I understand and actually agree with what you're saying. But this would be a lose-lose situation for the government. There is absolutely no upside to prosecuting reporters. It won't deter others and it will only send the press into paroxysms of hysterics.
Perhaps one day if their exposing of secrets leads to people's deaths, they will be punished in civil court by being held liable. Otherwise, I don't see any trials in the near future.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 24.06.2006 @ 17:33
Kos will not suffer for the appearance of impropriety. I doubt if he will lose a single reader. I doubt whether his influence will decline one iota on the left.
A true market situation would cause him to absorb a hit of some kind. I don't see it.
Will it hurt him in the wider world of Democratic politics? If he can still raise half a million bucks in less than 2 weeks, the answer to that question is self evident.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 23.06.2006 @ 13:59
Someone has got to hold their feet to the fire. Strange that the netnuts have been mostly quiet today on this issue. I guess they don't want to embarrass their heroes any more than they already did themselves today.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.06.2006 @ 15:00
I am very sorry you do not read English very well. Otherwise, you would have noted on my very first World Cup post that I said the US would not get out of its group and probably lose to Italy and the Czechs.
Trouncings? Where? You show me where I said we would win any game (I said that the Italians were perhaps manageable)?
You can't. Because you're an ignoramous who can't read or are too lazy to read.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.06.2006 @ 16:43
The issue has to be addressed because of the fact that some ARE making a big deal of it. It is an irrelevancy.
Are you saying that mustard gas is not WMD? That would be news to the UN and the US - both of whom recognize mustard gas as WMD.
Read the fricking post before you respond - at least more than the first sentence. I wrote an analysis of the political impact of such stories whic his nil.
If you had bothered to read it, you would have discovered that.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.06.2006 @ 12:30
Your comment was deleted for being non germane to the post.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 21.06.2006 @ 12:41
You equate laughing with demonizing. Grow. Up. Calling a liberal stupid is not the same as calling a black man a n**ger. To believe it is the same marks you as, well, stupid.
I am not comparing Daily Show to Coulter. What's this with Coulter? I think she's a witch. Daily Show lumps Christians, conservatives et al and skewers them. Some of it is pretty funny. How's that for Tribal Logic?Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 21.06.2006 @ 17:44
Um...Mr. Ghost. Does this qualify as "denouncing" Coulter?
She has descended into a black hole of necessity from which there is no escape; where she is forced to please her rabid base of red meat conservatives usually by going beyond the bounds of decency and proper public discourse in order to make a point that could have been made without resorting to the kind of hurtful, hateful, personal attacks that have become a hallmark of her war with liberals.
Make no mistake. Ann Coulter is a brutish lout, a conservative ogre who should be denied a public platform to spout what any conservative with an ounce of integrity and intellectual honesty should be able to see as unacceptable. To descend to the level of your opponents in order to criticize them is not an excuse. And for such a gifted wordsmith, Coulter does not have the excuse of ignorance.
I wrote that on June 6.
I was not defending Coulter - unless calling her "vile" above is a word that has taken on new meaning.
Instead, I was making fun of you. Anyone arrogant enough to equate laughing at someone's political beliefs with racism or anti-semitism needs to be called out to be shown as the pompous, ignorant ass they truly are.
And Neiwert can dress up his slanderous rants in all the pretty psychobabbling nonsense that he wants. The fact is, he accused mainstream conservatives of aping nazis and kluxers.
Also, "Joking about the intelligence of all â€œliberalsâ€ is not making fun of someoneâ€™s political beleifs." Um...yes it is. Liberals say stuff about conservatives like that all the time, make gobs of money doing it, and laugh uproariously. Ever hear of The Daily Show? Stephen Colbert?
And did you plagiarize that first bit about the politically ignorant "friend" who was going to read Coulter to become "informed? Or did you just lie and make it up out of whole cloth?
I got an email telling me that they read the exact same story on another site. So which is it? Liar or plagiarizer?Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 21.06.2006 @ 17:13
Your comment was deleted because it was non germane to the post. Stick to the subject.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 21.06.2006 @ 16:57
The guy wrote a post criticizing conservatives for name calling...while referring to conservatives as fascists.
What part of that seems a little out of whack to you?Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 21.06.2006 @ 13:53
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