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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Just what we need: a hothead in the White House

While the right wingers preach to us (and that's clearly the right verb now) about John McCain's sterling character -- BTW, did you know that he was once a POW? -- people who have watched him for years have some real questions about his competence at anger management. And his foul mouth.

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You mean McCain SWEARS? How could we ever elect a President who talks like we do?

I think I'll break an umbrella over my knee in protest to his uncivilized behavior.

As far as the GOP preaching to us:

I see McCain has bounced in the polls and the pundits attribute it to the energized Christian Right, the people who want to teach Creationism and a 6,000-year-old earth in our classrooms. The pundits say that once again the Republicans are using religious fundamentalism to get power. I'm not so sure it's that simple but I occasionally get frustrated with having religion play this kind of role in our society, especially when the results have been so bad. It would be one thing if the leaders followed the basics - start with "Thou shalt not kill" - but they don't and the flock of sheep lets them get away with it, which is annoying.

Did you know it takes light 100 thousand years to cross our galaxy and we see galaxies millions of light years away? So if the earth is 6,000 years old, God or Satan would have had to place these light beams there to trick us into thinking it was much older. Why? And they aren't just beams, they show events like exploding stars that couldn't have happened within the 6,000 years. Translation: It's most likely not true.

But that's beside the point. Most people pick and choose what they want to believe like going through a religious buffet. And that's okay too. It would be nice if they looked into the roots of some of these stories - many are just recycled fables from earlier religions - but that's not the fun part. The fun part is feeling self-righteous so they proceed directly to that. And it's their right. One of the great exertions of personal power we have is the defiant right to delude ourselves. That is ours and nobody can mess with it, but the fact that humans are so gullible - so quick to buy into the hype - could be the single biggest reason our species goes extinct. We are - in a lot of ways - sheep that walk on 2 legs and it's a damn shame.

The GOP has done a tremendous job taking advantage of it. Religious types are being manipulated into supporting these psychopathic clowns like Bush and Cheney. The criminal shepherds speak and the flock of sheep goes, "Baa!" "Timetables in Iraq, bad. What? Timetables in Iraq, good? Timetables in Iraq good! Baa!"

What would Jesus do? Jesus would puke.

And now we have Sarah Palin - the perfect diversion for the Religious Right to latch onto: Don't think about torture and water-boarding. Think about Alaska and snowboarding! Don't think about our Forefathers and losing our democracy. Think about Sarah's daughter keeping her pregnancy!

If the Republicans finish off America - cause it to implode financially - which appears to be happening as we speak, there will be plenty of blame to go around. I will blame the Religious Right whose pious, self-righteous delusion and arrogance put an end to the greatest experiment in government in all of history. Of course, by then they could declare it's the End Times and finish us all off anyway, just to show us they were right.

I remember not caring about this during the primaries, and I'll continue to not care now.

I think we can all agree that there is quite the distance on the anger road between swearing and launching a nuclear strike, especially since it's not like there's a big red button on the desk in the Oval Office or something.

Like MachineshedFred said, I heard enough about that in the primaries. It was a smear tactic then and is one now. Has no bearing on if the guy is competent to run the country or not.

McCain's outbursts are consistent with the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Mainstream media should be clamoring for the release of his military psychiatric records, instead of giving him a free pass because he's a war hero.

Here we go again with the religion play.
How is it that the left imagines so much inappropriate Republican influence coming from "Christianistas".

Is it a convenient canard to use in avoiding any recognition that a majority of mainstream America just simply doesn't align with the far left that dominates the Democratic party?

It seems to be a default position the Democrats use at nearly every turn.

"Oh those wacko Christians are trying to take over and force their religion on everyone."

The McCain machine has already said, "this race is not about issues", and they are doing a pretty good job of making it so at the moment.
IF the adage is true about people 'getting the government they deserve' and enough people vote for the same old thing again. We will get more war, an imploding economy, lousy education for our kids, including abstinence only for birth control, more teen pregnancy, and no health care, which are just some of the issues.
We will be lied to on a continuing basis. Just listen to 'McCain's choice' for VP. Lying is all she has done for the last 11 days in every one of her stump speeches. It gives speaking in tongues a whole new meaning.
We may also get 'McCain's choice' for president sooner than we thought possible.
Is this what we really want to happen???
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For those of you who support the democrats and you do not actively DO something to participate in this election, when McCain takes the oath of office in January we have only ourselves to blame.

Lying is all she has done for the last 11 days in every one of her stump speeches.

Now that's cute.

Whereas all the attacks on her are truthiness?

Nope. Palin speaks the truth while the left deals in gutter rumor mongering politics.

Here's the corrections.

http://explorations.chasrmartin.com/2008/09/06/palin-rumors/


No, the issue is that evangelical power brokers have convinced the flock that abortion is somehow a more relevant issue than, say, how we take care of those already on this earth. They've made it a hot-button issue because they know the actual modern GOP platform runs counter to Christianity in nearly every way.

"I see McCain has bounced in the polls and the pundits attribute it to the energized Christian Right...."

Bill,

Latest Gallup poll shows that McCain's bounce is attributable to his opening up a 15% lead among INDEPENDENTS, not right-wing nuts like you would like to think (his numbers are unchanged among conservatives).

Nice try though.

I find it bizarre to hear that there are those who don't think uncontrollable anger --- anger expressed in destructive ways, ways that damage relationships --- has no bearing on fitness for the presidency. As Truman said, the job of the president is getting people to do what they don't want to do. Venting rage is not a good way to go about that.

There's a weird meme being peddled now that, somehow, a guy who keeps his cool and thinks about his options is less suited to be in the White House than a guy who regularly flies off the handle and rages at those around him.

The religion play? When did the Religious Right get religion? The majority of Christians who support Bush don't align with their own religion. That's the scary part. They put love of Bush and Cheney ahead of love of their own pious beliefs. If Bush and Cheney water-boarded Jesus they might object - unless there was an election coming up in a couple of months.
Remember, Jesus was from the Middle East too and the children of Iraq count as much as children anywhere. You can't simply kill Iraqis because they're not in your particular sect, and then talk about how holy the Republican Party is. The 10 Commandments don't have a clause that reads "Thou Shalt Not Kill Unless They've Got Oil."

Actually, you can sell this hypocrisy and you have. The religion card? Why don't Christians start playing the Christian card by actually following their own religion. None of this would have happened. The doctrine of preemptive strikes is as far from Christianity as you can get. It's also called the Bush Doctrine and one thing we don't need is to give it to a hothead with a fiery temper.

McCain should have learned about the tragedy of war and been a bigger peacenik than Jesus was. Remember how they called Jesus the Prince of Peace? Hear anyone call Bush the President of Peace? And yet, he's a godly man so the Religious Right bought it. Disgraceful.

Q: What is the difference between John McCain and a pitbull?

A: McCain's lipstick is George Bush's derriere.

I find it disgraceful that Bill McDonald needs to explicltly spell out to everyone here what should be clear to anyone with eyes and ears.

Bill,

Where's the proportionality?

I find it humourous that you and many libs continue to inflate the religious right to somewhere larger than your massive left wing movement.

There's no comparison unless you continually and falsly attribute all things Republican to some religious fanatasism.

Do you know any religious righties?

How do you know what Christians align with? And how do you group
them ALL into your one convenient scary caricature?

"They put love of Bush and Cheney ahead of love of their own pious beliefs."

Huh? I know many Christian republicans
who neither love Bush and Cheney or place politics ahead of their beliefs.

Who is the "they" you are talking about?

Who's simply killing Iraqis because they're not in their particular sect? The Republican Party?

"Thou Shalt Not Kill Unless They've Got Oil."

Huh?

Ok so this election is about saving the country from a hot head McCain leading our Christian army into the oblivion because they want oil?

Ok go with that.

Wait...It thought Obama was a Christian too?

Butch, fascinating that you assume independents can't be right wing social conservatives. If you are not in either party because you find them both lacking, you must be a progressive. Extremely flattering, Butch. I didn't know you respected the left so much.
Okay, that was some Sarah Palin sarcasm.
Seriously, Butch, if you don't believe the Palin pick has energized the Religious Right, I've got a Bridge to Nowhere I want to sell you.

Don't you worry, he's going to be a fine and peachy-keen president. But I do gotta admit it's fun to watch your precious messiah fade away. But, hey, take heart. You can just step back to extolling the virtues of your previous favorite candidate, the silky pony John Edwards. You really loved him as I recall, even more than the messiah. Right Jack? Hahahaha.

Bill,

Rather than having a hissy fit over what accounts for the 'bounce', why not simply look up the poll and read the results? This should clarify things for you. From Gallup:

"Layering voters' political ideology over their party identification provides the additional finding that the slim group of "pure independents" -- those with no political leanings to either major party -- grew more favorable to McCain by an even larger amount over the past week or so. McCain was preferred over Obama by 20% of pure independents in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Aug. 29-31. In the latest three-day rolling average, from Sept. 5-7, he is favored by 39% of non-leaning independents, a 19-point increase. (Nearly 40% of pure independents remain undecided.)

The more modest expansion of McCain's support among Democrats has come mainly from the right wing of that party, with 25% of conservative Democrats now favoring him over Obama, compared with 15% just before the Republican gathering. Moderate and liberal Democrats show only slightly more support for McCain than they did prior to the GOP convention.

There has been no change in the presidential preferences of either conservative Republicans or moderate-to-liberal Republicans."

Is it a convenient canard to use in avoiding any recognition that a majority of mainstream America just simply doesn't align with the far left that dominates the Democratic party?

John Kerry won 48% in 2004, Gore won 49% in 2000. Obama is tied and in 2006 dems captured congress. If the dems are so out of touch how do you explain victories and narrow losses? If we were so out of touch we'd be in the 30% support range

Serenity now!

"Nope. Palin speaks the truth while the left deals in gutter rumor mongering politics."

She supported the bridge to nowhere killing it only after it became clear it was dead.
" Ketchikan desires a better way to reach the airport, but the $398 million bridge is not the answer," she said. "Despite the work of our congressional delegation, we are about $329 million short of full funding for the bridge project, and it's clear that Congress has little interest in spending any more money on a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island. Much of the public's attitude toward Alaska bridges is based on inaccurate portrayals of the projects here. But we need to focus on what we can do, rather than fight over what has happened."


She asked for $750m in earmark spending for AK since taking office in Dec 2006 the biggest per capita request in the U.S.

U.S.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122090791901411709.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

You can just step back to extolling the virtues of your previous favorite candidate, the silky pony John Edwards. You really loved him as I recall, even more than the messiah. Right Jack? Hahahaha.

From one conservative to another, I think we ought to let this one go. Jack sas repeatedly denounced Edwards and, quite frankly, with the way politicians are now days it could happen to any one of us on either side of the aisle.

John Kerry won 48% in 2004, Gore won 49% in 2000. Obama is tied and in 2006 dems captured congress. If the dems are so out of touch how do you explain victories and narrow losses? If we were so out of touch we'd be in the 30% support range

I don't believe it's because those candidates are in-line with the views of average Americans. I believe it's because the 'conservative' candidates that the GOP was running weren't actually conservative (like Bush and so many others). You put a true conservative up there against those guys and I'd bet they'd barely break 30%.

Bill, thanks for these nuggets:
"If Bush and Cheney water-boarded Jesus they might object..."
""Thou Shalt Not Kill Unless They've Got Oil."
"Don't think about torture and water-boarding. Think about Alaska and snowboarding! Don't think about our Forefathers and losing our democracy. Think about Sarah's daughter keeping her pregnancy!"
Reason and religion should not be mutually exclusive. Perhaps when one stops believing in evolution, one fails to evolve? Palin has certainly awakened the sleeping flock. She is to the religious right what the word "bunch" is to sheep.
In the context of this topic, we vent in blogs which helps relieve a more visceral response. Anger management is an acquired skill best practiced every day. I cannot imagine how much pent up hostility I might suppress while held captive for years? Particularly were I the pugnacious sort. The McCain I see is a riverboat gambler with a hot button activated by dissent. He keeps it in check for the most part but it is still there seething below the surface. My concern is when he is no longer restrained by political campaign strategy, how will that anger manifest itself? He's not just another Bush, he's a bush with lengthy thorns. Yikes.

