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  • Latest Trick for Illegal Immigrants: Granting Amnesty in Return for Military Service

    04/21/2014 7:28:12 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    blog.heritage.org ^ | 4/21/14 | Amy Payne
    Here’s a disturbing new idea from some members of Congress: Trade instant citizenship to illegal immigrants if they’ll agree to serve in the U.S. military. Serving in the military is a high calling and a privilege—certainly not something to be treated as a bargaining chip in immigration politics. Yet these congressmen are trying to sneak this provision into the larger National Defense Authorization Act, which lays out the budget for the Department of Defense. What’s more, the immigrants in question would be those who are brought to the U.S. as children—often called DREAMers (after the Development, Relief, and Education for...
  • Orthodox rabbi seeks Israeli religious revolution

    02/13/2013 6:44:43 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/13/2013 | DANIEL ESTRIN
    When Rabbi David Stav launched his official campaign last month to wrest control of Israel's top religious institution from its longtime hardline leadership, it was a long shot. >>SNIP<< Stav, a 53-year-old father of nine, heads a private network of modern Orthodox rabbis that is virtually an alternative organization to Israel's state-sanctioned rabbinical bureaucracy. It seeks to put a friendly face on Jewish traditions for secular Israeli Jews alienated by the ultra-Orthodox functionaries that regulate religious services. The organization, called Tzohar, has gained popularity among secular Israelis with its program that sends rabbis free of charge to officiate at weddings....
  • Mindless Push for 'Diversity' in the Military Won't Win Wars

    03/12/2011 4:19:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 52 replies
    Human Events ^ | 03/11/2011 | Roger Hedgecock
    There are too many white men in the U.S. military. So says a report released this week by the Military Leadership Diversity Commission (MLDC), commissioned by Congress to examine ways to "increase diversity" in the military. The MLDC report finds that 77% of active-duty senior officers are white, 8% black, 5% Hispanic, and 16% women (of unspecified race). What's the answer to this "problem"? Is the MLDC recommending that white males stop volunteering for military service? Do they want to start "selecting" who among them volunteers for service? Are they recommending that there be quotas for military service, as with...
  • The Absurdity of Existence

    07/24/2010 10:32:31 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 3 replies
    The Absurdity of Existence by Ari Bussel It is hot and humid in Israel, the atmosphere pressures all those in this land. Better days are in store and fall will arrive, clouds will fly in from the Mediterranean inland toward Jordan, the temperatures will drop and life will look good once again. Midday on Friday, the country closes down for the Shabbat. In Tel Aviv, young people converge on a bar. Once inside darkness engulfs young men and women with balloons flying overhead. People are smoking and everyone seems to be holding a glass. It is a tasting event of...
  • Richard Blumenthal, The Man, The Myth

    05/18/2010 8:41:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies · 220+ views
    http://radioviceonline.com/ ^ | May 17, 2010 | Wyndeward
    It is always dangerous when a politician “goes off script.” Sometimes the truth comes out, like Barak Obama talking to Joe the Plumber about “spreading the wealth around. “ Sometimes, things go a little aglee, leaving the candidate with egg on their face, like every other time that Joseph Biden opens his mouth. And sometimes… sometimes things go very wrong indeed…
  • Need help with claim of military service.

    05/13/2010 5:01:57 AM PDT · by meatloaf · 17 replies · 665+ views
    I'm trying to determine if a federal law has been broken.
  • Eunuch regiment needed to protect Indian borders, minister says

    05/11/2010 7:20:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 736+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 05/11/10
    Eunuch regiment needed to protect Indian borders, minister says A regiment of eunuchs should be established to guard India's borders and leading politicians, a state minister said on Tuesday, citing their "loyalty and integrity". Published: 1:59PM BST 11 May 2010 "In my humble opinion, if eunuchs are engaged in policing or paramilitary forces they would do a better service to the nation," said Tako Dabi, home minister of the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. Mr Dabi sent a letter to Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram to offer his idea for the improved defence of the country. "Why can't there be...
  • The Israeli Military

