Sunday, November 20, 2005

Fair and Balanced

OK, I know this story is a bit dated, but it's been eating away at my brain, therefore I need to print it out so I can move on. I'm talking about Bill O'Reilly's comments on San Francisco's recent passing of Measure I which opposes the presence of military recruiters on high school and college campuses in San Francisco. Keep in mind that this is not a ban on military recruiting but rather a way of encouraging city officials and school administrators to focus on the creation of scholarships and training programs that would reduce the appeal of the military to young students. A ban on military recruiting would put schools at risk of losing federal funding.

So here comes O'Reilly getting all bent out of shape that the citizens of San Francisco actually left their homes and committed that unforgivable American sin of going to the voting booth and speaking their minds. And Bill's response to this outrageous act of freedom?

O'REILLY: "Hey, you know, if you want to ban military recruiting, fine, but I'm not going to give you another nickel of federal money. You know, if I'm the president of the United States, I walk right into Union Square, I set up my little presidential podium, and I say, "Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you're not going to get another nickel in federal funds. Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead.
And if Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead."

So let me see if I've got this right, Bill. You actually want terrorists to attack monuments in American cities? And this one just happens to be a memorial to firefighters. Nice going, O'Reilly. Welcome to The Hate Factor, ladies and gentlemen.

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For high school/college students, there is a way you can have your name removed from recruiters' lists.

Federal public law 107-110, section 9528 of the ESEA, "No Child Left Behind Act" requires school districts to release student names, addresses, and phone numbers to military recruiters upon their request. Students are then called at home by recruiters and pressured to join the military. The law also requires the school district to notify you of your right to Opt-Out from this by requesting that the district not release your information to military recruiters. The completion and return of this form serves as your request to withhold your private information.


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