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Posts by benjaminthomas

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  • Is America Going Soft? Will this election mark a turning point? Let's hope not.

    06/14/2004 6:18:13 AM PDT · 41 of 44
    benjaminthomas to MEG33

    Can you summarize how he slammed Gregory? I missed that.

  • Mark Steyn: Reality check

    06/04/2004 7:30:13 AM PDT · 60 of 65
    benjaminthomas to arthurus
    If Kerry or Mrs. Bill is pres and we are taking 911 hits at home we will but probably not judiciously. I don't count on W or a Republican followup doing it at all.

    Why do you believe Kerry or Hillary would be more likely to use nukes than a Republican?

  • Ben-Veniste Attacks Rice’s Testimony: Using Truth to Tell a Lie

    04/14/2004 1:36:24 PM PDT · 37 of 38
    benjaminthomas to Congressman Billybob
    “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

    This should be amended to read, "There are lies, damned lies, and Democrats."

  • Electoral College Breakdown, March 7th Update

    03/08/2004 5:49:14 AM PST · 94 of 101
    benjaminthomas to jack gillis
    Unless you are assuming that Republicans are flexible in their support, and Democrats are not, isn't there a flaw in your reasoning? In other words, you assume that Bush's "betrayal" of Republican positions on spending will cost him Republican votes. Fair enough. But wouldn't such taking of traditionally Democratic positions win him an equal and opposite number of (or at least some) Democratic votes?
  • Electoral College Breakdown, Installment Eleven (The Battlegrounds)

    02/23/2004 9:28:32 AM PST · 89 of 138
    benjaminthomas to Neets
    Can you please add me to the ping list? Many thanks!
  • Mark Steyn: Europeans are Worse than Cockroaches

    11/06/2003 2:17:19 PM PST · 44 of 74
    benjaminthomas to Timesink
    I believe he means "I would bet that things will go in the future as they have in the past." In other words, the fall of Europe will be marked by convulsions of violence, rather than a peaceful transition.
  • THE LUCKIEST GOLFER

    07/22/2003 8:00:35 PM PDT · 60 of 267
    benjaminthomas to presidio9
    I've been brainwashed by nobody. Look, I don't for a minute think Sorenstam, or anyone else on the LPGA tour can compete with the men, at least not on a regular basis. Frankly, I thought she would shoot 80-77 -- and I was a bit surprised that she did as well as she did.

    But the fact remains, her participation thrilled both TV and the sponsors. It led to huge publicity for the event itself, as well as for future LPGA events. Whether the other tours lose money or not is irrelevant -- they'd lose a helluva lot more without sponsors and TV. And frankly that's irrelevant too -- the sponsor can give an exemption to anyone they want to -- with the possibly limitation being that they must have a scratch handicap or better (I'm not sure of the exact rules).

    Nothing prevented them from giving a spot to Sorenstam, just like nothing prevents them from giving exemptions to all kinds of over-the-hill or "local hero" players every week of the year. Funny we never hear about them taking bread off the table of the Hank Kuehnes of the world when they let Arnold Palmer play.

  • THE LUCKIEST GOLFER

    07/22/2003 3:18:45 PM PDT · 58 of 267
    benjaminthomas to presidio9
    all she is doing is taking bread off of somebody else's table

    Au contraire. She helped put lots of money in lots of people's pockets. Lest we forget, the huge purses that have benefit ALL of the tours are made possible (as is the huge amount of charity done by the Tours) because of -- you guessed it -- sponsors and television. Both of which were thrilled with Sorenstam's participation.

  • Vanity: Free Republic Priority One: Defending the Constitution

    06/10/2003 10:39:06 AM PDT · 104 of 284
    benjaminthomas to William Terrell
    The only possible chance we have to change things at the ballot box is to elect renegades.

    The whole point is that this is not possible.

    Socialism continues to develope whether democrats or republicans dominate. I see no difference, except that the path to socialism wears jeans when the democrats dominate and suits when the republicans dominate.

