Posts by Tredge

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  • DiCaprio is Theodore Roosevelt

    09/26/2005 1:28:59 AM PDT · 14 of 94
    Tredge to Uncle Joe Cannon

    Scorcese seems convinced that DiCaprio has range, but I've never seen it. Like so many actors pushed lately, I see them on the screen and think, for example, "He's acting like Darth Vader (or whoever)" instead of "That's Darth Vader."

  • The enemy within : Our image of terrorists is not accurate

    09/17/2005 2:20:28 PM PDT · 12 of 21
    Tredge to Lorianne
    The term “jihad” means “struggle.”

    So if we translated it to German, would "jihad" be Kampf?

  • Quotes by abortion providers- new site

    09/11/2005 1:02:59 AM PDT · 6 of 14
    Tredge to sarah5775

    I am sincerely glad you posted this. For as long as I've been opposed to abortion it has been for spiritual reasons, but they were not strongly held convictions. After reading these excerpts I feel them becoming strongly held convictions.

    This is the quote that most caught my attention: "The destruction I can't deny....I wish we lived in a world where abortion didn't have to exist."

    First off, we do live in such a world. Secondly, it is particularly revealing of just how pliable one's morality must be to advocate for abortion.

    The human body has all kind of methods and devices for defending itself from disease and bacteria and whatever might harm it. Moralities have similar protections. The woman from the quote above has employed those means of protection to safeguard her "morality" from that most virulent strain - the truth.

  • HELEN THOMAS: CONDI A 'MONSTER,' 'G--DAMN LIAR'-- Aging, Washed-Up Lib Scribe Slurs Condi!

    11/23/2004 4:27:02 PM PST · 3 of 72
    Tredge to BurkesLaw

    Your keywords are very on-the-mark.

  • LA Slimes Headline - Karl Rove: America's Mullah, Ayatollah in the White House

    10/24/2004 1:46:16 PM PDT · 13 of 23
    Tredge to tallhappy

    This is what passes for political analysis in the LA Times? Perhaps the Times is fielding Neal Gabler as a counterpunch to that fresh new firebrand at the San Francisco Chronicle - Mark Morford. SF and LA have been rivals for ages in just about every category that rivalries can be judged - baseball, entertainment, decrepitude, etc.

    If I had to choose between reading Gabler and Morford, I would choose Morford. They are both hacks, but Morford is the pig that wallows in his own filth, while Gabler is the one wearing a dress and seated with the family at dinner and driving away polite company. No wait, if I want to make this analogy proper I have to have Morford in a dress too. Very well, Morford is in his sty, wallowing in his own filth, and staining his dress.

  • J.D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield, Aging Gracelessly

    10/23/2004 12:08:15 PM PDT · 106 of 156
    Tredge to sharktrager
    Reading Moby Dick was almost like reading two books at the same time. It was as though Melville wrote a book about a man aboard a whaling vessel, chasing the white whale that had taken the leg of the singleminded Captain Ahab; and another containing all the factua concerning whaling - the species, methods of tracking and hunting whales, etc. One book was fiction, the other nonfiction. Then he took the books like two decks of cards and shuffled them together to make one larger book.

    I'll probably read it again someday, and if I do I'll consider skipping the passages that are nonfiction. As for the fiction, Moby Dick contains what must be one of the finest opening paragraphs in all of fiction:

    Call me Ishmael. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off - then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.

  • Ann Coulter's Pie Assailants (Names, Photos of Ineffectual Girly-Man 'Rat Cowards)

    10/22/2004 10:56:41 AM PDT · 53 of 206
    Tredge to DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet

    Perhaps they're wearing T-shirts with vulgar messages...I'm just guessing.

  • Freerepublic is "Radical" says MSNBC guest, Buckhead mentioned

    09/20/2004 10:42:35 PM PDT · 135 of 180
    Tredge to HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity

    When I was in high school they taught us in civics that far-left was "radical" and far-right was "reactionary." Do these attributions still apply? Granted my high school was situated in the shadow of Berkeley, CA but I had no reason at the time to doubt my teacher. It's one of those reactions one learns early in life that seems like a reflex - I notice when someone uses "radical" to describe a conservative.

