a small dose of reality

keeping it semi real, promoting conservatives, taking potshots at fools, democrats other than Obama, liberals, the left, know it alls, the dnc, etc., reviews of models, pundits and blogs

I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said. 

William F. Buckley, Jr.

2007/11/30

julio pino KSU Protest - Contact Kent State University's Chair of Trustees Sandra Harbrecht and Acting Department Head Mary Ann Heiss

@ 11:09 PM (86 months, 4 days ago)

 

Here are their email addresses:  mheiss@kent.edu                     

                                           trustees@kent.edu

 

 

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

Kent State University Trustees Mollycoddle julio assad pino and Slap pino's Enabler John Jameson on the Wrist

@ 10:55 PM (86 months, 4 days ago)

 

Just google julio pino and you will find conduct by a TAXPAYER PAID UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR that makes Ward Churchill look like a choirboy.  Raise your voices in protest.  Contact Ohio politicians, your own politicians, the media, the KSU Trustees.  Write on the KSU newspaper on line.  Kent Stater on line.

You know what you think:  "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."

In the last week, pino has published America hating terrorist supporting information from:  Ravenna Ohio United States 24.93.179.111 [Label IP Address]

 

Five miles from Kent State University.

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

Anderson Cooper Moderates CNN You Tube Republican Debate

@ 12:20 AM (86 months, 5 days ago)

 

 

anderson cooper andersoncooper

"Another job well done, working in the Hillary plants, picking

questions to make the Republicans look bad, trying to hookwink

America and in general being a jackass.  moveon.org loves me."

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/29

Twelve Step Recovery is Available for liberal democrats

@ 12:04 PM (86 months, 6 days ago)

 

There are now free recovery groups available that are part of the twelve step program.  Step one is the most important.  Go head liberal democrats - give it a try.  It can't hurt.

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Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/27

Trent Lott Mails Out Last Series of Senate Happy Kwanzaa Cards

@ 11:50 PM (86 months, 7 days ago)

 

It's the end of a wonderful era.  Can you say lobbyist?

OFFICIAL "HAPPY KWANZAA" CARD FROM SENATOR TRENT LOTT

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/26

China Says It’s ‘Too Late’ To Recall Huge Shipment of Turkeys - 70 Million Toxic Birds Sent to U.S. Last Week

@ 11:16 PM (86 months, 8 days ago)

 

This is one fowl conspiracy with some legs and wings.

Officials from a major food exporter in China apologized to American consumers today for shipping over 70 million poisonous turkeys to the U.S. early last week, but indicated that it was “too late” for a recall of their toxic food product.

A spokesman for the Wuhan Food Exportation Company said that while the company “deeply regretted” the shipment, the error was not discovered until Friday morning, making a recall of the birds “virtually impossible.”

“It would be problematic to recall such a massive shipment,” the spokesman said. “Those turkeys were sent to virtually every store in the U.S.”

At a press conference on Saturday to discuss what went wrong with the shipment of turkeys, Wuhan officials revealed that the birds had been fed an experimental combination of birdseed, lead pellets, and date-rape drugs.

“Going forward, we’re going to skip the lead pellets,” said Qiu Liangyong, the company’s public relations director.

In an attempt to regain the confidence of the American consumer, Qiu said that in the future all turkeys shipped to the U.S. would include a warning label, but under tough questioning from reporters he conceded that the label would be printed in Chinese.

At the conclusion of the press conference, Qiu indicated that he was “confident” that the company could regain U.S. consumers’ trust in time for the Christmas season: “We have 80 million delicious Christmas hams just waiting to be shipped.”

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/25

Hulk Hogan - Getting Divorced - AND Has Been Using Fake Name? Huh?

@ 10:01 PM (86 months, 9 days ago)

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters) - The wife of professional wrestling and reality TV star Hulk Hogan has filed for divorce, the St. Petersburg Times reported on Saturday.

Linda Bollea filed the divorce papers in Pinellas County court on November 20 against Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, the newspaper said.

