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I'm finishing a long brief that's due by 5pm today. Here's a place for you to vent.

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    Re: Friday Open Thread (none / 0) (#1)
    by pigwiggle on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:02:31 PM EST
    Found this interview with Terry Gross and Gene Simmons a while back; couldnít resist posting this bit of the exchange.
    Terry Gross: I would like to think that the personality you've presented on our show today is a persona that you've affected as a member of KISS, something you do on stage, before the microphone, but that you're not nearly as obnoxious in the privacy of your own home or when you're having dinner with friends. Gene Simmons: Fair enough. And I'd like to think that the boring lady who's talking to me now is a lot sexier and more interesting than the one who's doing NPR. You know, studious and reserved, and -- I bet you're a lot of fun at a party.


    Re: Friday Open Thread (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:02:31 PM EST
    Stroke of genius The "Terrorism in Texas" has come to an end, thank the Lord. That awful mother of a dead U.S. soldier, Cindy Sheehan, has finally left Crawford and now President Bush can finally relax on his vacation. As I pointed out in my last entry, folks here at the White House were trying to figure out how to get that woman away from the President. It turned out charging her with prostitution, even in Texas, wouldn't work. Then Vice-President Cheney came up with a great idea. "We've got that fat-assed preacher Pat Robertson praying for vacancy on the Supreme Court," Vice-President Cheney pointed out. Perhaps you've seen the Reverend Robertson (I don't believe the term used by the Vice-President is really appropriate) on his television program praying real hard to the Lord asking that someone like Ruth Bader Ginsburg or that Souter fellow dies so their seat can be taken by a true Christian Republican.
    PatRobertson
    "Lord," the Reverend Robertson says, "can't you just smite a liberal judge so America can serve you better. Lord, can't you grow a giant tumor in Ruth Bader Ginsburg's head so she would have to resign. Lord, can't you have a Palestinian terrorist blow up Justice Ginsburg (while making sure no Christians are hurt). So far, Pat Robertson's prayers have not been answered although there are some in the administration who believe Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation may have been the work of the Reverend Robertson. Anyway, Vice-President Cheney personally called up Pat Robertson. "Pat, you old miracle worker you. How's the prayer business going?" "I've got a few good contracts," the Rev. Robertson said. "Tom DeLay has me praying that Bill Frist become paralyzed, now that he supports stem cell research. And of course, I have the annual contract from Focus on the Family to pray that Hillary Clinton suffer from ovarian cancer." "Can you handle another prayer contract?" Vice-President Cheney asked. "For you, of course," the Rev. Robertson replied. "What do you want God to do." "I suppose you've seen that f--king Sheehan b--ch on TV terrorizing President Bush. It seems we've got no f--king legal means of getting that c--t out of Crawford. So we want you to pray to the Lord, or Allah to whoever the f--k you pray to and get that c--t out of Crawford. And make sure to tell God it's a priority." "It sounds like this could require simultaneous prayers to Jesus and God. That's ten thousand dollars an hour," the Rev. Roberston said. "Make it happen and we'll toss in a fill-up at the gas station of your choice," said the Vice-President. I guess you know the rest. Mrs. Sheehan's mother had a stroke, thanks to the work and prayer of Reverend Pat Robertson, and Mrs. Sheehan finally left Crawford. I heard President Bush broke 90 for the first time in a week. He's taken quite a few strokes off his game. Ha ha. Thank you Jesus.

    Re: Friday Open Thread (none / 0) (#3)
    by ppjakajim on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:02:31 PM EST
    NancyJo - Don't quit your day job.

    Re: Friday Open Thread (none / 0) (#4)
    by Quaker in a Basement on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:02:31 PM EST
    Piggle, have you also noticed that Gross' program seems to have morphed into "Interview with the Living Dead"? Seems like not a week goes by when she's not replaying a past interview with someone recently deceased. She does it so much it's getting creepy.

    Re: Friday Open Thread (none / 0) (#5)
    by squeaky on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:02:31 PM EST
    Then there is this from think progress via kos. Mother and son are soooo alike.
    Why should we hear about body bags, and deaths, and how many, what day it's gonna happen, and how many this or what do you suppose? Oh, I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?
    Especially during vacation, which Shrub just set a presidential record for. The most Vacant of them all.

    Re: Friday Open Thread (none / 0) (#6)
    by Quaker in a Basement on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:02:31 PM EST
    And BTW, piggle, thanks for that link. I had heard stories about the Gene Simmons interview, but never heard it for myself. From the transcript, it sounds more entertaining than I was led to believe.

    Re: Friday Open Thread (none / 0) (#9)
    by pigwiggle on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:02:31 PM EST
    Q- My pleasure, although Iíve got to confess I havenít listened much to Terryís program over the last few years.

    Re: Friday Open Thread (none / 0) (#10)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:02:32 PM EST
    pw, QUIB, I heard the piece live and almost fell out of my chair. Terry is an odd cat, and I was surprised she let the exchange go out on the airwaves. Either she thought it made Gene look bad and her good, or she actually does have a sense of humor. I hope, for her sake, it was the latter.

    Re: Friday Open Thread (none / 0) (#11)
    by Ernesto Del Mundo on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:02:32 PM EST
    It's the last chance to save the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from being turned into another fouled sumphole by our beloved oil companies. Over 90 percent of the north slope is open to oil drilling, but they won't be happy until the last few acres are opened up and laid waste. Next month is the showdown. Let 'em know that you know what they are about to do.

    Re: Friday Open Thread (none / 0) (#12)
    by chupetin on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:02:32 PM EST
    Check out this thread over at Moon Of Alabama about sending the 82nd Airborne to Iraq to serve as prison guards. Something fishy indeed. link

    Re: Friday Open Thread (none / 0) (#13)
    by glanton on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:02:32 PM EST
    Yesterday's Model-T Dixicrat is today's Hummer Republican, refurbished and endowed with a coprporate engine.

    Re: Friday Open Thread (none / 0) (#14)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:02:32 PM EST
    Chupetin, thanks for the heads up. I get a daily e-mail from the WaPo, but somehow I missed this story. Obviously there are two possibilities:1)Our troops in Iraq are in much worse shape than reported and the incompetence of the Chimp King shines through again by assigning highly specialized troops to do a job that they never were intended to perform or 2) The worst case scenario being those guys from the 82nd Airborne, who are trained in entering a country ahead of all other forces and securing strategic areas, are headed to the Middle East for some as of yet undisclosed attack on another nation (possibly one starting with an I?) in that region of the world. Either possibile reason is something I don't think should happen or be happening.

    Re: Friday Open Thread (none / 0) (#15)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:02:32 PM EST
    Oh yeah, Nancy Jo pay no mind to PPJ. I doubt he has what could pass for a sense of humor anyway.

    Re: Friday Open Thread (none / 0) (#16)
    by MikeDitto on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:02:32 PM EST
    I've said it before and I'll say it again...Why do they call them "briefs" when they never are?

    Re: Friday Open Thread (none / 0) (#17)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:02:32 PM EST
    "those guys from the 82nd Airborne, who are trained in entering a country ahead of all other forces..." We have a winner.

    Re: Friday Open Thread (none / 0) (#18)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:02:32 PM EST
    Why do they call them "briefs"
    Maybe because they are hard to get into, require a commitment of time, resources and money, and frequently cause delays in our trials while they are being studied;-)