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This Too Shall Pass

The phrase “This too shall pass” is attributed to a story involving King Solomon:

King Solomon once searched for a cure against depression. He assembled his wise men together. They meditated for a long time and gave him the following advice: Make yourself a ring and have thereon engraved the words “This too shall pass”. The King carried out the advice. He had the ring made and wore it constantly. Every time he felt sad and depressed, he looked at the ring, whereon his mood would change and he would feel cheerful

Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote:

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Ozymandias was another name of Ramses II (aka Ramses the Great.)  I was first introduced to old Ozzy back in the 6th grade, but I really didn’t get what that poem meant until many years later.

Why, you may ask, is the Petulant Clown getting all philosophical and poetic instead of giving you his usual lame snarkiness?  Well, you can blame (or thank) the person who wrote this:

Squeezing the Republican Party into a marginalized position will, inevitably, mean that some “moderate” Conservative idiots will realign with the Democrats. The presence of those Conservatives creates both a challenge and an opportunity, where no opportunity previously existed. It is an emergent moment, a rebirth of the Political dialogue, and this is why people describe it in messianic terms – the secular world does not have the vocabulary to express what is being felt.

Marginalizing the Right will inevitably – inevitably – shift the center of the public policy discussion to the Left. The argument about what to do and when will no longer be centered between Conservatives and Reactionaries, as it has been for 40 years. The center will shift to a discussion between Conservatives and Progressives, the Overton Window will move leftward, and that is entirely a good thing.

That’s a combination of counting chickens before they are hatched and two fleas arguing over who owns the dog.  If history teaches us anything it is that nothing made by humans lasts forever.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of our greatest Presidents, and was certainly the most influential President of the 20th Century.  His election in 1932 ended over a decade of GOP dominance.  He enacted the New Deal, which was the most sweeping change in our theory of government since the founding fathers set it up, and he saw our nation through the Great Depression and most of World War II. 

In 1952, a mere twenty years after FDR defeated Herbert Hoover, the voters put a Republican in the White House.  Ronald Reagan and movement conservatives have been trying to repeal the New Deal ever since it was first enacted.  Eight years ago G-Dub and Turdblossom thought they were going to create a permanent Republican majority, and two years ago the voters gave the legislative branch back to the Democrats.  So we must never forget that there is no finish line in politics.  At most, one side gets to lead for a while, but eventually the lead changes hands again.

No matter who wins on Tuesday, we will have a lot of work to do.  Oh, we can take a break to celebrate or drown our sorrows, but the work will be waiting for us when we return.  Even if the Electoral College fairy magically made Hillary our next President we would still have to work as hard or harder.  We fight and struggle to make gains, and then we fight and struggle to hold on to those gains.  Molly Ivins* said it best:

Those who think of freedom in this country as one long, broad path leading ever onward and upward are dead damned wrong. Many a time freedom has been rolled back–and always for the same sorry reason: fear.

 So one thing I have learned from Johnny Faulk, Texas, and life, is that since you don’t always win, you got to learn to enjoy just fightin’ the good fight.

[…]

So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was.

Molly said it, I believe it, that settles it.

R.I.P. Molly

Mary Tyler "Molly" Ivins 1944-2007

*R.I.P. Molly

104 Responses

  1. p.s. – Notice the beer bottle in front of Molly. She believed in drinking liberally too!

  2. Yeah, but she probably stopped at a six-pack! 🙂

    You must be over the hangover, because that was some excellent writing, myiq.

    Off to dreamland myself. See you in about 9.

  3. Bye!

  4. From Molly:

    ” It’s like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you’re wrong. ”

    She must be laughing her ass off now, the way we quote Bill O. and Sean Hannity, the way we reference Fox News and so many of the right wing Blogs, the way we cringe at the NY Times. She laughs at the upsidedownness of it all – because she knows that Americans will, as always, do the right thing in the voting booth..

