Ladies and Gentlemen, it has been almost two months since I posted anything of my own. Those who know me know I’m currently in a round of studies which are, quite literally, kicking my behind. I will be in these studies until the culmination–a major exam September 27, 2008.
That being said, I may have been sitting on the sidelines but I haven’t been ignoring what’s going on in the ring.
Frankly, I am appalled at the behavior of the general population. I’m even more appalled at the behavior of the media, in all its forms. For several reasons.
First, why have we come to expect such obnoxious behavior as that of Michael Moore and his ilk as common place? Why do we just roll our eyes and go on our way when we hear any of the drivel coming out of their mouths? When did it become acceptable to let their filth stand unchallenged–and unprosecuted? Who says we have to listen to the filth spewing forth and why aren’t people like him being run out of towns on a rail?
Why? Because the fringe groups have tapped into all that guilt about not allowing people their First Amendment rights. Well, guess what. Those rights go both ways. Sure they are entitled to show themselves to be the idiots they are. We are entitled to not have to listen to them if we do not wish to.
Michael Moore thought it would be funny to make a comment regarding Hurricane Gustav–and project how God must be on the DNC’s side because the expected landfall date was the start of the RNC Convention. Never mind people’s lives were in danger. Never mind Michael Moore doesn’t believe in God. Never mind the absolute offensiveness of these words coming from the mouth of a man who never said no to anything remotely edible (and probably quite a bit not considered edible). He thought Gustav was a wonderful joke.
And apparently former DNC Chair Dan Fowler thought the same. Actually laughing about a disaster set to hit an area still recovering from Katrina and Rita. Isn’t that a lovely joke? Of course, when caught by some astute person on the plane he was traveling on, he immediately backpedaled, blaming the VRWC for his actions. And his apology?
“If this offended anybody, I personally apologize,” Fowler told ABC News. “It was a mistake, and it was a satirical statement made in jest. And one that I clearly don’t believe.”
Fowler was secretly recorded by the person sitting behind him while flying from Denver, Colo., to Charlotte, N.C., following the Democratic National Convention. His conversation with Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., was anonymously posted to YouTube and highlighted by RedState.com, a conservative blog.
“One doesn’t anticipate that one’s private conversation will be surreptitiously taped by some right-wing nutcase,” said Fowler. “But that’s the nature of what we’re dealing with.”
Followed by this:
“I believe in a benevolent God,” said Fowler. “I’m a religious person. It was a facetious statement, some might even say satirical, play off of what Falwell said.”
“If it offended anybody. I’m sorry for that,” said Fowler. “I don’t think anybody in America wishes for something bad to happen to New Orleans. I certainly don’t.”
That’s an apology? I don’t think so. It’s the ramblings of a sick, twisted individual who, as an embodiment of what the DNC has become, can’t take responsibility for his own words or actions.
Michael Moore has yet to apologize for his nonsense; in fact he’s expanded on it.
Here is his original comment:
I was just thinking that, uh, this Gustav is proof that there is a God in Heaven — that it would actually be on its way to New Orleans on Day One of the Republican Convention in the Twin Cities at the top of the Mississippi River.
Followed by this from his website [An Open Letter to God]:
Sunday, August 31st, 2008
An Open Letter to God, from Michael Moore
The other night, James Dobson’s organization asked all believers to pray for a storm on Thursday night so that the Obama acceptance speech outdoors in Denver would have to be canceled.
I see that You have answered Dr. Dobson’s prayers — except the storm You have sent to earth is not over Denver, but on its way to New Orleans! In fact, You have scheduled it to hit Louisiana at exactly the moment that George W. Bush is to deliver his speech at the Republican National Convention.
Now, heavenly Father, we all know You have a great sense of humor and impeccable timing. To send a hurricane on the third anniversary of the Katrina disaster AND right at the beginning of the Republican Convention was, at first blush, a stroke of divine irony. I don’t blame You, I know You’re angry that the Republicans tried to blame YOU for Katrina by calling it an “Act of God” — when the truth was that the hurricane itself caused few casualties in New Orleans. Over a thousand people died because of the mistakes and neglect caused by humans, not You.
Some of us tried to help after Katrina hit, while Bush ate cake with McCain and twiddled his thumbs. I closed my office in New York and sent my entire staff down to New Orleans to help. I asked people on my website to contribute to the relief effort I organized — and I ended up sending over two million dollars in donations, food, water, and supplies (collected from thousands of fans) to New Orleans while Bush’s FEMA ice trucks were still driving around Maine three weeks later.
But this past Thursday night, the Washington Post reported that the Republicans had begun making plans to possibly postpone the convention. The AP had reported that there were no shelters set up in New Orleans for this storm, and that the levee repairs have not been adequate. In other words, as the great Ronald Reagan would say, “There you go again!”
So the last thing John McCain and the Republicans needed was to have a split-screen on TVs across America: one side with Bush and McCain partying in St. Paul, and on the other side of the screen, live footage of their Republican administration screwing up once again while New Orleans drowns.
So, yes, You have scared the Jesus, Mary and Joseph out of them, and more than a few million of your followers tip their hats to You.
