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  • Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 09:32 PM PST.

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    •  woo two weeks in a row i'm first (4.00)
      ok, i'm gonna die now i know it lol

      what? no biden?

      •  No Biden? (4.00)
        The networks could get hit with heavy fines for leaving him off. I believe it's an FCC rule that they have to have him on the Sunday talk shows.

        Every Saturday, there's a new weekly roundup of Michigan politics here on Daily Kos.

        by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 09:38:15 PM PST

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        •  Sunday = Wes Clark on Fox (4.00)

          General Clark will be on Fox New, Sunday, February 5, 2006 at 10:40AM Central Time

          11:40AM EST | 10:40AM CST | 9:40AM MST | 8:40AM PST

          All times of scheduled programs on Fox are subject to change.
          We recommend tuning in a little early.

          "Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love."

          by Best in Show on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 10:57:36 PM PST

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          •  Clark (4.00)
            For those of us who don't get fox, they post audio and video of shows at Clark's site. Don't know how soon they go up after each show.

            Look for "Media Center" in left menu.

            Say no to hate, bigotry, and the author of the Fed. Marriage Amendment, Marilyn Musgrave. Please donate to Angie Paccione.

            by OLinda on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 05:50:26 AM PST

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            •  Well, he was on FOX news and I think (none)
              it was not worth for him going on there. I simply don't understand why Clark is giving himself away to FOX news channel.

              It's such a lousy, unprofessional, idiotic, sensationalist news outlet that anyone with a iota of professional dignity should boycott this news outlet and NOT talk there.

              I think Clark makes a mistake to use FOX news channel.

              Aside of that the couple of sentences he could make there are really not worth it. He needs to get his position out clearly somewhere else, especially if hysteria takes over again in the US cable news networks as it is about to do.

              Believe nothing. No matter where you read it, or who said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." Buddha

              by mimi on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 08:56:59 AM PST

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              •  Clark on Fox a Wise Move (none)
                As distasteful as Fox may be, Wes Clark was brilliant to sign up as one of their commentators. From a political perspective, he gets exposure to a "right of center" audience that could well consider him a viable Presidential candidate because of his military background and impressive delivery of facts.
                •  He might risk that the (none)
                  couple of right of the center voters, he might attract, through this will be outnumbered by the loss of voters he might encounter by not clearly enough representing himself as working for and as a Democrat.

                  I am aware of your argument, I just don't believe it will work out that way.

                  Did you see how, while he was talking, the screen was split and completely irrelevant images of bombs exploding and airplanes and drones shooting at computerized images of what was supposedly Iranian nuclear weapons sites? It took over 3/4 of the screen? Why?

                  Fox doesn't even have the courtesy to focus for 40 seconds exclusively on what he had to say by giving him the full TV screen.

                  I mean, no, lousy is as lousy does, and FOX is doing a super-lousy job and the General doesn't need FOX and he shouldn't allow them to use him.

                  Clark is good if he can speak in complete sentences, focussed and uninterrupted. He needs to insist that he is given that opportunity whenever he appears on any show. A couple of politicians should have the nerve and teach the media a lesson by boycotting lousy hosts, who use their guests for their propaganda, instead of the guest having the opportunity to get their point of view out straight.

                  Believe nothing. No matter where you read it, or who said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." Buddha

                  by mimi on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 09:52:13 AM PST

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              •  Perhaps not... (none)
                There are some moderate Repubs who might be listening in.  I don't watch TV so I don't know, but I would imagine that Fox doesn't tell him what to say, do they?

                Perhaps he is speaking to the people we need to get the message to, and that's good.  Just a thought!  We do enough (too much in my estimate) preaching to the choir!

        •  I wonder (4.00)
          I believe it's an FCC rule that they have to have him on the Sunday talk shows.

          at what point they changed that contract from Lieberman to Biden.

          "...the definition of a gaffe in Washington is somebody who tells the truth but shouldn't have." Howard Dean

          by colleen on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 08:07:40 AM PST

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      •  I'm boycotting the entire slate (4.00)
        No Biden, no Johnson.

        If you know what I mean...

        Visit Satiric Mutt -- my contribution to the written cholesterol now clogging the arteries of the Internet.

        by Bob Johnson on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 09:52:11 PM PST

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        •  Not (none)
          that there is anything wrong with that.....


