*18 Updates below*
From the Pasadena Star-News
Kerry then told the students that if they were able to navigate the education system, they could get comfortable jobs - “If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq,” he said to a mixture of laughter and gasps.
Kerry: “You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
I was reminded of a study done last year that debunked the Democrat myth of the “underprivileged and uneducated soldier”.
According to a comprehensive study of all enlistees for the years 1998-99 and 2003 that The Heritage Foundation just released, the typical recruit in the all-volunteer force is wealthier, more educated and more rural than the average 18- to 24-year-old citizen is. Indeed, for every two recruits coming from the poorest neighborhoods, there are three recruits coming from the richest neighborhoods.
If, for example, we consider the education of every recruit, 98% joined with high-school diplomas or better. By comparison, 75% of the general population meets that standard. Among all three-digit ZIP code areas in the USA in 2003 (one can study larger areas by isolating just the first three digits of ZIP codes), not one had a higher graduation rate among civilians than among its recruits.
I’m getting the standard stream of leftwing emails trying to defend Kerry’s comments as mere bush-Bashing as opposed ot troop-bashing. Of course, that would be an ironic position for Kerry to take, considering Bush made better grades than him.
In 1999, The New Yorker published a transcript indicating that Bush had received a cumulative score of 77 for his first three years at Yale and a roughly similar average under a non-numerical rating system during his senior year.
Kerry, who graduated two years before Bush, got a cumulative 76 for his four years…
The transcript shows that Kerry’s freshman-year average was 71. He scored a 61 in geology, a 63 and 68 in two history classes, and a 69 in political science. His top score was a 79, in another political science course. Another of his strongest efforts, a 77, came in French class.
In addition to Kerry’s four D’s in his freshman year, he received one D in his sophomore year.
‘’I always told my Dad that D stood for distinction,” Kerry said yesterday in a written response to questions, noting that he has previously acknowledged that he spent a lot of time learning to fly instead of focusing on his studies.
It also stands for Dumbass, you french-loving twit. But then again, maybe he’s right. If Kerry had studied and worked harder, he might’ve known where Cambodia actually was.
If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they’re crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. I’m sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.
I’m appalled that McCain’s been faking his war service and POW status all this time.
Oh, and speaking of “despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war”… here’s some more reaction from those poor, uneducated and apparently non-serving troops.
More “right wing nut jobs who’ve never served in the military” are responding to Kerry’s comments.
The National Commander of The American Legion called on Sen. John Kerry to apologize for suggesting that American troops in Iraq are uneducated.
“As a constituent of Senator Kerry’s I am disappointed. As leader of The American Legion, I am outraged,” said National Commander Paul A. Morin. “A generation ago, Sen. Kerry slandered his comrades in Vietnam by saying that they were rapists and murderers. It wasn’t true then and his warped view of today’s heroes isn’t true now.”
“The senator’s false and outrageous attack was over-the-top and he should apologize now.”
John Kerry to deliver a press conference around 1:30 PM CDT. I’m sure it won’t be the apology that many in the military are seeking.
Kerry is melting down. He’s angrily claiming it was a “botched joke about the President”. (see update 2 above) “Botched Joke” - wasn’t that the theme of his Presidential campaign? He’s coming off as an arrogant ass… as usual. Tying it back to Vietnam… again. He’s calling it a “typical textbook Republican tactic”. He’s claiming it’s all a big lie and big distortion. Someone might want to remind Kerry it was his own damn words. Now he’s calling John McCain a liar. He’s claiming his critics owe him an apology. I just have one word for Kerry’s antics… desperation.
About the return to the “misled us to war” rhetoric, let’s stroll down memory lane to what John Kerry was saying about Iraq and Saddam Hussein long before March, 2003.
More reaction from the “drooling, knuckle-dragging, terrorists” that make up the U.S. military.
AMVETS’ National Commander expressed disbelief and disappointment in the comments by Senator John Kerry Monday.
“For the Senator to suggest that today’s United States military is made up of uneducated men and women who didn’t ‘study hard’ or ‘make an effort to be smart’ is ridiculous and appalling,” AMVETS National Commander Thomas C. McGriff said Tuesday. “The men and women in uniform today make up the most advanced, highly-educated force ever seen. To suggest otherwise is a slap in the face to every soldier, sailor, airman, Marine and Coast Guardsman who has spent countless hours working to better him or herself. This is also an insult to every person and organization who has worked tirelessly to provide our troops and their families with education benefits.
“Senator Kerry should retract his remarks and apologize immediately,” McGriff said after listening to comments made by Senator Kerry at a political rally in Pasadena, Calif., Monday. “It is especially outrageous coming from a member of the U.S. Senate.”
A mother whose son was killed in Iraq urges Kerry to “learn more about the military“.
“I am very disturbed. I am very insulted and very sad that he doesn’t understand how highly educated and well trained our military men and women are,” said Debra Booth, whose son was killed in Iraq.
Second Lt. Joshua Booth died on Oct. 17. His mother said that what makes Kerry’s words so offensive is that they come one day after Kerry called the family to offer condolences.
“We did appreciate the call. I am appreciative of anyone who reaches out to me and to then turn around and say something that is so totally incorrect,” Booth said.
As to whether Kerry should apologize, Booth said that Kerry needs to do more to make amends.
“In addition to apologizing, he needs to learn a little bit about what our men and women in the military are actually made up of,” Booth said. “We don’t want to send that kind of signal, that you only go into the military if you are not good at anything.”
But somehow I don’t think those who’ve been parading around with Cindy Sheehan will care much for Booth’s stance. It’s just simply too… pro-American.
President Bush addresses Kerry’s remarks head on.
Now THAT’S the Bush we all know and love!
Looks like the nutroots are following Kerry off the cliff… again.
Looks like the “botched joke” excuse isn’t even going over well within the party.
-A Democratic Congressional candidate from Iowa is canceling a campaign event later this week with Senator John Kerry.
-A Democratic congressman told ABC News Tuesday, “I guess Kerry wasn’t content blowing 2004, now he wants to blow 2006, too.”
The troops respond.
Kerry cancels event with Bob Casey. Or did he just get disinvited again?
Democrat Harold ‘Playboy’ Ford says Kerry should apologize. Not because he cares if it offended the troops, but because it brought the Democrat campaign momentum to a halt.
More Democrats joining the “right wing smear machine”.
Hillary joins the “right wing smear machine”
Claire McCaskill has joined the “right wing smear machine”
Kerry, with his finger firmly extended into the prevailing wind of public opinion, decides to apologize, even after declaring he owes an apology to nobody. Of course, it’s the typical apology you’d expect… not “I’m sorry I offended” or “I apologize for my inappropriate remarks”… no, he’s apologizing that people “misinterpreted” him. Yet again, it’s their fault. Oh well, it’s the best we can expect from the man who once called his comrades rapists and murderers, I guess.
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