Illegal Procedure

That’s the technical term for offensive offsides in football. It applies to manufactured controversy as well – sometimes you just leave the line of scrimmage too early.

Case in point – The Democratic Underground and Daily Koz spent the day trying to generate a medal controversy and pin it to George Bush’s lapel. Too bad it all goes to shit on them as the day progresses. Of course you have to read to the very end where they figure out that they don’t quite have all their facts straight.

Of course the smack down they finally get in their own comment section, such as:

bushsux – I hate to burst your bubble but…

I can confirm that the on documents associated with Bush’s completion of his basic training (NGB 22 dated 3 September 68), he is listed as having received SAEMR which I think it is safe to assume mean Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

there is a DIFFERENCE between the Texas STATE Guard, and the Texas NATIONAL Guard. Believe it or not, Texas actually does have its own “army” separate and distinct from the Texas National Guard. The failure of Bush to be get ribbons/medals that were awarded to members of the Texas STATE guard (i.e. the Texas Faithful Service Medal and the Texas State Guard Service Medal) is of no consequence.

I don’t know whether or not medals that are awarded to UNITS would be included on an individual’s discharge records….that being said, however, I think its clear that we are making a mountain out of a molehill that does not exist.and:

bwise – When assigned to a unit, a member is entitled to wear ribbons for awards previously granted that unit. For example, I was a Captain in the 465th Bomb Wing in the late 60s and wore the unit’s outstanding unit ribbon awarded years earlier. After leaving that unit I was no longer entitled to it, and there is no reference in my DD214 of course. It is, however, appropriately shown on my uniform in official photos.

haven’t prompted either site to change the title of their posts to, “We Don’t Know What The Fuck We’re Talking About, But Here’s A New Bush Air National Guard Story..”

Update: Sticking with the football metaphor, I guess you’d have to call this USA Today story – Questions about Bush’s Guard service unanswered
– delay of game. They’re hardly covering new teritory there.

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