Friday, March 23, 2007

Casual Friday, Hour 3

Maron's on deck this hour.

Make sure you listen to this Bill O'Reilly clip on Media Matters

Joel and Lauren's mics have been cut for three minutes. They will be back on at 11:17. Someone just sent this picture, claiming it is Joel. This is not, I repeat not, funny.

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Anonymous said...

I wish that someone would just step up and call these guys out as cowards.

pinellas said...

Hey FYI, that muppet pic purporting to be Joel is named Scooter, I believe.....

Liam said...

How do you blog live on the show?

dawn_mi said...

fuck fuck fuck

They get rid of Unfiltered so I move to Morning Sedition. They get rid of Morning Sedition and I move to Sam Seder Show. Now I get the feeling Sam Seder is on the way out.

AAR makes itself very hard to like... is that just a progressive trait?

Avedon said...

You know, I always loved Morning Sedition, but listening to Sam and Marc, I always end up thinkin', "Man that guy is hard work."

I'm just glad I don't have to sleep with him.

Anonymous said...

http://www.deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,660205616,00.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,660205616,00.html

The White House called Brigham Young University in January and offered to have Vice President Dick Cheney speak at BYU's April Commencement exercises.

The Board of Trustees clearly was delighted to land a sitting vice president a year after President Bush was unable to accept their invitation to speak in April 2006, and the three-man First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, acting in their roles as chairman and vice chairmen of the board, invited Cheney.

"We are honored to have the vice president speak," BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said.

Not everyone on campus agrees.

"There is controversy, and it's good," said Ted Lyon, a professor of Spanish and Portuguese. "BYU has been known as a hotbed of political rest. I hope we have a little unrest, too."

Political science professor Darren Hawkins said it's possible the visit of an unpopular vice president in the midst of the Iraq war and in the wake of the Scooter Libby trial might even spark a protest by BYU students, a rarity on the conservative campus.

"He may be the most unpopular vice president in history and he may be the most unpopular person in America right now, so, yes, where else could he go?" Hawkins said.

"It doesn't surprise me the White House called back and wondered if BYU would take him. I seriously doubt he'd be welcome at a lot of other universities."

Cheney's job approval ratings ranged from 28 percent to 36 percent in national polls done in the past two weeks by Gallup and Time.

Anonymous said...

Is Joel living???
Why? He's a great addition to the samy juggernaught

Anonymous said...

Psychoanalyzing Barack Obama
Steven M. Warshawsky
Steve Sailor, who writes for The American Conservative and VDARE.com, has written a series of pieces about Barack Obama that make fascinating reading, as they explore the reality behind the notion that Obama "transcends" race and, in Jonathan Alter's words, offers voters an "historic and possibly redemptive" choice for president.

In a feature artticle in the current edition of TAC, Sailor carefully examines what Obama wrote in his best-selling autobiography Dreams From My Father: A Story Of Race And Inheritance. Sailor lays bare the race-consciousness at the center of Obama's worldview. This race-consciousness expresses itself most poignantly in Obama's self-identification with his "black" heritage (his father was Kenyan) and not-so-subtle rejection of his "white" heritage (his mother was a Caucasian from Kansas).

What effects this psychological dynamic may have on Obama's performance as president (assuming he were elected) is far from clear, of course, but it is important for voters to appreciate the issues Obama himself raises in his book (which, Sailor notes, few people appear to have read, despite many buyers).

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2007/03/psychoanalyzing_barack_obama.html

BillORightsMan said...

What's up with Marc Maron? Has AAR mgmt BANNED him from Sam's show?

Hey dawn_mi, didn't Sam just get a new contract?

2turk said...

Virtual cat,..

move the cursor between the eyes, stop at the stomach, in front of paws (right to left), above head, over tail.

Virtual web cat

dawn_mi said...

I hope you're right BillORightsMan. I am hooked to this show now. Would hate to have to go thru another withdrawal.

Loving AAR is like loving an abusive husband at times.

dawn_mi said...

Bye Joel. You were great fun.

pinellas said...

Wah! I'm feeling sad now.... = (

I try not to take stuff like that @ face value, tho - things always seem to be changing, y'know.
& isn't Maron gonna be in NYC in a coupla weeks?

GBC said...

Ted Haggard's Hell on Earth

According to Bishop Carlton Pearson, Ted Haggard isn't going to hell. He's already in hell.

Pearson, 53, was a leading light of the contemporary Pentecostal -- or charismatic -- movement until he rejected the concept of hell a few years ago. Hell, Pearson says, does not exist. Salvation by Jesus, he maintains, is not required for eternal grace. Everyone is saved. The only hell is right here on earth, a creation of fundamentalism, scriptural literalism and the terror that fills the hearts of fundamentalists at each impure thought, each shameful moment of sexual longing. "I'm not trying to convert anybody," Pearson told me recently. "I'm just trying to convince everybody that they're loved. Ultimately redeemed, whoever they are." Pearson calls the notion that a supposedly merciful God would torture people in an eternal hell "absurd and vulgar." It's no wonder then, that Pearson was roundly condemned by his peers, including the pre-scandal Haggard, for his radical views. Haggard, Pearson said, "denounced me and said, 'hell is a physical place.' ... Well, he's right, and he's in that hell right now."

LINK

Avedon said...

I hate this stuff. It was horrible when Marc started dropping hints that he was having trouble with his boss and his job was in jeopardy. Now Sam is doing it.

I wish they would just tell us what's going on and whether we can do anything about it. The teasing just hurts. If they don't feel they can say anything, I'd rather they didn't joke about it - just tell me if something is going on.

WaitingForCicero said...

Peaches, Sam,

Good luck with, um, things.

Alice said...

Federal police arrested 7 people, including 4 veterans, at a peace protest at Representative Doris Matsui's office on Thursday.

by Dan Bacher

Sacramento area peace advocates ended their historic 52-day “peace-in” at the office of Representative Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) on March 22 with seven people – including four veterans - getting arrested by federal officers as they attempted to read the names of people killed during the Iraq war and occupation.

Cres Vellucci, a member of Veterans for Peace and one of those arrested, said that Rep. Matsui may be subpoenaed as a result of the arrests late Thursday. The seven were arrested for refusing to obey the orders of a federal police officer and released on their own recognizance. The trial date has not been set.

The other veterans arrested were John Reiger, George Main and Dan Delaney. Scott Verhoef Sheila Laracy, and C.T. Weber were also arrested by the Federal Protective Service.

The arrests came at the end of eight hours of reading of the names of the more than 3,200 U.S. war dead and thousands of Iraqis inside Matsui's office in a final attempt to change Matsui’s mind on voting for the $120 million supplemental funding bill to continue the Iraq war and occupation. Although Matsui repeatedly has stated she is opposed to the war, she continues to support more funding for the war.

“It is so disappointing that Rep. Matsui was given so many opportunities to do the right thing over the past 2-1/2 months – and refused,” said George Main, president of the Sacramento Chapter of Veterans for Peace and a member of the steering committee for Sacramento for Democracy, minutes after he was released from federal custody. “All I’ve heard from her is the same old line that she is supporting the troops by continuing war funding – even though voting for more funding will result only in more dead and wounded. I felt it was time to make a statement.”

Peace advocates felt a particular sense of urgency on the last day of the protest since the House is expected to vote Friday on $100 billion new war funding bill. Matsui says she will vote for more war monies and a Rep. Nancy Pelosi amendment (HR 1591) that would extend the war by at least 18 more months or more.
...

Alice said...

...
Bernal noted that 7,000 Iraqis and 200 Americans have died since January 4 when the Democrat-led Congress came into power.

“We read their names because each one was a real person that didn’t deserve to die from shrapnel, bullets and bombs,”

said Debra Reiger of the Peace and Freedom Party.

“They deserve to be recognized – and it’s time to stop the killing.”

...

BillORightsMan said...

dawn_mi said:
"Loving AAR is like loving an abusive husband at times."

Ain't that the truth?

Since Sam moved to the daytime slot I don't get to hear the show too often (tho KPHX replays Sam at midnight ET). I've substituted Peter B. Collins on KRXA for my evening listening.

Yeah, I thought when Malloy left and Randi got a new contract, they did the same w/ Sam when they moved him to days. If the "new" AAR is gonna let Sam go, then I hope he joins Malloy @ Nova M Radio (Sam had Malloy on his show after Mike got canned, fyi).

GBC said...

GOP Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) says we could have won Vietnam if we'd just stayed longer

I'm sorry, but that's crazy talk. This is the Republicans' hero? A guy who thinks the lesson of Vietnam is that we just didn't stay long enough? He's literally on the House floor right now saying that the only reason we lost Vietnam is because the Congress cut funding to the war. Yeah, because Vietnam was going so well before that, Congressman.

The Republicans have simply lost their minds. Their now arguing that Iraq is like Vietnam. And that we could have won in Vietnam just like we can still win in Iraq.

Sam Johnson seems sincere enough, but he's absolutely cuckoo. If I were the Democrats, I'd let him keep talking. The guy is nuts. And oh yeah, by the way, what did Sam Johnson or any of the Republicans do to help our veterans who are sitting in military hospitals with maggots literally crawling in their open bed sores? Hell of a way to support the troops, Mr. Johnson. Republicans like you let our troops down for years while you were in the majority, let them sleep in their own urine, let them become infested with maggots, and now you have the nerve to pretend to speak on behalf of our troops?

