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Shut up, they explained (Minnesota Democrats have pro-war ad pulled)
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Posted on 02/16/2006 8:39:54 PM PST by hipaatwo

We've obtained a copy of a striking message sent out by Minnesota Democrats seeking to silence the television advertisements featuring soldiers and the parents of fallen soldiers supporting the war in Iraq. Why would Democrats want to silence the voices of these citizens? (You can see the two ads here.)

Here is the text of the e-mail message from the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party calling for the ad to be pulled:

Dear DFLer,

I’ve heard from many of you that you are disturbed by the misleading "Midwest Heroes" ads produced by Progress for America Voter Fund that are currently being run by KARE 11 and WCCO. The ads erroneously make a connection between Iraq and the 9/11 terrorists attacks and suggest that the war in Iraq will prevent an attack by Al Queda in America. The 9/11 Commission findings clearly state that there was no connection between Iraq and the the Al Queda terrorists attacks on 9/11. We must call for media responsibility regarding this issue. We have extraordinary sympathy for our troops and their families and believe that while our soldiers’ role is to protect the citizens of our country, it is our role as citizens to protect our soldiers and to make certain that they are not misused. It is a travesty that the tragedies of five countries and the deaths of our brave men and women are being used in this type of propaganda.

Right now, our state is a testing ground for these ads. If Minnesota speaks out and says no to this ad, the entire country can thank us. What we do here, now, will have an enormous impact on the success or failure of this kind of swiftboating in 06.

You can view the ads at:

Additionally, WCCO did a Reality Check stating that the ad is misleading and partly true, which in my mind means that it is partly false. See it at:

If you feel that this ad is doing a disservice to our troops and is misleading at best, and pure propaganda at worst, please call:

KARE 11 at 763 546 1111

WCCO at 612 370 0611

to ask for the removal of the ads. Letters to the Editor in your local paper would be helpful to point out the untruths being communicated to citizens as fact. Thanks in advance for being a voice of truth, and for all that you do to improve the state of our nation and state.

DFL Chair Brian Melendez will be holding a press conference at the State Capitol today at 2:30 to ask that this ad be pulled from the air waves. He will be joined by congressional candidate and veteran Tim Walz. Please tune in to your evening news to see coverage of this important event.


Donna Cassutt, Associate Chair,
Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party The new ad features the mother of Army Sergeant Michael Carlson of St. Paul, the young man who wrote his credo as a senior at Cretin High School:

"When I am on my deathbed, what am I going to look back on? Will it be thirty years of fighting crime and protecting the country of all enemies, foreign and domestic? I want my life to account for something...I only have so much time. I want to be good at life; I want to be known as the best of the best at my job. I want people to need me, to count on me...I want to fight for something, be part of something that is greater than myself. I want to be a soldier..."
The Midwest Heroes site includes the rest of the story here:
After serving nearly four years in the Army, including a final stint with the Ice Platoon (82nd Engineers), Michael, 22, fulfilled those prophetic words. During a night mission, his platoon was assigned to cordon off and take out of commission, two bomb-making factories. As the Bradley they were driving was going over a culvert in the roadway, the culvert gave way and the vehicle rolled over backwards into the water. Seven soldiers were in the Bradley; five died, including Michael. A rescue unit was able to save two other soldiers, in large part because before he died, Michael was able to partly pry open the hatch in the vehicle. Says [Michael's mother] Merrilee, "We are privileged to have men and women serving in the military who are willing to give their lives, their time, and their energy to preserve, protect and defend our freedom."

"We can't leave this work undone in Iraq. We can all argue about how we might have gotten there. But we're there and we need to see it through... I suppose we could have taken the beaches at Normandy," Merrilee said, "and then decided it was too expensive or too difficult to keep going. I wonder what the world would look like today." On Memorial Day last year the Wall Street Journal published Carlson's credo under the heading "An American Soldier." See also our post "Michael Carlson and his credo."

