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Posted by bigbrother05 in General Discussion
Thu Jul 28th 2011, 02:36 PM
When Grampy is compelled to out his own party, you know we've gone round the bend.
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Posted by bigbrother05 in General Discussion
Fri Apr 08th 2011, 10:27 AM
Does the government shutdown feel like another handout to the banksters? With thousands across the country left without a paycheck and many more impacted by the spending cutbacks those people will have to make, where will they turn for relief? With vanishing resources and no hope for government help, most will have to take out loans or start using plastic.

As most folks would attest, these last few years have been tough, but many have learned a lesson and were eliminating or paying down debt. That meant lower revenue to support those million dollar bonuses. So what could be better than having your errand boys create a million new customers that will be on the hook for years to come?

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Posted by bigbrother05 in General Discussion
Mon Jan 10th 2011, 11:14 AM
While there is plenty of justified anguish and anger at the language that suggests the targeting of Rep. Giffords and others, let's not lose sight of the ongoing war the RW has waged to threaten and demonize the Judicial system.

One the leading purveyors, in case you've forgotten, has been Tom Delay. It escalated in 2005 following the Schiavo rulings and even led CJ Rehnquist to ask for added security.

- "Unfortunately, at the present time federal judges across the country are feeling particularly vulnerable, not only for themselves, but also for their families," said a letter from the Judicial Conference of the United States, the court's policymaking board, led by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.

- Republicans have been criticized for statements about the federal courts after the Schiavo rulings. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), raising the prospect of impeachment, said after the Florida woman's death: "The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...

Here's a link to the DKosopedia tracking outright RW threats to federal judges since 2004 as well as the actual incidents/deaths involving judges and their families:
http://www.dkosopedia.com/wiki/Threatening...

While the Left may rail against conservative activism in the courts, it is clearly the right and it's leaders that have ratcheted up the language beyond acceptable political action.

It's more than coincidental that an average citizen can locate and cite multiple instances of RW leaders provocative language in the last 4-5 years, but our vaunted MSM has to resort to rolling out quotes from 60s radicals who've long since recanted to find anything resembling a LW equivalent.


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Posted by bigbrother05 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Jul 05th 2009, 03:27 AM
A Sermon delivered by Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister
At All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, OK
Sunday, July 13, 2008

http://www.allsoulschurch.org/moral-outrag...

- Growing up in Oklahoma, I remember seeing bumper stickers that said, ďIím mad too, Eddie!" I didn't really know what everyone was particularly mad about, but at even as a kid I could sense that there was something not quite right in the world. I was beginning to experience a palpable hypocrisy Ė a sense that adults really didnít have it all figured out. And it would fuel my teenage angst for years to come.


- A lot has changed since 1980. On the air waves, in politics, in the oil and gas industry, and with the economy. With current $4.00 per gallon gas prices not even related to infrastructure taxes, I would doubt that Chiles or his critics would consider this future the one they imagined. Although my guess is that they would still blame each other for the current state of union. They would each blame the other for the economy, whether or not they agree with Phil Graham that ďwe are in a mental recession and are a nation of whiners.Ē Iím sure Chiles and his critics would blame each other for the state of the government Ė our current situation being a direct result of the legacy of that particular democratic congress or that particular Republican President. Although Chiles and his critics might actually agree about the state of baseball, with Barry Bonds tipping the scales now at over 188 million dollars in career earnings (without bonuses.)

According to a recent study conducted by researchers at New York Universityís Department of Psychology, people who see the world as essentially fair, maintain this perception through a diminished sense of moral outrage. So in order to maintain a perception that the world is fair they must be disengaged enough to have a diminished sense of moral outrage.

- Our sense of what is right and what is wrong in this world, and our anger toward it means that we are invested in seeing that the wrongs of the world are righted. Iím Tamara Lebak and Iím mad. I am sad that there are children in the world and in this country who go to bed hungry. Are you mad, too? Maybe we need a little litany. Try it with me: ďIím mad too, Tamara!Ē Iím angry that we are still at war. Iím angry that our veterans do not receive the respect they deserve and the care they need. Iím angry that our planets limited resources are being squandered by a system that I am a participant in. Iím angry at homophobia: that my primary relationship is discounted and dismissed and that Oklahoma will not let my partner and I domestically adopt or foster a child. Iím angry that everyone does not have access to quality health care. Iím angry that we imprison the mentally ill and the addicted. Iím angry that people kill in the name of God.


It's a bit long, but worth a read when you have the time.

For some reason, was looking into info on "Mad" Eddie Chiles and found this. She lists a pretty good synopsis of how things have changed since the Reagan Revolution. Think one year later, it still delivers the message.
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Posted by bigbrother05 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Nov 15th 2008, 03:55 AM


Why not? Int'l cred and out of the box.

