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About Me

I am a host of the Politics 2012 and Welcome & Help forums. My post count and sign up date are deceiving. I am formerly "cynicalSOB1"and "hellhathnofury" Joined up in May 2003 approx. 2000 posts by those names. Hey Deaniacs! I am the lead host of these forums: Democracy for America: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1105 Hawaii: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1047 - I also co-host Buddhism, Judaism, Democrats, American History and World History.

Journal Archives

Jon Stewart v. Jim DeMint - The Daily Show - 1/11/12

I give this interview two thumbs up. Did you catch this interview? What did you think? I've transcribed some of the wonderful quotes from Jon as best as I could. I hope you enjoy. It's good to laugh.

Part 1: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-11-2012/jim-demint-pt--1
Part 2: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-11-2012/jim-demint-pt--2

From Part 1 - Jon Stewart: "The thing that confuses me about this, with all the terrible strangling of regulation, why have the wealthy done so better than the rest of the country, if the regulations are so bad to the job creators." - "When is it going to trickle down?" - "If we eliminate the Bush Tax Cuts and the Alternative Minimum Tax the Debt will be gone by 2026" - "I feel like my believing that I want government better not government gone doesn't make me a Communist." - "The rich are not burdened in this country."- "I don't understand this idea that any intervention from the government to provide a minor social safety net is a freedom-hating Communist-loving plot." - "Is this when we arm wrestle?"

From Part 2 - Jon Stewart: "There is no question regulation could be done better, but the idea that I hear from one side of the country is that corporations can somehow manage better...I don't want to go back to the 1900s." "You say we may not be a country anymore" - "The sense I get from the book is you believe that the Democrats don't have an interest in helping the poor, they have an interest in creating a dependent underclass, that is purely accepting their largesse in return for votes, you ascribe to them motivations that are incredibly Machiavellian and incredibly pernicious" -

"It seems to me part of what's holding us back from having that discussion is the type of rhetoric that comes through some of these more politicized plans that puts the side that puts the has a disagreement with you on the defensive about not just their motivations, but about their love of this country, and their patriotism, and that is toxin that is that once injected into that pool is very difficult to remove." - "If people understood what made this country great, I think one of the things that made this country great is that nobody got here by themselves." "Capitalism is a wonderful system but there is no question that there is collateral damage...There is a reason why unions arose, and why regulation arose" - "South Carolina vs. Michigan is never going to be the same as China."


Do you think Jon was prepared for DeMint?

Toons: Courage Citizen, Pimple Paul, Young Mitt Learns Firing is Real Fun and More. 1/11/12


By Larry Wright, The Detroit News - 1/11/2012


By Kirk Walters, Toledo Blade - 1/11/2012


By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 1/11/2012


By Parker, Florida Today - 1/11/2012


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/11/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 1/11/2012


By Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons - 1/11/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 1/11/2012


By Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons - 1/11/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 1/11/2012


By Mike Keefe, Cagle Cartoons - 1/11/2012


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/11/2012
http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/10/10097194-gayest-us-town-surprise-its-salt-lake-city


By Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 1/11/2012


By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE - 1/11/2012


By Hajo de Reijger, The Netherlands - 1/11/2012 - "Syrian Warpaint"


By Pat Oliphant, January 11, 2012


By Steve Benson, January 11, 2012


By Walt Handelsman, January 11, 2012


By Mike Luckovich, January 11, 2012


By Don Wright, January 11, 2012


By Jim Morin, January 12, 2012


By Ted Rall, January 11, 2012 - Rall obviously wants a challenger from the Left.

Note: All previous editions available in my journal.

Toons: Super Pac Rats, Dog on Man, The Pope Speaks and More. - 1/10/12


By Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner - 1/10/2012


By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 1/10/2012


By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 1/10/2012


By Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant - 1/10/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 1/10/2012


By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/10/2012


By Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com - 1/10/2012


By Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen - 1/10/2012


By Tony Auth, January 11, 2012


By Matt Davies, January 10, 2012 - photobucket - woops - you get the idea


By Chan Lowe, January 10, 2012


By Ted Rall, January 11, 2012


By Ben Sargent, January 11, 2012


By Drew Sheneman, January 11, 2012


By Tom Toles, January 11, 2012


By Dan Wasserman, January 10, 2012


By Don Wright, January 10, 2012


By Jim Morin, January 11, 2012

Note: All previous editions are available in my journal. Late post tonight, new forums and groups

Toons: Pious Baloney, Bookends, Junk in the Trunk and More. - 1/9/12


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 1/9/2012


By Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner - 1/9/2012


By Parker, Florida Today - 1/9/2012


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/9/2012


By John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri - 1/9/2012


By Steve Greenberg, Freelance, Los Angeles - 1/8/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 1/8/2012


By Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/8/2012


By Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons - 1/7/2012


By Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/7/2012


By Osama Hajjaj, Abu Mahjoob Creative Productions - 1/9/2012


By Emad Hajjaj, Jordan - 1/9/2012


By Tony Auth, January 10, 2012


By Clay Bennett, January 09, 2012


By Steve Benson, January 08, 2012


By Matt Davies, January 09, 2012


By Mike Luckovich, January 08, 2012


By Ted Rall, January 09, 2012


By Steve Sack, January 09, 2012


By Tom Toles, January 10, 2012


By Don Wright, January 09, 2012

In Poland, unburying a nation’s Jewish past


Holocaust remembrance advocates plastered images of Polish Jews on buildings in Warsaw that were part of the Jewish ghetto before World War II wiped them out. Adam Galicia / msnbc.com

By Don Snyder, NBC News

WARSAW – Zuzanna Radzik wants Polish children to know that almost every Polish town and village was part of the Holocaust.

There were about 3.5 million Jews in Poland before World War II, making up 10 percent of the overall Polish population. And some pre-war Polish towns Jews comprised as much as 70 percent of the residents.

But although Polish children learn about the Holocaust in school, many believe the killing was confined to death camps like Auschwitz and Treblinka.

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“We bring history to children in towns and villages who have never met a Jew or seen a synagogue,” Radzik said. “When we show them where the ghetto was in their town and that Jews were killed there, it all becomes real.”

http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/06/10011420-in-poland-unburying-a-nations-jewish-past

My grandparents are from Plock (pronounced ) , west of Warsaw on the Vistula, they both went back after the war and found nothing left. In 1939, my grandmother was 17 and my grandfather 19, they knew each other, but had not spoken since my grandfather refused to lend her and a friend his rowboat; he wanted to take her out on the river.

My grandmother's sister survived, and two of my grandfather's second cousins; he lost four older sisters, no one else from either family survived the war. There are only 20,000 or so Jews left in Poland today.

This is a link to excerpts of a 1967 history of the Jews of Plock: http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Plock/Plock.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C5%82ock



Plock was 25% Jewish before the war and one of the most centralized Jewish populations in Poland.





Toons: Pac-Man, Sour Grapes, Hog-Tied Pentagon and More. 1/6/12


By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 1/6/2012


By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 1/6/2012


By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 1/6/2012


By Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com - 1/6/2012


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/6/2012


By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 1/6/2012


By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/6/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 1/6/2012 - "Exhuming Reagan"


By Clay Bennett, January 05, 2012


By Steve Benson, January 05, 2012


By Stuart Carlson, January 07, 2012


By Stuart Carlson, January 06, 2012


By Ted Rall, January 06, 2012


By Steve Sack, January 06, 2012


By Ben Sargent, January 06, 2012


By Signe Wilkinson & Signe Wilkinson, January 06, 2012




By Jeff Danziger, January 06, 2012

Note: All previous editions can be found in my journal. Have a good weekend!

Toons: Sweater Vest, A Clean Break-Up, Strait of Hormuz Jacket and More. - 12/5/12


By Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle - 1/5/2012


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/5/2012


By Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons - 1/5/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 1/5/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 1/5/2012


By Parker, Florida Today - 1/5/2012


By Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com - 1/5/2012 - Mr. Rainier Shooter


By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/5/2012


By Larry Wright, The Detroit News - 1/5/2012


By Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant - 1/5/2012


By Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 1/5/2012


By Tony Auth, January 05, 2012


By Matt Davies, January 05, 2012


By Walt Handelsman, January 05, 2012


By Chan Lowe, January 05, 2012


By Drew Sheneman, January 05, 2012


By Tom Toles, January 05, 2012


By Dan Wasserman, January 04, 2012


By Don Wright, January 04, 2012


By Jim Morin, January 06, 2012

Gabrielle Giffords, Tucson Prepare for Anniversary of Shooting



By Neda Semnani
Roll Call Staff
Jan. 5, 2012, 5:46 p.m.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords plans to attend a vigil Sunday in honor of the victims and survivors of last year’s Tucson, Ariz., shooting, which claimed six lives and critically injured the Arizona Democrat.

The Jan. 8, 2011, shooting took place shortly after 10 a.m. Arizona time in front of a Safeway where Giffords and her staff were hosting a meet-and-greet with constituents. The shooter, alleged to be 23-year-old Jared Loughner, was targeting the Congresswoman, who was critically injured, but he also shot 18 others that morning. Six died.

Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, will participate in Sunday evening’s ceremony, which will be held on the University of Arizona’s campus mall. Her office did not know whether she is planning to speak at the event.

