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2004-04-30 20:08:30 (UTC)

Short Summary of My Day and A Comment

I baked, iced and decorated the cupcakes and got everything
to the church by 10:30 this morning. I also took a few
minutes to say a rosary for world peace while I was there.
I spent the rest of the morning doing housework and baking
and then I used the afternoon for quilting and knitting. I
posted some more pictures on my web shots page including one
of the Liberty Eagle quilt and I updated my list of books to
show those I read in April.
My comment:

Honoring the war dead is now considered unpatriotic? The
Sinclair Broadcast Group, the country's largest owner of
television stations, announced yesterday that it has ordered
its eight ABC affiliates not to carry tonight's "Nightline"
broadcast, in which the names of hundreds of U.S. servicemen
and women killed in Iraq will be read as their photographs
appear on-screen.

"The action appears to be motivated by a political agenda
designed to undermine the efforts of the United States in
Iraq," the company said in a statement announcing that it
would yank the show.

Senator McCain responded with a strongly worded letter to
the President and CEO of the SBG. Here are some of his

***I supported the President's decision to go to war in
Iraq, and remain a strong supporter of that decision. But
every American has a responsibility to understand fully the
terrible costs of war and the extraordinary sacrifices it
requires of those brave men and women who volunteer to
defend the rest of us; lest we ever forget or grow
insensitive to how grave a decision it is for our government
to order Americans into combat. It is a solemn
responsibility of elected officials to accept responsibility
for our decision and its consequences, and, with those who
disseminate the news, to ensure that Americans are fully
informed of those consequences.

There is no valid reason for Sinclair to shirk its
responsibility in what I assume is a very misguided attempt
to prevent your viewers from completely appreciating the
extraordinary sacrifices made on their behalf by Americans
serving in Iraq. War is an awful, but sometimes necessary
business. Your decision to deny your viewers an opportunity
to be reminded of war's terrible costs, in all their
heartbreaking detail, is a gross disservice to the public,
and to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
It is, in short, sir, unpatriotic. I hope it meets with the
public opprobrium it most certainly deserves.***

I also support making public the photographs of flag draped
coffins coming home. Freedom isn't free. There's a cost and
people need to be reminded of it.

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