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Not saying sorry

Will Libby be pardoned?

The stench of corruption grows stronger by the day.

32 comments ↪
  • captain

    Lets hope he is pardoned. He is a good guy! It can't be corruption if good wins over evil.

  • captain

    And I wonder if Ant is going to highlight this little correction: Israel was not twisting the truth.

    Are you now going to admit you were wrong Ant?

  • Addamo

    Libby a good guy? So you have nbo poroblem with lies that led to an unecessary war that has put 200,000 Iraqi's into the ground?

    You have no probelm that a CIA nuclear proliferation asset been destroyed? It is rumoure that people may have been murdered as a result fo the outting of Valieri Plame, but that's OKright Captain, seeing as none of them were Jewish?

    You are wrong on both counts Captain….as ususal. DO you alwyas leave puddles on teh ground after sitting for proplongerd periods?
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1
    http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2006/06/1729912.php
    http://jewssansfrontieres.blogspot.com/2006/06/pe

  • Comical_Ali

    "…but that’s OKright Captain, seeing as none of them were Jewish?"

    Which bring us back to this memorable (straw-man) scene –

    SCARECROW

    That's the trouble. I can't make up my mind. I haven't got a brain — only straw.

    DOROTHY

    How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?

    SCARECROW

    I don't know. But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?

    In any case I happen to like the name "Scooter," cos it kinda sounds like "Skeeter." great name for a good old fashioned, rifle weilding redneck.

  • Comical_Ali

    Oh and Libby is the name of a hot chick I once had a crush on at school, but just never had the balls to…never mind.

  • Seen this, kids?

    I expect "not saying sorry" will be the default position around these parts, too.

    Cheerio!

  • Oh, great. I seem to be able to comment again. Glad the ban was lifted, but I suppose it's academic after this post, anyway.

  • captain

    The Valerie Plame issue was a political beat-up. Since when were you concerned with CIA operatives anyway? Oh, they were ant Bush CIA operatives. They must be an asset to protect!!!

  • captain

    More antisemitic posturing by its lovely arab neighbours.

  • Addamo

    Captain,

    You are talking out of your arse again, just to be petulant. are you ever goign to grow up?

    You said that Libby was a good guy fighting evil, when he was involved in an illegal act which may hav elead to the death of others. The CIA opertatives were tracking nuclear proliferation, in relation to Iran and Norht Korea specifically. i woudl have thoguth that was of concern since you shiriek like a lunatic at the mere suggestion of harm comming to Israel.

    BTW. Captain. it looks like you have fallen for yet ANOTHER BS story.

    Did Author Get It Wrong on Terror Story? http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2006/06/did_a

    How many times has your gullibility gotten the better of you? I've lost count.

  • captain

    Oh, because there is a dissenting voice from the left therefore it must be correct?!

    Libby is a patriot.

  • Addamo

    Libby's loyalty is to his benfactors and his masters, neither of which are the Unites States of America.

  • smiths

    yes it definately couldnt have been artillery fire because it had stopped in that precise area at least ten minutes before the incident,
    well that settles it then doesnt it,

    BULLSHIT

  • Addamo

    Expecting The Jerisalem Post to indulge in a mea culpa is about as likely as Bill O'Reilly admittting on national TV that he's in it for the money.

    This guy seems to think it was Israel's doing:

    U.S.-trained expert: Explosive that killed 8 Palestinians on Gaza beach was Israeli shell
    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20060614

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    AGAIN, you turn to the last refuge of the rascal; mythical notions of "international law." Also, you conflate morality, good and evil, with law.

    Back to school you go.

  • Don Wigan

    "… last refuge of the rascal; mythical notions of “international law.” viva

    Whether or not that's true about Addamo, the quote is a distortion.

    It's probably derived from Dr Johnson's famous view of "Patriotism": that it is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

    On that basis, maybe captain is right in referring to Libby as a patriot.

  • captain

    Scooter has and will do more for national security than any of the paranoid desk critics like adddammmboo.

  • orang

    Scooter is a scum sucking whore.
    Oh and I see you boys got the memo? Palis killed by Israeli fire on beach – all lies?
    Woman checked out in Israeli hospital had shrapnel removed by Pali hospital? Now why would a hospital remove shrapnel from a person?-It's a conspiracy to paint the freedom loving IDF as war criminals (and of course we know that they cannot be war criminals because legally this is not a "war" , hehe he>>) Why they even bother to refute the claims, who'se going to do anything anyway. But you know, the Palis intentionally kill their own people to get media attention – you got that bullet point right?

  • Comical_Ali

    <code>yes it definately couldnt have been artillery fire because it had stopped in that precise area at least ten minutes before the incident,

    well that settles it then doesnt it,</code>

    What do you say about the HRW back tracking and agreeing with the Israeli assesment -especially about inconsistancies with the Palestinian version of events?

    Corrupted by Zionists, were they?

