Waitress pays soldiers' tab during shutdown; Ellen DeGeneres rewards with $10,000

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  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 6:01 p.m.

    It is hard to see this story as anything but a publicity stunt by the people who are actively engaged in heaping false deification upon the military. Never mind that there millions of people in the USA that need food to a much greater extent than a couple of soldiers who are probably well fed at taxpayer expense.

    Military people are not better than ordinary Americans and the job they do, when they do it, no more important than the jobs of all the other public servants that protect and serve us. I believe this extends all the way to the ordinary street sweeper.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Oct. 20, 2013 1:41 p.m.

    The world is a better place when we treat each other with kindness, as exemplified by the waitress's actions as well as Ellen's.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    It's a nice story in and of itself, not a political football.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    Well done Ellen!

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    Your a nice person. That is a phrase I would like to hear. Great complement. Glad she said it out loud. I'm going start using the phrase more, after the thank-you. Good timing for Thanksgiving. coming.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    One Vote got it right. The Tea Party did shut down the government. They even said that was what they were going to do in the 2010 elections. They certainly kept their word. They may have played games with the shut down by trying to authorize the opening of certain government functions that were causing them heartburn and affecting them in the polls, but to shut down the government because they didn't get their way over a piece of legislation that passed the U.S. Congress, was signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court is not the appropriate way to overturn a law. The way to overturn a law is to win seats in Congress/Senate, win the Presidency, and pick Supreme Court members. If a minority faction with extremist tactics can get their way because of those tactics, then this is the way the government will function from now on because who's to say that some other faction of the Democrat party couldn't do the same thing?

  • RedneckLefty St. George, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 12:49 a.m.

    Everyone piling onto One Vote are the ones who are mistaken. The Republicans did NOT pass "bills to fund all or part of the government, just not Obamacare." (You must have read that terrible article by Sowell that all my Tea Party friends were posting on Facebook.) They passed bills to fund the parts of the government that they were getting the most heat for shutting down--with the proviso to defund Obamacare. And here's where you're making the factual error: Obamacare was NOT in need of funding from the current congress's discretionary budget, because its funding was already implemented as part of the original legislation three years ago. That's why, in an ironic turn that will go down in the history books as a humiliation to the Republicans, on day 1 of the shutdown the government was closed but Obamacare was open.

    They weren't just omitting funding for Obamacare, they were trying to retroactively re-legislate it.

    The Republicans tried to create a fourth branch of government that every piece of legislation would have to pass through to become law: the legislative branch, the executive branch, the judicial branch, and the Tea Party Tantrum branch.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 19, 2013 10:03 p.m.

    @ One vote-

    I am not sure if you mistakenly believe that the Tea party somehow refused to pass any bills funding the government, but they and the timid Republicans passed 15 separate bills to fund all or part of the government, just not Obamacare. Reid and Obama refused to accept any of those bills, so the Democrats and no one else caused the government shut down.

    Perhaps you are referring more generally to having military personnel even serving at all, and somehow blame the Tea Party, or President Bush for our involvement in the war on terror. Unfortunately, that is a false assumption, unless you think we should not defend ourselves when attacked by Islamic terrorists.

    Meanwhile, I hope you pick up the tab for some of our military personnel here in Utah, since they are defending you as well as Tea Party types.

  • Jary Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 19, 2013 5:59 p.m.

    @onevote, you are evidence that if a lie is told often enough some will begin to believe it. The House of Representatives funded the government. It was the Senate and the White House that refused to accept what was passed and so they effectively "closed" (if that can even be said) the government. I am not an Ellen fan but kudos to her, as well as the waitress, for stepping up and doing what the White House refused to do - acknowledge the men and women of the armed forces.

  • ProudUtahn St. George, Utah
    Oct. 19, 2013 5:15 p.m.

    @one vote,
    I hope you do more research in where you put your vote than what you did with your comment!
    "Why did not the tea party step forward for the expenses that they intentionally caused?"
    The tea party or republicans did not cause the shut down, in fact the republicans put up enough bills to keep all of government going except the affordable care act. President Obama and Harry Reid of the senate denied all bills. This was carefully planned to take place. How else do you account for all the professionally made signs at all of the national parks, the block aids on the national mall and more employees on the national mall to keep people out than it took to keep it open? politics both sides but this one mostly the liberals and the media are to blame.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Oct. 19, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    The expenses part was in regards to the troops not the government...

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    Oct. 19, 2013 12:23 p.m.

    @one vote,
    They did not really "cause expenses." They stopped the government from incurring and paying expenses. Whether that was smart is debatable.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 19, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    Why did not the tea party step forward for the expenses that they intentionally caused?

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 19, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    The waitress deserves special praise as she did it from a relatively impoverished financial status, and did so seeking no reward, no public recognition. I salute her.

    Ms. DeGeneres was very nice to reward the waitress. But, I would have been more impressed if she did it behind the scenes, rather than as a media stunt to earn herself publicity.

    I would have been even more favorably impressed if Ms. DeGeneres had been quietly picking up the tab for our troops for the last dozen years. If she has, I thank her and salute her as well. If not, she is invited to join the thousands of Americans who do this quietly and anonymously.