February 10, 2012, - 4:32 pm

Huh? Navy Ship Named for American “Hero” . . . Gabby Giffords?!

By Debbie Schlussel

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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47 Responses

I guess it’s like naming schools. In recent years schools have been named for anti-Americans such as Malcolm X. At least we don’t have one named for Stalin or Mohammed yet, as far as I know…

Little Al on February 10, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Little Al – in north seattle there’s a 15 foot bronze statue of lenin… never a bit of graffiti or complaints from anyone. sickening.

    KIRCHE on February 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm

What a disgusting woman this Giffords woman turned out to be,oportunistic parasite, no offense to parasites….I can t wait for her 15 minutes of fame to be over so she can disappear back into nothingness.

Juan on February 11, 2012 at 12:01 am

The dummies of America (who are sadly, multiplying like Tribbles and 10 times less cute) who can’t critically think will come on here and cry DS is the meanest person in America. Wahhhhh! Not in my book!

When I heard this story I actually said to myself…”I am not hearing this correctly. It was just an “Onion” newscast. But if it is true DS will be as disgusted as I am”. Well, it’s true and I share DS’ righteous disgust.

Liberalism is sickening. And in the advent of ZerObama, it is double-ing down and taking America with it at double-speed.

I don’t think he will lose but Obama MUST lose in November. There is no question about it.

Aren’t women to be put in direct combat now? And since they are slicing up the Military budget, letting women be on the front-lines and naming ships after Democrat victims they should just go hog wild and name ships after both Clintons, Eric Holder, The children of Obama, Janet Reno, Sandy Berger and Billy Carter.

Our very long national nightmare must end and soon.

Skunky on February 11, 2012 at 12:09 am

It’s a disgrace and embarrassment naming it after her.

DS_ROCKS! on February 11, 2012 at 1:39 am

Debbie… I’m disappointed in you. You passed up an EXCELLENT opportunity to grab a dig at Gabby’s INCREDIBLE friend and supporter Debbie “Who-Gives-A-Sh*t” Schultz and her ties to this obvious left-wing propaganda effort to once again diminish the prestige of the military. As I have comment on my earlier blog, as a retired Marine, I have NEVER seen ANYTHING as pathetic as this. Sure, we have a ship named after a LIVING person (Geo H.W. Bush) but as we know he actually SERVED in the military and WAS a President. I am sick and tired of this arrogant and self-righteous attitude amongst members of Congress that they are the demi-Gods who should be worshiped even after they leave office. As you stated, Gabby did NOTHING to deserve this. Hell, she didn’t even EARN the title of Congresswoman, she BOUGHT IT, like they all do through campaigns and elections. Hell, they should have named it after her husband.. at least he’s EARNED something and ACCOMPLISHED something worthwhile! There’s a lot of servicemen and women who have died recently that are FAR more deserving than Giffords. For that matter, why not some of the REAL HEROES of 9/11? But then, they probably didn’t vote or represent the Left. What a sad day. I can say I would REFUSE any PCS orders to serve on that vessel

Robert Dean on February 11, 2012 at 9:45 am

In Obama country the world is turned upside down. Losers are winners and winners are losers. Just join one of the victim classes and win an instant reward. If you’re an illegal you’ll receive food stamps, free hospitalization and anyone who mentions that you’ve broken the law he’s in danger of being tarred and feathered. If you’re a Muslim American soldier who has just murdered 15or fellow soldiers you won’t be charged with murder you will be called a victim of Islamophobia. If you’re a deadbeat who bought a house he couldn’t afford don’t worry. Mr. Obama will make the payments for you at the-taxpayer’s expense. (As long as you vote for him) But if you’re an American hero who just happened to relieve himself on an enemy who he just disposed of watch out. The government will get you. Where does it all stop?

Jerry on February 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

This is downright insulting to the Navy. There are many real “Heros” who the ship could have been named after. Navy pilots or any soldier who lost their lives defending our country. She was not even in the Navy. What a stupid thing to do. Yes, she got shot, but it had nothing to do with being a hero. Well, 0bama , the anti-hero, sets the tone, and the left is as usual going overboard. If she had any class she would turn it down.

Erika on February 11, 2012 at 11:07 am

She was the one that grilled General Petraeus at a Congressional hearing about the war in Iraq wasn’t fought “green” enough.
Maybe this new naval warship is a sailboat.

