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Sexy brainiac blogger Glenn Greenwald recently noted that that “Two months into Obama’s presidency, one can clearly conclude” that, unlike how the wingnuts marched in lockstep with the unelected members of the Bush regime, liberals have been “critical of and oppositional to a Democratic president when that president [undertakes] actions in tension with progressive views.”

In that spirit, I fucking cringed when I read that President Obama told U.S. troops today in a speech during his unannounced visit to Vietraq, “It is time for us to transition to the Iraqis. They need to take responsibility for their country.”

I got spitting mad when any member of the unelected Bush regime said anything like that, and I’m no happier to hear Obama say it.

The bottom line is that the Iraqi people did NOT ask for the United States to invade (er, “liberate”) their sovereign nation in March 2003 and to continue to occupy it today even when the “mission [was] accomplished” in May 2003.

In fact, the majority of world opinion was against the idea of the Bush regime invading Iraq, and when the United Nations Security Council refused to rubber-stamp the unelected regime’s invasion like a “good” little Security Council “should,” the Bush regime gave the council — and world opinion — the middle finger and invaded Iraq anyway. (And also at about that time, French fries became “freedom fries.” Shudder.)

About 100,000 dead Iraqis later, here is U.S. President Obama lecturing the Iraqis on taking personal responsibility when not only did the Iraqis NOT ask for the invasion and subsequent occupation of their sovereign nation for the war profiteering of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton and the other war-profiteering subsidiaries of BushCheneyCorp, but the United States of America still has not taken responsibility for its illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust March 2003 invasion of and subsequent occupation of the once-sovereign nation of Iraq. (Because being an American means never having to say that you’re sorry.)

The United States of America is in no position to lecture any other nation’s people (even indirectly, as Obama did) about responsifuckingbility.

I had considered it but I never commented on this Associated Press news story from March 31:

More than 1,000 retired military officers, including several who were top commanders, are urging President Barack Obama and Congress to maintain the law that bars gays from serving openly in the armed forces.

Obama is consulting with the Pentagon on the issue and says he supports eventual repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which prohibits gays in the military from being open about their sexual orientation. A bill that would allow gays to serve openly has been introduced in Congress.

A statement issued by the retired officers … said passage of that bill “would undermine recruiting and retention, impact leadership at all levels, have adverse effects on the willingness of parents who lend their sons and daughters to military service, and eventually break the All-Volunteer Force.”

Among the signatories were Gen. Carl E. Mundy, Jr., a former commandant of the Marine Corps; Adm. Leighton W. Smith, a former commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe; Gen. Charles A. Horner, who commanded U.S. aerial forces during the 1990-91 Gulf War; and Adm. Jerome L. Johnson, a former vice chief of Naval Operations.

The retired officers said they strongly supported the principle that “homosexuality is incompatible with military service” and warned that repeal of current law could jeopardize morale and “unit cohesion.” …

The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was put in place after President Bill Clinton tried to lift the ban on gay service members in 1993. Under the policy, the military does not ask recruits about their sexual orientation, while service members are banned from saying they are gay or bisexual, engaging in homosexual activity or trying to marry a member of the same sex.

Oh, Jesus fuck, where to even begin on this bullshit?

OK, first off, these homophobic military officers are retired. These guys are mostly stupid old white men, mostly Repugnicans, I’m sure. They are relics of the past. They are not the future. They are the past.

Secondly, I’m sure that stupid white men said the same old fucking shit when the armed forces were racially integrated — that allowing blacks (and other non-whites) would jeopardize morale and threaten unit cohesion, blah, blah, blah.

And who would be more likely to do such things as “undermine recruiting and retention,” “have adverse effects on the willingness of parents [to] lend their sons and daughters to military service, and eventually break the All-Volunteer Force”: gay men and lesbians who just want to serve in the military — or the stupid white men like those who comprised the unelected Bush regime, who, Vice President Joseph Biden just said today, stretched the U.S. military the thinnest that it ever has been stretched?

I mean, if you were a heterosexual thinking of enlisting or re-enlisting in the U.S. military, would the fact that these days you are sent back to a war zone over and over and over again have less of an impact on your decision than the possibility that — gasp! — one or more of your comrades might not be heterosexual?

