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Flap over Purple Heart a red herring
By Bill Husted
Denver Post Columnist
Publish Date: July 28, 2005

 

Colorado Congressman John Salazar has it all wrong. It's not the Purple Hearts that should upset him in "Wedding Crashers." It's the eye drops.

In the hit Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn comedy, the boys never use Purple Hearts to seduce women, as Salazar claims. They talk about using the medals to get free drinks if they crash a wedding that has, God forbid, a cash bar. We never actually see them using the medals for anything.

Salazar is beating his chest over medal abuse and has introduced the Stolen Valor Act, which makes falsely wearing a military medal a criminal offense - even if it is used to get a free drink!

"If moviegoers take the advice of 'Wedding Crashers' and try to use fake Purple Hearts to get girls, they may wind up picking up an FBI agent instead," cautioned Salazar in a statement.

In an effort to appease, New Line Cinema has removed the Purple Heart reference from the movie's website.

CBS Evening News delivered a rather snarky report on the flap Tuesday night.

Much more troublesome than passing a Purple Heart is the dangerous misuse of eye drops in "Wedding Crashers." Wilson's character douses a rival's wine with a big squirt of the stuff, which makes the man vomit for about 18 hours.

In fact, ingesting eye drops does more than that. It may cause lowering of body temperature, blurred vision, difficulty in breathing or halting it entirely, elevated and dropped blood pressure, seizures and tremors, even sending the person into a coma. This is the unfunny joke in the movie, and let's hope kids don't do it at weddings or anywhere else.

EMAIL Response to Bill Husted

RESPONSE

 

To The Editor

 

Dear Mr. Husted;

You have to be kidding me. "In fact, ingesting eye drops does more than that." 

Nice point, but what about those trusting women who have ingested a line of bull-squat from a phony medal recipient, so he can scam his way into their heart and eventually their savings account? Or worse yet, what about the millions of voters who have been hoodwinked by phony heroes with phony medals who got their votes. Believe it or not, both issues are very real, and have happened countless times all over this nation. 

I am both a former Green Beret with a son who is a Green Beret, and another son earning his. I'm also a longtime student of the martial arts, and in both cases, studies have proven that less then one out of ten who claim black belts actually are, and the statistics are almost identical for those claiming to be Army Green Berets or Navy SEALs. 

But those are earned in a peaceful theater. Imagine how people feel who have lost a leg, a son, a husband, a kidney, a hand, and received a Purple Heart for such an act, then someone like you blows it off when Hollyweird makes light of phony medals, used to do what ?. . . Get free drinks! 

Why do you suppose veterans like me cry when the flag goes by, we hear the Star Spangled Banner or Taps, or see soldiers returning home from the mideast? While you were slighting veterans like Vietnam-era veteran Congressman John Salazar (Who is way over on the other side of the aisle from me politically) for protecting our legacy, and enjoying yourself watching nonsensical formula films like WEDDING CRASHERS, American fighting men and women were losing their innocence, limbs, best friends, and sometimes their very lives, so you can enjoy the freedom to belittle their sacrifice. 

Whether you like it or not, Bill, your attitude makes you no better than the phony wannabes who use unearned medals to pick up chicks, or even get free drinks. You must be one of those guys who slurps beer and chomps their hot dog while the National Anthem is playing at the Broncos game. If you aren't, your article certainly made you come across that way.

Blessings,
Don Bendell, a Vietnam veteran

Don Bendell served as an officer in four Special Forces Groups, is a best-selling author with over 1,500,000 copies of his books in print worldwide, a 1995 inductee into the International Karate Hall of Fame, and owns karate schools in southern Colorado. Visit him online at: www.DonBendell.com

Don Bendell is available for Media Interviews regarding this Bill:  (719) 269-3929

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James Fields (Left) regaled the audience in Chillicothe, MO, on veterans day with tales of his heroism that earned him a Navy Cross for heroism in Vietnam while serving under Lt. Col. Oliver North. The same day in St. Louis, Michael Wielbacher showed up for the Marine Corps Birthday Ball wearing the Navy Cross and Distinguished Service Medal, along with a two Silver Stars with "V", four Bronze, and more. Both were bogus heroes. Wielbacher is prosecutable but Fields is NOT (he was wearing a Navy Cross PIN, not the Medal. Both are exposed in this excellent report from the St. Louis Fox Affiliate.

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John T. Salazar (CO-3) SPONSOR
111 Members of Congress Co-Sponsoring This Bill in the House
(Sorted By State & District)

(AL-5) Robert Bud Cramer 
(AR-1) Marion Berry  
(AR-4) Mike Ross 
(AZ-7) Raul Grijalva  
(CA-1) Mike Thompson 
(CA-8) Nancy Pelosi
(CA-15 Mike Honda 
(CA-18) Dennis Cardoza 
(CA-20) Jim Costa 
(CA-29) Adam Schiff 
(CA-33) Diane Watson 
(CA-38) Grace Napolitano 
(CA-43) Joe Baca 
(CA-51) Bob Filner 
(CO-2) Mark Udall 
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FL-2) Allen Boyd  
(FL-17) Kendrick Meek 
(FL-23) Alcee Hastings  
(GA-3) Jim Marshall  
(GA-12) John Barrow  
(GU)  Madeleine Bordallo
((HI-2) Ed Case  
(IA-3) Leonard Boswell 
(IL-4) Luis Gurierrez  
(IL-5) Rahm Emanuel 
(IN-7) Julia Carson  
(KS-3) Dennis Moore  
.(KY-6) Ben Chandler  
(LA-3) Charlie Melancon
(MD-4) Albert Wynn
(MD-5) Steny Hoyer  
(ME-1) Thomas Allen 
(ME-2) Michael Michaud
(MI-5) Dale Kildee
(MI-14) John Conyers
(MN-7) Colin Peterson  
(MS-4) Gene Taylor  
(NC-7) Mike McIntyre  
(ND) Earl Pomeroy  
(NJ-9) Steven Rothman
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NJ-13) Robert Mendez (NM-3) Tom Udall  
(NV-1) Shelly Berkley
(NY-2) Steve Israel  
(NY-4) Carolyn McCarthy 
(NY-12 )Nydia Velazquez  
(NY-16) Jose Serrano  
(NY-22) Maurice Hinchey
(OH-6) Ted Strickland  
(OH-13) Sherrod Brown  
(OH-17) Tim Ryan  
(OK-2) Dan Boren  
(OR-5) Darlene Hooley  
(PA-17) Tim Holden  
(SD) Stephanie Herseth  
(TN-4) Lincoln Davis  
(TN-5) Jim Cooper  
(TN-6) Bart Gordon 
(TN-8) John Tanner  
(TN-9) Harold Ford  
(TX-15) Ruben Hinojosa  
(TX-16) Silvestre Reyes  
(TX-20) Charles Gonzalez
 (TX-25) Lloyd Doggett  
(TX-27) Solomon Ortiz  
(TX-28) Henry Cuellar  
(TX-29) Gene Green  
(TX-30) Eddie B. Johnson
(UT-3) Jim Matheson  
(WA-3) Brian Baird  
(WA-7) Jim McDermott
(WA-9) Adam Smith  
(WV-3) Nick Rahall  
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NOTE: ALL SIX Representatives from Kentucky, including members of BOTH parties, have signed on as co-sponsors for this bill. Way to go KENTUCKY.


(AL-6) Spencer Bachus
(AZ-1) Rick Renzi
(CA-41) Jerry Lewis
(CA-44) Ken Calvert
(CO-4) Marilyn Musgrave
(CO-6) Tom Tancredo  
CO-7) Bob Beauprez
(CT-2) Rob Simmons
(IL-16) Donald Manzullo
(IN-4) Steve Buyer
(IN-5) Dan Burton
(IN-8) John Hostettler
(KY-1) Ed Whitfield 
(KY-2) Ron Lewis  
(KY3) Anne Northup  
(KY-4) Geoff Davis  
(KY-5) Harold Rogers  
(LA-5) Rodney Alexander
(MI-8) Mike Rogers
(MI-11) Thaddeus McCotter
(MN-2) John Kline  
(MO-6) Sam Graves
(NC-8) Robin Hayes
(NE-1) Jeff Fortenberry
(NE-2) Lee Terry
(NJ-4) Christopher Smith
(NJ-5) Scott Garrett
(NJ-7) Mike Ferguson
(NY-13) Vito Fossella
NY-19) Sue Kelly
(NY-24) Sherwood Boehlert
(NY-29) John Randy Kuhl  
(PA-3) Phil English  
(TN-3) Zach Wamp
(TX-2) Ted Poe 
(TX-23) Henry Bonilla
(VA-10) Frank Wolf
(WI-8) Mark Green

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S 1998 SENATE VERSION of Stolen Valor:
PASSED SENATE September 7

(AR) Mark Pryor
(AR) Blanche Lincoln
(CO) Ken Salazar 
(CT) Joseph Lieberman
(HI) Daniel Inouye
(NE) Benjamin Nelson  
(NJ) Frank Lautenberg  
(NM) Jeff Bingaman 
(NY) Hillary Clinton
(SD) Tim Johnson  
(WV) John Rockefeller  
(WV) Robert Byrd 

(AK) Ted Stevens
CO) Wayne Allard  
(GA) Johnny Isakson  
(GA) Saxby Chambliss 
(KS) Pat Roberts
(LA) David Vitter  
(MT) Conrad Burns  
(NC) Elizabeth Dole  
(NE) Chuck Hagel
(PA) Arlen Specter
(PA) Rick Santorum  
(SD) John Thune
(WY) Thomas Craig
(WY) Michael Enzi

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