Category: Politics

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[Politics] SCOTUS Meme

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[Politics] How often must they lie?

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The saddest thing is that Sen. Lindsey Graham seems to actually believe what he’s saying. Now I know what the person in the Parable of the Cave must have felt like.

Now, I’ll grant that there has been some progress in Iraq, but it’s based on the false premise that a stable Iraqi government will somehow stop a band of mountain-dwelling guerrillas from prosecuting a war around the world using techniques that ignore national boundaries and have no allegiance to any recognized state. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a stable Iraqi government, but the propaganda surrounding this war and how the Republican party is hanging the life of every kid who’s died or been wounded there on this idea that if we just hang out a little longer, terrorism will be defeated and nobody will ever blow themselves up in a crowded area to prove a point ever again is almost too thick to slog through.

I mean, he’s harping on about how our troops are winning in Iraq. He insisted that if we hadn’t gone into Iraq, al-Qaeda would have taken over America, sectarian violence would have spread through the Middle East, and Iran would have filled the void. I really wish I was exaggerating, but he actually said all of those. Exactly what is this fantasy based on? Maybe it’s the rhetoric of our Communist masters that slowly took over the world after winning Vietnam, afraid for their own power.

And all of this after the horrendously exploitive 9/11 video. Followed by the craziest, most pointless, most misdirecting video about Sarah Palin I’ve ever seen. How can somebody who wants to drill in a wildlife refuge be described as “loving her environment”? How can somebody who is pro-life, pro-gun, pro-drilling, pro-censorship, pro-Bible values, and pro-deficit-spending be described as a “maverick”? They used that word so many times that, had he been watching it, pen_dragon would have been blitzed beyond belief.

Cindy McCain talking about how you need a steady hand on the wheel. “But you know what, I’ve always thought you need a woman’s hand…at the wheel as well.” For the record, that is not where my head went after heading the first half of that sentence. Secondly, yes, I get that this is the political puppet show. And yes, I understand that the Democrats were just as self-congratulatory and sentimentalist, but they also had some sort of grounding in reality. I feel like I’ve watched an hour and a half, so far, of insistences that we’re winning in Iraq and Sarah Palin is a great leader with a vast amount of experience. It’s like, if they say it enough, it’ll be true. Are there no other issues in this country?

As far as Cindy’s speech, it wasn’t bad, but it seriously read like an Alger Hiss novel. Rags to riches family, taught special needs kids and migrant families, worked with Mother Theresa, was rejected for sainthood for being a good Protestant. And this was all her describing herself. There was a bit about Palin and how she’s going to shake things up. She had a section in which she talked about less government, and that makes me wonder if she only means when it comes to taxing business or if she means keeping the government from spying on me.

Took them 45 seconds for the introduction video for McCain to use the phrase, “prisoner of war.” I love how nobody mentions that McCain himself admits in his “Prisoner of War: A First-hand Account,” that he agreed to give them military secrets if they brought him to the hospital. That there are records of him being quoted in Hanoi newspapers during that time. That some of his comrades from the Hanoi Hilton have called him “Songbird McCain” for years because of his behavior at that camp. I really don’t think the POW thing, when put under scrutiny, stands up.

What I will say about McCain’s speech is that I can at least respect that he didn’t directly attribute 9/11 to Iraq or say that we would have been attacked again if we didn’t go into Iraq. He did say that “many people believe” that we would have been attacked again, but I can grant that that’s the Party line and he has to at least toe it. I also will grant him that he tried to be gracious when it came to Obama and it came off as almost being sincere until he paraphrased the opening line of the Declaration of Independence. However, his bit about “once we win, we will reach out our hands to any willing patriot,” really bugged me, if only because I know what his definition of “patriot” is.

That aside, please, please watch September 3rd’s Daily Show: The second segment is brilliant. And Jon Stewart’s face when Newt Gingrich agreed with him that Sarah Palin has more experience than McCain…priceless.

