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February 20, 2006

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Rick Ballard

"Surprisingly the most conservative are the college age kids who actively work on campaigns."

Shhh, Maryrose, you'll make the Koslandians cry.

Sue

Maybee,

The shame for me was in my blind loyalty to a cad. ::grin:: I'm like that. I tend to give my president the benefit of the doubt. I also don't believe in conspiracy theories, even though I love them. I read the blogs on the left for that one reason. You can't get better conspiracy theories. Of course, some of the ones on the right are pretty damn good, too. I try to use common sense when deciding which conspiracy theory to get behind. Sometimes, common sense gets in the way of a good time. ::grin:: I now consider myself an Independent that supports my ex-governor.

beautifulatrocities

Daou is a twit who's risen to his potential at Salon, which used to be decent but is boilerplate liberal nonsense.

My challenge to twits like Daou / Brock / RFK JR who claim there's no liberal bias to the MSM: why, when AM radio was deregulated in the late 80s, did it immediately become saturated with conservative pundits? After all, liberals, like everyone else, drive cars, listen to the radio, & like to spout off? Who can explain this mystery?

(Shhhh: of course the answer is that Rush, Hannity, O'Reilly, etc represented views that were shut out of the liberal MSM, none of whose East Coast paladins would have been caught dead in the basement of AM radio.)

Extraneus

Clinton ruined the life of some foolish intern

Hey, maryrose, I like that observation of yours. Through the whole thing, everybody mocked her, even the Republicans, when in fact she was the one tragic victim in the whole mess, thanks entirely to Clinton, who could have protected her if he had any integrity at all.

Extraneus

Er, do we really need to point Daou here?

Specter

OF course youo are right Kim. INS is not just at the border. I used to live in San Diego and the illegal immigration problem was horrible. In our area we had people driving their kids across the border into the US so that they could walk out of a US house to catch a bus to school.

The point I was making for Davebo was that 1 additional person at the border would make no difference in that. It is a serious problem and we will have to deal with it. But to try to make some big deal out of the fact that an INS guy was at the Ranch is just too much.

And Sue - your suggestion to look at a map is very good. Imagine that - Kenedy county is not very far from the border....


Sue

Specter,

The largest towns from Kenedy County are McAllen, Harlingen and Brownsville. Border towns. Yeah, it's crazy to think the border guards would wander up towards the wide open spaces of the Armstrong Ranch, looking for illegals.

Specter

Well...it's official. Michelle Malkin, by the Daou/Greenwald International Liberal Labeling System (DILLS), is a liberal. She once again has questions about the Bush administration decision on the east coast ports. I'm so disappointed....LOL

Sue

Maybe it should be DaGILLS, so as not to leave out Mr. Greenwald.

MayBee

I so agree, Sue (surprise!).
I'd vote for Evan Bayh over Bill Frist, but my dream President would be Guiliani.

More than anything, I can't imagine anyone that could govern a country that impeached 2 duly elected Presidents in a row. I'm not asking that Dems like Bush, and I'm sure not calling all of his detractors liberals (heavens no!), but I am calling all of the over the top impeach-him-now crowd 'destructive'.

I think that's why its unwise to have the debate the Daou and Greenwald seem to want. Who cares, first of all, if someone is called a liberal or not. It's not a bad word, and it is only as harmful as anything else someone is called when they don't wish for the label. Call me a cultist, call me a conservative, call me a neo-con-- it doesn't matter because none of those are how I would label myself, and in the end it has no affect on our country if someone else has the wrong impression of me.
But it does affect our country if we can't keep a President through his full term anymore.
I am someone who most likes it when there is a party split between Congress and the POTUS. I don't want that to start meaning it is open season for impeachment, however. So what I want Daou and Greenwald to tell me is not what they think I think, but when they think they are going to start being proactively FOR something, and what the Dems are going to do to help us get off of this horrible "impeach him" merry-go-round.

Cecil Turner

She once again has questions about the Bush administration decision on the east coast ports.

