Drinking Liberally

The Seattle chapter of Drinking Liberally meets tonight (and every Tuesday), 8PM at the Montlake Ale House, 2307 24th Avenue E.

Come joins us for some good beer and spicy politics. Tonight we’ll celebrate the opening of the 200th chapter of Drinking Liberally, with the arrival of the Pagosa Springs, Colorado chapter.

Not in Seattle? Liberals will also be drinking tonight in the Tri-Cities and Vancouver. A full listing of Washington’s eleven Drinking Liberally chapters is available here.


  1. 1

    conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    IAVA (Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America)

    How did your congressional representative vote?
    Sen. Patty Murray gets a rating for supporting the troops of A-
    Sen. Maria Cantwell gets a rating for supporting the troops of A-
    Rep. Brian Baird gets a rating of supporting the troops of B
    Rep. Adam Smith gets a rating of supporting the troops of A-
    Rep. Norm Dicks gets a rating of supporting the troops A-
    Rep. Jay Inslee gets a rating for supporting the troops of A
    Rep. Jim McDermott gets a rating for supporting troops of C- SHAMEFUL
    Rep. Rich Larsen gets a rating for supporting the troops of A
    Washington Democrats GPA for supporting the troops: 3.625

    TROOP HATERS i.e. Republicans
    Rep. Dave Reichert gets a rating for supporting the troops a FUCKING D+ ALMOST A GOD DAMNED “F”!!!!!!!
    Rep. Doc Hastings gets a rating for supporting the troops a whopping C A notch better than Jim McDermott.
    Rep. Cathy McMorris gets a rating for supporting the troops a FUCKING D ALMOST A GOD DAMNED “F”!!!!!!!
    Washington’s TROOP HATERS GPA for their unwillingness to support our troops: 1.33

    The IAVA Rating is based on this legislator’s voting history since September the 11th, 2001 on issues that affect US troops, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, and military families. ALL pieces of legislation that effect veterans are listed not just a select few as Puddybud tried to portray on an earlier thread. SHAME ON YOU PUDDYBUD for insinuating that Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans would be so underhanded. STOP shitting on the troops at every chance you get just because conservatives HATE THE TROOPS!!

    Fat, dumb, and unpatriotic is now way to go trough life, you TROOP HATERS!

    Click on this link to take you to the web site of the IAVA a non-partisan, non-profit, veterans group. http://www.capwiz.com/iava/dbq/officials/

    Now, Puddybud, are you going to waiver from the truth or are you going to say Republican leaders DO NOT SUPPORT THE TROOPS!

    Which is it Puddybud, your moral principles or your political leaders unprincipled hatred of our troops?????????????

    Honesty is above all else. I have never wavered from that


    04/12/2007 at 2:44 pm

    Exposing the real TROOP HATERS is my new mission. I’m sick and tired of Ass Holes posting links pictures of unpatriotic Anarchists and then saying they’re on the side of Liberals. FUCK YOU ALL!

    Puddybud, PacMan MTR, janet s., Right Stuff, Jack Burton, JCH, YO, PBJ, Richard Pope and the rest of you cowards, what do you think of your elected TROOP HATERS that you support?

  2. 3

    Dave Gibney spews:

    Say Hi to Jimmy. Ask him for a ride to thw NW Progressive Forum in Pullman starting Thursday :)

  3. 4

    headless lucy spews:


    Myths and Falsehoods: Congressional war spending bills

    In reporting on the subsequent standoff between Congress and the White House stemming from the inclusion of these withdrawal plans, media figures and news outlets have uncritically reported numerous baseless and misleading criticisms that Bush and members of his administration have directed toward the Democratic leadership.

  4. 5

    headless lucy spews:

    The Coming Party Realignment ……
    “Intransigence and myopia. The flowering of these habits within the GOP is driving the Democratic Party to clarity. And the potential for serious consequences is real. It is not enough to suggest that a big Democratic win is possible in 2008. Something far more strategic is at work: large-scale party realignment with historic implications.”

  5. 6

    Richard Pope spews:


    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – The SUV carrying Gov. Jon S. Corzine was traveling about 91 mph moments before it crashed, Superintendent of State Police Col. Rick Fuentes said Tuesday.

    The governor was critically injured when the vehicle crashed into a guardrail on the Garden State Parkway just north of Atlantic City last week. He apparently was not wearing his seat belt as he rode in the front passenger’s seat.

    The speed limit along that stretch of the parkway is 65 mph.

    The state trooper-driven sport utility vehicle was in the left lane with its emergency lights flashing when a pickup tried to get out of its way. Instead, it set off a chain reaction that resulted in the crash.

