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Posted by Mark on August 21, 2004

World War IV

Every once in a while, a seminal piece emerges from our national dialogue. John Podheretz has written one such piece. A must read, carefully adding perspective to the War we find ourselves involved. Extra and important commentary is found here, thanks to Belmont Club

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Posted by Mark on August 21, 2004

A Great Poem from a reader.

Russ, I honor your service.

Media Bias? No, By Us

For years we have said as we’ve watched and read,

That the Media is liberally left leaning.

When news only we sought, what we usually got

Was some coiffed commentator’s “true” meaning.

Just seeking the news, we instead got their views

And too much Peter Jennings-like preening.

We are fair they declare and your charge is unfair

Everything we put out is uncanted.

Then they snidely deride any charges they’ve lied

Though it’s clear where their left feet are planted.

They deny overmuch liberal leanings and such

While it’s plain they’re all Rather slanted.

What they call reporting we see as distorting

So obvious that it does appall us.

But they think we’re all sheep, unthinking, asleep,

And care less if their bias does gall us.

As Sunday eves dreadful they feed us a headful

Of that oh so impartial Mike Wallace.

And as for the press, what a self-righteous mess,

Intoning our right to know all.

While the grand New York Times, dismisses and slimes

Those, who for the truth, loudly call.

And the Washington Post sets it columnist host

To impugning these men, one and all.

So election year’s here and it’s crystalline clear

That John Kerry’s the media’s hero.

They praise him in war and completely ignore

Those brave men who rate him a zero.

With utter disdain for truth in the main

This Media’s fiddling like Nero.

At some future date, when it’s far, far too late,

To ever atone for their bias,

Finally faced with their fate that they carry no weight,

All those talking heads will be so pious,

As without any shame they will loudly declaim

How on earth did that phony get by us?

Russ Vaughn

2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment

101st Airborne Division

Vietnam 65-66

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Posted by Mark on August 21, 2004



Hat tip to Jeff at Louisiana Conservative for this:

-Originally written by Randy Knight– A Man of his Word —- Please pass on. Won’t see this on CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC… He stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan Christmas 2002. President Bush came to visit the wounded in the hospital. He told Mike that when he could run a mile that they would go on a run together. True to his word, he called Mike every month or so to see how he was doing. Well, last week they went on the run, 1 mile with the president. Not something you’ll see in the news, but seeing the president taking the time to say thank you to the wounded and to give hope to one of my best friends, was one of the greatest/best things I have seen in my life.



I couldn’t agree more, Jeff.

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Posted by Mark on August 21, 2004


Ya gotta admit, this certainly helps make the point.

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Posted by Mark on August 21, 2004

Shrapnel Still There?

The Navy documented John Kerry’s heroism, and awarded him the Bronze Star. Today, he still has shrapnel in his leg from his wounds in Vietnam.

The above is from the transcript of Kerry’s new ad, titled “Rassman.”

Here is a more detailed explanation, also from Senator Kerry’s site:

Narrator: “Today, he still has shrapnel in his leg from his wounds in Vietnam.”

  • Release of Kerry Medical Records Shows he Still Carries Shrapnel From Combat John Kerry has a piece of shrapnel in his left thigh from an injury he suffered in the Vietnam War, his doctor said Friday during a review of 36 pages of the Democratic presidential candidate’s military medical records. … Kerry got his first Purple Heart after he got shrapnel in his left arm above his elbow. Doyle said if the shrapnel had hit Kerry in the eye, it could have blinded him. And Doyle said Kerry’s third Purple Heart came from a dangerous situation on March 13, 1969, that could have been life-threatening. A mine had exploded near Kerry’s swiftboat and enemy snipers were shooting around his boat. According to notes from a military doctor who treated Kerry three hours later, Kerry was thrown against the bulkhead, resulting in contusions on his right forearm. … Kerry also was wounded by a piece of shrapnel on Feb. 20, 1969, this time on his left thigh. Doctors decided to leave the shrapnel in place rather than make a wider opening to remove it. Doctors removed damaged tissue and the entry wound was closed with sutures, and no infection developed around the shrapnel, according to the records. [Pickler, Associated Press, 4/23/2004]

Here is Dr Gerald Doyle’s complete summary. It would appear he does have a peice of B-40 shrapnel in his left thigh.

I find myself relieved.

The temptation here is to rush in, jumping on every possible allegation. That temptation must be avoided at all costs. Its what separates those looking for the facts from the Michael Moores of the world, who are looking to push an agenda….sometimes in spite of the facts.

