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Friday, August 26, 2005

I'm Back Bitches

Blogging is hard work. It ain't easy sitting at a keyboard, hurling biased and unsolicited commentary on everything from Iraq to Anne Northup to the merits of memorializing "big hair bands" in pretty bronze sculptures. It's been weeks since my last post, and if you've wandered by I'm sure it's because you meant to type something else in the "address" line of your internet browser. Anyway, while I've been gone I've managed to clear off my office desk, post a few entries over at Bluegrass Roots, and catch up on listening to some funky blues.

So I'm back, I'm glad, and I'm wearing stripes with plaid.

Fox News is the most f-ed up organization I've ever seen, and there really ought to be a law:
In what Fox News officials concede was a mistake, John Loftus, a former U.S. prosecutor, gave out the address [of the home of Randy and Ronnell Vorick] Aug. 7, saying it was the home of a Middle Eastern man, Iyad K. Hilal, who was the leader of a terrorist group with ties to those responsible for the July 7 bombings in London. [snip] ...A driver yelled a profanity at the family and called them terrorists as they barbecued on their patio Aug. 14. Some drivers have stopped and photographed the house, Randy Vorick said.Last weekend, someone spray-painted "Terrist" on their home. [snip] ...Loftus also apologized and told The Times last week that "mistakes
happen.""I'm terribly sorry about that. I had no idea. That was the best information we had at the time," he said.

The Rude Pundit explains life in "Gitmo America":
And Loftus, so plump with speaking fees, said that he gave out the information
based on "the best information we had at the time." Is that the unimpeachable excuse for every massive fuck-up now? You know, "the best information we had at the time" said that blacks were mentally inferior to whites who could be best served by being slaves. "The best information we had at the time" said that Native Americans were subhuman savages who needed to be slaughtered. "The best information we had at the time" told Colin Powell that Iraq had WMDs. If you tell your one-night stand that she can't catch your herpes from sucking you off, and then she does and does get your herpes, you can say you were working on the best information you had at the time. In other words, "the best information we had at the time" is the catch-all bullshit for every time you operate out of willful ignorance, outright lies, and stupidity. It's a cop-out. It's a way of saying that you're wrong now, but, shit, you weren't wrong then, when, really, and, c'mon, if you're wrong, you're fuckin' wrong, no matter when. [Because I can't post this stuff at Bluegrass Roots - it's a family blog, whereas mine isn't read by anyone.]

These people have 3 kids. What kind of world do we live in where a news outlet can subject an innocent family to psychological torment and threats of physical violence out of willful ignorance and a malicious disregard for the facts, and with no regard for common rules of discourse and decency? It's Gitmo America:
While Fox deserves even more scorn and pointing and laughing, let's not let the vigilantes who are attacking the Voricks off the hook. They are pathetic, worthless dungheaps, unable to articulate anything more than "Terrist bad" and rage at the full moon for daring to take away the shadows they cower in, piss bucket opportunists who only need to be told where to bring the mob so, hunched over and grunting, they can lynch and burn, lynch and burn, without the niceties of trial, the delays of due process, and cavort and cackle like crazed jackals over the carrion corpses of the dead. In this way, they are just like the Bush administration.This is Gitmo America, where guilt need only be implied for us to be willing to allow torture, psychological and otherwise, to be heaped upon the accused.

How un-American can you get?

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  • At 10:15 PM, Blogger Kenneth Stepp said…

    The following news article shows that "Mitch" McConnell is easy on genocide.
    "Pelosi Determined To Continue With Genocide Resolution
    "October 15, 2007 7:41 a.m. EST
    "Isabelle Duerme - AHN News Writer
    "Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Sunday that she will continue to push a proposition that considers the Ottoman Turks' killing of 1.5 million Armenians an act of genocide.
    "The resolution states that the deaths caused by the 1915-1923 deportation of the Armenians from the Ottoman Empire as "systematic" and "deliberate." Such accusations would consider the move from the Turkish government equal to genocide.
    "Pelosi defended her decision by explaining that there has never been a better time to act upon the genocide issue. She claims that it was important for the resolution to be passed now for it to serve its purpose of justice as "many of the survivors are very old," as quoted by CNN.
    ""When I came to Congress 20 years ago," Pelosi said, "it wasn't the right time because of the Soviet Union. Then that fell, and then it wasn't the right time because of the Gulf War One. And then it wasn't the right time because of overflights of Iraq. And now it's not the right time because of Gulf War Two."
    "The resolution has threatened to tarnish the relationship between Turkey and the United States, both close allies and members of NATO.
    "The notion was confirmed by Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, the chief of the Turkish armed forces who, according to The New York Times, has claimed that the mere proposition of the resolution has "caused considerable disappointment" among the Turkish people. He was quoted saying that, considering the ties between the U.S. and Turkey, the passage of the resolution would be "sad and sorrowful."
    "Gen. Buyukanit continued to say that the complete passing of the resolution would result in irreversible damage of the amicable relationship between the two nations.
    ""We could not explain this to our public," CNN quotes the general. "The U.S., in that respect, has shot itself in the foot."
    "The possibility of the resolution being passed has already taken its toll on US-Turkey relations, as the Turkish ambassador was recalled from Washington and, according to CNN, a cease in logistical support to the US from Turkey is already being mentioned
    "Pelosi's insistence was met with harsh criticism from the Bush administration as well.
    ""I think it's a really bad idea for the Congress to be condemning what happened 100 years ago," expressed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, quoted by CNN.
    ""We all know it happened...But I don't think the Congress passing this resolution is a good idea at any point," McConnell continues, stressing the point that Turkey is instrumental in ensuring the safety of U.S. soldiers."
    Let me get this straight? We have warrantless wiretaps and rendition for torture, and torture, and a Constitution-free zone in Guantanamo Bay where U.S. officials are exempt from U.S. Courts, from habeas corpus, and from judicial review of interrogation techniques and indeterminate imprisonment without charges. Now, "Mitch" admits that we have a U.S. ally that is guilty of genocide, but that we should overlook genocide because that would upset--something. Before, I thought that both "Mitch" and I were friends of Armenia, but I guess "Mitch" is a friend of Armenia only to the extent that no action in favor of Armenia offends any of our allies that have a history of genocide. There was a big difference between the Nazi Germans and the Ottoman Turks. The Nazi Germans had wholesale slaughter of the Jews (and Gypsies, and Jehovahs Witnesses, and others) but the Ottoman Turks in Armenia had wholesale slaughter and genocide of the Christians in Armenia. Hello! Hello! If America cannot express outrage against genocide against Christians, how can we maintain credible outrage against the Nazis. No, a foreign policy that winks at genocide, condones torture, condones rendition for torture, and suspends habeas corpus for people confined by the United States indeterminately without trial is a foreign policy that needs changing. No, the times, they are a-changing, and it's time to Ditch Mitch so America can speak out against genocide and torture and rendition for torture and warrantless wiretapping and the whole list of neocon policies. I am a traditionalist against genocide. I am a traditionalist against torture. I am a traditionalist against rendition for torture. I am a traditionalist against warrantless wiretapping. I am a traditionalist against suspending habeas corpus. Let's Ditch Mitch and restore the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution to its traditional place of high esteem.

     

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