    11/25/2009 5:26:56 PM PST · by Ari Bussel · 6 replies · 520+ views
    The Israeli Military by Ari Bussel A right of passage in Israel, when one turns 18, is being drafted into the military. Men serve three years and women normally serve half that long. Officers (men or women) are signed for an additional year, for the privilege of attending the OfficersÂ’ Training School. Some (men and women) then remain in service as a vocation and are entitled to early retirement at the age of 40, at which time they typically embark on a second career. This was the way the system used to work. After completing the matriculation exams, a young...
  • THE GRATITUDE FOR OUR MILITARY CAMPAIGN

    07/25/2009 3:02:11 PM PDT · by LuvFreeRepublic · 43 replies · 1,810+ views
    Please join us in the campaign to show Gratitude to our US Military. Go the following link to the Gratitude Campaign and email the link to everyone you know: THE GRATITUDE FOR OUR MILITARY CAMPAIGNLet's show our military how grateful we are for their service all over this country. It's a neat video you can download to distribute in emails, thumbdrives, and any other way you can too. Thank you.
  • The Real Two Americas

    11/21/2008 6:53:31 AM PST · by MelSmith · 4 replies · 563+ views
    Fighting for the First AmericaThis analysis shows that of the 23 states with the smallest percentage of military population, only three were won by McCain (13%). Whereas, of the next 27 states with the largest percentage engaged in military service, 19 were won by McCain (70%). That is obviously not a coincidence.
  • I Am Not Having a Crisis (NYC lawyer joined the Army!)

    09/13/2008 4:45:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 490+ views
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2008 | John Renehan
    I am unusual, apparently. It’s not because I am a coffeehouse dweller, or an NPR listener, or prone to wear loafers with jeans. In the world I inhabited until recently, all of these are quite normal. Rather, it is that I am also a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army. Which places me in that subdemographic of New York lawyers who wear suits and work in office buildings until they decide to join the military and blow things up. (Trust me, there are some; just not many.) For this decision, I now endure lingering looks of concern from people...
  • Mighta Joined If He Coulda Capped Some Cong

    09/07/2008 5:05:13 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 55 replies · 200+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    From ABC's This Week today. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: One of our viewers wrote in—you talk about service—and asked, Brenda Godfrey Bryan, Marietta, Georgia: did you ever consider joining the armed services to protect and serve our country? If not, why? BARACK OBAMA: You know, I actually did. STEPHANOPOULOS: When? BARACK OBAMA: You know, I had to sign up for Selective Service when I graduated from high school. And I was growing up in Hawaii, and I had friend whose parents were in the military, there were a lot of Army, military bases there. And I always actually thought of the military...
  • Biden: Draft dodger?

    08/24/2008 1:29:47 PM PDT · by jokyfo · 49 replies · 345+ views
    8/24/08 | self
    Anyone know how Biden got out of the draft during the Vietnam War?
  • Obama-Biden: First time in 68 years a ticket with no military experience

    08/24/2008 5:46:30 AM PDT · by Froggie · 32 replies · 400+ views
    TownHall ^ | 8/24/2008 | Michael Medved
    Sunday, August 24, 2008 OBAMA-BIDEN: FIRST TIME IN 68 YEARS A TICKET WITH NO MILITARY EXPERIENCE Posted by: Michael Medved at 2:18 AM THE OBAMA-BIDEN TICKET IS THE FIRST TICKET OF EITHER MAJOR PARTY IN SIXTY-EIGHT YEARS IN WHICH NEITHER THE CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT EVER SERVED IN THE MILITARY! At a time of war, the Democrats give us something the nation hasn't seen in more than two generations: a ticket where neither of the the running mates ever wore a uniform of any kind. Shouldn't Republicans make a big deal of this? Consider the history-- 2004 -- GOP -- Bush...
  • VANITY: FReeper Military Indoc. Advice Needed

    11/02/2007 4:34:53 PM PDT · by rabidralph · 70 replies · 191+ views
    rabidralph's cousin | Nov. 2, 2007 | rabidralph
    I would like to get some advice from FReepers who have served in the military, including guard and reserve. My female cousin, who is 38, has graduated with a degree as a chiropractor. She is in the middle of her board exams but wants more practical experience treating people. One of her high school buddies is in the Army (band) and suggested joining. She told my cousin to join as a National Guard band member for a couple years, get her student loans paid off and then switch to the medical field, either as a chiropractor or go as a...
  • D-Day Veteran Shares Military Experience

    05/26/2007 4:19:18 PM PDT · by msnpatriot · 15 replies · 908+ views
    Canoncitydailyrecord ^ | 5/26/07 | Charlotte Burrous
    FLORENCE — As the Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, he crawled up the cliffs on his hands and feet on Day 1 of D-Day. "I trained as a CW operator, which is code,” he said. “I thought I was going to end up in the infantry. I’m glad I didn’t.” After basic, he went to a camp near St. Louis, Mo., to learn how to send messages through high speed Morris Code. From there, he went overseas to England, where he continued to train “night and day for the invasion of France,” said Weaver, who was promoted to...
  • I'm starting a new Yahoo Group (Vanity)

    03/25/2007 8:53:34 PM PDT · by RWB Patriot · 12 replies · 297+ views
    3-25-07 | RWB Patriot
    I'm starting a new Yahoo group called "Rejected For Military Service". I'm hoping it will become a meeting place for those of us who have been denied our chance to serve our country due to medical reasons and things like that. It'll be a place to share stories, offer comfort and condolences for those who have been really hurt by their rejections (like me), things like that.
  • Democrats in the Military

    11/17/2005 5:37:10 AM PST · by TRY ONE · 49 replies · 3,998+ views
    Illinois State Sen. Howard W. Carroll
    Democrats in the Military: Richard Gephardt: Air National Guard, 1965-71. David Bonior: Staff Sgt., Air Force 1968-72. Tom Daschle: 1st Lt., Air Force SAC 1969-72. Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969; sent to Vietnam Jan. 1971 as an army ournalist in 20th Engineer Brigade. Bob Kerrey: Lt. j.g. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam. Daniel Inouye: Army 1943-47; Medal of Honor, WWII. John Kerry: Lt., Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, Purple Hearts. Charles Rangel: Staff Sgt., Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea. Max Cleland: Captain, Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam. Paraplegic from war injuries. Served...
  • Brown tries to balance football, military (Texans SS waiting for call-up to active duty)

    08/17/2005 8:17:17 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 7 replies · 368+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | Wednesday, August 17, 2005 | AP
    HOUSTON (AP) - C.C. Brown has more worries than most NFL rookies. While he learns plays and competes for a spot with the Houston Texans, thoughts of Afghanistan are never far away. As a member of the Mississippi National Guard, the sixth-round draft pick could be called for duty at any time. He and his best friend, Darrell Sproles, grew up poor in Greenwood, Miss., and enlisted together as seniors in high school because they saw it as their only way out. Now Sproles is in Afghanistan and Brown, a strong safety, is trying to make the most of his...
  • Clovis family has four sons, three generations in military service

    04/11/2005 6:13:45 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 3 replies · 367+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | Monday, April 11, 2005 | AP
    CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Celestino Gonzales rarely sees all four of his sons sitting together for a meal because they're often deployed around the globe, following a strong family tradition of military service that spans three generations. "We don't need a draft, but we do need to have volunteers," said retired Sgt. Maj. Celestino Gonzales of Clovis. "This is the time to stand up and serve your country. This is the time to lead." Gonzales, 67, is the father of Lt. Col. Nick Gonzales, Capts. Alex and Daniel Gonzales, and Spc. Victor Gonzales. He proudly describes his sons' exploits and...
  • Col. Denman’s Luger (On inheriting a war hero’s captured gun.)

