Friday :: Jan 6, 2006

Lies, Damn Lies, And Red State Fairy Tales


by pessimist

Stretching the truth is the most generous way that the typical comment from the wrong-wing of America can be described. But one has to ask - what's the point of doing so?

One interpretation could be that altering reality to fit the preconceived notion is a way of reinforcing in their minds that they are correct while the world is wrong, as this columnist opines:

Self-styled conservative Republicans dominate Washington.
by Gene Lyons
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

They currently control the White House and both houses of Congress. With the Sam Alito Supreme Court nomination pending, they've got good chance of turning the U.S. Supreme Court into a veritable right-wing star chamber.
So how come they and their media enablers are acting like such soreheads and crybabies lately?
From the rise of Barry Goldwater onward, all we've heard from the American right is how we need to "get government off our backs." How the scariest words in the language are "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you." How we should wean ourselves from the government teat and strive to be rugged individualists like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
It turns out that underneath all this swaggering bravado, the Republicans aren't the Daddy party - they're the baby party."
My man Digby may have put it best:
"Suddenly the he-men of Wal-Mart and the NRA leaped into Big Brother's arms and shrieked 'save me, save me! Do what ever you have to do, they're trying to kill us all!' They now look to Daddy Government ... to check under the bed for them every night, reassure them that the boogeyman won't hurt them and then read them a nice bedtime story about spreading freedom and democracy."

A nice bedtime story - like this one?


Tulsa Pastor Arrested In OKC On Lewdness Charge
January 4, 2006

OKLAHOMA CITY -- An executive committee member of the Southern Baptist Convention was arrested on a lewdness charge for propositioning a plainclothes policeman outside a hotel, police said. Lonnie Latham, senior pastor at South Tulsa Baptist Church, was booked into Oklahoma County Jail Tuesday night on a misdemeanor charge of offering to engage in an act of lewdness, police Capt. Jeffrey Becker said.

The arrest took place in the parking lot of the Habana Inn, which is in an area where the public has complained about male prostitutes flagging down cars, Becker said. The plainclothes officers was investigating these complaints. Latham, who has spoken out against homosexuality, asked the officer to join him in his hotel room for oral sex. The lewdness charge carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Latham was arrested and his 2005 Mercedes automobile was impounded, Becker said. Latham was released on $500 bail Wednesday afternoon. When he left jail, he said: "I was set up. I was in the area pastoring to police."

Calls to Latham at his church were not immediately returned Wednesday.

The Southern Baptist Convention is the nation's largest Protestant denomination. Latham is one of four Southern Baptist Convention executive committee members from Oklahoma. He spoke out last year against a measure, ultimately approved by voters, to expand tribal gaming. He has also spoken out against same-sex marriage and in support of a Southern Baptist Convention directive urging its 42,000 churches to befriend gays and lesbians and try to convince them that they can become heterosexual.

It really worked on Latham, didn't it?

Another fairy tale circulating about is that Joseph Lieberman still deserves any consideration for holding national office. Howard Fineman of MSNBC is the storyteller of this one, believing that John McCain actually has the gonads to run as a third party candidate should he not get the 2008 GOP nomination - especially when associated with Wesley Clark, Russ Feingold - and these Bu$hCo suck-ass rejects:


Third-party reform movement [toward the end of page 2]

If Sen. John McCain doesn’t win the Republican presidential nomination, I could see him leading an independent effort to “clean up” the capital as a third-party candidate. Having been seared by his own touch with this type of controversy (the Keating case in the '80s, which was as important an experience to him as Vietnam), McCain could team up with a Democrat, say, Sen. Joe Lieberman. If they could assemble a cabinet in waiting — perhaps Wes Clark for Defense, Russ Feingold for Justice, Colin Powell for anything — they could win the 2008 election going away.

I doubt it deeply! Powell has no creds anymore, and JOEmental isn't impressing many people - including some Connecticut Democrats, who have called upon him to change his evil bu$hCo-suck-up ways:


Manchester Dems ask Lieberman to change stance on war
By: Ben Rubin, 01/04/2006 Journal Inquirer

In what appears to be a first for the state, the Democratic Town Committee on Tuesday approved a resolution opposing Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman's backing of the war in Iraq. The resolution was suggested and written by Joseph Rafala, 79, a committee district chairman, town constable, and World War II veteran. Though the resolution was hotly discussed for nearly two hours, the measure was resoundingly passed, with few dissenters standing up for Lieberman's position.

"We, the Manchester Democratic Town Committee, do not believe that Sen. Joseph Lieberman is acting in the best interest of the American public or the Democratic Party by supporting President Bush in the handling of the Iraqi conflict," Rafala read. "We respectfully ask Sen. Lieberman to reconsider his unconditional support of President Bush."

The resolution also states that the committee does not believe Lieberman "fully appreciates the human cost of war," and that the actions of the Bush administration "have served to galvanize the Arab world against the United States."

The statement asks that Lieberman work in the Senate to help bring American troops home by the end of 2006 or sooner.

Dorothy Brindamour said: "I think it is one thing to be an independent thinker. It's another thing to be a Democratic senator who is acting as a lobbyist for King George and his chancellor, Cheney."

Many speakers expressed great disappointment in Lieberman for his stance and for the Iraq war in general. One man in the crowd stated: "I want our men and women back from Iraq, and I can't take it anymore. I want them back now."

James Griffin said: "I don't think our country needs to be involved in a war in Iraq that's a shallow victory. ... Let's put an end to this thing. Let's tell Sen. Lieberman there's much more high priority items that need to get resolved. America needs to take care of its own first."

Rafala said he was pleased the resolution passed and that everyone's voice was heard at the meeting. "I certainly hope Sen. Lieberman gets the message and his way of thinking will change," Rafala said.

If JOEmental has yet to get the message that Bu$hCo is bad for America, he isn't going to get a much more subtle message from his constituents that his addiction to King George needs to end. He's too deep in the Bu$hco fairy tales to care anymore.


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