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Below are the two final essays to be posted on Allegiance and Duty Betrayed. The first one is written by a friend -- screen name 'Euro-American Scum' -- who, over the past four years, has been the most faithful essayist here. He has written about everything from his pilgrimage to Normandy in 2004 to take part in the 60th–year commemoration of the invasion, to his memories of his tour in Vietnam. His dedication to America’s founding principles ... and those who have sacrificed to preserve them over the past 200+ years ... is unequaled. Thank you, E-A-S. It has been a privilege to include your writing here, and it is a privilege to call you my friend.

The second essay is my own farewell. And with it I thank all of the many regular visitors, and those who may have only dropped in occasionally, for coming here. I hope you learned something. I hope a seed or two was planted. But, even if not, I thank you for stopping by ... 25 March, 2010


Keith Olbermann:
Front Man Extraordinaire

I was forwarded a transcript of Keith Olbermann's recent tirade (on his MSNBC show 'Countdown'), entitled 'A Textbook Definition of Cowardice'. If you ever find yourself suffering from low blood pressure, take a gander. It's a genuine non-medicinal cure that is guaranteed to raise your pressure readings by a good fifty percent.

I don't recall ever reading a political commentary more filled with venom, bias, and inaccuracy in my entire (somewhat-consumed-with-reading) life.

After wading through the vicious, two-faced, factless, hate-filled, anti-American, borderline seditious diatribe, I sat at my keyboard last night in an attempt to write a rebuttal.

Following close to an hour of dealing with screaming into my computer monitor after each cut and paste, wasting precious sleep time wiping the spit off my keyboard, and being unable to focus on the words I had written (when one is seeing red, it strangely blurs the visual acuity and narrows the visual field), I resigned the task.

But I'm starting over again this morning. Never say die. :)

Rather than risk experiencing more of the above, let me just excerpt a few (of dozens of venomous) phrases from Olbermann’s harangue (his words in bold, mine in brackets):

It is not essential that a past president [the apparently venerable Bill Clinton], bullied ['Why didn't you do more, connect the dots and put them [al-Qaeda] out of business?' ... a question respectfully and civilly asked by his interviewer] and sandbagged by a monkey posing as a newscaster [highly-respected FoxNews commentator, Chris Wallace, who, unlike Olbermann, makes a genuine attempt at unbiased news reporting/commentary, and never resorts to unfounded personal attacks] finally lashed back [launched into a crazed, borderline-psychotic diatribe would be more accurate].

Footnote: Somewhere else within this diatribe, he also passionately referred to Mr. Clinton as 'honest' and 'brave'. (You may pick yourself up off the floor now. Try to regain your composure. I have a little more to say ...)

Moreover, for the last five years one month and two weeks [apparently at least some leftist ideologues can count, but notice ... not beyond the digits contained on both hands], the current administration, and in particular the President, has been given the greatest "pass" for incompetence and malfeasance in American history [apparently Mr. Olbermann was in hibernation during the Decade of High Crimes, Treasons and Felonies].

To hear him [President Bush] bleat and whine and bully at nearly every opportunity ... [I no longer believe that Olbermann even watched the Wallace/Clinton interview ... otherwise he would at least subliminally recognize that he is accusing the man he is smearing of behaviors claimed nearly exclusively by the very man he is defending].

That [the abovementioned 'bleating and whining'] hardly reflects the honesty nor manliness we expect of the executive [insert my last bracketed comment in here as well, while simultaneously reflecting on the ‘manliness’ of the circumstances surrounding his defendee’s other notable finger-wagging rant, staged during the aforementioned Decade of High Crimes, Treasons and Felonies].

Mr. Bush has now moved, unmistakably and without conscience or shame, towards re-writing history [See Clinton's very own 'Rewriting History for Dummies']

As with all the other nefariousness and slime of this, our worst presidency since James Buchanan [See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this … I could go on, but my monitor is running out of ink ...]

The kind of proof of incompetence, for which the [Bush] administration and its hyenas at Fox need to find a diversion, in a scapegoat [Diversion? Scapegoat? Was Olbermann indeed hibernating when our military made a habit of, among other expensive and deadly diversions, bombing camels in the desert in order to remove attention from misplaced cigars?]

