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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 08:10 PM
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Olbermann SPECIAL COMMENT on Joe Wilson - 'Rank Willful Stupidity is Greatest Threat'
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MSNBC Countdown w/ KEITH OLBERMANN - 10 Sept. 2009: "On the night after Rep. Joe Wilson shouted 'You Lie' at President Obama during an address to Congress, Keith Olbermann devotes a Special Comment to the Congressman, and mocked his apology.

'You embarrassed your district, you embarrassed your nation... and you were wrong!'

Olbermann said 'Wrong-Way Wilson' 'made himself look like an uninformed eight-year-old screaming at an adult.'

He also comments on how 'stupid' certain Republican talking heads have made the party look. 'The time has come to rise up and take this country back, to again make it safe for people who actually completed the seventh grade.'

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32785117/ns/msnbc_tv-countd...

Olbermann: Wilsons factual failure worse than his incivility

Even Bush, an actual liar, was granted enough respect not to be yelled at during a speech

SPECIAL COMMENT
By Keith Olbermann
Anchor, 'Countdown'

And finally, as promised, a Special Comment about the shout of "You Lie" during the presidential address to the joint session of Congress last night on the matter of health care reform.

The 43rd president of the United States lied the nation into the war, lied 4,343 of his fellow citizens to death in that war, lied about upholding the constitution, and lied about weapons of mass destruction.

He lied about how he reacted to al-Qaida before 9/11 and he lied about how he reacted to al-Qaida after 9/11. He lied about getting Bin Laden, and he lied about not getting Bin Laden.

He lied about nation-building in Iraq, lied about the appearance of new buildings in the nation of Iraq, and lied about embassy buildings in nations like Iraq. He lied about trailers with mobile weapons labs in them, and he lied about trailers with Cuban prostitutes in them.

He and his administration lied by the counting of one non-profit group 532 times about links between al-Qaida and Iraq. Only 28 of those were by that President, but he made up for that by lying 231 times about WMD.

And yet not once did an elected Democratic official shout out during one of George W. Bush's speeches and call him a "liar." Even when the president was George W. Bush, even when he was assailed from sidelines like mine, even when the lies came down so thick the nation needed a hat he was still the President and if he didn't earn any respect, the office he held demanded respect.

More over, that President and his Congressional tools like Congressman Addison Graves "Joe" Wilson of South Carolina insisted not just unquestioned respect for the office; they wanted unanimous lock-step compliance with the man.

And when the blasphemy of mere respectful criticism somehow came anyway say by, or built on that by, the real Joe Wilson Lord help he who might have made the slightest factual error in that criticism.

Congressman Wilson and his masters and the flying monkeys of right-wing media would pursue the erroneous critic to the ends of their careers, firing hot accusations of moral or intellectual confusion and incompetence at the unbelievers.

And that is the line Congressman Wilson crossed last night when he shouted "you lie" at this President of the United States. Not the respect line. The stupid line. Hey, Mr. Wilson!

"This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President's remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill," you hurriedly said last night as a nation caved in on you, and your own party's leadership coerced you into saying something.

"While I disagree with the President's statements, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility." For the lack of civility, Congressman? Is that what you think this is about?

Of course your comments were inappropriate and regrettable you are a Republican trying to de-legitimize the elected president of the United States that's all you do, and that's all you've got.

Of course you let your emotions get the best of you. At a figure of $435,296 in campaign donations from the Health Sector, of course your emotions would take over when your gravy train was threatened. It isn't about "inappropriate and regrettable," Sir!

Your comments were inappropriate and regrettable and wrong! You got up in front of the world, embarrassed your district, embarrassed your state, embarrassed your party, embarrassed your nation, shouted at the President like he was a referee at a ballgame and you were a drunk in the stands, and you were wrong.

House Bill 3200 specifically says, Sir, in language made precise and binding in section 246 under the heading, quote:No federal payment for undocumented aliens."

Look, Congressman! All capital letters! For the benefit of the factually-challenged! "Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States."

You got it wrong! There is no ambiguity, Sir. There is no disagreement! The bill says those here illegally will not be covered; yet whether through stupidity or a willful attempt to mislead the gullible, you decided to spend whatever credibility remained to you, on a position in which you are utterly, inarguably, and in a manner obvious to newborns and the more sophisticated of farm animals wrong!

