Faux Republicans


04 Aug 2011 10:17 pm

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Historic Hospital Engulfed by Fire at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.
Fort Smith, Arkansas was once called “hell on the border.”

The historic city fit that description once again yesterday as the temperature hit 115 degrees, breaking all records for heat.

Fort Smith breaks all-time heat record, currently: 115 degrees. The hottest temperature since record keeping started in late 1800s.

Yes, we Hobbits, we tea drinkers, we American citizens, have been spending this summer trying to keep our homes and yards from catching on fire while we were calling our representatives and senators in D.C. pleading with them, reasoning with them, to restore fiscal sanity to our country.

While minding the stores, the homes and the schools, going to work day in and day out, Tea Partiers were still keeping a watch on the doings in D.C. and working the phones and the blogs, wiping the sweat from our brows as we watched the corrupt doings in Washington D.C. We saw the threats of default for what they were. As a result, we can recognize a Satan Sandwich when we see it.

We are not at all impressed with the results of the Debt-ceiling deal and the name calling in the aftermath of it is deplorable.

The bumbling, Joe Biden blamed the results of the deal on the tea party and called conservative tea party members terrorists; Maureen Dowd tripped all over herself calling us cannibals, vampires and zombies; Martin Bashir of MSNBC had on an addiction expert, Dr. Stanton Peele, who proceeded to analyze the tea party as delusional and prone to violence. Tea Partiers want “to end life as we know it on this planet,” screeched Nancy Pelosi, even before the debt ceiling fiasco deal was sealed.

Democrats, if they haven’t already, surely must have gone over the bend, or on a bender.

Sarah Palin, wise woman that she is, might have said this during the Battle of the Bulge, “They’ve got us surrounded again, the poor bastards,” which in reality is a quote of General Creighton Abrams Jr.

What Sarah said in response to Biden is just as rich: “”If we were really domestic terrorists, shoot, President Obama would be wanting to pal around with us, wouldn’t he?

Because we think spending is irresponsible and downright crazy we are called nuts!

Jonah Goldberg’s mild response to the calumnious remarks of the media liberals and democrats was most appropriate. It’s mild in comparison with their extreme remarks, that is. It also reminds me of World War ll, American Commander, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe who, when the Germans demanded that the Americans surrender Bastogne replied, “Nuts!” The Germans did not understand, so the Americans explained that “Nuts!” meant “go to Hell!” Jonah wrote, “Well, go to Hell. All of you.”

By the way, the Germans redoubled their efforts to destroy Bastogne and its “Besieged Bastards.” They did not succeed.

Hell on the Border in Arkansas is small change compared to the hellish deeds done by our so-called friends in Congress. Boehner and his fellow Republicans sat down with Reid, Pelosi, and Obama and signed a deal with them so our economy (supposedly) would not go into default. Obama won’t have to worry about paying the piper until after the 2012 election.

The economy is really on a roll now…..rolling right down to the bottom.

We will remember the hot summer of 2011 in November, 2012.

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Obama is done. The magic is gone. The words he utters these days are clumsy and lackluster, and he’s still blaming Bush.

“It’s been a long, tough year. But we have made some incredible strides together. Yes, we have. But the thing we all have to remember is, as much good as we’ve done, precisely because the challenges were so daunting, precisely because we were inheriting so many challenges, that we’re not even halfway there yet,” he said.

Boehner is diminished. He stuck his neck out a mile for nothing.

A summer of severe drought  and heat has kept shoppers home.The jobs situation is getting worse in Arkansas as it is in the rest of the country.

The long hot summer still has long to go. Hell has been on our nation’s southern border for quite some time. The White House and the Justice Department and the Operation Gunwalker scandal may be playing six degrees of Kevin Bacon.

05 Feb 2007 10:50 am

“This is one of them.”

Surprisingly, these words were uttered by Senate Minority Whip, Trent Lott.

Republican senators are loath to say that political calculations could weigh on their votes, but to GOP leaders battling to prevent their members from supporting the resolution against the troop buildup, politics present an unavoidable obstacle.