          VA-05 | Al Weed For Congress | (-6.00,-6.67)

          ...oh therapy, can you fill the void?

          by Dems2004 on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 09:53:36 PM PST

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          •  No Obama-Superstar talk please (4.00)
            After watching him during the Alito hearings, he showed me that he is not a superstar.  Yeah, he gives nice speeches and he dresses well... and he has a pretty face.  Sorry, but those are NOT presidential. He is NOT a leader, and he doesn't understand the pulse of the people.

            He will NEVER get my vote.

            •  Here! Here! (4.00)
              I was very disappointed with Obama's position on Alito.  His DLC position is becoming clear.  He still thinks you can "compromise" with this corrupt administration.  Smooth talking without brass knuckles isn't going to work anymore.  His appearance on Tim Russert was wishy washy.  His appearance here on dailykos was wrong headed.   I am originally from Illinois and I was at the Convention for his speech and wanted to find out more about him.  So far,  I am profoundly disappointed.  He may be just a great speech maker, like you said.  We must look for real fighters or we are lost.

              "Don't step back; step up." John Edwards - The politics of hope not cynicism

              by Cowqueen on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 08:03:19 AM PST

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              •  he usually votes right (none)
                but says the wrong thing.

                like he doesn't have the courage of his convictions.

                just what we need.

                an ambulance can only go so fast - neil young

                by mightymouse on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 09:13:20 AM PST

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                •  well what the hell kind of leader is that? (none)
                  That's what Harry and the others do.  I don't think he's leader material.  He is smart, but that's it.  

                  I wish we could AFFORD TO SEND all newbies to the Wellstone Leadership training before they move in to their nice, plush DC townhomes and start representing us.

                  Do any of them understand that leadership is not looking good?  Leadership means taking responsiblity and working more than the average guy or gal to get the job done.  Leadership means not sleeping sometimes, and it means talking to the ones who aren't with you.  It means heart to heart communication with people, and it means staying in TOUCH with your constituents.  

                  I don't think they get that... and I'd love to see us do something with these DEM CANDIDATES even before the elections.  They/we need it.

                  •  Obama's accomplishments BEFORE his speech (none)
                    It's not hard to reasearch this.

                    In 1996, Obama was elected to the Illinois State Senate from the south side neighborhood of Hyde Park, in Chicago. He served as chairman of the Public Health and Welfare Committee when the Democrats regained control of the chamber. The Chicago Tribune called him "one of the General Assembly's most impressive members."

                    Regarded as a staunch liberal during his tenure in the legislature, he helped to author a state Earned Income Tax Credit that provided benefits to the working poor. He also worked for legislation that would cover residents who could not afford health insurance. Speaking up for leading gay and lesbian advocacy groups, he successfully helped pass bills to increase funding for AIDS prevention and care programs.

                    In 2000, he ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for Illinois' 1st Congressional district against incumbent Representative Bobby Rush. Rush received 61% of the vote, while Obama received 30%.

                    After the loss, Obama rededicated his efforts to the state Senate. He authored one of the most progressive death penalty reform laws in the nation, under the guidance of former U.S. Senator Paul Simon. He also pushed through legislation that would force insurance companies to cover routine mammograms.

                    Though known as a principled liberal, Obama was highly regarded for his ability to build coalitions and persuade opponents. He engineered the unanimous passage in the Senate of several pieces of progressive legislation, and in one instance, successfully convinced the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Rifle Association to endorse a bill they had previously opposed.

                    Obama--much more than just a pretty face.

                    •  Jane... (none)
                      WASHINGTON (AP) To more effectively oppose Supreme Court nominees in the future, Democrats need to convince the public ''their values are at stake'' rather than use stalling tactics to try to thwart the president, said a senator who opposes Samuel Alito's confirmation.

                      Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., predicted on Sunday that an effort to try to block a final vote on Alito would fail on Monday.

                      I saved these quotes in a Word document, but I don't have the old links.  However, they are real.

                      Anyway, let's look at what he said.  I don't think that there has ever been a more critical time in our history for us to convince both moderates and progressives that our values are at stake. This was the time he spoke of, and as Kerry said, "If not now, then when?" Also, we weren't trying to change public opinion in those few days. We were trying to save the constitution and we were trying to change the minds of that group of senators who were ultimately against us.  You know their names, so I won't mention them again because you know who they were. We needed strong leadership at that point, and both Obama and Reid were out saying that crap to the media on Friday and Sunday. We were fighting behind the scenes and they were just blah blahing.

                      Native Americans would call it double speak or forked tongue.  Here is ANOTHER opinion, and I admit, it's my opinion.  I expect a lot of leaders. I admit that I expect a lot because I'm willing to back them up and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to beat down Bush.

