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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Words have way of becoming deeds: Fred Lamotte LTE in TNT

POLITICS: Words have way of becoming deeds

Published: 03/31/1012:05 am

[snipped] Republicans continue to lace their language with the rhetoric of violence.

Words matter. They become deeds...[snipped]

Mark my words: America has as much to fear from its own far right as from foreign terrorists.


[snipped] this nation will explode with the same sectarian violence we so righteously try to suppress in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Don't forget.....

7pm at the Diner

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Was it something I responded?

LTE Thread. Down for the count. About 8:45pm.

First Red Foreskin wanted a piece of me. Then the Sock Drawer opened. Socks to the Right of me, Socks to the Right of me (never on the Left). I definitely responded. I refuse to put up with their shit.

I went to refresh and BOOM....BOOM....BOOM....out went the lights!!!

Something tells me that they got wind of my conversations with Tammy. I know how to deal with that. sweat. We have alternatives

Longer comments on the "O"?

cedar wrote on 03/30/2010 01:36:30 PM:

Thank you, Olympian, for giving us more characters with which to vent!

When did the "O" start allowing longer comments? Where was it announced and how many characters are allowable?

Pre-written script for Republicans


“As this important work goes on, we are proud to have the able assistance of the patriotic Americans in the tea party movement. Some have suggested that the Republican Party, the party of Reagan and Lincoln, should be ashamed of its close affiliation with these patriots.

“We reject that idea. Indeed, if our critics know nothing else about us after this long and rancorous debate, they should know this:

“We have no shame.

How true-- Pitts hit this nail on the head! To see the proof of this part of his "script", just watch the frothing-at-the-mouth comments the righties will be posting today..........

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A walk through the good old days....

Some of you may remember when I was tossed off The Olympian (supposedly forever) for calling an ass, an ass. This introduced me to Olyblog. I must admit I've drifted from Olyblog and probably just as well, as I didn't fit the 'intellectual" mode expected there. I think you all know, I call 'em as I see 'em. Rick has done well with his blog, but he really didn't want me to be honest and frank. That didn't work for me.

Anyway....I tripped across this while googling "Aaron Mason". Aaron was once The O's moderator and was the one that executed my lifetime banning, that lasted a few months. What made me think about this was the present moderator telling me that if I feel my privacy is violated I have to report it. She got 8 such reports this weekend. Mason pulled the same deal and when he got 15 reports in a week, he went crying to the Publisher, at that time John Winn Miller. John, although an associate in philanthropic endeavors, sent me a scathing email and cut off relations with my agency. is a walk into the time machine that is Olympia, 2007....

I mentioned in the Open Thread
Submitted by Anonymously Larry on Sun, 11/11/2007 - 7:24pm.

The stark differences between Aaron Mason's comment -
Pretty much every single one of those protestors behaved in a confrontational, disrespectful, and aggressive manner.

And the quote from the Mayor's office -
While most demonstrators have been respectful of the rights of others and have expressed their views lawfully

This contrast brings me to several questions. Is the Mayor's office just patronizing the masses? Was the Mayor's office correct in their assessment? Is Mason wrong, mistaken, biased or absolutely correct?

Here is the tricky part - media is a powerful tool. We watched in 2004 how a medal winning veteran could be turned into a treasonous traitor if the right words were said over and over enough times. I respected the soldier in the video as he seemed very thoughtful, all the time remembering the Non-Com quoted in Sarah's thread that said soldiers are not allowed to comment negatively about the military. Thus, that fine soldier in the video was sort of locked in on that interview. I've witnessed Jeff's idea of the First Amendment and have noticed that if he isn't able to get a rise out of someone, he loses interest fast. The other gentleman was pleasant and heartfelt, but seemed to lack depth in his dialog. Meanwhile many people will walk away with an opinion of our community based on what they see, read and hear in a 3rd party sense, concerning these protests.

We have but one choice - research. We all owe it to ourselves to seek as many sources of information as possible to formulate the opinion and story that we take into our lives about our community.

Now is not the time to seek the quick and dirty answers, folks.

I hope those of you remembering the atmosphere during the Port protests can reflect.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Does this apply to the Teabaggers themselves??

tmcgee wrote on 03/27/2010 09:11:44 AM:
Readers: Due to the amount of abuse reports, and it's meaning, the use of the word "teabaggers," is not acceptable. All comments containing this word will be deleted. Tammy McGeeRead more:
Personally, when I don't have tea bags, I sometimes use a tea ball..

Therefore, in the future, I will refer to that group as "teaballers"....

That's so much better

First they were for it but then they were against it

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans were for President Barack Obama's requirement that Americans get health insurance before they were against it. The obligation in the new health care law is a Republican idea that's been around at least two decades. It was once trumpeted as an alternative to Bill and Hillary Clinton's failed health care overhaul in the 1990s. These days, Republicans call it government overreach.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Great bet, when you hide behind a moniker and blog

"I am offering $10,000 of my own money to provide hard evidence that the N- word was hurled at him not 15 times, as his colleague reported, but just once. Surely one of those two cameras wielded by members of his entourage will prove his point."

Three guesses and two don't count where the copy and paste came from

Dinner at the Diner, nuthin' will be finer....

7 pm, April 1st.

Final head count?

Thursday, March 25, 2010


59 minutes in.... Sounders 2, Union (Phila.) nil

Something in the water?

A 6-year-old boy from China, who was born with 5 extra fingers and 6 extra toes, has undergone an operation to remove his extra digits, the Daily Mail reported. If you do the math – that’s 31 fingers and toes.
The unnamed child suffered from a condition known as polydactyly, in which a person has more than five fingers per hand and five toes per foot. This condition can occur on its own without any other symptoms or underlying disease, according to the National Institutes of Health, or may be inherited.
In this case, the boy appeared to have central polydactyly, where an extra digit of a long or ring finger is concealed in a web between the adjoining normal fingers.
The boy’s mother said he has been ridiculed all his life because of the malformation, but thanks to a six hour surgery at a hospital in Shenyang, China, doctors were able to remove the extra toes and fingers.

Hello FBI. We have a person of interest

More trash from the Olympian:

Jimmythestool wrote on 03/25/2010 09:18:16 AM:

No, what we need is another Jack Ruby.

Tyrone wrote on 03/25/2010 09:21:14 AM:

Jimmy, Jack Ruby? I would expect a comment like that from the left (God knows they made plenty of them towards Bush) but you need to think before posting.

Jimmythestool wrote on 03/25/2010 09:23:59 AM:

You are right Tyrone. I should have thought that out better. I'll see if a moderator can take it off. Thanks for the wake-up slap.

Years ago a still unknown prankster put up anti-Bush I handbills in downtown Olympia which included the tag line: Paid for by the committee to kill the President. The poster, (i.e. a piece of paper and not an author) drew the attention of the FBI who dispatched a three person FBI investigative team. Three months later the FBI closed the investigation after turning up nothing.

Hello FBI, here is a clear death threat against the President of the United States. I hope if nothing else you can make this asshat's life uncomfortable.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Ken Pagano, the pastor of the New Bethel Church in Louisville, KY, recently invited his congregation to bring their unloaded firearms into the house of worship to “celebrate our rights as Americans!” Yesterday’s bring-your-gun-to-church day, to which more than 200 people showed up, also featured “a $1 raffle of a handgun, firearms safety lessons and a picnic.” Pagano reportedly thought up the event “after some church members expressed concern about members of President Barack Obama administration’s views on gun control, though the president hasn’t moved to put new restrictions on ownership.

Let's see....politics in a religious place of worship, drawing lots, weapons for peace....

Jesus would be so proud.

SondraK lies as usual

The following is from the Seattle PI in its entire context. Sondra, as usual, edited it to take it out of context and try to create a "Malkin"....

The mother of a Ballard High School student is fuming after the health center on campus helped facilitate her daughter's abortion during school hours.

The mother, whom KOMO News has chosen to identify only as "Jill," says the clinic kept the information "confidential."

