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John Kerry and Ned Lamont’s Common Ancestry: Corliss Lamont and the VVAW
FBI file HQ 100-448092, Section 32 (PDF pp. 31-45) ^ | 08/17/2006 | Fedora

Posted on 08/17/2006 3:07:06 PM PDT by Fedora

John Kerry and Ned Lamont’s Common Ancestry

Corliss Lamont and the VVAW

By Fedora

When John Kerry threw his political machine’s fundraising support to Ned Lamont this week, he was in a sense returning a favor the Lamont family had once done for Kerry’s old organization Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW). Prior to Kerry’s affiliation with that group, Ned Lamont’s great-uncle Corliss Lamont and his great-aunt Helen had actually helped finance the creation of the VVAW in 1967.

In August 1972, as US government prosecutors were preparing a case against VVAW members indicted in the “Gainesville Eight” case, FBI headquarters collected its field offices’ reports on the VVAW into an Information Digest Special Report. In the process of documenting the VVAW’s links to the Communist Party (CP) and Socialist Workers Party (SWP), the report mentioned the role Corliss and Helen Lamont played in funding the creation of the VVAW.

The text of the report, taken from Section 32 of FBI File HQ 100-448092, is available online at Winter Soldier.com, along with a guide to key individuals and groups mentioned in the report (Scroll down the “What’s New” section to the link for August 20, 2005). The first passage in the report mentioning the Lamonts begins as follows [bracketed text in italics indicates the FBI’s notes handwritten on the typed original document]:

On May 8, 1967, Corliss Lamont [C.P. Member], identified as a member of CPUSA in sworn testimony before a Senate Committee in August, 1951, wrote to a Bernard Koten stating that he would contribute $1,000 [the first of several large payments to be made during the next year] toward the cost of the New York Times advertisement calling for the Memorial Day action.

The Lamont letter concluded, "We [Helen and Corliss] agree with you and Wolins that the Vets can be very important in stopping Johnson's war of aggression in Vietnam.”

The “Memorial Day action” mentioned here refers to the event which spawned the VVAW. The event was a May 30, 1967 Memorial Day demonstration organized by Veterans for Peace (VFP), an antiwar group founded in Chicago in 1966 by Leroy Wolins, a Communist Party member and leader of the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam. (NOTE: There is also a present-day group called Veterans for Peace that was formally founded in 1985.) Wolins, New York antiwar groups linked to the CP and SWP, and Vietnam veteran Jan Barry Crumb planned to use the demonstration to attract Vietnam veterans to the antiwar movement. The demonstration was promoted through an ad placed in the New York Times, paid for by the Lamonts as mentioned above. During the demonstration Crumb recruited five veterans, who joined him to convene the first meeting of the VVAW on June 1, 1967. VFP continued to support the VVAW as it grew and expanded, and remained particularly close to the VVAW in certain regional branches such as the Chicago VVAW.

After mentioning Lamont’s letter to Koten, the FBI report goes on to emphasize the “considerable significance” of Koten’s background. It notes Koten’s links to Soviet front groups and his 1956 appearance before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee. During Koten’s appearance he was represented by Joseph Forer, a member of the CP-linked National Lawyers Guild and law partner of identified CP member David Rein. The FBI report observes, “In 1966-67, David Rein was ‘president pro tem’ of the VFP Washington, D.C. organization.”

The report then discusses Wolins’ background before continuing:

On June 30, 1967, a check for $488.52 was sent to Corliss Lamont by the VFP organization with a covering letter which said:

"The contributions on the ad came to something under 50% of its cost. Pursuant to our commitment, we're accordingly returning to you herewith our check for $488.52. Thanks again for your help in making the ad possible. Its effectiveness in turn helped ensure the success of the Memorial Day action in Washington."

An addendum to the FBI report notes that Lamont later sent Koten payments for another ad in the New York Times to promote the VVAW in fall 1967:

On 10/3/67 Corliss Lamont sent a second contribution of $500 to Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) via Bernard Koten toward the cost of an antiwar advertisement which appeared in the New York Times 11/19/67 headed "Vietnam Veterans Speak Out."

From the seed of the Lamont family’s contributions, the VVAW eventually grew into the organization that helped propel John Kerry to a Senate seat and Presidential candidacy. In this way, John Kerry also can be said to represent the lineage of Corliss Lamont, and his support of Ned Lamont can be seen as returning an old family favor to a distant political cousin.


