Bill O’Reilly has a new front in the War on Christmas: two nativity scenes in Guantanamo Bay. Unfortunately for O’Reilly, he was no match for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation's Mikey Weinstein, who successfully lobbied to have them removed. Let’s just say that the segment ended with O’Reilly cutting Weinstein's mike and proclaiming that his having covered “four wars with a pen” was comparable to military service.
O’Reilly was scornful from the beginning. Apparently, he took the loss of the nativity scenes personally, even though they were more than 1,400 miles away. He was also peeved that Weinstein would not reveal who had complained. O'Reilly seemed to feel he had some kind of divine right to the information, that the complainers owed it to him to come forward and that they must be cowards if they didn’t.
You could tell that O’Reilly was fighting to keep his temper because first he told the seemingly unflappable Weinstein to “Calm down, calm down.” But before long, it was O’Reilly who was yelling, “It’s a national holiday!”
Near the end, Weinstein asked if O’Reilly had ever served in the military. No, O’Reilly said, he had not. That’s when the fireworks started.
WEINSTEIN: When you’re in the military, it’s not like working at Fox or at Costco. It is an incredibly tribal, adversarial, communal and ritualistic place. There are Department of Defense directives, instructions and regulations in place that absolutely make this clear that this was wrong.
O’REILLY: It was a cowardly decision by the base commander… because this is a depiction of a secular holiday that was signed into law. That’s what it was. And if somebody’s offended by it, I want to know why. And your guys don’t have the courage to stand up and tell me. That’s the fact.
WEINSTEIN: Bill, please don’t call our members of the military cowards. The majority of them were Christians. Because if you want to start getting ad hominem, at least they joined the military and they’re prepared to fight. …They understand what their rights are. And your Christian personal rights will always be trumped by the civil rights of your fellow Americans.
O’REILLY: You know what? Mr. Weinstein, you just - and with all due respect to your parents – are just a bloviator. You don’t answer the questions and I’ll tell you what: I covered four wars with the pen! (He defiantly held up his pen)
WEINSTEIN: You’re an aggressive bully and an arrogant idiot!
O’REILLY: …Cut him off, he’s a jerk. I covered four wars with a pen, OK, Mr. Weinstein? So don’t impugn my courage ever again. You’re a weasel.
With all due respect, Bill, covering a war, or even four wars, is a far cry from fighting in it or serving in the military. And no matter how brave you may be, I think soldiers have a much bigger right to decide what’s appropriate for the military than you do. No matter what kind of pipeline you think you have to Father Christmas.
Of course he had to embellish his teaching bonifides by declaring that it was one of the toughest neighborhoods in America…BOCA RATON!!!
Sorry if I made any of you spew your beverage on the keyboard!!
Are you sure it wasn’t the tough streets of Beverly Hills Bill??
I’m laughing at you Bill!
Spending a week in Iraq in a secure base is not covering a war. Bill, you are not an Ernie Pyle.
How can a so-called Christian like Mike Gibroni think that O’Reilly’s arrogance, bragging about his success so often, and bashing others for not being as successful as he is are virtuous?
I wish O’Reilly would stop blaming “non-believers” for all the sins of “believers.” He then turns around and says that “we are all sinners.” Speak for yourself Jack-ass O’Reilly, I’ve never sexted, harassed, and talked dirty to someone who worked under me(while married I might add), and eventually had to pay her off so I could obtain the AUDIO of me committing those vulgar acts!
How can O’Reilly’s, and Faux News, audience still be this ignorant after all these years?
Did Mike Labrioni… Submit a post where he said people need to pray to him?
I mean, his post where he said he’ll laugh at Ellen’s children dying, then made a comment about black people being life failures because they “complain” sums up why there’s no talking to him quite well, but I’m a little concerned about the part where he thinks he’s God.
Another day in the “no-spin zone” or whatever the pinhead calls it.
Merry Xmas, you moron.
Why the hell China would pay the U.S. for the U.S. to maintain a standing army presence in JAPAN is anyone’s guess but yours. Let alone why would they say “yes” to such a request if you simply “asked” them to. Oh, I guess that because you served in the Navy for 4 years, you’re suddenly an expert in all things military, right? Everyone who pulls the same card that you did does the same thing, and it’s ALWAYS unintentionally hilarious to see you struggle to convince anyone with these arguments.
And you’ve inadvertently (or perhaps it was intentional, I don’t know) revealed yourself as another one of those idiots who is unaware that the oil & gas market is a global one, and because the U.S. does not have control of any supply of oil even if it comes from U.S. land, they cannot lay claim to any oil that is extracted from their land (and thus determine the prices that consumers, residential or commercial, pay for such resources). There are only two countries in the world right now who have managed to grasp any ounce of control of oil & gas extracted from their jurisdictions: Russia & Saudi Arabia. We all know what’s going on with the Ukraine trying to sell themselves out to Putin, but Saudi Arabia has had diplomatic immunity since the 50’s because they control the oil wrested from their land. They are one of the wealthiest nations in the world because of this. Why do you think the U.S. went after Iraq instead of Saudi Arabia in response to 9/11? Because there were military and oil contracts going on at the time with the royal family there! Why would a country so dependent on resources like oil, gas, water, and many others attack a nation that wholeheartedly benefits them, thus making them an enemy and cutting off supplies and money? Did you think of that at all? Clearly not.