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Posted by Mark on August 21, 2004

World War IV
Every once in a while, a seminal piece emerges from our national dialogue. John Podheretz has written one such piece. A must read, carefully adding perspective to the War we find ourselves involved. Extra and important commentary is found here, thanks to Belmont Club

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Posted by Mark on August 21, 2004

A Great Poem from a reader.
Russ, I honor your service.

Media Bias? No, By Us

For years we have said as we�ve watched and read,
That the Media is liberally left leaning.
When news only we sought, what we usually got
Was some coiffed commentator�s �true� meaning.
Just seeking the news, we instead got their views
And too much Peter Jennings-like preening.

We are fair they declare and your charge is unfair
Everything we put out is uncanted.
Then they snidely deride any charges they�ve lied
Though it�s clear where their left feet are planted.
They deny overmuch liberal leanings and such
While it�s plain they�re all Rather slanted.

What they call reporting we see as distorting
So obvious that it does appall us.
But they think we�re all sheep, unthinking, asleep,
And care less if their bias does gall us.
As Sunday eves dreadful they feed us a headful
Of that oh so impartial Mike Wallace.

And as for the press, what a self-righteous mess,
Intoning our right to know all.
While the grand New York Times, dismisses and slimes
Those, who for the truth, loudly call.
And the Washington Post sets it columnist host
To impugning these men, one and all.

So election year�s here and it�s crystalline clear
That John Kerry�s the media�s hero.
They praise him in war and completely ignore
Those brave men who rate him a zero.
With utter disdain for truth in the main
This Media�s fiddling like Nero.

At some future date, when it�s far, far too late,
To ever atone for their bias,
Finally faced with their fate that they carry no weight,
All those talking heads will be so pious,
As without any shame they will loudly declaim
How on earth did that phony get by us?

Russ Vaughn
2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
Vietnam 65-66

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Posted by Mark on August 21, 2004


Hat tip to Jeff at Louisiana Conservative for this:

-Originally written by Randy Knight– A Man of his Word —- Please pass on. Won’t see this on CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC… He stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan Christmas 2002. President Bush came to visit the wounded in the hospital. He told Mike that when he could run a mile that they would go on a run together. True to his word, he called Mike every month or so to see how he was doing. Well, last week they went on the run, 1 mile with the president. Not something you’ll see in the news, but seeing the president taking the time to say thank you to the wounded and to give hope to one of my best friends, was one of the greatest/best things I have seen in my life.

I couldn’t agree more, Jeff.

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Posted by Mark on August 21, 2004


Ya gotta admit, this certainly helps make the point.

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Posted by Mark on August 21, 2004

Shrapnel Still There?
The Navy documented John Kerry�s heroism, and awarded him the Bronze Star. Today, he still has shrapnel in his leg from his wounds in Vietnam.

The above is from the transcript of Kerry’s new ad, titled “Rassman.”
Here is a more detailed explanation, also from Senator Kerry’s site:

Narrator: �Today, he still has shrapnel in his leg from his wounds in Vietnam.�

  • Release of Kerry Medical Records Shows he Still Carries Shrapnel From Combat John Kerry has a piece of shrapnel in his left thigh from an injury he suffered in the Vietnam War, his doctor said Friday during a review of 36 pages of the Democratic presidential candidate’s military medical records. � Kerry got his first Purple Heart after he got shrapnel in his left arm above his elbow. Doyle said if the shrapnel had hit Kerry in the eye, it could have blinded him. And Doyle said Kerry’s third Purple Heart came from a dangerous situation on March 13, 1969, that could have been life-threatening. A mine had exploded near Kerry’s swiftboat and enemy snipers were shooting around his boat. According to notes from a military doctor who treated Kerry three hours later, Kerry was thrown against the bulkhead, resulting in contusions on his right forearm. � Kerry also was wounded by a piece of shrapnel on Feb. 20, 1969, this time on his left thigh. Doctors decided to leave the shrapnel in place rather than make a wider opening to remove it. Doctors removed damaged tissue and the entry wound was closed with sutures, and no infection developed around the shrapnel, according to the records. [Pickler, Associated Press, 4/23/2004]

Here is Dr Gerald Doyle’s complete summary. It would appear he does have a peice of B-40 shrapnel in his left thigh.
I find myself relieved.
The temptation here is to rush in, jumping on every possible allegation. That temptation must be avoided at all costs. Its what separates those looking for the facts from the Michael Moores of the world, who are looking to push an agenda….sometimes in spite of the facts.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »