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[13 Jan 2005|10:58am]

No one has said it yet... So I guess I will since it is long over due:

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Does anyone have any proof (or views) that this is either true or false? [27 Oct 2004|10:53pm]

Adventure Capitalism - The Hidden 2001 Plan to Carve-up IraqCollapse )
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why? [14 Sep 2004|06:43pm]

well this is just an observation i made today to be exact...

there is not a single republican running in the town of Cumberland, Rhode Island, 02864 for any office. state rep, mayor, etc.

its understandable, i hardly ever encounter any conservative round these parts (and i'm pretty happy with it)

but why is it that only 2 towns over, in the town of North Smithfield, RI, just the opposite is true?
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Greetings all. [17 Aug 2004|01:53am]

Hello! I'm new. I realize that it's probably not common for new members to post a little introduction here, but I'm feeling quite exuberant tonight. So yeah. My name is Lindsay and I'm a moderately conservative Republican. In all honestly I disagree with most of your opinions concerning the issues that haunt us today. It's alright, though. I love a good debate.

I'm looking forward to posting here. Thanks!
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[10 Aug 2004|11:19pm]


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[29 Jul 2004|04:38pm]

[ mood | awake ]

A text of a speech by Al Sharpton, delivered at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, as transcribed by e-Media, Inc.:

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GOD i hope you people are voteing this NOV.

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Pop quiz [24 Jul 2004|04:17pm]

Answer the question in the space provided:

Michael Moore is a(n) ______________.
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Just curious... [23 Jul 2004|09:44pm]


Before I get to my question, It's probably wise to make a disclaimer. This is a purely hypothetical question; I don't want any politicians to get killed in any manner. I don't think the following is probable; I'm just curious.

That being said...

What would happen if Kerry died (by natural means or foul, it doesn't matter) before becoming the official Democratic nominee? I can think of four possibilities. A) His running mate (Edwards) takes the slot. B) The second place candidate (Dean, I would guess) takes the slot. C) Emergency election. D) Kerry's corpse runs, and Bush will risk getting beaten by a dead guy, much the way Ashcroft did.

Anybody have an educated take on what would occur at the convention? (Besides an overly long video-montage/eulogy, that is.) My guess is that since the delegates have final say, they would vote Edwards into the lead slot. They would rationalize it people wanted Kerry over Dean, and Kerry picked Edwards as his backup should the unthinkable happen. Additionally, an emergency popular vote is likely unfeasible, and running a corpse for president isn't a great strategy. The DNC would smooth out formalities with the various Secretaries of State later.

My guess sounds reasonable, but I'm curious to know if anybody knows for real what would happen. Is there any precedent for this sort of thing? Established rules? Anything?
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have heard much from here in a while [02 Jul 2004|12:53pm]

this Chick has balls (irish reporter interviewing Bush)

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Spoiler [21 Jun 2004|09:35pm]

Oy. There is no other term to describe him. Spoiler. That's all there is to it. Debate all day about whether or not Nader is/was/will-be a spoiler for Democrats. He's a spoiler for Greens too.

Nader picked his his running mate today. Peter Camejo. Essentially, he is trying to either A) Get the Green Party's endorsement without really earning it, or B) he is going to split the Green/progressive vote.

A) David Cobb is the front runner for the nomination. He's been getting votes by being on ballots. More power to him. Peter Camejo is in second place, and an endorsement of Nader is third. When you combine Nader's delegates, Camejo's, and other miscellaneous candidates who endorse Nader, you get a bit of a problem. The endorsement could end up going to a guy who isn't running on the ticket, publicly stated he didn't want to be on the ticket, and didn't win the primary votes. Way to circumvent the process, Ralph.

B) Let's assume for a minute that Cobb gets the nomination he's earned. He will effectively be running against Nader. Either that, or Cobb might possibly step down to avoid fracturing the Green/progressive vote (I simply cannot see Nader ever doing that). In any case, harm will be done to the Green Party, and the odds of anyone besides Bush or Kerry getting above 5% of the vote will be lessened. Hell, even if Nader did get 5% or more of the vote, it wouldn't help, as he isn't affiliated with any parties. I doubt he will, but it no matter what percentage he gets, he will certainly make things harder for the Green Party to gain federally matching funds, access to debates, etc.

(x-posted to greenparty)
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everyones caught on to everything you do [18 Jun 2004|01:49pm]

how can a man be "fighting for rights" of those half the world away, while taking them away from people in america? how can he be a good christian when hes executed more people than any governor in history?

conservatives are nieve.

dont tread on me.
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[17 Jun 2004|12:20pm]

I say, toss out all the illegal aliens and secure our borders. Utilize alternative fuel resources so we don't have to give a shit what goes on in the middle east. Educate our young, stop exporting jobs and make healthcare affordable to every American... All things the Bush administration has failed to do.
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[16 Jun 2004|02:19pm]

George W. Bush is a criminal who murders innocent women and children on one side of the planet while pretending to defend the rights of unborn children to live. He has killed over 20,000 innocent, non-military men, women and children during his fraudulent war in Iraq. This blood is on the hands of every American tax payer as your money funded the murder. If you are a Christian, you will go to hell for this according to your dogma.

