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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 03:27 PM
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Democrats' jokes called crass:Allen GOP chief 'appalled' by Web site humor
Allen County Democratic Party Chairman Randy Schmidt said he will investigate questions of inappropriate content on the party's Web site, but he said the humor on the site is similar to that of late-night talk shows.
http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/6952809.htm

I am the webmaster for the website mentioned and I am shocked that the GOP would be offended by the content! Sure I am. When pigs fly. Whoops doesn't Rush fly all the time? Off his rocker!!!!
http://www.allencountydemocrats.org /

What is the opinion of the members here?

I did include a warning that the site was not created to make Republicans happy. I guess they can't read. I notice that DU has a "Freedom to Leave" policy. I think I will swipe that and make a few modifications to fit our website. I hope DU doesn't have a problem. LOL

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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 03:35 PM
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1. Sheeze
Tell them to get over their political correctness. Tell the to stop whining. (Although I can see where the quality of your humor is waaaaay more important than the outting of a CIA agent.)
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NWHarkness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 03:37 PM
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2. Your site looks great
To hell with those GOP whiners.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 03:37 PM
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3. Was Mr. Schmidt offended by Crisco Johnny's minion's website?
The one named after the serial number of the plane that crashed and killed Senator Carnahan? I suppose he thought that was a rib-tickler!

But yes, portraying the President of the United States as so stupid he'd try to milk a steer is indeed appalling. What is more appalling is that with the current squatter in the Oval Office, it could be true!
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 03:54 PM
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6. I haven't had the time to discuss it with our party chair yet.
I just got back yesterday from my sister's memorial service held on Sunday. The article was in today's paper and won't be to work til tomorrow where I would see him.
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OKNancy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 03:44 PM
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4. Looks pretty mild to me
Geez they should see some really hateful ones. Yours isn't that bad at all.
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 03:56 PM
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7. Thanks all
I thought it was mild and tried to keep it toned down a bit in some regards. Most of the material is composed of links to newspaper articles or other sources.
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symbolman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 03:45 PM
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5. Send them over to
Take Back the Media.com

http://www.takebackthemedia.com

feel free to link to any of my flash movies there like "Chicken Hawk - Hall of Shame" or "Bush is not a Nazi, so stop saying that.." or "Army of ONE" etc.. in the flash section..

meanwhile Tom Delay impersonates a Human being..
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 03:57 PM
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8. I have a few links to your site.
Always looking for new material.
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radfringe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 06:06 AM
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33. help yourself to the 'toons in the "Left jab" section
Edited on Wed Oct-08-03 06:20 AM by radfringe
Radical Fringe

help yourself to the 'toons in the "Left jab" section
these are all originally done by me

just don't "link" to them - they will end up getting blocked by free-servers. if you want the "files" rather than 'cut/paste' - drop me a PM with your e-mail and I'll send them to you

p.s. have added your site to my link page
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Tempest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:02 PM
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9. Ask the GOP complainers what they think of this
Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) fired his veteran communications director Ernie Blazar last week for running a political blog called "N8354N" during work hours, from his Senate computer.

And what does "N8354N" mean?

Well, it's the tail number of the plane which Missouri's Democratic governor Mel Carnahan died in, while running for Senate in 2000.

Hilarious, huh?

A subheading on the site read, "The title of this blog is not random. It marks an inflection point in current Missouri politics. On that day, the worm began to turn."

Nice.

When Blazar's stupidity was exposed, the site was subsequently deleted.

Thank goodness for Google's cache function, eh?

They can find anything.


From The Democratic Underground
http://www.democraticunderground.com /
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:08 PM
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13. Ohhhh that is nasty
The connection with Carnahan dying is the worse.

But using Senate property on Senate time is also illegal. But the rule of law must not apply here. ??You think??
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shirlden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:04 PM
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10. Looks good !!!
No Offense taken.

However, it might be a good idea to put on a serious face in these troubled times. The jokes here could backfire come election time. I can just hear some Repug complaining about the Libruls and how they never take anything seriously. Now that you have been outed, expect some of that rightous indignation the RW are so good at spewing.

