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What makes me proud to be an American: The men and women of our uniformed services

faith of our fathers

Fox News: A recent survey of U.S. Army members shows almost 50 percent of soldiers are unhappy in their service and more than half are pessimistic about the future of the military. Such news quickly brings the “bad old days” of post-Vietnam America to mind.

Our fighting forces returned from Southeast Asia—many battling wounds of body, mind or both—to be greeted with jeers and name-calling. They risked their lives for us; we spit at them. Not our best moment.

One of us is a Vietnam veteran. One of us has the privilege of making and acting in films in a country where free expression is a sacred right, a right defended for us for more than 200 years.

Both of us are proud to be Americans, and we want those in uniform to know these are not the “bad old days.” You make us proud.

The men and women in our uniformed services—and let us include first responders among those—quite simply are the best in the world at what they do. And each of us benefits from their excellence. Theirs are professions full of risks—life-and-death risks—which they brave daily.

Why? For you and me.

There are more than a million men and women in the armed forces. More than a million police officers in our country. More than a million firefighters. Every one of them is a volunteer. (More than 780,000 firefighters are unpaid volunteers.) Every one of them has chosen to selflessly serve to protect us, to protect our property, to defend our rights.

The pay is not great. The hours are worse. The “thanks?”

Well, have you been watching the news? It’s enough to make you mad. But let’s not get mad. Let’s get proud.

We’ve made a film — “Faith of Our Fathers” — about two very different young men, enemies at first, coming together as they discover the bond their very different fathers forged under fire in Vietnam.

You see, we believe it’s possible for differences to meet hardship and emerge united . . . and stronger. We are, after all, the United States. We are, after all, united as Americans. And we are proud of it.

You don’t have to throw your chest out and beat it to show pride. You don’t have to get loud or teary-eyed. What you can do is quietly say, “Thanks,” to next person you see in uniform.

They makes us proud to be Americans. Let’s let them know.

Si Robertson, “Uncle Si” on A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” is a Vietnam veteran and featured performer in the new film “Faith of Our Fathers,” premiering on July 1st. Kevin Downes is an actor and filmmaker starring in “Faith of Our Fathers.”

From the movie web site:

“With the Vietnam War raging in 1969, two young fathers report for duty. A man of great faith and a doubtful cynic. A quarter-century later, their sons, Wayne and John Paul, meet as strangers.

Guided by handwritten letters from their fathers from the battlefield, they embark on an unforgettable journey to The Wall—the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Along the way, they discover the devastation of war cannot break the love of a father for his son. FAITH OF OUR FATHERS: a story of fatherhood; a journey of brotherhood.

Starring Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Downes, David A.R. White, Rebecca St. James, with Si Robertson and Candace Cameron Bure, FAITH OF OUR FATHERS opens in theaters Wednesday, July 1.”

Sounds like a movie I’ll definitely go see.


Hanoi Jane to build shrine of herself

jane fonda memorial wall

NY Post: Even Jane Fonda needs a reminder of her fabulousness. At 77, the actress is building a “shrine” to herself that she hopes will boost her recently faltering confidence.

Kerry & Hanoi Jane

“I’ve found myself backsliding a bit of late in terms of where my thoughts have tended to reside (not always with the generosity of vision I wish for) and my confidence has been iffy for the past four months,” the stunning star traitor wrote in a blog post Sunday, her 77th birthday.

“So, while meditating today an idea came to me: I’m going to create a shrine to myself – or, at least, the self I wish to be, the self who began to manifest when I was a young girl before the s–t hit the fan,” she continued.


The “shrine” will be a small place filled with items that remind Fonda of “the qualities that represent my best self.” So far, she plans to include a school report from the fourth grade. She’ll spend the new year collecting objects and symbols that “remind me that I’m brave.” “I’ve been forgetting that,” she revealed.

hanoi jane

“I will put a special candle on the shrine and burn sandalwood and put some special Native American artifacts that I’ve treasured over the years in honor of the Mohawk Nation where my Fonda ancestors built their homestead,” she added.

The “This Is Where I Leave You” star celebrated her birthday at a dinner with boyfriend Richard Perry, who is battling Parkinson’s disease, brother Peter Fonda and Peter’s wife, Parky.

In June, Fonda received the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, where she was feted by fellow A-listers Meryl Streep, Sally Field and Sandra Bullock.

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I can’t write what I really want to about this narcissistic traitor. I leave you with this:

hanoi jane


“War hero” John McCain suppresses information on America’s still-missing POWs

POWs in Vietnam

I know Conservatives who are critical of Senator John McCain’s (R-Arizona) politics but nevertheless still hold an admiration and respect for McCain for having been a prisoner of war (POW) in the Vietnam War. Indeed, McCain successfully parlayed his years as a POW into potent political capital as a war hero and patriot.

It is therefore extremely important that the truth be told about McCain’s betrayal of POWs.

