Comments: NO EXCEPTIONS!

I've got a link to the story on my site. I wanted to puke when I read it, then I wanted to lynch a teacher.

posted by Acidman on February 23, 2005 06:17 PM

... amen...

posted by Eric on February 24, 2005 11:17 AM

I was really wishing I could get that soldier's address and send him a letter of support! I know it wouldn't counteract all those other vile letters from little snots living well in this country, but maybe it would help just a little.

posted by Teresa on February 24, 2005 06:59 PM

I can get you the soldier's address. (He's in KOREA, not IRAQ, for crying out loud! How many fucking mosques has he blown up THERE?) I saw it today, but I forget where and I'm too sleepy to search for it now.

I'll post it here and on my site tomorrow.

posted by Acidman on February 24, 2005 11:28 PM

Letters like that are outrageous, of course. If the teacher were on the ball, that would have been a good time to demonstrate the difference between letters to political representatives (where such sentiments are completely appropriate) and letters to soldiers (which should be positive, or absent if you can't manage that). Writing letters to soldiers, then to Bush, Clinton, Schumer, and their local congressional rep., would have been a good class project (assuming that the teacher could manage to assume an air of political neutrality on the contents letters themselves).

The worst thing about this sort of nonsense is that it gives Fox a perfect opportunity to point to lunatics and say, "this is what liberals are like." We aren't, honestly. It would be like pointing at a militia group holed up in Montana somewhere, threatening to shoot state officials, as an example of political conservatism.

posted by The Polite Liberal on February 28, 2005 12:52 PM

To counter the effects of such brainwashing, sensible parents should consider the following:

1) adopt a unit somewhere in the world...a good way to find one is: www.anysoldier.com

2) stop and thank veterans when you see them. We have alot of retired military personnel in our area (i live in Florida) and alot of them still proudly wear their hats and items with their military branch of service printed on it. We make a point (my kids and I) of stopping and asking if they served. And then, my kids and I shake their hands and tell them thanks.

It is the least we can do.

posted by Catzmeow on March 1, 2005 10:36 AM

Books for Soliders (http://www.booksforsoldiers.com) is good too--it lets you offer books, DVDs, and the like to any soldier or sailor that wants them.

posted by The Polite Liberal on March 2, 2005 11:41 AM
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