    12/10/2004 2:25:59 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 1,409+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 12/10/2004 | Ben Stein
    BEVERLY HILLS -- A few days ago, a package arrived in the mail from the widow of my late father-in-law, Colonel Dale Denman, Jr., of Heber Springs, Arkansas. I opened it and there was a leather holster and inside it, a German Luger pistol. My father-in-law had taken it from a captured German officer in early 1945 and kept it for almost sixty years. He had left his wife instructions that I was to get it. You've probably seen ones like it in movies. They look deadly. The Germans made a lot of them to give as a standard sidearm...
  • The Sound of Inevitability

    11/03/2004 1:50:59 PM PST · by shot_gun_r · 23 replies · 1,023+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/03/2004 | Jonathan V. Last
    Over the course of the last four years, liberalism's lunatic fringe has moved ever closer to the Democratic party's mainstream. Motivated by single-minded Bush hatred, these leftists coalesced around Howard Dean and showered him with campaign donations. Powered by these radicals, Dean failed to garner even 20 percent of the vote in the Democratic primaries. Nonetheless, the Bush haters attempted to hijack Kerry's campaign, and at many critical moments, the Democratic nominee gave into their mindset.
  • MILITARY SERVICE AND THE LESSONS OF VIETNAM

    10/13/2004 4:35:35 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 929+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | OCTOBER 13, 2004 | LT. COLONEL CHARLES WADE
    WRITTEN BY LT.COLONEL CHARLES WADE Wednesday, October 13, 2004 Even before the primary elections, President Bush’s military service was a political issue as was Senator Kerry’s military service which he touted and others questioned. Reporters continue to seek comment from candidates, political operatives, and pundits. It seems that everyone is an expert, and everyone has an answer. Some of the more interesting responses have come from Republican senators who typically begin by asserting that they honor Senator Kerry’s Viet Nam service, but… Honor: What is that all about? What virtues are honorable? More important, what virtues are both militarily and...
  • Mystery Surrounds Kerry's Navy Discharge - required review by board of officers

    10/13/2004 12:56:15 AM PDT · by tallhappy · 14 replies · 2,973+ views
    New York Sun ^ | 10-13-04 | THOMAS LIPSCOMB
    <p>An official Navy document on Senator Kerry's campaign Web site listed as Mr. Kerry's "Honorable Discharge from the Reserves" opens a door on a well kept secret about his military service.</p> <p>The document is a form cover letter in the name of the Carter administration's secretary of the Navy, W. Graham Claytor. It describes Mr. Kerry's discharge as being subsequent to the review of "a board of officers." This in it self is unusual. There is nothing about an ordinary honorable discharge action in the Navy that requires a review by a board of officers.</p>
  • A website I'm working on...

    10/11/2004 8:37:17 PM PDT · by unaffiliatedin04 · 27 replies · 421+ views
    I'm working on a website to act as a voter guide for the election in the upcoming weeks. Unfortunately, I'm afraid that search engines are not going to pick it up, so I am trying to get the word out via word of mouth. The url for the website is http://www.bushvkerry.usIf you find it useful, please pass on the link. If you do not, please disregard it. If you have any constructive criticism of the site, suggestions for topics to add, or links to add to pre-existing topics, please direct those communications to either the email address listed in my...
  • Al Franken on Larry King

    09/22/2004 7:17:33 AM PDT · by JstABrdPstr · 16 replies · 1,433+ views
    CNN ^ | 9-21-2004 | Larry King
    ZOLLER: And the president is the one ... that's released all the documents he has, all the military documents. He signed the form to release every document. The average person does not have their own military records in their basement. So, he has released the records, John Kerry won't release all his records. But I will say one thing, because of this, John Kerry's being taken off the front page... KING: Al Franken, why were you shaking your head? FRANKEN: Because Kerry has released all his records. ZOLLER: No, he hasn't. FRANKEN: Yes, he has. And it is very clear......
  • Freepers Help Me! Is the Draft Possible?

