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Boulder, CO

#892284 Apr 24, 2013
4/24/2013 -- Tornadoes created by Microwaves -- Experiments PROVE THEORY


Fishers, IN

#892287 Apr 24, 2013
Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
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The propagandist media working on behalf of their beloved power hungry liberal politicians painted a picture of Bush that you bought hook, line and sinker.
The problem is it was a distorted and biased picture. You just obediently adjusted your lenses to see only what they wanted you to see.
They are doing the same with Obama but Obama gets halos and accolades and any cricism is strictly taboo.
If Bush had dropped the ball as many times as this administration or had done even some of the things this administration has done, his approval ratings would be in the one digits. But Obama somehow continues to shine without being held accountable for anything.
Common sense should dictate the obvious conclusion here. But that would mean being disloyal to your liberal ideology of "everyone is wrong but us" and "pretend no one is lying to us".
Let me put this as succinctly as possible. The progagandist media has been lying to you.
Teflon Presidents and the Rally Effect

There is another point Dan McCarthy makes in his post on Benghazi and Republicans that I’d like to discuss a bit more:

The specifics are not exactly comparable, of course: Carter’s humiliations were seen as part of a deteriorating strategic picture for the U.S. in general, while Reagan’s Middle East debacle was not. But it seems clear that differences in each president’s reputation—a reputation influenced by his party’s overall brand—played as great a role as differences in the world situation in shaping voters’ responses to these setbacks.

The GOP is now in the position that Carter’s party was in, and in contrast Obama has acquired something like Reagan’s “Teflon” coating—as the Benghazi episode illustrates.

The comparison to the barracks bombing is a useful one, and it may help explain why the Benghazi attack didn’t become more of an issue in the election. Libya and Lebanon are comparable in the history of U.S. foreign interventions for being unnecessary and unpopular at the beginning, but having little or no effect on the president’s popularity at home. Reagan’s intervention in Lebanon was unwise and unnecessary, and when it turned into a disaster one would think that it should have damaged him politically, but that didn’t happen. Public support for the Libyan war was the lowest of any U.S. intervention since Lebanon, but it never translated into a political liability for Obama. Between the invasion of Grenada and the natural, albeit somewhat odd, tendency to rally to the president in the wake of an attack, Reagan’s approval rating actually improved in the fall of 1983 and public support for the mission in Lebanon likewise increased.

The more generally satisfied the public is with a president, the easier it is for him to absorb the damage from failures. In the event of attacks on Americans, a reasonably popular president is going to receive the benefit of the doubt whether he deserves it or not. Unlike Carter, whose reputation was daily taking a beating as the hostage crisis dragged on month after month, Reagan and Obama didn’t have to endure the constant drip-drip of negative coverage that such a prolonged problem brought with it. It also helped that Reagan and Obama could point to successes, whether here or overseas, that gave most of the public confidence that they generally seemed to know what they were doing. In the end, the public perceived these attacks as aberrations because they couldn’t be fitted into a story about general incompetence or failure, and the public was more inclined to hold the attackers responsible.

"The GOP is now in the position that Carter’s party was in..."

own up to it and you will start to regain some credibility. you can't just go on blaming everyone else for the failures of the Republicans and expect to be taken seriously.

Fishers, IN

#892290 Apr 24, 2013
What Benghazi Tells Us About the GOP Brand

Robert Merry sees brighter prospects for the GOP in the near future than I do. He notes that American presidential elections are “largely referendums” on the party in power, and it’s inevitable that either one will mess up sooner or later, yielding the other its turn.

That much I don’t disagree with, and I concur that “strong presidents can reshape their parties just as their parties can bring down weak presidents.” The problem for the GOP is that strong presidents don’t come along with any regularity, and thanks to the errors of the Bush administration, the next Republican president will have to struggle against his party’s present reputation.

