Russ Gibb at Random
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The Queen Writes

May 24, 2004

HOPEFULLY THE PEOPLE OF OUR GREAT CITY WILL SHOW ARTIS AND HIS PUPPETS, BLACKBURN, LANE AND ABED HAMMOUD WHAT THEY THINK OF THE WAY THAT THEY ARE HARMING OUR SCHOOLS, AND VOTE DOWN THE MILLAGE. UNTIL THE AFOREMENTIONED BEGIN TO THINK ABOUT THE STUDENTS FIRST, AND THEIR POLITICS SECOND, GOOD LUCK ON TRYING TO PASS A MILLAGE. I, BY THE WAY AM NOT IN THE MINORITY, YOU CAN HEAR THIS THROUGHOUT THE CITY, BECAUSE WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF HOLDING OUR STUDENTS AS HOSTAGES, INSTEAD OF HOLDING UP THE STUDENTS ON A PEDESTAL, WHERE THEY SHOULD BE.

BAH HUMBUG ON THE MILLAGE AND ARTIS

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A Reader Writes

May 24, 2004

Dear Mr. Gibb,
I read your website weekly and can not help but agree with your opinions about the Dearborn Public Schools administration. The school board is spending ridiculous amounts of money trying to make the schools look better, not actually be better. The teachers are being trained in workshops and meetings. So what? These students need their teachers there at school teaching. It sounds like our Dearborn Public School board is becoming less involved in the education and well-being of students and more interested in their own re-elections and reputations.

Thank you for your time,
Former Dearborn Public School Student

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Rush Limbaugh Says It Right

May 26, 2004

"[Gore] has succeeded in giving our adversaries in Europe and our enemies in the caves of Afghanistan and the allies of Iraq a message that they'll take to heart, and that is that we are not a united nation, that we do not have the will to win this war, and that we are weak and indecisive. That's the message that Gore sends today, and it's the wrong message, because it's a lie, and beyond that, it is an outrage."

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Urgent Action Needed TODAY by Parents, Students, and Supporters of DHS Class of 2004

May 27, 2004

At Monday night's board meeting, Dr. Artis announced he was considering making changes to the date and location of DHS's commencement. Commencement will remain on Saturday, June 5th but may be moved indoors to the gym.Why? The football field is not to be used after being flooded. Graduations and sporting events have been held on the football field after floods for decades and this year should be no exception. The football field is on a natural floodplain. If the commencement is moved indoors, then graduates will only be allowed to invite 3 guests. The gym is supposed to be an alternate location for inclement weather, not because the football field has been flooded days before commencement. We are asking for everyone to let Dr. Artis and elected board members know that the graduates and their families will follow a long standing tradition and hold commencement on the football field, provided the weather holds.

Please contact Dr. Artis and board members TODAY with this message: feel free to copy and paste the following
On behalf of the Dearborn High School Class of 2004, I am opposed to moving the location of commencement indoors if the weather is cooperative. We intend to hold with the long-standing tradition of having commencement out-of-doors, on the football field. Over the years events have taken place on the field immediately following flooding conditions Parents and their graduating seniors intend to be on the football field, with or without the support of the superintendent or elected board members, on Saturday, June 5th at 6:00 p.m.

artisj@dearbornk12.mi.us 730-3342 office 730-3238 fax
marymlane@comcast.net Mary Lane, board president
ablackburn@wowway.com Amy Blackburn
jhschoolmaster@aaamichigan.com James Schoolmaster
pamelaw27@hotmail.com Pamela Wandless
guidoassociates@ameritech.net Joseph Guido
sldulmage@yahoo.com Sharon Dulmage
stocky@ameritech.net Gerald Stockwell

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Liberal Media

May 31, 2004

Pardon me, but where the hell is our liberal media outrage when Arab terrorists slit the throats of twelve Western captives in Saudi Arabia and behead two Americans? The New York Times, Washington Post, etc. etc. have been full of outrage when Americans are abusive to Iraqi prisoners, but silent when it comes to Islamic terrorist murderers.

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Holy War

June 8, 2004

If you have any doubts that we are in a holy war- click here.

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Heinz Catsup and baloney

June 10, 2004

The other day I happened to look at the label of a jar of Heinz sandwich slice pickles.

Yep...."Made in Mexico" Check some of your Heinz products.

"Sen. John Kerry keeps talking about U.S. corporations leaving this country and setting up shop in foreign countries, taking thousands of jobs with them. He is right, because that has happened. However, he is trying to blame it on George W. Bush.

As far as I know, Bush has not moved one factory out of this country because he is not the owner of a single factory. That cannot be said about Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz-Kerry. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Kerrys own 32 factories in Europe and 18 in Asia and the Pacific. In addition, their company, the Heinz Company, leases four factories in Europe and four in Asia. Also, they own 27 factories in North America, some of which are in Mexico and the Caribbean. I wonder how many hundreds of American workers lost their jobs when these plants relocated to foreign countries. I also wonder if the workers in Mexico and Asia are paid the same wages and benefits as workers in the United States. Of course they're not. However, Kerry demands that other companies that relocate should pay the same benefits they did in the U.S. Why does he not demand this of the Heinz Company, since he is married to the owner? If Kerry is elected, will he and his wife close all those foreign factories and bring all those jobs back to America? Of course they won't. They're making millions off that cheap labor."

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NAVY SWIFT BOAT QUOTES vis-a-vis KERRY FOR PRES.

June 22, 2004




"While in Cam Rahn Bay, he trained on several 24-hour indoctrination missions, and one special skimmer operation with my most senior and trusted Lieutenant. The briefing from some members of that crew the morning after revealed that they had not received any enemy fire, and yet Lt.(jg) Kerry informed me of a wound - he showed me a scratch on his arm and a piece of shrapnel in his hand that appeared to be from one of our own M-79s. It was later reported to me that Lt.(jg) Kerry had fired an M-79, and it had exploded off the adjacent shoreline. I do not recall being advised of any medical treatment, and probably said something like 'Forget it.' He later received a Purple Heart for that scratch, and I have no information as to how or whom.

Lt.(jg) Kerry was allowed to return to the good old USA after 4 months and a few days in-country, and then he proceeded to betray his former shipmates, calling them criminals who were committing atrocities. Today we are here to tell you that just the opposite is true. Our rules of engagement were quite strict, and the officers and men of Swift often did not even return fire when they were under fire if there was a possibility that innocent people - fishermen, in a lot of cases -- might be hurt or injured. The rules and the good intentions of the men increased the possibility that we might take friendly casualties."



-- Commander Grant Hibbard, USN (retired)





"We resent very deeply the false war crimes charges he made coming back from Vietnam in 1971 and repeated in the book "Tour of Duty." We think those cast an aspersion on all those living and dead, from our unit and other units in Vietnam. We think that he knew he was lying when he made the charges, and we think that they're unsupportable. We intend to bring the truth about that to the American people.



We believe, based on our experience with him, that he is totally unfit to be the Commander-in-Chief."



-- John O'Neill, spokesman, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth





"I do not believe John Kerry is fit to be Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the United States. This is not a political issue. It is a matter of his judgment, truthfulness, reliability, loyalty and trust -- all absolute tenets of command. His biography, 'Tour of Duty,' by Douglas Brinkley, is replete with gross exaggerations, distortions of fact, contradictions and slanderous lies. His contempt for the military and authority is evident by even a most casual review of this biography. He arrived in-country with a strong anti-Vietnam War bias and a self-serving determination to build a foundation for his political future. He was aggressive, but vain and prone to impulsive judgment, often with disregard for specific tactical assignments. He was a 'loose cannon.' In an abbreviated tour of four months and 12 days, and with his specious medals secure, Lt.(jg) Kerry bugged out and began his infamous betrayal of all United States forces in the Vietnam War. That included our soldiers, our marines, our sailors, our coast guardsmen, our airmen, and our POWs. His leadership within the so-called Vietnam Veterans Against the War and testimony before Congress in 1971 charging us with unspeakable atrocities remain an undocumented but nevertheless meticulous stain on the men and women who honorably stayed the course. Senator Kerry is not fit for command."



