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June 27, 2006

Mr. Murtha: Blogs One, Right-wing Goons Zero
Posted by Lorelei Kelly

If the blogs have their way, the Right's political goonsquad will have to fight in the cyber-gutter before getting their screeds into the regular media. Last week, left leaning blogs were afire with the news that a seamy team of operatives was purchasing a domain name ( and getting ready to smear Congressman John Murtha-- using tactics similar to the Swift Boat Veterans for "Truth" (my quotes). Yes, those of the scornful purple band-aids at the GOP convention--mocking Senator Kerry's service (a display that so angered my veteran father that he swore off the GOP for life).  Here are some of the links that give background on this impending assault. Raw Story and the Agonist provide overview and context while Taylor Marsh ties it to Members of Congress and their staff. A Kos contributor rounds it off with some creepy tie-ins to international arms dealing.  And who is supposed to benefit from this electronic mud wrestle? The person running against Mr. Murtha in November.

Say you come across one of these goons and he or she starts talking smarmy about Mr. Murtha's service record. Here's what you say in response:

Are you calling the military incompetent, awarding ribbons to those who don't deserve them?

Do you realize that you are are tainting every servicemember's medals, by suggesting that their medals might be fraudulently awarded?

Then you say: Well, you can believe what you like, but I BELIEVE THE MARINE CORPS.


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If the blogs have their way, the Right's political goonsquad will have to fight in the cyber-gutter before getting their screeds into the regular media.


A few people have pointed out that a large part of the reason blogs caught on so quickly on the right is precisely because the 'gatekeepers' in the regular media were so sympathetic to the Democrats that it was very difficult to get the word out.

Insofar as an informed electorate is a good thing, gatekeepers suppressing information is not a good thing.

As far a '' is concerned- the details of who registered it and who's hosting it are concealed behind Network Solution's privacy addresses, the only definitive contact I've been able to track down is the Pair technical contact. So how do you know who registered it, and why?

Then you say: Well, you can believe what you like, but I BELIEVE THE MARINE CORPS.

...when they're saying what I want to hear.

I think honest analysis of the media's perspective--given that Keith Olbermann alone gets so much press just because he's willing to speak up against Bush--would show that it is right-balanced, not left. The "liberal media" is a deliberate lie.

Here's what you say in response:

Are you calling the military incompetent, awarding ribbons to those who don't deserve them?

Do you realize that you are are tainting every servicemember's medals, by suggesting that their medals might be fraudulently awarded?

Then you say: Well, you can believe what you like, but I BELIEVE THE MARINE CORPS.

None of which, of course, address the substance of the allegation.

Perhaps a more effective and credible response might be "the allegation is incorrect because..."?

well hello Rosignol! Nice to have you back!
I got my info from the links provided in the text...
and Bingo, I would love to engage on substance, but it seems that the conservative election machine has a huge fact-allergy when it comes to national security...esp. prior to elections...

I would love to engage on substance, but it seems that the conservative election machine has a huge fact-allergy when it comes to national security...esp. prior to elections...

Very well. "Neener, neener, neener" it is.

I'm with Ms. Kelly's Dad.

Our Best & Finest are out there doing their Very Best, and they and their families deserve the Very Best that a grateful nation can bestow.

When even one of us is maligned, all of us are maligned.

It is particularly repugnant to me when the "men" of my generation who are doing the maligning (or who are hiding in the shadows behind the maligners) have not they themselves served our nation in uniform...or somehow managed to avoid service in Vietnam.

Another thing that disgusts me is how some politicians rant and rave on the floor of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate about getting the bad guys...but when you take a close look at their biographies, you find out that they had educational deferments during the particularly "hot" years of our involvement in Southeast Asia, i.e., the 1960's and 1970's.

I had a graduate school professor of mine "confess" to me in 2002 that he was in an Army Reserve unit during the Vietnam War for the specific purpose of avoiding active military service in Southeast Asia. He also mentioned that there were professional ball players in the same unit.

I guess that those who thought at the time that their lives and health were more valuable than the lives and health of those of us who were over there doing the nation's work for Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, the Congress...and the American People.

How arrogant and cowardly that line of thinking was, is and always will be.

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Vietnam 1966-67
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As of the date and time stamp of this posting the following is correct:
The original first paragraph written by Elizabeth Baier at the Sun-Sentinel has been removed. Since their original correction to their story and my constant vigilance and the constantly updated reporting at, they have rewritten this entire original article.,0,7119684.story

What distinguishes this as unique is that though newspapers certainly update stories all the time, but when doing so, they are required by standard journalism practice to make clear it’s a revision, stating prominently at the top this story is a revision and updating the date of the article to the date of the revision. They have done neither.

Any impression created by this posting that this indicates that the Sun-Sentinel is covering up what started all the uproar of this week over something that “never happened” is not my intent here. (legal disclaimers have become necessary)

The video of Murtha's speech in Miami has been released.