Navyman on February 11, 2012 at 11:08 am

    navyman – a sailboat with organic soy-based marshmallow cannons.

    KIRCHE on February 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Must be a tugboat cause they’re sure yankin’ my chain.
      Does the SS in ‘SS Giffords’ stand for Someone Shot, Shell Shocked, Simply Stupid…?
      Oh, and can someone explain to me how Christina-Taylor Green who was killed in the shooting shows “qualities of overcoming, adapting and coming out victorious despite great challenges”?!

      @Skunky: love that line “multiplying like Tribbles”. True, so true. Definitely have to save that in my vocab.

      theShadow on February 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    And I suppose Petraeus just rolled over and took it right?

    K Kehoe on February 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm

the american people are just being prepped for the inevitable naming of schools, ships, streets, everything, obama… soros… pelosi… wright… buffet… reed… ahmadinejad… clinton… etc.

expect a “federal union of american prose” (FU-American People), or something similar, to appear if obama finagles a 2nd term.

when this begins to saturate every public asset it will underscore that we’ve truly lost the country.

KIRCHE on February 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

After WWII I returned home in a ship called the Maritime Victory. Thank G-d it wasn’t called the Gabby Gifford or some other stupid, sissy name. In those days ships were named appropriately.

Jerry on February 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Think we have Tribble (oops, loved that Star Trek episode and all the others, too) now? What can we look forward to should (G-d forbid) Obama will reelection? I’m tortured by visions of “The USS Rachael Corrie!
Hyperbole but not by much.

lee, of the lower case "l" on February 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Win not will. Quotation marks after Corrie!

Note to self: Probably a good idea to read over post before NOT after sending.

lee, of the lower case "l" on February 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm

**“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.**

Well, if border security is the new criteria for having a ship in your name, how about the U.S.S. Brian Terry.

He was a hero.

Gabby is a zero.

Chris Williams on February 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Bravo, Chris Williams, bravo! You are a voice of sanity in ann insane world! Thank you. Hopefully, we will see your words become deeds.

    Herbster on February 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

Once upon a time, they waited until the person died before they named things after them. That way, if they did something REALLY STUPID during their later life, the embarrassment of changing the name of the object would be avoided. With that idea in mind, hopefully, we will be spared the joy of the SS Jimmy Carter.

John Illinois on February 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I suppose that Obama winning the Nobel Prize began this avalanche…..

Tanstaafl on February 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Good take. Another part of her disgraceful service is the ignored story of her ignoring the repeated threats against her. She’s being sued for not having had assigned security to her little shin dig. She had been threatened a few times and did not take it seriously. So the public shows up to a meaningless get together for a bunch of idiot libs, not realizing Giffords has a few enemies out there that may commit something harmful to a mass of innocent people. That’s the real dig. She is actually responsible for the lack of security. Stupid libs once again, harm others.

samurai on February 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Yup… she wasn’t a hero. Gabby Giffords was the victim of a terrible crime – but constituent service doesn’t strike me as particularly heroic.

I guess the Navy needed to lower its standards to name a ship after a living person, whose life is not exactly the stuff of legends.

Excuse me, I forgot – what I just wrote is blaming the victim and we can’t have it!

NormanF on February 11, 2012 at 8:53 pm

The US, where the Left is right and the Right is wrong. How self serving we have become and it starts at the top with the Obamanation in the White House. Name a Ship for Gabby Giffords, why? As you say Debbie. What has she done besides live off taxpayer money and get the kind of healthcare that we should all be entitled to, but would never get. I too, am sorry she was hurt, but enough is enough.

Naomi R on February 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm

And Giffords wasn’t even the real target of the shooting. The Republican judge who was murdered was the actual target. Giffords was the motivating factor for Laughner heinous crime. One day the truth will out.

