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  • Misinformation Central aka ppj (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by squeaky on Sat May 26, 2007 at 03:26:45 PM EST
    Sec of State Pelosi aka House Majority Leader and serial viloater of the Logan Act
    Why do you insist on repeating lies. Pelosi is not and never has been in violation of the Logan act. The Logan act does not apply to Pelosi and her obligations as a Representative of the American people.

    You are alone on this, but since you believe that Pelosi is a traitor and a criminal it is about time that you made a citizen's arrest. Go straight to Gonzales with your prisoner.

    Oh, and be prepared for a long stint in a cage in appreciation for   your part in making the US safer.

    Squeaky (none / 0) (#6)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat May 26, 2007 at 03:38:50 PM EST
    Being a strong believer in the rule of law, before I move on Gonzales I would like to see an indictment.

    Gues you don't believe in that.

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    Sure (none / 0) (#9)
    by squeaky on Sat May 26, 2007 at 03:51:21 PM EST
    I believe in the rule of law. That is why I suggest that you personally build the case and make a citizens arrest, cause there is not going to be an indictment.

    This could put you in the history books, ppj. Go for it, no one else has your ablilty to believe so deeply,  irrespective of the facts.

    Let us know how it turns out, that is if no newspapers pick up the story.

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    squeaky (none / 0) (#12)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat May 26, 2007 at 04:05:43 PM EST
    Being busy with more productive things, I defer to the squeaky wheel.

    Plainer - You shot your mouth off and can't find a way put.

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    English Please (none / 0) (#41)
    by squeaky on Sun May 27, 2007 at 11:24:37 AM EST
    You shot your mouth off and can't find a way put.

    Sorry, don't understand your dialect.

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    heh (none / 0) (#42)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun May 27, 2007 at 12:02:53 PM EST
    I'm saying you shot your mouth off and now can not find a wat OUT.

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    Way Out? (none / 0) (#45)
    by squeaky on Sun May 27, 2007 at 12:13:01 PM EST
    Are you having a fantasy or something? A way out of what?

    Suggesting that you make a citizen's arrest on Pelosi and her Republican partners since no one else is going to do it?

    hahahahahaha

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    But...but (none / 0) (#26)
    by Repack Rider on Sat May 26, 2007 at 05:50:59 PM EST
    Being a strong believer in the rule of law, before I move on Gonzales I would like to see an indictment.

    But even though Pelosi has never been charged with violating the Logan Act, much less tried and convicted, you pronounce her guilty of being a "serial violator" despite the presumption of innocence you afford Mr. Gonzales, who has been caught lying to Congress on multiple occasions.

    Upton Sinclair said, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it."

    I can only surmise you are being paid for your presence here, and I hope the pay is substantial for embarrassing yourself the way you do.  I couldn't do your job for any amount of money, but I take solace in the fact that you couldn't do mine either.

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    RePack (none / 0) (#33)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun May 27, 2007 at 08:45:49 AM EST
    Who said I found Gonzales innocent??? I said I would wait for an indictment before I made a "move" on him.

    And, if you would like, I will do the same for your Dear Leader..

    Paid? If only it were so. I do this only for the sheer fun of reading your illogical grumbles and unsupported claims.

    And of course I again offer you a chance to actually provide a link that proves the crimes of Gonzales. Mind you now. They must be real crimes, not just the usual "He worked for Bush!" types.  And they must have proof, not just some blog crying that he "lied."

    As for Dear Leader, I again note:

    Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.



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    DA (none / 0) (#43)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun May 27, 2007 at 12:04:09 PM EST
    I have previously commented that EVERYONE should be treatd the same.

    Guess your memory continues in the selective mode.

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    DA - So you won't whine (none / 0) (#48)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun May 27, 2007 at 12:39:59 PM EST
    Yesterday (5.00 / 2) (#32)
    by ding7777 on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 05:57:24 PM EST

    the right wing noise machine was maintaining that the reason Pelosi was singled out from all the other Republicans currently meeting with Asad was because she is the Speaker and not just an ordinary Congresscritter.
    Today, they single her out via the Logan Act, which applies to private citizens.

    Which spin will tomorrow bring?

    [ Parent ]

    I cut none of them any slack. (none / 0) (#49)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 06:53:08 PM EST

    Demos or Repubs
    No difference to me.



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    Ron Paul (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by naschkatze on Sat May 26, 2007 at 04:14:03 PM EST
    and Mike Gravel would make an interesting third party ticket.

