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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:52 AM
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Dennis Kucinich Is a Very Silly Person
Dennis Kucinich, in an interview with the Boston Globe
"Everything I said back then was right today.
http://www.boston.com/news/local/politics/primarysource...

Dennis Kucinich Is a Very Silly Person

We all know this to be true. He's very very silly. His silliness has nothing to do with whether he's right or wrong. I don't know if he's really been right about everything, but he's certainly been right about more important stuff in recent years than most of the people on Tim Russert's rolodex. Still, he's a phenomenally silly person, so silly that when he's covered in the media there's tangible eye rolling by the reporters in the copy.

Since his silliness doesn't have much to do with his judgment on important things, it's worth exploring why he's so silly. As we know, you can be wrong about absolutely everything and still be a Very Serious Person Who Is Not Silly At All. Still, poor Dennis. He's very very silly.

He's silly because he talks outside the bounds of acceptable discourse which have been established by The Serious People. He doesn't try to work within these clear boundaries, but instead steps outside of them.

Howard Dean was also branded a very silly person by the Wise Old Men of Washington. He had the temerity to suggest crazy things which were not supposed to be said - the Iraq war was a bad idea, the capture of Saddam Hussein wouldn't make us safer, etc... etc...

http://atrios.blogspot.com/
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Fovea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:54 AM
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1. And we may have to form
the very silly party, to restore governance by adults.
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nannah Donating Member (690 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:18 PM
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25. the root word for silly is selig; it means blessed or wise;
it was used as an endearment; somehow there is an eerie essence of truth in calling kucinich "silly".
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 09:07 PM
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54. Cool! Do you have a reference for that? n/t
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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 03:26 AM
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63. Here's the etymology of "silly."
SILLY - O.E. geslig "happy" (related to sl "happiness"), from W.Gmc. *sligas (cf. O.N. sll "happy," Goth. sels "good, kindhearted," O.S. salig, M.Du. salich, O.H.G. salig, Ger. selig "blessed, happy, blissful"), from PIE base *sel- "happy" (cf. Gk. hilaros "gay, cheerful," L. solari "to comfort," salvus "whole, safe"). The word's considerable sense development moved from "blessed" to "pious," to "innocent" (1200), to "harmless," to "pitiable" (c.1280), to "weak" (c.1300), to "feeble in mind, lacking in reason, foolish" (1576). Further tendency toward "stunned, dazed as by a blow" (1886) in knocked silly, etc. Silly season in journalism slang is from 1861 (August and September, when newspapers compensate for a lack of hard news by filling up with trivial stories). Silly Putty trademark claims use from July 1949.
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nannah Donating Member (690 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 09:58 AM
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100. thanks. great information you silly pain killer
somewhere in the history of the word selig is also the meaning wise. i used to do a training for hospice in which i encouraged care givers and family to "be silly", to include humor and laughter in their interaction with someone who is ill and dying. coincidently, codeine, a dose of laughter yields measurable pain relief to someone in chronic pain.
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puebloknot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:12 PM
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37. Where can I apply for membership?
What a silly idea! The very idea makes me dizzy with silliness!
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:24 PM
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38. Count me in! eom
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:36 PM
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40. Silly as in freakin'
"genius"! We'll form the Genius Party!
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 09:18 AM
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72. And then, of course, to try and stop us, the DLC will nominate
Slightly Silly candidates that will receive no votes at all.
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Lowell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:56 AM
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2. This is a very silly post n/t
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exlrrp Donating Member (598 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 09:11 AM
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70. No, it's a very stupid post!
Ive been trying to read the original atrios post as anything but stupid and keep coming up with it as stupid.
kucinich is in no way silly--he's been right all along as the writer plays so coyly around. What we have here is atrios beeing too enamored with his own snarkiness and cleverness, doing a reverse snark that we're supposed to figure out. Kucinich is silly----NOT!! Thanks for the brainfart, atrios.
And what it loks like is more reinforcement that Kucinich and other anti war types are "silly." Don't read between the lines, just read the lines.
I hate posts where the point is sompletely opposite to whats being said. We see this here and on daily kos in posts, like "I love Bush" and then when we click on the post we see inside "NOT!!"
Do these people think theyre frightfully clever? why don't they say what they really mean? Or is that too hard to write?
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Lowell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 09:46 AM
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76. My sentiments exactly
I see a lot of the same thing here at DU about Kucinich. I happen to like him and think that if more people would listen to what he has to say rather than what he looks like they might find him to be refreshingly honest.
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exlrrp Donating Member (598 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:30 AM
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79. Wish I voted for him instead of Kerry!!
I won't make that stupid mistake again. He was right all along.
Atrios is full of it, or his own precious self
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Lowell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:54 AM
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84. Kerry took the Primaries unfortunately
Unless we come up with someone better he'll get my vote this time. I do think bot Gore and Kerry have improved over the past couple years, but Dennis has been consistent all along.
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michaelwb Donating Member (285 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 12:24 PM
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89. You're missing the point.
Atrios is NOT being serious, he is mocking the MEDIA for NOT treating Dennis seriously. It's is a satirical piece on Atrios' part.

