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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

My Email Doppelganger...

I still use my email address on my parent's AOL account. For almost 5 years I've received emails for someone who must have a remarkably close email address. At one point I knew his name, social security number, and his alimony status (he registered my email account to the Texas family maintenance payments bureau). The most frequent emails come from a HelenOMK, who i think is like an estranged sister. Sometimes the emails are about funeral plans, sometimes angry emails about my email doppelganger's behavior at family functions. Obviously my doppelganger is a real asshole. I was always scrupulous about telling her that she got the wrong address. But, she never replied and kept sending stuff. For about two years I've been getting updates on her son Sean's service in Iraq. I almost sent a care package (Salami from Katz's). A few months ago she sent out email to tell me that he's back in Germany and safely out of Iraq. Anyway, HelenOMK finally crossed the line today by disparaging one of my favorite actresses. My reply is first, followed by her email:


Whoever you are, i've told you several times that i don't know you. Furthermore, i do not want to receive any more of your hateful right-wing crap. Please take me off your list and figure out who you really want to be sending these emails to. Jane Fonda was a confused young woman who has appologized several times for her more egregious actions. I suggest you rent Coming Home [United Artists 1978]. It is a powerful and moving Hal Ashby classic.

Also, I do sincerely appreciate your son's service in Iraq and was happy to hear he got out of there safely.

-----Original Message-----

From: HelenOMK


Subject: Jane Fonda? Unbelievable!

That she was recognized by Barbara Walters in connection with an award of greatness lends credence to stories of her disloyalty and only serves to increase my contempt for her... and the liberal media. A TRAITOR IS ABOUT TO BE HONORED She really was a traitor.

A TRAITOR IS ABOUT TO BE HONORED. KEEP THIS MOVING ACROSS AMERICA This is for all the kids born in the 70's who donot remember, and didn't have to bear theburden that our fathers, mothers and olderbrothers and sisters had to bear. Jane Fonda is being honored as one of the "100 Women of the Century."
Unfortunately, many have forgotten and stillcountless others have never known how Ms.Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country,but specific men who served and sacrificedduring Vietnam.
The first part of this is from an F-4E pilot.
The pilot's name is Jerry Driscoll, a River Rat.
In 1968, the former Commandant of the USAFSurvival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison the "Hanoi Hilton."
Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell,cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean PJ's, he wasordered to describe for a visiting American"Peace Activist" the "lenient and humanetreatment" he'd received.
He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and wasdragged away.During the subsequent beating, he fell forwardon to the camp Commandant's feet, which sent that officer berserk.
In 1978, the Air Force Colonel still suffered fromdouble vision (which permanently ended hisflying career) from the Commandant's frenziedapplication of a wooden baton.
From 1963-65, Col Larry Carrigan was in the47FW/DO (F-4E's). He spent 6 years in the"Hanoi Hilton",,, the first three of which hisfamily only knew he was "missing in action".His wife lived on faith that he was still alive.His group, too, got the cleaned-up, fed andclothed routine in preparation for a "peace delegation" visit.They, however, had time and devised a plan toget word to the world that they were alive and still survived. Each man secreted a tinypiece of paper, with his Social Security Numberon it, in the palm of his hand.
When paraded before Ms. Fonda and acameraman, she walked the line, shaking eachman's hand and asking little encouragingsnippets like: "Aren't you sorry you bombedbabies?" and "Are you grateful for the humanetreatment from your benevolent captors?"Believing this HAD to be an act, they eachpalmed her their sliver of paper.She took them all without missing a beat. At theend of the line and once the camera stoppedrolling, to the shocked disbelief of the POWs,she turned to the officer in charge and handedhim all the little pieces of paper.
Three men died from the subsequent beatings. Colonel Carrigan was almost number four but he survived, which is the only reason weknow of her actions that day.
I was a civilian economic development advisorin Vietnam, and was captured by the NorthVietnamese communists in South Vietnam in1968, and held prisoner for over 5 years.
I spent 27 months in solitary confinement; oneyear in a cage in Cambodia; and one year in a "black box" in Hanoi.My North Vietnamese captors deliberatelypoisoned and murdered a female missionary, anurse in a leprosarium in Ban me Thuot, SouthVietnam, whom I buried in the jungle near theCambodian border.At one time, I weighed only about 90 lbs. (My normal weight is 170 lbs.)
We were Jane Fonda's "war criminals."
When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi, I was asked bythe camp communist political officer if I wouldbe willing to meet with her.
I said yes, for I wanted to tell her about the realtreatment we POWs received... and howdifferent it was from the treatment purported bythe North Vietnamese, and parroted by her as"humane and lenient."
Because of this, I spent three days on a rockyfloor on my knees, with my arms outstretchedwith a large steel weights placed on my hands,and beaten with a bamboo cane.
I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fondasoon after I was released. I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV. She never did answer me.
These first-hand experiences do not exemplifysomeone who should be honored as part of "100 Years of Great Women."Lest we forget..." 100 Years of Great Women"should never include a traitor whose hands arecovered with the blood of so many patriots.
There are few things I have strong visceralreactions to, but Hanoi Jane's participation inblatant treason, is one of them.Please take the time to forward to as manypeople as you possibly can.It will eventually end up on her computer andshe needs to know that we will never forget.RONALD D. SAMPSON, CMSgt, USAF 716 Maintenance Squadron, Chief ofMaintenance DSN: 875-6431 COMM: 883-6343


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