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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-07-05 11:50 PM
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Mark Cuban, owner of Dallas Mavericks, asks bush to forgo inauguration
festivities and send the money to tsunami aid. Post a comment to this blog entry if you would like. I have. I am amazed to find myself agreeing with Mark Cuban. And probably even more amazed to read what he wrote. He posted a bit further down in the blog comments and sounded even more unhappy with bush than in the original blog entry!

http://www.blogmaverick.com/entry/1234000260025530/#c93...

Start by cancelling your inauguration parties and festivities.
Could there be anything more confusing and shocking than to read that our country was offering $35mm in aid to the areas affected by the Tsunamis, but that the cost of inauguration parties would be about $40mm?

Does anyone else think that this is wrong?

I realize that the cost for the inauguration is being picked up by corporate sponsors and people purchasing outrageously priced tickets. The question is why.

Why are all these corporations and people spending all that money? Hey I love a good party, but there aint no party like a $10,000 per ticket party. Its a 10k dollar ass kissing. As an accountant, fund raiser when asked about the high prices to attend the Inaugural events told the NY Times, its the cost of playing the game.

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tonyraytx Donating Member (221 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-07-05 11:55 PM
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1. Since when Bush
Going to do something that it right, So far he hadn't yet. So why now
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-07-05 11:57 PM
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2. ASKING him to
and knowing he won't, will bring public attention to the extravagant balls and parties and the cost of them. Contrast that to what is happening in Asia (people are now dying from lack of clean water, simple infections, etc) and looks like an even BIGGER bastard than he already IS!!!

So, yay!
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steve2470 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:01 AM
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3. Also, in 1945, didn't FDR forego a big bash during wartime ????nt
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:03 AM
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4. Yep.
He felt it would be unseemly to have a big bash during war.

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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:02 AM
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20. FDR was a true leader who had a conscience
no way will King George forgo celebrating his second presidential election theft but I agree with previous posters, I love people like Mr. Cuban calling attention to the what an unseemly, obscene monstrosity this celebration will be.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 07:37 AM
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15. Yep. Americans were sacrificing like crazy for the war effort, so he
thought it would be unseemly to have a massive shindig.

Of course, FDR was right on.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:10 AM
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5. " I think any cause is better than getting a politician re-elected. "
That's a funny man.
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Pallas180 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:12 AM
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6. Funny, that's what I thought when the tsunami happened-he should
send the money to the stricken people and not have a big inauguration -

instead he sends 10,000 and keeps 40 million for his party.

I'm also wondering where are all those offshore corporations using that cheap labor, especially sri lanka, india, viet nam, thailand -
where are those coproations contributions - if any? and I say if any,
cause if they were giving, you can bet they would be publicizing it.

Hello Nike?, and all the dress companies, and how much did Walmart give?
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:14 AM
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7. Exactly.
AND there's a war going on and US servicemembers dying every day!!! Sheesh. If those two things aren't reason enough to call off some over the top ostentatious balls, I don't know what is.

Honestly? I'd be ashamed to hold such vulgar displays of wealth right now. Seriously. But then that would require bush and his supporters to have a sense of humility. And that's requiring a bit too much for them.
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LetsGoMurphys Donating Member (564 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:21 AM
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9. thats exactly what i thought...
if my kid was in Iraq cuz of that moron and I saw them celebrating the the tune of 40 million dollars I might spontaneously combust.
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AlbizuX Donating Member (322 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:56 AM
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19. please do so near Bush...
sacrifice for your country

