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Posted by Amerigo Vespucci in General Discussion
Sun Nov 06th 2011, 10:07 AM
Just saw a clip on MSNBC.

No, you fuckstick, the "journalistic code of ethics" calls for holding your "dancing as fast as I can" feet to the fire until you come CLEAN.

FUCK you, Cain...FUCK you.

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Posted by Amerigo Vespucci in General Discussion
Fri Nov 04th 2011, 11:10 AM
They're showing the crybaby clips from Hannity ("Sean, this is utter FABRICATION, man") and his interview with Clarence Thomas' bloated S.O. Ginny ("That is the corporate culture in Washington, guilty until proven innocent."

So FUCK YOU, you CRYBABY piece of SHIT. You can't handle tough talk and accusations before you're even the Republican NOMINEE, how the FUCK do you think you could handle the job if you GOT it?

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Posted by Amerigo Vespucci in General Discussion
Wed Nov 02nd 2011, 07:12 PM
Condoleezza Rice On Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Allegations: 'The Truth Will Come Out'

Rice also defended President Bush against the perception that he is uncurious and anti-intellectual. "I think the greatest misconception about George W. Bush was that he was somehow not interested, not curious, didn't ask tough questions. I saw more cabinet secretaries go into the Oval Office with their presentations about whatever issue and before they could get to page two, he'd ask the most incisive question that they'd forgotten to prepare for," she said on Fox.

"And he was a strategic thinker, always looking at the big picture, always looking at how to think about America's values and America's power in a way that would really progress, make the world more progressive, make the world freer, more prosperous. And he was an exceptional president in that way. And I just loved working with him, because he was so insightful. And he also read five books for every one that I read," she continued.

Former Bush White House senior adviser Karl Rove also wrote in a 2008 column that Bush loved books, and the two "recommended volumes to each other."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/01/c...
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Posted by Amerigo Vespucci in The DU Lounge
Sun Sep 18th 2011, 07:45 PM
It's not EVERY emblematic tune from the era (we're talking ONE CD), but for me, it captures the essence. Enjoy:

01). THE ALARM / Rain In The Summertime: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D6pPgwafq0...
02). THE CALL / Everywhere I Go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi-CfLsgLyk
03). THE POWER STATION / Get It On (Bang A Gong): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUc629OcQPo
04). KING'S X / It's Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9sO3bcWdpM...
05). BILLY IDOL / Rebel Yell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdphvuyaV_I...
06). THE FIXX / Red Skies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCM4_5uB1ww...
07). MARTIKA / Toy Soldiers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvdLovAaYzM...
09). THE BANGLES / September Gurls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL67lMDNzp0
10). RICK ASTLEY / Never Gonna Give You Up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ...
11). R.E.M. / Sitting Still: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKepduhmEcM
12). SCANDAL / The Warrior: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIDaBF8LILk
13). FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD / Welcome To The Pleasuredome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZUzJoiS7sA
14). A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS / Wishing (I Had A Photograph Of You): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3KJ8fqXoKk
15). TEARS FOR FEARS / Everybody Wants To Rule The World: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST86JM1RPl0
16). XTC / King For A Day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00ELxYWgXmQ

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Posted by Amerigo Vespucci in The DU Lounge
Mon Jul 18th 2011, 06:44 PM

DISCLAIMER: I am not "seeking medical advice" in this thread, so please don't give any, unless you want the thread to get locked (against DU rules, dontcha know), and I guess if you do, I can't stop you, but I am not "seeking medical advice" in this thread.



Called my doctor's office today. I don't have medical insurance and haven't been to see him in at least two years (and I have several medical issues that could really use his attention).

I have a pretty bad, high-stress situation going on right now...a couple, actually, but they're all connected in a "big picture" sense.

I have high blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat.

Two years ago I went to the Sunnyvale Senior Center, where they have free blood pressure tests twice a week (I am not a senior...they test anyone who walks in for free). At the time, I had what was classified as Level 2 Hypertension.

But since I no longer had medical benefits (Blue Cross was costing me $675 when I gave it up, over 5 years ago), and I couldn't afford the medication my doctor prescribed ($3 a pill, per day, plus side effects I won't go into here), I just kind of rode the rapids and took one day at a time.

Back in October 2010, something REALLY bad happened. A couple of DUers wo are close to me know the details via PMs. All that matters is that it was REALLY bad, and is REALLY bad 24/7, but some days it spikes and gets WORSE...like it did last week.

So I am having anxiety / panic attacks almost daily, and today, I have had chest pains and difficulty breathing all day long.

I called my doctor. I said I had no money for an office visit. I wasn't asking to come in free. I just wanted a referral to a free clinic in the area that isn't booked two months out.

I used to have a friend who took her daughter to the local hospital's emergency room whenever she needed medical attention. She never had any intention of paying the bill. The last thing I need, in the interest of bringing down my blood pressure, is one more entity threatening me over bills.

I said I was getting concerned. I said "I feel like I might be dying here."

So I was asked if I had insurance.

"NO."

Then I was asked if I could make two monthly payments of $70 instead of the $140 office visit fee.

"NO"

Then I was put on hold for 5 minutes.

When she came back, she said "All I can do is give you the number of a cardiac specialist, but I don't know what they charge."

I'll bet my left nut it's a lot more than $140.

I said "Thanks, this is no help at all" and hung up.

On Wednesday morning, one of my clients...a dentist...is going to test my blood pressure for free.

I have a bunch of other things I need to do in order to protect myself, to stabilize the bad situation, and (if it's even possible) keep the people in my current situation who want to devour me and then shit me out into a little mound on the sidewalk from doing that.

Oh, and I also do my doctor's Website, at a very discounted rate, and have tossed him more than a few freebies.

So how was your day?

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Posted by Amerigo Vespucci in The DU Lounge
Tue Jul 12th 2011, 09:46 PM
Classic Thai Fried Rice

http://aspicyperspective.com/2011/07/wande...







How to make fried rice:

If your ginger has a thick bumpy skin, peel it with a veggie peeler or spoon. If the skin is soft and smooth–don’t bother!



Precook the jasmine rice—substituting 1 can of coconut milk as part of the water. The most important thing to remember in any good fried rice recipe, is that COLD RICE creates a better texture. Cook your rice, then chill it before using. I usually cook my rice a day ahead.

Heat the skillet and oil to high heat. When the oil begins to smoke, add the chicken and curry powder and cook 2 minutes—moving it around the pan.



Add the white onions to the pan and cook another minute. Add the ginger and garlic along with a couple pinches of salt and cook 1 more minute.



Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan if needed, followed by the cooked rice. Stir well.



Add the peas, pineapple, green onions and cilantro and stir again. Squeeze the lime juice over the rice and add the soy sauce to taste. Stir another minute or two, until the peas have warmed through.



Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a small bowl with a pinch of salt. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-high. Swirl the eggs around the skillet, gently pushing them toward the middle. The eggs should cook through, but to stay in a large circle—about 3-5 minutes. Slide them out of the pan onto a cutting board. Roll the egg into a cylinder and cut ¼ inch slices.



To plate: Use a small bowl (1 cup) and fill it with fried rice. Place a plate up-side-down over the bowl and carefully flip it over. Remove the bowl to create a perfectly-shaped mound. Top the mound with several egg spirals and place tomatoes, cucumbers and a lime wedge around the mound. Serve warm.



Recipe: Thai Fried Rice
Ingredients

4 cups cooked jasmine rice (about 1 ½ cups dry)
1 coconut sweetened coconut milk
Peanut oil
1 lb. chicken (could use shrimp or pork)
1 tsp. curry powder
1 bunch green onion, chopped and separated into greens and whites/light greens
1 ½ Tb. fresh minced ginger
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup fresh chopped pineapple (or canned pineapple tidbits)
1/3 cup chopped cilantro or basil
½ lime, juiced
1-3 Tb. soy sauce
4 eggs
Tomato wedges, sliced cucumber and lime wedges for garnish

