COLLECTIVE MADNESS


“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

I Guess Things Could Be Worse For Republicans.

Joe Buzz said...
Well the upside is that the webventure I started up last month is picking up some serious steam.
The burqas and used prayer rugs are flying off of the shelves this morning. Anybody know of any good sources for bulk blue fabric? Would prefer something slightly see through....it will be all the rage on the left coast...for a while anyway.

9:41 AM, November 08, 2006

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  2. Some talking head on FOX says that America has not "fundementaly changed"

    Well, here in AZ we used to have a single Dem representitive, out of four. Now we have we have four out of eight. Growth?

    So maybe America remains unchanged, but not AZ

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  3. Opportunity Knocks

    So, here's where the Republicans find themselves:

    1) They no longer need suffer through a Hastert-run House;
    2) They no longer need to endure Lincoln Chaffee, on the floor or anywhere else;
    3) They have received a free reminder form the Dems that bad behavior will be punished - if not by the leadership, then by the electorate;
    4) They have been shown in countless races that the conservative candidate wins, be they Republican or Democrat.

    What's Left To Do

    1) Purge the turncoats like Linday Graham and others with confused ideology from valuable commmittees.

    2) Congratulate Rahm Emmanuel on his successful efforts to bring some fiscal discipline back to the Congress, and express hope that his candidates are able to maintain the fiscal discipline that they espoused on the campaign trail.

    3) Bring renewed scrutiny to the question of what it means to be a Republican, define and articulate those principles of limited government, free markets and minimal entitlements, get every member to sign on, and vet every bill and every vote through the prism of party principles.

    I say take your opportunities where you find them , and if they do that then they are better off then they were yesterday.

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  4. If Senator Allen was ever the stuff of Presidential timber, he will concede today. Nothing happened in Virginia that would call into question the integrity of the outcome.

    For the good of the United States, this election needs to conclude in the old fashioned way, i.e. without lawyers and the courts.

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  5. Mr Al Allen & Mr George Gore
    multiple personalities and confusion, not much difference 'tween the two.

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  6. Man developed in Africa. He has not continued to do so there.

    So let Africa be written off, aas we will soon write off the ME..

    Leave 'em to AIDS,Ebola,Dengue Fever and all the other afflictions they can't conquer.
    I vote for Ebola as #1.

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  7. Allen ,
    I agree. We can't let take root a judicial decision for every close election.

    But then the North American Union will solve a lot of those nasty problems.

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  8. Register Libertarian

    Neither of the other two parties are worth any effort to prop up.

    Go take a look at their website.
    Decide for yourself, but take a look.
    Libertarian Party

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  9. Well, Allen has answered the question of his patriotism: he will fight to the bloody end. If Mr. Allen could show irregularites of such nature and degree to rise to the level of fraud, I'd say more power to him. He cannot.

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  10. The Market has not collapsed!

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  11. Tester claims victory in Montana.

    Steele is conceding, like a gentleman should.

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  12. Serf, I hope you get the results you seek. I think the GOP platform expanded beyond the desirable qualities you list. Purges can be dangerous.

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  13. Mr. Rumsfeld's resignation is coming, according to Fox.

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  14. Mr Rumsfeld is going to resign, per the AP, via FOX

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  15. Just cajones, cajones that have yet to be seen on Mr Bush or in TWAT.

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  16. My mom said notihing was fundamentally changed when I got 5 girls pregnant in high school.
    I've always said nothing fundamentally changed when I got castrated.
    Rush is stroking out listening to Bush say he can work and compromise with Pelosi.

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  17. The last 4 years have been run by castrati:
    Maybe I have a big future in DC?

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  18. Joe Buzz, can you post up a good graphic--maybe one of those pencil-drawn schematics with the seperate steps drawn in sequence, of how to tie a turban?

    Preferably so that any stitching, such as, say, "Holiday Inn" or "Motel 6", doesn't show?

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  19. Wonder if any of the many losers REALLY hate Bush now for waiting until AFTER the election?
    He does have his "principals."
    For what they're worth.

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  21. I still say much of the collapse began to occur with Delay's demise.
    ...many other causes of course.

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  22. KJ Lopez and I have been suicidal since Snow brought up "Comprehensive Immigration Reform."

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  23. Hard to say, doug. I generally hate everybody, so am not a good judge of the half-assed people who only hate selectively.

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  24. Mr Snow is a spokesman for Mr Bush, he can bob and weave, better than his predecessor, but he still just fronts for Mr Bush.

    Catch and Release is done on the US border, according to Mr Bush, but not in Iraq.

    Just not a serious effort, in Iraq.

