Friday, September 10, 2004
While the US fights terror (rightly in Afghanistan, cluelessly in Iraq), our Euro "ally" Germany has seen fit to sit this one out, content to hurl invective at the US and decry us for maltreatment of prisoners at Gitmo. Apparently three squares, prayer rights and full health care are bad things to the Germans. Anywho, we can now find out why they didn't sign up. They were busy discussing human rights in Iran. And what a success!!. Had we but known... The two "achievements":
- A 16 year old girl who engaged in pre-marital sex will be hung instead of stoned.
- The marriage age for a girl is now 10 instead of 9
This, my friends, is the superior German "caring and sensitive" foreign policy at work. Now a young girl making life decisions on her own in Iraq will no longer be crushed by rocks. Instead she'll have her neck snapped by a heavy piece of rope! Wundervoll! And no more disgusting kiddie sex, because now the pervs have to wait until they hit double digits!! Which makes for...slightly less disgusting kiddie sex. Fantastisch! I can't believe they aren't touting this foreign policy success in the UN! We can apply it to Sudan: now instead of raping and killing the women, the janjaweed can just rape them. And only once. Germany, I have another word to describe you: Arschloche.
And some people wonder why, despite Bush's failures, he isn't excoriated more for ignoring the caterwauling from Germany and other countries over Iraq. Well, consider this exhibit "A".
- Story was read originally at Andrewsullivan.com. A kick-ass site, BTW.
Thursday, September 09, 2004
So the warring "Your a liar about your service" choruses grew louder in the wake of the "60 Minutes" piece last night that allegedly showed documents casting Bush's Texas ANG service in a negative light.
I have said before that BOTH SIDES need to stop this crap. Bush got an honorable discharge from a unit that could have been called to active duty. Kerry earned five medals engaging in dangerous water patrols. Both did their job. Let's leave it the f--- alone already and start talking about real issues, like 36 million Americans in poverty, lowering the tax burden on the average American and figuring out how to straighten out the problems in Iraq.
But nooooooooo, we have to keep listening about military records from 30+ years ago, each side trying to one up the other.
Well, one side may have finally gone too far. Though I am usually unwilling to link to a Drudge story, and even moreso when the news organization is called "CyberCast News Service" (what a lousy name). And especially when these guys seem to shill for the GOP. However, this piece caught my eye.
It involves the documents shown last night on 60 Minutes, and the possibility of those documents being fraudulent. And it all revolves around this: th
That's right, a susperscript "th". In the document in question, you'll see in the last paragraph the "th" in "111th" is in tiny superscript print. An option that is available on Microsoft Word, but not on typewriters used in 1972.
So what is typed there could not have been typed in 1972. And this was brought to my attention by a friend of mine. He's an ex-Marine, and is no fan of Bush (he voted for Nader in 2000). He worked at the Pentagon and Okinawa typing out these types of reports in the early 90s. He says there is NO WAY that superscript "th" could have been done in 1972, since they were still using typewriters and basic word processors at the Pentagon when he was working. And that those devices physcially cannot create that superscript in such a small font.
So this is what blatant partisanship is creating in America. Forgeries being used in an attempt at slander, a move just as base as the (pardon my French) bullshit SwiftBoat Vets who claim they know the real story, as opposed to Kerry's boatmates and reams of supporting documents.
And the issues continue to go undiscussed while we re-fight a war almost 30 years old. How pathetic.
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
I don't think we have ever had two worse candidates for the Presidency in the history of our nation. Sure, some of you may point to the classic 1856 Buchanan/Fremont/Fillmore campaign. But this is easily the most god-awful selection we have had since...well, the last election.
I think you can easily track this by their ability to talk. We have heard and/or read the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates, Teddy Roosevelt's Address at the Sorbonne, FDR's sterling oration, and the inspirational speeches of Kennedy and Reagan.
And now? Frankly, these two popsicle sticks couldn't join a high-school debate team.
First up, the challenger, John Kerry. Saddled with a somewhat-earned label of "flip-flopper", a man who sees four sides to every two-sided problem (as said by Will Saletan), comes up with this classic while eating at a PA restaurant:
"You know when they give you the menu, I'm always struggling, what do you want?"
And when we find out that the cook just gives him whatever he has happened to cook:
"...I think that's the way it ought to work for confused people like me who can't make up our minds what we're going to eat."
Sweet Sally Sunshine, are you f---ing kidding me? Are you intentionally trying to crash your campaign, John? People already have doubts about your ability to make a hard, fast decision, and you can't even decide what to eat for breakfast?
Here's a hint; just order god-damn eggs every time. Every restaurant serves them. It's a safe bet, and you'll look decisive.
And perhaps your media handlers should start earning their paycheck. Because so far, they're killing you.
But don't get to laughing too much, Bushies, because your boy has once again come up with a doozy.
As highlighted on Slate, good ol' W came up with this mangled phrase:
"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYN's aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country."
"Practice their love"? What are they doing, auditioning for pornos? Field-testing Cialis? Seriously, George, take an ESL course or something. Or perhaps you should lay off the off-the-cuff speaking and stick to prepared texts only.
There you have it, folks. The candidates of the Big Two parties.
Are you ready for a viable third party yet?
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Please excuse the paucity of posts these past few days. I am trying to work up a series of posts that deal with a simple fact:
George W. Bush is not a conservative.
At least not in the classic sense of it. Frankly, they'll have to come up with a new moniker for whatever he and his actually are. Perhaps "fundamentalist radicals" is a more apt name.
Anywho, I'll try to get the first one up in the next few days. But the point will be this: If you consider yourself a conservative or a real Republican, your duty this year is to get W OUT of the White House. So do what I am doing.
Hold your nose, swallow the bile, and vote for Kerry.