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Political offensive targets Bush
THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | March 18, 2006 | Rowan Scarborough

Posted on 03/18/2006 2:19:31 PM PST by BellStar

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1 posted on 03/18/2006 2:19:33 PM PST by BellStar
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To: BellStar
Political offensive targets Bush

Alert the media! Breaking news!

2 posted on 03/18/2006 2:20:30 PM PST by Howlin ("It doesn't have a policy. It doesn't need to have a policy. What's the point of a Democratic policy)
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To: BellStar
Political offensive targets Bush

So... I guess the honeymoon is over, then???

3 posted on 03/18/2006 2:21:30 PM PST by Migraine (...diversity is great (until it happens to you)...)
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To: Howlin
SURPRISE! SURPRISE! SURPRISE!

the Dems are:


4 posted on 03/18/2006 2:22:13 PM PST by eeevil conservative (the GREATONE THINKS I'M GREAT! AND HE AGREES WITH WHATEVER I SAY!)
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To: BellStar

So what else is new?


5 posted on 03/18/2006 2:22:17 PM PST by maxter
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To: BellStar
to stage press events with active duty military personnel.....to bash President Bush on virtually every one of his national security policies.

I do not believe they are allowed to do this.

6 posted on 03/18/2006 2:23:16 PM PST by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN - Support our troops. I *LOVE* my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: BellStar
with active duty military personnel, veterans and emergency responders to bash President Bush on virtually every one of his national security policies.

Active duty personnel? Will they present them with paper bags over the heads?

Same ol' $hit all talk and no plan.

7 posted on 03/18/2006 2:26:39 PM PST by Mike Darancette (In the Land of the Blind the one-eyed man is king.)
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To: Howlin

"Jim Manley, Mr. Reid's spokesman, said yesterday the planned events are not part of a political campaign. They would involve only incumbent Democratic senators, some of whom are up for re-election, but not Democratic Senate challengers, he said. Democrats hope to capture Senate control in November's election."


8 posted on 03/18/2006 2:26:48 PM PST by BellStar (polecatus smellius liberalis are on the prowl!)
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To: Justanobody

Some one asked that last nite. I didn't stay up to see the responses.


9 posted on 03/18/2006 2:27:22 PM PST by digger48
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To: BellStar

Hahahahahahahahahahahahah ~~klunk~~~

Ouch, fell out of my chair laughing! And the dems foreign policy and national security policies are...

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah ~~klunk~~


10 posted on 03/18/2006 2:27:23 PM PST by Theresawithanh (Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.)
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To: BellStar

Wow, so the Democrats are going to attack Bush instead of the terrorists? Shocking.


11 posted on 03/18/2006 2:28:01 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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To: BellStar
to stage press events with active duty military personnel, veterans and emergency responders to bash President Bush on virtually every one of his national security policies.

They really think they will get active duty military to do this?

They really are stupid.

Patrick stupid.

Rock stupid.

12 posted on 03/18/2006 2:28:14 PM PST by LasVegasMac (High octane gas and lots of horse power.....Let's do it!)
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To: BellStar

LOL! The stench of Terry McAuliffe remains! Like 2002, run against Bush --- who isn't running!

Dems have no issues other than adjusting positives and negatives.


13 posted on 03/18/2006 2:29:39 PM PST by Shermy
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To: BellStar

It's deja vu all over again. I could have sworn that I saw this very story posted a couple hours ago when I checked in.


14 posted on 03/18/2006 2:29:41 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: BellStar

any active duty military member who speaks at one of these functions is subject to the UCMJ just as those of us who were active duty during Clinton's presidency were repeatedly warned in briefings that we would be prosecuted if we said anything negative about the lying cheating draft doging rapist scumbag.