  5. Now it’s goodnight for real. Have a happy day all.

    Alice

  6. And a gracious good day. Good to see that there are other stone insomniacs out there.

  7. Just think what great comments she would make about backtrack and his bunch.
    Her words always made a point and made you think.
    She is really missed in this election cycle.

    COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS, MOLLY IVINS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  8. chatblu:

    Did you mean “stoned insomniacs?”

    Cuz I’m the latter, but not the former.

    If I was the former, I wouldn’t be the latter.

  9. perhaps cb meant stone cold insomniacs —- which would mean wide awake just like me!

    great post as always MyIq2xu….. whatever tuesday brings, I’ll meet you guys on the other side of it…. and keep fighting.

  10. Who do you think Molly would be voting for?

  11. I was hoping chatblu would pass the dutchie but it looks like I’m SOL

  12. Wait, she was drinking what? A not-kool-aid?
    O, I am ready for the long haul, no matter who wind on Tuesday. And I shall enjoy it too!

  13. I was looking for laughs so I dropped by Kitty’s litter box over in the sippy-kup kingdom and I wasn’t disappointed:

    “Sarah Palin- tearing apart the Republican party?”

    According to Kitty, all these loyal bushie types are abandoning their party and endorsing Obama just because of Sarah Palin.

    (No links, they haven’t had their shots.)

  14. OK – its time for me to make a confession….. I have never been religious or have necessarily believed in God or whatever. It is how you say it “above my pay grade”….. but something weird is going on with me…. I find myself unconsciously praying about this stupid election. When I’m working, or driving or as in this morning as I’m awakening. WTF — this is not who I have ever been…. nor do I want to be some crazy person talking to an invisible god. But if there is a god out there who might be reading this…. you know what to do!

  15. I miss Molly.

    Soloman, Shelly, and Ramses II reminds me of: Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

  16. bert:

    Even if you object to the religious stuff, the Bible is worth reading because it has a lot of wisdom inside it.

  17. Reps voting for Obama because of Palin??? LOL! Obama scares the sh!t out of the right! I could see Reps voting for Obama, however, because of McCain.

  18. no one who has ever been a real republican is going to vote for that fraud — IMHO I know too many real republicans, most of my family!

  19. I find it highly amusing that Obamanation is cheering endorsements by people they used to hate.

    They could NEVER vote for Hillary because she voted for the AUMF, but they get moist over Colin Powell endorsing The Lightbringer.

  20. Gigantic egos almost always wind up as grease spots on the floor. I keep feeling that Sen Obama is a very damaged person who projects confidence and is insufferable because acting successful is success to him. After GWB the threshold for measuring success is so low that Sen Obama “looks” successful to many people. It is somewhat comparable to the entire society enjoying the perks of financial success on borrowed money and going broke. It is an illusion.

  21. I am moved to tears Myiq2xu-

    ****silence is so eloquent****

  22. Funny about Palin: they got their talking points against her – because obviously she turned the course of the campaign – from the “bestest speech ever” to “who is this new star?”. Seems some of the B0bots buy their own PR.
    Meanwhile, guess in what year did Michelle say about hubby: “he hasn’t done anything yet?
    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2008/11/02/michelle-he-hasnt-done-anything-yet/

  23. The rank and file rep isn’t going to vote for Obama, but those who’s interests are served by maintaining the status quo in Washington, I would imagine, are not so keen on McCain.

    I do know reps who would have been very torn between voting for HRC and Mc, and seriously considering voting for HRC. She would have won this E A S I L Y

  24. myiq: what the hey is “pass the dutchie”? And yes, indigogirl, I do mean stone cold insomnia.

  25. “Absolutely “jsvp”!