So do I. Look out, that "liberal" stuff must be mighty contagious.

Sue

I haven't decided on '08. It depends on the WOT. I don't trust democrats with national security anymore. I have moved more to the right since I voted for Clinton. I am one of those allusive, sought after, in the middle, moderates. But, I would think if you asked Mr. Daou I'm an "Authoritarian Cultist". ::grin:: Simply because I don't get slobbery over impeaching Bush. I didn't get slobbery over impeaching Clinton either.

maryrose

Maybee: I am totally in agreement with you about Bayh and Guiliani. I trust both of them.Guiliani has some baggage but he's tough on terror. I just think they both would do what's right. If dems could carry Indiana and what Kerry got they could win in 08. That's why Hil is a non-factor in this horse race. She brings New York to the table -Big Deal! Even some of my liberal friends won't vote for her.

maryrose

Ex: {Intrinsic}
Thank you for your kind words. I hope Monica has a good life.
Back to 24

Specter

Just how many times is the guy Jack has to get info from going to die right in front of him....sheesh

maryrose

Jack is kicking some Russian butt tonight! He just took out 2guys and shot down a helicopter! Ride em cowboy!

larwyn

08?

A vote for the Dem President is not
a vote for just one man.

For any sensible Dem like Bayh to win the primary and then the election lots of deals will need to be made.

Think Cabinet positions:

You want another Albright or Cohen
just for starters???

It would be a nightmare of the first order after all the work going on at State and within the
CIA to get rid of all those
"realists".

Please think it thru.

Jack's back!

maryrose

Larwyn:
Which republican leader do you like for 08?

beautifulatrocities

Even worse: Atty General Gorelick

beautifulatrocities

Even worse: Atty General Gorelick

Defense Guy

The world is at war and the best the leading lights of the left can do is come up with creative fantasies about their political other. They deserve to lose more elections. They just aren't serious.

TM

Frm Daou:

...which I attribute to one of three things: either rightwing bloggers weren't aware of my challenge, they didn't think it warranted a response, or they lack the evidence to back up their claims.

I back "they didn't think it warranted a response" - I'm only guessing here, but it may be that the Authoritarian Cultists have dismissed Daou as one more partisan attack hack who does not merit (and does not look for) any sort of thoughtful response.

But (and I know this is suspenseful), I have a sneaking suspicion that Daou will settle on "they lack the evidence to back up their claims".

My free advice to him, which I will be posting in his comments when I have fine-tuned the snark - just go ahead and declare victory now. No one on the left will dispute you, and no one on the right will care.

Rick Ballard

It's more important to decide where to place the Authoritarian Shrine anyway. Do you think we should hire a feng shui shaman as a consultant? I've never been involved in a cult before but there has to be some sort of manual or something, right?

larwyn

Maryrose,
If I had to vote today for 08
President - it would have to Rudy.

He is smart, talk straight, stay with what he believes is right
and he has managed New York City,
a more difficult job than being
Governor of a lot of states.

McCain gets on my nerves with his
media suck up and I will never forget his dissing of the Swift
Boat Vets. (my take was he wanted
Kerry to be elected, knowing he
would be so terrible that he,McCain
would be shoe in in 2008)
And if anyone could have demanded that Kerry release all his Military
records it was McCain. So I just
don't really trust him.

I really admire and respect Rep.
Duncan Hunter and I love his never
quite totally put together look.
Either the hair is sticking up, or
a shirt collar is askew, sometimes
both collars - but he looks like a real man. So do Rumsfeld, Cheney
and GW for that matter.

Romney and Allen and Frist
need some rumpling - too perfect -
too metro - I read that as vain.
(Kedwards comes to mind)

But what do I know - just don't like smooth operaters ANYMORE!

I would be comfortable with Condi
- but not sure she could win.

clarice

larwyn..don't fogrt Kerry offered to outsource to McCain defense and foreign policy is McCain would run as his VP.

