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Kerry To Make Film With Campaign Money

From an approving Associated Press:

Election panel weighs Kerry’s bid to produce movie


WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal election officials will have a hand in writing the script on Sen. John Kerry’s plans to become a movie producer.

The Federal Election Commission meets Thursday to consider Kerry’s request to use $300,000 from his campaign funds to invest in a documentary about injured Iraq war veterans.

The 2004 Democratic presidential nominee wants to be an executive producer for a movie tentatively titled, "Keeping Faith," by White Mountain Films. Kerry would not be paid, but he could get up to a 120 percent return on his $300,000 investment, according to a March 16 letter he sent to the FEC outlining his plans.

Kerry’s efforts would include helping line up investors and obtaining interview subjects for the film.

A decorated Vietnam War veteran who served as a Navy swift boat commander, Kerry has long been a champion of veterans causes. Friends who are involved in veterans issues had approached Kerry several months ago and asked him to become an executive producer of the movie.

The film’s director and producer is George Butler, a longtime Kerry friend. Butler had success with his 1977 documentary "Pumping Iron" about a then-unknown bodybuilder named Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Butler also made "Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry," which was released during Kerry’s White House run against President George Bush. The movie chronicled Kerry’s military career as well as his efforts leading veterans protesting the war after coming home.

Kerry’s presidential hopes were hurt during the 2004 race by attacks on his military service.

The Massachusetts Democrat has also asked the Senate ethics panel for permission to use campaign funds to invest in the documentary.

Kerry aides have said once federal election officials and the Senate ethics panel rule on his requests, the senator will decide whether to pursue his ambitions to become a movie producer.

Kerry has $3.5 million in his campaign account and does not face re-election until 2014.

George Butler has been a John Kerry propagandist and hagiographer for a very long time. He took the photographs for Mr. Kerry’s highly suppressed book, The New Soldier.

Mr. Butler also tried to reward the man who made him rich and famous — Arnold Schwarzenegger – by claiming that Mr. Schwarzenegger had expressed pro-Nazi sentiments on the set of ‘Pumping Iron.’

A vicious and unfounded smear that just happened to surface a month before Mr. Schwarzenegger was hoping to be elected governor of California.

From the archives of the New York Times:

Schwarzenegger Admired Hitler, Book Proposal Says

Published: Friday, October 3, 2003

A film producer who chronicled Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rise to fame as a champion bodybuilder in the 1970’s circulated a book proposal six years ago that quoted the young Mr. Schwarzenegger expressing admiration for Adolf Hitler.

The book proposal by the producer, George Butler, included what were presented as verbatim excerpts from interviews with Mr. Schwarzenegger in the filming of the documentary "Pumping Iron." In a part of the interview not used in the film, Mr. Schwarzenegger was asked to name his heroes ? "who do you admire most."

"It depends for what," Mr. Schwarzenegger said, according to the transcript in the book proposal. "I admired Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education up to power. And I admire him for being such a good public speaker."

In addition to the transcript, Mr. Butler wrote in his book proposal that in the 1970’s, he considered Mr. Schwarzenegger a "flagrant, outspoken admirer of Hitler." In the proposal, Mr. Butler also said he had seen Mr. Schwarzenegger playing "Nazi marching songs from long-playing records in his collection at home" and said that the actor "frequently clicked his heels and pretended to be an S.S. officer."

Mr. Schwarzenegger, in a telephone interview on Thursday, said he did not recall making any of the comments attributed to him or engaging in any of the behavior described by Mr. Butler.

"Let you tell you something: it’s one of those things that if you come from that background, you get accused a lot of times of being that, of being a Nazi," said Mr. Schwarzenegger, who grew up in Austria and whose father was a member of the Nazi Party.

"So you know," he continued, "I despise anything that Hitler stands for, anything he has done, hated the Nazism, hated what was done during the Second World War." …

So it is only fitting that Democrat campaign money should finally be used to pay Mr. Butler’s salary.

(Which, of course, it has been doing for years.)

The AP also neglects to mention whether these injured Iraq War veterans will be compared to Jenghis [sic] Khan or not.

For the record, here is a sample from Mr. Kerry’s book, The New Soldier’:

The New Soldier – Epilogue

[By John Kerry]

And so a New Soldier has returned to America, to a nation torn apart by the killing we were asked to do. But, unlike veterans of other wars and some of this one, the New Soldier does not accept the old myths.

We will not quickly join those who march on Veterans’ Day waving small flags, calling to memory those thousands who died for the "greater glory of the United States." We will not accept the rhetoric. We will not readily join the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars-in fact, we will find it hard to join anything at all and when we do, we will demand relevancy such as other organizations have recently been unable to provide. We will not take solace from the creation of monuments or the naming of parks after a select few of the thousands of dead Americans and Vietnamese. We will not uphold traditions which decorously memorialize that which was base and grim.

It is from these things the New Soldier is asking America to turn. We are asking America to turn from false glory, hollow victory, fabricated foreign threats, fear which threatens us as a nation, shallow pride which feeds off fear, and mostly from the promises which have proven so deceiving these past ten years…

Yes, Mr. Kerry has always done all he can to celebrate our heroic veterans.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 25th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

24 Responses to “Kerry To Make Film With Campaign Money”

  1. proreason says:

    I hope they make the movie.

    It will inspire the Swift Boat guys to make their own movie about the Traitor.

    Then maybe they will decide to make a movie about the Moron’s life to boot.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “Then maybe they will decide to make a movie about the Moron’s life to boot.”

      But, The Three Stooges already covered it….

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    “Kerry has long been a champion of veterans causes.”

    Ah …..since when? Hmmmmm?

    Kerry has long been a champion of himself and has not done ONE damn thing for any Veterans lately or that matter, EVER! John Kerry is a self absorbed, flea bitten, crybaby with 3 undeserved Purple Hearts. He is a man(?) with “NO HONOR” and a pig of a human being.

    NO!!! He does not do Veteran Causes …..for nothing!!

  3. Steve says:

    The latest insight from Mr. Kerry:

    Sen. Kerry jokes: ‘Too bad’ Gov. Sarah Palin didn’t go missing

    By Rachelle Cohen | Wednesday, June 24, 2009

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Kerry must have been channeling his inner Letterman yesterday.

    The Bay State senator was telling a group of business and civic leaders in town at his invitation about the “bizarre’’ tale of how South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford had “disappeared for four days’’ and claimed to be hiking along the Appalachian Trail, but no one was really certain of his whereabouts.

    “Too bad,’’ Kerry said, “if a governor had to go missing it couldn’t have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin.’’

    The Democratic-centric crowd laughed.

    Of course, Kerry couldn’t know that 24-hours later the Sanford story would get even stranger when the Republican governor confessed he had actually been in Argentina over Father’s Day weekend – a long, long way from the Appalachian Trail – and with his paramour, no less.

    So if Palin is keeping count of potential GOP presidential rivals, well, another one just bit the dust.


  4. artboyusa says:

    The place: Yoko Ono, Vietnam
    The time: November 1969.

    The yacht, sorry Swift boat, commanded by Lt (JG) John Kerry, is steaming along the war torn Qrap River when its youthful commander gets some BAD NEWS!

    “Lt. Kerry? Sir?”

    “What is it, Jones? Can’t you see I’m fixing my hair? This jungle humidity makes it go all stringy and lifeless. Pass me that can of hairspray, would you? Not that one – the Revlon”.

    “Yes sir. Um, sir, I really think you should come topside, sir. I think we have enemy contact, sir”.

    “Oh? And who gave you the authority to make that determination, sailor? Don’t forget who’s the officer on this boat”.

    “No sir. I won’t sir. Its just that, well sir, we seem to be taking heavy enemy fire from both sides of the river bank and the port engine’s stopped and its on fire and we, well, we seem to be sinking, sir”.

    “Now you see, Jones, that’s where people like you –the simple ordinary people, the ones who haven’t had my educational advantages, make your mistake. You said ‘enemy’ fire. ‘Enemy’ – that’s such a problematic word, Jones, so loaded with meaning, so heavy. Just who is this ‘enemy’ you mention? How do you know that they really mean us harm?”

    “Because they’re shooting at us, sir?”

    “That’s a very black and white kind of attitude, Jones. You need to get out of this negative place your head’s got into. I mean, how do you know that these people, whoever they may be, don’t think that we’re their ‘enemy’ just as much as we’re theirs?”

    “I expect they do, sir”.

    “Well, doesn’t that prove my point? Its all relative you dig? An enemy is just a friend who doesn’t like you yet! There’s no ‘enemy’ in ‘friend’ is there? You know, Jones, some day this war will be over and we’ll go back to the World”.


    “We’ll resume our normal lives. Me, I’ll come back with a chestful of medals that I awarded myself and some home movies of my jungle adventures and some fake atrocity stories and I’ll become a famous traitor and then I’ll run for office and I’ll work my way up the ladder, climbing as high as my talent for marrying rich women and a pack of lies can take me”.

    “That’s a very exciting prospect for you, sir, but…”

    “And you? Well who are we kidding? You’ll go back to some deadend job on some assembly line somewhere and settle down to a life of grinding frustration; your sweat soaked dreams haunted by endless nightmares of the wicked crimes you’ve committed during your time here as a baby-killing mercenary”.

    “Now, hold on a minute Mr Kerry..”

    “That’s if you’re lucky! You could end up a homeless drug addict, filthy, lice infested, haunted by flashbacks, desperate for that next fix that’s the only way to relieve the endless nightmare of psychic agony which is your miserable and useless life”.

    “Mr Kerry! Sir! Pay attention! Big danger! VC shooting us up! Boat on fire! Boat not moving! Boat sinking! Soon us all drown!”

    “Us? What do you mean ‘us’, sailor? If we sink I’ll simply walk ashore. Too bad about you ordinary mortals, though, but hey, no one ever said life was fair. Toodles!”

    “Mr Kerry! Don’t go out there, sir! Mr Kerry…hey, he really CAN walk on water! Far out! Oops –no he can’t…

    • Flession says:

      Yea…that was vastly superior than anything I was gonna write.

      I tip my vastly cynical hat to you, good sir.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:


      Only you could make me laugh while being made to remember what a traitorous POS that scum**g is, and always will be. Just the thought of that bastard pisses me off to no end!

    • texaspsue says:

      Artboy, you’ve nailed it on the head with another great story. “Walk on water”…………haha! You never disappoint us. :-)

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    I got the perfect actor to play the part. LURCH!


  6. wardmama4 says:

    I was going to comment on this in a negative – halp us Jon Carry, Were stuck in Irak – way but artboy did a much better job than I could even think about.

  7. canary says:

    I read a book Arnold wrote close to 30 years ago, and he just ranted how wonderful and great America was compared to where he grew up, and how proud and fortunate he was to be in America where you have freedom etc.

  8. wirenut says:

    How long can campaign contributions be held on to? What happens with this money if it’s not being used? Interest and taxes? We need to hold this trash to the same accountability that they force upon us, yet they exempt for themselves.
    Holding an office that is to represent us is not a lease to line your pockets. I’m “smok’n hot” about this! Live by the same rules that you pass. Take the damn perks out of politics, and they can drive themselves to work!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. DoctorRock says:


  10. wirenut says:

    D.R. , you must mean Assured Sane Society, Huh?

  11. canary says:

    Kerry doesn’t have to go to war, to be mean, ugly, and hateful. He’s only got a roof over his head because of his rich wife.

  12. artboyusa says:

    Thanks for the kind words, friends. Even in these dark times, when we need a figure of fun, Lt (JG) Kerry is always there, with every hair on his weird-shaped head shellaced firmly into place, still “reporting for duty”.

  13. Chinnubie says:

    ABU, You must write books or TV scripts, because your writing is excellent!! I really enjoy reading your posts…

  14. Wamp says:

    Perhaps Lurch Kerry misread the news on Shrillary’s broken bone (kind of like the oath he took when he donned the uniform, and that which he took upon his seating in Congress) and has been positioning himself for a job in Obama’s Dept of Apologies…?

  15. artboyusa says:

    The place: Connie Chung, South Vietnam
    The time: November 1969
    Theme music: Doors, Stones, Hendrix..usual boring Hollywood megamix used to convey sense of trippy 60s unreality and imminent violence.

    As the final notes of ‘Paint It Black’ faded away on the soundtrack Lt (JG) John Forbes Kerry crept stealthily, or as stealthily as anyone who’s 6 foot 4 and completely uncoordinated can, through the bristling elephant grass. His shaking hand gripped his weapon tightly. In his other hand was an M-16.

    It creeps me out when he does that, thought his companion, Seaman Jones. He’ll go blind if he doesn’t stop…

    ‘Quit silently disrespecting me, Jones!” hissed Lt (JG) Kerry. “Remember who went to prep school in Switzerland and who dropped out of junior high, you unlettered peon!”

    “Sorry, Mr Kerry sir’ grovelled Jones. ‘Um, does the Lieutenant have any idea where we might be, sir?”

    “Are you suggesting we’re lost, Jones? Are you? I’m an officer, you know”.

    “No sir, Mr Kerry. It’s just that I think we might be going in circles, sir. I kinda recognise some of these landmarks, sir”.

    ‘Landmarks? Like what?”

    “Like that tree over there where you carved ‘Kerry 4 Prez’ on the trunk, sir”.

    “That’s a pure coincidence, sailor. Anyone could have done that. Lots of people want me to be president”.

    “Yes sir. Whatever you say, sir”.

    “And I know exactly where we are too! The enemy is…over that way!”

    “So that means we’re going…?”

    “This other way! Pick up my gear and let’s get cracking. See Jones, its called ‘leadership’. You stick with me, sailor and you’ll learn a few things”.

    “About what, sir?”

    “Caddying. Serving drinks. Shining shoes. Folding napkins. I can teach you lots of stuff appropriate to your lowly station in life, you dig?”

    “I, um, dig, sir”.

