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Wednesday, October 4, 2006
The Whore for Bush's War
I heard Dennis Miller, as a guest on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show", compare Lincoln and Truman to today's actions by President Bush. Miller, normally known for his cerebral, incoherent humor, is now under contract to Fox. Maybe I should call it "under the influence".
During the "Seat of Heat" segment is when Miller made his presidential comparison. Stewart, sensing what was coming, said something to the effect of "If you go there, I'll throw you off the stage myself."
Miller told Stewart and the studio audience that he's a "Libertarian" who is "Liberal on most social issues". He also said that's he's on Bush's side in relation to Iraq, "for the long haul," thus negating the thought that rats actually do know when to leave a sinking ship.
Sounds like Joe Lieberman to me. How about you?
The comparison Miller, king of the crap that most of us will never know nor care about, was attempting to make was that Lincoln and Truman were as hated as Bush is today. Miller is simply applying his new employer, Fox News Channel's, tactic of when the truth doesn't fit, use a hammer. In fact, Lincoln won two presidential campaigns, both in 1860 and 1865. His popularity after the civil war soared, thus making the candidacy of his former general, George McClellan (the guy Lincoln fired) nothing but a joke.
In the case of Truman, it was the Korean War that was his downfall, and that war lasted only two years. Truman didn't seek re-election.
Miller's point was that both Lincoln and Truman ended up being considered two of the greatest presidents ever. What Miller fails to mention is that it was under Truman's presidency that World War II ended and that Lincoln held the Union together. Lincoln did everything in his power to avoid the Civil War, even willing to concede on several points to the Southern states on many issues, including slavery. Bush and his Miller-like supporters do everything in their power to create and maintain their wars.
By the way, South Carolina seceded while the corrupt administration of James Buchanan, Lincoln's predecessor, was still in power.
Just to review: Lincoln ended a war and Truman ended a war, then started another and paid for it politically. Bush started a war and intentionally keeps it going in perpetuity. To compare, as Miller is attempting, Lincoln's administration was determined to unite our nation while Bush's bent on division.
It doesn't matter... When you listen to Miller's comedy you need your "Miller to English" dictionary anyway.
I hear lots of "Righties disguised in Blue Cloth" claiming things like "I used to be a Democrat, but..." and "I'm Liberal on social issues, however...". They're all full of crap. When confronted and asked to name one Democrat they ever voted for, the name of their vote seems to have escaped their minds. They'll say stuff like "Lots of guys" or they'll come back at you with "yeah? Well which Republican did you ever vote for?" It's the best they can do. And when asked to identify those "social issues", they'll say "Stem cell research" and "feeding the children", but won't identify any way to pay for these "social programs". In fact when asked how they would pay for any of their "social issues", the first thing out of their mouths will be "Sure,. You want to raise taxes to pay for everything." Like those they vote for, these "Righties in Disguise" have answers for nothing and retorts for everything.
Miller is King George's Court Jester.
Miller was given a show a few years ago on CNBC, that bastion of Conservative thought founded by Fox' Roger Ailes. The show was so incredibly dull that the show's producers had to bring in a PAID AUDIENCE. Tthey still couldn't fill the place up! And no wonder, check this quote out:
"I don't have credibility, I'm a comedian,"
Today, he could modify that quote by saying "I don't have credibility, I work for Fox and have less credibility that a comedian."
"Americans stick their nose where it doesn't belong more than Cyrano de Bergerac giving head."
And what part of his body did George W. Bush "stick" into Iraq, Dennis?
Miller asked Stewart, as he walked onto the stage in back of a flashing "APPLAUSE" sign, "I would care for this audience on my show." I bet he would.
Make no mistakes, Miller IS a Republican through and through. Here's your proof:
"If you want somebody to repair your roads, educate your kids, or purify your water supply, you may want to turn to private enterprise, but if you want massive (expletive deleted) loads of your enemies wiped out in record time, Uncle Sam is the man for you."
