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Posted by Chiyo-chichi in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Jan 23rd 2009, 03:57 PM

"If this geezer croaks, I've got dibs on the hat."
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Posted by Chiyo-chichi in Political Videos
Sun May 18th 2008, 07:25 AM

This is not new. I saw it happen like on C-SPAN in January. It took me a while to find video of it and have only now been able to capture & edit the video. I've talked about it on DU a couple of times and others have told me this is not the only time he's done this.

McCain arrives at a New Hampshire campaign event, greets some people he barely knows (if he knows them at all), then turns and sticks his hand out for that lady in the red jacket to shake. Only problem is that lady is his wife. Check out the look on her face and his reaction. She tells him to "go down there."

Watch this and then tell me that it's unfair to point out that he's a dottering fool.

I welcome suggestions for a snarky audio overdub - or feel free to do it yourself.

I also invite you to comment & rate on YouTube as I imagine I will get some Freeper comments.
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Posted by Chiyo-chichi in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Wed Jan 03rd 2007, 10:55 AM
I came to despise Katie Couric because she was a Bush shill. Examples of her going out of her way to criticize Democrats and try to prop up Dubya are well documented on this site and others.

This morning, Meredith Vieira may have outdone Couric.

She asked Chris Matthews the single most idiotic question I have ever heard. Period.

Speaking of the troop surge in Iraq, Matthews made the point that the November election was a referendum on the war and that voters of all stripes rejected it. “It seems like (the surge is) coming and I must say it runs completely against American public opinion,” said Matthews. “I expect it will be treated the way Richard Nixon’s invasion of Cambodia was reacted to. The American people aren’t going to like it.”

Meredith Vieira replied, “Well, the American people, when they went to the polls in November, said they wanted a change. So I’m President Bush and I’m sitting in the White House. For a year, I’ve been listening to my Secretary of Defense, Rumsfeld, and my key commander on the ground in Iraq, Casey, say to me that we should begin the gradual withdrawal of troops and beef up Iraqi security. That didn’t work. So you want a change? I’m giving you a change.”

What the hell was that? Seriously. Somebody tell me. What is Vieira asking here and why?

Allow me to attempt to paraphrase. Matthews says that the war is unpopular and the increase in troop numbers is going to be unpopular and of great significance. Vieira asks, “Well, if the American people wanted a change… more of the same… isn’t that a change?”

I’m still at a total loss. Of course the American electorate did not throw the Republicans out because they want more troops in Iraq.

Is this just a lousy attempt to deliver a very lame White House talking point? Are these segments heavily scripted? If so… by whom? Is this simply another example of defense contractor General Electric, which owns NBC, trying to tell us that war is good?

It might help if you watch the video. Go here: / and click on “Matthews discusses Saddam hanging.” They talk about the surge first.

Aside from the content of the things she used to say, one thing that bothered me about Couric was that she seemed to relish those opportunities to back Bush. She once nearly put her hand over Jim Cramer’s mouth when he refused to go down the path she was leading him and say that good economic news would turn Bush’s poll numbers around. Here, Vieira seems to recite this paragraph pretty quickly. My impression is that she had to read it – so she did it quickly. Katie would have done it more slowly and with more relish.

Perhaps I am completely off base. Perhaps it was a perfectly good journalistic question and Vieira was just “trying to present both sides.” Maybe I’m the idiot.

But this kind of thing bugs the crap out of me.
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Posted by Chiyo-chichi in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Fri Nov 10th 2006, 10:21 AM
Thanks for the memory
Of Jackie Abramoff
The K Street feeding trough
Sex with pages of all ages
Boys you loved to boff
How sordid it was

Thanks for the memory
Non-combatant detainees,
Civil liberties,
The Constitution, evolution
Shredded like Swiss cheese
What a strange trip it’s been

You pegged dissenters as traitors
Unpatriotic people you blasted
Oh, well, it was swell while it lasted
You did have fun but now you’re done

And thanks for the memory
Of hawkish neocons
With eyes set on Tehran
Electric cords and water boards
With photos on Salon
We’ll always recall

Thanks for the memory
Of Dubya’s Pioneers
Of terror threats and fear
Media whores who care much more
‘Bout K-Fed and Britney Spears
It’s “must see TV”

Thanks for the memory
Of all your pro-life ways
The Terry Schaivo case
Civilian dead, (they’re just rag heads)
One hundred-fifty K
How thorough you’ve been

We had an election on Tuesday
America came out to vote
They leapt from your fast-sinking boat
There was no doubt, they threw you out

So, thanks for the memory
It’s time to disappear
Don’t steal the chandeliers
I hope the door will make you sore
When it hits you in the rear

And thank you so much
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Posted by Chiyo-chichi in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Wed Oct 25th 2006, 07:41 PM
My 8-year old drew this cartoon for me on the envelople of a card.
The pumpkin says: "Eeeew! I stepped in Gross W. Bush with my brand new shoes. Oh, man! They were Nikes!"
George W. Bush says, "Ow. Get offa me, I reckon."
The close-up is of Gross W. Bush.
A budding political cartoonist.
My son types this message for DU: i felt like it.

