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"Dear Joshua, I hope you die!" -- J. Sparling (Walter Reed patient)
Fox & Friends ^ | 12/5/05 | Mware

Posted on 12/05/2005 5:24:18 AM PST by mware

Edited on 12/05/2005 12:54:02 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

This story was reported on Fox and Friends this morning.

Joshua Sparling just got to Walter Reed last week and received ONE letter from someone writing in a child's printing. Among other things it told him to die. The soldier has the card on the wall of his room. I know FReepers can counter this despicable action with some of our own letters.

Joshua Sparling

Walter Reed Army Medical Center

6900 Georgia Avenue N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20307-5001

Update: Since Joshua will undoubtedly be overwhelmed by America's response, please consider sending (instead of or in addition to Joshua) cards to these find troops:

Excerpt from Brian K. at FNC:
If you have the time, please try and include the others I met along with Col. North and Col. Hunt at Walter Reed:

Capt. James Ollinger
Sgt. Zavian Simspon
Specialist Brian Radke
Specialist Jason Braase
Sgt. David Nevins
Sgt. Jose Ramos
Cpl. Todd Bishop
Sgt. Ryan Donnelly
Sgt. Eva Diane Cochran


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Announcements; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cardsforthetroops; commieslime; du; enemywithin; foxnews; joshua; joshuasparling; michaelmoore; military; supportourtroops; troopsupport; walterreed; wia
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To: DCMB
Thank you and God Bless.
We will be getting a card out tomorrow.
Thanks for yours thoughtfulness.

mc
101 posted on 12/05/2005 10:17:26 AM PST by mcshot (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON. Yup! shouting it out!)
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To: doug from upland; JohnnyZ; fieldmarshaldj; Kuksool; Clintonfatigued; Dan from Michigan; Coop; ...

Joshua Sparling arrived at Walter Reed Hospital last month and the one card he got was from someone claiming to be a child who said, among other things, that he wished Joshua would die. Joshua needs to know how proud we are of him and how much we appreciate his sacrifices for our nation. E-mail Doug from Upland at the address on the post to which I am replying to find out how to send Joshua a real, honest-to-goodness, personalized greeting card this Christmas---right from your computer!


102 posted on 12/05/2005 10:21:04 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (http://auh2orepublican.blogspot.com/)
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To: mware

It looks like Soldier to me.


103 posted on 12/05/2005 10:22:39 AM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: samiam1972

Another HSer having the kids draw pictures and make cards today.


104 posted on 12/05/2005 10:24:50 AM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: mware

bump


105 posted on 12/05/2005 10:26:53 AM PST by lowbridge (All that is needed for evil to triumph is for "RINOS" to do something)
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To: mware

bttt


106 posted on 12/05/2005 10:49:34 AM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Mears

bfl


107 posted on 12/05/2005 10:51:18 AM PST by Mears (The Killer Queen)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

freeper@verizon.net We still have a bunch to send out that three other FReepers generously helped fund.


108 posted on 12/05/2005 10:52:50 AM PST by doug from upland (The troops will come home when the mission is complete)
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To: doug from upland

Bump


109 posted on 12/05/2005 10:57:34 AM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! WBB lives on. Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

I think the military is the wrong background to prepare for extended DUmpster diving ... line work in a sewage treatment plant would seem more appropriate.


110 posted on 12/05/2005 10:58:50 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: mware

ping for when I get home from work.


111 posted on 12/05/2005 11:04:11 AM PST by packrat35 (The America hating bastards at the NYT must spend their entire life with their heads in the toiletat)
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To: mewzilla
It looked like a kid wrote it. If an adult put a kid up to do that...

Hmmm. I think Susan Saranwrap and Tim "Chill Wind" Robbins have a least one young kid.

112 posted on 12/05/2005 11:19:27 AM PST by Stultis (I don't worry about the war turning into "Vietnam" in Iraq; I worry about it doing so in Congress.)
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To: MNlurker

I agree with your sentiments. This year, instead of the usual donations to the Salvation Army, etc., we're giving to military organizations that help soldiers directly.

I'm also going to check Rush's web site because I like the adopt a soldier program that I've heard about which also seems to have the benefit of letting soldiers know they ARE supported by many of us here at home and keeping them updated on other news on the homefront.


113 posted on 12/05/2005 11:19:41 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: mware

My blood is boiling. Writing love and support to Joshua today.