You apologize for your lack of civility? When are you going to apologize for your lack of being right? Wrong-Way Wilson. Whatever it is, it's congenital. Wrong-Way Wilson just wrote an op-ed, on August 27th for the Columbia, South Carolina newspaper "The State," about the non-existent death panels that he and Mrs. Palin saw in their dreams or something:

"Those who have stood up and shown up to have their voices heard have already made a difference in this debate." Perhaps henceforth Mr. Wilson should soft-pedal the "have their voices heard" part.

"...citizens have discovered and brought to light numerous aspects of the health care overhaul (H.R. 3200) that are deeply troubling. These include the end of life counseling program, which has been correctly highlighted by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a program which could lead to seniors being encouraged to seek less care in order to protect the government's bottom line."

Perhaps henceforth Mr. Wilson should soft-pedal the Palin Paranoia, since he caught enough of it that last night, he made himself look like an uninformed eight-year old screaming at an adult.

"Americans... want and deserve this honest debate." Perhaps henceforth Mr. Wilson should remember that the word "honest" is as important as the word "debate." The latter without the former is better known as Political Tourette's Syndrome.

The evidence that Wrong-Way Wilson and reality are strangers goes back much further than last night. When Congressman Rob Filner said the U-S had helped Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological weapons, Wilson went nuts. Worse, he accused Filner of a quote "hatred of America," and insisted "you shouldn't say that" and "you should retract it" and "you know it is not true."

It was true. It had been confirmed by the Commerce Department in 1994. Wrong-Way Wilson was wrong. A year later, when it was asserted that Sen. Strom Thurmond from Wrong-Way's home state had fathered a daughter with a black woman, Mr. Wilson called the assertion a quote "smear on the image" of Sen. Thurmond.

This was after Sen. Thurmond's family had acknowledged not just paternity, but the fact that the Senator had maintained a secret relationship with his daughter, and provided her money, for decades. After this was admitted, Congressman Wilson considered references to it a "smear" and said Thurmond's daughter should have kept it to herself.

Coincidence, of course, Wrong-Way, that it would be you who would consider the confirmed, acknowledged bi-racial child of Strom Thurmond as a "smear." And then it would again be you who in the middle of a festival of blind racial rage dressed up as a health care debate would shout out, "you lie" at a bi-racial President of the United States as he addressed Congress.

And just a coincidence that you're a member of a radicalized, insurrection-glorifying group, accused of harboring white supremacists, called "Sons Of Confederate Veterans."

Back to this incident. You have swallowed some of the Kool-Aid you mix up for those damn fools who believe you, Congressman. You sounded as pathetic as one of those poor souls, stampeded by corporate funding from the insurance and health care industries, who shout out nonsense at those demonstrations of willful stupidity that have been mislabeled "Town Halls" these places where a citizen's life is reduced to acting out that ridiculous maxim, if you're going to be wrong, be wrong at the top of your voice.

But Congressman you're not supposed to be a Town Hall panicker, you're not supposed to be a Rube defending the efficacy of the Snake Oil, you are a Congressman and still you were wrong at the top of your voice! Town Halls, Death Panels, Oligarhys, a multi-racial president who is accused of hating half his own ancestry, neuroses about communist artwork, the idea that fascism and socialism aren't mutually exclusive, grass-roots protests bought and paid for by lobbyists and corporations, scared seniors terrified enough to turn to insurance companies for protection against reformers who want to increase their coverage and cut their rates, birchers, birthers, deathers, the voices in Michele Bachmann's head, the Republican rebuttal to the President of the United States given by a guy who thought he could become "Lord Boustany" by paying a couple of English con men.

And now to top off this pile of stupidity: Congressman Wrong-Way Wilson, who when a President publicly, and ostentatiously, gave credit for part of his health care reform proposal to the very Republican he swamped in the election last year Wrong-Way Wilson followed that bi-partisan gesture, by shouting "you lie" as soon as he heard the truth.

It is this week, evident that the greatest threat to the nation is not terrorism nor the economy nor H1N1 nor even bad health care. It is rank, willful stupidity. When did we come to extol stupidity ahead of information, and rely on voo-doo, superstition, and prejudice ahead of education?