Instructions

Precook the jasmine rice according to package instructions—substituting 1 can of coconut milk as part of the water. (Pour the coconut milk into the measuring pitcher, then fill it to 3 cups, for 1 ½ cups dried rice.) Once cooked chill in the fridge to firm up.
Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Add 2 Tb. of oil to a large skillet or wok. Heat the skillet to high heat. When the oil begins to smoke, add the chicken and curry powder and cook 2 minutes—moving it around the pan.
Add the white onions into the pan and cook another minute. Add the ginger and garlic along with a couple pinches of salt —and cook 1 more minute.
Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan if needed, followed by the cooked rice. Stir well.
Add the peas, pineapple, green onions and cilantro and stir again. Squeeze the lime juice over the rice and add the soy sauce to taste. Stir and cook another minute or two, until the peas have warmed through.
Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a small bowl with a pinch of salt. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-high. Spray the skillet with cooking spray and add the eggs. Swirl them around the skillet, gently pushing them toward the middle. The eggs should cook through, but to stay in a large circle—about 3-5 minutes. Slide them out of the pan onto a cutting board.
Roll the egg into a long cylinder and cut ¼ inch slices.
To plate: Use a small bowl (1 cup) and fill it with fried rice. Place a plate up-side-down over the bowl and carefully flip it over. Remove the bowl to create a perfectly-shaped mound. Top the mound with several egg spirals and place tomatoes, cucumbers and a lime wedge around the mound. Serve warm.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)
Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6


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Posted by Amerigo Vespucci in The DU Lounge
Wed Jul 06th 2011, 06:07 PM
http://www.tajtunes.com/birthdayrap.html

"Birthday Rap"

Aw yeah, here we go, here we go
We're gonna have a happy one, yo
Aw yeah, here we go, here we go
Let's get happy for your birthday, oh!

Mic one, check
Listen to my rhyme
It's your birthday
And it's party time

We don't play
When we part-tay
Especial-lay
When it's your birthday, yeah-uh
(Recipient's Name), happy birthday!

Aw yeah, here we go, here we go
We're gonna have a happy one, yo
Aw yeah, here we go, here we go
Let's get happy for your birthday, oh!
Ha-ha-ha-happy birthday!
(Record scratch)
Ha-ha-ha-happy birthday!
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Posted by Amerigo Vespucci in The DU Lounge
Tue May 24th 2011, 08:07 PM
"Burger GPS" story & link below the burger story.



Greenville, SC: Pimento Cheeseburgers at Northgate Soda Shop

Posted by Todd Brock, May 24, 2011 at 2:30 PM



Like many of you, I'm sure, my first order of business when I plan an out-of-town excursion is to consult Google Maps to determine my route. My second is to consult George Motz. Yes, my copy of Hamburger America—the burger bible first published in 2008 and whose second edition came out this month—is immediately cross-checked against my travel itinerary, just in case I'll be within striking distance of one of the great burger joints highlighted among its dog-eared pages. (From now on, I'd also consult the Motz's iPhone app based on his book, Burger GPS, which came out last week.) When a recent adventure took me from Atlanta through South Carolina, I quickly realized that I'd be just seven miles away from the Palmetto State's only entry in the book's first edition—at lunchtime, no less. I took a short drive off the interstate and a serious step back in time to reach the Northgate Soda Shop in Greenville. In return, I got a pimento cheeseburger that was well worth the trip.

Not even Motz's spot-on description (the chapter was featured on AHT) prepared me for the Back to the Future moment I experienced upon entering the Northgate. This place is a perfectly-preserved slice of 1950s-era small town Americana, with a long lunch counter, well-worn bar stools, and an astonishing collection of...stuff. Bottles, cans, cigar boxes, framed black-and-white photos, tin signs, Tiffany lamps, vintage kitchen gadgets, and miscellaneous trinkets cover every nook and cranny of the 1947 establishment, the second-oldest restaurant in Greenville, I learned. It's like your grandparents' favorite spot, where they always took you even though you were probably too young to be there, where everything was old and dusty and supremely fascinating—and it hasn't changed a lick since then.

Although there are eight burgers on the menu, the bestseller has always been the pimento cheeseburger. Made every morning with mayo, cheddar, and diced pimentos at the Northgate, pimento (sometimes spelled "pimiento") cheese is a uniquely Southern delicacy, and the pimento cheeseburger is a uniquely South Carolinian obsession. Northgate Soda Shop claims to have been the first in Greenville to offer it, although just about everyone in town does now. (My server Allison laughed about how even the local Red Robin stole it for themselves, so the Northgate swiped their fried-egg-topped burg in retaliation and named it after a favorite customer.) Splendidly swirly in two-tone orange and white and studded with bits of the namesake pepper, it positively oozed off my burger, where it could be mopped up off my Styrofoam plate with overeager fingertips.



