Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hanson still doesn't understand the Google

Vicotr Davis Hanson today:
Although Afghanistan was always the more challenging theater than Iraq — landlocked, opium, no ports, few resources, difficult terrain, nearby nuclear Iran, high rates of illiteracy...
Hanson, December 2005:
Afghanistan in October, 2001, conjured up almost immediately warnings of quagmire, expanding Holy War at Ramadan, unreliable allies, a trigger-happy nuclear Pakistan on the border, American corpses to join British and Russian bones in the high desert — not a seven-week victory and a subsequent democracy in Kabul of all places.
So it was always harder, except when we'd already won. This guy needs to reread everything he's written before he writes again. See also.

Dear Republicans: Suck it

Update: MSNBC just reported that Republicans have pulled their resolution. I guess the image of Democrats reading a list of things Republicans have said on the house floor in the past few months scared the shit out of them.

Rep. Alan Grayson seems to have struck a nerve with Republicans by saying this on the House floor:
It’s my duty and pride tonight to be able to announce exactly what the Republicans plan to do for health care in America… It’s a very simple plan. Here it is. The Republican health care plan for America: “don’t get sick.” If you have insurance don’t get sick, if you don’t have insurance, don’t get sick; if you’re sick, don’t get sick. Just don’t get sick. … If you do get sick America, the Republican health care plan is this: “die quickly.”
Republicans are all "the conduct of the Representative from Florida was a breach of decorum and degraded the integrity and proceedings of the House" and shit.

As ThinkProgress points out, though, Republicans have been accusing Democrats of wanting to kill off Americans for months now, on and off the House floor. Here's their compilation.

I want Grayson to say, "Sure, I'll apologize. You first."

Update: The "liberal media" responds.

Update: Damn, it's nice to see a Dem with some cojones.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Shut the fuck up, you stupid chickenhawk motherfucker!

Update: Apparently this was too crazy, even for Newsmax. Not only have they pulled the story, they're also trying to distance themself from the writer.

So, about a year ago, after six years of blogging, I had to give it up. The political season seemed to take a lot out of me, especially the endless stream of ridiculousness from the right--calling Obama a socialist, the "messiah," etc. It became impossible to debate someone about politics because you had to spend too much time correcting the errors in their thinking before you could even get around to dealing with the issues. So I called it quits.

But I can't stay gone. Not because I have some sort of desperately needed insight that will correct the political atmosphere, but because I'm about to have an embolism about the bullshit being spewed by the right these days.

The last straw is this column by Newsmax writer John Perry, in which he explains why our country needs a military coup. Yeah, he writes that "Describing what may be afoot is not to advocate it," but he can't bring himself to actually say explicitly that he doesn't advocate it. Such a comment would ring hollow, of course, when he ends his piece this way.
Anyone who imagines that those thoughts are not weighing heavily on the intellect and conscience of America’s military leadership is lost in a fool’s fog.

Will the day come when patriotic general and flag officers sit down with the president, or with those who control him, and work out the national equivalent of a “family intervention,” with some form of limited, shared responsibility?


Military intervention is what Obama’s exponentially accelerating agenda for “fundamental change” toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama’s radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.

Unthinkable? Then think up an alternative, non-violent solution to the Obama problem. Just don’t shrug and say, “We can always worry about that later.”
First, I have to say that this motherfucker, who clearly never served a day in his life, has no idea what is in the mind of a goddamn private, much less what's in the head of a flag officer.

Second, he argues that officers would be thinking this way because they "see the Constitution they are sworn to defend being trampled as American institutions and enterprises are nationalized." I keep hearing this argument from the right: I want my country back! Quit taking away my rights! They say this stuff directly to the faces of so-called big time journalists who have yet ask the simple question, "What rights have you lost?"

Finally, this should be the final proof of the "patriotism" of the right. No matter how much they claim to support freedom and their nation, as soon as they lose, they reach for their guns, or in the case of this guy, tells others to reach for their guns. As crazy creep Christopher Broughton, the dipshit who took a gun to Obama's health care town hall in Phoenix tellingly put it, they are threatening to "forcefully resist people imposing their will on us through the strength of the majority with a vote."

A clearer spokesman for the right's intentions would be harder to find. They will go apeshit whenever a vote doesn't go their way.

And, lest you think it's simply the nuts of the party making these sorts of antidemocratic arguments or that it's racism driving the right crazy, remember that Thomas Sowell was thinking aloud about the need for a putsch more than two years ago in the supposedly saner confines of the National Review, writing:
When I see the worsening degeneracy in our politicians, our media, our educators, and our intelligentsia, I can’t help wondering if the day may yet come when the only thing that can save this country is a military coup.
As the man said, "Can't none of this be new to you."