How many Republicans believe in Death Panels and Brownies and Elves? When did we start to listen to elect the impregnably dense? I was almost too fearful of using the word "impregnably" because of the prospect that Governor Palin would go after me the way she went after Letterman.

The time has come to rise up and take this country back, to again make it safe. for people who actually completed the seventh grade. The crime of Wrong-Way Wilson was not reflected in his emotions, nor his disagreement, nor his inappropriate conduct, nor in his incivility. It was in his prideful wrong-ness.

There are many vague portions of this bill, but section 246 says it plain: "No federal payment for undocumented aliens." I defend Congressman Wilson's right to incivility. A little incivility six years ago might have stopped the Iraq war. He can shout anything he wants, at anybody he wants, in any circumstances he wants.

Providing that he is willing to suffer the consequences of his actions, I am willing to suffer him.
This nation can survive a president being disrespected by some nickel-dime congressman from Beaufort; the shame falls onto the shouter and not the one shouted at.

But this nation cannot survive the continued acceptance, the continued endorsement, the continued encouragement, the continued institutionalization of stupidity

I think if Mr. Lincoln were alive he might re-cast his most famous imagery in the light of the truest of our present crises: A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half smart, and half stupid.

Section 246 is written expressly: there will be no health care funding for those who are here illegally; that there will be no mechanism created to establish such funding. I fear Section 247 will have to be reitten expressly: so that there will be a mechanism created to establish:

Stupid Panels.

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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 08:12 PM
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1. Hey--I've been calling William Kristol "wrong way Kristol" for years.
:rofl: Thanks for posting. K&R
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 09:29 PM
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12. Funny, I always called him
"Wrong Hair Kristol" :evilgrin:
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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 08:20 PM
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2. K & R
Yay Keith!
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PurpleChez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 08:25 PM
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3. I love Keith....
Edited on Thu Sep-10-09 08:30 PM by PurpleChez
he rocks most egregiously. For years I've been amazed and depressed to see how so much of our country has come to embrace and celebrate willful stupidity.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 08:28 PM
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4. I wish I could recommend this more than once.
I agree with Keith 1000%!!!!!!
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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 08:36 PM
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5. "stupid panels"
To provide End of Rationality counseling!
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DutchLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 08:39 PM
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6. I think this Special Comment is more important than many may give it credit for...
Since it's not just about Joe Wilson. It is about the pride a significant part of the population takes in being deliberately wrong, in being willfully ignorant. That's where the Michelle Bachmanns and the Sarah Palins come from. That's why Joe Wurzelbacher could become a political commentator during the elections. That's why so many people voted for Bush because they wanted to have a beer with him.

And to answer Keith's question, when this all began: November 4th, 1980.
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lbrtbell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 02:54 AM
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30. Ronald Ray-gun: the beginning of the end...
Of intelligence in America. :cry:
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 08:41 PM
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7. Bravo well done
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 09:07 PM
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8. Thanks to Keith for calling on the GOP to cease their trashy racist slander
Edited on Thu Sep-10-09 09:13 PM by Overseas
He's shouting out what I want all of them to hear. I want to say -- enough with your trashy disgusting wasteful debate tactics. Your dangerous stupid delusions should no longer be accepted as fit for discussion. He's shouting down the Foxification of America.

Calling on any remaining Republicans to recapture their party from the stupid, boring, trashy madmen on the hard right, and the cynical minds that feed them.

Millions more of us support our President and understand that we have a lot to do as a nation to take on the challenges we face as a country. We have our eyes open. We see lots of domestic and global needs for peace and teamwork in an era of profound atmospheric deterioration and dwindling hard energy resources. We have a lot to do-- giving the Fox-talkers any more space on our national media is wasting precious time.

The distracting slander is a delaying tactic from those who hope not to ever be regulated. Large corporations have funded the stirring up of all the dumb stuff. We are tired of so much air time going to their dizzy little puppets-- with their creepy scary slander against any reform.

So please, my leading Democrats, shove those cads aside and let's get on with it. And do we not have any progressives that could buy us a channel to spew leftist political news on 24/7 -- to balance out the hard right unproductive Fox Talk ?
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 09:25 PM
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9. He's just now noticing?????
Edited on Thu Sep-10-09 09:36 PM by AlbertCat
If the Bush Administration wasn't the Triumph of Anti-intellectualism, then I don't know what was. I mean the man couldn't even speak English.

