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Open Thread for June 7…….

Hello everyone out there!

Another Special Tuesday Election Coverage coming at Ya!

We’ll who the winners are going to be…..

The Oil leak is slowing being taken care of…

The Gaza supply ship story continues…..

And The Mets get three wins!……

The Celtics will not just roll over…..

We have Updated our links for the Dog pound..

Adding more useful links for your crusin on the net’

Been busy this morning…..

So this is a short speech post….

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  1. Afternoon Partner,

    How are you doing?

    Comment by Daniel G. | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  2. I’m okay…..

    A little slow today….

    Starting to work on changes for the site….

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. So I heard ole Rush Limbaugh got married for the 4th time over the weekend and paid Elton John $1 million to perform at the ceremony.

    Now I gotta ask, if this one goes the way of his other 3 marriages will the conservatives blame Sir Elton’s gay union? I certainly wouldn’t be surprised.

    Comment by Scott P | June 7, 2010 | Reply

    • Glad EJ took yhe old addict for a mill.

      Comment by My Name Is jack | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  4. James B, NBA Finals update:

    Boston defeated the LA Lakers 103-94 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last night in Game 2, tying the series at 1-1 with Games 3, 4, and 5 at Boston the next couple of days.

    My NFL 2010 season predictions:
    NFC South-New Orleans (defending SB champs)
    NFC East-Dallas
    NFC West-Arizona
    NFC North-Green Bay

    AFC East-NY Jets
    AFC North-Pittsburgh
    AFC South-Indianapolis
    AFC West-San Diego

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  5. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is investigating claims that the computer giant Apple has refused to sell its new iPad to people of Asian descent, apparently over smuggling fears.

    The Attorney General’s’s civil rights bureau was tipped off by an Assemblywoman from a Chinese-American section of Queens, who complained publicly last month that her constituents were being asked unusual questions when they sought to buy the devices. The iPad was not yet for sale in Asia at the time of the complaints in May.

    “Our Office received complaints over the treatment of certain individuals of Asian descent at two Apple stores in New York City,” said Cuomo communications director Richard Bamberger in an email.

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 7, 2010 | Reply

    • Silly

      I guess an Asian person could get a White or Black friend to walk in and buy it for them

      Comment by My Name Is jack | June 7, 2010 | Reply

      • That’s not the point……

        As long is your money is green…you should be Welcomed…..

        Comment by jamesb101 | June 7, 2010

      • I meant it was silly to think one could “ban” a group of people from buying a product so widely available

        There was a great Seinfeld epispode about this!

        Comment by My Name Is jack | June 7, 2010

  6. How about the one where they wouldn’t sell you their product if you wanted to pay cash for IT????

    Jobs is brilliant….

    But sometimes the guy and Apple have to loosen up!

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  7. Ok….Later guys!

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  8. How about the one where they wouldn’t sell you their product if you wanted to pay cash for IT????

    Sounds like tuition where they REFUSE to accept cash for class payment

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  9. Conservative Democrat

    I am happy camper

    I am SOOOO excited

    I NOW HAVE three candidates I am supporting

    Robert Ford


    Brian Doyle


    Alvin Greene

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  10. For those voting on the Republican BALLOT

    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani backed South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster for governor Monday, giving the prosecutor a high-profile endorsement less than 24 hours before voting begins in the Republican primary.

    McMaster also announced the backing of former Gov. David Beasley on Friday, and previously claimed support from Arizona Sen. John McCain.

    Haley counts former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin among her backers, while Barrett’s supporters include former Vice President Dick Cheney and former presidential candidate Fred Thompson. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee supports Bauer’s campaign.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/38207.html#ixzz0qCPKMGCy

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/38207.html#ixzz0qCP7WYjO

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  11. * Haley also been endorsed by Club for Growth, Mitt Romney, and Jenny SULLIVAN Sanford (the lady formerly married to GOVERNOR Sanford)

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  12. Double Dip Recession folks I think. All because of Obamas BOGUS Stimulus Plan.

    Comment by Daniel G. | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  13. jack MY ELDER

    SAD NEWS for us trying to expose the horrors of war

    U.S. military officials confirmed to NBC News today that a 22-year old military intelligence analyst has been taken into custody for allegedly providing the document-posting website Wikileaks with classified gun-camera video of a 2007 Apache helicopter attack that killed innocent civilians in Baghdad.

    Specialist Bradley Manning of Potomac, Md., whose arrest was reported yesterday on Wired.com’s “Threat Level” blog, was reported to Army officials by former hacker Adrian Lamo, according to the tech website.

    Manning allegedly bragged to Lamo that he had provided Wikileaks with the Apache video, three other classified gun-camera videos including a controversial bombing in Afghanistan, classified Army document evaluating Wikileaks as a security threat and as many as 260,000 classified cables.

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  14. Double Dip Recession folks I think. All because of Obamas BOGUS Stimulus Plan.

    It is more TRAGIC is the fact in DECEMBER 09 the limit was lifted on the Stimulus

    and YET unemployment continues to RISE

    and MAY 2010 was the WORST month for the DJIA since


    yep since 1940

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  15. Daniel G

    On or about Jan. 1, 2011, federal, state and local tax rates are scheduled to rise quite sharply. President George W. Bush’s tax cuts expire on that date, meaning that the highest federal personal income tax rate will go 39.6% from 35%, the highest federal dividend tax rate pops up to 39.6% from 15%, the capital gains tax rate to 20% from 15%, and the estate tax rate to 55% from zero. Lots and lots of other changes will also occur as a result of the sunset provision in the Bush tax cuts.

    Tax rates have been and will be raised on income earned from off-shore investments. Payroll taxes are already scheduled to rise in 2013 and the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) will be digging deeper and deeper into middle-income taxpayers. And there’s always the celebrated tax increase on Cadillac health care plans. State and local tax rates are also going up in 2011 as they did in 2010. Tax rate increases next year are everywhere.

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  16. Daniel G

    The GOP will be able to hit a HOMERUN on taxes if the tax increase happen in 2011

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  17. Daniel Z if SOMEHOW you get this message

    Tax Hikes and the 2011 Economic Collapse
    Today’s corporate profits reflect an income shift into 2010. These profits will tumble next year, preceded most likely by the stock market.


    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  18. The recession may be double-dip not because the President is some kind of foreign-born Marxist but because everyone’s pulling back way too soon in the face of expectations of bankers’ future expectations of so-far-non-manifest inflation while unemployment is close to record highs.

    See various expositions and protests by the Nobel Prize winning Princeton economist Paul Krugman, e.g.

    The Pain Caucus (Sunday 30 May)

    Lost Decade, Here We Come (today, Monday 7 June)

    Madmen in Authority (today)

    Not only the Mediterranean countries, but the Germany of Angela Merkel and the United Kingdom of David Cameron with Nick Clegg (featuring George Osborne, Conservative, Chancellor of the Exchequer) are promising very painful cuts that may likely echo the 1930’s and 1970’s in prolonging and extending needless human pain. It’s as if everyone wants to forget John Maynard Keynes (a Liberal) and rely instead on the banker’s theories of those who advised Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Ramsey Macdonald, Stanley Baldwin and the Weimar Republic. (Good thing FDR didn’t follow his 1932 campaign promises to slash the bloated Federal government of Herbert Hoover.)

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  19. Only things bogus about Obama’s stimulus plan are that because of obsolete ideology and self-interested pressure groups too powerful to overcome, it’s too small, too short-lived and directed to some of the wrong places.

    It’s premised on employment levels we have yet to see.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 7, 2010 | Reply

    • I should have said short-sightedly self-interested pressure groups: for most of them, the satisfaction of their short-term interests will eventually be more than cancelled out by the economic recession and/or stagflation, and that’s not even counting the results of blind, undirected populist anger.

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  20. Providence Mayor David Cicilline (D) opens campaign for Patrick Kennedy’s 1st Congressional seat.

    [The Democratic primary is on Tuesday, September 14. Cicilline will face State Rep. David Segal and former State Dem. Party Chairman Bill Lynch (son of a Pawtucket mayor and brother to RI Atty-Gen. Patrick Lynch, who’s seeking the gubernatorial nomination in the same Democratic primary). Businessman Al Gemma, says this story, will also enter this race, whose winner will face Republican State Rep. John Loughlin II, and perhaps independent, Green or Moderate Party candidates.]

    01:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, June 8, 2010

    [Providence] Journal Washington Bureau

    Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline officially kicked off his campaign for Congress Monday with speeches at a Woonsocket bridge in need of repairs, a Smithfield factory where he touted job training and an East Providence retirement community where he called for more public transportation subsidies.

    Democrat Cicilline used those stops and others on his tour of the 1st Congressional District to call for new or expanded federal aid to help a variety of interests, from small business proprietors to the elderly.

    In a telephone interview, the mayor cast himself as the candidate with the best background for delivering such programs. He faces former state Democratic chairman Bill Lynch and Providence state Rep. David Segal, in the primary election, with businessman Anthony Gemma also planning to join the Democratic race June 15. State Rep. John Loughlin II is the Republican candidate.

    Cicilline, who stressed his experience as a municipal executive who knows that “balancing a budget is about making choices,” said the billions of dollars for the programs he proposed should come from the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. But the mayor did not state directly whether he supports President Obama’s plan to begin winding down U.S. troop commitments next year. Cicilline also declined to specify how soon or at what rate U.S. forces could be extracted from that war, but said it should be done “as quickly and responsibly as possible.”

    Cicilline said, however, that he understands that the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan cannot be concluded “overnight.” He said he would defer to the judgment of military leaders about the timing of a withdrawal of U.S. troops.

    Cicilline also proposed killing tax breaks for oil companies and extracting more savings from Medicare and Medicaid by eliminating duplication and fraud in those programs. He said he believes that estimates of such savings in the newly enacted overhaul of the health-care system were too conservative. Therefore, he reasoned, there is more money in Medicare and Medicaid that can be saved and spent on other federal programs. He offered no specific estimates….

    …Continued here….

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  21. James, where is the post on the new iPhone..


    Comment by BenjaminDOG | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  22. Thanks…I have some catching up to do tonight….

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  23. As the first-ever Deputy Prime Minister from the UK’s Liberal Democratic Party (founded around 1988), Nick Clegg presented Parliament on Monday with some far-reaching, although not novel, proposals for political reform, regional devolution and constitutional change. Some of these ideas had originated during previous governments without reaching full fruitiion.

    From the Lib Dem Voice blog:

    Nick Clegg makes “impressive” debut at despatch box as Deputy PM, sets out radical political reform plans

    By Stephen Tall | Published 7th June 2010 – 9:25 pm

    Nick Clegg debuted in front of the House of Commons today in his new role (yes, it is still new: it’s only a month since the election) as deputy prime minister. And he used the occasion to set out how the new coalition government will make good the political reforms radical political reform plans that languished neglected during Labour’s 13 years in government. The government’s plans include:

    * A referendum on the Alternative Vote
    * The right to recall MPs who break the rules
    * Fewer, more equal-sized constituencies
    * Making the House of Lords wholly or largely elected
    * Fixed five-year parliaments
    * Devolving greater powers to the Scottish Parliament by implementing the recommendations of the Calman Commission
    * A referendum on devolving more powers to the Welsh Assembly

    Nick Clegg’s website excerpts parts of his speech, reproduced below. But if that’s not enough for you then you can read the full debate exchange courtesy of Hansard here.

    continued here

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 8, 2010 | Reply

  24. Most of us have heard of “astroturf roots”, those artificial imitations of spontaneous grassroots popular groups that are really artificial paper-thin fronts for logging, mining, drilling, gambling or construction enterprises.

