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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.


Surge of 2007 Cliches' to Eliminate in 2008 New Year

@ 07:23 PM (86 months, 2 days ago)



A "surge" of overused words and phrases formed a "perfect storm" of "post-9/11" cliches in 2007, according to a U.S. university's annual list of words and phrases that deserve to be banned.

Choosing from among 2,000 submissions, the public relations department at Michigan's Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie targeted 19 affronts to the English language in its well-known jab at the worlds of media, sports, advertising and politics.

The contributors gave first prize to the phrase "a perfect storm," saying it was numbingly applied to virtually any notable coincidence.

"Webinar" made the list as a tiresome non-word combining Web and seminar that a contributor said "belongs in the same school of non-thought that brought us e-anything and i-anything."

Similarly, the list-makers complained about the absurd comparisons commonly phrased "x is the new y," as in "(age) 70 is the new 50" or "chocolate is the new sex." "Fallacy is the new truth," commented one contributor.

Sagging under weight of overuse
Some words and phrases sagged under the weight of overuse, contributors said, citing the application of "organic" to everything from computer software to dog food.

In the same vein, decorators offering to add "pop" with a touch of color need new words, the list-makers said.

Such phrases as "post 9/11" and "surge" have also outlived their usefulness, they said. Surge emerged in reference to adding U.S. troops in Iraq but has come to explain the expansion of anything.

Other contributors took umbrage at the phrase to "give back" as applied to charitable gestures, usually by celebrities.

"The notion has arisen that as one's life progresses, one accumulates a sort of deficit balance with society which must be neutralized by charitable works or financial outlays," one said.

"Back in the day" raised hackles for being applied to recent trends rather than historical events.

Other teenage linguistic indiscretions such as the often meaningless use of "random" and "sweet" raised the ire of list-makers, as did the pointless "it is what it is."

Reporters were chided for skipping out on detail by describing an event or parting as "emotional," and for misapplying "decimate" when they mean annihilate or destroy, not the word's true meaning of to lose a fraction.

Sports announcers were urged to drop "throw under the bus" when assigning blame to a player. "It is a call for the media to start issuing a thesaurus to everyone in front of a camera," a contributor said.

And finally, any self-respecting writer would groan at being labeled a "wordsmith" who engages in "wordsmithing," the list-makers said.


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Pakistan Bhutto Musharraf Election Crisis

@ 03:14 PM (86 months, 2 days ago)


Pakistani electoral officials hold an emergency meeting on Monday to decide whether to go ahead with a January poll in a nation plunged into crisis by the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.  Musharraft wants names to be picked out of his hat.

Bhutto's party chose her son and husband on Sunday to succeed her, but doubts grew about whether the parliamentary election aiming to shift Pakistan from military to civilian rule would take place as planned on Jan.8.

Her 19-year-old son Bilawal, introduced at a news conference in Naudero in the south as Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, said the party's long struggle for democracy would avenge her death. "My mother always said, democracy is the best revenge," he said.


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Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Chances

@ 11:53 PM (86 months, 3 days ago)


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Cowboys fan voices his opinion..............


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New Year's Resolutions - High Tech Time

@ 09:17 PM (86 months, 3 days ago)


That time of year is upon us again -- no, not the holiday season.

The period immediately following, where the guilt -- and maybe a couple extra pounds -- from the holidays lead us to make New Year's resolutions.

We're going to eat better, exercise more and quit some of those unhealthy habits we've been living with too long. The most popular healthy resolutions remain the same from year to year, but there are an increasing number of gadgets and Web applications to help us keep them -- or at least make us feel like we've got a fighting chance.

1. Make scientific research work in your favor

A recent study from Brigham Young University found that New Year's resolutions -- or healthy changes made at any time of the year -- don't have to be short-term. Professor Ray Merrill found that participants in a four-week health education course had remained more active and kept up healthy dietary changes 18 months after the course ended.

The participants were taking 800 more steps daily, and eating two-thirds a serving more vegetables, half a serving more fruits, 23 grams less fat and four grams more fiber per day than when they first enrolled in the course. The findings suggest that signing up for a health- or exercise-focused course may help healthy resolutions stick. They also show that it could be worthwhile for businesses and insurance companies to encourage similar wellness programs, Merrill said.

2. If you're going to play video games, at least sweat a little

Nintendo's Wii was one of the hottest items of the last holiday season. A year after its release, the console is still tough to find, but options for getting some activity in while you play are increasing. The console already comes with Wii Sports, which includes simulated tennis and boxing games that led several bloggers to develop Wii Fitness plans. The upcoming release Wii Fit ups the ante with a balance board that measures your performance of exercises that include yoga and aerobics. A North American release is expected for early 2008, but it's already a hit in Japan. And Dance Dance Revolution is already on shelves for the holiday season, if you really want to send someone a strong hint. If you don't own a Wii, playing Rock Band or Guitar Hero III might count as exercise -- if you really get into it.

3. Smoking

Many smokers have to try to quit smoking several times before they manage to do it, but more than 45 million Americans have made it stick, according to the American Lung Association. Many smoking cessation gadgets have already entered the marketplace, but a new Chinese product brings another weapon to the battle -- the electronic cigarette. The device is a battery-powered nicotine inhaler that adds the sensation of holding and inhaling a cigarette to the nicotine delivery used with other smoking cessation products like gums and inhalers.

The device even goes so far as to emit "smoke" to keep things realistic. The cigarettes cost about $200 and are sold in China, Israel, Turkey and parts of Europe, and sales are strong so far.

4. Find a like-minded community online

Revolution Health Network was founded in 2005 by American Online co-founder Steve Case, and the site launched in 2007. Case's mission is ambitious: to change health care by giving people tools to actively manage their medical history and information, and to communicate with others with similar concerns for support and knowledge. Later in 2007, Microsoft announced its online consumer health tool, HealthVault, offering personal medical records and tailored health searches.

Partners include the Mayo Clinic, Johnson and Johnson and the American Heart Association. Google is also working on its own consumer health portal, expected to launch in early 2008. These sites give consumers new tools that allow them to be proactive about their health and become part of a community of people with similar conditions, but there are concerns about the ramifications of putting something usually thought of as very private -- medical history -- onto a very public forum.

5. Put it down for posterity

If you really want those resolutions to stick, you could try writing them down. Of course, writing nowadays often means typing, and there are several Web sites that provide applications for keeping track of your progress on all the new habits you plan to start in January. Revolution Health has launched a Resolutions 2.0 campaign aiming to connect people with similar goals, letting them track each others' progress and provide encouragement and reminders.

Experts are running groups for particular goals, to provide professional guidance towards healthy eating, exercising more and improving your sleep. If you want to think long-term, at Life Tango you can create a list of goals you want to accomplish in your lifetime, ticking them off as you get there and seeing what others hope to do. And the ever-popular Facebook offers several applications that will post daily health tips to your profile and lets you share your resolutions list with 200 of your closest "friends". Too bad it will also update them whenever you try to surreptitiously remove a promise to yourself that you've decided you can't keep.


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Ron Paul Virtually Out of it in New Hampshire

@ 03:36 AM (86 months, 4 days ago)


New Hampshire Republican Primary

Tuesday, January 8 | Delegates at Stake: 24

Polling Data
Poll Date Romney McCain Giuliani Huckabee Paul Thompson Spread
RCP Average 12/16 - 12/26 30.6 25.0 14.2 10.6 6.4 3.6 Romney +5.6
LA Times/Bloomberg 12/20 - 12/26 34 20 17 12 4 4 Romney +14.0
Boston Globe/UNH 12/16 - 12/20 28 25 14 10 8 3 Romney +3.0
USA Today/Gallup 12/17 - 12/19 34 27 11 9 9 4 Romney +7.0
American Res. Group 12/16 - 12/19 26 26 16 11 4 4 Tie
Rasmussen 12/18 - 12/18 31 27 13 11 7 3 Romney +4.0


Iowa Three Way - Edwards Blasts Obama for Criticizing Hillary’s Claim That Obama Criticized Edwards

@ 08:35 PM (86 months, 4 days ago)


An already perplexing Iowa race became even more impenetrable today as former Sen. John Edwards blasted Sen. Barack Obama for criticizing Sen. Hillary Clinton’s claim that Sen. Obama had criticized Sen. Edwards.

