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‘Daily Show’: Crazy Scared Across America

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Posted on Oct 28, 2008
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John McCain’s supporters are plenty scared that a secret terrorist-loving Muslim could take over the White House. Meanwhile, Barack Obama’s supporters think there’s nothing scarier than Sarah Palin. At last, fear has brought both sides together.

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By samosamo, October 30, 2008 at 7:39 am Link to this comment

By purplewolf, October 28 at 9:00 pm

You know, I wish that if I wasn’t born a native american that I would have at least been one of those daring adventurers that somehow sailed or paddled a boat over here to america so that I could enjoy a real life instead of some piece of regulated BS that somehow the people just seem to love and the ‘elitist’ all cherish because they act like they are god and the law.
No one knows anymore the gratification of being free in a land and at time where one didn’t have 6.5 billion people knocking heads trying to act like this is a good life. Makes me understand how money can insulate a person from a bunch of this crap but it still doesn’t come close to the feeling of being in charge of one’s own life and being able to defend and provide in way that is not destruction to the whole ecosystem.
I tried studying the american indian spirituality not too long ago and was most impressed with it and their wisdom about living in what they considered a world that god gave them. They supposedly even had prayer for that spirit or god which gives creedence of something natural of all humans since the separation from other people on other continents makes it seem like praying would be something that would be exclusive to just one group or civilization. But that should not discount the idea that all people came from the same ‘mother’ thus raising the question, just how far back did people comptemplate a creator and why they were here at all.
Whatever it is, I can only see the american indians version of a religiousness as something more beautiful than anything that has come from europe where religion has certainly been subverted to a control machinism of the masses by the ‘elite’, that is for catholics, jews, protestants and the late comers, the muslims.

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By endersister, October 29, 2008 at 11:05 pm Link to this comment
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i’m with jeremy keith hammond.  well said!

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By titanbite, October 29, 2008 at 7:21 am Link to this comment

What are they waiting for?If their claims are true why are they still here? If Republicants are so concerned about their safety or whether or not Pres. Barack Obama in his capacity as commander in chief will turn the military’s guns at them why are they not running for the border,Mexican or Canadian it doesn’t matter? During this entire election cycle those supporting Sen. McCain have made their position Very clear,anything to do with sacrifice on their part of these individuals is right out they do not feel at all responsible for our current financial crisis although it was those they support that changed the key legislation causing the stock market meltdown and turned the banks into loan sharks for big profits believe it or not.I’m still waiting for the cries of persecution on the part of those cheering for Sarah Palin"We hate everything and socialism” Yet Gov. Palin hit up big oil for windfall money then passed that government grabbed money out to people who had nothing to do with earning it sounds pretty socialistic or for a better adjective,Hypocrisy yes that works much better.It also works when describing those who repeat lies as truth like Sen. Obama is a Muslim(I’ve yet to see the relevance of an individuals religion when seeking public office especially when evangelicals preach hate towards any other religion)You hear nothing but fear from those who claim to be so courageous and tough,such devoted patriots.Well if these so called patriots are ready to bail out of the country if Sen.Obama is elected.I’ll do my part, I’ll assume the responsibility for the wall st. crash although I had no part of it (One needs capitol to participate in this countries capitalistic system).I’ll assume the responsibility for the war on terror fiasco.I’ll accept the cost of the housing market crash even though I knew what a no doc. loan and an A.R.M. is. Which is the bank getting big profits off giving me a bad loan.No wonder people are telling the banks to take a hike the banks screwed them first.This is what happens when you try to take advantage of people,they wise up.I have no problem assuming the liabilities this nation has had thrust upon it during eight years of full republican leadership because I love this country no matter who is president,unlike my republican’t bigoted,racist,greedy,selfish uneducated about the true issues,self loathing,lazy etc. etc. counterpart.Leadership?If McCain/Palin think this country is doomed under democrat leadership than they should show some leadership and lead their constituents to the nearest border and cross it with the promise they will never return to vote republican’t again

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By purplewolf, October 28, 2008 at 10:00 pm Link to this comment

Samosamo:
I agree about the part of the American Indian. I Indian country we consider all other people as “all my relations”. Something the Repug party and a lot of other people never probably ever thought about. If they are so upset about the possibility of a “Biracial” and not black, as Obama is biracial, person becoming the leader of this stolen land, perhaps they should all go back to Europe and the other countries they ran from and give this country back to the original peoples, the Native Indians of North America. If they don’t want to go back to their ancestors homeland, ship all the hate mongers off to Alaska and let it resign from the rest of America. John and Sarah can go and pretend they are running Little Alaska, Empire of the Frozen North.

