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mrfocus Donating Member (151 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 09:43 AM
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THE COOL THING ABOUT BEING REPUBLICAN
You can have your VERY OWN set of facts in a totally separate alternate reality!

In Republican World (TM), outing a CIA agent to punish her husband for speaking out against Bush is a clever political maneuver, while voicing any criticism of the war in Iraq or the war on terror is blatantly unpatriotic, treasonous and outright indefensible.

In Republican World (TM), lying about WMDs and 'fixing intelligence around war plans' that ultimately killed more than 1,800 troops and up to 100,000 civilians does nothing to damage the reputation of the US, but a Newsweek article that causes riots and approximately 15 deaths is the scandal of the century.

In Republican World (TM), getting over 200 of your judicial nominees approved while seven of the most extreme and incompetent are blocked is an unconstitutional and un-American farce while blocking or bottling up in committee SIXTY SEVEN of Clinton's nominees was good politics.

In Republican World (TM), your kids won't have to pay down a multi-trillion dollar national debt, only kids of liberals have to contribute.

In Republican World (TM), you are biologically immune to mercury and arsenic poisoning and can gleefully endorse the continued dumping of these toxins into the environment as it will cause peripheral neuropathy and a host of other diseases only in liberals.

In Republican World (TM), you get affordable health care and don't have to worry about going bankrupt because of catastrophic medical bills, even as HMOs are recording record profits and are paying their CEOs up to $124 MILLION / year, while at the same raising rates between 15% and 30% year over year.

In Republican World (TM), lying about a blowjob is an impeachable offense, but lying about WMD and sending troops to die is the patriotic duty of the Commander in Chief.

In Republican World (TM), a woman with a liquified cerebral cortex is reason enough to get agitated and proclaim to belong to a 'culture of life', while ignoring a whole genocide in Darfur is not considered rancid hypocrisy.
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emanymton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 09:45 AM
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1. Welcome To Du.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 09:45 AM
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2. Fantastic job! Welcome to DU. And recommended!
I'm recommending an 11 poster--never thought it would happen! :-)
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Totally Committed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 09:47 AM
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5. Ditto here!
Welcome aboard. Great post, and recommended, too.

TC
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 01:07 PM
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28. Same from me (kicking and recommending) - GREAT post!
Love it!

And Welcome to DU - job WELL DONE!
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mrfocus Donating Member (151 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 10:52 AM
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16. Yeah, I am an LL (Legitimate Lurker)
;)
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phaseolus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 09:46 AM
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3. Welcome!
Edited on Sat Aug-27-05 09:48 AM by phaseolus
I liked that ... to be fair, though, there was some outcry among a few Republicans (no links handy) about the Darfur thing. Not nearly as much noise as they made about Schiavo though.

on edit: Recommended
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 09:47 AM
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4. Welcome to DU, and fortunately, we here at DU have never...
Edited on Sat Aug-27-05 09:49 AM by rasputin1952
entered Republican World (TM)....the admission price is too high, my soul is not for sale.
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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 09:48 AM
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6. Here's another one:
In Republican World (TM), it's okay for billionaire cranks like Richard Mellon Scaife and Rev. Sum Myung Moon to fund dozens of media-manipulating conservative think tanks and foundations secretly, but George Soros pledging a few million to assist anti-war efforts explicitly is tantamount to a Communist takeover of the US.
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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 09:49 AM
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7. 
While holding down your ALT key, type "0-1-5-3" on your numeric keypad (the "calculator" keys on the right of most keyboards). That will give you the trademark sign, nice and compact and superscripted.

You can get a lot of those special symbols; just find an ASCII chart, and they'll be handy when you need them.

And welcome to DU, too! Excellent piece!

--p!
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emanymton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 10:18 AM
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11. This Something Else. Is There A List For Other Such 'Secret?'
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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 10:39 AM
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13. 
http://clubweb.interbaun.com/fenske/charmaps.pdf (Acrobat -- charts for printing)

http://tlt.its.psu.edu/suggestions/international/accent... (another easy-reading chart)

http://www.starr.net/is/type/altnum.htm

http://www.csun.edu/itr/guides/ascii-chart.html

http://www.origins.tv/htmlataglance/characters.htm

If you're looking for more, click here for the Google search.

You can also use Windows' "Character Map" program and cut-and-paste symbols. If you don't have a shortcut to it, look in your System32 directory or search for the file named "charmap.exe" and make a shortcut manually.

Have fun!

--p!
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mrfocus Donating Member (151 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 10:41 AM
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14. Thanks...
Actually, I am a bit of a coder, so I was aware of the keyboard shortcuts, escape sequences, etc., but clearly your information was helpful to others, so, good goin'!

Without the actual symbol the text also becomes a bit easier to cut-n-paste (as it remains pure ASCII), should anybody feel inclined to do so. ;)
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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 10:56 AM
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17. Microsoft now has a keyboard mapping program
If you're a coder, you may enjoy using it if you have Win2k or XP. It's available for free at http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/tools/msklc.mspx -- I've used it to make, among other things, a Dvorak keyboard that can handle the special letters for Esperanto and Volapk.

