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Stephen King: If You Can’t Read ‘Then You’ve Got, the Army, Iraq’
NewsBusters ^ | May 5, 2008 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 05/05/2008 6:27:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Remember shortly before Election Day 2006 when Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) suggested that if you don't get a good education, "you get stuck in Iraq" (video available here)?

Well, last month, famed horror author Stephen King was speaking in front of a group of high school students at the Library of Congress, and he virtually made the exact same statement.

For those that can bear it, what follows is another in a long line of liberal media members bashing the military (embedded right, h/t Terry Ann):

I don't want to sound like an ad, a public service ad on TV, but the fact is if you can read, you can walk into a job later on. If you don't, then you've got, the Army, Iraq, I don't know, something like that. It's, it's not as bright. So, that's my little commercial for that.

Nice sentiment when the nation is at war, Stephen.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: antimilitary; goe; literacy; peacecreeps; slam; stephenking; stephenqueen; stephenqueer
Unbelievable!
1 posted on 05/05/2008 6:27:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: Cailleach

ping


2 posted on 05/05/2008 6:28:56 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

More comments on this tripe.....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2011417/posts


3 posted on 05/05/2008 6:30:20 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, yes, King is liberal. That’s old news. I still like his writing and will continue purchasing his books.


4 posted on 05/05/2008 6:32:54 PM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I suspect Mr. King knows nothing about the military beyond what he reads in The Nation.
5 posted on 05/05/2008 6:33:42 PM PDT by Rocko ( "Where's the global warming? It's freezing in here." -- Bob Dylan)
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To: arderkrag
Well, yes, King is liberal. That’s old news. I still like his writing and will continue purchasing his books.

Pssst...hey, wanna go to a Dixie Chicks concert with me? LOL!

Good for you!

6 posted on 05/05/2008 6:36:17 PM PDT by blu (Last one out of Michigan, please turn off the lights.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
From King's website.

That a right-wing-blog would impugn my patriotism because I said children should learn to read, and could get better jobs by doing so, is beneath contempt. Noel Sheppard says, “Nice sentiment when the nation is at war, Stephen.” I guess he feels ignorance and illiteracy are OK when the country needs cannon-fodder. I guess he also feels that the war in Iraq has nationwide approval. Well, it doesn’t have mine. It is a waste of national resources. . . and that includes the youth and blood of the 4,000 American troops who have lost their lives there and for the tens of thousands who have been wounded. I live in a national guard town, and I support our troops, but I don’t support either the war or educational policies that limit the options of young men and women to any one career—military or otherwise. If you agree, find Sheppard on the internet, and send him an email:

7 posted on 05/05/2008 6:36:21 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To Mr King (and Kerry)....I read just fine thank you.I read so well that I’ve read a number of passages from the “holy” koran (in English,of course).You two might try doing the same.You might find it an eyeopening experience.


8 posted on 05/05/2008 6:45:28 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Women swooned in Mao's presence too.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another Liberal idiot heard from ... although the only book/movie I liked from SK was Christine ......


9 posted on 05/05/2008 6:46:00 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("I Believe In The Law Until It Interferes With Justice")
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To: #1CTYankee
"That a right-wing-blog would impugn my patriotism because I said children should learn to read, and could get better jobs by doing so..."

Except that's not what you said Steve-o

You can try and twist and spin your words anyway you want Mr. King but what you in effect said was that if you are illiterate you can join the U.S. Armed forces, a completely unsupportable contention BTW, thereby conveying the message that the courageous young men and women in our military are only there because they are to stupid to get a "real" job.

Yet another Liberal Elitist with "delusions of relevance".

10 posted on 05/05/2008 6:47:58 PM PDT by The_Pickle ("We have no Permanent Allies, We have no Permanent Enemies, Only Permanent Interests")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They also say that masturbation leads to blindness...Did you know that King is almost blind....????
11 posted on 05/05/2008 6:48:27 PM PDT by forYourChildrenVote4Bush (911 Republican)
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To: arderkrag

I have never read one of his books but they have been the basis for some really bad movies.


12 posted on 05/05/2008 6:52:43 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: #1CTYankee

I question King’s patriotism - in fact, I’d have to say I see NO evidence for his self proclaimed patriotism at all. Like most lefties, they’re always huffing and puffing when challenged about their obvious lack of national pride and support for traditional ideals. Somehow, socialist agendas just don’t seem to be good material for old-fashioned flag waving. Wanting good things for kids has nothing to do with national pride and simply desiring to foist utopian idiocy on a nation at war is no kind of patriotism unless you actually favor the enemies of your nation and owe your civic allegiance to killers and psychopaths.

If there’s going to be another muzzie attack on US soil, here’s hoping it’s epicenter is King’s oh-so-patriotic homestead.


13 posted on 05/05/2008 6:53:28 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Don't cheer for Obama too hard - the krinton syndicate is moving back into the WH.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Stephen King forgets who died so he can continue to write his horror fests and make millions of dollars doing it. It wasn't some punk Yale grad making 6 figures a year.
15 posted on 05/05/2008 7:09:26 PM PDT by LiberConservative ("Typical" White Guy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He never should have stopped drinking.