The U.S. cannot accomplish the same thing because that would mean the U.S. government would have to tamper with the industry to gain control over oil & gas supplies wrested from their jurisdiction. Because they don’t have control, they cannot manipulate prices. So the whole idea that you can allow for Americans to pay less for energy, AND be energy independent, given that it’s a GLOBAL market and the U.S. does not have any control over said market, there is no way the U.S. could gain either of those things by embracing the “drill baby drill” mantra.
The U.S. could achieve energy independence if government could competently produce renewable energy extraction methods, like solar energy cells. But that is undermined all the time by incompetence by the government or organizations involved (Solyndra), opposition by oil industry lobbyists and apologists (which seems to include you), and lack of incentive as a whole. Or perhaps you’re really convinced that letting multinational oil conglomerates plunder the land, sometimes causing oil spills in overseas transport or off-shore extraction (and only managing to clean up, at best, 10 to 15 percent of said oil spills as per historical statistics), and shipping the oil they extract to nations around the world who ALSO need and pay for such resources, would mean that the U.S. achieves energy independence. Even a layman such as myself can grasp such a concept if you just think about it a little. You didn’t, and wanted to troll instead.
And I’m sure you’ll deny it given that the report this story cites is from the state, but California is reported to achieve a $10 Billion surplus by 2018. They ranked first, according to Moody’s, amongst U.S. states in terms of gross tax-supported debt. It placed a modest 7th of all U.S. states for debt-per-capita. All that can be read through http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-21/california-analyst-sees-annual-surpluses-of-10-billion.html
Oh and the No True Scotsman fallacy never works, so keep trying. You’re a troll using generic, easily refuted right-wing arguments, and you are willing to say inflammatory crap in the process. Best that you mingle with your mindset over at Fox Nation lest you embarrass yourself even more here.
These cowardly chicken-hawks are ALL the same. Hide behind the valor and sacrifice of the military, as though THAT equates them to being in the same class.
Such a low life, insulting bloviator.
Thanks Mike!! Mike Labroni has just revealed why it is so important that we stand united in our fight against these far right waco’s. The really crazed stormtroopers always come out on this site when O’reilly or one of the other nightly Fox Oberfuhrer’s get’s stomped on LOL
Another point to make……Capitalism has created the highest standard of living ever known on earth. The evidence is incontrovertible. The contrast between West and East Berlin is the latest demonstration, like a laboratory experiment for all to see.
[“Theory and Practice,” Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal]
To get this country back at 3-5% growth rate and 5% unemployment rate, it is real simple. We need to:
1. Cut taxes, possibly move to a flat tax (18%) or a more simpler tax code
2. Reform and gut the IRS
3. Dump Sarbanes Oxley
4. Dump Dodd/Frank bill
5. Dump Obamacare (allow for more competition and pass a tort reform bill)
6. Reform health care
7. Reform social security (increase age in states and stop at age 72) and bolster social security (make sure it is not about to run out of money)
8. Undermine the EPA which is just killing jobs and economic activity
9. Undermine the Dept. of Energy and Interior (new leadership)
10. Drill off shore, open more lands for non-wasted use, become energy efficient
11. Pass the Keystone pipeline bill
12. Build the wall along our Southern Border
13. Confront Iran and Russia over Iranian nuclear sites (take out Iran’s leadership)
14. Get almost all of our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan (help Afghanistan develop that tritium deposit and keep hundreds of drones flying over Afghanistan and Iraq too)
15. Get troops out of Germany and Italy and everywhere else they do not need them to be and have them live and train on American soil
16. Make South Korea to pay us to keep our troops there
17. Make Japan pay us to keep our troops there (or ask China to pay us to keep our troops there) ; Bolster position in Hawaii
18. Lower all federal wages across the board, cut benefits and pensions for all federal employees
A SOCIALIST CATHOLIC REPORTER, CHRIS MATHEWS, CHALLENGES OUR NEW POPE AND GETS HIS HEAD HANDED TO HIM ON A PLATTER. LONG READ—WELL WORTH YOUR TIME
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A CATHOLIC TO APPRECIATE THIS INTERVIEW WITH THE NOW NEW POPE.
The following is a transcript of an interview between Chris Mathews of MSNBC and the then Cardinal Bergolio. It’s apparent why the interview was never broadcast. Mathews was spent at the end, clearly frustrated that his usual bullying tactics did not succeed. He had to have been greatly surprised by the Cardinal’s splendid grasp of the English language and his mastery of the timely rejoinder. This Pope is a breath of fresh air; a very enlightening, understanding of social justice, and clearly articulated.
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REPORTER: Welcome Cardinal.