Excerpt: By a wide margin, Americans consider Rush Limbaugh
the nation's most influential conservative voice.
Those are the results of a poll conducted by "60
Minutes" and Vanity Fair magazine and issued Sunday.
The radio whore was picked by 26 percent of those
who responded, followed by Glenn Beck at 11 percent.
Actual politicians - Cheney and Palin - were
the choice of 10 percent each.
Asked to choose from among seven presidents, Americans
tapped John F. Kennedy as the one they'd like
to see added to Mount Rushmore. Kennedy polled
29 percent, with Ronald Reagan second at 20 percent.
"I think that Joe Lieberman is a very complicated
guy. He does confuse me because he says he's a principled guy
but there's nothing principled about holding up a bill...If he was a principled
guy he'd resign his chairmanship." -- Howard
Dean, slapping Kissyface in public, wehateclintons.com
Excerpt: A Long Island couple is home free after an outraged
judge canceling their debt to ruthless bankers trying to toss them out
on the street.
Suffolk Judge Jeffrey Spinner wiped out $525,000
in mortgage payments demanded by a California bank, blasting its "harsh,
shocking and repulsive" acts.
The bombshell decision leaves Diane and Greg Horoski,
owing no money on their house in East Patchogue.
Spinner pulled no punches as he smacked down
the bankers at OneWest (R-Crooked) who took an $814.2 million
federal bailout but have a record of coldbloodedly
foreclosing on any homeowner owing money.
"The bank was so intransigent that the judge decided
to punish them," Greg Horoski, 55, said
about Spinner's scathing ruling last Thursday
against OneWest and its IndyMac mortgage division.
I applaud the Horoski's for fighting back. The greedy Rethug bastards
will steal until you tell them,
"Stop, ya bastards," which is what
I've been telling Democrats since the Bush bastards stole power.
I was a high-school (Exeter, dontcha know)
classmate of Craig's, and there's something odd about him:
At our 40th reunion in April of 2003 he
addressed us, and when I asked him about duhbaya's insane, criminal invasion
of Eye Rack, he defended it vigorously
as a very savvy move.
I knew right then that he was either irrevocably
corrupt, or just plain loony.
Either way, it's no great loss...
Bob in Prague
Back in 1998, Clinton was in trouble so I offered to help.
I wrote that Clinton's impeachment had all the credibility of
Sheriff Cliff Barnes
arresting J.R. Ewing for murder without a body, a witness or
a murder weapon.
A few days later, Craig made that same argument in the Senate
But yeah, anyone who spells Gregg with 3 Gs needs to be watched
I thought about doing a live chat room thing for this speech,
but things could get out of hand so I wanted some buffer.
How in the world is he going to sell America a bigger, second war?
Why in the world is he going to sell America a bigger, second war?
It's possible he'll lay out a logical, finite, winnable plan
with an exit strategy
but if those plans were easy to come by, we'd see them all the time,
Obama's going to give his speech and then pundits from both sides will
each sentence so they can say Obama is "just like" previous mistaken
How can he avoid that?
I wrote this at 10 PM Central Monday night.
Twenty four hours from now, we'll be in a different era.
If Obama does what they say he's going to do, he'll be Obama the Hawk.
The Right will hate him no matter what and now the Left will say "He
sold us out."
His decision is huge, but all things consider, why not gamble
with the option that guarantees thousands fewer dead Americans?
That would be coming home.
Non-Thought out Sidebar: Maybe we should consider changing the way we wage war the way the NFL
changes their plays.
What if, instead of full-blown wars, we only did strategic strikes?
If some country gets out of line and needs to be punished, why can't
we drop 3,000 Marines
in their capitol and have them go "Tarantino" on their major assets
- and then we're gone.
I like that idea a LOT better than I like what we're doing now.
Maybe that's our way out of Afghanistan.
We withdraw our troops, but when the satellites tell us we have "activity,"
we drop 1500 Marines
on their hyper-surprised ass and, one would hope, maybe 1490 of our
guys go home alive.
Ten dead solider is a terrible thing, but I'm talking one-time operations.
The way we do things now, we lose a few soldiers a week - but we're
coming up on a decade.
We live in a dangerous world.
Strong will always beat weak,
but smart will always beat strong.
the Wind (70th Anniversary DVD) $45 w/
There's no question that the film is an enormous
achievement in terms of its every resource --art direction, color, sound, cinematography--being
pushed to new limits for the greater glory of telling an American story as fully as possible.
