Monday, March 13, 2006

WE HIT 1,000 POSTS! * BUSHIANITY by John Conley

Always remember, every moment is a choice between LOVE AND FEAR.

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On the TV show America's Top Model, one of the contenders, Danny said: "I'm uber-conservative: I don't like gay people. I don't like Muslims. I don't like abortions. I don't like anything liberal. But, other than that-I really like to get along with people... Read more below in Open Thread #2 about Democrats and moral values.

How on earth does the right-wing get away with defining Democrats as "Unpatriotic Godless Abortionists"? This reminds me of Ann Coulter shouting out to a boy with a soft voice in her audience last week,"Hey gay-boy..." And yet Coulter still went on FOX the other night with Hannity and Colmes and was treated as a respected pundit and "thinker".

Are we living in America in the 21st century? Is this how we have devolved? Bigoted hate-speak swirled off Danny girl's tongue as easily as the Pledge of Allegiance. Bashing liberals has become second nature to right-wingers; sort of like the Islamic Fundamentalists who rock and bow and repeat ungly mantras from the Koran. This Danny girl must have learned to recite "I don't like gays, I don't like liberals... the way she learned the Ten Commandments. BY THE WAY, WAKE UP CHRISTIANS: The Ten Commandments are from the Old Testament; why are you so obessesed with putting these up on government buildings and not Christ's SERMON ON THE MOUNT?

She must hear her parents and A.M. talk-radio (90% of all radio stations are owned by right-wing monopoly!) This is a dangerous sign. It's anti-American, un-Christian elitist brainwashing. For this girl to think it's "a good thing" or it's "Christian" to brag about disliking an entire category of fellow Americans, is the exact mindset of the Hitler Youth. This is an insidious form of brainwashing and what is so disturbing is that this contestant thinks her "speech" will help win her a modeling contract, as if these are good values! For one thing, she will never have a good hair-day; all the hairdressers in the modeling world are gay! I guess it's not very Christian of me to judge her by pointing this out, as all my good Christian Ann Coulter fans point out in their hate-mail.

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    OPEN THREAD... or here are some ideas:

    #1. Senator Joe Biden or John Edwards: which would make a better Democratic candidate for President? If Edwards gets strong and forceful, I think he has the values that middle-America wants. I like him.

    #2. Question: Do you think Democrats need to start framing our campaign more towards true moral and Christian values (the ones the right-wing ignores) such as "taking care of the 'least of these' and bringing the dialogue back to poverty, medicare, health insurance, raising minimum wage, veterans benefits, alternative fuels, environment — and reframing the argument to show that these are true Christian values, not the bizarre obsession with abortion and homosexuality.

    #1. Cheryl Seal Port Deal 'Pull Out' Is PHONY - Dubai Will STILL Be Owner

    "The new entity is supposed to have an American board and American managers, but the ownership was still questionable. Or, as New York's Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer observed, "the devil is in the details." If DP World is in fact merely planning to put its U.S. assets under a U.S.-managed subsidiary with oversight from a U.S.-staffed board, it would be following in a long line of foreign suppliers of defense technology to the U.S.

    "This looks like a variant of that," says Clyde Prestowitz of the Economic Strategy Group in Washington. "
    http://www.forbes.com/home/logistics/2006/03/09/dubai-ports-divests-cx_daa-0309autofacescan12.html

    Compare this to the intentionally vague and misleading AP: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/terror/20060309-1223-portssecurity.html

    Fortunately, not everyone in Congress is a clueless cluck. Rep. Peter King (NY) wasn't so quick to swallow the bait and said he would reserve any celebrations until he saw the details of the deal. And he's wise to wait - one of the warning signs was Bush brown-noser Bill Frist's too-quick observation: This[alleged pull out of DPW]should make the issue go away."

    #2. The woman who got fired from her job for having a "PROGRESSIVE TALK 11.50 AM Radio" bumper sticker on her car. Her boss said, "For all I know you could be Al Quaeda..."

    #3. This from NPR and HUFFPO: Sandra Day O'Connor Warns Of "Beginnings" Of Dictatorship... Slams Tom DeLay, Sen. John Cornyn... NPR | March 10, 2006 at 12:00 AM FROM HUFFPO...

    NPR's Nina Totenberg aired an amazing story this morning about a talk that just-resigned Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor gave at Georgetown University. The first woman to serve on the High Court wouldn't allow her actual words to be broadcast, and that's a shame, because -- based on Totenberg's report -- every American needs to hear what she said. The Reagan appointee who became a moderate and an American icon -- Bush v. Gore notwithstanding -- all but named names in thinly veiled attacks on former House majority leader Tom DeLay and Texas Sen. John Cornyn, and ended with a stunning warning. O'Connor told her Georgetown audience that judges can make presidents, Congress and governors "really really mad," and that if judges don't make people angry, they aren't doing their job. But she said judicial effectiveness is "premised on the notion that we won't be subject to retaliation for our judicial acts." While hailing the American system of rights and privileges, she noted that these don't protect the judiciary, that "people do".... more at HuffPo


    My hero and good friend JOHN CONLEY, Marine combat vet, wrote this to me this morning: "Bushianity, a new religion"
    "A couple of years ago Osama Bin Laden was shown in a news report giving a speech, but the reporting of what he was saying was scant, except in general, home-spun terms. Lydia, I'd bet my life that Bush not only didn't know the content of the speech, but didn't want or care to know!

    I'll admit, though, up to that point I was guilty of this same indifference concerning anything any Al Queda sympathizer had to say, let alone Osama Bin Laden. But...his particular day I found myself curious about what this psycho Bin Laden had to say for himself, so I went to my computer and found the English translation of Bin Laden's entire speech.

    Yes, he's a murderer and a viscious war criminal, but much of what he said in that speech was very revealing about the true core of hatred these particular Muslims harbor for the West. Dare I say that I had a measure of understanding concerning some of the points made by Osama?

    I felt no sympathy for him, for sure, nor any of the other criminal-crazies in that bunch, but some of what he had to say caused me to believe that this chasm between them and us can eventually be bridged with careful, intelligent, reasoned and persistent diplomacy. Are not our men and women fighting this war today and the fresh memories of those injured and fallen not at least worth the attempt?

    By now it should be clear to everyone that this perpetual, "bring-it-on" style of diplomacy is going to require more and more U.S. blood and treasure in GW's never ending search for this mythic John Wayne legacy he lusts for.

    Allow me to go out on this limb just a little further.....I could actually envision discussions with a Bin Laden-type in an attempt to bring the two sides together, or at least to a point where we have a better understanding of each other. At the least we might expect mutual understanding to lead to a truce of sorts. (Upon the keywording by the FBI and interception of this email I can imagine being wrestled to the ground and arrested as an "enemy combatant".)

    Bush and Bin Laden have both sealed their individual legacies as international, murderous bullies, but we can pray that someone wise will emerge from each side with the understanding and Truth that is so plainly revealed in Proverbs 16:7 (KJV) which says: When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Powerful, huh?"
    there is more to this piece, I will post it later..." (from John Conley)
    God Bless you all...
    Lydia

    813 comments:

    1. Bette2:43 PM

      Congratulations Lydia on your nominations. I voted for you in both categories.

      Say hello to California for us. Your friends in Connecticut!!
      Bette & family

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    2. Congratulations! Glad to do my part.

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    3. FF, believe or not, I enjoy our talks.


      I'll deny I said that in the morning.

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    4. Worf,

      You were truly awesome in your eloquent defense of free speech. (blush)

      But don't expect me to cut you any slack you l-word you.

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    5. I left my favorite matey, british gary one last luv note on the kilo-thread.

      Bwahaha.

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    6. BTW FF, i'd like to hear your opinion on military personel not being able to go to liberal blogs.

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    7. Don't worry FF.

      Quarter shall neither be asked nor given.

      Particularly after your last uncalled for rant on British Gary.

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    8. Mike,

      I haven't researched it, but I suspect the prohibition has to do with giving away information which might compromise military positions or strength. If it is truly a prohibition against service folks visiting just "liberal" blogs then I would naturally oppose it.

      However, I am disgusted by liberal blogs like democratic underground and dailykos which have little panic buttons or other ways to tattle to the host and censor someone who challenges the official line. I don't really care what happens to blogs like that; turn-about is fair play.

      Open-minded Liberal bloggers like Ms. Cornell and Brad don't censor their content because they believe their ideas can withstand challenges from Conservatives.

      /P.S. they can't ;-)

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    9. British Gary.

      Yea I hear crap like that out of repubugs all the time.

      Oh we saved the British, we saved the world.

      Guess all those SAS guys were just practicing back then huh.

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    10. FF said;
      If it is truly a prohibition against service folks visiting just "liberal" blogs then I would naturally oppose it.


      Good. Then we are on the same page as far as free speech goes.

