Gay Patriot Header Image

Marine Fights Back Against “Cut and Run” Murtha

Three cheers for US Marine Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich for standing up for himself, his fellow Marines and our armed forces against those who are advocating retreat.

Marine Names Murtha In Defamation Suit – Washington Post

A Marine Corps staff sergeant who led the squad accused of killing two dozen civilians in Haditha, Iraq, will file a lawsuit today in federal court in Washington claiming that Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) defamed him when the congressman made public comments about the incident earlier this year.

Attorneys for Frank D. Wuterich, 26, argue in court papers that Murtha tarnished the Marine’s reputation by telling news organizations in May that the Marine unit cracked after a roadside bomb killed one of its members and that the troops “killed innocent civilians in cold blood.” Murtha also said repeatedly that the incident was covered up.

In the court filing, obtained by The Washington Post, the lawyers say that Murtha made the comments after being briefed by Defense Department officials who “deliberately provided him with inaccurate and false information.” Neal A. Puckett and Mark S. Zaid, suing for libel and invasion of privacy, also wrote that Murtha made the comments outside of his official scope as a congressman.

Once again, the career bureaucrats are putting their policy disagreements ahead of what is best for our troops on the ground.  It is time to clean house of these MadLibs at State, DOD, NSA and CIA. 

Term limits for Federal Bureaucrats — long overdue!

-Bruce (GayPatriot) 

Do Your Part To Lower Tax Burden: Stop the ACLU!

First, why the hell do we pay for National Public Radio?  It is the most biased, anti-democracy, anti-Western, state-sponsored propaganda I have ever heard.  But that’s for another day…

Here is something you CAN do today:  Call your Congressman and Senators and tell them to vote FOR the “Public Expression of Religion Act.” (PERA).  Help stop the ACLU!

S 3696 (PERA), sponsored by Sen. Brownback (R-Kan), a companion bill to H.R. 2979 (PERA), sponsored by Rep. Hostetter (R-Ind.), would amend all relevant federal laws to eliminate the authority of judges to award taxpayer-paid attorney fees to the ACLU, or anyone else, in lawsuits under the Establishment of Religion Clause of the First Amendment against veterans memorials, the Boy Scouts, or the public display of the Ten Commandments of other symbols of America’s history with a religious aspect.

Now, you may agree with the ACLU in one area (Boy Scouts) but disagree with them in another (defending Fred Phelps and Islamic terrorists without American citizenship), but why our tax money has to go into their fat Leftist bank vaults is beyond me. 

For but three examples, the ACLU received some $950,000 in attorney fees in a settlement with the City of San Diego in the ACLU’s lawsuit to drive the Boy Scouts out of Balboa Park. In the famous Judge Roy Moore Ten Commandments Case, the ACLU, and cohort so-called “public interest” law firms, received $500,000. In the recent “Intelligent Design” case against the Dover school board, the ACLU received $2,000,000 in attorneys by order of a judge — although the law firm which represented the ACLU informed the court and public that it had acted pro bono and waived any attorney fees. Thus, it was pure profit to the ACLU.

Further, the ACLU has used the threat of imposition of taxpayer-paid attorney fees to extort local elected bodies, city or county councils, school boards, into surrender to the ACLU’s demands to secularly cleanse the public sphere of any evidence of our American religious heritage.

Moreover, the threat of imposition of orders to pay ACLU’s attorney fees in such cases has caused third parties, like The American Legion and other non-profit organizations, to suffer a chilling effect on their First Amendment rights to participate in such lawsuits to protect veterans’ memorials.

S. 3696 (PERA), and H.R. 2679 (PERA), would put an end to that abuse of benevolently intended laws by the ACLU, or anyone else following the ACLU’s precedents, for instance, Islamist terrorists or their sympathizers in our midst. 

Let them continue to do their work, but not on the back of the average American who doesn’t support their attacking American traditions and values.  Let the marketplace decide how relevant the ACLU is…. not the Federal government bureaucracy.

Call your US House Member and US Senators today to support PERA, and sign this petition to stop the taxpayer funding of the ACLU.

You can make a difference!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

War As A Way Of Life (WWIII Coverage, Part 2)

Jules Crittenden of the Boston Herald and I seem to be on the same wavelength lately with regard to World War III (formerly known as “War on Terror”).

In my posting, Let Israel (and the USA) Win WWIII, I argued…

It is time for a war to be waged on all fronts in World War III.  A war where there is nothing demanded of our enemies (nations and their terror-backed groups alike) except total and unconditional surrender.

That posting prompted some good comments about what it would take by the US military, as well as us civilians, to properly fight and win World War III.  

Crittenden took on that very subject in a July 14 column: War As A Way Of Life (read the whole thing!):

Get ready for it.  You will have to pay more to drive your car. Everything will cost more.  You will need to make a choice.

The time for easy “war is bad, peace is good” choices is passing. This could be the end of button-pinning, sign-painting, street marching anti-war vs. quiet, stay at home silent majority pro-war kind of choices, where you can “support the troops” and despise their mission; being glad Saddam is gone, but hating Bush for doing it. Where you can loudly parrot the “Bush lied” line and secretly think things were better when Saddam was politely torturing people to death behind closed doors and plotting his next move toward domination of the world’s primary oilfields. Or conversely, where you can drive around with an American flag and a W’04 sticker on your SUV, drop a remark now and then, and maybe even know someone whose son or daughter is over there. This difficult insurgency in Iraq may come to look like the prelude.

