Man, this video is completely and utterly priceless.
This is one of the best partsÂ of the blogosphere:Â our elected officials on high have to answer to the people and their answers are there for all the world to see.
Man, this video is completely and utterly priceless.
This is one of the best partsÂ of the blogosphere:Â our elected officials on high have to answer to the people and their answers are there for all the world to see.
In reading Conduct Unbecoming by Randy Shilts, I’ve been engrossed not only with the stories of gay veterans but the beginning of the gay rights movement in the 1960s and early 70s. Many of the issues and complaints that gay moderates and conservatives have about the far Left today originated during those times. The sometimes understandable radical attitudes that were expressed at that time for various causes still exist today, only now it is increasingly difficult to find any sympathy for them. The leaders of the gay rights movement quickly “merged its aims with the panoply of liberation movements asserting themselves in that era”. While “some of these alignments…made sense, others lacked intellectual consistency” (contrary to Shilts, abortion is not among those that “made sense”). For example, Shilts writes:
[G]ay libbers joined their leftist comrades cutting Cuban sugar in the Venceremos Brigade, despite the fact that Fidel Castro himself locked up Cuban gays in concentration camps. Gay lib leaders solemnly quoted Chairman Mao’s wisdom from their own little red books, though Mao’s Red Guards were known to castrate “sexual degenerates” public ly. [Gay Liberation Front members] handed out FREE BOBBY SEALE posters alongside Black Panthers, even though black liberation guru Malcom X had commented, “All white men are blonde, blue-eyed faggots”. Gays who had once been Uncle Toms to the Establishment were now Uncle Toms to the New Left…
We can see this lack of “intellectual consistency” in many gay activist groups today. They align their movement with every leftist cause no matter how tenuous the connection to gay rights they may be. Many such groups have contented themselves to being only one faction of one major political party, which in many cases has eroded their effectiveness and allows them to be taken for granted in elections. These groups have also alienated gay moderates and conservatives as well as a large portion of mainstream America. Probably the best example of this is the treatment of the military and those gays who choose to serve in uniform. This too began in the turmoil of the 1960s and early 70s that “wanted nothing to do with the anguish of gays in uniform” and “would have repercussions for decades to come”:
I love these. Hat tip goes to Dan (GPW) and VdaK for sending me this posting.
Here is just a taste of RightWingNews’ Top 40 Most Obnoxious Quotes: (READ THE WHOLE THING!)
40) “(I have) a wide stance when going to the bathroom.” — Republican Senator Larry Craig tries to explain away his attempt to pick-up an under cover police officer in an airport bathroom
33) “I do believe that it’s the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel. I do believe that it defies physics that World Trade Center tower 7 — building 7, which collapsed in on itself — it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved. World Trade Center 7. World Trade [Center] 1 and 2 got hit by planes — 7, miraculously, the first time in history, steel was melted by fire. It is physically impossible.” — Rosie O’Donnell talks Trutherism
27) “Is there such a thing as a man-made stroke? In other words, did someone do this to (Democratic Senator Tim Johnson)? …I know what this [Republican] party is capable of.” — Joy Behar on The View
25) “When I see a stroller now, I see it as someone who evicted a person with AIDS, right or wrong.” — Brian Basinger, president of the Harvey Milk Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transsexual Democratic Club on the horror of having to live near heterosexual families in San Francisco.
19) “I propose a limitation be put on how many sqares [sic] of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don’t want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required.” — Sheryl Crow at the Huffington Post
18) “Now I believe, myself, that the secretary of state, the secretary of defense and you have to make your own decision as to what the president knows: that this war is lost, that the surge is not accomplishing anything.” — Democratic Senator Majority Leader, Harry Reid
16) “Al Qaeda really hurt us, but not as much as Rupert Murdoch has hurt us, particularly in the case of Fox News. Fox News is worse than Al Qaeda — worse for our society. It’s as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan ever was.” — MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann
12) “I have zero doubt that if Dick Cheney was not in power, people wouldn’t be dying needlessly tomorrow….I’m just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That’s a fact.” — Bill Maher
1) “Over time, however, the endless war in Iraq began to play a role in natural selection. Only idiots signed up; only idiots died. Back home, the average I.Q. soared.” — Ted Rall
Ignorance, malice and Bush Derangement Syndrome on full display from all corners in 2007.
Below are television ads which thank the volunteers in the United States military who have put their lives on the line around the world in the name of America and the gift of freedom and liberty.
So you can watch them here:
What exactly is NBC afraid of? Are they now rooting for al-Qaeda? Or do they still want America to win the global war against Islamic radicalism? I guess NBC only likes the First Amendment when it applies to Keith Olbermann.
Finally, which Democrats have sent letters to NBC asking them to reconsider?
Those of us that have excellent mental health knew from the beginning that The New Republic’s “Baghdad Diarist” stories stunk to high heaven.
Franklin Foer, editor of TNR and chief anti-US military propagandist for the Wacko Left blogosphere FINALLY admits it: IT WAS ALL MADE UP BY SCOTT THOMAS BEAUCHAMP. (…with the usual leftist double-speak and critic assassination thrown in for good measure, of course.)
[GP Ed. Note: After 13 pages of ridiculousness, we get the following...]
For the past four-and-a-half months, we’ve been reluctant to retract Beauchamp’s stories. Substantial evidence supports his account. It is difficult to imagine that he could enlist a conspiracy of soldiers to lie on his behalf. And they didn’t just vouch for him–they added new details and admitted gaps in their own knowledge. If they were simply lying to protect him, they likely wouldn’t have alerted us to Beauchamp’s Kuwait mistake. Furthermore, our conversation with Cross confirmed important underlying premises–the existence of bones, Bradleys running over dogs.
But, after our re-reporting, some of our questions are still unanswered. Did the driver intentionally run over dogs? Did he record his kills in a little green notebook? We’ve never been able to reach the driver. And Beauchamp told us that he’d procure a page from the notebook, but that has not materialized. This is a plausible anecdote, and several soldiers in Beauchamp’s unit had heard stories about dog-hunting, but only one had actually seen the driver Beauchamp wrote about intentionally hit dogs. He is one of Beauchamp’s friends, and, over the course of a number of e-mail exchanges with him, our faith in him has diminished.
Who said the following statement this week?
It suffices as evidence of this your entering of this war and your excusing of American soldiers from being held to account by the European courts. For this reason, this address of mine is to you, not to your politicians, as it is no longer a secret that Blair, Brown, Berlusconi, Aznar, Sarkozy and those with him and their like love to shade themselves in the shade of the White House. And there isn’t a major difference worth mentioning between them and many of the leaders of the Third World.
A – Cindy Sheehan
B – Nancy Pelosi
C – Osama bin Laden
D – Harry Reid
E – Dick Durbin
F – John Kerry
G – John Murtha
H – Hugo Chavez
Hard to tell, eh? The answer is C – Osama bin Laden…. but you would hardly know for sure, would you?
Gang Rape Victim Sentenced to Whipping in Saudi Arabia – Scotsman.com
SAUDI Arabia yesterday defended a court’s decision to sentence a woman who was gang-raped to 200 lashes.
The 19-year-old Shiite woman and an unrelated male companion were abducted and raped by seven men in 2006.
Ruling according to Saudi Arabia’s strict reading of Islamic law, a court originally sentenced the woman to 90 lashes and the rapists to jail terms of between ten months and five years. It blamed the woman for being alone with an unrelated man.
Sudan Charges British Teacher With Insulting Religion – FOX News.com
Sudan on Wednesday charged a British teacher with insulting religion and inciting hatred, a crime punishable by up to 40 lashes, six months in prison or a fine, after she named a class teddy bear “Muhammad.”
The charges come a day after a 7-year-old Sudanese boy said Gilliam Gibbons, 54, asked him as part of a school assignment what he wanted to call the stuffed animal and he said, ‘Muhammad,’ after his name.
A spokeswoman for the National Organization for Women said the situation “is definintely on the radar, and N.O.W. is not ignoring it.
But she added that the U.S.-based organization is “not putting out a statement or taking a position.”
The National Organization for Women will “not take a position” on the flogging of the British teacher in Sudan. NOT TAKE A POSITION?!? Does this mean they think there is some element of justice for Ms. Gibbons??
But folks, it isn’t only the deafening silence and indifference of the National Organization for Women.
