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Sold down the proverbial river

Wow. This is about the most ignorant thing you have ever posted. Your cartoon is in poor taste and the comments in your article aren’t any better.

Jews by and large count themselves on the left of the policitical spectrum. Evangelical Christians who tend to populate the right wing really have no truck with Jews except when exploiting them for political gain. According to their mythology, the only Jews who will go to heaven at the time of the second coming of Christ are those that convert to christianity. Oh yes they love Jews.

Yes the US has indicated tentative support for a nuclear free middle east conference contingent upon real progress in the Middle East peace process. Now some might read that to mean “never.”

» Posted By Fortuneate On 08/May/2010 @ 7:55 pm

Obama calls for civility in political discourse

Sorry for using a satirical fake news article. I was not aware when I googled to find the origins of the term teabagger that Borowitz Report was satire just as I was not aware that “teabagging” was slang for a sex act. So let me quote you from another article from NRO (National Review Online a conservative site) entitled Rise of an Epithet: The first big day for this movement was Tax Day, April 15. And organizers had a gimmick. They asked people to send a tea bag to the Oval Office. One of the exhortations was “Tea Bag the Fools in D.C.” A protester was spotted with a sign saying, “Tea Bag the Liberal Dems Before They Tea Bag You.” So, conservatives started it: started with this terminology.

John these folks were splashed all over TV wearing tea bags dangling from various articles of clothing–mostly hats. They made tea bags their symbol, hence tea baggers. Sorry but tea partier evokes visions of women dressed to the 9s sipping from dainty cups, nibbling on cucumber sandwiches.

Your sense of proportion is grossly distorted. A tea bag is an actual thing and it is used as an identifying symbol by the Tea Party movement. Using teabagger to identify a movement member is reasonable and not everyone who has used the term meant it snidely or even knew there was another slang definition. Cocksucker has no other meaning but what it means. Cocksucker is not a regular word that some have subverted to a different slang meaning. Cocksucker isn’t slang it is profanity. God help you if you do not know the difference.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 07/May/2010 @ 10:22 pm

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – One week after their first national convention, the self-styled Teabaggers are facing an identity crisis after one of their members finally Googled the slang term “teabag.”

“I was wondering why every time I told people I was a Teabagger they kind of started giggling in an embarrassed way,” said Tracy Klugian, a Teabagger from Elyria, Ohio. “I was like, what the heck? Maybe I should use the Google and see what this is all about.”

After Mr. Klugian Googled the word “teabag,” he was shocked by what he discovered and shared his information with the Teabaggers’ leadership, who are now actively looking for a new name for the group.

Obama used the term “teabagger” the term “teabaggers” were and stil are using to identify themselves. I don’t think most Americans were familiar with the term “teabagging,” yeah that is the slang term with a sexual connotation not teabagger, until the beginning of this year after the official slang dictionary decided to include a definition for teabagger that refers to a member of the Tea Party movement. It was listed right above teabagging the sexual meaning.

How can Obama be a hypocrit for calling them by the term they call themselves?

» Posted By Fortuneate On 07/May/2010 @ 1:25 am

Aloha Oe

Well Happy Anniversary. I must say going to Hawaii sounds like an excellent way to celebrate.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 15/April/2010 @ 9:22 pm

Party On!

I had no idea “teabagging” was a term for a sex act. I bet most teabaggers didn’t either which would account for why they had no problems being called teabaggers until it was pointed out.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 15/April/2010 @ 1:19 am

You know that collection of various fringe groups (anti-war, 9/11 conspiracy, green party etc) protesting in front of the White House and out in California a couple of weeks ago do not receive the media attention given to the Tea Party but not for the reasons you think. The Tea Party is considered a serious movement so it is getting lots of media attention and yes some of it has focused on instances where certain members comprising their fringe element has misbehaved. Note that they have a fringe element-their own fringe element. That collection of fringe groups (anti-war, 9/11 etc.) are not considered a serious movement. They are not even a coalition except to the extent that they like to protest. Certainly not a movement and certainly not serious. they don’t get the media attention John because they are not taken as seriously and not that many people find their antics newsworthy.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 13/April/2010 @ 10:31 am

Posts like this kill me. CNN reports the news and you sneer at them even as you embrace the report. Apparently news is only fair and balanced in your opinion when you like what is being said.

Actually that is not the part that kills me. Its your comments following the AIM report. Oh I just have to digress here a moment. So AIM, which is accuracy in media, has established itself as a watchdog of the media to reveal liberal bias. It appears they are saying the Post report was inaccurate because they failed to mention Obama was the target of the protesters. Yeah if you watch the video its pretty obvious that Bush Cheney (they’re still at large!) Obama, etc – i.e. anyone who doesn’t agree with the particular view of those individuals -are all targets. That doesn’t make the Post report liberal or biased. Meanwhile on the AIM website they write about journalist,
“They admit they’re anti-business, pro-big government, anti-family and anti-religion.” Excuse me? Newspapers, radio and TV stations are big business. Who is this “they”?