  26. dutchie = doobie

  27. Interesting line-up of guests ay JNSD phone conference today – we are certainly being courted

    Charlie Crist, Governor of Florida
    Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City
    Larry Johnson, PhD.
    Lynette Long, PhD.
    Lady Lynn de Rothschild
    Will Bower, National Spokesperson, PUMA & Just Say No Deal
    – Il Duce might keep me out
    And, not sure what to think of NY Post page one
    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2008/11/02/ny-post-page-one-today/
    especially based on Dick Morris article

  28. by real republicans I meant the smaller govt conservatives not the flag waving we’re the only patriots nra types… now as foar as the FWWTOPNRA types … I knew several that wanted HRC because they did so well economically during the Clinton years… I also believe that HRC would have overcome alot of the negative missiles directed her way and won over enough repub votes to take this thing handily…. but alas we’ll never know this year!

  29. Thank you for this marvelous post. I have nothing to add, except my thanks.

    McCain is going to win. People like you have made it possible.

    After election day, we roll up our sleeves once again and start the battle anew.

    Get out the vote!

  30. I’ve always been happy to describe myself as a Clinton and Molly Ivins Democrat. What a great lady. Thanks for the post.

  31. Excellent, timely post, myiq2xu

    The amount of energy we as a nation, a world, and a blog are spending on the “two evils” means something. I haven’t figured out what, however.

  32. everyone must be sleeping it off this am….. there are very few new posts or comments on most blogs!

  33. I loved Molly Ivins, but she didn’t like Hillary at all, unfortunately. She very specifically wrote that she would not support Hillary for President. I’d like to think she might have seen the misogyny in the media and the Obama campaign and changed her mind, but she seemed pretty definite about Hillary.

    http://freepress.org/columns/display/1/2006/1304

    It’s so ironic to read this column now after all that has happened:

    This supposedly pits Howard Dean, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, emboldened by “a string of bad news from the Middle East … into calling for premature retreat from Iraq,” versus those pragmatic folk like Steny Hoyer, Rahm Emanuel, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Joe Lieberman.

    Molly lumped Hillary together with Rahm Emanuel and Joe Biden–supposedly against Dean, Reid, and Pelosi! In fact Reid, Pelosi, and Dean joined with Emanuel and Biden in supporting Barack Obama, the ultimate corrupt, weasely, play-it-safe politician.

  34. Guys distribute this as much as you can. obama throws the coal industry under the bus

  35. bostonboomer said:

    “Molly lumped Hillary together with Rahm Emanuel and Joe Biden–supposedly against Dean, Reid, and Pelosi! In fact Reid, Pelosi, and Dean joined with Emanuel and Biden in supporting Barack Obama, the ultimate corrupt, weasely, play-it-safe politician.”

    I wonder how Molly would have analyzed the upside down world we’re living in now. Maybe she already did:

    “….rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce………”

  36. 6a6th: the funniest comment at your link:

    But, John, what about all the dead, fictional and other fraudulent voters? Any reason to think that they are “breaking” for McCain rather than Obama?

  37. afrocity, thanks for the link. I left a comment.

  38. Okay, so I’m going to lock myself in my room on Tuesday because I don’t want to be outside if Obama wins or loses. Obamanation is capable of anything. I don’t want to see them celebrating if their Messiah is elected or taking their anger out on innocent people if he isn’t.

    Zogby had McCain up yesterday and now he is down again? What is that about? I seriously don’t understand these polls anymore. I guess anything can happen in the next 48 hours. I’m crossing my fingers that Obama doesn’t win this but I’m preparing for the worse.

  39. Thank you all for being my sanctuary. We had my BFF from college over, who has been a GOP-er for years, and hubby started in on the MSNBC talking points. I erupted. Hubby hasn’t talked to me since.

    I realized how short-sighted hubby and most of my friends and family are – they hate Bush so much that they’re giddy at the prospect of a landslide on Tuesday. All right then – what happens on Day 2?

    “Nothing can be worse than the past 4 years”, they say. “Wanna bet?”, I reply. Then I remind them that Nixon won in ’72 too and left in disgrace a scant two years later. It may take longer since we no longer have a Fourth Estate, but it will happen.

    Voting for Bambi because you hate Bush is like paying off your credit card debt by borrowing from the Mob.

