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Greeley IDs The Bad Guys: Veterans, Crackers, Sox Fans
NewsBusters ^ | 8/20/2008 | Mike Bates

Posted on 08/20/2008 10:20:58 AM PDT by Mike Bates

Andrew Greeley's column in today's Chicago Sun-Times is "American warmongers excel at talking a good game." Greeley's writings are often unintentionally amusing, filled with the sort of kneejerk liberalism we'd expect from a Barack Obama contributor. This morning's article is typically hilarious:

If we chant "USA!" Often enough, sing God "Bless American!" fervently enough, wear flag pins, fly the flag in front of our house and croak the national anthem loudly enough, we will win victory and honor our dead heroes.

Who are those who reject compromise of a useless and criminally deadly war like Iraq? They are the blusterers, members of "veteran's organizations," mountain folk, crackers, West Texans, blue collar workers, evangelical clergy, neo-cons, Republicans, white ethnics, Sox fans, folks who want Cardinal George to "get rid" of Father Pfleger, those who tell you with a straight face that the country isn't ready yet for a black president and that the United States must rid itself of "illegal aliens." (I hasten to add that all these groups number some men and women who are innocent of bellicose patriotism.)

There's something about the American flag that drives liberals loonier than usual. It certainly must irritate them that candidate Obama has been forced to sport a flag pin just to fool the crackers, the blue collar workers, etc.

I'm not certain why he placed quotation marks around "veteran's organizations." Is that not what they are called? The apostrophe, of course, is misplaced, but maybe we shouldn't expect too much from a PhD.

Using the marks with "illegal aliens" is more obvious. The correct term is undocumented workers. Everyone knows that except for white ethnics, mountain folk, evangelical clergy, etc.

A nice touch is Greeley's hastening to add that "some men and women" in the groups he's identified are innocent of the charges he levels. Even Sox fans. How warm. How understanding. How compassionate.

Greeley writes commentary and is entitled, obviously, to his opinion. At the same time, I think it's fair to ask how many other Obama supporters view matters in the same light - and terms - as he does.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: andrewgreeley; chicago; cubs; greeley; sox

1 posted on 08/20/2008 10:20:58 AM PDT by Mike Bates
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To: Toddsterpatriot; toddlintown

Greeley is a Cubs fan!!!


2 posted on 08/20/2008 10:22:42 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
Greeley is a Cubs fan!!!

Usually a sign of severe emotional distress.

3 posted on 08/20/2008 10:24:13 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates

aHHHH, the “immoral left” calling names again.......sounds like a child in kindergarden who just can’t get his way.


4 posted on 08/20/2008 10:25:27 AM PDT by maeng
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To: Mike Bates

Keep talking Greely. Is this the Catholic priest posing as a journalist?


5 posted on 08/20/2008 10:27:03 AM PDT by caisson71 (Times change, values don't.)
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To: Mike Bates

Hey F*** Y** you Son of a *****
:-)

BTW, this year’s the year!


6 posted on 08/20/2008 10:27:28 AM PDT by NLB2
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To: Mike Bates; 1rudeboy
Greeley is a Cubs fan!!! Usually a sign of severe emotional distress.

Hey, I resemble that remark!

7 posted on 08/20/2008 10:27:41 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (GO CUBS GO!)
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To: Mike Bates
After 9/11 thousands of cars in L.A. flew flags from their radio antennae and windows. Oh, my God! Instantly the Letters section of the L.A. Times was flooded with irate Lefties screaming about how hideous and jingoistic this was.

I've never seen anything bring out the America haters like those flags.

8 posted on 08/20/2008 10:28:50 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: caisson71
Keep talking Greely. Is this the Catholic priest posing as a journalist?

Or a journalist posing as a priest.

9 posted on 08/20/2008 10:29:16 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: NLB2
BTW, this year’s the year!

Where have we heard that before?

10 posted on 08/20/2008 10:30:19 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Even the Cubs don’t deserve the likes of him.


11 posted on 08/20/2008 10:31:24 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof)
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To: Charles Henrickson
Hey, I resemble that remark!

Sorry, every team's entitled to a bad century now and then.

12 posted on 08/20/2008 10:32:35 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican
Even the Cubs don’t deserve the likes of him.

This will require some serious contemplation.

13 posted on 08/20/2008 10:33:47 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates

LOL...as a West Texan/white ethnic/conservative/evangelical I plead guilty to this loon’s charge of patriotism.

How patriotic that we allow an idiot of this magnitude the freedom to convey his lunacy in print! In many less patriotic countries, enemies of the country such as he is would be locked up and never heard from again.


14 posted on 08/20/2008 10:34:57 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Mike Bates

If a white conservative wrote a piece blasting veterans, blacks, inner city hoodies, Vermonters like that he would not only be fired but be offered up to the gods of the left for a public lynching. Greely should be fired for this piece of hatred.


15 posted on 08/20/2008 10:35:40 AM PDT by aft_lizard (One animal actually its eats its own brains to conserve energy, we call them liberals.)
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To: kittymyrib

You still have time to be a Sox fan!


16 posted on 08/20/2008 10:36:13 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: aft_lizard

Ah, let him jabber. He’s preaching to the choir and showing undecided folks how Lefties “think.”


17 posted on 08/20/2008 10:37:45 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates
“to fool the crackers”

As a kid living in Atlanta, I went to baseball games in Ponce de Leon Park, home of the Atlanta Crackers AAA farm team of the Braves. Years before there was a champion Atlanta Black Crackers team in the Negro League.

