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  1. #41  
    I'm not a huge Glenn Beck fan but the guy actually wrote an article I agree with and I find timely and worthy of reposting here. Most noteworthy is his apparent assessment that "personal responsilibilty" and hypocrisy is not a problem unique to either the GOP or the Dems - to which I whole heartedly agree. I do subscribe to the lesser of the evils method of voting....simply because our politics system dictates that I must. But we can all debate that in another thread - for now, here is Glenn Beck sounding more reasonable than I've ever heard him before:


    NEW YORK (CNN) -- What do these stories all have in common?


    A woman who says she lost more $1 million gambling in Atlantic City sues some casinos for $20 million, claiming they should've stopped her compulsive gambling.

    People who bought houses they couldn't afford with loans they didn't understand want their lenders to change the terms.

    Congress authorizes a war and then tries everything it can think of to get out of it.

    Our country gets addicted to oil and then blames OPEC when it doesn't like the price.
    These stories prove how personal responsibility has all but vanished in America, and our government is leading the way.

    Remember the kid from that interminable 1980s commercial whose father caught him using drugs? The father incredulously asked, "Who taught you how to do this stuff?" and the kid responded, "You, alright? I learned it by watching you."

    Well, we are that kid and our government is that drug-using father who doesn't think that anyone notices his bad habits.

    Our government is leading us by example, and I don't mean that in a good way. For years, it has spent us into oblivion, mortgaging our future for programs we can't afford, and Americans have happily followed suit, running up credit card bills and home equity loans for things they never should've bought.

    Unfortunately, we're also learning something else from our government: how to avoid taking responsibility for our actions.

    From Eliot Spitzer's alleged hooker craze to the revelation that Arnold Schwarzenegger commutes to work in a large private jet even as he preaches the dangers of carbon dioxide emissions, there's never been a shortage of "do what I say, not what I do" hypocrites in politics.

    But that same attitude has seemingly spread from individual politicians to an entire party.

    Democrats aren't happy that delegates from Florida and Michigan won't be seated at the national convention because those states broke clear party rules. Well you know what? Too bad. We don't say that enough anymore. Too bad. You agreed to the rules; you broke them. Now you've got to deal with the consequences.

    "But Glenn. ... Neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama will have enough delegates to win the nomination. We don't want this to be decided in some backroom by superdelegates."

    Too bad.

    "But Glenn. ... You don't understand. If we don't seat delegates from those states now, then we might lose their votes in the general election."

    Too bad.

    "But Glenn. .... The voters in these states are going to be disenfranchised if we don't let their voices be heard."

    Too bad.

    If you want to talk about disenfranchised voters, then let's talk about why just 17 percent of Americans have a positive view of Congress. Let's talk about why we still have wide open borders despite most Americans wanting them sealed. Let's talk about why we keep selling out our sovereignty and our security by borrowing billions of dollars from-less-than friendly countries, such as China.

    Americans aren't disenfranchised because our leaders won't count votes in a couple of states. They're disenfranchised because our leaders aren't doing their jobs. They're disenfranchised because after working hard to support their families and to raise kids who understand the difference between right and wrong, their leaders do exactly the opposite.

    In the cases of Florida and Michigan, I've patiently listened to all the moving arguments about why there should be a "do-over," but quite honestly, they're not arguments at all. They're excuses. If this race wasn't so close, or if these states offered a combined 36 delegates instead of 366, do you really think anyone would care? Of course not.

    But no matter what you think should happen, you have to admit that Clinton's idea that we should simply count her "wins" in Florida and Michigan is completely ridiculous.

    In fact, if you played a rimshot and a laugh track behind her every time she recited that line, people might actually agree to a two-drink minimum to see her speak. How could you possibly count the results from an election when your main opponent wasn't even on the ballot (at least in Michigan)? You can't -- unless you think the rules are simply there for your own amusement.

    Last year, when the punishment against Florida was first approved, Donna Brazile, a member of the Democratic National Committee rules panel, said she hoped that the harsh consequences would "send a message to everybody in Florida that we are going to follow the rules." And Brazile knows a little something about that ... she ran Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign in 2000.

    Voters in Florida and Michigan should ask themselves one important question before they blindly follow their party: Why did no one seem to care about "alienating" them last year when the rules were intentionally broken? It's only now, when their vote really matters, that everyone is suddenly so concerned about "enfranchising" them.

