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Timothy J. Russert, Jr. (1950-2008)
Author: Shane-O    Date: 06/16/2008 08:17:34


It is often said on The Stephanie Miller Show that there are only two acceptable times for a grown man to cry:

1. After being hit with a heavy object; and
2. While watching or listening to a speech given by Barack Obama.

I respectfully submit that there is a third time: Upon learning of the untimely passing of Washington Bureau Chief of NBC News and moderator of Meet the Press, Tim Russert
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201 comments (Latest Comment: 06/17/2008 05:21:41 by livingonli)

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 06/15/2008 12:30:08

Good morning. Velveeta writes today as melancholy today as she was yesterday.

Watching a special on NBC about Tim Russert is not helping the situation. The Mayor of Buffalo announcing they will attempt to rename a portion of highway that leads to the Bills Stadium after the journalist. It seems that NBC, at least for most of this morning, will be one large mourning/remembrance. I'll try not to be cynical. He was a very good journalist, in that I never knew his politics; sometimes I cheered for his reporting and on-target questions, other times I found myself screaming at the TV. e.g: "Why don't you ask that boob about Iran-Contra and his involvement!!!!!" But, despite my sometime annoyances, I'd rather think that the journalist I'm watching is non-partisan. Therefore, I can trust him/her more.

Even the fact that this is TONY AWARDS night is not cheering me up so much. But don't think that I won't be glued to the TV box tonight (as soon as I get off work). Most years I might know several of the people nominated. This year, not so much. I guess due to my being out of the loop for so many years. But I will still be cheering.
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44 comments (Latest Comment: 06/16/2008 04:40:19 by Raine)

Not quite a Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/14/2008 11:47:46

Good Morning!

I was looking over the ol' Boston Globe this morning, and there's quite a few stories to choose from, before I even get to my usual Libertarian haunts. Starting with politics this morning, John McCain is not focusing on his base...instead he's turning towards Hillary's supporters looking for votes. It's part of the game to court the other side, and every year a few people change parties and move on... But I'm betting Mr. McCain will find that most of these "disaffected Clinton supporters" were part of Operation Chaos to begin with....and if any registered democrats buy his spew, well don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Change your registration and be done with it; you weren't democrats anyway.
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38 comments (Latest Comment: 06/15/2008 12:03:24 by Random)

Habeus Corpus Delicti
Author: BobR    Date: 06/13/2008 12:05:10

Yesterday, the SCOTUS upheld the long-held rule of Habeus Corpus for the detainees in Gitmo, striking a blow to Bush's attempts to lock them up and throw away the key without so much as an arraignment. How long held is the idea of Habeus Corpus, and what exactly does it mean?
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283 comments (Latest Comment: 06/14/2008 03:32:23 by Mondobubba)

Not too important
Author: Raine    Date: 06/12/2008 12:33:39

Yesterday, John McCain declared that bringing the troops home and setting a deadline for withdrawal for Iraq was "not too important". What exactly is important to these people? Certainly not helping Americans who are still in a state of crisis and need. Like troop withdrawal seems to be for for McCain, FEMA doesn't seems to think getting aid to disaster victims is important either. Republican mismanagement: it is deadly, a lot like war.
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241 comments (Latest Comment: 06/13/2008 06:38:00 by livingonli)

Iran... so far away...
Author: BobR    Date: 06/11/2008 12:13:05

Where have we heard this before? Tough talk, then sanctions, then...?

Bush has been in Europe, banging the drum for war with Iran. After dragging our allies into Iraq with false intelligence, you'd think they'd bounce his ass out the door. No, instead they're trying to be responsible, sort of an intervention, and push for sanctions instead:
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165 comments (Latest Comment: 06/12/2008 12:20:41 by clintster)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/10/2008 10:57:14

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,910th day in Iraq.

We'll start as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from the warron terra, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4094
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3955
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3633
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3235
Since Election (1/31/05): 2657

Other Coalition Troops: 313
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 517

We find this morning's cost of war passing through: $527, 057, 650, 000 .00

I really hate 'potpourri'....but I've got a mishmosh of stories I've been collecting for the past few days, so I guess the term fits today.

