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MSM Defines Military as Radical Right Defines Gays

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:12 pm - June 9, 2006.
Filed under: Media Bias,Post 9-11 America

Whenever a crazed gay murderer or psychopath, like Jeffrey Dahmer or Andrew Cunanan, dominates the news, extreme social conservatives are quick to seize on the story in order to show how horrible, no good and very bad “homosexuals” are. They delight in defining our community by its worst elements.

We’re seeing something similar in the MSM coverage of the alleged massacre at Haditha. While doing the StairMaster at my gym barely twenty-four hours before our troops took out one of the world’s most notorious mass-murderers, I watched CNN devote a long segment to this story, featuring an interview with General John Batiste, an outspoken critical of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, but not including anyone defending the Administration. It seemed that that “news” network’s coverage of the war focuses on our troops’ bad behavior with commentary coming primarily from critics of the coalition.

CNN & other MSM outlets reporting Haditha suggest not only that our Marines did indeed murder those civilians, but also imply (as have Murtha, the New York Times et al.) that this is not because the soldiers are themselves bad people per se, but because the stress of an unnecessary war whose execution was botched by Rumseld & Co. made them do bad things.

As Bruce pointed out earlier today, the accused Marines may not even be guilty of alleged atrocities. Even if they are (in which case, I agree with Bruce that they should be punished to the “full extent” of the law), these troops represent fewer than 1% of 1% of U.S. soldiers who have served in Iraq. If the circumstances of this particular war caused such atrocities, there would be many more “Hadithas.”

To be sure, there have been a few cases of American soldiers committing atrocities, but these actions have been exceptions. By and large, our soldiers have performed exaclty like those who took our Zarqawi earlier this week, bravely and honorably serving our country. Those committing such atrocities represent the average serviceman as well as Jeffrey Dahmer represents the average gay man.

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Support our Troops; Give to Soldier’s Angels

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:47 pm - June 9, 2006.
Filed under: War On Terror

So proud am I today of what our Service Members accomplished this week in Iraq that I thought it appropriate necessary to make a donation to a group which supports the men and women of our armed forces. Having heard of the good work that Soldier’s Angels does, I made an online contribution. Please join me in doing the same.

In taking our this terrorist who murdered men, women and children in a number of Middle East nations, our soldiers not only did America proud, but they performed a service to the entire world. Whether it’s Soldier’s Angels or Operation Gratitude or the USO or another such group, please make a donation to show your appreciation to those risking their lives to fight for our freedom and to promote stability and democracy around the world.

UPDATE: Other groups to support include Wounded Warriors which assists severly wounded servicemen and women, Fisher House which helps families of hospitalized military personnel and Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund which provides financial assistance to injured marines.

Poor Zarqawi

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:51 pm - June 9, 2006.
Filed under: War On Terror

He just found out that all 72 virgins have to remain virgins through all eternity.

CARS — GayPatriot Movie Review

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 2:34 pm - June 9, 2006.
Filed under: General

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**SPOILER ALERT**

As mentioned below, two weeks ago PatriotPartner (John), our friends Mark and Cory and I had the privilege of being among the first to see the new Disney/Pixar movie Cars which opens today.  If you have your choice to see any movie now showing in theatres, I strongly recommend Cars for children, teens and adults alike.  It may well be one of the best movies I have seen in quite sometime and definitely one of the best that Pixar has made.

Cars is the story of a NASCAR speedster named Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) who gets lost on his way to a big showdown at a track in Los Angeles.  He is lost both literally (his 18-wheeler ride to LA fell asleep and he rolled out the back) and metaphorically.   McQueen thinks he doesn’t need a team to help him win.  That he can do no wrong and that he’s a big Hollywood-esque hot shot. 

Once he arrives in the town-that-the-Interstate-left-behind, Radiator Springs, he begins to realize that fame and fortune aren’t all they are cracked up to be.  Friendship, loyalty, tradition and respect are among the values that Cars brings to the big screen.  It is about time!

