31 December, 2009

Happy Hour Discurso

Today's opining on the public discourse.

Holymotherfuckingshit I am tired.  And it's late, so I'm afraid it's just a link dump for you, my darlings, and then I am scampering off to bed.  Pretty weak tea for the last day o' the year, but it can't be helped.  I'll try to add some concentrated snark to spice things up.

It turns out the Unheroic Trio sucks at Google-fu.  You remember how they were demanding the Obama Administration not release those Yemeni detainees back to Yemen?  Well, Obama's gonna need a time machine to grant that request - seeing as how they were returned nearly two fucking weeks ago.  And if that time machine's available, they'll need to go back and raise a stink about Bush et al shipping a further fourteen to Yemen.  Otherwise, they might look like total fucking hypocrites.

Oh, wait.  It's too late for that, too, isn't it?  Besides, the administration's already told them to bugger off.

Newt Gingrich gets dumber and dumberer.  Now he's wailing that the Obama administration cares more about terorrists' rights than American lives.  You know, this shit gets shat by the right wing every time somebody commits a crime and ends up being treated with the minimum of courtesy the Constitution demands.  All I can say is, I hope Newt gets mistaken for an enemy combatant someday, and discovers just why those protections are essential.  Let's sell him some flammable underwear and stick him on a plane, shall we?

Romney's former spokesman thinks Hawaii "seems like a foreign place," and that somehow justifies Con criticism of Obama's handling of the Crotch Bomber.  Yeah, it doesn't compute for me, either.  But what can we say?  These poor fucktards are getting desperate - I mean, look at National Review's Marc Thiessen, who's trying to say that the Bushies handled shoe bomber Richard Reid in federal court because they just didn't realize they stuff him in military custody and whop him with a military tribunal - even though they'd greenlighted military tribunals a whole month before.  I'd like pathetic fucking excuses for $1000, Alex.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration points out to craptastic critics by saying this Prez don't need to pose like Bush:
"The difference is this: President Obama doesn't need to beat his chest to prove it, and - unlike the last Administration - we are not at war with a tactic ("terrorism"), we [are] at war with something that is tangible: al Qaeda and its violent extremist allies. And we will prosecute that war as long as the American people are endangered," [White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer] wrote.
Too fucking right.

But this will probably sail right over the head of administration critics, who now want the head of Janet Napolitano because she wasn't emotional enough on teevee.

And as if that's not enough, some blithering idiot is on about "security moms."   Please, show me this enormous herd of extremely stupid mothers who think a neutered terrorist and a measured, sane response from Democrats is reason to vote for the people who sent their sons to die in Iraq and destroyed their ability to feed their surviving kids to boot.  Once the media has explained this phenomenon to me, I'd then like to hear why, after the Richard Reid shoe bombing attempt, reporters asked Bush about his vacation plans, but somehow failed to mention that terrorist incident.  I've cleaned out my earwax especially for you.

Perhaps Pete King could follow my lead and remove the blockages apparently plaguing his own ear canals.  He'd like us to believe that President Obama refuses to use the word terrorism.  In fact, he sez, "Even when the president gave his speech at West Point about the troops going to Afghanistan, he didn't use the word 'terrorism.' He spoke of 'extremism.'" Funny, Steve Benen found no fewer than six uses of the exact word "terrorism" and variations thereof in Obama's West Point speech.  Perhaps the problem is that King inhabits a completely different reality than the rest of us.  Either that, or his selective hearing is remarkable.

Here's a paragraph on the affair that must be memorialized:

"It seems to me that if the aftermath of the Crotchfire Attack on NWA Flight 253 proved anything about Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.), it's that his main strength as a national security expert is to have excellent intel on the location of various television cameras and the means to get in front of them very quickly. His alacrity, naturally, comes at the expense of his ability to say anything sensible to those cameras once he's found them, but in the current media universe that doesn't matter: the shininess of pointless political static supersedes the need to actually broadcast anything remotely intelligent."
All too true.  Beautifully put, sir.

And, finally, in news not directly related to Crotchfire Attacks, the next time Cons bring up death panels, remind them that it's their stupidity that shall cause many old folk to die in 2010:
Or, to be more specific, death and tax-avoidance:
Starting Jan. 1, the estate tax -- which can erase nearly half of a wealthy person's estate -- goes away for a year. For families facing end-of-life decisions in the immediate future, the change is making one of life's most trying episodes only more complex.
"I have two clients on life support, and the families are struggling with whether to continue heroic measures for a few more days," says Joshua Rubenstein, a lawyer with Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in New York. "Do they want to live for the rest of their lives having made serious medical decisions based on estate-tax law?"
According to the article, another elderly rich guy is considering euthanasia. Another one wakes up every few days and asks, "What day is it? Is it Jan. 1 yet?"

Is it any wonder I like cockroaches better than Cons?

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