    What I (and many others) didn’t know is that some local Stop Wal*Mart campaigns, involving hundreds of neighbors, preservationists, environmentalists, small businesses and trade-unionists opposed (for all kinds of good reasons) to the arrival or expansion of a Wal-Mart, have also received financial, organizational and legal help from a firm hired secretly by big national or regional retail competitors of Wal*Mart, such as Safeway supermarkets or Royal Ahold NV.

    See this article from The Wall Street Journal:

    Rivals Secretly Fund Opposition to Wal-Mart


    MUNDELEIN, Ill.— Robert Brownson long believed that his proposed development here, with its 200,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter, was being held hostage by nearby homeowners.

    He had seen them protesting at city hall, and they had filed a lawsuit to stop the project.

    What he didn’t know was that the locals were getting a lot of help. A grocery chain with nine stores in the area had hired Saint Consulting Group to secretly run the antidevelopment campaign. Saint is a specialist at fighting proposed Wal-Marts, and it uses tactics it describes as “black arts.”

    As Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has grown into the largest grocery seller in the U.S., similar battles have played out in hundreds of towns like Mundelein. Local activists and union groups have been the public face of much of the resistance. But in scores of cases, large supermarket chains including Supervalu Inc., Safeway Inc. and Ahold NV have retained Saint Consulting to block Wal-Mart, according to hundreds of pages of Saint documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal and interviews with former employees….

    …continued here:

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 8, 2010 | Reply

  25. JAMES B

    I think Helen comments are serious

    I think Helen Thomas knows what I have suspected for a long time

    the presidency of Obama means the death of millions of Jews

    and she is warning them to leave Israel

    I imagine the guilt must almost be UNBEARABLE to be Jewish and work for the Obama administration

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 8, 2010 | Reply

    • What a goofey nut you are

      Comment by My Name Is jack | June 8, 2010 | Reply

  26. I’m glad Helen Thomas has retired. She’s been losing it for some time now and her off the wall comments to the rabbi were pretty outrageous. I remember when my grandmother made a comment to her minister that blacks should just have their own state. We didn’t let her out unsupervised in public after that. And we certainly didn’t expect her to cover White House press conferences.

    Comment by Scott P | June 8, 2010 | Reply

  27. Ok guys I’m out…..

    The Special will come up at 6:00 Pm…..

    I’ll back after 9:00 PM…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 8, 2010 | Reply

  28. SE-779

    My SC GOP prediction

    1) McMaster

    2) Bauer

    3) Barrett

    4) Haley

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 8, 2010 | Reply

  29. Tory minority budget passes House of Commons thanks to Liberal abstentions

    When I first saw this story on My Yahoo!, I thought it was about David Cameron’s Conservative minority getting its budget through the British Parliament with the acquiescence of the Liberal Democrats. But this is about Canada, with her own minority Tory government, which the Liberals (as in Britain) being too broke and afraid to risk a new election.

    American readers will be all-too-familiar, from both Washington and their own state capitals, with must-pass budgets being used to force through extraneous bills that couldn’t otherwise win enactment. The Canadian Senate, an appointed lifetime body, is so familiar with this that it may give the omnibus bill a hard time.

    Parties: The NDP is the New Democratic Party (formerly Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, CCF), a social-democratic farmer-labor party in the Socialist International together with the Labour Parties of Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Great Britain, as with the social-democratic parties of Germany, Austria and Scandinavia.

    The Bloc Québécois is the voice in Ottawa of Quebec nationalism and separatism, parallel to but independent of the provincial Parti Québécois.

    The Progressive Conservative Party (itself the result of a merger) was one of the ancestors, together with the more-stridently right-wing Reform Party, of the present Conservative Party of Canada, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper (ex-Reform). However, not all the old Progressive Conservatives approved of this merger, and since Canadian Senators don’t need a party’s support in order to get reelected, apparently at least one of them kept his original P.C. label. (A parallel would be a member of the British House of Lords who called himself a Social Democrat or a Liberal rather than a Liberal Democrat.)

    Tory budget clears Commons as Libs hold fire

    By Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA, June 8th – Stephen Harper’s minority Conservative government has passed its fifth consecutive federal budget with the tacit support of the Liberal opposition.

    The 2010 budget bill sailed through the House of Commons by a vote of 138-126 on Tuesday, with 30 Liberal MPs absent to ensure the budget survived — along with the government.

    NDP and Bloc Quebecois members voted against the budget en masse.

    The massive, 900-page piece of legislation now goes to the chamber of sober second thought, where Independent and Liberal senators are promising to give it a rougher ride.

    Senator Lowell Murray, a Progressive Conservative, says he’ll serve notice of a motion in the Senate on Wednesday designed to split the budget bill and send it back to the Commons.

    Murray is among a number of critics — including Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff — who argue the budget implementation legislation is an end-run around Parliament because it includes a host of controversial, non-budgetary items.

    The budget bill amends some five dozen laws, including giving the environment minister the power to bypass environmental assessments on major projects.

    “Oil is still flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, yet the Liberals helped the Conservatives adopt a budget bill that hands responsibility for environmental assessments to the industry-friendly National Energy Board,” NDP Leader Jack Layton said in a release immediately following the vote.

    “Trojan-horse bills such as this one are the last refuge of a government trying to make unpopular changes.”

    The legislation also paves the way for the privatization of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. and alters the Canada Post monopoly on overseas mailing.

    The Canada Post changes were introduced by the Tories as stand-alone bills in both 2008 and 2009, only to die on the order paper.

    Bloc MP Christiane Gagnon accused the prime minister of “short-circuiting debates and … undermining the role and power of the public’s representatives.”

    Ignatieff, too, recently called it a “dumpster bill” and “an abuse of power.” But his party wasn’t prepared to defeat or change the legislation for fear of causing a federal election, which they’re not prepared to fight and say Canadians don’t want.

    Only 47 of 77 Liberals, led by Ignatieff, were in the House for the final budget vote. The last three Conservative budgets have survived courtesy of the Liberal party, while the Bloc Quebecois supported the first two under Harper in 2006 and 2007. …

    … continued at:


    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  30. Just like some partisan spin doctors we know of in Washington and Whitehall, the Canadian Prime Minister’s Office (not the External Affairs department) is trying to micromanage, sometimes for domestic party considerations, every public word uttered by the professional civil service’s diplomats and international experts.

    Tory message control reaches around the globe

    Tue Jun 8, 4:11 PM

    By Mike Blanchfield And Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

    The long arm of Tory message control has reached around the world in an attempt to orchestrate virtually every public utterance by seasoned diplomats, from Britain to Bangladesh, an investigation by The Canadian Press concludes.

    The secret to this unprecedented attempt to stage-manage Canada’s most experienced high commissioners, ambassadors and diplomats is the Message Event Proposal — a finely developed information tool aimed at giving the Prime Minister’s Office total control over communication.

    MEPs obtained under the Access to Information Act reveal how Stephen Harper’s office has employed the device to micromanage Canadian diplomacy in the United States, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Asia and Africa.

    Even the most able and trusted of Canada’s foreign service officers have been subjected to strict controls — not by their bosses at the Foreign Affairs Department — but by the PMO through its public service arm, the Privy Council Office.

    “There’s no question it has a bit of a chilling effect on people, because they know that they have to avoid being off-message at all — and that’s what the government wants,” said one currently serving diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity because of fears of career reprisals.

    The central direction of foreign service officers is unparalleled, says retired diplomat Gordon Smith, who served Conservative and Liberal prime ministers as Canada’s ambassador to NATO and the European Union, was a former deputy minister of Foreign Affairs and a senior official at PCO.

    “What other conclusion can one draw? But it reflects a very considerable concentration of power in the Prime Minister’s Office,” said Smith, who left government to join the University of Victoria in 1997.

    “I cannot recall one occasion, when I was in those posts, I ever cleared a speech back through Ottawa.” …

    … continued at:


    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  31. Would you spend two million dollars, even if they were Canadian, on a temporary artificial lake to impress the world media?

    G8 ‘fake lake’ slammed by opposition


    Mon Jun 7, 10:17 PM

    Opposition MPs are ridiculing the Conservative government for spending almost $2 million to create an artificial indoor lake and cottage backdrop inside a Toronto media centre for this month’s G8 and G20 summits.

    Summit organizers are constructing the artificial lake inside Toronto’s Direct Energy Centre to showcase the actual site of the G8 summit hundreds of kilometres away in Huntsville, Ont., on June 25-26. The temporary media centre will host all but about 150 of the estimated 3,000 journalists from around the world covering the G8, as well as the G20 summit in Toronto’s downtown core on June 27-28.

    Opposition parties have targeted Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government in recent weeks over the costs of the back-to-back international summits, which so far carry an estimated $1 billion price tag on security alone.

    During Monday’s question period in the House of Commons, Liberal MP Mark Holland asked why the Conservatives would “splurge” on an indoor lake during meetings where Canada will be preaching fiscal restraint to the rest of the world.

    “The government is literally going to flush it down the drain when the 72-hour spend-fest is over,” Holland told the House. …

    … Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff labelled the dual summits “the world’s most expensive photo op,” citing a leaked G8 communiqué that he said showed no progress on maternal health, climate change or the environment. On the issue of banking reform, Ignatieff said it appeared that all decisions would be left for another G20 summit in Korea at the end of the year.

    Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe labelled the G8 meeting a “tourist event,” while NDP Leader Jack Layton called it a “billion-dollar boondoggle that is ballooning” under the Conservatives’ wasteful mismanagement.

    “We’ve got a government here that has to create an artificial lake, when Canada has more lakes than just about any other country in the world,” Layton told the House. “It’s the taxpayers who are going to end up at the bottom of the fake lake, with a fake Muskoka behind them.” …

    … continued here

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  32. Yet another Canadian political story with overseas parallels: a Lib-Lab coalition or merger (perhaps called the Liberal Democrats)?

    Liberal, NDP insiders talk merger

    Last Updated: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 | 12:14 AM ET

    CBC News

    Senior insiders with the federal Liberals and New Democrats have been holding secret talks about the possibility of merging their parties to form a new entity to take on the Conservatives, CBC News has learned.

    Many Liberal insiders confirmed that discussions between the two parties are not just focused on forming a coalition after an election or co-operation before one, but the creation of a new party.

    The new party would possibly be named the Liberal Democrats and there has been tentative talk about what a shared platform would look like and an understanding that a race would be required to choose a new leader.

    “Serious people are involved in discussions at a serious level,” Warren Kinsella, a former adviser to former prime minister Jean Chrétien, told CBC News.

    Warren Kinsella, former adviser to Jean Chrétien, says Liberal and the NDP insiders are discussing the possibility of forming a new party. (CBC)
    Kinsella would not say who was involved in the discussions, saying he did not want to “deter” people.

    He added that with the Liberals polling at around 25 per cent support, a merger necessitates consideration.

    “The reality is that we are in a bad position,” Kinsella said.

    “We don’t want to see the Liberal Party of Canada disappear and I’m sure there are a lot of New Democrats who are getting fed up with their fate.”

    Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/06/08/liberal-ndp-new-party.html

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 9, 2010 | Reply

    • The leaders of both the Liberals and the NDP quickly denied these reports of merger talks:


      As always, they could be perfectly right (deflating someone else’s trial balloon) or they could have been rushed into fast forced denials of something that may have substance.

      We probably won’t know for a while (after all something has to go into politicians’ and journalists’ memoirs).