JOHN adds: It's interesting that, while the Democratic Party repeatedly claims that the "Midwest Heroes" ad is false and misleading, it cites only one statement that it alleges is incorrect: "The ads erroneously make a connection between Iraq and the 9/11 terrorists attacks...." The Democrats' assertion is false. Here is what the ad says:

[O]ur enemy in Iraq is al Qaeda--the same terrorists who killed three thousand Americans on 9/11, the same terrorists from the first World Trade Center bombing, the USS Cole, Madrid, London, and many more.

The ad doesn't say Iraq was behind September 11; it says that we are now fighting al Qaeda in Iraq, which is obviously true. The Democrats just made their charge up, because there is no legitimate basis on which the ad can be criticized. Minnesota's Democratic Party should be ashamed of itself.

JOHN adds one more: The Minneapolis Star Tribune has more tonight. They report on KSTP television's refusal to run the "Midwest Heroes" ad. KSTP refused to air the ad because it included a sentence that was critical of the media: "You'd never know it from the news reports but our enemy in Iraq is Al-Qaida, the same terrorists who killed 3,000 Americans on 9/11." KSTP says:

We think it may or may not be true for other media but we know it's not true about us, which is why we wouldn't take those spots.

The paper also reports on the Democratic Party's press conference demanding that the veterans' freedom of speech be squelched:

DFL Party Chairman Brian Melendez called a news conference to call the ad "un-American, untruthful and a lie."

"Minnesota has a chance to take a stand against this misleading and untruthful propaganda," he said. Referring to controversial ads that ran during the last presidential race, he said, "Minnesota TV stations should pull this ad and send a message that we will not tolerate this kind of 'swift-boating' anymore."

So now soldiers who support the war they fought in are "un-American." Unbelievable. And, by the way, does anyone have any idea what "Swiftboating" is supposed to mean? Is that when a veteran says something that liberals disagree with? Is it when a serviceman publicly describes events that he participated in and witnessed with his own eyes? I'm not sure just what the criteria are, but it seems clear that only veterans and servicemen can be guilty of the dreaded crime of "Swiftboating."

Finally, Strib columnist Nick Coleman attacks the new ad, which features the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq:

Americans are divided about this war. But there are patriots on all sides of the debate and there are many families, including those in mourning, praying for an end to it.

These cynical ads ignore that. They exploit the fallen and are a disservice to the troops. More than that, they are lies.

Strong language. But what, exactly, were the lies in the second ad? Coleman hints at only one:

The final mother figure in the ad tells the camera: "We have to finish this job to remember Erik's sacrifice, and all of the other fallen heroes." She is identified as M. J. Kesterson, and many viewers will assume she is the mother of Chief Warrant Officer Erik Kesterson, 29, a helicopter pilot killed in 2003 who figures prominently in the ad.

But she's not his mom.

M.J. Kesterson is married to Erik's father, who also appears in the ad, and she's Erik's stepmother.

So that's the "lie." Of course, the ad doesn't say Mrs. Kesterson is Kesterson's mother; that's just what "many viewers will assume." In other words, it isn't a lie at all.

The hatred and fear with which liberals treat the efforts of a handful of servicemen and their families to express support for their mission and optimism about its outcome is sickening.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: demlies; dumbdems; iraq; waronterror; wot
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To: hipaatwo

this is just amazing... I'm stunned at the depths the democrat party keeps sinking... I mean they eaten the scum at the bottom of the barrel and now chewed the bottom out, bottomless I guess. 2008 is locked in for the conservative movement, all we have to do sit and watch

21 posted on 02/16/2006 8:57:22 PM PST by Cinnamon
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To: DoNotDivide

And so should we be also (on the attack). They must be driven back into the holes and rocks they climbed out of. They are the enemy, they stand for the defeat of my son, his buddies and all those serving our country.

22 posted on 02/16/2006 8:57:44 PM PST by brushcop (Mission Accomplished B-Co, 2/69 3d ID! God bless you and WELCOME HOME!)
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To: brushcop

The DFL Communists only dire weapon is a luke-warm Republican Party that rolls over on Conservatives and a furious, eloquent and uncompromising stand for truth.

