Thursday, September 30, 2010

don't mess with Allosaurus

Comparitive sizes of Allosaurus Specimens,
• Silhouettes based on an Allosuaurs skeletal reconstruction by Scott Hartman [1]
• The allosaururs lengths have been measured along the vertebral column.
• Average size 8.5m based on [1]. The largest definitive Allosaurus based on [2]


  1. Glut, Donald F. (1997). “Allosaurus”, Dinosaurs: The Encyclopedia, 105–117, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co.
  2. Mortimer, Mickey (2003-07-21). And the largest Theropod is.... The Dinosaur Mailing List. Retrieved on 2007-09-08.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Google... Search... Wiki?

Apparently there was a Google Search Wiki for the couple of years that ended in March 2010. I never knew or noticed.

Changes to Google Image search are bad

Google changed their Google images service. They say it is now more convenient. I say it is slower and nearly unusable if the item I am searching for is not properly visualized in the first ten selections.

For thing it is slower. For another loading the "thumbnail" over the page is much slower and slows down the internet ever more. Third problem is that the original search pages are now adblock immune so if someone's pornography is accidentally shown in an innocuous search I cannot deal with it (I don't trust Safesearch but I might have to). Those are my problems.

Now to discuss others'

Problem four is that people who liked Google Image in favor Bing's equavalent now have a service that is more like Bing.
"The new image layout is horrible!" said "Amanda," in response to a CMSwire post. "If I wanted to use an image search that looked like Bing's I would just use Bing. I stuck with Google because I preferred their layout, but I guess they enjoy driving away long time loyal users."

The new format of the search results could also raise concerns among online publishers, said James Temple of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Clicking on the thumbnail brings up the full-size image, which now appears in front of the original site. Users have to click again to get to that page. Previously, clicking on the image brought users directly to the publisher's page, with a Google banner at the top that allowed them to click through to the full image. This subtle difference could be important in the eyes of online publishers. Before, users could only see a thumbnail before visiting the site where it first appeared. Now the entire image can be viewed or downloaded without ever leaving a Google URL."
Such a display could violate fair use provisions, which are acceptable for thumbnail-size reproductions--the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled--but may not be for full-size images, Temple wrote.

I think the over function especially slows it down. Wikia has started it too much to my rage.

Naturally all this change is for profit. I have mixed feelings about this.

This Global Internet Treaty seems important

but I'll explain it next week if I have the energy.

Suffice to say that net neutrality, when it is not irrelevant, is stupid.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010




noun \sen-ˈsr-ē-əm\
plural sen·so·ri·ums or -ria \-ē-ə\

Definition of SENSORIUM

: the parts of the brain or the mind concerned with the reception and interpretation of sensory stimuli; broadly : the entire sensory apparatus


Late Latin, sense organ, from Latin sentire
First Known Use: 1647
Complete with audio from my beloved Merriam-Webster

I hate Google Instant

I quote Charlie Brooker
now, if I visit Google and start typing my own name, it shows me links to Craigslist the moment I hit "C". When I add the "H", up pops the homepage for Chase online banking. By the time I've spelt out "Charlie", I'm presented with a synopsis and review score for "Charlie St Cloud", a film starring Zac Efron. Add a "Br" and Charlie Brown gazes back at me.

As the name suggests, this all happens instantly. It's the internet on fast-forward, and it's aggressive – like trying to order from a waiter who keeps finishing your sentences while ramming spoonfuls of what he thinks you want directly into your mouth, so you can't even enjoy your blancmange without chewing a gobful of black pudding first.
The rest of the article is entirely irrelevant because his attention span does not matter to me and the rest of it is his problem. Don't bother clicking it.

Most of Google Instant is annoying in its aggression, jarring in the mighty and constant change, especially as it plays guessing games while I try to adjust a typo or spelling error I know I did not want an accompanying search for, and while Google claims the process/"service" increase productivity by cutting down search times by seconds that accumulate over the coure of the day I tell you that I turned the thing off because I don't believe my internet service is fast enough to accommodate it without slowing everything down.

Popcap versus Zynga

The last post linked to this article which was just an example rather than the topic. The topic was an interview of and an analysis from the owner/runner of Popcap Games, the geniuses who made two games I love and many high-acclaimed games that I ignore.

The two games I love are the webgame Atomica (I have neither the time nor the internet service for it) and the PC game Bejeweled 2
, (based on the webgame Bejeweled 2). Mind you Black Friday 2006 lowered the price to approximately $5 from the usual and there has been sequels since then, and what burned the game to my primitive male brain is the cellphone java extremely time-limited playable demo of mobile phone version of Bejeweled that came with my Motorola RAZR V3.

Zynga is more or a less a social media concern that develops games that are games less so in the sense of winning but more towards the act of competition with fellow players gathered together through Facebook and using its Application technology. Essentially without other people it is very little fun. Beyond that the games use cooperation as a key figure and a necessity. I used to play Farmville for fun, and Mafia Wars to gain enough XP (eXperience Points) to get the flaming "Hot Rod" tractor and other enhanced farm equipment for the first game). I lost interest in both. Mafia Wars is less about glorifying violence than it is a spreadsheet. All the game you see and play is a spreadsheet with violent words. This game won't even teach you what the words means if you're too young to know. Farmville is a visual simulation of a farm and is primarily a micro-economic simulation involving time and resource management Perhaps they're less games and more toys but either way Zynga makes a profit through something I can respect, advertising.

That said I use adblock.

Popcap profits through selling home PC versions of its webgames, I presume, although I suspect they use advertising to try to offset hosting games. I cannot be certain if the advertising is enough and I have not played recently enough to remember if there are even advertisements.

Did anyone even learn anything through this?

one thing about Zynga, Farmville, and MafiaWars on Facebook

These games function primarily through Facebook and one unfortunate effect or function of the game is to place "notifications" on "Facebook walls". People generally blame the games for this but they should not do this. They should blame their "Facebook friends". The games would not do this without some sort of prompting, knowing or otherwise, of these individual people.

I know I do.

Spartan Brutality, Criminality, and Coach Dantonio

My personal friend from Ingham County David Harms writes about Coach Dantonio redeeming players enough to play and what crimes they committed.

Monday, September 27, 2010

MSU utterly destroyed Northern Colorado 45-7

vs. Northern Colorado
W, 45-7
Day: Saturday
Date: Sept. 25, 2010
Location: East Lansing, Mich.
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Spartans Cruise Past Northern Colorado, 45-7

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Isaiah 44:18-20 (New International Version)

 18 They know nothing, they understand nothing;
       their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see,
       and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
 19 No one stops to think,
       no one has the knowledge or understanding to say,
       "Half of it I used for fuel;
       I even baked bread over its coals,
       I roasted meat and I ate.
       Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left?
       Shall I bow down to a block of wood?"
 20 He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him;
       he cannot save himself, or say,
       "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?"

I'm not quite sure how this works

God looks for

  1. be available
  2. integrity and character
  3. hard-working family

I suppose it is about God choosing servants.

Isaiah 29:19 (New International Version)

 19 Once more the humble will rejoice in the LORD;
       the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

Philippians 2:14-16 (New International Version)

 14Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16as you hold out[a] the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.
  1. Philippians 2:16 Or hold on to

Isaiah 29:13-16 (New International Version)

 13 The Lord says:
       "These people come near to me with their mouth
       and honor me with their lips,
       but their hearts are far from me.
       Their worship of me
       is made up only of rules taught by men. [a]
 14 Therefore once more I will astound these people
       with wonder upon wonder;
       the wisdom of the wise will perish,
       the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."
 15 Woe to those who go to great depths
       to hide their plans from the LORD,
       who do their work in darkness and think,
       "Who sees us? Who will know?"
 16 You turn things upside down,
       as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
       Shall what is formed say to him who formed it,
       "He did not make me"?
       Can the pot say of the potter,
       "He knows nothing"?
  1. Isaiah 29:13 Hebrew; Septuagint They worship me in vain; / their teachings are but rules taught by men

1 Peter 1:5 (New International Version)

5who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (New International Version)

19Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

reversal of harm for help

Colossians 2:8 (New International Version)

 8See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

Luke 11:11 (New International Version)

 11"Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[a] a fish, will give him a snake instead?
  1. Luke 11:11 Some manuscripts for bread, will give him a stone; or if he asks for

snowclones? overused jokes? taking apart the language

Sunday, September 26, 2010

"fortune won't acquire you" is not a fortune

It's a pet peeve. The fortunes on Fortune cookies should be fortunes as in the wares of fortune tellers!
Scott Ryan Czasak

Scott Ryan Czasak read today on his fortune cookie: Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it.

