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February 25, 2004

Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword

In Winter Soldier, Sunshine Patriot, I described allegations that John Kerry covered up live sightings of POWs during Senate POW/MIA hearings. The press has largely given Kerry a free ride due to his heroism during the Vietnam war, but since his campaign chose to delve into George Bush's National Guard pay records, the door has been opened to subject Senator Kerry's post-war record to serious scrutiny. As I remarked earlier:

This was a big strategic error - had Kerry not openly challenged the President on his National Guard record, the rumors would have continued to circulate and the damage to [Bush's] reputation would have worked to Kerry's advantage. Bush's campaign would not have been able to raise the issue of Kerry's post-war conduct without it looking like retaliation....I believe John Kerry ought to fire whoever suggested he make Vietnam a central strategy of his campaign. And I think someone ought to check out some of these stories.

Now the Village Voice has come out with a scathing attack on Kerry on the same issue - his activities during the POW/MIA hearings. The Voice is hardly a right-wing mouthpiece. It has also hardly been the "voice of reason" in the past, but it raises some serious questions, and the answers are unlikely to make comfortable listening for those seated on either side of the aisle on Capitol Hill.

And to really make Kerry's day, Gary Aldrich is forming an exploratory committee called “Americans for Truth About Kerry.” They are asking that Kerry release the FBI records of his post-war protest activities. As Aldrich puts it:

Nothing is sacred in today’s politics of personal destruction – invented and perfected by the Democrats. Not even the number of fillings in George Bush’s teeth.
Thus, Senator John Kerry and his followers “opened the door.” It’s only fair that many will now choose to walk through that door. No competent attorney would ever open a line of inquiry in the courtroom unless he knew how the same issue would impact his own client.
Democrats should not complain now if certain similar questions are asked of the good Senator.

It is too bad this campaign is becoming so nasty, but then it was really a shame to see groundless accusations of "AWOL" and "deserter" bandied about by the media, Democratic candidates, and Terry McAuliffe long after evidence was available that they were without foundation. Kerry is about to be hoist by his own petard.

- Cassandra


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When you read this, doesn't it just make your blood boil knowing that it takes only one person out of the masses of ignorance to cancel your vote?

You are as usual, right on the money... whoever told him to trot out his Vietnam service has been smoking something. He can't be targeting the Vet Vote. Most vets, some of whom maybe got shot or worse, don't walk around bragging about their service for starters. So is it the younger generation? Can't be. Though I was too young to know it at the time, even my generation knows the way Vietnam Vets were treated on their return, thanks to Kerry and his ilk making them out to be baby-rapers.

So exactly what group of voters is he targeting while he's alienating the rest of us?

Must be the one I mentioned first.

Posted by: Pooke at Feb 25, 2004 1:57:02 PM

As usual, thinking one thing typing another. What Kerry did makes by blood boil. The fact that some ignoramus will cancel my vote merely pisses me off.

Posted by: Pooke at Feb 25, 2004 2:00:17 PM

You'd be amazed how many people don't know anything about what he did when he got back. Most people only know he got 3 Purple Hearts. And they don't know what for.

Posted by: Cassandra at Feb 25, 2004 8:39:01 PM

You would be suprised how many people don't know what it means to have their petard hoisted. Some of them might even be award winning highly acclaimed posters.

Posted by: Pile On at Feb 26, 2004 7:58:50 AM

Meaning
Caught in your own trap.

Origin
A petard is an explosive device used to break down doors or walls.
Hence - hoist on ones... Used by Shakespeare in Hamlet 'For tis the sport to have the engineer / Hoist with his owne petar'.
From the French 'p‰ter' - to fart.

Posted by: Cassandra at Feb 26, 2004 9:58:16 PM

I really wasn't fishing for a definition, you don't need to go to all that trouble, but thank you, your explanation is enlightening. But I think you are toying with me on the last part, I am familiar with that phrench word, I can say it, but I can't spell it, but am quite confident there is no % in it.

