I wrote this earlier but decided to post a video of me reading it instead of just the words because I wanted to add emphasis where I thought it belonged. Mind you, I don’t really care what people do in their personal lives and if you want bang a phalanx of male members or dive into a sea of muff, that’s your business… but don’t politicize it or you might not like what you hear. Do I think Sandra Fluke is a slut? Naw, probably not. Frankly, I don’t care if she is or is not. What she does with her vagina is her business. When she starts trying to force people to pay for what she does with her vagina (in fact, when she tries to make the government and ergo make me pay for it) and goes before congress to testify about it, she makes it everybody’s business.
The bottom line is this: the old mantra “keep government out of my vagina” is total bullshit if you want government to pay for what goes in it.
VoteVets, Daily Kos, and other tools of leftwing propaganda have been furiously bloviating about Rush Limbaugh’s pseudo-slight toward vets so much that they and the uninformed in America have lost sight of the true problem with “phony vets”. Phony vets are not a political adversary; phony vets are worthless piles of human excrement that falsify their military records in the hopes of appearing more knowledgeable, respectable, or honorable. Hell, most of the phony vets just want people to believe that they are vets at all… which many are not. I present to you exhibit “A”:
NEW YORK – When the family of a Harlem man began arranging his burial at a veterans’ cemetery, they were shocked to learn that the body of a man with the same name, Social Security number and military honors was already there.
“If he didn’t serve in the Army, he shouldn’t be there. It’s not fair to the veterans. He stole my brother’s identity,” Hayes’ brother, Sylvester, said in a telephone interview Monday.
Isaiah Owens, the funeral home owner who helped arrange the burial, said it was difficult to learn the real identity of the man buried in the plot because he had no relatives and his burial was arranged by the city.
Another brilliant “look before you leap” reaction from Bloomberg’s administration. Apparently handing out vet credentials to any Tom, Dick, or Harry who claims to have been a vet without actually ascertaining the veracity of that “vet’s” claim is standard operating procedure for the ignorant.
Perhaps the body of the poser should be dumped on the front steps of VoteVets with a note pinned to it that says “This is the face of a phony vet. This is the kind of phony vet to which Rush Limbaugh was referring. Why don’t you put this on a commercial?”
No picture, no long intro or anything else, I just wanted to share this tidbit from the LA Times. What with having debated a VoteVets guy on MSNBC not 24 hours ago, I found this hysterical. In discussing the [completely ridiculous] Limbaugh Affair:
Jon Soltz, the Iraq veteran who co-founded VoteVet.org, said Limbaugh’s “phony soldiers” remark was brought to his attention by the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America, with whom he is friendly but not affiliated. “This man has insulted these troops, and there is accountability for this stuff,” said Soltz, who was not pleased with the “General Betray Us” ad either.
“What we need to do, as veterans of the Iraq war, is to distance ourselves from personal attacks and focus on the policy issues,” Soltz said.
Seriously, you’ve got to be [CIR]ing me. They are running ads specifically opposing Limbaugh. I said it last night, and I say it again, Vote Vets going after Limbaugh regarding the War on Terror is like me going after ESPN if the Red Sox lose. If you want to focus on the war, why did you send a guy on MSNBC to debate me about Limbaugh’s comments? Hell, we could have discussed the need for better veterans benefits, or oversight of PMF’s and saved everyone the trouble of my ridiculous use of the word “phraseology” on National Television.*
And by “National” I mean, 17 viewers, 18 including my Dad.
This is pretty much the standard disengenuous ads that Stotz is famous for. I’m not really going to go through the entire litany again, but just for example, you might remember their “Body Armor” ads which
After that, they decided to play in Missouri, where they ran ads with this guy Josh Lansdale who talked about the war, all the killing he saw, and how he couldn’t get service at the VA. Well, the guys in his unit knew he was full of it, and outted him for the phony he was. Undeterred, VoteVets just edited him out of the ad, now you see him, now you don’t.
So watch that video. Very, very strong. Calling Rush out for calling him a phony. Only Rush never did that, as has been proven. But repeat a lie often enough…..and Vote Vets and their overlords MoveOn.org will run with it. Apparently the second casualty of war, atleast around these guys, is the Truth.
I love that Wesley Clark runs these guys. Duty, Honor, Country. My aching arse. Explain to me what is honorable about running ads which are innacurate, putting forth people who are not who they say they are, and editing comments to fit your point of view rather than putting it all out there and letting the people decide.
On Edit: I also want to clarify something before what I say gets taken out of context. I do not believe that everyone opposed to the War is a phony veteran. I know Stoltz and others served there honorably and actually believe that the cause is lost. I know the six 82nd guys sincerely believed that as well. And I have never served in Iraq, which I freely admit. But on a daily basis I do communicate with people who are either there, or who have returned. And the doom and gloom that we see on TV is not matched by what those guys are telling me. I’ve also, as part of my job, come into contact with MANY wounded vets over at Walter Reed. And almost invariably they say the same thing, I just want to get patched up and back in the fight. I don’t know if the breakdown is 80%-20% in Favor (which is what I suspect) or if it is 50-50 or 80-20 against. I don’t know. But I do know the polls are ridiculous.
Let me ask this, if someone came to you in Oct of ’04 and asked if you wanted to go home from ‘stan, how many of us would have said “No, I’d like to stay here, eat crappy food, work 12 hour guard tower shifts, and crap through a hole in a plywood seat.”? I’m guessing there weren’t to many who wanted to stay. But that is significantly different that “Do you think what you are doing is good for the US Foreign Policy and National Security Situation” or “Do you think that the US is doing the right thing in ‘Stan.” On those questions, I’m guessing it would be over 90%.
But any realistic evaluation of the people on TV has to be startling in the numbers of phony veterans who are coming out in oppositioon to the war. I am unaware of Phony Vets who support the current policies. That doesn’t mean they aren’t out there, only I haven’t heard of any. Meanwhile, not 3 months can go by without a Ranger MacBeth or Pvt beauchamp crawling up from the gutters to make absurd statements.
Personally, I support what we are doing, think referring to a decorated military leader as “Betray Us” and taking the words of Boehner and Limbaugh out of context are are just wrong. I recognize that there are other opinions out there, and cast no aspersions on their service. But I wish the partisanship would just end and we could win the damn thing.
I would be remiss if I didn’t post this stuttering jackass that starts about 1/3 of the way in. Let me ask you this, does it take a full 5 seconds before you figured out this guy never served in the Rangers, or did you fall out of your chair laughing earlier?
In case you can’t make that out, I have linked to Instapundit above from where I stole that. But it is a passage from the Book Stolen Valor, by B.G. Burkett, a man that I once escorted to a MoH ceremony at the White House. Anyway, it discuss Senator Tom Harkin.
Tom Harkin wins my Rabbit Pellet award of the Day for this statement he had about the completely faux Rush Limbaugh controversy:
Well, I don’t know. Maybe he was just high on his drugs again. I don’t know whether he was or not. If so, he ought to let us know. But that shouldn’t be an excuse.
That my friends is almost as perfect irony as you will ever get. A Phony Veteran attacking someone for commenting on Phony Veterans. Absolute Classic!