Daily Archives: January 24, 2011

North Carolina Mayor Invites Anti-War Group to Vietnam Veterans Homecoming

Fayetteville, North Carolina is a thriving community directly outside the gates of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the famous 82nd Airborne for quite some time and amongst the largest of US Army bases in the country. Hundreds of thousands of Army Soldiers have trained there and been stationed there since it was created in 1918.

That the city of Fayetteville is dependent upon Ft. Bragg today is an understatement.

During the turmoil of the Viet Nam War, it was also the scene of several anti-Vietnam protests targeting soldiers, encouraging them to desert and trying to convince them how wrong they were to answer the draft, as many had or enlist to fight in Viet Nam. Due to much public sentiment against soldiers in the era, while I was stationed at Ft. Bragg the city was referred to as “Fayettenam.”

It was also there in 1969 that the infamous ‘Quaker House,” a small group devoted to demoralize the soldiers under the guise of “helping them” was created. They, like several other groups, sponsored anti-war rally’s targeting soldiers and Veterans even though they won’t admit it, took out their frustrations on returning Viet Nam Veterans, labeling us “Baby Killers,” “Murders” and other such nonsense. They also featured ‘Hanoi’ Jane Fonda, who to this day portrays herself as the victim of outrage over her treasonous activities, in no less than 3 anti-Vietnam rallies.

That is why I was absolutely stunned, livid and speechless for a few moments after reading about what seems like a well-intentioned Heroes Homecoming by the City of Fayetteville in November 2011 was to include Quaker House as part of the 10 day “Homecoming” to “honor Viet Nam Veterans.”

Mayor Tony Chavonne, a Democrat who never served in any branch of the Military and was first elected mayor in 2005 says of the decision to ask the anti-Vietnam group be included, “Fayetteville’s 10-day tribute to Vietnam veterans this fall should portray a complete picture of the era and its impact on the city – including opposition to the war,” adding, “It is an important part of the story we’re trying to tell.”

Chuck Fager, director of the Quaker House who proposed showing two anti-war films of the era, “Coming Home” and “FTA” said of the era, “We’re part of that story.”

Yes, a part that continues to fester in open wounds to many Viet Nam Veterans falsely accused of daily war crimes, murder, and other monstrous lies. A part that any sane person with half an ounce of decency would be ashamed of today.

Chavonne adds, “Heroes Homecoming is meant to give Vietnam War Veterans ‘the homecoming that they never received’.”

What obviously escapes this dolt of a mayor is what he proposes to do IS exactly the homecoming we received back then. Will he have them assemble to begin the spitting again? Yes, even though those responsible back then today call us liars for saying it happened and it was never documented, they are wrong as these news articles show. And yes, there are more where these came from.

Both Fager and Chavonne indicate they wish it to be “a full-fledged conversation of the Vietnam War,,, including discussions, educational presentations and a series of films that give a different viewpoint of Vietnam.”

Has the public ever been treated to another viewpoint of Viet Nam other than that written by the anti-war crowd that forced the hand of the government to abandon a struggling ally? Has the country ever given an open ear to those of us who served there, lost buddies there and saw first-hand that the anti-war crowd was dead wrong?

They won’t even admit their ill-treatment of returning Veterans, some actually claiming it was the returning “damaged” Veterans attacking them! Even failed 2004 presidential candidate, John ‘F’in Kerry, a sweetheart of the anti-Vietnam War crowd them said to the Fulbright Commission in his infamous “testimony” given in 1971, “The country doesn’t know it yet, but it has created a monster, a monster in the form of millions of men who have been taught to deal and to trade in violence…” forever tainting the 2.6 Million of us who served there as “monsters.”

Melissa Rivera, leading the public relations for “Heroes Homecoming” says, “This is a national event. This has potential to be huge.”

It might have, Melissa. Bringing up the old wounds and allowing your mayor to rub our noses in the discontent taken out on us years ago isn’t exactly what I felt was in mind during the initial planning, but it is what it appears to have become.

That “potential to be huge” could turn out to a big bust should other aging and current anti-war cretins decide they will be present to protest the current war, Troops or even us aging Veterans.

You have a huge potential problem on your hands if you can’t knock some sense into your mayor’s head.

I, for one, have no plans to return to Fayetteville for this event. As long as it will include giving another platform to those who gave such dishonor to returning Veterans, I hope other Viet Nam Veterans boycott it as well.