Sydney Schanberg is an award-winning (including a Pulitzer) long-time journalist best known for his book, The Death and Life of Dith Pran, on which the 1984 Academy Award-winning movie “The Killing Fields” was based.

In the following explosive article for The American Conservative, Schanberg uncovers the role McCain had played in suppressing information about what happened to American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam. The article is long, so please pace yourself. Or you can watch this video:

A big h/t to my friend, John Molloy, Chairman of the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition.


john-mccain-lord-of-the-tarp1McCain and the POW Cover-Up

The contempt U.S. elites have for our soldiers

Exhibit A: 

Kerry tongueKerry flicks his snake tongue

On October 30, 2006, then Senator John Kerry was a headline speaker at a campaign rally being held for Democratic California gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California. Speaking to an audience composed mainly of college students, Kerry said, beginning at the 0:17 mark:

“We’re here to talk about education, and I want to say something. Well, education … If you make the most of it, study hard, do your homework and make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you can get stuck in Iraq.

Kerry almost became president and commander in chief. He is now President Lucifer’s minion as U.S. Secretary of State.

Exhibit B:

Henry Kissinger

According to the blog Jesus Is Savior, then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is quoted in Kiss the Boys Goodbye as saying, “Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.”

Kissinger was National Security Advisor (1969-1975), then concurrently Secretary of State (1973-1977) in the Nixon and Ford administrations, after which he ran his lucrative international consulting firm, Kissinger Associates.

Although the POWs he abandoned no doubt are long dead, Kissinger still lives. He is 90 years old.


Kiss the Boys Goodbye is the bestselling exposé of a major political scandal by two award-winning journalists Monica Jensen-Stevenson and William H. Stevenson. The book reveals heartbreaking evidence of American POWs abandoned in Vietnam, of official obstruction and missing files, censored testimony and thinly veiled threats from government sources. Monica had been a producer at CBS’s Sixty Minutes for 5 years.

Here are screenshots I took from Amazon’s free sample of Kiss the Boys Goodbye — on the duplicity of Kissinger and the U.S. government:

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Jane Fonda’s F-You to America

According to Wikipedia, in law, treason is the crime that covers some of the more serious acts of betrayal of one’s nation. Oran’s Dictionary of the Law (1983) defines treason as a “citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].” Treason is the only crime that is specifically defined in the United States Constitution. Article III, Section 3 specifies that “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”

Fonda visited Hanoi in July 1972. In North Vietnam, she was photographed seated on an anti-aircraft battery– the kind that was used by the VietCong to shoot down U.S. military aircraft.

During her trip, Fonda made ten radio broadcasts in which she denounced American political and military leaders as “war criminals”. When POWs returning to the United States recounted their having been tortured, Fonda called them “hypocrites and liars” because “These were not men who had been tortured. These were not men who had been starved.” In 1973, Fonda told The New York Times that although “I’m quite sure that there were incidents of torture … but the pilots who were saying it was the policy of the Vietnamese and that it was systematic, I believe that’s a lie.” Then she stated that the POWs were “military careerists and professional killers” who are “trying to make themselves look self-righteous, but they are war criminals according to the law”. [Source: Wikipedia]

In her 2005 autobiography, Fonda writes that she was “manipulated” into sitting on the battery. In an entry at her official website, Fonda further explained: “It happened on my last day in Hanoi. I was exhausted and an emotional wreck after the 2-week visit.”


Before, during, and after her Hanoi trip, Jane Fonda was in contact with
a North Vietnamese intelligence officer. That is not the behavior of
someone who was “manipulated.” (See “Jane Fonda & her North Vietnamese Intelligence Officer,” Aug. 21, 2011.)

Despite occasional “apologies” for her 1972 treason, Jane Fonda is utterly unrepentant.

How do I know?

Because she actually chose to wear a “Hanoi Jane” T-shirt in a promotional video for her latest movie, The Butler, in which she plays Nancy Reagan. To see the promotional video, go here.

Here’s a screenshot I took from the video:

Hanoi Jane

That’s her “F*CK YOU” message to the U.S. soldiers who fought and died in the Vietnam War.

That’s her “F*CK YOU” message to all Americans.

Hanoi Jane, for what you did, you should have been tried for TREASON — if President Nixon and the Congress of 1972 had any balls.

I didn’t see The Butler in the movie theater, and I most certainly will not watch it even if a TV network broadcasts it for free.


Theater owner won’t show ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’


The News Enterprise (KY): Lee Daniels’ The Butler” brought in an estimated $25 million on its opening weekend with its portrayal of Cecil Gaines, who served eight U.S. presidents as a butler in the White House.

MoviePalaceand Showtime Cinemas owner Ike Boutwell said selling more tickets to the popular movie, which features Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, isn’t a good enough reason to play the movie in his theater.

To his knowledge, since he opened the theater in the late 1980s, Boutwell never has shown a movie involving Fonda.

The U.S. Marines Corps veteran of the Korean War trained pilots during the Vietnam War, because he was too old so see action there himself.

Fonda’s famous anti-Vietnam War statements and demonstrations caused Boutwell to view her as a traitor to America. He said no movie involving her will show in his theater as long as he’s in charge.

“I trained hundreds of pilots to fly, many of whom Ms. Fonda clapped and cheered as they were shot down,” he said. “Our Constitution only mentions three crimes. Treason is one. That’s aid and comfort to the enemy.”

Fonda was part of the 1970 anti-war road show “Free The Army,” and called American political and military leaders war criminals.


She was photographed sitting on an anti-aircraft battery in North Vietnam. She has since said she was manipulated into sitting there. She said the soldiers asked her to sing a song, and she began laughing and clapping with them during the tune as they led her to sit upon the anti-aircraft battery, not noticing what it was.

Veterans across the nation reportedly are boycotting the film because of Fonda’s role as Reagan, and Boutwell thinks other theater operators likely are not showing the film for the same reason.

“To add to this, I just really think it’s a slap in the face to have a person of treason portray a patriotic lady, Mrs. Reagan,” he said. “I just think that is throwing gas on the fire.”

Terrie Smith of Radcliff said she and a few other women tried to see the film Friday at Movie Palace in Elizabethtown. They hadn’t looked up the list of movies playing at the theater, assuming the big-name movie would be playing on the night of its release. They were told it wasn’t showing there, she said.

Smith hasn’t made a trip to Louisville to see the movie and does not think she’ll return to the Movie Palace in Elizabethtown to see other releases.

She said it doesn’t seem like a good business decision not to show a movie because of the owner’s feelings about an actress.

Boutwell said the possibility of losing money won’t make him change his mind. “In life, you’ve got to stand for something, and that’s where I stand,” he said. “It makes me feel that I’m honoring those who died for this country.”

Boutwell said he has not heard any complaints about the policy.

In April, Hanoi Jane said this about veterans who were going to boycott her movie:

“Get a life.” In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Fonda said of her casting: “If it  creates hoopla, it will cause more people to see the movie… I figured it would  tweak the right. Who cares?”

I for one won’t be seeing this movie. No support from me for a traitor to our Country.



A Hero to Remember


Sentry Dog Nemo

“K-9 Hero of Tan Son Nhut”

VSPA.com: Nemo was whelped in October 1962. He was procured by the Air Force when he was one and a half years old. After completing an 8-week training course, he was assigned to Fairchild AFB, Washing, for duty with the Strategic Air Command. In January 1966, Nemo and his handler Airman Leonard Bryant, Jr., were transferred to the Republic of South Vietnam with a large group of other sentry dog teams. Airman Robert A. Thorneburg was assigned as Nemo’s handler in July 1966.

In the predawn hours of 4 December 1966, Tan Son Nhut Air Base was attacked by a large force of Viet Cong commando raiders who used a single avenue of approach through friendly force positions outside the base perimeter. Once inside the base, the raiders divided into small groups to attack their targets. Several sentry dog teams stationed on preventive perimeter posts gave the initial alert and warning almost simultaneously. As a result of this early warning, security forces of the 377th Air Police Squadron successfully repelled the attack, minimizing damage to aircraft and facilities. 

Although wounded, one dog handler maintained contact with the enemy and notified Central Security Control of their location and direction of travel. Two security policemen in a machine gun bunker were ready and waiting as the VC approached the main aircraft parking ramp. In a few seconds they stopped the enemy, killing all thirteen of the attackers. Security forces rapidly deployed around the perimeter and prevented numerous infiltrators from escaping, forcing them to hide in a Vietnamese graveyard, dense vegetation and wells. Search patrols believed that all remaining VC were killed or captured the following morning. 

Unfortunately, supervisors did not include dog teams in those daylight patrols, so just before total darkness when Airman Thorneburg and Nemo were posted, Nemo alerted and was released to attack the VC who had evaded earlier detection. Both handler and dog were wounded, but not before killing at least one VC. Nemo’s injuries included the loss of one eye. A sweep of the area by the Quick Reaction Team met with negative results. Using additional sentry dog teams, the security forces located and killed four more VC. A second sweep with the dog teams resulted in discovery of four more VC who were hiding underground. They too were killed.

Nemo and handler Sgt. Michael DeForest

Nemo and handler Sgt. Michael DeForest

Nemo was credited with saving his handler’s life and preventing further destruction of life and property. On 23 June 1967, Headquarters, USAF, directed that Nemo be returned to the United States as the first sentry dog officially retired from active service. His permanent retirement kennel is located at the Department of Defense Dog Center, Lackland AFB, Texas. He is frequently taken on tours in the United States to assist the procurement of military working dogs.

Excerpt from Air Force Manual 125-5, Volume II, dated April 28, 1972.  Nemo died from natural causes at the Lackland AFB, Texas on March 15, 1973.
Vietnam Security Police Association is an association for USAF Vietnam War Veterans who served in Vietnam or Thailand from 1960 – 1975, as Air Police/Security Police or as an Augmentee.