December 09, 2008
The Word Is DEMOCRAT!
Ok by now many of you have heard or read that Illinois' DEMOCRAT Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested for any number of conspiracy charges, leveraging the vacated Barak Obama US Senate seat.
All those honestly surprised by this revelation raise your hands... I'll wait... Anyone?... Anyone?... Buel----- never mind.
I say "Democrat" in as clear of a fashion as possible here because the AP and other wire services have an incredibly annoying habit of burying the perps party affiliation deep in an article if said perp is a DEMOCRAT, however if said perp is a REPUBLICAN then usually that is made clear in one sentence, one phrase or one anxiously awaited adjective!
So as an example from today's headlines in an AP article here is the text up to the first mention of the word Democrat (or in the AP's case the much more ambiguous "democratic")
Ill. Gov. arrested in Obama successor probe
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on charges of conspiring to get financial benefits through his authority to appoint a U.S. senator to fill the vacancy left by Barack Obama's election as president.
According to a federal criminal complaint, Blagojevich also was charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, in the sale of Wrigley Field. In return for state assistance, Blagojevich allegedly wanted members of the paper's editorial board who had been critical of him fired.
A 76-page FBI affidavit said the 51-year-old Democratic governor was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps over the last month conspiring to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat for personal benefits for himself and his wife, Patti.
Now even thought the article is not about the previous Governor George Ryan, the AP must make mention (probably attributing the reference as illustration of irony... which it is...) that the previous Governor had corruption issues too. Guess which Political Party he was affiliated with?... Well you won't have to, the AP tells you within 4 words...
... Blagojevich took the chief executive's office in 2003 as a reformer promising to clean up former Gov. George Ryan's mess.
Ryan, a Republican, is serving a 6-year prison sentence after being convicted on racketeering and fraud charges. A decade-long investigation began with the sale of driver's licenses for bribes and led to the conviction of dozens of people who worked for Ryan when he was secretary of state and governor.
Look, these guys are politicians, and by their very nature, corrupt, especially in Chicago where a long and oft much celebrated history of political power brokering and corruption reigns. So what else are they going to do? They know no other way, especially since receiving that scruples vaccination back in college. My vote, put 'em all in the Pokey! And let 1,000 randomly drawn names from the Chicago Bears Season Ticket holders run their government.
October 24, 2008
Odd Poll Question... Not a Surprising Answer Actually
I was reading the Investor's Business daily Tracking poll (Historically one of the most accurate) and was surprised at a couple of the metrics/demographics they use to delineate voting groups. There are the usual age, sex, political party affiliation, race, income, etc... but the one at the end of the list I have not seen before.
Hmmm, now that's an odd question. But Yep, that's the response I would expect. Not a surprise.
Now before you
Commies err... uh.... Democrats go off on me for accusing you all of being unpatriotic, seriously I'll bet many of you dyed in the wool Obamatons are not surprised by that result either. (Or the one about religion either for that matter...)
Which brings up some interesting perspective... If posed these questions to someone you did not know, would you be able to through these statistical stereotype results be able to identify a McCain or Obama voter? I bet I could... assuming he or she were honest in answering.
Meaning, could I bet you ten bucks that I can determine who you'll vote for by how your answers align with the poll results?
If I were able to establish that you are a....
- Teacher's Union Wonk
- Making $9.47 per hour part-time
- With a BA in Liberal Arts
- Single Chick
- Who has no clue who Chuck Schwab is....
- is 47 years old... and still single!
- Loves her view of the Fire Escapes of the six buildings out her window and finds it easy to sleep through the sounds of Buses, Subways and Garbage Trucks
- And is honestly surprised to learn that more People live outside the New York Metro area than in it...
Oh... I forgot... Actually DOES display "A" flag in her window...
Well?.... Where's your bet?... Obama or McCain?
August 25, 2008
Cartoonist Could Use Your Help
I have long been a fan of political cartoons, I love the ability of an artist to convey a poignant message in a minimal amount of space. I've enjoyed both Conservative and Liberal cartoons if the imagery and message is delivered well.
