June 18, 2005

Bill Frist, apologize to Durbin

Evidently, the Durbin hatchet job has got the big green light from the string-pullers on the right, and all the loyal soldiers are running full steam. It's truly pathetic and, despite seeing this time and time and time again from these liars, it's almost shocking.

Here's but one new wrinkle however.
The good Dr. Frist has taken to the floor of the senate, and in his droning, weird voice, just made sh*t up about Durbin. Pulled it right out of thin air. Lied his ass off.

Of course, these orchestrated right wing attacks have a form and a method to them, and they all rely on the "echo chamber" effect. They need only push a button to set it all in motion. It goes something like this.
The RNC finds a tidbit like Durbin's that lends itself to distortion and which they can pervert it into something which they know will push emotional buttons among morons and party faithful, as well as portraying the opposition as somehow traitorous and hating their own country which they serve. Sure it's bat-shit loony, and disgustingly dishonest, but it works.

The RNC then sets their fax machines humming, blasting the story line out to their tens of thousands of faithful minions who can be relied upon to pass it along and embellish it as they see fit.

Limbaugh gets the story line and runs with it. Within hours, the right wing screamers filling the AM dial who literally depend on the RNC to give them programming ideas. (without the RNC and other right wing groups feeding these creeps on a daily basis, they wouldn't have a clue what to rant about.) They all follow Limbaugh's lead as guidance and run with it.

So now it's broadcast to every nook and crany in the country 24 hours a day.

Fox news gets the memos and sends out the directives to all their programs. The story gets prominent play and throughout the day they trot out dozens of right wing pundits to further flog it and be outraged and to call for Durbin's head and rage about such an un-American act.

The wing-nut columnists pick it up and work it into a story. They've done these fake outrage stories so often they can write them in their sleep.

Then it hits the cable shows, Scarborough, etc. Then Chris the screamer Matthews picks it up, obsessed as he is with beltway cocktail party chatter and gossip.

Dems get put on shows and confronted with it as if they're responsible for Durbin. They all predictably and cowardly distance themselves and back down under the accusing pressure of right wing hosts, who they know will simply browbeat them until they agree that Durbin was bad, bad, bad. "I wouldn't have used those words ....." is the standard line. They all are only too willing to throw whatever Dem is under attack under the bus in hopes to score some points for themselves at the victim's expense. (The Republicans on the other hand, with perhaps the exception of McCain, never do this.)

Then with all this chatter bouncing around from media to media and back again, broadcast from literally thousands of outlets 24 hours a day in an unbroken stream, the White House is pressed for a reaction and issues a condemnation, entire days are spent (wasted) by Republican legislators droning on and on in floor speeches about how outrageous this is and calling for the offender's head on a platter. Of course, the Dems are silent, thus appearing to be in league with whatever traitorous, sick, abhorrent Democrat is being smeared and attacked. No one has the character to speak in the victim's defense or to attempt to at least keep the right honest in their attacks.

Then the final step, which used to take a while, but which now is almost simultaneous, is that the mainstream TV networks and all major papers jump on the story.

And of course, all the chickenhawk right wing bloggers of the 101st Fighting Keyboard Division sit in their basements with Cheeto debris all over their sunken chests and rant and rave about how Durbin is aiding Al Queda and dissing our brave fighting men.

This can last anywhere from one day to a month. Durbin's is having a longer life than I would have imagined, and this is perhaps because it happens to be a pretty slow news cycle, as well as the fact that Durbin, through his very effectiveness, has become a premptive target. Smear the Dem leadership and take them down. (Remember when they did almost this exact thing to Dem leader Harry Reid over his referring to Bush as a "loser"? Target and take down the leadership and any Dem that dares to stick his head up. Keep 'em cowed and shivering.

At any rate, Frist, doing his bit to add to the echo chamber, droned on in a long floor speech, and taking his cue directly from the lying headline in the Moonie owned conservative organ, The Washington Times, stated that Durbin had called the detention center in Guantanamo "a death camp". He then went on to proudly point out that there's been no deaths reported at Gitmo, therefore suggesting Durbin was wildly out of line and a liar.

