Thursday, October 16, 2008

At Long Last, Have You No Sense of Decency?

The McCain plan for the presidency seems to hold fiction higher and higher above fact.

As Senator Barack Obama continues to gain support on a national level, American are left to endure the constant barrage of childish - perhaps even dangerous - fearful whining via the talking heads on right-wing radio and television, and even on the GOP (aka FOX network) campaign trail which evoke a witless desperation, akin to the whimpering cries of a bully who runs from a confrontation bellowing "this ain't over yet!"

For example, the surreal rantings of Rush Limbaugh (whose talent he claims was loaned to him by God):

"[African-Americans]
have been training young black kids to hate, hate, hate this country, and they trained their parents before that to hate, hate, hate this country. It was a movement."
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" ...
it has been part of an entire movement that has been going on for two, maybe three decades, right under our noses."

Then there is more nonsense, designed to evoke panic and fear via Sean Hannity, who cheers the philosophies of Andy Martin:

"But an appearance in a documentary-style program on the Fox News Channel watched by three million people last week thrust the man, Andy Martin, and his past into the foreground. The program allowed Mr. Martin to assert falsely and without challenge that Mr. Obama had once trained to overthrow the government.

An examination of legal documents and election filings, along with interviews with his acquaintances, revealed Mr. Martin, 62, to be a man with a history of scintillating if not always factual claims. He has left a trail of animosity — some of it provoked by anti-Jewish comments — among political leaders, lawyers and judges in three states over more than 30 years.

He is a law school graduate, but his admission to the Illinois bar was blocked in the 1970s after a psychiatric finding of “moderately severe character defect manifested by well-documented ideation with a paranoid flavor and a grandiose character.”

As for his background, he said: “I’m a colorful person. There’s always somebody who has a legitimate cause in their mind to be angry with me.”When questions were raised last week about Mr. Martin’s appearance and claims on “Hannity’s America” on Fox News, the program’s producer said Mr. Martin was clearly expressing his opinion and not necessarily fact."

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And there's this (now removed web site comments) screed from Sacramento Republicans:

"Sacramento County Republican leaders Tuesday took down offensive material on their official party Web site that sought to link Sen. Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden and encouraged people to "Waterboard Barack Obama" – material that offended even state GOP leaders."
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Taking credit for the site (sacramentorepublicans.org) and its content was county party chairman Craig MacGlashan – husband of Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan.

But he defended his Web site. "I'm aware of the content," he said. "Some people find it offensive, others do not. I cannot comment on how people interpret things."

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More on the ludicrous Hannity/Martin madness:

"As noted above, I put excerpts from some of Martin's filings below the fold. I thought it might be a good idea to provide some context that would allow you to assess his credibility. If crazed and ugly anti-Semitic ravings upset you, do not read them.

1 comment:

Mandi said...

In Canada, there are no Krystals. However, there is also no Rush Limbaugh. It's almost a fair trade-off.

The day that McCain announced Palin as his running mate, I was driving down to K-town for a visit. Marko and I like talk radio on long road trips, whatever the flavor, so we listened to a bit of Rush. This is what he said about Palin, and I'm *so* not kidding: "Sarah Palin: babies, guns, Jesus. Hot damn!"

Maybe that should be the slogan for her new sitcom?