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  • Bush signs economic bailout bill

    10/03/2008 2:07:31 PM PDT · 187 of 287
    Darth Sidious to rabscuttle385; Lazamataz
    Some of us were warning about this a long time ago. That Bush was going to be a disaster for America.

    Some of us were even banned from this forum for articulating as much.

    Today, I do not return to gloat. There is no gloating possible regarding this, the biggest FUBAR of legislation that has happened in living memory, at the behest of George W. Bush.

    I can only pray that maybe... maybe... if not our own generation then the one that might yet follow after us, might at last learn from such folly.

  • Civil Disobedience in Rockingham Co. NC (Blogger Plans To Wear Jedi Costume at Board Of Ed. Meeting)

    07/12/2007 2:16:41 PM PDT · 42 of 43
    Darth Sidious to lowbridge
    Here's the full report of what happened, including photos and links to YouTube clips of the newscast segments covering the story.

    The board voted 7-3 (and 2 abstentions) to completely rescind their vote in April to implement the school uniforms. It's now entirely off the table.

    In addition to the Jedi costume, one student came dressed in prison stripes and dozens of other parents and students wore black armbands to protest the uniforms.

    I agree with what one of the board members who had changed her mind said: this was a tremendous experience for the young people to have gone through, because they learned a LOT about how government works and how they too have a role to play in it.

    So, we won. "The Force was with us" :-)

  • Civil Disobedience in Rockingham Co. NC (Blogger Plans To Wear Jedi Costume at Board Of Ed. Meeting)

    06/15/2007 7:18:16 PM PDT · 37 of 43
    Darth Sidious to AppyPappy
    You scare me

    Do you want to leave this world a little better place for your children, than how it was when you first found it?

    That's not going to happen by staying behind a keyboard. Or by being faithful to the party line.

    Something more is required.

    "Die before you die. There is no chance after." -- C.S. Lewis

  • Civil Disobedience in Rockingham Co. NC (Blogger Plans To Wear Jedi Costume at Board Of Ed. Meeting)

    06/15/2007 7:09:25 PM PDT · 35 of 43
    Darth Sidious to oneamericanvoice
    Wait until he finds out that the police have something better and bigger than his light saber.

    Nope, won't be bringing the lightsaber.

    I will, however, be bringing a Bible.

    Guess you could say that I'm going armed with the surest Sword of all.

  • Do we REALLY need a Martin Luther King holiday?

    01/16/2007 9:39:04 PM PST · 5 of 6
    Darth Sidious to lowbridge
    Got a fair bit of nasty e-mail about this one today. Some people don't appreciate that I refer to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as "shysters" and "hucksters" and "racial con artists" in the video. Go figure...

    I wrote this on another forum about it: "It's one thing to look back and reflect on the impact of a historical person. It's quite another to obsess upon him."

    In another 20 or 30 years, there will probably not be a federal Martin Luther King holiday. Those who have been exploiting King's memory for their own gain have just about had their run. It's already happened to the "women's liberation" movement and it's starting to happen to those who have been playing the race card way too many times. Neither ideologies have a new generation that is willing to carry on with the same vigor as the old. When enough see what wrong has been done in the name of Martin Luther King by many of his followers, they will begin to demand that this be a holiday at taxpayer expense no more.

    I'll probably get jumped-flunky for saying this, but if Martin Luther King had not been assassinated, he would not be held up as the object of veneration that he has become. He would have retired and eventually passed on relatively quietly. Martyrdom changed that, just as it bestowed upon John Kennedy some mystical quality that he otherwise would never have had. One can only imagine what holidays would be on our calendars had Jane Fonda or Gloria Steinem been gunned down back in the day...

  • Christopher Knight (Darth Sidious) uses YouTube in campaign for school board (Star Wars theme video)

    10/10/2006 4:06:30 PM PDT · 36 of 37
    Darth Sidious to L98Fiero
    A Sith Lord on the school board? That could work.
    "I will MAKE it legal."

    Sorry, couldn't resist :-P


    10/10/2006 3:53:32 PM PDT · 13 of 17
    Darth Sidious to Rb ver. 2.0
    What's your position on educating illegal alien kids?
    Deport them. They shouldn't be in our schools anyway. Not that I would deprive any child of an education but I would be swearing to serve the legal residents of this county. After all, THEY are the ones who are providing the tax money to keep the schools going.