At a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, the former North Carolina senator said that the Illinois senator’s criticism of the New York senator for claiming that the Illinois senator had criticized the North Carolina senator was “an attempt to confuse the voters.”

Mr. Edwards’ comments set off a new round of charges, countercharges, and counter-countercharges between the three Democratic rivals, with Sen. Obama lashing out at Sen. Clinton for supporting Mr. Edwards’ criticism of Sen. Obama’s criticism of Sen. Clinton.

In a particularly nasty remark, Mr. Obama called Mr. Edwards a son of a mill worker, “but not in so many words.”

Davis Logsdon, chairman of the political science department at the University of Minnesota, says that the Edwards-Obama-Clinton battle royal may be contributing to Iowa voters’ fatigue: “Without a doubt, the Iowa caucuses are turning into the grossest three-way in history.”

New polls taken after the latest volleys and counter-volleys between the three candidates were inconclusive, as a majority of Iowans polled said they were “totally sick of being polled.”

With less than a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, 61% of likely voters agreed with the statement, “If one more stupid pollster asks me one more retarded question I swear I will go postal on his ass, I am not kidding.”


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Valerie Begue Rightly Keeps Miss France 2008 Title

@ 01:11 PM (86 months, 4 days ago)


So what.......why would anyone want to strip HER?

Miss France 2008 has kept her crown, contest organizers said Friday, after a row over suggestive photographs that saw members of parliament, a bishop and the minister for overseas territories spring to her defense.

However she will not be able to compete in the Miss World or Miss Universe contests, where she will be replaced by Miss New Caledonia.

Valerie Begue, 22, from Reunion, won the beauty pageant, which is taken more seriously in France than in many other countries, in a televised ceremony on December 8.

But her reign threatened to be short-lived after a magazine published a risque series of photographs in which she was seen lying in a crucifixion-like pose while wearing a bikini or licking condensed milk in a suggestive manner.

The rules of the contest forbid participants from appearing in nude or provocative photographs and the head of the Miss France contest, Genevieve de Fontenay, called for Begue to renounce her title when the pictures emerged.

Begue refused, saying the photographs, taken three years ago, had been published without her consent and in the face of wide public support, the organizers relented.

"We felt that, as she had been elected in front of 9 million television viewers, faced with this public that had never seen the photographs, we couldn't take the title from her," de Fontenay told a news conference in Paris.



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Ron Paul on Taxes

@ 01:20 AM (86 months, 5 days ago)


I like this:

"Working Americans like lower taxes. So do I. Lower taxes benefit all of us, creating jobs and allowing us to make more decisions for ourselves about our lives.

Whether a tax cut reduces a single mother’s payroll taxes by $40 a month or allows a business owner to save thousands in capital gains taxes and hire more employees, that tax cut is a good thing. Lower taxes allow more spending, saving, and investing which helps the economy — that means all of us.

Real conservatives have always supported low taxes and low spending.

But today, too many politicians and lobbyists are spending America into ruin. We are nine trillion dollars in debt as a nation. Our mounting government debt endangers the financial future of our children and grandchildren. If we don’t cut spending now, higher taxes and economic disaster will be in their future — and yours.

In addition, the Federal Reserve, our central bank, fosters runaway debt by increasing the money supply — making each dollar in your pocket worth less. The Fed is a private bank run by unelected officials who are not required to be open or accountable to “we the people.”

Worse, our economy and our very independence as a nation is increasingly in the hands of foreign governments such as China and Saudi Arabia, because their central banks also finance our runaway spending.

We cannot continue to allow private banks, wasteful agencies, lobbyists, corporations on welfare, and governments collecting foreign aid to dictate the size of our ballooning budget. We need a new method to prioritize our spending. It’s called the Constitution of the United States."

I would like to know what RP is going to do about it.


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Barry G. Announces Clean Slate

@ 10:58 AM (86 months, 5 days ago)


As part of getting ready for the new year, I have erased my IP ban list so that anyone is now allowed to post comments.

Ron Paul Pledges Pakistan Invasion and Musharraf Ouster if Elected

@ 01:22 AM (86 months, 6 days ago)


"That joker is running an evil axis of one over there wherever it is and I won't have it", said Paul who has done an abrupt 180 regarding foreign entanglements.  "I loved Prime Minister Bhutto and this is total bullshit."

"Musharraf's head is going to be hanging on my wall by the end of January 2009"


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Interstate 35 - Been There for Years

@ 01:53 AM (86 months, 7 days ago)



NAFTA Superhighway is a HOAX



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Ron Paul Lies About NAFTA Super Highway

@ 10:20 PM (86 months, 7 days ago)


NHEREorth America SuperCorridor Coalition, Inc. (NASCO)




spearheading the creation

of a NAFTA


FACT: Founded in 1994, NASCO is a nonprofit organization that is

working to bring together the public and private sectors along a common

corridor. The organization is striving to: 1) solve critical infrastructure

problems in innovative ways; 2) maximize the efficient use of our existing

resources; 3) better utilize critical diminishing funding for transportation

infrastructure; and, 4) employ technology along our existing infrastructure

to improve security.

MYTH: There is a

proposed NAFTA

Superhighway and it will

be four football fields


FACT: There is no new proposed "NAFTA Superhighway.”

“NAFTA Superhighway” is a slogan for EXISTING corridors that carry

international trade with Canada and/or Mexico. NASCO and the cities,

counties, states and provinces along our existing Interstate Highways

35/29/94 (the NASCO Corridor) have been referring to I-35 as the

“NAFTA Superhighway” for many years as it carries a substantial amount

of international trade with Mexico, the United States and Canada. There

are no plans to build a new NAFTA Superhighway - it exists today as I-


NASCO uses the term "SuperCorridor" to demonstrate the fact that our

organization is more than just a highway coalition. NASCO works to

develop key relationships along the EXISTING corridors we represent to

maximize economic development opportunities along the NASCO

Corridor, as well as coordinate the development of technology integration

projects, inland ports, environmental initiatives, university research, and

the sharing of "best practices." NASCO is going beyond the traditional

highway coalition in promoting improvements, maintenance and the

integration of technologies along existing highway and rail infrastructure

to maximize economic opportunities for the corridor due to increased

trade and transportation.

MYTH: The Trans Texas

Corridor is the first

section of the proposed,



FACT: The Trans Texas Corridor is an initiative launched by Texas

Governor Rick Perry and developed by the Texas Department of

Transportation to attempt to solve the critical, long-range transportation

problems projected for the State of Texas over the next 20 to 30 years.

NASCO supports the TTC-35 section (parallel to Interstate 35) of the

proposed TTC System because it is directly related to, and will benefit,

the existing I-35, NASCO Corridor. We have no authority over this

initiative and know of no plans to extend it to other states. Any decision to


expand the TTC beyond the State of Texas would be made by that

state’s Department of Transportation.

MYTH: The map on the

website was a secretly

approved plan for the

proposed NAFTA


FACT: The map has been removed from our homepage because it was

causing confusion due to false and misleading information put up across

the Internet. The map initially served as a visual image (not drawn to

scale) of the NASCO focus area. The map was a marketing tool and not

a plan for new infrastructure or a secretly approved plan by a government

agency or the Administration.

MYTH: The changes in

NASCO’s web site show

signs/proof of conspiracy.

FACT: The normal growth and development of our organization has

mandated regular changes, adjustments and upgrades to our NASCO

website at www.nascocorridor.com. NASCO has made changes to clarify

and improve its communication and reflect the growth in numbers and

initiatives. NASCO strives to improve our message and educate the

public on the importance of maintaining and supporting existing

transportation infrastructure and the efficiency by which the various

modes of transportation along the corridor interact with each other.

MYTH: NASCO promotes

a North American Union.

