Friday, September 21, 2007
Fridays Lunch Hour With A Workday Liberal
Rudy Giuliani tells the NRA that he changed his mind about guns because of 9/11. Who ever could have imagined that Giuliani would invoke 9/11 before the NRA? I mean what a shock! If Giuliani were to give a speech to the International Brotherhood of Peruvian Shoelace Basket Weavers, there is no doubt that he would somehow try to make 9/11 pertinent to their concerns. I can hear Rudy now: "I never was very concerned about Peruvian Shoelace Basket Weaving, but as I walked the streets of New York on that horrible day of 9/11 I suddenly realized what an important role you folks were playing in our search and rescue efforts." If anything, Giuliani's constant harping on 9/11 for political gain dishonors the victims and memory of that day.
Following President Bush's much ballyhooed announcement of the death of Nelson Mandela, the Nelson Mandela foundation channeled Mark Twain by announcing that reports of Mandela's death were greatly exaggerated. Is there any doubt among sane and thoughtful people that President Bush is just idiotic. His entire adult life has seen him careen from leading one business after another into disaster, being bailed out by daddy, and repeating the process. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that daddy can't buy Bush out of the disaster he's led this nation into. It just seems like every time Bush opens his mouth in public we are reminded of his hopeless incompetency. It might be humorous in other circumstances, but people by the hundreds of thousands have died because of this self centered and moronic President.
As one of the legions of faceless, nameless, wise-ass, know-it-all bloggers to get yet another shot in at George Bush... you should be embarrassed. You should be embarrassed that you're among a generation of kids who are getting their "news" snippets from YouTube, the daily show, and fellow bloggers.
I don't think this is anything to be embarrassed about though, it was an honest mistake. Thom Hartmann and the government of South Africa also misunderstood Bush--the South Africans actually issued a press release stating Mr. Mandela is alive--frail, but alive--and that Bush's comments were offensive.
But next time get it right, you pinko lefty blogger smartass! :)
As to being embarrassed about this. I am actually. I feel embarrassment each and every time I listen to the President of the United States open his yap and say nonesense like this. Any thinking, coherent person could have framed this in such a way that the Mandela Foundation would not have felt it necessary to issue a clarification, noting they especially wanted to alert the people of S. Africa that Mandela was alive and well. I didn't make that up, and I didn't put the idiotic phrasing into the Presidents mouth that started the whole affair.
But his gaff isn't something despicable and evil like USA Patriot or Gitmo, just a piss poor choice of words (as per usual). I guess the reason I got my panties in a bunch and commented on this was because I've heard the same "Mandela is dead" line on Randi Rhodes, Democracy Now!, and Thom Hartmann and I think Bush does enough despicable and evil stuff that we lefties don't have to resort to picking apart verbal gaffs. How about instead we laugh about the fact that Vincente Fox (x-President of Mexico) said Bush was afraid of horses (making him the only cowboy/rancher on the planet who is)?
Sometimes I forget sarcasm doesn't translate well on comments, as I'm firmly left of center politically and was just having some fun with you and Mr. Bach, the real right-winger. Being called a "rightie" kinda stung--but not like getting tasered for asking too many questions at a political rally--more like when your leg falls asleep and you get pins and needles.
I have been and will be sticking around to read your stuff--I like your work. And is it too late to say that I thought the rest of the post was spot on? Regardless, peace my pinko commie wiseass blogger brother.
To be honest, I was a bit excited at having a couple of right wingers poking around. In fact when I saw the first two comments I started wondering if this post had been linked to from some right wing site. I could just imagine the debates and wild eyed threads that would follow each post. Oh Well!
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