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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 03:27 AM
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The Right to Remain Silent
When your President declares war on a oil-rich nation that poses no threat to the United States, you have the Right to Remain Silent. If you choose to give up that right, you will be harassed, insulted, threatened, and otherwise treated as if you are no longer an American.

When you watch America's name being dragged through the mud by power hungry fools in incidents of torture and kidnapping--you have the Right to Remain Silent.

When you hear your President comment that he thinks the Constitution is just a "damned piece of paper," you have the Right to Remain Silent.

When you learn that the plans for war were already on the table before 9/11, you have the Right to Remain Silent.

When a CIA operative has her cover blown because her husband is considered an enemy of the administration, you have the Right to Remain Silent.

When that same Administration, and its corrupt partners in Congress pass laws that strip away the safety nets for vulnerable American citizens, you have the Right to Remain Silent.

When a powerful hurricane levels a great American City and you watch people suffering on television for days, while aid is turned away by the authorities, you have the Right to Remain Silent.

While this administration continues to subsidize the oil companies during times of RECORD profits, you have the Right to Remain Silent.

When viciously obnoxious pundits are welcomed onto American news programs and treated as if they're decent, hard-working folks, you have the Right to Remain Silent.

While thousands of our soldiers are sent to a dry and dusty land to kill or be killed, you have the Right to Remain Silent.

When you finally begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, having elected a majority of allegedly like-minded citizens to Congress to fight against the abuses of this administration only to find that they don't have the spine to pull it off, you have the Right to Remain Silent.

When you realize that the Iraqi people are NOT, in fact, better off than they were under a brutal dictator, you have the Right to Remain Silent.

When you discover that there's no easy way out of the war and our troops will continue to die while Iraq staggers its way through a horrific civil war, you have the Right to Remain Silent.

When you find that this administration, after nearly breaking our military with its incompetence and corruption, is trying to come up with a way to go to war with even MORE Middle Eastern countries, despite the fact that it hasn't managed even the ghost of a victory in either front it's currently fighting, you have the Right to Remain Silent.

While a sizeable portion of the population of your fellow Americans think you should be killed or thrown in prison for daring to have a different opinion about the way all this is going, and an unfavorable view of THEIR chosen leader, you have the Right to Remain Silent.

While this administration is busy carving a canyon of debt for you and your children to carry forward into perpetuity, you have the Right to Remain Silent.

While this government's economic policies are driving more and more people into poverty and a lifetime of debt, you have the Right to Remain Silent.

If you choose not to exercise this right, rest assured, the Corporate Media will exercise it for you.
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thecrow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 03:39 AM
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1. Brilliant!
K&R
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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 10:49 AM
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11. Absolutely, positively brilliant! n/t
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 03:46 AM
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2. You have the right to be searched and without a warrant and you'd BETTER remain silent!!
:grr:

:kick: & Recommended
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 04:06 AM
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3. Best post around here for awhile.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 06:50 AM
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4. K&R
Hope it winds up with at least 100 recs.
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 06:58 AM
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5. I believe this is your best post ever.
Congratulations.
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JohnnyLib2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 07:05 AM
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6. Circulate this one!

K & R
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 08:50 AM
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7. this needs to keep being k&r'd to the top.
Another :kick:
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PA Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 08:54 AM
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8. Great post. The right wing is generous in still allowing singing.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 09:08 AM
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9. I rarely print anything I read any more, but this is going in the window.


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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 10:34 AM
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10. K&R
I have the RIGHT to remain silent.....
but I do not have the ABILITY.

----(paraphrased from some redneck comedian whose name I can never remember)




"There are forces within the Democratic Party who want us to sound like kinder, gentler Republicans. I want us to compete for that great mass of voters that want a party that will stand up for working Americans, family farmers, and people who haven't felt the benefits of the economic upturn."---Paul Wellstone


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Zodiak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 12:58 PM
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14. Ron White is the comedian
Pro-death penalty, but funny as hell.
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Bethesda Home Donating Member (45 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 03:19 PM
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22. He's pro-death penalty alright.
Here's a quote (paraphrased but essentially correct:

Texas, my home state, is even speeding up the executions of criminals. While other states still have the death penalty, my state is putting in an "express lane".



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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 03:26 PM
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23. Interestingly, though, he's not a homophobe.
As his routine also makes clear.

Hard to know just where to place Ron White, but I always skip past his death penalty stuff.
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Hydra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 10:11 PM
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31. I like him
Edited on Wed Jul-09-08 10:15 PM by Hydra
His "You are gay and I'll prove it" routine might be one of the most brilliant calls for sanity regarding the issue that I've ever seen...because it even cracks the thick heads of the people parroting the garbage that having a different preference makes you somehow no longer human.

On the subject of the death penalty, I got the sense that he wasn't keen on making it easier to do.