The rich republicans intentionally keep the middle and lower class poor. They don't want you to make money, they don't care if you live or die... they only care about their own power and all who vote republican are puppets. They know it and count on it... why don't you?
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found something else... [15 Jun 2004|09:22pm]

i found this on a website a while ago
its bush's resume

Past Work Experience

Ran for congress and lost.
Produced a Hollywood slasher B movie.
Bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas; company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.
Bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money. Biggest move: Traded Sammy Sosa to the Chicago White Sox.
With father's help (and his name) was elected Governor of Texas.
Accomplishments in Previous Positions

Changed pollution laws for power and oil companies and made Texas the most polluted state in the Union.

Replaced Los Angeles with Houston as the most smog-ridden city in America. Cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas government to the tune of billions in borrowed money.

Set record for most executions by any governor in American history.

Became president after losing the popular vote by over 500,000 votes, with the help of my father's appointments to the Supreme Court.

Accomplishments As President

Attacked and took over two countries.
Spent the surplus and bankrupted the treasury.
Shattered record for biggest annual deficit in history.
Set economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.
Set all-time record for biggest drop in the history of the stock market.
First president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.
First president in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.
First year in office set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in U.S. history.
After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, presided over the worst security failure in U.S. history.
Set the record for most campaign fundraising trips than any other president in U.S. history.
In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their job.
Cut unemployment benefits for more out of work Americans than any president in U.S. history.
Set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.
Appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in U.S. history.
Set the record for the least amount of press conferences than any president since the advent of television.
Signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any president in U.S. history.
Presided over the biggest energy crises in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.
Presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history and refused to use the national reserves as past presidents have.
Cut healthcare benefits for war veterans.
Set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.
Dissolved more international treaties than any president in U.S. history.
My presidency is the most secretive and unaccountable of any in U.S. history.
Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history (the 'poorest' multimillionaire, Condoleezza Rice, has an Exxon oil tanker named after her).
First president in U.S. history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously go bankrupt.
Presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud of any market in any country in the history of the world.
First president in U.S. history to order a U.S. attack and military occupation of a sovereign nation.
Created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States.
Set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any president in U.S. history.
First president in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the human rights commission.
First president in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the elections monitoring board.
Removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in U.S. history.
Rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant.
Withdrew from the World Court of Law.
Refused to allow inspectors access to U.S. prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.
First president in U.S. history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 U.S. elections).
All-time U.S. (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations.
My biggest lifetime campaign contributor presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).
Spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in U.S. history.
First president in U.S. history to unilaterally attack a sovereign nation against the will of the United Nations and the world community.
First president to run and hide when the U.S. came under attack (and then lied saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1)
First U.S. president to establish a secret shadow government.
Took the biggest world sympathy for the U.S. after 9/11, and in less than a year made the U.S. the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in U.S. and world history).
With a policy of 'disengagement' created the most hostile Israeli-Palestine relations in at least 30 years.
Fist U.S. president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability.
First U.S. president in history to have the people of South Korea more threatened by the U.S. than their immediate neighbor, North Korea.
Changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
Set all-time record for number of administration appointees who violated U.S. law by not selling huge investments in corporations bidding for government contracts.
Failed to fulfill my pledge to get Osama Bin Laden 'dead or alive.'
Failed to capture the anthrax killer who tried to murder the leaders of our country at the United States Capital building. After 18 months I have no leads and zero suspects.
In the 18 months following the 9/11 attacks I have successfully prevented any public investigation into the biggest security failure in the history of the United States.
Removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in U.S. history.
In a little over two years created the most divided country in decades, possibly the most divided the U.S. has ever been since the Civil War.
Entered office with the strongest economy in U.S. history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.
Records and References

At least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available)
AWOL from National Guard and deserted the military during a time of war.
Refuse to take drug test or even answer any questions about drug use.
All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to my father's library, sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
All records of any SEC investigations into my insider trading or bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
All minutes of meetings for any public corporation I served on the board are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
Any records or minutes from meetings I (or my VP) attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.
For personal references please speak to my daddy or uncle James Baker (they can be reached at their offices of the Carlyle Group for war-profiteering.)
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[15 Jun 2004|09:09pm]

so i'm new.

what does everyone think of bush's environmental policy?
because i think it SUCKS.

just stirrin up debates ;-)
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A Boy Scout's Pledge [14 Jun 2004|03:14pm]

One of the most noble, virtuous and charitable organizations I have ever come to know is the Boy Scouts Organization of America. So dignified, indeed, that they removed Bill Clinton as honorary president after the ’98 Lewinsky scandal. The Boy Scouts, for those of you who don’t know, are a huge youth program of patriotic boys who seek to honor America, their environment, themselves, and others. The main purpose of the organization is to educate the youth about responsibility, morals, fitness and good character. Their oath is this:

On my honor
I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

But recently, I’ve noticed an onslaught of absolutely vicious attacks against the Boy Scouts from – you guessed it – fanatic liberals and gay rights activists. The reason? The organization refuses to allow homosexuals and atheists to participate as leaders or members.

Despite many protests, petitions, and an all around hoopla – as can always be expected from the melodramatic left – the Boy Scouts have lived true to their motto; be prepared. The organization has stood strong on it’s wish to retain traditional American morals, and on February 12, 2002 passed a resolution definitely banning gays, atheists and other unfit role models as leaders.

Scott Cozza, founder of the comically pointless association ‘Scouting For All,” says that he hopes “public schools [will] not allow the BSA to recruit in our schools until they include all of our children in a democratic fashion.” The Boy Scouts are a resplendent example for young children around the nation of honorable character and behavior. They adhere to Christian values, which – somehow – classifies them as a ‘religious’ organization (a San Diego judge used this to obstruct the BSA’s ability to lease government land). In Madison, Wisconsin, Boy Scout groups offered to assist in preparations for the city’s Fourth of July celebrations, in request for a slight donation. The city council felt justified in intervening with the BSA funding (!?!), even though the ceremony is not a city-run event. Even after being refused even a measly donation, the Boy Scouts preserved their gallant character and volunteered to help even without any financial support.

And America’s response should be, as Cozza says, to “oppose bigotry and discrimination” within the 6.2 million-large group.

And here’s a question I’ve been wondering all this time – why in the world would any fairly sane gay or atheist want to join this organization in the first place? I’m barred from joining the Black Pride Youth Program, but is this considered bigotry? Discrimination? A club is defined as a gathering of people who share common interests. Homosexuality and atheism is not one of the Boy Scouts’s common interests. No one is forcing anyone to do anything – the association just has this rule; no heathens or gays. BSA recently won an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court affirming it’s right to block any person they choose who seems morally unfit to the position of a role model for kids. As a privately owned institution, they have every right to exclude any member they want, any time they want. After an ‘anti-bigotry’ demonstration in Dallas, the BSA responded with this statement; “As part of the Boy Scouts of America, we respect the right of everyone to hold and express his or her opinion. We simply ask people who disagree with the position of the BSA to do the same and respect our rights as a private, voluntary organization."

Howard Mezner, former BSA member, recently resigned from the position as a leader to protest the organization’s current standings against gays. "It can be two men. It can be two women.” whines Mezner, “Society is changing. Times are changing. Boy Scouts need to keep up with times." He continued to mention an incident in which he was staying overnight at a camp and was offered bacon and eggs for breakfast, which he claims was discriminatory since he is Jewish and does not eat pork. Although Mr. Mezner never bothered to mention this before the actual event, he still claims it is prejudice against non-Christian participants.

Now ask yourself – is it logical that our young boys be exposed to homosexuals at the age of six years old? Should mothers and fathers have to worry about their kids being molested or raped during a camping trip? Are these good heroes for our children? Somehow, liberals have managed to take something entirely pure and innocent and have used it as a tool to force their political agenda on America’s impressionable children.

Now, as you know, I don’t count for much. I’m just a young schoolgirl in Massachusetts, who happens to have an online diary that some people stumble upon and read. But I’d like to take the time to sincerely acknowledge my gratitude towards this organization for refusing to crumble when the pressure was piled on. Thank you, Boy Scouts of America, for refusing to entirely change your oath to fit the minority’s pleas. Thank you for providing a safe haven for needy boys all around the US, one that is rarely found within our society anymore. Thank you, again, for standing strong in your beliefs and abstaining from permitting inappropriate people as our children’s leaders. Think of this as merely a test of endurance. You have shown the world a magnificent example of your Scout laws – trust, loyalty, courteousness, bravery and reverence. You will see, in the ages to come, that the future of America thanks you.

Sorry for the insanely long post, but I'm really ticked off at the way people treat the Boy Scouts of America.
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Kerry Afraid of Intelligence Arena [13 Jun 2004|09:40am]

During the Senate debate on Feb. 19, 1994, in which Sen. John Kerry proposed deep cuts in the intelligence budget, he was taken to task by two pillars of the then Democratic majority: Dennis DeConcini of Arizona and Daniel Inouye of Hawaii.

