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One Nation... Really?
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 10/03/2010 15:16:22

I know some of our readers made it to the Rally and am I sure have plenty to add. I was taking a look at what some of our opposite side friends were thinking about this rally. Remember, the One Nation rally was for Jobs, Justice and Education. Things that both Left and Right both believe strongly in. At least I think so....

Anyway, it seems for both sides, size DOES matter.

From NewsBusters:
There are so many problematic items in the establishment press's treatment of yesterday's "One Nation" rally in Washington that it's difficult to know where to begin.

So let's start at the very beginning. Among the many howlers in the coverage is a claim the Associated Press's Philip Elliott pass without response towards the end of his 12:21 p.m Saturday report (saved here at my web host for future reference, fair use, and discussion purposes; bold is mine):

One Nation organizers said that they began planning their event before learning about Beck's rally and that their march is not in reaction to it.

It would appear that either Elliott felt that this statement would easily withstand scrutiny, and thus performed none himself, or that he knew better, and let it get into his report anyway.

Given the fact that so-called progressives have been continually monitoring Beck's activities and pronouncements for several years, One Nation's organizers would have to prove that they began substantively "planning their event" before November 21, 2009. Good luck with that.


The writer goes on to use Wikipedia and Google search as his sources to prove that the rally was thought up after Becks rally.Given that there were so many people here, I wonder if his point is better off left alone.
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9 comments (Latest Comment: 10/04/2010 00:31:00 by livingonli)

Winning the Lottery
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/02/2010 12:55:01

Good Morning.

Depressions and Recessions can sure make people do silly things. I don't know if there's any stats about it, but it's not hard to imagine a few more people huddled around the slots or the craps tables at Foxwoods, Atlantic City, or Las Vegas...hoping against hope for that big payoff.

Or maybe there's been a little uptick in the government supported gambling that most of us call 'the lottery'. I don't know if it's good or bad, but we have a local candidate for governor (Tim Cahill, I-MA) that's running primarily on his record in running "the best managed and most profitable state lottery in the country.

But is it a good idea to hope for that one big payoff?

I know what I'd do. To quote a phrase, "I've got a lot of old debts I've got to pay off with this stuff." (Yes, bonus points. Be specific.) We could use some new cars, a house would be nice, and with a big enough payoff we could travel again and maybe I could even go to flight school.

But that's all an untoward fantasy, methinks. Just pulling something out of my arse, have you noticed that no Powerball winner has come from east of the Mississippi river? What's up with that?

Of course, the whole game is rigged. More than a decade ago, one of my friends was able to cobble together $500 and he bought an unopened book of scratch tickets from his uncle, who happened to be a lottery agent. After spending the afternoon scratching away...he didn't even break even.

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2 comments (Latest Comment: 10/03/2010 14:28:15 by velveeta jones)

A Rapist's Bill of Rights
Author: BobR    Date: 10/01/2010 10:21:53

RNC For Life is a PAC that focuses on one specific issue: abortion. They understand very well that peoples' positions on abortion are not black & white. They run the full range from "anyone, anytime" to "nobody, never". Most people fall somewhere in between. You'd think it would be uncommon and extreme to deny a woman an abortion if she had been raped or the pregnancy resulted from incest. According to the PAC's score-sheet of those currently in or running for office, however, there at least 78 GOP candidates who feel just that way. To them, it is more important that the rapist gets to be a father than the victim gets to purge themselves of their attacker's seed. Dr. Drew Weston refers to this type of legal approach as a rapist's Bill of Rights.
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35 comments (Latest Comment: 10/02/2010 00:29:26 by Mondobubba)

It's SO yesterday.
Author: Raine    Date: 09/30/2010 13:28:04

Over the past week, much has been said about VP Joe's Biden's comments about bucking up and voting. It was a message sent towards members of the Democratic Party that have been voicing that they may stay at home this November. The strategy is indeed questionable, as I am not a fan of "Quit Yer Whining Motivation" but given the alternative, he may very well have a point.
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25 comments (Latest Comment: 10/01/2010 02:47:49 by Raine)

Thursday Stub hub
Author: Raine    Date: 09/30/2010 12:36:48

I'll be back shortly with something more substantial. Perhaps a recipe filled with nut Meg, a dash of sParsley Palandino, some 'Sage' information from Ms.O'Donnell and a little unClover info regarding Mr. O'keefe.
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 09/30/2010 13:07:12 by wickedpam)

