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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Thursday, April 07, 2005

WWJD? Bush To Jimmy: No Carter's Allowed Posted by Hello
Greetings to all. It's early Thursday morning and I'm feeling it. What am I feeling? Let me explain. Did you all here about the massive "dis' strike" the Bush Administration doled out to former President Jimmy Carter yesterday, in terms of not allowing the former President to be a member of the official delegation going to Rome (http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/archives/9939, and http://www.nypost.com/news/nationalnews/44019.htm) to pay last respects to Pope John Paul II? Unbelievable, just unbelievable; at such a time as this, the "Bushites" could not lift themselves up into the strata of greatness nor the rarified air of magnanimity that one would expect under these grave circumstances, i.e., the death and mourning of a much beloved Pope. Geez, I'm afraid their pettiness, hard-heartedness and meanness of spirit knows no bounds. By the way, did you know that former President Carter was in office when John Paul II became Pope in 1978 and was the first U.S. President to actually meet with John Paul II in 1979 (http://www.usa-patriotism.com/photos/015.htm) ...you know 1979, that's about the same time the current President was trying to squeeze every bit of petroleum he could out of the earth with his now defunct oil and gas exploration company 'Arbusto' (to no avail) all the while pulling himself off of the deck after one of his innumerous drunken stupours (http://www.answers.com/topic/george-w-bush). Call me "off the mark", but it seems fitting (at least in my humble opinion) that President Carter, who was the first U.S. President to meet with the now passed Pope John Paul II (http://www.uspoliticstoday.com/news/JimmyCarter), would be a welcomed and cherished addition to such a delegation. But of course, the "Bushites" are calling the shots and they don't see it that way (http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0406pope-presidents06.html). I was so irate about how the 39th President of the United States was dissed by the current Administration that I had to get up and sound off about it. In fact, I was so irritated by what happened that I have posted an unusual "double-post" with an illustration post followed by the regular post (see photo below). Like I stated in yesterday's post...this is some bullsh*t. President Carter is a humanitarian of the first class that did much to help this country and the greater humanity during his time in office, continues to do EVEN MORE good after his Presidency and has done nothing to deserve this kind of maltreatment. Let me break it down this way: President Carter was a midshipman at, and graduate of, the United States Naval Academy in 1947, the only Naval Academy grad to become President of the United States (http://www.americanpresident.org/history/jimmycarter/); President Carter served honorably as a naval officer aboard submarines as well as in other naval capacities (http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq60-14.htm); President Carter went on to become a pro-civil rights governor of Georgia in 1971 (http://home.nyc.rr.com/taranto/south.htm); President Carter went on to become the 39th President of the United States in 1976 (http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/jc39.html); President Carter helped to restore honesty, morality and a sense of integrity back to the White House after the shalacking done by Nixon and the GOP during the Watergate debacle (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/character/essays/carter.html); President Carter engineered the 'Camp David Accords' that signalled an end to hostilities between Israel and Egypt, long-bitter enemies, in 1978...'the Accords' are a great international and diplomatic feat that still stand the test of time to this very day, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_David_Accords_(1978) ; President Carter, post-White House, went on to become a philanthropic, global crusader whose name causes hearts to glow the world over (http://www.habitat.org/how/carter.html and http://webpages.marshall.edu/~adkin144/carter.html) ; President Carter recently had a U.S. Navy submarine named after him, the fast-attack USS James E. Carter/SSN 23 (first submarine of the SeaWolf class), http://www.navalsubleague.com/sub_news/02-22-05.htm and http://www.navalsubleague.com/sub_news/02-22-05.htm (the ONLY President to have such an honor bestowed upon him); President Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his many years of service and dedication to the promotion of the welfare and well-being of mankind (http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_725232.html). Alright, now after all of that, I'll posit a question: why wouldn't the current President want a statesman of Jimmy Carter's caliber (a statesman who happens to also be a former President of the United States and thus a member of the same fraternal order as the current President) to help represent the United States at the burial ceremony of Pope John Paul II this Friday? Surely, President Carter would be a fine addition to ANY delegation/committee formed to represent the United States of America and pay respects to a fallen world leader, especially a world leader such as Pope John Paul II. Is my logic sound or is it faulty? Please help me understand... again, how is it that former President Carter is NOT a member of this auspicious delegation...a delegation that includes the current President, the current president's father (the 41st President) as well as his father's vanquisher, the 42nd President? How is it that former President Carter is not being allowed to officially represent our country in Rome in proceedings that mark this very sad ocassion? Why is this the SECOND time (the first time being the tsunami relief effort, an effort that could have been greatly enhanced if the talents of President Carter had been included) that former President Carter, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient no less, has been passed over by the current President and the current Administation (http://www.wcjb.com/news.asp?id=12032)?!? Why? Could it be because the current Administration is comprised of petty, small-minded, miserly, begrudgingly "soft-headed" individuals that (http://www.etruth.com/News/Content.aspx?ID=343250&page) are always looking to settle the next "grudge match"? Could it be because President Carter has been a vocal critic of the Bush Administation's domestic and foreign policies (http://talkleft.com/new_archives/005750.html) and since the Bush Administration is so thin-skinned and cannot handle criticism, they went ahead and slammed the door (hard, I might add) in President Carter's face for all the world to see. I guess what we are witnessing is another illustrious example of the current President's policy of "compassionate-conservatism"? Is this what you are talking about Dr. Olasky (http://www.townhall.com/bookclub/olasky.html) when you postulate on the merits of this, your socio-philosophical brainchild? Well, you can count me out. I think the world now knows the exact dimensions in terms of the length and breadth of the current President's so-called "faith"; like they say in these parts, it's about a mile wide and a half-inch thick. Isn't it amazing how President Bush and his loyal following are forever flashing their "Christian credentials" and talking about WWJD (or, What Would Jesus Do?)...I've noticed they do this especially during political campaigns. Well, Mr. President, I think it's safe to say He wouldn't be doing this; CERTAINLY NOT to a good and faithful servant like former President Jimmy Carter. Semper Fidelis