You people aren't just crazy, you're sick.

LINK

dawn_mi said...

Start of April seems to be when the cut shows. So, we will find out soon. Just hope Mr. Green is not a fan of Imus.

Anonymous said...

I wish Randi would quit bagging on Al Franken. I love her, but her one woman feud with Al isn't very becomming.

mr obvious said...

I you just lost $40,000,000 with the current programming, do you think you would stay the course? Or do you think you would bring in new talent?

Anonymous said...

If Sam leaves AAR, he needs to move to TV. I don't know if he'd go for showering on a daily basis, but watching him on the webcam makes me think he would do very well on the tube.

Alice said...

Charlie Sheen to Narrate Loose Change 3

dawn_mi said...

I kind of agree, avedon comment: "just tell me if something is going on"

But, as with all negotiations, they have to be done in private. I think the emotions over those talks can't help but filter onto the air. When you have host who try to be as honest as they can, this is going to happen. I feel Sam is doing the best he can at keeping this in check...

Always a bad sign though.

time to move on again said...

Nothing lasts forever, and radio hosts are a flash in the pan. Sam's show will go away soon, as will this blog. The old blog will be deleted. And Sam will find a new job. People will find new interests and the world will keep on turning.

Crank Bait said...

mr obvious said...
I you just lost $40,000,000 with the current programming, do you think you would stay the course? Or do you think you would bring in new talent?
March 23, 2007 9:20 AM
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If this is a reference to Cheney/Bush and the Iraq war, you are off by more than a factor of ten.

Catharine said...

ELECTION '08
What Happens In Vegas...

The Progress Report is traveling to Las Vegas today to participate in Saturday's New Leadership on Health Care presidential forum, featuring Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Sen. John Edwards (D-NC), Sen. Mike Gravel (D-AK), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), and Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM). (All the presidential candidates were invited to attend.) The Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are co-hosting the forum. Karen Tumulty, National Political Correspondent for Time magazine, will moderate the forum and ask the candidates about their plans to address our nation's health care crisis. If you happen to be in Las Vegas this weekend and would like to attend the presidential forum in person, we have some seats for you. RSVP here. If you can't make it, we'll bring the forum to your living room. The Progress Report will be covering the event live with exclusive streaming video of all the candidates. We'll also be hosting the first-ever interactive candidate response round. Here's the information you need to do to get involved:

WATCH THE FORUM LIVE: Beginning on Saturday morning, ThinkProgress.org will be carrying a live video stream of the presidential forum. (You will need RealPlayer in order to view it. Download it here.) Tune in and listen to the candidates explain their ideas for health care reform.


LINK

Catharine said...

Charged With Leading Ethics Inquiry Into Firings, Cornyn ‘Doesn’t See What Hubbub Is All About’

Nearly two weeks ago, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) called for a Senate ethics inquiry into whether Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) improperly pressured U.S. Attorney David Iglesias to bring indictments in an ongoing probe of a Democrat shortly before the November elections.

The Senate Ethics Manual says it is “the general advice” of the Ethics Committee that senators should refrain from intervening in pending legal actions. Domenici quickly hired former Rep. Duke Cunningham’s (R-CA) lawyer to defend him.

According to committee rules, an automatic preliminary inquiry was triggered once CREW issued its sworn complaint. But it’s doubtful that the inquiry will get a fair shake. Why? Because the ranking member of the Senate Ethics Committee is Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).

LINK

Catharine said...

Griles to plead guilty.

J. Steven Griles, the “former No. 2 official in the Interior Department,” today “will admit lying to the Senate about his relationship with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who succeeded in gaining the official’s intervention at the agency for his Indian tribal clients.” “He is the 10th person — and the second high-level Bush administration official — to face criminal charges in the continuing Justice Department investigation into Abramoff’s lobbying activities.” 11:03 am | Comment (51)


LINK

Catharine said...

O’Donnell Tells Leahy: ‘You’re Going To Get The Truth From Karl Rove’

The White House refuses to allow Karl Rove and other top aides to testify about the administration’s prosecutor purge. Instead, it has offered closed door “interviews” with no oath and no transcript. The House and Senate Judiciary Committees have rejected that offer and authorized subpoenas of White House officials.

Borrowing the White House’s talking points, MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell pestered Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) about why he was insisting on “putting on a show trial.” She told him the White House offer was perfectly acceptable. “You’re going to get the truth from Karl Rove. What’s wrong with that?” Later, O’Donnell asserted, “You don’t trust the White House. The bottom line, you don’t trust the White House.” Watch it:

LINK

As Leahy told O’Donnell, this is about more than whether or not the Senate trusts the White House. “We want to have hearings the way this country has had hearing for over 200 years,” Leahy stated. “Do it open. Do it under oath. And then let the American people decide.”

Catharine said...

“The U.S. military’s faulty war plans and insufficient troops in Iraq left thousands and possibly millions of tons of conventional munitions unsecured or in the hands of insurgent groups after the 2003 invasion — allowing widespread looting of weapons and explosives used to make roadside bombs that cause the bulk of U.S. casualties,” according to a Government Accountability Office report released yesterday.

http://thinkprogress.org/

edna ellen poe said...

MSNBC just reported that TONY SNOW IS STEPPING DOWN. THEY HAVE FOUND A GROWTH IN HIS STOMACH.

mr obvious said...

Actually I was thinking of the financial hemorrhaging that has been taking place since Air America went on the air. But the same can be said for the Iraq War. Both ventures have been kept alive though the infusion of cash not normally channeled into project with such diminishing return.

The difference of course being that the new owners have the power the change the course and that change should be expected. As with the war in Iraq, the end is inevitable, only the timing is in question.

Crank Bait said...

edna ellen poe said...
MSNBC just reported that TONY SNOW IS STEPPING DOWN. THEY HAVE FOUND A GROWTH IN HIS STOMACH.
March 23, 2007 9:59 AM
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With luck, the growth will be diagnosed as a conscience.

Alice said...

Crank Bait said...

edna ellen poe said...
MSNBC just reported that TONY SNOW IS STEPPING DOWN. THEY HAVE FOUND A GROWTH IN HIS STOMACH.
March 23, 2007 9:59 AM
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With luck, the growth will be diagnosed as a conscience.

March 23, 2007 10:05 AM

Hahaha! Good one, Crank..also, nice point about the stolen money...

SunshineJim said...

mornin gang.

did'nt get much sleep last night.

blah blah blah said...

edna ellen poe said...
MSNBC just reported that TONY SNOW IS STEPPING DOWN. THEY HAVE FOUND A GROWTH IN HIS STOMACH.

i'm not saying, but do you remember what happened to that guy in alien who had a stomach problem?

billy mumphrey said...

I'd Just Like To Say Hello To My Uncle!

????????? said...

Do you think Americans will vote for:

1. A first lady who will die from cancer.

2. The first black man to be president.

3. The first woman to be president.

Are these issues that handicap the democratic party? Do you feel a white male from a healthy family will have an advantage? What does the average American look for in a candidate? What do they reject?

m the a-c said...

Anonymous said...
Is Joel living???
Why? He's a great addition to the samy juggernaught

March 23, 2007 8:54 AM


Frankly, maybe he is leaving partly because this show is doomed.

hhhhhmmmmmmm said...

????????? said...

Do you think Americans will vote for:

Do you feel a white male from a healthy family will have an advantage?
March 23, 2007 10:59 AM

?????????????????????????????????????????????????

Who gets to make the determination of what constitutes "healthy?"

Alice said...

We are faced with the almost certain fact that the two highest law enforcement officials of the United States are criminals

Catharine said...

Well... for better or worse, they did it...

This from DCCC:

Breaking News: Today, the House of Representatives passed the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health and Iraq Accountability Act, the Democrats' plan to support our troops, take care of our veterans, and end the war in Iraq.

Dear Catharine,

Democrats and the American people insist on a New Direction in Iraq. Today marks a significant step. The House of Representatives passed critical legislation to support our troops, take care of our veterans, and end the war in Iraq. As Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday, the choice was clear: support President Bush's open-ended commitment in Iraq or support a new direction in Iraq. With Speaker Pelosi's strong leadership, Democrats fought to answer the call of the American people and today we delivered.

Democrats have brought accountability and oversight back to the Congress and that is truly because of your continued support. We have the power to hold President Bush accountable for the first time in six years because you helped win a Majority in the House -- while Republicans continue to offer more of the same, voting to stay the course in Iraq. Thousands of people in the DCCC community took action and became citizen co-sponsors of our plan and its passage speaks to the power of your voice. Thank you, we couldn't have done this without you.

The U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act will:

Ensure that U.S. troops have the resources and training they need;
Improve healthcare for returning service members and veterans;
Direct more resources to the war against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan;
Require Iraqis to take control of Iraq - by meeting the security, political and economic benchmarks established by President Bush; and,
Set a timeline for ending U.S. participation in Iraq's civil war.

Alice said...

