Thomas Lindaman writes:
- Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints for winning the Super Bowl this year. The Saints and the Indianapolis Colts are both great teams, but for the Saints to win it all is a great testament to not just the team's athletic prowess, but to their commitment to the city. Now, I want to see the city match the Saints' commitment by getting committed to improving their conditions.
On their own, of course. Right?
- In an op-ed piece in USA Today, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan wrote, "Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda." Hmmm...when the Bush Administration said the same thing, didn't the Left scream about dissent being patriotic?
And we return to Bizarro World!
Did you read the article? The Bush administration never said that "politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda." They did the opposite. The Bush administration USED fear-mongering. The Bush administration USED politically-motivated criticism. That's why the we were in Iraq after 9/11, remember? The Iraq that didn't have anything to do with al-Qaeda? When people were speaking against the war in Iraq, since it had NOTHING TO DO WITH 9/11, they were said to be supporting the terrorists. You think THAT is the same as what Brennan said?? Brennan stated: "Terrorists are not 100-feet tall. Nor do they deserve the abject fear they seek to instill." That's the OPPOSITE of what the Bush administration was doing. When you want to change laws and the Constitution because you're so goddamned scared of people, and try to push your own partisan agendas through due to people's fears of terrorists, THAT is what serves the goals of the terrorists. Right-wingers have elevated a nuisance to the level of GODS. And that's exactly what the Bush administration did. Brennan is asking for people to do the OPPOSITE. Brennan pointed out the same thing I did about the Republicans' hypocrisy regarding Obama's handling of the Underwear Bomber vs. Bush's handling of the Shoe Bomber. http://realbottomline.blogspot.com/2009/12/oh-most-wicked-slowness.html Ah, what's the use. Let's just talk the way Republicans do: Why do you hate America? We're in a war. This is not the time to criticize a sitting president. That kind of talk undermines the POTUS' authority and hurts troop morale. Why do you hate the troops? You must be a terrorist enabler. These things are very elitist for you to say. Obama is just a regular, bootstrappy guy who overcame obstacles to become much more successful than you. You're obviously very jealous of his success. Why are you pushing this class warfare? All this babble from you makes our country less safe. And for the last time: It's "REMEMBER DESCENT THE HIGHEST FORM OF PATRIOTIC."
- More fallout from Climategate has the eco-Left digging in and going on the offensive. Instead of defending their misdeeds (which are indefensible, given the depths they've sunk to in order to keep up the myth that AGW is settled science), they've decided to attack those who are raising legitimate doubts. So much for the science being on their side...
Science IS on our side, that's why Deniers can't use science to defend their side. It's also too bad that there were no "misdeeds" to defend. I bet it really pissed right-wingers off when Mann was cleared of scientific misconduct by the very university that they were crowing about starting an inquiry: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/science/earth/04climate.html
AGW is "settled science." Stop acting so hurt about being "attacked". If deniers say incredibly ignorant and stupid things like "AGW is a myth," they're going to get called out. Climatology is science, it's the study of the climate, there is nothing innately partisan about it. However it's the only scientific field that I can think of where stupid people have usurped it and tossed it into political debate. But in the climate "debate" from the deniers (I use quotes because there is nothing rational in the arguments non-climatologists are making) no one is really looking at the data or discussing models, or thinking of experiments to run. There is nothing scientific about it at all. It's merely stating a position based on what financial gain or loss could be incurred. I don't expect to ever see a debate among deniers about whether the HadCM3 or the GFDL model is the more accurate, or anything of that nature. I just wish stupid people would recognize the science for what it is, a science. The people who come up the models have dedicated years and years of their lives to education so that they can develop them and to test them rigorously, because they want to understand the world around them better.
No one goes, "Hey you know what? I'm going to do 4 years of college and then 5 or 6 years of grad school, then maybe a post-doc for a few years then work on a model for 10 years so that I can piss off some people, that would be awesome!" They do this to uncover the truth.
There no agenda, no Machiavellian plan to rob us of our PT Cruisers, nothing. Just data, and what it tells us. And on the other side... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change_denial#Private_Sector
- Meghan McCain has announced that she's a progressive Republican. I know. I was shocked, too. Anyway, it explains a lot about her advice for Republicans on how to win the youth vote in upcoming elections. What it explains: she is the last person the GOP needs to consult for advice on winning elections. Her father's approach has been tried and it has failed in two straight elections. Putting a new face on a failed strategy doesn't make it any better.
At least Meghan passed the GOP Purity Test. You know, the one that Ronald Reagan epically fails?
Please, Republicans, take Lindaman's advice. Be more like Beck, PLEASE!
- Sarah Palin has caught a lot of heat from Leftists for notes she wrote on her hand prior to a speech she gave recently. As a public speaker, I understand the importance of notes to delivering a good speech, so I don't criticize Palin too much for it. Notecards would have been better, but sometimes you have to go with what you have handy, if you'll pardon the pun. Having said that, seeing how sparse her notes were makes me think the Left's criticism of Palin in this case is much ado about nothing. Seriously, you're getting on Palin's case for a few words written on her hand? If that doesn't scream "Palin owns us," I don't know what does.
The reason Palin "caught heat" for writing on her hand, was because right-wing LIARS keep falsely claiming Obama needs a TelePrompter in order to survive. They couldn't back it up with anything, but that didn't stop them from continuing to LIE about it. Too bad Obama didn't need a TelePrompter when he TOTALLY OWNED the Republicans on their own turf at Baltimore.
Palin's a Creationist, and thus is an idiot by default. No apologies for writing on hands can change that.
- A new billboard of George W. Bush and the slogan "Miss Me Yet?" appeared near Wyoming, Minnesota, recently. It even got the attention of National Public Radio, who initiated an investigation into whether it was real and who put it up. Wow. With all of the stuff that could and really should be investigated (you know, like ACORN and government fraud under the guise of "stimulus money"?), it's nice to see NPR take the lead on something so insignificant.
Yeah, god forbid investigative reporters... investigate. Oh, wait... it's investigating something that Republicans don't like. Gotcha.
And too bad there was no voter fraud regarding ACORN. Nor improper federal money: "A study by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) found that the community organizing group known as ACORN properly used all federal dollars it received in the past five years. In addition, the report found that no voters who were allegedly registered to vote improperly cast any ballots."
Now let's hear all that government fraud under the guise of stimulus money!
::crickets chirping:: Thought so.
Right-wing assholes AND the media have been trying tirelessly to find something, ANYTHING... and have come up with diddly-squat. You see, just like with people claiming AGW fraud but they can't find anything: If the fraud isn't there... it isn't there. As far as the billboard itself:
PLEASE make this the GOP's campaign theme in 2010 and 2012. PLEASE!
Then again, if the media did their jobs, we might not have had Obama in the White House...
Now back that up with... anything.
::crickets chirping:: Thought so.