Obama’s Right, Clinton’s a Jerk, Fox Sucks and Kucinich is Cool

As much as I hate to link to Fox News, all this bull being slung about Obama’s decision not to wear a flag pin on his lapel is irritating.  His criticism of the flag makes me think of all the phony assholes driving suvs with flags, “9/11” and support the troops stickers who vote Republican.  Its a display of group think, not patriotism.  While I do think Obama could think of a clever way to take back the flag, his criticism of what it has become is quite accurate.

Which makes this hysterical littler piece of reporting all the more frustrating.  Here’s Hillary’s take on things (emphasis mine):

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton told FOXNews.com Thursday night that she sometimes wears a pin to show her patriotism. “Wearing a flag pin, flying the flag, pledging allegiance to the flag, talking about the values that are important to America, teaching your children about what a great nation you have, standing up for those values, speaking out … there’s just so many ways that one can demonstrate patriotism,” Clinton said at a Chicago fundraiser.

That quote makes me want to scratch my eyes out.  It sounds like a damn infomercial for patriotism.

A spokesman for Joe Biden told FOXNews.com that the Delaware senator “always wears a flag pin.” It wasn’t clear whether Dennis Kucinich wears a pin, but a spokeswoman told FOXNews.com that the Ohio congressman does “does carry a mini copy of the Constitution in his pocket.”

In other news, Biden is a cowardly douche.  And Kucinich rocks.  He carries the constitution in his pocket.  Perhaps he should let Bush have a look.

John Edwards, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson didn’t return calls for comment.

Hell yes they didn’t.  Cause Fox News is a sham.

On the Republican side McCain actually had a good answer:

Republican hopeful John McCain said he doesn’t wear a flag pin on a daily basis. Brooke Buchanan, a spokeswoman for the Arizona senator, said “his record of service to his country shows his dedication.”

A good point.

Other Republican contenders Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul didn’t respond to calls.

Maybe because this just isn’t an issue.  But just like the $400 haircut, the media think they have a buzzworthy story that will garner eyeballs and sell papers.  Instead all they have is yet another reason why purely market driven media organizations suck:  Perceived buzz and potential profit rule the day over relevance and substance.


Bush On Torture


President Bush has again defended his administration’s interrogation policies, saying the U.S. government does not torture people.

On Thursday, The New York Times newspaper reported about two secret memos, issued in 2005, authorizing the harshest interrogation methods ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency. They include a barrage of simultaneous tactics – including stress positions, hitting, exposure to extreme temperatures, and simulated drowning.

What is torture?  Is it a set f prescribed actions, like beating or cutting a prisoner?  Is it the act of inflicting pain to extract information?

Why the hell are we asking these questions.  And what the fuck is wrong with Americans who still support this lying bastard?

Top GOP Candidates Back Bush’s Veto

Yes, Yes YES! The four top candidates are going against over 80% of the voting public on their top domestic issue. Hellooooo Democratic President in 2008!

That’s 84% (NYTimes, emphasis mine):

The poll also found overwhelming support behind the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers many low- and moderate-income children and is up for renewal in Congress this year. Eighty-four percent of those polled said they supported expanding the current program to cover all uninsured children, now estimated at more than eight million. A similar majority said they thought the lack of health insurance for many children was a ”very serious” problem for the country.

Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney, John McCain and Mitt Romney are already on the wrong side of the voting public with their support of the Iraq war.

(image source: ABC News)