Hogan and his wife appear on the VH1 reality show "Hogan Knows Best" with their children Nick, 17, and Brooke, 19.

Photo

Nick Bollea was arrested November 7 on reckless driving charges for an August 28 accident in Clearwater that left his passenger John Graziano, 22, in critical condition.

Terry and Linda Bollea were married in 1984. He is 54 and she is 48. The family lives in Belleair, near Clearwater.

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

julio pino of Kent State University is in Ravenna Ohio

@ 01:48 PM (86 months, 10 days ago)

 

Are you sure you want to come out of your hole and identify yourself again?  I reported you to the University officials before and as I recall you slithered off the hook just barely. You wanna play again?

Ravenna Ohio United States
24.93.179.111 [Label IP Address]

 

Five miles from Kent State University.  Get directions and map HERE

University officials know how to find me pino, tell them I am eargerly awaiting their calls and will pass along EVERYTHING to any major media outlet just like last time.

 

 

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

julio pino Added to Endangered Species List

@ 01:36 PM (86 months, 10 days ago)

 

If you see this jackass, call in local authorities immediately

Get this....the photo was taken on one of pino's rare GOOD days

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/24

What's with Carol Costello's New Hairstyle

@ 01:47 AM (86 months, 11 days ago)

 

 

New hair - hot

Previous hair - hotter

 

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/23

Illegal Alien Maid Negotiates Pay Raise

@ 01:34 PM (86 months, 12 days ago)

 

The Maid wanted a pay increase. 

Madam was very upset about this and asked, "Now Maria, why do you want a pay increase?"

Maria: " Well Madam, there are 3 reasons why I want an increase."

"First, I iron better than you.

"Madam: "Who said you iron better than me?" 

Maria, "The Master said so."

Madam: "Oh" 

Maria: "The second reason is that I am a better cook than you." 

Madam: "Nonsense, who said you are a better cook than me?" 

Maria: "The Master did." 

Madam: "Oh." 

Maria: "My third reason is that I am a better lover than you." 

Madam: ( very upset now ) "Did the Master say that as well?" 

Maria: "No Madam, the gardener did."
 
(SHE GOT THE PAY RAISE)

 

 

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/22

Thanksgiving Greetings from Barry G.

@ 02:23 AM (86 months, 13 days ago)

 

May all my blog friends; EB, FJ, Brooke, Dugg, Mos, Dr. Lewis, Aza, Susan and everyone else have a holiday cherishing family and friends, faith and frienship, freedom and God.

 

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/20

Iowa Downward Spiral Swallowing Hippocrite Hillary

@ 11:25 PM (86 months, 14 days ago)

 

The top three Democratic presidential contenders remain locked in a close battle in Iowa, with hippocrite Hillary seeing her advantages diminish on key issues, including the questions of experience and which candidate is best prepared to handle the war in Iraq, according to a new Washington Post - ABC News Poll.

Obama draws support from 30 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa, compared with 26 percent for Clinton and 22 percent for former senator Edwards.  New Mexico Gov. Richardson received 11 percent. The results are only marginally different from a Post-ABC poll in late July, but in a state likely to set the tone for the rest of the nominating process, there are significant signs of progress for Obama -- and harbingers of concern for Clinton.

At the heart of the Democratic race has been the dichotomy between strength and experience (qualities emphasized by Clinton, Richardson, and Sens.Biden and Dodd in their appeals) and the ability to introduce a new approach to governing (as Obama and Edwards have promised to do).

Iowa Democrats are tilting toward change, and Obama appears to be benefiting from it.

Fifty-five percent of those surveyed reported that a "new direction and new ideas" are their top priority, compared with 33 percent who favored "strength and experience." That is a shift from July, when 49 percent sought change and 39 percent experience.

