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(Boston Globe)   I'm Scott Brown, and I drive a truck. With a gun. In Afghanistan   (boston.com) divider line 58
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2011-05-02 08:45:42 PM  
Sen. Scott Brown has requested to conduct his annual National Guard training in Afghanistan. get a shiat ton of good press and photo ops for his 2012 Election campaign.
 
2011-05-02 08:47:01 PM  
Please tell me he's wearing clothes for these photo ops.
 
2011-05-02 08:48:44 PM  
cdn.thefrisky.com

/makin' safe for Fark
//hubba hubba
 
2011-05-02 08:59:46 PM  
"I'm going to be going over at some point to do some missions."

What missions? Coffee runs?

What a dickhead.

/I'm sure this is in no way a paid vacation for campaign ad material.
 
2011-05-02 09:03:23 PM  
Approves...

www.brianharer.com
 
2011-05-02 09:07:34 PM  
img42.imageshack.us


Maybe after his DADT vote he can get that bunkmate he has always wnated.
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[directed towards the person who posted the article] why post a thread about this creepy NE liberal who thinks homos in the military deserve special rights and should be free to practice their deviant sexual orientation openly. Maybe its your turn to come out of the closet today. LOL
***
[response from person who posted the article] Sounds like you have a very conflicted life trying to hide and project your homosexuality onto others. You appear to be fixated on it. Why don't you get out of your closet? Then you'll have more room for other stuff.

And if you had the intelligence to look at past thread posts, you'd find scores of scathing anti-Scott Brown posts I've made.
***
[directed towards both the above commenters] Let us know when you two lovebirds settle on a china pattern.
 
2011-05-02 09:11:03 PM  

Demetrius: Approves...


Hopefully, history repeats itself.
 
2011-05-02 09:21:14 PM  

Freep Impact: Maybe after his DADT vote he can get that bunkmate he has always wnated.
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[directed towards the person who posted the article] why post a thread about this creepy NE liberal who thinks homos in the military deserve special rights and should be free to practice their deviant sexual orientation openly. Maybe its your turn to come out of the closet today. LOL
***
[response from person who posted the article] Sounds like you have a very conflicted life trying to hide and project your homosexuality onto others. You appear to be fixated on it. Why don't you get out of your closet? Then you'll have more room for other stuff.

And if you had the intelligence to look at past thread posts, you'd find scores of scathing anti-Scott Brown posts I've made.
***
[directed towards both the above commenters] Let us know when you two lovebirds settle on a china pattern.


who picks out a china pattern before they settle on the color palette for the apartment? geez.
 
2011-05-02 09:24:30 PM  

Freep Impact: [img42.imageshack.us image 279x191]

Maybe after his DADT vote he can get that bunkmate he has always wnated.
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[directed towards the person who posted the article] why post a thread about this creepy NE liberal who thinks homos in the military deserve special rights and should be free to practice their deviant sexual orientation openly. Maybe its your turn to come out of the closet today. LOL
***
[response from person who posted the article] Sounds like you have a very conflicted life trying to hide and project your homosexuality onto others. You appear to be fixated on it. Why don't you get out of your closet? Then you'll have more room for other stuff.

And if you had the intelligence to look at past thread posts, you'd find scores of scathing anti-Scott Brown posts I've made.
***
[directed towards both the above commenters] Let us know when you two lovebirds settle on a china pattern.


That might be the funniest freep conversation I have ever seen.
 
2011-05-02 09:39:40 PM  
I'd worry more about him in 2016 than 2012.

/P.s. The only thing that will beat a Democrat is a socially liberal Republican.
 
2011-05-02 09:40:44 PM  
If by "drive a truck" you "be a lawyer" you are completely correct.
And not a tv JAG lawyer either.


They were in the Navy.
 
2011-05-02 09:48:09 PM  
FTFA: the July set by President Obama

If he's gonna set a month, why didn't he call it Obember?
 
2011-05-02 09:54:09 PM  
So will he be defending soldiers caught with opium?
 
2011-05-02 10:02:07 PM  
This annoys me. What farking good can you- a lawyer- do in a war zone in two weeks?

Nothing. In fact, because he's a US Senator, he'll probably have to have farking security around him.

You've been the Guard for thirty years, 2Hotty. No one is impressed by this obvious photo op.
 
2011-05-02 10:03:14 PM  

NewportBarGuy: Hopefully, history repeats itself.


you want S2H to run for president??? (((Shudders)))
 
2011-05-02 10:14:25 PM  

what_now: What farking good can you- a lawyer- do in a war zone in two weeks?


Yeah, but we're scrappy.
 
2011-05-02 10:21:10 PM  

GAT_00: what_now: What farking good can you- a lawyer- do in a war zone in two weeks?

Yeah, but we're scrappy.


I'm not saying lawyers aren't an absolute necessity in a war zone. After all, you never know when you might run out of sandbags.

But in TWO WEEKS? you can't do anything but get in the way in two weeks.
 
2011-05-02 10:22:30 PM  
*snicker*
 
2011-05-02 10:25:12 PM  

what_now: NewportBarGuy: Hopefully, history repeats itself.

you want S2H to run for president??? (((Shudders)))


Well...if you continue on with the losing in a bloodbath to his opponent, then yeah, sure.
 