I've long been a fan of the creative musings of Berke Breathed, Garry Trudeau, Cox & Forkum (John & Allen) and many more... One of my recent favorites, I stumbled upon a couple of years ago in a blog post, is Chris Muir, the writer and artist for Day By Day.
Chris blends a edgy even sexy artistic style, with mainstream political issues we face daily. He weaves together thoughts and philosophies of both Left and Right through the lives of 4 main characters and often illustrates the simple naivete of a position taken by today's political headliners, PAC's, and fringe groups by pitting one against the other in his characters' actions and words.
Chris obviously falls more on the Right side of the political spectrum, which I find refreshing (Duh...) because as seems to be the case with everything artistic or media related, the majority of cartoonists come from a left leaning slant, understandable considering idealism and passion often drives great art. Two traits the left has a PLETHORA of and two traits we conservatives often have to ask advice on how to.... um....
fake... learn! Yeah... learn!
So I was a bit dismayed this morning when I read the following from Chris Muir:
Unfortunately, technology finally ended my main job ... , which left DBD my only income.
He is left to turn to his readership for donations in the form of a fundraiser to continue publishing Day By Day. Which I actually respect a great deal. It is never easy to ask for compensation... when was the last time you asked your boss for a raise? But Chris has a bit more of a difficulty, we are his boss, all of us who enjoy his strip daily, intermittently... whenever.
Chris is following capitalism in the truest form... he is asking for donations to the cause. Personally I think it is more an issue of we consumers, pony-ing up and paying for the quality of writing and creativity we all enjoy. Idealistically Chris obviously produces Day By Day because it is what he enjoys... Pragmatically however he cannot continue to focus on creating these daily gems and pay the bills without some compensation. He is truly an independent publisher. And much like a server at your favorite restaurant... his livelyhood weighs heavily on... for lack of a better analogy... "TIPS!" from his patrons. So if you like the service/product you've been consuming and want to consume into the future, he requests that you show your support in the most pragmatic way... with your wallet.
Here's his deal... He is looking for donations to keep things going, in his words.
...according to 'The Long Tail' theory of Internet readers, there's usually a core 1% that come through for Internet publishers. All donations are critical, and I also ask again of that '1000'. Look what Leonidas did with the 300-except I don't have a 6-pack, I'm not a leader, and the thought of all of you in G-strings frankly worries me a bit.
But we share the same beliefs, I think.
The site's been redone, there's a forum coming up, there's an email subscription, searchable archives, new avatars, a new DBD banner that shows the strip in a popup (so you have more advertising space on your own blog),twitter, free Wowio DBD ebooks, and when you donate to DBD you receive pdfs of never released drawings of DBD's start back in 1998 (yes, 2 years before DBD went up), examples of just how different Jan, Damon, Sam, and Zed were before 2001.
Depending on which of the 4 Donation Levels you select, there is also a DBD Playing Card deck, Sam posters, plus Original DBD hand-written script sheets complete with hand-signed strips that derive from those scripts.
That was the carrot, now for the stick, and...I don't have a stick.
I'll still try & get DBD out.
I think you can tell from the strip that I'm something of a minimalist. I drive a Honda that was new when Arsenio was hot. My first vacation in 12 years, and I go to Iraq to research for the characters. This isn't for sympathy, but clarity. I love doing DBD. Every hard-earned dollar you send here is for one purpose-to make it possible for me to improve and continue DBD for you (and me!).
In a PC correct era, DBD's characters speak with you on issues you find important. PC still rules the MSM, whether newspapers, the networks, or well-funded 'pundits'. DBD connects with people directly, the only comic where the readers are the source and the feature. You might depend on DBD, but the reality is DBD depends on you.
Help keep our voice out there. In one day, all of you got DBD more than halfway through 2008. Again, whatever amount is donated, I'll give directly back in DBD strips.
And yes. This time I will leave the Fundraiser up for a month, not a day.
