Happy Memorial Day!

May 30th, 2016

memorial day

Joe just loves the summer. No more coats. No more cold. And when women wear less and less clothes, there is no way in Joe’s eyes that is a bad thing.

It also helps that the summer is traditionally bookmarked by three-day weekends, with America’s birthday right smack dab in the middle.

If you are like Joe, at some point today you will throw raw meat on the grill, and crack open a beer (or more). So please take a moment to remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice to allow us to guzzle beer, ingest mass quantities of meat and throw (digital) rocks at each other when discussing the Bucs.

Enjoy the day and remember the heroes. As Joe’s old man, who was a naval officer in the Pacific theater in World War II, used to say, “Heroes didn’t come home.”

28 Responses to “Happy Memorial Day!”

  1. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    One time for all my bros back at Ft.Stewart. Salute to you and any other current or former service members here at jbf.

  2. Big Irish...Section 318 Says:


  3. Defense Rules Says:

    Too many seem to have forgotten in today’s America that on Memorial Day we honor those who made that ultimate sacrifice to secure and defend the freedom that we enjoy today. Veterans Day and Armed Forces Day honor those who once served and those currently serving respectively.

    Your dad nailed it Joe: “Heroes didn’t come home.”

  4. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Way too many heroes needlessly placed in harms way in the last 25 years. Lives wasted by poor leadership. We learn nothing from Korea and Vietnam Nam. We continue to provide targets for people who want nothing to do with us, and we do this in the name of fictitious gods. We could have the greatest healthcare and educational system on the planet with the money wasted on needless wars.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I have fond memories of my service days at MacDill….my service was essentially a desk job and I was able to reside on Davis Island…..a far cry from what others were doing at the time in Viet Nam. I salute them and all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
    It’s too bad today’s youth have very little or no skin in the game….I hope they realize how fortunate they are.

  6. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    Please remember too what a great draft dodger once roughly said, “Real war heroes don’t get captured”.

  7. BigMacAttack Says:

    Rest Easy Warriors.
    Semper Fi

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    When I was a youngin’ back in the 70’s and 80’s neighborhoods were filled with homes that had american flags flying on Memorial Day.

    Not so in today’s America. How do I know this? Because I live in a very, very large neighborhood. I see one flag per every 50-60 houses. That to me is shameful.

    Then again we have a President that does not think America is exceptional to the rest of the world. Said so numerous times.

    I’ve been on political blogs where I’ve seen americans TRASHING our military and our troops. NO really it does happen. Wonder who they voted for. It’s even happened on JBF.

    Every single one of you people make me want to punch you in the face.

    Yeah I’m that patriotic. My flag flies year round.

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    BKNY…yes and let’s not forget Bill Clinton dodged the draft too..

    He’s also been accused of RA*E and much, much more.

    All stuff Hillary enabled.

  10. 1sparkybuc Says:

    I see that racism and sexism is alive and thriving in the Republican Party, along with the lies.

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    1sparkybuc …Where’s the racism or sexism? Or Lies?

    You have the internet. Search it or are you too afraid to? Or you want to LOOK the other way like Hillary’s done for the past 40 years.

    Here I did it for you….

    Google search of Bill Clinton accused of ra*e :

    “Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States (1993-2001), has been publicly accused by four women of sexual misconduct; two woman (Eileen Wellstone and Juanita Broaddrick) have publicly accused him of ra*e, another (Kathleen Willey) states Clinton groped her without consent, and a third accuser (Paula Jones) …”

    It’s not that hard pumpkin…

  12. MadMax Says:

    Maybe its just me, but I never include the word happy with Memorial Day. I lost my Dad in the Vietnam war. Semper Fi! When I address it, I just say In Honor of Memorial Day. But its all good, to each their own….if you’re happy and enjoying your freedoms that they fought for, then they’re smiling while watching from above.

  13. BKNYfootballhead Says:


    What makes you assume I’d deny Bill Clinton dodged the draft? I’m not voting for Hillary. Though I find it humorous you’d peg that one on Hillary when she hadn’t even met Bill at the time. Wise thinking. Oh, let’s quickly change the subject to ra*e. That’s fair. Oh yeah, Trump has one of those on his resume, too.
    Herein lies a real problem with people’s partisanship today. Labeling opposition to a candidate as an endorsement for another. 87, you’ve labeled yourself on where you stand.
    I simply cannot fathom either candidate in the oval office. Yet, Trump is clearly not even remotely qualified to run this country. He offers nothing soluble, only fantasy. His positions change as often as his mouth spews elementary vocabulary. His political discourse has shamed the ideals of American exceptionalism.

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    No we can include the word ra*e because he was accused of it….twice. I can also name about 15 other women as well, but none of that matters of course. They discounted as lies or it never happened.

    Many politicians change their views. Like Obama being against gay marriage before he was elected but now he’s for it. Newsflash he was against it to get the votes, he never truly was against it.