Atlanta is a transportation hub situated at the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains. Too hard to get a train over the mountains so they came around to Terminus which became Marthesville which became Atlanta. The trains drew a lot of wagon traffic for loading and offloading.

Cracker refers to the mule skinners cracking thier whips. Pretty synonymous with Teamster. So when some idiot calls me a cracker I say thank you and proud of it.

And now you know the rest of the story.

18 posted on 08/20/2008 10:37:46 AM PDT by dblshot
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To: dblshot

Thanks for the lesson.


19 posted on 08/20/2008 10:38:37 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates

>>the blusterers, members of “veteran’s organizations,” mountain folk, crackers, West Texans, blue collar workers, evangelical clergy, neo-cons, Republicans, white ethnics, Sox fans, folks who want Cardinal George to “get rid” of Father Pfleger, those who tell you with a straight face that the country isn’t ready yet for a black president and that the United States must rid itself of “illegal aliens.” (I hasten to add that all these groups number some men and women who are innocent of bellicose patriotism.)<<

First, he insults 90% of America, then apologizes with “if I have offended anybody”. This jerk with a collar has been spewing hatred since the 60’s. He is the poster boy for Liberation theology, as prcticed by Liberals. Grow up already - or get a new gig. The old one is getting mighty thin.

And before anybody gets in an uproar, I do not consider him a “priest in good standing. Not with his views on the papacy, celibacy, contraception and dogma.


20 posted on 08/20/2008 10:42:47 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners.)
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To: NTHockey
He is the poster boy for Liberation theology, as prcticed by Liberals.

Maybe he could pastor at Jeremiah Wright's church

21 posted on 08/20/2008 10:46:19 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates

If you follow the link to Greeley’s complete article, there are comments there from readers. While there are some comments left by syncopants, quite a few readers are ripping Greeley a new one. It’s quite


22 posted on 08/20/2008 10:51:45 AM PDT by Verloona Ti
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To: Mike Bates
There's something about the American flag that drives liberals loonier than usual.

Yep. The same thing would probably happen if you sprinkled "Father" Greely with holy water.

It's funny to me how these anti-Catholic so-called priests never lack for a pulpit from which to make the Church look bad.
23 posted on 08/20/2008 10:54:15 AM PDT by Antoninus (The greatest gifts parents give their children are siblings.)
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To: dblshot
Proud to be a “Cracker” but Florida Crackers would tell you the term came from the early cowboys in the state also cracking their whips herding the cattle. Born and raised Florida Cracker and I can handle a 16 foot bull whip also. I've never heard of a Georgia Cracker, oh sorry I have but they came in a box and you ate them. I love the South.
24 posted on 08/20/2008 10:56:23 AM PDT by LooneyTick (Of all the things in life I've lost, I miss my mind the most!)
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To: NTHockey
folks who want Cardinal George to “get rid” of Father Pfleger,

Pfleger and Greely should leave the Catholic Church and become Anglicans. In doing so, they'd raise the average morality of both.
25 posted on 08/20/2008 11:00:53 AM PDT by Antoninus (The greatest gifts parents give their children are siblings.)
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To: Antoninus

MSM at your service.


26 posted on 08/20/2008 11:11:29 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates

“If we chant “USA!” Often enough, sing God “Bless American!” fervently enough, wear flag pins, fly the flag in front of our house and croak the national anthem loudly enough, we will win victory and honor our dead heroes.”

Yeah, that’s right. Why not try it some time. Try singing “God Bless America” FERVENTLY. Try meaning what you sing. You might find yourself strangely moved.


27 posted on 08/20/2008 11:19:24 AM PDT by Marie2 (Everything the left does has the effect and intent of destroying the traditional family.)
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To: LooneyTick

There is also a Cracker horse from Florida. Supposed to be very good natured. Makes sense that the term cracker would go with the whip regardless of the vocation, cowboy or teamster. Bet a lot of cowboys switched to wagon drivers as they got older. Still working with horses but a wider seat.

My Georgia Bulldogs will be doing some “cracking” in Florida this year too!


28 posted on 08/20/2008 11:28:23 AM PDT by dblshot
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To: dblshot

Go Gators, you know Gators just love dawgs!!!


29 posted on 08/20/2008 11:31:38 AM PDT by LooneyTick (Of all the things in life I've lost, I miss my mind the most!)
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To: Mike Bates

Greeley never really liked Pope John Paul II, and he is certainly not a fan of Pope Benedict XVI. Greeley thinks they are both “Too Catholic”.


30 posted on 08/20/2008 11:38:52 AM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Marie2
Try singing “God Bless America” FERVENTLY.

But does he know the words?

31 posted on 08/20/2008 12:26:23 PM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Great, that’s just what I need.


32 posted on 08/20/2008 12:28:20 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Half the time it could seem funny, the other half's just too sad.)
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To: caisson71
"Keep talking Greely. Is this the Catholic priest posing as a journalist?"

No, it's a deranged old liver-spot masquerading as a "Catholic" priest, posing as a journalist.

33 posted on 08/20/2008 1:26:37 PM PDT by redhead (B-I-NGO...B-I-NGO...)
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To: 1rudeboy

When’s the next Crosstown Classic?

Things can happen underneath the viaduct on 35th Street. It’s like the Roach Motel; Cubs fans check in, but they never check out.


34 posted on 08/20/2008 3:26:08 PM PDT by toddlintown (Morons; all of 'em.)
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To: Mike Bates

Father Greeley is like the loudmouthed drunk who after getting thrown out of the bar for the nth time keeps returning to babble some more inanities.


35 posted on 08/20/2008 4:58:43 PM PDT by driftless2
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