The overall brand of a party, as colored by events as significant as a failed war, modifies how much margin for error a president gets. A party that started a war it couldn’t finish is cut less slack for future mistakes, while the other party may get a pass for blunders that would be fatal to its rival. Consider Carter, Reagan, and now Obama and Benghazi.

....The GOP is now in the position that Carter’s party was in, and in contrast Obama has acquired something like Reagan’s “Teflon” coating—as the Benghazi episode illustrates. Benghazi was a national humiliation, caught the administration in a tangle of its own words, and should have raised serious questions about why we were in Libya in the first place. Americans, including an ambassador, had died, and Obama’s signature foreign-policy intervention was the strategic backdrop. It happened shortly before an election, yet Obama took no damage from it. Instead, Republicans who insisted that this was a great scandal came off looking like unpatriotic kooks to non-Republicans. Why?

It’s a simple matter of trust: the nation now trusts Democrats more than Republicans on foreign policy, and Iraq is largely the reason for that. This gives Obama and his party a margin for error: his Benghazi screw-up is seen as an aberration, much as Reagan’s Lebanon humiliation was. It doesn’t fit the brand’s reputation for leadership, and that reputation is stronger in the public mind than the impression made by an incident even as gruesome as the Beirut barracks attack or the murder of an ambassador.

easy to see why we have Iraq apologists. now if only it would work.....

Tampa, FL

#892292 Apr 24, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Only a racist would say that people voted for President Obama because he is black.
You ring the rightwing republican bell everyday.
We listened to President Obama; and voted for him twice. And, we will vote for Hillary the next time.
Really? You honestly think that?

Do you also think the Earth is flat too?
Jane Says

New York, NY

#892296 Apr 24, 2013
Waxman wrote:
<quoted text>
How's the weather on the Moon today, lily?
are you implying that Looney Lily, who is perpetually under House Arrest, left home? not possible.

Boulder, CO

#892298 Apr 24, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Boston bombing: citizen video-analysts create major problems for controlled media

You’re a reporter for a TV news outlet.

You’ve become aware of a disturbing trend. Thousands of private citizens are now analyzing video and photographs of crime scenes and posting their findings.

They’re hounds, and they can’t be stopped. They’re looking at news footage, casual video, photos, and what they’re coming up with challenges the official story lines your network pushes.

Some of the their analysis is ridiculous, but some of it isn’t.

For example, video footage of the first bomb in Boston doesn’t appear to show any shrapnel damage to the fencing near the explosion, or to the blue canopy just above the street. You, the reporter, wonder about that.

The now-famous 78-year-old runner who fell down in the street, just after the first explosion? Security personnel wearing yellow jackets were standing closer to the bomb, but they didn’t wobble or duck or waver. You, the reporter, wonder about that, too.

You, the reporter, see a photo of a storefront which was presumably right next to the first bomb. The windows are blown out. But all the glass is lying in the street, which would indicate the force of the explosion was coming from inside the store. How is that possible, you ask yourself.

Then there are the quickly circulating photos of the man in the wheelchair. He’s missing large parts of both legs. People are pushing the chair. His legs are bleeding. But other posted photos? Do they show he already was wearing prosthetics? Is it true he should already be dead from the massive blood loss? You, the reporter, are disturbed by this.

You also look at several photos of the pressure-cooker bomb. In the twisted metal remains, you see discoloration, but no signs the nails or ball bearings in the bomb penetrated the pressure cooker or pitted it or ended up embedded in it.

You look at photos of men standing near the Marathon finish line, the men in identical uniforms, who have variously been described as Navy Seals, Coast Guard, and Craft International security personnel.

What were they doing there? Running a drill? Watching suspects or patsies or bomb-planters? What was going on?

You look at a photo of the younger Tsarnaev brother leaving the scene after the bombs went off. He’s still…wearing his backpack? And another photo, the one of the ripped-apart backpack on the ground. Is that a white square on it? Because one of the Seal-Craft-Coast Guard guys had a white square on his intact backpack…and is that him, leaving the scene of the bombing without that backpack? Hmmm…

You, the reporter, now face several quandaries.