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  25. The collapse began with Miers, i think--when the non-left coalition began splitting big-time.

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  26. redaktør,

    re: 18 divisions

    I don't know how you came to the conclusion that I have some plan for 18 divisions. My response to Wretchard addressed only the fact that the Army's reduction was bi-partisan. The slashing of 40,000 Air Force active duty positions over the next 3 years is entirely the creature of the Bush administration.

    You are, of course, correct: 18 divisions are unnecessary to the utter destruction of Iran. Courage is absolutely indispensable.

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  27. NRO
    THE EDITORS: President Bush will have to figure out a way to salvage a failing Iraq policy, and congressional Republicans will have to come up with a reason for holding office beyond the perks they will no longer enjoy.

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  28. What sent Rush over the edge was Bush implying more "New Tone."
    "Make people happy, compromise, and leave."
    Hope he is wrong.

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  29. Sharp -

    Changing committee assignments is a legitimate use of leadership power - you will recall that Newt assigned chairs in 1994 without being bound by longevity, but guided by priorities.

    All I suggest is that we do the same. Not looking for a beer hall putsch, or anything like that.

    I am happy with the Rumsfeld decision, and disapointed in George Allen's decision. Rummy is one of the great patriots of his generation, serving presidents going back to Gerald Ford. The only thing good obout George Allen is that he his shown that he cannot stand up to the scrutiny the comes with presidential bids, and that is good to know.

    He was on my short list until the last week or so, and now he is off.

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  30. Hope is Bill Clinton's home town

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  31. Quote of the Day:
    (I mangle it, will get it from Rush later.)

    "Republicanism lost last night, not conservatism."
    Being a political party FIRST before advancing a valid ideology first is what lost."

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  33. Second quote of the day:
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    Cutler said...
    Personally I'm expecting to see the press "realize" the economy's going great and credit it to the incoming Democratic pulling it out of a two-term Bush malaise.
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    oops, I THOUGHT he said:

    Doug said...
    Personally I'm expecting the president to "realize" the economy's going great and credit it to the incoming Democratic pulling it out of a two-term Bush malaise.

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    Rush says the one thing Bush sounded excited about is immigration reform!
    Compromise on minimum wage.
    I always thought Snow was a Mushy guy.
    Perfect for the job.

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  34. "Republicanism lost last night, not conservatism."
    Being a political party FIRST before advancing a valid ideology first is what lost."

    I thought I said that.

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  36. The Pubs made it easy for the Dems to out-conservative them.
    Emanuel's strategy was simple.
    Shut up Nancy and Harry, and let the "Conservative" candidates carry the election.
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    Thomas Sowell
    Sowell: A New Voter Fraud
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    Democrats are getting people to vote for moderates in order to put extremists in power.

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  37. What does Mr. Rumsfeld think about the Baker Boys' Commission findings? Wasn't the new Sec. DoD a member of that commission.

    DR,

    No cut and run. Instead, unravel and back away.

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  38. Now we must not let bitterness and rancor color our politics. I learned this a long time ago from Charley Rangel and Dan Rostenkowski.
    We must work together for the children.
    There are a thousand points of light and Thousand Island dressing, take you pick. Just remember we are doing this to the children.
    "Daddy, why did that man cut my clitoris off?"
    "Well, Mohammadaisy, it started back in 2006, now it's just our religion"
    "oh, ok Daddy"

    "OK, Allah wants all the girls to line up on the right, boys on the left. We are going to remove some parts, it is Allah's will"

    Suddenly the door burst open, the cry of "Wolverines" fills the air....rat-ta-tat, rat-ta-tat, rat-ta-tat ..Wolverines still fight TWAT.....and lawdy dem girls is happy 'bout dat!

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  39. Gosh, isn't it time yet to announce the winner of the 'prediction contest'?

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  40. I need to look. Who do you think won? ANYONE KNOW YET?

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  41. Ms T in her new roll as Woman Catholic said:

    Writing things off has more to do with capitalism than with compassion.

    But can she be trusted? I mean she said she was through with BC and EB and now this charade, this veil of cowardice?
    I bought a pong game when they first came to market ..I think I'll call her Ping Pong, or PP ..naw I'll just ignore her
    Have a nice day PP

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  42. bĕn yĕhū'dă,

    re: So what's next, Allen?

    War!

    With or without the courage of the Israeli elite. Probably within weeks.

    What did courage have to do with various Israeli governments kowtowing to US pressure?

    Hezbollah and Syria should have been killed and/or permanently disabled this spring. The timidity of Olmert et al. will cost the blood of Israelis to make things right.

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  43. bĕn yĕhū'dă,

    re: So what's next, Allen?

    War!