Any careful reading catches that quite quickly.

I'm sick of people here attacking good progressive folks, because of their own inability to actually understand satire.

Like the folks who miss the point again and again here about Colbert.
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Ian_rd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-02-07 08:18 AM
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101. Irony is often a very effective way to make a point
And I think Atrios used it quite well in that little post of his. Without irony we wouldn't have some of the most eloquent criticisms of our government including half of the Daily Show and all of Stephen Colbert.
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:56 AM
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3. I will never forget the hit job Tweety did on him before the 04 elections n/t
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:36 AM
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81. I saw it, too. There's NOTHING he can ever do to atone for that vicious, vicious
treatment. NOTHING. I have never felt so much disgust and hatred for anyone on tv in my entire life.

He had him on recently, and I couldn't bring myself to listen long enough to see if he tried to treat him with the respect due a human being. Chris is one vile, sadistic "man."
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King Coal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 11:47 AM
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86. I'll never forget that, either. John Lennon was silly too. So am I.
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:56 AM
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4. K&R
This is an awesome post.

It amazes me that so many talking heads have been discredited, debunked or caught flat out lying and they keep getting invited back on TV shows as "experts".

And yet people like Kucinich and Dean are labeled as looney nutcases who are silly and they have been dead on correct about everything.

What an upside down world we live in today.

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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-31-06 09:56 AM
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98. You want to know what's silly
and tragically insane? (answers own question) Look at who occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A dangerous moran is the most powerful man on Earth.
AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! :banghead:
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Taxloss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:57 AM
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5. Really good piece.
Rec'd.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:57 AM
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6. I love these silly men n/t
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rock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:57 AM
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7. The Bureau of Silly Walks would disagree n/t
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:35 PM
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34. Has the Ministry been downgraded to a mere Bureau, then?
Egads! Will that Bush toady Blair stop at nothing?!
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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:59 AM
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8. So silly in fact
That he has a hot, smart British wife who is nearly a third his age ;)
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Taxloss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:21 PM
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17. Kucinich: "Silly" AND Anglophile.
It gets better and better.

Can't he get British nationality and sort out Labour? We'll take him if the Democrats won't.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:45 PM
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31. Now *there's* an idea! Maybe that's why he married Elizabeth?
:) :hi: :)
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nealmhughes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:46 PM
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52. Isn't Glenda Jackson doing that already?
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 09:09 PM
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55. More like half his age
60 and 28 are the relevant numbers here.
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:01 PM
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9. Silly Howard Dean and his scream...
I was mesmerized. I screamed right along with him. Love that man. :loveya:
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:03 PM
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10. Didn't Dean and Kucinich both have the "Silliest" Idea of All?
BREAK UP THE MEDIA CONGLOMERATES
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cyclezealot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:29 PM
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92. Can you imagine the benefit to the AMerican people if only
Dennis Kucinich and Howard Dean could terminate our silly, silly press.
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Annces Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:05 PM
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11. Maybe we should make him minister of silly walks
and keep electing megalomaniacs.
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Czolgosz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:08 PM
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12. I think I have a crush on you
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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:08 PM
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13. He's Not 'Electable'
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 12:12 PM by MannyGoldstein
Don't ya know?
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:10 PM
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14. Peace is Silly.
War is Good.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:14 PM
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15. He's a Cassandra.
He's right, but never taken seriously.
x(
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mikelgb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:14 PM
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16. Come On DU
let's support a REAL candidate in 08
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 09:01 AM
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69. The the reason he could not be a Real Candidate is?
:shrug:
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followthemoney Donating Member (745 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:32 PM
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18. His ears are too big and he's not much of a clothes horse.
How could he be elected as emperor, to serve the interests of the empire?

Of course, if this were a republic he could serve the interests of the public very well.

Alas, we can be either an empire or a republic and the decision has already been made by generations past. Our forefathers have committed us to be dis-empowered collaborators with empire and until someone of this or some future generation reads the Declaration of Independence and understands it, we will be dominated by pretenders to power.
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StrictlyRockers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:50 PM
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19. I am in love with this man.
In a completely non-gay, heterosexual way.

No, really.


Maybe if he was taller... No, wait! What am I saying?!

;)
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:18 PM
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57. We're talking about a 5000 year old form of social organization--
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ArtistFromMars Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-07-07 01:24 PM
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105. Of course, if this were a republic he could serve the interests of the public very well.
I agree with you followthemoney. Follow the Money we must.....

....that's why I absolutely refuse to vote for anyone BUT Dennis Kucinich for President.

Any candidate running for President that is taking Corporate Money for their campaign will be corrupt by default (no matter how well-intentioned they think they are or appear to be), IMHO.
We have to ask ourselves the question:
Do we want our President to continue to be held accountable to the Corporate Fascists that have taken over our country or do we want a President who will be held accountable to We the People?


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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:53 PM
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20. We need more silly people in charge. The serious people are only fucking things up. - n/t
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we can do it Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:19 PM
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45. Silly You - Get Serious
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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 07:57 PM
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94. I don't think I can. I keep having silly ideas I believe in, like these other people. - n/t
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Beam Me Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:53 PM
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21. We all know, by comparison, how UN-SILLY *W* is
What with those BIG BLACK BOOTS WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL SEAL ON THEM, not to mention the twentygallon all-poke-no-cow boy hat; and lets not forget that Texas drawl w/ the Princeton inflections and that most SERIOUS OF SERIOUS chimp-in-the-headlights expression




The very serious Mr. Bush:

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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:58 PM
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22. W is not silly at all....
he is seriously fucked up.

If we weren't all silly we would go insane, like W.
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mwooldri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 11:29 PM
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96. And here's me thinking W's a monster raving loony....
... the Monster Raving Loony Party had silly ideas but they made some sense. W makes the MRLP look like a serious political force.



Mark
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we can do it Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:59 PM
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23. I Am Also Silly, I Believe We Can End the War, I Believe We Can Count the Votes
I believe all People are equal, I believe we can slow global warming, I believe we all should have universal health care, I believe in alternate fuels, I believe in fair wages for all......silly me.

:silly:
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:13 PM
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24. silly!
:D
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we can do it Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:39 PM
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29. Let's Start A Silly Revolution
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Beam Me Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:39 PM
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35. I'll Silly That!
:silly:
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we can do it Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:16 PM
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44. In Silly We Trust
:silly:
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:54 AM
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83. Silly this
:)
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:28 PM
Response to Reply #23
26. Silly you. Silly me. Rediculously silly!!
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StrictlyRockers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:39 PM
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27. Silly passivists
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 02:01 PM by StrictlyRockers
Silly silly silly

non-violence is so silly :sarcasm:
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:02 PM
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33. Passivism
The silliest idea of them all.
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we can do it Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:41 PM
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30. Here's To All the Silly People - Peace, Love & Silliness
I love being silly!

:toast:
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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:58 PM
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28. Dennis Kucinich is NOT silly, but supporting his candidacy IS.
Dennis is a great guy with lots of wonderful ideas, but I'm saying that because I'm much more politically left than the rest of America. The rest of America would NEVER vote for Dennis.

Sure it sucks, but the candidate for 08 has to be able to win great swaths of the populace and sway centrists (I'll put it in terms that DU can understand: "selling out.")
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:02 PM
Response to Reply #28
43. thats why we have primaries...if he gets enough votes the party will
be forced to take notice
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we can do it Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:25 PM
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47. Silly Us - Supporting A Silly Little Man Who Cares About People
Of course, silly little ole me will support whoever we nominate in '08 - whether they be silly or not.

:silly:
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:58 PM
Response to Reply #28
48. Here IS The Center of America!
Where is "The Center"?
Here is what the MAJORITY of Americans (Democrats AND Republicans) want from OUR government!

In recent polls by the Pew Research Group, the Opinion Research Corporation, the Wall Street Journal, and CBS News, the American majority has made clear how it feels. Look at how the majority feels about some of the issues that you'd think would be gospel to a real Democratic Party:

1. 65 percent (of ALL Americans, Democrats AND Republicans) say the government should guarantee health insurance for everyone -- even if it means raising taxes.