-- Rear Admiral Roy Hoffman, USN (retired), chairman, Swift Boat Veterans
for Truth





"During Lt.(jg) Kerry's tour, he was under my command for two or three specific operations, before his rapid exit. Trust, loyalty and judgment are the key, operative words. His turncoat performance in 1971 in his grubby shirt and his medal-tossing escapade, coupled with his slanderous lines in the recent book portraying us that served, including all POWs and MIAs, as murderous war criminals, I believe, will have a lasting effect on all military veterans and their families.



Kerry would be described as devious, self-absorbing, manipulative, disdain for authority, disruptive, but the most common phrase that you'd hear is 'requires constant supervision.'"



-- Captain Charles Plumly, USN (retired)





"Thirty-five years ago, many of us fell silent when we came back to the stain of sewage that Mr. Kerry had thrown on us, and all of our colleagues who served over there. I don't intend to be silent today or ever again. Our young men and women who are serving deserve no less."



-- Andrew Horne





"In my specific, personal experience in both coastal and river patrols over a 12-month period, I never once saw or heard anything remotely resembling the atrocities described by Senator Kerry. If I had, it would have been my obligation to report them in writing to a higher authority, and I would certainly have done that. If Senator Kerry actually witnessed or participated in these atrocities or, as he described them, 'war crimes,' he was obligated to report them. That he did not until later when it suited his political purposes strikes me as opportunism of the worst kind. That he would malign my service and that of his fellow sailors with no regard for the truth makes him totally unqualified to serve as Commander-in-Chief."



-- Jeffrey Wainscott





"I signed that letter because I, too felt a deep sense of betrayal that someone who took the same oath of loyalty as I did as an officer in the United States Navy would abandon his group here (points to group photo) to join this group here (points to VVAW protest photo), and come home and attempt to rally the American public against the effort that this group was so valiantly pursuing.



It is a fact that in the entire Vietnam War we did not lose one major battle. We lost the war at home... and at home, John Kerry was the Field General."



-- Robert Elder





"My daughters and my wife have read portions of the book 'Tour of Duty.' They wanted to know if I took part in the atrocities described. I do not believe the things that are described happened.



Let me give you an example. In Brinkley's book, on pages 170 to 171, about something called the 'Bo De massacre' on November 24th of 1968... In Kerry's description of the engagement, first he claimed there were 17 servicemen that were wounded. Three of us were wounded. I was the first..."



-- Joseph Ponder





"Lt. Kerry returned home from the war to make some outrageous statements and allegations... of numerous criminal acts in violation of the law of war were cited by Kerry, disparaging those who had fought with honor in that conflict. Had war crimes been committed by US forces in Vietnam? Yes, but such acts were few and far between. Yet Lt. Kerry have numerous speeches and testimony before Congress inappropriately leading his audiences to believe that what was only an anomaly in the conduct of America's fighting men was an epidemic. Furthermore, he suggested that they were being encouraged to violated the law of war by those within the chain of command.



Very specific orders, on file at the Vietnam archives at Texas Tech University, were issued by my father [Admiral Elmo Zumwalt] and others in his chain of command instructing subordinates to act responsibly in preserving the life and property of Vietnamese civilians."



-- Lt. Col. James Zumwalt, USMC (retired)





"We look at Vietnam... after all these years it is still languishing in isolated poverty and helplessness and tyranny. This is John Kerry's legacy. I deeply resent John Kerry's using his Swift boat experience, and his betrayal of those who fought there as a stepping-stone to his political ambitions."



-- Barnard Wolff





"In a whole year that I spent patrolling, I didn't see anything like a war crime, an atrocity, anything like that. Time and again I saw American fighting men put themselves in graver danger trying to avoid... collateral damage.



When John Kerry returned to the country, he was sworn in front of Congress. And then he told my family -- my parents, my sister, my brother, my neighbors -- he told everyone I knew and everyone I'd ever know that I and my comrades had committed unspeakable atrocities."



-- David Wallace





"I served with these guys. I went on missions with them, and these men served honorably. Up and down the chain of command there was no acquiescence to atrocities. It was not condoned, it did not happen, and it was not reported to me verbally or in writing by any of these men including Lt.(jg) Kerry.



