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Pat's Real Deal Blog
Monday, 14 March 2005
CHANGE IN BLOGGING PROCEEDURES
Topic: Blogging & Multimedia
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY -
All blog entries will be either in video format or podcasted (if not both). 
NO MORE TEXT BLOGS WILL BE MADE!!!  However there will be a brief
description of each post with some show notes.

Also, this blog will be reverted
to an all-purpose blog when it comes to topics (Though when it comes to
politics, things will remain Liberal).

This is being done in an
effort to keep up with current available blogging technologies.

Posted by Pat Cook at 10:24 PM MST
Wednesday, 8 December 2004
Podcasting Into The Blogosphere - What's The Problem?
Mood:  not sure
Topic: Blogging & Multimedia
There seems to be this "rumor" floating around the blogosphere
about the concept of using blogging techniques as a means of creating a
whole new medium known as "podcasting".  And its quickly becoming
a buzz.  Some like it.  Some (admittedly like me) just aren't
quite sure what to make of it.  And then there are others who FLAT
OUT HATE the idea.

Hence the subject of tonight's "Real Deal".  So sit
back and relax.  Blogging is (of course) welcome, but hurling flames is ABSOLUTELY
POSITIVELY NOT ALLOWED.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I honestly don't see what the big problem is.  Most
anyone who visits my blog knows that I not only use text and audio, but
I use VIDEO as well.

About THE ONLY thing I haven't done with audio or video
is SYNDICATE it using XML.

That is until now.

I suppose I could do so with my video blogs, but I don't
believe the software used for subscribing to podcasts support video yet
(someone can correct me on this).  But first lemme give a very basic
overview of what podcasting REALLY is.

Contrary to popular belief in the blogosphere, a podcast
is really more like a talk show.  Although some podcasts have music,
the vast majority of all podcasts are all talk.  The range of topics
is as vast and wide as the blogosphere itself.  On the right hand
of the screen, you will see an array of links to various "podcast-enabled"
blogs of all types.  But in the meantime, continuing with my brief
description....

Quoting Dave Winer of The Daily Source Code (You can kill
me later Dave  :) )....


 

"Think how a desktop aggregator works. You subscribe to
a set of feeds, and then can easily view the new stuff from all of the
feeds together, or each feed separately.


Podcasting works the same way, with one exception. Instead
of reading the new content on a computer screen, you listen to the new
content on an iPod or iPod-like device.


Think of your iPod as having a set of subscriptions that
are checked regularly for updates. Today there are a limited number of
programs available this way. The format used is RSS 2.0 with enclosures.


In the future, radio shows like All Things Considered
and Rush Limbaugh will be available in this manner, and perhaps other syndication
formats will support enclosures."

The "enclosure" Dave refers to is an MP3 file that is
the actual podcast.  You use podcast-compatible software (which you
can get FREE OF CHARGE @ http://www.ipodder.org/directory/4/ipodderSoftware
).  iPodder.org also offers a YP service that you can use to search
for interesting podcasts.

What MY take on all this you ask?

Simple.  MULTIMEDIA IS THE FUTURE OF BLOGGING. 
Sure RSS will still be the way of syndicating multimedia-enabled blogs. 
But instead of having to read an emotionless text-based blog, your visitors
can now capture THE CONTEXT & EMOTION with which you're trying to use
to make your point or say something.  That is because they will be
able to LISTEN to your blog WHENEVER & WHEREVER they want as opposed
to feeling ROCK BOUND & HOG TIED to their computer as they try to READ
your blog.  Who wants to feel that way as they surf the 'net? 
Do YOU like to feel that way when surfin' the 'net?

Granted Wireless access to the 'net is making it possible
to surf the 'net and read text in much the same way.  But you don't
dare try to DRIVE A CAR while surfin' the 'net via your Wireless connection,
do you?  Of course not.  NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND would do
this.  That's just as bad as having a conference call putting together
that multi-million $$$ deal as you attempt to drive down the street with
the hope (and prayer?) of not running into anything or anyone.

Unlike text-based blogs, podcasts can be burned onto CD-R
or copied onto any suitable portable MP3 player (it doesn't neccessarily
have to be an iPod, ya know) for safe listening and enjoyment.

I plan to start offering podcasts myself.  They will
consist of a variety of things INCLUDING (but not limited to) actual archives
of "The Pat Cook Show".  I may eventually make several regular podcasts,
depending on the topic and offering.  And I'll most likely be amongst
the first to start offering VIDEO once that option is supported too.

Either way, I really don't see what's behind all the negative
fuss about podcast-enabled blogs that's floating around the blogosphere. 
People can think of my blog what they will.  I can't stop that. 
Heck, given all the Pro-Liberal posts I've made lately, I can just imagine
how many Right-Wingists have called me UNAMERICAN.  But you know what? 
I really don't care.  Oh sure, feedback IS welcome, but if you think
I concern myself with all the talk about me and/or my blog that goes on
behind my back, that is simply not true because I figure it this way.....

If someone doesn't have the guts to say what they think
to my face, then that just goes to show how much of a COWARD they are.

And that is tonight's "Real Deal.

