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You “come together” first…

Posted by Brian on March 19, 2007

Here’s Tom Delay on Meet the Press (shouldn’t he be in jail now?) lecturing the left about the need to “come together” at times of war:

Well, I–it, it is my opinion that when you go to war, we ought to all come together. You can debate going to war, that’s a legitimate debate. But once you have our soldiers and our, our young people dying on the battlefield, we should come together…

Here’s Tom Delay back in the 90’s criticizing Clinton’s use of American troops during the Kosovo operation:

I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our overextended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today.

This quote, and others like it, can be found here.

Delay is a flaming hypocrite and Russert should have had a “gotcha” quote ready and waiting.

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Laundry Adventures

Posted by Brian on March 19, 2007

One of my usual rituals whenever I move in Korea is to find a nearby laundry shop to take careĀ of my laundry needs. I went looking yesterday and found a place nearby… walking in with a small bag of laundry, I asked how much it would be.

10,000W,” she said.

As a Korean veteran, I know for a fact that that is way too much for the small bag I had, so I said I would think about it and left. As I was leaving, she told me that they would do it for 8,000W, but I didn’t stop.

So I look around some more until I find another place. This woman tells me that it will cost 6,000W for the laundry, a price I find reasonable. So I give her the money, my laundry, and head back to work, satisfied that I had found a place to take care of my laundry for the next 5 months.

But what struck me about my outing was thatĀ  I went through the *exact* same process a few years ago when I moved to Itaewon. I went to one place, they overcharged me for one bag, so I found another shop that didn’t try to rip me off, and they got my business for the next 15 months. In both cases, one shop went for the quick extra buck and ended up losing a long-term customer as a result. From a business standpoint, it just doesn’t make any sense to me.

Has anyone else in Korea had a similar experience?

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