Monday, July 16, 2007

News bytes

I'm swamped today, so here are a few reading assignments for your discussing pleasures (not "disgusting pleasures"...who do you think comments here, Barney Frank? LOL!):

  • Senators Lindsey Grahamnesty and Jim "Cambodian boy fellated" Webb dueled it out on "Meet the Press" regarding Iraq. Webb's hypocrisy went unnoticed and unchallenged when he said the following to Graham: "This is one thing I really take objection to—may I speak?—is politicians who try to put their political views into the mouths of soldiers." (1) Right, because you've never done that before, right, Webb? (2) At least Webb was talking about putting words in mouths instead of something else, right?

  • Headline: "State Department tells American citizens told to leave Gaza, West Bank, exercise caution". Well heck, there goes that tropical retreat sabbatical I was planning for me and the rugrats to the balmy beaches of the West Bank! I guess Bermuda will have to do.

  • Awesome satire from the Onion, called "John Edwards Vows To End All Bad Things By 2011". Excerpt: "In an effort to jump-start a presidential campaign that still has not broken into the top Democratic tier, former Sen. John Edwards made his most ambitious policy announcement yet at a campaign event in Iowa Monday: a promise to eliminate all unpleasant, disagreeable, or otherwise bad things from all aspects of American life by the end of his second year in office."

  • Another liberal fishwrap contributor's condescending view of the military: "Some have argued that without a draft, enlisting in this war is a matter of choice, so what happens, happens. But that's not necessarily true in the case of National Guard troops who have been called up. And as for soldiers as young as my nephew, I don't see enlistment as a well-informed choice but as a product of manipulation." In other words, his nephew is an idiot? Thanks, Uncle Steve.

  • Rasmussen shows that Americans see liberal bias on TV news. You don't say!