Deceived Again

Folks, it appears I have been the victim of deceit again. It was not bad enough that moron Mike Hersh screwed with me, now some guy named Tom Johnson (if that is indeed a real name) has deceived me. You see I published a post at Blogs for Bush where I used “evil Bush Regime” in a blog about John Kerry. The quotes made it look like a direct quote from Kerry though my intention was to place emphasis on the words and, as I will show later, draw attention to Kerry’s comment about regime change in America and his wife’s Asses of evil buttons.
Well, this Johnson guy writes to Matt Margolis at blogs for bush and asks where I got this quote because he wants to use it and can’t find it attributed to Kerry anywhere. I responded with my answer detailing what I described above. While searching the internet I found this post at a site:
And Then President Bush Said, “Let’s Go Kill Some Puppies!”
My friends over at Blogs for Bush are at it again:
John Kerry, the heir apparent to Camelot, has made a great deal about his plans to take America back from “the evil Bush regime”. Anyone out there remember Kerry referring to “the evil Bush regime”? See, it’s in quotes so it has to be something he said, right? But I’ve Googled and Yahooed and can’t figure out when he said it.
I know: I’ll email Blogs for Bush and ask for a citation. I’m sure they’ll be politely cooperative. I’ll keep you informed.
UPDATE: I just sent an email to Matt Margolis, the guy who owns and operates Blogs for Bush. Here’s what I said:
In Jim Gerkin’s interesting piece about Kerry’s website, he quotes Kerry as referring to “the evil Bush regime.” I like the quote and want to use it in something I’m writing, but can’t find it cited anywhere. Can oyu please ask Jim where he found it?Pretty clever, huh? I especially like the typo, which makes it look like an amateur efofrt. I’ll let you know when I hear from Matt. I’m sure it will be right away.
UPDATE: Two days later, still waiting.

I did in fact respond to the email and sent it to Matt. I then, emailed Mr. Johnson to inform him of the information and to apologize for any misunderstanding. All the while, this guy was perpetrating a fraud.
Here is the text of the email I sent back:
I did not intend to attribute a direct quote to John Kerry but indirectly to his wife’s “asses of evil comments.” I was also alluding to Kerry’s regime change comment by placing emphasis on those words. If you remember Bush’s address to the nation where he talked about the Axis of Evil. He also said this about Iraq:
The dictator who is assembling the world’s most dangerous weapons has already used them on whole villages — leaving thousands of his own citizens dead, blind, or disfigured. Iraqi refugees tell us how forced confessions are obtained — by torturing children while their parents are made to watch. International human rights groups have catalogued other methods used in the torture chambers of Iraq: electric shock, burning with hot irons, dripping acid on the skin, mutilation with electric drills, cutting out tongues, and rape. If this is not evil, then evil has no meaning. (Applause.)
And tonight I have a message for the brave and oppressed people of Iraq: Your enemy is not surrounding your country — your enemy is ruling your country. (Applause.) And the day he and his regime are removed from power will be the day of your liberation. (Applause.)
Kerry, used this during the primaries:
What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States
To me this was Kerry’s veiled way of saying, without actually saying, that the Bush administration is as evil as Saddam’s regime.
And of course we know what Traza said about the Asses of Evil (pretty ladylike)
In addition, this was from the Kerry web site:
The Bush campaign panned Kerry’s proposals yesterday, tapping Senate majority leader Bill Frist and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes to assail the Democrat’s approaches to taxes. Frist accused Kerry of “hypocrisy” for backing corporate tax cuts, saying Kerry does not have a record of aiding corporations, while Forbes derided the plan as a “bonanza for K Street Washington lawyers” because it was overly complicated. At a union headquarters rally in Warren last night, Kerry drew praise from Michigan Democratic leaders such as US Representative John Dingell, who — in the sort of rhetoric that Kerry tries to avoid — called on the senator to oust “the evil Republicans” from Washington
When I proof read my work I missed the fact that the quote appears attributed directly to Kerry when in fact I merely wanted to allude to his veiled message and her outright assertion. Therefore, I am sorry to report that I can not give a reference for a direct quote. I am sorry for the confusion.

I believe this was a fair explanation. I have never heard from this Johnson guy who signed his email:
Tom Johnson Louisville,
Kentucky Solid Bush Country
His email is

I took this person at face value because, after 24 years in the Army that is what an NCO does. He takes a man at his word because good soldiers don’t lie to each other. I should know that you can not expect this code of honor to apply to the civilian population, but I expect a man’s word to be his bond.
It does not completely surprise me that someone who espouses the principles of the left would do this. But I do wish he had been man enough to just ask honestly. Maybe he learned that from John Kerry, seeing how honest he has been.
Vote for George Bush

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