Mr. Segretti, call your office.

I was working last night and couldn’t give my full attention to Hillary’s speech, but I had it on in the background, and 30 percent of my attention found it impressive. Anything less than full graciousness would have been …ungracious. So now it’s time for her to exit stage right and the remainder of the convention to go into full attack mode. Eugene Robinson said on MSNBC, “Someone needs to say ‘torture’ from the podium” and oh yes they do. Plus, as The Editors say, “People, these rats ain’t going to fuck themselves.”

I’m generally not a fan of smear politics, but it’s time to win this one, and that Corsi book is sitting on top of the bestseller list like Jabba the Hutt, and so it’s time to take note: They started it.

I like Brad at Sadly No’s idea: A 527 called Values Voters Against McCain, quivering with moral indignation all over the swing states. And screw the evangelicals, who aren’t going to vote for Obama anyway; they’re just flirting with him to make their boyfriend jealous. And this needs to be flapping over the main stage in the Pepsi Center:


The captioned version:


And that would be a good start. As would other strategies.

A little bloggage? Just a little; I’m Costco-bound:

The NYT has been running recipes all summer on its Health pages, and they had me at the risotto with roasted beets and beet greens, which promises a magenta dish, and how often do you get to serve magenta food? But that one will have to be mine alone, as I live among beet haters. (“But the New York Times says they’re the new spinach!” I say. Like they care.) This is what I made for dinner Saturday — Pistou Manchego with Eggs, which is basically zucchini and tomatoes with a few eggs poached on top, plus a fancy name. Easy-peasy, good for yousy. Try it.

Thank God for Jezebel, because where else could we read a headline like this: Tyra Banks: High heels will give you a tighter vagina, better orgasms, I ask you?

Costco-bound. Tell me what you need a lot of, and I’ll pick it up for you.

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56 responses to “Mr. Segretti, call your office.”

  1. coozledad said on August 27, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Yup. The Republicans are the party of torture, eternal war and poverty. And they screw underage boys. Then pray about it.

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  2. brian stouder said on August 27, 2008 at 10:57 am

    All Corsi is, is a shameless, soulless hack.

    That tapeworm of a guy will feast on trafficking shit, within whoever’s intestines he can. He depends upon the inattention and carelessness of the public; darkness is his ally, and indeed – he doesn’t give a shit about anything other than the current target.

    for example, some more of Corsi’s work

    “Group tied to al Qaeda Backs McCain “

    “McCain fortune traced to organized crime”

    “Influence peddling claims dog McCain”

    “John McCain funded by Soros since 2001”

    “McCain aide touts ‘Mexico first’ policy”

    See – The Limbaugh/Hannity/annonymous e-mail axis of inveracity will swivel around and hose down anyone who is deemed, at that moment, as the main threat. Johnny Tenhouse was the ‘agent of change’ in the GOP primary (which is telling, in itself!), and Corsi went after him; and now we’re down to Obama.

    btw – it was reported that Corsi’s anti-Obama tome has foot notes and everything! (all the more authoritative-looking, doncha’ know? And who reads footnotes and end notes, anyway?)

    In the first 11 footnotes of his book – 9 of them refer back to….Jerome Corsi!

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  3. MarkH said on August 27, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Wow, pretty broad brushstroke, there, Cooz.

    Two words for ya: Gerry Studds.

    Wikipedia: 1983_Congressional_page_sex_scandal

    And, unlike opposing party pervs, (Foley, Crane) who went away, or were bounced after a primary, he was endorsed by his party and constituents, re-elected multiple times. So, he got away with it. Apparently Democrats like the idea.

    Dang, there’s that broad brushstroke again!

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  4. LAMary said on August 27, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Can you pick up a bag of the costco brand lamb and rice kibble for me?

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  5. Catherine said on August 27, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Beets! I need a bunch of beets! And some people who like them, to share them with.

    When that Values Voters Against McCain 527 is set up, will you please post the URL? That will be my second contribution this political season.

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  6. jcburns said on August 27, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I think Bill Clinton would be a good person to say “torture” from the podium…tonight. Maybe several times.

    My Segretti-headlined blog entry has a slightly different focus: we are complicit if we don’t speak up when we’re presented with forwarded (or whispered) smears.

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  7. brian stouder said on August 27, 2008 at 11:43 am

    JC – Loved your Segretti piece; well said.

    And speaking of Segretti – if I was going to Costco I’d get all the fixin’s for a world-class spaghetti dinner

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  8. Adrianne said on August 27, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Cycling back to the FOOB-haters: Hank Steuver captures the great anti-FOOB feeling out there with a story in today’s WaPo. Here’s the link.

