"The gun culture is hypersensitive. If someone sneezes in Washington, we hear it and get nervous." --
an Oklahoma City gun-shop owner,
on why the perception that Obama
is anti-gun has sent gun sales soaring, Link
Gee, I thought it was talk radio screaming,
"The homos are coming to rape your kids" that caused gun sales to soar.
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"Could you help a brother out? No more national
conventions with 36 people of color in the room."
-- RNC Chairman Tom Michael Steele, urging Florida Republicans to
who "look like Florida" to Nazi-Con 2012 Link
At every GOP convention, they fill the stage with Blacks and the
whore networks cover for them.
Since there are no nationally elected Blacks in the GOP (besides
Sarah Palin, I mean) the whore networks
should point out the charade - but they never do. They play along
with the gag like they did Bush's "ranch."
Every reporter who did their stand-up in front of a bale of hay
in Crawford should be forced out of the news business.
Isn't a reporter supposed to "report?"
They're not supposed to ditto every lie the sons-of-butches feed
Excerpt: Last night, Keith Olbermann -- one of the most
swooning and often-uncritical admirers of Obama of anyone in the
-- devoted the first two segments of his
show to emphatically lambasting Obama and Eric Holder's DOJ for Obama's
the radical Bush/Cheney state secrets doctrine
and -- worse still -- a brand new claim of "sovereign immunity" to insist
courts lack the authority to decide whether the
Bush administration broke the law in illegally spying on Americans.
The fact that Keith Olbermann, an intense Obama
supporter, spent the first ten minutes of his show attacking Obama for
(and, in this instance, actually surpassing)
some of the worst Bush/Cheney abuses of executive power and secrecy claims
just how extreme is the conduct of the Obama
DOJ here. Just as revealingly, the top recommended Kos diary today
(voted by the
compulsively pro-Obama Kos readership) is one
devoted to attacking Obama for his embrace of Bush/Cheney secrecy doctrines.
Also, a front page Daily Kos post yesterday by
McJoan vehemently criticizing Obama (and quoting my criticisms at length)
sparked near universal condemnation of Obama
in the hundreds of comments that followed."
"After the recent recount activity in Minnesota
-- where Franken increased his lead over Sore Loser Coleman -- the question
for many is no longer whether Coleman is going to lose; rather, it’s when he’s going to lose.
From a P.R. standpoint, it wasn’t good news for Coleman that the legal challenge he initiated
ended up (so far) handing more votes to Franken."
-- First Read, Link
Excerpt: During the presidential campaign, Obama criticized
Bush for being too quick to invoke the state secrets claim. But last Friday,
his Justice Department filed a motion in a warrantless
wiretapping lawsuit, brought by the digital-rights group EFF. And the
Obama-ites took a page out of the Bush DOJ's
playbook by demanding that the suit, Jewel v. NSA, be dismissed
under the state secrets privilege, arguing that
allowing it go forward would jeopardize national security.
Coming on the heels of the two other recent cases
in which the new administration has asserted the state secrets privilege,
the motion sparked outrage among civil libertarians
and many progressive commentators. Salon's Glenn Greenwald wrote
that the move "demonstrates that the Obama DOJ
plans to invoke the exact radical doctrines of executive secrecy which
Bush used." MSNBC's Keith Olbermann called it
"deja vu all over again". An online petition -- "Tell Obama: Stop blocking
court review of illegal wiretapping" -- soon
I don't like this - but maybe they had no choice, politically.
The way I understand the "sweeping" part of this, Obama wants to tap
just as many phones as Bush.
Because if he taps fewer phones, and we get hit by Bush's al-Qaeda
friends, the GOP and talk radio
and the Whore Times and the WaHoPo and the cable Nazis and everyone
else in the Bush media
will claim we got hit because the Democrats don't know how to fight
Each time Obama does something I don't like, I say the same thing:
Since his press conferences
aren't pre-screened charades that are pre-programmed, pre-staged and
stunted - ASK him about it.
A substantial contributor sent me this link as proof of funny business
First, I hate these videos that waste time trying to be cute.
If there's one subject that calls for a lack of cuteness, it should
Second, they love using "The Omen" music as tho the Devil himself was
Why can't they just stick to the facts?
Is the producer of the 10-mimute film trying to break into show business?
Third, have you ever seen a courtroom drama on TV where the prosecutor
makes his case
and it seems like the defendant is waaaaaay guilty, but then the defense
lawyer stands up and
explains why the prosecutors case isn't as strong as we once thought.
