August 10th, 2004


The Daily Show: SBVFT

The Daily Show had a brief bit on Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and apparently the only member of the entire 254 member group that served with Kerry was a medic who apparently operated on the wound for which he got his first Purple Heart. Ok.

He described it, condescendingly, as a shallow wound on his arm, caused by a piece of metal maybe 1 centimeter long. So... he had... a small piece of metal... embedded in his arm... so... you mean... he was shot in his arm?

But ok, ok, maybe it wasn't a bullet. There are other small pieces of metal that could get embedded in your arm, right? Like... maybe someone was sewing, and they had a thimble and they suddenly had a seizure and drove the thimble into his arm. Mmm... no, ok. Ok, ok, I know. Maybe someone threw a grenade, or dropped a bomb, and it blew up, and embedded a chunk of shrapnel in his arm. Oh wait, no, that would be a real wound. Oh, oh, ok, ok, got it. So maybe... ok so maybe Kerry was bitten by some guy with a gold tooth and that tooth got stuck in his arm and... hmmm.

Ok, so let's move on.

The other thing they mentioned - Jon Stewart, that is, not the SBVFT - is that apparently said doctor's signature was on none of the paperwork associated with Kerry's wound. So if he was the doctor who tended to it, he certainly wasn't the primary one. Oh, and doesn't every Purple Heart actually have to pass review in front of some committee before it's awarded? So apparently whatever they did to check into it back then, y'know - when it had actually just happened - well, that was enough to convince them. But now, all these years later, totally, I'm sure their memories are crystal clear. Except that they didn't serve on his boat. But other than that part, I mean, y'know, the whole part where they... ah... never met him... or, uh, saw him in action. Other than that, I mean. Crystal.

Update: Thanks to George for the linkage to here:
Short summary: Larry Thurlow, member of the SBVFT, winner of the bronze star, won his bronze star on the same day, in the same firefight that Kerry did. Except he's claiming now that it wasn't a firefight. I haven't heard about him rushing to give back his bronze star, though. And other people seem to remember bullets flying that day. HMMMM....
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More than 3 million people view Kerry on Iraq documentary

More Than 3 Million People View Kerry On Iraq Documentary


Contact: Christine Iverson

Washington, DC-Today Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie announced that more than three million Americans have now seen the Kerry On Iraq Documentary released by the Republican National Committee.

“Over the last week a record number of people have visited to view the Kerry On Iraq documentary. Over 3 million people have viewed the documentary with over 30,000 requests for copies and over 2,500 reviews submitted. In fact, more people viewed this documentary in its opening week than viewed Fahrenheit 911 in its opening weekend,” said Gillespie.

“The Kerry On Iraq documentary clearly outlines the evolution of Senator Kerry's positions on Iraq. Senator Kerry and Democrats hope the Senator's position is too confusing for the American people to understand. That makes this stunning refutation of the notion that John Kerry is a strong leader the documentary Democrats hope the American people will never see,” Gillespie said.

Heh, a few little points I'd like to make.

1.) It's 12 minutes and change. A little less of a time commitment than an actual full-length documentary.
2.) It's available on the internet for free. F911, as you know, you have to pay to attend.
3.) If all they're tracking is downloads, then those numbers are totally bogus anyways.
4.) They're comparing the opening week for this vs. the opening weekend for F911.

But sure, I believe that a lot of people saw it - if I wasn't going to work now, I'd watch it. In fact, I even loaded it up to check its length (3,000,001!) and when I get home tonight I'll probably watch it (3,000,002!). The whole thing, though, is preposterous. I'm sure there are free videos available on or or any of those places that have over 3,000,000 downloads. But hey, that's ok.


That image is a NY Times image; I post it only because I'm not sure when they'll take it down.

Yes, that's John McCain hugging GW Bush on the campaign trail today. Or, judging by his stiff posture and the look on his face, it could be him having a heart attack and falling into GW's arms.

Aside to Senator McCain: thank you, Senator, for reminding us (lest we forget your toadying in light of your recent criticism of the pres) that ultimately, your political career means much, much more to you than your dignity and self-respect. But hey, it was nice while it lasted!