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Is Bush Mentally Ill? Newsweek Says Yes to 'Pathological Certainty' Theory
NewsBusters ^ | Tim Graham

Posted on 05/15/2007 2:11:08 PM PDT by RatherBiased.com

Is President Bush mentally ill? Sharon Begley is a senior editor for science at Newsweek, which apparently entitled her to conduct a tired psychoanalysis of President Bush and his state of denial about the war in Iraq, suggested earlier in his life by his comforting his mother as his sister Robin died of leukemia at age three, and his alcohol abuse as an adult. < snip >

In an article titled "The Truths We Want to Deny," Begley, a longtime Newsweek writer overcame the awkwardness of diagnosing mental illness from a distance:

Denying the evidence of your eyes is the most extreme form of the coping mechanism called denial. But denial comes in milder forms as well. Parents refuse to believe their child is on drugs; that baggie under his bed contained oregano. A husband maintains his wife cannot be cheating; those late nights she spends with a friend are purely platonic. A wife denies that her husband is gay; he's just been too tired for sex with her these last few years.

And a president who insists that a war will succeed despite setback after setback? It's risky to put a politician on the couch, but that has not kept President Bush's critics from charging that he is "in a state of denial" about the situation in Iraq, as Sen. Harry Reid said last month. USA Today editorialized that Bush is "in denial about the insurgency that has plunged [Iraq] into civil war."

This could all be dismissed as psychobabble, except for one thing. Psychology researchers, including some who advise politicians, have reached the same conclusion."I do think there is denial on Bush's part in his running of the war," says Kerry Sulkowicz, clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University Medical Center.


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KEYWORDS: bds; bush; bushhate; dementalillness; mediabias; newsweek
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1 posted on 05/15/2007 2:11:10 PM PDT by RatherBiased.com
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To: RatherBiased.com
This is sad business.
2 posted on 05/15/2007 2:12:33 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (Give me 10 days and we'll be at war with those SOB's - I'll make it look like their fault!")
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To: RatherBiased.com
LOL!

NOTHING about Bill & Hill and their continual mental illness and rage against decency and what is right? Truly they are the most self centered, cold, narcissistic people out there.

3 posted on 05/15/2007 2:13:41 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: RatherBiased.com

What took Newsspeak so long?


4 posted on 05/15/2007 2:15:08 PM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: RatherBiased.com
Is Newsweak still in business?

I thought they went bankrupt or something?

5 posted on 05/15/2007 2:15:28 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("All the measures of the law should protect property and punish plunder." --Frederic Bastiat)
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To: RatherBiased.com

If the President is mentally ill what does that say for all the democrats who have been denying he was elected President-—————Twice.

Thaaaats right the whole stinking bunch are looney tunes.
Led By Nancy pelosi who looks lioke she just escap[ed from a looney bin with her Bubble eyes and her mouth drawn so tight she cant close it. She even has dreams she is secretary of State.


6 posted on 05/15/2007 2:15:31 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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To: RatherBiased.com
She says he has Pathological Certainty, I say he has a History Book.....
7 posted on 05/15/2007 2:16:27 PM PDT by mnehring (McCain '08 -------------------------------------- just kidding...)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Hate to tell Newsweek, but George Bush is the only sane politician in Washington. He understands the threat and is willing to do something about it.


8 posted on 05/15/2007 2:16:50 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: RatherBiased.com
Unfortunately, if more people had acted like Bush during the Vietnam war, 4 million people might still be alive (Pol Pot).

And the Dems are considering doing the same thing again in Iraq. Only the consequences will be much greater than in Vietnam.

9 posted on 05/15/2007 2:17:06 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: RatherBiased.com

I’m no Bush fan (he’s turned into quite the brain-dead globalist lackey), but I can safely diagnose from a distance the editors of Newsweak as mentally ill based on the Koran flushing article at the very least.


10 posted on 05/15/2007 2:17:13 PM PDT by Yossarian (Everyday, somewhere on the globe, somebody is pushing the frontier of stupidity...)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Good God!

Iraq is a case in point.

The ultimate determination of failure or success in Iraq will have to wait for other key events to unfold in that country. But amazing things have happened there already—events that the pessimists never dreamed would be possible in their wildest nightmares. The actions of the Iraqi people themselves standing upproudly with their purple fingers for a future as a free and democratic country could not have been imagined prior to 2003. These are the same people who continue to face, day after day, the reality of an enemy determined to kill them rather than let them be free and democratic. This reality did not prevented them from doing what they had to do in order to bring the blessings of Liberty to themselves and their posterity. While it is likely that many—especially in the most violent areas like Baghdad—are discouraged and continue to suffer from the mindless killing, most have not given up. They understand that the terrorists will never accept an optimistic vision that includes freedom and self-determination in Iraq.

Their agenda includes only oppression and death, Allah be praised. One could say that they are optimistic about that particular insanity—and they have reason to be because they understand how to manipulate the defeatests in this country.

The pessimists and defeatists (better known as Democrats) would have us pack up and go home without completing the job; abandoning the Iraqis and the future that they are now able to see clearly. The lunatic fringe of pessimists are perfectly willing to embrace failure because they care little about bringing freedom to that part of the world and cannot grasp how doing so will benefit their little quest to remake America into their socialist utopia. The Democrats are only narcissistically concerned with how to regain power and live in the White House again.

Both understand is that if they can embarasses Bush and makes him look bad; and if they make sure that the death in war of any soldier is hysterically exploited to mean “doom, doom, doom” then it will to make their “real enemy” (and that enemy is not connected with the terrorists we fight). They manage to do this and optimistically spin their behavior as “supporting the troops”, even as they take the valor and sacrifices those troops make for this country and transform them into just another victim group the Democrats can champion.

The way of the optimist is to persevere and keep the eyes on the prize (an Iraqi Democracy in the Middle East). Failure to achieve our strategic goals may in fact result from our efforts, but it is most certainly not a given. And there is ample evidence after two major democratic votes in the face of threatened terrorism, that the Iraqi people are predominantly optimistic about their chances. This optimism is also present in the military personnel who work every day with the Iraqi people. They can see the positive impact of their efforts, and thus their optimism is reinforced. There is no question that the country has a long way to go to become a true democracy—but even in Kurdistan where progress has been phenomenol, it has taken over a decade to achieve the kind of stability they have created there.

It might be cynically argued that the Democrats’ and left’s overwhelmingly pessismistic vision and hopelessnes regarding both Iraq and the war on Islamofascism in general, is based on their optimism that taking the low road and undermining President Bush and his Administration will bring them back to power in American politics.

I remain optimistic that this will not be the case.

http://www.drsanity.blogspot.com/


11 posted on 05/15/2007 2:17:13 PM PDT by griswold3
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To: RatherBiased.com

Denial is a silly thing.


12 posted on 05/15/2007 2:17:45 PM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: dhs12345
And the Dems are considering doing the same thing again in Iraq. Only the consequences will be much greater than in Vietnam.

The dems are trying to make Iraq into Vietnam by repeating the exact same mistake, trying to run the war from Washington DC instead of letting the military run the war.

13 posted on 05/15/2007 2:18:20 PM PDT by mnehring (McCain '08 -------------------------------------- just kidding...)
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To: RatherBiased.com
Straight from the FEC:


Contributions to Political Committees

SULKOWICZ, KERRY
NEW YORK, NY 10021
SELF EMPLOYED/PHYSICIAN

   DEAN, HOWARD
    VIA DEAN FOR AMERICA
06/11/2003 500.00 23991383033

Total Contributions:    500.00
14 posted on 05/15/2007 2:18:59 PM PDT by feedback doctor (Hate is not a Family Value; It's a liberal value)
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To: RatherBiased.com
Sulkowicz has had a problem with Bush that dates back several years. Here's what he had to say in 2004 after Bush beat Kerry:

'Dr. Kerry Sulkowicz, a psychoanalyst and clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University's School of Medicine, believes "people are genuinely worried that Bush is our leader." He said virtually all of his patients this week said they feel depressed about the fate of the country. "They feel helpless and dismayed by Bush's staying power."

Dr. Sulkowicz has the perfect name for someone specialising in post-election crybaby counselling.' (tee hee)

The Bush-hating reporter knew exactly which Bush hater to ask to get the response she was looking for. Huge and moronic waste of perfectly good trees and electrons.

15 posted on 05/15/2007 2:19:14 PM PDT by 3AngelaD (They've screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, now they're here screwing up ours.)
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To: RatherBiased.com
"I Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman! "

"She Had Sexual Relations With Me! Hehe! "

16 posted on 05/15/2007 2:20:27 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: RatherBiased.com

How about that; even a mentally ill person was able to beat John Kerry in the last Election. What does this say about the democrats?


17 posted on 05/15/2007 2:20:31 PM PDT by Keflavik76
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To: RatherBiased.com

Spoken from the same people who give drugs to the children for behavioral problems.

Not worth reading. Just another attack on Bush by anti war antibushs.


18 posted on 05/15/2007 2:21:17 PM PDT by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: RatherBiased.com
And a president who insists that a war will succeed despite setback after setback? - We call him Lincoln.
19 posted on 05/15/2007 2:22:02 PM PDT by SF Republican
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To: feedback doctor

I knew I smelled a RAT!


20 posted on 05/15/2007 2:22:41 PM PDT by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: RatherBiased.com

I notice that Congress had to save us from the menace of unsafe Mexican trucks, which the administration was apparently happy to allow on a “trial” basis. Would the deaths resulting from accidents caused by faulty trucks or poor driving also have been only on a “trial” basis.

Kim Philby thought until the day he died that history would vindicate him.

I’ve gotten very pessimistic about what I can expect from President Bush and his administration. The Newsweek explanation may be as good an explanation as any. I’m ready to listen to others.


21 posted on 05/15/2007 2:23:08 PM PDT by edweena
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To: RatherBiased.com

Sounds like a MODO wannabe. The wife is cheating and the husband is gay? How about the husband is cheating and the wife is gay. Man hating left-wing drivel.


22 posted on 05/15/2007 2:23:14 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: RatherBiased.com

Mark my words: In 10 years, every personality type will be labeled as a type of disorder that can be treated with medication.


23 posted on 05/15/2007 2:24:48 PM PDT by AntiFed
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To: feedback doctor

Could this be Dean’s brain doc., the one who says it’s alright to do a primal scream when running for President?


24 posted on 05/15/2007 2:25:59 PM PDT by pepperdog
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To: SF Republican
We call him Lincoln.

But it was ok then. Lincloln had a touch of teh ghey.

The revisionist historians told me so.

25 posted on 05/15/2007 2:26:02 PM PDT by AngryJawa ({IDPA, NRA} GO HUNTER '08)
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To: RatherBiased.com

The left is really beneath contempt. Now, just as for Russians in the days of Stalin and Kruschev, if you oppose them you must be “mentally ill.”


26 posted on 05/15/2007 2:26:49 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: edweena
It’s okay to listen, but be very careful what you believe. And don’t clutter your mind with psychobabble.
27 posted on 05/15/2007 2:28:25 PM PDT by pepperdog
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To: RatherBiased.com
Do you have
Bush Derangement Syndrome?

This affliction not only effects Democrats, but many Republicans who drink John Birch flavored Kook Aide as well..
..but there is hope...
Just take 10 doses of reality-co each day and your delusions will go away in 8-10 weeks.


28 posted on 05/15/2007 2:30:03 PM PDT by mnehring (McCain '08 -------------------------------------- just kidding...)
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To: TexasCajun

Bubba looks like he’s having sexual relations with that mic.


29 posted on 05/15/2007 2:33:29 PM PDT by Salvey (ancest)
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To: RatherBiased.com

She’s a little late. Someone already wrote “Bush on the Couch” right after 2000.


30 posted on 05/15/2007 2:35:39 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Only if being a Globalist is a mental disorder.


31 posted on 05/15/2007 2:36:53 PM PDT by wolfcreek (DON'T MESS WITH A NATION IN NEED OF MEDICATION !)
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To: Loyal Buckeye

“He understands the threat and is willing to do something about it.”

Something, yes. Secure our borders, no.


32 posted on 05/15/2007 2:40:51 PM PDT by Kimberly GG (DUNCAN HUNTER '08.....lframerica.com.....MARCH TO TAKE BACK AMERICA)
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To: wolfcreek

Where did all this protectionist nonsense come from?

But for the jobs created by NAFTA, the ENTIRE nation of Mexico would be in the US, instead of what is here.

And if a Mexican truck can pass as US inspection, the driver can pass a US driving test, and they have liability insurance -— they’d be no more or less dangerous than the people who drive domestically.


33 posted on 05/15/2007 2:43:21 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: RatherBiased.com

As opposed to JF sKerry’s pathological uncertainty, and BJ Clinton’s pathological lying.


34 posted on 05/15/2007 2:46:13 PM PDT by Reddy
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To: Kimberly GG

Hey, I said something, not everything. :-)


35 posted on 05/15/2007 2:49:50 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: RatherBiased.com

36 posted on 05/15/2007 2:51:07 PM PDT by Gritty (The modern liberal mind is the product of disturbed personalities - Dr. LH Rossiter, Jr.)
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To: edweena

“I’ve gotten very pessimistic about what I can expect from President Bush and his administration”

I’m only surprised anyone remains optomistic at all. But I can see we still have a few hangers on.


37 posted on 05/15/2007 2:51:49 PM PDT by Kimberly GG (DUNCAN HUNTER '08.....lframerica.com.....MARCH TO TAKE BACK AMERICA)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Robert W.Godwin, Ph.D is a clinical psychologist whose interdisciplinary work has focused on the relationship between contemporary psychoanalysis, chaos theory, and quantum physics.

Here are some of his comments about the mentally ill Left:

Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Through the Liberal Looking Gloss

As a continuation of yesterday’s post on the logopathology of the left—that is, their troubled relationship to language—I’ve put together a little glossary explaining the actual meaning of words and phrases used by the left.

For example, when they say ultra conservative, this actually means conservative. And when the MSM refer to a moderate conservative, they mean a liberal who is a Republican in name only, like Chuck Hagel. Of course, the MSM’s favorite Republican is John McCain, because he is a maverick, meaning that he holds a lot of positions that are to the left of his party. This is in contrast to Zell Miller, who is just an angry nut for holding positions to the right of his party.

The Democrats are the pro-choice party, meaning the party that wants to choose how to direct your retirement, where to send your children to school, and how best to spend your money.

When liberals accuse you of suppressing their freedom of speech, it means that you are criticizing them, or perhaps even censoring them. But when you censor conservatives or suppress their freedom of speech, it is called a speech code. Calling President Bush a liar is a courageous act of speaking truth to power, while criticizing the liberal stance on the war is questioning their patriotism.

Evil, of course, does not exist. George Bush, however, is evil. Speaking of things that don’t exist, there is no such thing as the liberal media. However, the conservative media are any media that are not liberal.

A homeless person is what you call a chronically mentally ill person during a Republican administration. Likewise, during a Democratic administration, deficit spending is investing in our children’s future. During a Republican administration it is called mortgaging our children’s future. Tax cuts involve stealing the government’s money in order to give it away to taxpayers.

Racial profiling refers to common sense police work in identifying likely suspects. Affirmative action refers to government enforced academic or occupational racial profiling. Similarly, civil rights are special rights for designated victims. A civil rights activist is a lobbyist for special rights for his ethnic victim group.

Blacks are people who are helpless victims without the support and assistance of white liberals. Black conservatives are people who are abused and victimized by the left for failing to be helpless.

Multiculturalism, of course, involves seeing beauty in all cultures but your own. Diversity is the philosophy that treasures neo-Marxists of all skin colors and sexual deviations. When a liberal uses the word tolerance, this actually means acceptance and celebration of differences. If you merely have acceptance, this means you are intolerant of differences. For example, if you only tolerate homosexuality, you are a homophobe.

A Vietnam war veteran is a baby killer, but a chicken hawk is a conservative who avoided being a baby killer in the 1960’s. But a war hero is a baby killer who opposes the Iraq war. A quagmire, of course, is any war opposed by liberals, especially if it is a defensive war and/or we are winning it. Otherwise, you will never hear the word “quagmire” used in human discourse.

Bilingual education involves the difficult achievement of learning nothing in two languages. It is often employed to teach illegal immigrants, who are undocumented Democratic voters. Feminism is the celebration of masculine women who have angrily overcome their femininity, femininity being another category of oppressed victimhood. Global warming is what is destroying the earth if it it isn’t first destroyed by global cooling.

Homosexuality is a genetically caused condition that renders one incapable of engaging in sexual relations with the opposite sex. Its opposite, heterosexuality, is an arbitrary gender identification caused by cultural conditioning. Similarly, there is no such thing as the homosexual lifestyle, while queer studies departments engage in the study of the homosexual lifestyle. Sex education is a leftist philosophy promulgated to children that reduces human sexuality to animal sexuality.

Moral relativism is the absolute belief that no beliefs are absolute. Pornography is a type of expression that is protected by the first amendment, while religion, especially Christian religion, is a dangerous type of expression from which we are protected by the first amendment.

