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2006-09-12 11:54:41 PM
I'm not going to listen to this failed sportscaster.
 
2006-09-12 11:57:42 PM
I will listen to anyone who is competent enough to say what a lot of us are thinking.
 
2006-09-13 12:00:55 AM
Wow, that was the speech equivalent of a curb job.

I_Hate_Iowa: I'm not going to listen to this failed sportscaster.

As opposed to the criminals (Oliver North, G. Gordon Liddy, Rush Limbaugh) who make up the right-wing shills...
 
2006-09-13 12:08:16 AM
I believe elchip has just summed it up pretty well. It's not the messenger, it's the message. Olbermann eloquently sums up what many of us have thought for at least a couple of years.
 
2006-09-13 12:09:22 AM
Why greenlight this? It was linked in yesterday's Olbermann thread.
 
2006-09-13 12:13:49 AM
kliq: "Why greenlight this? It was linked in yesterday's Olbermann thread."


At 2006-09-12 08:31:28 AM


and at 2006-09-12 08:32:07 AM


and at 2006-09-12 11:33:45 AM
 
2006-09-13 12:18:55 AM
the_gospel_of_thomas: At 2006-09-12 08:31:28 AM and at 2006-09-12 08:32:07 AM and at 2006-09-12 11:33:45 AM

Excellent observation, TGOT. Hopefully it'll be linked 3 more times.
 
2006-09-13 12:19:49 AM
one can only hope.
 
2006-09-13 12:37:57 AM
May this country forgive you.

Let me off the terms of my forgiveness, Mr. Bush:

1. Apologize for lying this country into war.
2. Bring the troops back home.
3. Shut down the secret prisons.
4. Stop the illegal wiretapping.
5. Set a precedent that the torture of any human being in any shape or form will not be tolerated.
6. Leave office immediately and never enter the political arena again.

History will not be kind to you.
 
2006-09-13 12:40:34 AM
so like, is the empty space at Ground Zero a metaphor, or am i to expect the President to come fix potholes where i live, too?

i as much as anyone else want those towers rebuilt with a memorial as powerful as Gettysburg or Vietnam, but can the President himself make it happen?

i was under the impression that it's a NY thing...
 
2006-09-13 12:44:16 AM
Keep greenlighting this, but even if he did say what most of us feel, has it really made any difference? I may be out of the loop, but as far as I can tell, Bush has not responded, the American agenda is still the same.... etc. I agree with most of what he said, but will it really make any difference? Good for him for trying, but until it actually causes a reaction he is not deserving of a hero tag. Why is it heroic to say what you feel?

/"Fark the First Amendment, my speech was free the day my Soul descended" J5
 
2006-09-13 12:46:25 AM
RabbitHeadlights: "so like, is the empty space at Ground Zero a metaphor,"


You Just. Don't. Get it. - do you???


static.crooksandliars.com

You see, when Bush stages the camera so that the WTC is shown in the background, he's using the deaths of thousands of Americans to his political advantage.

Because -

static.crooksandliars.com

Look at me!


Because, when Bush does this, and focuses himself, in front of the WTC gaping hope - HOW DARE YOU, EVIL GEORGE BUSH! - when he does this ... it's disrespecting the memories of all of these people who died at this - look, over my shoulder - yes there, look! -

static.crooksandliars.com

this VERY sopt ... to make a political message .. this is Despicable.

static.crooksandliars.com

This is Keith Olbermann ..... Courage!

 
2006-09-13 12:53:20 AM
It was a good op/ed piece - get over it already.
 
2006-09-13 12:55:36 AM
lawl, tgot. i myself have major qualms with this administration, but i'm not about to blame everything (including last night's burnt pizza) on them or phrase a narrative along the constructs of "OMG LIES" and "SQUANDERING INTERNATIONAL WILL" when an unbiased view leads most to conclude otherwise.

i mean, he's just too unserious to me and it's unfortunate that he's an intellectual savior to many, i suppose. as my old man said last week: "back to sports, Keith." the sad thing is, is that there are bones to pick with the administration, but most of the "opposition" is wrapped up in such hyperbolic truthiness that they swing independents such as myself to voting GOP whilst holding my nose.
 
2006-09-13 12:58:47 AM
Two fairly good ones in a row, actually BXRWXR, and not done in a style that pundits are comfortable rebutting. Pretty hard to just yell over some of the points he/his writers made.

