Sunday, July 31, 2005

VIDEO WARRIORS TOO BUSY

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Five soldiers who were real human beings and who wanted to live were blown up in Iraq today and are now very much dead. A host of others lost more arms and legs. We read patriotic stories about legless or armless men begging to be sent back to Iraq so they can give more for America.

But it all falls on deaf ears because our patriotic young Republican youth are way too busy, dudes, to go to Iraq when there are so many battles to be fought here at home on video games!

Like Battlefield 2: Special Forces!
Battlefield 2, EA's shock-and-awe continuation of the popular mulitplayer action combat series, is getting fresh reinforcements for its growing coalition of willing gamers. Battlefield 2: Special Forces brings elite units to existing U.S. and Middle Eastern Coalition (MEC) forces, and also brings several new nationalities and factions to combat on land, sea, and air. Things are also getting sneakier and meaner -- always a plus in the competitive arena.

Special Forces showcases a total of six different flavors of "elite" troops, including British SAS, Russian Spetznas, U.S. Navy SEALs, and MEC Special Forces. As with the main game, each newly introduced faction is broken down into the distinct standing character classes. Even raggedy-ass rebel and "insurgent" groups get in on the elite-solider routine (and one of them is in particular conflict with the Spetznas).

Battlefield 2 knew how to kick butt and leave a boot-print from day one, but the Special Forces expansion adds new aspects and entire new dimensions of screw-with-thy-neighbor. An all-purpose grappling hook allows determined players to scale any structure or obstruction within range of the device.
Whoa. Big stuff! Like, wow. Kick butt, take that, you insurgent radicals! Bin Laden better be scared, man.

While our infants at home "screw-with-thy-neighbor" the American consulate of Neuvo Laredo on the Texas/Mexico border had to be closed because of machinegun fire. But even this attack right on our own borders won't drag our gamesters away from their hard work winning battles with video games.

Here is an even better game for our dear right wing youth who want to shock and awe the planet: Shattered Union.
You'll pardon the editorializing, but it must be said: Hell, yes. Somewhere between the edgy (dare we say "topical") subject matter, the just-north-of-beer-and-pretzels gameplay, our own shameless love for anything that even vaguely smacks of Advance Wars, and the lamentably anemic standing of turn-based strategy gaming, Shattered Union comes a-clamoring like an upstart politician making sweet promises amid a dry political season.

If you secretly dug on the pessimistic entertainment doom of Westwood Studio's Red Alert series, Shattered Union may well show up somewhere on your gaming radar. It's 2013, and superpower America has, alas, finally succumbed to a series of politically fragmenting events (up to and including the nuking of Washington, D.C.); as per the name, the Union literally shatters into independent geopolitical territories, and it's your job to put Uncle Humpty Sam back together again... by any means necessary.

A strategic-scale map shows the initial fragmentation of the country, with such new territories as the Pacific Northwest's Arcadia, the Heartland coalition, Dixieland, the "New England Alliance"... and even, ironically, expeditionary "peacekeeping" forces sent from Europe to stabilize the American situation! The actual work of battling to reunify the nation takes place on a closer scale level, with maps showcasing each region's major cities and geographical layout.
Way too cool. Our right wing buddies can virtually blow up America. Doesn't that warm our collective cockles?

You see, this is their game plan: they stay home, training themselves to nuke NYC while they send out real soldiers to die in far lands in futile battles. Then, after utterly destroying our defensive military apparatus and scattering our real soldiers across the planet, they will attack their real enemies: fellow Americans.

Great. I just can't wait. Gads.

Help OYE Help Military Readiness

Ms. Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness

Dear Ms. Donnelly:

As one of the leading supporters of traditional military readiness, you have focused public attention on the serious and tragic consequences of politically-motivated shortcuts to training in the demanding field of carrier aviation, as well as longer-term deployability problems that result directly from politically-correct "family-friendly" policies.

You specifically cite the attractiveness of military service to single mothers, without noting that at least they aren't lesbians. You cite all of these factors as degrading the military readiness of our great nation.

You have also supported not only "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" but encouraged Congress to insist on reinstituting the pre-1994 gay ban entirely. Your only response to the continuing discharges of Arabic, Farsi and Korean linguists under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has been to insist that the Army train only "eligible" linguists.

You have not offered a single suggestion as to where, say, heterosexuals with high language aptitude can be found (if there even are any), or how such individuals can be persuaded to serve our great country by joining our military.

The Army is likely to miss even its reduced recruiting targets for the current fiscal year ending September 30; the Marine Corps missed a monthly quota earlier this year for the first time in years. What about this effect on military readiness?

Nowhere has the Center for Military Readiness simply come forward to urge heterosexual Americans under 42 (the latest maximum enlistment age) to consider serving our country by enlisting. Last November, our country had an election and one party won the White House and both Houses of Congress. They are the leaders of our nation.

How about you? Are you, like many other Republicans, content to leave the responsibility of service to "other people?" If you really care about military readiness, why are you silent?

Don't you realize that, as in the Clinton Administration, but to a much greater degree, the current pace of deployments is hurting our servicemembers, their families, and thus our military readiness?

Don't you realize that the current high rate of re-enlistment is not truly voluntary, as those who choose not to re-enlist are threatened with stop-loss despite not getting the re-enlistment bonus?

Where are you, anyway?

Karl Olson

Thursday, July 28, 2005

I've Found Some New Recruits!

A proud yellow elephant named Elizabeth Woods has created a petition urging President Bush to stay the course in Iraq and resist the tempation to withdraw troops prematurely. She argues that the U.S. military must remain in Iraq for as long as possible:

Many Americans understand the nature of the war we are fighting, but many don't. Those who don't are pressuring the Administration to “develop a strategy that can succeed in Iraq,” and demanding a “timetable” of our plans for Iraq and withdrawal of our troops. There are those who believe it is not so much a War on Terrorism as a War on Al Qaeda. But it isn't. We respectfully remind you that S.J.Res.23, which was enacted September 14, 2001 was broader than that, stating, "That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons."

. . . We understand that this war, like any war, can't be put on a timetable. Certain conditions need to be met before our troops can withdraw. While we urge you and our people in Iraq to move with all possible speed and efficiency, we also urge you to stay as long as it takes to get the job done right. We believe that military matters are best left in the hands of military experts, and therefore urge you to continue to heed the advice of the military on the ground and seek the advice of military experts, both inside and outside the Administration, and adjust the strategy accordingly. We urge you not to bow to pressure to commit to a strategy that leaves no room to adjust for changing circumstances.



Woods is a fervent supporter of endless war. Therefore, I would expect that she, along with her friends and family will rush off to Iraq to help kill terrorists and line the pockets of Bush-Cheney Inc. I applaud her for showing those liberal pansies that Orwellian perpetual warfare is the only respectable road for the United States of America.

JAMBOREE DISASTERS

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This is not a picture of young men blow up in Iraq.

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

From CNN:
A Boy Scout National Jamboree already marred by the deaths of four people weathered another blow Wednesday in Virginia when about 300 Scouts and adults suffered symptoms resulting from the 100-degree afternoon heat, a spokesman for the organization said.

Thousands of Scouts had gathered in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, for the opening ceremonies, which were canceled because of "heat-related health concerns" and the threat of severe thunderstorms.
Got to break them in! The Boy Scouts was founded as a quasi-military organization to harden up young men so they could be better soldiers later on. This worked great in WWI so Boy Scouting became a big thing.

Of course, connecting the activities to the end: being blown up, had to be hidden carefully. This is now so carefully done that they can salute the flag, march in formation, sing patriotic songs, wear uniforms and not even imagine signing up to fight in Iraq.

The adults don't dare mention Iraq to them. No one dares ask them to sign up to be blown up.

Nonetheless, the Jamboree is held in the hot summer sun, hardening them up for reality in Iraq's hot summer sun. Only they couldn't take it.

I worked for 50 years outdoors doing construction work in the very hot sun not to mention freezing cold. The same day the Boy Scouts were fainting from the hot sun, I was outside working as usual. It was hot, all right. Too much airconditioning! Weakens the boys, rendering them unfit for battle!

