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OK Conservatives, Put Up or Shut Up

The following is making the rounds posted by conservatives on Facebook, “NYC Policemen and Firefighters are not invited to the 10th anniversary of 9/11 at Ground Zero….. Apparently there isn’t enough room. They weren’t invited on that day in 2001 either; THEY JUST SHOWED UP! Please re-post if you think those heroes belong there more than the Politicians do.”

Well, let’s see, an estimated 91,000 police, firefighters and other first responders helped with the search and rescue efforts in the wake of the September 11th attacks, isn’t it interesting that the same uber-conservatives who wouldn’t vote to extend benefits to these brave man and women now have their nickers in a knot because there’s not enough room for all 91,000 of them to attend the 9-11 Memorial dedication and ten year commemoration of the attacks.

To those on the right, enough already with politicizing 9-11; put your money where your mouth is; enough with your phoney uber-patriotism.

First responders aren’t being invited because no one on the left cares; there simply isn’t enough room for everyone. Yes the President is attending, and so is Bush and Giuliani; but seriously, give it a rest. Your flag waving when it suits you is tiresome, you cheer the first responders and soldiers as they rush in and then cut their benefits after they stumble out of the debris and from the battlefields.

It wasn’t – and isn’t – the President and Democratic Party that refused to extend first responder benefits and that continues to threaten to cut VA benefits – it’s the uber-patriots of the Republican Tea Party. Again, I say, put your money where your mouth is GOTP, raise taxes on the top 2% and take care of those who take care of us. It’s time to put up or shut up.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in 9-11

 

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9/11: White House issues remembrance guidelines?

When the words 9-11are uttered they conjure up a variety of mixed and poignant feelings to all who remember that fall day; this year marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attack against the United States, an attack which led eventually to two wars, more than 5,000 American dead, tens of thousands additional American wounded, hundreds of thousands of Afghan and Iraqi killed and wounded and trillions of dollars thrown away.

White House guidance on commemoration plans – for the government – call for a “positive” and “forward-looking” message with minimum reference to Al Qaeda, the New York Times reports.

Commemorations should honour victims of global terror, they say, as citizens of over 90 countries were killed.

OK, I have to admit that when I first heard about the White House guidance on how the nation should commemorate the attacks I was a little taken aback; however, having thought about it, I agree with the President that it’s time to look to the future while still remembering the honored dead. I believe it’s also time to stop hating and to down play Al Qaeda; I’m one of those who’ve never bought into the theory that Al-Qaeda was some sort of well-oiled terror machine; to me they’ve always been a pack of punks hiding out in caves who managed to pull off a terrorists dream attack against the United States, but nothing more. They’re still a bunch of cave dwelling punks and they’re still coming out into light every now and then to lash out and kill and maim.

Following the attacks we invaded Afghanistan with the thought of capturing or killing Osama Bin Laden – the purported master mind of the attack – and to punish the uber-conservative Islamic Taliban government of Afghanistan which had allowed Al Qaeda to shelter and train there; but we weren’t long into the invasion when the Bush/Cheney administration became distracted with Iraq. Bush sent the country into a second war based on lies and manipulated intelligence reports. The cost was enormous both in casualty rates and in treasure squandered to ostensibly settle a Bush family score with Saddam Hussein. Bush left office with one of the lowest presidential approval ratings in history; a ruined economy and no Bin Laden to show for his wasted efforts.

A few months ago President Obama ordered Navy Seals to do what Bush/Cheney could never do – to kill Bin Laden. He was taken out; hiding in Pakistan behind one of his wives, and his body was unceremoniously dumped into the ocean. I admit I was more than a little happy when I heard they had capped him in the head.

So, now the boogey man is gone, and it’s time for the President to move the country past 9-11, past the terror of that day, past the hate filled vilifying of everything Islam, and past the wasteful wars of Bush/Cheney.

Accordingly, the White House has said commemoration plans will place emphasis on the theme of resilience, and warned of future attacks; while highlighting the steps taken to break up plots against the US since 9/11 and praising foreign allies in the fight against terror.

On Tuesday, President Obama reiterated his pledge to support the “9/11 generation” of veterans in a speech to the American Legion in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“They were there, on duty, that September morning, having enlisted in a time of peace, but they instantly transitioned to a war-footing,” the President said.