FACT: NASCO does not promote a NAU, nor do we know of any single

serious advocate of such. NASCO certainly does not desire nor supports

any NAU. There have been a few university professors and “think tank”

groups who may have discussed the idea of a NAU similar to the 27-

nation European Union; but the mere suggestion, much less the serious

intent to incorporate the sovereign nations of Canada and Mexico into a

political union with the United States would provoke extraordinary,

insurmountable resistance, and is certainly not a concept NASCO


MYTH: NASCO promotes

the adoption of the


FACT: NASCO does not promote the adoption of a NAU single currency

called the “Amero,” a discussion primarily among university professors.

NASCO does not support the creation of any new currency. Again, this is

an idea that has been floated by a few professors and “think tanks” and

does not exist beyond the minor discussions within those groups.

MYTH: NASCO does not

support national


FACT: NASCO completely respects and recognizes the national

sovereignty of the peoples of the United States, Mexico and Canada. Our

long-time advocacy regarding increased security at our major national

border crossings with Mexico and Canada form part of our commitment

to improvement in the transportation infrastructure. Increased security

efforts at the border crossing points with Mexico and Canada in recent

years, including mandatory advance notifications of bills of lading and

cargo manifests, has meant a dramatic increase in U.S. law enforcement

knowledge at the border. This has directly served to strengthen the

control of the borders while speeding cargo transit and strengthening the

control, and thus, the sovereignty of each individual nation.


MYTH: The Security and

Prosperity Partnership

(SPP) is a conspiracy by

the leaders of the United

States, Canada and

Mexico to merge the three

nations into a North

American Union, to

establish a common

currency and build a

NAFTA Superhighway

four football fields wide.

FACT: The SPP is a White House-driven initiative. The cooperative

efforts of the three nations under the SPP process seek to make the

United States, Canada and Mexico open to legitimate trade and closed to

terrorism and crime. The SPP respects and leaves the unique cultural

and legal frameworks of each of the three countries intact. The SPP’s

intent is to sustain the opportunity for the governments of the United

States, Canada, and Mexico to continuously review common goals and

possible measures to enhance each nation’s security and prosperity. The

U.S. Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security coordinate the

efforts of the agencies responsible for the various initiatives under the

prosperity and security pillars of the SPP. If any regulatory change is

viewed as desirable through the SPP process, any U.S. government

agency reviewing the change is required to conform to all existing U.S.

laws and administrative procedures.


competing with the West

Coast ports in California

and trying to bypass them

by using Mexican ports.

FACT: NASCO has no control over the flow of trade from Asia to the

United States or Mexico. NASCO is preparing the Corridor to handle

increased trade and transportation whether it is moving to or from the

east, west, north or south. NASCO is not competing with west coast

ports, nor are we trying to “take work” from them. If NASCO succeeds at

improving the safety, security and efficiency of the NASCO Corridor, it

will benefit the west coast ports, as our corridor and inland ports already

serve as inland destinations for storage and distribution of cargo flows

that transit through the West Coast to the heartland of America; thereby,

enabling those ports to handle more cargo.


authority to set or lift

security and


regulations, and to make

decisions about our

nation’s transportation

system unilaterally.

FACT: NASCO is not and does not act as a government agency, nor is

that our intent or objective. We have no authority to make decisions on

behalf of governments. We have no authority to build or develop anything

unilaterally, or to set or lift government restrictions. We work to build a

common voice as an organization with both public and private sector

members united to advocate for necessary infrastructure maintenance

and improvements. We work with State Departments of Transportation

and federal and local agencies charged with overseeing transportation,

trade and security help accomplish our mission and enhance NASCO

initiatives already underway.

For more information please visit www.nascocorridor.com

or call Tiffany Melvin, NASCO Executive Director at 214-744-1042.


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How to Talk to Your Child about Jamie Lynn Spears

@ 02:16 AM (86 months, 10 days ago)


A guest column by Davis Logsdon, Chairman of the University of Minnesota's Dept. of Psychology:

As a prominent child psychologist and the father of two tween girls, I have grappled with the same problem that many parents are facing today: how to talk to your child about Jamie Lynn Spears. While this is an issue that every parent must navigate for him or herself, here are some questions that your child is likely to ask, followed by the correct answers.

How did Jamie Lynn Spears get pregnant?
According to her mom, Jamie Lynn was a good girl who always respected her curfew and girls like that usually don’t get pregnant. So the answer is, no one knows.

Could Kevin Federline have made Jamie Lynn Spears pregnant?
No. This is one of those rare instances when someone got pregnant and Kevin Federline was not involved.

Now that Jamie Lynn is pregnant, will Zoey, the character she plays on Nickelodeon, get pregnant, too?
No. Remember, Jamie Lynn is a real person and Zoey is just a made-up character. Plus, Nickelodeon is owned by an angry old man named Sumner Redstone who doesn’t let people get pregnant. So there is absolutely no way Zoey will get pregnant. Instead, Zoey will get cancelled.

Could Hannah Montana get pregnant?
I thought we already went through this. Hannah Montana isn’t a real person. She’s a character played by Miley Cyrus.

Okay, then could Miley Cyrus get pregnant?
No, because her dad’s always around and he creeps boys out.

Are the girls on Disney’s “High School Musical” pregnant?
No, the girls on Disney’s “High School Musical” are not pregnant. They have been too busy posing for naked pictures on the Internet to get pregnant.

If I pose for naked pictures on the Internet, will that keep me from getting pregnant?
It couldn’t hurt.


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Thank You to My Clone

@ 01:37 AM (86 months, 10 days ago)


Thank you Barry G. #2.  It's very helpful on your part and extremely flattering that you would take the time and go to the trouble to copy my award winning blog even down to the template.  You too Mos.  Good for you.  Excellent choice.  Who better to emulate than me. 

Dugg, you and I have always had civilized discourse.  If you are under some misapprehension that I am involved in any way in whatever appears to be troubling you, I recommend you look elsewhere.

I understand that you are piqued and will not take your misapplied barbs personally.  If you are trying to "get even" with someone, you are making no progress.


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Ron Paul's Web of Lies Unraveling

@ 07:19 PM (86 months, 10 days ago)


It appears that while Paul says he doesn't believe in 9/11 conspiracies, Paul does like to make up his own.

Regarding the Nov. 19 opinion piece by Ron Paul ("Renew Devotion to Freedom, Limited Government"): North America's SuperCorridor Coalition exists to improve the security, safety and efficiency of the existing transportation system that includes Interstate Highway 35 and Interstate Highway 29 through Iowa.

We would like to clarify the information on "the proposed NAFTA superhighway."

Paul states the NAFTA superhighway will cut a wide swath through Iowa. For decades, I-35 has carried international trade with Canada, the United States and Mexico. Since the enactment of NAFTA, people have referred to the existing I-35 with the slogan "NAFTA superhighway" because it is a major north-south artery that moves a substantial amount of international trade.

Recently, there have been rumors of a new NAFTA superhighway - a giant new highway being planned to link the three countries - and North America's SuperCorridor Coalition Inc.'s promotional map has been used erroneously as proof that a blueprint of the proposed giant highway is, in fact, a reality.

NASCO can state unequivocally that plans for a new giant NAFTA superhighway do not exist. Our map depicts existing transportation infrastructure not drawn to scale, but enlarged for promotional purposes.

Paul is confused and has tied separate initiatives together into a sinister plot to destroy the sovereignty of the United States. NASCO has nothing to do with any of his concerns. NASCO is good for Iowa.

- Tiffany Melvin, J.D.,

executive director,

North America's SuperCorridor Coalition Inc. (NASCO),

Dallas, Texas.


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December 21 Polls Show Ron Paul BARELY Ahead of Gravel and Biden

@ 03:35 PM (86 months, 10 days ago)




Registered Democrats' choice for nominee for 2008*
Registered Republicans' choice for nominee for 2008*



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Hillary Debates Pope in Iowa

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


The Pope and Hillary Rodham Clinton are on the same stage in front of a huge crowd. 
The senator and His Holiness, however, have seen it all  before.  To make it a little more interesting, the senator says to the  Pope,  "Did You know that with just one little wave of my hand I can make every  Democrat in the crowd go wild?" 