    I disagree. Do you really think there would be no difference had Al Gore been elected instead of George W. Bush? You may claim that any differences are just differences in degree. I claim that a few degrees' difference is the difference between being comfortable and uncomfortable (and eventually dead.) Kind regards,

  • Author says JFK had affair with 19-year-old intern

    05/12/2003 11:50:34 AM PDT · 26 of 98
    benjaminthomas to OldFriend
    OMG, just realized, that intern WAS Helen Thomas.

    I doubt it. Wasn't Thomas in her sixties during the Kennedy administration?

  • Karl Rove - counting votes while bombs drop

    05/12/2003 10:26:14 AM PDT · 29 of 33
    benjaminthomas to optimistically_conservative
    The United States is best served when political calculations are not a part of the White House's most important decisions.

    Definition of politics from Webster's on-line:

    "the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy"

    Hmmm. Now why would we ever want the art or science of influencing governmental policy to be a part of influencing governmental policy decisions?

    This reminds me of the common canard about how partisanship (partisan= "firm adherent to a party , faction, cause, or person") is so bad. I mean, who would expect a firm adherent to a cause to actually take a position in support of that cause?

    At times like this, we can only fall back on the famous Captain Renault quote from Casablanca:

    "I'm shocked, shocked to see that there is gambling going on in here!"

  • Trail Blazers Coach Commits an Amazing Act of Compassion.

    04/28/2003 2:16:45 PM PDT · 12 of 27
    benjaminthomas to William McKinley
    You beat me to it!
  • Trail Blazers Coach Commits an Amazing Act of Compassion.

    04/28/2003 2:16:04 PM PDT · 11 of 27
    benjaminthomas to flying Elvis
    I am now a Trail Blazers fan.

    A perfect example of drawing the wrong conclusion based on one data point. This was indeed a great moment, and Maurice Cheeks is as far as I understand, a good guy. But the Trail Blazers have a reputation of being a bunch of thugs and malcontents. You could do better in your choice of teams to root for.

  • Awesome Painting of Bush...

    04/17/2003 8:08:56 AM PDT · 19 of 32
    benjaminthomas to Corin Stormhands
    It's not something I ever really wanted to keep up with...

    You're quite right -- we've already expended far too much time and bandwidth contemplating that heathenous wench's likeness and girth.

  • Awesome Painting of Bush...

    04/17/2003 7:38:09 AM PDT · 16 of 32
    benjaminthomas to Corin Stormhands
    But that's more or less the look she had during the first term.

    More "less" than "more". She would have to lose about 70 pounds to look that slim.

  • Naysayers Exposed

    04/11/2003 8:19:34 AM PDT · 8 of 8
    benjaminthomas to Sunshine Sister
    This is an excerpt from a John Derbyshire post on NRO's Corner:

    From a reader with an email address indicating he is an employee of a large and famous software company whose name is an anagram of SNU: "Ever since 9/11 I have lamented the fact that I never joined the military and that my job (software engineering) does not contribute even remotely to the war effort. I am 28 years old, a college grad, have a wife, a house, and a child on the way, yet I feel my life is not complete. When I see our soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines, and coastguardsmen fighting for my country I regret not being one of them. Pride in the military was not fostered in my generation, we are the children of the Vietname era. As a result I was more interested in going to college, getting a job, and making money than joining the military. But over the years, as I've lived my life, I have developed a respect and pride for the military on my own. I have observed the actions of our military, in Kuwait, Iraq, Bosnia, Panama, Afghanistan, and many other places. Today I am extremely proud of our military and regret that I am not part of it. I plan to make sure that my children, and their generation know this pride from an early age, so that they can make a more informed decision than I did."

    I agree very much with his sentiments.

  • If all else fails, attack the peace

    04/11/2003 8:12:31 AM PDT · 7 of 8
    benjaminthomas to WaveThatFlag
    Here was my comment on a Maureen Dowd thread the other day:

    More to the point, since all her (and her colleagues') dire predictions about Bush and this war have been emphatically contradicted by actual events, she now has to chide the administration about things she thinks will occur. It's her version of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em". She can't bring herself to "join 'em", so she is now going with "if you can't beat 'em, criticize something they haven't done yet, and set the bar so high they will never be able to succeed again."

    Seems to me we're already seeing this phenomenon, as this article makes clear.

  • FAREWELL, FRANCE

    04/11/2003 7:54:41 AM PDT · 29 of 42
    benjaminthomas to kattracks
    I'm still waiting for Ralph Peters' public apology to Donald Rumsfeld.
  • The anti-war crowd has some explaining to do

    04/11/2003 7:51:24 AM PDT · 20 of 25
    benjaminthomas to tlrugit
    Therefore America is inherently immoral and illegitimate

    The pot calling the kettle black, if you ask me. Especially, and specifically, with regard to the previous occupant of the Oval Office.

  • Naysayers Exposed

    04/11/2003 7:47:34 AM PDT · 6 of 8
    benjaminthomas to Sunshine Sister
    Our guys rule!

    You can say that again!

  • The anti-war crowd has some explaining to do

    04/11/2003 6:59:36 AM PDT · 16 of 25
    benjaminthomas to Toskrin
    These folks aren't worth troubling over.

    Yes and no. Some of them aren't worth troubling over. But think of how many ex-liberals are now conservatives. Ignoring them (and political reality) is what capital-L Libertarians have done, to no visible success. But big-tent actions got Reagan and GWB elected.

  • Naysayers Exposed

    04/11/2003 6:37:31 AM PDT · 4 of 8
    benjaminthomas to The FRugitive
    We need to continue to expose their continued fantasies and obfuscations. The other night Alan Colmes responded to criticism by changing the subject -- saying if this military has been so successful, doesn't that invalidate earlier Republican criticisms that Clinton had gutted the military. There is a response to that argument, but first and foremost he (and his ilk) have to be called to task for the lies and misttatements they made in the run-up to this war.
  • The anti-war crowd has some explaining to do

    04/11/2003 6:28:57 AM PDT · 9 of 25
    benjaminthomas to samtheman
    I'm not sure he's forgotten it, I think perhaps he's trying to be "nice" in the hopes of reaching a wider audience for his argument. But the point is well taken -- ever vigilant.
  • The anti-war crowd has some explaining to do

    04/11/2003 6:02:48 AM PDT · 1 of 25
    benjaminthomas
    I want to rub it in the anti-war crowd's face so badly.

    Boy, so do I. So do I.

  • Naysayers Exposed

    04/11/2003 5:54:57 AM PDT · 1 of 8
    benjaminthomas
    Most of us are aware of the utter failure of most of the media to give due credit to this administration and our military. It's nice to see much of it chronicled in one place. Feel free to add other examples!
  • My Oscar 'backlash' (Michael Moore on the War)

    04/09/2003 1:54:36 PM PDT · 26 of 54
    benjaminthomas to IowaHawk
    Great one, 'Hawk, one of your best satires ever.
  • Clinton's Bizarre Claim: Bush Plotting to Invade North Korea

    04/09/2003 10:34:45 AM PDT · 66 of 136
    benjaminthomas to TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
    He proposes that Bush draw up a proposal that would have North Korea cease production of nuclear weapons and shut down its weapon-making factories in exchange for food, energy and a non-aggression pact.

    You mean like what you tried which failed miserably, Bill?

  • Dances With Wolfowitz (Dowd alert)

    04/09/2003 5:59:06 AM PDT · 33 of 41
    benjaminthomas to Pokey78
    You didn't paste the entire text of the original article. In the version on the NYT website, she includes the following passage after "The administration already sounds as triumphalist as Lawrence at his giddiest."

    Today's satirical Onion headline reads: "Bush Subconsciously Sizes Up Spain for Invasion."

    I think it's telling that Dowd is reduced to actually quoting The Onion (!) in the New York Times. More to the point, since all her (and her colleagues') dire predictions about Bush and this war have been emphatically contradicted by actual events, she now has to chide the administration about things she thinks will occur. It's her version of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em". She can't bring herself to "join 'em", so she is now going with "if you can't beat 'em, criticize something they haven't done yet, and set the bar so high they will never be able to succeed again."

