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  • Frist Proposes Face-saving Dubai Deal

    02/26/2006 8:25:30 AM PST · 1 of 207
    jraven
    I wonder how many people are going to go for it if Bill Frist's plan outlined above is adopted and there's another 45 days to look at this plan, then it goes through. Would we have even thought about accepting something like this on Sept. 12, 2001? Some blogs are commenting on it too. Two different views: http://www.themoderatevoice.com/posts/1140939869.shtml http://biglizards.net/blog/archives/2006/02/dubai_dubya_rep.html
  • A Shift in Political Landscape Seems To Favor McCain in '08

    11/28/2005 10:24:00 AM PST · 22 of 164
    jraven to TitansAFC

    The point the article seems to make is that the climate has changed and it may favor McCain. There's more discussion of this article here:
    http://www.themoderatevoice.com/posts/1133190976.shtml

  • Dobson: What Rove Said About Miers (other FEMALE candidates on short list supposedly withdrew)

    10/12/2005 1:11:28 AM PDT · 18 of 104
    jraven to Terpfen

    It's outrageous that Bush is getting away with this. Do you REALLY think that this was the most qualified person he could find? And now we have laura bush suggesting that those who criticize his choice are sexist. Do we all follow "trust me" because he is the leader or are there bigger issues involved. The best thing that could happen to the party is to clean out the bush operatives.

  • Any Update On the 11/1/04 Article About Kerry's Questionable Discharge?

    11/28/2004 2:26:26 PM PST · 13 of 36
    jraven to marktwain

    Hey you guys, here's a little tip:

    The election is over.

    We won.

    Get a life.

  • Las Vegas area has huge spike in voter sign-ups

    10/02/2004 10:37:49 PM PDT · 11 of 35
    jraven to Mo1

    I'm amazed. Did I actually read someone suggest that if the Dems are registering more voters that Ashcroft needs to investigate? So now we're at a point where an opposition party can't try to sign voters up? What has HAPPENED to the Republican party I knew? I would assume we are still a democracy with two parties free to campaign. I saw nothing at all in that story that suggested there was anything except a get out the vote drive. Has our partisan desire overcome the very reason why people fight and die to defend our country -- elections?

    The proper response is for Republicans to also work their tails off..and from what I read Karl Rove is doing just that to get a huge turnout on election day.

    So by the comments above should the Democrats now say that it's undemocratic for Karl Rove to get Republican votes out?

    I have to read this page again to make sure I read it right. I did think this was a democracy; any political science class talks about the importance of getting out the vote and registering voters. There is nothing illegal or wrong about it (unless you're talking about the 1960 vote in Chicago!)

  • Debate Score: Bush 1, Kerry 0

    10/02/2004 12:54:19 AM PDT · 19 of 36
    jraven to Otta B Sleepin

    This editorial is wishful thinking. Just read what our own Republican colleagues said after the debate or what Pat Buchanan said.

    If Bush goes on the assumption he came out OK on this debate Kerry will clean his clock in the next two debates.
    The only way for him to win is to accept that he needs more prep and needs to control his irritation. This was NOT a good debate performance. PERIOD. Who wrote that editorial? Bob Shrum?

  • Mega Fix: The Dazzling Political Deceit That Led to 9/11

    10/02/2004 12:51:38 AM PDT · 3 of 24
    jraven to danamco

    This video sounds like the ultimate conspiracy theory...the flip side of Michael Moore.

  • KERRY CAMPAIGN USING PRISONER PHOTOS TO RAISE MONEY, GOP SAYS!!

    05/10/2004 7:33:47 AM PDT · 17 of 38
    jraven to KellyAdmirer
    A mountain out of a molehill. He has urged Rumsfeld to resign (which Rumsfeld won't and GWB don't let him because he has been a great Defense Secretary). The comparison to 911 doesn't hold water. 911 was a different event, different situation, with a national bipartisan unity that had not been seen in this country for years. YES the best defense is a good OFFENSE and that is what this is all about -- trying to get off defense by going on offense. But it's a dumb offense and won't convince anyone remotely sitting on the fence. But it will provide some great possibilities for talk show hosts to posture and get off the subject of the real issues...including what policy changes are going to be needed to ensure we don't provide out enemies overseas ever again with such a great propaganda gift as we have with those prison photos.
  • Did Hillary reveal who leaked report in her questioning of Rumsfeld today?

    05/07/2004 9:54:20 PM PDT · 148 of 523
    jraven to The Mayor
    That's right HILLARY is the issue here -- not the people who brought disgrace to their uniforms and stuck the President in this mess. We have to focus on treasonous HILLARY...not the people who made people get into a sex pyramid or who were responsible for the even worse materials that Sec Rumsfeld warned everyone might come out. He did quite well, actually. But the issue isn't him, or what was done to the prisoners, who in the chain of command knew this was going on. It's HILLARY who should be the focus. If Hillary and Bill Clinton died a lot of folks would have a very empty political agenda. (And I bet in the end HILLARY somehow got word out to the people at the prison to do this so it would discredit the administration.).
  • WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE YO-YO STOCK MARKET (VANITY)

    04/27/2004 2:48:54 PM PDT · 21 of 34
    jraven to gipper81
    Hillary did it.
  • Attorney Johnnie Cochran recuperating (from "neurological condition")

    04/18/2004 11:09:34 AM PDT · 16 of 24
    jraven to mikegi
    He's lying in bed.
  • Saturday Night Live Spoofs Condi Rice Testimony

    04/10/2004 11:57:37 PM PDT · 46 of 53
    jraven to Havisham
    People have to separate a funny performance with their political favorites. I thought it was a SCREAM. I was impressed with Jackson, who was in fact a great mimick and a great comedienne. I did NOT turn it on expecting to like her at all. The Cheney impression was GREAT. Remember the GREAT Capitol Steps; you can find them online and must listen to their CDS. They blast Republicans and Democrats and do well doing corporate events. But the thing about them is: they started as Republican staffers in Congress and performed at Ken Starr's parties. Yet, they hit all sides and everyone loves them. A funny bit is a funny bit. People MUST lighten up in this country.
  • Slogans for Left-Wing Radio

    04/10/2004 11:51:55 PM PDT · 29 of 41
    jraven to Brimack34
    GREAT...Except for the setup: if you go back and look you'll see it is not true that the media is pushing liberal talk radio by its coverage. The fact is Rush got LOTS of coverage all over the country when he started because what he did and how he did it was RELATIVELY NEW. And he caught on. He just didn't catch on with people listening. He won viewers who got more viewers but he got LOTS of articles, some favorable and some not. False premise; great humor.
  • FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll: Kerry 44, Bush 43

    04/08/2004 1:35:22 PM PDT · 37 of 55
    jraven to DrDeb
    Let met get this straight: if I read it correctly Fox News just did a poll that shows Kerry ahead and someone suggests the pollster pushed them in another direction. So now Fox News pollsters are also trying to conspire to get a poll to show Kerry ahead. In other words, if a poll shows GWB ahead, it's great and let's tout it. If a poll (even a more trustworth one done by Fox) shows him behind, it MUST be that it was a push poll, biased or not accurate. It isn't true that "the only poll that counts on election day" -- the only poll that counts (with some) is the poll that shows our guy ahead. Thank God political consultants have it a bit differently (they look at polls where our candidate may be behind and try to fix it).
  • FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll: Kerry 44, Bush 43

    04/08/2004 1:35:16 PM PDT · 36 of 55
    jraven to DrDeb
    Let met get this straight: if I read it correctly Fox News just did a poll that shows Kerry ahead and someone suggests the pollster pushed them in another direction. So now Fox News pollsters are also trying to conspire to get a poll to show Kerry ahead. In other words, if a poll shows GWB ahead, it's great and let's tout it. If a poll (even a more trustworth one done by Fox) shows him behind, it MUST be that it was a push poll, biased or not accurate. It isn't true that "the only poll that counts on election day" -- the only poll that counts (with some) is the poll that shows our guy ahead. Thank God political consultants have it a bit differently (they look at polls where our candidate may be behind and try to fix it).
  • Bush Terrorism Approval Rating Drops Amid Controversy (Barf Alert)

    03/31/2004 8:46:41 AM PST · 2 of 4
    jraven to NYC Republican
    What do polls matter? It's media bias (UNLESS it is a poll that I like that shows Bush ahead...then I will post it and point to it)
  • Condoleezza Rice on 60 Minutes Live Thread [7pm EST, Sunday 3/28]

