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CBS Legitimizes Draft Fear, Driving Mom from Bush to Howdy Doody
MRC ^ | Wednesday September 29, 2004 | BrentBaker

Posted on 09/29/2004 9:27:21 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay

Five weeks before the election, CBS decided to give legitimacy to Internet rumors by devoting a "What Does It Mean to You?" segment to "fears" of a supposedly Bush-supporting mother that President Bush will impose a military draft. Dan Rather intoned: "A mother worries her son will be drafted. Does she have good reason?" Richard Schlesinger focused his piece around how the mother "is petrified about a military draft, and she's not alone. Mass e-mails are circulating among worried parents." Schlesinger pointed out how both Bush and Kerry deny that they'd institute a draft, but the mother is "not buying it. She's a Republican, but she's also a single-issue voter." He asked her: "Would you vote for a Democrat?" She replied: "Absolutely. I would vote for Howdy Doody if I thought it would keep my boys home and safe." Schlesinger concluded with a warning: "She's a Bush supporter today, but if she doesn't like what she hears between now and November, Beverly could easily cross over."

Earlier, Schlesinger had given credence to her fear: "The machinery for a draft is already in place, and the acting director of Selective Service believes he could start drafting people quickly."

Dan Rather teased at the top of Tuesday's CBS Evening News, with the heading "Draft Fears" beneath video of the soon-to-be profiled Philadelphia mother at the dinner table with her two sons: "A mother worries her son will be drafted. Does she have good reason? We'll tell you where the presidential candidates stand on the draft in the election series, 'What Does it Mean to You?'"

Rather set up the eventual story, as checked by the MRC's Brad Wilmouth against CBS's posting of the text: "It's no secret, the all-volunteer U.S. military, especially the Army, Marines, and many Reserve units, are stretched thin in Iraq and Afghanistan. So what about bringing back the draft? A lot of Americans are worried about that. Where do the presidential candidates stand? CBS's Richard Schlesinger tells you in the 'Eye on America' election series 'What Does it Mean to You?'"

Schlesinger began, over video of Beverly Cocco working as a school crossing guard: "Beverly Cocco has spent most of her life protecting children in Philadelphia. She usually worries about other people's kids. But as Election Day approaches, it's her own two grown sons who Beverly is most worried about."

Beverly Cocco, identified on screen as a "Pennsylvania voter," inside her home: "I go to bed every night and I pray, and I actually get sick to my stomach. I'm very worried. I'm scared. I'm absolutely scared. I'm petrified."

Schlesinger: "Beverly is petrified about a military draft, and she's not alone. Mass e-mails are circulating among worried parents. But neither President Bush nor John Kerry has said he will re-institute the draft. In fact, they both say they will not."

John Kerry, in May: "I will give us a foreign policy that absolutely makes it unnecessary to have a draft for this country."

Schlesinger: "Kerry says he'll try to get allies of the U.S. to send troops that could relieve American soldiers in Iraq. The Bush administration says that is pure fantasy. The President wants to train more Iraqi troops to take over for the Americans."

George W. Bush: "The war on terror will continue. It's gonna take a while. And no, we don't need a draft." Schlesinger: "But Beverly's not buying it. She's a Republican, but she's also a single-issue voter. Would you vote for a Democrat?"

Cocco: "Absolutely. I would vote for Howdy Doody if I thought it would keep my boys home and safe."

Schlesinger: "In fact, there are at least three votes in this house riding on the draft: Beverly's and her sons Carmen and Nick. Are you guys worried about being drafted?"

Nick Cocco, college senior, inside their home: "Yeah, it's the talk, there's the talks there, and though people aren't actually coming out and saying it, it's there."

Schlesinger: "The machinery for a draft is already in place, and the acting director of Selective Service believes he could start drafting people quickly."

Jack Martin, Selective Service system: "I think that we could do it in less than six months if we got the call."

