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A Veteran's Letter to Kerry And A Soldier's Letter to Kerry
An E-Mail From Denny Dawson, A Friend, E-Mail Address Below | February 14, 2004 | Michael Connelly & Ray Reynolds, SFC

Posted on 05/15/2004 3:13:53 PM PDT by Deacon_m

(FIRST LETTER) A Veteran's Letter to Kerry:

Dear Senator John Kerry:

Since it has become clear that you will probably be the Democratic nominee for President, I have spent a great deal of time researching your war record and your record as a professional politician. The reason is simple, you aspire to be the Commander in Chief who would lead my sons and their fellow soldiers in time of war. I simply wanted to know if you possess the necessary qualifications to be trusted in that respect.

You see, I belong to a family of proud U.S. veterans. I was a Captain in the Army Reserve, my father was a decorated Lieutenant in World War II; and I have four sons who have either served, or are currently serving in the military. The oldest is an Army Lieutenant still on active duty in Afghanistan after already being honored for his service in Iraq. The youngest is an E-4 with the military police. His National Guard unit just finished their second tour of active duty, including six months in Guantanamo Bay. My two other sons have served in the national guard and the navy.

In looking at your record I found myself comparing it not only to that of my father and my sons, but to the people they served with. My father served with the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion in Europe. They landed on Utah Beach and fought for 317 straight days including the Cherbourg Peninsula, Aachen, the Hurtgen Forest, and the Battle of the Bulge. You earned a Silver Star in Vietnam for chasing down and finishing off a wounded and retreating enemy soldier. My father won a Bronze Star for single handedly charging and knocking out a German machine gun nest that had his men pinned down. You received three purple hearts for what appears to be three minor scratches. In fact you only missed a combined total of two days of duty for these wounds. The men of my father's unit, the 87th, had to be admonished by their commanding officer because: "It has been brought to our attention that some men are covering up wounds and refusing medical attention for fear of being evacuated and permanently separated from this organization..."

It was also a common problem for seriously wounded soldiers to go AWOL from hospitals in order to rejoin their units. You used your three purple hearts to leave Vietnam early.

My oldest boy came home from Iraq with numerous commendations and then proceeded to volunteer to go to Afghanistan and from there back to Iraq again. My sons and father have never had anything but the highest regard and respect for their fellow soldiers. Yet, you came home to publicly charge your fellow fighting men with being war criminals and to urge their defeat by the enemy. You even wrote a book that had a cover which mocked the heroism of the U.S. Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. Our current crop of soldiers has a philosophy that no one gets left behind; and they have practiced that from Somalia to the battlefields of the Middle East. Yet as chairman of a Senate committee looking into allegations that many of your fellow servicemen had been left behind as prisoners in Vietnam, you chose to defend the brutal Vietnamese regime. You even went so far as to refer to the families of the POWs and MIAs as Professional malcontents, conspiracy mongers, con artists, and dime-store Rambos.

As a Senator, you voted against the 1991 Gulf War, and have repeatedly voted against funds to supply our troops with the best equipment, and against money to improve our intelligence capability. I find this particularly ironic since as a Presidential candidate, you have been highly critical of our pre-war intelligence in Iraq. However, you did vote to authorize the President to go to war, but afterwards you proceeded to do everything you could to undermine the efforts of our government and our troops to win this war on Terrorism. Is this what our fighting men and women can expect of you if you are their Commander in Chief? Will you gladly send them to war, only to then aid the enemy by undermining their morale and cut off funding the weaponry they need to win?

Our country is at war Senator, and as has been the case in every war since the American Revolution, a member of my family is serving their country during the war. Now you want me to trust you to lead my sons in this fight.

Sorry Senator, but when I compare your record to those who have fought and died for this nation, and are currently fighting and dying, the answer is not just no, but Hell No!

Sincerely,

Michael Connelly February 14, 2004 Dallas, Texas

Forward this to EVERYONE you know--we can NOT afford to have this man as the President of the United States!!

(SECOND LETTER)

A Soldier's Letter To Kerry:

Dear Senator John Kerry:

You have often spoken out about the quagmire which is the Iraqi 'occupation'. I would like to list a few of the accomplishments of my commrades in Irag's:

1.) Over 400,000 kids have up-to-date immunizations.

2.) School attendance is up 80% from levels before the war.

3.) Over 1,500 schools have been renovated and rid of the weapons stored there so education can occur.

4.) The port of Uhm Qasar was renovated so grain can be off-loaded from ships faster.

5.) The country had its first 2 billion barrel export of oil in August.