If we're to have a real cult, we need a cult goddess..would it be considered immodest to throw my name in the hat, there? Just asking..

larwyn

Clarice - Cult Goddess sounds
good to me.

And we have a body of your word
already published as "cult dogma".

{do cults have dogma?}

fingers and brain both going -
be back tomorrow.

kim

Peter would have a fine time yakkin it up on PressThink where Steve Lovelady still doesn't think the Burkett memos are disproven.
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kim

Do cult goddesses jump out of cakes?
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Rick Ballard

"where Steve Lovelady still doesn't think"

Just performing an "edit for concision" exercise. I don't believe anything is missing.

kim

larwyn re: McCain and the Swifties: Grrrrrr!.

What bothers me even more than his contempt for the Swifties was that he responded without even looking into the matter. Is that anyway to run a country or the world? There were other denizens of the Hanoi Hilton who had a different take on the matter. This was not a trivial matter for an off-the-cuff response, and needed correction, which he didn't do even after Dole weighed in. Despicable.

As far as I'm concerned the Swifties destroyed Kerry's chances in '04 and McCain's in '08.
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Rick Ballard

"would it be considered immodest to throw my name in the hat, there? Just asking.."

I woud certainly have no objection - but are you sure you have the authoritarian aspect of this nailed down?

clarice

Jumping out of cakes is for vestal virgins..Cult goddesses just officiate at major celebrations, wear expensive Italian clothes and stuff..Gee, I thought everyone knew that!

kim

I gave him hell one fine day because I thought he was the editor responsible for the CJR article about the Burkett memos. He isn't, but I had a great time raging away, anyway.
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clarice

How hard can getting down "authoritarian be"?

kim

So 'Italian' and Yellow 'Cake' must be the passwords, tonight.

Open, Sesame.
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Rick Ballard

You still asked a question. Goddesses have to pronounce. I guess some questions might be okay - on the order of "Who asked you, twerp?". Gotta get the tone right - think Cheney looking at Moran and Gregory and intoning: "Frank, the 12ga, double ought, both barrels."

kim

Speaking of which, why doesn't Libby ask in discovery for details of Fitz's interviews with Cannistraro and Hersh?

And what sort of offering will it take to get you to just command Joe's head off?
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Rick Ballard

Cool. On the order of: "Will no one rid me of this meddlesome ambassador." I think Clarice already raised that one. Joe Wilson as Thomas a Beckett - except that Beckett was sort of innocent.

If there's gonna be a Star Court, I volunteer for chief magistrate.

Soylent Red

I've never been involved in a cult before but there has to be some sort of manual or something, right?

I should think a membership card and secret handshake are in order.

At the very least a discount day at Disneyland or a punchcard from Ralph's.

And...

I gotta echo Larry. I consider myself a "Liberal", but now I'm forced to make the distinction between a Big L and Small L liberal. Another perfectly good word coopted.

larwyn

Oh lordy, at 10:22 your time I was
bowing out for the night - and made
one last stop....and
WOW!
WOW!
DOUBLE WOW!

This link must be posted at Salon!
Dr.Sanity picked these excerpts and
then did some lyrics and titles
her post "Springtime for Lefties"

But Vanderleun's essay must be read
in full.

Vanderleun's "Radical Roots and the Conquest of the Democratic Party"

by Vanderleun February 19, 2006

EXCERPTS:
If it were only the denizens of these fringe groups that supplied the ideological cannon fodder of the American Left, it would be a small matter to marginalize them since their very mindsets marginalize them from the square numbered "1." Indeed, just a few years ago, they could only exist within the rarified environment of on-campus humanities and ethnic-studies departments. Once removed from these hyperbaric chambers, their failure to thrive in the world outside -- absent a position in various media companies and Washington Wonk Tanks -- was assured. They were, if not really useful idiots, harmless idiots.

