Knute Rockne Couldn't Have Said It Better!

With mid-term elections only five months away,and with the Republican Party doing an excellent job shooting itself in the foot time and again, control of the House and Senate is now in question.

It’s time for a “team” meeting!

Ok guys (and gals)…huddle up……

Ok,team...listen up....that was a crappy performance the first half!

We let those lilly-livered donkeys walk all over us...but not this half!

We came into the game fat and out of shape and got exactly what we deserved!

We came in overconfident,lackadaisical,and uninspired.....the worst performance that I have ever seen!

I am embarrassed to be your coach...You guys (and gals) did nothing that I taught you!

Bush....get you act together! Your passes are weak,you've been getting sacked far too often,and you're doing a lousy job of leading this team! Show some leadership and put that damn arrogance of yours away.You don't have respect handed to you,you earn it,so wake up!

Cheney...are you kidding me? What side are you on? Are you a plant or something? You're supposed to be propping up Bush,not screwing him up! You haven't throw one block all half! Plus,when you run the ball,you fumble it. Wake up mister or you'll really be riding the bench this half!

Frist...You call yourself a Republican leader? That little nit Boxer from California has been walking all over you and that lightweight Reed too! Even that dinosaur Kennedy has been scoring points! Are you kidding me? Another half like that and you'll be selling pulled pork sandwiches on the roadside,bucko...

Haslett...You ought to be ashamed of outweigh that shrimp Pelosi by 80 pounds and she's running circles around you! You call yourself a Speaker of the House? I'm not kidding,mister..shape up or you'll be picking your toenails in Peoria!

The religious right....You call yourself teammates? All you do is bitch and moan in the huddle..then when you don't like the play that is called you fold your tents and go home....I'll tell you what,you crybabies...we lose this election and I'll pull every one of you off cable TV and all you'll be doing is preaching on Alaskan community access that what you want? Try to get a book deal from up there for crying out loud..... so get a grip on yourselves or you'll all have President Hillary to answer does that sound?

The center/moderate group.....not bad last half..but you got to do better if we want to win.You guys(and gals) carry this team and you gotta come up big !! I know you can do it,dig deep and keep on fighting! Remember,champions don't give up...they get up!

Ok,guys (and gals)...we have 5 more months left in this game...there will be a lot of ups and downs this half..but don't give up....Play smart,play hard.and remember you are Republicans....These donkeys don't have a plan(they never do) and will fold if we stand up to them! They always snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and this time will be no different if we use our heads! Now go out there and kick some butt!!!!!

Posted by Sicilian Eagle at May 12, 2006 11:10 AM
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10,000 comedy writers out of work and…….

Posted by: Rocky at May 12, 2006 11:46 AM
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Sic Eagle, so your strategy is to get all your players to hide their faults until after the election in the name of winning? Sure you would like all your team players to follow the same game book. That’s fine. But no where do you address your real problem. Your game book itself. Tax cuts for the wealthiest when debt undermines our nation’s future and the economy can afford sunsetting tax cuts? C’mon. That policy is wrong and that policy is a fundament game plan in ya’ll’s book.

Divide America and she’s yours. That is in ya’ll’s game book too! Fear, make everyone afraid, very, very afraid. Afraid of them, afraid of each other, and most important, afraid of anyone not on the team. Do this so they will look to Papa for direction and guidance. And the the direction and guidance Papa gives is war, lies, undermining the Constitution with signing statements which usurp legislation from Congress positingit instead in the White House as any dictator worth his dictates would.

Get your team together? Fine. But get a new game book too which includes all Americans, not just your wealthy donors and corporate special interests, and one which will tax when times are good in order to deal the debt your loading onto our children’s shoulders for the rest of their lives. Keep that game book, and you will lose regardless of how well your players play together.

Posted by: David R. Remer at May 12, 2006 11:57 AM
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Just what sort of materials do you use to make that nest of yours?

