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(Washington Post)   Colin Powell goes off on head-shaking staffer   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 450
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2004-02-12 09:08:36 AM
I guess Michaael J. Fox and Mohammed Ali won't be invited back to sit in on congressional hearings in the future.
 
2004-02-12 09:21:57 AM
Alright..

Powell had no right to reprimand the dude who was shaking his head. I often shake my head in disgust from the bullshiat our government spews out. He was disgusted. He feels the current administration is just lying. No need to get all angry, stop farking lying then.

However, at the end of the article, the congressman was wrong for mentioning whether or not Bush was AWOL or not.
 
2004-02-12 09:31:29 AM
The congressman and staffer in question are total imbeciles for even bringing this up during an intellegence hearing. If I was in his distric, I'd call and eat his ass over being such an idiot.
 
2004-02-12 09:32:24 AM
As Powell well knows, the Bush regime only tolerates head shaking of the profuse up-and-down variety. Skeptical, side-to-side is strictly verboten.
 
2004-02-12 09:32:27 AM
Powell had no right to reprimand the dude who was shaking his head. I often shake my head in disgust from the bullshiat our government spews out.

Personally, I've been shaking my head over the last decade so much that I feel like an oversized bobble-head doll. Carter was the last truly honest and totally honorable President that we've had, and that's not saying much. He was also the most naive.

However, at the end of the article, the congressman was wrong for mentioning whether or not Bush was AWOL or not.

That was out of line, but typical. Our country is run by a$$holes of the first magnitude who look the other way when their high and mighty friends ream us a new one, but seem to find fault in every aspect of their opponents, real, imagined, or made up.

Idiots.
 
2004-02-12 09:39:32 AM
To me, this doesn't look very 'hero'-ish.

The way the Post paints it, Powell is under pressure lately, and he showed it by snapping at a Hill staffer. The fact here is that he couldn't maintain his composure during a hearing, because a staffer shook their head. He wasted time berating this person, and causing the hearing to nearly derail. All because someone nonverbally disagreed with him, and someone for that matter, who probably has little role in the decision making process.

Big whoopie-farking-deal.
 
2004-02-12 09:43:02 AM
He wasted time berating this person, and causing the hearing to nearly derail.

Ooooooo! He wasted time berating a person during a beratement hearing.

Yeah, you're right, big whoopie-farking-deal.
 
2004-02-12 09:43:59 AM
Once again...the congressman in question is a total tard for bringing this up in a hearing that has nothing to do with the questions he asked...if he wants to ask these questions, perhaps he needs to call a different hearing...
 
2004-02-12 09:44:29 AM
Nun on the Run- Exactly. His lack of composure makes him look very unprofessional. A simple "This is neither the time nor place" would have sufficed.

D_I_A- next time you eat the ass of a Congressman, you owe it to Fark to post the pictures! :)
 
2004-02-12 10:03:13 AM
legislative staffers have a responsibility to be a potted plant and do not a thing as the big dogs rumble. until you are asked, you do not express your opinion. that's part of the job, and if you can't hack sitting still like a good boy or girl and simply must express your own opinion, then get another job.

/long-time legislative staffer
 
2004-02-12 10:06:29 AM
Look, I don't agree with Powell's politics, especially lately, and I'm definitely opposite him. But this is a man calmly trying to answer questions in a dignified forum. I don't blame him at all for calling that kid on his stupid behavior. Let's have a little respect, huh?
 
2004-02-12 10:16:15 AM
I used to respect Powell, he is a man who has served with dignity till now. He knows what he is saying is utter bullshiat but he feels its his duty to keep toeing the party line.
 
2004-02-12 10:16:34 AM
Man, everyone in that place is ultra-defensive lately.
 
2004-02-12 11:03:46 AM
I lost all respect for Powell when he stood up in front of the UN and lied his farking ass off.
 
2004-02-12 11:04:06 AM
Hero? Powell will rot in Hell.

Remember when he led a Pentagon investigation of atrocities during the Vietnam War?

"relations between American soldiers and the Vietnamese are excellent."

The only reason he has credibility with conservatives is because he bends over for them.
 
2004-02-12 11:10:14 AM
albo

With that attitude it's easy to see why you are a long-time legislative staffer and not a "big dog".

When a general is blatently lying to congress, I'm glad someone is openly show disgust.
 
2004-02-12 11:11:18 AM
showing*
 
2004-02-12 11:14:29 AM
there's a time and a place for everything, Everyone's Collective Imaginary Friend. staff people should not act rudely at a public hearing. that's the job of the politicians, the actual elected representatives of the people.

oh, and for the personal attack, bite me, noob.
 
2004-02-12 11:14:37 AM
You can see why he's touchy. After telling the UN this:

"My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we're giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence."
 
2004-02-12 11:17:59 AM
Oh, and another knee-slapper:

"This is evidence, not conjecture. This is true. This is all well documented."
 
2004-02-12 11:20:10 AM
You think a little head jiggling is supposed to me him happy? Hmmm?
 
2004-02-12 11:23:57 AM
tjos weel, Technoblake. tjos weel.
 
2004-02-12 11:26:10 AM
Great line:

"Truth is the first casualty of war, I would contend truth was murdered before a shot was fired."
 