23 posted on 02/16/2006 9:01:34 PM PST by DoNotDivide (Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.)
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To: DoNotDivide

Well said, that could be our defeat in the politcal arena but in the streets, well...

24 posted on 02/16/2006 9:05:50 PM PST by brushcop (Mission Accomplished B-Co, 2/69 3d ID! God bless you and WELCOME HOME!)
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To: brushcop

I hear that. By the time it hits the streets, you'd better already be well prepared - along with everyone you know that really understands and cares about America.

25 posted on 02/16/2006 9:09:05 PM PST by DoNotDivide (Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.)
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To: Wolfhound777
"The democrats are the enemy within. "

Some people say that "Fundamentalist Muslims" are our enemy; I really have not yet been convinced that All MUSLIMS are NOT our enemy. But of one thing I am truly certain- The DEMOCRATIC PARTY is indeed the enemy of all patriotic Americans, especially the U.S. Military and all of our veterans.

26 posted on 02/16/2006 9:13:46 PM PST by de Buillion (Give us your perverts, pedophiles, and sodomites. San Francisco wants YOU!)
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To: de Buillion

The Communist Democrats actually believe that they will play in a major role in the coming World Communist Government. Fools.

27 posted on 02/16/2006 9:19:21 PM PST by DoNotDivide (Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.)
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To: hipaatwo
I have be the bad guy here I think.

First I have to say I love these adds they are great. But why would the news media play bad publicity to their own demise? This statement is true but why would a TV station run it to hurt their self?

“You would never know it by the news reports but the enemy in Iraq is Al Quada…”

The news media is in to deep to change their ways now.

Think about it.

28 posted on 02/16/2006 9:35:41 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* “I love you guys”)
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To: kylaka

i was being civil ;)

29 posted on 02/16/2006 9:36:27 PM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: hipaatwo

The ads are factual with real people, not actors. The Democrats are lying again.

30 posted on 02/16/2006 9:40:44 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: hipaatwo


31 posted on 02/16/2006 9:44:45 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: hipaatwo

I first heard about these ads from my teenage daughter, who was shocked to see something expressing that point of view on any Minnesota television. In our normally talkative household, we all go silent when that ad comes up. My daughter always says, "That's so cool."

What does it say about our new media when someone need to buy air time to counteract the false and misleading news reports over the last several years?

God bless my daughter for noticing.

32 posted on 02/16/2006 9:44:59 PM PST by LachlanMinnesota (The real Churchill knew a blood thirsty gutter snipe when he saw one.)
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To: hipaatwo

Democrats = The best anti-evolution arguement.

33 posted on 02/16/2006 9:47:22 PM PST by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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To: hipaatwo

More liberal protection of free speech.

34 posted on 02/16/2006 9:52:28 PM PST by TBP
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To: Ma3lst0rm
"Just when you thought Democrats could sink no lower they break through the bottom of the barrel. "

Today's Democrats can only be stored in bottomless barrels, as they break through the bottoms at too fast a rate to keep up.

35 posted on 02/16/2006 9:52:31 PM PST by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American (Keep the adults in charge of Congress.)
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To: hipaatwo

Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party

These aren't Democrats. They're freakin' COMMUNISTS!

36 posted on 02/16/2006 9:53:33 PM PST by Just Lori (Trying to reason with a liberal is like sucking spaghetti through a straw)
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To: hipaatwo

I tried to post this early today but it went to general chat. I guess the moderator didn't recognize it as a news story.
37 posted on 02/16/2006 9:55:54 PM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: hipaatwo

The ads at midwestheros are excellent!

38 posted on 02/16/2006 10:08:17 PM PST by rockrr (Never argue with a man who buys ammo in bulk...)
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To: hipaatwo

Why do people still call them the "Democrat Party". They are the Communist Party. Democrats are supposed to be Americans; those empty suits posing as Democrats are c-o-m-m-u-n-i-s-t-s.

39 posted on 02/16/2006 11:11:30 PM PST by TheCrusader ("The frenzy of the mohammedans has devastated the Churches of God" Pope Urban II ~ 1097A.D.)
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