Hippocrite Hillary appears vulnerable on questions of character. Thirty-one percent found Obama to be the most honest and trustworthy, about double the percentage who said the same of Clinton. While about three-quarters credited both Obama and Edwards with speaking their mind on issues, only 50 percent said Clinton is willing enough to say what she really thinks. Forty-five percent said she is not sufficiently candid.

Overall, the poll points to some strategic gains for Obama. His support is up eight percentage points since July among voters 45 and older -- who accounted for two-thirds of Iowa caucus-goers in 2004. He also runs evenly with Clinton among women in Iowa, drawing 32 percent to her 31 percent, despite the fact that her campaign has built its effort around attracting female voters.

And despite widespread impressions that Obama is banking on unreliable first-time voters, Clinton depends on them heavily as well: About half of her supporters said they have never attended a caucus. Forty-three percent of Obama's backers and 24 percent of Edwards's would be first-time caucus-goers. Previous attendance is one of the strongest indicators of who will vote.

Clinton's reliance on new voters helps explain her campaign's recent push to drive up attendance on caucus night -- including a new "caucusing is easy" video featuring former president Bill Clinton and a hamburger -- and also illustrates why Edwards, with his cadre of experienced caucus-goers, remains a formidable threat.

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

 

Instant Global Incident Map - Instant Display of Suspicious Events

@ 01:09 AM (86 months, 15 days ago)

 

CHECK THIS OUT DUGG, COULD BE A GREAT SOURCE FOR YOUR WORK:

When you click on the web site link below, a world Map comes up showing what strange & dangerous things are happening right now in every country in the entire world & is updated every few minutes. You can move the map around, zero in on any one area & actually up-load the story of what is going on. It is amazing when you can see the things that are happening right here in the U.S. , sometimes right in your own state or even your city.  Global Incident Map:  There is a lot happening in our world every minute.  Thi s "map" updates every 300 seconds ...constantly 24/7.

 

 

http://www.globalincidentmap.com/home.php

 

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

Dan Rather Lawsuit Hits CBS Hard

@ 12:54 AM (86 months, 15 days ago)

 

DAN RATHER NOW ON SUICIDE WATCH?

 

Dan Rather issues settlement demand....CBS accepts....no more Dan Rather....woo hoo!

 

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/18

A first grade teacher explained to her class that she was a liberal democrat. She then asked her students to raise their hands if they were liberal democrats, too

@ 07:17 PM (86 months, 16 days ago)

 

Not really knowing what a liberal democrat was, but wanting to please their teacher, hands exploded into the air like fleshy fireworks.

There was, however, one exception. A girl named Lucy had not gone along with the crowd.

The teacher asked Lucy why she decided to be different.

"Because I'm not a liberal democrat," Lucy said.

The teacher asked, "Then what are you?"

"I'm a proud conservative Republican" said the little girl.

The teacher, a little perturbed & red-faced, asked Lucy why she was a conservative Republican?

Lucy proclaimed, "Well, I was brought up to trust in myself and freedom, instead of relying on an intrusive government to care for me and do all of my thinking.

My Dad and Mom are conservative Republicans, and I am a conservative Republican too."

The teacher calmly pointed out, "That's no reason. What if your Mom and Dad were both morons? What would you be then?"

Lucy answered, "Then, I'd be a liberal democrat."

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

USTA Investigates Howard Dean

@ 04:25 PM (86 months, 16 days ago)

 

tennis.jpg picture by wayneb555

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

'Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale, and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged.'

@ 12:39 PM (86 months, 17 days ago)

 

Senators (for now in some casess),
 
Your vote against an amendment to the Immigration Bill 1348, to make English America's official language is astounding. On D-Day no less when we honor those that sacrificed in order to secure the bedrock character and principles of America. I can only surmise your vote reflects a loyalty to illegal aliens.

I don't much care where you come from, what your religion is, whether you're black, white or some other color, male or female, democrat, republican or independent, but I do care when you're a United States Senator, representing citizens of America and vote against English as the official language of the United States.

