Skip to comments.Transcripts of Prior General Michael J. Walsh testimony vanishes.
Posted on 06/19/2009 12:24:25 PM PDT by POWinCA
Ladies and Gentlemen! It is my pleasure to bring to you the spectacle of two battlers from Brooklyn.
Introducing first: wearing the Army Dress Green uniform trimmed with a Silver Star on each epaulet, two Bronze Star medals, four Legions of Merit, a Ranger Tab, Parachutist Wings, and a combat patch, standing six feet, four inches tall and weighing in at two hundred pounds. Born in Brooklyn, he graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of New York with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, earned a Master's Degree in Construction Management from the University of Florida. He served as the Commander of the Corps Gulf Region Division in Baghdad, Iraq; Commander of the South Atlantic Region in Atlanta, Chief of Staff of USACE in DC, Executive Director of Civil Works in DC, District Commander of the Sacramento District in California, and District Commander of the San Francisco District, also in California.
I give you, the Brooklyn Builder, the Commander of Construction, Brigadier...General... Michael...J...Walsh! (Applause)
Next, wearing a polyester pants suit with striped shirt, brown glasses, dyed hair, and recently injected Botox. She stands a towering four-feet, eleven inches tall and weighs in at ninety pounds soaking wet, sitting on a telephone book to see over the microphone. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a bachelor's degree in Economics and worked three years as a stock broker.
After losing an election to the Marin County Board of Supervisors, she worked as a journalist and then an aide to a Congressman until she was finally elected to the Marin BoS. Elected to the House of Representatives for five terms, she served on the House Armed Services Committee despite having never served in the military. In 1992 she was embarrassed to have to pay fees for 87 overdrawn checks from her House bank account. Twice elected to the US Senate from the Overdrawn State of California, she chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Senate Committee on....Ethics.
I give you the Brooklyn Bitch, the Overlady of Overdraws, the Diminutive Demon Rat, Barbara...Levy...Boxer. (Booo! Hiss!)
Excuse me ladies and gentlemen. That's Senator Barbara Levy Boxer.
Yesterday, in testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Barbara Boxer interrupted testimony by Brigadier General Michael Walsh on the reconstruction of the Louisiana coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in order to scold him for calling her "ma'am" instead of Senator.
Barbie: You know, do me a favor. Could say senator instead of maam?
Walsh: Yes, maam. (LOL!)
Barbie: Its just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so Id appreciate it, yes, thank you,
Walsh: Yes, senator
Do me a favor, senator, shut the fuck up and do your job. We don't need to be bothered with your fragile ego lacking in self-worth being irritated by a perfectly acceptable form of address.
This reminds me of the scene in A Few Good Men where Colonel Nathan Jessep leaves the witness stand during a trial. Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee tells the Colonel to sit down because he is not finished with his examination. Jessep say, "Colonel!" Kaffee replies, "What's that?". Jessep says, "I'd appreciate it if he called me 'Colonel' or 'Sir'. I believe I've earned it. "
After that, Jessep says to the Judge, "I don't know what the hell kind of unit you're running here." to which the Judge replies, "And the witness will address this court as Judge or Your Honor. I'm quite certain I've earned it. Take your seat, Colonel."
In the Army there are only seven forms of address: Private, Specialist, Corporal, Sergeant, First Sergeant, Sergeant Major, Sir/Ma'am.
Soldiers always refer to senior officers by "Sir" or "Ma'am", not by their rank. We would use a person's rank or title when speaking about them, but not to them. You don't normally say, "Yes, General." General Walsh has been steeped in that tradition of respect his entire adult life.
A few years ago, I introduced some ROTC cadets to a friend of mine. They always referred to her as "ma'am". She was so impressed that these young people were so polite, particularly since the kids she works with in the San Francisco public schools are generally lacking in courtesy. This title of respect, though, is considered demeaning by Babs Boxer.
This protocol, used commonly by the military, is also acceptable for Congressmen, Senators, Ambassadors and yes, even the President.
Notice that Barbie doesn't refer to him as "General" in her rebuke.
As Chairbitch of the Committee, Walsh spoke first with her so there's no counterfactual of how he regarded other Senators, male or female. I'd love to find a transcript of other testimony he's had before Congress. After that scathing rebuke, it's difficult to believe he wouldn't show the same enforced courtesy to the male senators.
That same day, two naval officers testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. They repeatedly referred to Senator Roger Wicker, Republican from Mississippi as "sir". Wicker did not object.
Wicker, by the way, served four years in the United States Air Force and then served 23 years in the US Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Also a politician for almost all of his adult life, Roger doesn't seem to be afflicted with an inferiority complex.
This shows you the paltry character and pettiness of Democrats, especially feminists elected from the People's Republic of California.
P.S. While searching for transcripts of any testimony which General Walsh has given, I discovered that Colonel Michael J. Walsh testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on wetlands legislation. The House.gov website shows only the hearings for the 110th and 111th Congresses, so I searched for archives of the 2001 hearing and what did I find? The hearing with Colonel Walsh on 10/03/2001 has magically vanished from Congressional records. Here is Walsh's speech just prior to taking questions.
Winston Smith seems hard at work vaporizing evidence which might embarrass Big Brother.
Babs Boxer makes Mike Tyson look like The KING of Britain in relation to Culture and Class! She is a classless Brooklyn Slob.
Babs proved it yesterday when she/IT attempted to put down General Walsh, but He was the One who demonstrated Class, Patriotism, and Heroism in dealing with the Wench:-)
Can we clean up the language please? This IS still a family website!
Seniors always address juniors by rank.
Private calls a lieutenant or colonel "sir"
Lieutenant calls private "Private" and a Colonel, "Sir,"
Colonel calls private "Private" and a lieutenant "Lieutenant."
No, no error.
The form of address specifically in question for this situation was an acknowledgment.
When you are acknowledging a superior officer, a soldier will say “Yes, Sir” or “Yes, Ma’am”. If you are addressing another dignitary, “Yes, Sir” and “Yes, Ma’am” are also appropriate. Even when addressing the President in a prolonged conversation, “Yes, Sir” is never inappropriate.
In the Army, it is not tradition to say, “Yes, General” or “Yes, Colonel.” When acknowledging a junior, one simply says, “Yes.” An officer would never say, “Yes, Sergeant” unless he wanted to curtly remind the soldier of his subordinate rank.
If General Walsh had simply answered her question with “Yes”, I doubt she would have flown off the handle. She was irritated by the word “Ma’am” with her preconceived notion that it is a form of address for old women.
He snide attitude and snotty comments also served to put her in control of the situation as Alpha Dog. It’s part of the secret politics of a Congressional committee hearing.
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