Butch,
I love the way you ratchet up the insults when someone points out that you've made another one of your logic-free points. (Independents=Liberals)
It's reassuring and in these times I need that.
It's what makes you Butch.

"John McCain made an incredible selection. He has turned around the campaign that I think was moving south, and there's enthusiasm, excitement and hope among social conservative voters."
---Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council

The Sarah Palin pick energized the Religious Right. That's not a hissy fit - that's reality. Visit sometime.


"John McCain made an incredible selection. He has turned around the campaign that I think was moving south, and there's enthusiasm, excitement and hope among social conservative voters."
---Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council

Gee, Bill, that proves your point!

I look forward to you citing this guy as an authority in future debates.

*snort*

PS, I'm really disappointed you didn't think of the PTSD thing before Grumpy did - it's just soooo Bill.

and...

I wouldn't characterize your comments as a "hissy fit" - I'd say just a typical rant: all the paranoia, fatalism, hypersensitivity ("...ratchet up the insults..."), intolerance and hubris we usually get.

Jesus would puke, indeed. Move over, John Edwards.

Those, good buddy, are insults.

Bill,

Read. The. POLL. That's what we were discussing, remember? McCain's bounce in the POLL. He was getting 95% of the religious right vote anyway. His improvement is among NON-LEANING INDEPENDENTS. According to the POLL. Get it?

Rather than eat up more bandwidth here, if you want to discuss this - or anything else - further, why don't you put up a post at the Freelancer site? I'd love to converse there again without the fear of getting banned or deleted on a regular basis......

I agree with those who describe polls as a snap shot in time and discount the predictive value embraced by too many. The pundits claim the Palin bump consists of middle aged white women relating to her. The knee jerk attraction will erode quickly when the novelty wears off and her fundamentalist bent sinks in.

The knee jerk attraction will erode quickly when the novelty wears off and her fundamentalist bent sinks in.

The audacity of hope springs eternal.

Butch,
I've got to get back to blogger rehab. When you read my comment you responded with something that was factually incorrect. Let me quote you, "... among INDEPENDENTS, not right-wing nuts like you would like to think (his numbers are unchanged among conservatives)."

That implied that independents could not be conservatives, and I called you on it. Rather than admit to making a mistake you went into Butch hyper-drive. It was very similar to how President Bush handles his mistakes, by the way.

Why don't you just answer the question for yourself using your own brain:

Do you think the choice of Sarah Palin energized the Religious Right? If you don't just say so.

Go ahead. Show your ability to analyze this situation.



Bill (sigh),

I never said Palin didn't energize the religious right. Of course she did. I only said that according to the POLL (focus, Bill, focus...), that is not what attributes to McCain's post-convention bounce. The RR was alread holding their nose and voting for McCain....to the tune of 95%. Palin energized the RR....but according to the POLL (focus, Bill, focus...), she energized non-leaning independents even more.

And I never said or implied that independents can't be 'right-wing' independents. I'm only pointing out that according to the poll, it is NON-LEANING (ie not right-wingers) independents that were swayed most by Palin.

Good day.

"The audacity of hope springs eternal." Except to the hopeless who long for the status quo ante.

Yes, John McCain is a hero, and Saddam Hussein was behind the 9/11 attacks.

BTW did you know that John McCain was a POW?

Bill, I'm not exactly taking sides, but I want to go back to your original post. You said about McCain's POLL rise- "pundits attribute it to the energized Christian Right". The POLLS also have analyzed in several ways that the rise isn't all or nearly all caused by energized Christians as your writing insinuates. According to the polls most of the rise is due to several other factors.

