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everybody into the pool

Laurence is starting a 2003 dead pool.

I was going to put Ted Rall on my list of nine, but rule #5 of the pool says:

You may not kill them yourselves, nor may you contribute to their deaths.

Oh well. I'm still in, though

Tanya has a bomb pool running for the next 48 hours. I think she's pretty confident that this war is coming. I got dibs on midnight Saturday.


I read this:

'I was going to put Ted Rall on my list of nine, but rule #5 of the pool says:

You may not kill them yourselves, nor may you contribute to their deaths.

Oh well. I'm still in, though'

...And then I saw a previous comment...:

'First of all, calling for the death of the president and his family clearly indicates your intelligence level. Not the shiniest roll of tin foil in the store, are you, Vox?'

...about this statement by another blogger:

'By the administration?s own policy the Bush family must be immediately destroyed. No trial, no explanation, no warning - Just immediate death.'

...And I worked out the difference between the 'exhausting and frightening. And sometimes, amusing', and the angry voice of the enlightened.

It's called 'a captive audience'.

Well, in Ted Rall, Robert Fisk, and Yasser Arafat's case I might just invoke a 5-point penalty instead of a disqualification.

Is it against the rules to bet on myself?

Bush is waiting for the right moment to start the war. When a cabinet member gets caught in a scandal (sex or money), look for bombs to drop. Wag That Dog.

That was the Clinton Whitehouse modus operandii...

Except the Shrub does it more often, with terror warnings, etc. Every major incident has been trotted at to push through key legislation, etc.

The FBI whistleblower? Ashcroft announces Padilla.

Saddam is evil! We need a war resolution so we can act NOW! Result? Dems play stupid, fall for it, and lose election, as the Shrub then forgets about the war and campaigns on OUR money for a month.

Major terror threats looming again? Homeland Security is passed.

There's a bunch more. Whatever Clinton did pales compared to the Mayberry Machiavellis. This is far and away the most politically driven Administration in my lifetime. They claimed they wouldn't rely on polls, yet the Shrub spends more money on them than Clinton EVER did.

Yeah, wag the dog was something Clinton did well. [snarf] Get a better argument.

The amazing thing about Scott and Ik's claims here is that they must really, truly believe people are incredibly stupid. The vast majority of the country is behind this war effort, so Bush must've faked 'em all out -- apparently including a large fraction of the Democrats.

"These people are too stupid to see the truth, just like they're too stupid to vote for us!" Heh, heh... no wonder they lost the last election, huh?

'Why, of course the people don't want war ... but, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship ... voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.'

Hermann Goerring

Bzzzzzzzt! Game over!

Crimson Cow invokes the Nazis and the lefties lose by default, per Godwin's Law!

Thanks for playing! Hope you have more self-control next time!