Yup.

Anyway, these boys were marched out onto a field to await their beloved Leader, AWOL Bush, who was going to egg them into signing up to die for Halliburton. But he didn't come. They sat and sat and fainted in the hot sun while we wonder, what was delaying Bush?

Evidently, he was busy making porcine deals for passing CAFTA so we can have a totally flat earth and lose even more jobs and have lower incomes. And one prize porker was a $1.4 billion gift to Sugarland, Texas. This has no strings attached, it was merely another billion plus so they can have more money for Halliburton.

I think I will faint, too.

Not a bad idea

Gene Lyons:

These lofty sentiments are made more acceptable because, apart from the uniformed military, nobody’s sacrificing a damn thing. (I’m a fan of "Operation Yellow Elephant," a tongue-in-cheek effort to get Young Republicans to enlist. Maybe they should try some Democratic Leadership Council keyboard warriors, too


Thanks to Sally Jo for the tip.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Rumsfeld: US troop withdrawal starting Spring 2006... if...

Dang it, somebody's got to do something about these lousy poll numbers! 51% of Americans think the administration deliberately misled America over Iraq's WMDs. 53% said we can't or won't win the war in Iraq. Sure, 53% said that going to Iraq was not a mistake, but who wants to say that 1,785 servicemen died for a mistake? Even so, 58% thought that we couldn't succeed in setting up a stable democracy in Iraq.

After all, Bush may be a lame duck, but the GOP needs to do well in these upcoming 2006 mid-term congressional elections. Will Republicans seeking to keep/acquire House and Senate seats be dragged down by these numbers that say 57% disapprove of the way Bush is handling the war, less than 50% think it was the right decision to go to war, 64% think Bush has no clear plan for a successful conclusion in Iraq, 54% say Iraq has either hurt or had no effect on the War on Terror Struggle Against Ideological Extremists Who Do Not Believe In Free Societies Who Happen To Use Terror As A Weapon To Try To Shake The Conscience Of The Free World, and 75% think the Iraq War has either increased or not changed the chance we'll suffer domestic terror attacks.

50% of the people think the bigger problem is our troops staying too long, not that they'll leave too soon before stabilizing Iraq. 49% think that we should set a timetable for withdrawal. And people are even starting to think that their neighbors think the same thing; 44% said they thought most people oppose our current Iraq policy.

What to do, what to do... let's see, they're not falling for the Crayola Alert trick anymore...
(AP) Gen. George Casey, the top American commander in Iraq, told U.S. reporters traveling with Rumsfeld that he believed a U.S. troop withdrawal could begin by spring 2006 if progress continues on the political front and if the insurgency does not expand.

However, Rumsfeld, when asked how soon a U.S. withdrawal should happen, said no exact timetable had been set. "But we confirm and we desire speed in that regard," he said, speaking through a translator. "And this fast pace has two aspects."

First, there must be a quickening of the pace of U.S. training of Iraqi security forces, and second there must be closely coordinated planning between the U.S.-led military coalition and the emerging Iraq government on a security transition, al-Jaafari said.

Forecasts by both al-Jaafari and Casey, however, were conditional on curbing the insurgency, which U.S. military officials have said is showing no signs of abating.

The U.S. military has in the past signaled a readiness to draw down troop strength, only to change plans in the face of relentless insurgent attacks.

Another problem has been infiltration of the security forces by insurgents. In its report to Congress last week, the Pentagon acknowledged that this remains a problem and it still is unable to say just how much infiltration there is, despite efforts to improve vetting of recruits.
It sounds like a mighty big if, but I actually think there's a good chance we will be withdrawing some troops by campaign time. After all, the Cheney maladministration has shown time and again that political loyalty and maintaining power are more important than protecting America and supporting her troops.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Help Enlist the Four Horsemen

One of our patriotic commenters, sue, pointed out four able-bodied young men from Gonzaga University calling themselves "The Four Horsemen". These four fine activist America-lovin' young men, Jason Hagglund, Paul Schafer (when he's not backing up Letterman, I suppose), Josh Skipper, and Nick Dahlvang have proclaimed themselves "the men who revolutionized the Gonzaga campus conservative movement."

Judging from their picture, they all appear to be healthy and able to fight in the Glorious Leader's Divine Plan to Democratize the Middle East by Blowing the Hell Out Of It. OK, maybe a little chubby, but with the military relaxing their weight standards, it's nothing a little P.T. (Army lingo for physical training) won't solve.

I know they are eager to sign up for the military, judging by these recent posts on their group blog:
(Regarding the USA unPATRIOTic Act) Our lawmakers have recognized just how important these provisions are in dealing with terrorists and ensuring the security of our nation. That is why yesterday they overwhelming approved the renewal of the act.

(On anti-war protestors being monitored by the FBI) I believe that a simple definition here for a terrorist is one who wishes to disrupt the lives (cause terror) on the people around him or her. This same classification of behavior can be applied to some of the radical liberal protesters who wish nothing more than ill-will on society around them.

(On the "war on nouns") Since well before the 2003 coalition invasion of Iraq, opponents have kept declaring that "Saddam didn't plan 9-11" - as if anyone in authority ever made such a claim. But Al Qaeda wasn't the only problem. Terrorism, particularly Islamist terrorism (closely associated with Islamofascism), was plaguing the world and with little effective response. It was decided that stopping one enemy wasn't enough - there was a bigger picture and a bigger cause.

(Debating an anti-war commenter) There is no hard evidence that Saddam had links to 9/11, but he did have links to terrorists. That is a fact.

You are so quick to call everything a "lie"... sometimes I wish I could be a teacher for a day and when I ask questions to the class and they answer wrong, I will call them LIARS!!!! Because being wrong about something is the same thing as lying, of course. I'm not a cynical, angry individual like yourself, but even for someone who hates Bush so much I can’t understand why you think you know more about our troop needs in Iraq.

My conclusion is that Bush has been wrong, he has made mistakes, but I do believe he feels he is doing the right thing in Iraq. I do believe he has good intentions in Iraq from the beginning. Let go of your hate…or you will be consumed by the Dark Side.
And of course, the cherry on top of the sundae:
(Answering "why don't you enlist?") [W]e've answered this question over and over... we don't enlist because A) There is not the desperate need for recruits as the leftist bloggers and trolls contend, and B) given A, I personally have a career and have not chosen a military one. End of story.
Anyone care to fill them in on the latest military recruiting numbers?

Sunday, July 24, 2005

The Yellow Elephant in the room

Here's an interesting article:

Military Update: Personnel chiefs talk around war's unpopularity


BY TOM PHILPOTT

Published July 24, 2005

Deep into a four-hour congressional hearing last week on why the Army and its reserve components are missing recruiting goals, Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Ark., turned a spotlight on the elephant in the room.

The war in Iraq, Snyder said, is unpopular with many Americans - a fact that needs airing, given the all-volunteer nature of the U.S. military.

(snip)

Snyder, the panel's senior Democrat, finally raised what other lawmakers, two senior defense officials and 10 star-rank officers ignored in their remakes - perhaps in deference to President Bush or to protect troop morale.

"I don't think I agree with the view that somehow all we have to do is change the news reporting that comes from Iraq and Afghanistan, and that's going to take care of our problems," Snyder said. "First of all, there ain't no one in this room going to change the news reporting. These folks are professional journalists. They're reporting what they think is the news. But there's a deeper issue."


Waitaminit. A traitorous Democrap from ARKANSAS says the war isn't popular? Outrage! We need some College Republicans to step up and prove him wrong! Who's with me?

Saturday, July 23, 2005

GOT TO PAY TO PLAY

From commenter MJS who blogs at Mortal Jive:

GOT TO PAY TO PLAY

If you support the war, go fight it
If you don't, stay away
If you're dirty with oil money
Got to pay to play

Gasoline is expensive
Our proud country will not beg
Sign up, Bush supporters
Spend an arm and a leg

(chorus)
Oh, momma done raised you
For the weekends on the lake
Oh, daddy done praised you
For your smile that is fake
You done had the better part
Of the pie we all enjoy
Time to go to Iraq
Time to deploy
Get 'em--ha ha!