    Am I off the mark here?

    Does the political spectrum still exist?

  • Man Falls 500 Feet While Hiking in Grand Canyon

    09/20/2004 10:22:49 PM PDT · 18 of 35
    Tredge to BenLurkin

    I question the timing of this.

  • Is hunting with dogs really a priority? - Barry Beelzebub (UK)

    09/16/2004 7:14:17 PM PDT · 2 of 4
    Tredge to BritishBulldog

    Oh golly, am I going to hell if I laughed the whole time I was reading this?

  • Schwarzenegger Bans Rifle in Support of Gun Control

    09/14/2004 1:52:55 PM PDT · 9 of 42
    Tredge to TexKat

    I'm in the SF bay area. There is nothing in this world that the government can do to make me want a .50-cal Barrett more, than telling me I can't have one.

  • Kerry Ain't No Joe Gibbs

    09/13/2004 7:42:18 AM PDT · 12 of 18
    Tredge to Cincinatus' Wife

    If I were to try and sum up this column in a line or two, it would be: "Democrats will continue to fail to win back power in Washington unless they really start getting out their message." It's the same refrain we've heard after every election they've lost since 2000.

  • Congress caves in on weapons ban (Kansas City Star editorial)

    09/12/2004 7:08:43 PM PDT · 35 of 68
    Tredge to OkiMusashi

    You beat me by two seconds! Well done.

  • Congress caves in on weapons ban (Kansas City Star editorial)

    09/12/2004 7:08:00 PM PDT · 33 of 68
    Tredge to Former Military Chick
    And according to a survey by the non-partisan National Annenberg Election Survey at the University of Pennsylvania, 57 percent of people with a gun in their household are OK with banning the weapons, which became popular with criminals because they are designed to be shot from the hip and to fire many rounds in rapid succession.

    AK-47s (I'm guessing that's what they mean by "assault rifles," at least this time around) are not designed to be fired from the hip. That's only true in Hollywood, where the blanks don't give a kick and launch one's shoulder out of its socket.

    I don't doubt that LA gangsters fire them that way, and is also why they tend to miss their prey and hit some innocent 6 year old sitting in her living room instead.

  • 105-Pound Woman Wins Lobster-Eating Contest (LOL)

    08/22/2004 4:39:22 AM PDT · 12 of 13
    Tredge to nuconvert

    It's not like she's digesting it.

    It's more like, she watches it go on by.

  • Former Brook Park mayor Tom Coyne found nearly naked, unresponsive on lawn

    08/16/2004 3:00:42 PM PDT · 32 of 58
    Tredge to Calvin Locke

    Arggh!! You beat me to it!

    "Ugh...no more yankee my wankee!"

  • Cipel Says Deal With McGreevey Was Close - Golan Cipel's Spokesman Says Deal....

    08/16/2004 9:18:18 AM PDT · 9 of 25
    Tredge to E Rocc

    I get it! Ugh...I get it...

  • Chicken what? (THUNE V. DASCHLE)

    08/16/2004 6:48:10 AM PDT · 40 of 51
    Tredge to AmericanMade1776

    I think if I was in Mr. Wadhams' position I would have kept the barnyard epithet to myself and gone for one more feline.

  • Olympians Strike Pinup Pose, and Avoid Setting Off a Fuss [w/ a few pics]

    08/15/2004 1:09:29 PM PDT · 27 of 42
    Tredge to 68skylark

    She looks fine to me, but was she born with extra vertebrae?

  • Country's Best BBQ

    08/07/2004 11:00:00 AM PDT · 105 of 586
    Tredge to Hootch

    This stuff is incredible:

    Brother-in-law's Bar-B-Que
    705 Divisadero St.
    San Francisco, CA

    Try the brisket!

