Sunday, September 30, 2007
You think gas prices are high now? You ain't seen nuthin' yet. That is, if you can find any at all...
Top Military Officials are a Disgrace to Those They Lead
By Col. David HuntOur generals are betraying our soldiers … again
We can be assured that the very serious Mr. Hume for Faux Snooze will not pound his little table and demand a retraction, since both of these despicable people live on the same side of the Village.
We on the left can loudly and vehemently proclaim our righteous indignation at the heresy proclaimed by chickenhawks that crowd the war-mongering division of BushCo, send blast-faxes, set up phone-banks and email campaigns to our legislature demanding a vote condemning each and every one of these outrages. The result would be some timid, watered down version calling for a return to civility.
Because the right protects its base and the left run from theirs. This very dynamic has drug this country to the very brink of fascism. The rightards control corporate media. Most syndicated columnists are conservative, 9 out of ten hours of political talk terrestrial radio are conservative and every time a Delay or Foley or Craig or Abramoff is mentioned on network news, the chattering classes out of pure reflex say "Democrats too" to give "balance" and smear all public servants with the criminal regime that is the Republican party.
Further, in America we believe in the freedom of speech. But when Democrats curl up in a fetal position and flail themselves in the disgusting spectacle they exhibited in voting with the enemy to flog themselves, it drives one to demand two wrongs make a right, despite what my momma told me.
Perhaps the pushback the left is inflicting on Democrats has them confused and hurt. The truth is we are trying to keep them from making asses of themselves. Never repeat right-wing talking points. The very fact that they want to muzzle free speech about a war's fifty-seventh reason is to export democracy and freedom is absolutely insane on the face of it. We are here to help. Please pay attention, cause, well, we vote, we have money and we are correct.
Friday, September 28, 2007
This would include the seven soldiers who wrote an op-ed that was published in the New York Times. The opinion piece gave a very differing view than the one delivered by the Administration, or their legions of spokesliars peopled by the likes of Sir Oxy Moron. The seven soldiers ended their column this way:
In a lawless environment where men with guns rule the streets, engaging in the banalities of life has become a death-defying act. Four years into our occupation, we have failed on every promise, while we have substituted Baath Party tyranny with a tyranny of Islamist, militia and criminal violence. When the primary preoccupation of average Iraqis is when and how they are likely to be killed, we can hardly feel smug as we hand out care packages. As an Iraqi man told us a few days ago with deep resignation, “We need security, not free food.”
In the end, we need to recognize that our presence may have released Iraqis from the grip of a tyrant, but that it has also robbed them of their self-respect. They will soon realize that the best way to regain dignity is to call us what we are — an army of occupation — and force our withdrawal.
Until that happens, it would be prudent for us to increasingly let Iraqis take center stage in all matters, to come up with a nuanced policy in which we assist them from the margins but let them resolve their differences as they see fit. This suggestion is not meant to be defeatist, but rather to highlight our pursuit of incompatible policies to absurd ends without recognizing the incongruities.
We need not talk about our morale. As committed soldiers, we will see this mission through.
This view is not only a "boots on the ground" perspective, but hats on the ground as well since two of these soldiers have given their lives in pursuit of the Cheney/Bush policy.
But Rush has declared these seven individuals "phony", and indeed any soldier who disagrees with Dear Leader. According to a Zogby poll, this includes 72% of the soldiers in Iraq.
They are all "phony soldiers" according to Rush.
The recent outrage directed at MoveOn.Org about an ad they ran questioning the veracity of General shook the very halls of congress. One ad about one soldier drew condemnation from 72 Senators and 341 members of the House in actual votes to register their outrage.
The vote was goaded by the mighty right wing wurlitzer in an obvious bait and switch to detract from the lives and treasure being flushed down the toilet of BushCo. So now the question is will the Reich wing bloviators be equally outraged at Rush declaring over seventy percent of our troops in Iraq are "phony soldiers?" Legislators need not draft a new declaration, since this field has already been plowed.
(b) Sense of Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate--
(1) to reaffirm its support for all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, including General David H. Petraeus, Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq;
(2) to strongly condemn any effort to attack the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all the members of the United States Armed Forces; and
(3) to specifically repudiate the unwarranted personal attack on General Petraeus by the liberal activist group Moveon.org.Just some minor changes need to be made in the language. The faux outrage generated over one ad about one soldier should be proportionately increased since Rush has slurred over one hundred and fifteen thousand soldiers. This coming from a man who got a medical deferment from serving in the military due to an anal cyst.
John Amato over at Crooks and Liars has the phone numbers of certain congresscritters that may enjoy encouragement in condemning Oxy Moronic attacks on our soldiers.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
I Never Have Been...
Where they gather to declare themselves idiots and spew their hateful ideology...
And the political party that holds them close to their bosom.
Much like a belligerent drunk being accused of alcoholism, the immediate response is denial and threats of a boozy brawl. Never is any admission made to an actual problem existing. The real problem is with all the trouble-makers attacking such fine, upstanding citizens. At least in Billo's world. At least Imus and Cosmo apologized, however, they denied being racist.
Again, this is the foggy thinking of a drunk, the public shame of being a racist (in most circles) makes it nearly impossible for someone to admit, or even recognize being a racist. Bill'o was just simply fascinated that black people were acting just like normal people, which leads one to conclude he expects minorities to behave in an abnormal way, and was surprised that they did not.
To defend his confounding logic, he claims he was defending minorities by pointing out, to his shock and awe, that they can behave in public.
This sad and pathetic pundit then sulls up and lashes out at Media Matters for putting up his undoctored audio from his radio show where he made his racist comments, along with a complete transcript, for taking his words out of context. Further, he lambastes all other media that picks up on the story to expose this small-minded racist for who he is.
Yes, It is Bill O'Reilly who is the victim. The rich white guy from the mean streets of Long Island proclaims loudly that it is all about "the man" keeping you down.
It is Bill'o who does not know how to behave in public.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Hey Rudy. Fuck You. You are a vapid slut, a serial adulterer who has been married three times. Your first wife was your second cousin fer chrissakes. In all of your dealings, both politically and professionally, you leave a foul slime trail.
The front-runner for the Republican party is in favor of gun control, abortion and gay rights. This means the only people left in the Republican party are sheeple, mindless hive-thought stepford wives dutifully reciting the chorus issued to them by the mighty right-wing wurlitzer. God, guns and gays are the trifecta platform of the "family values" party, and yet, if you chant terror 24/7 the rightards cast all this aside out of concern for their soiled pampers.
And Rudy chants terror, 24/7.
Congress formed the Iraq Study Group, a bi-partisan group to look at all aspects of the rapidly deteriorating conditions in Iraq in a futile attempt to get Bush to change course. Rudy was named to this committee. But after five weeks of no-shows, the top Republican told Rudy to show up or quit. Citing scheduling conflicts, Rudy quit. Now, what could be more important than getting some bonafide foreign policy cred and helping America with the most important matter in a generation?
Making some money!
That's right, America's Mayor was busy delivering speeches for hundreds of thousands of dollars standing on a podium of three thousand dead Americans saying, "I...Me...I...Me...blah blah blah."
And he is one of Bush's biggest cheerleaders in The War In Error. Their latest product slogan is "Return On Success."
I sent three labels of right-wing kool-aide to Battle Creek Michigan and just got my rightard decoder ring back in the mail. It amazes me how concise rightardspeak is compared to what it means when decoded.
"Return On Success" means "we don't care how stressed and strained the troops are, you ain't coming back until you win our goddam war!"
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Citing progress and success and a decline in violence, Petraeus forgot to mention that this was the bloodiest and deadliest for US servicemembers since the beginning of the invasion. Somehow that part got left off of the Valiant and Honorable General's self-edited report card. One should expect such omissions of import when an individual is allowed to self-evaluate ones own performance.
No longer does a huge block of the American people allow such weighty decisions to be made by Very Serious People about matters too far over the heads of the average layman.
We remember hearing about the Weapons of Mass Destruction and the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud. We remember slam dunk intelligence and charts used by another General at the United Nations making the case for invasion with aforementioned slam dunk intelligence.
We remember the time frame of the invasion stated as "six days, six weeks. I doubt six months." We remember being reassured by a Very Serious Person that Iraq's oil could finance its own reconstruction efforts. He went on to head the World Bank, where it is assumed, some math was involved. We remember an overstuffed codpiece landing on an aircraft carrier offshore of San Diego decorated with Mission Accomplished banner. The Leader of The Most Powerful Photo Ops in the World pulled off this miraculous feat over four years ago.