Unfortunately, I have not figured out how to make special code page symbols or Unicode work on the on-line forums like DU -- it may not be possible on most fora. But the whole ASCII set is available, and it's a lot easier to use than most people realize.

My own coding experience is mainly in Visual Basic, but I also programmed medical software in dBaseIII+ back in the late '80s. Which means that I am often underemployed these days and have lots and lots of time for DU :)

--p!
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mrfocus Donating Member (151 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 11:23 AM
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19. Hmmm....maybe give this a try?
Here are some Unicode escape sequences (complete list here:
http://www.isthisthingon.org/unicode/index.phtml?page=2...

╔ ╗ ╬ ╣ ╠ ╳ ▓ ▒
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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 11:42 AM
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21. Yep ... that does the trick!
Edited on Sat Aug-27-05 11:44 AM by Pigwidgeon
Woohoo! Now we've got the entire Unicode set available!

Ĉu vi fuŝadas tajpi Esperanton, kiel mi? Per la Unikodaĵo mi saviĝos!

-? <== Nope, not Russian/Cyrillic :(

It still has a lot of use, though. Thanks for the extra look!

--p!
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 09:55 AM
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8. LOL..I KNEW what your first sentence was going to be
Edited on Sat Aug-27-05 09:56 AM by jonnyblitz
before I even clicked on this thread! well, a variation of what you wrote anyways. I love it when that happens!!

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 09:57 AM
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9. Great post! Here's another:
In Republican World (TM), it makes sense to punish schools for failing to get special education students to march up a straight-line progression in test score improvement!
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go west young man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 10:00 AM
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10. And in Republican world you get exposed in scandal after scandal
but never investigate any of them! No one is ever held accountable!Contrary to punishment you actually recieve a promotion for your screwed up deeds!
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Susanelle Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 10:21 AM
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12. Fantastic Post!
This is definitly something I shall spread around the office & post on my refrigerator. By the way, just because someone has only a few posts, doesn't mean we're not around alot.... :)
Anyway, what you have written is concise & refreshing, it really says it all. Thanks.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 12:43 PM
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25. Hi Susanelle!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 01:11 PM
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29. Welcome to DU!
Glad you're here! Now roll up yer sleeves...
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Redstone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 10:51 AM
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15. This is very good writing and thinking. Excellent work.
Edited on Sat Aug-27-05 10:52 AM by Redstone
You'll be a welcome addition to DU. I do look forward to hearing more from you.

Redstone
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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 11:08 AM
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18. Good job! Kick
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Booster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 11:41 AM
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20. Welcome to DU, mrfocus. I will send you post to everyone I know
and will also recommend it. Look forward to looking for more posts from you.
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Dr Fate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 11:46 AM
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22. Republican World(TM) on forged documents:
Edited on Sat Aug-27-05 11:47 AM by Dr Fate
Forged Nigerian docs with false info= ignored

Rathergate docs with unchallenged facts= scandal of the century
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Pool Hall Ace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 12:03 PM
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23. You, mrfocus, are alright!
Recommended! :hi:

So many of my Republican acquaintances are such sourpusses, I should send this to them to cheer them up. After all, they are in charge!
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mrfocus Donating Member (151 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 12:53 PM
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26. Feel free to propagate
You won't convince any hardliners, but for people closer to the center a little bit of cognitive dissonance might jar them awake...
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AntiCoup2K4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 12:05 PM
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24. Is "Republican World" a new attraction at Disneyland?
Actually, with all the stupid assed blatantly right wing things Disney has done in the last decade or so, I wouldn't be surprised.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 12:54 PM
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27. welcome to DU :^)
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 01:37 PM
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30. Now THAT'S what I call making an entrance!
Welcome to DU! :hi:

Great post! :toast:
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Joey Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 03:44 PM
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31. Republicans are a cancer
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 03:57 PM
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32. You are already one of my favorite DUers! So very glad you found
your way here.

Welcome again; and since I forgot before (in the health care thread), this one's on me: :toast:!
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Robeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 04:00 PM
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33. Welcome to the DU!
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really annoyed Donating Member (650 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 04:19 PM
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34. Welcome to DU
I do enjoy humorous and truthful posts. :)

Welcome to Du!
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aresef Donating Member (270 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 04:36 PM
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35. That was beautiful
Nice work, padawan.
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OnionPatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 04:52 PM
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36. The very best thing about Republican World is
You don't have to care about anyone else!! All those nights other people stay up worrying about the poor, the sick, the starving....it's all for naught; Those people brought it all on themselves, don't ya see. There are plenty of jobs and food and abundance available for everyone, everywhere! Anyone who doesn't take advantage of them is just lazy. So you see, there's no need to worry your pretty little head about anything but what you're going to watch on TV tonight!
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 06:05 PM
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37. Welcome to DU! Here is a CARTOON that complements your post:
It's by Tom Tomorrow, one of my very favorites. It's on this page at Working For Change:
http://www.workingforchange.com/comic.cfm?itemid=19510

The image below may take a few extra seconds, occasionally as much as half a minute, to display. It's worth the wait. (I am routing through a free public cache to spare the original site bandwidth usage. If it is just too slow for you, you can bypass this routing by deleting the .nyud.net.8090 in the link URL.) The title of this cartoon is "Averting Their Eyes."



