Marin residents show they love a para...

Marin residents show they love a parade on the Fourth

There are 30 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Jul 4, 2010, titled Marin residents show they love a parade on the Fourth. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

Marin residents celebrating the Fourth of July demonstrated that parades, one of the most basic and oldest means of human amusement, remain popular in this jaded, digital age.

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Snark Attack

Chicago, IL

#23 Jul 5, 2010
THE GODS OF WAR wrote:
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If you think I meant to say that the vets were not welcome you are mistaken. Our veterans do not receive enough of ANYTHING they might want or need in this country, let alone being welcome to march in a parade.
I am, however, trying to distinguish between two things: the military - and war. They are inexorably connected, of course, but we appear (to me, and to others with whom I have spoken) to have shifted our focus from honoring our noble vets to glorifying the history of our wars. They are two distinct and seperate realities. The parades have almost taken on the the appearance of being military equipment history museums.
The Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4th, was about many issues, but the main issue was how the people in this land needed to escape out from under the King of Great Britain and his oppressive rules, and become an independant state.
Each 4th, I read the Declaration. I am immensely grateful to live in the country that created it, and honored by those who defended it. But I am not fully at ease with the shift towards glorifying war.
Well many of us don't see the historical military equipment as glorifying war. I would much rather get a look at some this historical equipment that see more waving politicians tossing candy in the street for the kids to pick up and eat. What is next banning historical fire trucks because they glorify fires?

To Mr. Garbarino: there were a lot of us that were glad that you brought some of your equipment back to the Larkspur Corte Madera parade this year. We look forward to seeing it there in future parades as well.
Citizen Taxpayer

San Anselmo, CA

#24 Jul 5, 2010
American history. Read it, understand it and appreciate it. Then you'll know what to celebrate on the 4th. Happy birthday America! Still worth fighting for.
THE GODS OF WAR

Novato, CA

#25 Jul 5, 2010
Snark Attack wrote:
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Well many of us don't see the historical military equipment as glorifying war. I would much rather get a look at some this historical equipment that see more waving politicians tossing candy in the street for the kids to pick up and eat. What is next banning historical fire trucks because they glorify fires?
To Mr. Garbarino: there were a lot of us that were glad that you brought some of your equipment back to the Larkspur Corte Madera parade this year. We look forward to seeing it there in future parades as well.
I would much rather witness the historical evolution of the fire truck and marvel at how much more effective we have become in putting out fires, rather than watching the evolution of the field tank, and thinking about how much more effective we have become at killing people. Part of the beauty of this country is that we can have different views, and express them in civil fashion (although civil expression is, sadly, a waning virtue.)

As for all the polititions, they should be made to walk behind the horses, scooping up when necessary! That might give them an idea of what influences they bring to bear upon the electorate.
Snark Attack

Chicago, IL

#26 Jul 5, 2010
THE GODS OF WAR wrote:
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I would much rather witness the historical evolution of the fire truck and marvel at how much more effective we have become in putting out fires, rather than watching the evolution of the field tank, and thinking about how much more effective we have become at killing people. Part of the beauty of this country is that we can have different views, and express them in civil fashion (although civil expression is, sadly, a waning virtue.)
As for all the polititions, they should be made to walk behind the horses, scooping up when necessary! That might give them an idea of what influences they bring to bear upon the electorate.
If this was about current military equipment I would be more inclined to agree with you. Since most of this is WWII era equipment your point about more effective killing of people is a bit flat. I was under the impression that this was one of the wars that the vast majority of Americans believe we were correct to fight. I guess to some the world would be a better place had the Germans won. To me I see those WWII tanks as fire engines putting out the Nazi fire that was taking over Europe.
THE GODS OF WAR

Novato, CA

#27 Jul 5, 2010
Snark Attack wrote:
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If this was about current military equipment I would be more inclined to agree with you. Since most of this is WWII era equipment your point about more effective killing of people is a bit flat. I was under the impression that this was one of the wars that the vast majority of Americans believe we were correct to fight. I guess to some the world would be a better place had the Germans won. To me I see those WWII tanks as fire engines putting out the Nazi fire that was taking over Europe.
Are you implying that you guess that I am one of those who think the world would be a better place if the Germans had won WWII? Your symbolism is a stretch to me. Fire engines and firemen are intended to put out actual fires and save lives. Tanks (and soldiers) are designed and trained to actually kill people. Now if you had said that the A-bombs dropped on Japan saved lives, I would have agreed with you.

Perhaps I should point out that in the parade there were also tanks from Korea and Vietnam. Perhaps there was one from H. W.'s Desert Storm, but I cannot recall for sure. Any current equipment is a bit bogged down at the moment in another war or two that we won't win. By the way, I don't think we have won any since we, thankfully, defeated the Germans.
WAT

Vallejo, CA

#28 Jul 5, 2010
Citizen Taxpayer wrote:
American history. Read it, understand it and appreciate it. Then you'll know what to celebrate on the 4th. Happy birthday America! Still worth fighting for.
American History?
Read it?
Understand it?
Appreciate it?

If American's knew the real American History instead of the Myth there would be another revolution.

You're a fool.
Citizen Taxpayer

AOL

#29 Jul 6, 2010
Thank you Wat. Have you actually read any history books? Did any impress you?

“"ERACISM in 2010"”

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#30 Jul 6, 2010
Is there a better day to show our disdain for two illegal wars of imperialism?
Marinite

Mill Valley, CA

#31 Jul 6, 2010
Bob simply Bob wrote:
Novato - great show as always, but next year return to 10:00. 11:00 makes no sense and cuts into people's afternoon plans.
Yes, please. And it was hotter than heck, at 10am it's a little cooler.
we the

Foster City, CA

#32 Jul 6, 2010
how about disdain for criminal cops violating the contution of this
this the greatest country in the world

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