The President – unlike the Republican Tea Party (GOTP) – supports those who fought, and bled since 9-11. He is opposed to cuts in Veterans Administration (VA) spending and believes it’s the country’s obligation to help those who stepped forward to defend freedom following the attacks. The GOTP slate of presidential hopefuls on the other hand have all said they support massive federal spending cuts including cuts in veteran’s benefits. It’s the typical uber-right response to things. While they’re sending young men and women off to war they’re filling the air with platitudes of support and reverence, but after those same young men and women return, having borne the terrors and pain and suffering of war, having done their bidding, they discard them like broken toys.

It’s time to remember the fallen, and those who have fought since the attacks. It’s time to ensure the first responders who rushed into harm’s way are taken care of and supported; it’s time to care for the wounds of our veterans, and to support their transition back into the civilian world; it’s time to move past the hate and to begin to look to the future. Remaining always ready and always vigilant but doing so with confidence and not the fear inspired by those on the right; it’s time to start beating some of our swords into plow shares.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in 9-11

 

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Cheney’s Still Justifying Torture?

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that Former Vice President Dick Cheney says there’s no contradiction in advocating harsh interrogation tactics against suspected U.S. enemies and opposing those practices when used against American citizens.

Excuse me? Cheney is insane; anyone who thinks the United States can torture prisoners and then complain when someone tortures Americans is certifiable. This is one of the biggest reasons why – up until the dip stick brothers took office aka Bush/Cheney – why American personnel didn’t torture prisoners, along with the fact it’s in violation of US and International laws; such as the Geneva Convention, of which the US is a signatory.

Cheney was asked about a hypothetical case in which Iran would decide to use waterboarding on an American suspected of spying.

Cheney replies, “I think we would object on the grounds that we have obligations to our citizens.”

And how far would any of our complaints go now? Absolutely no where because Cheney and Company thought it was a great idea; of course what would expect from someone who was too busy collecting deferments to ever serve in uniform?

Cheney was asked on NBC’s “Today” show if he was embracing a double-standard, he said, “These are not American citizens.”

Again, Cheney has proven he’s insane. IT’S IN VIOLATION OF THE FRICKING GENEVA CONVENTION MORON! I – and countless others who currently wear, or have worn, our country’s uniforms – used to be able to proudly say, “American soldiers don’t torture,” but we can’t say it anymore.

In the interview, Cheney also conceded he’d been a lightning rod for criticism during the Bush administration. “I’m Darth Vader,” he said.

News flash Skippy, Darth Vader wasn’t the hero, he brought countless suffering upon millions and was the epitome of evil – oh wait, that describes you perfectly, please just go away. Oh, and by-the-by, I don’t think your explanation is playing very well to anyone who doesn’t watch FOX – and I’m pretty sure, I mean it’s just a guess, God doesn’t watch FOX; the whole concept of a Rupert Murdoch news agency flies in the face of that whole bearing false witness thing …

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Torture

 

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Glenn Beck Embraces Israeli Terrorist Organization?

Media Matters is reporting that “Professor” Glenn Beck is promoting the organization of a far-right Israeli extremist who has ties to the late Rabbi Meir Kahane’s terrorist Kach movement.

Last week, Beck held his “pro-Israel” event near the Temple Mount, a sacred site in Jerusalem to peoples of many faiths including Muslims, Christians, and Jews. It’s the site where the Solomon’s and Herrod’s Jewish temples once existed and where the Islamic Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque now stand. It is revered as the site where Abraham took his son Isaac when called upon by God to sacrifice his only son.

Shortly before the “event”, Professor Beck broadcast a brief feature about the mount, which discussed plans by “religious Jews” to “build a Third Temple” there. Beck’s broadcast promoted the work of an organization called the Temple Institute, a group allegedly “dedicated to every aspect of the Biblical commandment to build the Holy Temple of G-d on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem”.

The group declares its short-term goal is to rekindle the flame of the Holy Temple in the hearts of mankind through education, and that its long-term goal is “to do all in our limited power to bring about the building of the Holy Temple in our time.” The Jerusalem Post however describes the Institute as “a once-marginal organization that has been gaining increasing prominence.” According to a January 25, 2000, piece published in Ha’aretz, “most” of the Institute’s members are “extreme right wing.”

The group’s founder – and current head of the Institute – is Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, who, according to according to the Jerusalem Report, “ran for Knesset on Meir Kahane’s racist Kach party ticket in 1981, and has argued that Jewish law does not allow Christians or Muslims to live in the Land of Israel.” The Rabbi – it appears – was quite close to Kahane, and according to a 1990 Jerusalem Post article, Ariel “served as No.2 to Kahane in the early ’80s” before Kach was banned from Israeli elections. Ariel was seen as a potential “spiritual successor” to Kahane.