    And doesn’t Bambi remind you of Chauncey Gardener in Being There? The Washington elite projecting profound thoughts on a simpleton?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Being_There_(film)

  40. purplefinn,

    I’d like to think Molly would have seen Obama for what he is. But she probably would have supported “the Democrat” anyway. But you’re right, the world is upside down. We just can’t know what she would have said about all that has happened.

  41. DV,

    I honestly don’t see what value there could be in national polls at this point. If McCain can win PA, FL, OH, he is going to win the election.

  42. Guys I am not kidding the video needs to go viral.

    If you know anyone in Ohio, PA, CO, Virgina, Please send it. News stations etc.

  43. The polls said Texas was gonna beat Texas Tech

    The final score yesterday said something different.

  44. betuscha, at 9:59 am Said:

    “And doesn’t Bambi remind you of Chauncey Gardener in Being There?”

    I thought of that too. Especially when David Brooks and others went on and on about him looking presidential because he was “calm.” What a joke, except it might be on us. 😦

  45. Did anyone see the post up on No Quarter and Dr. Lynette Long’s blog about an email supposedly sent by a former Hillary campaign staff worker now on the Obama team? I don’t know if that email is real or a hoax but if it is real, then McCain will pull a surprise victory. I don’t know what the internal polling for the campaign’s are or what they know that we don’t.

    BB, I can see McCain winning FL and OH. PA will be the nail biter though. I don’t know what McCain’s internal polling is showing in that state. I have a feeling that the state will be very close but he needs to bring out all the voters in the rest of PA out to neutralize the Obots in Philly and Pittsburgh.

  46. afrocity, I don’t see the video going viral unless Drudge puts it on his blog.

  47. Can attack ads make a difference at this point?

    The GOP is running an ad in Missouri that (finally) asks if people want to hire a guy who has never accomplished a single thing as president.

    I should have written this when I saw it last night because now I can’t remember the text of the ad (hmmm. I wonder if a certain site that will remain nameless has it posted?)

    But, I thought it was very powerful, the sort of ad I expected to see all through October.

    So that’s two ads — the 527 is showing “God Damn America” and the GOP is asking “What has Obama ever Done?”

    Is it too late?

  48. DisenfranchisedVoter,

    I saw that letter (I think I saw it at Savage Politics too) — it sounds fake to me.

  49. I love Molly. But she for Nader over even Gore. She would have been for Barry over Hillary early on . But I think she would have seen the light pretty dang quick. However IMO she would not be voting Mac, bet your booties on that . However she’s been spared the collapse of the” progressive ” press. My husband and I still grieve over Amy Goodman’s kool-aid pickling

  50. Not to be depressing, but just saw this headline: Gallup Predicts Historic Blowout for Obama:

    PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama leads John McCain in Gallup Poll Daily tracking interviewing conducted Wednesday through Friday by an identical 52% to 42% margin among both traditional likely voters and expanded likely voters. Obama leads by a similar 52% to 41% margin among all registered voters.

    Zogby is at +5.7%

  51. katiebird, on November 2nd, 2008 at 10:11 am

    I was wondering about that….is it this late so Barry Press cannot attack them? Perhaps the 527 think those Indys need but a last push?…..but indeed,
    one would think they would have been running them
    all Oct.

  52. DV: apparently, Republicans do not poll well on weekends (re: Zogby), whatever that means.

  53. Great to wake up with you, myiq. Errrrrr, to a well thought out post that is. Thanks.

  54. I’m going to have a Bloody Mary-Molly in Molly’s honor, today. I may have two. The local paper said that early voting in my county was running 13-1 in favor of Democrats. I know at least one of those people voted the Gynocratic McCain/Palin ticket and our county tends to go a little blue anyway, but day-um, that’s a serious GOTV number.

    I believe I’ll have a third for Studs Terkel who made me proud to be working class back in the ’70’s. May he RIP, too. He died a few days ago at 95.