    Corzine’s list of injuries was extensive: He broke his left thigh bone, a dozen ribs, collarbone and chest bone. He also fractured a vertebrae in his lower back.

    He remains in critical but stable condition Tuesday and doctors were assessing when he might be ready to breathe without a ventilator.

    Doctors have said he doesn’t have brain damage or paralysis, and is doing well for someone who sustained so many injuries.


  6. 7

    Richard Pope spews:

    What about the lying speeding Democrat Governor of New Jersey, Jon S. Corzine? He was injured last week in an automobile accident, and blamed it on a hit-and-run driver in red pick-up truck. As it turns out, Corzine is just another worthless Democrat liar. His car was driving 91 m.p.h. in a 65 m.p.h. zone. Corzine, like many other Democrat elitists, believes that he doesn’t have to follow laws that they have made for the ordinary citizens. Drivers in the left lane were frantically trying to get out of Corzine’s speeding car, which had its emergency lights flashing. And that is what caused the accident.

    If Corzine ever gets out of the hospital, he should apologize to the people of New Jersey and resign. If Don Imus should be fired because of poorly chosen words, then certainly Corzine should be forced out of office because of what he has done. I hope that no innocent people were injured because of Corzine’s reckless disregard for public safety.

  7. 8

    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    I guess Dickless Pope got tired of raping little boys so now he’s lying about the Governor of New Jersey. Listen to me you cum-drunk pervert – the fucking Governor wasn’t driving. Some asshole state trooper was. And since you righties are always telling us law enforcement is typically publican, I can assume what should happen is that the trooper should be arrested for trying to murder the Governor and you should be arrested for impersonating a human being you miserable piece of loooooser shit!

  8. 9

    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    People who went to law school with Dickie Pope said they figured he’d be arrested some day for being a mass murderer or a pervert.

  9. 10

    Richard Pope spews:

    Stupid @ 6

    You are obviously confusing me with Corzine’s Democrat predecessor, James “Fudge Pants” McGreevey.

  10. 11

    Richard Pope spews:

    Troop Hater @ 1

    My math gives the WA Dems an average of 3.33 and the Washington GOP an average of 1.44

  11. 13

    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    Dickie did your wife leave you because you’re a pervert or because you’re gay? Just wondering.

  12. 14


    Mr. Pope. You seem to have lost your knack for doing basic research. Perhaps you should consider some refresher classes before taking on any government position that requires fact-checking.

    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – The vehicle carrying New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine was traveling at 91 mph (146 kph), almost 30 miles over the speed limit, just before it crashed last week, seriously injuring him, state police said on Tuesday.

    The sport utility vehicle driven by a state trooper was traveling in the left lane of the Garden State Parkway with its emergency lights on when it was hit by a white pickup truck, according to a statement by the New Jersey State Police.

    CAMDEN, N.J., April 17 — In the seconds before Gov. Jon S. Corzine was critically injured in an accident last Thursday, the Chevrolet Suburban he was riding in was traveling 91 miles per hour, 26 m.p.h. over the posted speed limit, according to a crash data recorder retrieved from the vehicle.

    The superintendent of the state police, Col. Joseph R. Fuentes, said Tuesday that the trooper driving the vehicle, Robert J. Rasinski, had told investigators that he did not know how fast he was traveling as he led Mr. Corzine’s two-car caravan, emergency lights flashing, from an Atlantic City speech to a meeting at the governor’s mansion in Princeton.

    Now, if you want to criticize Governor Corzine for failing to wear a seat belt, I’ll agree. That was pretty stupid.

    Should he be “right seat driving” and watching what the driver, a New Jersey State Trooper was doing? Probably would have been a good idea, considering the outcome.

    But that is also a far cry from a “reckless disregard for public safety.

    You used to be pretty reasonable. Conservative, yes, but you at least made an attempt to get your facts straight. Now all we seem to get from you are the far-right talking points. Exactly what does Mr. Esser have planned for you, anyway?

  13. 15

    headless lucy spews:

    re 5: If the pimply faced kid serving burgers at the In ‘N Out Burger called the local girls basketball team a bunch of “Nappy headed ho’s”, I have a suspicion you’d be on the side of management if they fired him.

    And the liberal elitist BS doesn’t play anymore.

    The guys an Eyetalian. How could he be elite.

  14. 16

    Richard Pope spews:

    John Barelli @ 12

    Au contraire. The New York Times article that you quoted from squarely places the blame for the accident on Corzine:

    Corzine’s Speed Put at 91 M.P.H. Near Crash Site

    Published: April 18, 2007

    CAMDEN, N.J., April 17 … The police and other state officials also originally said the accident was caused by the erratic or out-of-control movements of a red pickup truck, whose driver, Kenneth Potts of Little Egg Harbor, N.J., was identified on Saturday but not charged.

