Archive for the ‘War’ Category

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They Are Trying To Do It Again

23 September, 2008, Tuesday

Read this. Or don’t. You don’t really have to – you’ve heard it all before.

It’s just another Republican whining (and using italics to the point of annoyance) about all the hatred directed at Sarah Palin. He thinks people hate her because she’s small-town and folksy. And that argument has grown so boringly tedious and is so flatly WRONG that it’s not even worth the time to dissect it. So what-the-fuck-ever, I don’t care, *yawn* *stretch*, Jon Stewart is on in 20 minutes, is there any arugula left?

But the Republican did write one thing that I found infuriating enough to scream outloud, “Oh no you don’t, you will NOT be allowed to get away with that!”

And this is what it was:

For the first time since Ronald Reagan, our last great president, we, the people, see a chance that one of us might have a voice in governing our country.

Speaking of Reagan (Eureka College, Illinois), every chief executive we’ve had since the Gipper snapped his final salute as president has had the imprimatur of an Ivy League university. And we’ve gone from bad to worse:

* George Herbert Walker Bush: Yale.

* William Jefferson Clinton: Georgetown, Oxford, Yale Law.

* George W. Bush: Yale and Harvard Business School.

The first lacked the sense to finish the job in Desert Storm; the second lacked the guts to go after al Qaeda when it was just a startup – and the third, well, let’s just say he disappointed our low expectations.

Remember during the 2004 election how Kerry, an actual war hero, was portrayed as the out-of-touch elitist windsurfer who had brought shame on his country according to the lies of Swift Boat Veterans? While George W. Bush, who actually did have a shameful (and absent!) Vietnam record, campaigned as the brush-clearing every man who didn’t rightly cotton to none a’ that book learnin stuff? Remember how topsy turvey it all seemed? It was like bizarro world.

Well, welcome to Bizarro World 2.0. They are trying to spin it all in reverse.

The author of this piece of shit article is trying to put distance between Bush and the Republicans by claiming that George W. Bush was a bad president, at least in part, because he went…to Yale? Jesus Christ.

They can run away from him all they want (and they are! LOL), but everybody knows that Republicans LOVED!, ADORED!, WORSHIPPED THE VERY GROUND that George W. Bush walked on.

How many times after 911 did we have to hear mewling, simpering Republicans say on TV: “Thank GOD we have George W. Bush in the White House!” “Thank GOD for President George W. Bush!”

HE was ONE OF THEM!

THAT was his chief selling point!

They wanted to have a BEER with him!

So excuse me if I find this claim of “low expectations” every bit as dubious as Sarah Palin’s legitimacy as a candidate. The guy who wrote this article most likely voted for Bush TWICE and he now has the shameless gall to look us in the eye and claim that he had low expectations about Bush? Disgusting.

You people championing this Neocon party doll from Alaska will not have another try at putting forth your cockamamie notion that common people are better leaders. Not without a fight. You will not be given another chance to have a leader who is “one of you“. I know you don’t like being reminded of this, but you currently HAVE a leader who is one of you and he is the biggest fucking disaster this country has ever seen.

And I know many of you afore-mentioned folk will be completely unaware of this, but intelligent people do this thing called “learning from their mistakes” – and George W. Bush has been a strong example of what happens when we lower our standards. We don’t want to repeat that mistake again.

So we are aiming higher than YOU this time around.

How elitist of us, n’est-ce pas?

We tried to warn you about George W. Bush – you didn’t listen. We tried to warn you about Iraq – you didn’t listen. And now we are warning you about John McCain and Sarah Palin – and a disturbing number of you are not listening.

I’m beginning to think slightly more than 1/4 of the Republican party actually hates this country and WANTS to see it come to ruin.

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A Little Slice Of Life In Iraq

12 February, 2007, Monday

There was no context for this video other than the description which states: “Watch and see how the American soldiers have to drive through Iraqi streets to limit risks of attacks.”

