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Sometimes it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool ...
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, July 29, 2007

Than to engage your keyboard and remove all doubt.

This time it is Paul McLeary of the Columbia Journalism Review who demonstrates the truth of the old saying. He is in an uproar over the treatment of Scott Thomas Beauchamp (fast becoming "the victimTM") by the "conservative blogosphere and it's kissin' cousin, the milblog community" and feels it's unwarranted and overboard.

I can't really argue those points, and won't. As with any such kerfuffle on either side of the blogosphere, some folks go further than is necessary while pursuing a story. Nothing new or particularly unique there.

But then we get this line, and it is here the saying in the title kicks in:
This childish game of name-calling, mostly led by the know-nothing Michelle Malkin's of the world ...
Oh, wait, did I just see McLeary just do to Malkin what he criticizing as "childish" in others? Yeah, thought so. And if that isn't enough, he feels compelled to get down right insulting in his next paragraph:
How dare a college grad and engaged citizen volunteer to join the Army to fight for his country! (Which is something that most of the brave souls who inhabit the milblog community prefers to leave to others.)
Can anyone demonstrate any more cluelessness concerning the makeup of the milblog community than Paul McLeary, representing the Columbia Journalism Review, just did?

Good lord man. In an article which continually talks about "embarrassment" do you even understand how embarrassed you should be over that parenthetical statement? Any idea?

No, I thought not ... but please, do engage in childish name-calling with the claim that others are "know-nothings" will you? You can't hurt your credibility anymore than you already have.

(HT: Robert Fulton)
 
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2 Questions:
1) Is STB a college graduate?
2) How does a college graduate end up as only an E-2 this far into his Army enlistment? (I know in the Air Force that enlistees with a certain amount of college credit leave basic training as an E-3.)
 
Written By: JWG
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JWG reminds me that I had the same thought.

I had read something that lead me to think he had been an E-3, but not any more.

It used to be that college grads went straight to OCS, like this fellow.
 
Written By: Neo
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I left Air Force basic training as an E-3. They didn’t allow enlistees to start higher than that but that was with only 2 years of college and no degree.

At least one girl in my flight got demoted *during basic*. Yes, we were all E-1 for basic but she had Navy JrROTC or something (Daddy was an Admiral) so she’d get to enlist as at least an E-2 (going into the Air Force Reserves... I respect Reservists and National Guard but the stark differences in attitude in basic training meant that *in that venue* us active duty sorts failed to be impressed) but when she finally caught up to me at tech school she was still an E-1.

Never knew anyone who deserved it more.

I don’t know what the Army does but it does seem significant that someone who had a degree when he joined and had been in for that amount of time is an E-2. Even if, as I’ve heard people say, the practice wasn’t to bump people up to E-4 as soon as possible when they are deployed to a war zone.
 
Written By: Synova
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Heck, Mr. ’Journalism Review’ there ought to be embarrassed over demonstrating his grade school grasp of apostrophes.
 
Written By: Achillea
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Ouch. (snicker)
 
Written By: TallDave
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