    With or without the courage of the Israeli elite. Probably within weeks.

    What did courage have to do with various Israeli governments kowtowing to US pressure?

    Hezbollah and Syria should have been killed and/or permanently disabled this spring. The timidity of Olmert et al. will cost the blood of Israelis to make things right.

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  44. I'd like to respond to buddy Larson's diatribe about hate.

    I believe that hatred is a very personal thing. Therefore there are as many styles of hatred as their are styles of golf or even, God save us, bowling.

    My personal hatred style revolves around two important dimensions: focus and totality.

    since hatred requires significant personal resource and such resource is finite, to thoroughly and completely hate a person takes a lot of strength. Therefore I can only truly hate a few people at a time. Maybe four or five folks, max.

    so if a new person, let's call him Ash, comes along that might be worthy of my hatred I must decide who I will cease hating in order to commence the new hatred.

    Such policy decisions are difficult and arbitrary, but again I live in a world of finite resource.

    So, in summary, I hate only a few people, but I despise them thoroughly and completely. I have a process in place for managing this emotion and a policy of externally triggered periodic review.

    sorry Mr Larson, but I see nothing half assed about my hatred.

    but please don't hate me for it.

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  45. I need to verify this , but it looks to me that fellowpeacekeeper with
    Dems picking up 25 in the house and 7 in the senate may be the winner. Can anyone prove they posted a better?

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  46. I understand that Charley Rangles new spokesgirl is Twanny Brawley

    Also that "suspicious" whit powder found in Bill Clintons office in Harlem..did he just move the Mena operation uptown or what. He's deal'in and steal'in, but it's all good.
    I understand much like baseball autographs he's gone into "staining" swatches of blue material, framing and autographing them (with a DNA proof paper). He's got girls working round the clock extracting vital bodily fluids. ("Eyes Only, Op Mandrake)

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  47. Allen,

    Are we getting a pool up on when the Israeli's attack Iran?

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  48. Skipsailing,
    On hate.
    I use to hate. No, I didn't find any religious insight not to but when I realized that the object of my hate wasn't feeling a thing, while I was constricting arteries right and left I gave it up.
    Much better for me anyway is ... and then you .. and then once the ..then hey no problem.

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  49. Better get a pool going on how high oil prices will get with no Jihadi oil flowing from the ME.

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  50. bĕn yĕhū'dă,

    re: "we"

    That depends on the antecedent(s) of "we".

    The US will go its own way. At this writing, it looks like Iran will get its nuke.

    Israel, as usual will find itself, at the end of the day, on its own. Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria are determined to make the coming struggle existential. Israel must act accordingly, with ruthlessness, such as the shelling into Gaza yesterday that killed 18 Palestinians. By the way not much is being said about that.

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  51. Interesting.

    Yəšaʿăyāhû and Mîḵāh do not mention the United States. Might be a reason for that..

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  52. The Market closed up today. The world did not end.

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  53. But that's the problem. Hate is like grammar. Verbs are all fine and dandy but it takes an object to really get things going.

    I understand the issue with the adverse health impact. I faced a similar choice: I could hate or I could smoke cigarettes. Since I've never seen any definite studies that concluded that haters died because of their hatred, I quit those unfiltered camels and focused on my ex wife's putative attorney.

    This actually worked pretty well because in order to hate that bastard I decided to stop hating my ex wife. The benefits to our children derived from this sage choice are too numerous to name.

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  54. mətušélaḥ,

    The prophets were sorely displeased with Israel's alliances. How does one sell faith to a secular society?

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  55. Allen,

    The prophets made it clear. There's no such thing as a secular society.

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  56. Ms T in her new roll as Woman Catholic...I bought a pong game when they first came to market ..I think I'll call her Ping Pong, or PP ..naw I'll just ignore her

    This post means Habu1 has nothing to say to me, just like Desert Rat and Allen. I shall not forget.

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  57. Forget those a-holes, Tess, I still luvs ya!

    Matt, you and Allen's little interchange re secular societies--LOL, you are right on!

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  58. Clark Winter, CitiGroup Global's chief investment ossifer, is on CNBC discussing how, with the new regulatory regime coming in, whether or not USA will be an attractive investment much longer.

    Oh, rates, ye shall rise, verily, to pay for this lack of confidence!

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  59. Buddy said:
    "Matt, you and Allen's little interchange re secular societies--LOL, you are right on! "
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    My wife came to the same conclusion in college studying Anthropology.
    (Before the Profs were all moonbats.)

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  60. Hey, can't call 'em "moonbats" anymore--their new name is "Boss".

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  61. Teresita, a.k.a. Catholic Woman

    I don't know who you are. Do you?

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