Excerpt: Perhaps the most notable thing about the
“Sovereignty or Secession” rally at the state Capitol on Monday was the
absence of any remotely mainstream speakers.
That little problem in presentation did not escape the event’s organizers
from the Texas Nationalist Movement. In fact,
several speakers bitterly complained that neither Gov. Rick Perry
nor a single one of the 70-plus supporters of
Rep. Brandon Creighton’s HCR 50, a resolution asserting Texas’
“sovereignty” from the federal government, made
Back in April, Perry flirted with the idea of
secession when he told reporters after a Tax Day tea party event:
“There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve [the
Union]. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the
American people, you know, who knows what might
come out of that.”
Even for a governor who frequently plays to the
more extreme elements in the Texas GOP, it was a gobsmackingly
‘out there’ remark. But it certainly did wonders
for the secession crowd -- long a totally marginal and ridiculed group
with about as much chance of capturing the mainstream
imagination as the LaRouche cult.
I just listened to your Glenn Beck beatdown from
I swear, if his words were translated into German,
with a litle static
added for effect, it could have been Berlin radio
Ron in Arizona
Excerpt: ROME — The U.S. Justice Department has
told a Texas court that a lawsuit accusing Pope Benedict XVI
of conspiring to cover up the sexual molestation
of three boys by a seminarian should be dismissed because
the pontiff enjoys immunity as head of state
of the Holy See.
Assistant U.S. Attorney General Peter Keisler
said in Monday's filing that allowing the lawsuit to proceed
would be "incompatible with the United States'
foreign policy interests."
A 1994 Texas lawsuit against Pope John Paul II
was dismissed after the U.S. government filed a similar motion.
Why didn't Noriega have the same immunity?
If we had captured Hitler, we couldn't put him on trial because he
was a head of stste?>
How'd that head of state immunity work out for Saddam?
Bart, Blockbuster rents Blu-Ray for the same price
as regular DVDs.
Last year, I took the plunge and bought a 50”
plasma TV and signed up for Dish Network high-def service.
Later on I bought a Blu-Ray player and I’m pretty
underwhelmed. The Dish HD broadcast is 1080i and
the Blu-Ray is 1080p and I can’t tell a difference.
In fact, most Blu-Ray movies are slightly letterboxed
so the picture is slightly smaller than broadcast HD.
I hear that Blu-Ray may make a difference on
a TV that’s bigger than 50”.
I pay an extra dollar a month to NetFlix for
blue ray movies (when available). Other than the fact that
they seem to have more stuff on them, like extra
features, I don’t really notice any significant difference
in the quality of the picture. On the rare
occasion that I may buy a movie or 2, I can get at least 2 DVDs
for the same price of one blue ray. I can’t
believe they actually cost that much more to produce.
One nice thing about the blue ray player is that
it makes regular DVDs look much better on an HD TV.
Greg in CO
Netflix is now the biggest spammer on the Internet.
Excerpt: Name an industry that can produce 1 million new,
high-paying jobs over the next three years.
You can't, because there isn't one. And that's
Consider a few milestones from Bell Labs: Fax
transmission, long-distance television transmission,
photovoltaic solar cells, the transistor, the
UNIX operating system, and cellular telephony. Each of these
innovations laid the groundwork for vibrant new
industries. The transistor alone is the building block for
computers, consumer electronics, telecom systems,
high-tech medical devices, and much more. These basic
research breakthroughs unleashed cycles of applied
innovation that created entirely new sectors of our economy.
Compounding the effects of outsourcing and extended
recession, the ongoing destruction of old business models
(think print journalism, the music business,
and landline telephones) will slash a large number of high-value jobs in
the coming decade. The result? A broken demand
> Dick Cheney:
I knew about the waterboarding - as a general policy we had approved.
That's confessing to a "war crime." At what point
do they take him into custody?
If I was boasting on TV about some crime that
I had committed I wonder how long they would ignore MY crime?
Who says "no one is above the law."
Tommy Chong was imprisoned for selling water pipes - because that's
a serious crime.
Torturing a hundred-plus suspects to death is just "Good
morning" from the Bush bastards.
"Most polls are very bad for the President
and the Democratic Party. This is due to uneasiness on health care particularly among independent voters.
Part of this has been fueled by the fact that Speaker Pelosi and others who are highly polarizing have been
seen leading the health care debate rather than the President." --
David Johnson of Strategic Vision, (Never heard of him or them)
Please write in and tell me that I'm crazy.
Tell me that I'm reading the situation wrong and everything going
according to plan.
"The polls have been showing not simply an
erosion in the President's approval numbers but a decline in support from the liberal base of
his own party. Politico says 'some' in the White House are looking
for an opportunity to make that worse...Politico
wants us to believe that there are 'some Administration officials,' all of them anonymous, who are actively
seeking to destroy the President's credibility, turn off Democrats, weaken health reform, remove the one
feature with extremely high public approval and do all this because... because McCain taunted Obama last year
that he can't stand up to his own Party? How about standing up to McCain, and Grassley, and Steele,
and the rest of the crazies?" -- Scarecrow,
Bart, you asked "Any ideas why Obama seems
to be committing political suicide?" NO.