      I would be opposed to blocking any blogs based on political preference.

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    11. british gary3:50 PM

      "Bushianity, a new religion" ahhh Lydia..., you misspelled it
      "Bushinsanity a new religion"

      "(Upon the keywording by the FBI and interception of this email I can imagine being wrestled to the ground and arrested as an "enemy combatant".)"
      I thought Bush was monitoring international calls to domestic Americans and vice-versa? Guess I'll wait here for the Marines to call. I hope they like rich tea biscuits and Earl Grey tea.

      It's a pity Bush doesn't recognise the first Amendment because we could all have a great discussion of the whole content of Osama's messages. Oh oh, that's done it, now the Marines are definitely on their way. Not that it matters, I've also got some nice Wensleydale cheese and Jacobs cream crackers too.

      "By now it should be clear to everyone that this perpetual, "bring-it-on" style of diplomacy is going to require more and more U.S. blood and treasure in GW's never ending search for this mythic John Wayne legacy he lusts for."
      I think it would be if 30%ish of Americans would start thinking instead of feeling. But that takes effort. It takes effort to listen, effort to think and even more effort to incorporate facts, increase the complexity and eventually form your own opinions.

      It's not just about being emotional rather than rational. I think idleness of mind has a great part to play in this too.

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    12. Worf,

      Yes british gary appears to require your protection as he is helplessly incapable of defending himself.

      Perhaps he could enlist the assistance of the state or at least his older brother...

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    13. You know, its funny, this American Pride thing.

      Pride is a sin according to the Christian faith, yet we taut it as an American virtue.

      Americans believe that sins are only sins when being committed by someone other than themselves.

      Now how does that old proverb go?

      Pride goeth before the.....

      victory?

      Success?

      or was it something else?

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    14. BG, hiking in the Austrian Alps sounds like my speed, Worf's the Mountain/Rock climber of this blog.

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    15. What? Oh pardon me. My idle mind was so clouded by emotion that I was incapable of rational thought there for a moment. I'm okay now. That's what happens sometimes to us simple peasants.

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    16. Really its just American Hubris.

      Americans think they are the saviors of the world.

      They call the French cowards and yet forget it was the French Navy that won the war for us. (We had no Navy to speak of to contend with the British fleet).

      Also Americans love to talk like we beat the British in almost every battle, when the TRUTH is George Washington lost EVERY skirmish with the British army he was in.

      That is unless of course you're a republican, in which case "Retreating" is a victory.

      Technically we did not "win" the war against England.

      England decided it was too costly to continue, and decided it would be better to implement trade with their wayward American colony rather than continue the fight.

      Now FF will no doubt bust a gnad on this one, however I could care less.

      Facts are facts.

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    17. Well, I was glad to be the big 1000, but Lydia deserves the credit, she's written some great blogs, particulaly lately. having said that though i'm glad she started a new blog, with my dial up connection posting and refreshing was getting a little painful, REALLY SLOWWWWW.

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    18. Gee, George Bush is having his worst week ever, and guess what?

      The FBI was nice enough to release a new TERROR WARNING tonight.

      It seems suddenly Americas stadiums are in in danger of a terroist attack.

      How utterly conveinient for the President.

      I hope he sends those nice terrorists a thank you note.

      Where would he be without them?

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    19. FF said,

      He suffers from the pathological arrogance of a self-anointed intellectual who considers himself to be an omniscient god.

      Pot meet kettle....

      As your little emblem shows......

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    20. Worf,

      Most of our American blustering is just teasing. Americans love Europe and our European heritage.

      But what is disturbing is watching her slow decay into socialism and slavery, after once fighting so hard to defend freedom. That Britain could produce a george galloway is poignant.

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    21. Worfeus BTW...Kirk12 was #1000, I was 999 I know the count when I posted and when he posted.

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    22. british gary4:17 PM

      yeah Worf, seems too many Americans bought into the BS that they are the No.1 race, yet they are the last ones to see their similarities to fascism.

      I have an ideology. I think the world would be better under one flag. One country. One Government. One general Law. One currency. Hundreds of provinces which used to be called countries, each with their own language, mix of religions, history, food, art, philosophies, architecture, local laws, engineering and culture. Two languages written and spoken in each province, their own and a global language. A single world government democratically elected, comprised of presidents and prime ministers democratically elected from each province. One army/navy/air force that is really an international emergency aid force. Then there'd be far less to fight over but one nightmare of a bureaucracy. Wotcha think?

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    23. Another thing, Worfeus Washington actually won the battle of Trenton, and Yorktown, but Yorktown was with both the French Navy and ground forces, remember Lafayette, He was the French ground commander Gen. Pershing thanked as he arrived in France in WW1.

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    24. You know what the real Hubris is British Gary?

      The republicans and right wingers call the Iraqi resistance fighters cowards.

      Cowards because they employ a "hit and run" strategy.

      You always here the generals saying stupid things like, "why don't they just come out and fight us?".

      Of course a bunch of battered people wearing rags and sandals and sporting outdated weapons, mostly small arms, are not going to come out to be SLAUGHTERED by the most technologically advanced war machine in the world.

      That would be foolish.

      But the HUBRIS is that we did the EXACT SAME THING to resist the British.

      Americans laid in hiding, killed a few officers and then RAN!

      RAN FOR THE HILLS!

      We WERE an imbedded insurgency. Even worse, we were fighting not a foriegn occupying nation, but our OWN SOVEREIGN!

      We killed them any way we could, and we HUNG and SHOT COLLABORATORS.

      But when the Iraqi people do it, they are cowards.

      Republican logic.

      Go figure.

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    25. FF Said;

      Most of our American blustering is just teasing

      Well one would hope so, but in truth I doubt they take it so jovially.

      Most nations don't like being called cowards.

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    26. British Gary a noble utopian idea but the Devil will be in the details, and those would be many to sort out the many different customs, religions, ideological differences.

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    27. british gary4:22 PM

      Worf, pride and arrogance.

      Mike, hiking or biking?

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    28. Clif said...
      Another thing, Worfeus Washington actually won the battle of Trenton, and Yorktown, but Yorktown was with both the French Navy

      Exactly Clif. I know he won Yorktown, though I will have to re-read Trenton.

      But he lost everything up until then, as did every skirmish we had with the British. Cornwallace clobbered us everytime we crawled out of our hiding places.

      And if the French Navy had not been there, most scholars seem to agree that we would still be drinking Victoria Bitters instead of Budweiser.

      The French were our elder brothers in that war, and they LOVED Americans. They treated us like their own, and we spit on them now like cowards and dogs.

      I don't know, I guess I'm just tired of all the damned pride.

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    29. Imagine there's no heaven,
      It's easy if you try,
      No hell below us,
      Above us only sky,
      Imagine all the people
      living for today...

      Imagine there's no countries,
      It isnt hard to do,
      Nothing to kill or die for,
      No religion too,
      Imagine all the people
      living life in peace...

      Imagine no possesions,
      I wonder if you can,
      No need for greed or hunger,
      A brotherhood of man,
      Imagine all the people
      Sharing all the world...

      You may say Im a dreamer,
      but Im not the only one,
      I hope some day you'll join us,
      And the world will live as one.

      -John Lennon

      That's sooo beautiful (sob)...

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    30. The French sent us thousands of troops that helped us win Yorktown.

      Rochambeau gave us 5,500 crack french troops, which made our number 3 times the British at Yorktown. Cornwallis had around 8,000 troops, compared to about 25,000 American and French troops.

      Yea, I guess we should call the French cowards.

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    31. british gary4:31 PM

      Worf, it's republican hypocrisy. And it's not just republican, Britain's just as guilty too. Blair calls freedom fighters 'terrorists' and warriors 'insurgents'.

      It all comes under the umbrella of propaganda to motivate and control the masses. Always the same old rhetoric....we hold the moral high ground........

      yes Clif, as you ably demonstrated yesterday. I wonder if it's really attainable with strong enough leaders? Or whether something like this will evolve much later under weaker leaders?

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    32. That man had a soul where's yours?

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    33. I have no idea why FF trots out John Lennon everytime.

      I guess he thinks we all live in a commune.

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    34. I liked John Lennon, but my life does not revolve around him FF.

      In fact, I don't, nor ever have owned any of his records, except for an early Beatles Album called, "Boots a Go Go".

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    35. But like Clif said, least he had a real soul.

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    36. Washington had a bronze plaque embedded in the Yorktown battlefield to commemorate the French who, according to our first president, actually held the position and were indispensable in the victory, and Washington also had the battlefield memorial created so it would remain the same as on the day of the battle

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    37. But the HUBRIS is that we did the EXACT SAME THING to resist the British.

      Americans laid in hiding, killed a few officers and then RAN!

      But when the Iraqi people do it, they are cowards.

