Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Chickenhawk Roosting Graphic

I was surprised by the reception that the "Chickenhawk Roosting" graphic got, as originally posted by Gen. J.C. Christian, Patriot. I would like to support, in any way I can, our brave, selfless young OYE volunteers who would like to print out their own sign, and plaster it up where GOP youth "fighting the culture war" meet and reside.

I've put up a post on my own site containing links to the higher-end graphics, but to save you a trip, here's the GIF (170 KB) and the PDF (136 KB). I suggest you do the old right click and "save as".

Now that I've been invited to contribute to OYE, I hope to produce more worthwhile contributions to the cause and be useful as your man in Washington DC.

We should listen to what the soldiers in Iraq are saying

I caught this from Shakespeare's Sister and felt it needed to be spread far and wide across the blogosphere.

From the sadly-and-ironically named blog, One Foot in the Grave, by Sgt. Thomas J. Strickland, 27, of Douglasville, GA. (With a few "u's" changed to "*'s" by me to beat any filters.)

August 13, 2005

The insurgency is on the rise in our area, with a most impressive coordinated assault on one of my sister FOBs (St. Joe) under their belt. Apparently they have enough folks and sophistication in my back yard where they can simultaneously place accurate mortar rounds on three seperate locations (at least 30k apart) to tie up any ground mounted quick reaction forces, as well as offer up multiple RPG strikes on the guard towers at Joe. These RPG attacks really bring out the QRF who face their own ambush as they come out the gate, at least 12 insurgents occupying buildings with an overwatch position to Joe's only entrance armed with more rpg's and small arms. The only possible responses are tanks or Apaches. Luckily we have both on call. 12 dead insurgents, destroyed buildings, a compromised FOB, sustained, accurate and unaswered indirect fire and lots o unanswered questions later... I'm here.

What the f*ck has my chain of command been doing? We were winning somewhat when I left. And now we're being pinned down in our own f*cking homes? Insurgents are pushing locals out of their homes and taking over my area at will? What kind of f*cktarded plan have we been half-assedly executing? Obviously the kind that neglects sound contact with locals. Obviously the kind that gives further distance to unbridged gaps between soldiers and locals. Obviously the kind that has shown enough weakness when confronted by the insugency that it has been encouraged to grow.

Back home (the USA kind) I have no home, no job, and my commander in chief is on vacation (he's about 20 days behind Ronald Reagan right now in the race to become the most vacationing president ever. Hey W! we all got our fingers crossed! Here's to you and two more years of presidency...er vacationing!). Luckily pretty much everything that is important to me can fit into the back of a truck. Luckily I just paid off one of those.

In their fear to build relationships and get out of their hiding holes the FOBbits above me have f*cked my friends and I.

We've just completed the first 1/4 of our tour. we've sent 4 of 24 members of this platoon home with injuries.

Thankfully we're not like another who has sent 8 home in body bags...but we got 9 months to go.
Sgt. Strickland didn't even make it 9 more days:
The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died on August 15, 2005, in Al Mahmudiyah, Iraq, when their HMMWV accidentally rolled over into a canal. All three were assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 108th Armor Regiment, Calhoun, Ga.

Killed were:

Sgt. Thomas J. Strickland, 27, of Douglasville, Ga.

Spc. Joshua P. Dingler, 19, of Hiram, Ga.

Sgt. Paul A. Saylor, 21, of Norcross, Ga.
What the f*ck has your chain of command been doing, indeed, Sgt. Strickland.

[Cross-posted at Radical Writ]

Highlight Of A Republican Idiot

I just had to post this right up front for everyone to see. This is a comment that was made regarding my tragedy, and by extension, the tragedy of everyone in the south:
That’s ok about the iPod as we will just chalk it up to another promise broken by a democrat.

As for not knowing and not preparing well don’t fret our Republican leadership will once again help those who cannot help themselves.

Lastly, please know as well that the Young Republicans of PA have set up donation links and corporate sponsors to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Once again republicans will make a positive difference in people’s lives.
This was posted by somebody named red pubulis who has officially joined the ranks of the biggest idiot in history.

Young Republican

Tip o the hat to RacerX at Daily Kos for this one.

Young Republican Ryan Chapman believes that Cindy Sheehan and the Crawford protestors should be tear-gassed.

A man with this kind of brains, guts, and determination is just the kind of guy we need to fight terror in Iraq. Sign him up, and ship him out!

Reason Number 514 for the war

CORONADO, Calif. -- President Bush answered growing antiwar protests yesterday with a fresh reason for US troops to continue fighting in Iraq: protection of the country's vast oil fields, which he said would otherwise fall under the control of terrorist extremists.

-snip-

Appearing at Naval Air Station North Island to commemorate the anniversary of the Allies' World War II victory over Japan, Bush compared his resolve to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's in the 1940s and said America's mission in Iraq is to turn it into a democratic ally just as the United States did with Japan after its 1945 surrender.

-snip-

"If Zarqawi and [Osama] bin Laden gain control of Iraq, they would create a new training ground for future terrorist attacks," Bush said. ''They'd seize oil fields to fund their ambitions. They could recruit more terrorists by claiming a historic victory over the United States and our coalition."

The President then urged the crowd to sing louder and keep clapping, or Tinkerbell would die.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

I'm Still Alive - A Non-Typical OYE Post

Terrible update here...

Hey everybody. I offered to give a 512 Mb iPod to the winner of the sign contest. I fear that I may not be able to keep the promise, although I will try. Both me and my fiance have recently become refugees because of Hurricane Katrina, and I seriously do not know when I will have a normal life again. This is what I posted on my website.
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Hurricane Katrina. It may very well be the perfect storm that New Orleaneans feared. I live in Uptown New Orleans -- this is my story.

*Friday* I worked all day and then went home. Didn't know about the storm -- I was just looking forward to Friday cocktails.

*Saturday* Awoke to a WTF realization that a gigantic storm was brewing in the Gulf. Began to worry. Went to bed with the thought that Linda and I were going to ride this out in our house.

*Sunday* I woke up at 6 am. Katrina's maximum sustained winds were about 160 mph. I immediately went upstairs and informed Linda that were are getting the hell out, and fast. We loaded up the Subaru station wagon with two cats, my laptop, and a couple of changes of clothes.

I drove for almost 15 hours straight before I landed somewhere in the south of Arkansas. We couldn't find a hotel to sleep in, and we definately could not sleep in our car -- our seats were practically vertical with no room for decline. We found a room in a Best Western, but the lady at the front desk saw my cat Babs and told me that I couldn't have the only room that she had left because we have cats. We drove for another hour and 1/2 before we finally went to sleep.

*Monday* We watched the destruction on the television like everybody else. We quickly grew tired of seeing reporters standing in front of secure hotels with their Gortex jackets blowing in the wind. We wanted to know what was going on with our house. Our lives. We couldn't get in touch with our friends who decide to ride out the storm.

*Tuesday* We decided to check out of our hotel in Wilmar, AR and go to an old friend's house in Dallas. We are officially refugees. We don't know if we have a house. We don't have any clothes. We don't have anything. We are sleeping tonight on a blow up mattress in my friend's office / music room.

We don't know when we will be able to go back home. We don't know if we have a home.

I will keep you posted.

The George W. Bush National Yellow Elephant Sanctuary

Photos from Mykeru's White House sign posting op:







Monday, August 29, 2005

Libertarians coming on board for OYE

Ben Shapiro's squawking over being called a chickenhawk has gotten so annoying that even his fellow wingnuts at World Nut Daily are taking time out of their busy lives to smack him down. Here "Vox Day" takes his whacks:

It is entirely possible that my WND colleague has a perfectly good reason for not serving his country in its moment of need. For all I know, he may have a weak heart, a wooden leg, a predilection for San Francisco bathhouse sex or some other condition that prevents him from joining the military. But devoting two columns to criticizing a single word strikes me as a lady protesting a bit too much.

(snip)

While his peers are dodging sniper bullets and IEDs in Afghanistan and Iraq, Mr. Shapiro is bravely urging them to invade five more countries in the establishment of global empire from the safety of his Harvard dorm room.

(snip)

The America Bar Association already boasts more than 896,000 lawyers, America has no desperate need for another one. The U.S. Army, on the other hand, is currently 8,000 men short of its 2005 recruiting goals. I am only one of many non-pacifist, non-leftist Americans who believe that Mr. Shapiro would do well to heed his own words of Aug. 26, 2004. "Now's the time: Either put up, or shut the hell up."


Thanks to reader Scott.

Defense of Montgomery County Young Republicans!

