Carlin Defends Illegal Activity And Cowardice of Hartmann

As I documented yesterday, Peter Ames Carlin of the Fish Wrapper proved once again that it's okay to gloss over negative traits for liberals, but not for conservatives He did it in his puff piece about Thom Hartmann, the radio host taking over Al Franken's show on Air America since Franken has left after doing his best to run Air America into the ground.

One of the things I pointed out was how Carlin glossed over Hartmann's cheating to get out of military service.

Still, Hartmann joined the Air Force in 1968, thinking he could work as an engineer, thus avoiding dangerous duty. Quickly realizing he was wrong, Hartmann managed to flunk an end-of-basic-training physical, earning a quick ticket back to civilian life.

I wasn't the only one who noticed this. Lars Larson wrote an article about it on Human Events, and he points out the same things I did, but also explains how what he did was illegal.

From this it's only reasonable to infer that Hartman lied his way out of the Air Force, which is a federal crime. Under Article 83 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice:

Any person who--

(1) procures his own enlistment or appointment in the armed forces by knowingly false representation or deliberate concealment as to his qualifications for the enlistment or appointment and receives pay or allowances thereunder; or

(2) Procures his own separation from the armed forces by knowingly false representation or deliberate concealment as to his eligibility for that separation;

shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

The man who will now lead the liberal battle against Rush Limbaugh in talk radio and who will tell America daily about the illegal war by the illicit president with the questionable military record has some very serious questions to answer about his apparent violation of the UCMJ.

But from here, it gets even better.

I challenged Oregonian writer Peter Carlin about the softball treatment of Hartmann's departure from the military and he responded via e-mail on February 19, 2007:

If Thom were aggressively advocating that other people go off to fight after avoiding wartime service -- e.g. noted military enthusiasts Bush, Cheney, Limbaugh, et. al -- the conflict would have been that much more striking. For Thom, who is nothing if not a persistent voice against the war, it's just another step in the established pattern. An interesting topic, though. Were you draft age during 'Nam? And what'd you do about it?

Thom will now lead the AAR talkers in telling America that we are in an illegal war created by an illegal President with an illicit record of military service. I wonder whether he will tell his audience that in 1967 America had a legal draft and a legal right to demand service from Thom and he found a way to get around it? Will he admit or deny lying his way out of the Air Force?

So Carlin is basically saying that because Hatmann's illegal and cowardly activity is part of an "established pattern" (what other illegal things did he do?), it's perfectly okay. I don't know about you, but that moral relativism makes my stomach turn.

He also still can't get it right about Bush. Unlike Hartmann, Bush actually fulfilled his agreed to obligations. But I guess that's negotiable if you decide you don't like what you've committed to if you're a liberal...

So one more time, think about this; if Hartmann had been a conservative, how loud do you think Carlin and the Dead Fish Wrapper would be screaming?



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