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September 02, 2007

Kos Kidz are the stoopid

Well our friends at the premiere lefty blog Daily Kos have once again decided to show their Stalinist tendency by erasing an entry that shows them to be the fools they are. This diary purported to have information on an upcoming US attack on Iran from an active duty US Navy officer.

Sorry. I can’t seem to find that story. Tags: Iran, Iran war, Recommended, troll diary (all tags) Permalink | 1350 comments

The story attracted the attention of a number of dextrosphere bloggers because the details weren’t even up to the Franklin Foer ‘smell test’.

Here’s one passage from the now hidden diary establishing the bona fides of the diarists active duty source:

She started in the Marines and after 8 years her term was up. She had served on a smaller Marine carrier, and found out through a friend knew there was an opening for a junior grade LSO in a training position on a supercarrier. She used the reference and the information and applied for a transfer to the United States Navy. Since she had experience landing F-18Cs and Cobra Gunships, and an unblemished combat record, she was ratcheted into the job, successfully changing from the Marines to the Navy. Her role is still aligned with the Marines since she generally is assigned to liason with the Marine units deploying off her carrier group.

Well that struck Lex of Neptunus Lex (an active duty US Navy Captain and F/A 18 pilot) as not quite kosher:


A smaller “Marine” carrier would be a Navy LHA or LHD, embarking a Marine Air Combat Element, or ACE. They carry attack helicopters, transport helicopters and a small number of Harrier jump jets. They don’t (can’t) land F-18s.

It’s not impossible for an aviator to have an unblemished combat record flying Marine helicopters from amphibs and then have flown the FA-18 - a test pilot might do so - but it’s very, very rare. You bloom where you’re planted, and these days, with the Navy getting smaller and the Marine Corps under burden, transferring from the Corps to carrier aviation is well nigh unheard of.

As for hearing from a friend that a “junior grade” LSO position was available, that’s hooey. That’s not how it’s done, we don’t advertise for LSO’s, we grow them up from within the squadrons embarked aboard the carriers. Nor, for that matter, do we call them “supercarriers” any more, since they’re all supercarriers. The last ship not in the supercarrier weight class was the USS Midway, which weighed in at a bit less than 60,000 tons but was decommissioned 15 years ago.

And it’s downhill from there. Check out Lex’s place for the full take down.

This little incident is a wonderful encapsulation of all we’ve come to expect from today's progressives, paranoia, incompetence and an attempt to cover up the truth. And these are the people all the Democratic candidates for President are feverishly working to woo.

UPDATE: Kos-Why am I surrounded by idiots?*

Seriously, just because something online confirms your own viewpoint or prejudices or whatnot, it does not mean it's true.

Skepticism is a virtue.

Now the right-wingers are laughing at the gullibility of those who recommend Maccabee's diaries.

And they are quite justified in doing so.

Thanks to Chef Mojo for pointing that out.
*Not a direct quote

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