October 2011

By Wink

Forty-two years ago Moammar Gadhafi began his ruthless rule of Libya.

Forty-three years ago the Basque ‘ETA’ movement in Spain began a violent campaign for sovereignty.

The ETA has been decreed a terrorist group by Spain, the European Union and the United States.

This is well-deserved.

Since the late 60’s, in an attempt to gain independence, the ETA has staged hundreds of shootings of police and politicians, and occasionally even bombed civilians. They have killed 829 people.

The untimely (in this case meaning ‘too delayed’) death of Gadhafi garnered big headlines world-wide. Because of this, on the very same day, important news regarding the Basque ETA movement was shoved to the back pages.

After declaring a cease-fire a year ago, they now have officially called an end to all hostilities.

This can only be described as a victory for humanity. While the rest of the world focused on Gadhafi, the Spanish headlines regarding the ETA were certainly banner-width.

Peace breaking out anywhere is cause for real celebration.

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By Wink

 

In the October 5 W-L post I tried to explain why President Obama is not Hitler, and governor Rick Perry is not a racist.

A reader felt obligated to respond, by forwarding something from the conservative blogosphere. The ‘surprise’ ending is that all the below info is really about Hitler. HITLER !!!

Feel free to spot-check for factual errors. I changed none of the wording, but emphasized the more obvious slanted comments by making them bold, and added question marks after one weird analogy.

Again with the ‘birth certificate’ thing…

But I do love the ending … “be very scared!”

Note: Many of the below statements could be applied to ANY political candidate, including Republicans, unless no politician has EVER said …

”together we could change our country and the world” or “I have a really good plan on how we could do better”…

The whole thing reeks of Glenn Beck, and it wasn’t sent to me to share a laugh. It was sent in all sincerity, to alert me….

Enjoy….

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I was born in one country, raised in another.

My father was born in another country. I was not his only child.

He fathered several children with numerous women.

I became very close to my mother, as my father showed no interest in me.

My mother died at an early age from cancer.

Although my father deserted me and my mother raised me, I later wrote a book idolizing my father not my mother.

Later in life, questions arose over my real name.

My birth records were sketchy. No one was able to produce a legitimate, reliable birth certificate.

I grew up practicing one faith but converted to Christianity, as it was widely accepted in my new country, but I practiced non-traditional beliefs and didn’t follow Christianity, except in the public eye under scrutiny.

I worked and lived among lower-class people (1) as a young adult, disguising myself as someone who really cared about them.

That was before I decided it was time to get serious about my life and embarked on a new career.

I wrote a book about my struggles growing up.

It was clear to those who read my memoirs, that I had difficulties accepting that my father abandoned me as a child.

I became active in local politics in my 30’s then, with help behind the scenes, I literally burst onto the scene as a candidate for national office in my 40s.

They said I had a golden tongue and could talk anyone into anything.

I had a virtually non-existent resume, little work history, and no experience in leading a single organization.

Yet I was a powerful speaker and citizens were drawn to me, as though I were a magnet and they were small roofing tacks. (????????)

I drew incredibly large crowds during my public appearances. This bolstered my ego.

At first, my political campaign focused on my country’s foreign policy…

I was very critical of my country in the last war, and seized every opportunity to bash my country.

But what launched my rise to national prominence were my views on the country’s economy.

I pretended to have a really good plan on how we could do better, and every poor person would be fed and housed for free.

I knew which group was responsible for getting us into this mess. It was the free market, banks and corporations.

I decided to start making citizens hate them and, if they became envious of others who did well, the plan was clinched tight.

I called mine “A People’s Campaign”. That sounded good to all people.

I was the surprise candidate because I emerged from outside the traditional path of politics and was able to gain widespread popular support.

I knew that, if I merely offered the people ‘hope’, together we could change our country and the world.

So, I started to make my speeches sound like they were on behalf of the downtrodden, poor, ignorant to include “persecuted minorities”.

My true views were not widely known and I kept them unknown, until after I became my nation’s leader.

I had to carefully guard reality, as anybody could have easily found out what I really believed, if they had simply read my writings and examined those people I associated with. I’m glad they didn’t.

Then I became the most powerful man in the world.

And then the world learned the truth.

Who am I?
ADOLPH HITLER (2)

If you were thinking of SOMEONE ELSE, you should be scared, very scared

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(1) I love the comment about ‘lower class’ people, presumably meaning the poor.
(2) Can I add a “dun-dun-dun!” sound effect here?

 

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By Wink

Can we stop with the name-calling already? This is seventh-grade stuff…

On ‘Fox and Friends’ Hank Williams Jr. recently called President Obama ‘Hitler.’

Really Hank, Hitler? Do you know who Hitler was? What he did?

Pull your head out.

You have the right to free speech, Hank. You won’t go to jail for saying ‘Obama is Hitler.’ You have to understand, though, that people will see you for the moron you obviously are.

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Similarly, it was recently discovered that, long ago, Texas governor Rick Perry leased a hunting ranch with a racist name…a very racist name.

There is no other indication, anywhere, that Rick Perry is racist. People who have known him a very long time, even political opponents, say they have never seen Perry give any racist views.

It is an overreach, and morally wrong, to try to paint him that way.

There are plenty of racists out there, and racism is alive and strong, but we can’t be flippant about branding people that way. The charge is significant enough that you really need to gather a lot of facts before you apply the ‘racist’ label.

‘Chicken-Little’-type idiots do it regularly, which devalues the term. We need to preserve the term ‘racist’ and be willing to apply it for the truly despicable, not just as a ‘close enough’ moniker for those we happen to disagree with politically.

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C’mon people, stop throwing around these names. Hitler was a horrendous monster. His actions led to tens of millions of deaths. Feel free to compare Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot to Hitler. Those are apt, but precious few people alive today would fall into that category…

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