Sunday, 13 July 2008

TONY SNOWJOB

Ken Berwitz

Just a quick note to mention that I still haven't seen a bad word about Tony Snow from the commenters at either crooksandliars.com or dailykos.com - the two places where they would most likely be.

But the reason is not any good will, restraint or tact on the part of people who comment there.  The reason is that neither site bothered to mention that Mr. Snow died.  

A major columnist, highly rated political show host and presiidential secretary dies...and they don't so much as put his name up.

The one and only reason I can think of for this is that they didn't want to deal with the haters who regularly comment on these sites.  We've seen  their "style" in the past.  Even these usually-hate filled sites are too embarrassed at what they would say about Mr. Snow.


DEMOCRATS AND RESPECT FOR MILITARY SERVICE

Ken Berwitz

Does the Democratic leadership respect military service? 

Here is your answer, courtesy of the Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby.

 

JEFF JACOBY

Democrats, the military, and McCain

FOUR YEARS ago, Democrats couldn't laud military service - especially that of their presidential standard-bearer - highly enough.

John Kerry's short stint in Vietnam was repeatedly invoked as evidence of his character and fitness for leadership. "If you have any question about what John Kerry's made of," his running mate John Edwards would say, "just spend three minutes with the men who served with him 30 years ago."

At the Democratic National Convention in Boston, photographs of Kerry's Navy days abounded - Kerry posing with his officer class, Kerry on the Mekong Delta, Kerry receiving a medal. One of the convention's speakers was a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who praised Kerry's "bravery and great distinction" as a naval officer, describing him as someone who "knows from experience a commander's responsibility to his troops."

Another speaker, former senator Max Cleland, a disabled Vietnam veteran, reminded the delegates that Kerry had volunteered for combat duty. "There were a lot of other things he could have done with his life," Cleland said. But "he had been raised to believe that service to one's country is honorable, noble, and good."

Former president Bill Clinton likewise noted that Kerry "could have avoided going . . . but instead he said: 'Send me.' "

And who can forget Kerry himself, saluting and "reporting for duty" on the night he accepted his party's nomination?

Given that effusive show of respect for military experience in 2004, you would think no Democrat this year could even contemplate disparaging John McCain's far more extensive military career. The presumptive Republican nominee, after all, spent 22 years as a naval aviator; flew 23 combat missions over North Vietnam; earned numerous combat decorations, including the Silver Star and Legion of Merit; and demonstrated courage and self-sacrifice during five years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi.

Yet in recent months, one Democrat after another has gone out of his way to diminish or criticize McCain's war record. A partial list:

In April, Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia denounced McCain as insensitive - pointing, as evidence, to his military service. "McCain was a fighter pilot who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet," Rockefeller told the Charleston Gazette. "He was long gone when they hit. What happened when they get to the ground? He doesn't know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues."

Rockefeller later apologized, but a few days later, it was George McGovern's turn. The former Democratic presidential nominee told an audience that he would like to say to McCain: "Neither of us is an expert on national defense. It's true that you went to one of the service academies, but you were in the bottom of the class." He added, tauntingly: "You were shot down early in the war and spent most of the time in prison. I flew 35 combat missions with a 10-man crew and brought them home safely every time."

Next came Barack Obama supporter Bill Gillespie, an Army veteran and Georgia congressional candidate who scorned McCain as a product of "Navy royalty," who was "given a silver spoon" but "needed to draw attention" to himself. Having been a POW made McCain "somewhat of a celebrity and it went to his head," Gillespie sniped. "I think he was a self-promoter."

Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa told reporters that growing up in a family with a history of Navy service made McCain too military-oriented, "and he has a hard time thinking beyond that." He looks at everything "from his life experiences," Harkin complained. "I think that can be pretty dangerous."

Much attention was focused on General Wesley Clark's comments that McCain "hasn't held executive responsibility" and that "riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down" is no qualification for the Oval Office. Far more obnoxious was the claim by an informal Obama adviser, Rand Beers, that McCain's national security experience is "sadly limited" because he was a POW and thus "did not experience the turmoil" of the antiwar movement "or the challenges" faced by those who went ashore in Vietnam.

Do Democrats only honor a military record when their nominee happens to be a veteran? In a recent speech, Obama mentioned McCain's wartime service, pointedly adding that "no one should ever devalue that service, especially for the sake of a political campaign." Now if only the rest of his party would listen.


AN OUTLET FOR THE HARD LEFT'S HATRED

Ken Berwitz

I have mentioned that (as of this morning) neither crooksandliars.com nor dailykos.com posted the fact that Tony Snow had died.  I speculated that this incredible oversight was intentional - because they were afraid of what their hate-filled lunatic regulars would say about him.

Well, CNN did report that Tony Snow died.  Here is a sampling for you:

WAKE UP PEOPLE.