Selling the Brooklyn Bridge
Author: BobR    Date: 09/29/2010 11:56:04

As we come down the final stretch of this campaign season, there's one thing we can always count on - political ads. You know the type - they start grainy and ominous, describing how a candidate is one of the devil's own, with unflattering black and white photos. Then - it suddenly becomes warm & fuzzy and full color, describing the virtues of the other candidate, with the de rigeur ending of "I'm ______ and I approve this message". There is a reason for that last bit - it's required by law. The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 made it a requirement to minimize anonymous attack ads.
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67 comments (Latest Comment: 10/01/2010 02:44:17 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/28/2010 10:33:15

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,750th day in Iraq and our 3,278th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing wars, courtesy of antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4424
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4285
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3565
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 196
Since Operation New Dawn: 7

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,305
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 803
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448

We find this morning's cost of war passing through:

$ 1, 086, 397, 000, 000 .00


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28 comments (Latest Comment: 09/28/2010 22:53:10 by livingonli)

The 'Pledge' & what the GOP is offering for your vote
Author: Raine    Date: 09/27/2010 13:40:37

Last week the Republican House leadership unveiled it's 'Pledge To America'. As BobR succinctly pointed out last week: "Oddly enough, it's a pastiche of talking points that we've all heard before, none of which they seemed to be interested in pursuing back in the early 2000s when they we're actually in charge. It's also strangely reminiscent of Newt Gingrich's Contract With America." Of course it was met with critisicm from the left-- that is to be expected, but it was also met with sharp critique from conservatives as a sell out and a 'political blowjob'. Over at RedState.com, it was declared 'dreck' and Perhaps the Most Ridiculous Thing to Come Out of Washington Since George McClellan . Wes Benedict, the director of the National Libertarian party says that the GOP owes America an apology

Here is the thing. This pledge is more than just talking points. The GOP is sending a clear message: Vote for us now and we will answer the questions about the how later. It's not just with this pledge, it's a recurring theme among the GOP. John Beohner said of the 'plan' quite clearly this weekend with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday:
WALLACE: Congressman Boehner, as Willie Sutton said about banks, entitlements are where the money is. More than 40% of the budget. Yet, Iíve looked through this pledge and there is not one single proposal to cut social security, medicare, medicaid.

BOEHNER: Chris, we make it clear in there that weíre going to lay out a plan to work toward a balanced budget and deal with the entitlement crisis. Chris, itís time for us as Americans to have an adult conversation with each other about the serious challenges our country faces. And we canít have that serious conversation until we lay out the size of the problem. Once Americans understand how big the problem is, then we can begin to talk about potential solutions. [...]

WALLACE: Forgive me, sir, isnít the right time to have the adult conversation now before the election when you have this document? Why not make a single proposal to cut social security, medicare and medicaid?

BOEHNER: Chris, this is what happens here in Washington. When you start down that path, you just invite all kind of problems. I know. Iíve been there. I think we need to do this in a more systemic way and have this conversation first. Letís not get to the potential solutions. Letís make sure Americans understand how big the problem is. Then we can talk about possible solutions and then work ourselves into those solutions that are doable.
To paraphrase: Let's not get into potential solutions, just understand there is a really big problem, vote for us, and we will talk about it later.
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21 comments (Latest Comment: 09/27/2010 22:48:43 by trojanrabbit)

Sad Irony
Author: Raine    Date: 09/27/2010 12:24:40

Good Morning, I am still constructing a monday Morning thread worthy of something... But until then, I leave you with this segway into our "Isn't it Ironic" files:
Segway boss Jimi Heselden dies in scooter cliff fall

Mr Heselden acquired the Segway operation in 2010. The millionaire owner of the UK Segway company has died after apparently riding one of his company's motorised scooters off cliffs and into a river.

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8 comments (Latest Comment: 09/27/2010 14:23:54 by BobR)

Which Witch?
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 09/26/2010 14:32:25

Okay, okay..... it's time that Velveeta comes clean. I've been doing some soul searching and I think I am now prepared to come out and say.... I was a member of the "coven" that Christine O'Donnell spoke of.

Yes, it is true! But, I was young and misguided - there was also a cute boy involved. Let's just say I've changed a lot since then; matured into a normal woman that believes that America was founded by Jesus and given to us to have domain over the land, to hunt and fish and genetically modify the fruit and to cut taxes for the wealthy people who create jobs. People like Paris Hilton and Justin Bieber.

But, as usual, I have digressed.
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3 comments (Latest Comment: 09/26/2010 20:53:42 by BobR)

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