  55. myiq2xu, on November 2nd, 2008 at 10:05 am Said:
    The polls said Texas was gonna beat Texas Tech

    The final score yesterday said something different.

    _______________

    Wasn’t that a great game? TT pulled it out literally at the last second. As a Penn State fan I need to send TT a thank you note.

  56. Studs passed!? Lordy, here’s a drink for him!
    A truly great man.

  57. betuscha, one of my first posts on this blog this summer was about how O reminded me of that movie – there is no there there!

  58. I can’t believe you linked to that self important person over at Corrente. I hope I never spend so much time and waste so much space saying nothing. That person doesn’t deserve nearly as much attention as they get.

  59. Did y’all see the link to the Obama video saying he would bankrupt the coal industry (or at least coal-burning plants). I think this could be Obama’s NAFTA moment in the general. However, we have to get it out there. Once more into the breach!

  60. fif, yea, I saw the polls on Drudge and most do not look good for McCain. I still predict that the election will be close in favor of Obama. I don’t expect a “blowout” but I won’t be surprised by a modest Obama win (2-4 points). Has anyone heard from folks who have been going to PA with Democrats for McCain? Or anyone here from PA? How do things look there?

  61. Yes, this too shall pass. Unfortunately there will be many of us who pass before that time. Many of us who will never live to see a woman in the White House, be it as president or v.p. That is unforgivable and unconscionable in this day and age, in this country.

  62. Too bad this will not be my lasting memory of Senator Clinton.

    “I know Sen. McCain has a lifetime of experience that he will bring to the White House. And Sen. Obama has a speech he gave in 2002.” – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

  63. South Central PA – we go Republican every time. However, the local Dems are smelling victory. And that can be an intoxicating substance – which probably accounts for some momentum in general.

  64. smelling victory nationally – I meant.

  65. corrente has been a cesspool for sometime. it doesn’t surprise me that they have now become full blown misogynists. And lambert has the nerve to question if we are racist? he can blow it out his ass.

  66. purplefinn, yea, Hillary helped Obama because places that have been traditionally Republican became Democratic to vote for her in the primaries in PA. I think the Democrats have momentum in PA and they have been sending tons of Obots from NYC area to PA. I think neighboring Obot states have helped Obama a lot in PA.

  67. Maybe W can just leave the “empty suits” in the White House closet – Obama will fit right in them. How did this country again fall for a vapid, smiling charlatan?

    But I salute all the PUMAs who are blessed with memory and conscience and will use their vote to unreward one undeserving messiah.

    This PUMA has been waiting for Nov. 4th to register her displeasure with a stolen nomination and a campaign deliberately fueled by sexism.

  68. I’m in Philly and I have been getting a number of MacCain calls and flyers every day …but zip from Barry. Go figure

  69. thanks Joanelle. Good to know I’m not alone.

    That was another argument raised last night with hubby. He was claiming that since Bambi raised all this money from small donors to win the nomination, that in itself made him legitimate. Even when I said it was mathematically impossible for his $$ to have come from small donors, hubby’s reply was “well, that’s what the GOP’s done all along so BO was playing at their own game”.

    That’s when I went full throttle. “Bambi was bought and sold, he and Pelosi bought and sold the super-delegates, and he and Axelrove gamed the caucuses. If he succeeds in trying to buy the election on Tuesday, that does not give him legitimacy.” Then I over-reached: “Hitler won an election too, in 1932. The German powerbrokers thought that they could control him. They couldn’t.”

    “Mark my words, Bambi is more dangerous than Nixon and will be brought down like Nixon was, eventually. At least Nixon didn’t have a Messiah complex.”

    Don’t piss off a PUMA. But I’m really in the doghouse now.

  70. paper doll, the Dems figure that if you’re in Phiily, you’re already for them.

  71. paper doll, Obama doesn’t need to waste money in Philly. It’s obviously going to go to him. I guess McCain is trying his hardest to win every vote he can in PA. He’s probably targeting the suburban Philly where he might have some luck there.

