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Posted by cali in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Nov 06th 2007, 12:02 PM
wherever you can. And I should believe this why? Last week I spoke to an old friend who worked for Leahy for years, and he said that Leahy had several discussions with both Feinstein and Schumer trying to persuade them not to vote for Mukasey, and that it was only when he gave up, that he flew back to Vermont to make his own announcement.

When DU craps all over someone like Leahy, it's really missing the mark.

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Posted by cali in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Oct 21st 2007, 12:12 PM
Secular Apocalyptists and Christian Millenialists share a lot of common ground, not only in their specific dystopian futures, but in similarities of psychology. Both look to the coming disastrous transformation of the social order. It's less fear than an avidity to see "the inevitable" come to pass. Both selectively see omens and evidence everywhere and in everything, to confirm that their beliefs are coming to fruition.

There's a glamor to dystopian visions and apocalyptism. There always has been. It's a projection of self into a world in ruins. And it speaks as much to those who are doing the projecting as to any objective evidence.

There seems to be at least a possibility that there is a hard drive function that propels apocalyptic thinking, whether it be in religious or secular form. It's a large part of human history: Just as all cultures have creation myths, so too do they have end-time myths.

Yes, this is indeed a response to the spate of dystopian writings recently on DU, and to the claim by some of the believers, that anyone not sharing in that vision, is in denial. One doesn't need to share that vision or project into the future or agree that we're in that future, to recognize that bad things have happened, are happening and must be vigorously confronted. Call it more of a be here now philosophy of dealing with the issues that are extant in our society and the world. And dealing with the present is actually, in my opinion, less of an abdication than the belief that the dystopian future is so inevitable, or so present, that one is left with the conclusion that nothing can be done to change it.

The above is not, alas, an idea I can take credit for. It's well trod ground in academic journals and books. One very good book with quite a bit about secular apocalypticism is, "End of the World as We Know It: Faith, Fatalism, and Apocalypse in America", by Daniel Wojcik. There are also scholars at BU's Center For Millennial Studies who publish on secular apocalypticism, as well as articles in many journals.

I am NOT saying that there is no legitimacy to making comparisons to dystopian societies of the past or to analyzing the path we're on now. But when taken to certain conclusions, there is often more to these comparisons than may be readily apparent.
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Posted by cali in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Sep 20th 2007, 08:48 PM
in one easy lesson:

1) make the most dire predictions your fevered imagination can conjure.

2) Throw in lots of buzz words: Fascist is good. Nazi is even better,

3) Spread a heavy duty unsubstantiated rumor; something like
El-Al won't be flying on September 14th, and use that "fact" as the
basis for a false flag operation taking place.

4. Never, ever use Occam's Razor. If you hear hoof beats on Central
Park West at midnight, it must be a zebra, not a horse.

5. Throw in some really tough Democrat bashing. Not mere strong
criticism, but comments about how all the dems are like "good
germans", or that they're all owned by corporate interests. Each
and every one of them!

6. Spell America, Amerika. That's a real crowd pleaser.

7. Put Hillary or Gore in the title

8. Use the buzz word DU jour in the title: Buzz word for today:
BETRAYAL. Runners up: COWARD amd TASER. Make sure to use caps.

9. Add a dash more Nazi imagery, mix well and post.

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Posted by cali in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Mar 25th 2007, 09:06 PM
Yes, I have a lot of faith in Senator Leahy. He's got the right stuff to take on bushco.
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Posted by cali in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Mar 25th 2007, 07:02 PM
It's as if his entire life was calibrated toward this moment. From the instant he entered the Senate in 1975, as a young ex-Prosecutor, Pat Leahy has had a passion for investigating and revealing corruption, and holding the perpetrators accountable.

In the eighties he was one of the main players in the Senate in the investigation of Iran-Contra. He was, in fact, damn near prescient about it.

Senator Leahy has been one of the chief proponents of Sunshine laws and open government. Recently, he's introduced both the War Profiteering Prevention Act and the Public Corruption Prosecution Act. He's been leading the fight in the Senate to restore Habeas Corpus.

For years now, while in the minority, Leahy and his staff have been investigating Halliburton and others. He's outraged over their abuses, and determined to have a full accounting.

He's outraged by what the administration has done to this country, and he won't let them off the hook. He won't let them slip through his fingers, and he won't be bought. Leahy isn't owned by big oil, or big pharma, or AIPAC. His fealty is to his constituents and the American people.

He's smart, tough and honest. And he's determined as hell.

So go get 'em Senator. A lot of people are counting on you.

*if you want to check out Leahy's history of pursuing government and corporate corruption, just click on the link.
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Posted by cali in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu Nov 09th 2006, 05:36 PM
You're a truly good guy. I believe you're as honorable a person serving in the Congress as there is. I haven't a clue as to why you didn't switch to Independent; you would surely have been re-elected had you chosen to do so.

