Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Ranting Season Begins Monday

Peter Beinart
Robert Reich

"The point is that in foreign policy, even more than other aspects of government, secrecy is both necessary and dangerous" - Peter Beinart
"Welcome to National Fiscal Hypocrisy Week." - Robert Reich
"Bristol Palin lost to Jennifer Grey in the finale of 'Dancing with the Stars.' The good news is, when a Palin loses they tend to just quietly disappear." – Conan O'Brien

"Hillary, wikileaks must die"
For the important issues that are happening in Congress this week, click on the above link to Robert Reich's  opinion piece, try to not be outraged by what won't get done... The wikileaks backlash will begin during the next two days, as certain foreign countries release their own diplomatic assessments of US leaders and politicians. It won't be anything that we already don't know, but it will be funnier coming from Berlesconi's mouth, and I can't wait to hear what Putin has to say about Hillary. The US's biggest complaint is that these document were classified secret and now the secrets are out. Big deal. I've said worse things in my posts. We will be mildly embarrassed for a few days and then move on. Personally, I was hoping for juicier stuff, so maybe it means that we hire boring, unimaginative people to be our lower tier diplomats... The other secret that is out is that we use our embassy staffs for collecting information, or spying on certain locals. Ho Hum, this has been done by embassies even before there was the United States. Every embassy in every country has their spies, they all label them differently. Iran has theirs in the US located within the Pakistani Embassy. We have ours in the Swedish Embassy in Tehran. The Russians had theirs in the embassy in Mexico that attracted Lee Harvey Oswald...
"Diplomats, like politicians and journalists, are also human. They too love to exchange gossip." - John Kornblum
From an interview that der Spiegal magazine had with former US ambassador to Germany, on why the current wikileaks could just as well have happened anywhere, even in Germany: "The documents were apparently taken off an official American internet network, to which 2.5 million persons are said to have access. Ironically, this system was set up after 9/11 to improve international cooperation by ensuring that all relevant information on terrorism would be widely available. But no security system on earth can guarantee safety on a network which offers so many people access to such highly sensitive information. In the highly charged political atmosphere of today's United States, the temptation to make a political point by stealing sensitive information is great."

My apologies to Willie Nelson:
Mama don't let your babies grow up to be jihadis
Don't let 'em pick up explosives and drive them old trucks
Make 'em be doctors and lawyers and such

Mama don't let your babies grow up to be jihadis
They'll never stay home and they're always alone
Might even Bomb someone they love...

I don't like the spin that's now being used on the kid who was duped by the FBI into the fake car bomb attack in Portland, Oregon, adding this incident to the list of potentially dangerous plots against our homeland by foreign born jihadis, but raised in the US... Doesn't this now confirm once again the argument that we should now profile and suspect all of our Muslim population? Isn't Oklahoma correct to amend its state constitution to outlaw using sharia law, and aren't the Republicans correct in writing federal immigration legislation along the lines of Arizona's? For people who want to limit the federal government's powers, they sure are itching for the government to take away our personal powers and freedoms. like the good, unsuspecting fascists they really are.

"Get out, all you foreign born mo'fo's"

If the good people who work for us in Washington DC were surprised at the anger and backlash generated by the loss of conservatives being in power and whipped into an elderly frenzy by the likes of Dick Armey and Sarah Palin, then they will be caught off-guard again as people react to the continued shenanigans by the new GOPers. It's enough to make me lose my temper and conduct a good whup ass on my local Republican representative...

By continuing to obstruct solving our economic problems by creating more tax cuts, I'm gonna punch the guy in the mouth if I hear that one more time... By not signing the nuclear non-proliferation treaty that's been sitting there on the desk, I'm gonna punch my representative in the mouth next time I see him... Filibustering and not extending jobless benefits once again, I won't punch anybody, but I will stand back and watch as families end up stealing food or toys for the Christmas holidays... I guess everyone will end up at Walmart... Who knew that Scrooge this year was named Doug Lamborn in my district, maybe Scott Brown or John McCain in yours... What I'm trying to say is that if I don't have a job in two years, I and many others will take it out on the conservatives one more time, but the anger will be worse, it will be righteous and genuine, and it won't be deflected by asking for Obama's birth certificate or distracted by other bright and shiny objects...

"Google, google..."

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