  72. Katie- The 527 has been showing 3 attack ads in swing states for about 2 weeks. They say, the ads have been successful and raised another 6K to run them in most states starting this weekend thru Tues…
    Can you beleive I get my news from NEWSMAX, who would have ever thought…

  73. Have you voted on these polls?
    How many pumas???

    People Want To Know About P.U.M.A. And Obama Associates-Polls

    Posted on October 31, 2008

    I keep seeing post about P.U.M.A. and the one question that everyone has is how many people are in the P.U.M.A. Party? Will was on Greta the other night and she even ask. Will told her that it could be as many as 4 million people because according to the polls 20% of Hillary voters are not voting Obama.
    I know not all P.U.M.A.’s will come here to vote but I thought I would put up a poll and see how many people we could find on line over the next few days.
    There is another thing I keep hearing on television that makes me a bit angry. I keep hearing that Obama’s associates don’t make any difference to the voters. Well is that right? They matter to me, how about you?

    Please pass the word around about these polls so we might get some Idea how many P.U.M.A. are on line and how people feel about Obama’s associates. Thanks for helping out

    http://mccaindemocrats.wordpress.com/2008/10/31/people-want-to-know-about-puma-and-obama-associates-polls/

  74. afrocity –

    I’ve ben emailing out that link to eveyone I know, including multiple media folks. I encourage everyone on here to hjave a listen tio the audio and help spread the word about with the link on YouTube:

    That audio of Obama where he says he will bankrupt the coal industry is powerful enough to make the good people of PA rise up and defeat Obama in a complete landslide!!

    Obama really is a swindler and is two-faced. He tells the good people of PA one thing and stabs them in the back yet again!

    Everyone in coal rich states like PA needs to hear that audio of Obama by tomorrow at the latest, preferably by tonight!

    Help spread the word.

    SHOCK Audio Unearthed OBAMA TELLS SAN FRANCISCO HE WILL BANKRUPT THE COAL INDUSTRY

    Make it viral!!

  75. afrocity, thanks for the coal vid. I sent it to the friend who hasn’t spoken to me since I said that I was voting for McCain. Her husband’s family live in coal country and his dad was a miner.

    I chatted with a neighbor while taking a walk earlier. He’s an older guy, an independent who loves Palin, has done a lot of business in Chicago and thinks Obama is a sewer rat in a nice suit.

  76. Iif you missed Logistics Monster on Obama’s Socialism and the Shadow Party, you must pick up at least this key excerpt,in the roundup today..

    The Past Week October, 26-November 1: Recaps and Random Thoughts (A Mindblower of a Piece at Logistics Monster on “Obama’s American Socialism”; The Illegal Aunt/Donation Problem; 1995 Video of Obama Praising Rev. Wright; Zogby Polling Race; “A Face in the Crowd”–How Timely!; Fall Harvesting)

    http://tinyurl.com/5ocbmj

  77. As for corrente….I was kicked of there, one for writing about the Obamas’ “victimhood” using the word “Camille” which was a GREAT AFFRONT…and a second time for unknown reasons. I took them off my blogroll as they descended into madness…

  78. “…Obama’s Socialism…”

    No one knows what Obama is (he’s so bloody disingenuous and mendacious). But an a$$hole??? Yes, that is most certain.

  79. Jean, I had a “friend” who hasn’t returned my emails to her. I haven’t even told her who I was planning to vote for. She only knows that I’m not planning to vote for Obama. She probably believes that I will stay home and not vote at all. The thing is that I voted in a state that will go to Obama anyway. I spoke to a mutual friend of ours (who was a Hillary supporter who doesn’t like Obama but will vote for him anyway) and she told me that she will get back to me soon. And I’m thinking, so she can’t speak to me until after the election or whenever is convenient for her? I’ve decided that when she does email me, I won’t return her email either. Anyone who chooses Obama over a friendship is not a real friend. I don’t plan on talking to this person again and it’s sad that Obama has not only divided the Democratic Party but he has also divided a lot of people’s personal relationships.

