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February 05, 2006
Well now I have an idea...

of why Tiger Woods Golf game is not exactly up to par. Hehe....

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February 03, 2006
Muslims better not hold their breath...

Because an apology, they wont be getting. Not with commentary like this on the Right.

No word as to when Righties will condemn extremist behavior on the Far Right. Hehe...

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Gimme a Break....

From Dean:

Who's really raking in the dough on mega oil conglomerates like Exxon? Here's a breakdown.

Turns out mostly it's held by pension and retirement funds. Wodows, orphans, and 401(k) account holders like me. Well, whaddya know?

The contention.... That most of the profits are going to widows, orphans, pension funds and the like... Eh... OKAY....
I guess with Oil prices being what they are, they need it dont they?

And if you need more convincing, read this... Bush Defends Exxon.

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February 02, 2006
In case you were wondering...

This is why you are paying so much for a gallon of gas... Makes that addiction analogy pretty accurate hey... Hey Pusher man!

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February 01, 2006
Hey Sheikh...

I didn't mean it... You know, politics and all... hehe...

WASHINGTON - One day after President Bush vowed to reduce America's dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn't mean it literally.

What the president meant, they said in a conference call with reporters, was that alternative fuels could displace an amount of oil imports equivalent to most of what America is expected to import from the Middle East in 2025.

But America still would import oil from the Middle East, because that's where the greatest oil supplies are.

The president's State of the Union reference to Mideast oil made headlines nationwide Wednesday because of his assertion that "America is addicted to oil" and his call to "break this addiction."

Bush vowed to fund research into better batteries for hybrid vehicles and more production of the alternative fuel ethanol, setting a lofty goal of replacing "more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025."

He pledged to "move beyond a petroleum-based economy and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past."

Not exactly, though, it turns out.

"This was purely an example," Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said.

He said the broad goal was to displace foreign oil imports, from anywhere, with domestic alternatives. He acknowledged that oil is a freely traded commodity bought and sold globally by private firms. Consequently, it would be very difficult to reduce imports from any single region, especially the most oil-rich region on Earth.

Asked why the president used the words "the Middle East" when he didn't really mean them, one administration official said Bush wanted to dramatize the issue in a way that "every American sitting out there listening to the speech understands." The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because he feared that his remarks might get him in trouble.

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January 31, 2006

With all the BS that comes from the Right about supporting our Military, why dont more Right Wing Bloggers blog about stuff like this. This makes me so angry I am absolutely livid!

It was one of the thousands of roadside bombs in Iraq that paralyzed Staff Sgt. Eugene Simpson.

"My first instinct was to jump farther back into the Humvee, you know, for protection," Simpson said. "But in doing that, I opened my back up to all the scrap metal and debris, which hit my spine and severed my spine, paralyzing me."

He was soon on a plane home.

Fast-working, skilled Army doctors saved his life, as they have so many.

Slow, bumbling Army bureaucrats would make his life miserable, as they have so many.

"And the military basically is, like, they turn their back on you, you kind of feel that you've just been used," Simpson said.

No Pay for Four Months

It started with a phone call from his wife, home with their four children. She didn't have enough money to pay the bills.

"And she was like, well, we haven't been paid," Simpson said. "And you know, instantly I was like, I don't know what to do. You know, I'm still in the hospital. I can't actually get up and go around and talk to these different people."

And until "Nightline" inquired at the Pentagon, Simpson said he could not find out what happened.

"Every day is something different," he said. "Well, this person isn't in. I'll have them call you back, give it a couple days. Couple days go by, I call back, well I got somebody else for you to talk to. And days lead to weeks, and weeks lead to months."

It turns out the Army had mistakenly continued to pay Simpson a combat duty bonus while he was in the hospital.

He had been overpaid thousands of dollars, and the Army wanted the money back.

"By law, he's not entitled to the money," said Col. Richard Shrank, "so he must pay it back."

Shrank said although that is the law, soldiers can apply for debt forgiveness if they believe the debt is a mistake. So far, more than 800 soldiers have done so. More than 600 of those requests have been granted, amounting to more than $600,000.

So, the Army said it withheld the paralyzed soldier's pay until it got back the amount he owed -- with no advance notice, Simpson said.

"Four months," he said. "I didn't get paid for four months."

An Ongoing Problem

Simpson is not the only one. A study commissioned by the First Infantry Division estimated that eight out of 10 of its wounded soldiers from Iraq have gone through the same or a similar ordeal.

Capt. Michael Hurst, now out of the Army, conducted the study.

"You have to understand that these soldiers are suffering from incredible injuries, some of them have lost limbs, some of them may never walk again," Hurst said. "And in the midst of that struggle, to then get a paycheck for nothing really hurts morale."

