Musings of the Chronologically Challenged™ Fourth Generation
Thursday, February 12, 2004
6:00 pm UPDATE: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The now-famous picture of John Kerry in the audience behind Jane Fonda at an anti-war rally was augmented for me today. I emailed it to some keypals with the caption "A Picture is STILL Worth a Thousand Words." One of the recipients, a Navy SEAL during the time Kerry and Fonda were rallying, responded to me "Then 2 pictures is worth 2000 words..." and sent this back. There's another cliched truism in there somewhere for the DNC about "glass houses" but I'm not mentioning it to Mark, the SEAL. He'd just give me another lesson in one-up-man-ship. Bless you, Mark.
>^..^<In his special way with words, Pennywit discusses another potential quagmire for the DNC. Last paragraph: Those are only a few possible responses that Kerry might have to this upcoming brouhaha. I, for one, don't particularly care whether Kerry had an affair with an intern as long as everybody involved was consenting adults. But I may have a problem with how Kerry responds to the storm in the coming weeks. Dog Snot has a say too.
Col. William Campenni, USAF/ANG (Ret.). was interviewed on Fox News regarding his military service with George Bush. His interview reaffirmed his Letter to the Editor of The Washington Times, here in its entirety, excerpt follows: "George Bush and I were lieutenants and pilots in the 111th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS), Texas Air National Guard (ANG) from 1970 to 1971." Thanks to McGehee for link and his other posting today too. He was charitable enough not to say "I told you so."
From the mail box of The Bejus Pundit, one of our staff military experts, comes this:
GIAP ON KERRY:
Gen. Giap: Kerry's Group Helped Hanoi Defeat U.S.
The North Vietnamese general in charge of the military campaign that finally drove the U.S. out of South Vietnam in 1975 credited a group led by Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry with helping him achieve victory.
In his 1985 memoir about the war, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap wrote that if it weren't for organizations like Kerry's Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Hanoi would have surrendered to the U.S. - according to Fox News Channel war historian Oliver North.
That's why, he predicted on Tuesday, the Vietnam War issue "is going to blow up in Kerry's face."
"People are going to remember Gen. Giap saying if it weren't for these guys , we would have lost," North told radio host Sean Hannity.
"The Vietnam Veterans Against the War encouraged people to desert, encouraged people to mutiny - some used what they wrote to justify fragging officers," noted the former Marine lieutenant colonel, who earned two purple hearts in Vietnam.
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Note: The Bejus Pundit was the first blog where I read about Gen. Giap. Subsequent blog surfing revealed several other blogs referenced the General's memoirs too. Fact is, I'm probably the last blogger ANYWHERE to even mention it. (This would be a perfect place to insert "c'est la vie", if I wanted to stoop that low. NOT!)
South Knox Bubba links to another perspective at Eschaton, i.e.:
Lies and the Lying Liars
Mark Steyn, Howard Kurtz, the Boston Globe, Instapundit, Sean Hannity. What do they all have in common? They've all propagated one version or another of this (Steyn's version):
A brave man in Vietnam, he returned home to appear before Congress and not merely denounce the war but damn his "band of brothers" as a gang of rapists, torturers and murderers led by officers happy to license them to commit war crimes with impunity. Here's the full context of Kerry's testimony to a Senate committee about Vietnam.
Pennywit says he's going to try something new. Let's hide and watch! I really like his interior decorating changes. If his "something new" is as positive as the renovations, I can't wait!
"Her" and I flipped a coin to decide who would post the latest Doc Farmer essay below. I think I won. If not, read it again at "Her" site here.
Al Does Not Work and Play Well With Others
Posted by Doc Farmer
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
(Author’s note: This school report recently came to my attention, and it seems appropriate to put such bad behavior into focus. It was about a little boy named Al…)
We’ve been concerned for some time with little Albert’s problems here at Our Lady of Perpetual Motion School for the Chronically Political. The incident on Sunday at the speech contest was what has finally brought us to draft this report to you. Little Albert has been quite difficult with his classmates, has been abusive to his fellows, and has been seen picking fights and telling lies about students in the other class. We’ve also been concerned about the way he has been treating his friends.
Sunday was one of a long list of problems that little Al has had, but we feel it is important that we describe to you in detail some of the many issues that we have observed.
Little Albert seems to have a fine imagination, and this creativity is an important part of any future activities he may wish to follow. However, we have noticed that little Albert does not seem to be able to distinguish between reality and his own imagination. For example, little Albert has claimed to invent a variety of things in order to impress the little girls in the class. So far, little Albert has invented the Internet, sliced bread, the wheel, and the Barbie doll. He tried to claim that he also invented fire, until he was told that he was not allowed to bring matches in class. When challenged with the truth, he invariably goads someone into yelling ''Vast Right Wing Conspiracy'' over and over again.