I guess my post here at Operation Yellow Elephant started something. Blinq's got a few responses highlighted on his site, and I especially like this one from The City Troll (Man, they are rathioning logic around those Young Republicans, aren't they?):

"I find it amusing that the so called free thinking Liberals are starting a public campaign to harass people who have a different point of view than yourselves. The same old stupid cries over and over. If your going to support the countries military actions you can't speak about it unless you serve. Do you know how pathetic and silly that makes you all sound? The so called supporters of free speech and minority rights have created a campaign to attack others that don't think as they do.Your actions are the same as giving prizes to people for putting up posters to harass Blacks, Gays, Women, etc.. The only difference is that your replacing one of those groups with conservatives. What would your reaction be if a campaign that plastered posters ostracizing any whites for supporting Civil Rights? and prizes would be given to the best poster."


Does the poor troll feel attacked, or what? Now he's hiding metaphorically behind African Americans and gays? Last I heard, the descrimination against those groups was because of who they are, not because of their opinions. Who they are did not cause a war where tens of thousands of people died, and the existence of African Americans and gays and women did not support and perpetuate such war.

Yes, you are a troll. I just wish you weren't in my city. And an ignorant troll at that, given the title of your rant:

The left is using HATE SPEACH TACTICS to haras College Conseratives


Still, the Army is recruiting High School Dropouts, so this City Troll can still enlist if he wishes, in order to serve in Operation Noble Cause, or whatever the latest PR designation is that they are using now.

Bush Gives Reason #513 To Defend The Iraq War

The President has argued that the only way to honor those who have died in Iraq is to continue fighting the war. PoliShifter nails it:

We will stay in Iraq to honor those that died honorably. Huh???? Those that have died honorably in Iraq did so because of the dishonesty of Bush and his cronies. Now Bush says that in spite of his lies we will allow even more American soldiers to die honorably in order to protect his own dishonor and dishonesty. Any of you that agree with this logic should enlist in our armed forces and relieve anyone currently serving in Iraq that does not believe Bush's lies are worth dying for. Come on people. We are not that stupid. It is time to bring them home and stop the lies.
The War President wants to honor those who have died for his war by making more soldiers die. This is a perfect opportunity for recruitment! PoliShifter directs this message straight to our Yellow Elephant friends:

Go Fight for Dubya's "noble cause"...All you have to do is "stay the course", remember that you are "making progress", and that "freedom is hard work". That is all your fearful ChickenHawk President thinks needs to be said, I mean done, to win the war in Iraq.

Bush: Support the War, Screw the Troops!

National Guard Follow-Up

More than 3,000 members of the Louisiana National Guard’s 256th Brigade serving in Iraq can only watch from Baghdad as Hurricane Katrina bears down on their families and homes in New Orleans and the other south Louisiana communities from which they hail. The deployed soldiers and their equipment, which includes high water vehicles, Humvees and generators, will be sorely missed as Louisiana attempts to prepare for and recover from the historic Category Five storm.

More at the link.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Katrina and the National Guard

With Katrina, a category five hurricane, scheduled to hit and quite possibly level New Orleans, and New Orleans being the port of entry for one-third of US oil imports, with two of four Strategic Petroleum Reserves located nearby, is it a bad time to get snarky about the number of Louisiana's National Guardsmen serving overseas?

I expect everyone in Louisiana is going to be helping out in the aftermath of Katrina, but this is an especially excellent opportunity for the Louisiana Young Republican Freedom Fighters to start thinking about replenishing the ranks.

(major hat-tips to atrios and Freelixer a kos).

Mass. Gov. Romney (R): "No, I have not urged my own children to enlist."

(Boston Herald) Gov. Mitt Romney, who has comforted the grieving loved ones of soldiers killed in Iraq and promoted National Guard recruitment, yesterday said he has not urged his own sons to enlist - and isn't sure whether they would.

The Herald posed the question as Romney - a potential 2008 White House contender and backer of President Bush's Iraq policy - was honored by the Massachusetts National Guard after he signed a bill extending pay for state workers on active duty.

"No, I have not urged my own children to enlist. I don't know the status of my childrens' potentially enlisting in the Guard and Reserve," Romney said, his voice tinged with anger.

Massachusetts residents can enlist in the National Guard up to age 39. Romney's five sons range in age from 24 to 35. Neither the Romney children nor the governor have served in the military, Romney spokeswoman Julie Teer said.
Well, Governor, somebody's kids are going to have to go fight this war. I understand that people like you, your kids, Jenna & Barbara Bush, and Dick Cheney have "other priorities", but until we see some prominent Republican's kids among the roll-call of the 139,500 American soldiers in harm's way, then maybe you can see why we think you tend to like to fight wars so long as you're not actually fighting.

I'm not the only one thinking that, either:
"I don't think you should be so 'rah-rah' for a war that you aren't willing to send your own family members to," said Rose Gonzalez, 30, of Somerville, whose mother, a state employee, was deployed to Iraq in January. "If he thinks the war is so just and so important and we shouldn't pull out, then he should encourage his own sons to go."

Nancy Lessin, a spokeswoman for Military Families Speak Out, said if Romney aspires to be president he should consider the sacrifice made by Franklin D. Roosevelt, the father of four sons all of whom enlisted in World War II.

"This is just one more politician who is willing to risk the lives of our loved ones and celebrate sending them off into a war that we never should have in," Lessin said.
Of course, there are many differing opinions about this war, and of this Operation Yellow Elephant movement. Other Massachusetts residents praised Romney for his attendance and warm condolences at their son's funeral, one of 28 such funerals of Massachusetts boys -- something the president has yet to do for any fallen soldier, despite 1,875 opportunities to do so.
Alma Hart of Bedford, whose only son, Army Private First Class John D. Hart was killed in Iraq in 2003, said Romney is a "decent, sincere man" who truly cares about the Massachusetts troops.

"The governor shouldn't be so pro-war if his own boys haven't decided to go," she said. "... but you can't really say since his sons haven't enlisted he can't talk about the war, because he didn't start this war. This isn't his headache."
This is an interesting point, taken at the individual level. Should a person have had personal military experience in order to support a war? Should a person's own children be enlisted in a war in order to have a valid opinion about it? Not necessarily. One person chided me with "well, do you have to have been a fighfighter or have had your house burn down in order to support the fire department?" Well, no, I answered, but if you voted for the arsonist who's running around setting fires, it makes your support of the fire department ring hollow.

It's not any one individual pro-Bush American, pro-war politician, or chickenhawk College Republican that proves the purpose of Operation Yellow Elephant; it is the aggregate collection of those three groups which are sorely underrepresented in our military. One hawkish governor with no military experience or sons fighting might be a case of personal convictions and "other priorities", but the following is a pattern:
Military Service Records, prominent Republicans
  • 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.
  • John 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; got assigned to Alabama so he could campaign for family friend running for U.S. Senate; failed to show up for required medical exam, disappeared from duty.
  • Ronald Reagan: due to poor eyesight, served in a non-combat role making movies.
  • B-1 Bob Dornan: Enlisted after fighting was over in Korea.
  • Phil Gramm: did not serve.
  • John McCain: 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.
  • 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.
Pundits & Preachers
  • Sean Hannity: did not serve.
  • Rush Limbaugh: did not serve (4-F with a 'pilonidal cyst.')
  • 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.
  • Charlie Daniels: did not serve.
  • Ted Nugent: did not serve. (He only shoots at things that don't shoot back.)
And, on the other hand...
Military Service Records, prominent Democrats:
  • Richard Gephardt: Air National Guard, 1965-71.
  • David Bonior: Staff Sgt., Air Force 1968-72.
  • Tom Daschle: 1st Lt., Air Force SAC 1969-72.
  • Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969; sent to Vietnam Jan. 1971 as an army journalist in 20th Engineer Brigade.
  • Bob Kerrey: Lt. j.g. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam.
  • Daniel Inouye: Army 1943-47; Medal of Honor, WWII.
  • John Kerry: Lt., Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, Purple Hearts.
  • Charles Rangel: Staff Sgt., Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea.
  • Max Cleland: Captain, Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam.
  • Ted Kennedy: Army, 1951-53.
  • Tom Harkin: Lt., Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.
  • Jack Reed: Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91.
  • Fritz Hollings: Army officer in WWII; Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons.
  • Leonard Boswell: Lt. Col., Army 1956-76; Vietnam, DFCs, Bronze Stars, and Soldier's Medal.
  • Pete Peterson: Air Force Captain, POW. Purple Heart, Silver Star and Legion of Merit.
  • Mike Thompson: Staff sergeant, 173rd Airborne, Purple Heart.
  • Bill McBride: Candidate for Fla. Governor. Marine in Vietnam; Bronze Star with Combat V.
  • Gray Davis: Army Captain in Vietnam, Bronze Star.
  • Pete Stark: Air Force 1955-57
  • Chuck Robb: Vietnam
  • Howell Heflin: Silver Star
  • George McGovern: Silver Star & DFC during WWII.
  • Bill Clinton: Did not serve. Student deferments. Entered draft but received #311.
  • Jimmy Carter: Seven years in the Navy.
  • Walter Mondale: Army 1951-1953
  • John Glenn: WWII and Korea; six DFCs and Air Medal with 18 Clusters.
  • Tom Lantos: Served in Hungarian underground in WWII. Saved by Raoul Wallenberg.
I don't know, it just feels like a pattern to me.

