Distracted yet?

You've probably heard the constant hyping being done by the Right Wing Spin Machine. You've seen the constant news coverage of the whacked-out pedophile who's so obsessed with the JonBenet Ramsey case that he thinks he committed the crime. You've seen this ten-year-old case being dredged up.

So are you paying attention to it? No? Good, because you shouldn't be. It's a distraction, a wzy fo trying to keep us from seeing the real news - the continued death of our soldiers, the assassination of our freedoms, the downfall of the American Dream.

It's the "fear" part of the GOP's "Fear, Smears, and Queers" Campaign Redux. And people are, unfortunately, falling for it.

I'm afraid, all right.

Dubya: "9/11 != Iraq"

White House Press Conference
Now, look, part of the reason we went into Iraq was -- the main reason we went into Iraq at the time was we thought he had weapons of mass destruction. It turns out he didn't, but he had the capacity to make weapons of mass destruction. But I also talked about the human suffering in Iraq, and I also talked the need to advance a freedom agenda. And so my question -- my answer to your question is, is that, imagine a world in which Saddam Hussein was there, stirring up even more trouble in a part of the world that had so much resentment and so much hatred that people came and killed 3,000 of our citizens.

You know, I've heard this theory about everything was just fine until we arrived, and kind of "we're going to stir up the hornet's nest" theory. It just doesn't hold water, as far as I'm concerned. The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East.

Q What did Iraq have to do with that?

THE PRESIDENT: What did Iraq have to do with what?

Q The attack on the World Trade Center?

THE PRESIDENT: Nothing, except for it's part of -- and nobody has ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a -- the lesson of September the 11th is, take threats before they fully materialize, Ken. Nobody has ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq. I have suggested, however, that resentment and the lack of hope create the breeding grounds for terrorists who are willing to use suiciders to kill to achieve an objective. I have made that case.

Y'hear that, wingnuts? He admits that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. So you can stop trying to push that lie, hear? Or are you going to ignore this as "flip-flopping" and keep lying? Geez, we already figured that one out - it only took him, what, about 5 years to catch on to the fact that nobody but the total nutballs believed him?

And yet, even when he tells the truth, he has to lie (see the bold sections of the quote). Note that, even though he admit there was no link between Saddam and 9/11, he STILL conflates it (the italicized part).

Still, this offers me a little hope. Can't speak for y'all, though.


And now for something less serious.

From Huffington Post: What Right-Wingers See When They Read the NY Times.

As the kids these days say, "I LOL'd".


Judge: "Warrantless wiretaps aren't constitutional"

From CNN.com: NSA eavesdropping program ruled unconstitutional
DETROIT, Michigan (AP) -- A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government's warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it.

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency's program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy.
So, I'm taking bets on how long it'll be before the right's talking heads start screaming about "judicial activism" and "legislating from the bench".

But never mind that. I admit, I was right when I called these acts criminal before, and I'm still right, but it'd be very wrong of me to gloat about it.

Hell with it, I'm gonna gloat anyhow. Gloat gloat gloaty gloat.

EDIT, 15:17 08/17/2006: Guess I forgot that some of the talking heads will scream about "they want TEH TERRISTS to win!". Thank you, Ailingmoron, for reminding me.



So by now you've probably heard about yet another "terror plot" being "foiled", this one involving liquids and iPods or some shit like that. I don't care, really, because it all sounds like a bunch of shit to me. It doesn't make any sense to me how banning liquids is going to prevent anything else like this. This is also why I don't think making people take off their shoes works - you think they're gonna try the same thing twice? DUH, we'd be expecting that!

I know I'm not the only one who's noticed that these plots always seem to pop up and get stopped right around the times that the administration's golden boys seem to be out of favor.

Do I think it's some kind of conspiracy? No.
Do I think there was a plot? Certainly, I don't doubt that at all.
Do I think that they're just using this as an excuse to push up the "terror alert" level again? Hell yes.
Do I think this is yet another way to justify the insane security measures involved in air travel these days? No doubt.
Do I think that this is going to be what the Rethugs flog this election as the "fear" part of their usual "fear, smears, and queers" strategy? You bet your sweet ass.


Mel's little goof.

I'm sure most of you have heard about Mel Gibson's DUI arrest and the anti-Semitic comments he made to the police. The right's anti-Semites are coming out of the woodwork to defend Mel's statements, despite the fact that he has already apologized for them.

Truth is, I think this shows a side of the right's most extreme elements we're not used to seeing too often - their latent hatred of the Jewish people. They condemn any action against Israel, they scream "Jew-hater!" at anyone who criticizes Israel, but, ultimately, they see the entire Jewish population of the world as a stepping-stone to Armageddon, and nothing more. It's fucking creepy. Even worse is the REAL nutballs who try to push the tinfoil-hat garbage memes about Jews being in control of everything. And what worse than that is that I think there are people who actually BELIEVE that slop!

So what's my point, you might be asking? To put it simply, there are some crazy folks out there who are saying that Mel's comments are okay and/or that he apologized, so everything's okay.

Just remember: In vino, veritas.