Monday, July 04, 2005
Hey, don't you think he'd like to be in Law Scho...
Hey, don't you think he'd like to be in Law School?
Ship young Pataki straight to Iraq
June 30, 2005
sure Teddy Pataki is a nice young man. And the fact that he signed up
for the Marine Corps' officers training program while he was still an
undergraduate at Yale suggests a willingness to serve his country.
I would be really mad if 22-year-old Pataki, whose father is Gov.
George Pataki, got to skate through the next three years of the Iraq
conflict in law school.
The governor, who proudly announced last
week that his son has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the
Marines, also noted that Teddy Pataki hopes to defer his military
service for three years until he finishes law school.
only days after 20-year-old Marine Cpl. Ramona Valdez of the Bronx was
killed by a suicide bomber in Fallujah, to suggest that Lt. Pataki be
allowed to pass the next three years studying torts and contracts
seemed positively obscene.
It was another example of how politicians wage war but expect other people's children to fight them.
Rangel said the public revelation of Teddy Pataki's request for a law school deferment must be "very embarrassing for him."
his ringing "we must stay the course because things are getting better
in Iraq" speech the other night, Bush made no enthusiastic appeal to
young people to join the military, because to do so at this time, with
the situation in Iraq as it is, would have been ridiculous. Instead, he
assured those who might be considering a military career that there is
"no higher calling."
But if that's the case, then newly minted
young 2nd Lt. Teddy Pataki ought to be shipped straight to Iraq. Why
wait? Give him the chance to serve his country the way Ramona Valdez
The Marines need infantry platoon leaders
more than lawyers. Let him do a tour or two of Iraq, then law school.
Let him complete the Baisc Course and AIT and then get that man an
infantry platoon and let him see the sites of Afghanistan or Iraq. He
wanted to be part of the best, well, that means doing his job, law
school can wait.I'm sure he'll be a fine lawyer. I think he needs to
lead some riflemen first. Every Marine a rifleman, right? Well, Teddy
should be proving that.
Once upon a time, such a request in
wartime would have been shameful. Now, no big deal. Whiole other die,
some study? Nope. He chose the Marines, let him be a Marine. A Marine
rifleman. It was good enough for my father and hundreds of thousands of
other men, why not him?
[The News Blog]
Cheers and Jeers: Mutton and Hard Cider MONDAY!.
From the MASSACHUSETTS-ANNEXED FRONTIER TERRITORY OF MAINE...
[On] July 4, 1776...the Founding Fathers celebrated the Fourth of July
by signing the Declaration of Independence. ... We cherish the
Declaration because it expresses, in the timeless prose of its author,
Francis "Scott" Key, the ideals upon which this great nation was
Whereas in the course of human events it
behooves us, the people, not to ask, What can our country do for us,
anyway? but rather whether we have anything to fear except fear itself,
so that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people,
may be one nation under God, who art in heaven, as we forgive those who
trespass against us and solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole
truth, and nothing but the truth until death do us part as long as we
both shall live or 75,000 miles, whichever comes first, amen.
Even today, when we read these words, we are struck physically in the
head by how meaningful they are. What the Founding Fathers were saying,
basically, was: "Why should we let people over in England saddle us
with an unresponsive government and stupid laws? We can create our own!"
But first they had to finish fighting the Revolutionary War, a long,
bitter, and complex struggle that we will not discuss in detail here
because that would require research. The important thing is that when
the British finally surrendered in 1781 following the Battle of
Gettysburg, the colonists were at last free to form a new nation, which
they decided to name "The United States of America," in recognition of
the fact that "Luxembourg" was taken.
From `Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway' (Ballantine)
Happy 229th Birthday, America. Cheers and Jeers starts in the
Commonwealth of There's Moreville... [Washington's sword: Swoosh!!]
RIGHTNOW! [Liberty Bell: Gong!!]
With the G-8 Summit coming up next week, Tony Blair has expended a lot
of energy and political capital to make Africa a major focus of the
meeting. Of course, Bush has cobbled together enough token gestures
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