When she signed a consent form, Jill figured it meant her 15-year-old could go to the Ballard Teen Health Center located inside the high school for an earache, a sports physical, even birth control, but not for help terminating a pregnancy.

"She took a pregnancy test at school at the teen health center," she said. "Nowhere in this paperwork does it mention abortion or facilitating abortion."

Jill says her daughter, a pro-life advocate, was given a pass, put in a taxi and sent off to have an abortion during school hours, all without her family knowing.

"We had no idea this was being facilitated on campus," said Jill. "They just told her that if she concealed it from her family, that it would be free of charge and no financial responsibility."
The Seattle School District says it doesn't run the health clinics at high schools.

Swedish Medical Center runs the clinic at Ballard High and protects the students' privacy.

Now my question....if Jill's daughter is "pro-life" why didn't she refuse the abortion. Better yet what is a 15 year old doing having "private time" with a boy in order to have sex to become pregnant?

Shades of Palinism.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Well, we all saw it coming...

Sarah Palin has just inked a deal with Mark Burnett to host a reality TV show for the Discovery Channel..

It's basically a docu-drama about people and places in Alaska, not a political show..

It'll cost $1 million dollars an episode..

I just wish Burnett could have talked her into doing "Survivor: Alaska"

No other contestants..

Just her..

Drive her out into the tundra and just leave her there..with possibly a club to kill some baby seals....

This site is currently unavailable.

Error Message Sorry!

Sondrak's cesspool is off line. I guess our victory on health insurance reform made the little *itch's head es'plode.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

History has been made!

Both necessary bills have been passed!

I'm glad this has happened in my lifetime. I've been fortunate and have never been without access to affordable medical care and/or health insurance to cover catastrophic needs, but I know many people who do not have health insurance because of its cost. It pleases me mightily to see that the majority of the nation's congressional representatives have finally done something positive about health insurance reform!


I'm watching the proceedings on C-Span and just heard the following: "The members would do well to remember the dignity of the House" (or words to that effect), uttered by the presiding Speaker of the U.S. House following an outburst in response to inflammatory utterances by Rep. John Boehner. Boehner did nothing to help anybody remember that dignity. LOL

April 1 "We Sure Fooled Them" Festivities

I noticed that we have several commited to dinner, but I don't think we chose a time.

Cartoon for today's political junkies

Friday, March 19, 2010

Other blogs that I found to be interesting

The Modern Mouthful: thoughts and salivations on the "live to eat" lifestyle...

A sample that exactly expresses my opinion:

I don’t really understand why Germany is intent on activating the gag reflex of all of Western civilization, but they really crossed the line with Sauerkraut. Totally unnecessary.


Counter attack

[one of several signs posted at check-out counters seeking to get people to stop using cell phones]

"... a true masterpiece of the genre. With just a few carefully crafted words, it transforms this common sentiment into the ultimate in shame-inducing passive-aggression."

We promise...we won't interrupt you while you are on the phone. That would be rude of us.

Jesus’ General Political satire.
Operation Yellow Elephant: It's their war. Why aren't they fighting it?

LOL..The Olympian does it again...

..or are we all looking at the LTE's from October 30, 2009????

Listed under todays "most popular" threads"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Palin missed a couple....

Sarah fell down on the job.... or maybe it was because she no longer had access to a state-owned helicopter?

Two wolves suspected of killing a teacher outside a rural Alaska village did not have rabies, lab tests concluded Thursday.

The animals were shot Monday from the air by state wildlife employees, who said they matched descriptions of the wolves seen where Candice Berner, 32, was killed while jogging last week.


No happy ending to the Shantina and Azriel story, I'm afraid. :-(

Body found at shore is missing boy's


Have you heard a word from the Head Klown about being allowed to post to her

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Something for IV to salivate over?

We're waiting, IV.......

Three little words.

That’s what keeps bringing us back to this intersection of low comedy and pathos. Three words, none longer than three letters – and yet, some of us still find them nearly impossible to say.

Three words: I am gay.