Where is the Human Rights Campaign on these crimes against women? They were all over the Jena 6 case…. and never hesitate to take up an abortion fight. Or criticize a Christian leader at the drop of a hat. But they have consistently and deliberately ignored the threat to gays and women by Islamic terror around the world.
Nope, no statement from the Hypocrite Rights Campaign on these latest atrocities. Just good old “holiday shopping” for gay rights.
And where is Hillary Clinton? Michelle Obama? Barbara Boxer? Sheila Jackson-Lee? Barbara Streisand? Rosie O’Donnell? Do they not care about women of Arab descent being persecuted? Do they only care about leftist American women who can’t have abortions on demand?
Are they completely dumb, deaf and mute to the FACT that millions of women are oppressed under Sharia law around the world — yet they criticize their own nation, its President and its military that proactively LIBERATED 60 million women from oppressive regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq? Incredible.
These women and organizations are not in favor of womyn’s rights… they are in favor of their own political power and wealth.
Injured soldiers who lost their limbs fighting for their country have been driven from a swimming pool training session by jeering members of the public.
The men, injured during tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, were taking part in a rehabilitation session at a leisure centre, when two women demanded they be removed from the pool. They claimed that the soldiers “hadn’t paid” and might scare the children. (Telegraph)
Oh. My. God. I’m absolutely appalled and outraged. I agree completely with Admiral Lord Boyce:
“These people are beneath contempt and everything should be done to get their names and publish them in the press,” he said. “It is contemptible that people who have given up their limbs for their country should be so abused when they are trying to get fit again.”
I just finished sending an email to the British Ministry of Defence expressing my support for these men and inquiring if there is an established fund for the care of these vets that people can donate to. I hope they hear from people all over the world and perhaps this ugly episode can turn into something good for these men.
h/t Hot Air
– John (Average Gay Joe)
I have been happy to support the efforts of Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee to expose the fraudulent stories of Scott Thomas Beauchamp since the first items from his fiction piece, “Shock Troops”, were published by The New Republic.
Since TNR refuses to retract the story and stands by the made-up lies about our troops from Mr. Beauchamp, I am now happy to join Bob in urging that those who advertise at TNR feel the pressure. That’s what the marketplace of truthful ideas is all about. Bob sums it up well.
The New Republic doesn’t have an obligation to support the troops, or support the war in Iraq. It does have an obligation to retract stories for which they can provide no support.
Canwest MediaWorks, the Canadian company that owns The New Republic, does not have an obligation to decide the editorial policies of The New Republic, but it does have an obligation to discipline all editors who have refused to act ethically, who have misled readers, and who have attacked the military for defending itself from proven falsehoods and gross exaggerations (email Canwest Global CFO John McGuire at email@example.com, and be polite but firm).
We cannot force The New Republic to behave honorably, but we can make their dishonesty come at a price.
Here is the list of TNR advertisers. I join Bob in asking anyone affiliated with these organizations to urge their management to pull advertising from The New Republic.
|Alfred A. Knopf||Allstate||Amazon.com||American Gas Station|
|American Petroleum Institute||AstroZeneca (current issue)||Auto Alliance|
|Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (current issue)||BP (current issue)||Chevron (current issue)||CNN|
|FLAME (current issue)||Federal Express||The Financial Times||Focus Features|
|Ford Motor Company||Freddie Mac||GM||Grove Atlantic|
|HBO||Harvard University Press||History Channel||Hoover Institution (current issue)|
|MetLife||Microsoft||Mortage Bankers||Nuclear Energy Institute|
|The New School||New York Times||Novartis||Palgrave Macmillan (current issue)|
|Simon & Shuster||John Templeton Foundation (current issue)||University of Chicago Press||University Press of Kansas (current issue)|
|U.S. Telecom||Visa (current issue)||The Wall Street Journal||Warner Brothers|
|Warner Brothers Home Video||W.W. Norton||Wyeth Laboratories||Yale University Press (current issue)|
Glenn Greenwald, October 25, 2007: “And it shows, as the Army’s behavior in the Beauchamp case is exactly what one would expect from an increasingly politicized, Republican-controlled division of the right-wing noise machine.”