We’ve noticed, also, that little Albert has some difficulty in maintaining friendships. He was quite close to Joseph, a quiet but dignified lad, and they worked closely together in the last class elections. However, in the current elections, he seemed to ignore his old friend completely and gave great attentions to Howard (who, quite frankly, has had behavioral problems of his own). After Howard’s recent overexcitement incident, little Albert can’t seem to decide whom he should be a friend with. It appears that he only wants to be friends with someone who will win the school election, and he ignores things like sharing similar interests, loyalty, or fair play. To be fair to little Albert, however, he seems to have learned these unfortunate traits from a former schoolmate, William. And William’s counterpart, Hillary, seems to be even more of a bad influence in this regard. We’re hoping to speak to their guardians about their behavior in the near future, which we hope will have a corrective influence.
Some things that have been worrying us here for quite some time is little Albert’s desire to save the planet. Although a laudable goal, he seems to be taking this to extremes. He has demanded that the school cook use a solar oven of his own design (although we’ve found the patents belong to other companies). He spoke in harsh terms to the school janitor, insisting he force all the students to use corncobs in the rest rooms, while keeping several dozen rolls of toilet paper for his own use. Little Albert also has demanded that the school replace our bus with a single Yugo. Since you bring little Albert to school every day in a stretch limo, this seems somewhat unfair to the rest of the school.
Of course, you’ll remember the great difficulties your son has had in dealing with his loss in the last school election. Little Albert has been quite rude about this for a long time, and many of the teachers and students here are becoming exasperated at his attitude toward the winner. His constant demand for recount after recount in the previous election was bad enough, and marked him as a bad sport and a poor loser. He still has not accepted this loss, and is heard to mutter over and over, ''I’m the school president…I’m the school president'' during class time, recess, lunch, naptime, etc. He continually points at the winner and calls him all sorts of names in the schoolyard. George, to his credit, does his best to ignore little Albert’s taunts, but I’m sure that those words have done more damage to little Albert than to anybody else.
We had hoped that little Albert’s mood would have improved in this year’s school election, since he had decided not to run. Sadly, we had thought that meant that he did not intend to participate, but this has not been the case. He seems to be running between the students, making inappropriate statements about the current class president, and also egging the other candidates on in pointless arguments over minor details, while ignoring the important issues for the coming semester. Little Albert is being more active in this election than he was in his own attempt, and frankly nobody wants him to be. He has become an irritant to most of the other students, and the faculty has complained vociferously about his bullying tactics. Not only to the other students, but to the faculty as well. Even Teddy, who usually puts up with little Albert’s ranting, is now simply tuning him out, escaping him by drinking all of the grape juice in the classroom, and offering the girl students and teachers rides in his go-kart.
Up to last Sunday, we were hopeful that little Albert would eventually grow out of these infantile tendencies. Some faculty members have taken him aside and had a quiet word, on more than one occasion, about his behavior. Little Albert usually pouts whenever this happens, gets very defensive, and then for some odd reason, starts talking about old growth forests. We still haven’t figured that out yet.
I shall now describe the events your son was involved in on Sunday, and the concerns this has raised with all of us. The school debates were going well, if somewhat spirited. Candidates complained bitterly about the current class president without explaining how they would improve on his perceived faults. However, little Albert, who was only supposed to introduce the candidates, himself took over the microphone and had, for all intents and purposes, a 10-minute temper tantrum. He did not control himself very well, and he stormed off the stage. His anger was uncontrolled, as was his language. Although he said no naughty words, his attitude was disturbing and his vitriol was flowing freely. He was abusive, loathsome, rude, enraged, and he frightened many of the children with his attitude. His statements were, to put it mildly, inaccurate as regards the current class president, and were inappropriate for the situation.
Regretfully, I feel it only fair to warn you that little Albert’s future actions will be closely monitored by all of us here. If he repeats his obnoxious and rude behavior, we will have no choice but to restrict him from any future school activities.
I would advise you to get professional help for little Albert at the earliest opportunity.
Either that, or spank the little bastard so hard that he can’t sit for a month. Then wash his mouth out with soap.
Doc Farmer formerly lived in Qatar but now resides in Indiana. He receives e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This Article First Appeared In ChronWatch at http://www.chronwatch.com/content/contentDisplay.asp?aid=5915
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