Tuesday, March 21, 2006

KOUFAX FINAL ROUND



Support our troops by bringing them home.
Question for open thread: do you believe Congress will pass this new law that makes it a felony to be in America as an immigrant? Are we becoming what I think we're becoming? Please comment on the immigration laws and the borders.

I just found out by accident that we are a Koufax Award Finalist for "Best Post" for my article on Brad Blog. There are 10 finalists chosen out of hundreds, I think. I'm very grateful, but part of me wants to go hide rather than ask you again to vote one last time. If you are so inclined, you can go to: Wampum just scroll down to the bottom and type a comment in the comment section, just type in my name or Brad Blog or the article title: "Death is Sexier Than Sex to Ann Coulter" Thank you, love Lydia

Just did the wonderful Keith Murphy show on XM Radio visit theUrbanJournal.org

I have spent too many nights crying for our troops and the children of this war — but suddenly it became clear that we are not powerless — compassion is a form of prayer, and this "hell" is giving us two choices: love or fear Like Viktor Frankl in the concentration camp; he overcame torture through the power of love, his focused attention on love, which is prayer. Each human life is precious, no matter what tribe, and we must pray for our planet and each other. If you don't believe in God, substitute the word LOVE; dwell on love for your fellow man, and love will be reflected back. Love will rise. I write left-wing political commentary combined with spiritual growth. Like Al Franken's book The Truth, With Jokes, mine is a new kind of "political spiritual therapy comedy". with snacks.

Last week's article "Bush's last Will and Testicle" was just published and you can find it in Macon, Georgia News and in various news/opinion columns on the web.

I have more some startling news coming tomorrow ...

You can read the article that was nominated here: Cornell's BradBlog article Death Is Sexier than Sex

655 comments:

  1. If you don't mind voting again, you can...
    -Lydia Cornell

    Hey, don't mind a bit; after all your blog features my comments.

    Besides, I vote multiple times in every election.

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  2. Abdul Rahman Faces Death Penalty for the crime of being a Christian in Afghanistan.

    Maybe if we focus on happy thoughts, he will be safe.

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  3. lydia said "Sorry I've been gone since Saturday and will make a new post soon.

    Love
    Lydia


    Wow, I figured you were just trying to force me to move out of the stone age and finally get broadband LOL, JK, I figured you were probably away. :D

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  4. FF said "Hey, don't mind a bit; after all your blog features my comments.

    Besides, I vote multiple times in every election."

    FF, I hate to admit this, because I am upset with the voting BS that has gone on, but that was kind of funny. For a Right Winger you do have a half way decent sense of humor at times, most right wingers have the sense of humor of a lump of coal, for instance Ann Coulter thinks its funny to talk about killing liberals (hillarious huh), Bush thinks its funny to make jokes about a guy getting shot in the face by his intoxicated underling etc..

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  5. And what about that man who shot a boy who walked across his lawn. Thats' not so funny. Wait I have a funnier one... it's called Lost Dog has anyone seen it?

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  6. FF said "If you don't mind voting again, you can...
    -Lydia Cornell"

    allright FF you just altered an official document, i'm calling the FBI and having you arrested buddy changing a quote is bad form

    Lydia said "how about voting one last time."

    you repugs really like deceiving people with smoke and mirrors and doctoring people's words dont you, you guys like that word association too.

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  7. Lydia said:

    “In spite of our anger and agony over Iraq, we must lift our thoughts above the horrors we keep seeing; we must send love & healing to our troops and to the Iraqi nation.”Miracles can and do happen as the result of prayer. PRAYER DOES CHANGE THINGS.”


    “BUT prayer is not begging God for favors. (And if the word God bothers you, use the word "Love" or "Good". If you're thinking of a fear-and-punishing type of God, that's not it.) The way to pray is to dwell so strongly on the good in life, on love, beauty, joy — that you drive out the worry & fear. Your life is ruled by your thoughts.”



    Freedom Fan said...
    "Abdul Rahman Faces Death Penalty for the crime of being a Christian in Afghanistan.

    Maybe if we focus on happy thoughts, he will be safe."



    Sorry, FF - I'm not trying to deliberately pick on your post. It just triggered my thought process for what I want to say.

    I have a couple of scenarios for thought...

    Scenario #1:
    In the idea and/or belief that thought is energy...what if let's say 2,000,000 people DO think and send happy thoughts of love, healing, and protection so that Abdul Rahman would be okay and escape the death penalty BUT there were also 2,000,001 people who were negative about the whole situation - believing that 'sending loving, healing, and protective thoughts' were a crock - would you really want to be on the team that thought negatively and therefore possibly cancelled out the good the rest of us were sending there?

    Granted that may seem crazy to some of you but What if???
    And if "what if's" are possible imagine if we all just thought positive how much better off ALL OF US and the EARTH would be in this day and age.

    Scenario #2:
    On the other hand, we all know people have died on both sides regardless, BUT what if by those of us who have been sending thoughts of love, healing, and protection we actually were saving some that might not have been spared otherwise. So wouldn't it be better to add to the good thoughts and positive energy? I know if I were out there in the battlefields - I'd sure appreciate all the prayers and positive thoughts we could get.

    To reiterate what Lydia said earlier, “The way to pray is to dwell so strongly on the good in life, on love, beauty, joy — that you drive out the worry & fear. Your life is ruled by your thoughts.”

    René

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  8. Naturally, when I said,"I have a couple of scenarios for thought..."
    I didn't mean only for FF - I meant it for anyone who doesn't believe sending loving thoughts of healing and protection through prayer could be of benefit to anyone & the situations out there.

    René

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  9. JaJa said...
    And what about that man who shot a boy who walked across his lawn. Thats' not so funny.


    Right - I agree. That is horrible.
    I can't even imagine killing someone at all - let alone for walking on my lawn. Unbelievable.

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  10. And, how about the poor sorority sister who was struck and killed by an SUV in a hit and run while crossing the street? That was horrible too. I hope they catch who did it.

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  11. I'm totally dozing again between posts - Gotta go crash out. Catch you all later. Have a great night.

    Rene

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  12. Oh Goody, a new thread! My computer was starting to smoke loading the last one.

    BTW Lydia, I did vote for "Death is Sexier than Sex" for best post. I screwed up and voted as anonymous by mistake.

    Im the one who indicated your article had GUTS! I will vote for you again if I can....my pleasure.

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  13. JaJa said

    "And what about that man who shot a boy who walked across his lawn. Thats' not so funny. Wait I have a funnier one... it's called Lost Dog has anyone seen it?"

    Yeah, I seen that....ahhhh the ant farm.

    If buddy did that to my kid, I swear Jesus couldnt hold me back from ripping this idiots turban ten times over.

    Hope the Wonderbread Man gets him.

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  14. Cliff

    I wish the best for your offspring.

    My hair would turn completely grey from worry if my daughter went to Iraq.

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  15. Rene said:

    "So wouldn't it be better to add to the good thoughts and positive energy? I know if I were out there in the battlefields - I'd sure appreciate all the prayers and positive thoughts we could get."

    Agreed!

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  16. Anonymous6:58 AM

    Yesterday was a rough day for the liberal media.First W kicked that dried up old prune Helen Thomas all over the White House press room,than Laura Ingraham bitched slapped David Gregory about 15 times on the Today show.Great entertainment.

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  17. FF said:

    "Besides, I vote multiple times in every election"


    FF you're a closet Daly democrat!

    VOte early and vote often!

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  18. SO now they're saying that Abdul Rahman is mentally unfit. Sounds like a way to weasel out of trying to convict him.

    It seems we are making a mistake by saying we are spreading democracy...... we've seen this in Afghanistan, as well as Hamas elected in Palestine and the Iraqi government will be no better. Maybe we need to emphasize human rights instead of democracy.

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  19. Anonymous8:06 AM

    Wheres' Wuffus? WUFFUS

    I MISS HIM boo hoo

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  20. Kirk12, want to read a pretty good overview of the situation about what Iraq is like read these two;

    http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=29215

    http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=29333

    Too bad they don't listen to people like this before they rush off with plans that don't fit.( And don't work.)

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  21. Mark Danner said,

    I think it's widely known at the top of the administration that Iraq is a failure. It's also been recognized by many that, in strategic terms, the Iraq war could turn out to be a catastrophe because it's essentially created a Shia Islamist government sympathetic to Iran and, among other things, made it impossible for the U.S. to adequately pressure Iran on the nuclear issue. The result of this occupation is going to be a reversal of 50 years of American policy in the Gulf, which has been a reliance on the Sunni autocracies in the area. That policy had an awful lot wrong with it; its support of those autocracies over many decades certainly helped lead to al-Qaeda and its epigones. The fact is, though, that the Bush administration has essentially overthrown that policy with nothing to put in its place.

    http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=63903

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  22. check out this book called Elephant's Edge: The Republicans As A Ruling Party
    by Taylor, Andrew J. / Ornstein, Norman J.

    here's the review:The operative word in this book's title is edge because Taylor (political science, North Carolina State Univ.) says that the Republicans have the political advantage but do not have the appeal to become the long-term majority party. In this excellent investigation into the state of the Republican Party, he credits Newt Gingrich for the deft organizational skills that led to the Republican resurgence with the takeover of the House after decades of Democratic control. The Republicans maintain their edge, in no small part, through pork-barrel politics and redistricting, tactics that Republicans complained about when the Democrats did the same. The author shows that the edge has been bolstered by Bush's post-9/11 foreign policy (despite failings of the Iraq war), the increasing conservative judicial rulings of all courts, and small-government, low-tax policies. Despite this, Taylor concludes that the Republican Party will not achieve the dominance for which it aims because of the flexibility of the Democratic Party to adapt to its constituents' needs, the deteriorating conditions in Iraq, and growing fissures in an overconfident Republican Party.

