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The POW/MIA Flag Will Fly

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A mindless piece against our honored POW/MIA flag recently appeared in Newsweek magazine. It cannot be understated that this opening salvo, against what for many remains as part of their daily anguish and unknowing, will not be so well received.

This is in reference to the piece by a Mr. Rick Perlstein, which lambasted a treasured symbol from an unresolved piece of American history.  There is part of me that hesitates giving this cheap shot artist any recognition, yet at the same time I am sick and tired of what was the media’s intentional false accounting of the war.  This standard was particularly visible from their “hatchet job” coverage of the Tet Offensive.   It is for this reason, together with supporting all the American families still so affected, that I feel compelled to respond.

Publishing Perlstein’s Vietnam fantasies may have been simply an irresistible ploy by a magazine with a shrinking circulation.  Especially so since South Carolina’s flag capitulation was so current with readers.  After all, if individual interpretations could carry the day over historical relevance in such a red State, why not a continuation of that anti-flag theme?

Emotion basically lapped over reality in South Carolina since the Confederate Battle Flag’s very identity cites a military rather than a racial purpose.  Still, our POW/MIA flag’s only message, in addition to lacking any racial threads, makes Perlstein’s leap a “bridge too far.”

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His readers should question the overall intent of his article when he chose to ignore the unresolved status of the POW/MIA issue.  If it weren’t for Senator Kerry and McCain’s continuing defiance against admitting the available evidence during the 1991 Senate Select Committee hearings, this black flag may not have become so meaningful and prominent.

In general, his article carries on with the same caliber of misleading and false reporting that filled the airwaves back when.  However, even this attempt to ride the crest of the previous flag shenanigans realized, that it’s original title, “It’s Time to Haul Down Another Flag of Racist Hate” was slightly over the top and was thus reworked with the less offensive, “The Story Behind the POW/MIA Flag.”

Newsweek then explained the change with, “This piece was updated by the Spectator” (The Washington Spectator), “on August 13 to remove the word ‘racist’ from the headline and has been similarly adjusted here.”  Did this word “adjustment” explain why only the word “flag” made the cut?  That’s one heck of an adjustment!

POW-MIA flag. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

POW-MIA flag. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

It gets better though.  After digesting Newsweek’s mea culpa regarding possible racism, the reader returns to those same weeds when confronting the opening line of, “You know that racist flag?”  Then Perlstein elaborates with, “The one that supposedly honors history but actually spreads a pernicious myth?  And is useful only to venal right-wing politicians who wish to exploit hatred by calling it heritage?  It’s past time to pull it down.”

His chosen phrase, to “pull it down” rather than possibly just ‘lowering it,” is in keeping with his article’s venomous approach against the war, its veterans and our POW/MIA flag.

If one endures reading his piece, the gotcha from his opening flag spoof, “you thought I was referring to the Confederate flag” demonstrates just how ignorant the author actually is.  He considers it to be humorous!

From this article, how can the editor not gleam a splinter of hatred or at least a literary tirade from this writer?  I mean, not just a “myth” but a “pernicious” one?  Or how about adding onto that well worn vernacular of “right-wing” with “venal?”  His bias to a period of which he knows little about is also shown with his reoccurring phrase of “that damn flag.”  Given this slant, his words shower the reader with inaccurate, misleading and confusing stuff.

Then there’s this misinformed declaration, “Then the war ended, the POWs (yes all the POWs) were repatriated to great fanfare…”  His certainty of “all the POWs” returning completely blocks out the intense Senate investigations of which uncertainty still remains on the table.

He travels back to a long ago 1975 Congressional trip, one of the first such fact finding efforts while failing to mention the more recent and miraculous return of POW Robert Garwood.  And I might add, long after North Vietnam supposedly released all their American POWs.

His mentioning the “Peace Committee” is this article’s one shinning moment.  Many a reader had never heard of its existence since our media chose to ignore its shameful actions while at the same time setting out to ravage the above mentioned Marine PFC for lesser conduct.

After this one instance of credible information, he then returns to the depths of distortions as he grabs for more than enough journalistic rope to hang himself.  Referencing from his own book, The Invisible Bridge, he states that, “many of the prisoners were anti-war activists.”  He then names “one member of the ‘Peace Committee’ within the POW camps, Abel Larry Kavanaugh, was harassed into suicide after his return to the U.S by the likes of Admiral James Stockdale, who tried to get Peace Committee members hanged for treason.”

