Skip to comments.Hanoi T-shirt sales funding campaign
Posted on 08/21/2004 1:18:05 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Presidential candidate John Kerry can count on the support of at least one group of Vietnam Veterans and they're still in Vietnam.
Following Kerry's denunciation of the ad by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, criticizing him for exaggerating his war record, a group of former U.S. soldiers gathered in Hanoi to express their support for Kerry and to call President Bush a "draft dodger" for his service in the Texas Air National Guard during the war. And they were selling T-shirts to tourists to raise money for Kerry's campaign.
The $5 shirts sport a picture of President Bush with a line crossed through it and have "Americans Overseas for Kerry" emblazoned across the front. The proceeds are earmarked for donation to the Kerry campaign.
"The first day they came in, we had a stack at a cafe and were examining them, and four Japanese tourists asked if they could buy them," said Chuck Searcy, an Athens, Georgia, veteran who served in Vietnam for one year.
Searcy, who has lived and worked in Vietnam for nine years, is a representative of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
"It's an effort on the part of a few of us to bring some attention to Kerry's war record to counter some of the allegations and some of the lies being made of his service in Vietnam," he told Reuters.
Searcy said arrangements for printing the shirts were made by Larry Holzman, a Hanoi-based American who runs DTK International, a non-profit organization that markets condoms and contraceptives in Vietnam.
"We had very serious disagreements among ourselves about the war," Searcy told Associated Press in criticism of the ads, "but the creed was that we never spoke ill of another veteran. That ethic has been violated in this election, and it's pretty shameful."
The Swift Boat Veterans would probably agree. In their second ad, a young John Kerry appears on behalf of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in April 1971, testifying that his fellow troops in Vietnam "had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country."
According to the May 19, 1997, Viet Nam News, Searcy was part of a contingent of former members of VVAW, who came to Hanoi to honor Ho Chi Minh and to mark the 30th anniversary of VVAW's founding which fell on the North Vietnamese communist leader's birthday.
The new blockbuster, Unfit for Service, notes that Kerry also praised Ho Chi Minh in 1971, comparing him to George Washington.
You need to post it on a website, and then use an html img tag.
Can someone point bmc1 to the html faq thread??
How do you explain away Kerry who obviously missed the initial memo in 1971.
Kerry has been smearing Viet Vets for over 3 decades.
What an absolute dunce and someone who only has his enterprise and bank account at heart.
Shameful? Take a good hard look at what Kerry is still doing. <>P>Then keep your mouth shut cause, "You didn't serve in their boats, so how do you know?"
boxerblues did. Thanks.
What you said.
Thank you, I appreciate everyone's help.
tape it to your screen...then press Enter..We'll all see it!!!
you have mail.
The first rule, and the most important, is that the picture has to be on a website. Having received it in an email means it only exists on your computer. You have to get it up to a website otherwise we cannot see it here. Those instructions depend on what you've got for a website, so we'll do that in freepmail if someone hasn't already done it.
In the meantime, here's how you post a picture. What you're going to do is copy the address of the picture so you can paste it here within an HTML command for displaying an image that has this format:
<img src="address of picture that you copied">
Instructions for Displaying a Picture in a Snappy Comment
Then paste the address of the picture by right-clicking the mouse and selecting Paste. Then close it up with these two final characters:
This is exactly how I created the line to post this picture of our favorite columnist from her website. The picture is located at
http://www.townhall.com/acimgs/webimages/coulter124.jpgand the HTML is:
Gee- All these guys want to do is draw attention to Kerry's war record?
That is all the Swifties want to do, along with Freepers, and other honest Americans.
We just want to see ALL the records. All of Kerry's war records. Now that's all. And I'm not selling any stinking t-shirt that disses Bush to do the above.
"According to the May 19, 1997, Viet Nam News, Searcy was part of a contingent of former members of VVAW, who came to Hanoi to honor Ho Chi Minh and to mark the 30th anniversary of VVAW's founding which fell on the North Vietnamese communist leader's birthday
see my post #51
Searcy was there to HONOR Ho Chi Minh? Hmmm.... imagine a republican living in Germany who honors the birthday of Hitler, selling pro-Bush shirts. Think he's get such a loving backrub from the press?
the problem is that it's in an e-mail. It needs to be hosted a site on the internet before you can link to it here. You can't copy photos from your email. Send me freepmail and I'll help you further
The picture has already been posted and the email is a bogus chain letter.
okay...thanks. I was just trying to be helpful.
This Phil Karber?
Phil Karber former Under-Sec of Defence wrote a great article in HARVARD LAW REVIEW
Could it be?
I'm asking. The majority of freepers here are the most informed and smartest people I've read. And the humor...