Cheers for now & Happy Holidays :-)

Posted by Pat Cook at 7:32 PM MST
Wednesday, 22 September 2004
Introducing THE BIGGEST Waffle Of 'Em All - PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
Mood:  vegas lucky
The following is excerpted from an email sent by Ken
Ahonen to the 
USDemocrat
Yahoo! Group
  a couple of weeks ago.  I would've
posted this sooner, but I got this on the same night the power supply in
PC blew a gasket or something (basically it KICKED THE BUCKET).

Anyhow....Feel free to chew on this for awhile as it's
tonight's REAL DEAL.  CONSERVATIVES WELCOME.  FLIP FLOP AS YOU
WILL.  BUT FLAMES NOT ALLLOWED.  :-)

George W. Bush is right
about one thing, the credibility of the president is


a very important issue.

 

 

On 10/11/00, then-Gov.
Bush said: "I think credibility is important. It is


going to be important
for the president to be credible with Congress,


important for the president
to be credible with foreign nations."


 

 

Let's examine how credible
Bush is on the issues....

1. Social Security Surplus

BUSH PLEDGES NOT TO TOUCH
SOCIAL SECURITY SURPLUS.


 

"We're going to keep the
promise of Social Security and keep the government


from raiding the Social
Security surplus."  [President Bush, 3/3/01]

.less than one year later.

BUSH SPENDS SOCIAL SECURITY
SURPLUS.

The NY Times reported
that "the president's new budget uses Social Security


surpluses to pay for
other programs every year through 2013, ultimately


diverting more than $1.4
trillion in Social Security funds to other


purposes." [The New York
Times, 2/6/02]

2. Patient's Right to
Sue

GOVERNOR BUSH VETOES PATIENTS'
RIGHT TO SUE.

"Despite his campaign
rhetoric in favor of a patients' bill of rights, Bush


fought such a bill tooth
and nail as Texas governor, vetoing a bill


coauthored by Republican
state Rep. John Smithee in 1995." [Salon, 2/7/01]


 

 

.about 5 years later.

 

CANDIDATE BUSH PRAISES
TEXAS PATIENTS' RIGHT TO SUE.


 

"We're one of the first
states that said you can sue an HMO for denying you


proper coverage... It's
time for our nation to come together and do what's


right for the people.
And I think this is right for the people. You know, I


support a national patients'
bill of rights, Mr. Vice President." [Candidate


Bush, during a debate
with Vice President Gore 10/17/00]

.less than 4 years later.

PRESIDENT BUSH'S ADMINISTRATION
ARGUES AGAINST RIGHT TO SUE.

"To let two Texas consumers,
Juan Davila and Ruby R. Calad, sue their


managed-care companies
for wrongful denials of medical benefits 'would be to


completely undermine'
federal law regulating employee benefits, Assistant


Solicitor General James
A. Feldman said at oral argument March 23. Moreover,


the administration's
brief attacked the policy rationale for Texas's law,


which is similar to statutes
on the books in nine other states." [Washington


Post, 4/5/04]

 

 

3. Medical Records

Bush says medical records
must remain private.

"I believe that we must
protect.the right of every American to have


confidence that his or
her personal medical records will remain private."


[President Bush, 4/12/01]

 

 

.3 years later..

Bush Administration says
patients' histories are not confidential.

The Justice Department
asserts that patients "no longer possess a reasonable


expectation that their
histories will remain completely confidential."


[BusinessWeek, 4/30/04]

 

 

4. Department of Homeland
Security

BUSH OPPOSES CREATION
OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELANDSECURITY.

"So, creating a Cabinet
office doesn't solve the problem. You still will


have agencies within
the federal government that have to be coordinated. So


the answer is that creating
a Cabinet post doesn't solve anything." [White


House spokesman Ari Fleischer,
3/19/02]

.less than 3 months later.

BUSH SUPPORTS CREATING
A DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.

"So tonight, I ask the
Congress to join me in creating a single, permanent


department with an overriding
and urgent mission: securing the homeland of


America and protecting
the American people." [President Bush, Address to the


Nation, 6/6/02]

5. Weapons of Mass Destruction

BUSH DECLARES WE FOUND
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.

"We found the weapons
of mass destruction. We found biological


laboratories...for those
who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing


devices or banned weapons,
they're wrong, WE FOUND THEM." [President Bush,


Interview in Poland,
5/29/03]


 

 

.8 months later.

 

BUSH SAYS WE HAVEN'T FOUND
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.

"David Kay has found the
capacity to produce weapons. And when David Kay


goes in and says we haven't
found stockpiles yet, and there's theories as to


where the weapons went.
They could have been destroyed during the war.


Saddam and his henchmen
could have destroyed them as we entered into Iraq.


They could be hidden.
They could have been transported to another country,


and we'll find out."
[President Bush, Meet the Press, 2/7/04]


 

6. Saddam / al Qaeda Link

BUSH SAYS YOU CAN'T DISTINGUISH
BETWEEEN AL QAEDA AND SADDAM.

"You can't distinguish
between al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the


war on terror." [President
Bush, 9/25/02]

.one year later.

BUSH SAYS SADDAM HAD NO
ROLE IN AL QAEDA PLOT.


"We've had no evidence
that Saddam Hussein was involved in Sept. 11."


[President Bush, 9/17/03]

 

 

7. Osama Bin Laden

BUSH WANTS OSAMA DEAD
OR ALIVE.