                      Maybe this will make sense to you: His personal vote on Alito was right. My problem is not with his vote, but I wonder how he expected to bring others on board when he had already cast the filibuster as a loss on Friday.  Both Obama and Harry then said the same thing on the Sunday talk shows.      

                      Here is his mistake: If that's what he thought, then he didn't get it.  As we know, anything can happen at the last minute in the world of politics.  I would have also understood if he thought it was too late and blah blah IF he had kept his personal opinions to himself.  However, to think it and to say it to the media at that critical time was what I call a monster mistake. Also, if it was a CYA then that's unforgivable because that makes it about him and not about his job as a US Senator.

                •  Beyond (none)
                  saying that he thought the filibuster was poorly organized, what other "wrong things" has he said?
                  •  Nothing wrong with thinking it... (none)
                    but saying it to the media is a MISTAKE. I guess I think differently than most people, but it's like saying, "Well, I'm going to reach point A."  That requires that I get in my car and start driving West toward point A or that I start walking to point A.  Instead, I get in my car, turn the other way and head for point B.

                    It's like saying, "I want to be well." Then I begin to smoke 3 packs of cigs a day.  There is a cause and effect relationship in this world.  

                    Here is another one.  "Gee, I'm hungry.  I want some brown rice."  Then I put the water in the rice cooker, add the rice and never plug it in.  

                    •  So that ONE quote (none)
                      deletes all his good works that came before it?
                      •  It bothers me too (none)
                        ...if it's any consolation, this used to happen to Dean and Clark in 2002 and 2003.  The "oh, he's just good looking" meme was used against Clark and the quotes meme was used against both.

                        And I always jump up to knock down any shots - though me legs are getting tired. and I'm getting cranky - (see

                        Personally I thought Dean was telegenic, and literally there were valentine web sites devoted to Howard, but I'm largely tone deaf when it comes to the male form.  

                        Oh, lookin up your name, I now I see I missed your cool friday diary.  Geez, girl - 12:15 am!  Timing.  You should have waited and filed it around 10:00 pm on Monday.  And it was another recommend diary, no less.  I'm sorry I can't actually "recommend,"  you can only hit the recommmend button within 24 hrs.

                        Here, down thread - under the "Major Hottie" post, txdem21 said "god bless Jane Knowles."  Wow, I didn't think of that before, you are persuasive, if not dispositive, evidence of Intelligence Design.

                        •  Thanks Al (none)
                          I just think it's nuts how little research people are willing to do on a person's background. It's like, oh, I don't like the way he responded to a couple of question on MTP so he sucks. The history I posted on Obama is limited to his work as a rep for Ill. It doesn't including his work as an organizer in the Chicago projects or his voter registration efforts, not to mention the HUGE amount of fund-raising he's done for Dems since he was elected to the Senate.

                          Remember the convention speech and how even the right-wing media conceded that the Republicans didn't have an answer to the powerful force that is Obama? I mean, Rush isn't going after him for the fun of it. The right finds Obama's popularity threatening and yet, they only had to spend a few minutes here to figure out how to best tar him.

                          But you know all this and more, Al. Hmph--I won't be around much next weekend, but I may take this issue on in your diary the week after that. If that's alright with you.

            •  Here we go again (none)
              And can we please stop with the "he's just a pretty face and a speech" bullshit?? It's total crap and a meme that the right has picked up and now regularly uses when they speak of Obama (Limbaugh in fact said the very same thing recently). The man has a very long history of working hard--yes, BEFORE his famous speech--to protect the disenfranchised among us, more so I imagine than just about anyone who posts on this board.

              Cheez, not a week seems to go by now where this diary doesn't include at least half a dozen comments noting how fucking lame Obama is. I love this party, but it sickens me how quickly we turn on our best leaders and subject them to purity tests that none of us are capable of living up to.

              Just a reminder: Obama voted AGAINST Alito and cloture, unlike a shitload of other Dems who have gone without criticism here.

              •  Sorry Jane... (none)
                Can't believe I said the same thing Rush did... OMG... Anyway, we don't agree but I'm willing to change my mind if I'm wrong.
                •  You're not alone (none)
                  The right has been able to pick up on it because A LOT of people on the left said it first. And here's Limbaugh's exact quote, it was from a radio show in which he kept intentionally mixing up Obama's name with Osama.

