My Very Last Post on Palin: I Promise November 29, 2008Posted by rogerhollander in Humor, Sarah Palin.
Tags: ann coulter, chambliss, fox news, georgia, hasselbeck, margaret and helen, max cleland, political humor, roger hollander, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, sean hannity, war hero
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I urge you to go to Margaret and Helen’s Website (Best Friends for Sixty Years and Counting):
The photo alone is worth the price of admission. These two bitter sweet old gals really know how to tell it like it is. This is by far one of the very best Websites on the entire Internet for politically relevant and profoundly acicid humor. I swear to God that if I believed in incarnation I would think that Mark Twain has come back as Siamese twins attached at the truly hip. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Here is their latest offering, written by Helen because Margaret is “visiting family and probably hasn’t turned on the boob tube even once.”
Sarah Palin, sit down and shut the hell up
I thought I was done. Really I did. Obama won. Bush is almost gone. I was ready to sit back and enjoy the ride. Damn it to hell. She’s back. One day she’s standing in front of a dying turkey talking about how she needs to get back to the business of running Alaska and the next day she’s making plans to head on down to Georgia to campaign for that devil, Chambliss.
You see Chambliss is the guy who won the Georgia Senate seat from Max Cleland a few years back. Now pay attention folks because this is important. Chambliss suggested that Cleland was soft on homeland security. Cleland, of course, is a war hero – one who came home from war with three less limbs than when he began. Yep. Cleland lost an arm and both legs in defense of his country, but Chambliss defeated him with ads suggesting he didn’t have the courage to protect us from terrorists.
So Chambliss is an ass. That’s a given. His opponent in this run-off election is Mr. Martin. Now Martin has all of his limbs so Chambliss is not sure how to attack him. So he called in the Republican attack dog… a certain pitt bull in lipstick who apparently has more political lives than a pitt cat. Heads up folks. Sarah Palin is back and my heart goes out to all our dear friends over there in Georgia. She’s sort of like headlice. You can’t just shampoo your hair. You have to boil everything afterwards.
But let me tell you why I am up on my soap box again so quickly, because I really did plan to relax at least until after the turkey had digested. The other night we were visiting with neighbors at a kind of pre-holiday block party. By the way, if you don’t know your neighbors, you should. People live right next door to complete strangers these days and that just isn’t right. Neighbors should be part of your extended family. Life was better when we all knew our neighbors. But I digress.
At this little gathering I met a couple of idiots who live around the corner from us - couple of morons who still have the McCain/Palin sticker on the back of their car. Here is just a few of the quotes from the evening:
“We are just so worried about what is going to happen to the country now that a Muslim is President.”
“William Ayers raised a lot of money for Obama’s campaign and now Obama owes him a lot of favors.”
“Did you know that no one has been able to prove that he actually graduated from Harvard?”
Trust me, that was just a sampling. I asked them where they had heard this load of crap and I got various references to Limbaugh and Fox News. Complete and utter idiots. I wanted to tell them to sit down and shut the hell up, but they are neighbors. So before I left I told them if they wanted to live in fear that was their choice, but when they were ready to rejoin society do drop by for a piece of pie.
When I got back home, I made the mistake of watching the news. Now I don’t know what Margaret thinks about this because she is visiting family and probably hasn’t turned on the boob tube even once. But when I heard that Sarah Palin will be heading to Georgia to campaign for Chambliss… Well Sarah Palin is not my neighbor. And the last time I checked Alaska was a long way from Georgia. So I hope my friends in Georgia will join me in saying, “Governor Palin, sit down and shut the hell up.”
And while I am on the soap box:
Rush Limbaugh has had the mic entirely too long. For years he has kept this country divided with hate speech and lies. Quite frankly he probably has done more to harm this country than even George Bush. He is neither funny nor relevant anymore. And have you listened to the morons who call into his show? Poor man has to pander to idiots day in and day out. His open mic Friday must be pure torture. OxyContin is a powerful pain pill. Is there any doubt why he would need it so desperately? Together we should all tell him and his callers to sit down and shut the hell up.
Same goes for Ann Coulter. Have you read any of her books. I read a few pages of her last one and it made me wonder if she ever actually went to school. My daughter is a teacher and the kids in her second grade class can write better than that. Ann’s an idiot who also needs to sit down and shut the hell up. And while you’re at it, Ann, cross your legs. Nobody needs to see that.
Sean Hannity is a waste of the time it took me to type this sentence. Sit down and shut the hell up, Sean. Winning in a debate against Alan Colmes is like Michael Phelps lapping me in the pool. This is the best Fox News can give us each evening? Shameful. Just shameful.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Well, actually I have nothing to say because I am pretty sure no one is listening to her anymore. I wonder what rat tastes like when it comes back up?
