War; What Is It Good For?

A War Of Bullets

Last week, we saw our Decider in Chief tell all of us that he’s already committed 21,000 troops into Baghdad, which confuses me as to the reason behind the presentation in the first place. Isn’t that about the same thing as being stopped at a red light and the guy behind you gets out of his car, walks up to your window and says: “I’ve already committed to the idea of running into your back with my car, please buckle up.”?

A War Of Words

Last October, we witnessed Michael Richards go on some wacked-out tirade against black folks and calling them theMichael Richards “N——” word. Mr. Richards, a Jew, later tries to apologise six ways to Sunday, including phoning in while Jerry Seinfeld was out on the sofa with Jay Leno. (Click the picture of Richards to see the YouTube video if you’re interested in seeing this idiot do it all over again.) Albeit Richards’ meltdown was in the middle of his act, the media was in a frenzie about his word choice…everybody was talking about it.

During that same time, TR Knight of the ABC show “Greys Anatomy” came out of the closet rather quietly. What was going on? Isaiah Washington was talking to some of the cast members and referencing TR by calling him a faggot. Then during the Golden Globe awards, a reporter asked the cast of Greys Anatomy a question to which Isaiah Washington excitedly grabbed the microphone and said; “I did not…call TR Knight a faggot.”

Golden Globe Awards; Greys Anatomy cast TR Knight, as he reported on Ellen Degeneres’ show “Ellen”, said he was around the corner when Washington let the slur slip out of his mouth the first time. He said little on the show about Washington’s comment on Ellen’s show, however Katherine Heigl who plays Dr Isobel “Izzie” Stephens, was quoted to say (about Washington); “He should just not be allowed to speak in public” [about this topic].

How weird the two incidents, both happening right around the same time frame, that one gets virtually no airtime in comparason.

By the way, if you want to sign an “e-protest” and have your voice heard to have Isaiah Washington fired, you can click here. The best write up argument about this incident came from AfterElton which you can read by clicking here. Another excellent write up on this story comes from Dorothy Surrenders and their peice on “Anatomy of Hate”.

Now tell me something: If Isaiah Washington can call TR Knight a faggot while in the workplace, would it be perfectly acceptable for TR Knight to turn around and say; “F*** off, nigger!” Is there a balance in that?

Perhaps the more honest response is a simple response: “Don’t call us a faggot and we won’t call you.”

A War of Legislation

Brandt Hershman, a state senator from Indiana (a Republican of course), has won the GOP Hypocrit of the week with his newest legislation to prevent gay folks from getting married in the Hoosier State.

The legislator’s ex-wife alleges that in 2000 he drove her to an abortion clinic and he paid for her to have an abortion. Even better, he then filed for divorce a week later. Nice. He said that he didn’t force her to do so, she claimed that he did.

This guy is just as bad as Newt “Newtie” Gingrich, who met his wife in recovery after cancer surgery with his attorneyNewtie Baby present demanding that she sign his divorce papers.

The most notorious incident in Gingrich’s marriage — first reported by David Osborne in Mother Jones magazine in 1984 — was when he cornered Jackie in her hospital room where she was recovering from uterine cancer surgery and insisted on discussing the terms of the divorce he was seeking.

Shortly after that infamous encounter, Gingrich refused to pay his alimony and child-support payments. The First Baptist Church in his hometown had to take up a collection to support the family Gingrich had deserted.

Let’s also point out that Newtie’s women all had to give him a blow-job because, as he put it, “so I can say that I haven’t slept with you”. He was mighty upset about Clinton’s blow-job act, but for him…It’s okay.

It’s becoming more and more of a stereotype that these neocons are nothing but a Sunday School teacher’s failure with a macaroni , paper and glitter potrait. “The National Sunday School Teacher Association” shouldn’t be blamed… Newtie, Hershman and Bush Co. are the obvious constant.

A War on Church

Bishop Desmond Tutu is at it again, blasting Peter Akinola’s homophobia within the Anglican Church. Just in time before their upcoming big meetings (Anglican Communion) where the fur will fly and homophobes will be screaming about how terrifying gay people aren’t.

I have to hand it to Bishop Tutu – some folks like Billy Graham, some like Jerry Falwell (I don’t know why), while others love Sinead O’Conner as a favorite person of the religious cloth… For me? It’s Bishop Desmond Tutu who has always managed to live his life as a Christian should, and as Christ commanded us.

No wait… That sounded all weird and stuff….!! I take that back!!

A War on Attorneys

The Bush Administration is terminating the services of, or demoting attorneys involved in the Jack Abramoff scandals. When Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez was asked about this activity, Gonzalez went into complete denial claiming that the firing of these attorneys were simply another example of brilliant management-style by the President.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has denied political motivations behind the resignations, recently telling Congress, “Nothing could be further from the truth.” He added that they were a “sign of good management” by the Bush administration.

Meanwhile, a top official in the Pentagon is trying to intimidate law firms that are representating prisoners in Guantanamo. The Pentagon, tried to separate themselves from Charles “Cully” Stimson’s comments by stating emphatically that he doesn’t represent the view of the Bush Administration. Stimson, who seemed to be on a rant, went on to say;

“And I think, quite honestly, when corporate CEOs see that those firms are representing the very terrorists who hit their bottom line back in 2001, those CEOs are going to make those law firms choose between representing terrorists or representing reputable firms,” Stimson said.

Asked who might be paying the law firms to represent Guantanamo detainees, Stimson hinted at wrongdoing for which some explaining should be done.

“It’s not clear, is it? Some will maintain that they’re doing it out of the goodness of their heart — that they’re doing it pro bono, and I suspect they are,” he said. “Others are receiving monies from who knows where and I’d be curious to have them explain that.”

Well boys and girls, if you can’t call this Stalinism or Marxism, when shall we begin?

A War On Racism

HargroveIn a Virginia newspaper interview relating to Virginia offering an apology to African Americans for its involvement with slavery, Delegate Frank D. Hargrove stated simply:

slavery ended nearly 140 years ago with the Civil War and added that “our black citizens should get over it.”

Mr. Hargrove went on to ask the rhetorical question of whether or not Jews should apologizing for the crucifixition of Christ!

As a proud Yankee, it’s high time we put people like Frank Hargrove on notice by saying we have no plans to apologize forV Goode kicking his grand-daddy’s ass in the Civil War. We have no qualms about remindng Mr. Hargrove and his racist buddy Virgil Goode that their grandfathers’ asses were handed to them and we have no intention of ever apologizing for it and we’ll happily do it again!

I wonder how any Republican can be proud to stand up with these neo-nazi scumballs? I mean, don’t they smell bad or something?!

A War on Music

And finally (whew!) there’s the matter of war in music. While I typed all of this and zoomed around picking up links and pictures, I kept humming the same tune in my head… “War..What is it good for? UH! …AAAboslutely nothing! Say it again!!” Of course, thinking about Ewdin Starr’s original 1970 version kept sticking in my brain. Then U2’s Sunday Bloody Sunday song danced around in my head, which was from their WAR album back in 198-something.

But one tune stuck out especially…and I have to admit – the Video they produced was pretty damned cool too. So, if’n ya wanna see my musical interpretation of “war”… Click here:

The Fruit Fly

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