"I want justice. And
there's an old poster out West, I recall, that says,


'Wanted: Dead or Alive.'"
[President Bush, on Osama Bin Laden, 09/17/01]


 

 

.6 months later.

 

BUSH SAYS HE IS NOT CONCERNED
ABOUT OSAMA.

"I don't know where he
is.You know, I just don't spend that much time on


him. I truly am not that
concerned about him."[President Bush, Press


Conference, 3/13/02]

8. Timelines For Dictators

Bush sets timeline for
Saddam.

"If Iraq does not accept
the terms within a week of passage or fails to


disclose required information
within 30 days, the resolution authorizes 'all


necessary means' to force
compliance--in other words, a military attack."


[LA Times, 10/3/02]

.less than 2 years later.

Bush says he's against
timelines.

"I don't think you give
timelines to dictators." [President Bush, 8/27/04]


 

9. WMD Commission and
the Intelligence Failure of the CIA

BUSH RESISTS AN OUTSIDE
INVESTIGATION ON WMD INTELLIGENCE FAILURE.

"The White House immediately
turned aside the calls from Kay and many


Democrats for an immediate
outside investigation, seeking to head off any


new wide-ranging election-year
inquiry that might go beyond reports already


being assembled by congressional
committees and the Central Intelligence


Agency." [NY Times, 1/29/04]

.8 days later.

BUSH SUPPORTS AN OUTSIDE
INVESTIGATION ON WMD INTELLIGENCE FAILURE.

"Today, by executive order,
I am creating an independent commission, chaired


by Governor and former
Senator Chuck Robb, Judge Laurence Silberman, to look


at American intelligence
capabilities, especially our intelligence about


weapons of mass destruction."
[President Bush, 2/6/04]

10. Creation of the 9/11
Commission

BUSH OPPOSES CREATION
OF INDEPENDENT 9/11 COMMISSION.


 

 

"President Bush took a
few minutes during his trip to Europe Thursday to


voice his opposition
to establishing a special commission to probe how the


government dealt with
terror warnings before Sept. 11." [CBS News, 5/23/02]

.4 months later.

BUSH SUPPORTS CREATION
OF INDEPENDENT 9/11 COMMISSION.


 

 

"President Bush said today
he now supports establishing an independent


commission to investigate
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks." [ABC News,


09/20/02]

11. Time Extension for
9/11 Commission

BUSH OPPOSES TIME EXTENSION
FOR 9/11 COMMISSION.


 

 

"President Bush and House
Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) have decided to


oppose granting more
time to an independent commission investigating the


Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."
[Washington Post, 1/19/04]

.2 weeks later.

BUSH SUPPORTS TIME EXTENSION
FOR 9/11 COMMISSION.

"The White House announced
Wednesday its support for a request from the


commission investigating
the September 11, 2001 attacks for more time to


complete its work." [CNN,
2/4/04]

12. Bush's 9/11 Commission
Testimony

BUSH LIMITS TESTIMONY
IN FRONT OF 9/11 COMMISSION TO ONE HOUR.

"President Bush and Vice
President Dick Cheney have placed strict limits on


the private interviews
they will grant to the federal commission


investigating the Sept.
11 attacks, saying that they will meet only with the


panel's top two officials
and that Mr. Bush will submit to only a single


hour of questioning,
commission members said Wednesday." [NY Times, 2/26/04]

.2 weeks later.

BUSH SETS NO TIMELIMIT
FOR TESTIMONY.

"The president's going
to answer all of the questions they want to raise.


Nobody's watching the
clock." [White House spokesman Scott McClellan,


3/10/04]

13. Condoleeza Rice Testimony

BUSH SPOKESMAN SAYS RICE
WON'T TESTIFY AS 'A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE'.

"Again, this is not her
personal preference; this goes back to a matter of


principle. There is a
separation of powers issue involved here.


Historically, White House
staffers do not testify before legislative bodies.


So it's a matter of principle,
not a matter of preference." [White House


Press Secretary Scott
McClellan, 3/9/04]


 

 

.just 3 weeks later.

 

BUSH ORDERS RICE TO TESTIFY.

"Today I have informed
the Commission on Terrorist Attacks Against the


United States that my
National Security Advisor, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, will


provide public testimony."
[President Bush, 3/30/04]

14. Nation Building

CANDIDATE BUSH OPPOSES
NATION BUILDING.

"If we don't stop extending
our troops all around the world in nation


building missions, then
we're going to have a serious problem coming down


the road." [Gov. George
W. Bush, 10/3/00]

.3 years later as president.

BUSH SUPPORTS NATION BUILDING.

"We will be changing the
regime of Iraq, for the good of the Iraqi people."


[President Bush, 3/6/03]

15. Iraq Funding

BUSH SPOKESMAN DENIES
NEED FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR THE REST OF 2004.

"We do not anticipate
requesting supplemental funding for 04" [White House


Budget Director Joshua
Bolton, 2/2/04]


 

 

.3 months later.

 

BUSH REQUESTS ADDITIONAL
FUNDS FOR IRAQ FOR 2004.

"I am requesting that
Congress establish a $25 billion contingency reserve


fund for the coming fiscal
year to meet all commitments to our troops."


[President Bush's Statement,
5/5/04]


 

16. U.N. Resolution

BUSH VOWS TO HAVE A U.N.
VOTE NO MATTER WHAT.

"No matter what the whip
count is, we're calling for the vote. We want to


see people stand up and
say what their opinion is about Saddam Hussein and


the utility of the United
Nations Security Council. And so, you bet. It's


time for people to show
their cards, to let the world know where they stand


when it comes to Saddam."
[President Bush 3/6/03]


 

 

.only 12 days later.

 

BUSH WITHDRAWS REQUEST
FOR U.N. VOTE.

"At a National Security
Council meeting convened at the White House at 8:55


a.m., Bush finalized
the decision to withdraw the resolution from


consideration and prepared
to deliver an address to the nation." [Washington


Post, 3/18/03]

17. North Korea

BUSH WILL NOT OFFER NORTH
KOREA INCENTIVES TO DISARM.

"We developed a bold approach
under which, if the North addressed our


long-standing concerns,
the United States was prepared to take important


steps that would have
significantly improved the lives of the North Korean


people. Now that North
Korea's covert nuclear weapons program has come to


light, we are unable
to pursue this approach." [President's Statement,


11/15/02]

.a year and a half later.

BUSH ADMINISTRATION OFFERS
NORTH KOREA INCENTIVES TO DISARM.

"Well, we will work to
take steps to ease their political and economic


isolation. So there would
be -- what you would see would be some provisional


or temporary proposals
that would only lead to lasting benefit after North


Korea dismantles its
nuclear programs. So there would be some provisional or


temporary efforts of
that nature." [White House Press Secretary Scott


McClellan, 6/23/04]

 

 

18. OPEC

CANDIDATE BUSH WANTS TO
FORCE OPEC TO LOWER PRICES.

"What I think the president
ought to do [when gas prices spike] is he ought


to get on the phone with
the OPEC cartel and say we expect you to open your


spigots...and the President
of the United States must jawbone OPEC members


to lower the price." 
[Governor Bush, 1/26/00]

.4 years later as president.

PRESIDENT BUSH REFUSES
TO LOBBY OPEC LEADERS.

With gas prices soaring
in the United States at the beginning of 2004, the


Miami Herald reported
the president refused to "personally lobby oil cartel


leaders to change their
minds." [Miami Herald, 4/1/04]


 

 

 

 

19. Involvement in the
Palestinian Conflict

BUSH OPPOSES SUMMITS.

"Well, we've tried summits
in the past, as you may remember. It wasn't all


that long ago where a
summit was called and nothing happened, and as a


result we had significant
intifada in the area." [President Bush, 04/05/02]

.about a year later.

BUSH SUPPORTS SUMMITS.

"If a meeting advances
progress toward two states living side by side in


peace, I will strongly
consider such a meeting. I'm committed to working


toward peace in the Middle
East." [President Bush, 5/23/03]

20. Gay Marriage

CANDIDATE BUSH SAYS GAY
MARRIAGE IS A STATE ISSUE.

"The state can do what
they want to do. Don't try to trap me in this state's


issue like you're trying
to get me into." [Gov. George W. Bush on Gay


Marriage, Larry King
Live, 2/15/00]

.4 years later as president.

BUSH SUPPORTS A FEDERAL
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BANNING GAY MARRIAGE.

"Today I call upon the
Congress to promptly pass, and to send to the states


for ratification, an
amendment to our Constitution defining and protecting


marriage as a union of
man and woman as husband and wife." [President Bush,


2/24/04]

21. Science

CANDIDATE BUSH ADVOCATES
FOR STANDARDS BASED ON SCIENCE.

"I think we ought to have
high standards set by agencies that rely upon


science, not by what
may feel good or what sounds good." [Governor George W.


Bush, 1/15/00]

.4 years later as president.

BUSH ADMINISTRATION REGULATIONS
IGNORE SCIENCE.

"60 leading scientists-including
Nobel laureates, leading medical experts,


former federal agency
directors and university chairs and presidents-issued


a statement calling for
regulatory and legislative action to restore


scientific integrity
to federal policy making. According to the scientists,


the Bush administration
has, among other abuses, suppressed and distorted


scientific analysis from
federal agencies, and taken actions that have


undermined the quality
of scientific advisory panels." [Union of Concerned


Scientists, 2/18/04]

22. The Environment

CANDIDATE BUSH SUPPORTS
REDUCING CARBON DIOXIDE.

"[If elected], Governor
Bush will work to establish mandatory reduction


targets for emissions
of four main pollutants: sulfur dioxide, nitrogen


oxide, mercury and carbon
dioxide." [Bush Environmental Plan, 9/29/00]

.2 ½ years later
as president.

BUSH OPPOSES MANDATORY
CAPS ON CARBON DIOXIDE.

"I do not believe, however,
that the government should impose on power


plants mandatory emissions
reductions for carbon dioxide, which is not a


'pollutant' under the
Clean Air Act." [President Bush, Letter to Sen. Chuck


Hagel (R-NE), 3/13/03]

 

 

23. Tobacco Buyout

BUSH SUPPORTS CURRENT
TOBACCO FARMERS' QUOTA SYSTEM.


 

"They've got the quota
system in place, the allotment system, and I don't


think that needs to be
changed." [President Bush, 5/04]

.one month later.