  80. Could There Be a 20% Increase In GOP Turnout?

    http://patriotroom.com/?p=3699

  81. Watching Meat the Press.
    Chucky Cook(?) doing a poll report when Obamas number is higher he is “leading’ or “ahead” John McCain. When McCain’s number is higher he just reports it. Things that make you go “hmmm”

  82. betuscha, on November 2nd, 2008 at 10:52 am Said:
    …….Then I over-reached: “Hitler won an election too, in 1932. The German powerbrokers thought that they could control him. They couldn’t.”

    I’d say that was spot on. At this point , I wonder if the Kenndys can get their phone calls returned ? People may have to learn the hard way. But they only had to look at how those Barry doesn’t need anymore are treated to buy a clue. We never think it will be us under the bus….

    thank you everyone who pointed out why I haven’t heard from Barry in Philly! It’s so obvious, I couldn’t see it. lol!

  83. DisenfranchisedVoter, yes, but lots of Hillary voters are like us even in PA. The local Dems who are excited about a victory were for Obama in the primary. A friend reported a low turn-out for the Fall Democratic (sic) dinner. I sure wasn’t there.

  84. Obama January 2008: I Will Bankrupt The Coal Industry

    Hey Pennsylvania, Virginia, are you listening?

    http://patriotroom.com/?p=3726

  85. Here is what Obama thinks about the coal industry. He wants to bankrupt it.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/11/02/hidden-audio-obama-tells-sf-chronicle-he-will-bankrupt-coal-industry

  86. DisenfranchisedVoter, Obama’s certainly made my world smaller. I honestly don’t understand it. One friend was a die-hard Hillary supporter who got irritated with me when I was so impressed with Obama’s 2004 speech. Now, she has an Obama sign in her yard and sneers at Palin.
    The Unity schtick is a bad joke.

  87. There are a handful of bozos at Corrente, but they are in the minority. The post linked to here was for the most part rejected. If you read it regularly, you’d know it is less than firendly to Obama. Its not a place for friendly banter, its a place to butt heads.

    I appreciate the different posters varying viewpoints and the environment that encourages dissent and arguments. But to each their own.

  88. “I can’t believe you linked to that self important person over at Corrente.”

    You did catch the reference about two fleas arguing over who owns the dog? BIO would be one of the self important fleas, and his blog BFF from Texas the other.

    My muse wakes up and slaps me upside the head with inspiration when I read stupidity more often than when I read genius. (It’s about a 70/30 split)

    When I read teh stoopid at Kitty’s litter box OTOH, my muse is laughing too hard to slap me.

  89. My mom has been avoiding any phone call that comes up ‘National Polling’ on her phone ID but I asked her to let me answer the next one. So, I just got to participate in my first Push-Poll ever. It was by a group call Let Freedom Ring. Their URL is:

    http://www.letfreedomringusa.com/

    I’m in Delmont, PA which is about 30 miles due east of Pittsburgh on Rt. 22 and this is a Dem household.

    1. The first question asked my what I was more concerned with – The national economy or gays and lesbians. I went with National Economy.

    2. The next four questions focused on
    – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
    – Obama recieving campaign contributions from them while voting against their regulation
    – Do I trust Obama, the Liberal Dem Nancy Pelosi and the Liberal Dem Harry Reid.
    – What do I think about the Democrats “Tax and Take” policy.

    3. Demographic information

    I”ve spent most of my life either overseas or without a phone so it was interesting to get one of these calls. With the line Tax and Take line they sure are pushing the spreading the wealth theme. Since I went with National Economic Policy I can only imagine what they would have pushed with the GLBT agenda.

  90. “I appreciate the different posters varying viewpoints and the environment that encourages dissent and arguments.”

    I was banned for dissenting.