    03/28/2004 4:58:55 PM PST · 255 of 608
    jraven to EGPWS
    HUGE MISTAKE not having her testify. She is charismatic, intelligent, and a great spokeswoman for not only the administration's policies but the administration. So what do you now have? Our folks in Congress talking about perjury...but Rice won't even testify under oath. Clarke today saying let's declassify all of my previous tesimony and emails (see Google). The bottom line is: all this makes the administration look like it's trying to hide something and go after people who criticize it. Rice would blow them away and defuse this whole thing. If not a single national security advisor had ever testified publicaly under oath the administration could pull this off. I predict it's going to cost LOTS of swing votes and even more than what will already be lost if Clarke is prosectuted for perjury. If this was some boring, inarticulate, empty headed bureaucracy it'd be one thing. But one of the administration's most dynamic people, who has a lot of credibility that even Democrats can't eliminate, is being kept from testifying under oath...when her chief accuser has not only testified under oath but is saying all of his closed door testimony should be revealed and all of his emails. Except being on one side in this controversy, which side looks more OPEN to swing voters? Not the White House.
  • FBI informant revealed 9-11 plot in April 2001

    03/28/2004 1:37:49 AM PST · 8 of 16
    jraven to GeronL
    The FBI agent must be a Democrat.
  • Bush to limit interview with 9/11 panel to an hour

    02/27/2004 10:16:00 AM PST · 22 of 36
    jraven to GraniteStateConservative
    There goes this adminstration's credibility. ONE HOUR???? How can this be argued into trying to find out what happened so it doesn't happen again????
  • Explosive Story: GOP has asked British SS to bug phones of American political candidates!

    02/15/2004 8:51:59 AM PST · 25 of 155
    jraven to cripplecreek
    I love when someone writes "all's fair in love and war" -- so in other words we go after everyone using sleazy tactics that clearly are sleazy or there would be no trouble admitting it, right? Then if the other side does something we wrap ourselves in history and principle and say it's shocking. I guess I mistakenly thought us conservatives stood for PRINCIPLEs...but I'm wrong seeing the size of our budget, people sitting back on the new immigration amnesty, and going along with the prescription drug plan. Principle is out the window if we condone this. And if the it is confirmed and the Democrats use it, it's good for the country that it comes out and is stopped. I think the new rule is: whatever the president says is right because he's our man. Whatever the president does is right, because he's our man. If it violates the written and unwritten rules in our democracy, it's all right, because he's our man. If it goes totally against conservative philosphy, it's all right because he's our man. I wish there was a third party in this country that believed in principle since I increasingly think I'll stay home and microwave left over pizza on election day.
  • THE KERRY DOSSIER (post here anything you've uncovered on Kerry)

    02/11/2004 10:50:45 PM PST · 349 of 638
    jraven to XHogPilot
    Kerry doesn't wear underwear.
  • Peggy Noonan: The Paragraph- Help the White House make the case for re-election

    02/11/2004 9:59:20 PM PST · 56 of 382
    jraven to SAR1
    The paragraph I'd like to hear from the White House is this:
    PEGGY NOONAN WILL YOU PLEASE SHUT UP.
  • Bush credited for Guard drills (Kapow!)

    02/10/2004 8:57:34 AM PST · 160 of 325
    jraven to Just mythoughts
    Yes, but it still say there are QUESTIONS so while it helps him it is hardly a KAPOW. No one is trying to convinced Republicans that he served and wasn't a rich kid getting privileges. We're trying to convince independents and Democrats with hard evidence. So this helps but it is not the knock out punch and isn't going to end the debate. To think it will is delusional. All questions will have to be answered then he can say "I told you so." He ain't there yet, except among the folks who will vote for him even if there was documented proof to squelch the charges.
  • Bush's Guard service: What the record shows

    02/05/2004 9:33:41 AM PST · 38 of 63
    jraven to stuartcr
    If a newspaper produced four tons of material there are some folks who will dismiss it all as a Democratic plot. I'm always amazed at how belonging to a party means you MUST be a true believe and put aside anything damaging to your own case or candidate and put aside anything positive that applies to the other. People are FLAWED. It looks as if he, like many in that era, wanted to get out of Vietnam and got enrolled in the Guard with his Dad's help. He was not the only one who would have done that. But dimissing it all as a big Democratic plot is not the whole story: there are some real questions about his military service. I don't think it precludes him from re-election. But if we were so absolutely tough on Clinton why shouldn't we apply the same standards to President Bush...unless we only apply certain standards to the other side.
  • Bush's Guard service: What the record shows