                  So here's Osama Obama now. One speech at a convention and he's living off it. He's a rookie. He's a rookie senator. He hasn't done anything yet, now, but anyway, he went in there to try to drum up support for the fledgling and in trouble Democrat from Florida, Bill Nelson, a former astronaut, and the most provocative question he was asked was the first one. Glenn Anderson of Orlando stood up and said, "I see a Democratic Party afraid to say they're Democrats who voted for the war in Iraq and voted for tax cuts for the wealthy. Why should I remain a Democrat?"

                  I'd just rather they spend their own time and money on oppositional research rather than getting it from us.

        •  What do you mean? (none)
          I guess it must have something to do with your Gay Agenda that you're always pushing.

          Whether it's a two line comment in Al Roger's Sunday roundup, or a Rex diary or whatever...

          Bob Johnson's Gay Agenda is always lurking beneath the surface.

          "I am not a crook" - The Honorable Richard M. Nixon

          by tricky dick on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 10:20:07 PM PST

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        •  Ahh, no Johnson (4.00)
          But we do have a double Boehner, eh?

          I'm sorry, he will never be "Bay-ner" to me.  That's the Republicans for you - Crapo, Flake, and now a Boeh-ner.

          •  An Observation.... (none)
            If the number of involuntary blinks per minute is a true test of veracity, then Michael Hayden was clearly lying his friggin' ass off on FNS re: their super-duper extra-secret program to spy on all of us!!!  The count was off the meter!
        •  I'm (none)
          boycotting too -

          no Johnson, no Boehner, and definitely no Dick.

          See you in the gulag!

          by joojooluv on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 08:04:03 AM PST

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      •  "Jesus Christ (D-Nazareth)" (4.00)
        I just noticed that in your line up. Ha! Too funny, Al.

        And don't worry about Teal and DJ. He told me the other day that he's finally realized what a brilliant player our man Derek is. (And don't tell anyone, but I think he's even coming around on Alex!)

      •  Can someone (4.00)
        please FRONT PAGE this diary??


    •  Boehner (none)
      No matter how you look at it, you just want to say.....  boner.

      Thanks again Al!

      Happy Saturday Night Sunday Talk thread!!!!!!


      VA-05 | Al Weed For Congress | (-6.00,-6.67)

      ...oh therapy, can you fill the void?

      by Dems2004 on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 09:34:03 PM PST

      •  Jon Stewart already did the boner joke (none)
        On TDS this week. Sorry, nice try though, as it does seem more like the more apropos pronounciation. And I was looking forward to hearing all the "Blunt Hammer" jokes.

        "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

        by kovie on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 11:16:39 PM PST

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    •  Jesus Christ (D-Nazareth) (4.00)
      That just made me spit a mouthful of beer on the monitor. Damn you, Al.
    •  State of the GOP Scandals (4.00)

      Funny clip of Bush saying "Jack Abramoff, who?" Also, a look at the other pending criminal investigations: PlameGate, Delay, Ney, Da' Dukester, ...and Evil Dick.

      Click the Photo

    •  You are really on your game tonight, Al. (4.00)
      I'm looking forward to this.

      I think Wolfie having to be so deliberately obtuse all the time makes him look not all that bright.

      "And you can dream--So dream out loud--And don't let the bastards grind you down." Bono, Acrobat, Achtung Baby

      by lecsmith on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 09:37:23 PM PST

    •  You're right (4.00)
      Not exactly a super Sunday for the chatterati. But we'll miss it because there's a Big Football game on tomorrow in part opposite three women's basketball games. (May not be able to type on Monday AfTeR GetTinG HAnd BaSHed TRYiNG tO gRab tHe ReMOte).
    •  Sharpton on the Katrina Scandal (4.00)

      Sharpton takes on the Katrina Scandal, Iraq, and ask Congressional Dems to start tackling.

      To my surprise, Scarborough partially agrees.

      Watch Tweety the apologist.

      And you have to endure the horrid Kate o'beirne.

      Click the Photo

      •  Scarborough calls Blanco an "idiot?" (4.00)
        I'm fucking sick and tired of Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) getting smacked around by these conservative blabber-heads when they haven't the first fucking clue (or wear blinders to avoid seeing the truth) what did, has, and will take plce in Louisiana as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

        What I'd like to know, Joe, is what qualifies Blanco as an idiot?

        Was she an idiot to believe that a partisan administration would put politics aside and assist her state even though she's a lone Democrat governor in the south?

        Was she an idiot to believe that FEMA would serve her state's massive  needs efficiently, despite Michael "Brownie" Brown's cronyistic rise to the head of that organization?