If you too would like to contribute to Chris's work, I recommend you go here and throw a few bucks his way! [Link]
July 14, 2008
Obama Campaign Couldn't Have Planned this Better!
Kwanza Christmas comes early for the Obama campaign!
The New Yorker Magazine released this cover it plans to publish for its July 21 Edition! So how could something so tasteless be beneficial for the Obama Campaign?
Think about it... for the next few days (possibly longer depending on how much traction this gets, or is allowed to get in the mainstream media... I suspect quite a bit actually) we will be talking about how disrespectful this is, how insulting, how racist, etc... Republicans and democrats alike will have to agree this is tasteless.
In order to really demonstrate our disdain for tripe like this we Republicans will be forced to state things like:
"Of course Barack Hussein Obama is a Patriotic American who loves his country... He would never do anything to weaken our stature in the world!"
"Having Michele carry an AK-47 is a travesty! She's always been for GUN CONTROL!"
"Besides! Good Democrats would NEVER BURN THE AMERICAN FLAG!... in a fireplace... in private... no press attention for "The Cause" to be gained in such a private act!"
"Oh... the picture on the wall illustrating support for Osama... well that's just silly! Barack isn't a Muslim!"
Seriously, this cover is a boon for the Obama Campaign. Just as the polls are beginning to narrow because real issues facing Americans are becoming harder and harder to ignore, the Obama camp can only benefit from redirecting attention from serious issues like Terrorism, Green Environmental Economic Destruction, Federal Economic Intervention levels, Energy Policy, His lack of any tangible leadership experience etc... Obama is able to refocus on the one element where he can leverage sympathy and empathy. The Stereotyping, race-bating, religion-bating baseless attacks of the ignorant.
"Drown me! Roast me! Hang me! Do whatever you please," said Brer Rabbit. "Only please, Brer Fox, please don't throw me into the briar patch."
"The briar patch, eh?" said Brer Fox. "What a wonderful idea! You'll be torn into little pieces!"
The New Yorker is a long time supporter of Liberal ideals and as such one must be suspicious of a cover that so negatively portrays their guy! There is an ulterior motive, don't doubt otherwise. Getting Republicans to publicly proclaim that all of these satirical stereotypes imbedded in this cartoon are categorically false is the ultimate goal of a cover like this!
- Barack is not a Muslim - he's said so.
- Michelle is not a terrorist - She's proud to be an American... now.
- Obama would never celebrate Osama... Obama hopes more than anything that slippery sombitch is caught!... in 8 months!... So he can face trial...
- Burning the American Flag in such a fashion is a travesty!... We've already covered the "Proper Democrat Way to Burn An American Flag"
- Michelle in Camo? Now that's just WAAAY over the top! Michelle would NEVER be in Uniform!
Tune in to all the talking head shows and watch how many times issues are brought up over the next few days. Remember once again how we treat BARACK is the topic of conversation! Not how Barack will treat us... poor, poor Barack!
July 03, 2008
Example of Why I Find it Difficult to Believe Anything I Hear From the "Sky Is Falling Global Warming Alarmists"
This kind of reporting is nothing but irresponsible...From Australian ABC News:
Plasma, LCDs blamed for accelerating global warming...
Crap! And I was going soooo green, watching Discovery HD channel and now the Green Channel in HD about how terrible we humans are for the the future of the planet. See... If you all would have just let Ronald Reagan Nuke the Crap out of the world back in the 80's we wouldn't have any humans to mess things up for... uh... the cockroaches!
Sorry propensity for digression... Back to the article. They are not happy enough with the headline... no they have to elaborate their sensationalistic BS with a sub-line:
A gas used in the making of flat screen televisions, nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), is being blamed for damaging the atmosphere and accelerating global warming.
Oh no! Not Nitrogen Triflouride! Damn! General Ripper in "Dr. Strangelove" may have been on to something! Albiet he missed his chemistry by a Nitrogen atom and 2 more fluoride atoms. for those of you who need a refresher on General Ripper's concerns, I provide the following dialogue from the Kubrik film Dr. Strangelove:
Mandrake: Yes, Jack?
Ripper: Have you ever seen a Commie drink a glass of water?
Mandrake: Well, I can't say I have.
Ripper: Vodka, that's what they drink, isn't it? Never water?
Mandrake: Well, I-I believe that's what they drink, Jack, yes.
Ripper: On no account will a Commie ever drink water, and not without good reason.
Mandrake: Oh, eh, yes. I, uhm, can't quite see what you're getting at, Jack.
Ripper: Water, that's what I'm getting at, water. Mandrake, water is the source of all life. Seven-tenths of this earth's surface is water. Why, do you realize that seventy percent of you is water?
Mandrake: Uh, uh, Good Lord!
Ripper: And as human beings, you and I need fresh, pure water to replenish our precious bodily fluids.
Mandrake: Yes. (he begins to chuckle nervously)
Ripper: Are you beginning to understand?
Mandrake: Yes. (more laughter)
Ripper: Mandrake. Mandrake, have you never wondered why I drink only distilled water, or rain water, and only pure-grain alcohol?
Mandrake: Well, it did occur to me, Jack, yes.
Ripper: Have you ever heard of a thing called fluoridation. Fluoridation of water?
Mandrake: Uh? Yes, I-I have heard of that, Jack, yes. Yes.
Ripper: Well, do you know what it is?
Mandrake: No, no I don't know what it is, no.
Ripper: Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face?
Damn digression again... Back to the article. If you stop at the headlines like most of our MTV generation is wont to do, you will obviously do the right thing and go back to watching TV on your RCA Black and White! However reading the article to it's conclusion I am troubled by the lack of ANY SCIENTIFIC support for this sensationalistic Headline and Sub-line... Note the absolute nature of both using the term "IS being blamed..."
However, reading further... I run across this:
Dr Paul Fraser is the chief research scientist at the CSIRO's marine and atmospheric research centre, and an IPCC author.
He says without measuring the quantity of NF3 in the atmosphere it is unclear what impact it will have on the climate.
"We haven't observed it in the atmosphere. It's probably there in very low concentrations," he said.
"The key to whether it's a problem or not is how much is released to the atmosphere."
So I fail to see the supportive argument for the major premise "Plasma, LCDs blamed for accelerating global warming..." When a specific fact of the matter is "...without measuring the quantity of NF3 in the atmosphere it is unclear what impact it will have on the climate. "We haven't observed it in the atmosphere. It's probably there in very low concentrations..."
Y'all getting this? Scientific evidence has not even been being collected as to the effect NF3 has on the environment, it is not even being measured!!!! Should it be? Probably... but to make an irresponsible unknown claim like "Plasma, LCDs blamed for accelerating global warming..." Is completely and utterly baseless and equates to nothing more than the continued incestuous relationship between the "Global Climate Change/Global Warming" as a religion freaks and the "mainstream responsible, J-school educated Media!"
I'm going to put my Dr. Strangelove DVD in my high heat emitting Denon Up-Convert DVD player and watch it on my 42" 1080P LCD flat screen! Just on General principle!
June 06, 2008
Stupid... Stupid... Stupid!!!!
Oil prices have shot up more than $11 to a new record above $139 a barrel after a Morgan Stanley analyst predicted prices could hit $150 by the Fourth of July. Traders were also rattled by rising tensions in the Middle East.
So, let me get this right... Some knucklehead at Morgan Stanley, who probably has a vested interest in Oil Futures (duh you think...) and didn't like the fact that yesterday the News could have been "Oil Futures Continue Lower on Increasing Supply and Lowering Demand News" but NOOOOOOO the AP would NEVER print positive news!!! His recommended investments were about to take a HUGE hit when he had recommended that folks buy at $130.00! and yet the market was as low as $121.80 yesterday... that's right! ... pulling WAY OFF! But this would be bad for the super rich Morgan Stanley Analyst who has gotten away from his previous sure winner, Real Estate, and started sticking his nose in the Energy Market-- Heaven forbid he lose twice in the same year!!!
NOTHING folks!!!! NOTHING has changed in supply or demand from yesterday's lows! Just some suit, who cannot predict the future, saying the "SKY is falling!!! And it will be before July 4th!" This way he gets takers on his $138.00 price and can get out from under his burden!
Oooooh and as for the "Traders...rattled by rising tensions in the Middle East."... I call "BULLSH!T" Again, NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN THE MIDDLE EAST! It is the same "Nut Job" leaders rattling their saifs and continuing their 60 year claim that they are going to blow the tits off of Israel! Oh heaven forbid not that... Oooh now the world is Unstable!!!!! These are the same traders that ditched History class in college because it was boring... besides the Frat had just tapped the Keg! Supply is identical today as yesterday ... and will be next week! See if that prediction comes true! I'm pretty sure I have a 98% chance of being correct! Seriously how often do these wild fears materialize into physical reductions in supply? Huh? Answer: Friggn' RARELY!!!!
God I'm sick of the Media Bad News Criers, the Narcissistic Politicians that hope for these sky rocketing prices in a "BUSH" administration and the Wall Street Ass Clowns who have a herd of hebetudinous news groupies hanging on every Bovine Scatological statement being proffered!
It's not Exxon-Mobile profiteering folks... its the energy futures traders! Need to point a finger? There you go! Follow the money! Watch to see who at Morgan Stanley profits from this fear tactic... hmm and maybe take a look at a certain analyst's martini buddies. Focus on those who bought yesterday and sold today!
April 16, 2008
At Least Your Mother Named You Appropriately... Dick!
I would normally confess that I cannot believe I missed this when published on April 11th... but then again since when to I make a habit of reading the intellectually bankrupt opinion section of the New York Times?
In a piece
of shit written by Dick Cavett (yes that Dick Cavett) he takes on the oratory skills of General Petraeus and Ambassador Cocker in their recent testimony before Congress on the progress in Iraq. Now I too have been critical of public figures oft ignorance of proper oratory, our current sitting president leaps to mind. However, even if I were to critique someone who's politics I disagreed with (Al Gore and his three step inflection cadence) I would try to focus on the technical aspects of the presentation. I would not stoop to the insulting degree the "Oh So Perfect" DICK.... Cavett did in penning the following paragraph:
I can’t look at Petraeus — his uniform ornamented like a Christmas tree with honors, medals and ribbons — without thinking of the great Mort Sahl at the peak of his brilliance. He talked about meeting General Westmoreland in the Vietnam days. Mort, in a virtuoso display of his uncanny detailed knowledge — and memory — of such things, recited the lengthy list (”Distinguished Service Medal, Croix de Guerre with Chevron, Bronze Star, Pacific Campaign” and on and on), naming each of the half-acre of decorations, medals, ornaments, campaign ribbons and other fripperies festooning the general’s sternum in gaudy display. Finishing the detailed list, Mort observed, “Very impressive!” Adding, “If you’re twelve.”
FRIPPERIES! FRIPPERIES???? You SOB! for those of you who do not want to waste your time looking it up, Fripperies are "Something trivial or nonessential".
What is it with Liberal Elitist Media Cretins of your ilk that cannot recognize that these Fripperies, are conferred, not handed out freely! These ribbons, epaulettes, insignia all convey immediately to the KNOWLEDGABLE the service rendered by the one wearing them. One does not have to know the details of the actions taken by the wearer, to recognize that the Bronze Star! Is not given for a good one liner right before the commercial break! You try earning one.. DICK!
And as for your reference to ... “Very impressive!” Adding, “If you’re twelve.”
Or maybe... Just Maybe!!!... If you were raised to respect sacrifice? Dedication to Duty? Honor? Courage? Commitment? Bravery? Selflessness? All words of which you appear to be completely ignorant... DICK!