So whether this humvee driver is, indeed, barreling through traffic out of fear, or he’s just a prick, I don’t know.

I am quite certain, however, that the admonishment he gives the pedestrian who he accuses of not having “a care in the world” is unjustified.

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Image of the Day

12 February, 2007, Monday

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A Bit Of Outdated War Propaganda

22 January, 2007, Monday

From WWII, Donald Duck is encouraged by the government not to spend his hard-earned money on Friday night floozies but instead save it for taxes. Taxes to Fight The Axis!

Interesting that it’s now 60 years later, we’re involved in an even greater conflict, taxes are through the roof, and our president keeps telling us to spend our money.

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Just One Question About That Speech

11 January, 2007, Thursday

Why did Bush eschew his old “May God continue to bless America” bullshit closer? 

Veeeery interesting. 

One doesn’t want to get too excited, but perhaps – oh can it possibly be? – he is no longer having private national security meetings with his invisible AA sponsor?

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The Most Loyal Little Soldier

1 December, 2006, Friday

From Think Progress:

 “Rice responded that Iraq is not a civil war because “the Iraqis don’t see it that way.” Rice added, “it really doesn’t help to speak about their circumstance as a civil war, in terms that they don’t speak about their circumstances.”

Condi Rice, ridiculously niggling over semantics on the CBS evening news. 

In this most recent lie-fest, she proves that she will do or say anything to protect her boss.   And it appears she will continue to do it until the bitter end.   

In her Rah-Rah-Bush! zeal, she’s like the last act in an amateur recital;  a manic tap dancer desperately trying to save a show that’s gone on for far too long, with too many missteps.  

Sticking like flypaper to her talking points, relentlessly repeating her lies, she’s tapping for all that she’s worth. 

If people weren’t, like, dying because of her, I’d be inclined to admire her for standing so steadfastly by her man.   But streets littered with corpses have a way of tarnishing things.

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The Petulant Child In Chief

30 November, 2006, Thursday

From AMERICAblog:

“At a recent White House reception for freshman members of Congress, Virginia’s newest senator tried to avoid President Bush. Democrat James Webb declined to stand in a presidential receiving line or to have his picture taken with the man he had often criticized on the stump this fall. But it wasn’t long before Bush found him.

“How’s your boy?” Bush asked, referring to Webb’s son, a Marine serving in Iraq.

“I’d like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President,” Webb responded, echoing a campaign theme.

“That’s not what I asked you,” Bush said. “How’s your boy?” 

“That’s between me and my boy, Mr. President,” Webb said coldly, ending the conversation on the State Floor of the East Wing of the White house…” 

It’s mind-boggling to consider that this is a conversation with the Leader of the Free World.   But then, ah yes, you remember that that leader is George W. Bush and it all makes sad, sad oh-woe-is-us sense.

“That’s not what I asked you.”    Wow.   

That little sentence speaks volumes about the man:  a coddled, rich brat who has been told “no” so few times in his life, that when someone comes along who doesn’t play his way, he puffs himself up, grinds his heels in, and doesn’t budge.

Can you imagine what a whiney little bitch he is when he loses at board games?    Does he pout, I wonder?  Fume and rant?   Hold his breath?   It’s got to be one ugly scene.  

A good president, one skilled in diplomacy, tact, and basic English,  would have had an innate understanding of how to have handled that moment in the White House.  

Jim Webb is the parent of a soldier who’s currently on the battlefield.    And out of sheer respect for that alone, his mild protest –a simple sincere wish for his son to come home– should have been indulged and allowed to remain unchallenged. 

But Bush can’t do that.   He gets pushed, even the slightest, he must push back.   Even if it’s the father of one of the troops that he claims to respect and honour. 

The expression “Choose your battles wisely” comes to mind, but  well, again, look who we’re talking about.     There just ain’t a lot of wisdom to be squeezed out of that turnip.    And we are going to pay bitterly for it. 

“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.” — Thomas Jefferson