Welcome to our new home on the blogosphere. We have been working on this site for a little while now, what it will be called, and what we will discuss. Make no mistake, this is a WE project. Both of us have decided to take this step, and we hope we can maintain the readers, and add new ones. Needless to say this is The Asylum: Two certifiably insane lunatics running the show. Both of us hope that you all will enjoy us even better now than before, because we’re both right here for you to read. ;)
This month has been an eventful one, to say the least. Not only with the creation of our new site—hardly worth shouting from the mountaintops—but also in terms of news, politics, and current events. We have had tragedy in more ways than one, more duplicity from the MSM, and lunacy from all sides. We have a world changing at a nearly exponential rate right before our eyes, and we’ve seen more reinforcement that some of our leaders have just plain lost their minds. But above all, we’re reminded that this is our world, but we’re only along for the ride. And life’s rearview mirror brings us memories and lessons to be reviewed and remembered.
We are watching history unfold before us in the Middle East. Not only have historic elections been held in both Afghanistan in Iraq, but now Egypt has climbed on board, and Mubarak wants free elections in his country as well. In Lebanon, the citizens there are finally done. They’re fed up. They want Syria out of their nation, and they want them out right now. And is it any wonder that they do? They watched both Afghanistan and Iraq—two nations formerly under the oppression of a brutal regime—go through relatively peaceful free elections, and both are still continuing their march towards a more democratic society. Bush’s doctrine is working, and even some of the well-known Democrat leaders have said as such. (I’ll bet you that one sticks in Teddy’s craw.) Lebanon has seen the Bush doctrine in action, and the resulting freedom, liberty, and democracy that occurs in it’s aftermath. Again, is it any wonder why Lebanon wants what they are seeing around the Middle East? It’s no to me, nor is it to others that supported this war and it’s mission.
The Middle East has been a focal point this month. Not only on the Lebanon/Syria issue, but also in Iraq. And Iraq was a prominent point at the midway point of March as one Giuliani Sgrena was involved in an incident at a US checkpoint in Baghdad. Now, anyone who read my blogs about her know pretty much what happened, and what her story has been since the incident occurred. I make no bones about what I think of this lying wench, and that’s exactly what she is. She has defamed the troops involved in the incident since it occurred, and accused them of being murderers. See, one person died in that incident, and in my opinion, it was the wrong one. A security officer was killed; the same one sent to pay a ransom, from the Italian government, to our enemies for her freedom. The truth of the matter is that had the car stopped at the checkpoint, the security officer would still be alive, and Ms. Sgrena wouldn’t even had drawn the ire of bloggers like myself. But she opted to open her yap, and lie about it from day one. With friends like those in Europe, who really needs enemies?
And speaking of friends, I return us to the domestic front, and the likes of Senator Robert Byrd. Byrd did his fair share of ruffling feathers this month over the Constitutional option on the GOP’s plate in the Senate. For four years, the Democrats refused to give some judicial nominees their Constitutionally-dictated right to an up-or-down vote on their confirmation, and have engaged in an unprecedented, and illegal, filibuster over these jurists. Each and every one of them are more than qualified to hold a seat on the federal bench. But through the illegal litmus tests over their personal beliefs, rather than their merits, the Democrats have refused to allow their ascendance to the federal bench. Byrd’s contribution to the entire debate over removing a Senate rule to allow business to move forward as usual was beyond the pale when he likened the GOP’s attempts to Hitler’s seizure of power in the Reichstag. Not only did this raise the ire of many a conservative around the country, but it exploded all over the blogosphere. Actions like Byrd’s shouldn’t be tolerated in the Senate. I’m still scratching my head how a former KKK member could even make it into the Senate, especially given his track record of letting slip some of the more reprehensible racial slurs that a racist would utter. The GOP wants to set things straight in the Senate, and for those, like Sen. McCain that worry about the future if this rule is removed, I’d like to remind him that the GOP doesn’t use such obstructionist tactics. Those on the Left are fighting for a rule to be kept in place as opposed to preserving the Constitution, and they have plenty of moderates that are getting wishy-washy over this. We don’t have time for this people. The clock is ticking, and right now the nation is keeping score.
