Friday, September 30, 2011

Death Of Anwar, Rick Perry Should Resign

Paul Krugman
"You gotta love Sarah Palin. She is now on her website asking her idiot fan base for donations for her to help make a decision about whether or not to run. She wants money now for just thinking? What a grifter." – Bill Maher
"President Obama and Bill Clinton played golf together. You know what you’d get if you crossed Obama and Clinton? Tiger Woods." – Jay Leno
"Pakistan warned the United States to stop the rhetoric against their country or 'they will lose an ally.' Pakistan could become an enemy harboring terrorists – as opposed to an ally harboring terrorists." – Jay Leno

Well, time to celebrate at the CIA and the Pentagon, as it has been confirmed that a Hellfire missile, fired from a drone in Yemen, has taken out Anwar al-Awlaki, the American citizen who was placed on the President's kill list. His crime? Making videos lecturing about how evil the US war in Iraq and Afghanistan was, aimed at English speaking Muslims: "Mr. Awlaki was a leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, regarded as the most dangerous Al Qaeda affiliate. He was considered the inspirational or operational force behind a number of major plots aimed at killing Americans in the United States in recent years, most notably the deadly assault at an American army base in Fort Hood, Texas, and attempts to bomb Times Square and a Detroit-bound jetliner.

“The death of Awlaki is a major blow to Al Qaeda’s most active operational affiliate,” President Obama said"

The only problem is that there has never been any proof that Mr Awlaki was behind any of the plots attributed to the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, it was all guesswork and conjecture by the CIA. But, whenever  spokesman has talked about him, they have tried to link Awlaki to these events in the public mind, much the same way that Republicans are trying to link Obama with everything bad going on in our economy...

Anwar al Awlaki was a moderate speaking Muslim until 2004, when he moved to Yemen. What event occurred that turned Awlaki vehemently against his native country? He was detained in a Yemeni prison and interrogated by the CIA, then released. If my balls were hooked up to a car battery while I was being asked questions, it might leave me with some emotional scars, and maybe a few resentments towards the US intelligence community. I don't even trust my local police, and I've seen what kind of yahoos we had roaming around Asia; I doubt if the current crop of mercenaries are any better... Even in the middle of his being demonized, he sought to return to the US with his wife and children, and was willing to do some penance for his perceived crimes. Now, it doesn't matter, as he has fallen to the paranoid patriotic fantasies that right wing crazies so often have and shout about... Perhaps its time for Mr Obama to make the rest of his official hit list available to us, just so we can see which American citizen will be next... As Glenn Greenwald said in Salon: "Just think about this for a minute. Barack Obama, like George Bush before him, has claimed the authority to order American citizens murdered based solely on the unverified, uncharged, unchecked claim that they are associated with Terrorism and pose "a continuing and imminent threat to U.S. persons and interests." They're entitled to no charges, no trial, no ability to contest the accusations."

David Letterman's Top Ten Signs The Rick Perry Campaign Is In Trouble

10. Lost support from both whack jobs and nut jobs
9. At debates, he mostly goes with, 'That's what she said'
8. Downgraded from campaign bus to cheaper campaign Vespa scooter
7. He's too mitty for Newt supporters, too newty for Mitt supporters
6. His new slogan: 'C'mon!'
5. Advisers are thinking of replacing him with Luke Perry
4. Just went hiking on the border of Iraq and Iran
3. Even his wife is wearing a 'Herman Cain' button
2. Instead of 'Freedom' and 'Liberty,' his cowboy boots read 'It's' and 'Over'
1. Even Michele O'Bachmann thinks he's nuts

"If you're keeping score at home, they have now applauded executions at the Republican debate, they have cheered letting an uninsured man die, and they booed an active duty U.S. serviceman for being gay. I don’t know how you get to the right with this crowd but Ron Paul’s new campaign ad is just the Rodney King beating to the sound of children laughing." – Bill Maher
"Rick Perry did look dumb. I'm beginning to think that “Texas Miracle” was him getting out of high school." –Bill Maher

We still have a couple of weeks before the next Republican Candidate's Debate, maybe Rick Perry will get his beauty rest beforehand, and not sound so much like a drunken Sarah Palin. Or maybe its too much to ask for Rick to come out and play nice with the big boys. Or maybe Mit Romney is paying him big bucks to stand next to him and make him look good in comparison, the Great White Hopeful...

You'd think that with Rick Perry's wife being a nurse, that they'd have more sensitivity to health issues facing the citizens of Texas, or at least a sensitivity that goes beyond the well being of twelve year old girls. One in four Texans doesn't have any medical insurance, with more and more losing theirs, thanks to the recent fiddling with Medicare the state legislature performed.

My nephew drives an ambulance, and was called to a nursing home recently, to remove an 88 year old woman who had lost her Medicare benefits somehow. She had no-one to advocate or explore the situation for her, and the state was no longer paying for her nursing care, so the home wanted her put out on the street, then have the local sheriffs arrest her for fraud.

Except that the sheriffs refused to arrest an 88 year old woman, and my nephew refused to remove her. He then scoured the phonebook until he found another rest home that would accept the woman, and only then did he remove her from the evil rest home and transport her to the other. He said that he would have taken her in at his own home, if he had too. So, thank to Rick Perry and the great state of Texas, for their un-Christian-like behavior towards the elderly. Maybe that's their solution to the population problem, let the older folks die on the street. Sarah Palin let a lot of Native Alaskans die from cold and hunger the winter before she quit being Governor of Alaska; it wasn't Troopergate alone that made her quit... Too bad its been the right wing crazies that have gone out and assassinated politicians, because something really has to be done about the mess that Perry has created in Texas. It looks like the price of compassion is one Presidential election campaign...

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