Democrats use photo of Canadian soldier on page devoted to our military and family

This is absolutely priceless.

They support the troops, but don’t know what they look like.

Blackfive has had the best response to this so far:

Seriously, though, how screwed up must you be to post about how much your party supports the troops, but not know who your troops are? ‘Embarassing’ hardly begins to describe this error.

Yep. I believe this has happened before, too – I’ll have to do some digging in my archives as I believe I’ve blogged about a case where Democrats (or Democrat supporters) ran an ad using soldiers that were not American.

Update I: Found it. It was a ad that used images of British soldiers, not US soldiers.

Update II: The page using the image of the Canadian soldier has been changed.

Sidenote: I’m still curious about the banner on the DNC’s Military Vets and Families page. When was the last time you saw that many happy Democrats in one room?

Another lying ad about Foleygate

(Note: the original title of this post was inaccurate – the ad in question is not the ad Baron Hill [Democrat in Indiana] is running.)

It’s happening again. Back on the 4th, I blogged about the lying ad Democrat Patty Wetterling was running against her opponent, Minnesota State Senator Michele Bachmann in the race for Minnesota’s 6th Congressionial district seat, currently occupied by Republican Rep. Mark Kennedy (Kennedy’s running for Senate).

Towards the beginning of the ad, you hear this ominous voice saying in response to the Foleygate scandal:

“It shocks the conscience. Congressional leaders have admitted to covering up the predatory behavior of a congressman who used the internet to molest children.”

I noted in my post that 1) A 16 year old is not a child (unless you want to claim children drive cars) and 2) how did we go from inappropriate emails and instant messages to molestation? The ad was outrageously false, but it’s still up on Wetterling’s site as of the writing of this post.

Well now the Democrats are running another lying Foleygate ad, this one against Representative Tom Reynolds, from NY’s 26th Congressional district, who is also the Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). About 40 or so seconds into this ABCNews video (Note: if that link doesn’t take you directly to the ABC News story, you should see the link somewhere on that page), you’ll see what one radio ad says about Reynolds and how his”failure to act” as well as him encouraging Foley to run again could have meant that Reynolds was “possibly putting more kids at risk” which translates into: Tom Reynolds knew Mark Foley was a “sexual predator towards kids” and even knowing that encouraged Foley to run again. As we all know by now, Foley had this sick obsession with male teenage (16+ years) pages, not “kids” or “children.” That’s an important distinction to make. Neither type of behavior is even remotely condonable, but that audio ad makes it sound like Foley hung around elementary school playgrounds stalking 7 year old boys. Reynolds did not know about Foley’s sexual fascination with those teenage males, and there is no way in hell he would have encouraged him to run if he did. That is an outright false assertion made on the part of Democrats who have already said the facts really don’t matter in this case.

I’ve checked to see if this ad is on his opponent’s website, but as of right now it’s not. The ads targeting Reynolds are having an impact, if polls are any indication – the latest Zogby poll has Reynolds now trailing Davis by 15 points, in what was once considered a safe Republican seat. Congrats, Dems: you’re proving that your lack of honesty and respect for the actual facts that we know so far about Mark Foley and the controversy surrounding what the House leadership did and did not know about him are working. Foley is slime in one regard; you guys who are lying about what he did as well as lying about what the House knew are slimes of a different kind.

In the meantime, the LATimes reports today of an alleged sexual encounter between Mark Foley and a former page – who stated he was 21 years old at the time of the alleged encounter. Why the hell is this news? Hugh Hewitt wonders, too, as does Gateway Pundit.

Update: Nail, meet hammer. (Hat tip: Dean Barnett)


Meeting ST reader NC Cop

One of the highlights of this past weekend for me was getting to know ST reader NC Cop. NC has been an active participant in the comments section for almost a year now and is very well-liked and respected by regular visitors to this blog.

NC’s first post was November 22nd of last year. Here’s what he wrote:

Hello all!! I’m a police officer from S.T.’s home state of NC. For the last 13 months I have been working as a contractor in Iraq, retraining Iraqi police. I’ve got 5 more months to go!! 😯 Anyway, I can’t tell you how much this site helps!! We get all types of news programs over here and after being bombarded with all the negative press it gets a little depressing! I start to wonder if I’m in the same country that they are showing on TV. Don’t get me wrong, bad things happen over here all the time, but there are so many good things going on, I can’t believe how they have been ignored. Hope I didn’t ramble too much and I just wanted to thank you guys for helping me keep the faith over here!! I think the Iraqi people are going to surprise alot of negative people in the future.

He sent me a few pictures from Iraq, which I posted that same month. It was very obvious from the start that NC was very passionate and committed to what he was doing. He posted in the comments section for the next month, but after this comment he wrote on December 28 2005, we didn’t see him here for several months. I had wondered what was going on with him, and assumed he was too busy in Iraq to post with us here. Then, I rec’d the following email from him in March 2006, which I’ll repost here:

Don’t know if you remember me or not, NC Cop, I was over in Iraq last time I talked to you. I am a police officer in High Point and left to help train Iraqi police. I haven’t been around in a while because my vehicle got hit with an IED on 12/30/05. I lost both my legs below the knee and have been going through therapy ever since. I’m due to get my prosthetics in a month or so and will begin my journey to get back to the police department as a police officer!

Anyway, I didn’t send this for you to feel sorry for me, please don’t!! I have absolutely no regrets about going to Iraq and still believe in the mission to this day!!! Keep up the great work and maybe I’ll talk to you on your website soon!!!

Take care and God bless!!!