Take a hint from your leader. Bush has pretty much checked out. Of course that assumes he had ever really checked in. But my point is that Obama isn’t President yet and he already seems to be running the show. Thank God.
So Sean, Ann, Rush, Sarah et al. I am not asking for you to give up even a single limb for your country… just your tongue. We’ve heard enough of your crap. We’re ready to move on to better days and smarter people.
I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving, and I am sorry if this rant ruined your holiday. I mean it. Really.
Cold War Hawks Nesting With Obama November 14, 2008Posted by rogerhollander in Barack Obama.
Tags: 9/11 attacks, Add new tag, Afghanistan, Barack Obama, bush foreign policy, cold war, cold war hawks, George Bush, georgia, Jimmy Carter, John McCain, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Osama bin laden, Robert Gates, Robert Scheer, roger hollander, russia, russian aggression, soviet union, vladimir putin, zbigniew brzezinski
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Posted on Nov 11, 2008, www.truthdig.com
|AP photo / Shakh Aivazov|
So, Vladimir Putin was right: It was Georgia that started the war with Russia, and once again it was President Bush who got caught in a lie. As The New York Times reported last week, “Newly available accounts by independent military observers of the beginning of the war between Georgia and Russia this summer call into question the long-standing Georgian assertion that it was acting defensively against separatist and Russian aggression.”
The Bush White House knew—but kept from the American public—facts concerning provocation by Georgia’s U.S.-trained forces, which killed civilians in the capital of South Ossetia before Russian troops crossed the border. The provocation has also been documented in a BBC investigative report and by a growing consensus of other reliable sources.
No surprise, but it is a reminder of just how eager some are for a new Cold War and how indifferent they are to the truth of the matter. The career hawks are influential in both political parties, as was evidenced by the knee-jerk response of both presidential candidates, who claimed that the Russians had launched a totally unprovoked attack.
Sen. John McCain, whose top foreign policy adviser had been a paid lobbyist for Georgia, was most eager to confront the Russians, while Sen. Barack Obama was a bit more cautious. But as recently as in his Oct. 29 infomercial, Obama promised to “curb Russian aggression,” which hardly suggests the change we need from the unilateral belligerence of the Bush foreign policy.
The result of that policy has been increased estrangement from the one country whose cooperation is totally indispensable in the effort to control the spread of nuclear weapons, given that Russia possesses roughly half of the world’s nuclear arsenal and the ready means to build more nuclear arms. Yet instead of putting up a common front against nuclear proliferation, and even before the Georgia fracas, the Bush administration insisted on placing missiles on Russia’s borders in a deal-breaker with Putin, whom President George W. Bush had previously embraced.
Improved relations with Russia are critical to the change toward a more peaceful world that Obama has promised, but it is disquieting in the extreme that some of his closest advisers are inveterate hawks with a history of needlessly provoking tension with the Russians during the Cold War days. Key among them is Zbigniew Brzezinski, who, as President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, engineered the U.S. involvement on the side of Islamic fanatics in Afghanistan.
Of course, the official story line at the time was that the Soviets had invaded Afghanistan to support their ally, which happened to be the governing power in Kabul, against the fanatic mujahedeen rebels, whom President Ronald Reagan would later officially embrace as “freedom fighters.” Those freedom fighters came to be united by our CIA with the likes of Osama bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the architect of the 9/11 attacks.
It was decades later that the truth came out that the Soviets invaded only after being deliberately provoked by U.S. hawks. One of them was Robert Gates, who worked for Brzezinski in the Carter administration and who is currently the secretary of defense; President-elect Obama is now reported to be considering retaining Gates in that position. A 1996 press release promoting Gates’ memoir promised the revelation of “Carter’s never-before-revealed covert support to Afghan mujahedeen—six months before the Soviets invaded.”
The Gates revelation prompted an interviewer for the French publication, Le Nouvel Observateur, to ask Brzezinski in a 1998 interview whether he regretted “having given arms and advice to future terrorists,” and Brzezinski replied: “Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? … What is most important to the history of the world? … Some stirred-up Muslims or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?”
That was three years before those “stirred-up Muslims” attacked us on 9/11, but Brzezinski has not lost his nerve for escalating wars. While advising Obama, he gave interviews hyping the Russian “invasion” of Georgia as the occasion for a new global conflict, telling journalist Nathan Gardels that Putin’s action “was ominously similar to Stalin’s and Hitler’s in the late 1930s.”
I know, Obama is not yet in office. I voted for him with enthusiasm in part because he does seem to have transcended the preoccupations of the Cold War. But as a buyer, I have to beware of those unrepentant Democratic hawks now hovering.