Archive for April, 2007
In a news report today, Gen. David H. Petraeus (sort of a coincidence, but it rhymes with Betray Us), the commander in Iraq, still insists that everything is O.K. and the war effort is going well for us there. Somehow, nearly 20 percent of the population of America will continue to support the commander in chimp in whatever he says, goose stepping their way to 2008. I’m starting to lose hope of seeing Dubya frog marched out of the White House along with his partner, blood clot boy.
Marching in that same conga line, Republican Senator John McCain has formally launched his US presidential campaign to nowhere. Long ago, I had great respect for him as a former prisoner of war who made it through several tough years, now I view him as either a updated “Manchurian Candidate” that has had his implanted orders start taking effect, or just another burnout political whore who felt the need to embrace the Christian right wing and become the new leader of the Dubya base idiots. Either way, I wish him well, and fast travel on his way to oblivion.
Still blooming in the news, our war heroes are shown to be just humans with slanted or fabricated news coverage made up to take the attention away from what a terrible decision it was to launch this war based on lies. Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch were used as pawns in that game, it’s been long known that Tillman was killed by friendly fire with the details obscured by fellow Rangers that were ordered to lie, the true story in the news today as his brother faced the press. And Lynch, caught up in a cover-up where the true story was whitewashed to hide what really happened, is finally trying to get the real story told.
As the truth of these and other Bushwar problems continue to surface, I have to wonder if we will ever find out what keeps our resident (I still can’t call him president) from being impeached. If nothing else, the videos shown today of his frantic dancing, if you will give him the benefit of the doubt as to what was going on, on a stage where with a lot of spastic movement it seems that he’s trying to drum his way out of trouble as Laura glances at him with her resolution fading by the moment.
To those that live in the rest of the world, try to understand that most of us here in the U.S. are truly sorry. You have no idea exactly how very very sorry, but please forgive us for the next few years. I just hope that we can make it until then.
And, so it goes………..
At the risk of being called a racist and losing my radio show…. Hey, wait, I don’t have a radio show to lose, so no worries. Is anyone else catching the action that’s going on to keep the news occupied with anything other than what the powers that be are doing, in the middle East for example?
News flash: Don Imus is an asshole. He always was, this is not late breaking news to most people that have listened to his screed over the years, but now he’s the attention magnet. What he said was not nice to African Americans or woman, but it’s what he said, which I think is covered under Freedom Of Speech, if that’s still in what’s left of the Constitution of the USA. Now every wannabe asshole feels free to blow it way out of proportion so that they can grab their 15 minutes of fame. Sorry Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, somehow you became the unrequested speakers for blacks everywhere, take your problematic religion, and all of the problems it causes, somewhere else.
My take is simple, get over it, walk it off. There’ve been many far more terrible things said, and there will be even more in the future, stop letting words that people say drive everything, punish the people that do actual deeds. And by the way, Stevie Wonder had used most of that that reviled term in the lyrics of one of his songs that I think was about Duke Ellington, Count Basie, or some other ’30′s, ’40′s or ’50′s big band singer (sorry to not have more information, just not my musical interest), the line he sang went something like: “When I was a Nappy headed little boy…..”, and the term “Hoe’s” has for a long time been a part of comedy bits and rap / hip-hop lyrics that are used every day without notice.
And the Duke lacrosse team has been found not guilty after almost a year. They were tried in the press with, again, the same screaming Harpies looking for blood from some one, for something that now has been shown to have never happened. This, along with Mr. Blockhead and his Anna Nicole baby sure made good press though, it certainly took attention away from that little charming Latino, Alberto Gonzales. And those missing +/- 5 million eMails. And that cute butterball Rove. And the ongoing loss of civilian life around the world. And……. fill in the blank.
Today, we have to deal with a pile of Terrible news about the shootings in Virginia. Yes, this deserves some column inches in the paper for a day or so, and also some time on the airwaves as well. And so it goes, let’s move on and try to not make it anything but what it is, a nutcase went on a shooting spree and some people are dead. More Americans in the military die in Iraq / Afghanistan, Bumfuckistan, wherever in that part of the world every month to protect American Oil interests. Well over 3,000 so far, where’s the outcry?
Locally, a Los Angeles t.v. news show spent a lot of time reflecting on how something similar, but on a somewhat smaller scale, happened on a campus near here 31 years ago, and then the newsreader spent more time interviewing people at that school, most of whom were not even born at the time it occured, for their opinions on something that happened a continent away. The interesting thing now will be to see if “W”, in all his weepy sorrow that he expressed at the service in Virginia today, will now have said anything about making it even just a little more difficult for people to buy guns. What do you think?
This just in from the newswire…
(CNN) — Tours of duty for members of the U.S. Army serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have been extended from 12 months to 15 months effective immediately, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.
“What we’re trying to do here is provide some long-term predictability to our soldiers and their families,” Gates told reporters at the Pentagon.
I guess that if you were to shoot someone in the head several times, it would “provide some long-term predictability” about their future.
Sorry, I gotta call bullshit here, this is just a work-around for the weasels in the (very) White House to try to show that our country is still behind them, committed to keeping the press on for the war effort, and that we are not understaffed in doing this.
The reality is that our keeping this crap up and running, and then starting another war, for instance, in Iran, will leave us without needed resources for the next hurricane, earthquake, shockjock statement driven riot, or even to repel an invasion from Canada for that matter.
O.K., I should disclose that I’m a Viet-Nam era veteran who had to serve in the military in a war I didn’t believe in because I didn’t have a well connected family member that could pull strings to make me into a F.A.N.G. (the A.N.G. part is Air National Guard, fill in the “F’n” word of choice for the F.) and thereby keep me safe and dry for the duration. Also, in the days before global warming, Canada was just too cold for me, but I digress. To give this some emotional depth, put on Credence Clearwater’s “Fortunate Son” and sit back and do nothing but drugs for a few years. This could be good training to be President some day, as long as you, or an employee of yours, can delete any bad news items about you.
On a somewhat related issue, where the hell is our president (of vice), happy trigger finger Dick? He’s as hard to track as Osama (hey, remember him?) these days. Hmmm…. Maybe they have a card game going on in some Tora Bora cave, you know that place we left behind, when we jumped on a bandwagon that wasn’t really there to go take out Hussain? Do you suppose that they are discussing all of those bin Laden family and other Saudi oil interests, and perhaps talking about good places to live after 2008, ones that don’t have extradition agreements with the U.S.???? Well, do you?
When is a great IT hero type person (that just sounds like a self-cancelling phrase, doesn’t it?) going to come forward and show the mutton heads in congress how to retrieve all those missing e-mails that Rove(r) ate?
Delete is a verb, and not exactly a promise that something can’t re-surface again. It’s all still out there somewhere….