Somehow, through luck of the draw, I get to speak on behalf of another domestic enemy in the US. Dan Rather retired this month, after years of news reporting, or as others have pointed out, "propaganda peddling". Dan Rather drew significant attention late last year—just prior to the election—by putting forth a story regarding Pres. Bush’s National Guard Service. The story was not pleasant. It was not kind. Worst of all, it was not true. Dan Rather either lied or was duped. I will reserve my opinions for private conversation, but regardless Dan Rather committed a journalistic felony that should have cost him his job on the spot. Such stories, when they came to light to the editors, cost Jayson Blair his job from the New York Times. And despite what CBS passes off as "early retirement", it is not a retirement. He’s moving behind the scenes at 60 Minutes II; the same show he wrecked with his phony story. Dan Rather should have been fired the day after that story was aired. That was all the time it took to show him and CBS in their true colors; all at the hands of bloggers.
And speaking of journalistic felonies, none prevailed on the blogosphere as much as the LA Times fluff piece on North Korea. The head of the South Korean bureau of the LA Times had a sit down, two day interview with a "North Korean businessman". First off, this was no businessman. This was an operative for the North Korean regime that found a friendly and willing spokesperson in the MSM who was willing to shill for them. Nothing like having one’s own private pitchman, huh? Especially one that will do your dirty propaganda work for you when you can find no one else that buys your crap. She wrote this fluff piece for the North Korean regime as a propaganda piece for others to use when it comes to our relations with this regime. Don’t mind those "political agitators" that are locked-up; they’re just troublemakers. Don’t mind the fact that female prisoners have forced abortions if they’re pregnant; it’s a mandate of their "benevolent father leader". Pay no attention to the bloody rule and ideology behind the curtain. Listen to the rosy picture this businessman paints. It makes me sick to know we have reporters in this country that will put forth a story like this, and hide behind their First Amendment rights as their justification for making such pap. Propaganda like this would have made Joseph Goebbels proud. Just think, Michael Moore might need a new screenwriter for his next big pic, and this woman fits his mold perfectly. Two shills in a shell.
And as if the problems on the international front were not enough for us this month, we had our own little problem here in America. That being the plight of Terri Schiavo; a woman in Florida being denied food and water from her husband and the courts. It’s disgusting to see this unfold in this nation. On one side we have the right-to-die people claiming that she has such a right. On the other are people like us that believe she has an inherent, Constitutionally-protected right to live. I will be honest about this issue: It tore me apart. Physically, mentally, and emotionally, I went through a roller coaster for two weeks. And if I was that torn up over it, I can only imagine what her parents were going through. I could care less about the "pain" her husband was going through. A case could be made that he went through Hell during the malpractice cases, but for the last seven years this man has been trying to kill his wife. He stated during the malpractice cases that his vows—his wedding vows—meant so much to him, as did Terri. But when the malpractice cases were settled, Michael moved on. He met a new woman, has been living with this woman, and has fathered two children with her. Hardly the actions of a man that swore to a jury that he would be with his wife—through thick and thin—"in sickness and in health". And as of yesterday morning, at 7 a.m. AZ time, Terri Schiavo died. God rest her soul, and may God have mercy on Michael Schiavo for his sin. Rest in peace, Terri. You truly are with the Father now, in his loving embrace.
So yes, this month we had quite a few stories that challenged us, as Americans, and as human beings. We laughed. We cried. We got angry. We were happy. It’s part of life. And it’s a part of life that we deal with on a daily basis. Life isn’t easy. God didn’t intend it to be. Had He wanted it to be easy, we wouldn’t have been bestowed with free will. It’s free will that drives all of us. And it’s free will that drives both of us to do what we do best. We report. We comment. The ability for us to look over things and comment on them when we don’t see them as being right is why we do a blog. We’re here to inform, and to entertain. And we thank our readers for supporting us then, and we do hope you’ll continue to do so. Why? Because we’re not going anywhere, and we’re only going to get better.
Publius II & ;)