Replying to Cal reminded me of this…

March 12, 2012
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In his reply to the post about the killings in Afghanistan Cal decided to present the notion that liberal are more supportive of our troops than conservatives. A pointless argument. In my opinion, individual liberals are as likely as individual conservatives to support our troops. However, liberal politicians and liberal institutions and activist groups do not support our troops.

I wrote this in December 2010. My neighbor has since returned from his fifth tour. He is well, working and enjoying his family. With a bit of luck I’ll be making him Margaritas on his pontoon boat this summer. Hopefully he won’t be called upon to serve again.

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When you live next door to a hero…

My next door neighbor is a bona-fide hero. About a year ago, an IDE in Afghanistan sheared his skull off leaving a four-inch diameter slice of his brain exposed. The gravity of his injury saved his life. The lost chunk of his skull was so large that his brain had room to swell. He spent months at Walter Reed. He has a plate in his skull now, it’s either plastic or ceramic. Despite all that he remained himself.

Soon he’s going back. I don’t wish to say exactly when because I would not want to provide any information about deployments. He doesn’t have to go back. He could stay home with his family. He feels, well he would say that he knows, that he has knowledge that might keep some of his guys alive. So he’s going back for his fifth tour.

There is only one word for a man who leaves a four-inch slice of his skull and scalp on foreign soil. Who spends months in and out of hospitals. More months in rehabilitation. Who having served more than his commitment, declines to end his service and when his unit is scheduled to go back into combat, goes with them, leaving his wife and children. There is only one word for a man, or woman, like that. The word is HEROIC.

When I was much younger, I was accepted to one of our nations military academies. I suffered an injury that rendered me unable to accept the appointment. Despite the fact that, were I able, I would serve in our military, I hate war. I hate even wars that I feel are necessary and just. My feelings don’t really matter. I am too old to serve, and I couldn’t pass the physical were I younger. My inability to serve my nation has always been a gap in my life. Could I, after suffering a nearly fatal injury as he has, simply go back into combat? As much as I would like to think so, I doubt it.

Yet he goes. Not without careful thought, but without question. Without a pause. He goes because he knows he must. He must because of who he is. May he come back to his family and his friends. Heroes walk among us, and I am privileged to know one and call him friend.

God bless him and all our fellow citizens who serve in harm’s way that we may live safe. You truly are the very best of us.

66 Responses to Replying to Cal reminded me of this…

  1. Cal's Proctologist on March 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I missed that post. I think Cal’s head was even further up his anal orifice than it usually is.

  2. ken_phd on March 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Unclefred:

    “Alinsky’s Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do.”

    Does the number of handles start to make sense now?

  3. Man Coulter on March 12, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    “There is only one word for a man who leaves a four-inch slice of his skull and scalp on foreign soil. Who spends months in and out of hospitals. More months in rehabilitation. Who having served more than his commitment, declines to end his service and when his unit is scheduled to go back into combat, goes with them, leaving his wife and children. There is only one word for a man, or woman, like that. The word is HEROIC.”

    No, the word is idiotic….. Asinine is another word I would use…. Stupid is a 3rd…. Completely f’in retarded is a 4th….. Brainwashed is the 5th and probably the most appropriate……

    and yeah this is a liberal saying this so your point is proven…..

  4. Cal on March 13, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Cal decided to present the notion that liberal are more supportive of our troops than conservatives.

    You edited my comment. Re-read it.

    In my opinion, individual liberals are as likely as individual conservatives to support our troops.

    Then you make precisely the same point that I made.

  5. Cal on March 13, 2012 at 3:13 am

    However, liberal politicians and liberal institutions and activist groups do not support our troops.

    Incorrect. They support the troops, but do not always support politicians’ use of the troops. There is a difference.

  6. Cal on March 13, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Does the number of handles start to make sense now?

    Yet, every time that you guess, you swing and miss.

  7. Cal on March 13, 2012 at 3:19 am

    unclefred, this summer, as for two of the last three summers, I will spend one solid week of my vacation volunteering for an organization that works with wounded vets. That is the source of my interest in TBI.

  8. anonymous un-RINO on March 13, 2012 at 3:32 am

    What “organization” would that be, troll?

    Let’s have places and facts. What do you do? Where do you do it? What is the name of this “organization”? What exactly do you do?

    No need to throw out nonsense, troll. Provide data.

  9. MikeN on March 13, 2012 at 4:18 am

    >individual liberals are as likely as individual conservatives to support our troops. However, liberal politicians and liberal institutions and activist groups do not support our troops.

    Those two points are contradictory. The leaders are also individuals.
    So if the individuals are as likely and the the leaders are less likely then in whole the individuals are less likely, if only by a little bit. The reality is that liberals are less likely and it is from this group that the leaders are drawn. What you mean is that there is a large share of individuals who are as supportive. Then again, I wonder about the conservative leaders, whether they actually support the troops, or just say so as convenient politics. The guys at the Weekly Standard who see soldiers as checkers pieces to be moved around in their quest to make the world safe for democracy.