    09/17/2004 6:40:43 PM PDT · by Wonderama · 89 replies · 1,495+ views
    September 17,2004 | Wonderama
    Hi fellow Freepers. I just got this e-mail from one of my misguided Liberal Dem friends. I don't know how to answer this, because, I don't know if it's true. Does anyone out there have some info on this? Is it a Democratic dirty trick, playing on the fears of mothers everywhere? I would love to reply to my friend with some concrete information. I know Israel has a mandatory draft, and it's a good thing, but I'm not sure how well it would go over here in USA. Your help my lovable pj bloggers, is desperatly needed.
  • The raping of America's vote

    09/13/2004 8:58:32 AM PDT · by ShelleyAa · 26 replies · 937+ views
    The raping of America’s vote As a supporter of our president, the information that is starting to appear regarding CBS’s presentation of alleged fraudulent memos degrading President Bush’s military service has brought increasingly, incredulous outrage. However, as a citizen of this great nation a sense of rape and violation is what I am really feeling. Malicious manipulation of the news for one purpose and one purpose only appears to be the making of John F. Kerry as president. Apparently, the stripping away of America’s cherished election process is the goal in mind. Nothing and no one appears to be beyond...
  • Kerry questioned Bush's service on HIS official site back in April (difficult to read for FreePers)

    08/24/2004 5:08:30 PM PDT · by Job03 · 8 replies · 476+ views
    KERRY'S DIRECT ATTACK April 27, 2004 Key Unanswered Questions: Bush’s Record In The National Guard For Immediate Release “If George Bush wants to ask me questions about that through his surrogates, he owes America an explanation about whether or not he showed up for duty in the National Guard. Prove it. That's what we ought to have. I'm not going to stand around and let them play games.” -- John Kerry, NBC News, 4/26/04 Bush Has Said He Used No Special Treatment To Get Into The Guard. How Does He Explain The Fact That He Jumped Ahead Of 150 Applicants...
  • Kerry Personally, Repeatedly Questioned Bush's Guard Service

    08/24/2004 7:11:32 AM PDT · by kattracks · 26 replies · 1,355+ views
    NewsMax .com ^ | 8/24/04 | Carl Limbacher
    President Bush has never questioned John Kerry's Vietnam War service - saying instead on multiple occasions that it was noble and something the Democratic nominee should be proud of. Sen. Kerry, on the other hand, has repeatedly - in person, during on-the-record interviews - charged that Bush conducted himself dishonorably during the Vietnam War. The distinction is an important one, since Kerry - now in full damage control mode over charges he fabricated parts of his war record - continues to maintain that the White House is behind the criticism and is demanding that Bush personally call off the...
  • Sears Pays Reserve Employees Difference Between Military Pay and Their Normal Pay!

    08/23/2004 11:06:32 AM PDT · by Chapita · 31 replies · 1,249+ views
    email | August 23, 2004 | SneakyPete
    Below is a email I sent to the Sears customer service web site,and the reply I received. I had received one of those e-mail "chain emails" that we all get stating what I thought were bogus claims,so I sent my own email off to get verificiation. It is really good to see a Corporate citizen like Sears taking a step like this,and I can only hope other US corporations learn from it and adopt similiar programs. In the meantime,if you need something Sears sells,pay them a visit and buy it there. You might even want to mail them a letter...
  • Kerry and "Unfit For Command"