    It now seems clear that Mr. Corzine … was responsible for the crash: the pickup trucks were pulling over to the right to make way for the speeding motorcade, and when Mr. Potts swerved left from the shoulder to avoid hitting a signpost, the white pickup swerved to avoid hitting him, but collided with the Suburban. On Tuesday, the police said that Mr. Potts and the driver of the white truck, John M. Carrino Jr. of Glenwood, N.J., had both acted appropriately.


  15. 17

    Richard Pope spews:

    I think that the U.S. Justice Department should pursue felony civil rights charges against Governor Corzine and his driver. This was a clear misuse of the “emergency vehicle” authority, and caused property damage, if not minor physical injuries, to several innocent motorists. And it will serve as a good lesson to other public officials who wish to abuse their authority in such a reckless and extreme manner.

  16. 18

    Richard Pope spews:

    How can any driver go 26 m.p.h. over the speed limit on a busy highway, and not have any idea how fast they were going? Especially a state trooper! Has the fellow ever given anyone a speeding ticket? Typical officer narrative to the effect: “I visually observed Vehicle X traveling southbound on Road Y considerably above the speed limit. I activated my radar, etc.” You don’t have to look at the speedometer to know that you are WAY in the wrong when traveling so fast!

    And how can a passenger not realize that they are going WAY over the speed limit? Going 26 m.p.h. over, they had to be literally flying past the other traffic!

    I have no doubt that the trooper was going so fast at the direction of Governor Corzine. If that is the case, Corzine should resign from office, if he ever become healthy enough to again resume the duties of that office.

  17. 19

    Richard Pope spews:

    Does Mrs. Gregoire have her state trooper driver speed like that? I hope she doesn’t. But if she does, I sure hope that no innocent people are injured if Mrs. Gregoire causes an accident by blatantly disregarding traffic safety laws.

  18. 20

    Richard Pope spews:

    Democrat Governor Jon Corzine also appointed a known crook with outstanding arrest warrants as Attorney General of New Jersey:

    Nomination of State Attorney General

    One of Corzine’s first appointments was that of Zulima Farber as New Jersey Attorney General. Farber had been nominated for Attorney General before by former Governor James E. McGreevey, but McGreevey withdrew the nomination after learning that Farber had bench warrants issued for her arrest due to numerous motor vehicle infractions. Despite criticism, Corzine re-nominated Ms. Farber. Farber served as Attorney General for approximately seven months before being forced to resign in the summer of 2006 after an ethics investigation by a retired Judge concluded that Attorney General Farber had improperly interfered after Fairview, New Jersey, police stopped her boyfriend for a motor vehicle violation and arrested him and impounded his vehicle when it was learned the vehicle was unregistered and that the boyfriend’s New Jersey driver’s license had been administratively suspended.


  19. 21

    Richard Pope spews:


    Sweet deal for ex-port boss?

    Lone commissioner signed off on extra $339,841; new CEO begins inquiry


    Democrat Port of Seattle Commissioner Pat Davis signed a document to extend the $339,841 salary and benefits of retired port Chief Executive Mic Dinsmore for up to one year past his March retirement.

    Davis’ approval of the port’s payout to Dinsmore has upset other commissioners, who say the then-commission president did not have the authority to act independently and without a public vote.

    Davis’ action might also lead to litigation — including between Dinsmore and the port, whose spokesman said the matter must go before the full commission before any disbursement could occur.


  20. 22

    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    I am keeping a catalog of all these posts by permanent candidate WHATADICK Pope so that when he next tries to beg the taxpayers for a job, I can post them for all to see what a dick-sucking, ass-licking, crazy, right-wing traitor he really is.

  21. 23

    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    I think we should forward Dickie’s latest posts to the child protective services. It seems like Dickie is showing signs of stress that could make him a danger to his child.

    What a sick fuck…

  22. 24

    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    Dickie is just jealous that HE isn’t getting the sweet deal for the ex-port boss. He wanted that job SOOOOO badly. Now we know why. He can’t earn a living as a lawyer so he wants us taxpayers to support him. I thought you Publican asswipes were against welfare Dickless?

  23. 25

    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    Why does Bush hate our troops? He’s never been to one military funeral or mourned one dead soldier. Is it because he himself was an AWOL draft-dodging coward when it was his turn to fight?

  24. 26

    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    Why does Bush hate our troops? He’s going to veto a bill that provides funding for our troops in Iraq.

    Is it because he himself was an AWOL draft-dodging coward when it was his turn to fight?

