Disrespecting the military

There are some conservatives who claim they love the military and respect our veterans while cutting their benefits, sending them off to die in needless wars without proper equipment, and literally insulting them on their jobs.  Primary among these hypocrites are the idiots at Fox News — who scream about how Obama’s coffee salute demeans the military while then, within a few minutes, making sexist and demeaning comments about the military.  

Jon Stewart describes it better than I ever could (start around 4:00 in).  Sorry, WordPress won’t let me embed the video: http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/b7hxzd/the-way-we-war

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Veterans aren’t standing for it either.  In an open letter to Fox News, they write: 

Thus the skill of women as fighter pilots is well established. And before you jump to the standby excuse that you were “just making a joke” or “having a laugh,” let the men amongst our number preemptively respond: You are not funny. You are not clever. And you are not excused. Perhaps the phrase “boys will be boys”—inevitably uttered wherever misogyny is present—is relevant. Men would never insult and demean a fellow servicemember; boys think saying the word ‘boobs’ is funny.

Saudi Arabia’s daily beheadings

Saudia Arabia has been beheading people lately at a rate of one a day, and then displaying the bodies in public for everyone to see.

The beheadings have included such terrible crimes as “sorcery.”

Some of the beheadings are a way for the government to show strength, to discourage those who wish to bring democracy and reform to this country.

Why isn’t there mention of this in the US Press?  Shouldn’t we be outraged by this?

Oh, right, they’re our allies.  Because oil. Saudi

Well, surely Fox News will say something, because if for no other reason, it will make Obama look weak for not — what’s that?  Fox News is partially owned by one of the Saudi Princes?

Well, that must be pure coincidence.  Why would Fox News, a network owned by a Saudi Prince and an Australian, want to constantly attack America and our President, and make us look bad in the eyes of the world, thus diminishing our influence?

Wait a minute…

No Benghazi conspiracy, say Republicans

Hey, remember that terrible Benghazi conspiracy that was going to bring down the Obama administration?  The one that was an evil, illegal conspiracy because … well, they never actually explained that part, but it was certainly terrible because Fox News told us it was.

Well, guess what?  Here’s the funny thing.  The Republican-controlled Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives finally concluded, after years of investigations, that golly gee, I guess there was no conspiracy after all!   benghazi_scandal

“This report shows that there was no intelligence failure surrounding the Benghazi attacks that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other brave Americans. Our investigation found the Intelligence Community warned about an increased threat environment, but did not have specific tactical warning of an attack before it happened, … which is consistent with testimony that the attacks appeared to be opportunistic.”  (from the Washington Post story of the report)

This comes after they lied about what previous reports had said, and after it was proven that the Obama administration was correct about the reason for the attack.

Aren’t you glad they spent millions of your dollars investigating nothing?  Well, don’t you worry your head, because prominent Republicans have vowed to continue to search for non-existent ghosts and continue to bash the President over this.   Fox News will continue to claim that there is a terrible scandal there somewhere and the only reason the rest of the media is ignoring it is because they are all subservient to Obama.  Benghazi will continue so long as it can be used to rile up the party faithful and get them to donate to the GOP.

The 300 Person March

The tea party planned a huge 30 million person rally yesterday, in which they would demand that the President and all of Congress resign so they could install whatever. You can see how it was all over the news today. Um, well, maybe not. They ended up with about 300. Just 29,999,700 short! 

Here’s a video of their planning session:

Those who were there were as active as ever, with their “Impeach Obama” signs and others that just said “Benghazi” as if that explained everything.

They were predominately white and elderly (the Fox News demographic, where the average age of viewers is 68) who hate socialism and socialized medicine.  They were in good shape thanks to medicare and could afford to travel to Washington thanks to Social Security.

Of course, these people have the right to protest — but this particular protest was ridiculous. They demand that everyone in American government must resign so that new people will be appointed who will “obey the Constitution” — according to who?  Who gets to decide who gets appointed?  Who determines whether someone is obeying the Constitution?  (This is a common argument among those who really don’t think it through.)

These are people who lost the election and cannot accept that. They can’t see that other people might have different views (and, I might point out, the majority of Americans disagree with them on just about every single issue.) In their world view, everyone who has a different opinion is evil, wrong, and undermining the Constitution.

I will admit that they at least are not advocating the violent overthrow of the government. But the basics are the same. One of the main speakers there yesterday spoke in support of that Bundy rancher who does not accept the legitimacy of the US government.

And the crowd cheered.  Such patriots!

(That was sarcasm.)

Either way, Hillary is unfit (says Fox)

That Hillary — she really knows how to manipulate us!  (Well, according to Fox News).   clinton-glasses-2

For instance, when she fell and hurt her head, Fox was absolutely convinced that it was faked.  Obviously it didn’t really happen;  she just lied in order to get out of testifying about Benghazi (in one of the many hearings the Republicans have wasted our taxpayer money on).

Well, that narrative has come and gone, because now the question from Fox is, “Does this minor concussion from a year and a half ago prevent her from being President?”  Karl Rove even accused her of having “brain damage.”

I am not making this up.

