Rangel whines as he tastes his own medicine

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In a stunning display of outright hypocrisy, Representative Charlie Rangel whined today about Vice President Dick Cheney’s response to some of Rangel’s insults about Cheney’s age, health and mental ability.   First, Cheney’s comments:

Vice President Dick Cheney contended Monday that Rep. Charles Rangel, the dean of New York’s congressional delegation, is "losing it" _ striking back after months of verbal attacks from the Harlem lawmaker.

Rangel had criticized Cheney in recent interviews, saying the vice president, who has a history of heart trouble, might be too sick to perform his job.

"I would like to believe he’s sick rather than just mean and evil," Rangel said last Friday on NY1, the New York City-based all-news channel.

In an interview with nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh, the 64-year-old Cheney suggested it was the 75-year-old Rangel who may not be up to the demands of his job.

"I’m frankly surprised at his comments. It almost struck me _ they were so out of line, it almost struck me that there was some _ Charlie was having some problem," said Cheney.

"Charlie is losing it, I guess."

Cheney added to his criticism later in the day in an interview with conservative radio talk show host Sean Hannity.

"I don’t know what I did to offend him, but he’s gotten pretty nasty lately…. I think Charlie is a lot older than I am, and it shows," said the vice president.

Rangel’s response (emphasis added):

NEW YORK — Vice President Dick Cheney’s feud with Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel was perpetuated Wednesday when the 75-year-old congressman said Cheney "ought to be ashamed of himself" for a remark about his age.

Months of verbal attacks from Rangel turned into a back and forth on Monday when the 64-year-old vice president said Rangel is "losing it," later adding that "Charlie is a lot older than I am, and it shows."

After an appearance at City Hall on Wednesday, Rangel was asked when the dispute would die.

"I think it ends when he apologizes for attacking me as a senior citizen. It’s true that I’m much older than he is, but that has nothing to do with mental alertness," Rangel said.

Rangel has suggested in recent interviews that Cheney, who suffers from heart trouble, might not be healthy enough to do his job.

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"The fact that he would make a crack at my age, he ought to be ashamed of himself," Rangel said. "He should look so good at 75."

What both of the above articles left out (deliberately would be my guess), however, was what Cheney responded to, which proves Rangel’s hypocrisy on both the age and mental ability argument (emphasis added):

NEW YORK (AP) _ For the second time in recent months, the dean of New York’s congressional delegation has questioned whether Vice President Dick Cheney is fit for the duties of his office.

In an interview in August on NY1, the New York City-based all-news channel, Rep. Charles Rangel suggested that Cheney might be too sick to perform his job.

On Friday evening, Rangel was asked in a follow-up talk on the station if he thought Cheney should step down.

"He should never have stepped up in the first place," Rangel said. "He’s too old for the job and doesn’t have the experience."

Later in Friday’s interview, Rangel finished off a list of problems he had with Bush administration policies by adding: "I would like to believe he’s sick rather than just mean and evil."

The issue first came up when Rangel was interviewed on Aug. 27 and asked if he thought that President Bush was taking too much vacation time.

"Oh no, it makes the country a lot more safe," Rangel said. "The further Bush is away from Washington, the better it is. And sometimes I don’t even think Cheney is awake enough to know what’s going on."

Hypocrisy, thy name is Charlie Rangel.

It’s truly a shame this guy keeps getting re-elected.  Methinks the VP was right in his assertion that Rangel has lost it.

(Cross-posted at California Conservative)

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You have a “fundamental right” to wireless service

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So sayeth SF Mayor Gavin "I’ll allow whatever marriages I want, when I want" Newsom:

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who became internationally known for his campaign a year ago to legalize gay marriage, said on Monday he considered wireless Internet access a fundamental right of all citizens.

Newsom told a news conference that he was bracing for a battle with telephone and cable interests, along with state and U.S. regulators, whom he said were looking to derail a campaign by cities to offer free or low-cost municipal Wi-Fi services.

Wi-Fi is a short-range wireless technology that is now built into most laptop computers and is increasingly offered on handheld computers and certain mobile phones. Local officials are mulling plans to blanket every nook and cranny of this hilly city of 750,000 residents with Wi-Fi access.

"This is inevitable — Wi-Fi. It is long overdue," Newsom told a news conference at San Francisco’s City Hall. "It is to me a fundamental right to have access universally to information," he said.

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Wireless access can be seen a basic right that should be available not just to business professionals but also lower-income citizens. "This is a civil rights issue as much as anything else," Newsom said.

This guy just loves to make up ‘rights’ doesn’t he?  Kinda reminds me of Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and his assertions about the Constitution’s "privacy clause".

Quote of the week

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Good one:

"Republican majority leader Tom DeLay was indicted and he was stripped of his congressional leadership powers. When asked what it feels like to lose all his power, DeLay said, ‘I feel like a Democrat.’" –Conan O’Brien

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Someone’s gotten a bit too chummy with the ‘insurgency’

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I think you’ll agree once you see these photos, taken by AP and Reuters photographer Bilal Hussein.

Warning – the photos are stomach turning, so if you’ve just had a late breakfast, you might want to wait a while before viewing.

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Michael Yon’s latest

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Read it here.   Have some tissues close by, too. 

Big-time salutes go out to the American "Deuce Four" soldiers for helping a very sick young Iraqi girl named Rhma on her way to get the critical medical care she needed and hats off to everyone involved who assisted in caring for Rhma who, at the time of Yon’s writing, was on her way to Albuquerque, New Mexico where there are doctors waiting to treat her heart condition – free of charge.

God bless our big-hearted men and women serving in the armed forces.  There are no finer.