6.) Over 4.5 million people have clean drinking water for the first time ever in Iraq.

7.) The country (Irag) now receives 2 times the electrical power it did before the war.

8.) 100% of the hospitals are open and fully staffed, compared to 35% before the war.

9.) Elections are taking place in every major city, and city councils are in place.

10.) Sewer and water lines are installed in every major city.

11.) Over 60,000 police are patrolling the streets.

12.) Over 100,000 Iraqi civil defense police are securing the country.

13.) Over 80,000 Iraqi soldiers are patrolling the streets side by side with US soldiers.

14.) Over 400,000 people have telephones for the first time ever.

15.) Students are taught field sanitation and hand washing techniques to prevent the spread of germs.

16.) An interim constitution has been signed.

17.) Girls are now finally allowed to attend school.

18.) Textbooks that don't mention Saddam are in the schools for the first time in 30 years.

My fellow Americans, Please don't believe the lie that the Iraqi people don't want us in their country! I have met many people in Iraq that tell me how glad they are that we have come. Unfortunately though, they do not believe that they will ever see the freedoms we came there to make possible for them; but, they hope and pray that their children will see it!

We are doing a good job in Iraq and I challenge anyone, anywhere to dispute with me on these facts. This soldier will set John Kerry straight about any 'quagmire' he may think we are having in Iraq. If you are like me and very disgusted with how this period of rebuilding has been portrayed, email this to a friend and let them know there are good things happening.

Ray Reynolds, SFC Iowa Army National Guard 234th Signal Battalion


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: accomplishments; commanderinchief; johnkerry; kerry; quagmire; qualified; soldiers; veteran
These two letter, both carried requests that we forward them to as many people as possible.
1 posted on 05/15/2004 3:13:54 PM PDT by Deacon_m
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To: Deacon_m
HUGE Bump for some powerful reading!


2 posted on 05/15/2004 3:23:04 PM PDT by EggsAckley (........"LIBERATE YOUR INNER BONOBO".........)
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To: All

Are they valid? Origin? Anything with a "pass it on" is always suspect.


3 posted on 05/15/2004 3:26:38 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (1-800-329 5454 Give something its the least we can do. Even Lieberman said he will contribute.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft; tiamat; trussell; PhiKapMom
I sure do hope they're not bogus; it's some of the most powerful stuff I've read in a long time.

PING!!!

4 posted on 05/15/2004 3:30:38 PM PDT by EggsAckley (........"LIBERATE YOUR INNER BONOBO".........)
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To: Deacon_m

hmmm,
Do you all think this (first letter at least) could backfire?

I mean, after all, if the Kerry camp wanted to get dirty, couldn't they make a point that President Bush used his family's political influence to get into the National Guard to avoid going to Vietnam? And then further the point that Bush didn't show up for a physical?

I mean, any allegation that Kerry's purple hearts might not be fully deserved and that he took advantage of any injuries to come home seem a little petty next to a man who did everything possible to stay out of Nam in the first place.

Neither can compare to the "Greatest Generation" who fought WWII.


5 posted on 05/15/2004 3:33:03 PM PDT by SelenaRiley
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To: Bringbackthedraft

LOL Bring Back the Draft...


6 posted on 05/15/2004 3:36:09 PM PDT by TheRIGHTChoice
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To: SelenaRiley

I smell potential ozone.

Thousands of American kids joined the reserves.

Bush Sr. had little if any influence at the time of Dubya's enrolling in the national guard.

Dubya was trained as a fighter pilot, and tried to volunteer to go to Vietnam in that capacity.

The aircraft Dubya trained on was deemed obsolete, and rather than spend more money training someone that was leaving the service, the NG released him a bit early.

Go TROLL elsewhere, or I'll sic the Viking Kitties on you.


7 posted on 05/15/2004 3:44:28 PM PDT by Don W (If vivisection is considered horrific, why isn't abortion?)
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To: Don W

meow


8 posted on 05/15/2004 3:51:08 PM PDT by SelenaRiley
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To: SelenaRiley
Where is your proof that Pres Bush used his family's influence to get into the Natl Guard. I've not seen any proof of that so far, only inuendos by the libs..

As far as I'm concerned, Kerry's purple hearts were NOT fully deserved. The fact that he got them is not the same as fully deserved. What I've heard from his commanding officers is that they wanted him out of country because he was so bad.

Your trolling will not work here.

9 posted on 05/15/2004 4:02:13 PM PDT by GrandmaPatriot
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Re the 2nd letter...http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/reynolds.asp


10 posted on 05/15/2004 4:02:42 PM PDT by pookie18
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To: SelenaRiley; Admin Moderator

This account has been banned or suspended.