Hey, remember when Fox admitted it was wrong about the fake injury?  Ha ha!  Just kidding!  Maybe in an alternate universe.

The Fox version is this:  either she faked it and thus is unfit or she didn’t fake it and thus is unfit.  There is no winning scenario for them.

“What we clearly need,” they will say next, “is for Hillary to release her Health Certificate.  The long form.”

(Remember:  you read it here first.)

 

Benghazi! It’s in Cuba, right?

A large percentage of Republicans, urged on by Fox News, are convinced that Benghazi is the worst example of corruption ever in American politics.  Worse than Watergate, worse than Iran/Contra, worse than the Teapot Dome Scandal.   Awful, terrible scandal.

They can’t quite explain what the scandal is, though.  The best I have ever been able to figure out is that bad decisions were made.  It’s not like there were accusations of bribes being taken or something.    130517-benghazi-busted2

“But the Obama administration is full of corruption!” they say, citing the fact that there have been exactly zero Obama administration officials charged with crimes (as opposed to Bush, or especially their hero Reagan, whose numbers dwarf even Nixon’s list).

These conspiracy lovers have convinced themselves that there is something there.  They’re convinced it exists, even though there’s no evidence for it.  Like Bigfoot.  (The fact that most of the same people have no idea where Benghazi even is tells you something.)

They tried to tie Obama to it — remember Romney accusing Obama of not calling it a terrorist action even though Obama is on record the day after the incident calling it just that?  Romney foolishly bought the conspiracy nut’s version of the story, which was clearly and blatantly not true.  And they haven’t stopped!  (You think it’s a coincidence that many of these people are the same ones convinced that Obama was born in Kenya?)  These people have been caught lying more than once about Benghazi, which is why the rational media has mostly been ignoring them.  (Fox, of course, left rationality long ago.)

Now they’re trying to tie Hillary to it, since she’s the latest threat.  So far, it hasn’t worked … the hardcore crazies are riled up, but those people were never going to vote Democratic anyway.  Polls show that the majority of Americans see this as the airless political stunt it is.

 

 

 

Ha ha! Starving is so funny!

From a recent Fox News show.

This is why we can’t have nice things. And why we can never find a common ground. You can’t negotiate with someone who really doesn’t care about anyone but themselves.

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Fox reacts to Putin’s invasion predictably

“Well, obviously it’s beyond our control. The Russians are advancing. There is nothing that will stop them. We are not going to go to war over it.” — Charles Krauthammer

“There’s really no danger the United States or Europe will get in involved in what is really a civil war.” — Jeff Birnbaum  FoxNews

“We simply don’t have the ground forces to do it.  And confronting the Russians in the air would lead to major hostilities that the USA cannot afford right now.” — Bill O’Reilly

Not one blamed the President for the invasion or implied that Putin did this because the President was “weak.”

Oh, wait!  My bad!  Sorry, these are quotes from Fox News after Putin invaded Georgia when George W. Bush was President.  You remember Bush, who said that he looked into Putin’s soul and saw a good man.

I don’t really have to post what these exact same people are saying about Obama now, do I?  I mean, it’s so predictable, you could write it yourself.

 

 

Fox anchor apologizes for insensitive remark

Damn, I wish I could type that headline more often.

But the fact remains that this is so rare that we should call attention to it.

Fox news host Clayton Morris had mocked Facebook’s new settings where people can choose options other than “male” or “female.”FoxNews

Now he says this:  “I made a pretty ignorant statement a few weeks ago, we were talking about the Facebook story where they added a bunch of different gender-identifying things. And I made sort of an offhanded comment and I regretted it later because now, ‘Wait a second. There are people who are actually dealing with this and I’m an idiot for saying something stupid like that.’ So before you open your mouth, just think about it a little bit.  There are millions of Americans and children who are born with the sexual organs who are not there or are not fully developed and therefore don’t define themselves by a particular gender.  It’s not as black and white as we would like to make it.”

That’s — that’s the right answer.  I’m stunned.  It’s so infrequent that a Fox commentator thinks to put him or herself into the shoes of the people they criticize.

So let’s encourage this.  Seriously.  Send him a thank you tweet or something.

Businesses must be free (except when they do things we disagree with)

“Yeah, gimme a pack of Marlboro Lights.”

“Sir, this is a Foot Locker.  We only sell shoes here.”

“What?  But that’s illegal!  You have to sell me cigarettes!”

So we find another gross injustice and example of discrimination in American society.

This has brought about some questioning from the media. “How can a business decide to not sell a legal product?” asks a reporter from Fox News. (Ha ha! I really didn’t need to add the “from Fox News” part, did I?)

Anyway, Miss America pageant contestant and Fox News “reporter” Gretchen Carlson was quite upset about CVS’s decision to no longer sell cigarettes.

cvs"Businesses need freedom!"  Fox News continually shouts. "A business owner shouldn't have to answer to anyone about their internal decision-making … Except when they decide things we here at Fox don't like.  That's different."

I think the real reason Fox is so upset is because President Obama applauded CVS for taking this position. And as we all know, if Obama is in favor of anything, Fox News is legally required to oppose it.

I anxiously await the day Obama proclaims that "breathing is good."