Because for all the laughter these men evoke with their lies to self and tortured rationalizations to us, I find I have also, hidden in the breath between ha and ha, a certain bittersweet pity. There’s just something ineffably “pathetic” in the inability of these middle-age men, in the Year Of Our Lord 2010, post-“Will & Grace,” post Ellen DeGeneres, post-Barney Frank, Elton John, Meredith Baxter and Neil Patrick Harris, to simply stand up and say those three simple words.


So you have to wonder: How many Massas and Ashburns, how many Jim Wests, Ted Haggards, Mark Foleys and Larry Craigs do we have to see, how many shocked spouses and embarrassed children do we have to endure, how many lies, alibis and justifications do we need to hear, before we accept the obvious: Gay is not a choice, gay is not a sin, gay is not a shame.

Gay simply is


ThurstonBlog Night at Martin Way Diner????

How about a BlogIn Night at MWD to support Sidrat's income and everyone could get a chance to meet - spouses included?

Sidrat - you make the you want us on a night when you are working or would you rather be off and enjoy the fun?

Let's get this party started!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

More Grayson-Palin

This is a great read.......and a blog worth following:

By the Alaskan!

Do Dinner at "Martin Way Diner"

Once reading of the mysterious story of the missing mother and child, accompanied by sidrat38's worries, I also glanced at mac_wade's repulsive comments, as well as his (or Her) declaration to never eat at the said diner again. Well for one lost (in more ways than 1) customer, I believe you will get A LOT of new customers, if for no other reason then to spite mac_wade!
You've gained 3 new customers with my little family eating there soon. I'm looking forward to a yummy meal!

Monday, March 15, 2010

LTE Comment of the Day

hot_sauce wrote on 03/15/2010 12:12:49 PM:
Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, ventured to the Florida district of Rep. Alan Grayson on Friday, and urged voters to oust the Democratic lawmaker."Do it for the rest of America," she said in a speech to the Orange County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day fundraiser.

She claimed to have such strong feelings about Grayson that she declined to get into specifics to avoid offending her children.

The Grayson campaign is now giving it back to Palin, saying that he was impressed she was able to fit his entire name on her hand."I look forward to an honest debate with Governor Palin on the issues, in the unlikely event that she ever learns anything about them," Grayson said.

His campaign added that "scientists are studying Sarah Palin's travel between Alaska and Florida carefully. They hope to learn more about the flight patterns of that elusive migratory species, the wild Alaskan dingbat."

Thurston Bloggers!! ASSEMBLE!!!!

Look at my previous post....

I want to get ahold of "wantmystepmomback"..

It's quite possible I was one of the last people to see her stepmom and stepbrother...

Turn on those big brains and help me find her....

Typical Fucking Sondra...

A little background..
A family members post..

Wantmystepmomback wrote on 03/14/2010 10:11:23 PM:
This is the stepdaughter.We doubt in the family it was a crime, but that is a nagging suspicion on our head. We ask for prayers and hope that Kat and Azriel will return home alive. And support for the family here at home. There are not words to describe the pain we are suffering. Please, please, please, anyone who knows anything new tell the police.

my post

sidrat38 wrote on 03/15/2010 02:41:05 AM:
Wantmy, I work at the Martin way diner..your stepmom and Azriel were in about 9 pm Saturday. They ordered a corn dog and tater tots to go, and payed for them, but while I was cooking their dinner, I watched them get up and leave. I didn't think too much about it, but they never came back. My waitress asked me what should we do with their order, and I told her to just wait..they might come back..My waitress told me that the woman seemed drunk, but the kid told my waitress. "Mommy hit her head". We wondered if she might have a concussion. We reviewed our security tapes, and she fell down outside the restaurant. She might have had a concussion..I don't know if she was a drinker or not, but she didn't order any alcohol at our place..I hope they're ok..I ended up taking that dinner home for myself, and it eats at me that I might have take azreils last meal..I'll try to contact you

Sondras post...

Mac_Wade wrote on 03/14/2010 09:12:02 PM:
“We don’t know if she was, unfortunately, a victim of a crime, or someone gave them a bus ticket and they haven’t seen the news yet,” Mealy said.
Yeah, I take the bus from Little Fishtrap all the time. GTFO!!!