      -Worf

      Few would find any moral equivalence between guerilla warfare and intentional murder of non-combatants in cold blood. There is no honor when Sunni insurgents kill their countrymen attending weddings, or when palestinians kill Jewish athletes or Jewish children on busses and in pizza parlors.

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    38. Worf, Clif, Mike,
      I've never been to America. Where would be a good place(s) to visit? I'm into hiking, mountains, opera, rock music (pink floyd/eagles styles, never the manufactured bands), remote peace and tranquility. My wife likes classical music, spectacular scenery and architecture.

      I know America's huge so can you recommend a few condensed (best of) locations?

      NB. new moniker, I'm fed up typing British Gary.

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    39. The US and England just need to stop all the war talk.

      Just stop it now.

      Everything is a threat now.

      Has anyone noticed that our "Diplomats" like Connie Riech, do nothing but "insult" and "threaten" and "demand" things from our neighbors now.

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    40. Iraq is not Israel therefore your mix and spin is diatribe with lacking of relevant factual substance,

      but 0.1 for the effort....

      Sorry no style points...

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    41. You know, the Mormons have an interesting philosophy on the concepts of good and evil.

      Mormons believe that before we came here we lived in a "pre-existent" state, where we were spiritual but not physical.

      They believe we were ALL God's spiritual offspring, and so was the Devil, who then was named Lucifer.

      They believe there was a great "war in heaven", where 2 thirds of us sided with God and the Pre-existent Jesus Christ, against Lucifer and a third of our brothers and sisters who followed him.

      The war was over the plan that would be implemented here on earth, to facilitate our salvation and return to heaven.

      TWO PLANS were introduced.

      One by the pre-existent Jesus Christ, and one by Lucifer.

      Lucifers plan was that we would come here, and he would "FORCE" everyone to comply with the laws of good and evil, so that EVERYONE could return to God. People would be compelled to be good.

      Jesus' plan on the other hand was that we would all be "Free Agents", and would be allowed to make WHATEVER choices we wanted. Jesus felt that the only way to tell if people were good or evil, was to give them unrestricted freedom to do as they choose. Only then could they "Wheat be separated from the Chaff" as it were.

      I am only sharing this Mormon philosophy because of its' pertainence to Iraq and our FORCING of the Iraqi people to live by our form of government.

      Maybe the Mormons have the right idea. Too bad 85 percent of them are republicans.

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    42. Gale Norton resigns from Cabinet

      http://www.denverpost.com/ci_3589533?source=rss

      What? Another victim of Abrarmoff's Karma? Wonder which current power broker will receive the boomerang of karma next?

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    43. Lydia.

      Make sure you know who logs Anonymous' IP address.

      We need to turn that one in to the authorities, as he is just cutting and pasting from blogs and SPAMMING in here. SPAM is a CRIME.

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    44. And delete his POST.

      Its PROFANE, and just SPAM.

      Gentlemen, take a good long look at RIGHT WING EVIL.

      Cause there it is.

      COWARD.

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    45. a fool has just posted a huge thread. Does Lydia monitor/clean up these posts?

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    46. You're a COWARD anonymous.

      A snibbling little COWARD.

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    47. She will. She will go in and delete his posts.

      We will also turn his IP over to the FBI, as he is violating Federal computer crime laws against SPAM and HACKING.

      See, if you're asked not to post here, and you do, then you are guilty of UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A COMPTUER SYSTEM, which is a FELONY.

      Just ask Kevin Mittnick about the accomodations.

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    48. Can anyone say internet temper tantrum, because we are expierencing anonypuss's recent one

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    49. British Gary,

      Try Salt Lake City Utah.

      Its a real popular place for international tourists. Its a clean, low crime city with the best SKIING, ROCK CLIMBING, MOUNTAIN CLIMBING, SNOW BOARDING and MOUNTAIN BIKING AROUND.

      Now I am going to repost a post I did earlier that I wanted you to see before this INBRED ANONYMOUS PRICK SPAMMED THE SITE.

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    50. You know, the Mormons have an interesting philosophy on the concepts of good and evil.

      Mormons believe that before we came here we lived in a "pre-existent" state, where we were spiritual but not physical.

      They believe we were ALL God's spiritual offspring, and so was the Devil, who then was named Lucifer.

      They believe there was a great "war in heaven", where 2 thirds of us sided with God and the Pre-existent Jesus Christ, against Lucifer and a third of our brothers and sisters who followed him.

      The war was over the plan that would be implemented here on earth, to facilitate our salvation and return to heaven.

      TWO PLANS were introduced.

      One by the pre-existent Jesus Christ, and one by Lucifer.

      Lucifers plan was that we would come here, and he would "FORCE" everyone to comply with the laws of good and evil, so that EVERYONE could return to God. People would be compelled to be good.

      Jesus' plan on the other hand was that we would all be "Free Agents", and would be allowed to make WHATEVER choices we wanted. Jesus felt that the only way to tell if people were good or evil, was to give them unrestricted freedom to do as they choose. Only then could they "Wheat be separated from the Chaff" as it were.

      I am only sharing this Mormon philosophy because of its' pertainence to Iraq and our FORCING of the Iraqi people to live by our form of government.

      Maybe the Mormons have the right idea. Too bad 85 percent of them are republicans.

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    51. Cause remember, inside every Iraqi, is an American, trying to get out.

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    52. But Jesus also said Let ye without sin cast the first stone, today rocks would be flying because some believe that as soon as the turn their lives over GOD immediately cleanses their souls not upon judgement day as the bible says,

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    53. Clif said...
      Can anyone say internet temper tantrum, because we are expierencing anonypuss's recent one


      Thats exactly what it is. This person is the most cowardly little punk you can imagine.

      The right is on the ropes, Lydia's blog is gaining in momentum, and all he can do is try to bury any real discussion that passers by may view, to try and silence the blog.

      FF should be as livid with him as I am, as this is a blatant and cowardly attempt to silence free speech.

      But since every IP address is TIMESTAMPED and LOGGED, he may find these little stunts buy him more trouble than a little sissy like him can handle.

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    54. What will be interesting is to see if his IP is the SAME as a regular in here.

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    55. You're right Clif.

      Jesus did say let him without sin cast a stone at her, referring to the women caught in sexual transgression.

      Today, the stones ARE flying. As soon as the right smelled sexual transgression in Clinton, the self righteous stones were thrown like machine gun fire.

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    56. anonymous, you have to me the most pathetic loser thats ever come to this site, get a life you coward!

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    57. By a lot of people who were guilty as they charged others, men like Livingston, (R) La. who was the first choice to replace Gingrich but he was a Clinton in repugs clothing and had to step aside for both the act itself and the hypocrisy

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    58. It is pretty pathetic isn't it Mike?

      I mean, if I go into a right winged blog, which I have done, I am not trying to silence them, or usurp their blog.

      I go in and post, and debate. And I do it from time to time.

      To just try to bury the blog with random plagerized errata, has got the be the punkest thing I've ever heard of.

      Coward all the way.

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    59. just wondering why they never did a tcfc spin off ?

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    60. Clif, are you talking about Gale Neutron?

      Yea I saw that on TP today.


      ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST.

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    61. Former Bush Aide Charged in Felony Theft
      Claude Allen had recently resigned as White House domestic-policy adviser.
      By Rachel Shteir
      Updated Friday, March 10, 2006, at 5:44 PM ET

      When Claude Allen, President Bush's longtime domestic-policy adviser, resigned suddenly on Feb. 9, it baffled administration critics and fans. The White House claimed that Allen was leaving to spend more time with his family, while the Washington Times speculated that the 45-year-old aide, a noted social conservative, might have quit to protest a new Pentagon policy about military chaplains. Allen himself never publicly explained the reason for his departure.

      http://www.slate.com/id/2137895/

      A high paying white house job and he has to steal?

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    62. BG, worf's right, if your into hiking and sking, the western US is where to go, Salt Lake City Utah or Denver or Boulder Colorad0, Calafornia has lots of great sights to see also, Yosemite and the Giant Redwoods, but if I had to pick one I would probably hit Glacier National Park in Montana for a few days, then head into the Canadian Rockies and check Out Banff National Park, that will probably be my next big vacation.

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    63. thanks, Salt lake city, anywhere else? I'll get some info from a travel agent.

      lol. "I am only sharing this Mormon philosophy because of its' pertainence to Iraq and our FORCING of the Iraqi people to live by our form of government."
      thats a superb analogy Worf.
      Ironic that republican mormons don't recognise which side of this dualistic nature they have chosen.

      I enjoy the beauty of mythologies and that is in my opinion, what every religion is, mythology.

      I find dualistic comparisons too black-and-white for my taste. I know I often post dualistic comments but I don't have the time to write all my thoughts in full - as Clif mentioned yesterday, thoughts are at the speed of light (actually the speed of an electrical impulse, not the same).