Redwine on February 12, 2012 at 12:50 am

Chris Williams should get the post of the year with regard to his most insightful remark about this topic. Indeed, LCS 10 should be named the U.S.S. Brian Terry. It should be stationed at the 32nd Street Naval Station where it would routinely sail around San Clemente Island while conducting gunnery practice on pangas loaded with a ton of pot. It should also be chock full of teufelhunden like the great man for whom she were named. Honor First and rest in peace Agent Terry.

nobody on February 12, 2012 at 1:23 am

Previous comment should have read “…for whom she was named…”. Thank you for being always faithful devil dog.
Sorry, but my fingers were going too fast for my pea brain. I was also upset to think of the worthless monuments that abound. To think that Doroteo Arango, aka Pancho Villa, has a statue in Tucson, Arizona makes me want to puke.

nobody on February 12, 2012 at 1:36 am

Personally? I am glad they did that. She stands up for OUR Country; State’s Rights and is well respected in AZ. However, I think they should have considered Brian Terry before her.

Elaine on February 12, 2012 at 4:24 am

leticia olalia morales of 15501 pasadena ave #h tustin ca 92780 submitted fake documents and 5000 dollars to a person name sandman at the US embassy in manila. she also submitted fake employment records to obtain a work visa. Her husband carlos b. morales also submitted fake documents (land titles and bank statements) to obtain a tourist visa. Her son carlo iii also used such and helped 2 other people to obtain a US tourist visa.

ronb on February 12, 2012 at 6:59 am

I suppose you would applaud the USS Laughner.

walt on February 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Good grief. You mean there were no actual military heroes from the two ongoing conflicts after whom we could have named this ship? I’m very happy about her recovery and her prognosis, but I think that with the Navy’s shrinking list of active ships we could have found a better candidate. But this is the DoD under Obama. Just like the Army and Marines will be “better” with tens of thousands of fewer troops working for reduced benefits.

Sean M on February 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Looking over my son’s American history book the other day. Tiny picture of Edison, Henry Ford, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, JFK along the outline of the cover. Dead center was Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. whose image was easily 2.5 times larger than anyone else). I give up….just going to piss & moan full time.

#1 Vato on February 12, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Lets reward all sorts of administration friendly supporters and icons:
The USS Rachel Maddow
The USS Keith Olbermann
The USS John Stewart
The USS Anthony Weiner
The USS Michelle Obama
The USS Bo Obama
and why not the USS Barack Obama while we are at it.

fred on February 12, 2012 at 10:13 pm

So Debbie do you think the government should have cut off her health insurance the moment after the shot that hit her was fired?

splined on February 13, 2012 at 9:37 am

Did anyone ever hear of this back-bencher before she was shot? The current occupant of the White House announced a few days ago that he was signing into law Gifford’s last (And only?)bill that she introduced. Very important bill……it raised the $$ penalty and jail time for anyone flying an ultralite aircraft for the purpose of smuggling drugs. Wow! Important stuff! Debbie (I flunked my Wasserman) Schultz will now go throughout the land touting this landmark legislation

To name a ship after Giffords is the height of political pandering. next we’ll probably see a ship named after RuPaul……staffed by an all transgendered crew.

To call this woman a hero is to denigrate the word itself. Members of our armed forces who risk life and limb to keep us free are heroes. Not someone who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. To continue to exploit this woman – and her husband – show the depths to which obama, the Schultz creature, Pelosi, Reid will sink to exploit anyone for political expediency. Just let the woman rehab and enjoy her life.

I’m sure that if I were shot I would receive (Under obamacare) the same treatment and amenities as Giffords. Private jets to fly me back and forth to Houston for the finest care in the world…..ambulances at either end of the trip to whisk me to my destination….unlimited rehabilitation, etc. (My co-pay for physical therapy is now $100.00 – with limited visits, up from $40.00) And we are told obamacare willl BRING DOWN costs? By the way, who is paying for Gifford’s gold plated, Cadillac care? Wait! Let me guess!….You and me. Does that mean that she will pay for MY care? Aren’t we “All equal.” Oops. I forgot…”We are all equal, it’s just that some are more equal than others.”

As Marcus Aurelius ststed, “The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” Sound advice for the times we live in.

Herbster on February 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

John Murtha was a United States Marine Corps Colonel who was awarded the Bronze star and 2 Purple Hearts. While I might disagree with some of his politics, it’s not out of line to name a naval ship after him.

Richard Eldridge on February 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    “Abscam Jack” Murtha gave up his right to be called a Marine when he accused those brave me of murder. He was a vile, corrupt sorry excuse for a man.

    codekeyguy on February 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

When the CO of the USS Gabby Giffords is onboard I wonder if the ship will fly a pair of panties instead of the commanding officers pennant. Thank God I retired from the Navy long before I might have had to actually have served aboard such an embarrassing vessel.

kenny komodo on February 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Let’s name a ship the USS I just puked on my floor!