Your vote reflects betrayal, political surrender, violates your pledge of allegiance, dishonors historical principle, rejects patriotism, borders on traitorous action and, in my opinion, makes you unfit to serve as a United States Senator... Impeachment, recall, or other appropriate action is warranted.

Worse, 4 of you voting against English as America '
s official language are presidential candidates: Senator Biden, Senator Clinton, Senator Dodd, and Senator Obama.
Those 4 Senators vying to lead America but won't or don't have the courage to cast a vote in favor of English as America's official language when 91% of American citizens want English officially designated as our language.
This is the second time in the last several months this list of Senators have disgraced themselves as political hacks ...unworthy as Senators and certainly unqualifed to serve as President of the United States.
If America is as angry as I am, you will realize a back-lash so stunning it will literally rock you out of your panties...and preferably, totally out of the United States Senate.
The entire immigration bill is a farce...your action only confirms this really isn't about America; it's about self-serving politics...despicable at best.
'Never argue with an idiot; they'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.' ~ anonymous
The following senators voted against making English the official language of America:
Akaka (D-HI)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE) Wants to be President?
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Clinton (D-NY) Wants to be President?
Dayton (D-MN)
Dodd (D-CT) Wants to! Be President?
Domenici (R-NM) Coward, protecting his Senate seat...
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI) Not unusual for him
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Jeffords (I-VT)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA) Wanted to be President
Kohl (D-WI)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin ! (D-MI)
Lieberman (D-CT) Disappointment here.....
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Obama (D-IL) Wants to be Pre sident?
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV) Senate Majority Leader
Salazar (D-CO)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-M)
 
 
 
 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

 

 

 

2007/11/17

Thirsty Muslim - Drinking Water Oasis

@ 02:59 PM (86 months, 17 days ago)

 


An Irish farmer walking through his field, notices a man drinking out of a
pond.

The Irish farmer shouted: 'Paid a yfed a dwr, maer gwerthin wedi cachu un a
for.'   Which  in Gaelic means: 'Don't drink the water the cows have shit in
it.'

The man shouts back: 'I'm a muslim, I don't understand. Please speak in
English.'

The Irish farmer says: 'Use two hands, it holds more'!!!

 

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/15

Global Disasters Becoming Rampant - Is the End or the Beginning Next

@ 10:16 PM (86 months, 19 days ago)

 

Here is some material for you to work with Dugg, not that you are incapable of dredging up plenty of your own :-)

 

 

End.jpg picture by wayneb555

 

TheEndOfTheWorld.jpg picture by wayneb555

 

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/14

Guantanamo operating manual posted on Internet - liberals, democrats and terrorists crying

@ 11:12 PM (86 months, 20 days ago)

 

That's right jackasses.  Now you know what's coming.  Exactly what you deserve.  You think Gitmo is bad, if you don't break there, you get a night in Hillary's bed.

The U.S. military's operating manual for the Guantanamo prison camp has been posted on the Internet, providing a glimpse of the broad rules and tiniest minutia for detaining suspected terrorists.

The 238-page manual, "Standard Operating Procedures for Camp Delta," is dated March 27, 2003, and signed by Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, who was then the commander of the prison that still holds about 300 al Qaeda and Taliban suspects.

It appears to be an authentic copy of the rules as they existed at the time at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, a spokesman for the Guantanamo detention operation, Lt. Col. Ed Bush, said on Wednesday.

It says incoming prisoners are to be held in near-isolation for the first two weeks to foster dependence on interrogators and "enhance and exploit the disorientation and disorganization felt by a newly arrived detainee in the interrogation process."

Styrofoam cups must be confiscated if prisoners have written on them, apparently because prisoners have used cups to pass notes to other captives. "If the cup is damaged or destroyed, the detainee will be disciplined for destruction of government property," the rules say.

The manual also indicates some prisoners were rightfully designated as off limits to visitors from the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Some rules seem obvious. One advises troops: "In the event that dumpsters become full before scheduled pick up, utilize another dumpster within the camp."

Another notes that "Detainees are not allowed to color their hair."

