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Posted by agentS in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jan 29th 2009, 04:31 AM
Rush, thank you so much. I thank you for the opportunity, of course this is not exactly the way to I wanted to come on. ... Mainly, I want to express to you and all your listeners my very sincere regret for those comments I made yesterday to Politico. ... I clearly ended up putting my foot in my mouth on some of those comments. ... I regret those stupid comments.

Now you know who really rules the roost- because it sure as hell ain't the politicians in the GOP.
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Posted by agentS in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Oct 30th 2008, 09:42 PM
Sen. Obama, Sen. Biden, I know you're busy but you might want to do something about this before you take office.

Long story short, if this gets built we are screwed.
Bush builds huge federal Ebola lab, with horrendously deadly bugs, in path of hurricanes
You want pork, let's talk pork. This is John McCain's good buddy, George Bush's pork. And it's sickening.

Much of the University of Texas medical school on this island suffered flood damage during Hurricane Ike, except for one gleaming new building, a national biological defense laboratory that will soon house some of the most deadly diseases in the world.

How a laboratory where scientists plan to study viruses like Ebola and Marburg ended up on a barrier island where hurricanes regularly wreak havoc puzzles some environmentalists and community leaders...

Built atop concrete pylons driven 120 feet into the ground, the seven-floor laboratory was designed to stand up to 140-mile-an-hour winds. Its backup generators and high-security laboratories are 30 feet above sea level.

That's nice, because hurricanes never get any faster winds. Oh wait, they do. There's more:

The laboratory will do research into some of the nastiest diseases on the planet, among them Ebola, anthrax, tularemia, West Nile virus, drug-resistant tuberculosis, bubonic plague, avian influenza and typhus.

One of the commentators on the website had this to say
I am an Architect and I design structures on the ocean in Florida all day long. It is nearly impossible (short of a fortress like NOAA's hurricane center) to build any structure to withstand anything over 140 mph. Windows burst, roofs peel off. This is complete and utter pork at it's finest. This structure has no business being on that island. What an outrage. It does not matter that the labs are 30 feet above sea level. It's a losing choice. You either build higher, where winds get exponentially stronger, or you go lower below the storm surge.

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Mark in Florida 12 hours ago 1 point
One other point: This building may be able to withstand lateral forces, but it will fail in other ways. In other words, it's still not a place to have such deadly experiments going on. It's insanity.

Mark in Florida 11 hours ago 1 point
The article does say, that they will destroy what ever virus's they are working on in the event of an impending hurricane. Doesn't that make you feel better? Why would you build it on that island in the first place if three or four times a year you have to destroy all of your experiments? Something is very fishy here. With the likes of Kay Baily Hutchison and convicted Criminal Tom Delay who championed this pork, it is no wonder this is located where it is. These republicans talk about the evils of pork, but are whores when the pork lands on their door steps.

OK, timeout. We're gonna put the most dangerous diseases on Earth in an unsafe building built on a spot that can get hit by a Category 4 or higher hurricane?

You have got to be kidding! Does the Bush Administration have ANY concept of public health and safety? Haven't they learned ANY lessons from New Orleans/Galveston/Pensacola?

Sen.Obama and Biden; see if you can nix this before Bush gets us all killed. I'm certain the State of Texas would be eternally grateful if they don't have an Ebola outbreak to deal with right after a Cat 4 hurricane hit. Stick this complex in Utah or someplace where the germs won't have many to infect should the building's safeguards fail.
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Posted by agentS in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Oct 29th 2008, 11:16 AM
Remember that part in the surge plan about what is supposed to happen after "Clear And Hold"?
Apparently, political reconciliation ain't happening in Iraq.
Lookie here at Crooks and Liars
US Forces Plan To "Step Aside" From Any Iraqi Civil War
By Cernig Tuesday Oct 28, 2008 7:00pm
And it's 1..2...3..what are we not fighting for?