  • Iran Threatens the West

    07/13/2004 1:43:08 PM PDT · 4 of 9
    Tredge to knighthawk

    I just had a thought, after reading this bombast from Khamenei, that perhaps this failure to convince the Islamists of the danger of threatening us is partly due to our speaking on two different levels. Perhaps this is something we could try, to meet them on their own turf, to try and bridge the gap. For example:

    Addressing a rally in the rural town of Camdenton, Missouri, American President George W. Bush spoke on a myriad of issues, among which was the ongoing war on terror.

    "It has been declared by the misbegotten leaders of these nations that they will bring the threat of violence to our pristine shores," President Bush said. "I say unto them: any assault will be repulsed and returned to its source, where it will erupt into a fireball of justice and righteousness. Those that hate America will be consumed by fire and cast into hell."

    Speaking directly to Iran leader Ali Khamenei, who harshly criticized America's presence in the Middle East earlier in the week, Bush replied directly: "It is not Iran's place to threaten the United States (God be praised)! America will not cower from empty words. Should Iran attempt to enact their invective they will find themselves counted among the list of America's enemies. The American jets will arc towards their capital! The footsoldiers will lavish ass-kickings upon the insurgents! The spectre of death will hover above their heads, for they are the very agents of justice!" etc. etc.

    Let's see...Iran fought Iraq for eight years and go nowhere. We fought Iraq twice and that didn't go Iraq's way. Using a little military algebra, I can say with confidence that a threat from Iran is no threat at all.

  • Teachers union calls for defeat of Bush - "Fahrenheit 9/11" showing at convention

    07/05/2004 2:28:56 AM PDT · 28 of 103
    Tredge to Cincinatus' Wife

    I am starting to think that for the position one wants to attain in any liberal organization, it all depends on how big a lie one is willing to tell.

  • Homosexuals fired up over 'Gay Fuel'

    07/05/2004 2:12:54 AM PDT · 15 of 31
    Tredge to scripter
    "Brazilian rainforest herbs that act as a sexual stimulant and protector of the body's immune system."

    After a dedicated night enjoying the former the latter soon begins to go away.

  • Protestors Call Jesse Jackson 'Worst Nightmare' for Black Community

    06/30/2004 4:31:54 AM PDT · 10 of 27
    Tredge to kattracks

    Jesse Jackson Jr. had always been in the "we shall overcome" business.

    There is a famous photograph of Martin Luther King Jr. after he was shot on the landing of that hotel, and a group of his closest supporters is crowded around him pointing to a roof where the shot was to have come from. Jesse Jackson is prominent among them, and there are no words today that convince me that he didn't have going through his mind: "This is an excellent photo-oppotunity."

  • Gay Pride (Photo)

    06/30/2004 4:22:43 AM PDT · 5 of 9
    Tredge to Lunatic Fringe

    "I can still see your junk!"

  • Soldiers 'get the bad boys' in raids

    06/30/2004 1:24:58 AM PDT · 5 of 6
    Tredge to kattracks

    Come to think of it, this sounds like a version of that show "COPS." The stakes are higher, what with the lengths the criminals are willing to go, but at least as far as tracking them down and arresting them it reads in a similar way.

    I'd rather think coalition soldiers are pitching battles against them (as ours are superior fighters by far, and can "circumvent legal entanglements" when they win) but perhaps our troops are entering a new phase in this region, one where they are used more often as constables.

    If that is what happening, though it is necessary, I hate to think of it. I can't think that being relegated to that kind of duty would be anything other than a drain on morale. I don't doubt the troops would perform in any other way but admirably, but I do hope for something better for them.

  • Tape Shows Marine Hostage in Iraq(God help him)

    06/27/2004 2:42:47 PM PDT · 27 of 129
    Tredge to Deltaforceeoo7

    Re: implanted tracking chip

    Kind of gives new meaning to the word "LoJack" eh?

  • Experts decide on the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

    06/01/2004 4:42:49 PM PDT · 71 of 95
    Tredge to Hillary's Lovely Legs

    One vote for Ava Gardner (p.s. I'm 30 years old).