Friday at 1:20pm
    • Baron John Carlos Cruz In soviet Russia, knowledge acquire you.
      Friday at 1:21pm
    • Scott Ryan Czasak This isn't isn't Russia is it Danny?
      Friday at 1:21pm
    • Baron John Carlos Cruz Russia has a lower tax base than we do, but considering all the kick backs to the local KGB affiliate and mafia bribes I think it evens out. My point is it's not that far off. So we might be.
      Friday at 1:36pm
That was not a fortune! It was an aphorism! There is a difference!

What Cruz said ties into, well, inspires my recent Yakov Smirnoff kick.

KGB-FM versus Yakov Smirnoff

The Comedy Zones hosts this anecdote
KGB-FM is a San Diego, California radio station that uses the fact that its call letters are the same as the KGB (the Soviet Secret Police and Intelligence Agency) as a promotional gimmick. Often times, on-air announcements are made in an ominous monotone with a Russian accent.
One day while Smirnoff (who years earlier had defected from the Soviet Union) was driving in the San Diego area, he tuned his car radio to KGB-FM and he heard, "This is KGB. We know where you are." Hearing this surprised and scared him so much that he nearly became involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Yakov Smirnoff - "what a country"

  • "I go to New York and I saw a big sign saying 'Smirnoff' and I said to myself, what a country! 'America Loves Smirnoff'!"
  • Reading employment announcements of "Part-Time Woman Wanted": "What a country! Even transvestites can get work."
  • Upon being offered work as a barman on a "graveyard shift", he remarks, 'A bar in a cemetery! What a country! Last call? During Happy Hour the place must be dead.'[1]
  • At the grocery store: "Powdered milk, powdered eggs, baby powder ... what a country!"
  • At the grocery store after finding "New Freedom" Maxi Pads: "Freedom in a box! What a country!"
  • "The first time I went to a restaurant, they asked me 'How many in your party?' and I said 'Six hundred million'."

Russian Reversal examples

In America, you can always find a party.
In Soviet Russia, the party find you!!.

In America, you drive car
In Soviet Russia, car drive YOU!!

In America, you listen to radio
In Soviet Russia, radio listen to YOU!!

In America, your job determines your marks
In Soviet Russia, marks determines YOU!!

In America, you assassinate president
In Soviet Russia, president assassinate YOU!!

In America, you ask KGB questions
In Soviet Russia, KGB questions YOU!!

In America, you can rest on a couch in peace
In Soviet Russia, Couch rests in peace on YOU!!

In any other place in the world, you pillage a village
In Soviet Russia, Village pillage YOU!!

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Government Identity Crisis Paradox

John Stossel writes this:
Government is not "us." Well, it's us in the sense that we pay the bills. But it ain't us. It's them, the policy elite and their patrons.
This is ultimately true. As far as the United States is a functioning republic we have a responsibility and are an authority regarding the expenditure and collection of our tax-money and the formulation of programs. As it is a republic and not a democracy we have elected and appointed individuals (who then appoint other individuals in ways and methods outside our control) that oversee, formulate, and declare how we are to be taxed, how much is to be taxed and how that taxation will fund a program that affects other citizens and ourselves.

So there are immediately two views on two sides. We are Caesar now and cannot simply dismiss the actions of government as something wholly separate from our own lives and certainly cannot separate our governmental responsibilities as citizens from our duties and obligations as members of whatever respective church we belong to.  Essentially I think "separation of church and state" is more than a little farcical and to some extent a lie. (If someone is a member of both then there is no separation).  That is what many Bible-Thumpers use to justify the concept. Whenever a secularist defines or invokes the concept he or she demonstrates a quick lack of understanding of either the church or the state.

(That said, the church is not the state, clearly.  Yet an overlap in memberships is definite and if one cannot make decisions as a citizen with his own ethos based on his experiences, knowledge and faith then he is a hollow shell of a human being, devoid of virtue, grace, and true free will. Such a pathetic specimen deserves not much more than pity, and receives a vote because better men have given that ability to him).

Yet we do participate in government and at least have opportunities to do so.  Thus what the state does is done with our resources and our artifacts and controlled by an indirect mechanism that supposedly reflects our own will.  There is little separation between the state and the individual when it comes to the ultimate question of action or inaction.  Christ told us "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."   In the historical Roman context the decisions of the King hardly fell into the will of the people.  When the decisions of the state share accountability with the masses, with people like me, then to the bright shiny extent the power of the state is the power of us and just who gets treated with the fruits of the taxes is directly attributed to us in terms of source and perhaps decision.  It is not just the king that did what he will but all of us have to act according to our consciences and our obligations because we simply are not in a position to just let it go as long there is another election day.

It could be worse: we could live in a genuine democracy.

On the other hand there clearly is a bureaucracy of which we are not a part.  There is clearly a discrete partition between us as individuals and the state, the government which manages and decides.  Without (or with) a theistic dictum we have a special class of individuals in power and that group of citizens has certain moral powers regarding the use of money, especially for the purposes of using force for military and law enforcement purposes.  Granted that the state has power to tax and spend for purposes of proper functions:
The law is the organization of the natural right of lawful defense. It is the substitution of a common force for individual forces. And this common force is to do only what the individual forces have a natural and lawful right to do: to protect persons, liberties, and properties; to maintain the right of each, and to cause justice to reign over us all.
In this case the power of the government and of the state is an enhancement and a reflection of the power of the individual.  Taxation is legal plunder and exists to insure that collectively we can execute sufficient force protect all of us equally.

The government has the moral right to use force because individuals have the right to protect themselves.  The government has the right to use preemptive force for other reasons. This is power.

Legal plunder can be misused and the ability is very often abused.  The legal confiscation of property is used to fund the government and those in said government often misuse this money for their own purposes especially if those purposes are apparently beneficial.  CS Lewis wrote that
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
This is when government steps beyond "proper function" and to simply seizing property (legally but not morally) for the purposes of the individuals in power. This is justified by the empowered government leaders for the sake of their own missions and mission-statements as it does not occur to them what they are perverting for the new purpose. That the government is an extension of our own will is a moral perspective worthwhile in terms of how government resources are misused to wrongfully appropriate the responsibilities and obligations of the individual. That the government operates as a separate entity acting contrary to its "proper function" becomes clear when we consider property.

John Stossel is correct that it is "the policy elite" that is our government and not us. We tell the distinction because of property, which is our manifestation of individual freedom and in a way is our power. Power and responsibility are every time the two sides of the one coin. Those that wield power must do so responsibly and those that have responsibility must have power to carry out that responsibility. As individuals we have the right and obligation to defend ourselves and our loved ones; to defend our charges we empower ourselves by arming ourselves. In many communities the government will limit recognition for the right and responsibility to defend one's family and limit one's power to do so, confiscating weapons and declaring that the government is the only agency with the power to defend, thus leaving someone with a responsibility ill prepared. As the government appoints itself new responsibilities and declares various personal responsibilities null and void, if not merely diluting them implicitly the government will remove power from the individual. I want to say we are the government and the powers of the state are extensions of us yet clearly we have elites empowered to create new responsibilities and have limited their own obligations to the citizens.

The Government Identity is a sort of paradox in a idealist sense, if the agents of government acted merely as guardians accountable to their citizens. Practically the government is a separate entity existing on the basis of individuals' moral responsibility to pay taxed and obey laws. In the practical sense there is no paradox.