But only one little problem with all of that. DURBIN NEVER SAID ANYTHING REMOTELY LIKE THAT AT ANY TIME. The Moonie Times and Frist simply made it up!

In their lust to inflate and inflame the issue, the right simply took it one step further. First they took the statements and made the leap to maintaining that Durbin had directly compared our troops to Nazis, genocidal maniacs in Cambodia, and guards at Russian Gulags.

Then they just said to hell with reality altogether and just plain came out and said that Durbin had compared Gitmo to "a death camp."

Frist's reprehensible lies are found here, in the first of two pdf files that contain his loathsome remarks as reported in the Congressional Record.

To spare you from reading through Frist's blather, you can find the blatant, brazen lie in the 7th paragraph down in the right column.

If you're a real glutton for punishment, the second part of Frist's remarks can be found here.

We should demand Frist apologize for LYING about a fellow senator's words.

Office of Senator Bill Frist
509 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
202-228-1264 (fax)

Thanks to Jeralyn Merritt's excellent "Talk Left: The Politics of Crime" blog for the links. Merritt is a lawyer and posts interesting stuff about the intersection of law and politics.

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At 6/18/2005 9:19 AM, Blogger illinoisone said...

I remember being taught in my Civics class as a child that since their terms were for 6 years that the US Senate was supposed to be filled with elder, learned folks who would have educated and enlightened debate over real issues. Not simply fill the airwaves with slander about one another?

I think we ignore the ugliness and let it drop away. I am not even going to bother to read Frist. Isn't he an MD? Isn't he the one who thinks Terry Shavo was not brain dead??

At 6/18/2005 5:16 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Yes, as I detail in a post below.

At 6/18/2005 11:58 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Politics is a bitch. Durbin is an idiot who brought this all on himself. He knew what he was saying and the firestorm that would follow. Meet "You Suck" Dick Durbin: The Face and Voice of the Democratic Party.

At 6/19/2005 2:28 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Welcome Dave... always nice to have a representitive of the unthinking right. You can be our token, if you want.

First, Durbin is a brilliant man. I'd put him up against any of the lemmings in the Republican party any day of the week.

Secondly, your point that Durbin "had it coming" is debatable. In hindsight, perhaps he shouldn't have phrased things as he did, NOT because it was unfair or untrue, but because he shouldn't have thrown the right-wing hyenas a hunk of meat.

To think for a moment that he was directing his comment towards the troops is to be willfully ignorant and to be willing to distort things for cheap political gain.

Of course, you guys do this daily and it pretty much represents what the Republican's values are, namely, none at all other than grabbing and holding onto power by any means necessary.

Evidently you feel that Durbin making a remark (when Republicans have made numerous remarks of the same nature, and even more extreme, you know that as well as I do) is worse than your senate majority leader flat out PULLING A MAKE BELIEVE QUOTE OUT OF HIS ASS in order to slander Durbin is just peachy?

What would Jesus do? I guess God's own Party considers lies and slander ok, but protesting the un-constitutional and illegal torture of illegally held combatants just A-OK?

Durbin doesn't want us to use methods similar to the Nazis, the Soviets, or Pol Pot and said so in his statements.

But you knuckle-draggers just can't grasp that, and would rather change the subject.

The fact reamains that by howling about Durbin, you're goal is to sweep the human rights abuses of Chimpy and Rummy under the rug.

Good luck.

At 6/19/2005 7:17 AM, Blogger Dave said...

His motives are always dubious.
He also voted against banning partial birth abortion and against the 1991 Gulf
War. So, Dick "the great defender of human rights" Durbin is ok with Sadam raping and executing Kuwatis,and drilling holes in the heads of fully developed children, but can't stomach the coersive interrogation of a terrorist to save the lives of thousands
of us?

A brilliant man such as this surely knows when you make the Nazi reference you're gonna lose. So, not only did he have it coming, he must have known it was coming. So what was his motivation.

Not even us evil Republicans want to use the methods used by the Nazis, the Soviets, or Pol Pot.
We haven't. How many have died at Gitmo. Durbin has no clue if the email he read is even true as evidenced in his own statement. He says "If this is true". Durbin's sole purpose is to oppose the WH on every issue and try to embarass them at all costs. Let's not portray him as some courageous human rights advocate. He's merely playing politics, and very poorly I might add.