In 1971, '72, for almost 18 months, he stood before the television audiences and claimed that the 500,000 men and women in Vietnam, and in combat, were all villains -- there were no heroes. In 2004, one hero from the Vietnam War has appeared, running for President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief. It just galls one to think about it."



-- Captain George Elliott, USN (retired)





"During the Vietnam War I was Task Force Commander at An Thoi, and my tour of duty was 13 months, from the end of Tet to the beginning of the Vietnamization of the Navy units.



Now when I went there right after Tet, I was restricted in my movements. I couldn't go much of anyplace because the Vietcong controlled most of the area. When I left, I could go anywhere I wanted, just about. Commerce was booming, the buses were running, trucks were going, the waterways were filled with sampans with goods going to market, but yet in Kerry's biography he says that our operations were a complete failure. He also mentions a formal conference with me, to try to get more air cover and so on. That conference never happened.."



-- Captain Adrian Lonsdale, USCG (retired)





"I was in An Thoi from June of '68 to June of '69, covering the whole period that John Kerry was there. I operated in every river, in every canal, and every off-shore patrol area in the 4th Corps area, from Cambodia all the way around to the Bo De River. I never saw, even heard of all of these so-called atrocities and things that we were supposed to have done.



This is not true. We're not standing for it. We want to set the record straight."



-- William Shumadine





"In 1971, when John Kerry spoke out to America, labeling all Vietnam veterans as thugs and murderers, I was shocked and almost brought to my knees, because even though I had served at the same time and same unit, I had never witnessed or participated in any of the events that the Senator had accused us of. I strongly believe that the statements made by the Senator were not only false and inaccurate, but extremely harmful to the United States' efforts in Southeast Asia and the rest of the world. Tragically, some veterans, scorned by the antiwar movement and their allies, retreated to a life of despair and suicide. Two of my crewmates were among them. For that there is no forgiveness. "



-- Richard O'Meara





"My name is Steve Gardner. I served in 1966 and 1967 on my first tour of duty in Vietnam on Swift boats, and I did my second tour in '68 and '69, involved with John Kerry in the last 2 1/2 months of my tour. The John Kerry that I know is not the John Kerry that everybody else is portraying. I served alongside him and behind him, five feet away from him in a gun tub, and watched as he made indecisive moves with our boat, put our boats in jeopardy, put our crews in jeopardy... if a man like that can't handle that 6-man crew boat, how can you expect him to be our Commander-in-Chief?"



-- Steven Gardner





"I served in Vietnam as a boat officer from June of 1968 to July of 1969. My service was three months in Coastal Division 13 out of Cat Lo, and nine months with Coastal Division 11 based in An Thoi. John Kerry was in An Thoi the same time I was. I'm here today to express the anger I have harbored for over 33 years, about being accused with my fellow shipmates of war atrocities.



All I can say is when I leave here today, I'm going down to the Wall to tell my two crew members it's not true, and that they and the other 49 Swiftees who are on the Wall were then and are still now the best."



-- Robert Brant





"I never saw, heard of, or participated in any Swift boat crews killing cattle, poisoning crops, or raping and killing civilians as charged by John Kerry, both in his book and in public statements. Since we both operated at the same time, in the same general area, and on the same missions under the same commanders, it is hard to believe his claims of atrocities and poor planning of Sea Lord missions.



I signed this letter because I feel that he used Swift boat sailors to proclaim his antiwar statements after the war, and now he uses the same Swift boat sailors to support his claims of being a war hero. He cannot have it both ways, and we are here to ask for full disclosure of the proof of his claims"



-- James Steffes




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Sad News

July 2, 2004

One of the best principals in Dearborn, Judy Coebly of Dearborn High, last week decided to retire? Mrs. Coebly is not talking but lots of speculation about why-- definitely not a health reason, but lots of people are wondering if it has something to do with the Superintendent Dr. John Artis and his administration. Why?

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What's going on?

July 2, 2004

Anyone else notice how many houses are for sale in Dearborn???

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