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  33. The BIGGEST election story of yesterday and possibly a QUARTER century

    yesterday night Alan Greene Defeated Vic Rawl BY 17 POINTS to become the Democrat nominee for US Senate

    Alan Greene had NO WEBSITE, and I spoke to him the day before the election and he was not even CAMPAIGNING

    this keeps my dream alive that anything is possible in politics

    so to the future Ron Gunzburger for Governor of Florida

    and Jenna Johnson for President


    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  34. * Godless Communist for Sheriff

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  35. Obama’s Job Approval Rating has tanked to 40% in Florida.

    GO HAWKS….Bring home Lord Stanley’s Cup to Chicago!

    Comment by Illinois Jim | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  36. Yea….But if he campaigns there for a while it will come back….

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  37. Go Blackhawks!

    Do not end up like the Boston Ruins!

    Nov 2010 should mean large gains for he GOP. 2012 is too far away but anyone elected right now should be worried especially if that one is looked upon as obstructionist, anti Israeli, or an advocate of this premature and expensive health care law.

    Comment by Manila Calling! | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  38. I believe the Dem’s will hold both house’s of congress in November….

    Just bearly…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  39. I’ll repost this here, because everything gets buried so deep no one ever sees it again:

    Orly Taitz, a relentless pursuer of the Not Born Here theory, won only a quarter of the California GOP primary vote for Sec. of State. But that’s still over a third of a million of California’s more politically-conscious citizens. GOP candidates and managers must be breathing deeps sighs of relief.


    California voters approved the cockamamie open primary (which could send two Democrats or two Republicans to face each other in November 2012) at the same time they kept the ban on public financing of elections. I put down at least part of this madness to a Republican 2010 primary that was more significant than the Democratic one, in the relative absence of high-profile vote-catching ballot measures.


    By 7 to 1, voters did approve a non-controversial measure that exempts the added value of seismic retrofitting (quake-proofing) of an existing building from property tax revaluations until it’s sold.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  40. Can somebody please ban Leal from this site FOREVER ?

    He’s the main reason why Politics 1 was shut down because of his uppity bullshit.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  41. I’m out till later

    Have fun guys…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  42. Lets say the Republicans take control of BOTH houses of Congress

    You know what happens to the health care bill?


    But a bunch of huffing and puffing that the likes of Manila Daniel and Leal will be pissing in their pants over

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  43. Might as well repost something from another one of this site’s many, many threads…

    Alvin Greene is 32 year old, unemployed, has no website, no money, and no campaign signs.

    Oh, and also, he is facing felony charges for some kind of lewd online behavior.

    I want to know if My Name is Jack will vote for his party’s nominee over Jim DeMint in South Carolina. Considering Alvin Greene, and the Ron Paul supporter who the party last nominated for the U.S. Senate in 2008, SC Dems may really be the party of TPL after all!

    Jim DeMint can probably take the rest of the campaign off. He could now confess to having had affairs with both Nikki Haley and Lindsay Graham, while in Argentina, and still win handily.

    Comment by Corey | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  44. Corey

    See my reply at your original post

    Interestingly I voted yesterday in the Republican primary so I could vote for my friend Tim Scott in the first CD race

    He finished first with over 32% of the vote in a nine can didate field

    He will face Paul Thurmond in the runoff in two weeks

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  45. Nice! Welcome to the GOP jack. I hope Tim Scott wins.

    Did you also vote for Nikki Haley? I am very impressed with her. I have a hunch Barrett drops out fairly shortly (if he hasn’t already today).

    Bob Inglis is toast as well.

    I think TPL needs to become Alvin Greene’s Press Secretary.

    Comment by Corey | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  46. Sorry Corey. TPL displays the blind hatred of anything Obama that makes me think he is Glenn Beck on some days. In other words–a true REPUBLICAN.

    Comment by Scott P | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  47. No

    I voted for Bauer

    Figuring he would be easiest to beat

    Although Sheheen is a decided underdog

    Because of all thats happened I rate his chances at 1 in 4

    Thats decidedly better than a few months ago when I would have rated him about 1 in 8!

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  48. Since the discussion’s migrated here, let me repeat and rephrase my question: is there still a Working Families Party in South Carolina, and whom has it nominated or endorsed?

    I’d imagine some animosity between the WFP and Jim DeMint, who was prepared to leave TSA without a head, rather than accept one who wouldn’t explicitly commit to continue denying airport screeners the right to organize and bargain collectively.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 9, 2010 | Reply

    • Yeh

      I know they nominated Jim Rex(who lost to Sheheen in the Dem primary ) for Governor

      I doubt if he runs now

      Im uncertain if they have nominated a Senate candidate

      Comment by My Name Is jack | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  49. Yikes. Karenna Gore Schiff has separated from her husband of 13 years.

    I still think this is all for some reality show.

    Comment by Corey | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  50. Is Rush Limbaugh still married? It’s been almost a week.

    Comment by Scott P | June 9, 2010 | Reply

    • He, he, he…..

      Give the lady some time to get him mad…..

      He IS mad!

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 9, 2010 | Reply

      • I do not often agree with Scott but Mega Dittos to that one!

        Comment by Manila Calling! | June 9, 2010

  51. According to Gunzburger’s site, Vic Rawl had the Working Family endorsement.

    Has he dropped out and endorsed Greene or might he run as the Third Party candidate in November?

    Will South Carolina be one of the states where the Dem Senate nominee might finish in third place? How many states will that be the case?

    Comment by Corey | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  52. Corey of Buffalo Grove

    Alvin won against a candidate who had a website, campaign manager, website designer, and secretary

    It is amazing story

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 9, 2010 | Reply

    • Ditto that comment….

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  53. Corey of Buffalo Grove

    Yesterday I voted for more Democrats(3) then I had in my entire life

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  54. I suggest that Scott P., check out Kristi Noem, the Republican opponent of Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin in South Dakota.

    Republicans have nominated a hotter candidate than the Dems’ favorite pin-up girl.

    Why? Because we can.

    Comment by Corey | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  55. Eh, sounds like SC Dems nominating this nobody didn’t change anything. So the guy with experience would have gotten 35% and this guy might only get 25-30%. Big deal!

    On the other hand Nevada Republicans really screwed the pooch nominating their weakest candidate against weak incumbent Harry Reid. Angle is from the farthest fringe of the Tea Party and wants to eliminate Social Securiy and bring back Prohibition–that’ll fly in Nevada!

    Comment by Scott P | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  56. I think with Vic losing WE can now re-open the Macaulay_ Culkin presidency vault


    I love Politics

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  57. Yeh

    Demint was a cinch for reelection anyway

    Its an interesting sidelight and funny as Hell

    But has no practical effect

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  58. So much for the Democrats’ 50 state strategy with nominees like Alvin Greene in South Carolina and well…. nobody, in South Dakota.

    Bye, I think.

    Comment by Corey | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  59. Corey of Buffalo Grove

    without being able to see Ms Noem’s ears I cant truly evaluate her physical appearance

    but I am GLAD the GOP has discovered their FEMININE face

    BEST of luck with that

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  60. The Hawks play tonight at 8pm on NBC

    and I hope all can make it out to the Bar to give Corey and Jim emotional support on this game

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  61. Jack I saw your comment on the story about the oil spill hoping BP goes bankrupt. I’d like to see the same thing. Ole Sean Hannity was almost in tears when he mentioned that possibility the otehr day. Of course he was praising BP for doing “everything it can” and blaming the environmentalists who I suppose he thinks somehow actually caused the disaster.

    I guess if these right wing talk show hosts aren’t shilling gold they’re shilling for oil.

    Comment by Scott P | June 9, 2010 | Reply

    • Shed a tear, if you so incline, for the old Anglo-Persian, later Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, whose threatened nationalisation by Mohammed Mossadegh helped overthrow him in a 1953 coup organised by the young CIA’s Kermit Roosevelt that brought back the Shaw and hanged Mossadegh.

      Anglo-Iranian later became BP.

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  62. My limited Googling finds that the Working Families Party had a state convention on May 15th, and among the candidates they endorsed was Col. Robert Burton (USAF, ret’d) at the wrong end of a 4-5 loss in Cong. Dist. 1:

    _8,402 ( 44.34% ) : Robert D Burton (DEM)
    10,549 ( 55.66% ) : Ben Frasier (DEM)
    18,951 ( 100.0% ) : Total (DEM)

    One WFP or WFP-leaning blogger sees something darker in Alvin Greene’s candidacy, the dread hand of the GOP:


    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  63. Yeh

    Frasier has run for the Demo nomination in every primary since 1972

    And finally wins

    His claim to fame?

    He used to be ba chaffeur for Dixiecrat Rep L Mendel Rivers

    Once again

    Who cares?

    A Democrat hasnt won that seat since 1978!

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 9, 2010 | Reply

    • L. Mendel Rivers, former chairman of Armed Services?

      There was a name to be conjured with (if Strom or John C. Calhoun weren’t available).

      My ancient 1972 Almanac of American Politics tells me that his 1970 successor in the 1st CD was his godson, Mendel Davis, although James Edwards put up a good fight for the GOP (49% to 41% with 10% going to Mrs. Victoria De Lee, independent).

      ¶ The very last relic on the Boston City Council of James Michael (“Last Hurrah”) Curley’s era was Albert “Dapper” O’Neil, a dyspeptic, sometimes racist, sometimes sexist former driver for Mayor Curley.

      ‘Dapper’ O’Neil, champion of personal politics, dies at 87 (The Boston Globe, December 20, 2007)

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 9, 2010 | Reply

      • Yeh

        I worked for Davis in the special election to succeed Rivers after his death

        Davis passed away a few years ago

        Comment by My Name Is jack | June 9, 2010

  64. DSD

    Look I voted for TWO OTHER candidates that were on the TOP of the ballot and they both lost

    Robert Ford and Brian Doyle

    so the notion it was because he was at the top is silly

    Perhaps… it was part of MILITARY INSTRUMENTAL COMPLEX to try and defeat DeMint for voting against the Defense budget

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  65. jack

    you should be ECSTATIC Alvin Greene DISAPPROVED all your prejudice assumptions of SC RESIDENTS

    I drink to you OLD MAN

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  66. OLD MAN?

    What you got against old people

    Nut nut?

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  67. Frasier’s run in every primary since 1972?

    Jeez, time to give it up!

    Comment by Scott P | June 9, 2010 | Reply


    I just drank to and you get upset

    Dont you understand praise

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  69. Yeh

    This year he finally wins

    The guy is rather eccentric but in a nice way

    What is amusing is that Frasier is very conservative

    So if Scott wins the Republican nomination

    The GE will feature two Black conservatives duking it out

    Of course it will be no contest

    Frasier is not taken seriously except by Leal types

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  70. jack MY ELDER

    I dont even know who Frasier is

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  71. Yeah sounds like Bill Haas here in Missouri. He has run for mayor of St. Louis in every election since 1993, never getting more than single digits in the Dem primary (which is tantamount to winning the election). He did get some national attention in the 2005 race when he pondered committing suicide on his blog (which he later claimed he never seriously considered)

    In 2008 he ran for Congress against ultra conservative incumbent Todd Akin and actually won the Dem primary. Of course that district is uber Republican and Haas got the usual 30 some odd % a Dem nominee gets. Still it was quite the feat for him to actually win a primary after all these years!

    This year he decided to challenge Akin in the GOP primary. If he gets out of the single digits I’ll be shocked.

    Haas is a nice guy, but definitely eccentric. His current job? Greeter at Wal-Mart. That’s with a business degree from Yale.

    They should really make a documentary about these perennial longshot candidates. I know I’d see it!

    Comment by Scott P | June 9, 2010 | Reply


    Holloway suspect targeted in sting, not arrested


    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 9, 2010 | Reply

    • They ain’t gonna get any props for that….And maybe a lawsuit….

