Daily Archives: February 23, 2012

Shut the Hell up, Newt

Newt Gingrich

George Bush was horrible, but I think he probably was just following his (screwed-up) heart. I actually don't think Romney is all that bad personally, but this race has warped him. Ron Paul? He's a wacko, but he's an honest, straight-shootin' wacko who says what he believes. But Newt Gingrich? He's the ONE GOP "leader" who I truly believe is just one PIG of a human being, be it in his personal life, or political life.

We’ve been in Afghanistan for 10, very long years.  It’s becoming more and more obvious that we’re no longer WANTED in Afghanistan, as attacks on Americans and other NATO troops by Afghani troops have been on the increase.   After 10 years of American troops on the ground, we are viewed more as occupiers, than as liberators from the Taliban.   Then comes the recent incident where Korans were (unintentionally) destroyed at a U.S. military base, and all hell breaks loose.

At this stage, it’s difficult to see what the end game might be in Afghanistan, or what we might have gained for the 10+ years of effort.  But whatever benefits we may have gotten from the Afghanistan war may go out the window in less than a week, given the pure outrage from Afghanis over the Koran incident.   President Obama RIGHTFULLY issued a formal apology to Hamid Karzai and the Afghani people.  It was the right move both from a practical standpoint (trying to calm the furor over the incident), and from a standpoint of showing respect to the Afghani people and their primary religion.  Not only the right thing to do, but a no-brainer.

But then along comes Newt Gingrich, NEVER one to pass up an opportunity to make a complete ass of himself.  He’s expressing “outrage” over Obama’s apology, saying that these are people who do not deserve an apology from the President of the United States, period!!!”

Just the kind of pathetic pandering CRAP that appeals to the red-neck component of the Republican conservative base.  And just the kind of completely irresponsible statement that gives you a shiver up your spine, thinking a complete buffoon like Newt Gingrich actually has some SUPPORT in this country.  Can you imagine a foreign policy under Gingrich?  It would make George Bush’s utter disregard for international opinion look tame in comparison.   Gingrich and his immense ego seems to often extend into a VERY distorted “America First” view of the world, where the rest of the world is simply present to do our bidding.

Can you imagine the outrage from Newt, or American “Christians”, if the situation were reversed?  What if we had found that Afghanis were burning Bibles?   Don’t you think there’d be just a WEE bit of outrage?  Don’t you think some kind of apology would be warranted?  

You’re an egotistical, disgusting pig of a man, Newt….on SO many fronts.  Thanks for not letting me down on this issue Newt.   I saw this morning that Obama had issued a formal apology, and I immediately thought to myself “Which GOP candidate will be the first to bash Obama for apologizing to (GASP!) Muslims?”. 

Thanks Newt, for not letting me down!  I should have KNOWN you would have been the first GOP blowhard to make an issue of the Obama apology.

Scum of the Week: Rep. Allen West

Scum of the Week

Congratulations, Rep. Allen West! Here's to you, and the rest of Americans with some sense of entitlement to drive monstrous over-sized vehicles, yet still complain about gas prices.

Never underestimate the stupidity of a politician.  Does Rep. Allen West REALLY think the way to get at Obama is to bring up the cost of filling the gas tank on his Hummer?   Poor West.  He says it cost him $70 to fill the tank, and he blames Obama for it.

I’m using West as the “Scum of the Week”, but it might as well be the other millions of Americans who complain about gas prices.  First of all…there’s VERY little that the U.S. government can do to control gasoline prices.   Prices are going up right now due to drastically increased demand in China and elsewhere, and tensions in the Middle East…not exactly issues that the U.S. government can immediately address.  The mantra of “drill baby drill” isn’t going to substantially reduce global oil costs, or gasoline prices.

But the real “scummy” part of this story are Americans and our sense of entitlement, with regard to cheap energy, and massive vehicles.   The most straightforward way to reduce energy costs and dependence on fossil fuels from overseas?  Efficiency and energy savings, NOT destroying the environment to wring every last drop of oil from every last square foot of American soil.  Mr. West’s Hummer gets about 15 mph. How dare he complain about the price of gasoline, when he (like MANY Americans) drives a monstrous vehicle that eats gas like a kid with candy on Halloween. 

It’s a shocking difference, driving in the U.S. versus driving in Europe.   The size of cars is so much smaller in Europe.   But evidently for West and millions of other Americans, it’s a god-given, American right to drive a monstrous vehicle, AND sound like a jackass when you complain about gas prices.