Thursday, September 06, 2007

Please join me

Ruth Tighe writes:
Brian Jones, for those who missed it, is conducting a silent protest against the Iraq war every Friday, rain or shine, from 17:30 to 17:55 hours (5:30 PM to 5:55 PM) at the Court of Honor Circle by the flag poles in American Memorial Park, to support the troops until they come home. Supporters are welcome.
I'll see you at 5:30, Brian.


Jeff said...

Bryan is actually spelled with a Y, and his real name is Charles, but he keeps that fact secret.

bradinthesand said...

Dear Brian,

Yeah, your 25 minutes worth of sacrifice will certainly be on par with what the soldiers are enduring in Iraq. Way to show 'em!

Just sounds like more of a "Look at me" ploy than anything.

Oh wait, you did say "rain or shine" so he must be committed to bringing our boys home.

Protests of convenience don't really do much for me. I do, however, give you credit for spending at least 25 minutes of your week at least paying homage to our brave soldiers. Other than public speeches and rants at gatherings, I believe it's more than anyone else around town is doing.

See you in the papers...

bradinthesand said...

or Bryan. or Charles. Or my favorite, Bry-man

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Considering that you are a veteran, how can you possibly support the war in Iraq?

A silent weekly protest is probably the most respectful protest there is. You are dead to me, Brad.

Jeff said...

Brad, you know my esteem for you, but you're way off on this, and I don't mean maybe. Bryan thinks we shouldn't be there. He's hardly alone in that view and is hardly out for publicity. He's been doing this with about two people for weeks, and now he's doubled it and more. It's his little protest for something he thinks has gone on long enough. Bryan has a bumper sticker that says Peace is Patriotic, and that happens to also be true. He's hardly comparing his hardships to the difficulties of the troops in Iraq. Cut the guy a break. You can think we have no business over there without being against the troops. Read the link on my blog from Taibbi, and you tell me the troops and the argument you just made are anything other than political cover for government sponsored war giveaways and war profiteering. It's obscene without even factoring in all the death:

bradinthesand said...

Re-read what I wrote guys. I don't think there was any support for any war in my comment.

I support the troops because I was one.

They have a shitty mission there. Instead of being able to carry out their mission as trained, they are doomed to patrol the streets of Iraq like policemen all the while waiting for a sniper to snuff out their respective flames.

I believe that a great injustice is being perpetrated on our troops by asking them to serve abroad without a clear objective other than "make it back to base alive."

I didn't say Bryan is against our troops, read again. It just sounds like it is more of self-promotion to me.

That's based on the "In case you missed it" part of the snip from Ruth.

And if I’m wrong in his intentions, I’ll own up to it.

My question is: how do you know his intentions?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I believe that the point of any protest is to "look at me." You want people to notice you, see that you are for or against something, and hopefully join your cause.

Many cultural shifts start with just one person. Rosa Parks wouldn't give up her seat... and eventually All Americans earned the right to vote. Cindy Sheehan camped in front of the President's ranch...and suddenly it became OK to say that the war in Iraq was morally wrong.

It is a brave thing to stand up and say, "this is wrong." I applaud Bryan. I did not think there was any serious opposition to the war here...I plan on joining him today.

bradinthesand said...

How brave is 25 minutes a week?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

How about if instead of recruiting young kids from these islands to die out in the desert, the federal government put them on the federal payroll and had them teach at our understaffed schools or protect our local neighborhoods from crime?

Sound crazy? Why not?

Jeff said...

Brad, your tone was dismissive of him. I had a conversation this week with Bryan on this subject, and in the past, that's how I know.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Are you wary of him for wanting to bring home the troops or for not doing enough to bring the troops home?

If it is the former, then you do not support the troops.

If it is the latter, then what is the huge sacrifice that you have made to bring home the troops?

25 minutes is more of a sacrifice than most people are willing to make.

With the exception of your ab routine, evidenced by your rippling abdomen muscles, is there something that you sacrifice time for every week?

bradinthesand said...

We could do that here on our own if we weren't spending thousands on lobbyists and long-distance letter writers to the paper.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...


bradinthesand said...

Every crunch I do is for the troops!

And though I think our troops need a new mission, I think we'll only further fuck over the Iraqi people if we just pull out of there.

Yeah, you can tell me how much we've done that already, but I think it'll just get worse if we just up and leave.

Do I know the solution?

There's not a simple answer for such a complex question. I have a few thoughts though.

Maybe I'll share them with you at 5:30.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I don't think that a silent protest is the best place to discuss your fitness goals. Perhaps we can go to Porky's afterwards?

bradinthesand said...

Perfect. That's where I do my 12oz. curls.

Jeff said...

Putting yourself out there, and starting off alone, always takes a bit of balls.

Jeff said...

Why do you hate freedome of expression Brad?

bradinthesand said...

It's not like I hate your need to express yourself freely by adding an 'e' after freedom...

bradinthesand said...

...but it did "take a bit of balls" when you put yourself out there and started off the "add an e" trend all alone.

Just yankin' your crank buddy.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Brad prefers to express himself through dance.

bradinthesand said...


Jeff said...

Some of us have to actually work at our jobs. In a rush to call you out on your nonsense, as parent after parent comes to my room to find out their kid's usually not very good grades, an extra e slides in there.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

So are we on for Porky's? Are you doing GNO tonight?

Jeff said...

Actually correct that, mostly the parents of the A and B students show up. Coincidence?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Jeff, if you have to defend yourself, you have already lost. Go on the attack and never waiver(e).

Jeff said...

Good point. While Bryan is leading a silent protest, Brad will be abusing midget pirates with Harry Blalocke.

Marianas Eye said...

You three amaze me.

Time of posts:


Longest gap: 14 minutes.

Jeff said...

Ripping on Brad is a full time job David. No rest for the weary.

bradinthesand said...

I'lle bee ate GNOe tonighte bute Ie wille alsoe bee at Porky'se. Seee youe theree.


bradinthesand said...

i was there tonight. lots to say but i have to get ready to hit hard rock for girls night out.

i met Bryan.

i was one of four people there.

it was moving at the very least.

it's amazing what goes through your mind when you stand there in silence looking at the American flag dancing on the breeze.

many memories.

my friend who was killed in Afghanistan.

my time in that sand well over a decade ago.




a period of reverence.


a sense of honor.



It was good to be there this evening.

And Bryan is not a self-promoter.

I was wrong about that.

God Bless America.

God Bless our troops.

Help us sort this mess out.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

You forgot:

Jesus is Lord.

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