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Name: Jim
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Gee - my profile info didn't migrate from the old DU I guess? The main thing - 90% refers to the maximum allowable percentage of nitromethane fuel permitted in modern NHRA Top Fuel and Funny cars. Which is what makes current "nostalgia nitro" so cool - you can still "tip the can" and run straight nitro, if you want to. I'm an aging northeast liberal with an overdeveloped justice gland. OUR INSTITUTIONS ARE INFESTED WITH GREEDY AND CORRUPT SOCIOPATHS

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Thanks Jack

We owe our patriotic young people a massive amount of our national soul.

We are so accustomed to perpetual war in such an Orwellian fashion. Why do our world leaders casually suggest a nuclear war to solve a problem? Do they have any fucking clue as to the magnitude of human suffering that would create?

All they do is give us more and more unnecessary stuff to live in fear about. Evil and stupid is a bad way to run the entirety of the worlds institutions and governments, son.

Could you all just make a better world and let us bottom 99% enjoy healthy happy and productive lives? Stop treating us like factory farmed cattle.

-90% Jimmy

improving the quality of the above info


A closely linked economic family that has financially supported (or invested) in Romney for ten or twenty or more years has big money in Clear Channel.

Talk about a vast right wing conspiracy!

-90% Jimmy

Interesting factoids from Frank Zappa, the idol of my youth


Here's the money shot, to spare you all from completely wasting nine minutes of your lives on something you may not be interested in.

At about 8:45 in, Zappa is talking about his relationship with Vaclav Havel and the government of Czechoslovakia ".......I thought that it was unfortunate that a person such as President Havel should have to bear the company of somebody as stupid as Dan Quayle for even a few moments of his life."

I suggest starting at maybe 7:00 to get some context for the above. And I won't reveal the punch line until later, as this contains a lot of high level Washington insider intrigue of that era that Zappa got sucked into.

Lastly, at about 2:20 they show a snippet of Zoot Allures, as performed in "New York". It is actually from a performance I attended at Jones Beach, one of the more memorable Zappa shows I was fortunate to attend.

Used to see him at least once a year, back in the seventies, when he could fill up the hockey rinks. I was also fortunate enough to see him fill a hockey rink perhaps one last time at the Nassau Coliseum on his 1988 Tour.
Long Island is Zappa Country!

-90% Jimmy

An additional Zappa irony for the A&E piece is that Peter Graves, the host, used to do B movies in the fifties. Zappa has a song from Roxy and Elsewhere called Cheepnis, about the hack production often seen in 50's movies. He describes a scene about the cheesy monster from "It Conquered the World", which included Peter Graves in the cast.

Talk about Conceptual Continuity!

DU love for the best Republican friend a liberal Democrat could ever have: Rick Santorum

Hey Rickie

In addition to that vile JFK, here’s some more lowlife scum from recent history that really make me projectile vomit. (My paint and drywall repair bills are in low four figures from so many high velocity horizontal trajectories)

Martin Luther King
Mahatma Gandhi
Mother Teresa
Nelson Mandela
Lech Walesa
Mikhail Gorbachev
Bobby Kennedy

Nothing but a bunch of College educated snobs, if you ask me!

It must have been hell for you to be raised by your post graduate degree elitist snobby mom. Betcha she got pretty good at cleaning up your gallons of puke around the house, which, as we both know, is really the only type of work women are suited for. Unless they’re busy giving birth like they’re supposed to.

Also, if you need to induce even more personal vomiting, you should simply google your own name.

-90% Jimmy

PS Do we have any DU snark emoticons? Do we have any emoticons at all? Sorry. Previous statement inoperative Found 'em

Back to JFK. Tweety closed yesterdays show going off on Santorum’s UNAMERICAN comments about JFK’s stunning separation of church and state campaign speech. PT-109 war hero, saved his shipmates, etc. Uhhhh, Chris, next time you should also mention his older brother Joe, who gave his life in the Service of his Country in WW2. Even thought that fact is probably just another finger down Santorum’s throat.

