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Kerry exposed? The source of the name of Hanoi John's yacht.
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Posted on 08/29/2005 10:34:04 AM PDT by Rodney King

The Quiet American by Grhame Greene is the quintessential anti vietnam novel. Written in 1955 while the French effort in then Indochina was raging, the novel explores and illustrates the various feelings regarding Vietnam that came to dominate American political culture in the late 1960's.

The protagnist of the book is a guy called Fowler. Fowler is an American hating, left-leaning atheist in the mold of Greene himself.

On the other side is a fellow named Pyle, who works at the American embassy and is a strident anti-communist.

Fowler is very Kerry-esque, tortured by every conceivable nuance missed by the US and Western governments, and ultimately finds himself far more sympathetic to the Communists than to the French, Americans or non-Communist nationalists.

This is the quintessential book opposing the French/American effort in Vietnam, and there is no doubt that Kerry read it.

Fowler goes on to conspire with the viet minh to have Pyle killed. Fowler's alibi for the evening when Pyle was killed? He was watching the movie Scaramouche.

The name of John Kerry's yacht? Scaramouche. Coincidence?


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KEYWORDS: commie; johnkerry; kerrywasinvietnam; nottooswiftboat; scaramouche; senatorkerry; taxevasion; vietnam; vietnamwar; yacht
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1 posted on 08/29/2005 10:34:05 AM PDT by Rodney King
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To: Stingray51

bump


2 posted on 08/29/2005 10:34:24 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King

Very interesting theory. Well done.


3 posted on 08/29/2005 10:35:46 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: Rodney King

Hhmmmmm!


4 posted on 08/29/2005 10:36:01 AM PDT by Shery (S. H. in APOland)
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To: Rodney King

From Merriam Webster Online:

Main Entry: scar·a·mouch
Variant(s): or scar·a·mouche /'skar-&-"müsh, -"müch, -"mauch/
Function: noun
Etymology: French Scaramouche, from Italian Scaramuccia, from scaramuccia skirmish
1 capitalized : a stock character in the Italian commedia dell'arte that burlesques the Spanish don and is characterized by boastfulness and cowardliness
2 a : a cowardly buffoon b : RASCAL, SCAMP


5 posted on 08/29/2005 10:36:35 AM PDT by savedbygrace ("No Monday morning quarterback has ever led a team to victory" GW Bush)
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To: Rodney King

sweet


6 posted on 08/29/2005 10:37:56 AM PDT by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free....)
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To: Rodney King

I understand that Mr. Kerry traded his V.N. bring-back AK-47 to a mob killer who really needed it "right away," for the yacht, the legal owners of which had "thrown it away"...or something.


7 posted on 08/29/2005 10:38:44 AM PDT by PoorMuttly (A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun -T.Jefferson)
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To: savedbygrace; Owl_Eagle; Sam's Army; ctlpdad; Lazamataz; Darksheare; pissant; Dashing Dasher; ...
"2 a : a cowardly buffoon...

Oh my, Kerry was describing himself all along!!!

8 posted on 08/29/2005 10:39:26 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: Rodney King; Stingray51
HA! ha! hehehe :D ...touche'
9 posted on 08/29/2005 10:40:00 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: Rodney King

A perceptive and well reasoned theory. The only flaw may be that it assumes John Kerry has read a book.


10 posted on 08/29/2005 10:40:11 AM PDT by Spok (Est omnis de civilitate.)
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To: Rodney King

I thought Graham Greene was a devout Roman Catholic...


11 posted on 08/29/2005 10:40:25 AM PDT by Ozone34
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To: Rodney King

From etymonline:

Scaramouche

1662, name of a cowardly braggart (supposed by some to represent a Spanish don) in traditional Italian comedy, from It. Scaramuccia, lit. "skirmish," from schermire "to fence," from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. skirmen "defend"); see skirmish. A vogue word in late 17c. London due to the popularity of Tiberio Fiurelli in the part (his company of It. players arrived in London 1673).


12 posted on 08/29/2005 10:40:44 AM PDT by neksterbor
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To: Rodney King
John Kerry's yacht...

13 posted on 08/29/2005 10:41:07 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Ozone34

Perhaps, I am not a Graham Greene expert.


14 posted on 08/29/2005 10:41:21 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King

is that like french for "sacred moose"?


15 posted on 08/29/2005 10:42:01 AM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you.)
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To: Rodney King
Could well be, but it could also evoke the movie itself or the original novel. From this review of the novel, it sounds like Scaramouche was John Kerry's inspiration for his political career:

"He becomes Scaramouche, a master manipulator"

http://www.rafaelsabatini.com/scara.html
16 posted on 08/29/2005 10:42:09 AM PDT by Enchante
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To: Rodney King

um....the last French troops left Indochina in October 1954.


