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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Ted Rall: Proof against Darwinism

Scientists (and unfortunately, everybody else) have discovered a man so primitive and backwards in his social development, character and basic human decency that Darwinists en masse have thrown up their hands and admitted their mistake. That this individual could be alive today totally discounts the idea of evolution because obviously DEVOLUTION is the operation that is observed.

That this particular noxious specimen has chosen to work as a cartoonist, of all things, is the only thing funny about him or his work. He is not funny, he is not smart, nor clever, witty, nor wise. He is simply offensive, prejudiced, stupid, inane and socially retarded.

Most cartoonists find a grain of truth and from this grain they grow a cartoon. Gary Larson, in The Far Side was amazing in his use of secret agent cows or bears or dogs or what have you, to illustrate and make fun of the human condition in an offbeat way. Scott Adam's Dilbert is so right about the corporate world that I have a colleague who swears Adams must work for his rather large company because he is always making fun of what is actually going on there. Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes starred a small boy who not only made the best snowmen (or things) in the world but could transform into Tyrannosaurus Rex, fly to outer space or be flattened by a transmorgrified Tiger.

Even Political cartoonists are able to incorporate humor. Try Cox and Forkum, or Doonesbury, or Day by Day. A point of view expressed with wit brings a smile and gets the grey matter going. A well-drawn cartoon makes the point even better and all of the above cartoons have both wit and skill going for them.

But then there is Ted Rall. For those who are not familiar with Ted Rall, he is a political cartoonist who is found on, among other sites, the MSNBC site on the internet. He is well known for portraying George W. Bush, our President, in ways that border on treason. Rall depicts the President as a feral monster wearing an overdone military commander’s outfit in the style of Ghaddafi. President Bush is depicted as more crazed than Vlad the Impaler, more evil than Hitler and more ruthless than Machievelli.

The President of the United States always has detractors and there is always a small group of political cartoonists and commentators who exceed the bounds of good taste in their lust to bring down the current authority figure. But among cartoonists who do not openly express their allegiance to the enemies of our nation, none are as mean-spirited and evil in their portrayal of America's chief executive. Neither the actions nor the appearance of the character purported to be our President in Rall’s childishly scrawled cartoons resemble the man himself. BushChimpHitler, the hero of the Democratic Underground moron's club, is Rall's favorite character.

Once I classified Rall among the vermin that scurry at the feet of men like George W. Bush, an apparently necessary evil that is a part of having a free society and freedom of speech. That was before Pat Tillman stepped of the football field and into combat operations in Afghanistan.

Ted Rall produced a cartoon in which he defamed one Pat Tillman, a star football player for the Arizona Cardinals who walked away from a multi-million dollar contract to serve his country. Tillman, who was greatly moved by the events of 9/11, decided that his country needed him and he was going to answer the call. He was killed in action in Afghanistan while on a mission to rescue other soldiers. He has since been awarded the Silver Star. In this cartoon, Rall has one of the characters stating that Tillman "falsely believed Bush's wars against Iraq and Afghanistan had something to do with 9/11. Actually, he was a cog in a low-rent occupation Army that shot more innocent civilians than terrorists to prop up puppet rulers and exploit gas and oil resources. So when Tillman got killed by the Afghan resistance, one word naturally came to mind: 'Uh -- idiot?' [says one person in the cartoon's final panel]. 'Sap?' [says another]. 'Hero!' [says an editor]." (Quote courtesy of Editor & Publisher.com)

Pat Tillman was a brave and principled man who was universally admired by those who knew him. He was man enough to not only endure the vicious hits of the NFL but be one of those better known for being hitter rather than hittee. He could have continued his career, making his multi-millions, and no one would have thought a bit less of him. But Pat Tillman was an American and he took that seriously. He took it so seriously that he could not sit one the sidelines, as it were, while others of his generation risked their lives in his stead. Tillman took great pains to avoid any acclaim or personal gain from his enlistment in the military, seeking to be just another soldier serving his country. He died in the line of duty, yet another young man who was willing to risk his life in the service of his nation.

Every soldier who tugs on that uniform is, in my view, a hero. Whether they are sitting behind a desk in a motor pool in Kansas or engaged in a heavy firefight in Iraq, they are the ones who give of themselves that the rest of us could have the benefits of living free in the United States of America. Pat Tillman was one who went out on the firing line and he was one of those who fell. They are all heroes, most especially those who pay the ultimate price for their bravery. But Ted Rall says that Pat Tillman was a “Sap.” Ted Rall says that Pat Tillman was an “idiot.”