Ted Rall, October 22, 2007: “In 2007, Americans were dumber than dirt. Over time, however, the endless war in Iraq began to play a role in natural selection. Only idiots signed up; only idiots died. Back home, the average IQ soared.”
You can’t blame them though…. they are only following the 30-year campaign of Democrat Party political leaders.
Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader – April 19, 2007: “I believe … that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything, as is shown by the extreme violence in Iraq this week.”
Fortunately, Reid’s plans to help al-Qaeda and bring defeat to the USA by undercutting America’s troops is itself failing.
Military Reports Lower Casualty Rates In Key Iraq Insurgent Strongholds – FOX News – October 25, 2007
U.S. combat troop deaths and other violence in Iraq are down significantly in some of the most dangerous places of insurgent activity, including Al Anbar province, military officials in Washington and Baghdad said Wednesday.
Maybe most significant was that last week there was not a single military casualty — Iraqi or U.S. — in Anbar, said Maj. Gen. Richard Sherlock, a Joint Chiefs spokesman. It is apparently the first time since March 2003 that could be said.
The numbers reflect the timeframe between mid-June — the peak of the troop surge President Bush announced in January — and the beginning of this week. The surge amounted to roughly 30,000 more troops in Iraq, hitting full-force with nearly 170,000 U.S. troops.
The numbers might be the most positive sign yet of progress against insurgent activity since January.
Sherlock also listed several other statistics that he said showed terrorist activity is decreasing:
— Violence in and around Baghdad is down 59 percent.
— Car bombs are down 65 percent.
— Casualties from car bombs and roadside bombs are down by 80 percent.
— Casualties from enemy attacks down 77 percent.
— Operations against Iraqi security forces are down 62 percent.
— Assassination attempts for sectarian reasons are down 72 percent.
Oh yeah, and a reminder of what Not-My-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier this week:
“Afghanistan, we have to be there. That’s where the terrorism began, that’s the fight we have. Iraq is not the war on terror.”
Maybe she should sit down and tell that to Iran, al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremists hell bent on killing Americans in Iraq.
Osama bin Laden, October 22, 2007: “My mujahedeen brothers in Iraq, you are a people worthy of praise and flattery. You’ve done well to carry out a glorious duty by fighting the enemy.”
Um… I don’t think bin Laden was talking about “global warming” or “pesky alley cats” when he refers to “the enemy”. He’s talking about you and me… the USA and Western democracies.
“Do not be deluded by your power and modern weapons. Although they win some battles, they lose the war. Patience and steadfastness are better than them. What is important is the outcome.
We have been tolerant for 10 years in fighting the Soviet Union with our few weapons and we managed to drain their economy.
They became history, with God’s help. You should learn lessons from that.”
Meanwhile, back in Delusionville, USA…..
I suppose poor Nancy has never heard of Tehran, 1979. Or Beirut, 1983. Or New York City, 1993. Or Yemen, 2000. Or Bali, or London, or Madrid, or Islamabad, or Ankara for that matter.
I guess she simply hasn’t mastered those complicated war strategies of “multiple theatres and alliances.” Honey, you go to where the enemy IS. Not where they WERE.
Thank God for the Western democracies that Pelosi wasn’t a General in WWII. We’d have nuked the Japanese, yet be goosestepping across Times Square in brownshirts with red armbands.
Drudge has exclusively obtained documents regarding the Scott Thomas Beauchamp “Shock Troops” scandal. (h/t – GP Reader Peter Hughes).
These US Army documents, including a transcript of a phone call with editors of The New Republic clearly show the folks at TNR were lying to its readers when they repeatedly stated that Scott Beauchamp’s fictional accounts of Iraq were in fact true (CBS’ “fake, but accurate” scenario). TNR editors also lied when they said that the US Army was censoring him and they weren’t able to communicate with him.
On August 10, the editors at TNR accused the Army of “stonewalling” their investigation into the stories by preventing them from speaking with Beauchamp. The DRUDGE REPORT has since obtained the transcript of a September 7 call between TNR editor Frank Foer, TNR executive editor Peter Scoblic, and Private Beauchamp. During the call, Beauchamp declines to stand by his stories, telling his editors that “I just want it to end. I’m not going to talk to anyone about anything really.” The editors respond that “we just can’t, in good conscience, continue to defend the piece” without an explanation, but Beauchamp responds only that he “doesn’t care what the public thinks.” The editors then ask Beauchamp to cancel scheduled interviews with the WASHINGTON POST and NEWSWEEK.
