Open Line Friday!

“I’ll tell you who was largely behind this whole subprime mortgage scandal and Obama’s announcement today forgiving even more loans, this foreclosure assistance program, $25 billion shakedown of the banks. It’s ACORN! ACORN is behind this, ACORN’s behind the foreclosure deal. It’s a payoff for them.”

–Rush Limbaugh, yesterday

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  1. thiokuutoo says:

    and womens and teh gays and the supreme court and the boys on that island, and liberals, and Romney and and and and. . .

    The man needs a brain transplant. The one with the sea slug is not going well.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      you when you start channelling Libertad.

      Ummmm, .  .  . wait a minute . . . anyone ever seen a picture of El Fatbo and El Iberthud together??

    • BlueCat says:

      and his demo keeps aging, shrinking and dying. He’s been dropped altogether in some markets  He couldn’t stop McCain or Obama and hasn’t been relevant since. Just preaching to a shrinking choir, affecting nothing.

      • Fidel's dirt nap says:

        Last week in the Home D parking lot I saw a guy in a mobile windshield replacement van working on a car.  He had Rushbo blaring from the stereo so you could hear it halfway across the parking lot.  He looked about late 50′s and pretty haggard, like he had led a hard life.

        I wondered if a guy like that would ever understand the irony of it all.  Here he is, idolizing the very people that do their best to fuck him over. Sad.

        • BlueCat says:

          I always think the same thing when I canvass in neighborhoods of mainly rental bungalows with beat up pick ups and GOP campaign signs out front. What did the GOP ever do for you, I can’t help thinking.  Sadder still that they actually thought Obama had raised their taxes, in spite of what their own tax returns must say.  It’s worse than passive ignorance.  More like aggressive, belligerent ignorance. Either way, it’s self defeating ignorance.  

  2. SSG_Dan says:

    Apparently, those military history classes I got when I was in the Army aren’t as effective when given to Marines.

    Marine scout snipers used Nazi SS logo

    Marine Corps scout snipers used the logo of the notorious Nazi SS organization while in Afghanistan in 2010, the service acknowledged Thursday.

    The logo appeared on a flag in a photograph of the platoon taken in September 2010 in Sangin district, a hotly contested area in Helmand province. The Marines were with Charlie Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., and are shown sitting in combat gear with the U.S. flag and a blue flag with the stylized “SS” logo hanging behind them.

    The logo also appears on a 7.62mm M40 sniper rifle carried by a Marine in another photograph distributed Thursday by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Information embedded electronically with the image shows that it was released by the Marine Corps in 2004 and taken at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif. The two Marines in it were with the scout sniper platoon with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines.

    Combined, the two photographs suggest that the practice has been carried out for years. The logo’s use is an apparent nod to “scout sniper,” a position exclusive to the Corps. The Army has scouts and snipers, but considers the positions to be separate.

    http://www.marinecorpstimes.co

    I doubt that this will raise as much controversy as the last time the Marines were in the news…..I personally think this is proof that either enough time has passed that the historical perspective has been lost on Generation Kill, or that our education system is glossing over talking about tough subjects.

    Either way, I don’t think this is proof that the Corps is rife with Neo-Nazism. Money quote from the article:

    A Marine official, speaking on background due to the sensitivity of the issue, said the Corps’ leadership was not aware of the SS logo’s use until it came to their attention late last year.

    “We don’t believe these Marine Corps snipers had a historical appreciation for what this symbol meant,” the official said. “As soon as leadership was made aware of it, they took action at the unit level and then passed that information throughout the sniper community and to those snipers serving in Afghanistan.”

    That seems possible, said Allen Falk, national commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America.

    “We believe that these young men likely did not understand the significance of this symbol, and we call on the Marine Corps to increase education on American history,” he said.

    • Someone knew the significance of the logo, supported its message, and promoted it to the battalion.  You don’t randomly come up with an image like that, and you don’t get it from Google without learning the background of it.

      So my guess is at least someone in the Corps has some neo-Nazi leanings.

    • VanDammerVanDammer says:

      please, not one of the 10 men in the photo had a clue as to the origin of the logo?  Really? I agree with the doubt that neo-nazism is rampant in our military but social insensitivity and historical ignorance seem to be commonplace. Per the published story the logo has been evident since at least 2004.  8+ years and commanding officers didn’t know about it? Really?

      How about a part of increased education are one:one conversations with Holocaust survivors, with death camp liberators, with WWII vets from both theaters. Marines didn’t have as much of an ETO presence so do they lack institutional knowledge of the sacrifices of their brethren?  Would this elite team get a bye if they had appropriated Imperial Army symbols?  Just sad what we forget within so few generations.        

