Sunday, January 30, 2005

No more, please .... please!!!

Spent most of the yesterday working on the template while listening to the various Sunday news shows. I did not, repeat, did not, watch MTP. It was an insult to the Iraqi's for MTP to interview Kerry for an hour while one of the most important, most talked about and most MSM (and blogosphere) covered (in the lead-up to) events since 2 Nov 2004 was just coming to a close. I should add it was an insult to all the coalition forces who have died since the invasion to have not covered it independently of the interview with Kerry. It was an insult to all Americans, those who gave their blood, those who gave their treasure, those who gave both.

Anyway, you might say, I am perturbed about it. Enough so that MTP is off my viewing list for a year. (Did you hear that MTP advertisers? One less viewer; deduct appropriately.

But hey, that doesn't mean I won't skim the transcripts via MSNBC or the blogs to check out what was said. Kerrinanities are so head shakingly stupid, I sometimes have to stop and think whether it is cryingly stupid, blood-boilingly stupid, or just Kerrilarious.

A case in point. Polipundit has a post with an excerpt of the transcript where Timmyboy asked about Kerry's military records and then badgered Kerry into promising to sign a 180. Like his promise means anything, since he had promised before (and don't go giving Timmyboy any credit for eliciting the promise; what would have been tough questioning is getting a date when he would sign it and maybe even a promise to do it on air.) But on to the inanity; prefaced by Timmyboy's question:
MR. RUSSERT: Many people who’ve been criticizing you have said: Senator, if you would just do one thing and that is sign Form 180, which would allow historians and journalists complete access to all your military records. Thus far, you have gotten the records, released them through your campaign. They say you should not be the filter. Sign Form 180 and let the historians…

SEN. KERRY: I’d be happy to put the records out. We put all the records out that I had been sent by the military. Then at the last moment, they sent some more stuff, which had some things that weren’t even relevant to the record. So when we get–I’m going to sit down with them and make sure that they are clear and I am clear as to what is in the record and what isn’t in the record and we’ll put it out. I have no problem with that.
If you put out all the records you had been sent, put out the cover letter that was sent with the records sent to you. I'll bet you $50, John, that they sent all the records you requested which was not all the records. Then, just prior to "at the last moment", you requested more records which is why, "at the last moment they sent more stuff". And, actually, there were "some things" in the first batch that weren't relevant to 'your' record, though they were relevant to 'the record', such as after-action reports for other swiftboat commander's (such as Peck's report, prepared for him by Kerry, of 1/29/69, which pinpoints when Kerry took command of PCF94.)

It would be interesting to know what was at the back of Kerry's throat when he gagged on "So when we get -". Was it "to September 2008", or "around to signing the 180", or "done with this show" (hah!) or "more stuff at the last moment"? Whatever it was, I'm sure he had good reason to choke off the end of that phrase.

Now for the meat of it. What's with all this making clear what's in the record and what's not? And why isn't Kerry clear what is in the record? This sounds like scrubbing of those things which he doesn't want to be in the record. Sounds like scrubbing of a slew of discharge notices and maybe a few of citation change requests. It might even include some record of how many times the records have been requested previously. I, for one, and, I am unanimous in this, (must watch "Are You Being Served" to get that), do not care if some documents irrelevant to Kerry's record are mistakenly in his "records", they will get weeded out and forgotten with no harm done. But anything in Kerry's records that has to do with Kerry is relevant, even all the after-action reports he did for other commanders.

LGF posts on a Kerrilarious from the transcript. In addition to LGF's comments, I thought Kerry said the Khmer Rouge were shooting at him as he plied the waters of Cambodia on Christmas Eve. And where, exactly, was this coastline inside Cambodia? Coastlines are usually, umm, along the coast of a country, not, umm, on the interior, where they call them riverbanks. Kerry is playing games with geography and events. Just because he might have been stationed at Ha Tien, which is on the most southwestern edge of the Vietnamese coast and thus near the Cambodian border, doesn't mean he did anything in Cambodia. He's right about one thing: everything is jumbled up - in his mind. If Kerry has photos and after-action reports about these trips, produce them, otherwise shut up.


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