Thomas Friedman Suck On This

November 29, 2009 at 8:16 am | Posted in American politics | 5 Comments

I just don’t understand why the New York Times keeps paying this gasbag. Here he writes about how Major Hasan fell for “The Narrative” some Muslim propaganda on how the US has meant to destroy Islam or something:

Here’s my take: Major Hasan may have been mentally unbalanced — I assume anyone who shoots up innocent people is. But the more you read about his support for Muslim suicide bombers, about how he showed up at a public-health seminar with a PowerPoint presentation titled “Why the War on Terror Is a War on Islam,” and about his contacts with Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni cleric famous for using the Web to support jihadist violence against America — the more it seems that Major Hasan was just another angry jihadist spurred to action by “The Narrative.”

What is scary is that even though he was born, raised and educated in America, The Narrative still got to him.

The Narrative is the cocktail of half-truths, propaganda and outright lies about America that have taken hold in the Arab-Muslim world since 9/11. Propagated by jihadist Web sites, mosque preachers, Arab intellectuals, satellite news stations and books — and tacitly endorsed by some Arab regimes — this narrative posits that America has declared war on Islam, as part of a grand “American-Crusader-Zionist conspiracy” to keep Muslims down.

Huh… I wonder. Where would jihadist Web sites, mosque preachers, Arab intellectuals, satellite news stations and books get this idea that American-Crusader-Zionists were part of a conspiracy to keep Muslims down… I wonder… oh yeah…

FRIEDMAN: You don’t think, you know, we care about our open society. You think this bubble fantasy, we’re just going to let it grow? Well, suck on this, ok. That Charlie, is what this war was about. We could have hit Saudi Arabia, it was part of that bubble. Could have hit Pakistan. We hit Iraq because we could. That’s the real truth.

Gee, one has to wonder why Muslims might feel threatened by America…

Sarah Palin Quits! Again!

November 29, 2009 at 1:50 am | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment

Damn! She can’t even finish a 5k run! How the hell does anyone expect her to be able to run the White House!

The Real Glenn Beck

November 28, 2009 at 7:49 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Just a reminder. Don’t get bamboozled by this charlatan. This here is the real Glenn Beck.

Let me just add some more context here. Glenn Beck would like to tug at your heartstrings with this:

and make you think he is a sensible man. But then you get this:

and this

The Art of Persuasion

November 28, 2009 at 12:15 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Now this is more like it. You cannot defeat the Taliban with weapons.

Taliban Resurgence in Northern Afghanistan

November 26, 2009 at 11:29 pm | Posted in American politics | 3 Comments

Has anyone asked how exactly can a band of about 10,000 fighters put the most powerful nation on the planet in such a bind as the Taliban has done to the United States?

The Whore of Babylon

November 26, 2009 at 10:55 am | Posted in American politics | 6 Comments

The Roman Catholic Church covered up decades of sexual abuse by their priests

An expert commission says the Roman Catholic Church in Dublin covered up decades of priests’ sexual abuse of children because its bishops were determined to protect the church’s reputation at the expense of victims.

Maybe the Catholic Church doesn’t realize this, but this destroys the whole nature of the Catholic Church. Instead of protecting the innocent against the sins of evil men, the Catholic Church protected itself and its reputation (whatever that means, whatever is left of it). Don’t go to the Catholic Church to see men of God. They are not there. That’s what the Catholic Church has essentially said with this action. You will see men who find any way possible to hide their own sins and crimes. Just imagine this. A priest is supposed to represent Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, and he not only sexually abuses children (!) but then gets his boss, the bishop to cover his pedophile ass. No wonder atheism is on the rise. If this is what Jesus Christ is all about, it is no wonder many people want none of Him.

UPDATE: The piece has been updated with more information from the report. This paragraph is damning:

The report said all four archbishops sought ”the maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the reputation of the church, and the preservation of its assets. All other considerations, including the welfare of children and justice for victims, were subordinated to these priorities.”

Glenn Beck on Detainees: Shoot Them In The Head

November 25, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

Com’on fellow Mormons, is this acceptable?