Where to Protest

Friday, March 23, 2007
GINGRICH
CANCELLED* GINGRICH in San Antonio, TX: At 8:00 AM, Newt Gingrich delivers a speech to the Associate General Contractors of America at the San Antonio Convention Center. [Newt.org, 2/8/07]

GIULIANI
NEW* GIULIANI in Oakland, CA: At 6:00 PM, Rudy Giuliani will meet with patrons at The Fat Lady Restaurant. [CNN Political Ticker, 3/23/07]

HAGEL
NEW* HAGEL in Washington, DC: At 12:00 PM, Senator Chuck Hagel speaks at a Center for National Policy Presidential Series event, "America's Role in the World." [CNN Political Ticker, 3/23/07]

McCAIN
McCAIN in Franklin, NH: Senator McCain will attend a town hall meeting at the Franklin Opera House as part of his bus tour around the state. Over the weekend, McCain will also travel to Plymouth, Littleton, Berlin, and North Conway. [JohnMcCain.com]

McCAIN in Chicago, IL: Senator McCain attends a luncheon hosted by The Illinois Finance Committee for John McCain for President at the Chicago Hilton. [Chicago Sun Times, 3/6/07]

ROMNEY
NEW* ROMNEY in Milwaukee, WI: At 10:00 AM, Governor Mitt Romney held a media availability. [The Note, ABCNews.com, 3/23/07]

TANCREDO
NEW* TANCREDO in Iowa City, IA: At 7:00 PM, Representative Tom Tancredo attends the Johnson County Republican Party's Spring Spaghetti dinner. [CNN Political Ticker, 3/23/07]

Saturday, March 24, 2007
GINGRICH
GINGRICH in Manalapan, FL: At 12:00 PM, Newt Gingrich delivers a speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition Winter Meeting at the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach. [Newt.org]

Catharine said...

edna ellen poe said...

MSNBC just reported that TONY SNOW IS STEPPING DOWN. THEY HAVE FOUND A GROWTH IN HIS STOMACH.

*****

HAHA!

He's lucky... and smarter than I would have predicted.

Catharine said...

That's what you get for ignoring your "gut" which is a euphemism for instinct and conscience.

Isn't it ironic?

Catharine said...

Alice said...

Where to Protest

****

Good post! Good to know...

blah blah blah said...

did anyone else see bush and his shameless use of soldiers as window dressing to talk about that misbehaving congress?

whats the 2B of pork all about?

Catharine said...

Media revive, retool, and create anti-Gore smears and attacks

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703230004

In recent weeks, in the wake of the Academy Award nomination and subsequent victory for former Vice President Al Gore's film, An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount Classics, May 2006), in the best documentary feature category, followed by his testimony in both the House and Senate on global warming, the media have resuscitated old smears and falsehoods that may have been decisive in the 2000 presidential campaign. In some cases, media figures have retooled these attacks to apply to his work on global warming, and, in others, have come up with entirely new smears.

Alice said...

Catharine said...

March 23, 2007 11:13 AM

I just started seeing that one about a week ago...they keep it really well updated too...

Catharine said...

I didn't see the photo op of Bush with soldiers to announce his lies...I find it hard to stomach watching Bush ...

Ol' Tony Snow-job couldn't stomach it either....

I am telling you... there is a direct connection to where he has his "growth" and his current job.

More euphemisms ... "swallow your pride" ... I can't stomach that... the list goes on.

When you ignore things for too long they eventually manifest physically, and where they manifest can tell you a lot if you are at all introspective.

I'll bet he has something minor [if he's lucky], but he's smart to get out now.

Alice said...

Catharine said...

March 23, 2007 11:22 AM


Exactly...I wish it worked faster tho...imagine what the whole government would look like with all their 'ways' manifested physically all at once...

SunshineJim said...

thanks for the research gang.

very interesting events today.

how they'll all work out is hard to tell.

gore should be able to slip the criticism. we'll see.

looks like the Bushies are willing to get down and dirty for sure.

like any other time in history they won't give up power willingly.

so, the conflict between progressive thinking and the corp mindset escalates.

SunshineJim said...

"imagine what the whole government would look like with all their 'ways' manifested physically all at once..."

Jinxers!

was thinking exactly the same thing myself for the same reasons.

Alice said...

*The Surge of Baghdad Should Become the Surge on Washington" - Fmr. UN Iraq Mission Chief Hans Von Sponeck*

Hans Von Sponeck - the former coordinator of the United Nations Humanitarian Mission in Iraq - joins us in our firehouse studio to talk about the troop surge in Baghdad, House and Senate bills on war funding, the 13-year sanction regime in Iraq and more. Von Sponeck is author of "A Different Kind of War: The UN Sanctions Regime in Iraq."

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/23/1354201

Alice said...

SunshineJim said...

March 23, 2007 11:49 AM

That would be hideous...!

John O'Dea said...

... we are beginning to realize that we cannot fix on the outside what is broken deep within the human heart and psyche.

????????? said...

We have just begun to see the real power of the presidency. Blocking congressional subpoenas, vetoing the Iraq peace bill, sending additional troops to Iraq.

Control of the White House is the only way to effect governmental change. By running handicapped candidates for president, the democratic party is inviting another eight years of republican control of the most powerful office in the land.

We need a white healthy male as a democrat candidate for president.

fuck off said...

?????????, why don't you just get to the bottom line and say what you really mean...

YOU need a white healthy male as a democrat candidate for president.

q-virt said...

Polish director of paratheatre, Jerzy Grotowski (Aug. 11, 1933 - Jan. 14, 1999), who coined the term paratheatre to address a stage of the work his group was doing between 1970 and 1978 in Poland. Generally speaking, paratheatre refers to private, non-performance oriented processes of group dynamics usually involving rigorous physical and vocal techniques for accessing, embodying and and expressing the internal landscape. Without an audience, the focus shifts away from the external "pressures to perform" and onto the self-created pressures of performing actions with enough commitment to transform the instrument of the actor.

q-virt said...

A term initially proposed by Wilhelm Reich for the psychological syndrome marked by irrational insistence on beliefs and ideas that depend on dissociation of mind from body. Reich also refered to it as "the neurotic character in destructive action on the social scene". Though this dissociation has plagued humanity for many centuries, it wasn’t until the “The Age of Reason” that the abstract intellect was exalted to god-like status with Newton’s theories and Descartes’ “Meditations”.

The current era of emotional plague has accelerated via the massive collective projection of physical, emotional and sexual energy into mental, or virtual, mediums such as the internet, VR technology, video games, mass media advertising, and television. If emotional plague is caused by disassociating mind from body, its confusion can be easily maintained by mistaking the virtual for the real, by taking an image or an idea of a reality for the reality itself; eating the menu instead of the meal, etc.

What is real and what is an illusion ? Do you know ? Do you care ? If you don’t know and can say so, you are probably waking up. If you already know what’s real, dare to live by it; your example acts as a signal to kindred souls in the struggle. If you don't care, don't bother; you are probably fast asleep. The emotional plague doesn’t care either and you will soon be assimilated, if you have not already been consumed.

Catharine said...

Gregory omitted White House interview preconditions for a third time

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703230005

On the March 23 edition of NBC's Today, NBC News chief White House correspondent David Gregory -- for the third time in four days -- omitted the preconditions stipulated by the Bush administration for allowing White House senior adviser Karl Rove, former White House counsel Harriet Miers, and other current and former staff to be interviewed by congressional committees investigating the firing of eight U.S. attorneys. Gregory also reported that, according to White House press secretary Tony Snow, the White House "signaled some room for compromise" on these preconditions, apparently ignoring Snow's March 22 statement that the administration is "not negotiating. This is our offer."

????????? said...

I know the the red neck states. I live in a red neck state. The same states that handed the presidency to Bush twice. Those state are not going to vote for black, or a woman, or anyone whose wife has a terminal illness.

The conditions are right for a white male democrat to win the White House. It is ours to throw away with handicapped candidates.

fuck the south said...

Well, then it goes to show just how rascist and backwards the "red-neck" states still are. I got an idea... start a seccession from the union again. We'll galdly let you go this time around. America doesn't want or need fucking idiots like red necks in this country anymore.

????????? said...

I can hear the concession speech now. "Sure we lost big at the ballot box, but we are still winners." "We did the right thing and push a handicapped candidate before the American people." "We broke new ground in our loss to the republicans." "We found another way to lose!"

Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

Brooklyn D.A.: Office Failed To Warn Judge Of Threats To Rape Victim

Brooklyn DA Admits Prosecutor Didn't Follow Up

Alice said...

Which State Is The Safest? - "1" is Most Dangerous, "50" is Safest

GBC said...

The miltary regs forbid Bush using our troops as political props

The DOD regulations make clear that the White House cannot use uniformed military, active duty or veterans, as props in political events. But that's what Bush did today when he used current or former troops in uniform as window dressing for his political press conference attacking the Democrats as un-American. ...

So, no one can wear the uniforms at political events, which this most certainly was, vets can't wear them at anything short of funerals, weddings and parades, and medal of honor winners can wear them at more events, but still not at political events, which this was.

But the Republicans only like our veterans when they can use them, and when they have 4 limbs.

SunshineJim said...

all that would be true,

if you completely ignore our ability to create art.

in essense it's more open ended than most realise.

generalization and stereotyping is pretty common in all the diciplines.

moving beyond that is what we've really been up to.

SunshineJim said...

the kind of thinking that got us into this mess is not the kind of thinking that will get us out of it...

move beyond the box.

Naa Ganna Doet said...

Before the celebrating begins over the House supplemental Iraq bill being passed....

there's a problem.

It's called the "United States Senate" and a "Conference Committee".

It may get killed or altered WAY before Bush even HAS to sign or veto it.

SunshineJim said...

"W" is the personification of every "bad commercial" that ever existed.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jim.

SunshineJim said...

hey anon!

whassup?

Anonymous said...

Oops.

