“How many stories were there of returning veterans killing “hippies” in Airports?  “None” you say?  This means, of course, that Vietnam veterans were all cowards, “candyass” whiners who, when confronted, ran and cried.  That’s not how I remember it, though I do remember Sylvester Stallone telling it that way in a movie.  I can see poor “John Rambo” crying his little pink eyes out.  Worse than that, for 40 years I have heard dozens of “veterans” telling me about having to flee airports, gangs of hippies chasing them, saliva flowing everywhere.”

By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor

Mike Hamilton of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was convicted recently of violating the “Stolen Valor Act.”  Hamilton’s Marine uniform sported 2 Navy Crosses, 4 Silver stars along with 74 other medals and ribbons.  When the Supreme Court overturned the “Stolen Valor Act” as unconstitutional, a violation of “freedom of speech,” Hamilton’s conviction was overturned.  He currently faces charges for other violations, perhaps even more curious ones, but Hamilton himself isn’t the problem.  There are some serious questions as to whether “Colonel” Hamilton is competent to stand trial.  Today, veterans groups are swooping around Mike Hamilton like vultures, looking for a meal.  A few short months ago, he was the darling of the “rubber chicken” circuit, spouting the myths they wanted to hear, waving the flag and cheering on the horse manure of that is so popular to the American “right.”

We don’t know much about Hamilton.  He claims to be a former judge and police officer.  We are told those things aren’t true.  He claims to be a Vietnam veteran and former Marine.  Though he is accused of, perhaps the most grandiose “resume enhancement” in history, we really don’t know his military record.  It is assumed he never served.  Frankly, we aren’t sure, nobody ever checked.

What we do know is that he has, for years, on every occasion he could get, spewed the same Vietnam era myths, like out of the Rambo movies, “airport spitters,” gangs of “hippies” attacking soldiers, and his favorite of all time, “spewing foul insults.”  This is the quote he used continually.  Those of us who served in Vietnam, really served in Vietnam, know that none of this ever happened.  40 years later I am still dangerous in an airport, cranky, irritable, raging PTSD and suffering from claustrophobia.  I would rather be dragged behind a car, through a barbed wire fence than get on an airplane anymore.


The nearly two day jaunt across the Pacific, DaNang, Guam, Hawaii (sometimes thru Okinawa) and on to California, packed in like sardines, left most returnees ready to kill.  Any idiot who would drive out to an airport, put their “hippie van” in long term parking and wait for me, just to see the enjoyment I would have kicking them to death…

Ah, that.  How many stories were there of returning veterans killing “hippies” in Airports?  “None” you say?  This means, of course, that Vietnam veterans were all cowards, “candyass” whiners who, when confronted, ran and cried.  That’s not how I remember it, though I do remember Sylvester Stallone telling it that way in a movie.  I can see poor “John Rambo” crying his little pink eyes out.

Worse than that, for 40 years I have heard dozens of “veterans” telling me about having to flee airports, gangs of hippies chasing them, saliva flowing everywhere. Every time I hear that story it make me sick.  No wonder Vietnam vets are hated and looked down on.  We know that these stories were told by mostly phonies, the thousands that never served that sought attention for themselves by playing the victim.  Why would a real vet do this?  Have they sunk this low?  It sounds like the Israeli army with their tanks and jets moaning about bottle rockets from Gaza.

And, to think, “veterans” are angry at Mike Hamilton for wearing a few Navy Crosses.  If he deserves criticism, it should be for his tales of airport abuse.


We are also told that Hamilton received $30,000 in undeserved VA disability compensation.  Stories indicate that he never served.  OK, here is my question:

“If real disabled vets take years, even decades getting through the VA system, who helped a total phony with NO documentation get 100% COMBAT disability?”

I am 100% disabled.  I had a claim denied because the VA said my records were destroyed.  This was in the 1970s.  Oddly, in 2001, my original service record book, last seen in Vietnam, sat there on the desk of a VA “comp and pension” examiner, medical records, all the rest.  It didn’t look “burned” at all.

I spent 12 years in processing with refiles because of “missing” documents, continual administrative “accidents” of every kind.  I have met vets whose claims have taken twice that long, in fact there are almost a million veterans with claims handling problems at the VA and two million more who died in processing.


