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Smart As You, Johnny
New York Sun ^ | 11/2/06 | Larry Schweikart (LS)

Posted on 11/02/2006 7:49:02 AM PST by LS

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Gang, this is my first truly national editorial. Thanks to the Sun for running it. This WILL affect the election, and is good for 1-2% at the polls.
1 posted on 11/02/2006 7:49:03 AM PST by LS
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To: LS

I think the feds hanging Kerry in town square would be good for another 10 points.

Good work.


2 posted on 11/02/2006 7:50:40 AM PST by pissant
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To: LS

Let's BTTT this!!!


3 posted on 11/02/2006 7:51:08 AM PST by 100-Fold_Return (In Prisons Tattletales Are the Same as Child-Molesters...hmm)
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I would gladly hold a contest pitting any 10 American Army soldiers, randomly selected, against any 10 public school teachers on a standardized test.

Yes me too, and I would love to see the results thereof.

4 posted on 11/02/2006 7:51:17 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: Give therapeutic violence a chance!)
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I would gladly hold a contest pitting any 10 American Army soldiers, randomly selected, against any 10 public school teachers on a standardized test.

Yes me too, and I would love to see the results thereof.

5 posted on 11/02/2006 7:51:18 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: Give therapeutic violence a chance!)
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To: LS

I love the Sun. When I leave NYC for good, I'm going to have to find a way to have it delivered.


6 posted on 11/02/2006 7:51:22 AM PST by kellynch ("Our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves." -- Bernard Baruch)
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To: LS

Huzzah! Good job!


7 posted on 11/02/2006 7:51:23 AM PST by kevkrom (Conspiracy rule #1: The lack of any evidence whatsoever is, ipso facto, proof that a cover-up exists)
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Bravo, Larry. You're a FReeper treasure!!

Lando

8 posted on 11/02/2006 7:51:57 AM PST by Lando Lincoln (For what cause would a liberal go to war? Revolutions don't count.)
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I would gladly hold a contest pitting any 10 American Army soldiers, randomly selected, against any 10 public school teachers on a standardized test.

I especially like this line. Congratulations !

9 posted on 11/02/2006 7:52:41 AM PST by Red Boots
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To: LS

GOOD GOING LARRY!!! I want that contest!!! That contest would clarify a LOT of things in this country!!! The lowest Private is smarter than John Kerry, the most POMPOUS of ASSES!


10 posted on 11/02/2006 7:52:42 AM PST by Suzy Quzy
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To: LS

nice work....


11 posted on 11/02/2006 7:53:03 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: LS

Good work!


12 posted on 11/02/2006 7:53:53 AM PST by RasterMaster (Winning Islamic hearts and minds.........one bullet at a time!)
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To: LS

Great article, LS.


13 posted on 11/02/2006 7:53:54 AM PST by Sister_T (A vote for DemocRATS is a vote for terrorists!)
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To: LS; Victoria Delsoul

You know another thing that hasn't been broached - it's not an 'either/or' situation. Many people enter the armed forces and serve, and also go to college and earn degrees.

Kerry has a typical elitist mentality - he confuses being 'smart' with being 'educated.' If all I know about someone is that they are very well educated, that doesn't really tell me how smart they are, or if they are a quality person.


14 posted on 11/02/2006 7:53:56 AM PST by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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"I would gladly hold a contest pitting any 10 American Army soldiers, randomly selected, against any 10 public school teachers on a standardized test."

I've been tempted, a time or two, to challenge ten teachers myself.

15 posted on 11/02/2006 7:54:15 AM PST by NicknamedBob (I dream the way some people get drunk. I have fun, but I can't remember anything.)
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To: LS

Amen brother.


16 posted on 11/02/2006 7:55:40 AM PST by oldsalt (There's no such thing as a free lunch.)
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To: LS
and I would gladly hold a contest pitting any 10 American Army soldiers, randomly selected, against any 10 public school teachers on a standardized test.

Including the infantry?

17 posted on 11/02/2006 7:55:46 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: LS

Congrats on the editorial!


18 posted on 11/02/2006 7:56:23 AM PST by TNdandelion
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To: HitmanLV; LS; Victoria Delsoul

Give him a break, Sport! Kerry "tries" to be smart.


19 posted on 11/02/2006 7:56:33 AM PST by NicknamedBob (I dream the way some people get drunk. I have fun, but I can't remember anything.)
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To: LS
Thanks! Great work Larry!