That was me - "NC".

SunshineJim said...

eya snort!

tell ya NC, music might be the best thing we ever did.

Reefer Jello said...

Hi everybody! Hey Jim...what's up with you? You're like a damn MASH Unit lately!

Get some crutches baby!

SunshineJim said...

Pain is my middle name.

going back to the toof doc shortly, he'll work me in today.

long ass drive in rush hour ahead.

back feeling wayyyy better.

so things is improving.

how you doing?

Pascal said...

Hey Sam--

listening to your podcast everyday. I'm a couple weeks back, catching up a few a day. one of your callers sarcasctially mentioned those nards the Right Brothers and their song 'Bush Was Right.' I went to their site and they have another song up called 'The List.' it is what it sounds like -- a list of names of prominent folks in left-wing politics. But it says nothing about them! just their names. then the chorus: "this is a song about liberals we can't stand.."

another baseless right-wing slur with no substance. it's hard to have intelligent debate on the issues when you're dealing with folks whose only tactic is name-calling. thank goodness for folks like you and thom hartmann. keep it up.

PS. i want to hear more from Senator Katherine Harris! she's hawt.

Reefer Jello said...

I'm doing without, Jim! LOL

We get along OK here. I'm done working by 2 every day right now so I have time to walk the dog and check out life's scenery. I'm also feeling well. Hope you're back up to speed pronto, Buddro!

bridge said...

Hi guys,

just returned from the Vet with some bad news: our cat has diabetes - doctor says its because of old age - last year's bloodwork was excellent

so its a bit of a shock - our cat has always been so healthy

they are keeping her at the office over the weekend to monitor and bring the blood sugar level down

love my cat so much

Doctor says she should be okay with appropriate care but
Am v. very upset :((

Reefer Jello said...

Sorry to hear that, Bridge. Wife and I have been thru that. The thing you have to reckon with today is that it will shorten your cat's life. Love that cat every minute you have him. They are gifts from another planet.

Alice said...

bridge, I'm SO SO sorry to read th news about your kitty... :((

Did the vet give you any treatment plan?

*Big Hugs* to you & your kitty...

Maybe I can find something helpful for you..there's a reference librarian at work who loves cats & is also very good at her job...(her cat his HUGE and named Froggie...Froggie gives stand up leg hugs...)

SunshineJim said...

eya bridge!

best wishes for your cat.

diabetes can be dealt with by diet and excercise and whatever meds are called for.

i have it too, she has my sympathies.

bbl, x's and o's!

Anonymous said...

SunshineJim said...
eya snort!

tell ya NC, music might be the best thing we ever did.

March 23, 2007 1:27 PM

That stuff is really incredible.

Took you way out there
and brought you back. :)

Alice said...

Rat Poison Cited In Pet Food Recall

Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

Damn this thing!

Catharine said...

Myths and falsehoods about global warming

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703230007

Since the release of the film An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount Classics, May 2006) featuring former Vice President Al Gore, the issue of global warming has received increased attention in the popular media. Yet numerous media figures have distorted the scientific studies they cite, frequently drawing criticism from the scientists who produced the studies. And while there is scientific consensus on many issues related to global warming, media figures have advanced several false, misleading, or baseless claims about the causes and seriousness of the crisis:

air-ono said...

reefer's, alice's, and s.j's posts show why this blog is the muhammad ali of the blogs

but for how much longer...

is sam's neck on the chopping block ?

Catharine said...

GBC said...

The miltary regs forbid Bush using our troops as political props

...

But the Republicans only like our veterans when they can use them, and when they have 4 limbs.

**********

I didn't get a good look, but is it possible that those in uniform behind him were not from the Army, Navy, Airforce, or Marines?

Does it change the rules?

If not, can we do something about it? I mean raise the issue at least.

toniD said...

Good afternoon all.

Didn't hear the last hour of the show today. What did Sam say. Is Joel leaving?

air-ono said...

catharine!!

direct your eyes to me & my question

and not what gbc said 100 years ago

: )

air-ono said...

hi, t.

well if catharine lived in the now

we might get an answer

air-ono said...

i'm so *tired* of that woman's act

: )

blah blah blah said...

GBC said...

The miltary regs forbid Bush using our troops as political props

i'm sure there's a signing statement to cover that condition. i suppose they could have been modeling the blackwater uniform...

air-ono said...

the greatest

("grace under pressure" personified)

air-ono said...

//i'm sure there's a signing statement to cover that condition//

oh, so cynical

yet, oh so true

toniD said...

Government seeks to reduce Abramoff sentence
Prosecutors reward disgraced lobbyist for cooperation with investigators

By Joel Seidman
NBC News producer
NBC News
Updated: 12:35 p.m. CT March 23, 2007
WASHINGTON - Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, currently serving a five-and-a-half-year sentence for his conviction in the SunCruz Casinos gambling boat fraud case, may get his sentenced reduced because of his continued cooperation with investigators.

In a separate case, Abramoff pled guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials in Washington, D.C. He has yet to be sentenced.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Schwartz, in court papers filed in Miami this week, took the first steps in seeking a reduction in Abramoff's sentence. The prosecutor wrote in a filing to U.S. District Judge Paul Huck that the move is "based upon the defendant having provided substantial assistance to the government in the investigation and/or prosecution of others."

I don't care how much he talked, this is bullshit!!

air-ono said...

bloggers!!

i was born with a defective sympathy gland

so my sympathy has to be procured vicariously via the auspices of your glands

(ty)

toniD said...

Bush to keep Gitmo open to 2009. “The U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay will likely remain open for the rest of George W. Bush’s presidency, because it will take time to conduct the legal proceedings of the detainees there, the White House said on Friday.”

From today’s press briefing:

Q: So, realistically, are you saying that Guantanamo Bay will not be shut down before the end of his presidency?

SNOW: I doubt it, no. I don’t think it will.

LINK

air-ono said...

//I don't care how much he talked, this is bullshit!!//

you're anti-semitic

: )

(ra-ra-ra)

toniD said...

Elizabeth Edwards called Tony Snow wishing him the best for his operation to remove a growth in his stomach. Per CNN

Alice said...

I liked the picture of the little girl reading the book, air ono...

Alice said...

I liked the picture of the little girl reading the book from the other night, air ono...

air-ono said...

dear alice,

could you narrow it down for me...

on which particular night ?

: )

(you're welcome)

toniD said...

Leahy hints at more 'Attorneygate' whistleblowers
03/23/2007 @ 10:30 am
Filed by David Edwards and Ron Brynaert


Thursday night on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee hinted that he might have more "whistleblowers" set to testify on the ongoing US Attorneys scandal, which some have dubbed "Attorneygate."

Advertisement
In the interview with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Olbermann referred to comments made previously on the show by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) about "really angry career employees," then asked if the Committee had any "rabbits in hats."

"He said that he hoped that the White House would let Mr. Rove and the others testify on the record," Olbermann related to Leahy. "If they did not, there really were enough really angry career employees, prosecutors in the Justice Department who would ensure that this information, the actual facts of the case would get out anyway."

Olbermann continued, "I'm wondering what we should infer from that. Are there rabbits in hats that you have that we don't know about?"

Video here

air-ono said...

now if someone could be forthcoming with info regarding sam's future

i can be on my way

toniD said...

Obey Hits Back Against Washington Post’s Smearing of House Iraq Bill »
This afternoon, the House passed the U.S. Troops Readiness, Veterans’ Health and Iraq Accountability Act. The bill expands funding for veterans health care, requires the Iraqi government to meet certain benchmarks of progress, and calls for the strategic redeployment of all U.S. troops out of Iraq by 2008.

This morning, the Washington Post editorial board, who in 2003 called the Iraq War “an operation essential to American security,” smeared the House plan as “an unconditional retreat.”

Rep. Dave Obey (D-WI) responded on the House floor. “Let me submit to you the problem we have today is not that we didn’t listen enough to people like the Washington Post,” Obey said. “It’s that we listened too much.” Obey concluded, “And I would say one thing, those of us who voted against the war in the first place wouldn’t have nearly as hard a time getting us out of the war if people like The Washington Post … hadn’t supported going into that stupid war in the first place.”

Watch it:

LINK

air-ono said...

attn: toni!

if you want a future here...
edit out //Advertisement//

(ty)

love,
the uber-editor

p.s. didn't you get the memo

bridge said...

thanks so much
Shells, RJ, Jim :)

our cat has been with us for 13+ years - she was about two and half years old (doctor's guess) when she showed up in our backyard - our first pet ever and it turned out to be a life changing experience - it really is

Shells,
the treatment plan will be most likely diet and shots
she'll be at the doctor's office until Monday and another test will be done in a week to adjust treatment

we were hoping she could be treated with diet only but guess not ...

thanks for helping ... hugs xoxox

toniD said...

Valdez spill judge 'had Exxon Mobil ties'
Fed judge on court that reduced spill penalty took trips with Exxon-tied org.

LINK

air-ono said...

i love you toni

but if i have to beat you like a red-headed step child

i won't shy away from my duty as uber-editor

p.s.
didn't you get the ef'ing fucking memo

dang! get me shelly from dispatch

toniD said...

bridge, sorry to hear about your cat :(

They become family and it's hard to see an animal suffer. Hope your cat will be okay!

toniD said...

ono......skace se parakalo!

Anonymous said...

Sam is toast

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos said...