  25. 28

    Libertarian spews:

    Mediamatters is a nutcase website. It may as well be Stormfront.com, with a differing opinion on everything.

    As far as the Sonics are concerned, I hope they all like Oklahoma City. It’s hot in the summer, and the winters can certainly have their cold spells.

  26. 29

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @26 To you, anything to the left of Grover Norquist is a “nutcase.” I don’t suppose it occurs to you that you’re the nut. You have a vision of society that would not, does not, cannot work.

  27. 30

    headless lucy spews:

    Richard Pope is right, as usual.

    If the New Jersey Democrat Governor caused a car accident, then it logically follows that all Democraats are lawbreakers and just as bad (or worse) than the crooks in the Bush administration.

    I hope you Democrats get it now.

  28. 31

    headless lucy spews:

    re 26: Be specific. Who is a nutcase on Mediamatters and why?

    What sites can you recommend that are better and do not have “nutcases” on them?

    I won’t hold my breath for your reply.

  29. 32

    conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    Richard The Trooop Hater Pope @ 9:

    A) Your math is wrong.

    B) Glad to see that you don’t dispute the FACT that Demcorats Support the Troops, while Republicans refuse to fund our troops and their familes honorably.

    Thanks for supporting my position that conservatives are TROOP HATERS.

  30. 33

    Another TJ spews:

    Mediamatters is a nutcase website. It may as well be Stormfront.com, with a differing opinion on everything.

    I love the smell of ignorance in the morning.

  31. 34

    conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    Baghdad death toll skyrockets to at least 157
    Attacks mark sharp escalation in violence; U.S. troops capture 30 militants

    BAGHDAD – Four large bombs exploded in mostly Shiite areas of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 157 people and wounding scores as violence climbed toward levels seen before the U.S.-Iraqi campaign to pacify the capital began two months ago.


    I suppose the next RNC propoganda talking points will be that the recent attacks in Baghdad demonstrates Bush’s “surge” policy is making steady progress in the battle for Baghdad.

    Mission Accomplished!

  32. 37

    conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    Dick Pope:

    You certainly are proving that not only are conservatives TROOP HATERS you also hate Law Enforcement Officers.

    Why do you hate the people who volunteer to serve and protect our country.

    Hey, FUCK WAD, if you don’t love America, our TROOPs, and our POLICE, then FUCKING LEAVE!!

  33. 39

    conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    Do you support out TROOPS?

  34. 40

    conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    correction at 36:

    Should read:
    Do you support OUR TROOPS?

  35. 41

    Libertarian spews:

    conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! says:

    Do you support out TROOPS?

    04/18/2007 at 8:38 am

    No, I was one of those troops for 20 years. Got to participate in the First Gulf War Adventure, got drunk with Rhodesian mercenaries and with guys in the Luftwaffe. Has the hell scared out of me on 7 continents. Generally had a great time flying airplanes and hangin’ out.

    Who out there in this blog can say they’ve been to Diego Garcia? Or even know where it is? I’ve been there and a lot of crazy other places, too.

  36. 45


    Ah, Mr. Pope. A bit of selective quoting, I see. Been talking to the folks over at Speaker’s Roundtable, have we?

    There is a significant difference between your quote:

    “It now seems clear that Mr. Corzine … was responsible for the crash”

    and the unedited version:

    “It now seems clear that Mr. Corzine’s own vehicle was responsible for the crash”

    Governor Corzine was not driving.

    I think that the Governor should have instructed his driver that safety was more important than getting him to his next meeting on time.

    It’s the sort of thing that staff members tend to forget in the crunch of schedules and important meetings, and it is the responsibility of the leader, in this case Governor Corzine, to remind his staff of these things.

    So, if you’re looking for an agreement that the Governor failed in properly instructing his staff, you’ll get no argument from me.

    If you’re looking for an agreement that the Governor should have worn a seat belt, and required others in the vehicle to do likewise, you’ll also get no argument.

    For these lapses, the Governor is paying with serious injuries.

    You’re supposed to be a lawyer. How, precisely, does that type of lapse in oversight, with an experienced, professional driver, rise to the level of “reckless endangerment”?

    Oh, and if you were sitting as a judge, Mr. Pope, would you ever let a litigator in your courtroom get away with that sort of selective quoting?

  37. 46


    Oh, Libertarian?

    “Who out there in this blog can say they’ve been to Diego Garcia? Or even know where it is?”

    Did you ever rent a bicycle at the “Ship’s Store” on DGar and ride to the other side of the island? Land crabs tend to almost cover the road, and it’s rather fun to check out the wild asses over at the other side.

    (Almost sounds like reading over at unSP. They’ve got some unrestrained asses over there, too.)

