Friday, August 11, 2006
Do These People Even Hear Themselves?
Predictably, the Republicans are using the news of a plot to blow up airplanes during intercontinental flights as justification for their dismantling of the U.S. Constitution. But seriously, do they even hear what they're saying as they say it? Because their assertions make no sense at all.
Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman responded that "instead of focusing on political attacks," Democrats should be reminded the country is at war and needs every tool to win. "If Harry Reid had his way and killed the Patriot Act and ended the Terrorist Surveillance Program, authorities would be less able to uncover terror plots," he said. The U.S. government heightened security on passenger planes and barred air travelers from carrying liquids on Thursday after Britain foiled the plot aimed at blowing up planes flying to the United States.Yo, Ken. It was the British who uncovered this plot. [Edited to add: And, according to a report I heard this evening, the Pakistanis.] That has nothing to do with our laws, okay? And in case you haven't noticed, the war in Iraq, which you and yours regularly tout as a critical part of the War on Terror, didn't stop the terrorists from plotting this attack. It didn't even have anything to do with uncovering the plot. In fact, while y'all have been occupied with the war in Iraq, you have not addressed the security issue revealed by this plot: objects that might be liquid explosives in disguise were not banned from flights until after the arrests were announced. So stop claiming to be the people who can protect us, because so far you've done a really lousy job of it.
I am listening to Juan Williams on Franken.
* He can't name any rappers besides Eminem, but he believes all rap is trash that is destroying the African American community. Except for Kanye West (who Franken had to mention) which is like gospel.
* He is convinced that rap is leading people into a life of street crime, but will not claim that The Sopranos is leading people into careers in the Mafia.
* He wrote that Bill O'Reilly is the most popular talk show host in America. When Franken pointed out that there are a few others, like Oprah, Williams did not say "I should have specified cable host." He said, "You know what I meant."
* Franken (reminding Juan Williams of O'Reilly's comment about the people trapped in New Orleans all being thugs and drug addicts): "Maybe he [O'Reilly] is popular because he is feeding people's stereotypes and prejudices." Williams: "If I thought that were so, I wouldn't appear on the show." But rappers feed stereotypes.
On and on.
This is our "liberal media" at work. The so-called "liberal media" who do such yeoman's service for the Pubs.
They can't hear what they're saying. If they did, they would die of shame.
At least prostitutes have to sell their bodies to earn a livelihood. People like Williams are completely morally bankrupt.
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