First off, the most common injury from this war is "traumatic brain injury"...but perhaps second on the list is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Those of us that lived through September 11 are carry a touch of PTSD...now imagine that increased by a thousand fold. How did you get through it? Even to this day, the sight of a low-flying commercial jet gives me pause, and I wasn't even in New York. So how do you think the soldiers at Ft. Benning feel?

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210 comments (Latest Comment: 06/11/2008 11:46:40 by Random)

To harriet and kyle,
Author: Raine    Date: 06/09/2008 12:29:10

"...Racism vs. Sexism Death Match, the futile, angry attempts to decide which one is worse, more pervasive, more evil; which accounts for one candidate's success and the other's struggles. Both are terrible, both are still pervasive -- and both are far less pernicious than they were even a generation ago."
From Joan Walsh, Salon.

This is for the women out there that say they will vote McCain, now that Hillary Clinton has suspended her campaign. It is time to stop threatening to use your precious vote against your own best interest.
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214 comments (Latest Comment: 06/10/2008 04:16:33 by livingonli)

Velveeta Goes to Washington.
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 06/08/2008 13:26:00

Hillary! Are you kidding me? You CANNOT give this speech. I'll say it again; its supposed to be a concession speech. Try once more. If you can’t come up with something a bit more gracious, I’m going back to our writers and have them work on something for you. You need to tone down some of this. I say this with all due respect.

I’m giving this copy to this new intern and telling her to shred it!

Back to the drawing board. Third time the charm?


Stupid suspension speech:

My fellow Americans, My friends and supporters. (HUGE applause. Smile and point to a few people like your surprised and happy to see them in the audience). No. Please, ......... Thank you, thank you. No please.......... I want to start by saying how grateful I am to all of you. All of you that poured your hearts and soul into my campaign. All of you that took time to work for the campaign, knocking on doors, arguing with your neighbors and most importantly, contributing to my campaign, by going to Hillary dot com and supporting our efforts. Thank you ALL! (Pause here for applause and cheers - maybe do some more pointing?)

I come before you today to announce that I am suspending my campaign, temporarily, and I am throwing my full support behind my stubborn and stalwart opponent Barack Hussein Obama. (Pause. People will begin weeping and booing).
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83 comments (Latest Comment: 06/09/2008 11:30:45 by Random)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/07/2008 12:57:32

Good Morning!

We're looking at a 90º weekend here...as once again New England goes directly from winter to summer with no spring. (it wan rainy and not quite 60º yesterday...)

Some of our Southern members have been saying in recent weeks that a Bob Barr candidacy would seriously compromise John McCain's presidential aspirations, a la Ralph Nader. The National Libertarian Party seems to agree, as they have started taking potshots at the Senator from Arizona.
Washington, D.C. - The Libertarian Party is questioning John McCain's rhetoric of bringing "real change" to Washington after it was revealed by a McCain adviser that the Republican presidential candidate supports the warrantless wiretap programs of the Bush administration. "McCain's support of President Bush's domestic spying program would indicate that a McCain administration would be another four years of Constitution treading and civil liberties abuse," says Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis.

"McCain has tried to project himself as a 'real change' from the disastrous programs of the last seven years," Davis continues. "However, McCain's reluctance to fully abandon the egregious policies of his predecessor makes him simply a repackaged version of the Bush administration--far from the illusion of change McCain has worked so hard to create."

On Friday, the New York Times reported that a McCain adviser had stated McCain as believing that “neither the administration nor the telecoms need apologize for actions that most people, except for the A.C.L.U. and trial lawyers, understand were constitutional and appropriate in the wake of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.” Taking such a position would put McCain in lockstep with the highly criticized programs of the Bush administration.

"Real change--the kind that a Barr administration would bring to Americans--would be returning America to a place where citizens can trust that the government is not looking over their shoulder or listening in on their phone calls," says LP presidential candidate and former Congressman Bob Barr. "A McCain administration would undoubtedly be a continuation of the status quo from which Americans are ready to escape. McCain is not change. McCain is four more years of the same."

The Libertarian Party is America's third largest political party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party by visiting www.LP.org. The Libertarian Party proudly stands for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.

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104 comments (Latest Comment: 06/08/2008 12:41:20 by Random)

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