    02/05/2004 9:33:33 AM PST · 37 of 63
    jraven to stuartcr
    If a newspaper produced four tons of material there are some folks who will dismiss it all as a Democratic plot. I'm always amazed at how belonging to a party means you MUST be a true believe and put aside anything damaging to your own case or candidate and put aside anything positive that applies to the other. People are FLAWED. It looks as if he, like many in that era, wanted to get out of Vietnam and got enrolled in the Guard with his Dad's help. He was not the only one who would have done that. But dimissing it all as a big Democratic plot is not the whole story: there are some real questions about his military service. I don't think it precludes him from re-election. But if we were so absolutely tough on Clinton why shouldn't we apply the same standards to President Bush...unless we only apply certain standards to the other side.
  • SECOND BUSH/HITLER AD APPEARS AT MOVEON.ORG

    01/05/2004 7:59:34 AM PST · 19 of 127
    jraven to Trueblackman
    LET'S LOOK IN THE MIRROR: How can ANYONE on this site be outraged over the Democrats' contemptible suggestion that any Republican is like or in any way similar to a Nazi -- when we have had posts (including one a day or two ago) comparing the Democrats to Nazis? Ann Coulter's good book dealt with this a year ago but what happens is that when we take them to task on it we do the SAME THING. Unless both sides stop acting like mindless school kids hurling the worst names they can think of it is going to continue -- and BOTH SIDES look like hypocrites for getting all upset when they others indulge in the same bratty behavior (just like kids) that other side is doing. Welcome to politics in the 21st century. This is how it operates...so now it's time for our side to do a commercial comparing a Demcrat to Hitler, Stalin, etc. or Sadaam Hussein. THE LOSER? Ideas. Both parties are into slash and burn and ideas are lost in the process.
  • Political Prosecutions: The Nazi Tactic Used By Democrats

    01/04/2004 8:52:27 AM PST · 5 of 51
    jraven to Doctor Raoul
    So we're the only patriots, the only ones who care for freedom and Democrats all akin to the guy with the moustache who murdered 6 million Jews and would have nuked the US if he had the technology. Was this REALLY written by a Republican? It sounds like a fund raising letter for Democrats. THE SITUATION: Both political parties now jettison their principles to defend "their" people and supporter and go after "their" enemies and foes. When folks on the other side accused Republicans of acting like Nazis on occasion we screamed bloody murder -- in fact, a book name Slander harped on this very same subject. But if we use the worst political dirty word to describe people with whom we disagree we're on The Side of Truth. The case can be made on the other side for what's happening to Rush. SOLID reporting recently indicated that this law is NOT used often. That is the way to combat this -- not for us to accuse Democrats of being Nazis when Democrats accuse us of the same thing.
    We can't complain if we do to them what they do to us. Then if we do it to THEM they have the RIGHT to keep doing it to us.
    Neither of our two patriotic political parties are like the Nazis. PERIOD.
  • Al Qaeda Threatens To Nuke New York By February 2nd (jihadi site, via Milan paper, via Debka)

    01/01/2004 10:00:41 AM PST · 17 of 91
    jraven to dighton
    They're actually going to drop the biggest, most hideous, most horrorific bomb on New York yet: Michael Jackson's latest CD.
  • MJ reportedly marries wife #3, a "brilliant & stunning" 23 y.o.Muslim pianist named Alisha.

    12/29/2003 7:41:50 PM PST · 16 of 22
    jraven to Mike Darancette
    You could have predicted that he'd marry as soon as this allegation came up. He COULD consumate the marriage, but she'd first have to cut her hair short like a boy...
  • SO WHAT ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON?

    12/29/2003 7:18:50 PM PST · 2 of 5
    jraven to jraven
    I thought this guy hit it right on the head..
  • SO WHAT ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON?