BUSH ADMINISTRATION SUPPORTS
FEDERAL BUYOUT OF TOBACCO QUOTAS.

"The administration is
open to a buyout." [White House spokeswoman Jeanie


Mamo, 6/18/04]

24. Abortion

CITIZEN BUSH SUPPORTS
A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE.

"Bush said he favors leaving
up to a woman and her doctor the abortion


question." [The Nation,
6/15/00, quoting the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,


5/78]

.more than 20 years later.

CANDIDATE BUSH OPPOSES
A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE.

"I am pro-life." [Governor
Bush, 10/3/00]


 

 

25. Campaign Finance

CANDIDATE BUSH OPPOSES
MCCAIN-FEINGOLD.

"George W. Bush opposes
McCain-Feingold...as an infringement on free


expression." [Washington
Post, 3/28/2000]

.2 years later as president.

BUSH SIGNS MCCAIN-FEINGOLD
INTO LAW.

"[T]his bill improves
the current system of financing for Federal campaigns,


and therefore I have
signed it into law." [President Bush, at the


McCain-Feingold signing
ceremony, 03/27/02]

26. 527s

BUSH OPPOSES RESTRICTIONS
ON 527s.

"I also have reservations
about the constitutionality of the broad ban on


issue advertising, which
restrains the speech of a wide variety of groups on


issues of public import."
[President Bush, 3/27/02]

.2 years later.

BUSH SAYS 527s ARE BAD
FOR THE SYSTEM.

"I don't think we ought
to have 527s. I can't be more plain about it.I think


they're bad for the system.
That's why I signed the bill, McCain-Feingold."


[President Bush, 8/23/04]

27. Free Trade

BUSH SUPPORTS FREE TRADE.

"I believe strongly that
if we promote trade, and when we promote trade, it


will help workers on
both sides of this issue."  [President Bush in Peru,


3/23/02]

.a year and a half later.

BUSH SUPPORTS RESTRICTIONS
ON TRADE.

"In a decision largely
driven by his political advisers, President Bush set


aside his free-trade
principles last year and imposed heavy tariffs on


imported steel to help
out struggling mills in Pennsylvania and West


Virginia, two states
crucial for his re-election." (sic) [Washington Post,


9/19/03]

 

 

28. The Great Lakes

Bush wants to divert great
lakes.

"Even though experts say
'diverting any water from the Great Lakes region


sets a bad precedent,'
Bush said he wants 'to talk to Canadian Prime


Minister Jean Chrétien
about piping water to parched states in the west and


southwest."  [AP,
7/19/01]

.3 years later.

Bush says he'll never
divert Great Lakes.

"We've got to use our
resources wisely, like water. It starts with keeping


the Great Lakes water
in the Great Lakes Basin...My position is clear: We're


never going to allow
diversion of Great Lakes water." [President Bush,


8/16/04]

29. Winning The War On
Terror

Bush claims he can win
the war on terror.

"One of the interesting
things people ask me, now that we're asking


questions, is, can you
ever win the war on terror? Of course, you can."


[President Bush, 4/13/04]

.just 4 months later.

Bush says war on terror
is unwinnable.

"I don't think you can
win [the war on terror]." [President Bush, 8/30/04]


.the very next day.

 

 

Bush says he will win
the war on terror.

"Make no mistake about
it, we are winning and we will win [the war on


terror]." [President
Bush, 8/31/04]


 

Cheers for now  :-)

Pat

Posted by Pat Cook at 8:22 PM MDT
Updated: Wednesday, 22 September 2004 8:26 PM MDT
Sunday, 4 July 2004
A CALL TO POLITICAL ARMS DEMOCRATS - Time To Do Some Pre-Convention House Cleaning...
Mood:  don't ask
Topic: Politics
Could SADDAM HUSSEIN return to power???? Sadly,
my fellow Liberal brethren, there are some in our ranks who seem to think
this is possible.? And just when we think the?
New
York Times
? couldn't stoop any lower, they SOMEHOW
managed to find a way.? So get set folks and start your engines because
we are going to do some housecleaning.? NO tablod reporters
and ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO radical extremists allowed.

It seems as though some radical extremists
who merely call themselves "Liberal" seem to think that Saddam
Hussein can SOMEHOW be acquitted.? Not only that, but they also seem
to believe that he can SOMEHOW be "reincarnated" and returned to power.?
My proof is this?
Truthout.org
article by Marjorie Cohn
which goes into SPECIFIC &
GRAPHICAL detail as to how this will be done.? It is written in such
a way, you would think this woman was either A).? Held captive by
Iraqi insurgents (there's no record of this that I'm aware of) or B). She
sat down to interview this deranged thug who has MURDERED THOUSANDS of
this fellow citizens.? It's also written in such a way that could
only expected in an Al Qaeda propaganda broadcast on?
Al
Jazeera TV

Here is an excerpt from the article....

QUOTE: "I am Saddam Hussein, president of the Republic
of Iraq." So began the surreal public appearance of Saddam Hussein, his
first since being dragged out of a spider hole by the "coalition forces"
six months ago.

??? The proud, defiant Saddam who
ruled Iraq with an iron hand for nearly 25 years was back with a vengeance.