Schlesinger: "This time there would be no long deferments for college students, and a lot more people could be eligible for the draft than ever before -- men and women aged 18 to 26 could be called up. Of course, there hasn't been a draft since 1973. But that's not much comfort to Beverly Cocco. So she's keeping a sharp eye on the political traffic. She's a Bush supporter today, but if she doesn't like what she hears between now and November, Beverly could easily cross over. In Philadelphia, I'm Richard Schlesinger for 'Eye on America.'"

For the CBSNews.com version of the story, with pictures of the Cocco family:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/09/28/eveningnews/main646055.shtml


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Found this in doing a background search on Cocco. CBS has to find these people somewhere to fit their spin. She had received an email and it "scared her" she says. So she forwarded it to all her friends and they to theirs and so the chain of misinformation continues. No mention H.R 163 was introduced by Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), and S. 89 was introduced by Sen. Fritz Hollings (D-SC).

Cocoa wrote a letter to the editor in the Northeast times. June 17th Letter to the Editor:

Put a chill on the draft bill

Just this week I received an e-mail so upsetting that I forwarded it to all my friends, who then forwarded it to all their friends. We are now a good size group. The e-mail concerned Bill S89 and HR 163. The bill is about reinstating the draft, beginning in the spring of 2005. The draftees will be all males and females between the ages of 18 and 26. There will be no deferments; seniors will be allowed to finish the year, and underclassmen will only be allowed to finish the semester. There is already a document signed between the U.S. and Canada, the “Smart Border Declaration,” which will prevent crossing the border. Since this is a federal bill, I was advised to contact Sen. Specter, Sen. Santorum and Congressman Joe Hoeffel. Sen. Specter’s office said that these bills are a “secret.”

When I told him that the cat was out of the bag, he offered to connect me with the Washington office. That office assured me that the senator was against this bill. I am still waiting for Sen. Santorum to respond, but Congressman Hoeffel is undecided. His office is sending me a letter detailing his thoughts. We are now in the process of collecting as much information as possible about this bill and the candidates.

We keep getting told that there are no sponsors for this bill and not to worry about it. But why did South Carolina Sen. Ernest Hollings draft this bill, and why is it sitting in the Senate? We think that it is important to find out before the election.

Meanwhile, we are starting an organization called Parents Against the Draft (PAD).

For more information, call me at 215-632-4997. Beverly Cocco Walton Park

Response: July 1, 2004

Congressman clears the record

Beverly Cocco’s letter in the June 17 edition of the Northeast Times in which she expresses her alarm about a bill (HR163) currently in Congress that would reinstate the military draft contained a great deal of accurate information, but it had one major inaccuracy. Ms. Cocco wrote that I was undecided about the bill. I am not undecided. I am against the bill.

While I support the fight against terrorism, I do not believe that reinstating the draft or mandating civilian service is necessary at this time. I support the bill’s emphasis on civilian service, but I do not believe in requiring young people to perform civilian or military service. Instead, I support directing increased funding towards recruitment and retention programs in the armed forces.

Attracting and keeping the highest quality of men and women into the armed forces through increased pay, better career opportunities and enhanced benefits will guarantee our military’s continued ability to respond to threats against our country.

Additionally, I fully support enhanced volunteer opportunities for civilians and have been working with my House International Relations Committee colleagues to see that the Peace Corps budget doubles by 2006, and that funding for travel and exchange programs between young Americans and their foreign peers is increased. By enhancing incentives and increasing possibilities for engaging in volunteer service, we can improve our armed forces without reinstating the military draft.

Joseph M. Hoeffel 13th Congressional District Editor’s note: Rep. Hoeffel is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

Repeating "Sparrow Fall's", a blogger: "hmmm! what's that D there! so why did these honorable gentlemen, scarcely bush supporters, introduce a pair of bills that the white house has said are unnecessary and the pentagon does not want?"

