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Sunday, April 23, 2006

What passes for modern liberalism 
UPDATE: No, I wasn't blacklisted at all. Simple software glitch at PressThink. Jay's working on it. Post withdrawn, with my apologies.

Hmmm....

Apparently, I've been blacklisted at PressThink. At least, when I try to comment I get this message:

Can't call method "allow_reg_comments" on an undefined value at plugins/Blacklist/lib/Blacklist/App/Submission.pm line 298.

Figures.

Those who pride themselves on speaking truth to power aren't used to truth being a two-way street.

I guess blacklisting me - if that's what Jay Rosen has done, is easier than arguing on the merits.

Comments:
I doubt you have. Looks like their commenting system is just broken. I got another error trying to sign in to TypePad.
 
That's pretty cheap. Maybe they should change the site's name to GroupThink?

;-)
 
BE A MAN AND LEAVE THIS POST INTACT.



JESUS CHRIST HAS REMOVED HIS BLESSING FROM AMERICA BECAUSE OF YOU AMERINAZIS. YOU CAN’T MURDER PEOPLE TO STEAL THEIR OIL, THEN LIE ABOUT IT! DON’T YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING TO HELL FOR THAT?



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I think it is interesting that they use the word blacklist in their error message.
 
Simmer down, Jason. Jay simply has locked the comments so NO ONE can add more to the thread. He ususally does so in preparation for a new thread.

Honestly, it's only paranoia when they really are out to get you.
 
Your criticisms appear directed at the media for failing to mention the role women play in modern combat.

Such as this story in the Washington Post on the first woman to win a Silver Star since WWII? I don't see a lot of pity in the story of Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, do you?

Or for Capt. Kellie McCoy, who received a Bronze Star with a "v" for valor in late 2003. The NY Daily Sun story focuses on her combat service. The Christian Science Monitor included her story in a round of of stories on women in combat last year.

But you and the Ranting Prof want to know why the media didn't write about Capt. Halfaker's bravery and not her wounds. Maybe because her wounds and the actions for which she won a medal came at the same incident.

In the stories on Capt. Halfaker, there was description of her role and actions in combat as well as her grievous wounds. Are the media supposed to ignore her combat injuries? Do you really want the public to not be aware of the heavy price soldiers pay?

But let's ask someone who knows better.

"When they see a woman whose body has been mangled, or whatever, it's different than what it is for man.[...]"People understand that a woman sacrificing her body is different."

Who said it? Capt. Halfaker herself.

You might want to take your argument up with her.
 
The one clown in all caps is a spammer. He's defaced several milblogs today.
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Lemme get this right: People want 'equal treatment' until the point where the person gets equally injured? Horsefeathers.

The wide eyed fawning over the "novelty" female soldier's been done. I agree with the opinion that a war hero should be known as just that and not merely an injured victim. There have been good stories done about wounded military folks. There haven't been nearly as many about heroism. Injured men with valor citations don't get such treatment; so why suddenly decide that it's different now? Perhaps because of a different issue they want to push, hmm?

I would bet it doesn't help the cause of gender equality to suddenly get goopy over terrible suffering solely due to gender. Suffering is bad, sure, but you want equal and there is equal.

The heroic soldier is reacting to others--and being humble, as heroes tend to do.
 
Comments were cut off because a software glitch of some kind caused that entire entry to disappear from my Movable Type system. No one could comment, including me. I e-mailed Jason and told him about this on Saturday, asking him to change a post insinuating that I "blacklisted" him, and that I'm unable to accept the conditions of honest debate. (Suggestions he floated without checking with me, of course.) Two days later the suggestion is still there. How's that for rank intellecual dishonesty?
 
Mea maxima culpa, Jason. I placed this last comment in the wrong hole.

My apologies.
 
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