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224 dead in East Africa. America under attack. But never mind that, we have to play our partisan games. Just like now.
Remember back in 1998 when al Qaeda blew up the embassies in East Africa. That was the first time I and most people had ever heard of al Qaeda. How did the GOP respond? By pressing on with their stupid impeachment. The bombings happened on Aug. 7, Gingrich's boys released the Starr report on Sept 11. The GOP now is even worse. Their response is even more partisan. If America succeeds against ISIS, under Obama, that would be even more depressing for them than when America killed bin Laden, because it happened under Obama. Conservatives are literally praying for ISIS to succeed, because it would mean Obama failed.
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Arguing that his motto “Don’t do stupid stuff” is not a coherent foreign policy, critics of President Obama are pressuring him to do something stupid without further delay. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) led the attack on Thursday, blasting Obama for failing to craft a stupid response to crises in Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine. “Instead of reacting to these events with the haste and recklessness they deserve, the President has chosen to waste valuable time thinking,” McCain said. “This goes against the most fundamental principles of American foreign policy.” Graham also expressed frustration with the President, telling reporters, “The American people are waiting for President Obama to do something stupid, but their patience is wearing thin.” In his most withering criticism, McCain called Obama’s “stubborn refusal to do stupid stuff” a failure of leadership. “If I were President, you can bet your bottom dollar I would have done plenty of stupid stuff by now,” he said.
let's put Squeaky Fromme on the one-dollar bill
positiveness is like honesty, they're all well and good but they don't make for good radio. People want anger, and they want distortions. If they wanted calm and facts, they would listen to Amy Goodman. What I remember about his Robin Williams discussion was how sympathetic he was to him, and to the possible financial cause of his suicide. But when it comes to nameless people who commit suicide over financial matters he has no sympathy whatsoever. It's all rock solid moral judgement for those nobodies, and it's moral relativism for superstars.
Look through this thread, a number of people justify this irrational response by saying "we are at war!" That's the great thing about war, it justifies all kinds of stuff. A guy running a restaurant in a small Vermont town isn't just a guy making decisions about his business. His business is subordinate to the national interest. even his smallest decisions are subject to review by the National War Council, aka the readers of Breitbart.com. It reminds me of Prager's response to the moderate Republican president Barack Obama. A rational response would be to say "hey, for a Democrat he's taking a lof of our ideas so we should be happy." But no. So when Obama proposes Mitt Romney's health program, Prager organizes the "Prager Militia", because of course since we're at war we can't have rationality, we have to swallow all kinds of nonsense.
often, political correctness = trying to get along
there's a word for people like Mr. Dysinger: "normal". As opposed to the people that picking needless fights is a core American value.
I imagine it was something like that, who knows? The thing that struck me listening to Dennis talk about this on the radio last week, is that he had no awareness of how little he knew about what actually happened, and how little it mattered to him. What mattered was what happened in his imagination, and he had very strong feelings about that. And now even a week later there is no sign of any effort to learn more about what happened. He's still reacting to what he imagined happened when he first read the story.
To me, the real story is the reaction, which strikes me as extremely mindless. I've been looking for, and so far not finding, any sign of cooler heads, some conservative somewhere saying "wait a minute, this is out of control, leave that restaurant alone".
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