    :::Unbelieveable::: (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by Edger on Sat May 26, 2007 at 05:27:26 PM EST
    GALLUP: One-Third of Americans Believe the Bible is Literally True
    About one-third of the American adult population believes the Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally word for word.
    ...
    Gallup has asked this question about personal views of the Bible nine times since 1991. The percentage saying the Bible is the actual, literal word of God has remained in a relatively narrow range between 27% and 35% across this time period, with the average being 31%.

    Prior to that point, however, the data suggest that Americans' belief in a literal Bible was slightly higher. Gallup asked the question seven times between 1976 and 1984, during which time an average of 38% said that the Bible is the actual word of God.

    So, people are learning. But slowly.

    Gallup also notes that:

    There is also a strong relationship between education and belief in a literal Bible, with such belief becoming much less prevalent among those who have college educations.
    Not so unbelievable: About the same percentage still support Bush.

    Did you see Lewis Black making fun (5.00 / 1) (#35)
    by Militarytracy on Sun May 27, 2007 at 09:34:57 AM EST
    of how Christians interpret the Old Testament?  He said that the Christians needed to ask Jews to explain to them what the Old Testament really means and that Jews in their very Jewy Jewy Jewiness would tell them ;)

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    Tracy (1.00 / 2) (#36)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun May 27, 2007 at 10:25:56 AM EST
    Hmmmm

    Do you always enjoy statements by others that make fun of a minority??

    Let me guess... You think it's okay because you actually have known a Jew.....

    I think you are so close to the edge you need to look inside yourself and reconsider some attitudes you evidently hold.

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    PPJ just giggles me into the vapors ;) (5.00 / 1) (#39)
    by Militarytracy on Sun May 27, 2007 at 11:08:05 AM EST
    I'm not sure he could handle Lewis Black, he may want to avoid viewing anything Lewis Black EVER.

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    I remembered it a bit wrong (none / 0) (#40)
    by Militarytracy on Sun May 27, 2007 at 11:21:44 AM EST
    It is that Jews will take time out of their Jewy Jewy day to explain the Old Testament to us.  I dedicate this link to the forever present possibility of PPJ's expansion of consciousness.

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    Tracy and DA - You have each other. (none / 0) (#44)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun May 27, 2007 at 12:11:52 PM EST
    And I dedicate this reply to those who can not see that the continuation of slur against minorities by anyone ill serves the minority and the human race.

    Plainer. The EXCUSE the bigots and racists use:

    "Well, after all. They say things like that about themselves....."

    Enjoy the company you keep.

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    Well, look at it like this... (none / 0) (#51)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun May 27, 2007 at 09:32:02 PM EST
    None of you are going to have to wait too long before you will know who is right.

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    Man Held in Prison Beyond Sentence (none / 0) (#1)
    by jerry on Sat May 26, 2007 at 01:57:02 PM EST
    Via Glenn Sacks the story of a rapist being held past his sentence with access to his records sealed because the court needs to protect his privacy.  I am curious what you folks think of this.

    He was due to be released in January, but he is being held at least until June, if not for an additional five years.  And it seems that the public is not entitled to find out why.

    Rape is a horrible crime, but so is government locking people up and throwing away the key without any sort of judicial and public oversight.

    I've no sympathy for William DeCato, a convicted rapist, but I have a real problem with the extended confinement law that is now targeting him. These laws--which allow states to hold people in prison beyond their sentences if they're deemed dangerous sexual predators--are becoming more and more common.


    Despite what courts might say, to be held in prison without trial or conviction simply because the state thinks you might do harm is a violation of the constitution. Prohibition of such acts goes back centuries, and is reminiscent of some of the grievances which led to the English Revolution in the 17th century.


    As despicable as DeCato is, he served his sentence and should be freed. As a side note, I can't help but notice the gender bias in these laws, which seem to disproportionately target men who have committed crimes against women and/or girls.


    The Associated Press article is below.


    Rapist fights detention extension


    May 17, 2007


    CONCORD, N.H. -- Lawyers for a convicted rapist being held beyond his prison term under a new state law have asked a judge to dismiss his case.

    William DeCato is scheduled for trial on June 4 under a law that allows sexually violent people to be held beyond their prison sentence if they suffer a mental abnormality that makes them likely to commit more sexual violence.


    "In the end, this case is nothing more than an effort ... to extend Mr. DeCato's confinement in violation of his constitutional rights," public defender Mark Larsen said.