My wife told me about Rick's home schooling of his kids. She mentioned few seem to know that home schooling makes the students much less appealing for admission at most Colleges. (What school would accept a transcript from the kids own parents?) Rickie ain't raising no snobs, that's for sure. Whether they want to be or not!

Senator Sherrod Brown's checkered past

I am a hardcore Frank Zappa fan and just finished an excellent fan book called "Zappa the Hard Way" by Andrew Greenaway, about the legendary 1988 Tour. I live in Connecticut and went to maybe seven shows on that Tour, including the first in Albany.

Frank was working with the League of Women Voters at his shows to register people to vote. When the Tour went to Cleveland, Ohio Secretary of State Sherrod Brown named Zappa honorary Secretary of State!

I never made that connection until reading this book. I mention it because Senator Brown is a Liberal Democrat and I enjoy his frequent appearances on Rachel.

60 Minutes followed the tour a bit, as they were doing a feature on Zappa that was never aired. A shame.

Just wanted to share with my DU buds.

-90% Jimmy

Dissent is the highest form of patirotism, oh how quaint

Now is the time for all men of good will to come to the aid of their country. I forget the exact wording and the author and the time period, but it's time we all figured out what to do about our government that has become too tyrannical and is working against our best interests as people.

OWS impresses me as the BEST HOPE us Americans have to RECLAIM OUR DEMOCRACY. It is our RIGHT to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Those that erode or take this away are simply traitors to the best of our human nature.

One of the many wise well conceived angles to OWS is that it is leaderless and spokesman-less, and functions about as democratically as possible for a group of human beings of that sized group.

One thing I remember in my quest for business management wisdom (most of which was humanistic and thus obsolete. the current management vogue is might makes right) is that the probability of a valid and wise decision is best achieved as the product of a large group of people.

OWS is beautiful and deserves as much support as average Americans can give. (All I've done so far is buy 2 yard signs, one bumper sticker, and one local moveon meet up that fizzled into nothing.)

-90% Jimmy

Mikhail Gorbachev

Am I being stupid or is Mikhail one of the bravest fighters for democracy of the last 100 years? Seems he tried to do what was best for his people even if it meant losing his office.

Heroic efforts in giving his people a better chance at life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Plus the repudiation of communism as his country practice it.

He seems made of better stuff than the last four Presidents combined? (Since after Carter, in other words)

Criticizing Putin also seems courageous.

-90% Jimmy


Reagan simply gambled with the lives of the entire flying public when he broke the PATCO Union. Think of the political landscape had a few Air traffic Controller "replacements" directed a few 747's straight into a mountainside or something?

Ronnie rolled the dice with our lives and won and we now enjoy the fruits of his efforts.

PS - I have been in some big union shops in the north east. Some are so regulated that it can take hours to complete a task that should take minutes. Some union foment games about filing grievances and doing everything possible to gum up the works.

But, in historical context, Unions are the reason America enjoyed middle class prosperity until only a few decades ago.

the core issue is:


Because in modern corporate and institutional structures, the most aggressive and self serving combatants win.

-90% Jimmy

Evil or just plain stupid

The Iraq invasion architects as a group are just plain dumber than an average sampling of the population.

Wolfowitz, who is still smarter than Doug Feith, who is actually dumber than most house pets, magnificently said:" We chose WMDS because that's the only thing we could all agree on"

Which clearly illustrates the decision making history


Now how imperative was this war if part of their mission was to come up with a effective explanation?

Not to mention they deliberately SCARED THE SHIT out of the average American with this smoking gun/mushroom cloud meme.

If we look at the run up propaganda from the advantage of eight years of history, it is clear all these people know they are lying as they speak. GWB, in particular, talks about WMD's and nerve gas like he was camping out with 12 year old's telling ghost stories in the tent!

-90% Jimmy

How quaint!

Like WE THE PEOPLE are even a factor in any decision by the United States to go to war!

I don't think our military industrial congressional complex gives a rats ass about anything on this earth other than their bottom line!

Yup. It's completely clear:


All we have left are each other and OWS.

-90% Jimmy
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