LA Times stoops lower than low in editorial calling for ‘re-upping’ Vietnam veterans for the Iraq war

Posted by: ST on January 23, 2007 at 10:09 am

Absoultely disgusting.

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You can email the the editorial writer at paul.whitefield@latimes.com and/or write the “reader’s rep” at readers.rep@latimes.com.

Hat tip: Hugh Hewitt

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  1. PCD says:

    The LASlimes is one dinosaur that should die. They may have a new owner, but the same Blind Lefty staff. They won’t change or listen to the unwashed masses. They know better and tell you so.

    Why did I never take the LASlimes? It was a worthless rag and I couldn’t even use is for cat litter box liner because my cat would think the box was full even after just changing it.

  2. Baklava says:

    Patterico takes apart the LA Times daily on the facts/news pages

    By Paul Whitefield, PAUL WHITEFIELD supervises the editorial pages’ copy desk.

    This guy doesn’t deserve to supervise the editorial pages with that awful piece of work.

  3. sanity says:

    Speaking of slime, check this out:

    Seen at Newsbusters:

    Fox News: Internet Store Tells Ordering US Soldier ‘Pull Out of Iraq’

    Here is the text of his original email:

    To Whom it may concern:

    Do you ship to APO addresses? I’m in the 1st Cavalry Division stationed in Iraq and we are trying to order some mats but we are looking for who ships to APO first.

    SGT Hess

    —————–

    Now, it is a fact that many companies do not ship to APOs for various reasons, some who simply will not ship outside the contiguous United States, some who even are prevented to by certain laws and statutes from doing so. If Discount-Mats.com was any one of those, it would have been an easy email to just respond with a polite “no”.

    Here is the text of the email that Discount-Mats.com sent the Sergeant instead:

    SGT Hess,

    We do not ship to APO addresses, and even if we did, we would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq.

    Bargain Suppliers

    Discount-Mats.com

    —————–

    Discount-Mats.com is registered to a Faisal Khetani who is an American Muslim of Pakistani descent according to Fox News.

    Khetani claims that the person responsible for this ignorant affront to a US soldier was fired. In a recent communication with Miss. Kirkland, Khetani said “As I told my local reporters, the individual who made those statements has been held responsible and liable and what they spoke of apo addresses is absolutely true, but the second half was their own personal opinion and not the opinions of the company.”

    ….

    Naturally, Discount-Mats.com has been taken down and cannot any longer be seen. Khatemi was last reached via email address, however: sportsfitness@gmail.com.

    Another article on it HERE.

    A handful of Hess’ friends got wind of the exchange, and soon it was ricocheting around the Internet – first on the Web site snopes.com, then on conservative and military forums and blogs – and has since made its way to talk radio.

    Military supporters were outraged, calling it disrespectful and urging one another to flood the company with e-mails and calls.

    Several posted Khetani’s name, telephone number and address, which is also the business address, though Nasir insists it’s for mailing purposes only.

    Now i have no problem with people voicing their displeasure at the conduct of an employee of this company, or the company themselves by flooding emails or calls to the company to voice their disappointment and frustration with this companies reaction to a troops request, BUT I do have ap roblem if thee are threats of violence voiced in these emails and calls.

    There is no reason why it should ever resort to this type of reaction. While I think the reaction of the employee, whether it be company wide or singled to the employee itself, was despicable and contemptable, I also deplore any call or email to that employee or company that threatens them or is vulgar in nature.

    Fox News also has picked it up:

    Web Site Kicks Sand in Faces of GIs in Iraq Asking for Mats to Ease Hardship of Sleeping on Ground

    An American GI assigned to one of the harshest posts in Iraq had a simple request last week for a Wisconsin mattress company: send some floor mats to help ease the hardship of sleeping on the cold, bug-infested ground.

    What he got, instead, was a swift kick from the company’s Web site, which not only refused the request but added insult to injury with the admonition, “If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq.”

    Army Sgt. Jason Hess, stationed in Taji, Iraq, with the 1st Cavalry Division, said he emailed his request to Discount-mats.com because he and his fellow soldiers sleep on the cold ground, which contains sand mites, sand flies and other disease carriers.

    In his email, dated Jan. 16, 2007, he asked the Web-based company, registered to Faisal Khetani, an American Muslim of Pakistani descent:

    Go read the rest HERE.

  4. sanity says:

    ST, I was thinking after I posted about this in here….

    Perhaps you can start a drive and lets get the mats these soldier need and want.

    Lets get some searching done, find the APO address he needs to ship to, and spread the word to other blogs and bloggers and get these soldiers the mats they need.

    We might be able to even get a company who is willing to help in this, perhaps to drop some of the pricing if they could to allow us to ship more.

    Let’s get it done guys…and gals.

  5. T-Bone says:

    I agree with sanity, I’m in for anything to support our troops.

    The LA Times story not only disparages our troops currently at war but, trivializes the sacrafices of those (my father included) of those who fought in Vietnam. Absolutely disgusting!!!

  6. Leslie says:

    I don’t know what the L.A. Times was thinking. It was obviously meant to be satire, but it ended up just being pathetic.

    :-<

  7. Dana says:

    Leslie nailed it.

  8. Dana says:

    I’ll turn 54 in a couple of months, and I was a couple of years too young for Vietnam. By the time I finished high school (1971), President Nixon was drawing down troop levels; by the time my age group was being drafted (1972), only volunteers went to Vietnam, and not that many of them.

  9. Lisa says:

    Something else you might find interesting about the owner of discount mats…

    http://euphoricreality.com/