Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Thoughts to start the day:
My blog buddy Bonjo told me the following thought was deemed to racy for his blog. I usually try and keep mine at a PG rating (evidenced by my censoring Captain Aso’s quote a few days ago). Never the less, due to the hilarious nature of the comment, I will slouch ever so slightly to the PG-13 rating.
The media repeatedly shows a photo of a man, naked, handcuffed to a bed with women's underwear over his head as evidence of the so-called "abuse" inflicted on Iraqi prisoners by American troops. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I can think of a democratic former U.S. President that might have called that "a good day at the office."
Kinda gives the whole thing a better context now doesn’t it?
Lurch leaves the unemployed penniless!
That should be today’s headline, but you won’t see it anywhere. Yesterday, the Senate defeated a measure that would have extended unemployment benefits – again. This was the right thing to do. Some 1.1 million jobs have been created over the past six months or so. People need to stop collecting unemployment and go find jobs. Anyway, the measure was defeated by just one vote. Now, ask yourselves, where was Lurch? How did he vote on the measure? Well, my fellow taxpaying Americans, the truth is, Lurch didn’t vote. He was the only senator missing from the chamber yesterday afternoon. Where was he? In Kentucky – a republican stronghold – talking about jobs.
You know, you can’t make up stuff better than this.
One final comment on the Iraq abuse scandal:
Never make a phone call when you’re angry. If you do, don’t leave a message. This lesson would be well served on Representative Pete Stark (D-Ca). He received a fax from a constituent, Daniel Dow, criticizing him for voting against a House resolution condemning the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. Dow expected to get a form letter from Stark, but Stark called and left the following message on Dow’s answering machine:
"Dan, this is Congressman Pete Stark, and I just got your fax. And you don't know what you're talking about. So if you care about enlisted people, you wouldn't have voted for that thing either. But probably somebody put you up to this, and I'm not sure who it was, but I doubt if you could spell half the words in the letter, and somebody wrote it for you. So I don't pay much attention to it. But I'll call you back later and let you tell me more about why you think you're such a great goddamn hero and why you think that [these] generals and the Defense Department, who forced these poor enlisted guys to do what they did, shouldn't be held to account. That's the issue. So if you want to stick it to a bunch of enlisted guys, have it your way. But if you want to get to the bottom of people who forced this awful program in Iraq, then you should understand more about it than you obviously do. Thanks."
By the way, Dan Dow is a Staff Sergeant in the California National Guard.
I could get into Stark’s lunacy in insinuating the complicity of the DoD and flag officers in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. To do so would lend stature to his unsubstantiated claims.