He doubts it, so she shows him. Sure  enough, the wave elicits rapture and  cheering from every democrat in the crowd. Gradually, the  cheering subsides. 

The Pope, not wanting to be out done by such a level  of arrogance, considers what he could do.

"That was impressive, the Pope says, "But did you know  that with just one little wave of MY hand I can make EVERY person in the  crowd go crazy with joy? This joy will  not be a momentary display like that of  your subjects, but will go deep into their hearts, and  they will forever speak of this day and rejoice."


The senator seriously doubts this, and says so. "One  little wave of your hand and all people will rejoice forever? Show me."  


So the Pope slapped her.


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democrat Eye Exam

@ 11:25 PM (86 months, 12 days ago)




It's amazing how instruction regular checkups can be


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Attempting to Destroy CIA Tapes, Cheney Burns Down White House

@ 09:30 PM (86 months, 14 days ago)


Attempting to Destroy CIA Tapes, Cheney Burns Down White House
Veep Apologizes for Accidental Inferno

The White House, one of the most historic structures in the nation’s capital, burnt to the ground today after Vice President Dick Cheney attempted to incinerate a cache of CIA interrogation tapes in his office.

According to White House aides, the blaze started shortly after twelve noon, minutes after Mr. Cheney slipped out of a cabinet meeting, saying that he had to “hit the head.”

But rather than using the bathroom as he had stated, the vice president instead went to his office and put a blowtorch to a pile of CIA interrogation tapes which the White House had feared might be subpoenaed in the near future.

“I started burning those things and boom, they went up like a rocket,” an apologetic Mr. Cheney later told reporters.

The accidental blaze quickly spread from the videotapes to a nearby stack of transcripts of phone conversations involving Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and singer Barbra Streisand that Mr. Cheney had obtained via a warantless wiretap.

“Once those transcripts caught on fire, I knew the building was a goner,” Mr. Cheney said. “There were literally thousands and thousands of pages of that stuff.”


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God Bless You My Friends

@ 09:27 PM (86 months, 14 days ago)


Merry Christmas ....Fondly, Barry G.



Clinton Says Being Married to Hillary ‘Has Never Influenced My Behavior’

@ 11:39 PM (86 months, 15 days ago)


Addressing questions about his objectivity as a campaigner for his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), former President Bill Clinton said today that being married to Sen. Clinton “has never influenced my behavior in the least little bit.”

During an interview on PBS’ “The Charlie Rose Show,” the former president said that those who accuse him of favoritism towards his wife “have got it all wrong, because, you know, Charlie, I’ve pretty much lived my entire life as if I wasn’t married to her at all.”

Mr. Clinton added that in order to demonstrate his objectivity about Sen. Clinton’s qualifications, he would remove his wedding ring and keep it off for the duration of the campaign.

“As far as I’m concerned, from this day on I’m single,” the former president said.

During the free-wheeling one-hour chat, aides to Mr. Clinton gathered in the studio control room and frantically attempted to induce the engineers to cut short the interview, with one aide trying to pull a cable out of its socket in the hopes that it would plunge the studio into darkness.

But their efforts were in vain as the former president continued his unbridled monologue, at one point touching on the similarities between a president and a prostitute.

“Being a president is a lot like being a thousand-dollar-a-night call girl, Charlie,” he said. “Experience matters.”


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Hillary Offers Bribe to Ron Paul

@ 09:24 AM (86 months, 15 days ago)


Ron Paul reacts to Hillary:  "If you drop out I'll give you a blow job"



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Boston Tea Party Fund Raiser Nets $6 Million for Ron Paul Campaign

@ 07:18 PM (86 months, 16 days ago)


Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul's supporters raised over $6 million Sunday to boost the 10-term Texas congressman's campaign for the White House.

Called a "Money Bomb," the goal was to raise as much money as possible on the Internet in one day. The campaign's previous fundraiser brought in $4.2 million.

At midnight EST, donations were over $6 million, according to the campaign Web site. Those donations are processed credit card receipts, said Paul campaign spokesman Jesse Benton. Benton said the median donation is about $50 in the fundraiser, which was the idea of Paul supporters who are not officially connected to the campaign.

Trevor Lyman, a Paul supporter who is traveling the country following the Ron Paul blimp, said the date of the fundraiser coincides with the 234th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

The Ron Paul blimp is an aerial billboard emblazoned on one side with "Who is Ron Paul? Google Ron Paul." The other side reads "Ron Paul Revolution." The blimp, another grass-roots effort, was in Chester, S.C., on Sunday, and organizers hope to get it to New Hampshire before the Jan. 8 primary there.


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Peggy Noonan - Wall Street Journal - Hillary is a Fake

@ 12:53 AM (86 months, 17 days ago)


This thought occurs that Hillary Clinton's entire campaign is, and always was, a 
Potemkin village, a giant head fake, a haughty facade hollow at the core. That 
she is disorganized on the ground in Iowa, taken aback by a challenge to her 
invincibility, that she doesn't actually have an A team, that her advisers have 
always been chosen more for proven loyalty than talent, that her supporters don't 
feel deep affection for her. That she's scrambling chaotically to catch up, with 
surrogates saying scuzzy things about Barack Obama and drug use, and her following 
up with apologies that will, as always, keep the story alive. That her 
guru-pollster, the almost universally disliked Mark Penn, has, according to 
Newsday, become the focus of charges that he has "mistakenly run Clinton as a de 
facto incumbent" and that the top officials on the campaign have never had a real 
understanding of Iowa.  This is true of Mrs. Clinton and her Iowa campaign: They 
thought it was a queenly 
procession, not a brawl. Now they're reduced to spinning the idea that expectations 
are on Mr. Obama, that he'd better win big or it's a loss. They've been reduced too 
to worrying about the weather. If there's a blizzard on caucus day, her supporters, 
who skew old, may not turn out. The defining picture of the caucuses may be a 
78-year-old woman being dragged from her home by young volunteers in a tinted-window 
SUV.  This is, still, an amazing thing to see. It is a delight of democracy that now and 
then assumptions are confounded, that all the conventional wisdom of the past year 
is compressed and about to blow. It takes a Potemkin village.  A thought on the 
presence of Bill Clinton. He is showing up all over in Iowa and 
New Hampshire, speaking, shaking hands, drawing crowds. But when he speaks, he has 
a tendency to speak about himself. It's all, always, me-me-me in his gigantic 
bullying neediness. Still, he's there, and he's a draw, and the plan was that 
his presence would boost his wife's fortunes. The way it was supposed to work, 
the logic, was this: People miss Bill. They miss the '90s. They miss the pre-9/11 
world. So they'll love seeing him back in the White House. So they'll vote for 
Hillary. Because she'll bring him. "Two for the price of one."  It appears not to 
be working. Might it be that they don't miss Bill as much 
as everyone thought? That they don't actually want Bill back in the White House?  
Maybe. But maybe it's this. Maybe they'd love to have him back in the White 
House. Maybe they just don't want him to bring her. Maybe they miss the Cuckoo's 
Nest and they'd love having Jack Nicholson's McMurphy running through the halls. 
Maybe they just don't miss Nurse Ratched. Does she have to come?




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Constitution, Ten Commandments and Cows

@ 08:08 PM (86 months, 17 days ago)



Three Things to Ponder:

1. Cows
2. The Constitution
3. The Ten Commandments


Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.


They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.