Sorry Fayetteville, but you do us no honor by rubbing our noses into old wounds that you do not allow to heal.

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Rahm Emanuel booted off Chicago mayoral ballot

From Politico

In an unexpected move, Rahm Emanuel was thrown off Chicago’s mayoral ballot Monday.

A panel of appellate judges ruled 2-1 that Emanuel – who is leading in the polls – did not meet the residency requirement needed to be on the ballot.

Maybe the appellate judges saw a crisis they decided to not let go to waste?

Undoubtedly, Emanuel will appeal. In the meantime, 2 judges might watch out for “fishy” mail.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Guest Blogger: CFL Light Bulbs: Let There Be Light (And a HazMat Team)

by Greg the Engineer
A few years ago, my home town, Forest Grove, Oregon, provided free compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL) to its citizenry as as a way to reduce their energy costs.

Well, we were told that the bulbs would last longer, consume far less electricity and provide a “green” alternative to old-style incandescent bulbs. Being a person committed to always doing what’s best for the environment, I decided to give the new bulbs a try.
After all, I drive very fuel-efficient Subarus with both having only synthetic non-toxic

 lubricants throughout and environmentally-safe non-toxic coolant. I won’t be killing any condors in the near future should my radiators spring a leak. And, my wife considers me to be a recycling fanatic. Thus, what could be more easy to help the environment than to simply screw-in some free CFL bulbs? Or, so I thought….

Earth Friends Photo

My experience with the new CFL bulbs has been quite the opposite of what was promised. The promise of a much longer bulb life proved to be absolutely false. My electricity bill has not been reduced. Being an engineer, I keep monthly records of such things going back several years. And, my wife would get sick after being in rooms for too long where the CFL bulbs had been installed. Not all our rooms have CFL bulbs as my wife refused to allow me to install them in some areas as they were cosmetically unacceptable.

I have discovered some very scary things about these bulbs. First of all, they contain mercury. Not only are CFLs much more expensive than incandescent bulbs and emit light that many regard as inferior to incandescent bulbs, they pose a nightmare if they break and require special disposal procedures. As each CFL contains 5 milligrams of mercury, at the Maine “safety” standard of 300 nanograms per cubic meter, it would take 16,667 cubic meters of soil to “safely” contain all the mercury in a single CFL!!! While CFL vendors and environmentalists tout the energy cost savings of CFLs, they conveniently omit the personal, environmental and societal costs and risks of CFL disposal.

According to mercury expert John Moore in a story published in Crusador:
“The new long-life, low-energy fluorescent light bulb that is in the marketplace is a mercury light bulb. What makes fluorescents work is that you put a coating on the inside of the bulb, then you put mercury in it, then you activate the mercury and it lights the tube. Unfortunately, over time the mercury escapes through the glass!!!! The mercury cannot be contained; it will pass through the glass. Mercury will dissolve all but 3 metals: iron, platinum, and nickel according to the chemistry handbook that is used at universities. It’s an unbelievable material. Mercury is also the only metal that goes from a liquid to a vapor form, and it starts doing that at 50 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. It’s really the genie out of the bottle.”

The hazardous CFL bulb is being pushed by companies such as Wal-Mart, which wants to sell 100 million CFLs at five times the cost of incandescent bulbs, and, surprisingly, environmentalists. It’s quite odd that environmentalists have embraced the CFL, which cannot now and will not in the foreseeable future be made without mercury. Given that there are about 4 billion lightbulb sockets in American households, we’re looking at the possibility of creating billions of hazardous waste sites – one being your home if you break a CFL bulb! Usually, environmentalists want hazardous materials out of, not in, our homes.

As the activist group Environmental Defense urges us to buy CFLs, it defines mercury on a separate part of its Web site as a “highly toxic heavy metal that can cause brain damage and learning disabilities in fetuses and children” and as “one of the most poisonous forms of pollution.”
Greenpeace also recommends CFLs while simultaneously bemoaning contamination caused by a mercury thermometer factory in India. But where are mercury-containing CFLs made? Not in the U.S., under strict environmental regulation. CFLs are made in India and China, where environmental standards are virtually non-existent.

If you break a CFL bulb, don’t vacuum bulb debris because a standard vacuum will spread mercury-containing dust throughout the area and contaminate the vacuum. Ventilate the area and reduce the temperature. Wear protective equipment like goggles, coveralls and a dust mask. Collect the waste material into an airtight container. Pat the area with the sticky side of tape. Wipe with a damp cloth. Finally, check with local authorities to see where hazardous waste may be properly disposed.

