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calimary

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Gender: Female
Home country: USA
Current location: Oregon
Member since: 2001
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About Me

Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.

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GOOD one, bleever! Should be said, read, and SPREAD.

They didn't create wealth, they just moved it.

Evoking "The Simpsons": "HA-HA!"

I was just talking to my husband about this - we were trying to remember the last time a Democrat pilfered someone's song without their permission and was forced to cease and desist. We couldn't. However, we could each think back to fucking reagan to multiple republi-CONS who've helped themselves to bands' or songwriters' work without asking.

I tell ya - it's The World's Biggest Entitlement Program at work and on display! "You want it? Shit! Just take it! You can always give it back later. But it rightfully should be YOURS for the taking anyway, shouldn't it? 'Cause it's okay if you're a republi-CON. The rules don't apply to you. Oh well, better to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission."

Just off the bat, Springsteen smacked the reagan campaign upside the head for stealing "Born in the USA" without his permission.

John Cougar Mellencamp's "Pink Houses" was ripped off by the mcsame campaign AND by reagan, Tom Petty's "American Girl" was ripped off by the michele bachmann campaign, Heart was ripped off by mcsame/palin for using "Barracuda" as her theme song at the 2008 convention. AND MORE...

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/stop-the-music-artists-demand-gopers-quit-playing-their-hits.php

Greed, selfishness, theft, and an overinflated sense of entitlement. That sums up the prevailing attitude of the GOP.

ROFL!!!!!!

Another one!

"Apparently, Hell hath no fury like a garden gnome scorned." - 11 Bravo

FABULOUS! (I just always wanna remember who coined the phrase when I see this in my journal later on.)

LOVE this! "Little Nero norquist"! EXCELLENT!

VERY "Little Nero norquist."

ProfessionalLeftist I salute you! GREAT nickname for him! Long may it stick and beget nicknames even more vile!

He's their false god that they willingly worship while they're also busy loudly patting themselves on the back for being far more Christian than you could ever be.

Best advice of all.

Remember how Mad-Eye Moody always warned Harry Potter: "CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!!"

DO NOT get complacent. This is only July. And kkkarl rove is just getting warmed up.

Yeah, along with those heavy, sinister, overhanging eyebrows.

There's nothing but darkness where there should be eyes, eyelids, and brows. Cold and creepy. And his head doesn't move independently from the rest of his body. It's as though he's got a permanent neck brace - as his torso turns, his head moves with it the same way. Odd and disquieting, giving him a stiff, robotic air. Maybe he's a Borg?

Creepy. He's cold and creepy. And I don't trust him.

Nope. Don't back off. DO NOT.

DO NOT LET UP. Do NOT give the opponent time to catch his breath. He can rebound at you with renewed strength. Keep punching, pounding, jabbing. Keep him busy - like they used to teach in my sparring class. Keep him off-balance. Keep attacking! Don't let him recover.

And there's no reason why we can't keep coming at him on Bain AND ALSO calling for him to release his tax returns. "What is he hiding?" BOTH. More than just those two lines of attack, too, for that matter. Keep hitting at him. Break him down. Sometimes it takes a lot of meat tenderizer on a tough piece of meat. Soften him up so he's such badly-damaged goods that NO amount of voter suppression will help him.

No mercy! PARTICULARLY since the bad guys are expecting just that, because Dems always cave. Why do you think they're demanding an apology? 'Cause we've backed off before. HUGE MISTAKE.

Besides, please consider: Would he let up on our guy?

And that's something I just do not get: "he's taking away my freedoms."

How? When? Which freedoms? Freedom to be okay to be racist? Freedom to buy anything made-in-China no matter what? Freedom not to have to avoid feeling guilty about being such a selfish un-Christian shit, because you just HATE looking bad? Freedom to be selfish and proud of it, greedy and proud of it, mean-spirited and proud of it? Freedom to have a white guy in the Oval Office? Freedom to keep the Oval Office "whites only'? Which freedoms are we really talking about?

I think we're ALL starting to smarten up about the mitt scandal and Dems gutsy response. We need to!

It was suggested that this be a post of its own. But it's worth repeating. There's far more strategic sophistication operating here than I've seen before. More of us are "getting" the schemes and tactics that the enemy's using, which enables us to respond far more shrewdly and effectively. They have far more practice at it than we do, but we learn! This came from a thread by alcibiades_mystery, where we were all kicking this around. We should do MORE of that. The better to be able to out-think and out-maneuver these guys:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002953031

So many of us are recognizing what's REALLY going on here.

This is IT.

It's all strategy. You accurately and shrewdly point out that they're used to this tactic working. Turn it back on the Dems and make them AND it the story. Deflect, deflect, and then deflect some more. But - gasp! - it isn't working. They can't deflect because this haughty elitist would-be king and his queen, the lady ann of dressage, are so accustomed to their word being taken as law instead of taken out for an un-spin-cycle spin. The questions keep coming and at least SOME reporters and writers and bloggers are smelling smoke and building themselves a hard-on to find the inevitable fire somewhere nearby.