Your are right. The Reds have sat back too long. The folklore that the Blues have been spewing is being believed.
The cries that it is all the Reds fault because the Blues have ‘no power’ is resinating.
The Reds need to get to the mic faster and stop the factless accusations in their tracks.
The politics of today are sickening. More and more people are getting away with making accusations with nothing to back them up and others end up having to prove them wrong instead of the accusers having to prove them right. You know…’It’s an honest question(or statement). Let him prove I’m wrong.’ is a very good tactic that is used every day in our great nation.

Posted by: bug at May 12, 2006 11:58 AM
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Let’s see….tax cut…more jobs created here than all the EU plus Japan combined….people working at good jobs….

You say deficit…I say factor out 9/11,Katrina,and the war for a proper analysis…

Not hiding faults,David…just considering the alternative.We (Republs) need to make our party better,that’s all.

I feel that the philospohy’s the thing..not those exercising it,frankly….if the republican philosophy stays constant,then party becomes one of interchanging parts and personalities.My view anyway.


I think it’s healthy to poke fun at ourselves every once in a while …plus go through some soul-searching too.

Point is that we have something to say on this side,and the message has been lost on the personalities.Time to let fresh blood carry the banner,I think.

Posted by: sicilianeagle at May 12, 2006 12:18 PM
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I’m sure you guys would love to “factor out” the war, but I think its a little late for that.

Posted by: David S at May 12, 2006 12:24 PM
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No…don’t get me wrong..I support the war.Rather,factor out the COST of the war versus the tax cut.Had we not had the war,there would be 104% employment,and 1% unemployment,I think.

Posted by: sicilianeagle at May 12, 2006 12:28 PM
Comment #147639

Not sure where you studied economics, but pretty much everyone knows wars create jobs. Wars are good for the economy. The billions of dollars being spent on the war are being paid to American companies. How many billion so far? It’s akin to running up your credit cards buying products from a business you own and saying, “Wow, business is great, look at these sales figures!”

Posted by: David S at May 12, 2006 1:01 PM
Comment #147642

You mean a business China owns…

Posted by: Max at May 12, 2006 1:11 PM
Comment #147649


No…what you mean is IN SPITE OF a business that China owns.This economy has grown DESPITE the fact that Wal-Mart/China has wiped out middle-American middlemen.

The ecomony will be a Republician issue barring some sort of nationial catastrophe/attack

Posted by: sicilianeagle at May 12, 2006 1:29 PM
Comment #147658

Sic Eagle says: “You say deficit…I say factor out 9/11,Katrina,and the war for a proper analysis…”

Factor out reality and live in dream world that balances on paper. That is what your quote above says. Sorry, shit happens and you still have to pay for it when it does. I have had it with your party dumping the payments on my daughter’s future earnings.

“I feel that the philospohy’s the thing..not those exercising it”

That is tantamount to saying listen to what we say, not what we do. Sorry, I was taught to believe what people do, not what they say.

Posted by: David R. Remer at May 12, 2006 1:48 PM
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Sic Eagle, The economy will be a Republican issue alright, and parents from coast to coast worried sick about what the debt and interest on that debt is going to do to their children’s work lives and nation, is going to influence how they vote. Polls are already showing that will be the case.

Posted by: David R. Remer at May 12, 2006 1:50 PM
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Kind of reminds me of what happened with my brother. He;s a huge Tampa Bay baseball fan (not too many of those) and was stopping by the drug store on the way to a game. Well, he had left his tickets sitting on his dashboard while in the store… and his car was broken into. When he came back out to his car, there was a small crowd of onlookers: someone had busted out his windsheid… and had left 4 more tickets on his dash.


(Kind of sounds like Tampa Bay & the Republicans might want too start their own league.)

Posted by: tony at May 12, 2006 2:14 PM
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David R.Remer

You may be right,but then again you may be wrong.

It’s a question of philosophy,David.Ours differ.

I don’t think that taxing everything that moves is the right answer,that’s all.