[Cross-posted at Radical Writ. Major hat-tip to Pam's House Blend.]

Here's the challenge recruiters face: The limits of parents' support to our troops.

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Children of Privilege

Lambert has the latest on the American Royal Family. They're doing their part, fighting the war at home.

My friends and I are collecting prom dresses to give to girls who can't afford them for their proms.
-Lauren Bush

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Touchy-Feely College Republicans Caught on Tape

Agius of the blog, Neat Things, stood at the entrance of a College Republican meeting and attempted to recruit soldiers to fight in Our Leader's Glorious Iraq Adventure. He was quickly met by the Official Guardian of College Republican Honor (he keeps the honor in his wallet next to the condom he hopes to use someday), who berated him for his insensitivity and prevented him from continuing his recruitment efforts.

See the video.

For his courage, the General awards Agius a Silver Cojones Medal with a Wheelbarrow Device for bravery under fire.

Elsewhere: military service is below a Romney.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Contest: Blog Your Campus

Update II: I'm pulling the iPod from the prize list. Vaughn D. Taylor of Liberal Revolt was donating it, but he got caught up in the hurricane. I'm sure he has more immediate needs to attend to. Nobody entered anything yet, so I hope we haven't disappointed anyone.

Update: Some great prizes have been added--see below for details.

Many of you are familiar with the Freeway Blogger's brilliant work. We'd like to see something similar happening at or near college campuses. To that end, Operation Yellow Elephant is holding a "Blog Your Campus" contest.

Description

Create signs relating to Operation Yellow Elephant's mission to expose the hypocrisy of hawkish College Republicans and other young conservatives who are too cowardly to fight in the war they demanded. Post these signs near roadways and pedestrian pathways on or near college campuses. Photograph your work and send it to me. I'll post them here. In early October, the OYE Contributing Writers and the Freeway Blogger will pick a winner.

How to Make Your Sign

It's always a good idea to learn from the masters.

How to Win

Send us a photo featuring a sign with a great message and lots of people or cars traveling past it. If it generates press, it wouldn't hurt to send us a url or a clipping.

Grand Prizes
Second and Third Place Prizes
Rules
  1. Signs must be placed near roadways or pedestrian pathways on or near campus.
  2. Photos of the signs must demonstrate that the sign can be viewed by many people (people or cars in the foreground)
  3. Submit your entries here no later than September 30, 2005.
  4. Vaughn adds this:
Make sure the sign really kicks ass, it's easy to see, and it's clear that it is not a fake. I'm a Photoshop master, so don't f&*k with me and you will get your musical device -- grasshopper. Perhaps take photos of the sign making process including the hanging of it?

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Montgomery County PA Young Republicans

I just stumbled across their site, and thought I'd let you all know about the officers. Certainly their bios show them worthy of recruitment to help out in Operation Fetid Quagmire, or whatever Preznit is calling it nowadays.

First up, Sarah Holcome, a real looker who works with Senator Rick Santorum (R-Canine) in the Philadelphia office. She's the Chairman, and as such probably has more balls than the rest of the lot. Please feel free to congratulate her on her leadership position, and encourage her to do some "walking point" in Fallujah by emailing her: sara@montcoyr.org

Next is James C. Saring, and among his accomplishments is being named the Pennsylvania Young Republican Richard M. Nixon Man of the Year in 2004. (As an aside, these folks give tons of awards -- or maybe the officers here are hogging all the awards. . . ) James has quite a square jaw there, and also a bit of a Charles Manson gleam in his eye. I'm thinking he's a candidate for service in Tikrit. Anyone agree? Encourage him to enlist by emailing at: jim@montcoyr.org

And then there's Avedis Boornazian, who looks far too much like an ARAB (gasp!) to be in this group. OK, maybe an Armenian. Likely he is a good Christian, don't you think? How else could he rise to the leadership position of Treasurer? His fiancee is Miss Sunnie Day Sanchez. Isn't that sweet? But she's likely a confirmed supporter of this war in Iraq, so she won't miss him. Heck, she might even work to raise money to get him some armor as he's patrolling the streets of Basra. Email him to encourage him to volunteer at avedis@montcoyr.org

The Corresponding Secretary is Dawn Delaney. She's a teacher in a local High School, but they need people who can teach in Iraq. Shoot, if she can control a High School classroom in Hatboro, surely she can control a riot of Shiites! Encourage her to enlist by writing to her at dawn@montcoyr.org.

George Gunning is the stud of the bunch. Evidently he's a fireman, or a fireman wannabe. Look at those steely eyes! And he's a Mason! Man, this guy could be the answer to all the problems in Iraq. He can help with infrastructure, being a fireman and all, and if he can crack the complex codes of the Scottish Rite Masons he's sure to be able to take apart an IED! Email him at george@montcoyr.org.

Jason Langheim is a student at Montgomery county Community college, but no worries! When he enlists in the war he supports he'll be able to get all kinds of tuition benefits. I'm a bit suspicious about this line in his bio, though: "He currently works for the Montgomery County Republican Committee under Adam Gattuso as Special Programs director." What KIND of "special projects?" Well, you know what they say, "don't ask, don't tell!" I recommend him, and you can, too: jason@montcoyr.org

Jim Veith was named "Best Oralist" at his Law School, but I suspect he's understood the error of his ways since then. He describes himself as slightly to the right of Rush Limbaugh, which speaks well of his eagerness to bring Democracy and sheer terror to the people of Iraq. Go to it, Jim Werth, and make sure to be polite when people email you here: jimv@montcoyr.org

Finally, that all-American girl Alexis Kropp has interned with Rick Santorum (R-VA), and doesn't even own one blue dress. She's a Philadelphia Eagles fan, and everyone knows I am one, too. So maybe I'll try to recruit her at a game. Football fans make great sentries, or so I'm told. Email and encourage Alexis at alexis@montcoyr.org.

I'm proud to introduce you all to this fine group of new recruits.

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LTE, 8/25/05

Howdy: I finally have something to post.

The Bush administration’s rationale for the Iraq war has changed. Wars are like that.

Do you have any idea how offensive that sounds to someone with a relative fighting in Iraq, a war that was supposed to last only a few months? "Oh hey, your brother got his face blown off for completely different reasons than we told you, but hey, stuff happens. What's a brother between friends anyway?"

"Leaving behind a functioning democracy that respects basic human rights, including the rights of women and minorities, is not an unworthy goal. "

I agree that this is a worthy goal, except that I just read that Islam is going to be the source of the law over there, superceding secular law, and that women are actually losing their rights. I even read that the Iraqi woman who hugged the military mom at the 2005 SOU says the US has abandoned women to the Islamists and Kurds. Her words, not mine.

Let's be honest here McFeatters: this war has not only done the US no good, it has set back the cause of women's rights in the Middle East, and empowered real enemies, like Iran, and potential challengers, like China, alike.

It is time to place the American flag higher than the flag of partisanship. Your side screwed up and screwed up big time: it is time to change course and fix what you broke. The first step is to stop being an apologist for an administration, indeed a party, that has spun wildly out of control.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Dear Yellow Elephants

Ex Cathedra

Don’t pretend you support the military. You don’t. You just support the war…. [S]ave the lectures on patriotism and who wants us to lose the war. You do. You aren’t serving. — Steve Gilliard

I wonder how many young Republicans realize that their personal decision to support the war, but stay home themselves, is stacking up to bury them under an avalanche of public contempt? Probably none of them. We criticize this Republican President as living in a bubble, but I think the pampering and attention and money and connections YRs are getting from Republican insiders is building an even thicker bubble around them.

They’ll be casualties themselves — not in the sense of joining the 1,800 dead and 13,000 wounded Americans they sent to fight for them. But they’ll discover that even their own despicable definition of “combat” has casualties. They’ll find themselves dumped, on the outside, irrelevant and shunned.

