September 24, 2007

The Age of Irresponsiblility, aka the Bush era.

Sept. 20, 2007 - Imagine a universe where a man can gun down women and children anytime he pleases, knowing he will never be brought to justice. A place where morality is null and void, and arbitrary killing is the rule. A place that has been imagined hitherto only in nightmarish dystopian fiction, like “1984,” or in fevered passages from Dostoevsky—or which existed during the Holocaust and Stalinist purges and the Dark Ages. Well, that universe exists today. It is called Iraq. And the man who made it possible is George W. Bush.

The moral vacuum of Iraq—where Blackwater USA guards can kill 10 or 20 Iraqis on a whim and never be prosecuted for it—did not happen by accident.


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14 Comments:

At 9/24/2007 9:14 PM, Blogger nooncat said...

http://www.srcf.ucam.org/~tsk23/debts.html

 
At 9/25/2007 8:57 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Thanks for that Nooncat... that's information that every responsible citizen should both know and take seriously.

Since that didn't post as a link, here it is for those who prefer to just click rather than cut and paste. (although cutting the address and pasting it into the address box of your browser is preferable.)

http://www.srcf.ucam.org/~tsk23/debts.html

 
At 9/26/2007 4:36 PM, Anonymous Josh Curren said...

Dope, shocking news here, but...

In January 2006, you posted -9- specific posts directed at the fundraising antics of Jack Abramhoff and the dollars that went to the Republicans.

Last August, not but 8 months after your obsession with Abramhoff, Geoffrey Fieger was indicted for the same issues while working for John Edwards.

And guess what, the Google search of 'theinsidedope' reveals -0- posts!

Hillary has had to return $850,000 tied to Norman Hsu, and, again, when one Googles 'theinsidedope', the number of posts to Norman Hsu is exactly -0-.

Now Dope, why would you be so blatently silent on these issues?

Why cannot Democrats ever point a finger at themselves (especially when the finger has been pointing so much at the Republicans for the same issues)?

The hypocricy of Democrats never ceases to amaze me.

The only thing that would amaze me more is if you actually did not censor this!

 
At 9/26/2007 9:58 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Why would I censor you Josh? When you consistently reveal what a shallow and misinformed person you are for everyone to see?

It's almost amazing really.

First of all, you're apparently unable to make any distinctions at all that require a bit of thought.

Jack Abramoff was fleecing Indian tribes for millions to promote expanding gambling while he was also taking millions from fundies who were fighting gambling, and also trying to buy a gambling boat in the gulf (who's principal owner was later found shot to death)

He was also CONVICTED of fraud and a whole host of serious crimes. No one, Republican or Democrat, tried to defend him in any way, except you, of course, but that's what makes you so special.

But perhaps you're not defending him, but trying to equate him with the other examples you cite.

Again, you're a beaut. Boneheaded as can be.

This guy that rounded up funds for Hillary was a donor. Do you know what a donor is?

It's not someone who works for the campaign. It's not even necessarily someone the candidate even knows of or has ever had anything to do with.

Secondly, there was simply no way to know about this guy's situation at the time he donated the money. As soon as it was revealed, the Clinton campaign gave back not just the money this guy had given, but every dime that even may have conceivably had any ties whatsoever with him.

That's called responsibility and ethics.

Abramoff was BRIBING members of congress.

Do you see the difference Josh?
Try really hard.

And don't bother with your stupid little right wing blogger tactics of trying to condemn people by citing Google hits. It's the stupidest and oldest bullshit ploy around, though apparently you still enjoy it, as if I'm supposed to be some giant newsgathering organization that covers every freaking thing that ever occurs in the country.

I've never heard of Fieger and anything about his raising funds for Edwards. That's probably why I haven't written anything about it.

But again, if you don't have the firepower in your noggin to see the difference between someone running afoul of the incredibly complex federal campaign contribution laws and a guy who was an outright crook, bribing politicians and running a huge operation that was riddled with corrupt practices, a guy who is now in prison along with several others who were involved in his schemes, then all I can do, as far as you're concerned, is chuckle and shake my head.

Your desperate attempts to cling to the sinking ship of corrupt, incompetent Republican government is truly amazing.

 
At 9/27/2007 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hsu is not a 'Donor' - Hsu is a "bundler." I know that you are not as ignorant of this subject as you pretend (it's just convenient for you to appear that way when it is the Dem's in trouble).

Hsu donated to 'Clinton Global initiative' and the 'Clinton School of Government.'

Hsu took Patti Solis Doyle (Hillary's Campaign Manager) and other aides on an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas.

Hillary knew who Hsu is - and what he was doing.

After the Johnie Chung - Charlie Trie issues of the past, one would think that Hillary would be on her toes a little more.