And the Army can play tough to get its money back.

In the case of Sgt. Ryan Kelly, who lost his leg in Iraq, he had just finished going through rehabilitation when the Army sent a letter threatening to ruin his credit and call in debt collectors.

He had been overpaid by $2,200 while in the hospital, but, like most, never realized it.

It took Kelly almost a year to cut through the red tape and get the debt forgiven.

"Soldiers receive a paycheck and reasonably think that this is their accurate pay for the month," Hurst said. "And being in the situation they're in, having just been injured and in some cases spouses have to quit jobs in order to spend time at Walter Reed, many of these families are really hurting for funds. So a lot of that money gets spent right away."

'Failed Test'

The Government Accountability Office described the Army as having failed the test of taking care of its wounded from Iraq.

The report concluded that the soldiers fighting to defend the nation have paid the price for that failure.

Shrank disagreed, however. "No, I would not agree that we have failed the test, because we are making the fixes to bring it up to standard," he told "Nightline."

Shrank took over as commander of the United States Army Finance Command last summer to help fix the problem, a problem the GAO said had been ignored until the soldiers went public.

I dont even care about politics in this issue, because frankly Democrats are as guilty as Republicans for letting this kind of thing happen. We are talking about young men and women who TRULY sacrificed for this country. Who gave legs, arms, eyes... And the paper pushers at the Pentagon threaten to RUIN THEIR CREDIT, what the hell! I am going to look tonight to see how many Right Wingers report on this. Because it is time to put up or shut the hell up. Sitting at home typing long odes to patriotism and praise of the MEN and Women who are fighting this war, while ignoring their pain and suffering is BS. So yeah I am calling you out Dean, Jeff, Jay, all of you who support the war, and the TROOPS. Its time to really support them and demand that this BS end!

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January 28, 2006
You could not even make stuff like this up...

I mean it boggles the mind....

New low: Just when you think you’ve seen the bottom of the Bush team's depravity and corruption or is it just monumental cluelessness? - they manage to come up with something new that is positively jawdropping. Hillman serves as chief of the department's public integrity section. Must be that special Republican "integrity" that allows you to take a cushy job in return for pulling the investigation off the White House.

Yesterday President Bush nominated Noel Hillman, the lead prosecutor in the Abramoff case, to a lifetime judicial appointment.

Just to make it even more perfect, Hillman serves as chief of the department's public integrity section. Must be that special Republican integrity "integrity" that allows you to take a cushy job in return for pulling the investigation off the White House.

Yup! No appearance of impropriety here. Just move along folks, move along.

And then you wait... Wait to see how the apologist will excuse this one. Oh I can hear it now.... "The President has the right to make anyone he feels qualified, a judge." Duhhhh... Yeah he does, but ya ever take time to wonder with ALL the qualified folks out there, why THIS guy? You know what is funny, is that I have spent the last 25 years of my life managing people, and I am a pretty good judge of human behavior. Without mentioning any names... They know who they are... I can even see some of my Conservative friends are smelling the stench.

Do they respond by admitting they were wrong and demanding accountability... Oh no, that would require a drop in level of arrogance that most of these people would find just too damned costly. It would also force them to see that their little fantasy is coming apart, and they are directly responsible for this crap. So what do they do, they spin, they IGNORE, as I am sure many will do with this story, or they excuse.

And frankly, I am convinced that THEY dont even believe the excuses any more. When the boss farts in the middle of a meeting, no one wants to be the one to call him on it. Imagine how you would feel if he jumped up on the conference table and pissed on the company bi laws...

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January 26, 2006
Man these people are good...

First there's the Democrats took Abramoff money too meme... You know, the one that idiot from the Washington post got called on... Now it looks like it's gaining a foothold in some of the most unlikeky places... hehe... And of course the people spouting it dont even bother to verify...

And then there is THIS... Yeah, you got to give it to them... Sounds like the plot to conspiracy theory or something. But of course, there is a "logical explanation," to all of this. I am just going to sit back and wait for Jay Tea or Boyd to come and tell us about it... Or gee, maybe it will be on Wizbang tomorrow. Rob... you got some 'splainin' to do!

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January 21, 2006
Careful with the wide strokes there Rob

You obviously did not read this.

Or have you read what EVERY Lefty in the blogsphere had to say about Belafonte?

