Saturday, January 31, 2009

Winger Wet Pants

The American Stinker, errr Thinker ruined a pair of very-tighty-whities today:

The blocks appear to be temporary -- more a nuisance than a threat. But this morning, websites for the Republican National Committee, Real Clear Politics, and Pajamas Media were all blocked with the caption:

Warning -- visiting this web site may harm your computer! ...

The potential for this gigantic corporation to game the free flow of information to suit its own ideological ends is frightening. Everyone -- liberals and conservatives -- should be concerned when ideological attacks like this take place.

Workbench.com reported on the outage and caught the panty-waisted pseudo-patriots with their linen around their ankles.

This comment was right to the point though:

Well the point probably is that the conservatives (not as stupid as we would like to think) merely exploited the situation to get attention - as they are more pathetic and needy than ignorant.... if we call them stupid and just laugh at them, we will not take them as seriously as we should - and then put them in jail and make them clean toilets for 10 years...

Hat tip to The Drudge Retort!

Exxon - 45.2 BILLION Profit

Think the neocons were good guys?

Think again.

Exxon, while crying poverty and no money to build or maintain refineries, whining about high crude prices, posted Record Profits of $45.2 Billion Dollars.

Privatize the profits, socialize the losses.

It's time for some serious regulations, a couple good investigations and a few hangings.

Thanks to the Drudge Retort, my favorite blog reference. (waves and smiles brightly Hi Dave!)

Waterboarding by US Military Has Been in the News Before

LIFE Magazine cover from 1902 depicting US Army waterboarding of a
Cuban insurgent during the Spanish - Cuban - American war, 1898-1902.



Caption: {Chorus in Background} THOSE PIOUS YANKEES
CAN’T THROW STONES AT US ANY MORE.
Bucket is marked: U.S.ARMY

Friday, January 30, 2009

Reality-Based Reality



Hat tip to Doug's Dyanmic Drivel!

Outstanding

Brandon Shaffer's message for our veterans on Military Appreciation Day.

Genius Video Choice

Groucho speaks from the grave at the lake.

Classic.

The post is pretty good too.

To Support and Defend

http://www.truthout.org/012309A

To Support and Defend: A Message to US Senators and Representatives
Friday 23 January 2009
by: Phillip Butler, Ph.D., t r u t h o u t | Perspective

"I, Phillip Neal Butler, having been appointed a Midshipman in the United States Navy, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter, so help me God." (Oath of Office, July 1, 1957.)

Upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1961, I had the honor of repeating this oath to be commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy. I served 20 years as an active duty commissioned officer. During that time, I became a naval aviator, flew combat in Vietnam, was downed over North Vietnam on April 20, 1965, and became a prisoner of war. I was repatriated on February 12, 1973, having served 2,855 days and nights as a POW - just short of eight years. The Vietnamese were not signatories to any international treaties on treatment of prisoners. They pronounced us "criminals" and freely used torture, harassment, malnutrition, isolation, lack of medical care, and other degradations during our captivity. I was tortured dozens of times during my captivity. But I often thought of our Constitution and the higher purpose we served - a purpose that helped me resist beyond what I thought I'd ever be capable of. Ironically, we POWs often reminded each other "that our country would never stoop to torture and the low level of treatment we were experiencing at the hands of our captors."

This Oath of Office, the same one sworn to by all officers, government officials, presidential cabinet members, senators and representatives of our nation, has had a powerful effect on me. It has given me an over-arching purpose in life: to serve the greatest and most influential legal document ever written. The only different oath is specified for the president of the United States in Constitution Article II, Section 1 (8.) It mandates that he or she will "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution."

So, what in the world has happened during the past eight years of the George W. Bush administration? The only defensible answer is that he and his subordinates have trampled our precious Constitution and the rule of law into the ground, while our elected members of Congress have stood idly and complicitly by. Our highest elected officials have utterly failed in their duty of greatest responsibility.

During these years, we have seen gross attempts to institutionalize torture. Our Constitution, Article VI, (2), commonly known as the "Supremacy" clause, clearly states that treaties made shall become "the supreme law of the land," thus elevating them to the level of constitutional law.

The Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, ratified in 1949, states in Article 17, "No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever. Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind." This and numerous other ratified treaties clearly stipulate that "prisoners" is an inclusive term that is not limited to any nation's uniformed combatants.

Other gross Bush administration crimes, in addition to authorizing torture, of general and constitutional law include: 1) the use of "signing statements" to illegally refrain from complying with laws, 2) authorization of the illegal suspension of Habeas Corpus, 3) authorization of wire tapping and other intrusive methods to illegally spy on American citizens, 4) unilateral declaration and pre-emptive conduct of war in violation of US Constitution Article I, Section 8 (11).

These violations of our Constitution and rule of law have resulted in reducing our nation to the level of international pariah. Our beacon of liberty and justice no longer shines throughout the world. We no longer set the example for other nations to follow. We no longer stand on a firm foundation. We have lost our national, moral gyro.

I despair when I think of the personal sacrifices made by so many in US wars and conflicts since 1776. If our forefathers were here to see, they would surely be angry and disappointed. And I think they would issue a clarion call for redress and setting an example for the world by punishing those who are guilty. The only way our nation can right itself is for Congress to prosecute the perpetrators of these crimes.

I, therefore, call on my elected representatives in the Senate and House of Representatives to bring criminal charges against President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, legal counsel William J. Haynes, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former legal counsel David Addington, and potentially other high officials and uniformed officers. There is no other option if you are to carry out your responsibilities. Citizens of the United States and of the world are watching you. Do your duty. Support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
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IED



Now that's my kinda IED.

Great Tradition



I think we should commemorate Bush every election year this way.

Beauprez Booboos

ColoradoPols has a fun article about Bob Beauprez:
Yeah, there's a lesson here--in the sense that Bob Beauprez is a walking talking cautionary tale. About mistakes you should never make in politics, regardless of which side you're on.
LOL! Go check it out.

Wingers on the March!

Generale di Jesus has this spine-tingling update on the reforming of the American Militias.

There are many signs that suggest a resurgence of America's militia movement is underway. These self-styled patriots mask a racist, nativist, authoritarian movement under the guise of liberty, republicanism, and small-government conservatism. They proved useful to "mainstream" conservatives in the past because they could be relied upon to vote their fears and hatred, which meant voting consistently against Democrats and even moderate Republicans.
Well, they have to do something with all those guns they bought.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Weight of Dishonor

Some time back A Watcher1 at The Colorado Index took issue with one of my comments - even though they2 point-blank say they don't post my comments because they object to my referring to them as "wingers3" but I apparently hit a nerve when I sent this comment (yes, I was somewhat pissed OFF - from being pissed ON for the umpteenth time):
NO, it doesn't seem 'unimportant'. I've lost numerous family and friends in war, Vietnam chiefly. It's NOT a simple thing either. I was taught NOT to salute soldiers because I was a civilian and it was not proper. I know it's hard to believe, but I've been to the Vietnam Memorial, knelt and wept at seeing a friend's name. The cherished belief on the right that Democrats don't value or respect our soldiers is repulsive and puerile. You dishonor our nation when you continually mouth this evil.
So, of course, this fine um... person4 went off into a long and torturous rant about 'in my life' and made a number of remarks that I felt deserved a response5.

I won't quote this person's entire article - I leave the cross-referencing to you, dear readers. Besides, do check out The Colorado Index, they can use the traffic - those fractions-of-pennies-per-hit add up, albeit slowly. Remember though, a political litmus test is applied, so if you comment assume it will never see the light of day6.
  • If, as you claim, the Democrats don't respect the military, why did the GOP-controlled Congress for eight years refuse to equip our soldiers properly? You want people to carry the dishonor they brought upon themselves? Then I assume you'll be among the first to condemn the GOP for helping Bush start, expand and sustain the war in Iraq - which, according to Alan Greenspan, was about oil. There's some dishonor for ya. Hope y'all kin carry it.
  • Democrats sent soldiers to Vietnam? Did you conveniently forget Eisenhower? Or Tricky Dick Nixon's carpet-bombing and Agent Orange spraying of huge swathes of that country (and then lying about it), doing spectacular damage to the ecosystem as well as thousands of vets - which GOP-controlled Congresses subsequently fought like hell to avoid paying medical benefits for? Oh, and while we're on the subject of medical benefits - why didn't ALL the VA hospitals get a huge increase in funding during the Bush years if the GOP cares so deeply for our troops? Go tell it to the Marines - the ones in the burn ward, the amputee ward and the psych ward. Don't worry, there's still plenty there - and will be for the foreseeable future since your glorious chimp-in-chief fucked up so badly it will take years to extricate our troops now. Oh, and don't forget to take some of those terribly-cute 'Purple Heart Band-aids' - the troops will just love those, they just scream 'I respect you'.
  • I defy you to show me any verifiable proof of any vet ever being spat on - that's another Big Lie that's been repeated so often everyone gulps it down without question. Besides, you and I both know that any civilian stupid enough to spit on a trained combat soldier would be lucky to walk away alive. Sorry, I call bullshit specifically on that.
  • One of the soldiers 'not named' by the 'Future Democratic candidate for President' turned out to be William Calley who was responsible for the cold-blooded execution of 109 Vietnamese civilians of Son My, better known as the My Lai Massacre. At least Kerry had the balls to say something, unlike many of his 'superiors'. Not even Nixon would pardon Calley and that's significant.
  • Sorry to hear about your cold winter. Unit id? Date?
  • I'd like to know the date and title of the talk you're referring to so I could know what remarks you're clearly distorting.
  • As for Kuwait, even Bush Sr. didn't want to follow the Iraqis back home - he had the wits to pull out - pity he didn't exercise that wisdom before Jr. was conceived.
  • Uniforms in the White House? So what. Really. You're grasping at straws.
  • As for using M1 tanks against the Somalis... you're absolutely right, we should have used tanks - maybe even nukes. How dare those pipsqueaks have the nerve to starve on top of our oil! Bomb them back to the stone age... whoops, too late, they're already there. Ingrates.
  • Soliders shouldn't have the right to speak out? Don't you think they EARN IT? Freedom of speech is for ALL AMERICANS - especially those in uniform - if it's good enough for you OUT of uniform, it's good enough for them IN uniform. Seems like the Founding Fathers thought that Freedom of Speech was pretty important ... that you haven't gotten that 'in your life' tells me you're either a very slow learner or obdurately obtuse. I suspect both.
  • The President salutes by tradition, not by military law. The fact that Obama salutes at all is one thing, that he took the time and trouble to learn to do it properly is quite another - knowing his penchant for detail he probably learned all the variants for the all the service branches. You'd think in the three years of vacation time Chimpy took off he could have done the same. Obama shows more respect to American soldiers than the entire GOP ever has. The only reason GWB salutes properly was that he got to play pretend hero flying in a champagne squadron while good men were dying in and over Vietnam. Your party's support of that shirking little shit is a dishonor I intend to make sure you and your fellow wingnuttians carry for the rest of your twisty days.
And so, as the smell of diesel fumes wafts into the night, I bid a fond adieu to my counterpart who from this time forward will be known affectionately as "Major Wingnut7"

Oh, and here's a special, totally-appropriate salute just for you:

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1. Anonymous as is often the case with wingers. Not always but often... something to do with stones.
2. I use a neuter pronoun since 'watcher' doesn't imply a gender and much of the vitriol has a distinctive, feminine 'feel' to it. Maybe this person's a male but just real sensitive side.
3. You know, wingnuts, whackjobs, neocons.
4. Again, without knowing gender, I didn't feel it proper to apply she or he and didn't want to cause undue stress to such a delicate flower.
5. Since tranquilizer darts are expensive.
6. Much like their heads...
7. Mostly cause 'General Wingnut' was already taken...
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I begin to wonder if Watcher is Bentley Rayburn incognito - all the clues point that way... which makes 'Major Wingnut' doubly apropo.

Monday, January 26, 2009

71,400

From CNN

71,400 - that's how many more jobs were lost this Monday.

Just more proof that the GOP should never be allowed anywhere near an operating economy and certainly never near a surplus.