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When a Joker Isn’t a Joke

In case there’s nobody out there that didn’t know, I’m not a big fan of the George W. Bush/Dick Cheney Eight Years of Destroying America. When I participated on The Unnamed Webboard, I was often very vocal in my disgust with the previous Administration and the lies that came out of it.

Lieslk_mtliesmore5 that led our country to a “war” in a country we shouldn’t have been in, lies that led to torture of prisoners, lies that led to the restriction of our personal liberties, lies that led to the destruction of our economy, and most of all: The lies that led to our fellow nations losing respect for The United States of America.

My voice has been silenced over there, only to be brought back louder here. Today, I can say freely what I feel and believe in without having to bow before anyone or censor my words in order to placate others.

What’s funny is that, even though I’m not able to read what’s over there, I know the routine. A few vocal supporters of the former Administration that nearly destroyed the country still defending their former leader.

I’m talking about LilMike, Sam Dicpetris (otherwise known as The Guardian and his alter-ego 1Private Dick), and Butchie. Each bowing before the Republican Way in their own smarmy manner. Although LilMike (at times) writes more eloquently than the rest – and without the spelling errors, each has spent the past eight months with one mission: harp on each and every move President Obama has made, with each and every word printed by NewsBusters, Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and other selected right-wing pundits quoted with loving passion, mistruths, and misstatements. I’ll just call these guys the Fantastic Three and a Half from now on.

Whether it be what kind of beer the President drank, whose ass he may or may not have looked at, or the color of Michelle Obama’s dress…the Fantastic Three and a Half have been known to jump to the front of the forum screaming their criticisms.

Today, I’m confident that the discussion revolves around the most recentObama Joker Poster Popping Up In Los Angeles news (if that’s what it’s called)…a poster of President Obama with his face photoshopped on that of the late Heath Ledger as the Joker that’s shown up in the Los Angeles area in the past few days.

Furthermore, the right pundits, and most assuredly the Fantastic Three and a Half, are reacting to the uproar over this poster with the obvious refrain:

“Where was the furor when the same thing was done to George Bush?”

Yup. While everyone in the country is trying to forget those miserable eight bushyears of Hell, these guys still want to remind us, all of us, how wonderfully maligned their former leader was.

Even to the point of pointing out that last year, Vanity Fair, posted an eerily similar take on Bush as The Joker, questioning him as a comic book villian.

My answer? I don’t know.

Since it’s obviously Democrats complaining about the Obama caricature, why didn’t you Republicans complain about the Bush caricature last year?

Perhaps you were as sick of the Bush/Cheney lies as the rest of America? Perhaps you knew and see the truth in the depiction of Bush as a deranged, comic hero, to be accurate?

Therein lies the difference between the supporters of President Obama and the supporters of Bush.

We act like adults in criticizing our President over what he’s done, not what he wants to do or what he’s percieved to be doing. We are, as a result of those eight years of Hell, willing to support our President in his quest to restore our economy, restore respect for the Geneva Conventions, restore our freedom, and restore our respect among our peers.

Iran Update…Waterboarding: Round Two

I didn’t know whether to pass this on to my friend Kelly over at The VSJ or discuss it myself. But the thought of the sham and the lies that were the Bush Administration forces me to point out a few facts here. I’m sure Kelly will discuss it in more detail on her blog later.

Waterboarding is illegal. I don’t care how many briefs filed by members of the Bush Justice Department or how many times Dick Cheney insisted it or how many times the neocons and so-called patriots interviewed on Faux News Network discuss the merits of it and the mass of information supposedly gained from it (after the 120th time, I suppose); the fact remains, pure and simple.

Waterboarding is illegal.

And, now that the upcoming Civil War in Iran continues, we have those same

idiots from the former Bush Administration (God, I love saying that!) comparing the suppression and murder of the Iranian people, the fraudulent election and other acts of tyranny Ahmadinejad has forced upon his people in his years of power to the Democratic Administration now in office.

I noted a long time ago that the Republican Party suffers from a severe case of what I like to call hypocritical transference. When something really bad is going on out there in the land of politics; say maybe spying on fellow citizens, stealing elections, or cheating on one’s wife, they all rush (hah!) to Faux News and point their fingers here and there making accusations.

Now that reports are coming out from Iran via Twitter informing us that Iranian citizens arrested in the recent crackdowns are being waterboarded to gain information, what will the defenders of Bush waterboarding say? Will they say it’s the right thing ¬†to do?

What would be said if  Ahmadinejad or one of his deputies went on Iranian radio and announced:

“I was and remain a strong proponent of our enhanced interrogation program. The interrogations were used on hardened terrorists after other efforts failed. They were legal, essential, justified, successful and the right thing to do.

The intelligence officers who questioned the terrorists can be proud of their work and proud of the results, because they prevented the violent death of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of innocent people.”

Worse yet, what if Ahmadinejad goes on Iranian TV or radio and justifies the waterboarding because “America did it”?