Skip to comments.Former military brass ‘shocked,’ ‘angered’ over USS Gabrielle Giffords
Posted on 02/15/2012 8:47:49 AM PST by servo1969
Retired Rear Admiral George Worthington, former commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command, told The Daily Caller that there are many people more worthy of a ship bearing their name.
Here is the issue. There are a lot of dead Marines out there whose names could go on anything that appears to be an amphibious ship, he said, explaining that a past recipient of the Medal of Honor, Dakota Meyer, might be a good candidate.
Worthington added his email inbox has been filled with messages from military friends who are shocked and angered by the decision.
We think fallen Marines and perhaps supporting sailors should go on fantails before random victims, he said.
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I said this a few days ago on a thread about this issue, I think it bears repeating. If everyone knew what a piece of crap the Independence is, they may pity the congresswoman. This class of ships is waaaay over budget and thus far, severely under-performing.
So, using Giffords’ name must mean all the ones below are taken?
John F. Mackie
Sgt. John Quick
Col M A Edson
Lt Baldomero Lopez
Col L B Puller
Pfc James Anderson Jr
Forget about Gabby or whatever her name is simmply because she forgot to duck she is entitled to have a ship name after her. This is the real woman who deserve to have a ship name after her:
Army Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa
Died March 23, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
The first Native American female to died if you all recall.
USS PIESTEWA =)
Pfc. Lori Piestewa was the daughter of a Vietnam veteran and the granddaughter of a World War I veteran. She was a source of pride for Tuba City, Ariz., a town of 8,200 people on the Navajo Reservation but close to Hopi land.
That ship’s mission is to act French by raising the white flag at the beginning of any conflict!
That one was funny 40+ years ago when Korax said it ...
and it just never gets old.
Yes..I remember Squaw Peak fondly.
Actually isn’t it the USS Saint Gabrielle Giffords?
I think that's commendable and something to be emulated. Get them out of their offices into the open where they can be seen.
We have named ships for less, and we name ships after living people.
Since most people don't pay attention, this too will be just another accommodation to the Left. To a Liberal, tradition is something to be scorned, not respected.
Shot but didn’t die?
USS Hopper (DDG-70), 1996. Built and commissioned at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer is named for RDML Grace Murray Hopper, a computer technology pioneer who led the Navy into the digital age.
That's it - ONE. UNO. The only.
Hopper was, among other accomplishments, the builder of the first "compiler" (a program to translate a higher-level language to binary machine-code, immensely simplifying the task of programming) and the "mother" of the COBOL computer language (based primarily on the FLOW-MATIC language developed under her direction). COBOL is still widely used in business applications (and, I would guess, still used by the Navy is certain areas like logistics and personnel).
While it is wrong to attribute COBOL solely to Hopper, she had an enormous influence on it (since FLOW-MATIC was, essentially, the only WORKING computer language that formed a basis for COBOL.) And the creation of COBOL is one of the landmarks of technology in the 20th century.
To Hopper we now add: USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) Littoral Combat Ship named for Retired Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Giffords is, in many ways, an admirable woman. Grace Hopper is one of the TITANS in the history of the Navy. There is simply no comparison.
I’ll tell you what, Boxcar Willie has more of a claim to having a ship named after him than Gabby Giffords. He was a retired Air Force pilot who was a Korean War veteran. He at least has done enough (in my book) to have an overpass named after him.
Kennedy cut taxes ~ Hoorah!.
Bush said "Read my hips" and raised taxes ~ Booh!
Certainly none of that is heroic work ~ but it is definitely getting harder and harder to find a Congress-critter anywhere but behind a locked door, or in hollering distance of the guards. I know my Congress-critter Rep. Cannoli has had peaceful, well meaning, kind and delightful visiting constituents ARRESTED!!!! And in the US Capitol Building.
I'd like to encourage better behavior by the members of Congress, particularly the Democrats.
We shouldn't need two shootings to get their attention I hope!
I think both would have as much luck as the TITANIC.
"The Love boat"
"The Battlin' Lewinsky" ,though that last one might begin a few brawls in home post.
We have become idiotic enough to name the next warship the “Whitney Houston”.
He wasn't as heroic as my uncle in WWII ~ who was a Ranger, on the ground ~ at Oran, at Anzio, at various other places.
So much for Bush.
Your uncle wasn’t the President of the United States, unpopular or not. Let me know when Giffords serves in the military and becomes president of the US.
Apparently it was a Democrat engineered assassination attempt on a Republican judge, but she got hit too.
They would say "She was expendable", just like in the John Ford film about Squadron 3.
Frankly, all I ask is that I don't get hurt so bad anybody feels the need to name something after me. My days of saving lives are probably long gone now so nothing heroic. But seriously, you just never see these Congress-critters out in public like that ~ probably because the risk of getting shot is just too high ~ but there you have it.
He’ll have wind farms named after him.
Correction: Her Husband is a retired Naval Officer!!
Coming soon. The Barny Frank Tunnel
100th anniversary of Marine Corps aviation this year. You were the first A.A. Happy Birthday!
I guess happy anniversary is in order, not happy birthday...
I’m speechless. A minor miracle in itself IMO.
I’m fairly certain there’d be a mandate to have UN observers permanently onboard. And everybody gets their Shellback certificate as long as the ship came within 1000 nautical miles of crossing the equator because it will make everybody feel so much better about themselves.
If Obama gets another term there won’t be any Navy ships by the end of it, so whatever they were named won’t matter much.
meanwhile, a little girl is still dead, as well as 5 other unknown people....
In case you missed this ping.
the military is certainly got tons of leftist jerks and all of you who think OUR military will protect us and defend the constitution better think again...
Hey, I’m the one who’ll have to see it every day as I go to work. :P
Thanks for the ping.
Yes, I did see this, but I guess I am finally getting jaded. NOTHING the corrupt, scumbag Ubama regime does surprises me anymore. I can hardly wait to see if that floating turd, the accidental president, Barack Hussein Ubama, gets flushed down the toilet of history in November. Like everybody else, I will be interested to see if, as I suspect, the parasites now outnumber the hosts in America and the Democrats have locked it down.
If America is over, I won’t get agita about it. I will simply go off grid and give the scumbags nothing. In fact, it is my belief that America is already over and I see no point in hanging onto the past. America had a great run. I’ll remember it fondly for what it was.
America is now little more than an open-borders land mass populated by cretins and parasites who have absolutely no respect for the military and who vote for big government to confiscate money from their neighbors and redistribute it to them in exchange for their votes. It is not an America worth defending anymore. That America no longer exists.
It appears the parasites outnumber the hosts now, and theres no going back. The Democrats have won. Republican politicians are relegated strictly to big-mouthing about how they will do this and do that, but in the end they are nothing more than weak-kneed ankle-biters. Between the two parties the difference is merely a matter of how fast the swirling water takes America down the toilet, but the destination is the same regardless.
So my advice is for decent conservatives everywhere to throw some cold water in their faces, arm themselves to the teeth, and figure out how to shamelessly grab every last government dime they possibly can before the parasites gobble it all up. Every man for himself.
FRegards, and good luck,
I hear ya’, it’s an embarrassingly bad situation. And as bad as it gets, I’ll never concede to the #s that raped the Country.
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