    And I wonder why this didn't even rate a mention from Loewenstein on his blog? After all he was following and monitoring the story closley. Whats with the sudden lack of interest? I thought you were concerned in finding out the truth of what happened to these innocent Palestinians? No? truth came in the way, as usual?

    Oh and b/thw guess who Libby (the hot chicka) ended up going out with? A fucking Israeli. I personally blame Karl Rove and Mossad. Definitaley a Rovian-Mossad-Zionist conspiracy. fucking facists.

  • Comical_Ali

    Libby’s loyalty is to his benfactors and his masters, neither of which are the Unites States of America.

    Unlike the unquestionable loyalty of all the leaders of CAIR (TM) – representing the ROP(TM) in America.

    B/thw name me one Muslim mother who has called her son Scooter? Soon Jewish Mamas will be calling their boys "Skeeter." If you want loyalty to America, try & beat that.

  • Addamo

    Scooter has and will do more for national security than any of the paranoid desk critics like adddammmboo.

    Always the commedian Captain.

    How does shutting does a CIA backed program to track nucelar wepoans proliferation make the US more secure?

  • Addamo

    Comical,

    My you have been a busy bee, working overtime trying to trow up dust on this issue. Good work.

    Unfortunately, you are forced to ping sources in Germany (or that bastion of fair and balanced reporting, the Jerusalem Post), of all places, to come up with what you hope will support your thesis. Clusting at straws must be awefully tiresome.

    B/thw name me one Muslim mother who has called her son Scooter?

    How about you prove that Scooter is a Jewish only name, and that he was given that name by his mother and not hsi colleagues at school or work? Pretty common in the US is it not? Oh I forgot, this is all about Jews now isn't it? How come Scooter's Jewsishness only became a talking point post indictment?

  • Comical_Ali

    Unfortunately, you are forced to ping sources in Germany (or that bastion of fair and balanced reporting, the Jerusalem Post), of all places, to come up with what you hope will support your thesis

    .

    Instead of trying to refute what was brought up by the German newspaper (or the Jpost for that matter) your best response is to attack the source – "to ping sources in Germany?" speaking of straws, what of German sources?

    Clusting at straws must be awefully tiresome.

    I don't know anything about "clusting" (I even searched the dicitionary for that word but in vain) but I'm sure all that clutching is making you tired or (in the words of scarecrowe) "do an awful lot of talking."

    "Oh I forgot, this is all about Jews now isn’t it? How come Scooter’s Jewsishness only became a talking point post indictment?"

    lets rewind to –

    Libby’s loyalty is to his benfactors and his masters, neither of which are the Unites States of America.

    I don't know, how come addamo? Oh sorry, you were refering to his eskimo loyalties…

  • Addamo

    Comical,

    I have no acceszs to the evidence, but one can simply deduce that if the story reported in Germany had any legs, it woudl be carried in orther publications. The Irania clth badges story was hot nes, but no other paper touched it becasue it was based on spurious allegations, since debunked.

    You never explained the Jewsih origins of the name Scooter.

    Libby's loyalty is to those who see to it that he is well rewarded, be they right wing think tanks, lobbyists, business interests. As they say, fololow the money right? When I last checked, Eskimo's were not listed in the Fortune 500.

  • orang

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5…
    "Samia al-Sharif, freshly dressed for a wedding, had slipped out of the house to buy her disabled aunt a sandwich when the missile exploded, sending a piece of shrapnel into her back with a force so great that it propelled her inside the sandwich shop, witnesses said."
    – This is lies lies, the Pali's will try and take out the shrapnel – they always do that, which would prove, for the record that it wasn't an Iraeli missile.

    No wait, http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-

    Ok , so we did actually fire the missile – this time,
    "It's terrible when civilians are caught in the middle of this, especially children," said Capt. Noa Meir, an Israeli army spokeswoman. "But the responsibility for this lies with the terrorist organizations that operate within heavily populated civilian areas"

    So there you have it "spokeswoman". When children are killed it's better to have a "spokewoman" who undestands and empathises with the loss of the children.

  • captain

    Thats such a lovely quote from the Guardian. Pity they never profile and humanise the Jewish victims.

    The bottom line is that if pals didn't allow terrorists to hide behind the skirts of their women, their women and their disabled aunts would be alive and getting their sandwiches.

    orang, a hardened antisemite such as yourself would be unhappy if the Israeli spokesman was a male, female, black or yellow. There is no pleasing you. Ooops, unless there are Jewish deaths.

  • Comical_Ali

    I have no acceszs to the evidence, but one can simply deduce that if the story reported in Germany had any legs, it woudl be carried in orther publications. The Irania clth badges story was hot nes, but no other paper touched it becasue it was based on spurious allegations, since debunked.

    bullshit – the fact that it was a false story was reportd by the fair fax press, the Guardian, Reuters and even media outlets inIsrael.

    Major, influential media outlets such as the Guardian & Reuters have more of an interest portraying Israel as the pariah rather than Iran and if bullshit floats on the latter they let it stick.

