Wednesday, June 07, 2006

John R. Bolton Needs a Chillpill, Constitution Saved, Secret Prisons, Tuna Warning, Founding Fathers and Stephen Colbert.

I had a big post ready to go this morning, my Blogger froze just before I was able to publish and I lost the whole thing. Sorry 'bout that.

Anyway, when I ran across this article about this worthless, piece of neocon crap reaming out the UN for telling the truth, I'd found the perfect vehicle to vent my frustration.

If you're not familiar with John R. Bolton, he is currently our ambassador to the UN, of which he once said, "if the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference." A typical conservative, he sucks up to the powerful and he's a buttwipe to his subordinates. Like I said a worthless, neocon piece of crap. Here's his bio.

Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch Brown made some statements in a speech, all true, that sent the emotionally challenged Bolton into one of his famous childish trantrums. Like his boss, he's petulant when he doesn't get his way.

This is what got our UN Ambassador's panties in a wad,

In his speech to a group of foreign policy experts, Malloch Brown said that
the "prevailing practice of seeking to use the U.N. almost by stealth as a
diplomatic tool while failing to stand up for it against its domestic critics is
simply not sustainable. You will lose the U.N. one way or another."

Malloch Brown voiced frustration that the United Nations receives
little gratitude, although it frequently advances U.S. policies from the Middle
East to Africa, where it is currently organizing a U.N. peacekeeping operation
in Sudan.

He said the United Nations' role is "in effect a secret in Middle America,
even as it is highlighted in the Middle East and other parts of the

Malloch Brown said the United States has not done enough to highlight
the United Nations' contributions, citing its role in managing 18 U.S.-backed
peacekeeping operations.

"That is not well known or understood, because much of the public
discourse that reaches the U.S. heartland has been largely abandoned to its
loudest detractors, such as Rush Limbaugh and Fox News," he said at the event
sponsored by the Center for American Progress and the Century Foundation. "To
acknowledge an America reliant on international institutions is not perceived to
be good politics at home."

But, Malloch Brown said, "a moment of truth is coming. Because even as
the world's challenges are growing, the U.N.'s ability to respond is being
weakened without U.S. leadership."

Bolton responded with,

Ambassador John R. Bolton called on Secretary General Kofi Annan to
"repudiate" the speech given by his top aide, Deputy Secretary General Mark
Malloch Brown, or live with "adverse" consequences.

"Even though the target of the speech was the United States, the victim, I
fear, will be the United Nations," Bolton told reporters. "My hope is he looks
at the potential adverse effects that these intemperate remarks would have on
the organization and repudiate it."

Bolton called Malloch Brown's speech a "very, very grave mistake," the
worst by a U.N. official that he had seen in more than 15 years. He said the
address, given in New York on Tuesday, represented a "condescending and
patronizing" attack against the American people.

John Bolton, just another big, Republican pussy whose ass can't back up his mouth.

Not unlike the Senate Republicans who lost theirs today in a sound defeat of their attempt to turn our Constitution into a document of discrimination. Talk about suck ups.

The Senate, as expected, defeated a proposed constitutional amendment banning
same-sex marriage today in a procedural vote that fell far short of the number
required to amend the Constitution.

But like Dana Milbank of the WaPo says, it's the thought that counts. It seems the proponents of the ban didn't give it enough thought. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.), is the perfect example.

Likewise, Allard held a news conference Monday at which the speakers said
they wanted to reduce the "epidemic level of fatherlessness in America."

"How would outlawing gay marriage encourage heterosexual fathers to
stick around?" was the first question.

Allard skirted the question by saying that "laws send a message to our

The moderator, Matt Daniels of the Alliance for Marriage, tried to find
a question on another subject. But when reporters continued to press Allard on
the link between same-sex marriage and deadbeat dads, Daniels blurted out: "All
right, you know what? We're going to call this press conference to a

All good little fascist leaders like to keep secrets from from the people. Our little leader's secrets are starting to come out.

BERLIN, June 7 -- A European investigator concluded Wednesday that there
are "serious indications" that the CIA operated secret prisons for senior
al-Qaeda figures in Poland and Romania as part of a clandestine "spider's web"
to catch, transfer and hold terrorism suspects around the world.

Dick Marty, a Swiss lawyer working on behalf of the Council of Europe,
the continent's official human rights organization, said at least seven other
European nations colluded with the CIA to capture and secretly detain terrorism
suspects, including several who were ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing.

Bush proudly proclaims his anti-abortion stance, and in his little pea brain there is no conflict with the fact that he doesn't want pregnant women to know about the mercury levels in tuna. The tuna industry thanks him.

Officials at Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, said
they decided to recommend a tuna-free diet for pregnant women based on a Tribune investigative series on mercury in fish and the latest testing by the Food and
Drug Administration.

The FDA and the tuna industry questioned the new advice for pregnant women,
saying their own reviews of government tests show there is no reason to doubt
the safety of canned tuna. FDA officials said they don't plan to warn the public
that some cans of light tuna contain high amounts of mercury because the average
level of mercury in canned light tuna remains low.

Historian Gordon Wood answers questions about our Founding Fathers. Getting to know these guys will make you realize what a bunch of weak sisters we have running the country.

Invoking the Founding Fathers is not just a pastime of history majors; it's an
American obsession. Which is why there's still such a brisk trade in
re-examining the founders' lives. In his latest book, Revolutionary Characters:
What Made the Founders Different, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood
explains how this elite fraternity destroyed any chance of others duplicating
their achievements by making American society more democratic.

And Stephen Colbert goes to college. He gave the commencement address at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Here's the transcript. Much better than McCain or Condi.

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