“I’m sure with some of them, that’s a factor,” said Minority Whip Trent Lott (Miss.). “But this is a very, very serious matter,” he pleaded. “There are some things more important than getting reelected. This is one of them.”

Trent Lott is like the canary in the coal mine. If he is still tweeting we may have a chance to defeat the resolution against the troops.

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Picture, if you can, a Republican senator actually running from the press.

When Sen. John E. Sununu (R-N.H.) saw reporters approaching him last week, he took off in a sprint, determined to say as little as possible about a nonbinding resolution opposing President Bush’s troop-escalation plan, which is expected to come before the Senate today.

“You know where I stand,” the senator, who is considered politically vulnerable back home, said repeatedly as he fled down stairways at the Capitol. “I’m still looking.”

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Good to know Sununu is still looking for a spine. I hope he finds one.

What a profile in courage is Republican Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon. Such an inspiration to the troops.

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It’s inevitable that people want to ascribe political motives to this, but I just hope a majority of Oregonians understand when it comes to issues of war and peace, there’s no issue of greater gravity on your heart and mind,” said Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), who must stand for reelection next year in a swing state.

“Oregonians are patriots and want to fight the war on terror, but they don’t like the way this war has mutated,” added Smith, once a war supporter but now an anguished foe.

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Yesterday on ABC’s “This Week”, John McCain seemed to be double dog daring the Democrats……..

I don’t think it’s appropriate to say that you disapprove of a mission and you don’t want to fund it and you don’t want it to go, but yet you don’t take the action necessary to prevent it,” McCain said on ABC’s “This Week.”

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Senator John Warner, who claims he sleeps well at night, in reality, must be having nightmares of Purple Rain in Virginia in the aftermath of an election which turned out Senator George Allen in favor of Jim Webb.

Supporters of the resolution include most Democrats and at least seven, and possibly as many as 11, Republicans, led by Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia, who assembled the compromise measure under consideration. The pro-resolution Republicans include five senators who will face voters in 2008: Warner, Smith, Susan Collins of Maine, Norm Coleman of Minnesota and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.

Hagel, who is considering running for president, initially supported a tougher resolution condemning Bush’s war policy. Sen. Sam Brownback (Kan.) is the one declared GOP presidential candidate supporting the Warner measure.

Both Hagel and Brownback have no chance of winning a primary for national dogcatcher in any state. (maybe the city of San Francisco) Most people respect leadership but these two senators have demonstrated little if any ability to boldly lead against conventional (but questionable) wisdom.

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The big unknown is what a handful of Republican fence-sitters such as Sununu will do. The GOP undecideds include Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) and Larry E. Craig (Idaho), who are also up for reelection in 2008, along with Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Arlen Specter (Pa.), who are not.

I will make the prediction that Scottish Highlander, Arlen Specter will go against the troops and the president as he seems to have acquired a new hobby of being against everything President Bush is doing to protect our country and national security.

But Lamar Alexander and Larry Craig? Lisa Murkowski seems to revel in her independent status so she is probably a goner.

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There is more but the gist of the article is that the Republicans are, as usual, not united and more worried about their political status than the war. I never thought I would ever see the compromising, Trent Lott stand out as a leader who understands the most important issue of our day which is winning the war but I am very happy to be surprised.

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Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid must not be sure the Democrats have the 60 votes they’ll need to break Republican obstruction and move to a final vote for the resolution because he’s considering bringing in ailing, Senator Tim Johnson to vote.

Confederate Yankee reports that the surge has begun.

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Flopping Aces links to an article by Col. Tom Snodgrass that should be sent to every round-heeled Republican.

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Michael Yon says Iraq is still winnable.

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Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette writes….

To add to the fun, all Republican Senators, including John Warner, have pledged to block the Warner Resolution. Credit them with a great degree of intelligence only if in doing so they at last publicly acknowledge the surge for what it is.

Whatever happens, it’s seems likely that news from Iraq will be prominent this week. Regardless of whether increased “security operations” in Baghdad begin or not, violent acts will occur. Twenty thousand additional troops are going in locked and loaded, and the enemy they’ll confront is well aware of the enormous propaganda value of any action they take this week. As you read these words, American soldiers are counting ammunition, suicide bombers are preparing farewell videos, reporters are outlining stories, and speechwriters are typing furiously away.