But Rall is not a one-trick pony. He is capable of being offensive at any time. Take for instance last summer when one of his racist and idiotic "cartoons" moved Michelle Malkin to write:

"Ted "Bottom-feeder" Rall is at it again. His latest crude-toon includes a frame depicting Condoleezza Rice proclaiming herself Bush's "HOUSE NIGGA." A black man demands that Rice "HAND OVER HER HAIR STRAIGHTENER." His t-shirt reads "YOU'RE NOT WHITE, STUPID." The caption below the frame reads "SENT TO INNER-CITY RACIAL RE-EDUCATION CAMP."

I am not going to call for a boycott of Rall's work. No. I want Universal Press Syndicate and the Washington Post and all his other "mainstream" media outlets to keep publishing his pathetic scrawls and scribbles.

Ted Rall, you see, is a very useful idiot. Whereas most on the Left attempt to conceal their liberal racism in the drapery of "diversity" and "multiculturalism," Ted Rall is an ideological streaker. His impulsive naked bigotry is so butt-ugly, you can't help but gawk. It is raw and it is real and it is, quite helpfully, all hanging out there for the world to see.

Show us more of your assininity, Ted. Keep dropping your rhetorical pants. Which other minority public figures do you want to mock for having straightened hair? Colin Powell's wife? Beyonce? Coretta Scott King? Which other independent-thinking, unorthodox minorities do you want to defame for not thinking "white" enough? You wanna send Bill Cosby to "racial re-education camp," too, huh? Which other minority conservatives are you just itching to tar as "HOUSE NIGGAS" or "HOUSE CHINKS" or "HOUSE SPICS?"

(It's also valuable, by the way, to see Rall's mainstream media clients such as the Washington Post continue to stand by him...while at the same time, moan about the lack of civility in public discourse.)

Rall is not the far Left fringe. He gets away with this pen-and-ink-stained excrement because he reflects the closet thinking of mainstream media editors across the country and their mainstream liberal audiences. His work is reportedly carried in 140 newspapers. He and his ilk are everywhere. I grew up with his kind. I went to school with his kind. I work in the media with his kind. I have been getting contempt-filled, profanity-laced, "You-are-a-traitor-to-your-race/You banana/coconut/Aunt Tomasina/white wannabe" diatribes from his kind in my mailbox for the past 12 years.

I'm just glad to see Rall's kind crawling out from under their rocks and exposing themselves to sunlight. Bask in the glow, miscreants. Ain't 21st century liberal bigotry liberating? It's soooo much easier to breathe without those hoods."


I say that were we a nation of Ted Ralls, we would never have broken free from England. We would never have helped save the world from totalitarian rule; we would never have taken the fight to the terrorists after 9/11. We would be under some form of despotic rule. The Ted Ralls would mutter under their breath but, like Gollum in the Lord of the Rings, be nothing but apologetic and sycophantic if challenged.

But I further declare that we are a nation more like Pat Tillman than Ted Rall. We are the people who stormed the beaches at Normandy and a hundred Pacific Islands during World War II though facing a hailstorm of bullets bearing death. We are the people who are the land of the free because we are also the home of the brave. Bravery does not exist unless in the presence of risk. Bravery is not the lack of fear; it is the courage to carry on in the face of fear. Thank God for Pat Tillman and the millions like him who now, and in the past, have stepped to the fore in times of need.

Recently we have seen a firestorm of controversy over the Danish Mohammed Cartoons and related cartoons that mildly parodied Mohammed. Islamofascists have rioted, killed, burned all because a few cartoonists parodied Mohammed. Yet Islamic publications publish much nastier cartoons picturing America and Jews especially as bloodthirsty killers without anyone over here so much as carrying a picket sign. Yes, here in the good old USA even an incredible low-life like Ted Rall can be despicable in print and not have his life endangered.

But I have free speech, too. So let me tell you what I think of Ted Rall (and keep in mind that I am not given to cursing):

It truly is hard to imagine the world that exists within the brain of Ted Rall. It is full of hatred and misery. It is jealous of heroes, hateful towards what is good and right and rejoices in evil and the doers thereof. It is, frankly, full of crap, for excrement to Rall is like idea to ordinary man.