15 posted on 03/18/2006 2:30:45 PM PST by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: BellStar
The Democrats' new motto:

"Millions for politics, but not one cent for the national interest."
16 posted on 03/18/2006 2:30:51 PM PST by Antoninus (The only reason you're alive today is because your parents were pro-life.)
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To: Justanobody
to stage press events with active duty military personnel.....to bash President Bush on virtually every one of his national security policies.

I do not believe they are allowed to do this.

I know that active-duty military aren't allowed to do this. First, they aren't supposed to be at political events in uniform (or using their military status). Second, if they bash the President publicly, they are guilty of violating Article 88 of the UCMJ, Contempt towards officials.

17 posted on 03/18/2006 2:30:58 PM PST by SIDENET (Gonna shake it, gonna break it, let's forget it better still)
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To: BellStar

I saw that idiot Paul Hackett on Hairball last night, talking to Chrissy Matthews...so it has already started.

He uses his credentials as an Iraq vet to get a chance to speak...but what he speaks is gobbledy-gook!!

I am sure the the DNC, with money from Soros...has been able to dig up all kinds of "hacketts".


18 posted on 03/18/2006 2:31:58 PM PST by Txsleuth (Bush-Bot;WaterBucket Brigader;and fan of defconw;Cboldt is my mentor!)
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To: digger48
I know they can not stand with Troop supporters, if they are in uniform. I can not imagine they can bash their Commander-in-Chief while in uniform.

Senate Democrats have mapped a political battle plan

How much lower can these commies go?

19 posted on 03/18/2006 2:34:09 PM PST by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN - Support our troops. I *LOVE* my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: BellStar
They would involve only incumbent Democratic senators, some of whom are up for re-election, but not Democratic Senate challengers, he said

That's a curiously worded statement, isn't it?

And here they are:

Daniel Akaka (HI)
Jeff Bingaman (NM)
Robert Byrd (WV)
Maria Cantwell (WA)
Tom Carper (DE)
Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY)
Kent Conrad (ND)
Dianne Feinstein (CA)
Edward Kennedy (MA)
Herb Kohl (WI)
Joe Lieberman (CT)
Robert Menendez (NJ)
Ben Nelson (NE)
Bill Nelson (FL)
Debbie Stabenow (MI)

20 posted on 03/18/2006 2:34:40 PM PST by Howlin ("It doesn't have a policy. It doesn't need to have a policy. What's the point of a Democratic policy)
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To: SIDENET

Thanks SIDENET! I was posting as you were sending. Nice to have the UCMJ Article number.


21 posted on 03/18/2006 2:38:35 PM PST by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN - Support our troops. I *LOVE* my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: commish

A double thank you to you for your service during that difficult time in America's history. ('93-'00)


22 posted on 03/18/2006 2:41:10 PM PST by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN - Support our troops. I *LOVE* my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: Justanobody

According to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 88—Contempt toward officials:

Text.

“Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

Elements.

(1) That the accused was a commissioned officer of the United States armed forces;

(2) That the accused used certain words against an official or legislature named in the article;

(3) That by an act of the accused these words came to the knowledge of a person other than the accused; and

(4) That the words used were contemptuous, either in themselves or by virtue of the circumstances under which they were used.

Lesser included offense.

Article 80—attempts

Maximum punishment.

Dismissal, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 1 year.

Note: While only commissioned officers can be charged under this article, DOD Directive 1344.10- POLITICAL ACTIVITIES BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES ON ACTIVE DUTY, extend these same requirements to all individuals on active duty. Enlisted members and warrant officers who violate these provisions can be charged under Article 92, of the UCMJ, Failure to Obey an Order or Regulation.
http://usmilitary.about.com/od/punitivearticles/a/mcm88.htm


23 posted on 03/18/2006 2:42:11 PM PST by OkeyDokeyOkie
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To: BellStar

THEY CAN'T HOLD THESE RALLIES. Pentagon policy forbids campaign rallies and rallies of this sort at mil bases.