        Was she an idiot to call the White House to speak with Bush the day Katrina hit, only to have to leave a message with an underling?  REPUBLICAN governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi didn't try to call Bush... he didn't HAVE to... Bush called him FOUR times that day.  Blanco got no such attention.  Why is that?

        Was she an idiot to believe that asking FEMA for buses to get stranded New Orleanians out of town were going to arrive one day after the storm?  Or two?  Or three?  Or four?  Each day she asked, each day they said "they're onthe way."

        Was she an idiot to finally say "screw FEMA's buses, I'm bringing my state's school buses down to do the job instead."  I'm paraphrasing, of course, but that's essentially what she did when she realized FEMA wasn't measuring up to expectations.

        The only "idiotic" things Blanco did were...

        1. Believing Bush would approach these disaasters with non-partisan compassion and assistance...

        2. Believing FEMA, run by an incompetent Bush crony, would be able to combat such a huge natuural disaster...

        3. Believing that being transparent and cooperative with post-hurricane investigations would lead to White House transparency, as well.

        4. Believing that such transparency on both sides would reveal, in fact, to the American public, that while, yes, INDEED, Louisiana was overwhelmed (and find me a sttate that WOULDN'T have been overcome by such a massive disaster), it was the FEDERAL response that only made matters worse for Louisiana.
      •  While Sharpton can't make it as a candidate the (4.00)
        Dems should use his ability to speak to issues.
        Just saw a thing where he said in Harlem if some one just invaded your home and you called the police, you wouldn't tell the police to go after a guy two blocks from the scene of the crime because he did something to your daddy twenty years ago, we tell them to go aftef the guy who did you in.
        He added- Bush and Blair met in a phone booth and they think the whole world agreed to go into Iraq.
        It was like during the primaries when Dean was getting bashed for his screaming after losing Iowa, Al siad if I spent so much money and go those results I would scream too.
        The man has got more on the ball then any of the politicos.
    •  L Dobbs hammers Rice and Bush (3.95)

      Lou jumps on Rice's incredibly dumb about the "Surprise" Hamas win.

       Lou also goes out of his way to slam shrub

      Click the Photo

      •  Don't know about anyone else's monitor (4.00)
        But on mine, her face is as red as the stripes on that flag.  Wowza!  
      •  Wow, Dobbs was incredible. terrific clip (4.00)
      •  Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! (4.00)
        I think Rice has used up her quota of "nobody expected..." reactions to world events.  
        Dobbs and Pilgrim didn't seem to know that the Palestinian leadership had apparently TOLD Rice months ago that Hamas would win these elections and asked that they be postponed but Rice wouldn't agree.  So her "nobody expected..." remark was also a lie.

        Do not go gentle into that good night. Blog, blog against the dying of the light. CathiefromCanada

        by CathiefromCanada on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 04:45:44 AM PST

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      •  I see she's finally a little red faced about all (4.00)
        her fuck-ups. It's about time.

        -6.88/-5.64 * You know what's happening. Fight it.

        by John West on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 07:34:33 AM PST

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      •  what a bitch (4.00)
        "You cannot be committed to peace and committed to violence at the same time. They are not compatible."

        Is that what that (forgive me) runt with a c actually said??????

        The architects of the ginned up slaughter in Iraq said that? Is that what I heard?

        Fuck you Condi!


        Warner/Clark '08 - Republican Nightmare Ticket

        by Clark04 on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 08:24:11 AM PST

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      •  Rice the administrator (4.00)
        I teach at a university. Rice has always sounded to me only one way: as a university administrator, which she formerly was at Stanford. Administrators don't know how to talk directly; they are fake-articulate smooth-talkers and say nothing, just platitudes, cliches and ambiguities. They are forever maneuvering to look good first, rather than doing good. Rice is a perfect administrator but as national security advisor and now, secretary of state, she is dealing with real, important, dangerous things and she is out of her depth by all appearances. I think she knows it too, witness that shaky high-pitched voice when, answering a question, she knows her vacuous answer will be totally inadequate. She shoulda stuck with the university, where you can only do so much damage. (And goodness knows, King George shoulda stuck with shaking hands at Texas Rangers games, which is about his depth.)
        •  I agree that's she's in WAAAAAY over her head (4.00)
          and has been for as long as she's been with this admin., but I don't think she's lost any faith in herself. She's as sociopathic as any other member of the Bush Cabal, however, she's always had a weak and shaky speaking voice.
          •  BINGO !!! (none)
            Once again, Jane pulls back the curtain.  you're not from Kansas are you??