    If you check out Tom Friedman's column on the same website, you will see the same phenomenon. It basically says that, while we have won a stunning victory, and liberated Iraq from unbearable misery, there are still some hungry people there -- we better fix that quick or we will have failed.

    I suppose there is some satisfaction in having even their grudging, or more accurately, hidden, acknowledgement of our success. It is still frustrating to see the utter hypocrisy in their stances now as compared to when Billy-boy was at the helm.

  • WEEKEND JAIL FOR TEEN-SEX TEACH (corrupt lowlife perv takes US culture to new low)

    04/08/2003 5:51:33 AM PDT · 6 of 41
    benjaminthomas to Liz
    Defense lawyer Fred Kaplan said, "I think he will be able to pick up the pieces. One thing is for sure: He was a helluva teacher."

    Mr. Kaplan, one this is for sure: you're a hell of an idiot.

  • KRUGMAN HEAVE ALERT The Last Refuge (industrial-strength barfer)

    04/08/2003 5:11:17 AM PDT · 9 of 22
    benjaminthomas to Liz
    And that's a test our current leaders have failed with flying colors.

    Uh, Paul? Umm, how exactly do you fail a test with flying colors?

  • Where are the WMD? (Robert Novak)

    04/07/2003 8:12:30 AM PDT · 34 of 48
    benjaminthomas to TLBSHOW; dead
    That leaves chemical weapons, which few military experts put in the WMD category.

    Huh? Now chemical weapons aren't WMD? I can see the spin now:

    "Well, we found 11 neutron bombs, but those aren't really WMD because they only kill people. They don't even knock down buildings or anything..."

    And in a multi-purpose post, kudos to Dead on the use of term "eurinal". Don't know if you coined that, but it's the first time I've seen it and I'm LOL.

  • Atlantic Monthly Editor Killed in Iraq

    04/04/2003 11:12:53 AM PST · 31 of 32
    benjaminthomas to WL-law
    I Believe


    By Michael Kelly


    I believe the president. I have always believed him. I believed him
    when he said he had never been drafted in the Vietnam War and I
    believed him when he said he had forgotten to mention that he had been
    drafted in the Vietnam War. I believed him when he said he hadn't had
    sex with Gennifer Flowers and I believe him now, when he reportedly
    says he did.

    I believe the president did not rent out the Lincoln Bedroom, did not
    sell access to himself and the vice president to hundreds of
    well-heeled special pleaders and did not supervise the largest, most
    systematic money-laundering operation in campaign finance history,
    collecting more than $3 million in illegal and improper donations. I
    believe that Charlie Trie and James Riady were motivated by nothing
    but patriotism for their adopted country.

    I believed Vice President Gore when he said that he had made dunning
    calls to political contributors "on a few occasions" from his White
    House office, and I believed him when he said that, actually, "a few"
    meant 46. I believe in no controlling legal authority.

    I believe Bruce Babbitt when he says that the $286,000 contributed to
    the DNC by Indian tribes opposed to granting a casino license to rival
    tribes had nothing to do with his denial of the license. I believed
    the secretary when he said that he had not been instructed in this
    matter by then-White House deputy chief of staff Harold Ickes. I
    believed him when he said later that he had told lobbyist and friend
    Paul Eckstein that Ickes had told him to move on the casino decision,
    but that he had been lying to Eckstein. I agree with the secretary
    that it is an outrage that anyone would question his integrity.

    I believe in the Clinton Standard of adherence to the nation's
    campaign finance and bribery laws, enunciated by the president on
    March 7, 1997: "I don't believe you can find any evidence of the fact
    that I had changed government policy solely because of a
    contribution." I note with approval the use of the word "evidence"
    and also the use of the word "solely." I believe that it is proper to
    change government policy to address the concerns of people who have
    given the president money, as long as nobody can find evidence of this
    being the sole reason.

