Monday, August 14, 2006

Cheney endorses Lamont!

Back to politics, you knew it couldn't be too long...

Click the link for the pot calling the kettle black...

Imagine if you will, a new sitcom, called "Lieberman and Lamont," and it has the same theme song and setting as "Sanford and Son." The Senator and his upstart opponent sell junk to people that buy junk, and Lieberman spends a lot of time saying things to Ned (and his supporters) like "Lamont! You big dummy!" and Lieberman staggers around grabbing his chest saying things like "Daschle! I'm comin' to join you honey!"

Dick Cheney had this to say regarding Ned Lamont's primary defeat of Joe Lieberman:

"The thing that's partly disturbing about it is the fact that, [from] the standpoint of our adversaries, if you will, in this conflict, and the al-Qaeda types, they clearly are betting on the proposition that ultimately they can break the will of the American people in terms of our ability to stay in the fight and complete the task."

Sure, you think he's saying that a vote for Lamont is a vote for Al-Qaeda, when the actual reasons for Lieberman's defeat are largely policies Cheney has championed, and Lieberman's fawning support of same. But this isn't English. It's Cheney-speak, if you will. It can never be taken at face value.

Other examples of Cheney-speak:

From the very floor of the U.S. Senate, directed to Senator Patrick Leahy:

"Go fuck yourself."

His deft sense of decorum should be an inspiration to all Americans...

About the Iraqi insurrection, now poised to drop Iraq into full-fledged civil war, in a famous statement made in June of 2005:

"The level of activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline. I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."

Speaking to the VFW convention in August, 2002, pre-Iraqi invasion (can you say it with me? It's become such a classic):

"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us."

To John Edwards, America, and the world, at the VP debate, 2004:

"The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight." (video subsequently proved otherwise)

MEET THE PRESS, September 2003:

"Since I left Halliburton to become George Bush's vice president, I've severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interests. I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven't had now, for over three years." Cheney received money from Halliburton in 2001 and 2002 (Cheney's own financial disclosure sheets, ummm, disclose this). He received more from Halliburton in 2001 than he received payment from U.S. for being VP.

Okay. I've demonstrated that for some reason Cheney says things that do not jibe with the reality (Unreality? Borrowing a page from Dubya-speak?) he's describing. You cannot take the first quote I listed as anything other than a hearty recommendation for Connecticut to vote Lamont.

The question remaining is, is EVERYTHING he utters neo-con bullshit, or does ACTUAL reality ever escape his lips? After a daunting search...

On his five deferments from military service in his youth, from 1989:

"I had other priorities in the '60s than military service."

His Vice Presidential service record shows the truth in these words, and that some things never change. Military service and those who serve is about as important to him as protecting this country from the radical Islamists he's helping create.

His next true quote will be something along the lines of: "BOO!"

Should Connecticut support Lieberman? Well, just look at the list of liberal luminaries suggesting you do so...

Bill O'Reilly
Ann Coulter
Sean Hannity

Yeah, these are the people to listen to when it comes to liberal politics...they care so much about our cause...the cause being America herself, not the richest 1%...

That was not Cheney-speak, it was sarcasm...

Wait a explanation for Cheney-speak? The things Cheney says are not funny at all, in any context...

As long as Liberals let the so-called right define our party, we lose, period. Let them pull their hair out over sending a real Democrat to the Senate, and losing an ally that is on the wrong side of the aisle, not to mention the wrong side of the issue. There will be less hair for them to pull out election night.

And now, let the accusations of anti-semitism begin! My great-grand-pa, Jewish immigrant Jacob Rosenstein, would be verklempt.

Sunday, August 06, 2006


Been too damn long, but here's a bite-sized entry...

Official word has come down that Heath Ledger will be cast as the Joker in the sequel to BATMAN BEGINS, titled THE DARK KNIGHT. Summer 2005 featured extended discussions of how good the new Batman movie would be compared to FANTASTIC FOUR, and the thing (no pun) that stuck out to me was a significant difference in the quality of the casts.

FF had Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba and Julian McMahon. Actors of talent to be sure, if a bit underexposed. And for the most part, they did well, with Chiklis and Evans shining. Stars of BATMAN BEGINS: Christain Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy. You get a sense that this cast could turn around and do an adaptation of Shakespeare the next day. The FF cast has to remind one more of FX than the Bard...

Most of the cast of BEGINS returns for DARK KNIGHT; add to this mix an actor that first got my attention playing the son of Billy Bob Thornton's character in MONSTER'S BALL. Ang Lee thought that the same performance demonstrated what he wanted to see in Ennis Del Mar for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. To me, Ledger's performance in BROKEBACK towered over everything else I saw last year, and demonstrated to me that he is one of our best actors of any age. For him to be cast as the Joker demonstrates one thing: