by carl wilson

Real-Life Politics, Episode MMIV

North America's greatest near-unknown torch singer Kelly Hogan offered a different kind of celebrity intervention in the political debate this week when she sent this message out to her mailing list about her 59-year-old dad, a reservist who is being sent to Iraq.

I offer it without comment, while listening to Hogan kicking out the jams as backup vocalist on Neko Case's new live disc, The Tigers Have Spoken, a set of terrific performances (though perhaps not so terrifically recorded).

Hello friends and family -

First off, I apologize for this mass e-mail.

As many of y'all know, after being called up out of National Guard reserves two years ago, my dad (career policeman, age 59, flew helicopters in Viet Nam) is about to be shipped to Iraq in the next few weeks to lead convoys in the desert for Apache warbird "Flying Tigers" Aviation Regiment 8-229th.

It's very hard for me to talk about this issue, and I'm still figuring out how to deal with all the levels of bullshit involved. I also have other friends in Iraq already and I'm sure many of y'all do too.

I feel funny sharing this personal information, and my goal is certainly not sympathetic feedback of any kind - but rather to pass along a screwed-up fact to add to the pile - to increase awareness of the current situation.

I just finished reading an interview with Stan Goff (24-year military vet, Bring Them Home Now campaign, Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace) in the new issue of The Sun magazine - and I wanted to pass along [the] links for y'all.

I know there are many sides of the issue. These are just two more that I felt compelled to share.

Thanks for your time.


News | Posted by zoilus on Monday, November 01 at 03:24 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)


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