    I believe the president has lived up to his promise to preside over
    the most ethical administration in American history. I believe that
    indicted former agriculture secretary Mike Espy did not accept $35,000
    in illegal favors from Tyson Foods and other regulated businesses. I
    believe that indicted former housing secretary Henry Cisneros did not
    lie to the FBI and tell others to lie to cover up $250,000 in
    blackmail payments to his former mistress. I believe that convicted
    former associate attorney general Webster Hubbell was not involved in
    the obstruction of justice when the president's minions arranged for
    Hubbell to receive $400,000 in sweetheart consulting deals at a time
    when he was reneging on his promise to cooperate with Kenneth Starr's
    Whitewater investigation.

    I believe Paula Jones is a cheap tramp who was asking for it. I
    believe Kathleen Willey is a cheap tramp who was asking for it. I
    believe Monica Lewinsky is a cheap tramp who was asking for it.

    I believe Lewinsky was fantasizing in her 20 hours of taped
    conversation in which she reportedly detailed her sexual relationship
    with the president and begged Linda Tripp to join her in lying about
    the relationship. I believe that any gifts, correspondence, telephone
    calls and the 37 post-employment White House visits that may have
    passed between Lewinsky and the president are evidence only of a
    platonic relationship; such innocent intimate friendships are quite
    common between middle-aged married men and young single women, and
    also between presidents of the United States and White House interns.

    I see nothing suspicious in the report that the president's intimate,
    Vernon Jordan, arranged a $40,000-per-year job for Lewinsky shortly
    after she signed but before she filed an affidavit saying she had not
    had sex with the president. Nor do I read anything into the fact that
    the ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson, visited
    Lewinsky at the Watergate to offer her a job. I believe the
    instructions Lewinsky gave Tripp informing her on how to properly
    perjure herself in the Willey matter simply wrote themselves.

    I believe that The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The New
    York Times, Newsweek, Time, U.S. News & World Report, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS and NPR are all part of a vast right-wing conspiracy.
    Especially NPR.
  • Breaking: Journalist Michael Kelly Killed at Baghdad Airport

    04/04/2003 6:13:02 AM PST · 13 of 185
    benjaminthomas to Rudder
    This is tragic. He was one of the very best.
  • Bush's Peril: Shifting Sand and Fickle Opinion [Quagmire flashback] "Is his luck about to turn?"

    04/04/2003 6:11:00 AM PST · 29 of 38
    benjaminthomas to jriemer
    I was thinking maybe a one-hour infomercial. LOL.
  • 'GO THE LAST 200 YARDS'

    04/04/2003 5:44:51 AM PST · 5 of 23
    benjaminthomas to speedy
    My thoughts exactly. I had a terrifying thought the other day. Can you imagine if Hillary were President? She would spit on these very same Marines. And if Bill were still president, he'd be inviting Jessica Lynch to the Oval Office to try and cop a feel.
  • Bush's Peril: Shifting Sand and Fickle Opinion [Quagmire flashback] "Is his luck about to turn?"

    04/04/2003 5:39:36 AM PST · 8 of 38
    benjaminthomas to JohnHuang2
    Will all these naysayers come out and admit how wrong they were? .... Nah, didn't think so.

    Someone (the RNC?) should run an ad on national TV that says, "The following people or organizations were against the war, said we would lose, didn't support our troops or our president or hoped for our defeat. Just thought you should know." and then scroll down the names ... John Kerry, Tom Daschle, RW Apple, etc. etc. etc.

  • Armed Services Senator: War Lasting Too Long

    04/02/2003 7:54:23 AM PST · 19 of 30
    benjaminthomas to The Great RJ
    What we have accomplished so far would be like US forces in WW-II moving from the Normandy Beaches to within 20 miles of Berlin by mid June 1944.

    I bow to no one in my admiration for and support of our troops and what they are doing today. But this statement is frankly ridiculous.

  • Robin Williams Blasts Bush ("This is Mork calling Saddam")

    04/01/2003 5:29:33 AM PST · 40 of 88
    benjaminthomas to Brian Allen
    Filthy mouthed San Francisco street mime

    How would you know?