And "Are there people who think he's winning
this fight?" YES, but I'm NOT one of them.
I believe Democrats will pass some sort of health
reform bill because to not do so REALLY makes them look like failures.
But if people think they will get something trans
formative, or revolutionary, they are mistaken.
Democrats will give in on the most meaningful
parts of the reform bill.
When all the nice-nice is done, the bill will
be a pale shadow of what was originally intended.
Obama made the choice to dive into health care
reform, after being elected, but he never did dive in.
He just stuck a toe in the water, while most
Dems stood shivering on the beach.
I saw more FIGHT against reform than for it.
I don't get it.
He's supposed to talk to the nation again next week, but if he says
the same things
the same way, he can't expect any more traction that what he's gotten
Want to try live chat that night?
I'm now hearing that Obama is NOT talking to us next week - he's talking
to the school children?
Excerpt: Rethug State Rep. Greg Barkus was driving the
speedboat that crashed into some rocks Thursday that hospitalized five,
including U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, (R-Rethug).
One, state director Dustin Frost, has a serious but "survivable" head injury
The Republican congressman was recovering from
ankle surgery, and had a fracture around his eye. Barkus, a Kalispell Republican
who owns the boat, was said to be up and about.
Another Rehberg staffer, Kristin Smith, suffered fractures to her nose,
wrist, foot and ribs, as well as bruises and lacerations
on her face.
The 15- to 20-minute boat ride back across Flathead
ended in the dark only a few feet from shear rock cliffs that could have
delivered an even more tragic end. The powerboat
was traveling fast enough to be propelled completely out of the water.
No matter how little alcohol was in the rethug's system, he was drunk
enough.to pilot that boat
that fast into some rocks in the dark which severely injuried at least
two of his passengers.
They say Dustin Frost suffered a serious brain injury.
The lady had at least four broken bones and lacerations to her face.
Excerpt: At first, it seemed like a joke.
Whore Street Journal columnist James Taranto
opined on Monday that -- if the 2012 election
were to turn to national security -- "it's hard
to think of a better candidate than Cheney."
But while his headline -- "Cheney for President"
-- provoked guffaws in some quarters,
some well-regarded strategists and pollsters
are actually taking the idea deadly seriously.
Alex Castellanos, a frequent CNN analyst and GOP
cabana boy, told wehateclintons.com.
"But if the agenda turns to security, Obama is
mired in a no-win mess in Afghanistan, and Obama hasn't
created a single job in four years after indebting
us for generations, Cheney could run on a theme of 'Change'."
Excerpt: In a wild interview with Vanity Fair magazine,
Levi Johnston spills all kinds of dirt about his experiences with the Palin
He was, after all, Bristol's boyfriend/fiance
for some time, and is the father of her son, Tripp. His revelations are
rather surprising, but how true are they?
Johnston claims that after he and Bristol shared
the news of her pregnancy with Sarah and Todd Palin, Sarah came up with
Sarah worried over how her unwed teenage daughter's
pregnancy would look to the good people of Alaska that elected her governor
and began trying to find solutions. This was
all prior to being tapped to run alongside John McCain in the presidential
Says Johnston: "Sarah told me she had a great
idea: we would keep it a secret—nobody would know that Bristol was pregnant.
She told me that once Bristol had the baby she
and Todd would adopt him. That way, she said, Bristol and I didn’t have
to worry about anything.
Sarah kept mentioning this plan. She was nagging—she
wouldn’t give up. She would say, “So, are you gonna let me adopt him?”
We both kept telling her we were definitely not
going to let her adopt the baby. I think Sarah wanted to make Bristol look
and she didn’t want people to know that her 17-year-old
daughter was going to have a kid."
"She says she goes hunting and lives off animal
meat - I've never seen it. I've never seen her touch a fishing pole. She had a gun in her bedroom and one
day she asked me to show her how to shoot it. I asked
her what kind of gun it was, and she said she didn't
know, because it was in a box under her bed." -- Levi, saying
Sarah Palin isn't the Wild West, outdoors gal she claims to be,
Confession: I've come to like Levi.
I like that he's busting Palin's balls (you
know what I mean) but he was
also Kathy Griffin's date to the MTV Awards
and that's no easy job.
Kathy was all: "He
had his hands all over me all night..." and Levi was all, "That's
because you're so hot."
The next night, she hosted Larry King Live
with Levi and he traded quips with her - on live TV
and trust me, trading quips with Kathy
Griffin on live TV is not something most TV stars could handle
but Levi stayed right with her - proving
he's not just a good-looking coat rack.. And he's only 19!
Levi wants a career in show business and
I say there are less talented people than Levi who made it.
Bart, I hadn't thought about the lighting of the
bridge or diving at night, but did you see the pictures of that bridge?
The sides were no higher than a curb! I'm
not sure I could drive it sober and in the daylight.
And as for hitting their heads on those sheet
metal dashboards, I don't know about that,
but the front windshield was ALL fucked up.
Lowell the Engineer
Bart, I used to watch the show Investigative Report
on the A&E network.