Okay back to what kills me–the ranting commentary at the end of your post. You are sad that there are so many who hate, fear and loathe their fellow Americans. I am not aware that there are “so many.” I am sure there are some, for instances that California kid who ran off to join the Taliban. You couldn’t mean the group of protestors in the video. They weren’t expressing hate or fear or loathing of their fellow Americans. Sort of the opposite in fact. They were saying stop killing Americans (via war and actions that they consider to lead to war such as supporting Israel). Oh yes the 9/11 conspiracy nuts, I suspect you might be right that they hate the government and under the notion that the government is America I have to concede that they hate America. Still you are talking about hate of an abstract not people, not fellow Americans.

But the piece de resistance is your proclamation that Americans are (apparently seeing the light and finally) in a growing majority rejecting leftist dogma and embracing the freedoms upon which this country was founded! Are you perchance referring to the kid burning the flag in the video? That is certainly an example of one exercising and embracing a freedom upon which our country was founded but personally I think he’s just a kid with an over inflated sense of self worth taking advantage of the freedom offered by this country to air his opinion. There are lots of people in America like that and not all of them are kids afraid of dying.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 10/April/2010 @ 8:55 pm

Searchlight or L.A.?

Pictures from the rally in LA. Funny they do not look like the ones in the Zombie post. For one thing they include younger women.

(sorry, link was distorting my pagination)

» Posted By Fortuneate On 31/March/2010 @ 8:32 am

If those were my only two choices I’d rather be associated with the group in Nevada. Thank goodness those aren’t my only two choices.

I don’t think the group in LA is representative of Democrats but I do see the group in Nevada as representative of Republicans. I guess in retrospect some Republicans might be as offended by that association as I am from the implied association of Democrats to the LA nutjobs.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 31/March/2010 @ 3:48 am

Promises, promises

Call it a tax if you want to but if it is a tax, it is a tax that specifically targets deadbeats who would rather get free health care that I eventually pay for through higher medical costs. I’m good with that.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 30/March/2010 @ 8:13 pm

The lunatic fringe…

Opposition is based on fears that this plan will raise taxes, ruin the economy, cost jobs, deny health care, rationed care, change in doctors, change in current health care plan, current ins plan taxed etc etc., but most importantly simply fear itself, the fear that is associated with any type of change. In two years most of that fear will have dissipated. The passage of time will do that. Converts will be made as health care reaches those previously denied it and because affordable for others.

Of course there will continue to be that hardcore group of opposers. That group would oppose anything proposed by a Democrat.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 29/March/2010 @ 12:52 am

Racist is as racist does…

How about this: I work a couple blocks away from where the tea party rally was held on the day the health care bill was being considered by the House. You could hear them from my 5th floor office. Not what they were saying but the roar. Me and a couple of my cubicle mates got curious and decided to venture out at lunch. Let me tell you that was an angry vicious crowd.

I do not believe that everyone who has joined the tea party movement is a racist or nutcase but the movement has attracted plenty of folks who fall into those camps. They work themselves into a frenzy so that mob mentality takes over. People who would never dream of uttering a racial remark or something totally stupid like “baby killer” will suddenly cheer on a fellow tea party member who crosses the line. I guess you had to be there to understand the vibe they gave off. We didn’t stick around. It felt like things could get real ugly real quick.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 28/March/2010 @ 10:37 pm

A sad and historic day

You shouldn’t put so much stock in polls.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 24/March/2010 @ 8:59 pm

Well when you are a representative and some of your constitutients feel one way about a subject and some of them feel another way, there is no way you can cast a vote that will appease all of them.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 23/March/2010 @ 10:55 pm

I don’t know if the bill that just passed will prove to be too expensive or if it will give American businesses what they need to be competitive in a global enconmy. I do know that Douglas Holtz-Eakin is in favor of health care reform even though the article you cited questions the math behind the cost projections behind the bill.

I am curious about your statement that the Founders established a system of checks and balances to prevent just this sort of aberation. The checks and balances that I am aware of was the creation of a legislative branch, judicial branch and executive branch. The founding Fathers did not create a two party system. In fact I believe they warned against it. How far sighted.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 23/March/2010 @ 1:50 am

It is a historic day. Whether or not the health care bill provides the fix it promises or destroys the American Way of life as you believe,what is truly amazing is that so many Congressmen and the President put aside political ambition and opted to act as leaders! You are right of course that this bill is not popular with a large segment of society and that will likely reflect in the election polls. It takes guts to go agaisnt the tide, to do something because you think it is right not because you think it will get you elected. Too much in our country goes undone because it is safer not to act if you want to be reelected.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 22/March/2010 @ 9:18 pm

Ain’t that the way it goes?

