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Sarah Palin returns to cheering throngs of supporters in Alaska.

Or maybe not.  Welcome to reality, bitch.

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Conservative radio talk-show host and ignorant fuck Michael Savage shot his fat, foul mouth off recently in a diatribe against autistic children and their parents.  His unbelievably stupid, ignorant and uninformed comments were picked up on by national media and have incited protests and calls for his sacking:

He has yet to apologize.  Instead, he tried to “clarify” his remarks by issuing this statement:

“My comments about autism were meant to boldly awaken parents and children to the medical community’s attempt to label too many children or adults as “autistic.” Just as some drug companies have overdiagnosed “ADD” and “ADHD” to peddle dangerous speed-like drugs to children as young as 4 years of age, this cartel of doctors and drug companies is now creating a national panic by overdiagnosing “autism” for which there is no definitive medical diagnosis!”

“No definitive medical diagnosis?”  And your medical training would be… what?  Michael, you’re already in a hole.  Every day you reveal the depths of your ignorance and stupidity.  Just stop talking and apologize like a man.

December 4th, 2007 – Today a full-page ad ran in the New York Times. It was purchased by Stand Up Congress.org, a grass-roots organization founded by four retired Army Generals and one retired Air Force Colonel. The ad is available on the website, and I highly recommend everyone see it. It’s very brief, succinct, and well written.

It accuses the President and Vice President (though not by name) of needlessly endangering our troops, squandering the treasury, and destroying our reputation abroad by miring us in endless war in Iraq.

What can I possibly say about this except that they’re absolutely right? Our military is already stretched beyond the breaking point as it is. Soldiers return home from year-long tours, only to be sent off again after less than a month of leave with their families. Equipment is breaking, desertions are at an all-time high even for wartime, the military medical system and VA can’t keep up with the numbers of wounded and maimed servicemen, and the Army has been forced to lower its standards in order to meet recruitment goals.

“Disaster” doesn’t even begin to describe what’s happened over there. In the military we have a term that’s more appropriate to the situation:

CLUSTERFUCK

This war was the most unnecessary, unplanned, mismanaged, ill-conceived clusterfuck in the history of clusterfucks.

It was perpetrated by a bunch of walking clusterfucks who shouldn’t have ever been elected in the first place.

Starting another needless, endless, mindless war with Iran will accomplish three things, none of them good.  It will get more Americans killed for no purpose, destroy yet another country for no reason, and it will inspire even more Islamic anti-American radicalism.

War with Iran is the last thing we need.  Sadly, war seems to be the only thing this President seems to understand.

In a finale to the bridge brouhaha, the USBF has dropped its attempts at punishing the ladies who publicly admitted they didn’t help put the worst President in American history in the White House. Here’s the full story:

Bridge World Brouhaha Ends With a Statement, Not Punishment for Players

Let’s hope we’ve heard the last of this miserable little sideshow. Not that it isn’t important, mind you. The punishment of individuals by the group for perceived violations of political correctness is an issue of monumental significance. And that’s exactly what this was.

Not to sound egotistical, but it can’t be coincidence that this decision comes only a few days after several “liberal” bloggers – or at least, bloggers labeled as such by Amy Ridenour of the NCPPR – began commenting scathingly on the USBF’s draconian actions. I feel especially vindicated, since this blog was one of three selected for special consideration (the other two are here and here). I was, to say the least, bemused to see myself described as a “liberal”. Apparently all it takes these days to be labeled as such is to say something unfavorable (or truthful) about the President. The Neoconservative minority certainly has taken public discourse to a new level.

And so this whole sorry episode draws to the only favorable conclusion possible. I hope we’ve heard the last of it. I’m bushed by bloviating, babbling and blabbing about bridge bullshit.

According to recent reports, the Pentagon is asking wounded veterans to return part of their enlistment bonuses. The reason?

Their injuries prevented them from completing their terms of enlistment.

No shit. The story was reported yesterday by KDKA of Pittsburgh, P.A.:

Wounded Soldier: Military Wants Part Of Bonus Back

Even though the Army saw the error of its ways, the soldier is still planning on taking his story to the media.

Good for him. I wish him and all soldiers in his position all the best. I hope this story has as much staying power as the bridge baloney. It certainly deserves far more attention than that bit of trivia. This is important – it speaks to the wholesale abuse and betrayal of our nation’s troops at the hands of the most incompetent, corrupt, and degenerate administration in American history.

It speaks to the reality of this war – that it was started based on lies, it has bankrupted the country, broken the back of the finest military force the world has ever seen, has wasted the lives and limbs of the men and women called to fight it, and has produced no real gain in security or safety for the United States.

It speaks to the failure of this administration to plan for the care and treatment of the victims of its failed policies.

Finally, it speaks to the reality of the ignorance of the average American about what’s really happening over there, and what really happens to the wounded troops once they return home.

First the Walter Reed scandal, now this. How many more of these disasters must our military men endure before we finally have the real courage to stand up and say “enough!”

Bring them home. If you really support the troops, bring them home.