    Look at it this way: America is the stewardship of her citizens, just as Mexico is the stewardship of hers. We have to look after our own and we should expect Mexico to look after its own. That's not being "cruel": that's actually being quite Christian. But our system is stretched to the breaking point as it is from our trying to take care of EVERYONE crying for us to spend money on them.

    That may not be a popular sentiment and I may lose votes from it, but that's what I believe.


    08/15/2006 10:16:37 AM PDT · 11 of 17
    Darth Sidious to lowbridge
    Just this once, I'll break from my abstaining from Free Republic to talk about this.

    Our school system could be a model of how too much government from the top is wreaking havoc. Yesterday dozens of teacher's assistants were let go from their positions at several schools because the money that should have been there to provide for them was yanked away... something that can be traced directly back to No Child Left Behind.

    The funding a school gets is correlated to how that school performs on end-of-grade testing. The thing is, the government looks at one particular demographic of student in that school to determine if it's meeting expectations or not. So in one school they might be looking at only black students, and in another one they will be looking at physically handicapped, while in another it's Hispanics. They completely refuse to take in consideration the school as a whole, instead relying on a scheme that can only be called levelling class warfare against the families of the community.

    One part of my platform is to restore local control - as much as possible - to our school system. The job of education is right here in Rockingham County, not over there in Washington D.C. Fiscal conservatism is another part of it.

    And on my website, I make no attempt to hide that a vote for me is going to be a vote for someone from a Judeo-Christian perspective. Heck, I admit that without that, I'm a very flawed human being. I'm still flawed no matter what... but a vote for me is going to be a vote for someone who's at least trying to do what's right. If anyone has a problem with my beliefs in that regard, they deserve to know about it so they can vote for someone else.

    I know: being on a school board isn't the most glory-filled way to fight too much intrusive government. But you have to do something, wherever and however it is that God puts the opportunity before you.

    Anyway, you can find much more information on my website at . And if anyone reading this feels led to make a contribution toward my goal of bringing a considerably conservative stance to the Rockingham County Board of Education, I would certainly welcome it. There's details on my website about that too, and we'll soon be making it possible to make contributions through PayPal (after filling in some information that I'm required by law to collect).

    I may win. That would be good. It's also very possible that I may lose. If so, I'll be fine with that. Running for office is already one of the best experiences I've ever had in life. It's something I would like for a lot more Americans to at least consider taking a stab at. After all, if not you... then who?

    God bless,
    Chris Knight
    AKA "Darth Sidious"
    Candidate for Rockingham County (NC) Board of Education

  • My Tribute to Ronald Reagan, The Gipper

    06/07/2004 7:08:31 AM PDT · 254 of 275
    Darth Sidious to snopercod; Rebelbase
    Please: be courteous right now

    I only posted here because there are some things that transcend petty differences, and some times that call for a little solidarity in love, despite the circumstances. At this moment there are no FReepers or LePers, or should even be Democrats or Republicans or conservatives or liberals: we're Americans.

    And that's all that I can really say here.

  • My Tribute to Ronald Reagan, The Gipper

    06/06/2004 2:15:06 PM PDT · 229 of 275
    Darth Sidious to JohnHuang2; Jeff Head
    Ronald Reagan was the greatest President of the 20th Century. He personified everything that was good and true and honorable about what it meant to be an American... about how great we were, and how great we could still be again. He was a servant and a statesman, not a politician or a partisan. Above all else, he was a Christian.

    There will most likely not be another great man of his caliber in high office, in our lifetimes.

  • North Carolina/South Carolina Help NEEDED (Sawgrass Rebellion)

    09/23/2002 12:36:31 PM PDT · 21 of 29
    Darth Sidious to sauropod; snopercod
    I seem to recall that a NC FReeper started a land rights thing or held a land rights rally.

    There was a land-rights rally in Brevard (near Asheville) two years ago, when then-Attorney General Mike wEasley effectively stole a large tract of land from a private developer, to satisfy the enviro-nuts. Their contention was that the land was "unspoiled, pristine, virgin". I saw an aerial photograph of the tract in question: there's a chemical plant not a quarter-mile away and roads criss-crossing all throughout the place.

    I covered this rally when I was working at the Tribune out that way. They had tremendous turnout, and I got to meet fellow Freeper snopercod there too :-)

  • SUPERMAN Movie Script Review!! (Krypton doesn't explode)(Lex Luthor an alien)?