Dang you work fast! I wanted to ping the kitties here after watching her make a fool of herself.

Perhaps next time.......


11 posted on 05/15/2004 4:05:34 PM PDT by Don W (If vivisection is considered horrific, why isn't abortion?)
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To: Deacon_m

Does Kerry belong to either the American Legion or the VFW? or any other veterans organisation?


12 posted on 05/15/2004 4:12:17 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I aint wrong, I aint sorry , and I am probably going to do it again.)
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To: SelenaRiley

Welcome to Free Republic.


13 posted on 05/15/2004 4:12:56 PM PDT by LOC1
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To: sgtbono2002
Does Kerry belong to either the American Legion or the VFW? or any other veterans organisation?

Well, he certainly won't be joining the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth". :=)

14 posted on 05/15/2004 4:23:25 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Deacon_m

Copied and forwarded ...

LETTERS @ GOHOTSPRINGS.COM

I don't quite know how to ask this, but we are trying to start a weekly show where we will read letters from the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and the surrounding areas that are in harms way. - this will include the Marines in the Horn of Africa and even in Haiti! From anywhere and everywhere!

We are NOT going to be doing a politically bent show for one side or the other, nor do we wish to air any information where our enemies can garner intelligence.

What we are looking for are what the major media would consider as 'mundane', 'boring', 'un-newsworthy' - We want the day to day reality of life. The trips to the local orphanages - helping rebuild a school - washing desert 'cammies' in a mud hole - a quiet day of solitude - an impromptu guitar song-fest in the desert.

All those little items of information that are sent home - we want to share with as many people as we can so they can 'relate' to our military. To let them know that these are our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, friends .... not just nameless numbers or ratings. Let us see and possibly feel part of their lives.

We will not divulge last names nor address information - locations will be general - NO unit designations other than Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine.

I have been posting these short letters to several news sites and the response from people has been tremendous. The American people want to KNOW their protectors!
If you want to narrate a story on the radio, we can set that up also (with the same restrictions to names, etc).

Please send your emails, stories, questions to me at:
letters @ gohotsprings.com

ps ... reports of all the heroics will be given special attention. We don't need a saga - so far the most popular letters have been the "short notes home" to Mom, Dad, etc.
Bring our military to life - to honor - to America.

I ask that you forward this letter to everyone you know that has a son, brother, daughter, sister, or friend in the military


Carl L. Steplock III
Hot Springs, AR 71901
http://focus.gohotsprings.com

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
Ronald Reagan


15 posted on 05/15/2004 4:27:46 PM PDT by steplock (http://www.gohotsprings.com)
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To: Bob

You got that right.


16 posted on 05/15/2004 4:30:21 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I aint wrong, I aint sorry , and I am probably going to do it again.)
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To: pookie18

Those leftist scums just couldn't leave it at, "Yes it is true"

They just had to add the lies from the opposing viewpoint - I'm sure they have the opposing viewpoints from concervative Christians on their pro-communist/homosexual stories, don't they?


17 posted on 05/15/2004 4:36:15 PM PDT by steplock (http://www.gohotsprings.com)
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To: Deacon_m

Forwarding!!!!


18 posted on 05/15/2004 4:41:10 PM PDT by b4its2late (Liberals are good examples of why some animals eat their young.)
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To: EggsAckley

*smack!*

consider yourself "biff-baffed" for not pinging me to this.


19 posted on 05/15/2004 5:38:59 PM PDT by King Prout (the difference between "trained intellect" and "indoctrinated intellectual" is an Abyssal gulf)
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To: MeekOneGOP

ping

see that the usual suspects get this, 'k?


20 posted on 05/15/2004 5:39:48 PM PDT by King Prout (the difference between "trained intellect" and "indoctrinated intellectual" is an Abyssal gulf)
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To: Deacon_m; King Prout; Alamo-Girl; onyx; ALOHA RONNIE; SpookBrat; Republican Wildcat; Howlin; ...
A Veteran's Letter to Kerry
And A Soldier's Letter to Kerry


Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my General Interest ping list!. . .don't be shy.


21 posted on 05/15/2004 6:43:47 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is ONLY ONE good Democrat: one that has just been voted OUT of POWER ! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: Deacon_m; Kathy in Alaska; MoJo2001; LindaSOG; LaDivaLoca; Fawnn; Bethbg79; bentfeather; ...
MUST READ PING!

Deacon_m : Thank You
22 posted on 05/15/2004 6:50:02 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Hanoi Kerry is a traitor)
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To: Deacon_m; All
My favorite post for DUmmies and trolls.