            The first time I heard of her was in 1998.  Pappy Bush and Brent Scowcroft ("together") put out a book, "A World Transformed."  The book was almost entirely Scowcroft's.

            And then, out of the blue, Rice pops up in the Gulf I section.  She was "billed" as one of the soviet analysts for the NSC.  And they also wasted one of the books inside photos on her.

            The whole episode was a complete anomaly.  It really stuck out.  Why would they go out of the way to weave someone so peripheral into the book (w./ photo no less).  

            And it was obvious; Pappy put this into the book.  I mean, you think Lt. General Scowcroft or Jimmy Baker gave a shit about such a lightweight,, no, scratch that - featherweight!

            So when I saw her again during the 2000 campaign, I thought, "oh your kidding me, her?"

            Of course it raised everyone's speculation (mind included): who's she screwing?"

            Of course we now know the answer --- our country and the world.

    •  Special Report on ABC's Bob Woodruff (4.00)

      CBS reports on the extent the injuries sustained by Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt.

      They were both wounded by an IED this Sunday.

      Click the Photo

      •  Doug Vogt's name kept ringing a bell in my head (3.66)
        and then I remembered that he was a reporter on a station in Lethbridge, Alberta that I watched when I visited my grandparents as a kid

        "now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." W. Churchill

        by Thor Heyerdahl on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 11:01:13 PM PST

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    •  Special Report on Jill Carroll (4.00)

      The report reviews web sites affliated with Jill and the reaction of her close friends in Iraq.

      This is followed by statement by The Christian Science Monitor.

      Click the Photo

    •  L Dobbs: W.H. = Failure (4.00)

      Lou makes no effort to disguise his utter contempt for the administration. He openly mocks their quotes, and when he ticks off the long, long list failures, palpable anger streams across his face.

      Click the Photo

      •  Do ya' get the feeling Lou (4.00)
        really doesn't like our beloved leader? lol.

        I have this notion that Lou voted for Georgie in 2000 and then felt very betrayed and is now unwilling to just spout the daily talking points.  I'd love to see him go up against O'Reilly or Hannity.  I might even look for change in my sofa to buy a ticket to see that!

        Just because a person has faith doesn't mean that he isn't full of crap.-- Pastordan

        by Maggie Mae on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 11:55:32 PM PST

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        •  A mind-bending response (4.00)
          From the WSJ wanker, basically saying that there's no reason for Bush to care whether he's doing a good job, since he's not running for reelection anyway.  Four years -- now that's what I call giving notice!

          "If we abandon our ideals in the face of adversity and aggression, then those ideals were never really in our possession." -- Army Capt. Ian Fishback

          by sansho1 on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 08:03:36 AM PST

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          •  Agree (none)
            I was thinking that, if Clinton were in office right now, he would have been saying that the Big Dog and the WH should be "pankicking" at what these polls mean for him to govern effectively and how it could mean death to Dems running for either the House or Senate.

            Just because a person has faith doesn't mean that he isn't full of crap.-- Pastordan

            by Maggie Mae on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 08:21:14 AM PST

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    •  NASA Terrorizes one of its leading Scientists (4.00)

      A noted NASA scientist is THREATEN by NASA itself!!  

      The thugs in the WH don't want his his work against Global Warming to see the light of day.

      Click the Photo

    •  My eye candy has been remiss... (4.00)
      In a break from the focus on the usual heteros, I though it'd be fun to celebrate the world's beautiful gay, lesbian and bi eye-candy. I give you:

      Former designer for Gucci and sexy as fuck Tom Ford:
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      The incredibly dashing Rupert Everett (looking for someone to play Bond?? This is your man!!):
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      Badass lesbian model and former Jolie galpal Jenny Shimizu:
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      And the world's most famous bisexual, Angie Jolie:
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      Scrumptious each and every one!

    •  Major Hottie For Senate! (4.00)

      Hackett hits it outta 'da park

      Click the Photo

    •  Cool Hand Hackett (3.89)

      Hackett hits it DEEEEP...OUTTA HERE!!! GRAND SLAM!!!

      Click the Photo

    •  I am waiting for a whole bunch on the server (4.00)
      The pounding Jon give Rice is to die for. and Beckinsale and Ingrid's kid are alot of FUN.

      I waiting for you tube.  So a whole bunch more with pop up in the next 90 minutes.