17 posted on 08/29/2005 10:42:09 AM PDT by stylin19a (In golf, some are long, I'm "Lama Long")
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To: Rodney King

I have no use for Jean Kerry, but I find this a stretch.

"Scaramouche" is the name of a novel, and the hero of that novel, by Raphael Sabatini. It used to be a fairly popular book. What it suggests to me is that Kerry associates himself with a Frenchman (a handsome duelist, wit, actor, and general all-around Douglas Fairbanks type).

Scaramouche is mistreated by his aristocratic relations, but he gets back at them by proving his superiority. Like most of Sabatini's novels, the plot involves a hero who is mistreated and resentful but gets back at his enemies by proving he is better than they are, winning the duel and the girl. That pretty well fit's Jean Kerry's personality, I think. Except that he is delusional in thinking that he will win in the end.


18 posted on 08/29/2005 10:42:17 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Rodney King

Yes, but can he do the Fandango?


19 posted on 08/29/2005 10:43:20 AM PDT by jpl
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To: Rodney King
What a Pompous Arse! He thinks he is so much smarter than everyone else that no one would ever figure that out.
20 posted on 08/29/2005 10:43:25 AM PDT by msnimje
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To: stylin19a
um....the last French troops left Indochina in October 1954.

OK. Book written in '55, just after the French left. Doesn't change much.

21 posted on 08/29/2005 10:44:08 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King

Excellent synopsis. There's zero doubt in my mind that Kerry named the boat after the book. It is a short book and I recommend it to all Freepers as background for Kerry's ongoing attempt to resurrect himself poltically.


22 posted on 08/29/2005 10:44:10 AM PDT by Stingray51
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To: Interesting Times

24-beers-in-a-case ping.


23 posted on 08/29/2005 10:46:13 AM PDT by Nick Danger (www.vvlf.org)
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To: Rodney King

Kerry long ago admitted that Scaramouche was his "favorite" movie, and hence the boat's name. But, like all else he states, it depends upon his audience and the votes he is seeking.


24 posted on 08/29/2005 10:47:25 AM PDT by theDentist (The Dems have put all their eggs in one basket-case: Howard "Belltower" Dean.)
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To: savedbygrace
Main Entry: scar·a·mouch
[...]
2 a : a cowardly buffoon

Sounds to me like Kerry named it after himself.

25 posted on 08/29/2005 10:47:29 AM PDT by Stultis
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To: Rodney King
And then there's this, about the original novel (I think the buffoonish and roguish aspects of the character suit John Kerry perfectly):

"It is a romantic adventure and tells the story of a young aristocrat during the French Revolution. His successive endeavors as a lawyer, politician, actor, lover, and buffoon lead his enemies to call him "Scaramouche" (also called Scaramuccia, a roguish character in the commedia dell'arte)...."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaramouche
26 posted on 08/29/2005 10:47:30 AM PDT by Enchante
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To: Rodney King
John Kerry owns a yacht?

Who knew?
27 posted on 08/29/2005 10:47:52 AM PDT by evets (God bless president Bush!)
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To: Rodney King
Scaramouche

Scara - Variant of scary. (adj.) Causing fright or alarm. Resembling Lurch of the Addams Family.

Mouche - Variant of mooch. (verb.) To steal; filch. As in mooching off older women. A bum. One who is employed and collects checks and benefits but does not show up for work.

28 posted on 08/29/2005 10:47:55 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (If fire fighters fight fire and crime fighters fight crime what do freedom fighters fight?)
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To: Cicero

Oh, I think that the Sabatini novel is a far less likely inspiration, keeping in mind that the singular self-described influence on Kerry's adult life (at least as described by him prior to "reporing for duty" at the Democrat convention) was the Vietnam war, and his actions and feelings in regard to it. The Quiet American is very likely to have been a huge influence on him. (Also, note that the movie changed the plot in certain respects.)


29 posted on 08/29/2005 10:49:10 AM PDT by Stingray51
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To: Rodney King

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22The+Quiet+American%22+%22john+kerry%22

Results 1 - 10 of about 9,500 for "The Quiet American" "john kerry". (0.22 seconds)


30 posted on 08/29/2005 10:49:10 AM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: isthisnickcool

Well, even if the theory I presented is wrong, all of the other possibilities don't do much to help Kerry's character.


31 posted on 08/29/2005 10:49:39 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King

Any photos of Kerry's yacht?


32 posted on 08/29/2005 10:50:31 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

33 posted on 08/29/2005 10:51:49 AM PDT by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: Rodney King

Watched the Original Movie with Audy Murphy and Michael Redgrave (father of Vanessa the red). Good movie anti communist and pro democracy...Arguments very much like the arguments heard today about terrorism and democracy.

