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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:49 PM
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South Dakota Senator Lashes Out at 'Taliban Wing of Republican Party'
<The special election to fill South Dakota's lone Congressional seat turned negative Sunday with fewer than 10 days to go before the June 1 polling date. At a Sioux Falls rally for Democrat Stephanie Herseth, Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) appeared alongside the candidate and Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) and touched off a firestorm with his remarks.

Johnson said, "When Stephanie Herseth fills this seat, we are going to have a rising star in the House of Representatives. And how sweet it's going to be on June 2 when the Taliban wing of the Republican Party finds out what's happened in South Dakota."

His characterization delighted the partisan crowd, but South Dakota Republicans are demanding an apology from Johnson.>

http://www.mensnewsdaily.com/archive/newswire/news2004/...
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DarkPhenyx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:51 PM
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1. Let the Tali-bornagains demand all they want.
I could care less if their feelings got hurt.
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freetobegay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:52 PM
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3. I couldn't agree more with you!
Let them eat shit for a change.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:05 PM
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9. Truth hurts?
Tough noogies.

No more Mr. Nice Democrat.
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DarkPhenyx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:15 PM
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21. Oh...I'm a nice Democrat.
I'm just not a doormat Democrat.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 09:40 AM
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56. The ones who object are implicitly admitting extremism.
Just yell "Hey, neofascist moron!" and see who answers. Simple.
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Syrinx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:52 PM
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2. what? tough words from Dashcle
It's about time.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:53 PM
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4. no, it was Tim Johnson, the other Democratic Senator from SD
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Syrinx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:33 PM
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23. oops
I need to read more carefully.
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silverweb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:53 PM
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5. *yawn*
The whining reThuglicans are so very predictable. They dish it out by the ton, but get their panties in a wad the minute anyone comes back at them.

:nopity:
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:07 PM
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13. Excellent. Let us remember to call them whiners.
Crybabies is nice, too.
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 12:45 AM
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44. Send them cheese
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 09:36 AM
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55. French cheese
Brie d'Moulin would be appropriate.
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Justice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:53 PM
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6. Remember Frist On The Senate Floor Accusing Richard Clarke of
Perjury? When it was revealed days later that Frist was completely off base, did Frist apologize?

Why should Johnson apologize for saying something that rings true, when Frist cannot apologize when he is dead wrong! (and Frist spoke not at a fundraiser, but in the official capacity in the senate!)
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:54 PM
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7. and Johnson was nice to point out it isn't all republicans
but a certain "wing" of them. and of course he is correct.
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PROGRESSIVE1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:58 PM
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8. Good for him and he BETTER STICK TO HIS WORDS!!!!
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daligirrl Donating Member (572 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:05 PM
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10. Boo-fucking-hoo. . .
I am so tired of these dish-it-out-but-can't-take-it crybabies. I am more convinced every day that these people are suffering from a collective personality disorder.
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:05 PM
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11. Saw it here first
Been at least a year, it has, since the phrase "Taliban Wing of the Republican Party" was first coined, I believe, right here on DU!

Now the phrase hits the mainstream media, finally!

DU is so far ahead of the rest of the world it almost makes yer head spin! But what did you expect? DU is the Voice of the People.

DU Brings Power To The People!
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MajorFlaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:06 PM
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12. It's a funny line. Kerry should borrow it in October. n/t
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:09 PM
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14. Pretty sure Johnson is the only member of congress with a son...
...who is either currently or was formerly serving in Iraq. Screw the Chickenhawk Rethugs.

Don

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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:13 PM
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19. You are correct. My co-worker's nephew
Edited on Tue May-25-04 09:23 PM by alittlelark
is the only senatorial child in service in Iraq

-edited to add Where he is serving.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:14 PM
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20. his son is currently in Iraq
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 04:30 AM
Response to Reply #14
50. Thanks for the information, Didn't know. I really respect Johnson. n/t
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FleshCartoon Donating Member (592 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:11 PM
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15. No apologies.
Never again.


:spank:
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:12 PM
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16. Johnson is the brother-in-law of a co-worker.
We talked about this comment today (he's an ex 60's radical). He will be vacationing with the Senator and his sister starting Thursday. I think he will be at work tommorrow (but I have his cell # too) .

Any comments a DUer would like me to give him for his Brother-in-Law?