T H E 1 0 C O M M A N D M E N T S

The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this:
You cannot post "Thou Shalt Not Steal," "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery," and "Thou Shall Not Lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians...It creates a hostile work environment


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Human Resources Christmas Party

@ 03:04 AM (86 months, 18 days ago)


Subject: Christmas Party    

FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director  

TO: All Employees  

 DATE: 4th November  

 RE: Christmas Party     


I'm happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will

take place on December 23rd, starting at noon in the private

function room at the    Grill House. There will be a cash bar and

 plenty of drinks! We'll have a small band playing traditional
 carols ... please feel free to sing along.
 Exchange of gifts among employees can be done at
 that time;    however, no gift should be over $10.00
 to make the giving of gifts easy for everyone's
 pockets.     This gathering is only for employees!
 The Managing Director will make a    special
 announcement at the Party. Merry Christmas to
 you and your Family.     Pauline


FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees  

DATE: 5th November  

RE: Holiday Party     


In no way was yesterday's memo intended
 to exclude our Jewish employees.    We recognize
 that Hanukkah is an important holiday, which often
 coincides    with Christmas, though unfortunately
 not this year.  However, from now on    we're
 calling it our 'Holiday Party'. The same policy
 applies to any    other employees who are not
 Christians. There will be no Christmas tree    or
 Christmas carols sung. We will have other types of
 music for your enjoyment.     Happy now?
 Happy Holidays to you and your family,     Pauline.



FROM; Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees  

 DATE: 6th November  

 RE: Holiday Party    


 Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics

Anonymous    requesting a non-drinking table... you didn't sign your

name. I'm happy to accommodate this request, but if I put a
 sign on a table that reads,    "AA Only", you wouldn't be anonymous anymore!!!!  How am I supposed to handle this? Somebody?

Forget about the gift exchange. No gift exchange allowed now since the
Union officials feel that $10.00 is too much money and Management

believe $10.00 is a little cheap. NO GIFT EXCHANGE WILL BE Allowed.


FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees  

DATE: 7th November  

RE: Holiday Party    


What a diverse group we are! I had no idea
that December 20th begins the Muslim holy month
of Ramadan, which forbids eating and drinking during
daylight hours. There goes the party! Seriously,
we can appreciate how a luncheon at this time of
year does not accommodate our Muslim employees'
beliefs. Perhaps the Grill House can hold off on
serving your meal until the end of the party - or
else package everything up for you to take home in
a little foil doggy bag. Will that work?

Meanwhile, I've arranged for members of Weight
Watchers to sit farthest from the dessert buffet;
pregnant women will get the table closest to the
toilets; Gays are allowed to sit with each other;
Lesbians do not have to sit with gay men; each
will have their own table. Yes, there will be
flower arrangements for the gay men's table, too.
To the person asking permission to cross dress -
no cross dressing allowed.    


We will have booster seats for short people. Low fat food will be
available for those on a diet. We cannot control the salt used in the   

food. We suggest those people with high blood pressure taste the

food first.

There will be fresh fruits as dessert for Diabetics; the restaurant   

cannot supply "No Sugar" desserts. Sorry!     Did I miss



 FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All F*****g Employees  

DATE: 8 November  

RE: The F*****g Holiday Party.      

Vegetarian pricks!
I've had it with you people!!! We're going to keep
 this party at the Grill House whether you like it
 or not, so you can sit quietly at the table
 furthest from the "grill of death", as you so
 quaintly put it.


You'll get your f*****g salad bar. including organic   

tomatoes, but you know tomatoes have feeling, too. They

scream when you slice them. I've heard them scream.

I'm hearing them scream right NOW!!    Hope you all have a rotten
 holiday ! Drink, drive, and die!    


The Bitch from HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


FROM: John Bishop - Acting Human Resources Director   

DATE: 9th November  

RE: Pauline Lewis and Holiday Party    


I'm sure I speak for all of us in wishing Pauline Lewis a speedy   

recovery, and I'll continue to forward your cards to her.     In
the meantime, Management has decided to cancel our Holiday Party

and instead, give everyone the afternoon of the 23rd December off

with full pay.


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Barry G. Unveils Website

@ 06:55 PM (86 months, 18 days ago)


In addition to my world famous blog, please visit my website:  asmalldoseofreality.com

Thank you very much for your loyal readership.  Don't worry.  The blog will continue breaking the news about jackass democrat liberals as usual.

Your friend, Barry


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Mixing Billions Politicians and Taxes - Toxic Formula

@ 11:14 PM (86 months, 19 days ago)


This is too true to be very funny
The next time you hear a politician use the word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about whether you want the 'politicians' spending
YOUR tax money.  A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.

A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Perm it Tax
Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax),
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax),
Liquor Tax,
Luxury Tax,
Marriage License Tax,
Medicare Tax,
Property Tax,
Real Estate Tax,
Service charge taxes,
Social Security Tax,
Road Usage Tax (Truckers),
Sales Taxes,
Recreational Vehicle Tax,
School Tax,
State Income Tax,
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA),
Telephone Federal Excise Tax,
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax,
Telephone Federal, State and Local Su rcharge Tax,
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax,
Telephone State and Local Tax,
Telephone Usage Charge Tax,
Utility Tax,
Vehicle License Registration Tax,
Vehicle Sales Tax,
Watercraft Registration Tax,
Well Permit Tax,
Workers Compensation Tax.
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What happened?  Can you spell 'politicians!'

And I still have to 'press 1'
for English.




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Mexico's Border Patrol Agents Work Overtime

@ 11:44 PM (86 months, 20 days ago)



Read the rest of the story .........................



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McCain Proposes Return of Nazi Party During December 12, 2007 Republican Debate

@ 09:05 PM (86 months, 20 days ago)



John Mccain

This worked for Hitler.....why not for me?



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Republican Debate December 12, 2007 - Time Magazine Grades Fred Thompson

@ 10:54 PM (86 months, 21 days ago)


Now we are talking about a candidate who will win a general election.  If Ron Paul was smart he would throw his support behind Fred.


From Time Magazine:

Grade:  B+

Smooth, FUNNY, and relaxed. Took advantage of his position in the center of the stage and of his height to at times dominate the proceedings, as when he led a revolt against the moderator's attempt to get yes/no answers to complicated questions. Getting the hang of how to debate and leverage his strengths, just as the debates are coming to an end.

By Mark Halperin



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Republican Debate December 12, 2007 - Time Magazine Grades Ron Paul

@ 10:51 PM (86 months, 21 days ago)

From Time Magazine

Grade C+

So consistent in tone, emphasis, and overall style, it is freaky. Truly one of the most consistent debate performers since the cathode ray tube was invented. But, thus, didn't seem to do anything to expand his reach.

By Mark Halperin


It sounds to me like Mark is saying that Ron is still living in the 70's if not before that.  At least Ron graded out higher than Duncan Hunter and Alan Keyes.  Alan Keyes is the guy out there to make Ron  seem reasonable.


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Attention Burns: Semi Fresh Illegal Alien Meat

@ 09:25 PM (86 months, 22 days ago)


Shotgun preteen vs. illegal alien Home Invaders Butte, Montana
    November 5, 2006
        Two illegal aliens, Ralphel Resindez, 23, and Enrico Garza, 26, probably believed they would easily overpower home-alone 11 year old Patricia Harrington after her father had left their two-story home.
        It seems the two crooks never learned two things: they were in Montana and Patricia had been a clay shooting champion since she was nine.
        Patricia was in her upstairs room when the two men broke through the front door of the house. She quickly ran to her father's room and grabbed his 12 gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun.
        Resindez was the first to get up to the second floor only to be the first to catch a near point blank blast of buckshot from the 11-year-old's knee crouch aim. He suffered fatal wounds to his abdomen and genitals.
        When Garza ran to the foot of the stairs, he took a blast to the left shoulder and staggered out into the street where he bled to death before medical help could arrive. Now that is Gun Control!
        It was found out later that Resindez was armed with a stolen 45 caliber handgun he took from another home invasion robbery. That victim, 50-year-old David Burien, was not so lucky. He died from stab wounds to the chest. Ever wonder why good stuff never makes NBC , CBS, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, or ABC news....
        Thought for the day:  Calling an illegal alien an "undocumented immigrant" is like calling a drug dealer an "unlicensed pharmacist"

Shell Gas Stations Collecting Fingerprints - Why?

@ 11:10 AM (86 months, 22 days ago)


Would you give up your fingerprints so you could get in and out of a gas station more quickly? Shell Oil thinks that you will. And so once again, it seems that Americans are ready to cash in their privacy for a little convenience. And once again, our society inches just a little closer to the world that George Orwell imagined in his novel 1984 – a world utterly without any privacy.

