Thursday, May 26, 2005

Thought Police Blotter

I wrote this yesterday, and then didn't post it.

From DoG’s newest staffer, The Constable of Freedom, comes the woeful tale - How Bill Maher Destroyed America:

Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., takes issue with remarks on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, first aired May 13, in which Maher points out the Army missed its recruiting goal by 42 percent in April.

”More people joined the Michael Jackson fan club,'' Maher said. “We've done picked all the low-lying Lynndie England fruit, and now we need warm bodies.''

Army Reserve Pfc. England was accused of abusing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

“I think it borders on treason,'' Bachus said. “In treason, one definition is to undermine the effort or national security of our country.''
Can anyone tell me how a comedy bit can in any way undermine our national security? You know what’s treasonous, congressman? Ignoring legitimate threats to our ports and chemical plants and the rest in order to send our young men and women off to die in a war based on lies. Allowing one’s cronies to “lose” (steal) over $8 billion from the American people without so much as an inquiry. Hiring one's friends to make sure that people who would vote for your opponent are kept out of the voting booths, thereby undermining our democracy. Running up such a high national debt that the country is one dip in the stock market away from banana republic status. These are things that truly undermine our national security. These are things that offend my sensibilities, congressman. Not meaningless jokes.

I probably wouldn't have even bothered to post it if Bill Maher hadn't written a response. And he is such fun, is he not?

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