If you were a parent, would you be more concerned that your son or daughter might encounter — gasp! — a non-heterosexual in the U.S. military, or that your son or daughter might end up like one of the more than 4,250 of our troops who have come home from the bogus Vietraq War in a box?

No, let’s blame gay men and lesbians who just want equal rights as being the largest threat to the U.S. military. Surely it’s not the stupid white men who ran the U.S. military into the fucking ground the past eight years!

I don’t know why anyone, straight, gay, bisexual or into chickens, would have any interest in joining the U.S. military when the U.S. military has been about war profiteering and keeping military contractors filthy rich more than it has been about actual national defense for many decades now.

Not too horribly dissimilarly, I don’t know whether my boyfriend and I, who have been together for a year and a half now, ever will get married or not (provided, of course, that California gets its fucking act together on same-sex marriage, like Iowa did, and marriage is an option to us). I am not certain that I even believe that marriage is a very good idea.

However, my boyfriend and I should have that option available to us like it is available to heterosexual couples, and anyone wishing to join the U.S. military — regardless of how intelligent I might esteem him or her to be — should be able to do so, regardless of such things as his or her race or sexual orientation.

These bigoted retired military officers need to get themselves some hobbies, because clearly they have too much time on their hands.

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Today the Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at then-U.S. “President” George W. Bush (who, unfortunately, is fairly agile) during a press conference in Baghdad in December (video grab above; I never tire of posting that image…) — in protest of the unelected Bush regime’s illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust invasion and subsequent occupation of his nation — had his prison sentence reduced from three years to one year, The Associated Press reports.

One year still is too long for the young man’s “crime” — after all, Bush was a mass-murdering dictator just like Saddam Hussein was, but Bush very most likely won’t spend even an hour behind bars for his war crimes and crimes against humanity — but it’s better than the three three years to which he originally was sentenced last month.

Hopefully, the 30-year-old Iraqi journalist will be released before the one year is up; he already has been incarcerated for too long.

And he should be given a medal for his patriotic action, which has inspired footwear-related anti-imperialist demonstrations around the world, such as this one in Moscow:

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Shoe-tossing Iraqi should go free

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Above: Relatives of the Iraqi journalist who was sentenced to prison for having shown his shoes at then-U.S. “President” George W. Bush — in protest of the unelected Bush regime’s illegal, immoral, unjust and unprovoked invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq — protest before and after his sentence by the puppet government in Baghdad today. Below: A video grab of Bush ducking one of the Iraqi journalist’s shoes at a press conference with the leader of Iraq’s puppet government, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in Baghdad in December. The Associated Press reports that a poll released today “found that 62 percent of Iraqis surveyed considered [the shoe-tossing journalist] a hero and only 24 percent considered him a criminal.”

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Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the 30-year-old Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at then-U.S. “President” George W. Bush in protest during a press conference in Baghdad in December, has been sentenced to three years in prison by an Iraqi court for his defiant act of footwear hurling.

He should be set free.

George W. Bush is responsible for the wholly unnecessary deaths of thousands upon thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians and more than 4,250 members of the American military as the result of his unelected regime’s illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust Vietraq War, yet not only does Bush remain free — and he very most likely won’t spend as much as a single fucking day in jail — but American taxpayers will finance his fucking retirement.

There is no fucking justice in a world in which a man who throws his shoes at some murderous dictator (and misses!) spends three years in prison, but the murderous dictator remains at large.

The United States of America has no fucking grounds upon which to lecture any other nation on the topic of justice until and unless traitor and war criminal George W. Bush and his fellow treasonous war criminals are brought to justice.

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OK, so Rod “$enate $eat for $ale” Blahblahblahblah (pictured today above) by a unanimous vote of the Illinois state Senate is now the former governor of Illinois, but does anyone think that he’ll ever really go away?

That he’ll have a book published is a foregone conclusion; the punishment for wrongdoing in the United States of America is that you get to make big $$$ writing a book. (At least it will be legal for Blahblahblahblah to sell his book to the highest bidder…)

Let’s just hope that Blahblahblahblah doesn’t decide to go into porn

Ted Haggard, either…

The poor Repugnicans are struggling to define their core principles.

Gee, I can help them with that. I can condense the ’Pugs’ core principle into one simple word: treason.

They stole the 2000 presidential election (via Florida and via Ohio probably the 2004 election, too) and they started the bogus Vietraq War, which has resulted in the wholly unnecessary deaths of at least 4,236 of our military personnel — and in the looting of about $600 billion of American taxpayers’ dollars thus far, most of which has gone to the pockets of war profiteers like Dick Cheney’s Halliburton.