  • Toddler Weighs 55 Pounds At 15 Months

    06/01/2004 4:28:15 PM PDT · 42 of 68
    Tredge to Shermy
    My name is Luka...
    I fell through the second floor.
  • Gorelick fires back at critics

    04/19/2004 12:44:21 AM PDT · 2 of 10
    Tredge to Indy Pendance
    Her excuse is at least as dumb as the ones that hundreds of thousands of people use every year to try and get out of jury duty.

    She is on the wrong side of the interview. If this body wants to recover any credibility as a fact-finding commission it must interview Gorelick. Being already placed on the commission is not immunity from being questioned for what she did before that. Washington politics be damned, there is no immunity from any questioned asked of any Federal politician. They wanted the job so bad, they can take what goes with it.

  • Pro-life teachers angered by march

    04/19/2004 12:18:31 AM PDT · 5 of 28
    Tredge to kattracks
    This is a good thread. "Every organization — association, political party and church — has significant numbers of members who do not agree with every policy item," NEA spokesman Michael Pons said. "That is the greatness of an open, democratic organization such as ours."

    That is a red herring. It is the most popular one the left uses when an organization they run exceeds its brief. Another:

    "Dissent is not unamerican."

    In neither case are they wrong. Organizations experience dissatisfaction with their membership, and dissent is not unamerican.

    Do you still have a sour taste in your mouth, even after these logical and true statements to explain the problem? I've been thinking there is a switch inside each human being's head that is tripped when a person hears horsesh**. It's the iron-clad horsesh** detector and we all have one. It goes off when some intellectual zigs when people expect a zag. We'll take the zig but the detector follows the zag. So we'll follow what they're saying but in the back of our minds is the sensation that we've just been duped.

    1) "Every organization experiences disagreement." That has nothing to do with the reason behind the complaint. It does not explain anything away. It does not excuse politicizing the NEA. It does not excuse any of the myriad other political programs the NEA has undertaken since it was founded. And it does not have anything to do with the reason people have a problem with what the NEA has just done. My horsesh** detector started shaking when I got to "That is the greatness of an open, democratic organization such as ours." Consider it old experience, but people who would do what the NEA leaders did in the original article, and then paraphrase American founders... it burns out capillaries in my brain.

    2) "Dissent is not unamerican." Dissent is not the point of the reaction against the act, it's the material of that dissent. To stand up on a corner and shout your beliefs - that is not unamerican, but that is also just a person on a corner shouting their beliefs. We don't know what he/she thinks from the example, but on the face of it there isn't anything wrong with that action. When people excoriate them for the content of their speech they say, "I'm dissenting, I have the right." They have the right, but they take it a step further and try to tell people they have the right to be correct. They have the idea that dissent is agreement and will coerce it with bad logic. The rest think of us think that is horsesh**, but maybe we don't know exactly why it's horsesh**.

    I watched John Kerry on the Dick Cavett show recently as he debated John O'Neill about American armed forces in Vietnam. Kerry was eloquent and composed, much more than he is now while campaigning. He also used one red herring after another, while John O'Neill was direct (but perhaps a little beligerent). I admit being impressed with Kerry, probably because I've watched him closely during the campaign and saw how bad he's done. I thought if he could recover the composure he had during his anti-Vietnam days he would make some real headway. He would lose in the end of course, but at least it would be a little sporting.

    (Footnote: I am not a lawyer. I'm just a conservative living in San Francisco. I do not agree that conservatives should leave here because the place doesn't agree with the way we think. Consider me a one-man sleeper cell).

  • Clerk's gun trumps knife in robbery try

    04/15/2004 4:11:48 PM PDT · 6 of 12
    Tredge to Gun142
    I'm not going to quote The Untouchables. I won't do it.
  • Montreal Canadiens fans boo US anthem again (Rude Frogs alert)

    04/12/2004 6:41:34 AM PDT · 9 of 28
    Tredge to SB00
    It should be stressed - these are hockey fans.

