Dear America,so we left off trying to decipher which side was picked...
Given last night's pre-season Monday Night Football game on ESPN -- it didn't really matter the side, win or lose. It was pre-season no less and no more. Half the time the star players aren't even on the field; where's the fun in that?
Having said that, however, ESPN did pick a side; it was during half-time; did you catch it? Oh, it happened so nonchalantly, so innocently, hiding in the shadows of a birthday celebration for Jon Gruden (turning 50!) -- if you popped into the kitchen for another brewski, you may have missed it altogether. Gruden's sidekick, Mike Tirico, handed him a mock, large scale, AARP card on national TV. Just like that!
Mike, mike, mike, mike, mike didn't even offer Gruden a fair and balanced alternative to the uber-liberal, obamacare tooting, hidden agenda oozing, piece of bureaucratic AA-BS worthy of retirement itself. Did AARP pay for that plug, or what? Inquiring minds wanna know.
Let old Gthing -- in the fifty-something, something category, herself -- give you another way to go: AMAC. It's the Association of Mature American Citizens (over 50) and offers a patriotic, conservative alternative route to take...think of it more like running a reverse, if you must; or perhaps, a quarterback sneak, right up the middle; maybe even a sweep worthy of a tweet for moving your feet to defeat the other side. Whatever play gets you through the day.
But needless to say -- I stopped watching the game right then and there. It was only pre-season; who really cares, right?
Like yesterday (give or take), we are continuing on a theme -- it's all about the picking of sides today...
And let's get another thing absolutely clear!
It was just a kiss -- not a kiss kiss, okay?
Speaking of the Russian lipstick lesbian kiss seen 'round the world -- smoooooch. Care of French24 news online, as featured on Drudge over the last couple of days, the two who lip locked were just happy! IT WAS NOT TAKING A SIDE, okay! HOW DARE YOU SAY THAT!...we are both happily married...not having any relationship...it's insulting, what you -- in the media -- are saying...
Now it may be true, girls; you know -- that whole happily married thing, and all. But let's face it -- you two were making a statement in support of a side. Given the impossibility, in your country, to speak freely about gay relations clear of penalty or punishment -- a relay sneaky peak of resistance, behind enemy lines, raised the rainbow flag without coming out and saying a word. It's done and done. Boom. Of course you aren't making a statement; the statement not making a statement refutes any semblance of a statement. At the end of the day, it was truly a marvel of defiance and beauty and wits.
And now to Obama --
Are you -- are you halting aid, or what?
And more important -- is this picking a side, or not?
If you are -- you know, NOT aiding and abetting the Egyptian Military who overthrew President Morsi, representative of the Muslim Brotherhood, in a coup -- then does that mean you are essentially supporting the Brotherhood?
So says someone, somewhere within the administration, according to The Daily Beast, but care of Fox News (did you catch that; that was like a double reverse on the fly):
The decision was we're going to avoid saying it was a coup, but to stay on the safe side of the law, we are going to act as if the designation has been made for now. By not announcing the decision, it gives the administration the flexibility to reverse it.
Oh I get it now.
Remember now, like our Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, once said -- back in 2011:
"The term 'Muslim Brotherhood'...is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam," Clapper said. "They have pursued social ends, a betterment of the political order in Egypt, et cetera.....In other countries, there are also chapters or franchises of the Muslim Brotherhood, but there is no overarching agenda, particularly in pursuit of violence, at least internationally."
And thank you, Politico, for the help down memory lane -- because not every thing can be five cents or come from Fox News, right? (For the complete Politico post, go here).
But back to Clapper. The Brotherhood is simply about the pursuit of happiness for social ends, for the betterment of the whole, while it's a rather "heterogeneous group, largely secular," too; "there are also chapters or franchises of the Muslim Brotherhood" all over the place; and there is no "overarching agenda" and no more a concern than the golden arches of MickeyD's. And to that end -- the Brotherhood has "eschewed violence" in every way. Yay team!
If we are no longer sending aid to the Egyptian military, we are choosing to support the other side -- which, lo and behold, is the Muslim Brotherhood. Oh what to do, what to do. The art of war, and the art of picking a side without saying a word.
Welcome to that sweet spot between a rock and a hard place.
Not to worry; the thing is -- me thinks the side will be picking for us (again).
Oh, the Obama Doctrine; it just loves leading from behind, doesn't it now? [And like the Egyptian PM, Hazem el-Beblawi, said to ABC , responding to the rumors of aid-gate -- "ah, it would be a bad sign...ah you know, humans, ah, you can survive...ah...don't forget, we had Russian military support for decades...ah...] Indeed.
Oh to be back at the place when we really have a choice.
It's gonna sound tres cliché, much like everything I say -- but our defense could sure use a rest; just where, oh where, is the offense when we need it?
Make it a Good Day, G