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CPAC 2005: Courage Under Fire Award (Story AND Audio Link)
gopbloggers.org ^ | Matt Margolis

Posted on 02/21/2005 9:35:14 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Tonight was a great night. The Reagan Banquet was a great event. I was sitting at a table with Robin Burke, Adam Doverspike, and La Shawn Barber... This was truly a night to remember. Zell Miller was to present The Swift Boat Veterans For Truth with the Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award.

Of course, the Swifties in attendance each received standing ovations when they were introduced. When Zell Miller spoke before the presentation of the award, he commended the Swifties efforts, and for having the courage to "call a lie a lie." There was a point when he speaking about Vietnam that he appeared to be choking up a bit.

When John O'Neill spoke, he began saying he didn't want to talk about Kerry, but he wanted to talk about "the real heroes," and he mentioned Zell Miller, and gave the crowd a chuckle when he said he didn't want to go on Chris Matthew's show again unless Zell was with him.

It was great to hear O'Neil credit bloggers for helping to get the Swifties' message out.

Bill Franke, who spoke after O'Neill mentioned the bloggers as well. He mentioned how he didn't really know what we were, and thought that "bloggers" sounded like a skin disease. Ultimately, he would appreciate the role us bloggers played in helping them get their message out. He showed us a few Swift Vets ads, telling us that the first ad run cost $400,000, and the calculated value of the earned media that followed was about $40 million. The third ad he showed was the ad was the one titled "They Served". The dinner guests cheered with a standing ovation.

Roy Hoffman spoke next. He was immediately emotional, and it was a moving speech. He recalled about making the decision to speak out against John Kerry. He said they felt they "had to do something" to stop him, after what he had done to all them. He described Kerry as a loose cannon who didn't obey orders, who was a headache to everyone.

I thought it was great when he mentioend that Kerry campaign manager, Mary Beth Cahill refers to them as the "discredited Swift Boat Veterans for Truth," and challenge her to to come up with one paragraph, one sentence, or one statement that was not true.

The whole event was incredible, and moving to say the least. These are men of honor who doing what they felt was right to do. Kerry betrayed his fellow veterans and the Swifties just could let him become our Commander-In-Chief.

Below you will find the audio of Zell Miller's introduction of the Swift Vets and John O'Neill's remarks:

NOTE : Click on the link, scroll down for the audio.



TOPICS: Free Republic; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: acu; award; billfranke; cpac; johnoneill; kerrydefeat; royhoffman; swiftboat; swiftboatveterans; swiftboatvets; swiftees; williamfranke; zellmiller

1 posted on 02/21/2005 9:35:16 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Bump!


2 posted on 02/21/2005 9:37:34 AM PST by March I up
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To: Defender2; Blue Scourge; armyman; Arrowhead1952; darkwing104; txradioguy; Long Cut; Jet Jaguar; ...
Since the so called MAIN Stream Right Wing Media
"forgot" to carry this show I found this on the Internet.

"...Roy Hoffman spoke next. He was immediately emotional, and it was a moving speech. He recalled about making the decision to speak out against John Kerry. He said they felt they "had to do something" to stop him, after what he had done to all them. He described Kerry as a loose cannon who didn't obey orders, who was a headache to everyone.

I thought it was great when he mentioned that Kerry campaign manager, Mary Beth Cahill refers to them as the "discredited Swift Boat Veterans for Truth," and challenge her to to come up with one paragraph, one sentence, or one statement that was not true..."

MAIN Stream Right Wing Media personalities
could learn something from 80 year old Rear ADM. Roy Hoffman
3 posted on 02/21/2005 9:42:42 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (The US Senate only has 99 legal Senators, and 1 illegal one. U.S. Constitution Amendment 14 Sec 3)
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To: All

Rear ADM. Roy Hoffman asking the questions
that Main Stream Media should be asking!

Both Right and Left!

02/18/05

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1346397/posts

"Mary Beth Cahill getting it for referring to"discredited" swiftboat vets.
Challenged anyone to come up with anything that has been "discredited"

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1346397/posts?page=113#113

Tainted media [Kerry's 'honorable' discharge?]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1345874/posts

"Some of the public have begun to wake up but more need to do so.
Many in the media also need to wake up to what they are doing, or failing to do,
when their politics taints their work."

TownHall.com ^ | February 18, 2005 | Thomas Sowell

For those who say the GOP can't acknowledge Swift Boat Vets,
they are wrong.

Karl Rove also exposed the false testimony by Hanoi Kerry in 1971

Rove Credits Swiftvets With 'Energizing' Bush Vote (Thank You Karl Rove!)

"...Rove recalled that his uncle had done several tours of duty in Vietnam.
I've never been able to think of Colonel Verhi as somebody who would have
'raped and pillaged in a manner reminiscent of Genghis Khan,'"
a reference to Kerry's 1971 Senate testimony where he accused Vietnam veterans
of committing widespread atrocities."

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1345603/posts

Viet Nam Vet Ollie North nailed Hanoi Kerry on his false 1971 testimony.

