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Posts by Derrald

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  • Forging Fembots at Connecticut College

    01/29/2004 5:32:03 PM PST · 4 of 16
    Derrald to familyop
    What are they like?
  • Nike's new church ads lack taste

    01/08/2004 9:50:11 PM PST · 16 of 23
    Derrald to Holly_P
    Ask 30 random black people, "Do you think that commercial was insensitive to the black church?"

    The answer will be no in 90% of your respondents. I can guarantee that. Seriously, what the hell happened to the America where we wouldn't get offended by every little thing that pokes fun at other people?

    Whine, whine, whine. It's all I ever see anymore! Seriously, get something else to be offended by!

  • Connecticut Democrats Mull Impeaching Gov. Rowland

    01/08/2004 9:41:51 PM PST · 28 of 46
    Derrald to goldstategop
    "Of course if a Democrat lies, that doesn't rise to the level of an impeachable offense." Where you even in this country a few years ago? Clinton was impeached. This is about the 30th damn post I've read today where someone whines and bitches about how democrats get off easy and republicans take it hard when it is obviously not the case. Since when did this become the party of whiners? Look, if we hold Clinton to one standard and Rowland to a different one, then we're hypocrites. If this is the party of morality, then a lie is a lie whether a republican, democrat, green, libertarian, or independent said it to a republican, democrat, green, libertarian, or independent. 'Nuff Said. Some things are more important than politics. One of them is consistency. Practice what you preach or you'll lose the choir.
  • Black voters ready to listen to Republicans' pitch

    01/08/2004 9:31:28 PM PST · 7 of 18
    Derrald to billhilly
    "A job rather than a check? "

    I hope you realise the irony in that statement. When you say something like that, a black man is going to hear "Since most of you people are on welfare anyway, dont you want to get a job out of it instead?"

    In the future, when trying to convince blacks to vote Republican, "Get a job, rather than a check" is not the right avenue to travel down. Just thought you might like to know.
  • Help on rebutting Al Franken's allegations in his new book.

    01/06/2004 11:46:24 PM PST · 2 of 4
    Derrald to QQQ
    No such luck. To be honest, Franken pegged O'Reilly pretty well. I didn't believe it too much myself, but I doublechecked his sources and it's all there.

    If you want to make an argument with them, the best option is to say that Al only points out a few things in his book, but that doesnt take away from the meat and potatoes of what O'Reilly is about. Also, Franken alleges that O'Reilly is conservative while O'Reilly calls himself independent. Franken uses O'Reilly's voter registration to prove that O'Reilly registered a republican. That's pretty shoddy evidence when the choices are either "democrat, republican, other, and some obscure party"

    Other than that, the two things I remember Franken having gotten O'Reilly on are when O'Reilly said "we" won two peabodies and it turned out "they" had won one polk. The other was that O'Reilly said he grew up in (I think it was) Levittown, but he'd actually grown up in Westbury - which makes him seem like he'd been lying about growing up middle-class while he was growing up rich.

    The best argument is to say that O'Reilly may have misspoke a few times in the past, but that doesnt mean everything he says is a lie. Also, point out that Franken must have lied at some point - that doesnt mean that they wont believe anything Franken says, so why should a few misspeakings in O'Reilly's past make him wrong to listen to?

    Extra note: I've really stopped watching O'Reilly anymore - anyone else notice how his stories seems to be all about Lady Di, Michael Jackson, and other tabloidish stuff lately? If I wanted to have the Enquirer on TV, I'd watch Larry King (who NEVER shuts up about Scott Peterson, Kobe Bryant, or whoever the accused-of-the-day is.)
  • www.frankenlies.com

    01/04/2004 2:34:57 PM PST · 11 of 29
    Derrald to infoguy
    um, to be honest - they don't really cite any "lies" on their website.

    What they do cite tends to be either:

    1. A different interpretation of facts that they do agree are correct (Franken believed the purging of voters from the rolls was the result of a republican campaign to rid the state of possible democratic votes. The website charges that it was merely a mistake. Either way, both sources agree that an incorrect purging did occur)

    2. A wild overreaction to something that obviously isn't what they say it is. (Come on, saying someone has "A touch of the Irish Flu" is about as racist as saying "Gee, this is a fine Italian sausage they sell at Penn Mac.")

    3. Their inability to handle a joke (The chapter "Operation Ignore" is obviously a joke that Franken uses to emphasize his belief that the Bush Admin had many opportunities to prevent Sept. 11th. Anybody who doesnt get the point that Franken was joking (whether you believe it's funny or not) has to have an IQ ranging in the mid-20's)

    4. A fake disproving of a fact (Al says that poverty hit its highest point in 23 years according to one study. The site provides the same study saying it was at its lowest point in 2001. This does not disprove Franken's point about 23 years, yet the site heralds it as though it does. It would only apply if Franken had said it was at its highest point that year.)

    5. The citing of an editorial as fact (Not everything in Time Magazine is the total, unvarnished truth, sorry to say. Some of it is an opinion.)