    “Far out. Listen Jones, I’ll level with you. We’re in a tight spot. This area is swarming with regular NVA, armed to the teeth and hopped up on Jane Fonda movies and Jefferson Airplane records. There are mines and booby traps on every path and on every tree. The fetid jungle air is heavy with the smell of corruption and decay. We’re miles from anywhere and we’re low on ammo, food and water. Most of us… won’t be coming back!”

    “Us, sir? There’s just you and me…”

    “Okay, make it ‘you’ then. Now take the point!”

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      Your mind must just be a constant flurry of activity artboy. I can’t even imagine how these great stories materialize so quickly. Well done, as usual.

  16. Liberals Demise says:

    I laughed so hard …. I think I wet myself! This is by far your best!!

  17. artboyusa says:

    Too kind, friends, too kind. Did you check out the picture? Kerry looks like he’s going fishing, with that hat. Remember when he went “hunting”? Walked in one side of the field with a shotgun and came out the other side with a couple of birds his aides had bought at Stop ‘n’ Shop and dumped there earlier – allegedly.

  18. artboyusa says:

    This topic might be deader than Kerry’s bullet in the head in the Copley Plaza hotel toilet grandfather but I had it laying around the place, so here goes:

    The place: Lucy Liu, South Vietnam
    The time: November, 1969
    Theme music: “Purple Haze” – what else?

    “And that’s my Bronze Star, my Silver Star, my Navy Cross and that big one is for having served in the Spanish-American War”.

    “A very impressive collection of decorations, Mr Kerry” panted Seaman Jones, sweating and bent double under the weight of his commander’s gear. They were still lost and still hungry and still walking in circles. “Say, sir. Do you think I could have some water now?”

    “Don’t be so selfish, Jones: I might need that water later. Now, let’s see: this is my Victoria Cross, my Croix de Guerre, the Iron Cross First and Second class, the Knight’s Cross with swords and oak leaves, the Order of Lenin, the Nobel Prize for Science, the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy for best new artist in a non-soul category…”

    “At least could I please dump some of this gear, sir? It’s awful heavy. Maybe the ski poles or the drum kit? Your dress whites? Or this crate of hair spray?”

    “I can’t live like an animal, Jones!” snapped Kerry. “Its important for an officer to maintain certain standards, a certain quiet dignity, even under these difficult conditions, you dig?”

    “Yes sir, I ‘dig’. Sorry, Mr Kerry. Say, Mr Kerry –look! Up ahead! It’s a village!”

    “A village! We’re saved! Come on, Jones!”

    “Sir, wait a minute!” hesitated Jones. “How do we know they’re friendly?”

    “Of course they’re friendly! See that flag with the gold star on the red field? That’s the flag of South Vietnam”.

    “Um, I think it might be North Vietnam, sir. Not South…”

    “Don’t contradict me, Jones! I went to Fessenden, you know”.

    “Fessawhat, sir?”

    “Fessenden, you ignorant menial. It’s an exclusive boy’s school. Ted Kennedy went there too”.

    “Not all that exclusive, then” muttered Jones but Lt (JG) Kerry was already gangling down the path, shouting and waving his arms. “Hello! Hello natives! It’s me – President Kerry! I’ll allow you to save me! Hello!”

    “Oh man” groaned Jones.

    Bound hand and foot, Kerry lay helpless on the dirt floor of the hut. The ropes bit cruelly into the New Englander’s flesh. His hair was all messed up and everything and he so hated that. Damn that Jones for getting me into all this trouble, he cursed silently. Sometimes he acts like he doesn’t appreciate just how important I am.

    In the next room he could hear the guards giving Jones a thorough working over.

    “Go ahead! Beat him all you want!” yelled Kerry defiantly. “You won’t make me talk!”

    “Silence, American pig!” commanded a harsh voice. Kerry looked up into a pair of cruel eyes set in an impassive yellow face.

    “I am Major Fang” hissed the stranger. “What is your name, imperialist lickspittle running dog stooge and lackey?” He blew a lungful of cigarette smoke into Kerry’s face.

    Mmmm, menthol fresh, thought Kerry. “John Forbes Kohn –I mean Kerry” he answered. “Lt (JG) USN. Serial number 77196955…”

    “Silence! We know who you are. We know all about you, shellac haired, prognatheous spoiled spawn of privilege!”

    “Well, okay; fine. Apology accepted. If you could have the car brought around I’ll be on my way”.

    “Silence! We require from you certain information. I want unit identifications, troop dispositions, information about unit strengths and materiel stocks. I want…”

    “Okay, okay. Slow down, I’ll tell you whatever you want to know”.

    “Silence! Wait a sec, I mean no, keep talking. Really? You would volunteer this information without duress? Some might construe such an action as treason. Does that not trouble you, John Kerry?”

    “Naah. It won’t be the last time…”

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