I'm just glad that someone finally stopped trying to beat Rush/O'Reilly et al. at their own game and got back to some actual oration.
 
2006-09-13 01:03:01 AM
I didn't realize that Bush was personally in charge of the rebuilding effort at the WTC.
 
2006-09-13 01:03:37 AM
Farking great. This tool gets the greenlight twice but the actual facts of the matter get a redlight.

It's as if Fark is trying to spread ignorance.

/Penn and Teller > Olbermann
 
2006-09-13 01:10:15 AM
exactly, Snowflake, LongDuckDong. now, are folks like us inclined to take Olbermann any more seriously or at his word in future dispatches? no. and a potential voice for airing true errors of the administration is lost.

that's what's so depressing about political science: the concepts of popular narratives mixed with rational ignorance when one chooses to compose an information set is a recipe for an uninformed, albeit comfortably numb, populace.
 
2006-09-13 01:24:22 AM
Let me off the terms of my forgiveness, Mr. Bush:

1. Apologize for lying this country into war.

A. when even some Iraqi officials believed they had more weapons than they did... and we found weapons which albeit are not as dangerous as believed are still illegal and reported by Saddam as being destroyed. It was stupid to declare war on a tactic, but Saddam had built a legacy on being a credible threat that we had faced twice, after his betrayal of the Bathist secular ideaology we supported him in.

2. Bring the troops back home.

B. I agree. Bring the troops back home. Bring Americans back home, and amercian dollars and American interests. until the world's welfare states can learn independence and gratitude, let them learn its importance.

3. Shut down the secret prisons.

C. Why, you think you know every building there is. You think the fourth Geneva convention was just lip service. A person who is found to be actively hostile or showing willingness to be actively hostile to one of the pernament members of the Secruity council is deprived of the rights extended to civilians. Fourth Geneva convention, not third. Also, Abu Ghraib is open again under Iraqi rule, and the prisoners are beggin for the Americans to come back.

4. Stop the illegal wiretapping.

D. Clinton put a more specific wiretapping in place that is still employed. that was not deemed to be illegal. A transmission is not geograpically located... in a home when it is picked up. it is information. Sarbanes Oxley requires your telephone provider log your calls, for the purpose of establshing transparency of fair rates. These calls are associated with you, until they are made public.

5. Set a precedent that the torture of any human being in any shape or form will not be tolerated.

E. Existence is suffering. What constitutes torture? Any intent to cause a negative stimulus for the purpose of coersion? physical pain? incarceration? hunger? what of these conditions are the homeless people on America's streets protected from?

6. Leave office immediately and never enter the political arena again.

F. No man or woman is suited for perfection in politics, for politics are not an exact science. No society, nor leader will be found blameless. It is only their resolve to do what must be done to ensure the continuance of the sovereignty they hold ultimate responsiblity for; that is the meaure by which we can rightly judge them.
 
2006-09-13 01:35:49 AM
LongDuckDong: "Farking great. This tool gets the greenlight twice but the actual facts of the matter get a redlight.
It's as if Fark is trying to spread ignorance.
/Penn and Teller > Olbermann"



Loved the video, especially at 16:10.

/.... "as IF?"
 
2006-09-13 01:40:25 AM
brightcrazystar

I didn't realize that my request needed annotating. I thank you for your opinions, but these request are nothing short of necessary for the repairs to begin.
 
2006-09-13 01:50:57 AM
Prepare youself to be dissapointed.
 
2006-09-13 02:13:00 AM
Someone else I've never heard of.
 
2006-09-13 02:47:20 AM
the_gospel_of_thomas: Prepare youself to be dissapointed.

Yeah. I know.
 
2006-09-13 04:19:49 AM
brightcrazystar: D. Clinton put a more specific wiretapping in place that is still employed. that was not deemed to be illegal. A transmission is not geograpically located... in a home when it is picked up. it is information. Sarbanes Oxley requires your telephone provider log your calls, for the purpose of establshing transparency of fair rates. These calls are associated with you, until they are made public.

What part of "warrantless" do you not understand?
 
2006-09-13 04:25:04 AM
I_Hate_Iowa: I'm not going to listen to this failed sportscaster. How do you feel about Rush?

It's text. You have to read it. Which requires a bit more effort than merely listening. Something I suspect you find distasteful unless it "tickles your ears."
 
