Oh-Why-EeeJesus Dice-Collecting Christ, get a load of this from Atrios:
Staff Sgt. Jason Rivera, 26, a Marine recruiter in Pittsburgh, went to the home of a high school student who had expressed interest in joining the Marine Reserve to talk to his parents.
It was a large home in a well-to-do suburb north of the city. Two American flags adorned the yard. The prospect's mom greeted him wearing an American flag T-shirt.
"I want you to know we support you," she gushed.
Rivera soon reached the limits of her support.
"Military service isn't for our son. It isn't for our kind of people," she told him.
Exactly what does she mean by her "kind of people"? I'll tell you: Suburbanite, Orwellian "upper-middle class", white, bourgeois Republican/Limosine Liberal, elitist kind who believe that since they put a ribbon on their SUV, stuck a few "Made In Taiwan" American flags on their plush lawns, and say the right things and do the right dance amongst their neighbors down at the church, they have thus met the criteria of "supporting the troops" and therefore must not make any sacrifices nor have their personal lives inconvenienced. In her eyes, military service is for "other people" -- bottom-of-the-barrel, wage-earning/welfare riddled, niggers, spics, and other sub-$50,000 a year, honky white trash from the projects, trailer parks, HUD-homes, and Section 8 housing farms.
Not her ... and her pwess-shus baby boyz and gurly gurlz.
Ugh. What a load of Novak.
Armando's on board with a good "WTF?!?"
Mark Shields pulls out the ol' 1 Iron.
It's a Wonderful Lie hammers it:
... [It's] the perfect example, to me, of the neocons, Christianists, and zombie point-talkers' ultimate goal: a rigid, class-based society where the idea of a social "ladder" is only a myth with just enough credibility to keep the peasants from revolting.That's about the extent of it ...