    Indicated Bush violated the Constitution; then carried out warrantless wiretaps, indefinite detentions, secret renditions, quadrupled drone attacks, and kept Guantanamo Bay open. Voted against the Patriot Act, but then supported its extension.

    Said lobbyists wouldn’t work in the White House; then gave them waivers to work there.

    Vowed to take public financing for his 2008 campaign; then refused public financing when he realized he would receive more money without it.

    I don’t believe a damn thing Trump says. Then again that goes for all of them including Hillary. I think Trump is repugnant. So it comes down to who do I trust more. That would be Trump.

    @Max….I fly my flag not to be happy and celebrate. I fly my flag in memory of the fallen. I never served. I don’t even BBQ. It’s nothing to celebrate.

  15. SOGGY Says:

    Thank You to all of you who have served and sacrificed so we all can enjoy our freedom and JBF.. Thank You.. Playoffs OH Ya..

  16. BKNYfootballhead Says:


    Why staunchly defend those you find so repugnant, let alone vote for them?

    A twitter candidate might be just what this country deserves.

  17. Pickgrin Says:

    1sparkybuc Says:
    May 30th, 2016 at 7:31 am
    Way too many heroes needlessly placed in harms way in the last 25 years. Lives wasted by poor leadership. We learn nothing from Korea and Vietnam Nam. We continue to provide targets for people who want nothing to do with us, and we do this in the name of fictitious gods. We could have the greatest healthcare and educational system on the planet with the money wasted on needless wars.


    Well said sparky. I have great respect for all individuals who have served in the US armed forces and thank all for their service. This is the day that we pay honor and respect to those who paid the ultimate price in serving.

    But to those who subvert the US Constitution and put our servicemen and women into harms way – usually for monetary and/or imperialistic purposes – I have nothing but contempt. This applies in particular to the entire military industrial complex that profits heavily from any and all such actions.

    If only those who hold public office would take their oath – to protect the US Constitution from ALL threats both foreign AND domestic – as seriously as those who serve in the military do.

    Can anyone remind me why its a good idea and standard US policy to have more than 900 military bases in 135 different countries at a cost of almost a TRILLION dollars every year (which this country obviously cannot afford)? What? Its probably NOT a good idea to waste all that $ playing world police?? Then why are we allowing it and voting for those who would continue such insanity?

    When are the citizens of this country going to realize that the “choices” served up by the red and the blue team election after election are two sides of the same coin and are not “choices” at all?

    I challenge all to find a candidate that you can actually support and feel GOOD about voting for – and cast your vote for THAT person – regardless of whether you think they “have a chance to win” or not. Libertarian, Green, Donald Duck – doesn’t matter what their affiliation is – vote for the individual YOU believe is best qualified to hold that office and protect the best interests of the citizens they represent.

    We need 3rd and 4th party ‘options” in this country so badly its not even funny.

    BE the difference you wish to see in the world!

    And never forget that it is the responsibility of EVERY citizen of this Republic to protect and safeguard our Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.

  18. Buc1987 Says:

    BKNY…I don’t staunchly defend the guy at all. I’m not even registered GOP anymore thanks to GW. I’m registered (I) yet will probably never vote Dem. I was raised on Reagan and while the past is past I will always have strong Reagan values. I held my nose for McShame and Romney, so I suppose I’ll have to do it again for a-hole Trump. I really don’t get the appeal for this man.

    My uncle was in Vietnam, he LOVED Reagan, he supported McShame, yet he also LOVES Trump. Pretty damn hypocritical if you ask me. Trump broke Reagan’s 11th commandment 25 or more times. “Never speak ill of another Republican.” Trump not only spoke ill of them, but trashed. Debate is debate, but you don’t trash your opponent like he did. You don’t trash McShame like that either.

    Do I think he’s going to win? Yep, yes I do. Will he make America great again? I never knew America wasn’t great to begin with, even in it’s current state. So even his campaign slogan is repugnant to me. America to me is the greatest country on this planet.

    Millions of people from all over the world STILL want to come here and live.

    10’s of thousands fought and died for this country, yet 10’s of thousands still question why. Most LEGAL immigrants probably never question why, considering where they came from to begin with.

    God Bless America….and the world.

  19. MadMax Says:

    @87, you should know you’re good with me Brother. And theres nothing wrong with enjoying a day off and doing whatever, including barbecuing. They fought and died for our freedoms to do that. Just as long as they’re honered for it on this day. Looks like you do it everyday….keep flying that flag proudly Bro!

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    Iraq went to sh!t when Obama pulled the troops. 1000’s of americans lost there lives for nothing. Essentially Obama created ISIS which makes Al Qaeda look like Sunday school teachers. Of course Obama called them a small faction and labeled them a “JV team” compared to Al Qaeda. Then the havoc started. No I won’t ever vote Dem Obama and Hillary are classic examples of why.