    08/22/2004 11:05:11 PM PDT · by jaaakemm · 11 replies · 508+ views
    Americas's Voices ^ | 08-21-2004 | Colonel John H. Wambough, Jr.
    Kerry Betrayed His Comrades In arms.  In my article, Bush and Uncommon Valor, I state that although it is fair to recognize Senator Kerry's four-month war record and medals, it is what he did after leaving the military that deserves the greatest scrutiny.  He became a turncoat by misrepresenting to the American public what our soldiers were doing in Southeast Asia.  As part of the anti-war movement with (Hanoi) Jane Fonda, he maligned, mocked and discredited our soldiers.  He lied about what our soldiers were doing in combat.  He defamed our brave fighting men.  Today, John Kerry holds a...
  • Kerry camp criticizes Bush's military service

    08/22/2004 7:27:53 PM PDT · by ambrose · 122 replies · 2,589+ views
    Posted on Sun, Aug. 22, 2004 Kerry camp criticizes Bush's military service BY RICK PEARSON AND FRANK JAMES Chicago Tribune CRAWFORD, Texas - (KRT) - John Kerry's campaign lashed out at President Bush's military record Sunday, contending the nation would not have rushed ill-equipped troops to a war in Iraq if the president had ever served in an armed conflict. The comments by Tad Devine, a senior adviser to Kerry's campaign, represented an escalation of attempts to take the offensive against Republican-aligned critics of the Massachusetts senator's Vietnam War record and Bush's refusal to condemn written and TV ad attacks...
  • Startling Comparisons (John Kerry and Benedict Arnold)

    08/12/2004 1:58:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies · 1,102+ views
    The Front Page ^ | August 12, 2004 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    This political season the criticisms of George W. Bush and the accolades afforded John Kerry are well known. One was criticized for his military service. The other was a wounded war hero. One was called a scourge and a misfortune. The other was called a genius. One was called dull. The other was called charming. However, these contrasting examples of remarks are about Bush and Kerry – they describe George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Washington was called a scourge and misfortune by one newspaper near the end of term in office – just as Bush is similarly characterized by many...
  • BUSH: The Missing Year

    08/11/2004 10:08:04 AM PDT · by libertylass · 34 replies · 2,197+ views
    GQ (Gentlemen's Quarterly) | Aug. 04 | Jason Gay
    BUSH: THE MISSING YEARS By Jason Gay http://us.gq.com/features/general/articles/040727feco_02
  • Snapping to Attention

    08/02/2004 9:37:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 501+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 3, 2004 | DAVID BROOKS
    A few years ago, while covering John McCain's presidential campaign, I noticed this weird phenomenon. When he spoke to veterans in South Carolina, they would greet him warmly but not effusively. Then he'd go before a college audience in New Hampshire and everybody would be in rapture. For students, McCain was someone who had endured things they couldn't even imagine enduring. For them - and for us media types who had also never served - McCain's experience was practically supernatural. In that campaign, as in this one, there was something hypercharged in the way we civilians regarded the military. Our...
  • America Produces a Noble Young Officer

    07/17/2004 6:45:13 AM PDT · by Capriole · 20 replies · 721+ views
    private correspondence | anonymous U.S. lieutenant
    Friends, This letter was written by a young friend of mine, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He began his service several years ago, long before our present war started, and has been in a pleasant, secure position; nothing prevented him from pursuing a successful career in some of the most comfortable duty stations in the world. Now his circumstances have changed, and he has given permission for me to present this letter on FR to explain matters. He was once stationed in Hawaii and is fascinated with its culture, which explains some of his references. If you can read...
  • AP Lawyer: It's 'Curious' We've Had to Sue for Bush Records

    06/24/2004 11:16:57 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 29 replies · 155+ views
    E&P ^ | 06/24/04 | Joe Strupp
    AP Lawyer: It's 'Curious' We've Had to Sue for Bush Records President George W. Bush By Joe Strupp Published: June 24, 2004 12:01 AM EST NEW YORK The Associated Press has sued the Pentagon and Air Force, seeking access to all records of President George W. Bush's military service, but the news agency wonders why it has come to this. "It seems a little curious because the president made a pretty forceful presentation that he had nothing to hide," said AP General Counsel Dave Tomlin, when asked for his reaction to what the AP considers government stonewalling. "But we are...
  • Bush and Uncommon Valor

