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Hero's Statue, Weapon Included, to Stand Despite Criticism (Idiot Mother Alert)
CNSNEWS ^ | April 10, 2007 | Fred Lucas

Posted on 04/10/2007 4:36:34 PM PDT by yoe

A fallen hero from the war in Afghanistan will be honored as planned with a statue in his hometown of Littleton, Colo., city officials confirmed Monday.

A row erupted last week when two women raised concerns about the location of the statue honoring Danny Dietz, a Navy seal who was ambushed and killed during combat in Afghanistan two years ago -- because the statue depicted him holding a rifle. The statue, sculpted by artist Robert Henderson, was modeled after a picture of Dietz.

No one objected to honoring Dietz for his heroism, insisted Emily Cassidy, a mother of two children in Littleton. What she objected to was a statue of a soldier, holding a weapon, located across the street from an elementary school and near two other schools.

"It should be used as a learning tool. Don't just pluck it down in the middle of children," Cassidy told Cybercast News Service. "In their eyes, it's just a nine-foot guy with a gun."

Issues of guns and schools are a sensitive point in Littleton, Cassidy noted, because of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, when two teenage students shot dead 12 fellow students and a teacher before killing themselves.

"The city of Littleton has a stigma, whether they like it or not," Cassidy said. "We are known to the nation for what happened at Columbine. In light of that, it's not appropriate to have that particular statue in that particular location."

She stressed she wasn't comparing the school shooters to the soldiers, but said the statue should go somewhere more appropriate such as the "middle of city center."

At this stage, it would be almost impossible to change the location of the statue, said Kelli Narde, director of communications for Littleton.

"The location was purposely chosen in the neighborhood he grew up in near the elementary school and middle school he attended," Narde told Cybercast News Service.

"It's a stretch to compare a memorial to a war hero and the Columbine shooters," she said. "It's hard to imagine how you could find a connection between the two."

The protest came as a surprise, Narde said, but the project will go forward with a presentation of the statue on July 4.

The local community weighed in, and the city received 390 calls and e-mails in support of the statue's planned placement. Only four messages opposing the plan came in, Narde said.

'No point now in a petition'

Although Cassidy said she didn't know the number, she said a "large group, a majority" of the people she had spoken to had similar concerns about the location of the statue.

She and a friend, Linda Cuesta, have handed out fliers on the matter; but she sees no point in starting a petition drive now.

"We were told there is no negotiating. I don't know what a petition would accomplish," she said.

Over the weekend, Cassidy said, she received angry phone calls and e-mails, and someone even knocked on her door to complain about her stance. She blamed the reaction on local media coverage, which she felt portrayed her as opposing a memorial to Dietz outright.

"Any pain I caused the family, I regret," she said.

The family could not be reached for comment Monday, but Dan Dietz, Danny's father, told the Denver Post: "It broke our hearts. My son was fighting for her freedom to do exactly what she is doing. She put my son in the same category as Columbine. How does she have the audacity to do that?"

There are thousands of military monuments in the United States, and a large portion of them feature weapons, Tim Minz, the city's museum director, said in a memo.

"Service weapons, usually sheathed or unsheathed cavalry sabers or swords, appear in many of the 56 martial-themed statues in the District of Columbia," the memo said. "The Colorado state capitol in Denver has two military statues on the grounds, a civil war monument/memorial with a Union soldier with a gun in hand, and a statue of Joseph P. Martinez, the first Hispanic Coloradan to receive the Medal of Honor, carrying a service weapon."

Danny Dietz was awarded the Navy Cross for "extraordinary heroism in actions against the enemy" while serving in a four-man special reconnaissance team in Afghanistan, according to the citation. "Petty Officer Dietz fought valiantly against the numerically superior and positionally advantaged enemy force."

There are other violent images that could influence children far more than a statue, said Allan Stone, a member of the Littleton Veterans of Foreign Wars post, which helped raise $42,000 to build the statue.

"The Navy gave this guy the second-highest honor," Stone said. "If they object to children seeing guns, they better object to every TV in the house. They'll see more guns there than anywhere else."

The city of Littleton became involved in the project at the request of Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.).

"Tom supports the Dietz family wholeheartedly," Tancredo spokesman Carlos Espinosa said.

"Danny's statue should be looked [upon] as [depicting] a hero, an example of the best to come from the U.S.," Espinosa added. "There should be no shame and no controversy. People are upset for the wrong reasons."


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Emily Cassidy gets the Useful Idiot award for 2007 along with Most Stupid Mother. I pity her children; their Mother is a total victim of the "Thought Police". Soldiers carry guns lady - what did your children watch on television today? Most likely sex and violence.
1 posted on 04/10/2007 4:36:35 PM PDT by yoe
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To: yoe
The local community weighed in, and the city received 390 calls and e-mails in support of the statue's planned placement. Only four messages opposing the plan came in, Narde said.

In the interest of fairness these four people will be interviewed by the msm, and one in support of the statute will interviewed.

