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"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door." The Statue of Liberty (P.S. Please be so kind as to enter through the proper channels and in an orderly fashion)

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Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Chillin.'


11 Comments:

Blogger Kelly said...

My boys like that song. I hadn't actually sat down to listen very closely to it.

~sigh~

9:46 AM  
Blogger FJ said...

It's a man thing... works on a subliminal level.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Actually, fj, that song hit home for me because of issues in my past.

"Things aren't the way they were before
You wouldn't even recognize me anymore
Not that you knew me back then
"

When you think that someone knows you and you put trust in them and then they throw all that away...

~sigh~

10:33 AM  
Blogger FJ said...

Sorry, kelly. I didn't mean to imply that you couldn't relate on a conscious level. I suspect I should have said that it's an especially effective song as "a man thing" on a subliminal level.

12:54 PM  
Blogger FJ said...

The female deity, chasing out the bats, limitted fertility & sterility and the uncertainty of any chance of reproductive success (whales would probably fly before it could be assured)

And I don't think I was "projecting" as much as reading the latent symbolism, but I could be wrong. ;-)

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We wouldn't want this buried, would we? Check out what Dick ToeSucker Morris has got to say...harhartoofuckingfunny...arf arf, arf, little puppies...

While Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hangs in there, locked in a tough race with Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the Republican undercard is facing obliteration in the 2008 general elections for the Senate. Polling suggests that a massacre may be in the offing — and one that’s possibly even greater than the worst of previous GOP years: 1958, 1964, 1974, 1986 and 2006.

Scott Rasmussen, whose site, www.rasmussenreports.com, follows these races closely, is producing truly hair-raising polling data.

Of the open Republican Senate seats in contention, Democratic victory seems very likely in Virginia (Democratic former Gov. Mark Warner now has 55 percent, while fellow former Republican Gov. Jim Gilmore stands at 37) and New Mexico (where Democratic Rep. Tom Udall takes 53 percent to GOP Rep. Steve Pearce’s 37 and 57 percent to Republican Rep. Heather Wilson’s 36). In Colorado, Democratic Rep. Mark Udall has a narrow lead over Republican Bob Schaffer (45-42). Nebraska would seem safely Republican, but a humongous black turnout in Mississippi could elect former Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, just as it led to a Democratic congressional victory in a bi-election this month. Score them: two Democrat, one leaning Democrat, one leaning Republican, and one Republican. A net loss of two or three seats.

And then there are the endangered incumbents. Three GOP senators are actually behind their Democratic challengers. Alaska’s Ted Stevens is behind Mark Begich by 47-45. Elizabeth Dole trails Kay Hagan in North Carolina by 48-47. And Jeanne Shaheen is well ahead of John Sununu in New Hampshire, 51-43. Stevens’s legal problems and the likely huge black turnout in North Carolina make all three states lean Democratic at this point.

Even when GOP incumbents lead, they are perilously under 50 percent. In Oregon, as of this writing, Gordon Smith leads Jeff Merkley by only 45-42 and Steve Novick by 47-41. And in Texas, John Cornyn leads Rick Noriega by only 47-43. In addition, Norm Coleman in Minnesota is hanging on by his teeth against Al Franken, 50-43; Susan Collins is only narrowly ahead of Rep. Tom Allen in Maine, 52-42; and in Kansas, Pat Roberts holds only a 52-40 lead over Jim Slattery. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky may also be in trouble.

So, among incumbents, score it three leaning Democratic, two tossups, and three leaning Republican.

Overall, that’s a likely Democratic pickup of five seats, with an eight-seat gain possible, and, in a partisan wipeout, a 12-seat shift.

Mon dieu!

In all likelihood, the filibuster will still remain a theoretical Republican option, but, in practical terms, may be beyond reach, especially if Obama wins the White House.

Driving the GOP’s imperiled Senate situation, or course, is a massive shift in party identification. While the two parties are normally about tied in party ID, the Democrats now enjoy a 44-30 advantage in the latest Fox News poll of April 29.A combination of the Iraq war, gas prices, the credit crisis and a looming recession are dragging down the Republican Party, big time.

So is a president with a 28 percent approval rating. Bush needs to go out and tell America that things are bad, but not that bad. There are solid signs that the economy may not be tanking after all. Unemployment, while rising, is still at historic lows. The credit crisis has not led to a wholesale collapse of the financial industry and the instability appears to be easing. And, in Iraq, we are approaching a more stable situation with lower combat deaths. Bush, who has largely been hunkered down in the White House, needs to hit the trail and move his ratings up into the mid- or high 30s, not an insurmountable challenge.

Will the endangered Republicans recover? Most have prevailed, in the past, by lifting their personal ratings out of possible danger early in the race. But when long-term incumbents find themselves mired in the high 40s or low 50s in vote share, it indicates a massive voter desire for change that is not likely to abate.

And speaking of blood, check out what Dick ToeSucker Morris has got to say...
In the House, the incredible three Democratic bi-election victories, combined with the retirements of so many Republican incumbents, indicates that the GOP may be facing disaster there as well.

This is not a good year to be a Republican.

Haha...like there's ever been a good year to be a loser.

1:55 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

watch your tongue, anon! you're not one of the two people in our world allowed to use such language - go back to kos! or d.u.!

*;[

3:48 PM  
Blogger berty said...

Boy the spinmeisters sure are raising Democrats expectations this election year. Poor fools are gonna need tons of Prozac in the fall after they lose.

The hype level almost matches last Fall's surrender push. Too bad the DNC has such a long dellustrious history of never being able to get the ball over the rim in the final two minutes.

6:27 PM  
Blogger John said...

Berty said:

"Too bad the DNC has such a long dellustrious history of never being able to get the ball over the rim in the final two minutes..."

...and Democrats/liberals a history of crowing victory and gloating at the two minute mark.

7:00 PM  
Blogger FJ said...

Can anyone say "McGovern"?

8:40 AM  
Blogger John said...

Or Mondale?

Dukakis?

Gore?

Kerry?

8:44 AM  

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