Ray Van Horn, Jr. is a veteran entertainment journalist whose writing and live photography has been featured in Blabbermouth.net, Dee Snider’s House of Hair Online, Fangoria.com, Horror News.net, About.com Heavy Metal, MetalManiacs, New Noise, Music Dish, AMP, Hails & Horns, Unrestrained,Noisecreep, Impose, Pit, The Big Takeover.com, Rough Edge.com, Pitriff and others. His blog The Metal Minute won a “Best Personal Blog” award in 2009 from Metal Hammer magazine and he wrote and produced his own hard rock e-zine, Retaliate.

He has contributed essays to UK author Neil Daniels’ Iron Maiden and ZZ Top biographies. Ray’s fiction has been published in various periodicals and anthologies, including his flash fiction piece “Off the Record” for Akashic Books’ “Mondays Are Murder” noir series. His recent short stories “Before the Ball” and “Widow” were featured in subsequent editions of Alex S. Johnson’s Axes of Evil anthologies. Ray wrote serialized original superhero fiction for Cyber Age Adventures and five of those stories appear in the anthology Playing Solitaire. He was the winner of Quantum Muse’s fiction contest in 1999.

Ray is a former NHL game analyst for The Hockey Nut and one-time host of the forum “Comic Books” at ReadWave. He has done beat reporting, photography and lifestyle articles for Metromix, an affiliate of The Baltimore Sun, Carroll Magazine, The Northern News and The Emmitsburg Dispatch.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hardly a Laughing Matter

I'm usually dubious about the press when it comes to reports on our military, but unfortunately, these National Guard folk hung themselves in this despicable photo.

This Instagram photo posted by Spc. Terry Harrison of the 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment in Wisconsin.  Before Harrison's photo and Instagram account was reportedly pulled down,  Harrison's caption read, "We put the FUN in funeral -- your fearless honor guard from various states."

I don't care if that's an empty casket they're clowning around with.  I can appreciate gallows' humor under certain circumstances, but this is a disgrace.  My stepfather survived Vietnam and pulled numerous bodies off the front line, many of them his friends.  The tortures he's had to relive in his mind took decades to purge, and for families of militaries worldwide who have lost their sons and daughters in combat, this mockery and effrontery is reprehensible. 

Bet these people wouldn't be in such a partying mood on the front line.

                      Listenin' to:  Deftones - Diamond Eyes

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