    09/23/2002 12:13:04 PM PDT · 24 of 35
    Darth Sidious to who knows what evil?
    Dear God... this sounds like a worse train wreck than Darren Aronofsky's screenplay for "Batman Year One". That abortion of a script had the Penguin as a drug lord, alcoholic Gordon, and a black "jive-talking" Alfred who, when Bruce asks him how the new Batman suit looks, replies "slammin'!"

    09/23/2002 12:05:10 PM PDT · 624 of 1,056
    Darth Sidious to jimmccleod
    Jim has just done a disservice to the word evil, by trivializing it's meaning. And ends up hurting the Conservative movement in the process.

    Free Republic is becoming as much an extremist fringe group as is Democratic Underground, courtesy of the Hyper-Republicans on board.

    And we're becoming worse than the Clintonistas ever were!! Those idiots worshipped Clinton as if he were God on earth. How the hell can we say we're any different than they when the Bush-bots fawn and swoon at the feet of King Dubya? We poked so much fun at the Clintonites, and less than two years later we've become just like them.

    Restore freedom in America: vote out the Republi-Crats!!!


    09/23/2002 11:56:51 AM PDT · 621 of 1,056
    Darth Sidious to captnorb
    Bowles the best qualified? Surely you jest.

    He's the only real North Carolinian between the two major contenders.

    Have a problem with that? Blame Bush and the rest of the GOP powermongers.


    09/23/2002 7:12:31 AM PDT · 605 of 1,056
    Darth Sidious to Jim Robinson
    Well, unfortunately, it's a two party system. Winner takes all.

    Disagree: it's a one party system, masquerading as two parties. And this party has a monopoly on the money, the media affluence, etc.

    If you're serious about restoring Constitutional rule of law to this country, you can't do so by being part of this monopoly. You've no choice but to compete against it, whether it's in the guise of Democrat or Republican.

    At this very instant, voting all Republican is crucial.

    Crucial for "Republican control", but I've no reason to believe that's any better than Democratic control. If the reason is to empower Bush, then I can see why more Democrats would be a GOOD thing: Bush is a statist enough as it is.

    My vote is going for Erskine Bowles. Between he and Liddy Dole, he's the only one resident enough of North Carolina to represent her in the Senate. Dole is an outsider who was "anointed" by the GOP bigwigs. I owe them no special loyalty, because the GOP has earned as much of my trust as the Democrats have.

    That doesn't mean I'm going to like voting for Bowles, but hey if it's strictly a two-party system I'm still gonna vote for the best qualified of the two.

    We must re-take the Senate and we must strengthen the majority in the House and we must take as many State Houses as possible.

    Who's "we"? And how can you trust that in place of one group of idiots you're not helping to usher in another?

    We have a rare opportunity to break the backs of the Democrat Party and we must take advantage of it.

    Without the Democrats the Republicans will become just as arrogant.


    09/22/2002 10:18:41 PM PDT · 558 of 1,056
    Darth Sidious to bazbo
    First congratulations on you recent marriage.

    Thanks :-)

    Second, Are you gonna vote Republican in the next few years?

    I never vote Republican. Or Democrat or Libertarian. My vote's always for the individual, never a party (though technically that's what a primary election is ;-)

    Third, May God continue to bless...

    God bless you too brother (sister?)


    09/22/2002 10:16:30 PM PDT · 557 of 1,056
    Darth Sidious to Jim Robinson
    Hate to burst your bubble, but massive success? At what? Big dreaming?

    There were once seven people, sitting around a borrowed room with no other assets between them but a "big dream". At the time they were considered a joke by political leaders, hardly worth considering.

    Eighty years later, over a billion people now live under communism in China... a "massive success", if it can be called that, of the dreams of those seven young people: the first cell of communism in China.

    Say what you will of the Libertarians (and I'm not one, BTW). But insisting that there are only two parties - and that your own is inherently "good" - smacks of stagnancy and short-sightedness. Proprietor of this joint though you are, you can't deny that if both major parties haven't run out of steam already, they're about to. And I ain't calling anyone a fool but they're foolish to keep insisting that voting any single party across the board is the best hope for America. Both major parties are corrupted by power - they exist only for power - and there's no justifying a substitution of one for the other.


    09/22/2002 6:27:28 PM PDT · 460 of 1,056
    Darth Sidious to Jim Robinson
    "The ONLY evil people in government today are those who circumvent the Constitution."

    Well, that includes 100% of the Democrats. Vote them out!