2. 86 percent favor raising the minimum wage (including 79 percent of selfdescribed "social conservatives").

3. 60 percent favor repealing either all of Bush's tax cuts or at least those cuts that went to the rich.

4. 66 percent would reduce the deficit not by cutting domestic spending but by reducing Pentagon spending or raising taxes.

5. 77 percent believe the country should do "whatever it takes" to protect the environment.

6. 87 percent think big oil corporations are gouging consumers, and 80 percent (including 76 percent of Republicans) would support a windfall profits tax on the oil giants if the revenues went for more research on alternative fuels.

7. 69 percent agree that corporate offshoring of jobs is bad for the U.S. economy (78 percent of "disaffected" voters think this), and only 22% believe offshoring is good because "it keeps costs down."


http://alternet.org/wiretap/29788 /

8. Over 63% oppose the War on the Iraqi People.

9. 92% of ALL Americans support TRANSPARENT, VERIFIABLE elections!
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...




Sounds like DK to me.


Beware of Democrats selling "Affordable HealthCare". It is not.

The Democratic Party is a BIG TENT, but there is NO ROOM for those
who advance the agenda of THE RICH (Corporate Owners) at the EXPENSE of LABOR and the POOR.

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we can do it Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:18 PM
Response to Reply #48
49. Now That's Really Silly - Sensible Ideas To Make America Better for All
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 08:47 AM
Response to Reply #48
67. One of those surveys to PIN to the Fridge Door....just to remind ourselves
everytime the DC/NY Pundits try to push "Their Agenda" on us. Like they are trying to push Hillary/Obama down our throats before they tear them apart.

Thanks for posting the reminder.
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tomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:26 AM
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78. exactly!
there's no reason in the world for dk not to be electable (except all the meme-repeaters)
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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 12:10 PM
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88. And this...
...Is the perfect answer to those that claim a patient is "too liberal" "too unrealistic" or yes, even "too silly."
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:29 PM
Response to Reply #28
59. PTHHHHHHHHHHHHH


I'm in the middle (my temporary blonde moment)
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StrictlyRockers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 03:10 AM
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62. Never seen your picture, helderheid.
For a second I thought you might be the hot English wife that is about a third his age.

:D
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 09:13 AM
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71. BLUSH
:P :blush:
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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 02:07 PM
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93. Grrr
This is the kind of thinking that accomplishes a little short term gain but ultimately loses everything we stand for.

If your driving in the ditch you really can't put one road up in the gravel on the side of the road and then celebrate that as a victory in automotive operation.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:45 PM
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32. And it's ridiculously silly to expect his party to support him,
just because of a silly little detail like being "right" about current events and issues.

:silly:
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Son Of Spy Donating Member (138 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:52 PM
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36. I saw Dennis speak
I saw Dennis speak in the winter before the 04 elections.

Travelled for three hours to another state to catch his lecture.

He put down his notes and spoke for forty-five minutes with his eyes closed.

The man has charisma enough to cause an aircraft carrier to float in midair.

I've been hopelessy silly ever since...

In fact I find myself getting sillier and sillier as time goes on.

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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:32 PM
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39. Right after Howard Dean said that he would break up the
Corp. Media Conglomerate he was sabotaged by that Corp Media. The same is happening to Kucinich.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:59 PM
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42. they cant handle the silly truth nt
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 08:53 AM
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68. I saw John Kerry, John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich speak and Kucinich
was the best of the three for dealing with issues in an informative and sincere way during the 2004 Campaign...after Dean went down. I only heard dean on TV but heard the others in person.

Kucinich is a good person with good ideas. And, comes off much better in person than the "image" one sees on TV.

If we lived in a different time when Media Image and Corporate America pushing charisma didn't matter....Kucinich might be President, imho. Of course in another age he would have still had to deal with the "BIG MONEY and OLD GUARD" who always took control of candidates. But, if it was left up to "the people" who heard him speak he would win.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:57 PM
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41. yes indeed he is such a zilly zeitgeist
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 06:05 PM by ooglymoogly
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rosesaylavee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:24 PM
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46. S.I.L.L.Y.
Savvy, Intelligent & Learned Leaders of Yahoos


American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition - http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/yahoos

Yahoos <(yah-hoohz)>

The crude, dirty brutes of the land of the Houyhnhnms in Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift. The Yahoos are irrational people and represent the worst side of humanity.


