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Republicans go negative, very negative October 31, 2006

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Now I can’t blame this entirely on Randy, for the same reason I can’t blame Massa for the MoveOn ads, although Kuhl could at least denounce the ads as Eric did, and I would guess that if Kuhl when to the RCCC (I think that’s who ran the ad) and said this ad is hurting me please stop, they probably would.

Am I being partisan by saying this was a negative ad? Watch it for yourself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Py2AT4bbNo

If that’s not the definition of a negative ad then I don’t know what is. Again Kuhl does not endorse the ad, but he damn well better denounce it soon or he is an udder hypocrite.

UPDATE: Kuhl has asked for the Ad to be pulled. Thank you Randy. And hat tip to Rottenchester in the comments.

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Cooler than Chuck October 27, 2006

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Ok this has nothing to do with anything but its friday and its fun. There were the Chuck Norris Facts running around for a while and it was funny, and this is a lame rip off of a dying fad, or it would be a lame rip off if it were using the coolest actor ever, that description alone should tell you who I’m talking about but just to be clear its Bruce Facts.com Yeah as in the one and only Bruce Campbell. If you don’t know Bruce, then I have pity for you, now go rent Army of Darkness (or you can probably buy it for 5 bucks).

Heres a few I liked:

Bruce Campbell did that to Michael Jackson’s face.

 The ancient Egyptians didn’t worship Bruce Campbell, and now they’re all dead. This is not a coincidence.

On the third day Jesus rose again from the dead, in fulfillment of the scriptures. Bruce was there to send his zombie ass back to hell

(oh and a zombie jesus joke to boot, Sorry to those who find blasphemy offesive, actually Im not Sorry)

Hannibal Lecter was based on Bruce Campbell after a 1977 incident when Sam Raimi stole his Mcdonald’s hamburger. (Sam Raimi is the director of several Bruce Campbell movies)

Thank you, Fighting 29th October 24, 2006

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The Fighting 29th – th company Massa keeps

nice rebuttal. I don’t link to Press releases for the same reason to much BS, even when they come from a group I support. And thank you for ripping apart the stupid argument that single payer health care would cost rediculous amounts of money. I still think Massa said it best by saying, your right, it will cost 1.8 trillion a year, currently we’re paying abour 2.1 trillion a year. thats a 300 billion dollar a year savings. hell that could even cover the cost of the war. I gotta go, thanks again.

Veterans for Kuhl October 24, 2006

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This new group has shown up just a few weeks before the election to help promote their ally Congressman Kuhl, if you want to know why they support him while other veterans groups like Disabled American Veterans (http://www.dav.org/) gave him a pathetic 25% approval, then just check their website… uh… I guess they figured their only going to exsist for 2 weeks why spend 15 minutes and try to make ourselves look legit. I mean Kuhl says it so the local papers will announce it and thats all that matters. A few easily manipulated souls will think hey Kuhl can’t be too bad for the Vets this group supports him and they have Veterans right in their name.

This just smells like a lame ass Swiftboat wannabee. At least our local politicians know that if their going to make a BS group, just have them support you, rather than attack the other guy, there’s a lot less scrutiny that way.

A quick google search led me to my friends up at Rochester Turning  who has this to say about the whole affair.http://rochesterturning.com/2006/10/21/vets-for-kuhl-missing-something-big/

Footnote: My computer (or this site) is acting up so I wasn’t able to clean up the links. sorry

A local man dies in Iraq October 24, 2006

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Im not sure if things like this can be put into words. If I were some amazing linguist I would give an attempt, but I’m far from that. I lower my head and say Im sorry, I wish he wasn’t there, I wish I had shouted louder before it started. Im sorry. I wish it had turned out another way. I’m sorry. I wish I could honestly say those hollow words, at least he died deffending our country, but as hollow as they are I can’t even say those, I don’t for one second believe that his ultimate sacrifce has made us the least bit safer, and for that I am sorry.