Seems to me,the more you give ‘em,the more they steal.

Thus,I always have been for less,not more government.

Want to reduce the deficit quickly?Easy.Cut that bloated Federal payroll…something this president hasn’t done,but is something this party has to do if hope to retain a majority in the House and Senate.

I am familiar with your philospohy…”throw da bums out”…but really,I think only new bums will replace them.

We need to make government idiot proof…because in the final analysis a LOT of idiots occupy local,state and federal positions.

Between the 2 major parties,I concluded long ago that my party offers the best chance of that happening.Note I said party.The president now has his hands full..since September 11,actually,so this administration will not/cannot address this concern.The trick is to take back the party and re-direct it.

My party needs a course correction…not an overhaul…just a course correction,I think

Posted by: sicilianeagle at May 12, 2006 2:15 PM
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“We need to make government idiot proof”

… and only idiots will use it…???

Posted by: tony at May 12, 2006 2:23 PM
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Of course not.But government should be both consumer-friendly (try reading the latest tax code changes) and operationially friendly.

People talk about the fact that welfare families have gone generationial…well so has working for the “state” or “feds”…many families..entire generations drink from the public trough…

Posted by: sicilianeagle at May 12, 2006 2:30 PM
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OK. Here is an easy one. Late this summer a hurricane in the Gulf will cause damage to an American city and cause a spike in oil prices.

An outcry over the price of oil and Global Warming will occur.

What is the plan?

Posted by: phx8 at May 12, 2006 2:43 PM
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S. Eagle:

Politics is not a football game. You don’t play politics in order to win. You play it in order to accomplish something that makes America better.

You talk about philosophy. From the actions of current Republicans in power I deduce their real philosophy: Work for the rich because they have the money to keep you in power.

How are you going to sell that to the average guy?

Posted by: Paul Siegel at May 12, 2006 2:56 PM
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Answers:I have been screaming for energy conservation for so long now that my tonsils are sore.
This is a Nationial Security issue and would treated it as such.Same as the Mexico issue.Drugs+illegal immigrants=Nationial Security.Solution:Big fence,Big gate.

We can save 10% of our energy needs by simple common sense.I’d insist on it.

I’d counsul the president to campaign on this issue.That said,there is a manipulation of the dollar going on right now…last week at this time it was 1 to 1:17. This week it’s 1 to 1:23.

A huge drop for the dollar.This is terrific news for exports and bad news for imports.It’s also good new versus oil as oil prices are pegged aginst the dollar not the euro.

I would counsul the president as follows on hurricanes:
1. Get on the tube and tell peole flat out to stock up on fresh water and a way to saftey.They need to be vigilant and prepared.I would urge every state and local government to further micro-manage their procedures.
2.I’d call FEMA and Homeland bosses into the Oval Office.I’d close the door and tell them that I will beat the shit out of them if there is one more screw up.One more.I’d tell them that shit flows downhill,so they better crack the whip now.
3.I’d get on the tube WEEKLY…like FRD did..and keep America informed..and comforted.
4.Global warming?Wrong question.Not connected,I think.

Posted by: sicilianeagle at May 12, 2006 3:01 PM
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Paul Siegel

Thank you for posting.I enjoy your columns immensely and I think that they are thought-provoking.

However,we disagree on things…a lot.

Politics is adversarial…that is,there is a winner and a loser every election.

While it is not a “game” per se,a lot of athletic concepts fit niceley.

One only has to think of the “Comback Kid” who won the presidency motivating his minions,no?

Momentum is a huge factor in politics…as it is in sports.Ask Howard Dean what it means to lose momentum,and ask “Joe-Mentum” Lieberman why he coined that phrase.

The more interesting question is why is politics adversarial at all?Aren’t we all Americans…wanting the best for this country?

THAT is the more interesting question,and David Remer has been arguing that this two-party system is what is really broke about America.

Why not the best from all parfties…an “all-star” team?