Hollywood on February 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm

America is going to hell under our Abortionist-in-Chief. First the USS “Abscam Jack” Murtha, now the USS “My husband is an Astronaut” Giffords.

codekeyguy on February 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

This was what I mentioned in my rant over Whiney Houston.

I’m tired of people who are victims of crime or recovering from illness labelled as “courageous.”

Courage is people sacrificing themselves for others in harmful situations, such as the military.

Giffords isn’t courageous just because she was shot and is recovering. She’s just doing what 99% of everyone does when faced with illness, hope to survive and heal. It’s wantihg to live, not any courage.

God bless Gabby Giffords and I hope she fully recovers and lives a long, prosperous life (and she will with all the books and movies, etc.). But, she’s no more a hero than anyone in the hospital recovering from surgery. She wasn’t shot because she was a champion of something, she was shot because of a nutcase just because.

Jeff_W on February 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm

@ codekeyguy, you got that wrong, it’s “My husband is an ASSHAT” Giffords.

Hollywood on February 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Right jeff_w! It’s like the celebrities who “discover” they’re Bi-polar, or finally sober up, they wind up on the cover of People & the talk show circuit. How about all the 1000’s of everyday people who wrestle with their demons? Hell, I decided I didn’t want to wake up on the side of the road anymore or eat out of dumpsters, or hang out in bars but I didn’t get my picture on the cover of People!!!

Hollywood on February 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

To the poster who wrote that Murtha was deserving of a ship being named after him give me a break. To disagree with the Iraq War and President Bush was one thing. But to call your fellow Marines murderers was way out of line. He was also one of the most corrupt POS’s to inhabit the halls of Congess. Now about Gabby Giffords. What did this back benching liberal do to deserve such an honor as to have a US Navy ship named after her? I tell you what not a damn thing. Before she was shot by that nutball Loughner she was your typical libnut congresscritter. Voting on the wrong side of every issue important in this country. Now don’t get me wrong because I’m glad that she is doing ok and I don’t wish anyone harm but this is nothing but the usual crap that comes out of this administration. Dopey Lib gets shot name a ship after her. What if this situaton happened to say Congresswoman Ellmer of North Carolina. Would the limpnoodle SECNAV Mabus be bending over backwards to name a ship after her. Yeah right! I’m just glad that I retired from the Navy before jar jar obinks became CIC and put in place a bunch of politically correct girly men.

ken b on February 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

What about naming it after Michael Mansour or another fallen hero who seved in the Navy or Marines?
This woman has used up her sympathy points long ago.

Joe on February 15, 2012 at 5:51 am

This is a travesty. She shouldn’t have a ship named after her, but I am not surprised one bit…. after all, we have been naming our ships and army bases after Ceonfederaste traitiors for decades… why should now be any different? If we can name ships after men who took up arms against the the United States, why should we be shocked or terribly offended when a ship gets named after an obscure member of Congress.

Bill on February 17, 2012 at 8:26 am

The Navy used to have a well-defined policy for naming it’s warships. Back in World War 2, aircraft carriers were named after famous American battles or ships (Lexington, Saratoga, Enterprise, Essex, Bonhommme Richard, Bunker Hill, Intrepid, etc.). Battleships were named after states (Arizona, North Carolina, Missouri), cruisers after cities (San Francisco, Indianapolis, Cleveland, San Diego), destroyers after naval heroes (John Paul Jones, Decatur, Farragut, Dewey, Sims, Fletcher), and submarines after fish (Trout, Shark, Porpoise, Flying Fish). Other rules existed for fleet auxiliary ships, such as ammunition ships (named after U.S. volcanos), oilers (named after U.S. rivers), hospital ships (Mercy, Comfort, Benevolence), and so on. Ships weren’t named after living persons, or politicians. Over the past several decades, the Navy has moved away from tradition, and the naming of ships isn’t what it used to be, which is very sad.

ICEd on March 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

This is what happens when politicians are elevated to celebrity status for whatever undetermined reason. It is horrible what happened to her, but what about those who lost their lives at the same time she was shot??? Why should a politician be elevated above normal citizens??? It’s ridiculous.

Susan on May 28, 2012 at 11:00 pm

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