An Ungodly Intrusion

November 28, 2008

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Earlier this week, Fix Noise (among others) made a big deal out of the fact that President-Elect Barack Obama apparently hasn’t attended church services in the last few weeks (as if that’s any of my business one way or the other – the obligatory takedown from Media Matters is here; President Brainless has been praised as a person of faith for years by minions such as Michael Gerson, even though Dubya continues to condone torture, turn basically a blind eye to the catastrophic refugee crisis he created by virtue of his war of choice in Iraq, and wage war on both the environment and this country’s neediest citizens, who grow in rank by the hour due to his lazy, incompetent “stewardship”).

And to illustrate to me what continues to be the rank hypocrisy of news organizations commenting on matters of spirituality, we have Cal Thomas (of all people) here at the Washington Post (registration required) telling us that…

Presidents who desire a “normal” worship experience (if anything a president does can be said to be normal) can find a way to have one if they wish. The standard for modern presidents is Jimmy Carter. I was fortunate to attend First Baptist Church in Washington when Carter was president. His regular attendance when he was in town established a type of normalcy that removed what might have been a disruptive experience had he only been an occasional visitor. While a pool of reporters always attended with him (and having reporters in church is a good thing!), they were respectful and did not intrude on the Carters’ worship experience.

Well, call me just a filthy, unkempt liberal blogger, but I don’t know how Thomas could pretend to have a “worship experience” with a man about whom he also said the following (here)…

Jimmy Carter thinks he is doing God’s will by “loving” his enemies. The expectation behind that biblical instruction is that such an act will soften the heart of the enemy. But evil does not respond this way. What evil does is to take these acts (evil people know the commands, too, because they have studied us more than we have studied them) and use such notions to achieve their objectives. They will tell us whatever we want to hear in order to get their way. They believe the Koran allows them to lie to “infidels.”

Why won’t we understand this? Converts from Islam regularly warn us. Why do we persist in believing their lies when the only thing they have been consistent at is lying? If Carter trusts Hamas, whom else would he trust?

Nothing stinks as badly as a perishable item that has passed its “sell-by” date. That describes Jimmy Carter. His foreign policy was a failure when he was president, most notably his approach to Iran, which toppled that regime and gave us what we face now. Now, as ex-president, he continues to cause damage and undermine his country’s foreign policy.

Yes, Carter was wrong not to somehow surmise the danger in Iran at the time of the crisis, but such hostage-taking was and remains an act without precedent in its brutality by an alleged nation-state (if the phrase “no one could have foreseen this” applied anywhere, it could have applied to this). And yes, Carter screwed up the rescue attempt, but he poured everything he had into obtaining the release of the 52 Americans held in Tehran (and that doesn’t even take into account this act which is tantamount to treason by The Sainted Ronnie R IMHO).

But what about the Camp David Accords and the Panama Canal Treaty? How about showing the same “respect” to Carter’s legacy as you do to his “worship experience” by simply telling the truth?

Give me a fracking break, people (and in other news of the Almighty, U.S. House Dem Tom Riner of Kentucky is trying to invoke Him in that state’s mission statement for its Department of Homeland Security here…with people like this professing to speak on behalf of my beliefs, sometimes I wonder if there’s merit in becoming a Druid).


More Taxing Norquist Nonsense

November 26, 2008

The guy who wanted to “drown (Government) in a bathtub” is back with more propaganda about our economy, as noted here; fortunately, he was immediately called out for the lying fraud that he is.


Sadly, The Voice Of Experience

November 25, 2008

Here’s Jim Martin’s latest ad, in response to this (and to help, click here).


Crying Out Still For “Drill, Baby, Drill”?

November 24, 2008

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Given this story from last August, with the U.S. House Repugs calling their special session over the summer recess as a P.R. gesture to try and lower oil prices (and blaming the Dems in the process, of course), I wonder is Messrs. Hensarling, Shadegg, Boehner et al are actually going to give the Dems credit for this?

I know the answer, but I’m compelled to ask anyway.


Too Much Monkey Business

November 24, 2008

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(Note: That was the title of a hit for Chuck Berry, but The Fab Four covered it, as they did with many Berry songs.)