I personally have two stances on it- if they are guilty, kill them. The problem is that we really don't know if they are- either by sloppy police work or simple witch-hunting, a LOT of people on death row don't belong there...and killing the person to shut them up about it is the last thing we need to be doing.
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Bethesda Home Donating Member (45 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 03:27 PM
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24. You can see his "Drunk in Public" routine here:
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 03:15 PM
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21. Your sig line ROCKS!!! Senator Paul Wellstone was murdered!
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 12:53 PM
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12. Oh, yeah!
:applause: :applause: :applause:

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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 12:56 PM
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13. I WILL remain silent
and vote for Obama.

As long as Obama wins, nothing else matters.
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 01:07 PM
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15. best post ever, Mythsage
brilliant!
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HCE SuiGeneris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 01:09 PM
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16. Excellent
Edited on Wed Jul-09-08 01:10 PM by BushDespiser12
Recommended

Can I post this on another blog, and if yes, how would you like the attribute to read?
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 02:03 AM
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34. Oh, feel free.
And the attribution to Saje Williams :D

Thank you
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Ghost in the Machine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 02:50 AM
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35. I posted it on my site, with full attribution to you, a link to your site, and a link to DU.........
http://www.congressunderfire.com/dc/dcboard.php?az=show...

Another knocked out of the ballpark, dude... keep up the good work!


Peace,

Ghost

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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 01:51 PM
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17. brilliant, 'tis
let's all start making LOTS of noise.
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windoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 01:57 PM
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18. Remaining in a state of denial is certainly less painful,
and the avoidance of confrontation is a human instinct-the avoidance of pain. Silence may be due to fear or hesitation, but it may also be that people are choosing to respond in other ways, and there are many people who do not think now is the time for a response. They hopefully will respond later, after the election.

This country has been in a state of paralytic shock and awe for the past 8 years, and these violent and corrupt times demand some kind of response-ability on our part, and it will ultimately be up to the individual to decide how this is done.

Speaking out is one way, and must happen!!
Passive resistance is another way.
Supporting and building sustainable and alternative lifestyles and technologies is another way.
Working to heal people and the Earth is necessary also.

There are many ways to turn these times around, and this country has a lot of work to do.

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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 03:13 PM
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19. I will NOT remain silent.

Wake up AND Speak up America! :kick:

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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 03:14 PM
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20. Brilliant.
:kick:

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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 07:16 PM
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25. K&R Bookmarked. I will not remain silent!
This brought a tear to my eyes. I know too many people that won't speak up.





A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
- Edward R. Murrow


To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- Abraham Lincoln
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trthnd4jstc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 08:21 PM
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26. The Criminals that have turned Our Nation into a Fascist State should be in Prison
Edited on Wed Jul-09-08 08:21 PM by trthnd4jstc
Thanks for your writing. Peace.
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varelse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 08:22 PM
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27. Awesome
:kick:
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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 08:32 PM
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28. If you choose to give up that right, you will be harassed, insulted, threatened
and, probably, also electronically surveilled, spied on, marked down in computerized lists of dissenters, then snared by association in hyperparanoiac, cross-corellated, alphabet agency databases with ordinary criminals, "likely" terrorists, and known enemies of the state; and henceforth to be denied credit, turned down for employment or denied advancement, shunned for insurance as a "risky profile", and deemed too dangerous to use public conveyances or to be allowed on an aircraft.
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yellerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 08:39 PM
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29. K&R! n/t
:applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:
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proReality Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 09:01 PM
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30. Excellent! K&R n/t
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NM Independent Donating Member (794 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 01:14 AM
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32. K&R
This also seems to be the most valued of our rights now, as well. If you give it up you are most certainly an unpatriotic Amurka-hatin' dirty librul.

Sorry, my county is 75% red.
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FourScore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 01:27 AM
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33. Wow, that's great, Mythsaje! n/t
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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 02:52 AM
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36. Definitely your best ever.
:kick: & R





click the banner and sign it for all our sakes.
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puebloknot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 03:38 AM
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37. Kick! Well done. Perfectly conceived. nt
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 04:34 AM
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38. Can't rec, so I'll kick!
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Sunnyshine Donating Member (698 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 04:47 AM
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39. K&R - Thanks for being able to spell out these dreadful facts so very poignantly.
I see billions of troubled people vying for a spot in life, while being subjected to the whims of greed and hate- all of us balancing on one unforgiving planet. There is a better way of doing things, and I am hopeful that humanity can figure it out sooner, rather than later.

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gleeindc Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 05:28 AM
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40. But now
even if you remain silent in public and merely express your
opinions in private conversations, there is a chance your
opinions will be known. Thanks to the majority party in the
Senate who just sold out on FISA.
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Philosoraptor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 05:44 AM
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Philosoraptor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 05:44 AM
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41. ...................
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Joe Stirling Donating Member (7 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 05:54 AM
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42. The right to remain silent
Excellent post
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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 07:05 AM
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43. When History's most corrupt cartel
loots the treasury and undermines democracy with rigged elections silence is no longer an option.
Tyranny reigns when good people do nothing.
Is there a genetic connection between the Bush and Romanov blood lines?
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Ghost in the Machine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 01:55 PM
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44. kick! ( too bad I can't rec again )
:kick:

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Phred42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 03:01 PM
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45. "A time comes when silence is betrayal" - Martin Luther King
:kick:
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