Happy Memorial Day, or F#@% You Murderer!

This Saturday I had the pleasure of going to the Erna Ferguson Library. It is a great library for those who are interested.

While I was there, someone decided that since I have a United States Marine Corps bumper sticker that I am a villain of the highest order. I returned to my mini-van (used for baby hauling, not baby mauling by the way) to find a canary yellow note under my windshield that stated F#@% You Murderer! Of course they did not censor the F word as I did, being a war mongering censorship type of guy such as I am.

I had to laugh at the note, not because I am amused by being a Murderer, but because I know that is about as far from the truth as it things can get. I have been known to use a sheet of paper as a spider transport rather than smash the little buggers like so many others would do. I even try to be careful not to step on ants while trekking on the sidewalks of our fair city.

Those who know my views on the war, well they know that I am hoping, no I am praying, that we will get out of Iraq as soon as possible (today would be preferable). It is my opinion that this war was started on false premise and that too many lives have been wasted. These deaths are something that I mourn, not just for those who I call my brothers in arms, but for those innocents who have been caught in the crossfire, for those whose lives should never have been at stake.

I have lost a good friend in this war, Scott Ulbrich. Scotty and I were in the same fraternity at Marshall University in Huntington West Virginia. We called him Scotty Too Hotty, or Little Timmy after his fraternity big brother. He was so full of life that I still feel as if he is here on this earth. But he is not, he has passed on. He was a little ball of fire who always took the time to make sure that those around him were doing well, were happy, and smiling just like him. Please look over the sites I have included to see a little more about Brian Scott Ulbrich.

http://www.geocities.com/greenherd11/scottys.html
http://www.militarycity.com/valor/900008.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/10/26/perry/index.html

So I guess my point is not to assume that just because someone served in the Military that they are happy about the thoughts of death and destruction. I don't know who this person is that thinks I am a murderer. They may be someone who I would find a great person, who I could like as well as I like Scotty. So I hold them no ill will. But I do hope that they open their mind to the possibility that just because someone wanted to follow in the footsteps of the many great men and women who have served our country that they are a murderer. I know there are some who wear the uniform and took the oath that do bring shame to those of us who walked the right path and did the right things. But there are many who I am proud to call brother and sister, who I would lay my life down for.

And for the person who wrote me that little note, I would lay down my life for you. Just like Scotty already has.

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Comment by Tricross on May 26, 2008 at 1:01pm
Chris. Unfortunately there are some extremists out there who don't know how lucky we are to have people like you and Scotty. Thank you for serving.
Comment by Chris K. on May 26, 2008 at 1:19pm
Thanks, I had decided not to blog about it, but then I was thinking about Scotty and thought I would put my thoughts out there.
Comment by Luann Wolfe on May 26, 2008 at 1:27pm
You post brought me to tears. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Comment by Chris K. on May 26, 2008 at 1:44pm
Thank you Luann.
Comment by Adelita on May 26, 2008 at 2:17pm
If only the person that wrote that note would direct their energy on something more productive - like volunteering for a veteran's organization. Veteran's for Peace is a wonderful organization.

Sounds like that person should save those harsh words for the politicians who made such disastrous choices and hold them accountable. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend.
Comment by Chris K. on May 26, 2008 at 2:42pm
I am humbled by your kind words. I am just a guy who wanted to give a little back.

That and I thought the Dress Blues were pretty snazzy.
Comment by freekbuoy on May 26, 2008 at 3:14pm
Like you, and for the same reasons, I do not support the war. However, to attack soldiers for doing their duty is akin to attacking the fry guy at McDonalds for that company's shitty food. I guess some people are too narrow minded to understand that it's the institution that is at fault, not those who perform within it. In short, I, like D. Michael, would tell the note-leaver to go fuck himself rather than express the compassion that you do. Guess I'm not as big a person as you. Thanks.
Comment by tinsree on May 26, 2008 at 7:57pm
obviously you didn't deserve to come upon that, let alone this weekend.
what gets me is that clearly this person thinks themselves to be at a higher place and somehow called upon to share their wisdom. and then they turn around and share their dissent using an explicative like that, with no consideration that you are carting around your kids. on top of attacking a soldier rather the the powers that place a soldier they done it in such a base way. its complete ignorance and arrogance that make many not speak up against this war for fear of being likened to this.
thank you for serving the people of this country, i hope you had better weekend.
Comment by Celine on May 26, 2008 at 8:10pm
Tiny people strike out at those that are easy to strike, great people aim for those who make the policy that causes the event. I hope that the tiny person who insulted you understands that they have achieved nothing, and should go after the persons who are profiting from war, not the ones paying for it.
Comment by Yikes! on May 26, 2008 at 10:05pm
I guess all one can do is pity and pray for such a moron. Thank you for your service, and I'm glad you made it back.

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