Via Kevin Drum comes a piece in the NYT looking at the powderkeg of factional tensions in Mosul.

The Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki is squeezing out Kurdish units of the Iraqi Army from Mosul, sending the national police and army from Baghdad and trying to forge alliances with Sunni Arab hard-liners in the province, who have deep-seated feuds with the Kurdistan Regional Government led by Massoud Barzani.

....“It’s the perfect storm against the old festering background,” warned Brig. Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, who oversees Nineveh and Kirkuk Provinces and the Kurdish region. Worry is so high that the American military has already settled on a policy that may set a precedent, as the United States slowly withdraws to allow Iraqis to settle their own problems. If the Kurds and Iraqi government forces fight, the American military will “step aside,” General Thomas said, rather than “have United States servicemen get killed trying to play peacemaker.”

As one of Drum's commenters notes:

As I recall it, the program was: (1) increase troop levels (2) to reduce the violence to make space for (3) political reconciliation that will provide the foundation for (4) a reduction in violence not dependent on American troops (5) that will enable us to gradually withdraw without having to worry about whether Iraq will blow up again.

We never got past step 2. Now the reckoning.

That reckoning will involve violence, in more than one place and between more than just two factions, in the lead up to Iraq's provincial elections. The only real question is: how bad will it get? I totally understand Brig. Gen Thomas' wish not to have his people die policing a civil war six years into the U.S. occupation but doesn't this blow wide open the conservative talking point, so beloved of both Bush and McCain, that US troops have to stay in Iraq to help prevent such violence? Why are we still there?

Of course, if there's no new status of forces deal by January Thomas' plans become moot, since it's likely US forces would be confined to base anyway. In fact, they're using the threat of exactly that to try to strongarm Iraqi into accepting an agreement it isn't happy with.
McClatchy reports:

The U.S. military has warned Iraq that it will shut down military operations and other vital services throughout the country on Jan. 1 if the Iraqi government doesn't agree to a new agreement on the status of U.S. forces or a renewed United Nations mandate for the American mission in Iraq.

Many Iraqi politicians view the move as akin to political blackmail, a top Iraqi official told McClatchy Sunday.

In addition to halting all military actions, U.S. forces would cease activities that support Iraq’s economy, educational sector and other areas _ "everything" _ said Tariq al Hashimi, the country’s Sunni Muslim vice president. "I didn’t know the Americans are rendering such wide-scale services."

Hashimi said that Army Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, listed “tens” of areas of potential cutoffs in a three-page letter, and he said the implied threat caught Iraqi leaders by surprise.

But if the US military is planning to stay out of any faction fights anyway, just how much of a threat is that?

If we're not going to fight them over there because the Iraqi's want to fight each other, what's the point of staying?

1 word: OIL. We're not there to help the Iraqis, we're there to steal their oil, otherwise we would be helping the Iraqis thru thick and thin. And how is blackmailing them with "staying in the bases" going to encourage them to sign our contracts? Don't they want US to leave enough already?!

The next time someone next to you says "The surge has worked" stupid-slap them for me.
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Posted by agentS in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun Oct 12th 2008, 11:30 PM
Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.
So, you wonder, why did General Fuckwit of the RedState (AKA RedShit) milita/hate website not vote for McCan't. Because even he has standards. Yes, even him.

RedState co-founder Joshua Trevino writes on his blog that he can't bring himself to vote for the Republican ticket:

In the end, I couldn't do it. My California ballot arrived in the mail today, and I opened it fully intending to vote for John McCain. I filled out the state propositions first -- yes on 8, no on everything proposing a new bond or new spending -- then the local offices, straight Republican excepting Kevin Johnson for (nonpartisan) Sacramento mayor. Finally, the vote for President of the United States: an academic exercise in California, where Barack Obama will surely win by a crushing margin. But good citizenship demands voting as if it matters. Do I believe in John McCain? Not as much as I used to. Do I believe in Sarah Palin? Despite my early enthusiasm for her, now not at all. Do I believe in the national Republican Party? Not in the slightest -- even though I see no meaningful alternative to it. So, my choice for President in 2008, scrawled in my ballot as an act of futile protest, is Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. If nothing else, I am confident this is the first of several votes I will cast for him in years to come.