"Kerry testified under oath before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971 that Americans in Vietnam had "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."

Set aside the horrific and defamatory nature of these accusations and ask this: Did he witness these atrocities? Did he try to stop them? If not, was he held accountable for dereliction of duty? If he knows the perpetrators, did he ever see that they were brought to justice? If not, why?"

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/ollienorth/on20040220.shtml

And FR's own Interesting Times nailed Hanoi Kerry for his lies in 1971

AFFIDAVIT OF STEVEN J. PITKIN combat veteran of the Vietnam War
(Kerry pressured him to give false Winter Soldier testimony)
http://ice.he.net/~freepnet/kerry/staticpages/index.php?page=PitkinAff

Now can anyone name 1 so called MAIN Stream Right Wing Media
personality

(we know Russert on tv and Imus on radio from the Left have)

that has asked,

in 2005,

these questions?

"Asked Kerry when he will sign Form 180.

(Even though President Bush signed his Form 180)

Or how could Kerry have a top secret clearance,
and access to US intelligence
WITHOUT revealing ALL his military records to the US Senate

Who in the US Senate has seen ALL of Kerry's military records?

Who, in the US Senate, gave him his top secret clearance?

Or why Kerry is still in the US Senate.
This is in violation of
U.S. Constitution Amendment 14 Sec 3
http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.amendmentxiv.html

Or when Kerry will set the record straight
on his false testimony in April 71"

BUT he's still attacking President Bush in '05

Kerry Trashes Bush in Baghdad Jan '05

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1315333/posts

Kerry: Bush Still Hiding His Guard Records Feb '05

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1341323/posts

Distribute these url's in e-mail, Vet boards, Conservative boards, etc.

EXPOSE HANOI KERRY!

MUST SEE WEBSITE!!!!

http://www.kerrystreason.com/index.html

Full details on these url's!

http://tonkin.spymac.net/hanoikerry1.html

There is a backup site
if the 1st url is unavailable.

http://stophanoikerry.150m.com


4 posted on 02/21/2005 9:46:20 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (The US Senate only has 99 legal Senators, and 1 illegal one. U.S. Constitution Amendment 14 Sec 3)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks, Tonk. My daugter called right as this was coming on and I missed almost all of it. I am listening to it now.


5 posted on 02/21/2005 9:47:03 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Did ya notice the other day that All FrankenStupid about had a heart attack and definitely had a hissy fit when he found himself about to go against The Swifties on a radio interview.
6 posted on 02/21/2005 9:48:32 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the ping!


7 posted on 02/21/2005 9:51:01 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Keep their feet to the fire, Tonk!


8 posted on 02/21/2005 9:51:01 AM PST by LUV W ("THE ROAD OF PROVIDENCE IS UNEVEN AND UNPREDICTABLE-YET WE KNOW...IT LEADS TO FREEDOM!"GWB 2-2-05)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Interesting Times; jrlc; Nick Danger
Thanks for mentioning Interesting Times in your post. IMHO, whether the bloggers quoted above credit him or not the link between the Internet and the Swift Boat Veteran's was Interesting Times. He connected the dots both in writing and technically with his website WinterSoldier.com. We here at FR need to KNOW and report the truth on this issue.

Regards,

TS

9 posted on 02/21/2005 9:52:52 AM PST by The Shrew (www.swiftvets.com & www.wintersoldier.com - The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Terrific occasion. Wish I could have been there. The era 2004-2005 will eventually be recognized, even at Columbia Journalism School, as the time when bloggers came of age as the cutting edge of journalism. And remember that though O'Neil and his courageous shipmates did the heavy lifting, the bloggers played a part in building that story.

For a review of this process, click below. Or, if you want to see it presaged six months ago, see "The Manifesto of Pukin Dog," back in September, and posted here on FreeRepublic.

It is a new world. We know that, full well. The MSM (at least the brighter ones in that closed world) are beginning to realize that as well.

Congressman Billybob

Latest column, Confessions of a "Salivating Moron"

10 posted on 02/21/2005 9:57:42 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (Judges who disobey the law are the worst criminals of all.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Admiral Hoffman made the point that they were able to use Kerry's own book against him.

He handed the Swift Boat Vets for Truth the opening to right the wrongs inflicted on the world by kerry and his ilk.

11 posted on 02/21/2005 9:58:31 AM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

CPAC ~ Swifties ~ Bump!


12 posted on 02/21/2005 9:58:55 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTT!!!!!!


13 posted on 02/21/2005 10:01:19 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

CPAC was great. On Wednesday night my group from Pittsburgh had dinner with other Freepers. We looked over at a table a few feet away and one Freeper said that looks like John O'Neill. It was and we had a chance to talk with him for a few minutes and other siftee's. He also roamed around the displays on Friday stopping at the Freeper booth. Have photos but not digital so have to get the film developed. He's a teddy bear.