At 6/19/2005 8:06 AM, Blogger RepublicanJoe said...

durbin is a moron for many other reasons other than berating our military and comparing them to Pol Pot... hey "dd" its not dull durbin, but instead it is not dead durbin at the polls next time around, can you say hello Senator Ray La Hood.

At 6/19/2005 10:52 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Republican Joe and Dave,

All politics aside and that's the only points you make - you Republican, Dick Democrat. SO what? What's new with that? Quit your rhetoric and pay attention.

Remember that the Nazis front line folks were doing what was directed from the officers and the top and that my friends is what is being implied here. The management is the problem not the soldiers.

We have a huge problem and it's amazing that Rumsfield has not been fired yet? Well, when his boss has no brain, that explains it..... our Commander in Chief thinks the whole thing is funny and is not aware of what's going on. He's out at his ranch in Crawford playing while getting paid big bucks to be our leader.

Some leader - he's been on vacation for years.

I am glad Dick has started the debate. By getting people riled up , maybe someone will give a darn and start paying attention to the situation and realize what is going on here!!!

Gitmo is a mess and needs to be shut down or overhauled. Iraq prisons are out of control and so's the war over there. Let's get our kids out of that mess before it grows into Vietnam all over again.

At 6/19/2005 11:10 AM, Blogger Dave said...


You just keep misunderestimating Bush and his evil pack nogoodniks.
We'll make sure you and your family are safe, even if you and Durbin don't have the stomach to do it. Now, hurry Dick and Dr Howard are mixing a new vat of Kool-Aid and it's not going to drink itself. BY the way except for the fact that his comments are being replayed over and over on Arab TV to show that even a Senior UU Senator says we are torturing people, I'm glad Turbin Durbin started the debate. He's the gift that keeps giving.

At 6/19/2005 11:56 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Boys and girls, welcome our up is down, black is white, wrong is right pals. Witness their arguments. Notice how it's not reality based.
This should be fun.

At 6/19/2005 1:54 PM, Blogger Dave said...

the dope inside

Hey look, a condor in a wet suit.
What are you talking about?

At 6/19/2005 5:37 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

No Dave, I am not underestimating anything with the Chimperor here.

I keep waiting for the curtain to be pulled back revealing Karl Rove and showing that Bush is really a robot with someone working the mechanical metal fake machinery he calls his brain.

Oh and drink your own dam koolaid. I don't need your protection, since I actually read and research what's going on and don't believe everything that gets shoved by the Media. Besides, you have plenty of problems of your own. I bet you are getting ready to pack it up and go out to some enkampment somewhere to hide from the terrorists - you know - anyone with dark skin.

Thanks Dave, but no thanks.

At 6/19/2005 10:20 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Yeah, they said the same thing about Reagen. Visiting lunatic left wing websites is not research.
So what exactly is going on at Gitmo if you've researched this so thouroughly? I considered the enkampment path, but couldn't find one. I have resigned myself to the fact that with Bush in, we will continue to fight an effective war on the militant islamic facist terrorists, most of whom happen to have dark skin, and suicide belts.

At 6/20/2005 4:11 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Yeah Dave, I'm sure you're planning on going down to the recruitment office tomorrow. They're having a REAL tough time getting warm bodys to send over to Iraq, and a big, tough, gung-ho guy who is so committed to keeping freedom on the march over there is surely willing to go over there and do your bit. Right?

Here, I'll make it easy for you to become "An Army of One." Just click here.

Or are you nothing but a bunch of macho bluster as long as other people's kids are getting killed, maimed, and developing mental problems which will haunt them for the rest of their lives?

Just what is all the death and destruction and bankrupting of our country accomplishing? I'd love to hear you explain it to us.

At 6/20/2005 7:05 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dave, all you gotta do is read today's new post by the Dope for an example of Gitmo's problems.

I don't generally read too many web sites for my news. I read/watch established sources for news like the NY Times, 60 Minutes, NPR Radio etc etc. I generally avoid Fox News unless I am looking for Comedy.


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