I'll make all efforts.....
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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:42 PM
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32. He better NOT
fucking apologize!
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:54 PM
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36. Is that really what you want to say to him?
How about, instead, something showing respect for the huevos it takes to stand up for your beliefs in a hostile climate.

I may start a thread in GD for people to say what they think about what he did.

The cool thing is....he's GONNA SEE IT!!!!
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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 08:53 AM
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53. Excuse me?
I come to DU to be informed, but also to have a little fun, to blow off some steam about the current situation.

When I noticed that others had responded in a light manner, I did the same.

Given that so many of our guys have shown some spine and later backed down, I have good reason to worry that will happen again.

Would I actually say that to a public official? Of course not. Grow up. You have no reason to jump all over me.

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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:57 PM
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37. Tell him he is an inspiration
and gives us hope. He called it absolutely right about the far right.
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umtalal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 10:08 AM
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57. Tell him we like him, appreciate him and respect him
I am a follower of his. I watched him on the floor on C-Span and he is a fine respresentative of South Dakota. And if they give him a hard time, tell him needs a replacement for Fienstein.
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Dhalgren Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 11:19 AM
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61. Tell him we need more Democratic office holders
like Sen. Johnson! He speaks the truth and has a backbone! Why is it that so many Democrats fear crossing the Thugs? I say thanks to Sen. Johnson - leading by example! And, oh yeah - "Bring 'em on!"
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 12:57 PM
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65. How about...
Edited on Wed May-26-04 12:58 PM by JCCyC
"Hey, do they know what 'wing' means, besides something you can find at KFC? It means 'faction'. As in, 'not all, but some'. Learn English, crybabies."

Edit: just to clarify, this is something he can say in future appearances.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:12 PM
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17. An apology?
When their side stops with all the Godcountrypatriotismoldtimereligion stuff and insinuating, or outright saying, that we are terrorist sympathizers, then I'm prepared to call for Johnson to apologize.
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 11:45 AM
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63. Rethugs ALWAYS demand an apology...
from Democrats who tell the truth about them. What're Dems supposed to do?! Lie to cover up for the Rethugs?!
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:12 PM
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18. An apology?
When their side stops with all the Godcountrypatriotismoldtimereligion stuff and insinuating, or outright saying, that we are terrorist sympathizers, then I'm prepared to call for Johnson to apologize.
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baby_bear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:22 PM
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22. That's a quote from Julian Bond, pre - 9/11
Edited on Tue May-25-04 09:22 PM by sierra_moon
"(Bush) has selected nominees from the Taliban wing of American politics, appeased the wretched appetites of the extreme right wing, and chosen Cabinet officials whose devotion to the Confederacy is nearly canine in its uncritical affection."

http://www.nationalreview.com/daily/nr022601.shtml


bark bark!!

s_m


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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:36 PM
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24. Democrats with spine!
Kudos! More Democrats should have been railing against the Neo Fascists. I put the partial blame on Dems for the illegal invasion of Iraq. They were, with few exceptions, doormats to the Neo Fascists. I guess I must type "better late than never". Nancy Pelosi was 100% correct and I am real pleased that she did not back down.
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Media_Lies_Daily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:36 PM
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25. KMA, TWOTGOP...
Kiss My Ass, Taliban Wing of the GOP.
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NewYorkerfromMass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:38 PM
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26. It's true. They are religious fundamentalists
Edited on Tue May-25-04 09:39 PM by NewYorkerfromMass
and as wrong for this nation's democracy as the Taliban.
Might as well call them out and face the music of the backlash this comment is certain to spur.
Bring it on.
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Nancy Waterman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:48 PM
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27. The Republicans always squawk
when someone speaks the truth! The Taliban Wing of the Republican Party is the perfect description. They are just as fundamentalist, just as sure they are the only true believers, and just as ready to ascribe satanic motives to everyone else.
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0rganism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:52 PM
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28. Did the GOP ever apologize for the Cleland-binLaden morph?
Did Frist ever apologize for accusing Clarke of perjury?

Did the wingnut broadcasters ever apologize for calling Bill Clinton a "sexual predator"?

No?