His term, “anti-war activists” refers to a few U.S. military POWs who were imprisoned at The Plantation and of course, the infamous Hanoi Hilton.  Also, what Perlstein omits is that these collaborators were nicknamed The Dirty Dozen by the POW general population.  Possibly, the word “dirty” came about because, and I’m quoting from Mrs. Monika Jensen Stevenson’s Spite House, page 267-268, “According to Colonel Guy, ‘many men were brutally beaten and tortured in the Plantation…because of the Peace Committee.’”

This may come as a shock to this befuddled POW/MIA authority, but Admiral Stockdale was certainly not responsible for Kavanaugh’s suicide, nor for pursuing any court martial charges.  Charges were written by the above cited Air Force Colonel Ted Guy, “who had intended to seek the death penalty for Peace Committee members…” (Spite House, p296)

I could continue with this literary decapitation, but one point needs airing and should reflect upon the entire mishandling of this POW/MIA debacle.

Again, from Mrs. Jensen-Stevenson’s Spite House, p269, the charges brought by Col. Guy were dismissed against the Peace Committee members with the following reasoning from Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird’s; “forgive any alleged offenses by POWs during their captivity.”  Why then, just a few years later, did Robert Garwood endure such a punitive court martial?  Now, there’s the real story!

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Leftist Journalist Slams Paralyzed GOP Candidate Standing To Recite Pledge Of Allegiance At RNC

So now it’s ok to kneel but it’s not ok to stand?

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Leftist Journalist Slams Young Paralyzed GOP Candidate Standing To Recite Pledge Of Allegiance At RNC

Madison Cawthorn standing to recite the Pledge was enough cause for PBS journalist Yamiche Alcindor to slam him on Twitter, writing: “Madison Cawthorn made it a point to stand, suggesting that all Americans to (sic) should stand during the pledge of allegiance & national anthem. It was a direct rebuke of actions by ppl — including black athletes who are currently sitting out games — protesting police brutality.”

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Madison Cawthorn, 25, the young GOP candidate for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, spoke Wednesday at the Republican National Convention from his wheelchair, as he has been paralyzed since the age of 18 from a car accident. At the end of his speech, Cawthorn, with the help of two men on either side of him, slowly rose to his feet to recite a brief portion of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Cawthorn began by mentioning the terrible car accident that robbed him of the use of his legs, saying, “Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a 1% chance of surviving. But thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community, and many skilled doctors, I made it.”

“My accident has given me new eyes to see and new ears to hear; God protected my mind and my ability to speak, so I say to people who feel forgotten, ignored and invisible: I see you. I hear you,” Cawthorn stated.

He continued, “In times of peril, young people have stepped up and saved this country, abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled the cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps, and cracked codes. Yet today, political forces want to usher in the digital dark ages. A time of information without wisdom and tribalism without truth. National leaders on the Left have normalized emotion-based voting and a radicalized identity politics that rejects Martin Luther King’s dream. MLK’s dream is our dream: for all Americans to be judged solely on their character.” More

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CNN’s Stelter Says They May Cut Away From The RNC If There’s ‘Disinformation’

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CNN’s Stelter Says They May Cut Away From The RNC If There’s ‘Disinformation’

CNN’s Brian Stelter says the network will do live ‘fact-checks’ of the Republican convention, then gets blasted for not doing the same with Democrats.

“Television nets are going to have interesting choices to make…about whether to cut away if there’s this stream of disinformation happening live.” Promises CNN will cut in with “fact” checks.

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Trump Dunks On Reporter Over Not Wearing Masks: It’s A ‘Peaceful Protest’

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Trump Dunks On Reporter Over Not Wearing Masks: It’s A ‘Peaceful Protest’

President Donald Trump shoots down a reporter’s claim that NJ club members violating coronavirus guidelines: ‘It’s a peaceful protest.’

“No, this is a political activity,” Trump responded as the crowd booed the reporter. “You’re wrong on that because it’s a political activity. They have exceptions … and it’s also a peaceful protest.”

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MSNBC Ends Interview After Pro-Trump Dem Lawmaker BLASTS Him For Suggesting That He’s Getting Paid To Support Trump

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MSNBC Ends Interview After Pro-Trump Dem Lawmaker BLASTS Him For Suggesting That He’s Getting Paid To Support Trump

Democratic Georgia Rep. Vernon Jones told MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin that he is “paid to shape a liberal narrative” during a heated interview in which the lawmaker took exception to a question about whether or not he’s compensated to support President Trump.

OUCH: MSNBC Host Gets BLASTED After Suggesting Dem Lawmaker Is Paid To Support Trump

OUCH: MSNBC Host ENDS Interview after pro-Trump Democratic lawmaker BLASTS him for suggesting that he’s getting paid to support Trump

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Vernon Jones, who is a member of Black Voices for Trump Advisory Board, was asked by MSNBC host Craig Melvin if he is paid to support Trump as a Democrat.

