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  • War Hero Bud Day Dies at 88

    07/28/2013 8:13:17 AM PDT · by kristinn · 77 replies
    Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | Sunday, July 28, 2013
    Retired Air Force Colonel Bud Day, a celebrated war hero and veteran's activist, died Saturday. He was 88. Day, a Medal of Honor recipient, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than five years. He also received the Purple Heart. William Everett, regional commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, said Day was very giving of his free time, attending military ceremonies until his health no longer allowed him to. One of his last appearances was at his own birthday celebration Feb. 24. "Very, very sad," Everett said, of hearing about Day's death Saturday morning. "It's...
  • Newt Gingrich: 'I feel Romney-boated'

    01/02/2012 8:06:07 PM PST · by Mariner · 89 replies
    AP ^ | January 1, 2012 | Shannon McCafferrey
    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - Struggling to reverse a slide in his standing, Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich said Sunday he'd been "Romney-boated" in Iowa and suggested his GOP rival would buy the presidency if he could. The sharp words against Mitt Romney, a multimillionaire many times over who is in strong contention to win Iowa, come two days before voters here weigh in on the Republican field. It was part of a stepped-up effort by Gingrich to contrast himself with Romney, and the candidate said he would adopt an even more aggressive strategy when the race moves to New Hampshire,...
  • Book on Obama Hopes to Repeat Anti-Kerry Feat

    08/13/2008 12:07:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 179+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 13, 2008 | JIM RUTENBERG and JULIE BOSMAN
    In the summer of 2004 the conservative gadfly Jerome R. Corsi shot to the top of the best-seller lists as co-author of “Unfit for Command,” the book attacking Senator John Kerry’s record on a Vietnam War Swift boat that began the larger damaging campaign against Mr. Kerry’s war credentials as he sought the presidency. Almost exactly four years after that campaign began, Mr. Corsi has released a new attack book painting Senator Barack Obama, the Democrats’ presumed presidential nominee, as a stealth radical liberal who has tried to cover up “extensive connections to Islam” — Mr. Obama is Christian —...
  • Obama seems inept at patriot games: Clinton wisely mum as troubles engulf rival

    03/22/2008 9:14:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies · 2,444+ views
    The National Post ^ | March 22, 2008 | Sheldon Alberts
    WASHINGTON -It is already easy to imagine the Republican attack ads against Barack Obama. They open with video of his wife, Michelle, saying she was proud of America "for the first time in my adult lifetime" because of her husband's presidential candidacy. Cut to the Illinois Senator explaining that he doesn't wear an American flag lapel pin because it is a "substitute for true patriotism." Then flash a clip of Obama explaining that his Caucasian grandmother was a "typical white person" because she uttered racial epithets and was afraid of black people. Finally, the coup de grace, pictures of Obama's...
  • To Set The Record Straight

    01/24/2008 8:56:32 PM PST · by The Shrew · 14 replies · 626+ views ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2008 | Henry Mark Holzer
    If John Kerry had been elected President of the United States in November 2004, especially with the incoming majority Democrat Congress, it is highly likely that Iraq would be in the midst of a civil war, Iran’s regional influence would have increased, Israel would be in more jeopardy than it is now, two Supreme Court seats would be occupied by clones of John Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg instead of by John Roberts and Samuel Alito, judicial decisions would have given even more “rights” to enemy combatants, domestic entitlements and earmarks would have skyrocketed, the Bush tax cuts would be...
  • U.S. War Vets to Speak Publicly About War Crimes

    11/30/2007 10:41:29 PM PST · by Phil Harmonic · 149 replies · 1,072+ views
    OneWorld.Net ^ | Nov 30, 2007 | Aaron Glantz
    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 29 (OneWorld) - U.S. war veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have announced they're planning to descend on Washington, DC this March to testify about war crimes they committed or personally witnessed in Iraq. "The war in Iraq is not covered to its potential because of how dangerous it is for reporters to cover it," said Liam Madden, a former Marine and member of the group Iraq Veterans Against the War. "That's left a lot of misconceptions in the minds of the American public about what the true nature of military occupation looks like." Iraq Veterans Against the...
  • Kerry vows to disprove Swift boat claims

    11/16/2007 1:14:29 PM PST · by xtinct · 63 replies · 182+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/16/07 | GLEN JOHNSON
    BOSTON - Sen. John Kerry, whose 2004 presidential campaign was torpedoed by critics of his Vietnam War record, said Friday he has personally accepted a Texas oilman's offer to pay $1 million to anyone who can disprove even a single charge of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. In a letter to T. Boone Pickens, the Massachusetts Democrat wrote: "While I am prepared to show they lied on allegation after allegation, you have generously offered to pay one million dollars for just one thing that can be proven false. I am prepared to prove the lie beyond any reasonable doubt."...
  • Kerry Says He’s Finally Ready to Refute Swift Boat Veterans

