Posted: 12/31/2003 4:37:06 PM EDT
Great article at WND:
Whiners of the year
Posted: December 31, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc.
They made us groan. They made us grumble. They made us a global laughingstock. The whiners of 2003 embarrassed themselves – and the nation – with their unrivaled sense of entitlement, arrogance and shamelessness. Let's send them off with a 21-hankie salute and a collective kick in the pants:
Human shields. Among the hundreds of Saddam Hussein's stooges around the world who volunteered to protect "strategic sites" in Iraq were 20 American anti-war activists. They knowingly violated U.S. sanctions against travel and commerce with Hussein's regime. They let themselves be used by a merciless dictator.
Upon arrival, they complained about being placed too close to smoky oil refineries and being roughhoused by scary Iraqi National Guardsmen (with – gasp – guns!). Upon return to the United States, they whimpered when the Treasury Department fined them up to $10,000 for breaking the rules.
"But what about our free speech?" they blubbered. What about it? It's one thing to trot around naked in Berkeley with "I Hate America" tattooed on your chest. It is quite another to travel to Baghdad to impede a potential American military operation and endanger our soldiers' lives. One American human shield, Faith Fippinger, bawled to the BBC that she might lose her house if forced to pay the fine. Poor baby. "Civil disobedience" has consequences. What would Henry David Thoreau think of your caviling? Pipe down and pay up.
Illegal-alien litigants. How do you say "chutzpah" in Spanish? After being caught working illegally at Wal-Mart, a group of nine illegal aliens is suing the company for alleged discrimination in failing to pay overtime and withhold taxes.
Meanwhile, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund has filed suit against seven public colleges in Virginia. MALDEF is challenging an advisory opinion issued by Virginia's attorney general, Jerry W. Kilgore, who urged college officials to deny admission to illegal-alien students. MALDEF's creative legal team claims that Virginia is violating the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution and "impermissibly occupying a field that Congress has the exclusive authority to occupy."
Finally, the open-borders lobby has discovered an American law it wants to see enforced.
Michael Jackson. The baby-dangling, slumber-partying, lipstick-wearing entertainer ran into trouble with the law again this year. Facing seven charges of child molestation and two charges of "administering an intoxicating liquor to a child for the purpose of committing a felony," the pallid pop star and his defenders have resorted to playing the race card of all things. Brother Jermaine likened the prosecution to a "modern-day lynching." Jesse Jackson complained about racial double standards in the justice system.
Crying racial wolf might have worked for Michael Jackson in 1979, perhaps the last year anyone actually thought of him as a black celebrity. But now? This bogus ploy is as transparent as, um, Michael's fading face.
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. He votes for the Iraq war resolution. He carps about President Bush proceeding to use it. He espouses a "bold, new vision" of leadership. He says "f--k" on the record. He agrees to appear on Jay Leno's show. He complains about having to follow Triumph the Insult Comic Dog puppet. You're a war hero, Senator. Wipe your nose and act like one.
Rep. Bill Janklow. The Republican congressman from South Dakota is still refusing to accept the consequences of his actions like a man. On Aug. 16, in his hometown of Flandreau, Janklow plowed his speeding Cadillac through a traffic sign and into Randy Scott's Harley-Davidson. Scott died instantly. A notorious scofflaw who brazenly joked about his longtime penchant for serial speeding, Janklow refused to admit guilt in the incident.
Instead, his lawyers mounted a "Diabetes made him do it" defense. The congressman hadn't eaten for 20 hours before the accident and his blood sugar was low, they beseeched. A hometown jury rejected Janklow's weasel defense and swiftly convicted him on charges of second-degree manslaughter. A shocked Janklow is now appealing the unanimous verdict, claiming that prosecutors failed to present enough evidence to prove him guilty.
Some people just don't know when to stop.
They forgot the legion of singers, actors and Bush hating Demos.
i thought this was gonna be about whiners here on ARFCOM....damn..what a disappointment.
How come DU didn't make the list?
What about Michael Moore?
From some bitter losers trying to find a silver lining
[b]What to Say About 2003
What can be said about a year in which George Bush abandoned more than 200 years of American diplomatic and military precedent to launch what he acknowledged to be a pre-emptive war against a country that posed no realistic threat to the United States or to American interests?
What can be said about a year when the Bush administration poisoned relations between the United States and nations with which we have been our friends and allies since Revolutionary War times?
What can be said about a year when, as the nation's manufacturing industries stumbled under the weight of a record trade deficit, the Bush administration began negotiating a Free Trade Area of the Americas agreement that promised to shutter even more U.S. factories and drive even more family farmers off the land?
What can be said about a year when even conservative jurists said the executive and legislative branches had gone too far in undermining civil liberties, environmental protections and corporate regulations?
What can be said about a year when, even as Americans complained in louder voices than ever before about the lack of diversity in the media, the Federal Communications Commission voted to lift controls on media consolidation and monopoly?
What can be said about a year when, after a decade of neglect by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of lessons from abroad and obvious warning signals, mad cow disease was found in an animal on a Washington state dairy farm?
What can be said about a year when mad president disease continued to infect the White House, as George Bush served another year in position for which he was not chosen by the majority of American voters?
What can be said about a year when Dick Cheney continued to take care of business for Halliburton?
What can be said about a year when Don Rumsfeld approved defense-contractor war profiteering at levels so extreme that even some of his Republican allies grimaced?
What can be said about a year when the most lamentable lawyer ever to enter the Department of Justice, John Ashcroft, continued to serve as the attorney general?
What can be said about 2003?
Perhaps the best that can be said of the year that will pass into history at midnight is this: There are only a few hours left.
But we would like to say something else.
For all of the frustrations of 2003, it was, as well, a year of exhilaration, a year when the people began to stir.
2003 saw the rise of a vigorous anti-war movement that spread far beyond the usual bases of activism to involve millions of Americans - in places like Baraboo, Mount Horeb and Viroqua - in defense of American values. Bush may have gotten his war, but he also inspired an unprecedented level of citizen involvement in foreign policy issues. And that activism is not going away.
2003 saw family farmers, union members and environmentalists from Wisconsin join their peers from around the world in Cancun, Mexico, for protests that played a significant role in upsetting plans by the World Trade Organization to dismantle protections for farmers, workers and communities.
2003 saw close to 3 million Americans contact the FCC and Congress to object to the FCC's attempt to lift media ownership caps. As the year came to a close, close to 2,000 activists from across the United States and around the world converged in Madison to hear Bill Moyers' rousing call for a national movement to reform the media so that it nurtures democracy, not just the corporate bottom lines of media conglomerates.
2003 was a year when millions of Americans found their activist voices. And if those voices were not heard fully in the year that is passing, we hope and believe that they will be heard in the year to come.