  10. sockpuppets for all on March 13, 2012 at 4:43 am

    ‘Cal’ is upset–which means the post was well-targeted at a leftist who has gleefully cheered American military deaths for his entire free adult life, said freedom maintained by those same Americans.

    At least Man Coulter is honest.

    ‘Cal’ is the most despicable and cowardly poster here.

  11. ATTILA on March 13, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Cal and boy coulter sound like the same creature.

  12. Man Coulter's Proctologist on March 13, 2012 at 4:59 am

    There is a difference between Cal and Man Coulter. Cal usually has his head up his anal orifice. Man Coulter almost always has all sorts of objects up his–Coke bottles, KFC boxes, pantyhose, et cetera.

  13. Cal on March 13, 2012 at 5:20 am

    What “organization” would that be, troll?

    Why, would you like to donate time or money? Otherwise, it is irrelevant.

    ‘Cal’ is upset

    Don’t flatter yourself.

    ‘Cal’ is the most despicable and cowardly poster here.

    Yet you hide behind a sock puppet. Too funny.

  14. Cal on March 13, 2012 at 5:23 am

    gleefully cheered American military deaths for his entire free adult life

    Another right wing myth. And you hide behind a sock puppet because you know it is a lie.

    Conservatives are careful gardeners, caring for their myths.

  15. anonymous un-RINO on March 13, 2012 at 5:43 am

    So you’re a poseur, and got caught in a lie, eh troll?

    I thought so.

    Facts and data tend to expose lefty dipsticks like you.

    But you can answer those questions any time you like, troll.

  16. Cal on March 13, 2012 at 5:54 am

    So you’re a poseur, and got caught in a lie, eh troll?

    Uh, no. There is no need to lie on this website, and so I don’t.

  17. setnaffa on March 13, 2012 at 6:29 am

    To the so-called “liberal” leader, the troops are like the horse and the dogs in Orwell’s Animal Farm. They are not “liberal” in the same way as the folks we might meet. They are, in fact, like the pigs in Orwell’s Animal Farm. They want to be the farmers they say they dispise. Look at the Obama Administration and their actions. More of Louis XIV than St Francis in that crowd.

    “All people are created equal,” they might say; “but some are more equal than others.”. It is evident by their application of their interpretation of morality toward Conservatives and ignoring it toward those who pay them. Rush Limbaugh was wrong; but very tame compared to Letterman and Maher.

    Remember that Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Che, Pol Pot, and Mugabe all made political coalitions to gain power and then assassinated murdered, slaughtered, and butchered those who were merely sycophants and camp followers. Follow that path if you want; but these people have not changed since the days of kings and serfs.

    Romans 1:18-32. Worship God (and Him alone) or he will allow you to become a fool. Your choice.

  18. Stupid anti-American liberal on March 13, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Why do we have to consider individual liberals?

    I can find an individual conservative that supports Obama.

    The left hates the military. And it’s demonstrated time and again.

  19. Yep on March 13, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Rick puts this guy in his place. How dare someone question his ‘big government’ record.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G106jlvZYmQ&feature=player_embedded

    Pick Rick!

  20. anonymous un-RINO on March 13, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Of course you got caught lying, troll. You’re a poseur.

    But you can answer those questions any time you like, troll. Name this “organization” you work with.

    You got caught in a lie again, troll.

  21. Cal is a lying hypocrite, but we already knew this on March 13, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Cal got caught in more lies (again) and exposed for being a poseur, again.

    The libtard trolls never change on this blog. They’re always drooling idiots.

  22. Cal on March 13, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I can find an individual conservative that supports Obama.

    Nobody could willfully misinterpret a statement like the blowhard, Jay/Ace. What a moron.

    The left hates the military. And it’s demonstrated time and again.

    Hilarious. The fact that you hide behind a sock puppet to spout such unsupported statements is evidence of your fluffy propaganda. Another careful gardener, caring for the right wing myths.

  23. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on March 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Blessings upon your neighbor, Poli.

  24. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on March 13, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Interesting commentary–what the NYT prints and what it doesn’t. The contraception controversy is not turning out as planned by the libs.
    http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/13/psst-obama-lost-the-birth-control-mandate-debate/
    If the Times says women were “split,” you know that must mean they were actually narrowly against the NYT‘s preferred position. Sure enough, when asked, “Should health insurance plans for all employees have to cover the full cost of birth control for female employees or should employers be able to opt out for moral or religious reasons?” women favored opting out by a 46-44 margin. The margin increased to a decisive 53-38 for “religiously affiliated employers, such as a hospital or university.”

