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I applaud Kennedy's decision to leave Congress. Free to devote all his time and energy to substance abuse (as opposed to merely most of it), he should be able to fully realize his massive potential at that endeavor.
Oh, I see Zorro has once again changed his gravatar. It's always nice to see that someone who talks about how level headed gunnutz are just can't resist outing himself as someone who really, really thinks killing folks that he disagrees with is coooooool.Oh, Patrick Kennedy substance abuser. That's something you could never accuse any GOPerv of doing. They don't have time to abuse drugs, they're too busy abusing boys.But, then again, I'm sure Zorro is a "libertarian" along with being a 3%er and an AGW denialist--so he don't gotta care what the GOPervs are up to.
Hey, remember that nonsense from Pat Robertson about Haiti and the deal with the devil. It just occurred to me maybe that what old man Kennedy did. That is one bad news family. I think I'd drink too if I were one of them.
The 'gunnutz' term which democommie used is a doctoral dissertation begging to be written.I've found it most curious since my blogging days began to 'know' that 'gunnutz' are for real.In my pre-blogging naivety, I knew several hunters who loved the sport and that is where it all ended.But now I understand quite well [thanks to the boldness of mikeb302000] that there is an entire sub-culture festering here in America, below the surface, out of site of 'regular' folks and the average American.It has been an interesting and quite disturbing revelation.
Joe Kennedy was a scoundrel, no doubt about that. He was in the bootlegging business and was undoubtedly responisble for the deaths of many people.The jury is still out on the Bush family but it appears that they, at the least, profited handomely from dealing with companies owned by the Nazis. Not that there's anything wrong with THAT!Maybe ex-pretednsident Bush can now devote his life to the pursuit of hedonism, since he also has quite a resume in that regard.
democommie said: "It's always nice to see that someone who talks about how level headed gunnutz are just can't resist outing himself as someone who really, really thinks killing folks that he disagrees with is coooooool."1) It's from a T-shirt. Such T-shirts are an obvious response to other T-shirts worn by those who think that Che was a good guy. He wasn't.The anti-Che T-shirts depict a Che who was shot, which is what actually happened. Approving of that outcome is not unreasonable, since Che was trying to do the same to others.
Democommie says, amusingly:It's always nice to see that someone who talks about how level headed gunnutz [sic] are just can't resist outing himself as someone who really, really thinks killing folks that he disagrees with is coooooool [sic].Democommie, I've never used the "word" "gunnutz [sic]," so to say that I am one "who talks about" this undefined term of yours is patently and demonstrably false. As for talking about killing Guevara, there's no need, as the world was made a better place by that mass-murdering animal's removal from it before I was born.Oh, Patrick Kennedy substance abuser. That's something you could never accuse any GOPerv [sic] of doing. They don't have time to abuse drugs, they're too busy abusing boys.If you think it's not a problem to have legislators writing the laws by which we're expected to abide, while themselves being wasted, that is of course, your prerogative. I never claimed that this is a problem limited to one political party. I eagerly await the evidence for your claim that child molestation is prevalent in the Republican Party (or more so than in any other political party).Yeah--that's what I thought.You are correct that I am unaffiliated politically. I believe that partisan loyalty is for people so lazy and/or witless as to be unwilling to look past what jersey a politician is wearing. As Professor Quigley explains, those in government--our servants, ostensibly--quite rely on such intellectual laziness among the voters."AGW denialist"? Care to point to one instance of a claim on my part that human-induced climate change is not a legitimate concern? Good luck with that.
Mikeb says:Hey, remember that nonsense from Pat Robertson about Haiti and the deal with the devil.Ol' Pat definitely has some . . . novel ideas. I haven't quite figured out if this piece about him claiming that the Chile earthquake was the Chileans reaping what they sowed in making a deal with the Chupacabra was satire or not. With Robertson, that's not always clear.
Um, gosh, Zorro, have I misjudged you? You mean you just like to put provocative gravatars up because you can't think of better ones on your own. You have to copy other people's stuff?Well, of course Che Guevara was a bad person--because the CIA only ever kills the scum of the earth. But, he woulda for sure been a 3%er if he was alive today. I mean, he was trying to get the tin miners in Bolivia to rise up against the oppressive regime that was then in power. By murdering Senor Guevara the CIA was able to usher in a period (late 1960's to early 1980's) of unprecedented peace and prosperity for the bolivian peoples. Yeah, Che was the worst of the worst, just ask the dictators who were happy to have the US kill him.
Is my avatar insufficiently "creative" for your tastes, democommie? I'm devastated. I'll see if I can come up with something more to your liking over the next couple days. You know how important your approval is to me.If you're waiting for me to sing the praises of the many decades of interventionist U.S. foreign policy--much of it in the service of corporations--you'll need to be a patient man, because that's going to be a l-o-o-o-n-n-g-g wait.Multiple Medal of Honor awardee General Smedley Butler--of War is a Racket fame--is one of my heroes (I have more than a couple of those, and they're something of an eclectic mix).That said, I have no complaint about the CIA's involvement in the extermination of the mass murderer Che Guevara. Most of LBJ's foreign policy may have been something less than a ringing success, but if he had anything to do with ridding the world of that murdering thug, hats off to him.
Zoro, About the Che avatar, I was surprised at first because I thought he might have been more of a hero to you than a target of derision, mass murder and all that. I certainly agree that Smedley Butler is a hero. Anyone who wins even one Medal of Honor and lives to talk about it is a hero in my book. I'll have to look him up on Wikipedia (don't make fun of me, I always go there first).
Mikeb says:I was surprised at first because I thought he might have been more of a hero to you than a target of derision, mass murder and all that.Guevara fought some evil people--I don't dispute that. He also conducted and/or ordered hundreds (thousands?) of summary executions for "treason." Besides, his "cause" was collectivist tyranny. The fact that he fought against an almost feudal version of capitalist exploitation is not enough to make his side's evil forgivable.As for Smedley Butler, I think you'll find much to admire (and no, I don't see anything wrong with using Wikipedia as a starting point for research)--but read a bit from that "War is a Racket" link in my last comment in this discussion--I think you'll find yourself in strong agreement more often than not.The story of him helping to expose a Wall Street backed plot to overthrow FDR and set up some kind of fascist system is something I'll have to learn much more about.