According to Media Matters, in his book, The End of Days, historian Gershom Gorenberg explained that among the aims of the Kach party “was making sexual relations between a Jew and an Arab a capital crime” and that “the party’s eventual goal was the expulsion of all Arabs from Israel and the occupied territories.” According to Gorenberg, “Kahane’s small group of aggressive followers splattered Jerusalem walls with posters demanding that Israel ‘erase the mosques form the Temple Mount.’ “

Israeli police broke up an alleged plot – in 1983 – by armed Kahanists and other extremists to forcibly seize the Temple Mount. According to Reuters, “Police said the group was inspired by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, who [in 1982] was involved in nationalist resistance to the Israeli withdrawal from Sinai.”

According to a March 12, 1983, Washington Post article, some of the alleged conspirators were arrested at Ariel’s home, “Jerusalem police, alerted in advance, last night broke up what they described as a well-organized attempt by orthodox and militantly nationalistic Jews to take over and establish a ‘settlement’ on the Temple Mount, a site holy to both Jews and Moslems in Jerusalem’s Old City.”

At the time of the arrest, police officials said some of those arrested included followers of Rabbi Meir Kahane, and that some of those arrested, including the soldiers, were armed with automatic weapons in preparation for the takeover attempt.

Ariel has since tried to distance himself and the Temple Institute from those who seek to use terrorism to destroy the mosques in order to rebuild the Jewish Temple. ”We don’t want to blow up the mosque,” he told The New York Times in 1989. ”Our intention is to do everything that we can within the law. We’ll prepare whatever we can so that we can eventually worship there again.”

But, if one applies the logic espoused by Beck and other uber-conservative talking heads when they repeatedly attacked President Obama over his alleged connections to William Ayers – once a terrorist, always a terrorist, and thus Beck’s Rabbi buddy and his organization must still be terrorists; because you can’t have your cake and eat it too Professor.

Media Matters reports that since its inception in 1969, members of the Jewish Defense League and related Kahanist organizations have allegedly carried out a relentless campaign of violence, culminating in JDL-member Baruch Goldstein’s 1994 massacre of 29 Muslims in Hebron. In 1997, the U.S. State Department officially designated Kach and Kahane Chai as “foreign terrorist organizations.” The State Department noted that both groups “were declared to be terrorist organizations in March 1994 by the Israeli Cabinet under the 1948 Terrorism Law.

So, of all the groups, and of all the individuals, Glenn Beck could pick to affiliate himself within Israel he chooses an uber-conservative, militant, terrorist organization? Beck is either proving himself – once again – to be completely obtuse and not understanding things nearly as clearly as he likes to portray, or, he knows full well who Rabbi Yisrael Ariel is, and what his organization is. Of course, in the right-wing nut job world of Beck and his devotees, Israelis can’t be terrorists, and killing Muslims is all according to “God’s plan”. But, then again, Beck also claims to be receiving “revelation” and “inspiration” from God, and that makes whomever he hangs out with OK; at least in the twisted mind of Professor Beck.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in Israel

 

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Two U.S. Citizens Have Been Charged With Starting Arizona Wildfire John McCain and FOX PAC Claimed Was Started By Illegals?

According to Reuters two cousins who allegedly left a campfire unattended have been charged with starting Arizona’s largest ever wildfire that torched more than 800 square miles of wilderness prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Caleb Joshua Malboeuf, 26, and David Wayne Malboeuf, 24, were charged with starting the so-called Wallow Fire on May 29, in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest in eastern Arizona, the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a news release. The Malboeufs are United States citizens.

But wait just a minute, revered Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Senator John McCain – backed up by the “fair and balanced” folks of FOX PAC – claimed over-and-over the fire was started by illegal immigrants hiding out in the Arizona wilderness.

The Malboeuf cousins, both from southern Arizona, have been charged on five counts including causing timber to burn, leaving a fire unattended and unextinguished and building a campfire without removing all surrounding flammable material.

During June as several wildfires raged in the Mexico border state, McCain claimed there was “substantial evidence that some of these fires have been caused by people who have crossed our border illegally.”

McCain really needs to keep his pie hole shut on just about all things, and he really needs to think about retiring before he embarrasses himself beyond recovery – if that hasn’t already happened.

But McCain wasn’t alone in his claims as multiple FOX PAC personalities also made the same claim. Of course anytime anything happens you can bet FOX PAC will blame one of three parties, illegal aliens, Muslims or President Obama – we’re still waiting to see who gets the blame for Hurricane Irene.