"I’m an internationalist. I’d like to see our troops dispersed through [sic] the world
only at the directive of the United Nations."
Hanoi John Kerry, The Harvard Crimson, 1970


HANOI KERRY
has a Campaign Platform
Just like the old days!


"It is a fact that in the entire Vietnam War we did not lose one major battle.
We lost the war at home and at home John Kerry was the field general"

- Bob Elder, Swift Boat Veteran For Truth


"I do not believe John Kerry is fit to be commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces,"
said retired Rear Adm. Roy Hoffmann, chairman of the organization.
"This is not a political issue. It is a matter of honesty."


I was there the same time Hanoi Kerry was.
I served on the destroyer USS Corry DD-817 which supplied Swift Boats (PBR's)
and gave gunfire support in North AND South Viet Nam.
My ship may have even supplied Hanoi Kerry's boat.
I VOW I will do everything I LEGALLY can
to keep this traitor from being elected.
68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub



The book that Kerry
wishes would just go away.
HanoiJohnKerry.com is a blog with a primary purpose. That purpose is to counter the preposterous claims of Sen. John Forbes Kerry (D-MA) that he has any legitimate claim to any sort of "brotherhood" among combat veterans of the War in Vietnam.

While it is generally supposed that his service as a Naval officer on a "Swift Boat" in that theater was adequate and honorable, there is much to question regarding his readiness to allow the accolade "war hero" to be applied to him.

Likewise, it is not at all uncommon for more senior Naval officers to raise an eyebrow at the swiftness and relative comfort by which Lt. JG Kerry attained those medals, and who is available to vouch for the efficacy of his being awarded them (since, as boat commander, it would be his own task to make recommendation for awards for all personnel, including himself, on the Swift Boat).

But most egregious was his conduct, words and associations upon his early-out (from SEA) return to the USA and discharge from the US Navy. His leadership role with the radical pro-Communist (inaccurate to deem this group "anti-war") group called "Vietnam Veterans Against the [Vietnam] War" (hereafter VVAW).

It was while climbing the social and political ladder of the pro-Soviet Left as a principle of VVAW that John Kerry found his political soul-mate in Hanoi Jane Fonda. Granted, these politically formative years for Kerry were prior to the more outlandish acts of Fonda that earned her that name, but it is easily documentable that Fonda did not under go any radical transformation in belief or character from the time she and Kerry were working the same side of the street to the time she traveled to Hanoi, NVN and entered US history as the most overt traitor to ever NOT be charged, tried and executed.

John Kerry went to his own overt extremes to demonstrate that, politically, socially and in lowness of character, there wasn't a nickel's worth of difference between he and Fonda. Thus, in the spirit of fairness and accuracy, we are reasonably certain that he will be agreeably flattered by calling him Hanoi John Kerry.

Here, testifying before the Fulbright Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is where John Kerry, spokesman for Vietnam Veterans Against the War, cemented his position and moniker as "Hanoi John" Kerry. This was the occasion where US troops still in the field in Vietnam learned from one of their FORMER brothers-in-arms that they were heinous murderers and war criminals. HJK would now like to call on them for support in his bid to be the new Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. Perhaps the most preposterous hypocrisy of all.




23 posted on 05/15/2004 6:52:34 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Hanoi Kerry is a traitor)
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To: SelenaRiley
"I mean, after all, if the Kerry camp wanted to get dirty, couldn't they make a point that President Bush used his family's political influence to get into the National Guard to avoid going to Vietnam?"

The answer is "No".

You betray an unfamiliarity with the facts.

24 posted on 05/15/2004 7:06:14 PM PDT by okie01 (www.ArmorforCongress.com...because Congress isn't for the morally halt and the mentally lame.)
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To: SelenaRiley

>>I mean, any allegation that Kerry's purple hearts might not be fully deserved and that he took advantage of any injuries to come home seem a little petty next to a man who did everything possible to stay out of Nam in the first place.

You're talking about Bill Clinton, right??


25 posted on 05/15/2004 7:08:26 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Life's a beach, and liberals are the sand in your swimsuit that can't be washed away.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Deacon_m

Thanks for the ping, and thanks for the article.
Good read, here's to it getting to the right eyes.


26 posted on 05/15/2004 7:10:23 PM PDT by Darksheare (Bretheren & Sisteren In Chaos Inc, LLC "We're All About Bad Ideas!")
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Tonk,Bump.