I chose yahoos because of the 'Y' of course but after reading the definition, have to say it seems more than appropriate unfortunately.

Anyone else have a suggestion for the acronym SILLY?
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:56 PM
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50. Kucinich is Brilliant Compassionate Great AMERICAN
and a Hunk

:woohoo:
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Donald Ian Rankin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:22 PM
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51. Dennis Kucinich is unelectable, but he performs a very valuable function for America.

It's always far harder for a politician at one extreme of the spectrum of opinion represented by politicians to win an election than for someone who can "triangulate".

Kucinich will never win an election himself, and I suspect he knows this, but by presenting himself as a candidate he makes it possible for canditates further left to win than would otherwise be the case.

That doesn't justify supporting him, though - his victory in the presidential primary would be a catastrophe. But we should be grateful to him for running even so.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:25 PM
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58. he already has won a few elections btw
"Kucinich will never win an election himself.."


& IMO calling people "unelectable" is a self fulfilling ah.. prophesy.
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wiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 12:37 AM
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60. In the battleground state of Ohio, for God's Sake! Now that's SILLY.
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pberq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 09:38 AM
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75. unelectable???? "extreme end of the spectrum"???
See post #48.

The REAL Center of America is right with Dennis.
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Donald Ian Rankin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:00 AM
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77. Put not your faith in push-polls.
Edited on Sat Dec-30-06 10:01 AM by Donald Ian Rankin
What people say they want in single-issue polls, and what they will actually vote for, are very, very different.
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pberq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-31-06 09:39 AM
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97. Actually, it has more to do with how the MSM presents the
candidates. I think the point of this thread is that Kucinich is marginalized by the corporate -owned media, not by the fact that his policies are out of step with the majority of Americans.
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Ian_rd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-02-07 08:36 AM
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103. This is totally correct
The only reason people consider Kucinich "unelectable" is because that's what the MSM has told them to think. Kucinich's policy positions are indeed in-step with most Americans, and of course he has the benefit of being proven right on pretty much everything since 2000. But this doesn't stop the media from covering him as if they're covering a clown at a kid's party. "There goes Kucinich again! Haha! Such a fringe unelectable goofball! Back to you, Ted."

This is because the MSM regularly takes is cues on what to report and how to report it based on opinions from political machine operatives who are always on their phones and pundit shows, like the Ken Mehlmans and Rahm Emanuels who both represent interests (corporate) who see no benefit in allowing Kucinich to have a fair hearing.

Unfortunately, however, this may mean in the end that he is, in fact, unelectable because of the forces promoting the idea in the MSM. This I believe is a perfect example of the media actively shaping public opinion instead of reflecting it.
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dad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-02-07 08:35 AM
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102. I call bullshit
GW Bush is at one extreme of the political spectrum
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 09:04 PM
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53. Permalink
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AikidoSoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 09:14 PM
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56. I put "Bush is silly" in Google.com and got 346 replies ...none of
them -- on the first few pages at least -- were about his father.

When I put "Kucinich is silly" in Google I got zero hits. Apparently the word is not out about Kucinich being silly....maybe we should keep it a secret.

But when I put "Bush is a liar" into GOOGLE I got 92,000 hits. Kucinich got zero.

"Kucinich has been right" -- only shows up 8 times... in the Huffington Post, Daily KOS, and Dem Underground.

"Bush has been right" shows up 965 times...mostly people saying how the war in Iraq was such a good idea.

Oh well.

That reminds me of that great front page newspaper headline -- it went something like, "how could 50,000,000 people be so stupid?" or something like that.

If they were silly instead of stupid -- this country would be GREAT again!

:silly:
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Land Shark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:36 AM
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61. He was so silly, he thought via HR6200 that presidential ballots should
Edited on Sat Dec-30-06 01:38 AM by Land Shark
be counted in the open, with public observation (and THEREFORE on physical paper ballots).

IMAGINE a guy, a Congressman at that, who does not wish FOR HIS OWN RE-eLECTION to have his votes counted in secret on electronic voting machines and actually wants the public to be able to supervise the election vote counting and verify the result for themselves. What does Kucinich think this country is, a representative democracy?

