Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Beef Jerks

Recently, OYE did a post on the Iowa Federation of College Republicans', Benjamin Johnson, and his 'supporting' The Troops by sending beef jerky to Our Servicemen overseas. Being a loyal friend, Greg Baker (IFCR secretary), apparently wanted to take some of the negative focus off of his comrade's back by making the same ridiculous appeal to fly America's finest spicy, salty dried meat to Iraq.

“We have already purchased the items soldiers have requested such as; razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste, along with beef jerky, Little Debbie snack cakes, pre-paid phone cards, DVDs, and digital photo frames.”

OYE Comment: It's disturbingly comical how sealed bags of beef jerky will be in greater harms way than the eligible-but-unwilling-to-serve young men from the IFCR. Collecting goods that can be purchased at 7-Eleven for The Troops doesn't even grant one entry into the parking lot of the ballgame, much less the cheap seats. If 'men' like Greg and Ben are asked later in life by children they can conceivably bear "Dad, did you serve in The War you 'supported'?" will they answer with "No, but I was sure to send the brave men who did bags of Pemmican and Jack Links".

Hang in there LT Nixon, help from the IFCR is on the way.

Hat tip to Iowa Politics.


At 20 December, 2007 01:27, Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...

Wait is this homemade Jerky? Cause if it's store bought the IFCR can keep it!

At 20 December, 2007 01:58, Blogger LT Nixon said...

Thanks OYE. Our troops in the field need the Iraqi government to get its act together so they can execute a responsible exit strategy. I was hoping the Young Republicans could provide helpful suggestions to the government that would allow reconciliation amidst decades-old hatred instilled by Baath rule, that and proper distribution of Iraq's resources to facilitate meaningful reconstruction. Since that might be too tall an order, I was hoping the Young Republicans would send more trained-up soldiers to assist with the surge strategy. Let's get Greg slimmed down within Army weight standards, and get him to Army basic training. Just a suggestion.

At 20 December, 2007 16:10, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To fight this war and poverty, and to help the American middle class from plunging into poverty, vote to end government spending, to end the corrupt IRS. End bloated public education.

At 20 December, 2007 16:42, Blogger Dhalgren said...

Can someone explain how OYE uses old gender terminology to question the manhood of yellow elephants ('men')? is this a pro war site that criticizes yellow elephants? I'm confused.

I thought we progressives were above name calling?

You know, because Jonah Goldberg isn't.

At 20 December, 2007 20:50, Blogger Wek said...

dhalgren- my use of words to question a person's manhood is done tongue-in-cheek, for the most part. But please don't confuse this with us not being serious about encouraging Our President's strongest supporters to enlist. Our Armed Forces, and in turn our country, would certainly benefit if all those fit to be in the military actually considered enlisting.

OYE is neither a pro or anti-war site and have taken no position on the current conflict.

As far as referring to us as "we progressives"- your ideology may be similar with some of our contributors, but it would be a stretch to label everyone that has the keys to this site a "progressive".

We do appreciate your question.

At 20 December, 2007 23:10, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 22 December, 2007 14:23, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has oye sent our troops anything?

At 27 December, 2007 10:51, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I sent $200 to Operation Helmet and $536 to Fisher House. Though I am not a part of Operation Yellow Elephant, I support it's mission.


At 27 December, 2007 13:02, Blogger OYE said...

anonymous (22 December, 2007 14:23)-

Yes. Our contributors send requested items directly to servicemembers they personally know, in sufficient quantities for wide distribution.

It's not something we publicize, except when specifically asked, as you have done.

At 02 February, 2008 18:36, Anonymous Christopher said...

I've personally sent over 43 care packages this year to servicemembers.

I'm a veteran, and I know how much these little things mean to those overseas. What would mean alot more if people like Ben Johnson would have the courage to serve, so I don't have to send the same servicemembers carepackages over and over again.


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