Ten Shell gas stations in the Chicago area are testing biometric systems that let you pay for your purchases using a fingertip scan. Your fingerprint would be linked directly to your checking or credit card accounts for payment. The system was created by a company with the deceptively friendly name of "Pay by Touch."

Does this worry me? You bet your bottom it does. This little "convenience" offered by Shell proves that the "surveillance state" that I've warned you about isn't as far away as we'd like to believe it is.

According to a spokesman for Shell, "Customers are always looking for ways to make buying gasoline quicker and easier, and always looking for ways to make their transactions faster and more secure." Shell claims that people don't want to "carry more cards, kits, and key chains" and they want these conveniences to be "free."

But freedom at what cost?

Keep reading…


You may believe that biometrics like hand-scans — and even retinal scans that we've all seen in science fiction films — are protecting you from the growing menace of identity theft. But it just baffles my mind that people are willing to surrender something as personal and unique as their fingerprints to a corporation. While this may be theoretically more secure than a credit card PIN code, an email password, a social security card, or even a photo ID, just remember: you're giving up a vital part of yourself to some corporation that's motive is always – ALWAYS – profit. Profit above all else – including your security.

Naturally, the beneficent and ever-helpful Shell Oil company claims they would "never share personal information of their customers with third parties." If you believe that pile of B.S., just think about it the next time you're sorting all the junk out of your daily mail. And, of course, your phone calls are only being monitored for quality control purposes. Any other lies you want to hear?

But it's not just Shell that's at fault here. Already, the trend has spread. Sunflower Market, a Chicago-based grocery store chain, has also installed Pay by Touch systems in their stores, though only about two percent of its customers have signed up to use the service – so at least some people in Chicago are using their heads instead of their hands.

The manager of one Sunflower store thinks people are put off by the system. "I think it scares people," the manager said. "Some of them say, 'Well, now the FBI can find me.'"

Know what? Those people are right. The FBI routinely accesses credit card records when tracking suspects. There's no reason that they can't use the finger scan in the same way. And thanks to these "convenience" schemes run by the big corporations on our lazy, time-crunch obsessed populace, it seems that sooner rather than later, the government will be able to build up a database of fingerprints on everyone in the U.S. – whether you have a criminal record or not.


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Santa Hitches Hillary to Sleigh

@ 11:56 PM (86 months, 24 days ago)



Hillary takes off costume and pulls sleigh naked



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Nature is Unpredictable...Wildfires, Mudslides, Floods

@ 10:53 AM (86 months, 24 days ago)



......................... and sheer beauty


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Yoo Hoo Hillary the Cameras are ON

@ 01:46 AM (86 months, 25 days ago)



........  and your Botox is OFF !!



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As the Christmas Season Approaches, My Reflections on Being an American

@ 11:23 PM (86 months, 26 days ago)


You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:   It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, 'One nation, under God.'

You might be a
TRUE AMERICAN if: You've never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places.  

You might be a
TRUE AMERICAN if: You still say 'Christmas' instead of 'Winter Festival.'  

You might be a
TRUE AMERICAN if: You bow your head when someone prays.

You might be a
TRUE AMERICAN if: You stand and place your hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem.

You might be a
TRUE AMERICAN if: You treat vets with great respect, and always have.

You might be a
TRUE AMERICAN if: You've never burned an American flag.

You might be a
TRUE AMERICAN if: You know what you believe and you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.

You might be a
TRUE AMERICAN if: You respect your elders and expect your kids to do the same.  

You might be a
TRUE AMERICAN if: You'd give your last dollar to a friend. 

God Bless the U S A!  Amen



Sans Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

No Presidency for hippocrite Hillary

@ 01:43 PM (86 months, 26 days ago)


Today I found something more insightful than I would put together so I decided to pass it on:


The Line: For Obama, It Takes a Movement

For months, we've written that the only way for Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) -- or any other Democrat for that matter -- to defeat Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) is to make the vote about more than just politics.

Line Highlights

  • Moving Off The Line: Fred Thompson
  • Moving On: Ron Paul
  • Moving Up: Mike Huckabee, Bill Richardson
  • Moving Down: Joe Biden

A standard political race -- governed by the same rules and regulations that typify these contests -- will almost certainly result in Clinton as the nominee. Her reach within the party establishment is just too broad for anyone to beat her in a traditional nominating contest.

But in a non-traditional fight, all bets are off. And, more and more, Obama seems set on turning his candidacy -- and the vote in the Iowa caucuses -- into a movement, insisting that the choice is crucial for the future direction of the country.

This idea is illustrated in Obama's latest ad, which began running in Iowa earlier this week:

That is one powerful spot, and it's all about casting his campaign as something much, much more than politics as usual. "We are in a defining moment in our history," he says in footage taken from his speech at the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner last month. "America, our moment is now."

The contrast between Obama's "movement" and Clinton's traditional campaign operation is implicit in the ad (the New York senator is not mentioned), but it is very real. Clinton, by the very nature of her background and candidacy, is not capable of taking advantage of this unique moment in American political history, argues the ad. Only Obama can do it.

Turning his campaign into a movement about something more than politics is the best -- and perhaps only -- path for Obama to win the nomination. He appears to have realized that.

In an attempt to keep pace with ever-changing landscape of the two nomination fights, The Fix is going to a weekly presidential Line between now and when the two parties have effectively picked their 2008 nominees. Because we'll be looking at the presidential candidates every week for the next 8 weeks (or more), we are trimming down the write-up for each candidate to make for a slightly quicker read.

As always, remember the No. 1 ranked candidate is the one who is most likely to wind up as that party's nominee.

To the Line!


1. Rudy Giuliani: The former mayor of New York has hit a rough patch of late, symbolized by the media fallout from (and his campaign's strained explanations of) a Politico story that suggested Hizzoner used official security funds to transport his mistress (now wife, Judith Nathan) when he was still mayor. But take a step back and things look far better. Mike Huckabee's rise in Iowa takes the pressure off of Giuliani to slow Mitt Romney there and opens up the real possibility that Giuliani could win New Hampshire. His campaign won't cop to it, but in figuring out the math it seems like a win in New Hampshire or South Carolina is an absolute must for Giuliani at this point. (Previous ranking: 1)

2. (tie) Mitt Romney: For a man who seemed to have considered every possibility and every angle in this race, we don't think Romney saw Mike Huckabee coming. (He admitted as much in a sitdown with The Fix last week in Iowa.) Huckabee's surge in the Hawkeye State is generally bad news for Romney, as it puts a state where he looked invincible back into play and seriously jeopardizes his chances of running the table in Iowa and New Hampshire. That said, if Huckabee maintains his lead in Iowa for a week or two, Romney could well look like the Comeback Kid (apologies to Bubba) if he winds up winning the caucuses. (Previous ranking: 2)

2. (tie) Mike Huckabee: Timing is everything in politics, and Huckabee is moving at the right time. What remains to be seen is whether Huckabee's momentum can overcome Romney's money in Iowa. Huckabee finished a surprising second at the Ames Straw Poll in August but was well behind the well-financed and organized Romney. Given where Huckabee stands in Iowa polling now, a second-place finish is no longer the moral victory it would have been. Ah, the expectations game! (Previous ranking: 3)

4. John McCain: McCain is basically running a one-state strategy at the moment, putting the vast majority of his time and campaign resources into New Hampshire. Polling shows that to be a sound strategy, as McCain remains a major factor in the Granite State and is positioned to make a major push in the final month of the campaign. But can McCain's support in New Hampshire withstand a fourth or fifth place finish in Iowa? He skipped the state in 2000 and has so far mounted a half-hearted effort there this time around. McCain must hope New Hampshire voters ignore what happens in Iowa and decide to assert their famous independence by backing the candidate they loved in 2000. (Previous ranking: 4)

5. Ron Paul: "Dr. No" makes The Line for the first time. Why? Because Paul's surprising fundraising success means that he will have plenty of money to reach Republican caucusgoers and primary voters with his unique message of getting American troops out of Iraq and drastically limiting the role of government. Paul seems likely to become a home for any disaffected voter unhappy with the top-tier candidates. While we'd be surprised to see him crack 10 percent in Iowa, his messaging is a surprisingly natural fit for a segment of New Hampshire's Republican voters. Can Paul win? No. Can he impact the race? Yes.


