The Real Story Behind Spicey MustardGate

Spicy MustardGate

We are so lucky to have the conservative clowns and elitist police on the case. Dijon or spicey MustardGate has been exposed. It was yet another chapter in the annals of liberalism elitism and Obama’s unquenchable fetish to have himself filmed while getting lunch, DijonGate: What have we learned?”

I’m going to have a basic cheddar cheese burger, medium well, with mustard. . . . You got a spicy mustard or something like that, or a Dijon mustard, something like that?”
— Barack Obama, May 5, 2009

“The reaction proved one thing I already knew: The cult of personality surrounding Obama is real. And many of the cultists are demented, dangerous or both.”
— William Jacobson, May 8, 2009 – of a conservative blog called Legal Insurrection.
Congratulations to Professor Jacobson. Traffic at his Legal Insurrection blog, which was about 37,000 visits in February, surged to more than 107,000 in just two days Thursday and Friday, because he dared to point out how dishonest news coverage has become.

[   ]..A burger at Ray’s Hell-Burger costs $6.95, so lunch at the Arlington restaurant isn’t exactly the value menu at Mickey D’s. If the White House believed they could show Obama as a Regular Guy by having him eat at a place where the burgers are seven bucks, maybe they need to work on their definition of populism.

The Right gets to decide everything about your life – everything from acceptable countertops to mustard to what constitutes acceptable sports to  how much a real populist would pay for lunch. The cult of personality of Obama? Geez read some history on the genuflecting Cult of Bush. Presidents usually live in a bubble, as do some of their supporters – see Cult of Bush link – so when one goes out on a burger run, just like many Americans do at lunch, its news. It shouldn’t be, but because of the precedent it set it got some attention. As to being a cynical photo-op cheered on by the “demented, dangerous or both” – that kind of salivating hyperbole is better reserved for sending unqualified political cronies, with lives at stake, to rebuild Iraq. I searched for Legal Insurrection’s or The Other McCain’s equal or greater outrage expressed on Bush having such contempt for American troops, but no surprise that post is not to be found. Photo-ops? Bush’s pretending to care New Orlean’s charade is a classic. The photographic history of the Bush/McCain man love photo-ops are available for those that have the stomach. There are plenty of others, but a personal favorite was Bush praising miners’ rescue while cutting the budget for the department that saved them. Yet More Dijon

So, apparently, the point of obsessively focusing on Obama’s mustard choice wasn’t that he wanted dijon mustard.  It’s that he wanted dijon mustard and it wasn’t the lead story on every news channel in existence, which is a totally different thing.  Conservatives are totally accepting of his mustard choice, they’re just not accepting of the fact that his mustard choice wasn’t used to destroy and discredit every fiber of his being. It’s like “hate the sin, love the sinner”, except with more condiments and less sense.

Just remembered this bit of genuine cultish drool from Powerline,

It must be very strange to be President Bush. A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can’t get anyone to notice. He is like a great painter or musician who is ahead of his time, and who unveils one masterpiece after another to a reception that, when not bored, is hostile. – John Hinderaker, 28 July 2005

The pants that John was wearing that day, the one’s with the knees worn out, if he’ll part with them, might hang in the Bush library some day.


Thank You Very Much Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh

Thanks Dick and Rush

Some of the symptoms of antisocial personality disorder include: failure to respect norms with respect to lawful behaviors, reckless disregard for the well being of others and a lack of remorse regarding behavior that has been indifferent to hurting others or rationalizing being partner to that harm. Cheney Has “No Regrets” Over Interrogation Policies, War On Terror

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday, that he had no regrets about the course of actions he and the Bush administration pursued when it came to interrogating suspected terrorists or, more broadly, waging the war on terror.

“No regrets,” Cheney declared during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I think it was absolutely the right thing to do. I am convinced, absolutely convinced, that we saved thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of lives.”

