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In Defense of Dinesh D'Souza

Commented Oct 20, 2012 at 13:57:05 in Religion

“My fellow Ed - if you aren't aware of his previous scolding of divorce, gay rights, race-baiting while at the Dartmouth Review and how other people are living their lives - then you wrote this essay blind.

I too, don't care about the issue at hand - it's between him and his loved ones. And I agree that the forces he joined have a well-documented agenda against him (and others who run afoul of their practices). But it isn't "us", the society-at-large that fired him - he's not being forced-out by liberals, nor by a state university or other taxpayer-supported institution ... it's a school being run by crazies who have the right to do this, distasteful as it is to us. He dined with a bunch of extremists ... and is shocked that they are throwing food at him.

Finally, he has - for his entire pundit life - not been content to make esoteric, high-minded arguments that you (seemingly) suggest is the legitimate area we can confront him on. He has been an agent provocateur all his adult life - issuing cruel, ad hominem commentary about people he doesn't like. He has "lived by the sword" all his life ... and now .... in the words of John Lennon, "Instant Karma's gonna get you ... Gonna knock you off your feet" .”
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A Great American Servant

Commented May 15, 2009 at 17:39:22 in Politics

“"Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you say".

Mr Mayor, your mother has good taste in literature .. that quote dates back to Ralph Waldo Emerson, and anyone who finds wisdom in his words is A-OK in my book.

My favorite Jack Kemp quote: "When it comes to my economic proposals: I've been called a huckster, a snake-oil salesman, a riverboat gambler ... and that's just from Republicans!

Good luck to you, Mr Mayor, and all the best in your career.”
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Rules of Golf: What You Need to Know Before You Watch the Masters with the Golf Lover in Your Life

Commented Apr 11, 2009 at 11:01:52 in Entertainment

“Also, CBS's Jack Whitaker was banned after referring to a spectator gallery at Augusta as a "mob" during a 1966 telecast.

Matthew, wasn't it Buick (in more recent years) that was the official automobile sponsor?”
J.U. and I

J.U. and I

Commented Feb 2, 2009 at 17:32:17 in Media

“I didn't know all of what you wrote, Erica, about the man. A comforting thought.”
Democrats Go Down on the Auto Bailout

Democrats Go Down on the Auto Bailout

Commented Dec 13, 2008 at 08:12:09 in Politics

“That's true. Mr. Ridley, you are correct about the Democratic leadership being weak - but it was the GOP who insisted on these corporate demands.”
SNL Alum Horatio Sanz Drops 100 Lbs

SNL Alum Horatio Sanz Drops 100 Lbs

Commented Nov 25, 2008 at 07:30:56 in Entertainment

“"I wish it were Christmas to-daaay". Very apropos.”

thelegacymaker on Nov 25, 2008 at 08:56:41

“Aww man....brings back memories. I miss seeing that Christmas skit!!! :-)”
Total Solar Eclipse Images From Around The World (PHOTOS)

Total Solar Eclipse Images From Around The World (PHOTOS)

Commented Aug 1, 2008 at 21:47:33 in Green

“I recall reading once that total solar eclipses occur maybe once every year-and-a-half somewhere on Earth. But often, they're over some barren place. Still, many come out to see them.

I had the good fortune to catch one in southern Germany in August of 1999 - memorable.”

enlighteninglad on Aug 2, 2008 at 11:41:45

“My brother runs a bike tour there (Munich) and was selling the special glasses to his tourists. Mike's Bike Tours. Is that where you were?”
Paper Airline Tickets Finished: Airlines To Go All Electronic June 1st

Paper Airline Tickets Finished: Airlines To Go All Electronic June 1st

Commented May 29, 2008 at 23:19:11 in Business

“This is fine, on one condition. One reason why this didn't happen a long time ago is that there were supposedly major problems with transferring someone to another airline, in an emergency situation at the airport. Are we to assume this has now been taken care of? No words to that effect here.”
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Mere Facts Cannot Stop the Hero Worship Machine

Commented Dec 27, 2006 at 14:30:46 in Politics

“Correct, Prince Hal. Even if Bill Buckner made the play in that case, I am certain that Mookie Wilson gets to the bag faster than Bob Stanley. The game doesn't end right then, of course, but the winning run advances to third, awaiting Howard Johnson to come to the plate.