The “Yellow Elephant” meme started as a prank, but lately it seems to have touched some deeper feelings about the kind of people who get us into wars. And as soon as the Republican elites get wind of this, they’ll drop these YRs like a live grenade. They’ll be casualties without blood, without risk, and without honor.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Yeller Elerfant Documentation

Wow. From todays WaPo on the predeliction of the Luxury-SUV class to have magnetic yellow ribbons on their vehicles, but avoid having to send their kiddies off for an 18-month vacation in Mess O'Potamia (shamelessly stolen from The Daily Show).
But the Post-Gazette raises another issue. There has been much talk about the relationship between race and ethnicity and military recruitment. But what about social and economic class? Are wealthier Americans, who are more likely to be Republicans and therefore more likely to support the war, stepping up to the plate and urging their children and others from their communities to enlist?

Unfortunately, there has been no definitive study on this subject. But it appears that the affluent are not encouraging their children and peers to join the war effort on the battlefield.
Fucking Duh.
By looking at long-term trends, it seems logical that some of those most likely to support Bush and his Iraq policy are also those least likely to encourage their children to go into the military at wartime. And it raises questions, such as, if you are among those most likely to support the war, shouldn't you be among those most likely to encourage your child to serve in the military? Shouldn't your socioeconomic group be the most receptive to the recruiters' call? And would there be a recruitment problem at all if the affluent put their money where their mouth is?

Among the more recent studies was one done last year by Robert Cushing, a retired professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. He tracked those who died in Iraq by geography and found that whites from small, mostly poor, rural areas made up a disproportionately large percentage of the casualties in Iraq.
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Back during Vietnam, "the top [economic class] had access for means of staying out of the military," said Segal. "The National Guard was known to be a well-to-do white man's club back then. People knew if you if joined the guard you weren't going to go to Vietnam. That included people like Dan Quayle and our current commander in chief. If you were rich, you might have found it easier to get a doctor to certify you as having a condition that precluded you from service. You could get a medical deferment with braces on your teeth, so you would go get braces -- something that was very expensive back then. The wealthy had more access to educational and occupational deferments."

Today's affluent merely see themselves as having more options and are not as enticed by financial incentives, such as money for college, Segal said.

Segal said that service members in the highest and lowest income brackets are underrepresented in the modern military. ...
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While there have been changes in racial and ethnic enlistment trends, with the number of black recruits dropping precipitously since the Iraq war, Segal and Bachman said they've seen nothing to indicate significant changes in the class -- of which education levels is a prime indicator -- trends in the military.

Journalists can get themselves in trouble by drawing simplistic conclusions based on less-than-exhaustive research, and we won't do so here. But we can at least raise the question of whether the rich are more likely to support the war because their loved ones are less likely to die in it.
I don't know that journalists would get themselves in any trouble over reaching conclusions from what seem to be facts that are provable by direct observation. Unless of course you're presenting those facts to the ultra-yellow members of the right, like Pigboy, and some of those reprehensible wingnuts headed for Crawford whose closest encounter to being in uniform was working at a local fast-food restaurant as the Fry Captain.


crossposted at Democratic Veteran

Prized catch for recruiters?

Jenna Bush enlists?

At a press conference in Washington yesterday, Presidential daughter Jenna Bush announced that she has enlisted to serve in the United States Marine Corp.
...
"I’ve come to realize that stories and pictures of me being care-free and partying while the sons and daughters of other Americans fight my father’s war may be sending a bad message."
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Ms. Bush, 24, then answered questions from reporters, even cracking some jokes at the expense of her father, President Bush. “Hopefully all my records won’t get lost or shredded like my dad’s,” she laughed.
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Jenna’s Grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, issued a statement from the family home in Kennebunkport, “This makes me proud of Jenna, and I’m encouraging my other grandchildren to do the same. When it comes to examples of people stepping up and pitching in like a commoner, I want Americans to think of
us Bushes.”



Okay, maybe not...but it's kind of slow and a laugh never hurts.

From Oh, it's Stinky blog via Tbogg

Monday, August 22, 2005

U.S. Army Recruiting Opportunity: Crawford, TX

Attention Waco-area Army Recruiters:

Please check out the Cindy Sheehan counter-demonstrators as likely prospects. Those who aren't out of shape, that is.

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Friday, August 19, 2005

Michael Marcavage, Holy Warrior, but Why Not a Soldier in Iraq?

Certainly Mr. Marcavage, Holy Warrior, held his own last night in Citizens Bank Park, where he and a friend, protected by police and Phillies security, held up a sign boldly declaring that "Homosexuality is Sin, Christ Can Set you Free." The multitudes he displayed the sign for were gay, and included the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus singing the National Anthem. Now here's the omission in today's article in the Philadelphia Inquirer: Marcavage and his sole fellow Holy Warrior did NOT boo during the singing by the sodomites. That's enough qualification for me -- if he can confront thousands of evil gay men and women in a sports stadium, Michael Marcavage would make a good soldier fighting in Iraq confronting IEDs and Iraqi terrorists, as well as those dangerous women and children. This man, facing off against thousands, is surely no chickenhawk. He's a Holy Warrior, after all.

Now is the time for Michael Marcavage to come to the aid of his country. And you can help. The recruitment office in Philadelphia is at 215-474-0815. We can all call and encourage them to actively recruit Mr. Marcavage. Heck, they could use him as a spy to help enforce the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, couldn't they, then he could be helping scourge Iraq of terrorists while at the same time saving the military of the scourge of gays and lesbians. And for those of you who wish to encourage Michael Marcavage's enlistment yourself, you can send him a message at repent@repentamerica.com or by phone at 1-800-3-REPENT, or by this email form. I'm sure he'll appreciate the support.

Michael Marcavage displayed great courage confronting the evil of homosexuality last night at the Phillies game. Let's not waste that strength and courage in South Philadelphia. Michale Marcavage certainly can do better work in South Baghdad or in Fallujah.

Crossposted at AllSpinZone.

She loves the smell of blood in the morning

Michelle Malkin
Concentration Camp Enthusiast

Dear Mrs. Malkin,

Being a conservative Christian, I'm usually opposed to women leaving the home, but you're different from other women. Like Joan of Arc, you have the spirit of a warrior. You tore into that gold star mother, Cindy Sheehan, like a freeper at an all-you-can-eat Twinky buffet. You're passionately vicious. I like that in a public figure. It's why I vote Republican.

As much as I enjoy seeing you eviscerate grieving mothers, I think your viciousness could be applied more effectively. Your unwavering support for the war and your fierce hatred of brown people combine to make you the perfect candidate for service in Iraq. At 35, you're still eligible for duty, and your husband, like thousands of other fathers across the nation, could take care of the kids while you bring freedom to the undeserving idolators of Mosul and Tikrit.

I can almost see you know, covered in blood, feasting on the livers of your enemies, and I don't even want to think about what you'd do to the insurgents.

We need you in Iraq. Please answer your nation's call.

Heterosexually yours,

Gen. JC Christian, patriot

Note to readers: We need your help fighting the war with letters and faxes.

A helmet tip to reader stevenyc.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Help Young Republicans Find Their Strength!

The Army is now targeting parents with an ad campaign, "Help Them Find Their Strength," a generational counterpart to, "Be A Man! Enlist!"

Key question: Will Chicago's Leo Burnett ad agency focus on upscale Republican parents? Will they broadcast the ad in Waco, Texas (convenient to the Bush Ranch in Crawford)?

Ask Army spokesman Paul Boyce whether Fox News and the Christian Broadcasting Network as well as the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy will run it for free - as a Public Service Announcement. [Given our federal budget deficit, it's the least they can do.] Can OYE ask for equal time to focus on the strongest supporters of U.S. military intervention? 703.697.2564 or paul.boyce@hqda.army.mil

Ask Leo Burnett Account Executive Karlyn Nelson whether their focus groups included prominent supporters of the current Administration, such as rich people, gas-guzzling SUV owners and that guy in Crawford, Texas, who bulldozed the crosses representing Iraq combat deaths. 312.220.3921 or karlyn.nelson@chi.leoburnett.com

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The Uber-Con

In an effort to help the right move towards their dream of a homogenized white Christian society, I have created what I believe is the perfect Conservative. This particular “Uber-Con” is a combination of features from the following famous Republicans:

Trent Lott
– He has truly perfect hair, as well as the signature window-pane sized glasses.

Sam Brownback
– Senator Brownback is an astonishingly average looking man, and so his non-striking features make up much of the facial region.