20 posted on 11/02/2006 7:58:02 AM PST by evets (Beer and wine.)
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Very good piece.

I wonder who'll read it to the troops?(/sarc)

21 posted on 11/02/2006 7:58:07 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: NicknamedBob

Smart guy, no bout a-doubt it.


22 posted on 11/02/2006 7:58:52 AM PST by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: LS

Good job! I read every word.


23 posted on 11/02/2006 7:59:28 AM PST by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: 2banana

Sure. Have you seen the entrance test?


24 posted on 11/02/2006 7:59:44 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: LS

BTTT, and Great Article!


25 posted on 11/02/2006 7:59:57 AM PST by Mrs.Liberty
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To: LS

I take my hat off to you Professor, that is a fine editorial and as Joe Don Baker might have said, "ya done good!" :)


26 posted on 11/02/2006 8:00:22 AM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: LS

When my daughter was a teenager I did everything in my power to encourage her to join the military.

And she did. Sort of.

A military recruiter signer her up. At some point, after my daughter turned 18, she managed to get out of it. Evidently she changed her mind. She'd signed up at age 16 but wasn't scheduled to leave until after she graduated from high school.

I was so very disappointed when she got out of it. I can't tell you how proud I would have been of her. As it is I suppose she's done okay with her life; she's a wife and a mother and this is important. It also could be that she just didn't think she was cut out for the military and I suppose she's not.

Whatever, whatever, the point is, and this is just me, but I would NEVER, EVER have been ashamed of a military child and I daresay no proud parent would be.

I've asked, over and over again, many people of my acquaintance who have children that they are a bit disappointed in how they would feel if that recalcitrant and unruly child were to be in the military. How would they feel to see him or her all dressed up in their uniform, to know that they endure the most rigorous of training, that they learn a skill, that they exhibit a bravery I cannot comprehend.

All of them, and yes this is anecdotal, but all of them perk up and respond that they could not tell you how proud they would be of that child.

I'd softly suggest that this is a prevailing American wisdom out here in la-la land. Americans are very proud of their military children. As well they should be.

John Haughty Kerry really did dirty with his comment and go to hell his first response made the whole thing even worse. When you kick the mighty American Middle Class in the teeth you do the very worst thing a politico can do.

Forget the homosexual contingent, forget Hollywood, forget the so-called poor, it's the Middle Class that carries this country on its back and it's the Middle Class that raises the citizens and soldiers to man our army. It's the Middle Class that ELECTS the politicians.

What Kerry can't get beyond is that at one time the military was viewed with an undeserved disdain. This was during the Vietnam and I shamefully admit that I mine own wise self was a liberal nutjob who mocked the troops.

But that military was DRAFTED. It makes all the difference in the world. Of course, now years later, I am so shocked to realize that the vilification of our military during the Vietnam era was all a dramatic show and the entire drama was for the benefit of us minions who thought it was true.

The repercussions of this Kerry statement will be felt through the 2008 election.


27 posted on 11/02/2006 8:01:45 AM PST by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com)
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To: LS

Congrats - great editorial!


28 posted on 11/02/2006 8:03:23 AM PST by khnyny (God Bless the Republic for which it stands)
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To: LS

Congratulations on a job well done. I hope to see many more of your editorials published in the future.


29 posted on 11/02/2006 8:03:51 AM PST by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment rights--buy another gun today.)
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Good job!

I can get the reading questions off the cuff, of course, because I write for a living.

I hope they give the test-takers scratch paper and plenty of erasers (and time), because it took me some noodling to work out the math questions. But I got 'em . . . I think (is -4/5 an answer?)

I chose my college because it didn't require a math course for graduation!

30 posted on 11/02/2006 8:04:08 AM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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I would gladly hold a contest pitting any 10 American Army soldiers, randomly selected, against any 10 public school teachers on a standardized test.
Are you kidding? The randomly selected public school teachers would have a hard time finding the the right side of the paper.

I'd bet even money on the soldiers against 10 randomly selected Ivy League humanities professors.

(Note: I said humanities. The GI's might have a harder time beating science profs, but I think they'd still make a contest of it.)

31 posted on 11/02/2006 8:04:14 AM PST by samtheman (The Democrats are Instituting their own Guest Voter Program.)
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Great piece, LS. So glad the really smart people are on our side.