2011-05-02 10:25:13 PM  

Aarontology: *snicker*



Oh well, allow me to retort:

Lieberman.
 
2011-05-02 10:25:45 PM  

what_now: GAT_00: what_now: What farking good can you- a lawyer- do in a war zone in two weeks?

Yeah, but we're scrappy.

I'm not saying lawyers aren't an absolute necessity in a war zone. After all, you never know when you might run out of sandbags.

But in TWO WEEKS? you can't do anything but get in the way in two weeks.


Oh come on, you missed the WW quote.
 
2011-05-02 10:28:18 PM  

GAT_00: Oh come on, you missed the WW quote.


DAMNIT!
 
2011-05-02 10:28:25 PM  

what_now: Aarontology: *snicker*


Oh well, allow me to retort:

Lieberman.


Well, I'm pretty sure ol' Droopy Joe doesn't have a truck. He did, however, introduce the bill that ended DADT.
 
2011-05-02 10:29:06 PM  

what_now: GAT_00: Oh come on, you missed the WW quote.

DAMNIT!


Oh well, that was a pretty small one. I'll give you a pass.
 
2011-05-02 10:36:46 PM  
Politics aside, thank you for your service.
 
2011-05-02 10:43:20 PM  
Yeah, yell "I'M GOING TO AFGHANISTAN!" to the press, then act shocked and hurt when they think you'd be too much of a target, and they send you to Kuwait or Germany instead.

Should have gone the Prince Harry route and kept your mouth shut.
 
2011-05-02 10:50:45 PM  
JAGoff.
 
2011-05-03 12:21:01 AM  
If only Bin Laden had built a turtle seal fence.
 
2011-05-03 12:25:08 AM  
But the Army doesn't have trucks, subby. Well, one per base only.

/not obscure?
 
2011-05-03 12:26:05 AM  
Hey he is a member of the NG and he's being called up and doing his duty, why are we making a big deal of this. When Bo Biden was called up by his NG unit he left as his states AG to do it. These people are just doing their duty and lay off
 
2011-05-03 12:58:43 AM  
While it's clear political posturing, I think it's a great idea. Every politician should be required to spend at least a couple of weeks in a US warzone every year, especially if they supported/voted for it.
 
2011-05-03 01:04:02 AM  
Headline: I'm Scott Brown, and I drive a truck. With a gun.

Article: Today, the 51-year-old is a member of the judge advocate general's corps, where he works as the military equivalent of a lawyer.

Now I'm not going to give him too much crap for doing his NG duty in Afghanistan even if it's going to be a long photo op, but let's not pretend he's really risking anything here.
 
2011-05-03 02:32:53 AM  

Strolpol: While it's clear political posturing, I think it's a great idea. Every politician should be required to spend at least a couple of weeks in a US warzone every year, especially if they supported/voted for it.


How is it posturing. He was a NG member before being elected and he's being called for duty. How is that posturing?
 
2011-05-03 02:42:41 AM  
If he just wanted a photo-op, he *IS* a Senator. He could go on a fact-finding mission just like any of the rest of them who went over there.

/He's still a jerk, but not for this....
 
2011-05-03 02:44:54 AM  
i262.photobucket.com
 
2011-05-03 03:53:08 AM  

Lenny_da_Hog: If he just wanted a photo-op, he *IS* a Senator. He could go on a fact-finding mission just like any of the rest of them who went over there.

/He's still a jerk, but not for this....


Yes but he's an officer in the NG and was called to duty, he has no choice by law.
 
2011-05-03 05:36:12 AM  

jedihirsch: Lenny_da_Hog: If he just wanted a photo-op, he *IS* a Senator. He could go on a fact-finding mission just like any of the rest of them who went over there.

/He's still a jerk, but not for this....

Yes but he's an officer in the NG and was called to duty, he has no choice by law.


Does this mean the President could order him to vote to raise the debt ceiling if the vote occurs during his callup period?

I'm thinking that active military service is constitutionally incompatible with holding office in Congress, as the branches of gov't are supposed to be co-equal. This question must have been addressed at some point in the last 200+ years.

/off to the googles.....
 
2011-05-03 05:50:21 AM  
.....and the Internets says:

FDR apparently outlawed the dual option in 1942 (new window)

/Seeing a TIME article from 1942 in a web format with modern ads weirds me out. Nifty that they put this stuff up though.
 
2011-05-03 06:37:49 AM  

Freep Impact: Maybe after his DADT vote he can get that bunkmate he has always wnated.
***
[directed towards the person who posted the article] why post a thread about this creepy NE liberal who thinks homos in the military deserve special rights and should be free to practice their deviant sexual orientation openly. Maybe its your turn to come out of the closet today. LOL
***
[response from person who posted the article] Sounds like you have a very conflicted life trying to hide and project your homosexuality onto others. You appear to be fixated on it. Why don't you get out of your closet? Then you'll have more room for other stuff.

