Friday, November 26

Eating Their Own Fan Base

By now, you've read all the stories of Vietnam vets and any active military human being called up for duty to try to win the Iraq nightmare the historically anti-military Bush and Cheney started. Stories are everywhere chronicling how much difficulty we seem to be having recruiting people voluntarily.

For God's sake, 59 million-plus people of all ages elected President Crackhead because they supported his "moral" crusade in Iraq and the subsequent breeding of new terrorists therein. Why don't we simply root out these supporters and knock on their doors to find able-bodied footsoldiers? It wouldn't be a draft per se. It'd be a dandy way to tell Bush's supporters "Thanks for telling us you like what we're doing!"

Give all these 59,040,057 voters physicals. If they pass muster, ship 'em off. Seriously. We'll win this thing in days. But only if they're willing to walk their damned talk.

But wait! It looks like someone has beat us to it. NASCAR has happily allowed itself to tap into their hardcore Bush-lovin' fans to become a great big recruiting center for the Iraq war. It's a start.

Read it and weep, folks. This is from NASCAR's own web site.
Army uses NASCAR to bolster recruiting

Joe Nemechek is "G.I. Joe" to many NASCAR fans, a nickname stemming from the logo on the hood and bumper of his Chevy Monte Carlo.

Every lap he leads and every pole he wins puts the Army in millions of living rooms nationwide.

Sponsoring Nemechek is part of a military recruiting strategy, which includes advertising at football games and rodeos, aimed at maintaining the all-volunteer force during the war in Iraq and the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

"We have to get the best young men and women in the Army to continue," said Tom Tiernan, a 22-year Army veteran who is now a civilian employee leading the marketing program.

The Army has a traveling exhibition for NASCAR events, filling four semitrailers and covering 12,000 square feet, giving recruits a version of shock and awe.

Visitors can view the latest Army equipment, including uniforms and weapons, said Guy Morgan, Army account director. Other activities include laser target shooting and a challenge involving changing tires on a stock car.

Everyone who enters the exhibition area must sign a liability form, which also generates some leads for the Army, Morgan said.

At all events, the Army also hopes to meet parents who may be reluctant about their children enlisting.

"When senior officers are out there, they can talk to parents and tell them that the Army will do everything possible to protect their sons and daughters," Tiernan said.