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Update: Pfc Bowe Bergdahl

In my recent post regarding Pfc Bowe Bergdahl, the young man who wasmedium_bowebergdahl “captured” by the Taliban, Kelly’s occasional sparring partner over at The Velvet Straitjacket, LilMike commented:

“This soldier just couldn’t have walked off base, he would have had to sneak away. And now he gets to make videos? I’m not sure he is a prisoner.”

I understand LilMike is a follower of all things right wing, neocon, and bows before the Gods of Rush and Faux News, but I find that it’s sad that he would actually imply that there’s something more to the story surrounding this young man ending up in Taliban arms.

Then I realized that is exactly what his heroes at Faux News are doing:

Faux News analyst, LtCol  Ralph Peters, calling Bergdahl a “deserter” and stating the Taliban should do us a favor and “just kill him”:

Then, a couple of days later, Riley appears on Bill O’Reilly’s show and repeats his accusations, going even further…

Really. I always thought the right wing, neocon,  followers of the Gods Rush and Faux News supported the troops. I guess not.

So, what is it about this young man that they hate so much they implore the Taliban to go ahead and “finish the job”?

Could it be that Bergdahl worked as a barrista at a coffee shop before enlisting? Or that he studied ballet?

Does Bowe Bergdahl not meet the criteria of being a soldier in the eyes of the right wing, neocon, followers of the Gods of Rush and Faux News?

Dear Mr. O’Reilly: STFU

Below is the video of Bill O’Reilly’s latest racist slam against blacks, this time using the death of Michael Jackson as an excuse to spit his vile words of hate onto the deranged listeners of Faux News.

It’s no surprise. O’Reilly has been a racist for years and often displays this hate on his program.

Let’s take a look at some of his words and dissect them:

“Yes the man was an all star entertainer, but that’s it.”

Jackson was more than an “all star entertainer”. Jackson was the first black teen idol in this country. He was a gifted writer, composer, and singer who singlehandedly broke the racial barriers of MTV in the early 1980’s as the first black man to earn a regular rotation of his music.

The music of Michael Jackson further delineated and defined his vision of a people defined not by color, but by their words and actions.  The point could be arguably made that Michael Jackson was responsible for the relaxed racial attitudes of today’s youth.

“Jackson’s interaction with children were (sic) unacceptable for any adult.”

I love how the conservatives of Faux News and other right wing proponents (translated: Fundamentalist Christians) love to dictate what’s “acceptable” or  “unacceptable” in today’s society. Especially when you realize the Republican Party and the fundamentalist Christians are the epitomy of the word “hypocrite” what with their reputation for dalliances with the opposite and same sex and a record divorce rate – all the while preaching the supposed morality of their being.

We will never know what Michael Jackson did behind closed doors. We will never know if he was a pedophile or merely enjoyed the company of the simpleness that is childhood as an escape from the managed life he faced as both a child and as an adult.

And, really, when you look at it as that – a shelter from one’s adult life and its’  complications – couldn’t the exact same words uttered by O’Reilly but modified to include the childish interactions of today’s so-called adults playing video games, texting and communicating in the secret abbreviated languages of an infant, or taking on the child-like characteristics of the schoolyard bully in equally childish forums be applicable to to this behavior as well?
“His incredible selfishness spending hundreds of millions of dollars on himself while singing We Are The World should make any clear thinking American nauseas.”

From DoSomething.org:

Michael used his influence as the “King of Pop” to bring important issues into the mainstream media through his songs and music videos. “Heal the World” was only one of many charitable songs Michael created throughout his career. He formed his own foundation in 1992 after the charitable single. Through his Heal the World Foundation, MJ airlifted 46 tons of supplies to Sarajevo, instituted drug and alcohol abuse education and donated millions of dollars to less fortunate children.Michael’s passion for humanitarianism, equality, and world peace comes across in many of songs. The most prominent include “Can You Feel It,” “Man in the Mirror,” and “We Are the World”—undoubtedly the most famous of the group. Michael teamed up with Lionel Richie for “We Are the World,” to aid the poor in Africa and the U.S. The single became one of the best-selling singles of all time, with nearly 20 million copies sold and millions of dollars donated to famine relief. MJ also supported the green movement in eco-tunes like “Earth Song”—the video for which showed images of animal cruelty, deforestation, pollution and war.

Can anyone tell me the charitable records of O’Reilly or anyone else voicing his comments on behalf of the “American People”?

“Why are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton making this a racial deal. Jackson bleached his own skin and then chose white men to provide existence to his children?”

Watch this video, Mr. O’Reilly. How soon can we forget when we have a racist agenda?

“To hear Sharpton speak today, you’d think Jackson was Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Nobody but you, Mr. O’Reilly, is comparing Michael Jackson to Martin Luther King, Jr. Yet, as previously shown, Michael Jackson’s contributions to both the black and white communities have been substantial. Of course,  I’m sure that’s “unamerican” in your words. The same words you used to describe King,  Jackson, and his mourners.

“Why is he being held up in the African American Community as a pillar of Black America when he bleached his skin.”

See the video above, Mr. O’Reilly. Now…answer this: Why are you being held up in the  Conservative Community as a pillar of conservative America?

“…and after Michael Jackson was found ‘Not Guilty’ the American media did not exactly elevate him to hero status. Did it? But now that he’s dead (most likely from an accidental drug overdose). He is a hero. How does that work?”

Mr. O’Reilly: Michael Jackson was found “Not Guilty” by a jury. Try again. And, once again, you are the one calling him a “hero”, not the American media.

As I said, Mr. O’Reilly – STFU. You do not represent America.

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”?

The Iranian Government Hearts Fox News

So much they are using Faux News as the source for their propaganda via the official Iranian TV:


The following is a summary provided to The Huffington Post:

This video is about yesterday events when people gathered in front of one of candidates’ (Mousavi but no name was mentioned in the report) HQ. In brief: The narrator says that a group of opportunistic people supporting a candidate (without bringing the name) are responsible for breaking and destroying the public/ private property. They are blaming the foreign media for supporting the riots and covering the story. They cited Fox News who has predicted the violence and wants to divide Iranian people. They are interviewing a group of people who are mad because their property has got destroyed.

Added: The Faux News piece noted in the broadcast was referring to comments that the US should take advantage of this situation and make contact with the people in the street, which is the stand the right wing neocons are taking. Obviously this is the wrong stance.

For the moment, we should step back and let the Iranian people change their destiny.