WTG! "Compassionate Conservatives"!!!

In the word of Emily Littela...


Jihad Jane would not have fit a TSA profile

Evil is not a color.

It has no particular religion nor creed, nor style of dress, nor gender nor geographic home. Evil is an equal opportunity employer.

One hopes we learn at least that much from the adventures of Jihad Jane.

That, according to federal prosecutors, is the name Colleen LaRose used ... [snip]

Jihad Jane ... is, according to published reports and photos, 4-foot-11 tall, 105 pounds and 46 years of age, with pale skin, blond hair and blue eyes.

She is, literally, a citizen of Main Street, USA [snip]

There are several good arguments against profiling. It’s morally wrong. It’s an abridgement of civil liberties.

But the most compelling of them is embodied by Jihad Jane. [snip]

So we should be thankful for the vigilance of federal authorities who nabbed Jihad Jane. In the process, they remind us: Evil is not a color, a religion, a gender or a style of dress.

That shouldn’t need saying. Somehow, it always does.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Speaking of one-hit wonders....

Occasionally the Comcast website has something interesting amongst the inanities.... Some of these people I've never heard of.

We now know IV has a sister..or his REAL identity

Change museum’s name

Olympia’s popular children’s attraction should be retitled Children’s Hands-on Museum — with or without the hyphen.
To continue to call it the Hands on Children’s Museum is confusing and suggests an attraction for pedophiles.
I hope to goodness this title is corrected — preferably immediately — and definitely before another facility is built.
On request, I have contributed funds to support this museum, which my grandchildren, their friends and parents have enjoyed. But for years I’ve felt strongly that its title is confusing and should be changed — for clarity and in the best interests of the children.
I’m finally expressing myself on this matter, with wishes for all the best!
So, lemme get this straight..

Pedophiles are ACTUALLY going to think that the "Hands On Children's Museum" means they can go there to get their hands on children????

And Gretchen says she has grandchildren???

Which means this woman was ALLLOWED TO BREED????

With an IQ, apparently, jealous of the plant life around it????

It's nice to know she held herself back and didn't comment before now.....

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Guess Who.....

Weiberose wrote on 03/13/2010 08:54:13 PM:
sparkle,....on rights, I’m talking about our inalienable rights, where do our founders or the men they based our Constitution on say anything about conditions or responsibilities to have those rights? I do believe our only responsibility to those rights is to keep those rights from being taken away.You believe differently, end of discussion.
Just seemed like the previous post deserved an illustration.

From Bill Maher...

"Sarah Palin needing to write "tax cuts" on her hand is like Wile E. Coyote needing to write "Roadrunner" on his paw.

Who sounds like who?

From comments on Friday's LTEs:

Mac_Wade wrote on 03/12/2010 08:06:05 PM: ... What is up with you, I haven't posted on the LTE today until that one, and I certainly wasn't addressing you. Get a grip, I'm not your problem

Shades of she-who-will-not-be-named!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Has the Olympian found a new way to prevent commenting?

I tried to log-in to the Olympian's site several times using different browsers but it won't accept log-ins right now. Supposedly it's a "glitch"....... uh-huh....

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The insane leading the insane

From the Star Tribune:

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is bringing out the big gun from Alaska to help her re-election effort.
Bachmann announced Thursday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will host a fundraiser for her campaign April 7.
The event will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Minneapolis. There will be a private reception and photo opportunity at 4:30 p.m., a general reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. It's not known how much tickets cost.

It is not known if Bozo the Clown will make a cameo appearance for the Daily Trifecta.

Welcome to our new author

"a real winer" has joined us. We'll look forward to seeing some new material and opinions.

Someone ignorantly asks....

"...........where’s Hillary?.................... She has been super quiet on the health care front. Remember, this was her signature issue back in 1993 and ‘94. After decades of being in everybody’s face on health care, bus tours to all this, where is she on all this? "

Uh...doing her job as Secretary of State which has nothing to do with the health care legislation.

Try Haiti and Chile.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

It's not just The Olympian LTE Thread....

