Monday, November 28, 2005
Cheney’s Five Draft Deferments During the Vietnam Era Emerge as a Campaign Issue
By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
Published: May 1, 2004
WASHINGTON, April 30 — It was 1959 when Dick Cheney, then a student at Yale University, turned 18 and became eligible for the draft.
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But by 1963, ferment in Vietnam was rising. Mr. Cheney enrolled in Casper Community College in January 1963 — he turned 22 that month — and sought his first student deferment on March 20, according to records from the Selective Service System.
After transferring to the University of Wyoming at Laramie, he sought his second student deferment on July 23, 1963.
On Aug. 7, 1964, Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, which allowed President Lyndon B. Johnson to use unlimited military force in Vietnam. The war escalated rapidly from there.
Just 22 days later, Mr. Cheney married his high school sweetheart, Lynne. He sought his third student deferment on Oct. 14, 1964.
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Mr. Cheney obtained his fourth deferment when he started graduate school at the University of Wyoming on Nov. 1, 1965.
On Oct. 6, 1965, the Selective Service lifted its ban against drafting married men who had no children. Nine months and two days later, Mr. Cheney’s first daughter, Elizabeth, was born. On Jan. 19, 1966, when his wife was about 10 weeks pregnant, Mr. Cheney applied for 3-A status, the “hardship” exemption, which excluded men with children or dependent parents. It was granted.
In January 1967, Mr. Cheney turned 26 and was no longer eligible for the draft.
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He told an interviewer at the time, “I think those who did in fact serve deserve to be honored for their service.”
Of American involvement in Vietnam, he said: “Was it a noble cause? Yes, indeed, I think it was.”
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
In a Pensive Moment:
Before the Taliban Pulled my Director's Guild Card (just because I was a woman):
Famous at Last!:
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Anyone who has ever flown on a plane more than a couple of times knows that one of the biggest risks (no, not crashing) is having to sit next to someone annoying. If you’ve never experienced this — congratulations! — you’re probably one of those irritating gabbers I’ve ignored.
Want to choose someone who will talk to you? Why look! There’s an introduction service. So go, find someone else insane, and leave me alone on the plane.
via immutably me via wolf angel
This is why a benevolent FSM invented the iPod. You don't even have to have it on, just pop the buds in your ear and look a bit vague. If you really want to ensure your seatmate doesn't talk to you, occasionally hum/sing some borderline ("borderline" kids, you're on an airplane and the airlines are very anal about dealing with perceived and imaginary threats) lyric under your breath. I like "Career Opportunities" by the Clash. It has nothing to do with guns or bombs, so should be airline-safe, but it does indicate you are possibly a dangerous anarchist ("Do you wanna make tea for the BBC do you really wanna be a cop. Career opportunities the ones that never knock, everything they offer you is somethin on the dock"). "White Riot" also works if you feel comfortable playing the semi-race card ("White Riot, White Riot, White Riot wanna riot of my own. Black man gotta lot a problems..." and so on).
Also, not showering for three days before the flight seems to shut people up. ;-)
Clothing selection can also help. Don't wear anything that someone might want to talk about. Wearing your "I love kitties" sweatshirt with the adorable little kittens playing with balls of yarn? You're asking for it and you probably deserve it if someone talks to you. Go a different route - wear your "Adolf Hitler World Tour: 1939-1944" shirt and you should be left entirely alone unless you meet a Nazi or JDL member with no sense of irony (hmmm... those are two groups not known for ironic distance, so.. you take your chances).
And, if all else fails, do make some comment about a bomb or a hijacking. Just be certain that you want to switch some boring guy on a plane for some threatening guy in the next (and you hope it stays that way) bunk.
Friday, November 11, 2005
And waved as it (probably) went by
Uncertain if its engine vibrated or twirled
He took a look inside by and by
And saw that it had direction (or it ought)
But you know that he couldn't quite place it
And in an indeterminate minute he thought
It should be possible for man to trace it
But new information came speeding to light
And it made the mechanic uncertain
about which principles seemed to be right
And which just could not be determined
And he saw there was no causal link
And so our particular future is written
in invisible ink, in the place that we think
by quantum cats and inconceivable kittens
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
• What the Hell is up with Imperial County? Radically right on abortion reporting (68%) but radically left on teacher tenure (63%). Relatively left (for booniedom) on union rights (59%) and the only county in the state to vote for drug rebates (the only county to go yes on 78 at 53% and one of three to go yes on 79 at 51%). I'd love to go down there and talk to the voters. That's just a weird pattern!
• But mainly, what a pounding for Arnie.
• Listening (radio) to Warren Beatty campaign against Arnie? I can barely believe the guy is an actor. He can't speak without hemming and hawing and if he's the Democratic candidate next election? They are doomed. Arnie can't really speak English and he's head and shoulders above Beatty as a speaker.
* It was interesting to watch the counties come in. LA and Alameda were the last "liberal" ones out, and they were out to the very end. San Diego and Orange stayed out for a while, but once Orange came in (and at around 75% of all ballots in their votes shrank margins for 73 and 75) it was a walk-away for the Anti-Arnie Army.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Thomas could face additional charges for lying to police, once they confirm her identity. Keathley was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing or opposing an officer, while Thomas was charged with one count of battery.
As of Sunday night, both cheerleaders were still listed on the Carolina Panthers "Topcat" website (photos link to bigger, popping, picture)
And Renee Thomas was the "Topcat Spotlight" cheeleader (photos link to bigger, popping, picture)
On an unrelated note, a comparison of photos taken during mugshots and photos taken for the website reveals that you just can't believe your lying eyes. Or that the graphic artist for the Panthers has a good way with an airbrush.
• I like how they all look like they just crawled out of coal-mines after 30 generations of living down there and only dreaming about the sun.
• I like their beer - nothing could be finer than a half-pint tour of London.. walk till you are tired, stop in a pub and have a half-pint of something tasty, then walk on. This was how I found the old Tate museum and the power house at Battersea.
• I like how the Germans always understimate the English, then end up surrendering to them.
• And of course the accents, to use an Amercanism, rock!
But most of all I like the phrase "I can't be arsed." Because it so sums up a sensible type of laziness.. not unconcious laziness.. rather, considered laziness. It implies that the utterer of the phrase is not lazy in general, in fact has reasonably thought through what he or she might gain by an activity and considers the rewards of an action not worth pursuing. It is not, like the Mexican laziness of "manana" a putting off of something.. it is saying that something will never be done. It is not like the Muslim laziness of "If Allah wills it" a surrender to the allegedly greater power of some wacky God... it is, instead, a surrender to the realities of Newtonian physics. It is a noble laziness.
I might write more but I can't be arsed..