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1 posted on 08/17/2006 3:07:07 PM PDT by Fedora
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To: Interesting Times

Ping.


2 posted on 08/17/2006 3:07:49 PM PDT by Fedora
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To: Fedora

Thanks for posting..


His great uncle, Corliss Lamont, a humanist philosopher and civil liberties advocate was also an avowed Socialist and served as a Director of the ACLU from 1932 to 1954.


3 posted on 08/17/2006 3:10:10 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hmmmm..."Coreless" Lamont. How fitting.


4 posted on 08/17/2006 3:11:27 PM PDT by Buck W. (If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.)
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To: Fedora

Damn, you people are good!


5 posted on 08/17/2006 3:11:34 PM PDT by Excellence (Vote Dhimmocrat; you'll look good in a burqa!)
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To: Fedora


6 posted on 08/17/2006 3:12:25 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Fedora
Really nice work. I wonder if Corliss Lamont (and, by extension, the CP/USA) continued to work with the VVAW after 1967...

A direct link to the FBI report is here.

7 posted on 08/17/2006 3:13:50 PM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: Fedora

So, does this make Ned Lamont a red diaper baby of sorts?


8 posted on 08/17/2006 3:15:14 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: NormsRevenge
Thanks for the additional info on Corliss. Here's some more details, from a sketch of Lamont I wrote to go with the FBI file guide:

Corliss Lamont (1902-1995): Professor, writer, and activist. Son of J.P. Morgan executive Thomas Lamont, who invited left-wing celebrities and intellectuals to the Lamont household and held liberal views on foreign policy and US-Soviet relations. Introduced to socialism by family friend H.G. Wells in the early 1920s, became sympathetic towards socialist philosophy over the course of the 1920s, and converted in 1928. Travelled to the Soviet Union in 1932 and afterward associated with numerous front groups and fellow-travelling groups, including the Friends of the Soviet Union/National Council on Soviet Relations/National Council of Soviet-American Friendship, the American Civil Liberties Union, the World Congress Against War, the New School for Social Research, the American Humanist Association, the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee, the American Labor Party, and the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. Identified as CP member in 1951 Senate testimony. Contributed several thousand dollars via Bernard Koten (see entry) of Veterans for Peace (VFP) to help attract Vietnam veterans to antiwar cause through New York Times ad promoting VFP Memorial Day 1967 demonstration, which resulted in the creation of the VVAW. In October 1967 made contribution via Koten to help pay for VVAW recruitment ad that ran in the New York Times November 19, 1967.

9 posted on 08/17/2006 3:15:54 PM PDT by Fedora
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To: Interesting Times
I wonder if Corliss Lamont (and, by extension, the CP/USA) continued to work with the VVAW after 1967...

I've been wondering that, too. I don't know for sure, but IIRC, in the wake of the Church Commmittee hearings Corliss sued the intelligence community in the 1970s over surveillance of him, and I believe the VVAW and a number of other antiwar groups/individuals (such as Fonda) were also participants in that suit or a related suit. So it may be they continued to travel together into the 1970s.

10 posted on 08/17/2006 3:19:00 PM PDT by Fedora
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To: Fedora; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; OneLoyalAmerican; bkwells; ...

There is no need to impeach Hanoi Kerry from the US Senate

He is there illegally!

WAKEUP AMERICA!

For those who "forgot" what Hanoi Kerry
did in the past read on and learn the truth.

Hanoi Kerry was still a USNR officer while he:
gave false hearsay testimony to Congress
negotiated with the enemy
helped the US lose a war
abetted in the deaths of millions
created a hostile environment for all servicemen

Why is Kerry still in the US Senate?
This is in violation of
U.S. Constitution Amendment 14 Sec 3 (1868)

Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress,
or elector of President and Vice President,
or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States,
or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath,
as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States,
or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer
of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States,
shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same,

or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.

But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.amendmentxiv.html




The FBI has proof of his giving aid and comfort to the enemies

Hanoi Kerry Timeline of a traitor
includes FBI files

May 1970
Kerry and Julia traveled to Paris, France and met with Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, the Foreign Minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of Vietnam (PRG), the political wing of the Vietcong, and other Viet Cong and Communist Vietnamese representatives to the Paris peace talks, a trip he now calls a "fact-finding" mission.