In 1994 they had a show about the Chappaquiddick
incident that completely debunked the official story.
In the report the forensic evidence and testimony
of witnesses showed that Ted Kennedy was not in the car
when it crashed into the water. He returned
to the party and left Mary Jo alone in the car to drive it back herself.
It was a large car she had never driven before
and she went off the side of the bridge on a curve. Kennedy was afraid
he would be found alone with Mary Jo parked along
a road in the car after someone had driven by them together.
He did not learn of the accident until the next
morning. The position of Mary Jo's body and the position of the car
proved that she was driving. I found this
link for a report about the show that does not really explain the findings
for one reviewer's comments. I wish I could
find a link that shows the entire program because it was bombshell of a
Excerpt: The White House ought to have learned from unanimous
Republican opposition to the economic stimulus.
"There's no question in my view that Bush was
the most fiscally irresponsible president in the history of the republic,"
David M. Walker, Bush's own comptroller general,
recently told the Washington Post. Now he tells us. After helping
their hero literally double the national debt,
GOP congressmen then became stern "fiscal conservatives" in the face of
the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
Many knew better, but they also knew the White
House had the votes. Striking poses cost them nothing. Stimulus money
found its way into their districts anyway. Remarkably,
Obama failed to get the message. Seemingly preoccupied with the
president's image as a transformative figure,
the White House keeps trying to negotiate with people who seek his political
On healthcare reform, Obama has mainly his own
high-minded fecklessness to blame. To alter the cliché,
he hasn't just brought a knife to a gunfight,
he's brought a cake knife. The GOP's armed for war; he's showed up
with a multilayered birthday cake of a bill hardly
While insurance reform's opponents peddle hysterical
falsehoods, Obama counters with professorial explanations.
Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley's shameful endorsement
of "death panels" should have taught Obama the futility of making nice.
Everybody seems to see what's going on but Obama.
How long will he continue to try to pet the dog that's biting his hand?
Excerpt: Chuckling, he reflects on how easy it is to fool
people -- they are so gullible, so easy to manipulate.
As he watches them bleat in fear, he feels amusement,
contempt, and a deep satisfaction in knowing that
their panic will make him even more wealthy than
he already is. He is bothered not a whit that this
disinformation campaign has cost tens of millions
of dollars. Instead, he feels the glow of a job well done,
knowing that the campaign will ensure the health
insurance industry of billions of dollars of profit to come...
The insurance executive realizes that his celebration
is not quite complete. Retreating to his collection of
vintage wines, he returns with a bottle of 1982
Bordeaux Red Lafite-Rothschild, lovingly purchased at the
discount price of $35,000. He carefully opens
the bottle, decants it, and pours a glass. Turning back to the
television, he looks at a frightened man shaking
his fist and saying that he won't stand for the government
killing his grandmother. Raising his glass toward
the screen, the insurance executive grins and offers a toast,
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"We threw Gray Davis out of the Governor's
mansion because he wasn't doing a good job. Now, we're burning to the ground and
holding garage sales on eBay to pay our bills. This is what we get for hiring cheap
foreign labor." -- Jimmy Kimmel,
As I remember, Davis was pulled from office because he wanted
to pay the California's bills.
Then you Calis voted for the I-won't-pay-bills monkey as a lark
and what'd that getcha?
We are all now obsessed with healthcare reform.
That hasn't happened since 1993. That's 16 years.
O knew it was gunna get ugly.
Clinton's did their own thing without going to
So Congress said FY. O lets Congress go for it
his broad objectives and they go friggin batshit
Now he comes in and says, ok, you can't get it
then here's what we're gunna do.
Maybe you let it get really looking bad,
and when a bill passes, the crowd roars.
If no bill passes, they have R's to blame.
Blue Dogs are big on paying for it. Nothin wrong
It ain't over til it's over.
I support my President loud and clear.
I support him, too, but his popularity is dropping
like a rock and,
like Gore and Kerry, he seems to think there's
no reason to join the battle.
You say, If no bill passes, they have R's to
blame. If no bill passes, R's will claim "credit" for "stopping the insane
wanted to kill Grandma and Palin's baby" and suddenly we're back in
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I liked both 156 and 157, especially the music.
Ending with Tony Bennett was great.
On your question about the "devout" hanging on
to life longer, I think in a lot of cases people join churches
because they are lonely and scared and don't
want to face it, so they find comfort in people. When death gets close,
it's the people they don't want to let go of.
They're less sure about meeting God when it comes to doing it alone.
I stumbled onto a mega-church (thought it
was a casino - had a big sign on the front that said "CHAMPION CENTER"
and I was near a reservation). Anyway, what struck
me about it, besides the intense smell of MONEY, was all the hugging
and support going on. Nothing wrong with it,
except for the intense smell of MONEY in the air.
I favor something called radical non-duality which
basically says we're already home, we just don't know it because of
the mind-play going on in our heads most of the
time. "The Truth Is" by H.W.L. Poonja is a good book on it if you're curious.
So cheers, Bart. And tell Wise Guy (my
new radio partner) not to hold back so much.
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