1 posted on 09/29/2004 9:27:21 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

If any of your lib friends come up to you and tell you that the draft might come back, here's what you do:

1. Feign becoming upset.

2. State "I would never vote for ANYONE in a political party that would bring back the draft!"

3. Engage them in a conversation in the topic - get them riled up.

4. Get them to agree that bringing back the draft is a bad idea and that whatever party is sponsoring it should not be running the Government.

5. After they agree, say "We need to do some research, to see what individuals are sponsoring legislation to bring back the draft - and vote everyone in that party out of office!"

6. Walk over to the computer and go to the House of Representatives website http://www.house.gov and look up HR 163 "Reinstate Draft Bill" and while you're doing it with your liberal friend, mumble under your breath "I can't believe these dirty politicians want to bring back the draft - we need to get rid of those guys who are sponsoring it".

7. Act VERY surprised when you look up the sponsor of the bill. "Oh my gosh... it's not a Republican, it's Charlie Rangel, a Democrat!"

8. Look up the co-sponsors, "Oh my gosh... they're ALL Democrats - all 14 of them!!".

9. Say, "Well, let's see what the Senate has to say on this". Go to the Senate website http://www.senate.gov and look up S89 "Reinstate Draft Bill".

10. Say, "We need to vote these guys out too!" Act surprised when you find the sponsor of the bill is Fritz Hollings - a Democrat!

11. Look at your lib friend and say, "We agreed, we need to vote out the party that is trying to bring back the draft - so we have to vote out all the Democrats".


2 posted on 09/29/2004 9:28:47 AM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: fight_truth_decay

"The machinery for a draft is already in place..." signed into law by Jimmy Carter! CBS is shamelessly working for the DNC. Have to wonder what the payoff is. Do none of them have any journalistic integrity?


3 posted on 09/29/2004 9:31:17 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: fight_truth_decay

I swear I read something yesterday that put Cocco firmly in the Democrat party.


4 posted on 09/29/2004 9:31:39 AM PDT by RedWing9 (No tag here... Just want to stay vague...)
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To: fight_truth_decay
"I go to bed every night and I pray, and I actually get sick to my stomach. I'm very worried. I'm scared. I'm absolutely scared. I'm petrified."

If after she prays, she continues to be petrified by something that "could" happen, she doesn't have alot of faith in whoever she praying to about the ultimate good of what happens.

5 posted on 09/29/2004 9:32:15 AM PDT by WoodstockCat (DNC and John Kerry: Forgers R' Us)
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To: fight_truth_decay

This person is actually allowed to vote???


6 posted on 09/29/2004 9:32:23 AM PDT by MadAnthony1776
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To: fight_truth_decay

Is Dan trying to prove that he is using his nightly "news" program as a corporately funded Kerry for President campaign site?

What other bogus stories is he going to push in trying to "help" Kerry?


7 posted on 09/29/2004 9:32:37 AM PDT by GreyFriar (3rd Armored Division -- Spearhead)
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To: fight_truth_decay

If the government upped the military's budget to pay for more soldiers, there would be no need to draft. They'd have plenty of people who wanted to be there. Plus, it's hard to make a draftee learn enough to properly operate many of the systems the military currently uses, making the draft even more cost-ineffective.


8 posted on 09/29/2004 9:33:07 AM PDT by Little Pig
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To: fight_truth_decay

http://www.ratherbiased.com/

At the center of Schlesinger’s piece was a woman named Beverly Cocco, a Philadelphia woman who is “sick to my stomach” that her two sons might be drafted. In his report, Schlesinger claimed that Cocco was a Republican and portrayed her as an apolitical (even Republican) mom worried about the future.

Schlesinger did not disclose that Cocco is a chapter president of an advocacy group called People Against the Draft (PAD) which, in addition to opposing any federal proscription, seeks to establish a “peaceful, rational foreign policy” by bringing all U.S. troops out of Iraq. Like Schlesinger’s Cocco, the group portrays itself as “nonpartisan” although its leadership seems to be entirely bereft of any Republicans.