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  23. Another interesting book called:Democracy And Populism: Fear & Hatred.

    here's the review:Lukacs is a respected and prolific historian. His more than two dozen books encompass the history of the modern age, especially the political, ideological, intellectual, and military struggles of the 20th century. See, for example, A New Republic: A History of the United States in the Twentieth Century (2004)--an updated and new edition of Outgrowing Democracy (1984) and At the End of an Age (CH, Dec'02, 40-2321). Many of his earlier themes and views are repeated in this newest book. It is a lively and crisply written meditation on how American democracy has been destroyed by nationalist demagogues who evoke hatred and fear directed against both foreign foes as well as certain groups of fellow citizens viewed as weak, immoral, or insufficiently patriotic. Political conservatives will find very little comfort in this book written by a traditionalist historian.

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  24. Here's another one one to illustrate the world's opinion of Wrong Wing policies. Beyond the Age of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust Between America and the World
    by Mahbubani, Kishore

    Here's the review;Why does the world hate America so?Because, remark several of the many interlocutors to be found here, the US has lost any moral authority it might have once had. Parts of the world came to that conclusion early on; whereas, observes Mahbubani, former Singaporean ambassador to the UN, a 19th-century Saudi citizen (never mind that there was no such thing) would not have dreamed of traveling to Afghanistan to battle the British-"He would have probably replied: 'But the Afghans are not even Arabs!' "-Saudis now flock to battle America, the great Satan of the mullahs' rhetoric. Americans don't try to understand Islamic anger against them, and so "it comes as a shock to most American citizens to be told that their government may have, knowingly or not, radicalized Islam." Other parts of the world are recent converts to anti-Americanism; much of the slide in the standing of the US in Europe can be traced to Iraq, while one of Mahbubani's Chinese respondents finds that moment in the US treatment of Taliban and al Qaeda prisoners: "We Chinese have discovered that Americans are not really different from us. We thought they were special. Now we know they are just like us." Such discoveries will be a comedown for many American readers, but Mahbubani's chidings are well placed. Who would want to live in a village in which 4 percent of the inhabitants create 25 percent of the pollution? Who would want a neighbor who insists that it's up to him alone to define what "neighbor" means? Who could not despise a nation that, by going to war without UN backing, "tore a hole in the very consensus that had been an American gift to the world"?America, Mahbubani urges, needs to give up its insularity and start caring about what the world thinks, and about living up to its promise. Its leaders would surely benefit from reading Beyond the Age of Innocence-but fat chance, so get ready for more hatred to come.

    its time to wake up and stop drinking the Neo Con Koolaid and see how world opinion of us has changed as a result of The Right's arrogant ignorant foreign policy.

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  25. Did anyone see the Iraqi General on Jon Stewart last night?

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  26. Mike read this if you want to see how the neo-cons are trying to morph;

    http://nationalreview.com/derbyshire/derbyshire200603210827.asp

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  27. Yes he is a paid shrill, compare what he says with what the foreign minister of Saddam's government said in the run up to the invasion.....and think about it . If the Syrians had even one tenth of what the Iraqi General says given the fact that they support the Hezbollah terrorists, and suicide bombers in Israel don't you think that the Israelis and US would have taken DIRECT action by now, other wise they would by saying a regime that supports suicide bombers in the state of Israel can have a large amount of illegal and off the record WMD's to do with what they please. The generals claims and book are self serving to parts of the neo-con cabal but if it was true we would be going after Syria to give the weapons up not Iran for nucs that Iran might build.....

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  28. Clif, i think that might be a dead link, I couldnt view the article.

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  29. 200603 210827.asp

    Add this to what comes up.

    http://nationalreview.com/
    derbyshire/derbyshire200603210827.asp

    That is the link broken in two

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  30. Clif said...
    Yes he is a paid shrill


    Thats what I took away from it too last night.

    To be honest with you there was a moment when I felt like maybe we were doing some good over there and this guy was a sign of it.

    That was until they started promiting his new book.

    Then I kind of saw through the smoke and mirrors, and said, ahhhh.

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  31. Anonymous1:04 PM

    Would anyone have guessed that the wufuss,clif and mike circle jerk would be in fullswing.I'll be damned if that aint one hell of a surprize.

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  32. Anonymous1:06 PM

    Come on you twits say something interesting I only have 25 minutes.

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  33. Anonymous1:07 PM

    Hey,there's a new episode of South Park tonight.

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  34. Anonymous1:09 PM

    Did you wankers see Laura Ingraham slap David Gregory around yesterday? She made him her bitch.

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  35. Clif, he's pathetic isn't he?

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  36. A one man circle jerk

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  37. I got it now Clif.

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  38. he is pathetic, you always get what you pay for, so I wonder if they pay the trolls that arent undercover minimum wage, this clown is so pathetic he probably pays the Right to tag along and lick their boots.

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  39. Here is my reply to the foole John Derbyshire,

    Did any one bother to tell John that the people who he claims to have such disdain for that he can state; that the spectacle of Middle Eastern Muslims slaughtering each other is one that I find I can contemplate with calm composure, live in amongst the center of the oil production that his bosses pray to. Wonder what his composure will be if they decide to destroy the oil infrastructure instead of each other? Might his palms get sweaty at that thought, might he squirm in his seat at the thought of the underpinnings of his way of life being blown up by the very same people who he cares not a twit if they kill each other. Might he call for intervention to save the oil wells and refineries from those horrible people who wouldn’t just stick to his smug script and become the human versions of the neutron bomb where we eliminate the people but keep the goods. Wonder how he’d take the violence spilling over into the Saudi kingdom and causing serious harm to the infrastructure of that country. Might he actually call for a full scale “corporate rescue mission” to keep the oil flowing? His arrogance is as inpalpable and his humanity is lacking

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  40. Well, I have hope for America.

    Its just a feeling, call it a hunch.

    But I think the virus has run its course, and the worms starting to turn.

    Call me an optimist if you like, but this is a recent revelation, and one that I do not make lightly.

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  41. A nation will suffer a tyrant for half a century.

    They will suffer a fool for no more than a decade.

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  42. Worfeus said "Well, I have hppe for America.

    Its just a feeling, call it a hunch.

    But I think the virus has run its course, and the worms starting to turn.

    Call me an optimist if you like, but this is a recent revelation, and one that I do not make lightly.'

    well I am more hopeful as well, people are starting to wake up and see that they have been deceived while they slummbered, now the fight begins and it will be an uphill battle taking our country back from this deranged Neo Con disease that has taken over and working on restoring America's former good reputation.

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  43. And a bigger fool far less than that.

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  44. Compared to that anonymous knucklehead I'm like Mark freakin Twain.

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  45. And by the way you guys were right on the money when you said the Neo Cons are nothing more than Bully's and thats what they are turning our country into.

    Its always prefereable to choose peace over war but there are times you have to stand up and fight and knock the bully right on his ass too make the world a better place for other's who cant defend themselves, I've taken down many a bully and it is a good feeling, like F. Murray Abramson said in one of my favorite movies (An Innocent Man) "there's always a way to take someone down.

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  46. Anonymous2:37 PM

    Hey girls,I'm back. Well you ladies are "feeling hopeful," is'nt that special.Do you actually think anyone beside you three give a flying f--k what you feel,think or say?

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  47. Anonymous2:38 PM

    Wufuss, did you hit the fantasy dojo today?

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  48. Anonymousnitwit said;

    Do you actually think anyone beside you three give a flying f--k what you feel,think or say?

    Obviously you do dimwit.

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  49. Any-mouse spends more time hanging out here than we do, he was crying because he was sooooo alone eariler today

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  50. FREEDOM FAN said...

    There was a Wonderbread Truck parked in front of my house this morning, but in that moment, I remembered Ms. Cornell's advice.

    I chose love not fear, and the truck eventually drove away. It's a miracle...praise the Lord I'm saved.

    YOU ARE TOO DROLL !! very FUNNY FF!! This is really tickling me for some bizarre reason. I keep picturing you with a British accent.

    9:12 AM

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  51. Lydia,

    Congrats on making it to the finals.

    I have just added my vote and wait for your victory.

    Great job.

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  52. Lydia

    Thats three times I have voted for you......... its starting to turn into a full time job. Therefore, I now humbly request a huge favour from you.

    Please tell everyone one of your best/worst jokes. I promise to laugh even if its not funny.

    P.S. Dont be shy or I,ll sick FF on ya! lol

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  53. Mike, you wrote "its time to wake up and stop drinking the Neo Con Koolaid and see how world opinion of us has changed as a result of The Right's arrogant ignorant foreign policy. 11:07 AM"

    It's changed in Britain enormously. I was involved in a conversation at work today about Blair and how he has taken his Labour party funding from Trade Unions to private individuals (4 of whom have been nominated for peerages). The conversation suddenly turned quite nasty -people were really aggressive about Americans. One guy started it when he said; "pork barrel politics, another gift from the Yanks" and the conversation went from bad to worse.

    It seems people here are blaming you ALL (unfairly) for things none of you are responsible for. I tried pointing this out but I didn't get far. People here are less willing to listen than ever before.

    I know Worf mentioned visiting Britain but things are turning nasty now. I'd recommend not doing so. Chances are most Americans are going to get an unwelcome reception. This really hurts me because at least half of your population are normal, loving people, just like anywhere else.

    I wouldn't even want the trolls to visit either, I know as soon as they'd open their mouths, nowadays there will be fights. It's getting serious guys. And we're supposedly an ally.

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  54. BG how is the move to impeach Blair taken and is it discussed on the "street"?

    Or is the move to impeach Blair a publicity stunt for political gain?

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  55. Clif, I wrote a reply but there was a problem with blogger and my post was lost. In reply to your post at 4.29pm, from talking to relatives, friends, work colleagues and from what my wife tells me with all her many contacts, the overwhelming majority of people here definitely want Blair impeached for lying. It's discussed on the street alright and in the pubs. In pubs etc. Blair is called 'BLIAR' or 'puppet' mostly. Others include 'lap-dog', liar, warmonger, it's a long list.

    The proportion of Brits who want Blair impeached is much higher than the proportion of Americans who want Bush impeached per relative populations. I literally cannot find anyone here who wants war in the middle-east. Or who support it. Or who believe Blair.

    Remember the marches we had here before the war began? Numbers who oppose the war have only grown since then -we know we were lied to, >100 Brits have died, >30,000 Iraqi civilians murdered and God knows how many 100,000's injured.

