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Rightwing redefines 'irony'

September 11, 2013 - Harry Eagar
From The Washington Post:

“ 'Wouldn’t it be ironic if the government shuts down because our leadership won’t offer a bill that Republicans will vote for? That’s what happened this week,' said freshman Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), one of the leading agitators pushing to defund the health-care law, even if it means shutting down the government."

Well, no. That isn't what irony means.

But referring to "Republican leadership" is delusional.

The New York Times has a short blog comment, which seems inadequate to the occasion, but, after all, it is Fashion Week in Manhattan. Still, it doesn't take many words to describe the situation:

"Some senior Republican aides say that as long as House Republicans remain united in opposition, they don’t see how the package can pass. But House leadership aides expressed confidence that the revolt could be cooled down by next week."

What would be ironic would be if Syria brings down the American national government by distracting everyone's attention to chemical weapons. I don't think that was the kind of regime change Incurious George intended to set in motion in 2003.


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Sep-15-13 5:14 PM


"Titanic sunk by helmsman mistaking right and left?"


Sep-15-13 2:57 PM

Here's a recent, deadly example of miscommunication.

I am a little dubious of th Titanic story. Steamships had been in use for a century by 1911. The bridge crew would have all had long experience in powered ships.


Sep-15-13 1:33 AM

There is a ship that I was stationed on named USS AMERICA CVA-66.

"Decommissioned on August 9, 1996."

"On April 19, 2005, the carrier left Philadelphia under tow on its final mission. The AMERICA was towed off the east coast where the ship was finally disposed of during a classified SinkEx." The meaning is that this ship was used for bombing and missile practice to actually sink.

Wanted to share a tale. Deadmen couldn't tell. There is a satire in my story.


Sep-15-13 1:26 AM

"Here’s what Lightoller told Sylvia really happened. He was in his cabin when Titanic hit the iceberg. After the collision, he was called to the bridge. There he joined the Captain Edward Smith and First Officer William Murdoch and they went to Murdoch’s cabin to arm themselves should violence break out when loading the lifeboats. They told him that steersman Robert Hitchens had panicked and turned the ship to the right instead of the left around the iceberg. How could a steersman mistake something as simple as turning right or left?"

"Some of the crew on the Titanic were used to the archaic Tiller Orders associated with sailing ships and some to the more modern Rudder Orders. Crucially, the two steering systems were the complete opposite of one another. So a command to turn "hard a starboard" meant turn the wheel right under the Tiller system and left under the Rudder."

Off topic subject but this makes things clear that miscommunication by right or lef


Sep-13-13 10:50 PM

1537.70 miles from Russia to Damascus, Syria. Bearing SW. Russia is capable of firing long range missles. They could be the perpertrator. They are.


Sep-13-13 8:24 PM

Right now, Obama is looking good. Nobody is using gas and the US isn't leaping into another war it cannot win. Too bad Bush wasn't so clever.

Iraq proved my contention that Muslim Arabs are incapable of self-government. They are nearly impervious to being governed, too.

That makes all paths roads to hell, of one degree or another. "Jaw, jaw is better than war, war," said Churchill, that old war-monger. Sometimes, it comes to bursting point but Syria is nowhere near there yet.


Sep-12-13 6:34 PM

Like North Korea's President, I feel someone higher up is pulling President Bashar al-Assad's strings.

I mention in my third comment that someone is a perpertrator that is guilty but blaming an innocent. President Obama also was said to be a tyrant and when he asks for help, he is now wishy washy. I think he is doing a great job that people like rant paul is trying to discredit President Obama.

Thanks Harry. I am very interested in learning daily.


Sep-12-13 6:29 PM

Somehow I really don't want to believe rant paul but he does have a point. Syrian rebels are Islam extremist that are targeting Christians. President Bashar al-Assad studied to become a Doctor makes me wonder.

Being considered weak President Bashar al-Assad is also dislike by fellow Muslims. It seems like a Catch 22. ****if I believe and****if I don't. President Obama is wise to listen and take heed to many who advise and keep what he thinks is the best solution. After all let President Obama keep Peace since he did win Nobel Peace Prize. I have a twisted sense that President Obama is planning a covert mission to enter Syria. Soldiers wearing foreign made boots and do a covert recon on what is what. Target areas of concern if talks fall through. Keep record of GPS where original weapons are. Target airfields and attack with Cruise missles armed with cluster bombs.


Sep-12-13 1:01 AM

Rand Paul bears watching because he is a dangerous nut, but there is no reason to pay any attention to the content of his delusions.

The idea that Assad, friend of Hezbollah and Iran, is also a protector of Christians is ridiculous.


Sep-11-13 11:00 PM

There is a perpertrator that just passed gas and blaming it on someone else. Like in school, someone would pass gas and yell a name and everyone would look at the innocent one. Same in Syria.

I do not see a reason for America to get involved in another country when someone passes gas there. If someone did in America, then.


Sep-11-13 10:57 PM

If senator rand paul knows this and not letting our President know, doesn't this make senator rand paul an accomplice to Sarin Gas since rand paul seems to know who the real culprit is. He states facts.

I assume the Syrian rebels of Islam extremist are firing on Christians and other Islam groups making this a religious war and not civil. It is not against the Syrian government but different groups of people living in Syria. President Bashar al-Assad according to senator rand paul is protecting Christians but leading President Obama into thinking it is President Bashar al-Assad who is guilty.


Sep-11-13 10:51 PM

"Rand Paul: Assad 'Protected Christians' in Syria, Rebels 'Attacking Christians'" Huff Post Politics. There are other sites.

Seems senator rand paul says one thing but on CNN or FOX says another. Benghazi on CNN says it was a covert operation. America in the past has denied numerous times in Vietnam when spooks did their thing. republicans like mccain are pushing to expose the truth but it will backfire on someone.


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