And personally, while I am not a big Michael Moore fan, Daou is 100% right on when he says:

And last I checked, Michael Moore didn't massacre thousands of innocent Americans. (The indispensable Crooks and Liars has the clip) And here's John Kerry's blistering statement on the Hardball scandal and Bin Laden's reappearance:

"You'd think the only focus tonight would be on destroying Osama Bin Laden, not comparing him to an American who opposes the war whether you like him or not. You want a real debate that America needs? Here goes: If the administration had done the job right in Tora Bora we might not be having discussions on Hardball about a new Bin Laden tape. How dare Scott McClellan tell America that this Administration puts terrorists out of business when had they put Osama Bin Laden out of business in Afghanistan when our troops wanted to, we wouldn't have to hear this barbarian's voice on tape. That's what we should be talking about in America." -- John Kerry

Michael may be a lot of things, but a murdering terrorist he is not. I can see how in your view anyone with such strong beliefs against the war and against this administration is an EVIL person, but I'm with Daou! Unless you know something none of the rest of America does, Michael Moore did not deserve that... And I am beginning to believe Matthews may be sharing the same crack pipe with Belafonte.

And while I am not sure of the value of "insta-blogs," based on one subject, if the Right could do it with RatherWatch, perhaps this guy has the right idea. Maybe it is time some of us played, "Hardball," with Chris.... hmmmm...

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January 15, 2006
Anyone want to explain to me....

How a piece of GOP propaganda with a bunch of Democratic soundbites is suppossed to be the smoking gun and conclussive proof... in proving that the Administration did not lie to get us into Iraq?

All it proves is what everyone who can read and has a television, already knew. The Democratic Leadership, swallowed the same line of bull that was fed to the rest of us. Rob buddy, you might want to find a more objective source for your grand revelations in the future.

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January 13, 2006
GOT to go with Kevin on this one!

This has got to be the sickest music video I have seen in a long while.

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January 12, 2006
Deja Vou?
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 12 - A stampede at the annual pilgrimage in Mecca killed 345 people today, the Interior Ministry said, the deadliest such event since 1990. The Saudi Red Crescent Society said that as many as 1,000 had been injured.

This has happened before:

In the worst stampede, which took place in 1990, 1,400 were killed at the site; in 2004, 245 people were crushed to death in a similar incident.

Kind of makes one wonder, why with all the money the Saudis make on the Haj, they don't do more to protect these people?

THIS is a great idea.

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January 10, 2006
A little rust in that Silver lining...

A while back I read this piece on John Cole's Site. It was pretty much repeated on a number of conservative sites, including Wizbang and Other Conservative Blogs...

Well, this story from Slate, actually puts a disturbing spin on the subject.

Three months ago, I wrote that the war in Iraq was wrecking the U.S. Army, and since then the evidence has only mounted, steeply. Faced with repeated failures to meet its recruitment targets, the Army has had to lower its standards dramatically. First it relaxed restrictions against high-school drop-outs. Then it started letting in more applicants who score in the lowest third on the armed forces aptitude test, a group, known as Category IV recruits, who have been kept to exceedingly small numbers, as a matter of firm policy, for the past 20 years. (There is also a Category V—those who score in the lowest 10th percentile. They have always been ineligible for service in the armed forces and, presumably, always will be.)

The bad news is twofold. First, the number of Category IV recruits is starting to skyrocket. Second, a new study compellingly demonstrates that, in all realms of military activity, intelligence does matter. Smarter soldiers and units perform their tasks better; dumber ones do theirs worse.

It has long been claimed that the lowest economic and social classes become the cannon fodder in war. This report would seem to validate that claim.

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December 27, 2005

Eh, I am not sure HOW I feel about this Christmas Card.

Hat Tip, The Moderate Voice.

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December 19, 2005
The Chappelle Theory

Shabooty brings a link to an interesting read about Dave Chappelle's rise and fall as America's premier black comic.

My own Chappelle theory? The kid broke under the pressure of monumental success. I find it hard to believe that such diverse charectors as Bill Cosby Ophrah and Farrakahn could agree on anything, much less cooperate on destroying Chappelle's career.

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Novak headed for Fox...

From Forbes:

Commentator Robert Novak, who hasn't been seen on CNN since swearing and storming off the set in August, will leave the network after 25 years and join Fox News Channel as a contributor next month.

I am happy to hear this. Novak and Fox belong together like white on rice. Maybe they can have the Bill and Bob show now.

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November 02, 2005
The INCREDIBLE Hypocrisy of the Right!

Now I am going to make a bet that none of the usual suspects will address the questions posed in this post.

Just as they ignored this one, despite commenting quite "liberally," this week.

The truth is that the Right Wing simply ignore ANYTHING that can not be easily spun, especially when they look hypocritical in doing so.

Anyone up to answer this one?

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September 11, 2005
Michael Moore Guest Blogging at Tony Pierce?

And he has written an open letter to Bush Supporters. As big an exercise in futility as I have ever seen. One Michael is probably the man the Right hates the most in this world. Two,his message is way too true and too raw for anyone but the most sane on the Right to acknowledge, something that appears to be in short supply....