    The people here know Blair is going anyway as he's been in power for so long already and has publicly declared he will stand down. He's publicly declared this before and remained in power much to Gordon Brown's (Brit Chancellor) and Britain's displeasure. For these reasons, the public generally are not screaming for his immediate impeachment – he's going anyway.

    Blair remains deeply unpopular, polls have his approval rate at 36%, his lowest ever. Check out;

    http://channels.aolsvc.co.uk/news/article.adp?id=20060319053409990001

    The movement to impeach Blair is well on its way and is very serious. Check out this link;

    http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=29437&SESSION=875

    Bear in mind these are signatures from MP's, not just anybody. Many MP's here are horrified at what Blair, Straw and Reid have been doing. Look around the edmi link above and use the search word 'Iraq'. You will see Britain has also dropped tonnes of depleted uranium during 2005 alone, aided in the CIA’s extraordinary renditions programme etc. etc.

    I'm not happy with the way things are going here towards Americans, some of you well earn British contempt, but not all of you by a long way.

    I've got to go now, I'm tired and it's been a long day. It's coming up to half past one in the morning. I'll check in soon for any replies, the time difference makes conversations difficult.

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  56. Thanks BG I have followed Blair self inflicted misfourtunes, but wondered what the word on the street might be like, seems the British politicals are not afraid of the neo-cons as much as the american politicals are.

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  57. YOU ARE TOO DROLL !! very FUNNY FF!! This is really tickling me for some bizarre reason. I keep picturing you with a British accent.
    -Lydia Cornell

    Glad you can appreciate my twisted sense of humor, Ms. Cornell. My respect grows.

    /I keep picturing the tickling part...

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  58. I literally cannot find anyone here who wants war in the middle-east. Or who support it.
    -british gary

    Similarly, most libs in the States cannot find anyone who disagrees with them. That's why they're pretty sure that the elections keep being stolen by us rednecks.

    Nobody goes to war because they like war; they go to war to ensure the peace.

    The purpose of all war is peace.
    -Saint Augustine

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  59. The conversation suddenly turned quite nasty -people were really aggressive about Americans. One guy started it when he said; "pork barrel politics, another gift from the Yanks" and the conversation went from bad to worse.

    It seems people here are blaming you ALL (unfairly) for things none of you are responsible for. I tried pointing this out but I didn't get far. People here are less willing to listen than ever before.

    -british gary

    Everyone knows that "pork barrel" politics -- politicians wasting money to buy votes -- was invented in America. Nevertheless, that's certainly surprising that libs would ever unfairly blame someone else for their problems and failures. Proly liberal speech is protected in Britain, but my speech defending Conservative principles would be considered "hate speech" and result in jail time.

    Gee, somehow having bg defending me doesn't inspire much confidence. But of course, he wasn't defending me, he was defending his fellow libs in the U.S.

    Fortunately, I can defend myself (I'm heavily armed). See, that's another reason that private firearm ownership is good...it inspires politeness.

    But just to be safe, if I ever visit Britain, I will take along some extra protection: Aunt Estelle. If provoked, she could open a mitey can of whup-ass on any easily-offended, prissy-talking limey like bg.

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  60. Okay, I'll stop with four consecutive comments. Otherwise I might have to swap Gandalf for some hokey green hopping icon or some such.

    /I certainly hope I didn't upset bg too badly...such a sweet lad.

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  61. Mike; :::warning:::

    Texas arresting people in bars for being drunk

    Undercover agents pursue inebriates in a pre-emptive strategy

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Texas has begun sending undercover agents into bars to arrest drinkers for being drunk, a spokeswoman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said on Wednesday.

    The first sting operation was conducted recently in a Dallas suburb where agents infiltrated 36 bars and arrested 30 people for public intoxication, said the commission’s Carolyn Beck.

    Being in a bar does not exempt one from the state laws against public drunkenness, Beck said.

    The goal, she said, was to detain drunks before they leave a bar and go do something dangerous like drive a car.

    “We feel that the only way we’re going to get at the drunk driving problem and the problem of people hurting each other while drunk is by crackdowns like this,” she said.

    “There are a lot of dangerous and stupid things people do when they’re intoxicated, other than get behind the wheel of a car,” Beck said. “People walk out into traffic and get run over, people jump off of balconies trying to reach a swimming pool and miss.”

    She said the sting operations would continue throughout the state.

    I posted the whole story because I never thought I'd see GWB's homestate acting like what he says he's against, and maybe there are parts of the patriot act we do not know about.

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  62. Clif, that fool GWB's desire to turn our Country into a police state makes me sick to my stomach, over the last two years I have seen signs of big brother more and more, from them deciding to put cameras on trafic lights to catch people speeding and running red lights to the police coming into my work several times in the last two years asking my permission to tag the building with graffiti in the hopes of encouraging teens to do likewise so they can then arrest them, of course my response to both of these was "F##k you and the horse you rode in on, over my dead body will I cooperate with you to turn my country into a police state, and by the way don't let the door hit you in the A$$". see I dont want my life monitored by big brother or a bunch of stormtroopers using entrapment to arrest me or our nations youth in order to "keep us safe".BTW my response to the camera's at every traffic light is well i'm against this law, but since it was passed how about we lay off half the police force that give traffic tickets and use the cost savings to secure our borders or to better fund our schools and libraries, but of course those suggestions are not very popular with those who want to turn our country into a police state monitored by Big Brother or want perpetual war and a common enemy to hate and a cause to rally around to further their agenda and seize power.

    Clif not only will I not cooperate with these Orwellian idiots, but I will resist what they are trying to do in every way possible with every fiber of my body and with my dying breath, i love my country and my freedom too much to let these evil megalomaniacs destroy it in the name of keeping me safe, I dont want or need their type of protection, my question is who will protect me from them.

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  63. MIKE - this sounds like a good book.

    "We thought they were special. Now we know they are just like us." Such discoveries will be a comedown for many American readers, but Mahbubani's chidings are well placed. Who would want to live in a village in which 4 percent of the inhabitants create 25 percent of the pollution? Who would want a neighbor who insists that it's up to him alone to define what "neighbor" means? Who could not despise a nation that, by going to war without UN backing, "tore a hole in the very consensus that had been an American gift to the world"?America, Mahbubani urges, needs to give up its insularity and start caring about what the world thinks, and about living up to its promise. Its leaders would surely benefit from reading Beyond the Age of Innocence-but fat chance, so get ready for more hatred to come.

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  64. BG said "I know Worf mentioned visiting Britain but things are turning nasty now. I'd recommend not doing so. Chances are most Americans are going to get an unwelcome reception. This really hurts me because at least half of your population are normal, loving people, just like anywhere else.

    I wouldn't even want the trolls to visit either, I know as soon as they'd open their mouths, nowadays there will be fights. It's getting serious guys. And we're supposedly an ally.'

    British Gary that is not a surprise to me, but it is truly sad that people's opinions are changing about regular Americans because of our inept corrupt leaders. I frequently come in contact with a wide variety of international people visiting where I live (worf knows this ) a large portion from Europe, they have told me that although they dispise Bush and co, they are able to make the distinction between them and regular Americans who are good people, but it only stands to reason that after 5 1/2 years that that distinction would blur for many, particularly those who do not visit the USA and have direct contact with our regular citizens. That just shows how important it is to get these crazies out of office and get some decent trustworthy people in office not ones who bully and demean the rest of the world or talk about how important freedom is and how it is worth fighting for and dying over all the while taking away these same freedoms in the name of "keeping us safe"

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  65. Yeah Lydia we need to start looking objectively at how we are treating the rest of the world and how they view and perceive us, the world doesnt revolve around the USA and looking at everything through the prism of what we want or what is best for us without factoring in other countriess perspectives or needs is a sure fire way for more hatred killing and death than we need. The Neo Cons are destroying our good reputation and stiring up hatred of us throughout the world and this could have long term consequences the ramifications of which could affect us for decades.

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  66. Mike I was reading some of the moscow times and it is funny people there say the same things about Putin we say about Bush, also check this out....

    http://www.buzzflash.com/farrell/06/03/far06005.html

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  67. And the republicans can not even keep from cheating each other....

    http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002592.htm

    http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002583.htm

    Rogers indicated to The BRAD BLOG this morning that they were seriously investigating a complete challenge to the election statewide and hope to get a much closer look at those Hart and ES&S machines in order to try and make sense of whatever the hell happened in Texas.

    We'd like to see that happen, of course. And now that a conservative Republican may have had his own ox gored by these infernal machines, perhaps it'll actually become a reality.



    Funny they don't like elections stolen anymore than we do.....

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  68. Apparently the voting machines are fickle. They can't decide whether they are Republican or Democrat.

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  69. It was a republican primary so every canidate was a republican READ THE STORY before you put body parts in mouth(or head up ass)

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  70. Alright you guys...I am up waaaay past my bedtime. I should've been crashed out hours ago...but I wanted to share the info with you - for those of you who didn't get to see or hear Lydia's interview on The Young Turks show last Friday, here is the URL:

    http://easylink.playstream.com/youngturksarchive/progressive/tytv3-17-06.wmv

    If you just want to watch the segment she was on - forward it to the time of 01:45:00 and that should do it.

    Nighty night - don't let the bed bugs bite.

    Rene

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  71. Oh, one more thing - did any of you happen to catch seeing or hearing the reporter who allegedly asked Bush if he thought that the war in Iraq was leading us or bringing us closer to the Apocalypse and he supposedly became flustered and stumbled over answering the question?

    I don't know if this really happened that's why I'm asking you guys. One of the couriers that delivers packages to my office was mentioning it. Yeah, needless to say it's hearsay, unless one of you actually saw it on the news or during one of his speeches. Just the thought of it reminded me of my post a couple of weeks ago when I said something to the effect of, "I wouldn't be surprised if Bush is the Anti-Christ." That's spooky. On the other hand if it's the end of times - let's go. I just don't want to be left behind. Have any of you ever seen "Thief in the Night?"

    I know they re-did it with the Left Behind series, but I went to a few Christian schools when I was in grade school and let me tell you...that movie frightened us for years to come. Sure it's a glorious thing but being left behind - wasn't. That was a pretty scary flick for a group of impressionable 10 & 11 year olds to see! Especially, when we had teachers telling us all the time that we're going to hell for many nonsensical reasons...

