February 10, 2012, - 4:32 pm
In a clearly political move, Gabby Giffords is getting a U.S. Navy ship named after her. Huh??? I guess its the ultimate climax of the psychobabble nation we’ve become, especially over such instances as the Giffords shooting.
You know my feelings about former Congresschick Gabrielle Giffords, as I’ve articulated them on this site on several previous occasions. I’m sorry she was shot, but she is no hero. She is a victim, but did nothing heroic. She survived a bullet to the head by the grace of G-d, not because she is special or did anything great. And, as I’ve noted, she remained on the Congressional payroll for a year, accepting the best healthcare benefits, far beyond what the average taxpayer could expect, all while promoting a multi-million dollar book. Well, as you know, she recently resigned from Congress, and I wish her well. But a Navy ship???? What the heck did she do to deserve this? I mean, other than being elevated to liberal human goddess status for no deserving reason.
Normally Navy ships are named for heroes, generals, dead Presidents. And Littoral Combat Ships, such as the one now named for this woman, are named for cities, NOT people. Naming a ship for a minor Congresswoman because she was shot? PUH-LEEZE. It’s ridiculous. Talk about dumbing down the Navy. Did the U.S. soldiers who were shot at an Arkansas recruiting center by a Muslim get a ship named after them? NO. Did any of the soldiers murdered by Islamic terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan get a Navy ship in their names? NO. So why does Giffords get one? She lived and was shot at what was NOT a selfless service to America, but a re-election type of event at a supermarket (all town hall and constituent meetings held by Congresscritters are meant to appeal to voters to return them to office).
But what I forgot to mention is that she is one of the many ships Barack Obama intends to ride into the November election. I would not be surprised if he doesn’t a campaign speech or other appearance disguised as an official Presidential visit on the ship to remind us about how horrible we “bitter gun and Bible clingers” are or to tell us how great Obamacare is. It’s disgusting. But I can just hear in my mind how it went down when the Obama minions told the Navy Secretary, in the midst of his social engineering program of women in Naval subs, that the next ship would be the Giffords Love Boat.
In yet another break with tradition, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Friday that a new Littoral Combat Ship would be named for Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who survived a January 2011 assassination attempt.
“The selection of Gabrielle Giffords, designated LCS 10, honors the former Congresswoman from Tucson, Arizona, who is known for supporting the military and veterans, advocating for renewable energy and championing border security,” the Navy said in a statement accompanying the announcement.
Puh-leeze. She was lukewarm at best on border security.
Roxanna Green, whose 9-year-old daughter Christina-Taylor Green was killed in the shooting, was named sponsor of the ship.
“Giffords and the ship’s sponsor, Roxanna Green, are sources of great inspiration and represent the Navy and Marine Corps qualities of overcoming, adapting and coming out victorious despite great challenges,” Mabus said.
Oy, this is soooo annoying. Again, sorry this girl was so tragically murdered at such a young age. But this is yet another example of how mediocre this country has become, and the nine-year-old kid was elevated to undeserved goddess status, too. In contrast, we’ve marginalized true American heroes whose heroism was performed in service to America. And instead we now honor Giffords and the mom of a girl who died at a town hall meeting at a supermarket?
Although LCSs recently have been named for cities, Mabus passed up the opportunity to name a ship for Phoenix, Arizona’s largest city, named for the mythical bird that rose from its own ashes to fly again. . . .
Mabus, who as Navy secretary has the authority to name its ships, has garnered criticism for some of his choices. In particular, some conservatives took umbrage when the decision was announced in May 2011 to name a dry cargo and ammunition ship after Latino civil rights and labor activist Cesar Chavez.
Gee, I wonder why.
A decision in April 2010 to name a landing transport dock ship after deceased Rep. John Murtha, an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq and the Bush administration, continues to rankle conservatives. LPDs previously had been named for small or medium-sized cities or geographic place names.
Last October, Mabus added another wrinkle to the already jumbled scheme for naming new joint high speed vessels when he changed the name of the second JHSV from its Army name of Vigilant to Choctaw County, his home county in Mississippi. The Navy had not used county names for its ships since the 1950s and 1960s.
The future Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) will be an Independence LCS 2-class ship. Funded in the 2012 budget, its construction contract is expected to be awarded in the first half of this year to Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.
When are they gonna have the USS Juicy Fruit? I hear Ray Mabus likes that kind of gum. Somebody told me he also has a thing for the Kardashians.
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