Still we own that government and even after the money is taxed away from us so it may be spent it is still our money.

The paradox is exactly the same if looked at from the other direction. Columbia University Professor Marc Lamont Hill is a Progressive and when the government confiscates money to expand power for the purposes of CS Lewis' beneficial tyranny he approves.
"We have to make sure that the most vulnerable people are always protected," Hill says. “Everyone benefits when we pay a little bit more to create universal health care. Everyone benefits when we pay a little more to have better public education systems."

Progressives use the word "we" too often. When I argued that "we" and "government" are not the same, he said, "We always talk about the government like it's this monster in the hills that comes down and hands things out and takes our tax money."

Well, yes.

Those are "libertarian fairy tales," Hill says. "In real life, the government is us."
Hill does not see the irony that the organization that is taking these actions may be performing broad strokes based on his vote it is forming specific complicated policy without a hint of input.

We take responsibility for government every two years and every four years yet our own control and our own power over the "monster" is very limited. Part of the reason this problem, the "monster" remains in place is because Americans rarely have a uniform or a cohesive coherent concept of what the government and its role should be. The Tea Party movement exploded in 2009 after a long period where the role of government expanded and accountability to the people decreased. On the face of it the Tea Party Movement is a libertarian movement yet Stossel observes
Handouts create fierce constituencies. The Tea Party movement is wonderful, but it takes strength to say no to government freebies. When I've said to Tea Partiers, "We should cut Medicare, eliminate agriculture subsidies, kill entire federal agencies," the enthusiasm usually fades from their eyes.
In the end human nature takes over and people want their free stuff. People want what they want and the Tea Party is not necessarily a movement that would stop redistribution of wealth if so empowered. People tend to enter government to serve their own interests or their own cause. While I would be the last person to propose the indoctrination of the liberty concept into the Tea Party Movement the consequences and necessities of personal responsibility must be taught to American society.

I believe the Tea Party Movement is not an outlier in terms of political views; these people are abnormal only in method. Yet because the common American has too many limitations of his own to turn down wealth not gained through work, I doubt the Tea Party itself is above that either.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Thunder (Jerry Ordway)

Thunder is a member of the Marvel Family created by Jerry Ordway and is one of his Power of Shazam characters.  She is also a member of the post-Zero Hour rebooted Legion of Super-Heroes.  It is important to note that she is of Jerry Ordway's tenure of stewardship regarding the Shazam Family brand of characters as the canonicty or apocrypha of the characters is non-constant and dependent on the writer.  As it is this character now resides in limbo, written by no one and appearing in no DC Comics.

cover - Blues Brothers The Definitive Collection

DVD cover

live action television Darkseid

From the final scene of the final season premiere of Smallville entitled "Lazarus"

I hope he is voiced by Frank Welker and my second choice is Michael Ironside. He is purportedly the Big Bad of season 10, the ultimate test for our not-quite-Superman Clark Kent to pass all tests and be a real hero. Either that or the ultimate threat is the Alpha Centurion.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Klingon baby?

David Frum talking about "purging" is ironic

He always wants people removed from Conservatism whenever possible to narrow our odds, our chances, our factors, our differences to make it easy to define or elect.

Someone dismisses him and he complains about the narrowing.

Michigan State Spartans versus Northern Colorado Bears

Sept. 25, 2010

Northern Colorado
Day: Saturday
Date: Sept. 25, 2010
Location: East Lansing, Mich.
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

show some gratitude punks

The BBC gave the album a positive review, stating "Younger listeners might find it all a bit clichéd, but remember: AC/DC are the originators, their imitators responsible for diluting the package’s potency. For those about to rock, raise another salute to your enduringly enthralling forefathers."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

the Sheriff of Oakland County criticizes ABC's Detroit 1-8-7

Mike Bouchard Sorry Detroit 1-8-7. A joke. Really, You knock on a door looking for a homicide suspect and stand in front of it- your'e going to uncuff a multiple killer in the lobby by yourself! Not. I had such hope. They might want to have a real cop somewhere on set and tell them how lame this is.

Matt Dolengowski Wouldn't SRT "eliminate the threat" once he pointed the weapon at a police officer? Even though the lobby shooting was a joke it was factually accurate in the past 12 years 50% of all fatal officer shootings happen within 5 feet or less

  • Mike Bouchard Most shootings are up close Matt but a prisoner like that would be shackled, belly cuffed and have two escorts
    13 hours ago ·
  • Brian Webb When did DPD get their Air Unit back? LOL. The actual DPD cars aren’t depicted accurately. Not impressed to say the least but it might come around. We will see.
    13 hours ago
  • Matt Dolengowski Absolutely, now if he had stabbed the detective in the neck with a pen while signing a Miranda Rights agreement that would be much more real.

Mike Gaskin It will get a huge following because it is DETROIT. 187 obviously is the acronym for MURDER. It is a series. Hopefully it will continue past the first 3-4 weeks. I like the fact that we see Detroit scenes.

Ann Zimmerman OK, I get the perspective from the officers in the crowd here but it's the first episode. How many new shows have we had to sit through for several episodes before it really hit a homer? In my book the Sopranos was one of those shows. I will keep watching it but I agree it will need to pick up the pace to keep my attention.

  • Aaron Majorana Yeah, I felt the whole cuffing and uncuffing scene at the end was a bit over the top, I'd like to see it again to see how he was able to draw the officer's weapon and start shooting.

Brian Morton First, it's called artistic license. A real 'cop drama' would be a bit dull...after all, how often do you knock on a door and a shotgun blasts through it?? Not too often! Second, it's a TV show, the overall look and feel of the City seemed real to me (speaking as a lifelong resident) and it didn't bash the City like everyone thought it would. Overall, a good start, a bit generic, but, with some issues that I can get past.

Tara Lindsay Some of the awkwardness likely comes from the fact that it was originally intended to play as if it were a reality show...they scrapped that idea when that little girl was shot and killed in Detroit last May during the filming of an actual ...reality show. I give big credit to the producers, however, because they...more than most projects coming to Michigan...have made a very real effort and commitment to hire local workers for their crew. Watch the show, support those jobs. Supporting the local economy can't get much better than sitting on your butt to watch a tv show.

  • Paul Searle I'm with Brian on this, i laughed at some of the things that happened that would NEVER happen in real police work, however, it's not what the tv audience would expect to happen, its all about the "drama." We all know in real life police work, a lot of the stuff wouldn't work out like it did in Detroit 1-8-7.
    5 hours ago ·
  • Joahna Carol I haven't seen it yet, but I have a few friends that were actors, extras or crew on set. I wonder what kind of budget they had...but still, I know what you mean. Some movies and tv shows are just too fake.
    5 hours ago ·
  • Mark Baker
    Agree completely Sheriff, while expecting exceptional 'technical advising as is fairly standard anymore (shoot I guess the ghost of Gill Hill wasn't even available, llol), I had hoped for a far more intriguing, poignant show, that really br...ought out both the underbelly of the worst of Detroit as well as its still amazing diversity and geographic size (which very few Americans are aware of). Hopefully they set uo some focus groups for critique purposes and they're listening to them as we type?

    The show I watched last night was at best a Journermen-level 'Cop-Show' and could have been shot in ANY large American city. I was VERY disappointed as you were. That said, perhaps you should offer youradvice as a Technical Advsor Sheriff? Press On...
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  • Mark Baker Hi Susan, I didn't initially see you here, but you're so correct about the flat writting; at times it was downright painful to stomach. Why wasn't someone like Elmore Leonard (who wrote 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Jackie Brown' and many other great gritty novels that were later adapted for film). If I'm not mistaken, Elmore still lives in Detroit; he'd make an outstanding TA for this series.
    5 hours ago ·
  • Marty Knollenberg I couldn't agree more. It was not only a lousy show but had the worst ending possible.

