Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Should John Kerry Apologize? No. Keep denying the meaning of the word dumb.

C-Span is asking: Should John Kerry Apologize?

Clip Youtube entitled: Kerry Belittles U.S. Troops

Seriously, in the olden days without the Internet, we might not get the actual wording of what John Kerry said. We'd get the mainstream media paraphrasing and skewing what Kerry said.

With the Internet, we get the actual as said words. And a whole bunch of spin from all sides everywhere.

Even though the youtube video is slantedly entitled Kerry Belittles U.S. Troops, we can make up our own minds about what John Kerry said because we can hear and see what John Kerry said.

First, what did John Kerry say.

John Kerry
You know education, if you make the most of it, and 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.

OK. So from that, is there only one interpretation? "you" means those serving in Iraq: so those troops in Iraq did not make the most of education, did not study hard, did not do their homework, did not make an effort to be smart, did not do well, and are stuck in Iraq.

"You" means George W. Bush: so George W. Bush did not make the most of education, did not study hard, did not do his homework, did not make an effort to be smart, did not do well, and George W. Bush is stuck in Iraq.

We'll accept Kerry's "you" meant George W. Bush. He shouldn't apologize. He should just keep on denying the meaning of the word you refers to students who are dumb.

Consider, Kerry was speaking to university "students." He wasn't speaking to a conference of living former Presidents and the current President. He used the word "you" meaning university students in that setting.

If Kerry meant Bush, he should have crafted his words much more carefully, and said Bush. That he didn't is his own fault for any misinterpretations. The burden for using the utmost care when speaking is as much on Kerry who wants` to be prez as it is on George W. Bush.

October 2, 2002
Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq

October 7, 2002. President Bush Outlines Iraqi Threat
Remarks by the President on Iraq
Cincinnati Museum Center - Cincinnati Union Terminal
Cincinnati, Ohio

That's what Bush said to a Congress authorizing the resolution on war on Iraq. Which by the way, included a yea vote from Senator John F. Kerry/

C-Span interview with Tony Snow, White House Press Secretary.

Snow says apologize... the Democrats don't tell us what they would do about Iraq... all they do is talk against the President... Is it good enough, should you have faith in a party that doesn't show its cards, doesn't talk about what they would do in Iraq, just talks against the President.

Get the streaming video. The next caller is read a number of books about this President and the lies... do you realize you are part of this cabal that doesn't tell the truth... Republicans say they didn't read this or that book...

Snow: ...Kerry said something that a lot of people find offensive. The Americn Legion, finds it offensive, Senator John McCain, finds it offensive...

FOX 'n Friends: Gretchen is shocked at the absence from the New York Times of a headliner featuring what Kerry said.

Hey, Gretchen. For as little as John Kerry said, the New York Times could've put the entire "joke" on its front page without taking up any important space.

Hmmm. Now should we rephrase that? Was that a joke?


IMUS In the Morning

Senator Kerry calls in... everybody knows I botched the joke... not the first time I've done it... it's a disgraceful thing, somebody like me for 35 years fighting for veterans... fighting to honor them that the notion that this comment was directed at them is an insult... this is a great volunteer army... you're not capable of getting in if you're not smart...


Hey, Senator, you still didn't clarify you meant Bush, (on Imus) cause you said "they".

Imus in the Morning transcript

I left out one word, says Kerry on Imus, us, they got us stuck.

Huh, Senator, they. does they includes you, who voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq by George W. Bush.

(Kerry Regrets: Mea Culpa: Kerry 'Regrets' Voting for Iraq Resolution By Susan Jones Senior Editor October 12, 2006
( - Sen. John F. Kerry, who may be running for president again, says that voting to authorize the war in Iraq is one of his biggest political mistakes.

In a blog on his website, the Massachusetts Democrat noted on Wednesday, "Four years ago today, the United States Senate voted to give President Bush the authority to use force in Iraq. There's nothing -- nothing -- in my life in public service I regret more, nothing even close. We should all be willing to say: I was wrong, I should not have voted for the Iraq War Resolution.")

Kerry cancels campaign events after remarks
Senator won't make appearances with Dem candidates following uproar

‘I apologize to no one’
Kerry, who is considering another run for the White House in 2008, angrily fired back.

At a hastily arranged news conference in Seattle on Tuesday, Kerry said: “I apologize to no one for my criticism of the president and of his broken policy.”

