Tuesday, December 06, 2005

And back to my regularly scheduled complaining....

Only about the Shrubies and others of his ilk.

Dear 'ol Solicitor General Paul Clement has challenged a lower courts decision that said the federal government cannot pull funding from public law universities because they will not allow recruiters on campus. Those law schools, 30 I think, are protesting the military's viewpoint on "don't ask, don't tell." They are exercising their 1st amendment rights and hey, who better to do it than a law school right?

Clement argues that it unfarlry hinders military recruiters from reaching 'the best and the brightest."

The Solomon Amendment says that recruiters must have equal access to college universities, including law and medical schools, or they suffer the consequences: federal funding will be taken away.

Huh. Shrubies are only worried about this because enrollment is down and they realize if our soldiers who are currently over there keep dying, they may have to reinstate the draft soon. (Okay, I understand that the actual chance of this happening is slim, but let's not put anything passed the current Republican frame of mind just yet.)

Officer Crummy is pissed at the media because the "media's emphasis on American deaths in Iraq belies the progress of the war."

Uh, what progress would that be exactly? I wasn't aware of any. Oh, right! We got Saddam out and he's getting a slanted, er...fair trial now.

What about that Osama guy again?

At the same time, he said, they are not giving intense coverage to fatalities in the United States, where an average of 42,000 traffic deaths and 16,000 homicides take place each year.
Huh? Does he not watch his local news? I hear the "black man minute" almost every night. Twice if I get to catch both the 6 and 11pm newscasts. Let's not forget about all the young white women missing or the teenagers who kill themselves trying to drive like maniacs with very little experience...seriously, does he not watch the local news either?

This, of course, was my favorite:

"We've arrived at a strange time in this country where the worst about America and our military seems to so quickly be taken as truth by the press, and reported and spread around the world, often with little context and little scrutiny, let alone correction or accountability after the fact," he said in a speech at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Because, you know, the liberal media is just killing our reputation. Nope, the Shrubies haven't done any of it themselves by, you know, taking us out of almost every single fucking treaty his father and Clinton worked hard for. It's all the media's fault I tell you!

His criticism of the press, a theme to which Mr. Rumsfeld returns frequently in public and private statements, came only a few days after the Pentagon acknowledged that it had paid Iraqi newspapers to publish news articles that presented a positive view of developments in Iraq.
Ahhh, so now it's because we found out the Pentagon was paying reporters in Iraq to make nice about the war so the people actually living through it would think they were just in a really bad dream they couldn't seem to wake from.


And my fine readers, I leave you with this tidbit. Seriously, do all the Shrubites forget the bullshit they spew is almost always recorded, written down, published and/or televised?

"There is no question there were people who believed that they would be met as liberators, and indeed they were for a period and still are in a number of parts of the country," Mr. Rumsfeld replied. "But anyone who had an optimistic view, I think has confronted reality. And it is clearly not easy. War is never easy. And you never heard a word like that out of my mouth, I don't believe."

The staff of the Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, later released a transcript of a September 2002 interview Mr. Rumsfeld gave several reporters in which he said American troops had been welcomed after invading Afghanistan. "That's what would happen in Iraq," it quoted Mr. Rumsfeld as saying.