The group’s domain is registered to a man named Jacob Levich, a left-wing activist who in a 2001 essay compared the Bush Administration to the totalitarian government portrayed in George Orwell’s 1984.


9 posted on 09/29/2004 9:34:05 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: So Cal Rocket
I think Buffalo Bob would be pulling all the strings
10 posted on 09/29/2004 9:34:07 AM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: IndianPrincessOK

Check this out for the appropriate response to the cBS draft ploy.


11 posted on 09/29/2004 9:34:54 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: RedWing9

Democrats are SOOooo stupid - they have yet again fallen into the mindgame of putting out their talking points first and now Bush can come out and say "there is no plan for a draft - in fact, I purposefully came out with my implementation of shifting troops from places like Germany and So. Korea in anticipation of troop needs for places like Iraq, etc." Draft memo from the DNC will backfire like everything else!


12 posted on 09/29/2004 9:35:40 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: RedWing9

Cocco is NOT just a housewife. Cocco is a chapter president of an advocacy group called People Against the Draft.

http://www.nodraft.info/
http://www.nodraft.info/contact.html

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=12878_CBS_News_Pushes_Another_Anti-Bush_Lie


13 posted on 09/29/2004 9:36:42 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Lying to Americans is has been a tradition of c BS for decades. Watch the c BS eye below for a 60 second time line of lies from c BS.

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14 posted on 09/29/2004 9:37:45 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop Rathering to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: MadAnthony1776

I know. What an idiot.


15 posted on 09/29/2004 9:38:41 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Vietnam veteran against Jean-France Kerry.)
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To: rightwingcrazy

Once again seeBS is full of crap. I guess i'll have to send them another angry letter. I hope everyone else will. Maybe...just maybe enough pressure will get them to shut up. If nothing else they'll see many Americans see through their transparent facade.


16 posted on 09/29/2004 9:39:06 AM PDT by msp2004
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To: GreyFriar

"Is Dan trying to prove that he is using his nightly "news" program as a corporately funded Kerry for President campaign site? "

Point is, Dan got away with it and CBS incurred no punishment. They really do not give a dang about ratings. They are already in last place.


17 posted on 09/29/2004 9:39:26 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Control the information given to society and you control society.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
See also:

HR 163 & SB 89 Exposed: The Honest Truth About the Draft (why the Dems pushed the draft in 2003)

DRAFT LIKELY TO RETURN UNDER BUSH (LIAR ALERT! KERRY TRYING TO SCARE YOUNG VOTERS!)


18 posted on 09/29/2004 9:39:45 AM PDT by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

The Petrified Mom Vote. Hmm.
O.K., off the top of my brain pan, Bush counsels:
"And I say to ALL mothers: DON'T LOOK BACK! Keep jogging FORWARD to VICTORY!"
So we lose the Sedentary Petrified Mom Vote.
Big Beautiful Deal.


19 posted on 09/29/2004 9:40:00 AM PDT by alcuin (getridofthateffinlooselipssinkshipsgesture)
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To: So Cal Rocket
The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather should change its name to the; "Bash Bush Tonight with Dan Rather".

Ever since the bogus National Guard memo blew up in CBS' face, they have been trying to justify their past actions with hit pieces every night.

If I were Bush, I would agree to an interview with Rather. After the first accusatory question question from Rather, I would reach into a desk drawer, remove a loaded Colt .45, hand it to Dan and say: "Go ahead Dan, Shoot. If you've got the guts!"

20 posted on 09/29/2004 9:40:56 AM PDT by elbucko (A Feral Republican)
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To: fight_truth_decay

You would think that SEE BS would learn a little something after we spanked them not too long ago. Let's see Bush is leading in women like no Republican has in recent history and all of a sudden we see the Blather folks come up with this. I don't think anyone will buy it. People are stupid but not that....


