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As it turned out, he was...but, at the time of that post, his then-lead was tempered by 2 facts: 1) The heavy Reno / Vegas concentration of the votes that had been thus far counted...and 2) That the total of the counted votes in the state then was "only" about 50%...
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Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it...and hope you get a chance to see the other pieces from tonight!
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Lemme step in here for Tyler, since he's been a bit busy lately... Hey, "Mighty" Joe Young (ya ape man) - go all "Orly Taitz" birther somewhere else. Your kinda facts-ignoring, fake-talking-points-repeating crap is oh-so-yawn-inducing. Plus, you clearly know NOTHING about what Saul Alinsky accomplished or stood for - you seem to try and make him sound like some sort of a corrupt, cigar-chomping machine operative of Mayor Daley the First's...which only will make EVERY knowledgeable person laugh uproariously at your complete (and prominently shown off) ignorance... ...But, "Bright Boy" - ooh, ya sure stung us with that repeated insult. Man, we're gonna havta shake our heads sadly over your clear, Mensa-like mental domination over us. Next time, try to make a cogent, readable argument in 750, 1,000, 1,250 words...instead of just shooting yer load of nothingness in 125 error-filled ones...Have a nicey!
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...One last point: Of course, someone - anyone - can find our show not to their interest or so focused on politics (from a Liberal and Progressive context) that it does not appeal to them. Also, feel free to disagree with what I might say - such is the variation of anyone's potential tastes and rights. However, do not make up reasons (such as inaccurately described "attacks" or nonconclusive doubts on the YEARS of backed-up writing, thinking, and experience that creates our "substance") for not enjoying it. Plenty do; some do not - just move along and park your closed mind somewhere else...
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...Plus, BTW - try to get your misunderstood terms correct before you try to toss them around. An "ad hominem" attack would be NOT "simply" be an attack on a personality or on their statements, BUT a rejection of that person's points merely because they are an objectional or opposed person...i.e., Rush is a fat, lying idiot; Rush said X today; therefore, X must clearly be a lie told by a fat idiot...and, of coutse NO examples of such hyperbole or exaggeration occurred on the show (and never does - instead, we employ facts (look 'em up) AND often use humor (which likely sails right over your head)). But, oh, of course [oh, yeah - keep it lighter and simple, so he MIGHT understand it], thanks for listening, anyway! And, as Apu Nahasapeemapetilon might say, "Thank you! Come again!" On the other hand, eh - don't bother...you clearly won't get it then, either...lol!
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Hey, thanks, "slummin'" FOX viewer (or "FAUX-nation" poster or whatever it is that you - anonymously - are). We're so glad that you were able to string together the right letters on yer computer-thingy to bem able to tune it in, even for a few minutes. And...hmm - who or what did I attack today? Just put FACTS out there and provided my opinions and interpretations. And, had you fully listened instead of just "attacking" (which I doubt), you would have also heard me give the station's phone number, asking for comments or (as opposed to FOX) even the dissenting views of listeners. Ah, but ya didn't call, did ya? Nothing to say except vague, unattributed b.s. Whatta surprise. Opinions can certainly differ, but...to stupidly (and, of course, without any citations) claim that my info-filled broadcast today lacked substance merely shows that your parroted talking points are showing. Or, as Chris Matthews would loudly exclaim, "Ha!!"
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Excellent, excellent piece, Tyler! There is some great analysis AND writing here. This strikes me as just about a perfect example of where some of the most important differences exist between Progressives / Liberals and Conservatives / Libertarians. I'm far from anti-Capitalist (or -profit or -business, etc.), but...it is clear that the "Invisible Hand" of the market can choke and swat and punch as often as it lifts and holds without proper regulation and observation... As you point out, give the Enrons and Madoffs (for extreme, well-known examples; there are MANY others, at all levels of impact) the "freedom" to do what they A) Want, B) "Think" is right (or is THEIR right), or C) Plan to try to get away with, and...the resulting victims are likely to be nearly ANYONE else playing by the rules in - or even just being involved with - the existing system or economy. All we ask for is a fair, well-regulated playing field - for ALL players. As President Obama recently pointed out, yeah, meat (for example) MIGHT well be cheaper without government standards and regulations and inspections, but...do we wanna trade that upfront "savings" and hands-off, less-guv deregulation for more deaths and illnesses due to unscrupulous producers or packagers or shippers or vendors (even if there are "just" a relatively few of them, occasionally)? Uh, we don't think so...And the differences you point out between Chile and Haiti (and their preparation for - as well as reaction to - a natural disaster) really help hammer that argument home.
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Time shall tell and we shall see...I just DO NOT think that A) Too many Hoffman and Jackson voters (and, combined THEY outpolled Kirk by more than 60,000 votes on Tue.; add Marshall and Meister for ANOTHER 66K+ votes) will defect to Kirk, and B) The ongoing Broadway Bank "scandal" (which is - basically - the tale of an at-times struggling community bank in these tough financial times, NOT any sort of steaming vat of corruption and / or criminality) will keep an overly significant portion of the likely Dem voters away from the polls in November...