George W. Bush
– I chose to use Bush’s smile. While his teeth are not perfect, they seem to be the type of teeth that you would find on an average man. No gleeming smiles on the Uber-Con, please.

One of the crucial keys to making the perfect Conservative male is that he must be underwhelmingly boring looking. Why? If men are permitted to be attractive (ie. Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp) then sex will undoubtedly occur more frequently. As we all know, sex is a dirty, dirty act that should ony be performed when childbirth is desired.

This is my first shot at making the Uber-Con, and while not perfect, I believe it’s a good start.

TEXAS SUPPORTS THE TROOPS SOMETIMES

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

From Punditician:
AUSTIN, Texas A decorated Marine enrolling in college was shocked to learn his Texas driver's license, car registration and bank records weren't enough to get the lower resident tuition.

Carl Basham said officials at Austin Community College recently told him that he lost his Texas resident's status because of the years he spent out of state on two tours of duty in Iraq.


Yeah! Texas! This Marine is lucky he isn't running for office as a Democrat or Rush will call him names! And stay at home Texans will drag chains behind their trucks and run him over, I suppose. Show patriotism and love of country.

You know, he should have put on a huge magnet and attached himself to the back of the College President. "Support the troops...oh, the hell with it!"

As the demonstrators for the war and Bush were yelling at the mothers and fathers of dead soldiers: "We don't care!"

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Special Op Yellow Caucus Orders

I've updated the contact info for Special Op Yellow Caucus.

Remember, a letter or fax is worth a hundred emails.

Be sure to make the following points in your letters:

  • The military is suffering a manpower crisis.
  • You need to step up and sponsor the bill to raise the enlistment age to 42.
  • Once the bill is passed, it's your duty to volunteer as an infantryman.

Contact info:


Robert Aderholt, Virginia
1433 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202)225-4876
Fax: (202)225-5587


Eric Cantor (enter "Glen Allen, VA 23060" in the required fields)
329 Cannon Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2815
Fax: (202) 225-0011


Michael Ferguson (Warren, NJ 07059)
214 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-5361 - office
202-225-9460 - fax


Michael G. Fitzpatrick
1516 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
(202)225-4276
(202) 225-9511 Fax


Vito John Fossella
1239 Longworth House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515
P: (202) 225-3371
F: (202) 226-1272


Bobby Jindal
1205 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202)-225-3015
Fax: (202)-226-0386


Ric Keller (Orlando, FL 32801-2040)
419 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2176
Fax: (202) 225-0999



Patrick T. McHenry
224 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Telephone: 202.225.2576
Fax: 202.225.0316


Cathy McMorris, Washington
1708 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
phone: 202-225-2006
fax: 202-225-3392


Devin Nunes (Visalia, CA 93291)
1017 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2523
(202) 225-3404 FAX


Chip Pickering, Mississippi
229 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
202.225.5031 Tel
202.225.5797 Fax


Adam Putnam, Florida
1213 Longworth House
Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-0912
Phone: 202-225-1252
Fax: 202-226-0585


Paul Ryan (Janesville WI 53545-3959)
1113 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3031
Fax: (202) 225-3393


John Sullivan, Oklahoma
114 Cannon House
Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202 225-2211
Fax: 202 225-9187


John E. Sununu, New Hampshire
111 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-2841
FAX (202) 228-413

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

WP STAFF TELL RUMMY TO TAKE A HIKE

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

From the Editor & Publisher:
he Washington Post announced tonight that it will cease its co-sponsorship of the Pentagon-organized Freedom Walk next month. The paper's involvement had drawn heat from within and outside the paper, with a guild committee today calling for the link to end.

The newspaper told the Department of Defense that it was pulling back on its offer of free ads for the event -- a march up the mall ending with a concert by pro-war country singer Clint Black.

"As it appears that this event could become politicized, The Post has decided to honor the Washington area victims of 9/11 by making a contribution directly to the Pentagon Memorial Fund," said Eric Grant, a Post spokesman. "It is The Post's practice to avoid activities that might lead readers to question the objectivity of The Post's news coverage."
The WP politicizing things? Why, I will faint dead away!

Looks like the employees staged a coup there and the owner and executives had to be helicoptered out of the Watergate Hotel via the roof.
Publisher Bo Jones did not return calls seeking comment on the resolution Monday, but told E&P on Friday that he would remove the Post as a sponsor of the "Freedom Walk" if the event turned out to be "partisan."
Indeed. Partisan? Rummy? He just wanted to set out some bait to attract dupes to sign up for his little wars! This is the height of patriotism since the GOP spawn refuse to sign up.
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The Pentagon hands out Gold Stars to the lucky moms who lose their children in this war....perhaps they should give all the top GOPers Yellow Moons for hiding their own from this war.

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Special Op Yellow Caucus

Patriotboy in for the General...

The General wrote 15 Republican Congresspersons tonight, asking them to act on the Defense Department's request to raise the enlistment age to 42. Each of these Congresspeople voted in support of the war and have defended it when speaking to the press and constituents.

Inasmuch as they are all 42 years old or younger, the General also asked them to enlist as infantrymen. Hopefully, you'll do the same. Click on their names to send them an email.

I've only listed Republicans below, because I didn't want to force the Dems to take a stand until they've had a chance to see a little pressure put on the Republicans. That might prompt them to change their position. After all, we're talking about Congressional Dems here--seeing someone else get hammered should scare the hell out of them. Everything else does.

Robert Aderholt, Alabama
Eric Cantor, Virginia
Michael Ferguson, New Jersey
Michael G. Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania
Vito John Fossella, New York
Bobby Jindal, Louisiana
Ric Keller, Florida
Patrick T. McHenry, North Carolina
Cathy McMorris, Washington
Devin Nunes, California
Chip Pickering, Mississippi
Adam Putnam, Florida
Paul Ryan, Wisconsin
John Sullivan, Oklahmoa
John E. Sununu, New Hampshire

Update: It looks like a few of the emails bounced. I'll try to update it tomorrow.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Yellophant Command Vehicle

Blogslut sent me this photo of a car that brought protesters to Crawford to mock Cindy Sheehan's pain. The shape and color are correct, and the ribbons prove that the owner is doing his part for the war effort. Yep, it has to be Paul Gourley's official College Republican command vehicle.



There are more photos at Democratic Underground. As you well know, the people at DU are a bunch of filthy, communist hippies, so be sure to offend them by donating money to their fundraiser.

Why re-enact Vietnam? Sign Up for Iraq!

Attention U.S. Army Recruiting Command:

Vietnam War reenactors should be encouraged to try the real thing: Iraq. And it's not just Operation Yellow Elephant pushing this idea; how about real Americans?

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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Like people without kids who have opinions on raising them

I've been geting some flack lately for my support of Operation Yellow Elephant. In particular, one former Marine chastized me for calling people a chickenhawk.
oh yea. one more thing. i never tell people about my service becouse i think it doesnt matter.i went in durring time of peace and only came close once to seeing action.even with just the thought of a fight i saw people shit in thier pants.war is somthing i dont want.but sometimes i think it cant be avoided.

i cant stand people who diss presdent bush for serving in the national guard. infact , i hated hearing my fellow marines diss the army or any other branch of the armed services. i think it is equaly weak to claim that a person who didnt serve has no right to comment on war or a political issue concerning it
Does one have to serve (or have relations who serve) to have an opinion about war? Of course not. But cheerleading for the war when one has no vested sacrifice in it seems a little, well, chickenhawkish. I honor your service, Marine (assuming at face value with no other proof that you are who you say you are and not the delusional troll others think you are... again, there's no denying my identity and background, it's all over the net for anyone to see), and take your opinion of the war more seriously because you've demonstrated a willingness to fight one if necessary. For some reason, I take teachers' opinions on education, parents' opinions on childrearing, and scientists' opinions on evolution more seriously also.

Regardless, I still think you're wrong about this war. We were led into this war under false pretenses; the greatest crime a president can commit. Sending soldiers to battle is the most compelling decision a nation must make. Had we been exhorted to "liberate the Iraqi people from the tyranny of Saddam by torturing them in the same prisons in which Saddam tortured them and making their infrastructure worse" or "democratize the Middle East by blowing the shit out of it" before we sent troops in, we as a nation could have decided whether that lofty goal was worth 1,847 lives and thousands of missing limbs. Of course, if we're going to set that precedent of being World Police and taking down oppressive murderous dictators, people might take it more seriously if we weren't always somehow coincidentally taking down only the oppressive murderous dictators sitting on the world's largest oil reserves.

