Sunday, May 21, 2006

.....Ouch, A Response to My Op-Ed

Here's an editorial response published in Fredericksburg's Free-Lance Star newspaper on the 17th. The opinion expressed by Gary T. Moore is in response to the piece I shared with you in my previous post. I'm not quite sure what this gentleman is suggesting with the paranthesized statement, "which I consider to be subjective by its nature and the Uniform Code of Military Justice". Op-ed pieces are by their very nature "subjective", so I don't get the purpose of stating the obvious; however the reference to the UCMJ is a little too obscure for this knuckle dragging neo-con devildog. If I had indeed stated directly or by inference that "America can't be fixed", then the body of his response would have been raising an extremely valid point. My take was that personal investment (blood), and not simply spending tax dollars (treasure), is the irreplaceable element that at the end of the day makes positive changes possible here, in Iraq or anywhere for that matter. Was that unclear? (In case anyone is wondering-the choice of pink letters is slanted, subjective, wholely disrespectful, completely biased and meant to influence the reader's perception and interpretation of Mr. Moore's comments in a negative light....ain't democracy great!)



Gary T. Moore
Date published: 5/17/05

Michael D. Fay's self-serving promotion of military opinion (which I consider to be subjective by its nature and the Uniform Code of Military Justice), at the expense of Larry Syverson and his alternate focus, wasn't worth all the extra ink ["Our soldiers who've been there know it: Iraq is worth fighting for," May 4].
He could have just as easily stated that America can't be fixed, and Iraq can, so it's best to spend out tax dollars over there instead.
It was also very disrespectful to speak of Mr. Syverson's three sons in Iraq without interviewing them while there and getting their unbiased opinions for his comment.
Gary T. Moore

Donald McGlothlin, the father of Lieutenant Ryan McGlothlin, visited yesterday afternoon and we shared about his son. Out of respect for both Donald and Ryan, I'll talk about our meeting in another posting. Suffice to say that this was a very moving experience. At the invitation of Mr. McGlothlin the get together was covered by the Free-Lance Star, and I'll give you all a heads-up when the article is printed....which hopefully Mr. Gary T. Moore won't experience as a waste of ink.



9 comments:

Beth* A. said...

First off: Hiya, Mike Fay!

"(In case anyone is wondering-the choice of pink letters is slanted, subjective, wholely disrespectful, completely biased and meant to influence the reader's perception and interpretation of Mr. Moore's comments in a negative light....ain't democracy great!)"

- 'Deed it is! Rofl!

And thanks for clearing that up, I would've been up for days wonderin', "why, PINK???" *taps chin thoughtfully and ponders the sky*
I find your detractor more than a wee bit silly; it appears that you chose to view it that way as well.

"the reference...is a little too obscure for this knuckle dragging neo-con devildog."

- Yeah... Right... That is SO you! I was just saying the other day to someone, that I know this blogger who 'paints and sketches beautifully, takes amazing photographs, writes thought-provoking and clever prose (intermingled with poetry). And, oh, btw he's also a knuckle-dragging (liberal) NEO-CON?????'

*grin!*

Well, at least the 'devil dog' is always apt.

Knuckle-dragging....lolololol!

Beth* A. said...

Concerning a more solemn topic:

Looking forward to your post on meeting, Donald McGlothlin, the father of Lieutenant Ryan McGlothlin.
I've got to say Mike Fay, that the knowledge of someone with your heart and depth of character being with Ryan during his last moments should be a source of no small comfort to his Dad. God bless you all.

Samantha West said...

Mr. Moore is guilty of putting words into your mouth; probably reading his own failings into what you said rather than trying to understand you.

I think you're pretty objective and I'm offended that he accused you of being "self-serving." That's certainly not the Michael Fay I've seen in your pictures and words.

Sam
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mdfay said...

Ladies, as always...thank you for your comments. I like to stop by a blog called "Dr. Sanity" (drsanity.blogspot.com) written by a woman psychiatrist. She often talks about the overwhelming clinical presence of "projection" in moonbat rants. I would absolutely love for someone from the honorable opposition to posit something both thoughtful and insightful. In the majority of blogs I follow comments from the "left" are mostly signed Anonymous. Judging from their predictable talking points,and the often inappropriate and out of context glomming on to a topic the anonymity is strangely appropo....there's little evidence of a living, breathing, thinking entity behind the ideas. Often there is so little in the way of personal connection or investment...just strident obsessing with an idea which is only marginally their own. The preponderance of parroting, projecting and humorless narcissism is often striking.

K T Cat said...

Mike,

The situation is a bit more complex than this fellow suggests. The assertion the President has made is that spending resources of people and money in Iraq is a better investment than spending them here. The evidence is 9/11. I don't see that addressed at all in his letter.

It is insufficient to simply suggest that a financial investment here or there is better without some acknowledgment of the consequences.

The letter is unserious. It looks like it was inspired by a shallow VOA diatribe.

By the way, had you not mentioned it, I wouldn't have classified you as a knuckle-dragger. I thought you wrote a very nice piece. :-)

Huntress said...

I completely agree with Samantha

I tend to agree with you Mike, that Gary T Moore. suffers from "moonbat projection" syndrome.

Then again...Some people just can't handle the truth!

Laurie said...

You didn't say that America couldn't be fixed, you said that throwing more money at it won't fix it. And you gave an alternate solution. So.... what about that was too difficult for Mr. Moore to understand?

mdfay said...

You probably won't believe this, but I'm a VERY poor student of The Course In Miracles. One central tenet of The Course is "projection makes perception". I try to be at the very least conscious in my life where I do this...which is often! So little wonder that I'm keenly sensitive to it in others. It is always fascinating to me to read the take others have on my writings. Our Mr. Moore is simply guilty of something we're all prone to...reading into things the stuff we want to hear, rather than what is actually being said. The distance from the top of a soapbox is deceptively higher than it looks and I would be well advised when looking down from it's olympian heights to be more cognizant of my failings, than Mr. Moore's.

Bag Blog said...

Slanted pink letters - nice touch.