I enjoyed it very much.


34 posted on 08/29/2005 10:52:15 AM PDT by FlatLandBeer
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To: Rodney King

Very clever post.

We should remember, however, that Mr. Kerry lost the election - as he should have. He will never be president because he's a self-centered, self-serving SOB.

Time to move forward.

Viva Bush!



35 posted on 08/29/2005 10:53:09 AM PDT by RexBeach (Pardon me, but is that a malaise sandwich in your pocket or are you just glad to be in a funk?)
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To: Ozone34

--not and expert but I believe it was a late-in-life conversion or return---


36 posted on 08/29/2005 10:53:23 AM PDT by rellimpank (urbanites don' t understand the cultural deprivation of not being raised on a farm:NRABenefactor)
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To: Rodney King
Scaramouche,
Scaramouche,
Can you do the fandango...?

37 posted on 08/29/2005 10:53:28 AM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: savedbygrace

I think the literal meaning of the word is probably the reason for the name of Kerry's boat -- "boastfulness and cowardliness."


38 posted on 08/29/2005 10:54:30 AM PDT by My2Cents ("The essence of American journalism is vulgarity divested of truth." -- Winston Churchill)
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To: savedbygrace
From Merriam Webster Online:
Main Entry: scar·a·mouch

John Kerry's likeness, not doubt, accompanies the definition.

39 posted on 08/29/2005 11:00:24 AM PDT by elbucko
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To: alisasny

Ping...

We were on another thread talking about 70's music, and I remember you explained the origins of the word "Scaramouche". This write-up tells about it, too.


40 posted on 08/29/2005 11:00:24 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: FlatLandBeer

I guess I watched a remake with Stewart Granger. I enjoyed it as well.


41 posted on 08/29/2005 11:02:39 AM PDT by Paulus
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To: 1Old Pro; angkor

"Any photos of Kerry's yacht?"

Post 47 by angkor has a picture of a similar boat.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1217021/posts


42 posted on 08/29/2005 11:04:02 AM PDT by rwa265 (I was blind, now I see)
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To: Ozone34
Roman Catholic myself. The Church is full of cultural Marxists, with a single digit percentage (here in the USA) of political Marxists.

The fundamental Left idea is that a person should make decisions about what is right and wrong for himself. The result has been pederast Bishops.

Of course, there is always a "Vanguard of the Proletariat" Leftist faction who want total power. But their decision to seize total power by any means is morally right, you see. They decided that seizing total power was morally right, and therefore so it is.
43 posted on 08/29/2005 11:04:36 AM PDT by Iris7 ("A pig's gotta fly." - Porco Rosso)
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To: jpl

Thunderbolts and lightning,
very very frightening!


44 posted on 08/29/2005 11:07:54 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (This ain't your granddaddy's America)
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To: Rodney King
Well, even if the theory I presented is wrong, all of the other possibilities don't do much to help Kerry's character.

I thought it was a very interesting theory.

One only has to consider that John F. Kerry has had to hump and has to continue to hump Teresa Heinz to see that while he may be really rich to stay that way he has to keep humping that crazy bi...

I don't know about anyone else but I find that to be really really amusing.

45 posted on 08/29/2005 11:11:19 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (If fire fighters fight fire and crime fighters fight crime what do freedom fighters fight?)
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To: Rodney King

I think it's named "Scaramouche" because "Scary Weener Who Mooches Off His Wife" wouldn't fit on the transom.


46 posted on 08/29/2005 11:15:09 AM PDT by LexBaird (tyrannosaurus Lex, unapologetic carnivore)
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To: rwa265

I wanted to confirm the boat's name.


47 posted on 08/29/2005 11:28:23 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Rodney King

excerpt from the plot summary for Scaramouche at IMDB:

Andre-Louis Moreau is a nobleman's bastard in the days of the French revolution...


48 posted on 08/29/2005 11:31:28 AM PDT by Duke Nukum (To thine own self be true...or relatively true. --Guy Caballero)
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To: Rodney King
[ Fowler goes on to conspire with the viet minh to have Pyle killed. Fowler's alibi for the evening when Pyle was killed? He was watching the movie Scaramouche. The name of John Kerry's yacht? Scaramouche. Coincidence? ]

TRUE.. KERRY IS ALL ABOUT "ALIBI'S"... LoL...
Thats why he has so many.. "I voted for it before I voted against it".. LoL..

Good work..

49 posted on 08/29/2005 11:36:21 AM PDT by hosepipe (This Propaganda has been edited to include not a small amount of Hyperbole..)
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To: Rodney King
Scaramouche???

Yooo Hooo... I'm over HERE!!!
50 posted on 08/29/2005 11:38:37 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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