But we were lied to, bamboozled, hoodwinked to get into this war. "They'll greet us as liberators." "The country can finance its own reconstruction." "Shouldn't take longer than six months." "Mission Accomplished." "Saddam's got aerial drones that will spray anthrax on us." "We can't wait for the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." "Aluminum tubes for nuclear production." "Yellowcake from Niger." I don't like it when my president lies about blowjobs. I like it less when he lies about something that really matters.

Don't give me that "Bush didn't lie, he made a mistake" bullshit, either. There's more than enough credible, nonpartisan evidence to show that the "intelligence was being fixed around the policy". The PNAC had been lusting after Iraq since 1998. Immediately after 9/11 Rumsfeld was itching to bomb Iraq "because that's where the good targets are." Plenty of intelligence analysts on the ground and within the administration knew the fight was with Afghanistan and the Taliban and that Saddam was a contained regional threat of no danger to the United States.

BushCo wanted war, period. They "sexed up" phony documents and specious intelligence to suit their needs, ignored experts and intelligence that didn't, and destroyed anyone who would dare point out the emperor was naked.

But even if we can accept that the ends justify the means, BushCo has done a execrable job managing the means. Sending under-armored soldiers into combat. Not planning for an insurgency. No exit plan. Violating the Powell Doctrine by not attacking with overwhelming force. Disbanding the Iraqi Army. Managing to just lose $8.8 BILLION dollars. Failing to secure 250,000 tons of munitions. Crafting a policy that mandates torture and abuse of prisoners yet failing to control the digital cameras documenting the torture and abuse.

I'm not some kind of vegan tree-hugging anti-war peacenik, either (not that there's anything wrong with that). If anything, I think we should be involved in more violence against brutal dictatorial regimes. Rwanda and the Sudan come to mind, but we seem to be allergic to intervention in Africa. I'm no pollyanna who thinks we can always just talk things out. Sometimes an ass-kicking is necessary and justified. But if you're going to do it, you must be honest with the people, you must do your homework, and you must make your goals and objectives crystal clear.

Instead we get platitudes. "They hate us for our freedom." Who's this "they", and why don't they hate Sweden, Canada, and India? "We have to fight them there so we don't have to fight them here" as if "they" can't do both. We're fighting a global war on a tactic -- it's awfully hard to tell when you've defeated a noun.

The saddest thing is, that like Vietnam, eventually the people will grow weary of the death and the never-ending, always-shifting rationales, and we will pull out. The Middle East in general and Iraq in particular will decend into chaos and civil war (and that Iraqi civil war was inevitable whether we invaded or not.) Our oil supplies will be severely restricted and our economy will suffer greatly. And like Vietnam, righties like you will blame the anti-war movement for not "staying the course" rather than recognizing the war was a flawed gambit based on deception that never ever could have achieved its multiple stated goals.

Quotations from Chairman Bush

dung

See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.
Greece, New York, May 24, 2005

I went to the Congress last September and proposed fundamental -- supplemental funding, which is money for armor and body parts....
Erie, PA, September 4, 2004

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.
Washington, DC, August 5, 2004

I'm the commander -- see, I don't need to explain -- I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation.
Crawford, TX, August 20, 2002

Yellophant Posterboy

Rush Limbaugh
EIB Network

Dear Rush,

The silent majority has become the disloyal majority. They no longer believe in our glorious crusade to bring freedom to Iraq and are beginning to look upon those of us who promoted this magnificent adventure with skepticism. They wonder aloud why the privileged fight the war with yellow ribbons while the working class risk their lives for our dreams of empire.

Worse yet, they are now asking us to share the sacrifice. Yellow ribbons and "Support our Troops" barbecues are no longer seen as selfless acts of extreme courage. We're now expected to pick up rifles and fight in the infantry like so many dirty little proles.

We need to put an end to this kind of talk before we're left with no alternative but to call the recruiters. I think you can help us do that.

You used a pilonidal cyst (basically an ingrown hair on your butt) to avoid going to Vietnam. More importantly, you did so without damaging your prospects for becoming conservatism's brightest superstar.

There are many young conservatives who could benefit from the same thing. Good young men like Ben Shapiro, Paul Gourley, and Nathan Tabor could avoid the taunts of the rabble by following your example. Unfortunately, however, a boil on the butt just doesn't conjure up the same visions of disability it did in your day.

That's why I'm asking Our Leader to declare the month of September to be National Pilonidal Cyst Awareness Month. I hope you will consider becoming our spokesman. We need you to provide visibility for the cause, so that young conservatives can proudly answer their critics by declaring that they wanted to join the military butt were barred from doing so because they had pimply asses.

September is but a few weeks away. Please consider my request and respond promptly.

Heterosexually yours,

Gen. JC Christian, Patriot

Friday, August 12, 2005

Princeton! OYE Needs You!

Steve, a new fan of OYE, sent me a tip about some new possible recruits in the Princeton College Republicans. I've decided to make it my goal to recruit Evan Baehr, the President of the Princeton College Republicans. I think he'll rush to Iraq immediately. Check out his bio:

Evan is ready to fight for a cause he believes in as President of College Republicans for a second year. He's interested in politics, elections, faith in public life, American history, and domestic social policy. He's studying family policy in the Woodrow Wilson School, and plans to go to law school and eventually run for public office. Evan will return to Washington again this summer to serve President Bush in the White House, in the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives.
Or how about their Fundraising Chair Jurgen Reinhoudt? Not only is he good with money but he is learning Arabic!

Jurgen Reinhoudt '06 is a Politics major from Gurnee, IL. He has lived extensively in the Netherlands, France, and Germany. In his spare time, he enjoys tutoring in Trenton and furthering the conservative cause. Jurgen is fluent in Dutch, French, English and Spanish, and is currently learning Arabic. This summer, he will return to Paris as an intern at a free-market think-tank.
Princeton has loads of possible recruits. There's Will Benjamin who could teach Iraqi kids how to play Ultimate Frisbee. Oh, and don't forget to check out Jesse Safir--the master of mystery and intrigue--who could teach metrosexual Iraqis the virtues of the Body-Hype Dance Company.

If any OYE members or volunteers live near Princeton, I strongly urge you to recruit these folks.

FUN IN PHILLY

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Courtesy of Atrios:Seems the Young Republicans are herding themselves off to another watering hole where they hope to get totally smashed and watch a game. From the Young Republican web site;
Young Republicans at the Phillies

Got plans on Aug. 16?
Want plans?
Join the Young Republicans at the Phillies game that night!

The Phils will be playing the Washington Nationals starting at 7.05p (as usual).
Happy Hour at McFadden's beforehand (6p - 7p)! As an added bonus, the National
Anthem will be sung by University City's St. Francis deSales Choir.

A good excuse to see a ball game!

Posted by suzanne from Philadelphia at August 11, 2005 06:48 PM
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I understand all of the Young Republicans will be signing up to fight in Iraq that night, so even if you are a Democrat or Independent, go to the Phillies game that night and cheer them on in their "noble cause."

Posted by: SpinDentist at August 11, 2005 09:17 PM
Gee, I sure hope that someone has called the local recruiting offices. They may need to call in extra support to handle all the young patriots...

Posted by: Gregory at August 12, 2005 12:31 AM
first thing I'm doing in the AM is callign the recruiters and letting them know some YR's are ready to enlist!

Posted by: frenchy lamour at August 12, 2005 01:49 AM
Man, you Democrats sure are funny! HAR HAR!
I'd like to see your C.O. cards; I bet you don't have the balls to get one.

Posted by: suzanne at August 12, 2005 02:02 AM
Hit too close to home, Suzanne? Let's put it more simply. All sorts of Young Republicans in this country are in support of what I see as a failed war. Yet they're not signing up to serve in what George Bush calls a "noble cause." Sure, they'll sit at their computers and go on the internet to slime people like Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son in Iraq, but you don't see all that many Young Republicans signing up for this war.

Recruitment is down. There are severe problems facing the military recruiters, chiefly that most Americans have come around to the notion that this is a failed war. But Young Republicans are still overwhelmingly in support of the War in Iraq. So why don't they enlist? And if they are all together at the Phillies game, what more perfect time is there?

Posted by: SpinDentist at August 12, 2005 07:56 AM


Well, let's join the fun! All are encouraged to encourage the GOP spawnlings to join up and do their duty to flag and apple pie!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Working Class War

Whenever I read Yellophant excuses, I'm always struck by their sense of entitlement. Social Darwinism is definitely alive and well in Bush's America. The sons and daughters of privilege seem to view military service as being somehow beneath them. They fight the war with flags, yellow ribbons, and "Support the Troops" parties while working class kids bleed on the streets of Iraq.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Staff Sgt. Jason Rivera, 26, a Marine recruiter in Pittsburgh, went to the
home of a high school student who had expressed interest in joining the
Marine Reserve to talk to his parents.