Most CFLs, as many consumers have discovered to their dismay, do not function properly with dimmer switches. They need the full voltage to operate and attempting to use a CFL with a dimmer switch voids it’s warranty. According to GE, CFLs should not be used in an enclosed fixture, like a ceiling fan light because this can cause them to overheat. Applications that produce vibration should also be avoided, so CFLs are a poor choice for garage door openers and are doubly bad for ceiling fans. Additionally, CFLs tend to literally burn out at the end of their life, melting plastic and other components, emitting smoke and toxic vapor. In rare instances this has led to house fires. The fire issue, fortunately, has seemingly been addressed – we shall see.

Compact fluorescent lights are known to cause radio frequency interference with radios, wireless networks and cordless phones. We do not yet know the health risks of all of the RF signals we seem to be determined to bombard ourselves with of late; thus, will have to wait and see if the noise generated by CFL bulbs pose a heath risk to humans.

Beginning in 2012, thanks to a new federal law, Edison’s incandescent light bulb, the very symbol of American innovation for over a century, will be banned. Many people are unaware of the approaching light bulb ban, probably due, at least in part to the fact that Congress designed the ban to take effect several years after it was passed. Compact fluorescent lighting or LED lighting will soon be the only electric lighting options for household use. Now, think of that. No more traditional C7 or C9 Christmas bulbs!!! God forbid!!!

So to be “green,” one must buy toxic mercury-containing, mercury outgassing CFL bulbs made in China which do not last that much longer than the old bulbs we’ve used since Edison and may not reduce your electricity bill. That’s brilliance only politicians following a very generous campaign donor’s agenda would exhibit. Do you remember Melamine in milk that blows out your kidneys coming from China? How about all the drywall that has contaminated millions of homes with toxins? How about all the children’s toys loaded with lead and cadmium? That’s just scratching the surface. So, when it comes to CFLs, users beware!

There is hope. Americans will soon be able to buy LED lighting for just about any application. But, there will be a gap between when LEDs will be available for all applications and the phase out of incandescent bulbs. Thus, we will be forced to buy ONLY CFL bulbs!!! This is a very dangerous threat to your health and the health of your family – especially your children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please contact your elected representatives and demand that they repeal the government mandate that all incandescent light bulbs be removed from the US market by 2012. To save our health and truly protect our environment, we need time for LED lighting products to fully saturate the market.

Useful links:

http://www.defendingthetruth.com/topic/15052-the-great-cfl-light-bulb-scam/

http://www.healthtruthrevealed.com/articles/1157092501/article

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Zero’s Politi"Fact" Ignores Facts, Gets it Wrong AGAIN.

Now that they’ve erroneously called me a liar–again (and gotten their friends to do the same) where do I get another retraction from the Zero’s Politifact? If the facts don’t matter then what does?
Here are the claims:


Muslim students at Portland’s Rigler Elementary School are given their
*own school provided prayer room, TRUE
*prayer rugs TRUE
*helpfully stored in the prayer room by the school TRUE,
        *and let out of class five times a day to pray to Allah *TRUE (STUDENTS ACCORDING TO PPS SPOKESMAN MATT SHELBY CHOSE NOT TO PRAY FIVE TIMES A DAY–ONLY ONE TIME A DAY–MANY MUSLIMS CHOOSE TO PRAY FIVE TIMES A DAY–THAT’S WHAT THE KORAN SUGGESTS) 
         *Did I mention this is during school hours? TRUE
         *School officials TRUE
         AND the PPS spokesman confirmed before I went on the air with this earlier this month*
        The PPS spokesman did not confirm this before as I believed. He confirmed it afterwards.
It looks as if the Oregonian cared only about one fact. That Matt Shelby was the source. I thought Matt Shelby was the source. I understood he was. I was wrong. However, we had two others with connections to the school (one an employee) who confirmed this. Matt Shelby confirmed it after it hit the blog.
If Matt Shelby is the source after the blog post. And if he confirms the claims of the post: that the school provides a place AND stored the items for the Muslim students AND allowed prayer IN THE SCHOOL DURING SCHOOL HOURS–then isn’t that a confirmation of the story?
Not to the Oregonian.
Matt sent me an email AND confirmed the story. 
Is the truth a defense at the Oregonian? No. 
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Rahm Emanuel booted off Chicago mayoral ballot

From Politico

In an unexpected move, Rahm Emanuel was thrown off Chicago’s mayoral ballot Monday.

