Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

It's Called "History." Learn Some of It.

One of my aviation buddies sent me this link, to a story about a speech by John McCain (R-Goon) in Wisconsin. In his speech, McCain drops this stunner of a line:

"The war in Iraq was part of the fight against Islamic extremism, the greatest evil, probably, that this nation has ever faced."

Oh. Really. Permit me, if I may, to introduce you to a few butchers whose toll of slaughter makes Osama bin Ladin look like a toddler in a day-care center.

One was an obscure veteran of the German Army in World War I. He rose to become the leader of that nation and started a war that resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of people. He industrialized the practice of mass murder. If you haven't guessed that I am referring to Adolph Hitler, go punch yourself in the face.

The second gent is a little more obscure. During the time that Hitler was the leader of Germany (and for some time before and after), he ruled the Russian Empire. He send tens of millions of people into a huge network of prisons where most died. He engineered a famine in the Ukraine in the 1930s that killed millions more. In World War 2, his uncaring about casualties resulted in his army suffering somewhere between 8 and 10 million KIAs. He drove his nation from being an economic backwater into becoming the second nuclear power and the first nation to have an operationally-capable fusion bomb. His name: Joseph Stalin.

Then there was the nation that carried out a successful military attack on a major U.S. naval base and actually occupied American territory: Imperial Japan.

I can go on and on. Osama bin Ladin sent 19 guys armed with boxcutters in 2001 and because of that, he poses a greater threat to the nation than that posed by the Confederacy, which invaded all the way into Pennsylvania. The British Army sacked and burned our capitol during the War of 1812.

If anything, the greater threat posed to this country comes from those who would destroy our freedoms and liberties and dismantle our constitutional system of checks and balances, all in the name of providing a glimmer of protection.

We were, at times, a great nation, too great to be stampeded into a mass of quivering jelly by a bunch of fear-mongers. We need to reclaim that greatness once again.


Phil said...

Nice Job.
Well said and nice way of putting that shit into the proper perspective.
Dayum, I might just have to point folks yer way on that one.

PhysioProf said...

Good post. Right-wing douchehounds like McCain say wackaloon crazy shit like "greatest evil evaaahh", mean it, and no one calls them on it. Michelle Obama misspeaks, and lying diarrhoeic scumbags like Bill O'Reilly are stampeding for the fainting couch and accusing her of "hating America". Gimme a fucking break.

The only bright is that normal people are starting to go: "Hey. Wait a minute. These right-wing assholes are motherfucking LIARS!"

BadTux said...

Whenever some right-wing loon says something stupid to me, I ask, "how many of the world's best tanks does Osama bin Laden have? Does he have as many as Nazi Germany had? How many aircraft carriers does Osama bin Laden have? Does he have as many as Imperial Japan did when they bombed Pearl Harbor? How many nuclear-tipped rockets does Osama have? Does he have as many as the Soviet Union did?"

Sad to say, they never get the point, and go back to nattering about how Osama wants to destroy us, destroy us all, I say! And I want to be a basketball star. But the fact that I'm short, white, middle-aged and slow means I ain't gonna be one.

Point is, wishes are fine and all, but they ain't the same as reality, and reality is that unlike Imperial Japan, Nazi Germany, or the Soviet Union, Osama is some nutcase with delusions of grandeur who managed to accidentally take out a couple thousand Americans with box-cutters, not a threat to the existence of America. Timothy McVeigh was as big a threat to America as Osama. We executed him, if you recall. That's the proper thing to do with Osama bin Laden too, which is why it pisses me off that Dear Leader let Osama get away so that Dear Leader could go play in some God-forsaken sandpit in the Middle East that was even less a threat to America and Americans than Osama is...

- Badtux the Reality penguin

opit said...

GWOT is code too. "Screw the fuckwits blind" is about right.