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  • moreironic3000 moreironic3000 Jun 8, 2005 7:12 AM Flag


    Another leftist myth exploded!!!

    John Forbes Kerry and George Walker Bush during their student days at Yale University.

    Yale grades portray Kerry as a lackluster student
    His 4-year average on par with Bush's
    By Michael Kranish, Globe Staff | June 7,

    WASHINGTON -- During last year's presidential campaign, John F. Kerry was the candidate often portrayed as intellectual and complex, while George W. Bush was the populist who mangled his sentences.

    But newly released records show that Bush and Kerry had a virtually identical grade average at Yale University four decades ago.

    In 1999, The New Yorker published a transcript indicating that Bush had received a cumulative score of 77 for his first three years at Yale and a roughly similar average under a non-numerical rating system during his senior year.

    Kerry, who graduated two years before Bush, got a cumulative 76 for his four years, according to a transcript that Kerry sent to the Navy when he was applying for officer training school. He received four D's in his freshman year out of 10 courses, but improved his average in later years.

    The grade transcript, which Kerry has always declined to release, was included in his Navy record. During the campaign the Globe sought Kerry's naval records, but he refused to waive privacy restrictions for the full file. Late last month, Kerry gave the Navy permission to send the documents to the Globe.

    Kerry appeared to be responding to critics who suspected that there might be damaging information in the file about his activities in Vietnam. The military and medical records, however, appear identical to what Kerry has already released. This marks the first time Kerry's grades have been publicly reported.

    The transcript shows that Kerry's freshman-year average was 71. He scored a 61 in geology, a 63 and 68 in two history classes, and a 69 in political science. His top score was a 79, in another political science course. Another of his strongest efforts, a 77, came in French class.

    Under Yale's grading system in effect at the time, grades between 90 and 100 equaled an A, 80-89 a B, 70-79 a C, 60 to 69 a D, and anything below that was a failing grade. In addition to Kerry's four D's in his freshman year, he received one D in his sophomore year. He did not fail any courses.

    ''I always told my Dad that D stood for distinction," Kerry said yesterday in a written response to questions, noting that he has previously acknowledged that he spent a lot of time learning to fly instead of focusing on his studies.

    Kerry's weak grades came despite years of education at some of the world's most elite prep schools, ranging from Fessenden School in Massachusetts to St. Paul's School in New Hampshire.

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    • SO WHAT. I see your sick.

    • johnkerryisyourdaddy:

      I see you might be a supporter of Massachusetts� most anti-American French-look-alike Euro-liberal-leftist big-hair J.F.K. PT-109 wannabe pro-Hanoi Jane Fonda fan-club-member Roman Catholic�heretic pro-abortion-baby-killer pro-homosexual-marriage unfaithful-adulterer-philanderer Sinator and still French Presidential wannabe John F�n Kerry.

      I thought this was the Pfizer Yahoo Message Board and ment for those persons wanting to discuss issues related to capitalism not socialism-communism?

      Lock and Load,


    • "David Hackworth"

      He just became another casualty of the misguided war in Southeast Asia. He was a brave soldier, the Patton of Vietnam.

      Here's to you, Colonel Hackworth. May you rest in peace.

    • Load and Lock my man, Load and Lock.

      Unless you prefer the movie fantasy of John Wayne over reality.

      Oops, I guess that explains it Johnny Boy!

    • Tuesday, October 16, 2001

      Lock and load now!

      By David Hackworth

      � 2001 David H. Hackworth


      When I was a 15-year-old soldier in Italy right after World War II, I "walked my post in a military manner" with a loaded M-1 rifle. My sergeant, captain, colonel and general trusted me, along with thousands of other young soldiers, not to shoot myself or anyone else who didn't deserve shooting.

      But somewhere along the way, that trust disappeared. In today's military, a leader makes one mistake and he or she is toast. So the brass do the big CYA thing to ensure that they don't get burned. As a result, uniformed MBA-types have made micromanagement a General Order. In a military where a soldier gets busted for drunken driving and his captain is threatened with relief, imagine what an accidental rifle discharge would bring.