Also today on we learn that McPalin has a 5.9% chance of winning the election.
When the GOP loses the Freepers, you know they're screwed and the vultures are circling overhead, blotting out the sky.
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Posted by agentS in Latest Breaking News
Wed Sep 03rd 2008, 08:24 AM
If McCain's camp wants to claim that she has more 'executive' experience than Obama, I say fine!
Let's look at that 'experience' then!
20 million dollars of debt to a city of 8,000 people,
hacking the computer of a rival,
not knowing what the VP does,
moving important services from Juneau to northern Anchorage/Wasilia,
tied to big oil,
raising taxes twice,
and so on.

In 20 months of running Alaska, all she's done is FUCK the state UP! So yeah, being a Christian Fascist screwup governor is experience- NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE.
Obama has less experience, but look at what he's done with it. It's not the time- it's what you've done (or not done) that matters.
Still wanna make 'experience' an issue, McCain? Because in your 56 years of military/congressional experience, you've been as big a FUCKUP as Palin has!

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Posted by agentS in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Aug 28th 2008, 04:22 AM
A Gulf Coast city being pounded by a hurricane and suffering extreme trauma while McBush and the goon squad party it up in Minneapolis and give long-winded speeches...
I'm sorry but this doesn't play well on TV. A side shot of McCain talking while N.O. or HOU flood on national TV would be a major blow, especially after McCain's screeching in N.O. saying that he'd never let it happen again or some crap like that.
Yeah, and I'm da tooth fairy.

This won't really help the Obama camp, but it will drastically hurt the McCain camp. KKKArl Rove can't spin this, esp after double-downing on Offshore drilling. Guess which party was bragging about offshoring platforms surviving hurricanes? The GOP. And guess where the bulk of our platforms are? Off the coast of LA and TX. And did those platforms survive the blasting winds of Katrina and Rita? Nope- the GOP scumbags lied and said they did.

Obama was right folks; the GOP is stuck on stupid.
I won't ever forget this;
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Posted by agentS in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Jul 14th 2008, 08:12 AM
McCain won’t run ‘scripted, structured’ campaign
Missteps, fumbles come with ‘straight talk’ territory, candidate says

Posted: July 12, 2008

Hudson, Wis. — At the end of another adventuresome week on the trail, full of ups and downs and awkward developments, John McCain talked about campaigning without a net in today’s insatiable media environment.

"Do I misspeak from time to time? Do I say something that I later have to correct? Sure," he said in an interview after his town hall meeting here Friday.

"If you talk for an hour and half, you're obviously going to have someone take a couple of words, or several words, out of context, and it goes back and forth on the blogs, and then it's on the cable (news), and that's fine, that's the way it is, I accept that," he said.

"But I'm not going to run a scripted, structured campaign," McCain declared, at the conclusion of a weeklong tour of six battleground states that was designed in part to produce a more "structured" campaign message.

As McCain's eventful week underscored, however, that drive for discipline is often in tension with his chosen format, the town hall meeting, a source of both comfort (he's more at ease taking questions than giving speeches) and risk: There's no telling what his questioners may ask or how the candidate will respond.

Interviewed by the Journal Sentinel Friday after his Hudson event, with wife Cindy at his side, McCain talked about the campaign, his opponent, Democrat Barack Obama, his challenges in setting himself apart from an unpopular GOP president, and how he views his differences with President Bush over the role of government.

"What I have to campaign against, and one reason why we have these town hall meetings, is it's obvious what the strategy of the opposition (is)," McCain said. "You see it everywhere. 'Third Bush Term.' I understand that. . . . Look, we're facing a very effective campaign here, one that I admire and respect. Senator Obama got the nomination of his party."

