Thursday, February 01, 2007

Desperately clinging to my happy place...

...and therefore am definitely staying away from the Arkin article, which James Taranto dubs "Thank me for not spitting."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read it.
I shouldn't have.


8:13 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

You know, D., I read excerpts and that was enough for me. I keep telling myself that this is some sort of desperate plea for attention, that this person is to be pitied and is a juvenile. That's helping me keep my head somewhat straight.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nancy, D. is me (Dana)!

Anyway, for me it just went beyond the pale. Its arrogrant, ignorant, insensitive and disgraceful.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Mike in S.A. said...

The Arkin article neatly encapsulates what most liberals really think of our military. He is an arrogant, elitist fool who is representative of a segment of society that I must deal with on a daily basis.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I know it's you, Dana! Hee hee! Thanks.

Aw, Mike. I can definitely sympathize with you on being surrounded by angry, activist liberal types. That's why I quit my grad school email list, but I don't know that most liberals feel that way. In fact, even some I went to grad school with were quite sympathetic to military folks.

Some were kinds of paternalistic though--pushing the "they all come from towns with high unemployment meme," as if that's the only reason anyone would ever enlist. That gets trotted out every time someone talks about the military being voluntary.

But I feel for you. Any Young Republicans on your campus or any conservatives at all? You are in Texas after all.

6:58 AM  
Anonymous luther said...

Arkin had a couple of valid points but they were completely buried by his outrageous comments. Shall we collectively spit on him?!

I do think there are people who sincerely support our troops but don’t support the war. Someone having that view is not disrespecting the troops in my opinion but genuinely wants the troops to come home because they do respect them and their lives. I’m not making a statement about the Iraq war here – just that I do think this is a valid and understandable view point.

Has anyone actually seen any statistics as to the socioeconomic and schooling breakdowns of our military? My guess is that infantry tend to come from the poorer and less schooled side, and I have heard comments like that from veterans I have known.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Mike in S.A. said...

Thanks, Nancy. There is a College Republicans organization on campus along with some other conservatives, but I don't dare associate with them in any way (I could do so as a "faculty advisor") for fear of my job. I don't have tenure.

Luther, your point is well taken. I went over the top by saying "most liberals." Being surrounded for so long by angry leftists has made me quite combative.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous luther said...

I feel very lucky, and a bit naive, that I haven't been directly exposed to this nasty, angry and mean leftist crowd you guys always refer to. I was raised in a fairly conservative home environment, attended Houston Baptist University, and work for a fairly conservative white collar company. So when ever I have encountered the angry, pompous, hypocritical, partisan types they have typically been of the theocratic religious-right persuasion.
But the extremists from both parties make me annoyed and uncomfortable.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Agreed. And I appreciate what you are saying. I haven't encountered that much nastiness on the right, I must say. In fact, I am of late, really realizing the extent to which you and I were baptized in completely different political fires.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Bill O'Reilly said...

I wish I could break these outrageous stories as fast as you do Nancy!! How would you like a job on The Factor?

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Keith Olberdolt said...

Hey Bill, how would you like a place on my "Worst Person in the World" list?

6:06 PM  

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