    (Of which I am one)

    Give us a break.
  • John Kerry Authors Explosive New Book!

    04/08/2004 7:02:50 PM PDT · 23 of 62
    Tredge to Crazieman
    I could be wrong but it looks like one of the Age of Empires games.
  • US army may have killed Italian trees

    04/07/2004 1:59:09 AM PDT · 14 of 45
    Tredge to LibWhacker
    Guys guys guys...

    I think y'all might be getting a persecution complex.

    It's just a dumb article written so an Italian can get his tenure...what's the problem?

    Or are we in the bleacher seats? If we are I'll load my balloon launcher and get ready to let rip.
  • GRITTY TROOPS GRIND UP GUERRILLAS BLOCK BY BLOCK

    04/07/2004 1:44:30 AM PDT · 13 of 38
    Tredge to kattracks
    U.S. forces called out a weapon rarely used against the Iraqi guerrillas: the AC-130 gunship, a warplane that circles over a target, laying down a devastating barrage of heavy machine-gun fire.

    They mis-describe the AC-130. The heavy machine gun fire is the least of their problems if they ever come out of their holes. Even if they don't it'll dig a nice deep one for them. They ought to dig for oil with that thing.

  • Glass of Guinness: Drink to your health?

    04/04/2004 9:37:17 AM PDT · 39 of 68
    Tredge to southernnorthcarolina
    Guiness - baucht dich ab!

    Guinness must be the elixir of the day. It cures all the ailments of the modern drinker. I'm glad to have it and thankful I like it - I can see how other people might loathe it.
  • Congress eyes citizenship oath

    04/02/2004 12:34:25 AM PST · 8 of 10
    Tredge to JohnHuang2
    I watched when my parents gave the oath, and though I was very young I remember thinking, "We waited in all those offices and were jerked around by all those clerks, and now all they have to do is say these things and it's over?" My parents had been here for some time and knew American history better than most Americans know it, and yet still they had to raise their hand and recite the oath. It was appropriate and proper that they had to do that.

    Changing these words around is masturbation. What do these people hope to change?

    The main trouble with immigrants isn't with the ones who undergo the process, but the ones who circumvent it. The immigration problem does not have anything to do with the immigrants who gain their green cards and go through the horrid process of becoming an American citizen.

    And the process is horrid! It has nothing to do with testing an immigrant's devotion to their new country. It is polluting - it shows them that for all the good things this country allows it can be as mediocre as the country they came from. Having seen those offices, I can only call them a dead place.

    The trucks with camper shells, inside packed 18 immigrants flying across the border, allow new citizens easier than my parents were admitted. We sat in offices for years. Whether or not it was the purpose, my parents underwent humiliations and disregard to become American citizens when they could have easily crossed the Washington/BC border and simply never crossed back.

    I perceive there is a fallacy being promoted that coming to America is to come to no country. That coming to America is like looking at a blank sheet of paper and being told to write one's own destiny.

    That is not correct. America has a culture, like every other country in the world has a culture. Though we may be at the pinnacle of development it isn't by a lack of any direction. We are definite and singular. One can come to America or go to someplace else. After some 300 years people still prefer to come to America, and it isn't because we market our country well. People can come here and be allowed to write their own story; they can do as much or as little as they please and not receive a punishment for those choices. Whatever the twists of our times, that is still our creed.

  • Healing the poll wounds: John Kerry is a colossal phony.

    04/01/2004 11:55:30 PM PST · 3 of 3
    Tredge to JohnHuang2
    I don't want Kerry to win, but this is damn near vitriolic. It doesn't do conservatives any credit.
  • "They deserve death, and we deserve life" (A look at the religion of hate)

    03/24/2004 6:53:09 AM PST · 10 of 12
    Tredge to hope
    "Deserve" ain't got nuthin' to do with it.
  • Salon.com Debuts New Approach With Attack on Bush

    03/10/2004 3:38:41 AM PST · 6 of 19
    Tredge to kattracks
    An attack on Bush, and that's supposed to be their new tack?