21 posted on 09/29/2004 9:41:46 AM PDT by keysguy (Trust the media as far as you can throw them)
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To: fight_truth_decay
I spotted this last night while "monitoring" CBS and most especially, Rather. He/they will not go down without a fight on "winning this one for Kerry." He/they must be made to pay the price for their continued spreading of lies and out-and-out distortions of each and everything in this election because they know this is the end of them, should Bush win.

OK, Freepers this is your salient moment, do your stuff! Show CBS and Rather, not to mention the rest of those sicophants and self-appointed judges of what we "need to know" that you're "Mad as Hell and Not Going to Take it Anymore!"

22 posted on 09/29/2004 9:42:25 AM PDT by zerosix
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To: fight_truth_decay

memo to SEE-BS, SHUT THE F UP!!!


23 posted on 09/29/2004 9:42:28 AM PDT by AlexPKeaton04 (Moore and Kerry Please move to France)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Relax - remember, CBS has lost most of it's audience and it's credibility


24 posted on 09/29/2004 9:42:36 AM PDT by ghost of nixon
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To: Grampa Dave

Great job Dave.


25 posted on 09/29/2004 9:43:16 AM PDT by keysguy (Trust the media as far as you can throw them)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Whew! You had me worried for a minute there. I thought that this story might have legs.

But then I realized that it is from CBS. ;)


26 posted on 09/29/2004 9:43:58 AM PDT by mywholebodyisaweapon
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To: finnman69

Re: Your entire post. Why am I not surprised.


27 posted on 09/29/2004 9:44:04 AM PDT by elbucko (A Feral Republican)
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To: ghost of nixon

Most is good, but "all" would be even better.


28 posted on 09/29/2004 9:45:15 AM PDT by keysguy (Trust the media as far as you can throw them)
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To: So Cal Rocket
Agreed!

Also note that co-sponsor, Elijah Cummings, MD 7th D is the head of the black congressional congress! I Just heard Al Sharpton moaning that only blacks were dieing in Iraq! The truth is a wonderful thing! The more truth the better for conservatives. We have a great altenative here in MD. Tony Salasar’s site

29 posted on 09/29/2004 9:46:19 AM PDT by f zero
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To: EdReform
President Bush Says No Draft
30 posted on 09/29/2004 9:47:43 AM PDT by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: fight_truth_decay
PAD's website has a FAQ which includes:

HR 163 and S 89, Democrat-sponsored bills to restore conscription, are quietly working their way through committee. Reportedly, Republicans are ready to sign on as soon as they get the nod from the Bush administration (The Hill, Oct. 7, 2003).

Anyone know how to access that edition of The Hill to find out to what they're referring? There were some other references to Republicans talking about the draft, but that seemed to be their main talking point in implicating the Republicans as silent partners.
31 posted on 09/29/2004 9:48:02 AM PDT by andyk
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To: keysguy; IncPen

That great job was done by incpen.


32 posted on 09/29/2004 9:48:59 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop Rathering to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: So Cal Rocket

I'm laughing hysterically at the image of the liberal "friend's" head exploding.


33 posted on 09/29/2004 9:52:13 AM PDT by brothers4thID (I have knocked on door of this man's soul- and found someone home.)
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To: So Cal Rocket
This is a copy of an e-mail that is being sent to college students.

In Blogs for Bush, guest blogger Betsey Newmark, writes:

The daughter of one of my readers is attending the University of Arizona recieved this e-mail and so did many of her classmates. They are all worried about its contents:

Mandatory draft for boys and girls (ages18-26) starting June 15, 2005 There is pending legislation in the House and Senate, S89 and HR 163,to reinstate mandatory draft for boys and girls (ages18-26) starting June 15, 2005. This plan includes women in the draft, eliminates higher education as a shelter, and makes it difficult to cross into Canada. The Bush administration is quietly trying to get these bills passed now, while the public's attention is on the elections. The Bush administration plans to begin mandatory draft in the spring of 2005, just after the 2004 presidential election. The Congress has added $28 million to the 2004 selective service system budget to prepare for this military draft that could start as early as June 15, 2005. Bush has ordered the Selective Service to report to him by March 31, 2005 on their readiness to implement the draft by June 2005 The pentagon has quietly begun a public campaign to fill all 10,350 draft board positions and 11,070 appeals board slots nationwide.

