Friday, April 30, 2010

The Immortalization of John Murtha

Enough is Enough! Everyone knows the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa)  served 19 terms representing Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives. He is well known for all the 'Pork' he obtained for senseless projects in his state and across the Country. To continue to make him an immortal hero of our Country is crazy.
  • The 'King Of Pork' already has an airport named after him. The John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport got so much money in pork for a little used airport.
  • The Murtha family has announced the establishment of the John P. Murtha Foundation to honor the legacy of Murtha. The John P. Murtha Center for Public Service will be located on the University of Pittsburgh campus.
  • Rep. Bob Brady (D-Pa) is seeking to rename the Philadelphia Naval Business Center in honor of all the money he sent down there to keep the yard operating. The new name would become the "Jack Murtha Business Center."

In May of 2006 Murtha, himself a former Marine,  infuriated Marines across the country when he made the following comments: “There was no firefight,” the Pennsylvania Democrat said at the time. “There was no [improvised explosive device] that killed those innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them. And they killed innocent civilians in cold blood.” Those remarks were made following an incident in Haditha, Irag.
  • One of former Navy Secretary Donald Winter's last actions before resigning was to bestow the Navy's highest honor to a non-employee. The Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award was bestowed upon Rep. Murtha on March 5. 2009. Much to the dismay of many veterans groups and active duty troops.
  • US Navy names a warship after the late Congressman John Murtha, despite his outspoken remarks about the United States Marines. Ironically this new vessel will bare his name and many Marines will be stationed aboard the ship. I wonder if they will feel it a priveledge?
  • Once again the Navy is honoring the the "King of Pork", and outrage is spreading rampantly across the Internet. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who technically is the only person in the government with the power to name U.S. warships has officially named an amphibious transport dock, with the hull number 26 the John P. Murtha. The rest of San Antonio fleet have been named for Americans cities. This will be the first in the fleet named after a person.
According to the NavyTimes.com, Comments being made on Facebook include "slap in the face"; "betrayed the brotherhood" the ship should have been named "a nice, stinky garbage scow" if the Navy wanted to honor Murtha. I tried to find the Facebook group "People Against Naming A Navy Ship USS Murtha", but could not locate it.

It is speculated that Nancy Pelosi had something to do with this honor being bestowed upon Murtha's legacy.
Murtha — “our dear Jack,” as Pelosi referred to him — deserved the honor as a tireless advocate for troops generally and Marines in particular, she said.

I wonder how much extra Pork the Navy received that other branches of the Military did not receive? When do we finally stop immortalizing a man who served as a US Representative for 38 years and threw away so much of our money on senseless projects? Let's move on, I am sure our Country and Navy can find more deserving, honest and influential heroes to bestow their high honors on.

Deanie

13 comments:

  1. Why should we respect a person who has taken so much money from our country away? To me I am against him.

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  2. :( . Shameful how bribery works huh

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  3. concerned grampsMay 1, 2010 at 5:18 AM

    i'm older than he is and have given my share of donations to organizations over the years. why are we honoring a man who saw fit to take away from the people and waste our money for so many years?

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  4. Why shouldn't this do nothing have this frivolous honors? They gave the pres the Noble Prize for doing nothing, Al Gore received a Noble for false information on going green.
    They all lie and just sit up there and give each other honors.

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  5. Why would this country try to make him of all people immortal. He cost us so much money over his years in office. I feel bad for his family, but I'm sure the Nation will be better off without the King of Pork.

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  6. I never had any use for him when he was in office. To me he wasn't the King of Pork he was the King of Garbage. It's time we stand up in this country against people who are wasting money and putting us so far in debt we'll never see the end of it. I think we can all be proud he's out of office.

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  7. It is disgusting to think we are mortalizing the likes of Murtha. Maybe by the time Pelosi is gone no one will care about her to put up any memorials. If she does get a statute, I will send one of my pigeons to land on her head!

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  8. As with Freedom Fighter I saw your comment on Facebook today, I agree why should we immortalize someone who cost us money? If we had all the money this country has paid out on the behalf of politician on PORK we wouldn't have a national debt. As fast as we pay taxes, they spend it twice as fast.

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  9. I actually like the way Murtha handled himself while he was in Congress. Maybe he doesn't need a ship named after him, but he does deserve the honors he was given. He helped his state keep jobs going. Where did he go wrong?

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  10. Totally and undeniabley shameful. Even worse than Al Gore or Barack Obama getting their unearned Nobel Prize. The differenceis that the Gore and Obama awards were "bestowed" by a panel of foreigners, so we can reluctantly (gulp,gasp...) pardon their stupidity. The outrageously shameful thing about any futher recognition of Murtha is, not only that he does not deserve it, but those who would "bestow" any further recognition know that Murtha was the King of Pork. Maybe they will even put a statue of a Fat Pig on top of the Capital Building. Could evenj call it Pork-Chop Hill.

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  11. Fantastic statement 1Tea-ed Texan! We do have too much Pork on the Hill. Pork-Chop Hill is an excellent reference as to what the White House has become.

    Why do we feel we need to immortalize all the people who have not cared which direction this country went? All the politicians want is to put the money in their pockets and take away from us, the working class.

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  12. Pork Chop Hill sounds perfect !!! Oink Oink Oink :)

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