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Masters of Hate — The Conservative Disinformation Campaign

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Blog, Essays, Politics | 9 comments

Stupid Tea Baggers

 

Conservatives love to hate President Obama.

They’re willing to resort to any means necessary to defeat the incumbent President.

They will lie.  They will cheat.  They will steal.  And, then when that’s not enough to produce a voting majority, they’ll lie even more.

Consider the wacko disinformation campaign that’s been blasted from one inbox to another over the Internet ever since the name “Barack Obama” surfaced as a serious Presidential candidate, some five years ago.  Since then, we’ve witnessed a toxic assembly line of lies almost always consisting of fabricated junk meant to create confusion and hatred for the President — about his intentions, about his character, even about his patriotism and nationality.  I suspect that most of you reading today’s column have received these same emails occasionally, which are essentially nothing more than political garbage.

Invariably, they are easily debunked as completely false.  Most of the time, a ten-second Google search reveals most of this stuff is quite simply made up.  Yet, just as it’s difficult to scrub the ring out of a toilet bowl, the filthy concoction of lies continues to get passed from one scared little person to another, circling around in the right wing’s sewer pipes, pumped from one fanatic to the next.

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NFL Plays — Week 7

Posted by on Oct 21, 2012 in Blog, Sports Betting | 0 comments

stadiums

 

NOLAN DALLA:  2012 POSTED SEASON RECORD

35 WINS – 28 LOSSES – 1 PUSHES —– (+ 6.95 units / 1 unit = $100)

STARTING BANKROLL:  $10,000.

CURRENT BANKROLL:  $10.695.

BEST BETS OF THE WEEK:  3-3-0

Coming off a 6-5 week, which could have been a much better day…..but a missed 37-yard FG with few seconds left in the first half of the Arizona game cost us an 8.4 unit swing on the OVER…..We lost another 11.25 unit swing on the Lions/Eagles game OVER 9.5 in the first quarter — four illegal motion penalties in Eagles territory gave us a 6-0 first quarter lead, rather than a 10-0 lead, which would have been a monster day if just a play or two had gone our way.  Steamed we didn’t go 7-4 or perhaps 8-3.  But this is still a season in the black, so far — which is encouraging. 

On to Week 7 — Making ten bets and wagering $4,145.

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Mitt Romney’s Binder Problem

Posted by on Oct 20, 2012 in Blog, Politics | 3 comments

mitt romney's binders

 

We’re having a field day with this.  It’s a Liberal’s laugh-a-thon.  A three-ring binder circus.

Mitt Romney’s “Women in binders” comment is quite possibly the most memorable tagline of the 2012 Presidential Election.  It’s right up there with golden gems of the past.  Recall — “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice….” “You’re no Jack Kennedy,” and “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”

Apparently, Mitt Romney’s management style pretty much comes down to two things — balance sheets and binders.  If it’s profitable, go for it.  If it’s unprofitable, eliminate it.  But there’s a lot more to what I will term “Bindergate.”

Here’s a closer look at the files:

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Meet “The Duckman”

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Blog, Video 1 | 0 comments

 

Here’s a great feel-good story.  The video clip comes from ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The short clip shows a Seattle banker named Joel Armstrong who was concerned about a nest of baby ducklings, who were trapped ooutside on the ledge of his building.  I’ll let you watch and enjoy the rest.

 

— Nolan

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My Great Privilege — Meeting a World War II Veteran

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Blog, Travel, What's Left | 0 comments

American Veteran Photo

 

In few more years, they’ll all be gone.

Every one of them.

The millions who marched on foot across a continent and who sailed the high seas some 70 years ago are slowly but surely leaving us.  They pass away at the rate of thousands per year, which will gradually come to a few hundred, and then to a trickle.  In another decade or so, they will be no more.

They are what has been called “the Greatest Generation.”

When times were the toughest, they endured it.  When duty called and the bell of national service rang, they answered it.  When our way of life and liberty was at stake, they defended it.  And when it was all over and some came home, they honored and remembered those who didn’t.

They are our heroes.

Indeed, most aren’t young anymore.  Most have seen and suffered far more than any human should endure.  They don’t play on sports fields.  They aren’t moviestars.  They aren’t rich or famous.  But they are far more special than any of those superficial icons with fleeting illusions of accomplishment.  They are the survivors and the victors of the last century’s most trying test.  They are the champions.  The champions of the world.

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Can the American people bring the spirit of liberty back in its place, or should they allow for it to be castrated by the orange hands of a well-known villain?

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

 

Can the American people bring the spirit of liberty back in its place, or should they allow for it to be castrated by the orange hands of a well-known villain?

You could say that America is in a very rough place right now, seeing as the president is not only unreasonable as it seems…but that disgusting face of his doesn’t make things easier for all the people who are forced to look at his face on a daily basis. Americans said that no one should talk about the things that the state can do for you, but rather, you should talk about the things that you can do for the state. To be quite honest, not many folks can understand this principle, and while this was obviously supposed to be some sort of libertarian “don’t tread on me” mantra…it puts you off. This is the type of mantra that gets thrown around if you even consider talking about single-payer healthcare that’s supposed to help people not die from preventable diseases, or even if you’re brave enough to talk about raising the minimum wage. It seems that Americans are the only people out there who believe that healthcare should not be something that only some people can afford…after all, literally the entire world has this problem sorted out, but the states just can’t get it right. If we turn the mantra mentioned beforehand upside-down and assume that the state is willing to do something for us…do we even want it to help us out?