The DRUDGE REPORT has also obtained a signed “Memorandum for Record” in which Beauchamp recants his stories and concedes the facts of the Army’s investigation — that his stories contained “gross exaggerations and inaccurate allegations of misconduct” by his fellow soldiers.
The third document obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT is the Army’s official report on the investigation into the allegations made by Private Beauchamp. The Army concluded that Beauchamp had “completely fabricated” the story of mocking a disfigured woman, that his description of a “Saddam-era dumping ground” was false, and that claims that he and his men had deliberately targeted dogs with their armored vehicles was “completely unfounded.”
The ultimate Phony Soldier Story has been officially ripped apart (as many of us knew for months it would be).
Will Andrew Sullivan still stick up for his former employer and their pack of liars?
The only people who miss violent deaths in Iraq more than its cemetery workers…
A drop in violence around Iraq has cut burials in the huge Wadi al Salam cemetery here by at least one-third in the past six months, and that’s cut the pay of thousands of workers who make their living digging graves, washing corpses or selling burial shrouds.
Few people have a better sense of the death rate in Iraq .
“I always think of the increasing and decreasing of the dead,” said Sameer Shaaban, 23, one of more than 100 workers who specialize in ceremonially washing the corpses. “People want more and more money, and I am one of them, but most of the workers in this field don’t talk frankly, because they wish for more coffins, to earn more and more.”
…. are McClatchy Newspaper reporters and the American Democratic Party leadership.
[Related Story – “Iraq War is ‘Lost’: US Democrat Leader – - Breitbart.com, April 19, 2007 ]
[Related Story – Baghdad neighborhoods sees 85% reduction in violence – Multi-National Force, Iraq, October 14, 2007]
A man who tried to position himself as a leader of the anti-war movement by claiming to have participated in war crimes while serving in Iraq is facing federal charges of falsifying his record.
Jesse Adam Macbeth, formerly of Phoenix, garnered much attention on blogs and in some alternative media after he began claiming in 2005 to have been awarded a Purple Heart for his service, which he said included slaughtering innocents in a Fallujah mosque. His story was contradicted by his true discharge form, showing that he was kicked out of the Army after six weeks at Fort Benning, Ga., in 2003 because of his “entry level performance and conduct.”
A complaint unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle charged him with one count of using or possessing a forged or altered military discharge certificate, and one count of making false statements in seeking benefits from the Veterans Administration…
…Macbeth claimed to have been shot in Iraq and to have suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, LaMont E. Stokes, an agent with the VA’s Office of the Inspector General, wrote in the charging papers. He collected more than $10,400 in benefits to which he was not entitled, Stokes wrote.
Stokes said he interviewed Macbeth in the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma, where he has been serving a sentence for fourth-degree assault, and that Macbeth admitted falsifying the documents because he was homeless and wanted to “sucker” anything he could out of the government.
Iraq Veterans Against the War and other organizations removed his allegations from their Web sites after learning they were false. In one videotaped interview, a skinny, stuttering Macbeth, dressed in a camouflaged jacket, described slaughtering hundreds of people in a mosque: “We would burn their bodies … hang their bodies from the rafters in the mosque,” he said.
Macbeth is truly a Phony Soldier, and media star for the Left Wing Anti-American Caucus.
I urge all of you to watch this video and read the transcript of Rush Limbaugh’s supposed blanket statement calling troops who oppose the war “phony soldiers”. It is a lie and another smear campaign by MediaMatters and parroted by MSNBC.
I heard Rush at the top of his show Friday when he replayed the alleged broad smear from Wednesday’s show. He was clearly talking about one particular soldier (Jesse MacBeth) who never served in Iraq, but claimed to have witnessed US military atrocities, and therefore became the celeb du jour for the Loony Left.
But don’t believe me… watch for yourself…. unless you are afraid of the truth.
UPDATE (from GPW): I just watched the clip that Bruce provided above and listened to and read the audio clip on Media Matters‘s site. It seems that, once again, Media Matters is making a mountain out of a mole hill.
