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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-02-26 11:14
Subject: Unclear on the concept
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Tags:iraq, politics
“Could you picture Davy Crockett at the Alamo looking at his Blackberry getting a message from Congress? ‘Davy Crockett, we support you. The only thing is we are not going to send any troops.’ I’m sure that would really be impressive to Davy Crockett.”

–- Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo), 2/13/2007

Confidential to Rep. Akin...Davy Crockett lost at the Alamo. Also, Crockett was a former Congressman. How many pro-Iraq War congresscritters have left their seats to serve in the war they believe in so much?
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User: dirkcjelli
Date: 2007-02-26 19:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Indeed, if Chaney had said 'You can go to hell, I'm going to Iraq,' I'd at least give him points for credibility.
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juliabk: Franklin Says
User: juliabk
Date: 2007-02-26 19:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Franklin Says
Umm.... that's basically what happened at the Alamo.

Methinks this fella should...

A. go back to school
B. keep his mouth shut until his staff tells him what to say
C. lay off the recreational herbs and spices
D. all of the above.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2007-02-26 19:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Congress didn't send any troops to the Alamo. The reinforcements that Sam Houston was trying to get together were volunteers from Texas (and elsewhere, like Col. Crockett), not U.S. military.

Not to mention the fact that Texas wasn't even a part of the U.S. at the time. Many Texans wanted as little to do with the U.S. as they did Mexico.
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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2007-02-26 22:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
'Course, now many Americans want Texas to have a little to do with the US as possible.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2007-02-26 22:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I just figured that was self-evident. ;)

And the line in my comment above should, of course, have read "reinforcements" and "were", not "was". I see my recent lack of proofing skills is still in force.
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User: creed_of_hubris
Date: 2007-02-27 00:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're right, except it was Col. Travis in charge of the Alamo defense; Sam Houston was busy politicking at Washington on the Brazos.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2007-02-27 00:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
OK--I'd gotten it in my head that Houston was trying to rouse reinforcements for the Alamo, but I think I'm jumping the gun. Didn't he raise the army to go after Santa Anna after the Alamo's fall, with a lot of enraged volunteers?
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kit
User: mizkit
Date: 2007-02-26 21:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, that was what I thought when I saw that quote: "Uh. In fact, that's exactly what happened. No troops were sent. We *lost* the Alamo, you idiot."
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juliabk
User: juliabk
Date: 2007-02-26 21:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm not really sure there is a point. At least not one that individual could find with a flashlight and both hands.
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Joanne Merriam
User: joannemerriam
Date: 2007-02-26 21:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Surely it would have been a better point to say we should send troops (I presume that's what he's arguing for) so that we won't lose the way Crockett did for lack of troops...?
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2007-02-26 22:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, well, to be fair, Republicans have never been long on truth, intelligence, common sense or knowledge of the history of their own country. This is but one more example of their laughable gibberish.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2007-02-26 22:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
One more point. Don't feel too badly you were unable to understand the "concept" of his sophomoric gibberish. The reason is simple: You have a functioning brain stem.
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jjsass
User: jjsass
Date: 2007-02-27 16:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm still trying to picture Davy Crockett looking at his Blackberry.

I'm also trying to imagine anyone sending vital information to a war commander via Blackberry. It sounds so...I dunno. Like Bathos.

Cammander Flint narrowed his eyes against the glare of exploding phosphorus bombs when his Blackberry vibrated. "I hope that's good news," he muttered, taking it out and peering blearily at the screen.

"Commander Flint, this is the President speakking. (that isn't a typo - this is the president speakking.) I'm sorry, congress has dissed your demand for more troops."

And a line of little sad faces scrolled across the screen...
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