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He say’s…..”At least Bush had the balls”…..

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It seems not a day goes by anymore that at some point I am not butting heads with another person…usually a man….who thinks he knows how things are, how things work…..but who in reality seems to know very little about much of anything.  In almost every instance, the source of information for Mr. Know-it-all is someone like Limbaugh, Hannity or some other noxious right wing gasbag who makes their living spewing disinformation or outright garbage into the public arena.  How anyone can tolerate listening to these blowhards without feeling vomit rise in their throats is a mystery. 

 

My most recent encounter was with a ‘gentleman’ who insisted that “At least Bush had the balls to go after Iraq!”.  ‘S’cuse me?  My first thought was, “whose balls were they?”.  Bush certainly has none of his own.  That aside, I asked Mr. Know-it-all what he based this on?  I pointed out that Iraq was nearly defenseless, had no WMD, had not threatened us and was not in a position to threaten anyone.  I also pointed out that between us and Britain, we had the upper one third and lower one third of his country under a no-fly surveillance zone, and that Hussein only had control of the middle one-third of his country.  I added that not only did we have the entire country under surveillance, we had stopped any humanitarian aid including food, clean water and medical supplies and had done so for at least ten years.  Where was this threat?

 

Mr. Know-it-all then claimed that Hussein had been responsible for the attacks on 9/11 and that’s why Bush had to go after them.  [At this point I was tempted to start banging my head against a wall.]  How could anyone after all these years and after all the lies have been exposed about 9/11 still believe that Hussein was the culprit in 9/11?   Or that Iraq was in any way involved in those attacks?

 

Before I could stop myself I asked the question:  Where did you get that idea from?  I knew what was coming.  Mr. Know-it-all replied with the kind of self-righteous pride that can only come from self-induced ignorance and willing gullibility…….”Limbaugh was saying on his show……”.  [Let the head banging commence.]

 

Here’s your problem Mr. K…….you’re getting your information from a junkie.  One who is paid handsomely to assault the public with manipulated information to make sure you think and believe what those in the neo-conservative movement want you to think and believe. 

 

As a last resort, Mr. K. screamed at me that Hussein was a bad man and had killed more than a hundred thousand of his own people and we had to stop him.  I responded that we have now killed more than a million Iraqi’s, having bombed them, shot them, blown them up, starved them and tortured some others.  I mentioned the depleted uranium gas that is being dispersed over the entire mid-east resulting in 70% of newborns being horribly deformed and the slow agonizing deaths of those exposed to this radio active waste product, and is also poisoning our troops.  Mr. K., now in a full rage, was now trying to tell me and a few others how Hussein had come into power….according to Limbaugh.  [You don’t even want to hear this part, it exceeds stupidity.]

In retaliation, I pointed out that Donald Rumsfeld had appeared on the front page of the New York Times shaking hands with Hussein after he was carefully selected by the up and coming neo-cons, to head up Iraq after we deposed their last leader.  We knew all along what he was doing to his own people and didn’t care until he refused to co-operate with us.  After all, he was instrumental in the Iran/Contra affair and waged war against Iran on our behalf with weapons we supplied him. 

 

Realizing that I was arguing with an individual who was obviously mentally compromised, having been willfully exposed to auditory waste by-products that comprise the majority of Limbaugh and others broadcasts, I couldn’t resist one final question;  What kind of ‘balls’ did it take to attack a country that was nearly defenseless, that had not attacked us or threatened to?  And how ‘bout those oil production sharing agreements they are still trying to shove through the Iraqi parliament? You know…the oil we attacked Iraq to steal?”

 

At this point Mr. K. informed me that all Iraqi’s should be killed because they are Muslims, not Christians.  I bet God loved that one.

 

So there it is in a nutshell.  Bush had [balls] because he attacked a non-threatening country that was defenseless but it’s ok because they are Muslims not Christians….and the oil is a big perk too.

 

Somehow, considering the low level of intelligence of most of those who listen to these hacks who prey on the worst of human attributes, this doesn’t surprise me although the idea of Bush having [balls] somehow did.

 

© 2008 Marti Oakley

 

 

 

The crying, whining and gnashing of teeth from the right…

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Some days its just good to sit back and take it all in.  The Republican party, having imploded from within can’t decide whether to promote Sarah Palin to star status, or burn her at the stake for being a witch.  Personally, I would think option #2 is out as Ms. Palin has been officially de-witched by her pastor.

After the resounding defeat comprising all levels of government, suffered by the Republicans in this last election, someone with some grasp of reality should take control.  I don’t think its going to happen.  Apparently there is one faction still wanting to promote the party as the embodiment of fringe religious beliefs, and another faction that has realized this is no longer a sustainable premise.  Will rational thought and dialogue win out?  Or, will the wing-nuts retain control of what is now a fractured and dysfunctional party system?