This guy, the darling of the Veterans Service Organizations, you know who we mean, the ones the VA loves so much, got his claim through, no service record book, no DD-214, no medical records, no witnesses, no real medals, no combat records, no wounds, all he had to do was say “airport spitter” a few times and they just threw the money at him.

If there is going to be an investigation by the VA Inspector General (VAOIG), it should be, not just Mike Hamilton but every person that touched his file, every person that made a phone call, applied pressure, every person who assisted an obvious phony because they liked his politics.

There is a story here, much more than we are being told.  Hamilton wouldn’t have done the damage he did if he didn’t have so many willing to buy into the filth he was spewing.

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  1. Glenn McBride  October 16, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Hah! And they ask me why I married a foreign girl! 🙂

  2. Gordon Duff  October 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Buffett funded the Swift Boaters…got caught funding liars….
    Promised to pay 1 million to the Paralyzed Vets of America to make amends
    money never paid
    ask Buffett…or “mo” has he calls himself
    You are simply wrong…..i have gone over this with Buffet personally. It was not pleasant.
    Ask him next time you see him.

  3. David A. White  October 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Gordon, you are being disrespectful to a great American. Warren Buffett is an American Billionare who is giving away most of his wealth to help mankind. It was Boone Pickens, a Texas, Okolama oilman who offered a million dollars on the medals, if Kerry had proven they were legimate and then welshed on the offer when proof was presented.

  4. FreeAmerica  October 15, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I look around the country and it’s position in regards to respect we have from foreign nations I have to say since baby boomers been in charge; meaning those with minimal ties to the military or Vietnam, are responsible for this mess.

    Not all black and white, but enough to make me think serving your nation in combat makes a difference in how you govern.

  5. Gordon Duff  October 14, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I dont have alot of energy for supporting kerry but he is a combat vet…very real. as for medals….90% of them from Vietnam were phony. i have a friend…cowriter here…with two purple hearts. it cost him a head wound and three limbs.
    i don’t wear a purple heart…and can sport “wounds”…or whatever you call them…well beyond kerry…or colin powell…or..
    ..no bullet holde..torso or head….no purple heart
    mines..ieds…booby traps…..arm or leg wounds without amputation don’t count
    marine corp stuff….for enlisted anyway….more than minor evidence this was kept to for some time

  6. Gordon Duff  October 14, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I didn’t say I wasn’t treated poorly. You should have seen the faces when I told the folks at the country club I was a Vietnam Vet. It was like they found a live rat in their quiche.

  7. SMaj  October 14, 2010 at 4:46 am

    I wasn’t spit at but treated pretty rotten when comming home. I arrived in Chicago for San Diego, flew to Green Bay WI and decided not to wait for a plane and started to hitch hike. I walked about twenty miles and received the bird at least seven or eight times from passing motorist, probably young kids. A truck driver finally picked me up. San Diego and Frisco were not pleasant places for treatment by the natives at the airports there.

  8. schud  October 14, 2010 at 4:41 am

    I don’t really care what Buffett did but I have read enough about Kerry to know what he did with his medals when he came home. My cousin was a staff worker in DC when he spoke before Congress. Do you remember what he told all about what was going on in Nam? We also knew about what he did with his medals and we all know they, the medals, showed up again when he ran for President. I could care less about two losers, Bush and Cheney, as far as I am concerned neither served in any military. Sometimes I don’t know where you come up with comments like I would sell one of you out, I am a combat wounded veteran who would never sell any veteran out but a jerk like Kerry I have no problem with. Furthermore, I haven’t the foggyist what selling out to Israel, Bush or space aliens has to do with my comments.

  9. Gordon Duff  October 13, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    when investigated, it was proven that kerry earned his medals and those saying otherwise, funded by warren buffett, were liars
    when they were PROVEN liars, and buffett had agreed to pay a millon to paralyzed veterans of america, he welched on his promise
    you must think bush and cheney were war heroes
    i am not a kerry fan but i hate people who lie about combat vets more….much more
    if you will sell one of us down the river
    you will sell us all out
    whether to israel or bush or space aliens

  10. schud  October 13, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Wasn’t he a Democrat?

  11. SE8  October 13, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Were you outraged at UA Sen Kerry when you found out he threw his medals that he didn’t deserve, in the garbage after he returned from Vietnam? Its interesting they showed up after he ran for President.

