Saturday, May 1, 2004
Today is my birthday.
Today I had to work all day long. And I am on duty, which means I can't drink, and I can't go anywhere to celebrate. Whee.
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Friday, April 30, 2004
Scum in uniform
servicemen thugs who tortured, humilated, and possibly killed Iraqis should be sentenced to the maximum extent (hard labor at Leavenworth), dishonorably discharged from the service, and have their names publicized as widely as possible, to ensure that they can never hold any job of consequence as long as they live. Their actions are unconscionable and inexcusable, and not only reflect poorly on the US military, they reflect poorly on our country as a whole. The Pentagon MUST hold a very public trial (unlike the Yee fiasco), and must make sure that all of the evidence is presented (again, unlike the Yee fiasco). Everyone knows that I am a strong supporter of the military (duh, it's my career), but there is far too much riding on this case to risk a whitewash or a slap on the wrists. The military has had bad apples in the past (the Okinawa rapists, and the whole Tailhook episode), but the stakes are much higher here. We need to excise the cancer before the patient succumbs.
As usual, John Cole (at Balloon Juice has a complete roundup, and the trackbacks provide a pretty thorough view of how the conservative side of the blogosphere has reacted towards the story. I'm not the only one who's seriously pissed off by this.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Now a minority group is trying to get an apology from Peter Coors because of his staff's whimsical response to an appalling gaffe committed by the New York Times.
After the Times ran an article about a convicted killer and KKK member, accidentally accompanied by a picture of US senate candidate Peter Coors (R-CO), his campaign spokeswoman quipped:
It could have been worse. Pete could have been identified as John Kerry.
Now the spokesman of the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance has his skivvies in a bunch over the whole kerfluffle:
"If Peter Coors or Ms. Watson thinks it is funny or lighthearted to compare Sen. Kerry to a convicted KKK murderer, then they are either willfully ignorant of the emotion African-Americans feel about such matters, or they are terribly out of touch and they should be ashamed."
If the New York Times apologizes to Peter Coors, he might consider issuing an apology. (The Times issued a correction, but didn't make a formal apology). Until then, he (and his spokesperson) have nothing for which to apologize. It's rather undignified for a minister to inject himself into politics, as we are constantly reminded by liberals who get all ruffled over stupid pronouncements by the idiotic Pat Robertson or the odious Fred Phelps. Somehow, however, I don't expect Oliver Willis or Kevin Drum to demand Reverend Peters to butt out of the political arena, because he supports their candidate, and therefore is above censure.
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Monday, April 26, 2004
Kerry's new low
John Kerry resurrected the "Bush AWOL" trope again today, demanding Bush prove his service in the National Guard, after accusing Bush of using others to question whether Kerry deserved the medals he was awarded in Vietnam. Said Kerry:
"If George Bush wants to ask me questions about that through his surrogates, he owes America an explanation about whether or not he showed up for duty in the National Guard. Prove it. That's what we ought to have," Kerry told NBC News in an interview. "I'm not going to stand around and let them play games."
Okay, Bush doesn't have documentary evidence of where he was 33 years ago. Conversely, everybody knows where Kerry washe was busy protesting the war and accusing the US of committing "war crimes". What is not clear is whether or not he was in the Navy Reserve at the time. His website and spokespersons keep changing the story on his dates of service. The question I have for Kerry is this:
Were you in the Navy Reserve while you were protesting the war? If so, isn't what you did punishable under the UCMJ?
Bush has his honorable discharge. Kerry's outrageous grandstanding notwithstanding, that is all Bush needs to prove that he fulfilled his obligation. Likewise, Kerry has his three Purple Hearts; he does not need to prove that he "deserved" them, because he was awarded them. Both sides need to dial back their rhetoric, but Kerry needs to recognize that the last four years of rabid-dog attacks on Bush by the loons on the left are coming back to bite him in the ass. Bush is no more responsible for the blogosphere uprising against Kerry than Kerry was for last year's relentless attacks upon Bush by the Indyidiots and the Buried Donks and Terry McAuliffe.
Besides, as Kerry himself has said in the past:
We do not need to divide America over who served and how. I have personally always believed that many served in many different ways.
Of course, he was speaking of Bill Clinton in 1992. I'm sure that the fact that Clinton was a Democrat and Bush is a Republican has absolutely nothing to do with his most recent waffle. And if it doesn't make a difference, why does he continually refer to his status as a decorated veteran when discussing Iraq and the war on terror?
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