114 posted on 12/05/2005 11:36:31 AM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: mware

I'm trying to find a print story on this incident -- of course, I'm not expecting one in the mainstream press, but do you know if any articles have been written on this??


115 posted on 12/05/2005 11:37:15 AM PST by TBarnett34 (Hillary Clinton IS the Great Satan.)
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To: mware

Getting my kids to send Joshua a Christmas/Thank You card tonight.


116 posted on 12/05/2005 11:38:51 AM PST by Cathy
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To: StarCMC

Roger that ~ let's do it!


117 posted on 12/05/2005 11:42:07 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Coop; mware
" Our troops are fighting the combat front. It's up to us to pick up the slack on the home front."

Will send a get well letter to him.

118 posted on 12/05/2005 11:51:43 AM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Marine_Uncle; 2LT Radix jr; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 80 Square Miles; acad1228; AirForceMom; ...

The card my 9yo son just made. Darn foggy eyes. BUMPING THIS THREAD AGAIN,


119 posted on 12/05/2005 12:05:33 PM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: All

Get well/Thank You card to Joshua in the mail.
I didn't have any more Christmas cards at my desk.


120 posted on 12/05/2005 12:06:46 PM PST by Landry Fan (Stand up for our Troops)
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To: TBarnett34

You might try Fox News. It was Brian Kilmead who broke the story this morning. I think Michele Milken also has written about it on her blog.


121 posted on 12/05/2005 12:10:08 PM PST by mware (That's Christmas with a C, not an X)
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To: StarCMC
That's a great card. LIT alert!

Lump in throat

122 posted on 12/05/2005 12:10:44 PM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: StarCMC

Bump!!
Ms.B


123 posted on 12/05/2005 12:10:48 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: StarCMC

Such communications often mean more then carefully worded letters.


124 posted on 12/05/2005 12:13:13 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: StarCMC

A friend of mine who is in the Army Reserves got back from 18 months in Iraq a few months ago. His most prized possession is a crayon drawing of an American flag that a 9-year-old girl sent him over there to thank him for his service.

I'm sure Joshua Sparling or whichever serviceman receives your son's card will feel the same way.


125 posted on 12/05/2005 12:15:09 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (http://auh2orepublican.blogspot.com/)
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To: mware

Soldier?


126 posted on 12/05/2005 12:16:00 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (http://auh2orepublican.blogspot.com/)
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To: Bahbah

I think we can assume the letter writer is not a child and is not a proponent of the war in Iraq.


127 posted on 12/05/2005 12:18:13 PM PST by conservative blonde (Conservative Blonde)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Coop

Awww!! It's stories like that that keep me going.


128 posted on 12/05/2005 12:19:06 PM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: conservative blonde
I think we can assume the letter writer is not a child and is not a proponent of the war in Iraq.

Proof positive that blonds are far from dumb :)

129 posted on 12/05/2005 12:19:52 PM PST by Bahbah (Free Scooter; Tony Schaffer for the US Senate)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Let the canteen know that Mark Simone started a fantastic oldies show last Saturday from 6-10 p.m. EST on 77WABCNY.
It was fantastic, I will start a thread this Saturday.


130 posted on 12/05/2005 12:20:23 PM PST by AliVeritas (''I'd rather have Jihadis in front of me than Democrats behind me.'' Go GOP!)
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To: conservative blonde
I think we can assume the letter writer is not a child and is not a proponent of the war in Iraq.

I concur, kids are not that mean spirited.

131 posted on 12/05/2005 12:20:55 PM PST by mware (That's Christmas with a C, not an X)
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To: StarCMC; gaijin; No Longer Free State; TSchmereL; GeorgiaDawg32; frankiep; txroadkill; Brilliant; ..
BTTT

Thanks Star!!

I do not know who the hell would do this, I would never EVER want to associate myself with folks who would want this for our military.

OK, you do not like where the administration took us but what the hell, to actually send such note to a soldier recovering .... I am sick and tired of it. What in God's name did he do to deserve such disdain? I am sick of the bad mouthing, the anger, at this point let's finish the job and once they are home then go down this road. Because if this is the support of the left and OK I am making a judgement call on this, then I am washing my hands of being a fair person and listening to their point of view.

Who on the left will denounce this behavior?

Oh, and please take a moment to send this fine young man a card, note something to show your support of his efforts. Frankly if you do or you don't it is on your ahoulders.