Hotel Foxtrot Sierra, Batman! With all the uproar about the American bridge players lately, you’d think they’d gotten on stage, burned the flag and called Bush a lying coward. Take this from “Project 21”, a black leadership network, as reported in the Hawaii Reporter (emphasis mine):

“This team was supposed to be representing our nation and its people, but its members acted in a disrespectful manner by holding up an anti-Bush sign. It was crude partisan political theatre,” added Project 21’s Hicks. “As a neophyte in the then-burgeoning Black Power movement, I remember when several black members of the U.S. track team engaged in a ‘black power’ salute while on the victory stand at the 1964 Olympics in Mexico City. They were summarily hustled home. I think it was completely proper for the U.S. Olympic Committee to do what they did. There was a great deal of discrimination against blacks at that time, but those men should have understood they were representing all of America and not just black Americans. Similarly, these women today were representing our nation and not just Bush-hating leftists. It was stupid, immature and frankly anti-American behavior. I’m sure the Dixie Chicks were proud of these women. If there is no punishment for this current unsportsmanlike behavior, seditious, partisan and juvenile behavior will have been rewarded.” (Hawaii Reporter, 11/19/2007)

Excuse me? Anti-American? Okay, I’ll accept childish and immature, but anti-American it ain’t. What’s anti-American is for people like these who should know better to call it anti-American. I guess what disturbs some people, especially those on the extreme right, is that anyone would have the audacity to publicly admit that they didn’t vote for Bush. After all, free speech and independent thought aren’t encouraged in America today. Just ask Bill Maher.

The last few days have seen the most visitors to this blog since its creation. And to think that all I did was comment on the bridge brouhaha and the subsequent backlash.

Of course, when I noticed that my blog was one of three highlighted for special consideration by no less a luminary than conservative blogger, National Center for Public Policy Research leader, all became clear. Apparently a lot of people read it. God only knows why, since if you want mindless, right-wing bullshit you can get it from Rush Limgaugh, White House press releases, or from watching Faux Noise.

This is what Ms. Ridenour had to say:

A handful of the liberal bloggers who are defending the bridge players (for example, here, here and here) don’t seem to understand what the First Amendment says and means.

What a wonderful country we might have if all the liberals who use their freedom of speech rights read the Constitution carefully and with intelligence once in a while. (Right, Amy, dream on.)

I guess all it takes to be labeled a “liberal” these days is to say something critical about the President.

Actually, I have read the Constitution, having spent the last 21 years of my life defending it as a member of the Armed Forces. I can still find nothing in it that would lead me to believe that the sanctions being leveled against the bridge players are at all justified. What strikes me as especially ridiculous about this is the severity of the punishments:

Three team members later expressed regret for offending others with the sign, but Greenberg and three others who did not apologize now face sanctions from the United States Bridge Federation (USBF) — the organization that selects teams for international tournaments. A hearing to decide their fate will be held at the Fall North American Bridge Championship in San Francisco later this month. The four currently face a one-year suspension, a year of probation, 200 hours of community service, a required letter of apology and be required to give a full accounting about the reasons and actions for displaying the offending sign.” – Hawaii Reporter, 11/19/2007

Okay, I can understand demanding an apology, and an explanation for why they did it. It was childish, and probably wasn’t the right forum to air their political frustrations. But a year suspension, 200 hours of community service, and a year of probation? Be serious! Bush won’t even be in office for that much longer. This is political correctness at its worst.

Some have even accused them of “treason” and “sedition”.

Wow, strong stuff. I’ve compiled a short list of traitors from recent American history. Let’s see how the bridge babes compare, shall we?

  • Jonathan Pollard – sold U.S. secrets to Israel; convicted of espionage, sentenced to life in prison without parole.
  • Aldrich Ames – sold the identities of American secret agents to the KGB, got several people killed. Convicted of espionage, sentenced to life in prison without parole.
  • The Rosenbergs – sold nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union, convicted of espionage and treason, executed.
  • The bridge team – held up a sign saying they didn’t vote for Bush.

Wow. Our standards for traitors have really fallen. How is it “treason” to say you didn’t vote for the president? Last time I checked, in America you have the right not to vote for whomever you don’t want to vote for. We aren’t a dictatorship yet, despite the extreme right’s best efforts to the contrary.

Let me be perfectly clear about this.

I don’t give a rat’s ass about bridge.

I don’t play any card game more complicated than Texas Hold ‘Em. I played Magic: The Gathering a few years ago and it gave me migraines. What upsets me is the way these American citizens have been treated, by their team, their federation, and their country. The cowardly, baseless, scurrilous attacks on them and their patriotism are entirely unjustified and unwarranted. The punishments leveled against them are completely out of proportion to what they did.

And that’s what bugs me. I fear for the future of this country, if we begin to tolerate this sort of punishment for even the most minimal of political opposition. This is a slippery slope we cannot afford to go down.

 

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Here’s the full story:

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U.S. Team In Hot Water For Anti-Bush Sign

Apparently it’s now a crime to tell the truth if you’re an American. With world opinion of our President and our country at an all-time low, now is not the time to be punishing people for exercising their constitutionally-protected rights to freedom of speech.

I agree with Mr. Kleinman. If the USBF wants to continue to claim to represent American bridge players, then it must recognize and support their free speech rights instead of punishing dissenting opinions.

This is, to continue the alliterative beginning, bullshit.