You're a man of words, so when I read your comments I assume that you agree with your pundits, who ever they are. And I can think of several pundits that think otherwise. Its hard for me to accept pundits as proof.

lw, Ahh, the original post. You mean the one where I said, "I'm not sure it's that simple" before talking about the role religion has played in Republican politics? Nobody I've ever met denies that the Religious Right helped get Bush and Cheney in office. And I have no doubt that Palin's selection was an appeal to the RR again and it worked - they are extremely pleased with her.

I did give myself wiggle room as for explaining the bounce because NEWS FLASH: There's usually a bounce after a convention. I read Mondale was up 14% after his convention. But the move with Palin energized the religious right. Even Butch agreed with that eventually making the exchange that followed a big gigantic waste of time. Arguing with Butch IS the Road to Nowhere. That's what my therapist here at bloggers rehab always says.

Having said that I kind of get a kick out of the guy/girl/whatever so here goes:


Butch,
Now that you agree with me, focus on my initial paragraph and thanks for admitting your mistake. It takes a big person to do this. Kind of like when the Bush administration went from saying we know where the weapons of mass destruction are to Saddam had weapons of mass destruction related programs.

Read this and ask yourself what was your point other than arguing for arguing's sake.

Remember to FOCUS.

Okay, here goes:

"As far as the GOP preaching to us:
I see McCain has bounced in the polls and the pundits attribute it to the energized Christian Right, the people who want to teach Creationism and a 6,000-year-old earth in our classrooms. The pundits say that once again the Republicans are using religious fundamentalism to get power. I'm not so sure it's that simple but I occasionally get frustrated with having religion play this kind of role in our society, especially when the results have been so bad. It would be one thing if the leaders followed the basics - start with "Thou shalt not kill" - but they don't and the flock of sheep lets them get away with it, which is annoying."

And, Butch, stop with the sighing. It's creepy.

Then there was the time he uttered these lovely terms of endearment to his wife..
( Warning:foul language)

http://wonkette.com/376849/mccain-called-his-wife-c+word

Except to the hopeless who long for the status quo ante.

You mean like "The (nameless) pundits..." you cite?

Ante Palin, your hopeful scenario may have been the conventional wisdom, post-Palin I think the rules have changed.

We'll see.

Read this and ask yourself what was your point other than arguing for arguing's sake.

That's rich, considering the source.

It's one thing to assume the mantle of change, but quite another to propose changes to policies. One form is authentic, the other, mere window dressing. For McCain/Palin the mantle they are trying to assume is ill fitting. I trust the voters will see that.
The "pundits" who attribute the bump to suburban women were on CNN earlier. Sorry, didn't catch the names, does it matter?

Bill,

I didn't admit I was wrong. I pointed out that you were....provided one believes hard data over pundits....

Butch, you've got to tune into the Sarah Palin sarcasm. It's sweeping the nation.
So you disagreed with me before agreeing with me but now you're disagreeing again. Sure you're not related to John Kerry? Sarah Palin energized the religious right.

Think of the scope of the comments: I challenged the 6,000 year earth theory embraced by so many Republican fundamentalists. I had galaxies and light years. You had a poll that disagreed with the pundits - pundits I hadn't accepted at face value either.

My point is that the Religious Right is playing too big a role in America with bad results. See the Ayatollahs in Iran if you need to figure it out. See President George W. Bush for more of an understanding.

But why argue? You Republicans never own up to anything. You just move on to the next colossal screw-up as I'm sure Cheney is working on right now.

And the party faithful go on singing their leaders praises no matter what the tune.

It's kind of like how the timetables in Iraq went from being cut-and-run bad, to being President Bush's latest plan, and none of you even blinked.

Maybe when CERN looks for sub-atomic particles it can locate your logic.

Here's James Dobson last year:
"Speaking as a private individual, I would not vote for John McCain under any circumstances."

Now he fully supports McCain. The difference? Sarah Palin.

So give your poll to him. I'm sure he'd love it.