    Been there, done that, and somewhere around here I’ve still got the tee shirt.

  38. 47

    Another TJ spews:

    I could care less what you think. It just doesn’t matter….

    That goes for you, too, Another TJ,

    I guess that’s the marketplace of ideas at work.

    a) Make baseless, ignorant assertion.

    b) When called on it, stick fingers in ears and hum.

  39. 49

    ArtFart spews:

    RE: Richard’s comments on the Corzine incident.

    I dunno whether the trooper driving the Suburban would have known how fast he was going–do Suburbans have those stupid 85MPH speedometers? The patrol cars generally get calibrated 140MPH speedos as part of the “pursuit package”, but this wasn’t such a vehicle.

    You claim that driving 26MPH over the legal limit would be unusual. Sounds like you haven’t driven much in Joizy.

  40. 52

    ArtFart spews:

    48 Interesting that there are plenty of Web sites like the one you link to above, but the gubmint has gone to considerable effort to take down sites that show dead and mutilated kids in Iraq.

  41. 53

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    Fart – Tell me what you think of jamming a pair of scissors into a baby’s head.

  42. 54

    headless lucy spews:

    re 48: Unwanted pregnancies are up under Bushco.

    Ignorance+Adolescent Horniness = Unwanted Pregnancies and more abortions

    Bushco: The avatars of stupidity, ignorance, and intransigence.

  43. 56

    conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:


    I’ve been to Diego Garcia.

    Trivia question: What’s the name of the famous Hammerhead shark that swims in the lagoon?

  44. 57


    No, Mr. Redneck, having Congress make medical decisions that should be left up to a woman and her doctor is “alarming”.

    And the folks that want to outlaw all abortions, regardless of reason seem to agree that this is just the first step. They are thrilled that the Supreme Court has just said that government has the authority to make that decision, overruling both the best medical judgement of the doctor and the wishes of the woman.

    Dan Kennedy, chief executive for the Washington state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee called it “the first step in dismantling the charade of Roe v. Wade.”

    Ginsburg said the latest decision “tolerates, indeed applauds, federal intervention to ban nationwide a procedure found necessary and proper in certain cases by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.”

    So, you feel that government knows better than doctors what procedures are medically necessary. Justice Ginsburg is “a fucking embarassment” because she understands that her expertise is in the law, not in medicine.

    What next? Outlawing blood transfusions? Transplants? Artificial joints? Appendectomies? Vaccines? Antibiotics? There are groups that consider each of these things to be sinful, and against “the will of God”.

    You had better hope that none those groups ever get into power, as this ruling gives them the right to make medical decisions for you.

  45. 58

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    Barelli – So you think jamming a pair of scissors into a babies head is a good idea.

    You are an asshole…

  46. 59

    proud leftist spews:

    MTR makes a very compelling candidate for a very late-term abortion. He has the intellectual capacity of a fetus, without any of the potential that a fetus has. He is also not near as cute as a fetus. And, his mother does not love him. Accordingly, the only sensible question is what might be the best procedure for aborting him.

  47. 60

    conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:


    Who did you vote for as your congressional representative?

    Dave Reichert?

  48. 61


    Mr. Redneck. You read, but you do not comprehend. Or, more likely, you do understand, and you make a conscious choice to misinterpret my words.

    I think that doctors and their patients should decide what medical procedures are necessary. I think that I have no right to make that decision for them. Simply because a medical procedure is distasteful does not mean that I have the expertise needed to decide when it is and is not the best medical option.

    I also think that most of the people applauding this decision do not differentiate between the intact dilation and extraction procedure and the RU-486 pill, and are equally opposed to both. They are simply using this one procedure in an effort to get a Supreme Court ruling that Congress may use the force of law to overrule the best medical judgement of a doctor of medicine.

    Now that this has been confirmed, the next step is to outlaw all abortions. While they will probably do this one step at a time, they will not stop until it is impossible to get a legal abortion in the United States for any reason.

  49. 62

    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    “Mark”, I wonder if you were at the reflecting pool the other day. With your penchant for hatred and violent rhetoric, I wonder if you will be the next nutcase shooter, and if Seattle U. campus will be the scene of your “nut-out”.
    The depths of your character defects are directly reflected in custody of your child being awarded to a “crackwhore”.

  50. 63

    conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    Hey all of my fellow liberals.

    I just visited the link MTR provided about partial birth abortions. I must admit I was rather moved by the images.

    When MTR says they stab a pair scissors into the baby’s skull he’s not kidding. Then, they spread the scissors to create a bigger hole and then suck the brains out of the skull to collapse the head and make it easier to extract the fetus.

