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Ted Rall and Other Lefty Lunacy

A few snippets from Ted's latest: bq. Respecting one's wartime adversaries, dead and alive, distinguishes civilized societies from barbarians. Architects of the war on terrorism, casting POWs as "enemy combatants" unentitled to Geneva Conventions protections and refusing even to count the enemy dead and wounded, have discarded this fundamental precept of honor. Dead Americans count; those they kill do not. bq. No one, even Michael Moore, talks about the dead Taliban and Iraqi government soldiers, many of them conscripts. Yet the these tens of thousands, every bit as much as U.S. celebrity war heroes like Pat Tillman (killed, it turns out, by "friendly fire") died performing their duty, defending their countries against enemy forces. Ted is right (yes, right!) on one or two things in this column. If Memorial Day is designed to honor those who died while fighting for this nation, then our services on that day should include mentions of the dead allies who fought alongside us. He is also correct when he writes this: It's a cliché of journalism: a single murdered blonde scores screaming headlines while "2,000,000 Chinese Die in Floods" gets a column inch under the fold on page 19. In fact, a single blonde actress who got shot in the shoulder on a New York subway this week garnered more headlines and stories than any other story for three days in a row. But that's another topic for another day, and nothing new or startling to any of us. So where does Ted get it wrong? Everywhere else. Does he really think we should have been honoring enemy combatants on Memorial Day? Can you imagine a service, attended by thousands of veterans, their families and fellow Americans, that paid tribute to those who died fighting for our country and then asked that we also remember those who were trying to kill us? If it makes me a barbarian for refusing to think that is appropriate, so be it. But I just cannot imagine a Memorial Day where a speaker stands before a crowd and asks that we give thanks to Hitler's army or the Taliban. The Taliban being those brave soldiers that Ted is always defending as if they were not a group of people whose motto may as well be "Kill All The Americans and Jews Now!" He cozies up to the Taliban as if they were friends of his, and not radical murderers who would just as likely drop a bomb on Ted's house as they would on mine. And if you need any further proof that the left is clearly becoming a group of people whose ideology is based on hatred (read the DU thread from the post below for further examples), read the beginning of this theater review in the Village Voice (via Instapundit, via here.) bq. No U.S. president, I expect, will ever appoint a Secretary of the Imagination. But if such a cabinet post ever were created, and Richard Foreman weren't immediately appointed to it, you'd know that the Republicans were in power. Republicans don't believe in the imagination, partly because so few of them have one, but mostly because it gets in the way of their chosen work, which is to destroy the human race and the planet. Human beings, who have imaginations, can see a recipe for disaster in the making; Republicans, whose goal in life is to profit from disaster and who don't give a hoot about human beings, either can't or won't. Which is why I personally think they should be exterminated before they cause any more harm.
This opinion is presumably not shared by Foreman; you can gauge the breadth of his imaginative compassion from his willingness to extend it even toward George W. Bush, idiot scion of a genetically criminal family that should have been sterilized three generations ago. Yes, that is a part of a theater review. I'll have to come back to this one later as my comp time is limited right now, but feel free to have your say.

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he lost me at "Secretary of the Imagination." I keep hearing SpongeBob SquarePants saying "Imagi-NATION!"

that said, the Village Voice should yank his job for what he said. Oh, I'm sure there are plenty of VV readers who agree with what he said, but - and this is what gets me about so many of the lefty types - is it at all NECESSARY to ride your hobby horse in every. damn. thing. you. do.?

I mean, good Lord. I'm just thankful that not everyone does this, or else there'd be precious little in the way of entertainment that I'd even be able to stomach. No, I take that back, there'd be nothing I'd be able to stomach, I need to get away from politics some time, regardless of whether I agree with the politics or not.

Also, could he possibly be sued for libel about the "genetically criminal" crack, or would the judge throw it out, citing his article as proof of "not guilty by reason of insanity?"

Can you imagine a service, attended by thousands of veterans, their families and fellow Americans, that paid tribute to those who died fighting for our country and then asked that we also remember those who were trying to kill us?

Yep. Sure can.

I was going to point out that Village Voice to you.

What is Village Voice. Who is Michael Feingold? I hope this guy has NO chance of ever geting political power

I am reading a book about Deitrich Bonhoeffer right now interestingly. Even before Hitler got political power, people knew what he felt about the Jews, because he'd written it down in a book. but Dietrich believed, because of that, he'd never get real political power in Germany.

Ah, another leftie calling for purges of the unbelievers. Why am I not surprised?

Complete with demonization. Odd, I don't recall any Republicans showing a desire to destroy the human race. Perhaps I need to use the same medication as this theater review critic?

Michele, I have written, and deleted, two different answers to your invitation, as regards the subject of the bottom-level parasites which every wealthy liberal Western nation seems to automatically develop.