The Delegation will be Formed by Seven Comandantas, Seven Comandates and a Subcomandante

By Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee – General Command
Zapatista Army of National Liberation

March 22, 2007

The EZLN, by means of their Sixth Commission, announces to the compañeras and compañeros adherents to the Sixth Declaration and the Other Campaign, to the Zezta International and to the people of Mexico and the world the following:

First: Due to the new offensive against the Zapatista communities carried out by paramilitaries affiliated with the PRI and PRD and supported by the state [Democratic Revolution Party] and federal [National Action Party] governments, the Zapatista leadership has had to make some adjustments that will allow continued protection of our communities and at the same time fulfilling their commitments with the Other Campaign.

We will resist the attacks of the paramilitaries in an organized and civil form. With the mobilization of our communities and calling on the solidarity support of the honest people of Mexico and the entire world, we will continue to link our Zapatista struggle for indigenous rights and culture with other Indian peoples of Mexico and the American continent, and with the struggles maintained by organizations, groups, collectives, families and individuals of the Other Campaign in our country.

Second: Furthermore, over the next few days, the Sixth Commission of the EZLN will initiate the second stage of its direct participation in the Other Campaign in Mexico with a delegation consisting of seven comandantas, seven commandantes and one subcomandante.

For their participation in this second stage the Sixth Commission of the EZLN has established a sort of territorial distribution in zones and regions. The different delegations of the Sixth Commission will spread out throughout the entire country, during this year of 2007, to work jointly with the organizations, groups, collectives, families and individuals adhering to the Sixth Declaration.

Third: Simultaneously, in addition to their territorial distribution, the Sixth Commission will have a special delegation that will participate directly in the works undertaken by the compañeros and compañeras of the National Indigenous Congress with the Indian peoples of Mexico.

A delegation from the Sixth Commission will also be present in the international encampment “The Indigenous Peoples in Defense of Life, Culture and Nature: Below and to the Left,” in the territory of the indigenous Cucupá people in the community of El Mayor in Baja California, Mexico, in the months of April and May of this year.

Fourth: This second stage will begin on March 25, 2007 and will start off with the concentration of the delegates in the city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. There, together with NGO’s adherent to the Otra in Chiapas, an international solidarity campaign with the Zapatista indigenous communities and in defense of indigenous autonomy will be announced.

Afterwards they will set off to install the delegations of the Sixth Commission to the National Indigenous Congress and the Northern Zone of Mexico. These delegations will be working with the compañeros and compañeras of the Otra in the states of that part of our country until the beginning of June 2007. In the second half of the year, the delegations in the center and southern zones of Mexico will be installed.

Fifth: A delegation of the Sixth Commission will also participate in the mobilizations marking the first anniversary of the repression against the noble people of Atenco, the Popular Front in Defense of the Land (FPDT) and the Other Campaign, demanding the freedom of our compañeros and compañeras prisoners in the prisons of Texcoco, Santiaguito and La Palma, which will take place in several places of the other national and international geography, on May 3, 4 and 5, 2007.

Sixth: In spite of the attacks, silences and contempt, the EZLN will carry on with the Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona, and, in doing so, demand:

FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR ATENCO!

FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR OAXACA!

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
For the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee – General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
Sixth Commission of the EZLN

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

Mexico, March 2007

air-ono said...

from now on my cat is on his own

if he turns up battered & bleeding

he can stay that way and die for all i care

toniD said...

Tweety Speaks Truth!



The Washington Post is not the liberal newspaper it was, Congressman, let me tell you - I've been reading it for years and it's a neo-con newspaper now.


-Atrios 5:26 PM

air-ono said...

//skace se//

no.

no. way.

FREEDOM!! HONEY!!

: )

air-ono said...

yo, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

cut down the length, buddy

love,
the uber-editor in cheif

(ra-ra-ra)

air-ono said...

//Sam is toast//

only credible nics need apply to my query

(ty)

air-ono said...

i bring the noise, toni

(if not me, who!?)

ok, maybe my noise gets on the nose

but if not me, who!?

who speaks for the blog...

foul-catharine!?

heh!

i see her toes behing the curtain

the curtain of...

SHAME!!

air-ono said...

2 minute warning

then gotts to blast off

bridge said...

toniD,
Efharisto poli :)

Dr. Zimmerman Robert said...

Tobacco and alcohol 'are more dangerous than LSD'
By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor
Published: 23 March 2007

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/health_medical/article2383902.ece

Alcohol and tobacco are more harmful than many illegal drugs including the hallucinogen LSD and the dance drug ecstasy, according to a new scale for assessing the dangers posed by recreational substances.

Crank Bait said...

My white rat is listless and has no appetite.
I think there might have been some dog poison in his Purina chow.

Alice said...

Catwalk

Catwalk

Catwalk

Bitey

Blue

air-ono said...

i'm wasting my time & breath here

(yes, it just dawned on me)

so later on today i might invest/waste some more time deleting all my posts

it's a thankless task...
so need to thank me

bridge said...

...maybe effing gentlemanly Mr. Leahy on the Senate floor was not such a good idea after all

---
James Wolcott:

"When Dick Cheney famously told Pat Leahy to go fuck himself, he and the rest of the administration clearly never anticipated the day when Leahy would return to powerful chairmanship; I think they internalized Karl Rove's visionary scheme of a permanent Republican majority and thought the future was in the bag. Now they're holding the bag and it's leaking all over their laps."

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/blogs/wolcott

Crank Bait said...

Speaking of rat poison in high-end dog food manufactured by a single entity and marketed to idiots who believe that price and brand is a guarantee of quality (Whew! That may be the longest, introductory, dependant clause I've ever written.), the incidence of tainted foodstuffs seems to be increasing.

But is it increasing?

Spinach and lettuce and peanut butter and dog food have been in the spotlight recently. Either various strains of bacteria are making the trip from field to fork or the processing is sloppy...or both.

My guess is that whatever is happening now has been happening all along without fanfare. Sure, corporate bean counters might have cost-cutted some of their beans from the quality control department at the processing plants, but I doubt it would explain every case of tainted food...especially wild pigs near a spinach field.

Frankly, wild pig shit doesn't frighten me as much as corporate pig shit, but I digress.

Speaking of bean counters (here we go again), you will note that a package of dry beans clearly states, "This is a natural product. Every effort has been taken to mechanically remove foreign matter such as pebbles but you should rinse and inspect before cooking."

If it works for beans, it should work for spinach and lettuce and peanut butter and dog food: "Dog food is a natural product, sorta, if you consider chicken feathers and goat spines to be a natural dog diet (dogs certainly do). Every effort has been taken to remove foreign substances, like rat poison, from this product. Still, we suggest that you feed it to something of which you are not currently fond, like the neighbor's barking dog, before regular use."

luigi said...

Who cutta da cheese?

loose sally said...

Meat me in St. Louis!!!

Anonymous said...

HOUSE GIVES BUSH $124 BILLION ABOVE HIS FAKE BUDGET AND TELLS HIM TO END IRAQ WAR BY AUGUST 2008

There were 44 roll calls in the House between October 10, 2002 (the 4 votes to authorize the use of force in Iraq) and May 25, 2005. There were only 4 Democrats who heroically voted against Bush on every single roll call-- Raul Grijalva (AZ), Maurice Hinchey (NY), James McGovern (MA) and Donald Payne (NJ). They score 100. There were 101 Republicans who voted with Bush on every single Iraq-related bill. That is the very definition of "rubber stamp Republican." Each of those shameless Republican whores scored a zero.

Alice said...

Bwahahahaha!!!! Jeb Bush PWNED!!!!

UF faculty to Bush: No honorary degree

By JACK STRIPLING
Sun staff writer

The self-styled "education governor" won't likely be getting a sheepskin from the University of Florida anytime soon.

In a move that UF President Bernie Machen called a "horrible mistake," UF's Faculty Senate voted Thursday against granting former Gov. Jeb Bush an honorary degree.

After some faculty expressed concern about Bush's record in higher education, the Senate voted 38-28 to deny him the degree.

Kathleen Price, associate dean of library and technology in UF's Levin College of Law, was among those who spoke in opposition to awarding the degree.

"I really don't feel this is a person who has been a supporter of UF," Price told The Sun after the vote.

Price criticized Bush for allowing the approval of three new medical schools during his tenure, a move that she says has "diluted those resources and hurt the University of Florida in each instance."

She also said Bush's politically motivated decisions about university governance were harmful to the state.

Reefer Jello said...