Vivien Leigh is still magnificently narcissistic, Olivia de Havilland angelic and lovely, Leslie
Howard reckless and aristocratic. Clark Gable gives one of the most vital, masculine
performances ever committed to film.
"The Republicans are all about driving people
out right now. And I think it's a great idea. So if you believe in evolution or gravity or
photosynthesis or any of the stuff that Republicans are afraid of, come on over to the Democratic Party.
You know, we're the party right now of the mainstream. Republicans seem to have ceded the
center of the national debate to the Democratic Party... I think this is great. This is
what I want as a Democrat. I couldn't be happier." -- Paul Begala,
(That's quite stupid) and sometimes a little
angry when I see this constant, vicious attacks by people on the left.
Iíve never seen anything like it in all the years that Iíve been in politics, the viciousness
and the personalization of the attacks on Sarah Palin." -- John McCain, who's mental problems
prevent his memory from working, Link
"The reason Chelsea Clinton is so ugly
is because Janet Reno is her father." -- John McCain, heartless whore, launching
a slur against a child to make a crowd laugh
Excerpt: So here we are, wallowing in our dysfunction.
Governed -- if you listen to the rabble rousers -- by a black nationalist
from Kenya smuggled into the United States to
kill Sarah Palin's baby. And yes, I could almost buy their belief that
had WMDs, only I think he shipped them to Washington,
where they've been recycled as lobbyists and trained in money laundering,
which turns an old-fashioned bribe into a First
Poor Obama. He came to town preaching the religion
of nice. But every time he bows politely, the harder the Republicans kick
No one's ever conquered Washington politics by
constantly saying "pretty please" to the guys trying to cut your throat.
This health care thing is make or break for your
leadership, but for us, it's life and death.
No more Mr. Nice Guy, Mr. President. We need
Seems like every Democrat ('cept the Blue Dog backstabbers) wants Obama
to come to work.
Why does our side go on vacation in the middle of a life-and-death struggle?
Excerpt: Following his car "accident" Woods's agent said
that it is unclear whether he will attend his foundation's Chevron World
Challenge Golf Tournament. In 2008, Chevron entered
a five-year relationship with Tiger Woods' foundation under the
guise of philanthropy. But if Woods had a shred
of social conscience, this partnership would never have existed. Lawsuits
have been issued against Chevron for dumping
toxic waste all over the planet. Alaska, Canada, Brazil, Angola and California
have all accused Chevron of dumping. Even worse,
Chevron has a partnership with Burma's ruling military junta on the country's
Yadana gas pipeline project, the single greatest
source of revenue for the military, estimated at nearly $5 billion since
the year 2000.
Ka Hsaw Wa, co-founder and executive director
of EarthRights International, wrote in an open letter to Woods, "I myself
spoken to victims of forced labor, rape, and
torture on Chevron's pipeline--if you heard what they said to me, you too
understand how their tragic stories stand in
stark contrast to Chevron's rhetoric about helping communities." Chevron
a dictatorship but Tiger Woods apparently sees
them as upstanding corporate partners.
"We did not have a terrorist attack on our
country during President Bushís term. -- Dana Purina, on Fox
Whore News, forgetting about 9/11,
"Even if you donít mention 9/11, there are
the anthrax attacks. Even if you forget the anthrax attacks, there were the Beltway Sniper attacks.
Even if you excuse the Beltway Sniper attacks, there was the Seattle Jewish Center shooting. Even
if you ignored the Seattle Jewish Center shooting, there was the Knoxville Church shooting. And, if
you ignore all of those...You must be in the GOP." -- EnnuiDave,
I hate the Raiders and the Rams but I don't spend
1/1000th the amount
of time bitching about them as you do about Texas
Let me know when you've got it out of your system.
Maybe I'll bookmark your site again.
Lonestar, I'm sorry to lose you.
But if you'd dump a friend over a silly running gag then I can deal
Many years ago I had a reader was my biggest booster, all the time going
to bulletin boards
and other sites to tell anyone who'd listen what a great place
Then, one day I wrote that Ted Nugent blew donkey on a guitar compared
to Jimmy Page
and he wrote me a snotty letter like you did saying he was gone forever
- and he kept his word.
I can't share everybody's favorite team, guitar player and movie.
"Beck-Palin, Iíll consider. But Palin-Beck?
Come on! Sheíd be yapping or something, and Iíd say, 'I'm sorry,
why am I hearing your voice? Iím not in the kitchen.' " -- Glenn Beck, telling Palin that she
belongs in the damn kitchen, Link
Excerpt: Osama bin Laden was unquestionably within reach
of U.S. troops at Tora Bora when those Bush bastards
made the crucial and costly decision not to
pursue him with massive force, a Senate report says.