      Last week, in Germany, where some guards were ordered to tape their rifles' magazine wells for safety, four-star Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs actually charged his colonels with checking on the guards and reporting back to him. A job the corporal of the guard used to do when careers weren't at stake.

      The other key factor in the mix is that the troops � less the Marine Corps and special units such as the Rangers � haven't been getting the training time they need on the firing range to be fully competent with their individual weapons. Even though there are millions of bucks for higher headquarters' simulation war-game playing for military planners and the brass, nowhere near enough money has been allocated for putting holes in targets.

      Will it take another USS Cole disaster before we allow the troops to lock and load?

      Col. David H. Hackworth, author of his new best-selling "Steel My Soldiers' Hearts," "Price of Honor" and "About Face," has seen duty or reported as a sailor, soldier and military correspondent in nearly a dozen wars and conflicts � from the end of World War II to the recent fights against international terrorism.

    • Tuesday, October 16, 2001

      Lock and load now!

      By David Hackworth

      � 2001 David H. Hackworth

      Shooting first and straight while on a battlefield or a security detail is a matter of life or death. That's why weapons training normally gets the highest priority in the U.S. military.

      If you're slow on the draw, you're dead, and your side loses...

      Just ask the Marine guard in Lebanon in 1983 who didn't shoot fast enough when a kamikaze driver rammed his terror truck through the gate. It took the leatherneck one full second to chamber a round, another second to flip his weapon off safety and fire. By that time, the truck had smacked into the Marine billet he was securing and exploded. The Rules of Engagement forbade this expert rifleman from being locked and loaded even though his unit was on high alert for just such an attack. And those two seconds he lost arming his weapon cost 241 American lives.

      Lesson learned: An unloaded weapon is useless. A lesson we've unfortunately learned and re-learned the hard way � over and over again.

      Recently, the Navy dedicated a memorial to the sailors who were aboard the USS Cole when it was savaged last year by a terrorist attack in the port of Aden. But even though the members of the security detail on the Cole were at their posts on high alert � in an extremely dangerous port where they'd already been warned that a terrorist attack was highly probable � not one of their weapons had a round in the chamber. The security detail gave the small craft that almost sank the Cole and killed 17 sailors a big, friendly American wave � and the terrorists waved back � just before they rammed their human torpedo into the ship. Again, the Rules of Engagement stated no weapons would have a round in the chamber.

      Not having a magazine in a weapon, even for a crackerjack marksman, adds at least two more seconds before he or she can get off a round. Four seconds is more than enough time to drive a 10,000-gallon gas tanker into a nuclear reactor, a high school, a chemical plant or some other tempting target.

      Yet today, at virtually every U.S. military installation around the globe � and now at most of our airports, which are secured by the Army National Guard � the guys and gals manning the security details at exterior gates and other critical or sensitive areas, including ammo dumps and armories, are as impotent as the Marines were in Lebanon or the sailors in Yemen. They don't have a round in the chamber and, in most cases, they don't even have a magazine in their weapons. Yet America is at war, and we know that thousands of fanatics are out there ready to strike.


    • drinkthekoolaidfeelbetter drinkthekoolaidfeelbetter Jun 9, 2005 11:20 AM Flag

      *In other words lie your asses off to the American people until AFTER you get elected.*

      This is te script Bush used...remember Compassionate Conservative, not using our troops to NATION Build..FISCAL responsibility..yada,yada,yada..

      except...he hasn't stopped since he's been elected.

    • "two, go for the middle..."

      In other words lie your asses off to the American people until AFTER you get elected.

      See Bill and Hillary, 1992.

      Hell, they seemed so conservative, I almost voted for Bill. LOL


    • "...stick that up your fat ass."

      Can't stop thinking about Marbs, can you?


    • Any of them Rhodes Scholars?

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