It's amusing to watch the Left spin out of control as they struggle to salvage their standard-bearer (did you know he's a black guy?).

Palin has a toned-down version of the porn actress look favoured by this decade's woman, the overtreated hair, puffy lips and permanently alarmed expression.

McCain deserves a lot of credit for having the judgement to completely destabilize the savior of the Left. It was a great call, and the more the Left attempts to demonize her, the deeper their acid leaches into what they may have thought was their base.

McCain may be hot-tempered. But that's a universal characteristic. Not necessarily a bad one.

If McCain isn't pissed off, he isn't paying attention.

"I believe it's because the 'conservative' candidates that the GOP was running weren't actually conservative (like Bush and so many others). You put a true conservative up there against those guys and I'd bet they'd barely break 30%."

That's a bit like people saying true pure communism is great it just has never been instituted anywhere. It begs the question why not?

Here's why: people may bitch about the govt (god knows we all have seen examples of waste and ineffciency as we would in any private business)but they like the programs that benefit them. True libertarians who would have govt do virtually nothing are a small minority.

Take a random group of people and ask them
-do they like subsidized student loans
-govt health and safety regs on consumer goods and in workplaces
-deposit insurance on their bank accounts
-crop insurance for farmers
-funding for roads and bridges and infrastructure
-community centers
-libraries
-civil rights laws
-social security and medicare
-land use laws


Most will support them. Again if we are such a conservative libertarian country then why do so few truly conservative candidates make it to the general election?

After all voters choose party nominees so if non-conservatives are getting thru the primaries and winning the GOP nominee it says something about GOP voters.

Sure you'll get a bunch of types at various think tanks waxing eloquent on the corrosive nature of social programs (many of these being people who never had to make itin the private sector)

The 69 yr old woman who had a stroke and who thanks to medicare won't lose her house and life savings will tell those guys what to do with all their rhetoric. Ditto for the single Mom with the autistic 11 yr old

Maybe that's why McCain does not want this election to be about issues. He knows that on the issues the anti-gove wing of the GOP is the minority.

Jack was right a couple of days ago when he told butch to get his own blog!
Thanks Bill, you rock!

McCain is rumored to have gotten into a fist fight with another member of congress in a closed committee meeting. As the stor goes, McCain referred to this gentleman as a "chickenshit" and the two proceeded to come to blows, until the other members of the committee had to break the two of them up.

here's how it will go down in November:

If Obama wins, it will be a stinging rebuke by the voting public of Bush, Cheney, McCain, Palin, Iraq, the economy, immigration, oil speculation, gas prices, the military, the war on terror, Afghanistan, Wal-Mart, Exxon, Chevron and the creeping oppression of freedom-loving, justice-championing peoples everywhere. Obama, and by extension his supporters, are not just the purveyors of superior political, economic and social ideas, they are better people. And they make others better by their mere existence.

If McCain wins, he stole it.

Yes, McCain was a POW. His plane was shot down over Viet Nam in 1967. In 1967, the North Vietnamese were not yet that proficient in using surface-to-air (SAM) missiles. The US had an advantage via sophisticated electronic counter-measure (ECM) devices installed on US aircraft. These onboard devices were capable of deceiving the ground-based SAM operators and offered a margin of safety to US pilots. It wasn't until the early 1970s, that the North Vietnamese became really superb SAM operators and the US was constantly challenged to develop newer and better ECM gear. I should add that one of the things that helped the North Vietnamese improve was recovering ECM equipment from downed US jets and learning how it worked. I often wonder how A4E Skyhawk pilot McCain managed to get himself shot down at a stage of the war when the technology favored the US. Maybe that's why he's so mad.
P.S. Wes Clark got it exactly right.

McCain is the scariest guy to run for president since Barry Goldwater (who said he saw a strategic use for "conventional nuclear weapons"). LBJ won big in 1964 by casting Goldwater as a wingnut who might start World War III. He was also a pilot and loved to fly fighter jets.