Next Kucinich will probably introduce some real anti-corruption measures with more than just "teethiness" and then the corrupt bozos running the media will really call him "silly" -- silly for taking representative democracy seriously???
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Catfight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 07:15 AM
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64. This article is silly and stupid. I couldn't read beyond the first paragraph
because anyone who uses 'very very' as a writer of serious content knows, they won't be taken seriously.
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Land Shark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 08:24 AM
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66. You mean like the Washington Post and Boston Globe?
You say that all "serious" writers avoid using "very very" so you couldn't take this article seriously?

How about:
Dana Milbank: Washington Post: Senators so Very Very Not Contrary Toward Gates
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

Senior Democratic Senators? "Very, very pleased," added soon-to-be-chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.).

The Boston Globe? "Not necessarily the best in class in any one area, but very, very good overall." http://business.bostonherald.com/businessNews/view.bg?a...

24,900 Google News Hits on "very very" as a search

But especially when an article is intended to be ironic and sarcastic, and the thought is attributed to others, the use of "very very" could well be justified, as it is in this case.
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hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 08:03 AM
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65. Then I am silly, too.
Silly to believe that people will ever see what needs to be done to bring about peace.
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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 09:27 AM
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73. I wonder if the familes of soldiers in Iraq think Dennis is silly? /nt
fortunately, he will be the only presidential candidate that will keep the others honest. The so-called MSM better cover him and what he says, but most important the OTHER Democratic candidates better NOT ignore him


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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 09:27 AM
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74. Permalink for Atrios post
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:31 AM
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80. I'll join the silly revolution!
I'd rather my candidates be silly than stupid :D

I love Dennis, he's an amazing speaker and will keep the rest of the Dem field honest about the war.
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Beelzebud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:37 AM
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82. Kucinich is one of the few with the courage to challenge this illegal war.
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sleepingdog Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 11:17 AM
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85. Hearing Dennis on TV
....is truly refreshing. I love every word the guy utters. Sadly, there's a Perot-vian aire about him that you have to confess, will keep him from ever being mainstream. He'd get my vote in a heartbeat, but sadly, I'll never get the chance to give it to him. :(

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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 12:02 PM
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87. And he's so "silly" that the establishment Democrats
feel compelled to trash him at every turn.

They're trying to have it both ways.

If he's irrelevant and unelectable, why spend so much time making snide remarks about him?

If he's relevant and electable, why not support him?
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lilypad_567 Donating Member (70 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 12:45 PM
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90. how dennis found elizabeth
How Kucinich Found Love, by Evelyn Theiss
Published Sunday, October 30, 2005 by the Cleveland Plain Dealer

On May 4, Elizabeth Harper walked with her boss into Dennis Kucinich's Capitol Hill office for a meeting and immediately noticed three things. In the reception area, she saw a visiting nun in white robes. In his inner office sat a shelf bearing an illustration depicting "light consciousness" and a bust of Gandhi. She studied the lean and intense congressman and felt an attraction. "Now this is an interesting man," she thought.

Dennis had also closely observed Elizabeth, a statuesque Englishwoman with waist-length red hair. "I saw her eyes go to the light consciousness picture, then to the Gandhi bust, then to me," he says. "It was like one, two, three. That's when I knew."

Within an hour, he called his friend, actress Mimi Kennedy, best known for playing Dharma's mother on "Dharma & Greg." "I met her," Dennis said. Kennedy knew exactly what he meant. She gave a little yelp of joy.

http://kucinich.us/node/1194
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cyclezealot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:22 PM
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91. I am more than eager to join the silly, silly club.
Edited on Sat Dec-30-06 01:23 PM by cyclezealot
Thinking inside the box is not only profundly stupid and wrong; but , taking the world to the brink. Thank god we have those who will dare challenge those who demand restraint in order to protect their special interests.
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guyton Donating Member (370 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 08:43 PM
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95. my kids tell me that ...
I'm the silliest person they know. And after reading this thread, it sounds like Kucinich is the best candidate for me!

Silliness over insanity any day :-)
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nolabels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-31-06 10:15 AM
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99. Words can also function as descriptors but not really describe
Many see the Coral snake as one of the prettier snakes (color coordinated and all that) but it's infamous for being poisonous not it's beauty. Get a clue already, evasion of issues is the first order of business when others need to confuse and deceive. Humor has a way of making it okay to focus on issues without having the need in solving them. Dennis is silly because he wants solve complex issues that others think they can avoid.

If being silly is how to solve the puzzle sign me up too :shrug:


http://www.everwonder.com/david/snakes/coralsnake.html
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-06-07 10:45 AM
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104. Silly
:kick:
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