    11/12/2007 10:10:19 AM PST · by John Semmens · 13 replies · 127+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 10 Nov 2007 | John Semmens
    Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) whose bid for the presidency in 2004 was damaged by attacks on his vaunted Vietnam War record by a group called “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth,” says he is now ready to refute their allegations. “We have put together a powerful and irrefutable rebuttal to the scurrilous charges made against me by these right wing fanatics,” Kerry asserted. Kerry declined to disclose any of his reputedly irrefutable proof at this time saying that “the American people have not yet shown a sufficient measure of regret and contrition for voting against me. They disrespected me—a decorated veteran—and...
  • Kerry vows tougher stance on group that questioned war service

    10/08/2006 1:40:37 PM PDT · by bitt · 192 replies · 3,693+ views
    Boston Glob ^ | October 8, 2006 | Mike Glover, AP Political Writer
    DES MOINES, Iowa --Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry lashed out Sunday against a group that bashed him during his last run at the White House. Kerry, who made a weekend appearance in northwest Iowa, said he is concerned that Swift Vote Veterans for Truth is again resorting to "the politics of fear and smear." The group, financed by Texas conservatives, ran commercials questioning his claim of being a decorated Vietnam veteran -- the centerpiece of his presidential campaign in 2004. "We're not going to give them an ounce of daylight," said Kerry, who is considering another run at the Democratic presidential...
  • Swift Boat Leader Responds to Kerry

    09/14/2006 3:48:37 PM PDT · by RDTF · 204 replies · 6,485+ views
    Drudge Report/Human Events ^ | September 14, 2006 | John Oneil
    John Kerry recently volunteered that he was prepared to “kick [the Swift Boat Veterans’] ass from one end of America to the other” and that he would “demolish” us. He ought to take a Christmas cruise to Cambodia to calm down. Maybe he could take a side trip to tour “Genghis Khan” ruins. It is a little difficult to imagine Kerry (“I voted for it before I voted against it”) kicking the most decorated living serviceman, Bud Day, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, or our salty commander, Adm. Roy Hoffman, anywhere. Perhaps Kerry had in mind using a “Rice...
  • Kean Is Preparing a Campaign Film Against Menendez in the Style of a Swift Boat Ad (NY Times Alert)

    06/29/2006 11:23:51 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 12 replies · 656+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 30, 2006 | JIM DWYER
    The Republican candidate for the United States Senate in New Jersey, Thomas H. Kean Jr., intends to make a campaign film that accuses his Democratic opponent, Robert Menendez, of "being wrapped up in the rackets for 30 years" despite public records and statements by former federal prosecutors that contradict Mr. Kean's most serious charges. Mr. Kean's chief campaign consultant, Matt Leonardo, a strategist for Republican candidates, disclosed the plans in an interview and said the film would be "very similar" in purpose to the commercials used to attack the military record of John Kerry during the 2004 presidential race. Kean...
  • Swiftboating as hate term

    06/02/2006 4:10:30 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 47 replies · 1,698+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 2, 2006 | R. Emmett Tyrrell
    As we watch the left of the Democratic Party press its case to return to the top of the heap in American politics, or at least evade the fate of the Dodo, we have ever more evidence validating an insight on which I stake my reputation as a political seer. To wit: partisan politics more often falls under the professional expertise of the psychiatrist than that of the political scientist. A learned shrink can often tell us more about a political issue than any other professional, not excluding a swami or a voodoo priest. Consider the ongoing controversy over Sen....
  • Clinton Supporters Gear Up Against 'Swift Boat' Tactics

    03/31/2005 9:17:23 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 43 replies · 1,362+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 1, 2005 | RAYMOND HERNANDEZ
    ASHINGTON, March 31 - With 19 months to go before the elections and no opponent in sight, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is nonetheless warning her political supporters that she is the prime target of "the right-wing attack machine."In a fund-raising e-mail message sent out on Thursday, Mrs. Clinton's campaign also said her critics were preparing an advertising campaign against her similar to the one orchestrated by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group that attacked Senator John Kerry's Vietnam service during the presidential election."The right wing is already getting ready, naming Hillary as their 'No. 1 target' and boasting...
  • Statement of Admiral Roy Hoffmann, founder of Swift Vets and POWs for Truth