What a convient memory. Thousands of dead Americans, tens of thousands maimed or wounded, hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis – the ones Dick and George wanted to save from Saddam’s tyranny, supposedly. Dick and his small band of supporters ( a 20% approval rating in 2008) are like an arsonists who claims that burning down your house didn’t matter, what mattered is he killed a few rats. Cheney is the poster boy for the average rightwinger’s inability to understand the basics of costs benefit analysis. Just from a public relations point of view the only people that are happy to have an arsonist defend their counter productive and immoral agenda are fellow arsonists. In that context consider Cheney thinks that Rush Limbaugh is a better representative of the Republican party then Colin Powell. While Powell has made some attempts at redeeming his reputation, which is probably better then Limbaughs, Cheney inadvertently tells us how far far  Right conservatism has become and would like it to stay. Powell was neck deep in Iran-Contra, an episode in right-wing history that Cheney claims taught him a valauable lesson. Cheney Learned Iran-Contra Lessons

In a new article by Stephen “W.W. Beauchamp” Hayes, former Vice President Cheney gripes extensively about the Obama administration. It’s exactly what you’d expect.

But what you might not expect is that Cheney (seemingly inadvertently) confirms that there was a massive cover-up of the Iran-Contra scandal by the Reagan administration:

“I went through the Iran-Contra hearings and watched the way administration officials ran for cover and left the little guys out to dry. And I was bound and determined that wasn’t going to happen this time.”

Considering that two national security advisers (Robert McFarlane and John Poindexter) and the Secretary of Defense (Caspar Weinberger) were some of the “little guys” who were prosecuted for Iran-Contra, it’s obvious who Cheney is talking about as hanging them out to dry: President Reagan and Vice President Bush.

Here’s how journalist Robert Parry describes the conclusions of Iran-Contra Special Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh, as described in his memoir, Firewall: According to Firewall, the cover-up conspiracy took formal shape at a meeting of Reagan and his top advisers in the Situation Room at the White House on Nov. 24, 1986.

The meeting’s principal point of concern was how to handle the troublesome fact that Reagan had approved illegal arms sales to Iran in fall 1985, before any covert-action finding had been signed. The act was a clear felony — a violation of the Arms Export Control Act — and possibly an impeachable offense.

Though virtually everyone at the meeting knew that Reagan had approved those shipments through Israel, Attorney General Edwin Meese announced what would become the cover story.

According to Walsh’s narrative, Meese “told the group that although [NSC adviser Robert] McFarlane had informed [Secretary of State George] Shultz of the planned shipment, McFarlane had not informed the president. …

“[White House chief of staff Don] Regan, who had heard McFarlane inform the president and who had heard the president admit to Shultz that he knew of the shipment of Hawk [anti-aircraft] missiles, said nothing. Shultz and [Defense Secretary Caspar] Weinberger, who had protested the shipment before it took place, said nothing.

“[Vice President George] Bush, who had been told of the shipment in advance by McFarlane, said nothing. Casey, who [had] requested that the president sign the retroactive finding to authorize the CIA-facilitated delivery, said nothing.

“[NSC adviser John] Poindexter, who had torn up the finding, said nothing. Meese asked whether anyone knew anything else that hadn’t been revealed. No one spoke.”

When Shultz returned to the State Department, he dictated a note to his aide, Charles Hill, who wrote down that Reagan’s men were “rearranging the record.” They were trying to protect the President through a “carefully thought out strategy” that would “blame it on Bud” McFarlane.

It really is considerate of Cheney to tell the truth about this.

In the investigations that have taken place into Bush administration policy regarding abusive treatment of detainees,  only a few rank and file soldiers have taken any heat. Its pretty obvious that for Cheney powerful elitist and “little guy” are synonymous.

Cheney May Be Willing To Testify Under Oath About Torture Program. Which is about as sincere as Sean Hannity’s promise to be tortured to prove his point. Cheney and Limbaugh, two people generally disliked and strongly distrusted are the spokes people for the Republican party. Ann Coulter and Micheal Savage aside, there are no better Republicans in America at turning the public off of conservatism. They manage expose conservatism’s basic contempt for American values while simultaneously being in denial about their abject failure as a movement and the costly, frequently deadly consequences of their polices.

Lastly a big thinks to the big bad librul broadcast and print media for giving Cheney a never ending forum.