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  73. Hell Leal you didnt know who Greene was either!

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  74. Sure I did

    I voted for GREENE and I had a phone interview with him on Monday

    and I discussed his run with Brian Doyle

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  75. You did?

    Please tell us all about this “conversation” Leal

    Since apparently by his OWN admission he didnt campaign

    And NO reporter has apparently talked to him

    But somehow YOU did

    How did you get his number?

    All this is very intesting Leal

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  76. So do I Manila!

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  77. “How did you get his number?”

    Maybe it’s written on Al’s forehead.

    Now whats all this about him and a felony charge?


    Comment by Manila Calling! | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  78. Eveyrbody is using the same source…..

    The Mother Earth interview……… which is the only one the guy gave….

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  79. Congrats Blackhawks!

    And good night Bobby “Golden Jet” Hull where ever you are!

    Comment by Manila Calling! | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  80. “How did you get his number?”

    Project Vote Smart

    WE talked about 09.11.01, withdrawal from Iraq & Afghanistan, Medical Marijuana, North and South Korea becoming ONE country, Pakistan, and the future of his campaign

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  81. English flag to fly over No 10 during World Cup (BBC)

    Page last updated at 22:15 GMT, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 23:15 UK

    Mr Cameron said he hoped MPs from across the UK would cheer for England

    David Cameron has said he will fly the flag of St George over No 10 during the football World Cup in South Africa.

    The prime minister told MPs that the move would not cost anything and he hoped it would help unite the nation behind the England team.

    He said he hoped that no matter what part of the UK MPs represented, they would be shouting “come on England”.

    Mr Cameron wished the team and manager well ahead of their first match, which is against the US on Saturday. …

    …continued at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/politics/10274536.stm

    If Puerto Rico had qualified for the World Cup, but the USA had not, would the Puerto Rican flag (Cuba’s with the red and blue reversed) have flown in front of the White House?

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  82. The (Columbia, S.C.) Free Times’ account of Jake Knotts’ remarks about Republican gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley makes him sound even worse than I thought. (Perhaps it was the alcohol consumed at the Flying Saucer during and after his interview on “Pub Politics”.

    Read the continuation of the following:

    Knotts Calls Haley a “Raghead,” Issues Non-Apologetic Apology

    Senator Talks to Free Times Before Publicly Apologizing


    “We got a raghead in Washington; we don’t need one in South Carolina.”

    — S.C. Sen. Jake Knotts

    With a bead of sweat rolling down the side of his face outside a Columbia bar, Republican S.C. Sen. Jake Knotts called Indian-American GOP gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley a “raghead” several times in a June 3 Free Times interview while explaining how he believed the Lexington representative was hiding her true religion from voters.

    “She’s a f#!king raghead,” Knotts said.

    He later clarified his statement. He did not mean to use the F-word…

    …read much more in this vein at this Free Times page

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 10, 2010 | Reply

    • Another charmer! Maybe he meant she was on the . . . err, maybe he meant she has this religious background which makes her as normal as any other female I’ve known!

      PS: Do you think Hillary used to scream too?

      Comment by Manila Calling! | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  83. Here’s your Ballot; What’s your Hurry?

    From Radio Netherlands Worldwide’s web site:

    Station voting a success, says Dutch Railways

    Published on 9 June 2010 – 10:23pm

    Thousands of Dutch voters used Wednesday’s opportunity to vote in the country’s parliamentary elections at a railway station. According to a representative for Dutch Railways, at least 40,000 people cast their votes at polling booths located in 45 of the country’s railway stations.

    At Utrecht’s Central Station, such long lines formed that organisers not only had to set up an extra table to handle all the voters, but also employ a private security guard to ensure that everything remained orderly. At Amsterdam’s Central Station, there was still a long queue as late as 20:00.

    Voting at railway stations has taken place before, but only on a small scale. Dutch Railways called the action a success and said it would offer voters the chance to vote at stations in all future elections.

    © Radio Netherlands Worldwide


    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 10, 2010 | Reply

    • Fast Food drive thru’s, anywhere they sell lottery tickets or cigarettes, and supermarkets would be best here in the USA.

      Comment by Manila Calling! | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  84. Projected State of the Dutch Parties after the ruling Christian Democrats fall to fourth place behind the Liberals, Labour and the far right (anti-Islamic) Freedom Party.

    150 is the number of seats in the Dutch Parliament

    76 would form a majority.

    31 VVD (centre-right liberals)
    30 PvdA (Dutch Labour Party)
    24 PVV (Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party)
    21 CDA (Christian Democratic Appeal)

    15 SP (Socialist Party)
    10 GroenLinks (GreenLeft)
    10 D66 (Democrats 66)

    5 ChristenUnie (Christian Union)
    2 SGP (Protestant party)
    2 Partij voor de Dieren (Party for the Animals)

    0 Trots op Nederland (Proud of the Netherlands)

    See: http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/liberal-vvd-party-wins-historic-dutch-election

    Published on : 9 June 2010 – 10:01pm | By John Tyler

    with interesting party symbols and a pie chart as well as a layman’s summary of the parties and possible coalitions.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  85. My MASSACHUSETTS brethren aka Manila Calling

    I hope you realize Haley is Methodist

    and prior she was Sikh not Hindu

    carry on

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 10, 2010 | Reply

    • Thats not the religion I was talking about.

      I think she would have liked George the best myself.

      The Beatles were more important than God you know.

      John Lennon said so.

      And Yoko Ono was a terrorist!

      Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

      Comment by Manila Calling! | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  86. why I am the USUALLY the only one holding the AFRICAN pride banner here

    I cheer on Jackie BROWN.. no one backs me up

    I cheer on Robert Ford.. and I ONLY have my best buddy SE-779 back me up

    I cheer on Arthur Davis.. Conservative craps on him

    I announce I will vote for GREENE.. and jack calls him a loser

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 10, 2010 | Reply

    • The jury is out on Greene TPL….