1. Hillary Rodham Clinton: The coronation is officially on hold. But be careful about predicting the demise of Clinton II. She is tough as nails and, more so than any other candidate on either side (with the possible exception of McCain), knows how to soldier through adversity. For all the political obituaries being penned about Clinton, every poll we've seen shows Iowa a three-way statistical dead heat. Momentum isn't on Clinton's side at the moment in the state, but her campaign is pulling out the stops to shift the debate from one of personalities to one of accomplishments. If Clinton loses in Iowa, New Hampshire will be her last, best chance to retake the frontrunner mantle. Still, she has more potential paths to the nomination than any of her opponents. (Previous ranking: 1)

2. Barack Obama: We've said our piece about Obama above. During our trip to Iowa last weekend, we saw a different Obama -- savvier politically, more comfortable in his own skin etc. The biggest remaining question for Obama is: Do Iowa voters go right to the edge with him only to change their minds to go with the perceived better general-election candidate (Clinton or John Edwards)? We don't know. (Previous ranking: 2)

3. John Edwards: Count us as skeptical about the talk that Edwards's Iowa support is rapidly eroding. In poll after poll -- including the Post's own poll and the Des Moines Register's gold standard survey -- Edwards is within striking distance. He touched a chord with Iowa voters in 2004, and he has kept a loyal and sizable group with him despite the presence of two rock stars in the Democratic field. Turnout is everything for Edwards in Iowa. In 2004, the campaigns of former Gov. Howard Dean (Vt.) and then-Rep. Dick Gephardt (Mo.) planned for a traditional turnout model (60,000 to 70,000) and were swamped when more than 124,000 people turned out. If the number of voters stays between 120,000 and 140,000, Edwards has a strong chance. If it grows beyond that, he could be in trouble. (Previous ranking: 3)

4. Bill Richardson: There remains a major gap in Iowa and nationally between the Big 3 on the Democratic side and the rest of the field. We move Richardson up a spot this month based on the idea that of the candidates not named Clinton, Edwards or Obama, he will have the most money to spend in the final month. Richardson has really struggled to differentiate himself from the field; his appeal that he is the lone chief executive in the race has fallen flat and his plan to remove all troops from Iraq by the end of the year hasn't done the trick either. Still, polling shows Richardson running a solid fourth in Iowa and New Hampshire; our numbers-based mind can't ignore that. (Previous ranking: 5)

5. Joe Biden: The highlight of the generally news-less National Public Radio debate earlier this week in Iowa was Biden. With foreign policy on the front burner, Biden scolded his rivals for their lack of knowledge and realism while simultaneously showing off his impressive political resume. The best thing going for Biden is Biden. He knows what he believes and connects well with voters and elected officials alike. The problem for Biden is that he hasn't made a major move in the Iowa polls yet -- and time is running out. Still, if an Iowa dark horse does emerge, our money is on the man from Delaware. (Previous ranking: 4)



Sans Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.


Larry Page, Google's billionaire co-founder, is set to marry his girlfriend, Lucy Southworth

@ 11:37 PM (86 months, 28 days ago)


Larry Page, Google's billionaire co-founder, is set to marry his girlfriend, Lucy Southworth, on a tiny Caribbean island this weekend, a source familiar with the wedding arrangements said on Wednesday.

The couple will hold the ceremony on an island enclave owned by Richard Branson, the billionaire owner of Virgin Group, who will act as best man to Larry, the source said.


Lucy Southworth's wedding gown will be in traditional Google style



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American Medical Association Publishes Mental Health Risk List for liberals

@ 11:11 PM (86 months, 29 days ago)


The first step is the proper diagnosis......

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Check out AOL Money & Finance's list of the hottest products and top money wasters of 2007.

Demogogue Chavez and Parrot Shocked by Surprise Defeat

@ 01:37 AM (87 months, 6 hours ago)


hugo chavez
Hugo Chavez looks on after hearing election results.
Susana Gonzalez / Bloomberg News

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's left-wing, oil-fueled revolution usually carries itself like a swaggering, cocksure juggernaut. So it was a sign that things perhaps weren't looking good for the fiery, anti-U.S. leader Sunday night when he didn't appear on the balcony of Miraflores, the Caracas presidential palace, pumping his fists and crowing confidently about victory. Venezuela's polls had closed in a national referendum on a raft of constitutional reforms that would have profoundly tightened his hold on political power in Venezuela — including an amendment to eliminate presidential term limits (which currently last six years). Instead, Chavez's Vice President, Jorge Rodriguez, appeared as the night wore on and told reporters, "We will respect the result, whatever it is."

And, to the astonishment of his opponents, Chavez did. At around 2 a.m. this morning, Caracas time, Chavez conceded his first electoral defeat since winning Venezuela's presidency in 1998.

Venezuelans also appear to have told Chavez and his Bolivarian Revolution (named for South America's 19th-century independence hero, Simon Bolivar) that despite the country's enjoying the fruits of record oil prices — the country has the hemisphere's largest oil reserves — they're fatigued by almost a decade of polarizing revolutionary rule and would like to return to some normalcy.


"I just can't believe it, Hugo f**cked up", said the Parrot who

plans to schedule another election, this time Parrot vs. Chavez.

The movement led by Gonzalez and tens of thousands of fellow students proved decisive: They articulated an opposition message and galvanized its sympathizers far more effectively than Venezuela's older political elite ever could. It was a force Chavez had not planned on reckoning with, particularly since students have long been a bloc that Latin America's political left could depend on. Chavez also couldn't withstand the defections within his own bloc, including socialist state Governors and, perhaps most important, his erstwhile pal and former Defense Minister, Raul Baduel, who earlier this month called Chavez's amendments a "constitutional coup d'etat." The attempt by Chavez and his backers to demonize figures like Baduel — labeling them "traitors" — backfired, especially since Baduel had helped put Chavez back in power after a botched opposition coup attempt against him in 2002.

But just as important was Chavez's concession. The opposition "won this victory for themselves," he admitted in a voice whose subdued calm was in contrast to his frequently aggressive political speeches. "My sincere recommendation is that they learn how to handle it." Despite his authoritarian bent, Chavez (whose current and apparently last term ends in 2012) had always insisted he was a democrat — that he was, in fact, forging "a more genuine democracy" in a nation that had in many ways been a sham democracy typical of a number of Latin American countries. His presidential election victories — in 1998, 2000 and 2006, as well as his victory over an attempt to recall him in a 2004 referendum — were all recognized by credible international observers; and that conferred on him a democratic legitimacy that helped blunt accusations by his enemies, especially the U.S., that he was a would-be dictator in the mold of Fidel Castro.

In the end it was a cachet that, fortunately, he knew he couldn't forfeit. As a result, the referendum result will resonate far beyond Venezuela. Latin Americans in general have grown disillusioned by democratic institutions — particularly their failure to solve the region's gaping inequality and frightening insecurity — and many observers fear that Latin Americans, as they so often have in their history, are again willing to give leaders like Chavez inordinate, and inordinately protracted, powers. Chavez, critics complained, was in fact leading a trend of what some called "democratators" — democratically elected dictators. His allies in Bolivia and Ecuador, for example, are hammering out new Constitutions that may give them unlimited presidential reelection. The fact that Venezuelans this morning resisted that urge — and that Chavez so maturely backed off himself when he saw it — may give other countries pause for thought as well. It could even revive the oft-ridiculed notion that this might after all be the century of the Americas.


Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.


Clinton Finds Christmas Gift for Hillary at Arkansas Yard Sale

@ 12:43 AM (87 months, 1 day ago)



That should fit the frigid hippocrite just right


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Obama Gets Beating hippocrite Hillary Strategy from Rove

@ 12:26 AM (87 months, 1 day ago)


This is great stuff.  Karl compares Hillary to Nixon.