That's what I'd like
to see on these 9-11 videos - give me both sides of the argument,
if you don't mind
The video makes a big deal out of "Pat" the chopper flying around the
WTC, but then
they tell you there were five choppers in the air, so not all choppers
They also waste time and that's crazy if you're seriously trying to
make a case. At one point
they take time to show us a really tall man watching the scene unfold.
Why bother with such crap?
Then they show a man who seems to be walking backwards. Weird, yes,
but this is New York.
If the producer of the video wants to be taken seriously, why is he
trying to be cute?
There are also the obligatory jumping to conclusions. They'll show the
towers falling and they
assign a degree of angle to the building that seems to be illogical
- how can you tell which is
building and which is smoke? I sure can't, but if I really, really
believed in this conspiracy
I'd probably accept their conclusions and adopt them as my own.
They also make a lot of hay about the chopper "disappearing" and then
Gee, you think it might've disappeared because the cameraman zoomed
Finally, there's the theory of relativity.
If you're standing next to something that's moving away from you, the
angle seems dramatic.
But if you're a mile away, the angle is barely noticeable. This
seems lost on the filmmakers.
There's a shot towards the end where they show the smoke from the towers.
From the Southwest, the smoke seems to be going straight up.
But from the Northeast, the smoke is blowing hard to the right.
That's the the theory of relativity.
If you're standing on second base, the base runner seems to be getting
But if you're standing on first base, the runner seems to be getting
Truth is, the runner is always the same size but appearances can be
There's no conspiracy there - it's just a matter of perspective, IMO.
Bottom line, these 9-11 videos try too hard.
They show something that looks normal and innocent (to me, anyway)
but then they suddenly
ask the viewer if he's still standing or did he faint after that latest
Seems to me these videos would have a greater impact if they said, "This
seems odd to me," but instead, they SCREAM, "There's the proof!!!"
but if I can't see it, Joe Six-Pack can't see it.
I'm not saying the conspiracy guys are crazy - we know for sure
Bush lied about what happened.
But that cuteness crap, the questionable conclusions and the goofy
Omen music hurt their cause.
I read a story about how an American navy ship
was in hot pursuit of some Somali pirates
but had to stop when they reached Somali international
waters. WTF? Since when did we
recognize the borders of a country that doesn't
even have a working government?
I also read that we do know where they hold this
ships they seize, but because of internation
agreements the Navy can't just steam in and blast
the fuck out of them. WTF again?
The very first action of the US Marines back
in like 1801 was to go over to the Med
and kick pirate ass along the shores of Tripoli.
I think there's something way bigger going on
here. I think these Somali pirates are providing a
valuable service to somebody too big to challenge.
In the old days they had a different word for
such people - pirates working for the king. They
called them privateers. Somebody is making a killing.
I suspect the Bush family. Didn't they start
the family fortune with piracy?
Excerpt: If any doubt remained regarding the extremism
of Dr. Laura's views on motherhood, she dispelled it in Wednesday's
Whore Street Journal. Asked whether stay-at-home
parenting is realistic for families shouldering economic hardships,
the harpy replied, "People of modest means have
been able to handle what's going on far better than people who are
used to having a lot of stuff; it's the people
who put their life's worth into products, and not people, that are probably
the most shell-shocked."
Uh, sure. But what about the moms who... oh, I
don't know... can't afford to pay their rent and buy groceries?
Should they renounce their destructive materialism
and hightail out of the workforce, too?
I've gotten mail from people who didn't stay at
home with their kids, but are just now realizing how wonderful it can be.
A home should be more than just a place to park
yourself after a frenzied day of too much work. So even though there's
less cash, people seem to be happier.
Maybe McSame should've run on that last year: "You're
happier because you have less cash."
BTW, Google "Laura naked"
Her spread-leg pics are now so famous you don't even need her last
Excerpt: Srely even Bush can see how the rest of the world
is going ga-ga over his successor, a truly presidential man who possesses
all the gifts he so patently lacks: he's articulate,
respectful, conciliatory, mature and calm. And, to rub salt in his psychic
the praise being heaped upon Obama comes with
a jab at Bush. Take French President Sarkozy, who said, "It feels
to be able to work with a U.S. president who
wants to change the world and who understands that the world does not boil
to simply American frontiers and borders. And
that is a hell of a good piece of news for 2009."
Obama's approach should warm the hearts of conservatives,
though they'll never admit it. For example, at a joint appearance
German Chancellor Merkel, a German reporter asked
Obama about his "grand designs" for NATO. "I don't come bearing grand designs,"
Obama said. "I'm here to listen, to share ideas
and to jointly, as one of many NATO allies, help shape our vision for the
It hadn't dawned on me, until this trip, how relieved
the rest of the world is that George W. is safely inside his mansion. Perhaps
Bush was so widely despised in the U.S. we forget
how wide was the enmity felt toward him elsewhere. Not only did he act
like he could
dictate policy to other nations, he projected
the arrogance of a man who has never known a moment of humility or doubt.