  12. vinnie  October 13, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    This guy is a complete disgrace to all we veterans that served in vietnam. just what is he trying to prove? veterans that served this country in war are still waiting for there health care and disability. others have died with agent orange, and this scum bag is getting 100 PERCENT. something is way to far wrong. the system STINKS. so does the justice system.

  13. SMaj  October 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    All medals, ribbons can be bought with the exception of two: The Medal of Honor and the badge that is worn by certain military Army guards at Arlington National Cemetery. If you get caught with either, there is an appropriate penalty that one would pay.

  14. rick schutt  October 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I,m a marine from the middle 70’s who never served in combat the meni served with who did earned a place in my heart that i have no desire to claim i did what i did when i was young we serve for our own reasons those who went where they went and did what were able to give this lancecorporal the ability to know i could do my job if needed THANKGOD IT WASN’T anyone who claims this should be prosecuted because I DO NOT WANT MY SON SERVING because of some phoney asshole

  15. Glenn  October 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    if the guy actually DID serve, then get him to a shrink ASAP. I really do think this whole “stolen honor” issue is at best blown out of proportion and at worst a red herring.

    If someone truly cares about dishonor done to veterans, one only need look to the VA and congress. Fighting within our own ranks only gives comfort to our enemies.

  16. Jake Holman  October 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Gordon , why do you continue to cover up about Spitting? 3 times I’ve posted about Delmar Pickett Jr. A SP/4 Combat Medic. When interviewed in 1971 by Chris Collingwood of CBS News, Pickett tells of being spit upon in the Seattle Airport.

  17. Fran Lawrence  October 13, 2010 at 11:48 am

    An old man telling a few war stories? Really? When this old man is trotted out in uniform with his fake medals and rank to speak to the public and is honored as something he is not… when there are real (disabled) Vietnam combat veterans who have been told and are still told that they never were in combat… that they are ‘mentally ill and have ‘personality disorder’ and are lying to get $ from the goverment, yet his troop from Vietnam would tell you otherwise. How that person was in intense combat on a daily basis… yet the gov. still is screwing with that veteran…

    I have a real serious problem with that phoney lying impersonator. I don’t care how ‘out of it’ he is… he should know enough to not impersonate someone he is not to get glory that is not his. He wasn’t ‘out of it’ enough to make public appearances and presentations.

    HE gets to represent Vietnam combat troopers… MARINES? As a Colonel? While so many who did serve in combat in Vietnam are Still getting kicked to the curb? And not just Vietnam veterans are getting kicked to the curb, GW vets, Iraq vets, Afghanistan vets.

    So many real heroes with no voice, and this phoney piece of work is dragged out to represent them?

    He and the people who helped him do what he did SPITS ON real combat veterans’ service and makes a mockery of being a US Marine, rank, and the brothers and sisters who put their lives on the line.

    I have a really big problem with that.

  18. Bradley  October 13, 2010 at 10:10 am

    As a disabled Vietnam Marine I find this horrible. He is a total disgrace and has just insulted not only every Vietnam veteran, but everyone that has ever worn a uniform. He and those who assisted him should be thrown into jail. As for the courts overturning the “Stolen Valor Act” because it violates freedom of speech, that is a bunch of BS. All it does if give these people the “constitutional right” to lie and misrepresent themselves. There is no freedom of speech in that. This is clearly no what the Constitution is abut nor what Freedom of Speech is about!

  19. Billy Kidwell  October 13, 2010 at 2:46 am

    They want to prosecute one old man telling a few war stories? About fifteen years after Vietnam when it all at once became popular to be a Vietnam Vet I heard fake War Stories at every Viet Center I went to. I found it amusing, let the story tellers have their glory. Who cares?

    As for the medals….why isn’t anyone offended at how the whole Republican Party MOCKED the Purple Heart and those who earned it at their political convenction?

    Didn’t every Anti-American Republican put a fake Purple Heart on and make fun of America’s Veterans?

    I’m not saying Democrate are that much better. All politicans suck! The VA stays corrupt cheating Veterans.

    If you want to be outraged don’t be outraged at an old man telling his stories. Be outraged that those who served our country and returned disabled had their records destroied by the very government they fought for, be outraged that the VA is just as corrupt as it’s always been and real Veterans have no rigthts in America’s corrupt courts.