I cannot speculate on his heart, for I see no evidence that he has one. I don't think he has any guts, either.

Therefore, I conclude that with no guts and no heart, the middle section of Rall is obsolete and since his mind only produces crap, he has a butt at both ends and therefore could be described in many colorful ways, most of which would be very profane. Allow your mind to think up the one you most prefer....

29 comments:

Mark K. Sprengel said...

Impressive! I'm happy to have this one in my first carnival, even if it's the only one. Thank you.

cranky old fart said...

Link to the cartoon:

http://www.ucomics.com/
rallcom/2004/05/03/

By the way, a bit off the subject; is Pat in hell? I'm sure Simon would think so.

As his brother pointed out at the funeral, "[Pat]'s not with God. He's fucking dead. He's not religious. So, thanks for your thoughts, but he's fucking dead".

Back on subject. Pat Tillman did what he thought was right following 9/11. He decided to risk his life of his own free will for reasons all his own. Anyone who sacrifices his life for the protection of others is the dictionary definition of a hero.

Anyone who would send soldiers to die as something than as a last resort, for something other than self defense is, well, something else.

Scott Adelstein said...

"He is well known for portraying George W. Bush, our President, in ways that border on treason."

Radar, I've seen some pretty outrageous claims on your blog, but how on earth could a cartoon possibly constitute treason? How could it even border on it? Do you not believe in unfettered free speech?

creeper said...

Ted Rall could represent a harmful mutation, if you will, so in that way he would actually be proof of "Darwinism". On the other hand, according to Creationism, Ted Rall is entirely contained within the genetic material of Noah, and is simply "variation in kind".

Jake said...

He is well known for portraying George W. Bush, our President, in ways that border on treason. He is well known for portraying George W. Bush, our President, in ways that border on treason.

Good thing you Americans don't have laws protecting political dissent...

oh, waitaminnit...

creeper said...

Amen, cranky, and welcome back. We've missed you in the melee this past week. Come on, have a go.

cranky old fart said...

Thanks Creeper.

Frankly you and Dan S. and -F have been doing such a splendidly thorough job on the "evolution science v. kindergarten bible school" debate, I've had nothing to add.

Anonymous said...

" the "evolution science v. kindergarten bible school" debate"

cranky old fart, that's unfair!

(. . . wait for it . . . )

To kindergarten bible school, that is.

No felt cutouts, no music, no juice - jeez, what a rip-off!


radar:"I say that were we a nation of Ted Ralls, we would never have broken free from England."
Actually, if it wasn't for a few good Ralls, it's possible we would never have broken free of England. Watcha think of Tommy Paine?

Hmm. Don't think I'm going to lend you any of my Dykes to Watch Out books . . . but Calvin & Hobbes is wonderful.

Poor Michelle "We were right to throw the Japanese in internment camps" Malkin! Although to be fair, she gets some really despicable hate mail, which just goes to show you that ignorant racist stupidity is a bipartisan value - the difference being, of course, that it's not an important part of our base . . .

-Dan S.

creeper said...

Cranky, don't be a stranger: a witty rejoinder here and there would surely put a smile on our faces.

radar said...

"Ted Rall could represent a harmful mutation, if you will, so in that way he would actually be proof of "Darwinism". On the other hand, according to Creationism, Ted Rall is entirely contained within the genetic material of Noah, and is simply "variation in kind"."

Creeper, that was hilarious, thanks!!

Jake - We do have laws protecting free speech, which is why Ted Rall is free to be what he is, and I am free to point it out.

Overtime work all week, not much time to look in, but gee, I sure am glad that evolutionists don't resort to ridicule of creationists rather than making a point....oh.....they STILL DO?

Hahahaha! It is to laugh. Back to work

Jake said...

I know that, radar. My point was that there is no way that a political cartoon can "border on treason".

You might want to invest in a dictionary.

creeper said...

[Jake, I second the 'treason' complaint - we ain't no Muslim world yet.]

Radar,

"Overtime work all week, not much time to look in, but gee, I sure am glad that evolutionists don't resort to ridicule of creationists rather than making a point....oh.....they STILL DO?"

"Rather than making a point?"

Umm... Radar, we've raised a pretty substantial number of points, rebuttals, and questions. A few rather insurmountable ones for "creation science", even. Yes there have been jokes, but for you to pretend those points weren't made, and questions not asked, is a bit much, don't you think?