    Maybe not "circumventing", but Republicans are equally capable of violating the Constitution. I'll say they're somewhat less inclined (and maybe more inept at the task than their Democratic brethren).

    Not 100% of the Democrats are evil and corrupt. Some of them - and there are a few, mostly at the local level - are sincerely following their own principles... and they are more often than not fiscally and philosophically conservative. Why don't they switch to Republican, and why are they Democratic to begin with? Mostly they're Democrat out of tradition, and never saw why a voter affiliation ever mattered.

    Those few Democrats are from the 80% of the population that is neither extremist Republican or extremist Democratic. The pro-Republican sentiment echoed here and elsewhere represents perhaps only 10% of the sentiment nationwide, with rabid Democratic sentiments taking another 10% or so. THAT is the reason for voter apathy in this country: most Americans do not identify with either extreme, because they don't think their vote matters... or because they see Republicans and Democrats as two sides of the same coin.

    And I'll end this post with a bold prediction: for the same reasons I mentioned above, the Libertarians are going to have MASSIVE success - as both a philosophy and a party - in the next ten to fifteen years. The Republicans are as stagnant as the Democrats... and Americans are starting to realize that now.

  • Hurricane Isidore appears more likely to hit U.S. (from National Hurricane Center)

    09/22/2002 2:48:38 PM PDT · 9 of 371
    Darth Sidious to rwfromkansas
    Tropical Storm Kyle is also waiting in the wings. And far out in the Atlantic, Tropical Depression 13 has formed... in that one area off the coast of West Africa that has a tendency to spin storms straight at Cape Hatteras.

    All three systems (Isidore, Kyle, #13) are expected to strengthen over the next several days.


    09/22/2002 2:44:45 PM PDT · 417 of 1,056
    Darth Sidious to Jim Robinson
    Hey, this is also the real world. SS has been and will remain for quite some time the third rail of politics. Touch it, you die. This one will have to be removed by the grass roots and it's gonna take time and an awful lot of hard work to get it done.

    It'll take a helluva lot more than mere "hard work". I (and no doubt you) know plenty of people who, whenever I bring up how the government has stolen their freedom through Social Security, they go wild-eyed apoplectic about how the government is going to fund their retirement. Bring up that there likely WON'T be any funding 'cuz it's running out: "well, they'd BETTER because I've been paying into it all these years."

    There's no way in hell that the government is going to let Social Security lapse, 'cuz there'd be blood and riots in the streets if it did. They've no choice but to keep propping it up, with no hope of weaning Americans off it. Hard work? Yeah... but it'll also take just about every single Social Security recipient falling into the wretched earth to rot.

    The Democrats have held power for way too many years of the last century. They've completely corrupted our educations systems and brainwashed the populace.

    And if Bush (or any other Republican president) wants to cut out the heartmeat of this problem in one fell swoop, he(she?) will eliminate the Department of Education. LBJ started it... I see no reason why any president could not abolish it unilaterally. Once that's done, restoring local control to the schools will be far easier accomplished.

    (And on this one, I'm 100% in agreement with you Jim. I'm teaching in a private school now... and it's light years removed from what goes on philosophically in the public systems.)

    It's been a hundred years of Democrat rule and socialist indoctrination. It may take a hundred years to undo it.

    It won't begin in the schools. It'll begin in the homes, in the families. Two things brought down the Soviet Union: Reagan's SDI (which bankrupted the Soviets when they tried to compete) and the young people who, despite every effort by the Soviet officials, in blatant violation of Leninist doctrine, grew up and came of age with, more often than not, a profound faith in God.

    How'd that happen? The kids went to school and were told there's no God. They came back home and their grandparents told them there was God.

    I'll agree with you again, then, with this caveat: in the culture war it's not Democrats that should be crushed, but political correctness. And if you or anyone else is serious about the Republicans providing capable service/leadership, you'd better hold their feet to the fire on this like nothing else.

    By the way, I hope all of you in NC are writing and calling daily to remind Dole that we need a conservative in that seat. But whatever else we do, we need a Republican majority. We cannot afford to allow the Senate the power to block Bush's judiciary appointments, especially at the Supreme Court level.

    If Bush's perogative is appointing strict Constitutionalists who believe in judicial restraint, I'll wish/pray him enough Senators to support him. But you gotta rely on Bush wanting that.

