This one poster, MADem is kicking ass over there. Everyone is trying to justify Boxer's rudeness and as is usual at the du, making up their own facts. But MADem is adeptly and impressively shooting all the BS down like a patriot missile. Look at this one exchange, as a military member myself, I know this poster is just making shit up out of thin air:
He nails him/her with this response:kiranon (540 posts) Fri Jun-19-09 10:10 PM
As a former woman officer and member of a general's staff, you are wrong.There are very few women generals and this BG General from the Air Force which has a terrible problem with sexism was not used to saying "Ma'am" to anyone in the service. He was being disrespectful in an insiders kind of way. That said, I would have let it go and I would have called him Brigadier General every time I addressed him as a BG General is at the bottom of the barrel in terms of generals. But, I do not think Senator Boxer knew to do that but she knew she was being disrespected. Call me Senator was ok by me.
This is one of my favorite posts on DU of all time. Even though I'm sure I wouldn't agree with MADem on much, I have to give credit for the way he/she defends the military here. Well done!MADem (1000+ posts) Sat Jun-20-09 03:17 AM
Response to Reply #118
142. No I am not wrong. And there are not "very few women generals." Let's highlight this comment of yours, because it is an incredible example of someone getting their facts ENTIRELY wrong:
...this BG General from the Air Force which has a terrible problem with sexism was not used to saying "Ma'am" to anyone in the service. He was being disrespectful in an insiders kind of way....
There are fifty eight female general and flag officers on active duty, and many more on the retired list. You ought to be ashamed of yourself for trying to BS this forum in that fashion.
If you were actually "a member of a general's staff" (which general, pray tell? General Nuisance? General Motors?) you'd know that. Further, the Women Flag and General's luncheons, which are a regular staple in DC, wouldn't be very well attended if there weren't any upper echelon women in the ranks, now, would they be?
Moreover, and here's where you outed yourself--the guy you are calling, without evidence, a sexist, wasn't an AIR FORCE officer--which makes your comments about your "staff experience" seem even more suspect, since you obviously cannot even recognize an ARMY uniform. If you are on any Flag or General staff, from junior enlisted driver to senior officer Chief of Staff, you'd damn well better be able to recognize the uniforms and ranks of ALL services.
BG Walsh is a member of the ARMY Corps of Engineers. ARMY--not Air Force. Didn't you watch the hearing? If you didn't, why are you shooting your mouth off like you know what you're talking about? If you had watched it, you'd KNOW that this man was ACOE, not USAF. Gee, and you "know" that Walsh is a sexist? Why don't you point to the section of the hearing (give us the hour and minute point in the link I provided in this thread) to show us where this "sexist" was anything but courteous? The man was entirely polite to everyone, male and female, on that committee. Boxer even acknowledged at the end of the guy's testimony that her frustration was with events that happened BEFORE this guy even reported to his command. Of course, if you watched the testimony, you'd know that and wouldn't have called him, wrongly, a sexist.
Take your shameless prevarications and just walk away. You have, with your own words, demonstrated that you have absolutely no clue what you're talking about and no shame at all in putting forth bona fides that do not stand up to even the most cursory scrutiny. For this reason, I look askance at your insistence that you were ever commissioned or worked on a general staff--I do not find any of your statements or assertions of experience credible in the slightest. And that's YOUR fault, for making stuff up.