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Michael Savage v. Charles Barkley
CNN - TV transcripts ^ | 1/8/03 | transcript

Posted on 01/08/2003 5:20:44 PM PST by modern_orthodox

Listen, our next guest says liberals suffer from a mental illness and are trying to destroy the America he knows and loves and he plans save it.

Michael Savage is host of the syndicated talk show host "The Savage Nation," coming out of KSFO radio station in San Francisco. And he has outlined his plan to save the country in his latest book, "The Savage Nation: Saving America From the Liberal Assault on Our Borders, Language and Culture."

Hello, Michael.

MICHAEL SAVAGE, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: Hello. What a buildup.

(LAUGHTER)

NEVILLE: I'm sure you will live up to it.

So, listen, first of all, what do you think about Arianna Huffington's SUV campaign?

SAVAGE: Well, let's start with Arianna Huffington. She made her fortune -- God bless her. She's a lovely lady. I had dinner in her Washington home when she was still married to Michael, after he ran for governor, blowing $30 million of his dad's fortune.

Where did Arianna Huffington make her money? Oil and gas. So what does that tell you? Now she's attacking oil and gas?

NEVILLE: She said that now she has seen the light, basically. She used to drive a Lincoln Navigator about a year ago. She got rid of it. And now she's all about saving oil.

SAVAGE: And is she driving a Volkswagen microbus painted with turtles? What is she driving these days?

NEVILLE: Listen, you know what? I am not going to let you pick on Arianna Huffington, because she's not here to defend herself.

SAVAGE: No, I love her. She's a great lady.

I got to say this. This to me is like the Clonaid fraud. That's what I see there. If you want to buy a used clone, I can tell you where to get one.

(LAUGHTER)

NEVILLE: All right, Michael, you blame liberalism for pretty much everything that's wrong with the world. So, let's see. Let's talk about some issues here.

SAVAGE: Not everything, just about 90 percent.

NEVILLE: Almost everything. OK.

Let's talk about now the standoff with North Korea. How do you feel about the way the White House is handling this? They're willing to talk to North Korea, and they're willing to, perhaps, go to war with Iraq.

SAVAGE: It's a complicated riddle. And for anyone to stand up here and say they have all the answers without all the facts would be foolish.

However, as an outsider, someone who's not privy to government inside information, if I were a consultant, I would say, go to China. They're making a fortune by trading with us. They have a lot at stake. They should apply the pressure on this lunatic. He is in their sphere of influence. They do not want that Asian sphere of influence upset by a madman.

NEVILLE: So you're talking about Kim Jong Il.

SAVAGE: China should be the ones to constrain the man.

NEVILLE: OK, but what do you think about the standoff, though, with Kim Jong Il? He's not really responding to the White House's offer to discuss this issue at hand.

SAVAGE: Why should he respond, when our president, who I voted for -- quite reluctantly, incidentally -- has taken so long to strike back against al Qaeda? It's been a very, very long buildup for this strike back. And I think the longer we have waited, the weaker we look.

NEVILLE: OK, let's take a look now at some quotes from your book, little excerpts here, starting with: "Contrary to what you've been programmed to think by politicians with teleprompters, the al Qaeda network is not America's most dangerous enemy. To fight only the al Qaeda scum is to miss the terrorist network operating within our own borders. Who are these traitors? Every rotten radical left- winger in the country. That's who."

Why do you say that, sir?

SAVAGE: Let's start with that lawyer who John Ashcroft rightly jailed. I think her name was Lynne Stewart. She's a radical, flaming leftist lawyer who was found passing notes with the blind sheik, who was under federal guard. He's the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

She was found passing messages for him, according to the government. Why would she do that if she's an American citizen? But she's not alone. Why is it, every time our government tries to round up sleeper cells in America, the left jumps up, in a knee-jerk fashion, and says, civil rights, civil rights, civil rights?

We are all Americans. We're on the good ship America. If we go down, we go down together. We have enemies within. Let's be real. Why should the left continue the same nonsense as though everybody is innocent?

NEVILLE: Michael, let me just ask you, do you not believe that no one is entitled to civil rights?

SAVAGE: I'm an American. I'm quite outspoken. I want my civil rights protected. I want my free speech protected. I don't want anyone knocking on my door in the middle of the night and arresting me.

But if someone is in this country wanting to do it harm, I want the government to have the right to find them before they strike again. Doesn't that make sense to everybody listening?

NEVILLE: OK. That makes sense.

Cabel (ph) here in the audience has a direct question for you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

I want to know what you think about the United States' policy of considering, or at least allowing, North Korea to have weapons, when we discourage Japan, Taiwan and South Korea from doing the same?

SAVAGE: Well, you have to blame Jimmy Carter, to a certain extent. Jimmy Carter just won a Nobel Peace Prize. I don't know if most people know this, but the prize was given to Jimmy Carter for his fabulous diplomacy with North Korea in 1993, where they said they would not develop nuclear weapons.

Now, why would he get a Nobel Prize for that? That's one part of the puzzle. The other part is, Japan is a great ally of ours. They have a great warrior tradition. And there's no reason why Japan shouldn't, I believe, in self-defense, create a nuclear capability.

NEVILLE: OK, let's take another look at a piece of your book here: "At the top of this hierarchy is Hillary Clinton, followed by others, such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. Together, they have both feminized and homosexualized much of America, to the point where the nation has become passive, receptive and masochistic."

And you are referring to so-called she-ocracy? Explain that.

SAVAGE: Well, look at the people in the country today. Everyone is afraid to speak out. Men are afraid to discipline their children. Women are afraid to discipline their children. Everyone has been pacified by this overbearing government of ours.

However, it wasn't put in place by Republicans, although they're not too far behind on this control of everybody. And I fear that, if we go down this road any further, we're going to become total sheeple, just sheeple, easily manipulated. This is not a racial issue. This is an issue of being an individual, being independent

(CROSSTALK)

NEVILLE: But is it only about women, though? You're calling this a she-ocracy.

SAVAGE: Well, OK, then let's look at the women who have assumed power in America.

I remember the year of the woman back in the '90s. We were told that when women assumed power in government, we would have a more compassionate government. Can anyone sitting here listening to this show today tell us that, under Hillary Clinton, under the other women in power, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, we have more compassion? They're like guys in women's dresses. They're no different than men. They're power-mad politicians,

NEVILLE: Hang on for me, Michael.

What's your name, ma'am?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My name is Tykila (ph)?

But I feel like a woman can discipline their child the same as a man can. And what's wrong with a woman being president? We can do the same as a man can.

SAVAGE: Well, I think that we should have an iron lady for president. I think that Margaret Thatcher would be a good model. I think she has more guts than most men. And I think that the men running the government today are too intimidated, frankly, by the political winds. And I believe that a strong woman would be a great president.

NEVILLE: OK, Michael, I've got to take a break right now.

But when we come back, I want to bring someone out here to talk with you. Our TALKBACK contributor, Charles Barkley, has been listening to what you've been saying. And we're going to find out what he thinks about it.

And don't forget, everybody. Our "Question of the Day": Should TV stations air those anti-SUV ads? Go ahead and pick up the phone, 1-800-310-4CNN or you can e-mail me at TALKBACK@CNN.com.

The talk continues in just a moment.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

NEVILLE: And welcome back, everybody.

Joining me right now is the set in Atlanta is Charles Barkley, TALKBACK contributor, and host of "Listen Up" on TNT.

Hey, Charles. How you doing? Good to see you.

CHARLES BARKLEY, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: I'm good. Happy new year.

NEVILLE: Happy new year.

BARKLEY: We've got a lively crowd.

NEVILLE: Yes. And we are so glad to see you.

We've got to start with Arianna Huffington and her TV ad campaign regarding those SUVs. What do you say about that?

BARKLEY: I just got one.

(LAUGHTER)

BARKLEY: And after listening to her, I'm going to go out and buy another one, just for the hell of it.

NEVILLE: Oh, lord. Well, what did you buy? May I ask?

BARKLEY: Oh, I bought a Hummer. That's -- and I'm going to go out and buy another Hummer, just to piss her off.

NEVILLE: Oh, man. And, you know, we've been talking to Michael Savage, of course.

BARKLEY: Yes.

NEVILLE: You've been listening to that. Any thoughts on some of the comments so far?

BARKLEY: Well, the thing that's interesting to me -- and this is like my biggest complaint with the whole political process and anybody.

I'm trying to figure out -- they throw these words around like liberal, moderate, conservative. And we are like idiots. We sit here and choose sides. Man, I don't care what it is. Let's just solve these problems.