“Are you a paid campaign surrogate? Are you being compensated?” Craig Melvin bluntly questioned.

“Let me be clear. You get paid to shape a liberal narrative. You get paid to attack this president,” Vernon Jones shot back. “I don’t get a dime for this president. I don’t get a dime from the campaign. Everything I’ve done has been me and based on my principles.”

Jones then started to discuss how African Americans are expected to oppose Trump but Melvin cut him off. “Sir, I did not raise your race,” Melvin said as bickering intensified.

“Let me finish now. Let me finish,” Vernon Jones said.

“No, no, wait. Whoa, whoa, whoa. You’re not going to imply that I asked that question because you’re Black,” Craig Melvin responded.

“So don’t ask me that. You only ask me that because I don’t fit your narrative. I don’t want anything from this president. It’s what I can do for my country and you need to accept that many other African Americans and others support this president because of his policies. And to insult me to say am I getting paid, that is disgraceful,” Vernon Jones said

“That’s representative of MSNBC and their narrative to keep Blacks silent who happen to support this president,” Vernon Jones added. “Why can’t I be like White liberals or other Whites, nobody questions if they’re getting paid, so do you ask Democrats [if] are they getting paid? Are you getting paid by Joe Biden?”

Craig Melvin then quickly ended the interview.

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ABC Gets Mocked For Their “Peaceful Demonstration Intensifies” Claim

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ABC got mocked after they tweeted “peaceful demonstration intensifies” about a violent incident that happened in California.

The protest in Oakland turned violent when demonstrators set fire to a courthouse, vandalized a police station and shot fireworks at officers.

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Fox Soul Cancels Farrakhan Broadcast After Outrage On Social Media

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Fox Soul Cancels Farrakhan Broadcast After Outrage On Social Media

Fox Soul network won’t air the upcoming Louis Farrakhan speech after a lot of outcry on social media.

Fox Soul, which bills itself as “a live and interactive streaming channel dedicated to the African American viewer that premiered in January 2020,” announced on Monday that it will not broadcast the speech after facing backlash.

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Fox Soul, Fox TV’s streaming service targeted to black viewers, has canceled a Fourth of July program that was set to feature Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

The new network had planned to air a “Message to America” from Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan, who has been widely criticized for anti-Semitic and racist statements. Farrakhan was scheduled to deliver his remarks — dubbed “The Criterion: An Announcement to the World” — at 11 a.m. EDT on America’s birthday.

Among other widely reported comments, Farrakhan compared Jews to termites and defended the use of the phrase “death to America” on a visit to Iran in 2018.

Former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat and founder of Americans Against Antisemitism, called on Fox Soul to cancel the program.

“@AmericansAA calls upon @FOXTV to immediately cancel the planned JULY 4 broadcast of Dishonorable Minister of Hate @LouisFarrakhan on @[email protected] considers the Nation of Islam to be an extremist hate group. So why amplify this hateful voice?!#CancelFarrakhanNow!” he wrote.

Others also blasted the network for giving Farrakhan a platform. More

I’m normally against the cancel culture, but I won’t shed a tear that Louis Farrakhan got canceled. He truly deserves it!

 

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CNN Reporter and Crew Freed After Being Arrested by Minneapolis Police While Covering Protests

While CNN may not be the most balanced news outlet out there, the Constitution guarantees them certain rights that we must all defend….no matter how we feel about their programming.

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As if things couldn’t get any more dystopian around here these days, we now have concerns that the First Amendment is under attack in Minneapolis.

First there was the global pandemic, followed swiftly by a cultural flood of angst after the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police.  During their attempt to cover the protests that have erupted surrounding the case, a CNN reporter and his crew were arrested.

A CNN crew was arrested while giving a live television report Friday morning in Minneapolis — and then released about an hour later — as the crew covered ongoing protests over the death in police custody of George Floyd.

State police detained CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, his producer and his photojournalist shortly after 5 a.m. CT (6 a.m. ET) as Jimenez was reporting live from a street south of downtown, near where a police precinct building was earlier set ablaze.

Jimenez could be seen holding his CNN badge while reporting, identifying himself as a reporter, and telling the officers the crew would move wherever officers needed them to. An officer gripped his arm as Jimenez talked, then put him in handcuffs.

“We can move back to where you like. We are live on the air here. … Put us back where you want us. We are getting out of your way — wherever you want us (we’ll) get out of your way,” Jimenez said to police before he was led away.

Jimenez and his associates were eventually freed without charges, after it was made very clear that arresting members of the press is not something that we do here in America…even if it is CNN.

The journalist said that police treated them justly during their brief detention.

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