    There is absolutely zero excuse for anyone who claims to be conservative to not vote Republican this time around. There is way too much at stake to risk allowing the Democrats control of the House or Senate.

    Jim, people only take as much control as you're willing to give them. If government has become too overbearing in America (and it has), it's not the Democrats fault or the Republicans. It's ours. God never has and likely never will anoint a ruler over America. Instead, He did something that never happened before in the history of the world: He anointed all of us, as citizens, to govern ourselves. There's never been a time that we couldn't take back control of our own destiny... but we have to want that first, and not be mesmerized by the dog-and-pony show that both major parties are expecting us to buy into.


    09/22/2002 1:59:09 PM PDT · 408 of 1,056
    Darth Sidious to Jim Robinson
    The Republicans are much closer to my beliefs than the Democrats. Smaller government, cut taxes, cut spending, strong military, individual rights, pro-gun, pro-life.

    Nice, very nice. So would someone tell this to Liddy Dole, who is running nonstop commercials here in North Carolina boasting that she'll keep propping up Social Security, which is and always has been socialist, big-government largesse at its WORST! Not to mention her wishy-washy stand on the right to bear arms.

    That ain't "conservative" or "Republican", Jim. REAL conservatism is having the guts to tell people they're shackled to government. Not pull the blinds over them like "big government liberals" do.

    Jim, to insist that it's "conservative vs. liberal"/"Democrat vs. Republican" is not only myopic and shallow, it's dangerous, because those are just distractions from the real cancer eating away at America. There are those of us who believe in the sovereignty of the individual, that God entrusted America to her people. And then there are statists: the ones who demand that America is no greater than her government. There are no citizens under statists, only subjects.

    The Democratic and Republican parties, both of them, are statist. And both parties love their power too much to effect anything that would cede more power to the individual. If President Bush had an overwhelming majority in both the House and Senate, nothing notable would change in America, and it's naive to believe that the Republicans would do anything different than the Democrats... 'cuz BOTH rely on as many people as possible on the government dole to stay in power.


    09/22/2002 1:27:38 PM PDT · 396 of 1,056
    Darth Sidious to TLBSHOW; Jim Robinson
    I love the Constitution.

    That the Democrats hate the Constitution is no basis for assuming that the Republicans love it, either.

  • Israel Plants its Flag in Arafat Compound in Ramallah

    09/21/2002 4:00:49 PM PDT · 160 of 200
    Darth Sidious to Thinkin' Gal
    Darn... go spend the day at Carowinds and all kinds of good stuff happens while I'm gone!! :-)
  • (Charlotte) Observer to accept same-sex union announcements

    09/20/2002 7:48:52 PM PDT · 39 of 50
    Darth Sidious to gcraig
    There's some competition from some local papers like Creative Loafing (too liberal for me) and the Rhinocerous Times (not sure about this one yet).

    The Rhino Times is very conservative. The Greensboro edition is our news source of record around here.

  • [Mel]Gibson breaks tradition with film in Latin

    09/20/2002 7:44:40 PM PDT · 4 of 30
    Darth Sidious to Polycarp
    Mel's crossing a terrible, terrible line here. Good lord man, use subtitles!! Heck "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" used them, and it didn't hurt THAT any.
  • (Charlotte) Observer to accept same-sex union announcements

    09/20/2002 10:46:51 AM PDT · 29 of 50
    Darth Sidious to AppyPappy
    There is no real criteria for these ads. I wonder if they would accept a threesome.

    Let's throw in "Chico" the goat :-)

    There was a great "Simpsons" episode where Homer and his buddies took Mr. Burns' yacht out past territorial waters, where anything and everything was permissable. They showed the Old Sea Captain marrying a man and cow in a Jewish wedding (the cow crushed a wineglass): "I now pronounce ye man and cow! Have some illegal fireworks on the house!"

    Wonder if we could do this with the Observer now. Heck, I'd be up to submitting a "doctored-up" photo, if it was under a good pseudonym ;-)

  • (Charlotte) Observer to accept same-sex union announcements

    09/20/2002 10:12:49 AM PDT · 22 of 50
    Darth Sidious to AppyPappy
    Do what now??
  • (Charlotte) Observer to accept same-sex union announcements

    09/20/2002 9:16:13 AM PDT · 1 of 50
    Darth Sidious
    I'm expecting the Greensboro News & Record to follow suit within a week or two.
  • Do We Really Need An Office Of Homeland Security?