We remember the "last throes" and "a few dead-enders". We remember a mind-numbing slew of "turning the corner" and "critical times" and seemingly endless Freidman Units.
And now, Petraeus and Dear Leader have joined chorus in a petulant effort to chide the majority of Americans, who simply do not understand weighty issues far over the heads of The Unserious who wish to end the occupation. The picture they paint is dark. Islamo fanatics will move in and take the oil to finance their hateful ideology. Iran will help. Widespread slaughter will be immediate and America will be in danger.
But we remember making these very same arguments, those of us on the Unserious Left, as good reasons for not invading Iraq, but we were shouted down as giving aid and comfort to the enemy, Anti-American and defeatocrats. It is really Kafkaesque to have the very arguments against the invasion now being endorsed as why we can't leave by those who so thoroughly trashed them.
Monday, September 03, 2007
First off, there seems to be a swabbing of the decks at the good ship lollipop. Bertie Walnuts, aka Alberto Gonzales finally crashed under the weight of his own incompetence. The strangely familiar refrain of an inability to correct the boy king, Bertie fell victim to the urban legend of a snake being able to hypnotize a bird in flight, bringing to its doom. He conflated loyalty to country and constitution with fealty to person hood clothed in ideology. Certainly the frat-boy mentality and clubby towel-snapping ridicule of monikers like "fredo" goaded him into behaving like a dog in the back window of an El Dorado, his head constantly bobbing up and down for approval.
Certainly the republicans and their legions that people the mighty right wing wurlitzer blame the Democrats. As I have stated before, nationally, there are nine hours of rightard hatespew driving their chickenhawk killdozers over the American airwaves for every one hour of everybodyelse. This, of course, needs fixing in the context of radio. See, terrestrial radio is a fixed and finite universe. They cannot throw an extra sig of paper on the press to cover more shit, and the radio universe is a publicly held universe. Right now, blogs are the only counter-prevailing force for the hate-spew put out by Oxy morons, phone-sex enthusiasts and slant-head-Hannities. There exists no real opposition in the blogosphere from the right. Last count I got to date was since the Dean campaign, we on the left have raised $26 million and the right, somewhere north of $300 thousand.
Yes, the right blogosphere is fat and stupid and even their mother's don't like them very much.
I hate to reduce the muscle of the left blogosphere to dollars and cents, but unfortunately, this is what politics understand. Still, it seems there understanding wanes significantly.
Bertie Walnuts is out. Karl Rove is out. Tony Snow is out. The Republican majority in the Senate is out. The Republican majority of the House is out. And yet, even Speaker Pelosi's muscular language of a "new congress is in town," which was elected to conclude the Republican Reign of Terror, we still have:
An escalation of the occupation of Iraq, fully funded, with no strings attached. Codification of the Bush warrant less wiretapping program, running unabated and unchecked, giving the Administration congressional approval to shred civil liberties. Continuation of the suspension of Habeus Corpus. The founding principle of free people that says its government cannot snatch them from the streets and imprison them with no explanation to a judge or anyone else. Giving the boy king the exclusive authority to determine what torture is...the same guy who blew frogs up for kicks as a child.
In other words, to contrast Speaker Pelosi's admonition, meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Congress is confused. Yes, Nancy, it is really swell you increased the minimum wage. Yes, we are so happy you made it easier to afford college for our kids and it is so kewl you passed the 9/11 commission recommendations, like 12 years after they were, you know, recommended. Health care for the kids and ethics reform are good too, but holy fucking shit, quit mowing the fukkin' lawn while the house is burning down!
End it. End all of this authoritarian cultism that preaches that all will be well if we have enough cops/soldiers on the streets. Do not lead from the center as defined by those who have drug this nation 1200 miles to the right. End the occupation. End the warrantless wiretapping. Re-establish Habeus Corpus. End torture. End free trade that is not fair and only benefits multinational corporations. Enact card check for the establishment of Unions. Roll back the tax cuts of the Bush/Bush/Reagan regimes. Establish a 91% tax rate on incomes over $3 million and perhaps we wouldn't have CEO's making 400 times what the average worker makes. Eliminate all offshore tax havens and any benefits of outsourcing labor.
It doesn't matter what the rightards say, because they will bad mouth you whatever you do. It is time to do what you were elected for, and the main thing is to defend and protect the constitution, something Republicans do not believe in. Republicans are corporatists, not Americans.