      "Cause remember, inside every Iraqi, is an American, trying to get out."
      Iraqi's wouldn't see it that way, that post smacks of arrogance. But I see what you mean.
      Iraqi people are no different to any other humans, they want comfort, peace, their own culture, jobs, security and their own way of life. The poor people of the middle east have been ruled and dominated by despots military/religious/political/monarchic for far too long. Where do they turn next? It seems every time they try another avenue they end up even worse. Their current religious leaders rule because their (non-oil) countries failed economically.

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    64. George said "just wondering why they never did a tcfc spin off ? "

      Lydia could probably answer this better than me, but in my opinion Ted Knight killed the show when they turned it into the Ted knight show, The ratings had to drop when they went to this format, I was a big fan of the show and I stopped watching, I was never a big Sitcom guy, I only watched about 4 sitcoms and TCFC was one of my favorite, I could never understand the motives for basically writing Lydia and Deb out of the show, but they lost me when they did that, and i'm sure they lost alot of other fans as well. Arrogance???? I guess, maybe jealousy????.

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    65. BG, read my 5:24 PM post

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    66. BG, Another place that is incredible is the Adirondack Mountains in New York, I've spend a bunch of time hiking and camping there. The whole place was placed into a preserve by the state constitution at the turn of the 19th century and is still untouched even now. It is about the size of Rhode Island, located between Lake Ontario and Vermont, most people who do not live in or visit NY regularly don't know much about it.

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    67. cheers Mike

      Worf, I was also wondering if the spammer is someone who posts here too. It's taking a long time for my coal-powered PC to download again now.

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    68. British Gary said;

      that post smacks of arrogance. But I see what you mean.

      Gary, you misunderstood.

      That line is a line from FULL METAL JACKET.

      It was not meant to imply that I believe that.

      I was saying that as a Republican.

      It was meant to be ironic. :|

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    69. Cliff said

      It's taking a long time for my coal-powered PC to download again now.

      LOL, coal powered? That must be really old. Even ENIAC used electricity :D

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    70. Last time I was in the Adirondack Mountains was during the Nixon impeachment, I was a couple years old at the time and my parents listened to the Nixon impeachment the whole ride home, if I didnt hate Nixon before that, I sure despised him after hearing about him for 7 hours.

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    71. Speaking of ironic, I was following a car today covered with bush stickers and it had a license plate that read 812-DEM, I cracked up.....

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    72. thanks Clif. I'll pop into a travel agent and get info on all of these places. Then my wife will make the decision.....

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    73. Mike I was hatched and reared in upstate NY and went to college on the lake(looked out the dorm window and watched the lake storms at night, nothing like a lighting bolt hitting water) for 6 1/2 years I went to the mountains for a bit of solace from time to time....

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    74. BG, remember that line?

      Its the General talking to Private Joker who had a peace sign on his helmet.

      He says, "we are here to help the Vietnamese son, because inside of every Vietnamese citizen, is an American, trying to get out

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    75. Yea, I'm from upstate too Clif.

      My whole family is from New York, and I was born there.

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    76. I was advocating the opposite of that statement.

      See, inside every Iraqi, is a FREE IRAQI, trying to get out.

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    77. sorry for the misunderstanding Worf, I've never seen the film. I know it's a war film which is why. I don't need to see graphic bloodshed on film any more than I do on a frontline.

      You laugh at my coal-powered PC but it's not easy keeping it stoked. I've got coaldust in the keyboard. Sometimes it interferes with what I'm typing,mvfmj,kebrhvljugwfedmjh I love reagan fjbhewrhqkj,hqfgk

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    78. I grew up and spent most of my life in Buffalo NY Clif, and I agree there is nothing like watching a big storm roll in off the lake, even from home I used to enjoy craking a beer and sitting out on my patio watching the August Lake Effect thunder and lighning storms.

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    79. Cowards come in all flavors. Just need to zap that anonypuss crap. He jist ain't got no internet manners; proly raised on a sheep farm or sumpin.

      Also wish Brad would zap the ad spam on his blog. It doesn't make me feel very special to comment next to a viagra ad.

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    80. Worf what city, my whole family comes from Corning-Elmira, but we moved outside Baldwinsville-Fulton area when I was eight, grew up around dairy farms..

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    81. BG, theres really some nice hiking and rock climbing where I live, but like the Adirondack's its just not as scenic as the Northern Rockies

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    82. I got no ads here, but I use Mozilla and open the comments in their own tab...

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    83. SPAMMER -- Yes I just deleted one of his posts, am getting his IP address.

      British Gary - ONE WORLD, many provinces, sharing resources -- is what I think would be the perfect answer!! I have thought this for a long time.

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    84. FF Said;

      Also wish Brad would zap the ad spam on his blog. It doesn't make me feel very special to comment next to a viagra ad.

      LOL. I know what you mean. Guess he has to pay for it somehow, but it does make it hard to be poignant.

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    85. what's new york like? Is it a nice place?

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    86. Lydia Cornell said...

      SPAMMER -- Yes I just deleted one of his posts, am getting his IP address.


      GOOD.

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    87. BG, I know your area well.

      We were in the NewBurg, Goshen, Warwick area.

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    88. BG depends where you are I lived 250 miles from New York City, I was actually closer to Canada then the city.

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    89. You said you grew up around dairy farms?

      We lived on one. My dad was a farmhand when I was young.

      We also lived and worked a Cherry Orchid.

      Man that was a good life. Too bad I was too little to appreciate what I had.

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    90. Lydia said;

      British Gary - ONE WORLD, many provinces, sharing resources -- is what I think would be the perfect answer!! I have thought this for a long time.


      Yea, too bad Gary sees that flying under the Union Jack, LOL.

      Just kidding Gary!

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    91. My dad had a dairy farm when I was really young but my mother didn't want the farm, so when he got a job in Syracuse we moved and ended up with 3 acres and grew a big garden, I still grow a smaller one where I live now.

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    92. hi Lydia, I think you have a great blog here, it's really open and there are some mature people who participate. Thanks for providing me an opportunity to learn American culture.

      The more I think about the one world utopia the more I like it. I can't help feeling with macroeconomics and globalisation this is where mankind will ultimately end. Not as I imagine it though, because those responsible are going to have a nightmare as Clif mentioned. Currently even a small part like the EU cannot integrate. I still think one day mankind will overcome and this utopia will prevail.

      I reason because of human nature, the only time in human existence when fighting will stop is when there's nothing to fight over.

      I know there's a dark flip-coin side to this, i.e. all fighting will stop if we all kill ourselves first but that's not a thought I want to entertain.

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    93. hey Worf, it would have to be an entirely new flag. What would you design?

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    94. Don't worry GB they found water on one of Saturn's moons, and the Mars global surveyer is in orbit so there might be other forms of life even in this star system if not elsewhere, trust me God did not put all his eggs in this basket, even if the christian right wants to believe it so...

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    95. BG said
      all fighting will stop if we all kill ourselves first but that's not a thought I want to entertain.

      You will entertain that thought when you watch your copy of ON THE BEACH arrives.

      I can't wait to hear your take on it.

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    96. Clif said

      trust me God did not put all his eggs in this basket, even if the christian right wants to believe it so...


      Like the late great Dr. Carl Sagan said, "if there isn't any more life out there, seems like an awful waste of space."

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    97. bg said...
      hey Worf, it would have to be an entirely new flag. What would you design?


      Well, if we're all under the same banner, then who is the flag for?

      Don't need a flag if theres no other country to display it too.

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    98. Hey Lydia, is Bette Bette Midler?

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    99. Why do I always assume everyone Lydia knows is a star? LOL.

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    100. Clif said "there might be other forms of life"

      I wonder if GWB qualifies as an "other " form of life, he sure behaves like he's from another planet LOL :D

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    101. Hey Mike

      actually the show Ted Night's died cause he did !! not that he may have deserved that but lots of shows I guess have political or other problems

      in fact tv is having a hard time keeping up with the online gaming communities that offer the "you can be there " option,

      imagine in a little while a new server with about 100000 players (they exists already) can play as a captain in a startrek universe and interact with other players in a realtime world senario

      I wonder if they will eventually graduate to full role playing staus with real "actors" in the computer gen worlds..

      point is people are invovled in the fantasy not just watching and that is were the tv world is loosing its grip
      unless you get a 75" screen and Warcraft/Eve online

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    102. Worf said "You will entertain that thought when you watch your copy of ON THE BEACH arrives"

      allright Worf, i'm going to take your advise and watch On The Beach and farenheit 911 this weekend.

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    103. No Mike, I'm afraid he's one of us.

      He's not just Human, hes an American, so we have to claim him.

      His sins are in a way on all of us, at least from a historical perspective.