    02/28/2004 7:39:39 PM PST · by az4vlad · 34 replies · 294+ views
    IntellectualConservative.com ^ | February 28, 2004 | Colonel John H. Wambough, Jr., USAF (Retired)
    A former combat fighter pilot explains how the Democrats' witch hunt against Bush's record in the military denigrates service in the National Guard. Bush could have been assigned anywhere, including combat, and it was common for supervisors to release pilots early if they had alternative careers or college education to pursue. George Bush and I were fighter pilots. Lt. Bush flew F - 102s in the Air National Guard (ANG) – 111th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS); I flew F-105s in combat - 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS). Both our flying assignments were inherently dangerous – Lt. Bush’s because of...
  • When John Kerry Slandered Me

    02/26/2004 12:54:40 AM PST · by kattracks · 23 replies · 256+ views
    Not too long ago, Senator John Kerry made a remarkable demand in an early political season for remarkable statements: Senator Kerry Challenges President Bush to Debate on Vietnam Service. Flashback: Thirty-three years ago, in April, 1971, John Kerry and I had important months. In April, 1971, I was in the first month of my second deployment to Vietnam with the US Navy. That month my logbook shows 69.7 flight hours. That month my crew and I flew ten missions in support of Operation Market Time. On these flights we flew our unarmed P-3B airplane on "tracks" - flight paths during...
  • New Civilian Personnel System Moves Forward

    02/19/2004 8:27:22 PM PST · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 133+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 19, 2004 | By Donna Miles
    The Pentagon's personnel chief said he hopes to bring the first 300,000 civilian Defense Department employees under the new National Security Personnel System within the next six months. The system, authorized by the fiscal 2004 National Defense Authorization Act, will introduce sweeping changes to the way the department hires, pays, promotes, disciplines and fires its civilian employees. David S. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told American Forces Radio and Television Service today that progress in introducing the new system is continuing on all fronts. For example, meetings between management and nine unions representing the department's 400,000 employees...
  • Kerry: "We do not need to divide America over who served and how."

    02/15/2004 1:08:10 PM PST · by Hon · 19 replies · 1,414+ views
    Congressional Record ^ | February 27, 1992 | John Kerry
    Speech of John F. KerryFebruary 27, 1992Page S2479 Congressional RecordMr. President, I also rise today--and I want to say that I rise reluctantly, but I rise feeling driven by personal reasons of necessity--to express my very deep disappointment over yesterday's turn of events in the Democratic primary in Georgia. I am saddened by the fact that Vietnam has yet again been inserted into the campaign, and that it has been inserted in what I feel to be the worst possible way. By that I mean that yesterday, during this Presidential campaign, and even throughout recent times, Vietnam has been discussed...
  • Jack Kelly: Honorable service

    02/15/2004 7:10:39 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 29 replies · 221+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Feb. 15, 2004 | Jack Kelly
    <p>Democrats -- through overreach, overkill, and character assassination, are in the process of converting what should be a political ace into a joker.</p> <p>As a swift boat commander in Vietnam, Lt. j.g. John F. Kerry behaved admirably and heroically. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Silver Star, and received three Purple Hearts for wounds sustained in combat.</p>
  • My War

    02/15/2004 5:31:05 AM PST · by Phlap · 18 replies · 189+ views
    N Y Times Op-Ed ^ | 02/15/2004 | LARRY DAVID
    OS ANGELES I couldn't be happier that President Bush has stood up for having served in the National Guard, because I can finally put an end to all those who questioned my motives for enlisting in the Army Reserve at the height of the Vietnam War. I can't tell you how many people thought I had signed up just to avoid going to Vietnam. Nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, I was itching to go over there. I was just out of college and, let's face it, you can't buy that kind of adventure. More important, I...
  • Bush, Kerry both served honorably