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Posted by Chiyo-chichi in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue Sep 26th 2006, 02:01 PM

“What's here? the portrait of a blinking idiot,
Presenting me a schedule! I will read it.
How much unlike art thou to Portia!
How much unlike my hopes and my deservings!
'Who chooseth me shall have as much as he deserves.'
Did I deserve no more than a fool's head?
Is that my prize? are my deserts no better?”

“'The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

A fool, a fool! I met a fool i' th' forest,
A motley fool. A miserable world!
As I do live by food, I met a fool,
Who laid him down and bask'd him in the sun,
And rail'd on Lady Fortune in good terms,
In good set terms- and yet a motley fool.
'Good morrow, fool,' quoth I; 'No, sir,' quoth he,
'Call me not fool till heaven hath sent me fortune.'
And then he drew a dial from his poke,
And, looking on it with lack-lustre eye,
Says very wisely, 'It is ten o'clock;
Thus we may see,' quoth he, 'how the world wags;
'Tis but an hour ago since it was nine;
And after one hour more 'twill be eleven;
And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe,
And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot;
And thereby hangs a tale.' When I did hear
The motley fool thus moral on the time,
My lungs began to crow like chanticleer
That fools should be so deep contemplative;
And I did laugh sans intermission
An hour by his dial. O noble fool!
A worthy fool! Motley's the only wear.
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Posted by Chiyo-chichi in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue May 02nd 2006, 08:14 AM
on Hardball (when Tweety asked "Why was Colbert so bad?") that "you've got to know the room" and that the rule in the past has been to "scorch, not burn" and that "the person with the softer touch usually wins."

I say FUCK HIM. What does he know about entertaining an audience of any size? "You've got to know the room?" When did you become an entertainment reporter, Mike? Better yet, tell me how many times have you performed comedy?

Colbert knew his "audience" very well. It was not just "the room." It was us. The 68% (or more) who are fed up with GWB and the press. I suspect that we tuned into C-Span in record numbers on Saturday night precisely because of Colbert's presence. I would be surprised if it wasn't the most-viewed White House Correspondent's Dinner ever.

We were very entertained, Mike.

Tweety made the final pronuncement, suggesting that Colbert's speech was inappropriate because Bush is the President of the United States, "not just a politician."

So, is it inappropriate to satirize the POTUS, Chris, or is it just inappropriate to do it in his presence? Or does Matthews think Colbert should have been kinder & gentler, sticking to "softer" jokes about how Bush mangles words and ignoring the fact that he is mangling the country?
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Posted by Chiyo-chichi in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Fri Apr 21st 2006, 03:53 PM
I'm sure you are all aware of this:

" took him by the hand and led him over to the bar and said she wanted to have a 'nuclear' conversation with him...and wanted to 'talk about nuclear technology.' Then she led him back to the table and sat him down, sat next to him, and her foot was brushing against his foot, her knee was half-an-inch away, she leaned in real close and started calling him 'honey.'"

The poor young reporter told Elliot:

"I had my face in my notepad a lot, because everytime I looked up she was so close to me."

I, SoonerHoosier, have managed to obtained a secret tape recording of the conversation! Here's the transcript of their "nuclear conversation."

HARRIS: Hi. What’s your name?
HARRIS: Atom, huh? Are you in an excited state, Atom? (giggles.) Well, I’d like to have a nuclear conversation with you, Atom. C’mere. Buy me a drink?
REPORTER: I’m not 21, Ms. Harris.
HARRIS: That’s OK, Atom. Come over here. Let’s talk about nuclear technology. Sit on my lap.
REPORTER: Uh… I’ll just sit right here.
HARRIS: Would you like to know my atomic number…Atom?
HARRIS: It’s 69.
HARRIS: Just kidding… it’s 377-2395.
HARRIS: Write it down, Atom.
REPORTER: I, uh...
HARRIS: Is that a fuel rod in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
REPORTER: Uh. I dunno.
HARRIS: Mmm. It feels like a fuel rod and it’s positively charged.
REPORTER: Uhm. Aren’t you sitting kinda close?
HARRIS: Don’t be shy, Atom. Don’t you want to release your spent fuel into my primary reactor?
REPORTER: Excuse me?
HARRIS: I’ll open my access hatch just for you, Atom.
REPORTER: Um. It’s Adam… with a “d,” Ms. Harris.
HARRIS: Don’t be so formal, Atom Bomb. Call me KittyKat.
REPORTER: “Ms. Harris” is fine.
HARRIS: Atom… do you want to try to find my “hot spot?”
HARRIS: Why don’t you come over to my place, Atom, for some “planned special exposure?”
REPORTER: I have a girlfriend, Ms. Harris.
HARRIS: I’ll let you examine my heat sink.
REPORTER: I don’t even know what that means…
HARRIS: Let’s get “as low as reasonably achievable.”
REPORTER: I really should be going…
HARRIS: Look at my big cooling towers, Atom. Like ’em? They’re new.
REPORTER: Please, Ms. Harris.
HARRIS: I have my own whole body monitor… it’s scintillating…
REPORTER: Isn’t that Zell Miller over there? I’ve been dying to interview him. It couldn’t be any worse than this. (Runs away.)

