Archive for July 10th, 2007

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Radio Pundit Mark Levin Calls Cheney “Rock Of Gibraltar”

July 10, 2007

I listen to a lot of conservative talk radio, probably out of curiosity and the desire to learn about the various talking points that are put out there.  That, and there really isn’t that much liberal talk around in this area.  And I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this, but these on-air pundits have become increasingly piqued lately.  Just…angry.  I’m sure it has something to do with the state of the political landscape right now.  Anyway…

After listening to Jason Lewis go on for about an hour calling Democrats and liberals ‘communists’ (loudly), the equally testy Mark Levin got on and eventually the subject of Cheney came up.  Sure enough, Levin painted the VP as the best in history and then whipped out the ‘Gibraltar’ line.  Now, I’ve heard these guys say some pretty rediculous stuff before, but this one made me spill my Dr. Pepper.  I’ve never felt the urge to actually call one of these shows, but this was about as close as I’ve ever been to actually doing it.  After hearing Levin cut off another dissenting caller in Hannity-esque fashion (mid-sentence), I thought better of it.  Instead, I thought I’d put something in the blog, since there are still plenty of people out there that seem to look at Cheney as some sort of savior or something.

The love for Cheney appears to be centered around this sense of security that people are, for whatever reason, convinced that he delivers.  But lets just think about that for a second, shall we?  I mean, this was the guy who gave us baselessly optimistic phrases such as “greeted as liberators” and “last throes“, and when the Brits announced that they were going to be leaving Basra (while we were preparing for a ‘surge’), he gave us the patently absurd “Well, I look at it and see it is actually an affirmation that there are parts of Iraq where things are going pretty well”.  In fact, I challenge any pro-Cheney reader of my blog to point to something that Cheney has said publicly that hasn’t turned out to be utter crap.  And I’m not even going to mention the rediculous bombardment of over-hyping of the pre-war Iraqi threat. 

I know, “mistakes were made”.  Sure.  It happens in any war.  But this wasn’t one of those things where historians look back and determine that they didn’t bring enough Gatling guns to defend the flank or something.  This was a VP that (mis)led us into a war with NO PLAN for the aftermath, while ignoring (seemingly) all the experts, scenarios, and war games that actually looked seriously at what we were really getting ourselves into.  A war that all of our intelligence agencies concluded has made the overall terrorism problem worse.  What sane person can say with a straight face that they actually trust this guy to keep us safe from terrorism under the guise of “understanding” the “enemy we face”?  What defense is there for the most secretive, power hungry and demonstrably wrong VP in our nations history that isn’t based in pure partisanship?  Someone better tell me, ’cause I can’t think of one. 

“Rock of Gibraltar”?  Seriously.

On a related note, the bill to impeach Cheney is slowly gaining support.

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Yee-Haw! Hannity Kicks Off His Freedom Concerts In Atlanta

July 10, 2007

I had the opportunity to listen to Sean Hannity’s show today* as he broadcasts live from Atlanta ahead of the big show tonight.  Here’s the info:

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Atlanta, Georgia on July 10, 2007
The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Doors Open: 5:30 pm
Concert Begins: 7:00 pm

Join Sean Hannity, WSB Radio and
LtCol Oliver North, USMC (Ret.) on July 10, 2007 at The Arena at Gwinnett Center for the one of the 2007 Hannity Freedom Concerts.

Headlining this year’s star-studded Atlanta concert will be one of America’s hottest country sensations, Montgomery Gentry as well as America’s country music legend, Lee Greenwood.

The Hannity Freedom Concerts benefit the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund for the children of America’s Military Heroes who have been killed or permanently disabled (100% VA Rating) in the line of duty.

As usual, Hannity spent a good portion of his show today bashing Democrats in Washington (and liberals in general) for wanting to “cut and run” from Iraq and not wanting to “stay on the offensive” in the war on terror.   I can see why he’s so vocal about this, since bringing the troops home kinda negates the need for the charity that these concerts are benefiting.  The way I see it, at this point, “staying on the offensive” appears to be little more than insisting that the troops drive around in Humvees waiting to get blasted by an IED, at least as far as Iraq is concerned.  On the other hand, it would appear to be a worthy cause.  There are plenty of troops who have been killed or permanently disabled already.

As for the musical juggernauts (sorry, “star-studded”) on the ticket….well… maybe I’m not a country fan.  I’d never heard of these guys before.  Maybe Hannity could have gotten some more popular acts to participate, maybe not.  Perhaps there simply aren’t that many out there that would get his stamp of approval.  As I eluded to a little while ago, the number of “Great Americans” seems to be dwindling.  One thing worth mentioning, I suppose, is the fact that Troy Gentry pleaded guilty last year for killing “Cubby” the bear right here in Minnesota.  Nothing says “Great American” like buying a bear, shooting it, then pretending that you’re some sort of master of the wild.  Dick Cheney would be proud.

*Hannity spent some time interviewing Fred Thompson, where Sean managed to get him about as close to saying that he’s running without actually saying it as one can get.  He said his mind is made up, then said he didn’t want to sound “coy” (gimme a break).  Hot Air has the audio.