BY SAM FIELDS
Under fire for the political, legal and moral failings of the institution he is presides over, some leaders develops a strategy that “the best defense is a good offense.
Accuse the accusers. Attack the media for manufacturing stories.
Get yourself an aggressive spokesman who will try to paint you as the victim.
So who am I talking about?
Pope Bennydick, with spokesman Rev. Frederico Lombardi is a pretty good guess.
An equally good guess would be Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his spokesman Nir Hafetz.
Republican Congressional candidate Allen West and his Internet defenders would be a third guess.
The strategy is always the same. Call your accusers bad guys so you won’t have to deal with the real issues.
It does not matter whether its sex abuse, illegal land grabs or exposing a candidate’s hypocrisy and bigotry.
SAD BUT TRUE
“Without us there is no Haiti–Jean Claude Bazil, Voodoo priest quoted in the Sun-Sentinel at a ceremony honoring earthquake victims.
Let me add that with them, Haiti is something less than nothing.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
The controversy over the alleged Israeli-ordered assassination of Hamas bigwig Mahmoud Mabhouh has centered on Mossad’s use of fake British passports.
The British Foreign Office is shocked, shocked and more shocked.
Are we to assume that reluctance to use fake passports would have kept the Brits from whacking Hitler?
The only real issue is that the Israelis were sloppy enough to get caught.
Mabhouh was a terrorist who was rightly nailed.
ONE MAN’S SHEEP IS ANOTHER MAN’S PROM DATE
Columnist and religious nut Cal Thomas has attacked even religiously nuttier Fred Phelps.
Phelp’s is the crazy who has made a career of loudly demonstrating at American military funerals.
Phelp’s theme is that God ordained the death because of America’s tolerance of homosexuality.
[Note to Gay community: In Phelp's vision of America, you won!]
Thomas believes that this kind of demonstration is not protected by the First Amendment since the actions are really intended to disrupt the lawful funeral.
Too bad Thomas does not apply that same standard to anti-abortion loonies whose demonstrations are clearly intended to stop a lawful medical procedure.
WHAT WOULD JE$US DO
One of the most famous images of Rio De Janeiro is the 125-foot statue of Jesus with outstretched arms.
Time and weather has damaged the statute. The Rio archdiocese is now raising $4 million to fix up the giant Jesus that sits directly above massive city slums.
THE REAL PLAN TO END THE DRUG WAR
Secretary of State Hilliary Clinton is promising Mexico billions more to fight the drug war that already left over 18,000 dead.
In November, Californians will vote on legalizing growing, smoking and taxing pot.
If voters pass the referendum, it will have more effect on reducing drug-related crime than the billions of tax dollars already pissed away in the failed Drug War.
ONWARD CHRISTIAN/MUSLIM/JEWISH/HINDU SOLDIERS
The FBI has arrested nine self-described “Christian warriors” in Michigan. Their plan was to bring about Armageddon by killing cops and then use bombs to kill a lot more at the funeral.
Isn’t it wonderful when you can justify your actions based on religious faith?
After all, who can prove you are wrong when you insist that invisible things in the sky are sending you special messages.
WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE MISSISSIPPI
When a Federal Judge in Mississippi told the Itawamba County School Board they could not exclude a lesbian couple from the prom, Board members cancelled the event.
Is it any wonder that some states have considered revising their license plates to say: “At Least We’re Not Mississippi?