    • ajb says:

      A couple of things to note:

      Most commenters feel there’s nothing wrong with this and they’re being unfairly picked on by the media.

      Some commenters give the impression that this is widespread among scout snipers and has been going on for a long time.

      Universally, they’re incredibly riled by the insinuation that they harbor Nazi sympathies.

      Overall, I was struck that they’re absolutely blind to the optics of this. The response is belligerently defensive. I know that you can’t judge by commenters (just look at the DP comments), but while most Marines are probably doing a face-palm, there’s a significant fraction that sees nothing wrong with this.

    • SSG_Dan says:

      I’m still falling on the side of stupid on this. Perhaps I’m a bit dated, but the one time I actually encountered dirtbag Neo-Nazi members in the Armed Forces, they were all wannabees in the support unit.

      NEVER encountered any in Combat Arms…

    • Gray in Mountains says:

      folks will say “if you weren’t there you can’t criticize”

    • Obama played a little chess today in announcing his accommodation to the oh-so-outraged Catholic Bishops (who, if I understand current policy dating from the GW Bush administration, have been paying for contraceptive coverage for their hospital employees until now…).

      The new tweak is that for religiously affiliated organizations, the insurers will be required to foot the bill for the contraceptives rather than the organizations.  Clever, and a win-win for everyone except the self-righteous bishops who spent so long covering up the pedophile scandal at the Church.  Insurance companies save money (it costs more to deal with pregnancy or any of the other conditions that contraceptives address); women get to make their own moral decisions; the Church doesn’t actually need to expend money, effort, or opinion supporting contraceptives…

      • Elijah Rock says:

        and remember past moves

        And one the Obama administration forgot is their defeat in the mid-January Supreme Court decision (9-0) to give religious groups “exception” in work bias laws.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01

        Perhaps the “accommodation” idea should have been the first one floated as taking on religion isn’t working in today’s America.

        • RedGreenRedGreen says:

          What the Obama administration did was to get the far right all lathered up over birth control, put the difference between the parties in the headlines, and reminded all the suburban women (among others) what the Republicans really stand for. Obama didn’t lose any support he would have had under any circumstances, but his opponents sure did. You’re really not thinking like a chess player, ER.

    • BlueCat says:

      nor would there have been any Komen controversy if we just uncoupled health insurance from employers and went with solid quality universal coverage through medicare for all with a role to play for private insurers providing supplementary benefits for those who want them. Birth control and all non-optional, legal drugs and procedures would be covered as a matter of course.  

      Then women wouldn’t need PP for routine care and birth control access and hospitals and such run by religious groups wouldn’t have to be concerned with any of it.  Another argument for joining the 21st century civilized world.

  3. that Rush was making a joke rather than being a joke for a change.

  4. Ralphie says:

    Committee disbands by unanimous vote, citing lack of evidence.

    Lesson:  if caught doing something wrong, STONEWALL.

    • The realistThe realist says:

      delete all records, erase all memories.

      But there is Karma in the world . . .

    • BlueCat says:

      No way to prove now that she was drunk so no way to prove she was carrying a weapon while drunk.  Police attest to the fact that she didn’t ask for special treatment.  Really leaves nothing to accuse her of that could possibly be backed up by anything concrete so just what would could be considered, in the way of evidence, in an investigation?

      I wouldn’t call it a white wash, though.  On the contrary, everybody involved managed to make everybody else involved look bad.  That would include DPD, Bradford and Republican leadership. That wash water looks pretty scummy.

    • MADCO says:

      What?

      I don’t remember…..fetus in the food…. Acorn…something.

      What were we talking about?

  5. Since we touched on it here yesterday, I thought I’d update to say that the Mississippi legislator proposing to rename the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf of America was a Democrat being snarky in the face of a raft of anti-immigration legislation, not a real proposal – though he did submit it as a real bill.

    Democrats have been on a snark legislation roll lately, with another Dem legislator proposing to amend an Oklahoma eggmendment style bill with a proposal to also outlaw spilling semen anywhere other than the nature-designed receptacle.

  6. RedGreenRedGreen says:

    WTF happened to the webinar diary?! Is it too late to register?

  7. The realistThe realist says:

    Romney, at CPAC today.  What a strange choice of words – conjures up the image of a governor with a large wooden paddle.

    • BlueCat says:

      On any number of issues the record clearly shows policies and stands that nobody would call “severely” or even  the less hostile sounding “ultra” conservative. And it’s not as if his rivals are going to let anyone forget that.    

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