Forget about the kegger
Put that bong away
Salute the flag, buddy
Now is the time and day

It will make a man of you
And a woman it will make
Get your boots on off to Boot Camp
Or is your war support just fake?
Man, it better not be fake...

(chorus)
Oh, momma done raised you
For the weekends on the lake
Oh, daddy done praised you
For your smile that is fake
You done had the better part
Of the pie we all enjoy
Time to go to Iraq
Time to deploy
Get 'em--ha ha!

If you support the war, go fight it
If you don't, stay away
If you're dirty with oil money
Got to pay to play

Gasoline is expensive
Our proud country will not beg
Sign up, Bush supporters
Spend an arm and a leg

(chorus)
Oh, momma done raised you
For the weekends on the lake
Oh, daddy done praised you
For your smile that is fake
You done had the better part
Of the pie we all enjoy
Time to go to Iraq
Time to deploy
Get 'em--ha ha!

Friday, July 22, 2005

Reenlist for big bucks to stay in Iraq, or don't... and stay in Iraq

The pro-war Righties have lately been touting recent numbers from the military that show record numbers of servicemembers re-enlisting in their service. "See," they'll beam with pride, "the actual grunts on the ground know we're doing good things over there and can't wait to sign up again, because they believe in the mission and know firsthand that all the gloom and doom coming from the liberal media is bullshit."

Well, there is that huge reenlistment bonus...
On April 3, 2005, 177 Soldiers from the Aviation Brigade, 3d Infantry Division reenlisted with GEN Dan K. McNeill, FORSCOM Commander & MG William G. Webster, Commander, 3d Infantry Division. The Soldiers reenlisted for a combined 993 years and were paid nearly $1.8 million in bonuses.
...so it's hard to tell whether they really love Establishing Middle Eastern Democracy By Blowing The Hell Out Of It or they're just financially desperate to send some money back home to their family on food stamps.
Military families on food stamps? It's not an urban myth. About 25,000 families of servicemen and women are eligible, and this may be an underestimate, since the most recent Defense Department report on the financial condition of the armed forces -- from 1999 -- found that 40 percent of lower-ranking soldiers face "substantial financial difficulties." Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, reports hearing from constituents that the Army now includes applications for food stamps in its orientation packet for new recruits.
But still, no amount of money is worth getting shot and killed. Certainly if a soldier in Iraq doesn't believe in the mission anymore, he'd decline the bonus and return home to family and safety... right? Well, maybe if he had a choice:
"My son in law in Iraq said they are being pressured round the clock to re-enlist or face stop loss. They are being offering $30,000 tax free signing bonus, and told if they don't re-enlist they are going to be Stop Lossed and get zero dollars. They are pushing the troops round the clock to re-enlist. Mark got only three hours sleep in 48 hours but when he got back he was again faced with re-enlisting. Mark said many guys are scared and are signing up, and their families at home are very upset -- for good reason. We really need to push our media and congressmen to expose the horrible way our troops are being treated."

Lisa Gill
Son-in-law in Iraq
So, when your choice is take the money and risk getting shot or don't take the money and risk getting shot, what would you do? Of course the reenlistment numbers are so high! (Speaking of "high", this is the same kind of tortured logic used in the other War on Nouns when they claim that there's huge increases in people seeking treatment for marijuana addiction, when in fact, more people are in treatment because more people are arrested and part of the sentencing is mandatory treatment.)

All those signing bonuses and food stamps are costing us taxpayers some real money. When the soldiers are dying at a rate of 61 per month and recruiting is not refilling the ranks of the Guard and Reserve or Active Duty Military, somebody is going to have to pick up the slack.

That's why the Yellow Elephants are so perfect to the task. They're already living in their mom's basement, so they'll be used to close quarters, bunkers, and taking orders. Their parents' financial ability to provide for them means they won't be needing any food stamps. And with their dedication and zeal, they'll entice a whole new generation to follow their example and join the military, and they'll keep those troops numbers high with their inevitable reenlistment.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

THE STRANGER TALKS TO OUR GENERAL

At Atrios, I caught this news story:
Seattle's Only Features Section • Jul 21 - Jul 27, 2005
THE STRANGER PRESENTS

BY ELI SANDERS
Somewhere in Washington State, in a conservative town he would rather not name, is a lonely liberal man with a high-speed internet connection, a sarcastic wit, and a suggestion for how the U.S. military might fill its recruiting gaps: With pro-war College Republicans.

The man calls himself General J.C. Christian, Patriot, and he runs the online campaign "Operation Yellow Elephant," which has been exhorting young conservatives to carry their support of the Iraq war to its logical conclusion by enlisting for duty on the front lines.
Looks like our Army is Recruiting...attention at least!

No Young Republicans are signing up. I read yesterday that the Pentagon changed the age of enlistment upwards to 41 years old so maybe those whipper snapper's dads and moms can sign up!
This pisses the General off, as do Republicans in his small town who lecture him about his lack of patriotism when he voices opposition to the war. So when the General heard about the military recruiting shortfalls, his mind immediately turned to the young Republican movement: "I thought, 'Well, these people are always talking about patriotism, and always equating patriotism with support for the war, it's time that they walk the walk.'" That sentiment is summed up on his web site, operationyellowelephant.blogspot.com, with the motto: "It's their war. Why aren't they fighting it?"
Well! Prove us wrong, all Bush lovers! Sign up today, sign up no matter what, sign up even if they arrest you like they did those grannies in Tucson.

Just sign up, will ya?

Blast from the Past: College Republicans 2003: The Next Karl Rove

I think there's a Jack Abramoff sighting as well.

While our most dedicated young republicans have been hosting bake sales and attending Howard Dean impersonation contests to support our troops, Jamie was so kind to send us a glimpse into the past to see what the future held for these fine Young Republicans. Lets meet Eric Hoplin, Corinne Schwarz, Nina Licketto and Walter Lee ("after the greatest general") Morris.

Washington Post: At College RNC, the Kids Are All Right- July 28, 2003

"Somewhere in this group is the next Karl Rove," said the current Karl Rove during a speech at the black-tie kickoff banquet held Friday evening in the ballroom of the Capital Hilton on 16th Street.

"You never know if the person coming up to your recruitment table is gong to be the next Karl Rove," lobbyist Jack Abramoff said during his speech that afternoon.

Bridget Elliott says it's getting late and she would love some beer right about now.

Brandy Mavel a member of the Washington State University College Republicans, who hobbled over from the Hilton for this. She broke her ankle on Father's Day in a freak accident on her family farm, she says. "I was run over by a cow. But not even that could stop me from coming."

Let's make a tally sheet for these youngsters looking at the present and review their idols.

1-Tom Delay ( ethics violations, Schiavo, illegal campaign finances)

2-Jack Abramoff ( indicted )

3-Karl Rove ( soon to be indicted-traitor )

The Young Republicans will have a tough time to meet the high standards of the men they idolized then, but I'm sure they're up to the task. There's plenty of laws still to be broken and people to smear for these fine, shining beacons of the new republican generation. I wonder what Google has to offer us as we track their lives now?

Where Have All The Elephants Gone?

So far, the Young Republicans and College Republicans have refused to serve their country. I'm rather surprised that they don't want to go party in the desert to spread democracy and kill Iraqis. Perhaps these young conservatives require more motivation?


Or maybe what they need is demotivation? They seem to forget that by voting for War President Bush they were voting for war. Yet they refuse to fight it!

The male yellow elephants prefer to scream like jackasses instead of going to fight the terra-ists. So what about the ladies? Operation Yellow Elephant is an equal opportunity recruiter. Join up ladies! There are no ditches in Iraq so you won't have to worry about getting any infections.





GRANNIES ARRESTED FOR ENLISTING

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Looks like a posse of grannies decided to walk boldly where Young Republicans fear to tread! Seeing the drop off in recruitment, they decided to join only the recruiting officers called the cops and had them arrested.

9:00 am Wednesday, July 13, 2005 U.S. Army Recruiting Station, 2303 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ

The Raging Grannies want to enlist in the U.S military forces to make possible the immediate return of all U.S. service personnel, and to set an example of what REAL diplomacy can achieve. We would meet with our counterparts in Iraq (women) and come to a mutual agreement of how best for Iraq to regain its own independence, as all U.S. troops, bases and corporations leave their country.

The Raging Grannies are angry about the U.S. maintaining a Permanent War Economy, using military might as the U.S.’s primary tool of Foreign Policy.

The Raging Grannies are angry about the U.S. military recruitment system that lies to young people about the reasons for needing more people in the military. We are angry that our young peoples’ lives are at risk for reasons that have nothing to do with defending our country.

The Raging Grannies are angry that the U.S. is using and has used quantities of Depleted Uranium weapons in Iraq, and other places in the Middle East, jeopardizing the health and environment for 4.5 billion years (providing a source for birth defects, leukemia and other adverse health effects for our own service personnel as well as innocent citizens).

The Raging Grannies are angry that the U.S. is building 14 permanent bases in Iraq. We are angry that U.S. policies are driven by fear-mongering and growing losses of First Amendment Rights. We abhor the use of torture by U.S. forces against detainees.


The entire GOP is proud to wave that flag and run the other way. Isn't that great.

The Battle Hymn of the 101st Fighting Keyboarders

The Admiral from Blogday Afternoon (Attica! Attica!) left this little ditty in the General's comments.

The Battle Hymn of the 101st Fighting Keyboarders
(Sung to the tune of the Marine Corps Hymn)

'tween the walls of mommy's basement
On the floors our spunk has stained
We fight our fights through proxy
With a mouse, keyboard, and brain
First to call for wars of freedom
Policies that kill the poor
We'll do the least that we can do
And fight with our keyboard.

Our George was safe - he made the Guard
And Rush had a sore ass;
Deferments saved Dick's butt five times
But not the working class;
In the dorms of far-off college quads
A light year from the war
You will find us cursin' Democrats
One Hundred-One Keyboards.

There's beer for us and guns for them
And each one has a role;
We're many so glib, we'll flame a Lib,
As warfare takes its toll;
If the Army and the Navy
Are understaffed in war;
Go find another place to turn
We're the One Oh One Keyboards.

Crossposted to Jesus' General.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Calling all Yeller Elerfants!

The DoD may be asking Congress to raise the maximum age for enlistment! Just what the keyboard commandos and I-was/am-too-old Chickenhawks need to put a little steel in their spines! Now it's not just the Young Republicans who can show their mettle by enlisting but so can those like Mr. Doughy Pantload himself, Jonah Goldberg. Soon the excuse of being "too old" will not longer be operative! Beloved Leader will be able to pass on orders for his war straight to the men who want it most as they carry a weapon for the cause, because they don't want to be missing out on those "Last Throes" or anything.
The Defense Department quietly asked Congress on Monday to raise the maximum age for military recruits to 42 for all branches of the service.
...
The administration also asked for an Army-only test of a $1,000 referral bonus that would be paid to current soldiers if they get someone to enter the Army and make it through basic and advanced training. Now, the Pentagon wants that payment to be $2,500.
Woo-Hoo! Jonah, don't delay! Nathan Taylor, they're waiting for you! Now some of those other "Young Republicans" who seem to be "Young" to the age of better than 35 can look at throwing their support and bodies toward enlisting and serving. After all, they voted for it...now they have their chance to serve, where it might not have existed before.


You need the training.

Reason #3697 why Young Republicans need to join the military: you need the training. Look, you're getting your asses kicked by a bunch of patchouli-scented anarchists. You really need some Basic Combat Training.



Lowering the discourse at the top of their lungs

Wednesday, July 20, 2005
By Gabrielle Banks, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Young Republicans of Allegheny County notified the media a day in advance. They were staging a lighthearted protest to egg on Howard Dean outside the Democratic Party fund-raiser at the Church Brew Works in Lawrenceville last night.

Once the TV cameras were rolling, however, the Republicans' competitive "Scream Off" -- to spoof Dean's infamous yowl after last year's Iowa caucuses -- got upstaged by a group of not-so-funny anarchists, who ripped up their placards and tried to outscream the GOP screamers.


screamin

Yeeaaargh! I'm making an ass out of myself and my party while other people are dying in Iraq!























A Duquesne University student named Dan, holding a poster that said "I [love] the GOP," stepped up to resume the contest. "Howard Dean is gay," he said, and was immediately surrounded and lectured by the anarchists.


Jeez. How could you guys allow this to go on? Better join up now so you can take on those damn hippies.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Jenna Bush Wants You!

For Operation Yellow Elephant



The Heretik reports that Jenna and not-Jenna are actually doing their part for the war effort. God bless the first daughters!

Young Republicans and Don't Ask, Don't Tell

With our governing party controlling the Presidency, the Senate and the House, they must accept leadership responsibility and accountability for the current condition of our military.

Although Democratic Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia pushed Don't Ask, Don't Tell into law, American society has changed a lot in the past twelve years. The fine young people now considering enlisting in our military were in junior high or elementary school when Gays in the Military and Don't Ask, Don't Tell overwhelmed the previous President's new Administration.

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and 12 recently kicked out Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have filed a federal case in Boston to be allowed to serve again. The Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military (CSSMM) at the University of California at Santa Barbara has reported that even Arabic and Farsi linguists have been discharged for being gay. [So much for plans to invade Iran.]

One would think that, if Young Republicans choose not to enlist, they would at least encourage their party not to ban real servicemembers who still want to serve.

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

The Presidential iPod Commission: Calling All Young Republicans!

I sent the following email to several chairmen and chairwomen of various College Republican and Young Republican groups across the country. My goal is not only to recruit these fine young ones but also provide them and their president with some kick ass fighting music. Feel free to email this out to your conservative friends.

Hello [John/Jane Doe Conservative],


I am a Republican college student from [your hometown]. I have an idea for a project and I was wondering your organization would like to lend its support. I am spearheading a group called "The Presidential iPod Commission". I came up with this idea several months ago after learning that President Bush has an iPod. According to the report, the president's iPod consists of mostly 1960's and 1970's music, otherwise standard "baby-boomer" fair.

Since the president enjoys exercising whether it be jogging or cycling, an iPod packed with good wholesome tunes would be a vital asset to the president. The music should uphold traditional American values of Christian faith, patriotism, non-homosexual
families, military dominance and free-market capitalism. These tunes could also be great for Young Republican parties!

For instance, I could picture President Bush as well as the Young Republicans getting their "freak on" to the following rockin' tunes:

Radiohead 2+2=5 : Chicago Hard To Say I'm Sorry : Travis The Beautiful Occupation : A Perfect Circle Annihilation : Green Day American Idiot : INXS Devil Inside : Dandy Warhols Hard on For Jesus : Grandmaster Flash White Lines : The Village People Y.M.C.A. : Black Flag Gimme Gimme Gimme : Garth Brooks Two Pina Coladas : Norman Greenbaum Spirit in the Sky : Dead Kennedys California Uber-Alles


Please let me know if you are interested in joining my coalition. My goal is to formally present the full list of songs to the White House on behalf of the Young Republicans. These songs will also serve as the official battle hymns of the 101st Fighting Keyboarders. By bashing liberals instead of enlisting to fight our president's war, they are the true heroes of our generation. Thank you for your time and may God bless America.


Sincerely,

[your name]


If anyone is developing a mailing list of all the College Republicans / Young Republicans please let me know. I think this would be a good way for us to stay in touch with these potential recruits.

New Recruiting Poster

The Army is getting so desperate to put people in their ranks they have come up with a new recruiting poster:

calling Paul Schafer

Their new demographic seems to be portly kids who sit in front of their computers eating cheetos and making jokes about "dhimmicrats" and "hitlery."

Private Jenna

USA Today now urges Jenna Bush to consider setting an example of national leadership.

Commentators are now expressing the spirit of Operation Yellow Elephant, even without the name.

Even in Ashland, Oregon.

I've already written to Ms. Bush directly (Ms. Jenna Bush, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington DC 20500) to encourage her to consider serving.

Nathan Taylor: A too-Young Republican?

Even real Nevadans recognize Nathan Taylor's great leadership and financial management skills.

