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Sunday, June 19, 2005

More on Eddie Haskell

More on Illinois' own Dick Durbin.

Teri O'brien, a wonderful talk show host on WLS AM here in Chicago calls him Eddie Haskell, after the smarmy, two faced, creepy teenager on the old Leave It To Beaver show. Very true, very true.

Mark Steyn has a great column on the 2nd most powerful Democrat in the Senate. Here's the end of a marvelous peice:

The senator from Illinois' comparisons are as tired as they're grotesque. They add nothing useful to the debate. But around the planet, folks naturally figure that, if only 100 people out of nearly 300 million get to be senators, the position must be a big deal. Hence, headlines in the Arab world like "U.S. Senator Stands By Nazi Remark." That's al-Jazeera, where the senator from al-Inois is now a big hero -- for slandering his own country, for confirming the lurid propaganda of his country's enemies. Yes, folks, American soldiers are Nazis and American prison camps are gulags: don't take our word for it, Senator Bigshot says so.

This isn't a Republican vs Democrat thing; it's about senior Democrats who are so over-invested in their hatred of a passing administration that they've signed on to the nuttiest slurs of the lunatic fringe. It would be heartening to think that Durbin will himself now be subjected to some serious torture. Not real torture, of course; I don't mean using Pol Pot techniques and playing the Celine Dion Christmas album really loud to him. But he should at least be made a little uncomfortable over what he's done -- in a time of war, make an inflammatory libel against his country's military that has no value whatsoever except to America's enemies. Shame on him, and shame on those fellow senators and Democrats who by their refusal to condemn him endorse his slander.

And, over at Citizen Smash, an open letter to Senator Dick from a former "guest" at the Hanoi Hilton:
Senator Durbin,

As one who was held in a North Vietnamese Prison for nearly seven years and whose definition of torture and bad treatment is somewhat at variance with yours, I deplore your senseless comments about alleged "barbaric treatment" at our terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo.

Your remarks comparing Guantanamo to the regimes of Stalin, Hitler and Pol Pot are outrageous. I tried to think of why a rational human being could make such an outlandish statement but I keep coming up short. I thought I'd seen it all when Howard Dean performed his infamous scream in Iowa but your diatribe yesterday eclipsed Dean's moment of Hannibal Lecter lunacy. And your moment of pique will be infinitely more damaging to members of our Armed Forces serving in harm's way.

I noted, when searching for your contact information, that the first item Google came up with was al Jazeera's joy at your comments. You, sir, for having aided and abetted the enemy in time of war, have been relegated in my mind to the status of Jane Fonda and your colleague, John Kerry as contemptible traitors.

I hope not too many of our valiant members of the Armed Forces have to suffer for your stupid comments. Shame on you.

Paul E. Galanti
Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

The last part of Smash's post is important. Please read it.

And for those that need to hear where Dick is at now, here's the audio from Spike O'Dell's show on WGN720 am from Friday.

I'm not surprised at Senator Dick. The kind of crap he's saying is no different from what various lefty folks have been saying right here on Liberty. Senator Dick is simply spouting what he thinks his constintuency wants. Based on what I'm hearing about the inability to get through to Senator Dick's offices in Washington and Chicago, he may have made a slight error in his political calculations. This may be making him uncomfortable. And since the Left has chosen to define torture as anything that will make one uncomfortable, I, and those who have written to Senator Dick,and called him repeatedly, are guilty of torture. I'm okay with that.

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