:kick:

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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:04 PM
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11. Gee I wonder....
How many will visit the website because of the article? It will give our website more exposure and hopefully educate more people about the facts. At least from those that want to know the truth.

I have only received two feedback email today. One was positive and stated "Here's hoping you'll ignore Steve Shine's hystrionic moanings and keep up the good humor!"

The other was a negative wanting me to include the Monica spotted blue dress.
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 07:13 PM
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24. A lot of people...
I couldn't get on. Looks like server overload.

Anyway, from what the article says, I will probably love it whenever I get to see it, but I have my doubts that it will make any new friends.

Your "official" party website isn't just preaching to the converted, it's trying to get new converts. And a lot of them just won't respond all that kindly to the stuff that gets people laughing hysterically here.

Pointed satire, not just insult, hooks them.
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mhr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:07 PM
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12. Under No Circumstances Let the GOP Intimidate You
If you get any flak, remind these thin skinned lizards about how they hounded Bill DAY and NIGHT!

'nuff said
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duhneece Donating Member (967 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:19 PM
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14. The current mis-administration is guilty of murder
Murderers and those who support them are not entitled to deem cartoons, jokes, etc. as inappropriate. And I have seen the shrub with a Hitler-type mustache, with "What Would Hitler Do?" beneath it, so y'all humor seems very tame indeed.
Thank you.
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pope piel Donating Member (7 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 08:00 PM
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38. I'll pimp slap them
Yeah, what about all of the mean things that have been said about Hillary? If I hear another pubelican say she has fat ankles, I'll pimp-slap them my own self!
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 09:32 PM
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40. Makes you wonder why they look at her ankles!!
I wonder if there is any psychological meaning to that.
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qb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:19 PM
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15. Didn't you know it's unpatriotic to make fun of Republicans?
Seriously, though, you have to click on the "humor" link to get to the so-called "offensive" stuff (which is pretty tame in my book). Tell those crybabies if they don't want to be made fun of, then don't click on a Democrat's "Humor" link!
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GAspnes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:36 PM
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16. bug on the humor page
it doesn't render legibly with Konqueror. The menu sub-choices (e.g. - "a. Anti-Coup Buttons #1") all plot as solid black rectangles with occasional reverse-white rectangles revealing a letter or two of text. Mousing over the black boxes inverts a few dots, but not enough to make out the text.
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robbedvoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 05:13 PM
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17. Late night talk show? The horror! How dare you? The outrage is
right here!
It's a great site - and after reading Bartcop daily, it seems to me like a day time show!
Seriously, what I'd like to answer would be: "I'll take late night show any time over any Clear Channel talk show - I guess we are OK then"
They are amazing when they are shocked by dissent, aren't they? I always think back to that moment on Crossfire when that student asked a canned question of Begala: "Why are the dems candidates attacking W?"
Begala responded: "What do you expect, compliments? They are the opposition party, they are running against him.
This is politics, get used to it, young lady"
Some of that spirit should be used in the answer.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 05:21 PM
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18. Just shine em on, baby!
It's like Michael Moore was saying on the Daily Show last night....just don't give a shit! Don't give their complaints any kind of relevance whatsoever. If anything, you should get MORE vicious. Make fun of their complaints!
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LightTheMatch Donating Member (572 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 06:12 PM
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19. site has problems with some browsers
Your site hardly works at all with Safari on the Mac, which means it also probably has big problems with most peopler using Konqueror on Linux.
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FlemingsGhost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 06:14 PM
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20. How about Maryland's first lady "joking"...
that she'd like to put a bullet in Brittany Spear's head.