I appreciate your integrity. You put a quick stop to bush trying to ram Bolton through, and your admission that it's best for the country that the Senate is better off with a dem majority took guts.

So thanks for your service. I hope to see you in the future in public service- in a democratic administration.
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Posted by cali in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Mon Mar 20th 2006, 10:55 AM
Well, of course I think so, but I regularly disagree with what sometimes seems like DU conventional wisdom:

I have a tolerance for RINOs from red states (sound kind of like the name of a fusion punk country band)

I wasn't troubled when my Senator (Leahy) voted for Roberts.

I don't think bushco is as bad as Hitler. At least not yet, and not in deed. Although a case can be made for comparing 1933 Germany to 2006 America, there are differences,

I don't support federal gun control. It should be a state issue.

I'm as concerned about Roe being so eroded that it remains as a hollow constitutional "right", as I am about it being overturned.

I don't think America is responsible for all the evils on the face of this planet, and our country's evils don't negate the the evils of others.

I don't think that bushco should be tried for war crimes in the Hague. I support investigations and impeachment, as well as Feingold's censure resolution.

I don't think the MSM is a wholly owned subsidiary of the republican party. I see it largely as corporate; with some branches that lean toward a liberal stance and others that lean toward the right. Mostly I see them as lazy and too easily bullied.

I'm not convinced that the repukes stole the election in 2004. Yes, there was nefarious activity, and manipulation of machinery, but I don't know that it was enough to change the results.

For over 20 years I've worked for liberal causes and candidates. I can find much to fault with dems, but I remain one. I don't think they've all betrayed us or the country despite wishing they'd fight better and harder, despite my grave concerns about the effect of money on the politics of our elected dems.

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Posted by cali in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue Mar 14th 2006, 04:25 PM
He's a sentimental man. Add to that, his religiosity and sense of entitlement and you've got a dangerous and volatile personality.

I know, I know, most people don't necessarily think of sentimentality right off the bat when thinking about bush's worst character flaws, but I hate it and tend to notice it when an extreme example is in front of me.

When I think sentimental I think mawkish, bathetic, puppy dogs frolicking in the rain and young autistic boys who come off the bench to make 10 3 pointers in the last 5 minutes of the big high school game. I think of bush with his arm around the kid saying "call me george w."

It does something unpleasant to my stomach.

Some aide probably thought the visit up, but I don't think he put his arm around the kid because he's a coldly calculating opportunist. It's because he's a true believer and a sentimental man. That means he's both stubborn and manipulatable, paradoxical as that may seem.

Bush is the type of person whose emotions run shallow and syrupy. He'll cry over the feats of a 14 year old autistic kid, but he's unable to grasp the tragedy of civilians dying by the hundreds each day in Iraq. He doesn't feel responsible for the soldiers he sent to die for a, well, we all know what comes after that. He experiences some muddled thoughts about saving Americans,flags and Islamofascists; maybe some mournful trumpet music and a reminder that God chose him, thrown in.

Sounds like a crusade to me. And it's scary.

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Posted by cali in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sat Mar 11th 2006, 04:17 PM
You have thread after thread on Tom Fox's death, and scarcely a kind or Christian remark to be found in the filth and name calling. You're not only scum, you're whited sepulchers and hypocrites of monumental proportion. You cluck over the language on DU, but make the most vile, racist remarks imaginable. You advocate slaughtering millions of people at the drop of a hat. You are what you accuse your enemies of being, but you're too stupid to see it. In fact, your stupidity is boundless. It always amuses me to read your comments about how stupid posters on DU are. The average poster here, compared to you lot, are symbols of towering intelligence. At the very least, DUers don't advocate mass murder- something you in your cesspool, do incessantly; all the while wailing about how the morning after pill slaughters an innocent baby. What ignorance. What puerile shit.

I've noticed you have few threads about the corrupt and disastrous administration. There are plenty of stories. Must be hard work avoiding reality. Threads denigrating Tom Fox? In abundance. Threads about Claude Allen, until a month ago, bushboy's top domestic adviser? Not so much. Threads about bushyboy's miserable polls? All the polls are rigged, you whine. Iraq? Everything's going great. Pretty hard to keep that fiction going, you fools.

I despise you. You may have disagreed with what Tom Fox stood for, with what he said and did, but he had the courage of his convictions. And what's the best thing any of you can say about him? That he was a fool and deserved the brutal end he met. And most of you said things that were far, far worse than that. You sit at your computers and have the unmitigated gall to cast stones at Tom
Fox. You are filthy cowards.

Yours in disgust and loathing

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