Cliff Hancuff
The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

Looking at the large number of blog posts I've placed throughout the blogsphere in the last 2 weeks, I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking they look like spam.

My apologies to all.

Some interesting things happened today. I received an email response from Bill Pasco(e) of Diana Irey's campaign against John Murtha for the 12th District of Pennsylvania seat in the House of Representatives.

In responding Mr. Pascoe's email, I found it useful to CC that response to him to Elizabeth Baier and her editor Ms. Rosenhause (Managing Editor Sun-Sentinel).

The topic of those emails was "Rovian Architecture Unplugged". If you are interested to learn more, feel free to write them.

Make "Rovian Architechure Unplugged" your subject heading so they know what your inquiry is about.

Their email addresses:

Bill Pascoe phone: (724) 258-2300

Elizabeth Baier

Sharon Rosenhause

Cliff Hancuff
The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

Despite an email warning to Mr. Pasco to contact Sharon Rosenhause, Managing Editor at the Sun-Sentinel, continues to maintain this page.

"Is Murtha channeling Marty McFly? Congressman’s June 27 press release magically includes information from … June 28?"

In my email exchange with Mr. Pasco yesterday he attempted to float this clever headline with me in an email. I responded to him with this:

If you really want to follow this "rapid crash journalism" course of action of yours, let me assist you in doing so properly. This is John Murtha's original press release issued by Cindy Abram on June 27th.
You can understand why Cindy Abram updated Mr. Murtha's press release from the 27th now, I presume. After all, most would conclude that the Sun-Sentinel, who created this mess to start with, was in a better position to fix what Elizabeth Baier broke than

Please note: Ms. Baier as well as her editor Ms. Rosenhause are recipients of this email.

Mr Pasco(sic), perhaps they will be gracious enough to assist you towards a more lucid understanding of your "Marty McFly" insight.

Apparently Mr. Bill Pascoe puts more faith in continuing his slander strategy than makes sense.

Ms Rosenhause has her own special part in this. The Sun-Sentinel has removed their retraction ... the correction that rewrote the "the shot heard around the world" first paragraph. The Sun-Sentinel has suddenly placed it in their paid archives, removing it from public domain. The only way you will find the unethical rewrite (still in public domain) is through google cache. You may wish to contact her as well.

For the sake of clarity, inquiries regarding THIS turn of events should include the Subject Line: Mr. Bill

Bill Pascoe
phone: (724) 258-2300

Sharon Rosenhause
phone: (954) 425-1200

Cliff Hancuff
The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

I can't say enough good things about what Brooks Jackson did with my original TRUTH FROM AN HONEST MAN pamphlet I loaned him.

My great, great, grandfather, who I am named in honor of, made the supreme sacrifice for our country in Lincoln's Union Army serving Stonewall Jackson his only defeat in the Civil War.

Diana Irey has "cut&run" from her use of this Lincoln quote. Write her "handler" Bill Pascoe at and ask him. He's the one who arranged this "runaway!"

Cliff Hancuff
The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too


This is the origination of this Lincoln "quote":

that ran in INSIGHT magazine

... which is part of News World Communications (see bottom of page in link above) a wholly owned political mouthpiece of the Unification Church, the "Moonies".

I wrote Diana Irey offering her documented proof of what Lincoln never said, CCing all her campaign staff on, first on July 14th, and again on August 4th.

I wrote her, and her staff, repeatedly warning them of the consequences of their inaction. If you'd like verification, write her campaign manager of record (Bill Pascoe, former Press Secretary of the RNC, is calling the shots behind the scenes) at and ask him about my repeated warnings.

If you choose to write, use this as the Subject Line "It's showtime.". He'll know exactly what that means.

When all these efforts failed, I contacted with this very same evidence. Brooks Jackson was able to see what Ms. Irey, and her entire campaign staff refused to.

He published this, last Friday:
(note the video clip in the top right corner)

I will leave you to your own moral compass for judgement regarding Bill Pascoe's "within hours" response here:

In conclusion, it warrants mentioning how this "Moonie" Lincoln quote came into common use, without any questions to its authenticity.

Use Google to do a search for this quote. Go back 10-15 pages and you'll find the older dates of its use. You'll discover it was the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth who brought this fiction to life within weeks of Dr. Waller's article.

You will find Larry Bailey of has dusted off this Moonie quote and is using it for his "Revival Tent Pass the Collection Plate" scheme, all over the net, including this gem written the chairman of Bailey's PAC, in which it is used twice, for emphasis:

It's no accident that Diana Irey was boons-waggled into using it.

Bill Pascoe and Kelli Phiel are the folks Robert Novak refers to as her "handlers" in this article:

"Irey, who looks quite young, is a bit green, but her handlers see her as great raw material."