Besides, I like classical music, Dance (as in ballet and Mark Morris, Paul Taylor) and I like to read science books, and even my liberal friends think I'm a high brow snob. They cannot believe I've never watched American Idol, and am not impressed when some house wife or car mechanic can warble thru a single aria from a 3 hour opera. (I don't like those shows that turn the arts into just another sports event.) It's not just a conservative phenomenon, y'know..... mostly, but not exclusively. I mean, Creationists???? Crop Circles???? I have friends who won't watch a subtitled movie!!! (I still like these people in spite of these lazy attitudes)

I don't expect people to like the same things I do, and I don't just like high brow stuff (Love Pee Wee Herman and Led Zeppelin too, y'know.) But I am sick of the contempt I get for enjoying entertainment that you might have to meet half way instead of just being spoon fed. But Christ! When I was a kid we, the USA, went to the Moon! My friends and I built models of the moon lander as well as cars.

Got dumbed down?
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 09:29 PM
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13. Not "just noticing"-- calling the GOP out with precise intense anger
Edited on Thu Sep-10-09 09:31 PM by Overseas
For dragging our national dialogue into such stupid, wasteful, trashy, dangerously ignorant territory.

They have taken us to a NEW LOW, to distract us from the chasms in American decency left to us by the last Republican Administration.

He's just saying ENOUGH to the dangerous dumb distraction tactics.

I found this Special Comment beautiful and cathartic.
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 09:03 AM
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41. I found this Special Comment beautiful and cathartic.
And indeed it was.
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 09:26 PM
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10. Kicking again !! //nt
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 09:28 PM
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11. 10:56 minutes of foreplay.
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TommyPaine Donating Member (300 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 01:39 AM
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27. Since when is nearly 11 minutes of foreplay a bad thing?
Well, I suppose if it's not followed by play and post-play...
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 01:45 AM
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28. So. You figured that out, eh?
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 09:32 PM
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14. Thank you Keith...
k&R!
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 10:43 AM
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46. Txs to Keith! When will the other "commentators" say he was Wrong!
All I keep hearing is that he said "sorry" for the outburst.

I hear nothing that says it is NOT in the Bill.

That should be clearly stated each time the incident comes up and I have not heard that mentioned.

Maybe my television has something wrong with it.
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Career Prole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 09:37 PM
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15. Gleeful kickage and recommendation!
Excellent!
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grifter_tm Donating Member (18 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 09:47 PM
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16. Joe Wilson...
would be a lot better off if he unleashes the inner racist that dwells within a lot of Republicans. Keeping strong feelings like that is really bad for his heart...

Of course the sooner he and his compatriots says, "Let's lynch that n****r!", the sooner we can kick them out of gov't office.
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Grassy Knoll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 06:05 PM
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68. W I L S O N ! ! ! !
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Best_man23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 10:10 PM
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17. "The flying monkeys of right-wing media"
KO channelling some Mike Malloy there, good on him.
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PSzymeczek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 11:32 PM
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22. That's the first thing I thought of, too.
I loves me some Keith!
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 10:47 PM
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18. This is priceless
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 11:01 PM
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19. Somebody unrec'd this?
Edited on Thu Sep-10-09 11:01 PM by Hissyspit
Could ONLY be a troll.
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Stardust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 11:31 PM
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21. Righteous rant. It made me tear up. K&R. Thanks, Hissyspit!
I watched it on the teevee earlier and just wished Keith's message could reach more who really need to hear him, not just those of us who've known the danger of the Flying Monkey Right for a long time now.

BTW, the unrec might've been an accident. Rec and Unrec are awfully close together. (Not fan of the Unrec...what's the point?)

Your OPs are great, Hissyspit.
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 11:08 PM
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20. Keithie is my hero.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 11:47 PM
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23. Oh Jesus he took on the SCV
The Sons of Confederate Veterans had a nasty internal fight a few years ago and they did keep the "Neo-Confederates" (white power movement) but it was last minute and it showed that in the hearts of many there were truly nothing but a public face to the CCC and the KKK.

great rant Keith.
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stonewall46 Donating Member (6 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-14-09 01:09 PM
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71. SCV
I belong to the SCV it is not a white supremacist movement in any way. It is mostly a group of older guys who meet,place flags on veterans graves(the vast majority are ex military. Racism is grounds for expulsion. In our chapter no member can be a member of any racist group,or promote it, or recruit for it,hand out it's literature etc..