In the clip on Media Matters’s site, Rush seems to be making a general point about some of the “soldiers” whom the left likes to feature as war opponents. I agree that he could have been a bit clearer, but there is no evidence to suggest that he he meant all soldiers who oppose the war.
Perhaps, he should have acknowledged that some soldiers who did serve favor withdrawal. That said, the left (and the MSM) has trotted out soldiers with spotty (or non-existent) service records who happen to oppose the war.
This was not his prepared monologue, so, given the nature of the program, I’ll give him a pass on not being perfectly clear, especially given his clarification in the clip above.
He made the comment “phony soldiers” only once (at least in the clip Media Matters provided). It seemed rhetoric more than anything else. Not just that. It seems that this left-wing web-site is grasping at straws in its attempt to smear Rush. And I don’t think it will have much traction.
This is a guest posting from GP Commenter Jeff (aka – I Love Capitalism)
I live in a “blue” area, dominated by liberals. Despite their dominance, some still need to proclaim their views in the oddest places. At the YMCA the other day, an older man and an older couple – think aging semi-hippies: unkempt hair, a tie-dye T-shirt among them, and all three of them caucasian – overflowed in joyful agreement about how terrible the Iraq war is. I couldn’t imagine why they needed to uplift their voices to the whole weight room, but I did admire how the one dude was like a machine, the way he rattled off Daily Kos clichés:
1) He “supports the troops” (quotes here show his words, as best I can remember), but we must understand, his idea of it is “bringing them home and not spending another *dime* on their equipment.” And he certainly doesn’t support “all those mercenaries” in Iraq.
2) America is “making the same mistakes as Vietnam”, as our troops “kill innocent people.”
3) People who don’t think like he does are “blindsided” (i.e., idiotic).
4) Iraqis don’t want democracy and “aren’t capable of it”, due to their “different culture”.
5) He says we should “leave native cultures alone” and not try to “develop these countries, like in Africa” or “teach them anything”, because “we just cause pain” in doing so.
6) Iraq is a “war for Christianity”.
7) He’s into Buddhism because “nobody ever fought a war for Buddhism”. In fairness, at this point, he or one of his companions added, “Well maybe the Japanese.”
I kept my mouth shut, so as not to compound their faux pas – inflicting politics on strangers who only came to do squats! But I kept thinking, wow, surely I know this guy from Gay Patriot. ;-) For the enlightenment of you left-wing GP skimmers who still don’t get it, I’ll answer the guy’s rote points:
1) Our troops and NGOs in Iraq are volunteers, not mercenaries. Their mission is to beat al Qaeda (and some would argue, Iran). They accepted that mission when they re-enlisted. Understand this: You DO NOT support them, if you don’t support them doing their mission.
2) Al Qaeda kills innocent people in Iraq. Our troops defend innocent people with care and professionalism.
3) People who don’t think just like you are not “blind” or “blindsided”. You, on the other hand, may be.
4) Ordinary Iraqis want democracy and are as capable of it as other non-Westerners. It’s not only false, but racist to pretend otherwise.
5) When America “leaves native cultures alone, like in Africa”, we condemn the people to subsistence-farming and lives that are nasty, brutish and short.
6) Iraq is not a war for Christianity. It is, however, a war to prevent a radical Islamist Caliphate, and so to prevent or mitigate a greater, future war. If we leave Iraq in the hands of either Iran or al Qaeda – in 10 years, we are so screwed. Get it?
7) If you seriously believe “Nobody ever fought a war for Buddhism”, Amazon has a book for you.
It’d be nice to go somewhere without running into crazed lefty loonies.
Courtesy of Hot Air, a video has been posted online showing Jason Mattera of the Young America’s Foundation* confronting Rep. Jack Murtha over past comments he made in light of the recent exonerations of 4 of the 8 Marines (so far) involved in the now infamous engagement in Haditha, Iraq. Remember Murtha? Besides being the fellow with the brilliant strategy of fighting the war in Iraq via Okinawa, he couldn’t run fast enough to every TV camera in town thundering that these Marines had “killed innocent civilians in cold blood“. All this before an investigation into the massacre allegations was even completed. Did the ‘honorable gentleman’ apologize for his crass presumption or retract any of the outrageous comments he made? Nope. Instead he whined about how he had served in Korea and Vietnam and “redeployed” in an elevator. Funny how this self-centered SOB whines in outrage about his service but conveniently forgets that of these Marines he falsely accused.