Nice Letter though!

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September 08, 2005
The Boy King...

This kind of says it all, doesnt it:

We have a man-child as President of the United States. That may seem an unfair characterization, but consider the President's performance last Friday when he ventured to the storm ravaged Gulf Coast. In a revealing moment, he referred to the FEMA Director as "Brownie" and joked about his past good times in New Orleans.

It was inappropriate behavior that one would expect from an adolescent and not the adult leader of the free world. It largely went unnoticed.

But perhaps the clearest demonstration of the President's arrested development is his inability to accept responsibility or accountability. Another revelatory moment was when the President pronounced that the response to Katrina was " not acceptable." Of course, he was the one in charge. It was as if a child passively proclaimed that "the milk was spilt".

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September 01, 2005
Truth, Anger and Righteous Indignation!

This is one of the most devastatingly brilliant pieces of blogging I have EVER READ! Thanks to the Brad Blog, for the heads up. It is a long piece, and brilliant every word, but I could not excerpt it in it's entirety. Go read the whole thing!

What happens when Chertoff (whose name actually means "of the Devil" in Russian) decides to forgo civil liberties in general and abuses his office, err, industrial department of Homeland Security? What happens when these Homelanders declare Martial Law in order to keep people from looting, but will not supply them with water, food, and other life sustaining supplies?

Apparently not a damn thing.

After all, no blond "good Christian" wealthy Republican children are drowning. Fox News anchors sit laughing at this tragedy but cry and piss on themselves because a blond girl on an island went missing (no offense to the family of the missing girl).

Do you realize that one person - one single person who is white, blond haired, and blue eyed - is more important to the networks than the thousands of black children spiraling to their deaths in a swirl of sewage in a once historic city?

Looting is what the networks are covering, as though such activity is "typical" of what "black people" do. The majority of residents left behind were the poor, who - due to the inexcusable mismanagement of emergency resources, coupled with high oil prices - were unable to leave on their own. The poor in this country happen to be minorities, so the people left behind were minorities.

Take away food, water, and other supplies and what should someone do? Swim over to an ATM and get some soggy money out? Or maybe dive in, holding their breath, and swim through their underwater living room looking for a lost wallet? Not to worry, the Pentagon is on its way, Martial law is declared, journalists are forced out, and those saved are happily dining on cat food.

Bush's cutting of his vacation short by a whole two hours - jetting off to DC, from where he can look Presidential -- is almost as timely as is him finally putting down My Pet Goat.

And where is that treasure of a mother, that national "I love my gay daughter when it works for the campaign" bastion of integrity? Lynn Cheney, the doyenne of Christian values, is probably rehearsing her "I am an indignant mother" routine, somewhere in the bowls of her underground mansion. Because she is not out, carrying buckets or collecting donations or for god's sake doing something to help the people of "her country."

Congress is still on vacation even though we are witnessing a national tragedy that could produce the worst death toll in recent US history.

Condi's father a prominent minister and educator is spinning in his grave as black women and children drown, while Condi stands and shills somewhere who the hell knows where on how we are spreading Democracy. As though such a thing as Democracy could be spread through rape, torture, and murder, like some venereal disease.

Where is the god damn leadership of this country? Dick, Condi, Rummy, anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

You know I finaly figured out why Jay Tea was so angry with my earlier post. Anyone from the Right who has watched what has happened in the Gulf Coast and is NOT having an "Oh Shit," moment, has got to be delusional. This disaster has absolutely stripped the myth away from George W. Bush and demonstrated not only the complete incompetence of his administration, but the callousness of it as well. It has also completely destroyed the MYTH of George W. Bush as a Leader in times of crises. This is a repeat of the Seven Minute Reading Session, as planes crashed into the towers, only this one has lasted five days. And honestly, if I was a Republican right now, I would be embarrassed beyond words.

Changing the subject will not change the facts. Shields are down Scotty, and there isn't enough Kool Aide in the world to bring 'em back up!

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August 29, 2005
Reality Distortion Field

Only 12% Feel That Terrorism Will Stop If We Pull Out Of Iraq

That headline heralds the latest bit of drivel to spill from the keyboard of Rob, "Say Anything," Port, (I think he takes his name way too literally.)

The post goes on to excerpt a bunch of polls that:

a.) Document the obvious... (I don't think anyone on the Left believes leaving Iraq will end Terrorism. HELLO, 9/11 happened BEFORE Iraq, and had NOTHING to do with Iraq.)

b.) That only about 39% of Americans believe we should immediately pull out of Iraq. (Ahem... Americans are inherently decent people, we FUBARED Iraq, we can't leave it FUBARED.)

c.) That 3% more Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Cindy Sheehan, than have a favorable one. (Is Cindy running for office and someone forgot to tell me?)