It contains instructions as only the military can write them, such as how to use pepper spray on unruly prisoners. "Aim at the eyes, nose and mouth when possible. Use a 1/2 to 1 second burst from a distance of 36 to 72 inches away."

When prisoners are forcibly removed from their cells, the role of each member of the five-member "Immediate Reaction Force team" is clearly defined -- "The number three man is responsible for securing the detainee's left arm..."

The manual spells out in minute detail how captives should be shackled, searched and moved and how the chains should be collected afterward.

Four pages are devoted to describing how new arrivals should be taken off the plane and ferried across Guantanamo Bay to the prison camp on the main portion of the base -- with one sniper and two spotters atop the ferry.

Prisoners are to be checked for scars, markings and tattoos, which are to be photographed for FBI records, and a linguist should be present to explain what is happening when body cavity searches are conducted, the rule book says.

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/13

Hillary Refuses to Answer Paper-or-Plastic Question

@ 10:37 AM (86 months, 22 days ago)

 

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) raised eyebrows in Iowa today when she refused to respond to a supermarket cashier’s question about her preference for paper or plastic bags, calling the inquiry “totally hypothetical.”

Mrs. Clinton’s aversion to hypothetical questions has been a hallmark of her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, but her refusal to answer the paper-or-plastic query during a campaign stop in Davenport took even some of her closest supporters aback.

The New York senator had stopped by the local supermarket for a photo opportunity, but her appearance ran off the rails when she was blindsided by the cashier’s unexpected question.

“This paper-or-plastic business is one of those ‘gotcha’ questions that I’m not going to get into,” Mrs. Clinton said. “I don’t want to be in a situation where I’ve chosen one and that takes the other one totally off the table.”

Shunning both paper and plastic, Mrs. Clinton left the store clutching an unwieldy assortment of groceries in her bare hands.

The paper-or-plastic controversy was the second bump in the road for Mrs. Clinton today, coming just hours after a citizen who posed a question to her in a town hall meeting was revealed to be her husband, former President Bill Clinton, dressed as a woman.

President Clinton, wearing a blonde wig and an Ann Taylor wrap dress, asked Mrs. Clinton, “Will your presidency continue the glorious legacy of my – I mean your husband’s – terms in office?”

A funny thing - asking a bag about bags

The bag wouldn't even take off the bag to not answer the questions

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/11

Nasdaq, S & P 500 and Dow Jones Drop Like Kid Rock - Fear of Hillary Presidency Cited by Pope

@ 10:53 PM (86 months, 23 days ago)

 

Stocks fell sharply Friday, with the Dow ending over 200 points lower, as mortgage-induced losses at Wachovia and Fannie Mae riled traders already nervous that the woes could spread to the wider economy.

The 30-share Dow Jones industrial average (Charts) lost about 1.7 percent and the broader S&P 500 index (Charts) fell 1.4 percent.

The tech-fueled Nasdaq (Charts) got hammered, tumbling 2.5 percent.

"It got pretty ugly," said Alec Young, an equity strategist at Standard and Poor's Equity Research. "There's just an unprecedented number of negatives coming at the market."

Those negatives include the triple threat of restricted access to credit, a downturn in the housing sector and near record oil prices, said Young.

"People are more and more worried about recession," he said.

For the week, the Dow lost 4.1 percent, while the S&P fell 3.7 percent. The Nasdaq was the biggest loser, dropping 6.9 percent.

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

 

 

The Burger King Tells Chavez to Shut Up

@ 11:29 AM (86 months, 24 days ago)

 

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - The Burger King told Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to "shut up" Saturday during a heated exchange at a summit of leaders from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Chavez, who called President Bush the "devil" on the floor of the United Nations last year, triggered the exchange by repeatedly referring to the Burger King as a "fascist."

 

No fries for you jackass

 

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/9

Jennifer Lopez confirms pregnancy - marc Anthony renames her Cleopatra - is little Caesar coming next?