The Repugnicans are perfectly OK with hundreds of billions of Americans’ tax dollars going to war profiteers via a bogus war — after all, they can’t just loot the U.S. treasury directly — but the Repugnicans are against spending billions of American taxpayers’ own dollars on Americans.

And the Repugnicans want to make sure that the super-rich pay as little in taxes as possible, while the common American taxpayer takes it up the ass.

The Repugnicans sold out the nation to the super-rich and the Repugnicans want to prevent the nation’s recovery from that sellout.

Yup, in a word, treason.

There, I’ve done their work for them.

If they want to add a few more words to their core principles, plutocracy, racism, misogyny, “Christo”fascism, homophobia, xenophobia, nationalism/jingoism and hypocrisy all come to mind.

Residents of Tikrit in Iraq have erected a sort of shrine to the Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at former “President” George W. Bush at a press conference in Baghdad last month:

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A statue built for Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who hurled ...

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I never get sick of the shoe thing.

And this is the first statue in honor of George W. Bush that I’m aware of…

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I’ll miss the first Stepford lady — NOT

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Stepford wife Laura Bush (shown above in September) was in a tizz that her husband had to duck a pair of shoes, but has no apparent problem whatsofuckingever that her unelected husband is responsible for the wholly unnecessary deaths of at least tens of thousands of people, including more than 4,200 members of the U.S. military in Vietraq.

Laura Bush today stated that the throwing of a pair of shoes at her mass-murdering dictator of a husband at a press conference in Baghdad earlier this month constitutes an act of assault.

Well, she’s right, of course; legally speaking, throwing an object at someone, especially an object that could harm its target should it make contact with its target, constitutes assault. (It would have been battery had one of the two shoes thrown at him by the righteously enraged Iraqi actually hit the “president.”)

So yes, it was an assault.

But an infinitely worse assault was the assault on the entire fucking American democracy when her husband stole office in late 2000 despite having lost not only the popular vote to Al Gore by more than a half-million votes, but also despite having lost the pivotal state of Florida, which “President” Bush “won” by fewer than 550 votes but whose recount the Repugnican-dominated U.S. Supreme Court halted.

It was, in fact, the largest assault on the American democracy of my lifetime.

Then there was the infinitely worse assault on the Iraqi people, whom the unelected Bush regime made pay for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, although 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, the ruling class of which the Bush crime family is buddy-buddy, and not a single of the 9/11 hijackers was from Iraq, and to this day there is not a shred of evidence that Iraq nor a single Iraqi had had anything whatsofuckingever to do with 9/11. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have died in the Bush regime’s illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust Vietraq War.

Because you know, the best way to prevent another terrorist attack upon the United States by angry Arabs is to slaughter tens of thousands of completely innocent Arabs! Yes, the Bush regime’s “war on terror” guarantees that we’ll have terror to combat for generations to come! (Not that that is treason or anything!) 

And there has been the infinitely worse assault on the more than 4,200 members of the U.S. military who have died pointlessly in Iraq. They didn’t die protecting their country because Iraq never posed a threat to their country. They died for nothing. No, wait — they did die for the billions of dollars that were stolen from the U.S. treasury and handed over to Dick Cheney’s Halliburton and the other war-profiteering subsidiaries of BushCheneyCorp via the bogus war in Vietraq.

But Laura Bush is really pissed off that her poor, poor husband had to duck a pair of shoes.

Can you imagine what it must be like to be Laura Bush? (If you’re not a wingnut or a Repugnican, I mean?)

To be able to ignore the fact that your husband is a mass-murdering dictator but to be able to have a tizzy about the fact that your mass-murdering dictator of a husband had to duck a pair of shoes?

Laura Bush might miss the White House, but after she finally dies, she can become the first lady of hell. Better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven anyway, right?

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Even more on the shoes

I came across this little animation of George W. Bush as “The Matrix’s” hero Neo dodging shoes instead of bullets. Funny.

And I was amused to read that “A Saudi reportedly offered $10 million for just one of the shoes” that were tossed at “President” Bush last weekend. Unfortunately, The Associated Press reports that reportedly the shoes were destroyed when investigators were trying to determine whether they complained explosives.