    6. Disproving a minor point and saying it discredits the whole. (They cite that Glick was lying to O'Reilly. Does this matter? No. What Franken was trying to prove was that O'Reilly cannot handle confrontation - it does nothing to disprove Franken.)

    7. A complete misunderstanding of world affairs (If Phillipine officials don't help the US, you might as well call me the pope.)

    8. Completely making stuff up (Even if Phillipinian officials had given the president the information, Clinton's FBI that captured Yousef is still at least partly responsible for thwarting each of the terrorist attacks they had planned.)

    Final Word? An all-too-familiar Hack job. Either catch him in something real, provide a true counterpoint, or just get off the web. The national discourse has become waaaaaaaay too much of people trying to get other people into little "gotcha!" situations without addressing any real issues - this site is a prime example of trying, but never succeeding.

  • ***Dems Lose Again: Women Love the "Flight Suit" GWB and "The Landing"***

    12/28/2003 4:22:26 PM PST · 8 of 11
    Derrald to The Wizard
    What was real? His landing the plane?

    ...

    So, I've got this nice suspension-style one in the works, painted a very nice hue of light blue, nice weight capacity, very sturdy. I'll let it go for a couple G's. Interested?
  • Merry Christmas; America Sucks!--The holiday message of the modern public school system.

    12/22/2003 7:12:43 AM PST · 28 of 55
    Derrald to SJackson
    "Schools are not the only institutions that twist history to score ideological points. "Never Forget That They Owned Lots of Slaves" is the huge headline across the front page of the New York Times' book review section in its December 14th issue. Inside is an indictment of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. "

    Quite frankly, I've got to take a bit of a second gander at this part of the article. Sounds to me like a bit of an embellishment to get people all riled up over something. So, I opened up the Dec. 14 review this article refers to, and sure enough, the closest to an indictment of George Washington or Thomas Jefferson the review ever gets close to is:

    "By 1786, he [Washington] vowed never to purchase another slave and expressed a wish to see slavery in America ''abolished by slow, sure and imperceptible degrees.'' Eventually he found slavery to be morally repugnant, and he did what no other Southern slaveholding Revolutionary leader was able to do. In his will, which he drew up secretly, he freed upon the death of his wife, Martha, all the slaves under his control and urged that they be educated."

    "Yet, as Lincoln pointed out, Jefferson, much more than Washington or any of the other founders, has come to stand for America's highest ideals and aspirations. That our principal spokesman for democracy and equality was a slaveholding aristocrat with what we today would consider racist views is surely the greatest irony in American history;"

    Now, I can see how perhaps the second quote might seem a little like bashing, but Jefferson did have those kind of views, and the review even points out that those views are only racist by today's standards.

    Shame on whoever over at Frontpagemag that wrote that article. It's shoddy reporting at best that's intended to get people all excited over something that just isn't true. I'd much rather have the truth than some empty feeling of being right about something. I don't think Frontpagemag feels the same way

  • TOO RACY FOR RETAIL: A&F PULLS ITS NAUGHTY CATALOG

    12/02/2003 9:22:21 AM PST · 14 of 14
    Derrald to kattracks
    If you're so concerned, really, be a good parent and dont let your kid near the magazine.

    To whine and complain about how kids may get a dirty magazine with a fake ID (Playboy has been around for ages, by the way - I don't see any protests against it or Hustler and the like) is no better than the politicians in Washington who bitch and moan about the depravity of a show like Jackass while neglecting education and children.

    There are bigger issues out there. The catalog is not directed at teens, unless you count 18 and 19 year olds as teens. Worry about something bigger. And watch your own kid instead of forcing a corporation to be the nanny for you.
  • TOO RACY FOR RETAIL: A&F PULLS ITS NAUGHTY CATALOG

    12/02/2003 12:41:46 AM PST · 5 of 14
    Derrald to kattracks
    the magazine is only available to those over 18 at the counters of A&F stores. It costs seven dollars to purchase, and said purchaser must have valid ID.

    http://snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/abercrombie.asp

    Educate yourself before you get your panties in a wad. No one is stupid enough to promote group sex to 15 year olds.
  • Conservative Christmas List

    12/02/2003 12:37:53 AM PST · 7 of 8
    Derrald to stainlessbanner
    de Tocqueville?

    You mean Alexander "Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom." de Tocqueville?
  • About That Memo . . .

    11/30/2003 2:39:54 AM PST · 8 of 9
    Derrald to RWR8189
    To be fair, I think the reason the media has not come out reporting this memo at full force is the fact that the Department of Defense has since declared that the memo is false and, in addition, The Weekly Standard did serious harm to national security by jumping on this leak.

    Link: http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/2003/nr20031115-0642.html

    some snips:

    The classified annex was not an analysis of the substantive issue of the relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda, and it drew no conclusions.

    Individuals who leak or purport to leak classified information are doing serious harm to national security; such activity is deplorable and may be illegal.


