Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How Bloody Credulous

Can you get?

During the confirmation hearings for Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense (an appointment I do not agree with; his volte-face on Iraq back when he was a Senator smacked of 20-20 hindsight leavened with hypocrisy), Senator Rand Paul (R-KYjelly) challenged him to prove he was not part of an organization known as the "Friends of Hamas."

Since you can't prove a negative, Hagel's nomination was filibustered in the Senate, the first time in history a Cabinet Secretary's appointment was stopped.

Now, ready for the punch line?

There is NO SUCH THING as "Friends of Hamas."  The name was pulled out of thin air as a joke by a reporter.  That didn't stop Senator Paul, however, proving that Ron Paul's son is an even bigger idiot than even I at first thought.

And now . . .

Senate Minority Leader and Impressively Wattled One Mitch McConnell (also R-KY, imagine that) sent a message to the Pentagon on behalf of a constituent demanding to know if it was true that inmates at Guantanamo Bay were actually receiving post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.  The constituent linked to a website called The Duffel Blog as justification for their assertion.

A ridiculous assertion, to be true, made even more ridiculous by the fact that The Duffel Blog is the military equivalent of The Onion - i.e., gentle readers, it's satire.  It's a joke.

So, no sense of humor and not enough sense to check to see if what you're about to repeat as fact is actually a joke or rampant bullshit.

I'm glad that Paul and McConnell are in the minority.


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