It now looks like The Vatican, in addition to forgiving John Lennon for claiming that the Beatles were once “bigger than Jesus” (I mean, he only said it in 1966, and 42 years is like a fortnight to these guys), has now actually gone so far as to embrace the music of those four lovable mop-tops from Liverpool and their “unique and strange alchemy of sounds and words”.

As far as Rome is concerned, it’s nice to know that We Can Work It Out Like Dreamers Do, though I’d Love You To Ask Me Why it took so Long, Long, Long before you could Think For Yourself and see The Inner Light. And despite the Crying, Waiting, Hoping, let’s wish that the church decides to Let It Be, realizing Lennon and company are Not Guilty and It’s All Too Much, speaking Words of Love to make sure I’ll Cry Instead for Not a Second Time.

But then again, Tomorrow Never Knows.


Sarah Gives Us “The Bird”

November 21, 2008

In case you missed it, here’s Sarah Palin’s interview while turkeys are being slaughtered (can’t make this stuff up, you know? And I loved the MSNBC captions).


Anybody Remember “Compassionate Conservatism”?

November 20, 2008

In light of this “Pap Attack” clip from September and this story, I think it’s an appropriate question to ask.

Update: Looks like Dubya flip-flopped here.


Stop Hiding The Cost

November 19, 2008

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This Think Progress post tells us that New York Times conservative quota hire Bill Kristol recently had a verbal spat with columnist and author Pete Hamill about whether or not Americans have seen “plenty of coffins” from the Iraq war, with Kristol arguing in a typically nonsensical manner that we have.

Think Progress does a good job of noting that the Bushco ban on the coffin photos was backed by the 108th Republican Congress in June 2004, with John McCain voting against the ban in one of his final moments of genuine maverickyness before he became a bona fide wingnut wannabe.

I’m not going to waste time pointing out the obvious facts that Bill Kristol is a liar and an idiot (and how funny is it that he’s “ambivalent” about staying at the Times, noted here; every day he picks up a paycheck from them, it’s an act of theft). I only wish to request here that the incoming Obama administration rescind the Bushco gag rule on the coffin photos at its earliest opportunity, or if it does not somehow, then the incoming 111th Congress should act to do so themselves.


Stephen, We Hadley Knew Ye

November 18, 2008

hadley1aWhen I go to read online content that represents an almost total avoidance of reality, I try my luck at the Philadelphia Inquirer first, but inevitably I end up at the Murdoch Street Journal.

And today, writer William McGurn tells us the following from here…

I suppose it’s possible that George W. Bush would award Stephen J. Hadley the Medal of Freedom. Certainly the president’s national security adviser has earned it, for work that made possible the success we are now seeing in Iraq. And it would be within the president’s prerogative to see that work acknowledged with this honor before they both leave the White House come Jan. 20.

But how much better it would be all around — for the country, for the recipient, and even for Barack Obama — if Mr. Hadley were to receive this honor from the hands of the 44th president of the United States.

Of course it would be “better,” wouldn’t it? Why, it would be a tacit endorsement by Obama of the lies and deceptions that precipitated and exacerbated the Iraq fiasco which our president-elect, in his wisdom, opposed from the beginning. And it would a great big cream pie, figuratively speaking, splattered right in Obama’s “mush.”

Yep, that’s something McGurn and his playmates at Rupert Murdoch’s propaganda factory would truly enjoy. It would provide attack fodder for weeks on end.

Meanwhile, in the reality-based community, please allow me to point out that Hadley, along with former CIA director George Tenet, allowed references to Saddam Hussein’s supposed efforts to purchase nuclear materials into Dubya’s 2003 State Of The Union address here (a reason at the time for our war of choice in Iraq).

Also, Hadley once endorsed the idea of naming Paul Wolfowitz as head of the Coalition Provisional Authority to replace Jay Garner here (a Jew in charge of an Arab country – how many levels of stupid). And I should also point out here that Hadley dismissed some of the ideas of departing Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld a couple of years ago, which would not be a big deal were it not for the fact that Rummy listed troop withdrawals as one such idea.