Posted by: sicilianeagle at May 12, 2006 3:10 PM
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Politics is adversarial… Posted by: sicilianeagle at May 12, 2006 03:10 PM
Agreed. Politics is adversarial. However, governing must not be. It’s OK to have different policies and priorities. The implemention of those items is why we have elections. But to define policies by politics is bad for the country, and that is where we are now. That is how the GOP, the single party now in control, is deciding policy. So, I agree with Paul too. Posted by: Dave at May 12, 2006 3:17 PM
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The sounds you hear are those of the various factions of the Republican Party eating each other—the xenophobes munching on the big business types, the religious wackos gnawing at the ankles of the moderates, the deficit-hawk, small government types chomping at the defense-
industry war profiteers (or more probably the eldery and their damn Medicare, the bastards), and the right-wing libertarian types pissed at everybody, especially when they’re selling off chunks of America to countries that sponser terrorism, and the social know-it-alls demanding that fag marriage be outlawed, oh, and don’t forget my tax cuts.

Everybody here claims the Left is bankrupt of ideas, nothing but a laundry list of special interests—and the Right isn’t? The economy: tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts—and ignore that rushing sound of jobs fleeing the country and the buying power of the middle class moldering away. GWOT? Start a war with a country that had nothing to do with terrorism. Energy independence? Drill more oil. National security? Let’s trash the Constitution and the rule of law in a mindless, wasteful attempt to get them terrorists. Oh, and did you mail that box of elephant dung to the UN?
But we’re going to negotiate those nukes from those Iranians. (Just sent two aircraft carrier battlegroups to the Gulf.) This administration doesn’t even negotiate with Congress, yet we’re going to trust them not to start a nuclear Armageddon?

Here’s a scenario for you folks—let’s say we go into the Congressional elections in November with the GOP still behind by twenty points in the polls, and everybody predicting that they’ll lose 15-20 seats in the house, and three to five in the Senate. And low and behold, the day after, we find that exit polls indicated a large Democratic victory nationwide—yet the Republicans manage to hold on to the House by eight seats and lose only two in the Senate. What if there is the usual problems with Deibold and other touchscreen poll machines, and the usual illegal dumping of legit voters from the roles months before, and the shortage of polling machines in the poor districts and the usual 8-minute waits in the gated communities. What then? And let’s say that a few battleground states somehow have GOP partisans in a few key election positions, and say some 20,000 provisional ballots end up in an warehouse uncounted, and some voting districts register more votes than there are registered voters, and let’s say that those key election officials were quoted saying they would make sure that the GOP was going to win in November, then denied ever making the statement.

What if, for the fourth federal election in a row, there are shennanigans equal to, or even surpassing what happened in 2000, 2002, 2004?
And what if 90% of these irregularites favor one side over the other, say, just for instance, the GOP?

I know, no voting system is perfect, there are problems with evey system, if you don’t like it here why don’t you leave, no government is perfect, but I’ll take the good ‘ol USA anytime over China, why do you hate America so much, why are you libs bitching and moaning so much, can’t you think of anything positive to say? The Right has minimized, shrugged off, and generally ignored serious Constiutional, electoral and foreign policy errors and down-right abysmal performance (Can anyone say Katrina?) in an unbelievable partisan fog.

As Dick Cheney would say, “There will be consequences, if you will.” And even if you won’t.

The Right and the GOP have five months to paper over their ideological incompetence and their distaste of government and the rule of law and convince the American people (again) that their on their side. Talk about lipstick on a pig! Or is it an elephant?

Frankly, I’m thinking that the truth just caught up with the GOP—just like kicking the national debt down the road for our grandchildren will finally—and disasterously— catch up with them.

