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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:59 AM
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Pelosi chokes up - asked about state of Political Discourse - recalls Milk Assassination.
Pelosi chokes up

For the first time anyone can remember, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi teared up at a press conference this morning in response to an off-beat question about the current state of political discourse.

Visibly struggling to retain her composure, Pelosi recalled a time in San Francisco when emotions ran out of control, obviously referring to the assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk
by an angry former supervisor Dan White on Nov. 27, 1978.

"People can say what they think," in a democracy Pelosi began. Then out of nowhere, startling the reporters gathered at her weekly press conference, she almost instantly teared up as she recalled the unnamed events long ago in San Francisco.

Finally regaining control, she expressed a wish that everyone would "curb their enthusiasms," and "take responsibility" for what they say, "because "the ears that (their statements) are falling on may not be as balanced" as their own.


Pelosi's comments come after the House chastized Rep. Joe Wilson for shouting out, "You lie," during President Obama's address to Congress last week, part of an insurgent politics of anger that is gaining ground in public discourse.

Pelosi also vowed in no uncertain terms that "a public option will be in the bill that passes the House," throwing down the gauntlet to Senate moderates who oppose a government-run option in health care legislation.


http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/nov05election/detai...

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Bluerthanblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:01 PM
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1. she's right.
and I for one am glad she isn't ignoring this.

:hi:
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:26 PM
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21. Video of it as at the link below:
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Rude Dog Donating Member (151 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:03 PM
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2. Honest emotion.
And you just know that the Right's going to seize on this and mock her.
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:05 PM
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3. Nancy's been growing on me lately.
Reid can go but I have not had an issue with the Speaker in a long time.
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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:22 PM
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10. Same here.
Damn, I hate it when that happens.
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frebrd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:35 PM
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12. Me too! n/t
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LeftinOH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:07 PM
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4. She's right: Milk's assassin was a right-wing nutjob -n/t
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:55 PM
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17. nobody knew he was a nut job before he did it
and his politics while conservative weren't that far out of mainstream Republican politics.

that's what's so disturbing.

here you had a guy, fireman, policeman then supervisor for City and County of SF. an often ally of Board President Dianne Feinstein no less, and look what he does?
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:10 PM
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5. k&r
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kjackson227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:11 PM
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6. A lot of people are beginning to realize that the right-wing...
lunatic RADICAL racist fringe is becoming a PROBLEM.
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:14 PM
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7. She is so right ...
"because "the ears that (their statements) are falling on may not be as balanced" as their own."

Those like limbaugh, beck et al are WANTING those who are NOT balanced to hear their words. Their words are hate speech, imo.

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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:15 PM
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8. "the ears that (their statements) are falling on may not be as balanced"
In other words, the right's lunatic fringe.


Nancy takes a lot of heat here, often deservedly, but every now and then she has a moment of endearing clarity.


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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:15 PM
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9. Well said and very true.
What I don't think these hatemongers realize is, feeding hate to the already hate filled and mentally unbalanced of the world is not something anyone should be proud of, ever. No matter what kind of paycheck you're making off it, or even if you think it will resonate with your constituents there's no pride to be taken in social destruction. But feeding them until one of them does something violent will have political, social and personal repercussions for the hatemongers. Eventually the reasonable people in society will take a stand against this type of legal social antagonism.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:32 PM
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11. She's exhausted.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:37 PM
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13. Well stated nancy pelosi!
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:38 PM
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14. This made me tear up too. K&R n/t
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:38 PM
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15. She's right...
but waht if they *want* those unbalanced people to hear their vile rhetoric?

And that's funny... 'take responsibility'... when has anyone on the right ever done that?
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frebrd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:50 PM
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16. You have to go back quite a few years........
to the days when most Republicans were honorable people. I'm old enough to remember, but most people aren't.
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:04 PM
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18. well put n/t
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quiet.american Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:07 PM
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19. I can't help but wonder if the "Bury Obamacare w/Kennedy" signs were also on her mind.
To me, those signs were unforgiveable.
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:20 PM
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20. kick
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:38 PM
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22. I had just moved to SF
and Harvey was assassinated. As far as I'm concerned the hatred being spewed today is MUCH worse. With fox revving up the violent talk, the change is exponential.

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Laurab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 11:50 AM
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23. K&R nt
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 01:13 PM
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24. She has been behaving well lately
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