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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The John Kerry Round-Up: Day 3 of "Kerry Mocks the Troops"

On day number 3 of John Kerry's "I shit on the troops...but I joke! I joke, I tell you!" tour, we get a round-up of news, stories, and downright hilarious shills from the Left as the 2004 Downie Prez candidate dissembles once more.

Kerry's hometown paper says it all: John Kerry is an embarrassment.


Kerry an embarrassment

Memo to John Kerry: The best defense isn’t a good offense.

As he stumped for California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides at Pasadena City College Monday, the junior senator from Massachusetts said the following:

You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

The remark, which first aired on a California TV station (with friends like Kerry, Angelides might as well pack it in now) was offensive beyond belief, not to mention simply wrong.

Kerry should have taken the advice of his one-time friend, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who yesterday said Kerry “owes an apology to the many thousands of Americans serving in Iraq, who answered their country’s call because they are patriots and not because of any deficiencies in their education.”

An apology would have been the way to go, but sometimes Kerry just can’t help himself. And so he issued one of his very special non-denial denials saying, “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.”

Huh? The film clip, now up on YouTube, speaks for itself.

The real shame is that while John Kerry stumps around the country, building up chits for his own possible presidential campaign rerun, he still has that D-Mass. after his name. And that’s an embarrassment to the good people of this state who sent him to the U.S. Senate.

Eegads, that has to hurt.

However, how do the troops feel? After all, it was they who Kerry called stupid.

Some soldiers are not happy. Not happy at all.


Local veterans who fought in wars from Iraq to Vietnam were up in arms yesterday over Sen. John Kerry's remarks that kids who don't get an education will wind up serving in Iraq.

Sgt. 1st Class Norbert Carrasquillo, 37, saw 19 men die with the Fighting 69th of the New York National Guard.

"This is what I get in return for doing my part for this country - I get negative remarks about how stupid I am to be in the Army," steamed the 19-year vet.

"I hate to think somebody made that comment after we lost so many soldiers over this last month. He's trying to say they're dumb?"

"It's an insult, it's demeaning," said Sgt. Wayne Rabinowitz, 59, the self-appointed "grandpa" of the Fighting 69th. "It implies somebody goes into the military because they have no other alternative."

Spc. Colin Stewart, who volunteered to go back to Iraq and is presently awaiting orders, noted this is not your father's Army anymore.

"The Army wants you to be educated," said Stewart, 32, a special-ops expert who fought and slugged his way to Baghdad in 2003. "You need a four-year degree to get above the rank of sergeant."

Stewart said the Army provided some men in his company with laptops for continuing their higher-education studies online.

"They had Internet connections in the barracks," pointed out Stewart, who has his degree in history.

And this photo, via The Drudge Report, and taken by American troops in Iraq, shows what our men there think of Senator Shithead:

So, there you have it. Our troops are not dumb - it is John Kerry who is the imbecile.

What has this done to Downies, whom the MSM have tied their horses to so they can win next Tuesday? Well, it is not looking good, as Downie after Downie cancels being seen with Senator Assinmouth.

Iowa candidate asks Kerry to cancel campaign visit

DES MOINES, Iowa A Democratic Congressional candidate from Iowa is canceling a campaign event later this week with Senator John Kerry.

Brucy Braley says Kerry's recent comments about the Iraq war were inappropriate.

Braley is running against Republican Mike Whalen in Iowa's First District congressional race. It's a contest considered to be one of the most competitive House races in the country.

Braley's decision to distance himself from Kerry came as a furor grew from comments Kerry made about the Iraq War during a campaign stop in California on Monday.

Kerry said if you make the most of your education, you "can do well." The Democrat went on to say that is you don't, (quote) "you get stuck in Iraq."

The remarks prompted sharp criticism from some Republicans, including President Bush and Arizona Senator John McCain.

Kerry refused to apologize.

Well, update of updates! John Kerry has apologized, only not in person: he issued a statement on his website,

Kerry Apologizes, Calls Remarks a 'Botched Joke'

Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) apologized today for what he said was a "botched joke" that was interpreted as an insult to U.S. troops, and he canceled campaign appearances with Democratic candidates in three states to avoid becoming a "distraction" six days before crucial midterm elections.

While saying he was sorry for what he called a "small gaffe" in remarks at a campaign event in California Monday, Kerry, the 2004 Democratic candidate for president, denied that he meant any disrespect to members of the armed forces, and he insisted that President Bush and other leaders of his Republican administration are the ones who should apologize to the American people and U.S. troops for getting them mired in Iraq.


Kerry's office today released the text of his remarks as prepared for delivery at a campaign appearance in Pasadena for Phil Angelides, the Democratic candidate running for governor of California against Arnold Schwarzenegger. According to Kerry's camp, the gaffe occurred when he departed from the prepared text, as he often has done in the past when delivering speeches.

The text had Kerry starting out with a couple of jokes about Republicans and Bush: "You know, yesterday we turned the clock back an hour. Actually just Democrats did. Republicans keep trying to turn back the clock to 1958."

That was followed by, "Yesterday I was in President Bush's home state of Texas. He no longer lives there. Now he lives in the state of denial."

The text continued: "It's great to be here with college students. I can't overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq. Just ask President Bush."

The prepared remarks then had Kerry saying, "But in all seriousness, you know, California has the 6th largest economy in the world -- larger than most nations. It is vitally important to our success as a nation. And the future of California lies with the innovations, expertise, and achievements of our young people."

Instead of delivering the lines as written, Kerry said after the "state of denial" remark: "You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."

Wow - that was some joke! Delivered by a real comedian!

We wanted to see how the BBC covered this story, so we watched the early morning news, which goes on BBC America here starting at 6 AM. On their broadcast (sorry, no link), the newsreader said that Kerry had said that "unless you work hard you go to Iraq," which is completely NOT what Kerry said. And was there a story, a followup? Of course not. There would have been, if Kerry had been a Republican and made a monumental statement like this.

And what does the BBC site say? Not much, as usual.

Embattled Kerry seeks low profile

Former US presidential candidate John Kerry has cancelled plans to help other Democrats ahead of key polls next week, amid a row over remarks about troops.
On Monday he warned a group of students that if they neglected their education they might "get stuck in Iraq".

The comment drew criticism from the White House, which demanded an apology.

Mr Kerry said on Wednesday that his remarks were misinterpreted and that he personally apologised to any service member or American who was offended.

'Spin war'

The Massachusetts senator's office said he had scrapped two campaign appearances so as not to become a distraction to Democratic candidates.

The statement added that Mr Kerry did not want to "allow the Republican hate machine to use Democratic candidates as their proxies in their distorted spin war".

Yep, it was that Republican hate-machine which forced Kerry to have a case of verbal diarrhea.

Notice, as you read the BBC story, that the statement which got Kerry in trouble is way down in the story. Placed there, of course, so that people never get to it.

Conclusion: John Kerry has apologized, and that is nice. But perhaps it reminds Americans why Downies should not be trusted to be in control of anything in the United States.

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