    That’s among women. Unbeknownst to those who read only the Times‘ main story, the poll asked the same question to men. They were not split. Men favored opting out by a 20 point margin (57 vs. 37), except when a “religiously affiliated employer” was involved, in which case the margin increased to 25 points. Combining men and women, a substantial majority (51-40) favors allowing an opt-out–increasing to 57-36 where religiously-affiliated institutions are involved.

    These are not close results.

  25. R U in the tank for the RINO Keynesians?? on March 13, 2012 at 9:00 am

    The Black Swan author cuts through the BS

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/ron-paul-talebs-new-black-swan

  26. Man Coulter's Proctologist on March 13, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Cal=Man Coulter=MikeyW=three minds without a working neuron.

  27. Bizman on March 13, 2012 at 9:09 am

    ‘Interesting commentary–what the NYT prints and what it doesn’t. ”

    Says the guy who then goes on to repost data from the NYT….Oh, the hilarity, it just never stops does it!!?

    “These are not close results.”

    Nor is this one from the same poll:

    Who would you vote for:

    Obama/Gingrich 52/38
    Obama/Paul 49/39
    Obama/Romney 47/44
    Obama/Santorum 48/44

  28. ken_phd on March 13, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Unclefred:

    I think it should be quite obvious at this point point that the leftist troll, Cal, is bought and paid for. If he “volunteers for an “organization that works with wounded vets”, it’s only to teach the soldiers the error of their thinking.

    He represents the worst that liberalism has to offer.

  29. Cal on March 13, 2012 at 9:53 am

    If he “volunteers for an “organization that works with wounded vets”, it’s only to teach the soldiers the error of their thinking.

    No.

    It is a sports organization that seeks to transition wounded vets to an active and supporting life in the States. There are many such organizations, skiing, fly-fishing, motorcycling… It is all voluntary, including on the part of the vets. Politics is not involved, never mentioned; which is why it would be inappropriate to mention the organization’s name on these political threads.

    You understand that, ken, but pretend not to.

    You see, ken, I purposefully denigrate this website by provoking you and others to lower the level of the discussion.

  30. unclefred on March 13, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Thank you bizman!

    I was debating whether to comment on that poll.

    The key data point about the poll is the “weighted” sampling by party affiliation.
    The actual sample was R – 284, D – 329, I – 396. The pollster then “corrected” this to R – 263, D – 304, I – 442. This reflects the following electoral mix R – 26.07%, D – 32.61%, and I – 43.81%

    Using these “weighted” numbers they showed Obama Approval/Disapproval numbers at 41% -A / 47% – D. They used that “weighting” to produce the results for head to head match ups that you show in your comment.

    The latest polling on party affiliation shows Republicans and Democrats in a virtual tie with about 31% to 32% each, with 36% – 38%independents. What happens to those approval numbers if we adjust the poll results to a more realistic “weighting”?
    Using R – 31%, D – 32% , and I – 37% Obama’s Approval/Disapproval comes out at 40% – A / 49% -D. This is what we call “unelectable”.

    The poll only provides head to head demographic information for independents, which shows Obama winning 45/43 them against Romney and 45/42 against Santorum (well inside the MOE) so it is not possible accurately compute the results of using a different weighting for the head to heat polls. However we can say that it is likely that Obama would do no better than tie Romney between 45% and 46% and against Santorum would move into the MOE. Further if the election were today even a 2-1 break in undecideds against Obama ( conservative based on past presidential elections ) results in a certain Obama loss vs Romney and a probable loss vs Santorum .

    All in all this is NOT good news for Obama, however it’s a long time to November.

  31. ken_phd on March 13, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Cal:

    “Politics is not involved.”

    Politics is your life, troll. It permeates you from the inside out. It has a liberal stench that is always with you. You are bought and paid for.

  32. MikeN on March 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Not just the troops, but Blackwater too.

    Liberals were quick to jump on the story that Blackwater had gangraped one of their workers and locked her in a shipping container.

    Every time there is accusation of a war crime, liberals will jump to believe it.

  33. unclefred on March 13, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Cal – We could spar about your use of the word “myth” in your post but that would be counter productive. I take you at your word about volunteering to assist returning wounded veterans. I know that there are many, perhaps you might consider posting links to several of them. In that way you could gain support them, including the one where you volunteer without identifying it specifically.

  34. Bizman on March 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Good for you, Cal. Contrary to what jerkoffs like ken think, you’re involvement in such a worthy-sounding group are the very definition of what it means to be a productive, positive member of society….and a great American to boot. And a great example of the difference between a Liberal and Conservative world view: Ken lies and complains, un-RINO lies demands, Attila flies off the handle on another ODS rant, eery word they utter drips with contempt for those whose virtuous actions cast their own hatred and selfish sociopathic behavior in such stark relief. Wingnuts are the ugly stepsisters of our political system and society.