-Miller the "Social Liberal" on our children, infrastructure and water supply
To Miller, our tax money is better spent on things like "pro-active" wars when we werent; invaded and increasing the stock prices of war profiteers Halliburton and Blackwater, just to name a few.
"I don't know what I think of George W. Bush when he first got in, but I've grown fond of the man, and maybe it's the times we live in. They say he's not an environmentalist. But every time I see his ranch on TV, it looks pretty nice. You know something, if we all took care of our own, we'd have a great environment."
-Miller, the mouthpiece of the rich and a member of Bush's "base" of "haves and have mores"
Miller's on the right track. GW's Crawford, Texas ranch looks great. The president even made sure that there was money to clean up the shoreline... at Kennebunkport, Maine, the home of GW's father, Former President George Herbert Walker Bush.
"There's a lot of differing data [about global warming], but as far as I can gather, over the last hundred years the temperature on this planet has gone up 1.8 degrees. Am I the only one who finds that amazingly stable? I could go back to my hotel room tonight and futz with the thermostat for three to four hours. I could not detect that difference."
-Miller, not noticing the difference.
In 1815, the volcano Tambora in Indonesia erupted and dumped great amounts of ash nto the atmosphere. hat was ten times more than Krakatoa contributed just a few decades later. The result in 1816 was called "The year without summer." James Madison was then our president. It snowed in Massachusetts in July and people were able to walk across New York's East River from Manhattan Island (then called New York City) to Brooklyn and even Staten Island. The temperature drop form "normal" temperatures was less than -0.9 degrees. I prefer to listen to Dr. James Hansen, NASA's top climatologist and the number one climate expert on the planet over Bush's Miller.
Miller might say that us "Liberals" have no sense of humor. I don't see the humor in 100-plus deadly attacks each and every day in Iraq and many more in Afghanistan; I don't see the humor in the deaths, rapes and torture that's going in right under our noses in Darfur; I don't see the humor in American children going hungry and coming home to an empty home after school while the Bush administration funding cuts to things like breakfast programs, free school lunch and after-school programs give way to huge tax give-backs to his "base" of "haves and have mores".
I must have lost my funny bone since
January 20, 2001.
Miller even made light of former Rep., and current pedophile, Mark Foley (R-FL). And, as Amy Robach of MSNBC noted on Imus in the morning, Whenever Miller's "employer", Fox shows Foley's picture, it says "Rep. Mark Foley (D-FL)" under his talking head. All other stations show it as (R-FL). Robach showed three different graphics to prove her point.
Miller got his "dream job".
INTERNATIONAL PRISON MESS - GUANTANAMO
Based on a report on NPR, the U.S. is trying to return some of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The problem lies in the perception of the world that everyone at this prison is guilty based on how we have cast guilt on all the detainees – there is no presumption of innocence – and countries do not want to take these “guilty” citizens back. To make the return even more difficult, the U.S. has demanded that two conditions be met: 1. the returned “guilty” detainees have to be monitored closely, and 2. no torture is allowed.
Some countries (England) have refused to take citizens back because they are not convinced they are criminals and do not want to commit to monitoring them around the clock. Other countries that do not want to abide by the conditions just refuse as with a small group of Chinese Muslims. The U.S. has asked 100 countries to take them and they all refused until they finally found a country (Albania, I believe) to take them where they reside in a U.N. refugee camp. No one in the country, except them, speak their language.
I can only imagine that the world finds these policies of ours contradictory and hypocritical. I am afraid that many countries figure they will leave us with the bed we made and a dose of our own arrogance. We can only hope more sanity will occur in the coming election and we, as citizens, will again have the government oversight we deserve that comes from a bi-partisan power sharing.
NATIONAL PRISON MESS
Seems the prisons have neither the time nor the resources to read the mail of jailed terrorists in the U.S. Last year it was discovered in Colorado that three jailed terrorists had sent over 90 letters, many going to suspicious or known terrorists including some involved with the Italian train bombing. Apparently, all these letters were sent without question. The agency that reviews prisons was doing a follow up review across the country to see if things had improved in the reading and editing of mail. They found it has not improved and that those assigned to read mail are often reassigned to other jobs, do not know the language the letters are written in, or do not have the time to read all mail.