@ 02:25 PM (86 months, 26 days ago)

 

After weeks of speculation, singer-actress Jennifer Lopez has confirmed that she is pregnant, People magazine reported on Thursday.

"Marc and I are expecting a baby," the 38-year-old performer told a concert audience in Miami on Wednesday night during the last stop on her joint North American tour with her husband, vocalist Marc Anthony.

After the announcement, Anthony shrugged his shoulders, caressed his wife's stomach, then leaned over and kissed her belly.  "Does this make her Cleopatra"?

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/8

Pat Robertson Says Giuliani Presidency Appears in Book of Revelations - Rudy Would Usher in Biblical ‘End Days,’ Evangelist Says

@ 11:21 PM (86 months, 26 days ago)

 

One day after endorsing former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for president, televangelist Pat Robertson explained his decision, saying that a Giuliani presidency features prominently in the Book of Revelations.

In his endorsement announcement the day before, Rev. Robertson had made reference to Mr. Giuliani’s tenure as “America’s Mayor,” but did not indicate that the Republican frontrunner was a key player in the Bible’s most apocalyptic book.

In his statement today, however, the televangelist made it clear that “in order for the Second Coming to occur, the world needs to end, and Rudy Giuliani is just the man for that job.”

Rev. Robertson said that he was “confident” that within weeks of his inauguration, Mr. Giuliani would usher in the “end days” that are a staple of Bible prophecy.

In praising Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Robertson had critical words for the current resident of the White House, President George W. Bush: “President Bush got us on the road to Armageddon, but it’s taking too darn long -- Rudy Giuliani will put us in the express lane.”

While the Giuliani camp initially welcomed the endorsement of the influential evangelist, the former New York mayor seemed less enthusiastic today about being identified as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

When asked by a reporter in Iowa about Mr. Robertson’s comments today, Mr. Giuliani replied, “9/11.”

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/7

Waterboarders Protest Negative Media Stereotypes - Angry Torturers March on Washington

@ 10:58 PM (86 months, 27 days ago)

 

Furious about what they see as negative media stereotypes about waterboarding, a group representing the nation’s waterboarders marched on Washington today.

The group, which calls itself the National Association of Waterboarders and Controlled Drowners, is the largest organization of its kind, representing over 20,000 of the nation’s waterboarders.

Waterboarders across the country have silently seethed for the past week as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey about his views on the controversial interrogation technique.

But after several days of hearing senators repeatedly denigrate the practice on national television, waterboarders “have had enough,” said Carol Foyler, executive director of the waterboarders’ group.

“When senators use the words ‘controlled drowning,’ people ignore the ‘controlled’ part and focus on the ‘drowning’ part,” Ms. Foyler said. “As someone who spent years of training to become a licensed waterboarder, I’m deeply offended by this.”

Braving chilly November temperatures to make their point about the media’s negative stereotyping of them, the angry torturers got some moral support when one of their most prominent advocates, Vice President Dick Cheney, emerged from his secure undisclosed location to address them.

The vice president received a thunderous ovation from the crowd when he proposed that the government earmark $1.6 billion to improve the media image of waterboarding and waterboarders.

“There’s nothing wrong with waterboarding that a little public relations makeover wouldn’t fix,” the vice president told the crowd. “For starters, why not call it dunking?”

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/5

Hillary Sends Bill to Amsterdam on Red Light District Fact Finding Mission

@ 09:32 PM (86 months, 29 days ago)

 

Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, and in Amsterdam, most of it is concentrated in the Red Light District. Even if you don't want to play, this is a place you may want to see at night, when the red lights reflect from the canals' inky surfaces. Lots of visitors come here out of curiosity or just for fun. There's no problem with wandering around, and you don't need to worry much about crime as long as you stick to busier streets -- and keep an eye out for pickpockets. Visiting women going around in groups of two or more won't be noticed any more than anyone else, but a single female might be subject to misrepresentation.

