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Cartoon on Bradley Manning was nothing more than propaganda

Cartoon on Bradley Manning was nothing more than propaganda

*Cartoon on Bradley Manning was nothing more than propaganda *Real war on women waged by the Dems *M

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

Schenectady

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.

Rotterdam

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

Niskayuna

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