13 June, 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today's opining on the public discourse.

Cheney's up to something:

WASHINGTON — Vice President Dick Cheney's office has acknowledged that he erred when telling an audience this week that China is drilling off the coast of Cuba.

He wants us to think he's sane, rational, and willing to admit errors. Expect the worst.

In other news, McCain's willing to point any way the wind blows:

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday, in a narrow 5-4 decision, to extend access to the federal courts to detainees at Guantanamo Bay. When reporters asked John McCain for his reaction a few hours later, he struck a disappointed note, but seemed pretty level-headed about the
case. “[I]t is a decision that the Supreme Court has made,” McCain said. “Now we need to move forward. As you know I always favored closing Guantanamo Bay and I still think we ought to do that.”


Apparently, though, moderation didn’t poll well overnight. Today, McCain quickly embraced the far-right line and denounced the ruling in the strongest of terms.

John McCain weighed in on the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the rights of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to challenge their detention in U.S. courts at a town hall meeting Friday, calling the 5-4 decision “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.”

McCain said he that while he has been a vocal opponent of torture and advocated closing Guantanamo, he does not believe prisoners deserve the same rights as U.S. citizens.

“These are enemy combatants, these are people who are not citizens, they are not and never have been given the rights that the citizens of this country have,” he said. “Our first obligation is the safety and security of this nation and the men and women who defend it.”

Remember the good ol’ days? Before John McCain became a shameless hack? Good times, good times.

Ah, yes, the days before John McCain went completely fucking batshit insane. Is he just jealous of Antonin Scalia? Wants to be a contender for the title of "Most Fucktarded Assclown Evah"? I mean, here we have a former POW, a man who's permanently damaged from the torture he endured, no less, writing legislation to ensure America gets to torture POWs - oh, they're just enemy combatants? Well, that's a-o-kay then - and saying that the Supreme Court's decision to grant the right of habeas corpus to people who've been stuffed down the warped rabbit hole of the Bush administration's Guantanamo Bay Resort and Torture Bar is "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country."

Oh, really, John? You know which decision I put down as one of the worst? Dred Scott. Yeah. And Bush v. Gore's right up there. In fact, I think it could be a serious contender for the worst, considering the shit that's coming to light.

But if you want to think that extending a basic 900 year-old right to the poor bastards who've been scooped up and dumped down Bush's deep black hole is the worst evah, you go right ahead. I wasn't expecting a firm grasp on reality from you, anyway. Especially not when you're relying on the most insane fuckers in the country to elect you into office this November.

At least with you in office, we could continue our daily dose of White House corruption:

Following up on an item from earlier this week, it’s bad enough when the Bush administration awards tax dollars to abstinence-only programs that don’t work. It’s worse when our money goes to far-right abstinence groups based on their political connections.

And it’s even worse still when these same abstinence groups get more money than they even asked for. Murray Waas and ABC News have the story.

An organization that promotes sexual abstinence for teens
received a federal grant of over a million dollars, twice what it had requested, despite the skepticism Department of Justice staffers had about the group and the fact that it refused to participate in a congressionally mandated study.


Wait, it get worse.

[B]ecause of Best Friends’ lower ranking, 53rd out of 104 grant applicants considered, [Flores’] superiors might have overruled him, if they knew of the group’s poor standing, according to Justice Department officials involved in the process.

To make sure that a grant to Best Friends was approved, officials say, Flores simply created an entirely whole new category which the organization’s grant proposal would be considered.

That's right. New category, whole cloth, so that Bush's BFF abstinence organization could get twice as much money as it asked for rather than getting laughed out of the running as it deserved. And they didn't even have to participate in a congressionally-mandated study, because Bush loved them so.

I think it's time to take some bleach and industrial-strength scrubbers and head on over to the Oval Office for some much-needed spring cleaning.


Woozle said...

Oh good, you saw the "worst in history" quote. I guess it is a sign of the brain-damage from repeated exposure to the 9/11 Shock, Awe, and Hypnosis Show that at least 28% of America will probably agree with him.

And have you seen this? Apparently Congress "scuttled" Kucinich's impeachment charges, by sending them on to the Judiciary Committee (which supposedly means the kiss of death, though I'm not familiar enough with the process to know if this is a realistic assessment).

The article goes on to quote Jefferson:

"That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security[...]

Working on that...

Cujo359 said...

That's some pretty radical stuff there, Woozle. Might have to check ya for ties to Al Whatchamacallit.

I sometimes wonder if McCain remembers what he said yesterday. Of course, the idea that he has no shame occurred to me, also.