      Apathy, sloth, indecision fear, these are sins that led to this mans power.

      All were doing now is trying to clean up the mess and get back on track, but the Bush legacy I'm afraid will be a HAUNTING and SHAMEFUL chapter in American history that will follow us for 100 years.

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    104. Thats good Mike.

      F 911 will make you angry, and ON THE BEACH (the 2000 version) will leave you a changed man.

      Mark my words.

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    105. When you get done watching ON THE BEACH, you will want to do WHATEVER it takes to avoid war.

      Any war.

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    106. George said "actually the show Ted Night's died cause he did !! not that he may have deserved that but lots of shows I guess have political or other problems"

      George, I didnt mean that literally, the show might have ended literally becase Ted died, but I think the writing was on the wall, like I said if I was a loyal fan and I stopped watching, i'm sure the ratings were falling, I think this was evidenced by it changing time slots, (cant remembered what it changed to) dont get me wrong I liked Ted, I just think he ruined the show when he changed the format, it had great chemistry and a great cast before, and without Lydia and Deb, it just wasnt the same IMHO.

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    107. Worf, I mean a flag not for nationalistic purposes, but as a symbol of planetary unity. A no-going-back symbol.

      It's going to take ages for my video to arrive. I received an e-mail confirming a delivery date of 3rd May. International shipping and customs were the reasons cited. Perhaps republicans think my video is a terrorist threat, you never know, you might get another warning if you're lucky.
      At least I'll have time to read my book by then. That will arrive within the next few days as it's national delivery.

      I was looking forward to 'on the beach' but I'm not so sure now. Am I going to need a box of Prozac before I watch it?

      On these notes gents, I am off to the land of nod as it's 2.36am and I look forward to catching up with you all soon.

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    108. I was looking forward to 'on the beach' but I'm not so sure now. Am I going to need a box of Prozac before I watch it?


      No, but after you may want a Victoria Bitter.

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    109. Mike said
      without Lydia and Deb, it just wasnt the same IMHO.

      You can say that again.

      Lyd and Deb were the ONLY reasons I watched the show.

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    110. Was that wrong?

      :P

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    111. Hey Mike, you know what this is?

      :P

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    112. Its a picture of me watching TCFC when I was a young man.

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    113. Thank you guys. Actually Deb and I are good friends and we did a short film together last year (that I wrote.) I am selling it as a pilot, then a feature. Ted was hilarious in real life, but very difficult at times. Lots of stories coming out in a book soon; not dirt, just really funny stuff. I got very gun-shy after the show and had to fall hard in order to develop a soul.

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    114. Most humans have to Lydia, we are wired that way. If things are going good we "expect" that it always will be so and do not see others less fortunate than us unless we are sort of forced to. But a soul is worth more than the whole monetary wealth of the fed combined, because if you have one it can not be stolen and grows as you give it to others.

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    115. Oh -- Jim bullock, Deb and I want to do a reunion of Too Close for Comfort based on Mad Magazine's version. So 20 years later, we all move in together again: Monroe is a bag-lady...just kidding. It was Jim's idea. I just went up for a pilot sort of like Melrose Place meets Desperate Housewives. Will be doing standup at the Riviera in Las Vegas in June.

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    116. Hey people, a very, very sad note.

      I think we should offer a minute or two of silence for this next post.

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    117. U.S. Hostage Tom Fox Killed in Iraq By JUAN-CARLOS RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press Writer
      35 minutes ago

      WASHINGTON - An American who was among four Christian activists kidnapped last year in Iraq has been killed, a State Department spokesman said Friday.

      The FBI verified that a body found in Iraq Friday morning was that of Tom Fox, 54, of Clear Brook, Va., spokesman Noel Clay said. He said he had no information on the other three hostages.

      Fox's family has been notified, Clay said, and "our heartfelt condolences go out to them."

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    118. clif -- you are SO right! In fact, our soul's growth (and geting rid of excessive ego) is the only way we can save the world.

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    119. Sorry Lydia,

      Didn't mean to hijack your post.

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    120. God Bless his family and all the other hostages and sufferers. we should pray everyday for all of them.

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    121. This just happened so I thought everyone would want to know.

      This man was a Christian worker, not a reporter, not a soldier.

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    122. Clif said "Most humans have to Lydia, we are wired that way. If things are going good we "expect" that it always will be so and do not see others less fortunate than us unless we are sort of forced to. But a soul is worth more than the whole monetary wealth of the fed combined, because if you have one it can not be stolen and grows as you give it to others"

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    123. Lydia said "Oh -- Jim bullock, Deb and I want to do a reunion of Too Close for Comfort based on Mad Magazine's version. So 20 years later, we all move in together again: Monroe is a bag-lady...just kidding. It was Jim's idea. I just went up for a pilot sort of like Melrose Place meets Desperate Housewives. Will be doing standup at the Riviera in Las Vegas in June."

      Lydia I for one would love to see a TCFC reunion, i'm a sucker for prequils and reunions.

      Also if you dont mind me asking, which of your books is coming out first, and about when do you expect it out?

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    124. The first thing I thought when I read your post Worf, was how I've been saying "They'll know we are Christians by our BOMBS" an awful lot in the last few years. I haven't used the original saying very much when it comes to Iraq. I think Mr Fox may deserve that original.

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    125. Amen Lydia.

      When I see stuff like this its hard to be still.

      Theres a reason we are so angry, and this is it.

      You can't make yourself safe by making enemies.

      And if you kill people, their friends, families and associates are going to become your enemy.

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    126. I'll fly my upside down flag at half staff for him tomorrow. No kidding on this one.

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    127. Bush is not the Anti Christ.

      He's just a fool.

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    128. It is a shame, Iraq is one big tragedy all because of the greed and arrogance of a few rotten apples.

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    129. Well, I don't fly a flag anymore Mikey, I may if we find our soul again, but right now thats my protest.

      But that man is in my thoughts right now.

      Whats weird is I hear him saying he forgives his captors already.

      He said don't cry for me, just stop the killing.

      Maybe thats just a fantasy or I'm getting nutzo, but thats what I heard in my head just now.

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    130. The blog tonight reminds me of a book I read a long time ago called;

      Winners & Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses, and Ruins from the Vietnam War: by Gloria Emerson

      It is a book about the victims of the vietnam war from all sides, it is very inciteful and both Nixon in his time and Bush today would noy agree wiyj much it has to say.

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    131. This is the authors introduction,

      James Greenfield, the foreign editor of The New York Times, assigned me to Vietnam in 1970. I had long wanted to go back there to write about the Vietnamese, been refused by other editors, and at last was able to do it. I had been to Vietnam, to the south only, in 1956, wanting to know how to be a journalist. For fifteen years it was a country that haunted and held me. It still does; I do not expect to recover. During the nineteen-sixties I lived in France, where I had Vietnamese friends of different political persuasions who taught me so much. As a foreign correspondent for the Times, I saw something of armies and weapons in 1968 during the civil war in Nigeria and again in Northern Ireland in 1969. It was not so unusual to be a woman war correspondent in Vietnam; the great Martha Gellhorn was there before me and so was the Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci. During my two years there, Kate Webb of United Press International and Elizabeth Pond of the Christian Science Monitor were both captured and released.

      In the writing of this book, and now even when it is over, I have thought often of Nguyen Ngoc Luong, a Vietnamese born in Hanoi who went to Saigon before 1956. I miss him very much. He was an interpreter, guide, friend. There were cruel days for us both, but none more dreadful than the day in 1970 when Luong had to probe, then translate, what the villagers of My Lai told us about the massacre. With us was the former GI Ron Ridenhour, whose letters to officials and legislators in Washington, D.C., eventually led to the investigation of the slaughter. He had come back that year, wanting to be a journalist. Now Vietnam is united, and on the March 16 anniversary this spring of the deaths of more than five hundred people there, the names have been put on the graves and honor done to them.

      Ron Ridenhour had never walked on that ground, never seen those faces. He had flown over the site after the killings. I interviewed him at length for this book, on how his life had changed, but it is he who someday will write his own story. No one must tell it for him.

      For the very same reason, I have omitted long interviews with two Vietnam veterans, both black. They are Gussie L. Davis, Jr., who is in prison, and Thomas Aiken, who was badly wounded when the 1st Air Cavalry was sent to Khe Sanh to relieve the Marines. Because of his wounds, his fear of blindness in the injured eye and his immense agitation, Mr. Aiken could not behave as the Army required. He was punished with a bad discharge. It disqualified him from any benefits, including free medical treatment at a New York V.A. hospital. He was unemployed and also declared ineligible for any assistance. He did lose the eye: it was taken out in a Queens hospital for no fee. Thanks to David Addlestone of the Military Lawyers Defense Committee in Washington, D.C., and the efforts of a few others, Mr. Aiken's discharge was changed and the benefits are now his. I think he would rather have his eye. Both these men have shown me what I might never have seen, or really believed, or fully understood.