If Larry Craig was forced to resign for his bathroom antics (rightfully so), surely Murtha’s despicable behavior deserves equal treatment. Of course, this would be expecting some political groupings to have an idea of what integrity and honor are all about.
Comment of the day from a poster at Hot Air:
It looked to me as though Mr. Murtha, under heavy questioning, redeployed to the elevator.
Blaise on September 18, 2007 at 4:23 PM
–John (Average Gay Joe)
UPDATE: Gateway Pundit has a video of someone else asking Murtha about his previous comments, which he angrily dismisses with his line “the trial’s not over yet”. 4 down, 4 to go Jack. Regardless of the outcome of the last 4, what about the 4 men who have been cleared that you slandered?
[GP Ed. Note - This is a guest posting from GP Reader "I Love Capitalism "]
Following MoveOn.org’s contemptible attack on the patriotism of General Petraeus, one of the sillier comments to be heard from some of the ad’s defenders is along the lines, ‘How is this any different from the Swift Boat Vet attacks on Kerry in the 2004 election?’ For example, Senator Dick Durbin tried it on the Senate floor.
The Swift Vets and POWs for Truth apparently got under the skin of the Left in 2004. All manner of falsehoods and conspiracies are now attributed to their perceived members. For example, just recently, more than one Kos diarist wanted to tie them to an alleged plot to ‘steal’ California’s electoral votes. (Yeah. Weird.)
That the Swift Vets allegedly “lied” and “stole” the 2004 election has become an article of faith, not to be disputed, among the MSM-Left-Nutroots in their soundproof echo chamber. Even MSM editorials willing to criticize the attack on Petraeus will breezily cite the SVPfT as examples of “libel”. Let’s note here that Kerry’s supporters tried to muzzle the SVPfT ads at the time on grounds of allegedly being libelous, and wanted Kerry to sue the Swift Vets for libel, but Kerry avoided a courtroom showdown and now he will never sue them. (Scared much, John?)
In any case, MoveOn.org’s attacks on Petraeus are, in fact, different from SVPfT’s on Kerry. Here’s why.
Who they are: The Swift Vets and POWs were a case of decorated, honorable veterans – including Bud Day from the POW side, the most-decorated U.S. veteran still living – in a dispute with a fellow veteran running for office, John F. Kerry. MoveOn.org, by contrast, is a bunch of civilian politicos attacking, not a long-ago veteran running for political office, but a currently-serving general.
Who they’re affecting: The Swift Vets were in dispute with Kerry over matters past. By contrast, to the extent MoveOn.org’s attack on Petraeus will have any meaning or impact, it must and will be to undermine the morale of U.S. troops in the field today.
Who started it: Kerry started the dispute with his Swift Vet comrades and commanders when he publicly – and falsely – smeared them as war criminals. Needless to say, Petraeus had done nothing of the kind to anyone at MoveOn.org.
How they know: The Swift Vets served with Kerry (or commanded him), and knew him personally. They objected to Kerry’s fitness as a potential Commander-in-Chief because of incidents that occurred in their own direct, personal experience of him.Click here to see who some of the Swift Vets were and are.
MoveOn.org speaks with no comparable authority, as regards Petraeus’ character or actions in “betraying” anyone.
What they’re after: Contrary to left-liberal myth, the Swift Vets represented a broad spectrum of American political opinion, including “Democrats, Republicans and Independents” (and also the occasional Green, and the occasional Constitutionalist). As a young man, their leader John O’Neill pointedly told President Nixon he was a Democrat. Later, O’Neill contributed to some Republican candidates, but also voted for Al Gore in 2000. Their motive truly was that they believed that Kerry – given his record of slandering the United States, its military, and them – would make the worst possible Commander-in-Chief.
By contrast, MoveOn.org represents only the far Left, and even pretends to own the Democratic Party.