The beef comes from a grocer down the street and is hand-pattied in-house. It's smashed in an antique burger press behind the counter and griddled on a flat-top that, although it's scraped clean every day, definitely has some stories to tell. Fresh lettuce and tomato are added, and it's all bookended by a sesame seed bun that also gets a flattening in the burger press. The result is a thin diner burger that, while as simple as simple gets, is elevated to something special when you factor in the heavenly pimento cheese and the authentic old-time vibe.



http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/burger-gps/...

Description

★ BURGER GPS ★ Hamburger America ★
George Motz's Official State-by-State Guide to the most interesting burgers in the USA.

Burger Author / Filmmaker George Motz has eaten over 10,000 burgers in his life. Trust him and use this app to find your next great burger.

★ Key Features ★
• Find great burgers nearby or elsewhere
• Includes over 1,800 expert-sourced listings
• NO typical fast food chains
• NO restaurants that use frozen meat
• Browse a list of every burger joint in the app
• Over 250 photos from George's own collection
• Most listings are historic mom 'n pop shops
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Posted by Amerigo Vespucci in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed May 04th 2011, 03:51 PM

Read THIS first:



Bush Library Foundation President: Saddam’s Gun A Symbol That Bush ‘Disarmed Him Literally’



http://thinkprogress.org/2009/07/06/saddam... /

By Ben Armbruster on Jul 6th, 2009 at 10:00 am

The New York Times reports today that when President Bush opens his library at Southern Methodist University in 2013, “visitors will most likely get to see one of his most treasured items: Saddam Hussein’s pistol.”

The Times notes that when visitors came to the White House, Bush often liked to show off the gun, which was found on Saddam when he was captured by U.S. special forces in December 2003. Referring to the gun’s historical value, Bush Library Foundation President Mark Langdale presented an interesting twist on its symbolism:

Mark Langdale, the president of the George W. Bush Foundation, said the library would use items to highlight 25 of Mr. Bush’s presidential decisions. “The gun is an interesting artifact, and it tells you that the United States captured Saddam Hussein and disarmed him literally,” Mr. Langdale said. “How we fit that into the decision to go to war, we haven’t gotten to that point yet.”

“It represents this Texas notion of the white hats taking out the black hats and keeping the trophy,” Rice University history professor Douglas Brinkley said, referring to Saddam’s pistol. “It’s a True West magazine kind of pulp western mentality. For President Bush, this pistol represents his greatest moment of triumph, like the F.B.I. keeping Dillinger’s gun. He wants people generations from now to see the gun and say, ‘He got the bad guy.’”


Then read THIS:



Obama on bin Laden pics: ‘We don’t trot out this stuff out as trophies’

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/05/04/obam... /

By David Edwards
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 -- 2:17 pm



In an interview that will air on CBS' 60 Minutes Sunday, President Barack Obama said that he will not release post-mortem photos of Osama bin Laden to dispel conspiracy theories.

CNN and Fox News confirmed the decision Wednesday.

"It is very important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of someone who was shot in the head are not floating around as incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool," the president told CBS' Steve Kroft. "That's not who we are. We don't trot out this stuff out as trophies."

"The fact of the matter is that this is somebody who was deserving of the justice he received, and I think that Americans and people around the world are glad that he is gone, but we don't need to spike the football, and I think that given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk, and I have discussed this with Bob Gates and Hillary Clinton and my intelligence teams, and they all agree."



See any difference between the two Presidents on this page?

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Posted by Amerigo Vespucci in Editorials & Other Articles
Sat Apr 16th 2011, 04:18 PM
I got the call a couple of days ago asking if I'd be available this morning to do this.

Want to see the war? Want to know what war looks like? Go to the funeral of a man or woman killed while fighting that war and look into the eyes of their friends and surviving family members.

