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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Hanoi Jane Makes A Comeback

The anti-war crowd engaged in a protest that showed their intellectual and reasonable point of view, and the highlight of the day was Hanoi Jane Fonda. If they are looking to sway others to their cause, they sure miscalculated. I can't imagine a more pathetic poster child, other than the manic-depressive Cindy Sheehan.

This was a protest where an Iraq War Veteran, Joshua Sparling, appeared to support what were in his words an "anti war protest protest. Sparling was injured in Ramadi and has since had a leg amputated below the knee. He wants to return to his unit and ocntinue to serve.

Sparling was wearing an 82nd Airborne sweatshirt, and enagaged a man in conversation who was also wearing the 82nd patch. The protester spit on him and told him he was a disgrace to the uniform. Way to go hippie. Nice to see that the left can engage in logical debate.

So much for "supporting the troops but not the war" huh?

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Marie's Two Cents said...

I noticed mother Sheehan wasnt around, what happened to her? Is she still living in a tree somewhere near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas?

The only good that came out of this Protest is they are the Liberals problem not ours lol

Somehow I find comfort in the fact that the Lunatic's on the left have to put up with them, and soon they wont know what to do with them!

Semper Fi!

Nicho said...

Did I miss the part where you tied this one person to everyone who disagrees with the Iraq War? I'm pretty sure I've never spit on a veteran...of any conflict...ever.

Nice "logical debate" there, Robert.

Nicho said...

Pardon the double-post, but I did some research on this. appears that Joshua Sparling has been getting a good deal of news coverage - and not just about this incident. This is the same soldier that apparently received a threatening letter when he was first admitted to Walter Reed.

He got a lot of attention from that. Fox & Friends made a huge deal out of it, as well as the honeybees of the right-wing blog-o-sphere. They all encouraged their viewers and readers to send him all kinds of goodness.

Now he's mentioned in a NYT article:

There were a few tense moments, however, including an encounter involving Joshua Sparling, 25, who was on crutches and who said he was a corporal with the 82nd Airborne Division and lost his right leg below the knee in Ramadi, Iraq. Mr. Sparling spoke at a smaller rally held earlier in the day at the United States Navy Memorial, and voiced his support for the administration’s policies in Iraq.

Later, as antiwar protesters passed where he and his group were standing, words were exchanged and one of the antiwar protestors spit at the ground near Mr. Sparling; he spit back.

Capitol police made the antiwar protestors walk farther away from the counterprotesters.

“These are not Americans as far as I’m concerned,” Mr. Sparling said.

I'm not entirely convinced they were real people, either. The article doesn't cite any witnesses to the event, no does it even quote Sparling except at the very end.

Interestingly enough this hearkens back to stories of Vietnam solders being spat upon by anti-war protesters. These stories may very well be at best greatly exaggerated or at worst urban legend.

Now what is documented pretty well is a fairly recent event in which Jane Fonda was spit upon by a Vietnam vet at a book signing in Kansas City. Am I to blame everyone I don't agree with for that episode? No. I blame the man that spit upon her, and she did NOT press charges upon.

RoxieAmerica said...

She and John Kerry make quite the American pair!

JK is a disgrace to the Senate.

msliberty said...

Oh, Robert, while I take many issues with this post, the one I'll comment on is this:

Unless you have academic credentials to diagnose the mental health of public figures, your labeling of CS as a "manic-depressive" is in poor taste. If you do have such credentials, then you would be aware that your assessment is misguided, at best, and certainly borders on unethical practice.

Call her pathetic if you want to, but Bipolar I and Bipolar II are both serious mental health conditions that should not be trivialized in your dismissal of CS.

Dale said...

While I support Cindy Sheehan and her right to protest (she lost her son, I didn't, so she, above anyone, has the right to contest the war) Jane Fonda has become a liability to the credibility of any and all war protest, as have Sean Penn & Susan Sarandon, so I really wish they would simply go away and let normal citizens raise their own voices. I would also say that Jesse Jackson needs to get a real job and stop jetting about the country on his eternal photo ops. I can say this...and I'm not even a conservative!

Robert said...

Melissa, it wasn't a serious diagnosis, but I might be able to point house toward it and find her a solution.

I was certainly not trivializing those with serious mental illnesses...wait, that means I can't ever say anything ugly about dems, doesn't it? Seriously, I know there are serious mental conditions and I don't mean to insult those who have them by comparing them to Sheehan.

She lost her mind in her fascination with being a media star.

Dale, come back soon, even though you are not a conservative. You deride Hanoi Jane, so obviously you have some right leaning perspective. Maybe we can drag you out of the conservative closet here...

WomanHonorThyself said...

Hanoi Jane and Hanoi John..they are the true pariahs are they not!

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