I guess the new activity on electronically run forums is to hit the complain link and have the comments pulled, when you disagree.

I've been standing my ground in a musicians forum on an issue about underselling the marketplace and giving away services. It seems my position isn't popular among a few of the crowd and while they call me "ass" and "asshole" in their posts, my clean worded response just happens to get pulled from the forum. Who should honor freedom of expression more than musicians and artists?

Internet forums, ThurstonBlog being no exception, are not run by someone monitoring them 24/7, thus there are electronic devises to lodge complaints about abusive comments. They were not intended to be there for additional abuse by those that can't handle someone disagreeing with their stance on an issue. I noted that at the end of the evening "billo" had a comment deleted that was a response to "OlyRagToo's" ridiculous comment that someone pilfering candy from the bins at Top Foods was an indicator of "entitlement behavior". Since "tin foil hat" is a commonly used phrase on the LTE thread, you know it's not actual abuse. Someone has figured out the magic number of complaints to lodge to have a comment deleted. Of late, on the LTE thread, one of our regulars has noted this and conferred with Tammy McGee, who has confirmed that Pluck has a software glitch that allows for this abuse.

For all the grousing that goes on about freedom of speech, I'm amused at the lengths that people will go to, in order to strangle the freedom of speech of others.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Coffee Party: “Wake Up and Stand Up”

It was bound to happen........

Fed up with government gridlock, but put off by the flavor of the Tea Party, people in cities across the country are offering an alternative: the Coffee Party.
The slogan is “Wake Up and Stand Up.” The mission statement declares that the federal government is “not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges we face as Americans.”
This summer, Ms. [Annabel] Park said, the party will hold a convention in the Midwest, with a slogan along the lines of “Meet Me in the Middle.” The party has inspired the requisite jokes: why not a latte party, a chai party, a Red Bull party? But Ms. Park said that while the Coffee Party — and certainly the name — was formed in reaction to the Tea Party, the two agree on some things, like a desire for fiscal responsibility and a frustration with Congress.

“We’re not the opposite of the Tea Party,” Ms. Park, 41, said. “We’re a different model of civic participation, but in the end we may want some of the same things.”

The Tea Party argues for stripping the federal government of many of its roles, and that if government has to be involved, it should be mostly state governments.

“The way I see it,” Ms. Park said, “our government is diseased, but you don’t abandon it because it’s ill. It’s the only body we have to address collective problems. You can’t bound government according to state borders when companies don’t do that, air doesn’t. It just doesn’t fit with the world.”

Still, she said, “we’ve got to send a message to people in Washington that you have to learn how to work together, you have to learn how to talk about these issues without acting like you’re in an ultimate fighting session.” [snip]

Nazi tattoos hidden from jury

A MAN accused of breaking into his neighbour's house and stabbing two people - killing one of them - is having neo-Nazi tattoos on his face covered up for his murder trial.
A make-up artist is being paid up to $US150 ($165) a day to cover the tattoos on John Allen Ditullio's face and neck after a judge ruled they should be hidden from a jury, the Associated Press has reported.
Ditullio faces trial on charges of murder and attempted murder over a 2006 stabbing attack in a town north of Tampa, Florida. His lawyer argued the tattoos - which Ditullio had done after his arrest - would scare or prejudice the jury against him.
The judge agreed, ordering a 15cm swastika on Ditullio's neck and barbed wire tattoo across his right eye be painted over. Any tattoos he had before his arrest will not be covered.

Ditullio is accused of putting on a gas mask, then breaking into a neighbour's house and stabbing one person to death and badly injuring another. He faces the death penalty if convicted.
"Whenever someone is facing the death penalty, they should get a fair trial," his lawyer, public defender Bjorn Brunvand said.
"The jury can judge this case on the facts and the law and not base their decision on being offended."
Ditullio was also shaven and generally tidied up for his court appearances so far, as is normally the case for defendants at trial.
Tattoos have also been covered for the trial in Texas of an assassin for a Mexican drug cartel.

Huffington Post

Interesting review of the Huffington Post....