Then I guess they can go straight to hell.
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CTLawGuy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:57 PM
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29. I knew instantly this wasn't Daschle talking...
NT
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umtalal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 10:14 AM
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58. I agree
Daschle thinks he is slick. I think he is a light weight. Is it any wonder the Senate has become the way it has?
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iam Donating Member (453 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:19 PM
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30. Nothing is more disgusting
than rich white republican males whining about having only 90% of the power in the world. They want an apology, I got their apology right here.
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dusty64 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:27 PM
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31. WOW! I LOVE it!
They truly are the American Taliban and I couldn't be happier to actually hear someone say it. What a surprise when the New York "liberal" Hillary is busy sucking up to the VRWC conspiracy on fux and a moderate from a red state says what I've been thinking.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:43 PM
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33. Did South Dakota Republicans first apologize to Tom Daschle?
I seem to recall Daschle's patriotism being questioned by rather high ranking Republicans, despite the fact that Daschle actually wore the uniform when another administration asked him to.

Support the troops doesn't mean honoring them after they've returned, apparently, at least for Republicans.
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Philostopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:58 PM
Response to Reply #33
43. They care about the troops once they are no longer in uniform
precisely as much as they care about fetuses once they're out of the womb.

You do the math.
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:49 PM
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34. I'm demanding an apology for EIGHT years of trashing Bill Clinton...
Edited on Tue May-25-04 10:49 PM by BiggJawn
Think I'll get one from the ReTHUGlican Party?

Sure, probably happen about the same time I sleep with Madonna....
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:51 PM
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35. I demand an apology from ALL republicans simply for BEING REPUBLICANS.
so there. phbbbbbbt!

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Hand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:00 PM
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38. I got your apology...
Right here, suckas...





:nopity:
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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:27 PM
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39. oh my - hit a nerve, did they?
just a tad too much truth in those statements! HA!
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Kenneth ken Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:34 PM
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40. Apology
"Any time the Taliban wing of the Republican party wants to meet with me face to face, I will be happy to apologize to them. I have no intention of apologizing to some faceless entity." said Senator Johnson. :D

(he didn't really say that, but he should. The the cons either have to face him, and thereby admit they are the Taliban wing, or STFU.)
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dArKeR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:45 PM
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41. Not to forget the Repukes have attempted to assassinate Daschle. Anthrax
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 04:36 AM
Response to Reply #41
51. I'll never forget. NEVER. Monsters. n/t
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The Zanti Regent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:51 PM
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42. Please what is the latest poll numbers on this race???
Anybody know?????
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Josh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 01:17 AM
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45. Last I heard it was tightening - Herseth up by about 6-10 points
Edited on Wed May-26-04 01:18 AM by Josh
but she had a thirty point lead about two months ago when no one knew who her opponent was. I still think she'll pull it out.

(Edityed for speling mistayek.)
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othermeans Donating Member (858 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 01:19 AM
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46. The usual from the whine and sleaze crowd nt
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othermeans Donating Member (858 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 01:20 AM
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47. Johnson's son is the only Senator's son in combat in Iraq
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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 01:34 AM
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48. I've had the pleasure of meeting Senator Johnson
He's everything one would wish a Senator to be: personable, well spoken, in command of the facts, interested in the people around him, and fair, even in the midst of one of the hardest fought (and most honorable, on both sides I think) campaigns of recent years, which is when I met him. He's what we once expected all Senators to be.

When Johnson speaks in the terms cited above, we should all listen. I think that when he has to resort to apparent hyperbole to get his point across, you should take pause. Because that guy knows his business, and he's not prone to mudslinging. If he's willing to fight it on that level, you know the fight has gone beyond mere politics and has gone to a fight between freedom of thought and that of smear and propaganda.

Senator Tim Johnson is the patriot in this fight. He would not degrade himself or his state or this country, so when he draws a simple comparison between the Biblecons and the Taliban, he's not mucking around. He's calling it like he sees it, and he sees it firsthand.

And I happen to think he hit the target dead on.
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Voltaire99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 04:07 AM
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49. Give 'em hell, Johnson!
Here's the "apology" you can use:

"I regret if some of my opponents can't stand being told what they are."
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dusty64 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 06:47 AM
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52. A giant kick cause
I LOVE hearing this, I hope the rest of the Democrats start hitting back at those hypocritical and EVIL extremists. :kick:
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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 09:32 AM
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54. I love it when the Repubicans start squeeling
:thumbsup:
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 10:14 AM
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59. NO APOLOGIES!
About TIME someone called these Totalitarian Theocratic Busheviks WHAT THEY ARE!!!
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 11:12 AM
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60. screw them
the bible thumpers are just as bad as the Taliban

if they had their way, gays would be stoned to death, women would be pregnant and barefoot and only white males would be in charge
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Donkeyboy75 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 11:28 AM
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62. As soon as we get an apology
for being equated to Al Qaeda for supporting a woman's control of her reproductive rights.
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dand Donating Member (636 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 11:56 AM
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64. He could be a little more specific, in my state, Virginia,
Senators Allen and Warner are senior members of the Taliban wing of the Republican party and he didn't even mention them. Plus my Congressman, Schrock is at least an Imam.


HOW ABOUT A LITTLE RECOGNITION HERE!!!
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DaveSZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 01:04 PM
Response to Reply #64
66. He shouldn't apologize!
That's telling it like it is!
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jokerman93 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 01:23 PM
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67. Good News!
Edited on Wed May-26-04 02:16 PM by jokerman2004
The first thing to do is to give back to the extremists what they have been dishing out to "Liberals" for decades now. Marginalize the Bastards! Back to the margins! That's where they came from and that's where they still are -- in the America where reason, humanity, and justice for all are still valued.

Words are powerful weapons. It's time to sneer right back and roll our eyes, folks. Let them know that no one in their right mind would take their extremism seriously.

Push them back! And keep pushing them!
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DaveSZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 01:45 PM
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68. The Christian Taliban
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18259

The Christian Taliban

By Stephen Pizzo, AlterNet
March 28, 2004

During the Taliban rule of Afghanistan the world got a good look at what happens when religious zealots gain control of a government. Television images of women being beaten, forced to wear burkas, and banned from schools and the workplace helped build strong public support for the President's decision to invade Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11.


But even as President George W. Bush denounced the brutal Islamic fundamentalist regime in Kabul, he was quietly laying the foundations for his own fundamentalist regime at home. For the first time far right Christian fundamentalists had one of their own in the White House and the opportunity to begin rolling back decades of health and family planning programs they saw as un-Christian, if not downright sinful.


Since 2001 dozens of far-right Christian fundamentalists have been quietly installed in key positions within the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Drug Administration and on commissions and advisory committees where they have made serious progress. Three years later this administration has established one of the most rigid sexual health agendas in the Western world.


It began immediately. One of George W. Bush's first acts as president was to issue an executive memorandum reinstating a global abortion "gag rule." The rule was first implemented under Ronald Reagan but revoked during the two Clinton administrations. The rule prohibited federally funded family planning providers from even discussing abortion with their clients.

-more
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DaveSZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 01:48 PM
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71. If this doesn't prove the existence of the US Taliban,
Edited on Wed May-26-04 01:48 PM by DaveSZ
I don't know what will:


http://www.theocracywatch.org/texas_gop.htm


Highlights of the Texas GOP Platform, 2002

"The Republican Party of Texas reaffirms the United States of America is a Christian Nation ..."

1. GOVERNMENT
"We reclaim freedom of religious expression in public on government property, and freedom from government interference."

Support government display of Ten Commandments.

Dispel the "myth" of the separation of church and state.

-more
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IA_Seth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 01:47 PM
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69. How about we show them that we support his comments!
This weekend the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will be
sending volunteers from all across the country to South Dakota to
participate in a huge Get Out the Vote effort to elect Stephanie
Herseth to Congress and gain momentum in the quest for a New Majority!

The DCCC will pay for transportation to South Dakota, lodging, and
food and drink, so the trip is free! Sign up at
http://www.dccc.org/sd today! Call Christine Meehan at 302-381-9473
for more details.

This will be a close election and we need your help to win!
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tilsammans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 04:30 PM
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73. I wish I could participate . . .
I hope they get an EXCELLENT turnout! And the desired result!

:kick:

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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 01:47 PM
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70. Ed Gillespie's response -a MUST READ
Edited on Wed May-26-04 01:47 PM by underpants
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55582-20...

"The following is a statement by Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, on Sen. Tim Johnson's comments comparing Republicans to the Taliban:

" 'Unfortunately for angry Democrats like Tim Johnson, Nancy Pelosi and Ted Kennedy, terrorists aren't responsible for the deaths of U.S. soldiers, their commander-in-chief is.' "
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Justice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 02:29 PM
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72. Bet Begala or Carville Brings This Up Today
Imagine what Novak or Carlson might say....
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