I posted this on the blog in response to the email:

Here’s to continued success on NC Cop’s therapy and best of luck on that journey towards getting back to the police department as a police officer. His courage, spirit, and determination combine to serve as great inspiration to me, and I hope it will to those who read this as well.

Since that time, NC has made some amazing progress on this therapy – when I met him last night (he is so tall!) he was walking well, and indicated to me that he is now able to run, which is excellent news! He’s done so well, and continues to be an inspiration to me and so many others. Heck, I didn’t feel like I deserved to be in the same room with him last night, because he’s such a hero and who am I? Some people would not have the outlook on life that NC has after what happened to him. NC is an eternal optimist and has not let the IED explosion stop him from living his life and pursuing his dreams.

I’m so proud of NC Cop and the progress he’s making, and truly honored to be his friend. He is not only a hero to this state, but to this country, too. God bless you, NC!

Oh, and sorry your Yankees lost last night, NC … and I won’t hold against you the fact that you’re a Yanks fan ;)

Carolina FreedomNet 2006 – what a great experience!

I had the most wonderful time this weekend in Greensboro at the John Locke Foundation-sponsored Carolina FreedomNet 2006 blogger conference. It was my first blogger conference ever, and I had such an enjoyable time that any conferences I go to after this one will be tough to measure up to this one.

One of the coolest things about this weekend was having so many classy Southern conservative gents and sassy Southern conservative gals in one place :) I don’t know many conservatives in Charlotte (in fact, I’m not sure there are that many around – LOL) but to my surprise, I found out this weekend that Bruce from the Gay Patriot blog, who was in attendance at the conference, was from Charlotte. Awesome! He liveblogged the two conference panels here and here. It was such a pleasure to meet him – he had some great questions and comments for the panelists. During the first panel’s discussion (the one I was on) we found out that Bruce was in the front row – I had no idea that was him! So when our panel was over, I went over and gave him a big hug and we chatted for a few minutes. He is a class act all the way.

Speaking of classy Southern gents, I also got to spend some time with Bob Owens from the Confederate Yankee blog, who has a fantastic, wicked sense of humor which comes across often in his excellent blogging, Josh Manchester from The Adventures of Chester blog, who is an all around cool guy and Duke Blue Devils fan (yeah!) pursuing a writing career (he currently writes for TCS Daily), and Scott Elliott from Election Projection, who always had a smile on his face and provided words of encouragement for nervous panelists like myself, and is also one of the hardest working bloggers out there right now – make sure to bookmark his blog, because in the 2004 election, he called 48 states correctly so Scott knows his stuff!

As far as those sassy Southern conservative gals go, it was a pleasure to meet Lorie Byrd and MK Ham, both of whom have recaps of this weekend’s activities here and here. Both Lorie and MK are sharp, funny, witty, and extremely talented writers at their respective blogs and I’m honored to be able to call them both friends. Such beautiful ladies, on the inside and out. As is Kathy from Hang Right Politics, who I met and talked with after yesterday’s luncheon. Kathy, I found out, doesn’t live that far from where I work, so we’ll be getting together for lunch one day soon! I’m looking forward to it.

As you guys know if you’ve read my reminders about the date of the conference, I was very nervous at the thought of being on the panel, worried about what I was going to say and how I was going to come across, but I got over my intial fears quickly, partly due to the fact that I had gotten to know two of the three other panelists the night before (Lorie and Bob – I did get a chance to talk to Sam Heib [who also blogs for the JLF here] briefly after the luncheon) which made me more comfortable sitting up there in front of everyone, but also because Jon Ham (the JLF’s VP of Communications and MK’s dad) helped the process go smoothly with the questions he asked of the panel. You can see video snips of the panels here (the video is a bit dark, so my bad hair day is not as noticeable, thank goodness ;) ).

I also got to meet and talk with MK’s mom – sweet and energetic lady! The Hams are a wonderful and obviously close family and it was so good to get to meet them this weekend.

Our keynote speaker for the conference was Scott Johnson from Powerline, who spoke about Powerline’s huge role in the busting open of the fake memo CBS used to try and discredit President Bush’s National Guard service back in September 2004. His in depth speech on the subject was highly informative, especially the part about how CBS’ Mary Mapes became “convinced” that Bill Burkett, who gave CBS the memos, was ‘telling the truth.’ It was incredible how easily duped (more to the point, willingly duped) Mapes was regarding the supposed ‘authenticity’ of that memo.

Scott blogged yesterday morning about two self-described “blog groupies” who attended this weekend’s conference:

Last night I met sisters Abby Misemer and Missy Nurrenbrock of New Port Richey, Florida. They are huge Power Line fans who read about the conference here when I first noted it August and flew up to attend. They are the most attentive, appreciative and observant readers I have ever met. Having read the site faithfully for several years, they know me about as well as my family.

I got to meet them as well – wonderful, fun, thoughtful ladies, who we all appreciate travelling so far to attend this weekend’s event!

In a nutshell, it was, as my blog title states, a great experience. The bloggers I met this weekend are all within a driving distance of 3 hours or less, so we will all be getting together again in an informal setting to hang out, shoot the breeze, and “talk shop.” Thanks once again to John Hood and his fine staff at the John Locke Foundation for making it all happen.

I stayed in Greensboro after the conference was over in order to meet a very special person, who lives near G’boro: ST reader NC Cop. Meeting him deserves its own post, which I will write shortly.

Update: I’m remiss in mentioning that I also met Burwell Stark, Communications Director for the JWP Civitas Institute, who is also an occassional commenter here. Was good to finally meet ya, Burwell :)