And if you had the intelligence to look at past thread posts, you'd find scores of scathing anti-Scott Brown posts I've made.
***
[directed towards both the above commenters] Let us know when you two lovebirds settle on a china pattern.


Welp there's nothing I can ad to that so /thread
 
2011-05-03 07:01:06 AM  

Freep Impact: Maybe after his DADT vote he can get that bunkmate he has always wnated.
***
[directed towards the person who posted the article] why post a thread about this creepy NE liberal who thinks homos in the military deserve special rights and should be free to practice their deviant sexual orientation openly. Maybe its your turn to come out of the closet today. LOL
***
[response from person who posted the article] Sounds like you have a very conflicted life trying to hide and project your homosexuality onto others. You appear to be fixated on it. Why don't you get out of your closet? Then you'll have more room for other stuff.

And if you had the intelligence to look at past thread posts, you'd find scores of scathing anti-Scott Brown posts I've made.
***
[directed towards both the above commenters] Let us know when you two lovebirds settle on a china pattern.


Why, no, that doesn't seem like two deeply closeted gay men trying to feel each other out through a back-and-forth designed to maintain plausible deniability just in case the other side isn't gay.

The follow-up via PM was probably something like, "no, really, are you?" or maybe they'll just challenge each other to a wrestling match to see who is more manly/gets to be the top.

Romance is in the air at Free Republic'
 
2011-05-03 07:10:49 AM  
He's doing heroic paperwork for his country!

Having said that, I'm not going to fault the guy for fulfilling his obligation to the Guard.

He's a politician, so of course he's going to milk it for all it's worth.
 
2011-05-03 07:32:56 AM  

RichieLaw: I'd worry more about him in 2016 than 2012.


If they actually do put him up for 2016 I don't think I'd have much of a problem with it unless they give him the Freeper makeover like McCain. I still think Brown/Snowe 2016 would be great (again, provided they don't start pandering to the far right) and would really have to think hard about who to vote for (unlike 2012 which is pretty obvious, since I REALLY doubt the R's are going to put up anyone with a shot in hell).
 
2011-05-03 07:59:07 AM  

jedihirsch: Lenny_da_Hog: If he just wanted a photo-op, he *IS* a Senator. He could go on a fact-finding mission just like any of the rest of them who went over there.

/He's still a jerk, but not for this....

Yes but he's an officer in the NG and was called to duty, he has no choice by law.


He's not doing a deployment. He's required to drill for a weekend once a month and two weeks per year. He requested to do his two weeks this year in Afghanistan. There's nothing meaningful he can get done in two weeks. By the time he gets there and gets processed into a unit, he'll have just enough time to process out before he hits two weeks.
 
2011-05-03 08:02:27 AM  
Teabaggers turned on Brown a long time ago.
 
2011-05-03 08:09:17 AM  

Freakman: He's not doing a deployment. He's required to drill for a weekend once a month and two weeks per year. He requested to do his two weeks this year in Afghanistan. There's nothing meaningful he can get done in two weeks. By the time he gets there and gets processed into a unit, he'll have just enough time to process out before he hits two weeks.


It will give him access to legal documents over there, and an understanding of what the lawyers are doing.
 
2011-05-03 08:15:02 AM  
The same Scott Brown that got Mitt Romney to make sure he didn't have to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan while in the Massachusetts National Guard? Yeah, I'll believe it when I see it.
 
2011-05-03 08:16:22 AM  

RichieLaw: I'd worry more about him in 2016 than 2012.

/P.s. The only thing that will beat a Democrat is a socially liberal Republican.


The word "liberal" no longer has any meaning.
 
2011-05-03 08:27:35 AM  
lilbjorn


Huh, never hear that one. Either way he would have been a fobbit and pushed paperwork for his whole deployment.

As was said it takes a while to get processed in. I spent 2 weeks in Kuwait waiting for the green light to go into Iraq.

The only Lt. Col.'s that fight are infantry and tank commanders. Even then they usually only go out enough to get their CIBs and then become fobbits again.


/My own experiences of course.
 
2011-05-03 08:56:00 AM  

NewportBarGuy: "I'm going to be going over at some point to do some missions."

What missions? Coffee runs?

What a dickhead.

/I'm sure this is in no way a paid vacation for campaign ad material.


Because being in the National Guard isn't like being a real soldier.

/This is what liberals actually believe.
 
2011-05-03 09:06:45 AM  

Bonzo_1116: jedihirsch: Lenny_da_Hog: If he just wanted a photo-op, he *IS* a Senator. He could go on a fact-finding mission just like any of the rest of them who went over there.

/He's still a jerk, but not for this....

Yes but he's an officer in the NG and was called to duty, he has no choice by law.

Does this mean the President could order him to vote to raise the debt ceiling if the vote occurs during his callup period?

I'm thinking that active military service is constitutionally incompatible with holding office in Congress, as the branches of gov't are supposed to be co-equal. This question must have been addressed at some point in the last 200+ years.

/off to the googles.....


Back in the 60's Barry Goldwater was a Major General in the Air NG, and there was no problem with that. He was told that if he won the race in 64 he would have to resign. We have numerous congressmen serve in the NG before this. There is no problem b/c they are not both at the same time
 
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