    To be quite frank, I find it sort of scumbaggish that the Weekly Standard would compromise national security just to try to prove themselves right. I've since cancelled my subscription.
  • DEVELOPING: SECRET SERVICE CONCERN AFTER LOS ANGELES TIMES COMIC DEPICTS 'BUSH ASSASSINATION'

    07/20/2003 5:39:15 PM PDT · 161 of 834
    Derrald to ConservativeMan55
    That's not a man killing President Bush. That's POLITICS! It's a little tool political cartoonists have always used called SYMBOLISM. The message of this cartoon is, simply, POLITICS IS BAD - BUSH IS INNOCENT - BUT POLITICS WANTS TO KILL HIM DESPITE HIS GOOD NATURE. They're doing everything but strapping him to the cross, for God's sake. Learn what the cartoon says before you attack it! Forgive the huge size, but I think it needs said.
  • Amazon: Coulter's "Treason" is #7...Hitlery's "Lying Hysterically" is #21

    07/20/2003 3:34:37 PM PDT · 3 of 24
    Derrald to Recovering_Democrat
    Here's the big-daddy of the lists - Hillary has been on it for quite a while.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/27/books/bestseller/0727besthardnonfiction.html
  • Ala. Judge Loses Ten Commandments Appeal

    07/01/2003 3:25:51 PM PDT · 23 of 630
    Derrald to Lurking Libertarian
    [Amendment I (Ratified Effective December 15, 1791): Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of the speech, or of the press, or the right of the people to peacably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.]

    This raises the question. Is the judge, by placing the ten commandments in the courtroom prohibiting the free exercise of other religions? For all rights are equal until they impede upon another man's rights. This is why freedom of press is viable until the publication suppresses another's freedom of speech. If the answer to the above question is yes, the judge's ruling was what the Constitution of our great nation called for. Further evidence must be understood before making a hasty generalization, so I am off to study this case
  • U.S. to Distribute 250,000 Quick AIDS Tests

    06/26/2003 5:40:36 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    Derrald to goodnesswins
    there's no epidemic here in the US. I dont see the need to classify it as a non-hetero epidemic, as it is also a non-homo epidemic. Take a good look at the ol' CDC website.

    http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/od/program_brief_2001/estimated_incidence_of_aids.htm

    http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/software/apids/apids2000manual.pdf

    http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/od/program_brief_2001/Estimated%20Incidence%20of%20AIDS%20and%20Deaths%20of%20MSM%20with%20AIDS%201985-1999,%20United%20States%20Quarter-Year%20of%20Diagnosis%20Death.htm

    Both are pretty small numbers in the scheme of things and neither are at epidemical proportions.
  • U.S. to Distribute 250,000 Quick AIDS Tests

    06/26/2003 5:16:22 PM PDT · 5 of 9
    Derrald to glock rocks
    "and did ya notice the hetero epidemic never materialized here?" ummm.. where exactly are you saying 'here' is? If you mean the US, then where did you read this about the lack of a heterosexual AIDS epidemic?

    to the post in general - knowledge is the greatest weapon against anything. don't underestimate its use until you see the results

  • Hollywood stars ask governor not to cut funding for arts programs [Robbins alert]

    06/24/2003 2:50:30 AM PDT · 61 of 66
    Derrald to Ruth A.
    "I can tell you that you do not have the inside track on me "

    When did I say I did? Don't start picking fights with me over stuff I did not do. I don't deal with people who try to pick fights.

    My "inside knowledge" comes from knowing about all the orgs that Robbins is a part of (perfectly accessible to anyone who wants to do research/read my earlier posts) and that people thought of him as an elitist who did nothing to shell out his own money or roll up his own sleeves. I have proven that those notions are stereotypical and inaccurate of Mr. Robbins. You have responded by accusing me of doing something which I did not do and re-iterating a false stereotype that has already been disproven.

    In addition, this thread was never about the tax cut, so let's not try to strawman as well as ad hominem and re-iterating disproven points, shall we?

  • Kids gone wild

    06/23/2003 11:52:39 PM PDT · 3 of 6
    Derrald to JohnHuang2
    pfft. It's a sad state our country is in, and it's always the first reaction to point fingers at media, schools, yada yada yada. It's the parents. They should be the strongest influence on their children, but they can't be because parents often have to both be employed or work two jobs to make any ends meet at all. Whenever parents start blaming the TV, it's only proof that those parents expect that box to be a babysitter and are more apt to raise a ruckus rather than making time to be involved in their children's lives.
  • Hollywood stars ask governor not to cut funding for arts programs [Robbins alert]

    06/23/2003 10:40:08 PM PDT · 50 of 66
    Derrald to Shooter 2.5
    You never said you went out and volunteered yourself. If you did, mention it, and don't get angy when I don't notice you doing something you never mention. Also, if you did, you can appreciate Robbins going and doing more than giving blood. Right? If not, what is it that makes you unimpressed with him? Does his altruistic nature make you want to vomit or something? Do you hate people who help that much?