    09/20/2002 9:04:24 AM PDT · 10 of 17
    Darth Sidious to Thermalseeker
    Bush is a statist, not a conservative. This department is blatant evidence that he believes freedom comes from man, and not from God.
  • Do We Really Need An Office Of Homeland Security?

    09/20/2002 8:33:33 AM PDT · 3 of 17
    Darth Sidious to az4vlad
    Do we need an Office of Homeland Security?

    Hell No!!!

  • GOP Left Holds Right Hostage

    09/19/2002 9:40:39 AM PDT · 303 of 446
    Darth Sidious to hchutch
    What I mean is, we do need patience... but neither party (especially the Republicans) is willing to sacrifice the moment for the long-term vision.
  • Denise Rich, David Geffen in jacuzzi flap

    09/19/2002 8:56:28 AM PDT · 3 of 19
    Darth Sidious to Sub-Driver
    The headline is misleading by omission: it doesn't clarify that Geffen was not in the jacuzzi with Rich (impossible to conceive of whichever way you cut it).
  • GOP Left Holds Right Hostage

    09/19/2002 8:45:52 AM PDT · 288 of 446
    Darth Sidious to hchutch
    We're dealing with a vessel that does NOT stop, much less do a 180, on a dime.

    This vessel had better stop, at least long enough to clear some "barnacles" off her underbelly. She's hobbling toward a waterfall as it is.

    We're dealing with a slow process that involves educating the electorate,

    You can't educate anyone by lowering expectations. I'm a teacher... believe me, I know.

    I'll take what happened in the North Carolina primaries as an example: Liddy Dole may have been anointed to win by the GOP bigwigs, but philosophically she was the least conservative on the slate. Certainly the least dynamic of the candidates. The Republicans might "win" with her in November... but for the long run they've lowered their standards and expectations considerably.

    Victory will go to the patient in this fight.

    There's no patience here at all. Both parties will do what they feel is good for now to grab power. Neither will stop and reconsider what it is they are fighting for, or why it is they should "win" it.

  • Cancer-Fighting Cells

    09/19/2002 8:33:25 AM PDT · 3 of 32
    Darth Sidious to NYer
    Flooding the body with laboratory-engineered white blood cells...

    Creating an over-abundance of white blood cells... isn't this something similar to leukemia?

    I'm trusting someone with better brains than me in the medical department will clarify that terminology ;-) In any event, this is GREAT news!! I've lost four friends/relatives to cancer in the past two years. Any news like this becomes like a gift from God.

  • The Boy Scouts on the Front Lines

    09/19/2002 8:23:57 AM PDT · 27 of 89
    Darth Sidious to luv2ndamend
    Eagle Scout and assistant scoutmaster BUMP!
  • GOP Left Holds Right Hostage

    09/19/2002 8:14:08 AM PDT · 283 of 446
    Darth Sidious to callisto; Jim Robinson; billbears; Sabertooth; lowbridge; JohnHuang2; All
    I'm seeing a lot of arguments about why the Republicans should be swept into power.

    But I haven't seen a single argument about why the Republicans deserve to be given power.

    Well, why should I, as a strict Constitutionalist and believer in limited government, and a person who holds that the glory of America is found in individual sovereignty and not collective might... why should I, or anyone else, trust the Republican party to hold to those values when it's proven itself more than willing to toss those out the window for the cheap sake of "winning elections"?

    Number one reason I didn't vote for Bush, and find it impossible to support him now: he said several times that he should be president "because I can win." That doesn't even mean jack-@&$% in my book. No one is entitled to that much power just because he/she/it can "win". Power is only meant to be given to those who've demonstrated they've wisdom enough to use it, the most important component of that wisdom being self-discipline. It can NOT come as the result of machinations of a collective group (i.e. a political party). I'm not saying that Bush doesn't possess that quality, but to ride into office on a merit so petty as to be able to "win" says something about whether he lacks the greatest quality of that wisdom that can bear power: humility.

    Well, the Democratic party lacks humility. And so does the Republican party. Not one or the other has demonstrated to this voter why I should trust them with my ballot, that could perhaps tilt the flow of power in either direction. I would like to vote Republican: I became the first man in my family, in at least a hundred years, to abandon the Democrats when I did so in '94. They left me, as Reagan put it. Eight years and a lot of growing-up later, I can no longer give the Republicans the same confidence that I could then, and it all comes as a result of the GOP's "lowering the bar" over the past few years.

