June 17, 2005

Sen. Durbin latest target of right wing dogpile

The memos have been sent. The faxes are burning up the wires. Today's marching orders have been received and the plan has been put in motion. Get Dick Durbin.

This entire flap is, as always, a bunch of creepy scumbags crying bloody murder, manufacturing outrage like so much dish soap over some statement that they could take completely out of context and hold up and roll around and spin and distort until it looks like something terrible.

Dick Durbin, it seems, made a remark which mentioned Nazis. The right is VERRRRRRY sensitive about anyone likening them to Nazis, most likely because they want to snuff that comparison out right away, since it's only as obvious as the nose on your face. It's like comparing the Washington Monument to a 555 feet, 5 1/8 inch tall white marble obelisk.

Here's what's gotten these pious putzes so worked up in their fake indignation.
During a speech Tuesday, [Durbin] quoted from an FBI agent's report describing detainees at the Naval base in Guantanamo Bay as being chained to the floor without food or water in extreme temperatures.

"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime _ Pol Pot or others _ that had no concern for human beings," Durbin said.
Is this an abomination? Should Durbin be forced to grovel and apologize? Well, Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, and the thousands of right wing lemmings sure think so. So does Fox News, who has made it into a major story, complete with the inimitable dour snarky comments by the likes of Brit Hume and other news twits.
Durbin's comments created a buzz on the Internet Wednesday, fueled by sound bites of his speech on radio talk shows. By Wednesday afternoon, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna asked Durbin to apologize.

"Senator Durbin's comments come as a great disservice to our military personnel in Guantanamo," McKenna said in a statement. "They are also a great disservice to all U.S. soldiers and veterans who have fought, and continue to fight, to overcome evil regimes and spread democracy around the world."

Durbin did not plan to apologize for the comments, spokesman Joe Shoemaker said.

"This administration should apologize to the American people for abandoning the Geneva Conventions and authorizing torture techniques that put our troops at risk and make Americans less secure," Durbin said in a statement Wednesday evening.
Amen, brother.

The right, as they've done countless times before, is dishonestly and PURPOSEFULLY distorting this and playing it up as though Durbin had directly likened our TROOPS to Nazi's and other genocidal thugs.

The anal cyst impaired hillbilly heroin addict Limbaugh was bellowing and spouting this as if it were an acknowledged fact, as were his thousands of clones across the land.

Read how Fox News spins this. Appalling. Notice how they provide little context, but hasten to point out the depths of murderous crime attributed to the regimes mentioned by Durbin. I watched the hearings... twice, on C-Span. Fox conveniently leaves out the details of the abuses Durbin was citing. There was testimony of "detainees" who were left naked in windowless cells with the AC turned so low that they were almost freezing to death. Others left in windowless cells with no AC where the temps were unbearably hot. One "detainee" was found curled in a fetal position with a pile of hair next to him. He'd literally pulled out almost all his hair from the strain. Fox makes it sound like a frat hazing.

And what's with the headline, "Durbin revises and extends Gitmo remarks" ?? They make it sound as if he was backtracking, which to his credit, he courageously is not.

It's a shame the guns have been trained on Durbin, but as effective as he is, I'm sure that in Grover Norquist's weekly confab of conservative luminaries, they'd decided he needed to be taken down a few notches.

Well, being gang slandered by the right wing goon squad could be considered a mark of distinction, Senator.

P.S. Note the heading on Roger Ailes' (no, not the fat, oily Fox News chief) most excellent blog. (Make it a daily read. Not only are his stories interesting, they're funny as hell. NO ONE writes headlines like Roger. They've made me snort liquids out my nose.)


At 6/17/2005 6:51 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Predictably the local papers have extensive coverage in lockstep with the rest of the media all about what Durbin said yesterday.

And also sadly, there is still virtually no reports in our local media about Chuck Grassley ignoring the lynching legislation recently.

So this is fair and balanced news reporting? Dope, someone needs to write a citizen editorial or some letter to the papers or something.

Your frat boy description is apt as I have often thought that the administration is run just like some cheesy fraternity whose leadership thinks it's all fun and games and not a serious job at all. Yes, our young bright men and women of the military look to the example set by Bush and it just seems right to do the terrible things they do to the prisoners. That's the type of example they are seeing in attitude towards serious things in our daily business in the US so why would they think it's wrong to act in this manner? And who found that woman at the ARsenal who wants to rank on Durbin? Heck she is probably hoping that this will mean a promotion for hubby if she wails on the Senator and Bush takes note.

I know that for years Grassley has seemed untouchable. But now that Durbin's being attacked for telling the truth, we Dems need to find a way to fire back at the right quickly.


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