Like all narcissists,
Bush was never wrong; he could only be wronged
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"I think Republicans might be confusing 'tyranny'
with 'losing'. You see, when the guy you disagree with gets elected, he's
probably going to do things you disagree with.... That's not tyranny, that's democracy." -- Jon Stewart,
trying to reason with a rabid dog, Link
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Subject: 2009 World Series
I got hired as a dealer for the WSOP this year,
they are having a 1,000 dollar buy in event, that's cheaper then normal.
It's being called the "Stimulus Special" Sat.
May 30th. The rest of the schedule can be found at Worldseriesofpoker.com
If the money for the Bartcop WSOP dream slows
down you should offer folks half their donation as action,
somebody gives you 100 dollars, give them 5%
of any winnings you make, etc. etc.
--Mike the Dealer.
Mike, that's a great idea - let's do that (or I may never
get to $1000 :)
donated gets you 5% of my winnings.
AND, for $300,
I'll wear your logo on my cap at the final table
Note: One could donate a smaller amount and help a lot. Until
this year, the buy-in for
the WSOP was $10,000.
Because Bush broke the world, they're running this
"Stimulus Special" so 'the little guy" can play in the WSOP for the
Team Bartcop to helpmake this once-in-a-lifetime
dream come true.
"I cannot believe what I heard today... President
Obama is disarming America. Never before has a president so ravaged
the military at a time of war."
-- James Mountain Inhofe (R-Pissquik) always fake-enraged about something,Link
a racist, lying lunatic oilman..."
from the Worst Senator Ever.
The military Bush inherited from Clinton
The military Obama inherited from Bush
was broken and suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury
so Inhofe blames Obama and the Democrats
for the condition of our fighting troops?
Hey Jimmy, why didn't you complain bout
this a year ago?.
Excerpt: On the one side, the president of the United
States: soft-spoken and conciliatory, never angry, always invoking the
and its victims. This president invokes the language
of "responsibility," and in his own life seems to epitomize that ideal:
physically honed and disciplined, his worst vice
an occasional cigarette. He is at the same time an apparently devoted husband
and father. Unsurprisingly, women voters trust
and admire him.
And for the leader of the Republicans? A man who
is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the
concerned citizens in network news focus groups
as "losers." With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug
and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled
marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence—exactly
that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our
philosophy and our party. And we're cooperating! Those images of crowds
CPACers cheering Rush's every rancorous word—we'll
be seeing them rebroadcast for a long time.
Rush knows what he is doing. The worse conservatives
do, the more important Rush becomes as leader of the ardent remnant.
The better conservatives succeed, the more we
become a broad national governing coalition, the more Rush will be sidelined.
But do the rest of us understand what we are doing
to ourselves by accepting this leadership?
Rush is to the modern GOP what Jesse Jackson
was to the Democratic party in the 1980s.
"There's a storm gathering. The clouds are
dark, and the winds are strong, and I am afraid. Some who advocate for same-sex marriage
have taken the issue far beyond same-sex couples. They want to bring the issue in to
my life. My freedom will be taken away." -- text from an
ad by the National Organization of Handjobs who fear Obama's plans
to force the homosexual lifestyle on all Americans is going a bit too far,
I ask these questions every year or so:
What if we outlawed abortion with the death penalty for anyone
who gets or provides one?
What if we forced all gay people into ovens and killed them off,
one by one?
What if we made every citizen a mandatory Christian in the Pat
What if we forced every family to have an AK-47 for every member
of the house?
What if we put Reagan's face on every coin and every bill?
What would the sons-of-bitches complain about then?
They live to complain.
Hate is the glue tahts keeps them together.
They live to hate minorities - that's all they've got.
Koresh forbid, if they ever got what they ask for, what then?
As an American who has lived in England for over
20 years, I would like to assure you, and America,
that the wonderful British Public see Phillip
as a compete and utter cheap Nazi joke. He is not taken
seriously at all by anyone except for the hard-core
skinheads and, unfortunately, his wife, the head of State.
Phillip saying such stupid f-ing things that embarasses
the entire nation is considered the one good thing
about the Royal Family, if any of the circles
that I have been around can be considered.
Excerpt: What Fox News is now programming on a daily (unhinged)
basis is unprecedented in the history of American television,
especially in the form of Glenn Beck's program.
