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Michele Bachmann’s Latest Gaffe

Filed under: Celebrities,Crazy News,Idiots,Perverts,Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — Positronic Dave @ 11:34 pm June 27, 2011

I was reading an article in the New York Times today, about the newly-declared Presidential candidacy of Michelle Bachman, when I came to the ending paragraphs. This is priceless…

Mrs. Bachmann, who rose to prominence with her evocative quips and spirited presence in television interviews and appearances at Tea Party rallies last year, has also experienced a string of gaffes. She added a new one to the list during her visit back to Waterloo, a city that she left in 1968.

She spoke adoringly of her town, recalling the Dairy Queen, her house on East Ninth Street and the Wonder Bread Factory, where her mother picked up ingredients for her favorite mayonnaise and lettuce sandwiches. But as she stood in her old neighborhood, she misstated a piece of Iowa lore as she explained the important role that Waterloo had in shaping her character.“

John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa,” Mrs. Bachmann told Fox News’ Carl Cameron in an interview. “That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.

”The actor was actually born in Winterset, Iowa, which is about 150 miles southwest of Waterloo. It was John Wayne Gacy, known as the killer clown who raped and murdered 33 teen-age boys in the 1970s, who had lived in Waterloo.

Maybe she WAS referring to the John Wayne who lived in her town… Yikes!

Osama Bin Laden is Dead

Osama Bin Laden is dead.

Ten years ago, this September, was the date of one of the biggest terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Osama Bin laden was behind it, and then-President Bush promised no stone would left unturned until this man was brought to justice. However, as we all know – even though all intelligence pointed to Bin Laden hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, Bush sent hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers to go look under rocks in Iraq. And so we got into that all-new Vietnam, a sandy Hell we have yet to extract our servicemen and women from.

Today, President Obama announced that Bin laden had been killed, in military operation, in the mountainous region of Abbottabad… which is in Pakistan.  Intelligence (of the at-long-last intelligent kind) led U.S. forces to a small compound where Bin Laden was hiding. A small group of U.S. military shot and killed Bin Laden and, according to sources, are in possession of his body.

Without going into all the reasons for poor Western World-Arab world relationships going back to The Crusades, it could be said that we didn’t start this fight, ten years ago. That it was brought to our doorsteps on September 11, 2001, when four jets were hijacked and two of them flown into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon, and one was brought down in a field in PA by the actions of the heroic passengers. When we went into Afghanistan, we had the moral high ground, as well as most of the world’s sympathy, behind us. We had a reason to be there, and we were all promised justice after the 9/11 attacks.

We know, also, how ex-President Bush squandered that good will by attacking Iraq for no more reason than a Bush/Bin Laden family feud and Dick Cheney’s lust for Iraqi oil fields. We know how many soldiers have died in a war so stupid, so pointless, even Bush’s father President Bush I wasn’t arrogant enough to get bogged-down in. And we know, through all this, Bin Laden was still alive, still broadcasting defiant messages to the West.

Here is the big question, beneath all the muscle-flexing and street-dancing most Americans are doing right now, many fully justified: should we celebrate the death of Bin Laden? It wouldn’t undo what he has done, nor all that has been done in his name, or done with the word “revenge” printed on it, in the name of “bringing him to justice.”

I can’t answer those questions. Perhaps victims of the 9/11 attacks, or the survivors, or the families of both victims and survivors, are the only ones with the right to answer the big questions. Bin Laden’s death doesn’t make the last 10 years not have happened. It won’t break al Queda, or make it go away. Lord and Allah knows, it will probably encourage al Queda to greater efforts in the name of a man now martyred, as they see it. It doesn’t bring any of the dead, from either (or any) side back.

It does, however, change things politically here at home. President Obama has a shiny victory, a foreign-policy gold ring that will be of great use in the 2012 elections. Honestly, I can’t wait to see how Fox News tries to spin this in an effort to not give the standing President credit for this. But all that is for tomorrow’s speculation. Tonight, let’s have a moment of silence, for all the people killed, all of them, as a result of every action from 9/11 up until now. Let’s take time to honor the dead, and not the revenge.

Today, the hunt for Bin Laden, is finally over. Osama Bin Laden is dead.

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