    Alright - I've rambled on enough.

    Catch you all later.

    Rene

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  72. AnnonPussy5:50 AM

    I will be tossed in a pit anyway but,as an outsider I ask......

    Does Lydia have a ghost writer ?

    Do all democrats really read so many many books ?

    And why is American policy so minutley diffrent between polical regimes ?

    ha ha ha

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  73. Mike, it's not just because a lot of people here have never been to America, the attitude shift is equally because Brit MSM supports Bushco (an amazing proportion of our media is owned by Rupert Murdoch) so people here don't get to hear about your struggles, demonstrations or republican corruption. Most people here don't want to know details any more - they are fatigued by American foreign policy and this is another reason why negative attitudes (which take a long time to change anyway) are becoming entrenched.

    Of course there will always be people here who can discern between mentalities, however as time moves on and the war stagnates, more people are turning away from all of you. I would not be surprised if this is happening to at least this degree all over the world.

    I'll keep up support this side of the pond for the many people like yourself and on this side of the pond to get rid of Blair.

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  74. anonypussy said "Do all democrats really read so many many books ?"

    Most Democrats are capable of reading, you should try it some time, oh i forgot, your an illiterate inbred blog troll, you havent learned to read.

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  75. British Gary said "I'll keep up support this side of the pond for the many people like yourself and on this side of the pond to get rid of Blair."


    British Gary, what are Blair's motives for following Bush, i've often wondered why you guys have aligned yourselves with this idiot despite the overwhelming majority of your population being strongly against it. It has to be political suicide for him yet he seems unwaveringly loyal to Bush and I have to wonder why???

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  76. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11973510/

    Moderate clerics are calling for the death of Abdul Rahman. Boy am I glad the Catholics didn't do this to me when I joined a Methodist Church. I for one, am as outraged as I am about Abu Ghraib. How do we deal with people who are obviously less socially evolved? Pray for them? OK. THen what? These people's spiritual leaders are advocating the beheading of a man for his spiritual choice. Hell he didn't even draw a cartoon!!!!!!!

    Praise God for giving us James Madison!!! Now can you please give a few like him to the Muslim world.

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  77. Mike, that's an excellent question and one that took me months to uncover. Here's the truth;

    The first major British cabinet discussion on Iraq took place March 7, 2002, according to the memoirs of Robin Cook, the former foreign secretary who quotes several senior cabinet secretaries as raising questions about the war. "What has changed that suddenly gives us the legal right to take military action that we didn't have a few months ago?" demanded David Blunkett, one of Blair's closest political allies.

    Blair defended his approach, Cook reported, by saying Britain's national interest lay in staying closely allied with the United States. "I tell you that we must steer close to America," Blair said, according to Cook. "If we don't, we lose our influence to shape what they do."

    That's what it's all about - influencing your politics. Another Blair complete failure. For more details read;

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/27/AR2005062701584_pf.html

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  78. Mike, I've just noticed the link is missing some characters, sorry about that, this link should work;

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/27/AR2005062701584_pf.html

    remember, Britain did not vote for Blair to take us to war. Blair was elected following a disasterous domestic economic nightmare from Maggie Thatcher (conservative) mismanagement. Blair took us to war on lies and we didn't agree with him at the time. Blair was re-elected with only 30% of the country's votes because we don't have proportional representation i.e. 60% of the nation votes liberal, the liberal party wins office.

    I guess it's like you Americans, you voted for Bush because you wanted revenge for 9/11 but didn't 'buy into' his domestic agenda (economic, healthcare, civil rights etc.) and Bush stole another election just as Blair did.

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  79. I for one, am as outraged as I am about Abu Ghraib. How do we deal with people who are obviously less socially evolved? Pray for them? OK. THen what? These people's spiritual leaders are advocating the beheading of a man for his spiritual choice.
    -Kirk12

    Kirk, I just read something very disturbing:

    For a few years I have been making friends with Muslims and non Muslims living in Middle Eastern and Asian countries. Through these contacts I have learned more about Islam and the conditions in these countries than from any other available source. Some of you are aware of some of the things I have discovered. I won't discuss what I've learned here. I'm sort of done with the entire effort. So heres how I did it.
    How I did it
    by JustDanny


    However in the comments, Danny actually does go on to explain what he learned. Here's an excerpt:

    I believe "Freedom" is an alien concept to the vast majority of those living under the foot of governmental and socially restricted Islam. They won't rally to achieve it. They won't protest for it.They won't endanger life and limb for it. They won't work toward it. They will however pay lip service to the importance of it, but the flavor of freedom they taste when they say the word, is not the same flavor of freedom that I live. It isnt even the same meal.
    -JustDanny

    This is my response:

    Thank you for all this information and research you have done over the years. I certainly have no where near your experience in conversing with folks in foreign lands...[but] I believe that all folks are created in God's image and thus most of us are fundamentally good. As an optimist, I can never give up hope that a peaceful solution will be found which enables each person to break free of his chains and reach his full potential as a human.

    Possibly what you say is true, however it is against my essential nature to accept it...ever. The alternative is too harsh to consider.

    -Freedom Fan

    I would just dismiss his opinion, except that I have come to respect him over a period of many months. He has gone to the trouble to talk directly with folks in the Muslim world and after a period of several years, has come away utterly discouraged at the prospect that most Muslims will ever seek freedom and evolve socially.

    I am totally bummed about this. I am inclined to start doing my own research to counter his, but I don't really have the time. Undoubtedly other folks have also done research and reached different conclusions.

    Please read all his thoughts in the comment section and tell me what you think.

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  80. More from JustDanny:

    I see us, the west, as big aliens staring down into a fish bowl and yelling at the fish to be free, to escape the water they live in. To jump from the bowl out onto the carpet and join us. I'm not saying we are begging them to jump into the air and die. I'm saying we may as well be trying to convince fish that water is bad for them. It is that alien of a concept to them, I believe.

    People are born good. I believe humans are by nature good. But in these places, from the moment people are born, their nature is ripped from them. All the simple easily understood ideals of humanity are stripped from them. Not where these ideals apply to each other and their families, but where those ideals apply to those living outside the archaic social systems they live in.

    From birth the ideals of the west and non Islamic supremacist societies are explained to them as being sub human and vastly inferior to what they are told is the right way to live.

    I sit and watch at places like orkut, western Muslims from lets say Iran, try to explain to those still living inside Iran that they are wrong and have been duped and that every word they hear about the west is wrong. Then I watch every person still living inside iran, liberal and conservative, tell the western Muslims that hey are puppets of the Zionist masters that control the West. For me its like watching people fight fire with paper clips. I watch those living under the foot of Islam being absolutly incapable of percieving that the brain washing they have received could be wrong, in any way.

    I've given up this quest because the reality I see is too insane to continue to stare at. I have kept hoping that something will happen that will prove the reality I see in these places is an illusion. I want to be wrong about all of this. Time may tell me I am.

    -JustDanny

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  81. Anonymous9:21 AM

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  82. FF: The above from Danny is made me think immediately of the whole Idea of our troops being greeted as liberators in Iraq. I wonder if these people are put in a place where they can feel secure in criticizing their government and their Imams.... will they? It seems those who have come to the west do feel secure for the most part. IF we had been able to send 300000 troops to Iraq and made the general population feel safe, would they be more likely to be critical? I don't know.....

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  83. Anonymous9:27 AM

    Hey people,Ann Coulter has a new posting on her web site,its great.I'll tell she is one of the smartest people you will ever read.She hits every issue spot on.

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  84. AnnonPussy9:29 AM

    She hits every issue spot on.


    even I know thats a load of .......

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  85. cowpie29:44 AM

    I watch those living under the foot of Islam being absolutely incapable of perceiving that the brain washing they have received could be wrong, in any way.

    This occurred in Communist Russia and that empire? but slowly it changed... the difference being that atheism was forced on the people there. Were as here control is using "the opium of the people" ----a religion that bends toward keeping a status quo in the society such that there is no chance of mobility between classes ---- ... under pain of being made an infidel or dead.

    Without basic educational reforms and the expression of thought freely things may not change.

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  86. Get your own free forum here

    http://invisionfree.com/

    so a hundred more can share in the fun ;P

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  87. COwpie is right..."Without basic educational reforms and the expression of thought freely things may not change. "

    But what is it that leads to an enlightenment? How is it that Martin Luther felt secure that he would not be killed when he nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenburg church over 500 years ago...... Just a few centuries before would he not have been burned as a heretic?

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  88. He Luther, probably had a lot of supporters who would help him,

    really you would need that same kind of a critical mass of people in Iraq to do the same thing, and maybe this "American invasion" will give them the opportunity to do this...

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  89. But George..... that's one of the problems I have with the Iraq invasion. Did we send in enough troops to make these people feel secure enough?

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  90. Kirk12

    only time will tell... I don't think that the US and alies will stay there forever hopfully for long enough though ....

    they have more of a chance now than ever before in their history .... hopfully they can develop a sense that the time is ripe for some action with regard to a diffrent more western freedom which has been out of their grasp till now...

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  91. Another thing George..... what about those who have come west from these Muslim countries? When do they take some initiative and return to their homelands and start to affect change?

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  92. only time will tell... I don't think that the US and alies will stay there forever hopfully for long enough though ....

    they have more of a chance now than ever before in their history

    -George

    Right. I also hope the troops remain in Iraq long enough for freedom to blossom.

    However, there is a good chance that the liberal cacophony will cause our attempt, to bring freedom to the Middle East, to fail.

    If that happens; if the U.S. is humiliated; if a U.S. President is successfully demonized; then it is unlikely that such an experiment will ever be attempted again in our lifetimes.

    Liberals seem to be unaware that if they are successful, they will be sentencing many generations of folks in the M.E. to remain in the squalor and oppression under which they have suffered for 1500 years

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  93. FF I don't disagree with your premise..... that the average person in the Middle East needs to be free. I just have a big problem with the choice of Iraq. I would have like to have seen us put those troops into Afghanistan to better build that nation as a starting point. AND it seems we've failed in Afghanistan if after having elections they still want to put a man to death because he has become a Christian. Or then say that he is obviously a mental case and that's why he converted. Should we not have enough of a presence in Afghanistan to not allow this to happen?

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  94. Congratulations and naturally I voted for you, Lydia.

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  95. Freedom Fan said...
    Abdul Rahman Faces Death Penalty for the crime of being a Christian in Afghanistan.

    Maybe if we focus on happy thoughts, he will be safe.


    Are you implying we should void another nation's Constitution because we disagree with it?

    Haven't you guys had enough of raping OUR Constitution? My god, you folks are like greedy kids grabbing potato chips!

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  96. george2:13 PM

    what about those who have come west from these Muslim countries? When do they take some initiative and return to their homelands and start to affect change?

    kirk12

    it's funny have you ever talked to the teenaged kids who are here. the ones in high school say things there in those countries are "just like here"

    this does not seem right to me. They think the same level of rights are accoreded to people there as here , well the Chrirstian convert news item shows otherwise and if history is repeated

    when the extreme left wing stalinists moved into a country the first people the murdered were those that were their left wing allies--- these left wing allies were an irritant to them and the Stalinists real plans , so I would suspect if these kids from here went back to their home countries with their "infected western ideas"

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  97. Carl...... I have to agree with FF on this one.

    In Letter from a Birmingham Jail, MLK Jr wrote....

    "You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court's decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, at first glance it may seem rather paradoxical for us consciously to break laws. One may won ask: "How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?" The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all"

    Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distort the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority. Segregation, to use the terminology of the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber, substitutes an "I-it" relationship for an "I-thou" relationship and ends up relegating persons to the status of things"

    I think a Constitution that holds in favor of the death penalty for Mr Rahman is one which MLK and St Augustine would consider "unjust" I do as well.

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  98. I think a Constitution that holds in favor of the death penalty for Mr Rahman is one which MLK and St Augustine would consider "unjust" I do as well.

    I agree any law that allows the state to usurp GOD's power to decide the life span of any of his children is unjust, thus the death penalty is by that definition unjust.

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  99. Freedom Fan said:

    "As an optimist, I can never give up hope that a peaceful solution will be found which enables each person to break free of his chains and reach his full potential as a human."


    I agree! The concept that a certain tribe of people may forever be incapable of spiritual evolution and political thought process is 100% proposterous.....period.

    Nevertheless, I suggest Islams weird way of and life and lack of freedoms is really none of our buisness; unless, of course, widespread extermination or the immediate threat of our own well being is at stake. Thus, the ugliness of war may be neccesary for self preservation.

    However, I dont go around to all my neighbours homes making regular inspections of their values and personal freedoms.

    Unsatisfied, it would be quite wrong of me to use violent methods in an effort on my part to force my neighbours to envision my perception of what I consider freedom and values.

    Copyright
    Johnny moo moo

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  100. But Johhny...... where do you draw the line. Remember Kitty Genovese? She was stabbed while 38 people watched and did nothing in 1964. THe world is smaller now. Do we all sit quietly and watch Abdul Rahman get beheaded because we don't want to disturb the Afghan constitution that was democratically developed? I know we can't stop every instance of stuff like this but that doesn't mean we should not stop what we can.

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  101. FF said,

    If that happens; if the U.S. is humiliated; if a U.S. President is successfully demonized; then it is unlikely that such an experiment will ever be attempted again in our lifetimes.

    Liberals seem to be unaware that if they are successful, they will be sentencing many generations of folks in the M.E. to remain in the squalor and oppression under which they have suffered for 1500 years

    ************************************

    And if we are successful and allow everyone one vote and the majority vote for sharia law where are we?

    The majority if the Shiites are following the Al Sadar-Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, factions.. United Iraqi Alliance

    This coalition, dominated by Shi'ite parties, was formed to contest the January 2005 election with the blessing of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the most senior Shi'ite cleric based in Iraq. It won the most votes in that election and became the senior partner in the coalition government that ran Iraq for most of 2005.


    They promote Sharia so even if the fiasco that Bush brought to Iraq is resolved the end result ids very likely going to be exactly what you rail against daily, and Bush can be proud of the fact that he derailed a quasi modern state that might have had a chance to move towards democracy to helping create the second Sharia based country in the middle east. And if this happens it won't be the "liberals" you rail against but your boy Bush.

    You see nobody did very much research as to what happened after "shock and awe" they just took it on faith everything was going to be OK. Well the4 fairy tail we were told before the war was not fact. Now we have a BIG problem in that country, part of the problem is illustrated by this map;

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Iraq_demography.jpg

    There is no easy to "divide" the country and the indigenous people do not seem to want to live together. They seem to want to kill each other to the tune of 50-60 people each day if Mr. Iyad Allawi, who was interim prime minister is to be believed. And he probably knows a small bit about it since he lives there and helped run the place. If they do not want to live together and separating them would prove difficult as the map shows then a civil war seem quite likely. Even if there is some way to separate them there is a second problem the oil and how to equitably divide it up. Since the Sunni's occupy little territory that actually has oil the problem is amplified by the fact that the major pipeline that delivers oil to the gulf runs through territory they hold as illustrated by this map;

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:IRAQ_map_black_nad_white.jpg

    as compared to the previous one.


    The Bush administration created this mess with out much thought and therefore the embarrassement is already theirs and solving it is no where as simplistic as you or they propose.

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  102. Kirk said:

    "But Johhny...... where do you draw the line."

    Kirk, for me personally, I draw the line when my own family suffers.

    Do you buy groceries for everyone on the street when your own kids dont have enough to eat?

    Sadly, sometimes we have to sit quietly.

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  103. FF Said;

    Liberals seem to be unaware that if they are successful, they will be sentencing many generations of folks in the M.E. to remain in the squalor and oppression under which they have suffered for 1500 years


    Conservatives seem to be unaware that the people in the Middle East remain in whatever conditions they are willing to remain in.

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  104. Worfeus check out this blog....

    http://funwithhandgrenades.blogspot.com/2006/03/propaganda.html

    incase it breaks,

    http://funwithhandgrenades.blogspot.com
    /2006/03/propaganda.html

    It is from a GI in Iraq now.

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  105. Worf said: "Conservatives seem to be unaware that the people in the Middle East remain in whatever conditions they are willing to remain in. "

    But Worf..... are they really willing to remain in conditions like this? My whole point is that if enough security is in place, will human rights be something these people are willing to stand up for? Possibly not. But I don't think we've yet seen a place where adequate security exists in the Middle East.

    And Johnny.... I live in the US...our poor people are fat...so I don't buy food for Americans.... I guess my tax money that pays for food stamps does though..... are you really that selfish? Like I said... just because you can't solve all problems, does that mean you refuse to solve any?

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  106. Kirk

    I have NEVER implied to refuse to solve any problems. I said "SOMETIMES" we have to sit quietly.

    Are you suggesting America is in perfect health and should not look after its own for a period of time?

    You asked me where to draw the line and I gave you my honest opinion... then you call me selfish.

    Sorry, it is beyond my capability to help everyone!

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  107. Hey Mike,

    But Said Mirhossain Nasri, the top cleric at Hossainia Mosque, one of the largest Shiite places of worship in Kabul, said Rahman must not be allowed to leave the country.
    "If he is allowed to live in the West, then others will claim to be Christian so they can too," he said. "We must set an example. … He must be hanged."

    "Rejecting Islam is insulting God. We will not allow God to be humiliated. This man must die," said cleric Abdul Raoulf, who is considered a moderate and was jailed three times for opposing the Taliban before the hard-line regime was ousted in 2001.

    Raoulf, who is a member of the country’s main Islamic organization, the Afghan Ulama Council, agreed. "The government is playing games. The people will not be fooled."
    "Cut off his head!" he exclaimed, sitting in a courtyard outside Herati Mosque. "We will call on the people to pull him into pieces so there’s nothing left."

    "We are a small country and we welcome the help the outside world is giving us. But please don’t interfere in this issue," Nasri said. "We are Muslims and these are our beliefs. This is much more important to us than all the aid the world has given us."


    -Still think I'm wrong about Islam?
    (AND THESE ARE "MODERATES"....)

    Meanwhile, human rights group Amnesty International said if Rahman has been detained solely for his religious beliefs, he would be a "prisoner of conscience."

    -And THIS from a group that thinks WE'RE the number 1 abuser of human rights?

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  108. Oh BTW Johnny,

    I note that the RCMP were in on the operation that freed the ungrateful peace activists in Iraq...

    I didn't realize Canada was helping us in Iraq.

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  109. Security from WHO Kirk?

    Who the hell do you think the insurgents are?

    Martians?

    The Iraqi people are divided, between the traitors (those siding with the occupying force), and the patriots (those who fight to drive the occupiers out).

    Thats it. Thats all thats there for the most part, at least from an Iraqi perspective, which is the only perspective that ultimately matters.

    We took part of the Iraqi people, and turned them traitors to their own country.

    The other part we turned into insurgents.

    The traitors are being killed by the insurgents, and the insurgents are being killed by the occupiers.

    One big bloodbath, and everyone gets to join in.

    When we are done killing the patriotic Iraqi's, we will go away.

    Maybe after 2000 more americans die, or maybe after 20,000.

    But sooner or later, we will go away.

    When we do, the Iraqi Patriots will kill the Iraqi traitors, and imprison their family and friends, and then a new Iraq, worse than ever before will be all thats left.

    In the end, everyone will have died in vain.

    Everyone.

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  110. Cowpie said:

    "This occurred in Communist Russia and that empire? but slowly it changed... the difference being that atheism was forced on the people there. Were as here control is using "the opium of the people"

    Excellent post Cowpie! Stalin never really succeeded in brainwashing all his subjects. Remember the Ukraine in June 1941?

    And dont even get me started about Marx's "opium of the people"!

    No opium for Johnny moo moo, I find strength within myself and follow no commercialized religion.

    But thats the beauty of democracy, I am free to choose atheism or be a dum-dum and invest my life savings into bible theme parks and gold faucets.

    And if I disagree with this, I simply have to speak out.....not take away everyones right to freedom of religion.

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  111. It may take 20,000 American lives, and 200,000 more Iraqi lives, but sooner or later the US will learn, just like Ancient Rome, that you can't force a nation of people to comply with your belief system, or political philosophy.

    You can try, but they will fight you, kick you, scratch you, claw you, lie to you, and do everything they can to hang on, and drive you out.

    Whether you believe what you're doing is for their own good, they'll never believe it.

    Ever try to help get a bee out of your house by catching him in a jar?

    The bee will sting you if it can, even though you know you're trying to help.

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  112. Well, I dont know what to say Voltaire. I feel bad for American Tom Fox, yet Canadians were freed.

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    “Not a chance,” she said. “He won’t even take an aspirin.”

    “Not a problem,” replied the doctor. “Give him an Irish Viagra. Drop it into his coffee. He won’t even taste it. Give it a try and call me in a week to let me know how things went.”

    It wasn’t a week later that she called the doctor, who directly inquired as to progress.

    The poor dear exclaimed, ” Oh, faith, bejaysus and begorrah! ‘Twas horrid. Just terrible, doctor!”

    “Really? What happened?” asked the doctor.

    “Well, I did as you advised and slipped it in his coffee and the effect was almost immediate. He jumped hisself straight up, with a twinkle in his eye, and with his pants a-bulging fiercely! “With one swoop of his arm, he sent the cups and tablecloth flying, ripped me clothes to tatters and took me then and there, making wild, mad, passionate love to me on the tabletop! It was a nightmare, I tell you, an absolute nightmare!”

    “Why so terrible?” asked the doctor, “Do you mean the sex your husband provided wasn’t good?”

    “Oh, no, no, no, doctor, the sex was fine indeed! ‘Twas the best sex I’ve had in 25 years!
    “But sure as I’m sittin’ here, I’ll never be able to show me face in Starbucks again.”

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  114. LOL VOLTAIRE!

    Good one!

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  115. It's OK Johnny.

    It wasn't a shot at you, I was just truly surprised. I honestly didn't know Canada was with us in Iraq.

    I too am glad for the Canadians who were freed. I just wish they'd been a little thankful. Their statement afterwards seemed like a backhanded swat at their rescuers.
    (The whole group I mean, not just the Canadians....)

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  116. Good one Voltair.

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  117. Freedom Fan said...
    Abdul Rahman Faces Death Penalty for the crime of being a Christian in Afghanistan.

    Maybe if we focus on happy thoughts, he will be safe.

    -Freedom Fan

    Are you implying we should void another nation's Constitution because we disagree with it?

    Haven't you guys had enough of raping OUR Constitution? My God, you folks are like greedy kids grabbing potato chips!

    -carl

    carl, carl...you must be one a them compassionate liberals that I've heard so much about.

    Or more likely you were the inspiration for the democrat party mascot.

    It's astounding to see how low are you willing to stoop to flash your ass.

    /I capitalized "God" for you, you pathetic, steaming, meadow wafer.

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  118. An elderly man goes to confession and says to the priest, "Father, I'm 80 years old, married, have four kids and 11 grandchildren. I started taking Viagra and last night I had an affair and made love to two 18-year-old girls. Both of them. Twice.

    The priest said: "Well, my son, when was the last time you were in confession?"

    "Never Father, I'm Jewish."

    "So then, why are you telling me?"

    "Heck! I'm telling everybody!"

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  119. LOL FF!

    That was a good one too!

    BTW, FF & Voltaire. I,ll give you both an autographed stuffed beaver from Pierre Trudeau if you can get Lydia to lighten up a bit?

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  120. Heard this on the radio the other day,

    A blonde and a redhead were walking down the street and happened to pass a flower shop. The redhead looks in and spots her boyfriend buying flowers.

    The redhead says, "Oh no, he's buying me flowers again!" To which the blonde replies, "What's wrong with that? I love getting flowers, don't you?

    The redhead says, "Yes, but there are just so many expectations involved. I'll be spending the next 3 days on my back with my legs in the air."

    The blonde gives her a puzzled look and says, "Don't you have a vase?"

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  121. No thanks Johnny, I prefer to stuff my own beaver.

    That said, I do remember seeing a picture once when I was younger of MAGGIE Trudeau sitting in a skirt with no panties on.......LOL

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  122. "The blonde gives her a puzzled look and says, "Don't you have a vase?"

    LOL

    Your reminding me of my blond ex; man was she dumb.

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  123. BTW Voltaire, please let me know if Canadians are allowed to go on that supply truck thing you are considering in Iraq....I would join you. Im very serious!

    125,000 K American is like a few million Canadian.

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  124. Wow, this has become one big troll dump.

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  125. Meanwhile another 50 people died in Iraq today, because of cocksuckers like you.


    Oh well.

    Tell us some more blonde jokes.

    After all you all have so much respect for Lydia, thats apparent.

    Especially you Johnny. You're a real genitalman.

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  126. Well worf,

    While our jokes might have been a bit risque and maybe even bawdy, you're the only one so far that has said a offensive word.

    And please give my apologies to Lydia, I forgot she was blonde, and I also didn't realize she takes herself so seriously that ONE blonde joke out of three or four would offend her.

    Hanging on the wrong side of the cross today are we?

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  127. Well since that much offends you, lets see if we can push it over the top.

    Hear about the eithiopean who fell in a pit of alligators?

    He ate three before they could pull him out.....

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  128. "Meanwhile another 50 people died in Iraq today, because of cocksuckers like you."

    I'm not a muslim.....

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  129. Oh, and speaking of self righteous,

    Did anyone catch Belzers remarks about the intelligence of our soldiers?

    I think it was on Bill Mahers show.
    I don't watch it, but that piece has been getting a bit of press....

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  130. Voltaire said;

    And please give my apologies to Lydia, I forgot she was blonde

    Wow.

    How'd you do that?

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  131. I mean was it a head injury or something?

    Meningitis? Was it spinal meningitis?

    I hear that can damage cognitive ability.

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  132. Hey maybe it was amnesia. You know, like on the Bourne identity?

    Yea, you're Jason Bourne!


    Rad

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  133. Well, we were just having fun and I wasn't thinking about her.

    BTW, are you really an asshole or do you just play one on the internet?

    Nevermind, I'm sure I know already.

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  134. No, I'm really an asshole.

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  135. Unlike you, I don't spend all day trying to impress her.

    I hope she doesn't stop fast, or at least that your nose isn't cold...

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  136. Voltaire said

    "Well, we were just having fun and I wasn't thinking about her."

    Agreed! I wasnt thinking of Lyd at all.

    Anyone who can write a book on Stalin is no dummy.

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  137. But hey, if you have some self righteous indignation about the plight of the world at the hands of evil America...

    Please, go ahead and fill your diaper up....

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  138. No instead you spend all day filling her blog with mindless junk, tripe and miniutia. Anything but important current events or issues.

    Just a lot of right wing blather and stupid jokes, space fillers to drive away any real fence-sitters out there who might happen by.

    You don't give a crap about human life, not the Iraqi's, or our troops. All you care about is being right.

    Because you're the right wing.

    Right?

    Right.

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  139. I care about human life worf,

    I just care a little bit more about the life of innocent people than I do about the human life of people who'd take yours in a heartbeat because you don't conform to their ideals.

    And make no mistake, your bleeding heart liberalism would not get you a pass with the mullahs at all I'm afraid...

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  140. Ah looks like today was a trollfest, looks like I didnt miss to much

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  141. Neither did I, i sent some time reading the blog of a US Army infantrymkan In Iraq who is there and reports things that Bush wouldn't like....

    http://funwithhandgrenades.blogspot.com

    Check it out

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  142. Voltair you might particularily find it informative because he writes about driving around part of Iraq and the hazards he faces when he does.

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  143. Hey Mike,
    Still think I'm wrong about Islam?
    (AND THESE ARE "MODERATES"....)
    And THIS from a group that thinks WE'RE the number 1 abuser of human rights?


    Yep Voltaire I still think absolutes and sweeping generalizations are wrong, sure anyone who would kill someone for their religion or for converting to another religion is nuts, but what if they judged us by our leaders as well, the Neo Cons are not saying to kill someone for converting to a different religion, but you did last week, you said kill every Muslim that wont convert to Christianity. there are moderates out there Voltaire.

    BTW, I do think terrorists and radicals should be wiped out, but not in a way that turns the moderates into terrorists and radicals as well. many of the Iraqi's were just poor simple people struggling to survive and get enough to eat, they were not obsessed with attacking a country on the other side of the world until we gave them a reason to hate us that much by bombing their homes, killing, imprisoning and torturing their friends and families.

    There's nothing wrong with cutting off the head of a snake Voltaire, but cutting off the head of a Hydra is a losing battle if every time you do it will sprout 3 more heads immediately.

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  144. The world is full of ongoing violence and horror. Theres nothing wrong in an occasional joke to keep ones sanity in check.

    But I guess some people choose to consistently focus on all the bad and anything else is pure treason.

    Why put forth effort into a real protest, when the blogging world is so desperate for armchair engineers.

    TTFN!

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  145. What innocent people Voltaire?

    Huh? Who's innocent?

    You?


    Me?

    The Iraqis?


    Who are these innocent people you are saving.

    Cause the little kids getting their arms and legs blown off in Iraq, on both sides, look pretty innocent to me.

    Did you know the latest estimate of the death toll in Iraq from the Red Cross is as high as 200,000?

    200,000.

    Wow. Thats close to a quarter of a million people dead. Dead, to prove a point.

    To prove that George Bush is not an insane idiot, and you are all not fools for listening to him.

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  146. You guys are aware when we hit a million, we don't win a free toaster or anything, right?

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  147. No, there is nothing wrong with telling a few jokes, but when a bunch of reich Wingers come on a Liberal blog and spend the entire day burying real discussion with insults, stupid banter and jokes that is the sign of a troll. what kind of reaction do you think we would get if we did the same thing on a right wing blog' you guys are such fun loving open minded guys with great sense of humors i'm sure you'd welcome us with open arms and make us feel real welcome right????????????

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  148. The invasion of Iraq in March 2003 by coalition forces has lead to the death of at least 100,000 civilians, reveals the first scientific study to examine the issue.

    The majority of these deaths, which are in addition those normally expected from natural causes, illness and accidents, have been among women and children, finds the study, released early by The Lancet on Thursday.

    The most common cause of death is as a direct result of violence, mostly caused by coalition air strikes, reveals the study of almost 1000 households scattered across Iraq. And the risk of violent death just after the invasion was 58 times greater than before the war. The overall risk of death was 1.5 times more after the invasion than before.

    The figure of 100,000 – estimated by extrapolating the surveyed households’ death toll to the whole population - is based on "conservative assumptions", notes Les Roberts at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, US, who led the study.

    That estimate excludes Falluja, a hotspot for violence. If the data from this town is included, the study points to about 200,000 excess deaths since the outbreak of war

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  149. Thats all were doing now you know Mike.

    Fighting a war to prove a point.

    You hear it from the Generals, the Politicians, hell even a lot of the troops.

    They say, if we leave now then everyone died in vain.

    These people of course cannot accept reality.

    They cannot accept the fact, that their motivations and decision to go to war in the first place, was flawed.

    Greatly flawed.

    And the concept of compelling our form of Government on a soverign nation, was damned from the start.

    Damned to failure.

    So now, because they don't know what else to do, and because it is too painful to admit they were wrong in the first place, and are responsible for the deaths of close to a quarter of a million people, they now fight on to prove they were right all along.

    To prove to the world, and to themselves, that they were right.

    Cause they're the right.

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  150. "One of the saddest lessons of history is this;

    If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle.

    We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth.

    The bamboozle has captured us.

    It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken."


    Dr. Carl Sagan
    The Demon-Haunted World

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  151. Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them;

    And thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception


    Mark Twain

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  152. part of the problem is the democrats dont have the spine to attack the Right for lying and misleading us into this war, they are trying to take the high road and "be nice" by saying well be went there by mistake on misimformation and faulty intelligence so we shouldnt really be there.

    No we were lied to and deceived and almost 200,000 have died as a result and our reputation is being destroyed, not only should we work on an exit strategy but the people who warmongering liars that deceived us and put us in this position should be held accountable.

    And BTW Voltaire, it says volumes that about you that you were proud when Bush rambled and danced around Helen Thomas's question the other day not to mention he flat out lied, he was pushing for war from before he got in office and he used 9?11 to get his way. God forbid he should answer a question thats not a softball lobbed at him and show someone some respect and let them get a word in, he's not made of glass is he?

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  153. $226 billion and counting:

    The cost of the Iraq war, according to a new analysis by the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments.

    ***************************************

    Can I have my share back? You all have done such a lousy job I want a refund.

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  154. Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them;

    And thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception


    Mark Twain

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  155. Mark Twain.

    Author.

    Prophet.

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  156. I find I spend a lot of times reading about vets on the blogs, and ran accross this....

    Name: Papa Ray

    Sit down and let me tell you a little story.

    It starts...Long ago and far away.

    I was just a teenager pretending to be a Soldier, in jungles that would have gotten Tarzan lost, I was scared, excited and determined that I would do my part and protect my buds while we killed the hated VC and NVA.

    At first it was all that, then it was horrible and then it was even worse, but then as I grew up and wasn't a "newby" and learned not only how to cope, but to become a real warrior, I began to like it.

    I not only learned to like it, but when we were not on a mission, not in the crap, I was like a caged animal. The "war" had become the most important thing to me.

    We dressed the part, acted the part. We were all stone cold killers and did our jobs so well we were the number one LLRP team. We were called when they knew the mission was impossible.

    I was lucky, I lasted almost two tours, but wound up coming home via Japan and W. Reed and being down for almost 8 months.

    Even after that decompression (and during) I dreamed of running thru the weeds and experiencing that rush, that excitment bordering on insanity.

    The following years were not only difficult but costly, It cost me my marriage, my freedom (a year in jail), my jobs (quit, many times, fired, many times) and almost my sanity.

    Man is not a machine you can reprogram that easy. Life's experiences are not something you can just forget, they alter your thinking, your emotions and your actions.

    I have recovered most of my sanity and my humanity but it took way too long.

    Don't get yourself drawn down into the frenzy where you have problems getting out.

    Believe this ol' grunt, you don't want to do that.

    Papa Ray
    West Texas
    USA

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  157. I went to that guys blog you posted Clif. It looks good.

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  158. An inglorious peace is better than a dishonorable war

    Mark Twain

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  159. Worfeus It brought back memories and makes me realise that his battles have just begun, I read his entire blog from Augest 2005 foward and can see he has some of the same thoughts and reactions I did. Also quite a few of his thoughts about the difference between what he is seeing there and how he reacts as opposed to here show a normal human in truely abnormal conditions, his road back will not end with a plane ride to Ft. Campell. He is in the 101st Airmobile Division the division that replaced the unit my daughter was attached to. I probably will follow his blog and be there when they get back as Campell is about 2 hours away.

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  160. Yea, you should. He could use support from you. Don't be a stranger here though.

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  161. Before I had chance in another war, the desire to kill people to whom I had not been introduced had passed away.

    Mark Twain

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  162. To be a patriot, one had to say, and keep on saying, " Our country, right or wrong," and urge on the little war.

    Have you not perceived that that phrase is an insult to the nation?


    Mark Twain

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  163. They say charity begins at home but does it mean that when Barbra Bush donates money in the name of Hurricane Katrinea relief to the fund tuoted by her husband and former President Clinton she should "earmark" it to be used to only buy from a company run by the never do well son Neil? Seems even when they pretend to do good they can't help themselves to keeping it in the family, and getting a tax break while passing money to their offspring, HOW REPUBLICAN of her.

    ************************************

    http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/007978.php

    Great moments in earmarks.

    The Houston Chronicle reports this morning that the donation Barbara Bush made to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund was 'earmarked' for the educational software company Ignite!

    http://chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/3742329.html

    As some of you probably know that's the junk company owned by her ne'er-do-well son Neil Bush.

    Actually, though, it's way better, or worse, depending on your turn of mind.

    Ignite!'s has a unique business model, which works like this. Neil goes around the world finding international statesmen, bigwigs and criminals who want to 'invest' in Ignite! as a way to curry favor with the brother in the White House.

    A couple years ago when I was at Salon I wrote about the craze for investment in Ignite! then taking hold among Red Sea oil magnates and progeny of the rulers of the People's Republic of China (See this article as well about the craze for investing in Ignite! in the United Arab Emirates and specifically in Dubai).

    http://dir.salon.com/story/politics/bushed/2002/04/12/neil/index.html

    Now, Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky has awakened to the wonders of investing in Ignite!

    http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/000165.php

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  164. I won't be a stranger, he only gets to post every 5-10 days when he can.

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  165. Unlike you, I don't spend all day trying to impress her.

    I hope she doesn't stop fast, or at least that your nose isn't cold...

    -Voltaire

    ROFLMAO

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  166. I am surprised they let him post at all.

    You would think they would be concerned with him accidently giving away some military secrets, like his location or deployment details, or other pertinent information.

    Thats amazing they let him Blog.

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  167. Wow, you finally figure that one out freedom fan did you?

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  168. Worf,

    Just got back from rehearsal, so I'm catching up. You two really went at it. I'm gonna hafta grab a few of those lines for my arsenal...

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  169. He comments he won't give away any opsec(operations security) like his position, unit, mission etc, and since he blogs thru the internet and sents the reports to the states he is not breaking any UCMJ rules but some in his chain of command might not like his thoughts and words so they could make it hard on him if they wanted to. In his blog he remarks about somebody who was there a few years ago that had their blog closed down but that guy came home and wrote a book so they didn't actually completely censor him either, and this guy has a following, both in his home state and conus duty station so closing him down would cause more bad press than it might be worth to the narrow minded powers that be.

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  170. Well gonna grab some Zs y'all. I know Clif will blog thru the nite agin.

    Ciao for now

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  171. Rehersal for what FF?

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  172. And the republican feces machine moves on....


    CALLING KEN?

    In the days before and after the state Republican Party’s 2002 Election Day phone-jamming scheme, the man who now chairs the Republican National Committee was the White House director of political affairs.

    And a Democratic-affiliated advocacy group says that court records show Ken Mehlman’s office received more than 75 telephone calls from now-convicted phone-jam conspirator James Tobin from Sept. 30 to Nov. 22 of that year.

    The Senate Majority Project, a brainchild “527” of former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle, wonders why Tobin called the White House so often. Tobin at the time worked for the Republican National Committee and the affiliated National Republican Senatorial Committee — and a hot race that year was the New Hampshire Senate contest between Republican John Sununu and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

    On election morning, a telemarketer hired by the state GOP jammed the telephones of five state Democratic and one firefighters union get-out-the-vote phone banks.

    Former state GOP executive director Chuck McGee admitted masterminding the scheme and served seven months in jail last year for it. Tobin was found guilty in December of federal telephone harassment charges for acting as a middle man. An appeal is expected if the trial court in Concord turns down his request for a new trial.

    “All we have is the phone number and the fact that calls were made to the White House,” says SMP executive director Mike Gehrke, a former high-level Clinton administration staffer. “But we also know from the court record that a lot of other calls about the scheme were going on. For a period of time, this was the hot topic.

    “With that many calls, I believe it’s inconceivable that there wasn’t some knowledge of this at the White House,” Gehrke said. “At the very least, it is evidence that there needs to be a bigger net cast here before the end of this case.”

    Meanwhile, John McCain has hired Tobin’s old boss at the RNC, Terry Nelson, as an adviser to his Straight Talk America PAC.

    Nelson was identified in the Tom DeLay indictment as the recipient of a $190,000 check in illegal corporate campaign contributions and a list of Republican candidates for the Texas Legislature for whom the money was intended.

    In 2002, Nelson was Republican National Committee national political director while Tobin was both RNC New England political director and Northeast political director of the GOP senatorial committee.

    Nelson and Tobin then moved to the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign — Nelson as campaign political director and Tobin as New England chairman.

    Dismissing the notion that Nelson had anything to do with phone-jamming, New Hampshire McCain strategist Michael Dennehy said of Nelson, “We’re happy to have him.”

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  173. Chow for now.

    Nite Clif.

    I will check out his blog again tomorrow.

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  174. Ken freakin Mehlman.


    He's a real peice of work.

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  175. Iraqi Good Stuff

    by Will Durst

    On the third anniversary of his misadventure into Iraq, President George Bush strove to sell his invasion and occupancy policy by holding a press conference and announced that getting US troops out of Iraq is not his problem. Instead it's going to be the problem of future US presidents and Iraqi governments.

    In other words, there's no light at the end of this tunnel, just a secular guerilla holding a flashlight, and we're backing out as fast as our little cowboy boots can carry us. Civil war: the gift that keeps on giving.

    To say he was a bit testy is like saying gravel is not as nutritious as it looks. He even snapped at Helen Thomas. For crum’s sake, who snaps at Helen Thomas? It's like biting the head off a smurf. He also proceeded to duck questions asked of him and to answer unasked questions his handlers had prepared him for and overall had the look of a guy who was trying to fake his way through not having done his homework...for the last thirteen semesters.

    He did his best to reassure America that it's not as bad as it looks over there. Which is good, cuz to be honest, it looks pretty freaking bad over there.

    He was adamant that progress is being made but when asked to explain where and how, ran into a couple of minor roadblocks. Like examples of exactly where and how we’re making progress.

    But if you believe Dubyah, which I'm not even sure Laura and the twins do anymore; except for the prison assaults and the assassinations and the suicide bombings and the boots on the ground getting buried, things are actually pretty good. It's that darn media that's screwing everything up. By showing stuff. Showing bad stuff. If only that rascally American press could report some of the Good Stuff coming out of the Mideast, everyone would settle down and birds would sing and gay people would drink beer and have babies and all would be right with the world.

    So, being the patriot that I am, I've gone out, not far; but I've done the research and collected a bunch of the good stuff coming out of Iraq in a little something I like to call...

    WILL DURST FINDS THE BRIGHT SIDE TO XENOPHOBIC GENOCIDE

    • Baghdad University fraternity expulsions way down.

    • Six billion a month we won't be wasting on pork barrel politics.

    • Advances in battlefield medical procedures destined to benefit all of mankind.

    • Due to their renewed dedication to killing each other, the Sunnis and Shiites seem much less interested in targeting Americans these days.

    • VFW membership rolls are a bull market.

    • Grisly footage of dead in Iraq diverting attention from that whole Jack Abramoff thing.

    • Every single car bomb explosion means another opportunity for Detroit fleet sales.

    • Where tomorrow's stars of the Cadaver Dog World get first class training today.

    • Senseless secular violence has obviously intensified the hold of the truce in Northern Ireland.

    • There's a Burning Man Festival every day of the week.

    • When you’re thinking organ donor heaven, we're talking Iraq.

    • Hey, it could be worse. There could be leeches.

    • And the final piece of good news coming out of the Iraq...spring has sprung.

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  176. Past history suggests that military efficacy is not so much always a question of the number of troops — but rather of how they are used. Especially large American deployments can foster dependency rather than autonomy on the part of the Iraqi security forces. Each month, fewer Americans are dying in Iraq, while more Iraqis are fighting the terrorists — as it becomes clear to them that some enormous occupation force is not on its own going to save the Iraqis’ democracy for them.
    ...
    We hear only of the deliberately inexact rubric “Iraqi civilian losses” — without any explanation that almost all the Iraqi dead are either (1) victims of the terrorists, (2) Iraqi security forces trying to defend the innocent against the terrorists, or (3) the terrorists themselves.
    ...
    [T]he proper question is not whether there were tragic errors of judgment in Iraq — but to what degree were they qualitatively different from past errors that are the stuff of war, to what degree were they addressed and corrected, and to what degree did their commission impair the final verdict of the mission?
    ...
    Ever since 9/11 we have been in a long, multifaceted, and much-misunderstood war against jihadists and their autocratic enablers from Manhattan to Kabul, from Baghdad to the Hindu Kush, from London and Madrid to Bali and the Philippines. For now, Iraq has become the nexus of that struggle, in the heart of the ancient caliphate, rather than the front once again in Washington and New York. Whose vision of the future wins depends on who keeps his nerve — or to paraphrase the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo, “Hard pounding, gentlemen; but we will see who can pound the longest.”

    -Victor Davis Hanson

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  177. They were talking on Imus this morning that Bush loyalist Rick Santorum has a charity where he gives less than 40% to charity and uses the rest to pay his political staff and advisors.

    Santorum is one of the founders and brains behind the K Street project that Jack Abramhoff and Tom Delay were using to funnel money to politicians.

    I hope this costs Santorum his Senate reelection.

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  178. You mean Rick Sanitarium, don't you?

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  179. AnnonPussy10:36 AM

    Mike said:

    think we would get if we did the same thing on a right wing blog' you guys are such fun loving open minded guys with great sense of humors i'm sure you'd welcome us with open arms and make us feel real welcome right????????????

    Stalin took such people and just shot them in the back of the head and burried them in unmarked graves..

    So you guys are annoyed ,
    I give you that
    but at least you put up with it ? thanks :)

    Freedom of speech
    ouch ouch

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  180. Work with me here for a moment.

    Was there supposed to be a coherent sentence in there somewhere?

    If so, where?

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  181. The punctuation is at the very least, dubious.

    The sentence structure non existent.

    I can only assume this is the effect of some sort of mind altering street drug, or perhaps he may have suffered from a head injury at a younger age.

    That could do it.

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  182. AnnonPussy12:30 PM

    "MMMMMeeeeeeeeoooowwwwwww"

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  183. AnnonKitty12:33 PM

    OK in the interests of political righteousness

    ;P

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  184. Actually, he could be quite intelligent, assuming he is a pre-schooler.

    Judging by his posts, that deduction may be closest to the actual truth.

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  185. Who would make the most suited spouse for Ann Coulter?

    Could it be Tom Delay? Aren't they both filled with venom and arrogance.

    Could it be Bill O'Reilly? Perhaps both their massive egos would collide and see who was the biggest fraud.

    It could be Bill Frist. After all both have the same competency in their work, and both need a personality.

    It is hard to imagine who the daughter of Lucifer, that was just shown on Headline news making more false accusations to cover an incompetent President should be with.

    I am not sure even those hate mongers would take her.

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  186. Anonymous1:57 PM

    I think the mysterious show Freedom Fan is rehearsing for is "Riverdance." I spied through the stage window but couldn't tell for sure if it was him.

    It's either that or a musical starring Freedom Fan as Dick Cheney in a remake of "Bonanza". They added a new character on the Ponderosa called "Turkey shootin' Dick"

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  187. Actually, you I think with Ann Coulter you should be perusing female candidates.

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  188. "liberals will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon our nation that was attacked, and every liberal will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them;"

    -meretricious worfeus

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  189. Mikey,

    Alert number dos;

    I NEVER said "kill all muslims who won't convert to christianity..."

    I SAID, "deprogram them, and there are ways to do that short of killing them."

    Please invest in a good literacy course.

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  190. And please, just send Ann my way.

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  191. Voltaire said "Mikey,

    Alert number dos;

    I NEVER said "kill all muslims who won't convert to christianity..."

    I SAID, "deprogram them, and there are ways to do that short of killing them."

    Please invest in a good literacy course.

    2:14 PM
    Alert number 2 from me also'

    Voltaire i'm not the one in need of a literacy course, i was a psychology major in college and I know exactly what deprogramming is, it is essentially torture and brainwashing, so you are saying basically to exterminate the crazies and leaders, exterminate the ones who are strong minded and wont drink the koolaid you guys are selling and then "deprogram"=meaning torture and brainwash whats left of the close to 2 billion muslims to think like you do. You are basically trying to say you want to the Holocaust part 2 but in a nicer way.

    BTW lucky for you there is a provision in the Army for building lots of concentration camps cause your gonna need em to exterminate, brainwash and torture about 2 billion people.

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  192. Hey Lydia, I just checked out Wampum, your Grandparents really got on the Internet and voted, thats pretty cool, they must be really young to be watching your kids, just a suggestion but a picture might be cool.

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  193. Hey Worf, Thanks to Rene's link I listened to the Young Turks with Lydia and you last night, Lydia was great no surprise there, but I was surprised at how long they kept you on the air, you had to be on at least 10 minutes, good job too BTW, I would have been nervous but you did a really good job.

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  194. Voltaire;

    And please, just send Ann my way

    Ahh, a masochist. Ok, if I see her rooting around in my garbage or anything I'll be sure to point her in your direction.

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  195. Anyone see the fat smelly republican Nazi Pig in TexASS locking up the people from a HOTEL Bar?

    They had ROOMS IN THE HOTEL!!!

    Got a little tipsy in the bar, and these filthy, goosestepping swine handcuffed them and hauled them off to jail in a van.

    The even arrested the bartender, a girl crying because she couldn't believe it.

    When the women tried to explain to the filthy, fat, sweaty NAZI PIG that she had a room in the hotel, and was not a danger to anyone, he smugly looked at her with that backwoods inbred hillbilly redneck look, that only a republican can make, and said you're a danger to yourself in your condition..

    I say we throw TexASS out of the Union.

    All those in favor???

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  196. Actually, since Ben Domenech has resigned from the washington post right wing blog they created for him, after dishonestly calling Coretta Scott King a communist and then HAVING to retract the statement and appologise. He also got caught plagerising several times. Seems He ain't all they cracked (like in smoke it ) him up to be. Maybe Ann needs a new lap dog since Ben's daddy can't finsd him a job in the Bush admin since he seems so eminately qualified. He's stupid and imcompetent and she is stupid and mean a match made in the nearest lobbiest office......

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  197. TexASS is like the new Argentina.

    All the Nazi swine are hiding out there.

    After all, they gave us Herr Busch.

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  198. Sorry Mike, but you need to move up here with the civilized folk.

    There must be something in the water in TexASS, cause they're about one dye job away from an all brownshirt business class.

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