Here are some fine examples: http://www.reason.com/news/show/124072.html
Money Quote from the U. Of Delaware (since rescinded, I believe):
"[A] racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis
of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to
all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the
United States, regardless of class, gender, religion,
culture or sexuality."
We can trace this kind of intellectual sewage directly to its 1960s
counterculture roots. These people have infested our education system
and turned it into a madrasah for their radical lunacy. And we
wonder why Johnny can't read, write, or think? He was "educated"
by people who studied under fools.
Broad brush? Yes. True? Mostly.
Tim Daneliuk firstname.lastname@example.org
Maybe you just hung out at a different school. There were enough of them
going to college only for the deferment. My 1962-63 high school Civics
teacher told us not only how to avoid the draft, but how to work summers and
collect unemployment the rest of the year. I can give a list of names if
you need it.
Wait a minute...wasn't a deferment a legitimate program available to
any otherwise draft eligible youth? How can you criticize or
characterize someone as less than honoroble who took advantage of such
an opportunity? I had a student deferment until I got hired by the
FAA. If you want to call me a draft dodger you'd better be prepared to
come here and do it to my face. You may not like the result.
As it turned out, the ankle injury I incurred years before made me
ineligible. Not 4F, but not healthy enough for the level at which they
were inducting at the time.
Later, when the lottery started, my number was three digits and
started with a three. Does that make me a draft dodger?
I'm sensitive on the subject. I went to college with a student
deferment from 1964 through 1967. I was never in the military. There
are some people who try to create a nexus between those two
circumstances which doesn't reflect favorably on me in their eyes.
They verbalize that at their peril. No bully, no big mouth, but I
won't stand by to be labeled as something I wasn't. Would you?
When they say "I'm in school to avoid the draft" you sort of get a hint.
Nothing magical, you just listen to what they say. Such as "I'm not going
in the f---n army." Some of these were in my school, neighbors, etc.
I did not label you at all, but your making what appears to be a physical
threat just makes you look like the big bully. Quite laughable, really.
Generally comes from lack of self confidence, I'm told.
Well, hell, I wasn't going in the Army, either. By that time, I'd
already serve four years in the Marines.
But it is really easy to determine intent when someone gets five
different deferments, or joins the ANG, or otherwise manages to sneak
under the tape. I am still smarting from that sack of shit Cheney
having the gall to stand up in from of the Marine Corps League
convention and give the keynote speech.
In my various positions as a technical lead, I have had the pleasure of
utilizing the "skills" of some of these graduates (bachelors through PhD).
The lack of writing skills is appalling; some of these people are
exceptionally technically gifted but are seemingly unable to string
together more than 5 words in succession nor put together a coherent
presentation or report to either document what they have done or get buy-in
to what they want to do.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
A more appropriate question would be "when did you stop learning?" Think
you'd find the end of the alphabet quit before the "traditionalist."
What's the last book you read? Even better question. Mine is _ A History
of Medicine_ by Lois Magner.
'Rookwood' - William Harrison Ainsworth. Written in 1834, considered by
literati to be the last "Gothic" novel. Half way through 'The Lancashire
Witches', by same, written in 1845 ... Being the cheap bastard I am, I get
all my recreational reading from Project Gutenberg.
Sherman's _Memoirs_ succeeding Grant's (the latter of which I stumbled
into on a recommendation found in reading Ike, the relatively new
biography)...now I'm ready to try to find Jos. Johnstone's, Sheridan and
wherever that may lead...
Try to find John McAllister Schofield's "46 years in the Army." He was
in the same class at the Point as Sheridan, succeeded him as
Commanding General of the Army, served as Secretary of War, was an
envoy to France, called the Hero of Franklin (TN, Battle of...) won
the Medal of Honor, Schofield Barracks, HI, is named for him. His
brother developed the Schofield revolver.
A shirttail relative, he was born 7 miles (and 115 years) from where I
Schofield was well represented by both Grant and Sherman but Johnstone
for his role as antagonist on the campaign to Atlanta (during which J
Davis had him removed) and then later when he was reinstated struck me
I'd like to read more of his side of the story--then, of course,
Sheridan for his derring-do, so to speak as unattached cavalry to see
what he thought of how it went as opposed to what Sherman thought and
expected. Methinks there were a lot more "aw-sh__" moments than one
might think from this point. :) Then, of course, that hasn't yet
touched Lee...I've already got Schofield on the list, but it'll probably
be another year or two before I get there--there's only about another
month or so of real winter and then farming picks up again in earnest
(assuming it rains some more this year than last, anyway)...
Grant, not Sherman intended there, of course...
All these guys are pretty doggone impressive when you look at their
lifelong body of work not just the Civil War era. Makes most of the
folks we hear of today seem pretty small ime(stimation) in comparison.
I'm also constantly reminded of what "tough" really meant--the 12-yr old
regimental drummer boys, for example. Where are 12-yr olds today?
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