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  9. Dorothy said on August 27, 2008 at 11:59 am

    We bought a huge bunch of beets at the Farmer’s Market here in town on Saturday and Mike cooked them up. Along with fresh green (and purple) beans, made with shallots & ginger, a wonderful tomato garden salad, and chicken. I am new to beets, but I tried a few slices and actually liked them. The tomatoes had a combo of balsamic vinegar and olive oil drizzled over them, then topped with feta cheese. So good we had them again last night with burgers.

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  10. brian stouder said on August 27, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    I have a genuinely ignorant foob question: Are “Elly” and “Elizabeth” and “Lizardbreath” all the same person?

    I waded through the linked lance mannion thing yesterday, and took for granted that she/they were all one, but the WaPo piece makes me think they’re not.

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  11. jcburns said on August 27, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    I thought at least two of those were kayakwoman‘s eldest daughter.

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  12. LAMary said on August 27, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Elizabeth and Lizard Breath are the same. Elly is the mom of that person.

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  13. coozledad said on August 27, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Bounced from the party? After the party fought tooth and nail to keep it under wraps. It even proved the undoing of that lardass Speaker of the House, if I recall correctly. And remember, it’s the hypocrisy, stupid.
    The Republicans, under their single brain-celled marvel, basically divided this country against itself, and paid their mouthpieces to vilify people who were against this disastrous war from the start. You want to talk broad brushstrokes, go talk to your racist radio fops.

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  14. Scout said on August 27, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Mark H – congrats on dragging up one name on the donkey list… all the way back from 1983, no less. Because no matter what Pubs do, there’s got to be fair and balanced 50-50 coverage no matter how 99-1 the situation really is…. right? Not pickin’ on you, just sayin’.

    I think what galls most people is how the GOP has used the proverbial broad brush to paint themselves as holier than freakin’ thou and the Democrats as nothing but evil minions of Satan. We all know there are assholes on both sides of the aisle, but the hypocritical ones seems to be stacked higher than cordwood on one of those sides. N’est ce pas?

    Anyway, I think Hillary hit it out of the park last night. I was quite impressed with her heartfelt delivery and non ambiguous message. She knows we’re at a critical stage where our infrastructure is crumbling, our national reputation is shot and the middle class is facing extinction. She knows we can’t fool around with 4-8 more years of Repubs running the government in such a way as to prove their theory it doesn’t work.

    JC – great piece – I left a comment over there for you too.

    And finally, I LOVE beets. I think you either love em or hate em, no middle ground.

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  15. Jolene said on August 27, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Here’s a great recipe for a beet salad from the wonderful, home of all the recipes from Bon Appetit and Gourmet

    Beet, Avocado and Pink Grapefruit Salad with Sherry Dressing

    3 medium beets (about 1 pound), tops trimmed
    3 medium-size pink grapefruits (about 2 1/2 pounds)
    3 tablespoons Sherry wine vinegar
    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    2 5-ounce bags mixed baby greens
    3 medium avocados, pitted, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds (from 2 large pomegranates)

    Preheat oven to 400°F. Wrap beets in foil. Roast until beets are tender when pierced with fork, about 1 hour. Cool beets to room temperature. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Refrigerate beets in foil packets.) Peel beets. Cut beets into 3/4-inch pieces. Set aside. Cut peel and white pith from grapefruits. Working over bowl, cut between membranes to release segments. Drain segments, reserving 2 tablespoons juice. Cut segments into 3/4-inch pieces.

    Whisk vinegar, mustard and 2 tablespoons reserved grapefruit juice in small bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

    Toss greens and 3/4 cup dressing in large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide salad among 10 plates. Scatter beets, grapefruit, avocados and pomegranate seeds over salads, dividing equally. Drizzle with remaining dressing.

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  16. beb said on August 27, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I like beets. They’re sweet with a nice texture that doesn’t turn to mush when over-cooked like potatos. (Tho I do like mashed potatos.) Beets go great with a little butter. Beet greens, though, I don’t touch.

    The thing about Republican sex scandals is that they are the holy-than-thou party so this is a big fall off the pedestle, while Democrats muck about on the ground so their scandals are not so shocking.

    Has Tyra Banks’ claim that high heels tights up the va-jay-jay been scientifically tested? How does one test vaginal tightness anyway. And if preparing a scientific study of high heels and girly parts how does one write up the grant proposal so that it doesn’t get laughed out of the room?

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  17. alex said on August 27, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    I love, love, love beets. Republicans, however, leave a bad taste in my mouth. Keep at ’em, Cooz.

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  18. nancy said on August 27, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Nicely said, John. And while my Watergate memories grow dimmer by the year, we may be unfair to Mr. Segretti, who, after all, DID THINGS. He stole shoes from hotel hallways, etc. Today’s Segretti manques mainly just forward bullshit they find on the internet. The click finger gets exercise, but little else.

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  19. MichaelG said on August 27, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Lord help me, beet porn. I can’t stand the things.

    Never been a Hillary lover (I’ve covered that here before) but as Scout opines, I think she hit a home run last night.

    As an aside, isn’t there something better for political type women to wear than those horrid pants suits? They all look like they came off the clearance rack at Ross. This is not just Sen. Clinton. Look at that pale greenish number Laura Bush has been wearing for the last umpity ump years. Somebody needs to do something. It’s a national disgrace and my eyes are starting to burn.

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  20. Gasman said on August 27, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I don’t need to go back two 25 years to find amoral perverts among the Republican camp. Mark Foley – the conservative pedophile – and his lust for teenage boys was well known among the Republican House leadership. They were content to give him a firm scolding and sweep the matter under the rug. Who cares if he’s trying to despoil our youthful male pages as long as he votes the party line and helps the Rs move toward the Rove/Delay dream of a permanent Republican majority. Let’s get our priorities straight (pun very much intended).

    You countered with Gerry Studds. How about a reference from this century? Interestingly enough, your Wiki link provides us with information regarding inappropriate, if not illegal, behavior from not just Democrat Gerry Studds, but also Republican Dan Crane. I’ll see your degenerate and raise you one: Larry Craig. The closet queen spud stud (he just loves boysies!) is the on-again, off-again Republican Senator who just can’t resist a good anonymous homosexual encounter in the nearest public toilet. When I go into an airport restroom I want to do my business and get out as quickly as possible. Larry Craig thinks them romantic hideaways.

    I heard that Craig had decided to run for reelection after all. His new campaign slogan: “Who da’ ho? I da’ ho!” (Insert rimshot here.)

    Mark, the Ds certainly are not without their own instances of sexual misconduct, but as I recall such events, it seems to be mostly Rs that come to mind. If you disagree, you come up with all of the Democratic perverts and I’ll count the Republican perverts. Let’s see whose pile is bigger. So far, the count is: Rs 3, Ds 1. You’re winning! You have more perverts!

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  21. nancy said on August 27, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Female politicians wear pantsuits for a number of reasons:

    1) They can hide a big backside, a condition of post-50 life for many women;

    2) You can get away with low-heeled shoes with them, another requirement for anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet;

    3) They’re more comfortable.

    That said, female political spouses generally have to be girlier. I think Michelle Obama has yet to put a foot wrong in her wardrobe choices so far. Yes, she’s aping Jackie Kennedy, but it looks exactly right on her, mainly because she and JK have the same basic body type. For a style so simple, not everyone can rock a sheath dress. But Michelle can.

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  22. LAMary said on August 27, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Michelle Obama is also about 5’11”, so she has some advantage when it comes to clothes. She also has the confidence to carry it off.

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  23. Danny said on August 27, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Teddy Kennedy, Elliot Spitzer, Bill Clinton, John Edwards. There’s a bunch of perverts for you. That is unless one only finds homosexual sex to be perverted, in which case you may need to chat with Alex and Scout because they won’t fit in that big ol’ tent of yours.

    MarkH, as usual, great reply, unfortunately lost on many around here. Their loss.

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  24. Colleen said on August 27, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    If HRC wasn’t wearing pantsuits, instead of ragging on her pantsuits, people would be ragging on her piano legs. She can’t win.

    And it’s really easier to dress if you’re a man in that situation. A suit. Do we even remember if any of those men wear the same suit two days in a row? Dark suit. Shirt. Tie. Done. Unremarkable, but always appropriate.

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  25. Danny said on August 27, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    True dat, Colleen. There is a double standard, unfortunately.

    My wife, though, I am always telling her she’s a natural beauty (the woman just cannot take a bad picture). Yet, she usually won’t go with the no-makeup, ponytail look that I advise.

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  26. LAMary said on August 27, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    I don’t have a problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with people who condemn it and run for office tossing around anti-gay opinions actually practicing it.

    Horn-dogs are another story altogether.

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  27. Gasman said on August 27, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    If you are going to include plain old marital infidelity, the flood gates will really open. Are you honestly suggesting that the Rs won’t be abundantly represented in that contest too? How ’bout Newt Gingrich, Bob Michels, Bob Livingston, and St. McCain himself? Nothing like a blonde-beer-baroness-bimbo trophy wife to make you dump the wife that waited for you while you were a prisoner of war.

    Are we talking only elected perverts? How about Bill O’Reilly gratifying himself mechanically while sexually harassing a female subordinate? Do you suppose Fox pays for his batteries? How ’bout Rush Limbaugh? Which wife is he on now, number 4? Now there is a very bad gig.

    Keep ’em coming! This is fun! The cad count stands: Rs 9, Ds 5. You’re still winning!

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  28. Julie Robinson said on August 27, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Re pantsuits: one must also consider the pantyhose and leg-shaving requirements of dresses. Can’t you see the pundits discussing the implications of unshorn leg hairs? Guys have it way too easy.

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  29. Just another John said on August 27, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    “How ’bout Rush Limbaugh? Which wife is he on now, number 4? Now there is a very bad gig. ”

    Not to mention his extra-marital trips to the Dominican Republic with a case of Viagara. I’m sure he was just browsing in the juniors department, though.

    Let’s not forget “Diaper” Dave Vitter! Or the very sudden marriage of a certain Florida governor – love sure does have odd timing when it comes to the ambitious.

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  30. Danny said on August 27, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    I think you’re probably right, Julie (about guys having it too easy). On the other hand, I’ve never won an argument since I’ve been married. Not that I’m complaining {nnnervous giggle in case the wife is reading}.

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  31. Scout said on August 27, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    In case I may have been misunderstood, it isn’t that I think the homosexscandals are worse, per se, my issue is that the people getting caught having them are on record as being vocally anti-gay, working to pass legislation to deny equality to us. And overwhelmingly, on this front, the politicians saying one thing and doing another are Republicans.

    Oh and one more thing: pedophilia is not exclusively homosexual.

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  32. alex said on August 27, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Amen, hallelujah, LA Mary. As practiced by social conservatives, homosexuality is indeed sordid and contemptible and immoral.

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  33. brian stouder said on August 27, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    The cad count stands: Rs 9, Ds 5. You’re still winning!

    If’n we’re agonna play this game, scoring what cads do between the sheets –

    how many bonus cad points does ‘Sheets’ Byrd score?

    (I can say this now, since I am a declared Democrat and Obama donor!)

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  34. Danny said on August 27, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Everyone, so that we don’t have to listen to any more of these partisan bickerings today, let me fast-forward and present a repetoire of most compelling arguments to come.

    1.Statement: Nuh-uhn.
    2. Reply: Uhn-huh!

    1.Statement: Infinity times.
    2. Reply: Infinity-plus-one!

    1.Statement: You are (fill in blank)
    2. Reply: I know you are, but what am I!

    1.Statement: Nuh-uhn.
    2. Reply: Uhn-huh!

    Whoops, we already said that. etc, etc.

    You can thank me later. Love, Danny.

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  35. coozledad said on August 27, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    It’s just the “consenting adults” thing the Republicans just don’t seem to get. I don’t care if people want to hang from trees and fuck sideways as long as both of them are at least voting age. I’d prefer that people not screw on the table at a restaurant, but if that’s the only way they can get it going, I’ll ask to be reseated at the bar. Other than people flinging bodily fluids in public, I’m pretty tolerant.

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  36. MichaelG said on August 27, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    I didn’t mean to be disparaging about anybody wearing pantsuits. Just about the garment itself. But you guys do make good points about practicality and I really can’t think of another alternative. Pants suits probably travel very well too. So I guess I’m a lot better informed now.

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  37. LAMary said on August 27, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Danny, it’s not a question of which party has more gays or cheaters or pedophiles. It’s a quesiton of which party leans towards hypocrisy on those issues, especially homosexuality. Personally, I think about half of all married men cheat. It’s wrong and it’s immoral, but there it is. I see it here a my job, I used to see it among the couples in my neighborhood when I was a stay at home mom.
    John Edwards, Elliot Spitzer, Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, John McCain, the Kennedy brothers, Warren G. Harding, Franklin Roosevelt all cheated. Bad on them. Some trashed their careers forever when they got caught. Both parties have lots of cheaters. I’d say probably a higher percentage of politicians are cheates than in the general population. Partly based on opportunity, partly because you’ve got to think you’re special and exempt from some of the rules of society to want to be in politics at high levels.
    I don’t remember any Democrats lining up for the gay bashing choir though. There are plenty of gay dems, some closeted, some open, but none of them were elected because they swore to protect somebody from homosexuals. It’s the hypocrisy, not the screwing.

