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  1. Huckabee quips about gun aimed at Obama 47 minutes ago LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Republican Mike Huckabee responded to an offstage noise during his speech to the National Rifle Association by suggesting it was Barack Obama diving to the floor because someone had aimed a gun at him. Hearing a loud noise and interrupting his speech, Huckabee said: "That was Barack Obama. He just tripped off a chair. He's getting ready to speak and somebody aimed a gun at him and he — he dove for the floor." There were only a few murmurs in the crowd after the remark. The Obama campaign had no comment.
  2. His Holiness The 17th Karmapa's arrival in the US makes me happy. Young Spiritual Leader Arrives in New York, Ready to Teach and Be Taught May 16, 2008 The 22-year-old living Buddha seemed joyfully aware to feel no jet lag whatsoever. So far. “Maybe tonight,” he said in English on Thursday. “But not yet.” He had just arrived at a Midtown hotel with his security detail after a 14-hour flight from New Delhi to Newark. Ugyen Trinley Dorje, 22, widely admired as an enlightened being, arrived in New York to start an 18-day American tour. “It is the first time I’ve ever vi
  3. Ahh.. ok. That's what I figured. ..which is why I didn't check that one.
  4. You mean "Heaven" as "a literal place in the clouds".. as "an afterlife destination".. as "a state of being".. or what? And why did you make "God and Heaven" once choice, Gaines? What if one believes in "something that might be called 'God'", but not in the sense that God is a human-formed being with a human gender who is perched in the clouds in a place called 'Heaven' and who serves as creator/judger? What if one believes "God" (if you wanna call it that) is 'Existence Itself'.. is 'Existence-Awareness-Bliss Inseparable'.. is 'Emptiness Itself'? I guess my question is: How in this pol
  5. The thought does occur to me that Hillary might be worth considering as VP afterall. VPs are traditionally the president's attack dog; they go out and say things that president's tend not to say; things that might be considered 'beneath the dignity' of the president to say. Well, if Hillary's proven anything throughout this primary season it's been that she's not just willing to bare her fangs, she's willing to actually go on the attack. I'd even go so far as to say she seems like a real natural for the position. Growwwwwwl!!! Slobber-slobber-snap-snap! I'm gonna fuck you up!
  6. Suz,.. to be clear.. I never suggested,.. or even meant to so much as infer.. that our friends Rock Action or Dzl are wrong side of the racism fence; afaic they're both good, decent people. If any other impression came across from my posts, I deeply regret that and I do apologize to them both. I was merely challenging their "reverse discrimination" claims which were made in response to my pointing out the fact that racism is alive an well in the republican party. While "reverse discrimination" (a complete misnomer,..but I'll overlook that right now) does exist, it pales in comparison to th
  7. ADA (the Americans with Disabilities Act) is not a state law.. it's a federal law. You said your lawyer told you had no case under ADA.. because you're White. But under ADA there is NO exclusionary criteria based on race. There simply isn't. That's the fact, Jack. Just for kicks.. tell me.. what would the basis of the suit have been.. had you been Black.. that would have enabled your lawyer to "fry" the company?
  8. [ would anyone care to dispute that there is a racist element of the republican party? ] What do you mean "this may or may not be true", CRB? Is it true,.. or isnt it? Do you (of all people) dispute it,.. or not? Clinton said: "Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in '84 and '88. Jackson ran a good campaign. And Obama ran a good campaign here [in SC]". What do you make of that comment, CRB?
  9. Reality check time: Barack does not "need" Hillary as VP to win the general election. Desperate though repubs are to see her on the dem ticket,.. she's not going to be. And even though Hillary won't be on the ticket, Hillary supporters WILL come around to supporting Obama. Hillary and Bill will tell them to, and they will. Besides.. Hillary supporters are die-hard democrats. What are they gonna do.. vote for a republican candidate?.. or not vote at all and watch another republican get elected? Puh-lease. Stop pretending you know how democrats think and how they'll vot
  10. Wtf?!?.. you telling me that Rock Action nepotism lost out to Affirmative Action? Well dammit all to hell! For the umpteeth time.. I never said racism and/or discrimination against Whites doesn't exist; it does. [Lemme make sure you get this point before I proceed..] I never said racism and/or discrimination against Whites doesn't exist; it does. I never said racism and/or discrimination against Whites doesn't exist; it does. I never said racism and/or discrimination against Whites doesn't exist; it does. I never said racism and/or discrimination against Whites
  11. Yes, of course racism toward Blacks/minorities and racism toward Whites both do exist in America. I have never denied that or suggested otherwise. I merely said that Whites have never been the victims of widespread systemic racism/discrimination in our country whereas Blacks definitely have.. and in many ways still are. And I pointed out that "I would never vote for a White man to POTUS" and "hang that whitey candidate from a tree" are not beliefs held, or expressed, by many Blacks; whereas those kinds of sentiments made by Whites (usually, but not exclusively, republicans) about a Black candi
  12. I know plenty about the *ADA*, Desperado, and I know for a fact there is NO exclusionary criteria based on race. There is simply no.. such.. criteria. What your lawyer may have meant was that you had no claim under ADA based on disability, but if you were Black she might have been willing to roll the dice playing the race card in trying to file a racial discrimination suit. Who knows? Then again.. maybe "your" lawyer simply outright lied to you. I cant help but wonder: do you think it was wise to hire the company's lawyer to file a suit against the company on your behalf? How much mo
  13. What experience do you have of actually being a victim of racial discrimination in your life? Tell me, Rock,.. what opportunities in life have been denied you because you're White? How often do you go out into your community and feel that you're in the racial minority? How often have you been in the racial minority at the schools you've attended? How often do you go out into your community and feel unsafe from people of other races? How often do you see a cop and fear that you're going be hassled simply because you're White? Do you feel that you are systemically discriminated
  14. Hermit