Blogger DBK said...

Marine, you warm my middle-aged heart with your kind words about President Carter, the first man I ever propelled into the White House. One thing you didn't mention, and it stands to reason because it cannot be counted as an accomplishment because he didn't succeed, was that Carter was the first president to recognize the gathering storm of energy over-consumption and try to make inroads in pre-empting that storm. But Jimmy Carter lost and that mannequin and blackhearted pile of manure, Ronald Reagan, gutted Carter's programs and allowed this country to press forward into a disasterous path. Now we are reaping the failures of post-Carter administrations for their lack of vision, but Carter had vision and he was a true public servant, unlike the venal craphead Republicans we have had since then. Whenever I hear Carter villified, I want to slug someone. I'll never understand how so many "Christians" are so enamored of a president who serves mammon, but so disparaging of a president who served all of us.

6:27 AM  
Blogger cookie jill said...

It just shows what a spoiled rotten, uncivilized, lowclass bunch we have in the White House.

There simply are no excuses for this intentional snub of a FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

And, since this bunch likes to point out how "Christian" they are, hate to remind them, their mistreating and snubbing A FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES isn't really what Jesus would have done.

8:37 AM  
Blogger 2spotlefty said...

And Carter and Clinton invited Nixon,Ford and "Bush 41" to how many events ? Gdubya IS gracious, His father even "honored" a traitor like Teddy "Mary Joe who" Kennedy and Dubya still praises Bubba every chance he gets,even though Mrs. Cs husband trashes this admin/country whenever he can, especially when trying to look good in the eyes of our enemies.
Personally, I think the "Bushites" are too christian, I'd call these traitors for what they are, commy symps just like you knuckleheads. The current crop of lefties is insanely anti-American. F.D.R.,J.F.K,hell,even Hubert Humphrey would be considered "rightwing zealots" in your world.Check out their records/attitudes/actions/speeches, it's YOU GUYS who are off the patriotic plantation.
Wake the hell up ya dumbasses !!!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Mimus Pauly said...

Ah, the charge of "anti-Americanism" -- the jingoist's tactic of last resort. Newsflash, 2spot: There's a huge difference between our president and this country. What you (and millions of others) either can't grasp or won't acknowledge is that the disgust many of us who lean left feel toward Bush and his minions arises largely from the damage they are doing to this country. If we hated America, we wouldn't be bitching about this all the time.

And there's a difference between patriotism and blind allegiance, too. Jimmy Carter, whatever his shortcomings, displayed the former; George W. Bush, who pretends he has no shortcomings, demands the latter.