Posted by: Tim Crow at May 12, 2006 3:21 PM
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sicilian eagle,
You examples of athletics and politics and the advisarial base is true at this time. but you have to remember that it has been your party that has called any one who questioned a decision by this administration, no matter the persons sacrafices to this nation, a traitor and questioned their patirotism. So when you are speaking of an All Star team, you should look in the mirror and aski if the one you support really supports america or money. What have they really done since 9-11. taken freedoms, spied on people, withheld information key to acts of war and allowed companies to gain records profits while lining their pockets and using campaing donations to pay their legal fees. That is the creation of Delay. Rallying the “minions” was done by spliting the nation on the theory of what a marriage is. remember? i hope that you would actually take the thought of a “team of americans” to heart and look at compromise and getthis country back to being the leader not the bully in the world.

Posted by: ThomasG at May 12, 2006 3:27 PM
Comment #147695


Good point.Maybe the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

Tim Crow.

Kidna went off the reservation there a bit on the second half of your post,friend.

A liitle too Oliver Stone for me,frankly.

I think cooking the election books is a little over the top and only the most hard-core give that theory any legs…certaintly not mainstream America.

The top of your post intrigues me,though.It looks like in your mind’s eye being a Republician is akin to being the boogey man.

I like old people (heck I am old myself),I like young people.I like gay civil unions,I like drug companies and even taking some of them too on occasion (advil is the best drug ever,I think..and asprin too),and yes..(gulp)..I even pray every day.Does this make me a bad person?

Geez,my dad like the same list,and he was a Democrat.

All his life.

So what are you really trying to say?The voting public may be dumb.but they aren’t stupid my friend.

Posted by: sicilianeagle at May 12, 2006 3:36 PM
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Thomas G

Thank for visiting this thread today.As luck would have it I am at the office right now and am actually able to think a bit before responding.

One of the problems is that a significant minority of folks (read: the left) just doesn’t get the fact we are in a world war…and a war that started long before 9/11 I might add.

This issue with radicial fundamentalism has and will be a continuing threat to our nation.

My view is that the war got politicized in the run up to the last presidential election big time and when the Dems (Kerry) bit,well, the Repubs bit back…and harder.

Running for president is a bare knuckle free for all affair,not for the feint of heart.This isn’t Shangri-La
Kerry of all people knows that.
Plus,he came in with serious baggage…ask the Swift Boat Vets…some of whom (O’Neil for one) have had that guy in their cross-hairs since the Vietnam days.

Plus,the guy is/was/a 24 carat fake who made people vomit (no offense here) every time he opened his mouth.I still remember his orange-glow “suntan” for heaven’s sake.

So,ya,it got nasty real quick.

Trouble is,a certain segment of the dems still believe Gore got screwed and that carried over to the Kerry fight.

Well,Kerry got beat fair and square…and now we have conspiracy/ballot box stuffing/Diebolt machine hog wash all over the internet.

Here’s what I know:There will be another Republican president in ‘08.

Feel free to take that to the bank…no ifs, ands or butts.What we have to do is horse whip Congress and we need to start right now.

Posted by: sicilianeagle at May 12, 2006 4:00 PM
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Trust. I’ve noticed you have not added trust to your team-building workshop.
As more and more on your team are picked off under the so-called culture of corruption, ask yourself if it’s soothing to know this as your phone activities are monitored. Is it pleasant to have a military general in control of civilian intelligence, or maybe just convenient method of driving the content of ‘intelligence’? Will the National Guard have an immediate effective response to any devastating hurricanes this season, or will Coast Guard cover for them again? Will all areas of diplomacy be explored with Iran before jumping into a new adventure, or will patience run out quickly?

I don’t think trust is part of your team’s playbook, but fear and smear sure are. Let’s see if the good ol terror alert gets dusted off before this coming election. Maybe they will light up a few bars on it and ‘remind’ us who is keeping who safe. Trust through fear may work for some, the ones afraid to question the trust.

Posted by: europheus at May 12, 2006 4:29 PM
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I’m not your friend. I am your enemy.

Yes, the American electorate is dumb—they elected Bush didn’t they? Just in case you hadn’t noticed though, there is a poll out there that indicates more than 50% on the electorate is having problems with the way elections are being run. What has legs and what doesn’t isn’t up to you—or,evidently, the Republican Party.