And they're not used to this. They've been experts at attacking and deflecting and distracting for years! It's always worked the way they schemed and manipulated and timed and dictated. But it's always depended on the same accompanying conditions: that Dems would always cave, back down, capitulate, apologize, resign or otherwise fall on their swords, and go away quietly. These seem to be different Dems, though. They don't act as expected - OR AS PREDICTED. They're outside the comfortable, well-worn, long-established parameters of the playing field. It's a lot harder to manage. The GOP's desired result depends on a set group of conditions being met, establishing a climate, a foundation, that leads to that desired result. That's why they like to stack the deck. They're all about tilting the playing field. They have to - because that's the only way they're assured of winning. (Why do you think they're all over voter suppression at the state level these days?)

The nice thing here is this:
We talk a lot about battle tactics. Some of us have read or at least skimmed Sun Tzu's "The Art of War." Some here have studied other warriors' tactics and strategies, based on the premise that this is actually a war we're fighting. This is war. The other side has certainly declared it against us. The GOP is falling back on some of their old tricks. Their default positioning. Do this, the Dems react like that, then you close the deal by doing thus. It's worked for years! And what happens after you've seen the same tactics always work in the same way? You start getting used to it. It's always worked, so you figure it's always GONNA work. You have no evidence to the contrary - BECAUSE it's just always worked. So you fall into complacency and start getting arrogant, and maybe just a very tiny bit, you drop your guard a little. It's a pattern, a habit, and soon enough, a republi-CON "law of nature." It becomes an "IS" is you will. As in, this just IS. That's how it IS. Remember those snot-nosed rich ladies driving into and out of the romney fundraisers in the Hamptons - about how it just IS - the common people simply don't understand how things are and how things work. The template is in place.

Meanwhile, however, the opposition has changed it up a little. They're not following the unspoken rules about how they're supposed to react, and how their response is supposed to go. Suddenly, the ol' reliable template doesn't fit anymore. If you're suitably preconditioned to something always working the way you expect it to, you will be thrown for a loop as to how to respond when something suddenly STOPS working the way you expect it to. You won't have the ol' template to work from, because all of a sudden the template doesn't work in this case. THAT IS WHY so many teabaggers and other knuckledraggers have trouble articulating beyond the talking points and the bumper-sticker sloganeering. The response template was provided to them free, reinforced with repetition and effective results, and they didn't have to think about this or reason it out for themselves, and frankly, they didn't even have to understand it - just like we "common people" were told was how things work.

And what happens when you don't exercise your muscles? They become flabby. Then sometimes they go as far as to atrophy. Well - works the same way in the human mind. That's why so many experts recommend stuff that keeps the mind active - to Alzheimer's patients. Keep it exercised and nimble. That's not what the GOP has preconditioned most of its operatives below the rove/kristol/ailes/luntz/romney level on the zigurrat to respond to. They're all rendered a bit psychologically lazy, spoiled, and flabby after so many years of the same reliable template working for them so well, like it always did. But it's a mile wide and a millimeter deep. Barely scratch the surface or ask the wrong question or probe just a bit below the veneer and the whole thing starts to go to pieces. They have no experience or practice dealing with anything else.

They're probably gonna be hiring a whole bunch of crisis-management PR firms in the next week to try to get out in front of this again. But there may be nothing left to get out in front of. The train, as they say, may already have left the station with a solid majority of the electorate on it. Remember the mistakes of John Kerry and how easily he was swiftboated on his military experience. That meme was left un-tamped-down by his campaign until it had already started sinking in through the national pores. And once it did that, he was sunk. Oh yeah, he finally woke up and started raising a defense and tried to go on offense, but we waited for a week while the Kerry campaign did nothing and the questions grew and he just started looking worse and worse and fishier and fishier, and they gave up on their ivory-tower "don't DIGNIFY it with a response!" shit. Which clearly wasn't working. Once it seeps into the public consciousness - either consciously or unconsciously, the seeds of doubt are sown and take root. And the candidate is done. If this sinks in deep enough in the public mind, it won't matter how many hundreds of millions of dollars they throw mitt's way. The impression will have been made. First impressions and all that. And as we all know, if those first impressions are negative, you spend the rest of your life living them down.

The Dems just have to hold firm, defiant, NON-COMPLIANT and CERTAINLY non-apologetic, and keep asking questions. The enemy is all standing their with their dicks caught in their zippers and they do not know what to do or how to respond. This is unfamiliar territory to them and they don't have an effective counter-strategy for it. Blind-sided like Tom Cruise, who wasn't expecting any pushback from his "mousy little wife" he thought he knew and had under control, who'd never dare to defy him. Nicole Kidman let herself get rolled. Katie Holmes is DIFFERENT. Same thing going on there as the GOP is grappling with now. This is not the Nicole Kidman party they're dealing with (at least in this case). If this sinks in deeply enough, it may already be too late to turn around.

Funny - does that mean it's OUR turn to be the "Party of NO"?

Even the "common people" know when they start smelling a rat.

No kidding!! I've been needing this!!!

Thoroughly enjoying it, and I can't wait to hear how Jon Stewart and Colbert, and Leno/Letterman/Conan & Co take it apart, too! And evidently, retroactive everything is hot on Twitter today!!!

BUT LET'S NOT GET COMPLACENT! We don't have this thing won yet. Don't take ANYTHING for granted, even good news. Remain on offense. Don't follow their playbook. And REMAIN VIGILANT, like Mad-Eye Moody always warned Harry Potter: "CONSTANT Vigilance!!!"
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