Wednesday, October 11

chris shays

I've never particularly cared for Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT). He's one of those squishy moderates. I often wonder/question his loyalty. He's not as squishy as Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee, but still...

Last week, Ted Kennedy came to Connecticut last week to campaign for Shays' opponent, Diane Farrell. Kennedy, like many other Democrats, in the words of the Hartford Courant, saw 'a chance to lambaste Republican leadership,' calling on Speaker Denny Hastert to resign and criticizing the GOP leadership.

The hypocrisy on the Left has been on full display in the wake of the Foley scandal. Democrats are quick to rip 'lapses in Republican judgement' while completely glossing over any and all examples of Liberal corruption.

Or murder.

Kennedy killed one of his own campaign staffers, Mary Jo Kopechne, in a 1969 car accident, and he actually has the unmitigated gall to attempt to disparage the leadership of the entire Republican Party over the sexually suggestive email communication of a former Congressman?

"I know the speaker didn't go over a bridge and leave a young person in the water, and then have a press conference the next day," said Shays, referring to the 1969 incident in which the Massachusetts Democrat drove a car that plunged into the water and a young campaign worker died.

"Dennis Hastert didn't kill anybody," he added.

I love it when the Republicans fight back. It doesn't happen nearly enough in my opinion.


Blogger Matt P. said...

This is a testimonial I received from a young man who has served twice in Iraq. For a total of 2 years.

I am the child of a career Army man, and when it came time to decide what to do after high school, I knew I wanted to follow the same path. In 2003 and then again in 2005, my unit was deployed to Iraq.

As a maintenance unit, we were responsible for repairing everything and anything soldiers used to do their jobs and stay alive: weapons, radios, trucks, computers—you name it. So you can imagine our shock, weeks after getting to Iraq, when we were ordered to hand our mission over to private contractors employed by Halliburton.

But there's a catch: Halliburton had neither the training nor the equipment to take over our mission. Most of the contractors had no previous knowledge at all of our equipment before coming to Iraq. One of the contractors I "trained" was not even remotely familiar with radio systems, but had been a missile systems repairman while he was in the Army.

Because our unit no longer had a mission, we were forced into other things that we weren't trained to do. Mechanics found themselves on guntruck missions escorting convoys between bases. Many of us were forced onto guard duty while the contractors fumbled through our old jobs getting paid way more than any soldier. I spent months checking ID cards at the Post Exchange and Recreation facility.

I felt helpless and awful, like I was letting down my fellow soldiers while they were being put into life-threatening situations with unsafe equipment, and there was nothing I could do about it.

Since I returned to the States, I've learned more about why all that happened—about how the Republicans gave Dick Cheney's old company all these huge contracts and didn't care at all how it endangered us soldiers. And now, there is something I can do about it—I can speak out.

This young man is in the movie "Iraq For Sale"

1:22 PM  
Blogger Kent said...

What does this have to do with the subject of the post?

You are brain dead Matt.

2:57 PM  

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