14 posted on 02/21/2005 10:02:02 AM PST by mombrown1 (The CPAC taxi driver)
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To: The Shrew; jrlc; Interesting Times

I wonder how many FReepers know that FReeper jrlc
is the co-author of Unfit for Command.


15 posted on 02/21/2005 10:09:52 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (The US Senate only has 99 legal Senators, and 1 illegal one. U.S. Constitution Amendment 14 Sec 3)
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To: The Shrew; Interesting Times
Interesting Times in your post. IMHO, whether the bloggers quoted above credit him or not the link between the Internet and the Swift Boat Veteran's was Interesting Times.

Just to make mention, John O'Neill himself said on Friday, "If it weren't for Scott Swett, there would have been no Swift Vets."

That is a quote.

He is right! Thanks Scott!

16 posted on 02/21/2005 10:26:13 AM PST by abner (Looking for a new tagline- Next outrage please!)
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To: All

NOTE : Click on the link, scroll down for the audio.

http://www.gopbloggers.org/mt/archives/cat_cpac_2005.html


17 posted on 02/21/2005 10:31:08 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Already posted on another thread--but these pics are so good, I couldn't resist. Unfortunately, I did not get a pic of Jerome Corsi, who graciously offered to autograph my copy of Unfit For Command as we were leaving the banquet.


18 posted on 02/21/2005 11:52:06 AM PST by NautiNurse (Osama bin Laden has more tapes than Steely Dan)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; ALOHA RONNIE; mhking; Vets_Husband_and_Wife; MeekOneGOP; jmstein7; ...

Sounds like a wonderful event!

Ping.


19 posted on 02/21/2005 1:36:16 PM PST by JLO (Minnesota Nice)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

I bet quite a few do (or should know, anyway).


20 posted on 02/21/2005 1:39:28 PM PST by JLO (Minnesota Nice)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks, Tonk..... a good one to keep and listen to from time to time. I've suspected that then Capt. Hoffman and the other SWB skippers were glad to get rid of Kerry. Just as I will be glad to be rid of him now.


21 posted on 02/21/2005 6:42:35 PM PST by BIGLOOK (I once opposed keelhauling but have recently come to my senses.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
The Swift Boat Vets.

American Heroes!!!!

redrock

22 posted on 02/21/2005 9:21:04 PM PST by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: SandRat

I heard Franken have that hissy fit. What a fool! "You ambushed me, you ambushed me!"


23 posted on 02/22/2005 12:35:37 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~Support Our Troops! ~ www.proudpatriots.org ~ Operation Easter/Passover~in progress)
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To: redrock; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Other heroes of the campaign:

Larry Bailey, former SEAL and president of Vietnam Vets for the Truth

Terry Garlock, organizer of VVFT and the Kerry Lied Rally

Tony Snesko, Swiftee who developed and organized Operation Street Corner

The thousands of Vietnam vets and their families who used e-mail and the internet to spread word through letters to editors and among their military networks about the movement against Kerry, traveling at their own expense to D.C. and speaking out for those who couldn't.

We and the mainstream press (and the Kerry campaign) saw the very 'out there' faces of the Swiftees, and could focus on them as the point of the spear, but this organization against Kerry was MUCH bigger than anyone has yet reported, encompassing even the disabled vets, some of whom logged hours daily on their computers, looking for ways to get around the media blockade.

The real story is that this was one of the largest, most passionate grassroots political movements in the history of our nation, made possible by the internet and with enornmous emotional healing power.

The Vietnam vets and the families involved in this movement were witness to incredible reunions, renewed friendships, and a healing the likes of which we've never seen before.

Along with the simple explanation by Adm. Hoffman that the Swiftees "had to do something" about the injustice of Kerry's candidacy -- there were other important events which brought us all to the point of action: the current situation on the ground in Iraq and the massive anti-war demonstrations showed us that the same liberals who trashed the Vietnam vets were going to try and do the same thing with our current troops; Kerry's own actions and rhetoric, including when he stood on the steps of the Georgia capitol and said, "George W. Bush has re-opened the wounds of Vietnam" when it was HE, not Bush, who kept the focus there; his vote against funding the current war; and his most disgusting display of "reporting for duty" at his "me me me convention".

Now he thinks he still has a chance?!!

Rotsa Ruck, John-boy. We're still gunning for you.


24 posted on 02/22/2005 6:51:11 AM PST by campfollower (We need a leader, not a weathervane.)
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To: NautiNurse

NautiNurse, your photos in #18 are fantastic! I honestly thought these were professional photos. What a wonderful night this was!


25 posted on 02/22/2005 8:44:53 PM PST by nutmeg (democRATs = The Party of NO)
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To: nutmeg; NautiNurse

I couldn't agree more. GREAT photos!!


26 posted on 03/01/2005 7:58:21 PM PST by JLO (Minnesota Nice)
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To: JLO
I couldn't agree more. GREAT photos!!

Thanks!

27 posted on 03/02/2005 5:44:38 AM PST by NautiNurse (Osama bin Laden has more tapes than Steely Dan)
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