Folks, please note that you can leave a comment on the article.


32 posted on 11/02/2006 8:04:41 AM PST by Bahbah (Shalit, Goldwasser and Regev, we are praying for you)
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To: LS
Front page of the NY Post today.


33 posted on 11/02/2006 8:05:16 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: LS

Great article, Larry. Well done!


34 posted on 11/02/2006 8:06:05 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: LS

Good job LS!

However, William Jennings Bryan was a three time loser.


35 posted on 11/02/2006 8:06:32 AM PST by F-117A (They say there is no such thing as an ex-Marine,.Murtha disproves that!!!)
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To: LS

Francis the Talking Mule has morphed into John Forbes Kerry, the Talking Fool.


36 posted on 11/02/2006 8:07:18 AM PST by laconic
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To: LS

New York Times reporter, Chris Hedges

37 posted on 11/02/2006 8:07:24 AM PST by kcvl
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To: F-117A

Give Kerry time :)


38 posted on 11/02/2006 8:08:05 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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In 1914, several of those young men collaborated to buy a used seaplane and their own pilot instruction because they were aware that America would be drawn into conflict.

This is still the American spirit as witnessed by all of the materiel privately sent over to the sandbox, especially body armor and personal weapons. It's sad to observe that it no longer is apparent at such august institutions as Yale.

39 posted on 11/02/2006 8:11:33 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: LS

Thank you. As my shipmates used to say in the Navy, "It takes a college education to break 'em, and a high school education to fix 'em."


40 posted on 11/02/2006 8:12:51 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: LS

Congratulations! Great article. My nephew is a US Army recruiter and the difficulty is to find enough persons to pass the tests.
BTW, if we accept Kerrys 'intentions' to disparage President Bush and his administration, I'd like to see the credentials Jerry Doyle talked about yesterday on his radio show. They will blow you away! What impressed me most was the fact they all had real jobs before joining the Bush Administration.
Anybody got em?


41 posted on 11/02/2006 8:13:47 AM PST by griswold3 (Ken Blackwell, Ohio Governor in 2006- No!! You cannot have my governor in 2008.)
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To: upcountry miss; GregB; pattty; soloNYer; cgk; Watery Tart; StoneGiant; mom4kittys; 21stCenturion; ..

Infrequent but I think justified use of the Snowflakes' ping list. Great editorial by fellow FReeper, LS.


42 posted on 11/02/2006 8:14:15 AM PST by Bahbah (Shalit, Goldwasser and Regev, we are praying for you)
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To: LS

Applause!!! Beautifully written. A clear message...and a heck of a closing!


43 posted on 11/02/2006 8:15:48 AM PST by SueRae
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To: LS

Leo Garza's 'Nacho Guarache' 11/02/2006

http://www2.mysanantonio.com/opinion/cartoonarchive/leo.cfm

44 posted on 11/02/2006 8:17:21 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (J F'n K-beyond your expectations!)
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Sue, they made me tone it down. I actually used the words, "Kerry lied." They wouldn't let me say that.


45 posted on 11/02/2006 8:17:37 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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I would gladly hold a contest pitting any 10 American Army soldiers, randomly selected, against any 10 public school teachers on a standardized test

I love it! Smack 'em upside the head with the truth until it gets through...

46 posted on 11/02/2006 8:18:06 AM PST by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: LS

GREAT JOB FRiend!


47 posted on 11/02/2006 8:18:23 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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"Gang, this is my first truly national editorial."

Congratulations! It is a great one.

48 posted on 11/02/2006 8:19:40 AM PST by A Citizen Reporter (Sign at World Series in St. Louis, October 27, 2006 "The Experts are Idiots")
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Thanks, Bahbah.

Great op ed, LS.

Kerry's Prussian "liberal, aristocratic lens" is right on target.


49 posted on 11/02/2006 8:19:49 AM PST by bwteim (bwteim = begin with the end in mind)
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Gpod piece -- congratulations!

Too often overlooked fact from you article:

The only category of heroes where the current military seems to come up short is in celebrities. Unlike World War II, where Hollywood sent its brightest stars — Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, just to name a few — and hundreds who would later be stars, the current crop of Hollywood heroes only knows how to look tough on screen

50 posted on 11/02/2006 8:20:43 AM PST by maryz
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