    If a jury finds DeCato guilty of posting an ongoing threat, he will be held at the prison for treatment for up to five years at a time.


    Larsen told Judge Philip Mangones on Tuesday that DeCato faces a similar ongoing confinement in violation of his rights and on thin evidence.


    Mangones also heard arguments from William Chapman, attorney for the Concord Monitor, to postpone DeCato's trial until the state Supreme Court can settle questions about public access allowed under the new law. Mangones has sealed nearly every proceeding in the case, saying the law requires him to protect DeCato's right to privacy. The Monitor, Valley News and New Hampshire Union Leader are challenging that decision at the state Supreme Court but have been told that the high court won't rule before DeCato's trial.


    DeCato, 51, finished an eight-year prison sentence in January for attempting to rape an exotic dancer in Pembroke in 1998. A second sentence for raping and kidnapping another dancer was deferred, so DeCato expected to be freed in January because he served his time.


    Instead, DeCato was moved to another part of the prison under the state's new sexual predator law, which took effect in January, just before he was to be freed.


    The county attorney's office cited DeCato's refusal to undergo the prison's sexual offender treatment during his incarceration.


    Larsen told Mangones that the treatment was never ordered or even recommended as part of DeCato's sentence and, therefore, should not be a requirement, since DeCato has served his full sentence. Particularly unfair, Larsen said, is that the law wasn't in effect when DeCato refused to participate in the treatment.

    Read the full article here.




    Sec of State Pelosi (none / 0) (#2)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat May 26, 2007 at 02:47:09 PM EST
    Sec of State Pelosi aka House Majority Leader and serial viloater of the Logan Act is off to Europe to suck up to the EU bureaucrats and further confuse our so-called allies rgearding our foreign policy.

    In the meantime:

    The House Foreign Affairs Committee recently approved a bill to obligate the administration to send senior diplomats to international meetings on climate change "with instructions to secure binding commitments for reform," according to a committee statement

    Experts cannot answer the question:

    Why do we even have an Executive Branch when we have such a great Dear Leader??

    The word 'liberal' (none / 0) (#4)
    by chemoelectric on Sat May 26, 2007 at 03:28:18 PM EST
    When are we going to take back the word 'liberal'? I think this one is saveable.

    chemo (none / 0) (#15)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat May 26, 2007 at 04:09:06 PM EST
    Unfortunately the Left has so besmirched it that only the Repubs use it....

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    well (none / 0) (#21)
    by Jen M on Sat May 26, 2007 at 05:19:12 PM EST
    It's not like the republicans are still conservatives.

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    Jen M (none / 0) (#23)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat May 26, 2007 at 05:34:54 PM EST
    True.  Bush actually got us Medicare Prescription Insurance...

    Kinda like Nixon going to China, eh??

    But jabbing aside, the Right has taken control of the word, "Liberal" and tied it to the "Left."

    And the Left is no more Liberal than the Right.

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    Ron Paul and Michael Moore on Real Time (none / 0) (#5)
    by Aaron on Sat May 26, 2007 at 03:33:42 PM EST
    Ron Paul was on Bill Maher's Real Time last night, and he made more sense than any Republican candidate running.  I would vote for him, and I've never voted for Republican in my life.

    Another fabulous show that everyone should watch, they slammed the Democrats in Congress mercilessly, slammed them for the pussys that they are for caving into Bush once again.

    Also Michael Moore was on talking about his new film Sicko, he was great as well.

    Al - You still wouldn't be. (none / 0) (#7)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat May 26, 2007 at 03:39:38 PM EST
    Ron Paul is a Libertarian.

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    Same thing... (none / 0) (#11)
    by Aaron on Sat May 26, 2007 at 03:53:13 PM EST
    ...these days.  :-)

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    Aaron (none / 0) (#14)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat May 26, 2007 at 04:07:45 PM EST
    Hmmmm... Actually I was thinking the same of the Left...

    Great minds and all that.

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    Sorry Jim, (none / 0) (#17)
    by Aaron on Sat May 26, 2007 at 04:15:27 PM EST
    Paul is a registered Republican, he's one of you, so suck it up and take responsibility for your own.

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    I know but... (none / 0) (#18)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat May 26, 2007 at 04:44:26 PM EST
    If he's not a registered Independent he isn't one of "me."

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    Traitor! (none / 0) (#20)
    by Aaron on Sat May 26, 2007 at 05:04:54 PM EST
    You'll regret that affiliation when Bush administration operatives, the new SS, come for you Jim, and hall you off to a concentration camp.

