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  •  Tell them you're a fundy minister......... (2+ / 0-)
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    UniC, MotleyPatriot

    ........called to convert the heathen Mooslims in Iraq.

    Then say, "Hallelujah, praise the Lord."

    And suddenly a waiver will appear. From heaven.

    Seriously, I am sorry this isn't working out, but I do believe you will find the right job, hopefully without having to leave the country. I appreciate the update, and hope you'll keep us informed.

    "They Call Him "W" So He Can Spell It"

    by Ekaterin on Fri Jun 08, 2007 at 01:07:33 AM PDT

    •  thanks... (1+ / 0-)
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      I appreciate the support, really.

      Not too sure what is next... the National Guard has different requirements I hear... so will call them tomorrow.  If that doesn't pan out, I guess I'll learn to say, "would you like fries with that order?"

      •  You Have Helped To Educate (2+ / 0-)
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        TrueBlueMajority, MotleyPatriot

        me with a few of your comments. But I still don't really understand how you can't enlist if you want. There is a part of me that understands. You have experience. You can say, "hey where is my bonus?" You know your rights so you might be a "pain." Got that. But we need people to serve and that we turn people way is beyond me. But I guess I am preaching to the choir.

        "It is not enough to win, all others must lose," Sun Tzu.

        by webranding on Fri Jun 08, 2007 at 01:25:13 AM PDT

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      •  contact one of the campaigns. (2+ / 0-)
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        Ekaterin, MotleyPatriot

        Whichever candidate you support.  Tell your story to their staff.  Your situation is exactly the kind of thing that will embarrass the Regime to no end.  (Not that embarrassment stops them any more than the Constitution and laws of the land, but it might change a few votes.)  

        It wouldn't surprise me that if you talked to the right person, they could raise the issue of a waiver in such a manner that one magically appears.  Or if not, then perhaps some paid speaking engagements where you can tell your story to the multitides.  And that could turn into something that becomes a full time campaign position.  

        •  Have you read "Chasing Ghosts" by (0+ / 0-)

          Paul Reickhoff of IAVA?

          If not... I highly recommend it... it answers exactly why what you suggest isn't viable.

          •  nope, i haven't... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...and I'd be interested to know more, but in any case, sorry if I made a dumb suggestion.  

            •  no.. not dumb by any means... (0+ / 0-)

              Paul Reickhoff in his book Chasing Ghosts details how, when he returned from Iraq, approached the Republican Party about getting the troops the necessary equipment, etc.

              They didn't want to listen to him and blew him off.

              So, he approached the Kerry campaign people.  Initially, they were interested in talking to him.  But, when they decided there was no political edge there, they pretty much said "sorry".

              That's when he worked to form IAVA.

              •  i wonder if things have changed since then (2+ / 0-)
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                Kerry, 2004... two-something years later, things have changed radically.  Back then, it was pushing the envelope to come out agains the war.  Now it's 70% of America getting fed up with Bush's lack of strategy and with their kids and their neighbors coming home wounded or dead.  

                I get the impression that Obama in particular might take more of an interest in this situation now.  Or I'm still dumber than I sound...

                Hey here's another possibility for you: any large city police department.  NYPD, San Francisco, Oakland, LA...  for that matter ATF or FBI.  

                We just had a for-real bomb scare in Oakland a couple of days ago, two actual pipe bombs planted near a hospital.  The police somehow figured out a suspect, who is now in custody and facing charges.  it was a 16-year-old kid, probably somewhat crazy, and they found similar pipe bomb materials at his house so chances are he's the one.  Understood most of these types of cases are fairly low-tech and I imagine wouldn't be as challenging as dealing with the constant evolution of IEDs, but there's real work to be done there.  

                And judging from the number of times I've seen the police out with their special bomb disposal trailer parked on the street (a couple of times a year anyway), I have to believe that conventional criminal bomb incidents are more common than the news bothers to report.  If this interests you, you could go to their websites and find the recruitment numbers and give a call.  

            •  Nor Have I (1+ / 0-)
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              But I read a lot and this book is going into the stack.

              "It is not enough to win, all others must lose," Sun Tzu.

              by webranding on Fri Jun 08, 2007 at 03:04:49 AM PDT

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