The state of their evidence: The Swift Vets had prime evidence against Kerry, including not only their own first-hand experiences, but also Kerry’s own words in slandering the United States, and them. Some of their most important ads did nothing but present Kerry’s own words and actions.
How can the same be said of MoveOn’s shameful, sleazy allegations about Petraeus? MoveOn.org cites as its “evidence”, things like the fact that Petraeus had thought we were making progress in Iraq back in December 2004 – which indeed we were at the time, before the Golden Mosque bombing of early 2006. Kerry, in sharp contrast to Petraeus, really did betray America by meeting with its enemies to directly give them political aid and comfort.
I could go on, but let’s sum up.
- Attacked a general currently serving us well in the field: MoveOn.org
- Only attacked a politician running for office: Swift Vets
- Had served with their target, and knew his poor character from personal experience: Swift Vets
- Attacked only in response to their target’s earlier scurrilous attacks on them: Swift Vets
- Represented a political-cross section, attacking essentially from a non-partisan and personal kind of concern: Swift Vets
- Had incontrovertible evidence against their target, including his own words in his explicitly condemning and turning on America: Swift Vets
Advantage: Swift Vets.
**UPDATE** – Log Cabin’s President Patrick Sammon has issued a statement….
“We condemn Moveon.org’s baseless attacks on General Petraeus. These
irresponsible allegations harm our nation’s ability to continue making
progress in Iraq.”
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out…. but even I was surprised at the extensive web of money connections between MoveOn.org and America’s top gay organizations: Human Rights Campaign, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Log Cabin Republicans.
If the American gay community has any decency and honor and truly “supports the troops” they need to prove it now.
I would ask everyone who is involved with these organizations to contact them immediately. Urge the HRC, NGLTF and LCR to immediately denounce the “Betray Us” ad attacking General Petraeus.
In addition, our gay mainstream organizations need to sever all financial ties they have with MoveOn.org. That would include direct financial connections, as well as their relationships with the George Soros-umbrella organization – America Votes — that directly connects MoveOn.org with the American gay mainstream organizations using the money of their dues-paying members.
Finally, the corporate partners that support HRC and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force need to know that these groups have direct financial and working relationships with MoveOn.org. These corporate partners also need to withdraw support to HRC and NGLTF unless these two organizations denounce the Petraeus/Betray Us ad from MoveOn.org.
The Human Rights Campaign’s corporate partners include: American Airlines, Citigroup, IBM, Ernst & Young, Chase Bank, Dell, Motorola, Nike, Merrill Lynch and Showtime Cable Network.
The NGLTF’s corporate partners include: American Airlines, WellsFargo Bank, Here! Cable Network, and Bacardi.
Also, WellsFargo Bank has received direct financial expenditures from MoveOn.org, so they should have a special role in denouncing the Petraeus/Betray Us ad.
First, Andrew Tobias who is one of the Human Rights Campaign’s biggest political and money supporters, and who is also the Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, is listed as one of the top individual contributors to MoveOn.org from the 2004 cycle. Tobias has given to MoveOn.org since the 2004 elections as well.
Now, we move to Tim Gill of the Gill Foundation. As you know, I’ve repeatedly reported in the past on Gill’s extensive political involvement and contributions to America’s gay organizations…. especially his connections to Log Cabin Republicans. Former LCR head, Patrick Guerriero is now an employee of the Gill Foundation and though LCR has refused to provide the details, I have laid out a strong case that Gill helped fund the $1M TV ad campaign that LCR ran in 2004 targeting President Bush in key battleground states.
Finally, both Gill and Tobias have contributed to the Soros-umbrella organization “America Votes“. This organization is the web that connects the money trail between MoveOn.org and the major American gay organizations: HRC, NGLTF, and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. These groups, plus MoveOn.org are direct financial and political partners under the Soros/”America Votes” umbrella.
Gill’s large individual contributions to “America Votes” and his extensive ties to Log Cabin Republicans should be a major concern to LCR and encourage them to denounce the Petraeus/Betray Us ad and ask Tim Gill to do the same.
So that’s what I got so far, gang. I know there is a lot more. Many contributors to “America Votes” are also involved and/or contributors to all of the major American gay organizations.
If any of you would like to take this research further…. I’ll be happy to update it as I get more information from you.