Sadly that is no longer the case. Recently a very large and significant American institution has stripped down to the buff and made itself freely available to the tender mercies and tough love of the American Left. Indeed, the capture of this group is the single significant achievement of the American Left in decades. With the elevation of Howard Dean, the canonization of Hillary Clinton, the deification of Ted Kennedy, the renovation of Nancy Peloisi, and the self-defenestration of Barbara Boxer, it is clear that the political base of the American Left has now migrated from the fringes of our political arena to the dead center of the Democratic Party. And it is there to stay.
Sigh. How true. Read it all and weep for the Party that was once relatively sane and at least used to love this country.

Dr.Sanity's SPRINGTIME FOR LEFTIES IN AMERICA

SPRINGTIME FOR LEFTIES IN AMERICA

The left was having trouble
What a sad, sad story
They needed desperately to restore
Their former glory

Where, oh where could they hide
All the hatred inside?
They looked around and then they found
The Party whose own soul had died...

SENATOR KENNEDY:
And now it's...
Springtime for Lefties in America !
Lefties are happy and gay!
We're marching to a faster pace

And lyrics only get funnier.

PS American Digest email didn't work - tried to send to TM.

CLARICE: Recall that godesses
may also say "SHOVE IT!"

larwyn

tags test
looks like /em didn't work on post.

MayBee

I tried for Cult Goddess once, but I dropped my flaming baton during the talent competition. So yeah, clarice, the title is totally yours.

larwyn

Now you've had me laughing so hard
I'm awake.

Goddesses should wear Isadora Duncan scarfs - not many spoked wheels to worry about - but revolving doors can be a b---h!

Elbow length pale leather gloves
also recommended.

Goddess headwear must include jeweled clouches.

Are we The Authoritarian Cult or an authoritarian cult?

If the latter, we can pick our own
name...but actually TAC is "bad" so
it's good.

MayBee

out, tags!

ooh, you are going to get in trouble with MJW.


JM Hanes

A day & dollar late & short, as usual (well, not short really), but on behalf of all you wingers over here, I've risen to the Daou Bait on the erstwhile semi, demi Quasiblog.

Have to admit, I quit while it was still fun, partway down his list, leaving plenty of examples for anyone else who likes shooting clay pigeons now and then.

MJW

Maybee, may be I need to lighten up with the tag thing, but everyone needs a cause.

MayBee

I admire your persistence, MJW. Your cause is a noble one. :-)

Plus, you fixed the problem. You are a doer, that's what I like about you.

Dwilkers

Heh. If you want a laugh follow TM's link above (seminal) where he calls them out in the comments.

The response? Crickets chirping.

I have a lot of thoughts on the basic thought process that underlies what Dauo & Greenwald are babbling about but instead of a long post I'll just say they apparently don't understand mainstream conservative thinking very well. Moreover, it has become apparent to me they (folks on the left) don't even want to understand, and that is not uncommon on the left.

noah

Its a lot easier than clay pigeons, more like shooting fish in a barrel...that is listing Clinton's terminal sins.

Even worse than pardoning Marc Rich was pardoning Susan Rosenberg (I am sure the spelling is wrong...so pardon) who was convicted and sentenced to 50 years but was also indicted for the Conn. armored car robbery where a couple of working class guys with families were murdered (she was in the pokey so why bother with another trial was the thought I guess). SOME WORKING CLASS HEROINE!!! Then along came Clinton's get out of jail free card.

kim

The pardonning was eclectic; some thoroughly evil, some remedying prosecutorial evil.
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kim

Some times I worry about Stephen Jeff.
Dipsomanio ain't no phunnio.
Hepatocytes, Heal Thyselves.
Brain webs flimsy as spiders' labor.
Some things break like crystal crocken'.
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PeterUK

Clarice,since this is the internet should not that be Virtual Virgins? It would also seem an easier job description.

kim

Then Tom would have to change his borders to yellow.
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maryrose

clarice:
You would be the ultimate Authoritarian Goddess . Will ritual sacrifice be required and if so who?

Sue

Or we sacrificing virtual virgins? I prefer to sacrifice virtual roosters, but that's just me.