Another definition of speech codes is that they are restrictions on language designed to protect liberals from the first amendment. Separation of church and state means state hostility to religious expression. Finally, separation of crotch and state was Bill Clinton’s defense against charges that he had lied about having sex with an intern. ~ Robert W.Godwin [aka Gagdad Bob]

posted by Gagdad Bob at 11/22/2005 08:00:00 AM 5 comments
http://onecosmos.blogspot.com/search?q=are+democrats+mentally+ill%3F


38 posted on 05/15/2007 2:51:50 PM PDT by Matchett-PI ("But there IS honor among the Racist Left thieves: it is called "political correctness.")
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To: Keflavik76; NeoCaveman
How about that; even a mentally ill person was able to beat John Kerry in the last Election. What does this say about the democrats?

So LAME even a caveman could beat them.

39 posted on 05/15/2007 2:53:16 PM PDT by VRWCmember (Go Rudy Go! (And take McCain with you!))
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To: MeanWestTexan
“But for the jobs created by NAFTA, the ENTIRE nation of Mexico would be in the US, instead of what is here.”

30 million ain’t enough for ya? Did you see the vote count?

That’s what NAFTA was suppose to do. It did the opposite.

Even the Pope came out yesterday and said NAFTA and CAFTA were causing a greater divide between the poor and the rich in Latin and Central America.

Where the hell have you been/ I'm serious!

40 posted on 05/15/2007 2:53:40 PM PDT by wolfcreek (DON'T MESS WITH A NATION IN NEED OF MEDICATION !)
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To: RatherBiased.com
Denying the evidence of your eyes is the most extreme form of the coping mechanism called denial.

Yes, he's not denying the evidence of his eyes because he sees what is actually going on in Iraq. It is the drive-by media who don't want to see what is going on there and are eager to characterize it in a way that is consistent with their worldview. Ignoring reality in favor of maintaining one's worldview is insanity. It's not Bush that is insane.
41 posted on 05/15/2007 2:54:34 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: RatherBiased.com
I wonder how Sharon Begley would have psychoanalyzed FDR in February, 1943.

Would she have judged him in "denial", after the American forces had been outclassed by Rommel's Panzers at Kasserine Pass? And after the Battle for Guadalcanal had been won at a stunning cost, suggesting the blood it would take to defeat the Japanese in the Pacific.

Should FDR have called "Kings X" at that point?

Silly bitch.

42 posted on 05/15/2007 2:54:59 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: RatherBiased.com
Could NewsReek sink any lower?

Leftist political garbage as usual, but this is really abysmal.

43 posted on 05/15/2007 2:55:38 PM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: nmh

“Hillary denies that Bill is a philanderer; he’s just been too tired for sex with her these last few years”. There, I fixed it!;)


44 posted on 05/15/2007 2:56:39 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Gritty

LOL:)


45 posted on 05/15/2007 2:57:52 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: feedback doctor

Great posting. This says it all. To a normal person like myself, Howard Dean is a raving maniac. How can this Doctor see a problem with President Bush, and fail to recognize the obvious problem with Dean? Newsweak let this pile of manure get into their magazine, which says all we need to say about Newsweak.


46 posted on 05/15/2007 2:58:08 PM PDT by Sam Clements
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To: wolfcreek

Yeah, I want to listen to a pope on economics. He needs to stick with his actual job.


47 posted on 05/15/2007 2:59:18 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: RatherBiased.com

It’s lucky that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln did not have to face this kind of cheap 4th rate b.s. psychobabble. Both of those great gentlemen would have had ample reason to give up long before victory, according to today’s depraved MSM follies..... and both would have been judged “mentally ill” by the nitwits at Newsweak.... (well, Lincoln did suffer seriously from depression in his earlier years, but I don’t think any credible person would ever suggest that he perservered in winning the Civil War out of “mental illness”).


48 posted on 05/15/2007 3:01:44 PM PDT by Enchante (Reid and Pelosi Defeatocrats: Surrender Now - Peace for Our Time!!)
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To: RatherBiased.com

bookmark for later. Must wear tinfoil hat and take drugs first to relate to authors viewpoint. Otherwise, this makes me sad it is so pathetic.


49 posted on 05/15/2007 3:02:11 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local communist or socialist party chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing.)
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To: mnehrling
Yup.

Then they can claim failure, that is Bush’s failure, at the expense of millions of lives and billions in dollars.

50 posted on 05/15/2007 3:05:40 PM PDT by dhs12345
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