Monday, March 12, 2007

What does the phrase "no longer" mean, mister?

Idiot Ian at Hot Air doesn't get the basic meaning of words.
In his commentary on last night’s “60 Minutes,” Andy “Negro is a perfectly good word” Rooney said that today’s military is like the military during World War II, which was made of “losers” who did not complete high school.
Unfortunately for Ian, that's not what Andy says and it's posted right there under his declaration for all to see.
ROONEY: I hated everything about Army life. I hated the Field Artillery regiment I was assigned to. Most of the guys in it were high school dropouts and the Army wasn’t using the term “moral waiver,” yet but a lot of them would have needed it.

They had joined before the draft so they had already been promoted to being corporals or sergeants and they were in charge of the rest of us.

In 1942 we were at war with Germany and it wasn’t long before drafted college students and high school graduates dominated our military. It changed the United States Army for the better and in two years made it the best fighting force there has ever been. The Army and Navy were no longer made up of losers.
You see, Rooney is actually saying that the war made the Army better, but Ian still can't figure that out.
He was comparing the “reduced standards” during World War II to those accepted in today’s military, standards that are still above every other service, and in a military that leads the world in management, theory, tactics, training and capability.
Again, Rooney is saying the exact opposite of what Ian alleges. Rooney doesn't claim that WWII lowered standards. He says it raised them.

Ian even implies that Rooney called all soldiers "losers," which just isn't the case. Lucky for Ian, the average Hot Air reader is too dumb to see the truth, too. From comments:
Those “losers” protect Mr. Rooney to say what he wants, whenever he feels like it, even if it makes him sound like an old fool. - Entelechy on March 12, 2007 at 5:01 PM

Stuff like this makes me appreciate Stalin who said: Only the grave straightens the hunched back. Has anybody a better Rx for such as Rooney? -dhimwit on March 12, 2007 at 8:05 PM

The US military of WWII and the US military of today are vastly different. Back then, a judge might give a thief a choice of jail or enlisting. Not now.

Andy Rooney himself is unlikely to have gotten into the military today, considering that he was a member of the Communist Party, as he confesses in his autobiography, “My War.” He still looks like an old rumpled Marxist. - Tantor on March 12, 2007 at 9:59 PM
These people just don't pay attention, do they?
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Two 19-year-olds facing probation and community service or even jail time in the shooting of a steer considered a family pet took advantage of another option offered by the judge - joining the Navy.


Blogger Jim said...


It is clear that Ian is simply a devote of the teachings of that famed philosopher, Humpty Dumpty, as set forth in Alice in Wonderland.

Humpty Dumpty: When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

Ah. I see now.

1:33 PM  

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