Sue

Or...are...my goodness...I think a rooster to the goddess of typos is in order...

beautifulatrocities

Well, Frist & Malkin have both challenged the Bush-backed UAE port deal. Now they're liberals too. Crap.

kim

We sacrifice the occasional beer, or cuppa joe, to the keyboard.
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kim

I've said for years that if I haven't spilled coffee on myself by Noon, then I have to do it ritually, you know, like dip a hem in it or something. Why Noon? Well, if it isn't caffeine jitters, or hypoglycemic shakes by then, you have to take matters into your own hands. Jitterbug time, CDTers.
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AB

Greenwald's point was twofold, but by focussing on only one aspect of it, you appear to have successfully convinced yourselves (surprise!) that he's entirely wrong.

The idea that one can be termed a 'liberal' for the mere act of disagreeing with Bush is arguable, as TM has shown. What's far more cogent is the concept that the fundamental conservative principles - limited federal government, states rights, fiscal responsibility, accountability of elected officials, even national security - have been thoroughly betrayed by this administration yet are regularly apologized for by right wing bloggers and politicos alike. As a result, there is no longer any meaningful definition of the word "conservative" in American politics. If conservativism means unlimited porkbarrel spending, intrusive government, skyrocketing deficits, even our port security sold to nations that fund terrorism...then what does 'liberal' mean, other than a nyah nyah epithet to throw at anyone who opposes this now empty ideology and those who still champion it?

The right seems to have become addicted to scorn, ridicule and "so what,we always win" rhetoric as a substitute for reasonable argument. I have personally witnessed an extreme shift in perspective just within my own community. Increasingly, it is only wingnut radio and wingnut blogs that still cling to their philosophy that Ignorance is Bliss. The American people, as they waken gradually to what has been done to their country, are beginning to deprogram from the Cult.

Gary Maxwell

What a pity that the American people dont recognize you and your ilk's brilliance, AB/JayDee. A true pity.

AB

Peek outside of your cult once in awhile, gary, and you'll see that they are very much starting to. It's not brilliance. It's simple common sense.

PeterUK

"The right seems to have become addicted to scorn, ridicule and "so what,we always win" rhetoric as a substitute for reasonable argument."

No,the Left have become such a wonderful source idiocy that scorn and ridicule flow easily and naturally.
At one time we would have designated you some awe inspiring title like Bolsheviks,but you are grown so ludicrous that we are at a loss what to call leftards.What does one call Wile E.Coyote on smack?

larwyn

AB
"It's simple common sense."

Are you talking about all the famous "common sense" of
Dean?
Pelosi?
Cindy Sheehan?
Ward Churchill?
Al Gore?
Ted Kennedy?
Paul Krugman?
MoDo?
John Murtha?

I could type all day.

Tks for the laugh!

AB

PeterUK, Exhibit A of the card carrying cult member. Has no idea what he believes in. Has no idea what the "left" believes in. Just enjoys feeling superior. There is a powerful psychological component to this self identification with the cult.

AB

larwyn, Exhibit B.

Nash

Of goody, are we doing lists, now, larwyn? I love lists.

"Five of these things are not like the others"

"Where's Waldo?"

"Come up for air, man, before it's too late."

clarice

Virtual virgins, of course.*smacking hand to forehead* As to sacrifices? Liberal arts professors. Especially in ethnic and peace studies, but I'm willing to be eclectic.
The other(anti-authoritarian) cult, BTW, has just offered up its first sacrifice of the season:Larry Summers.

Gary Maxwell

Two ( now three as I type) responses from the Great Charles Winchester III, and guess what, two ( now three ) ad hom attacks using the "cult" meme. Anyone see something quite similar to "scorn,ridicule and so what...rhetoric". The irony is so thick its competing with the BS for first to fill the room.

But you long ago earned my scorn and ridicule Charles. Nonsense flows form you like detritus from a goose.

AB

Defend the point, Gary Maxwell. Why do 'conservatives' continue to support and sychophantically apologize for an administration that has betrayed virtually ALL conservative principle?