FOX is not a news agency, it’s the propaganda wing for the GOTP and everyone knows it even if conservatives and viewers of FOX PAC won’t admit it. Clearly the reporting on FOX is becoming more-and-more inflammatory, biased and anything but fair and balanced.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in Immigration

 

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Relief from Irene Tied to Budget Cuts?

Once again Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Majority Leader Eric Cantor has shown what a true putz he really is, saying that any federal relief to repair damage and offset costs of dealing with Hurricane Irene should be tied to – or funded by – cuts elsewhere.

But wait Cantor isn’t alone in this way of thinking, Congressman Scott Garrett is in agreement, claiming – through a spokesperson that it’s the “responsible thing to do.”

“With $16 trillion in debt and budget deficits as far as the eye can see, the last thing we should be doing is spending money we don’t have,” Garrett spokesman Ben Veghte said.

Yeah, because if there’s a natural disaster – which no one can predict, and for which you can’t budget money ahead of time – no doubt Garrett wanted to say, “We should cut spending to wasteful programs like Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.” Because you know there’s no way they would ever suggest cutting money to defense, or to Congressional operations.

Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell disagrees with the dynamic dimwits saying that emergency funding can – and should be – handled as it has been in the past, with emergency funding provided outside the normal budget process.

“I’ve always seen, whether it was a big fire out on the West Coast or a calamity in one of the Northern states during a snowstorm, America’s always been there, Congress has always been there,” he said. “Mr. Cantor can’t even run his own caucus. I don’t know how you can expect him to say anything reasonable or sane. This storm isn’t hitting Democrats, it’s not hitting Republicans, it’s hitting all of us.”

Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg said in a statement it was “unconscionable that anyone would hold up emergency aid for this storm over ideology. People are going to need urgent help, and I will fight like the devil to deliver it.”

Earlier this year, after tornadoes ravaged the Midwest and south, a bill was approved practically along party lines in the GOTP dominated House seeking to cut spending, including about $450 million allocated to Amtrak for upgrades in Central Jersey, to replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund.

Fortunately, like most of the ludicrous bills coming from the Neverland of the GOTP controlled House, it hasn’t seen the light of day in the Democratic controlled Senate; but, the Federal Railroad Administration has since approved Amtrak’s project, making it more difficult for Congress to cut the funding.

According to the Associated Press (AP), FEMA’s disaster fund covers a variety of costs, including emergency workers’ overtime, repairs to public works such as roads and utilities, and temporary housing for victims. Fifteen New Jersey counties buried by a post-Christmas blizzard last year, for example, received $19 million this year from the disaster fund.

Cantor and company want to make every dime political hoping top score points with FOX PAC Americans by demonstrating how fiscally responsible the GOTP is compared to the Democratic Party; but all they’re doing is showing how heartless, reckless and moronic the GOTP is. For eight years these same members of Congress funded Bush’s war off budget pouring billions of dollars into Afghanistan and Iraq, and not one of them insisted on cutting spending somewhere else to do that, and they cut taxes – a fundamental economic blunder when fighting a war – but now they want to cut the budget to pay for disaster relief to Americans? I think they’re going to find a boomerang effect from voters in 2012 and then they’ll realize they’ve greatly overplayed their hand.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in Federal Budget

 

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FOX PAC Declares “Banning Clergy” From 9-11 Anniversary Ceremony Is “A Victory for the Terrorists”?

FOX PAC has its collective knickers in a knot because NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided that members of the clergy will not be included in 9-11 memorial ceremonies at ground zero. Problem for the uber-conservative talking bovines at FOX PAC is this isn’t a new policy; in fact it’s the exact same practice that has been in place for past memorials. Of course, when have facts ever mattered to the people at FOX PAC?

We can always count on the brain thrust of FOX PAC & Friends to lead the way into conservative hysteria – particularly in anything concerning 9-11 and Ground Zero, Steve Doocy started it off, “Meanwhile, religion has no place at ground zero. That’s because New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is banning the clergy from the September 11th, 10th anniversary ceremony. This comes as a surprise, especially since he recently defended plans to build that mosque near ground zero.”

Well gee, I guess Doocy caught Mayor Bloomberg in his Islamic conspiracy – is Doocy really this obtuse? I wonder if Doocy and his cohorts would support an Imam giving a prayer during the ceremony?