    11/03/2004 10:23:03 AM PST · by Nick Danger · 35 replies · 1,272+ views
    SwiftVets and POWs for Truth ^ | November 3, 2004 | Admiral Roy Hoffman
    We are pleased with the fact that we were able to effectively bring attention to our issues and raise questions regarding Senator Kerry’s character, leadership ability and qualifications as a potential Commander in Chief. As we have stated since we formed, we believed that John Kerry’s actions in Vietnam, coupled with the reprehensible statements he made after he returned were serious and consequently made him unfit for command. The primary purpose of our organization was to provide a voice for the courageous and honorable veterans of Vietnam, more than 280 Swift Boat Vets, Coast Guardsmen and POWs who served their...
  • Anti-Kerry Veterans Start New Ad Blitz

    10/28/2004 4:15:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies · 1,504+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | October 28, 2004 | WILLIAM MARCH
    TAMPA - Swift Vets and POWs for Truth, a political organization attacking John Kerry's Vietnam War record, has launched another broadside with a $3.2 million ad buy in Florida - several times the size of a previous purchase. In the final stretch of a bitter race between Kerry and President Bush, the organization is airing two ads locally and plans to continue through Election Day, members said Wednesday in Tampa. The $3.2 million figure cited by the group is unusually large, and it means a typical Florida TV viewer may see either one of the ads about 20 times. An...
  • HEADS UP! Video Lawrence O'Donnell interview Swiftee John O'Neill(ya gotta see this!)

    10/23/2004 7:42:38 AM PDT · by kellynla · 140 replies · 5,159+ views
    The Daily Recycler ^ | 10/22/2004 | MSNBC Telecast
    Video of Lawrence O'Donnell's interview with Swift Boat veteran John O'Neill last night.
  • Kevin Drum Debunks Koppel's Nightline Myth (NGUYEN VAN KHOAI)

    10/17/2004 8:16:07 PM PDT · by optimistically_conservative · 5 replies · 572+ views
    Washington Monthly ^ | October 16, 2004 | Kevin Drum
    NGUYEN VAN KHOAI....In their story about John Kerry's Silver Star on Thursday, Nightline interviewed a Vietnamese man who said this wasn't the first time he'd been asked about Kerry's medals: Back in Tran Thoi, villager Nguyen Van Khoai said that about six months ago he was visited by an American who described himself as a Swift boat veteran and told him another American from the Swift boats was running for president of the United States. Nguyen said the man was accompanied by a cameraman. When I initially wrote about this, my assumption was that the "Swift boat veteran" in question...
  • Planned Anti-Kerry broadcast sparks debate in WNC

    10/16/2004 1:26:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies · 745+ views
    Media Matters ^ | October 16, 2004 | Tonya Maxwell
    ASHEVILLE - Television station WLOS-TV Channel 13 has received about 2,000 e-mails from both program supporters and protesters commenting on parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group's decision that its affiliates would broadcast "Stolen Honor: Wounds that Never Heal." The program is expected to be critical of Sen. John Kerry's anti- Vietnam War activities and is set to air locally at 9 p.m. Oct. 22. Although Sinclair says the final format for the program hasn't been set yet, the company's decision has set off a nationwide debate. The letters, found in the station's public file, were sent from people around the mountains...
  • And now a word from the 'dominoes' (disputing Kerry's senate testimony)

    10/15/2004 12:45:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies · 537+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | October 15, 2004 | MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE
    DURING THE Vietnam War, John Kerry testified before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee panel that an investigation conducted by Kerry and his group, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, revealed that U.S. soldiers committed atrocities in Vietnam. The investigation was called Winter Soldier. Now that Kerry wants to be president, some of his former military colleagues say they still resent his allegations. They believe that Kerry slandered his colleagues as war criminals merely as a pretext for gaining support for the withdrawal of troops from Vietnam. They believe he was pandering to those who said the "domino theory" was not valid,...
  • Inside the Swift Boat Veterans Latest Move

    10/11/2004 3:03:49 PM PDT · by hipaatwo · 59 replies · 2,422+ views
    Redstate ^ | 10/11/2004 | Dave Bufkin
    Inside the Swift Boat Veterans Latest Move By: krempasky · Section: Election 2004 Politics is usually an ugly business but every now and then you are privileged to meet some truly exceptional American heroes. Last Saturday Red State was privileged to be the only blog allowed to cover the filming of the last – and most devastating of the Swift Boat ads. (In fact, there was only one other media outlet present) We spent the better part of an hour in an intense conversation with a genuine hero named Dr. Louis Letson. You can not spend more than five minutes...