16 posted on 05/05/2008 7:10:05 PM PDT by kenth (I have a apolitical blues)
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To: LiberConservative
You're right, it was some air force academy grad whose education was state-of-the-art and world-class.

King, we know what you said. Contrary to what you think about military families, we are well educated and can read just fine. You did not say anything that could be construed as "supporting the troops," it was insulting and factually wrong.
18 posted on 05/05/2008 7:22:48 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Stephen King is a good reason to refuse to learn to read.
19 posted on 05/05/2008 7:25:20 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (John McCain, the Manchurian Candidate.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Stevie “novel a day” King is a fiction writer. Make-believe is his expertise. Why should anybody be shocked he is a Democrat.

Hey stevie-boy, quit writing for money. You capitalist pig!


20 posted on 05/05/2008 7:28:33 PM PDT by ChinaThreat (s)
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To: The_Pickle
"You can try and twist and spin your words anyway you want Mr. King but what you in effect said was that if you are illiterate you can join the U.S. Armed forces, a completely unsupportable contention."

Exactly, King sounds like he's spewing the Democrat line.

I like his books but jeez, get a brain.

21 posted on 05/05/2008 7:28:42 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: yarddog

I’ve yet to see a movie made from a book that was anywhere near as good as the book. And it doesn’t seem to matter who the author is. I’m always disappointed when I see book-to-movie. The only one that came anywhere close was The Color Purple.


22 posted on 05/05/2008 7:32:21 PM PDT by ktscarlett66 (Face it girls....I'm older and I have more insurance....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sounds like the little sh!t’s been hanging out with Jon Cary.


23 posted on 05/05/2008 7:34:39 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (I'm supporting Michele Bachmann and James Sensebrenner this year. The presidency is just one office.)
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To: ktscarlett66
I’ve yet to see a movie made from a book that was anywhere near as good as the book. And it doesn’t seem to matter who the author is. I’m always disappointed when I see book-to-movie. The only one that came anywhere close was The Color Purple.

And In Cold Blood.

24 posted on 05/05/2008 7:37:30 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (If you don't want people to get your goat, don't tell them where it's tied.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Actually, if you can’t read, you might have a tough time getting into the army.


25 posted on 05/05/2008 7:37:51 PM PDT by reg45
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To: Inyo-Mono

The “Harry Potter” movies have always been quite close to the books.


26 posted on 05/05/2008 7:39:52 PM PDT by reg45
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"..but the fact is if you can read, you can walk into a job later on. If you don't, then you've got, the Army, Iraq, I don't know, something like that."

This idiot obviously hit his head real hard when he was run over by that Republican back in 1999.

27 posted on 05/05/2008 7:45:42 PM PDT by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: #1CTYankee

“I guess he feels ignorance and illiteracy are OK when the country needs cannon-fodder.”

I’d like to see him explain to someone in the service of our country that they’re “cannon fodder” and too dumb to realize it.


28 posted on 05/05/2008 7:49:34 PM PDT by james500
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To: Inyo-Mono

And that was probably because the BOOKS were so bad! LOL.


29 posted on 05/05/2008 7:50:44 PM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: messierhunter
What's strange about King is The Stand requires mostly conservative (and Christian) thinking in order to write that epic.
30 posted on 05/05/2008 7:51:50 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: arderkrag
King is liberal. ... I still like his writing and will continue purchasing his books.

Just let a Gila Monster and some Brown recluse spiders go in your house. You'll have twice the suspense with no tawdry tripe.

31 posted on 05/05/2008 7:54:49 PM PDT by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
King is an idiot. I think his little accident rattled what limited grasp he had on reality right out of his head.

I refuse to waste my money supporting this or any other half-wit libtard hack.

32 posted on 05/05/2008 7:56:58 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg ("Shut the hell up, New York Times, you sanctimonious whining jerks!" - Craig Ferguson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's nice that he has an opinion. He should stick to writing fiction and leave editorializing to the professionals.

I think that it should be said that Mr. King does an awful lot of good for the local community. Among the tings that come immediately to mind are building+financing a Little League ballpark (it was fully lit for night games...quite a place). He financed the UMaine swim team (for a time, he may still...) when money for it was cut as a part of Title IX bs. The Bangor Public Library received an "Anonymous Donation" (yup, really anonymous in a small town) of 3 million dollars as a part of their remodeling project.

This was just while I lived in Maine, I'm sure that he's done more since. Whatever his political views are, he pours his money back into the community with both hands, and I can appreciate that.

33 posted on 05/05/2008 8:02:13 PM PDT by wbill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's nice that he has an opinion. He should stick to writing fiction and leave editorializing to the professionals.