    You never explained the Jewsih origins of the name Scooter.

    what of the Jewish origins of Scooter? And why is that relevant? You obviously didn't pick up on my humor – its kind hard for someone whose head is full of straw.

    Libby’s loyalty is to those who see to it that he is well rewarded, be they right wing think tanks, lobbyists, business interests. As they say, fololow the money right? When I last checked, Eskimo’s were not listed in the Fortune 500.

    Lets rewind once more

    "Libby’s loyalty is to his benfactors and his masters, neither of which are the Unites States of America. "

    Oh I see. Oh I see, so "right-wing think tanks" & "lobbyists" were Americans acting in American interests, after all. No? Let me guess, they were acting on behalf of the Irish? Bloody Irish.

    You can really talk your way out of anything, cant ya? Parking fines, speeding tickets, drink driving, court appearances etc, etc…once again refinforcing scarecrowes notion of "some people without brains do an awful lot of talking"

  • Comical_Ali

    So the Americans who were acting in American interests were all listed in the fortune 500? Or was it the Irish?

  • Addamo

    the fact that it was a false story was reportd by the fair fax press, the Guardian, Reuters and even media outlets inIsrael

    The story has not been proven false at all. Israeli denials do not constitute fact. On the contrary, it has become accepted that it was IDF shells that did the killing.

    Major, influential media outlets such as the Guardian & Reuters have more of an interest portraying Israel as the pariah rather than Iran and if bullshit floats on the latter they let it stick.

    Oh so the good newspapers ie. the ones that give the Israeli version of events, are fair and balanced and the Guardian & Reuters have an agenda. You just said that the Guardian, Reuters reported the debunking of the IDF’s complicity in the killings. Contradicting yourself again.

    Oh I see, so “right-wing think tanks” & “lobbyists” were Americans acting in American interests, after all.

    Gee is that concept that nuanced for you? Are oil companies who screw the consumer at the pump, acting in America’s interests? No. Was Enron acting in America’s interest? No. That’s number 1 and 2 of the Bush administrators financial contributors right there. Are right wing think tanks remotely interested in the greater good of American’s? Hardly. Oh and yes, we can’t forget AIPAC now can we, with the Franklin affair fresh in our memories and the Roseman/Weisman trial proceeding.

    No? Let me guess, they were acting on behalf of the Irish? Bloody Irish.

    Oh you forgot to mention that the sun revolves around Israel.

    I wish I could talk my way out of parking fines – have half a dozen waiting to be paid.

    speeding tickets, drink driving, court appearances etc, etc…once again refinforcing scarecrowes notion of “some people without brains do an awful lot of talking

    How’s that straw man coming along Comical? What’s that make I now, number 25?

  • Comical_Ali

    "The story has not been proven false at all. Israeli denials do not constitute fact.

    I was refer to the Iranian badge story. My we are a little slow today.

    On the contrary, it has become accepted that it was IDF shells that did the killing."

    How can anything be accepted, if the internatonal investigation is still under way. We are still waiting for Garalsco & co to respond to the Israeli claims that the shrapnel did not come from an Israeli weapon. So far, Garlaso and HRW have praised the Israeli's investigation into this matter with no complaints. So lets await their response.

    in the greater good of American’s? Hardly. Gee is that concept that nuanced for you? Are oil companies who screw the consumer at the pump, acting in America’s interests? No. Was Enron acting in America’s interest? No. That’s number 1 and 2 of the Bush administrators financial contributors right there. Are right wing think tanks remotely interested

    Lets rewind once again-

    “Libby’s loyalty is to his benfactors and his masters, neither of which are the Unites States of America. “

    Saudi Arabia, maybe?

    Oh oh, you've left us a clue:

    Oh and yes, we can’t forget AIPAC now can we, .

    “Oh I forgot, this is all about Jews now isn’t it? How come Scooter’s Jewsishness only became a talking point post indictment?”

    I don't know. Has it?

    In any case, anybody who thought that I was serious about using the "scooter" example to prove that Jews are more loyal than Muslims, has got to be a real imbecile.

    Oh you forgot to mention that the sun revolves around Israel.

    Were you refering to Saudi Arabia? Ireland? The Eskimos of Antratica?

    Does AIPAC really stand for – Antartic Igloos Penguin Affairs Comittee?

  • Addamo

    Amazing Comical,

    i was abotu to respond until i realised that in sppite of that effrot, you managed to say absolutely nothing.

  • orang

    From captain,
    "The bottom line is that if pals didn’t allow terrorists to hide behind the skirts of their women, their women and their disabled aunts would be alive and getting their sandwiches.

    orang, a hardened antisemite such as yourself ….."

    That's rather insightful, someone who refers to Palestinians as pals, is calling me antisemitic.

    How about if I dub Israelis; izzies – Oh, how about I mention driving Israel into the sea, will that help? But not the Med, fuck that, I want to drive it into the fucking Atlantic!