Words and the Looneytune GOP

February 8, 2009

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This morning a note on words misplaced by right-wing, wingnuts suffering intently from schizophasia in a most non-oblique fashion.
An ex-Detroit Lions coach had to apologize for being nasty and petulent last month after saying “Good-bye, ladies,” to three male Detroit sports writers.

Reminds one of California’s Governator proclaiming members of the state legislature as “girly-men” during budget battles.
Marinelli and Schwarzenegger are just big-mouthed public oafs, linked through failure, one the fall guy for a win-less season, and the other, the big burrio roasting on such a financial hotplate the good times are over for the Golden State.
(Illustration found here).

A lot of words, and a lot of words linked together as phrases, are floating around out there in the ether, this being the age of capture-the-moment words, like Big Al Greenspan’s usage of just two of them last fall, “shocked disbelief,” to describe how he felt about helping bring down the global financial markets.
Or the locution sprouting last week from repugnant blowhard Rush Limbaugh setting the number of words he needs to explain President Obama: “…I need four: I hope he fails.”
And speaking of seven words — the late comedian George Carlin’s FBI file was recently released and not many words were contained therein:

  • There’s also a letter from Hoover himself thanking one of Carlin’s critics for defending his honor, and an internal FBI memo that quotes the director as asking: “What do we know of Carlin?”
    Not much, as it turned out. The memo notes the FBI has “no data concerning Carlin” other than the two letters from his critics.
    “Which kind of disappoints me,” laughed Carlin’s daughter, Kelly Carlin McCall, who provided the file to The Associated Press. “It doesn’t really cover any of his more radical 1970s stuff.”

Carlin’s famous monologue: “The original seven words … that will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and (laughter) maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor (laughter) um, and a bourbon.”
See the original stand-up performance here.

Politics operates by words, which once spoken still mean nothing.
In this vast churning mesh of words, one wonders how Republicans can currently look themselves in the mirror (or maybe die-hard GOPers can’t be seen in mirrors) and not see the obvious — a clueless face with nasty, cruel eyes.
Even amongst themselves they ain’t pretty.
From ABC NewsThe Note blog comes word of Sarah Palin snubbing US House Republicans:

  • Retreat organizers tell ABC News that Palin politely declined, giving a perfectly understandable reason. According to the Congressional Institute, which hosted the conference, Palin said she simply could not make it to the retreat because pressing state business made it impossible for her to leave Alaska this weekend.
    So where is Palin this weekend? She’s in Washington, D.C., attending the super-elite Alfalfa Dinner.
    “She lied to us,” said a Republican at the retreat.
    Asked why Palin told the Republicans she could not leave Alaska this weekend, Palin spokesman Bill McAllister offered this non-responsive answer:
    “My understanding is that the governor has not scheduled any partisan events on her current trip to D.C.,” McAllister told ABC News.

Operative word there, Bill, is partisan — apt usage to describe a political entity that has descended into a kind of mental-snow-blindness, lashing out without any kind of rhyme or reason, and doing it with a strange, though, really-sad, slap-stick stupidity.
One goofball GOPer, Dick Armey (the GOP seems to have an inordinate — great word — amount of ‘dicks’ in its ranks) used a marvelous, but ancient word to describe the argument of salon.com’s Joan Walsh on MSNBC’s Hardball last week as prattle, but of course he inadvertently described the entire Republican party’s line of rhetoric since Jan. 20.
Armey also slapped Walsh for her gender.
See and read about the whole, ugly mess at Think Progress.
This political-crap scene was focused on the above mentioned Mr. Limbaugh and the near-treasonous shit (another great word — as Carlin once noted, a word usually not used in its original form, feces, but instead, is used to explain a shitload of other stuff having nothing to do with going poo — that has blubbered out of Rush’s shit-hole of a mouth just since Jan. 20.
Read a recap here.

And in an even more obvious stunt: A black was elected head of the RNC — a first in its 155-year history — an apparent mirror-like opposition to the first-ever black president.
Michael Steele is indeed black, but he’s just another Lindsey Graham loaded with the bloated lips of a Rush Limbaugh.
Steele quickly added another new word into the GOP gutter trap: Goose egg.
He praised House Republicans for their refusal to pony-up one single vote for Obama’s stimulus package: “The goose egg you laid on the president’s desk was just beautiful,” he said.
And step forward, open big mouth, insert big foot and Blago! New word: Fraud:

  • The recent allegations outlined four specific transactions.
    In addition to the payment to Steele’s sister, Fabian said that the candidate used money from his state campaign improperly; that Steele paid $75,000 from the state campaign to a law firm for work that was never performed; and that he or an aide transferred more than $500,000 in campaign cash from one bank to another without authorization.