Doocy continued, “We’ve gotten a statement from the mayor’s office, and here’s how it reads. It says, ‘Religious leaders or others are free to hold such an event, the focus of this commemoration ceremony is on the family members of those who died.’ You know, I haven’t taken a poll of the audience, but I would imagine most of the people who lost somebody on September the 11th would be comforted by some words of prayer.”

Well, maybe, but again who offers the prayers, a Rabbi, or an Imam? Or would it have to be an evangelical minister?

FOX PAC The Five co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle told viewers it was a violation of religious freedom not to include religious leaders, “It’s very insensitive, it really is. And I think it violates your freedom of religion. And why would you do something like that with – it’s so important, and the clergy played such an important role. Why’s he doing it?”

Why’s he doing it? Because he doesn’t want it to become a Glenn Beckian style event with one minister after another parading across the stage offering religious rants against Islam most probably. And, oh, by-the-way, the Mayor of New York not inviting religious leaders to take part in a government sponsored event doesn’t violate anyone’s freedom of religion. It was interesting to note that when asked if she would support an Imam offering a prayer she said no.

Not to be out done, FOX PAC The Five co-host Monica Crowley also jumped on the band wagon, “The other point too, Kimberly, is that these terrorists acted in the name of their faith. So, if we strip faith out of these services completely and make it totally secular, then that’s a victory for the terrorists.”

Well, of course it isn’t a victory for the terrorists; does Monica not understand there were followers of Islam who were victims of the attacks too, including one young woman who was 7 months pregnant, and that there were also first responders who died that morning who were Muslim? Of course they do, but they don’t care, they’re still consumed with the rabid hate of the uber-conservatives concerning all things 9-11.

As was mentioned earlier, the Mayor’s decision isn’t an isolated incident; in fact the Wall Street Journal reported clergy have not participated in past ceremonies commemorating the attack.

The Wall Street Journal reported on 24 August 11, “Religious leaders are calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to reverse course and offer clergy a role in the ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

“City Hall officials, who are coordinating the ceremony, confirmed that spiritual leaders will not participate this year — just as has been the case during past events marking the anniversary. The mayor has said he wants the upcoming event to strike a similar tone as previous ceremonies.

“‘There are hundreds of important people that have offered to participate over the last nine years, but the focus remains on the families of the thousands who died on Sept. 11,’ said Evelyn Erskine, a mayoral spokeswoman.”

Perhaps the Mayor could have a chaplain from the NYFD give an invocation, and a chaplain from the NYPD give a benediction? And perhaps a Rabbi and an Imam could offer prayers in the middle of the service? After all this is supposed to be a memorial; problem is, once the religious Pandora’s box is opened, he won’t be able to close it, and then there will be cries of favoritism of one religion over another, and if he does invite an Imam the FOX PAC crowd will call for his lynching.

This is another case of uber-conservatives crying out against Islam and Sharia law while wanting to impose their Christian version of the same upon everyone else. Fact is this is not the first time religious leaders haven’t been invited, and FOX PAC knows this, wait for the other shoe to drop when FOX personalities blame the absence of religious leaders on President Obama so they revive the theory of him secretly being a closet Muslim.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in 9-11

 

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Latest 2012 Presidential Polls (27 Aug 11 Edition)

As August draws to a close, and Hurricane Irene bears down upon the east coast, here are the most current 2012 presidential election poll numbers.

Public Policy Polling conducted a poll 18 – 21 August 2011 on who would be the Republican/Tea Party (GOTP) nominee if it all ended today:

Perry 21, Romney 17, Palin 13, Bachmann 11, Cain 7, Gingrich 7, Paul 6, Santorum 3 and Huntsman 2 …

Reverend Ricky Perry is holding a slim lead over Mittens, with the Ice Queen polling in third – even though she has yet to announce she’s running; do the people polling and being asked understand this? Krazy is hanging in there while Newter and the Pizza Man, who has never met a Muslim he hasn’t disliked, are running neck and neck in fifth place; Paul is there – sort of – and Santorum and Huntsman continue to flip positions at the back of the pack.

In Iowa – according to Magellan Strategies – Perry has jumped in front with 24 displacing Bachmann to 22, Mitt 19; Paul 9; Cain 6, Gingrich 4, Santorum 4 and Huntsman 1…

In New Hampshire – Magellan Strategies: Mitt 36; Rev Ricky 18; Paul 14; Krazy 10; Cain 3, Huntsman 3 and Gingrich 2…

If the election was held today, according to Rasmussen:

President Obama 46/Romney 38

President Obama 43/Perry 40

President Obama 43/Bachmann 39

President Obama 50/ Palin 33

President Obama 39/Paul 38

These four weren’t even mentioned in the last poll:

President Obama /Cain

President Obama /Gingrich

President Obama /Huntsman

President Obama /Santorum

If the GOTP nomination circus – and the general election – had both ended this week Reverend Ricky would be the GOTP candidate, and he would still have lost to the President.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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McCain Offered Aid to Our Enemy?