2006-09-13 04:30:16 AM
the_gospel_of_thomas: You Just. Don't. Get it. - do you???

Nope. RabbitHeadlights "gets it" just fine. You have had your ass handed to you on a platter repeatedly regarding this issue. YOU don't get it, and haven't in quite a while, and most likely never will. But as I said earlier, your craziness is terrificly entertaining. Keep it up!
 
2006-09-13 05:20:02 AM
RabbitHeadlights: so like, is the empty space at Ground Zero a metaphor, or am i to expect the President to come fix potholes where i live, too?

It's a metaphor. Read it more closely.

I'm not seeing how people can only see this as a mere "OMG Bush needs to fix the WTC memorial" thing. Or at least people who actually paid attention to it.
 
2006-09-13 06:21:11 AM
I believe it is the lawyers and red tape that has left the hole in the ground.

/Seriously, every word this guy says is followed on DU like it is the gospel, but, sorry,
he's...not...that...good.
 
2006-09-13 06:40:36 AM
brightcrazystar

It was stupid to declare war on a tactic, but Saddam had built a legacy on being a credible threat that we had faced twice, after his betrayal of the Bathist secular ideaology we supported him in.



How was Saddam related to the tactic that Bush stupidly declared war on? How credible was the threat that Saddam posed? I personally never believed Saddam (a guy whose weakened military we had already defeated easily when it was still at full strength) posed any kind of credible threat at all. How did he betray the Bathist secular ideaology that we had once supported him in? He was still a brutal dictator while we were supporting him - at what point do you feel he betrayed that ideology?
 
2006-09-13 06:48:22 AM
If you like Keith Olbermann, you should be barred from voting in any meaningful election for the rest of your life. We bar felons from voting, and liking this douchebag should be a crime unto itself.

The only reason Olbermann exists is becuase liberals, being copycats and of the hive mind concept, need "their guy" gainst the evil Hannity/Limbaugh/O'RLY/Savage/Coulter/etc sound machine. It isn't enough that most pundits do preach the liberal mindset, its that they need the guy who puts out their wild-ass conspiracies and gives them credibility.

If sucking was a crime, Olbermann would have a date with Old Sparky.
 
2006-09-13 06:55:50 AM
The Billdozer

You're just mad because you offered to blow him and he turned you down.

/turned me down too
 
2006-09-13 06:58:58 AM
The Billdozer: If sucking was a crime, Olbermann would have a date with Old Sparky.

Well, Republicans think it's an impeachable offense.

/lying for war, on the other hand
 
2006-09-13 07:05:51 AM
Cudo's to Keith, the left deserves his over the top style! Since Dan Rather left we have not had any one on TV who was as close to blowing up as Keith Olbermann.
Just call him the Mount St. Helens of TV news.
Hey an Idea , since Katie Couric's ratings are already in the dumpster put Keith in her spot.
He sure is closer to Dan than Katie and the St Helens thing is good for some ratings.
Also his fight with O'Riley which is what got him noticed in the first place is worth a couple of points, more if O'Riley desides to go after him in a like mannor.
 
2006-09-13 07:18:39 AM
larry00: Since Dan Rather left we have not had any one on TV who was as close to blowing up as Keith Olbermann.
Just call him the Mount St. Helens of TV news.


Yeah, he's such an angry guy on the verge of blowing up. *rolls eyes*
 
2006-09-13 07:24:01 AM
The Billdozer: The only reason Olbermann exists is becuase liberals, being copycats and of the hive mind concept

Wow. Talk about projection.
 
2006-09-13 07:28:57 AM
A few posts from yesterday's idiot squad:

sivazh: The political Olbermann. The guy who is the whackjob who just goes on with his diatribe with such obvious bias and hate. It sucks.

kurfu: Cool, yet another circle jerk thread for the Bush haters!

H.I.McDunnough: This man has way too much hate for Bush and O'Reilly it blinds him to common sense.

reversibleSummerAssHat: Keith Olberman hates America.

OnlyM3: These fools are so blinded by their "hate bush" mantra, it's laughable.

Schwhat: It's NOT Bush's fault you hatemongers.

captnero: It never fails to amaze me how much hate is vented by the so called "open minded."

dna2go: You have to be farking kidding me, did anyone actually listen to his what Olbermann is saying or did you just get wrapped up in his colorful, emotional speech and utter hate of Bush?

orclover: They would rather frothingly hate anything to the right of them than try to fix thier own message to the public, and thier own immage as being weak on defense.