It's not clear to me why he ignored others' counsel, or tried to do the whole thing himself, even telling off Operation Yellow Elephant when we tried to help him make the convention a success.

What was he thinking?

Does this have any implications for other levels of government?

I hope not.

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Friday, July 15, 2005

When Jody Calls. Oh, Yellow Elephants...

Yeah. The old "Jody" call. The story of Jody and Dear John are as old as the military. Deployments were tough enough in peacetime. The number of my friends and squadronmates who got divorced over being gone kept me from getting married. Out of my last squadron (15 officers) only four are still married to the same women. Pretty sad. Now in Iraq, it's getting worse.
Most of the men in 4th Squad, Charlie Battery, fought two wars while they were in Iraq. There was the war against the insurgents that had them patrolling for roadside bombs and raiding houses at all hours. Then there was the war back home, which had them struggling, over phone lines from 7,000 miles away, to keep their marriages and their bank accounts intact.
...
They all knew about "Jody," the opportunist of Army lore who moved in on a soldier's girl while the soldier was off fighting a war. They had sung hundreds of cadences in basic training deriding the name. But it had always seemed like a joke, something that happened to other guys.
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After surviving the chaos of Iraq, thousands of soldiers have become casualties of a fight they were poorly trained for: keeping control of their family lives during the separation of war. Men and women who feel lucky their units suffered few fatalities say they can name dozens who returned to empty houses, squandered bank accounts, divorce papers and restraining orders.

The Army divorce rate has jumped more than 80% since the fighting began overseas in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The courts around Ft. Hood, the Army's largest post, may have to add another judge to handle the caseload. Divorce lawyers hire extra staff whenever a division prepares to come home.
This has to be one of the saddest stories coming out of Iraq yet. I always cringed when I saw those marriages of young enlisted guys to their HS sweethearts, standing there in their class "A" uniforms beaming with pride, their new bride on their arm. I wondered how long that was going to last, no relatonship other than wham-bam-thank'ya ma'am and a trip to the local justice of the peace.

The young men wanted to know that they were going to be coming home to a faithful, patient, loving wife, perhaps even a new child; the idea of a trimmed lawn and a white picket fence guarding their family as they guarded their perimeter from bad things, squarely in their thoughts as they boarded the transport to Baghdad. No sacrifice was too great to come home to that. But separation, anxiety and lonliness make for a powerful antidote to those dreams. Young wives forced to live in near poverty on a junior enlisted salary soon begin to wonder what it's all about; far from home and their family that separation begins to cause changes metastisize into a cancer that has no cure save their excision from the marriage.

Another thing that was interesting about the article, two of the enlisted men named were reduced in rank for buying and consuming black-market alcohol. How sad is that? Are they not allowed to drink? Is there no EM club they can go to blow off steam? I see the makings of another epidemic of "zero tolerance" substance abuse bullshit coming, and an entire generation of servicemen left high and dry, so to speak because it's cheaper to kick them out than treat them for the legitimate psychological stress that drove them to become involved with substance abuse to begin with. General Discharges and Other-than-Honorable discharges get little to no VA support, and are harder to get "upgraded" by the Board for Correction of Military Records. Maybe that's the 1600 Crew plan to defund the VA...

crossposted to Democratic Veteran

Yellow Elephants let Women Fight in Combat

Many Americans who strongly support opportunities for women in the military nevertheless remain troubled by the idea of women, particularly mothers of young children, and especially single mothers, being exposed to the risks of actual combat.

One reason is the perception, at least, that the higher-profile opportunities go to women officers like Kelly Flinn, while nameless enlisted women 'share' the increased 'opportunities' for actual, personal encounters with serious risks, including capture, maiming and death, with longer-term consequences for our society.

I salute those brave American women, as well as the men, who are serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other dangerous places. We need them there, especially since only women can perform some military police-type functions such as searching other women. They have my undying gratitude and respect, as well as my continued concern for their safety and that of their male comrades-in-arms.

The Center for Military Readiness has taken the lead in bringing this issue to the attention of Congress and the American people. Daily Kos fills in what the mainstream media (MSM) ignores.

In World War II, women were recruited for the Home Front ("Rosie the Riveter") and non-combat positions to "Free a Man to Fight!" Now, is it "Free a Young Republican to Rant?"

I'm 44 and currently too old to serve, although current trends indicate that the Army Reserve may increase its maximum age again this year, from 34 to the current 39 to . . . 45?

Please hurry. I'm ashamed that our country has to consider sending single mothers of young children too close to combat because "girlie-men" refuse to consider serving. I'd rather take that risk myself.

The fact that Operation Yellow Elephant is even necessary is a national disgrace.

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Service and Citizenship

As the OYE TV commercial chugs along (I'm trying to find public domain military footage that doesn't look too dated. Slow work. Please feel free to suggest ideas.) I stumbled upon this gem from the 1950s. Since that's where our Republican colleagues want to bring the world back to, this film should inspire them to sign up now.

From the Prelinger Archives.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Poor, Poor Pitiful Me

Roger Ailes ( the good one ) writes:
That sound coming from Las Vegas is the high-pitched whine of the Cash-Strapped Nevada Chickenhawk
If the military isn't interested, I'm sure Mandalay Bay could put you to work as a bellhop. (Lift with the knees, man!)...read on

Mon Dieu!

In honor of Bastille Day, and in recognition that some members of the 101st Fighting Keyboarders simply don't have the nads to join even the National Guard, I offer the following as a compromise solution:




Now you can pretend to be a soldier without ever having to set foot in Iraq. Bon Voyage!

KAFIR ALIFA--ROAD COWARD

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Here he is! Co-founder of ProtestWarrior! He is a cute, fully functional right wing 101st Keyboard Warrior who can't find his pretty little feet to go to the nearst recruiter and sign up!

So we give him an award:fThe Medal of Cowards.
From the Austin Statesman:
this month, an Austin-based group called ProtestWarrior, which crashes anti-war demonstrations and produced a video that attacks Middle Eastern "Islamo-fascists," informed its members that their credit card information might have been compromised after a Chicago-based hacker cracked the site's code; ProtestWarrior claims that the hacker had intended to give donations to the American Civil Liberties Union, among other organizations.

The FBI is investigating, but no charges have been filed.

Last year, a group of hackers associated with the Black Hat Hacker's Bloc wormed its way into conservative political and news Web sites, grabbed credit card information and donated $2,400 to groups that included the Sierra Club and the Animal Protection Institute, according to the National Journal's Technology Daily.

The activity is a new front in a cyber-political war being waged with young, committed hackers as foot soldiers. With dizzying technical skills and a political ideology spurring them on, these "hacktivists" have engaged in a series of confrontations that veer between annoying mischief and possibly criminal attempts to seize checkbooks.

The latest battle involves ProtestWarrior, which dispatches its members to demonstrate against protesters at anti-war rallies or the president's inauguration with pert, if snarky, slogans such as "Except for Ending Slavery, Fascism, Nazism and Communism, War has Never Accomplished Anything."

The ProtestWarriors and the person they say hacked their Web site in January have addressed the episode on, what else, the Web.


Aw. Poor baby. We should assist him in his quest to fight "Islamofascists". They certainly would love to play war games with him.

POW-MIA CHIEF AWOL

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I am glad to see the Young Republicans have learned their lessons well at the knees of masters like AWOL Bush! Losing money takes skill and dedication and is hard work!

Looks like the Bolton clone wars continues with the Republicans and Bush:From the Associated Press:
The man leading the Defense Department's search for missing American service members is being investigated by the Pentagon for allegations of abusive management, The Associated Press has learned.

The accusations include reprisals against subordinates and sexual harassment of a female employee, according to Pentagon officials familiar with the inquiry.

Jerry D. Jennings, a deputy assistant secretary of defense, also has been accused by groups outside government of undermining his own office's mission of accounting for service members considered missing in action. They say he has alienated families of the missing and demoralized his staff.
He is now hiding in an undisclosed place. Perhaps it is at the home of the head of the Young Republicans in Las Vegas?

