Whether you acknowledge it or not (something most adults do) George Bush is President of the United States, head of state, chief executive, and representative in the flesh of the American government.
Saying what Gore did on American soil would only make him look silly. Saying what he did in a foreign country is a slap in the face to the American government.
Why this fact fails to penetrate your anteater brain is a continuing source of puzzlement to me and most thinking people. To believe that there's no difference between what a former Vice President says here and abroad is ridiculous - and the Europeans know that. This is proven when Gore makes idiotic comments like this when on the stump in the US. How many European publications would have carried his remarks? Maybe the Guardian and that's about it.
Why not grow up a little and stop being so provincial in your outlook - you might learn something besides "Bush=Hitler."Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 31.05.2006 @ 11:41
"And polls show far greater numbers of Americans want investigations into Iraq, 9/11, and energy policy negotioations than ever cared about the topics of most of the Republican investigations."
Which polls are those? The ones at the Daily Kos website?
Energy policy investigations? ARE YOU SERIOUS? What poll shows that the public even knows about the Cheney meetings?
As far as Iraq, most people have decided that Bush lied to them - despite the mountain of evidence that dispels that notion. And as far as 9/11, people still want to investigate the Kennedy assassination, Roswell, Bigfoot, and the West Virginia Mothman.
Once we get those others out of the way, maybe we can turn our attention back to the demolition of the towers.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 31.05.2006 @ 16:49
More than the one "one gun" found at the scene was being fired at them.
The men in the taxi cabs had guns and opened fire on them.
Surprise! Some of the "eyewitnesses" are insurgent sympathizers.
A thousand other details that you have uncritically digested like a moron are incorrect, exaggerated, overblown, or are lies.
Funny how idiots like you, who don't believe the military when they talk about the good things happening in Iraq, all of a sudden become a true believer about the veracity of military spokespeople overnight.
Your conversion is welcome, albeit a little late.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 29.05.2006 @ 18:21
You are the most consistent generalizer and exaggerator who comments here. I cannot think of one time you have ever had a nuanced thought or been able to glean a different perspective that deviates from your own ridiculously shallow and stunted thinking.
You're pathetic.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 29.05.2006 @ 11:36
From ABC News:
The incident is still under investigation, but several senior military officials say at least seven Marines could face criminal charges.
Although the investigation is not complete, the Pentagon has already briefed key members of Congress on the details of the investigation. After a briefing on Thursday, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner told reporters, "There are established facts that incidents of a very serious nature did take place."
My understanding is that this is a preliminary investigation that won't be completed until the end of next month at which point a decision will be made to charge the Marines.
I guess they figured the story was going to come out anyway - best that it come from the military than WaPo.
Rick MoranComment Posted By Rick Moran On 28.05.2006 @ 12:26
What continues to amaze me is that people who don't believe anything anyone in government says about Iraq would take this report as gospel truth from the get go.
That's what's surprising - not the fact that media was reporting a kind of story for which they've been proved wrong in the past. And there were very few conservative bloggers who didn't qualify their criticism of Murtha - who after all leaked the information early in order to shamelessly gather headlines - with the caveat the if it was true, that the charges were very serious and the perpetrators needed to be punished.
But I guess that kind of nuance escapes the willfully self deluded.
And as for the Iranian badges story - the curious thing about it was that to this day, no one is exactly sure what the intent of the proposed law is. The proposal does in fact mention "islamic dress." Whether badges were in the mix is probably a misunderstanding but it is clear that the intent of the law was to distinguish Muslims from non-Muslims.
And yes, I read the story in the Jerusulem Post that tried to spin this as some kind of "domestic textile" proposal, which is laughable considering that the proposed law clearly spells out how Muslims should dress. What still is not clear is just what the heck the details of this proposal are because it has disappeared down a black hole -conveniently, no?Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 28.05.2006 @ 08:40
An "investigation" that is still ongoing and not due to be completed until the end of next month. And that's just the premlim - doesn't include any additonal investigations that would be undertaken if charges were preferred.
And already people are comparing this to My Lai? Methinks some are too eager to believe anything that trash's the military, the war effort, and by extension, the President rather than wait for the facts in this case to be revealed.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 27.05.2006 @ 13:17
Another great comment. I would add to your list of skeptical reading Professor Lindzen who has had a couple of pieces in TCS Daily - which is a great place for Kyoto deubunking, btw.
And your point about human adaptabilty is spot on. Reading climate alarmists when they write about coastal flooding, one would think that residents of Los Angeles are going to stand around and watch as the water laps at thier ankles and then slowly rises until they drown. Of course we have the example of Holland whose residents built the dyke system more than 800 years ago not to mention other, more salutory effects of a rise in temperature including an increase in the temperate zone that would increase crop production and yeilds.
Trying to get that information out in the present climate is impossible, however.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 27.05.2006 @ 10:09
An excellent, thought provoking comment. And you correctly take me to task for using the term "consensus" so cavalierly.
The problem with global warming is that it has jumped the bounds of pure science and largely resides in the political sphere, hence, the correct usage of "consensus." It would be more accurate to say that there is a substantial body of scientific opinion that global warming is a real threat to the continued existence of human civilization as we know it.
I would like to gently disagree with the notion that we can't do anything about it at this point. I do so for the same reason that I'm an agnostic on the entire issue; we just don't know enough to say one way or the other. Will reducing CO2 emissions help? No one knows - which makes the draconian measures proposed by the anti-capitalists even more insane.
My only hope is that the decibel level can somehow be lowered so that rational discussion can replace hyperbole and name calling.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 27.05.2006 @ 09:44
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Nina had a gun and besides, wasn't she shot by a CTU TAC team guy right before she pulled the trigger on Jack?
I might be remembering it all wrong.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 25.05.2006 @ 14:24
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