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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

An Old Shipmate Disagrees With My Politics

Recently I set off a bit of a cyber firestorm amongst a normally placid and friendly military and veteran crowd when I disagreed with an email from an old Navy shipmate of mine. His was an email that started out innocently enough, but then took an unexpected segue into a seemingly gratuitous swipe at George W. Bush. As my readers know from my charter (above) and many posts, this is the sort of thing that will always elicit a strong response from me.

As I often do (to the chagrin of many), I chose to voice my disagreement in a "Reply to All" email (the recipients of his original email were numerous). This inspired several like-minded folks to agree with me in private responses, whilst the originator and I continued to have an unfortunate one-on-one email war that blossomed into one personal and unexpected tirade (to my utter surprise and disappointment).

In the meantime, one other (liberal-leaning) old Navy shipmate, Joe, jumped into the "Reply to All" fray, and it is to him that I address this.

((Preface: I am very fond of saying that I respect the considered opinions of others, and am especially respectful of the points of view expressed by my fellow veterans, so I will ask my readers to please keep this in mind and if you choose to add your comments - feel free to disagree but be respectful...Joe has definitely earned the right to his opinion.))

Please see the comments for our earlier "discussion" and, Joe, here is your chance to let it go...only this time you might want to check your statistics and relay some actual facts for your arguments.

Cheers Timmer


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