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» History Professor Displays His Supreme Bias from Technicalities
Blackfive has a post about Stanford history professor David Kennedy's oped in today's New York Times. According to Mr. Kennedy, we now employ a "mercenary army". THE United States now has a mercenary army. To be sure, our soldiers are... [Read More]

» I thought academe was were learning takes place.... from Media Lies
....but apparently I was mistaken. David Kennedy, a Stanford history professor, writes a dumbfounding op-ed for the NY Times.

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» Eight-Year-Old More Intelligent Than Columnist from Les Enfants Terrible
I would submit that our military is far less removed from civil society than...say...David Kennedy. [Read More]

» George Washington, Mercenary. from Kalroy Was Here
As far as I can tell the guy's full description of America's "mercenary" military means that The Revolution was fought entirely by mercenary troops, after all, they were all paid volunteers. [Read More]

» NYT Op/Ed Disgrace from Confessions of a Pilgrim
David Kennedy wrote this piece of crap for the NYT Op/Ed page today. Blackfive posted his comments here and a reader of his left Mr. Kennedy's email address. I couldn't resist. Sir, I am quite certain this isn't the last of the notes you will... [Read More]

» Academic Moonbat: US Army a Bunch of Mercs! from RadioActive Chief
The Best Army We Can Buy Firstly, a BIG H/T to Blackfive for this one. This NYT OpEd has got to be about the biggest load of crapola that the Chief has seen in quite a while, and that's saying... [Read More]

» Meanwhile, the left craves the draft from Posse Incitatus
Captain Ed has a great takedown of a typically moronic New York Times Op Ed by Stanford Professor David Kennedy in favor of a military draft. [Remind us never to send our kids to Stanford to study history. They will [Read More]

» Definition of a Soldier from Techography
What I Learned In The Service… I hear a lot of people talking about how the military members are mercenaries. I hear a lot of people insinuating that we are government assassins I hear how some folks think we are such evil people they torment our f... [Read More]

» Hessians on the Rampage from Mudville Gazette
Blackfive looks at another example of the New York Times' developing meme: the military is increasingly distant from mainstream American society. Says Stanford history professor and mainstream American David M Kennedy:Leaving questions of equity aside,... [Read More]

» Hessians from The Indepundit
DAVID M. KENNEDY does not know anyone serving in the military; of this I am certain. Because if he did, he would never be able to write claptrap like this: The United States now has a mercenary army. To be... [Read More]

» Why is it that the only ones who want to bring back the draft are liberals? from Kadnine
Could it be because their heyday, their crowning achievement, their day in the sun was during Vietnam? Could it be that they're feeling just wee bit miffed that they're out of power these days? [Read More]

» Chris Matthews: We were once ‘insurgents’ too! from Sister Toldjah
The NYTimes' David Kennedy likened today's military to Hessians ... [Read More]

» Academic Bias? from Alpine Summit
It's a no-win situation for the military with liberals. They're either forced to serve their country against their will and how could this happen? Or, they're only in it for monetary gain. [Read More]

» US Military Mercenary? I Think Not. from Searchlight Crusade
david M. Kennedy, a Stanford professor who's nose is so elevated he evidently cannot read a dict... [Read More]

» US Military Mercenary? I Think Not. from Searchlight Crusade
david M. Kennedy, a Stanford professor who's nose is so elevated he evidently cannot read a dict... [Read More]

» Who is David Kennedy and why is he calling us merc from ROFASix
Who is David Kennedy? Reading on the blog Indepundit that he had written an article that declared today’s professional American Army akin to German Hessians, I was curious. After reading what he wrote, “The Best Army We Can Buy,” in... [Read More]

» Hessians on the Rampage from Mudville Gazette
Blackfive looks at another example of the New York Times' developing meme: the military is increasingly distant from mainstream American society. Says Stanford history professor and mainstream American David M Kennedy:Leaving questions of equity aside,... [Read More]

» Hessians on the Rampage from Mudville Gazette
Blackfive looks at another example of the New York Times' developing meme: the military is increasingly distant from mainstream American society. Says Stanford history professor and mainstream American David M Kennedy:Leaving questions of equity aside,... [Read More]

» Professor David Kennedy from fredschoeneman.com
I never took a class from Professor Kennedy while at Stanford. Perhaps I'll change that if I ever go back. But for now, to keep my essay writing skilz sharp, I thought I'd edit his recent op-ed piece in the... [Read More]

» Professor David Kennedy from fredschoeneman.com
I never took a class from Professor Kennedy while at Stanford. Perhaps I'll change that if I ever go back. But for now, to keep my essay writing skilz sharp, I thought I'd edit his recent op-ed piece in the... [Read More]

» Professor David Kennedy from fredschoeneman.com
I never took a class from Professor Kennedy while at Stanford. Perhaps I'll change that if I ever go back. But for now, to keep my essay writing skilz sharp, I thought I'd edit his recent op-ed piece in the... [Read More]

» More On Mercenaries from Dr. Weevil
Legacy Media is developing a nasty habit of calling American soldiers “mercenaries”. Last month it was David M. Kennedy in The New York Times, who used the M-word and made an extended parallel between Americans in Iraq and Hessians in the Am... [Read More]

» Hessians on the Rampage from Mudville Gazette
Blackfive looks at another example of the New York Times' developing meme: the military is increasingly distant from mainstream American society. Says Stanford history professor and mainstream American David M Kennedy:Leaving questions of equity aside,... [Read More]

» US Military Mercenary? I Think Not. from Searchlight Crusade
david M. Kennedy, a Stanford professor who's nose is so elevated he evidently cannot read a dictionary, has a piece in the NY Slimes on our 'mercenary' army. From American Spirit Political Dictionary: mercenary - a person who offers his... [Read More]

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