A panel of appellate judges ruled 2-1 that Emanuel – who is leading in the polls – did not meet the residency requirement needed to be on the ballot.

Maybe the appellate judges saw a crisis they decided to not let go to waste?

Undoubtedly, Emanuel will appeal. In the meantime, 2 judges might watch out for “fishy” mail.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Guest Blogger: CFL Light Bulbs: Let There Be Light (And a HazMat Team)

by Greg the Engineer
A few years ago, my home town, Forest Grove, Oregon, provided free compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL) to its citizenry as as a way to reduce their energy costs.

Well, we were told that the bulbs would last longer, consume far less electricity and provide a “green” alternative to old-style incandescent bulbs. Being a person committed to always doing what’s best for the environment, I decided to give the new bulbs a try.
After all, I drive very fuel-efficient Subarus with both having only synthetic non-toxic

 lubricants throughout and environmentally-safe non-toxic coolant. I won’t be killing any condors in the near future should my radiators spring a leak. And, my wife considers me to be a recycling fanatic. Thus, what could be more easy to help the environment than to simply screw-in some free CFL bulbs? Or, so I thought….

Earth Friends Photo

My experience with the new CFL bulbs has been quite the opposite of what was promised. The promise of a much longer bulb life proved to be absolutely false. My electricity bill has not been reduced. Being an engineer, I keep monthly records of such things going back several years. And, my wife would get sick after being in rooms for too long where the CFL bulbs had been installed. Not all our rooms have CFL bulbs as my wife refused to allow me to install them in some areas as they were cosmetically unacceptable.

I have discovered some very scary things about these bulbs. First of all, they contain mercury. Not only are CFLs much more expensive than incandescent bulbs and emit light that many regard as inferior to incandescent bulbs, they pose a nightmare if they break and require special disposal procedures. As each CFL contains 5 milligrams of mercury, at the Maine “safety” standard of 300 nanograms per cubic meter, it would take 16,667 cubic meters of soil to “safely” contain all the mercury in a single CFL!!! While CFL vendors and environmentalists tout the energy cost savings of CFLs, they conveniently omit the personal, environmental and societal costs and risks of CFL disposal.

According to mercury expert John Moore in a story published in Crusador:
“The new long-life, low-energy fluorescent light bulb that is in the marketplace is a mercury light bulb. What makes fluorescents work is that you put a coating on the inside of the bulb, then you put mercury in it, then you activate the mercury and it lights the tube. Unfortunately, over time the mercury escapes through the glass!!!! The mercury cannot be contained; it will pass through the glass. Mercury will dissolve all but 3 metals: iron, platinum, and nickel according to the chemistry handbook that is used at universities. It’s an unbelievable material. Mercury is also the only metal that goes from a liquid to a vapor form, and it starts doing that at 50 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. It’s really the genie out of the bottle.”

The hazardous CFL bulb is being pushed by companies such as Wal-Mart, which wants to sell 100 million CFLs at five times the cost of incandescent bulbs, and, surprisingly, environmentalists. It’s quite odd that environmentalists have embraced the CFL, which cannot now and will not in the foreseeable future be made without mercury. Given that there are about 4 billion lightbulb sockets in American households, we’re looking at the possibility of creating billions of hazardous waste sites – one being your home if you break a CFL bulb! Usually, environmentalists want hazardous materials out of, not in, our homes.

As the activist group Environmental Defense urges us to buy CFLs, it defines mercury on a separate part of its Web site as a “highly toxic heavy metal that can cause brain damage and learning disabilities in fetuses and children” and as “one of the most poisonous forms of pollution.”
Greenpeace also recommends CFLs while simultaneously bemoaning contamination caused by a mercury thermometer factory in India. But where are mercury-containing CFLs made? Not in the U.S., under strict environmental regulation. CFLs are made in India and China, where environmental standards are virtually non-existent.

If you break a CFL bulb, don’t vacuum bulb debris because a standard vacuum will spread mercury-containing dust throughout the area and contaminate the vacuum. Ventilate the area and reduce the temperature. Wear protective equipment like goggles, coveralls and a dust mask. Collect the waste material into an airtight container. Pat the area with the sticky side of tape. Wipe with a damp cloth. Finally, check with local authorities to see where hazardous waste may be properly disposed.