It was a large home in a well-to-do suburb north of the city. Two American
flags adorned the yard. The prospect's mom greeted him wearing an American
flag T-shirt.

"I want you to know we support you," she gushed.

Rivera soon reached the limits of her support.

"Military service isn't for our son. It isn't for our kind of people," she
told him.


Thanks to reader Jack for the tip.

FREEDOM WALK WITH RUMMY!

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

They want recruits! And since the Young Republicans won't join, Rummy came up with this idea that everyone will sign up at the Pentagon giving their names and then march off...heh.

Here is the Pentagon sign up page!
Q: What is the America Supports You Freedom Walk?
R: The America Supports You Freedom Walk is an event on September 11 that allows citizens the opportunity to remember the victims of September 11, honor our veterans past and present, and celebrate our freedom.

Q: When is the ASY Freedom Walk being held?
R: The Freedom Walk is being held on September 11, 2005, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Pentagon South parking lot.

Q: What is the ASY Freedom Walk route?
R: The America Supports You Freedom Walk begins near the Pentagon crash site, crossing Arlington National Cemetery, passing several National memorials, and concluding adjacent to the National Mall and Reflecting Pool with an America Supports You concert by country superstar singer and songwriter Clint Black. For more information, visit www.AmericaSupportsYou.com and click on the Freedom Walk icon.

Q: What is America Supports You?
R: " America Supports You," is a nationwide program launched by the Department of Defense (DoD) to recognize citizens' support for our military men and women and communicate that support to members of our Armed Forces at home and abroad. For more information, visit www.AmericaSupportsYou.com.

Q: Who is supporting the Freedom Walk?
R: The America Supports You Freedom Walk enjoys the support of Stars and Stripes newspaper, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, Subway, Lockheed Martin, The Washington Post, WTOP Radio Network, and ABC WJLA-TV Channel 7 & NewsChannel 8, among others.

Q: Where do I check in for the America Supports You Freedom Walk?
R: Participants are encouraged to arrive at the Pentagon South parking lot between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. for screening to avoid long lines. The first 1,000 to arrive for screening at the Pentagon on September 11, will receive the official America Supports You campaign lapel pin.
Boy, those guys designing this page need to spruce it up which is why Yellow Elephant is doing for them for free!

As a patriot, I know that my design will attract many more young men than their stodgy little number.

Thanks to Carpetbagger Reports!

Indeed, the event's organizers (Rumsfeld's Defense Department) have set up an online registration form that explains, "The Freedom Walk is free and open to anyone who registers…. You MUST have your registration number to check-in!"

That's right, in order to participate in a government-sponsored "Freedom Walk" on public streets past public monuments, from one outdoor public landmark to another, you have to give your name address, phone number, and email address to the Pentagon.

Perhaps, you're thinking, there are security concerns. Maybe, but that's not a good reason to "screen" people who want to participate in this walk. DC hosts elaborate 4th of July festivities, with thousands of people going to the exact same places this walk will go, but no one is screened or forced to register. For that matter, people can watch a presidential inauguration and/or inaugural parade in DC just by showing up.

But before commemorating 9/11 and walking to a Clint Black concert, the Pentagon has a few questions for you.

I don't live in DC anymore, but it'd be fascinating to be on hand to see who gets "screened out" before the event. What if, by chance, someone shows up with a "No Blood for Oil" bumper sticker? Or worse, t-shirt?
Can some people show up with Yellow Elephant stuff?

Heh.

Watch out, we will nail those slackers hiding from the Pentagon!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Don't Be A Gourley Man!

OYE opportunity to target GOP cowards on Bush's home turf

Here's a quick rundown about Cindy Sheehan, via dkosopedia:
Cindy Sheehan is the mother of son Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, of Vacaville, California, who was killed in Sadr City (located in Baghdad) on April 4th, 2004, in combat.

In June of that year, President George W. Bush met with Cindy. As she described it, "He wouldn't look at the pictures of Casey. He didn't even know Casey's name," she told CNN Sunday. "Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him, he would change the subject." .

In August of 2005, when George W. Bush decided to go on yet another vacation, Cindy went to protest at his Texas ranch. Cindy has documented her stay there, dubbed "Camp Casey", in several diaries on the Daily Kos website.

Sheehan is also a founder of Gold Star Families for Peace.
So Dumbya's decided to take another vacation, this time for a full five-weeks (hmmm, sounds awfully French to me...) to cut brush and work on that mail-order "Hooked on Phonics" course he keeps flunking. Recently, he bloviated: "We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission." As well as: "The families of the fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause."

Cindy refuses to allow these latest lies from Bush to go unanswered. She, along with members of GSFP, Veteran's for Peace (VFP), Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Code Pink, Crawford Peace House and volunteers from across the country have converged on an area near Bush's ranch in Crawford and are intent on meeting with him personally. Here's what she wants to tell the Boy King to his face:
  1. We want our loved ones' sacrifices to be honored by bringing our nation's sons and daughters home from the travesty that is Iraq IMMEDIATELY, since this war is based on horrendous lies and deceptions. Just because our children are dead, why would we want any more families to suffer the same pain and devastation that we are.

  2. We would like for him to explain this "noble cause" to us and ask him why Jenna and Barbara are not in harm's way, if the cause is so noble.

  3. If George is not ready to send the twins, then he should bring our troops home immediately. We will demand a speedy withdrawal.
The weather there the last few day has been lousy with rain, the sheriff has been hassling them, and they were forced off the small parcel of land they were staying on by one of Bush's asshole neighbors who threatened them with tresspassing. Now they have to stay on a small strip along the side of the road or in the ditch alongside it. But Cindy and the other determined volunteers are not giving up, nor giving in.

Now, here's where OYE comes in (from dkos diary by patrioticliberal) :

Cindy Needs Your Help; ClearChannel Stations to Host Anti-Sheehan BBQ
by patrioticliberal
Wed Aug 10th, 2005 at 08:47:39 MDT


They are inviting soldiers from the Fort Hood area to come down and say that they would be ashamed of their mother if she did what Mrs. Sheehan is doing. Protest to KLFX! Their number is 1-254-699-5000, and YES, I'm keeping that number here. It's also publicly accessible here.

Update [2005-8-10 15:10:17 by patrioticliberal]: JUST CONFIRMED: KLFX ("KLFX 107.3 The Fox Rocks") and their group stations, KWTX 1230 AM (Waco) - 1-254-776-3900, 102.5 FM (NOTE KWTX IS FOX NEWS RADIO, *NOT* THE TV CHANNEL, WHICH IS NOT ASSOCIATE WITH THEM) and one more that is forgotten at this time, will be at the PRO-BUSH/ANTI-SHEEHAN rally. They are owned by Clear Channel. A host named "JACK HAMMER" will be there.

The Anti-Sheehan BBQ will be in the lot NEXT TO THE Crawford Bank, free burgers, soft drinks ("Coca Cola"), and everything Saturday at noon.

Update [2005-8-10 15:57:17 by patrioticliberal]: READ VERY CAREFULLY BELOW: The protest will be held in a nearby lot *NEXT* to the Security Bank of Crawford, *NOT* AT THE SECURITY BANK OF CRAWFORD! THEY ARE NOT SPONSORING IT AND THEY ARE NOT INVOLVED! THANK YOU. ED SCHULTZ JUST CONFIRMED THIS ON AIR. He also said that the Ft. Hood military ARE being ALLOWED at this thing.

"Allowed" being the fancy Bush badministration way of telling the troops, "De Fuhrer has made it clear as kristalnacht that he expects you to be there und cheer for him und boo und make hissing sounds at der mother of der fallen soldier."

Well, folks, if the men and women from Ft. Hood are going to be there, it sounds like the perfect time to find them some fresh recruits. One would imagine there'd be lots of young pusillanimous Republicans in full strut, pretending they've got a pair between their legs, hoping to score some free greasy burgers in between bouts of manly chest-thumping and grunting. THIS is the fresh meat on the hoof necessary to keep Dear Leader's war machine grinding in Iraq, and they must be inducted immediately!