(U.S. code 18 U.S.C. 953, declares it illegal for a U.S. citizen to go abroad and negotiate with a foreign power.)

http://www.archive-news.net/Kerry/JK_timeline.html




a) A person charged with absence without leave or missing movement in time of war,

or with any offense punishable by death,

may be tried at any time without limitation.

http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/ucmj.htm#*%20843.%20ART.%2043.%20STATUTE%20OF%20LIMITATIONS




904. ART. 104. AIDING THE ENEMY

Any person who--

(1) aids, or attempts to aid, the enemy with arms, ammunition, supplies, money, or other things; or

(2) without proper authority, knowingly harbors or [protects or gives intelligence to or communicates or corresponds with or holds any intercourse with the enemy, either directly or indirectly;
shall suffer death
or such other punishment as a court-martial or military commission may direct.

http://www.military-network.com/main_ucmj/SUBCHAPTERX.html#904.104


11 posted on 08/17/2006 3:21:28 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Support the troops by exposing the threats to them like hanoi kerry, cut and run murtha, Code Pink,)
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To: RegulatorCountry
So, does this make Ned Lamont a red diaper baby of sorts?

I think it raises the possibility, but we'd need more evidence about other members of the Lamont family and their relationship to Ned to say for sure.

12 posted on 08/17/2006 3:21:50 PM PDT by Fedora
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To: Chieftain; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

ping.


13 posted on 08/17/2006 3:21:56 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (August 22)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Disregard last ping. You already posted.


14 posted on 08/17/2006 3:23:00 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (August 22)
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To: NormsRevenge

John Kerry and Ned Lamont’s Common Ancestry:


15 posted on 08/17/2006 3:25:33 PM PDT by Vigilanteman
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To: Interesting Times; Fedora; All
Click Here
for Documents, Film Clips, Audio about
Treason by Hanoi Kerry and Hanoi Jane


16 posted on 08/17/2006 3:25:50 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Support the troops by exposing the threats to them like hanoi kerry, cut and run murtha, Code Pink,)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Thanks for the ping


17 posted on 08/17/2006 3:26:47 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Support the troops by exposing the threats to them like hanoi kerry, cut and run murtha, Code Pink,)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
I still think the answer as to whether Horseface received 'bad paper' can be found in VA records. Did he take VA bennies while going to law school?

His father married into the 'poor' branch of the Forbes Clan* and his aunt had to pay his way through undergrad school.


* A mistake he noted and did not repeat!
18 posted on 08/17/2006 3:28:10 PM PDT by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: Fedora; All
From Kerry's "The New Soldier":

Al Hubbard Sgt., 22 Troop Carrier Squadron Aug. ’65-June ’66
Emotions: Walking down the flight line at Saigon past stacks of aluminum cases containing American bodies and past stacks of aluminum luggage containing American currency. Seeing the tight, sad face of an Airman loading the bodies aboard a dirty Air Force Transport and the wide smiling face of a stewardess greeting the passengers aboard a clean Pan American Clipper Jet. Hearing a Vietnamese beg you to leave his country and an American colonel tells you to bomb his country. Hearing a Vietnamese invite you to live in his home, after the war and an American explain why you can’t live in his block, after the war. Flying over barren, brown, safe American held terrain and over lush, green unsafe enemy terrain. Feeling happy to be leaving a country in which you do not belong and sad to be returning to a country in which you are not allowed to belong. Sacrificing a portion of your consciousness so you won’t have to deal with being there and building mental blocks so you won’t have to deal with having been there.

- Al Hubbard, proven fraud who never set foot in Viet Nam. The only Vietnamese he ever met was when he was collaborating with the North Vietnamese in Paris on the American Communist Party's nickel.

John Kerry's explanation: "He (Hubbard) simply exaggarated his particular position.
But nobody knew it at the time.
And those things happen."


19 posted on 08/17/2006 3:29:36 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Support the troops by exposing the threats to them like hanoi kerry, cut and run murtha, Code Pink,)
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To: Fedora; All

hanoi kerry went before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in 1971
to accuse the United States military
of committing massive numbers of war crimes in Vietnam.

hanoi kerry 1971 TESTIMONY

http://www.c-span.org/vote2004/jkerrytestimony.asp

Legislative Proposals Relating to the War in Southeast Asia Thursday, April 22, 1971
United States Senate, Committee on Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C.