NEVILLE: It's about the people, right?

BARKLEY: Hey, it's our country. It's not -- he says his country. No, it's our country. We elect these guys to run the country. They're just not doing their job.

Man, everything gets blamed on the Clintons, every single thing in this world. I think Bill Clinton shot JFK, too.

(LAUGHTER)

BARKLEY: It's funny. No matter what happen in this country, somehow, now, he went back and blamed something on Jimmy Carter.

(CROSSTALK)

SAVAGE: If you knew your history, you'd know what I'm talking about. It's nice for you to sit there and make jokes, but...

BARKLEY: I'm not making jokes. I'm telling facts.

SAVAGE: You're just throwing stuff out without knowing your history.

BARKLEY: You want to blame everything on Bill Clinton.

SAVAGE: Jimmy Carter won his Nobel Prize for his negotiations in 1993. If you want to do a variety show, do it somewhere else,

(CROSSTALK)

BARKLEY: I hope you sell a lot of books. And I never heard of "The Savage Nation," don't care about "The Savage Nation." I care about this nation.

SAVAGE: Well, I don't care what you heard. I don't know who you are. I'm on 300 stations. People love me, man.

BARKLEY: So what? So what?

SAVAGE: So what? So it's a big deal to me. So it's a big deal to me.

BARKLEY: You're on 300 stations? So you got 300 listeners.

SAVAGE: I don't know who you are. What do you do?

BARKLEY: I get so tired...

(CROSSTALK)

SAVAGE: What do you do? I don't even know who you are. I have no idea who you are. What are your qualifications?

BARKLEY: That makes two of us.

SAVAGE: What do you do?

BARKLEY: What do I do? I work for CNN and TNT. That's what I do. What do you do?

SAVAGE: Excellent. Can you please tell me -- what's your education level?

(CROSSTALK)

BARKLEY: This is what I do. I went to Auburn University. I went to Auburn University.

(CROSSTALK)

SAVAGE: All right, great. I'm glad to hear it. But you ought to learn your history.

BARKLEY: I'm glad you mentioned that to me.

SAVAGE: Learn your history, brother. Learn your history, brother.

BARKLEY: I'm not worried about history. I'm living right now. I'm trying to make a difference right now.

SAVAGE: Well, this explains the whole thing.

(CROSSTALK)

SAVAGE: You're part of the ignoramus brigade.

NEVILLE: Chris, I think we have a quick audience comment and then we're going to break, quickly.

Stand up. Talk to me over here.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I agree with Charles Barkley.

But let me tell you who he is. He is Charles Barkley. How can you not know him?

(CROSSTALK)

NEVILLE: All right, on that note, I am going to break, OK?

SAVAGE: You're asking me why? Because I don't follow sports.

NEVILLE: We have to take a break. We're going to continue the "Savage" debate after this.

And don't miss Friday's show. The duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, joins me here in Atlanta. She's going to talk about her new book: "What I Know Now: Simple Lessons Learned the Hard Way."

If you want to be in our studio, by the way,, you can go ahead and give us a call at 1-800-410-4CNN for tickets. We'd love to see you.

We're back in a moment.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

NEVILLE: All right. Welcome back, everybody.

We're talking with radio talk show host and author Michael Savage, and TALKBACK contributor Charles Barkley. All right, Michael, lets talk about your book a little more. Another excerpt from the book: "If America is going to survive, we must close our borders to those who come to mooch and to those from all terror-sponsoring countries. Haven't we learned our lesson from 9/11? I say we must defend our borders from those who come to exploit our nation or we're cooked." Want to expound on that for me, sir?

SAVAGE: Well, I think it's self evident that a nation is defined primarily by its borders. Without borders, where's the nation? That's number one. When you have a house, your house is defined by your property line. A nation is defined by its property line. Either you defend it or you let burglars in.

We have 15 to 20 million illegal aliens in this country. Yes, I know many immigrants are hard working, but how do you explain that 30 percent of all of our prisoners are here illegally? They didn't come here to work; they came here to work the system.

We need to do what people are doing in Europe. Even liberal Europe is closing its borders and seeing who's coming in and who's not coming in. Who do you want in your country? Do you want anybody? Do you want everybody? Do you want a selective few?

