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July 5, 2005

I hope all of you (especially Americans) had a great July 4. It prompted me to be openly appreciative of the opportunities and freedoms enjoyed in this great nation. It came to me that these are freedoms all should enjoy, and I sincerely hope democracy can continue to make steady progress around the world.I happened to have a great holiday weekend, despite some minor injuries. I spent the days with a somewhat random group up in Jackson, Wyoming camping, hiking and rafting on the Snake. I'm the one in the front sans blue jacket, with the Yankees hat. I'm so thankful for God's great creations and the diversity in the world.I also happened to make direct eye contact with Dick Cheney, and I didn't even know it. Several of us were strolling through the many shops along the main street while a parade was going on. We happened to come out of a shop after the parade ended only to have some guy in a white shirt politely pushing people out of the way on the sidewalk. I saw an earpiece, but figured it was maybe a state senator or something. Then I saw a guy in a light brown cowboy hat and leather duster walk by, with people shaking his hand. I figured he was the mayor and I gave him a "wha'sup" head-nod. He looked me with an intense respectful gaze and walked on, a few feet away. It was only afterwards that I realized I recognized the face. So no pictures or endorsement for the 2036 presidential election ;), but a neat experience nonetheless. The impression I got from the gaze is a similar one I have of him - that he knows what he's doing and doesn't necessarily need to open his mouth to explain it. I realize a lot of people vehemently object to him and his ways, but I respect him.

Posted by charr at 9:39 PM
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Of course you respect him. The two of you make a fine pair of armchair warmongers, cruising and rafting and attending parades while others are fighting your immoral war for the U. S. of Haliburton. But that's typical of you cons:Republicans WHO DID NOT SERVE:-Dick Cheney: did not serve. Several deferments, the last by marriage.
-Dennis Hastert: did not serve.
-Tom Delay: did not serve.
-Roy Blunt: did not serve.
-Bill Frist: did not serve.
-Mitch McConnell: did not serve.
-Rick Santorum: did not serve.
-Trent Lott: did not serve.
-John Ashcroft: did not serve. Seven deferments to teach business.
-Jeb Bush: did not serve.
-Karl Rove: did not serve.
-Saxby Chambliss: did not serve. "Bad knee." The man who attacked Max Cleland's patriotism.
-Paul Wolfowitz: did not serve.
-Vin Weber: did not serve.
-Richard Perle: did not serve.
-Douglas Feith: did not serve.
-Eliot Abrams: did not serve.
-Richard Shelby: did not serve.
-Jon Kyl: did not serve.
-Tim Hutchison: did not serve.
-Christopher Cox: did not serve.
-Newt Gingrich: did not serve.
-Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy (1954-57) as flight instructor.
-George W. Bush: failed to complete his six-year National Guard; got assigned to Alabama so he could campaign for family friend running for U.S. Senate; failed to show up for required medical exam, disappeared from duty; early discharge to attend business school.
-Ronald Reagan: due to poor eyesight, served in a non-combat role making movies.
-B-1 Bob Dornan: Consciously enlisted after fighting was over in Korea.
-Phil Gramm: did not serve.
-John McCain: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.
-Dana Rohrabacher: did not serve.
-John M. McHugh: did not serve.
-JC Watts: did not serve.
-Jack Kemp: did not serve. "Knee problem," although continued in NFL for 8 years.
-Dan Quayle: Journalism unit of the Indiana National Guard.
-Rudy Giuliani: did not serve.
-George Pataki: did not serve.
-Spencer Abraham: did not serve.
-John Engler: did not serve.
-Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer.
-Arnold Schwarzenegger: AWOL from Austrian army base.
-Sean Hannity-did not serve
-Bill O’reilly-did not serveDemocrats WHO DID-Richard Gephardt: Air National Guard, 1965-71.
-David Bonior: Staff Sgt., Air Force 1968-72.
-Tom Daschle: 1st Lt., Air Force SAC 1969-72.
-Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969; sent to Vietnam Jan.1971 as an army journalist in 20th Engineer Brigade.
-Bob Kerrey: Lt. j.g. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam.
-Daniel Inouye: Army 1943-47; Medal of Honor, WWII.
-John Kerry: Lt., Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, Purple Hearts.
-Charles Rangel: Staff Sgt., Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea.
-Max Cleland: Captain, Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam.
-Ted Kennedy: Army, 1951-53.
-Tom Harkin: Lt., Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.
-Jack Reed: Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91.
-Fritz Hollings: Army officer in WWII; Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons.
-Leonard Boswell: Lt. Col., Army 1956-76; Vietnam, DFCs, Bronze Stars, and Soldier's Medal.
-Pete Peterson: Air Force Captain, POW. Purple
Heart, Silver Star and Legion of Merit.
-Mike Thompson: Staff sergeant, 173rd Airborne, Purple Heart.
-Bill McBride: Candidate for Fla. Governor. Marine in Vietnam; Bronze Star with Combat V.
-Gray Davis: Army Captain in Vietnam, Bronze Star.
-Pete Stark: Air Force 1955-57
-Chuck Robb: Vietnam
-Howell Heflin: Silver Star
-George McGovern: Silver Star & DFC during WWII.
-Bill Clinton: Did not serve. Student deferments.
Entered draft lottery but received #311.
-Jimmy Carter: Seven years in the Navy.
-Walter Mondale: Army 1951-1953
-John Glenn: WWII and Korea; six DFCs and Air Medal with 18 Clusters.
-Tom Lantos: Served in Hungarian underground in WWII. Saved by Raoul Wallenberg.

Posted by anon at July 10, 2005 10:29 AM

Anon - do you just hang around here all day, hoping and praying that Cameron will post something political, just so you can go off on a rant? You know you disagree with him, you know no one here really pays attention to you, so why do you bother? I'm not even a Republican, but I could create a list just as extensive as yours featuring Republicans who did serve and the Democrats who didn't, so really, what's the point? You're certainly not going to convert me with your funny lists, and somehow I doubt you'll even put a dent in Cameron's opinions. Find yourself a nice Democrat blog, I'm sure it will do wonders for your blood pressure.

Posted by Heather at July 10, 2005 1:15 PM

Heather,Hang around all day? Nah, just droppin' in once in a while to keep this boy honest.Why bother having a blog to post political opinions if you're only interested in telling one side of the story? Cameron's a big boy and has been at this a while. Getting tired of defending the liars in the White House? Now it's "what comes around goes around" Rove (there IS justice in the universe, hallelujah!), and a laughable downward spiral for the corporate whores that had to invent evidence to make the case for war and tried to shut up the truth-tellers.Bush is going down with him too, if there's a God in heaven that loves truth.Pretty soon though Cameron's likely to get his poor white butt drafted the way this "noble" war is chasing off the true patriots and diminishing the ranks of the enlisted. Better be careful Heather, the desperate cons may come after you too...they don't care if you voted for their simian-faced liar of a leader."We're fighting the 'terrorists' over there so we don't have to fight them here" [in London]!Amazing that you don't seem to see the irony in that.

Posted by anon at July 13, 2005 11:44 PM

You sure are funny, anon. Very, very funny.

Posted by Heather at July 15, 2005 10:09 PM

Wasn't meant to be funny, but this recently-seen bumper sticker was rather clever:"IRAQ" - Arabic for "Viet Nam"

Posted by anon at July 16, 2005 10:58 AM

mr anon the arabic word for vietnam is vietnam. thank you I am happy the americans are freeing Iraq.

Posted by sumarab at July 26, 2005 10:42 AM

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