Other participants slated to attend include Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Dr. Peter Rhee, chief of the division of trauma, critical care and emergency surgery at the University of Arizona Medical Center. Rhee treated Giffords and the other victims of the shooting.

http://www.rollcall.com/news/gabrielle_giffords_tucson_prepare_for_anniversary_of_shooting-211347-1.html




Six people were killed in the attack; all but Christina-Taylor Green died at the scene of the shooting. The deceased are (in alphabetical order by surname):

Christina-Taylor Green, 9, of Tucson. Green was accompanied to the meeting by neighbor Susan Hileman. Because her date of birth was September 11, 2001, she had appeared in the book Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11 (page 41).She was the granddaughter of former Major League Baseball player and manager Dallas Green.
Dorothy "Dot" Morris, 76, a retired secretary from Oro Valley; wife of George, who was wounded.
John Roll, 63, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Arizona, named to the federal bench by President George H. W. Bush in 1991.
Phyllis Schneck, 79, homemaker from Tucson.
Dorwan Stoddard, 76, retired construction worker, died from a gunshot wound to the head; his wife Mavy was wounded.
Gabriel "Gabe" Zimmerman, 30, community outreach director for Giffords, and a member of Giffords' staff since 2006. Mr. Zimmerman was the first Congressional staffer killed in the line of duty.

In addition to the six dead, thirteen other people were wounded by gunshot in the attack, while a fourteenth person was injured, but not by gunshot. Gabrielle Giffords and two other members of her staff were among the surviving gunshot victims.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Tucson_shooting#Victims


"Tucson Shooting: Couple who escaped the bullets can't escape the horrible memories of that day"

Roger says his wife helps him through these rough spots, whispering to soothe frustrations, "She has this mantra: 'Act like Gabby would want you to act,' " he says. "It helps."

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/12news/news/articles/2011/12/14/20111214tucson-shootings-couple-who-escaped-bullets-cant-escape-horrible-memories.html#ixzz1idPx7TSH

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002119422


Find a Brady Campaign organized vigil: http://www.bradycampaign.org/toomanyvictims/local-vigils/

(Note to mods: The one year anniversary of the Tucson shooting is "really big news.")

Please discuss the victims and not the gun control debate in great detail. If you cannot make it to an organized vigil, please hold this tragedy in your thoughts in whatever way you deem appropriate. It's okay to show some emotion, I teared up just making this post; the feelings are still raw.

Some Classic DNC Toons on Why We Need to Be Strong

We have an image problem, and it's getting us not as far as fast as we'd like. I think clearly we need to be asking ourselves how we better express (not change) our positions on some of the basic issues that effect American life. For example, I chuckle every time we get called socialist, when the truth is that there is no better advocate for capitalism than the Democratic Party; we have a sort of binary neurotic thinking that goes on and it just looks uncertain to many Americans. This is why the GOP this year is trying to smear us as not leadership material, they think that it will work and that they can ride that elephant to the White House. President Obama is getting mean; we need to get him to be meaner. Change starts within us; we have the power to build the world anew, the question is if we're ready to put aside petty difference and offer the American people a Real Deal.


By Gary McCoy, Cagle Cartoons - 12/12/2010


By Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com - 12/10/2010


By Andy Singer, Politicalcartoons.com - 6/4/2008


By Dwayne Booth, Mr. Fish - 9/18/2006


By RJ Matson, Roll Call - 1/25/2006


By Dwayne Booth, Mr. Fish - 1/4/2006


By RJ Matson, Roll Call - 2/15/2005


By Patrick Chappatte, The International Herald Tribune - 9/21/2004


By Huffaker, Politicalcartoons.com - 10/27/2003

Toons: A Mad Lib Odyssey, Iowa Provocations, World-Class Manure Spreader and More. - 1/4/12


By Sorensen, Slowpoke - 1/4/2012


By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 1/4/2012


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/4/2012


By Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle - 1/4/2012


By Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons - 1/4/2012


By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 1/4/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 1/4/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 1/4/2012


By John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri - 1/4/2012


By Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons - 1/4/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 1/4/2012


By Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/3/2012


By Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen - 1/3/2012


By Tony Auth, January 04, 2012


By Chan Lowe, January 04, 2012


By Mike Luckovich, January 04, 2012


By Ted Rall, January 04, 2012


By Steve Sack, January 04, 2012


By Drew Sheneman, January 04, 2012


By Tom Toles, January 04, 2012


By Dan Wasserman, January 03, 2012


By Signe Wilkinson, January 04, 2012


By Jeff Danziger, January 04, 2012


By Jim Morin, January 05, 2012

Note: Previous editions can be found in my journal.
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