    For you, DRUNK

    Get a clue, DRUNK,.. there ARE Muslims all over the world who are wonderful, friendly, nonviolent people. That doesn't mean ALL Muslims all over the world are wonderful, friendly, nonviolent people, nor does it mean that marolyn was suggesting that to be the case. But surely,.. wonderful, friendly, non-violent Muslims can be found all over the world. Can you identify even one country anywhere in the world in which no wonderful, friendly, non-violent Muslims could be found? Didn't think so. Rather than assuming you know what marolyn's agenda is, you might take a close look at what you
  15. "I'll never vote for a black person" "Hang that darky from a tree!" Yeah,.. the media spun it as racism, but clearly it wasn't.. huh? Maybe in your neck (red?) of the woods that's not considered racism, Dzl, but... it is.. racism.
  16. Hermit

    For you, DRUNK

    She didn't say, or even infer, that she thinks "they're all nice"; she merely shared some of her experiences of meeting Muslims who are genuinely warm and friendly. You on the other hand,.. prejudiced as you are,.. assume that ALL Muslims are violent. I'd say you're "inherently insane", but that would absolve you of any responsibility. So instead, DRUNK, I say you're willfully ignorant, bigotted, and hateful.
  17. Hermit

    For you, DRUNK

    (a little small, but..) great pictures, marolyn! Sounds like you've had some wonderful experiences in Muslim countries. I'm not at all that surprised to hear of the hospitality with which you were met. It's a shame that so many people have come to view all Muslims as jihadists. Yeah, surely the view of a soldier.. who's there killing people and blowing things up.. is a more "accurate view" of the native people and their culture,.. huh, DRUNK? ..no doubt the soldier's view during an invasion and subsequent occupation provides him an "accurate view" of the Muslim pe
  18. Dude,.. puh-lease. OJ didn't get off because he was Black; he got off because he was rich and could afford a Dream Team of lawyers to bamboozle the system (they bamboozled the dumb-ass jury, actually). If you think a Black man murdering a white woman and a white man can simply "play the race card" to get off, I'd say you're waaay out of touch, muh-man. If you look at incarceration rates based on race, you'll see that Blacks (and minorities) hardly stand to reap any benefit from "playing the race card". I don't deny that there are Blacks who are racist,.. but the more relavent point i
  19. Yeah,.. I get really tired (as I'm sure you do too) of hearing black people saying "I'd never vote for a white guy to be president!" and "hang that whitey from a tree!" It's rampant, I tells ya. Rampant! I'm glad that you personally don't care that Obama is Black, Rock. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for many in your party. As that article shows, many repubs will not consider voting for Obama souly.. erm, I mean (wink).. solely.. because he's Black. I think that's a sad (using the kindest possible terms) commentary of the republican party. I'm still waiting to hear C
  20. "2 extremely weak candidates"? Its obvious you would never vote for a democratic POTUS no matter who it is, Billyboy. The democratic field was loaded with excellent candidates. Edwards, Biden, Richardson, Dodd, Clinton, and Obama are all very highly regarded (among democrats) candidates. That all you see is "2 extremely candidates" and that you still think "Obama doesnt have wide enough appeal" speaks merely to your bias. Its no secret that racist republicans (and die-hard republicans who aren't racists) will not vote for Obama. The good news (for democrats and for America) is t
  21. Yup,.. racism is alive and well in America, CBR. No news there, bud. I wonder, do the anti-black sentiments expressed by those "who can't fathom that [Obama] could become the first African American president" resonate with you on a personal level? As an American,.. does it make you happy and proud, or sad and ashamed to read that such blatant racism still exists in America?
  22. Top 10 Reasons Obama Defeated Clinton for the Democratic Nomination #10. Great Team. Obama assembled a great team that could work together. He stayed away from lobbyist insiders like Clinton's Mark Penn or McCain's Charlie Black, and choose political professionals who are committed to progressive values like David Plouffe, David Axelrod, Steve Hildebrand and Paul Tewes. From the first he insisted on one key rule: no drama. There was little of the infighting and division in the Obama operation that ate away at the Clinton campaign. Clinton had many capable staffers and consultants, but Penn'
  23. I'm waiting for RockAction to give us his report from the Barack Obama rally in Bend, yesterday. *Obama takes what looks like a victory lap in Oregon*
  24. Seeing *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKax7euEM5Q* in concert made me happy today. ..so did getting tickets to see * (Al DiMeola, Chick Corea, Lenny White, & Stanley Clarke) on June 8th!
  25. We've been down this road before,.. haven't we, Bill? Go ahead, UncleB,.. wow us with your rationale for supporting the "gas tax holiday". [Here's a little *background music* for you to enjoy while you compose your post. ]
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