    After seeing this with my own eyes I completely understand MTR’s position against this procedure. I know we poke fun at MTR, myself included, for being so conservative, but, now I understand why he’s so upset by this. Partial birth abortion survivors, like MTR, go on to be brainless assholes who vote for the likes of Bush, Cheney, Reichert and Rossi.

    We must stop this procedure so no more retards like MTR are allowed to vote!

  51. 64

    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    @57 It appears that “engineer” “Mark” has not voted since 2000. It also appears that he is not a resident in the eighth.

  52. 65

    conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    TFF @ 61:

    What is it that you know about MTR? Is he an engineer? Where does he work? What disrict does he live in?

  53. 66

    conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:


    Is it true you haven’t voted since 2000?

  54. 67

    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    MTR is actually a loose consortium, one of whom is a PE. His license number is available in private, upon proper submission of need-to-know. A careful reading of the archives of (Un)Sound politics around the beginning of the election controversy will reveal all.

  55. 68

    YOS LIB BRO spews:


    STEP 1: A new right-wing gossip (Ben Smith) at a new substance-free political rag (The Politico) seizes on some petty, manufactured incident to fuel personality caricatures of Democratic candidates.

    STEP 2: The old right-wing gossip (Drudge) uses his old substance-free political rag (The Drudge Report) to amplify the inane personality caricatures.

    STEP 3: Right-wing hacks with pretenses of respectability — like Mickey Kaus and others — follow the script by “analyzing” the gossip and embracing it.

    STEP 4: National media outlets — such as AP and CNN — whose world is ruled by Drudge, turn the gossip into “news stories.”

    STEP 5: Our Serious Beltway Political Analysts — in this case, the very somber and smart Substantive Journalists at The New Republic — mindlessly repeat all of it, thereby solidifying it as conventional wisdom, showing that “even Democrats and liberals are embarrassed by their candidates.”



  56. 69

    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    With thanks to our good friend Stephan, the voter information rolls are public, and on line.

  57. 71

    conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:


    Can you be more specific where I can find the information?

    I’d looooooooove to read it, but I don’t have the time to hunt for it.

    Thanks, Bro.

  58. 72

    Richard Pope spews:

    John Barelli @ 54

    Should abortion be permissible up until the point that a baby is naturally delivered? Should abortion be permitted, for example, right after a woman’s water breaks and she is in labor contractions, but the baby hasn’t been delivered yet?

    This question may sound almost unconscionable, but there would be a demand for abortions in such circumstances. There are a number of women every year who are in denial about their pregnancies, even up to delivery and beyond. Many women conceal their pregnancies and kill or abandon their newborn. The law treats such a woman as a murderer if she actively kills her newborn baby or leaves the baby in circumstances where death occurs as a probable result of the abandonment.

    Historically, this problem has been considered serious enough that there used to be special laws punishing women who concealed pregnancy and childbirth and had their babies die as a result. Under older laws, this was treated as murder (without needing actual proof that the mother actually caused the newborn child to die), and the woman was punished by being burned (which was considered more cruel than hanging). Burning went out of favor by the 19th century, and such laws were changed to require proof that the woman had caused the death of the child.

    However, we have advanced medical techniques, that we did not have back in the 18th century or 19th century. A “fetus” can be safely “aborted”, with relatively little prospect of damage to the mother’s health, right up until the very eve of natural delivery.

    There is certainly a strong potential demand for such “late term abortions”. And there are some “doctors” whose consciences would not be bothered by performing them. Why should we interfere with the private choices of a woman and her “doctor”?

  59. 73

    YOS LIB BRO spews:

    Honesty is above all else. I have never wavered from that


    04/12/2007 at 2:44 pm


  60. 74

    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    Umm. I am getting my elbow jogged, here. You’ll have to take the time. A chi squared analysis will be your entry.

  61. 75

    conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:


    Glad you laughed. I know it’s a bit edgy, but I’m not afraid to push the envelope.

  62. 77

    conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    TFF I understand.

    Are you referring to the 2004 govenor elections?

  63. 78

    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    Yes. When you post on (Un)Sound Politics, your Email is a “live” “clicky”. If you put your true Email, you reveal yourself. That’s how Darrell revealed himself.

  64. 79

    ArtFart spews:

    Setting aside our squeamishness about gruesome things visible to the naked eye, from a theological and moral point of view there’s no difference between crushing the head of a baby that’s near to being able to survive outside the womb and dissolving a small collection of cells a few hours or days after conception.

    The “partial-birth” issue is more a political artifice than a defined medical procedure. No doubt this decision will be followed by further poster-child cases in which the definition of the proscribed procedure will be “clarified” to include in its definition most if not all techniques for terminating a pregnancy.

