Saluting with misty eyes
I usually just troll this venue and look for arguments to get into (as we all know); however, this one has me so... irritated... that I had to say something about it.
The Westboro Baptist Church has made a career of traveling the country interrupting and "protesting" the funerals of the fallen warriors who are coming home to their families one last time. These morons (the only word I can use on the Blue Pages) find joy in holding signs praising their version of the Absolute for dead soldiers, and thanking Him for explosive devices that bring them home missing body parts.
In York, Pa (just about an hour 1/2 from here) they picketed the funeral of a Marine and spent their time yelling insults to the family and to the dead Marine they were attempting to mourn. When the father sued them for emotional distress, and won, they appealed and are now set to receive in excess of $16,000 from the Marine's family.
Oh, yeah... the "funny" part of the entire incident (if there could be any)... LCpl Snyder was killed in a NON-combat related vehicle accident. These geniuses are protesting at some guy who was killed in a car wreck, and who had not done any trigger time.
I have not really ever been a violent person, yet I can think of several things I would like to do to these people... none of them legal or proper to do to a human body. I would also like to go on record that if they ever show up in my town, I am going to go to jail.
These people have no reason to be doing the things that they are doing, and the family of the Marine has no need to pay for being insulted. This issue is going to the Court; however, I would invite everyone to donate to the Snyder's Legal Defense fund at this site: http://www.matthewsnyder.org/
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, "WHAT A RIDE