McCain probably won't do anything that will get us all blown to kingdom come, but can you be totally sure? That statement by Thad Cochrane, a Republican, about the chance of McCain getting near the button sending a cold chill down his spine, that should get a lot more air time. The Dems need to hit McCain over the head with this, as well as his own crazy statements ("bomb bomb bomb Iran," e.g.).

Intemperate unmanaged hotheads in The Fright House is the fallout of braying asses in the blogsphere, and sticks in the mud at the sickening fetid bottom beneath the slippery slope of biased ignorants.

The Red White and Blue Roots of Terrorism, By: Peter Chamberlin, 10/Sept/08

As far as I know, nobody has focused upon the real roots of the war on terror, which are also the solution to it—American-sponsored terrorism. Paid military extremist types, trained by us to carry-out attack missions upon civilians are terrorists, our terrorists. They attack civilians, often women and children, as an indirect method of warfare, to topple governments who oppose American expansion. Has anybody questioned what military challenge the world would face today, if the US suddenly stopped all of these covert programs that perpetrate most of the world's "terrorism"?

To those who "have eyes to see," it is obvious that the secret CIA terrorism that ignites the terror war also drives our electoral process. The hometown "heroes" of the war inspire support for either presidential candidate and his congressional supporters who seem most supportive of the "heroic" war effort. If the CIA minions were not driving the terror war and the fear that fuels national support for the genocidal fight, there would be little to no support for continuing the fight against terrorism. How much "terrorism" would then be left to fight?

None. Nor any fearmongers with a 'war' word to comment. Yet, the unAmerican enemies of America still bray, stupid and stubborn, the brainwashed LIES of LIARS.

And Then We Will Die, By Angie Riedel, 06/Sept/08.

It is time to get past the 'death and violence is the answer' mentality. We can not afford to let it continue.

The US government now confronts every minor inconvenience with brutality and force. With lies. With tricks. With deceit. With unrivaled hypocrisy. It speaks a scripted and rehearsed dialog of illogic and insults. It changes the meanings of words and uses those words as weapons to crush, to silence and oppress, to steal what it wants. This government [and blog comment-puke LIARS group] no longer shows respect for anyone but itself and feels no compulsion to listen or cooperate, to show respect for others, or to care at all about right and wrong, truth or lies, justice or injustice.

Every power this government begged us for, insisting with feigned hysterics that such unprecedented powers over others were necessary to protect the public has been fully and thoroughly misused and abused, used against the very people it claimed the desire to protect. There is no respect for the rule of law instead of the rule of men. There is only the obvious problem this government has with the millions of its own citizens that disagree with its vision of death to all who would stop them from their brutal, murderous desire to take control of the world.

This cannot go on. Not just because of the travesty of justice. Not just because of the suffering and destruction of hope, health, happiness, prosperity and safety these unjustifiable policies spawn. Not just because of the denial of rights and peace and freedom. But because of the risk of irreversible damage to our very humanity, to our ability to recognize justice, to our desire for and understanding of what the very idea of freedom means. Most of all because of a risk that is too horrible to gamble with, our ability to value life itself.

Such inability as in the invalid supremacist and malignant MasterRacist comments above.

Vote in November for our African-American choice and the vital soul of our democratic decency.