132 posted on 12/05/2005 12:29:17 PM PST by Former Military Chick (I salute all our Vets, those who walked before me and all those who walk after me.)
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To: Former Military Chick

Oh, the Left will denounce it, telling us how they would never condone such mean behavior. Trust me, I've heard them say it while they're protesting right outside the Walter Reed hospital!


133 posted on 12/05/2005 12:34:52 PM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Former Military Chick

I already wrote the card & am mailing it off today.


134 posted on 12/05/2005 12:36:41 PM PST by Feiny (Every Time Someone Says HAPPY HOLIDAYS an Elf Dies.)
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To: Mears

bttt


135 posted on 12/05/2005 12:39:54 PM PST by AliVeritas (''I'd rather have Jihadis in front of me than Democrats behind me.'' Go GOP!)
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To: StarCMC

Beautiful... now that's done by a child with a pure heart. Great job you.


136 posted on 12/05/2005 12:41:23 PM PST by AliVeritas (''I'd rather have Jihadis in front of me than Democrats behind me.'' Go GOP!)
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To: StarCMC

Congratulations to your son ~ good stuff, Star*!


137 posted on 12/05/2005 12:42:02 PM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: All

Here's the story on Fox:
Insult to Injury
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,177706,00.html


138 posted on 12/05/2005 12:42:17 PM PST by AliVeritas (''I'd rather have Jihadis in front of me than Democrats behind me.'' Go GOP!)
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To: AliVeritas

I went to Fox News and the letter is very distrubing. In reading the threads I was wishing that it was some small child that had missed putting in the "don't" in "I hope you don't die". Obviously not the case.

From the Fox site (hope it's okay to copy):

Send your get-well and holiday wishes to:

Joshua Sparling
C/O Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20307-5001

If you have the time, please try and include the others I met along with Col. North and Col. Hunt at Walter Reed:

Capt. James Ollinger
Sgt. Zavian Simspon
Specialist Brian Radke
Specialist Jason Braase
Sgt. David Nevins
Sgt. Jose Ramos
Cpl. Todd Bishop
Sgt. Ryan Donnelly
Sgt. Eva Diane Cochran


139 posted on 12/05/2005 12:48:56 PM PST by geopyg (Ever Vigilant, Never Fearful)
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To: StarCMC; Coop

addressed and ready to mail.

Coop my "stuff" for the troops is going to LandryFan via BillF...second box is arriving this week.


140 posted on 12/05/2005 12:50:29 PM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: AliVeritas

Great job posting that! I'm going to ask the mods to update the thread intro with the new names.


141 posted on 12/05/2005 12:50:48 PM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: mware
Grrrrrr.... What low life cockroach scum bag sent the card, or put their offspring up to it? Joshua should get a whole room full of nice cards.

The slime-ball parent that put their kid up to this should get a punch in the face.

142 posted on 12/05/2005 12:52:42 PM PST by Pajamajan (Benedict Arnold, Tim Mc Veigh and John Murtha all served in the US military.)
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To: Former Military Chick
Thank you for the heads up.

Does he have a military rank? I don't see it listed anywhere. I guess I just send it to Joshua Sparling at that address.





143 posted on 12/05/2005 12:53:09 PM PST by G.Mason (Others have died for my freedom; now this is my mark ... Marine Corporal Jeffrey Starr, KIA 04-30-05)
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To: mware; mewzilla; AuH2ORepublican; StarCMC; happyhomemaker; boxerblues; mhking; PhiKapMom; ...

New names up there in addition to Joshua's!


144 posted on 12/05/2005 12:56:01 PM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Coop

Yep - I see that!!


145 posted on 12/05/2005 12:56:40 PM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: 3D-JOY

Thanks for all your support!


146 posted on 12/05/2005 12:56:50 PM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Coop

Sean Hannity just mentioned the card and what happen to Joshua Sparling at Walter Reed


147 posted on 12/05/2005 12:59:19 PM PST by Mo1 (Message to Democrats .... We do not surrender and run from a fight !!)
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To: G.Mason

PFC according to Fox.


148 posted on 12/05/2005 1:00:11 PM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: Coop

Thanks for the ping! Just printed them out :)


149 posted on 12/05/2005 1:00:12 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla; StarCMC

Thank you. I hope you and everyone else will help me advertise to folks that there are a dozen or so other names out there. Not to take anything away from Joshua, but he's about to be buried under an avalanche of love. :-) So I hope we can share some of that love with the others.


150 posted on 12/05/2005 1:01:57 PM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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