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  38. Dexter said on August 27, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    I am anticipating Bill’s speech tonight. I feel he will , at last, attack Bush-Cheney with a few morsels about what a failed two terms have done to the country. He then needs to tie into his policies which left the nation in surplus at his exit. Then he must prop up Obama with at least faint hopeful praise that Obama can point us forward, toward fiscal health . This will be a stretch, as Obama has committed his presidency to waging all-out war in Afghanistan, but Bill’s gotta try. This may be Bill’s last stand…expect a great speech.
    I hope SOMEBODY mentions Iraq tonight! Where’s the outrage? Where’s the demands for withdrawal? Why isn’t this an anti-war convention? First things first, I guess…people just don’t see Iraq as the major cause of the deficit, no matter how much progressive Americans scream it.

    One last time…can you imagine the fireworks if Dennis Kucinich was the Democratic Party nominee?

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  39. Gasman said on August 27, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    MichaelG & Danny,
    You’ve entirely missed my point. Your side doesn’t exactly occupy the moral high ground on this issue, so quit while you’re behind. The Ds ain’t saints, but I’ll be damned if I can’t help but come up with the names of all these self righteous Republicans who are worse than those they decry. It’s less the acts involved as much as the condescending sanctimony that the right side of the aisle seems to muster. I sincerely hope that Larry Craig comes to terms with his sexuality, but his homophobic crusades in the Senate did real harm for what appears to be his own team.

    We expect a certain amount of dishonesty, incompetence, and corruption from our politicians. Hell, those are three of the cornerstones of American democracy. It’s this galling hypocrisy that the Rs are so fond of employing that pisses me off.

    Way too many Rs in glass houses on this issue.

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  40. Colleen said on August 27, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    What LA Mary said. “It’s the hypocrisy, not the screwing.” They get all smug about their moral high ground, and they behave in as base a manner as those they decry. They should just shaddup about it all.

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  41. Scout said on August 27, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Hey Dexter…. where are you viewing the convention? If it isn’t C-SPAN you’re not seeing much of anything but the cable news blathering bloviators who obviously think the DNC threw this party just for them. If you can watch it unadultered on C-SPAN you will see plenty of fiery anti-war speeches, especially today. Yesterday was about energy and the economy. Today’s main topic is foreign policy.

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  42. LAMary said on August 27, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    I need to NOT watch Chris Matthews. He’s such an ass.

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  43. Dexter said on August 27, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    C-Span & msnbc, Scout…thanks.

    From yesterday…”And Farley is coming back!”
    Johnston is returning after Sunday’s “final panels” with “new runs”…re-worked panels from 1979 on…

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  44. MichaelG said on August 27, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    WHOA, Gasman!! You’ve got the wrong guy here. I’m on the good side. I think you have me confused with Mark H. Look, for example, at my Aug 25, 2:55PM comment. Look at my comment the other day when I took off after Jeff calling him a right wing name! I agree with everything you and C-dad are saying. As I said the other day, you two make my life easy. You two say it so I don’t have to and say it better than I could. I await your apology.

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  45. Gasman said on August 27, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    OOOPS! My major bad! I should have gotten the H outta’ there. Mea culpa.

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  46. MichaelG said on August 27, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    By the way, Gasman, I never went back and hadn’t realized until today that you had replied to my comment about my foreign born wife and her obtaining US citizenship. As you noted there is the very real risk of an irrational deportation without cause. It was precisely because of this fear and fears of losing other things like all the money she has paid into Social Security over the last 30 years and because of the Bush administration that she went for her citizenship.

    I don’t think the US government grants or recognizes dual citizenship or that there is a mechanism for applying for it. You sort of assume it. Jump through the hoops, get your US papers and just keep your foreign ones. That’s what everyone else does. So here she’s recognized as a US citizen and the Portuguese g’ment still recognizes her as a Portuguese citizen.

    I am truly sorry that the atmosphere is so awful in your area of New Mexico. Sacramento is a pretty level headed town, I guess, and she (we) never had any Gestapo fears here when she applied. There are so many foreign born folks here that one more here or there isn’t noticeable. I was going to make a tasteless joke about using Wen Ho Lee for a reference, but I’ll resist. Would it be possible for her to apply in Albuquerque? Would she be less noticed there?