    “After 4,486 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq and 2,345 U.S. soldiers died in Afghanistan, 1 million U.S. soldiers wounded in both wars, and a potential cost of up to $6 trillion, a new group like ISIL now causes havoc in the Middle East.Sep 17, 2014”

    Iraq was stable, the troops died for nothing.

  21. Buc1987 Says:

    Thanks Max….sadly I’m the only one on my street of 20 houses that have a flag up. This weekend or ever for that matter.

    Sorry for your loss. I hope you never feel ashamed of his sacrifice or that he died in vain. My uncle was there too. It took him decades to even talk about the war. Yet to this day he says he’d do it all over again. He’s convinced we would have won, but americans can only take so much war.

    I know one thing most of those weren’t right wingers that took to the streets in the 60’s to protest it.

  22. MadMax Says:

    Not ashamed at all man…but it did take years for me to come to grips with it. Maturing into it so to say. I still cant understand how the liberal mind cant grasp the fact that force needs to be met with stronger force. And here we are, Oblama going on an apology tour to Japan during Memorial Day weekend (REALLY?) when they were the ones who attacked us first….smh. He shouldve been at Pearl Harbor!!! I’ll never understand lib mindsets.

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    Pickgrin…I personally wished Trump would have ran 3rd party to begin with.

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    Max…speaking of Pear Harbor…after 911 I wanted us to bring out the atom bombs again. Nobody effed with us after that. No troops on the ground… for what?
    We’ve got the bombs. Massive ones too. The message should have been sent. It should have been sent via the atom bomb.

    He laid a wreath for the fallen. When has the Japanese Prime Minister ever laid a wreath at Pearl Harbor? It’s called Obama’s apology tour it’s been happening since 2008.

    My dad and step-mom are major libs. They threw me for a loop over Christmas when they said they were voting for Trump. I don’t get the appeal.

    I ask Trump supporters (Trumpkins)all the time if Obama had said during campaigning that he could walk out in the middle of NYC and start shooting people in the street and not lose one vote what would they say? They never answer. If Obama had said Bush caused 911 as Trump said, what would they say? They never answer.

    Like I said…I don’t get it.

  25. Defense Rules Says:

    Just got back from spending the day up at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at their annual Memorial Day ceremony. For those of you who’ve never made it up there on Memorial Day, I’d urge you to do so next year. It’s one place where you can’t help but remember that Memorial Day is about our fallen heroes, not about Obama or Clinton or Trump or any politicians.

    L’est we forget … All gave some; some gave all.

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    Defense Rules….I’ve been there, not on Memorial Day though. My grandmothers second husband was buried there. Took her up there a couple of times.

    Always wanted to go to Arlington. Not to gawk, but out of respect. It’s on my bucket list so it will be done someday.

    My uncle has a bumper sticker that reads. “If you can read this thank a teacher if you can read this in english thank a veteran.”

    I thank Vets all the time. I don’t need a special day to do it. My father was born in a concentration camp and that’s no BS.

  27. 1sparkybuc Says:

    I voluntarily served my country for 4 full years in the Vietnam Nam era and don’t need anyone’s thanks. I hate seeing our military dependent on charity to fill their needs when they return from combat zones. Our government should not abandon them like they have done. Take care of them and stop trying to police the world. Take care of Americans, and take the profit out of healthcare and education. Stop fighting wars and supplying arms to people who allow those arms to be used against our own military. We haven’t had a balanced budget since Bill was in office. If he could do that again, the taxpayers should hire Monica to work under his desk. The Republican Party takes care of corporate interests. The Democratic Party makes a feeble attempt to take care of the working man. It’s the lesser of two evils IMO.

  28. Dave Says:

    Shouldn’t say a thing regarding some of the political stuff here since we should simply honor the war dead and nothing more but …

    The Clintons are a disgrace.
    Sanders lives in an unrealistic dream world spewing out policies that are theories in books or have failed worldwide (see Venezuela).
    People want an outsider. We scream for a non lawyer. We scream how we are sick and tired PC bullspit. We yell that we are sick of career politicians.
    Along comes Trump. Fits all those categories. Is conservative with most economic principles and with foreign policy. He has flipped and probably doesn’t care about most social issues (just like me !)
    He has slowly leaked out more substance but the reality is he is successful because he surrounds himself with good people and just gets things done. I do not want a potential president to sit there like Cruz or Hillary or Sanders and tell me exactly what needs to be done in Afghanistan or Iraq.
    I want them to say- I DONT KNOW! But I will get together with the joint Chiefs of staff and generals in charge and figure it out.

    Anyway, just my opinion. I was in the USAF and spent time in the Middle East, Asia, and Central America.
    Only the truly ignorant think we are strictly imperialist and shouldn’t have a presence in the world with military bases and be dominant with air and sea power. We aren’t perfect but our brand of freedom and free market capitalism has lifted more people out of poverty and freed more people than any force in human history.