Please act on this: Tell everyone you know - parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, godparents, friends, teachers Call and write to your U.S. Senator and your U.S. Representatives and ask them why they aren't telling their constituents about these bills.

..."ask them why they aren't telling their constituents about these bills"

Cocco was told by Sen. Specter’s office said that these bills are a “secret". Nick Cocco,college senior, inside their home only plays on the comments from Specter office when he says: "Yeah, it's the talk, there's the talks there, and though people aren't actually coming out and saying it, it's there."

34 posted on 09/29/2004 9:53:27 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Lets Roll people! Rathergate style!

Lets get this around the blogosphere and let it chew on the issue for a while and keep the story alive till it finally topples CBS!


35 posted on 09/29/2004 9:56:46 AM PDT by NJ Neocon
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To: So Cal Rocket
After they agree, say "We need to do some research, to see what individuals are sponsoring legislation to bring back the draft - and vote everyone in that party out of office!"

Heh.

36 posted on 09/29/2004 9:56:46 AM PDT by ThinkDifferent
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To: finnman69

Figures.......


37 posted on 09/29/2004 9:57:41 AM PDT by b4its2late (John John Kerry Edwards change positions more often than a Nevada prostitute!!!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

IF the draft is EVER brought back, IF, would there be no exemptions? That is what I also read. But a friend of my son entered the USAF and was sent home after a month or two because he was gay and on antidepressant meds. I am not buying the cBS that the draft is going to be brought back, I just wonder about exemptions. The same democrat congressmen who came up with this bill HR 163 said there should be no exemptions at all. They claimed that most of the soldiers in VN were poor black kids from the inner city, and that most white kids were able to get out of the draft with high paid lawyers, etc. But all the boys I knew who were killed in VN were white or native American indian. I lost several friends there. They served us bravely.


38 posted on 09/29/2004 9:58:15 AM PDT by buffyt (You don't create terrorists by fighting back. You defeat the terrorists by fighting back. ~GWBush~)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Excellent research. Also during the same broadcast CBS implied that many if not all Iraqi police may be in cahoots with the insurgents (i.e. terrorists). It's unbelievable how CBS slants their reports. Disgusting. I've only joined the blogging community last month - I didn't realize how much the blogs have changed from years past. Nice to see so many people now performing the checks and balances that the MSM eliminated long, long ago.


39 posted on 09/29/2004 9:58:47 AM PDT by markytom
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To: fight_truth_decay

As if we needed any further proof that CBS is blatantly in bed with the DNC.


40 posted on 09/29/2004 9:58:59 AM PDT by Blue Scourge (Off I go into the Wild Blue Yonder...)
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To: rightwingcrazy

As a Howdy Doodie and Doodieville fan, I am offended by this woman implying that Kerry could be a leader on par with Howdy Boy. Shame on CBS! They are jealous cause NBC had Howdy who was always pro-American, pro-Wonder Bread, and reminded boys and girls to attend church on Sundays.


41 posted on 09/29/2004 9:59:50 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (France kicked Germany's teeth out at Verdun among other places.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Outrageous partisanship on the part of CBS -- it was especially disingenuous not to mention that the only bills on this subject were sponsored and co-sponsored by Democrats, with not a single Republican listed.
42 posted on 09/29/2004 10:00:18 AM PDT by snowsislander
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To: andyk

Notwithstanding recent stories in the news media and on the Internet, Selective Service is not getting ready to conduct a draft for the U.S. Armed Forces -- either with a special skills or regular draft. Rather, the Agency remains prepared to manage a draft if and when the President and the Congress so direct. This responsibility has been ongoing since 1980 and is nothing new. Further, both the President and the Secretary of Defense have stated on more than one occasion that there is no need for a draft for the War on Terrorism or any likely contingency, such as Iraq. Additionally, the Congress has not acted on any proposed legislation to reinstate a draft. Therefore, Selective Service continues to refine its plans to be prepared as is required by law, and to register young men who are ages 18 through 25.
http://www.sss.gov/


43 posted on 09/29/2004 10:00:42 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Lets Roll people! Rathergate style!