Our chapter repudiated the Southern League as a secessionist ,movement and a non democratic theocracy. Over half our camp are members of the Sons of union veterans of the Civil War,Sons of the American Revolution We joking call ourselves SOB's sons of both. WE picnic together,do memorial services together etc.DO you think the Son of Union Veterans of the Civil War would do that if we espoused secession or racism? We have to arrange our meetings so they do not conflict with the SUVCW or the Sons of the American Revolution.

A bunch of Old farts dressed in blue and grey and sometimes colonial costumes. Wow radical Neo Confederates. This is like people who believe the Masonic Loge is full of Satanists.Yes the leadership a bit wacko,however they have little or no power except the Confederate Vet magazine. There are SCV chapters in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is kind of an anachronism I admit. Listen I am a Buddhist and nobody bugs me.

When I was in the hospital with cancer these guys were all over me trying to help. I wish I could talk to Keith personally about this.
I agree with some of things the SCV dissidents believed but what they did was attempt a legal coup de tat that failed. Then they tried to put themselves in the light as trying to save the organization from Radicals. Pure baloney.IN fact some of those "saviors" wre actually members of the Southern league,the nuttiest Neo Confederates that exist.
This nonsense about radical Neo Confederates having any power over there group as a would e is mostly triple here-say.I love the group of guys and use the magazine for a bird cage liner,for my Parrot Her Vogelshiess.
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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 11:48 PM
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24. Entertaining rant. n/t
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gtar100 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 12:34 AM
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25. Republicans should fear Stupid Panels the most. They would all be targeted, few would survive.
What an excellent commentary by KO.
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MarinCoUSA Donating Member (783 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 01:05 AM
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26. KO is absolutely right but wrong. FACTS mean ABSOLUTELY nothing to rePUKE fkrs!
Edited on Fri Sep-11-09 01:05 AM by MarinCoUSA
KO has this piece of shit Wilson nailed 100% and in the fact based world it might count for something, but the assHat rePukes will attack and attack and attack with what ever shit they can pick up a sling. The media will always oblige. repeat: the shit doesn't matter and the media will always oblige.
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TommyPaine Donating Member (300 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 02:16 AM
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29. I hope Keith doesn't one day burst a blood vessel because of these scumsuckers
What a tragedy that would be. I know how this persistent idiocy causes my blood pressure to rise, and that during the Bush years there were a few instances I felt on the verge of an aneurysm. Such stupidity is bad for the health of this nation, and the world. :crazy: :grr:
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lbrtbell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 02:57 AM
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31. Not to worry...
Countdown allows him to vent to millions of people, AND get paid for it. That's the best therapy one could hope for, to alleviate the stress of living in the Republican States of Dumbfuckistan.
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1Hippiechick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 03:54 AM
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32. "to alleviate the stress of living in the Republican States of Dumbfuckistan." Priceless. n/t
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 04:25 AM
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33. Unrecommended again. nt
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diane in sf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 04:38 AM
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34. I agree with Keith, but the Repugs lie because they are $ whores and psychopaths
the stupids are their Fox-poxed legions.
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 04:49 AM
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35. kick and recommended!! One of Keith Olbermann's greatest rants ever!!
"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half smart, and half stupid."
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RoccoR5955 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 06:37 AM
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36. K & R. Keith speaks truth to power! n/t
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ScottLand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 07:31 AM
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37. Expertly done, Mr. Olbermann!
I do agree with Wilson in that there should be truth injected into this whole debate. To begin with, let us disclose the names of our donors and benefactors, and thus, the reasons for our strong convictions.
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Mad_Dem_X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 08:44 AM
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38. KO is made of awesome.
I watched this yesterday in my hotel room, and felt like jumping up and down with joy. God, we need more newspeople like Keith and Rachel!!!
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jeremyfive Donating Member (434 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 08:54 AM
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39. That's My Man, Keith!
Keep up the good work!

Call out those ignorant pigs!
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samsingh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 08:59 AM
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excellent - 'wrong way' republicans
 
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right up there with the other republican descriptor:

'truthiness'.