2004-02-12 11:42:19 AM
What a bunch of little girls.
 
2004-02-12 11:43:40 AM
We need an investigation to investigate the investigators to see if there was something improper with Powell berating a berater during a beratement hearing.

They're all the same. Truth is always murdered when politicians get ahold of it.
 
2004-02-12 11:44:19 AM
so why is it pronounced Colon and not Colin
 
2004-02-12 11:45:39 AM
albo

Don't get too upset. I wasn't implying that you were in some way weak or impotent. I was merely stating that with that attitude you will never distinguish yourself.
 
2004-02-12 11:50:35 AM
"so why is it pronounced Colon and not Colin"

It's an old nickname from his days as a back up singer for George Michael.
 
2004-02-12 11:52:45 AM
oh, thanks for clarifying that, Everyone's etc, i'll slink back into the shadows and mutter to myself now.
 
2004-02-12 12:20:05 PM
That guy is a dick.
 
2004-02-12 12:20:30 PM
oh, thanks for clarifying that, Everyone's etc, i'll slink back into the shadows and mutter to myself now.

It's the best thing for everyone, really.
 
2004-02-12 12:21:51 PM
Colin Powell is not a hero. He's a servile bureaucrat. He's just getting pissy because he's playing the fool.
 
2004-02-12 12:27:45 PM
Just don't do any head shaking, albo.

/just messin'
 
2004-02-12 12:28:22 PM

Oh, and here's a fresh report on Bush's heroism in the National Guard.

As Texas Gov. George W. Bush prepared to run for president in the late 1990s, top-ranking Texas National Guard officers and Bush advisers discussed ways to limit the release of potentially embarrassing details from Bush's military records, a former senior officer of the Texas Guard said Wednesday.

The Administration keep saying that Bush's military record is a matter of privacy. Well, they think that OUR privacy can be sacrificed for national security, it's about time George Bush made the same farking sacrifice.
 
2004-02-12 01:00:24 PM
For all intensive purposes it appears the Democrats are suffering from mass insanity. The volume of hate and anger exceeds the old white Republicans of the 80's and 90's.

I am one of probably many Democrat voters in 2000 that will be voting Republican in 2004.
 
2004-02-12 01:21:44 PM
C'mon Everybody!

Shake!...
Your!...
Head!

Shake it to the left!
Shake it to the right!
Shake it back and forth for a political fight!
 
2004-02-12 01:23:25 PM
For all intensive purposes

I'm not at all being critical of you personally, I just wanted to mention that the phrase is "for all intents and purposes". =)

...and it seems whatever group that is out of power is the one suffering from mass insanity. That's the Democrats now. We'll get to see the Republicans in rare form again, sometime in the future, whenever a Democrat gets elected President. That's how it goes. They love being haters.
 
2004-02-12 01:32:37 PM
My usual zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
 
2004-02-12 01:33:09 PM
Super Colin Blow!
 
2004-02-12 01:33:13 PM
One of these days Powell is just going to lose it and say some very interesting things. Things that will not agree with the official White House position. That would be cool.
 
2004-02-12 01:34:39 PM
"First of all, Mr. Brown, I won't dignify your comments about the president because you don't know what you are talking about," Powell snapped.

"I'm sorry, I don't know what you mean, Mr. Secretary," Brown replied.

"You made reference to the president," Powell said.

"I say he may have been AWOL," Brown repeated.


BURN! Way to go Mr. Brown!
 
2004-02-12 01:35:11 PM
well, say you're colin powell, and you're a man with principles, dignity, and a sense of honor. You took a job out of a desire to serve or to "do the right thing", and you end up having to serve in an administration you dont agree with on a lot of things, and you're basically reduced to being a mouth piece of the regime, since you can't say what you want to say coz its out of step with the Boss.

it would get to a man after a while, you think?
 
2004-02-12 01:35:11 PM
The arrogant, petulant prick. Who does he think he is?

I would dearly love to see the back of this group of creeps this November.
 
2004-02-12 01:36:33 PM
It's time these boys took their shorts down so the public can see who the man really is.
 
2004-02-12 01:37:02 PM
[ "Mr. Brown, let's not go there," Powell retorted. ]

i'm surprised he didn't threaten to slap 'im like a biatch.
 
2004-02-12 01:38:03 PM
I agree with Albo, staffers should be quietly attentive and not offer editorial comments, however subtle. Staffers represent their offices, and when I worked in the Senate I always had to be careful of what I said and did. I'm not sure it deserves the 'Hero' tag, but Congress has been working with wonderful double-standards lately.

/ok, they always have
 
2004-02-12 01:38:14 PM
Personally, I've been shaking my head over the last decade so much that I feel like an oversized bobble-head doll. Carter was the last truly honest and totally honorable President that we've had, and that's not saying much. He was also the most naive.

Thanks for making soda spray from my nose. I got a good laugh from this one.
 
2004-02-12 01:38:19 PM


Can't we all just get along?
 
2004-02-12 01:38:28 PM
 
2004-02-12 01:38:58 PM
The article fails to mention this Powell nugget:
"I demand satisfaction, muthafarka!"

Colin doesn't know he just been Punk'd!
 
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