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  47. MichaelG said on August 27, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    I knew you just got the names mixed, Gasman. Thanks.

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  48. Gasman said on August 27, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    ABQ is not much better because Sandia National Lab is there. It is the biggest single repository for nuclear warheads in our arsenal. Feds are as thick as fleas down here. Foreigners abound in Los Alamos, even ones from countries that not that long ago were the enemy. It is, however, kind of surreal to see many Russian born scientists here. As someone who came of age during the cold war, Russians would have been largely banned from Los Alamos. Now they work here freely.

    I may be too paranoid, but I have been genuinely afraid to speak my mind here until very recently. My wife told one of the long time Los Alamos residents of my fears and this old timer said that I was right to be circumspect.

    Canadian citizen Maher Arar was deported by the U.S. government, not to Canada – from whence his passport was issued, but to Syria, his country of birth. While in Syria he was tortured. This was but one instance in this pissing contest that Cheney has waged with Canada because Canada had the audacity to not do his bidding. Just one of the many reasons I am extremely motivated to see a Democrat in the Whitehouse.

    I’ll wish him a long and healthy life, but when he finally shakes this mortal coil, I fully intend to piss on Cheney’s grave.

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  49. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on August 27, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    I’m truly delighted that a major party has nominated an African-American as their candidate for President of the United States. Of course, the Democratic Party didn’t even admit black delegates to their conventions until 1936, while the GOP did so starting in 1888, actually putting a vote for Frederick Douglass on the record in that year.

    As with the Chicago Cubs, one can argue they’ve been coasting on that preeminence for a century too long, and need to take step number two. Colin Powell in 2000 would have been great, but Alma said no.

    Gasman, when you hear of my death, you can just pee in Lake Michigan to reach the same effect (actually, the game plan is ashes into the St. Joseph River, but it all ends up in the Big Sea Water). But i’m sure the Cheney family plot can use the nitrites in the sod — gives you really, really green grass.

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  50. del said on August 28, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Wending back to matters of politicians’ hypocrisy, I remember the late Henry Hyde, of the Clinton impeachment House, who, when confronted with photographic evidence of his own earlier extramarital affair (courtesy of Larry Flynt), described it as “a youthful indiscretion.” It had happened when he was 44.

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  51. Jolene said on August 28, 2008 at 1:06 am

    But, to be fair, 44 probably really did seem young to Hyde by the time he was confronted by that “indiscretion.”

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  52. MichaelG said on August 28, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Probably the last time he got it up.

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  53. brian stouder said on August 28, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Well, with all due respect and concern for all who find themselves in the path of the still-growing gulf storm, I cannot help but smile at the prospect of the rough justice that may well come to pass.

    Tonight Obama will give a barn-burner of a speech to many tens of thousands of fired-up Americans, accepting the Democratic party’s nomination, and commemorating Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” address….

    and then our right-wing windbags will go into a full gale, spending the next days snarling that “he thinks he’s God!! he thinks he’s a Messiah!” –

    and THEN – almost as if taken from the pages of the Old Testament – the winds will blow and the sea will become angry and Gustav might well blow the Republican convention coverage off of the front page (or at least below the fold!); or as the fellow on msnbc puts it – we could go into “split screen” mode!

    Just what McCain (et al) wants; second banana status, plus graphic reminders of how “heck-of-a” horrible job the Republican-lead US government did, when the chips were down in New Orleans two summers ago.

    And if THAT comes to pass, I will always think that Gustav’s middle name is Ashley

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  54. MarkH said on August 28, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Brian, please….stop.

    Do you honestly think our dear departed Ashley would think it’s a fair exchange to endanger the lives of his NOLA brothers and sisters (again!) just to reduce McCain’s newsworthiness, and remind people of hell?? I know Ashley only from his posts, here and on his blog, but I think not. He’s spinning in his grave at your notion. And, it was three years ago, not two.

    Edit – And it’s not that the press says Barack thinks of himself as a messiah so much, it’s his supporters who do. But I do think he thoroughly enjoys his rockstar status. Just sayin’…

    Otherwise, I enjoy your posts.

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  55. Catherine said on August 28, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Brian, I like your rewrite and Gustav’s new name. Instead of the OT, though, maybe it’s an alternate ending to the Left Behind books?

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  56. Scout said on August 28, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Is it just me? I have YET to meet a supporter who thinks Obama’s The Messiah. Methinks they are a media creation, just like the Hill/Bill disunity meme or an operation chaos idea like the PUMAs.

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