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A good recap, Tyler...and, you're right about us disagreeing about the US Senate race in the fall - while it will likely be a rhetorical slugfest (and far from pretty), I am not as convinced as you are that Kirk will beat Giannoulias. A big part of the reason for me are the numbers. Yes, in a not-close race (and, BTW, a hearty "Well done, LOSER!" to friend-of-the-site-and-show Andy Martin, who came in 5th place in the race with 5% of the vote), Kirk received more personal votes in his primary than Giannoulias did in his much closer race. But the overall total Dem vs. Repub votes are a bit more eye-opening... 161,485 more votes (nearly 22% more) were cast in the Democratic primary vs. the Republican one. Yes, one was more tightly contested (and the other was a bit of a snoozefest)...and, of course, not EVERY Dem primary voter will be certain to support the primary winner. But, in this still-quite-Blue state, where - no doubt, in response to the GOPers spending to try and pick-off the President's old seat - the still-much-better run state Dem party (assisted, of course, by the national one) will ALSO work hard to keep it, I see these numbers (and recent voting tendencies here) to be hard to beat. Tight, maybe...perhaps even tighter than the approx. 52% Giannoulias / 47% Kirk I've been calling all along, but...provided that Alexi does not make some big, unfixable blunder, I still see him winning this race...
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Some very good points, georger -- and thanks for sharing those... We have talked about this race on our radio show, and I definitely support Hoffman. I like his straightforward style and his takes on the issues -- sorta from a law-and-order point-of-view, but backed with smart, classic Liberalism. And, as you note, he has a clean record while Giannoulias' is muddy -- at best -- in some areas. ...However, political reality raises its head for me, and...one candidate is a previous state-wide winner, backed by many popular incumbents and the other is a first-time-electoral near-unknown (although his ads and debate performances are potentially changing that). As I said -- and have repeated on our show -- I will vote for Hoffman in the primary and hope he does well. Of course, I even hope he manages to pull out a Simon-in-'84 / Obama-in-'04 previous-underdog eventual victory... But...if it comes down to the bottom line and the question becomes "Would I MUCH RATHER have Sen. Giannoulias than Sen. Kirk coming out of IL in 2010?"...Well, then my coldly realistic answer is the oft-repeated paraphrase from the idiot babe from Wasilla: "You betcha!"
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Great piece, Tyler. I'm with you about the idiocy and the "Look at me!!!" attempts at attention-grabbing of that turdling, "Droopy Dog"-sound-a-like hack pol outta the state of Aetna. As we've mentioned before, I once shared an elevator ride with him in a Senate office building (not long after his '06 re-election)...and damn if I should've just hauled off and clocked the little effer proactively. Wish I had. Oh well...
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Great piece, Tyler. (Plus, I doubt that GWB ever even used any sort of a map to do much more than try to navigate the lower 40 of the Crawford spread...) And this'll be a good launching point for some discussion on Monday's radio show (12-7, from 4 - 5 PM, Central / Chicago time) about President Obama's first year (more or less) in office, and where we are now...So, tune us in then!
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2009 on A Sense of Where We Are at The Stonecipher Report
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Thanks for the comment...and, good call. I agree that Palin (while no genius) IS more of a crazy schemer, trying to parlay her misguided, often-misstated beliefs and sudden fame into multi-millions (through speeches and her book) and possible future power (which ain't gonna happen; the clever Brer Dem sez, "PLEASE Mistah 'Publican -- please don't nominate Miz Sarah in 2012!"). ...While -- of course -- Bachmann is "merely" batshit nuts. Basically, any given can of Planters, fresh off a store's shelf, is FAR LESS NUTS than Michele Bachmann is...
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Good piece, Tyler -- thanks for this look at the topic. I, too -- recalling back to his original prominence in the '70s -- greatly admire Jerry Brown (I even voted for him in a Dem Presidential primary once) and would love to see the populist, Progressive former "Governor Moonbeam" return to Sacramento to try and use his practical smarts and innovative, collaborative leadership to help pull the Golden State out of its last decade-and-a-half of careening (multiple-party) screwed up chief-executive-ness...