... the Right Wingers ... who try to sneak it into our collective consciousness through entertainment … [I can’t even bring myself to rebut this ludicrous accusation. Oh heck, maybe I’ll give it a try. Four words: Fonda, Streisand, Sheen, Glover -- and that’s just the tiny tip of the entertainment-industry-conspiracy iceberg].

[In reference to right-wing propagandists’] To enforce the lies of the present, it is necessary to erase the truths of the past, and [quoting George Orwell], The [Republican] Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power... [No comment necessary].


sandra said...

He is a left winger.

That's all I need to know.

I have have need to know any more.

I would never donate one second of my time or attention to such a useless pursuit as reading what such have to "say."

If you gave me a topic, I could tell you ahead of time what talking points the left would spew out.

I have no need to read their tripe.

stonemason said...

I heard Olberman once and it was once too often.

Way to go exposing a liberal spinmeister for who her is, Joanie!----not that we didn't already know. He's on MSNBC after all.

daveburkett said...

Sometimes you have get swim in the muck in order to know what the enemy is doing. If the world paid more attention to Goebbels 60 years ago, we might have woken up sooner that we did.

3timesalady said...

It's funny you should mention this Joanie. I actually saw the program in question. I've never seen this guy before but was channel surfing and saw this guy talking with such muted anger and with such force that I had to stop and listen.

He was just as "crazed" as Clinton, only tried to be subdued, but didn't succeed.

What is it with these liberals? They've run the show for fifty years, running the media and all the stuff that poses as "entertainment," but let one movie come out that tells the truth or let one interviewer ask the right questions and they completely lose it!

Anonymous said...

Well done.

czar said...

Keith Olbermann was a complete failure as a sports newsie/commentator. Since escaping the scene of that particular crime against sports fans everywhere, he has moved on to his present MSNBC slot where he is busy trying to persuade his tiny audience that he is a "serious journalist". Convinced that his anti-American diatribes will position him as a beloved member of the drive-by media, to be adored by the liberals who populate the elitist salons of Washington and New York, he is too arrogant to distinguish what appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel from what is actually an onrushing train. Doomed to failure once more, he is pulling out all the stops, spewing and directing his hatred at those who love America most.

It will be a pleasure to see this worthless excuse for an American crash and burn again.

Minuteman23 said...

Great work, Joanie.
Of your nine "this"'s I've only read one (Final Days). :-(

But I'll be picking up one or two of the others.

Anonymous said...

"Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power..."

The Democratic Party creed.

Anonymous said...

Olbermann is a leftist pig and I avoid pigs.

Jim said...

You're right about this being a case of the pot calling the kettle black. If your excerpts are examples of the rest of his rant, I'm glad you spared us the rest of the details.

Liberals live by one very strict set of rules, but they only apply to other people.

Arlene Albrecht said...

Every single one of the remarks in bold is an accurate description of Clinton and/or most liberals. Olberman needs to get a better mirror.

3timesalady said...

Sandra, how can you expect to deal with an enemy without learning about them? The Bible tells us "Know thy enemy," and we can't do that by ignoring what they do. This enemy is always looking for news ways to accomplish their goals and we have to be on top of their plans.

Anonymous said...

Olberman has been screaming about George Allen's "macaca" slip ever since it happened. That just shows how desperate he is to ruin the Republican's chances in '08. He's nothing but an unofficial arm of the DNC.

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Anonymous said...

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It's hard to separate the first two choices on the poll. Illegal immigration is such a big part of the terrorism concern that I almost don't know which one to vote for. I voted for the terrorism threat, but wanted to add this explanation.

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Anonymous said...

Olberman has been receiving death threats since this interview. I think that it's only a matter of time before one of you right wing nut's actually does try to knock off a loud Bush critic. You can't win unless you silence the opposition.

sandra said...

"anonymous' is posting from the basement of Air America.

alexib said...

No, rumor has it that Air America has only one plush basement office, and rumor also has it that it's already occupied by Keith Olberman.

sandra said...

I thought Olberman was operating from the basement of the US State Department.

sandra said...

Here is my candidate for next US President: