THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUTH:

All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.



Saturday, November 24, 2012

“MAGNIFICENT SEVEN”, I’M REALLY THANKFUL FOR Y-O-U

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Here in Airheadzona, where I live, Thanksgiving Day – “the gateway to the Christmas Season” – will end in a matter of minutes.
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And I need to get this blog bit posted quickly ‘cause I gotta hit the sack. Yep, I’m working tomorrow, starting at 9 AM.
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So, I’m going to compose this as quickly as I can, right off the cuff, off the top of my mind, on the fly and stream-of-consciousness spontaneously combustion-y. (Please overlook the typos! I’m workin’ fast here and without a net.)
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I acknowledge that I’ve got a lot to be thankful for. First and foremost, as always, I’m grateful for what is R.E.A.L.
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Q: What is R.E.A.L.?
A: The “Real, Eternal, Active Love” 
and His Son, Jesus Christ. 
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I thank God for His Love and His Forgiveness that is mine through the voluntary Atonement of perfect Yeshua on The Cross. The Holy King and Savior, Jesus, has been saving my sorry ass since April 6, AD 32!
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I’m also thankful for my family (two-fifths having gone Home to God). My Pa, from whom I got my work ethic and my silly sense of humor. My Ma, from whom I got my sense of justice and feisty attitude. My Brother, Napoleon, who is my best friend (one fist of iron, the other of steel; if the right one don't get ya then the left one will). And my Sister, who is fun and understands the GoldenShadow.
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And as much as I despise what has happened to my country, I’m even thankful that God saw fit to have me “borned” here. There but for the Grace of God, I could be living in a plywood or tin shack built over a mud puddle in some Third World country and feasting on cats and rats. Yep, I get xtremely-mad at America, but I know my own living conditions could be much, Much, MUCH worse!
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But right now, I’m thinking mostly about how thankful I am for my friends. I’ve had so many really good friends in my 53 years. Sadly, some are no longer here – like my acting buddy Marty, and Kelly who, literally, was as loyal a friend as it is humanly possible to be. Some of my friends I rarely see, nor do I get to speak with them often – like The Countess and Pooh, Cranium, Big Al, and The Flying Aardvark – but I still greatly appreciate them and hearing from them from time to time.
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However, at this moment, I am thinking most about my “Blogging Buddies”. And even a few of them are no longer with me. A-DogG was the first person to really become an A-list commenter on my first blog back at the BigBitch.com site (read: Amazon.com). A-DogG and I had incredible discussions in the comment sections of my blog installments. It was like Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen trading licks and riffing off of each other until the amplifiers exploded and the stage burned down. Although he’s years in my past, I still credit 
A-DogG for making me aware of the possibilities of comment section discussions.
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OL’ WP was one of my earliest blog buddies as well, but he has moved on, and I wish him nothing but da best o’ da best (even though he never did tell me “The Witch Story”).
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And then there was Linda Haley (a.k.a. Anniee McPhee and Anniee451). She and I had some fantastic comment section discussions until she died very unexpectedly and very young. (Incredibly, Linda’s physical body may be “dead” but she’s still very much alive in the spirit realm and has proven to me that she is still aware of what’s going on in my life. Yes, she has “made contact” with me from “the other side”. Right, Nitro? Wink!-Wink!, Nudge!-Nudge!)
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But a few days ago, my friend Arlee Bird (Lee) posted a blog installment in which he publicly honored some of his favorite blog readers/commenters. He wrote the following about me:
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Since I've given Stephen T. McCarthy a lot of time in past blog posts I'll just add him to the list of bloggers who actually have a discussion in the comment section.  To see what I mean just check out some of the comment sections on his posts at his blog Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends.  Sure, you might not agree with Stephen and you might even be offended, but you have to admit that this guy knows how to carry on a conversation in his comments.  That's my blogging dream.  Thank you, Stephen, for showing the way to establishing good blog dialog.
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I’ve been thinking about what Arlee Bird wrote. And you wanna know what I’ve been thinking? It’s not ME who is truly responsible for the great dialogues in some of my blog installment comment sections! What if no one submitted a comment? The first comment appearing in my comment sections is NEVER one of my own! How could it be? I can’t start the conversation, and I can’t carry on conversations by myself in my comment sections! (Well, I could, but eventually the proverbial “they” would take me away to a nice, well-padded room where I couldn’t hurt myself.)
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I’ve often said that I have only 6 regular readers of my blog, and when I’ve wanted to make a joke of that, I’ve sometimes referred to my blog readers as “the two of you”.
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But I’ve just completed an inventory and discovered that in fact I have seven (count ‘em: 7) regular readers and A-list commenters here at ‘Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends’. And although you are few in number, I greatly appreciate and value every one of you. And I think you’re “The Magnificent Seven”. I’m serious! I ain’t bullshittin’ in the least when I say I feel proud of the fact that I have probably the seven smartest, most informed, and most fun-loving readers (and commenters) of any blog at Blogspot.com.
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A quick shout out now to my “Magnificent Seven” (in alphabetical order) . . .
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ARLEE BIRD of the blogs . . .
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LEE is the creator of the now-famous Blogosphere sensation, ‘A To Z April Challenge’ Blogfest. Analytical and insightful, Lee is one of my most loyal blog buddies, going all the way back to my BigBitch.com days. And you should definitely check out his ‘A Faraway View’ blog about the mystery of dreams. Of all the blogs I regularly ‘Follow’, it’s one of my very favorites. Arlee Bird also posts brief bite-sized words of wisdom taken from The Holy Bible every Sunday morning at his ‘A Few Words’ blog. Very good stuffs from one of the most diligently devoted and eclectic bloggers in Blogland. But Lee is more than a blogger. Lee is a McBuddy. He acknowledges that my writing is not for everybody” and yet he has still done more to promote my blogging activities than has anybody else. I am tremendously grateful for his friendship.
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BR’ER MARC of the blogs . . .
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BR’ER also goes back to my BigBitch.com days. He is a very good Christian man and the originator of one of the best political analogies of all time: When will people understand they [the Democrat and Republican parties] are the same party? Socialist extreme and Socialist light. Do you want non-filtered or filtered cigarettes, sir? Either way they’re both going to kill you.” In my opinion, that is one of the most accurate and quotable political analogies ever made! My buddy Br’er has been a great friend and loyal ‘Follower’ of my writings for a long time. I feel it’s an honor to have such a fine and insightful man on my short list of friends. I only wish he had time to blog more often and had the number of readers his wisdom warrants.
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BRYAN and/or BRANDON of the blog . . .
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I’m not sure if it’s Bryan or Brandon who often comments on my blog installments. Maybe it’s both Beer Boys but at different times. Regardless, they operate one of the funniest blogs in town. Yeah, it’s often crude, lewd, raunchy, and insanely insane, but it’s also frequently ‘Laugh-Out-Loud Funny’. Very often I will go to read their newest blog installment which is far less than a day old, and already it has accumulated 20 to 40 or more remarks in its comment section. There are very good reasons why their ‘A Beer For The Shower’ blog is one of the most popular here at Blogspot.com. These dudes are outrageously creative, and if I ever had the opportunity to share a table with them at the '10 At 2 Kennel Klub Saloon', I know we'd hit it off famously! [Keep up the funny stuffs, Beer Boys, ‘cause I definitely needs me a good laugh often.]
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DISCCONNECTED of the blogs . . .
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DiscConnected is the only person I know who knows more Classic Rock era trivia than I do. (And believe me, that’s really sayin’ sumpin’!) His ‘Discconnected’ blog is all about music, and his ‘Back In The USSR’ blog is one of the very best political blogs I’ve found – it’s often wickedly funny and cuts right through all the socialistic shit and exposes it! Of course we’ve all been conditioned to believe in the “Separation Of Church And State”, but DiscConnected obviously does not believe in the “Separation Of Entertainment And Politics”. Really, every time my Dashboard shows me that a new blog bit has been posted at ‘Back In The USSR’, I go to it immediately, salivating like one of Pavlov’s Dogs. If Dr. Disc’s ‘Back In The USSR’ isn’t my very favorite of all the blogs I ‘Follow’, it’s damned close to it. He isn’t as active on his sports-themed blog but that one’s a lot of fun too; he sometimes combines social commentary with his sports views from the 50-yard-line seats.
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FARAWAYEYES of the blog . . .
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FarAwayEyes is unquestionably one of the most interesting individuals I’ve known in this lifetime. She is very spiritual and has a “re(a)lationship” with God and Christ. Although she often refers to herself as “a dumb blond”, there ain’t NUTTIN’ dumb about her! (Even if she doesn’t always know “where the commas go”.) Heck, she was aware of the semi-secret shadowy political reality years before I was. She doesn’t discuss that on her ‘Far Away Series’ blog, but she does tell some really cool and heartwarming stories. FarAwayEyes doesn’t often take her “clothes off in public”, but when she does, it’s something to see. Jim Morrison of The Doors asked, “Did you have a good world when you died? Enough to base a movie on?” Well, FarAwayEyes certainly does. These days it seems as if everyone believes they have a memoir to write. Although she may never write one, FarAwayEyes probably owes the world her memoir. Considering all of the places she’s been, the variety of people she’s known, and the experiences she’s had, I can say with the fullest confidence that any memoir she wrote would be one exhilaratingly wild E-Ticket Ride! (Move over, Mr. Toad!) I’d tell you more about her but she’d probably get mad at me if I did.
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SHEBOYGANBOY 6
Unfortunately, Sheboyganboy 6 doesn’t do any blogging – but he SHOULD, in my opinion. He is one of the most intelligent persons I know. This dude was reading Ayn Rand books when he was fourteen years old! (When I was 14 years old, I was still reading ‘Encyclopedia Brown’ books and was still utterly mystified by how detectiveboy Leroy Brown was solving the crimes.)  Sheboyganboy Six has owned and published newspapers and I have learned many fascinating facts from him in the years he and I have been friends (which also goes back to my BigBitch.com days). He knows a lot about music, literature, and politics, including the U.S. Constitution and the principles upon which this country was founded. (Not surprisingly, he’s no fan of Liberalism.) In fact, Sheboyganboy 6 is SUCH an American patriot that he collects authentic, original signatures of our Founding Fathers! [Sixgun, was it alright for me to reveal that fact? If not, let me know right away and I’ll delete the offending phucker! Ha!] Sheboygan-BRO 6 has been one of my most devoted readers and commenters for a long time. He’s a good man, a believer in Christ, and he hates injustice. For his many excellent comments, and for having turned me onto the comedy of Bob & Ray, McSix makes my personal ‘Hall Of Fame’. [Start a blog, Punk Six!]
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SIG-TOO of the blog . . .
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I don’t even know how long SigToo (a.k.a. Super-Sig Also and Master Sig II) has been following my blogging endeavors. He just started commenting one day, but he clearly had knowledge of some of my pre-Blogspot.com stuffs. So, apparently he was “watching from the balcony” for awhile before making his presence known. I don’t actually know a whole lot about Sig on a personal level, so he remains something of a ‘Mystery Man’. I know he’s married and possesses an A-list intelligence. But I have been able to ascertain some other things about him from the comments he leaves.
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For one thing, Sig is one of my most complimentary commenters, which proves he has exquisite taste. : ) What is also clear is that Sig has a really great sense of humor and an expansive knowledge of many topics. (Also, he could probably pick me out in a M*A*S*H episode even faster than I could find myself.) “I gamble in the stock and options markets”, Sig says, describing how he supports himself. 
Uh . . . hel-looo! Are we yakkin’ smarts here, or what?! He has even devised a system that calculates how to invest in the stock market whether Bullish or Bearish. Sig’s knowledge of market movement led him to write the following: It's one thing to try to prove that the [World Trade Center towers were] brought down by other means such as explosive charges, or that missiles were used instead of passenger planes, etc., but when you are staring at documented proof that an obscene number of "bets" in the form of options were placed against the airlines a day or two before 9/11 . . .   Anyway, if I did that, every gov't 'acronym' would have busted down my front door the next day.
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Yep, this is one exceptionally bright guy who knows about the Wizards behind the curtain. No flies on him (“Whatever that means” – to quote David Addison). It’s a true honor to have someone as bright as Sig reading my stuffs! [I’ve never said this to anyone before but I’ve been thinking it for quite some time: I believe Sheboyganboy Six and Master Sig II ought to get to know each other. Something tells me that these couple of brainiacs would become fast friends!]
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Three days ago, the King of Bloggers, Arlee Bird, posted an installment titled ‘My Thankfulness To Bloggers Post’. That post of his was the inspiration for this blog bit of mine. On that same day, I also left a comment on Arlee Boidman’s post in which I said in no uncertain terms just what I think of 
Y-O-U, my “Magnificent Seven”. Mine is comment #32, and you can read it by clicking HERE and scrolling down. 
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Magnificent Seven, again I thank you for giving me a reason to blog. I appreciate you all. Every one of YOU is unique and “smarter than the average bear”. (I really WOULD put you up against any other blogger’s Top 7 commenters, knowing full-well that y’all would kick blogger booty!)
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Oh, me name is MacNamara, I'm the leader of the band
Although we're few in numbers, we're the strongest in the land . . .

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Magnificent Seven, May You Bless And Be Blessed, 
And may you stay . . . 
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Forever Young
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['The Last Waltz' - Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976.]
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May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
Climb on every rung
And may you stay forever young 
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy 
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YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

A New American Game Show: 'WHO BE BLACKER THAN THE PREZ?'

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“Hey, do it, now! . . . ”
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Yo, Dogg, my bro ‘n’ homeboy Nappy and me be hangin’ at the pad today, drinkin’ brews and talkin’ shit ‘bout the good ol’ daze.
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We be axin’ each other, “Does you remem'er this?” and “Does you remem'er that?” Then I axed Nappy if he liked this certain song from 1976, and he say he always be diggin’ that jam, man.
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I be surprised like a mofo, ‘cause I din’t think Whitey Nappy be Black enuf to be gettin’ on down with his bad self to such a funky Black-wannabe band from Steubenville, Ohio. 
(Shee-it! How White ya gotta be to live in a town called Steubenville? Might’s well be called “Crackerburg”.)
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But we done brought da tune up on YouTube, Dogg, an’ to my utter ‘mazement, Brother Nappy started “dancin' and singin' and movin' to the groovin'.” And just then it hit me... 
Oh, das right! Once upon a time, me an’ Nappy wuz the only White boys on-a otherwise all-Black baseball team, an' we never even noticed that we wuz mi-nor-i-ties
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So, anyway, like, we wuz diggin’ the tune an’ shit, and then I suddenly got this genius idea. I remembered back to how Prezduhdent Barack Obama looked all girlie ‘n’ shit when he be throwin’ out the first pitch at baseball games:
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Raw Video: Obama Throws Out First Pitch
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And daz when I thought: That punk ain’t Black at all!  Shit, I know lotsa White boys who be Blacker’n the Prez!
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That’s when I come up with my funny funky idea for a new American game show. I mean, there be lotsa famous game shows before. Y’all remem'er these? :
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But now I be all proposin’ ‘n’ shit that we have a new game show called ‘WHO BE BLACKER THAN THE PREZ?’
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It’s really eazy. All ya gotta do is say that this dude or that dude be “Blacker than the prez”, and as long as the dude you name ain’t really Black, you finnin’ tuh be a winner! This game gon’ have LOTSA WINNERS ‘cause we don’ wanna be dis’in’ no mofo’s self-esteem ‘n’ shit. Ya dig? It’z all good, Bro!
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So, go ‘head, Dogg, an’ tell me who you think be BLACKER THAN THE PREZ.
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I’m-a get the game started by sayin’ . . . “WILD CHERRY - those White boys from Steubenville, Ohio – they be Blacker than the Prez.” :
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Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
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Now it’s yo' turn, Dogg! Who be Blacker Than The Prez? 
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“Hey, do it, now! . . . ”
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy 
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YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

IN DEFENSE OF SENATOR JOE McCARTHY ON HIS BIRTHDAY

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INTRODUCTION :
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In honor of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s birthday (Nov. 14, 1908), I have decided to show my few blog readers something they’ve occasionally heard about but never seen.
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Some have heard that back in my glory days (oh, years and years ago), it was not unusual for me to take on Liberals who publicly denigrated Senator Joseph McCarthy and whup their asses somethin’ fierce. Why did I do it? Because when you’ve denigrated Superpatriot Senator McCarthy, you’ve gotten on ‘The Fightin’ Side Of Me’. [“Andy”, what would Merle Haggard say?]
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See, for many years I have maintained a very strict 'Zero Tolerance For McCarthy-Bashing' policy. What you do when I ain’t around to police you, that’s your business. But spout a syllable o’ sh!t about McCarthy in my presence, and you have CALLED DOWN THE THUNDER!
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Calling down the thunder
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I haven’t had a Loony Lib challenge me about McCarthy in nearly two years [Dec. 11, 2010], and prior to that last time, it had been at least three years. (Maybe they’ve gotten word not to call down the thunder?) Unfortunately, all of my “classic” McCarthy Internet debates have since been deleted from the World-Wide Web. However, just before the last one disappeared, I decided to copy it for posterity.
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I’m posting the whole lengthy thing below, because I wanted to put up something special today in honor of my human hero and one of the greatest American patriots this country has ever known. So here it comes. It’s lengthy, VERY lengthy... maybe even boring. Read ‘til ya fall asleep.
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NOTE: I’ve changed all the names (pseudonyms) because I feel I embarrassed this Lib sufficiently two years ago, and I don’t really want to do it again. Yeah, there’s a streak of mercy in me, and that’s one of the (many) things that makes me different from a liberal.
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THE SET-UP :
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In a political chat room on 12/11/2010, some Liberal – I’ll call him Redrum – challenged someone to name a genuine communist that Senator McCarthy “outed”.
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Redrum
Which Marxist did McCarthy out, exactly?
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A friend of mine, “SlicesAndDices”, mentioned about half-a-dozen names, and he followed up his roll call with the remark, "So, was that as good for you as it was for me?"
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Naturally, his closing question cracked me up, and so I posted my first-ever comment on that website. I wrote:
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Ha! Now THAT was classic!

To the list of names supplied by SlicesAndDices, I will add Owen Lattimore, Philip Jessup, John Stewart Service, Annie Lee Moss, Irving Peress, William Remington, and John Carter Vincent. And I’m not even warmed up yet!
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That is just a small sampling of some of the more well-known Joseph McCarthy “victims” who have been shown beyond any resonable doubt whatsoever to have been communists or Soviet espionage agents who were on the Federal payroll and most of whom played instrumental roles in helping to shape American foreign policy.
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Various types of evidence against the aforementioned McCarthy “victims” includes, but is not restricted to, the Venona decrypts, sworn testimony from ex-communist government informers, FBI undercover agents, and the now released official records of the former Soviet Union.
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I love it when uninformed, non-researching, mainstream media-trusting liberals attempt to denigrate Senator McCarthy and to debate the issue of “McCarthyism”. They always start out so loud and cocky but end up slinking away so quietly.
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But that’s what they deserve for not objectively fact-checking their (lying and misrepresenting) liberal sources before spewing the commonly accepted McCarthy myths. Defeating these “innocents” in debate is a simple matter; it’s like shooting fish in a barrel... with a shotgun!
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~ D-FensDogg
‘Loyal American Underground’
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THE “DEBATE” :
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Well, later that same day, some loony liberal – I’ll call him Red Dog – decided to call my bluff. The only problem for him, however, is that I was NOT bluffing! DOH! (Don’t they hate it when that happens?)
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12-11-2010, 03:05 PM
RED DOG:
That list is just about every single one. McCarthy's successes were few (totaling maybe 40), and consisted of mostly minor players.
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Contrast that with the number of people whose careers were ruined and it's quite clear that he is the spiritual predecessor of today's right wing heroes: Beck, Breitbart and Limbaugh.
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And it was ON! This loony lib was throwing hanging curveballs right into my wheelhouse! The home runs were money-back guaranteed! I responded with this:
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How could my list of seven include "just about every single one" if, by your own admission, a person could come up with 40 McCarthy successes? (Which, by the way, is true.)
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And to think that I always thought MY math was bad!
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And they were "mostly minor players"? What part of "played instrumental roles in helping to shape American foreign policy" did you not understand?
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Don't you miss "the good ol' days" when communist defenders such as yourself could just say things like "McCarthy did not discover a single Communist" and you could actually get away with falsehoods like that because most of the public didn't know any better and couldn’t prove you wrong? Wasn't that so much fun? And ain't history a bitch when it makes a monkey out of a liberal?
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Now you sad people are reduced to making far less strident comments like "McCarthy only found about 40 communist subversives, and they were mostly minor players." When compared with the statements of yesteryear, that's downright FUNNY!
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Of course, the second half of that statement is still falsehood, as he exposed important subversives and, in fact, when we're talking about communists with access to classified American government information or who are in positions of influence, there's NO SUCH THING as a "minor player".
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YOU:
"Contrast that with the number of people whose careers were ruined"
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Name the innocent victims of McCarthy. We're all waiting. Give us all the names of the innocent individuals who McCarthy accused of being communists and/or security risks and whose careers were thus wrongly ruined. (This is where you people yak yourselves right into a corner. And I LOVE IT!)
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Go ahead. Names please . . .
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~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'
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The following day, Red Dog came back with this:
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We will just start with the well documented, and very real, Hollywood "Blacklist".
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Here's a nice link which debunks this whole silly theory that McCarthy was some sort of misunderstood patriot
There are more than a few names mentioned the link in conjunction with his Voice of America hearing.
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McCarthy undoubtedly exposed some Communists spies. But, not all Communists, or former communists are spies. That's what you don't understand and it's what McCarthy didn't care about.
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I replied as follows:
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You're right, that is a nice link.
Gee, I didn't know about all that stuff.
Well, definitely some food for thought there.
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And I let that sit there for most of the day, leading Red Dog to believe that he had an easy victory.
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But in truth, I was at home and composing my in-depth reply – something not unlike Kirk Gibson’s home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
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At 16:13 on 12-13-2010, I returned with my real response. I wrote the following:
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AH!-HA!-HA!-HA!
Gotcha!
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Red Dog, you thought it was over, didn’t you? Thought you had won? No, my friend, for you this nightmare has just begun!
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I have been through this same drill with innumerable liberals before you. I have been having this same damned debate for years and they always end the same way. This one will end no differently. In fact, the outcome of this debate was decided before it had even begun, you just didn’t know that. Although you are about to find that out. However, unlike most liberals, you have spoken with a civilized tongue, and therefore I will not treat you harshly, as I have treated your comrades who preceded you in this debate with me. But you’re going to regret having shoved your nose into a fight that wasn’t yours and which you could have stayed out of.
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RED DOG, you wrote:
McCarthy undoubtedly exposed some Communists spies. But, not all Communists, or former communists are spies. That's what you don't understand and it's what McCarthy didn't care about.
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In the first place, not knowing the first thing about me, you ought to be careful in assuming you can guess what I understand and don’t understand. And secondly, any Communist is a potential spy, thus making him or her a “security risk”, and thus NO Communists should be holding down Federal jobs, let alone be working with confidential information or be placed in sensitive departments where they might be able to cause real harm to the nation on a whole. Only a suicidal Constitutional Republic would allow subversives (who wish to completely undermine the governmental form which the people benefit from and replace it with a wholly different form of government) to earn their livings on the backs of the taxpayers and leave them in potentially hazardous positions. THAT’S what Senator McCarthy “cared about”.
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As for what I understand . . .
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I understand that I wrote,
I love it when uninformed, non-researching, mainstream media-trusting liberals attempt to denigrate Senator McCarthy and to debate the issue of “McCarthyism”. They always start out so loud and cocky but end up slinking away so quietly. But that’s what they deserve for not objectively fact-checking their (lying and misrepresenting) liberal sources before spewing the commonly accepted McCarthy myths.”
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And the first thing you did was go Internet surfing, found some article by a liberal, Pamela Troy, living in San Francisco (the ‘Frisco home should have been the first tip-off that you would be in trouble if you relied on her information in a debate with me), and without doing any of your own research, without “objectively fact-checking your liberal source”, you posted a “nice link” to her liberal nonsense and thought this debate was over with.
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Hell, I said right from the start that this sort of approach would only hurt someone in a debate with me, but you went right ahead and tried it anyway. Dude, if you are “smarter than the average bear”, it sure didn’t show in that ill-conceived tactic!
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I studied the subject of Joe McCarthy for years and years and years. I have on my bookshelves all of the A-List books published on him (yes, including the anti-McCarthy books, because I believe in studying the opposition’s viewpoints, too). I have some of the B-List books as well, and I have articles and copies of the Congressional Records which pertain to McCarthy. I am “on a mission from God” to set the McCarthy story straight for those who really wish to know it.
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You, Red Dog, were in deep doo-doo the moment you got it into your mind that you could post a link to some brief, libby-authored article and best me in a debate with it. And you were in even deeper doo-doo when you selected Pamela Troy’s article, which relies so heavily on the Thomas Reeves biography “The Life And Times Of Joe McCarthy”.
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While there is some valid information in Reeves’ book, it is so outdated and so full of misinformation, misinterpretations, significant omissions, and liberal truth-twisting, that it’s barely worth the paper it’s printed on. Working 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, it would take me until this time next month to go through the Thomas Reeves biography and point out every incorrect item in it. Suffice to sum it all up this way:
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 After writing 674 pages of text, Reeves arrives at this conclusion: “The cliché is true: he [McCarthy] did not discover a single Communist.”
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You yourself know that is bunk, as you have conceded that McCarthy found at least 40 communists (of which no less than 5 were certifiable espionage agents).
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I will now go through the useless, truthless Pamela Troy article, hitting all of the significant points, ignoring the minor ones because I have other things to do, like put up and decorate a Christmas tree. And then I’ll wait for you to post the names of some “REAL” McCarthy “victims” (for me to also correct you about).
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Pamela “Truth-Twisting” Troy:
McCarthy was viewed with contempt not just by liberals and leftists, but by many conservatives and anti-Communists … In reality, many of McCarthy’s most ardent critics were anti-Communist liberals and conservatives who were themselves concerned about Communists spying for the Soviets.
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The fact of the matter is that many so-called “conservatives” in Washington were conservatives in name only, and the same goes for many of the so-called “anti-Communists”. As McCarthy well knew and pointed out repeatedly, a lot of Communists pretended to oppose Communist ideology and would speak out against it in general terms, but when it came time to really root out the Commies and to single out and name the Communist front groups, suddenly these same anti-Communists were doing everything in their power to undermine those very efforts.
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True, some fellow conservatives did not like McCarthy, but that usually pertained to personal issues and personality conflicts. Some genuine but lukewarm anti-Communists caved in to pressure from the White House and State Dept. and made concessions and compromises for the sake of their political careers. That’s one reason I care so much about McCarthy; here was a genuine anti-Communist patriot who wouldn’t sell-out and compromise.
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Pamela “Truth-Twisting” Troy:
New York Post editor James Weschler, for instance, was an ex-Communist turned anti-Communist … Wechsler’s concerns about espionage did not prevent him from being an early and vehement critic of McCarthy …
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Wechsler was a valid subject for McCarthy’s Committee to question in regards to the Voice Of America (VOA) Reading Center probe, as he had been fervently and very vocally pro-Red at one time, and his books were found in the overseas Reading Centers. Wechsler is a prime example of the aforementioned “Anti-Communist In General Terms Only”. Although he claimed and wrote that he was now a reformed former Commie, it was odd how he seemed to also oppose genuine efforts to expose and remove Communists when it got down to the real details of that work. He opposed the FBI, he opposed former Commie government informers, and he opposed McCarthy. Because he wrote so disparagingly of McCarthy, it was a poor P.R. move on McCarthy’s part to call him as a witness and to grill him, as it appeared to be “revenge” (which it probably was to some degree). Nevertheless, McCarthy had valid reasons to question Wechsler.
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Pamela “Truth-Twisting” Troy:
It’s interesting to note that one non-leftist critic of McCarthy who is mentioned in Conservapedia is not cited as a critic, even though she was one of McCarthy’s most famous detractors. In Conservapedia’s reference section is a link to Republican Senator Margaret Chase Smith’s June 1, 1950 “Declaration of Conscience,” …
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In the first place, although Margaret Chase Smith was a Republican, she was hardly a conservative. And secondly, she was a widow who evidently had “a thang” for Joe McCarthy. Even the liberal (author) Reeve’s admits that “Mrs. Smith’s attack on McCarthy may have had roots deeper and more personal than her devotion to civil liberties.” Joe occasionally flattered her and evidently she took it too seriously and wrote him personal letters in which she alluded to having something more than just good professional thoughts about him. Joe ignored these allusions, and so, although she would deny it, there were some who viewed her “Declaration of Conscience” as mostly the fury of a woman scorned.
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Joe would later refer to Margaret Smith and those who signed her “Declaration of Conscience” as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. Ha! God knows I love McCarthy!
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“Truth-Twisting” Troy:
As anyone actually familiar with that exchange is aware, Welch was not shocked and angry at the news that Fred Fisher had been in the Lawyer’s Guild. He was shocked and angry because McCarthy had violated an earlier private agreement that McCarthy would not bring up Fred Fisher if Welch would not bring up McCarthy aide Roy Cohn’s military record. … In fact, Welch’s response makes it plain that he was aware of Fisher’s affiliation with the Lawyer’s Guild. 
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Now, here, “Truth-Twisting” Troy actually mixes a little truth with falsehood. It’s true that Roy Cohn had a private agreement with Joe Welch not to go into the Fred Fisher issue if Welch would agree not to mention that Cohn had failed to meet some military physical ability standards.
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Joe knew of the agreement and, unfortunately, he broke it in a moment of anger. Welch had Cohn on the stand and he was goading him and mocking him unmercifully - teasing Cohn about his anti-Communist work and playing up the idea that Cohn was not serious about it and lax in performing it, and that he [Welch] was actually more concerned about rooting out Communist subversives than was Cohn.
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Finally, McCarthy couldn’t stand it anymore and he, in essence, told Welch that if he were REALLY so concerned about communists, he ought to speak with a lawyer in his own law firm named Fred Fisher who belonged to a well known Communist legal organization. This information was nothing new, as Welch himself had previously revealed the Fred Fisher situation to reporters, and a few articles mentioning it had run in newspapers some weeks earlier.
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But where “Truth-Twisting” Troy twists the truth is when she writes: “Welch was not shocked and angry at the news that Fred Fisher had been in the Lawyer’s Guild. He was shocked and angry because McCarthy had violated an earlier private agreement…”
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That’s bald-faced balderdash, as this secret agreement between Cohn and Welch wouldn’t become generally known until Cohn revealed it in his 1968 biography of McCarthy. Welch was playing up the information about Fisher for all it was worth, acting for the TV audience as if McCarthy had just outed Fisher in public for the first time, doing some terrible, reckless, injustice to Fisher.
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Welch’s own words to McCarthy PROVE this point: “Little did I dream you could be so reckless and so cruel as to do an injury to that lad. …I fear he shall always bear a scar needlessly inflicted by you.”
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Well, that part was wrong too. Fisher remained with the law firm and went on to have a very long, successful, and prosperous career in the legal profession.
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“Truth-Twisting” Troy:
The fact that he cited 205 “members of the Communist Party” in the State Department one day, 57 “card-carrying Communists” a day or two later, and 81 on the floor of the Senate a week or two later matters less if you think of everyone on those lists as guilty anyway.
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To begin with, McCarthy was using numbers and not names to protect the identities of these suspects until more information could be obtained through standard, legal, Congressional investigative methods. (He refused to do what the Democrats were literally demanding he do, which was to commit “McCarthyism” by naming suspects before they could be fully investigated and a solid determination of their guilt or innocence could be arrived at. The Congressional Record shows that despite the demand of Democrats to “name the names” McCarthy refused and said, “If I were to give all the names involved, it might leave a wrong impression. If we should label one man a Communist when he is not a Communist, I think it would be too bad.”)
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Also, the whole question about the numbers of Communists and security risks that McCarthy was initially aware of and claimed to have is one of the longest, most well-worn myths of liberal, anti-McCarthy dogma. That question has been well put to bed. The Wheeling Intelligencer newspaper ran an article on Feb. 11, 1950, the day after McCarthy’s speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, when he dropped the bomb about Communists and security risks in the Federal government, and the article clearly states that he said there were “over fifty” known Communists still in the State Dept. at that time. That same day, after his speech in Denver, The Denver Post specifically printed that McCarthy stated there were “57 Reds” he was concerned about. It also said that the 205 number that he used related not to known Commies but to “bad risks” or security risks. This whole nonsense about the numbers McCarthy used is a dead issue. Only the most dishonest or uninformed McCarthy-haters still mention it.
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Finally, we get to the question of the names of the “innocent” McCarthy victims I asked you to provide me with:
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“Truth-Twisting” Troy:
So who are some of these innocent victims? Carl Greenblum, an engineer at the Monmouth facility of the Army Signal Corps. While being cross-examined by Roy Cohn, Greenblum, whose mother had died two days before, broke down and wept and had to be led, visibly upset, from the closed-door session. McCarthy announced to the press that “I have just received word that the witness admits he was lying the first time and now wants to tell the truth.” Greenblum’s name was leaked and he and his family were harassed, a hammer and sickle was painted on the door of their house. Greenblum explained that he'd been upset about the death of his mother and that after he’d broken down he’d “sent word that I wanted to go back and tell my story from the beginning. That may have been interpreted to mean I was lying but that certainly was not the case.” Greenblum was fired from his job, but reinstated in 1958.
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Of the Monmouth Investigation, only 39 of the 126 persons were questioned in public sessions. The rest were carried on in private, executive sessions. And Carl Greenblum was not questioned publicly. Notice how McCarthy is quoted as saying, “...THE WITNESS admits he was lying the first time and now wants to tell the truth.” McCarthy did not reveal Greenblum’s name. It has never been conclusively determined who publicly named Greenblum, but I think we can probably safely guess it was some Democrat, because they, from the beginning, wanted all of the suspects’ names released to the public before all of the facts could be determined privately to see whether or not they would be convicted or cleared. They were hoping that by releasing names, some of them would be cleared and it would all backfire on McCarthy. In other words, it was the Democrats who wanted McCarthy to commit “McCarthyism”.
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Now, what your “Truth-Twisting” savior, Pamela Troy, conveniently left out of her little story is the fact that, although Greenblum did continue to deny being a Communist himself (and was likely telling the truth), he also admitted that, although under oath, he had not been forthcoming in his first session; that he had been deceptive in that first round of questioning. Greenblum later admitted [and I quote]: “I want to explain the circumstances of coming here and trying to hide an association with Levitsky, whom I know to be a Communist… because he told me he was a Communist.”
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You see what kind of trouble you get yourself into when you trust liberal writers to tell you the truth about McCarthy? You see why you need to do your own in-depth research and fact-checking before you start publicly slinging mud about a massive story you know little to nothing about?
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“Truth-Twisting” Troy:
A teacher named Julius Hlavaty testified at the VOA hearings, and refused to answer whether he had been a Communist or had tried to recruit students to the Communist Party. He lost his job as a distinguished public school teacher and had to take a job at Columbia University.
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The Voice Of America was a program run by the State Dept. It was a taxpayer-funded program meant to spread the word overseas about American principles and to engender good will between the U.S. and other nations.
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So, Hlavaty felt that although he refused to testify about any Communist connections he had, on the grounds that his testimony might incriminate him and be used against him (claiming his 5th Amendment right), he still had a right to work on the behalf of the U.S. and collect a paycheck from American wallets while engaging in VOA programs meant to promote the “American” cause?
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As McCarthy correctly said several times: A government job is a privilege, not a right.
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And then when he lost his Federal job with VOA he was forced to take a job at COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY? Man, what a “VICTIM”! I wish I had a job at Columbia! I would sure as hell be making more money than I do right now and with far better medical and dental benefits. If that’s what happens to McCarthy “victims” then sign me up to be “victimized”! [11/14/2012 Note: Coincidentally(?), back in McCarthy’s day, Columbia University was known to be a hotbed for Communist subversives.]
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“Truth-Twisting” Troy:
Critics say that McCarthy should have ignored Communists making broadcasts on VOA because exposing them might have personally embarrassed them.
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Oh, yeah, what a shame if Communists are personally embarrassed while using American taxpayer’s equipment to broadcast un-American ideas and to promote Communist propaganda! Boo-Hoo! Well, I have already established that Pamela Troy is dishonest, but now we see she is a raving idiot, too!
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And by the way, McCarthy’s investigation into the VOA overseas libraries showed that there were approximately 30,000 taxpayer-purchased books found on those bookshelves that were written by Communists and pro-Red writers - including Earl Browder, General Secretary of the Communist Party USA. Many of the books were nothing more than Communist propaganda and anti-American disinformation campaigns.
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“Truth-Twisting” Troy:
Note the manner in which Conservapedia trivializes the firing of Hlavaty, implying that he had been a Communist at the time of the broadcast (Dr. Hlavaty denied this)
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Yeah, yeah. They ALL denied being Communists. Not one person suspected of Communism said, “Well, yep, you got me, Joe. You’re right, I am a Communist”. All of the true Communists questioned by Joe lied about being Communists or took advantage of their 5th Amendment right.
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“Truth-Twisting” Troy:
The hundreds of employees who endured McCarthy’s investigation of the presumed sabotage of equipment at the VOA were also more than “personally embarrassed” by their experience. Many found themselves being interrogated by McCarthy’s committee, not about the placement of transmitters, but about their personal religious and political beliefs.
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The only time questions of this nature were asked was when they directly pertained to the charges or the suspicions that had been reasonably raised against the person being interviewed… for instance Reed Harris.
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“Truth-Twisting” Troy:
After being grilled about a book he’d written twenty years before, VOA employee Reed Harris turned in his resignation. The Director of VOA’s religious programming was asked if he were an atheist. (“I believe in God,” he explained to the Committee) and questioned about his church attendance.
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Reed Harris was asked these questions because he was in charge of the religious programming and (as “Truth-Twisting” Troy forgot to mention) he was an open supporter of known Communists and the Soviet Union, and he had written a book that slandered the U.S. in general and denigrated organized religion. There were damn good reasons the taxpayer-funded Harris was questioned by the Committee about both his Communist connections and his views on religion.
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“Truth-Twisting” Troy:
Edwin Kretzmann, a VOA policy director, “was assailed for having told a supposedly closed-door conference of Voice officials that an order by Dulles to cooperate with the subcommittee was ‘rather depressing'."
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Just prior to Korean elections, Kretzmann appeared to be using VOA facilities to oust the anti-Communist Snyghmann Rhee and by default promote Rhee’s rivals. His actions were worth questioning!
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“Truth-Twisting” Troy:
That level of pressure puts in context the case of one of McCarthy’s most well known victims, VOA engineer Raymond Kaplan. After being summoned to testify before McCarthy’s committee, he killed himself by jumping in front of a truck. The suicide note he left for his son explained, “once the dogs are set on you everything you’ve done since the beginning of time is suspect.”
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This is another one of those issues that Libs and Commies try to twist 180-degrees the other way. Raymond Kaplan was eager to testify before McCarthy. He felt McCarthy had discovered some significant problems at VOA and he actually sided with McCarthy. He didn’t get that chance to testify because it seems he was being pressured by some “mysterious” others who were concerned about what he might say. And he was afraid that he would be made out to be the “patsy” by these mysterious others.
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But even Kaplan’s co-worker Dorothy Fried testified after his death that he was actually eager to testify:
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Roy Cohn:
As a matter of fact, from what he said to you, he [Kaplan] was anxious to testify?
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Dorothy Fried:
Yes.
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Cohn:
Rather than being anything to be afraid of, he would show up very well. Isn’t that the impression you got from him?
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Fried:
Yes.
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And now, Red Dog, we get to your own statement
“We will just start with the well documented, and very real, Hollywood "Blacklist".
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McCarthy had nothing whatsoever to do with that. What you are referring to are investigations conducted by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). McCarthy was a Senator, not a Congressman from the House of Representatives.
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It just so happens that HUAC did a lot of excellent, excellent work over the years. They also, in my opinion, got a bit too carried away with the investigations into Communists and Communist propaganda emanating from Hollywood.
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There were many Congressional investigations of Communist infiltration of the government both before and after Joseph McCarthy, but McCarthy is responsible only for those investigations in which he took part. A lot of you liberals like to try to blame every improper thing that may have been done in the name of Congressional investigations into Communist subversives on McCarthy and categorize it all as “McCarthyism”. But since when is a person guilty of the things that others may have done?
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I must answer for my own actions and no one else’s, as I have no control over others and no way of dictating what they can or can’t do, will or won’t do. Each person is responsible for their own deeds and that is all.
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However, if you insist on labeling McCarthy guilty of everything anyone else ever did in the (false) name of “McCarthyism”, then I am going to call you somewhat responsible for every misdeed perpetrated in the name of “Liberalism”, since you too are a liberal. That's a sword that cuts both ways! If McCarthy is even partly guilty for anything the HUAC did, then you are also partly guilty for the approximately 100 million persons murdered in the name of “Communism”. As well as for those who were tortured and wrongly imprisoned in the name of “Communism”. If McCarthy is guilty, then so are you. GUILTY! Thank you. That is all.”
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Now then… now that I have wasted a large part of my day correcting “Truth-Twisting” Troy’s B.S. which you incorrectly thought was going to help you in your debate with me, I am going to try to catch up on all the chores and errands I am now behind on.
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But any time you feel you can supply us with all these many names of supposed “REAL”, authentic McCarthy victims, please be sure to post them here, and I will give them the same sort of treatment that I gave to the pseudo-victims you have thus far come up with.
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I can save you some time, however, by telling you that there is no Internet article you can find to help you in this – you will need to do your own SERIOUS research. And I can save you even more time by telling you that THERE WERE NO INNOCENT McCARTHY VICTIMS, because if there were, I would not be a McCarthy fan and defender.
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Also, I could recommend some good books to you that will teach you THE TRUTH about Senator Joseph McCarthy. But I’m already sure that you haven’t the slightest desire to learn the truth about McCarthy. Sadly, I’ve yet to meet one liberal whom I consider to be genuinely intellectually honest.
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And that, ‘Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends’ fans, was the conclusion of the so-called “debate”. What about Red Dog? He never posted another comment on that thread. I told him at the beginning of the debate that the debate would end with him “slinking away so quietly”, and that’s exactly what he did.
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Been there, done that, seen it before... many times - it was easy to predict.
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And that, you Loony Liberals, was an example of what happens when you “Call Down The Thunder”.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SENATOR JOE!
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
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I’m still standing, and I’m still ready to defend your honor against anyone at any time.
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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