And congratulations on getting a post onto the DU Home Page so early in your DU career! That is quite a feat and bodes well for your future contributions.
:applause:
Welcome to our community! :hi:

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littlest peacemaker Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 10:05 PM
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38. Welcome, mrfocus! we like you!
*** In Republican World (TM), your kids won't have to pay down a multi-trillion dollar national debt, only kids of liberals have to contribute

So next time we are in power, we will give them a Quadrillion $ debt! it will make this trillion $ debt look like NOTHING. We know how to spend money better than THEY do!

For starters, we could end poverty in Africa.
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FormerDittoHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-05 10:44 AM
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50. New here? n/t
Edited on Sun Aug-28-05 10:49 AM by FormerRushFan
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Muddy Waters Guitar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 10:44 PM
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39. Ain't that the truth
"In Republican World (TM), you are biologically immune to mercury and arsenic poisoning and can gleefully endorse the continued dumping of these toxins into the environment as it will cause peripheral neuropathy and a host of other diseases only in liberals."

Even in the midst of all their other blunders, the Rethugs' environmental legacy will probably be seen as their worst "contribution" to the country long-term. Fouling streams and rivers, permanently ruining wetlands, choking up the air, failing utterly to move away from fossil fuels-- the GOP has truly punted it on this one.
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 11:17 PM
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40. Amazing job, dude, and welcome to DU!
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liquiduniverse Donating Member (61 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 11:27 PM
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41. Here's one you may want to add:
In Republican World (TM), Fox News, an organization with a blatant right-wing political agenda, is considered fair and balanced. All other news organizations are the Liberal Media.
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 11:33 PM
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42. Okay, crap! How do I how bookmark this?
Where is the bookmark link? :shrug: Great post by the way!
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-05 02:15 AM
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45. To the left above the grey stripe at the top of the post heading.
What is it with DU and these trenchant posts?

Welcome mrfocus! What a shining premiere this is.
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PinkyisBlue Donating Member (617 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-05 12:51 AM
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43. A few more
In Republican World, you're a Patriot if you support an unethical war and a traitor if you oppose it.

In Republican World, you're a Patriot if you never fought for your country but send others to war, and a traitor if you did fight for your country and later speak out against it.

In Republican World, a true Christian is one who threatens to kill the leader of another country whose policies he/she disagrees with.

In Republican World, a fair and honest election is one where exit polls indicate that more people voted for Candidate B, but Candidate A is declared the winner based on tallies by electronic voting machines that: a)break down frequently, b)are programmed by people with close ties to one of the candidates, c)the programming code is kept secret, and d)no paper records of the voting counts are maintained, so actual recounts are impossible later on.

In Republican World, you choose to protect human life prior to birth and withhold all support after the birth.
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jurassicpork Donating Member (435 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-05 01:50 AM
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44. Here's a must-read
from Republican World:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2005/08/25/click-here-to-...

Apparently, John Bolton thinks that UN reform isn't so important, after all, such as safeguarding womens' rights, addressing the Kyoto Protocol, corporate responsibility, etc. You can thank the Huffington blog for this fine catch.

JP
http://jurassicpork.blogspot.com
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MojoXN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-05 08:35 AM
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46. Brilliant!!
That's one of the best pieces that I've read in quite a while.

Welcome to DU!

:hi:

MojoXN
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Indy_Thinker Donating Member (5 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-05 10:06 AM
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47. What's so hard to believe is...
...that I have made these same comparisons at the Christian printing agency where I work and it falls on deaf ears with the christian employees. I mean, they have such an amazing ability to ignore the facts and repeatedly respond with "Bush is a good man, because he's a christian." Like the republican spin we hear, when presented with a fact they don't like you get: "I don't believe that."

WE all see the truth of what you say.
WE KNOW they continue to perpetuate this lie that is costing lives.
WE KNOW they are trying to create a theocracy
WE KNOW this is the real Bush:
http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_7...

The question is, how do we get THEM to see what we see?
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Independent_Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-05 10:26 AM
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48. Republicans are Nazi scum.
You heard me.

:)
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Independent_Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-05 10:33 AM
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49. Oh, I almost forgot...
Welcome to DU!

:)
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Buns_of_Fire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-05 08:00 PM
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51. RepublicanWorld -- Where Nothing Can Go Wrong...
Go wrong...

Go wrong...

Go wrong...

(Apologies to Michael Crichton (sp?), and "WestWorld")

Welcome all! :thumbsup: Excellent post! :thumbsup: Wayne's World! Wayne's World! Party On! Excellent! (Sorry. Got on a riff there for a moment.)

Anyway, welcome everyone! :toast: (And the standard disclaimer: Yes, we really DO know how to spell "moron". Just wanted to preemptively clear that up... ;-) )
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AX10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-05 08:07 PM
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52. Republicans don't have 'facts', they have talking points.
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