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 10, 2010 | Reply

      • Nope the Jury is in

        This guy is as goofy as Leal

        And as a Democrat I am ASHAMED of my party for having this clown(and possible criminal) as a candidate

        Where did he get the ten thousand filing fee?

        From a jar he was collecting money in he says(Yeh right)

        What about his pending criminal charge?

        No comment he says

        Hopefully they will go ahead and try him on the pending charge

        Convict him

        And remove him from the ballot

        Dont worry Leal you can always write his name in!

        Comment by My Name Is jack | June 10, 2010

  87. ** Conservative Democrat craps on him

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  88. James B, Corey, IL Brandon, IL Jim, Jack, Benjamin Dog, Daniel G., Manila, Dem Soc. Dave, etc:

    The Big 12 conference in college football is officially DEAD as of this morning with Nebraska bolting to the Big 10 and Colorado (as expected) going to the Pac-10, who will also get Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, OU, OK-St to join as well.

    Mizzou who was supposed to join the Big 10 is on their own and left in the cold in the fading Big 12.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | June 10, 2010 | Reply

    • Politics is everywhere…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  89. heck even the republicans were ready to dump Steele

    until I shouted the magic word COINTELPRO

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 10, 2010 | Reply

    • Yeh I remember some Republican National Committee persons being quoted in the media

      That they were getting ready to lower the boom on Steele

      “Until T P Leal yelled Cointelpro!”

      Im surprised the Dog didnt have an article on that

      Comment by My Name Is jack | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  90. Conservative Democrat

    Who says it is dead

    Team can change

    The Atlantic -10 didnt die when VIRGINIA TECH left

    the beat goes on

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  91. The jury is out on Greene TPL….

    what the fuck am I stuck in 1957 MY ENTIRE LIFE

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 10, 2010 | Reply

    • Invest in Polaroid!

      Comment by Manila Calling! | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  92. James B, Texas Governor Rick Perry is going to pressure the Pac-10 to make sure Texas and A&M stick together if both schools jump into the Pac-10 conference which is looking more and more LIKELY.

    Put TX, A&M, Texas Tech, OU and OK-St including Colorado and you have the Pac-16 with a first ever conference championship.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | June 10, 2010 | Reply

    • He’ll try for sure…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  93. I’m with TPL…be a little more positive

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 10, 2010 | Reply

    • From Newsweek: “For Greene, at least, relative obscurity is no longer his biggest problem. He was arrested in November for allegedly showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student, according to the Associated Press. ABCNews says he was kicked out of the Army, too. Now three months after Greene gave them that $10,400 check, South Carolina Democrats have asked him to withdraw from the race.”

      High hopes!

      Greene has high hopes!

      Forget about those rumors that he

      pushed porn as a joke!

      So any time your getting low

      Instead of letting go

      Just remember this rant

      Oops, there goes another man without

      Oops, there goes another man without

      Oops, there goes another man without


      And if he does not get his 10 grand back, he loses his shirt too!

      Comment by Manila Calling! | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  94. Leal

    During your “conversation” with Greene

    Did he agree with you that President Obama is a terrorist?

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  95. I hope there is a halfway sane independent running for the SC Senate seat. I know I couldn’t bear to vote for either Greene or DeMint.

    Comment by Scott P | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  96. Scott that is worrying a whole lot of people down there…..


    or DeMint


    No much choice for Indie, Democrats OR moderate GOPer’s

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 10, 2010 | Reply

    • De Mint could propose that the Gulf of Mexico simply be allowed to fill up with oil and then be used as a kind of mega giant self serve gas station and get re-elected.

      And who said South Carolina was too big to be a insane asylum?

      Comment by Manila Calling! | June 10, 2010 | Reply

      • Bring back Inez Tenenbaum! (now ensconced somewhere in the upper middle reaches of the Obama administration).

        Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 10, 2010

      • Not me…..

        Comment by jamesb101 | June 10, 2010

  97. RI gubernatorial debate in an hour, at 7 p.m. EDT on http://www.wpri.com (or Channel 12, Providence)

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 10, 2010 | Reply

    • The video stream was awful if you didn’t have high capacity memory and connections; it was overloaded by “Connect It” giving the questions as they were asked; I’ve seen this done far more efficiently by less sophisticated and less power-hungry apps. The TV broadcast also had some engineering glitches, especially sound from URI in southern RI.

      I apologize to the former state legislator Victor Moffit (R) for my throwaway comparison in an earlier thread about experience: both Moffit’s Republican opponent, John Robitaille, and the Moderate Party candidate Ken Block made big points about their LACK of experience in elective public office.

      Atty-Gen. Patrick Lynch (D) made a few good points but reinforced my dislike of him.

      Gen. Treas. Frank Caprio (R) still makes a good impression to me, and is certainly a Democrat, but there are fiscal points where he seems too conservative.

      Lincoln Chafee (Ind.), a former Republican Mayor of Warwick and U.S. Senator, still looks like the best of the bunch at this point, although I disagree with him on several policy proposals, such as imposing a 1% sales tax on currently-exempt items such as drugs and newspapers.

      As I’ve said before, I wish there were a true left-wing candidate, such as State Rep. David Segal (D, Providence & E. Prov.; formerly Green Party member of Prov. City Council), who’s instead running for the Democratic nomination for Patrick Kennedy’s 1st District Congressional seat. An unambiguous left-winger would make this race less lopsided.

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  98. Did he agree with you that President Obama is a terrorist?

    Wasnt brought up

    Although WE did bring up Osama and Osama’s financial bankruptcy desires for the USA ,Alvin must have previously talked to my co-worker Carl( Ron’s SC baby)

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 10, 2010 | Reply

    • Nutty as usual

      That was some “conversation”(heh heh heh)

      Comment by My Name Is jack | June 10, 2010 | Reply

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