Monday, June 27, 2005

Republican Rhetoric

So... not only did Rove not apologize, but every Republican that has spoken on this matter has basically endorsed the hateful comments by the Machiavellian dough-boy. See, that's how they play the game. It would be a great thing if Democrats (and anyone in the left of the political spectrum) learned that this is how these people play the game, and there's no reasoning valid. This is hateful rhetoric for the sake of it, thrown out there to hurt, to divide and, overall, to keep demonizing Democrats and Liberalism for every ill that plagues this society.

Given the climate of hate, scapegoating and viciousness that Republicans like Rove have created, maybe it is not surprising to see bumper stickers like this one:

Yes, that is a real bumper sticker, attached to someone's truck.

This photo comes from blogger Left in SF (via Orcinus), who saw it in cars over the weekend, taunting attendees of the SF Gay Pride parade.

It's Rove's America now, people. That bumper-sticker represents the words, stylings and rhetoric of fascism. Democrats need to learn to fight back the increasingly hateful talk of the right-wing... and follow the example of Dean, who knows how to play the game. And enough with the apologies! No Democrat should apologize ever again for anything! Not after this episode with Rove and the Republicans circling the wagons in his defense.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Karl Rove Should Apologize for his Remarks

During a recent conference in Manhattan, Karl Rove spouted the following:

Rove: Dems Didn't Get 9/11 Consequences


By: SAM DOLNICK (Wed, Jun/22/2005)

"Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers," Rove said. "Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war." (snip)

Rove said the Democratic Party made the mistake of calling for "moderation and restraint" after the terrorist attacks.

"Conservatives saw what happened to us on 9/11 and said we will defeat our enemies. Liberals saw what happened to us and said we must understand our enemies." (snip)

"No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals," Rove said.


Well, just in case Karl Rove wasn't aware, many Democrats were killed on 9/11. Many of those who lost relatives on 9/11 are Democrats. His remarks are hurtful, insensitive and divisive. He basically insinuated that HALF this nation are traitors and appeasers of terrorists. It takes a certain level of scumbaggery to come to Manhattan, site of the 9/11 attacks, to spout these hateful comments.



PS: I would also like to see Lieberman, Obama and Biden asking for Rove's apology, just like they asked for Dean and Durbin to apologize for their less offensive remarks. Of course, I'm sure they are too busy trashing his fellow Democrats to find time to do this.

PS2: I am sure this may be a desperate attempt from Rove to divert attention from the highly incriminating Downing Street Memo.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Botero Immortalizes the Legacy of the Bush Administration

No words necessary:


http://www.spiegel.de/ fotostreck...9MQ_3_3,00.html

Colombian painter Fernando Botero gestures front of his new paintings depicting the horrors of U.S. guards' abuse of captives at Iraq's Abu Graib prison.

His Master's Voice

For anyone that had any doubt of the SERVILE and OBEDIENT attitude of the media (and particularly ABC/Disney) to the wishes of the GOP:

ABC Bosses Tell ABC News Kill The Interviews With Robert Kennedy Jr.

ABC corporate executives at the network's highest levels ordered
three interviews with Robert Kennedy Jr. pulled from ABC News

The interviews all centered around Mr. Kennedy's investigation of
thimerosal, a mercury based preservative, used in vaccines given to
children and believed to be responsible for increasing cases of
neurological diseases including autism.

Mr. Kennedy's interviews were slated for prime shows ABC World News
Tonight, 20/20, and Good Morning America. Salon.com and Rolling Stone Magazine have exclusive rights to Mr. Kennedy’s article and they embargoed his story on other networks because of his arrangement with ABC.

Mr. Kennedy’s article was published today only in Rolling Stone and on Salon.com. The article links the CDC, FDA and Bill Frist to major drug companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Wyeth, and Aventis Pasteur that continued to include thimerosal in their vaccines despite studies showing the damage – and death – it caused in humans. In the 1990s the CDC and FDA recommended three additional children's vaccines laced with thimerosal, totaling twenty two federally recommended immunizations. (...)

Brought to you from the same corporation that tried to block "Fahrenheit 9-11" from American distribution.

Irony Impaired

Today, Bush criticized the Iranian electoral system. In his release, Bush spouted the following, referring to the system in Iran:

"Power is in the hands of an unelected few who have retained power through an electoral process that ignores the basic requirements of democracy,"

Indeed, George. Indeed.

Monday, June 13, 2005

The Downward Spiral

Only a few years back this would have been impossible in the American forum of public opinion. Today, it is the proposal of a religious leader:

Christian Coalition: Gays Should Wear Warning Labels

The leader of a conservative Christian lobby group says that gays should be required to wear warning labels.

"We put warning labels on cigarette packs because we know that smoking takes one to two years off the average life span, yet we 'celebrate' a lifestyle that we know spreads every kind of sexually transmitted disease and takes at least 20 years off the average life span according to the 2005 issue of the revered scientific journal Psychological Reports," said Rev. Bill Banuchi, executive director of the New York Christian Coalition.

The journal regularly publishes articles described by many mainstream psychologists as misleading and faulty. The homosexuality morbidity study was conducted by the conservative anti-gay Family Research Institute.

Some fellows in Germany had he same idea in the 1930s. They came up with these pink triangles for gays. They had different symbols for different minorities to wear. And they sure made them wear these pink triangles:

But of course, I'm sure calling Bill Banuchi and his coalition a bunch of FREAKIN' NAZIS would be in poor taste. Right, you can't say that these days.

The fact that leaders of religious organizations feel empowered enough in this political climate to openly say those things to the media should tell you a lot about the times we are living. What's more, it feeds my pessimistic view that things are quickly spiraling downward, out of control.

I hope I'm wrong.

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