We Can't Make it Here"
Lyrics

Vietnam Vet with a cardboard sign
Sitting there by the left turn line
Flag on the wheelchair flapping in the breeze
One leg missing, both hands free
No one's paying much mind to him
The V.A. budget's stretched so thin
And there's more comin' home from the Mideast war
We can't make it here anymore

That big ol' building was the textile mill
It fed our kids and it paid our bills
But they turned us out and they closed the doors
We can't make it here anymore

See all those pallets piled up on the loading dock
They're just gonna set there till they rot
'Cause there's nothing to ship, nothing to pack
Just busted concrete and rusted tracks
Empty storefronts around the square
There's a needle in the gutter and glass everywhere
You don't come down here 'less you're looking to score
We can't make it here anymore

The bar's still open but man it's slow
The tip jar's light and the register's low
The bartender don't have much to say
The regular crowd gets thinner each day

Some have maxed out all their credit cards
Some are working two jobs and living in cars
Minimum wage won't pay for a roof, won't pay for a drink
If you gotta have proof just try it yourself Mr. CEO
See how far 5.15 an hour will go
Take a part time job at one of your stores
Bet you can't make it here anymore

High school girl with a bourgeois dream
Just like the pictures in the magazine
She found on the floor of the laundromat
A woman with kids can forget all that
If she comes up pregnant what'll she do
Forget the career, forget about school
Can she live on faith? live on hope?
High on Jesus or hooked on dope
When it's way too late to just say no
You can't make it here anymore

Now I'm stocking shirts in the Wal-Mart store
Just like the ones we made before
'Cept this one came from Singapore
I guess we can't make it here anymore

Should I hate a people for the shade of their skin
Or the shape of their eyes or the shape I'm in
Should I hate 'em for having our jobs today
No I hate the men sent the jobs away
I can see them all now, they haunt my dreams
All lily white and squeaky clean
They've never known want, they'll never know need
Their sh@# don't stink and their kids won't bleed
Their kids won't bleed in the da$% little war
And we can't make it here anymore

Will work for food
Will die for oil
Will kill for power and to us the spoils
The billionaires get to pay less tax
The working poor get to fall through the cracks
Let 'em eat jellybeans let 'em eat cake
Let 'em eat sh$%, whatever it takes
They can join the Air Force, or join the Corps
If they can't make it here anymore

And that's how it is
That's what we got
If the president wants to admit it or not
You can read it in the paper
Read it on the wall
Hear it on the wind
If you're listening at all
Get out of that limo
Look us in the eye
Call us on the cell phone
Tell us all why

In Dayton, Ohio
Or Portland, Maine
Or a cotton gin out on the great high plains
That's done closed down along with the school
And the hospital and the swimming pool
Dust devils dance in the noonday heat
There's rats in the alley
And trash in the street
Gang graffiti on a boxcar door
We can't make it here anymore

Music and lyrics © 2004 by James McMurtry

Anonymous said...

Rush To Share Stogies With Schwarzenegger

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show yesterday following an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show in which the former movie star called the Talk host “irrelevant.” This after Limbaugh's claimed Schwarzenegger is a "closet liberal."

When asked by Limbaugh, "Why are you selling out instead of being the true conservative you are?" Schwarzenegger replied, "I'm not selling out. It's just doing work for the people. I can understand where you're coming from ideologically, but when I became governor, I became the people's governor." Limbaugh replied, "Conservatism is the best way to serve the people."

Despite their differences, by the time the segment ended, the pair agreed to get together and smoke a cigar.

Anonymous said...

It's odd how Rush Limbaugh can make national news on his show. His power in radio broadcasting is unreal.

Reefer Jello said...

Ahnold and Rush should get along famously. After all, they are both big time junkies and junkies always have something to talk about together.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Rush is happy. He acts happy. Who is his girlfriend? He owns his own jet. He lives in a mansion. He is on over 800 radio stations. And many others stations are fighting to carry his show. Do you think success and money would make you happy?

smart ass said...

anon...you sound as tho you'd like to go over and give Rush a big old blow job!

Anonymous said...

junkies???? "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone"

Anonymous said...

I wonder what Sam would be like had he succeeded in Radio? Do you think he would blog with the little people, like he does now?

Anonymous said...

I just love it when Sam comes here every night to kick it around with fans of the show. It really keeps him in touch with the people.

Catharine said...

Savage on gays "doing these despicable acts to each other" and Sen. Boxer, a "loud-mouthed, foul-tempered" woman "bossing men around"

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703230008

On the March 22 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage asked his listeners to "put your mind into the mind-set of the enemy. ... I want you to put yourself into the mind-set of the Bedouin, who hates us." He then asked: "What would you think of a country that spends most of its time arguing over whether a man can marry a man and do to each other what is despised by 99.9 percent of humanity from the beginning of time until now." Savage added: "Because make no mistake about it: 99.9 percent of humanity despises that behavior because they do not want to go down that road, and they know it's the road of death." Savage also said: "[T]he lion of the desert says, 'I'd rather die, I'd rather blow myself up than ever see my son Ahmed marrying the other guy's son, Mahmoud, and doing these despicable acts to each other.' " Savage further stated: "And then he sees loud-mouthed, foul-tempered women in high places bossing men around; foul-mouthed, foul-tempered women in high places bossing men around," in reference to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

Catharine said...

Numerous media outlets ignored Grassley "aye" vote for subpoena of White House staff

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703230010

Following the Senate Judiciary Committee's March 22 vote authorizing the use of subpoenas to force on-the-record testimony of White House senior adviser Karl Rove, former White House council Harriet Miers, and other current and former White House officials in the evolving U.S. attorney scandal, several media outlets -- including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and The Washington Post -- suggested that the vote fell along partisan lines. For instance, on the March 22 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews characterized the subpoena vote as the "Democrats' effort to skin Karl Rove alive." In fact, Sen. Charles Grassley (IA), a Republican, went on record as having voted in favor of authorizing subpoenas.

Anonymous said...

It's that interaction with the blog that has set Sam's show apart from others. Sam is more than a radio host. His nightly sessions on the blog after dinner have made him seem more like bother.

Reefer Jello said...

Anonymous said...
junkies???? "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone"

March 23, 2007 5:33 PM

Both Ahnold and Rush are well known...out in the open....no doubt about it...junkies!

Catharine said...

Beck said "I'm a little ashamed" for calling O'Donnell "a fat witch" -- then added, "But she's so fat"

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703230012

On the March 23 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Glenn Beck discussed the March 22 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, in which host Keith Olbermann named Beck the runner-up in his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment. Olbermann gave Beck the title for calling Rosie O'Donnell "a fat witch" and mocking her weight during the March 22 broadcast of his radio show, as documented by Media Matters for America. In response, Beck said: "I wasn't calling her -- I believe I was stating a fact." Steve Burguiere, the show's executive producer and head writer known on-air as "Stu," replied, "Yeah, and I believe that's a scientific consensus."

toniD said...

Shameless plug for my Blog:

Attorneygate Updates

Lots to read there on Attorneygate!!

Catharine said...

Beck likened Gore to Nazi propagandist, let Inhofe distort his climate change testimony

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703230013

On the March 22 edition of his CNN Headline News program, Glenn Beck allowed Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) to distort former Vice President Al Gore's March 21 testimony before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Meanwhile, Beck himself likened Gore to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels for Gore's statement, during his testimony before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, that he would initiate a "mass persuasion campaign" to urge Congress to act on climate change.


****

You know that Beck had never even heard of Goebbels until some writer or producer told him what the talking point was.

Anonymous said...

Yes, we should condemn all illegal drug use. It is the sign of a weak mind and lost soul. It is up to those who live a pure life condemn the users of this world.

Catharine said...

Limbaugh: John and Elizabeth Edwards "turned to ... politics" instead of God after cancer news

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703230015

On the March 23 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh told listeners that former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) and his wife Elizabeth are "political people [who] are different than you and I." Referring to the couple's March 22 announcement that Elizabeth Edwards has Stage IV metastatic breast cancer, Limbaugh said: "[M]ost people, when told a family member's been diagnosed with the kind of cancer Elizabeth Edwards has, they turn to God. The Edwards turned to the campaign. Their religion is politics and the quest for the White House." Limbaugh later asked: "If you're [Sen.] Barack Obama [D-IL] or [Sen.] Hillary Clinton [D-NY], how do you now attack John Edwards?" Limbaugh added: "Not a problem for Hillary, the Clinton [inaudible] will find a way. But Barack, it's going to be a challenge."


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There's really nothing left to say to this toad. Just let him stand there and make a fool out of himself.

Hang em all said...

Here is one you haven't read yet!

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Pentagon investigation will recommend 9 officers, including up to 4 generals, be held accountable for missteps in aftermath of friendly fire death Army Ranger Pat Tillman

Reefer Jello said...

Anonymous said...
Yes, we should condemn all illegal drug use. It is the sign of a weak mind and lost soul. It is up to those who live a pure life condemn the users of this world.

March 23, 2007 5:41 PM

That's some pure bullshit and it won't fly around here very well. These drugs should all be legalized for adults and taxes put on them. It swould bring in a lot of money that would do some good.

I wonder said...

If Edwards is elected president, would he bring Liz to the White House?

toniD said...

Gonzales: Don't Blame Me, Blame Bush
By Paul Kiel - March 23, 2007, 5:59 PM
President Bush shut down an internal Justice Department investigation into the administration's warrantless wiretapping program against the advice of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, according to a letter sent by a senior Justice Department official to Congress yesterday. To Democrats, it's yet another example of why Gonzales should step down.

The investigation, launched in January 2006 by the Department's internal watchdog, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) -- an office created in the wake of the Watergate scandal to prevent similar abuses by DoJ officials -- would have examined whether Department officials had properly reviewed the legality of the NSA's Terrorist Surveillance Program, which dates back to 2001.

But the probe was shut down when Bush denied investigators the security clearances necessary for the investigation. Such a denial was unprecedented and arbitrary.

Continue reading...

LINK

Catharine said...

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toniD said...

Shameless plug for my Blog:

Attorneygate Updates

Lots to read there on Attorneygate!!

March 23, 2007 5:39 PM

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Hey! There IS a lot ot read over there....

Anonymous said...

So if drugs are good, why did we condemn Ahnold and Rush as junkies? Are we hypocrites or are we junkies too?

Crank Bait said...

