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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A quick question

Why do you suppose that some people find this image:
more troublesome than this image:
I sure as hell can't figure it out.

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  • Um, because it really is ok for men to hold hands?

    You know, if I see a puffball question like that, it's just too tempting not only to knock it out of the park, but also to aim for someone's head. :)

    My real answer is unprintable.

    By Blogger Joseph H., at 5:40 PM  

  • Name "some people"? Hillary is responsible for that photo being in wide circulation. I love it when Dems cut each other to pieces.

    If Hillary or Obama get elected we'll have more of this image Albright toasts Kim (and not in the sense he deserves

    By Blogger Locomotive Breath, at 5:47 PM  

  • Because one dude's middle name is HUSSEIN (like, you know, the ex-dictator), and the other dude's middle name is WALKER (like, you know, the Texas Ranger--who would never sell out our interests to ferners, huh uh).

    By Blogger hovercraft, at 5:54 PM  

  • I don't know. Why don't you ask "BJ" who sold our missile secrets to the Chinese for campaign contributions laundered through various places including Chinese monks who are supposed to have taken a vow of poverty. I'm sure we can expect the same if another Clinton (or is it Rodham?) gets to be President.

    By Blogger Locomotive Breath, at 8:04 PM  

  • By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 8:09 PM  

  • So, sucking up to the Saudi prince from the homeland of Wahhabism and the overwhelming majority of the 9/11 hijackers is OK by Republicans?

    That's what i thought.

    No wonder why we're not even looking for bin Laden any more.

    When Orwell wrote: "The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them . . . . To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth," we no longer need wonder who it was he was writing about.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 8:35 PM  

  • Sorry, changing the subject to something different won't work. Wrong "some people". Hillary's "some people" put that photo out.

    And you forgot the part where McCain himself repudiated the remarks you reference. You know, McCain. The guy who'll be President soon because the Dems keep tearing each other to pieces so he won't have to.

    And then you stereotype by nationality.

    Obama has promised he'll go talk to Ahmadinejad and Kim. They are somehow better than the Saudis? And Obama has, in fact, been endorsed by anti-semite Farrakhan and weaseled when asked whether he accepted the endorsement. Soon we can have Farrakhan sleeping in the Lincoln bedroom. For a sizable contribution, of course.

    By Blogger Locomotive Breath, at 9:27 PM  

  • Um, Barry, sucking up to the Saudis isn't just Republican territory. All US governments have sucked up to them for many many years.

    By Blogger DurhamFood, at 8:24 AM  

  • touché.

    By Blogger libby, at 9:23 AM  

  • If you think about this for more than 30 seconds, this is what you see in all photographs under discussion (including the one LB links to):

    --A president being a gracious host to a visiting head of state (yeah, it looks weird to me, too, but that is a sign of hospitality and friendship in Arab cultures...look it up)

    --A secretary of state being a gracious diplomat with another head of state (which was, you know, pretty much her job)

    --A senator being a gracious guest while visiting another country

    Nothing to see here, folks. Move along...

    By Blogger Brian, at 9:47 AM  

  • One at a time.

    LB - Hillary's people have denied putting out this image. The only word we have that her campaign is the source of the image is Matt Drudge. I judge Hillary's denial to be at least as credible as John "I'm in the public financing system, I'm not in the public financing system" McCain. So don't go stating that as fact when it's simply an opinion that you have.

    Equally invalid is your opinion that "Democrats are tearing each other up." Really? Do you even read the polls. Most of Clinton's supporters will gladly vote for Obama if he is the nominee, and vice versa. I think the last number i read on that was well above the 80% mark. Meanwhile, McCain is barely pulling in 60 - 65% of Republicans in primaries when he's already got the nomination sewn up.

    I'm pretty sure the term is projection.

    It's certainly possible that another Republican campaign of "terror terror terror" and fearmongering can win the White House. But let's call it what it is if that happens. The Republican vision is bankrupt, both morally and idealistically; and implementing it is putting the nation well on its way to bankruptcy in other ways as well.

    By the way, i'm not really sure, but i think you may have missed one of the Obama talking points. And i don't think stereotype means what you think it does.

    df - not the question. The question is why is a photo of Barack Obama in African dress viewed as enough of a threat that Republicans are already using it in campaign materials, but everyone's OK with George Bush literally holding hands with the Saudi prince. The level of sucking up to the Saudis under the Bush administration is orders of magnitude greater than at any point in my lifetime, regardless of whether the previous administrations were Democrat or Republican.

    Bush is in bed with the Saudi royal family. You can bet that a Democratic president, photographed similarly, would cause a huge scandal that would be squawked about on talk radio and right-win websites all over the country.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 10:07 AM  

  • Even your normal sycophantic commenters are telling you you're wrong on this one.

    King Fahd along with every other American President. Including this one King Fahd welcomes President Bill Clinton to Saudi Arabia in October 1994.


    Hillary Clinton never plays dirty. She's as pure as the driven snow. She'd never release something like that and then deny responsibility. Not in a million years. We can all trust Hillary to tell us the truth all the time.

    As it becomes more and more evident to Hillary that she's not going to get what she thinks is rightfully hers, count on her to continue to lash out.

    I found this photo of Hillary after she loses the nomination. My precious, we wants it.. Count on her being just as vindictive.

    By Blogger Locomotive Breath, at 11:24 AM  

  • I wasn't aware that any of my commenters were normal.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 12:08 PM  

  • Bush is in bed with the Saudi royal family. You can bet that a Democratic president, photographed similarly, would cause a huge scandal that would be squawked about on talk radio and right-win websites all over the country.

    All that shows is that right-wingers are more fidgety then left-wingers. Really, this is just point-scoring.

    The real point is that every US administration has supported fascists and dictators around the world as was convenient at the time, Democrats and Republicans alike.

    By Blogger DurhamFood, at 8:44 AM  

  • Republicans brag about it.

    More seriously, there's a certain disconnect that i find, especially within the Democratic party, between the actions of elected leaders and the positions of the rank and file.

    I think, as more people like me who eschewed party politics for so long get more involved in it, that contradiction will need to be resolved.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 10:41 AM  

  • Good luck. You'll be hitting some pretty powerful lobbies on the way up...

    By Blogger DurhamFood, at 11:10 AM  

  • By Blogger Locomotive Breath, at 3:52 PM  

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