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Quotes, Quips and Questions
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, July 15, 2006

Sorry about missing last Saturday but as regular readers know, I attended a military reunion which took me away from the old computer for a couple of days.

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While hanging out in Vail, CO, Bill Clinton had this to say about the war in Iraq:
“Once you break the eggs, you have the responsibility to make an omelet,” he said. “It’d be an error to say we’ll leave by X date.”
Whoa! Heresy. I wonder how that will play with the Kossaks? And Bill, with your heart you shouldn't even be talking about omelets.

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Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had a Dick Vermeil moment in testimony before a Congressional committee on immigration. While talking about his immigrant Italian father and his desire for a better life for his family, Pace became choked up and had to pause in his testimony. Said Pace:
"When you have Italian blood in you, sometimes it wells up and grabs your heart."
I think Pace has earned that. Said Lindsey Graham, "It takes a strong Marine to cry".

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has predictably called on American Muslims to petition their elected leaders to condemn Israel:
“Israel is killing civilians and inflicting massive humanitarian suffering on both the Palestinian and Lebanese populations in order to achieve a political goal, which clearly fits the definition of state terrorism,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
No word on what Mr. Awad thinks of the hundreds of rockets Hezbollah and Hamas fired into Israel to solicit that reaction by them.

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Meanwhile the Vatican is clueless:
"In particular, the Holy See deplores right now the attack on Lebanon, a free and sovereign nation, and assures its closeness to these people who already have suffered so much to defend their independence," he told Vatican Radio.
Sovereignty has responsibilities, Cardinal Sodano, and to this point, Lebanon hasn't lived up to theirs. Of course Sodano also said the Vatican condemned both "terroristic attacks" and military reprisals. But somehow Sodono missed the irony in his words about "people who already have suffered so much to defend their independence."

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The Senate voted 84-16 the other day to bar the confiscation of guns during an emergency. Naturally Ted Kennedy was sure this was all about the NRA:
Sen. Edward Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, called the amendment "pay-back time by the National Rifle Association," a powerful lobbying group that opposes gun controls.
While Dick Durbin had a different reason for opposing it:
Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, added, "You send the National Guardsmen in ... and then snipers start shooting at them and the police make it known this is going to be a gun-free zone. We don't want any National Guardsmen killed because of this national emergency, this disaster. Is that an unreasonable thing?"
No Sen. Durbin, that's not unreasonable. What is unreasonable is turning a right guaranteed by the Constitution into a privilege to be given and taken at your whim. And people wonder why folks like Durbin scare the living crap out of me.

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Gloria Steinem told radio executives the reason most women don't listen into talk radio has to do with conflict:
Today, talk radio is "less about community and more about conflict," the iconic feminist said during her keynote speech at the 31st annual Conclave, an educational conference for radio program directors. Women want "less heat and more light — more fairness," she added.
Yeah, that'll sell. Does anyone really think radio program directors are going to mess with a format that is doing as well as talk radio is today? Well, except perhaps, those with Air America. Steinem might want to give them a call. If she has money, I'm sure they have time.

Oh, and we'll see how well GreenStone Media goes. GreenStone is an FM talk network owned and controlled by women and aimed at the 'needs' Steinem has identified.
Women want a radio community that "treats everyone with respect" along with more humor and more stories about home, health, books, movies and "how women live in other countries."
Calling Oprah.

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In the "How Could You Be This Stupid" department, you can consider this to be the understatement of the year:
"This episode has had a very significant impact on his Air Force career," defense attorney Patrick Mulligan said.
The episode in question? Well it seems Airforce LTC Alexis Fecteau thought it was a good idea to go around blacking out pro-Bush bumper stickers and then spray-painting an expletive over them.

Yeah, with judgment like this I don't want him flying a multi-million dollar fighter jet or leading those who do either. Yeesh.

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Remember the apologists for the Taliban in Afghanistan who claimed they had cleaned up the drug trade during their reign of terror? Well not really. Canadian troops discovered proof of what they'd long suspected during a raid on a Taliban compound:
"It confirms what we knew but hadn't seen — Ethe physical evidence that there is a direct connection between Taliban activities and the drug trade here," said Lt.-Col. Ian Hope, commander of the Canadian battlegroup in southern Afghanistan.

