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Honoring An American Hero: Paul Smith – Medal of Honor Winner in Iraq

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 3:41 pm - March 24, 2006.
Filed under: General,War On Terror

Since our wonderfully “fair” national news media is so inept and celebrating America’s success in the War on Terror, I am determined to highlight our American heroes when I become aware of them.

Medals – Liberty Just In Case (hat tip: Instapundit)

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 30, 2005) — The White House announced March 29 that President George W. Bush will honor Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith by presenting his family the Medal of Honor on April 4, the second anniversary of his courageous actions during the Battle of Baghdad Airport.

Smith is the first to receive the military’s highest award for actions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In action near the Baghdad Airport on April 4, 2003, Smith, a Soldier in Company B, 11th Engineer Battalion, working with units of the 3rd Infantry Division, was tasked to build a compound to hold enemy prisoners, when his small force came under attack by more than 100 enemies.

Smith threw two grenades and fired rocket launchers at the enemy before manning a .50-caliber machine gun on an M-113 Armored Personnel Carrier to protect his troops. While engaging an enemy attacking from three sides, Smith fired more than 300 rounds from the machinegun before being killed.

He prevented the enemy from overtaking his units position, protected his Task Forces flank, and defended the lives of more than 100 Soldiers, according to his award citation.

Smith was serving as a platoon sergeant in Bravo Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, Task Force 2-7, 3rd Infantry Division. He had been serving in the Army since October 1989.

The question is, as Liberty rightly asks, why did I not hear of Paul R. Smith last year when he was given the Medal of Honor? I guess Valerie Plame was too damn important, huh?

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Mrs. Fields — The New Party Drug?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 2:43 pm - March 24, 2006.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

I took this photo at Philadelphia International Airport a couple of weeks ago. It was hanging on the wall of the Mrs. Fields counter in Terminal B.

At least you can resolve your munchies at the same time….

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

End of Red America blog at WaPo?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 2:39 pm - March 24, 2006.
Filed under: Blogging

I was one of the first cheerleaders to hail the debut of the “Red America” blog at the Washington Post with Ben Domenech.

However, it seems there is more than a cloud of controversy surrounding blogger Ben. Michelle Malkin has the full report and it does seem that the accusations of plagarism are more than just left-wing character assassination. I trust Michelle’s dogged research on many subjects, so I’m going to have to take her lead on this one as well. And I’m afraid I share her assessment at this point.

I certainly understand the impulse on the Right to rally around Domenech. But I can’t ignore the plain evidence. And the charges can’t be dismissed as “lies” or jealousy attributed to Ben’s age.

As someone who has worked in daily journalism for 14 years, I have a lot of experience related to this horrible situation: I’ve had my work plagiarized by shameless word and idea thiefs many times over the years. I’ve also been baselessly accused of plagiarism by some of the same leftists now attacking Ben.

The bottom line is: I know it when I see it. And, painfully, Domenech’s detractors, are right. He should own up to it and step down. Then, the Left should cease its sick gloating and leave him and his family alone.

That being said, the knee-jerk attack by the Left of the whole idea of a conservative blogger at the Washington Post serves as a “chilling factor” for any replacement for Ben if it comes to that. The Left seems to think the Post doesn’t have enough liberal viewpoints (um.. read Sections A through D, any page!)…. so I fear the Post will cower and not keep Red America alive. I think that is where we need to step in and help.

**UPDATE** Ben Domenech has resigned. Please email the Washington Post as I already have and urge them to keep Red America alive!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

GayPatriot On Da Radio

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 12:47 pm - March 24, 2006.
Filed under: Blogging,Movies/Film & TV

Assuming there isn’t a breaking news story or another reason why I’d be bumped…. I’m honored to announce that I’ll be on the Tammy Bruce radio program on Friday, March 24 at 1:30 PM Eastern/10:30AM Pacific Time. I am so excited to have been invited and grateful to Tammy for the chance to chat with her.

It appears that you can listen live via Talk Radio Network’s webpage. Click on Tammy’s picture at 1:30PM Eastern to hear whatever I might have to say. You can also call into the program by calling 800-449-8255.

Hopefully I’ll also figure out a way to post the interview after the fact as well. If any of you have that capability, please drop me a line.

See ya on the radio!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Putting All Eggs In One Basket – Gay Groups Wail to Democrat Senators

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 12:30 pm - March 24, 2006.
Filed under: General

Hey you moaning, whiny leaders of the supposed “non-partisan” HRC, Lambda Legal and NGLTF (aka – Gays for Socialism) — get a grip. These Democrat Senators don’t give a rip about gay rights. They will throw us under the bus quicker than you can find a hanging chad in Broward County, FL. Listen to me verrrrry closely: All they want out of you is your money. And you all are stupid enough to give it to them carte blanche.

Gay Activists Confront Dem Senators – Washington Blade

The activists say that by remaining passive or by taking ambiguous and “tortured” positions on same-sex marriage and other hot-button gay issues, the senators and other Democrats are hurting the gay rights movement.

“One of our concerns as a group is that they don’t necessarily hear enough back from the community on how we hear and perceive the sometimes tortured and hair-splitting positions they try to take,” Cathcart said. “We are tired of being seen as the embarrassment to the party.”

Now, how about spending some of your valuable, multi-hundred of thousands of salaried time meeting with the people in power — Republicans. Don’t give me that crap about they don’t even admit gays exist. Sen. Tom Coburn will, most likely, singlehandedly save the Ryan White Act this year. I could go on and on.

And here is a radical thought for a bunch of American radicals — start giving campaign donations to Republicans so you can show up at their fundraisers and quietly talk to them instead of making every thing a PR bash-case. Our national gay leaders have less political maturity than this brave 16-year old Virginia boy who debated US Senator George Allen. Your bias about Republicans is hurting our cause just as much as Republicans bias about gays. How do you expect Republicans (the majority party in power) to come our way, if you won’t even put skin in the game?

Just get a friggin’ grip. Reality is calling you.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)