    Be outraged at the lowlifes running our country…and if you are a REAL Veteran PLEASE run for office against the professional politicans so I can vote for you.


  20. 11Bravo  October 13, 2010 at 2:14 am

    I would be in favor of giving a medal to those who refused, resisted and/or just walked away during the Vietnam War. I think that was heroic.

  21. Paul Julian Gould  October 13, 2010 at 1:03 am

    To Jim,

    My friend, it seems the thread was nested as far as it could go, so I’ll post this here —

    I hope you do explore the opportunity of allowing me to call you my Masonic Brother!

    We do not solicit members – one must ask to join the Lodge, but if taken seriously, it can be one of the most wonderful journeys of your life!

    As we say – “To be one, ask one!”

    And thank you again for all your kind words. From the short bits you’ve posted, you seem like the kind of warm, intelligent person any Lodge would be proud to have as a member!


    Paul Julian Gould

    US Army Veteran, SGT/E-5, 1974-1982

    Master Mason
    Home Lodge, #721, F. & A. M, Van Nuys, California,
    Petitionining Wallace Hughston Lodge #1393 A.F. & A.M., El Paso, Texas

  22. Jim  October 13, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Very to the point Paul: This is the very reason I think the Lodges have won the community spirit it is an attraction principal and not a promotion principal at work . it is not a cult as the busters would believe, it is not secret as the press would decry..it is the attraction to community, regional and national affairs that make a differance in the lives of neighobors, masons and non-masons benefit from attraction causes…as they lead by example and not by ratings…..to lead by example means they’re are mentors and community leadership qualities in the decision equations…not loners with a pickaxe to grind…my GD a mentor once said “no spiders who spin webs” I think means those with hidden agendas…I never understood that statement till reading the above comments of (x) and you reflected on…I think its time I submit a application..vr jw

  23. Lem G.  October 12, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    There are times when some of us want to know how this dirtbag got access to all those medals in the first place. Online, gun shows, antique dealers, estate sales or surplus stores are all sources that should be reminded that anything above the commendation medal should not be that accessible to the general public.
    Silver Stars, DSC, DFC, Navy Cross etc — anyone with proper access can buy one.
    Time to rethink the difference between genuine collectors and frauds.

  24. Jim  October 12, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    WoW Portland, Or….My son was buried at the National Cem., in 2003. So gracefull a place for our honored warriors to rest and had a Hawk fly over the warriors keeping a watch my last visit to be with him. vr jim.

  25. Paul Julian Gould  October 12, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Here’s another quote from the same site, which link I shall provide at the end of this post:

    The Infamous Taxil Hoax “quote” supposedly from Albert Pike

    “That which we must say to a crowd is – We worship a God, but it is the God that one adores without superstition. To you, Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, we stay this, that you may repeat it to the Brethren of the 32nd, 31st, and 30th degrees – The Masonic Religion should be by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian Doctrine.

    If Lucifer were not God, would Adonay whose deeds prove his cruelty, perdify and hatred of man, barbarism and repulsion for science, would Adonay and his priests, calumniate him? Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also god. for the eternal law is that there is no light without shade, no beauty without ugliness, no white without black, for the absolute can only exist as two gods; darkness being necessary to the statue, and the brake to the locomotive.

    Thus, the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy; and the true and pure philosophical religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonay; but Lucifer, God of Light and God of Good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the God of Darkness and Evil.”

    The Infamous Taxil Hoax “quote” supposedly from Albert Pike

    Taken from “La Femme et l’Enfant dans la Franc Maconnerie Universelle”
    by A. C. DeLa Rive published in 1894

    When Taxil admitted his hoax in 1897, De La Rive wrote:

    “With frightening cynicism the miserable person we shall not name here [Taxil] declared before an assembly especially convened for him that for twelve years he had prepared and carried out to the end the most sacrilegious of hoaxes. We have always been careful to publish special articles concerning Palladism and Diana Vaughn. We are now giving in this issue a complete list of these articles, which can now be considered as not having existed.”

