Thursday, March 02, 2006

Ray Nagin - Grrrr!

I was surfing over at Sweetness and Light and came across a photo essay about Hizzoner, Ray Nagin, the disgraced mayor of New Orleans. They had this photo of Hizzoner on horseback during Mardi Gras.



What an arrogant ass. First of all, he is wearing a uniform shirt from my army. The shirt in question is a desert jacket. One does not wear shiny stars or decorations on a desert jacket.

Next, he is wearing actual decorations. I can't see them all, but I doubt that Nagin has earned any decorations of the type he is wearing. That "rack" is eight rows deep. Normally, a soldier will spend twenty-five or thirty years getting a rack like that, at great personal risk to himself. My rack, after twenty years, was only three rows deep.

Of course, he is wearing the jacket and beret improperly. His entire demeanor smacks of arrogance and disrespect for the very fabric he is wearing.

Ray Nagin pisses me off. Even more so now, showing disrespect for the uniform I wore, along with the medals, awards and decorations he is displaying. The US military pulled his ass out of a fire seven months ago, and he shows up at Mardi Gras dressed like this? What gall!

I read in the Advocate that he qualified for Mayor yesterday. I hope the residents run his ass off.

6 comments:

Parrain said...

With those funky sunglasses, I thought at first it was Moammar Kadafi.

Nick said...

Which decorated military vet would have allowed him to wear that if he was never in the military himself.

CarlS said...

Federal laws concerning the wear of the United States Military uniforms by people not on active duty are published in the United States Code (USC). Specifically, 10 USC, Subtitle A, Part II, Chapter 45, Sections 771 and 772. Section 771 states: Except as otherwise provided by law, no person except a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps, as the case may be, may wear - (1) the uniform, or a distinctive part of the uniform, of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps; or (2) a uniform any part of which is similar to a distinctive part of the uniform of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps. Section 772 lists some exceptions: (f) While portraying a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps, an actor in a theatrical or motion-picture production may wear the uniform of that armed force if the portrayal does not tend to discredit that armed force. So Nagin has committed a federal offense. However ..... see here http://usmilitary.about.com/od/theorderlyroom/a/uniformwear.htm . But the wearing of decorations is covered in 18USC704, which says: Whoever knowingly wears, manufactures, or sells any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the armed forces of the United States, or any of the service medals or badges awarded to the members of such forces, or the ribbon, button, or rosette of any such badge, decoration or medal, or any colorable imitation thereof, except when authorized under regulations made pursuant to law, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

Why so wordy? To prove, beyond a shadow of doubt, that a crime has been committed.

Anonymous said...

So true. And looking at the ribbons on the mayor's chest, he apparently went to the Army-Navy Surplus store and bought the green one with white stripes and the purple one with white stripes and the orange one with the little stripes and the red one with bue and white and the the red, white, and blue one and....
That being said, where are the comments on Mr. Bush showing up on a carrier deck wearing a U.S. navy aviator's uniform?

MasterGunner said...

To Anonymous:

1. President Bush is the the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States.

2. President Bush was an Aviator, and wearing the uniform of a Naval Aviator while aboard and while operating (reportedly) a naval aircraft.

What part of "Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces" don't you understand? Also, play close attention to the photos of the President on the carrier. He's not wearing any rank.

jarhead john said...

Nagin has done more than enough, in the past, to warrant being strung up. This is just the icing on the shit cake. What a jackass. We should slap those items back on him and drop him in downtown Fallujah.