If you want more info go here

Scandelicious October 24, 2006

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Lets see the country hates the Repubs, The war is a mess, the economy is up but real wages are still down, the liberals are angry about well I don’t have time to list everything we’re pissed about, the social conservatives are mad because they’ve been let down by those they put into power (not enough gay hating) there have been more scandals than I can count lets run through a few shall we? In no particular order,

 

Delay illegal money

Abramoff illegal money

Foley/Hastert little boys/cover-up

Domestic Spying illegal spying

Torture illegal interrogations

Cunningham illegal money

The guy with the money in his freezer

Katrina a general f-up

Billions of tax payer dollars “lost” in Iraq

“missing” weapons in Iraq

Bush lying about EVERYTHING

Cheney shoots his friend in the face and doesn’t tell anyone for a day

Pentagon lying to the 9/11 commission

Global Warming, Creationism in the schools

The Patriot act

Dafur genocide

Selling of our Ports to Dubai

Selling our port security to China

Guantanamo- still no trials

Rendition – doesn’t sound bad, its just our word for sending prisoner to other countries to be tortured

Millions of peoples Military/personal Info lost or stolen

 

There’s more but those are the first few major scandals that pop into my head right not. Maybe that’s part of why no wants the Repubs in power anymore. Well that and their big goal of screwing up social security failed, that’s actually a good thing but it was seen as a failure by those who like that sort of thing. I think the country is finally seeing that they have been played like a fiddle, we’re less safe than in the past, and the war on terror is creating more terror. Or maybe people are just mad cause their hasn’t been as much gay hating as they had hoped for.

Who’s been talkin’ with Cheney? October 20, 2006

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Yahoo News – Judge orders Cheney’s visitor logs opened

The White House keeps track of visitors, for obvious reasons, but doesn’t necessarily make those names known to the public. A judge has just ordered those visitor logs for Dick Cheney opened. We might finally see who exactly is helping to make the decisions in this country. I’m sure there will be lots of professors and other experts in various fields of study who help the VP to make informed decisions with knowledge from all possible angles, haha. Just kidding, its going to be a bunch of CEO’s and no one should be surprised by that, but some will and it might increase that anger at the Republicans a little more, although its going to be tough to get any angrier.

The Debate To End All Debates (between Massa and Kuhl) October 20, 2006

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Last night the final debate in the 29th district of New York was rebroadcast. It was in Rochester in a news studio with no audience. That must have been a relief to Kuhl who has faced an oppositional crowd every time, there were even rumors of a person who was basically heckling him the Bath debate. That’s just uncalled for. I must say its very hard to try to watch these debate’s and give an objective view, or sorry, objective is a bullshit term in this instance. I work with psychologists who are always saying they are being objective and they aren’t, physicists can be objective, anyone studying people cannot. They do their best at being objective but its not. What I mean is that I want to see the debate the way most people in the area do, this is very difficult when you know the persons voting record. When Kuhl says he’s for Ethanol, does the average voter realize that he also supports drilling in the ANWR, does the average voter know what ANWR stands for? (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) This means that he’s for energy independence but not sustainable energy. To be independent unsustainably while destroying the environment is not much to brag about. When Kuhl says that he’s for increasing the minimum wage, does the average voter know that he voted against it until they added in repealing a tax on the richest people in the country? Its impossible to watch and say how would I be influenced by his arguments if I didn’t know the truth. At least he didn’t mention “the ethanol bill” again.

 

Opening statements, eh heard ‘em before nothing real impressive. Massa had a similar style as the Elmira debate, he starts off quiet and lets the energy build, never gets loud and out of control, there no Dean moves going on, but you can see the fire build. By the end it was impossible to miss the passion this man has, and that’s something that’s been sorely lacking in politics- Passion. (more…)

Esquire Endorsements October 19, 2006

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Ok this is stolen straight from my friends up at http://rochesterturning.com/   Everything below is from bythepeople, or Esquire.

An observant reader (thanks Bill!) hipped us to Esquire Magazine’s funny Congressional endorsements.  Here’s an excerpt from the races we’re following:

District 25
Jim Walsh (R)
Dan Maffei (D)
Jim Walsh’s prescription for his district’s economic woes is a steady diet of bacon. His opponent, Dan Maffei, will be more creative: Only an original thinker could have served both Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Bill Bradley.
Esquire endorses: Maffei

District 28
John Donnelly (R)
Louise Slaughter (D)
A scientist by training, Slaughter looks out for her Rochester constituents’ research-based economy and led the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues.
Esquire endorses: Slaughter

District 29
Randy Kuhl (R)
Eric Massa (D)
Kuhl has lost the support of the unions that gave him his seat. Maybe that’s due to his toeing of the anti-union party line in Washington, or maybe it’s because he’s just plain forgettable, while his opponent, Navy veteran Eric Massa, speaks eloquently on issues from the economy to the war.
Esquire endorses: Massa

Ok, those were just mildly funny (but accurate).  This one had me laughing, though:

District 26
Tom Reynolds (R)
Jack Davis (D)
Tom Reynolds is heading the Republican reelection push this year, so he’s a busy man. Luckily, his opponent is a “Democrat” who describes himself, in fact, as a Goldwater Republican–and a wealthy industrialist who supports protectionist economic policies. Get with the times, Jack.
Esquire endorses: Reynolds

You know what? In the wake of the Foley Scandal there’s no way in hell we can endorse a man who bravely stepped before the microphones to say he didn’t know anything about anything, and managed to surround himself with children to do it. What a dirtball. Esquire now endorses: Davis

Awesome.

lifes great questions October 19, 2006

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Who was general Tso and why did they name a food after him?

(badly faked chinese accent) Can’t go to war without fried pieces of chicken in sauce with lil’ hot peppers.

National Poll October 19, 2006

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I think its safe to say that people are pissed off at our government, and particularly the Republicans. Check out this article from the Wall Street Journal.

Wall Street Journal – Poll Signals More Republican Woes

Voters’ approval of Congress has fallen to 16% from 20% since early September, while their disapproval has risen to 75% from 65%. …

That 16% rating statistically matches Congress’s lowest point in the 17 years the Journal and NBC have polled …

By 52% to 37%, voters say they want Democrats rather than Republicans to control Congress. That 15-point advantage is the widest ever registered by either party in the Journal/NBC surveys. Also, the result marks the first time voter preference for one party has exceeded 50%.

75% of the country disapproves of our congress. That’s incredible. I mean its terrible that a representative democracy can fall to the point where 3/4 of the people disagree with those elected but hey at least people are finally paying attention, if only they had done the same 2 years ago…

New Poll and more stumpin’ October 19, 2006

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Ok so Massa’s supporter got a big ego boost today. A new Poll from Majority Watch (click on the district) puts Massa ahead by 12 points! 52-40, now Im optimistic about the race but Damn, I never expected that and I really don’t know if its accurate. Admitedly I see it as an extremely close race, but they did break the district into two groups and in this area they have Kuhl with a 1 point lead. One Point, thats abut as close as it gets, the Rochester area on the other hand they put Massa with 26 point advantage, Holy Crap batman.

Now it wasn’t too long ago that Kuhl didn’t even want to admit there was a challenger, I’d love to pull up a quote but I can’t find one yet, while today it’s “I’m cautiously optimistic.” 

As for stumping first he pulled out the big gun, oh oh im sorry Im supposed to mention guns and Kuhl in the same sentance, Dick Cheney, oh man another one. Lets try this again, Kuhl brought in Cheney a few weeks back to help him raise some cash, now He’s bringing in U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez. Kuhls claim is that this is just standard fair, he’s doing fine.

Kuhl said the Gutierrez appearance is part of a continuing pattern of bringing influential federal officials to the district and not a sign that his campaign is in trouble.

That came from the same article as “im cautiously optimistic.” I still feel that this is going to be a close race, the fond memories of Amo Houghton still dance in the minds of many. Kuhl does have the big advantage of name recognition, theres still all too many people in the area who don’t know Massa, although maybe the Debates worked and people have heard, maybe the poll is right , maybe now that almost all who want to pay attention have heard both sides they really are seeing the light. just a few more weeks untill we know for sure.

A few songs October 18, 2006

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One of the easier ways to put links to streaming songs is YouTube. Kinda odd that you need to include video to make it easy but what ever. Heres a few political punk songs that I feel like puting up, oh and some like the Bad Religion song, thats just some odd cartoon video someone spliced together. it was that or a live one where you couldn’t hear the lyrics, and thats the important part.

Bad Religion – I want to conquer the world great band great song

NOFX- Idiot son of an asshole (not youtube) If you have a problem walking around singing “the idiot son of an asshole” for the next few days then don’t watch that one, its hilarious. BTW thats from BushFlash.com a great website- support him.

NOFX – Franco UnAmerican Another NOFX, this ones a bit fasicious. hey how many songs reference Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn?

Bad Religion – Let them eat war Ok so i wasnt real creative when coming up with political punk bands.

Anti-Flag – Turncoat Great political punk band, One trillion dollars is also good if your in a little softer mood. One Trillion being the amount spent one millitary by the world each year.

I was trying to find a song by Propagandhi called War is Peace, starts off with “4 more years of legalized bribary to serve corporat interests.” the chorus is obviously ” war is peace, ignorance is strenght and slavery’s freedom, may all your interventions be, humanitarian.” Not to mention that you know your in for some politics with a name like Propagandhi.