Now, I have read the post about six times now, and other than a LAME attempt to convince the already convinced (Wizbang Readers), that Americans somehow support the war and hate Cindy Sheehan, I frankly don't get it...

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August 14, 2005
SMS Messaging....

has become such a rage in Costa Rica, that the National Phone Company just raised the price per message!

I wonder why it so popular???


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August 07, 2005
Cant win for losing Part II

I told you, this was coming.

I am just surprised it took this long.

I agree in principle that mainstream Muslims need to continue to work to eliminate extremism from their ranks, and to educate their youth on the evil of this philosophy. We need to do more to encourage them to do so. This type of push back, only serves to reinforce the arguments of those who would argue, "See, they hate you. Nothing you do is going to change their mind."

We need to start a dialogue with progressive Muslims. We need to encourage them to speak up, and support the efforts of those who do. The inflammatory rhetoric from some quarters about Islam only serves to push the young and impressionable, into the arms of the Terrorist.

When I was a young man, I remember the recruitment techniques of street gangs like the Crips and Bloods. What they offered was a rhetoric based on "Us vs. Them," and a sense of belonging. This is what we are fighting against, and until we offer young Muslims an alternative to that, a sense of belonging... Islamic Terrorism will continue to be attractive.

Think of the positive effect if more non Muslim Americans simply reached out to the Muslim Community, tried to include them, broke down some of the barriers which currently exist, and made them feel like Americans, instead of Muslim Americans.

As for the Right Wing Rhetoric, I will take it a bit more seriously when the Right spends as much energy condemning Right Wing hate groups, including those who bomb Abortion Clinics and disparage Gays and Lesbians. I will also be impressed with they tone down their rhetoric and match their rhetoric about caring for the people of Iraq, by demonstrating some compassion and soladarity with Muslims right here in the U.S., who are as much a victim of Islamic Terrorism as non Muslims are.

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August 04, 2005
Do their Parents Know....

I had a friend send me some recent Spring Break Pictures today. Some of them were WAY too wild to post here, but my question is simple....


Do these girls parents know what they are doing while on Spring Break? hehe...


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July 28, 2005
Cant win for losing!

From CNN today:

(AP) -- American Muslim scholars who interpret religious law for their community issued an edict Thursday condemning terrorism against civilians in response to the wave of deadly attacks in Britain and other countries.

In the statement, called a fatwa, the 18-member Fiqh Council of North America wrote that people who commit terrorism in the name of Islam were "criminals, not `martyrs."'

"There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism," the scholars wrote. "Targeting civilians' life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram -- or forbidden."

Many Muslim leaders overseas have issued similar condemnations in recent weeks, but some have left an opening for violence to be used. British Muslim leaders who denounced the July 7 attacks in London said suicide bombings could still be justified against an occupying power.

The U.S. fatwa did not specifically address suicide bombings in a war, but the scholars barred Muslims from helping anyone "involved in any act of terrorism or violence." The council also declared that Muslims were obligated to help law enforcement officials protect civilians.

Now of course this won't be enough for some on the Right, who will only be satisfied with Muslims when they renounce their faith altogether!

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July 21, 2005
Okay Michael I don't get it....

Michael King of Ramblings Journal writes:

Josh Marshall has boiled the entire sordid Plame/CIA affair down to a basic truism: Joe Wilson's a liar.

I have taken to reading Michael's Blog lately and overall I think it is pretty good for a Conservative. But "Dayum," Michael... How the hell did you spin what Marshall said into, "Joe Wilson is a liar?"

It's late, and my brain's a bit fried from working on an RFP response. What I got out of Josh's post was, "Both Joe Wilson and Karl Rove are childish brats and political hacks, but Karl Rove is a scumbag who probably broke the law. Even if he didn't, what he did was immoral. You want to try to explain to me how you got what you got?
I realize that you probably read too many of your posse's blogs, but Brother you lost me....

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July 05, 2005
Answering Jay Tea

Posted by Jay Tea in comments to this post:

So, you hold me responsible for everything on Wizbang, other posters and commenters as well? I don't even OWN the site. I accept responsibility for everything I say -- no more, no less.

My response: That was not my point. The point is that without exception, even the most reasonable Right Wing sites, daily post insults to those on the Left, most often using the term, "moonbat," to describe ANYONE on the left. And you don't think we should take this personal?

And if you'd even take a STAB at answering my questions, I'd be more impressed.

Here's one: you were outraged at Karl Rove's speech to the Conservative Party convention in New York. Yet every single one of his allegations are thoroughly documented, and can be attributed to leading members in the liberal community and the Democratic Party. If what Rove said was true, what exactly was so outrageous about it? And if what he said was untrue, which statements were untrue?