    02/14/2004 3:58:35 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies · 343+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 2-14-04 | Bob Ewegen
    The Vietnam War - our nation's longest conflict - left Americans bitterly divided. Now, partisan mud-slingers are reopening those wounds in an attempt to smear either President George W. Bush or the probable Democratic nominee, Sen. John Kerry. The news media, always easily set agog, is agog anew about charges that the president was a "deserter," in the words of the scabrous Michael Moore. Kerry himself slyly equated Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard with outright draft-dodging on the Fox News Channel: "I've never made any judgments about any choice somebody made about avoiding the draft, about going...
  • White House toughens stance on Bush's National Guard service

    02/12/2004 8:22:59 PM PST · by hotpotato · 35 replies · 288+ views
    CJAD ^ | Feb 12 | AP
    The White House hardened its defence of President George W. Bush's National Guard service Wednesday, saying his critics are "trolling for trash." Yet, several members of an Alabama unit Bush was assigned to said they couldn't recall ever seeing him. The Associated Press contacted more than a dozen people who were members of the Montgomery-based 187th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in 1972. All were quick to point out that the unit had as many as 800 members and Bush was not yet famous. Bush, who spent most of his service in Texas, received permission to perform his duties in Alabama while...
  • Bush releases arrest(and traffic violations) details

    02/12/2004 12:31:03 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 67 replies · 160+ views
    THE White House today released details of President George W Bush's arrests and traffic violations as a young man amid questions about his military service at the height of the Vietnam war. Spokesman Scott McClellan revealed the information because of questions stemming from the fact that they were blacked out on National Guard forms given to US media, sparking more questions about Bush's actions 30 years ago. McClellan said Bush had previously disclosed arrests for stealing a Christmas wreath while a student at Yale University, and for rowdiness at a football game. McClellan also listed speeding tickets from July and...
  • Bush Did His Service: It's the Press that is A.W.O.L.

    02/11/2004 4:29:03 PM PST · by WaterDragon · 25 replies · 306+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | February 11, 2004 | Thomas Lipscomb
    President George W. Bush....asked to appear on the Russert show in a clear attempt to stem the damage from these charges. For over a week they were endlessly repeated and never analyzed by the news media. But the only basis for these charges was summarized by the London Sunday Telegraph on February 8 “If the Vietnam veteran John Kerry becomes the next President, there will be one man to thank above all others: retired Brigadier General William Turnipseed.” It all started with a report questioning Bush’s National Guard service during the Presidential election in 2000 by The Boston Globe. Walter...
  • The Shattered Pretense of Objectivity

    02/11/2004 1:17:14 PM PST · by roberte1 · 21 replies · 164+ views
    Author | February 11th, 2004 | Robert Escalona
    The Shattered Pretense of Objectivity By Robert Escalona At the age of 41 I‘ve become accustomed to the posturing that occurs between the two major political parties during a typical election year. It has become as predictable as the seasons themselves. At times it can even feel like a political version of the movie “Ground Hog Day”. Like many of my generation, I have never had to serve in our nations military, because of the suspension of the military conscription. Fortunately, as a child and young adult I was taught respect for our service men and women from many of...
  • White House Releases Bush Military Record

    02/10/2004 11:05:25 AM PST · by Pikamax · 21 replies · 136+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 02/10/04 | TERENCE HUNT,
    White House Releases Bush Military Record 17 minutes ago Add White House - AP to My Yahoo! By TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON - The White House, facing election-year questions about President Bush (news - web sites)'s military service, released pay records and other information Tuesday that it said supports Bush's assertion that he fulfilled his duty as a member of the Air National Guard during the Vietnam war. AP Photo The material included annual retirement point summaries and pay records that the White House said show that Bush served. "When you serve, you are paid for that...