I am not afraid to admit when I’m wrong about something.  This is one of those times.  Last November I said, “I hope Superman Returns lives up to this trailer and helps Hollywood rediscover the America it is a part of.”  They are too late.  That prize without a doubt has been captured by Disney/Pixar and Cars.

The computer-graphic scenery of the American West and its love of the road is captured like never before on the big screen.   I found myself longing to hop in a car and find Radiator Springs.

But most of all I long that every American finds her core values again.  Those values are highlighted and celebrated in this truly American movie.

This movie has a beautiful look to it and many engaging automotive characters that you will fall in love with.  But most importantly, it has a great story with meaning.  That is what has been missing lately from many Hollywood flicks.  It is no surprise that Disney/Pixar looked to America’s roots (NASCAR America) in order to find the voice for this film.

Four stars for me!  Go see Cars this weekend!!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Is Haditha A Media-Driven Hoax?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 11:44 am - June 9, 2006.
Filed under: General

I hope you all have noticed that I am withholding judgment on the entire Haditha story. I wasn’t there, I don’t know what happened, and I can certainly understand (but not approve of) Marines under fire “snapping” and committing the crimes that are alleged.

If anything close to what is alleged to have happened in Haditha, those involved should be punished to the fullest extent of the military and/or civilian laws.

That being said, given our experience in 2004 with Mary Mapes (having an inherent anti-Bush bias and “story” agenda) creating the lies and forged documents delivered to us by CBS News, the idea that Haditha may be a similar media-driven hoax is at least worth discussion. (h/t – The Corner)

Haditha: Is McGirk the New Mary Mapes? – The American Thinker

Evidence accumulates of a hoax in Haditha. The weblog Sweetness & Light has done an estimable service gathering together the articles which cast substantial doubt on the charge of a massacre of civilians at Haditha . Because the blog is too busy gathering and fisking the news, I offered and the publisher accepted my offer to put what he has uncovered in a narrative form.

Having done so, I can tell you that the story has a whiff of yet another mediagenic scandal like the TANG memos or the Plame “outing.” While the Marines quite correctly will not comment on the case pending the outcome of their investigation, I am not bound by those rules, and I will sum up the story for you.

The sum and substance of this thumbnail sketch on the Haditha claims is that it follows so closely the template for the TANG [Texas Air National Guard] and [Valerie] Plame stories. Take a reporter with an anti-Administration agenda, an interested group (think of the Mashhadanis as the VIPs in the Plame case or Burkett and Lucy Ramirez in the TANG case) and a story too good to be checked and circumstances where the people attacked are limited in what they can quickly respond to and you get a story which smells to me like it will soon be unraveled.

A key source for McGirk’s report that US Marines in Haditha had deliberately attacked civilians was Thaer al-Hadithi. whom McGirk inexplicably described as “a budding journalism student”. He is a middle-aged man, and was subsequently described by the AP as an “Iraqi investigator.”

McGirk also failed to note that Hadithi is “a member and spokesman for the Hammurabi.” The chairman of Hammurabi Organization and Hadithi’s partner in publicizing the “massacre” is Abdul–Rahman al-Mashhadani. It is unknown if he is related to Ali al-Mashhadani but their names suggest a possible relationship, and it beggars belief that as Sweetness & Light notes,

“Abdel Rahman al-Mashhadani just happened to be given a video by and unnamed local. And that he then turned it over to Ali al-Mashhadani who just happens to make videos for Reuters.”

Hadithi’s story is that was staying near to one of the two houses where the massacre occurred and saw it with his own eyes. According to his version of events he waited one day to videotape what had occurred, though apparently nothing prevented his doing so from the very window he “watched” it from as it took place. More troubling is why he waited months to turn the tape over to anyone.

Now here this! I am not one to buy into conspiracy theories in order to avoid the truth. However, if our own news media weren’t always rooting for our enemies and against American interests in this War at every turn…. perhaps my reaction would have been to laugh, not to shake my head and think: “not again!?!”

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

UPDATE (from GPW): Scott at Powerline alerts us to yet another piece casting doubt on the allegations of a Marine massacre of Iraqi civilians at Haditha. Read the whole thing!