Can we afford to take in tens of millions of people when we have poor people of our own? These are questions that aren't being discussed. BARKLEY: I think there is some truth in that. I think we have to hold people accountable. I think, as far as immigration, that's always going to be a very difficult situation, because, number one, discrimination is always going to exist. There are a lot of great people here who are immigrants, who come here with goodwill. But some come here with bad will, and we just have to -- some already here have got bad will.

SAVAGE: Well, what would you deport native citizens?

BARKLEY: If they're bad people, you put them in jail.

SAVAGE: Well, we do. But now what we've got to do is see why are we letting criminals into the country? I mean, what sense does that make?

BARKLEY: Well who gets to pick and choose who we let in and who we don't let in, is the question.

SAVAGE: Well any -- hello? Every country...

NEVILLE Michael, you're mainly talking about the illegal aliens, correct? Michael?

SAVAGE: Well, of course I'm primarily focusing on those who come here illegally. But lets also focus on immigrants in general. I'm an immigrant son.

NEVILLE: Yes you are. I read that in your book.

SAVAGE: Which immigrants does a nation want? Do you want educated immigrants? Do you want poor? Do you want people with Tuberculosis? Do you want people who need heart and lung transplants that everyone has to pay for? I mean, don't...

BARKLEY: So you'll just...

SAVAGE: ... you have to decide what you want to bring into your country?

BARKLEY: No disrespect to your father -- he's an immigrant?

SAVAGE: No, he's dead.

BARKLEY: No, I'm saying he was an immigrant.

SAVAGE: So?

BARKLEY: So what if somebody didn't want him to come here, who was on the television station years ago saying your father was an immigrant who shouldn't...

SAVAGE: But see, again, you're missing the point. He came here legally. He didn't swim across the border.

BARKLEY: That's my point. We're not saying all immigrants who come here have goodwill, legal or illegal, but who gets to pick and choose that? That's the question.

SAVAGE: Who? Who gets to pick and choose? A nation has a dialogue about it and we say we can't take in anymore people. We have our own poor. If we want any more immigrants, we need to find out if they're criminals, if they're healthy.

We used to have an Ellis Island, where people if they had a disease they were quarantined. We have people coming in today with tuberculosis. We certainly can't agree that that's a good thing for America. Can we?

BARKLEY: Well, I will agree with you on that. I think we have to do a better job of screening, but also, just to be fair. And the system right now is not fair.

NEVILLE: Moja (ph).

MOJA: Yes. It sounds like that Mr. Savage ought to be called pass the buck Savage. It doesn't seem like that he wants to stand the responsibility for our actions. When you talk about North Korea, he wants China to take care of it. When you talk about the agreement with everybody, and the US is over in Iraq talking about jumping on Iraq. Nothing has been found, and we are sure that North Korea is proliferating nuclear weapons.

So I would say that the priority is in North Korea instead of in Iraq. And if you want to be the world's police, then be the world's police. If not, then change the policy to where we get along with everybody, and not let...

NEVILLE: Let me get Mr. Savage a chance to go ahead and respond to that.

SAVAGE: Well, you don't understand the first thing about geopolitics with that statement. You're trying to have it both ways. You're saying the US is aggressive for being the world's policemen, for attacking Iraq, or about to attack Iraq. But you're saying the US should attack North Korea, when I'm saying they shouldn't attack North Korea.

This can be settled peacefully, in my humble opinion, by taking that giant nation called China, which controls the Asian sphere of influence, and they can control North Korea. That can be done very peacefully.

NEVILLE: I have an interesting guest, Michael, in the audience. Olga (ph) from Cuba -- an immigrant.

OLGA: Yes. I came here 47 years ago legally as a resident. Before I came here I went through all the legal...

NEVILLE: All the procedures?

OLGA: Procedures, right. Blood tests, X-ray...

NEVILLE: And then what happened? OLGA: Legal paper (ph) that was never arrested (ph). And now the people from my country get in to Iraq, and cross the ocean there and get accepted over here, and they...

NEVILLE: So you feel that's unfair? You had to go through all of this?

OLGA: It's very unfair. I agree that people should be legal. They should be...

NEVILLE: Go through all proper channels?

OLGA: And scrutinized that they are legal. But all those people, that they are not troublemakers, and that they are going to come here to work.