Dana Perino: We Did Not Have A Terrorist Attack On Our Country During President Bush’s Term

November 25, 2009 at 12:03 am | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment

Astounding!

Dana Perino was Bush’s spokeswoman at the end of his second term. Maybe she was confusing Bush’s second term with his first term. You know, when something happened on a clear blue Tuesday in September in the 2001 Year of our Lord. Unsurprisingly, Sean Hannity does not help her clarify what she meant. See, in Sean Hannity’s eyes, much like in Dana Perino’s, there was no attack on our country when Bush was in office. No, that was Bill Clinton’s fault.

Sarah Palin Wants Obama To Acknowledge The Troops

November 24, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

ah, the sneering arrogance

“There’s been a lack of acknowledgement by our president in understanding what it is that the American military provides in terms of, obviously, the safety, the security of our country,” Palin said during an interview with Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren. “I want him to acknowledge the sacrifices that these individual men and women — our sons, our daughters, our moms, our dads, our brothers and sisters — are providing this country to keep us safe.”

Now that’s some serious disrespect for the president, who after all, has acknowledged the sacrifice of our troops at both Fort Hood and at Dover. It shows the utter ignorance that defines Sarah Palin. It’s also an attempt by her to be domineering and controlling over Obama. The moment Obama acknowledges troops anytime in the future, she’ll go out and say “good, now go do this too while you’re at it, boy.” I guess that’s what conservative white folks like to do with black men. Andrew Sullivan adds:

But of course, the reality is not what matters. What matters is attacking the president of the United States as a traitor to his own soldiers. And what is in the interest of those soldiers? More war, of course. And no presidential analysis of strategy – just being “tough” and adopting maximalist interventionism.

The likes of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck do not see Obama as a legitimate president. I bet you that if they were to write history books, they would simply go from the 43rd president being George Bush to the 44th president being whoever follows after Obama. They would love nothing more than to see a Honduran style military coup in America. Let me remind you again of Beck desiring that Obama be overthrown.

Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are about as anti-American as you can get these days.

Cheney Upset That Obama Respects Other World Leaders

November 24, 2009 at 7:44 am | Posted in American politics | 5 Comments

The former vice president is an idiot and can go fuck himself.

Sarah Palin’s Followers

November 23, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

The utter ignorance astounds me.

Glenn Beck: The Mao Tze Tung of America

November 22, 2009 at 11:21 am | Posted in American politics | 5 Comments

He wants to start thinking like the Chinese:

BECK: I’ve done a lot of reading on history in the last few years and I was amazed to find that what we’re experiencing now is really a ticking time bomb that they designed about 100 years ago, beginning in the progressive movement. And they thought, “you know what, if we just do this and this and this and this, over time if we do it in both the Republican and Democratic parties, we will have our socialist utopia.” Well, I say again, two can play at that game. I am drafting plans now to bring us back to an America that our founders would understand. … We need to start thinking like the Chinese. I’m developing a 100 year plan for America. A 100 year plan. We will plant this idea and it will sprout roots.

I think his followers need to realize something. Their leader is borrowing not just from one perceived enemy: the Maoist Chinese, but from TWO! See, he’s been reading history (amazing if true) and he’s surprised by the progressive movement’s longevity. (Clearly he hasn’t studied much of any history before these past few years, as he claims, otherwise he would have known that the progressive movement has definitely been around for a while and would not be surprised at this). Problem for Beck is that the progressive movement didn’t have a charlatan at the lead, a comedian who claimed that no one should take him seriously, who was really a clown, a morning zoo crew member.

In any case, Beck says that his movement should borrow the tactics of two of their enemies. The progressives, who were (and are) in this for the long haul, and the Maoist Chinese, who were also in it for the long haul. Think like the Chinese, he says. Plant a ticking time bomb like the progressives, he says. What exactly is he talking about? It’s not really that clear. He talks about hearkening back to the Founding Fathers, but, well, it gets confusing from there, because it’s just not clear exactly what that really means. Not only that, but this man is not a serious thinker, and he tells people not to take him seriously. So why should ANYONE entrust him with a plan to save America? He could probably end up being worse for America than Mao was for China.

