Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Nuance ...Or Not


Remember when, against my better judgement, I visited the Oxycontin King's site and reported my surprise that you really couldn't get any information without paying for a subscription? Well, today I find that's not always the case. Here's a lovely little transcript demonstrating the buffoon's limited grasp of the english language and the difficulty he has with the concept of 'comparable' actions.
Swimmer Celebrates Abu Ghraib Day
April 26, 2005

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT
Matt Drudge has just posted a statement by Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the anniversary of the Abu Ghraib scandal. The Democrats are actually celebrating the one year anniversary of the Abu Ghraib scandal! Senator Kennedy's statement says... I mean, it is a huge statement. It was seven pages here. Well, yeah, I guess it is seven. It is. It is seven pages! There go four of them right there in the trash. (tossing pages) It is seven pages. I'm not going to bother you with all of it. But Senator Kennedy begins this way, "The sad anniversary of the Abu Ghraib torture scandal is now upon us." (Laughing.) Sad, my foot! These guys are happy as hell to be celebrating this today, but I think that we should encourage them. They have misread the public totally on this and they still think this is an election winnable issue for them.

Senator Kennedy says, "It's an appropriate time to reflect on how well we've responded as a nation. The images of cruelty and perversion are still difficult to look at a year later. An Iraqi prisoner in a dark hood and cape, standing on a cardboard box with electrodes attached to his body. Naked men forced to simulate sex acts on each other." Senator Kennedy is just jealous. This is the kind of stuff that used to go on in Hyannisport and he's just jealous that as he's getting older, he's not part of it. "The corpse of a man who had been beaten to death, lying in ice, next to soldiers smiling and giving a 'thumbs up' sign. A pool of blood from the wounds of a naked, defenseless prisoner attacked by a military dog.These images are seared into our collective memory."

Just as the image of an Oldsmobile, off the Dike Bridge, with the trunk sticking out of the water.
"The reports of widespread abuse by U.S. personnel were initially met with disbelief, then incomprehension. They stand in sharp contrast to the values America has always stood for-our belief in the dignity and worth of all people-our unequivocal stance against torture and abuse -- our commitment to the rule of law. The images horrified us and severely damaged our reputation in the Middle East and around the world." You know, you wouldn't know that by looking at what is happening in the Middle East. Anyway, Senator Kennedy and the Democrats, just want to put you on notice, celebrating the one year anniversary of Abu Ghraib today, noting the sad anniversary. And make no mistake about it, they are celebrating this. I just want to warn you, by the time you get to the afternoon shows on cable, and the nighttime shows on cable, Abu Ghraib will be portrayed as if it happened yesterday. We will be getting retrospectives. They will show us the pictures again, and they will go through all of the people they think personally ordered it from Alberto Gonzalez to George W. Bush. I wouldn't be surprised if they try to revive the National Guard story within some context with this. But, it's just so illustrative. In fact, Mary Mapes was the producer of the Abu Ghraib story. It was Mary Mapes who got the Abu Ghraib pictures. Somebody in the Defense Department leaked them to her. It was the same show, 60 Minutes Wednesday that ran the first pictures, and the New York Times caught up with it and bammo! They were out on the blocks with it. And so, you're going to see media celebration today with the sad one year anniversary of Abu Ghraib.
So, first we have "celebrate" [1 mark (a significant time or event) with an enjoyable activity; engage in festivities. 2 perform (a religious ceremony), in particular officiate at (the Eucharist). 3 honor or praise publicly.] versus "reflect" [think deeply or carefuly about]. Now, you tell me ... Read the transcript of Senator Kennedy's statement and then read these drug-addled verbal meanderings of Rush - who is celebrating?

