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Beck v. Sharpton: our worst are better than their best.

Posted by Charles II on March 8, 2007

Atrios noted this exchange, which Media Matters recorded, but his focus was on Beck:

BECK: I have to tell you, because you know I love you, but I disagree with almost everything you say. There’s part of me — a sick part of me — that would just love to see you two [Sharpton and Strom Thurmond] related in DNA.

SHARPTON: Well, at least you said it was a sick part of you, and I understand that — may you be healed one day, Glenn.

BECK: Thank you, sir.

I haven’t been a fan of Al Sharpton. But I was very much impressed by this exchange. In simple terms, this is what it says:

Beck: I hope we find out that one of your ancestors was raped by white supremacists. I know that that a human being would feel that this wish is morally sick, but let me lie to you and tell you that I love you.

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Sharpton: I hope you grow up some day, Glenn, and learn what it is to be a man and tell the truth. I’ll be praying against all odds for that.

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Beck: Thank you, sir.

As loopy as he is, I don’t think Glenn Beck is anywhere near as sick as Ann Coulter, as Michelle Malkin, as David Horowitz– or even as Fred Hiatt. At some level, he does recognize his own sickness. He’s better than most right-wingers, who can’t face the hate in their hearts.

But Al Sharpton, who the righties love to hate, answered Glenn Beck with so much class. With one comment, he disproved every claim made by the doctrine of white supremacy.

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Put Up Or Shut Up Time

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 8, 2007

The Democrats have thrown down the gauntlet:

In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled a proposal to begin withdrawing soldiers from Iraq within four months and it sets a goal of pulling all combat troops out by March 31, 2008.

Reid moved to start a debate on that measure next week but was thwarted, at least for now, by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, who said more time was needed to look at the Democrats’ ideas.

“The president’s strategy in Iraq is not working and Congress must decide whether to follow his failed policies or whether to change course,” Reid told reporters.

Wow.  Democrats were given no time to read the “Patriot” Act before being pushed to sign it, yet Republicans want more time to study this?

Come on.  We know why the Republicans don’t want to vote on this bill.  They’re caught between two fires.   They fear Karl Rove, but they fear their own constituents as well. 

Remember, 2006 was supposed to be a very good year for Senate Republicans.  They had very few seats to defend, and the Democrats had lots.  And Rove was telling them that he had the numbers that showed that they would win if only they stuck by Bush.

We all know how that turned out, don’t we?

Now comes 2008.  A lot of Republican Senate seats to defend — and a lot of GOP incumbents in the 40%-or-less danger zones.  And a deeply unpopular president and his deeply unpopular war that they are nevertheless backing out of fear of Rove.

The last thing they want to do is to be forced to go on record, one way or the other.  If they vote for withdrawal, they anger Rove.  If they vote against it, they anger their constituents.

I’m glad that enough House and Senate Democrats have finally figured out that the GOP fears going on the record much more than they do.

Yeah, Bush will veto it – even assuming enough Republicans dared break ranks to back the bill.  Let him.   The record still stands.

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But — But — Rudy Sez All The Firefighters WUUUV HIM!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 8, 2007

Guess again.

As has been said several times in several places, the people that know Rudy best are the ones who like him least.  And that includes members of his immediate family.

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Another Bad Idea from the Republicans

Posted by MEC on March 8, 2007

Republicans in the Florida legislature prove once again that they just don’t think like the rest of us.

Health care professionals would be required to call police if they know or suspect a patient 15 or younger is pregnant, under a bill filed recently in the House and Senate.

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In addition, doctors who perform abortions on such girls would be required to collect a DNA sample from the fetus and send it to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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The report would trigger a criminal investigation examining whether the girl was a victim of a crime, such as statutory rape, which can include sex between two minors who are under 16.

How long did it take you to realize that the effect of this bill would be to keep pregnant teenagers from seeking prenatal care? Milliseconds or nanoseconds?

Does it matter to these crotch-sniffers that the real result of this bill would not be to put law enforcement on the trail of hypothetical criminals, but, by frightening girls away from getting prenatal care, to increase the health risks for the pregnant girls, who are already high-risk because of their youth? And to increase the infant mortality rate? And oh yeah, to decrease the chances that a doctor will have the opportunity detect abuse and get the girl the legal, as well as medical, help that she needs?

I know it does not matter one iota to them that the bill would result in false accusations of criminal behavior, because it’s obvious that the official Republican Party position is that we are all criminals now, and everything we do is potentially criminal behavior unless it involves funneling money into Republican coffers.

And if this bill is really and truly about protecting girls from sexual predators, and not about punishing them for their own sexuality, I’ll vote for Rudy Giuliani for President.

Posted in anti-truth, Florida (where magical things happen), Flying Monkey Right, GOP bullying, Republicans, Silly Republicans, WTF? | 3 Comments »

Colbert On The Libby Trial Verdicts

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 8, 2007

Note that Colbert cleverly focuses in on the GOP/Media Complex’s lockstep recitation of “the jury was confused” chant to “explain” the four guilty verdicts.  He’s letting us know just how the Republican Noise Machine operates.

Posted in BushCo malfeasance, corruption, GOP bullying, GOP/Media Complex, Iraq war, Libby trial, mythmaking, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Silly Republicans, The smear industry | Comments Off on Colbert On The Libby Trial Verdicts

 
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