There are so many little stories with massive amounts of stupid, I am going to try to jam a bunch together into one big post.
1.) Happy Veterans Day! For Veterans Day this year, Republican leadership has decided the appropriate way to show their appreciation is a kick in the groin:
The Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Steve Buyer (R-Ind.), announced plans to eliminate annual congressional hearings for Veterans Service Organizations. Under Buyer’s plan, The American Legion and other Veterans Service Organizations would no longer be afforded the opportunity to present testimony before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees.
“I am extremely disappointed in Chairman Buyer’s latest effort to ignore the Veterans Service Organizations. Eliminating annual hearings before a joint session of the Veterans Affairs Committees will lead to continued budgetary shortfalls for VA resulting in veterans being underserved,” said National Commander Thomas L. Bock…
The Veterans Committees in both houses have long operated in a bipartisan fashion. The many accomplishments of these important Committees can be directly attributed to the strong bipartisan leadership of both Democrat and Republican Chairman. “It is our sincere hope that Chairman Buyer’s goal is not to create a partisan division within the Veterans Affairs Committees,” said Bock. “The American Legion has long viewed veterans as both Democrats and Republicans.”
“I am disheartened that on the eve of Veterans Day 2005, while many of America’s young men and women are defending our freedoms across the globe, veterans here at home are fighting to protect the right to participate in the democratic process,” stated Commander Bock. “VA will never benefit from Congress silencing the voice of its constituency.”
The arrogance of these bastards in Congress. The idea that theVETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE does not have the time to ANNUALLY hear from VETERANS is just offensive and absurd.
2.) Faithfully defending the poor and downtrodden, Ralph Nader has taken on a new cause:
The two-time presidential candidate and consumer advocate asked the National Football League and the Eagles to reinstate Owens, who was dropped for the season after he complained that the team didn’t celebrate his 100th career touchdown catch and said the Eagles would be better off with a different quarterback.
While calling Owens’s comments “boorish and unwarranted,” Nader said the receiver should be reinstated because the ban runs counter to the American tradition of free speech and deprives fans from the chance of watching the five- time Pro Bowl selection play.
“There is a great tradition in this country of respecting free speech, and the Eagles and NFL should express those values in handling even churlish speech,” Nader wrote in a letter to NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie.
Is there a more tone deaf individual in the world? Terrell Owens can exercise his right to free speech all he wants- Jeff Lurie and the Eagles don’t have to finance it, and should be allowed to fire someone who does nothing but damage the organization. Nader should butt out and move on with his life.
And while we are on T.O., lt me state one more little pet peeve. I am sick and tired of reporters asking “What is going on between T.O. and Donovan McNabb,” because it frames the question inappropriately and makes it look like Donovan McNabb has done something wrong or is part of the problem. The real question should be “What the hell is wrong with T.O.,” because all Donovan McNabb has done is take guff from Owens while being the model teammate. Donovan Mcnabb has been the model of a mature athlete from the time he was booed at his draft to date. Stop making it look like this is just some sort of drama which he is a part of, as it isn’t. It is just Owens being a GRADE A, certified jerk.
3.) God hates Dover, because apparently Dover hates God:
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson warned residents of a rural Pennsylvania town Thursday that disaster may strike there because they “voted God out of your city” by ousting school board members who favored teaching intelligent design.
All eight Dover, Pa., school board members up for re-election were defeated Tuesday after trying to introduce “intelligent design” — the belief that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power — as an alternative to the theory of evolution.
“I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God. You just rejected him from your city,” Robertson said on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “700 Club.”
“God is tolerant and loving, but we can’t keep sticking our finger in his eye forever,” Robertson said. “If they have future problems in Dover, I recommend they call on Charles Darwin. Maybe he can help them.”
Personally, I view the continued health of Pat Robertson to be evidence there is no God. Someone this ugly on the inside should come with a wart covered, puss-infected face.
*** Update ***
It would be nice if you all would politely point out obvious errors such as the begining of this post, which used to read “There is so many…”
I originally had ‘There is so much” and then changed it, and came back an hour later and was appalled to see that mistake up there. Gah!