From the American Prospect:
This gets to the essential creepiness about Beck's emotional display introducing his whole 9/12 project--the man wasn't weeping because he wished the country was as "unified" as it was after 9/11; he was weeping because the country is no longer in a such a state of petrified fear that it will acquiesce to whatever extreme measures the right deems necessary. Beck wasn't crying for the country; he was crying for himself, crying because people are no longer frightened enough to agree with everything he has to say. Understand, he only wants to hurt you because he loves you.
But understand, this is not unpatriotic. You can wish all manner of horrors on this country, but as long as these horrors might serve a specific political agenda, you're not being unpatriotic. Unpatriotic is a public health-care plan. Unpatriotic is a judge modifying sub-prime mortgage loans to keep a roof over someone's head. Unpatriotic is phosphate-free detergent. Patriotic is wishing for a terrorist attack on the United States.
Patriotism is dead, long live patriotism.
From '03-08, the left would show visceral outrage at GWBush's dismantling of the constitution, vis a vis, lying to the world to engage in a needless war of choice which 6 years later reaps the benefit of having more than four thousand U.S. troops and a million less Iraqis on the planet, torturing those we captured of which some of them guilty but many were blatantly innocent, spying on the width and breadth of Americans without so much as PC or a warrant. Chest-thumping bed-wetters like Hannity and O'Reilly would say that the Left had Bush-Derangement Syndrome.
As first described by conservative columnist and Psychiatrist Charles Krauthammer, Bush Derangement Syndrome (or BDS) is a loss of the capability for rational thought. This loss is often displayed over a period of hours, days or even months and years. The sufferer in all cases blames President George W. Bush for any and all types of disasters, human maladies, etc. despite abundant evidence of contrary causal effects. BDS is also manifested in many sufferers by a determination to label President Bush as the greatest single threat to democracy and freedom in the United States since the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts during the presidency of John Adams.
Everything with these clowns is projection, everything.
And when Palin freaks about the media exploiting her children, the MSM bias, and compulsively lies about everything from campaign issues to band-aids, none of it is her responsibility, it's all the media. It's all a conspiracy.
Since we oddly have no actual pictures of her, you know, running in Runners World, and each photo seems staged to a comic degree, and her exploitation of the child has been relentless from the get-go, and I provide the links for readers to make up their own minds, I don't think I'm being unfair. I may be wrong, of course, and I'm happy to air another view, hence this dissent. And my reader is right that we can get stuck in a rut and not give someone a fresh look.
But my view is that people do not change that much and their history is often a guide to who they are, and I observed Palin very closely - after initially liking her - and that's my judgment. I'm very fallible and I may be wrong so I urge Dish readers to seek other views and interpretations. But here's the point I'd make now: If Palin had herself shifted the narrative since the election, if she had gone back to Alaska to do her job diligently, and made an effort to master domestic and foreign policy issues, and run for a second term on her record, rather than preening about in Runners World and picking fights with David Letterman and setting up Sarahpac and on and on, then I think many of us would have been prepared to look again. She was hopelessly unready in 2008 - but she's young and could evolve and grow. Everything we see - from the tabloid family feuds to the staged controversies - suggest a regression, not an evolution. She is who she is, hence the solidity of her support and opposition.
Why people still love her, and the more unhinged she gets, the louder they clap.
Part of Sarah Palin's irresistible appeal to her fundamentalist base is her ability to look at the camera with utter conviction and declare black to be white.
The ability to lie well is a valuable part of the fundamentalist psychology. My son isn't gay, he just hasn't found the right woman! Those rocks aren't 50 million years old, they just look like it as a test of our faith! My sexless marriage isn't foundering, it is filled with God's spirit! The minister isn't molesting little Maria, they're just very close! It isn't torture, it is being tough on terrorists!
Fundamentalists can recognize a truly audacious and talented liar from miles away. Instead of running the other way, as you might expect, they gather around the powerful liar, for they know that their own lies will be respected and protected by a leader who understands the paramount importance of preserving their whole system of denial.
John Bolton, from today's Washington Post:
"Significantly, the uprising in Iran also makes it more likely that an effective public diplomacy campaign could be waged in the country to explain to Iranians that [an Israeli strike] is directed against the regime, not against the Iranian people. This was always true, but it has become even more important to make this case emphatically, when the gulf between the Islamic revolution of 1979 and the citizens of Iran has never been clearer or wider. Military action against Iran’s nuclear program and the ultimate goal of regime change can be worked together consistently."
'Cause nothing will rally a Muslim people yearning to be free from their own oppressive government more than foreign Jewish airstrikes.
Is there any dilemma Neocons doubt could be solved by military high-explosives?
That's about all the stupid I can take today.
It was a supernatural View today when the ladies welcomed John Edward, Dr. Brian Weiss, Sandy Anastasi, and Joanne Reeves to our studio! John kicked off the show by doing an amazing audience reading; our viewers were surprised to see how right on he actually was. Then, the ladies welcomed Dr. Brian Weiss, who took Joy on a journey back to a past life. Later, Sandy Anastasi read Whoopi's tarot cards and informed us what each card actually represents. Finally, John Edward came back to give Sherri a fantastic psychic reading -- and Joanne Reeves told Elisabeth and our audience what's in the stars for the Hasselbeck family. All of today's guests can be found on infinitequest.com.
Get ready for an hour unlike any other this Thursday on The View. In this special edition of the show, the co-hosts each get exposed to some variety of the supernatural, be it tarot cards, past lives, or messages from beyond. Sherri gets a reading with nationally recognized psychic John Edward, and we can't even begin to tell you how that all went down. Whoopi gets her tarot cards read, and we all get a lesson in the difference between right-side-up tarot cards and upside-down tarot cards. And Joy gets put under hypnosis by a past-life expert, who delves deep into Joy's childhood. No, farther back. No, even FARTHER back!