Memo to Obama: win Iowa or lose the race

By Karl Rove

Published: December 2 2007 22:00 | Last updated: December 2 2007 22:00

TO: Senator Barack Obama

FROM: Karl Rove

SUBJECT: How to Beat Hillary

Not that you have asked for advice, but here it is anyway: Iowa is your chance to best her. If you do not do it there, odds are you never will anywhere. You are way behind her in most national polls. The only way to change that is to beat her in Iowa so people around America take another look at you. You did a smart thing organising effectively in the early primary states. But you can take advantage of that only if you win Iowa and keep her from building an overwhelming sense of invincibility and inevitability.

The good news is you have again got “the buzz”. Polls are looking better for you in Iowa and the other early states. Your press is improving, with your performance at the Iowa Jefferson-Jackson dinner a big help. Hillary Clinton has made unforced errors. But she is still the frontrunner and there are several things you need to do quickly to win.

First, stop acting like a vitamin-deficient Adlai Stevenson. Striking a pose of being high-minded and too pure will not work. Americans want to see you scrapping and fighting for the job, not in a mean or ugly way but in a forceful and straightforward way.

Hillary may come over as calculating and shifty but she looks in control. You, on the other hand, often come over as weak and ineffectual. In some debates, you do not even look at her when disagreeing with her, making it look as if you are afraid of her. She offers you openings time and again but you do not take advantage of them. Sharpen your attacks and make them more precise.

Take the exchange in the Philadelphia debate about Bill and Hillary keeping documents hidden about her role as first lady in his White House. She was evasive. You spoke next. You would have won a big victory if you had turned to her and said: “Senator, with all due respect, you and your husband could release those documents right now if you wanted to. Your failure to do so raises questions among a lot of Americans about what you’re hiding and those questions would hurt our party if you were our nominee.” But your response was weak as dirty dishwater. Do not let other great opportunities pass by.

Second, focus on the fact that many Democrats have real doubts about Hillary. They worry she cannot win, will be a drag on the ticket and that if she got to the White House it would be a disaster. You know better than most what they are worried about; they have told you their fears. It is why you have done so well raising money from Bill’s backers and gaining support from Clinton administration officials. Talk about those doubts. Put them in a bigger context than just the two of you. Remind primary voters that these shortcomings will hurt Democratic chances.

Third, when you create controversies do not pick issues where you are playing the weaker hand. For example, you attacked her for lacking foreign policy experience. It is true she was first lady, not secretary of state, and nobody will ever mistake her for James Baker III. But your qualifications are even thinner; you were a state senator and lived in Indonesia when you were six. Big deal. Americans think she has more foreign policy experience than you – and she does.

Fourth, when you disagree with her be clear about what you believe. You cannot afford more garbled responses like the one you gave in Las Vegas on drivers’ licences for illegal aliens. Answer yes or no. Do not give voters evidence you are as calculating as her.

Fifth, you need to do a better job explaining what kind of change you represent. The change theme is a good one and Democratic voters know you were against the war and represent the idea of something fresh. But they do not know who you really are, what you want to do and where you want to take the country. Taking her down a few notches is step one; telling people who you are is the next. Both are necessary.

Sixth, find a way to gently belittle her whenever she tries to use disagreements among Democrats as an excuse to complain about being picked on. The toughest candidate in the field should not be able to complain when others disagree with her. This is not a coronation. Democrats do not like her sense of entitlement. She is not owed the nomination. It does not belong to her simply because her name is Clinton. So blow the whistle on her when she tries to become a victim. Do it with humour and a smile and it will sting even more.

Hillary comes across as cold, distant and conspiracy-minded, more like Richard Nixon than her sunny, charming husband. During the Clinton presidency she oversaw a disaster (the effort to sell Hillarycare) and argued hard against welfare reform, one of the promises on which he had campaigned. She is a hard-nosed competitor with a tough and seasoned staff.

But her record is weak, her personality off-putting and her support thin. If she wins the nomination it will be because her rivals – namely you – were weak when you confronted her and could not look her in the eye when you did. She is beatable but you have to raise your game. Iowa is your great chance for a breakthrough. Win it convincingly and you can build on it in the contests that follow. Lose it and victory becomes much more difficult.

The writer is former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush and advised on his 2000 and 2004 presidential election campaigns


Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.


Attention Kent State University's Chair of Trustees Sandra Harbrecht and Acting Department Head Mary Ann Heiss - Fire julio assad pino NOW!!!!

@ 02:16 AM (87 months, 2 days ago)


Dear readers,

Here are their email addresses:  mheiss@kent.edu                     


Contact them early and often and demand pino's immediate firing.  They are allowing taxpayer money to be stolen by pino while he is on paid junkets to the middle east.


Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

Go to the Kent State University Message Board and Demand the Ouster of julio assad pino

@ 02:11 AM (87 months, 2 days ago)


The message board is HERE.  Go right now and demand his immediate firing.



Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.


Blogger Chases Down Conspiracy

@ 10:43 PM (87 months, 2 days ago)




This time the story is chasing Dugg


Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

Do All Your Christmas Shopping at Sears this Year - Buy American

@ 10:33 PM (87 months, 2 days ago)


Sears - Christmas shopping has already started

I know I needed this reminder since Sears isn't always my first choice. Amazing when you think of how long the war has lasted and they haven't withdrawn from their commitment. Could we each buy at least one thing at Sears this year?

How does Sears treat its employees who are called up for military duty? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up.

Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees for up to two years.

I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution. I suggest we all shop at Sears, and be sure to find a manager to tell them why we are there so te company gets the positive reinforcement it well deserves.

Pass it on.

Decided to check this before I sent it forward. So I sent the following e-mail to the Sears Customer Service Department:

I received this e-mail and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the Internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your company. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears instead of another store for a like item, even if it's cheaper at that store.

This is their answer to my e-mail:

Dear Customer:

Thank you for contacting Sears.The information is factual. We appreciate your positive feedback.

Sears regards service to our country as one of greatest sacrifices our young men and women can make. We are happy to do our part to lessen the burden they bear at this time.

Bill Thorn
Sears Customer Care


Please pass this on to all your friends. Sears needs to be recognized for this outstanding contribution and we need to show them as Americans, we do appreciate what they are doing for our military!!!

It's Verified ! By
Snopes.com at:


Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/sears.asp (shows the entire article)

How to Say "I Love You" in 25 Languages

@ 10:31 PM (87 months, 2 days ago)


I Love You


Te Amo

Je T'aime

lch Liebe Dich


Ai Shite Imasu

Phom rak khun

Ti amo

Wo Ai Ni


Jag Alskar

North Carolina
South Carolina
West Virginia
    and parts of Florida
Nice Ass , Get in the truck

Note: forwarded message attached.

Be a better pen pal. Text or chat with friends inside Yahoo! Mail. See how.


Fwd: How to say 'I love you' in 25 languages.....
Diana Evans <dianaevans1@yahoo.com>
Fri, 30 Nov 2007 06:55:16 -0800 (PST)
John B Campbell <jbcfla1@yahoo.com>

You need the entire list.....
I got my email back to classic. Yeah!!!!!
I printed that veterniary manual.
So sorry about your laptop.
Love you much, Diana

Note: forwarded message attached.

Be a better pen pal. Text or chat with friends inside Yahoo! Mail. See how.


How to say 'I love you' in 25 languages.....
Michele Shearer <mmsassy1@yahoo.com>
Fri, 30 Nov 2007 04:54:25 -0800 (PST)
Michele Shearer <mmsassy1@yahoo.com>

How to say 'I love you' in 25 languages.....


I Love You


Te Amo

Je T'aime

lch Liebe Dich


Ai Shite Imasu

Phom rak khun

Ti amo

Wo Ai Ni


Jag Alskar

North Carolina
South Carolina
West Virginia
    and parts of Florida

Nice Ass , Get in the truck

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.