Posted by: Pile On at Feb 27, 2004 1:59:39 PM

Mr. On, I would never toy with a man of your intellectual and artistic accomplishments. You are as far above me as an ant perched on a monster truck tire is to a lowly earthworm slithering in the leafy mold...I can only gaze up at you in the stratosphere and hope one day to attain a similar stature. As if.

Posted by: Cassandra at Feb 27, 2004 2:11:36 PM

Ok, thats enough. My fifteen minutes have now passed, I have comfortably settled into the footnote section in the book of small meaningless internet accomplishments. I thought we had reached a truce on this matter, and now you fire a shot across my bow, and here I am with my snarky cannons mothballed.

Posted by: Pile On at Feb 27, 2004 2:45:18 PM

Is that a promise??? Are the famous On snark cannons well and truly mothballed? Is it safe for Cassandra to post again?

You notice I haven't posted today - I've been afraid. You encourage me to hope, Mr. On.

Posted by: Cassandra at Feb 27, 2004 4:04:11 PM

It is our belief based upon electronic surveilence of Pile On's refrigerator and satellite tracking of his beer aquisiton vehicle that Pile On can restart his weapons of blog destruction programs and launch a counter-attack within forty five minutes of being provoked.

Posted by: British Intelligence Service at Feb 27, 2004 4:54:14 PM

That's what I was afraid of. He claims to have disarmed, but I will believe it when I see it.

Only time will tell if the dreaded snark cannons have ceased their deadly rain of destructive fire. Their toxic payload rains down on the innocent like acid on gentle buttercups at dawn in a country meadow - who can evade their inimical (nice, huh?) hail?

Posted by: Cassandra at Feb 27, 2004 8:51:01 PM

Very nice image my little buttercup.

It is a dangerous world, one cannot in good conscious completely disarm. I think we would both be served by pursuing a policy of mutual assured destruction.

Posted by: Pile On at Feb 27, 2004 9:16:25 PM

I am crushed that I offered to disarm and you don't believe me - you refuse to lay aside your weapons of mass snark. I offer peace, and you reply with a sword. What is this world coming to???

- Little Buttercup

Posted by: Cassandra at Feb 28, 2004 9:06:50 PM

It is not that I don't beleive you, trust, but verify, and how can one verify. If we were to stand down, incur a peace dividend if you will, who is to say that new and unexpected enemies might not spring up to take advantage of our weakness. Be ever vigilant buttercup, I am not your enemy, snark as I might, but evil lurks, be prepared for when evil posts.

Peace through strength.

Besides, you never offered to disarm.

Posted by: Pile On at Feb 28, 2004 10:28:10 PM

Besides, you never offered to disarm.

Details....details...

Posted by: Cassandra at Feb 29, 2004 5:08:44 AM

It seems to me that if you were really interested in peace, you would not be splitting hairs, Mr. On. Let me know when you're ready to come to the table with a serious proposal.

Posted by: Cassandra at Feb 29, 2004 5:10:31 AM

You know what your problem is Cass,(I love sentences that start out like that) to you a serious proposal means unilateral disarmament.

The right of snarkiness in self defense is not on the table. Nor is snark directed at something stupid, or that I disagree with, or at a typo, or if I think I can get a laugh in a good natured sort of way.

Vicious and personal insults are on the table to be eliminated, but I don't think I have ever used them anyway. Well, not at you.

My God, did you sleep last night, or stay up posting new stories?

Posted by: Pile On at Feb 29, 2004 10:12:14 AM

Actually, I have often wondered exactly what my problem is and I really, really hoped someone just like you would come along and tell me.

And yes, I slept some last nite but then I woke up and was kind of upset and couldn't go back to sleep. So I figured I might as well get my mind off it - mission accomplished :)

Posted by: Cassandra at Feb 29, 2004 10:25:25 AM

Who knew the Village Voice might bring down one of their own?

Posted by: purple raider at Oct 14, 2004 4:39:48 PM