Another Day Another Republican Temper Tantrum

Best line of the week about Rush Limbaugh trying to weasel out of his “phony soldiers” accusation,Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA): ‘Maybe Limbaugh was high on drugs again.’

Well, I don’t know. Maybe he was just high on his drugs again. I don’t know whether he was or not. If so, he ought to let us know. But that shouldn’t be an excuse.

And Iraq vet Army of Dude relates this story (photos at link of some “phony soldiers”) The Real Deal

This was taken on a rooftop during a firefight on March 24 in Baqubah. One guy lost a leg up to his knee and another lost a foot in an IED blast that day. Talk about sacrifices! Out of seven Americans on that rooftop, one is going to reenlist! The rest decided to get out to avoid going to Iraq again, despite what Mike from Olympia, Washington said on your show about what real soldiers say, like “they want to be over in Iraq. They understand their sacrifice, and they’re willing to sacrifice for their country.” All I see is a bunch of phonies!

Whether one agrees with Limbaugh or Dude the issue behind all of this that will not go away as much as the right-wing wackos like Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Riehl World View, Instapundit, protein wisdom and the usual list of suspects is that one can be supportive of the military and not support the Right’s obviously disastrous foreign policy. Reid Calls On Senators To Join In Condemning Limbaugh’s Attack On Our Troops

“Yet Rush Limbaugh took it upon himself to attack the courage and character of those fighting and dying for him and for all of us. Rush Limbaugh got himself a deferment from serving when he was a young man. He never served in uniform. He never saw in person the extreme difficulty of maintaining peace in a foreign country engaged in civil war. Ye he thinks that his opinion on the war is worth more than those who are on the front lines.

“And what’s worse – Limbaugh’s show is broadcast on Armed Forces Radio, which means that thousands of troops overseas and veterans here at home were forced to hear this attack on their patriotism. Rush Limbaugh owes the men and women of our Armed Forces an apology.

Who knew that a burned out drug addict and pathological liar could count on Fox News to to carry baggage for them, Gibson aired edited Limbaugh clip to “prove” Media Matters had edited Limbaugh clip

During the September 28 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, in response to Media Matters for America’s documentation of Rush Limbaugh’s recent description of service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq as “phony soldiers,” Fox News host John Gibson asserted, “Rush was specifically talking about a particular one, Jesse MacBeth, who had pled guilty in court to lying about even being in Iraq.” Gibson falsely claimed that Media Matters “said Rush said something, posted an audio recording of it and a written transcript, and cut it off at the precise moment where the next thing he said proved them wrong.” To support this claim, Gibson aired a clip from the September 28 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show in which Limbaugh purported to air the “entire” segment in question from the September 26 broadcast of his program. In fact, as Media Matters has documented, the clip Limbaugh aired on September 28, which Gibson reaired, had been spliced. Excised from the clip was a full 1 minute and 35 seconds of the 1 minute and 50 second discussion that occurred between Limbaugh’s original “phony soldiers” comment and his reference to MacBeth, the full audio of which can be heard here.

Back to that original transcript,

CALLER 2: No, it’s not, and what’s really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.

LIMBAUGH: The phony soldiers.

CALLER 2: The phony soldiers. If you talk to a real soldier, they are proud to serve. They want to be over in Iraq. They understand their sacrifice, and they’re willing to sacrifice for their country.

Liberty Street and Firegoglake have both included the usual defense of free speech and most would certainly agree that Limbaugh and the Right take full advantage of that Right. They hide behind it as they regurgitate the the smear of the day. Then they always seem to trip over themselves to condemn anyone to the left of Herman Goebbels that dares deviate from from the Right’s writ in stone commandments about what exactly constitutes patriotism. According to the Right they own the flag, they own the military and 9-11 isn’t something that happened to America it was an event personally directed at Republicans. What it amounts to is an entire political movement that seems to be caught up in a never ending foot stomping spittle flying temper tantrum because the world and everyone one in it doesn’t march in lock step with every bit of drivel they spew.

While we’re on the subject of drivel the libral media was at it again giving Justice Thomas an incredible forty five minutes of air time to act out a little play world scenario that has evidently been dancing in his head for fifteen years. All Anita Hill gets is this little column in the NYT, The Smear This Time

Justice Thomas has every right to present himself as he wishes in his new memoir, “My Grandfather’s Son.” He may even be entitled to feel abused by the confirmation process that led to his appointment to the Supreme Court.

But I will not stand by silently and allow him, in his anger, to reinvent me.

In the portion of his book that addresses my role in the Senate hearings into his nomination, Justice Thomas offers a litany of unsubstantiated representations and outright smears that Republican senators made about me when I testified before the Judiciary Committee — that I was a “combative left-winger” who was “touchy” and prone to overreacting to “slights.” A number of independent authors have shown those attacks to be baseless. What’s more, their reports draw on the experiences of others who were familiar with Mr. Thomas’s behavior, and who came forward after the hearings. It’s no longer my word against his.

Justice Thomas’s characterization of me is also hobbled by blatant inconsistencies. He claims, for instance, that I was a mediocre employee who had a job in the federal government only because he had “given it” to me. He ignores the reality: I was fully qualified to work in the government, having graduated from Yale Law School (his alma mater, which he calls one of the finest in the country), and passed the District of Columbia Bar exam, one of the toughest in the nation.

In 1981, when Mr. Thomas approached me about working for him, I was an associate in good standing at a Washington law firm. In 1991, the partner in charge of associate development informed Mr. Thomas’s mentor, Senator John Danforth of Missouri, that any assertions to the contrary were untrue. Yet, Mr. Thomas insists that I was “asked to leave” the firm.

It’s worth noting, too, that Mr. Thomas hired me not once, but twice while he was in the Reagan administration — first at the Department of Education and then at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After two years of working directly for him, I left Washington and returned home to Oklahoma to begin my teaching career.

In a particularly nasty blow, Justice Thomas attacked my religious conviction, telling “60 Minutes” this weekend, “She was not the demure, religious, conservative person that they portrayed.” Perhaps he conveniently forgot that he wrote a letter of recommendation for me to work at the law school at Oral Roberts University, in Tulsa. I remained at that evangelical Christian university for three years, until the law school was sold to Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Va., another Christian college. Along with other faculty members, I was asked to consider a position there, but I decided to remain near my family in Oklahoma.

Again there are facts that the Right, in this case Justice Thomas just refuse to acknowledge. If M’s Hill was such an awful employee why did he employ her and hire her twice. What happened, did he feel sorry for her so he kept her on for two years. Thomas’s version just doesn’t add up, it never has. Come on CBS how about giving Anita Hill and the mainstream civil rights movement their forty-five minutes.