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Posted by Chiyo-chichi in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Wed Apr 12th 2006, 09:03 AM
1000 posts is a drop in the bucket for many of you, but I’m taking the occasion of my thousandth post to say thank you to the administrators, moderators, and members of this great community. How did this place exist for nearly four years without me knowing about it? After Air America Radio launched, I posted a bit on the Al Franken & Randi Rhodes boards and occasionally someone would mention Democratic Underground. I think that the Phil Parlock story initially drew me over here.

I’m not entirely sure how I got through the majority of Bush’s first term without DU. Heck, when Bush 41 was in office I thought that HE was the worst President ever. This was before the internets, of course, and I would clip newspaper articles about things he said & did that outraged me. In those days I was married & my wife was a bit afraid that the FBI or someone might come to our house on account of my “Bush file.” Even though they were innocuous newspaper clippings, I’d be worried about that too these days. But I don’t need a file folder today. I have DU.

I concur with all the praise that DU has been given. Because of DU I’m aware of news stories well before they hit the MSM and stories that never make the MSM but should. I have learned a lot from so many of you. Thank you for your thoughtful, intelligent, well-reasoned, funny posts.

While thinking what my life was like before DU, it occurred to me that the words “Before DU” were comparable to the main line in the Kelly Clarkson song “Because of You.” This is not really my kind of music. Honest. But that line must have been stuck in my head, because I went to the trouble to flesh out a parody song. I blame American Idol. You can blame me. Or you can print this out and sing it at your next DU karaoke meet up.

“Before DU”
To the tune of Kelly Clarkson’s “Because Of You”

I will not post the same LBN that you did
I will not let myself
Call anyone a lurking Freep
I won’t deride your low post count
(It’s only three)
I've learned the hard way
To never let it get that far

Before DU
I never heard of Philip Parlock
Before DU
I really thought that Tweety was nothin’ but a cartoon bird
Before DU
I found it hard to trust not only Bush*, but everyone around him
Because of you
That’s still the case

I start a thread
And it's not too long before it sinks like stone
I cannot kick
Because I know that's bad form in your eyes
I've written posts
that say “hey gang, can we impeach him now?”
But how can he be impeached
When he wasn't elected to start with?

Before DU
I only lurked on the AAR boards
Before DU
I didn’t know a Turd Blossom from a hole in the ground
Before DU
I found it hard to trust not only Bush*, but everyone around him
Because of you
That’s still the case

I heave a sigh
I hear Bush lie every time that he speaks
He’s not so dumb
‘Cause Dubya coined the term “strategery”
I’d rather we had anyone else
Someone who “feels our pain”
But now I type in the middle of the night
“Bush thinks he is king!”

Before DU
I never wondered if my vote was counted
Before DU
I thought that moran was spelled M-O-R-O-N
Before DU
I thought The Trouble With Harry was a Hitchcock film
Before DU
I yelled at my TV far less frequently
Before DU
I never read anything so hugh, I’m series!!!1!
Before DU
I was afraid

Before DU
Before DU
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Posted by Chiyo-chichi in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Apr 06th 2006, 07:32 PM

"Karl, get this booger off my finger."

"Why should I make any changes? I have a great staff. Just this morning, Karl Rove got a booger off this finger for me."

"When Karl's not around, I hafta roll 'em around on my fingers... like this."

"Does that get 'em off? Eh. About 20 percent... or half."

"But my nose sure is clean. Check it out yourself."

(TY, Woah-Nelly. I lifted that last one from you. Just wanted to post my nose-picking foto thread in story board order.)
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Posted by Chiyo-chichi in The DU Lounge
Sat Mar 18th 2006, 10:37 AM
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Posted by Chiyo-chichi in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Wed Mar 15th 2006, 11:14 AM
High-level anonymous sources have revealed to me what actually happened on the Armstrong Ranch the day Dick Cheney allegedly shot Harry Wittington. You will not read this anywhere else. It is a SoonerHoosier exclusive.

What Really Happened?

Young Beaver Cleaver was walking across a field and came across a man, who had apparently been shot. He ran back to the ranch house to tell his mother, Shirley MacLaine. Shirley went out to the field to investigate, saw that it was Harry, but didn’t care. (That’s a long story… She was married to him, but didn’t love him… don’t ask.) Captain Cheney had been hunting in the field and had taken a potshot at a rabbit. He independently discovered Harry lying on the ground and thought that he had shot him. The spinster, Pamela Willeford, also believed she would be a prime suspect because she had fought with Harry. Naturally Pam flirted with Captain Cheney. She was relieved that he was going to take the blame for what she believed to be her crime. That's where all these "Swiss Miss" allegations originated.

Eventually, the lot of them (along with an eccentric artist,) spent the better part of the next 24 hours repeatedly burying Harry & digging him up again. It turned out that Captain Cheney didn't shoot Harry after all. He hit the rabbit. He only took three shots... he hit the beer can, the tin sign, and the rabbit. Harry had just had a heart attack in the first place.

Oh… wait.

I’m thinking of a Hitchcock movie.

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