You're living off a bit of the benefit-of-the-doubt effect due to your persistent claims of time pressure, but the more you repost claims that we've rebutted without addressing our rebuttals, the more this excuse wears thin. Ignoring our questions and rebuttals doesn't make them go away.

As for ridiculing Creationists - I mostly feel sorry for the individuals, who have to make all this stuff up as they go along. It really shouldn't come down to you folks - there should be creation scientists out there, taking these claims seriously and pretending that it matters a dang. But that ain't there, and so I wish you guys patience and courage.

Okay, so maybe that's not entirely true. Somebody who poses that there should be no monkeys, or that the 2nd law of thermodynamics states something that makes life on earth impossible... we can make fun of stuff like that a little, can't we? Once in a while?

Hawkeye® said...

Now don't hold back Radar... tell us what you REALLY think! Good piece. Somewhat emotional perhaps... but that's OK. It's your blog after all. Go for it!

Personally, I wish guys like Rall would crawl back under a rock somewhere. Not because they should be silenced, but because they are so darn irritatingly ignorant. I enjoy reasoned debate and repartee, but grossly exaggerated caricatures induced by hate-speech drawn from the talking points of demagogic partisan political hacks is not in the least intellectually stimulating.

Regards...

Jake said...

No creeper, just a christian one. Which is just as bad in its fundamentalist form, and no better in its less fanatical forms.

The problem isn't with Islam, it's with theocracy and dictatorship.

Anonymous said...

This is a very serious point, actually. Over the last few years there have been many claims that folks who questioned/opposed the Iraq War/any other of Bush's decisions/Bush himself either were traitors and fifth columnists or at least "bordering on treason." This sort of thing has happened in most recent wars - it's a reliable symptom of war fever and runaway jingoism. (Read war correspondent Chris Hedge's book War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning.) NPR even had a story on the other day about people who were convicted and imprisoned during WWI for so-called 'treason' (can't find a link, sorry).

But it's very dangerous. We have a chilling cautionary tale in post-WWI Germany and the "stab-in-the-back" legend. Already - with an "overwhelming majority of Americans — including 70 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of Democrats — saying it's likely that a civil war will break out in Iraq, " with Bush's approval ratings approaching Nixonian lows, and etc., a specific set of voices are repeating ever louder that if we lose Iraq, it will be the (liberal) media's fault . . .

Besides this specific issue, when disagreement and dissent become marginalized, you end up with bubble conditions, groupthink, and the tragic, stupid errors in judgement that always, always follow, sure as night follows day. It's one of the reasons so many people spoke out against the war way before it even started - it was like watching Charlie Brown gear up to kick that football one more time . . (except the worst that ever happens to ol' Chuck is that he ends up on the ground feeling dumb.* You don't know how I wish that could be the case here).

-Dan S.

creeper said...

"The problem isn't with Islam, it's with theocracy and dictatorship."

Agreed, Jake, though I think we're still a few years off from Christian fundamentalists dying in significant numbers due to riots caused by a cartoon.

And when I say "a few years", I mean that literally.

highboy said...

"By the way, a bit off the subject; is Pat in hell? I'm sure Simon would think so."

If Simon or whoever is implying that suicide means Hell he is mistaken. That doesn't lead straight to Hell. That is a myth.

"Anyone who sacrifices his life for the protection of others is the dictionary definition of a hero."

Yes. Could not agree more.

"Anyone who would send soldiers to die as something than as a last resort, for something other than self defense is, well, something else"

Yes. Could not agree more. Thankfully, Bush did defend the U.S. and the world against the chemical munitions, enriched uranium, and so on. But I'm sure Saddam would NEVER use these things to harm the U.S. There is also the former UN weapons inspector who had a very telling take on the WMD subject.

As far as treason goes, Ted has every right to say the idiotic and uninformed things that he said, much like all the communists and socialists in Hollywood and college campuses. However, we do have limits in America on freedom of speech. Air America's radio host Randi Rhodes openly calling for the assasination of President Bush for example, is blatantly against the law. Also, when it comes to terrorists, who feed off of public opinion, it can be said that many remarks from the idiotic left could be considered traitorous, as these remarks give aid, if not comfort, to the enemy that we as a nation have declared war on. But I don't mind stupid remarks like that. Its what keeps the Republican conservatives winning despite Bush's falling numbers. Keep shooting yourself in the foot guys.