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By samosamo, October 28, 2008 at 9:32 pm Link to this comment

What I don’t care to hear from those upset about a black man becoming president and that is exactly what the mccain people are on about, is their incessent cry about this country won’t be here in 4 years, that we will be invaded and some of them even say they will be shot. Unfortunately, racism and hatred are flourishing all across america, the america that WAS supposed to be all for one and one for all, good neighbors, you know, nothing but rhetoric dribble. Why do they think this will happen only if mcpalin are not elected when all the past 8 years has brought the dismantling and the destruction of this country which has been republican sponsered and directed, and surely these people could not think the mcpalin will prevent this destruction from stopping and returning everything to normal(what ever that is or was)?
Well, they are really showing their real selves instead of an all loving and all good things for everybody and no prejudices.
I personally would love to see an american indian get voted to the presidency and 7/8 of congress made up of american indians.

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By tdbach, October 28, 2008 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

The usual funny stuff from TDS. And the Cumbaya around fear was pretty effective. But did you notice the difference between the McCain crowd’s fear and the Obama crowd’s? THAT was not just funny, it was telling. Obama supporters’ fear was more general: “I dread what will happen to this country if McCain is elected.” Nothing specific, because nothing need be said. After the last 8 years of republican rule, with war and occupation costing over 4000 lives and 2/3 trillion dollars and an economic collapse of epic proportions, it’s pretty obvious why the speaker was afraid. The McCain supporters were basing their fears on specifics, and those specifics are all completely phoney republican talking points (except perhaps the abortion issue).

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By Benjamin Tasker, October 28, 2008 at 12:20 pm Link to this comment

“”“”” Even a respected Gore Vidal called Palin out accurately as “.... a giggly Piltdown princess out of pre-history….”

So whats the Big Deal??? “”“”“

Did that convince a supporter of Palin to change their mind? It’s a prime example of preaching to the coir.

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By Benjamin Tasker, October 28, 2008 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment

I don’t want to censor anyone. But when one exercises his/her rights he/she must do it responsibly. Many have abused our given rights to do horrible things (not that calling people stupid is horrible). If someone is frustrated by some of the “stupidity” out there - they have no right to complain after remaining complacent or worse - instigating it. If you want things to change - be pro-active about it.

You’re right, it’s hard not to call a duck a duck. So… don’t call it anything. Mum always said - If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. However, don’t confuse that with your mum’s efforts to keep you complacent and playing quietly in the corner.

For instance - not long ago I was a pre-teen. I wasn’t allowed to stay out late with my friends despite the fact that we were well-mannered and stayed out of trouble which is of course many parents’ fear. Instead of kicking and screaming like a normal adolescent to get my way - I was patient. I let my mum know I knew why she didn’t want me to go out by behaving and I rightfully earned her trust. I had no restricting rules in my high school years.

There is a peaceful, strategic way to make positive changes in our world. The first step was described by Ghandi - Be the change you wish to see in the world. Do you want people to call you stupid? Have you met anyone who was convinced that they were stupid once someone came over to them and said they were so?

There is one way to appropriately point out someone’s stupidity - humor. Clever humor. Humor is an excellent way to portray faults without - if done correctly - alienating those who are at fault. Without directly calling someone stupid it portrays that person’s beliefs and actions in a manner that not only gives you a healthy laugh but also enlightens you by allowing you to find the point of the joke. When you GET the joke - you GET why something was stupid or silly. John Stewart of comedy central does this wonderfully. He doesn’t tell people that something is stupid - you intellectually figure it out on your own.