20 posted on 08/17/2006 3:31:35 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Support the troops by exposing the threats to them like hanoi kerry, cut and run murtha, Code Pink,)
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To: All

"...I did spend 29 years in the Air Force, and I served in Korea and Vietnam and spent 7 years as a POW in Vietnam and more than half of that in solitary confinement. I know what it is like to be far from home, serving your country, risking your life, hearing that America doesn't care about you as happened in Vietnam..."

Sam Johnson Viet Nam Vet Hero AND POW gets it PING!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1527080/posts

JOHN O'NEILL Viet Nam Vet Hero STILL GETS IT PING!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1526505/posts

"...To us, Mr. Kerry's comments meant that no one should do to Mr. Murtha that which Mr. Kerry did to all of us and our fellow Vietnam veterans, living and dead. Mr. Kerry's disgraceful comments on many occasions in 1971 (while we were locked in combat), claiming falsely that we were "murdering" hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese and committing rape and mayhem on a daily basis, are a part of the public record for which he has never apologized. This might be called "Kerrying" our soldiers..."


21 posted on 08/17/2006 3:32:21 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Support the troops by exposing the threats to them like hanoi kerry, cut and run murtha, Code Pink,)
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To: All

Free online version of
Hanoi Kerry's "The New Soldier"
You can read it online right now!

22 posted on 08/17/2006 3:34:07 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Support the troops by exposing the threats to them like hanoi kerry, cut and run murtha, Code Pink,)
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To: george76

effing love it. how bout that COMPLETE file, Mr. Ketchup?


23 posted on 08/17/2006 3:35:37 PM PDT by jw777
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To: All

OPEN LETTER TO CINDY SHEEHAN (Must Read)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1491832/posts

Proof that hanoi kerry is behind baghdad sindee

by FReeper Mom of Two Soldiers

"OPEN LETTER TO CINDY SHEEHAN:
Residing in the same town as you once resided
and knowing your family,
I must ask you, "Whatever are you thinking? ..."

"...Cindy, you've changed since the Kerry campaign
contacted you in early July of last summer..."

"...Finally, and most disturbing,
how can you support a group that supported John Kerry,
who on April 7th, on National Public Radio
stated that Al Sadr had a "legitimate voice"
and that the Coalition (including your son)
should not have closed down his newspaper
after he called for the deaths of U.S. troops..."




Still don't think hanoi kerry and baghdad sindee aren't connected?

http://meetwiththemothers.org/userdata_display.php?modin=50&uid=454

Sen. John Kerry [D, MA]

Meeting Status: Had Meeting
Answers to Cindy's Questions
1. What noble cause? “This is an artsy question that is hard to answer. However I can tell you that a war based on lies is not noble, but a war based on bringing freedom to people is noble.”
2. How many more lives? “If we can not achieve the goal of bring freedom, I do not want to see any more lives lost in this war.”
3. How many lives are you personally willing to risk? “I will say the same thing. If this war will not bring freedom to the Iraqi people I am not willing to personally risk any lives.”
4. What are you doing to bring our troops home? “I believe that we are in a critical two month stage right now. The Iraqi people are supposed to have an election in December.”

Other comments made to Cindy during the meeting:

-He told Cindy “What you are doing is saving lives.”
-“I can not tell you how much I hate what he (Bush) has done.”
-“Rumsfeld is a disgrace.”
-“There are countries that will not become involved with Bush.”
-“What we are doing now has hurt the strength of our military.”


Contact Information
Website: http://kerry.senate.gov/
Phone: (202) 224-2742


http://meetwiththemothers.org/userdata_display.php?modin=50&uid=454


24 posted on 08/17/2006 3:36:03 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Support the troops by exposing the threats to them like hanoi kerry, cut and run murtha, Code Pink,)
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To: All

Kerry Hangs Back From Disclosure to All
The NY Sun June 9, 2005 Josh Gerstein

http://www.nysun.com/article/15135

Did Kerry really release Navy records?
Chicagao Sun Times June 9, 2005 THOMAS H. LIPSCOMB

http://www.suntimes.com/output/elect/cst-nws-lip09.html

Distribute these url's!

Links to Anti Kerry sites
212 LINKS
News reports,
Viper's Vietnam Veterans Page

http://members.aol.com/ga1449ga/links/links.html


EXPOSE HANOI KERRY!

http://stophanoikerry.150m.com


Did you see this...?
(The 'Kerry's Promise Counter')
http://polipundit.com/index.php?p=6628
Polipundit even tells you how to install it on your own page!