    I thought when you retool a business you're supposed to have a better revenue plan. Am I to understand their new plan is to take with the Democrats?

    If they win they lose. If they lose they lose. What motive can I be missing? Are they a business or are they just staving off dissolvement?

    It starts to make me dwell on the observations of detective Sherlock Holmes. To wit: "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
  • Kerry relatives killed in Holocaust

    03/01/2004 11:21:11 AM PST · 12 of 16
    Tredge to Proverbs 3-5
    Hey y'all, just lay off. Didn't you know he was in Vietnam?
  • The Passion Of “The Passion” (The Passion of the Christ)

    02/28/2004 5:32:50 AM PST · 19 of 35
    Tredge to Dr. Scarpetta
    In a strange sort of way I found myself nervous to see it and rightly so. On the day I knew I was going to see it (Wednesday) I told myself from time to time "This is going to be rough." I was trying to gird myself so that I wouldn't cry - I'd heard enough to know what was coming. I was going to see it with my sister and I didn't like that - I wanted to be able to cry if I wanted but I wouldn't do that if she was next to me. I get teary in movies from time to time but I don't tell my sister or my parents. But fortunately the theater was so crowded we couldn't sit together. After the movie I emailed my parents to tell them to see the movie, and I told my father I wept. I felt very good after I told him that. There is something in this film that makes things different.
  • Caption Daschle, Frist

    02/06/2004 9:50:19 AM PST · 9 of 20
    Tredge to jwalburg
    Frist: "For my next impression, this is Rich Little doing Ronald Reagan..."

    Frist (as Reagan): "Well...wait I can do that better...well..."

    Daschle: "This is a solemn press conference. I am disturbed and frankly a little alarmed by your partisan antics. Thankfully Officer Dooley is here to administer my injection."
  • Caption Kool Gentleman of Leisure!

    01/30/2004 9:18:50 AM PST · 2 of 4
    Tredge to Revolting cat!
    What a sophisticated little boy!
  • Gun toting Palestinian children (photo)

    01/03/2004 12:07:45 PM PST · 10 of 25
    Tredge to fso301
    And who adorned those children with headcovers fashioned from Krispy Kreme boxes?
  • Finland way ahead of U.S. in many ways

    12/12/2003 10:32:19 AM PST · 34 of 107
    Tredge to Semper Paratus
    That's it - that's all it takes and you've convinced me - I'm going to Finland!
  • Bimbos Portray Bush As A 'Bozo'

    12/03/2003 5:39:16 PM PST · 101 of 121
    Tredge to stands2reason
    "The only time I've heard of it on women is occasionally in late pregnancy a women will have a faint one accompanied by a darkening of the skin (melanin) along the 'trail.'"

    That certainly would give the one on the left an excuse, but shouldn't she have an outie? She's got a bleedin' echo chamber there, a veritable black hole from which neither light nor matter can escape. If I put my head in there I'd find myself in an altogether different part of space and time - they'd find me on the Hubble telescope one day: "Hey, it's a Star-Baby!" "That's not a Star-Baby you dolt, that's the guy who stuck his head in that nasty girl's navel - you know, the one with the HAPPY TRAIL?"

  • Bimbos Portray Bush As A 'Bozo'

    12/03/2003 1:44:23 PM PST · 59 of 121
    Tredge to Mo1
    HAHA good point...even at this moment, across America and beyond, men are reading Playboy for the articles.
  • Bimbos Portray Bush As A 'Bozo'

    12/03/2003 1:41:38 PM PST · 54 of 121
    Tredge to JoJo Gunn
    Even before I opened the thread I looked at the title and thought, "Great, I know I have to look at this, but first let me get something to be sick in." It happens every time I'm forced to look at a liberal girl touting herself as a "babe."

    Boobs are great but they can only make up for so much. I know there are guys in the audience ready to violently disagree with me, to which I would refer them back to Post #24 with a complimentary Free Republic-brand sick-bag.