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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Bits of ribbon and metal
"After being blocked from holding a ceremony honoring the war dead at Arlington National Cemetery, the veterans marched to the Capitol to present sixteen demands to Congress. At the end of the day; they held a candlelight march around the White House. After a man who said his son died in Vietnam blew taps, the soldiers began flinging their war medals over a high wire fence in front of the Capitol: Purple Hearts, Bronze Star Medals, Silver Stars -- bits of ribbon and metal hurled in the face of the government that had so betrayed them. Some, after throwing away what had cost them so dearly, broke down and cried.



One of them was John Kerry, Vietnam Navy veteran and aspiring politician who had been among those who organized the protest. Kerry flung a handful of medals -- he had received the Silver Star, a Bronze Star Medal, and three Purple Hearts -- over the fence. Kerry spoke later that week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, putting a face on the antiwar movement far different from the one seen before -- the scruffy hippie or wild-eyed activist. Kerry represented the All-American boy, mentally twisted by being asked to do terrible things, then abandoned by his government.



But years later, after his election to the Senate, Kerry's medals turned up on the wall of his Capitol Hill office. When a reporter noticed them, Kerry admitted that the medals he had thrown that day were not his. And Kerry's emotional, from-the-heart speech had been carefully crafted by a speechwriter for Robert Kennedy named Adam Walinsky, who also tutored him on how to present it.



Busted by the Historians



Hat tip: Jim Russell

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
In memoriam
The web can be so cruel sometimes. My favourite hangout, BugMeNot, the place that helped me bypass compulsory web registration has been shut down. I was afraid it was too good to last. NYT, LAT, you won this round, you big corporate fatsos.



Bye-bye, BugMeNot. I loved you and you'll always be in my heart. Sob.



Update August 20, 2004:



It's alive! BugMeNot is alive again! Heh :-)



NYT, LAT, you better start shaking in your boots again, you big corporate fatsos!





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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Do not vote with your brain
John Kerry's old anti-war protest partner "Hanoi" Jane Fonda is coming to New York in the wake of the GOP convention as part of a get out the vote rally she's calling "Vaginas Vote."



A press release announces:



"'V-Day's V is For Vote' and Rock the Vote's 'Chicks Rock, Chicks Vote,' in conjunction with The White House Project's 'Vote, Run, Lead' and Omega Institute, announce THE event of the election season: 'Vaginas Vote, Chicks Rock.'"



The Vagina Votes





[George Bush should also have a rally, "Penises Vote, Guys Rock". Just to balance things out.]



Hat tip: El Cid

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Europe loves a revolution
Rachel Ehrenfeld wrote in EUobserver that “volumes of the Palestinian Authority’s own documents, including many graced by Yasser Arafat’s own signature, order the Palestinian Ministry of Finance—recipient of hundreds of millions of dollars in EU budgetary aid . . . to pay members of the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade for killing Israeli citizens or to pay for the procurement of explosives and illegal weapons.?



Why can’t the EU come clean? “The Europeans,? Ilka Schroeder said at Ben-Gurion University, “supported the Palestinian Authority with the aim of becoming its main sponsor, and through this, challenge the U.S. and present themselves as the future global power. Therefore, the Al-Aksa Intifada should be understood as a proxy war between Europe and the United States.?



The EU's aid to terror



Europe's Secret Battleground



Hat tip: Jim Russell

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