    Published in the April, 1897 issue of Freemasonry Disclosed

    This comes from http://www.masonicinfo.com/taxil.htm

  26. Paul Julian Gould  October 12, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Since you decided to post a link to masonbusters… here’s the answer for you:


  27. Paul Julian Gould  October 12, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Oh, and yes, Bro. Wayne was a Master Mason. As was Pres. Washington, Clark Gable, Benjamin Franklin, Luther Burbank, and thousands of other good and noble men whose memory you sully with your bigoted accusation.

  28. Paul Julian Gould  October 12, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    While Manly P. Hall was a Mason, he was obligated to other orders that have nothing to do with the order of Freemasonry, save that many of their members were/are also Masons.

    And, ya know… I’ve gone through Morals and Dogma and that citation does not exist in the book… the only place I’ve ever seen that given is on the website you cited, a viciously anti-Masonic fundamentalist Christian website, and other sites that, for some reason, have an axe to grind against the Fraternity.

    FWIW, Jesus Christ called Satan a god… “The god of this world.”

    Bro. Pike teaches quite a bit of the history of world religions in his book… no where does he state that any of the world religions is to be either followed or discounted.

    Your citing of the “quote,” even though it does not exist in Morals and Dogma, rather reminds me of those who would use the Bible to prove there is no God… the phrase, “there is no God” is truly in the Bible… albeit, in context, says “The fool has said in his heart, ‘there is no God.'”

    If you want to know what Masons hold to, do not seek that knowledge from those who hate us. Granted, opinions of Masonry differ between individual Masons within the same Lodge… we do not expect, nor welcome uniformity of thought… hell, we joke that you can’t even get 2 Masons to agree on where to have lunch!

    Yes, there have also been some scoundrels that have worn a Master Mason’s ring, as there have been child molesters that have worn a Catholic priest’s collar, and rapists and thieves that have preached from a Protestant’s pulpit.

    A difference being, though, that a scoundrel Mason (e.g. General Benedict Arnold, among a few that could be given), when found to have violated his obligations to God and his fellow man, is stripped of his membership from the Fraternity. Not so with the other two examples I cited.

    Would you expect a true picture of Christianity from the followers of Anton LaVey, a true picture of Judaism from al-Qaeda, or a true picture of Islam from the Dalai Lama?

    You are showing quite a bit of credulity in your citing of “masonbusters.” I once was a vocal anti-Mason, until I realized that I was going on the word of places like “masonbusters” and other professional anti-Masons. I sought information directly, and was very pleasantly surprised to find I was very wrong, as were and are those who only seek to sell books.

    Again, sir, that quote is not anywhere in Morals and Dogma.

  29. Jim  October 12, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    If the VA’sOIG who is a retired Secret Service Agent and finds
    the truth about Mr. Hamilton and it relates to any HIPPA elements OIG will not be able to report the actions in a public forum.. However and Yes, How did a claim get into the VBA system? reviewed and paid? Last year or so a group of service officer in Ky were indicted by the US Anty of western Ky on just such a claims process? Priority question of the day-did he “pay” someone to help him? If so, was he aware at the time of this action it was waste “fraud” 7 abuse if yes? The whole of a Veteran PTSD/MH PH related crime “is not” knowing a action is against the law at the time of signing the claim is my take on the USSC ruling last year in winning thus overturning the Korean Vet verdict on death row vr jw in Fl.

  30. Paul Julian Gould  October 12, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Greetings, Jim!

    A lot of impressive history in our Fraternity!

    And I shall convey your best wishes to my step-son – he’s going to be rolling around the Pakistani border in a Stryker — my son-in-law’s done 2 combat tours, and now serves his country in a funeral honors detail out of Portland, Oregon — so proud of both of them, and I honor their noble service to our nation.

  31. Jim  October 12, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Paul: I’m a direct decendent of
    Thomas White along with Paul R and a few of the Boston patroits as are listed in the book at the Griffens Warf Boston Historical 12/16/1773 campaign, who then served in the 2nd Pa regiment(V)along side at times with GW, yet, I never volunteered for the lodges, was away too much on intr biz I guess. Either way I do want to send our familys best to your new son-in-law to come home safe. And thank you for your Mason’s service to communities. By the way Paul R te silversmith still owns a fine at debeters court my Thomas the nailmaker, and others of the era paid “with” him in the code of chivarly and not charity. 🙂 vr jimwhite-Pgh.

