They’ll fire the answer through the door—You’re out to die tonight

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Except for the die hard right-wing most Americans realize that when conservatives use certain buzz words or phrases they are speaking in code. "Pro Business" for example. Conservatives are pro business in the way that Tony Soprano is pro business, Ex-Bush aide convicted in D.C. corruption case

A jury Tuesday convicted a

Safavian was convicted on four of five felony counts of lying and obstruction. He had resigned from his White House post last year as the federal government’s chief procurement officer.

The verdict gave a boost to the wide-ranging influence peddling probe that focuses on Abramoff’s dealings with Congress.

In the Safavian case, prosecutors highlighted the name of Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio. They introduced a photograph of the congressman and Abramoff standing in front of a private jet that whisked them and other members of a golfing party for a five-day trip to the storied St Andrews Old Course in Scotland, and a second leg of the journey to London.

It's just business right? Doing what they've always done, practice a perversity of free market capitalism. Senate's Abramoff Report Disputes Rep. Ney

The report includes new details about some of Abramoff's activities, including his collaboration with former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed and conservative strategist Grover Norquist. The Senate report recommended that the Senate Finance Committee investigate the use of tax-exempt organizations "as extensions of for-profit lobbying operations."

Ney's comments to the panel could add to his problems with the Justice Department. Federal prosecutors have secured guilty pleas from Abramoff and three former associates implicating Ney in a string of official acts allegedly performed in exchange for favors such as a golf trip to Scotland and campaign contributions.

These are some illustrious members of the party of values. The values of gangsters apparently.

Not being a psychiatrist I'm not familiar with the clinical terms used to describe the conservative phenomenon whereby America becomes Bush and Bush becomes America. This merging of alternate realities is not unherad of at this point since the fringe right still merges Bin Laden, Saddam, and 9-11. For the average person Bush and America are not the same thing, to criticize a guy that has displayed a life long tendency toward avoiding responsibility and never having accomplished anything on his own I'm forced to conclude that some clinical malady exists that precludes conservatives from differentiating an alcoholic prep school elitist from America. For example this cartoon after which the first comment reads,

There you have it, the cartoon says it all. According to the liberals, the United States is no better than Al Qaeda. Can it be made more plain to see?

This is a red letter day for liberalism, it’s like coming out of the closet, so to speak. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for clarifying this for all to behold.

No matter how much cartoon boy warmed to this “idea,” even if it helped him to achieve an anti American erection, there are very few normal people that will consider this even remotely funny.

Unless they got there heads up the MoveOn’s a-ss like most of these pinkos do.

Pandering to the party lunatics at the expense of our security.

The cartoon is in fact critical of certain policies. Those policies are not by law the policies of the United States, they are W's policies. The right-wing commenter like most modern conservatives can't tell the difference bewteen the dull minded opportunist in the Whitehouse and America. Bush's policies on torture are illegal and immoral. To be against Bush's policies is by definition to be pro- United States. To be a liberal is to be pro country of values and the rule of law, to be pro civilized behavior even when the enemy is not. ( Conservatives time and again can't seem to post a comment on the "internets" without reference to some deranged sexual imaginery, but hey freedom of expression and all that). Gregory D. Foster suggests that what we need is a kind of score card so we can tell the real patriots from the conservative nationalists, We Need a Patriotism Index

Strident warrior talk—especially red-faced, vein-distending, temple-pounding references to hunting down and destroying evildoers, invading rogue states, or strengthening defense—also would be worth big points.

And, since

Finally, there would be a scale of deeds that would distinguish loyal from disloyal acts and take motives and intentions into account. Conformity, compliance, and obedience would be weighted heavily; non-conformity, heresy, and dissent not at all. Sacrifice—especially the unintended loss of privilege and prestige—would receive big points. Service to country would be weighted more heavily than service to humanity. Special points would be awarded for intentional refusal to abet or enable weak, unfit interlopers and parasites who undeservedly seek to appropriate American plenty and protection. Once we are all assigned documentable patriotism scores, we will have in place a rigorous method for purifying ourselves and sanctifying our claims to greatness.

Heavily laced with snark, but point made nonetheless.

7 Linked to Nascent Terrorist Plot Are Arrested
The story that Yahoo is running said that there didn't appear to be any ties with Islamic terrorism, yet in this story from the LA Times one of the neighbors said something that would seem to contradict that,

"They would come out late at night and exercise," she told the paper. "It seemed like a military boot camp that they were working on there. They would come out and stand guard."

She said she had talked to one of them about a month ago.

"They seemed brainwashed. They said they had given their lives to Allah," Rose said.

The sky is like a heavy lid
Out here beyond the door tonight.
What’s that? A mutter down the street.
What’s that? The sound of yells and feet.
For what you didn’t do or did
You’ll pay the score tonight.

No use to reek with reddened sweat,
No use to whimper and to sweat.
They’ve got the rope; they’ve got the guns,
They’ve got the courage and the guns;
And that’s the reason why tonight
No use to ask them any more.
They’ll fire the answer through the door—
You’re out to die tonight.

There where the lonely cross-road lies,
There is no place to make replies;
But silence, inch by inch, is there,
And the right limb for a lynch is there;
And a lean daw waits for both your eyes,
Blackbird.

from The Bird and the Tree by Ridgely Torrence

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