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  • A Patriot Crashes the Party

    QUOTE
    Published on Saturday, October 29, 2005 by The Daily Press (Hampton Roads, Virginia )
    A Patriot Crashes the Party
    by Tamara Dietrich

    The most patriotic element of George Bush's speech in Norfolk on Friday morning wasn't the flags on the big "Strategy for Victory" sign behind the podium.

    It wasn't the backdrop bleachers artfully decorated with warm bodies in military uniforms.

    It was the moment early on when a man stood up in Chrysler Hall, yanked open his shirt to expose his "Dump Bush" T-shirt in full view of shocked members of Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network seated nearby and cried, "War is terrorism! Torture is terrorism!" before he was hustled out by security people.

    "That was me," says Tom Palumbo, anti-war activist and, now, presidential party-crasher. "I think maybe he heard me. I know he looked befuddled."

    So ... Bush's cone of silence can be cracked.

    An "invitation-only," meticulously scripted, rah-rah presidential appearance can be infiltrated by a lone punman who thinks it's that important for our tone-deaf leader to "hear the other side."

    How did a noisy peacenik like Palumbo make it past security? Simple, he says: "I had a ticket."

    He got it by calling Rep. Thelma Drake's office, which referred him to the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, which had invited Bush to speak. The chamber gave Palumbo a ticket, no questions asked.

    "Why wouldn't they give it to me, let me ask you?" Palumbo says - a fair question in a democracy constitutionally committed to free and vigorous debate at all levels of government.

    In a real American democracy, whenever the president speechifies to the public, the doors would be flung open to all citizens.

    True, those citizens might be X-rayed and frisked, but they wouldn't be vetted according to their personal or political views first.

    But it's not so fair a question in this new age of fear-mongering - an age excruciatingly laid out in Bush's warmed-over speech about how radical Islamism is this generation's Communism, or the Red Scare of the 21st century.

    Bush has used this speech several times in the past month, with no sense of irony or appreciation that the Red Scare unbridled also gave us Joe McCarthy, Roy Cohn, the loyalty oath, the blacklist, duck-and-cover, backyard bomb shelters, mass hysteria masquerading as patriotism and civil liberties in a stranglehold.

    Certainly terrorism is a threat. So is a pandemic. So is smoking. So is poverty, environmental ravages, federal disaster relief as oxymoron, corporate excesses, indicted White House aides and the public's confidence in its own chief public servant in free fall. These threats, however, got no mention Friday.

    Instead, we heard about Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Even about Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot. About "facing a radical ideology with unalterable objectives: to enslave whole nations and intimidate the world."

    About "exposed and disrupted 'nucular' programs" and "cold-blooded contempt for human life." About the "rage of killers" and "evil men who want to use horrendous weapons against us ... working in deadly earnest to gain them."

    Boo.

    Bush also berated tyrants who "seek to end dissent in every form," which brings us back to Palumbo.

    After Palumbo exposed his politics in Chrysler Hall, Secret Service agents grabbed him by the arms and shoulders and escorted him outside. He didn't resist. They didn't force the issue.

    They turned him over to local police, who asked who he was, what he said and how he got his ticket. He was fully prepared for arrest, but the police saw no need. Before they let him go, they took his picture. "I smiled," Palumbo says, "and gave them the peace sign."

    The man is too savvy to believe Bush's speech would have been anything but what it was.

    But he insists that if Bush "had said we were bringing the troops home, I wouldn't have said anything. If he'd said, 'We're funding our schools,' I would've stood up and given him a standing O."

    Instead, he says, the speech was the same old "fear-based mentality."

    "And if we're operating out of fear," Palumbo says, "all we're going to do is shoot into the dark."

    Friday was the first time he's breached the white tower. Even if he was thrown out on his activism, he counts it a success.

    "Absolutely," Palumbo says. "He's delusional if he believes that the American people support him in this venture. If it takes a citizen like me to stand up ... If we didn't throw teabags off the ship, we'd still be under British rule."