The chickenhawks are coming home to roost.

Posted by: Tim Crow at May 12, 2006 4:34 PM
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“As more and more on your team are picked off under the so-called culture of corruption,…”
When will we all get back on the same team? The “Culture of Corruption” does not play political party lines. Almost all the current politicians are corrupt in one way or the other. Perhaps another way to put it is “Morally Corrupt.” Do you recall all the scandals that rocked the Clinton administration from the beginning? If Dems get back into power, they too will be exposed. They’re just not the big kids on the block right now. Once they are, they will fall too.

Boot them all out and keep booting them all out until they understand that they are there for us. No more “junkets”, no more “cronies”, no more “pardons”, no more passes on breaking the law (even driving under the influence, sexual harrassment, rape, perjury), etc.

Boot them all out until they gain some humility over magnitude of the job they were elected to perform. That goes for all parties and all leaders………

Posted by: ?Questions? at May 12, 2006 4:57 PM
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Sicilian Eagle,
you are right that the congress is the problem. we have seen that since george w got into office. he has yet to veto anything and just follows what the congress tells him to do. that is the problem. no checks and balances that this government was founded on. 3 branches, 3 chances to get it right. but when you say in 08 another republican will be president, who? who on either side is worth anything to be a president. both sides have failed to show any real character. But, my issue with your side of the aisle is simple. the bacis premis of the republican party is small govenment, states rights and fical responsability. None of that has happened since this administration came into power. FEMA worked until it was privatized. The government had a surplus and now we are in a record deifcit with foreign debt growing daily. This country is divided along theological,(read religious)lines. How is that good for everyone? i have said it before, the war in Afghanistan is just and warranted, you are right, the war on terror is a world war, but to let people (bush and cheney)lump all things into that premis is foolish. it is hard for me not to rant about this, because i feel that there are so many things to improve that is get long. Fix the congress. How? Ethics? they get around that by making new rules that they like. Remember, you get your raises by asking a boss or a review of your work. they just vote one for themselves. The repubs and dems have faults, but how many dems are in the line of legal fire right now? It should not be about parties, it should be about America. Remember the “contract with america”? What happened to that? Are we better off as a whole nation?

one last question, no offense meant by this, as far as the job rates go. Are the jobs actually in the US or are they jobs in other countries for US companies?
Thanks for the views S.E.

Posted by: ThomasG at May 12, 2006 5:01 PM
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Tom Crow

Sorry you feel that way.I don’t view you as the enemy…simply someone who has a different view of things.

That’s the problem right now though…just because my kind doesn’t see it your way,automaticially we are the enemy.

And by the way I would fight to make sure that you and your kind would be able to say their piece.

Thomas G
I think that for every job that Dell send to India,Honda,Toyota and the like sends a better one here,…good jobs.That great “job suck” that we heard was campaign rhetoric.Now that the mid-terms are comiing around,I suppose it will come full circle again.

The NSA thing is more interesting.From what my friends tell me its all about mathematics.Number analysis,that’s it.No calls being monitored,only number analysis that yield a statisticial probability that someone is calling a bad guy somewhere.To me,I think (as I did last time) it’s much ado about nothing and will blow over in a few days.Of course,if there is anything else that surfaces,I may be wrong.

Right now it will be McCain/Guilianni or vice versa and screw the extreme right wingers.Both are light years better than Hillary,so they can cry all they want.These religious nuts are our cross to bear (nice pun,huh?)…just like the looney left is yours.The extreme right is vicious though and spites their face to prove a point.