In a better scenario, indeed, a push every now and then is a great thing, but from an administration like this…well, you can’t really expect anything, nor should you. The White House is inhabited by a literal lunatic who wants to go to war with Iran and wanted to start some serious beef with North Korea, too. This man wanted to push Americans so far that they would have to accept the fact that some people in their country were being rounded up in cages and separated from their children. This man pulled the American troops out of Syria, and of course, now he abandons the Kurds and allows the Turks to step all over them. There is just so much blood on this dude’s hands, it’s absolutely insane. It’s pretty hard to top the things that Bush did back in the day (let’s just mention him briefly since it seems that he is in the spotlight at the moment because of the entire Ellen situation), but it seems that this Cheetos puff person truly has the potential to cause even more harm than the old crusader did. At this point, it is finally time that Americans start questioning the fuck out of their government. The gun-toting republicans talk about overthrowing the govt if they mess around with we, the people.

So, why do they sit idly and even defend old Donny? Is this not the time for them to step up and turn up the heat? Americans seem to have lost that spirit of liberty that they keep talking about on and on, and that’s insanely demoralizing if you think about it. It is finally time for the USA to wake up and fix itself from the inside out?

First things first, maybe you folks should chill out with live sex cams reviews, and the best Japanese porn sites! Sure thing…there are many ways for a person to relax, but sexual frustration sure as hell isnt making anyone think straight!

 

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Binders Full of Women?

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Blog, Politics | 1 comment

Binders Full of Women

 

It was priceless.

A comedian’s dream.

A pundits paradise.

And quite possilby the single four-word phrase that might torpdeo Mitt Romney’s last chance to win the U.S. Presidency.

In case you missed it, in last night’s presidential debate, Romney was asked in a town hall format about how his presumptive adminstration might provide and protect equal opportuities and pay for women.

For veteran politicians, these are pretty standard run-of-the-mill questions that have been asked numerous times by the public and media alike, which are easy to address.  They are political softballs, tailor made to be smacked out to the park by any savvy candidate.

In his rambling two-minute answer, Romney alluded to his first few days as Governor of Massachusetts, when he was eager to staff several key executive vacancies in his new adminstration.  No doubt, Romney intended to demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunity and pay for women.  Instead, he pulled back a symbolic curtain of sorts, unmasking himself to be anything other than an equal opportunity “Oz” in the increasingly bubble-prone Mitt Fantasyland.

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The Terrible Tragedy of Tonight’s Presidential Debate

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Blog, Politics | 2 comments

Debate Photo

 

In a proverbial sense, Rome is burning to the ground.  And, while much of our national economy lays in ashes and the American Dream smolders in flames, all anyone seems to be talking about is the opera.

That’s the terrible tragedy of tonight’s Presidential Debate, which has been covered and discussed more like the buildup to a Super Bowl game rather than any bona fide exchange of real ideas and actual substance that will solve some very serious problems.  At this moment, parading around out in front of the arena where the debate will take place, thousands of “fans” are holding signs cheering for their side.  One would think Ohio State is playing Michigan.  It’s a contest of who can scream the loudest or who can make the cleverest sign.

Indeed, the gravity of our nation’s problems are very real and quite serious.  Yet — while a senseless foreign war continues, while we continue to bleed ourselves dry policing the entire world, while we drown by the trillions in debt, while our inner cities crumble, while affordable health care is more costly and out of reach than ever before, and while millions of Americans remain hopelessly out of work, after tonight’s debate everyone’s going to be asking one utterly baffling question — “who won?”

I’d like to ask my own question — why are we focusing on “who won?”  As long as we focus on such trivialities, then we all lose.

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Stealing John Dillinger’s Pants

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Blog, Travel | 3 comments

 

Northwest Indiana is famous for some things.  Well, on second thought, it’s not really famous for anything.

The mishmash of small working-class suburbs encrusted by lead smelters, railroad tracks, and oil refineries — mostly filled with people with unpronouncable last names that don’t contain a single vowel — is utterly indescript.  Gary and Hammond and East Chicago and Highland and Hessville and Munster and Calumet City and all these places in between are to greater Chicagoland what North Jersey is to New York City — little more than a warehouse and freightyard to a far more vibrant place.  It’s bascially like a giant Self Storage unit the size of a county, with plumbing pipes and electrical wires running along every roadway, railroad track, and field.  That’s the picture I see when now think of Northwest Indiana.

Indeed, Gary and Hammond — where I’m staying and working over the next few weeks — are nestled right across the Illinois-Indiana state line.  These are old industrial cities that pretty much look unchanged since the post-WW2 boom.  Red brick buidings.  Cracked sidewalks.  Old storefronts littered with faded out “For Lease” signs that more symbolize a loss of hope rather than any possible prospects of gaining a tenant.  As the great writer-biographer Robert Caro would more eloquently write of another time and place, this is where “windows, glassless except for the jagged edges around their frames, stared out on the street like sightless eyes.” (Footnote 1)

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