The report asserts that the failure to kill or
capture bin Laden at his most vulnerable in December 2001 has had
lasting consequences beyond the fate of one man.
Bin Laden's escape laid the foundation for today's reinvigorated
Afghan insurgency and inflamed the internal strife
now endangering Pakistan, it says.
John Kerry has ineffectively long argued the Bush
administration missed a chance to get Bush's former partner
when they were holed up in the mountains of eastern
Afghanistan in December 2001."
Excerpt: A clear majority want the Democrats to pass a
health care bill with a public option, even if this means it would get
no GOP votes--a striking result, given the sentiment
Americans generally display toward bipartisanship in all its forms.
All of these results suggest that the Democrats'
biggest obstacle on health care reform is not a fundamental lack of
public agreement but public weariness with the
endless legislative grind. Vulnerable congressional Democrats may have
individual interests in establishing their moderate
bona fides by challenging their party leadership. But they have a far
stronger collective interest in passing a bill.
The second, broader Republican goal is to essentially
delegitimize Obama's presidency. . . . 'If the president--opposed by
a majority of Americans, with almost no support
from the other party--imposes an ideologically divisive health reform,
it will smack of radicalism, reinforce polarization
and may cede the ideological center to Republicans for years to come,'
cries former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson.
Democrats 'know this legislation is. . . . possible only because of
temporary liberal majorities,' complains a Wall
Street Journal editorial.
How, you might ask, does this differ from George
W. Bush ramming through unpopular regressive tax cuts?
Well, those were temporary conservative majorities.
The other difference, of course, is that Obama out-polled his
opponent by eight-and-a-half million votes, a
margin that exceeded Bush's vote edge by nine million votes.
So, America WANTS health care reform AND the Democrats have the power
to deliver it.
If only we could get Obama to join the fight and lead his party to the
Excerpt: The Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to pay
$660 million to settle lawsuits from hundreds of sex-abuse victims.
About $250 million will be cash; $60 million
will come from other religious orders and another $123 million from litigation
with orders that chose to sit out the deal. Insurance
companies will pay the remaining $227 million.
Hold onócan churches buy insurance for sex abuse?
Yes. Like any business, religious organizations
purchase insurance to protect themselves from lawsuits, like discrimination
claims or negligence charges against officers.
Since the spike in sex-abuse lawsuits in the mid-1980s, churches have also
had the option to take out extra liability policies
for damages related to sexual misconduct. These policies don't come cheap,
and they protect just the institutions, for the
most part. Insurers will mount a legal defense for accused individuals,
support extends only so far: Perpetrators are
on their own if they're found guilty or choose to settle out of court.
So the question becomes: What insurance comapny
is crazy enough to bet against priest rapes?
I sent this email to Mike Malloy and he read it
on his show yesterday, then proceeded to go off on
one of those tirades that makes him so great
to listen to. You may like it for your site. Best wishes and
I hope to be able to make another contribution
more substantial than words once my writing work picks up.
Reprint it in any manner you choose if you want
Mike, I donít think there can be a middle ground
in Afghanistan. An increase of 34,000 wonít ďwinĒ the war. It will only lead to more body bags, more
wounded, intensify the resistance and the end result will be the same -
defeat. Obey has the right idea about everyone sharing
the burden, but he doesnít go far enough.
I think there are only two options, complete
withdrawal (which I favor) or letís go all out and win it so we can end it and can get the troops out.
Obama should withdraw our military and let the corporations hire Blackwater to fight it for them if they
want to reap the energy profits. These companiesí ventures would no longer be profitable without taxpayer
subsidized military help.
If Obama canít withdraw and end the war, then
letís go ALL OUT. 500,000 troops would be needed to pacify the country, and since we donít have
that many, letís bring the draft back. And no deferments for undergrad students this time around. Everyone
goes, everyone contributes. Iíd love the speech, ok congress, right-wingers, you want a real war that we
can win, now you have one. Take your pick, thereís no middle ground. Youíd see how fast this war would end with
either of these options. Of course both you and I know that would never
happen. Greg in WI
It's possible Obama will say something
Tuesday night to change my mind,
but I hope he doesn't feed us a load of crap
to justify this (I think) very bad decision.
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I don't know to whom I should be thankful, but
I am thankful for you and the work you do.
You have kept me sane for the last few years.
I am also thankful to live in a country that
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say without being thrown in jail.
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