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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:14 PM
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Tom Delay's excuse for not going in the military during Vietnam
"I really wanted to join the service but all the slots were filled up by minorities"
I would love to call him a LIAR to his face.
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theshadow Donating Member (618 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:15 PM
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1. Did that putz....
....really say that?!
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SEpatriot Donating Member (369 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:21 PM
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7. Yes he did
He is a total lying ass!

"He and Quayle, DeLay explained to the assembled media in New Orleans, were victims of an unusual phenomenon back in the days of the undeclared Southeast Asian war. So many minority youths had volunteered for the well-paying military positions to escape poverty and the ghetto that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself."

http://www.houstonpress.com/issues/1999-01-07/columns2....
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:22 PM
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11. Thanks for that cite, SEpatriot.
I've been looking for that.. :thumbsup:
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Gothmog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:17 PM
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2. Delay is truly that stupid
He buys this line and is stupid enough to believe that we should buy that lie.
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RedEarth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:17 PM
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3. I have to assume you're joking regarding Delay's statement
If not, that is one of the most unbelievable statements I've heard.
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mopaul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:18 PM
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4. ditto
but remember, he says some pretty fuckin unbelievable things.
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Bronco69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:18 PM
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5. Nope,
he really said it.
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sangh0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:20 PM
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6. link
Edited on Fri May-21-04 12:22 PM by sangh0
http://www.nhgazette.com/cgi-bin/NHGstore.cgi?user_acti...

Name: Rep. Tom "The Exterminator" DeLay (R-TX)
Born: April 8, 1947
Employer: The U.S. Taxpayer
Conflict Avoided: Vietnam
Notes: One of our most-nominated chickenhawks, Mr. DeLay has said he wanted to serve in Vietnam, but was unable to since all the positions had been taken by blacks and hispanics. We suspect there might be someone in Iraq today who would be willing to trade places with Mr. DeLay ...

http://www.houstonpress.com/issues/1999-01-07/columns2....
Which Bug Gets the Gas?

"In 1988, a little-known Texas congressman gathered a crowd of reporters in the lobby of a downtown New Orleans hotel housing several state delegates to the Republican National Convention. Clutching a pole topped by a drooping American flag, 22nd District two-termer Tom DeLay launched into a rather implausible defense of Dan Quayle, an Indiana senator freshly picked by George Bush as his presidential ticket partner....

...DeLay seemed to feel the issue applied personally to him, and perhaps it did. He had graduated from the University of Houston at the height of the Vietnam conflict in 1970, but chose to enlist in the war on cockroaches, fleas and termites as the owner of an exterminator business, rather than going off to battle against the Vietcong.

He and Quayle, DeLay explained to the assembled media in New Orleans, were victims of an unusual phenomenon back in the days of the undeclared Southeast Asian war. So many minority youths had volunteered for the well-paying military positions to escape poverty and the ghetto that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself. Satisfied with the pronouncement, which dumbfounded more than a few of his listeners who had lived the sixties, DeLay marched off to the convention.

"Who was that idiot?" asked a TV reporter who arrived at the end of the media show...."
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:26 PM
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14. From an opponent's website:
http://www.rileyforcongress.com/delayarticles/extermina...
<snip>
In his early years in Congress, DeLay tended to keep his bizarre views out of the headlines. But in 1988 one of his barmier moments occurred in public. According to the Houston Press, DeLay gave an impassioned defense of Dan Quayle, who was then under fire for using family ties to get into a National Guard unit and out of serving in Vietnam. DeLay explained to reporters a theretofore little-noted phenomenon. DeLay claimed there was no room in the Army for people like himself and Quayle because so many minority youths had gone into uniform to escape poverty and the ghetto. This remarkable explanation left his audience dumbfounded. After DeLay left the microphone, a television reporter asked, "Who was that idiot?"
</snip>

Why, that idiot was Dead-Bug Tom!


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RedEarth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:33 PM
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15. That scumbag....I graduated from college the same year as Delay
and unless you had a low lottery number, medical deferment, married, or were able to get into a guard unit......you were going to be drafted. How can people vote for such low life turds is beyond me.
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shaolinmonkey Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:21 PM
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8. This now proves that gall has no upper bound
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sangh0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:34 PM
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16. And intelligence has no lower bounds
.
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shaolinmonkey Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 01:15 PM
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22. Clearly, Tom DeLay is a mathematical singularity...
someday, he will open his mouth and the universe will collapse on itself.
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StephNW4Clark Donating Member (547 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:21 PM
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9. DeLay's statement
Here's what the Houston Press reported:


He and Quayle, DeLay explained to the assembled media in New Orleans, were victims of an unusual phenomenon back in the days of the undeclared Southeast Asian war. So many minority youths had volunteered for the well-paying military positions to escape poverty and the ghetto that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself. Satisfied with the pronouncement, which dumbfounded more than a few of his listeners who had lived the sixties, DeLay marched off to the convention.

http://slate.msn.com/id/1002713/
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:21 PM
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10. From the bugman himself....
Edited on Fri May-21-04 12:22 PM by Bridget Burke
"In 1988, a little-known Texas congressman gathered a crowd of reporters in the lobby of a downtown New Orleans hotel housing several state delegates to the Republican National Convention. Clutching a pole topped by a drooping American flag, 22nd District two-termer Tom DeLay launched into a rather implausible defense of Dan Quayle, an Indiana senator freshly picked by George Bush as his presidential ticket partner.

"Bill Clinton's draft-dodging efforts would become an issue in his successful campaign against Bush four years later, but now Quayle's own past manipulation of family ties to get into a national guard unit was touching off a classic feeding frenzy among the convention press corps.

"DeLay seemed to feel the issue applied personally to him, and perhaps it did. He had graduated from the University of Houston at the height of the Vietnam conflict in 1970, but chose to enlist in the war on cockroaches, fleas and termites as the owner of an exterminator business, rather than going off to battle against the Vietcong.

"He and Quayle, DeLay explained to the assembled media in New Orleans, were victims of an unusual phenomenon back in the days of the undeclared Southeast Asian war. So many minority youths had volunteered for the well-paying military positions to escape poverty and the ghetto that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself. Satisfied with the pronouncement, which dumbfounded more than a few of his listeners who had lived the sixties, DeLay marched off to the convention."

www.houstonpress.com/issues/1999-01-07/columns2.html

Edit: I believe this was the original source....

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VOX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:24 PM
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12. In Delay's mind, minorities should always do his work for him...
Hey, if he **really** wanted to go to Vietnam, he could have found a way.
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CulturalNomad Donating Member (123 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:25 PM
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13. That, is truly priceless!
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yella_dawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:37 PM
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17. Oh...
I thought it was because he was such an insufferable piece of shit they wouldn't have him.

My bad.

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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:44 PM
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18. The voters of Sugarland must be predominantly imbeciles.
It's appalling that anyone in this nation (or anywhere!) would choose such a total liar and corrupt cockroach to represent them. I can say the same for my now-neighbors who elected Joe Knollenberg - a complete fascist.
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Wwagsthedog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:50 PM
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19. delay is a most objectionable form of profanity. nt
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bleedingedge Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:54 PM
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20. Once again, a righteous white man loses out...
on a job to a less-deserving minority!

Damneded Minoralities!
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dae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 01:14 PM
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21. You know, it's a sorry SoS that makes Gingrich look like a charmer.
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