    Personally I’m opposed to abortions, especially as a routing means of birth control. However, I still don’t the legal system of the secular state (and yes, contrary to the wingnuts’ bullsit about this being a “Christian nation”, that’s what we have) is well-suited to dealing with the problem.

    Go ahead and accuse me of being a “wuss” on the issue. I still think most people playing the abortion card on the political stage are pulling an even worse cop-out. They go get a law passed, foist the problem off onto someone else and congratulate themselves for what a wonderful thing they’ve done. I’ll now proceed to alienate a lot of people on the left and state that I think the “crisis pregnancy centers” that try to persuade women with inconvenient pregnancies to take them to term. Instead of hollering “Let’s punish the baby-killers”, to go to the mother and say “Don’t kill your baby” is the more moral and courageous course of action. Of course, to say, “Give me your baby” would be even more admirable…

    My faith teaches me that abortion is wrong. It also teaches me that the death penalty and most war is equally wrong. To oppose one and advocate for another is hypocrisy. Seems to me Jesus had a pretty dim view of that.

  65. 80

    proud leftist spews:

    Pope @ 69
    Abortion should be legal until an individual reaches the age of reason. The capacity to reason, of course, is what distinguishes humans from animals. So, until a human reaches such capacity, and as long as killing animals remains legal, abortion until such time is appropriate. Naturally, given that Republicans fail to ever achieve the capacity to reason, aborting them at anytime should be permitted.

  66. 81

    ArtFart spews:

    Gawd! I really need to do a better job of proofreading my posts. Basically I was saying that I like the carrot better than the stick. I’m all for doing every thing we can to persuade women carrying healthy foetuses to carry them to term, and then to do everything possible to provide that each and every one of those children enjoys a happy childhood and a long and successful life. I’m not in favor of criminal law intruding further into health care or personal morality.

    I also thing anyone who’s so damnable concerned about kids before they’re born, but thinks raising them to young adulthood and sending them off to war, has a serious case of shit for brains.

  67. 82

    ArtFart spews:

    Blah. I did it again. Read my last sentence as “but thinks raising them…and sending them off to war is perfectly OK, has…shit for brains”.

  68. 83

    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    ArtFart, you distinguish yourself with the clarity of your reasoning. . . .it tends to shine through your words, even when they are garbled. . . . .

  69. 86

    headless lucy spews:

    MTR’s headstabbed baby is a non-viable foetus that has a brain stem, but no brain. The photo is a fake.

    Should society raise a lump of flesh that has no brain?

    Maybe that is too personal a question for MTR.

  70. 89

    Puddybud Now has a Doppelganger spews:

    Mr Frogkisser: No you have the comprehension problem.

    I was making a general comment to the ‘WIPES off of your admission. Dense as spent uranium!

    Keep up the good work liar! I published my email address here so I could have a conversation with JSA. Yes, I took the chance an IDIOT such as yourself would violate customary privacy rules. But to speak to a HUMAN BEING, I took that chance.

    Everyday in every way, you prove the title HUMAN BEING cannot be connected or annotated to Mr Frogkisser.

  71. 91

    conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    It’s no secret that’s me. I haven’t tried to hide it.

    I’ve even closed posts using my initials.

    What, do you think you’ve “outed” me.

    Try again, Puddybud who votes for TROOP HATERS!

  72. 92

    GBS knows that conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    How’s this new screen name, Puddybud who votes for politicians who won’t support our troops.

  73. 95

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    Fucking amazing. You people really are evil.

    Not one of you will come out and say that jamming a pair of scissors into an innocent baby’s head is wrong.

    Perfect illustration of why I hate libruls..

  74. 96

    GBS knows that conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:


    I will, just as soon as you admit that Republicans and the people who vote for them don’t SUPPORT THE TROOPS.

  75. 97

    GBS knows that conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    Mark The TROOP HATER:

    I answered your concern @ 63. Check it out.

  76. 98

    Puddybud Now has a Doppelganger spews:

    Gosh FrogKisser, you are so smart. I know what I published. I published an email to JSA on ‘Wipes.

    I am glad to see you are interested in me. Keep up the good work.

  77. 99

    Puddybud Now has a Doppelganger spews:

    Funny GBS! me out you? Never. I think it’s very apparent from your posts last week who posted #1.

    Only Voice of Chalk Scratching and his moronic IDIOT Mr Frogkisser out people!

  78. 100

    Puddybud Now has a Doppelganger spews:

    Mr Frogkisser: Here is what I wrote in #89:

    “I published my email address here so I could have a conversation with JSA.”

    Now about that reading comprehension problem…

  79. 101

    GBS knows that conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    So Puddybud, did you vote for Dave “D+” Reichert?