    I'm willing to give them a second chance, but the Republican party is gonna have to prove itself deserving first. Otherwise, they're colluding with the Democrats in dragging America into cultural stagnancy.

  • Remains of Rabbit Dinosaur Found

    09/18/2002 7:35:23 PM PDT · 4 of 32
    Darth Sidious to Dallas

    "He's got huge sharp... he can leap about... just look at the bones!!"
  • GOP Left Holds Right Hostage

    09/18/2002 12:28:50 PM PDT · 6 of 446
    Darth Sidious to Jim Robinson
    This is why many of us cannot support the Republican party with any great exuberance.
  • Radioactive Fires Threaten Europe

    09/18/2002 8:59:56 AM PDT · 16 of 58
    Darth Sidious to Jasonconley
  • Borders Skirmishes: Booksellers Make Lousy Money-and Book Chains Want to Keep it That Way

    09/18/2002 8:49:50 AM PDT · 12 of 22
    Darth Sidious to Physicist
    Never heard of that happening. I got some serious overtime in when I was at the place (little over four years ago).
  • Borders Skirmishes: Booksellers Make Lousy Money-and Book Chains Want to Keep it That Way

    09/18/2002 8:12:31 AM PDT · 6 of 22
    Darth Sidious to Houmatt; laotzu
    Sounds a lot like Food Lion: they're VERY anti-union. Nor do the employees want union: I worked at a Food Lion for a little over a year and every one of my co-workers was faithful to the company, because the company was faithful to the employees. Unions have no place to creep in at all. Which is the reason why ABC went after Food Lion like it did back in '92
  • France to free Nazi collaborator (VICHY ALERT)

    09/18/2002 6:35:11 AM PDT · 21 of 23
    Darth Sidious to Alouette
    No, he should have been hanged in 1945.

    Actually, he could have been guillotined (a fate that Petain narrowly avoided).

  • Ancestry links Bush to his hero Churchill

    09/17/2002 7:59:47 PM PDT · 18 of 41
    Darth Sidious to aculeus
    Interesting. I've also read where several notable American statesmen can trace their ancestry back to a single man (a minister from the 16th century, I believe).

    Wondering when the "Bush-Babe-Bots" will show up and start swooning...

  • Sanford and Son Star, LuWanda Page, Dies

    09/17/2002 3:02:18 PM PDT · 14 of 22
    Darth Sidious to bigeasy_70118
    Fred (in an ape costume, hugging Esther): "Hey, look at this... King Kong and the Bride of Frankenstein!"
  • South African Sesame Street introduces first HIV-positive Muppet

    09/17/2002 1:53:12 PM PDT · 13 of 15
    Darth Sidious to RightOnTheLeftCoast
    Courtesy of our friend Registered...

  • Ron Paul Introduces Legislation To Get Rid Of Federal Reserve

    09/17/2002 1:38:32 PM PDT · 82 of 155
    Darth Sidious to weikel; Chancellor Palpatine; Senator_Palpatine
    Okay so which one of you is the real one LOL?

    The ugly one :-P

  • An Airport Security Quiz

    09/17/2002 11:13:06 AM PDT · 3 of 18
    Darth Sidious to Mr. Silverback
    Hello again, old friend :-)
  • Live Thread: Fox News Interviews Florida Terrorists "Victims"

    09/17/2002 11:10:38 AM PDT · 354 of 562
    Darth Sidious to lowbridge
    Shoney's bump

    Northwest Georgia's sure seen its share of media attention this year: the "rack 'em stack 'em crematory" up the road in Noble, now this.

    And this Shoney's was right across the street from where you were staying :-) We go there all the time when we're in Calhoun.

  • Erskine Bowles Attacks Elizabeth Dole on Social Security

    09/17/2002 6:19:52 AM PDT · 37 of 41
    Darth Sidious to Orion
    Both parties are out of touch with America.

    The Democrats and the Republicans are a greater threatening evil to America than the Communist Party ever was.

    Hell, in many ways (including the points you made) the Republicans/Democrats have conspired together to turn this country into a socialist state that Marx could have only dreamed of.

  • Erskine Bowles Attacks Elizabeth Dole on Social Security

    09/16/2002 7:43:02 PM PDT · 21 of 41
    Darth Sidious to daler
    You're going to lose, Erskine. Why not just apologize now (for running, that is), and go home?

    The thing of it is, at least Erskine has a real home in North Carolina.