    Florida and Michigan have a golden opportunity to stand up and say enough is enough, to send a message that it's time to not only take responsibility for their actions but for those of our leaders as well.

    After all, what would it say about personal responsibility in this country if we allow the two states that broke all the rules to end up having the biggest say of all?
  2. #42  
    Quote Originally Posted by BARYE View Post
    ...(By the way my solicitor has urged me to reiterate that there is no evidence whatsoever that BARYE has any connection at all to “The Emperor Club”. Rumours to the contrary are entirely defamatory.

    To those emailing me in the hope of gaining "admission", I must remind everyone that membership in The Emperor's Club is restricted to former Heads of State, Presidents, or sitting Governors. Unless you fall into one those specific categories you can -- as they say in NY -- forgetaboutit !!!...)
    I’ve been in conference all day with my attorneys, and I think its imperative even at this late hour, that I use the oppurtunity of this forum to quickly get out a statement in regards to further rumours promulgated by that sludge ***** Drudge.

    In the past few days some of you may have heard of renewed speculation as to BARYE having a connection of some kind to The Emperors’s Club. Much of this speculation originated from photocopies of canceled checks reportedly “found” by that scandal skunk Drudge.

    Though I absolutely do not recall ever being an “owner” of the Emperor’s Club, these revelations have perhaps pricked my memory -- so that I now fear that I may have been too impulsive in my previous blanket denials.

    Out of sincere respect to the grand jurors and the honorable prosecutor for whom I have the very highest of regard and esteem, I feel I must therefore amend my earlier testimony to reflect these now recently recalled memories.

    During the period in question there may well have times when I had been in the employ of The Emperor’s Club.

    As you all no doubt know, the quality of the services delivered by The Emperor’s Club was exceptionally important in the preservation of The Emperor’s Club brand. The quality and consistency of that service was of decisive importance in The Emperor’s Club being able to charge a premium price for their product, despite existing within a very competitive landscape.

    In order to deliver on the quality of service demanded by our customers, the staff of The Emperor’s Club needed to be rigorously trained to the highest of standards.

    My job title if I recall correctly, was: Quality Assurance Technician. My responsibility was to ensure that our staff consistently exceeded our customers very high expectations.

    In that capacity it was my job to train and evaluate the performance skills of the Club’s staff. It was a very demanding job -- I dare say that as a job it was in fact the hardest I have ever had -- though I must confess, a gloriously satisfying one as well.

    That’s all I will have to say on this subject -- thank you all very much. (And no, I will not be entertaining any further questions...)
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  3. #43  
    Thats good.
  4. #44  
    Quote Originally Posted by justicejayant x View Post
    Thats good.
    thanks !

    though you must learn the 3 rules of OT:

    1. never pull a MONKEY's tail

    2. never feed a MONKEY's ego

    3. and never eat what a MONKEY throws at you
    Last edited by BARYE; 03/19/2008 at 03:26 AM.
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  5. #45  
    It seems that one of the qualifying items on a potential NY Governor's resume is extracurrical affairs of the flesh:



    New N.Y. governor, wife admit extramarital affairs
    By Daniel Trotta
    Reuters Tue Mar 18

    The new governor of New York admitted to past extramarital affairs and one by his wife on Tuesday, seeking to quash even more wild rumors and move past the tumult caused by his predecessor's resignation amid a sex scandal.

    In an excruciating 25-minute news conference in the state capital of Albany, David Paterson, 53, and his wife Michelle Paterson, 46, fielded questions from reporters about their affairs a day after Paterson was sworn into office.

    The former lieutenant governor replaced Eliot Spitzer, who resigned following a New York Times report that he was under federal investigation for patronizing a prostitution ring.

    Jealous after learning of his wife's infidelity several years ago, Paterson said he began affairs of his own while a state senator, and he revealed the matter now in part to avoid being blackmailed by anyone threatening to reveal the secret...

    ...When asked at the news conference, Paterson said he had affairs with more than one woman. Michelle Paterson was not pressed for details but was asked about the message she wanted to send her children.

    "In marriage you're going to have peaks and valleys, but you want to show them how you get through them. There's no marriage that's perfect," she said.
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