Thursday, May 11, 2006

Joel Preston Smith




When I was in Iraq, I made an unusual friend, his name is Joel and he's a liberal journalist, he's as radical as they come, but we share a taste for literature and books, (Bushism intended) Anyway, he took lots of pictures of Iraq, he had the guts to go there before the ground war started, then about 5 months later he came back to Iraq,
if I remember right, he took a flight to Jordan, then took a cab to Iraq, he just showed up to our base, he was like, Hi, I'm Joel! so instead of just shooting him, we let him stay with us, we have kept in touch, he's a true friend of mine, even though we do not share the same point of view all of the time, he's an awesome person to carry a conversation with, this is why I'm happy to announce he has a blog now!

His blog is here, I will post a link to his blog, I hope is not all anti-war, let's burn Bush at the stake type of blog, there's also a rational side to him.

6 comments:

Loralee Choate said...

I think that is one of the funniest introductions ever.

I'll hoof over there...

Michael said...

You talk about bush burning like its a bad thing...

Me reading that makes me want to check it out more.

Understand what you mean though. Most of my closest friends are staunch conservatives. You just know what topics to avoid, because you'll spend the next 5 hours arguing them.

Jose said...

Loralee,

Joel apreciated your comment, he even asked you some question about UTAH or something...anyway, thanks, also, you've gained a new reader, my wife martha is fascinated by your blog, but she doesn't comment often, she's outgoing in real life, but she's cyber-shy, don't know why.

Michael,
I can always go for a civilised debate with level-headed people, whenever a person falls in that category I'm inclined to talk to them, otherwise I try to avoid confrontation, especially about politics. The war has been a tough issue for me because I don't know what to think, I'd hate to admit that we spend all that time out there for nothing. But as the war gets less popular everyday, people are starting to question its validity. The more they digg in, the less we like what we find. I think that there are two sides to every story, but I hate liars, and our leaders have lied.

George W. Bush said...

Jose: I'm dead set against flag burning and the like. It's very disrespectful, and violent, and generally seems like a weak expression of defiance. The BOTH of us mean this sincerely. (I'll get my real name back soon.)

Anonymous said...

So you choose friends for whom a biting wit and brilliant sense of humor are more important than such meaningless, boring characteristics as honor, integrity or responsibility. Seriously, politics aside, as a parent, if you knew anything about this person's true character, you would be dismayed with yourself. Maybe you should investigate further. He is nothing but a phoney humanitarian who thrives on the adoration of truly good people. User. Abuser. Hypocrite. He sucks people dry with his needy pathetic desire to be important. But funny as hell though. Yup. Funny like a case of herpes.

Loralee Choate said...

I am not here to defend Joel, or Jose. Joel is a reporter who is most likely used to sticking up for himself and Jose could kick my ass by raising an eyebrow.

That said.

Joel publishes his name on what he writes. So does Jose. As for Jose's ability to pick friends...did you miss the uniform in his profile? I think that by now, Jose can tell who will have his back and who won't.

"...honor, integrity or responsibility"...

If these three qualities were that important to you, you would have signed your name. I can't give your argument merit until you stop being a coward and have the honor, interity and responsibility to stand by your words.