I tell ya…. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of fools.  The Republican party defined itself with blowhards like Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity and the bloated egomaniac, O’Reilly.  To be sure there were other players who all spewed the same vitriole, the same misinformation, the same disinformation; all the while whining and crying about liberal bias from mainstream media.  The problem with these icons of Republican hypocrisy is that they are..hypocrits.  And that’s being kind.  Limbaugh is a known junkie, O’Reilly tries to be a womanizer, Hannity is just loonie and Coulter…..we aren’t even sure whether thats a Ms. or a Mr., in my opinion.  But these personalities along with others too numerous to mention were elevated to star status by those on the right, not because they had any truths to reveal; not because they were intellectually savvy or superior, but because they were for sale and would say or do the most horrendous things on behalf of Republicans. 

While these media parasites babbled on incessantly about morality, family values, who loved God and who didn’t, several Republicans were caught with their pants down so to speak,…..and one was even caught in a bathroom doing things most of us don’t comprehend (and don’t want to) and we don’t know just where his pants were at the time. 

For eight years or more we have been assailed by the right wing phobic, myopic, anti-everything crowd.  The lock-stepping Republicans, who claimed to be more patriotic, to be favored by God, to be the emodiment of morality and virtuosity, who were, by their very existence as Republicans, more moral and family oriented than those liberals they castigated with such regularity…..showed us what they really were; and it had little to do with values or morality or even love of country.  It was however, quite profitable for most of them, at the expense of everyday Americans now forced to suffer the long term affects of unmitigated greed, corruption and anti-American policies and actions.  And every step of the way they were facilitated by radio and TV hacks who would otherwise never have been taken seriously by anyone.

Hopefully, enough of us have moved away from hate radio and faux news of any kind.  As their audiences dwindle and the pool of recessive genes needed to keep them operational fades to a distant memory, we can only hope the Republican party reinvents itself, or that it dies a deserved death. 

Of course if they want to rev up their [base] they could always declare Sarah Palin a witch and claim she put a curse on them….it would be just as believable as anything else they have told us.

(c) 2008 Marti Oakley

Your party lost……and now you think there may be some problems?

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Representative Lamar Smith, Republican representative from Texas, has decided he needs to launch a [Media Fairness Initiative]. 

 

Like many Americans, I have become increasingly concerned about unfair reporting by the mainstream news media. The purpose of the Media Fairness Initiative is not to censor or condemn, but to encourage the media to adhere to the highest standards of reporting and provide the American people with the facts, balanced stories and fair coverage of the news.”

 

At this point, I have to note, this is the same Lamar Smith who sat on the committee for impeachment inquiry, and who, after hearing the legal and substantive charges against Bush and his administration, claimed he could see no impeachable offenses had occurred.  Upon making this statement, I wondered if Mr. Smith had just recently awakened from a prolonged coma, or if, he was just totally unable to grasp the evidence laid before him.  Personally, I think it must have been a coma.

 

Now it seems, since the radical right was firmly rejected by a majority of Americans, Mr. Smith believes the media should be controlled and made to report fairly, without bias, use balanced reporting, blah, blah, blah….

 

I can only assume this sudden interest, or recognition of media bias is simply a case of “when we do it, it is noble and just; if you do it, it’s a crime”. 

 

Mr. Smith, and others like him, saw no problem in the last eight years with the unfair, unbalanced, and many times misleading and outright misrepresentation of the [news], and had this to say:

 

“The Media Fairness Initiative (MFI) will strongly support a free press and not condone any form of censorship. Instead, we will examine the causes of one-sided reporting, develop strategies to combat media bias, promote an open dialogue between members of the media and elected officials, and remind the media of their profound obligation to provide the American people with the facts. We will avoid personal attacks or gratuitous criticism of media representatives.”

 

One sided reporting like on Faux News??  Personal attacks like those launched using the media by the right wing spin machine?  Ruppert Murdoch and his faux news channel have made a fortune off the Republicans expressly by doing the very things you now find objectionable, and none of you were remotely concerned with any kind of profound obligation to provide the American people with the facts about anything.  What you were concerned with was using the media from all sources to promote your divide and destroy policies and ideologies and as long as you controlled every word we heard, every piece of information whether true or not, and as long as you kept the upper hand, you found no problem with the media. 

 

Representative Smith evidently entered his coma about the same time that Karl Rove, a man who should be in jail for numerous reasons and who is now appearing on Faux news as some kind of commentator, began the high-jacking of not only our government, but also the media.  We endured eight years of pseudo news promoted, financed and provided by the Bush Administration via Rove, and were intentionally lied to, deceived and spoon fed deliberately misleading and false information.  But, it is only now as the public has firmly rejected the neo-con, holier-than-thou, ‘we’re only lying to you for your own good”, he seems to find problems with the media.

 

Here is what I believe Mr. Smith truly finds problematic:

 

The neo-cons were unable to sell their devastating ideology to a weary public that has tired of the vitriol, the nastiness and the censoring of the news to benefit this elitist segment of the country only to find out that little or none of what was reported to them bore any resemblance to the truth of the matter. 