Kerry said the comment in question was “a botched joke about the president and the president’s people, not about the troops ... and they know that’s what I was talking about.”

A Kerry spokeswoman, Amy Brundage, said Kerry’s prepared text had called for him to say: “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.”

Kerry’s remarks came during a campaign rally for California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. Kerry opened his speech at Pasadena City College with several one-liners, saying at one point that Bush had lived in Texas but now “lives in a state of denial.”

He then said: “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.”

White House, Kerry Exchange Accusations
That, Kerry said, was meant as a reference to Bush, not troops. Kerry said it is the president who owes U.S. soldiers an apology - for "a Katrina foreign policy" that misled the country into war in Iraq, failed to adequately study and plan for the aftermath, has not properly equipped troops and has expanded the terrorist threat.

Which is it Senator Kerry. Were you referring to Bush, or "they." They is plural, so they can't be just George W. Bush.

American Legion to Sen. Kerry: Apologize Now Oct 31 8:49 AM US/Eastern

Steve on Fox n Friends: Could Kerry's statements be like the Dean scream?

Gretchen: thinks Kerry's comments are worse... this doesn't make Kerry look Presidential... he had an opportunity to apologize...

Steve: he can't run for President after that...

One of the trio - Steve Doocey - said John Kerry and George W. Bush attended the same school of learning, Harvard Business School.

Note: during the 2004 Presidential Election campaign, the fact that both John Kerry and George W. Bush were members of the secret society at Yale known as Skulls and Bones was rarely noted.

CBS: Skull And Bones June 13, 2004


November 1, 2006 -- The Democratic Party's 2004 presidential nominee stepped on his tongue in California this week - and in so doing gave the American people yet another reason to distrust Democrats on defense and national security.

On Monday, speaking at a college campaign rally, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.). told the student-heavy crowd: "If you make the most of [education], if you study hard and 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."

It was, Kerry said yesterday, a joke misspoken.

Ha, ha.

But we're betting that the tens of thousands of young men and women now in Iraq, those about to deploy and those who already have served there - many more than once - aren't laughing.

Nor is President Bush.

"The men and women who serve in our all-volunteer Armed Forces are plenty smart and are serving because they are patriots - and Sen. Kerry owes them an apology," said the president.

As of last night, no apology was forthcoming.

Nor, interestingly, was there a word of disapprobation from Democratic Party leaders - many of whom have been working diligently to undercut Bush's War on Terror; doubtless many others would like to, but just don't dare.

Kerry himself has been trashing the military ever since returning from Vietnam in 1969 - which is why so many fellow vets hold him in deep disregard.

Not only is Kerry arrogant and insulting regarding America's contemporary military - he's also just plain wrong.

Military recruits today are actually more educated - not less - than their civilian counterparts of similar ages: More than 90 percent of recruits have a high school diploma vs. about 75 percent of the broader population.

As American Forces Press Service reported last year, "Military recruits actually have much higher average aptitudes than the general youth population . . . In fiscal 2005, 67 percent of recruits scored above the 60th percentile on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. The test is designed so that the average young person will score 50 percent . . ."

Sen. John McCain, House Speaker Dennis Hastert and many others also said that Kerry owes servicemembers an apology.

IQ Question

October 21, 2004 This Just In—Kerry's IQ Likely Lower than Bush's!
By Steve Sailer

Bush's 1206 SAT score on the college entrance exam and his C average at Yale have been public knowledge since the last election. (Bush's Graduate Management Aptitude Test score and grades at Harvard Business School, however, are not known.)

Kerry's grades and academic test scores remain wholly unavailable. But we do know that he did not graduate from Yale with honors. His biography by three Boston Globe reporters recounts:

"During his senior year he 'majored in flying,' as Kerry put it, learning aerobatics and performing loop-de-loops instead of focusing on his studies."

American President

Media bias
Media Reality Check
Media: Treats for Liberals, Tricks for GOP
As Campaign '06 enters its final week, ABC, CBS and NBC pour on the bias, emphasizing "disgusted" GOP voters, touting the wonders of liberal policies, and sidestepping Democratic weakness...

Now that we've gotten started, we won't stop, and haven't. Since the morning of September 11, 2001 we've asked: Was George W. Bush made aware that one or more airplanes had been hijacked before he arrived at the Emma E. Booker elementary school and/or before he entered the second grade classroom to listen to students' reading practice?

This is not a Conspiracy Theory

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