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March 23, 2006

They Start Early

At 6:15 this morning, Daughter and I are sitting on the couch watching TV together. She's sipping some much needed water and munching some dry Cheerios (she ate and drank very little yesterday) and I'm enjoying my coffee. We're watching Nickelodeon, "As Told By Ginger" to be exact, when a "Nick News Brief" or whatever comes on.

I've never been a Linda Ellerbee fan, nor will I watch Nick News. These are the same people who made Bill Clinton the poster child for fat kids, and we all know how I loathe Bill Clintion in any capacity.

Anyway, the topic for the news brief was military recruiters in high schools. There was a girl arguing for recruiters, and a weenie boy who needed a haircut arguing against. The points that the young lady gave were appropriate and factual, while what the boy said sounded like he was reading out of Vanity Fair magazine.

I got disgusted and e-mailed Husband at work...at his Guard base. I wondered to him if now I have to monitor what the kids watch at 6:00 in the morning! Bad enough my kids have to see those Bratz Babies and Barbie Bling Bling commercials...

If anyone is interested in what I think, I have no problem with military recruiters in high schools and colleges. If one wants to get fiscal, these public schools take federal funds... And why shouldn't kids know what else is out there? I went to school with a kid who couldn't have afforded college, so he joined the Army. He did his required time; he didn't leave the States! My own father was in the Army during Vietnam and he never left the States either!

Seeing as how my own husband, my younglings' father, is in the military, I obviously have no problem with either one of my kids making the decision to join either the Guard or the active military. I must confess that it's sort of a dream of mine that one of my kids goes to the Air Force Academy...not Husbands' though. He'd like them to start in the Guard; keep it in the family.

I know the risks. I'm not that stupid. My goodness, didn't I help Husband pack up his gear to go to Saudi Arabia after 9/11?

I'm venting, I know, but I resent very much some channel aimed at children starting to preach the Liberal tripe. Husband won't push his way of thinking, but he will let the kids know that joining the Guard is an option.

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Posted by Groovyvic at 06:45 AM | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

What I dread is when the kids go to SCHOOL and are subject to this liberal claptrap. It's easy to turn off the TV but unfortunately, you can't just turn off a teacher!

The Citizen and I were just talking about the military as a choice for our children. We were discussing financing their college education when I said to the Citizen, you never know, the Blossom may just want to join the military! (She's a tough chick!)

Posted by: junebee at March 23, 2006 02:33 PM

Frankly, I wish more of those options were discussed in detail in high school. For some kids, college is not necessarily the next logical step post-graduation. It's good to have a clear understanding of all the opportunities out there - and I see a military recruiter as being no different from a vo-tech program or a Peace Corps rep.

Posted by: Julie at March 23, 2006 11:17 PM

I have no problem with the military at the high school. (I've actually thanked them when I was picking up daughter #1.) I have asked said daughter to please not turn into a looney liberal when she goes to college in '07. She is so personally conservative and has some very strong opinions about abortion and welfare reform that I don't think she'll change her views even being in liberal land (college) for many years. (She'll probably go for a Masters...yes, she one of "those" students!) ;)

Posted by: Anna at March 24, 2006 08:34 AM