That was a knee-slapper.
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displacedtexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 06:54 PM
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21. the reporter obviously relished writing that story!
note how the word 'page' is used, instead of 'link.' don't let the bastards eat you! stay the course, or they win! and, btw, that 'aide' who created the wellstone plane number site was actually the COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR.
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Grins Donating Member (508 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 07:00 PM
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22. They're harmless.
And most of them are from other sources anyway. What they REALLY don't like is that there is a grain of truth in all of them. It's their realization that you are right, they are wrong, that's killin' 'em.
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karlschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 07:04 PM
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23. Heehee...well the server's overloaded so you've generated some traffic!
:D
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 07:15 PM
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25. guess they never saw some of those "Slap Hillary" sites eom
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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 07:39 PM
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26. I am appalled by Republicans.
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 07:56 PM
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27. It was decided to take down that section...
at least until after the upcoming election in November. There may still be some changes regarding the humor section.
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drfemoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:12 PM
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29. I missed it
:cry:
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:05 PM
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28. whatever!
screw them if they can't take a joke
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4thepeople Donating Member (8 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:16 PM
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30. Nice to see real progressives in Indiana!
As a fellow Hoosier, I was thrilled to see your website. Too often, Democrats in Indiana are Republicans who dare to wear blue dress shirts. Keep it up!
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Bozvotros Donating Member (394 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 01:07 AM
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31. Great Web site
I am from Fort Wayne too and I know exactly what kind of whiny, hypocritical flack Republican Chairman Steve Shine is.

"Allen County Republican Party Chairman Steve Shine called the content "totally inappropriate" and crass.

"I'm rather appalled at the inappropriate sexually oriented comments, which appear to be extremely demeaning to women," Shine said. "I don't think that will set well in the City of Churches."

What I'd really like is for some enterprising reporter to do an investigative expose on Shine's private life. Then you could post that on your website and see how well that set with the good people in "the City of Churches"

Keep swinging that hammer. I liked that humor section too....
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BQueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 05:58 AM
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32. Exploiting the opportunity to claim that DEMS are the ones who play dirty.
I'm in Ohio, but only about an hour from Ft. Wayne. My mother watches the network stations from there and says she really hates the woman running. (Mom's an Eisenhower Republican who seems to be coming around, she sure doesn't defend the WH anymore)

What a sanctimonious POS. Of course, they only list the simplest, most jarring ones (for those still in thrall). Not the extremely thought-provoking ones that they don't want to start seeing around town, because they might make people think twice about associating themselves with a party supporting that megalomaniac.

There are even items on the pages linked that even Reps would agree with - there was a dig on the Kennedys, and "There will always be death and taxes, but death doesn't get worse every year." And lots of funny neutral stuff.

And what was particularly offensive/degrading to women? Nothing I saw, but some of the links were down by the time I got there.

Put on a disclaimer that the links are to outside sources and that you are not responsible for nor do you (necessarily) endorse their content. Screw the bastards.
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 07:38 PM
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37. I would love to have material like that.
But, it would have to be on another site in all probability.

Sometime before tomorrow it looks like the website will be pulled. A holding page will be created to suggest other sites to visit. Most likely the State and National Democratic Party.

www.nancynall.com had a piece about the website too.
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Metatron Donating Member (877 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 06:15 AM
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34. I second that
and I bookmarked the humor page
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 02:51 PM
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36. Hi 4thepeople!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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4thepeople Donating Member (8 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 08:36 PM
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39. Glad to have found you all!
I was drawn in by the hilarious "Top 10 Conservative Idiots" list and have visited DU almost daily since I discovered it. Since I live in a very conservative state, it is very refreshing to be able to discuss issues with like-minded individuals (other than my law partner!) Sometimes I think we are are only liberals in the whole state. Glad I'm wrong!
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BenFranklinUSA Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 09:03 AM
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35. 6 of 1, Half-Dozen the Other
Well, it really depends on what you want the site to accomplish.

If you are preaching the the converted, who gives a farge?
If you are preaching to convert, taking the 'high-road' might be a better course.

DU = genrally not taking the 'high-road', but that's okay 'cause it is supposed to be a forum for those who don't/aren't and 'preaching to the converted (though challanged sometimes by those who wish to).

Make the site what YOU want.

That's my 2 francs.

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