24 posted on 03/18/2006 2:42:32 PM PST by ArmyBratproud
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To: BellStar

THEY CAN'T HOLD THESE RALLIES. Pentagon policy forbids campaign rallies and rallies of this sort at mil bases.


25 posted on 03/18/2006 2:42:37 PM PST by ArmyBratproud
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To: BellStar

THEY CAN'T HOLD THESE RALLIES. Pentagon policy forbids campaign rallies and rallies of this sort at mil bases.


26 posted on 03/18/2006 2:42:38 PM PST by ArmyBratproud
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To: BellStar

DEMOCRAPS ARE PLAYING POLITICS WITH THE WAR!!!!!!!!


27 posted on 03/18/2006 2:43:04 PM PST by ArmyBratproud
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To: BellStar

Quite frankly, no one is fooled by this nonsense. They tried that with Kerry in 2004 and still lost big because they are fooling no one.


28 posted on 03/18/2006 2:45:49 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: OkeyDokeyOkie

WOW-thanks!


29 posted on 03/18/2006 2:46:07 PM PST by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN - Support our troops. I *LOVE* my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: OkeyDokeyOkie

Thanks for posting that, I had an idea that enlisted personnel could get themselves in trouble, and that confirms it.

It just opens the door for the dummies to use fakes, though, or those no longer serving who would be willing to step up to the plate.


30 posted on 03/18/2006 2:55:11 PM PST by Theresawithanh (Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.)
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To: Justanobody
A double thank you to you for your service during that difficult time in America's history. ('93-'00)

Thank You. At least it was mitigated by the fact that I got to enter the military Under Ronaldus Magnus (Sep-81) and retire under Dubya (Feb 05) -- Counting Bush 41 I was able to serve 15 1/2 of my 23 1/2 under Republican Presidents :-).

31 posted on 03/18/2006 2:58:56 PM PST by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: Justanobody
WOW-thanks!

You're welcome. Thank you for the reminder about what our active duty military is allowed to do, politically. Is there any question that in their zeal to bring this president down in any way they can Democrats would drag military personnel into their machinations, with no regard for the effect their skulduggery will have on those troops? The troops have been educated about the limits of their political participation, but when a Congressperson or a representative of that Congress person's office attempts to enlist the aid of a troop for partisan political purposes, it is reasonable to believe that the troop may believe that the Congress person's request legitimizes his or her participation.
32 posted on 03/18/2006 2:59:36 PM PST by OkeyDokeyOkie
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To: Antoninus

***"Millions for politics, but not one cent for the national interest."***

I like that. Just make it, "national defense," and people will be copying it all over FR.

(In fact....see my tagline)
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(I'll take it off as my tagline if you want.)


33 posted on 03/18/2006 3:08:50 PM PST by kitkat (Democrats: Millions for politics, but not one cent for national defense.)
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To: OkeyDokeyOkie
when a Congressperson or a representative of that Congress person's office attempts to enlist the aid of a troop for partisan political purposes, it is reasonable to believe that the troop may believe that the Congress person's request legitimizes his or her participation.

That's what makes this so disgusting. Members of Congress do (and, IMO, should) visit with troops. There should be at least some level of trust in these visits. But this scam takes that all away. How are the troops to know when they are being saluted, and when they are being used?
I guess we can only hope that the commanding officers are vigilant. But it's a shame that they have to spend time and effort on keeping politics out of the military. That should be a given.

34 posted on 03/18/2006 3:16:25 PM PST by speekinout
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To: BellStar

Checking to make certain that headline is correct before I use it ....... mahalo m


35 posted on 03/18/2006 3:20:28 PM PST by malia
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To: BellStar

I may be mistaken, but, if military members are in uniform, isn't it illegal to use such for political events.


36 posted on 03/18/2006 3:21:29 PM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis
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To: kitkat
(I'll take it off as my tagline if you want.)

