atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#860: It's news time again!

Well, news and commentary. You know the drill.

Not an overdose? Heath Ledger, healthy young man, aged 28, had a "heart attack". Yeah. That's what killed him--a heart attack. Okay.

What I like best about this article, though, is them mention of Robert Red-ford: "At the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, Robert Redford, the veteran actor, talked about the impact of Ledger's death, comparing it to the shock caused by the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan."

A "shock"? Red-ford was probably dancing and singing when he heard about the attack on Reagan.

Heavy-handed, top-down management at Hillary Central. Why is this a surprise? How can there be anyone in the US of voting age who doesn't know how Hillary Clinton does things? Those of us who put up with the last Clinton administration remember all to well what she was like. For example, it was never enough just to fire someone; they had to destroy him. (White House Travel Office, anyone?) This is how the Clintons do things. Vote for it at your own peril.

Vox Day's book apparently is a refutation of the religion of atheism. I'm not sure I want to wade through the article in search of quotations, which probably means I won't buy the book, either--but hopefully it'll twist a few nipples on that side of the aisle.

Bill Clinton's best-known victim writes an open letter to B. Hussein Obama about how nasty the Clintons can get. (They can get pretty bad.) This is someone who is speaking from personal experience, mind you.

I live in Obama's state and this is the first I've heard about this crap. Obama's pastor sez "In the 21st century, white America got a wake-up call after 9/11/01. White America and the Western world came to realize that people of color had not gone away, faded into the woodwork or just 'disappeared,' as the Great White West kept on its merry way of ignoring Black concerns."

And: "Minister Farrakhan will be remembered as one of the 20th and 21st century giants of the African-American religious experience."

And the quote that begat the article: "Black women are being raped daily in Darfur, Sudan, in the Congo and in Sub-Saharan Africa. That doesn't make news. One 18-year-old white girl from Alabama gets drunk on a graduation trip to Aruba, goes off and 'gives it up' while in a foreign country, and that stays in the news for months! Maybe I am missing something!"

The funny quote: "For his commitment to truth, education and leadership, we honor Minister Louis Farrakhan with the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award." That's right: Obama's pastor gave Farrakhan an award named after himself. That's hilarious.

Maybe I should do that. Start handing out the "Ed Hering Lifetime Achievement Award" to people who deserve it. That would be cool.

Please do this. It would be so amazingly funny to see them do this.

President: "Hi, I'm George Bush!"
Vermont law enforcement official: "Mr. President, we're arresting you for [crimes]."
Secret Service: "Put those cuffs away or get shot."

Why? "Daims said the most grievous crime committed by Bush and Cheney was perjury — lying to Congress and U.S. citizens about the basis of a war in Iraq."

It's clear that the originator of this stupidity doesn't understand the meaning of the word of "perjury". He's obviously just regurgitating stuff he heard online and during the Clinton impeachment.

See, it's not "perjury" to lie to Congress. If it were, we'd be arresting all the congresscritters too. It's also not "perjury" to lie to the American people. If it were, all our politicians, reporters, and entertainers would be doing their jobs from prison.

"Perjury" occurs when you lie under oath, such as when Bill Clinton lied while giving his deposition for the Paula Jones lawsuit. When you give a deposition, you're under oath, and he lied about having sex with Monica Lewinsky. He committed perjury.

And in order for there to be "perjury" there must be a lie. The "shout at the wind" moment for today is that when everyone's best information says "A", so you say "A", and "B" later turns out to be the case, it is not a lie. If everyone's best information says "B", but you say "A"--and then "B" is later shown to be correct--that is a lie.

All the intelligence agencies that the US trades info with said the same thing: "Saddam has WMDs". This was a "best estimate". Saddam knew we were coming, and in the months running up to our invasion of Iraq there was a world-wide shortage of shipping containers. Then we get into Iraq and--hey, no WMDs? WTF? This is why Bush didn't lie: he shared information which he believed to be true, which all the experts said was correct. That that information later turned out to be incorrect does not retroactively make what he said a lie.

The moron responsible for this tripe goes on to regurgitate all the other MoveOn.orgtalking points: Bush spied on the American people, 600,000 people died in Iraq, obstruction of justice, and "politically motivated firings of US attorneys".

That last is a laugh, too: is he going after Bill Clinton for firing all the US attorneys when he was in office? Bush only fired eight of 'em; Clinton sacked every last one. If that's an arrestable offense this douchebag ought to be after Clinton, too.

...of course, those attorneys serve at the pleasure of the President. The President can fire them at any time for any reason and replace them with whomever they want.

Thee comments for this article are fun to read, too.

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