If any OYE operatives happen to be in the Crawford area this Saturday, here's a suggestion:

Crawford is near to Waco, and it just so happens there is both an Army and a Marine recruitment center there, almost next to each other. On your way to the barbecue, stop by:

US Army Recruiting
(254) 776-1547
1200 Richland Dr # 365C
Waco, TX 76710

and:

US Marine Corps Recruiting
(254) 772-7754
1200 Richland Dr # B
Waco, TX 76710

Pick up a bunch of brochures and business cards, and head over to Crawford for a tasty burger and a cold Coca-Cola. After you've refreshed yourself, walk around the event and collar every young man and woman you can get to, put a brochure and business card directly into their uber-patriotic little hands and ask if they're ready to enlist RIGHT NOW! Remind them that it's their solemn duty, if they truly believe in President Bush and his Everlasting War on Terra™, that they leave hearth and home and head over to Iraq ASAP.

And if they start spouting any shit about Cindy, ask them which they're more afraid of -- a middle-age woman whose son was killed by his Commander-in-Chief's lies, or the truth of which she speaks.

UPDATE: Just getting ready to post this, and saw an update at patrioticliberal's diary:
Update [2005-8-10 18:3:59 by patrioticliberal]: There are reports that Evan Armstrong at the KWTX channel (1230 AM, Fox News Radio, the likes of Limbaugh, O Reilly etc) - EvanArmstrong@clearchannel.com - says that the protest is "not" Anti-Sheehan (although Thom Harmann's show engineer clearly heard that it was an anti-Sheehan/pro-Bush combination rally) and that it may be moved either in date or in location because they don't want to give people the idea they are protesting Sheehan. However, take where Evan works. Fox News Radio. Do you trust him? Here's their website: http://www.newstalk1230.com/main.html . You might be fascinated by their GOP Babes of the Week.
Looks like the Yellowphants are already getting nervous. If you're in the Crawford area, give them a good reason to be worried.

(For info on how to help Cindy, or to make a donation, click here.)

Humor, Empathy, and Sex

Have you ever been accused by a conservative as being humorless and overly-serious? I know I have. While I’m no comic genius, I feel that I have a healthy sense of humor. After a few drinks, I’ll loosen up to the point where I could get on stage. I get a joke when it’s being told, and I laugh when it’s funny. I can tell if somebody is yankin’ my chain, and I yank back. But, I’ve noticed that the jokes that most conservatives tell are just not funny. Their “jokes” are mostly crafted as jabs or insults. They lack the basic foundations of joke telling.

I couldn’t put my finger on what conservatives were missing. Why couldn’t they tell a good joke? I was reading Fables of the Reconstruction this morning, and it hit me—their inability to be funny may be tied to their inability to empathize:

The key to successful humor, after all, is to be able to see things from other people’s perspectives – a liberal trait that conservatives deride variously as “relativism” or “objectively pro-terrorist”. So conservatives may have a genetic makeup that makes them less able to appreciate what’s funny, and consequently take themselves very seriously and see the world as a dour, threatening place, with all these other people having a good time and laughing – sometimes at them. This explains a lot, I think, and deserves further research.

Interesting. The most hilarious comedians have the ability to combine real life, irony, absurdity, and exaggeration into a well woven story. Their joke crafting skills are so acute because they are able to see life from the eyes of another.

Later in the morning, I read another story from TBogg, and I began to think that perhaps conservatives are just sexually deprived or inadequate?

And because Conservative men know that everyone is having more and better sex than they have ever had or will have because woman don’t find them attractive unless they have a million dollar radio deal and an endless supply of Hillbilly heroin to help deaden the humiliation of being humped for forty seconds by a huffing sweaty butt pustule, well, they start to lose their comedic edge.

And when they find out that their sense of humor is deader than Bob Dole’s dick, they start invading countries instead of invading those sweet marshy swamplands to the south, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

If you’re liberal.

You know, there’s probably some truth to this. Conservatives fixate on controlling women, having large guns, asserting their authority, war, and driving large, fast vehicles.

It's strange that conservatives seem to have one or more of the following issues:

  • they have magnified social phobias
  • they fear foreigners
  • they have never travelled too far from home
  • they have sexual hangups
  • they lack self-esteem
  • they lack education

When you have too many of these things going on at one time, you lose your ability to empathize with others. Why? Perhaps it’s because you are so caught up in your own world that you cannot possibly imagine life from the perspective of others? Don’t ask me, I’m not a psychologist.

I know that there are conservative comedians out there, but as I go through the list of my favorites, I can’t think of one that could be defined as a true conservative. Can you?

COUNTRY WESTERN 911 HOOTNANNY

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Failing to attract recruits via the Yellow Elephant recruitment drive, Rumsfeld takes a new tack: From The News Blog of Steve and Jen:
The Pentagon would hold a massive march and country music concert to mark the fourth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an announcement tucked into an Iraq war briefing today.

"This year the Department of Defence will initiate an America Supports Your Freedom Walk," Rumsfeld said, adding that the march would remind people of "the sacrifices of this generation and of each previous generation".

The march will start at the Pentagon, where nearly 200 people died on September 11, 2001, and end at the National Mall with a show by country star Clint Black.

Word of the event startled some observers.

"I've never heard of such a thing," said John Pike, who has been a defence analyst in Washington for 25 years and runs GlobalSecurity.org.
There is no lure that will get these slackers to join in a real war. Today, another seven unlucky, non Young Republicans were blown up in Iraq. It is now well over 2,000 dead for Iraq and Afghanistan.

Maybe they are playing the wrong music? They should take out those old Hitler Youth songs. Maybe that will inspire these useless Young Republicans to join.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Oregon Recruiters Try Unconventional Techniques, Still Fail to Meet Quotas

From today's Oregonian
A 30-foot climbing wall towered over vendors hawking subwoofers and puka shell necklaces at Portland's stop on the Pro Wakeboard Tour. Next to the wall flew a black-and-gold banner promoting "An Army of One." At the base stood Sgt. Richard Ray.

"We're getting more innovative," said Ray, who heads the Army's Gresham recruiting station and who is one of five recruiters who spent the last Saturday afternoon in July working the wakeboard crowd at Blue Lake Park.

Targeting the tanned throng at extreme sports events is one example of the innovations.

The Army sponsors stock cars and drag racers to appeal to speed demons. Cyber-recruiters go after young adults who spend their lives online, and "America's Army," an online computer game that simulates missions in the war on terror, goes after video-game junkies.

But even with new approaches and new enticements -- $20,000 signing bonuses and service terms as short as 18 months -- the Army is struggling to meet the demand for soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, Europe and elsewhere.

As of Wednesday, with just under two months left in the fiscal year, the Portland area's 43 Army recruiters had enlisted 323, nowhere near their goal of 569. The Army also missed its Portland-area goal last year, according to Gary Stauffer, public affairs officer for the Portland battalion.
And for the few nibbles at the $20,000/18-month-terms* bait there are many who are dissuaded by friends and family or disqualified for lack of education, physical ailments, or troubles with the law:
At the Blue Lake wakeboard competition, children clamored for free Army-logo memorabilia while adults tackled the wall. But those of military age -- 17 to 35 for active duty, 17 to 40 for the reserves -- seemed wary.

As a sunburned wakeboarding fan in his 20s signed a release form to climb the wall, his friend said, laughing: "This probably means they're gonna ship you out to Iran at 6 in the morning tomorrow."

At the wakeboard event, a middle-age woman asked Ray for an application for her son. After a few more questions, Ray discovered that the son was trying to escape a troubled past.

"If you can't hack it in high school," Ray said later, "what makes you think you can make it in the real world?"

More than half of the people who want to join the Army get turned away.... Among the ineligible are those who lack a GED certificate or high school diploma, score low on a standardized career aptitude test, suffer physical ailments or have a criminal record.

"We're finding that even though a young man or young woman may be interested in going, they're possibly being discouraged by a parent or another influencer in their life."
Hmm, targeting pro wakeboarding fans, car racing fans, and video game fans doesn't seem to be working. If only there were a group of young men and women for the recruiters to target, young folks in peak physical condition, possessing high school (and maybe some college) education, with no criminal record, whose friends and family all believe in President George AWOL Bush and his 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. Instead of the "Fans of the X Games" crowd, maybe they should look toward the "Fans of the W Wars" crowd.

The Kenosha Kid noted the usual reply from a typical Yellow Elephant: "You don't have to be a firefighter to support the fire department, so what's your point?" Digby's point is good, but here's how I reply: "True, you do not have to be a firefighter to support the fire department. But if you just appointed a serial arsonist to be commissioner of the fire department and your house mysteriously catches fire, your neighbors and the overworked firefighters have every right to expect you to grab your garden hose and start spraying."

* Somebody might want to explain to my brother-in-law how that 18-month-term thing works out. He signed up for one of those old-fashioned 24-month terms in the National Guard and is now approaching his fourth full year in Afghanistan fixing Apache helicopters thanks to stop-loss.