    12/29/2003 7:18:24 PM PST · 1 of 5
    jraven
  • Limbaugh lurches to the left

    12/29/2003 7:33:09 AM PST · 79 of 178
    jraven to Paul C. Jesup
    It is CORRECT. I listen to Rush and if you went back and listened to a bunch of his broadcasts from, oh, 5 or 6 years ago he sang a totally different tune. The difference is now it impacts HIM so he has shifted course -- and of course that means all his loyal listeners adjust their principles as well, since he is on our side.
  • Large ground shake So. Cal

    12/28/2003 5:27:24 PM PST · 83 of 210
    jraven to seamole
    I think Dom DeLuise fell.
  • I'd Still Sleep With Children, Says Jackson

    12/26/2003 6:57:50 PM PST · 8 of 28
    jraven to expatpat
    You don't UNDERSTAND what Michael is saying:
    --He sleeps with them to relax them.
    --He wants to be a role model to them.
    In other words, all he wants to do is rear boys.
    NEWS FLASH: His lawyer asked him if he wanted to plea bargain and go to jaiil, but Michael said, "No, I want to stick it out for one more year."
  • Riddle of 3rd Jacko bride

    12/26/2003 5:25:09 PM PST · 3 of 6
    jraven to COUNTrecount
    HERE WE GO AGAIN: in 1993 when he was accused of toying with a boy he married Lisa Marie, a way of saying "HEY! I like girls!"
    Now he's up to it again, I see.
    I predict he WILL GET OFF (no pun intended) since he has the $$$ and lots of connections. You heard it here: no matter what happened this man (?) will never serve a day of jail time........and he'll continue to sleep with little kids (if he is indeed doing it) and get away with it.
  • What Rush Should Do

    12/24/2003 6:51:44 AM PST · 16 of 97
    jraven to JFC
    I love the double standards. When this happened I predicted to friends that some folks in the end would blame the whole thing on Bill and Hillary and so would Rush. Somehow we have lost the days when conservatives stuck to unflinching principles that were applied to everyone, including themselves, the days when Barry Goldwater and Will F Buckley and, yes, Ronald Reagan were at the vanguard of conservativism. Now what we do is demand certain things (punishments, etc.) for others and react in a certain way (demand a hard line on sentences for drug offenders) for some...but not for those our side. Everything in the world is not because of Bill and Hillary's power....because if they were that powerful the Democrats would still be in control. NO matter what evidence ever came out, there are some who will defend Rush because he is our friend. So our friends can't behave in the way we would demand it of others. Similarly, I don't see a lot on this site about the case of the governor of Connecticut.
    Yes, it's all because these are all partisan Democrats out to get Rush because he has articulated views many (including me) agree with.
    In the end Rush may be 100 percent innocent and he IS innocent until proven guilty and, yes, there is no accusation of illegal drugs. But I am amazed how immediately some will blame "the Clintons" as behind behind it and conclude it is all "trumped up." No one on our side can ever do wrong, and if they do we will excuse them because their hearts are pure. But let a Democrat or someone not famous do the same thing -- stiff sentences, get them off the street, their lawyers are merely hired hacks lying to save their skins.
    (It's raining outside. The Clintons did it)
  • Hillary Leaning Toward V-P Run

    12/22/2003 8:21:00 AM PST · 19 of 80
    jraven to Catspaw
    Morris has become the classic "talking head" who is now famous because he is famous and used because he is used and viewers have a high comfort rating with him. As far as him being an accurate analyst, that "skill" went out the window. As an analyst he sucks (toes).
  • Hillary Leaning Toward V-P Run

    12/22/2003 8:20:55 AM PST · 18 of 80
    jraven to Catspaw
    Morris has become the classic "talking head" who is now famous because he is famous and used because he is used and viewers have a high comfort rating with him. As far as him being an accurate analyst, that "skill" went out the window. As an analyst he sucks (toes).
  • Exclusive Report: Jacko's Neverland Rally

    12/21/2003 2:42:25 PM PST · 14 of 48
    jraven to Mr. Mojo
    "Dwarf": Was Gary Coleman there?
    PREDICTION: He will GET OFF (no pun intended). I am convinced more than ever that $$$ and fame=power and there are increasingly two standards in this country. Johnny Corchran is advising Jacko's team and in the end Jackson will get off scott free -- and the sleepovers continue. If it was Edgar Smith on the corner who did what Jackson did, he would have been in jail long ago. But he has money, his wealthy Hollywood friends are rallying to his side, his celebrity-smitten fans will defend him and be in denial all they want -- and they'll make mincemeat of the kid and his family (the kid will probably die during or before the trial due to the stress). But Jackson will one day get his just deserts.
  • California: Governor looked weak on budget, but back on offense