No use it! Lord knows, newspaper columnists and talk radio hosts have no problem poaching stuff from FR. I hold no grudges against fellow FReepers who do so.
37 posted on 03/18/2006 3:27:01 PM PST by Antoninus (The only reason you're alive today is because your parents were pro-life.)
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To: commish

Great to know it wasn't all bad for you! To bad about that little blip. ;*) Thanks again!


38 posted on 03/18/2006 3:43:11 PM PST by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN - Support our troops. I *LOVE* my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: OkeyDokeyOkie
Is there any question that in their zeal to bring this president down ..... Democrats would drag military personnel ..... with no regard for ..... those troops?

No question at all, which is why this upsets me so.

the troop may believe that the Congress person's request legitimizes his or her participation.

That is a very good point.

39 posted on 03/18/2006 3:50:32 PM PST by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN - Support our troops. I *LOVE* my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: Justanobody
"..... with no regard for ..... those troops?"

And that is the issue I use when writing to my Sen/Reps.

40 posted on 03/18/2006 3:58:57 PM PST by malia (The Democrat's .... Retreat and Defeat!! The Media ....no reporting just commentary)
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To: speekinout
Members of Congress do (and, IMO, should) visit with troops. There should be at least some level of trust in these visits. But this scam takes that all away.

While in theory, this makes sense, we all know that certain critters can not be trusted!

On the bright side, our troops KNOW they are being used as political stunts. One of our wounded warriors told me last night (naming no names) that he "guesses it is nice they come to see some of us" that they know it is political because they drag camera crews and reporters with them.

This same soldier said they know those who are there because they care, citing Colonel North, as one who actually visits because he cares about them. He followed that statement with a big smile and a "I love that guy!"

41 posted on 03/18/2006 4:01:36 PM PST by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN - Support our troops. I *LOVE* my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: BellStar

Active Duty Personnel?.....I don't think so, if they value their careers.....


42 posted on 03/18/2006 4:03:36 PM PST by mystery-ak (Army Wife and Army Mother.....toughest job in the military)
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To: malia
THANK YOU! Thank you for writing and thank you for supporting our troops.

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43 posted on 03/18/2006 4:04:18 PM PST by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN - Support our troops. I *LOVE* my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: Howlin

Perhaps they don't realize that Bush is not running for a seat in the Senate?

I think this would be a great opportunity for the Republican challengers to slaughter the incumbent Dems for their records on any number of Domestic issues while they flail about trying to attack Bush on National Security.


44 posted on 03/18/2006 4:19:29 PM PST by Ludicrous (I support a woman's right to choose an effective contraceptive method.)
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To: Howlin

Has the RNC found its gonads yet? We're waiting!


45 posted on 03/18/2006 4:19:44 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Antoninus

Thank you for my new tagline.


46 posted on 03/18/2006 4:28:14 PM PST by kitkat (Democrats: Millions for politics, but not one cent for national defense.)
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To: Justanobody
On the bright side, our troops KNOW they are being used as political stunts. One of our wounded warriors told me last night (naming no names) that he "guesses it is nice they come to see some of us" that they know it is political because they drag camera crews and reporters with them.

Good point. The camera crews and reporters are a good clue. :-)

47 posted on 03/18/2006 4:29:03 PM PST by speekinout
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To: BellStar

active duty military personnel??? not legal, but why let that stop you!!!


48 posted on 03/18/2006 4:57:52 PM PST by Jewels1091
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To: BellStar

I have a strong sense stinking SOROS is behind the staged anti-war global protests leading to the frontal attack by the RATS on the war!...HMMMM, smells fishy to me!


49 posted on 03/18/2006 5:49:28 PM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: Jewels1091
Remember the USMC vet that blasted Murtha and the Rat from Virgina at one of those town hall, Bush is wrong, meetings? Be careful, Harry, might happen across the country. The Rats can`t defend themselves when our Vets ask them why they haven`t support the troops?
50 posted on 03/18/2006 5:56:12 PM PST by bybybill (If the Rats win, we loss)
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