Who has two thumbs, had aspirations of being President and promised to try to gain powerful weapons for ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi two years ago? If you said John McCain – you’re right! That’s right “my fellow Americans” – as McCain likes to say –  the former GOP candidate for President told the dictator he’d help obtain American military hardware, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable posted Wednesday by WikiLeaks.

Of course it was just Sunday that Grampy McSame – his nickname from the 2008 campaign because he kept promising to do things just like George and Dick – said Gaddafi’s ouster was “so long in coming” because the U.S. did not use the “full weight of our airpower.”

Grampy travelled to Libya in 2009 with his turncoat “independent” buddy Joe Liebermann, and “pledged to see what he could do to move things forward in Congress,” the cable said.

So, Mr. “I love America” was willing to grease the skids for a known terrorist leader and sponsor of terrorism, really nice. Who’d Grampy and Joe think the weapons would be used against? They knew they’d be used against Gaddafi’s own people, against Israel and probably against Americans, but the two so-called Senators were evidently more concerned about provided defense contracts for their masters instead of protecting their constituents and our allies.

McCain and Liebermann were also accompanied by two other GOTP senators, Lindsay Graham and Susan Collins. It’s time for McCain to bow out and fade away, as well as Joe, Lindsay and Susan. How could any United States Senator talk to Gaddafi about helping to procure weapons for him? They’ve willfully attempted to aid a known enemy of the United States. It’s disgraceful and indefensible, so please Grampy; spare us your platitudes on how the President should have done things.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Libya

 

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Cheney Wanted to Attack Syria?

Well, surprise, surprise, former Vice President Dick Cheney has said in his new “memoir” that President George W. Bush rejected his advice in 2007 to bomb a suspected nuclear reactor site in Syria, the Associated Press (AP) is reporting.

In a truly not very surprising revelation Cheney says he was “a lone voice” for military action against Syria, while other advisers were reluctant, Cheney says, because of “the bad intelligence we had received about Iraq’s stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction” before the 2003 invasion of that country.

Wow, really? Other people were reluctant about getting the country involved in another war in the Middle East based on faulty intel? Really, that just sounds so hard to believe?

Of course we all know how anxious Mr. Cheney was to prove how tough he could be – through the proxy of young Americans – especially after all those deferments during Vietnam, but why would he really think it was necessary to tick off another Arab country, hadn’t he done enough of that by 2007? And besides, everyone with an ounce of common sense – something we also understand was pretty well non-existent after Colin Powell jumped out of the Bush/Cheney Presidential clown car – knew the Israelis were going to solve any problems there, and they did when they bombed the Syrian site later in 2007.

In his book, Cheney also writes that he was unconscious for weeks after heart surgery in 2010; some would of course argue that Dick was pretty well unconscious through most of the eight years of the Bush/Cheney co-opted presidency. Or at least his conscious was.

Cheney’s book is reported to also include criticism of other members of Bush’s administration. He accuses former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of naiveté and says he believed former Secretary of State Colin Powell tried to undermine Bush “by criticizing administration policy to people outside the government.” Powell’s resignation after the 2004 election “was for the best,” Cheney writes.

So, it was for the best that one of the brightest and most honorable men in the cabinet resigned? Was that because he actually had combat experience, and when he spoke up in cabinet meetings and other gatherings in the Oval Office he frequently pointed out Dick’s lack of understanding on foreign policy and defense issues?

Cheney is very likely to go down in history as a war mongering, heartless, arrogant VP and one of the puppet masters behind Bush’s presidency; he is also equally likely to be remembered as one of the worse Vice President’s in our country’s history. There is not one redeeming quality about his eight years in office; Bush/Cheney were on watch when America suffered its worse attack on American soil from outsiders; they drove the country into two wars – admittedly one was justified (Afghanistan) but the second was a disaster of monumental proportions (Iraq) – and simultaneously derailed the nation’s economy, something every right-wing conservative blow hard has been blaming President Obama for since before he was sworn into office. He is warped, frustrated old man and the country is far better off to have him out of the main stream, and sitting in some office complaining about his oat meal.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Lunatics

 

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