Then he goes on to make a comparison between Chappaquiddick and Abu Ghraib. Let's ignore the absurdity of a drug addict taking issue with a drunk and yes, Senator Kennedy was at fault, a life was lost and he was not punished by our criminal justice system. But then Rush hasn't exactly been treated like other prescription-shopping addicts and OJ's still running around free. The dichotomous failings of our judicial system aside, the tragic death of a young woman by a drunk driver is not comparable to the deliberate torture of other human beings by more than a few bad apples. I know Rush is a little to old to have had the benefit of their wisdom but maybe he could catch some re-runs - they did an excellent job illustrating what things were the same and which were different. No nuance here but Limpblast clearly needs some help with the concept.
BREAK TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: The one year anniversary of Abu Ghraib celebrated today by Ted Kennedy and the Democrats. Speaking of Ted Kennedy, you all know the anniversary of Chappaquiddick is July 19th 1969, 36 and a half years already. Mary Jo was 29 in 1969, which means that this is the year she could have started collecting Social Security. Mary Jo Kopechne denied her birthright of Social Security, all because of one wrong turn at Chappaquiddick. Here's Christopher, Pensacola, Florida. Hi, Christopher, welcome to the program.

CALLER: Hey, Rush. Air Force dittos from Pensacola.

RUSH: Thank you, sir. Welcome to have you on the program.

CALLER: Just to keep you with the season, I want to wish you a Happy Abu Ghraib. And I apologize that I didn't get my Abu Ghraib present in the mail. I was wondering what I could get you for Abu Ghraib this year and how are you going to decorate your Abu Ghraib tree sir?

RUSH: You want to know what to get me for Abu Ghraib? You know what? That is a good question. I don't really want anything for Abu Ghraib. The Democrats, that is who we need to get presents for. One thing, have you thought about handcuffs? Those have multiple uses for Democrats. A whip. You know, to go along with the handcuffs. Dawn says a good present would be to give a Democrat a digital camera so that he or she can document their own atrocities. All you have to take it to a Madonna concert. You got the whips, and the handcuffs and chains right there on stage and people are paying for this.

CALLER: They may have military intelligence, Rush. Who knows?

RUSH: That is a great question. What kind of gift to give Democrats here on the anniversary of Abu Ghraib. I'm glad you called, Christopher.
Yeah, thanks for calling Christopher and demonstrating that bad apples still remain among our forces.
CALLER: How you doing Rush?

RUSH: Pretty good, Kevin.

CALLER: Love to talk to you.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: I just want you to know that we are going to have our Abu Ghraib barbecue party tonight and we are going to be playing nude Twister.

RUSH: (Laughing.) How many people you got coming?

CALLER: Well, I figure we only need 8 or 10 to make it a rip roaring time. I thought that would be kind of fitting.

RUSH: Yeah. Nude Twister? Big Abu Ghraib barbecue. (Laughter.) Okay. And that's from Oregon. Progress here.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: A couple more gift ideas for those of you celebrating Abu Ghraib Day today, celebrating the one year anniversary. Ted Kennedy issued a statement. Seven pages when you print it out. You all have computers now. Go out and make a petition, calling for Rumsfeld's resignation and put a bunch of signatures on it and pass it out. Give it to a liberal. Gift wrap it. Same thing with Cheney. You know, get some sort of a petition or a card or something demanding the impeachment of George W. Bush. That would go great. The guy from Eugene, Oregon, had a great idea. Go out and get a copy of nude Twister. Get the group. Give them that, along with a pair of women's panties. The choices here, the options, are limitless when it comes to giving the right gift on the special day that liberal Democrats have decided they need to celebrate, Abu Ghraib Day. Who's next on this program? David in Austin, Texas. Welcome to the program.
Pretty "well", Rush. Not good. Not in your wildest dreams good. You don't look good; you don't sound good. Adverb versus adjective moron. Yes, they put their collective brains together and this is what they come up with to humor themselves -- nude twister at an Abu Ghraib BBQ. Something is definitely twisted. There's more but you'll have to wade in the rest yourself - I'm sure you can find it and I need to go clean off these boots.

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