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I'll give him this much (after our entertaining, at-times frustrating, 3-guys-trying-to-maintain-control-of-the-conversation interview) -- Martin certainly maintains an open, communicative sense of humor. He sure ain't no "standard-issue" / "Don't ask me that" / multi-level-filtered sorta politician... That said...neither does he seem to have a tendency to provide straight, full-depth answers to most questions -- instead, they seem to provide him with a launching-off point for his rambling, semi-pre-set rhetoric about the current state of politics and his approaches to it. You almost gotta admire his dedicated ability to be able to steer things where he wants them to go -- and (as our experience Monday proved), good luck trying to get that rhetorical steering wheel back outta his somewhat-tightly-clenched hands. Much like a die-hard "Intelligent Design" supporter blithely dismissing evolutionists with the comeback that, "Well, that's just your opinion vs. mine...and neither 'theory' can be fully proved (or disproved)"...Martin seems to present arguments -- such as the ones about "Why did Obama come to Chicago?" and "Is his father Obama Sr. or Davis?" -- that cannot be properly answered (except by not-likely-forthcoming Presidential attention). And, so on goes his chattering debate topics... Still -- it's almost too bad that he'll be lucky to finish even third in the GOP Senate primary...because it'd be a heckuva kick to have a US Senator who'd answer his own phone calls and even perhaps deign to talk to jamochs like Tyler and me (but, then again, there's the possible actual lunacy factor, so...I guess I'll instead settle for potential Sen. Giannoulias not knowing me from Joe Blow)...
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"Death panels"!!! Wow -- he checks in with ALL of the nutty "greatest hits" of the fringe (along with the previous "Kenyan" and "Muslim" claims)... Anyway -- it was I (not Tyler) who posted the original piece AND responded above to your comment. (Hey, I got your real and fake -- or, at least past and present -- names right; mine was right there to see, too!) And I know that you and Tyler have now communicated about you possibly appearing on an upcoming segment of our radio show...Can't wait for that! I know we will have some significant differences to air in that interview...but I'd love to hear your take on the above-mentioned Hughes AND his crusty media supporter, Roeser. Ah, it'll be a hot time on the ol' WHPK (and Internet) airwaves when we get THAT all lined up...
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Hey, speaking of jokes! It's the longtime jokey candidate, the former Anthony Martin-Trigona (lately simplified to "Andy Martin")!!! Lifelong Illinoisan here, so...I definitely remember you (and your multiple losing political "campaigns," mostly here and in Florida)...AND I also know that these days you are a raving nutjob "birther" (plus a formerly near-constant screamer of "Obama is a Muslim!")...AND that you are also thought to be muy litigious...but...don't worry -- I'm hip-deep in libel-slander law, so I know that ya'd actually have to prove that A) You were NOT a nutjob and B) My clearly high-spirited and satirical comments had caused you any actual loss or damages... Anyway -- nice to see you check in with us (and we sure hope you enjoy the site AND our radio show! -- in fact, feel free to contact Tyler or me if you'd like to appear as a guest sometime on our Chicago-aired and Internet-broadcast show on WHPK, 88.5 FM)...and I'm glad to see that even some of the farthest-out fringers don't really regard Patrick Hughes (OR his candidacy) as having much of a chance either. (Uh, or should I be worried that THIS is the sort of audience that agrees with me? Yikes!) And to think, I was wondering if raving supporters of the drooling ol' conservative Tom Roeser were gonna be the ones most likely to flock here and berate me with their mostly one-syllable comments. Imagine this instead! Thanks for making our day here at The Stonecipher Report! [And, P.S. -- Sorry, "Andy," but I gotta say that Patrick Hughes will STILL probably attract more votes than you...as you BOTH lose to future former US Rep. (but NOT future US Senator) Mark Kirk by double-digit margins...]
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Thank you! Very kind of you to say...
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I think it won't even be as close as that (and I don't think Moran will do nearly that well). My prediction (it's a little after 4PM, CST, on Tues.) is: Deeds, 48%; McAuliffe, 34%; Moran, 17%. But -- however -- if McAuliffe actually DOES pulls a win out of his ass, I think even his recent career mistakes might not be larger than the on-going screw-ups by the GOP, so...I feel that McAuliffe COULD actually defeat McDonnell -- although it would be quite the clash of the mediocrities...
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Very nicely said!
Toggle Commented May 22, 2009 on A-Rod: Sit Down at The Stonecipher Report
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...And here's hoping that Hendry kept his fingers crossed behind his back during the DeRosa deal, too!
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All I gotta say is...thank god for Greg Maddux and his 53-year-old-woman-from-Des-Moines schlumpy body (AND his 355 career victories)...
Toggle Commented May 11, 2009 on Manny Being a Man at The Stonecipher Report
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Hey (or should that be "Hey-hey!"?), ya just gotta always remember what Jack the Brick once said -- ANYONE can have a bad century (or two?)...sigh...
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...Add in Aramis Ramirez's dislocated shoulder in the gave-away Friday night 3-2 loss to the Brewers, and...oy -- makes me GLAD my cable box fried out late the night before so I didn't have to watch that crap...damn.
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...Well, at least Big Z (finally!) quit snapping bats in two over his leg when he strikes out. Every time he did that, I would wince, worrying that somehow, sometime he was gonna hurt himself doing THAT...
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