PeterUK

AB,And what a splendid little Toon you are to be sure.What cult would that be exactly?

On cults in general,members are absolutely certain of the veracity of its core beliefs,so if you do not know the definition of the word,why not just colour in the pictures and join the discussion when you are older?

Sue

Okay, I spewed the coffee on this one...

http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2006/02/the_rise_of_the.html#comment-14217132>Common sense?

Sue

Defend the point Gary. AB demands it. Defend it or die. Or something silly like that. ::grin:: You realize in his world, as in Mr. Daou's world, if you don't staunchly defend something they say, it is because you can't, certainly not because it isn't worth it. ::grin::

Gotta love 'em...

PeterUK

"Why do 'conservatives' continue to support and sychophantically apologize for an administration that has betrayed virtually ALL conservative principle?"

The answer to this assertion of course is,no they don't.

AB

No, in fact cults are not defined by their members' beliefs, but by their unshakable faith in a charismatic leader, by an us-against-them paranoia and by intense secrecy. The usefulness of this new paradigm is that it does in fact describe the residents of wingnuttia. There are NO conservative principles being upheld - and once again, not one of the braying hyenas on site can or will refute this. There is just childlike, absolute faith and "trust" in an unlimited executive, fueled by an irrational and excessive hatred of all who oppose him.

kim

AB, if you think vox populi is waxing loud about soaring deficits, intrusive government, and unlimited porbarrel spending, you gat another think coming. You've just described Democrats to most of them. Then you want to bring up security?

Har de har har, he laughs all the way the the Acme voting booth.
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clarice

Well, shoot me. I love the man. There are things he's done I disagree with, but the big issue:defendinng us he's done fantastically. The second big thing--the economy--he's done very well.

To do these things in the face of a hateful blinkered press, a spiteful mandarinate Fifth Column and impossible conditions is remarkable.

He will go down in history as a much maligned transformational president who reshaped a world when it most needed it.

Love. Love this man.

AB

clarice, Exhibit C.

kim

AB, the hyperbole alarm is going off. You've described the acts and attitudes of leftists better than that of the authoritarian cultists here. We can find many problems with Dubya; they just pale in comparison to Democrats. You BDS sufferers are the cult.
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Gary Maxwell

One of my all time favorite scenes from the Start tRek movie series, was when Captain Kirk reduced to only his guile and wits in dealing with Khan, says" I am laughing at your superior intellect Khan."

Seems applicable here.

AB

Considering the dems have been out of power now for six solid years, and every last one of the nation's problems must now be layed at the feet of the one party Repub leadership - please explain which problems the dems have made worse.

I realize that hardcore wingnuts like y'all will never stop swallowing the koolaid, but there may be a few here who can recognize that this is exactly the question that is dawning on your average apolitical American. Not only has the hard right created all the problems we face today, they are still trying to blame the exact people they have disempowered. That game can only go on for so long, and the timer is running out.

Gary Maxwell

Using "Braying hyenas" as an adjective =
"scorn,ridicule and so what...rhetoric"

PeterUK

"No, in fact cults are not defined by their members' beliefs, but by their unshakable faith in a charismatic leader, by an us-against-them paranoia and by intense secrecy."

AB,do read what is written, which was "On cults in general,members are absolutely certain of the veracity of its core beliefs," that does not say cults are defined by their members beliefs,but that "members are absolutely certain of the veracity of its core beliefs," Belief is a central component of cults,religions and political parties.
Got that?

Rick Ballard

"braying hyenas" brayed Mowlitt's Ass, stomping his little hoof in disdain. Come, joust at my strawman, I dare and defy you! Oh, you'll see, you'll see come November when all will be made whole again and power will return to the just and righteous!!

Just keep staring out to sea - your ship is just o'er the horizon with a fair wind filling its sails.

It's a damn shame that it's blowing offshore, but if you wait and have patience, why, eventually, you'll starve to death and all will be well.

PS Anyone have a clue as to how a barking moonbat comes up with "braying hyena"?