More than once at town hall meetings in Wisconsin, Colorado, Michigan and Ohio last week, McCain was invited by people in the audience to distance himself from the current administration.

"This is a good chance to separate yourself from Mr. Bush," a woman in Hudson urged him Friday, as she pressed him about the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Asked in the interview about such comments, McCain said:

"I've got to run my own campaign. I'm still convinced that the majority of the voters are going to decide on what they think about the individual's record and plan of action. The American people didn't just get to know me yesterday. They've known me for many years, and they understand there are significant differences between myself and the president. . . . I'll make those clear."
Differences pointed out

Among those differences, McCain cited some that place him to the right of Bush in terms of favoring more limited government, and others that place him to the left of Bush in favoring a more activist role.

The major example of the first type:

"There's a very huge gap on the issue of spending. For seven years, I said we've got to stop this. The reason I opposed the Bush tax cuts (which he now supports extending) is that I didn't see restraint on spending. And so we let spending get out of control. I think most major economists will tell you a major factor in the economic difficulties we're undergoing today is directly related to an explosion in the size of government and spending. So I think that's a major, major difference," McCain said.

Asked if that reflects a more limited view of government on his part, McCain said:

"It's that. But it's also just spending! Pork barrel. Earmarks. The (Bush) Medicare prescription drug bill . . . low-income seniors need to have help with their prescription drugs. So we passed a bill . . . that's a one-trillion dollar unfunded liability - in other words, debt - that we're passing on to another generation of Americans.

"The president supported it, pushed it through the Senate and Congress. I opposed it. I said, look we've got to pay for it. We ought to take care of the people who really need it, not the people who don't need it."
Proactive stance

But McCain also contended that in other ways he would be more proactive than Bush in using the levers of government.

He cited his work on climate change, on so-called "comprehensive" immigration reform, and on campaign finance reform, as examples of issues that have pitted him either against Bush or against much of his party.

"I mean, I've got a leadership role on issues that I differ with the president on - not just that I differ," McCain said.

At the same time, McCain is fending off charges from Democrats that he is a Bush clone, based on his support for extending the Bush tax cuts, for cutting business taxes, for signing new foreign trade deals, for the surge in Iraq and other issues.

McCain's town halls draw pro-Bush Republican supporters as well as independents and moderates who encourage him to draw sharp lines with the administration, or chide him for blurring some of his longtime differences with his party.

In that sense, the town halls underscore the political balancing act he confronts in satisfying his base while reaching out to non-Republicans.
A balancing act

They also illustrate another balancing act: between living up to his "straight talk" slogan with genuine give-and-take between the candidate and voters, while trying to cope with the risks of running a less scripted campaign with more opportunities for gaffes, misstatements and uncontrolled encounters.

McCain's town hall in Hudson Friday, the campaign's first for women only, featured warm, genuine, and often funny interactions between the candidate and a key audience: working and professional women.

It also featured at least one unwanted sound bite: on domestic drilling, McCain said, "I'll do everything in my power to get those offshore reserves exploited," then stopped and, drawing laughter, amended that last word to "explored."

Earlier in the week, McCain was forced to explain himself after referring to the way Social Security works as a "disgrace," saying afterward he was referring not to the nature of the program but to looming fiscal shortfalls that must be corrected.

Some missteps could be blamed on supporters. Longtime friend and adviser Phil Gramm lambasted hand-wringing over the economy in the middle of a McCain swing meant to underscore McCain's sensitivity to Americans' economic troubles. Gramm said the country was becoming a "nation of whiners" and that America was in a "mental recession." Gramm said later he was referring to the nation's "leaders," not people, as whiners.
Addressing economy

In the interview Friday, McCain was asked if he believed either the media or leaders in either party have hyped the country's economic troubles, and he quickly dismissed that notion as well.