      I went to Cambodia to cover the war there, but there is no mention of it in these pages because an account of the war in that once lovely country is being written by a man who knows it better than anyone. If, years from now, Americans are willing to read any books about the war being so quickly forgotten, let them be The Village of Ben Suc and The Military Half by Jonathan Schell. They teli everything. In March 1974 a silly book review - at least it made a few of us laugh over its naiveté - in the Times by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt began: "Quick - before your mind fogs up at the prospect of yet another report on Vietnam..." But Mr. Lehmann-Haupt can be ignored. Let the books be written so when all of us are dead a long record will exist, at least in a few libraries.

      Nearly all the interviews I did were taped for accuracy. I wanted to hear the perceptions of people. If some have made mistakes about the history in their own lives, so be it. Some people rambled; sometimes I have let them.

      I am grateful to Robert Fink of Washington, D.C., for his help and no less so to Dawn Stewart and Adrienne Dolgin. Patrick Flood drove me thousands of miles to do interviews and never complained about it all taking so long. Once in Gould, Arkansas, when I was interviewing blacks and whites, the suspicions of some of the local whites were more than apparent. It made him a little nervous and he said he did not want to spend the night there. I told him he had the heart of a mouse. "Well, they'll ask you to sit down and rest while they take me off somewhere and break my legs," Mr. Flood, aged twenty-one, said. I had no answer.

      Gloria Emerson
      New York City
      September, 1976

      The book made me see the vietnam war in a whole new perspective...

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    132. look at the insanity coming out of the Neo Cons, their answer for spreading peace, democracy and safety is war and killing, Bush today claimed he supports the first amendment and welcomes dissenting opinions, he said people have the right to disagree with him, yet anyone who does is branded unpatrioted or in league with the terrorists, traitors or sympathizers with the enemy. people who speak out are silenced or discredited.

      how can anyone believe anything Bush or his administration says, their credibility is zero, trust must be earned and this man has earned our distrust by his lies corruption and flagrant breaking of the law. he's turning the entire world against us, the repercussions of his actions may be felt for decades to come.

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    133. Worf: We still have our soul. Remember, GWB only got 52 or so % of the vote. And that # is sinking steadily. It's just that the process to remove those who want to steal it takes a while because of the far (R) control right now. People are starting to see more and more what's going on....... remember, there were only like 12 people on the first lifeboat to leave the Titanic.

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    134. (Upon the keywording by the FBI and interception of this email I can imagine being wrestled to the ground and arrested as an "enemy combatant".)

      Well, they might wrestle you to the ground.

      But then they'd probably want to smooch instead of arresting you. :D

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    135. Earlier you all were posting about one world. I can't go for it right now. I wish we'd let the CSA go ahead and secede from the US(you better believe they would all accept). Let those who lean L all live in one area and those who lean R live in another. I wonder how it would all play out. It probably would be pretty boring come to think of it.

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    136. Lydia said:

      Bush and Bin Laden have both sealed their individual legacies as international, murderous bullies, but we can pray that someone wise will emerge from each side with the understanding and Truth that is so plainly revealed in Proverbs 16:7 (KJV) which says: When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Powerful, huh?"


      You can say that again.

      Thats pure, simple truth.

      Now why can't the Christian Armies stop killing long enough to actually READ the book they claim to follow?

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    137. You should see Battlestar Galactica tonight.

      They are voting, and they are stacking the vote for Rosalyn because they think Baltar is bad.

      They are mimicing the 2004 election.

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    138. Kirk no person can steal your soul, so no person can steal our collective soul we must surrender it. There are many who won't surrender it, so the right shrills to attempt to cover our plain spoken truth. It takes time but truth will triumph. The shrill of the right and neo-cons will get more pitched and vindictive because they can see the loss of respect and acceptance they crave but do not understand why they can't achieve. They foisted a half truth as patriotic duty and used fear to wall off dissent. However the other half of the spin the falsehoods they attempted to hide come out. Since they won't acknowledge they own the falsehoods they spin away futilely day after day as they sink into the abyss of denial and deceit to prop up their big lie.

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    139. Well, I am gonna hang onto my soul.

      Its the only one I got.

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    140. Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence, vigilance, dedication and courage.

      But if we don't practice these tough habits of thought, we cannot hope to solve the truly serious problems that face us and we risk becoming a nation of suckers, up for grabs by the next charlatan who comes along.

      Dr. Carl Sagan
      The Demon-Haunted World

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    141. I'm out of here going to take a long nap, later....

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    142. CLAUDE ALLEN ARRESTED
      By Byron York

      When top White House aide and one-time federal appeals-court nominee Claude Allen resigned suddenly last month, there was much speculation about what was going on.

      The White House said that Allen simply wanted to spend more time with his family, but his departure seemed oddly abrupt.

      Today, the Montgomery County Police Department, in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, announced that Allen was arrested yesterday and charged in a retail theft scheme

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    143. Gee, if they keep arresting White House people, whose going to answer the phones?

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    144. Wow, a top White House aide and one-time federal appeals-court nominee.

      Well Bush sure knows how to pick em.

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    145. The seedy details.

      On January 2, 2006, a Target store Loss Prevention Manger observed an unknown man enter the store located at 25 Grand Corner Avenue in Gaithersburg.

      He was observed in the store with an empty Target bag in a shopping cart. The man was then seen selecting merchandise throughout the store and placing items in the Target bag. He put additional items in his cart.

      The man then went to guest services where he produced a receipt and received a refund for the items he had just selected from the store shelves.

      After receiving the refund he left the store without paying for the additional merchandise in the shopping cart.

      He was apprehended by the store employee.

      The Target Loss Prevention Manger contacted Montgomery County Police and through the police investigation it was learned that Allen had been receiving refunds in an amount exceeding $5,000 during last year.

      Some of the fraudulent returns were made at Target stores and some at Hecht¹s stores. He would buy items, take them out to his car, and return to the store with the receipt.

      He would select the same items he had just purchased, and then return them for a refund.

      Allen is known to have conducted approximately 25 of these types of refunds, having the money credited to his credit cards.

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    146. Just when I thought I'd seen it all.

      Just when I thought these guys couldn't get any worse.

      What a peice of SCUM.

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    147. Behold. This is what passes for a Top White House Aide and a Federal Appeals Court Nominee

      Oh yea, and don't forget a good Republican.

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    148. Lydia

      DPW is only turning operations over to an American holding company. They are STILL the guys "behind the curtain." This smells very much like a back rooms deal worked out by Bush and his pals in Dubai/UAE. Just tell let 'em think they won - meanwhile, it'll be the same company, different name on the door.

      We knew it. Mike and I both suspected this last night. Great reporting Lydia.

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    149. Is the Pentagon Spying on Americans? Secret Database Obtained by NBC News Tracks ‘Suspicious’ Domestic Groups

      By Lisa Myers, Douglas Pasternak, Rich Gardella and the NBC Investigative Unit

      WASHINGTON -
      A year ago, at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla., a small group of activists met to plan a protest of military recruiting at local high schools. What they didn't know was that their meeting had come to the attention of the U.S. military.

      A secret 400-page Defense Department document obtained by NBC News lists the Lake Worth meeting as a “threat” and one of more than 1,500 “suspicious incidents” across the country over a recent 10-month period.

      “This peaceful, educationally oriented group being a threat is incredible,” says Evy Grachow, a member of the Florida group called The Truth Project.

      “This is incredible,” adds group member Rich Hersh. “It's an example of paranoia by our government,” he says. “We're not doing anything illegal.”

      The Defense Department document is the first inside look at how the U.S. military has stepped up intelligence collection inside this country since 9/11, which now includes the monitoring of peaceful anti-war and counter-military recruitment groups.

      “I think Americans should be concerned that the military, in fact, has reached too far,” says NBC News military analyst Bill Arkin.

      The Department of Defense declined repeated requests by NBC News for an interview. A spokesman said that all domestic intelligence information is “properly collected” and involves “protection of Defense Department installations, interests and personnel.”

      The military has always had a legitimate “force protection” mission inside the U.S. to protect its personnel and facilities from potential violence.

      But the Pentagon now collects domestic intelligence that goes beyond legitimate concerns about terrorism or protecting U.S. military installations, say critics.

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    150. Lydia said "Just tell let 'em think they won - meanwhile, it'll be the same company, different name on the door.

      worf said "We knew it. Mike and I both suspected this last night. Great reporting Lydia."