"Watcha think of Tommy Paine?"

The same guy that said "The evil that has resulted from the error of the schools in teaching natural philosophy as an accomplishment only, has been that of generating in the pupils a species of atheism. Instead of looking through the works of the creation to the Creator himself, they stop short, and employ the knowledge they acquire to create doubts of his existence. They labor with studied ingenuity to ascribe everything they behold to innate properties of matter; and jump over all the rest, by saying that matter is eternal." Amen. Though me and Tommy differ greatly on Jesus.

"that it's not an important part of our base . . . "

No, murdering those whose lives YOU feel aren't worth living, and those you feel have no right to is a part of your base, along with forced charity, such as welfare, social security, and so forth. Makes me wonder who is the religious fanatic. Jesus would never sponsor a government mandating that everyone act like a Christian in that regard. Also, while I'm ranting, please explain to me the logic behind the insult that we are too stupid or irresponsible to save our own money, or figure out investments, bonds, and so on, yet we as humans are so infinitely wise at the same time that we can make life and death decisions concerning the mentally retarded and the unborn?

"It really shouldn't come down to you folks - there should be creation scientists out there, taking these claims seriously and pretending that it matters a dang."

I agree on that point.

"The problem isn't with Islam, it's with theocracy and dictatorship."

Do you know of any? As long as public schools, government, and any other establishment paid for by the U.S. taxpayer are not FORCING anyone to practice Christianity, (like my tax money going to the welfare system and someone else's grandma) it is not a theocracy, at least not in the way you imply. Argue that a lot of the founding fathers were deists all you want, it is irrelevant to the left's argument. Thomas Jefferson, while rejecting Christ's deity, (for the first part of his life) had no qualms about using goverment tax money to convert Indians to Christianity. The Framers also seen fit to make every President in history swear an oath on the Holy Bible, allowed the Ten Commandments to be placed in court rooms, and Ben Franklin had a major part in getting the prayer before every session of Congress established. This country is based on Biblical principles, always has been. To say it should be otherwise is to wish for a country that is not America. Having spent so much time in socialist Canada, I can honestly say I'll take our Constitution over anyone else's any day. Christians or "fundamentalists" are so dangerous to the left though so far we don't see Christians flying airplanes through buildings, or bombing school houses.

Jake said...

highboy, the whole concept of Hell is myth.

cranky old fart said...

Highboy,

Where did I say suicide? Tillman's lack of faith was the damning issue to which I referred.

Unless, of course, you consider Tillman's actions as suicidal. Do you?

highboy said...

"Unless, of course, you consider Tillman's actions as suicidal. Do you"

That is what I was asking you. You mentioned Simon, I was wondering if HE thought of it as suicide. I do not, no.

"highboy, the whole concept of Hell is myth."

Sure it is jake. I shouldn't tell my kids about Heaven or Hell, or that they were born thanks to a loving God. It would be better to tell them how lucky they are not to have been aborted by their now atheist mom and dad huh? If the wife gets too tired of late night feedings she can just claim I raped her and crush his skull, so he better be grateful.

Jake said...

Hey, I never said you shouldn't believe in it, or teach your kids whatever you want. I just said it was a myth. The two aren't mutually exclusive.

cranky old fart said...

Highboy,

By the way, what did happen to Tillman's immortal soul? We know what Simon would say, but what say you?

Mark K. Sprengel said...

cranky old f

Not being "religious" does not mean that someone has actually rejected Christ. No one can really be certain what Pat Tillman believed in the very depth of his being. We have a difficult time enough knowing ourselves. Leave it to God and make certain where you stand before God.

highboy said...

If Simon believed in the redemptive power of Jesus, accepting him as his savior, he's in Heaven. I have no way of knowing how he felt about Jesus, unless someone has a quote. I for one, do not know what Simon would say. Does he equate it with suicide? Who is Simon? We should let him speak for himself. Even if someone does commit suicide, that doesn't mean they are automatically Hell bound, and anyone that says otherwise can point to the chapter and verse in God's Word that states this.

Anonymous said...

"Also, when it comes to terrorists, who feed off of public opinion, it can be said that many remarks from the idiotic left could be considered traitorous, as these remarks give aid, if not comfort, to the enemy that we as a nation have declared war on."

