Cartoon on Bradley Manning was nothing more than propaganda

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Cartoon on Bradley Manning was nothing more than propaganda

I was intrigued by the syndicated cartoon on the Aug. 4 Sunday Gazette op-ed page that suggested the WikiLeaks documents submitted by [U.S. Army Pfc.] Bradley Manning were responsible for the deaths of U.S. informants outed by the documents.

While I have not closely followed the court martial trial, I was under the impression that the evidence had failed to show that anyone had been killed by reprisals from the Taliban or al-Qaida or any other anti-U.S. forces. A Google search confirmed my original impression under a search of key words “Bradley-Manning-informants.”

I did find a wealth of information about the massive suffering and death and destruction caused by the contending forces. While most of the documents are regarded as raw data and require expert analysis, the video “Collateral Murder” needs no such analysis and clearly shows the guilty actions, the callus and murderous attitude of the U.S. helicopter gun crew who, after killing the Reuters photographer and his driver, continued to fire upon their rescuers including a father and his two young sons.

Thinking about the charge made about Manning in the cartoon reminded me of similar charges made about the now-deceased reporter Robert Novak for his outing of Valerie Plame [Wilson]. His actions were generally regarded as reprehensible, and although others in the Bush administration were mildly sanctioned, Novak’s money, elite connections and highly paid lawyers enabled him to escape justice.

What a contrast with what happened to Bradley Manning, who suffered solitary confinement and abuse for three years even before his military court martial!

It seems that by publishing the cartoon, the Gazette has clearly decided to back the official pro-war, pro-repression policies of the federal government.

The Obama regime’s aggressive actions against Manning, [editor-in-chief and founder of WikiLeaks] Julian Assage and now [NSA leaker] Edward Snowden, affect the right of the American people to know about the results of our warfare state and its victims. What whistleblower will want to risk everything against the American Leviathan?

The freedom of the press has taken another hit here in America. I am sorry that by publishing this propaganda, the Gazette has taken a stand against its own interests.

Daniel E. McNett


Real war on women waged by the Dems

Over the course of the 2012 election season, we heard repeatedly from the Democratic Party about the Republican Party’s so-called “war on women.”

From what I understand, this came about because of the GOP’s opposition to late-term (third trimester) and partial-birth abortions, and to the GOP’s opposition to taxpayer-funded birth control. This line was further perpetrated by the Democrat-friendly media (all television networks other than Fox News and most print media).

Yet, if you look at the history of the Democratic Party politicians, it is they who are waging a real war on women:

u Sen. Ted Kennedy driving off a bridge over the Chappaquiddick Island with a young female campaign worker in his car, swimming to safety, leaving the campaign worker to die, and not reporting the accident to the police for several hours. The Democrats consider the late senator to be the “lion of the Senate.”

u Former President Bill Clinton had sex in the Oval Office with a young female intern and lied about it under oath. He was also accused of sexual assault by several other females. Bill Clinton is now revered by most in the Democratic Party to be the greatest president of modern times.

u Eliot Spitzer was forced to step down as governor of New York after he was caught in a relationship with a prostitute.

u Rep. Anthony Weiner was forced to resign as congressman after emailing crotch shots to various women. Now he is running for mayor of New York and has been caught “sexting” with and emailing similar pictures to at least one young woman.

u San Diego’s Mayor Robert Filner (aka Filthy Filner), as of today [Aug. 4], has been accused of sexually harassing 10 females.

These Democratic politicians (and the Democratic Party operatives who are, in essence, enablers), with their lack of respect of woman, are truly guilty of waging a war on women.

Timothy J. Gaffney Sr.


Music Haven in Sch’dy is appropriately named

Recently, my son Howie and I attended a spectacular free concert, Doña Oxford the “Goddess of Soul,” at Central Park’s Music Haven, sponsored by area businesses and facilitated by Price Chopper executive Mona Golub, artistic director.

In these days of domestic and world turmoil, declining U.S. economy and a non-working Washington Congress, it is so positive and upbeat and cleansing of spirit to attend Music Haven on Sunday nights at 7 p.m.

Particularly after a hard day, to relax in a chair and listen to performers and groups play great vocal and instrumental music that “rocks and rolls” and “gets the joint jumpin’.”

At the age of 92, I’ve gone from Benny Goodman to Beyoncé and also enjoy Bach and Beethoven, but my hands were clapping and my feet stomping as I marveled at, and enjoyed, the happy notes of this terrific summer park free series of melodic concerts.

Please see what I mean and come to the final presentation on Aug. 11 with the acclaimed Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra.

Ted Vinick


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August 9, 2013
3:19 a.m.
janesjoys says...

Mr. Gaffney - let's face it there is more than enough enabling on both sides: John Ensign, Mark Sanford, Mark Foley, Arnold Schwarzenegger and of course David Vitter - shall I go on? The real war on women is reflected in the voting history of the GOP.

August 9, 2013
7:14 a.m.
wmarincic says...

janesjoy the real question, is abortion murder? Please do us both a favor and go to and listen to a few of the interviews of late term abortion doctors, I believe you will at least change your thoughts on this. I'm looking forward to you're response. Bill

August 9, 2013
7:14 a.m.
Phils2008 says...

Enlighten us janesjoys. What is that GOP voting history that represents a war on women? Its as phony as your calling Republicans and Conservatives racists. Lets talk about Silver. Lets talk about equivalency. Liberals couldn't talk about the "culture of corruption" enough once they tagged it to Republicans. The media rode it beautifully for you. When it comes to Democrat slime little gets said. Clinton got a Lewinsky in the WH. Our house. Then proceeded to trash all women that had similar complaints. Where is the Republican equivalency? Weiner? Filner? Spitzer. 4 of the 5 you name had affairs. Clinton, Weiner, Filner and Spitzer were involved in more then affairs. liberals are little more then hypocritical bigots. Hate Republicans, hate America, hate our culture. Liberals do any repulsive thing possible trash Republicans for far less then claim equivalency.

August 10, 2013
5:06 a.m.
janesjoys says...

Sorry Bill - Abortion was not my point. All liberals are not pro abortion and my thoughts do not necessarily need changing. There are many other women's issues including benefits under the Affordable Care Act, fair pay, and of course, idiotic statements regarding rape. phils2008 - ____

August 10, 2013
7:01 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Jane, Obamacare? Almost 70% of Americans are now against it. I have always contended that no person in America ever went without medical help. Every public hospital had a clinic, we have Medicare and Medicaid. The only thing that should have been done was to open all states to purchase insurance from each other, that would have driven the cost down and insuring more people than Obamacare. When they started Obamacare it was said to insure the most vulnerable, guess what. those same people are still uninsured and now everyone is stuck with taxes on top of taxes and it's not even implemented yet. Finally, anytime a politician (Pelosi) says we have to pass a bill to see what is in it is when we should run for the hills.

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