Here's some of what is on the General's Chest (an Oak Leaf signifies additional times the medal was awarded, and "V" device signifies "Valor" in Combat):
Defense Superior Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Legion of Merit (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze Star (with “V” Device)
Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
You sanctimonious venal elitist... You sicken me! I used to find you mildly amusing. Now that you have unveiled your true colors in your contempt for men like General Petraeus and by proxy all men and women in uniform, I have no use for you or your opinion. Go sip your Gin and Tonic at the local MoveOn cocktail party cracking malicious mean spirited grammatically accurate vocabulary rich jokes at the Military's expense. But understand this... those who serve in the Armed Forces get paid to protect YOU and YOUR fellow liberal intellectual's FREEDOMS... All other Americans, they protect because they want to!
November 21, 2007
Recognized for CUTTING DOWN the US FLAG?!!!
Somewhere I missed this story when it happened back in October... Of course I could have been doing something else at the time... like "getting married."
But here's the poop for those others of you who missed the story. Evidently an establishment in the Reno NV area was flying a Mexican flag OVER the US flag! Supposedly the shop owner was flying the flags in this manner as a form of solidarity in the wake of raids on 11 area McDonald's restaurant leading to the arrest of more than 50 undocumented workers.
The flag flying garnered the attention of the local media and a news crew was dispatched to "get to the bottom" of things (and probably provide an excellent soapbox for the shop owner's protest). Well what the News Crew captured that day was certainly unexpected... but in YHS view heart warming! Here's the video: [link]
That's Army Veteran Jim Brossard taking ACTION! That flag and what it represents deserves respect! And men like Brossard recognize this, they've fought for our honor and still do! There is NOTHING wrong with being an AMERICAN! We do not have to apologize and constant Kowtow to every slap in the face we receive. Yes the store owner has every right to mount a protest, but flying the American Flag in the United States in this fashion is Illegal!... for a reason!
"If I hadn't done that, then I'm afraid it wouldn't have gotten done," he said. "I was ready and fully willing to accept any consequences, legally or any other, that might have come in my direction."
And I'm with Jim in that I think if you are willing to treat Old Glory without respect, you've lost your privilege to have her!
And it looks like the members of the USS Intrepid Association feel the same way... Because in a small ceremony Jim Brossard was presented with another US Flag, one that has flown proudly over the USS Intrepid.
Veterans who served on the U.S.S. Intrepid aircraft carrier presented Jim Brossard with a certificate and flag for cutting down a U.S. flag that was flying beneath a Mexican flag at a Reno bar.
"To fly the American flag underneath the Mexican flag, it just defies everything," said Wayne Erven, West Coast representative of the U.S.S. Intrepid Association Inc. "Our flag goes on top. That's the honor we give our flag."
Erven of Pleasanton, Calif., gave Brossard the appreciation Tuesday at the James D. Hoff Peace Officer Memorial in Idlewild Park. (Photo Caption: Wayne Erven, center, prepares to give a flag that flew over the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York earlier this year to Jim Brossard, left. Looking on at right is Daryl Saldausky of Reno. Erven and Saldausky are members of the U.S.S. Intrepid Association Inc. Photo Credit: David B. Parker/RGJ)
"To go and pull that down, you've got more guts than brains maybe," Erven told Brossard.
And I find it also disturbing that...
Bob Fulkerson, state director for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, said Brossard does not deserve to be rewarded for stealing property.
Uh... Try the word "Rescuing" or "Protecting the Honor of..." there Bob!
"I think what they're doing is rewarding criminal behavior, and they're rewarding violent behavior," Fulkerson said. "To me, that goes against our Constitution. That goes against the values of our country."
Uh... Yeah.... Well I guess I should consider the source...
Bravo Zulu Mr. Brossard!
November 02, 2007
Why I Love Ben Stein
Looks like I have a book to buy...
August 31, 2007
The Instrument Has Yet to be Built That Can Measure My Disdain for People Like Brian De Palma
Evidently this knucklehead so hates American Troops in the Field that he will go to great lengths to associate an isolated vile incident perpetrated by a gang of dirtbags who just so happened to be in the US Army.
VENICE (Reuters) - A new film about the real-life rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by U.S. soldiers who also murdered her family stunned the Venice festival, with shocking images that left some viewers in tears.
