Daily Wisdom

May 14, 2006

Looney Liberal of the Week: Patrick Leahy

This week's award goes to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), for his stupid remarks concerning the USA TODAY story reported on Thursday, May 11th, about an NSA secret database containing the phone records of millions of Americans. If you have a strong stomach, you might want to watch the video HERE.

At a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, Leahy starts out by saying, "The press is doing our work for us and we should be ashamed." So what exactly does that mean? Is the 'work of the Senate' to expose classified information about TOP-SECRET anti-terrorism programs to the public? I hope the good people of Vermont are paying close attention, because I don't think that's why they sent him to Washington, D.C.

Then, holding up a copy of USA TODAY he says, "Look at this headline..." and then he reads the headline. Are you kidding me? And we pay this guy's salary? I wonder if he read the rest of the story or if he just stopped at the headline?

"Well shame on us, for being so far behind... and being so willing to rubber stamp anything this administration does." Oh REALLY? The Democrats are "rubber-stamping" everything the administration does? Sure could have fooled me! "Shame on us" for what? For not knowing about a TOP-SECRET, classified intelligence program? DUH! Well that's why it's TOP-SECRET! So people DON'T know about it.

"We ought to fold our tents and steal away." Could you, REALLY? PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE!

Leahy went on, "We have to pick up the paper to find out what is going on." Well, of course! It's only newspapers like USA TODAY and The New York Times that are willing to expose TOP-SECRET, classified intelligence programs to the general public, thereby risking the safety of millions of Americans. These papers have more access to leaks than a bus full of plumbers.

"This secret collection of phone calls records tens of millions of Americans..." Well, I guess it's not SECRET anymore! And by the way, it doesn't "record" anything more than what's already on a typical phone bill. If people are so worried someone might look at their phone bill, then they should be more careful about who they call.

"Now, are you telling me that tens of millions of Americans are involved with al-Qaeda? If that's the case, we've really failed in any kind of a war on terror." Give me a break! OK, I guess even Senators are allowed to ask rhetorical questions, but this one was really dumb. And then to suggest that this proves we have failed in the war on terror just takes the cake. I think it says just the opposite... that is, that we are DOING something about the war on terror. We are being pro-active not reactive. We are looking for clues. We are trying to "connect the dots."

Of course, if a terrorist attack were to happen here in the U.S. tomorrow, you can be sure that guys like Leahy would be the first ones out there bad-mouthing the administration because we "weren't doing enough"! Idiot. You can't have it both ways. You either opt for protection or you opt for vulnerablility. Apparently Leahy and lots of other Democrats want the U.S. to be vulnerable.

Considering that a Post-ABC poll found that 66% of those surveyed said they would not be bothered if NSA collected records of personal calls they had made, Leahy's remarks sound even more stupid.

Let's face it, Americans don't want a nuclear device going off in their country, and they are willing to risk a minimally invasive federal program to make sure it doesn't happen.


At 5/14/2006 8:50 PM , Blogger onlineanalyst said...

Since Leaky Leahy is not exactly known for keeping classified information secret, I don't know why he had to rely on a newspaper for his information. What? Does he think that he is Will Rogers? "All I know is what I read in the newspapers."

The real pip is that he and his fellow moonbats voted for a more intrusive surveillance on Americans back in 1994 in the interest of national security. And we weren't involved in a war then.

At 5/14/2006 9:08 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Figures... these Looney Libs know how to flip-flop better than a fish outta water!

At 5/15/2006 8:07 AM , Blogger MargeinMI said...

Good pick, Hawkeye. I still don't understand what's so horrible about this. It's not invading anyone's privacy; tracking cookies on the net find out more personal things about you than phone records.

Maybe they can start a national "Do Not Look at My Phone Records" hotline for the more touchy.

"Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not out to get you." (heehee)

At 5/15/2006 2:00 PM , Blogger Kajun said...

Great Linr: "More leaky than a bus full of plumbers"!

At 5/15/2006 2:01 PM , Blogger Kajun said...


At 5/15/2006 6:37 PM , Blogger Beerme said...

I agree with kajun. This whole article was a grin!
I can tell your to'ed, but keep in mind that Leahy really doesn't think the way he talks. He's just trying to get political points by attacking something Bush did that he thinks people are scared of. That's Politics 101, unfortunately...

But keep pointing it out, it's alot of fun!

At 5/15/2006 7:14 PM , Blogger camojack said...

S.S.D.L. :-)

At 5/15/2006 7:56 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Good points all. You're right. Tracking cookies are probably worse than what the NSA is collecting.

