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(Washington Times)   Long may it wave? Maybe not. Stars and Stripes - the military newspaper founded during the Civil War - now in the Battle of the Budget Cuts   (washingtontimes.com) divider line 11
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2013-11-28 03:45:28 PM
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cman: AirForceVet: Who needs objective journalism in the American military? Nothing bad ever happens, right?

Journalists from privately owned papers still report on the military and are embedded in war. As well as that, Stars and Stripes really doesn't print ground breaking stories. Its pretty much mostly fluff and propaganda


Yes corporate journalists are embedded in units during war, but what about in peacetime?

Me, I liked reading the S&S in Germany, England, Korea, other overseas deployments and now that I've retired. Also, they do do investigative stories on the military and address military unique issues like sexual abuse and harassment in the services.

The cuts discussed like this show how unpatriotic many Americans are. Instead of raising taxes to pay for 2 wars, they welcomed tax cuts in 2001 & 2003 while other peoples' kids fought in those wars. Now, over 12 years later, those same "American patriots" are wanting more tax cuts on the backs of the poor, disabled, elderly, vets and active duty service members.

THIS ... is why Republicans, especially Teabaggers, disgust me at times.
2013-11-28 07:37:30 PM
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fusillade762: Corvus: I bet the Republicans are up in arms about this. Just like the Post office cuts being suggested.

What Post Office cuts? The USPS doesn't get any money from the government (except for money borrowed from the Treasury, but it has to pay that back). Or did you mean service cuts?


http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-08-01/postal-s er vice-rural-cutbacks-post-office/56669252/1
2013-11-28 07:36:26 PM
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Phony_Soldier: Corvus: I bet the Republicans are up in arms about this. Just like the Post office cuts being suggested.

They always want cuts but then butt hurt if anything they like get's cut.

Of course, just like democrats are butt hurt when anything they like gets cut? And "get's" cut? What are you twelve?

/No apostrophe needed


And the Democrats are the one demanding deep cuts in government spending? You seemed to kind of missed that important part of what I said didn't you?

"No apostrophe needed " you aware sentences actually need verbs?
2013-11-28 07:13:54 PM
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AnonAmbientLight: glmorrs1: AirForceVet: cman: AirForceVet: Who needs objective journalism in the American military? Nothing bad ever happens, right?

Journalists from privately owned papers still report on the military and are embedded in war. As well as that, Stars and Stripes really doesn't print ground breaking stories. Its pretty much mostly fluff and propaganda

Yes corporate journalists are embedded in units during war, but what about in peacetime?

Me, I liked reading the S&S in Germany, England, Korea, other overseas deployments and now that I've retired. Also, they do do investigative stories on the military and address military unique issues like sexual abuse and harassment in the services.

The cuts discussed like this show how unpatriotic many Americans are. Instead of raising taxes to pay for 2 wars, they welcomed tax cuts in 2001 & 2003 while other peoples' kids fought in those wars. Now, over 12 years later, those same "American patriots" are wanting more tax cuts on the backs of the poor, disabled, elderly, vets and active duty service members.

THIS ... is why Republicans, especially Teabaggers, disgust me at times.

Only at times?

Well not all Republicans are bad, and while i disagree with them on a lot of issues, holding hate against them leads one down the path of the dark side.


JUST what Darth Cheney wants!

/more machine now than man, twisted and evil
2013-11-28 06:15:51 PM
1 votes:
www.loc.gov

Frowning on these shenanigans...
2013-11-28 06:14:30 PM
1 votes:
Anyone who saw Good Morning Vietnam should take that as a pretty good take on how the editorial policy at S&S and AFRTS works.  They are the voice of the military establishment.

On a serious note, in the 21st century I don't think they serve a useful purpose.  You can read your home town newpaper every day online.  No more week or two delay while your newspapers were mailed to you.  It has outlived it's usefulness.  Unless it's true purpose is to provide a conduit for the official views of the command structure.
2013-11-28 04:52:55 PM
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Churchill2004: SecretAgentWoman: Please no! This was the only thing to keep me sane while stationed in South Korea with my dad (Army) in the 80s. I discovered Bloom County in that paper!

I feel like most of the people expressing outrage could similarly date their experience.


OK. Stars and Stripes was a welcome distraction and morale booster when I served 1982-88 and 2007 to present.

Here's a link to the article they did on our cat:

http://www.stripes.com/news/photo-of-soldier-furry-friend-makes-a-vi ra l-splash-on-the-web-1.206288
2013-11-28 04:04:45 PM
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AirForceVet: The cuts discussed like this show how unpatriotic many Americans are. Instead of raising taxes to pay for 2 wars, they welcomed tax cuts in 2001 & 2003 while other peoples' kids fought in those wars. Now, over 12 years later, those same "American patriots" are wanting more tax cuts on the backs of the poor, disabled, elderly, vets and active duty service members.


This is why Republicans can eat a dick.  When I was deployed I never felt like a Chinese-made yellow ribbon magnet on the back of a minivan was actually supporting me.

If you don't want to pay for your war, you don't support your troops.  Yes, it really is that simple.
2013-11-28 04:04:19 PM
1 votes:
I just thought it was more like a newsletter than an actual newspaper.
2013-11-28 01:44:50 PM
1 votes:
How bout ending both S&S AND the Washington Times?
2013-11-28 01:39:07 PM
1 votes:
I'm all for it.  We need to kill the Stars and Stripes, close commissaries, and cut all the pay and benefits we can to protect our job-creating defense contractors.
 
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