Your comment was deleted because it was so laughably obvious you didn't read the post that in addition to your comment being snuffed, you are banned.
Your comment was deleted because this was not a post about the Iraq War or the cost of it. In fact, it was an idiotic comparison given the fact the figures for global warming are annual costs while you gave the entire cost of the war over 4 years.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 1.02.2008 @ 05:02
Are you talking about the comment #20? You, know, the one I didn't delete and thus made you look like a gigantic, foot stomping, tantrum throwing two year old?Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 31.01.2008 @ 16:33
Giving the lie to your idiotic comment is the fact that nobody cares about Ron Paul in the Republican party and that when he finally drops out (something he should have done after New Hampshire) no one will be fighting for his supporters because they're all a bunch of loons.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 24.01.2008 @ 22:32
We on the left (broad brush alert) attack people: Bush, Rummy, Gonzales, etc. You on the right attack the entire movement of your political enemies.
That simply isn't factual.
Authoritarianism = conservatism? John Dean.
And how about this from Matt Stoller just recently:
"Thereâ€™s no such thing as a good conservative leader, period. It is a fundamentally bankrupt, corrupt, and fraudulent ideology, and there is nothing laudable about people like Reagan who tap into the worst of America."
Then there's conservatism = racism, fascism, etc. These memes are promoted on lefty blogs every single day.
Conservatives have been hearing this crap since the 1950's. Your statement about "broad brush" just doesn't hold up to the facts.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 24.01.2008 @ 11:52
During the Nixon Administration, the United States established many government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Supplemental Security Income program, and the Office of Minority Business Enterprise; the Post Office Department was abolished as a cabinet department and reorganized as a government-owned corporation: the U.S. Postal Service. Nixon proposed in 1971 to create four new government departments superseding the current structure: departments organized for the goal of efficient and effective public service as opposed the thematic bases of Commerce, Labor, Transportation, Agriculture, et al. Departments like State, Treasury, Defense and Justice would remain under this proposal. Nixon also suspended the converting of the US dollar into gold, a central point of the Bretton Woods system, allowing its value to float in world markets.
In international affairs, President Nixon normalized diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, enacted dÃ©tente, or the peaceful pause in the Cold War, with the Soviet Union (later abolished by President Ronald Reagan). He signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, following the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (also known as SALT I).
Not as liberal as Humphrey or McGovern but by any standard you want to use, he was no conservative.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 23.01.2008 @ 11:54
Insulting the host (me) is never a good idea. It is going to get you banned.
And yes - it is childish and idiotic to get so excited when 4% of the vote has been counted. I don't care what the eventual result was. Anyone who flies off half cocked with so few votes counted deserved to be slapped down.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 19.01.2008 @ 18:11
You're going nutzo with 4% of the vote in?
Get a grip.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 19.01.2008 @ 14:32
The problem with your "you don't think for yourself" charge is that there are few who would put Patrick Henry or George Washington's resigning his commission on any list. That gives the lie to your idiotic statement right there.
As for Gettysburt, read Catton's "Glory Road" where he gives contemporary newspaper accounts almost universal in their praise with many saying no more important utterance has ever come from a president. Don't argue history with me. You will lose.
As for you "thinking for yourself" and putting Bush's speeches anywhere near the top ten of anything, you are a perfect example of the fact that anyone can have a half assed opinion based on nothing more than their own idiotic prejudices and overwhelming ignorance.
Congrats for being a poster boy for blind, partisan stupidity.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 20.01.2008 @ 12:06
All excellent points. THe list is subjective, of course. As I explained above, Gipper's Wall speech had impact retrospectively. And the immediate impact of Cross of Gold was that a relatively unknown was catapulted to the nomination - a remarkable occurence in American history and a demonstration of the true power of the spoken word.
You are not the first to mention Cooper Union and there is no doubt Lincoln wowed the establishment with the power of his logic and determination to fight the expansion of slavery.
Let's put it at 10 1/2 - by popular demand.
BTW - Seward was less of a shoe in than many people think. If Lincoln hadn't been there, the convention would have deadlocked over "hard" anti-slavery men like Seward (who would have lost in a general election) and the realists who knew that a purely abolitionist ticket couldn't win. They may eventually have settled on a Blair or even Simon Cameron.
Love them "what ifs" don't you?Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 20.01.2008 @ 11:58
1, Yes, people did say it was one of the greatest American speeches immediately after he gave it. Just as they said it after King and Kennedy and the Gettysburg Address and Cross of Gold and FDR's first inaugural and most of the rest of them.
2. The whole point of the list is that there is a consensus among historians that these are great speeches - believed so at the time and have proven it down through the years.
There is not one single historian or anyone else except self deluded bushbots who believe that there are "2 or 3" Bush speeches that belong in the top ten. There is absolutely no consensus whatsoever that Bush has risen to the level of any of the gentlemen in the top ten above. He gets a nod for his post-9/11 speech to Congress - a top 100 speech perhaps but that's it.
Your contention that 2 or 3 Bush speeches should replace...who? Washington? Lincoln? FDR? That may be the most ridiculous statement ever made on this site.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 20.01.2008 @ 11:07
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