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Anyways, as Napoleon once said, "A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon." It's very true, at all levels of service.However, in a highly-technical military raised from a largely passive society, the warrior ethos needs to be fostered, and while it's vitally important to recognize military achievement wherever it occurs, you make warriors by properly exalting the men and women in combat.

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That all of them were selected is a great thing, especially since it's always awkward to celebrate the promotion of some, while avoiding the subject of those who failed to get promoted.

Anyways, at the end of the day, we all went to the local Mexican place to enjoy beer and nachos at the expense of the new promotees. Lord knows that being a pitcher for the Indians seems to be a dangerous job. Aside from the Chapman tragedy (he's the only man ever killed on the field of play--and by a Yankee, no less), the team has been stalked by tragedy.

I agree that it's stupid to give out a Bronze Star to an Air Force pilot getting shot at over Iraq only to turn around and give that very same award to an Air Force logistician working out of Ramstein, Germany.

It cheapens the medal, even if there are different categories of "Bronze Star" available.

I will definitely watch the debate tonight, even if I think that it'll be anticlimactic.

I'm a political junkie, a poli-sci major, and someone who believes this election is Really Damn Important.

But if you think that you have a right to your body, and you have a right to say what happens to you and fight off that danger of losing that, then you should vote, and those are the... However, that means anything we say is open for debate, or even scathing ridicule if it's stupid. Anyways, I'll let you know how the political battle royale goes tonight. Combined, they both represent the hopes, dreams, concerns and fears of nearly all Americans. *AFTER* Monica (well, sorta during-- but that's not important right now). I believe in a "higher calling." I believe in the chain of command. And best of all, the Air Force Lieutenant Colonel list came out this morning so I celebrated the promotion of many of the Majors in my office.

------- Sorry, but this Hatch Act thing is just wearing me down. For Chrissakes, I'd hope I am more of a professional than that. I may lament the Democratic Party's continuing descent into irrationality, but at the end of the day, I can still muster respect for them. I will do whatever it is that is requested of me, in the most professional manner I can muster. In fact, my office was nine for nine for all the Majors up for promotion.

The fact that there *are* different categories of Bronze Star itself confuses the issue, and harms the medal. West's solution-- relying on the MSM to recognize service not in harms way but still critical to support the combat troops-- fails to recognize that the MSM is simply a garbage medal, especially in the Air Force. I once attended a ceremony where an Air Force Major won the MSM .

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