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Monday, May 29, 2006


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Tom E.

Read George Will's column and try to keep your lunch down. I dare you. He talks about Democrats who are willing to fight for their country. He uses George McGovern as an example of those who are not. George McGovern, he of the numerous awards for personal bravery in his dozens of combat bombing missions over Europe during the Second World War. McGovern flew in a unit that took 25% casualties at one time. 25 % casualties. Will's military record? He has none.


He talks about Democrats who are willing to fight for their country. He uses George McGovern as an example of those who are not.

That must be the new meme. Good to see George reads his memos and carries out his assignments faithfully.

Earlier I said: I hope you and yours all have a good one.

I should add: Except for Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky, who warned yesterday that should Democrats regain control of Congress in November they'll "wave the white flag on terrorism."

Senator, I hope you have the worst day of your entire life today, exceeded only by the wretchedness I hope you'll feel for the entirety of November. That was a reprehensible thing to say and a disgrace unbefitting a United States senator.

And, no, Mitch McConnell never served either.

Some notable Americans who never served in the Armed Forces:

* Dick Cheney: did not serve. Several deferments, the last by marriage.
* Dennis Hastert: did not serve.
* Tom Delay: did not serve.
* Roy Blunt: did not serve.
* Bill Frist: did not serve.
* Mitch McConnell: did not serve.
* Rick Santorum: did not serve.
* Trent Lott: did not serve.
* John Ashcroft: did not serve. Seven deferments to teach business.
* Jeb Bush: did not serve.
* Karl Rove: did not serve.
* Saxby Chambliss: did not serve. "Bad knee." (The man who attacked Max Cleland's patriotism.)
* Paul Wolfowitz: did not serve.
* Vin Weber: did not serve.
* Richard Perle: did not serve.
* Douglas Feith: did not serve.
* Eliot Abrams: did not serve.
* Richard Shelby: did not serve.
* Jon! Kyl: did not serve.
* Tim Hutchison: did not serve.
* Christopher Cox: did not serve.
* Newt Gingrich: did not serve.
* Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy (1954-57) as flight instructor.
* George W. Bush: failed to complete his six-year National Guard; failed to show up
* B-1 Bob Dornan: enlisted after fighting was over in Korea.
* Phil Gramm: did not serve.
* John McCain: Vietnam POW, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.
* Dana Rohrabacher: did not serve.
* John M. McHugh: did not serve.
* JC Watts: did not serve.
* Jack Kemp: did not serve. "Knee problem, " although continued in NFL for 8 years as quarterback.
* Dan Quayle: Journalism unit of the Indiana National Guard.
* Rudy Giuliani: did not serve.
* George Pataki: did not serve.
* Spencer Abraham: did not serve.
* John Engler: did not serve.
* Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer.
* Arnold Schwarzenegger: AWOL from Austrian army base.

Some other notables who notably avoided duty while notably questioning the courage and patriotism of others:

* Sean Hannity: did not serve.
* Rush Limbaugh: did not serve.
* Bill O'Reilly: did not serve.
* Michael Savage: did not serve.
* George Will: did not serve.
* Chris Matthews: did not serve.
* Paul Gigot: did not serve.
* Bill Bennett: did not serve.
* Pat Buchanan: did not serve.
* John Wayne: did not serve.
* Bill Kristol: did not serve.
* Kenneth Starr: did not serve.
* Antonin Scalia: did not serve.
* Clarence Thomas: did not serve.
* Ralph Reed: did not serve.
* Michael Medved: did not serve.

I, of course, never served either. But then I don’t make a career out of attacking the patriotism of others who did.

Tom E.

Scott, you read my mind. I was just coming back to your site after having copied that information from Eerie. I served a peace-time hitch as an infantryman in the Marines in the late 70's. Probably makes me eligible for a good swiftboating from a super patriotic Republican who stayed home to fight the war of ideas against the liberals.

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