Dumb asses. Obviously the shoes were just shoes thrown by an Iraqi citizen with quite justified anger, and I agree with the Iranian cleric who, the AP reports, asserted that the shoes should have been put in a museum. (Not that museums in the Middle East are safe from the aftermath of illegal, immoral, unjust and unprovoked American invasions…)

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Worst. ‘President.’ Ever.

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Speaking at the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania today, “President” Bush bragged that there hasn’t been another 9/11 since 9/11 — he wants kudos for doing his job — and today he also claimed to Fox “News,” “I didn’t compromise my soul to be a popular guy.” No, he sold his soul to Dick Cheney’s war-profiteering Halliburton instead of to popularity.

Apparently “President” Bush doesn’t want our last memory of him to be that of him ducking a pair of shoes thrown at him by an enraged Iraqi — you know, one of the people we “liberated.” (We “liberated” tens of thousands of them quite permanently)

So now Bush is reminding us that we have him to thank for the fact that we haven’t had a 9/11-level terrorist attack since Sept. 11, 2001.

Wow.

That’s like expecting a fucking Brownie button for the fact that yes, you killed an entire family while drunken driving, but that you haven’t killed anyone else since.

The worst terrorist attack on mainland American soil happened on Sept. 11, 2001, on Bush’s watch — less than a month and a week after he had received a presidential daily briefing titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”

Who knew?

Bush knew.

Bush didn’t care.

Just like he knew that Hurricane Katrina was determined to strike in the U.S. in August 2005 but he didn’t care about that, either.

In the last days of his disastrous hostile occupation of the White House, Bush can try to rewrite history all he wants; history will record him as W: The. Worst. “President.” Ever.

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Muntazer al-Zaidi is my hero, too

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People throughout the Arab world deem Iraqi television journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, pictured above, as a hero, and have demonstrated against the United States’ continued illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq after al-Zaidi threw his shoes at Emperor Bush on Sunday.

Muntazer al-Zaidi — the under-30 Iraqi television journalist who threw both of his shoes at U.S. “President” Bush on Sunday, embarrassing the American dictator despite the dictator’s denials of embarrassment — is a hero among those Iraqis who haven’t sold their nation out to the corporate interests of the crumbling empire of the United States of America.

As he should be.

He’s my hero, too, because while my fellow Americans have been too pussy to remove and bring to justice our eight-year dictator who first stole a presidential election, then allowed the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to happen, and then started a bogus war against a nation that had had nothing whatsofuckingever to do with 9/11, al-Zaidi stood up and did what he could do when he found himself in the presence of Satan incarnate: he threw his shoes at the devil.

As I noted long ago, “President” Bush — whom I never considered to be my president, but whom I consider to be the treasonous and mass-murdering usurper that he is, and who deserves the ultimate punishment for mass murder and treason —  is “the most protected man in the world and the man who is the least worth protecting in the world.”

So for the historically well-protected Bush to have to duck a pair of airborne shoes at a press conference — that was priceless.

Bush tried to save face, first literally by ducking the flying footwear, and then figuratively by trying to dismiss the Iraqi journalist’s strong statement. The journalist was venting his rage at the death in and the destruction of his nation that Bush’s regime wrought for the war profits of the likes of Dick Cheney’s war-profiteering Halliburton — I can only imagine the righteous rage that the young man felt when he found himself in the same room with the Colonizer in Chief — and Bush attempted to minimize the man’s strong statement by comparing it to giving someone the middle finger, and Bush even tried to use the man’s defiant act as “evidence” that Iraqis are now “free.”

So much for “free speech” — al-Zaidi is in the custody of Iraq’s puppet government and faces criminal charges. Since he didn’t actually physically harm Bush, al-Zaidi’s “crime” can only be that he embarrassed those who form Iraq’s American-ass-licking puppet government by not having been deferential to the American dictator who had dared to show his face on Iraqi soil.

Not that Iraq’s puppet government won’t let al-Zaidi go; he has done what the puppet government has refused to do, which is to stand up against Iraq’s colonizers from the United States. Iraq’s puppet government will let al-Zaidi go — or face the wrath of the people to whom he is a national hero.

And we Americans, who don’t possess a fraction of the courage that al-Zaidi does, never will bring George W. Bush and his henchpeople to justice for their treason and their crimes against humanity, but we will even finance their retirement.

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