I quit March 1st. I have gained 4 lbs. No surprise there as I have substituted near nonstop cookie grazing for smoking. Can’t chew gum because of my braces. Can’t it off because of a litle foot problem. Luckily those braces caused me to lose weight so a few pounds gained is not a bad thing and I am hoping in a week or two I can start running again to burn up those extra calories. Notice I said nothing about giving up my cookies.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 19/March/2010 @ 9:09 pm

Hey give yourself some credit. You are losing weight at a time when you recently quit smoking-you know a time when most folks gain.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 18/March/2010 @ 9:16 am

Jacob from ROK Sojourn and Sean Penn: Separated at birth?

You are certainly free to disagree and I don’t have any desire for you to die. ROK acknowledges that folks will disagree and states that he will not bother discussing the issue with those he knows he cannot persuade–yes you would be in that camp. His comments about shut the hell up were tongue in cheek–very evident from the post. You are trying to portray him as something he is not in order to discredit him and by extension the science behind climate destablization. Won’t work.

And John it is isn’t a world view. Its an understanding of science. Anyone who could use the term “settled science” doesn’t understand science. You don’t get it -no sense in further discussion.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 12/March/2010 @ 12:03 am

Thanks for the link to ROK. I enjoyed his humorous portrayal of the long-suffering (of fools),exasperated voice of reason and I loved that video.

I must admit I found it funny as hell that when incapable of talking the science you did exactly what he said those he used to debate did–say anything you can think of to retain plausible denialbility that you aren’t making an ass of yourself–“Hatred of all those who do not share their world view. Hatred of freedom and values that celebrate a diversity of opinion.”

You tried to deflect it from a conversation about science to one about equality and patriotism. John if you said that 10 pm at night was daytime no one would appreciate or value your diversity of opinion–especially not if it were detacting from a conversation on how best to maximize usage of daylight hours. They would just think you were a dick and everyone knows that a dick has no brain.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 10/March/2010 @ 11:20 pm

Meanwhile, here in Korea…

What no plugs for True Blood?

» Posted By Fortuneate On 10/March/2010 @ 12:27 am

High and tight

Its not just folks losing their unemployment and medicaid, its folks losing their jobs. Sure the jobs will be restored once the bill finally passes but until them how do they eat or pay their light bill? These aren’t just Federal jobs but state jobs and contractors. Highway construction projects are coming to a halt. Commuters already experiencing longer commutes because of the construction project will have to wait a little longer for it to be completed and burn more gas. Its a domino effect.

I totally agree with him that spending should be balanced with cutting but this is the guy who voted against the recent measure to balance the budget. Its okay the Republicans pretty much ran him out of office-he is retiring soon. The suspicion is that he is suffering from senility.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 04/March/2010 @ 12:03 am

When it rains on the planes in Spain

No John you are incorrect. There have been numerous studies done that indicated rising CO2 was having an adverse impact on the environment. The IPCC report was merely suppose to be the “definitive report.” The reason why the IPCC report was undertaken was in response to the numberous studies conducted over the last several decades indicating an adverse impact.

The IPCC report is huge. Some data found in teh report has been called into question but it does not change the overall findings of the report.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 23/February/2010 @ 11:48 pm

My favorite from 2005

Oh John think how boring it would be if we agreed on everything!

» Posted By Fortuneate On 14/February/2010 @ 1:16 am

You’ve posted some provoking and thought provoking political musings/rants but by far and away my favorite posts have been your travel logs.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 13/February/2010 @ 10:47 pm

Stuck, poked, prodded and probed

You are a brave man. No not for subjecting to yourself to all those procedures but for posting some of those pictures! I found a kilogram to pound conversion calculator. Hmmmmmm. Exercise is great but portion control works better.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 12/February/2010 @ 12:14 am

Miss me yet?

Absolutely not.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 09/February/2010 @ 9:36 am

Now you may think I’m crazy…

I’m shoveling snow. It does amazing things for the abs, thighs and arms. It also burns enough calories to allow me to eat an entire pumpkin pie without guilt.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 12/February/2010 @ 12:09 am

You gotta laugh

Hmmm, why do you both assume American health care is better? Are you aware that some Americans are going to Canada, Mexico, South America and India to have medical procedures done? The quality is as good if not better and it is much cheaper.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 03/February/2010 @ 3:04 am

And the hits just keep on comin’

Seriously, do you honestly believe that human activity is having no impact on the climate? I find it hard to believe that you do not which makes posts like this inane. I have no doubt that science cannot predict the exact time various glaciers will melt, or the exact increase in temperature we can expect each summer or the exact rising of sea levels or the exact date that the next ice age will begin or the exact amount of carbon emissions must be reduced or where it coming from in precise measurements. Just because we science cannot pin point these things doesn’t mean global warming is a myth or that humans are not exacerbating the problem.

Its kind of like claiming that the Holocaust could not have occurred because if 6 million Jews had been exterminated when there were 9 million at the time, they couldn’t have reproduced to 12 million since the war when their birth rates indicate a replacement value of one. I made the numbers up so don’t bother trying to google. My point is 6 million is an estimate and the fact that it is an estimate doesn’t make the Holocaust any less of a fact.

» Posted By Fortuneate On 01/February/2010 @ 10:10 pm

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