??? Describing himself as always
in the third person, he said Saddam "respected the will of the people that
decided to choose Saddam Hussein as the leader of the revolution. Therefore,
when I say president of the Republic of Iraq, it's not a formality or a
holding fast to a position, but rather to reiterate to the Iraqi people
that I respect its will."? - END QUOTE

Here's another excerpt....

QUOTE: "? Many Iraqis sympathize with Saddam.
"It's a humiliation, not just for Iraqis but for all Arab peoples," Aamer
Eliisa, a Shiite, told the Los Angeles Times. Eliisa said Saddam has become
"a symbol for all Iraqis." END QUOTE

SADDAM HUSSEIN - A SYMBOL FOR ALL IRAQIS???????????
This purported "professor" of law from the?
Thomas
Jefferson School of Law
MUST be either A). Half out of
her freakin' mind B). On freakin' CRACK or C). BOTH.

My fellow Democrats, IF WE EXPECT TO HAVE A CHANCE OF
GETTING BACK INTO THE WHITE HOUSE, we need to STOP this kind of extreme
radicalism
NOW!!!? We need to ONCE AND FOR ALL tell these people
THEY ARE NOT Democrats.? They are NOT
Liberal.? They DO NOT think, speak, or even act like
a REAL Democrat does.? They are radical extremists and should
be treated as such.

That's not to say they don't have rights.? They do.?
But if they think they can simply have their movement "ride piggyback"
with us and OUR movement as they spread their own brand of Anit-Bush hatred,
which has REPEATEDLY seen the front page of?
The
New York Times
, THEY ARE SADLY MISTAKEN.

The excerpts above are nothing but BULLSHIT.? And
we Liberals know it.

As you may or may not know, I mentioned on my new TV show
last week (June 26, 2004), Howard Dean was quoted in saying in his concession
speech in San Francisco earlier this year that there's NO ROOM for a third
party candidate in this year's election.? I disagree with that.?
In fact, not only do I disagree with Howard's statement, but I think if
there was EVER an election which would put a third party candidate on the
political map, THIS WOULD BE IT.? Why do you think Ralph Nader is
still in the race?

The? Democratic
National Committee
would have you believe otherwise if
you listened exclusively to them.

Add to this the fact that we're about to give the nomination
to a man who's ALREADY proven he's not electable in John Kerry, it would
be NO surprise to me if Ralph Nader DID get more votes in November than
Kerry.

Personally, I hope he DOES NOT get the nomination
at the?
Democratic National
Convention
later this month.? If he does, I'll vote
for him as the Democratic candidate, whoever it is (be it Kerry or someone else), is my choice come November.?
But I won't hold my breath or act shocked if Bush beats Kerry in the election.?
I won't like it, but that's the way the electoral cookie crumbles.

And if we DO lose the election, we'll have NO ONE but
the rank-in-file of?
the
DNC
,? The New York Times
, and the thousands of radical extremists who are
FREELOADING on our left wing.

Now, I know some of you are probably asking just how?
The New York Times somehow
fits into the equation.? I believe their current reputation speaks
for itself.? They take articles and other materials from sources such
as?
Truthout.org AND
TREAT IS AS GOSPEL.

Now before you Conservative eggheads out there say "See??
We TOLD you there was a Liberal media bias", LET ME BE CLEAR ON THIS.?
Simply because?
The New York
Times
has a Liberal bias DOES NOT mean
the bias is industry wide.? THERE IS STILL A **MASSIVE** CONSERVATIVE MEDIA
BIAS & YOU CONSERVATIVE EGGHEADS KNOW IT.

I'm not sure who the editor of? The
New York Times
is, but one thing is for certain.?
THAT EDITOR NEEDS TO BE FIRED!!!? Journalistic ethics clearly state
a newspaper, radio or TV station SHALL NOT have a bias on a particular
issue towards one side or another.? In other words, THE PRESS &
MEDIA ARE NEUTRAL to the issue.? That's the way it should be.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is today's REAL DEAL.?
Be sure to check out THE PAT COOK SHOW on?
Jeeper
One Television
every Saturday Night at 8:00 PM ET and
on?
? Jeeper
One Radio
every Wednesday Night at 8:00 PM ET (Radio
show not on the air yet.? Will post more info. later).

In the meantime...

Cheers for now? :-)

Pat

Posted by Pat Cook at 5:32 PM MDT
Updated: Sunday, 4 July 2004 5:50 PM MDT
Sunday, 6 June 2004
Remembering D-Day - 60 Years Later

As we take time out of our busy lives to remember the heroes of D-Day, let us also take time to remember how American History COULD have been written had it not been for these VERY BRAVE souls (as well as the countless thousands of others who perished throughout World War II).


All done WITHOUT the Liberal spin and NO CONSERVATISM ALLOWED.


It has long been said by many that when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Japan could've just as easily made their way TO OUR OWN MAINLAND SHORES.  What's even MORE FRIGHTENING is the thought that Japanese forces could've advanced as far east as Chicago before we knew what hit us.


The reason was that many in FDR's cabinet were over-confident in our own military capabilities and complacent to even CONSIDER addressing the issue of military preparedness in the event we were attacked.


In fact, if you saw the movie Pearl Harbor, this scene was played out with FDR complaining that we spent more time building refridgerators than we did war fighting machines.


Had we not responded the way we did, here's how I believe American History would've been recorded.



  • Japanese forces would've come ashore and occupied the whole nation by Christmas 1941

  • NONE of the now classic OTR (Old Time Radio) programs from that era would've seen the light of day as all three radio networks - NBC, CBS, and Mutual, would either be shut down or bombed.

  • THE ONLY present America would be asking Santa Claus in Christmas 1941 would be FREEDOM

Moving forward...



  • June 6, 1944 would just simply be another day under enemy occupation

  • Hiroshima would've NEVER been nuked

  • Japan & Germany would've eventually been at war with each other

  • The FABULOUS FIFTIES would've been ANYTHING BUT as we would be fighting both Japan and Germany for our freedom

  • We would NEVER have gone to Korea as we would be too busy struggling with OUR OWN Liberation to bother with anyone else's

  • World War II wouldn't end until 1960

  • JFK and Richard Nixon would've been campaigning to become our first President since our Liberation from Japan

  • Television would still an experiment and under development

  • Space exploration would only be a twinkling dream in our eye as we struggle to control disease and begin to remember life WITHOUT foreign occupation (or war)

  • We would still be reeling from our Liberation from Japan and Germany to go to Vietnam

  • The national goal of sending a man to the moon would be a goal to be accomplished during the 1970s or early 1980s at the earliest

  • The Space Shuttle program wouldn't get started until the early 1990s

I'm sure I've probably left a few things out, but I'm sure you get the idea.  :)


Do WE AMERICANS have reason to be thankful?  YOU BET WE DO. 


If it weren't for the BRAVE souls who gave their lives on D-Day 1944 (as well as all the other World War II veterans out there), much (if not all) of the things I indicated above would be happening today.


While words can't even begin to express our appreciation for what they did and the sacrifices they made, all I'm sure that needs to be said is THANKS.  :)


With that said....THANKS TO ALL THE WORLD WAR II VETERANS OUT THERE & THEIR FAMILIES.  


And that, ladies and gentlemen, is Today's Real Deal.


Cheers for now  :)


Pat


Posted by Pat Cook at 7:55 PM MDT
Saturday, 5 June 2004
Ronald Reagan - A President For The People

It is with deep sadness and regret that I report the passing of a legend both on AND off screen.  On the big screen AND the small screen.  In Hollywood AND in Washington D.C.


MANY actors in Hollywood have played the role of the President, but only ONE actor can lay claim to BEING the President.


That actor is NONE OTHER than Ronald Reagan



Photo Courtesy of The White House


Reagan came in at a time when America was struggling to make ends meet.  In MANY parts, lines of cars (some MILES long) were forming - JUST TO GET A GALLON OF GAS.  Gas prices were soaring out of control, the economy had a bleak future, the Space Shuttle program was just getting started, and over 400 people were being held hostage in a country hardly ANYONE knew existed.


I vividly recall the plane that carried the hostages touching down on American soil the day after he was initially sworn into office.  I was only a budding teenager then, but it was a piece of history I'll NEVER forget.  He didn't even say a word (much less make an agreement), but the Arabs saw something in him that we Americans (both Democrats and Republicans alike) was just discovering.


He was a man of peace.


Not only was he a man of peace, he was also a man of his word.  When he said he would get something done, by golly HE MEANT IT.  Not only did he mean it, he also DID IT.


In this respect, he was also a DOer.


Come Election time in 1984, we Liberals were hard pressed to find ANY weaknesses in ANYTHING he did.  Try as we did, we just couldn't do it.  Even *I* voted for him (and I was a registered Democrat), even though I knew almost NOTHING about the political arena as a whole (I was only 18 at the time and was voting in my first election).


Some would say that it's because of him that the "trickle down economics" policy became a Republican standard.  To that I say it was the shot in the arm this country needed back in 1980.  He almost single-handedly (and quite LITERALLY) turned the economy of this country around.  It was, in part, because of HIS work that made the '80s as memorable as they were.


He also introduced the political concept of NOT using mudslinging or name-calling during his campaigns.  This, I believe, is what made him identifiable with the average Joe (or in our case, the average Pat :)).


He even got the attention of (then-communist) Russia and Germany.  He was the driving force in their capitulation to diplomacy and democracy.  This especially rang true in his famous "Tear Down These Walls" speech in 1987 which could only be compared to JFK's "I Am A Berliner" speech back in the 1960s.


In popularity, he was equal to JFK.  Some hardcore conservatives would say he was BETTER, but in terms of overall popularity, both among americans AND foreigners alike, he was equal.


If I had describe Ronald Reagan in only a single sentence, it would be this....


He was A PRESIDENT FOR THE PEOPLE.


Not just Democrats or Republicans (or even Americans for that matter!).  He was a President who represented ALL people.  You could say he was a "People's Choice".


Unfortunately, this is something which has sadly become lost in today's political world.  Now, it's about who has the most $$$.  And it's NOT just Republicans.  It's Democrats too.


And if EITHER party expects to have a chance of SHUTTING OUT people like Ralph Nader, we need to CLEAN OUT THE RUBBISH. 


If that means GETTING RID OF BUSH, then SO BE IT.


It is MY hope that the death of this legend will serve as a WAKE UP CALL to those in Washington (and those running for office in the upcoming Election).


If the politicians don't listen TODAY, people aren't gonna care WHO is running for office TOMORROW because WE ALL will be FED UP with all the BULLSHIT that's called "politics". 


R.I.P Ronald Reagan.  You will be SORELY missed.  :(


And that, ladies and gentlemen, is today's Real Deal.


Cheers for now  :)


Pat


Posted by Pat Cook at 7:32 PM MDT
Wednesday, 19 May 2004
CONGRATULATIONS WASHINGTON: We're Now OFFICIALLY In Debt Up To Our Eyeballs
The Republicans got their way again by approving (as
well as browbeating us Liberals AGAIN ) King George's wish to have 2.4
TRILLION DOLLARS, most (if not all) of which will be used in the War in
Iraq, even though his majesty nor his henchmen will NEVER admit it. 
Sure it still has to pass the Sanate, but let's face it, given how corrupt
our government is, this is only a formality and merely symbolic. 
I fully expect the bill to be on his majesty's desk by the end of next
month.

GOD I CAN'T WAIT TILL NOVEMBER!!!!

Posted by Pat Cook at 7:19 PM MDT
Those Republicans Sure LOVE Their Name-Calling, Don't They?
Hello everyone....

Welcome to my little corner of the world where there's
just two simple rules...

1) The American Flag flies high in the sky

2). Name-calling Republicans aren't allowed

That said, it's time for today's Real Deal.

Just saw this posted on a (predominately) Conservative
group I'm in ( my so-called beloved
Fox
& Friends Yahoo! Fan Club
) that just burns me up. Get a
load of THIS CRAPOLA




Said on Monday that the
American Flag does not belong to Republicans. Yes the man that killed little
children and raped women (well he just saw it). Is claiming the higher
moral ground.

His slut daughter might
be higher on something else.


You Conservatives out there must either be 1). INCREDIBLY
desperate to hang on to whatever credibility you still have left or B).
Have NO credibility whatsoever (because you lost in in the way you're handling
the War in Iraq), so you're NOW trying to use Kerry's daughter to TRUMP
UP some credibility to save what little face and dignity you have left.

You guys will stop at NOTHING will you?

Just because John Kerry is a self-admitted war criminal
DOES NOT make his daughter any less of an angel. Also, what PROOF
(since you guys on the aforementioned Fox & Friends Yahoo! Group seem
to thrive on this) do you have that CLEARLY NDICATES that John Kerry was
partisan to the raping of women? Where and when did he rape them?
How 'bout the Alleged killing of little children (which tbhis moron also
claims)? All I keep hearing about from the Kerry camp is the war crimes
(and even that is because he admits to 'em even though he's probably flipped
a few times since the 1970s). If you really wanna see ME stoop
to the level of intelligence level of the MORON who posted the above crap
in a Yahoo! forum. Let me ask you THIS....

How many people has your beloved George W. Bush (who has
proven himself to be THE sorriest excuse of a President since Nixon) killed
during HIS military days?

I probably bet you don't even wanna go ANYWHERE NEAR THAT,
do you?

All you idiots seem to care about is that he served his
country. Maybe THAT is why you have a prison abuse scandal in Iraq
right now, isn't it?

You might be able to cast me off as reacting to this as
if I were old man Kennedy, but accusations like (especially those WITH
NO MERIT WHATSOEVER) can't go unnoticed. Do you Conservatives have
ANY PROOF WHATSOEVER to support your claims? If not, if you Conservatives
Republicans really want to keep what little dignity you have left,
you had best better SHUT THE FUCK UP!!

Hmmmm....Why do I get the feeling that Kerry and Bush
won't be the only ones going toe-to-toe?

And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is today's Real Deal.

Posted by Pat Cook at 1:14 PM MDT
Updated: Wednesday, 19 May 2004 1:22 PM MDT
Saturday, 15 May 2004
Okay.....WHO HAS THE TAG BOARD?????
By the way, in case you've been wondering WHY the Tag
Board hasn't been usable on the main blog page (NOT the disabled link on
the left hand side, but rather the actual board where I have all my other
graphical stuff 
on
my main blog page
),  Greg over at 
TagBoard.com posted  this
possible explaination
as to WHY the board doesn't seem
to exist.

From the way he describes it though, it almost sounds
like someone just simply broke in and TOOK the Hard Drive which it lived
on along with the computer it was mounted in.  In my PM to Greg, I
told him it had me wondering just how SECURE their facilities REALLY were,
but wished him luck in finding the Hard Drive.

Anyhow, if you should happen to receive a Hard Drive which
appears to have a bunch of Tag Boards on it, PLEASE do the good folks at 

TagBoard a favor
by 
contacting
them
so that I, along with dozens of other bloggers and
TagBoard users, can get our TagBoards back online (hopefully WITHOUT having
to replace the HTML code).

MANY thanks in advance peoples.  :-)

Cheers for now  :-)

Pat

Posted by Pat Cook at 10:54 AM MDT
WARNING TO ALL CONSERVATIVES
After spending some time offline replacing my Hard Drive
(the one which had Windows on it), I am back WITH A VENGEANCE NOW!!! 
BEWARE CONSERVATIVES BEWARE!!!

THAT is Today's Real Deal.

Posted by Pat Cook at 5:32 AM MDT

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