SAVAGE: Absolutely. That's what we're -- what she -- she and I agree. She's answering Mr. Barkley's question. We're talking about who should come here, who should decide. Wouldn't common decency say that you don't want criminals? The woman did it the right way. She's what we want here.

We don't want people to come here illegally. If they're criminals or if they're (UNINTELLIGIBLE) with tuberculosis. That's what we're talking about.

BARKLEY: First of all, I'm not disagreeing with you that we have to be more restrictive as far as immigration. But how do you -- who knows who is going to be a crook when they get here and who's going to be a hardworking person is my question. Who gets to choose?

SAVAGE: Well, I think we have quite a database of illegal aliens who are not permitted into the country. And we certainly want to keep them out. My main point is that our border with Mexico is not guarded sufficiently. You have got citizens trying to protect their farms.

I think we ought to put troops on the border with Mexico. Not continue to leave it as an open sieve. What if terrorists want to walk across that boder?

NEVILLE: So are you saying specifically that Mexicans are the ones who come over here to do harm or that border is soft?

SAVAGE: Well, I didn't say which races because I haven't studied it. However, if you look at your prison population, and you know that 30 percent of the prisoners are illegal aliens, you'd have to break that down by country of origin. So I haven't done that. I haven't seen that data.

The fact is that the border with Mexico is quite porous and terrorists are known to come into a country through a porous border. They caught them in the Canadian border. The Mexican border is wide open. The government ought to look into that and help the border patrol with some US troops. I think we ought to take our troops out of South Korea and put them on the border with Mexico.

BARKLEY: You know it's interesting. You said 30 percent of the criminals are illegal aliens. Is that what you said?

SAVAGE: That's when I read.

BARKLEY: It sounds like -- so 70 percent of our own people.

SAVAGE: So?

BARKLEY: That's my point. You're blaming 30 percent of the people for the problem, when 70 percent of the people, they're friends of ours, they're our family members. Why are you blaming a small 30 percent and not blaming that 70 percent?

SAVAGE: I have no idea what you're talking about. Your logic seems to be so screwed up, you can't even present an argument. I don't know what you are saying.

NEVILLE: Oh, come on, Michael. Oh, come on, Michael.

BARKLEY: You know what Michael is? Michael is one of them guys who is really, really smart, who's a (EXPLETIVE). Like, he wants...

(CROSSTALK)

NEVILLE: Wait, wait, wait. Listen, no, no, no. I am jumping here in.

SAVAGE: I don't know who you are. Look, I could call you -- what are you an ignorant basketball player? You're a dummy.

NEVILLE: Michael Savage, thank you very much for joining us here today.

SAVAGE: Yeah, you're a dumb basketball player. Go dribble a ball. Go dribble a ball. You couldn't shine my shoes, buster.

NEVILLE: Hey, hey. Both of you, time out. We're back in a moment. Cut. Cut. We're back in a moment.

(APPLAUSE)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

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Forget the fact that Savage was clearly walking into hostile territory. They paired him with CHARLES BARKLEY, for crying out loud. If you can get a latenight stream of the show, you have to listen to him dissect the interview.
1 posted on 01/08/2003 5:20:44 PM PST by modern_orthodox
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To: modern_orthodox
par for the course for CNN.
2 posted on 01/08/2003 5:26:21 PM PST by wolf24
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To: modern_orthodox
WOO-HOO!! Thank you! Bookmarked!!!
3 posted on 01/08/2003 5:31:41 PM PST by RandallFlagg
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BARKLEY: No disrespect to your father -- he's an immigrant?

SAVAGE: No, he's dead.


LOL!
4 posted on 01/08/2003 5:32:20 PM PST by EaglesCry
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To: modern_orthodox
Neville and Larry King are examples of why CNN is the Cretin News Network. Long live Fox News Channel!
5 posted on 01/08/2003 5:33:15 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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However, as an outsider, someone who's not privy to government inside information, if I were a consultant, I would say, go to China. ... He is in their sphere of influence. They do not want that Asian sphere of influence upset by a madman.

This line of thinking is logical but not wise. We must never act as if we acknowledge ANY Chinese sphere of influence in Asia. To acknowledge any Chinese sphere of influence outside of China's borders would be to put our stamp of approval on China's "multi-polar world" concept and acquiesce in the deterioration of U.S. supremacy in the Pacific.