"Redacted", by U.S. director Brian De Palma, is one of at least eight American [?] films on the war in Iraq due for release in the next few months and the first of two movies on the conflict screening in Venice's main competition.
Inspired by one of the most serious crimes committed by American soldiers in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, it is a harrowing indictment of the conflict and spares the audience no brutality to get its message across.
De Palma, 66, whose "Casualties of War" in 1989 told a similar tale of abuse by American soldiers in Vietnam, makes no secret of the goal he is hoping to achieve with the film's images, all based on real material he found on the Internet. [so it must be true! ed.]
"The movie is an attempt to bring the reality [who's reality?]of what is happening in Iraq to the American people," he told reporters after a press screening.
"The pictures are what will stop the war. One only hopes that these images will get the public incensed enough to motivate their Congressmen to vote against this war," he said.
Abeer Qasim Hamza al-Janabi was gang raped, killed and burnt by American soldiers in Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad, in March 2006. Her parents and younger daughter were also killed. Continued...
There is plenty of blame to be distributed in the particular case. That de Palma has chosen to leverage this tragic and vile incident in his campaign to demonize all things associated with the Iraq War and the US Military and as a representation of the behavior of "US Soldiers" is utterly contemptuous!
Remember the recruitment phrase leveraged by the US Army at the time? "An Army of One!" No marketing phrase could better represent these vermin who were and are still individuals, who still have free will. They inconsiderately wear the uniform and are too STUPID to recognize the whole that they in turn represent! In my mind, this is one of the most inexcusable and most extreme failings of the US Army, that of not instilling a more resilient sense of DUTY, HONOR, and COUNTRY in the minds of its recruits. Morality is not a word we need to shy away from, it needs to be engrained. Which I am quite sure a man of Mr. De Palma's philosophical leanings would have trouble blessing as well!
Where De Palma and his ilk are the most despicable are in their flagrant and willful disregard for Accurate Statistical Representation. Yes atrocities occur in warfare, and the United States Military has gone to great lengths to reduce the occurrence of these incidents, eliminated? no, but greatly reduced? Absolutely! But the "oh so sanctimoniously sensationalistic acrimony" piously pontificated by those who so hate the Martial Philosophy of Warriors is sickening and tiresome! The "feeding frenzy for the surreal" mentality of today's Hollywood producers and the
leftist propagandists "Reporters" in the Mainstream Media (yes that line has blurred tremendously) has become so paramount the result is to all but censor the overwhelmingly positive behavior, conduct and professionalism in today's United States Armed Forces.
De Palma openly states his vainglorious wish... "The pictures are what will stop the war. One only hopes that these images will get the public incensed enough to motivate their Congressmen to vote against this war"
Propagandist for the Militant Extremists is what this equates to. It will receive more screenings and lauded support from peaceniks, Al Qaeda, and our (that'd be the United States') other sworn enemy than any other! The vile vermin who perpetrated this act DO NOT in any way shape or form represent the other 99.999 percent of United States Army Soldiers! But alas this is what movie makers the likes of De Palma would have you believe. Which is the bigger lie? In the illustrated case De Palma uses as his Metaphor for all things military, these scum were tried, and convicted and incarcerated for their crimes! I would think most intelligent people could easily see why the US Army would not really want to publish commercials on Monday Night Football using these wretched repulsive dregs as spokesmen!
But De Palma chooses to use these individuals as Poster Children for the US Army. You have to ask yourself,... better yet... go ask a returning veteran, or your serving brother, or father... "So how many innocents did you rape today?"... I'll wait...............................
When you recover from the physical punctuation of the delivered answer... maybe, just maybe you'll begin to understand the degree of contempt that representative accusations, like Mr. De Palma's tripe, really deserve.
Be weary of the enemy in our midst... The methods employed by these empowered few, who choose to view life through the narrowest of keyhole, are on the precipice of pernicious propaganda in Machiavellian proportions and cater to the addle mind.
"All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach."
--- Adolf Hitler