2 posted on 04/10/2007 4:42:08 PM PDT by feedback doctor (Hate is not a Family Value; It's a liberal value)
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To: yoe
Her children go to publik scewl. They should know what a gun is! It is what all of the dope dealers pack in their baggy pants. As a publik scewl teechur, I say this with extreme confidence.
3 posted on 04/10/2007 4:44:25 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed less people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: yoe
Cowering simpleton is obviously afraid of the gun itself, failing to understand it is only a tool to be used for good or evil.

Stupid cattle like these roam our streets, regurgitating what the man on the TV told them to 'think.'

4 posted on 04/10/2007 4:44:53 PM PDT by JOAT
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To: yoe
What about the children!?

Don't just pluck it down in the middle of children," Cassidy told Cybercast News Service. "In their eyes, it's just a nine-foot guy with a gun."

5 posted on 04/10/2007 4:51:16 PM PDT by silent_jonny ("... lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven" -- Matthew 6:20)
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To: JOAT

in pondering the question of whether it was appropriate to present children with frightening images, C.S. Lewis answered:

“Since it is so likely they will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.”

rarely is it embarrassing to be from colorado but it’s better than where i grew in socialist maryland.


6 posted on 04/10/2007 4:53:17 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (everybody's shot. drive the truck)
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To: yoe

Unless the statue has a full-time guard, it will be defaced, damaged or destroyed within days by anti-violence pacifists.


7 posted on 04/10/2007 4:59:37 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: yoe

“”It should be used as a learning tool. Don’t just pluck it down in the middle of children,” Cassidy told Cybercast News Service. “In their eyes, it’s just a nine-foot guy with a gun.””

Or perhaps kids are SMART enough to understand he’s PROTECTING them....???

OK, so put a CONDOM in his hand.....I’m sure the PC crowd won’t even NOTICE....!!!


8 posted on 04/10/2007 5:00:38 PM PDT by JB in Whitefish
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To: yoe

I like to believe there was a time when the stupid were less eager to broadcast their stupidity to the world.


9 posted on 04/10/2007 5:02:00 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: yoe

I got a better idea, lady. Teach the child what the gun IS FOR. Might save his stupid little life some day...eesh.


10 posted on 04/10/2007 5:02:41 PM PDT by Hi Heels (cleverly disguised as a responsible adult....)
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To: snarks_when_bored

***...anti-violence pacifists.***

Why are anti-violence pacifists so violent?

Like an old (and I mean OLD) playboy cartoon showing hundreds of college students rioting, beating up on each other, kicking fighting, ect

One professor looks at the other and says “They’re protesting Physical Education.”


11 posted on 04/10/2007 5:08:40 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: yoe

The man being honored was a Navy Seal. That tells me all I need to know about him. He died protecting her right to be a whinny little you-know-what. I would see this statue as Danny still protecting them. Thank goodness the city didn’t cave because of her.


12 posted on 04/10/2007 5:10:41 PM PDT by barker ( A smile is a curved line that sets things straight.)
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To: yoe
"It's a stretch to compare a memorial to a war hero and the Columbine shooters," she said. "It's hard to imagine how you could find a connection between the two."<

Not hard at all.... it just takes drooling leftist bozos with nothing better to do with their pitiful lives.....
13 posted on 04/10/2007 5:12:32 PM PDT by Enchante (Liefong, Fitzfong, Earlefong, Schumfong, Waxfong, Pelosifong.... see a pattern here?!?)
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To: JOAT
“Stupid cattle like these roam our streets, regurgitating what the man on the TV told them to ‘think.’”

Our civilization will collapse due to people like that.

14 posted on 04/10/2007 5:17:43 PM PDT by FredHunter08 (Guiliani! Come and Take Them!)
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To: yoe
Here's how things are going to go at the elementary school when the statue is put up...

"Come now children, stop looking at that bad statue of the man with the gun, and let's continue our reading of 'Johnny's Got Two Mommies'.."

15 posted on 04/10/2007 5:34:05 PM PDT by Fedupwithit (Enjoy life. You can make more money...you can't make more time.)
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To: yoe
Although Cassidy said she didn't know the number, she said a "large group, a majority" of the people she had spoken to had similar concerns about the location of the statue.

Reminds me of the female writer in the '70s who said "I don't know how Nixon won - I don't know anyone who voted for him".

16 posted on 04/10/2007 5:36:03 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: feedback doctor

Thanks to FreeRepublic we are aware of the many great Americans who were in support of this memorial - with the gun in this hero’s hands.


17 posted on 04/10/2007 5:46:30 PM PDT by maxwellp
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To: feedback doctor

Thanks to FreeRepublic we are aware of the many great Americans who were in support of this memorial - with the gun in this hero’s hands.


18 posted on 04/10/2007 5:47:58 PM PDT by maxwellp
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To: yoe
“She stressed she wasn’t comparing the school shooters to the soldiers,......”

Then what the hell is the problem, bi***!