I'll give a dollar to anyone who can decipher the grammar, syntax, period occurring in the middle of the sentence, and random capitalization that occurs in the last sentence of this article.

If you are unfamiliar with who Pascoe and Phiel are, let me introduce you.

Pascoe is the gent who hung tough with Jack Ryan, even after Dennis Hastert rightfully withdrew all GOP support for him in 2004, when Ryan was exposed for insisting his wife go to sex clubs with him and have sex in public.

""Jack Ryan is in the race to stay," said Bill Pascoe, Ryan's spokesman.",1,933334.story

Pascoe also the one who called Alan Keyes and convinced him to move from Maryland to Illinois, to replace Ryan. I'll let you Google that, and for Kelli Phiel's history working with Pascoe in the 2004 election.

I wish I could tell you I hadn't warned Diana Irey repeatedly about her "handlers" past, but that would not be true.

Buzz Patterson used this "Moonie" quote at a chapter heading in his book, Reckless Disregard. If you own a copy, check page 65. He was not the only retired military man to adopt this Republican operative's invention. Ollie North did too:

Least you wonder about my interest in all this ...

My family settled in what is now the 12th District of Pennsylvania in 1820, and have lived there ever since.

My great, great grandfather, after whom I am named in honor of, served in Lincoln’s Union Army. He made the supreme sacrifice for our country on March 23, 1862, serving Stonewall Jackson he only defeat in the Civil war.

Lincoln was, to borrow a title, “A Uniter”

When some goofball Republican operative abuses the reputation of our greatest Republican president, in a Moonie publication no less, for the expressed purpose of political gain for today’s Republican Party … it troubles me.

I suspect it will trouble you, too.

Cliff Hancuff
The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

For late breaking cat-herding news regarding these noodlehead Republicans:

I'll cut to the chase regarding that sniveling wimp, Larry Bailey of

I'm tired of chasing his cowardly butt regarding his and EVERY OTHER Swift Boat Showboater who professes to give a damn about our troops at war.

I wrote him the letter at bottom, and would love to have him step up to the plate like a man and give me an answer. Will Larry Bailey allow me to speak before his audience on October 1st, in Johnstown, Pa?

Please write him and give him the nudge he needs to remember the values of honor and integrity taught him by the US Navy.
"Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth" ignored a couple issues CRITICAL to our troops at war during the run-up to the 2004 election.

First, they sat silent knowing full well that Bush NEVER USED the number of troops he incessantly claims his generals asked for. Turkey would not allow the 40,000 troops of the 4th to pass through and participate in Bush's invasion of Iraq.

Bush waged war KNOWING our troops were 40,000 short.

Second, these same Lookatme! Showboaters sat silent when this very same troop shortage resulted in America's greatest tragedy of the war in Iraq.

EVERYONE who's ever gone through basic training knows that when you find your enemies weapons, you keep them secure.

Hundreds of tons of high explosives that our troops had captured at Al Qaqaa were abandoned specifically due to troops shortages, CREATED by Bush's incompetence in war.

These explosive stolen from Al Qaqaa are the weapons that have been used to blow our troops into too many parts to count each and every day of this war.

When some wimp, like Larry Bailey of, decides to pass his "gimme' some money" collection plate to support his concept of patriotism for a circus tent performance at The Cambria County War Memorial on October 1st of this year ...

Some would say there's nothing more patriotic than putting a moron who's never given a hoot about our troops at war (or he would have spoke up about those 40k troops left behind and Al Qaqaa IN 2004) in his proper place ...he's a coward.

To make matters even MORE entertaining, Larry Bailey actually thinks having John O'Neill, the original Lookatme! Show Boater, as his surprise guest speaker is a feather in his cap.

You may not like the stand John Murtha has been making, but for anyone who supports our troops at war, there's no way to respond to these idiot Swiftboaters' Reunion in Murtha's home town of Johnstown, Pa, than a chorus of Bronx raspberries.

I hope this clarifies.

Cliff Hancuff
The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too
Things are JUST NOT GOING WELL for the folks at the "Diana Irey for Congress" camp.

Diana Irey Press Release UPDATE!
(read first 4 posts, the rest if you fancy to)
(click all links found in post, or you will get/be lost)
Subject: RE: Iraqi Government Kicks Dubya's "Stay the Course" TO THE CURB!
Date: 9/14/2006 10:16:18 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
From: JournalismIsFlat
CC:,,,,,,,,, JournalismIsFlat,,

It's "Show Time", wimp.

Cliff Hancuff
The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

Cliff, why don't any of your links work?

You really should tell people that you have been banned from Hey Martha Johnstown Forums because of constant SPAMMING!

Where's all your lawyers that you threatened people with? LOL!!!

Oh, did you see Nina's posts back at the ban for anyone except the one who deserved it Cliff, ya LOSER!

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