Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lies from a War Criminal. Eleven Years Ago Tonight.

President Bush Addresses the Nation  
The Oval Office 
March 19, 2003 10:16 P.M. EST

My fellow citizens, at this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger. 

On my orders, coalition forces have begun striking selected targets of military importance to undermine Saddam Hussein's ability to wage war. These are opening stages of what will be a broad and concerted campaign. More than 35 countries are giving crucial support -- from the use of naval and air bases, to help with intelligence and logistics, to the deployment of combat units. Every nation in this coalition has chosen to bear the duty and share the honor of serving in our common defense. 

To all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces now in the Middle East, the peace of a troubled world and the hopes of an oppressed people now depend on you. That trust is well placed.

The enemies you confront will come to know your skill and bravery. The people you liberate will witness the honorable and decent spirit of the American military. In this conflict, America faces an enemy who has no regard for conventions of war or rules of morality. Saddam Hussein has placed Iraqi troops and equipment in civilian areas, attempting to use innocent men, women and children as shields for his own military -- a final atrocity against his people. 

I want Americans and all the world to know that coalition forces will make every effort to spare innocent civilians from harm. A campaign on the harsh terrain of a nation as large as California could be longer and more difficult than some predict. And helping Iraqis achieve a united, stable and free country will require our sustained commitment. 

We come to Iraq with respect for its citizens, for their great civilization and for the religious faiths they practice. We have no ambition in Iraq, except to remove a threat and restore control of that country to its own people. 

I know that the families of our military are praying that all those who serve will return safely and soon. Millions of Americans are praying with you for the safety of your loved ones and for the protection of the innocent. For your sacrifice, you have the gratitude and respect of the American people. And you can know that our forces will be coming home as soon as their work is done.

Our nation enters this conflict reluctantly -- yet, our purpose is sure. The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder. We will meet that threat now, with our Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines, so that we do not have to meet it later with armies of fire fighters and police and doctors on the streets of our cities. 
Now that conflict has come, the only way to limit its duration is to apply decisive force. And I assure you, this will not be a campaign of half measures, and we will accept no outcome but victory. 
My fellow citizens, the dangers to our country and the world will be overcome. We will pass through this time of peril and carry on the work of peace. We will defend our freedom. We will bring freedom to others and we will prevail. 
May God bless our country and all who defend her. 
END 10:20 P.M. EST



Still shocking. 

Still awful.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Reasserting the True Meaning of Santorum



I just noticed that the true meaning of Santorum is no longer at the top of the Google results, so we need to help it once more.

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Santorum is getting the correct top result on Bing however.

Michele Bachmann proves she can still make the finest White Whine

"I think the thing that is getting a little tiresome, the gay community, they have so bullied the American people, and they've so intimidated politicians. The politicians fear them, so that they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere." 
-- Michele Bachmann, March 2014


Sunday, March 02, 2014

The Last Nation on Earth to Be Lecturing About 21st-Century Invasion Ethics

"You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext." --US Secretary of State John Kerry on Face the Nation, 2 March 2014
To show that this was the official unironic talking point of the US State Department, here was his statement when he moved from CBS's Sunday talking heads show to NBC's.
"You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests.” --US Secretary of State John Kerry on Meet the Press, 2 March 2014
"You" don't.

Only we do.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Today's Fine White Whine Comes With a Southern Accent (and an extra pinch of sugar in the whine)

After you've lost your position on The Food Network for past statements involving the N-word, this is probably not the right quote to have appearing in print in People Magazine during your comeback tour.
"I feel like 'embattled' or 'disgraced' will always follow my name. It's like that black football player who recently came out. He said, 'I just want to be known as a football player. I don't want to be known as a gay football player.' I know exactly what he's saying." --Paula Deen
 Always one to follow a recipe correctly, Paula's Fine White Whine does have just the perfect proportion of self pity mixed with the mandatory grabbing of the picked-on underdog's mantle.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Fine White Whine You Hear Today Is Coming from The Garden State.

"Over the past few weeks, the liberal media and Trenton Democrats have relentlessly attacked the Governor despite his strong, decisive leadership. It's time to stand up to MSNBC, the liberal media and their attacks."
This quote from the NJ GOP looking for money is going straight to the crooked New Jersey Governor's only possible defense, whining about the big bad liberal meanies of the so-called liberal media picking on America's Favorite Fat Fuck, Christopher "Christ" Christie. It seems clear now that if he manages to stay out of court, he will run for the GOP Presidential nod in 2016. His main campaign strategy to appeal to the rabid right-wing base? It's obvious. More whining about how attacks on Christ Christie by the bullying elitist atheistic eastern liberal press (and liberal blogs that label him America's Favorite Fat Fuck) mean that he must be doing something right.
"The people of New Jersey deserve better than the partisan witch hunt they’re currently witnessing on television every night. Thank you for standing with Governor Christie..." Wah Wah Wah

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The Quote of the Day About "Liberal"

Part of the reason Americans consider liberal an epithet [...] is because they mostly hear it used as an epithet.
When Obama disavows the term, he perpetuates that dynamic and allows conservatives like O’Reilly to continue tarring Democrats with a label most Americans consider negative, even if they’re no longer entirely sure why. It might be wiser, at least in the long-term, to explain why the specific policies many Americans support are liberal. And thus begin to reclaim the term.

--Peter Beinart, The Atlantic, 2/5/2014
Please read the rest of the article "'Liberal' Is Good" on theatlantic.com. I couldn't have said it better myself.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Fine White Whine of the Day Comes from the White-Whiner-in-Chief, Reince Priebus

"Until [Griffin] takes internal corrective action and personally apologizes—not just to the RNC but to all right-of-center Americans—I’m banning all RNC staff from appearing on, associating with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC."  Reince Priebus whined. "Wah wah."

And what caused this fit of pique?


It seems that there was an MSNBC tweet about a Superbowl advertisement that read "Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family".  It was taken down and MSNBC apologized (though neither action seems necessary), but Reincey had his reason to cry (even though the RNC and GOP were never mentioned by name). They are really reaching for things to be offended by now.

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UPDATE 1/31/2014:
I would like to thank MSNBC for reinforcing the stereotype of liberals as spineless wimps when confronted with the white whine of complaint. Network President Phil Griffin fired the writer of the offensive tweet and the RNC has lifted its boycott of the network.
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Best Advertising Placement of the Day.

Slate wins the prize today for the best juxtaposition of editorial and advertising content:
"Some?"

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Build "The Pete Seeger Bridge" Between Rockland and Westchester Counties

The unnamed "New NY Bridge" that will be replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge between Rockland and Westchester Counties needs to be named after Pete Seeger, the man who has done more than any other to transform the Hudson River from an "industrial river" in the 1960s suited only as a dumping ground for sewage and GE's PCBs to the thriving and living waterway it is (or is becoming) today.

Here's a video of Pete and friends on the deck of the Sloop Clearwater in 2010 singing "Sailin' Up, Sailin' Down".

"...the river may be dirty now, but she's getting cleaner every day..."

Today, on the day we learned of Pete Seeger's death at the age of 94, the Town of Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner suggested naming the new bridge being built over a section of river the Clearwater knew well in honor of Pete.  He said he would be sending this recommendation to Governor Cuomo and state legislators.  I'm going to be doing the same (and have already started on Twitter). Please consider joining in this cause. 

Naming anything to honor this great man would be the exact opposite of the current trend of naming everything in honor of the highest corporate bidders.

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UPDATE:
I've just been told there's already a petition started on Change.org: Please Sign It!