Spiffjiggins: otice the passionate vitriol spewing forth from this little critter. The hate and anger.

DavePinFL: It's hard to be popular when all liberals hate you for EVERYTHING you do regardless of what it is.

Awesome, clearly people from the right can think for themselves.
 
2006-09-13 07:31:39 AM
LocalCynic: the passionate vitriol spewing forth from this little critter. The hate and anger.

And more projection.
 
2006-09-13 07:33:00 AM
Oops, sorry, didn't mean to attribute that quote to you, LocalCynic.
 
2006-09-13 07:39:13 AM

I'm sure we can all agree (I hope) that regardless of why we're there, Iraq is a complete quagmire. I love how Cheney has been defending the actions taken in Iraq so adamantly. The most frightening thing about this administration is that incestuous amplification has taken them over. They are now actually believing the propaganda they are spewing out to the masses.

Here's a particularly damning quote:

"I think that the proposition of going to Baghdad is also fallacious. I think if we were going to remove Saddam Hussein we would have had to go all the way to Baghdad, we would have to commit a lot of force because I do not believe he would wait in the Presidential Palace for us to arrive. I think we'd have had to hunt him down. And once we'd done that and we'd gotten rid of Saddam Hussein and his government, then we'd have had to put another government in its place. What kind of government? Should it be a Sunni government or Shi'i government or a Kurdish government or a Ba'athist regime? Or maybe we want to bring in some of the Islamic fundamentalists? How long would we have had to stay in Baghdad to keep that government in place? What would happen to the government once U.S. forces withdrew? how many casualties should the United States accept in that effort to try to create clarity and stability in a situation that is inherently unstable? I think it is vitally important for a president to know when to use military force. I think it is also very important for him to know when not to commit U.S. military force. And it's my view that the President got it right both times, that it would have been a mistake for us to get bogged down in the quagmire inside Iraq." - Dick Cheney, the Washington Institute's Soref Symposium, April 29, 1991.
 
2006-09-13 07:40:27 AM
Christ. Tony Snow is interrupting and LYING through his teeth to Miles O'Brien on American Morning right now on CNN.
 
2006-09-13 08:00:05 AM
Howie_Feltersnatch: Christ. Tony Snow is interrupting and LYING through his teeth to Miles O'Brien on American Morning right now on CNN.


You going to cite examples, or just do some standard liberal blanket statements?
 
2006-09-13 08:05:34 AM
2006-09-13 01:35:49 AM the_gospel_of_thomas

Loved the video, especially at 16:10.


Much better at 27:27, IMO.
 
2006-09-13 08:05:47 AM
Look at photo number 30 of the light tribute at the Pentagon in this gallery(pops)...

And then compare it to this photo of Hitler's "Cathedral of Light" tribute at the Nuremburg Rally...
www.uploadfile.info

Interesting...
 
2006-09-13 08:07:08 AM
The Billdozer: You going to cite examples, or just do some standard liberal blanket statements?

I'm going to wait until CNN's website puts up video of the interview and then link to it later.
 
2006-09-13 08:07:14 AM
Howie_Feltersnatch: Look at photo number 30 of the light tribute at the Pentagon in this gallery(pops)...

And then compare it to this photo of Hitler's "Cathedral of Light" tribute at the Nuremburg Rally...



I had this feeling this morning that there was a great big pile of suck in the area... then I found out you live in St. Louis.
 
2006-09-13 08:07:44 AM
I_Hate_Iowa: I'm not going to listen to this failed sportscaster.

Rush Limbaugh?
 
2006-09-13 08:08:08 AM
I won't have to cite any examples. Tony Snow does a great job making it blatantly obvious all by himself.
 
2006-09-13 08:10:59 AM
POAC: I_Hate_Iowa: I'm not going to listen to this failed sportscaster.

Rush Limbaugh?


Craig Kilborn?
:D
Mornin' POAC.
 
2006-09-13 08:18:21 AM
POAC: I_Hate_Iowa: I'm not going to listen to this failed sportscaster.

Rush Limbaugh?


Big difference. Limbaugh didn't make his name as a sportscaster to begin with. He was one to get into the game. Douchermann, on the other hand, was an anchor on SportsCenter.

/He sucked there, too.
 
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