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Lange, Pinot Gris 2015
Kiona, Lemberger 2014
Willamette Valley, Pinot Gris 2015
Aix, Rosé de Provence 2016
Marchigüe, Cabernet 2013
Inazío Irruzola, Getariako Txakolina Rosé 2015
Maso Canali, Pinot Grigio 2015
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Kirkland, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016
Cantele, Salice Salentino Reserva 2013
Whispering Angel, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013
Avissi, Prosecco
Cleto Charli, Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco, Vecchia Modena
Pique Poul, Rosé 2016
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Rosé 2016
Stoller, Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
Chehalem, Inox Chardonnay 2015
The Four Graces, Pinot Gris 2015
Gascón, Colosal Red 2013
Cardwell Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
L'Ecole No. 41, Merlot 2013
Della Terra, Anonymus
Willamette Valley, Dijon Clone Chardonnay 2013
Wraith, Cabernet, Eidolon Estate 2012
Januik, Red 2015
Tomassi, Valpolicella, Rafaél, 2014
Sharecropper's Pinot Noir 2013
Helix, Pomatia Red Blend 2013
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2013
Locations, Spanish Red Wine
Locations, Argentinian Red Wine
La Antigua Clásico, Rioja 2011
Shatter, Grenache, Maury 2012
Argyle, Vintage Brut 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16 Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2014
Benton Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
Primarius, Pinot Gris 2015
Januik, Merlot 2013
Napa Cellars, Cabernet 2013
J. Bookwalter, Protagonist 2012
LAN, Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Rutherford 2009
Denada Cellars, Cabernet, Maipo Valley 2014
Marchigüe, Cabernet, Colchagua Valley 2013
Oberon, Cabernet 2014
Hedges, Red Mountain 2012
Balboa, Rose of Grenache 2015
Ontañón, Rioja Reserva 2015
Three Horse Ranch, Pinot Gris 2014
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
Nelms Road, Merlot 2013
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pinot Gris 2014
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2012
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2013
Villa Maria, Sauvignon Blanc 2015
G3, Cabernet 2013
Chateau Smith, Cabernet, Washington State 2014
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16
Willamette Valley, Rose of Pinot Noir, Whole Clusters 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Ca' del Baio Barbaresco Valgrande 2012
Goodfellow, Reserve Pinot Gris, Clover 2014
Lugana, San Benedetto 2014
Wente, Cabernet, Charles Wetmore 2011
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
King Estate, Pinot Gris 2015
Adelsheim, Pinot Gris 2015
Trader Joe's, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2015
La Vite Lucente, Toscana Red 2013
St. Francis, Cabernet, Sonoma 2013
Kendall-Jackson, Pinot Noir, California 2013
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013
Erath, Pinot Noir, Estate Selection 2012
Abbot's Table, Columbia Valley 2014
Intrinsic, Cabernet 2014
Oyster Bay, Pinot Noir 2010
Occhipinti, SP68 Bianco 2014
Layer Cake, Shiraz 2013
Desert Wind, Ruah 2011
WillaKenzie, Pinot Gris 2014
Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2013
Des Amis, Rose 2014
Dunham, Trautina 2012
RoxyAnn, Claret 2012
Del Ri, Claret 2012
Stoppa, Emilia, Red 2004
Primarius, Pinot Noir 2013
Domaines Bunan, Bandol Rose 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Deer Creek, Pinot Gris 2015
Beaulieu, Rutherford Cabernet 2013
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
King Estate, Pinot Gris, Backbone 2014
Oberon, Napa Cabernet 2013
Apaltagua, Envero Carmenere Gran Reserva 2013
Chateau des Arnauds, Cuvee des Capucins 2012
Nine Hats, Red 2013
Benziger, Cabernet, Sonoma 2012
Roxy Ann, Claret 2012
Januik, Merlot 2012
Conundrum, White 2013
St. Francis, Sonoma Cabernet 2012

The Occasional Book

Kent Haruf - Our Souls at Night
Peter Carey - True History of the Kelly Gang
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Amy Stewart - Girl Waits With Gun
Philip Roth - The Plot Against America
Norm Macdonald - Based on a True Story
Christopher Buckley - Boomsday
Ryan Holiday - The Obstacle is the Way
Ruth Sepetys - Between Shades of Gray
Richard Adams - Watership Down
Claire Vaye Watkins - Gold Fame Citrus
Markus Zusak - I am the Messenger
Anthony Doerr - All the Light We Cannot See
James Joyce - Dubliners
Cheryl Strayed - Torch
William Golding - Lord of the Flies
Saul Bellow - Mister Sammler's Planet
Phil Stanford - White House Call Girl
John Kaplan & Jon R. Waltz - The Trial of Jack Ruby
Kent Haruf - Eventide
David Halberstam - Summer of '49
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 92
At this date last year: 144
Total run in 2016: 155
In 2015: 271
In 2014: 401
In 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269


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