"The Taliban is funded in large part by the opium trade."
Sigh. Another myth shattered forever.
 
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Women want a radio community that "treats everyone with respect" along with more humor and more stories about home, health, books, movies and "how women live in other countries
But only how they live in Anglo-friendly countries I’m sure. No disturbing stories about women being opperesed in hardline Islamic countries. That wouldn’t be about "fairness and light"

Sheesh
 
Written By: SHARK
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Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, added, "You send the National Guardsmen in ... and then snipers start shooting at them and the police make it known this is going to be a gun-free zone. We don’t want any National Guardsmen killed because of this national emergency, this disaster. Is that an unreasonable thing?"
McQ responds - No Sen. Durbin, that’s not unreasonable. What is unreasonable is turning a right guaranteed by the Constitution into a privilege to be given and taken at your whim. And people wonder why folks like Durbin scare the living crap out of me.

McQ is right about Durbin. This is a Quisling who obsesses about enemy rights - the poor Gitmo terrorists, the HORRORS of Abu Ghraib in numerous speeches without any real balance on the true atrocity-committers in Iraq. And who nearly broke down blubbering on the Senate Floor when talking about how the poor 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, was harshly questioned. Who infamously compared US forces and "WE" Americans as acting like Pol Pot, Hitler and Stalin.

What was going on in NOLA was two out of control idiots, Nagin and Supreme Cop Compass. Orders went out to enter law abiding resident’s homes and businesses at gunpoint under threat to shoot American citizens who resisted entry, without warrant, without any suspicion of criminal activity, to confiscate lawfully maintained firearms. And seize firearms at road checkpoints set up, despite residents complying with all firearms laws, including carry permits. Then deny that they were doing such confiscations other than "suspected criminals" after 1st stating "Only Police Now have the Right to Have Weapons".

It got worse. Willing thugs from BATFE and US Marshalls joined in the gun grabs. And Oh so curiously, while ordinary residents were being treated so, private security companies brought in to protect government property under contract, rescue workers inc. FEMA, and major corporations in the Central Business Area were allowed full rights to come into NOLA with whatever ordnance they cared to bring in on grounds "they too are professionals trained in deadly force."

The saving grace initially was Lieutenant Russell Honore saying his troops would have absolutely nothing to do with providing any support whatsoever for home invasions for purpose of firearms seizures. Then the Courts the NRA and others went to immediately slapped consent decrees up on the officials and ordered return of firearms. After 9 months of saying they had not seized firearms except in very rare cases, NOLA Cops finally admitted they had over a thousand grabbed guns in their possession, but had "lost" several hundred more...some of the nicer shotguns, hunting rifles...

It is especially ironic that the same coterie of liberal Democratic Senators from the Northeast, Illinois, and California are the main wailers at even the smallest claims that "emergency, war circumstances" justify even the slightest infringements on "privacy" of possible terrorists or suspicious Muslims here —-have absolutely no problem with a whole American city being told that "hero government worker safety" and "a declared emergency" gives them the right to completely disregard the Constitutional rights of law-abiding residents of a major US City. No right to block Stormtroopers seeking to enter your home or business without warrant despite you saying "no" and no suspicion of criminal activity, taking any guns you might have w/o warrant and refusing to give written reciept. Arresting any who resist too much. And joined with those colossal violations of 2nd, 4th, and 5th Amendment Rights - forced evacuations at gunpoint, where cops and Federal thugs went in with drawn guns , throwing citizens to the floor, threatening to blow their heads off, handcuffing them, searching belongings for weapons or controlled substances, telling them they were being removed from NOLA "for their own safety", leaving their pets behind to die.

To folks like Durbin, Boxer, Kennedy, Schumer, Dodd - Democrats rarely without a harsh word for "insulting or degrading treatment" enemy Islamofascists may have been subjected to, this was all perfectly OK to "protect the hero cops" - who they also refused to criticize for a total meltdown for the 1st week of Katrina, and desertion of almost half their members, likely on ground they were mostly black and loyal Democrat cops.