How about actually TEACHING the children who this noble man, Danny Dietz was and that he gave up his life fighting to keep us safe here at home and the gun was a tool that he used to do so.

Damned jackass this broad is.

19 posted on 04/10/2007 5:54:10 PM PDT by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: yoe
Very glad to see this statue/memorial of SEAL Danny Dietz will stand as is.

Hell of a warrior.

SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy who was part of the SEAL RT along with D. Dietz and was also killed in action will very likely be receiving the MOH.

And rightfully so. When most of the details are released about the entire fight (if that happens) it will be recorded as one of the most courageous demonstrations of American warriors in our nation's history.

These SEALs where vastly out numbered, in deep, deep enemy territory, high in the mountains.....and fought a ferocious firefight that lasted several hours....

20 posted on 04/10/2007 6:42:44 PM PDT by SevenMinusOne
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To: yoe

This is the emasculation of males in this country, Johnny is not allowed to play with guns he plays with dolls now!
This is a man who protects America! how? with a weapon! not a fly swatter.Teach your child why he carries a gun and why he dedicates his life to preserve ours!


21 posted on 04/10/2007 6:47:48 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (ID RATHER BE HUNTING WITH DICK THAN DRIVING WITH TED)
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To: JB in Whitefish
In their eyes, it’s just a nine-foot guy with a gun.

This is what she actually feels... she's just putting it in the mouths of children...

22 posted on 04/10/2007 6:53:30 PM PDT by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Hwt! Lr bi mst hord, solce!)
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To: bravo whiskey
“Since it is so likely they will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.”

C. S. Lewis was very wise. He went on to write, "By confining your child to blameless stories of child life in which nothing at all alarming ever happens, you would fail to banish the terrors, and would succeed in banishing all that can ennoble them or make them endurable."

23 posted on 04/10/2007 7:47:28 PM PDT by Logophile
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To: yoe
These are more than the 'concerned moms' they want you to think they are. They've been at it a while. From this article we get this:

Columbine parent Linda Cuesta said she endured long, panicked moments after the shooting desperately looking for her son. During that time she bargained with God. If her son made it out safely, she'd go to work against guns.

Her son escaped safely, and Cuesta has found a cause.

"I used to be polite, and I tried to understand the need for citizens to own guns, to own arsenals," she said.

"I'm not polite anymore. I want the NRA out of this city and out of this state."

24 posted on 04/10/2007 9:48:36 PM PDT by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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There are thousands of military monuments in the United States, and a large portion of them feature weapons, Tim Minz, the city's museum director, said in a memo.

The Doughboy statue, entitled "The Spirit of the American Doughboy", which once stood in Garfield Park, has been restored and given a place of honor in the new Soldier Field. The life-size Doughboy, sculpted in the early 1930's of sheet metal and cast bronze, according to its sculptor E.M. "Dick" Viquesney of Spencer, Indiana, represents "a World War I infantryman advancing through No Man's Land through stumps and barbed wire entanglements, his rifle in one had and a grenade held high in the other".


25 posted on 04/11/2007 9:02:23 AM PDT by archy (Et Thybrim multo spumantem sanguine cerno. [from Virgil's *Aeneid*.])
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Among those opposing the statue were Emily Fuchs, who is a member of the city’s Fine Arts Committee and Linda Cuesta, whose child was at Columbine High School when two teenagers shot and killed 12 students and a teacher in 1999.

Okay, Fuchs, Emily and Cuesta, Linda. Any others for the list?

26 posted on 04/11/2007 9:09:28 AM PDT by archy (Et Thybrim multo spumantem sanguine cerno. [from Virgil's *Aeneid*.])
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No one objected to honoring Dietz for his heroism, insisted Emily Cassidy, a mother of two children in Littleton. What she objected to was a statue of a soldier, holding a weapon, located across the street from an elementary school and near two other schools.

Ah, yes, there we go. That's three:

Cassidy, Emily
Cuesta, Linda
Fuchs, Emily

27 posted on 04/11/2007 9:12:59 AM PDT by archy (Et Thybrim multo spumantem sanguine cerno. [from Virgil's *Aeneid*.])
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Oh, another one, from here:

Ann Levy of Denver, who calls herself a "peacenik," would like to see Dietz's sacrifice honored in a different way.

"They should be putting up a peace dove instead," she said. "The question is do we stand for peace or do we stand for war?"
Cassidy, Emily
Cuesta, Linda
Fuchs, Emily
Levy, Ann

28 posted on 04/11/2007 9:18:11 AM PDT by archy (Et Thybrim multo spumantem sanguine cerno. [from Virgil's *Aeneid*.])
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To: yoe

Emily Cassidy will be the next cindy sheehan when her child grows up and enlists in spite of her. Must be a married name, if she were truly of Irish descent, her children would be fighters.


29 posted on 04/11/2007 9:37:16 AM PDT by stumpy
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To: archy

bttt


30 posted on 07/05/2007 8:06:32 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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