My response: Yes, he did mention specific examples, but what he said was directed at all Liberals. He said, "Liberals wanted to..." Not Liberals like Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, etc. etc.

Here's another. So far the actual evidence of Rove being the source of the Plame leak is minimal and weak. Further, he has signed a statement releasing any reporter he has spoken with from any pledge of confidentiality. He has denied it under penalty of perjury. Why is he still considered the "prime suspect" by so many on the left? Why hasn't anyone simply asked Novak who his source was, especially in light of Rove's signed release? Could it be because Rove is incredibly effective at his job as a political mastermind, and his opponents would stoop at nothing to discredit him and get him out of the Bush administration?

My response: Novak has been asked, repeatedly on Crossfire and other venues. He has refused to answer. And why is he considered the Prime Suspect, maybe because he is an "unscrupulous dirtbag, who would do anything to maintain power?" I don't know. I only know I have not personally said he was the man, only that I am waiting until the investigation is done.

Here's a third, but if you want to reject this one as too personal, I'll accept that. You have said that you think that those who support the war should either sign up to fight or take some other active role in doing so. Meanwhile, you currently live outside the United States and have said that you might never return to the US. As an extension of your own position, could it be argued that you have "voted with your feet" and forfeited any right to speak about American policy, since you make it clear that you have no real investment (by your own standards) in the country's future?

My response: I left the United States five years ago for Business and Family reasons, not political, so there was no vote involved. I still vote in elections, pay taxes and am an American. Like any expat, I have a right and a desire to see my country prosper. And while I have said I may not return to live, I have every intention of returning to the U.S. to visit and do business. So it is a moot issue for me.

And here's a fourth: presume I have a magic wand. I wave that wand, and suddenly you are in the Oval Office. You are the Commander in Chief right now. You have made it abundantly clear that you do not favor the current policies. What would you do about the current situation in Iraq to improve the situation? And the limitation is that you must take the situation as it stands today, not go back and re-do any previous actions.

My response: Make sure every soldier in Iraq had the means to stay alive, armored vehicles, body armor, etc. Send more troops. Accelerate the training of existing troops. Seek diplomacy with Iran, and Syria and get them involved in eliminating the open doors for terrorist to pour into the country. Get tough with the Saudis and insist that they deal with the problems of Saudi Terrorist once and for all. Employ Iraqi and American special forces to Hunt and Kill Terrorist leaders in Iraq. Find the billions of missing dollars in Iraq and put those in jail (if applicable), who stole it. Take some of that money and put outrageous bounties on the heads of Zarquawi and any other identified terrorist leaders, including U.S. Citizenship for anyone who turns them in. Put Abu Gharib and other prisons in Iraq under FULL Iraqi control. Fire Rumsfeld.

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July 03, 2005
Mean Spirited

Some people have taken to calling me mean spirited lately in my political opinions. I don't really see myself as having changed much except my bullshit meter has went into overdrive, and my patience for rhetoric has all but desolved. I have found that it is much easier for some on the Right to debate abstract principals like the Chickenhawk meme, than to answer and discuss serious issues like Downing Street, Racism, and the abuse of our troops in the field by not providing them with appropriate gear. It seems it is much easier to draw on outrage based on a percieved insult, than it is to really look at things that make us uncomfortable.

I think it really started for me with the Downing Street Memos and all the information that has come to light as a result of them. I guess I naively expected some on the Right, at least those I respect, to have some concern about this development. Oh I can understand if they are skeptical, even if they at first glance don't believe them, but to totally ignore the situation, or to come up with some of the excuses I have read... It just went a long way towards convincing me that this country is hopelessly devided, and that some people are unwilling to even entertain the idea that they have been lied to... Fine enough...

The second trigger was Karl Rove's comments and the defending of those comments by the vast majority on the Right.

The third was the commentary on supporting the war. You see I have come to the conclussion that to support this war is immoral. It is also illogical based on the stated goals of keeping our country safe, since source after source tells us that the War is creating Terrorist and Terrorist Sympathizers arround the world. But I came to see great irony in the support the Troops meme being hashed about on the Right, when the whole idea of supporting an administration that has bungled the war from day one, and not given the troops the armor, body armor and resources they need, is an oxymoron.

The so called Chickenhawk Meme, and Yellow Elephant meme are a direct result of Karl Rove's comments, and yet those of us who dare to even suggesst that those who rabbidly support the war, should do more to actually support it, are somehow trying to limit debate, something that was not suggessted when Karl Rove implied that all of us on the Left were peaceniks...

No I am not being mean spirited, at least not any more than my Right Wing friends who cant go a day of blogging without insulting everyone on the Left.