But now it appears that You haven’t been having just a little fun with Bush & Co. It appears that Hurricane Gustav is truly heading to New Orleans and the Gulf coast. We hear You, O Lord, loud and clear, just as we did when Rev. Falwell said You made 9/11 happen because of all those gays and abortions. We beseech You, O Merciful One, not to punish us again as Pat Robertson said You did by giving us Katrina because of America’s “wholesale slaughter of unborn children.” His sentiments were echoed by other Republicans in 2005.
So this is my plea to you: Don’t do this to Louisiana again. The Republicans got your message. They are scrambling and doing the best they can to get planes, trains and buses to New Orleans so that everyone can get out. They haven’t sent the entire Louisiana National Guard to Iraq this time — they are already patrolling the city streets. And, in a nod to I don’t know what, Bush’s head of FEMA has named a man to help manage the federal government’s response. His name is W. Michael Moore. I kid you not, heavenly Father. They have sent a man with both my name AND W’s to help save the Gulf Coast.
So please God, let the storm die out at sea. It’s done enough damage already. If you do this one favor for me, I promise not to invoke your name again. I’ll leave that to the followers of Dr. Dobson and to those gathering this week in St. Paul.
Your faithful servant and former seminarian,
P.S. To all of God’s fellow children who are reading this, the city of New Orleans has not yet recovered from Katrina. Please click here for a list of things you can do to help our brothers and sisters on the Gulf Coast. And, if you do live along the Gulf Coast, please take all necessary safety precautions immediately.
These are sick people folks. But it gets better
Since the announcement of Governor Sarah Palin as the VP running mate with John McCain, the press, and indeed the entire country, has decided it’s open season on her family, particularly her children.
It’s been tradition children are untouched during campaigns. Apparently not if they are the children of the first female GOP VP pick. Then it’s open season.
First, KOS started things off saying the Palins’ youngest child was actually their grandchild. They had no proof of this, just seemed like something to say. The Palins shot back by exposing their oldest daughter Bristol is indeed 5 months pregnant and she and her boyfriend plan to 1) keep the child and 2) marry.
Let the howling begin.
Gov. Palin did the unthinkable and *GASP* allowed her baby to live, fully knowing he would be a Down’s Syndrome child. This was her first mistake, according to the insane asylum refugees. She should have killed him in accordance with their views. To allow him to live is just wrong in their eyes. And oh, yeah–Trig had to be her daughter’s child because Sarah never really “looked” that pregnant and didn’t make all kinds of announcements. She actually did something most politicos find foreign–she did her job.
Then, horrors, it’s come out she flew to Dallas, made a speech and flew back to Alaska one month prior to her due date. She developed an amniotic leak and by all accounts was in constant contact with her doctor. Her doctor–who was well apprised of the situation and more than likely had properly prepared delivery facilities to meet both Sarah’s and her child’s needs–before, during and after delivery. Sarah was not in labor. She was, understandably, in a hurry to get back to Alaska, and the doctors who were familiar with her case. BTW, Down’s Syndrome occurs at conception–there is nothing after conception which “causes” Down’s Syndrome. And, it occurs in older women ALMOST exclusively due to the age of the ova.
Alan Colmes of Hannity and Colmes fame decided he was going to take his shot and accused Sarah of causing Trig’s Down Syndrome by her irresponsible plane trip after her “water broke” and “she went into labor” rather than staying in the hospital in Texas. Never mind she wasn’t in labor, she was in constant contact with her personal physician and her water didn’t BREAK, it was a leak.
THEN Sarah commits the horrible crime of returning to work 3 days after she gave birth. That’s just the ultimate crime. Never mind this woman is responsible for running a state government. Never mind she is probably in better physical shape than about 90% of the general population. Never mind each individual woman is different in their recovery time. Never mind all that, she’s committed the unpardonable sin of returning to work after 3 days. From all accounts, Trig goes with her to work. She doesn’t rely on nannies to take care of her child.
Let’s twist this a little more–some are even obliquely accusing Mr. Palin of being the father of Trig–with his daughter Bristol. Oh yeah, they went there.
The filth coming out today, greeting the news from the Palins that Bristol was indeed pregnant was absolutely unconscionable. Here are a few quotes from comment threads I’ve been helping monitor:
I think I will let the Christian Bible say it best:
1 Timothy, Chapter 2
I desire, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument; also that the women should dress themselves modestly and decently in suitable clothing, not with their hair braided, or with gold, pearls, or expensive clothes, but with good works, as is proper for women who profess reverence for God. Let a woman learn in silence with full submission. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing, provided they continue in faith and love and holiness, with modesty.
If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the girl’s virginity can be found, 21 she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done a disgraceful thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.
Then there was this one:
BettyBowers4Prez on September 1st, 2008 6:50 pm
Then there was this gem:
Jesse on September 1st, 2008 6:10 pm
Here is my problem with this… I don’t think it is refreshing that Sarah is dealing with a problem faced by other families. Her outspoken moral values should be reflected in her own family. Lead by example… don’t just talk the talk.