I also wonder when the GOP will claim their guy harrasses women at work because of Clinton? As we all know, the crazed gerbil sex lives of the GOP is entirely due to the fact that Clinton was born. Like Jesus, his mere birth unleashed vast sexual energies that utterly unmanned them all.

Chickenhawk Squawking Whining

Ah, young Nathan Taylor. Remember him? The Chairman of the Young Republican National Convention in Las Vegas? You know the one who said such inspiring things as:
Nathan Taylor further commented "It is no wonder why so-called political leaders who cater to these malcontents no longer control the Presidency, the Congress, most governorships nor state legislatures. They clearly stand for nothing but thwarting those brave men and women who desire only to protect us from our proven enemies."
What a guy. Well, seems old Nathan isn't making any friends on his side of the aisle either. Apparently the convention wasn't a money-maker, and Nathan has been stiffed with the bill. For as much as 25 Grand.
Nevada's chapter of the Young Republicans has basically imploded, leaving its chairman with up to $25,000 in personal debt and allegations that he mishandled money.

All but three people have resigned from the statewide group, but the fallout could prove increasingly embarrassing to the entire state Republican Party.

Today, the chairman of the group, Reno resident Nathan Taylor, plans to hold a press conference attacking three of the state's party leaders -- Sen. John Ensign, Rep. Jim Gibbons and Rep. Jon Porter.
Well, he's learing how to be a republican attack dog early on in his young career, except he's attacking the wrong side. Go Nathan!!
"I've got bills at the hotel I can't pay," said Taylor, a 29-year-old political science senior at UNR who said he had to quit his food service job and drop classes to plan the convention.

Taylor estimates that the convention, attended by about 600 people from around the nation, is at least $10,000 -- and up to $25,000 -- in the red.

As the chairman, he said he'll personally have to cough up the cash.

"It's a really sad day when my congressmen and my senator, who are sitting on millions, can't cut me a check for $25,000," Taylor said. "I don't think I'm asking for much."
The tears are just about to fall on my cheeks. Young Taylor might have a future with the President's Council of Economic Advisors or the House Ways and Means Committee, he obviously has mastered Deficit Spending 101.
But within days after dropping the charges against Taylor, all but three members of the state Young Republican group resigned, saying they were convinced the convention would turn up short of money.
So, the other YR's were sure it was loser, but our boy he just kept on keepin on!
Robyn Pladson, chairwoman of the North Dakota Young Republicans and a member of the national group appointed to oversee convention finances, said Taylor refused to give information that the oversight group requested.
Just following the lead of his heros in DC, that's all. Oversight? That's for pussies and losers!
Taylor said the charges against him are all politically motivated, and he is holding the press conference today because he wants to get his life back in shape.

"I was put through hell," he said. "It hurt me, it hurt my family. I had broken my back and lost everything to put on this convention."
Wow! What a guy. Broke his back and lost everything. Well, if it's any consolation, he might still be able to enlist, get deployed and fend off his creditors under the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act. But really, would you want this guy next to you? I mean I can only take so much whining....on the bright side, since the US Government is now allowing folks who can be charged under the Espionage Act to keep their security clearances, his financial problems should be no barrier to at least a Secret with a Background Investigation.


You Go, Nathan!



cross-posted from Democratic Veteran

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Some dare call it TREASON

While the heroic operatives of Operation Yellow Elephant labor night and day to increase the strength of our cherished Armed Forces, an insidious enemy attempts to destroy everything we accomplish. Yes, an implacable foe is seducing the able-bodied College Republicans into a sordid life of shameless punditry, when they could be performing useful service in Fallujah.

The internship program, arguably one of the strongest in the nation, provides a comprehensive work and learning experience for over 100 young students and recent graduates each year. Young leaders are identified and through the leadership development program, they are given opportunities to participate in a wide variety of training and educational seminars whereby gaining valuable skills and credentials.


What monster could be so bold, so devilish, that they would take these potential soldiers and have them perform menial office work for no money? Why, The Heritage Foundation, of course. It was Frank Capra who warned us in WWII to "Know Your Enemy," and now we must be aware of the insidious conspiracy that works relentlessly to sap the strength of our nation.

WWKD

Nathan Taylor
Chair, 2005 Young Republican National Convention

Steve Damion
New Jersey College Republicans

Dear Mr. Taylor and Mr. Damion,

It looks like the enemies of all that is good and decent are out to destroy you. Articles and blogposts published today suggest that both of you are involved in financial controversies relating to your stewardship of state and national College Republican and Young Republican funds.

Kos, a man as French as the Pope, links to a series of emails exchanged between you (Mr. Damion) and various New Jersey Republican politicos. These emails culminate in your resignation as the NJCR president after allegations of embezzlement and extortion are made against you.

Mr. Taylor faces similar problems. An article published Wednesday in the Las Vegas Sun quotes Taylor as saying that the recent Young Republican National Convention you chaired may be as much as $25,000 in the red. The article also notes that members of the Nevada Young Republicans had earlier asked the Reno Police Department to investigate what had become of convention funds matching that exact amount, but withdrew their request after being contacted by the national organization.

I think it's time for you to get tough. Look to our national party leaders for guidance. First, ask yourself, "What would Karl do?"

Your enemies are numerous. Surely, one or two of them have relatives who are covert intelligence agents. Betray them now. Your future is more important than any national security concern. It'll make the others think twice before they speak out against you.

Second, ask yourself, "What would Tom DeLay do?" The answer, of course, is that he'd turn the lingering death of another human being into a political opportunity.

Scour your local hospitals. Find a grieving family saying their final goodbyes to a loved one. Then, step in and turn those final moments into a political circus. Like the Majority Leader, you'll be rewarded with a base of god-fearing Republicans who'll do anything they can to defend you.

Finally, ask yourself, "What would College Republican National Committee Chair Paul Gourley do?" You know the answer to that. He'd hound every ninetyish year old Republican he could find with fundraising letters asking them to show their faith in Our Leader by giving him money. He raised millions that way. You could replace your missing thousands in no time.

Well, I've shown you the way. All you need to do is make it happen.

Heterosexually yours,

Gen. JC Christian, patriot

Helmet tips to readers Pat, John, Jo, KP (are you one of my former professors) and Janice.

Crossposted to Jesus' General

Young Republicans -- Sign Up Today!


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UPDATE: I've had a request for a downloadable PDF -- click here to get it.

OYE at The Republican National Convention-PART II

With so many people asking to see more of Paul Rieckhoff, founder of Operation Truth. I had to come through. Here's the full 12 minute version of this possibly French produced piece.

In this clip, our lord and savior proclaims these majestic colloquys>


Video-( posted at C&L)

Bush: Our men and women in uniform are doing a superb job for America.

Bush: We will give you all the resources, all the tools and all the support you need for victory.

Bush: There's nothing complicated about supporting our troops in combat.


Narrator: That sounded good, but in the weeks since the convention his administration has made no move to change its policy of cutting veterans' benefits. Getting fresh boots on the ground, though, is still a priority.

An Ode to the Young Republicans

And to those watching tonight who are considering a military career, there is no higher calling than service in our Armed Forces. We live in freedom because every generation has produced patriots willing to serve a cause greater than themselves. Those who serve today are taking their rightful place among the greatest generations that have worn our nation's uniform. When the history of this period is written, the liberation of Afghanistan and the liberation of Iraq will be remembered as great turning points in the story of freedom.

-- President George W. Bush, June 28, 2005



The following poem is dedicated to all the Young Republicans out there. Search deep within your hearts my young conservative chaps to find your inner strength. Take heed of the words of our president--there is no higher calling (except for serving the Lord Jesus Christ) than service to the Empire. I urge you, I plead with you, please unlock your true potential and serve the Empire. Be a part of history! Let your greatness shine forth across all the desparate Muslim lands! I trust that you will follow your heart and answer the call.

God bless you, my fine Young Republicans.

The White Man's Burden by Rudyard Kipling:

Take up the White Man's burden--
Send forth the best ye breed--
Go, bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait, in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild--
Your new-caught sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child.

Take up the White Man's burden--
In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred times made plain,
To seek another's profit
And work another's gain.