"Do Not Look at My Phone Records" hotline... BWAHAHAHAHA!

"Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not out to get you"... You were really rollin' on this comment! What a great line!

Thanks Marge. You made my day.


At 5/15/2006 7:59 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Thanks buddy. That's a compliment coming from somebody as quick-witted as yourself! I would be thrilled to be able to come up with as many one-liners as you do.


At 5/15/2006 8:02 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Glad I could make you smile (:D)

I aims to please.

At 5/15/2006 8:03 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Does D.L. stand for "Different Leahy"?

At 5/15/2006 8:04 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Or... "Different Liberal"?

At 5/15/2006 8:24 PM , Anonymous Darthmeister said...

The guy is a moron. You would not be doing him any favors trying to hold him to a higher standard of thought. He's totally incapable of such.

What we need is a government program designed to explore the vast stretches of vacuum which exists between the ears of liberal DemDonks.

At 5/15/2006 8:27 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Now THERE'S an idea! We don't have to go into space to test things in a vacuum... we just tap that huge natural resource called liberal brains! I LOVE it!


At 5/16/2006 10:17 AM , Blogger Maggie said...

Leahy is a Loony Liberal of the Left.
{Sorry but I couldn't come up with another pithy comment, so took a chance that you would agree with me if I used your statement)

At 5/16/2006 10:19 AM , Blogger Maggie said...

Oops!!!Make that HawKeye.

At 5/18/2006 2:17 PM , Anonymous West Coast Liberal said...

I personally think that the NSA spying thing is not that big a deal but this is another example of the White House being caught lying. He explicitly told the nation that the surveilance is only limited to international calls. Well, if that is not a lie, what is??

On a different note, I find conservatives brushing aside the whole NSA spying thing as kinda ironic. Conservatives are the ones who go on and on about crap like "troops are fighting for our freedom" (this notion itself is nothing short of asinine). So American troops are fighting in Iraq for our freedom to get our calls monitored by the government???

At 5/18/2006 7:00 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

You should get your facts straight before you start typing. GWB was perfectly correct when he said that the NSA was only "wire-tapping" international calls.

This new program that was "exposed" by USA TODAY has nothing to do with "wire-tapping" at all. The NSA is not examining the content of the calls. The NSA doesn't even know the names of the people who made the calls. As far as the NSA is concerned, it's like they're looking at a bunch of phone bills without the names and addresses on the phone bills.

Furthermore, as some of the phone companies are suggesting, the program may be nowhere near as wide as the USA TODAY article suggests. So much for accurate reporting.

At 5/18/2006 11:03 PM , Anonymous West Coast Liberal said...

what kind of imbecile are you? The NSA does not need to be listening to your conversation to paint a portrait of you.

E.g. By monitoring the numbers you call, it can easily paint a picture of Hawkeye, a person who owns a amex card, calls 1800 hotlines to chat with single females and has a 401K account with Fidelity.

Let me again reiterate that I personally do not give a shit if the NSA is listening to my calls, but it is a fact that Bush deliberately tried to mislead Americans into thinking that the NSA's program only touches on international calls.

And please, cut the liberal-media- is-not-accurate crap. That is so old.

At 5/19/2006 7:57 AM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Actually, I would like to think that I'm very nice imbecile. Hmmm... can I get a copy of my portrait?

Oh, and that guy that calls the hotline numbers and has a 401K with Fidelity? ...I think that's a different guy.

Anyway, I was just trying to point out that we're talking about two separate NSA programs here. Bush did not lie about the first program, and he didn't try to mislead anybody about the second program... he was just trying to keep it TOP-SECRET since it is CLASSIFIED information. That's what the government is supposed to do with SECRETS.

Of course, the liberal media has no qualms about telling all our secrets to the enemy, do they? So therefore, Bush is a jerk because he was doing his job... while the liberal media is heroic because they were selling us out? Get a grip.

At 5/19/2006 10:44 AM , Anonymous west coast liberal said...

cut the crap about secrecy.. you're such a sucker for Bush propaganda. No surprise, most ignorant hicks are.

on a diff note, it is evident that you are no conservative. You're just a Republican hack.

True conservatives will oppose this program like they fight gun registration cards. Why? because they don't want government interfering in their lives.

Why do you think Bush is not getting the unequivocal support from Republicans on the Hill that he would like on this issue? That's cos many of libertarian type Republicans are taking a step back and thinking that it has gone a bit too far.


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