[snip] ... As an example of a popular piece I looked at one written by Sam Stein with the title Palin Considering 2012 Run, Defends Limbaugh`s Use of "Retard` on Fox News Sunday. I`m trying to understand why this piece has garnered so much traffic. As of 6:07 AM, 2/10/`10, it had 42 Diggs and 18,384 comments. I kid you not! I didn`t see a read count, but I suspect it`s over a million.

The bullet to this is that Palin may run for president in 2012. This was widely reported in other news services, so why is the HuffPost getting 18,384 comments? I can only venture a guess, but I believe it`s because people know if their comment is published many people will see it and they can get a foot in the door, in terms of persuasion. The comments are as important as the article itself. By involving people in the process, they become a part of the media.

Bingo! This is the key to the success of The Huffington Post. There is much variety in the content as well. Really though, politics is their specialty, but they have branched off into entertainment, media, sports, business, living and even green. So there is something for everybody! Just as people like to go to Wal-Mart for all their shopping needs, people also like to go to one news source for their insatiable cravings for information.[snip]

Sunday, March 7, 2010

There will be lots of spittle flying in the LTE comments section if they read this

Liberals, Atheists Are More Highly Evolved? Smarter people more inclined to nontraditional values, study suggests.

"... "Liberalism"—which [Satoshi] Kanazawa defines, in part, as caring about the well-being of vast numbers of people you'll never meet—"is a very new thing for humans," he said.

"Historically, humans cared about the welfare of immediate family and friends but not complete strangers." ..."

We certainly see this among the usual suspects who post to the Olympian. LOL

Friday, March 5, 2010

Still waiting Sondrak

So I took her up on her assertion that she is open to all political views on her blog. Now I respect her right to moderate her blog but I want to put her commitment to free speech to the test. The following is the extent of our exchange so far.

SondraK nunya wrote:
Dear A. Smith,
Tell us a little about yourself and why you feel you'd be an asset to and why you are interested in our growing blog community!
I await your reply in earnest,
You asked me for a few words about myself. Here goes.

I’m a 47 year old single straight white man who spent his formative years and the balance of his adult life in and around Olympia Washington. I am an elected Precinct Committee officer with the Thurston County Democrats but my politics are to the left of my Party.

I believe wise government is the only thing that stands between freedom and the barbarism of unrestrained Capitalism and the in fact it is liberalism in the 19th century understanding of the term that has repeatedly saved the Free Market from collapsing from its inherit contradictions.

I believe our rights as enumerated in the Constitution do not end at the workplace.

I believe consenting adults should be free to do as they please with the caveat of do no harm, from whom they choose to marry, what they ingest or how they make a living.

I believe the 2nd amendment is in fact about state militias but in our modern world I support the right of a law abiding individual to lawfully possess handguns, shot guns and rifles.

In short my politics are the kind that Glenn Beck thinks should be eradicated.

My reasons for requesting posting privileges on your site are two fold. One, I am testing your commitment to tolerance of different perspectives. Two, I think all of us would benefit from stepping outside our respective noise machines.

Truth is I find your site repulsive and read it less than weekly but once in a blue moon I find something of interest on it. I make this application not thinking I'll change anyone's mind nor to pick fights: I only would like the opportunity to offer up dissenting opinions on your site.

Respectfully A. Smith

Still waiting Mrs. K although I'm not holding my breath.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Better look for some reality!

Good one from Dave!

dave34104 wrote on 03/04/2010 05:29:14 PM: Palin wants a reality show on TV?...she needs to find some reality before she can do that

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

From The Daily Olympian....

FranklyFrank wrote on 03/03/2010 06:06:47 PM:
" RedForeman wrote on 03/03/2010 06:03:24 PM: ALocalguy, I'm standing right next to you at Tullys and I have a gun under my jacket, you just don't know it."

or are you just glad to see me?

I also love Sondras Blog Motto...

"What the hell kind of country is this where I can only hate a man if he’s white? "

Why do you feel the need to hate ANYONE? Black, white, brown, yellow???

Oh, wait..You're too insecure...


