Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hannity Gets Slaughtered by...Jesse Ventura

Jesse: Why Not Waterboard Sean?

Hannity: "I don't know why I like you, but I do."

Maybe Sean Hannity has been looking at provocative old photos of Jesse "The Body" Ventura. The following clip shows how reasonable Ventura is and how Hannity almost seems to be living in a fantasy world.

Notice one important omission: the subject of waterboarding NEVER CAME UP. Was it because Hannity made a promise to be warterboarded, but hasn't found the courage to set a date and time.

BTW: have you ever noticed that whenever Fox commentators are cornered on their own question, they collapse like a house of cards? It's true that Ventura is not light and witty; he's more a prize fighter in the ring. But his attitude frustrates people like Hannity.

Do Fox commentators ever bother to watch their own shows and ANALYZE THEM? Do they adore themselves so much that they think their idiocies will be accepted offhand?

Just a thought.

Holy Waterboarding! God Approves Of Torture!

As well as any policy of Donald Rumsfeld.

From Sodahead:

Worldwide Intelligence update Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld used Biblical quotes and pictures to U.S. soldiers and former President Bush to justify was in Iraq. His administration peers are suddenly speaking out.?Seen on MSNBC Channel 46 live, Countdown With Keith Olberman May 18th, 2009. Quoted from document known as The Worldwide Intelligence Update, "On the morning of Thursday, April, 2003, Donald Rumsfeld's Pantagon prepared a top-secret briefing for George W. Bush. This document, known as the Worldwide Intelligence Update. If circulated, it was a daily digest of critical military intelligence so classified that it circulated among only a handful of Pentagon leaders and the President. Runsfeld himself often delivered it by hand, to the White House.

The briefing's cover sheet generally featured triumphant, Color images from the previous days' war efforts: on this particular morning, the picture was of the statue of Saddam Hussien being pulled down in Fridos Square, a grateful Iraqi child kissing an American soldier, and jubilant crowds thronging the streets of newly liberated Bagdad. And above these images, and just below the headline"Secretary of Defense" was a quote that may have some some eyebrows. It came from the Bible, from the Book of Psalms:

"Behold the eye of the Lord in on those who fear deliver their soul from death."
Oh, what a lovely tradition Mr. Rumsfeld had. Now just think of all the passages he could have inserted to suit his feelings at the time:

the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions' den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.
Titus 1:6-8 (in Context) Titus 1 (Whole Chapter)

Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.
Psalm 5:9-11 (in Context) Psalm 5 (Whole Chapter)

I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.
Exodus 23:21-23 (in Context) Exodus 23 (Whole Chapter)

for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.
Psalm 26:2-4 (in Context) Psalm 26 (Whole Chapter)

(Ooops! That last one was to be saved for the repeal of DADT!)

Seriously: WTF?!? Did Rumsfeld think that Bush needed encouragement to fight Iraq?

For Every Other Gay Marriage, There's Mastercard!

According to Michael Steele, gay marriage will be detrimental to small business owners (??).

While he wants everyone to know that the Republican Party is the New/Old party concnetrating on fiscal responsibility (read: cut government services), Steele forgets that owning an old, termite-infested, hurricane-battered house will cost dearly in repairs. For instance:

Cost of telling Republicans they have to retool their image to include everybody: $450,000 in speaking engagements.

Cost of flip-flopping from ambiguity about gay marriage ("not going to beat people upside the head about it") then objecting to additional spouses on health care rolls: 10 million votes of fiscally conservative, socially liberal youth because of confusion.

Cost of saying something that's silly: priceless - AND a "WTF" feature on Keith Olberman's "Countdown.

Watch it:

The Family That Tortures Together...

Dan Savage (Savage Love, and The Slog) pointed me to a very disturbing piece:
Mendoza had custody of the boy at the time, but the boy's mother was partially a witness to the incident. She said Friday that she was delivering pizza to the apartment when she heard her son screaming for help and decided to leave.

"My son was just crying, 'Mommy, mommy, I want to go with you. I'm scared,'" said the boy's mother, calling herself Desirae but not disclosing her last name. "(I'm) just like 'Should I take him or leave him?'" Desirae said she left, thinking the boy was safe with his father.

What was the father doing to the child at the time: PICKING OUT HIS EYES! WITH HIS TEETH! A neighbor called the police. The boy's one eye was never found. The other was damaged beyond saving. Both the parents had been known to take drugs: the mother had a warrant out for her arrest and Angelo Mendoza had had a criminal record involving child abuse.

Senator Dean Florenz:

This outrageous case of child abuse deserves a great deal of scrutiny, and given the seriousness of 4-year-old Angelo Mendoza’s injuries, I think it is fair to question whether child protective authorities let him down.
''A young child living with drugged-out parents deserves extra attention from child protective authorities and it is not clear whether Angelo received the necessary supervision that could have protected him."

But remember, Senator: According to Dr. James Dobson, every child deserves to have BOTH a mother and a father. Child Protective Services clearly wasn't doing their job since Angelo Mendoza had had a criminal record involving child abuse!

Now let's splay "suppose": suppose a male gay couple (with a domestic partnership certificate in place) fell in love with little Angelo, Jr. and wanted to adopt him. What would YOU say, Dr. Dobson? No need to answer, sir, because I think the whole country would know, seeing how you feel about homosexuality. The let's say a straight couple who wished to foster (with the intent to adopt) little Angelo. They seemed, for intents and purposes, a good, straightfoward and Christian family having raised several children of this own.

After receving Angelo, however, the demeanor of the foster parents changed: they were aggressive, rude and manipulative. Child Protective Services were called in and discovered to their horror that Angelo was battered beyond belief and lived in the cold basement! Read Dave Pelzer's gripping true-life story, "A Child Called It" and you will get the entire picture.