I’m not going to waste my time belaboring the point once more that the “surge” wouldn’t have been a “success” were it not for the Sunni Awakening and the ethnic cleansing that has resulted from their civil war with the Shiites. I’ll merely conclude by saying that the only “victory” Hadley and his chums offered was a feeble political cover to buy time before the ruling Bushco cabal finally, mercifully, departs the national stage at long last in about two months.

Update: And in true lapdog fashion, Hadley spouted the party line that his boss didn’t believe there were any security concerns regarding the botched Dubai Ports World deal (remember that one?) here (with more than a little bit of an assist from Little Tommy Friedman).


“Byko” And His Crackpot History Lesson

November 17, 2008

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Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky told us last Friday here that “the road to George W. Bush was paved by 1968 and its aftermath.”

Yes, I’m serious (a less odious observation than his despicable dreck here).

Continuing…

In reaction to bombs’ being set off by domestic terrorists and violent protests by the Far Left, offended (and possibly frightened) Americans lurched rightward. The “silent majority” was repulsed by the foul-mouthed, head-banded, fringe-wearing anarchists, hippies and Yippies whom they blamed for violence and disorder. They also blamed Democrats.

The White House was handed over to Richard Nixon. Republicans held it for most of the next 40 years.

Now I’m not doing to defend Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, or the rest of the so-called “Chicago Seven,” but the other group leading the protests at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago during the year in question (aside from Rubin, Hoffman and the “Youth International Party,” or “Yippies”) was the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (or “MOBE”), which was (according to Wikipedia)…

…“able to organize several successful protests (that year). The first protest was the “Pentagon March”. MOBE organised a rally at the Lincoln Memorial with speeches by many renowned individuals, including Dr. Benjamin Spock, which was followed by a march and rally at the Pentagon. In the spring of 1968, MOBE sponsored the spring marches in New York and San Francisco. MOBE leaders worked with local officials to hold non-violent marches and to create a show of force against the Vietnam War. The April 27 march in Chicago was part of the MOBE spring marches.

For Chicago, MOBE originally planned for two large-scale marches and an end of convention rally at Soldier Field. The goal was originally a massive show of force outside the International Amphitheatre. MOBE also planned to have workshops and movement centers distributed in 10 parks throughout the city, many in predominantly black areas, to allow demonstrators and participating groups to follow their particular focuses. The individual groups participating in the protest would run movement centers. The movement centers would have been coordinating areas where workshops could be held and information and first aid could be obtained. MOBE was working with Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR) to provide medical attention at the various movement centers and during the marches and the Legal Defense Committee to help those arrested to understand their rights, post bail, and prevent the City from pulling any legal shenanigans.

Several different areas were prepared (at the Chicago convention) for speech making, and MOBE marshals were instructed to help each different group in organizing their particular type of protest. For groups like Women Strike for Peace, MOBE marshals would instruct the women on how to picket without being arrested, how to avoid a violent confrontation with the police, and generally provide the amateur protesters with experience.

(By the way, the Wikipedia article tells us that the MOBE actions did not take place because the group was denied permits by the city of Chicago and many of them decided not to participate illegally. And the group enlisted the federal government to aid them in obtaining their permits, but the feds were stonewalled by Mayor Daley also.)

You see, “Byko”? The minute I or anyone else takes note of the fact that there were actually individuals at the convention who were trying to organize for nonviolent protest, that automatically explodes your phony argument.

You make it sound as if any issues pertaining to social justice were resolved in 1964 or 1965 (which saw passage of civil rights and voting legislation, I’ll grant you). So, then, what about gender-based issues of equality? Don’t you think an individual such as Harvey Milk, for example, employed ‘60s-era techniques of organization and non-violent protest to ensure that a neglected minority was represented in his district? Or are you going to argue that Milk and LBGT individuals helped “pave the road to George W. Bush” also by not merely shutting up and going away?

And what about the Equal Rights Amendment (“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”) More liberal wackiness as far as you’re concerned that originated in 1968?

Don’t you consider passage of the odious Proposition 8 in California as a sign that the battle rages on forty years later? And I guess, to you, liberals who continue to fight it thus further denigrate themselves when they do so?

If you choose not to associate with the “Far Left yakkers and bloggers” (as you put it) “Byko,” then state that that is your chosen preference. Don’t blame partly misunderstood events of 40 years ago as a reason for your own ignorance.


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