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Tuesday, December 14, 2004|
McDim has "no confidence" in Rumsfeld
"PHOENIX — U.S. Sen...."
...and raving lunatic...
"...John McCain said Monday that he has 'no confidence' in Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, citing Rumsfeld's handling of the war in Iraq and the failure to send more troops...."
In a related story, Sherry Shriner, Friend of the Most High God said Monday that she, too, has no confidence in Rumsfeld. Shriner also indicated her firmly held belief that Kofi Anan is a reptile.
"McCain, speaking to The Associated Press in an hourlong interview..."
...originally scheduled to last 5 minutes, but they just couldn't get McCain to SHUT UP...
"...said his comments were not a call for Rumsfeld's resignation, explaining that President Bush 'can have the team that he wants around him.'
'I have strenuously argued for larger troop numbers in Iraq, including the right kind of troops - linguists, special forces, civil affairs, etc.,' said McCain, R-Ariz. 'There are very strong differences of opinion between myself and Secretary Rumsfeld on that issue....'"
"...but since I am unburdened by real-time knowledge of what is going on over there, an IQ above room temperature, or a conscience, I will spew my morale-depleting venom to whoever will listen, knowing that the media hordes love nothing more than 'Republicans' like me who knife their party in the back and twist..."
"When asked if Rumsfeld was a liability to the Bush administration, McCain responded: 'The president can decide that, not me....'
...and when asked why he has been carrying around a copy of Catcher in the Rye for the past 5 years, McCain responded by reminding the reporter that he was a decorated Navy veteran and former Vietnam prisoner of war, and therefore exempt from that sort of questioning...
"McCain, a decorated Navy veteran and former Vietnam prisoner of war, is a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which has oversight of military operations and considerable influence over the Pentagon budget.
Pentagon spokesman Larry Di Rita said McCain "has frequently expressed his views regarding troop levels in Iraq..."
"...and we have frequently wondered just who those four people were who graduated below him at the Naval Academy..."
"and he is an important member" of the committee."
"So we humor the big dope."
Monday, December 13, 2004
O'Reilly Makes Sense
I'm not the fan of Bill O'Reilly that I used to be. His defense of Dan Rather in this little column alone, laughably entitled "Dan Got Smeared," took him down several notches in my estimation.
But he is uncharacteristically succinct and, in my opinion, astute in his reflections in this piece entitled "Some Good News in the Culture war."
I particularly like this:
"'Talking Points' believes critical mass has been reached in America. The majority's fed up with being assaulted by extremists. Most of us are traditionalists. That is, we believe the U.S.A. was well-founded and doesn't need a radical overhaul. We believe we are a good country, and that if you work hard and you're honest, you'll succeed. We believe that Christmas displays are positive and that spirituality builds character. Traditionalists respect freedom, even the freedom of the majority.
So we're winning the battle. Many people who were standing on the sidelines are now speaking out against the folks who are attacking the spirit of Christmas. And as always in this country, the real power lies with the people. And the people have been awakened."
Not bad for a phoney populist. Now if he could just help the people to "awaken" about such rubbish as "global warming," O'Reilly could really be an asset to the cause of liberty.
Does He Know What He's Setting Himself Up For?
I have to begin by asking you the same question I have asked myself for years. Namely: how is it that ABC News has permitted John Stossel to utter his apostacy for as long as he has? I find this truly remarkable, and remain in sincere search of an explanation. If you have a suggestion, I'd like to hear it.
Now that I've gotten that out of my system, I'd like to direct your attention to this Stossel piece on abcNews.com. It seems that Michael Crichton's latest novel, "State of Fear," is dubious respecting "the claim that global warming is real and imminent."
While this surprises me in that by assuming this position, Crichton has assured himself that this novel will NEVER be made into a feature film; it does strike me as consistent with recent stuff I've read from Crichton.
This is a speech he made before the Commonwealth Club in September of 2003. Here is an especially delicious chunk:
"Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism. Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists. Why do I say it's a religion? Well, just look at the beliefs. If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.
"There's an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there's a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all. We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment. Just as organic food is its communion, that pesticide-free wafer that the right people with the right beliefs, imbibe.
"Eden, the fall of man, the loss of grace, the coming doomsday---these are deeply held mythic structures. They are profoundly conservative beliefs. They may even be hard-wired in the brain, for all I know. I certainly don't want to talk anybody out of them, as I don't want to talk anybody out of a belief that Jesus Christ is the son of God who rose from the dead. But the reason I don't want to talk anybody out of these beliefs is that I know that I can't talk anybody out of them. These are not facts that can be argued. These are issues of faith.
"And so it is, sadly, with environmentalism. Increasingly it seems facts aren't necessary, because the tenets of environmentalism are all about belief. It's about whether you are going to be a sinner, or saved. Whether you are going to be one of the people on the side of salvation, or on the side of doom. Whether you are going to be one of us, or one of them....
"The truth is, almost nobody wants to experience real nature. What people want is to spend a week or two in a cabin in the woods, with screens on the windows. They want a simplified life for a while, without all their stuff. Or a nice river rafting trip for a few days, with somebody else doing the cooking. Nobody wants to go back to nature in any real way, and nobody does. It's all talk-and as the years go on, and the world population grows increasingly urban, it's uninformed talk. Farmers know what they're talking about. City people don't. It's all fantasy...."
Please read the rest. It will explain two things to you:
1) Why Crichton is destined to become persona non grata in the world of U.S. pop culture; and
2) Why no one in Hollywood will deem it worth the risk to make a film out of Crichton's new book.
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