  32. Gordon Duff  October 12, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Good information on Hamilton. Thanks. If he left as a PFC…he left honorably. I would probably cut the guy a break based on how “out of it” he seems. A year and a half in the corps is a year and a half more than 90% of the shit in washington did.

  33. David A. White  October 12, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I agree about the airport spitting, I never saw anyone spit on and the guys that I served with would have beat the shit out of anyone who was stupid enough to spit on them. I think this phase came out of the south, as I have heard it as a sign of disrespect when people feel they are being ignored or unworthy of respect because of their station in life, such as color, religion, ect.

  34. Glenn McBride  October 12, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    “When the Mason learns that the key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of the living power, he has Learned The Mystery of His Craft. The seething ENERGIES OF LUCIFER ARE IN HIS HANDS” (The Lost Keys to Freemasonry p.48) Manley P. Hall, Master Mason

    “Yes, Lucifer Is GOD, and Unfortunately Adonay is also god……. Lucifer, God of Light and God of Good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the GOD OF DARKNESS AND EVIL” (de Larive, A.C., La Femme et l’enfant dans la Franc, Maconnerei Universelle, Paris, 1889, p. 588) Albert Pike – Master Mason


    And TWENTY bucks says John Wayne was a mason too!

  35. Virg  October 12, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    The “colonel” was a private in the Marine Corp.


    Hamilton was a marine years ago. He served less than a year and left as a private first class but his recent actions has him facing 1 count of wearing a military uniform without authorization and 3 counts of wearing military medals or decorations without authorization. The maximum penalty for the offenses, a year in prison.

    Hamilton was not alone in the courtroom, more than a dozen veterans disgusted with his actions also showed up.

    Even illegal aliens know better than to flaunt their illegal papers.

  36. James Jackson  October 12, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Knowing how many wannabes I have run across the past 43 years I say that Hamilton is only the tip of the iceberg. I don’t know the answer to this problem other than to say there must be consquences for their disgusting behavior.

  37. SMaj  October 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Would like to know how he received the Army Presidential Unit Citation also. He would have had to serve in the Army before the Marine Corps to receive that.

  38. Paul Julian Gould  October 12, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Benjamin Franklin, W. C. Fields, J. Edgar Hoover, Harry Houdini…

    Well, you get the idea.

  39. Fran Lawrence  October 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    “If there is going to be an investigation by the VA Inspector General (VAOIG), it should be, not just Mike Hamilton but every person that touched his file, every person that made a phone call, applied pressure, every person who assisted an obvious phony because they liked his politics.”

    No freaking kidding! Augh! This makes my blood boil.
    I can’t even tell you. If I heard this last year… Oh mercy, mercy.

  40. Paul Julian Gould  October 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Smiling at your post, Gordon…

    Just used a couple of names that the so-called “Tea Partiers” like to count as heroes… for that matter, other famous Masons include Gen. Omar N. Bradley, Ernest Borgnine, Irving Berlin (remember “God Bless America”?), Count Basie, Buzz Aldrin, and… well, I could spend the rest of the week posting a list of illustrious men I’m proud to call “Brother.”

    I just tend to get my ire up when folks like our friend above my post start using the “Freemasons are taking over the world” meme, when there are real conspiracies afoot (Koch Brothers ring a bell?). Using the tactics of Weekly World News without showing whether one is actually being tongue-in-cheek makes one sound a bit like, well… Weekly World News.

  41. Chris Palombi  October 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm


    We are also told that Hamilton received $30,000 in undeserved VA disability compensation. Stories indicate that he never served. OK, here is my question:

    “If real disabled vets take years, even decades getting through the VA system, who helped a total phony with NO documentation get 100% COMBAT disability?”
    Something wrong with this picture. The 100% VA Single Comp rate is $2673 so the $30,000 figure is less than a year of benefits.

  42. Chris Palombi  October 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm


    We are also told that Hamilton received $30,000 in undeserved VA disability compensation. Stories indicate that he never served. OK, here is my question:

    “If real disabled vets take years, even decades getting through the VA system, who helped a total phony with NO documentation get 100% COMBAT disability?”

    Very strange. With the Single 100% Comp being $2673, the $30,000 is less than one year of benefits. $30,000 just doesn’t sound right.