File this one under "Too Weird For Crank Bait To Understand".

A television newscaster who worked for KY3 in Springfield, Missouri decided to join the Army.

I know next to nothing of the details except what I learned during a recent newscast via the KY3 antenna to my rabbit ears.

The guy is 42 years old. I assume that he is a college graduate (although another newscaster on the same television station is a graduate of Bob Jones University which, to my mind, is adult day care for evangelists and homeschoolers who memorized the bible).

He recently completed basic training, apparently receiving either the highest or nearly-the-highest accolades within his group.

He is headed to another Army location for medic training.
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Okay. I don't know what his motivation is or was. I also don't understand why he is a "Specialist" coming out of basic training, assuming that he has a college degree (I thought that a college degree entitled the wise recruit to go directly to Officer training, do not pass Go, do not collect $200 dollars? Things have changed since Cheney and myself were using deferments to keep us out of Vietnam).

And, owing to the current debacle in Iraq and Afghanistan, I cannot help but question the sanity of anyone who enlists right now.

I hope that his motivation is to be a medic helping to save lives without regard to political policy.

Here is a link to the weirdness:

http://www.ky3.com/news/6646892.html

Here is a link to a blog where a few posts mirror my amazement (though I suspect that the address will be cut short by this shitty blog software):

http://chatterbyrondavis.blogspot.com/2006/12/jerry-jacob-joins-army.html

Anonymous said...

So what have you got we don't already know?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Edwards would go see Liz in the hospital. I guess she could see him on tv.

Reefer Jello said...

Anonymous said...
So if drugs are good, why did we condemn Ahnold and Rush as junkies? Are we hypocrites or are we junkies too?

March 23, 2007 5:48 PM

Who condemned them, dickwad? All I said was. because they are junkies, they would get along together irrespective of their politics!

Quit being a fuckhead!

toniD said...

Poll reveals public attitudes swinging toward Democrats' values

Public allegiance to the Republican Party has "plunged" during George W. Bush's presidency, according to a Los Angeles Times report on a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

"The survey, by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, found a 'dramatic shift' in political party identification since 2002, when Republicans and Democrats were at rough parity," report the Times. "Now, 50% of those surveyed identified with or leaned toward Democrats, whereas 35% aligned with Republicans."

And while the unpopularity of the Iraq war and Bush play a storng role in these trends, the survey shows that the public has shifted toward Democrats on a host of other issues, including support for government aid to the disadvantaged, the use of military force, and "traditonal family values."

"Iraq has played a large part; the pushback on the Republican Party has to do with Bush, but there are other things going on here that Republicans will have to contend with," Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Center, was quoted as saying. "There is a difference in the landscape."

The report adds that the current gap between Republican and Democratic party identification is the largest since Pew began collecting that data in 1990.

Pew?

Anonymous said...

This troll in here is like a fly buzzing around. He really wonders a lot of dumb shit?

Reefer Jello said...

Anonymous said...
This troll in here is like a fly buzzing around. He really wonders a lot of dumb shit?

March 23, 2007 5:54 PM

Agreed! I'm out! See you guys!

Crank Bait said...

Reefer Jello: "Quit being a fuckhead!"
March 23, 2007 5:53 PM
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Bait (doing his impression of Dana Carvey doing his impression of George H.W. Bush): "Not goin' do it. Wouldn't be impudent."

toniD said...

Told ya Catharine! Took me almost an hour to post it.

This is wierd. Maria Shriber, Ahnold's wife is subbing for Larry King tonight and she is doing a show on Drug Addictions and Alcohol Addictions.

And after Reefer mentioned that her husband did drugs.

toniD said...

Liberal House Dems get a standing ovation from members for helping swing passage of the Iraq withdrawal bill today.

-- Greg Sargent

LINK

NYLefty said...

"I assume that he is a college graduate..."

Why do you assume that? I used to work in television news and I can tell you that a lot of TV news people are not college grads. Peter Jennings was a high-school dropout!

toniD said...

This is sickening...

9/11 debris possibly used on roads
Debris containing human remains may have been used to cover potholes.

LINK

Catharine said...

*****

toniD said...

Liberal House Dems get a standing ovation from members for helping swing passage of the Iraq withdrawal bill today.

-- Greg Sargent

LINK

March 23, 2007 6:10 PM

The scene -- which was recounted in Congress Daily (sub. only) and confirmed to me by a Hill source -- was a reminder of the strange route House Dems took to passage of this milestone bill. As reported here yesterday, the three key liberal members decided at the last minute to back the bill. But because they wanted to oppose the bill themselves as a matter of conscience because it lacked the tough language enforcing withdrawal that they wanted, they went to other liberal members of the Out of Iraq caucus and let them know that they'd have no problem if they voted for it.

"These three went and got enough other votes to provide a margin of victory beyond their own three No votes," the source says. Thus the standing ovation for them.

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That was great!!!

Crank Bait said...

toniD,

Roy Blunt (yea, THAT Roy Blunt) has been robo-calling me with an offer to join in on his conference-call town meetings for district constituents (yep, he's my rep).

I haven't been able to condense my thoughts into less than a rambling, ranting, ten-thousand-word email that repeats words like DeLay protégé and sack-o-shit and worse.
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Meanwhile, the fruit of his loins which happens to be the Governor of Missouri has eliminated state-funded breast exams from the few (two?) remaining Planned Parenthood facilities in Joplin and Springfield, Missouri.

The Planned Parenthood facilities have complained that they do not do abortions (Blunt and his ilk forced abortion-seekers from southern Missouri to cross state lines into Illinois for that...then made aiding and abetting a minor who crosses state lines to obtain an abortion a crime).

My not-yet-condensed-to-less-than-ten-thousand-angry-words email to Governor Blunt has a lot of "sack-o-shit" and "Governangelist" sprinkled in it, too.

toniD said...

FEC Democrats Say Bush Violated Limits

By Matthew Mosk
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 23, 2007; A15



The three Democrats on the Federal Election Commission revealed yesterday that they strongly believe President Bush exceeded legal spending limits during the 2004 presidential contest and that his campaign owes the government $40 million.

Their concerns spilled out during a vote to approve an audit of the Bush campaign's finances, which is conducted to make sure the campaign adhered to spending rules after accepting $74.6 million in public money for the 2004 general election.

Republican commissioners defended the way the Bush campaign billed the cost of more than $80 million in television ads, which were the source of the dispute.

The commission by statute comprises three Democrats and three Republicans. Commissioner Michael E. Toner, a Republican, resigned March 14, but the vote was taken before his departure. Because of the deadlock, the objections were recorded in a footnote to the audit but will not result in any sanctions or repayment.

"We had a disagreement on this audit, and it was a doozy," said one of the Democrats, Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub.

The dispute centered on the use of what the commissioners called "hybrid" ads, which were intended to promote both the president and Republican members of Congress. The Bush campaign argued that it should not bear the full cost of these ads, so it split the tab with the Republican Party.

As a result, only half of the cost would count toward spending limits imposed on the campaign when it agreed to take public funds. Weintraub said the spending limit is an essential part of the agreement candidates make to accept public financing. "Bush-Cheney 2004 took the $74 million, and then they broke the bargain," she said.

Commissioner Hans A. von Spakovsky, a Republican, strongly disagreed. "There was no broken bargain," he said. "There was no violation of the law."

LINK

TV Party Tonight said...

Anonymous said...
I wonder what Sam would be like had he succeeded in Radio? Do you think he would blog with the little people, like he does now?

March 23, 2007 5:34 PM


Anonymous said...
I just love it when Sam comes here every night to kick it around with fans of the show. It really keeps him in touch with the people.

March 23, 2007 5:35 PM


Ironic humor? Cute.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Edwards will be around when Liz dies? Important men have a very tight schedule.

toniD said...

Crank, are there any progressive clubs in your State? Maybe they are doing something about that problem.

Blunts, another political dynasty?

toniD said...

Anonymous said...
I wonder if Edwards will be around when Liz dies? Important men have a very tight schedule.

March 23, 2007 6:22 PM

You're sick!

May your words come back to haunt you!

Crank Bait said...

NYLefty said...
[Bait said]: "I assume that he is a college graduate..."
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Why do you assume that? I used to work in television news and I can tell you that a lot of TV news people are not college grads. Peter Jennings was a high-school dropout!
March 23, 2007 6:12 PM
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Yea, well, I understand that I am an idiot for assuming so. The local television market is pretty sad. They don't have much to sell other than the weather and even the most successful local station relies on hours of infomercial programming to fill revenue gaps.

Still, when one submits a resume (even for a low-paying job), one is often competing with college grads and one had better have some real-world experience to balance the lack of a college degree or one is likely to lose out.

Following is a comment from the local blog that I referenced:

Anonymous said...Jaaaaysuz. I never knew working at KY was quite so bad that it made Iraq look like a good career move. Jaaaaaysuz.

Best of luck, JJ. May you experience few, if any, "WTF was I thinking?" moments at Fort Benning, and elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Mrs. Hillary Clinton were Mrs. Hillary Mandelbaum would she still be the front runner for the democratic nomination?

Catharine said...

CNN Breaking News:

-- A Pentagon investigation will recommend nine officers, including up to four generals, be held accountable for missteps in the aftermath of the friendly fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, AP reports citing senior defense officials.

*****

Held accountable? How so?

Ho hum.

It's too late now.

Catharine said...