How to fix the Congress?Can’t be fixed,I think.David is right about throwing the bums out.Every once in a while there is a good egg there,but the Massachusetts legislation from where I am makes me sick.Puppets all.Bought lock,stock and barrell by Teddy boy.In today’s Boston Globe,4 Congressmen announced that they will vote against the wind farm off the Cape.Why? Block’s Teddy’s view.One of the reps,Bill Delahunt,was the guy that arranged cheap Venesulean oil to come to the Bay State’s “poor”.Never mind that Chavez made sure that this propaganda was blasted all over the place.This guy is oblivious to it all.Kennedy owns 2 Senate votes plus all 7 House votes.Sad.Collectively they have something like a 97% vote tally for the same things.Yesterday someone called me a robot here.I wonder.

Posted by: sicilianeagle at May 12, 2006 5:35 PM
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I give myself a short break from Watchblog, and what happens? A guy who once told me he eats “little kitties” like Sassy Liberal and myself “for lunch” is now considered a good pick to post articles for the Red Column. It Figures. [Sigh]

“A liitle too Oliver Stone for me,frankly.

I think cooking the election books is a little over the top and only the most hard-core give that theory any legs…certaintly not mainstream America.”

Bullsh*t. Utter bullsh*t. Tim Crow is 100% correct to call our elections (from one end to the other) into question.
Over these many years you righties have been accusing those of us on the Left of making much ado about nothing on this subject, when in fact, their is so much wrong that at this point it should actually be considered a truly dire national security risk.
Indeed, by all rights, the Neocon GOP should be toast in the next election — because they have had their chance and have blown it in EVERY WAY POSSIBLE — but these clowns will likely win again against the true will of Americans to throw these bums out of office. It is the sad and inescapable truth is that despite their glaring incompetence, and Americas obvious desire to avoid yet more outrageous and alarming situations which keep being created by these clowns, nothing has been done to rectify the unreliability and inaccountability of our elections. And the GOP likes it that way.
But there is now FAR too much proof that our elections ARE, and HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN STOLEN by the GOP.
It really is long past time for Amercans on Left to make like a mob of angry Ukrainians and get our asses out into the streets in massive protest if and when the next election is won by the GOP.

Tim Crow,

Have you heard the latest outrage regarding Diebold? Check this out: Scientists call Diebold security flaw ‘worst ever’

From the link:

The hole allows someone with a common computer component and knowledge of Diebold systems to load almost any software without a password or proof of authenticity and potentially without leaving telltale signs of the change. “I think it’s the most serious thing I’ve heard to date,” said Johns Hopkins University computer science professor Avi Rubin, who published the first security analysis of Diebold voting software in 2003. “Even describing why I think it’s serious is dangerous. This is something that’s so easy to do that if the public were to hear about it, it would raise the risk of someone doing it. … This is the worst-case scenario, almost.” Diebold representatives acknowledged the security hole to Pennsylvania elections officials in a May 1 memo but said the “probability for exploiting this vulnerability to install unauthorized software that could affect an election is considered low.” California elections officials echoed that assessment Friday in a message to county elections chiefs. But several computer scientists said Wednesday that those judgments are founded on the mistaken assumption that taking advantage of the security hole would require access to voting machines for a long time. “I don’t know anyone who considers two minutes lengthy, if it’s that,” said Michael Shamos, a Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor and veteran voting-systems examiner for the state of Pennsylvania. “It’s the most serious security breach that’s ever been discovered in a voting system. On this one, the probability of success is extremely high because there’s no residue.

No residue. That means that the votes on their machines and scanners can be changed WITHOUT ANY TRACE LEFT BEHIND.
Other articles you might want to read on this story (now being called a “national train wreck” can be found on this page of The Brad Blog. (You may just want to look at the most recent ones if you’ve already been keeping up with this story.)

Posted by: Adrienne at May 12, 2006 5:56 PM
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Sicilian Eagle,
points made. Here is where i stand as afar as the job thing. Education is key and the system in this country is lacking severly. cuts in higher education and even in the local districts due to budgets. Money isnt the answer, but some and good management would be a great thing. What “good jobs” there are require a degree. Whether it is in the field or not. Funny that a piece of paper determines your intelligence value and ability to do a job.
anyway, i think we see eye to eye in the vein that the solutions lay in compromise. Something that is lost right now is the ability for people to speak and listen. We dont have to be friends or enemies, just listen and hear.

