Archive for November 29th, 2007

Oh. Their. God.

Okay, it’s official: Mike Huckabee scares me.

At a Republican Governors Association Dinner in 2004, Huckabee took the stage and began to deliver remarks when his cell phone rang. He took the phone out of his pocket and proceeded to have a conversation with God about President Bush’s reelection:

HUCKABEE: Hello? I’m sorry. I’m right in the middle of an event. It’s who? It’s God? On the phone for me? How did he get my number? Oh, God has everybody’s number. OK? Yes, I’ll hold.

Huckabee then engaged in a 3-minute back-and-forth exchange with God, in which Huckabee asserted that God was with the Republicans and President Bush:

We’re behind [Bush], yes, sir, we sure are. Yes, sir, we know you don’t take sides in the election. But, if you did, we kind of think you’d hang in there with us, Lord, we really do.

Huckabee then ended his conversation and walked off the stage to roaring applause.

I find this spectacularly creepy, unfunny, and inappropriate. Republicans found it brilliant.

(Transcript and Matt Taibbi commentary at the Think Progress link)

1 comment November 29th, 2007 at 10:46pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Huckabee,Politics,Religion,Republicans

Eli’s Obsession With The Google

Multi Medium is the #3 search result for kickboxing. carrie the crusher.

Also, while I usually don’t mention any Google searches where I’m not on the first page, it would be irresponsible to turn my back on the burning issue of porn industry noise pollution.

I’m not entirely sure if the porn industry is the source or the victim, and I don’t think I want to be.

November 29th, 2007 at 09:45pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google

Wait… What?

Okay, I’m a day late on this one, but it’s just too incredible to pass up. Here’s Clueless Leader on the relative merits of Pervez Musharraf and his archenemy Nawaz Sharif (no relation):

One of the things that President Musharraf has – what he did that impressed me was he clearly understands the nature of the radical threat, and has worked hard to make sure his country doesn’t become a haven for radicals.

Now, there are some there, no question about it. We’ve had a good record of working with the Musharraf government in routing out al-Qaida and capturing or killing al-Qaida. And I would be concerned about any leader who didn’t understand the urgency of dealing with radicals and extremists who want to attack the United States and/or any other nation.

Q: Is Sharif in that category?

A: Well, I don’t know him well enough. I would be very concerned if there was any leader in Pakistan that didn’t understand the nature of the world in which we live today.

Um… Dubya?

*points in general direction of Waziristan, where Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda regroup unmolested*

*sighs and shakes head sadly*

(h/t All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin)

1 comment November 29th, 2007 at 08:25pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Terrorism,Wankers

Bug Or Feature?

How’s that No Child Left Behind working out for us?

US fourth-graders have lost ground in reading ability compared with children around the world, according to results of a global reading test.

(…)

Still, the US average score on the Progress in International Reading Literacy test remained above the international average. Ten countries or jurisdictions, including Hong Kong and three Canadian provinces, were ahead of the United States this time. In 2001, only three countries were ahead of the United States.

(…)

On the latest international exam, US students posted a lower average score than students in Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Luxembourg, Hungary, Italy, and Sweden, along with the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario.

Last time, Russia, Hong Kong, and Singapore were behind the United States.

Granted, it’s more a matter of the U.S. treading water while other countries pass us, and it’s only fourth grade. But I can’t help but note that improved reading comprehension isn’t really something that benefits Republicans in the long run…

(h/t dakine)

1 comment November 29th, 2007 at 08:08pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Education,Republicans

I Guess It Wasn’t All Bad…

CNN at least did one thing right in last night’s debate:

In a segment that surprised many viewers, an openly gay veteran addressed the CNN/YouTube Republican presidential candidates from the audience after they responded to his question on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The two-hour televised debate was broadcast on CNN and included questions from over 5,000 submitted to the online video hosting site.

The six minute segment on gay issues began with CNN anchor and debate host Anderson Cooper introducing a video question from Brigadier Gen. Keith Kerr (Ret.):

I’m a retired brigadier general with 43 years of service. And I’m a graduate of the Special Forces Officer Course, the Commanding General Staff Course and the Army War College. And I’m an openly gay man.

I want to know why you think that American men and women in uniform are not professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians.

Before Cooper turned to the candidates for their responses, he introduced General Kerr, who was sitting in the audience. Kerr is the only questioner from the debate who was introduced. “I’m glad you’re here,” Cooper said.

Congressman Duncan Hunter, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and Former Massachusetts Governor all defended the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, with Romney saying, “it seems to have worked.”

“It seems to have worked”??? What does that even mean? How many qualified translators got discharged for being gay? How many 50-year-olds got dragged kicking and screaming back into service while gay troops were being booted out? How many criminals and sociopaths were knowingly enlisted to meet recruitment numbers? How do they affect morale and unit cohesion? What, pray tell, would Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell not working look like?

Cooper pressed Romney, reminding the candidate that in 1994 that he looked forward to the day when gays and lesbians could serve, “and I quote, ‘openly and honestly in our nation’s military.’ Do you stand by that?” asked Cooper.

Romney did not reaffirm his statement, instead saying, “I look forward to hearing from the military exactly what they believe is the right way to have the right kind of cohesion and support in our troops and I listen to what they have to say.”

In response to Romney, boos were heard from the audience.

Following the exchange, Cooper turned to General Kerr and asked him to stand and address the audience. “Did you feel you got an answer to your question?” Cooper asked.

The audience applauded when Kerr replied, “With all due respect, I did not get an answer from the candidates….American men and women in the military are professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians.

“For 42 years, I wore the army uniform on active duty, in the Reserve, and also for the state of California. I revealed I was a gay man after I retired. Today, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is destructive to our military policy. Every day, the Department of Defense discharges two people, not for misconduct, not for the unit cohesion… that Congressman Hunter is talking about, but simply because they happen to be gay…and we’re talking about doctors, nurses, pilots, and the surgeon who sews somebody up when they’re taken from the battlefield.”

It was the only time during the two-hour program that an audience member addressed the group.

Following Kerr’s statement, Cooper asked McCain to answer the question. McCain thanked the General for service to his country and then explained that he believed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy is working.

And there it is again. What the hell? Is that the official Republican talking point on DADT? That it’s “working”?

In response to the candidates, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis said “Republicans and Democrats alike should be able to agree that our national security and military readiness are not partisan political matters. Republican voters increasingly understand that Don?t Ask, Don?t Tell deprives our armed forces of the talent and skills of patriotic Americans who have important contributions to make to our national defense.”

“Voters want leaders who will reach across party lines and build consensus to repeal this law,” he added.

Damn straight. Er, so to speak.

Also at the same link: Huckabee says he strongly disagrees with the Log Cabin Republicans on gay marriage, but he’s perfectly happy to accept their support. How generous and open-minded of him.

3 comments November 29th, 2007 at 08:01am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Politics,Republicans,Teh Gay


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