Lets get this around the blogosphere and let it chew on the issue for a while and keep the story alive till it finally topples CBS!


44 posted on 09/29/2004 10:03:13 AM PDT by NJ Neocon
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To: markytom
cBS and RAthER have to be "crazy" to continue to ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK ( draft issue disputed by Michelle Malkin's link to military.com back in July). Again thE "draft" story bears its ugly head again with RAthERer offering up "scared" Mrs. Cocco as a source for his "news"- unfair, unfactual and unbalanced.
45 posted on 09/29/2004 10:24:35 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

What has happened to America? The worst thing that ever happened to this country was getting rid of the draft. My husband was drafted during the Berlin Crisis and the Cuban missle Crisis and I followed him to Ft. Riley KS with only my last allotment check (91.30)in my purse. (he made only 25.00 as a pfc.) We paid 75.00 rent, 25.00 reduced car payment, with 16.30 left over to eat and buy gas for a month. My mother was hysterical when I left to drive 13 hours in an old car (with very bad tires) through a snow storm to Manhatan,KS, but I was in love and I had the ridiculous notion that no one in America starved to death. (Little did I know) For two years we had a crash course in "the real world." That was 43 years ago, and to this day still think it was the best thing that ever happened to us.


46 posted on 09/29/2004 10:24:41 AM PDT by texaslil
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The Left has what they see as a poison pill here with the draft issue and they will be trying to ram it down everyone's throat for the next month. Count on it.

GWB may need to address this to allay the fears of these types of voters.

47 posted on 09/29/2004 10:50:18 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Which Star Trek Capt. would you want for President? Picard or Kirk? In wartime, the choice is easy.)
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To: 3AngelaD

Of course I will inform the viewers that it was Charles Rangel (D) and Fritz Hollings (D) as soon as I tell them that Bush's National Guard Documents were faked.

/sarcasm off

48 posted on 09/29/2004 10:54:47 AM PDT by sr4402
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http://www.phillyblog.com/mark_cohen/000414.html -
Rep. Mark Cohen [D-Phila]
September 4, 2004 04:53 AM

Cohen:"Republican Keynoter Zell Miller Said Draft May Be Necessary to Win War on Terror - "Of all the surprises of 2004, perhaps the biggest has to be the prominent mention of Wendell Wilkie by Republican keynoter Zell Miller, perhaps the only U.S. Senator to whom the hoary term "Dixiecrat" now applies"..."(I am active in Philadelphia's Parents Against the Draft; see stopthedraft.meetup.com" to sign up)"(This could be a source of the "draft scare" info put out by Democrats.)

Cohen writes: "Advocates of a draft are the kind of people who give idealism a bad name. It is one thing to advocate something that has never been tried before. It is something else to advocate a failed program of the past that is being abolished or scaled down in country after country."

Comment to Cohen in his blog report: Hello Mr Cohen!
"I know you frequent the GFA blog and I recall you that you attended the Progressive Dems Convention in Boston- I was there also!...........

49 posted on 09/29/2004 11:01:15 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: texaslil
What has happened to America?

The 60's changed the thinking in America on the draft issue..the Kerry/Fonda movement and testimony..the Peace movement fed with misinformation from those like Kerry who in turn put war protesters up to testifying on atrocities (they never witnessed). They burned the flag..held it upside down. Called out military "baby killers" (the drug culture also made the influence easier).
They still use scare tactics to obtain their cause.

Did I say I admire you? "I admire you!"

50 posted on 09/29/2004 11:15:32 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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