:)
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:04 AM
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21. LOL.....LgM
cute.....and I very much agree; I am so freaking angry already I just cannot IMAGINE having a loved one in that hellhole. Welcome to the DU! :hi:
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LetsGoMurphys Donating Member (564 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 02:58 AM
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31. well the truth is
I do have a loved one going over there...he is one of my best friends in the world and is going over there in April for a year and I will not be the same while he is there, and as much as we hate Nader it is comical he wears a "dont blame me i voted for Nader shirt arround the barracks"
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cry baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:21 AM
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8. That is absolutely great!!! He's from Tx, too - HaHa
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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:27 AM
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10. Thanks for posting this!
Very interesting to read. I am not able to keep up with people like Mr. Cuban, so I did not know much about him. He makes some excellent points that any person with a heart would think up on their own. Ah, sadly, Bush is not one of those people. :(
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:37 AM
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11. You're welcome!
post to the blog with your comments, too! Scare the bushbots! LOL!
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 07:43 AM
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16. It requires a heart to do so.
Bush is the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodsman rolled into one neat package.
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bluestateboomer Donating Member (313 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:03 AM
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12. It's a win win situation.
If he does the right thing and sends the money to Tsunami relief, It's good for the people. If he does the predictable, he shows everyone his callous idiot side. :evilgrin:
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:15 AM
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13. BINGO! You get the prize!
I was just walking my dog and thought the EXACT same thing.

Hey there are some more in favor of Mark's idea posting on his blog.

Kick this!
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:34 AM
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14. I am amazed!
This guy has got to be a Democrat!
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AlbizuX Donating Member (322 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:54 AM
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17. Nice of that man...
to point it out.

Bush...will you listen to reason?
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AlbizuX Donating Member (322 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:55 AM
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18. i just thought of something...
maybe we should start sending massive emails, disguisted as conservatives, to the White House, asking them to forgo the inauguration...that might freak out Bush into thinking he'd lose Republican support if he didn't do it.

president@whitehouse.gov
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:06 AM
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22. LOL.............AlbizuX
your heart is in the right place but come on - hordes of "conservatives" asking for THE RIGHT THING, asking for CHARITY FOR FOREIGNERS, showing HEART AND COMPASSION - LOL, even the most dipshit republican politician would be on to THAT ONE. :D
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AlbizuX Donating Member (322 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:24 AM
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25. yeha...your right
what was I thinking...i actually thought Republicans might be humans once in a while....

so email him anyway, and come from the fiery leftwing perspective instead.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:25 AM
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26. oh I will certainly be doing that!
:hi:
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Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:09 AM
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23. "Some call you the 'elite'...I call you my base"
These are 'payback' celebrations and parties for corporations that helped Bush turn America into a corporate state. Does anyone really believe that they give a crap what the 'commoners' think?
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msu2ba Donating Member (231 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:23 AM
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24. Pictures and Caption
I think that about thirty seconds after the first pictures of the "coronation" hit the Net, we need to post a picture of the bash side-by-side with a picture of Iraq with Chimpy's quote about politics being the "Ultimate Sacrifice" underneath and send it everywhere we can think of.

Yeah. Life must be hell, George.

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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:53 PM
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27. I am fully planning on
getting pics of people living it up at the coronation balls and putting them side by side with current pics from the Iraq war, the tsunami survivors AND, if I can find pics, the poor right HERE in the US.

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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:45 PM
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28. I WANT a huge coronation
i want 24/7 coverage on every TV channel. I want sky cams, dress cams, anus cams, every damn cam available. I want the whole world to see our Chimperor. C+ Augustus. I want to see flowing champagne glasses, 12 layer cakes, petit-fours, caviar, and jumbo fucking shrimp.

Let the whole world see it and and let the whole world remember this monster that has plagued humanity.
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:46 PM
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29. Yep
that's why we said it was win-win above.

And I fully plan on emailing pics of the coronation with pics of what is going on in the world to my repuke inlaws.
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Avalon Sparks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:50 PM
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30. Must add this~
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 09:51 PM by Avalon Sparks
I'm a Dallasite and I love Mark Cuban.

He does a lot of good for the community.

I also liked his TV show, it was interesting.

I emailed him once and he emailed me back. :)

Confession... I also think he is a cutie pie.

I'm glad to hear of his challenge to Bush.*
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One Taste Donating Member (636 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 03:42 AM
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32. Yep
I like Cuban too. He's from my hometown outside of Pittsburgh. :toast:
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