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October 23, 2006

Swiftboat Alert

by Taylor Marsh

The headline reads: Active-Duty Troops Launch Campaign to Press Congress to End U.S. Occupation of Iraq.

However, here's the lede: 65 Members to Send "Appeals for Redress" Under the Military Whistle-blower Protection Act.

For the first time since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, active- duty members of the military are asking Members of Congress to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq and bring American soldiers home.

Sixty-five active-duty members have sent Appeals for Redress to Members of Congress. Three of these people (including two who served in Iraq) and their attorney will speak about this on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. EDT.

Active-Duty Troops Demand Withdrawal from Iraq

We all know what happens when soldiers stand up and push back.  They get swiftboated.  So be on the look out after Wednesday, when their attorney lays their case on the line.  We'll all have to be there to push back.  Join the fight.

Let us know what you hear.

 

 

Posted by Taylor Marsh on October 23, 2006 12:57 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0) | Spotlight | Email This Post


October 22, 2006

THE PATRIOT PROJECT: Why We Fight

I've got to tell you that nothing has humbled me more than the dozens and dozens and dozens of emails I've received in the last week. After Senator John Kerry and Rep. Jack Murtha joined in, the comments have not stopped coming. We couldn't be more grateful to them and all of you. I thought I'd share just one of the emails I've received. Please keep your comments and emails coming. We love hearing from you and we read every one of them.

James Boyce, Executive Director of The Patriot Project

It is not often that I thank someone for contacting me to ask for a contribution.  I have made many this year.  I have not made a single one that I feel as good about as this one.  

I was sick when they attacked Cleland, amazed not to see more response to the Kerry attacks, I knew about the attacks on McCain in the 2000 republican primaries, I watched with amazement as the Bush administration searched high and low for a senior military person who would say Iraq could be done with 50,000 troops and then I was appalled at the attacks on Murtha, appalled!  Whatever we think about individuals there has been an unwritten law in our country that those that serve for us are not treated like this and to me it tears at the heart of what is good and decent in Americans.  We seem to be eroding our basic human decency.  And more importantly our integrity and honor has been defiled by these tactics.  These men and women over the years serve in our name, what they do they do at our behest and we are responsible.  I was most pleased to see Mr. Murtha’s name in my inbox, I was pleased to see that it was a request to help do something about this specific issue.  I have felt I have been betraying my country for not doing so.  

My personal new mantra is “say no to Rove” …  tell him that is not who we, Americans, are.  Uncover him for the unprincipled bully that he is.  I swear this is like watching children in a school yard that sense the aggression in the bully and appease him hoping that he won’t attack them.  The only way to deal with Rove is to bring him out in the open so he can be truly exposed as the abysmal human being that he is.  Hell, even the republicans fired him at least once.  Anyone who can make a real dent in the obscenity of this administration and work to restore decency, respect and proper restraint to our process deserves our support.  I hope your organization is willing to go far enough to expose Rove for what he is, I think it is the only way out of this quagmire.  He is the poison in the middle of our government and he is not poison because he is republican but because of who he is.  I keep waiting for the guy or (guys and gals) who have earned their white hats to take him on.  We will see new life in our country.  9/11 and terrorism is not our problem, they are problems but they are surmountable without the toxic fumes of Rovian Republicanism.  I know many miss the respectful dialogue that used to happen, maybe not all the time, but meaningfully in our government.  You can almost hear any decent conversation on either end of the political spectrum being drowned out by the fanatical fascist filth spread so thick by this group.  
It used to be that our fighting men (and women) had earned, more than anyone else, the right to their political allegiance.  There used to be those who were known to be decent smart honorable law makers, everyone in the congress knew who they were, both democrats and republicans, and there was a general ‘hands off’ to those individuals because we need them, of both political stripes.  I have a good friend who has two sons in two branches of the military, she and I don’t agree about this war, I would never consider demonizing what her sons are doing because they are doing it in our name and whatever she needs to believe to get her through the days of worry I am not going to disturb that… having said that I am deeply offended to see others using her and her courageous family for their political ends.  Shine some really bright light on Rove and Americans will wake up, I know it.  I am happy to make a small contribution to that.  

Help us get back to a legitimate debate towards consensus in our houses of government, and yes, help the republicans rebuild their party in the proud traditions of many who have served with deep and abiding American values… the real ones.  

Thank you,

D.G.

