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  •  The best thing Douchebag Durbin can do right (1+ / 0-)
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    Dumbo

    now is to have no involvement whatsoever with anything related to FISA. Not a trustworthy politician by any stretch of imagination.

    “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.” Terry Pratchett

    by 420 forever on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 03:10:20 PM PDT

    •  When the authorization to invade Iraq came up (0+ / 0-)

      there were only two Senate Democrats up for election that year with enough courage to vote against the war. Paul Wellstone and Dick Durbin. So show a little fucking respect. He'll always deserve it for that if nothing else.

      •  He's a mixed bag. (1+ / 0-)
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        On the one hand, he says things like this, that we cheered him for:

        The Senate’s No. 2 Democrat has compared the U.S. military’s treatment of a suspected al Qaeda terrorist at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay with the regimes of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Pol Pot, three of history’s most heinous dictators, whose regimes killed millions.
        [...]
        After reading the e-mail, Mr. Durbin said, “If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.”
        [...]
        This administration [Bush] should apologize to the American people for abandoning the Geneva Conventions and authorizing torture techniques that put our troops at risk and make Americans less secure.”
        We're all making diaries about what a HE-MAN we finally had in Congress.  And then...
        Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) yesterday offered a tearful apology on the Senate floor for comparing the alleged abuse of prisoners by American troops to techniques used by the Nazis, the Soviets and the Khmer Rouge, as he sought to quell a frenzy of Republican-led criticism.

        Durbin, the Democratic whip, acknowledged that "more than most people, a senator lives by his words" but that "occasionally words will fail us and occasionally we will fail words." Choking up, he said: "Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line. To them, I extend my heartfelt apologies."

        He singled out the victims of the Holocaust, which Durbin called "the greatest moral tragedy of our time," as well as U.S. troops.

        The week-long Republican campaign against Durbin shifted attention from the subject of the senator's initial statement: allegations that terrorism suspects are being mistreated at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

        Well, isn't that better than nothing? you might ask.  I certainly did.  But we saw this so many times.  He cried sobbed his heart out on the Senate floor while making this apology.  And the subject was changed.

        The sad thing is, that was the best of the lot that we could hope for, they were so fucking spineless.  Watching Dick Durbin weep, though, God that made me so, so, so sick.  

        So, when I hear Durbin's name, I don't expect much.  Tomorrow he'll just apologize for it if somebody throws a big enough tizzy.

        •  Cry baby. (0+ / 0-)

          You're still holding a grudge over that? Just last week Durbin was in the news for holding another hearing on Gitmo. He never backed off the issue. Isn't that what matters? But you care more about that nonsense media distraction from years ago? I don't agree with your priorities.

      •  Anyone so zealous about cutting Social SECURITY (1+ / 0-)
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        420 forever

        I can't trust on any SECURITY issue.

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