Sunday, November 12, 2006

Botched Joke Revisited

Ok...I've got one more thing to say about the whole Botched Joke Kerry said our troops are retarded BS.

I saw a bumpersticker yesterday on a truck with an Allen bumpersticker and an NRA sticker on the window...I suspect a Republican...and another sticker in the window that said:

Holy Crap.

I have never seen a more prideful anti-intellectual statement or a clearer inference that not only do the kids who aren't smart go into the military, but they become MARINES.

Why is it that Kerry gets villified and this idiot thinks he's a genius by making this bumper sticker statement that says essentially the same thing?

Oh, yeah...perhaps the answer is inherent in the question.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Sun Also Rises....

Well, Allen finally conceded and so I feel comfortable posting.

Congratulations, America, you have taken the first bold step to reclaiming our democracy.

Democrats, I give us all 24 more hours to gloat, and then we have to get down to the hard work of leading by example.

I don't think we should be entirely fixated on Iraq, however. Remember, the majority of votors were concerned about corruption. The real mandate is for investigations, and I for one don't want us to get out of Iraq until we have some hard facts about why we are there in the first place.

I don't want Democrats shouting for impeachment, I want Democrats shouting for oversight and long overdue investigations, which I am confident will turn up so much awful truth that even Republicans will want this guy impeached. So that's what I think the plan should be. Get the truth, get the facts, let the truth and the facts speak for themselves, and let those who were duped go after the duper.

After all, for the last three years Bush has openly admitted to impeachable offenses as a point of pride. The nation has spoken, they want the accountability he promised he'd bring to the White House in 2000.

Did anyone out there tape that press conference where Rumsfeld's resignation was announced? I didn't get it taped, but watched it. Wish I had it, especially the part where Bush admitted to the Press that he knowingly lied to them about Rumsfeld staying through the remainder of his presidency.

He lies. He likes to lie. And he keeps asking us to trust him. But now, after November 7th, we don't have to trust him, any more than the founding fathers thought we should trust any leader...which is why they so carefully crafted seperation of powers and a system of checks and balances. And a free press. Let's not forget the free press.

Today...for the first time in many years...Archie Levine has a song in his heart and hope on his mind.

Happy Days Are Here Again.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Botched Joke

Maybe you've heard it. If you haven't, you haven't been paying any attention. John Kerry, tired, made a comment that the Republicans--from the President on down--are jumping on to try to save their political asses in an election they could never manage to win without Diebold or taking on the issues that matter to better than 70% of the American public.

Here is what he said: "You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq." -- Sen. John Kerry

First of all, even if it is a botched joke, it works on two different levels and is funny because its true.

First level: Reflection of the President. He is perhaps our nation's most powerful and important C student in history....and due to his inability to try to be smart, he and the rest of the nation are stuck in Iraq. His idiotic insistance on fighting a conventional war and ignoring even the most fundamental lessons taught by the war he managed to avoid fighting in (Viet Nam for those of you who are also not making an effort to be smart) instead of fighting a counter-insurgency means that we are doing more damage than we are good there.

A "C" is what happens when you skip class. Iraq is what happens when you skip going to Viet Nam.

We are stuck in Iraq and the Republicans, in spite of 11th hour changes in language about troop withdrawls, benchmarks, and tough talk to the Iraqi leaders...the Republicans want us to stay there indefinitely. Hence the permanent bases we won't admit we've built or intend to occupy.

Stuck. Stuck. Stuck...because of stupidity and arrogance by our leaders and the people who vote for them.

Level two: The military, because the Republicans are terrified that they will have to admit that sooner or later their imperialistic desires in the Middle East and militaristic foriegn policy will force us to have a reinstatement of the draft, are lowering their recruitment standards to dangerous levels. This means that as the war drags on beyond Rumsfeld's infamous "6 days, 6 weeks, I doubt 6 months" comment and we see our pre-war military stretched dangerously thin and doing 4 and 5 tours in Iraq with recuriters so desperate for new bodies in uniform they'll take nearly anyone willing to go, even if they have to lie and use high pressure, false statements and Conduct Unbecoming to meet quota.

When we've lost 103 soldiers in the month of October alone...well, it doesn't take a smart, hard studying, educated mind to realize that with demand for soldiers going higher, the benefits getting lower, the risks increasing along with the hatred and resentment of the people in the region for our presence there...that the people who sign up are mostly going to be those who have fewer options available.

If you're smart enough to know that we are fighting an illegal war, invading a nation which did not pose a threat and had not attacked us, and see that our civilian leaders don't have any idea what they are doing...Or, if you are wealthy enough not to need to join the military to earn a living, why would you?

OK, some people might still join out of principle and love of country. But damned few.

And if that isn't true...tell me why there aren't more children of politicians serving in uniform in the Middle East right now? Jim Webb has a son who is a Marine lance corporal headed to Ramadi. Where are George Allen's children? George Bush's?

If it isn't true, why is it that so many people who have never worn a uniform or served in combat shouting so angrily about those who have (like John Kerry, Max Cleland, John Murtha, and Jim Webb) that dare to speak out against the war? How is it that the people of this country think draft dodging cowards who avoided service have any right to criticize decorated combat veterans as being anything but supportive of our men and women in combat?

Why is that?

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Allen, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and the rest of you chickenhawks who are so eager to keep sending other people's children to die for your failed policy and inability to admit a mistake.

For crying out loud, the only uniform Californian George Allen ever put on was a confederate general's uniform while an extra in Gods and Generals.

The botched joke is this administration. And they're just barely smart enough to know it, which is why the rest of us are so afraid of what they'll do next to hide their shame.

As a PS, Jim Webb is too much of a gentleman to do it, but I'm not any kind of a gentleman.

While Allen is scrambling to win votes away from Webb by calling him a woman hater and a cut & run coward who writes dirty books...Jim Webb never once responded by showing this picture in any of his ads. But somebody has to. Click on the link for the "war record" of General George.