Take up the White Man's burden--
The savage wars of peace--
Fill full the mouth of Famine,
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
(The end for others sought)
Watch sloth and heathen folly
Bring all your hope to nought.

continue reading
The White Man's Burden...

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West Virginia, Mountain Mama

The people of Morgantown, WV gave President Bush a rousing welcome when he dropped by on the Fourth.


More pictures at Republicans Hate America.

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Deep inside Operation Yellow Elephant

Funny satire from Ripley's podcast.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

California's Young Republicans have been working hard, and now it's time for a convention



The Young Republican Federation of California's statewide convention is coming up on July 23rd. It will be held in Sacramento and promises to be an exciting event with elections, guest speakers and a no host bar. I guess the Young Repubicans of California have been mighty busy and deserve a convention to cut loose and have a little fun.

According to YRNC Chairman
Nathan Taylor:


“Most of our members either serve, have served, or plan to serve in the
United States Armed Forces,
or have participated in events or projects
supporting the United States Armed Forces
. We will not be intimidated.”

What kind of projects are going on in California?

On March 17, 2005, the
San Diego Young Republicans bravely faced the St. Paddy's day crowds at a bar.


Meanwhile in Iraq

On May 21, 2005, the they tackled some
wine tasting:



Meanwhile in Iraq







Well, the San Diego YR's certainly are doing their part. Let's take a look at the projects they have lined up for the future:

JULY HAPPY HOUR
July 14, 2005, 6 PM
Join us at our July Happy
Hour.It will be held at 6:30 pm on July 14th at
Nick's at the Beach in
PB


Annual Beach BBQ & Bonfire
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Join us for
our Annual Beach BBQ & Bonfire on the beach. This year we will be holding
the bbq & bonfire on the beach at Shelter Island and we hope to secure a
great spot on the beach right across from Humphrey's that has a great view of
the skyline. YRs will be providing the food for the bbq and hopefully we can get
some games organized as well. Bring yourself, a friend and BYOB (to share with
the group, no bottles please)!

A DAY AT THE RACES
Sunday, August 28th, 2005
Please join us for A
Day At The Races Sunday, August 28, 2005 Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Gates
open at 11:30 a.m. First Post at 2:00 p.m. We have reserved six tables of four
at the Stretch Run Grill (see map at bottom)


I wonder what will be going on in Iraq on July 30th, while San Diego's Young Republicans are getting drunk and roasting weiners on the beach?

Checking in with the Orange County Republicans, we find they've been busy meeting washed-up movie stars and getting loaded on Flag Day. In addition to these important activities, it looks like the OCYR's have received firearms training,


so it shouldn't be much of a problem for them to take care of this.

(For the record, these activities are not cherry picked to make them look bad. These are their activities that they have chosen to post on their sites. Other than some political meetings, this is the stuff these YR's have been doing. Hell, there's not even a chapstick drive.)

Good Job Young Republicans of California, have a great convention! Hope to see you there.

National Guard misses recruiting goal for 9th straight month

As a former Guardsman, I can tell you that the #1 reason I joined was to find a way to pay for college. I didn't want to be in the Active Duty military; I had my schooling and my music to consider. But also, I wasn't actively lobbying President Reagan to invade and occupy any Middle Eastern countries at the time, either.

The idea of a weekend a month and two weeks a year in service to my country was just the right level of commitment for me at that time. I also liked that I would be stationed in my own state and could remain close to friends and family.

Finally, it was philosophically easier to accept that I was more likely to be filling sandbags during a flood or providing support for a forest fire and not shooting at other people and trying not to get blown up. After all, the Guard would only be mobilized for real, active duty warfare on the slim chance that we were invaded or some other national emergency. This was back in the late-1980's when we still believed in the Guard as only a support force of last resort.

So it is no big surprise that the National Guard has missed its recruiting goal for the ninth straight month. If potential Guardsmen wanted a full-time job shooting people in the desert, they would have joined the regular Army -- and apparently, not many people want that job, either.
The Army Guard was seeking 5,032 new soldiers in June but signed up only 4,337, a 14 percent shortfall, according to statistics released Monday by the Pentagon. It is more than 10,000 soldiers behind its year-to-date goal of almost 45,000 recruits, and has missed its recruiting target during at least 17 of the last 18 months.

Some governors have complained about shortages of troops and equipment in their Guard units, prompting the Guard to set a goal of keeping half of each state's Guard forces at home at any given time.

Guard troops make up more than one-third of the soldiers in Iraq, numbering six brigades plus a division headquarters. In the next rotation of troops, to take place over the next two years, the Guard's portion of the total force in Iraq is expected to drop substantially as newly reorganized active-duty Army units come on-line and take up more duties there, officials said.

The entire Army is suffering from recruiting problems, but the other components of the service -- the active-duty force and the Reserve -- made their goals for June. Both, however, remain well behind their annual goals, which they measure from October 2004 to September 2005.

The regular Army has recruited 47,121 soldiers, or 86 percent of its goal of 54,935 for this point in the year. It is trying to reach 80,000 by the end of September. Officials are becoming less hopeful they will make it, even though the summer is considered the high season for recruiting, as recent high school graduates look for jobs.

The Army Reserve has recruited 15,540 soldiers, or 79 percent of its goal of 19,753 at this point in the year.
With the tremendous shortfall of new recruits for the President's Glorious Mission to Democratize the Middle East by Blowing The Hell Out Of It, now is the time, more than ever, to encourage those young College Republican war supporters to visit their National Guard Recruiter. If the plan to keep half the Guard forces stateside proves true, then our Yellow Elephants have a fifty/fifty chance of spending their Guard service stateside, as did President Bush and I. Then they can serve their weekend-a-month, two-weeks-a-year and cheerlead for the war with a clear conscience.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Corporate Media Notices OYE

The Question is now being asked.

And the satirists have answered it.

Along with the non-corporate The Nation.

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RECRUITS GO HERE!

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From Kevin Drum:
On the right, courtesy of reader Bryrock from Murfreesboro, is the not-so-serious news. It's one of those pictures that's too funny not to post.

St. Lucie County FL Republican Club - In Focus

It's really wonderful that the good people at the St. Lucie County (FL) Republican Club are hosting a barbecue fundraiser at their local Yacht Club to benefit a college scholarship fund for 17-year-old Anthony Bonna.

Young Mr. Bonna is a committed Young Republican and a serious political junkie, so we're quite pleased that the St. Lucie County Republicans are one of the Thousand Points of Light.

Of course, one wonders why they neglected to inform Mr. Bonna of the excellent college tuition money available for serving in the U.S. military, especially as service in the Global War on Terrorism will certainly boost his inevitable political career.

Let's encourage the St. Lucie County Republican Club to Support Their President!

OYE Letters to the Editor - the first step

Let's see if we can let these publications know about Operation Yellow Elephant, a spontaneous grass-roots citizens' initiative to Support Our Troops.

Here's the proof in Letters to the Editor from all over America:

California.

South Florida:

Bob Herbert's June 17 column, "They won't go," emphasized the inability of Army recruiters to fill their quota of enlistees. So desperate is the Army, that they have lowered academic standards. They spend their days trolling the poorest of neighborhoods for recruits.

Recruiters should be going to the Young Republican Clubs on college campuses. These young men and women supported the war, campaigned for George W. Bush and now need to step up to the plate and enlist in the military. To do less than that would be hypocritical.

Next on their list should be all the Bush households that have military age children. They also need to serve. Oh, by the way, joining the National Guard won't help this time.

Pauline Grande
Boca Raton

South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale FL, 24JUN05, p. 22A

Let's tell these papers how Operation Yellow Elephant is Supporting Our President!

2LT Teddy Pataki, USMC, controversial start to career

You can tell that the United States Marine Corps was quite proud that New York Governor George Pataki's son Teddy was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant last month. Their press release told the whole story. MAR 2010: Updated link.

I'm impressed. He seems like a fine young man, a natural leader of men, football player, fraternity president at Yale, etc. 'Just the kind of young officer we want leading our young Marines in Iraq.

Then I got to the last paragraph. At age 22, in the prime of life, he plans to defer the real Marine experience to go to Law School? That's part of the deal, I'm told (see comments), but he really should reconsider.