It is easy to see how some look at a forceful response to to rhetoric as being an attack. This perhaps moreso because of the way Democrats handled attacks last year.

Well let me leave you with this thought. I am the same party lovin' David as I was last year. The differnce is that are at a turning point in History. I am diametricly oppossed to the direction our country is going in under the Bush Administration. I have decided that I can no longer stand by and watch our Country destroyed, so I am going to do my bit. If I offend at times, take comfort in the fact that you have more than likely offended me many more times, and that I don't take it personal, nor should you. We can spend a lot of time being angry with each other, or we can debate the issues. I will call them as I see them, give no quarter and expect none. And then I will go to bed and wake up the next morning ready to discuss something else. Some people frankly just cant handle that, and if you cant, might I suggests you not bother with debating.

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July 02, 2005
Nice Post Pennywit...

In Part he says:

Let's talk "walk the walk," shall we? David certainly has a laudable background helping people off welfare. That's fine. Me? I've got a belief in honest government, so I went into the press because I wanted to keep government honest. I believe in civil liberties and the rule of law, so I'm trying to become a duly licensed lawyer.

But quite frankly, there's a limit to this "walk the walk" thing. I also believe in equal rights for gays, but you don't see me marching with the gay pride parades because:

1. I have school, studying, and a job; and,
2. I value my relationship with my girlfriend, and I have to fit that personal relationships into my busy life if I ever hope to "walk the walk" when it comes to my belief in marriage and families as a building block of American society.

I expect other people encounter something similar -- you might support the Iraq war, but there's the small matter of earning enough money here at home to keep your family from living on Styrofoam peanuts ... and there's also the small impossibility of the demands of other needs (health, good grooming, work) on one's time.

If David's going to produce this little attack for every person who argues every issue, he will successfully identify every person in his immediate vicinity is an unrepentant hypocrite who doesn't "walk the walk" for issues he believes in.

Italics mine... And thank you for making my point for me. It is indeed much more convenient to sit comfortably at home spouting patriotic rants and having your Saturday nights at Outback Steakhouse. Much more convenient than to be over there with RPG's whizzing over your head, while your business goes to hell over here, and your wife plans a divorce (seen the stats on those two lately pennywit?. There is a difference between, "believing in something," and rabidly supporting it.

I believe in a wide variety of issues. And I am not afraid to roll up my sleeves and support the ones I believe in. Nor do I worry about being inconvenienced by it. But let me clear something up. I am not, "attacking," anyone. I am expressing a point of view. And I repeat my assertion that it seems hypocritical to attack one's prerogative to have a certain point of view, while defending the right to have another.

I have never said that I did not think War Supporters should have the right to espouse their particular point of view on the war. I have also refrained from calling anyone a coward. I think Pennywit has me confused with Karl Rove...

I want to digress for a moment and point out something I should have pointed out in my original post. I find it incredibly disingenuous that so many Right Wingers rant and rave about support for the war, and support for the troops, and yet I don’t recall ever seeing one iota of outrage on Right Wing Blogs over the treatment of returning veterans or the lack of armor and proper equipment in Iraq.

When I talk about Walking the Walk, I mean it in a much broader sense than strapping on a Rifle, and I think Pennywit knows that. There are many ways to support the war effort, and one of them is to insist that our President provide the method for our troops to survive. This will no doubt be overlooked or pooh poohed in any response, but it is a legitimate questions...

But like I said in the first paragraph of this response, its not as much about someone being a coward, as it is them not willing to be "inconvenienced," to support the, "reality," of the idea that they so rabidly support, or to challenge the President they voted for...

Oh, and as an aside... I did not CALL YOU OUT. If I had, I assure you, you would have known it! Your defensiveness is showing on the issue. What I did was make you a civilized offer for rebuttal here. You chose to ignore that... Fine, not an issue for me, but despite your liberal credentials, you seem to have taken a page out of the Right Wing Playbook when it comes to putting words in people's mouths.

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June 30, 2005
Another Celebrity Tell All Book?

Hmmm... This looks like a must read book. Hehe..

Karin2.jpgKarrine Steffans' "Confessions of a Video Vixen" reveals:

* Shaquille O'Neal "was charmingly self-effacing about his sexual prowess and wanted to reduce my expectations," she writes. But "compared to other men," she assures readers, "he was nothing to complain about."

* Vin Diesel was "a beautiful man ... blessed with an enviable eight-pack and an even more enviable [bleep]."

* Bobbi Brown "told me he was a member of Al Qaeda and that President Bush was looking for him."

Not since Heidi Fleiss published her memoirs, have so many celebrities been so damned nervous!

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Weird Science

Why do I have an oingo boingo song going in my head???