DeConcini, the Intelligence Committee chairman, and Inouye, the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee chairman, assailed Kerry's unsuccessful efforts to cut the intelligence budget. DeConcini calculated it would cost $1 billion in intelligence spending that year and $5 billion over the next five years. Both senators suggested Kerry did not recognize the dangers existing then after the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. In opposing Kerry's amendment, DeConcini declared, "We no longer seem immune from acts of terrorism in the United States." Inouye asked: "Is this the time to cut the satellite programs that give our forces warning of attacks?"

Kerry's unfortunate charges of American war crimes in Vietnam can be excused as the excesses of an angry 27-year-old war veteran. In 1994, he was 50 years old with 10 years experience as a U.S. senator and was a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which makes this a not so easily defendable position.

His campaign aides have tried to defend it anyway, rather than admit that it was a bad judgement call, something that the Bush campaign has recently come under non-stop fire for. The defense by the campaign is that Kerry's proposed intelligence cuts were aimed at what "was essentially a slush fund for defense contractors." Clanton added: "Unlike George Bush, John Kerry does not support every special spending project supported by Halliburton and other defense contractors."

Here's the problem. When Sen. Kerry proposed these cuts he made no mention of slush fund's and his amendment, offered without co-sponsors, would have cut intelligence across the board.

His campaign aides, in the defense of this amendment, are referring to the scandal over the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) hoarding $1 billion in unspent funds. But, Sen. Kerry never mentioned the NRO, either, and the scandal didn't occur until the year after his amendment was proposed.
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DRAFT!?!?!!? [09 Jun 2004|02:09am]

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ok, i havent had a T.V. or a computer for a few months and now that i got the internet back im readin all this stuff about reinstating the draft?!?!?! someone tell me whats going on!

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Kerry on Taxes (sort of) [05 Jun 2004|04:50pm]

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Kerry's For the Rich Paying More Taxes, Just Not Him!

Just like in the SUV incident, it is bad for the American public to do or have something, just not Mrs. Kerry.

According to Mrs. Heinz Kerry's tax release, she paid $587,000 to the IRS on a 2003 gross income of $5+ Million. Her camp claims that in October she will be filing another payment that will raise her total to $750,000. But even after that payment, Mrs. Heinz Kerry will only be paying 14.6% of her gross income.

Mr. Kerry paid $90.575 of his 2003 gross income of $395,338, which is 23%.

Together the Kerry's paid a meager 15.3% of their total gross income of $5,510,000.

Just for shits and giggles, lets look at what the Bush's paid. The Bush's paid $227,000 in federal taxes on a gross 2003 income of $822,126, that's 28%.

Now, I'm all for giving the IRS the least amount of money you can, but I'm also not the one that thinks we pay too little in taxes, Kerry does. A word comes to mind...it starts with an 'H'...I can't quite think of it...can anyone help me out here?

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Because all industries should work like this... [02 Jun 2004|09:39pm]

Note: The incident that inspired this is real. I heard it burn with my own two ears.

Los Angeles (AP)-- Fire tore through the Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Riverside, California yesterday evening. The cause of the fire is thought to be accidental, although terrorist involvement has not been ruled out. Investigators are focusing their efforts on a labeling machine in the north-west corner of the complex.

Analysts predict that the fire will cause the already soaring price of soda to hit record highs when trading resumes tomorrow. Prices could go above the $40 per case level that was last seen after last month's sugar refinery bombing in Riyadh. For consumers, this would mean that cola could skyrocket to the previously unheard of price of $2 a liter.

One industry official cited the price hikes as an example of the so-called "disaster premium" on soda. "If another large event like a distribution center bombing or a sugar field fire occurs, the disaster premium on a case of soda would climb to about $8 a case. Depending on the time needed to stabilize the market, prices as high as $50-$60 a case could become a reality."

Californians will be hit especially hard by any price increases. According to nationwide price surveys, the average price for a liter of cola is $1.19, while Californians pay an average of $1.39. Industry insiders say that the price difference is a result of California's more stringent "summer blend" regulations combined with a bottlenecking of soda distribution centers.

"California hasn't seen a new soda distribution center built since the 1970's," activist Scott Unclo of Californians for Soda Accountability said in an interview Tuesday.

The sky-high prices of soda have increased the calls by activists to reduce dependency on sugar-based beverages and switch to "green" drinks such as fruit juice or water. "Americans consume twice as much cola as the rest of the world; we have reduce our consumption of such unhealthy beverages," said Unclo.

There have been calls recently on capitol hill for beverage reform as well. "We have unnecessarily endeavored to treat the symptoms and not the core problem for far too long," said Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) in a speech to the Senate last week. "A serious beverage efficiency program, bolstered by the promotion of juices and other clean home-grown thirst quenching sources, provides a compass point for a U.S. beverage strategy."

Proposed solutions seem to be divided by party lines though. Democrats are promoting alternative beverages, while Republicans seek to lessen dependence on foreign soda by drilling for fructose in Alaska.

(crossposted in desidiosus)
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