Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit (banazir) wrote,
Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit

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Kerry's 1971 congressional testimony and Dole's recent comments

(Back-dated, as all entries this past week have been.)

What do you all make of former senator Bob Dole's suggestion that John Kerry apologize for his 1971 testimony about alleged atrocities committed by the U.S. military in Vietnam?
"One day he's saying that we were shooting civilians, cutting off their ears, cutting off their heads, throwing away his medals or his ribbons," Dole said. "The next day he's standing there, 'I want to be president because I'm a Vietnam veteran.'"

I ask because it seems to me (as it did to the person who pointed out Sen. Dole's remarks to me) that the challenge seems to be over the contrast between "these things are so bad, I [or we] did them" and "I am qualified to be Commander-in-Chief because I served with these distinctions", rather than over the accuracy of the testimony.

Lunch at Chipotle, whence the above conversation. The regular veggie tacos acksherly aren't bad if crunchy corn shell is your thing. I decided to challenge my putative lemon allergy again and put a whole wedge right into my soda refill. I think I'm winning.

Edit, 12:30 CDT Wed 25 Aug 2004: Power was out from 20:30 on Monday through 06:00 on Tuesday.

banazir was out from 23:00 through 07:30, with a few minutes' wakefulness when the power came back on. (Eight and a half hours of sleep?! What's the world coming to?)

I didn't see it coming until there was a tremendous thunderclap overhead, the lights went out, my notebook computers kicked over to battery power (and dropped offline), and the tornado siren sounded. It stayed on for 20 minutes, which is why I forgot to call anybody on my cell phone for a while. I was in the basement until about 21:20, and the tornado warning for southern Riley County lasted 10 minutes after that.

Tried to hibernate Numerramar and Earrame but only the former worked. I wonder if istari_ala lost power too. (Well, at least she's got a notebook computer. My desktops all went kaput along with the firewall and cable modem.) Around 22:00 I called miajesbar, then zengeneral and masaga to check on the flood warning for the city of Manhattan.

Power was on across the street. Wanted to go knock on the neighbors' door: "could I borrow a cup of internet?"


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