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Postman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 08:59 AM
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40. This was an incredible re-cap of the craziness we've all endured for the past decade
Bravo KO
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Laf.La.Dem. Donating Member (924 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 09:04 AM
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42. I saw this last night
Had to watch it again :party:
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ShrimpScampi Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 09:07 AM
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43. So true
My elderly mother and I cheered when we watched him last night. Olbermann cuts to the quick, as usual. It is beyond time for these ass hats to be called out for who and what they are without apology. Liars are liars, not "factually challenged." Such hateful manipulation spread by the unraveling Republican party is morally reprehensible on so many levels. As a white Southerner, I am particularly sick and tired of Southern good ol' boy, racist pointy head politicians riling up the fear puppets who will believe anything. Literally anything. Good for Olbermann. Wilson, I hope you go down beneath the Swamp of Irrelevance where you belong.

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watrwefitinfor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 12:51 PM
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52. Welcome to DU!
And cheers to you and your elderly mother, from another South Carolinian.

Wat

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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 03:26 PM
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64. welcome. hug your mama for me. I laughed myself over this one
because he's so damned right and so funny being right. Welcome again!
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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 05:49 PM
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67. "the fear puppets who will believe anything"
In a nutshell, that is an accurate definition of the dwindling Republican base who are not members of the corporatocracy.

Wecome to DU :toast:
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Surya Gayatri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 09:28 AM
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44. Thanks for posting this, Hissy......K & R
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 10:23 AM
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45. Alas, is it so wrong to be WRRRRRRONGGGGG?
:rofl:
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jw456 Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 11:04 AM
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47. DONATE to Wilson's opponent
Rob Miller's donations at ActBlue are now over $750,000. Over 20,000 people have donated. Keep it going, send a message to the Republicans.
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 01:29 PM
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57. Welcome to DU!
:hi:

And thanks for donating to Rob Miller!

:)
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GivePeaceAchance Donating Member (950 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 11:11 AM
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48. Yay he said, 'flying monkies!'. Mike Malloy "They're from the wizard of Oz they used to scare the .
hell out of me."
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Myrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 12:11 PM
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49. This was Emmy (if not Pulitzer) worthy material.
I really wish there was a way I could get all the GOP'ers I know to actually sit still and listen to this segment.
It is truly amazing.


:patriot: Go Keith!!
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orpupilofnature57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 12:24 PM
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50. Thats right up there with his admonishment to Shrub last 9/11
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BREMPRO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 12:26 PM
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51. Best line: "The flying monkeys of right wing media." now that's an image!
Edited on Fri Sep-11-09 12:30 PM by BREMPRO
"wrong way Wilson"- tagged!
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libodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 12:57 PM
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53. Thank you, Keith
That was spectacular.
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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 12:58 PM
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54. Love it. But are these people really stupid, or something else?
I think they know exactly what they're doing, and that's anything to disrupt, destroy or derail serious debate or legislation beneficial to anyone other than themselves. In the context of things Wilson certainly looked and sounded stupid, but he did manage to make one of the GOPs talking points -- illegal aliens -- a national topic and planted seeds of doubt in those that are the truly stupid and gullible.
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ObamaKerryDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 01:18 PM
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55. Keith speaks for me. :D K&R!
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ladywnch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 01:28 PM
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56. but tell us what your real thoughts on stupidity are, Keith. Quit being so coy.
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 01:30 PM
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58. I love Keith!

K&R
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Trav1u Donating Member (20 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 02:20 PM
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59. This my friends is a homerun.
LOL! Brilliant! Brillian! Brilliant! This is what you call a verbal asswhipping. Excellent work Mr. KEITH OLBERMANN. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 02:27 PM
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60. Countering Republican counter reality will take decades. This is a good start.
The problem is they believe their propaganda.
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burning rain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 03:09 PM
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61. Credit to Keith for an interesting take & sharp analysis.
Edited on Fri Sep-11-09 03:14 PM by burning rain
Much more relevant than focusing on Wilson's incivility. If anything we have to much civility in our politics: half-hearted debates in the House and Senate, bloodless language, and rarely ever does anyone summon righteous anger. The inherent problem with Wilson's outburst was it was stupid rancor and itself incorporated a lie. Damn, I wish some Democrats had heckled Bush when he spoke in joint session. Most seemingly just waited for victory to fall into their hands in 2006, like an overripe fruit.
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Dubiosus Donating Member (120 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 03:16 PM
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62. So they don't get coverage?
Shouldn't health care be a human right?

