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A Very sKerry Halloween Story
Headcrash Central ^ | 10/31/04 | Bruce Bethke

Posted on 11/01/2004 6:20:35 AM PST by Lucretia Borgia

All I wanted was a little undivided Dad time with The Kid. Just an hour or two of sitting on the couch together, chilling out, and watching something harmless and mindless on the tube. For just -- oh, two hours -- I would have been really happy to not think about work, or the election, or terrorism, or the local political crapstorm currently swirling around my gun club, or anything else except sharing a few innocent laughs with my 9-year-old son. The broadcast showing of "Monsters Inc." last night looked like just the ticket.

I can hear you snickering already. Yeah. Right. Dream on.

His innocence survived the first few political commercial barrages, but about half an hour into the show, after one particularly nasty exchange of ads and counter-ads, The Kid finally turned to me with a question.

"Dad? What's abortion?"

My wife, who has been after me for some weeks now to give him The Talk, immediately got out one of her medical dictionaries and started explaining fertilization and conception in explicit anatomical detail. This, as usual, just confused the little guy even further, so I interrupted and gave him a somewhat simpler answer.

"An abortion is when a woman who is pregnant decides that she doesn't want to be a mommy, so they kill the baby and take it out of her."

His eyes went wide. "That's disgusting! There should be a law against that!" He considered it a few moments further, then climbed into my lap and sat there, shuddering, for the next half-hour, while his mother and I worked to convince him that we would never, ever, even think of doing something like that. But as he settled down, I got to thinking: a 9-year-old gets it.

Why doesn't John Kerry?

So after that we went back to sitting side-by-side, watching the rest of the movie, and enjoying the simple, childish humor and the pratfall gags. But when the commercial breaks came on I avoided my usual practice of hitting the "mute" button, and instead concentrated on really hearing what John Kerry and his supporters wanted me to hear in these last days before the election. And this is what I learned:

And that's when I just about upchucked, because I was already reeling from what was clearly the crowning political commercial of the evening. In case you missed it, you can see it for yourself on It's called, "They Served."

The Kid noticed my reaction, and turned and looked at me again. "Dad? Is there something in your eye?"

I had to think really hard, before I could answer that one. I tried to figure out how to explain to my son that there were some of us who could never forgive John Kerry for what he did back in 1971. I thought of those who could have given him a much better answer, except that they will never speak again: of Dean, who served two tours as a door gunner on a Huey and went to his grave unable to talk about it; of Tom, who committed slow suicide by alcoholism trying to forget what he'd done and seen; of Dick, whose plane didn't make it back to the carrier and whose body was never recovered; of Lance, whose family would much rather have their son than that posthumous Medal of Honor. Who would I rather have my son think is an authentic hero: John Kerry or Lance Sijan?

Nine-year-olds should never have to deal with such things. "Yeah, there was something in my eye for a moment. Hey, do you want some popcorn?"

The Kid lit up in a grin. "All right! Extra butter!" We got off the couch, went into the kitchen, and the ghosts of 1971 receded once again into the safe distance of the 30-year-old past.

But when you go to vote this Tuesday, remember:

They're watching you.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: election; kerry; swiftvets
A long read but worth it.
1 posted on 11/01/2004 6:20:36 AM PST by Lucretia Borgia
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To: Lucretia Borgia

I just sent Lance's story to my former friend, a democrat trial attorney and Air Force (REMF - 80s era) vet. In the subject I put: Kerry called him a murderer and rapist.

I will receive back the reply that Bush sucks and he will still vote for the scum bag Kerry.

Bottom line is that our country is divided into the givers and the takers. Some sacrifice while others gain riches and fame. And trial attorneys will compromise every moral value for the almighty dollar and their hair-spray heros, Edwards/Kerry.

2 posted on 11/01/2004 6:29:24 AM PST by campfollower (9 out of ten terrorists endorse John Kerry for Prez.)
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To: Lucretia Borgia

I liked Monster's, Inc. Bought the movie. No commercials.

3 posted on 11/01/2004 6:32:06 AM PST by wizr
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To: Lucretia Borgia

The choice is really simple if you boil it all down.

Do you want the USA to continue being a strong G7 leader in industry and technology, with as stable a enconomy as can be had? -vote Bush

Do you want to see the USA plummet from world leader into a third world status, soverienty as well as wealth,jobs and industry, with the exception of prayer mat sales, exported to former third world countries, the future of your children and grandchildren hopelessly smashed? -vote Kerry

4 posted on 11/01/2004 6:33:38 AM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: wizr

Put that thing back where it came from or so help me...

5 posted on 11/01/2004 6:56:55 AM PST by Moleman
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To: Lucretia Borgia

Just wow. Beautifully written. Thank you.

7 posted on 11/01/2004 7:57:29 AM PST by VRWCer (All things work together for good to them that love God. - Romans 8:28)
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To: Lucretia Borgia

did u see the campaign's take on Halloween?

8 posted on 11/01/2004 7:58:38 AM PST by icecold
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To: Lucretia Borgia; brbethke; Valin; Aeronaut

Minnesota ping.

BR: was this you?

9 posted on 11/01/2004 8:21:45 AM PST by Johnny Gage (Oxymoron = Democrat who drives an SUV (or a "gas guzzler"))
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Viet-Boat-Rider


10 posted on 11/01/2004 8:29:24 AM PST by Spiritus Gladius
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To: Johnny Gage
Apparently it is. Just this once, I withdraw my objection to having content copped from my web site and reposted elsewhere.

I'll have to thank Luce for doing this, the next time I see her.

11 posted on 11/01/2004 10:24:00 AM PST by brbethke ("Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" - Ben Franklin)
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To: Johnny Gage


Good to hear from you again.

12 posted on 11/02/2004 4:58:51 AM PST by Valin (Out Of My Mind; Back In Five Minutes)
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