What is Homeland Security, NSA, and the prison system in this country thinking??? Someone needs to inform them they are supposed to be fighting a war on terror and stopping terrorists from being pen pals with each other is definitely part of that. A small and critically important protection such as this should be mandatory in all prisons. If mail gets delayed, so be it. But, it should all be checked and critically assessed for coded messages. Allowing letters to go from one terrorist to another is unconscionable and unacceptable of our prison system. So much talk out of this administration and so little REAL protection.
Yet another reason why I say Junior Kean is pure filth:
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez slid into the corner booth at his favorite diner in Union City, and reached immediately for his coffee.
His eyes were a bit puffy from lack of sleep. The man looked like he needed a jolt.
With five weeks to go, the incumbent Democrat is slightly behind in most recent polls against a raw upstart, state Sen. Tom Kean Jr.
Menendez swears he expected a close race. What's surprised him is that Kean has turned his campaign into one never-ending attack ad.
Menendez knew it would get personal. But not this low. Not this ugly.
"It's frustrating," Menendez says. "This election is about changing the course of the country. That's what's at stake."
Kean is surprising a lot of people these days by showing a ruthlessness that never surfaced during his years as a legislator in Trenton.
At 38, he still looks like a choir boy. But he knows he can't win this race on the issues. So he's hired a team of consultants and turned his campaign into a snarling machine that would make Karl Rove proud.
To troll for dirt on Menendez, Kean's campaign has enlisted Chris Lyon, a political hit-man who was last seen fleeing New Hampshire after the attorney general there deemed his tricks too sleazy for the Granite State.
It seems Lyon was spreading rumors that the wife of a gubernatorial candidate in New Hampshire was a member of a cult that worshipped orgasms. That is not a joke.
Whether you agree with all of Menendez's votes or not, you have to admit that he has not stooped to this sort of disgusting bottom feeding campaign. I think Junior is acting even more slimy than Forrester (if that's possible).
-Forwarded and commented by Robert Scardapane
The "Real Issue"
When a 16-year-old boy is not safe from sexual solicitation from an elected representative of the people, we should question the moral direction of our nation," a conservative advocacy group said on Monday.
-The [Family Research Council] also said Foley's behavior raises the "real issue" of homosexuality and child abuse
By that logic, I guess the Amish school killings raised the "real issue" of heterosexuality and child murder.
-Submitted, with comments, by Victoria Brownworth, with thanks to billmon
"We are going to be very interested to find out who in the media or on the other side of the aisle knew about this and kept it from the public interest because our children were at stake."
-Rep. Katherine (Potty-Mouth and I wish I were the Senate Nominee, but I couldn't keep my big mouth shut so I had to withdraw) Harris (R-FL)
The DSCC quickly rejoined that unlike other Republicans, Harris has yet to return the $2,000 she received from Foley.
First, Foley was asked to run for the seat Harris wants. Hmmm. Second, in case Harris didn't notice, it was the Republicans who covered up the scandal. They are the one's who knew about it and hid it from the Democrats. That's why Foley's chief of staff had to resign and why Hastert has one foot out the door. (It's also the reason that there was no "official" meeting of the House caucus on missing and exploited children. The caucus is comprised of four: Three Republicans, all of whom were advised to tell the GOP-recommended pages to stay away from Foley; and one Democrat, Bud Cramer of Alabama, who is the sole reason that there was no "official" meeting. If a meeting were called, Cramer would, most certainly have been there and would have then been informed about Foley. Inasmuch there was no meeting, Cramer, and, as a result, the Democrats in the House were unable to warn their Democratic Party appointed pages about "Congressman Caligula", putting them in danger. it could be argued that the GOP leadership intentionally put the pages at risk just to keep Foley's seat Red.)