Without actual examples it's hard to say anything (and many of these examples turn out to be a) innocuous or b) babbled by fringe figures that most folks on the left have never heard of, and do not support. The problem here is that it's my duty both as a patriotic citizen and as a (hopefully) decent human being to offer constructive criticism, as far as I see it. If I start selling secrets and weapons to anti-American terrorists or Iraqi insurgents, than go ahead, call me a traitor (obviously I'm not planning to!) If I voice my genuine belief that Bush has bungled everything he touched, has trapped the country in an questionable war under false pretenses resulting in the deaths of over 2,300 American soldiers, and should be impeached - well, you can decide that I am confused, or deranged, or jus' plain evil - but not traitorous. Just imagine if things had gone a bit different, and President Gore or Kerry was doing the worst you thought he might do. Would you not speak out?

" Also, while I'm ranting, please explain to me the logic behind the insult"
Later. Too tired right now.

"This country is based on Biblical principles, always has been. To say it should be otherwise is to wish for a country that is not America."
No, it's being historically accurate. Certainly, our culture and history have been enormously, unquestionably influenced by Christianity and the Bible, and Christianity in one form or other is far and away the majority religion (although there is significant minority of other faiths (or none). In terms of government, there is virtually no trace of"biblical principles".

"though so far we don't see Christians flying airplanes through buildings, or bombing school houses."
We have seen, however, 'Christians' bombing abortion clinics and killing abortion doctors. They have yet to crash an airplane into one, thankfully.

I shouldn't tell my kids about Heaven or Hell, or that they were born thanks to a loving God. It would be better to tell them how lucky they are not to have been aborted by their now atheist mom and dad huh? If the wife gets too tired of late night feedings she can just claim I raped her and crush his skull, so he better be grateful."

Um, why?

Thanks, highboy. Now I'm going to go off to bed with that image stuck in my head.

I assume you're exaggerating for effect. I mean, is this what you think atheists are like? - not planning to commit infanticide because of late night feedings, but just so devoid of normal feelings, kindness, goodness and basic human decency?

-Dan S.

Jake said...

Yeah, Dan. We're the embodiment of evil. Psychopaths, every one.

Anonymous said...

"Yeah, Dan. We're the embodiment of evil. Psychopaths, every one."

Dude, why didn't anyone tell me? This is great! I'm gonna go crush me some baby skull, and then maybe commit alittle rape and murder (not to mention playing music really loud late at night). Rock on!

-Dan S.

cranky old fart said...

Highboy,

For reference, Simon is a blogger who has posted here in the past, who has stated the following regarding the fate of dead 3-year-olds:

"Babies and children up to the age of moral majority (no specific age given in the scriptures) are judged according to their parents"

http://simonpeter.org/blog/
2006/02/10/
sermon-how-big-a-hint-do-you-need/
#comments

In other words, kids of athiests go to hell. Gotta love a fundie who says what he means....

highboy said...

Cranky: Simon is wrong. You know that of course, but I thought you'd like to hear a Christian say how utterly ridiculous that notion is.


Jake says:Yeah, Dan. We're the embodiment of evil. Psychopaths, every one.

If the shoe fits feel free to wear it. But anyone that claims that they are decent human beings can now tell me what they are basing this information on, what final authority there is on the matter. If you say that most people behave that way than morality is subject to majority and relativism, making your "decency", a matter of an opinion, ultimatley unproven.

"We have seen, however, 'Christians' bombing abortion clinics and killing abortion doctors. They have yet to crash an airplane into one, thankfully"

Yeah, there is one Christian murdering fanatic for every like 200,000 muslims bombing infidels everyday.

" In terms of government, there is virtually no trace of"biblical principles".

Except the Bible every President swears himself in on, besides the prayer held before every session of Congress, besides the money Jefferson threw at the Indians to convert them to Christianity, besides the fact that almost all of them signed their letters "Our Lord Christ", as opposed to "Our Lord, the Non-Specific Deity." Other than all that, sure you're right.

"If I voice my genuine belief that Bush has bungled everything he touched, has trapped the country in an questionable war under false pretenses resulting in the deaths of over 2,300 American soldiers, and should be impeached - well, you can decide that I am confused, or deranged, or jus' plain evil - but not traitorous."

I totally agree. I'm not talking about your average liberal lobbyist or politician that speaks out against the President or his policies, or even the Michael Moore's of this world, but rather the Jane Fonda's. To the rest I would say are simply confused, deranged, and for some plain evil, as you listed above.