Thursday, September 09, 2004

The Invaluable Semi-Daily Journal of Brad DeLong

Invaluable if one enjoys watching the terminally self-unaware making egregious fools of themselves, that is. Consider this gem of chronological deftness from the comments section of SDJ:

On Oct. 1, 1973, Bush received an honorable discharge from
the Texas Air National Guard in order to move to Boston and attend the Harvard
Business School, where he was still obligated to find a unit in Massachusetts to
fulfill his remaining nine months of duty, or face being placed on active
Apparently in the odd, odd, world the commenter inhabits, an honorable discharge doesn't end one's service obligation...but extends it!

Then it gets even better:

But the Air Force in Denver, acting retroactively, in effect
overturned Bush's honorable discharge...

Not content with that feat of imagination, he continues:

... due to absenteeism Bush had failed to
'satisfactorily participate' as a member of the Texas Air National Guard. Bush's
"Inactive Status" meant his relationship with the Air Force (and the Guard) was
severed and he was therefore eligible for the draft.

That would be the draft that was ended in July 1973