Night after night, week after week, Beck rails against the president while
denouncing him or his actions, alternately, as
Marxist, socialist, or fascist. He felt entirely comfortable pondering
the federal government, under the auspices of
FEMA, was building concentration camps to round up Americans in order
to institute totalitarian rule. (It wasn't until
this week that Beck was finally able to "debunk" the FEMA conspiracy theory.)
And that's when Beck wasn't gaming out bloody
scenarios for the coming civil war against Obama-led tyranny. In just a
few shorts months, Beck raced to the head of
Fox News' militia media movement.
Just prior to the Pittsburgh massacre, Beck's
often bizarre on-air performances, in which his rants against Obama's dark
were mixed in with his tearful proclamations
of love of country, had turned him into a highly rated laughingstock. "That
is a shaky cat,"
former comedian Dennis Miller recently giggled
while describing Beck. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough broke into hysterics
after a montage of Beck's most weepy moments.
And TV satirists have had a field day at the Fox News host's expense.
(Stephen Colbert: "Crank up the crazy and rip
off the knob!")
"Liberal hosts like to snap and snip and chortle
snidely, but they are weighed down by a complacent superiority complex, a paralyzing sanctimony.
They mistake irony for wit. The conservative hosts love to rant and stomp and bring down the house.
They're doing breakneck vaudeville while liberal hosts are primly stirring their non-caffeine green
-- Camille Paglia, trying to make a point, I suppose...
"If I were they ..." is actually correct English,
though the reason for it has not been explained properly.
It has nothing to do with a singular/plural distinction
and the subjunctive is a verb mood and doesn't apply
to the pronouns in this phrase. In English,
nouns and pronouns change based on their position in a sentence,
these are called 'cases' (subjective, objective,
possessive). We don't see as much difference in cases as
other languages, like German, Latin and Russian.
But the place we do see the biggest difference is pronouns
(I, me, my), but even in pronouns 'you' is the
same for both the subjective and objective case, singular or plural.
Well, everybody knows that...
The confusion arises out of the fact that most
English sentences are Subject -- Verb -- Object (e.g. I saw them).
The catch in our sentence is the use of the verb
'to be' ('were') which is acting as a linking verb linking the subject
(I) with a subject complement (they). The form
for this is Subject -- Linking Verb -- Subject Complement.
In this type of sentence, the subject and subject
complement should agree in case. So, it is technically correct to
"If I were they ..." as both 'I' and 'they' are
subject pronouns, 'them' is an object pronoun. The subjunctive has
to do with this. A similar non subjunctive example
would be the declaration of "I was he"; instead of the incorrect "I was
We're talking about math.
"I was he" and "I was him" are both singular.
"I were they" is what I'm complaining about.
Granted the correct versions sound dated, stilted,
pedantic and wrong ... but they are nevertheless correct.
RJ Heaney, nomadic pillar
This is as simple as "He walked into the room and they
spoke to me." It just doesn't work - I don't care what the Queen says.
If there's some technical reason why everyone but me is correct
I won't charge the English majors for recovering their clumsy fumble.
Granted, language changes, but if there ever was a time when "I
were they" was good grammer,
that crap needs to be deep-sixed with a footnote that bartcop.com
Our family has had a cat in the house for over
40 years. Not the same cat, of course, but a noble line of critters
to be sure.
They have kept us free of rodents and provided
warmth, love and protection from vermin.
Our verterinarian told us what the washing and
bringing of fuzzy toys is all about. You are the ALPHA male, and
will bring you his kill. He makes a lot
of noise over it because he is proud of his achievement and wants you to
reward him. He probably washes his kill
because cats are fastidiously clean creatures. It's a sign of respect.
Two of our cats
wrapped mice up in rugs, towels, or whatever
was available and gave them to us as presents.
To understand cats you need to realize that they
are predators. They are expert killers. It's what they do.
They have a
strong sense of social hierarchy and they apply
that to humans as well as to other animals. Because they are territorial
they are careful to keep things clean, which
reduces their scent, so washing the kill fits right in with their instinct.
Hey Bro, I was all ready to kick a 100 bucks into
your tin cup so you could go play poker.
Or maybe buy some gas for your 2 rice burners.
But then I saw your sick little Detroit “cupholder” cartoon
and figured if I’m gonna put out my hard earned
cash to a good cause I could do a lot more good donating
to a local worthy cause. Have a nice weekend.
Danny, how lucky you are that before you had a chance to mail that,
you were able to locate something on bartcop.com
that outraged you,
thus saving you the $100 that you were going to send - but didn't.
I lost another $100 because of that stupid "If
I were they" crap, too.
Hell, I probably lost another $100 because of Jeff Beck.
If only I could learn to write funny, interesting political commentary
that offended nobody.
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