      Yeah Worf we did think something didnt smell right and we were right. The good thing about this, if there is a good thing is that average joes are waking up and starting to see through these snake oil salesmen and see that they were deceived, I was driving to work this morning and the radio personalities on the local radio station were saying that this was a sham deal and that Bush co/Dubai set up a dummy or shell corporation to deceive people, people were even calling in saying this, and this wasnt on a political radio show, it was a rock and roll station.

      see if Bush and co set up a dummy holding company to deceive people and the truth comes out beyond a shadow of a doubt it will make Bush and the Neo Cons look worse and destroy any shreds of credibility they might have left with their own party, like I said this morning I sense something different, these guys are getting desperate and desperate people do desperate things and make mistakes. Clif said the same things in one of his earlier posts also. these guys have played the pied piper leading us down a dark road to disaster for too long, people are finally waking up and shining the light of truth on the dark path these guys are leading us down and suddenly their siren song is not as effective as it once was so like Clif said they shrill louder, but people are waking up from their long nightmare filled slumber and realizing that light drives the darkness away.

      its slowly starting but long overdue.

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    151. But the Pentagon now collects domestic intelligence that goes beyond legitimate concerns about terrorism or protecting U.S. military installations, say critics."

      This kind of stuff should be illegal, i'm so sick of these guys abusing their power, they are trying to turn our country into Russia or Germany of 60 years ago.

      BTW, my family lives around the corner pretrty much from Lake worth, i'll be visiting that area in a few weeks.

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    152. Wow - what great stuff you guys are writing.

      Mike -- I will tell you all about the books soon, can't tell the titles now.

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    153. Hi Lydia.

      Can you believe this TOP WHITE HOUSE AIDE is arrested in some SEEDY THEFT RING?

      Incredible.

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    154. Anonymous10:05 PM

      There are many who won't surrender it, so the right shrills to attempt to cover our plain spoken truth. It takes time but truth will triumph. The shrill of the right and neo-cons will get more pitched and vindictive because they can see the loss of respect and acceptance they crave but do not understand why they can't achieve.
      -Clif

      I think you neo-libs are on the right track. So let me encourage you to codify your platform in time for the next election:

      1) Continue to demonize all Christians as “ChristoFascists” at every opportunity, but attempt to assure them that really you are talking only about the fanatical “Religious Right”. Use blogs and talk radio to get your message out…don’t hold back.

      2) Promise to abandon all support of Israel and allow the Paleos to push the Israelis into the sea.

      3) Promise to pull out of Iraq immediately, and snuff out all hope of a democratic future for Iraqis and other Middle Eastern people suffering under bloody tyrants like saddam hussein and Iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad.

      4) Embrace michael moore and frequently repeat his message that “there is no terrorist threat”—that this is just a silly Republican fiction to grab power.

      5) Force middle America to accept gay matrimony through the court system.

      6) Promise to keep abortion “safe but rare” but make it clear to your base that this really means that you oppose any attempt to curtain partial-birth abortion, and favor any abortion procedure for any reason at any time. Oppose all judicial nominees who have ever mentioned the word "abortion".

      7) Promise to keep America safe from gun violence by pushing for “common-sense” gun control measures; assure them that you really don’t favor confiscating all firearms in private hands. Use barbara boxer as your spokesperson.

      8) Talk about how you have undeniable “proof” of malfeasance in the electoral system but fail to actually produce any reliable proof. Keep whining about how the election system is rigged, but be certain to stop whining after you win Congressional seats in the mid term elections.

      9) Tell Americans how their economic system is broken and embrace the European model of more unions, more regulations, more taxation, and less economic freedom. Tell shareholders, employees, business people about how all corporations are evil.

      10) Assure Americans that they are not overtaxed and promise that you favor raising taxes only on the “rich” but avoid defining what you mean by “rich”.

      11) Oppose any suggestion of liti

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    155. (cont.)

      11) Oppose any suggestion of litigation reform and ignore all the victims who have been bankrupted by frivolous lawsuits and usurious lawyer fees.

      12) Oppose enforcement of the death penalty for murderers and encourage survivors of murdered loved ones to stop calling for justice and just grow up.

      13) Explain to black people that Republicans are racists because they allow black people to live in hurricane zones.

      14) Explain to old people how Republicans want to starve them to death because they favor allowing young people to control a small portion of their retirement contributions to social security.

      15) Explain to young people how Republicans definitely intend to bring back the military draft; introduce draft legislation yourselves just to erase any doubt.

      16) Nominate hillary for President. Assure businessmen that she actually loves business and would never nationalize their particular industry unless really, really necessary for the common good. Try to convince everyone that she is really a “moderate”—not a rabid socialist.

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    156. West Palm Beach/Boca Raton

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    157. The anonymous guy said;

      1) Continue to demonize all Christians as “ChristoFascists” at every opportunity

      Brilliant, just brilliant.

      Of course did you bother to consider the fact that you are in a CHRISTIAN BLOG?

      Just thought I might point that out to you.

      Wouldn't want you to make yourself look any dumber by not pointing that out.

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    158. Wow - what great stuff you guys are writing.
      -Lydia Cornell

      Thanks. Glad I could help.

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    159. You wrote a few good things FF.

      Not many, but a few.

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    160. I think FF was the anonymous guy, BTW FF where did that post come from, because I think its safe to say most of us here would not support most of those positions some maybe but not most.

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    161. Of course did you bother to consider the fact that you are in a CHRISTIAN BLOG? Just thought I might point that out to you. I wouldn't want you to make yourself look any dumber by not pointing that out.
      -Worfeus

      Oops. Gee do I feel like such a clone. I didn't realize that you and Clif had become born-again Evangelical holy rollers. Mea culpa dude.

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    162. But FF, why do you say such things?

      You KNOW I have said many, many times, that I would NEVER support Hilary Clinton for President.

      I have posted over and over like that, yet you continue to make the accusation.

      Seems like its you pushin the bull here.

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    163. FF, you know darn good and well the Blog is about the OWNER, not the posters.

      Lydia IS a Christian, and a public one. She set the blog up to spread TRUE Christian ideals, something noticably lacking in your party.

      Lyida is a Christian. And its HER blog.

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    164. You KNOW I have said many, many times, that I would NEVER support Hilary Clinton for President.
      -Worfeus

      You're right; I was just being silly. Certainly no democrats would ever favor hillary for Prez.

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    165. You know I'm gonna tell you something FF.

      I probably don't like them any more than you do.

      But here, lets take a look at one of you SUPERIOR Christian Right Republicans.

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    166. This is taken DIRECTLY from the WHITE HOUSE WEBSITE.

      President George W. Bush today announced his intention to name Claude A. Allen Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. He will fill the position held by Margaret Spellings.

      "Claude Allen has been a valuable member of my Administration since 2001, helping to improve the health and welfare of all Americans.

      He is a dedicated public servant and a tireless advocate for those in need. I look forward to his continued service in this new role as my domestic policy advisor," stated President Bush.


      Mr. Allen currently serves as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. He previously served as Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the State of Virginia and served in the Virginia Attorney General's Office.

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    167. Anonymous10:30 PM

      FF,that was great,they had no come back at all.You must have access to the liberal talking points.Talk about hitting the nail on the head.

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    168. Seems like a decent enough fellow, right?

      Wonder how that jobs working out for him?

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    169. Lydia IS a Christian, and a public one. She set the blog up to spread TRUE Christian ideals, something noticably lacking in your party.

      Lyida is a Christian. And its HER blog.

      -Worf

      True, but I've noticed that the majority of comments are from atheists. Why do you suppose? And do you deny that Christians are routinely demonized here? Also Ms. Cornell is an unorthodox Christian in that she believes that "God is Love" literally -- a man-made fiction. This is probably similar to your own beliefs.

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    170. The following is taken DIRECTLY from the Montgomery County Maryland POLICE Website.


      Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Retail Theft Unit arrested a man yesterday for a continuing retail theft scheme.

      Claude Alexander Allen, age 45, of the 7200 block of Cliff Pine Drive in Gaithersburg, was charged with theft scheme over $500 and theft over $500. He was released on his own recognizance.

      On January 2, 2006, a Target store Loss Prevention Manger observed an unknown man enter the store located at 25 Grand Corner Avenue in Gaithersburg. He was observed in the store with an empty Target bag in a shopping cart.

      The man was then seen selecting merchandise throughout the store and placing items in the Target bag. He put additional items in his cart. The man then went to guest services where he produced a receipt and received a refund for the items he had just selected from the store shelves.

      After receiving the refund he left the store without paying for the additional merchandise in the shopping cart. He was apprehended by the store employee.

      The Target Loss Prevention Manger contacted Montgomery County Police and through the police investigation it was learned that Allen had been receiving refunds in an amount exceeding $5,000 during last year. Some of the fraudulent returns were made at Target stores and some at Hecht’s stores. He would buy items, take them out to his car, and return to the store with the receipt.

      He would select the same items he had just purchased, and then return them for a refund. Allen is known to have conducted approximately 25 of these types of refunds, having the money credited to his credit cards.

