption, “Da Dumpt, Da Dumpt… Sucks 2 Be U”. The casket is similar to those used to transport deceased US soldiers home from the battlefield. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley told the paper that investigators were mounting an inquiry of the grief the image might cause for families of fallen service members. “We take this matter seriously. [Air Education and Training Command] has initiated a commander directed investigation”, Donley said in a statement. “Such behaviour isn’t consistent with our core values, and it isn’t representative of the Airmen I know. It saddens me that this may cause additional grief to the families of our fallen warriors”. The photo, dated 23 August 2011, was reportedly taken by airmen with the 345th Training Squadron at Fort Lee, Virginia, according to Gerry Proctor, spokesman for the 37th Training Group at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, which includes the 345th Training Squadron. First appearing on Facebook in early October, the image has since been forwarded by several individuals, including a former soldier and Army spouse. The investigation by the commander of the 37th Training Group is expected to take about two weeks, according to David Smith, a spokesman for AETC at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas.
15 December 2011
I decided to check up on this Michael Donley. Well… he was in the US Army for three years (1972-75), and he’s a former Special Ops bubba, so he should know that this kind of goofy photo is STANDARD in the forces, and that you can find goofball photos like this behind the bar of every Legion hall and VFW post in the nation (hell, I was in the forces… I know… I was part of a photo like this… everybody is). This is typical, standard, and widespread behaviour. It’s healthy, it builds unit cohesion and motivation… it’s a GOOD thing all the way ’round. Here’s the real kicker, though, kids… Donley’s a “conservative” Republican. Yep… he was a DoD staffer under Slobberin’ Ronnie. He worked for the Far Right Heritage Foundation, and everyone’s fave Nazi, Don Rumsfeld, brought this turkey back to the Pentagon in ’05. That is, he’s a Bushie holdover… a Gates cronie. Barack Obama CAN’T be blamed for this POS. NO WAY! Oh, could you imagine how the late great Mike Royko would’ve hauled Donley over the coals for such fatuous nonsense? He’d channel the spirit of Sam Sianis and sic the curse of the Billy Goat on Donley and all his crank rightwing pals in the District.
Let this be a lesson to you. Political Correctness has more often than not been pushed by authoritarian and totalitarian rightwingers than it has by the Left. The rightwing creams its jeans over shit like this because it allows them to brutalise people for harmless fun and push them around. After all, the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA were creations of the Republican Party, NOT the Left. Most Political Correctness is found in the upper reaches of Corporate America (and you won’t be promoted into management unless you echo its every precept)… not in the union hall or the pool hall or the lecture hall. If you look at the omnipresent speech codes and restrictions of free expression in America, they’re mainly the products of the Right, not the Left. Donley may have done this deiberately in order to discredit Barack Obama (it’s worked in some quarters… most of the rightwing blogosphere is blaming Obama, when a Republican apparatchik’s to blame for this mess).
I’ll tell you what I’d do for these guys in the photo… I’d buy ‘em all a cold brewskie and say, “Good on you!” Michael Donley… you’re a soulless POS poseur… you’re not fit to be in charge of a busted down ol’ Piper Cub, let alone the entire US Air Force. Note well that this braying and preening jabronie is a “conservative” Republican. That should tell you what to do next November… if you want more of such platitudinous shit, and in more places, vote for the Republican Party. ‘Nuff said!
Friday 16 December 2011