  43. Gordon Duff  October 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Tell me you didn’t marry her.

  44. Gordon Duff  October 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I fought with John Wayne during the war. Wasn’t he on the other side?

  45. Paul Julian Gould  October 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I do hope the comment was meant humorously…

    You do realize that we count among our illustrious Brethren such men as Audie Murphy, recipient of the Medal of Honor, John Wayne, Paul Revere, and George Washington… you know, Father of his country and all that…

  46. Paul Julian Gould  October 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Ummm… waitaminnit… my father, rest his soul, was a Master Mason, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, AND a Shriner, and served proudly aboard the USS Phelps in WW2 — furthermore, I am a US Army veteran, the father-in-law of an Iraq combat vet and the soon-to-be step-father of a wonderful young man about to be deployed to Afghanistan…

    And, by the way, I am a proud 3rd-generation Master Mason.

    This comment does veterans no favors, and seems to imply your tinfoil hat is a bit too tight.

  47. James S  October 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Gordon, you’ve become the guy to go to with the Righteous Rants based on the Reality of the Facts!!!!!

    Thanks Again!!

  48. Edwin Crosby III  October 12, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Right on about investigating HOW this guy got his benefits. Took me 20 yrs. and 2 attempts on my life by VA Personnel to get mine, and I took the lawsuit to the US Sup. Ct. about SPN Codes. How did this guy get his benefits, some VA Employees should be arrested for this snafu. For God’s sake, nationally known Vietnam Vets like myself cannot even get in front of large crowds and show documents, and tell the public about BILLIONS stolen from V.A. WHY ? I am all over the internet, so, why am I not invited to speak here and there, I have the PROOF ! Well, looks like Honorable people are not wanted.

  49. Glenn  October 12, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Ten bucks says this guy is a freemason or shriner. Was he even in the military at all?

  50. phitzc  October 12, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Lots of the “hippies” had relatives in the war and wanted them to come home. Why would they spit on family members at the airport?

  51. Gordon Duff  October 12, 2010 at 6:20 am

    thank you for the correction. I had though the SCOTUS has affirmed the lower courts. Hower, the term “freedom of speech” applies as written. g

  52. Nigel Brooks  October 12, 2010 at 1:19 am

    The author of this piece says:

    “When the Supreme Court overturned the “Stolen Valor Act” as unconstitutional, a violation of “freedom of speech,” Hamilton’s conviction was overturned.”

    But that is simply not true – the Supreme Court has not ruled on the Constitutionality of the Stolen Valor Act.

    Two federal jurisdictions have ruled however. The Ninth Circuit which encompasses the Western States, and a District Court in Colorado have weighed in on the Stolen Valor Act and ruled it unconstitutional with regard to the “speech” part of the act. They have ruled that a false oral claim to have awards specified in the act is free speech and not a criminal offense. None of those ruling effect the Eastern District of North Carolina or the Circuit it is in.

    The case in the Eastern District of North Carolina is apparently still ongoing. As of October 10, 2010 he was indicted under cause 7:10-cr-00117-H on three counts.

    False statement to defraud
    Larceny of government property
    Unlawful wearing of uniform
    False claim about military decorations and medals

    These charges were based on a Grand Jury Indictment.

    The previous charges had been based on an information filed by the US Attorney on May 20, 2010 and had been dismissed on October 7, 2010

  53. Archie Haase  October 11, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    The idea Hamilton could get away with this is not surprising. It is also not surprising the Supreme Court ruled this law was unconstitutional.

    Who was the last justice who served in the United States military? I am betting not many in their families served in the military certainly not in these latest wars.

    I am betting we might have some draft dodgers from the Vietnam war sitting in this high court.

  54. Mr. Blather  October 11, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Wow, I’ve never served, but even I know the Combatant Diver Badge wasn’t authorized until 2001 and wasn’t awarded until a few years later. One would think that was a dead giveaway. Or did he have a story for how he managed to get one of those instead of a scuba diver badge?

  55. Dan  October 11, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    This absurd old Walter Mitty is laughable, with all those medals on his costume. But, here in Connecticut, we have a bona fide “stolen valor” creep ahead in the contest for Christopher Dodd’s Senate seat. This creep, Richard Blumenthal, by the way, is a screaming lib.

  56. Sharon  October 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    10 long years for PTSD. Hadda prove every miserable inch.

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