"No. I think every time I turn on the news or every time I pick up the newspaper, there's more bad news," said McCain. "Americans are hurting very badly."

In the interview, McCain re-stated his criticism of Obama for not joining him on stage for joint "town halls."

"But, see, what I would have loved to have seen today is Senator Obama there," McCain said of the Hudson event, when asked about an undecided voter who told a reporter she feared McCain had retreated from some independent stands she admired.

"So that undecided voter could have said hey, I'll listen to McCain, and I'll listen to Obama. . . . I don't think the American people are being fairly treated by his refusal to come to town hall meetings."

Since his campaign, the Straight Talk Express running "off the rails" he decides to "Remove the rails"!

That's like driving cross-country without a map or road signs.
That's like flying a 747 without a flight plan.
That's like operating a boat in a bay or cove w/o a depth chart or a sounding device (whatever they use to keep the boat from getting stuck).

You can tell how a president will act according to how they run their campaign.
Obama; well structured.
McCain;...ok....we'll check on him later
Barr;has a plan
Nadar; he's doing something at least
McKinney; just entering the game.
McCain;...ok, no plan. He's just gonna wing it. See, that's fine in High School when you didn't study your lines for a play. But this is the big leagues, the playoffs. Lives and the future of a country, a planet are on the line. If you don't have your crap together by now, you never will.
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Posted by agentS in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Jul 14th 2008, 04:35 AM
I've been following McCain since the early phase of the primary. And let me tell you; it's IMPOSSIBLE to keep up with him.
There's just too much going on/wrong with this guy. There's just too much crap like
reverse flip-flops
Russian mob ties (and you though Rezco was bad)
the lobbyists
the fundraisers
the canceled fundraising events (rofl)
the racism (ask the Arizona Indians and the Katrina Survivors)
the misogyny
his first wife
his current wife
his treatment of both of them
his lobbyist mistress (Iseman) (the NYT can backtrack all they want; McCain's 'assistance' is evidence enough of an affair)
his other affair (the daily kos has something they're saving for October)
his war record
his pre-pow record
his post-pow record
his treatment of POW widows-family members
the fights with constituents
the fights with fellow Congressmen (Strom Thurmond)
the fights with diplomats and guerrillas (whose bright idea was it to send McTemper on a diplomatic mission?)
the fights with Bush
the fights against Bush
the fights about Bush (I know, I know)
the age thing
the mental awareness thing (because, you know, he's not doing himself any favors) get the idea.

There are many websites out there dedicated to tracking this guy so you don't have to. You can come to them.
Here's a quick review so you'll know what to expect and what their 'target audience' is. / (A blog that covers McCain's early and recent foulups. Cunt-gate and the mobster thing is covered here. Written by a Black American, so you'll get to see what Black Americans generally think about him) Updated at least once a week, sometimes more often, with videos from blogsites. Provides context and perspective. / (A blog that covers every minor and major breaking screwup of McCain's. Updated daily, <b>McCain screws up daily</b>. Yes, <b>daily</b>. That's how low it's gotten. With videos and context and links to other anti-McCain sites.) / (a blog specialized in things younger than McCain as well as things related specifically to age or interpretation of age. Updated a few times a week. With videos, links, some context. / (a pro-mccain blog. Notice the lack of any coverage regarding McCain flip flops and such. A good place to get video clips about McCain as well, if you want to mix and match videos) / (the Brave New Films site which produces those lovely ads that the McCain campaign absolutely hates)

Feel free to add any relevant sites you like to read that follow the mccain campaign, to this thread.
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Posted by agentS in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Jul 09th 2008, 05:32 AM
I got this video over at Jumpcut, a site that lets you edit videos online using your browser.
It also lets you edit/remix other people's videos.
I haven't posted it on Youtube yet because, although it's ready to post, I think it can be better.
Therefore, I want your help. Take a look at my video and tell me how I can make it better. OR remix it yourself and make a better one.
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