This man graduated High School in 2008. Several of his close friends were there to deliver eulogies. Most of them, at one point or another, cried.

One of them, in his final words, said "You're not gone, bro, You've just gone ahead of me. I'll see you soon. Semper Fi."

Then I was the one crying.

I can't post any of the photos here, out of respect for the family, but my pastor is an ex-Marine and the homily was especially moving.

"Good" people and "bad" people die every day...it's been that way since the world began.

But this man...his mom put together a 15-minute slideshow with music of his life, and this man was a GOOD man. This man was LOVED, and he gave love in return...you can see it in the photos, everyone is hugging or laughing like crazy while they hold each other in fake headlocks. He was pretty skilled in martial arts...some of the still photos morphed into video clips and yes, he could leap in the air, spin in a 360 degree circle, and land on his feet with ease.

So what broke my heart as I spend 90-plus minutes "on the job" was that the loss of this good man caused so much pain in so many good people.

As I was taking down my equipment, one of his friends who delivered a eulogy looked up and we smiled at each other. I walked over and shook his hands and looked him straight in the eye and said "I enjoyed what you had to say. Your friend would be very proud of you." He paused for a minute, smiled, nodded, and said "Yes...I know."

This is what war looks like.

I looked at the flag draped over his coffin as I snapped the photos. I realized that this man made the greatest sacrifice, that with honor and nobility he served his country and died for it. He knew that was a possibility when he signed up for service. He put everything on the line for his country and was taken within a heartbeat of reaching legal drinking age.

War is not Barack Obama, war is not CNN or MSNBC or Fox News.

War is not a Bob Dylan song, War is not an Oliver Stone movie, War is not a video game.

War is the people who were in that church, the people who were smiling and crying and holding each other as they viewed still images of a man who, as his friend said, has "gone ahead of them."

War is the tear rolling down the cheek of the mother who carried that soldier in her womb, who held him in a blanket in some hospital and laughed with joy at his first words and first steps and spent countless hours daydreaming about how she'd spoil her grandchildren rotten, no matter how much their mom and dad protested.

There won't be any sons or daughters...this man will live on in the hearts and minds of the people who were there today, the people who couldn't make it, and maybe...just maybe...one or two people who read what I've written here.

Thanks for your time.

Mike, A.K.A. "A.V."

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Posted by Amerigo Vespucci in The DU Lounge
Fri Apr 15th 2011, 09:04 PM
VIDEO is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exfJsF_7qEc...

Story of Nanako the Rescue and Her Brand New Life

http://lovemeow.com/2010/11/story-of-nanak... /



Nanako a couple days after she was rescued, hiding in the bed

Nanako was found near a convenience store in March this year. She was filled with dirt, a few scars on her nose and she looked very skinny.

Nanako was brought into her foster home and was given a comfortable tent shaped bed where she immediately took refuge in. She stayed in the bed for a little while while getting used to the new scents in the house.

She did not want to come out of the bed for the first couple days. She ate by the bed and only came out to use the litter box. Every time she finished her food (mixed with medicine), she became happier and even started purring. Very soon she gained a lot more strength and some weight.

A few days later, she allowed her foster mom to pet her while she was in the bed. Though Nanako insisted to stay in her bed, she started loosening up a bit by allowing her foster mom to hold her paws and rub her face.

As Nanako got stronger each day, she also became more and more trusting. When they rescued Nanako’s mother Momoko, it was a wonderful moment of mother and daughter reunion.



Nanako reuniting with her mother Momoko



Catnip feast!



Nanako's big smile



"this is my bed now!"



Nanako's new bbf



Cuddles and snuggles
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Posted by Amerigo Vespucci in The DU Lounge
Wed Jan 26th 2011, 07:46 AM
...my copy of her NEW book arrived yesterday from Amazon!



It's even better than the first, but some of you may be shocked that she's upped the F-bomb quotient in this one. Even so, it's a rich, image-filled journey through hobos hopping freight trains ("Slow The Fuck Down So I Can Hop On Blues") and hobos warming themselves over steel-drum fires in railroad yards ("Fuck, It's COLD Out Here").