War is ugly, but it is not the worst of options. That would be acquiescence. The situation, while dangerous, is not bleak, and total war may not be the outcome. Iran, like an unruly child who has never been disciplined, is making some serious miscalculations. The Iraq War has shown us that the Arab street has limited interest in rising against the West … only a handful of zealots over the past three years — several thousands among the hundreds of millions — have opted for martyrdom in Iraq. Most Arab nations have learned that openly confronting either the United States or Israel is a bad idea, and are not likely to rise to take sides with Persians and Palestinians. Iran is also dealing with two highly capable adversaries, the United States and Israel, that have shown they are capable of decisive, targeted action.

Should the situation escalate into open warfare throughout the Middle East, including the frontiers where United States forces now face Iran directly in Iraq and Afghanistan, should the U.S. Army find itself extended and in need of more troops, we will see a push in Congress for more money to boost the size of the volunteer army. Then, the American left in its desire to hobble the Bush administration, will push for a draft. They should be careful what they wish for. Even in periods of prevalent isolationism — and this is not one of them — Americans have shown themselves willing to rise to the needs of the nation.

That would include us gay Americans shut out by Clinton’s military policy…..

The time has come to prepare. To get ready for it. War brings hardship, loss and hard choices. War spares no one. War requires both mental and physical preparation. We are far from done with this one, and perhaps only in the early stages of it.

This is a very poignant observation and it is as scary as it sounds.  Yes, my fellow Americans, the “phony war” stage of World War III is coming to an end.  Whether you are in denial or not.

**UPDATE** – In an email to me this morning, Crittenden joins with those who label the War on Terror as World War IV, and the Cold War as World War III.  Valid argument for that point of view.  I think World War III fits only because the Cold War was the Cold War and never properly labeled WWIII.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Advocate: “Poor loser challenges lesbian primary win in Ala.”

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:19 am - August 2, 2006.
Filed under: Advocate Watch,Gay Politics,Post 9-11 America

Here’s yet another reason I’m going to let my Advocate subscription expire (again…. yeah, I’m such a fool). 

The subject of their news alert was:  Poor loser challenges lesbian primary win in Alabama.   Honestly, the first question that popped into my mind was “when did Al Gore campaign against a lesbian in Alabama??”

I was wrong…

The mother-in-law of a defeated legislative candidate challenged the outcome of a Democratic runoff election, claiming that the winner timed the filing of a campaign finance report to keep voters from learning she was supported by a pro-gay campaign fund. Retired beautician Mattie Childress asked the Democratic Party to review Patricia Todd’s slim victory over Gaynell Hendricks, who is married to Childress’s son.

Todd, who would be the first openly gay member of the Alabama legislature if elected, did not immediately return a telephone message Monday seeking comment. The challenge was filed late Thursday.

Todd led Hendricks by 59 votes in the July 18 Democratic runoff for house district 54, which includes much of Birmingham. Winning the runoff was tantamount to election since no Republican ran for the seat.

Now what prompted the editorial judgment of the Almighty Advocate to declare Hendricks a “poor loser.”  Perhaps because Ms. Hendricks isn’t the Advocate’s candidate of choice?  Hmmm, the MadLibDemLeft would never have a double standard would they?

I mean AlGore lost Florida by close to 400 votes (over 10,000 if CBS hadn’t jumped the gun in 2000) and he wasn’t a sore loser to the Advocate?  For crying out loud, Gore caused a near Consitutional Crisis because of his sore loserism!

But a 59-vote margin should go uncontested??  Especially given some serious allegations of campaign finance fraud that at the least should be investigated.

In the election challenge, Childress claimed that the release of a campaign finance report by Todd was timed to prevent voters from knowing that Todd received a $25,000 contribution from the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. Voters also didn’t know that Todd made payments of $12,750 to two primary opponents who endorsed her, according to the challenge.

Now I’m all for more gays and lesbians getting elected to office, but not through cuteness, trickery and concealing campaign finance documents.  In fact, there is probably a higher standard for gay and lesbian public officials that was similar to women in the 1970s, for example.

It will be interesting to see how this ends up.  For now, it is another item for the Advocate Watch.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

World War III Wednesday Coverage, Part One

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 6:29 am - August 2, 2006.
Filed under: War On Terror,World War III

I am actually beginning to think that Newt Gingrich’s visionary way is again having an impact.  I’m noticing more and more people talking about “World War III” the past few days in a way they had not before Newt began using that term on the Fox News Channel a couple weeks ago.

A new war blog — Chronicles of War — has debuted at The Houston ChronicleBlogs of War creator John Little is the Chron’s newest blogger covering World War III.

I finally got my face in the hometown paper. Well, its web site at least. I didn’t even have to embezzle city funds, lead cops on a three hour chase, or plow my SUV into METRO’s light rail. My family should be proud.

Thanks to an invitation from blog/media/tech guru Dwight Silverman, I’ll also be blogging the war at the Houston Chronicle. Chronicles of War will cover the same topics you see here at Blogs of War but with a little more depth.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)