And like it or not, it is U.S. supremacy in that area that allows democracy to thrive, period. It is only due to our dominance there that no other Greater East Asian Co-prosperity Sphere has risen up to rob us of our Pacific territories. Dominance in East Asia requires large investments but we must be willing to make those investments in perpetuity.

6 posted on 01/08/2003 5:35:18 PM PST by American Soldier
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Seriesly, who is Barkely. Savage seems to suggest he plays basketball and it was said he works for CNN. I've never heard of the guy. I must admit I have also not had TV for almost six years now.

BTW, savage ripped ALL of them a new one, and I don't even like him.

7 posted on 01/08/2003 5:39:18 PM PST by RobRoy
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Charles Barkley debating Michael Savage? That's like an infant battling a Samarai!
8 posted on 01/08/2003 5:40:11 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ; -)
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I heard of Savage, but who is Charles Barkly?

He didn't sound bad at first. Then he just couldn't hold up his end.

I like this guy Savage, he sounds like me, only warm and soft and cuddly.
9 posted on 01/08/2003 5:40:45 PM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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I know that when I want an opinion on a weighty issue I always go to a basketball player.

Interesting that Barkley finally resorted to name-calling.

10 posted on 01/08/2003 5:41:09 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Jeff Chandler
Samarai = samurai
11 posted on 01/08/2003 5:41:22 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ; -)
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I think Michael Savage has cast himself as a talk show "tough guy" a little too energetically. Charles Barkley actually is a tough guy--and pretty bright, too.

There's no way Savage could come out looking good in this one.

12 posted on 01/08/2003 5:41:30 PM PST by the_doc
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GO SAVAGE GO!
Savage to Barkley "I don't know who you are."
Barkley: "Either do I."
LOL Priceless. A street thug trying to hold a conversation with a hot-rod fast PHD. Way to screw up CNN! But they now have lost ALL authors from a big PR firm. LOL Morons
13 posted on 01/08/2003 5:43:41 PM PST by Libertina
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Savage doesn't know who Charles Barkley is! Makes sense, with his views about sports. A discussion about sports between the two would be something to hear.
14 posted on 01/08/2003 5:43:58 PM PST by Shermy
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BARKLEY: Oh, I bought a Hummer. That's -- and I'm going to go out and buy another Hummer, just to piss her off.

Many thanks to a great patriot, a great American, Charles Barkley.

I loathe Ari(head)eanna Huffington!

15 posted on 01/08/2003 5:44:00 PM PST by NeoCaveman (Charles Barkley for president in 2008!)
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Barkley is BRIGHT? He can barely speak English. You've got to be kidding...
16 posted on 01/08/2003 5:44:39 PM PST by Libertina
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Charles Barkely was the very entertaining basketball player who failed to bring a championship to Phoenix because he spent all his time getting so blasted with his teammates that it always took them an entire half to shake their hangovers, and who was a dominant rebounder who wasted that talent by continually shooting threes.
17 posted on 01/08/2003 5:44:45 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ; -)
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Seriesly, who is Barkely

Ok ....so you don't watch tv or listen to the radio or read newspapers. Good for you. Your point????

18 posted on 01/08/2003 5:46:08 PM PST by bobzeetwin
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bump for later
19 posted on 01/08/2003 5:46:42 PM PST by hattend
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>>Forget the fact that Savage was clearly walking into hostile territory.<<


Sometimes it's better to take the fight to the enemy. Savage may be just the man to do it.
20 posted on 01/08/2003 5:46:45 PM PST by Missouri
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To: modern_orthodox
I saw this today. I expected to be impressed by Savage. I wasn't. As a matter of fact, neither of them impressed me. The biggest argument against illegal immigration they could have made is that it's you and I- and the people in that audience- that pay for the prisons to house them, as well as the healthcare that they use. If you want impact on an issue, hit people where they will feel it the most- the pocketbook.
21 posted on 01/08/2003 5:47:01 PM PST by rintense
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To: bobzeetwin
I know a lot of brilliant people who care nothing about sports.
22 posted on 01/08/2003 5:48:19 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ; -)
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To: dubyaismypresident
Ha! That was the one comment by Barkley I liked. I've listened to Savage from time to time, but he came off like an bombastic know-it-all today.
23 posted on 01/08/2003 5:48:42 PM PST by rintense
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To: bobzeetwin
That was supposed to go to post seven. Apparentley we are having a stupid contest. How'm i doin?
24 posted on 01/08/2003 5:49:36 PM PST by bobzeetwin
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To: modern_orthodox
Well, you know, Barkley has a record of intellectual debate, like when he said "That's what I hate about white people," or when he spit on a little girl in New Jersey.
25 posted on 01/08/2003 5:49:55 PM PST by B Knotts
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To: Jeff Chandler
I know a lot of brilliant people who care nothing about sports

Let's assume you are are brilliant. Have you heard of Sir Charles?