Now Pass the Damn Bill

November 18, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Posted in American politics | 7 Comments

Harry Reid got everything he wanted from the CBO report. Time to pass the bill, Harry. No more screwing around. Give Americans a good Christmas present.

Republicans Want To Dissolve the State of California Rather Than Increase Taxes

November 16, 2009 at 9:46 am | Posted in American politics | 4 Comments

Unbelievable

“I looked as hard as I could at how states could declare bankruptcy,” said Michael Genest, director of the California Department of Finance who is stepping down at the end of the year. “I literally looked at the federal constitution to see if there was a way for states to return to territory status.”

You don’t have to look so hard dude. Just raise the taxes. That raises your revenue. That pays your bills. What a stupid moron.

Discuss

November 14, 2009 at 8:26 pm | Posted in American politics | 6 Comments

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From here (via here)

Republicans Have Lost Their Sense of The Rule of Law

November 14, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Posted in American politics | 4 Comments

Bill Kristol

“I was very struck also by Janet Napolitano’s comment, I hadn’t read it before to see her say that, that the number one priority is to bring [Hasan] to justice is such a knee-jerk comment and such a stupid comment. He’s going to be brought to justice. He is not going to be innocent of murder. There are a lot of eyewitnesses to that. They should just go ahead and convict him and put him to death,” – William Kristol, appearing on Fox News.

Fascism from its true source: conservatism.

Americans Under Threat From Catholic Church

November 13, 2009 at 10:08 am | Posted in American politics | 4 Comments

Wasn’t this kind of persecution one of the founding reasons why people fled Europe for America? Where people can be free from religious persecution? Look at this story carefully. The city of Washington DC wants to pass a same sex marriage law, and the Catholic Church is threatening to shut all its social services in the city if it does so. Not because the Catholic Church would be forced to marry gays. Not because the Catholic Church would be forced to give up its tax exempt status. Not because the Catholic Church is in any way threatened from existing ever again in DC. But simply because the Catholic Church does not like the law.

Frankly, I say good riddance. This is the kind of religious abuse people fled Europe for long ago. The Catholic Church, of course, does not realize that by closing its social service doors, it opens a vacuum for competitors (like, say, the Mormon church), or more socialist programs. Surely the Catholic Church is against socialism. Which is the greater priority, boys? Socialism or gay rights? This of course differs from the Mormon Church which has issued support for a similar type measure in Utah (not gay marriage, but equal rights under the law for gays, which is a step in that direction, and which would affect gay workers for the LDS Church).

Colorado Republican: Obama Like 9/11 Terrorists

November 12, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Another ugly duckling:

State Sen. David Schultheis said he didn’t intend for a Twitter post accusing President Barack Obama of “flying the U.S. plane right into the ground” and ending with “let’s roll” as a threat or a reference to United Flight 93, which crashed during the 2001 terrorist attacks.

“Let’s roll” reportedly were the last words of Todd Beamer before he and other passengers tried to gain control of their hijacked jet. The plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field short of its intended target.

The tweet stirred ire and some support for the Colorado Springs Republican, whose standard eschewal of political correctness has earned him criticism in the past.

Schultheis’ full tweet Tuesday was: “Don’t for a second think Obama wants what is best for U.S. He is flying the U.S. plane right into the ground at full speed. Let’s roll.”

He said he was angry about the president’s fiscal policies but didn’t mean to compare him to the hijackers. The senator’s reputation for strong speech gave readers the wrong idea, he said.

This is today’s conservatism.

Wolf Blitzer Embraces the Stupid

November 12, 2009 at 6:09 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

What the hell kind of question is that? Wolf Blitzer, if it hasn’t been clear yet, has gone waaaay off the deep end and is about the stupidest (now that Lou Dobbs has left CNN) person on CNN.

I guess Blitzer doesn’t know his history very well. Or he would know a certain former president did exactly the same thing. The stupidity burns.

More of This Please from Republicans

November 12, 2009 at 6:07 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Show the unhinged stupidity; embrace the stupid. More of this please. It makes elections so easy.

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