OMG, this is making my head hurt.
South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham has just sent a letter to Barack Obama's defense secretary nominee, Chuck Hagel. Graham asks if, at a 2010 appearance at Rutgers University, Hagel said Israel "was risking becoming an apartheid state."
A law student in attendance, Kenneth Wagner, wrote a contemporaneous email detailing Hagel's remarks, saying the former Nebrasks senator had said the state of Israel risked becoming an "apartheid state." These allegations were first reported Tuesday by the Washington Free Beacon. Here's the relevant quote from the Free Beacon report:
“I am sitting in a lecture by Chuck Hagel at Rutgers,” Wagner wrote in the email. “He basically said that Israel has violated every UN resolution since 1967, that Israel has violated its agreements with the quartet, that it was risking becoming an apartheid state if it didn’t allow the Palestinians to form a state. He said that the settlements were getting close to the point where a contiguous Palestinian state would be impossible.”
Second hand emails... again. Ahem.
basically (ˈbeɪsɪklɪ) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]— adv
1. in a fundamental or elementary manner; essentially: strident and basically unpleasant
2. ( sentence modifier ) in essence; in summary; put simply: basically we had underestimated mother nature
I believe those things are subjective, not objective. Someone who hadn't lost their house in a storm might say, "Basically we underestimated Mother Nature" someone who lost their house might say "Basically, Mother Nature stomped on us".
Oh my. Someone please get this to Ashley Judd. These neanderthals are totally willing to believe any crackpot or satirical story that fits their warped narrative. I'm sure McConnell thought he had found himself a hobby horse he could ride the poop out of. Via Wired.
The best parody contains elements of truth. Which might explain how the military’s answer to The Onion suckered the Senate’s Republican leader.
Meet The Duffel Blog, if you haven’t already. A must-read for national-security nerds — and anyone who enjoys humor, really — it provides pitch-perfect military parody online, such as this piece about Syria hosting Iraq War reenactors (bylined by “G-Had”) or this one about a Google Street View Prius getting blown up in Kandahar. The Duffel Blog, as dutiful readers know, is America’s oldest online source for fake military news, founded in 1797 in a moment of farsightedness. It often gives more real talk than most legit journalistic institutions, but there is no way you can confuse it with the real news.
Unless you are a senior member of the United States Senate.
On November 14, 2012, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wrote to Elizabeth King, the Pentagon’s congressional liaison, with a an unusually credulous query. “I am writing on behalf of a constituent who has contacted me regarding Guantanamo Bay prisoners receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits,” McConnell wrote in a letter acquired by Danger Room. “I would appreciate your review and response to my constituent’s concerns.”
Um, Guantanamo detainees getting GI Bill benefits? Yes, that’s from the Duffel Blog, as McConnell’s constituent clearly states, complete with the reference URL. Said constituent even notes that he or she can’t find any information about the alleged government payouts to suspected insurgents and terrorists.
I'm guessing Grampy needs to check his Depends. There are not enough superlatives to describe what a nasty, vindictive man he is. And he could have been President. Via TP.
I would just as soon pile her, Evan Bayh, Harold Ford Jr. and all those other turncoats on a slow boat to nowhere. ">Via.
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