And even if they did retire Wilson: the game would go on, as it was the bullpen of Schiraldi/Stanley that lost the game, not Bill Buckner. The real goats got off the hook.”
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GOP Hopelessly Divided!

Commented Jul 20, 2006 at 10:56:34 in Politics

“And don't forget, Cliff: in 2002 here in New Hampshire, Sununu-the-Younger challenged incumbent Bob Smith in a primary, won it and went on to win the general election (assisted by some phone jamming).

But the GOP said it was "an internal matter" and not to worry. And so we didn't.

Now, they don't see the Democratic primary as an internal matter, but as one where they have a personal stake in it. No wonder they're upset.”
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"No Coincidence": Anti-Stem Cell Ad Featuring Cardinals' Player To Be Aired During World Series Game He Pitches...

Commented Oct 25, 2006 at 22:11:56 in Home

“Considering that Jeff Suppan got picked off third base (when the Red Sox had conceded a run) during the 2004 World Series - this may not be his biggest blunder, now that I think of it.”
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Fox News Should Fire John Gibson for Making Racist Remarks

Commented May 14, 2006 at 10:51:36 in Home

“Just as he welcomed the shooting of the (innocent) Brazilian man in the London Underground, I think that John Gibson deserves "five to the noggin" - maybe a ruler will be enough.”
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Waste, Fraud and Abuse -- and It's Not News

Commented Apr 12, 2006 at 12:44:16 in Media

“Great story; Harry, just one addendum: "Waste, Fraud & Abuse" - in addition to being "red-meat words for anti-government activists" - is also the "magic wand" that enables candidates to seek public office while:

(a) Promising to lower taxes, and
(b) Promising to increase services.

....as the (animated) Guinness Guys would say.....

"Lower taxes?" "Yet increased services?" "BRILLIANT", "BRILLIANT"!”
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The Case Against Chris Matthews

Commented Mar 8, 2006 at 17:30:07 in Politics

“Chris Matthews wasn't always this way; years ago I saw him frequently on C-Span and give very contemplative and wide-ranging talks. Hey, recall that Fightin' Zell Miller wanted to have a duel with him after the Republican convention.

I think that the fact that his brother is running for Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania may have something to do with this change-of-heart; he doesn't want to say anything that can get his brother in hot water with his party.

Otherwise, I think that he senses that the big money on cable TV talk shows comes if you go to the right. Keith Olbermann is the first left-of-center person to have a platform since the ouster of Phil Donahue.”
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Is Sean Hannity Addicted to Coulter Crack?

Commented Feb 21, 2006 at 23:48:48 in Home

“This seems to be a standard feature of many of these shout-fests, not just H&C:

(1) Book a guest to discuss subject "a"

(2) Ignore subject "a", use subject "b"

(3) Subject "b" designed to embarass

(4) Interrupt whenver guest scores point

Repeat the following night.”
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Wishes for 2006

Commented Dec 31, 2005 at 10:44:54 in Home

“Dan, can't agree with you on #6. In order to make inroads with voters (and to have a chance to re-take either the House or Senate) I think the elections *have* to be nationalized. We cannot hope to do this via retail politics alone, I think we need a common theme of "Time for a change - here's what you get if you vote for us - throw the bums out" that all can run on (and our advertising supports ) - and then supplemented by individual election themes, local issues, etc.

True, don't call it a "contract" but we should identify our party first - before "they" do.”
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Chillin' with Chalabi: My Journey into the Surreal

Commented Nov 15, 2005 at 10:00:01 in Home

“Wasn't it Britain's Lord Palmerston who said, "In international relations there were neither permanent friends nor permanent enemies - only permanent interests"?”