26 posted on 01/08/2003 5:52:22 PM PST by bobzeetwin
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To: rintense
you know, I agree with you. savage basically treated the cnn set like his own show, where he gets to yell at people whom he considers stupid (correctly or not) and then hang up on them. barkley, coming from his own mentality, isn't going to back down when someone calls him stupid (correctly or not). so in the end they just ended up screaming at each other - which was entertaining - and, well, whatever...
27 posted on 01/08/2003 5:52:24 PM PST by modern_orthodox
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To: bobzeetwin
'bout as well as I am!
28 posted on 01/08/2003 5:52:52 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ; -)
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To: modern_orthodox
What's with the names of the people they let ask questions?:

Cabel (ph)
Tykila (ph)
Moja (ph)

29 posted on 01/08/2003 5:53:21 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed
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To: bobzeetwin
See post # 17.
30 posted on 01/08/2003 5:54:11 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ; -)
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To: Libertina
No, Barkley is pretty bright. Ask Rush Limbaugh.

Anyway, Barkley maneuvered an ignorant Michael Savage into saying that Barkley was a dumb jock who was not fit to shine his shoes. Not a good thing for Savage, of course. He loses the argument under the circumstances.

(Besides, Barkley's accent is actually better than most American Blacks.)

31 posted on 01/08/2003 5:54:56 PM PST by the_doc
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To: Libertina
savage actually mentioned that part of the conversation on his show today...unfortunately, i was listening over the web on KERN and they cut to Davis' state of the state address and wabc here in NY is doing seton hall hoops for some reason so i missed hearing the immigration segment.
32 posted on 01/08/2003 5:55:14 PM PST by modern_orthodox
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To: bobzeetwin
Let's assume you are are brilliant.
 
You'd be the first to assume that.
 

33 posted on 01/08/2003 5:55:25 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ; -)
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To: modern_orthodox
"SAVAGE: Excellent. Can you please tell me -- what's your education level?"

"BARKLEY: This is what I do. I went to Auburn University. I went to Auburn University."

Yeah. I went to the Sorbonne. Then, later that afternoon I went to the Eiffel Tower. Barkley does not seem to have earned a degree, even though he was giving the chance for a free education as a fine university.

34 posted on 01/08/2003 5:55:59 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed
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To: Jeff Chandler
OK I give ....You win. I think I like you. I win in the stupid dept. You win in the debate dept. Sports fans are different people.
35 posted on 01/08/2003 5:57:38 PM PST by bobzeetwin
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To: rintense
I agree - one conviced against their will is of the same opinion still - It seems to me that he could use a little more tact if he really wants to get his point across.

His untactful approach only turns off those who are sitting on the fence or who are uneducated. Is he more interested in winning the battle or the war?
36 posted on 01/08/2003 5:58:27 PM PST by M. Peach
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To: the_doc
For a brilliant guy, he seemed to have a hard time figuring out why 30% of prisoners being illegal aliens suggests a problem. Does he not comprehend disproportionality?
37 posted on 01/08/2003 5:58:30 PM PST by B Knotts
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To: the_doc
No, Barkley is pretty bright.
 
He's actually quite intelligent, but his grasp of the issues is rather spotty, probably due to intellectual laziness brought on by the instant wealth he acquired through his tremendous athletic talent.

38 posted on 01/08/2003 5:59:21 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ; -)
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To: rintense
Ha! That was the one comment by Barkley I liked.

You never heard him say: his mom say "the Republicans are the party of the rich..
To which he said "but mom, we are rich now"

39 posted on 01/08/2003 6:00:36 PM PST by NeoCaveman (Charles Barkley for president in 2008!)
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To: B Knotts
But, Barkley is supposed to be conservative. Rush loves him. What happened?
40 posted on 01/08/2003 6:01:55 PM PST by WHATNEXT?
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To: the_doc
Right on! Charles used to say that he was going to run for governor of Alabama and that Rush was going to be his campaign manager. Rush had a great interview with Sir Charles in his newsletter years back.
41 posted on 01/08/2003 6:02:53 PM PST by AUsome Joy
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To: the_doc
I think Michael Savage has cast himself as a talk show "tough guy" a little too energetically. Charles Barkley actually is a tough guy--and pretty bright, too.