As six million people in Baghdad wait and pray.

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin

23 Aug 2006 12:28 pm

I’m sure my children grew up thinking that “jerk” meant the rude person who drove his car into my parking place……..

I have a new definition for jerk now: John McCain.

Also backstabber:

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Republican Sen. John McCain, a staunch defender of the Iraq war, on Tuesday faulted the Bush administration for misleading Americans into believing the conflict would be “some kind of day at the beach.”

The potential 2008 presidential candidate, who a day earlier had rejected calls for withdrawing U.S. forces, said the administration had failed to make clear the challenges facing the military.

“I think one of the biggest mistakes we made was underestimating the size of the task and the sacrifices that would be required,” McCain said. “Stuff happens, mission accomplished, last throes, a few dead-enders. I’m just more familiar with those statements than anyone else because it grieves me so much that we had not told the American people how tough and difficult this task would be.”

Those phrases are closely associated with top members of the Bush administration, including the president.

Bush stood below a banner proclaiming “Mission Accomplished” on May 1, 2003, after the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime. The war has continued since then, with the death of more than 2,600 members of the U.S. military. Vice President Dick Cheney said last year that the Iraqi insurgency was “in its final throes.”

McCain said that talk “has contributed enormously to the frustration that Americans feel today because they were led to believe this could be some kind of day at the beach, which many of us fully understood from the beginning would be a very, very difficult undertaking.”

McCain was campaigning for Republican Sen. Mike DeWine, who faces a tough fight in his re-election bid against Democratic challenger Rep. Sherrod Brown. Ohio was decisive in the 2004 presidential election, ensuring Bush’s win, and is certain to be critical in 2008.

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McCain got what he wanted by bashing Bush……The David Gregorys, Tim Russerts and Claire Shipmans in the media were absolutely giddy in their reporting.

I live far away from Washington D.C. and clearly recall hearing President Bush cautioning the American people in every major (and minor) speech that the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan would be long and hard. His June 1, 2002 speech at West Point clearly spelled out how long and hard our fight against Islamic terror would be…..

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This war will take many turns we cannot predict. Yet I am certain of this: Wherever we carry it, the American flag will stand not only for our power, but for freedom. (Applause.) Our nation’s cause has always been larger than our nation’s defense. We fight, as we always fight, for a just peace — a peace that favors human liberty. We will defend the peace against threats from terrorists and tyrants. We will preserve the peace by building good relations among the great powers. And we will extend the peace by encouraging free and open societies on every continent.

Building this just peace is America’s opportunity, and America’s duty. From this day forward, it is your challenge, as well, and we will meet this challenge together. (Applause.) You will wear the uniform of a great and unique country. America has no empire to extend or utopia to establish. We wish for others only what we wish for ourselves — safety from violence, the rewards of liberty, and the hope for a better life.

In defending the peace, we face a threat with no precedent. Enemies in the past needed great armies and great industrial capabilities to endanger the American people and our nation. The attacks of September the 11th required a few hundred thousand dollars in the hands of a few dozen evil and deluded men. All of the chaos and suffering they caused came at much less than the cost of a single tank. The dangers have not passed. This government and the American people are on watch, we are ready, because we know the terrorists have more money and more men and more plans.

The gravest danger to freedom lies at the perilous crossroads of radicalism and technology. When the spread of chemical and biological and nuclear weapons, along with ballistic missile technology — when that occurs, even weak states and small groups could attain a catastrophic power to strike great nations. Our enemies have declared this very intention, and have been caught seeking these terrible weapons. They want the capability to blackmail us, or to harm us, or to harm our friends — and we will oppose them with all our power. (Applause.)

For much of the last century, America’s defense relied on the Cold War doctrines of deterrence and containment. In some cases, those strategies still apply. But new threats also require new thinking. Deterrence — the promise of massive retaliation against nations — means nothing against shadowy terrorist networks with no nation or citizens to defend. Containment is not possible when unbalanced dictators with weapons of mass destruction can deliver those weapons on missiles or secretly provide them to terrorist allies.