“”“"Put Differently, what a dreadfully narrow and impoverished view to attempt to CENSOR our fellow readers and contributors…............... “”“”

I’m not exactly sure how you came to this conclusion and if you could point it out to me so that I don’t make the same mistake again - I’d appreciate it. The fact is I’m genuinely encouraging you to exercise our right of free speech to make positive change and hoping you don’t make the mistake of using the right of free speech in a detrimental manner.

After witnessing how the rhetoric our presidential candidates spew and the exclusive media attention they receive can convince so many people to vote against their real political/moral positions - I’d think we would all be very aware that free speech is a beautiful tiger that should be nourished, treated with respect and allowed to flourish naturally… but certainly not caged.

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By simonhhh, October 28, 2008 at 10:44 am Link to this comment

Jeremy Keith Hammond great to you take the high road, but criticizing anyone who calls a duck…well…a duck is unnecessary nitpicking

Even a respected Gore Vidal called Palin out accurately as “.... a giggly Piltdown princess out of pre-history….”

So whats the Big Deal???

Another respected George Monbiot wrote concomitantly in an article…“How These Gibbering Numbskulls Came to Dominate Washington….The degradation of intelligence and learning in American politics results from a series of interlocking tragedies”

If we do as you suggest and ONLY “.... take time to vent frustrations out on friends in your home but spare us the negative language in public places…”
is a clear violation of our constitutional rights
i.e. acting against our best interests in expressing our inalienable rights to FREE SPEECH

Put Differently, what a dreadfully narrow and impoverished view to attempt to CENSOR our fellow readers and contributors…...............

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By Benjamin Tasker, October 28, 2008 at 9:37 am Link to this comment

CHALLENGE! not fight… there we go… that’s one.

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By Benjamin Tasker, October 28, 2008 at 9:35 am Link to this comment

@ Those below me.

It is certainly frustrating to see people who feel that way but um…. calling people bozos, ignorant, and infuriatingly stupid Palin drones is not going to convince them to not be that way.

They read our comments just as we read theirs and come to the same conclusions about us.

I disagree with the popular right side of politics where we find hateful remarks about Obama and muslims at their rallies and neo-nazi extremists planning to kill 88 high-schoolers or even the seemingly innocent free-market capitalists BUT I have not lost hope that enough people have an open mind and will listen to our arguments and likely be convinced by them rather than dismiss them outright.

If I’m correct then name calling is detrimental to our cause. By all means - take time to vent frustrations out on friends in your home but spare us the negative language in public places. Use it as an outlet to publish a reasonable argument contributing to the critical mass that is needed to fight (for lack of a better word - get me a dictionary!) this tide of corporatism that appeals so much to the general public.

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By simonhhh, October 28, 2008 at 9:03 am Link to this comment

I thought ignorance was supposed to be bliss….but these infuriatingly stupid Palin drones are just downright dangerous… It appears Fux News has “mission accomplished” written all over it…these bloody addled nitwits should be forced to pass a basic Civics Test before being allowed to vote

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By Inherit The Wind, October 28, 2008 at 8:49 am Link to this comment

Are these the same bozos in Wyoming and other out-of-the-way places who, in 2001 and 2002 became utterly convinced they would be the next target of Islamic terrorism? 

Are these the same bozos who then convinced their bozo Senators and Congresscritters to ensure they got lots of anti-terrorism $$$?

Are these the same bozos on whom the Government spends FIVE TIMES AS MUCH for anti-terrorism than it does on New Yorkers, who live where the MAIN attack on the USA by terrorists took place?

Are these the same bozos who voted for Bush, TWICE, and STILL think it was a good idea?

Are these the same bozos who listen to Rush Limbaugh because they think he’s .... wise?

I rest my case.

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By Dr. Babble, October 28, 2008 at 8:43 am Link to this comment
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The woman in the photo seems to have just finished watching her free OBSESSION DVD.  What scares me is people who believe everything they see in an unsolicited DVD they got in the mail.  But then again, the DVD just confirmed what they really want to believe.

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