    Hmmmmm. . .is that who you voted for?

  80. 102

    GBS knows that conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    I’m jes’ axin’ who ya voted for? Shouldn’t be too tuff to confirm who you voted for.

  81. 103

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    The girlz at the Times say that the slaughter of innocents is a bad thing.


    It’ll be interesting to see if they agree with MTR that it’s a good thing that SCOTUS outlawed the practice of jamming a pair of scissors into a baby’s head to kill it.

    Ya think? We’ll see.

  82. 105

    Puddybud Now has a Doppelganger spews:

    GBS: Since you framed the question with diction known to me;

    I have Rick Larsen as my Rep. We voted for Rick because the other person was unknown to us. There were only two donk we liked in 2006, and he was one of them!

  83. 106

    GBS knows that conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    Yeah, growing up on South Sacramento, I was an “ESL student; Ebonics as a Second Language.

    Besides you like to drop the “E” speak yourself.

    OK, you’re off the TROOP HATER list, unless, of course, you voted for the Chief TROOP HATER, George W. Bush.

    Did ya vote for Bush? Ohhhhhhhhh, that’s rigth you did.

    Well, if you really want to show your support of the troops, just simply your support for George W. Bush and all will be rigth with those of us who really support the troops.

    Thanks in advance for not supporting Bush because I know you’ll do the patriotic and right thing.

  84. 107

    YOS LIB BRO spews:

    We voted for Rick because the other person was unknown to us.




  85. 108

    Tlazolteotl spews:

    Barelli @61:

    I think that doctors and their patients should decide what medical procedures are necessary.

    Yes, I am afraid what this amounts to is legislators and activist judges practicing medicine without a license.

    Late-term abortions, especially this procedure, are for women whose pregnancies are in big trouble – either the fetus is badly malformed, or dying, or putting the woman’s life at risk. It really isn’t an ‘elective’ procedure.

    I dont’ understand why right-wingers are so adamant about “the government” interfering with their right to arm themselves, but they cheer when that government interferes with private medical desicions involving nonviable fetuses, and even mere unfertilized ova or unimplanted zygotes.

  86. 109

    Mark The Redneck KENNEDY spews:

    The girlz at the Times say that the slaughter of innocents is a bad thing.


    It’ll be interesting to see if they agree with MTR that it’s a good thing that SCOTUS outlawed the practice of jamming a pair of scissors into a baby’s head to kill it.

    Ya think? We’ll see.


  87. 110

    Puddybud Now has a Doppelganger spews:

    Clueless@105. If you go back and look last year, we said there were two donk we voted for.

    Figure it out. Oops, you can’t, as your parents did that disgusting procedure MTRK produced above!

  88. 111

    Puddybud Now has a Doppelganger spews:

    Clueless@105: Weren’t you the one all up in arms over who I voted for in another election contest? Do you remember your “statements” then?

  89. 112

    Puddybud Now has a Doppelganger spews:

    Clueless@105: Didn’t you once say, “I voted for them once or twice in my life” when I asked if you ever voted Republican or were you a donkmaster?

  90. 114

    YOS LIB BRO spews:



  91. 115

    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    Umm, GBS, I believe Darrell has mis-spoken himself again. He appears to be in the Sixth Congressional District. That would be Mason County. While he like Rick Larsen, I believe his Representative is Norm Dicks.
    Nice try at misdirection, Darrell, I mean putty. . . .

  92. 116

    YOS LIB BRO spews:

    Nice try at misdirection, Darrell, I mean putty. . . .


  93. 117

    Puddybud Now has a Doppelganger spews:

    Mr Frogkisser: I put in my real Zip Code, GBS’ favrit web site IAVA does the rest.

    Nuff Said!

  94. 118

    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    Darrell, you lie like you breath. Your first posts at (Un)Sound Politics led to your then current Email. Your good friend Google revealed an unrelated Email where you signed your full name.
    Darrell, you have a unique name. That may make you ‘special’, but it highlights who you are in the voting rolls.
    Bye the bye, how did you make out with that Peugeot engine. . .

  95. 120

    Puddybud Now has a Doppelganger spews:

    Mr FrogKisser. Darn it you got me again.

    I guess I’m busted. I live in a double-wide country existence in Mason County, with an outhouse and 35 chickens in the coup. Oh darn I am soooooooooo busted. Barely know how to blog!

    Yes GBS, I got to downtown Seattle so quickly that day, all the way from “Mason” County.

  96. 121

    GBS knows that conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:


    Bro, do me a favor I don’t have the time to play jr. detective at unSP and go through all the posts after the disputed govenors election.

    Can you at least point me to the particualar days that MTR and Puddybud revealed themselves?