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Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM PDT

Glenn Beck Whispers in Ryan's Ear

by themank

Last night on the Ed Schultz Show Ed went on a beautiful jag about Paul Ryan. He played a clip from from the Glenn Beck radio show that was a year or two old. Paul Ryan was Glenn's guest.

When Paul Ryan talks to his own kind of people, it's a bit chilling. Ryan and Glenn Beck agree that "progressivism is a cancer". And Paul Ryan defines progressivism, not by pointing at the the occupy movement or Barak Obama. He takes it all the way back to the beginning or the 20th century. He blames German intellectuals in Madison, Wisconsin "...at the turn of the last century."

He's probably right. According to my German American family from Wisconsin, there were some very, very smart and progressive German immigrants that settled in Wisconsin. (And by the way, I understand it's been a constant battle there with the idiotic right wing German Americans ever since. It's partially what we have been seeing play out publicly for the last few years.)

If ever someone deserved to be called a Republican radical it is Paul Ryan. He basically admits he would like to erase history back to the pre New Deal era.

The video clip also includes a bonus featurette. At minute 3:16 Glenn Beck whispers "I love you" to Paul Ryan. I'll bet he does.

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Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 03:30 PM PDT

the bullseye

by themank

Mitt the twit.
He paid 10 years of taxes retroactively
This diary began as a comment to Jamess diary. I am enjoying all the speculative diaries on Harry Reid's assertion that Mitt (the twit) didn't pay taxes for 10 years.

see these diaries for more pure unadulterated speculation...

TheNewDeal00

mikepridmore

and the droppings of Blue Aardvark (see the whole series)

And suddenly, the Conspiracy Choir played such beautiful music in my head I had to share it.

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Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 02:06 PM PDT

need more proof that McCain = Bush?

by themank

It's not Palin that needs to be attacked and ridiculed.  It's McCain's judgment that needs to be seriously attacked and ridiculed.

If this isn't proof that McCain = Bush I don't know what is.  This is just the sort of thing Bush would do.  McCain deserves all the ridicule that he will get.  Everyone needs to focus on the message that McCain's judgment is as poor as Bush's judgment.  Good lord, Palin isn't even close to being the best qualified conservative to be VP.

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Fri Nov 10, 2006 at 05:38 PM PST

Let Me Enjoy the View (with poll!)

by themank

I have taken a few days off from politics after the election.  I'm happy; I just can't get interested in whatever the current incessant squabble is.  When I did this after 2004 I wondered if I was giving up for good.  I had talked and donated money till it hurt.  I didn't give up.  I also did it after the initial Iraq invasion in 2003.  I just couldn't think of anything else to say.  Words were pointless at that point.  It seemed silly to continue to point and scream at the fools that had commandeered our government.  

(over)

Poll

Which of these things will you commit to doing on Monday...

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What to do about Iraq?  How about some realism, first.  For many alcoholics it seems to work. Maybe it would work for oil addicts, too.  Maybe even Democrats.

How about a bit of Democratic realism on Iraq, a first step, so to speak.

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Thu Aug 24, 2006 at 10:27 PM PDT

Katherine Harris is not full of BS

by themank

Katherine Harris eyes have turned blue.  The only possible explanation is she has been spewing so much BS that she is beginning to run out (at least it fell below eye level).

see her recent photo here

and her Wikipedia entry here

or perhaps a random shot here

Take the contacts out, Kathy.  The blue eyes don't make you any less evil.  Neither do your statements about religion.

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My meaningless contribution to a worthless debate.

under the fold...

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On Feb 27th, 2006 DemocracyNOW, Amy's guest talked about how the Total Information Awareness Program was moved off the books and given the code name 'Basketball'.

Imagine this, using a Google like approach to data, the NSA records your phone calls, credit info, locations, plane tickets, etc, and assembles it into a large database.  This database could be searched for any combination of data, almost instantly.

Sound plausible?

Hello Mr. Poindexter, if you are reading this.

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This is my 2 cent update to Krusty's October Surprise diary.

Democrats may be playing the Iran/Bush-is-a-maniac/nukes card wrong.  Face it, Bush using nukes in Iran is a low possibility.  Bush finally accepting Iran's diplomatic overtures is a higher possibility.  And Bush instilling fear in the American public for his own political gain, even a higher possibility.

(mare beyond the fold)

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My views tend toward Thom Hartmann's on the issue of immigration.  That being said, today Americans of all ethnicities should be humbled by the organizers and participants in the recent marches for immigrant rights. It has been an awesome display and reminds us America can still be a great country if the people are allowed to lead.  I think these marches will be looked back upon as a watershed event.

Grab those American flags marchers and let them wave 'wide and high'.  Let the world see something we can be proud of for once.

Hat's off to all of you, and from the bottom of my heart, thanks for giving me a little hope.  

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So as not to be accused of sedition, let's say I'm just very familiar with the air traffic control (ATC) system.  As a bookend to this diary about allowing more foreign control of domestic airlines, by AHiddenSaint, I'll give a glimpse of a related story.

Air traffic control is yet another piece of the national security infrastructure that is often forgotten about.  There is a very serious, very quiet push to privatize ATC.  Some smaller facilities are already contracted out and a handful of them to non-US companies.  

The big money is in the larger facilities and, though they won't yet admit it publicly, the FAA Administrator Marion Blakey is doing all she can to grease the wheels for all out removal of ATC from the government fold.  

read more...beyond the bend

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Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 02:51 AM PST

Corporate Blackmail and Dubai Ports

by themank

If they can blackmail us before they take over the ports just think what they could do after.

I've never understood how some conservatives can take such a smug stand against the (democratic) UN and stir fears of "foreign control" and in the same breath defend wholesale sell-off to multinational corporations.

This is why the Dubai Ports World deal should give us pause.

UAE warns of threat to investments in political row

I'm sure few of the 'investors' mentioned in the article have the U.S. national interest at the forefront of their agenda.  But obviously they are having a profound influence on our foreign policy.  

This is what upsets a lot people about the Dubai Ports World Deal.  The fact that Bush is deaf to that concern is what upsets even more of us.

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