Novak wondered why Waxman, others didn't ask about baseless Plame assertions

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703230014

In his March 22 column, syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak asserted that Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform failed to ask "pertinent questions" in their March 16 hearing investigating the leak of former CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity. Two of Novak's "pertinent questions" hinged on baseless claims suggesting Plame was not a covert operative "when her identity was revealed." (Novak's use of the passive voice obscured the fact that his own July 14, 2003, column disclosed her identity.) Novak also noted that former Reagan administration deputy assistant attorney general Victoria Toensing testified that Plame was not covert under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) "if only because she was not stationed overseas for the CIA the past five years." But the statutory definition does not provide that the operative must have been "stationed" overseas to qualify as covert; rather, the statute uses different tenses of the verb "serv[e]."

Catharine said...

so why isn't Novak in jail?

refresh my memory....

toniD said...

Iran's president
cancels U.N. appearance
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad canceled a trip to New York to address the U.N. Security Council before it votes on whether to impose further sanctions against his country for refusing to stop enriching uranium, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.

LINK

Anonymous said...

Well I mean they said Liz was sure to die. If she was my wife I would want to make every day count. John can't be in two places at once. And if successful, will not be available at all. But I suppose he could send her video tapes of the speeches. It's the thought that counts.

Catharine said...

A town full of worthless memories

Salon.com columnist Joe Conason wrote on March 23 of the media's apparent amnesia about Karl Rove's history of lying. Though Rove's previous dishonesty would seem to be quite relevant to coverage of the current controversy over whether he should be placed under oath and his statements transcribed when talking to Congress about the Bush administration's prosecutor scandal, Conason writes, the "porous brainpans of the Washington press corps" seem to have forgotten all about recent history. According to Conason:

The proposal to interview the president's chief political counselor without an oath or even a transcript is absurd for a simple and obvious reason. Yet the White House press corps, despite a long and sometimes testy series of exchanges with [White House press secretary Tony] Snow, is too polite to mention that reason, so let me spell it out as rudely as necessary right here:

Rove is a proven liar who cannot be trusted to tell the truth even when he is under oath, unless and until he is directly threatened with the prospect of prison time. Or has everyone suddenly forgotten his exceedingly narrow escape from criminal indictment for perjury and false statements in the Valerie Plame Wilson investigation? Only after four visits to the grand jury convened by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, and a stark warning from Fitzgerald to defense counsel of a possible indictment, did Rove suddenly remember his role in the exposure of Plame as a CIA agent.

Catharine said...

By now the porous brainpans of the Washington press corps not only seem to have excused Rove's leaking and lying about Plame's CIA position, but also to have erased that disgraceful episode from their memories. The president and all his flacks can stand before the public and act as if Rove should be treated like a truthful person whose words can be believed -- and not as someone who lies routinely even in the direst of circumstances. The press secretary Snow can say, without fear of contradiction, that the best way to ascertain the facts about the White House role in the firing of the U.S. attorneys is to interview Rove without benefit of oath or transcript.

Indeed, media coverage of the prosecutor purge has been marked by what seems to be a stunning lack of memory by the political press corps.

Catharine said...

For example, just three weeks ago, Scooter Libby was convicted of perjury, making false statements to investigators, and obstruction of justice. You might think that would come up in coverage of President Bush's unwillingness to allow his top aides to testify before Congress under oath, in public, or in any setting that would involve a permanent, objective record of their comments.

Yet the White House press corps seems to have forgotten all about Libby's conviction -- they haven't asked Tony Snow a single question about it during the daily press briefings since Bush refused to allow Rove and others to testify under oath. A president who just three weeks ago saw one of his top aides convicted of perjury and making false statements to investigators now refuses to allow other aides to testify under oath. And apparently nobody in the White House press corps thinks to ask Tony Snow if that's because Bush is afraid of another of his aides committing perjury -- or whether his refusal to allow a transcript is because he's afraid of them getting caught. Nobody remembers Libby's conviction well enough to ask Snow how the White House can possibly insist that a transcript is unnecessary given Libby's own willingness to lie under oath.

And it isn't just that the question has gone unasked in Snow's press briefings: the Washington Post, New York Times, ABC, CBS, and NBC have all neglected to bring up the Libby conviction in the context of the administration's refusal to allow transcripts or statements under oath.

toniD said...

Catharine, there is still a sealed file on Rove from his Grand Jury appearance.

I would love to know what is in there and why it's been sealed.

Catharine said...

For the sake of our own dignity...

we must cut the lifeblood from the media ... the only way they will get the message is if we call their advertisers and tell them that not only do we not watch the following programs but we will not buy their products as long as they advertise on these stations.

Catharine said...

toniD said...

Catharine, there is still a sealed file on Rove from his Grand Jury appearance.

I would love to know what is in there and why it's been sealed.

March 23, 2007 6:44 PM

****

if only ....

Crank Bait said...

toniD said...
Crank, are there any progressive clubs in your State? Maybe they are doing something about that problem. [[Yes! Also, K.C., St. Louis and Columbia, Mo. are hotbeds of rational thinking. The remaining rural areas...not so much.]]

Blunts, another political dynasty?
March 23, 2007 6:24 PM
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You cannot know my frustration, after years of living in the Caribbean, with the futility of punning the Blunts with blunts.

The most dyed-in-the-wool, retrograde, poorly educated, single issue, uninformed, prejudiced, bible-thumping Republican in the nation has nothing on a rural Missouri Republican voter.

If they were up against a wall, facing a firing squad and presented with the option of accepting that the nation and, indeed, the world is populated with many different kinds of people, they'd take a bullet for the flag and Jesus instead.

toniD said...

Anonymous said...
Well I mean they said Liz was sure to die. If she was my wife I would want to make every day count. John can't be in two places at once. And if successful, will not be available at all. But I suppose he could send her video tapes of the speeches. It's the thought that counts.

March 23, 2007 6:37 PM

What they said was ultimately she would die of the matastisized breast cancer. What she has now is chronic cancer and is treatable. I have a friend that has the same thing and she is doing fine.

Elizabeth could live 20 years on the treatment she will have.

So quit with your shit!!

Dems de rules said...

Catharine, there is still a sealed file on Rove from his Grand Jury appearance.

0000

Rule 6(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure provide that the prosecutor, grand jurors, and the grand jury stenographer are prohibited from disclosing what happened before the grand jury, unless ordered to do so in a judicial proceeding.

Catharine said...

unless ordered to do so in a judicial proceeding.

March 23, 2007 6:49 PM

So what are the likely scenarios under which it would be ordered unsealed?

Anonymous said...

5 years is normal span for women with the same diagnosis as Liz. Incurable and terminal. But as John says, "Life is for the living"

Catharine said...

March 23-25, 2007 -- Yesterday, Senator John Edwards and his wife E lizabeth held a news conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and announced that Mrs. Edwards' cancer had returned and metastasized by spreading to her bones. In 2005, this editor had the opportunity to meet Senator Edwards at a Progressive Democratic meeting in Washington, DC. I asked him how Elizabeth was doing and asked him to give her my best. He was genuinely appreciative of the concern -- pointed proof that the Edwards family, which has had its share of tragedies, represents a quality rare in other political families, decency and a commitment to real family values.

As an aside, I mentioned to Edwards that I had penned an OP-ED piece in the Charlotte Observer during the 2004 campaign urging John Kerry to pick him as his Vice Presidential running mate. He recalled the editorial and thanked me for it. I told him not to thank me, emphasizing that I messed up the OP ED completely. After a quizzical look crossed Edwards' face, I said that I should have written it differently: Edwards should have chosen Kerry as his running mate. Edwards got the both the joke and the underlying message.

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/

Catharine said...

The vile right-wing reaction to Elizabeth Edwards' cancer by individuals who do not know the first thing about family values was shocking even for their ilk. Rush Limbaugh, whose idea of family values is to fly off to Hispaniola with a pocket full of Viagra and Oxycontin to cavort with immature Dominicanos, said that the Edwards' announcement was a ploy to garner sympathy for his presidential campaign. Limbaugh's filthy, degenerate, and oafish behavior is the reason why he has been through as many wives as those other paragons of GOP family values -- Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich. And who can forget that a few weeks ago, GOP Nazi She-Wolf Ann Coulter called John Edwards a "faggot" before the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), a group that counts more closet queens amongst its ranks than the J. Edgar Hoover Fan Club.

Thankfully, the right-wing is slowly hate talking themselves into obscurity.

The Edwards can take solace in the fact that 99 percent of the American people wish them the very best during their latest ordeal. The other one percent -- the phony Christians, neo-con lickspittles, Republican philanderers, and pasty-faced country club conservatives, are as irrelevant as they are putrid.

Catharine said...

New emails show that “two months before Bud Cummins was fired as U.S. attorney in Little Rock,” Rove protege Tim Griffin “was maneuvering with the Justice Department to take” Cummins’ place. “Some of the thousands of pages of e-mails released this week underscore the extraordinary planning and effort, at the highest levels of the Justice Department and White House, to secure Griffin a job.” “The evidence runs contrary to assurances from Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales that no such move had been planned.”

Another ousted U.S. prosecutor speaks out. Former Michigan U.S. Attorney Margaret Chiara “said in an interview that a senior Justice Department official had told her that her resignation was necessary to create a slot for ‘an individual they wanted to advance.’ The identity of the likely replacement was not disclosed, she said.”

http://thinkprogress.org/

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