HE PROPOGANDIZED FOR TERRORIST BUSCHE.

RESPECT THE DEAD WHO LIVE DECENT LIVES.

DETEST THE DEAD WHO ROMOTE DEATH.

AS A FAMILY MEMBER HAVE THE GUTS TO DISOWN SOMEONE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE MASS MURDER IN WAR.
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IT'S A GREAT DAY WHEN THE WAR CRIMINAL TONY SHOW DIED.

IT WAS GOOD WHEN OTHERS WHO ASSISTED IN MASS MURDER DIED AS WELL.

TONY SNOW LIED TO FACILITATE THE WORST REGIME IN US HISTORY. HE IS COMPLICIT, GUILTY, AND SHOULD'VE BE SET UP IN FRONT OF THE FIRING SQUAD OR GALLOWS.

HE HELPED BUSH DISMANTLE THE USA. WE ARE NOW NEARLY A FASCIST STATE DUE TO TONY SNOW'S HELP AND LIES.
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if he worked for bush then hes probably the same sort of guy.........mental, warmongering, senile, and just a danger to the whole world.......
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he was a Busch lover . i dont miss him at all ,maybe Busch will join him soon ,
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Tony Snow: 'The Head (or more accurately the mouth) of the Snake' is silenced... there must be a god in heaven after all... though, he (she) took his sweet time.

If ever there was 'EVIL' (to use 'the phrasing' of our ever so elegant and cleaver, commander and chief 'W') ... it was Tony Snow.
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Gee, when I met with Hitler, he was nice, too. He smiled at me and I vapidly took a picture with HIM, too! Gee, what nice guys Hitler and Tony Snow are.

I sure hope they enjoy the warm weather they're having in Hell right now, they both deserve it!
 
And plenty more.

Remember, folks, these comments are from CNN's web site, which is dramatically less nasty than crooksandliars or dailykos.

Who do you figure they're rooting for in this election?  McCain or Obama?  And who do you figure they think owes them something if he wins?


OBAMA'S NOMINATION: DISSENT IN THE RANKLED?

Ken Berwitz

Barack Obama has fought a hard battle against Hillary Clinton and is now the presumptive Democratic candidate for President.  That ends the issue, right?

Well, maybe not exactly.

Here are excerpts from an article in www.worldnetdaily.com, a conservative web site.  See what you make of  them:

ELECTION 2008
Backlash! 2 million angry Democrats reject Obama?
Raise $10 million for Clinton campaign debt, urge her return

Posted: July 12, 2008
12:30 am Eastern

By Andrea Shea King
 2008 WorldNetDaily

More than two million angry Democrats are rejecting Sen. Barack Obama as the likely Democratic nominee for the presidency this year, according to a new protest organization.

"I hate to use this word but it's fascist, and that's the approach they're taking to silence any Hillary Clinton supporters," Will Bower, co-founder of PUMA/Just Say No Deal, an exploding coalition of voters who say they have raised $10 million in just days to pay down Clinton's campaign debt.

"Barack Obama wants to give his acceptance speech in a stadium because he intends to minimize any pro-Hillary supporter dissent. It's not because he wants to include more people. He knows that if they pull any shenanigans at convention, the Hillary delegates will walk out, and they don't want that to be seen or heard. They're bringing as many Obama supporters as they can to fill that stadium. It's fascism," he said.

The voters who still are supporting Clinton are doing everything they can to make sure that doesn't happen, raising an estimated $10 million since Independence Day to retire her debt.

Nearly 18 million people voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 presidential primaries and many of them believe their candidate was cheated out of being the Democratic nominee for president.

Now more than two million, based on donation and other records, are determined to protest the nominating process and push for an open convention in Denver this August.

Bower said Hillary supporters were so incensed with the DNC's action they wrote about it at their blogsites. The issue went viral, spreading rapidly across the Internet. One irate blogger came up with the acronym PUMA after blogging "Party Unity, My A**." The abbreviation eventually evolved into the puma cat logo used at multiple sites.

It took only days for PUMA and dozens of other grassroots organizations and political activists to discover one another and convene a conference call. They agreed to band together and call the movement Just Say No Deal.

PUMA/Just Say No Deal now represents and gives voice to more than 230 grassroots organizations, blogs and millions of self- professed PUMAs intent on one mission: NOBAMA!

The coalition believes the Democrat leadership in Congress is supporting Obama because they want a weakened executive branch and Obama is an inexperienced, manufactured candidate who'll have to rely on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"Hillary won't do that," Bower assured.

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I have no idea how important Will Bower is (internet people can be pretty influential even if you've never heard of them before).  But if he is for real, Obama is going to be pulled even harder in two diametrically different ways -- toward and away from the center.

It's not an easy situation.  And Mr. Obama has never experienced it before or anything close (come to think of it, what HAS he experienced politically or strategically?).

This is one I'll keep an eye out for.


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