At least SP is out of the headlines
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Posted by bigbrother05 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun May 11th 2008, 10:25 PM
If you'll only vote for your choice in the GE, is DU really the place for you? Most of us strongly support our chosen candidate, but will still vote for the Dem in the GE. Why would someone invest so much of their passion in this hotbed of Dem activism to turn around and throw it away when it really would count?

No criticism intended for any particular campaign, just wondering about some individual choices being proposed on this board.
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Posted by bigbrother05 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat May 03rd 2008, 03:03 PM
Video and transcript of Iranian cleric as of Friday second video from the top

http://therealnews.com/web/index.php
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Posted by bigbrother05 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri May 02nd 2008, 08:15 PM
--- "My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East," McCain said. ---

Most folks have focused on the admission of going to war for oil, but that shouldn't surprise anyone, we've suspected as much all along.

What really struck me was the obvious extension of his statement: If we can solve our dependence on oil, he sees no reason to ever send US troops into the Middle East. Repeat, OIL is the ONLY reason to shed American blood in the Middle East.

So if that's true, under a McCain administration, Arab nations attacking and swallowing Israel would be a local issue, just a blip on Big John's daily briefing memo.

It's things like this that make it clear how badly we need to rid our Nation of the control of the current Republican Party. Even this so-called maverick is bat-shit crazy and can only lead us to ruin and destruction. Reminds me of kudzu, originally might have been a good idea in principle, but it's so out of hand now that we've got to pull it out by the roots every chance we get.




This is the link to CNN's story on his "correction", but think he's spoken his true thoughts and still can't quite walk it back from the edge.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24434071/
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Posted by bigbrother05 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Apr 30th 2008, 11:34 PM
If we are going to critique Obama on Judgment

Then Clinton deserves the same critique

Discuss
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Posted by bigbrother05 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun Apr 20th 2008, 11:38 AM
Have been wondering this for a while. Most folks think it is because he wants to see who his Dem opponent will in order to build a ticket to counter the other side.

After hearing all the talk in 2004 (and recently repeated) about Kerry picking McCain as a way to reach across the aisle and have a "Unity Ticket", I have to wonder this:

If Obama is the Nominee, will McCain offer the VP slot to Clinton for his own "Unity Ticket"?







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Posted by bigbrother05 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Apr 18th 2008, 11:00 PM
Why does it feel as though some posts are giving me stage directions?

One poster mentions that they will type slowly so someone will have an easier time getting the point, so I methodically read each word with deliberate intent in order to grasp their full meaning one-by-one-by-one.

Another poster says that they want to keep their idea/comment on the "down low", so I lean forward and focus intently to be sure to not miss a word that's being said.

This must be a DU related syndrome, the words on my laptop screen are real, each with it's own voice. Some have accents, others are loud. A lot sound like a dull drone, but a very few draw you in and transport you to a place of understanding and sometimes even wisdom.

Think I need to go rest now.
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Posted by bigbrother05 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Apr 14th 2008, 12:31 PM
http://www2.nysun.com/article/5137

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Saudis, Arabs Funneled Millions to President Clinton's Library
By JOSH GERSTEIN
Staff Reporter of the Sun
November 22, 2004

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LITTLE ROCK, ARK. ó President Clinton's new $165 million library here was funded in part by gifts of $1 million or more each from the Saudi royal family and three Saudi businessmen.

The governments of Dubai, Kuwait, and Qatar and the deputy prime minister of Lebanon all also appear to have donated $1 million or more for the archive and museum that opened last week.

Democrats spent much of the presidential campaign this year accusing President Bush of improperly close ties to Saudi Arabia. The case was made in Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11," in a bestselling book by Craig Unger titled "House of Bush, House of Saud," and by the Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Kerry."This administration delayed pressuring the Saudis," Mr. Kerry said on October 20. "I will insist that the Saudis crack down on charities that funnel funds to terrorists... and on anti-American and anti-Israel hate speech."The Media Fund, a Democratic group whose president is a former Clinton White House aide, Harold Ickes, spent millions airing television commercials in swing states with scripts such as, "The Saudi royal family...wealthy...powerful...corrupt. And close Bush family friends."

Perhaps as a result, the Saudi donations to the Clinton library are raising some eyebrows. Mr. Unger said he suspects that the Saudi support may have something to do with a possible presidential bid by Senator Clinton in 2008.

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RELATED: Top Donors to the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation http://www2.nysun.com/article/5152

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Not the complete list with dollars donated, but certainly a place for the DU diggers to get started.
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Posted by bigbrother05 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Feb 18th 2008, 04:36 PM
Now he can never run for office.
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Posted by bigbrother05 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Feb 05th 2008, 12:21 PM
I can't watch the MSM, so on days like today I listen to music, woke up this morning and this song won't leave my head
enjoy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VbwxoQOENM
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