  91. I’m a PUMA supporter, I usually keep things too myself but the reference to this (other blog) ripping conservatives bothered me.

    There is no such thing as a ” Moderate Conservative” and conservatives are not flocking to the democrat party. Can you point to evidence that moderate republicans like Colin Powel have flocked to the other side – yes.

    Whoever wrote that blog you referenced, has no clue what a rock ribbed conservative is made out of. When Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity cross the line to vote for Obama I think the conservative movement needs to worry. Then and only then should that blogger you referenced be concernced (in his own words) that ” Conservative idiots will realign with the Democrats.

  92. Poll: Virginia a Dead Heat – Too Many Undecideds – Obama Will Lose

    We’re calling it for McCain.

    http://patriotroom.com/?p=3731

  93. We like the coal industry now? Wow. The owners get rich whild the workers ruin their health and the land is destroyed forever. It wouldn’t bother me one bit if that business ended. I think they should get incentives to stop mining and build facilities to manufacture solar panels or other green energy initiatives. I know those areas need jobs but there has got to be something better than mining. I doubt that anyone who advocates for coal has ever seen a mining operation up close. Aside from that, burning coal is suicidal with our current emissions problems. Nobody should be building plants that run on coal. “Clean” coal is a joke. We are never going to solve our energy problems with prehistoric fuel sources.

    We all dislike O but not everything he says is wrong. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  94. I had a sign in my dorm room that said – “Stop worrying. You’ll never get out of this world alive.”

    For some reason, it always made me feel better.

  95. Oh, and that video is from January. The coal industry has probably paid him off by now .

  96. New Post Up!!!

  97. NRA ” types”, Hmmm? It was the anti Second Amendment “types” that pushed me and a lot of other conservative democrat “types” out of the democratic party. We are independent voters who sometimes vote for republicans. Does that make us PUMAs? The whole characterization of pro gun people as knuckle dragging neanderthals is not only wrong but divisively foolish.
    After all, JFK and HHH were pro gun. If you want to remake the democratic party you have to give us a place. I support women’s rights, gay rights, the social safety net, etc. But I believe that the second amendment is every bit as important as any of the other of the bill of rights. I am tired of having to choose which part of the bill of rights gets trashed by the candidates I end up voting for.
    If you’ve read this far, guess who was the previous president of the NRA was. It was a female lawyer named Sandy Froman, how about that, the cavemen picked a woman to lead their organization. How many other national political organizations have been run by a woman? JN

  98. Obama will not win Pennsylvania, Ohio, or Virginia!

    The Breaking News on the audio of Obama talking in San Fran about his desire to bankrupt the coal industry is spreading like wildfire this morning. Won’t be long before it goes nationwide.

    Roar PUMAS Roar!!

  99. I thought McCain was going to take PA? Now it seems otherwise. Wonder what happened.

    Forced myself to watch Thompson on Brokaw this A.M. Noone gives Palin the respect I think she deserves. He almost dissed her IMO.

  100. Here’s a link to a LARGE lsit of media contacts in Pennsylvania, email addresses, phone numbers, etc.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_oet&address=358×2275

    Some of the top coal producing states:

    Pennsylvania
    Virginia
    Colorado
    Wyoming
    West Virginia
    Kentucky
    Texas
    Montana
    Indiana
    Illinois
    North Dakota

    Wonder what the voters in coal rich states like Pennsylvania will think about Obama’s desire to rape their state by bankrupting the coal industry?

  101. Rove says that the polls on the week-end are not reliable. That said I have prepared myself psychologically for the worst—an Obama landslide. I am leaving all communication with the world Monday night. I am going to see how long it will take me to find out the election results if I close all the communication streams. I am going to watch House, Law and Order, the Food Channel and read books about Elizabeth I and the middle ages.

  102. OT–kinda– the sand sculpture of the New Kingdom pharaoh is an extrodinary piece, especially in a medium as unstable as sand :). I wonder who did it.

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