[Ads-l] "hero"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 16 11:29:57 UTC 2014

Member of Sydney City Council on CNN:

"Every single one of those hostages...are [sic] heroes."

I.e., victims or survivors of an attack.


On Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Poster:       W Brewer <brewerwa at GMAIL.COM>
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> Paul Johnson wrote: <<<I'm reminded of one of the joint Chief[s] of Staff,
> when being complemented on the multiple ribbons festooning his chest. "Most
> of those are for showing up to work.">>>
> WB: In other words (Wikipedia): <<<*Awards and decorations of the United
> States Military* are military awards and decorations which recognize
> service and personal accomplishments while a member of the United States
> Armed Forces. Together with military badges, such awards are a means to
> outwardly display the highlights of a service member's career.>>>
> WB: I usually wore on my academic gown two gaudy service medals from the
> Ministry of Education of the R.O.C. for showing up to class for twenty-five
> years. To add more bling to my last commencement, I pinned on three Army
> ribbons, earned by showing up at three clusterfucks. I got saluted by an
> R.O.C. Army colonel. Guess you guys are just burnt out from all the
> senseless wars and killings in the Homeland. If you come to China, leave
> your guns at home.
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