Order YOURS today! California Peggy's And The Horse You Rode In On
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Posted by Amerigo Vespucci in General Discussion
Mon Jan 10th 2011, 10:42 AM
Dear Ms. Palin,

Good morning! It was quite an eventful weekend, wasn't it? I know your staff has certainly been busy, between the touching call for prayer that the person who writes your Facebook page posted to the abrupt removal of your "Take Back The 20" Website. I've been thinking about what your aide said, about how those crosshairs on the map really weren't gun sights at all but more like the innocent symbols you'd find on a surveyor's map. After much thought, I now agree with her, because you, Ms. Palin, are a surveyor yourself.

During the 2008 elections, you were a surveyor of the American landscape. You saw what the rest of us saw...a country bruised and battered by eight years of bad policy, by a president who lied to bring us onto war for the purpose of, among other things, seeking revenge upon the man who tried to "hurt his daddy," by a vice president who reaped enormous financial reward through the spilled blood of countless American military personnel while sounding the clarion call for more war, more killing, more aggression...a man with five successful attempts at avoiding military service when it was his turn to do his duty.

You're a woman, and you could have been a remarkable role model for millions of little girls, teenagers and adults across the country and the world. You could have positioned yourself as an agent of change, as someone who would restore the honor and dignity to the working men and women of this country who suffered as our former president rewarded his "base" at their expense.

Instead, you did something none of us expected. You approached the glowing, orange embers that lay smoldering at the rubble heap that once was a proud and prosperous America and you slowly fanned the flames. The anger, the uncertainty, the shattered lives...with the precision of a laser surgeon, you focused on that anger and encouraged people to become more angy, to become "Tea Party Patriots," to "reload, not retreat," to take up arms in revolt of an unseen enemy that they didn't understand, and neither did you.

As "Pogo" creator Walt Kelly once famously wrote, in the events of this past weekend, we have once again been given the opportunity to meet the enemy.

And he still is us.

It's not you. You're an adult, you can make adult decisions regarding your own life. You can abandon your position as an elected official to do commentary on Fox News, hire people to write books for you, go on lucrative public speaking tours, partner with Fox News personalities to stage rallies that further fan the aforementioned flames.

But you're still not the enemy.

We are, for giving you a platform. We are, for...just like a single cancer cell can multiply and spread its way through healthy tissue and destroy a life, you've spread your negative influence throughout a country in pain...you've weakened the body, you've crushed its vitality and warmth and loving spirit.

It's not your fault for doing it.

It's America's fault for willingly and consistently giving you a platform, for encouraging you, for enabling you.

Like the scorpion said to the frog, "I'm a scorpion. I sting things."

But enough on that subject. I have someone I'd like you to meet. Her name is Christina-Taylor Green.



She was nine years old. She went to Safeway this past weekend to meet Gabrielle Giffords and learn about politics.

She learned.

She was a nine year old girl, and unlike many of her peers, she'd already looked ahead to a point in her life where she would build a career upon helping others.

Not helping them by appearing on news entertainment shows. Not helping them by having her name appear on books written by others. Not helping them by making herself the star of a weekly TV reality show. Not helping them by seeking elected office and abandoning her commitment in mid-stream to satisfy her ego and seek financial gain. Not helping them by manipulating their weakness, by turning them into a host body for her rapidly multiplying brood.

She wanted to help people.

Can you see the difference?

Ms. Plain, this is a new morning. Christina no longer has the freedom to make choices in her life.

You do. Starting right now.

You can stop all of the nonsense right now. You can stop yelling into microphones and asking people if they love their freedom. You can drop the word salads and catch phrases about lame stream media. You can stop the violent rhetoric and military jargon and be exactly what this beautiful little child wanted to be.

You can be a force for good in this world.

You can be a force for positive change.

Or you can do nothing. You can blame everyone but yourself for the fact that fingers are now pointed in your direction in the wake of this tragedy.

And make no mistake, Ms. Palin, you are responsible for fanning those flames. You, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck. You all played a part in bringing our country to the point where anger equals profit, and the more anger, the more profit, so we are angry all the time.

Good morning, Sarah Palin. Welcome to the first day of the rest of your political life, as well as your life outside of politics.

How do you plan to spend it?

Mike

A.K.A. "Amerigo Vespucci"
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