The Red Light District, known in Dutch as Rosse Buurt, isn't very big. The easiest way in is on Damstraat, beside the Krasnapolsky Hotel on the Dam. Then stick to the main drag on Oudezijds Voorburgwal, as far north as the Oude Kerk, the venerable Old Church, which stands watch over this passable representation of Sodom and Gomorrah. If you don't mind the weird-looking, sad-sack males and the heroin whores hanging around on the bridges, you can go farther in to the parallel canal, Oudezijds Achterburgwal, and to Nieuwmarkt's cluster of good bars and Chinese restaurants.

"Ladies of ill repute" populate the many red-fringed window parlors; they're minimally dressed, and tap (or pound) on the windows as potential customers go by. Then there are peep-show joints with private cabins, dark and noisy bars, theaters offering a popular form of performance art, bookstores filled with the illustrated works of specialists in a wide range of interpersonal relationships, video libraries, and dedicated apparel and appliance stores.

 

"Do I HAVE to go Hillary?"

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

 

 

Hillary Reveals Presidential

@ 12:53 AM (87 months, 13 hours ago)

 

HILLARY RUNNING ON HER RECORD - BUT YOU CAN'T SEE IT!

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/11/4

Obama Accuses Hillary of Hiding Behind Gender "Which One?"

@ 01:48 PM (87 months, 1 day ago)

 

"Like Hillary is suddenly going to become a girl...yeah right."

Democrat Barack Obama accused rival Hillary Clinton on Friday of hiding behind her gender after her campaign complained six male candidates engaged in "the politics of pile on" at a debate.

Obama, the only black candidate in the U.S. presidential race, told NBC's "Today" show that Clinton is widely viewed as a tough figure in national politics.

"So it doesn't make sense for her, after having run that way for eight months, the first time that people start challenging her point of view, that suddenly she backs off and says: 'Don't pick on me,'" he said.

"That is not, obviously, how we would expect her to operate if she were president," he said.

Clinton had a rocky performance at a debate on Tuesday in Philadelphia and her rivals pounced on what they called evasive answers.

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, who was active in outlining his differences with her at the debate, released a Web video called "the Politics of Parsing," accusing Clinton of "double-talk" on issues such as Iraq, Social Security and illegal immigration.

"We still don't know the answer. That's the politics of parsing," the video said.

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

 

2007/11/3

What if Hillary Doesn't Get the Nomination and Edwards Does - Why Wait Until November 2008?

@ 02:29 AM (87 months, 2 days ago)

 

A pitch perfect debate performance, key union endorsements and a bold new television ad campaign: Could this be the moment that presidential candidate John Edwards finally gets some momentum?

Edwards' campaign has seen a surge of online support of late, often a barometer of how well any candidate is doing. They've raised $500,000 in the last two weeks over the Internet, $200,000 of it the day after the Philadelphia debate, at which Edwards was by most accounts the clear winner. Even more importantly, the campaign says 40% of recent donors were new to the campaign. The cash infusion comes on the heels of a series of important union endorsements for Edwards, who trails in overall fundraising behind both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama by more than $50 million. Edwards has won support from seven Iowa unions — a huge boon to the campaign because it effectively shuts out Obama from bringing in any outside organized labor support. Obama has no Iowa union endorsements; Hillary leads the field with eight.

With just two months to go before the Iowa caucuses, Edwards has a small but definite window to make a move, but it's one he must play very carefully. Come across as too angry and he'll turn voters off. Not angry enough and he remains in Obama's shadow. "There is a mini-primary going on there to become the alternative to Clinton," says Steve MacMahon, a top adviser to Howard Dean's presidential campaign in 2004 who is not affiliated with a campaign this cycle. "As long as there are six others it's very difficult for any one candidate to aggregate those looking for an alternative to Clinton."

Edwards is certainly moving to capitalize on his current buzz. He's launched his first 60-second commercial in Iowa, entitled "Heroes," and is embarking on a five-day bus tour centered on the same theme — average Americans who work and struggle to provide for their families. "If you're looking for heroes, don't look at me. Don't look at Elizabeth. We have support. Look to them. They're the ones we speak for. They are the ones we stand up for," Edwards says in the spot, which features images of "hardworking local Iowans."