Agree. There are one of two ways that these two guys can resolve their differences: one, Barkley and Savage meet in a debate and hash out their issues, or, two, Barkley and Savage meet in a boxing ring and slug it out. In the first scenario Savage savages Barkley by talking too fast for the Round Mound to keep up. In the second, Barkley beats Savage into a bloody pulp. The real question is which event the public would like to see. :-)

42 posted on 01/08/2003 6:04:05 PM PST by Archangelsk
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To: modern_orthodox
Man I sure hope someone puts this up as an audio file so we can listen to it live.

Savage exposes ignorance for what it is .... Big-mouth Barkley, "... dummy ... go dribble your basketball ... you couldn't shine my shoes"!!

ROTFALMAO

43 posted on 01/08/2003 6:05:07 PM PST by CIBvet
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To: the_doc
BARKLEY: Well, the thing that's interesting to me -- and this is like my biggest complaint with the whole political process and anybody...I'm trying to figure out -- they throw these words around like liberal, moderate, conservative. And we are like idiots. We sit here and choose sides. Man, I don't care what it is. Let's just solve these problems...Hey, it's our country. It's not -- he says his country. No, it's our country. We elect these guys to run the country. They're just not doing their job...Man, everything gets blamed on the Clintons, every single thing in this world. I think Bill Clinton shot JFK, too...It's funny. No matter what happen in this country, somehow, now, he went back and blamed something on Jimmy Carter.

SAVAGE: If you knew your history, you'd know what I'm talking about. It's nice for you to sit there and make jokes, but...

BARKLEY: I'm not making jokes. I'm telling facts.

Am I mistaken, or is there a single fact in anything Barkley had said to that point?

44 posted on 01/08/2003 6:05:17 PM PST by modern_orthodox
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To: WHATNEXT?
Well, I know Rush likes him, but I've seen a lot of stuff from this guy to make me question his conservative bona fides. I think he is conservative in some areas, but he's also kind of a flake. Of course, a lot of people probably wouldn't consider me a conservative, either. :-)
45 posted on 01/08/2003 6:06:10 PM PST by B Knotts
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To: rintense
"I saw this today. I expected to be impressed by Savage. I wasn't. As a matter of fact, neither of them impressed me. "

I agree. OK, so they confronted him with an idiot. But Savage appeared more interested in being pugnacious. When Barley said something that did not make sense--that 70% --30% thing-- Savage appeared more interested in showing that he knew it didn't make sense and calling Barley a name-- could not make a coherent argument or something like that-- and impugn "your whole way of thinking"..

Fine, if you want a fight. But why do that? Actually, Barkley was trying to be on his good behavior at that point until Savage impugned his "whole way of thinking".

Savage was mainly upset that they confronted him wiht a basketball player. He could have used the occasion better than he did.

46 posted on 01/08/2003 6:06:38 PM PST by ontos-on
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To: Jeff Chandler
I thoroughly agree with your analysis.
47 posted on 01/08/2003 6:07:29 PM PST by the_doc
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To: modern_orthodox
Charles Barkley is a perfect candidate for a populist Republican who gives the party a modern image that we need. Let's face it- Michael Savage isn't going to add anyone to the ranks with his angry, white male act. Barkely is a Republican, is well-known, is not shrill, has a cool persona, and speaks in the language that draws in ordinary folk. Probably a bad idea to have Savage show the ugly face of conservatism on TV while badmouthing ("shine my shoes"- i mean c'mon- that sounds bad given that Barkley is black) someone who could attract young voters and minorities. I know this is going to draw the wrath of Savage fans but that's how I see it.
48 posted on 01/08/2003 6:09:37 PM PST by jagrmeister
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To: modern_orthodox
I actually laughed a lot while watching it.
49 posted on 01/08/2003 6:11:01 PM PST by rintense
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To: dubyaismypresident
I missed that one!
50 posted on 01/08/2003 6:11:57 PM PST by rintense
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