Yes, I know that the Marines will need new lawyers in a few years, etc. But don't you think that 2LT Pataki would have a lot more credibility as a military lawyer with a tour on the ground leading Marines under his belt? OCS Quantico may be tough, but not as tough as Iraq.

His father's political support for the war is not relevant, because 2LT Teddy Pataki is his own man. Teddy: We know it's the deal you signed up for, and that you're not getting paid or anything as part of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). But please consider your country's current needs. Law school will still be there.

You may not be an elephant, and I, for one, know you're not yellow. We are still impressed by your commitment to your country just by your signing up under the PLC-JAG program which allows you to defer your service to go to law school. But you can still make your own decision. Thank you.

Note to media: Look at the press release. 2LT Pataki is a public figure and is even old enough to drink. He can make his own decisions. He'll do the right thing.

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Why Republicans Support OYE

Just because Operation Yellow Elephant is nonpartisan doesn't mean that its bloggers and supporters are. Quite the contrary.

But we all recognize that it's better for our country if the strongest and most vocal supporters of our governing party are also demonstrating credible leadership by volunteering to serve.

IF (granted, that's a big if) the College Republicans and the Young Republicans volunteer to serve in noticeable numbers, that'll show the Democrats that the Republican Party is truly on its way to a permanent majority in the United States.

But if not, I'm afraid I'll even consider voting for Hillary in 2008. After all, if we can't stomach a fight in Iraq, there's no way we'll be able to go against her.

The Path of The Righteous Ones

Agitprop has a nice little rant dedicated to OYE. Read and remember.

Will Troop Reduction Rumors save the Yellow Elephants?

We're sure getting a whole mess of leaked memos coming out of Britain, aren't we? First the Downing Street Memos, now this:
LONDON, July 10 (Reuters) - A leaked document from Britain's Defence Ministry says the British and U.S. governments are planning to reduce their troop levels in Iraq by more than half by mid-2006, the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported.
Now I hope this is true, but I remember hearing reports of us lowering troop levels right before the 2004 election as well, and it didn't happen. And ain't it funny now how this memo is conveniently leaked right after the London Bombings and as Bush's poll numbers decline. When I see our servicemembers' boots on American soil, I will believe it.
The memo said Washington planned to cut its forces to 66,000 from about 140,000 by early 2006.

"Emerging U.S. plans assume 14 out of 18 provinces could be handed over to Iraqi control by early 2006," the memo said.
Hasn't it always been the case that 14 of the 18 provinces were relatively stable, anyway? It's those central Fallujah / Baghdad provinces that have always been the problem, you know, the populated ones. You could say that 95% of American counties don't have a problem with gang violence, either, but that doesn't lessen the impact of the gang violence in the 5% that do have a problem.
The United States and Britain have the two largest contingents of foreign forces in Iraq and the memo described the impact a reduction of U.S. and British forces might have on other allied troops.
Well, two of the top three. The #2 spot is held by 20,000 stateless mercenaries (we like to call them "contractors"), answerable to no government or law of war.

Maybe the US and UK are just finally coming to the realization that so many other countries of our "coalition of the bribed willing" are coming to. Recently Bulgaria announced they'd be pulling their 450 troops by the end of the year, and Japan has plans to do the same. According to GlobalSecurity.org:
Countries which had troops in or supported operations in Iraq at one point but have pulled out since: Nicaragua (Feb. 2004); Spain (late-Apr. 2004); Dominican Republic (early-May 2004); Honduras (late-May 2004); Philippines (~Jul. 19, 2004); Thailand (late-Aug. 2004); New Zealand (late Sep. 2004); Tonga (mid-Dec. 2004) Hungary (end Dec. 2004); Portugal (mid-Feb. 2005); Moldova (Feb. 2005)

Countries planning to withdraw from Iraq: Poland (starting Jan.05 and completed by end.05(?)); the Netherlands (Mar. 05); Bulgaria (end of 2005, depending on circumstances); Ukraine (entire contingent, in stages until mid-October 2005), Italy (Sept. 2005)

Countries which have reduced or are planning to reduce their troop commitment: Ukraine (-200 during Fall04 rotation); Moldova (reduced contingent to 12 around mid-2004); Norway (reduced from ~150 to 10 late-Jun.04, early Jul.04); Bulgaria (-50, Dec.04); Poland (-700, Feb.05).
No, Mr. Bush, I didn't forget about Poland.

Will this be the troop reduction that spares the lives and commitment of our beloved Yellow Elephants? Are we really ready to hand off the job of securing Iraq to those 160,000 Iraqi security forces President Bush told us about? You know, the ones that "are at different levels of readiness. Some are capable of taking on the terrorists and insurgents by themselves. A larger number can plan and execute anti-terrorist operations with Coalition support. The rest are forming and not yet ready to participate fully in security operations." By "some" he means about 2,500, by a "larger number" he means about 8,900, and by "the rest" he means around 150,000.

Then there's that nagging problem of the overextending of our Guard and Reserve. According to the New York Times:
...the Army is running perilously low on its Reserve and National Guard soldiers who largely fill certain critical support jobs, like military police and civil affairs officers and truck drivers. Marine Corps reservists are facing similar constraints.

A main reason for the shortages is that more and more of these troops who have been involuntarily mobilized are nearing their 24-month maximum call-up limit set by the Bush administration, military personnel specialists say.

"By next fall, we'll have expended our ability to use National Guard brigades as one of the principal forces," said Gen. Barry McCaffrey, a retired four-star Army commander who was dispatched to Iraq last month to assess the operation. "We're reaching the bottom of the barrel."

In the last several months, the chief of the Army Reserve, Lt. Gen. James R. Helmly, has repeatedly cautioned that the Reserve was "rapidly degenerating into a 'broken' force."

Some governors have complained that, with forest fire season beginning, they are confronting unprecedented shortages of National Guard personnel and equipment at a critical time. Facing similar complaints last summer, Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, promised governors that he would keep at least half of each state's guard troops at home for use in state missions.

In Oregon, another state where National Guard units are often mobilized to fight forest fires, fewer helicopters are also causing worry. "We don't have the aircraft we've had before," said Capt. Mike Braibish, a spokesman for the Oregon National Guard. "We're still going to be there. It's just going to take longer to get there."
Now, we know that Young College Republicans don't want to see their homes and families victimized by forest fires, hurricanes, or floods. And we've heard from so many of them that have "other priorities" like their family, schooling, or career.

So let's encourage them all to take a good look at the Guard & Reserve. They can serve part-time right here in America, keeping their own home states safe from natural disaster while continuing on with their "other priorities". With that rumored reduction of forces in Iraq from 140,000 to 66,000, they would be even less chance they'd have to worry about raising money for their own body armor for the privilege of dodging IED's in Fallujah.

Propaganda Division Reporting, Sir!

This is Colonel Arken from the Media and Propaganda division reporting for duty, general!

Here are the two Operation Yellow Elephant PSAs, troops. You know what to do-

30 second spot.

60 second spot.

Send these to your local radio stations.

Now MOVE IT! MOVE IT! MOVE IT!

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Republican Chickenhawk "Disinvites" Apprentice Winner

This just in from Mr. Atrios:
July 11, 2005 -- THE Young Republicans have given cocky "Apprentice" punk Kelly Perdew the boot. The brash Perdew, now working for Donald Trump after winning the second season of "The Apprentice," was slated to emcee Saturday's black-tie dinner at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, which closed the Young Republican National Convention. But convention chairman Nathan Taylor got fed up with Perdew's irksome antics and unceremoniously disinvited the former Marine at the last moment. A fired-up Taylor tells PAGE SIX's Fernando Gil: "Who does this guy think he is? Just because he works for Donald Trump doesn't give him the right to demand first-class airfare, limousine rides, and act like a total prima donna. He's been a total nightmare for me!" Since winning "The Apprentice," Perdew has garnered a reputation for being difficult. As we reported in May, he threw a drunken fit aboard an airplane and ranted to dumbfounded fellow passengers, "Do you know who I am?!"

Ah, "fame."