  • Bill blasts 'political mess' by W

    03/14/2003 9:34:54 AM PST · 13 of 98
    benjaminthomas to Frank_Discussion
    I think there should be legislation introduced which would cut off secret service protection and all the other perks that ex-Presidents receive if they actively undermine the country's foreign or domestic policies after they are out of office. (Of course, Clinton undermined the country while he was in office, too.)
  • Embedding Journalists

    03/05/2003 8:38:01 AM PST · 8 of 9
    benjaminthomas to John O
    Can you say 'target'? I knew you could

    Timely Mr. Rogers reference! LOL.

  • Embedding Journalists

    03/05/2003 5:53:15 AM PST · 1 of 9
    benjaminthomas
    I'm actually a huge fan of Michael Kelly. But I have to say, this entire article strikes me as a bit of the "infantilism" he refers to in his closing comment. The career prospects of a few journalists are pretty far down the list of my priorities when thinking about the coming war. And if the arrangements to accommodate the press in any way hinder our military objectives, we are doing the nation a great disservice.
  • Bethlehem Steel Sends Pension Message to GM

    02/20/2003 5:52:56 AM PST · 20 of 26
    benjaminthomas to Sunshine Sister
    Amen. People also need to remember there is no such thing as a free lunch. It is mentioned only passingly, but the unions played a big role in this. They bargained for higher salaries and benefits that were ultimately uncompetitive. So they put the companies (and themselves) out of business in some cases, for the sake of their own short-term gain. Look at UAW membership now vs. 20 or 30 years ago. The average UAW worker makes MUCH more now then he did then, but there are FAR FEWER of them. They sacrificed their own brethren for the quick fix.

    Now their companies are saddled with high costs, restrictive work rules, huge pension liabilities and ... lost market share. Lower market share, fewer jobs. Lower earnings, less funding for the pensions. etc. etc.

  • Unread Bestsellers (what bestseller can you not get through?)

    02/19/2003 2:07:39 PM PST · 374 of 375
    benjaminthomas to Lonesome in Massachussets
    Well, he's certainly old compared to your general manager! LOL. Actually, I'd like to see the Sox do well because I'm a big Bill James fan, and it would be neat to see him get some validation. But mainly I'm a Cub fan, waiting even longer than you for a World Series victory ....
  • Mark Steyn: The curtain will come down on the peaceniks

    02/19/2003 5:47:21 AM PST · 155 of 162
    benjaminthomas to Ichneumon
    I read this and was blown away by the curtain analogy and was scrolling down to see if anyone else commented. You nailed it -- Steyn is brilliant in this regard.
  • Unread Bestsellers (what bestseller can you not get through?)

    02/18/2003 8:24:10 PM PST · 372 of 375
    benjaminthomas to Lonesome in Massachussets
    Gates was an old Detroit Tiger who played on the '68 World Series champions. Ex-con, I think, and a big local hero in Detroit. Lau was the hitting coach, most famous for his tutelage of George Brett. :-)
  • FYI: Clinton on Larry King Tonight

    02/06/2003 9:14:57 PM PST · 561 of 585
    benjaminthomas to JulieRNR21
    That's a George Will quote.
  • Actor Questions Bush's Manhood for Opposing Abortion

    01/22/2003 3:53:47 PM PST · 224 of 260
    benjaminthomas to CaptainK
    I assumed that was what you were implying, but I went to the link you provided and didn't see anything about a real-life affair. What am I missing?
  • Actor Questions Bush's Manhood for Opposing Abortion

    01/22/2003 6:02:21 AM PST · 106 of 260
    benjaminthomas to CaptainK
    It was a movie!!!
  • California: Davis' tax plans called job killers

    01/10/2003 2:58:34 PM PST · 11 of 43
    benjaminthomas to Ernest_at_the_Beach
    Davis will propose $8.3 billion in new taxes>

    Now all the morons who voted for him will get what they deserve.

  • Senate Democrats Think They Can Block Pickering

    01/09/2003 2:46:03 PM PST · 45 of 75
    benjaminthomas to Molly Pitcher
    why didn't they let it get out of the J. Committee for a vote on the floor

    Because they didn't have to. It was easier to just kill it in committee. Filibusters can be very risky politically.