Neo-Cons going for each other

OK, so it’s no secret that I’m relatively to amazingly liberal. I also make no bones about my pure and righteous hatred for the terrible human beings that have twisted a once valid political ideal (Conservatism) into the great hulking anti-conservation monster that it is today.

However, when I think of the blatant lies perpetuated by the extreme nut-jobs of the right wing (I’m drawing a distinction here for the moderate or even sane conservatives), I expect that at the very least they’ll confine their attacks to the Democratic party, Socialists, environmentalists, and homosexuals (which many claim are all the same entity). It really shocks and astounds me when they turn on each other.

That’s right, kids, Jerome Corsi, best known for his book Unfit for Command which called into question John Kerry’s service record in 2004 and started the so-called “Swift Boat” attacks, has, at least once in his professional career, plagiarized another journalist’s work. Now, I will admit that this happened in 2006, and everybody makes mistakes, but what gets me is that he refused to own up to it publicly. No, actually what gets me is that he plagiarized another conservative journalist’s work without apology. I disagree with most of what Debbie Schlussel has to say, but I can’t help but agree that this sort of thing calls into question all of his work. Or, in the pundit’s own (correctly attributed) words, “We can assume, then, that everything else he writes is similarly shop-lifted from others.”

Of course, Debbie, that’s not really true. Some of it he makes up whole cloth. Such as the idea that President Bush is trying to make one big nation out of North America, or that the DNC has been funding the Iranian nuclear program, or, as he writes in his newest book The Obama Nation, that Barack Obama tried to pass a bill that would give .7 percent of the GDP to foreign aid, promotes infanticide (aboration after the baby is born), and that he didn’t dedicate his book to his mother, father, or grandparents (not that it should matter, but he did). It was pointed out on Countdown tonight that while he painstakingly footnotes all of his “facts,” of the first eleven footnotes in the book, nine of them refer to his own work. This was most likely based on the idea that he’s a trustworthy, honest fellow with no agenda.

But seriously, while we all know that Jerome Corsi is an idiot, this is really out of the water for his type of idiot. I mean, at least Anne Coulter consistently lies about the other side in a mindless fashion. Corsi kind of makes it up as he goes along, spewing friendly fire occasionally along the way. If it weren’t so sad, it would be supremely amusing. The question becomes, will his lies be nearly as effective this election term?

Odds are, not as much. While the Kerry campaign laughed off Corsi, assuming that the American people were too smart, too educated, possessed of too much common sense to believe the often crazy and blatant lies (such as he was awarded his medals based on writing “spot” reports that highlighted or even lied about his activities on missions), the Obama campaign is making no such assumptions. In all fairness, they have the hindsight to realize that Americans elected George W. Bush twice. What was it the president said, “Fool me once…” something? I don’t know, I get lost after that.

And, as The Obama Nation premieres at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list (largely due to bulk sales to conservative groups, hence the little bullet that will appear next to its name), the Obama campaign has already put together the really well-written and conceived Unfit for Publication, a forty-page document focusing on the lies published in Corsi’s latest attempt at political storytelling. He’s got nothing to lose by making a reasoned argument pointing out the false, bordering on libelous claims made in this book, and I’m happy to see a Democrat with the balls to actually fight back, but rather than doing so with smear ads and catchphrases, he does so through reasoned debate in which his campaign “[takes] you through the allegations point by point.” That’s what I’m looking for in a leader: somebody willing to take the time to explain himself and actually respond to attacks rather than trying to clear his name in a series of sound bites. We live in the era of instant communication: if you’re not willing to use it, you’re doomed to failure. Barack Obama is using any tool at his disposal to run a reasonably clean (I do remember one negative attack in which he claimed that McCain received $2 million from Big Oil when he only received $1.3 million, but that’s the only one I can think of at the moment) campaign against McCain and essentially keep taking to high road while continually pointing out every dirty trick John McCain uses to try to bring him down.