Heard that before an DU! They do, after all, your dirty work!!!

Seems like a smokescreen to me

:freak:
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Seldona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 03:17 PM
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63. Living in America occasionally feels like living in the Twilight Zone.
The things people actually believe are so profoundly stupid it sometimes takes me a few seconds to digest that someone could even possibly believe as they do. But there it is, and there they are.

I don't know why anyone is surprised. What did people think would happen when you elect of a bunch of people who TELL YOU they hate government, and that it can do nothing right? We got what the majority paid for.

Now Keith, I would like you to talk about HOW we go about ridding ourselves of the political lemmings who blindly, unquestionably, follow their leaders off the proverbial cliff. Because I am at a total loss at this point.
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 04:48 PM
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65. 


Joe Wilson and AHIP Team Up to Write Max Baucuss Health Care Bill
By: Jane Hamsher

http://campaignsilo.firedoglake.com/2009/09/11/joe-wils... /

Friday September 11, 2009 7:06 am


There really doesn't seem to be any limit to what the administration will do to pass Rahm Emanuel's neoliberal giveaway to the insurance industry. The "author" of the plan released by Baucus (and apparently by Mike Ross) is a former VP of Wellpoint. Now AHIP is boasting about their role in crafting it:

Many of the changes to the insurance system now under discussion are the ones that have been advocated this year by the insurance companies themselves, said Karen M. Ignagni, the chief executive of America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry trade group. "The industry has been the leader in creating the proposals everyone is about to endorse," she said.

No wonder insurance company stocks shot up after the President's speech.

But now we find, per John Aravosis, that Kent Conrad and Max Baucus are changing their bill to appease Joe Wilson:


"We really thought we'd resolved this question of people who are here illegally, but as we reflected on the President's speech last night we wanted to go back and drill down again," said Senator Kent Conrad, one of the Democrats in the talks after a meeting Thursday morning. Baucus later that afternoon said the group would put in a proof of citizenship requirement to participate in the new health exchange a move likely to inflame the left.

As John says, if Wilson's outburst turns out to be successful, it'll keep happening over and over again. And it will work every time.

If you want to stop this travesty from going forward -- and it's turning into a complete travesty -- ask these members of Congress from strong Democratic districts, all of whom have cosponsored Single Payer in the past and know better, why they aren't pledging to vote against any bill if it turns out to be nothing more than an insurance industry bailout:

read the rest at the link..........
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 05:36 PM
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66. Thanks for the transcript!!!!!! AWESOME!!
Love how he cuts to the point: the danger to the nation of stupidity and the FMM (Flying Monkeys Media) that propagates lies and ignorance.

Dammit, we need a media NETWORK big enough to counter the liars.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 06:31 PM
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69. I believe this was Olbermann's best commentary, stupidity is killing the nation.
I do believe too many in the corporate media have been actively working to dumb down the American People and the current sad state of affairs is only the harvest of what has been sowed.

We need people of good conscious in positions of political and journalistic power, I view this as a national security issue.

Thanks for the thread, Hissyspit. :thumbsup:
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ShrimpScampi Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 08:07 PM
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70. Thanks for the welcome!
I'm from red meat Georgia (which used to be a blue state), so it's tough dealing with the yee-haw rednecks on a daily basis. Thank goodness for my local Dem party, my liberal friends and DU!
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Apollo11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-14-09 02:51 PM
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72. The angry left responds to the angry right
The fact is that there is a difference of policy in relation to so-called "illegal immigrants"

The Republicans want ID controls at ER to prevent illegals accessing healthcare.

Democrats don't. Or at least I hope they don't.

Letting people bleed to death because of their citizenship (or lack of it) would be inhuman.

Keith gets himself all worked up here over nothing.

Joe Wilson's yelling was a pre-meditated calculated effort to get attention. It worked.

By giving Wilson more attention, Keith and y'all are helping him stay in the spotlight.

It all takes attention away from the message the President was trying to get across.
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