SPANNING THE GLOBE
Here’s what was supposed to happen: Harry Reid designated Senator Jack Reed (no relation) to do the rebuttal to Bush’s speech. Indeed, Reed had done the “prebuttal” the day before (showing just how open-minded the Democrats were to Bush’s proposal). Apparently miffed at being bypassed for the spotlight for some senator no one’s ever heard, Kerry called his own competing press conference for this morning. Naturally Kerry’s presser would get more coverage than the obscure Reed’s, so in order to maintain the appearance of a united (and mature) Democratic front, minority leader Reid had to combine the two press conferences. Naturally, Kerry’s antics have created some ill-will amongst his fellow democrats.
It’s at times like this that I just can’t resist the urge to say “I told you so” to my liberal friends. Since Kerry has taken his sorry act national, haven’t I been telling you all that everyone who knows him dislikes him? The stories concerning the senator around Boston that end with Kerry intoning, “Do you know who I am?”, are legion.
I know we’re never going to see the day where we all agree on the quality of George W. Bush as both a president and a man. But can we not at least agree that this country is fortunate to not have John Kerry as its president?
By the way, my source for this report is impeccable.
2) USELESS IDIOTS – As you’ve probably heard, four “peacemakers” for the self-styled Christian Peacemaker Teams have been abducted by Iraqi terrorists. Naturally, the Christian Peacemaker Teams are outraged – at the United States and Britain who created the war that made the presence of the Christian Peacemaker Teams a purported necessity in Iraq.
If you read the organization’s statement on their website regarding the abductions, you will not find a negative word directed at the kidnappers, terrorists, insurgents, and/or perpetrators. The CPT apparently feels no anger towards the people who may well kill their innocent friends. They are, however, “angry because what has happened to our teammates is the result of the actions of the U.S. and U.K. governments due to the illegal attack on Iraq and the continuing occupation and oppression of its people.”
While we all hope for the safe return of the four hostages, let’s acknowledge something about their terminally “stuck on stupid” organization. Communist sympathizers in the free world were often referred to as “useful idiots” because they were foolish enough to not grasp the nature of repressive regimes but were smart enough or well positioned enough to further the interests of the evil they unwittingly championed.
But organizations like the CPT are “useless idiots.” They’re so fixated on hating the West that they don’t have any anger left over for the murderers who may well be preparing to cut off their friends’ heads and broadcast the footage on Al-Jazeera. Even at this crucial moment, their instinct remains to make nicey-nice with the Jihadis and blast Bush.
Unlike the Useful Idiots of generations past, folks like the CPT discredit and embarrass the causes they champion. Would a self respecting peace movement allow the CPT in its company?
Once again, let us pray for the safe return of the hostages, and the speedy defeat of their captors.
3) POP CULTURE UPDATE – My little blurb on “Walk the Line” drew a lot of mail, so I’ll add another item to your must see list. If you haven’t watched HBO’s “Rome,” go to your On Demand channel and start with Episode One. You’ll thank me.
There’s something a little odd about HBO’s programming. “The Sopranos” and “Six Feet Under” got so much press (the former completely deserved, the latter less so) that there seems to have been no media oxygen left for HBO’s other dramatic series. That’s a shame, especially where “Rome” and the comparably brilliant “The Wire” are concerned. Both shows are amongst the best things ever created for their medium.
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