27 posted on 05/15/2004 7:29:16 PM PDT by fatima (My Granddaughter Karen is Home-WOOHOO We unite with all our troops and send our love-)
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To: SelenaRiley

Kerry did the same thing that Bush did, didn't he? In those days, young men could either wait to be drafted, or sign up for a service that was more to their liking. Kerry signed up for the Navy, where he would not likely be in danger. Bush signed up to be a fighter pilot.
Are we going to disparage every young man who decided to sign up for a specific slot rather than be drafted? If so, Kerry is every bit as awful as W.


28 posted on 05/15/2004 7:40:12 PM PDT by speekinout
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To: MeekOneGOP

Thanks for the ping!


29 posted on 05/15/2004 7:45:44 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Don W

The mod is REALLY fast!! I barely get a chance to post against a troll and they are gone....*Poof*.... I just wish someone could fix my cable as fast!


30 posted on 05/15/2004 8:37:32 PM PDT by M1Tanker (Modern "progressive" liberalism is just NAZIism without the "twisted cross")
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Definatly a must forward!! Thanks Tonk!


31 posted on 05/15/2004 8:38:05 PM PDT by M1Tanker (Modern "progressive" liberalism is just NAZIism without the "twisted cross")
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To: M1Tanker

Happy Armed Forces Day!


32 posted on 05/15/2004 8:42:20 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (I just pay rent, the cats, goat and dog let me live here.)
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To: steplock

Here's a couple of blog you might be interested in.
Also you might want to get on Ragtime Cowgirl's pinglist.

The Greenside
http://www.thegreenside.com/

Boots on the Ground

This is about my daily life here in Baghdad, Iraq as an soldier of the United States Army. My views do not reflect that of the US Military or US Government
http://bootsonground.blogspot.com/


33 posted on 05/15/2004 9:05:11 PM PDT by Valin (Hating people is like burning down your house to kill a rat)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
What a foreign policy team he's put together!
34 posted on 05/15/2004 9:08:00 PM PDT by Valin (Hating people is like burning down your house to kill a rat)
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To: GrandmaPatriot
According to Terry McAwful he "won" them.

Just thought I let you know

35 posted on 05/15/2004 9:44:41 PM PDT by Kaslin (N.O.B.B.F.P!!! No one but Bush for president)
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To: sgtbono2002

Viet Vets Against Any Wars Being Fought By GW Bush


36 posted on 05/15/2004 9:49:34 PM PDT by bitt
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT!!!!!!


37 posted on 05/16/2004 3:04:48 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: King Prout

All your biff-baffs are belong to us.......


38 posted on 05/16/2004 7:12:42 AM PDT by EggsAckley (........"LIBERATE YOUR INNER BONOBO".........)
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To: Deacon_m
Excellent letters!

On the subject of Kerry, check out this email I received from my father in law:

The next time you are at the grocery store, check out the labels on the Heinz pickles!!!!! Made in Mexico Shortly after reading the following e-mail content, I happened to look at the label of a jar of Heinz sandwich slice pickles. Yep.... "Made in Mexico" Check some of your Heinz products.

"Sen. John Kerry keeps talking about U.S. corporations leaving this country and setting up shop in foreign countries, taking thousands of jobs with them. He is right, because that has happened. However, he is trying to blame it on George W. Bush.

As far as I know, Bush has not moved one factory out of this country because he is not the owner of a single factory.

That cannot be said about Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz-Kerry. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Kerry's own 32 factories in Europe and 18 in Asia and the Pacific. In addition, their company, the Heinz Company, leases four factories in Europe and four in Asia. Also, they own 27 factories in North America, some of which are in Mexico and the Caribbean. 80% of Heinz products are made overseas.

I wonder how many hundreds of American workers lost their jobs when these plants relocated in foreign countries. I also wonder if the workers in Mexico and Asia are paid the same wages and benefits as workers in the United States.

Of course they're not. However, Kerry demands that other companies that relocate should pay the same benefits they did in the U.S. Why does he not demand this of the Heinz Company, since he is married to the owner?
39 posted on 05/16/2004 7:22:16 AM PDT by ColoradoSlim (Historical revisionism for fun, profit , peace and a new world order)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

bada BUMP BUMP BUMP to da TOP


40 posted on 05/16/2004 8:35:53 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: EggsAckley


Those who support Kerry...


41 posted on 05/20/2004 4:27:05 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Polls - Proof that when the Main Stream Media wants your opinion, they will give it to you)
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To: stocksthatgoup

EXCELLENT work, stocks.


42 posted on 05/20/2004 6:25:59 AM PDT by EggsAckley (........"LIBERATE YOUR INNER BONOBO".........)
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