Most CFLs, as many consumers have discovered to their dismay, do not function properly with dimmer switches. They need the full voltage to operate and attempting to use a CFL with a dimmer switch voids it’s warranty. According to GE, CFLs should not be used in an enclosed fixture, like a ceiling fan light because this can cause them to overheat. Applications that produce vibration should also be avoided, so CFLs are a poor choice for garage door openers and are doubly bad for ceiling fans. Additionally, CFLs tend to literally burn out at the end of their life, melting plastic and other components, emitting smoke and toxic vapor. In rare instances this has led to house fires. The fire issue, fortunately, has seemingly been addressed – we shall see.

Compact fluorescent lights are known to cause radio frequency interference with radios, wireless networks and cordless phones. We do not yet know the health risks of all of the RF signals we seem to be determined to bombard ourselves with of late; thus, will have to wait and see if the noise generated by CFL bulbs pose a heath risk to humans.

Beginning in 2012, thanks to a new federal law, Edison’s incandescent light bulb, the very symbol of American innovation for over a century, will be banned. Many people are unaware of the approaching light bulb ban, probably due, at least in part to the fact that Congress designed the ban to take effect several years after it was passed. Compact fluorescent lighting or LED lighting will soon be the only electric lighting options for household use. Now, think of that. No more traditional C7 or C9 Christmas bulbs!!! God forbid!!!

So to be “green,” one must buy toxic mercury-containing, mercury outgassing CFL bulbs made in China which do not last that much longer than the old bulbs we’ve used since Edison and may not reduce your electricity bill. That’s brilliance only politicians following a very generous campaign donor’s agenda would exhibit. Do you remember Melamine in milk that blows out your kidneys coming from China? How about all the drywall that has contaminated millions of homes with toxins? How about all the children’s toys loaded with lead and cadmium? That’s just scratching the surface. So, when it comes to CFLs, users beware!

There is hope. Americans will soon be able to buy LED lighting for just about any application. But, there will be a gap between when LEDs will be available for all applications and the phase out of incandescent bulbs. Thus, we will be forced to buy ONLY CFL bulbs!!! This is a very dangerous threat to your health and the health of your family – especially your children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please contact your elected representatives and demand that they repeal the government mandate that all incandescent light bulbs be removed from the US market by 2012. To save our health and truly protect our environment, we need time for LED lighting products to fully saturate the market.

Useful links:

http://www.defendingthetruth.com/topic/15052-the-great-cfl-light-bulb-scam/

http://www.healthtruthrevealed.com/articles/1157092501/article

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Zero’s Politi"Fact" Ignores Facts, Gets it Wrong AGAIN.

Now that they’ve erroneously called me a liar–again (and gotten their friends to do the same) where do I get another retraction from the Zero’s Politifact? If the facts don’t matter then what does?
Here are the claims:


Muslim students at Portland’s Rigler Elementary School are given their
*own school provided prayer room, TRUE
*prayer rugs TRUE
*helpfully stored in the prayer room by the school TRUE,
        *and let out of class five times a day to pray to Allah *TRUE (STUDENTS ACCORDING TO PPS SPOKESMAN MATT SHELBY CHOSE NOT TO PRAY FIVE TIMES A DAY–ONLY ONE TIME A DAY–MANY MUSLIMS CHOOSE TO PRAY FIVE TIMES A DAY–THAT’S WHAT THE KORAN SUGGESTS) 
         *Did I mention this is during school hours? TRUE
         *School officials TRUE
         AND the PPS spokesman confirmed before I went on the air with this earlier this month*
        The PPS spokesman did not confirm this before as I believed. He confirmed it afterwards.
It looks as if the Oregonian cared only about one fact. That Matt Shelby was the source. I thought Matt Shelby was the source. I understood he was. I was wrong. However, we had two others with connections to the school (one an employee) who confirmed this. Matt Shelby confirmed it after it hit the blog.
If Matt Shelby is the source after the blog post. And if he confirms the claims of the post: that the school provides a place AND stored the items for the Muslim students AND allowed prayer IN THE SCHOOL DURING SCHOOL HOURS–then isn’t that a confirmation of the story?
Not to the Oregonian.
Matt sent me an email AND confirmed the story. 
Is the truth a defense at the Oregonian? No. 
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com