But then again, it is the game that THEY ALL play - you, however, only WANT to see it when it is a Republican...hypocrit!

 
At 9/27/2007 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about the illegal immigrants that came to this country and did not even bother to learn the language. How about those illegal immigrants that came and slaughtered all of the American Indians. How about those undocumented Europeans that came to this country and proclaimed it theirs. Killing raping and taking what was not theirs and made it theirs. I think you forgot about those Americans.
Don't be so self rightous Dope.

 
At 9/28/2007 5:19 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

So this guy is no different than the Bush "Eagles", eh? I simply said he was a donor, which is what he was, even if he solicited donations from others and bundled them.

Your guy Abramof, on the other hand, was one of the top lobbyists in D.C. and had his hands into everything.

The guy is in prison, as is a few politicians who played his game. (either that or they resigned or decided not to run again.)

Abramoff was up to his neck in the Republican party including having ties to Bush.

Your trying to make a mountain out of the Tsu molehill is the same as saying that Bush must be dirty because he palled around and associated with a convicted and sentenced felon like Abramoff.

So which is it?

 
At 9/28/2007 5:20 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 4:30,

Pardon me, but...

What the HELL are you talking about?

 
At 9/28/2007 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dope, all I am saying is that you are a hypocrit - totally silent when it is the Democrats cheating for dollars, while climbing to the top of the mountain and screaming at the top of your lungs when it is the Republicans.

Dope, they are all the same. Democrat cheats and Republicans cheats.

You, however, want to turn a blind-eye to the Democrat cheats.

...which makes you a HYPOCRIT.

 
At 9/28/2007 9:43 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

If you say so, Bucky.

But you're as ignorant as the day is long.

There is no equality between the parties when it comes to corruption, and the Republicans have the Dems beat hands down. Do you even read the news?

You can try to make mountains out of molehills when a Dem accepts contributions from some crook, then not even be able to recognize the difference between a mistake that no one could be expected to prevent and the dozens of Republican crooks who have been caught, convicted, and jailed, not to mention the many who got away or were protected by fellow Republican congressmen.

You obviously don't know the score in Washington, or you'd realize how dumb your little effort here really is.

And I'm not a "hypocrit", whatever that is, nor am I a hypocrite.

I don't think posting items about rank corruption by Republicans is wrong, nor do I think I neglect to publish similar things about Dems.

The fact is Chester, that if you can name me a Dem who's gotten caught doing something as corrupt as the things I've written about Republicans doing here, I'll gladly mention them.

We've discussed Jefferson and his cash in the refrigerator, as well as a few others.

But face it, you just are going to have a hard time trying to come up with any Dems who have gotten nabbed being as dirty, greedy, and crooked as Republicans.

 
At 9/29/2007 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I'm saying is that your ancestors came to this country as illegal immigrants and lived in a world where a man could gun down women and children anytime he pleased, knowing he would never be brought to justice. A place where morality was null and void, and arbitrary killing was the rule. It was my people that you ugly europeans illegal immigrants slaughtered

 
At 9/29/2007 10:48 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 4:26

OK. Point made.

It was just an amazing leap from Blackwater to the treatment of native Americans. Sorry if I couldn't quite make it with you.

But how in the wide, wide, world of sports you could ever accuse me of being "self rightous" simply because I failed to bring up the mistreatment of Native Americans when discussing mercenaries?

Do you think I'm self-rightous because I condemn what Blackwater is doing and somehow think what was done to Native Americans was fine?

Where are you coming from? That's preposterous.

Kind of goofy and a long way to go just to try to take a slap at me.

I see Blackwater as no different as if the U.S. government paid mercenaries to go kill Indians, which I'm sure they did.

It's just as immoral and wrong to be doing it today in Iraq.

 
At 9/30/2007 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for this conformation that your people "illegal immigrants" killed my people and took my land. We need to push out the real illegal immigrants and give us back our land.

 
At 10/01/2007 12:33 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Excuse me?

"My people"???!!

WTF?

"My people" had absolutely zero dealings with Native Americans.

So apparently you're lumping together all people of European descent together into one murderous bunch?

That's pretty stupid.

And on top of that, if you want to say that "my people" were responsible for the mistreatment of Native Americans, even though none of my anscestors had anything to do with it, then you must be suggesting that even people who had no involvement whatsoever with the mistreatment of Native Americans are somehow linked to those who did.

And if you're going to make that amazing leap and look at it in that perspective, then "my people" and "your people" are really no different, and just as related, since "your people" didn't have any more to do with the mistreatment of Native Americans than mine did.

You follow?

If you're going to somehow lump every human being who doesn't happen to be a Native American together, then you might as well take it one tiny step further and acknowledge that ALL human beings are "our people".

 

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