We cannot defend America and our friends by hoping for the best. We cannot put our faith in the word of tyrants, who solemnly sign non-proliferation treaties, and then systemically break them. If we wait for threats to fully materialize, we will have waited too long. (Applause.)

Homeland defense and missile defense are part of stronger security, and they’re essential priorities for America. Yet the war on terror will not be won on the defensive. We must take the battle to the enemy, disrupt his plans, and confront the worst threats before they emerge. (Applause.) In the world we have entered, the only path to safety is the path of action. And this nation will act. (Applause.)

Our security will require the best intelligence, to reveal threats hidden in caves and growing in laboratories. Our security will require modernizing domestic agencies such as the FBI, so they’re prepared to act, and act quickly, against danger. Our security will require transforming the military you will lead — a military that must be ready to strike at a moment’s notice in any dark corner of the world. And our security will require all Americans to be forward-looking and resolute, to be ready for preemptive action when necessary to defend our liberty and to defend our lives. (Applause.)

The work ahead is difficult. The choices we will face are complex. We must uncover terror cells in 60 or more countries, using every tool of finance, intelligence and law enforcement. Along with our friends and allies, we must oppose proliferation and confront regimes that sponsor terror, as each case requires. Some nations need military training to fight terror, and we’ll provide it. Other nations oppose terror, but tolerate the hatred that leads to terror — and that must change. (Applause.) We will send diplomats where they are needed, and we will send you, our soldiers, where you’re needed. (Applause.)

All nations that decide for aggression and terror will pay a price. We will not leave the safety of America and the peace of the planet at the mercy of a few mad terrorists and tyrants. (Applause.) We will lift this dark threat from our country and from the world.

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McCain lives in D.C. Has he never attended any of President Bush’s major speeches or did he have chewing gum stuck in his ears?

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Here is part of President Bush’s National Security Strategy 2006……

Strengthen Alliances to Defeat Global Terrorism and Work to Prevent Attacks Against Us and Our Friends

We are a nation at war. We have made progress in the war against terror, but we are in a long struggle. America is safer, but not yet safe.

In the short run, the fight involves using military force and other instruments of national power to kill or capture the terrorists, deny them safe haven or control of any nation, prevent them from gaining access to weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and cut off their sources of support.

In the long run, winning the war on terror means winning the battle of ideas, for it is ideas that can turn the disenchanted into murderers willing to kill innocent victims.

Terrorists exploit political alienation. Democracy gives people an ownership stake in society.

Terrorists exploit grievances that can be blamed on others. Democracy offers the rule of law, the peaceful resolution of disputes, and the habits of advancing interests through compromise.

Terrorists exploit sub-cultures of conspiracy and misinformation. Democracy offers freedom of speech, independent media, and the marketplace of ideas.

Terrorists exploit an ideology that justifies murder. Democracy offers respect for human dignity.

The advance of freedom and human dignity through democracy is the long-term solution to the transnational terrorism of today. To create the space and time for that long-term solution to take root, there are four steps we will take in the short term: We will 1) prevent attacks by terrorist networks before they occur; 2) deny WMD to rogue states and to terrorist allies who would use them without hesitation; 3) deny terrorist groups the support and sanctuary of rogue states; and 4) deny the terrorists control of any nation that they would use as a base and launching pad for terror.

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I didn’t notice any blithe day at the beach wording in the above national security focus.

McCain has a military background so one would expect that he would understand that while we are at war in many ways the role of Commander in Chief supersedes the role of President. President Bush and the troops have a special relationship and when the troops are criticized it extends to President Bush and when Bush is bashed the troops also feel the pain.

McCain demonstrates that he has no understanding of leadership in war……although he did serve in a war the media helped us lose, so he must naturally turn to them for approval and adulation. But I don’t understand why that is, considering the years he spent as a prisoner of war.

McCain is no heir of Reagan, Lincoln, or Bush 1. He made a big mistake on Tuesday if he think he won any more Republican votes.

We will not hear Rudolph Guiliani make such disloyal, cynical criticisms of the President of the United States in a time of war and that is based on his performance as Mayor of New York before and after September 11th, 2001.

John McCain………Jack Murtha. Same initials……..Both jackasses.

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