Posted by: ThomasG at May 12, 2006 6:01 PM
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What a pleasure hearing from you!Had I known you were going to visit,I’d have cleaned out the old Eagle’s Nest!

Anyway,glad you are deep into the conspiracy theory.I have been working on one myself….I like Fruit Loops…a lot…and lately there seems to be a lot of green and red ones missing…..does this mean anything?

I mean,should I worry,or what?


Posted by: sicilianeagle at May 12, 2006 6:06 PM
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I have to say this. I agree that the rebulican party needs to be fixed. I am conservative and a member of the republican party. I do not find those two items mutual. I believe in a small federal goverment and power to the local city and state governments so that the people are truely able to govern themselves. When all the power is centralized that is not truely able to happen. I heard that Dave thinks the two party system is what our problem is. I would agree we need more parties that have a wider variety of views. This would allow for a stronger debate in the public forum. I think right now we are working essentially under a two entity monopoly.

Tax cuts are great. the problem is that we have not cut spending. If you raise spending and cut income then you are in trouble. That being said I will now respond to an easy retort. Yes we have some of the highest tax income ever. I will give you a personal example of why the tax cuts are good and how they helped me.

We have a family business and because of the tax cuts we were able to sell some property and use that money to expand our business and hire more people. Now those people who were unemployed are working. They are also paying taxes. Which in the long run will be worth way more then the taxes we would have had to pay on the property and then we would not have had the money to expand and then those new employees would not have jobs.

the biggest thing any politician needs to do right now is fiscal responisbility. The problem with that term is it is defined so different by so many people. Fiscal responisbility for government seems to be rather simple to me. Take as little as possible from the public. Spend only what you take. I think a flat tax will do this perfectly. There should be no deductions. Everyone pays 10% (example only) of what they make period. This would generate more then enough income. There is much to be said about this but that would be for a different article.

Posted by: Randall Jeremiah at May 12, 2006 6:16 PM
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“Anyway,glad you are deep into the conspiracy theory.”

Yeah, right along with the rest of America according to this OpEdNews/Zogby Poll:
Poll: 2004 Election Was Stolen; according to viewers of all news networks except Fox News

Posted by: Adrienne at May 12, 2006 7:50 PM
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As long as the lobbyist control Washington does it really make that much of a difference which party is in control? If them Dems get a majority in the House and Senate this year what will change? My vote will go to the person that even mentions public financing of elections. I will back the party that puts public financing of elections as part of their platform. To me nothing else matters as much. Both parties are in the process of dooming us to a massive wave of illegal immigration.Neither party can think beyond the next election cycle. Im almost in favor of China just coming in and finishing what Bush has started, at least they can think into the future. In lieu of China Im hoping for a draw a tie, total fighting between the parties and nothing happening.

Posted by: j2t2 at May 12, 2006 8:26 PM
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Oh BTW interesting post SE.

Posted by: j2t2 at May 12, 2006 8:27 PM
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Sick Eagle:

Haslett…You ought to be ashamed of yourself

Haslett? Who the heck is Haslett? Maybe you should learn the names of your team members, coach.

Posted by: wanna_be_jack at May 12, 2006 9:15 PM
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Hey! YOU try typing with talons!
Good catch!

Posted by: sicilianeagle at May 12, 2006 9:44 PM
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I didn’t know they had NFL-style Football in the Federal Prison System…

BTW: Welcome back Adrienne! You said it:

It really is long past time for Americans on Left to make like a mob of angry Ukrainians and get our asses out into the streets in massive protest if and when the next election is won by the GOP.

Or even, like a mob of angry Romanians in the streets of the Capitol…

Hmmm… Cheney/Ceausescu - Cheney/Ceausescu

Posted by: Betty Burke at May 15, 2006 5:05 AM
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