25 posted on 08/17/2006 3:37:11 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Support the troops by exposing the threats to them like hanoi kerry, cut and run murtha, Code Pink,)
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To: Fedora

He is more boring as a candidate even than John Kerry. Rarely has a politician been less impressive, the fact he won is astonishing.


26 posted on 08/17/2006 3:38:43 PM PDT by BonnieJ
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To: Fedora

Great find that shows the hideous connection between the anti-war Left in then and now. The Lamonts have been undermining America for at least 40 years.


27 posted on 08/17/2006 3:41:07 PM PDT by RedRover (Yacht-owning Commies are worse than Limousine Liberals.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Fedora; All

28 posted on 08/17/2006 3:48:47 PM PDT by Gucho
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To: Fedora
People hear the expression "The Enemy Within" -- and they think it's no more than a phrase..

Folks -- it's the reality..
There are folks in America, citizens and otherwise -- that can truly be characterized as THE ENEMY WITHIN..

Arm thyself neighbor -- one day when the SHTF, you yourself may be needed to shoot the sonsuvbitches..

Semper Fi
29 posted on 08/17/2006 3:53:21 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Fedora

Neo-democrats and journalists never criticize al-qaeda or Iran, simply put, neo-democrats are dominated by spoiled liberal elites and care more about themselves, then honor and duty.</


30 posted on 08/17/2006 3:58:02 PM PDT by FreeRep
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To: RegulatorCountry

Corliss Lamont in 1944 was called by the House Committee on Unamerican Activities, "probably the most persistent propagandist for the Soviet Union to be found anywhere in the United States." He was a director of the ACLU from 1932-1954.


31 posted on 08/17/2006 4:01:54 PM PDT by gaspar
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To: Fedora

A true "Good Old Boy"

thanks!


32 posted on 08/17/2006 4:21:44 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: Gucho

Thank you for your service, sir.

We can't let the RAT socialist dim's do to the Iraqi people what they did to the people of South Vietnam, and it goes without saying we can't let them do to our hero's in Iraq, what they did to our hero's that came home from service to what Ronald Reagan rightly referred to as "The Noble Cause."


33 posted on 08/17/2006 4:22:00 PM PDT by AdvisorB (For a terrorist bodycount in hamistan, let the smoke clear then count the ears and divide by 2.)
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To: Fedora

Fedora it's been too long! Hey!

Thanks for posting this.


34 posted on 08/17/2006 4:44:49 PM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two.” Osama Bin laden)
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To: Txsleuth; sofaman; Peach; SE Mom; Conservababe; conservativepoet; Knitting A Conundrum

Ping


35 posted on 08/17/2006 4:46:54 PM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two.” Osama Bin laden)
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To: RDTF

The incest...never ends does it?


36 posted on 08/17/2006 4:52:49 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet-pray for Israel))
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To: RDTF

Hi! :-) Thanks for reading!


37 posted on 08/17/2006 4:54:50 PM PDT by Fedora
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To: Mr.Smorch

Thank you Mr.Smorch.


38 posted on 08/17/2006 5:52:40 PM PDT by Gucho
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To: Fedora; johnny7; TomGuy; maryz; Lonesome in Massachussets; JLO; gidget7; nopardons; Kenny Bunk; ...

LT ping


39 posted on 08/17/2006 6:58:37 PM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: Fedora

Thanks for the ping.


40 posted on 08/17/2006 6:59:16 PM PDT by conservativepoet
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To: Fedora

BTTT


41 posted on 08/17/2006 7:03:43 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: NormsRevenge

bttt


42 posted on 08/17/2006 7:04:15 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Interesting Times

bttt


43 posted on 08/17/2006 7:04:55 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: AmeriBrit

Come read this reply and the article at the top. Oh heck..... just read the entire thread. :-)


44 posted on 08/17/2006 7:07:01 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

bttt


45 posted on 08/17/2006 7:08:17 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

bttt


46 posted on 08/17/2006 7:09:21 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

bttt


47 posted on 08/17/2006 7:11:15 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: bitt

Thanks for the ping. :-)


48 posted on 08/17/2006 7:12:52 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons; All

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/living/articles/2006/08/02/john_kerry_takes_fight_against_cancer_personally/

John Kerry takes fight against cancer personally
By Bella English, Globe Staff | August 2, 2006

As he prepares to bicycle 111 miles Saturday to raise money for cancer, Senator John Kerry reflected this week on his own battle with the disease, saying prostate cancer changed his life profoundly -- from his relationships with friends, family, and constituents to his political battles for better health care for poor people.