    Switch to Republican while there's still time, that is where your true heart lies (and lies and lies and lies) anyway.

    Remember who warned you.  :-)

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    Al - Sorry (none / 0) (#24)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat May 26, 2007 at 05:39:56 PM EST
    but I can't leave my Social Liberal position.

    But you may feel free to be used by the Demos.

    You know funding, not funding, time lines no time lines...

    Don't you feel a little.... well..... grimy???

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    et al - Your tax dollars at work (none / 0) (#8)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat May 26, 2007 at 03:48:22 PM EST
    A recent patient survey indicated that 70 percent of the women who gave birth at Parkland in the first three months of 2006 were illegal
    mmigrants.That's 11,200 anchor babies born every year just in Dallas

    Link


    yes, go read the link ... (none / 0) (#25)
    by Sailor on Sat May 26, 2007 at 05:47:31 PM EST
    ... and discover that ppj just lied again.

    Administrators from both hospital systems indicated that some of the common assumptions made about immigrants who seek medical care at those facilities (and at other Texas hospitals) are misconceptions

    Geebus, the best this moron can do is screech about an article that was debunked in November of 2006.

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    sailor (none / 0) (#28)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat May 26, 2007 at 06:38:29 PM EST
    Are you ok? I am concerned about you when
    fabricate things.

    From the Link:

    Snopes.com

    Status: True

    Shall I believe you or my lying eyes??

    ;-)

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    i quoted directly from the article ... (none / 0) (#29)
    by Sailor on Sat May 26, 2007 at 10:41:03 PM EST
    ... that you misrepresented.

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    Sailor (none / 0) (#34)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun May 27, 2007 at 08:48:24 AM EST
    And I quoted Snopes.

    Who shall we believe? Snopes or Sailor?

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    your lying eyes are connected to your lying ... (none / 0) (#46)
    by Sailor on Sun May 27, 2007 at 12:14:21 PM EST
    ... brain, mouth and fingers.

    Here's the $$ quote:

    While Texas border hospitals often get "anchor babies" <NOBR>— children</NOBR> of Mexican women who dart across the border to give birth to an American citizen <NOBR>— most</NOBR> illegal immigrants who go to major hospitals in Texas can show that they have been living here for years, said Ernie Schmid, policy director at the Texas Hospital Association. Many immigrant families have mixed status; often a patient with no documents has a spouse or children who are legal.


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    Sailor (none / 0) (#55)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun May 27, 2007 at 10:52:35 PM EST
    Perhaps you fail to understand something.

    I have quoted Snopes.com.

    Now you may protest all you want, but you are directing it to the wrong person.

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    Take your umbrella Jeralyn (none / 0) (#10)
    by MikeDitto on Sat May 26, 2007 at 03:53:02 PM EST
    Ashton Altieri says t-storms this afternoon.

    Hey Mike! How are you!! (none / 0) (#13)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat May 26, 2007 at 04:06:24 PM EST
    Mike is doing very well (none / 0) (#27)
    by Jeralyn on Sat May 26, 2007 at 06:05:36 PM EST
    I hadn't seen him in a while since the move to Scoop, but when I needed help hooking up my new barbecue to a propane tank and testing it he came right over.

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    Doing well (none / 0) (#30)
    by MikeDitto on Sat May 26, 2007 at 11:41:11 PM EST
    Busy as a bee. Spent last year getting Democrats elected, much to your chagrin I am sure! :-)

    Nowadays I'm doing some consulting for a couple of nonprofits just waiting for campaign season to heat up again.

    Hope you've been well!

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    Electing democrats... (none / 0) (#31)
    by kdog on Sun May 27, 2007 at 07:52:25 AM EST
    should be to everyones chagrin.

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    Mike Ditto (none / 0) (#32)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun May 27, 2007 at 08:25:35 AM EST
    Getting Demos electd?! Chagrin?? Me?? Well, of most of the current batch, yes... although Salazar seems to be okay... ;-)

    Take care!!

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    Michael Moore on "Real Time" (none / 0) (#19)
    by Aaron on Sat May 26, 2007 at 04:46:34 PM EST
    FOMCLMAOROTF (none / 0) (#53)
    by squeaky on Sun May 27, 2007 at 10:36:41 PM EST


    Time to Close This Thread (none / 0) (#56)
    by Jeralyn on Sun May 27, 2007 at 11:03:34 PM EST
    it's descended into insults and baiting.