Wednesday, January 03, 2007

What’s “news” these days?

Oh, it’s a never-ending cornucopia of weird and disconnected people out there. Unfortunately, a lot of them seem to be in charge of running this country. How unfortunate.

This is a good one.

A conservative radio host decides to announce that he believes that congressmen and congresswomen, if they do not fall in with his current set of beliefs on immigration, should be assassinated. The following is posted on his web site.


And this:

"We may have to ASSASSINATE some of the people you elect on Nov. 7! This could be your LAST ELECTION CHANCE, to save this Republic…

"Sorry to have to be so blunt, but the country is in mortal danger from our present government and our liberty is already near dead because of this government. If you are too stupid to turn things around with your vote, there are people out here like me who are willing to turn things around with guns, force and violence. We hope our method does not become necessary," he wrote.

But he defined his position as commentary instead of advocacy when one supporter wrote to Turner's website, "Hey Hal instead of saying 'may' SAY you WILL KILL THEM!!!"

"No no no no no. Words mean things," Turner wrote at the time. The difference between 'may' and 'will' is the difference between an opinion and a threat," he concluded. "One is lawful, the other is not!"

Uh, yeah. That’s a mighty fine distinction to make there, the legal difference between “may” and “will”. And the conservatives hated Clinton when he played games with words.

It is a mystery to me why no one, besides liberal bloggers, calls these lunatics out. Openly advocating assassinating a congressman? Boy, if someone from Left Blogistan did something like this, maybe calling for someone to knock of Rush Limbaugh or maybe Rupert Murdoch, man, would things ever go crazy then. Where is the FBI on something like this, or even the FCC? Why are these nutjobs still allowed to broadcast over the public airwaves? Stations and networks can get fined a huge amount of money because someone shows a nipple or says the F Word, but it’s somehow acceptable to openly advocated killing elected officials?

This country is insane.

Saddam has been executed in a very tawdry manner.

All sorts of people are saying that this looks more like some sort of Wild, Wild West mob justice than anything that came down from a court of law. Where’s Judge Roy Bean when you need him?

Very messy, bizarre business. I especially like the selection of Saddam’s execution on a Muslim festival day, as well as the thing being recorded on several cell phones. Boy, those things sure can come in handy.

But we all feel much better about ourselves and much safer as a nation now, right?

I like this one.

The now-in-the-minority Republicans have issued a call for a “Minority Bill of Rights”, that was apparently fashioned from a similar document that was written by none other than the Demon Du Jour, Nancy Pelosi, and was immediately tossed in the trash bin by Dennis Hastart. Yes, we should all be very nice to each other, respect each other, and not trample on the minority party. It’s just like the last six years didn’t even exist. This line in this memo kills me.

"Unfortunately, as you are well aware, the Democrats' forty-year reign over the House was plagued by consistent, systematic efforts to usurp the rights and privileges of the Republican minority," write Reps. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Tom Price (R-GA).

I cannot understand how these people don’t understand how THEY come off looking so completely idiotic and hypocritical when they say stuff like that.

Arianna has a good smack-down of Bush’s latest approach to the war.

Well, actually, this is just more of the same; blame someone else. In this case, it is General Casey, who was one of the ones who thought he was doing Bush’s bidding. And remember when Bush kept saying, over and over, that all he was doing was listening to his generals on the ground and just giving them what they needed? Which, incidentally, was exactly what Bush was telling them that he thought they needed. Well, Casey’s now officially history.

Hate to break the news to you, General, but just in case you haven’t been paying attention, BUSH WILL THROW ANYONE AND EVERYONE UNDER THE BUS WHEN IT SUITS HIM. There is no loyalty that will come from him when he gets into trouble. The loyalty is all supposed to flow uphill. But really, these guys are without shame. I know I have come to that same realization many times over the last six years. However, I keep getting surprised by how low they can go. Each time I think they have hit bottom, they come up with a new zinger that has me shaking my head.

Thank you, John Edwards, for coining a new term to describe the upcoming “surge”; The McCain Doctrine. Call a spade a spade and get it out there on the table.

Oh, and I can’t end this without a mention of yet another gun “incident” at a school, this time in my own backyard.

One student kills another with a gun at a public school. Ho, hum. Old news, nothing to see here, move along, move along. Oh, there’s all the human interest stuff about how parents were out of their minds with worried, and then very relieved when their own kids were O.K. Yeah, that’s fine. What about the kids who DON’T come home after these “incidents”? This will all be forgotten by next week. Maybe Brittney Spears will forget to wear panties again or something.

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