Another big reason why liberal Democrats can never be trusted in matters of Rights or National Security in an emergency.

And another Big Cheer for Russell Honore, the Guard, the CoastGuard, and all other people that played a positive role (and that certainly does not include the Thugs of the BATFE and Federal Marshalls who eagerly helped the remaining NOLA cops do their gun grabs and forced evictions).
 
Written By: C. Ford
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Yeah, that’ll sell. Does anyone really think radio program directors are going to mess with a format that is doing as well as talk radio is today? Well, except perhaps, those with Air America.

Right. I’ve been hearing about the demise of Air America for well over two years now. Yet not only are they still on the air, they’re adding new markets all of the time. They do extremely well in Seattle and Portland.

But don’t let that stop your cheap shots.
 
Written By: Manny Piltdown
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I’ve been hearing about the demise of Air America for well over two years now.
Who said anything about its demise?

I simply pointed out that they may be open to an idea that works better than the one they’re presently operating under. I mean those 5,000 watt blowtorches that fade away into static at night (which remind me of many of their hosts) just doesn’t seem to be filling the bill, does it Manny?
 
Written By: McQ
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" Women want a radio community that "treats everyone with respect""

So all those female-looking members of the Jerry Springer audience are transvestites?

"Yeah, with judgment like this I don’t want him flying a multi-million dollar fighter jet or leading those who do either. Yeesh."

Several years ago there was an AF colonel who crashed a B-52 (crew included)while attempting low-level aerobatic maneouvers. It amuses me to keep these incidents in mind while listening to generals pontificating on tv or at congressional hearings. Color me cynical. Speaking of cynical, does gen. Pace weep every time he thinks of his father, or just at congressional hearings? If it takes a strong marine to cry, does this mean he is the only strong marine? It makes me wonder how he can cope with the more unpleasant aspects and memories of his chosen career.
 
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McQ, good point about former President Clinton. We’ll have to see how it plays on DU and Kos. I suspect that they will conveniently forget to mention it. Or maybe they’ll give him another Amy Goodman treatment. Who knows?

As for CAIR, heh. Much like the Muslim Student Association, just about everyone in the know realizes that they are a front for radical Salafism. If we could ever trace the source of their funding, my bet is it would be a straight line right back to Saudi Arabia. Take everything these guys say with a grain of salt.

The Vatican’s statement is more disturbing, but, at least to me, unsurprising. Throughout its recent history, the Vatican has had a very split personality in its dealings with Israel. Although they have been taking a stronger and stronger stance against anti-zionism, in fact stating what pro-Israel supporters have known for years, that anti-zionism is anti-semitism, every now and then they turn around and make statements like the one you quoted today. My theory is that there are two (or possibly more) power groups within the rather byzatine Vatican structure. One (including I think Pope John Paul II) is quite pro-Israel. They have been behind the reaching out to Israel and the Jewish people and are behind the fairly recent statements condemning anti-zionism. The other is the old guard, Jew haters, who oppose Israel and the Diaspora for no other reason than that they are Jews. This is the group behind messages of support for the Palestinians, condemnation of Israel, etc. We have yet to see enough evidence to determine which group our current Pope belongs to, but I suspect that he is a member of the pro-Israel group, especially given the things that he had to have witnessed as a young man. We can only pray that he is wise enough not to be lured into the anti-Israel faction.

 
Written By: The Poet Omar
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Right. I’ve been hearing about the demise of Air America for well over two years now. Yet not only are they still on the air, they’re adding new markets all of the time. They do extremely well in Seattle and Portland.
They’re losing new markets all the time, too. They just lost Phoenix and Atlanta, and they’re about to lose their NYC station and their ratings are so low as to be unmeasurable in Washington DC. The only reason the station is still around is because sugar-daddy Soros is bankrolling them. I don’t believe they’ve ever had a positive cash flow.

Their ratings are in the bottom of the barrel in almost every major market in the country. They’re even losing to conservative talk radio in San Francisco.
 
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