    Funny how our George can makes us nostalgic for that George, and wonder if it's too late to get those tea bags back.

    © Copyright 2005 Daily Press

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    Damn these electric sex pants!

    26+31+34+42+44+46+64+67+82+06 = 10

    Bring back the death penalty for corporations!

  • #2
    W, at core, is a pussy.

    Ran from actual war like the spoiled brat he is.

    Wouldn't take a break from brush clearing, bike riding and napping to stop to chat with Cindy Sheehan, much less engage in authentic human contact with the citizenry at an event.

    Our leader. Ugh.
    The Dude abides.

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    • #3
      Even worse...

      This guy is so bad...yet... the Dems can't find a way to win the office of president or get control of Congress

      The sooner they move on from the rock throwing and start talking about their ideas and solutions...the sooner the the country might get back on course.
      Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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      • #4
        QUOTE(TTB @ Oct 30 2005, 09:04 AM) Quoted post

        Even worse...

        This guy is so bad...yet... the Dems can't find a way to win the office of president or get control of Congress

        The sooner they move on from the rock throwing and start talking about their ideas and solutions...the sooner the the country might get back on course.
        [/b][/quote]

        The so-called Free Press also needs to show up.
        Damn these electric sex pants!

        26+31+34+42+44+46+64+67+82+06 = 10

        Bring back the death penalty for corporations!

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        • #5
          Indeed.

          The dominant media isn't nearly tough enough on the administration.

          Dred, always good for a morning laugh.
          And, frankly, it has never occured to me that "winning" a debate is important, or that I should be hurt when someone like Airshark or kah, among others (for whom winning a pseudo debate or declaring intellectual superiority over invisible others is obviously very important) ridicule me.

          -The Artist formerly known as King in KC

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          • #6
            QUOTE(Damtoft @ Oct 30 2005, 09:54 AM) Quoted post

            Indeed.

            The dominant media isn't nearly tough enough on the administration.

            Dred, always good for a morning laugh.
            [/b][/quote]

            I'm just glad the press called them on their warmongering lies before any blood was spilled.
            Damn these electric sex pants!

            26+31+34+42+44+46+64+67+82+06 = 10

            Bring back the death penalty for corporations!

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            • #7
              They left that up to the French and the Germans.

              Unfortunately, they had the receipts for the chemicals they'd sold them.
              And, frankly, it has never occured to me that "winning" a debate is important, or that I should be hurt when someone like Airshark or kah, among others (for whom winning a pseudo debate or declaring intellectual superiority over invisible others is obviously very important) ridicule me.

              -The Artist formerly known as King in KC

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              • #8
                QUOTE(TTB @ Oct 30 2005, 10:04 AM) Quoted post

                Even worse...

                This guy is so bad...yet... the Dems can't find a way to win the office of president or get control of Congress

                The sooner they move on from the rock throwing and start talking about their ideas and solutions...the sooner the the country might get back on course.
                [/b][/quote]

                In that regard, DNC Chairman: Gov. Howard Dean; Sen. Leader Harry Reid; and House Leader Nancy Pelosi
                come across (to me) very negatively. Each seems to be long on complaining and whining, but short on "offering ideas and solutions". The three of them couldn't be dumped soon enough to suit me. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]

                I'd like Rep. Harold Ford Jr.--running for the Senate in 2006-- to grab a party leadership poition. He's extremely intelligent and articulate. He doesn't complain, he recommends change.
                Norman Chad, syndicated columnist: “Sports radio, reflecting our sinking culture, spends entire days advising managers and coaches, berating managers and coaches, firing managers and coaches and searching the countryside for better middle relievers. If they just redirected their energy toward, say, crosswalk-signal maintenance, America would be 2 percent more livable.”

                "The best argument against democracy," someone (Churchill?) said, "is a five minute conversation with the average voter."