 

When you take a look at who personifies the radical right, who their icons are, who promotes their anti-American views and policies you find some of the most repugnant and disgusting people at the forefront.  Coulter, O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Hannity and other TV and radio personalities who make their living, not by telling any kind of truth or reporting any kind of news, but rather, by delivering a twisted up version of what might have happened but most likely didn’t; or by carefully omitting the [facts] and delivering a carefully crafted series of messages meant to deceive the public. 

 

Representative Smith seems totally oblivious to the past eight years not only regarding the illegal activities of the Bush Administration, but also the manipulation of the news by the far right wing.  Give him some time….maybe as he progresses through his recovery from his recent and long term coma, he’ll come to his senses.  We can only hope.

 

© 2008 Marti Oakley

Note to the GOP: Miscreants like Coulter and Limbaugh must go in order to save your party

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November 6, 2008 at 11:21:35
Promoted to column top on 11/6/08:
Note to the GOP: Miscreants like Coulter and Limbaugh must go in order to save your party

by Mary MacElveen    

www.opednews.com

We must with vigilance continue to monitor what the right-wing of the Republican Party has to say and the minions who spout their ignorant-crap for a lack of a better term to define it.

 

Yes, I am speaking of Ann Coulter after reading this article on Townhall.com. It was vile and lacked any substance and sustenance for these United States of America.  Coulter must wrap her brain (if she has one) around the fact that she and her ilk lost on Election Day and thank God for that.

 

 

If this past Election Day taught us anything is that America finally wanted and craved a high-minded intellectual residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  The world’s reaction to our new president to be was refreshing considering the fact how this present one has been mocked and ridiculed time-and-time again during these past eight years. 

 

In this blistering defeat, those like Coulter are acting like petulant children who did not get their way and thank God they did not.  It is as if she is threw herself to the floor throwing a tantrum.  It is up to all of us to send her and others just like her to their corner for an extended time-out.

 

In calling Colin Powell a “loser” for his endorsement of President-elect, Barack Obama, it shows her lack of intellect.  This is exactly what Americans rejected in this past election.  We craved more than what the right-wing of the Republican Party was offering us.  Ann Coulter, must take a good look in the mirror to see exactly who the loser is at this moment in time.  But, she wont.  She will continue to angrily type at her key board and appear on any show that will have her so that she can to continue an old bellicose message filled with deceit.  My message to these shows is to consider Coulter persona-non-grata.  We have important issues to delve into and more importantly solve.

 

In his speech to the nation the other night, President-elect, Barack Obama even realized that the government cannot solve all of our problems.  This should be seen by the media as a golden opportunity and get back to what they are supposed to do and that is to inform people.  Instead of presenting miscreants like Coulter, present to the American people high-minded intellectuals that can help solve the problems we are all facing.

To the Republican Party if there is any lesson to be learned in all of this and for you to rebuild your party, you must replace minions like Coulter with high-minded intellectuals.  Yes, intelligence does matter.  This vitriol of hate is exactly why you went down in flames.  Quite frankly you offered the electorate nothing during the presidential campaign.

 

While most Americans huddled around their kitchen tables frightened to death on how to pay this bill or that, the right-wing of the Republican Party gave us Bill Ayers as cited in Coulter’s article.  Those gathered at that kitchen table gave the GOP their answer back by giving folks like Palin and Coulter a sound spanking.

 

In listening to several broadcast spots on MSNBC yesterday, they discussed who will be the leaders of the Republican Party and one name was floated and it was Mitt Romney.  I shuddered in total disbelief for this one reason.  At the Republican National convention he demonized liberals and did not give us one reason as to why we should elect any Republican let alone John McCain and Sarah Palin.

 

While the introduction of Sarah Palin at their convention gave them a boost in the polls, it was the defining moment that they were not about to delve into the issues.  After all, Rick Davis did say, “This election is not about the issues” No wonder they lost and it clearly showed to all of us that their campaign would be one of distractions and divisions.  Anyone thinking of running for office from the Republican Party should steer clear of Davis.

 

If the right-wing media such as Fox News is to learn anything, it can be found in these words, “The CEOs of cable news outlets and the mainstream media should begin the healing process by giving pink slips to all the hate-mongers they have on their payrolls.” They were expressed by Bill Corcoran in a letter to the editor at the Chicago Sun Times.  Corcoran through his blog has spoken out on so many critical issues pertinent to this republic.

 

To the Republican Party, one of the most important reasons why you lost on Election Day is this simple fact; you have relied too heavily on hateful messages and in fact insane messages coming from folks like Coulter and Limbaugh.  While their messages feeds the base their red-meat, for the rest of us, we were starving for any substantive campaign coming from John McCain and Sarah Palin.  Thankfully we were nourished by our new President-elect, Barack Obama and Vice President-elect, Joe Biden.

 

As some discuss whether or not Palin will be a viable and relevant candidate for the 2012 Republican ticket, we as Americans must not forget how she stoked the fires of hate and divisiveness in this campaign.  She became the domestic terrorist she claimed that President-elect, Barack Obama was and where her words could have had dire consequences to this republic.  We as a republic cannot go back to that darkened abyss, but move on.

 

Author’s email address is, xmjmac@optonline.net

 

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