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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Feelings. Nothing More Than Feelings

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq.”
-Senator John Kerry, October 30, 2006

“Awful! Terrible! I mean, even though in context he was obviously insulting Fearless Leader (who apparently didn’t get it.. He doesn’t understand criticism), this could easily be misinterpreted to look like insulting our troops. We can’t have that!”
-Skippy


“The White House was quick with a response to Kerry's apology.
‘Sen. Kerry's apology to the troops for his insulting comments came late, but it was the right thing to do,’ deputy press secretary Dana Perino said.
Earlier today, with Republicans eager to keep the story of Kerry's gaffe front and center in the final days of the campaign, President Bush got help from Rush Limbaugh.
The conservative talk-show host told the president that military people in Iraq ‘get insulted routinely. John Kerry's not the first. He's just the latest, Mr. President. … And that's his thinking on who compromises military members: That they're basically uneducated rubes.’
The president had a simple reply to Limbaugh: ‘Yes.’”
-ABC News, November 1, 2006

“Good move! Let Fearless Leader and the guy who was mocking Parkinson’s patients last week go after him. What can Kerry do to diffuse this misunderstanding?”
-Skippy


“Sen. John Kerry has apologized for a ‘poorly stated joke,’ which the Massachusetts senator said was aimed at the president but was widely perceived as a slam on U.S. troops.
‘I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member or American who was offended,’ Kerry said in a statement Wednesday.
‘As a combat veteran, I want to make it clear to anyone in uniform and to their loved ones: My poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and [was] never intended to refer to any troop,’ he said.”
-CNN International, November 2, 2006

“Huh.. He apologized. That seems so.. easy. Even if you didn’t mean to do it, I guess blaming the troops on the ground does deserve an apology.”
-Skippy


“House Majority Leader John Boehner: Wolf, I understand that, but let's not blame what's happening in Iraq on Rumsfeld.

Wolf Blitzer: But he's in charge of the military.
House Majority Leader John Boehner: But the fact is the generals on the ground are in charge and he works closely with them and the president.”
-CNN, November 1, 2006

“Hey, aren’t the generals on the ground technically ‘troops’? How come this hasn’t started a political firestorm? You see, our troops are sensitive to criticism. It can really hurt their feelings, so we should go after those who insult them immediately. Thank goodness we can hold those responsible for this fiasco accountable.”
-Skippy


“The U.S. Air Force is asking the Pentagon's leadership for a staggering $50 billion in emergency funding for fiscal 2007 -- an amount equal to nearly half its annual budget, defense analyst Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute said on Tuesday.
[…]
[A] source familiar with the Air Force plans said the extra funds would help pay to transport growing numbers of U.S. soldiers being killed and wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
-Washington Post, October 31, 2006

“The number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans getting treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder nearly doubled from fall 2005 to this summer, but officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs say that isn’t necessarily bad news.
They believe the increase points to a growing awareness of the symptoms of PTSD and a larger willingness among young veterans to seek out help for the illness.
According to internal department data, the number of young veterans receiving PTSD treatment from VA hospitals and counseling centers rose from 20,394 patients in September 2005 to 38,144 patients in June 2006, an increase of 87 percent.
Hospital cases alone totaled 29,041 in June, up 82 percent from nine months earlier. The number of veterans who visited counseling centers more than doubled, from 4,467 to 9,103, over that same period.
Dr. Ira Katz, VA deputy chief of patient mental health services, said at least some of that increase is due to the increasing number of veterans: The number of troops who have separated from the service since September 2002 grew to 588,923 this summer, up more than 150,000 from the previous year.
[…]
Overall, the number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans visiting VA centers for any type of counseling rose from 43,682 in September 2005 to 144,227 in June.”
-Stars and Stripes, November 2, 2006

“I meant the insults. No one is holding those responsible for the war accountable.”
-Skippy

1 Comments:

Blogger kirillovsrant said...

Thank you. Thank you for the hours of thought provoking entertainment as well as taking to task those responible for the absolute debaucle we have found ourselves in again and again since this administration has taken hold of our government. Thank you.

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