First, if you decide to look into all this, you’ll have to do actual work...

Fishers, IN

#892299 Apr 24, 2013
Fenris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>
Morning, abdul. You fire up your pressure cooker today?
you see where bomber #1 was an Infowars fan?

no wonder he was so pissed off. had his head full of right wing conspiracy theories.
Jane Says

New York, NY

#892300 Apr 24, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
Republican-controlled legislatures in several states have passed or introduced bills that would prohibit state-run health insurance exchanges from covering abortion in any of their plans. But Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims (D) attempted to halt such a bill in his state on Tuesday with a scathing speech about freedom and personal responsibility.
"This legislation is about advancing an ideology of oppression and suppression, even if such a plan means ignoring the oath of office that each of us swore," Sims told his colleagues during a floor debate in the House of Representatives. "As a reminder, Mr. Speaker, I do believe this has been forgotten entirely by many of my colleagues today: Each of us put our hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. We did not place our hands on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."
"I'm not sure how I find myself in this room of all rooms as one of the men who respects women the most, but as is so often the case, I see that respect for the person and personal responsibility is clearly more of a slogan than a reality. For these reasons, as well as those given by my colleagues, I ask that members vote no on House Bill 881 and reaffirm the constitution, the freedom of marketplace, and freedom from an oppressive legislature."
ObamaCare is unraveling.


Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#892301 Apr 24, 2013
This is going to send them spinning!

Runaway Slave
Rev. C.L. Bryant

Find it and watch it today!!!
Jane Says

New York, NY

#892303 Apr 24, 2013
O’Care pot, Meet O’Care kettle
April 23, 2013

We never thought we’d say this, but we feel Kathleen Sebelius’s pain.

Up to a point.

Obama’s Health and Human Services secretary recently found herself in the hot seat when Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus grilled her over reports that ObamaCare may not be ready for prime time when it kicks in fully next January.


Now, we’ve never been fans of Sebelius, but we’d forgive her for rolling her eyes on this one. If the Affordable Care Act is so full of contradictions that an on-schedule debut is proving impossible, Baucus might take a good look in the mirror.

Because unlike other lawmakers — who might justifiably complain they weren’t given time to read the 2,000-page bill before it passed — Baucus has no such excuse: HE WAS OBAMACARE'S PRIMARY AUTHOR.

We’re not surprised to see him now turn on Sebelius. That’s far easier than ’fessing up to the truth, which is that ALL THOSE WHO PUSHED THROUGH OBAMACARE UNDERSTOOD THAT IF AMERICANS KNEW THE DETAILS, IT COULD NEVER HAVE PASSED.


He’s not the only one looking for cover. Cracks are appearing everywhere, and the rats are jumping ship faster than you can say “rising insurance rates.”

West Virginia’s Jay Rockefeller now whines that the health bill he, too, pushed through is “beyond comprehension.”

Last month, 33 Senate Democrats voted to repeal the ObamaCare tax on medical devices.

And the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers International, which backed Obama in 2008 and 2012, is now calling for repeal because it will raise the cost of insuring its members.

We’re making progress. At least they didn’t blame George W. Bush.

O’Care pot, Meet O’Care kettle -
NuculurNutsurpri Zed

Pompano Beach, FL

#892304 Apr 24, 2013
waxywaxturd wrote:
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Yes, that is one of my personal favorite cooking utensils!! That and crock pots!! Have you seen my tupperware video??
If anyone is interested I will be selling Tupperware from my room on the psych ward for the entire week coming up!! I am the top Tupperware seller here in my embarrassing hidden location. Here I am doing what I do best, when I'm not here on Topix, judging all your posts that is!! They call me Aunt Tony C! Just another moniker I suppose!!!!!!!!!! =l8-fvyq7yZYXX
Leave your phone numbers in my Topix private messaging box if you're interested.
Call me!!!!
Not Surprized! ROTFLMAO!


Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#892305 Apr 24, 2013
Mars One starts search for first humans on Mars in 2023

Fishers, IN

#892306 Apr 24, 2013
Jane Says wrote:
<quoted text>ObamaCare is unraveling.
oh sure. and how many times have the Republicans try to repeal it? 40?
NuculurNutsurpri Zed

Pompano Beach, FL

#892307 Apr 24, 2013
waxywaxturd wrote:
<quoted text>
Morning doll! Have you taken Homer 2016's place today? What are you wearing sugar-britches?
Hugs, Not Surprized!!
Not Surprized! ROTFLMAO!
NuculurNutsurpri Zed

Pompano Beach, FL

#892310 Apr 24, 2013
waxywaxturd wrote:
My puppets seem angry today. My Indianapolis sock especially. He has come back with a vengeance!! Poor For Real. Four and a half years of misery and counting. He was always one of my favorite and most manly sockpuppets. I like to think of him as a ladykiller!!
So happy he's resurfacing!!!!!!!!!
Hugs, Not Surprized!!!!!!!!!!
Not Surprized! ROTFLMAO!
NuculurNutsurpri Zed

Pompano Beach, FL

#892311 Apr 24, 2013
waxywaxturd wrote:
<quoted text>
Not at all. I'm implying I don't have a freakin clue what's going on on this thread as I am swamped and overwhelmed with the amount of sockpuppets I now have. I don't know if I'm coming or going!!!!
Did I even say that??
Confused, Not Surprized!
Not Surprized! ROTFLMAO!
NuculurNutsurpri Zed

Pompano Beach, FL

#892313 Apr 24, 2013
waxywaxturd wrote:
Well my wonderful topix family, it's time for another time out and some much needed quality time spent in my hydrotherapy bath, the "tranquilizing chair" and some gyroscope therapy treatment. I will also be having that evaluation with my psychiatrist later. I'll fill you all in later!!!!
I think I've overdone it already today with all the many judgits and my multitude of sockpuppets already. I got overly excited and now need to take a breather. These depends are pretty shot too!!
Carry on the marathon judgit tourney without me till I return! As usual I will share a couple of my secrets with my topix friends:
As I have revealed, if you want to get an edge in the judgit race, doubling up on the industrial strength depends are a must. And constipating foods are a big help!! I recommend cheese and lots of it!! Multiple IP adresses are a must as well!!!!
Later friends! Not Surprized!
Not Surprized! ROTFLMAO!

Since: May 11

Gettysburg, PA

#892314 Apr 24, 2013
flack wrote:
This is going to send them spinning!
Runaway Slave
Rev. C.L. Bryant
Find it and watch it today!!!
Don't forget to wear your robes & hoods.

Flack's hosting in his $20k home theater.

Tonight only.

Starring Glenn Beck & Andrew Breitbart.

Yeeeeee Hawwwwwwww

Boulder, CO

#892315 Apr 24, 2013
Senator Rand Paul’s celebrated filibuster of the nomination of CIA Director John Brennan over the Obama administration’s unclear stance on lethal drone strikes on Americans on U.S. soil (which was cleared up slightly) apparently meant absolutely nothing. He has now contradicted himself entirely and stated that he supports the idea of drones killing Americans without charge or trial...

Since: May 11

Gettysburg, PA

#892318 Apr 24, 2013
Patriot wrote:
Senator Rand Paul’s celebrated filibuster of the nomination of CIA Director John Brennan over the Obama administration’s unclear stance on lethal drone strikes on Americans on U.S. soil (which was cleared up slightly) apparently meant absolutely nothing. He has now contradicted himself entirely and stated that he supports the idea of drones killing Americans without charge or trial...
Rand Paul is an idiot.

Really, does the President have the authority to kill Americans on American soil by helicopter? Sniper? Bulldozer???

My God, you right whiners have a fit about drones. You people are dumber than sh*t.

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