As for the "commie symp" charge, well, that worked wonders for Joe McCarthy's career, didn't it?

11:55 AM  
Blogger 2spotlefty said...

Wow Mimus, you are really above me in tone and in intellect, so I hope you can hear me way up there where you are, from way down here where I am. But here goes, "TAILGUNNER" JOE HAD A LOT OF RIGHT ON HIS SIDE. JUST POOR EXECUTION/DEMEANOR.Just look at major institutions like universities,the entertainment industry and the news media. If you can't see that they are "infiltrated"/overrun with the "symp" factor, then I congradulate your blinds installer on a job well done.

12:21 PM  
Blogger DBK said...

Aw, this guy is just busting chops. He isn't serious. Just a troll looking for a reaction (in the real, traditional sense of a troll).

Besides, everyone knows that McCarthy's nickname was originally "Tailgater Joe," and was given to him by J. Edgar Hoover.

1:06 PM  
Blogger trudi said...

I think the problem for Bush is not so much the comparison of military service, but the fact that Jimmy Carter has total creds as a Christian. The man practices the teachings of Christ, rather than blathering on about them. Bush knows he looks like the Satan's spawn next to Carter, so doesn't want to be anywhere near him to call attention to that fact.

2:49 PM  
Blogger BadTux said...

Nah, Bush had to have both his wife and his other wife with him because he's, like, a really virile man, y'know, and if he'd brought Carter, he'd have had to left his Mistress of State at home. Aren't Secretary of State Sally Hemmings' new boots just, like, totally HOT?!

- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

6:17 PM  
Blogger Oxford said...

Speaking of the press, supposed watchdogs of democracy:
"Media: What is it good for?

Are government-funded "news" broadcasts legal? Are they propaganda? California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Bush administration have both come under quite a bit of fire regarding their use of pre-packaged "public releases," which are basically government-produced video segments made to look like independent reporting. The General Accounting Office (GAO) called the segments "propaganda," but that whip-cracking hardly seemed to faze the Bush administration, which has made it clear it will continue with its "news" production."
--Big Government? You know the kind that makes taxpayers foot the bill for the propaganda of the Bushkaviks.


10:03 PM  
Blogger Mimus Pauly said...

Yeah, 2spot, McCarthy did have a lot of right on his side. Once upon a time, so did Benito Mussolini.

And no, I'm not blind to the far-left tendencies among college professors. I just don't consider them significant. Nor do most of the people I know, and this includes the college-educated, the middle-school dropouts, and everyone in between. They don't care how far-left those academics are because such attitudes don't mean jack off-campus. Furthermore, I don't think of myself as being above you, 2spot, I just vehemently disagree with you.

This campus-liberal-bias crap is in the same league as the sorry-ass accusations that journalists are overwhelmingly liberal. So what? Their editors are overwhelmingly conservative. Who decides what gets printed, journalists or editors?

By the way, nothing you said refuted the points I made in my first comment-post in any way. Better luck next time...

12:22 AM  
Blogger CindyLueWho said...

Huh; What happened? Did I miss something? The last news I heard is that Fox picked their Starlet on their reality tv show "Starlet". Is Jessica Simpson still married to boy band hunk? Is Michael Jackson in prison yet?

9:07 AM  
Blogger Gothamimage said...

Jimmy Carter's Camp David Triumph was absolutely crictical to eroding Soviet influence in the Arab world.

Bush does not want people to be reminded of this, because the troll right thinks Reagan, with Papal asssist, did all the work.


Also, Jimmy Carter's was the one who cut back on procurement to invest in R & D. This would not see fruit till many years down the road.

Bush does not want the world to know this.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Gothamimage said...

Another thing- Carter's emphais on human rights, was critical to boxing the Soviets into treaties that exposed the inner rot.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Nicholas Smith said...

Quite frankly, I think President Carter, in terms of vision, honestly, humanity, and equality is one of the best of the 20th Century. People call his Presidency a failure for many reasons, look at the record of subsequent President's, particularly George W. Bush's. There is a reason why, after the Tsunami, Karl Rove scandal, and the disaster in New Orleans, his numbers are about as low as Carter's was during the energy crisis that Carter had to deal with the day he entered office.

God Bless President James E. Carter, our Thirty-Ninth President of the United States.

10:52 PM  

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