Have a great day everyone, and keep fighting for what you know is right.

Minor Details October 18, 2006

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not details about minors this isn’t about foley.

oh man I just couldn’t help that one, Im an ass. anyway this is serious.

From Eshaton, and somewhere else before that 

Take Representative Terry Everett, a seven-term Alabama Republican who is vice chairman of the House intelligence subcommittee on technical and tactical intelligence. “Do you know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite?” I asked him a few weeks ago.

Mr. Everett responded with a low chuckle. He thought for a moment: “One’s in one location, another’s in another location. No, to be honest with you, I don’t know. I thought it was differences in their religion, different families or something.”

To his credit, he asked me to explain the differences. I told him briefly about the schism that developed after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, and how Iraq and Iran are majority Shiite nations while the rest of the Muslim world is mostly Sunni. “Now that you’ve explained it to me,” he replied, “what occurs to me is that it makes what we’re doing over there extremely difficult, not only in Iraq but that whole area.”

Now this isn’t a dem/repub issue, and I don’t expect every member of congress to have an intricate knowledge of all the issues around the world. But I see it as no small matter to have at least basic knowledge of an area that we are at war with.  If your trying to stop a civil war, knowing more than just the names of the two sides might be important, especially if your among those making the decisions.

Party Vs Age October 18, 2006

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Click here for the full graph

I’ve never been so proud to be 24. we’re the least Republican age, the 21 yo’s have us beat as most Democrat which would have been better but hey least evil is alright too.

Seeing as this shows there almost always being more dems than repubs but repubs have won plenty of elections it shows one of a few things either that the electorial college is skewed, or that repubs are conciderably better at getting their people to the polls. interesting graph either way. and heres the article I got it from.

Pollster

Ken Lay dead=innocent October 18, 2006

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I can’t help but be angry about this. this man ruined countless lives, he was convicted and let go free untill sentencing, he died and therefore hes now innocent. When I read an article that mentions that so many lives were ruined, both the perpetrators and the victims, its pathetic. If you sell you rob a bank you go to jail, if you rob your employees you get to go free for the summer. I understand the idea that because he’s dead he can’t get the appeals he deserves but this is not a person who’s name should be cleared. There is no possible way that he was innocent overall. My only hope is that history remembers him as the face of corruption, an OJ of sorts cleared of charges but always guilty in the minds of the people. Oh and hopefully Jeff Skilling is allowed to wither away in jail for the rest of his natural life.

 UPDATE: Aparently Jeff Skilling was arrested for public intoxication while awaiting sentencing. Not that I can blame him, I’d be wasted if I were a billionaire about to go to jail for what could be the rest of my life. Actually I’d fake my death get acquitted on the charges and run off to another country, hmmm… why does that sound familiar?

Where do you stand on Iraq, a quiz October 18, 2006

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Quick and easy test to determine where you stand

Im going to repost this entirely because its brutality is its own eligance. It must be said.

Huge thank you to The Rude One, and a tip of the hat to BuzzFlash

10/17/2006

A Quick and Easy Test to Determine Where You Stand on the Iraq War:
Let’s say we line up, oh, hell, a couple hundred thousand American soldiers, fine men and women in combat uniform, officers, non-coms, grunts, and we put them on TV. Then George W. Bush walks in with a loaded glock. Now let’s say that the President puts the gun to the temple of the first soldier and says, “If I shoot this Army private dead, there’s a chance America will be victorious and democracy will bring peace to Iraq. Do you want me to do it?” There’s no guarantees, though – just the chance. What would you say?

For the sake of argument here, let’s say that you answer, “Yes, it’s worth a soldier for the chance for peace in Iraq.” So George W. Bush shoots the soldier in the temple and turns to his advisors, who check reports and, no, still no peace.

Then the President says, “If I cut off one limb or the genitals of the next ten soldiers, there’s a chance America will be victorious and democracy will bring peace to Iraq. Do you want me to do it?” What would you say?

For the sake of argument here, let’s say that you answer, “Yes, it’s worth ten wounded soldiers for the chance at peace in Iraq.” So George W. Bush cuts off arms, legs, testicles, and turns to his advisors, who check reports and, no, still no peace.

Then the President says, “If I beat the next ten soldiers in the head with a hammer so that their brains are damaged, there’s a chance America will be victorious and democracy will bring peace to Iraq. Do you want me to do it?” What would you say?