I think that it should be said that Mr. King does an awful lot of good for the local community. Among the tings that come immediately to mind are building+financing a Little League ballpark (it was fully lit for night games...quite a place). He financed the UMaine swim team (for a time, he may still...) when money for it was cut as a part of Title IX bs. The Bangor Public Library received an "Anonymous Donation" (yup, really anonymous in a small town) of 3 million dollars as a part of their remodeling project.

This was just while I lived in Maine, I'm sure that he's done more since. Whatever his political views are, he pours his money back into the community with both hands, and I can appreciate that.

34 posted on 05/05/2008 8:02:21 PM PDT by wbill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Clearly this arrogant lib neither knows nor works with anyone in the Army or he never would have made such a statement. Libs cannot exist without a smug sense of superiority. This way they can refuse to debate their ideas as they can chalk up disagreement with an inability to comprehend them. They can’t accept the fact that other people might be just as intelligent as they yet choose to believe differently.

King is yet another pompous lib elitist. Every person I’ve ever dealt with in the military (including the Army) has been quite intelligent, even unusually so in many cases. King knows nothing about what the modern military is about and they have little use for unintelligent “cannon fodder”.


35 posted on 05/05/2008 8:03:06 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Being a fellow American doesn't mean, "I'm a sucker, come and take my wages.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nothing to do with fools like him accept laugh at him. Mr. King has never served one day in the armed services of this country. If he had, he would know there really isn’t a market for dumb soldiers.

Perhaps Alexander the Great, Hannibal, or Ceaser needed a collection of idiots to win a battle, however I doubt that very much.

As for King, I haven’t read him in a while. After the Wizard and Glass, I thought his talent was in severe decline. I’ve seen nothing that convinces me otherwise.

Funny thing is, I know that Stephen King is personal friends with at least one soldier. I wonder how he squares that guy with his statement.


36 posted on 05/05/2008 8:09:39 PM PDT by Hawk1976 (It is better to die in battle than it is to live as a slave.)
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To: RoadKingSE
This idiot obviously hit his head real hard when he was run over by that Republican back in 1999.

That was a serious injury maybe brain damage accounts for this .

37 posted on 05/05/2008 8:16:24 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know)
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To: ktscarlett66

The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me were two movies superior to the King books they were based on. Actually, I liked Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption quite a bit, but the movie transcended it.


38 posted on 05/05/2008 8:20:44 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: #1CTYankee
I live in a national guard town, and I support our troops, but I don’t support either the war or educational policies that limit the options of young men and women to any one career—military or otherwise.

Oh, so he's a lying snake to boot!

Imagine if he had said, he supports the Police but he doesn't support Police methods and procedures or the policies that limit the options of young men and women to any one career—police or otherwise, or he supports Doctors but he doesn't support Medical Science or the policies that limit their career options.

He shows his ass, not his patriotism!

39 posted on 05/05/2008 8:31:46 PM PDT by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

King often makes crude comments. The man seems to be filled with a lot of hate.


40 posted on 05/05/2008 8:51:18 PM PDT by Aglooka
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Back in the day, he was my favorite author (during high school).. But then his writing included more politics within the horror for every book he wrote. The more books he wrote, the more I started avoiding buying and reading them. It got to the point that “it’s Bush’s fault”, literally, in most, if not all, of his latest books. Since I lost my interest in his writing, I ended up being a big fan of Tom Clancy, and I believe his fiction is actually more educational all around. His books might also be fiction, but they have many geographical and technical references that are really interesting.

Anyway, I think that after his accident, a few, if not all, marbles fell out and he couldn’t find ‘em.


41 posted on 05/05/2008 9:01:41 PM PDT by Bikkuri
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Most of the soldiers in my unit can read in multiple languages.


42 posted on 05/05/2008 10:59:34 PM PDT by tlj18 (Governor Sarah Palin for Vice President!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Stephen King sucks.

Oh, and Stephen....I can read well enough to recognize the fact that your books are a lot of formulaic crap.

43 posted on 05/05/2008 11:05:46 PM PDT by Allegra (Tehran delenda est)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have never liked his works.


44 posted on 05/05/2008 11:26:37 PM PDT by fella (Is he al-taquiya or is he murtadd? Only his iman knows for sure.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s one thing to be able to read, and another to be able to comprehend.

I’ll put our troops up against your abilities any day King.


45 posted on 05/05/2008 11:33:26 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Who opposes John McCain's leftist agenda? The RNC, Rep Congress members, the Democrats? Good luck!)
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This freak would be psychologically unfit to serve.

46 posted on 05/06/2008 4:02:22 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So much for The Stand?


47 posted on 05/06/2008 7:36:05 AM PDT by .cnI redruM (A Conditional Constitutional Right is not really a right.)
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To: arderkrag
"Well, yes, King is liberal. That’s old news. I still like his writing and will continue purchasing his books."

Don't buy his books. Just wait until the book you want shows up at the library.

48 posted on 05/06/2008 10:50:48 AM PDT by StormEye
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To: Inyo-Mono

I always thought Last of the Mohicans and To Kill a Mockingbird transfered well to the big screen.


49 posted on 05/08/2008 6:24:30 AM PDT by chargers fan
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