They exist, despite every reason in the world for a human to be content, let alone grateful for the lot in life which is theirs, especially contrasted with the other wretched 85% or so of humanity. There must be some sort of social evolutionary force at work, or something. I've given up ruminating over the matter, and now I just try to figure out what pleasure I might derive from their presence.

As an example, I offer the upcoming major-party conventions in New York and Boston this summer. It is my understanding that the various enemy sympathizers, i.e. NION, A.N.S.W.E.R., Indymedia and the like, mean to produce a nostalgic reprise of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. You know, when the enemy sympathizers of yesterday pulled out all the stops to provoke a confrontation with the Chicago P.D., and received their due. I've been in a good mood this week, though, so I doubt that if something like that happens this year, that I will scowl darkly, mutter that the Second Civil War has begun, and email Kim du Toit to ask if he knows any good places to purchase a reasonable amount of 30-06 ammo, and which will ship to an FFL dealer.

I'm just going to relax. I'm looking forward to the conventions, and the reason is that the scavengers of the political food chain will overplay their hand, I am sure of that. The language that they use is the same as before our nation was attacked, and does not seem to take account of cases where their assumptions (we're all brothers under the skin, it's a Small World After All, we deserve having our citizens and foreign guests murdered as they go about their daily toil, etc.) have been merrily raped by their friends, the Islamists.

Their language hasn't changed, which means that their thinking hasn't changed, and so they will go too far. They hope to recreate the WTO protest in Seattle, oddly enough, even though most people were repelled at the site of property being destroyed, and small business owners having to expend scarce capital to repair, and having to sit out a few days' worth of receipts. I don't think that will happen this summer.

Not speaking for anyone else, but if the Liver Flukes of Democracy try to recreate the "Battle in Seattle", I will be rooting for the N.Y.P.D, and their brothers and sisters in Boston. I think the whole damn country will be cheering them on, with every volley of beanbag rounds, with every swing of the stick.

I might be wrong in my prediction, which would be preferable, I suppose. Let's just say it is premature to predict whether the country will tear itself apart until after this summer.

But wouldn't you like to see the valorous (his description, not mine) Ted Rall Of Afghanistan dicing with fate in New York this summer? Well, that is, fate, and a line of pissed-off NYPD types who have little capacity for being called names by the patchouli oil and trust fund set.

Imagine Ted Rall with the results of that running down his face. Cheers me right up.

can't help but point this out:
"Respecting one's wartime adversaries, dead and alive, distinguishes civilized societies from barbarians."
so then...what does that make the folks who desecrated the bodies of those killed in fallujah?

if i'm not mistaken, old ted actually just called them a bunch of barbarians.

how uncouth!

Gee, let's see how this looks when we play a little word substitution game.

Islamic Fundamentalists, (or Whites, Blacks, Jews, Gays, Orientals, Democrats, the Kennedys, or the Clintons) whose goal in life is to profit from disaster and who don't give a hoot about human beings, either can't or won't. Which is why I personally think they should be exterminated before they cause any more harm.

Doesn't sound so cute or harmless now, does it? I wonder, does this guy or his editors even think about playing a word substitution game like this before they decide to print this kind of garbage? I think the publisher of the Voice should seriously consider firing all these incompetent hack writers and hate-mongers.

Fascinating. I remember the lefties screaming when Reagan visited a German war cemetery.

And he is absolutely wrong on the POW thing. Only those who hold to the Geneva Convention are entitled to its protections, including POW status. All others are at the mercy of their captors (and IMHO, we were far too merciful).

They are screaming because no one is listening. So they scream louder and say more outrageous things.

If it weren't so pathetic it would be funny.

In fact, a single blonde actress who got shot in the shoulder on a New York subway this week

Monica Meadows has brown hair.

"Which is why I personally think they should be exterminated before they cause any more harm"

One question, oh ultimately-intimidating theatre critic:

Who gets to bell the cat?

(cue catlike grin, with lots of pointy teeth)

Possibly redundant with DaveP., but the question of the day is "who has more guns, the Village Voice readers, or those the critic would 'exterminate'?"

Actually, Rall is completely wrong. The bulk of the Taliban were not native Afghans. The Talibs (students) were primarily the product of Saudi-sponsored madrassas over the border in Pakistan. The Taliban was every bit as much a foreign invader as the Soviets.

By and large, the Taliban were from different ethnic groups than most Afghans, a difference that was readily apparent to most of them when the time came to start shooting Talibs. The large Arab contingent amongst the Taliban stood out even more prominently.

The idea that Taliban fighters were defending their country against US invaders is preposterous when they themselves had been the invader just a few years earlier.

For that "Theater review" comment, I'm getting comments on my own journal like "Its just a theater review don't get your panties in a bunch" and "It's not politics" -- whereas I think the fact they think its acceptable in a theater review says something about how deeply its ingrained.

(Oh and "The philosophy that is Republican should be exterminated" argh)

Ah, the irony of a man named Feingold calling for people to be "exterminated." I'm just surprised he didn't demand of the faithful that the 2004 elections be a "Final Solution" to the GOP.