      Off to post the gallery and update AAR and 60 minutes with links.!!

      see ya in a bit

    •  Whoo-hoo I love these threads every week. (4.00)
      I watch for them to be posted.

      Image hosting by Photobucket

      "I'm willing to say things that are not popular but ordinary people know are right." Howard Dean

      by floridagal on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 10:15:33 PM PST

    •  Woo Hoo! (none)

      When we stand down, Iraqis will stand up -7.50, -6.15

      by bloomer 101 on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 10:27:44 PM PST

    •  Specter Hearings (4.00)
      Anyone who thinks that Arlen Specter is going to do anything but give cover for Bush and Alberto is a fool.

      History shows nothing will come of this, due to Specter's status as a "moderate" Rpublican, which really means he is a textbook clinical example of Passive Aggressive Personality Disorder.

      •  Feeling any (none)
        better, Sam?


        VA-05 | Al Weed For Congress | (-6.00,-6.67)

        ...oh therapy, can you fill the void?

        by Dems2004 on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 10:33:03 PM PST

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      •  I just read something about him (none)
        getting TOUGH and he said on MTP that he MIGHT subpoena.  It was a link from this diary.  In fact, I was going to send him an e-mail to ask him to get to the truth and do what he has to do.

        This isn't the link from this site, but it's right off the press:

        Specter Believes Spy Program Violates Law

        Feb 5, 12:39 PM (ET)
        By HOPE YEN

        WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' explanations so far for the Bush administration's failure to obtain warrants for its domestic surveillance program are "strained" and "unrealistic," the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said Sunday.

        Anybody want to join me?  

        I bet he would appreciate it when if we send a thank you instead of a "you piece of shit" e-mail.  Of course, once he says it on MTP, then the pressure will likely come down from the White House.  

        I still think the BEST way to get to the truth is to bring in Comey and Goldsmith.  I'm going to mention that to him.  They are clearly guys with ethics, and they will protect the constitution even though the administration will put undue pressure on them.  Since they're gone from DOJ, they can't really hurt them unless they send the CIA or somebody to kill them.  They wouldn't do that, would they?

      •  Right! (none)
        Let's not forget this is the same fuck who claims to be pro-choice, and then can't rubber-stamp Alito quickly enough.

        I see you when you're sleeping. I know when you're awake. I know if you've been bad or good. But criminy, even I go through FISA!-S. Claus

        by jazzmaniac on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 08:13:48 PM PST

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    •  Live Action Cartoons (4.00)

      Cartoons are in focus this week.  

      The real ones, not Shrub and Cheney.

      Here's a Slideshow with some real good ones.  To bad the laugher comes at the expense of our country.

      Click the Photo

    •  Ken Mehlman...ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww (4.00)
      Gag.  Sputter.  Choke.  Puke.  Dry Heave.  Wipe.

      Okay, thanks for the update Al.  This is the first week I have my cable back and I can actually watch all these shows.  Alas, I need to go househunting and I promised the kiddo I'd take to see the horses.  Again.  And trains.  So, I'll catch your updates next week!

    •  Stay Tuned (4.00)
      Just a special heads-up for those paying attention to the Sunday Talk thread: the next round of YearlyKos auctions starts Sunday afternoon/evening.  Stick around and find out what's on the block!
    •  In this pic- (none)
      surely I'm not the only one who thinks Blair resembles the Grinch (oh, those brows)?!

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." ~George Orwell

      by txdem21 on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 11:15:15 PM PST

    •  R.I.P. Mrs. King (4.00)

      Coretta passing made every cover and these were the best.

      Also I include some pics of Mrs. King with Gore, Clinton, Bono, and Kerry.

      Click the Photo

      •  Very nice, Al (4.00)
        Some gorgeous pictures of her were chosen by the papers.  

        Loved your add ons.  My favorite was Al kissing her forehead.  

        Just because a person has faith doesn't mean that he isn't full of crap.-- Pastordan

        by Maggie Mae on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 12:09:06 AM PST

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    •  Wonderful, Al-Outstanding as usual-thanks! (4.00)
      Did I miss the Ch 4 stuff? It's so late here I'm a bit out of it...Thanks for all the fine work.
    •  Warning: The Following Comment is laced w Sugar (4.00)

      We have really nice variety this week.

      Something for every taste.

      Click the Photo

    •  The Fun and Sexy Beckinsale and Jon Stewart (4.00)

      A sexy and witty interview.