For the sake of argument here, let’s say that you answer, “Yes, it’s worth ten brain-damaged soldiers for the chance at peace in Iraq.” So George W. Bush uses a hammer to crack the skulls of the next ten soldiers and turns to his advisors, who check reports and, no, still no peace.

Then the President starts the cycle all over again. He places the gun to the temple of the next soldier.

How many soldiers would you let George W. Bush shoot dead? One? 3000? More? How many would you let him injure? 10? 20,000? More?

If you think the test is biased, unfair, and overly emotional, then you haven’t been paying attention. For, really, and come on, is the current U.S. policy in Iraq any more wishful than a lottery of death and mutilation.

Feel free to play with friends. For big fun, substitute Iraqis and multiply by a couple hundred.

Half a million people dead October 18, 2006

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The John Hopkins study needs to be talked about, it needs to be screamed about. The President who says, “we don’t do body counts” claims 30,000 innocent lives were taken, researchers who do body counts say that between 400,000 and 800,000 people were killed. People who do this stuff say that they used the best methods they have available. The President says that their methods have been discredited. Oh course at this point I’m not sure why anyone would assume that anything the president said was anything but a lie, but at the same time some people still do.

Are the number correct? thats the big question of course, and obviously we don’t know. They have shown there evidence, for those who say the number is far lower, the ball is in your court, bring us evidence as to why the numbers are a tenth and we will see which is valid. Of course I consider 30,000 innocent people dead a tragedy but if it takes half a million for others to accept it then here ya go. If you don’t think its a tragedy till a million innocents die, then vote for republicans you’ll get your tragedy.

Editor and Publisher

BBC

Wall Street Journal

 Wall Street Journal throws in an interesting bit of information, Saddam is estimated to have killed between 250,000 and 290,000 Iraqis, and it took him 20 years.

“the greatest liberators in the world, liberating life from bodies” – a line from the Anti-Flag song – Operation Iraqi Liberation (O.I.L.)

Half a million people dead October 18, 2006

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The John Hopkins study needs to be talked about, it needs to be screamed about. The President who says, “we don’t do body counts” claims 30,000 innocent lives were taken, researchers who do body counts say that between 400,000 and 800,000 people were killed. People who do this stuff say that they used the best methods they have available. The President says that their methods have been discredited. Oh course at this point I’m not sure why anyone would assume that anything the president said was anything but a lie, but at the same time some people still do.

Are the number correct? thats the big question of course, and obviously we don’t know. They have shown there evidence, for those who say the number is far lower, the ball is in your court, bring us evidence as to why the numbers are a tenth and we will see which is valid. Of course I consider 30,000 innocent people dead a tragedy but if it takes half a million for others to accept it then here ya go. If you don’t think its a tragedy till a million innocents die, then vote for republicans you’ll get your tragedy.

Editor and Publisher

BBC

Wall Street Journal

 Wall Street Journal throws in an interesting bit of information, Saddam is estimated to have killed between 250,000 and 290,000 Iraqis, and it took him 20 years.

“the greatest liberators in the world, liberating life from bodies” – a line from the Anti-Flag song – Operation Iraqi Liberation (O.I.L.)

Half a million people dead October 18, 2006

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The John Hopkins study needs to be talked about, it needs to be screamed about. The President who says, “we don’t do body counts” claims 30,000 innocent lives were taken, researchers who do body counts say that between 400,000 and 800,000 people were killed. People who do this stuff say that they used the best methods they have available. The President says that their methods have been discredited. Oh course at this point I’m not sure why anyone would assume that anything the president said was anything but a lie, but at the same time some people still do.

Are the number correct? thats the big question of course, and obviously we don’t know. They have shown there evidence, for those who say the number is far lower, the ball is in your court, bring us evidence as to why the numbers are a tenth and we will see which is valid. Of course I consider 30,000 innocent people dead a tragedy but if it takes half a million for others to accept it then here ya go. If you don’t think its a tragedy till a million innocents die, then vote for republicans you get your tragedy.

Editor and Publisher

BBC

Wall Street Journal

 Wall Street Journal throws in an interesting bit of information, Saddam is estimated to have killed between 250,000 and 290,000 Iraqis, and it took him 20 years.

“the greatest liberators in the world, liberating life from bodies” – a line from the Anti-Flag song – Operation Iraqi Liberation (O.I.L.)