From Raw Story:

The Tennessee Department of Health has responded to complaints into Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's (R-TN) 'diagnosis' of Florida's Terri Schiavo by videotape, RAW STORY has learned.

Their letter, written by Tennessee Department of Health Director of Investigations for Health Related Boards Denise Moran, said that the complaint had been received and "was in the process of being reviewed."

"Once this review has been completed you will be contacted by letter informing you of the recommended course to be taken," Moran adds.

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June 24, 2005
Okay, I will admit....

The subject matter is like rubbernecking an accident, but who can resist. Check out:

The Washingtonienne: Jessica Cutler One Year Later
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June 21, 2005
What is it....

About Black lace that makes it so sexy?


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June 20, 2005

This explains a lot! (wink)!

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - New research indicates that parts of the brain that govern fear and anxiety are switched off when a woman is having an orgasm.

In the first study to map brain function during orgasm, scientists from the Netherlands also found that as a woman climaxes, an area of the brain that governs emotional control is also heavily deactivated.

"The fact that there is no deactivation in faked orgasms means a basic part of a real orgasm is letting go. Women can imitate orgasm quite well, as we know, but there is nothing really happening in the brain," said neuroscientist Gert Holstege, presenting his findings Monday at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

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Quote of Note
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

Steve Jobs

I like that... I really do... Thanks Blogumentary...

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June 03, 2005
Ah, but the Information is from the U.N.!

And we all know that anything from the U.N. has no credibility... Right?

United Nations weapons inspectors have confirmed what the Iraq Survey Group has been saying (and been ignored about - there has been widespread looting of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons sites in Iraq.

Courtesy of Heretical Ideas via Oliver

How safe are all you Red Staters feeling about now?

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June 02, 2005
There are Whores... And then....

There are WHORES:

Republicans prefer bloggers -- or so it would seem, if the life of Jessica Cutler is any guide.

Cutler was working in obscurity in the mail room of Republican Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine last year when she was outed on the web as the author of The Washingtonienne -- an explicit sex confessional that briefly made some of the juiciest gossip on Capitol Hill.

Cutler lost her job and left D.C. But she seems to have landed on her feet, converting her 15 minutes of Monica Lewinsky-style infamy into a six-figure book deal and a nude spread in Playboy. Her novel, a roman à clef called (what else?) The Washingtonienne, was published June 1 by Hyperion.

I know a few bloggers who would have made this woman's sex life look tame, I wonder should we write a few tell alls. hehe...

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May 10, 2005
Sadie on Strip Clubs...

Sadie Says....

"Wait - I'm off topic - this time, there's a reason for that. You see, I just don't understand the success of strip clubs. Let me get this straight: Women take off their clothes. Men pay them. Women gyrate and sell expensive drinks and thrust their boobies in men's faces, but men aren't supposed to touch, lest they get ceremoniously tossed into the nearest parking lot. Men spend lots of money. Then they leave, frustrated, and go home and jerk off. Huh?"

I say... "Eh, never been to Costa Rica have you?" (NSFW)

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May 09, 2005
Maybe the celebratin' was a bit premature?

From Tas:

"I've been doing some more Nexis searches on Al-Libbi's past and how often he was referred to as the third in command of al-Qa'ida before 5/2/05. Honestly, it isn't worth continuing the search for this information. Querying just the major papers for "Al-Libbi" and "third" in the text of any article from 1/1/1998 to 5/2/2005, I find a grand total of 2 matches. Nixing "third" from my search increases my matches to 10."

Between Tas and Ron, (Who turned me on to Tas's post), I review everything that comes out of the so called, "War on Terror." These guys are good at chasing down facts... Too bad the Main Stream Media is NOT.

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Serious Thought For The Day....

Puff asks:

Ever have one of those moments

" of those moments when you just ponder what life is really about? Sitting in Panera this morning I noticed an elderly gentleman walk in with a World War II uniform in one hand and a box in the other.

It seems he has written a book: (Shavetail - The Odyssey of an Infantry Lieutenant in World War II by William L Devitt) and is making an 'appearance' in a hope to generate more sales.

The simple act of him turning up and sitting at his table alone with his books, looking around in a hope that someone would buy one, made my mind ponder... what is this life all about?"

Yeah I have them damned near every day....

I think about decisions I have made, the life I have lived, the people's paths I have crossed and who have crossed mine.

For the most part I am happy with my life. I have accomplished some pretty cool things, and been a leader in my chosen path. But what does it all mean? When I am worm food, will these things be remembered? Will they matter? I dont know. I can only hope... Like most of us...

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Why ANYONE.....

Ever found this woman



I will never understand... Well there was the Schoolgirl outfit... But damn!

Pic Stolen from Wizbang...

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THIS is why India is one of the most populated countries in the world.

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