    12/19/2003 6:36:36 AM PST · 2 of 11
    jraven to John Jorsett
    As a Californian I will repeat what I have said before:
    Democrats can scream that he is not compassionate enough, not experienced enough, or "too much" or a Republican.
    Republicans can scream that he is too compassionate at the expense of fiscal emergencies, not experienced enough, or RINO.
    But after Davis no matter what he is an IMPROVEMENT because he does have a vision about what the state should be, is trying to unravel problems, is trying to see who on each side he can get to push whatever solutions he has come through, and is concerned about more than just raising campaign funds and winning the next election.
    I've always been against changing the constitution to let someone not born in the US run for president but if he can make a dent in CA's problems I will be out there passing around petitions.
    So far I feel very good about my vote for Arnold...because frankly no mstter what he does it's an improvement over Davis...and he at least has specific goals to help the state.
  • 9/11 Chair: Attack Was Preventable

    12/17/2003 6:24:45 PM PST · 101 of 501
    jraven to chiller
    That's right: let's make excuses if it is at all possible that some of our folks may not have performed in a stellar manner. Only the Democrats could have been to blame for any of the failures that led to 911. And the fact that a former Republican governor heads the commission? Well, he must be ready to become a Democrat or he is really at heart a Democrat. If you look at US history through the years BOTH PARTIES have occassionally slipped up. 911 was the result of an across the boards failure, with the stage set by the Clinton years. As soon as I saw the Drudge headline I knew the wagons would begin circling to defend themeselves against the onslaught of criticism.
    So Bush should stonewall now more than ever? And so the famlies (they ALL must be Dean operatives) are Bush haters?
    No...people want to find out precisely what happened so it can never happen again. If Clinton goes down as a failure for what he did to the intelligence community, so be it. If it turns out some folks in the Bush administration were focused on other vital issues and didn't connect the dots then LET'S FIND OUT and make sure next time the dots are connected and perhaps even encourage a few folks to get different jobs or transfer to other positions in the federal government.
    If we turn every single national security issue into an US versus Them political wrestling match more 911s will occur -- and the fault will be in the mirror when we look into it.
  • Oreilly V. DRUDGE: On the Factor tonight...

    12/17/2003 6:11:50 PM PST · 22 of 82
    jraven to paulk
    Haven't you noticed BY NOW folks?
    1)Bill O'Reilly has a great show...BUT
    2)Bill has a thin skin
    3)If someone criticizes, questions or otherwise goes after him in a way that he goes after his guests he truly goes ballistic.
    4)Bill O'Reilly then SPINS running a SPIN ZONE against whomever he is upset with at the time and pounds away at it constantly.
    I am a HUGE FAN of his tv. show, radio show, and his books...
    But he is NOT an objective person in a NO SPIN Zone -- no one doing any kind of advocacy program (right or left) can be, and we see that even journalists of all ideological stripes really cannot be totally objective.
    He is very very thin skinned and uses his t.v. and radio shows to go after someone and generally when he does that his charges and claims against the person are truly overblown, seeming to be more of a trantrum from a highly paid and highly talented on-the-air-talent than a No Spin commentary.
    He has done this repeatedly to people and institutions that I AGREE with him are not objective. He just goes into overdrive with exaggeration, and doesn't let up.
    It truly is his Achielles Heel because each time he does it it chips away at his most precious commodity...his credibility.
    Again I AM a HUGE fan of his tv show, radio show and books -- and of him. I listen to him and watch him all the time.
    But I now take him with a huge grain of salt on most things because I see how he frames criticism of himself.
  • Chemical, Nuclear Arms Still 'Major Threat,' Cheney Says

    12/17/2003 3:57:30 PM PST · 2 of 5
    jraven to tmp02
    He makes a lot of sense. And it's true: our country needs someone who thinks about worst case scenarios, prepares for them, and attempts to prevent them from becoming reality. Chaney has a lot of heart (attacks...)
    (Well, I had to stick one bad joke in among the serious stuff..)
  • Let's be crass: Saddam and American politics, 1991 and 2003

    12/15/2003 9:10:49 AM PST · 8 of 12
    jraven to Always Right
    It is crass. I'm truly amazed that here we have this incredible military victory -- first the war, now actually locating a needle in a haystack and finding this tyrant -- and hard minutes passed when some of us were screaming "this will show the Democrats! This changes the presidential race!" It'd be refreshing if thoughts turn to our country as a nation...and to our military...than to see everything in modern political terms...where politics has now become akin to professional wrestling with all-bad guys and all-good guys (when GWB's approach in Texas as governor and Arnold's here in CA shows that there can be some areas that are shared where all benefit). Yes, Fred, it is a crass reaction -- and articles like yours will help raise funds for the Democrats if some party hack copies it and sends it off as an example that this war is strictly for political gain...which it is NOT.
  • How Serious is the Threat to Our Troops in Iraq? (Vanity)

    12/15/2003 8:48:45 AM PST · 2 of 12
    jraven to Straight Vermonter
    Interesting point but it's apples and oranges...and I am a supporter of our policy in Iraq. It's what the news media calls "changing the subject." Won't wash with war opponents.
  • CA: Budget deal makes democracy safe -- for more gridlock

    12/14/2003 10:07:11 AM PST · 4 of 9
    jraven to Amerigomag
    Sounds like someone has been reading too many comparative politics books and dusting off old PoliSci notes. This is a "thoughtful piece" but I will not comment on the thoughts or whatKIND of piece it is.......
  • Arnold's deal: The insiders' story

    12/14/2003 9:33:29 AM PST · 3 of 22
    jraven to NormsRevenge
    I applaud Arnold. The fact is here in CA we can't afford to be stalled in the mess Gumbee left us in. If the Demmies dug in their heels and the Republicans dug in their heels the state remains un-well-heeled. This is a step in the right direction. The last thing CA would need at this point is more stalemate. If he gets this step he can take another one. No matter what, he ain't a Davis clone or a mutated-further-left Davis clone (like Bustayourtaxes was).
  • LOL!! Dick Morris On The Factor

    12/11/2003 6:39:27 PM PST · 53 of 107
    jraven to demkicker
    I agree with Morris....but I thought a lot of people who post here think Morris is perpetually wrong. We blast him for not getting anything right, then we tout his latest prediction because we like it? I think Dean WILL lose because he's too extreme for the American public and has a loose lip...so he's going to turn off the swing voters and non-far-left Democrats. But Morris has an AWFUL record in recent years. He's a great writer, provocative "talking head" but going by what he says akin to believing the yearly psychic predictions in the National Enquirer.
  • Was Hillary's Iraq ploy treason?

    12/11/2003 4:21:49 PM PST · 8 of 16
    jraven to Cicero
    When people use "treason" and "traitor" so lightly they do several things:
    a)the scare away swing voters who are on the fence - the voters both of these nearly evenly divided parties need to garner to win an election
    b)they demean what a real traitor or real treason is.
    c)they indicate that there's a desire to lower the bar on hundreds of years of US history, if you go back to WWI, WWII, Vietnam etc and basically make very strong disagreement on policies a crime against the country.
    I think that right is what the people who died in WWI, certainly in WWII and in Korea, Vietnam, various other wars including Desert Storm and Iraq died to protect and defend.
    If someone feels that our policy is such that people are dying unnecessarily due to poor planning of incompentence and says so, that is their right.
    I detest Hillary (and don't think she'll ever win over swing voters) but she didn't commit treason. Some people are just trying to lower the political bar on what people can disagree with.
    The problem is the shoe can be on the other foot. If we say someone who vehemently opposes our policies is a traitor, the Democrats when they are power can say it about us. Similarly, Clinton got his justly deserved ridicule when he was in office. If the Demmies go after GWB, that's their right too -- and ridicule doesn't require years in prison or make someone against the country...unless the country IS everything the president says, wears, does, etc. In which case we'd be in a different era than the framers of the constitution had in mind, or what those who died defending this country felt they were defending.
  • Bush Endorses Dean for Democratic Nomination

    12/10/2003 12:30:51 PM PST · 10 of 16
    jraven to GOPJ
    It's as accurate and well-written as a Newsmax article...