Gary Maxwell

The timer is running out = Dems are playing four corner offense and utilize time outs and prayers to try to keep the game close and hoping the referee gives us an unearned break

kim

And unshakable belief in the evil of Bush has become cultic. They are projecting, and writing about themselves.
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Sue

AB thinks the average apolitical American hangs out in Koslandia.

No one disempowered anyone. They got beat at the voting booth. However it does garner a more sinister feel to say republicans disempowered democrats, republicans seized congress, republicans took over the senate. But, I bet that wasn't your goal was it? ::grin::

PeterUK

"Considering the dems have been out of power now for six solid years, and every last one of the nation's problems must now be layed at the feet of the one party Repub leadership - please explain which problems the dems have made worse."

They are getting people killed with their selfindulgent rhetoric,the Democrats sound like that other death cult al Qaeda.

clarice

If we reject the hate Bush time select elite how could we be other than closed-minded cultists? See, how easy that is?

PeterUK

AB
Braying Donkeys.
Laughing Hyenas.
Page seven of your nature book

Rick Ballard

Kim,

Nope, note a cult at all. Cultists put their money where their mouth is. They just put pixels where their mouth is.

Bye, bye, Hackett - we loved you dearly but we have very short arms - good for waving and clapping but they don't quite reach our wallets.

Oh well, Greenberg will do another poll showing that the "ship" is drawing every nearer - and it's a big ship, too.

Paul Zrimsek

The American people, as they waken gradually to what has been done to their country, are beginning to deprogram from the Cult.

What, again?

As for what "liberal" means now, that's simple: liberals are those people who are infuriated by the failure of this Administration to be conservative enough.

JM Hanes

AB
"the timer is running out"

Ain't it the truth! When Bush's second term expires, we'll probably hear the KosCrowd congratulating themselves for driving the guy out of office. Must be one of the longest wake-up calls in political history.

"If conservativism means unlimited porkbarrel spending, intrustive government, skyrocketing deficits, even our port security sold to ations that fund terrorism...then what does 'liberal'mean...."

Your irony meter must be totally busted.

"What's far more cogent is the concept that the fundamental conservative principles...have been thoroughly betrayed by this administration yet are regularly apologized for by right wing bloggers and politicos alike."

You don't seem to notice that the right is not apologizing. Defending? Yes, but what the left utterly fails to comprehend is that the right is, and always has been, a coalition, not a cult.

JM Hanes

Paul

"liberals are those people who are infuriated by the failure of this Administration to be conservative enough"

Too perfect, LOL!

PeterUK

Paul,Karl said to rough him up a bit but leave him sane,we need someone on the inside.

JM Hanes

larwyn

"Are we The Authoritarian Cult or an authoritarian cult?"

Any cultist worth his salt will tell you there can be one, and only one, Authorian Cult.

Rick Ballard

"but leave him sane"

That's going to involve a rather lengthy therapy process, isn't it? I'd as soon leave him as he is.

clarice

Damn right! Now, for the construction of the forum where the goddess and the virtual virgins will reside and do their oracle shtick...

Rick Ballard

I nominate Kim for oracle!!

Uh, if that's OK, Clarice?

Don't we have to hire the feng shwei consultant priot to beginning construction? I know we would in CA but perhaps it's done differently elsewhere.

maryrose

```AB;
You sir are Exhibit A for what is currently wrong with the dem party. If you read these blogs completely you will find a number of former democratic voters here. What's missing for them is a coherent messagefrom the dems and a sense the dems are SOFT on TERRORISM. The minute Kerry'Edwards voted against funding the troops in Iraq they LOST the election Talk about being TONE DEAF. For Kerry to make the statement- "I don't need the South to win the election was MORONIC. You can't arbitrarily write off a whole section of the country. They interviewed people at the Daytona 500 about voting for Hillary-guess how many votes she got-uh- zero. Get out of your bubble ,travel to Red States see how real people live and stop labeling people as cultists-that's going to get you tons of votes.````````````````````````````

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