Posted by Taylor Marsh on October 22, 2006 08:09 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0) | Spotlight | Email This Post


October 20, 2006

New Front-Group Alert - Americans for Honesty on Issues

By Dave Johnson

Americans for Honesty on Issues, another factory-produced, election-time, Party-affiliated front-group, has arrived on the scene – just in time to poison several more Congressional districts with nasty attack-ads.  This group is interesting because it has the same sole-funder as another factory-produced front group, the Economic Freedom Fund (EFF). 

Americans for Honesty on Issues website offers no information, except that the pictures indicate that the group should really have been named Americans Waving Flags.

Robert J. Perry, who was the primary funder behind the 2004 campaign attack-group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, was until recently the sole funder of the 2006 campaign attack-group Economic Freedom Fund, and is the sole funder of the new 2006 campaign attack-group Americans for Honesty on Issues. 

Patriot Project has been following EFF, in the following posts:

New Front-Group Alert: Economic Freedom Fund

Economic Freedom Fund Hits Indiana

EFF Targets Jim Marshall

Front-Group Economic Freedom Fund and Meridian Pacific

Economic Freedom Fund Hits Iowa

EFF Lands in Georgia

Economic Freedom Fund in Trouble with Feds?

EFF Attack Alert – Oregon-05

Watchdog Group Targets EFF

Patriot Project has also been following Robert J. Perry, in these posts:

Robert J. Perry: The Original "Swiftboating" Money Man: By Taylor Marsh

Robert J. Perry is Back

Robert J. Perry Gets Sued

Perry and Swiftboating Ad Firm Together Again

Robert J. Perry Gets Help with EFF

The weblog MyDD has been following the arrival of Americans for Honesty on Issues, and found that they are running ads in the following districts,

Continue reading "New Front-Group Alert - Americans for Honesty on Issues"

Posted by Dave Johnson on October 20, 2006 11:43 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0) | Spotlight | Email This Post


October 19, 2006

THE PATRIOT PROJECT: Jack Murtha Joins the Fight

Congressman Jack Murtha was kind enough to send out an email today on behalf of The Patriot Project.  The support from veterans like Rep. Murtha makes all the difference.  Like John Kerry, he knows what it's like to have your honor and integrity challenged, but also your military service questioned.  We're just not going to take it anymore.  Please join John Kerry and Jack Murtha and help us fight

James Boyce, Executive Director of The Patriot Project


Dear Friend,

Do you believe that a veteran who dares to speak out against the Bush administration forfeits his or her right to be honored for service to America?

Of course not. But people who do are spending millions of dollars right now spreading lies and smears against veterans.

Help The Patriot Project expose and stop anti-veteran hate groups.

I've seen first hand the good work that The Patriot Project has done. When the so-called "Vets for the Truth" started attacking me, my record, and my right to speak the truth about the war in Iraq, The Patriot Project fought back. They exposed how "Vets for the Truth" had been set up and who was behind the funding of it. (Here's a hint: the group is really run by a man who describes himself as "good friends" with Karl Rove.)

When these scumbags organized a rally here in Pennsylvania, The Patriot Project went to work again.

They take on the people who think that, in a tough political spot, outright lying about a veteran's record is fair game.

Let's give The Patriot Project the help they need to give these characters a swift kick.

Help The Patriot Project expose and stop anti-veteran hate groups.

The Patriot Project is a smart, determined initiative to expose and stop shadowy groups that pop up and callously disparage the records of veterans with outright lies.

They're up against people with big budgets and no principles. And their work has never been more important than it is right now. I urge you to take a stand against anti-veteran hate groups right now.

Let's go get 'em.

Jack Murtha

Posted by Taylor Marsh on October 19, 2006 12:12 PM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0) | Spotlight | Email This Post


A Particularly Poisonous Front Group

By Dave Johnson

Yet another big-money front group is working the scene – poisoning America’s pre-election civic discussion, spending $1 MILLION to saturate the radio with ads that say,

"Black babies are terminated at triple the rate of white babies," a female announcer in one of the ads says.

"The Democratic Party supports these abortion laws that are decimating our people, but the individual's right to life is protected in the Republican platform. Democrats say they want our vote. Why don't they want our lives?"

According to a story at the far-right NewsMax, (based on this NY Sun story)

Another ad tries to link Democrats to David Duke,a white supremacist who served as a Republican in the Louisiana Legislature. The spot refers to Duke's trip to Syria last year, where he spoke at an anti-war rally.

"I can understand why a Ku Klux Klan cracker like David Duke makes nice with the terrorists," a male voice says. "What I want to know is why so many of the Democrat politicians I helped elect are on the same side of the Iraq war as David Duke."

Johnnie Griffin, a sociology professor at Indiana University, told the Sun: "This is so dirty, but it works. These are race ads. It's incredible."

Continue reading "A Particularly Poisonous Front Group"

Posted by Dave Johnson on October 19, 2006 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0) | Spotlight | Email This Post



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Learn The Truth

Swiftboat Alert
by Taylor Marsh

THE PATRIOT PROJECT: Why We Fight
by James Boyce

New Front-Group Alert - Americans for Honesty on Issues
by Dave Johnson

THE PATRIOT PROJECT: Jack Murtha Joins the Fight
by James Boyce

A Particularly Poisonous Front Group
by Dave Johnson

THE PATRIOT PROJECT: Building Steam for The Fight
by James Boyce, featuring Senator John Kerry

THE PATRIOT PROJECT: Fighting Back Works
by Taylor Marsh

CBS News Provides Free Airtime To Vets For Freedom Action Fund - A Campaign Organization
by Dave Johnson

Here Come the Negative Ads
by Taylor Marsh

Nasty Push Polling in Maryland
by Dave Johnson

Watchdog Group Targets EFF
by Taylor Marsh

Push Polling - What is it?
by Dave Johnson

WYOMING: Cubin Accused of Push Polling
by Taylor Marsh

NEW YORK: RNC Targets Eric Massa
by Taylor Marsh

John Kerry Fights for Patrick Murphy
by Taylor Marsh

VIRGINIA: Targeting James Webb
by Taylor Marsh

MONTANA: Tester Hit with Push Polls
by Taylor Marsh

EFF Attack Alert – Oregon-05
by Dave Johnson

Front-Group Alert: Softer Voices
by Dave Johnson

Virginia Company Asks A.G. to Ignore Law for EFF
by Taylor Marsh

Vets for Truth v. Vets for Murtha
by Taylor Marsh

John McCain 2000: The Swiftboaters First Mission
by Dave Johnson

Gold Star Mother Speaks Out Against Swiftboating
by Taylor Marsh

A Smear Attack on James Web
by Dave Johnson

Exposing the Front Groups
by Taylor Marsh

Front Group Report: Black Republican Freedom Fund
by Dave Johnson

FACT SHEET: "Boot Murtha" campaign and Vets for the Truth (VFT)
by Taylor Marsh

Economic Freedom Fund in Trouble with Feds?
by Taylor Marsh

XM Supports Hosts Paid to Swiftboat a Veteran
by Taylor Marsh

Vets for Truth to Get Veteran Push Back
by Taylor Marsh

Robert J. Perry Gets Help with EFF
by Taylor Marsh

XM and Clear Channel Radio Hosts Join Murtha Swiftboating Even
by Taylor Marsh

EFF Lands in Georgia
by Taylor Marsh

Patriot Project Shining Light on the Swiftboaters
by Taylor Marsh

Perry and Swiftboating Ad Firm Together Again
by Taylor Marsh

Today's Front Group: Free Enterprise Fund
by Dave Johnson

Economic Freedom Fund Hits Iowa
by Taylor Marsh

Robert J. Perry Gets Sued
by Taylor Marsh

Front-Group Economic Freedom Fund and Meridian Pacific
by Dave Johnson

Front-Group Tactic: Smearing
by Dave Johnson

EEF Targets Jim Marshall
by Taylor Marsh

Trailhead Group Exposed in Colorado
by Taylor Marsh

Economic Freedom Fund Hits Indiana
by Taylor Marsh

New Front-Group Alert: Economic Freedom Fund
by Dave Johnson

Robert J. Perry is Back
by Taylor Marsh

Front-Group PFA Echoes Republican "Freedom, Security and Survival" Themes
by Dave Johnson

Robert J. Perry: The Original "Swiftboating" Money Man
by Taylor Marsh

Did Paul Galanti Sell His Medals?
by Dave Johnson

Behind the Front: The Creation of Vets for Freedom
by Dave Johnson

The Buck Stops There
by Dave Johnson

The Swift Boaters Are Back In The Water
by Dave Johnson

The Swift Boating of John Murtha
by Taylor Marsh

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