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Re: Re: A slap at veterans
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Posted by DeadCarp on November 20, 2002 at 07:05:24 from (126.96.36.199):
In Reply to: Re: A slap at veterans posted by Maggie/TX on November 20, 2002 at 05:38:44:
There are a lot of munitions-related hazards out there the gov't doesn't bother mentioning. For example, that fancy new FLIR sphere you see strapped to boats & helicopters? Well the cadmium/strontium ball itself is so radioactive that the contractor hates to hire Americans to assemble it! In fact, when Congress asks how well they work, an inside joke is that they have had "glowing reports"! No discrimination there, just security - ya wouldn't want the job anyway..
Yet despite a deckful of caution stickers, they bolt it onto a boat like a hood ornament and you see some idiots straddling that thing like Buck Rogers, with blissful disregard for their family jewels! But that's why they don't let gate guards carry ammunition for their automatic rifles - some of these people turn in their weapons to the armorer, and they "didn't notice" the bolt was missing? Guards like that might hurt somebody. I know this won't be a popular comment and it's on no senator's agenda but i believe the first priority is recruiting soldiers who are willing to pay attention ------
Here's something else to bear in mind: If you gripe to your Congressman, he'll never see your letter. Washington doesn't pay much attention to individual gripes - and well they shouldn't. They hired an army of pencil-pushers for that. Unless the building's on fire, all the Congressman wants to see is a trend chart - Washington's job is to oversee the welfare of the whole herd.
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