Focusing on his own message in the aftermath of his debate success, rather than immediately attacking Clinton, is a smart tactic, says Stephanie Cutter, another Democratic strategist and former adviser to the 2004 Kerry campaign, who isn't working for a campaign this election cycle. "If someone's going to make a move in this election, now's the time to do it," Cutter says. "Being aggressive is one thing. Going on a full-scale attack is another. Edwards tried to position himself as the outside Washington truth-teller. He's got to be careful how he goes after his opponent because the attacker rarely wins in early caucus states."

Edwards's reemergence started at the liberal bloggers' Yearly Kos convention in August, where the former North Carolina senator called on all Democrats running for president to renounce funds from lobbyists. But his real target was frontrunner Hillary Clinton. And he hit his mark — forcing the former first lady to essentially defend lobbyists as "real Americans."

In the months since he has continued to pound away on that point, adding to it his criticism of her refusal to apologize for her Iraq war vote (Edwards long ago asked for forgiveness on that same vote) and her support last month of a resolution calling on President Bush to label as terrorists the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. He has also come out swinging on other policy matters — voicing his opposition this week to a bipartisan bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions, which he says doesn't go far enough, as well as to the Peru Free Trade Agreement before Congress right now. He's also proposed legislation that would ban for two years the advertising of new drugs, and also supports a West Point-like academy for teachers and a plan to limit security contracting in Iraq.

Edwards "has been drawing very clear contrasts and defining the choice that voters face in the campaign, but it's crystallized in the last few weeks," says Mark Kornblau, senior communications adviser to Edwards. "He's been doing so more forcefully than anybody on either side of the race. Still, delivering the message took a cumulative effect to where people are paying attention."

Yet being so far behind in the money race — Edwards moved to accept public funding last month after initially saying he would not — remains a liability. "If he wins in Iowa, will he have enough money or be able to raise enough money to stay competitive over the next weeks after that?" asks Jamal Simmons, a Democratic consultant, who is also not working on any current presidential camapigns. "Obama still has the media attention, still has the sex appeal and he doesn't have to raise money if he wins." As Edwards partisans are quick to point out, his campaign may not be as flush as Clinton's or Obama's, but he does have $12 million cash-in-hand. And as John Kerry showed in 2004, a win in Iowa can do wonders for a campaign's finances.

Despite the fact that he was the party's vice presidential nominee in 2004, in a race against Clinton and Obama, two lavishly funded celebrity candidates, Edwards remains an underdog. "What Edwards has got to do is really thread the needle," says Mike Feldman, a former Gore adviser, who isn't affiliated with any of the campaigns. "It's possible [for him to win]. But what you see in his urgency in making his case is that time is running out."

 

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2007/11/2

Seinfeld to Hollywood: "You can't buy me off"

@ 01:19 AM (87 months, 3 days ago)

 

Perhaps there is someone in Hollywood who is not a lying fraud

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Here's the beauty of being me," says comedian Jerry Seinfeld. "They can't buy me off." Seinfeld, whose "Bee Movie" debuts in theaters on Friday, grins when he tells his off-the-cuff joke, and although the reporters with him laugh, everyone knows he is not joking.

Last month, Forbes.com estimated the annual income of the stand-up comedian and creator of the 1990s smash hit television show "Seinfeld" at $60 million, among the highest on TV.

This was nine years after his show left the air and was based largely on payments for reruns and other products from the program.

The "they" that Seinfeld referred to are Hollywood executives who would salivate at any hint Seinfeld and co-stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards might reunite for a special about "Seinfeld" and cash in on the sure-fire TV event.

But Seinfeld said there is no need to rehash the TV show. He gets more excited about working in new arenas, which is why he ventured into computer animation and "Bee Movie."

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.