  35. ken_phd on March 13, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Bizman:

    “Good for you, Cal”

    You and Cal can go back to Dailykos and tell everyone what great fun it was having a red hot poker jammed up your butt every time you posted.

  36. ATTILA on March 13, 2012 at 11:40 am

    The sight of liberal heads exploding the morning after the nov election, willl be sight to cherish.

  37. anonymous un-RINO on March 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

    “It is a sports organization…”

    .

    It is, troll? Really?

    So it took you 24 hours to think up that weak cover story?

    You see, troll, that’s why the instantaneous inquisition is so effective over the internet. Your initial response tells all, when you’re a lying troll. When you refused to respond to a query about this mythical “organization” you claimed to “volunteer” for , it was plainly obvious that you were lying.

    But hey, now that you’re digging deeper, you can answer the next questions. What “sport” is it you’re involved in, and what exactly is it that you do with all these people you’re “volunteering” for? How do you connect with them? Where are your activities held? What types of folks is it you engage with?

    I mean, anybody curious would want to know all these things. Help us out here. We want to know.

  38. anonymous un-RINO on March 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Well, how about it, troll?

    We’re all just bundles of curiosity here. I mean, I’m sure you’re proud of all this “volunteer” work you do for your “organization”… so share away.

  39. Bizman on March 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    “You and Cal can go back to Dailykos and tell everyone what great fun it was having a red hot poker jammed up your butt every time you posted.”

    The only thing fools like you are wielding around here is a pile of lies and garbage…LOL.

  40. Evan3457 on March 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    “These are not close results.”

    Nor is this one from the same poll:

    Who would you vote for:

    Obama/Gingrich 52/38
    Obama/Paul 49/39
    Obama/Romney 47/44
    Obama/Santorum 48/44

    Which means Obama got beaten badly on the birth control/religion suppression question, because the sample is a sample of people who still prefer him for president. In a more accurate sample, such as the 3 national polls out this week showing Obama’s approval rating underwater, and Romney and Santorum running even or ahead of him, the beating he’s taking on the birth control/religion suppression issue would be even worse.

  41. Cal on March 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks unclefred. The most well-known organization is probably Wounded Warriors, and as far as I know it is five star. I only pay attention to the sport-related organizations. One concern I have is that an organization might mean well (say, getting wounded vets out skiing or snowmobiling), but ends up just giving out paid vacations with no real segue to benefit in their real world. Does the organization “give a person a fish”, or does it teach them to fish? Ideally, it would teach them to teach fellow vets “how to fish”.

    What does a vet do when they are an adrenaline junky, or grew used to adrenaline in Afghanistan, or were an athlete in their youth, but now are stateside, physically intact and fit…and completely blind? What sport? And how?

  42. Cal on March 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    When you refused to respond to a query about this mythical “organization” you claimed to “volunteer” for , it was plainly obvious that you were lying.

    More likely, I don’t want people that Google the organization to accidentally run across your dreck.

    Now let’s see if that fact survives the long journey across your thick skull.

  43. Bizman and Cal's Proctologist on March 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Actually, both of them do like red hot pokers shoved up their ass. I should know.

  44. anonymous un-RINO on March 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Not even a good cover story this time, troll.

    That’s the problem when you trolls keep lying, and digging your hole deeper. It only gets more obvious.

    You can answer the questions any time you’d like, troll. But until then, you’re just another morally degenerate liar, ranting on the internet.

  45. anonymous un-RINO on March 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    You probably need to change nicknames again, troll.

    It gets pretty hard to act out the lefty troll act after you’ve been exposed as a verminous shitstain.

  46. P. Tillman on March 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Looks like un-Person has appointed himself Chief Asshole on this blog.

  47. Chief Asshole on March 13, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    “Looks like un-Person has appointed himself Chief Asshole on this blog.”

    Uhh … No! Me Chief Asshole of this blog! And I declare you the stinkiest asshole on the blog, Tillman, cause you so full of shit!

  48. P. Tillman on March 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Chief Asshole on March 13, 2012 at 6:36 pm said:

    See what I mean…he’s even changed his handle to match.

  49. anonymous un-RINO on March 14, 2012 at 1:07 am

    You sound like you’re in mourning, troll.

    You never can tell when and how you trolls are gonna flame out. It’s sorta random in that way. It’s usually kinda similar to this case, that they narcissistic-ally pose and get nailed cold on it, and are exposed as morally degenerate shitscum, like this troll.

    But they’re always a bit unique, these troll implosions.

  50. Mycroft Holmes on March 14, 2012 at 11:32 am

    It doesn’t take the brother of the world’s greatest consulting detective to figure out what P. Tillman wants shoved up his ass!

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