      Throughout 2005 he obtained refunds for items ranging from clothing, a Bose theater system, stereo equipment, and photo printer to items valued only at $2.50.

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    171. Anonypuss you are embarassing yourself. Stop lurking, sprout a pair of balls and try using a nick.

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    172. Yea FF, I see what you mean.

      Your Christian Right is an example to us all.

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    173. Do you see the story above?

      Do you see what I took from the White House Website and what I took from the Montgomery County Police Website?

      This just happened. Another one of your TOP people, found guilty of the most SEEDY criminal activity you can think of.

      Last night Gale Norton, now Allen.

      I can't even count all the Republicans guilty of corruption in the last 3 months.

      You really want to claim these guys?

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    174. Thanks Worf -- Another good point I left off:

      17) Be certain to talk endlessly about obscure Washington personalities that will cause folks living in the heartland to find their eyes permanently glazed over, but only after they have been bored to tears. Use pundits on blogs and Air (head) Amerikka to spread the word.

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    175. Anonymous10:42 PM

      Why is a nic so important? I can see these people for what they are.Back bench bomb throwers without a valid idea,cant elect anyone,dont connect with the majority,filled with anger and scorn towards anyone who does'nt agree with thier views.The party of inclusion my ass.

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    176. FF, said;

      Ms. Cornell is an unorthodox Christian in that she believes that "God is Love"

      Lydia believes in Jesus Christ, first and foremost. She believes he was the Son of God, that he walked the earth in mortal form, died on the cross, and was ressurected.

      I know this because she has told me this.

      Christ taught nothing but love, if you go back and read his words.

      As you are aware I have studied the life of the Historical Jesus in depth, as well as the Scriptures. I can tell you she is 100 percent correct about Christs teachings.

      He taught NOTHING but love. Love for God, love for your fellow man, and love for yourself.

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    177. Are you kidding me FF?

      This guy was a TOP aide to President Bush. We have photographs of him at Bush's side on many occasions.

      He was the former Deputy Secratary of HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES! HE WAS A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT NOMINEE.

      And hes out RIPPING OFF TARGET STORES FOR THOUSANDS in his spare time???

      Well, your apathy is a clearly the facilitator of this level of CRIMINAL CORRUPTION in your party.

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    178. To FF

      1) not all Christians, just the Neo Con wacko's.

      2)never said anything about Israel, I dont blindly support anyone, if what they are doing is right, then they will have my support.

      3)Yes I want a pull out ASAP, but unlike the Neo Cons we need to devise an exit strategy and plan to keep the peace and insure these people a better future than they have now, BTW what about North Korea and all the African countries with dictators is it our job to invade them and install democracy. Also The Neo Cons lied to us that is the reason we are really there they said Saddam had WMD, we didnt go there to liberate the Iraqi people, thats spin to justify it after the fact

      4)I'll embrace Michael Moore if what he says has merit, if it doesnt I wont. I do belive the terrorists are a threat, I just dont believe the spin that the war in Iraq is the same as the war on terror.

      5)Middle America doesnt have to accept gay matrimony if they are not gay, but they do need to accept that other people have a right to live their life the way they see fit as long as it does not harm others, and two gays getting married does not harm anyone.

      6)I think people's views of abortion differ widely, but outlawing abortion completely would be a huge mistake.

      7)actually FF I am for the right to bear arms, provided they are handled responsibly and kept away from children.

      8)What proof would you expect to find if the Infra Red data ports were hacked into??, theres no paper trail so what proof would you expect, also if you are for integrity of the process why are you so agsainst making changes to insure the integrity particularly since you are so sure nothing illegal happened.

      9) When have I ever embraced the European economic system or said I want more regulation or taxation, I want everyone to pay their fair share of taxes and I want taxes high enough to cover the deficit so interest rates dont soar, but I am more for fiscal responsibility like Ruben and Clinton advocated than tax and spend. As for regulations I am against heavy regulation, although we do need some to prevent corporate malfeasance.BTW, I cringe when ever I hear talk about taxing the oil companies profits because like you I know this will cause them to reign in capital spending and future development projects and stop the market from functioning properly thus not allowing supply to catch up with demand. I do however think CEO pay is excessive in relation to worker pay and the companies themselves should embrace capitalism and align the workers interest with the shareholders and executives, but I dont think our government should regulate this.

      10) I think the rich should pay more proportionately than the poor and if I came up with a plan I would indeed define rich.

      11)I am against frivolous litigation.

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    179. The anonymous dude said;

      cant elect anyone

      Well beats the hell out of electing the CRIMINALS AND THUGS you geniuses elected.

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    180. He was observed in the store with an empty Target bag in a shopping cart.


      The man was then seen selecting merchandise throughout the store and placing items in the Target bag. He put additional items in his cart.

      The man then went to guest services where he produced a receipt and received a refund for the items he had just selected from the store shelves.

      After receiving the refund he left the store without paying for the additional merchandise in the shopping cart. He was apprehended by the store employee.

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    181. Yea, you guys are an example to us all.

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    182. Anonypuss, what are you afraid of? These are only words in a virtual environment. No one can really hurt you. No one wants to claim a coward. Are you a spineless coward?

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    183. "Claude Allen has been a valuable member of my Administration since 2001, helping to improve the health and welfare of all Americans.

      He is a dedicated public servant and a tireless advocate for those in need.

      I look forward to his continued service in this new role as my domestic policy advisor,"

      George W. Bush

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    184. He would buy items, take them out to his car, and return to the store with the receipt.

      He would select the same items he had just purchased, and then return them for a refund.

      Allen is known to have conducted approximately 25 of these types of refunds, having the money credited to his credit cards.

      Throughout 2005 he obtained refunds for items ranging from clothing, a Bose theater system, stereo equipment, and photo printer to items valued only at $2.50.


      Montgomery County POLICE

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    185. Yea, a righteous Christian example to us all.

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    186. FF said "True, but I've noticed that the majority of comments are from atheists. Why do you suppose? And do you deny that Christians are routinely demonized here?"

      Freedom Fan what makes you say the majority of comments are from atheists, i'd like to see you prove that one, because I know it is blatently not true, I only know of one atheist here. And what regular Christians are routinely demonized here i'd like to know.

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    187. BTW FF you listed #11 twice and you expect us to trust you guys with the vote counting LOL :D

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    188. Worf, crooks are ubiquitous. If you find one lock em up and throw away the key. Presidents say wonderful crap about people they barely know all the time. At best you can show poor judgement on the part of Bush in selecting untrustworthy personnel. The Clinton administration certainly was rife with crooks, many of whom did beaucoup jail time.

      I'm telling you middle America seriously doesn't care about what Air America talks about all day. It is just really, really boring especially on the radio.

      Geez, I should charge you folks a consulting fee.

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    189. Mike, I respect most of your beliefs. They sound good...on paper at least. Bottom line is that you folks favor more and more government and fewer choices. Further you fail to see your actions in those terms.

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    190. I dont know FF, right now it looks like conservatives favor bigger government, this war is enormously expensive factor in the spy program etc and that sounds like big gov to me.

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    191. Yeah Mike, the Republicans can't seem to spend money fast enough, but it is still not fast enough for Democrats.

      Ultimately the burden of the huge deficit will fall to posterity to pay.

      I believe we need a third party to shake this up again.

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    192. FF Said;
      Worf, crooks are ubiquitous. If you find one lock em up and throw away the key

      Are you kidding me?

      EVERY FREAKIN DAY another one of your leaders is resigning for corruption. Last night Gale Norton.

      Today this clown.

      FF, your apathy and BLINDNESS to the corruption of your side is ridiculous and shameful.

      If you can't see the OBVIOUS guilt by assocation here, then you are lost buddy, just lost.

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    193. Bush ENDORSED this guy.

      When he resigined after being arrested for GRAND THEFT, the PRESIDENT said he was leaving to "spend more time with his family".

      Well unless his family is currently housed at LORTON, then your president was LYING AGAIN.

      Get a clue.

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    194. FF said "Ultimately the burden of the huge deficit will fall to posterity to pay.

      I believe we need a third party to shake this up again"

      FF, that was a great post, a third party with deep enough pockets to get heard and wage a solid campaign and keep the other partys honest and define issues the two main partys dont want to deal with is EXACTLY what we need.

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    195. IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.
      Domestic Policy Advisor Quits, White House Says

      From Times Wire Reports
      February, 10 2006

      President Bush's domestic policy advisor, Claude A. Allen, has resigned to spend more time with his family, the White House said.

      Allen had been working for the administration since Bush's first year in office first as the No. 2 official at the Health and Human Services Department, and for the last year as domestic policy advisor in the White House.

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    196. Claude A. Allen, has resigned to spend more time with his family, the White House said.

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    197. Allen had been working for the administration since Bush's first year in office

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