``It doesn't scare me as much as cancer just pisses me off," said Kerry, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer during his presidential primary campaign in 2002. ``Too many incredible people weren't as lucky as I was, some because they had a cancer we can't yet cure, and others because they didn't get screening or care in time or couldn't afford great health care. Every American should have the same health care that senators and congressmen get."

Though his doctors consider him cured of the early-stage cancer -- his prostate was removed in February 2003 -- Kerry gets regular checkups. His last one, 12 days ago, was clean.

``It's a good feeling," said Kerry, 63, who spoke on his way to Belmont Wheelworks, the bike store he frequents. He needed a new wheel for his custom-built Serotta and had to get his bicycle cleats fixed before this weekend's Pan-Massachusetts Challenge. He'll join 4,300 other cyclists to benefit cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Kerry, an avid cyclist, has participated in the fund-raiser three times before, raising $12,475. He's also biked for cancer research in Iowa with Lance Armstrong, a two-time survivor, and wears on his left wrist the yellow rubber ``Livestrong" bracelet worn by millions of Armstrong fans.

This year, for the first time, he sent a charitable pledge plea to his database of 3 million supporters. The e-mailed request bears the heading ``Because I was lucky" and a link to ``help John Kerry support the Jimmy Fund." He writes that he'll be among the 200 or so riders who are cancer survivors. ``At the fund-raising training sessions for the event, they tell you to e-mail your friends for their help. But I don't suppose they realized I had 3 million friends in my e-mail address book," he wrote. The five people who come closest to guessing his riding time will win Pan-Mass Challenge jerseys autographed by Kerry.

Kerry is known as a skilled and fast cyclist who has done a number of ``centuries," or hundred-mile rides, for charity. He bikes -- and kiteboards, windsurfs, and skis -- for his physical and emotional health. ``The point is to get enough exercise to stay healthy, and so that I don't get ornery."

Though the Pan-Mass Challenge is a two-day event, Kerry is riding only the first day, from Sturbridge to Bourne; he says he must be at Logan Airport later that afternoon. ``I have six conflicts on Saturday, but this is sacrosanct. I'm doing this," he said.

Kerry says he has had an interest in cancer research from his early days in the Senate but that the political became personal when his father, his ex-wife, and he himself were diagnosed with the disease. His grandfather also died of colon cancer.

``On a personal level, my interest rose dramatically when my father got prostate cancer and died in 2000. Three years later, I was diagnosed, and one year later, my ex-wife was diagnosed." Julia Thorne died in April at age 61 of transitional-cell carcinoma. She and Kerry were married from 1970 to 1988 and have two daughters.

``Losing friends and family to this disease opens your eyes," he said. ``It reminds you to take a couple of minutes to call someone you haven't seen in years or reach out to someone going through cancer." Kerry says he gets many e-mails and phone calls from constituents, seeking advice regarding cancer. ``They want referrals, or they share their stories."

A decorated Vietnam veteran who was wounded in battle, Kerry says cancer, like war, taught him that ``every day above ground is extra" and has brought his family closer together. It was his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, who prodded him to get checked out. Once he was diagnosed, he said, ``it was as if she was battling cancer herself."

His wife sometimes bikes with him, he said, and monitors his eating habits. ``Teresa has assumed the task of making sure I eat healthy, which can be hard, because I have a weak spot for chocolate chip cookies and a habit of finding fast food when I'm on the road."

Kerry also spoke of friends, including a Vietnam buddy, who died of cancer, and those, like a couple of Yale classmates, who had beat it. Cancer strengthened many of his relationships, he said. He and one of his friends, Tom Farrington of the Prostate Health Education Network, were both successfully treated for prostate cancer. And it was this friendship that led Kerry to believe there is an ``awful apartheid in health care."

``We started learning things that just gnawed at both of us," Kerry said. ``Tom's African-American. Well, we learned that African-American men are 80 percent more likely to die of prostate cancer than white men. If that's not a doctrine of `separate but equal' in health care, I don't know what is. It's wrong. Beating cancer should never depend on the color of your skin. So, given the choice of being scared of cancer, or being pissed off at cancer . . . I've chosen to get mad and get energized."


49 posted on 08/17/2006 7:17:35 PM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: bitt

That post deserves a BARF ALERT.


50 posted on 08/17/2006 7:23:08 PM PDT by nopardons
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