As a conservative, I want someone who actually practices what they preach, and whose message is truly effective, and since it was not effective in even her own family, I cannot say she is walking the walk.
My problem is we were all in agreement when Jamie Spears was found to be pregnant, out of wedlock, at 16 (Bristol was 16 I believe then during conception), that this was likely a result of not enough true guidance and parental involvement, along with instilling the proper values which led to her irresponsibility.
Now, because Sarah claims to be a conservative, it is OK and she should be applauded? I just don’t get it my fellow conservatives, this is not examples we want set for our country or children. The example she is teaching and you are all reinforcing is it OK to have sex before marriage and as a young teenager, because “these things happen”.
Wrong… when you follow a moral code and pass those down properly, and stay involved it doesn’t happen. Even liberals in my community, they don’t have the same moral compass as me, but they do know how to set example and keep their kids from making the kind of irresponsible choices like this.
I hold her higher because she claims to be conservative, but the fact she can’t keep her own kitchen clean so to speak tells me she has no authority to lead the rest of us on this issue.
McCain made a terrible mistake, and unfortunately this issue and a couple others are making it very hard to vote for him.
We need leaders who lead by example, not by telling us what we want to hear.
What I don’t understand is why did they send in the low level, of the Republican tier, to deal with this issue if the base is so excited?
Where are the big endorsements from prominent Republican members such as: Newt, Pat Buch, George Bush (41 especially, and, 43) Karl Rove, Rice, Cheney? And, the brigade of high ranking Republican military to solidify her “readiness”?
Just to name a few players.
What happened to Morning Joe Scarborough this morning promoting her?
Basically, the “buzz” is the Republican Party has realized McCain blew it with this choice. Nobody, is buying this hard sell.
The internet is a-buzz because mainstream media is running scared of their bosses who want to keep the good spin going. There has been no oposing viewpoint on any media channel since the announcement. If we had been getting regular news and if Palin had been vetted properly, there would be no need for tens of thousands of people to be digging into her past, which, she put on the table when deciding to run for Vice President.
We Americans are loving this. It’s pure power, just like MSM. We can go from site to site linking stories, sourcing out our own material and sharing it with other voters in our social groups. With this being a holiday weekend, and because of what I described above, we can circulate our own media bias just as CNN, MSNBC, ABC, FOX NEWS, etc., whatever, that may be. That is the real problem. We did not wait for mainstream media to shape our thinking about the Palin issue.
In my fact finding research mostly Alaskian Newspapers (I was reading for an entire day, it was that extensive); as an Independent, voter with conservative viewpoints, I found out:
Palin has ethics and judgment problems – 1.) Questions about the baby, high risk pregnancy travel, her behavior when faced with going into labor while out of town, etc. 2.) Using a special needs baby, for campaigning, is extremely poor judgment even with some conservatives.
What does her husband do? Every report is–has worked for, or seasonal. What does that mean…sits home, lives off his wife, pumps out babies and watches his wife work herself to death? She’s either on her back or her feet working.
This picture sends the wrong message to our conservative sons and daughters. Maybe, you should give us clarity by doing a investigative story on him so voters can have all the facts.
NOW THE 17 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER IS PREGNANT AND IT MAY NOT BE THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR. PUSHING FOR A DNA to before I would vote for McCain, Palin. People this is an election.
Whatever method we use to intelligently pick our candidate is applicable. I went from blog to blog yesterday, some for the first time. I didn’t see any attacks. Define attacks. Questioning something is not attacking.
Guess you didn’t read above where it says no anonymous posts, did you? Your research, so called, is tabloid style and is in keeping with trash. What do you want a DNA test for? What’s this crap Bristol was pregnant before? Are you Palin’s doctor and qualified to comment on her medical care? Your comment is being allowed to stay for one reason–to show the idiocy you, and others like you, are stooping to in your fear of a strong women who connects with Americans. Next time, you’re gone.
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Where was Stinky? Oh–he was busy campaigning while the RNC was organizing relief efforts for Gustav–he couldn’t be bothered to help with any of that. Seems he felt his entourage is too big (what they couldn’t man a phone bank?). He also waited two days to say anything–guess he was waiting to see which way the wind blew before he jumped in.
Here’s the deal folks. The fringe is running terrified. What we have is an entirely capable woman tapped for the GOP VP. She lives her values. She is a refreshing repr
Only one person did that.
They condemn us for being rabidly religious and judgmental. Look at tho
McCain in his genius has given us a VP pick we can rally behind. Smart, attractive, principled, family oriented, child loving, capable. Pro-Life, Pro-Troop and oh yeah, her son will be deploying to Iraq this month. Business woman, family woman, coach, mom, NRA member, athlete, entrepreneur. Someone who has rallied the base and solidified it. The left has seen this “sure thing” go down the tubes in one stroke. They’re continued idiocy regarding attacking the Palins’ children has not split the base–but has rallied people to it. Sane people know you do not go after a candidates child. They have broken the cardinal rule. They say Sarah
They have hit a new low. I just wonder when they’ll hit bottom. What scares them the most is Sarah is QUITE capable of handling it and handing it back to them–in spades. No wonder they’re terrified.