She screwed up the vote count in 2000 and now she can't get this right either. Astonishing how vile some people are.
-Submitted and commented on by Victoria Brownworth with thanks to Will Menaker (additional comments in parenthesis by Noah Greenberg)
"The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round"
Boehner throws Hastert under the bus.
House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) this morning: “I believe I talked to the Speaker and he told me it had been taken care of,” said Boehner. “And, and, and my position is it’s in his corner, it’s his responsibility. The Clerk of the House who runs the page program, the Page Board–all report to the Speaker. And I believe it had been dealt with.”
Contrary to the spin Mike Donnelly is pushing, the reality is, the Republicans themselves are after Hastert's head for his lying cover-up of Foley.
In response to, "Joe Negron the new GOP candidate for Foley's seat was on NPR this morning and stated that Foley is not an issue and that the voters should move on. Several GOP leaning blogs are already out reminding the voters of Clinton, Frank and Studds. The GOP tactics of cover-up denial and finger pointing have already appeared," Victoria Brownworth writes:
The Republicans can scrub as many sites as they want and even use bleach, but the stain of this one will last and last. First, Negron might be the new guy on the chopping block, but since it's too late to change the ballots, to vote for him, people in Florida will have to pull the lever for Mark Foley. How many will have the stomach for that? As for the references to Clinton, Frank and Studds--true, they were all caught with their pants down. But here's the dif, guys: Clinton had an extramarital affair with a consenting adult woman. But he also got impeached over it. Frank was openly gay and had a consenting affair with an adult man. And he was censured by the House. And Studds was in the closet (married, actually, so REALLY in the closet) and had an extramarital affair with another man who was also consenting and of age. And he too was censured. And can we remember this one: Clinton, Frank and Studds--all re=elected after those affairs. Why? Because they were good at their jobs, or at least a majority of people thought so.
Foley might have weaseled out of this if it weren't for the paper trail. Hastert and Co. might still weasel out of it. But I wouldn't want to be Negron with my name hidden under that of a pedophile.
Let's face it, Foley isn't the worst thing in Washington or in the Republican Party. And what does it say that a pedophile who writes anti-pedophile legislation is NOT the worst thing in his party?
There's no blotting this stain off people's consciousness. Being hoisted on one's own petard leaves quite a mess to clean up.
In response to "There was only one way to react to Drudge," Robert Scardapane writes:
I taken to calling Matt Drudge, Sludge Drudge. His blog is pure sewerage.
There is absolutely nothing to like about Drudge. Hate, greed and megalomania are the themes of the Sludge Drudge Report.
As a last reply, due to the three-day rule, Billie M. Spaight replies to Victoria Brownworth:
This is for Victoria. I was only objecting to the use of certain words and using myself as an example of a non-Jewish person who might not want to hear these types of words. I didn't think you meant me Victoria :) But I believe that no insult was intended to non-Jews and am willing to say Shalom about the whole thing. I just have a thing about certain types of words. I would prefer to just get such words out of all our vocabularies. I love your columns, Victoria. And my apologies about the spelling of your last name.
But the weirdest thing of all is that I was using myself as an example of a non-Jew at the time only to discover, subsequently, that when my mitochondrial DNA was sequenced by the National Geographic's Geographic Project, my matrilineal line goes back to one of four founding female Ashkenazi Jews. Evidently some female ancestor was Jewish, converted, and did not pass that information on to her descendents. So much for myself as an example.
So, indeed it is a very happy New Year for me because I have always felt such a kinship with Judaism and I was thrilled to learn about this. I found out about it right between Rosh Hashanah (sorry if I've misspelled this word) and Yom Kippur. And Happy New Year to you in earnest as well :)
And this is the three-blog rule anyway so I trust we can lay the matter to rest.
In response to, "Matt Drudge (The Drudge Report), himself a gay man," Victoria notes:
HOW CAN HE BE GAY WHEN HE DRESSES SO TERRIBLY?
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