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Where I Try to Part Ways With Teddy Boy

I gotta hand it to Teddy boy, he's really going out on that limb of nutiness to draw a crowd. Problem is, I really don't know what to do with this one. Excerpt:
bq. Had they stood firmly against the war and Bush, on the right side of history, they might have helped slow or even reverse the rush to war during the winter of 2002-3. Their failure to accurately assess the case for war, coupled with their willful blindness to this Administration's neofascist tendencies, contributed to needless carnage, attacks on individual rights and the creation of dozens of covert CIA gulags around the world. Every time someone was raped at Abu Ghraib, Bagram Air Base or Gitmo, Tom Friedman and Christopher Hitchens and Bill O'Reilly and David Brooks were de facto accomplices. He ends his little screed with this: The pro-war pundits got the biggest story of their careers dead wrong. Now a lot of people are wrongly dead. The fact that this sorry lot still draw paychecks is a tribute to America's infinite capacity for forgiveness. It's really making my head hurt. Ted Rall, who told people to not support our soldiers. Ted Rall, who has published countless numbers of columns, cartoons and the like all but supporting (and in one or two cases outright supporting) terrorists and insurgents in Iraq, Ted Rall who thinks that someone calling a newspaper to say that they don't like a shitty cartoon they carry is crushing of dissent - he wants the war commentators fired. And he implicates them in crimes. How very Vast Right Wing Conspiracy of you, Ted. I'm starting to think that I should end my relationship with Mr. Rall. This column is far beyond the pale that just reading it made me feel...icky, for lack of a better word. I see Ted in a whole new light now. He's the kid in the back of the class, the one with snot stains on his sleeve and a crust of saliva around his mouth, the one who talks to himself on the playground and whose personality is a guaranteed friend repellant. Is there anyone who wants to touch this guy now? Even most lefties I talk to - and I mean leaning towards moonbat lefties - hold up garlic cloves and crosses when I mention his name. One has to believe that most of the supportive mail he prints is either from make believe friends or made with some random fan mail generator, maybe the same one that Vincent Gallo uses. You can go to land of make believe and you can pretend, but in the end you still have no friends Ted, I think this is goodbye. We've had joy, we've had fun, we had treason in the sun...I just can't keep reading the work of someone whose words make me feel as if I stuck my hand in a bowl of worms. Icky. (thanks to Jim for the link)

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Comments

Ted's the true fascist....only his view is the correct one.

All other views must be punished, his view deserves an uncritiqued forum.

Whatever. "Their failure to accurately assess the case for war, coupled with their willful blindness to the Axis of Evil's fascist characteristics, contributed to needless carnage, attacks on individual rights and the creation of dozens of covert gulags around the world. Every time someone was tortured at Abu Ghraib, Cuba, Kaechon or an Iranian prison, Ted Rall and Michael Moore and Noam Chomsky were de facto accomplices."

"The anti-war pundits got the biggest story of their careers dead wrong. Now a lot of people are rightly free. The fact that this sorry lot still have cartoons published on MSNBC.com is a tribute to America's infinite capacity for forgiveness."

Michelle, he's a total nut-job. I rank him with the "black-helicopter, Montana militia" types on the right. He's a human parody, completely unhinged, and has lost his grip on reality. If the hard-left is washing its hands of him, he's done.

Ted Rall isn't meant to be taken seriously. He's the kind of guy that would set himself on fire just to be the center of attention.

Screw him. He isn't worth one iota of your time.

You know the scariest thing? When I first read that nauseating quote I honestly wasn't sure if it came from Ted Rall or Ted Kennedy.

Update: Ted Rall is still an idiot.

I sense a little "Why are they firing me, they should be firing the guy with three Pulitzers" in his comments.

I don't buy for a moment that the anti-war crowd was right on Iraq, and even if I did, I'd never admit it because of people like Rall.

Ted Rall is just jealous he missed becoming buddies with Usay and gettin' some in Usay's special rooms. So now he wants Saddam back in power, the sooner the better.

I mean, it's probably the only way this guy can get his rocks off.

I'm not really sure I get what you're saying...

Ted Rall = asshat
Flowers = pretty
Kittens = cute (or = Pop Tarts, see goats.com)
Ted Rall = asshat

I mean, DUH!!!

Said it before, say it again: Ted Rall is nothing more than a paid, published internet troll.

"I mean, it's probably the only way this guy can get his rocks off."
Darleen, it says something scary about humanity that you got this exactly backwards - Ted Rall apparently pimped like Wilt Chamberlain

Of course, if Iraq does make the transition to democracy, Rall will be the first one saying “see, I told you it would work”. And if you were to call him on his own words, you would be called a fascist.

See I read the headline and the first excerpt the thought Ted Kennedy had opened his mouth again. But you were talking about the other Ted...

Bryan, I thought the same thing.

"...and the creation of dozens of covert CIA gulags around the world."

Is it just possible that this man is well and truly psychotic?

Seems he's saying some were wrong and might want to shut up so people forget exactly how wrong they were.

Of course some folks won't, and archives will be dredged up to show how wrong alot of people were, then alot of embarassment, and back peddling later the world will forget us all.

As IXLNXS existance points out, there isn't going to be agreement over whether the liberation was a success or a failure.

Bush's goals are longer term than his opponents can admit without hurting themselves politically - you can't talk about his aim of protecting civilization from an extremely long term threat without admitting that you have no alternative plan that addresses this.

So everyone will continue arguing at cross purposes and both sides will declare "victory"

And gnats like Ted Ralls would have claimed to be vindicated no matter what anyway.

You type with that hand? I hope you've washed it! ;)

Reading the Ted Rall piece I kept having the same thought. What a pile of codswallop. The term just seemed perfect. With a nod to Lileks. Who as an aside, is my brush with Blog Greatness. James was the valedictorian of my high school. Just FYI.

Michelle, Ted really believes all he cites, like rapes taking place in all sorts of "covert CIA gulags around the world" and so it doesn't take a strong imagination to understand why he feels vindicated.
He knows, and so there's no getting him back to reality.
Unfortunately, there are others who should know better, who aren't willing to end the self-flagellation over Abu Ghraib. Ted mentions some of them, and the damage they can do will be tremendous if their gloom infects the overall feelings in the US.
Ted wants us to lose, that much is clear. We need to keep that in mind every time we read something of his. There are many others that also want us to lose, and we need to keep that in mind as well. These are not well-meaning dissenters, they mean to have the US military, and the US as a whole, genuflect to their god, the UN.

Nice use of a Bloodhound Gang lyric....

"He's the kind of guy that would set himself on fire just to be the center of attention."

If only he had the balls to actually do that.

Disregarding Ted's opinion about the war itself, he seems to be saying that if you had an opinion and you expressed your opinion publicly and turned out to be wrong, that you should be held criminally libel for that mistaken opinion whether you admit your mistake or not.

And if your vote is a public expression of opinion, well... just alert the San Jose Police. Have them ready to lock me up come November, cuz I'm voting for Dubya.

Bryan C--me, too.