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                • #9
                  QUOTE(Damtoft @ Oct 30 2005, 09:54 AM) Quoted post
                  Indeed.

                  The dominant media isn't nearly tough enough on the administration.

                  Dred, always good for a morning laugh. [/b][/quote]



                  I never saw that on the news. did you?
                  Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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                  • #10
                    QUOTE(nick2 @ Oct 30 2005, 10:09 AM) Quoted post

                    QUOTE(TTB @ Oct 30 2005, 10:04 AM) Quoted post

                    Even worse...

                    This guy is so bad...yet... the Dems can't find a way to win the office of president or get control of Congress

                    The sooner they move on from the rock throwing and start talking about their ideas and solutions...the sooner the the country might get back on course.
                    [/b][/quote]

                    I'd like Rep. Harold Ford Jr.--running for the Senate in 2006-- to grab a party leadership poition. He's extremely intelligent and articulate. He doesn't complain, he recommends change.
                    [/b][/quote]


                    Good. I like him already.
                    Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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                    • #11
                      QUOTE(madyaks @ Oct 30 2005, 11:13 AM) Quoted post

                      QUOTE(Damtoft @ Oct 30 2005, 09:54 AM) Quoted post
                      Indeed.

                      The dominant media isn't nearly tough enough on the administration.

                      Dred, always good for a morning laugh. [/b][/quote]



                      I never saw that on the news. did you?
                      [/b][/quote]
                      Gee..."Idiot Hates Bush"...that's really news, isn't it? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]

                      Dat's right!

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                      • #12
                        QUOTE(Rdog3933 @ Oct 30 2005, 10:18 AM) Quoted post
                        QUOTE(madyaks @ Oct 30 2005, 11:13 AM) Quoted post

                        QUOTE(Damtoft @ Oct 30 2005, 09:54 AM) Quoted post
                        Indeed.

                        The dominant media isn't nearly tough enough on the administration.

                        Dred, always good for a morning laugh. [/b][/quote]



                        I never saw that on the news. did you?
                        [/b][/quote]
                        Gee..."Idiot Hates Bush"...that's really news, isn't it? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img] [/b][/quote]



                        You rarely see protest of Bush unless it is Cindy.

                        Remember his ride to be sworn in the first time? HUGE protests, almost none of it was seen on TV.
                        Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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                        • #13
                          Rdog, I remember I used to talk about and address conservatives much the way you approach people who disagree with your own views.

                          But that was a long time ago. I guess my excuse was I was just a kid back then.
                          Damn these electric sex pants!

                          26+31+34+42+44+46+64+67+82+06 = 10

                          Bring back the death penalty for corporations!

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                          • #14
                            QUOTE(dredbyrd @ Oct 30 2005, 11:21 AM) Quoted post

                            Rdog, I remember I used to talk about and address conservatives much the way you approach people who disagree with your own views.

                            But that was a long time ago. I guess my excuse was I was just a kid back then.
                            [/b][/quote]
                            Nahhh...you're still a kid. I make fun of EVERYONE. You just have a selective reading process... [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]

                            Dat's right!

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                            Official Lounge sponsor of Bryce Salvador
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                            • #15
                              QUOTE(Rdog3933 @ Oct 30 2005, 12:18 PM) Quoted post

                              QUOTE(madyaks @ Oct 30 2005, 11:13 AM) Quoted post

                              QUOTE(Damtoft @ Oct 30 2005, 09:54 AM) Quoted post
                              Indeed.

                              The dominant media isn't nearly tough enough on the administration.

                              Dred, always good for a morning laugh. [/b][/quote]



                              I never saw that on the news. did you?
                              [/b][/quote]
                              Gee..."American Hates Bush and he is surprised"...that's really news, isn't it? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]
                              [/b][/quote]

                              There we go.
                              No president wants war. Everything you may have heard is that, but it's just simply not true
                              President George W. Bush, March 21, 2006

                              I'm a war president
                              President George W. Bush, February 8, 2004

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