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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:14 PM
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Useless random statements thread
My foot's asleep. :(
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Az Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:20 PM
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1. That dude totally stopped the soccer ball cold in its tracks.
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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:24 PM
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2. We are all Easter Islanders.
n/t
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:10 PM
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4. could someone itch my back?
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:10 PM
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3. He was cleaning the electrical outlet with his car key.
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Az Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:11 PM
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5. One whiff of that gas and Bang the walls became floors became ceilings
Needless to say. The party broke up.
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aljones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:11 PM
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6. Are you okay?
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:18 PM
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7. Well, how does one wake up a foot?
* Yell at it
* Hit it
* Tickle it
* Put it in a glass of warm water
* Put it in an oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
* Massage it gently
* Massage it seductively (Now if THAT doesn't wake it up, then it's as dead as Ronald Reagan's brain, assuming he actually ever had one...)
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:21 PM
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8. Do You Think the Floor Can Support This Many People?
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scarlet_owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:22 PM
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9. Pelted with chicken nuggets.
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Az Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:23 PM
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10. Open the door, get on the floor. Everyone walk the dinosaur.
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:49 PM
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12. Everybody Wang Chung tonight
*heard that goshawful song earlier today... and curses if it isn't running through my head...*
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JohnOneillsMemory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:42 PM
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11. Your either with us or against us+defending our freedoms+god bless america
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/130534_focusecond...

Bush uses several dominating linguistic techniques to induce surrender to his will. The first is empty language. This term refers to broad statements that are so abstract and mean so little that they are virtually impossible to oppose. Empty language is the emotional equivalent of empty calories.

Just as we seldom question the content of potato chips while enjoying their pleasurable taste, recipients of empty language are usually distracted from examining the content of what they are hearing. Dominators use empty language to conceal faulty generalizations; to ridicule viable alternatives; to attribute negative motivations to others, thus making them appear contemptible; and to rename and "reframe" opposing viewpoints.

Bush's 2003 State of the Union speech contained 39 examples of empty language. He used it to reduce complex problems to images that left the listener relieved that George W. Bush was in charge. Rather than explaining the relationship between malpractice insurance and skyrocketing health care costs, Bush summed up: "No one has ever been healed by a frivolous lawsuit." The multiple fiscal and monetary policy tools that can be used to stimulate an economy were downsized to: "The best and fairest way to make sure Americans have that money is not to tax it away in the first place." The controversial plan to wage another war on Iraq was simplified to: "We will answer every danger and every enemy that threatens the American people." In an earlier study, I found that in the 2000 presidential debates Bush used at least four times as many phrases containing empty language as Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Bush Senior or Gore had used in their debates.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:51 PM
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13. wow great article and a germ of good advice too
Edited on Sat May-15-04 11:52 PM by AZDemDist6
snip Bush's political opponents are caught in a fantasy that they can win against him simply by proving the superiority of their ideas. However, people do not support Bush for the power of his ideas, but out of the despair and desperation in their hearts. Whenever people are in the grip of a desperate dependency, they won't respond to rational criticisms of the people they are dependent on. They will respond to plausible and forceful statements and alternatives that put the American electorate back in touch with their core optimism. Bush's opponents must combat his dark imagery with hope and restore American vigor and optimism in the coming years....This is the linguistic prescription for those who wish to retire Bush in 2004.


here is how we need to "convince" people bush is a loser
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