(and with props to Emily Littella)...



Oh, those compassionate conservatives....

Well, I was kinda hoping for a higher death toll from the flooding, myself.
comment by Melissa in Texas.. watching and waiting on 11/28 at 08:02 PM

From Satan K's blog...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

passenger eats winning scratchcard

I don't seems tabloid to me but still amusing. It's much like the kind of thing one might read on the shitter(if you don't mind my American English) of a trailer in the bowels of Lacey... not that I,...your author..would know of such a thing first hand. Huh, make no mistake of this simple fact.......I have always lived a very privileged lifestyle. Yeah....full of all kinds of great shit in Olympia...ahhhhh screw you for judging me(unless you judged me favorably).

A worthwhile read

“The Peaceable Mongoose” by James Thurber.

“In Cobra Country, a mongoose was born one day who didn‘t want to
fight cobras or anything else. The word spread from mongoose to mongoose
that there was a mongoose who didn‘t want to fight cobras. If he didn‘t
want to fight anything else, it was his own business, but it was the duty
of every mongoose to kill cobras or be killed by cobras.

“Why, asked the peace-like mongoose, and the word went around that
the strange new mongoose was not only pro-cobra and anti-mongoose, but
intellectually curious and against the ideals and traditions of mongoosism.

‘He is crazy,‘ cried the young mongoose‘s father. ‘He is sick,‘ said his
mother. ‘He is a coward,‘ shouted his brothers. ‘He is a mongoose-
sexual,‘ whispered his sisters.

“Strangers who had never laid eyes on the peace-like mongoose
remembered that they had seen him crawling on his stomach or trying on
cobra hoods or plotting the violent overthrow of Mongoosia.

‘I‘m trying to use reason and intelligence,‘ said the strange new
mongoose. ‘Reason is six-sevenths of treason,‘ said one of his neighbors.

‘Intelligence is what the enemy uses,‘ said another.

“Finally, the rumor spread that the mongoose had venom in his sting,
just like a cobra, and he was tried, convicted by a show of paws, and
condemned to banishment.

“Moral? Ashes to ashes and clay to clay; if the enemy doesn‘t get
you, your own folks may.”

Communism has Never Existed...

So says Sloboda....

sidrat38 wrote on 03/02/2010 03:28:49 AM:
sloboda wrote on 03/01/2010 11:37:55 PM: PAX wrote on 03/01/2010 11:12:48 PM:CONT... You don't fear communism or socialism, but the IDEA that has been placed in your head about what those systems might bring. You think of socialism or communism and you see exactly what your parents told you to see.Of course, you will deny this. But that doesn't change anything. We see that it is most likely true.

I dont fear these things farmboy but I do know what a Socialist is and that Communism has never existed. It people like yourself who thrive so well in a Socialist Society. YOu know history so well farmboy why would you even bring up communism since it has never existed. Socialism is easy to pick up the few provide for the many. Socialism has NO room for individuals. They seek conformers such as you.=============

You heard it here first, folks...Communism has NEVER EXISTED...BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHA
Slob, you are a kick, my friend..

Monday, March 1, 2010

This will whip the righties into even greater fury

By Leonard Pitts Jr.
Published: 02/28/10

... ultimately, people seem moved by something even bigger than race. This is race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, “culture,” and the fact that those who have always been on the right side, the “power-wielding” side, of one or more of those equations, now face the realization that their days of dominance are numbered.

There is a poignancy to their responsive fury because one senses that the nether side of it is a choking fear. We are witness to the birth cries of a new America, and for every one of us who embraces and celebrates that, who looks forward to the opportunity and inclusiveness it promises, there is another who grapples with a crippling sense of dislocation and loss, who wonders who and what he or she will be in the nation now being born.

One hopes they will find answers that satisfy them because the change they fear will not be turned back. No one ever volunteers to return to the rear of the bus.

So for all the frustration the tea party movement engenders among the rest of us, one also feels a certain pity for people like the woman last year who cried, plaintively, that she wanted her country back.

As if she didn’t realize that it is already, irrevocably, gone.

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