Friday, September 14, 2007

The Weekly Rewind

It’s Friday, time for The Weekly Rewind

Applaud: to the memories of those that lost their lives on September 11, 2001. You will never be forgotten…

Heckle: to just not getting it… six years after 9/11, a new CBS/New York Times poll reveals that 1 in 3 Americans believe that ‘Saddam Hussein was personally involved in” the attacks… despite so-many things being released that show otherwise… (Give me a break; get a brain of your own and realize that Hussein and Iraq had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11…

Applaud: to the memory and actions of Sgt. Omar Mora and Sgt. Yance Gray. Back in August, they were part of a group of seven active duty soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division that wrote an op-ed in The New York Times called “The War As We Saw It” which expressed skepticism about “recent press coverage portraying the conflict as increasingly manageable.” This past Monday, Mora and Gray died in a vehicle accident in Western Baghdad. The courage they showed on the battlefield was as strong as the courage they showed in the media… let’s not forget their message…

Heckle: to political apathy run amok. A new poll shows that a pathetic 15% of Americans can name the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (John Roberts btw)… but 66% can name “at least one of the judges on the Fox television show American Idol.” (I don’t even know where to begin with this one other to say it’s sad, but unfortunately not at all surprising…)

Applaud: to today being the last day for Alberto Gonzales…

Heckle: to the National Review magazine. Back on May 9, 2005, the magazine ran a cover story proclaiming, “We’re Winning,” in Iraq (how’s that working out for ya there NR?). Said the article; “It is time to say it unequivocally: We are winning in Iraq.” (Riiiiiiight) Now, two years after declaring a “win” the National Review believes the war can still be won, saying in it’s Sept. 24 issue: “This war can still be won, but only if we have the nerve and the patience to see it through. Recent events on the ground, strategic interest, and morality all point to only one imperative: Stay.” (Ok, let me see if I understand this correctly… we won, but we didn’t win… so now we should keep a permanent presence in Iraq and stay there to make sure we win… Wow, with logic like that, the editors of the magazine could be members of the Bush(whacked) Administration…)

Partial Applaud: to at least showing some gumption, even though it’s way too little way too late. At a White House meeting earlier this week, “President” Bush spoke with Democratic leaders and said he planned to “start doing some redeployment.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) immediately interupted and said; “No you’re not, Mr. President. […] You’re just going back to the presurge level.” (Nice… way to go Ms. Pelosi. Too bad it seems to be all talk and no action; again…)

Heckle: to scary, scary thoughts. Gen. David Petraeus is interested in running for president. (God help us…)

Applaud: to the opinions of those that know. An ABC/BBC/NHK poll released earlier this week shows, since the escalation began, that Iraqi opinion has drastically turned against the U.S. occupation with many Iraqis seeing “deepening dissatisfaction with conditions in Iraq, lower ratings for the national government and growing rejection of the U.S. role with 65 to 70% of Iraqis saying the escalation has “worsened rather than improved security” while 78% say “things are going badly for the country overall,” which is an increase of 13 points since last winter… (and yet the administration says things are getting better. Maybe the administration should, I don’t know, listen to what the people of Iraq are saying instead of relying on others who aren’t living under the same conditions as the Iraqi people are; just a thought)

Heckle: to some incredibly bad economic and business news coming out this past week. First, consumer confidence dropped from 89.3 in August to 71.1 in September, the “lowest point in nearly 1 1/2 years” thanks in large part to an incredibly deep housing slump that is, needless to say, making some people worried not only about their own economic health, but also that of the country… this came to light soon after an economic forecast by UCLA predicted that “the nation’s economy will be so sluggish” next year that “any major hiccup could tip it into recession”, giving a gloomier outlook for jobs and the housing market. And have we mentioned that the cost of health insurance climbed nearly twice as fast as wages in the first half of 2007? (With news like this, who needs enemas… or enemies… or anemones…)

Applaud: to not letting a good program die without a fight. 46 senators, including six republicans, called on “President” Bush earlier this week to “rescind new administrative restrictions that will make it harder for states to expand their popular State Children’s Health Insurance Program.” (Way to go guys… too bad it will be crushed under Bush’s obliviousness…)

Heckle: to disturbing polling data. According to a poll of Pakistanis, Osama bin Laden is more popular in Pakistan than Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, with bin Laden having a 46% approval rating to Musharraf 38%… (The only thing I can think of that would be worse for Musharraf would be to have a lower rating than Bush… though I don’t ever see that happening…)

Applaud: to more appealing polling data that shows 60% of Americans believe that the US should “set a timetable to withdraw forces” from Iraq and “stick to that timetable” regardless of what is going on in the country… (one has to believe that the 40 or so other percent that don’t think a timetable should be set have to either be members of this administration or, at the least, married to members of this administration… there can’t be any other explanation…

Heckle: to Russian President Vladimir Putin s

Applaud: to a great quote from someone who has been putting his foot into his mouth a lot lately. Democratic Presidential candidate and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson commented on the New England Patriots’ “spying” incident, saying; “The President has been allowed to spy on Americans without a warrant, and our U.S. Senate is letting it continue. You know something is wrong when the New England Patriots face stiffer penalties for spying on innocent Americans than Dick Cheney and George Bush.” (Very well said Bill… very well said)

Heckle: to former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld calling Afghanistan a “big success.” (He’s been out of the Bush White House for a few months and yet he still has his rose-colored glasses on. While he gets heckled for this, he does get a…)

Mini-Applaud: to Rumsfeld’s incredibly candid response when a reporter asked him if he misses George Bush; “Um, no.” (Harsh… really harsh… with comments like that, Rummy won’t find himself invited to Bush’s next BFF sleepover…)

Applaud: to CENTCOM Chief, and General Petraues’ boss, Admiral William Fallon who doesn't think too highly of Petraues and, after meeting him the first time, described him as a “sycophant” and an “ass-kissing little chickenshit”… (Nice… couldn’t have said it any better myself Admiral…)

Applaud: to a new study that found “liberals tolerate ambiguity and conflict better than conservatives?” That’s right… and it’s all because of how our brains work, reported the study; “Liberals were 4.9 times as likely as conservatives to show activity in the brain circuits that deal with conflicts.” (And my snark about ‘using our own brains’ and not being ‘lemmings’ becomes more and more apt. Conservative whining about Liberal-educators to start in 5,4,3…)

And finally…

Applaud: to the return of our “gop Tool(s) of the Week” award but with a new, improved name that pays homage to “President” Bush; the ‘Cuckoo-Bananas Award’

This week it goes to House Minority Leader John Boehner (r-OH). He was interviewed on CNN earlier this week and when he was asked by Wolf Blitzer about “the Americans who are killed every month” in Iraq and “how much longer” the “military commitment is going to require” he replied that “The investment that we’re making today will be a small price if we’re able to stop al Qaeda here.” (Congratulations John, you’re this weeks; Cuckoo-Bananas winner

Runner-up goes to the man himself, Commander Cuckoo-Bananas. In a speech that lasted a shade under 18 minutes, he mentioned al Qaeda 12 times even though a recent Congressional Research Service concluded that attacks from al Qaeda are only a small percentage of the violence in Iraq… so that helps explain the pathetic fact that 1 in 3 Americans believe that ‘Saddam Hussein and Iraq was personally involved in 9/11 attacks… because Bush apparently does as well

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