Mel Rogoff That pilot reminded me of all of those that were put in the lineup with minimum budget that already know they aren't going to be accepted for full season series.
4 hours ago ·
Christopher Joshua Arndt Too few shows set in the midwest. Too many set on one of the coasts; it's like they forget we exist. Then they throw us a bone and it's been picked clean of the quality meat.

Joahna Carol Check this out.. an ex homicide officer commented on the show 1-8-7...:

Monday, September 20, 2010

MSU devastated Nortre Dame 34-31 in Overtime

It was very heroic. It was the perfect end to the game.

vs. Notre Dame

W, 34-31 (OT)

Day: Saturday
Date: Sept. 18, 2010
Location: East Lansing, Mich.
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Spartans Sit Down Notre Dame in Overtime, Win 34-31

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Michigan State Spartans versus Notre Dame Fighting Irish


Notre Dame




Sept. 18, 2010


East Lansing, Mich.


8:00 p.m. ET





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Last Event

vs. Florida Atlantic

W, 30-17




Sept. 11, 2010


Detroit, Mich.



Michigan State Defeats Florida Atlantic, 30-17

The Spartans improve to 2-0.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Limbaugh Rule versus the Buckley Rule

The following is stolen without permission from Rush Limbaugh's website for review purposes. This transcript has been reprinted. Rush Limbaugh is saying what I have been saying for years about establishment Republicans; they can be a sort of threat to our liberty just as they can be tools.

The Limbaugh Rule Rules the Day: It's Washington vs. The Rest of Us
September 15, 2010


RUSH:  Well, it looks like a lot of voters in Delaware employed the Limbaugh Rule.  You got a conservative on the ballot you vote "yes," period.

Anyway, great to have you here.  Rush Limbaugh, the EIB Network and the Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies.  Full three hours of broadcast excellence straightaway.

It's a fun day; it's an interesting day; it's a great day, and it is shaping up here as what we've always known is going on.  It's Washington versus the country.  It really is Washington versus the country.  I can't tell you, my e-mail started going nuts last night with Karl Rove appearing on Sean Hannity.  If you didn't hear it -- and, by the way, a lot to say here and I'm going to try to keep it somewhat organized, but the brain neurons are firing all over the place here.  Remember the argument was, "We gotta support Castle. We gotta support Castle because we need 51 seats in the Senate. It's all that matters. We gotta get 51 seats. We gotta get the majority. We gotta get 51 seats."  Okay, now we have a Republican Senate candidate in New Hampshire, and the 51-seat argument is gone?

Last night word got out the national Republican senatorial campaign wasn't gonna fund her. They don't like the Tea Party; don't like Christine O'Donnell.  "She's on her own now. I mean, you gave her to us, you take care of her.  She wants to get elected she can handle it herself."  That's what was coming out last night.  Cornyn put out a statement saying, No, no, no, no, no, that's not true. We congratulate Christine O'Donnell.  "I personally as the committee's chairman -- strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O'Donnell in Delaware.  I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support. This support includes a check for $42,000 -- the maximum allowable donation that we have provided to all of our nominees -- which the NRSC will send to her campaign today."

Now, last night they weren't going to do this.  Now, it's not that they slept on it and they got over their mad.  They know they're facing an uprising.  They know that if they don't fund Christine O'Donnell they're not going to get any money from anybody.  But it doesn't matter 'cause, my friends, if each of you just sent Christine O'Donnell a dollar, if each of you just sent every Tea Party candidate a dollar, we wouldn't need the NRSC, we wouldn't need the RNC, we wouldn't need the Congressional Campaign Committee in the House for the Republicans, if you sent her a dollar.  It's up to you.  I mean I'm not a fundraiser here.  But it is interesting to watch all this play out, because the sides are definitely showing themselves now: Washington versus the rest of the country.  But this argument going into the elections, "We gotta get 51 seats.  Castle's the only way.  We gotta get 51 seats."  Now they don't care about having 51 seats.  Now what difference does it make who's in the 51st seat?  Getting the majority is important.  What does it matter?  I mean they didn't care that it was Castle in the seat.  Now all of a sudden they care that it's O'Donnell in the seat?  Why?  Because it's Washington versus the rest of the country. 

Here's the audio sound bites of Rove last night.  I watched it.  I was saying to myself, "If he had just gotten this mad at Democrats during the Bush administration, why, who knows how things would be different today."  Karl has admitted that one of his mistakes was not defending Bush against all these insane, stupid, slanderous, libelous attacks against Bush for eight years.  But I've never heard Karl so animated against a Democrat as he was against Christine O'Donnell last night.  He appeared with Hannity who said: "I think there's a battle going on, what we define as the establishment, talking about Dana Perino and Stuart Varney that were on earlier in the show, those that are taking strong conservative views. I mean Mike Castle's one of the seven or eight Republicans in the House that voted for cap and trade, he's not pro-life.  You have the establishment over the years, look who they've backed:  Arlen Specter, Charlie Christ, Murkowski.  They didn't support Rand Paul, Sharron Angle.  There seems to be a schism here, seems to be a divide.

ROVE:  One thing that Christine O'Donnell is now going to have to answer in the general election that she didn't in the primary is her own checkered background.  I met her.  I wasn't, frankly, impressed as her, you know, abilities as a candidate.  And again, these serious questions about how did she make her living?  Why did she mislead voters about her college education?  How come it took her nearly two decades to pay her college bills so she could get her college degree?  How did she make a living?

RUSH:  They never ask these questions about Democrats.  Everybody I know that saw this were just perplexed, they couldn't figure it out. What's going on? Why is he so mad at a Republican?  Where was this anger directed at a Democrat ever?  And it continued.  Hannity said, "I disagree, Karl.  I don't see it this way."

ROVE:  This was about Mike Castle's bad votes.  It does conservatives little good to support candidates who at the end of the day, while they may be conservative in their public statements, do not advance the characteristics of rectitude and truthfulness and sincerity and character that the voters are looking for.  And we'll see how she could answer these questions.  I'm for the Republican, but we were looking at eight to nine seats in the Senate.  We're now looking at seven to eight.  This is not a race we're going to be able to win.

RUSH:  We're gonna throw in the towel here?  By the way, yesterday she was down 25.  Today she's down 16.  In some polls she's only down 11.  She just needs to make up half of that.  But why not fight for it?  Why not fight for it?  You know, Castle is okay as the 51st vote, but this woman isn't with her character problems and her rectitude problems?  For crying out loud, when did we ever hear about the character of Ted Kennedy?  When do we ever hear about, for God's sakes, the character of Barack Obama?  He is destroying our country.  Single-handedly and with the help of his party he is destroying the very job creation that leads to prosperity in this country.  Joe Biden, our current vice president, is a known plagiarist.  We're talking about Christine O'Donnell's baggage, where is this criticism of Democrats? Where has it been?  What is so sacrosanct about showing respect to them and eating our own?  And who's to say that she can't be the 51st seat?  If 51 seats was really the objective, if getting that majority is really that important, then let's go balls to the wall for Christine O'Donnell.  But, no, no, no, we're not going to do that because for some reason we don't want Christine O'Donnell to be the 51st vote.  Some Republicans do not want her to be the 51st vote.

So it's Washington versus the country.  Karl is talking about the rectitude of character when talking about the Biden seat?  Can we talk about the character of Harry Reid and some land deals over the course of his time?  For crying out loud, the rectitude of character, John Kerry?  Yesterday we had Castle saying he talked to Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, and she said, "Beware of these people," meaning the Tea Party.  "And it was really a shame.  It was really, really a big shame out there because so many Democrat senators respected Lisa Murkowski."  Is that our objective here?  Charlie Rangel just won.  He wins the nomination and the all-but-guaranteed seat which means that he, Charlie Rangel and his scandals will not go away.  Pelosi will have either to drain the swamp or swamp the drain, one of the two things she's going to have to do.  Can we talking about rectitude of character for Charlie Rangel?  The Republicans are training both barrels on Christine O'Donnell.  You know, a lot of people over the years have been suspicious of the motivations of establishment Republicans, and it is becoming clear that those suspicions were valid.  Here's what Christine O'Donnell said today on Good Morning America.  George Stephanopoulos said to her, "Karl Rove was on Fox News, very tough talking about your checkered background, saying some nutty things.  Can you answer those questions?"

O'DONNELL:  Everything that he's saying is unfactual.  He's the same so-called political guru that predicted I wasn't gonna win, and we won, and we won big.  He's eating some humble pie.  My Republican opponent did not have a record to stand on.  He supported the Democrats more than he supported the Republicans, and when we started gaining momentum and we started gaining credibility in this race, it made the Republican establishment look like lazy people who did not care about their principles.  But I hope that we can put that behind this, because if they're really serious about winning -- I was ahead in the general election, according to Rasmussen before this Republican cannibalism started -- so if they're serious about winning, we could repair the damage done and move forward and that's the challenge that I put out to them.

RUSH:  That's a legitimate question that she's got, "If they're serious about winning."  I mean they couldn't wait to win with Castle.  And one thing Karl said last night on the Hannity show, he said, "Sean, you keep making my point.  This election is all about Castle."  Well, so?  Castle is unqualified.  He's a fraud.  He's not a conservative.  Mike Castle is not gonna lift one finger to reverse the direction this country's headed.  The vast majority of the American people want it reversed and yesterday, and they are going to support people who say they're going to do this.  They've been around long enough to learn that conservative rhetoric in a campaign isn't enough anymore.  They're gonna look at voting records.  I mean the same people that told us we had to support Crist said we had to go with Castle. The same people that said we had to support McCain, we have to support Castle.  Every person they tell us we have to support is a dud, is a loser.  They said Scott Brown doesn't have a chance.  Don't waste any money on Scott Brown.

The same people that told us we had to go with Charlie Crist told us we had to go with Mike Castle.  The same people told us we had to go with Arlen Specter told us we had to go with Mike Castle.  The same people who told us we had to go with McCain told us we had to go with Mike Castle.  The same people that told us we had to support Dede Scozzafava told us we had to support Mike Castle.  The same people who told us that we have to love the two female RINOs in Maine told us we have to go with Mike Castle.  The same people who told us, "Oh, it's a shame that Chris Shays is out of there, we have to have Republicans in the northeast," told us we had to go with Mike Castle.  As I said all along that what this is about is the Republicans, conservatives taking back the Republican Party.  And that's the process.  Here's the bottom line, folks.  When they told us we had to support all these people, if they won, we did.  When Specter won, we got in line, we were loyal.  Okay, the party, the party.  We supported somebody that opposed Specter, but Specter wins, we got in line.  Now look at the petulant attitude, these people, "Well, screw you, Christine O'Donnell wins, she's on her own, you're on your own."  So it's always a one-way street.

Anyway, where's the importance of party unity now?  We keep talking about party unity up till this election.  Now they don't care about party unity.  "Fifty-first vote.  That's all this election is about, Limbaugh, we gotta get the 51st vote. We gotta get control of the Senate.  We know we're going to get control of the House.  We gotta get control of the Senate."  Now all of a sudden they don't care about it.  The 51st vote might be Christine O'Donnell, so they don't want to control the Senate.  Where's the big tent?  They keep telling us we have to have a big tent. The Republican Party is going to have a big tent.  Well, where is the tent?  The tent has collapsed.  The truth is there never was a tent.  The media, ruling class always says Republicans can't win.  The only one they said that could win was McCain.  Why listen to Democrats who say, "Hey, there's something amiss here," whenever one of their candidates loses?  They said Reagan couldn't win.  They said Reagan would be bad for the country.  I'm talking about Republicans.  Reagan would be bad for the party.  The GOP establishment was never comfortable with Reagan, and even today when they praise Reagan you can sense it's lip service.  They think they have to.  But Reagan was as big a dunce as they think I am.

So Castle, who's whole career was based on conservatives holding their nose and voting for the guy.  I mean, we had to.  "Well, he's northeast, that's the best we can do, Rush, Mike Castle is it."  We had to hold our nose.  Now Castle says he won't support O'Donnell.  So big tent, party unity, establishment guys are training their guns on Christine O'Donnell.  Interesting to see.  But they know they face a revolt now.  Cornyn, the Republican Senate campaign, I imagine when the word went out last night -- I mean Cornyn is from Texas -- I imagine what happened when the word went out last night, whether it was accurate or not, the word was out that the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee was not going to fund her. (laughing) In Texas?  (laughing)  I'll bet you the people that work for Cornyn heard about that.  I'll bet Cornyn got some e-mails.  McConnell's getting some e-mails.  Anyway, brief time-out here, folks.  We'll get to your comments on all this as well as we dig deeper, uncover what this is really all about, which we all know.  


RUSH:  You know, it's such a shame today. It's such a shame that Harry Reid can't call Mike Castle and start asking him to switch parties like he did with Jumpin' Jim Jeffords and Arlen Specter.  Christine O'Donnell, I like what I hear of this woman.  She was on Fox & Friends today.  She was everywhere.  She referred to Castle as "an Obama Republican."  That's exactly what he is, exactly what he was! He's an Obama Republican.  Christine O'Donnell came up with that, and according to all the Wizards of Smart on our side, it was Mike Castle -- only Mike Castle! -- that could beat the Democrat in November. By the way, this Democrat is a Marxist.  I mean, there's a joke going around that here's a bearded Marxist or Marxist with a beard. He describes himself that way!  This guy is a sitting duck.

They said only Mike Castle could beat this guy.  Mike Castle couldn't even beat a woman with all this character rectitude, all this baggage that has been labeled on her and dumped on her.  Castle couldn't even beat here and Castle is the guy that ran the negative campaign.  Delaware's not used to negative campaigns.  You know what? When people hear Karl and others talk about whatever baggage Christine O'Donnell has, let me tell you people in Washington something.  Everybody in the country thinks all of you are corrupt!  So Mike Castle is not innocent.  He's not clean and pure as the wind-driven snow. So when you Republicans start talking about all the baggage Christine O'Donnell has, you're going to have to understand that voters around the country think all of you have baggage and voters around the country understand what it is to run up against a bureaucracy, a federal bureaucracy. 

All these problems that she has, paying off loans and so forth? Who the hell doesn't?  Who the hell hasn't had a run-in with the IRS?  So she's had a run-in with the IRS.  That's a resume enhancement to a lot of people!  The government is the enemy here to a lot of people.  The government needs to be downsized. The government's too intrusive. The government is chipping away at personal liberty, private property rights and so forth.  The people of this country do not view Washington as a way to promote politicians.  It's not a place where chairmanships are the reward.  So Castle is going to run around and talk about baggage, and all these other Republicans want to recite the baggage that Christine O'Donnell has, fine and dandy.  Let's hear you talking about the baggage that Charlie Rangel has. Let's hear you talk about the baggage that Harry Reid has or that any of these Democrats have, the baggage that Clinton had and has.  Somehow it only disqualifies Christine O'Donnell?  This is reminiscent of 1994 but in one distinct way: Voters are not gonna react all these charges of character rectitude because, in their minds, every politician's got a character problem.  It's part and parcel of being one.


RUSH:  Mitt Romney has endorsed Christine O'Donnell. The day after the election, Mitt Romney has endorsed Christine O'Donnell.  Now, we should point out Karl Rove -- who you all loved. When he guest hosted this program, you loved Karl Rove. He is supporting Sharron Angle.  There's something in this O'Donnell business that we don't know.  There's something there. Maybe Castle's campaign manager is one of Rove's best friends, I don't know.  I'm just throwing something up against the wall here, but, you know, campaign managers and consultants these people are thick as thieves like anybody in the same business.  Who knows?  There's something about this race. I mean, Karl turned personal in ways he has never gotten before, with anybody.  At the end of the day, though, we're going to have one less RINO in Washington.  It's a great night!  There's one less RINO and before we're through in November, there's going to be a lot fewer RINOs there.  I feel like George Patton, folks: I love the smell of battle out there! I can see the Carthaginians out there.  The Limbaugh Rule.  By the way, Arlen Specter has weighed in on the Limbaugh Rule.

(playing of Arlen Specter spoof)

RUSH: Arlen Specter on the Limbaugh Rule.  This campaign is not about creating and saving Republican jobs.  The Limbaugh Rule: If a conservative is on the ballot, you vote for him. Period.  The Limbaugh Rule. It's very simple.  We are at a crossroads.  You know, there's a fork in the road up there, and you take the wrong direction, the country's finished.  I'm not stating this idly. I'm not being gratuitous in any way. I'm not exaggerating, and the American people know it.  The American people fear for this country's future, and if elected officials in the capital don't see it -- if they don't see it that way, if they don't understand the gravity of the situation -- people's lives are at stake here!  People's ability to earn a living is at stake here.  The very essence of being an American, liberty and freedom, is at stake here.

We already are living a soft tyranny, and if anybody in Washington ostensibly on the Republican side does not understand this, they are gonna go!  It's not politics as usual.  You know, party loyalty is not on the ballot here.  America is on the ballot! People who are for it; people who are against it.  People who are against it or who don't realize the gravity of the future are going to dispatched.  It's really not complicated. It's... I guess it is complicated if you live in Washington and that's your world, and you don't have interaction with anybody outside Washington except pollsters and other campaign consultants and news media types.  I don't say this lightly.  I mean, this is not talk.  By the way, I don't say things I don't believe or even exaggerate for the sake of being noticed or getting ratings or shocking people.

It's been something I've format-wise, philosophically opposed ever since I started this kind of show.  If I can't back up what I actually believe, if it's all phony and make believe, I'm not gonna go anywhere. I'm not going to have any credibility or loyalty with an audience.  If I say it just to get noticed, say it just to shock people.  When I say, "The American people fear for the future of their lives and the lives of their children and grandchildren," I am dead serious.  I'm not exaggerating.  And if Mike Castle doesn't get that, he's gone.  This is where we are.  And, by the way, I got a Stack of Stuff here. Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post, ohhhh, this is so bad.  This is so bad! She claims she doesn't care about whether the Democrats have a majority or hold onto their majority. It's not that, but, boy, we need more moderate Republicans in the Senate and in the House if we're going to have any hope of everybody getting along, and this is just so bad to get rid of somebody like Mike Castle that everybody can get along with.

I'm listening to all these people on the cable channels of the left, and they're talking about, "Oh, man, this was exactly what we wanted: the Republican Party with an internecine war. The Republican Party splitting up, the Republican Party at war with itself."  I am not seeing a party atmosphere among Democrats.  I'm not seeing all this celebration that we're being told is taking place.  I don't see all this ebullience.  I don't see all this happiness that we're told exists within Democrat circles 'cause of what's happening with the Tea Party.  All these Tea Party candidates are winning. This guy that beat Lazio in New York? I can't wait to see this guy debate Cuomo.  You know, Andrew Cooomo is going to have to debate this guy. I can't wait to see that.  That's going to be national television.  Ha!  That I can't wait to see.

And I don't see all these parties. I don't see the party atmosphere among Democrats today or last night, after all these Tea Party candidate victories.  You know, the Tea Party's ascension is supposed to save the Democrats.  I mean, that's the template.  That's what we're being told by the partisan political operative media.  That's a "strategery" that's being advanced out there.  So how come you don't see a lot of smiles on the faces of people on the left?  How come you don't see a lot of honest gloating out there? In fact, a Politico story today says it's over for the Democrats 2010. They're on their own, it's over, it's history.  And try this.  The Politico is just so disappointed. They are saddened to have to write this story by Alex Isenstadt.

"Democrat health bill foes escape payback.  "Dem Health Bill Foes Escape Payback." Every anti-Obamacare Democrat is winning. "After 34 House Democrats voted against the health care bill in March, liberal groups and their allies in the labor movement vowed to exact revenge. The threats ranged from crippling primary election challenges to a withdrawal of support for some of the offending lawmakers. In a few cases, activists even went so far as to say they would run third-party candidates against the Democrats in November. But five months later, the group of 34 has emerged from primary season not much worse for the wear. Every one of the 30 lawmakers who voted against the health care bill and is seeking another term won re-nomination."

So where is Bill Clinton? (doing impression) "Heh, heh.  If you want to hold onto your seat, you gotta vote for this health care bill! That's why we lost the House back in 1994, because, people, we didn't pass health care. You gotta pass health care. If you don't pass health care, you have no provider coming back here."  So they marched off the cliff like a bunch of lemmings following Clinton, except Clinton's got angel wings. He keeps flying; they hit the beach.  Meanwhile, these 34 who are told, "You are history. You may as well get ready, Al Capone is coming for you," are winning.  Democrats opposing their own president are winning, and we're told that the Tea Party ascension is causing glee on the Democrat side. This is the real reason we keep getting stories from the Democrat media complex decrying the failure of the Obama army.

We're getting these stories, "Where is the Obama army?"  Remember we were going to have all these people on the Internet and in the streets? They were going to be flooding the country and whatever Obama wants is gonna get passed.  But these people can't even punish wayward Democrats.  What kind of revolutionary discipline is this?  Castro at least was able to put his political prisoners in jail.  But the dissidents, the Democrat dissidents going up against the regime are winning.  They're winning!  And, meanwhile, we're being told that Christine O'Donnell's got a lot of baggage and we should look the other way and let a mosque be built at Ground Zero.  We're told Christine O'Donnell's got baggage, character rectitude.

What about Obama?  Character rectitude? Confiscating one-sixth of the US economy with the health care business, destroying the US economy? Can we talk character?  If you don't want to talk character rectitude, can we talk policy?  I'm gonna tell you something: There are a bunch of Democrats in this country who are willing to join the Tea Party in stopping the direction the Democrats are taking this country.  Slowly but surely, Washington Republicans are starting to see it.  They're still rebelling against it. They're still fighting it.  But it's clear what's going on: It's Washington versus the country.  Obama and the Democrats are governing against the will of the people. Professional politicians and pollsters see them getting away with it.  Obama is not being punished by it.  He's out there playing golf, he's out there smoking, he got a good tan.  I thought these stories on Boehner were actually stories on Obama 'til I read further.


RUSH:  We all know what's wrong with RINOs.  We all know the essentials, the basics.  But there's something else.  When these RINOs get in, the Senate or the House -- let's focus on the Senate -- and when they vote with the Democrats, they tarnish the whole brand of Republicanism and they make it much more difficult for conservatives to exact lines of demarcation.  If we're going to have a liberal in the Senate, let's have a genuine liberal who is going to call himself one rather than a Republican who's gonna pretend to be a conservative and then votes liberal and confuses everybody else.  Fred Barnes has a piece out there today listing Castle's problems, why he lost, and one of the problems was in a primary he wouldn't even deign to call himself a conservative.  Okay, for once he got honest.  What's he supposed to do, lie about it?  Act like a conservative just to win?  At least he was honest and didn't try to tell people he's something that he's not.  Fred Barnes, his magazine was all against O'Donnell, the Weekly Standard was. I mean they were all over the place, anti-O'Donnell, building up Castle.  Fred's got this piece out on why Castle blew it.  Fred's one of the two editors there, Bill Kristol is the other.  I don't personally know what Fred wrote about this bylined or not.  I'm just quoting his piece today:  "Why Castle Lost."  He's got some good points in it.


RUSH: Eric in Bloomington, Delaware, welcome to the EIB Network, sir.  Great to have you with us.

CALLER:  Thank you, Rush.  Like I tell my sons, you're one of the best people on the radio.  So flattery should get me everywhere.

RUSH:  Thank you very much, sir, I appreciate that.

CALLER:  Okay.  I'm calling 'cause I live in Delaware and I voted for Castle every election, you know, to keep the Republican in because we want a Republican in there, but after he voted for cap and trade and I wrote him a letter, e-mailed him, and he sent me a form letter saying why he was for it, it's like he didn't really even care.  And he's voted for stem cell.  That's why I supported Christine O'Donnell.  At least I know what I'm getting, and I'm not gonna get stabbed in the back by their vote.

RUSH:  I'm glad you mentioned it. You know, cap and trade, that's not just a piece of legislation.  That is a sledgehammer to freedom.  It is going to boost the cost of the fuel of freedom beyond people's ability to afford it.  And therefore their freedom is going to be lost.  Energy prices via taxes would skyrocket, which means much less freedom.  You know, oil is the fuel of the engine of freedom.  The more expensive you make every carbon transaction, the less freedom, on purpose, for a bogus reason that we are destroying the planet, that there is global warming.  People know it's all bogus.  So when you have lamebrain, mind-numbed Republicans supporting this for whatever insane reason, I'm sorry, the electorate is sophisticated enough today that they are not going to support it just because there's some R behind it, the name of somebody who happens to live in Delaware in the Northeast.  It's not an excuse anymore.


RUSH:  I tell you, the Tea Party this election cycle has been amazing.  It has transformed a lot of boring, hardworking American men and women, moms and dads, grandfathers, grandmothers into a bunch of racist, homophobic, Islamophobic hatemongering insurgents who want their country back.  It's a great thing.  Media Tweak of the Day.  Wait 'til you see what they do with that.


RUSH:  Robert "Fibbs," the White House press secretary today in his daily briefing. "Jacob" Tapper, ABC, says, "Christine O'Donnell, who won the Delaware Senatorial primary for the Republicans, in 2008 said that then Senator Obama was so liberal that he's anti-American.  Does the White House have any comment on that?"

GIBBS:  Look, I mean, last night showed that there is a very vociferous debate going on inside the Republican Party for the hearts and minds of Republican voters.  I think if you look at what people like Karl Rove or people like the state GOP chairman have said, the Republicans in Delaware nominated somebody that they don't believe can win.  I think words of the state party chair, "couldn't be elected dogcatcher."  I think comments like that [are] probably what led to her losing 2-1 in Delaware in 2008.

RUSH:  All right.  Now, there you have it.  So here you have the White House press secretary, a partisan Marxist, quoting Karl Rove and a Republican state chairman to support the Obama cause.  I mean, this Marxist opponent, this Coons guy in Delaware can just take snippets of video from Rove's appearance last night on Hannity and make campaign ads out of it.  The Jake Tapper exchange with "Fibbs" continued.

GIBBS:  Delaware... Yes. I've said this for about two years. There is, was two years ago, not just because of the collapse of something like Lehman two years ago today. There was a frustration in the electorate about where we were economically.  That frustration, I think, in many ways is still in the electorate.  I said -- spoke about this after Massachusetts.  I think that same type of frustration was there, and I have no doubt that it continues today.  I don't think anybody would tell you that there's not a frustration particularly based on, uhhh, what has happened economically and -- and where we are in that recovery, and -- and, uh, the president shares, uhhh, in some of that frustration.

RUSH:  Well, what the hell does that mean?  You want me to translate that for you?  What that means is Gibbs just blamed voter anger on Bush -- and the president's mad about it too, by the way. The president is mad at this economy. Of course he's mad at it. The voters are mad at it.  Yeah.  Collapse Lehman Brothers? It's the Bush economy. We're all mad about that.  What was the real choice in Delaware: A Marxist with a beard, Coons, or a Marxist without one, Castle?  Anyway, let's... Oh.  Here's Reuters: "Tea Party Win Hurts Republican Senate Chances," by John Whitesides.  "A conservative 'Tea Party' favorite knocked off the establishment choice in Delaware's Republican Senate primary election on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the party's chances to recapture the U.S. Senate in November." Well, Reuters should be elated, but there's no happiness in this story. There's no joy in Reutersville as you read this story.  This job is not about saving or creating jobs for Republicans.  It's about stopping the Obama agenda and saving the country.


RUSH: Joe in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  When Snerdley tries to spell phonetically, you would not believe what words look like.  Hello, Joe, how are you?

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  It's John in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

RUSH:  See?

CALLER:  I thanked Mr. Snerdley for letting me through, and it's an honor and privilege to speak with you.

RUSH:  You bet, sir. Thank you.

CALLER:  I'd like to tell you why so many of us voted for Christine O'Donnell, and, secondly, how she can win.  We all felt we had nothing to lose.  A vote for Castle was just a vote for another Democrat.

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  The Republican Party, the lamestream press -- and sadly I will include Fox in this -- is that for the weeks and months going up to the primary, they kept referring to Mike Castle as a moderate.  If they believe he's a moderate they have their heads in the sand.  So, you know, a lot of people were just so frustrated with the party --

RUSH:  Well, but that's because northeastern Republicans and the GOP think moderates is what the American people want.  Moderates, you know, they don't offend anybody and they're very temperate and they cross the aisle, they work together. You won't find in the library "Great Moderates in American History."  I will not find that book.  But the Republican establishment thinks the American people wants people to cross the aisle, people to get along, want moderates, and that's why they're calling him a moderate.  They think conservative is the dirty word in America. Liberal is the dirty word in America.

CALLER:  Why they think it doesn't matter, they're dead wrong.  If that's the way they think.

RUSH:  It is the way they think.

CALLER:  Oh, it is.

RUSH:  Don't doubt me.

CALLER:  And that's why they lost yesterday.  That's why they lost.

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  Secondly I'd like to tell you how I believe she can win this.  If she and the party, and the party's in quotes here can bring in Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity and, yes, Rush, you to campaign for her, she'd be a shoe-in.  Who can Chris Coons bring in, Obama?

RUSH:  Well, now, let's face it.  If I went in there you wouldn't need those other people.

CALLER:  Yes.  In lieu of them I would --

RUSH:  (laughing)

CALLER:  But also, I've been running some quick numbers here, and the numbers aren't confirmed, but with the votes that she got yesterday from the Tea Party, if the party could just get back 40% of the Castle votes, only 40% of the independent, and a small number of Democratic defectors, I do believe that number would add up --

RUSH:  Well, look, you're right, you're right, I'm going to tell you, remember in a two-man race of Marco Rubio and Meek, with no Charlie -- Charlie Crist stays a Republican, loses the primary, Marco Rubio slam dunk.  But with Crist in the race as an independent, this is what they all told us, in the polls, in a three-way race if Crist goes independent, third party, whatever, he wins.  And guess what?  The latest Fox News poll has Marco Rubio up by 16 in the three-way race.  When we were all told that if Crist bolted the Republicans and went independent it was over, that Rubio had no prayer.  So these people doing all this "telling us" have a very poor track record.  They don't know what they're talking about.


RUSH: Here is Mark in New Jersey, great to have you on the EIB Network, sir.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hello, Mr. Limbaugh.  Sir, you are on fire today.

RUSH:  Thank you very much, sir, I appreciate that.

CALLER:  Yesterday and today have been, in my humble opinion, even more excellent than your normal excellence in broadcast.

RUSH:  Well, thank you.  I appreciate that very much.

CALLER:  Today, sir, at the start of your wonderful conservative flamethrower RINO roast you posed the question about where Karl Rove's anger against O'Donnell possibly came from.  Well, sir, Karl Rove worked for the Castle campaign for months behind the scene.  Karl negotiated with the 9.12 Project trying to get them and O'Donnell to drop out of the race and support Castle.  She and the 9.12 Project refused.  I think there in and of itself reflects Rove's anger.

RUSH:  Now, I read something about this last night and I didn't know whether it was accurate.

CALLER:  Yes, sir.

RUSH:  And you're sounding like it's --

CALLER:  The 9.12 Project has it on their website, and there was also during the acceptance speech last night, one of the 9.12 Project members was on stage and made a brief comment.

RUSH:  So Rove worked for the Castle campaign?

CALLER:  Behind the scenes, yes, sir.

RUSH:  And was negotiating with the 9.12 Project trying to get them and O'Donnell to drop out of the race?

CALLER:  Absolutely, sir.  May I ask you a question?

RUSH:  Look, I read this, but I don't remember where, and I didn't see it attributed.  How do you know this?

CALLER:  If you will check the 9.12 Project's website, you will find this information along with it being posted on Hot Air. Drudge had an earlier link to it.  I don't see it anymore.  I haven't looked recently.

RUSH:  Is it someplace called the Freedomist, is that the last -- where I saw it, it was said that sources at the O'Donnell victory party last night revealed to the Freedomist that in December of last year Rove met with Tea Party leaders in Dover, Delaware, trying to get them to cut a deal.


RUSH:  In which they would leave Mike Castle alone and not support O'Donnell.

CALLER:  That's correct.  May I ask you a question, sir?

RUSH:  Yeah, fire away.  That's what I'm here for.

CALLER:  So you are a friend of Mr. Rove's.  He co-hosted your program, and I personally loved it that day.  I was really on fire and fired up.  He was great, I thought.  Don't you think, I mean, you're the genius here, but don't you think you should get him on air?  He will answer your calls.  And basically pound him face-to-face, so to speak, just as you've done here?  I think Karl Rove has lost a ton of support and fans, and with just his last couple of appearances on Fox this has been the most disappointed I think I have ever been in him.

RUSH:  I know that people across the country were shocked.  Like I opened the program today, my e-mail -- and I watched it last night, I was watching it -- my e-mail lit up.  I mean every e-mail account I have, subscribers to my website, my personal e-mail account, the public e-mail account, I mean it was lighting up in droves.  People had not seen anything like it.  It didn't compute.  It didn't make any sense.  I got an e-mail today from... asking me what I thought's going on here.  I don't know.  Like everybody else, I'm guessing.

CALLER:  I'd like to say that I really have loved your brother, David's, book.  And if you're serving it up today, sir, I'd like my RINO slightly rare.  God bless you, Rush, and God bless America.

RUSH:  (laughing)  All right.  Thanks, Mark, for the phone call.  


RUSH: West Fargo, North Dakota, Diane, welcome to the EIB Network.  Great to have you here.

CALLER:  Oh, my gosh, I can't believe I'm actually talking to you after listening to you for all these years.  I have recently become involved in politics with the last campaign.  I was really disappointed with McCain when he didn't go for the throat, and it seems like the Republicans don't.  And now they've got this lady who won, and they're going after their own.  It's like mothers who eat their children.  I mean, what the heck's the matter with these guys?  Why don't they go after the Dems like the Democrats come after them?

RUSH:  I'm going to go back to this dinner on Saturday because this subject came up.  This would have been a great dinner to have on television.  It really would have been.  And you people would be stunned to know who was there if I was to give you the names.  But this whole subject came up of McCain.  You would have been stunned at who said what I'm gonna quote.

CALLER:  Nothing would surprise me about these politicians.

RUSH:  Well, we were all talking about why did McCain tiptoe around?  One of the most vociferous, quote, unquote, criticisms of McCain was that: "I don't think he really wanted to win it.  You know what?  I think he was so ticked off after not getting the nomination in 2000, he just wanted to get the nomination, he wanted to have it on his resume, but he really didn't want to be president, really didn't want to win it because he didn't have the guts to campaign against the first black president."  That's what was said, that he didn't have the guts.

CALLER:  I don't know if the first black president had anything to do with it.  But it wasn't just McCain.  It seems like during the campaign is when I noticed it, but the Republicans just don't seem to have the backbone to come out and say, "Well, you know, you did this and you did that."  They don't want to draw any blood and I don't understand it.

RUSH:  Yes, you do because I've told you.

CALLER:  (laughing)  Oh, I'm so sorry.

RUSH:  I've told you why.  They live and work in Washington.  It is a place controlled socially and politically by liberal Democrats and the media.  They want to get along.  They want to have the status of mattering in that town, in that community.

CALLER:  Well, you know what?  It's a shame that we have to have the females being voted in who are carrying their gonads around in their pockets.

RUSH:  Exactly.

RUSH:  Which we have made mention of I don't know how many times, that the Republicans with the gonads are the women.  The women are the ones in our party who are going after the liberal Democrats.

CALLER:  Exactly.

RUSH:  Now, don't discount this business of the first black presidential candidate.  I remember Bill Cunningham introduced McCain in Cincinnati at an appearance and he happened to call Obama by his middle name.  And the McCain campaign fired the guy.  "We're not going to put up with that. We're not going to tolerate this." What's wrong?  He calls himself Barack Hussein Obama.  Don't doubt me.  There was a palpable fear, there is to this day in Republican Party circles, a palpable fear of criticizing Obama because the retort from the Obamaites is, "A-ha, you racist," and it is true.

CALLER:  Well, they better get off the pot because I think some of these ladies are gonna show 'em how to run some politics.

RUSH:  Well, that's exactly right.  They are.  But there's a fear, there's a fear of being criticized by the ruling class in Washington.  There is this fear of the charge of racism.  And, look, we predicted this.  Every criticism of Obama is said to be racist.  And there are some people that don't have the guts to try to put up with that and refute it.  They don't even want to deal with the charge.  And so there is timidity, no question about it.


RUSH: Todd in New Castle, Delaware, welcome to the EIB Network.  Great to have you here.

CALLER:  Rush, it's so good to talk to you, especially today.  Mr. Snerdley told me to get right to it.  I'd like to spend some time saying about how important you've been in my political life, but I'm going to skip that.  As a Delawarean who's a Republican, I've been watching this campaign pretty closely, and in the past I've always been a supporter of Castle. It was kind of like you said: I'd hold my nose while I vote for him.  Well, in the last year or so I've been able to listen to some of his calls.  He's been doing these calls to his constituents.

RUSH:  Yeah, these robo-calls out there, yeah.

CALLER:  Yeah.  Well, not robo-calls, but town hall calls where you get to ask him some questions.  And one lady asked him she says, "You know, I'm having a really hard time. My husband's lost his job, and we've had COBRA, but I don't know how I'm going to pay my health care."  His advice to her was, "Well, look at the state.  We have some great programs to help you with your health care needs."  Instead of telling her she should keep looking for a job, you'll find a job, stay in the public sector, stay in the health care system, he tells her go to the state, which kind of tipped... You know, I think that tipped his hand greatly there as to his beliefs.  Another lady calls and says that she's part of the government spending, and the problem is the way these guys are spending money in Washington.  His response to her was, "Well, I hear what you're saying; what you're saying is that the economy is bad, and we're working on that in the Congress," which of course was not what she was saying.  Of course he voted for all the spending bills and then runs these commercials that he's some kind of fiscal conservative after spending --

RUSH:  Right.

CALLER:  -- trillions of dollars.

RUSH:  Right.  And we're bankrupt because of all the spending, yet he's telling her, "Well, we got programs for you." That's who they are. That's who these people are. They direct people in government, the government gets bigger, the people that work in government have more power, the state grows, freedom is lost.  That's the game.


RUSH:  Well, that's it. It's the fastest three hours in media, and another exciting excursion into broadcast excellence is now in the can.

Folks, we need to really be excited about last night's primaries and so many of these recent primaries as well.  This is the start of taking back the Republican Party.  This is how it begins.  It's the start of taking back our country one candidate, one election at a time.  Congratulations to you.

Read the Background Material...

Newsbusters: After Delaware Race Called, Rove Continues To Rip O'Donnell
Politico: Christine O'Donnell, Delaware Winner, Bashes 'Cannibalism'
ABC: Christine O'Donnell on Rove's 'Un-factual' Remarks and 'Republican Cannibalism'
Newsbusters: WP's Ruth Marcus 'Despondent' Over Castle's Defeat and O'Donnell's 'Scary' Win
Politico: Dem Health Bill Foes Escape Payback
FOXNews: RNC Supports O'Donnell in Delaware, NRSC Changes Tune
Weekly Standard: Why Mike Castle Lost - Fred Barnes
New York Times: GOP Insurgents Win in Delaware, New York - Jeff Zeleny

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