This Fabian guy isn’t cool, either. He was sentenced last October in another unrelated fraud case.
The GOP has become a corrupt-infested organization, but still swinging the bat hard for the fence.
Last Wednesday, the GOP added the word, “insurgency” to its mounting nitwit vocabulary to describe how Repubs should fight the Obama administration.
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, rolled deep into muddied waters and almost drowned before a quick-thinking aide saved his ass.

  • “Insurgency, we understand perhaps a little bit more because of the Taliban,” Sessions said during a meeting yesterday with Hotline editors.
    “And that is that they went about systematically understanding how to disrupt and change a person’s entire processes.
    And these Taliban — I’m not trying to say the Republican Party is the Taliban.
    No, that’s not what we’re saying.
    I’m saying an example of how you go about [sic] is to change a person from their messaging to their operations to their frontline message. And we need to understand that insurgency may be required when the other side, the House leadership, does not follow the same commands, which we entered the game with.”

    When pressed to clarify, Sessions said he was not comparing the House Republican caucus to the Taliban, the Muslim fundamentalist group.
    “I simply said one can see that there’s a model out there for insurgency,” Sessions said before being interrupted by an aide.
    The staffer said Sessions was trying to convey that the Republicans need to start thinking about how to act strategically from their perch in the minority.

No, the Taliban is not who we is — The Taliban is alive and very well, thank-you, driving Afghanistan to the brink of an-even-bigger disaster, a situation the GOP-led and bled.
In other words, or word, Shithead Sessions “misspoke,” another Republican word-origin from Tricky-Dick days, making all Nixon’s statements on Watergate “inoperative:” Not incorrect, not misinformed, not untrue—simply inoperative, like batteries gone dead.

And Repubs have now jumped on a feckless use of words.
Yesterday, it was concluded Obama was attempting scare tactics:

  • “In discussing with the American people his approach to the stimulus of our economy, he has first really used some dangerous words,” said Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Republican.
    Mr. Kyl added, “It seems to me that the president is rather casually throwing out some careless language.”

Kyl was blubbering about Obama’s weekly address yesterday where he emphasized speed is needed for passage of his stimlus package: “Because if we don’t move swiftly to put this plan in motion, our economic crisis could become a national catastrophe.”

A mindless, clueless word thrasher — Kyl called Obama’s inaugural address not “high-brow, it was more low-brow” and even last month had already set up the current thrashing on the stimulus bill because it didn’t meet the GOP’s high standards.
The financial/economic situation — and the lying, blubber-mouth Kyle and the rest of the GOP sewage patrol knows fully well — is already in a catastrophe mode, just ask the 600,000+ people thrown out of work in January.
The anger among US peoples is getting wacko.
Frank Rich touches upon this national slow-boiling indignation in a piece this morning in the New York Times.
People are pissed at the way-overly obvious spreading of wealth — and it’s not just elitist:

  • The public’s revulsion isn’t mindless class hatred.
    As Obama said on Wednesday of his fellow citizens: “We don’t disparage wealth. We don’t begrudge anybody for achieving success.”
    But we do know that the system has been fixed for too long.
    The gaping income inequality of the past decade — the top 1 percent of America’s earners received more than 20 percent of the total national income — has not been seen since the run-up to the Great Depression.

Bad news on the doorstep.

Not to be out GOPed, the US military tossed in its $1 trillion word last week after stats showed US GIs are killing themselves faster than any insurgent — 24 committed suicide last month with only 16 killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Col. Kathy Platoni said that a major risk factor for soldiers is the multiple deployments most have experienced.
    “When people are apart you have infidelity, financial problems, substance abuse and child behavioral problems,” Platoni said. “The more deployments, the more it is exacerbated.”

Yes, Kathy Colonel, IEDs, shattered Humvees, four or five more-than-a-year tours in a urban slaughterhouse-5-to-the-10th-power that is Iraq could indeed exacerbate problems back home, but what can you do, huh?
As you know, you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.

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