      Subjects: childhood sarcasm, kids embarrassing their moms, killer cabs, Satan, vampires (where's Carnack?) and werewolves, teen werewolves, vampire fashion, and who on the job violence makes you a good mom.

      Click the Photo

    •  Iron Governor vs Rabid Media Poodle (4.00)

      Now that's a SPINE.

       Check out how the self important Ms Perky puts on her glasses.

      Then watch Perky due fully read the RNC talking points.

      Oh yeah, Howard Calls Shrub a Felon!

      Click the Photo

    •  National Lampoon's Vacation President (4.00)

      It's so funny.  

       But remember, the source of our Laughter is also the source of our Misery

      Click the Photo

    •  Earth Attacks !! (4.00)

      Earth Attacks!!!
      You know, as in "Mars Attacks."

      Frist and Bush and CNN compete to see who can make a bigger fool out of themselves.

      It's a close call...but CNN clearly wins the lackey award.

      Click the Photo

    •  Dr. Death (4.00)

      The Secretary of Deceit makes dramatic entrance before the 9-11 Commission.  You know the one that gave her a BIG FAT FRIGGIN "F"

      Note how she disrespects the 9-11 families and mourners.  

      Then Jon thrashes her.


      Click the Photo

    •  Jesus Christ (D-Nazareth) (4.00)
      heh.  I like that, Al.

      The moral and self-righteous think nothing bad will happen to them, especially at the hands of their own government.

      by Yankee in exile on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 03:51:47 AM PST

    •  Air America Radio (4.00)
      Okay, here is my plug for AAR for all you new readers. Check it out!

      Stream and see more program listings here.

      Check for a local station here.
      Your local programming may be different.

      Denver/Boulder's streams also with some different times and programming that may suit your schedule.
      They replay Mike Malloy Sunday nights at 11PM Mtn/1AM ET.
      And Saturday nights 9PM-Midnight Mtn/11PM ET.
      And current shows Mon.-Fri. 11PM - 1AM Mtn Time.

      A few Sunday shows:

      The Thom Hartmann Program
      Sundays 10AM-1pm ET

      Ring of Fire with Bobby Kennedy
      Sundays 3-5PM ET (rebroadcast of previous day - Saturday 5-7 PM ET)

      They have their own Web site in addition to their page at AAR.

      Bill Maher is interviewed this week.

      Listen to archives on Windows Media.
      Podcasts. Bobby said you can download them at i-Tunes also.

      Politically Direct with David Bender
      2-3PM ET Sundays - (Al says they are off today, so catch him next week.)

      Say no to hate, bigotry, and the author of the Fed. Marriage Amendment, Marilyn Musgrave. Please donate to Angie Paccione.

      by OLinda on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 05:35:32 AM PST

    •  FP (4.00)
      Gee, Al. Is nobody gonna front page ya? :(

      Say no to hate, bigotry, and the author of the Fed. Marriage Amendment, Marilyn Musgrave. Please donate to Angie Paccione.

      by OLinda on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 06:20:09 AM PST

    •  I need a new monitor, Al. I couldn't read that (none)
      Guardian story no matter how hard I tried.

      -6.88/-5.64 * You know what's happening. Fight it.

      by John West on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 07:36:14 AM PST

    •  Holy Shit! (4.00)
      Pumpkinhead Russert played the 2004 speech where Bush said that   wiretapping requires a court order and Specter said that it would be a good question to ask the president during a news conference. The way Specter is talking, Bush is in deep shit.

      Most people spend their lives getting out of trouble, Repo Men spend their lives getting INTO trouble

      by calipygian on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 07:59:27 AM PST

    •  Wow! (none)
      Your collection of video clips was priceless.  Every TV-addict, reading-challenged voter should see them.  

      Take Back the House in 2006!

      by Rona on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 08:01:45 AM PST

    •  Grab Earmarks by the balls... (4.00)
      just saw the new majority leader defend the GOP on earmarks, after Russert threw out the staggering number on what they are now (15,000) compared to 1995...

      Here's the question every GOP member should face:

      you've had 12 years to get this under control -- and the problem has increased monumentally... it's gotten far, far worse under your leadership...Why on Earth should the voters trust you another micro-second with the issue of fiscal respsonsibility?...

      Unless I'm wrong, which, you know, I'm not

      by Hkingsley on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 08:02:24 AM PST

    •  Jesus Christ (D-Nazareth) (4.00)
      LMFAO.  Did you make that up?  Props, props.
    •  Thanks Al (4.00)
      I always enjoy your Sunday Talk diaries.

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